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Democrats Score Special Election Upset In Wisconsin GOP Stronghold

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Democrat Patty Schachtner won a special election for a state Senate seat in Wisconsin on Tuesday, scoring a huge upset victory for her party in a district that President Donald Trump handily captured just over a year ago.


Republican governor tells Republicans to 'wake up' after Democrats win big in Wisconsin

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A Democratic victory in one of Wisconsin’s Republican-leaning districts is “a wake up call for Republicans” in the state, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has said, as the party prepares for a vicious fight to maintain control of US Congress this year. In a special election on Tuesday, Democrat Patty Schachtner won the state’s 10th Senate District, which had voted heavily for Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election. While the special election was held to fill an empty seat in Wisconsin’s state legislature, Ms Schachtner’s triumph could prove to be another warning sign for Republicans to not take the challenge from Democrats lightly during the midterm elections in November.

Trump to Pennsylvania, but don’t call it a campaign trip

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President Donald Trump is tiptoeing around the first congressional election of the new year as he heads to Pennsylvania on Thursday to hail the Republican tax cuts he signed last year. Trump will appear with the Republican nominee for a Pittsburgh-area House seat set to be filled in March. But the White House says Trump [...]

Steve Bannon 'subpoenaed by Mueller’s Russian probe' - before refusing to answer lawmakers' questions

Added: 17.01.2018 23:33 | 0 views | 0 comments

Steve Bannon, the former White House chief strategist, was subpoenaed by the investigation into Russian election meddling, The New York Times reported on Tuesday, shortly before he refused to answer questions at a separate panel on the same topic.   Mr Bannon will now be legally obliged to give testimony before a grand jury about the Trump campaign’s links to Russia, according to the paper.  The move was taken by investigators led by Robert Mueller, the special counsel tasked with getting to the bottom of Russia’s involvement in the 2016 US election.  Last week a new book quoted Mr Bannon as saying a meeting attended by Donald Trump’s son, Donald Jr, and Russian-linked figures was “treasonous” and "unpatriotic".  It is believed to be the first time Mr Mueller has used a subpoena – a legal device to force someone to give testimony – since taking over the investigation last year. Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigation Russian election meddling Credit: AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File The New York Times suggested the move could be a negotiating tactic, with it still possible that Mr Bannon will give evidence to investigators rather than before a grand jury.  Separately, Mr Bannon appeared before the House of Representatives’ Intelligence Committee on Tuesday behind closed doors on the same topic.  He refused to answer a broad array of queries from the House Intelligence Committee about his time working for the President, provoking a subpoena from the panel's Republican chairman. Late on Tuesday, Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the top Democrat on the committee, said Mr Bannon's refusal to answer the questions came at the instruction of the White House. Former White House strategist Steve Bannon, left, leaves a House Intelligence Committee meeting Credit: AP "This was effectively a gag order by the White House," Mr Schiff said shortly after Mr Bannon's interview concluded. Mr Schiff said the committee planned to callhim back for a second interview. A spokeswoman for Mr Bannon did not respond to multiple requests for comment Tuesday afternoon. At the White House, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said "no one" had encouraged Mr Bannon not to be transparent during questioning but there's a "process of what that looks like." "We witnessed today what I believe was the most aggressive effort by the White House thus far to obstruct our efforts to seek the truth."@RepSwalwell reacts to Steve Bannon's refusal to answer questions at the W.H.'s direction during his 9.5-hour under-oath testimony.— The Last Word (@TheLastWord) January 17, 2018 "As with all congressional inquiries touching upon the White House, Congress must consult with the White House prior to obtaining confidential material. This is part of a judicially recognized process that goes back decades," Sanders told reporters. A White House official said the president did not seek to formally exert executive privilege over Mr Bannon - a move that would have barred him from answering certain questions.  Mr Bannon, the former executive chairman at Breitbart News, the right-wing website, was Mr Trump’s election campaign chief for the final few months before the vote. Profile | Steve Bannon He is credited with turning round Mr Trump's fortunes and securing an improbable victory by doubling down on Mr Trump's nationalistic campaign messages.  However the pair have fallen out spectacularly in the new year after Mr Bannon was quoted at length criticising Mr Trump’s family members in the book Fire and Fury. In particular, Mr Bannon’s criticism of a controversial Trump Tower meeting between senior campaign aides and Russian-linked figures before the election infuriated the president.  The meeting was set up after Mr Trump’s son was told that the Russians may have dirt on Hillary Clinton, who was running as the Democratic presidential candidate at the time.  Mr Trump publicly attacked Mr Bannon after the comments came to light.  "Steve Bannon has nothing to do with me or my Presidency. When he was fired, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind," he said. 

Mexican Presidential Hopeful Former First Lady Zavala Vows To Curb Militarized Drug War

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Former first lady Margarita Zavala said that her campaign for the Mexican presidency was promising to curb the violence and crime by removing military soldiers from the streets, reversing her husbands' military-led tough on drugs strategy that increased violence in a number of states, according to Reuters. Independent pre-candidate for the 2018 presidential election, Zavala promised that if she were elected in July, she would double and strengthen the police force while also withdrawing thousands of troops that former president Felipe Calderon, started to deploy in 2006. “I want ... to fortify the police in a national police system ... that allows me to gradually put the police in charge of...


Reports Suggest Steve Bannon Willing To Cooperate With Robert Mueller

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Former White House adviser Steve Bannon is willing to cooperate with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into whether President Donald Trump’s campaign coordinated with Russia to influence the election, according to multiple media reports late Tuesday and early Wednesday.


More details emerge about Trump's alleged relationship with porn star

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January 18, 2018 10:41 AM
NEW YORK (NYTIMES) - Two reports this week offered more details about what they described as a sexual relationship between US President Donald Trump and Stephanie Clifford, the pornographic-film actress who was reportedly paid S$130,000 (S$172,000) in hush money shortly before the 2016 election.


Bannon testifies before House committee probing Russia campaign links

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Steve Bannon faced a marathon grilling Tuesday by a congressional committee probing Donald Trump's campaign links to Russia, as it emerged the former top aide has also been subpoenaed by the special prosecutor investigating the issue. Bannon was quizzed behind closed doors by the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee, the first time he has testified in the probe investigating whether Trump's campaign colluded with Russia in its bid to influence the 2016 US elections.


GOP reels after ‘electric shock’ defeat

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Republicans search for lessons in Wisconsin special election upset.


'It's malpractice': Republicans give potential 2020 Trump foes a pass

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The GOP has failed to recruit strong candidates against a slate of potential opponents for president who are up for reelection this year.


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