Trump defends Pelosi, says she’s ‘not a racist’

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump, in a surprising turn, defended Democrat Nancy Pelosi amid her dispute with Rep. Alexandria Ocascio-Cortez and other freshman Democrats, saying the House speaker “is not a racist.” Trump said Ocasio-Cortez “should not be doing what she’s doing” adding she’s being “very disrespectful to somebody that’s been there a long time.” “I don’t think that Nancy can let that go on. A group of people that came … I don’t know where they came from,” Trump said. Pelosi responded to Ocasio-Cortez’s comments Thursday saying: “I’ve said what I’m going to say in the caucus.” The day before, Pelosi delivered an impassioned pitch for unity during a closed-door caucus meeting, encouraging her colleagues to turn their ire on …

Neoliberal pundits want to write off Bernie Sanders again. That’s no surprise | Kate Aronoff

The same media outlets that failed to predict Trump are pushing their status quo-friendly narrative on the Democratic race Bernie Sanderss presidential campaign is collapsing. Or at least thats what a passing glimpse at the countrys leading national news outlets would have you believe. A recent Quinnipiac too! Accordingly, the CNN warns Bernie Sanders 2020 is in big trouble.But an ABC News and Washington Post poll has him packing rooms in Iowa, where his supporters will haggle over caucus participants next winter. What should we make of these conflicting messages? Mainly, that lots of pundits are not especially good at what is nominally their job: interpreting American politics. There are plenty of people in the political establishment who have it …

4 moments on CNN that helped shape Ross Perot’s political path

(CNN)Ross Perot, the billionaire tycoon who mounted two unsuccessful third-party presidential campaigns in the 1990s, died Tuesday, a family spokesman confirmed to CNN. He was 89. 1993 NAFTA debate: Al Gore vs Ross Perot (Full debate) Perot took on Vice President Al Gore on “Larry King Live” in November 1993 to debate the merits of the North American Free Trade Agreement, which had been passed by Congress but not yet signed into law by President Bill Clinton. Perot argued the agreement would lead to a loss of American jobs. Perot denies he cost Bush the election

Trump faces ‘limited paths forward’ on census citizenship question

Washington (CNN)The Trump administration is facing “limited paths forward” as lawyers explore options for adding a controversial citizenship question to the 2020 census after the Supreme Court ruled against it last week, a source familiar with ongoing discussions told CNN on Thursday. “Department of Commerce and the Department of Justice are working very hard on this, even on the 4th of July!” the President wrote, before departing the White House for his Virginia golf club. The White House said late Thursday that the President was “looking at every option.” “The Supreme Court ruled that it is legal to have a citizenship question in the census if there’s an appropriate explanation — and it should come as no surprise President Trump …

READ: Transcript of Maryland hearing on census citizenship question

Washington (CNN)Justice Department lawyers told a federal judge in Maryland on Wednesday that they’d been instructed to find a way to add a contested question about citizenship to the 2020 census. Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

CNN Iowa poll: Counting virtual caucusgoers and five more key takeaways

(CNN)This weekend’s new CNN/Des Moines Register/Mediacom poll shows former Vice President Joe Biden leading the pack with 24% and a close fight for second between Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders at 16%, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren at 15% and South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg at 14%. California Sen. Kamala Harris, at 7%, was the only other candidate to get above 2% in the poll. This was our first poll in which we attempt to replicate a new rule in which 90% of delegates will be decided by in-person caucuses and 10% through virtual caucuses. Interestingly, our poll found that even though just 10% of delegates will be determined through virtual caucuses, 28% of likely caucusgoers say they will vote this …

Top voting machine maker reverses position on election security, promises paper ballots

Voting machine maker ES&S has said it “will no longer sell” paperless voting machines as the primary device for casting ballots in a jurisdiction. ES&S chief executive Tom Burt confirmed the news in an op-ed. TechCrunch understands the decision was made around the time that four senior Democratic lawmakers demanded to know why ES&S, and two other major voting machine makers, were still selling decade-old machines known to contain security flaws. Burt’s op-ed said voting machines “must have physical paper records of votes” to prevent mistakes or tampering that could lead to improperly cast votes. Sen. Ron Wyden introduced a bill a year ago that would mandate voter-verified paper ballots for all election machines. The chief executive also called on …

ICE does not know how many veterans it has deported, watchdog finds

Washington (CNN)US Immigration and Customs Enforcement does not know exactly how many noncitizen veterans it has deported over the last five years, according to a federal watchdog group. Those findings have drawn the ire of Rep. Mark Takano, a California Democrat who’s the chairman of the House Veteran’s Affairs Committee, who sent a letter to acting ICE Director Mark Morgan on Thursday demanding answers. “I was deeply alarmed by the findings in the report that show not only are we unable to fully quantify how many of these men and women are being deported, but that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has certain policies already in place to which it consistently fails to adhere,” he wrote, according to a copy …

