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GOP Sen. Mike Braun: 'It'll be interesting to see' how Senate Republicans react to Bolton's bombshell

GOP Sen. Mike Braun: 'It'll be interesting to see' how Senate Republicans react to Bolton's bombshellMost of the Sunday political talk shows had already aired by the time The New York Times reported that former National Security Adviser John Bolton reveals first-hand information on President Trump linking Ukraine military aid to Kyiv investigating Joe Biden and other Democratic targets in his upcoming book. But Kasie Hunt's MSNBC show Kasie DC had not taped, and she got what we might think of as a first draft of the Senate Republican response from Sen. Mike Braun (R-Ind.).Earlier Sunday, NBC's Chuck Todd had asked Braun on Meet the Press about Trump's impeachment trial, on which Braun serves as a juror. He said the Democratic House impeachment managers had "put together a broad, comprehensive case" last week, but it was "circumstantial in nature."Now that there appears to be first-hand evidence from a willing witness, Hunt asked Braun Sunday evening, "do you care that John Bolton is saying that the president had a quid pro quo for money that Congress authorized for this purpose?" Braun said you have to consider the whole of Bolton's allegations, including his integrity. "Do you question John Bolton's integrity?" Hunt asked. "No," Braun said, "but you'd go through that." He added that the case so far "didn't deliver the goods," and "it'll be interesting to see what happens" with the new revelation.We finally know the kind of information Bolton could testify to, if four Republicans agree to subpoena him, so "how can you stand up and say, 'Sorry, I don't want to hear it?'" Hunt asked. "We'll all have to size that up and see what we think, how it impacts our own decisions on what we do with more information," Braun answered.> .@SenatorBraun reacts to breaking news from the New York Times on an unpublished manuscript from John Bolton, in which he claims the president tied Ukraine aid to investigations he sought:@Kasie: Do you question John Bolton's integrity?@SenatorBraun: No, but… pic.twitter.com/J5RoZ8Ul1m> > — Kasie DC (@KasieDC) January 27, 2020Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) had an easier time with the question. > "We believe in common sense, and you can't look at all this and say: Is this how somebody would act if they were innocent?" -@SenStabenow reacts to the impeachment trial so far. pic.twitter.com/q827u4XhpY> > — Kasie DC (@KasieDC) January 27, 2020More stories from theweek.com Trump and Rudy Giuliani slam Bolton, question his manhood after book excerpt report Bolton's lawyer blames the White House for leaking damaging book excerpts Through Blankets of Hope, Brooklyn brothers aim to spark a global movement of kindness



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Mike Pompeo accused a veteran NPR reporter of 'lying,' being 'unhinged,' and misidentifying Bangladesh for Ukraine on a map

Mike Pompeo accused a veteran NPR reporter of 'lying,' being 'unhinged,' and misidentifying Bangladesh for Ukraine on a mapNPR host Mary Louise Kelly said that Pompeo yelled at her and cursed her out for asking him tough questions on Ukraine in a Friday interview.



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Why are California's mayors lining up to endorse Mike Bloomberg?

Why are California's mayors lining up to endorse Mike Bloomberg?London Breed, San Francisco’s first black female mayor, joins campaign following support from Stockton and San Jose mayorsThere’s nothing surprising about a billionaire winning the support of the mayor of San Francisco, a city flush with tech wealth and new money.But when the billionaire is Mike Bloomberg – and the endorsement is the latest from a string of California mayors he mentored and supported – the vow of support raises some eyebrows.Bloomberg announced on Thursday that London Breed, San Francisco’s first black female mayor, would serve as his campaign’s chair of African Americans.“Voters re-elected London Breed by a wide margin because she is taking on the biggest and toughest issues – and she puts progress over politics,” the former New York mayor said in a statement. “I’m honored to have her support and look forward to working with her not only to win this election, but to help make San Francisco and all of California stronger, fairer, and greener – with more affordable housing, more good jobs, and healthcare for all.”Breed, who previously supported the California Senator Kamala Harris in the Democratic race for the presidential nomination, said on Facebook that she is backing Bloomberg because he “is the only candidate for president with a real plan for African Americans”, touting his Greenwood Initiative to increase black home ownership and the number of black-owned businesses.She acknowledged his harmful legacy of stop-and-frisk, the policing strategy that led to widescale racial profiling in New York City when Bloomberg was mayor, saying Bloomberg “owned up” to his “mistake” when he apologized for the 12 years he allowed the policy to flourish.“Of course I was a bit surprised to see the mayor endorsed Bloomberg,” said Lateefah Simon, president of the Bay Area Rapid Transit board and longtime friend of Breed. “But herein lies the power of the individual. It’s not San Francisco endorsing Mayor Bloomberg. It’s Mayor Breed.”For some in San Francisco, that’s the problem. “I haven’t met many Bloomberg supporters in San Francisco,” local lawmaker Matt Haney told the Guardian. “In fact, I don’t think I’ve met any. It doesn’t seem reflective of where the residents of San Francisco are. I don’t think her endorsement is reflective of how residents feel.”A recent UC Berkeley poll found that 85% of Californians have either a negative opinion of Bloomberg or no opinion at all. Yet since entering the race late in November, Bloomberg has secured the endorsements of the mayors of three major cities in the state – San Francisco, Stockton and San Jose. “I haven’t met any Bloomberg supporters who were not elected officials, period,” Haney said.Bloomberg, one of the richest people in the United States, has for years invested in developing political and support network for local leaders, providing them access to both money and expertise. All three California mayors who recently announced endorsements went through Bloomberg’s Harvard City Leadership Initiative, a training program for city mayors – Stockton mayor Michael Tubbs and San Jose mayor Sam Liccardo in 2018, and Breed in 2019. Tubbs attended the CityLab Summit in Paris in 2017, another Bloomberg-sponsored conference.In San Francisco, Bloomberg’s support included a $ 275,000 donation to support a soda tax and $ 7.1m to defeat an initiative to reverse a ban on e-cigarette sales – both measures supported by Breed. In 2018, San Jose received up to $ 2.5m from Bloomberg Philanthropies to tackle climate change. In June, Bloomberg Philanthropies donated $ 500,000 to a Stockton-based education reform group.“Mike has made significant investments in San Francisco, in cities throughout California, and indeed across the nation,” Breed said on Facebook.It’s significant that Bloomberg has been able to win the endorsements of black trailblazing mayors like Tubbs and Breed.At his first campaign stop in Stockton, California, in December 2019 Bloomberg stood next to Tubbs and apologized again for stop-and-frisk, but never acknowledged why the policy was harmful, or who it harmed.“There isn’t a politician alive who hasn’t made a mistake,” Breed said of stop-and-frisk. “The difference with Mike Bloomberg is he owned up to his.”“I think there is a long track record of people reaching out to black leaders and black communities in transactional ways,” Alicia Garza, founder of the Black Lives Matter movement, told the Guardian. “It really represents a lot of what’s wrong with politics in this country and I think it’s hard to believe that change will happen when these same kinds of dynamics are at play.“With that being said,” she continued, “there are decisions that leaders are having to make and they’re doing the calculus. Every leader has a right to do that.”Garza’s group, Black to the Future Action Fund, will be announcing its endorsement in February. While she demurred on her thoughts on Bloomberg and stop-and-frisk, she made a point to say that the group will consider “not just [the candidates’] future plans, but interrogating their records since they’ve been in power”.



