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Trump Could Make Animal Cruelty a Federal Crime

Bill awaits his signature after unanimous House, Senate votes

(Newser) - Animal cruelty could become a federal felony if President Trump signs a bill headed for his desk. The Senate unanimously passed a bipartisan bill Tuesday making certain types of animal cruelty a federal crime. "Current federal law prohibits animal fighting and only criminalizes animal cruelty if the wrongdoers create... More »

As Michael Cohen Prepares to Testify, Trump Tweets

'He is lying in order to reduce his prison time,' president says of former lawyer

(Newser) - Michael Cohen's expected testimony in front of the House Oversight Committee on Wednesday was released late Tuesday, and USA Today reports that President Trump responded in the middle of the night due to the time difference with Hanoi, Vietnam, where he's opening his second summit with Kim Jong... More »

Trump: I Axed Parade Over Local Politicians' Greed

They 'know a windfall when they see it'

(Newser) - President Trump says there's someone to blame for his military parade being canceled , and it is "local politicians," per a Friday morning tweet. "The local politicians who run Washington, D.C. (poorly) know a windfall when they see it. When asked to give us a price... More »

Dems React as Trump Blocks Memo: 'Hypocrisy at Its Worst'

President has sent Dems' memo back to HIC for revisions due to 'classified' and 'sensitive' passages

(Newser) - Earlier Friday, President Trump spoke to reporters about the 10-page Democratic rebuttal memo to the GOP memo alleging wrongdoing in the FBI and DOJ, noting that the Dem memo is "going to be released soon." "Soon" may be relative, however, as Trump, via a letter sent Friday... More »

Some Fear Trump Is Meddling in Merger to Target CNN

Sen. Brian Schatz wants an investigation amid allegations that DOJ wants network sold

(Newser) - Lawmakers are calling for an investigation into possible "political interference" amid accusations that the Justice Department is pushing for the sale of CNN before it will approve AT&T's merger with Time Warner. Sources tell Politico the DOJ gave the companies an "ultimatum" Monday demanding they drop... More »

Trump Steps Up Twitter Feud With Senator

He calls Richard Blumenthal 'Vietnam con artist' in series of tweets over 9 hours

(Newser) - Vacation or no vacation, President Trump had a busy Monday on Twitter: In a series of tweets over more than nine hours, the president laid into Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal for lying about military service in Vietnam . Never in US history "has has anyone lied or defrauded voters like... More »

Gorsuch: Trump's Attacks on Courts Are 'Demoralizing'

Supreme Court nominee making the rounds with senators

(Newser) - President Trump's Supreme Court nominee says the president's recent criticism of judges is "disheartening" and "demoralizing," reports CNN . Neil Gorsuch used those words in a meeting with Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal, according to Ron Bonjean, who is helping shepherd Gorsuch through his Capitol Hill meetings,... More »

Feinstein: I'm Bringing Assault Weapon Ban to Senate

Gun control dominates the day in wake of Newtown shootings

(Newser) - Gun control has roared back into the national debate, and the issue took over today's political talk shows in the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre, though David Gregory noted that all 31 pro-gun rights members of the incoming Senate declined his invitation to appear on Meet the Press.... More »

Holder Will Stay, but Just for a Year

Attorney general will honor president's request

(Newser) - Attorney General Eric Holder will stay on into President Obama's second term, as the president has asked him to do, but a senior administration official tells Fox News Holder will remain in his position only "for about a year." Obama wants to avoid a mass exodus, and... More »

Facebook to Employers: Stop Demanding Passwords

Company warns of possible legal action

(Newser) - Facebook has taken note of the recent trend of employers demanding that prospective or current employees hand over their passwords, and it issued a clear warning to such companies today: Knock it off. "As a user, you shouldn’t be forced to share your private information and communications just... More »

The Richest Members of Congress

Kerry falls behind with mere $193M

(Newser) - It’s been a tough year for most of us, but the richest in Congress, it seems, have only gotten richer: This year’s 50 wealthiest members are worth a collective $200 million more than last year’s, the Hill notes. Among them:
  • With a minimum net worth of $287
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Vince McMahon Poops on Blumenthal Campaign Sign

...in very, very classy WWE skit

(Newser) - Sure, Linda McMahon is running for US Senate, but surely the WWE will stay tastefully above the political fray, right? Yeah, that’s possible. Alternatively, Vince McMahon could pretend to unwittingly poop on a campaign sign belonging to his wife’s opponent, Richard Blumenthal. As you’ve probably guessed (or... More »

Where the Big Races Stand

Rand Paul and Marco Rubio up big, Harry Reid, Sharron Angle too close to call

(Newser) - With T-Minus one day to the election, here's where the most-watched races in the country stand:
  • Harry Reid and Sharron Angle are locked in a dead heat; the latest Public Policy Polling survey has Angle squeaking ahead 47% to 46%.
  • Looks like harping on the Aqua Buddha incident didn't help
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Debate Over Killer's Fate Seeps Into Conn. Races

Death penalty becomes central issue after home invasion conviction

(Newser) - One of the most horrific crimes in Connecticut's history may weigh on the state's elections. Stephen Hayes is awaiting sentencing for the home invasion murders of Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her two daughters next week and Republican candidates for Senate and governor have been making the death penalty a central issue.... More »

McMahon Slams Blumenthal on Vietnam Flub

New ad questions Democrat's honesty

(Newser) - Linda McMahon puts the issue of Dick Blumenthal's military service front-and-center in a new campaign ad. Titled "What Else?", the ad slams the Democratic Senate candidate for implying on more than one occasion that he served in Vietnam. Blumenthal was enlisted in the Marine Reserves but was never sent... More »

McMahon Wins in Conn.; Bennet Survives in Colo.

Former WWE exec will be GOP candidate for Senate

(Newser) - Linda McMahon easily won the GOP nomination tonight to run for Senate in Connecticut. The former World Wrestling Entertainment exec bested two rivals—including former congressman (and onetime favorite) Rob Simmons—and will face Democrat Richard Blumenthal in the fall to succeed the retiring Chris Dodd. McMahon will be the... More »

For Insight Into McMahon, Look to Her Wrestling Past

One high-profile case shows her effectiveness as executive

(Newser) - Politico takes a closer look at would-be Senator Linda McMahon's role in the world of wrestling, specifically at how she defused a high-profile sexual harassment case in the 1990s lodged by a teenage boy against male WWE employees. Views are split on whether she was manipulative or compassionate, but... More »

Joe Biden Jokes About Blumenthal's War Record

Vice president takes a dig at veterans' hospital

(Newser) - It's politically volatile territory, so someone cue up the vice president for a joke. During a barbecue today at the Walter Reed Medical Center, Joe Biden just couldn't help himself, reports the Hill . "I didn't serve in Vietnam. I don't want to make a Blumenthal mistake here," he... More »

Palin on Paul: 'Gotcha' Media Strikes Again

Michael Steele distances himself from Kentucky candidate

(Newser) - Rand Paul has famously taken the day off , but he was certainly everywhere on the Sunday circus dial. Sarah Palin led Paul's defense, decrying a media perpetually in search of that "'gotcha' moment," while Michael Steele backed away, calling Paul's philosophy "misplaced in these times." Tim... More »

'Real Marines Don't Lie'

But Parker's veteran brother is more understanding

(Newser) - It's too bad Richard Blumenthal didn't go to Vietnam, writes Kathleen Parker, because he would have learned an important lesson: "Real heroes never brag, and real Marines don't lie." Blumenthal has every right to be proud of his non-combat service, but he doesn't "have the right to... More »

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