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Fox PoliticsApr 24, 2019
DOJ rejects subpoena from House Dems for testimony from top official John Gore
The Justice Department said Wednesday that it was defying a subpoena from House Democrats on the Oversight Committee for testimony this week from John Gore, the official who leads the department's civil rights division, because the committee isn't allowing a DOJ attorney to be present.

The Daily BeastApr 24, 2019
Top Justice Department Official Will Defy Congress
John GoreJohn Gore, who heads the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, will not appear for a deposition scheduled for tomorrow with the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, according to a letter the Justice Department sent the committee chairman on April 24.

Stephen Boyd, the department's top Hill liaison, wrote in the letter, which The Daily Beast obtained, that Gore will not appear as long as Chairman Elijah Cummings blocks him from bringing along lawyers from the Justice Department.

"We are disappointed that the Committee remains unwilling to permit Department counsel to represent the interests of the Executive Branch in the deposition of a senior Department official," Boyd wrote. "Accordingly, Attorney General Barr's determination that Mr. Gore will not appear at the Committee's deposition unless a Department attorney may accompany him remains in effect."

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The Daily BeastApr 24, 2019
Bernie Sanders Got It Right on CNN: Felons Ought to Be Allowed to Vote
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast/GettyIn their CNN town halls Monday night, Democratic presidential candidates Sen. Bernie Sanders and Mayor Pete Buttigieg disagreed on whether current prisoners should be able to vote. Sen. Kamala Harris refused to endorse a plan for expanding the franchise to incarcerated people, but supported voting rights for former prisoners.

Sanders was specifically asked about Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and "those convicted of sexual assault." What sane person would want them to vote? Our political system is already run by crooks. Do we want to add murderers and rapists too?

In European history dating to Roman times, criminals could be stripped of their legal personality after committing a crime. They could not sign contracts or own property. They were outlaws, banished from the city walls. John Locke and other political theorists argued that criminals broke an implicit social contract: a rule-breaker should lose the right to make rules for others.

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Politics - U.S. HouseApr 23, 2019
M.J. Hegar, Veteran Armed With Viral Ads, Is Running for Senate in Texas
A former Air Force helicopter pilot who narrowly lost a bid for the House in November will challenge Senator John Cornyn, a Republican, in 2020.

Democracy NowApr 23, 2019
Johns Hopkins Students Enter Week 4 of Sit-In Protesting ICE Contracts & Plan for Armed Campus Cops
Students at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, have entered their 21st day of a sit-in occupation of their campus administration building to protest the university's plans for an armed police force on campus, as well as Johns Hopkins's contracts with Immigrations and Customs Enforcement. Students at Johns Hopkins are demanding the cancellation of contracts with ICE and a pledge to donate all money received from ICE to Baltimore's immigration defense fund. They're also demanding voluntary recognition for all workers wishing to unionize, and a student and faculty representative spot on the university's board of trustees.

BBC Talking PointApr 23, 2019
Join the Remain alliance, urges Change UK at Euro election launch
Journalist Rachel Johnson - sister of Boris - and ex-BBC correspondent Gavin Esler are among the candidates.

Democracy NowApr 19, 2019
The Mueller Report: Glenn Greenwald vs. David Cay Johnston on Trump-Russia Ties, Obstruction & More
The Justice Department has released a redacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller's 448-page report detailing Russian meddling in the 2016 election, the Trump campaign's contacts with Russia and President Trump's attempts to impede the special counsel's investigation. The report states the campaign "expected it would benefit electorally from information stolen and released through Russian efforts," but Mueller concluded, "the investigation did not establish that members of the Trump campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities." Mueller also outlined at least 10 instances where Trump attempted to impede the special counsel's investigation, but Mueller came to no definitive conclusion on whether Trump broke the law by obstructing justice. In the report, Mueller suggests that this is a decision for Congress to make. We host a debate on the report's findings between two Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists: Glenn Greenwald of The Intercept and David Cay Johnston, who has covered Donald Trump since the 1980s. His most recent book is "It's Even Worse Than You Think: What the Trump Administration Is Doing to America."
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