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Poll: Virginia split on whether Gov. Ralph Northam should resign; he insists, 'I'm not going anywhere'

Poll: Virginia split on whether Gov. Ralph Northam should resign; he insists, 'I'm not going anywhere'Gov. Ralph Northam vowed to remain in office Sunday while Virginians appeared split on whether the besieged Democrat should resign from office.



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Elizabeth Warren hits US campaign trail amid questions over whether she can shrug off 'Pocahontas' row

Elizabeth Warren hits US campaign trail amid questions over whether she can shrug off 'Pocahontas' rowElizabeth Warren, the 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, hit the campaign trail for the first time on Sunday hoping to shake off criticisms of her questionable past claim to Native American heritage that could undermine her White House bid. The Massachusetts senator, regarded as a top tier contender for the nomination but facing an increasingly crowded Democratic field, immediately took aim at Donald Trump, who she said could be in jail come election day. "By the time we get to 2020, Donald Trump may not even be president," Ms Warren said. "In fact, he may not even be a free person." Ms Warren, 69, travelled to the critical electoral state of Iowa less than 24 hours after officially launching her candidacy. In Cedar Rapids, she spoke of rebuilding the middle class through economic equality and challenging corporate wrongdoing. "I want to be clear on this. I’m not taking one thin dime of PAC money. I’m not taking one thin dime of federal lobbyist money. And I’m not going out kissing up to a bunch of billionaires hoping they’ll fund a super PAC for me," she said. Despite her unquestionable popularity within her party, the progressive democrat has been dogged by accusations that early in her career she misrepresented her heritage as Native American to take advantage of affirmative action. Ms Warren has denied such an intention. With a crowded and talented field vying for the nomination – to which Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota was also expected to officially join late on Sunday – the issue could be too big a hurdle for her to overcome. Speaking on CNN, Liz Cheney, a Republican member of congress, said: "The notion that anybody of any political party would pretend that they were a member of a tribe or pretend they were Native American and would do it as she seems to have done it in order to get benefits, that is, in my view, the disgrace." Last week Ms Warren apologised after the Washington Post unearthed her handwritten registration for the State Bar of Texas on which she identified as "American Indian". “I can’t go back,” she told the newspaper. “But I am sorry for furthering confusion on tribal sovereignty and tribal citizenship and harm that resulted.”  Last year she released the results of a DNA test which did indeed showed distant Native American lineage, six to 10 generations ago. But proof of that tenuous link did nothing to dampen the flames. Just as Mr Trump latched on to Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server in the 2016 race, he has zoned in on Ms Warren's assertion that she descends from the Cherokee nation, repeatedly calling her Pocahontas.  On Saturday, he was widely criticised for a tweet in which he jokingly referenced the Trail of Tears, the forced relocation of Native Americans from their ancestral homeland to reservations in the 1800s. Thousands died of exposure, disease and starvation on the journey. Shortly after Ms Warren declared, he wrote: "Will she run as our first Native American presidential candidate, or has she decided that after 32 years, this is not playing so well anymore? See you on the campaign TRAIL, Liz!" On Monday the president will travel to El Paso in Texas where he will hold his first rally of the year, as Beto O'Rourke, another potential presidential contender, joins an anti wall march less than a mile away. On Sunday it emerged that talks to over border security funding have stalled, with Mr Trump's chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, saying he "absolutely cannot" rule out another government shutdown.  With Friday's deadline fast approaching, Democrats want to place a limit on the number of beds at detention facilities as a way to stop overly aggressive arrests by ICE, the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. Mr Trump tweeted: "I don't think the Dems on the Border Committee are being allowed by their leaders to make a deal. They are offering very little money for the desperately needed Border Wall and now, out of the blue, want a cap on convicted violent felons to be held in detention."



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U.S. banks weigh whether to embrace or avoid progressive firebrand Ocasio-Cortez

U.S. banks weigh whether to embrace or avoid progressive firebrand Ocasio-CortezBarely a month into the new Congress, financial lobbyists in Washington are already strategizing how to handle the star power of rookie Democrat lawmaker Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. The Democratic Socialist and Wall Street critic joined the 60-member House Financial Services Committee in mid-January and more than a dozen lobbyists interviewed by Reuters say the 29-year-old activist and former bartender is too high-profile to ignore. Richard Hunt, chief executive of the Consumer Bankers Association, said he had not encountered a lawmaker like Ocasio-Cortez in more than 20 years in Washington.



