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Giuliani: White House wants briefing on classified info

“House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, an ardent Trump supporter, originally demanded the information on an FBI source in the Russia investigation” writes The Associated Press for seattletimes.com. They also said it was inappropriate for White House officials to attend any part of a meeting about a criminal investigation that directly concerns the president and his campaign. Source: seattletimes.com Share This:

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Trump steering clear of messy House immigration fight

“The person said the White House intends to hammer immigration and border security issues as a key part of its midterm election strategy” writes The Associated Press for seattletimes.com. One senior White House official said the issue is seen inside the building as a House affair, and Trump would be happy to engage if asked to by House leaders once a compromise is reached.Trump is largely sitting out the biggest immigration showdown of his presidency to date as renegade House Republicans — from both the right and the center —…

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Trump scraps plan to sell off federal electricity assets

“The federal utilities, called “power marketing administrations,” include Bonneville Power, Southeastern Power Administration, Southwestern Power Administration, and the Western Area Power Administration” writes Joshua Roberts Bloomberg for washingtonexaminer.com. “It was the right move for the Administration to abandon its plan to sell off Bonneville Power Administration’s assets,” tweeted Rep.But the industry is scrambling to verify and gather the details on the administration’s plan not to move forward with the plan. The federal utilities control and operate the transmission lines that deliver electricity to rural areas and are credited with keeping…

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Senate Approves Bill to Address Capitol Hill Sexual Harassment

“Currently, there is a congressional fund that pays for harassment settlements, including those involving the conduct of House and Senate lawmakers” writes Amanda Becker for reuters.com. The push to pass legislation to protect congressional employees follows allegations of sexual harassment against dozens of high-profile men in politics, media, entertainment and business.Both the House and Senate bills would require lawmakers to use their own money to cover the cost of settling such matters. Source: reuters.com Share This:

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I visited Netflix’s Terrace House, and here’s what I saw

“Terrace House has a pretty long lead time even for the weekly Japanese schedule, let alone the rest of the world, so I saw things and met people that would’ve amounted to spoilers” writes May Edt for theverge.com. Slow-burning Japanese reality show Terrace House returned to Netflix screens worldwide this week with the release of Part 2 of Opening New Doors, the latest season set in the mountains of Karuizawa.Be warned if you haven’t watched all of Part 2 yet, then this photo essay might tell you things about who…

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POT TOPICS: Bill to legalize industrial hemp cultivation clears IL House

“Former President Barack Obama started allowing states to legalize industrial hemp in 2015, removing opposition from Illinois Republicans who had blocked previous attempts to legalize the plant in the state” writes Tom Schuba for suntimes.com. New York Democrats approved a plan Wednesday to legalize marijuana for recreational use. Source: suntimes.com Share This:

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Bill would let lawmakers hide past offenses and only be punished for “severe or pervasive” harassment, the ACLU said.

“The Senate has had a much harder time overhauling sexual harassment policy than the House, which unanimously passed its bill in early February” writes Jennifer Bendery for huffingtonpost.com. WASHINGTON ― Civil rights groups contend a new Senate bill that is supposed to crack down on sexual harassers in Congress is full of problems and lets lawmakers off the hook too easily. Source: huffingtonpost.com Share This:

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The House Is on the Brink of Forcing Votes on Immigration

“The effort gained steam on Thursday even as Speaker Paul Ryan, President Trump, and House conservatives intensified their attempt to quell the moderate rebellion and set up immigration votes on their terms” writes Russell Berman for theatlantic.com. Ryan is facing a related uprising from House conservatives who want a vote only on a far more restrictive immigration bill, not proposals that provide a path to citizenship for the so-called Dreamers as the moderate-backed bills do. Source: theatlantic.com Share This:

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U.S. Senate approves bill to address Capitol Hill sexual harassment

“Currently, there is a congressional fund that pays for harassment settlements, including those involving the conduct of House and Senate lawmakers” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. The bipartisan legislation, which had more than 40 co-sponsors in the 100-seat Senate, would also make public the harassment settlements and the lawmakers involved, automatically refer such settlements to the Senate Ethics Committee and more closely track allegations of harassment within the U.S. Capitol.The push to pass legislation to protect congressional employees follows allegations of sexual harassment against dozens of high-profile men in…

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