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87-Year-Old GOP Senator Tests Positive

Chuck Grassley is 3rd in line of presidential succession

(Newser) - Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, the longest-serving Republican senator and third in the line of presidential succession, said Tuesday that he has tested positive for the coronavirus. Grassley announced earlier Tuesday that he was quarantining after being exposed to the virus and was waiting for the results of a test. On...

Trump Tweet Set Off Mad Scramble Among Aides

Retweet of 'white power' video caused a ruckus, but he had left for golf course

(Newser) - President Trump set off a firestorm Sunday morning when he retweeted a video (watch it here , but note language) of a Trump supporter shouting "white power" to counterprotesters in a Florida retirement community. The tweet came down about three hours later, and the White House said Trump hadn't...

This May Be the End of Iowa's Political Clout

Many predicting the end of the state's first-in-the-nation voting status

(Newser) - If you thought people were fed up with Iowa's first-in-the-nation voting status before Monday night's chaos , it's nothing compared to the sentiment surfacing Tuesday morning. Examples:
  • The overview: "Iowa's outsize role has faced attacks for decades, along with periodic failed attempts by other states to
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Dogs Were Sent Overseas to Help. A Report Details Their Horrors

State Department probe details serious neglect, terrible conditions for bomb-sniffers in Jordan

(Newser) - A hotline complaint about US bomb-sniffing dogs working overseas jump-started a State Department probe, and the resulting report is a disturbing one. Federal investigators looking into the health and welfare of the canines sent to Jordan—one of several partner nations the US sends specially trained dog to for assistance...

Grassley Asks DoJ to Probe Kavanaugh Accuser

Senate Judiciary Committee chairman says Julie Swetnick's allegations were not credible

(Newser) - Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley on Thursday asked for a criminal investigation into whether Julie Swetnick and her attorney, Michael Avenatti, conspired to provide false statements to Congress and obstructed a congressional investigation during the confirmation process for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, the AP reports. Grassley wrote in...

Prosecutor to Ford: 'I'm Very Sorry'

Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination hangs in the balance in Senate testimony

(Newser) - She's positive it happened. That's one big theme emerging from Christine Blasey Ford's highly anticipated testimony Thursday before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Ford told senators she has no doubt that it was Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh who accosted her on a bed at a party in...

Grassley Grants Extension on Kavanaugh Testimony

Senate Judiciary Committee chair's tweet on accuser Christine Ford: 'I want to hear her'

(Newser) - A high-stakes standoff between Republicans and the woman accusing Brett Kavanaugh of a three-decade-old sexual attack stretched into the weekend after the Senate Judiciary Committee chairman said his panel would vote Monday on Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination without a deal on her conditions for testifying. Nearly two hours after...

Kavanaugh: My Accuser Is Wrong

Kellyanne Conway says the woman should not be ignored or insulted

(Newser) - Brett Kavanaugh doubled down Monday on his denial of a sexual misconduct allegation going back to his high school days. "This is a completely false allegation," Kavanaugh said in a statement cited by CNN . "I have never done anything like what the accuser describes—to her or...

Republicans Push for Criminal Charges in Russia Probe

Charges would be against someone trying to expose Russian election interference

(Newser) - Two Republican leaders are recommending the Justice Department investigate Christoper Steele—the former British spy who authored the infamous dossier alleging collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign—for possibly lying to the FBI, the Washington Post reports. According to the New York Times , it's the first known criminal...

Fox News Guest Floats Theory on Trump, Hosts Push Back

Kevin Jackson drew immediate pushback for suggesting FBI may be scheming to kill president

(Newser) - On Tuesday's airing of Fox News' Outnumbered, one guest was literally outnumbered by the hosts as they pushed back against an eyebrow-raising theory he offered up during the program, per Mediaite . Kevin Jackson, a radio pundit and Fox contributor who's been deemed a "serial liar and conspiracy...

White House Gives Up on 2 Controversial Nominations

Talley, Mateer will not be moving forward

(Newser) - One is a former ghost hunter who has never tried a case. The other described transgender children as "Satan's spawn." Neither man is going to become a federal judge. A White House official tells Politico that the administration will not be moving forward with the nominations of...

Grassley's 'Booze' Comment on Estate Tax Draws Ire

He complains of people who spend their money on alcohol, women, and movies

(Newser) - Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley is taking flak over comments he made about why the GOP aims to scrap or least mitigate the estate tax. In speaking to the Des Moines Register , Grassley said the tax often derided by Republicans as the "death tax" is unfair because it taxes earnings...

Holder: I'm Not Sure How Often We Spy on Journalists

Attorney general to face House grilling today

(Newser) - The Justice Department's secret subpoena of AP phone records might not have been a one-time occurrence. Eric Holder tells NPR that he has no idea how many times he'd allowed the department to snoop on journalists. "I'm not sure how many of those cases … I...

Giffords: Too Many Children Are Dying

Former rep is passionate, Wayne LaPierre defiant in testimony

(Newser) - Gabrielle Giffords delivered a short, powerful, and somewhat difficult to watch statement on Capitol Hill today to kick off the Senate Judiciary Committee's hearing on gun control. "Speaking is difficult, but I need to say something important," Giffords said in halting tones. "Too many children are...

Watchdog Slams Justice Dept. 'Nepotism'

Single division cited 3 times in 8 years: inspector general

(Newser) - Workers at a division of the Justice department have been hiring based on nepotism, the department's inspector general says. In a new report, eight employees—career workers, not political appointees—are cited for seeking jobs for their kids and other relatives, according to NPR . The Justice Management Division, the...

Judges' $1M Maui Trip Turns Heads in Congress

Ninth Circuit conference would include full-service spa

(Newser) - US senators are scrutinizing a planned Maui getaway for circuit court judges that could cost more than $1 million in taxpayer dollars, Fox News reports. Scheduled for August, the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference would allow judges, attorneys, staff, and "special guests" to stay at a Hyatt Regency resort spa...

Chuck Grassley in Brouhaha Over Calling Obama 'Stupid'

Republican upset over president's Supreme Court comments

(Newser) - Sen. Charles Grassley is in hot water today after a tweet Saturday in which the Iowa Republican called President Obama stupid. "Constituents askd why i am not outraged at PresO attack on supreme court independence. Bcause Am ppl r not stupid as this x prof of con law,"...

Senator's Twitter Feed Hacked—by Anonymous?

Hacker posted anti-SOPA tweet on Chuck Grassley's feed

(Newser) - In answer to a Twitter query about who Anonymous should hack next: Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley had his Twitter feed hacked with an anti-SOPA message today, Gizmodo reports. The first hacked tweet: "Dear Iowans, vote against ACTA, SOPA, and PIPA, because this man, Chuck Grassley, wants YOUR internet censored...

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