Southern California Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, who tells a story of losing a drunken arm-wrestling match with Vladimir Putin in the 1990s to settle who won the Cold War, has long advocated friendly ties with Russia. But what in the past has been seen as part of the pot-friendly Republican's maverick streak now runs the risk of a more sinister interpretation. He met with a Russian woman later charged with being an agent of the Kremlin trying to infiltrate the National Rifle Association, and dined with her alleged boss. FBI agents even warned him that Russian spies were trying to recruit him. In this new political universe, with Russian intelligence officials charged with meddling in the U.S. presidential race in 2016 to help get Donald Trump elected, and special counsel Robert Mueller investigating whether Trump's campaign colluded with Russia to win the election, Rohrabacher's affinity for the Russian president is one more weapon for … [Read more...] about Does Changing SoCal Still Want a Russian Ally in Congress?
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The Connecticut State Capitol building in Hartford. The Connecticut State Capitol building in Hartford. Photo: Carol Kaliff / Hearst Connecticut Media Photo: Carol Kaliff / Hearst Connecticut Media The Connecticut State Capitol building in Hartford. The Connecticut State Capitol building in Hartford. Photo: Carol Kaliff / Hearst Connecticut Media Write your own ‘We’re leaving Connecticut forever’ opinion piece It’s apparently the time of year again when well-off white conservatives sell their expensive homes and feel compelled to write editorials about why they are, regretfully, taking the piles and piles of money they earned here and leaving the state. If you’ve ever felt like flouncing loudly out of … [Read more...] about Write your own ‘We’re leaving Connecticut forever’ opinion piece
Contents: Shifts occurred in Democratic and Republican counties, as well as suburbs and rural areas When Democrats took 40 congressional districts from Republicans in the 2018 election, the House of Representatives experienced what many considered to be a blue wave. What does this shift mean for the 2020 presidential election? To get a better sense of this, the following analysis examines the 2018 House votes distributed across the nation’s more than 3,100 counties. This provides a more fine-grained geographic assessment of how the 2018 House support for Democrats compared with votes in the 2016 presidential election. From this perspective, the Democratic wave is all encompassing: 83 percent of the voting population lived in counties where support for Democrats has improved since 2016. This increased Democratic support was not confined to traditional Democratic base counties. It occurred in suburbs, smaller metropolitan and rural counties, and most noticeably, in counties with … [Read more...] about A vast majority of counties showed increased Democratic support in 2018 House election
LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - Democratic presidential contenders on Wednesday vowed to pursue far-reaching limits on guns while standing up to the gun lobby, tackling an issue that has increasingly become a chief concern for their party’s voters. FILE PHOTO: People look at a Remembrance Wall at the Las Vegas Healing Garden during the one-year anniversary of the October 1 mass shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. October 1, 2018. REUTERS/Steve Marcus/File Photo Nine of the leading candidates gathered in Las Vegas for an all-day forum on gun safety, one day after the city marked two years since it suffered the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, which killed 58 people. The candidates offered details of various policies they have championed, including universal background checks, banning assault-style weapons and requiring gun owners to obtain licenses. But they also urged the hundreds of gathered activists to continue pressing the issue, arguing that their movement … [Read more...] about Sensing shift, Democratic presidential candidates vow action on gun violence
Senators resumed work before the sun rose Saturday on a snow-covered Capitol to vote on legislation ensuring that U.S. troops are armed and the jobless don't lose their benefits — and take one more step toward a Christmas week showdown over health care. The planned early morning vote on the $626 billion defense spending bill and other must-pass items resulted from an acrimonious struggle between Democrats determined to pass a health care bill this year and Republicans intent on using delaying tactics to stop them. Other votes were likely Saturday, including on a procedural test that would require Democrats to rally 60 votes behind the measure. Independent Joe Lieberman of Connecticut, an an Orthodox Jew who caucuses with Democrats, was back in Connecticut to celebrate the Sabbath with his family. That would require at least one Republican to support the measure. The GOP had failed at a filibuster as Republicans sought to slow progress on heath care. Democrats control the … [Read more...] about Senate to vote on $626 billion defense spending bill