Kevin Spacey's gay outing follows political sex scandal playbook

(link to post) Kevin Spacey has been castigated in Hollywood for coming out as gay in response to an accusation of sexual misconduct, but playing the homosexuality card in the face of scandal is nothing new in politics. It goes back to 1983, when Rep. Gerry Studds, Massachusetts Democrat, admitted to having an affair with…

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Robert Mueller's investigation shows aggressive approach

(link to post) The charges announced this week by special counsel Robert Mueller show just how aggressive his team has been in its investigation into Russian meddling in last year’s presidential election — including dragging a former attorney for some of his targets before a federal grand jury. Attorney-client privilege would typically protect such disclosures,…

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Russian ads targeted issues, not candidates, social media execs say

(link to post) Russian-backed mischief-makers and disinformation accounts were a tiny fraction of the online conversation leading up to last year’s presidential election, and most of their efforts sowed discord over hot-button issues such as immigration and guns rather than attacking specific candidates, top social media executives told Congress on Tuesday. What attacks they did…

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Ed Gillespie campaign backed by $15 million from national GOP

(link to post) Virginia Republican candidates suffered close losses in the 2013 governor’s race and the 2014 Senate race amid complaints that a little more support from national Republicans might have turned defeat into victory. The Republican National Committee and Republican Governors Association are determined to make sure that’s not the case in next week’s…

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Ed Gillespie attack ad showing truck attack pulled New York terror incident

(link to post) An immigrant-rights group pulled down an ad depicting a truck stalking young minority children — an attack ad agains the Republican in Virginia’s governor’s race — after the New York vehicle attack Tuesday. The Latino Victory Fund’s ad showed a pickup truck with a Confederate flag and an Ed Gillespie bumper sticker…

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Democrats devise health care plans for 2018

(link to post) Congressional Democrats are rolling out bills to patch holes in Obamacare and expand the federal footprint in health care, saying they want to have options ready to go if they win majorities in Congress next year. Plans range from a total-government “Medicare for all” to the more limited “public option” that would…

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NPR chief placed on leave after sex harassment accusations

(link to post) NEW YORK (AP) – The chief editor at National Public Radio, Michael Oreskes, was placed on leave Tuesday after a published report that he abruptly kissed two women who were seeking jobs while he was Washington bureau chief at The New York Times in the 1990s. The women formally complained to NPR…

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GOP trying to woo advocacy group support for tax plan

(link to post) House Republicans announced late Tuesday they will delay the planned release of their long-awaited tax bill from Wednesday to Thursday, as lawmakers scrambled to hammer out differences amid a frenetic push to move forward on the GOP’s next big-ticket agenda item. “In consultation with President Trump and our leadership team, we have…

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Inside the Beltway: Dismal Democrats conduct their first autopsy

(link to post) The mainstream news media is obsessed with any story that suggests President Trump is squabbling with establishment Republicans or failing to improve the nation despite solid evidence proving otherwise. That we know. “What you haven’t heard much about is the acidic disarray among Democrats. That’s understandable. Democrats in Washington have become basically…

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Senator will introduce sexual harassment transparency bill

(link to post)OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) – A Democratic senator in Washington state says she’ll introduce a bill next year for transparency related to sexual harassment or assault claims made at the Capitol. The tweet from Sen. Karen Keiser on Tuesday came following a story by the Northwest News Network and The News Tribune/Olympian that interviewed…

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