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The Daily BeastOct 17, 2019
Elijah Cummings, Democratic Leader and Trump Foil, Has Died
Reuters / Mary CalvertCongressman Elijah Cummings died early Thursday his office has announced.

Cummings, the Democratic House Oversight and Reform Committee chair, was a key figure in the impeachment inquiry into President Trump and has long been one of the most recognizable Democrats in Congress.

In a brief statement, Cummings' office said the Congressman passed away at 2:45 a.m. ET at Baltimore's Johns Hopkins Hospital. The Baltimore Sun reported earlier this week that he didn't return to work as expected this week following an unspecified medical procedure. Cummings had previously battled health issues with his heart.

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Drudge ReportOct 17, 2019
House Oversight asks court to expedite subpoena for finances...

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The Daily BeastOct 17, 2019
Rudy Giuliani's Twitter Feed Is a Boomer Conspiracy Theory Sh*tshow
Photo Illustration by Kristen Hazzard/The Daily Beast/GettyWhen Rudy Giuliani logs into Twitter, he's presented with a world where the recent California power outages were staged by military operatives rooting out cannibal-pedophiles deep in their underground bunkers. 

It's a place where President Donald Trump only betrayed the Kurds because they were running black sites for a global deep-state cabal; where former Trump Russia adviser Fiona Hill ran an anti-Trump spy ring out of the White House; where former Hillary Clinton campaign chair John Podesta eats children; and where the pope is about to seize world power, and maybe already has. 

It is the worst that the right-wing internet fever swamp has to offer, and it is all right there, waiting for Giuliani to consume. 

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Fox PoliticsOct 17, 2019
Pelosi uses image in Trump tweet as Twitter cover photo
Just hours after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said they stormed out of a meeting Wednesday with President Trump on Syria, the California Democrat updated her Twitter cover photo with a picture of her tense exchange with Trump.

Reuters PoliticsOct 17, 2019
Elijah Cummings, head of U.S. House oversight panel probing Trump, has died
U.S. Congressman Elijah Cummings, the Democratic chairman of a leading congressional committee investigating U.S. President Donald Trump, has died at age 68, his office said on Thursday.

Reuters PoliticsOct 16, 2019
U.S. House overwhelmingly backs resolution condemning Trump's withdrawal from Syria
The House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to condemn President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw U.S. forces from northeastern Syria, clearing the way for Turkey's offensive against U.S.-allied Syrian Kurds.

Trump tries to distance himself from chaos in Syria as tensions with lawmakers in both parties escalate (Washington Post Politics)

The Daily BeastOct 16, 2019
John Bolton ‘Increasingly Likely' to Get Subpoena From House Democrats
Sergei Gapon/AFP/GettyCongressional Democrats are eyeing for former national security adviser John Bolton to testify in their impeachment inquiry, The Daily Beast has learned. 

The possibility that they issue him a subpoena is "increasingly likely," according to a source familiar with their thinking. Bolton was President Trump's national security adviser from April 2018 until last month, when he unceremoniously left the White House. 

During his time there, events unfolded that precipitated Democrats' impeachment inquiry. Rudy Giuliani, the president's personal attorney, worked to shape Trump's relationship with Volodymyr Zelensky, who became president of Ukraine in May 2019. 

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House lawyers: Trump trying to ‘obstruct his own impeachment' (Politico)

Reuters PoliticsOct 16, 2019
Pelosi, Trump exchange 'meltdown' barbs over meeting on U.S. policy in Syria
U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Democratic leaders cut short a meeting with Republican President Donald Trump after he had a "meltdown" over a House of Representatives vote condemning his Syria withdrawal and showed no signs of having a plan to deal with a crisis there.

CNN PoliticsOct 16, 2019
Trump tweeted a photo attacking Nancy Pelosi. She made it her Twitter cover photo.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday redirected an attack from President Donald Trump on Twitter, turning a photo he had tweeted of her during a contentious White House meeting with the caption "Nervous Nancy's unhinged meltdown!" into her Twitter cover shot.

CNN PoliticsOct 16, 2019
Trump appears to confirm open secret about US nuclear weapons in Turkey
President Donald Trump appeared to confirm Wednesday that US nuclear weapons are being housed at Incirlik Air Base in Turkey, making him the first US official to publicly acknowledge what has been considered an open secret for years.

Drudge ReportOct 16, 2019
Trump 'meltdown' at White House meeting on Syria sends Dems storming out...

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Reuters PoliticsOct 16, 2019
U.S. House impeachment probe on Trump hears from ex-aide to secretary of state
A former adviser to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo who abruptly resigned last week, on Wednesday spoke to an impeachment inquiry into allegations President Donald Trump pursued political interests in his dealings with Ukraine.

Democracy NowOct 03, 2019
Trump vs. California: In Blow to Climate, U.S. Revokes State's Stricter Auto Emissions Standards
California is in a legal battle with the Trump administration over tailpipe emissions, air quality and climate change. California recently joined nearly two dozen other states to file a lawsuit against the Trump administration after it revoked the state's air pollution standards for cars and light trucks, in its latest regulatory rollback of laws aimed at slowing the climate crisis. Auto emissions are California's single largest source of greenhouse gases. From Los Angeles, we're joined by Mary Nichols, the longtime chair of the California Air Resources Board. She has led the board in crafting California's internationally recognized climate action plan. Michael Brune, executive director of the Sierra Club, speaks with us from San Francisco.

Politics - U.S. HouseOct 02, 2019
Trump Impeachment Inquiry: Latest Updates
President Trump attacked two House leaders after they threatened to subpoena the White House, and Mike Pompeo, the secretary of state, confirmed he listened in on the call with Ukraine's president.

Democracy NowSep 16, 2019
"Biological Annihilation": The Danger of Opening Alaska's ANWR to Oil & Gas Drilling
The Trump administration is finalizing plans to open one of the world's last pristine wilderness regions, the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, to oil and fracked gas drilling. Trump is pushing the drilling at a time when climate change is permanently altering the Arctic and devastating local communities. The plan calls for the creation of landing strips, drill pads, pipeline supports, a seawater treatment plant, 175 miles of roads, and other infrastructure in Alaska's north coast. On Thursday, the House of Representatives voted to block the Trump administration from opening up Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge; however, a companion bill is unlikely to pass the Republican-controlled Senate. From Charlotte, North Carolina, we speak with Subhankar Banerjee, a professor of art and ecology at the University of New Mexico and the author of "Arctic National Wildlife Refuge: Seasons of Life and Land."
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