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Mark Warner: 'It is a very real question' whether Trump acted as a Russian agent

Mark Warner: 'It is a very real question' whether Trump acted as a Russian agentSen. Mark Warner, D-Va., said it’s worth asking whether President Trump acted as an agent for the Russian government during his presidential campaign — wittingly or unwittingly.



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Transcripts Show FBI Considered Whether Trump was ‘Following Directions’ of the Kremlin

Transcripts Show FBI Considered Whether Trump was ‘Following Directions’ of the KremlinFollowing president Trump’s firing of former FBI director James Comey, a group of senior FBI officials considered the possibility that the dismissal was executed “at the behest of” the Russian government, according to Congressional testimony obtained by CNN. Then-FBI general counsel James Baker testified last year that he and other officials considered whether Trump was “acting at the behest of [Russia] and somehow following directions, somehow executing their will,” when he fired Comey in May, 2017. The other extreme is that the President is completely innocent, and we discussed that too,” Baker told House investigators.



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Trump dodges question on whether he has worked for Russia

Trump dodges question on whether he has worked for RussiaWASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump avoided directly answering when asked whether he currently is or has ever worked for Russia after a published report said law enforcement officials, concerned about his behavior after he fired FBI Director James Comey in 2017, had begun investigating that possibility.



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Trump blasts FBI counterintel probe into whether he worked for Russia

Trump blasts FBI counterintel probe into whether he worked for RussiaPresident Donald Trump blasted the FBI on Saturday, insisting it acted “for no reason & with no proof” when it opened an investigation into whether he was acting on Russia’s behalf after he fired the agency’s director, James Comey, in May 2017. The New York Times reported that the FBI launched the previously undisclosed counterintelligence investigation to determine whether Trump posed a national security threat, at the same time that it opened a criminal probe into possible obstruction of justice by the president. The FBI investigation was subsequently folded into the broader probe by Special Counsel Robert Mueller into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election and possible collaboration by the Trump campaign.



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FBI 'probed whether Donald Trump secretly worked for Russia after Comey firing'

FBI 'probed whether Donald Trump secretly worked for Russia after Comey firing'The FBI secretly launched an investigation into whether Donald Trump was working on behalf of Russia while in office, according to an explosive report by The New York Times.  The decision was said to have been taken after Mr Trump fired James Comey, the FBI director leading the Russia election meddling investigation at the time, in May 2017.  FBI agents had been weighing up the move for months but decided to act when Mr Trump linked the firing to the relief it would bring from the Russia probe, according to the paper.  The move would have put the FBI in an extraordinary position – having to consider whether the US president himself posed a national security risk to the country he was leading.  The investigation reportedly was only a few days old when Robert Mueller was appointed special counsel to take over the Russia investigation. It is unknown whether he is still pursuing that line of inquiry.   Former FBI Director James Comey, with his attorney, David Kelley, far right, arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington Credit: AP   Mr Trump on Saturday morning sent six tweets hitting out at the Russia probe. Referencing the New York Times article, the US president said FBI leaders had launched the investigation “for no reason and with no proof”.  The reported decisions date back to the chaotic days in Washington DC after Mr Trump fired Mr Comey just four months into his presidency.  The investigation into Russian election meddling – which included whether Trump campaign figures had conspired with the Kremlin – was already up and running, being led by the FBI.  Mr Trump reportedly wanted to reference Mr Comey’s handling of the Russia investigation in the letter announcing his dismissal. The US president also made the connection in a TV interview, saying “this Russia thing” was a reason he acted.    Outgoing FBI director Robert Mueller speaks during an interview at FBI headquarters Credit: AP   Those two events convinced FBI leaders that they had to investigate whether Mr Trump was knowingly working for or unwittingly being influenced by Moscow, according to The New York Times.  As well as investigating whether Mr Trump has committed obstruction of justice in firing Mr Comey – a criminal offence – the bureau looked into whether he was a national security threat, which is a counterintelligence matter, the paper reported. Mr Mueller’s appointed as special counsel around a week after Mr Comey’s firing meant that the FBI handed all aspects of its investigation over to his team.  Rudolph Giuliani, a lawyer for Mr Trump, played down the significance of the investigation to The New York Times, saying: “The fact that it goes back a year and a half and nothing came of it that showed a breach of national security means they found nothing.”  Mr Trump tweeted:  Wow, just learned in the Failing New York Times that the corrupt former leaders of the FBI, almost all fired or forced to leave the agency for some very bad reasons, opened up an investigation on me, for no reason & with no proof, after I fired Lyin’ James Comey, a total sleaze!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 12, 2019 Mr Comey wrote later on Saturday morning:  “I ask you to judge me by the enemies I have made.” — FDR— James Comey (@Comey) January 12, 2019



