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Ms. Nevada Loses Crown Over Her Facebook Posts

Katie Williams describes 'hypocrisy' at Ms. America pageant

(Newser) - Organizers of the Ms. America pageant say Ms. Nevada was stripped of her crown for violating social media rules. Katie Williams says her conservative values are really at the root of the move. "I just don't understand how you can censor someone ... when I'm not even really... More »

O'Rourke: 'Let's Be Very Clear About What Is Causing This'

Other Democrats also react strongly to the latest mass shootings

(Newser) - Democratic candidates are hitting President Trump—and hitting him hard—after two mass shootings gut-punched America over the weekend. Beto O'Rourke appeared on CNN's State of the Union: "Let's be very clear about what is causing this and who the president is," said the former... More »

Dan Quayle Has Advice for Democrats

The former vice president opines on 'these socialist programs'

(Newser) - Dan Quayle began a talk-radio appearance by chatting about sports, but the conversation inevitably drifted to politics—and a little advice the former vice president has for Democrats, the Indianapolis Star reports. "You look at where we are (today) and I look back to how we got things done... More »

Beauty Queen Loses Her Crown Over Tweets

Kathy Zhu says she's 'seen this happen before'

(Newser) - For one beauty queen, her tweets meant her crown. Kathy Zhu, 20, has been told she's no longer Miss Michigan 2019 because her "social media accounts contain offensive, insensitive and inappropriate content." Zhu blames her remarks about hijabs and black violence for the uncrowning: "I have... More »

Governor Sends Police After GOP Lawmakers in Hiding

Senators try to deny a quorum to block bill

(Newser) - The heat has been turned up on Republican state senators who went into hiding to prevent a climate bill from passing. Oregon State Police troopers have been dispatched to bring them back to the Capitol. "They need to return and do the jobs they were elected to do,"... More »

President's Son Won't Rule Out a Campaign of His Own

'I love the fight,' Donald Trump Jr. says

(Newser) - In a new interview, Donald Trump Jr. says he's mostly concentrating on promoting his father's policies around the country. He fires up the pro-Trump crowds at rallies, for instance, as he did Thursday night with a shot at one of his father's foes: "This week only,... More »

Schiff: There's 'Direct Evidence'

And other talk around the Sunday dial

(Newser) - Was Michael Cohen's testimony the smoking gun Democrats wanted? Maybe not , but Rep. Adam Schiff suggests he has enough evidence already: "I think there is direct evidence in the emails from the Russians through their intermediary offering dirt on Hillary Clinton as part of what is described in... More »

Nikki Haley Is Asking $200K per Speech

Former UN ambassador also wants the use of a private jet

(Newser) - When Nikki Haley resigned as UN ambassador last fall, President Trump said she would "make a lot of money" in the private sector. She's certainly trying: Haley's asking price for a speech is $200,000 and the use of a private jet, CNBC reports, citing seven sources.... More »

Democrats Pick a New Face for State of the Union Response

Stacey Abrams drew the party's attention in her close race for governor of Georgia

(Newser) - Stacey Abrams, the first black woman to win a major party nomination for governor, will deliver the Democrats’ response to President Trump’s State of the Union address next week. "She’s an incredible leader," Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said in making the announcement, per Politico . "... More »

Queen Sends Coded Brexit Message to Bickering MPs

It's the monarch's second Brexit intervention in 5 weeks

(Newser) - The queen's calming voice has been heard over the stormy seas of the Brexit process, calling on MPs to stop bickering. Without explicitly mentioning Brexit, at a speech to her local Women's Institute, the 92-year-old Elizabeth urged lawmakers to "seek common ground," reports Reuters . The date... More »

GOP Leader: 'Action Will Be Taken'

And other remarks around the Sunday dial

(Newser) - "That language has no place in America." So said Rep. Kevin McCarthy on CBS' Face the Nation about a recent remark by Rep. Steve King regarding white nationalism and white supremacy, CNN reports. "I have a scheduled meeting with him on Monday, and I will tell you... More »

Sanders: Trump Really Means It

And other talk around the Sunday dial

(Newser) - The government shuttered, for months or even years? So said President Trump , and Sarah Huckabee Sanders backed him up Sunday: "Absolutely—the president means what he says when he says that," she said on Fox News Sunday, per Fox News . She also criticized Democrats for opposing the border... More »

Sen. Graham Uses Language We Won't Print

And more around the Sunday dial

(Newser) - Dana Bash's eyes widened in shock, and it's little wonder. Interviewing Sen. Lindsey Graham on CNN's State of the Union, the host asked whether President Trump would be at fault if the Syria troop pullout ended up empowering ISIS. "Everything we're dealing with today falls... More »

Sen. Durbin: We Literally Begged Him

And more around the Sunday dial

(Newser) - Sen. Dick Durbin says he and other senators begged Jim Mattis to stay—but no, the defense secretary had made up his mind. "I was one of many senators who privately sat down with General Mattis and said, 'Please stay, stay as long as you possibly can,'... More »

Cory Booker Tests Voters: 'Love Is Not a Soft Word'

The New Jersey senator may already be stumping for 2020

(Newser) - Sen. Cory Booker tested the political waters Saturday for a possible presidential run, displaying his warm and inclusive style in New Hampshire—at a time when many Dems are feeling combative, the New York Times reports. "This country has enough hate, enough bigotry, enough anti-Semitism," he tells a... More »

Rep. Schiff Talks 'Jail Time'

And more around the Sunday dial

(Newser) - With prosecutors saying President Trump arranged illegal payments during the 2016 campaign, Rep. Adam Schiff adds a thought: "There's a very real prospect that on the day Donald Trump leaves office, the Justice Department may indict him," he says on CBS' Face the Nation, per Slate . "... More »

Cheney: George HW Bush Was Right About Me

And more chatter around the Sunday dial

(Newser) - Dick Cheney, an "iron ass"? Yep, he admits he was. On Fox News Sunday, the former vice president addressed the notion of "a fundamental break" between him and the late George HW Bush after Bush accused him of being "just iron ass," USA Today reports.... More »

Rep. Schiff Takes the Gloves Off in Slamming Trump

And other moments around the Sunday dial

(Newser) - Rep. Adam Schiff kept up his public feud with President Trump Sunday by calling him "weak" and "dishonest" on State of the Union, per CNN . "I have been briefed by the CIA. And while I cannot discuss the contents of the briefing in any way, I can... More »

Conway: 'That's Not Altered. That's Sped Up'

And more around the Sunday dial

(Newser) - Kellyanne Conway may have cleared up whether President Trump knows acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker—after Trump called Whitaker "a great guy" in October, made him acting AG last week, and claimed not to know him Friday , the Washington Post reports. "The president does know Matt Whitaker, has... More »

Pittsburgh Mayor to Trump: No Way

Bill Peduto resists the idea that houses of worship need armed guards

(Newser) - President Trump's answer to the mass murder Saturday at a Pittsburgh synagogue: They needed armed guards . Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto's response: Not so fast. "I don't think that the answer to this problem is solved by having our synagogues, mosques and churches filled with armed guards... More »

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