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Transcript: Representative Steve Scalise on “Face the Nation”


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State representative speaks against Georgia’s voting restrictions at Senate field hearing


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Democratic Representative Calls on McConnell to Recuse Himself and Threatens Mistrial

Democratic Representative Calls on McConnell to Recuse Himself and Threatens MistrialRepresentative Jackie Speier (D., Calif.) has called on Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell to recuse himself from the impending impeachment trial over his admission that he would not be an "impartial juror" and his claim that the trial was politically motivated."I'm not an impartial juror," McConnell told CNN on Tuesday. "This is a political process. There is not anything judicial about it. Impeachment is a political decision."Speier responded by arguing that McConnell's statement should disqualify him from participating in the impeachment trial."I think we're going to have to call a mistrial before it even gets over to the Senate," Speier said on CNN. "My understanding is that each of the senators is going to have to take an oath that they will independently evaluate the evidence for impeachment. . . . It sounds like there's no interest in doing that whatsoever, and I would think Mitch McConnell should recuse himself."The House is expected to approve two articles of impeachment against President Trump this week, one for abuse of power and the other for obstruction of Congress.McConnell is currently under pressure from both Democrats and Republicans to set parameters for an expected impeachment trial in the Senate that will please both sides. On Tuesday, McConnell slammed minority leader Chuck Schumer's (D., N.Y.) proposal to determine which witnesses to call for testimony in the same document that will set rules for impeachment hearings."It is not the Senate’s job to leap into the breach and search desperately for ways to get to ‘guilty,’” McConnell said on the Senate floor. "The Senate is meant to act as judge and jury, to hear a trial, not to re-run the entire fact-finding investigation because angry partisans rushed sloppily through it."



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First Amendment group asks Representative Ocasio-Cortez to unblock users

First Amendment group asks Representative Ocasio-Cortez to unblock usersThe Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University said on Thursday it has asked Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to unblock any Twitter users she has barred on the basis of their political views. The Knight Institute, which successfully sued President Donald Trump over his decision to block dozens of users on Twitter from his personal @realdonaldtrump account, wrote Ocasio-Cortez urging her not to block followers because of their views. Ocasio-Cortez, a first-term New York Democrat, was sued in July by former Democratic New York state Assemblyman Dov Hikind for blocking him from her personal @AOC account.



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Donald Trump escalates row over 'rat infested' Baltimore and its representative Elijah Cummings