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FBI 'investigated whether Trump was secretly working for Russia'

FBI 'investigated whether Trump was secretly working for Russia'Law enforcement officials became so concerned by President Donald Trump’s behaviour in the days after he fired FBI Director James Comey that they began investigating whether he had been working for Russia against US interests, The New York Times reported on Friday. The report cites unnamed former law enforcement officials and others familiar with the investigation. The inquiry forced counterintelligence investigators to evaluate whether Mr Trump was a potential threat to national security, and they also sought to determine whether Mr Trump was deliberately working for Russia or had unintentionally been influenced by Moscow.



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Joe Biden tops key 2020 poll as he mulls whether he is too old to run for president

Joe Biden tops key 2020 poll as he mulls whether he is too old to run for presidentJoe Biden, Barack Obama’s vice-president, has emerged as an early frontrunner among Democrats vying for the 2020 presidential nomination with a dominant lead among voters in Iowa, who will be the first to state their preference next year. A new CNN/Des Moines Register/Mediacom poll finds 32 per cent of likely caucusgoers saying they back Mr Biden as their first choice, ahead of 19 per cent for Bernie Sanders and 11 per cent for Beto O'Rourke, the telegenic campaigner who came close to an against-the-odds win in Texas last month. The results have Democrats salivating about a dream ticket that matches a 76-year-old veteran, who is popular with blue-collar voters, with Mr O’Rourke, a 46-year-old with a knack for producing viral videos. “It’s early days and a lot can change but it could be a way to get past the age issue with Joe,” said a Democratic strategist who spoke on condition of anonymity ahead of endorsing a candidate. “Then again, it’s two white men.” Mr Biden has not yet decided whether he will join a crowded field of contenders. However, he has done little to dispel the speculation and has touted his age as an advantage. Profile | Joe Biden “I’ll be as straight with you as I can. I think I’m the most qualified person in the country to be president,” he said during a speech at the University of Montana earlier this month. “The issues that we face as a country today are the issues that have been in my wheelhouse that I've worked on my whole life.” His supporters say he is best placed to woo back the parts of the Rust Belt and middle America that were unimpressed with Hillary Clinton’s run and defected to Donald Trump in 2016. But doubts remain that the Democrats are in danger of losing the youth vote if they plump for Mr Biden or the likes of Mr Sanders, 77, or Elizabeth Warren, 69. The Associated Press reported at the weekend that Mr Biden was talking to friends and long-time supporters about whether he was too old to run for the White House. They have floated the idea of teaming up with Mr O’Rourke. Mr O'Rourke excited Democratic voters and individuals donors in Texas, a usually staunch Republican state. Beto O'Rourke is mulling a 2020 run after a strong midterm showing Credit: Sergio Flores/Reuters The three-term Congressman initially ruled himself out of a 2020 run but is now considering capitalising on his sudden national profile. He became famous for livestreaming almost every aspect of his life during the midterm campaign when he came within three percentage points of a giant-killing victory over Ted Cruz. Iowa is a critical state for would-be presidents. It represents the first votes of the election cycle as, come February 2020, party supporters gather in caucuses to select their preferred candidate. The winner has gone on to clinch the nomination in every contested primary season since 2000. Among other notable contenders, Ms Warren, the Massachusetts Senator, polled eight percent and Kamala Harris, the California Senator, won the backing of five percent of respondents in the new poll. Last week the New York Times reported that Mr Sanders and Ms Warren had met to discuss their rival presidential ambitions, but that neither had tried to dissuade the other from running, nor had they agreed to a joint-ticket.  Ms Warren, a noted progressive like Mr Sanders, has drawn fierce criticism for publishing the results of a DNA test to prove that she has Native American ancestry. The move followed Mr Trump, who mockingly dubbed Ms Warren "Pocahontas", alleging such claims were false.



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