Beto O’Rourke’s Casual Style to be Tested by National Campaign

Posted: March 25, 2019, 10:15 pm

Beto O'Rourke's Casual Style to be Tested by National Campaign Former Texas congressman Beto O'Rourke listens to a question during a campaign stop at a brewery in Conway, N.H., March 20, 2019. DES MOINES, IOWA — He doesn't prepare speeches. He doesn't like pollsters. And, so far at least, Democratic presidential contender Beto O'Rourke doesn't always have the capacity to coordinate basic campaign logistics.
Just ask Des Moines County Democratic Party Chairman Tom Courtney.
Last week, Courtney got an 8 p.m. text from the frantic owner of a local cafe who heard rumors that O'Rourke planned to hold a campaign event at her business the next day. But she hadn't heard from O'Rourke's team. When his representatives did reach out later that night, the cafe owner was left scrambling to find a half dozen additional employees with just hours of notice to work the event.
Almost a week later, Courtney is still incredulous.
“He's a nice..

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First Somali-American Congresswoman Ignites Controversy in Diverse Minneapolis

Posted: March 25, 2019, 8:15 pm

First Somali-American Congresswoman Ignites Controversy in Diverse Minneapolis MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA — Representative Ilhan Omar has a way of attracting attention.
Four months ago, the Democrat became the first Somali-American — and one of the first two Muslim women — to serve in the U.S. Congress. Her election was heralded by many as a sign of a more diverse generation of politicians coming to power on Capitol Hill.
But just weeks into her first congressional term, Omar ignited a controversy with a tweet invoking an offensive trope suggesting U.S. lawmakers' support for Israel was swayed by money from the powerful lobbying group, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). Shortly after her apology for that tweet, Omar suggested in a public statement that lawmakers held a dual loyalty to the U.S. and Israel.
Omar's comments triggered two Congressional resolutions condemning hate speech. Members of Congress on both sides of the aisle, including senior Democratic..

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Trump Looks for Political Boost in Wake of Mueller Report

Posted: March 25, 2019, 7:44 pm

President Donald Trump and his political allies took a victory lap Monday after the report prepared by special counsel Robert Mueller found no evidence of collusion between Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and Russia. But it was also clear that the president remains angry about the Russia probe and those who supported it. VOA National correspondent Jim Malone has more from Washington.

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Trump Praises Mueller as Democrats Fume

Posted: March 25, 2019, 7:25 pm

Trump Praises Mueller as Democrats Fume U.S. President Donald Trump smiles during a meeting in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, March 25, 2019. CAPITOL HILL — A jubilant President Donald Trump on Monday praised special counsel Robert Mueller while fuming Democrats demanded the full release of his report on Russian election meddling, which is said to have cleared Trump of collusion with Moscow but not of possible obstruction of American justice.
Speaking at the White House, Trump affirmed that Mueller had acted honorably and that his conclusion was “100 percent the way it should have gone.”
For nearly two years, Trump had repeatedly blasted the special counsel probe as a “witch hunt.” With the investigation complete, the president said, “We can never, ever let this happen to another president again.”
On Sunday, Attorney General William Barr released a summary of Mueller's findings from the exhaustive, 22-month probe, which led to dozens of indictments as well as..

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Mueller Vindicates Trump Claim of ‘No Collusion’

Posted: March 25, 2019, 3:13 am

Mueller Vindicates Trump Claim of 'No Collusion' President Donald Trump speaks with the media after stepping off Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House, Sunday, March 24, 2019, in Washington. WASHINGTON — In a big legal and political win for U.S. President Donald Trump, Special Counsel Robert Mueller concluded in his final report that there was no evidence that Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign or anyone associated with it colluded with Russia to influence the outcome of the vote, according to a summary of the confidential report released on Sunday by Attorney General William Barr.
That finding was emphatic, and validated Trump’s long-standing insistence that “there was no collusion” between his campaign and Russian hackers and meddlers who sought to change the outcome of Trump’s presidential battle with Democrat Hillary Clinton, the former secretary of state. Using Mueller’s own words, the Barr letter stated that “[T]he investigation did not establish that members..

