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Andrew McCabe: Top lawmakers were told the FBI was investigating Trump and 'no one objected'

Andrew McCabe: Top lawmakers were told the FBI was investigating Trump and 'no one objected'Former acting FBI director says congressional leaders in both parties did not object to FBI inquiry into whether Trump was working for Russia



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U.K. Lawmakers Recommend Harsher Penalties For Tech Companies

U.K. Lawmakers Recommend Harsher Penalties For Tech CompaniesDamian Collins, the policy maker who spearheaded the inquiry, called for Parliament to create new laws to help a proposed regulator oversee the industry, with fines for companies to be calculated based on their revenue. “Companies like Facebook exercise massive market power which enables them to make money by bullying the smaller technology companies and developers who rely on this platform to reach their customers,” Collins said in a statement Monday.



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Virginia governor asks lawmakers to focus on budget 'equity'

Virginia governor asks lawmakers to focus on budget 'equity'RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Embattled Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam asked lawmakers Thursday to pass a state budget that has a "greater focus on issues of equity" as he tries to move past a blackface scandal that nearly ended his governorship.



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Democratic lawmakers say U.S. military action in Venezuela 'not an option'

Democratic lawmakers say U.S. military action in Venezuela 'not an option'The Democratic chairman of the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee, Eliot Engel, expressed concern about Trump’s hints that military action was an option in Venezuela, where President Nicolas Maduro is under intense international pressure to step aside and the country’s economy is in chaos. “I do worry about the president’s saber rattling, his hints that U.S. military intervention remains an option. The head of Venezuela’s National Assembly, Juan Guaido, invoked a constitutional provision to assume the presidency three weeks ago, arguing that Maduro’s re-election last year was a sham.



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McConnell: Senate to Vote on Green New Deal So Lawmakers Can ‘Go on Record’

McConnell: Senate to Vote on Green New Deal So Lawmakers Can ‘Go on Record’Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Tuesday that the Senate will vote on the Green New Deal resolution introduced last week by a coalition of progressive lawmakers vowing to eliminate all greenhouse-gas emissions within ten years, while simultaneously creating millions of jobs in a government-subsidized green-energy sector.“I've noted with great interest the Green New Deal. And we're going to be voting on that in the Senate. Give everybody an opportunity to go on record and see how they feel about the Green New Deal,” McConnell said with a sly smile during a Tuesday press conference.> .@Senatemajldr: "I've noted with great interest the Green New Deal. And we're going to be voting on that in the Senate. Give everybody an opportunity to go on record and see how they feel about the GreenNewDeal." pic.twitter.com/1HP5lSDjzM> > — CSPAN (@cspan) February 12, 2019The resolution, which was introduced by Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D., N.Y.) and Senator Ed Markey (D., Mass.) on Friday, provides a sweeping list of climate-change- and social-justice-related measures including the refurbishing of every structure in the country with renewable-energy technology and the creation of millions of federally funded jobs in the green-energy sector.A “frequently asked questions” document that accompanied the resolution referenced the complete elimination of air travel and farting cows. Ocasio-Cortez has since disavowed the FAQ, which was posted on her website, and suggested her political enemies disseminated the document to sabotage the proposal.McConnell and Trump are reportedly united in their desire to tie Democrats to the bill's socialist policy framework ahead of the 2020 elections — an endeavor that should prove simple since virtually the entire 2020 Democratic presidential field endorsed it as soon as it was introduced.When confronted with the multi-billion-dollar price tag most experts place on the proposal, its allies have argued that climate change is an existential threat that necessitates a national mobilization effort unseen since World World War II.“There's a lot of people now going back on the Green New Deal, they're like ‘Oh it's impractical, oh it's too expensive, oh it's all of this,’” Senator Cory Booker (D., N.J.), one of the many Democratic presidential hopefuls, said during a speech in Mason City, Iowa Friday. “If we used to govern our dreams that way, we would have never gone to the Moon. ‘God, that's impractical. See that ball in the sky? That's impractical.’”



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New York Lawmakers Fuming Without Key Details on Amazon Campus

New York Lawmakers Fuming Without Key Details on Amazon Campus“Is it a done deal?” Senator John Liu, a Democrat who represents the borough’s northeast, asked Howard Zemsky, president and chief executive officer of Empire State Development, at a hearing on Tuesday in Albany. When Zemsky said finalization is pending, Liu asked him to disclose any up-front taxpayer costs to lure Amazon, one of the world’s richest companies, to Long Island City. “You have to perform, be it on jobs or the investment, before you get anything back if you’re Amazon,” said Zemsky, referring to targets the Internet retailer must hit, including those involving job creation and capital expenditures.



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US lawmakers announce tentative deal on wall, shutdown

US lawmakers announce tentative deal on wall, shutdownUS lawmakers announced late Monday an agreement in principle to avoid another government shutdown, with nearly $ 1.4 billion in money for construction of a wall on the border with Mexico, as President Donald Trump pushed his politically explosive crusade at a rally in the frontier city of El Paso. Senator Richard Shelby, a key Republican negotiator, told reporters an agreement in principle had been reached between Republican and Democratic lawmakers. Senior congressional aides told AFP the agreement included $ 1.375 billion in funding for a wall on the US-Mexico border — a key campaign promise of Trump, who had demanded $ 5.7 billion for his pet project.



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Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker goes head to head with Democratic lawmakers on

Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker goes head to head with Democratic lawmakers onDemocrats go after acting Attorney General Whitaker over his treatment of the Mueller probe.



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Lawmakers are optimistic the bipartisan conference committee will soon reach a deal on border security

Lawmakers are optimistic the bipartisan conference committee will soon reach a deal on border securityNew York Republican Rep. Tom Reed says he is hopeful Congress will get a border security bill to President Trump’s desk for approval soon.



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The Latest: Accuser willing to testify to Virginia lawmakers

The Latest: Accuser willing to testify to Virginia lawmakersRICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Latest on fallout from scandals roiling Virginia's top officials (all times local):



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