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2020 Vision: Trump gets surprise Log Cabin Republicans endorsement

2020 Vision: Trump gets surprise Log Cabin Republicans endorsementDuring the 2016 election the conservative LGBT organization declined to endorse him for president.



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Scaramucci breaks with Trump and tells Republicans to consider 2020 change

Scaramucci breaks with Trump and tells Republicans to consider 2020 change* Former PR chief says he no longer actively supports Trump * Says of Trump: ‘He’s sounding more and more nonsensical’Anthony Scaramucci said on Monday: ‘The guy’s dissembling a little bit, and he’s sounding more and more nonsensical.’ Photograph: Pablo Martínez Monsiváis/APAnthony Scaramucci, the former White House communications director, has lashed out at Donald Trump, suggesting the president will one day “turn” on those he claims to be fighting for and that he may need to be replaced at the top of the Republican ticket in 2020.On Monday, Scaramucci was asked by CNN whether he was “no longer an active supporter of President Trump and his re-election bid?”Scaramucci replied: “I think that’s pretty obvious from over the weekend.”Asked if he was calling for a change to the Republican nomination for president, Scaramucci said: “Well, I’m calling for it to be considered, yes.”Scaramucci introduced that theme on Sunday, telling Axios: “We are now in the early episodes of Chernobyl on HBO, where the reactor is melting down and the apparatchiks are trying to figure out whether to cover it up or start the clean-up process.”He went on: “A couple more weeks like this and ‘country over party’ is going to require the Republicans to replace the top of the ticket in 2020. We can’t afford a full nuclear contamination site post-2020.”Trump attacked Scaramucci in a series of tweets at the weekend, in which he said his fellow New Yorker had been “totally incapable of handling” his position in the White House and accused him of knowing “very little about me”.> We are now in the early episodes of Chernobyl on HBO, where the reactor is melting down> > Anthony ScaramucciTrump said: “Anthony Scaramucci, who was quickly terminated (11 days) from a position that he was totally incapable of handling, now seems to do nothing but television as the all-time expert on ‘President Trump’.He said: “Like many other so-called television experts, he knows very little about me. Anthony, who would do anything to come back in, should remember the only reason he is on TV, and it’s not for being the Mooch!”Trump appeared to have been triggered by an appearance by Scaramucci on MSNBC in which he described Trump’s efforts to console victims of mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton as a “catastrophe”.Trump, who is at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, did not immediately respond on Monday. According to Bloomberg News, press secretary Stephanie Grisham was referring to Scaramucci when she said: “This is all so self-serving on his part and the media plays right into it. It’s embarrassing to watch.”Scaramucci was briefly employed in the Trump White House in July 2017, resigning after an at times obscene phone call with a New Yorker writer he said he thought was off the record was made public. He remained supportive and in October 2018 released a book, Trump: The Blue-Collar President.In January this year, Scaramucci expressed support for the president, saying he probably would vote for Trump again. But that door has now closed.Scaramucci tweeted on Sunday: “For the last three years I have fully supported this president. Recently he has said things that divide the country in a way that is unacceptable. So I didn’t pass the 100% litmus test. Eventually he turns on everyone and soon it will be you and then the entire country.”Scaramucci also appeared to want to make amends for supporting Trump. He tweeted: “To those asking, ‘What took so long?’ You’re right. I tried to see [the] best in [Donald Trump] based on private interactions and select policy alignment. But his increasingly divisive rhetoric – and damage it’s doing to fabric of our society – outweighs any short-term economic gain.”In his comments to CNN on Monday, Scaramucci said Trump’s sounded “more and more nonsensical”.He said: “The guy’s dissembling a little bit, and he’s sounding more and more nonsensical. We’re sort of anesthetized to it, and people inside of Washington are, ‘Oh yeah, that’s just President Trump, just let him act like that.’ But you’re fracturing the institutions and all of the things that the country stands for, so that’s not worth the economic policies.”



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Republicans can find common ground on guns, Kellyanne Conway says

Republicans can find common ground on guns, Kellyanne Conway saysPresident Donald Trump is "actively talking to Republicans and Democrats" on background checks, Conway said.



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Poll: Most Republicans support assault weapons ban, despite Trump saying 'no appetite'

Poll: Most Republicans support assault weapons ban, despite Trump saying 'no appetite'Trump campaigned in 2016 on his strong support for the Second Amendment. But the poll found that more than half of GOP voters said they would support stricter gun laws after the recent shootings.



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2020 Vision: Republicans becoming ever more a party of white men

2020 Vision: Republicans becoming ever more a party of white menAfter Rep. Will Hurd’s retirement, the next Congress will have exactly one black Republican: Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina.



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'This Is a Distraction.' Republicans Worry Trump's Racist Comments Will Hurt Him in 2020

'This Is a Distraction.' Republicans Worry Trump's Racist Comments Will Hurt Him in 2020Some Republicans worry that will cost him votes



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Mueller says he did not exonerate Trump as Republicans assail inquiry

Mueller says he did not exonerate Trump as Republicans assail inquiryFormer Special Counsel Robert Mueller said on Wednesday in his long-awaited U.S. congressional testimony he had not exonerated Donald Trump of obstruction of justice, as the president has claimed, and defended the inquiry’s integrity under repeated attacks by Trump’s conservative Republican allies. During a day of sometimes dramatic high-stakes political theater, the former FBI director answered questions publicly for the first time on his investigation in back-to-back hearings, with Democrats and Republicans taking familiar positions at a time of deep partisan divisions in the United States. The hearings, with Mueller facing a rapid-fire succession of questions and sometimes struggling with his answers or sidestepping queries, appeared to do little to move the Democrats who control the House of Representatives closer to launching the impeachment process to try to remove Trump from office even as he seeks re-election in 2020.