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AG Barr Reports Mueller Found No Collusion by Trump or His Campaign

Posted: March 25, 2019, 1:46 am

AG Barr Reports Mueller Found No Collusion by Trump or His Campaign William Barr testifies at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on his nomination to be attorney general of the United States on Capitol Hill in Washington, Jan. 15, 2019. U.S. Attorney General William Barr said in a letter Sunday that special counsel Robert Mueller's report on Russian interference in the 2016 election found no evidence that President Donald Trump or anyone associated with his campaign conspired or coordinated with Russia.
But on the question of whether Trump tried to obstruct justice by interfering with or trying to derail the Mueller probe, Barr said, “The report does not conclude that the president committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.”
Barr released a summary of the long-awaited report on a 22-month-long probe into allegations the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to influence the election in Trump's favor.
Barr sent his summary to Congress and released it to the public S..

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Analysis: A Cloud Lifts Over Trump, but at a Cost

Posted: March 24, 2019, 8:45 pm

Analysis: A Cloud Lifts Over Trump, but at a Cost President Donald Trump speaks with the media after stepping off Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House, Sunday, March 24, 2019, in Washington. WASHINGTON — The cloud that has hung over President Donald Trump since the day he walked into the White House has been lifted.
Yes, special counsel Robert Mueller left open the question of whether Trump tried to obstruct the investigation. Yes, separate federal probes still put Trump and his associates in legal jeopardy. And yes, Democrats will spend the coming months pushing for more details from Mueller, all while launching new probes into Trump’s administration and businesses.
SEE ALSO: Mueller Says No Collusion by Trump or His Campaign, AG Barr Concludes But at its core, Mueller’s investigation gave the president what he wanted: public affirmation that he and his campaign did not coordinate with Russia to win the 2016 election. After spending months tweeting “No collusion,” Trump h..

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AG Barr’s Letter Summarizing Special Counsel’s Report

Posted: March 24, 2019, 8:22 pm

AG Barr's Letter Summarizing Special Counsel's Report AG March 24 2019 Letter to House and Senate Judiciary Committees The text of Attorney General William Barr's letter to congressional lawmakers outlining the principal conclusions reached by the special counsel in the Russia probe (with footnotes below):

March 24, 2019
Dear Chairman Graham, Chairman Nadler, Ranking Member Feinstein, and Ranking Member Collins:
As a supplement to the notification provided on Friday, March 22, 2019, I am writing today to advise you of the principal conclusions reached by Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III and to inform you about the status of my initial review of the report he has prepared.
THE SPECIAL COUNSEL'S REPORT
On Friday, the Special Counsel submitted to me a “confidential report explaining the prosecution or declination decisions'' he has reached, as required by 28 C.F.R. § 600.8(c). This report is entitled “Report on the Investigation into Russian Interfere..

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Key Findings of the Mueller Report

Posted: March 24, 2019, 7:55 pm

Key Findings of the Mueller Report Robert Mueller investigation U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr released a summary Sunday of special counsel Robert Mueller's long-awaited report into allegations that Donald Trump's campaign colluded with Russia in the 2016 presidential election.
Here are the main findings of the two-year investigation the president regularly denounced as a witch hunt, before claiming vindication upon its completion.
SEE ALSO: Mueller Report Brings Moment of Reckoning to US Politics Collusion
Mueller found that there was conclusive evidence that Russia did interfere in the election, both through a coordinated campaign of disinformation and by hacking emails from Hillary Clinton's election team.
In a letter to lawmakers, Barr said that Mueller found that there had been “multiple offers from Russian-affiliated individuals to assist the Trump campaign.”
But quoting directly from Mueller's report, Barr said that the special counsel's investigation..

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Mueller Report Brings Moment of Reckoning to US Politics

Posted: March 24, 2019, 6:39 pm

Mueller Report Brings Moment of Reckoning to US Politics The U.S. Capitol Hill building in Washington, DC.(Photo: Diaa Bekheet) WASHINGTON — For many Democrats, Robert Mueller’s investigation has long stood as their best, last chance to take down President Donald Trump before the next election. But what if the big reveal doesn’t reveal much new?
The imminent release of the special counsel’s report marks a moment of reckoning that may deflate Trump critics’ sky-high expectations.
On Capitol Hill at least, Democratic leaders in recent weeks have worked to convince restless liberals across the country that Mueller’s probe of Russian interference into the 2016 campaign was the beginning, rather than the end, of the inquiries. They are mounting far-reaching congressional investigations into Trump’s White House and business dealings, threatening to subpoena Mueller’s testimony and promising an onslaught of high-drama hearings.
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