Biden: ‘I haven’t always been right’ on criminal justice

Washington (CNN)Former Vice President Joe Biden said in remarks at a Martin Luther King Jr. breakfast Monday that he has made mistakes when it comes to criminal justice issues, an area of his career that could be scrutinized if he launches a 2020 presidential bid in a competitive Democratic field.…

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North Carolina elections board dissolves before certifying November results of 9th district race

(CNN)The North Carolina state board of elections dissolved Friday without certifying results from the 9th Congressional District, throwing into doubt the prospects for a new election in a race tainted by allegations of ballot fraud by a Republican operative. “Given the now well-documented election fraud that took place in NC-09,…

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Ex-Flynn business associates charged with trying to influence US politicians in Turkish lobbying case

(CNN)Two former business associates of former national security adviser Michael Flynn were charged with trying to influence American politicians to seek the extradition of a Turkish cleric, according to an indictment filed in the Eastern District of Virginia. The 66-year-old Californian, whom authorities say worked closely with Flynn on the…

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Review of misconduct allegations against Kavanaugh nears its end

(CNN)A Denver-based US appeals court that is handling misconduct complaints against new Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh is nearing resolution of the closely watched controversy. Additional complaints may have been lodged after Kavanaugh’s testimony on September 27 responding to the sexual assault claims of Christine Blasey Ford. Kavanaugh categorically denied…

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Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren meet ahead of 2020

(CNN)Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Vermont independent Sen. Bernie Sanders met Wednesday night as speculation about their plans for the 2020 presidential election heats up, a source familiar with the meeting said. “When it comes to progressives, I think Bernie and Warren are in a different league,” California Democratic…

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Key Republican senator pushing McConnell for vote on criminal justice bill

(CNN)With Congress eying to exit Washington in a few weeks, Sen. Chuck Grassley, the chairman of the influential Judiciary committee, dismissed Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s claim that a major criminal justice reform bill could pass next year. McConnell, the Senate Republican leader, has not said publicly whether he supports…

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Paul Manafort could face more charges, special counsel says

Washington (CNN)Special counsel Robert Mueller’s office is considering bringing more criminal charges against Paul Manafort, after it accused the former Trump campaign chairman of violating his plea deal to cooperate with prosecutors. The hearing came just days after special counsel prosecutors said they believe Manafort lied during his interviews with…

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Kellyanne Conway’s husband calls Trump administration ‘a s***show in a dumpster fire’

Washington (CNN)Conservative lawyer George Conway, the husband of presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway, called President Donald Trump’s administration “a s***show in a dumpster fire” in an interview released Friday. “I don’t think she likes it,” he told host Michael Isikoff on the Yahoo News podcast “Skullduggery.” “But I’ve told her, I…

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The Florida recount is now official. Here’s how it will work.

(CNN)Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner announced on Saturday that three statewide races in Florida would head to a recount. Counties can now begin to re-feed ballots into county or central count tabulators for the mandated machine recount. This process must be completed in all 67 counties by 3 p.m.…

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Eric Holder on Republicans: ‘When they go low, we kick them’

(CNN)In the debate over whether Democrats should go low against President Donald Trump and Republican lawmakers or rise above partisan attacks, count former Attorney General Eric Holder as an advocate of getting into the gutter. “When I say we kick them, I don’t mean we do anything inappropriate, we don’t…

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Pressure on Mnuchin rises as top CEOs pull out of Saudi conference

(CNN)Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin still plans to go to Riyadh for a high-profile economic summit later this month, even as top bank executives and investors continued to drop out after the disappearance of a dissident Saudi journalist. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia considered delaying the Saudi investment conference until after…

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Trump: Mattis is ‘sort of a Democrat,’ ‘don’t know’ if he plans to leave admin

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump said in an interview segment released Sunday that he was unsure how long Defense Secretary James Mattis planned to stay in his administration. Army Col. Robert Manning, a spokesman for the Pentagon, issued a statement in response to the President’s remarks. “Secretary Mattis is laser-focused on…

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Brett Kavanaugh protesters occupy the steps of the U.S. Capitol

Image: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images It’s very likely that alleged sexual assaulter Brett Kavanaugh will be confirmed on Saturday as a U.S. Supreme Court judge. The #resistance is having none of that noise. With hours to go before the Saturday afternoon Senate vote, protesters gathered in front of the United States…

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Prime Minister Ardern, UNICEF ED Henrietta Fore, Suraiya Haque speak with Julie Gichuru

Image: ANDREW HARNIK / Getty Images Are you a big Pulp Fiction fan? Let us ruin that for you. The production company Elara Pictures posted a disturbing video mashup to Instagram Friday: the hamburger scene from Pulp Fiction alongside a few choice moments from Brett Kavanaugh’s petulant testimony before the…

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Jamal Khashoggi: Trump ‘concerned’ about missing journalist; Saudis deny involvement

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump said Monday that he was “concerned” about reports on the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a Washington Post writer and Saudi royal court insider-turned-critic. “We call on the government of Saudi Arabia to support a thorough investigation of Mr. Khashoggi’s disappearance and to be transparent about…

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Sessions criticizes immigrants’ attorneys before immigration judges

Falls Church, Virginia (CNN)Attorney General Jeff Sessions told a new group of immigration judges Monday that it is their job to “restore the rule of law” to the immigration system over the contrary efforts of the lawyers who represent immigrants. “Just as we defend immigrant legal rights, we reject unjustified…

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