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Mike Pompeo Blows Up at NPR Reporter: ‘Do You Think Americans Care About Ukraine?’

Mike Pompeo Blows Up at NPR Reporter: ‘Do You Think Americans Care About Ukraine?’Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reportedly cursed and shouted at an NPR reporter after she repeatedly confronted him about his handling of the politically charged ouster of former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch. According to a transcript of the interview between NPR host Mary Louise Kelly and Pompeo, he repeatedly dodged questions on Ukraine and grew increasingly irate after Kelly asked, “Do you owe Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch an apology?” “You know, I agreed to come on your show today to talk about Iran,” Pompeo said before going on to insist, “I  just don’t have anything else to say about that this morning.” When Kelly kept grilling him and noted that some within the State Department had criticized his failure to stand up for Yovanovitch after she was fired amid what she described as a smear campaign orchestrated by President Trump, Pompeo sought to dismiss the criticism as being from “unnamed sources.” But Kelly stopped him: “These are not unnamed sources. This is your senior adviser Michael McKinley, a career foreign service officer with four decades experience,” she said, reminding Pompeo that McKinley had testified on the matter under oath. Declining to comment on McKinley, Pompeo insisted, “I have defended every State Department official,” only to end the interview when Kelly asked him to refer her to any comments he’d made in defense of Yovanovitch. According to NPR, things grew even more heated after the interview had concluded, when Pompeo is said to have “silently glared” at Kelly before leaving the room. She was then reportedly asked to follow him without her recorder, but without any agreement that the following conversation would be off the record. At that point, Pompeo reportedly challenged Kelly to find Ukraine on an unmarked map and asked, “Do you think Americans care about Ukraine?” He reportedly wrapped up the meeting by declaring that “people will hear about this.” Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.



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Donald Trump is suddenly scared of Mike Bloomberg — as he should be

Donald Trump is suddenly scared of Mike Bloomberg — as he should beMike Bloomberg probably isn’t going to win the Democratic nomination for president. But he might beat Donald Trump anyway. The reason? Well, there are a couple billion of them — namely, the $ 2 billion Bloomberg plans to spend on Democrats' behalf.



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Democrats suggest Mike Pence may be 'misleading' Congress about his call with Ukraine

Democrats suggest Mike Pence may be 'misleading' Congress about his call with UkraineThe head of the House Intelligence Committee said Vice President Mike Pence may be "purposefully misleading" Congress about his own actions on Ukraine.



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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warns Iran of 'decisive response' if harm in Iraq

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warns Iran of 'decisive response' if harm in IraqSecretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday warned Iran of a “decisive” response if U.S. interests are harmed in Iraq, after a series of rocket attacks on bases.



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Mike Bloomberg apologizes for calling Cory Booker "well spoken"

Mike Bloomberg apologizes for calling Cory Booker "well spoken""I probably shouldn't have used the word, but I could just tell you he is a friend of mine," Bloomberg said.



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Trump massively undermined Mike Pence's mission to stop Turkey's invasion of Syria, saying publicly that it's none of his business

Trump massively undermined Mike Pence's mission to stop Turkey's invasion of Syria, saying publicly that it's none of his businessPence is en route to Turkey to convince its president to stop his offensive on Kurdish fighters in northeastern Syria. His boss isn't helping.



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Poll: 40% of Americans say they think Mike Pence would make a better president than Trump

Poll: 40% of Americans say they think Mike Pence would make a better president than TrumpAn outsize chunk of the American population think Vice President Mike Pence would make a better president than President Trump, according to a new Insider poll.



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