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British lawmakers vote to block no-deal Brexit amid election haggling

British lawmakers vote to block no-deal Brexit amid election hagglingThe British parliament on Wednesday voted to prevent Prime Minister Boris Johnson taking Britain out of the European Union without a deal, but he sought an election just weeks before Brexit to free its hands. After wresting control of the parliamentary agenda from Johnson six weeks into his premiership, lawmakers voted 329-300 in the second, most important, reading of a bill that would force the government to request a three-month Brexit delay rather than leave without a divorce agreement. Johnson cast the legislative move in the House of Commons as an attempt to surrender to the EU over Brexit and demanded an Oct. 15 snap election, a step that could free him of any constraints if he won a majority.



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British lawmakers take control: What it means for Boris, Brexit and Britain

British lawmakers take control: What it means for Boris, Brexit and BritainThe House of Commons took the unprecedented step of usurping government control of Parliament — a dramatic move that raises more questions than it answers.



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California lawmakers eye bills on vaccines, guns, housing

California lawmakers eye bills on vaccines, guns, housingCalifornia state lawmakers have just two weeks remaining in their session to sort through hundreds of bills, some addressing volatile topics such as vaccinating children and shootings by police. The session that began in January will end Sept. 13 after lawmakers pile bills on the desk of freshman Gov. Gavin Newsom. Newsom supports a proposed crackdown on doctors who sell what health officials say are bogus medical exemptions for families who want to avoid having their children vaccinated.



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German media, lawmakers point finger at Moscow over executed Georgian

German media, lawmakers point finger at Moscow over executed GeorgianDespite Russian denials, German politicians and media are blaming Moscow for the Berlin assassination of a Georgian who once fought Russian forces in Chechnya, an affair that could spark a diplomatic crisis. One security source, in comments to German weekly Der Spiegel, described the killing as a second Skripal affair — referring to the attempt on the life of a former Russian agent in England last year. On Friday, August 23, German police arrested a 49-year-old suspect from Russia’s Chechnya republic, shortly after Zelimkhan Khangoshvili, 40, had been shot dead.



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U.S. lawmakers delay action to hold Trump adviser Conway in contempt

U.S. lawmakers delay action to hold Trump adviser Conway in contemptU.S. lawmakers have backed off on plans to hold White House senior adviser Kellyanne Conway in contempt of Congress for defying a subpoena last week as a string of current and former Trump officials spurn congressional oversight. Conway, Republican President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, had failed to appear at a July 15 congressional hearing relating to allegations she violated laws limiting federal employees’ political activity. The U.S. House of Representatives’ Oversight Committee, led by Democrats, had subpoenaed Conway to compel her testimony after she earlier declined to appear voluntarily.



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Trump Resumes Attack on Democratic Lawmakers in ‘The Squad’

Trump Resumes Attack on Democratic Lawmakers in ‘The Squad’(Bloomberg) — President Donald Trump drew fresh criticism on Sunday with an eighth day of attacks on the four progressive Democratic Congresswomen known as “The Squad,” whom he said he didn’t believe were “capable of loving our country” and should apologize for “hateful” comments.Sunday’s Twitter message came after the president said on July 14 that the women, all minorities, should “go back” to the “corrupt and inept” countries they came from — a message condemned by Democrats and some Republicans as racist and divisive.Trump is spending the weekend at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey. The latest tweet came minutes after a segment on one of the lawmakers, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, on Fox News Channel.Three of the women of the Squad — Ocasio-Cortez, Representative Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, and Representative Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts — were born in the U.S. Representative Ilhan Omar of Minnesota was born in Somalia and immigrated as a child.Trump this week briefly attempted to distance himself after people attending his campaign rally in North Carolina started a “send her back” chant in response to his criticism of Omar. Since then, though, he’s reversed that disavowal, saying the people at the rally were “incredible patriots.”By contrast, Trump called the women of the Squad, all first-term lawmakers, “weak & insecure people” who are “destroying the Democrat Party.”Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey, a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, said Sunday that Trump is “worst than a racist” and compared the president to George Wallace, a former governor of Alabama known as an opponent of the civil rights movement.“He’s actually using racist tropes and language for political gain, to use this as a weapon to divide our nation against itself,” Booker said on CNN’s “State of the Union. “This is somebody who is very similar to George Wallace, to racists who use the exact same language.”White House adviser Stephen Miller, who has drafted some of the president’s most hawkish immigration policies, defended Trump on “Fox News Sunday.”Miller said there was a difference between Ocasio-Cortez’s use of the word “garbage” to illustrate the need for more ambitious policy initiatives, policies, and Trump’s use of the term in a 2014 tweet, when he said of former President Barack Obama, “Everything he touches turns to garbage!”Trump this week falsely claimed that Ocasio-Cortez had termed U.S. people “garbage.”Any criticism of Obama by Trump was done “out of love” for the U.S., Miller said; conversely, criticism of the president by the Democratic lawmakers was “anti-American.” Mercedes Schlapp, the White House director of strategic communications, made similar comments on ABC’s “This Week.”Senator Ron Johnson, a Wisconsin Republican, said on CNN that he’d like to see “everybody tone down their rhetoric.” Asked about Trump’s latest tweet, Johnson said “that’s his opinion and I don’t agree with it.”In a CBS poll released on Sunday, a majority of Americans, 59%, said they disagreed with what the president said in his original tweets about the Squad, while 40% agreed. The survey showed sharp partisan differences, with 82% of Republicans agreeing with the statement and 88% of Democrats disagreeing. (Updates with Booker, Miller and Johnson from seventh paragraph.)\–With assistance from Craig Torres and Nour Al Ali.To contact the reporter on this story: Ros Krasny in Washington at rkrasny1@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: James Ludden at jludden@bloomberg.net, Kevin MillerFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



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Gabbard, AOC join lawmakers to call on Puerto Rican governor to resign over corruption scandal

Gabbard, AOC join lawmakers to call on Puerto Rican governor to resign over corruption scandalRep. Tulsi Gabbard has joined a growing chorus of lawmakers calling for the resignation of the Puerto Rican Gov. Ricardo Rosselló.



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Reaction to Trump telling liberal lawmakers to leave US

Reaction to Trump telling liberal lawmakers to leave USPresident Donald Trump on Sunday criticized a group of non-white Democratic congresswomen in tweets and said they should leave the U.S. and go back to the countries “from which they came.” The four women are American citizens and all but one was born in the U.S. “Mr. President, As Members of Congress, the only country we swear an oath to is the United States. … You are stoking white nationalism bc you are angry that people like us are serving in Congress and fighting against your hate-filled agenda.” — Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota on Twitter.



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Former acting ICE Director Tom Homan unloads on lawmakers at House hearing on migrant detention facilities

Former acting ICE Director Tom Homan unloads on lawmakers at House hearing on migrant detention facilitiesHoman blasts Congress for the delay in additional funding for the humanitarian crisis, urges lawmakers to fix the situation; FBN's Hillary Vaughn reports from Capitol Hill.



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Mike Pence says he'll bring TV cameras on tour of border facility as lawmakers voice alarm at conditions

Mike Pence says he'll bring TV cameras on tour of border facility as lawmakers voice alarm at conditionsMike Pence criticized lawmakers such as Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez who have compared the detention facilities to concentration camps.



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