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Republicans Aren’t Happy: Mueller Makes Last-Minute Request Ahead Of Testimony

Republicans Aren’t Happy: Mueller Makes Last-Minute Request Ahead Of TestimonyFormer special counsel Robert Mueller asked Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee to swear in his longtime deputy as a witness at a congressional hearing Wednesday, according to multiple reports.Mueller asked that Aaron Zebley, who served as deputy on the special counsel’s probe, be sworn in as a witness in order to address any questions that he is not able to answer, according to sources familiar with the matter, The New York Times and CNN reported.Mueller is scheduled to testify before the House Judiciary Committee for three hours and before the House Intelligence Committee for two hours Wednesday. He will be pressed for details of his 22-month investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia and whether President Donald Trump attempted to obstruct the probe.In a report of the investigation, Mueller said that his team was unable to establish that any Trump associates conspired with the Russian government to influence the election. But the report was vague on obstruction. Mueller declined to charge Trump on obstruction, but also said that the Republican was not exonerated by the investigation.



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Arizona Dem. Joins Republicans in Effort to Expedite Deportation of Migrants with Invalid Asylum Claims

Arizona Dem. Joins Republicans in Effort to Expedite Deportation of Migrants with Invalid Asylum ClaimsSenator Kyrsten Sinema (D., Ariz.) has joined a bipartisan group of nine colleagues proposing a pilot program that would expedite the deportation of migrants who make invalid asylum claims.The senators outlined the Operation Safe Return program, which would allow the deportation of migrants within 15 days if their asylum claims are not credible, in a letter sent to acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan on Wednesday.“We write to urge you to use authorities in use as of June 30, 2019, to implement Operation Safe Return, a pilot program to rapidly, accurately, and fairly determine those families who have crossed the southern border that clearly do not have a valid legal claim and safely return them to their home countries,” the senators wrote. “Through this program, we expect that we can meet our commitments to humanitarian protections while ensuring proper efficiency, timeliness, order, and fairness in the credible fear screening process.”Sinema and Republican senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin led the effort to develop the program in response to the ongoing humanitarian crisis that has arisen at border-detention facilities in recent months due to overcrowding.The freshman Arizona Democrat began devising the program after realizing that the Trump administration's proposed solutions, which involve rewriting asylum laws and doing away with the Flores consent decree, were inadequate, according to the Arizona Republic.“This pilot program would apply to families who aren't claiming 'credible fear,' which of course is the first threshold in seeking asylum,” she said. “If someone says 'I left my country because I can't make a living,' [or] 'it's hard to take care of my family' — that's what we call an economic migrant.”“I just felt those weren't the right answers," Sinema added. “We wanted to solve the problem. We wanted to protect the asylum process for valid applicants . . . and we want to respect the Flores decision,” which limits to just 20 days the length of time that a migrant minor can be held in federal custody.Under the current system, asylum-seekers typically wait months or even years for their hearing, which as many as 90 percent of them fail to appear for, according to a recent pilot program that tracked asylum-seekers. Under Sinema's proposal, migrants would receive an expedited hearing and would be immediately deported if they failed to meet the “credible fear” standard established under U.S. immigration law.Sinema and Johnson are joined by Republican senators Mike Enzi and John Barrasso of Wyoming, James Lankford of Oklahoma, Rob Portman of Ohio, and John Cornyn of Texas, as well as Democratic senators Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Doug Jones of Alabama. The group plans to meet with McAleenan in the coming weeks to explain the program in further detail.



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House Dems Join Republicans to Kill Impeachment Resolution

House Dems Join Republicans to Kill Impeachment ResolutionA substantial majority of House Democrats crossed the aisle Wednesday to join Republicans in opposing an impeachment resolution introduced in response to President Trump's attacks on four progressive freshman congresswoman.The resolution, introduced by Representative Al Green (D., Texas), was defeated 332-95, with 137 Democrats voting with Republicans against the measure. Green pressed forward with the impeachment effort despite opposition from Democratic leadership, who counseled their caucus to table the resolution, temporarily killing it.“It’s time for us to deal with his bigotry. This president has demonstrated that he’s willing to yell ‘fire’ in a crowded theater, and we have seen what can happen to people when bigotry is allowed to have a free rein,” Green told reporters Wednesday. “We all ought to go on record. We all ought to let the world know where we stand when we have a bigot in the White House.”President Trump celebrated the vote as he arrived in Greenville, N.C. Wednesday evening for a campaign rally.“We’ve just received an overwhelming vote against impeachment and that’s the end of it,” the president told reporters. He followed up those comments with a tweet in which he called the impeachment effort “the most ridiculous and time consuming project” and said, “This should never be allowed to happen to another President of the United States again!”Pelosi cast the episode as a distraction that would benefit the president politically in comments to reporters Wednesday.“You have to give him credit: He’s a great distractor,” she said.Curiously, Green's impeachment resolution made no mention of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation and instead focused solely on the recent attacks Trump has launched against Democratic Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota.In her comments to reporters on Wednesday, Pelosi emphasized that her caucus will continue to investigate Trump for possible obstruction of justice and corruption, despite those charges not appearing in the resolution.“We have six committees that are working on following the facts in terms of any abuse of power, obstruction of justice and the rest that the president may have engaged in,” she said. “That is the serious path that we are on.”



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