Socialism for the rich: the evils of bad economics

The long read: The economic arguments adopted by Britain and the US in the 1980s led to vastly increased inequality and gave the false impression that this outcome was not only inevitable, but good In most rich countries, inequality is rising, and has been rising for some time. Many people believe this is a problem, but, equally, many think theres not much we can do about it. After all, the argument goes, globalisation and new technology have created an economy in which those with highly valued skills or talents can earn huge rewards. Economics Corrupted Us by Jonathan Aldred, published by Allen Lane and available at guardianbookshop.co.uk Follow the Long Read on Twitter at @gdnlongread, and sign up to the …

Grand jury still interested in Roger Stone and the 2016 GOP convention

Washington (CNN)The Mueller investigation witness longest known to have refused testifying finally spoke to a secret federal grand jury Friday about conservative political operative Roger Stone, the 2016 Republican National Convention and his relationship with Stone since then and will give more documents to investigators in the coming week, his attorney said. “It’s hard to say where they’re going on this,” his attorney Paul Kamenar said outside the courthouse about the ongoing investigation, which has an unknown scope but was previously handled by special counsel Robert Mueller. “There could very well be a continuing investigation” of Russian interference in the 2016 election, but Miller did not have much information to help prosecutors, Kamenar said. Miller did not know of contact …

Some Republicans say the Senate is doing the bare minimum and they’re getting frustrated

(CNN)The greatest deliberative body in Congress is confirming a lot of nominations and not much else, and it is wearing on some members of the Republican conference. “There is also a sense that there are a lot of senators up for reelection in 2020,” the member said. “They don’t necessarily want to cast votes just for the sake of casting votes possibly leaving senators in a more vulnerable position, but it begs the question: which makes us more vulnerable, inacation or action?” The Senate is confirming Trump administration nominees faster than ever thanks to a rules change in April that cut down the time it took to confirm the President’s sub-Cabinet and district court picks. But, some argue that’s the …

Approximately 200 DHS volunteers have deployed to the border, amid other personnel shifts

(CNN)The Department of Homeland Security is shifting personnel from various agencies to the southern border to assist with the surge of migrants arriving from Central America, according to DHS officials. Volunteers include personnel from the Transportation Security Administration, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and US Secret Service. However, all DHS component agencies were asked to provide volunteers. The ranking member of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, Sen. Gary Peters, was critical of the moves, saying that “Congress must address the challenges at the Southern border without jeopardizing security at the Northern border or any of DHS’ other critical national security missions.” “Transferring resources and personnel from other vital agencies like TSA or FEMA are short-sighted, temporary fixes that could have …

Trump allies mobilize against congressman’s impeachment revolt

(CNN)Republicans are moving fast to squelch Justin Amash’s rebellion against Donald Trump before his conclusion that the President “engaged in impeachable conduct” — the first by a GOP lawmaker — can gather momentum. The early signs are that Amash’s protest will not materially shift political dynamics in Washington that mean any attempt to impeach Trump remains a long-shot scenario. But it introduced an unpredictable dimension into the building political storm over potential House testimony by Robert Mueller as Democrats accuse Attorney General William Barr of slow rolling a decision on a date for the special counsel to appear. Amash accused Barr of “deliberately” misrepresenting Mueller’s report — an explosive charge that will ensure Mueller will face an uncomfortable spotlight whenever …

Keir Starmer blames ‘wannabe Tory leaders’ for Brexit talks failure

Shadow Brexit secretary says impasse could be broken by allowing confirmatory vote The shadow Brexit secretary, Keir Starmer, has blamed wannabe Tory leaders for the breakdown of cross-party talks as he renewed his call for a second referendum on leaving the EU. The government and Labour sought to blame each other after Mays imminent departure from Downing Street meant there was no guarantee any promises would be kept by McDonnell likens Brexit talks to dealing with firm going bust video He echoed the agreed to set a timetable at the start of next month to elect a new leader. In an interview with the Daily Telegraph, Hancock, who voted remain in the referendum, said: I think a general election before …

Chelsea Manning says she doesn’t know if she’ll be jailed again after refusing to testify about WikiLeaks

Washington (CNN)Former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning, recently released from jail after refusing to testify about her disclosure of military and diplomatic secrets to WikiLeaks in 2010, said Sunday she doesn’t know if she’ll be sent back to jail after another planned refusal to answer questions before a grand jury this week. During another part of her interview, Manning, who served seven years in prison for the massive leak, said prosecutors have asked questions about “disclosures and how the things are disclosed and why they’re disclosed, as opposed to how it was obtained.” Manning was released last week from a detention center in Virginia after serving nearly two months there. Her jail sentence came after she objected to questioning in …

Appeals court allows Trump’s policy of returning some asylum seekers to Mexico to continue for now

(CNN)A federal appeals court is allowing the Trump administration to continue returning some asylum seekers to Mexico for the duration of their immigration hearings, for now. During oral arguments in late April, the three-judge panel — made up of two judges appointed by Democratic presidents and one appointed by a Republican — grappled with whether the policy should be allowed to continue, diving into technical matters and raising concerns about the process itself without providing much indication about where they stood on the policy overall. Judge Paul J. Watford, who had expressed skepticism about the process, relayed those concerns again in his concurring opinion. “In my view, DHS has adopted procedures so ill-suited to achieving that stated goal as to …