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Court mulls: Was Trump's reply to rape claim part of job?

By JENNIFER PELTZ 57 minutes ago NEW YORK (AP) — Federal appeals judges asked Friday whether a U.S. president’s every remark is part of the job as they weighed whether former President Donald Trump can be held liable in a defamation case that concerns his response to a rape allegation. Trump and the Justice Department say he was acting in his official capacity when he spoke to the media about writer E. Jean Carroll’s accusation, so they want to swap the U.S. government in for Trump himself a ...

TexasTowelie

Lawyer who hatched a plan to throw the 2020 election to Trump pleads the 5th in Congress' Capitol

A lawyer and former Supreme Court clerk who advised former President Donald Trump will invoke his 5th Amendment rights in response to a subpoena from the House select committee investigating the January 6 Capitol riot. John Eastman's lawyer, Charles Burnham, sent a letter to committee chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson on December 1 saying, "Dr. Eastman hereby asserts his Fifth Amendment right not to be a witness against himself in response to your subpoena." -snip- "Members of this ...

discocrisco01

Manchin will vote with Senate GOPers to scrap Biden's biz vax mandate

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) said Thursday that he would join all 50 of his Republican colleagues in backing a resolution challenging President Biden’s vaccine mandate for private business. “Let me be clear, I do not support any government vaccine mandate on private businesses,” Manchin said in a statement. “That’s why I have cosponsored and will strongly support a bill to overturn the federal government vaccine mandate for private businesses.” Manchin added that the federal government should “ince ...

George II

Parents Of Michigan Shooter Have Gone Missing After Charges Filed

The parents of the Michigan high school shooting suspect have reportedly gone missing after being charged in relation to the incident, CNN reports. Local authorities confirmed they are searching for James and Jennifer Crumbley, the parents of accused Oxford High School shooter Ethan Crumbley, hours after they were each announced to face four counts of homicide involuntary manslaughter on Friday (December 3). The parents were scheduled for an arraignment at 4:00 p.m. ET. On Thursday (December ...

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Suspect's parents did not flee and are returning soon, their attorneys say

Two attorneys working with Jennifer and James Crumbley, the parents of the Michigan school shooting suspect, say the couple left town on the night of the shooting “for their own safety” and are not fleeing. . . . "On Thursday night we contacted the Oakland County prosecutor to discuss this matter and to advise her that James and Jennifer Crumbley would be turning themselves in to be arraigned. Instead of communicating with us, the prosecutor held a press conference to announce charges,&q ...

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Congress passes stopgap spending bill, averting shutdown despite GOP revolt on vaccine requirements

(Washington Post) House and Senate lawmakers on Thursday approved a bill to fund the federal government into early next year, narrowly averting a shutdown after some Republicans sought to seize on the imminent fiscal deadline to fight President Biden over his vaccine policies. The two successful evening votes spelled an end to a brief yet tense period that would have brought Washington to a halt come Saturday morning, a development that Democrats had described as irresponsible and dangerous in the middle of a deadly pandemic.

Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin

Trump should 'just shut up,' a Republican who's the longest-serving member of Congress says

(Business Insider) A Republican who's the longest-serving member of Congress had a blunt message for former President Donald Trump. "Just shut up — that's all he has to do." Don Young was among the 13 House Republicans who cast a vote for President Joe Biden's infrastructure plan, which passed the House last month. That same group faced a barrage of attacks from Trump and vicious backlash from voters and far-right lawmakers such as Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene. She denounced them as "traitors."

Jilly_in_VA

DeSantis proposes a new civilian military force in Florida that he would control

(CNN) Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis wants to reestablish a World War II-era civilian military force that he, not the Pentagon, would control. In a nod to the growing tension between Republican states and the Biden administration over the National Guard, DeSantis said this unit, called the Florida State Guard, would be "not encumbered by the federal government." He said this force would give him "the flexibility and the ability needed to respond to events in our state in the most effective way possible."

applegrove

McConnell Will Offer No Legislative Agenda for 2022

(Political Wire) "Mitch McConnell has told colleagues and donors Senate Republicans won’t release a legislative agenda before next year’s midterms, according to people who’ve attended private meetings with the minority leader," Axios reports. "Every midterm cycle, there are Republican donors and operatives who argue the party should release a positive, pro-active governing outline around which candidates can rally. McConnell adamantly rejects this idea."

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