Claire McCaskill's crusade could hurt Native American rights

(link to post) ANALYSIS/OPINION: It has been asked throughout history: Haven’t Native American tribes suffered enough? Well, one senator vehemently appears to disagree. Let’s establish an important legal concept and set the context. The legal term “sovereign immunity,” according to the Wex Legal Dictionary, means that “the government cannot be sued without its consent.” This…

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Idaho lawmakers reject removing campaign contribution limits

(link to post)BOISE, Idaho (AP) – An Idaho legislative panel reviewing possible campaign finance reforms rejected a proposal Wednesday to lift the state’s campaign contribution limits. Instead, the 10-member bipartisan committee unanimously agreed that Idaho’s modest contribution limits to candidates and political action committees should remain in place. “Beyond my belief that it corrupts politics…

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Senate rejects Democratic budget amendments to hike taxes, boost entitlement spending

(link to post) The Senate on Wednesday turned aside several Democratic budget amendments that sought to offset a boost in entitlement spending with higher taxes, as Republicans speed toward passage of their budget plan to clear the way for their long-sought tax overhaul. Republicans want to get their 2018 budget blueprint passed this week to…

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Judge orders government to allow abortion for immigrant teen

(link to post)WASHINGTON (AP) – A federal judge on Wednesday ordered the government to allow a pregnant 17-year-old immigrant, who was detained after entering the country illegally, to undergo an abortion. After a brief hearing that included a testy exchange with government lawyers, Judge Tanya Chutkan ordered the government to move “promptly and without delay”…

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Club for Growth releases first ads in the tax reform debate

(link to post) Club for Growth launched their first television ads urging lawmakers to pass tax reform. The conservative group released two ads, both set to run on television and digital platforms, in the St. Louis area targeting Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill. This initial $600,000 buy is part of the group’s first phase to push…

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Editorials from around New York

(link to post)Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from New York’s newspapers: The (Albany) Times Union on state grants connected to a scandal. Oct. 17 Twice now, the state Department of Health has failed to reveal that contractors for state grant recipients were connected to scandals surrounding the Cuomo administration. The agency’s excuses only…

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Political attack on Trump's call to Green Beret's widow 'appalling,' says White House

(link to post) The White House on Wednesday defended President Trump’s conduct in calling the widow of a Green Beret killed in Niger, describing his remarks as “respectful and sympathetic.” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said it was a “disgrace” that a Democratic congresswoman and the news media had politicized a condolence call…

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Kansas to consider state compensation for wrongly imprisoned

(link to post) TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – Kansas legislators expect to consider proposals next year to make it easier for people wrongfully convicted of major crimes to win compensation from the state following the third recent high-profile release of men exonerated after years in prison. Lawmakers in both parties said this week that they want…

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Jeff Sessions says he's not been interviewed by Mueller in the Russia probe

(link to post) Attorney General Jeff Sessions hasn’t been interviewed by the special counsel’s probe into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, and hasn’t even been asked to answer questions, he told Congress on Wednesday. Testifying to the Senate Judiciary Committee, Mr. Sessions also vehemently rejected suggestions by Democratic senators that he violated his…

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In Virginia, Gillespie trying to find way in age of Trump

(link to post) RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Ed Gillespie has been in plenty of tight spots during his three decades in and around politics. A Washington insider well accustomed to the public eye, he’s helped sell a military surge in Iraq to a war-weary public, stood up for a doomed U.S. Supreme Court nominee his…

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