Donald Trump escalates row over 'rat infested' Baltimore and its representative Elijah CummingsDonald Trump has escalated a row in which he accused a black Democrat congressman of failing Baltimore, a city the US president described as a "rat and rodent infested mess" where "no human being would want to live." Democrats, including Speaker Nancy Pelosi, accused the US president of making "disgusting and racist" remarks and of having a "hate agenda". There was also anger in Baltimore itself. The local newspaper, the Baltimore Sun, declared: "Better to have some vermin living in your neighborhood than to be one." The White House said it was entirely fair for Mr Trump to attack the congressman, Elijah Cummings, because he had been a vocal critic of the president's immigration policies on the US-Mexico border, and had called for him to be impeached. Mr Trump said: "The Democrats always play the race card, when in fact they have done so little for our nation’s great African American people. "There is nothing wrong with bringing out the very obvious fact that Congressman Elijah Cummings has done a very poor job for his district and the City of Baltimore." Why is so much money sent to the Elijah Cummings district when it is considered the worst run and most dangerous anywhere in the United States. No human being would want to live there. Where is all this money going? How much is stolen? Investigate this corrupt mess immediately!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 27, 2019 Rep. Cummings responded that it was his "constitutional duty to conduct oversight of the executive branch." Political analysts said the latest race row was a further attempt by Mr Trump to enthuse his supporters, and push the Democrat party to the left, ahead of the 2020 election. It followed his recent attacks on the "Squad" - a group of four left-wing Democrat congresswomen. Mr Trump's poll ratings among Republicans rose after that row. Baltimore, which was at the centre of the new controversy, was the setting for the TV series "The Wire" which, over a decade ago, shocked many with its gritty depiction of drugs and poverty. More than half of Mr Cumming's district, which includes impoverished neighbourhoods in West Baltimore, is black.  People there expressed anger at Mr Trump, but also at their own elected city officials for not doing more. For block after block the area is blighted by dilapidated houses, some overgrown with weeds. Rubbish piles up in alleyways. The White House said it was entirely fair for Mr Trump to attack the congressman Credit: REX Yesterday, a man could be seen brazenly urinating on the pavement next to a school. A woman lay comatose on a doorstep, apparently under the influence of drugs. A prostitute, her teeth rotted by crack, was plying her trade at 10am with her pimp lurking nearby. Down the road two men were passing something furtively between them next to a church. A homeless man held a ragged teddy bear, and sign saying "feed my human". One enterprising resident had opened a streetside car wash using a burst water main. "Its worse here than it was 10 years ago. The police don't do anything, they just watch and wait for somebody to get shot," Kenneth Purnell, 52, a newspaper seller, said. Mr Purnell said he was "proud to be Baltimore" and the president should "represent us," but his anger was mainly directed at the city's mayor, Bernard Young. "The worst thing is the rats," he said. "They're more than a foot long and the tails longer than that. I've seen tens of them at a time. They come out of the abandoned buildings and run down the street in all the trash. You call the city and no-one comes. "People are scared to come out of their homes at night. Even in the day, because they're scared. You don't see a lot of people walking around do you?" Elijah Cummings spends all of his time trying to hurt innocent people through “Oversight.” He does NOTHING for his very poor, very dangerous and very badly run district! Take a look…. BlacksForTrump2020https://t.co/seNVESZUht— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 27, 2019 Standing outside a ramshackle church with iron bars on the windows, Renard Saunders, 48, who spent years homeless on the streets, said: "It has got worse. It's because drugs are so available. "We could go across the street right now and and it's right there. Fentanyl has taken over tin the last year. People are addicted to it, that's what's doing the damage. It declines you so fast," he said. Bernard Young, the Democrat mayor of Baltimore, said on Twitter: "It's completely unacceptable for the political leader of our country to denigrate a vibrant American city like Baltimore. Mr Trump, you are a disappointment to the people of Baltimore, our country, and to the world." David Simon, the journalist who created The Wire, also attacked Mr Trump. He said: “If this empty-suit, race-hating fraud had to actually visit West Baltimore for five minutes and meet any of the American citizens who endure there, he’d wet himself." Mick Mulvaney, Mr Trump's acting chief of staff, said any congressman who allowed the kind of poverty that existed in Rep. Cummings' district to continue, should be fired. He said: "I think the president is right to raise that, it has absolutely zero to do with race."



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U.S. Representative Ocasio-Cortez says to serve on financial services panel

U.S. Representative Ocasio-Cortez says to serve on financial services panelU.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, part of a new crop of Democrats swept into office this year on a stronger liberal platform, said she is poised to serve on a key congressional panel overseeing Wall Street, a potential setback for the financial services industry. “I’m looking forward to digging into the student loan crisis, examining for-profit prisons/ICE detention, and exploring the development of public & postal banking,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted late Tuesday. “I am very grateful for the opportunity to sit on this committee as a freshman.” Other incoming progressive Democrats, including Katie Porter, Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley, are also expected to secure spots on the committee, Politico reported.



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GOP Representative McSally Chosen for Arizona U.S. Senate Seat

GOP Representative McSally Chosen for Arizona U.S. Senate SeatMcSally, a blunt-talking former Air Force combat pilot, ran unsuccessfully for Arizona’s other Senate in November, losing narrowly to Democrat Kyrsten Sinema. McSally is a favorite of Senate leadership including Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, who had urged her appointment.



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NRA representative says media ‘loves mass shootings’ as ‘crying white mothers are ratings gold’

NRA representative says media ‘loves mass shootings’ as ‘crying white mothers are ratings gold’A National Rifle Association spokeswoman accused the media of loving mass shootings because they boost viewership. You guys love it,” NRA representative Dana Loesch said during a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). Last week’s shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, which left 17 people dead, has attracted intensive media coverage – as has the aftermath, which has seen some survivors demanding more gun control.



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Representative Scalise, wounded in Virginia shooting, is out of ICU

Representative Scalise, wounded in Virginia shooting, is out of ICUSteve Scalise, the Louisiana lawmaker shot last week at a U.S. congressional baseball team practice, is no longer in the intensive care unit of the hospital where he is being treated and remains in fair condition, the hospital said on Friday. Scalise was shot in the hip on June 14 when a lone gunman opened fire on Republican lawmakers practicing for an annual charity game against the Democrats. “Congressman Steve Scalise’s continued good progress allowed him to be transferred out of the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) on Thursday,” said MedStar Washington Hospital Center.



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Representative — and defendant — Greg Gianforte: How will it work?

Representative — and defendant — Greg Gianforte: How will it work?After his victory, Gianforte apologized to Guardian journalist Ben Jacobs by name and vowed to never embarrass fellow Montanans again.



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