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Kirsten Gillibrand seems to be using Hillary Clinton’s failings as a ‘cautionary tale’ in her latest move to position herself for 2020

“Gillibrand became the fourth sitting Democratic senator to ban corporate PAC cash, putting her in the same camp as Sens” writes Eliza Relman for businessinsider.com. Kirsten Gillibrand announced this week that she’ll no longer accept campaign donations from corporate political action committees, aligning herself with the progressive base and moving away from Hillary Clinton’s example.Stu Loeser agreed that Gillibrand has taken a lesson from 2016 — both that money doesn’t necessarily dictate political success and that the Democratic base is firmly opposed to corporate money in politics. Source: businessinsider.com Share This:

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Senate Rejects Immigration Plans, Leaving Dreamers in Limbo

“McConnell had set a deadline for the Senate to pass an immigration measure by the end of Thursday” writes Min Read for reuters.com. The Senate votes were the latest in a series of failures in Congress in recent years to pass a comprehensive immigration plan, and left lawmakers and immigration advocates searching for a way forward for the young Dreamers.But the White House threatened a veto, saying the proposal would weaken enforcement of current law and produce a flood of illegal immigration. Source: reuters.com Share This:

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Senate confirms Demers to head Justice Department national security

“Sessions said the national security division “plays a crucial role in protecting Americans from the threat of terrorism, and protecting our national security from compromise by state-sponsored espionage, cyber intruders and the unauthorized disclosure of classified information.”” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate on Thursday confirmed John Demers to head the Justice Department’s national security division, after a Republican senator lifted a hold he had put on some of the department’s nominees in protest against the government’s marijuana policy.Any U.S. senator can put a…

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China’s ZTE says is trusted partner after U.S. concern

“The company takes cybersecurity and privacy seriously, has always adhered to laws and remains a trusted partner of U.S. suppliers and customers, the company added” reports businessinsider.com. FILE PHOTO: People stand at ZTE’s booth during Mobile World Congress in Barcelona Thomson Reuters BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese telecoms equipment group ZTE Corp hit back on Thursday against concerns from U.S. lawmakers that it is a vehicle for Chinese espionage, saying it was a trusted partner of its U.S. customers, state news agency Xinhua reported.In 2012, Huawei and ZTE were the subject…

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Former state Senator Jeremy Ring talks about the first days of Yahoo

“In this episode of Technotopia I talk to Jeremy Ring, a former Florida state senator and author of We Were Yahoo!, a meditation on his career as one of the first employees at Yahoo” writes John Biggs for techcrunch.com. Ring has a lot to say about the search giant – including plenty of complaints about how things were run over the years – and some insights into technology and modern politics. Source: techcrunch.com Share This:

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US government begins second shutdown in weeks after lone senator blocks vote on budget deal

“The senator engaged in an on-again, off-again speech on the Senate floor for more than nine hours, objecting to $300 billion in deficit spending contained in the bill, even as the midnight deadline approached” writes Fraser Nelson for telegraph.co.uk. The White House had already instructed the US federal government to begin preparing for shutdown amid an eleventh hour effort by a Republican deficit hawk to delay a vote on a deal to keep the country running. Source: telegraph.co.uk Share This:

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Senate budget deal comes too late to avert second US shutdown

“A federal government shutdown is under way in the US despite the Senate having approved a budget deal” writes Jeremy B White for independent.co.uk. The failure to pass a budget bill on time has become a familiar sight in Washington.The budget bill would not replace a lapsed immigration programme known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) that afforded some 800,000 young immigrants protection from deportation and work permits.The shutdown could be brief if the House acts before daybreak to approve the package from the Senate which would prevent any practical…

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Pelosi comes under fire for immigration ‘rhetoric’

“WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senator Joe Manchin, a moderate Democrat, said on Sunday he thought a new White House immigration plan was a good starting point, and criticized House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi for dismissing it as a way to “make America white again.”” writes Aol Staff for aol.com. “We don’t need that type of rhetoric on either side, from Nancy, (Republican House Speaker) Paul Ryan or anybody else,” said Manchin, a West Virginian and a leader of a bipartisan Senate group working on immigration.The proposal also would curb some…

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BUDGET BREAKDOWN CONTINUES…

“WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican and Democratic senators raced on Sunday to try to break an impasse and hammer out a deal that would end a two-day-old U.S. government shutdown before the start of the work week” writes Min Read for reuters.com. But several senators said on Sunday the vote could be accelerated. “We’re going to open the government and solve immigration at the same time,” said Republican Senator Lindsey Graham. Source: reuters.com Share This:

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