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Donald Trump Jr. testifies before the House January 6 committee, sources confirm
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Donald Trump Jr. testifies before the House January 6 committee, sources confirm

Donald Trump Jr. appeared Tuesday before the House committee investigating the January 6 attack, four sources confirmed to CBS News. Sources said Trump Jr. testified voluntarily and virtually. Two sources said the interview was "largely uneventful." Another source estimated the interview lasted about three hours, said Trump Jr. did not plead the Fifth and described the interview as "very cordial." Committee chair Bennie Thompson last week said that Trump Jr. was on the deposition wishlist, and that the committee was engaging with him. Trump Jr. spoke at the rally at the Ellipse on January 6 before the attack on the Capitol began. According to the Associated Press, Trump Jr. posted videos backstage of his family and top Trump aides. At that rally, forme...
Oil and gas puts $1.1 million into New Mexico politics, study says
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Oil and gas puts $1.1 million into New Mexico politics, study says

Oil and gas companies put thousands of dollars every year into New Mexico’s political campaigns, on both sides of the aisle, seeking to influence policy to protect continued growth in the industry that represents about a third of the state’s budget.That amounted to about $1.1 million in political contributions between Oct. 5, 2021 and April 4, per a report from New Mexico Ethics Watch, leading up to the 2022 Mid-term Election.The latest chunk of change came in a year when New Mexicans could choose a new governor, and the three top candidates in that race were the state’s biggest recipients of oil and gas’ dollars.Sign up for our newsletter, the Daily Briefing, to get stories like this one delivered straight to your inbox every morning.Mark Ronchetti, a former weatherman seeking the GOP nom...
Giuliani backs out of scheduled appearance before House January 6 committee
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Giuliani backs out of scheduled appearance before House January 6 committee

Rudy Giuliani has backed out of his scheduled transcribed interview before the House select committee investigating the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, a spokesperson for the committee said Thursday night."Mr. Giuliani had agreed to participate in a transcribed interview with the Select Committee," said Tim Mulvey. "Today, he informed committee investigators that he wouldn't show up unless he was permitted to record the interview, which was never an agreed-upon condition."Mulvey continued that Giuliani is an "important witness to overthrow the government and he remains under subpoena." Mulvey said that if Giuliani refuses to comply, "the committee will consider all enforcement options."   Giuliani was subpoenaed by the committee in January 2022, ...
Sinn Féin on track to make history in NI elections; Johnson under pressure after huge Tory local election losses – UK politics live | Politics
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Sinn Féin on track to make history in NI elections; Johnson under pressure after huge Tory local election losses – UK politics live | Politics

How do elections to the Northern Ireland assembly work?The elections to the Northern Ireland assembly are quite different to most UK elections. Members of the assembly are elected to 18 multi-member constituencies by single transferable vote.Each constituency has five representatives, totalling 90 overall. Voters assign preferences to candidates on a ballot slip. If a candidate gets enough first-preference votes, they win a seat, and if not, second and then third preferences – and so on – are counted until all seats are filled.Because of this, multiple counts are needed in each constituency, which means results can take a while to compile. It is possible for the first count not to result in the award of a seat. Another consequence is that it is not clear whether a party has increased or de...
The Takeout Podcast: A CBS News original political podcast
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The Takeout Podcast: A CBS News original political podcast

Download, rate and subscribe here: iTunes, Spotify, Google Podcasts and Stitcher. This week, former US Ambassador to Ukraine William Taylor joins chief Washington correspondent and "Takeout" host Major Garrett to discuss the war in Ukraine and what Washington can do to assist Kiev. Taylor currently serves as vice president, Russia and Europe at the U.S. Institute of Peace. Taylor predicted the Russian invasion will end in victory for Ukraine if its military continues to receive the lethal and non-lethal aid it needs. Taylor believes the Ukrainians will rebuild their country, but not soon forget Russian brutality. "Ukrainians hate the Russians for what they're doing." This episode was recorded on May 4, 2022. ...
Politics Take Center Stage at New Art Dealers Alliance in New York
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Politics Take Center Stage at New Art Dealers Alliance in New York

Opening just days after a leak of the Supreme Court majority opinion draft to overturn Roe v. Wade, and in the midst of an unjustified Russia-led war in Ukraine, New Art Dealers Alliance, a not-for-profit that operates year-round to support its gallery members and the arts community at large, returns for the 8th edition of its New York fair. The event presents a poignant tableau of art and design works that evoke a particularly honed resilience within these current contexts.In I Speak of Everything, a standout work from Sri Lankan-Canadian artist Rajni Perera’s series on view with Toronto gallery Patel Brown, a squatting woman figure faces away from the viewer. Presented on hand-marbled and -dyed textile, which is decorated with stone and hand-beaded ornaments, a leopard is depicted in rep...
Judge dismisses Trump’s lawsuit against Twitter
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Judge dismisses Trump’s lawsuit against Twitter

A judge dismissed a lawsuit former President Trump brought last year against Twitter and its then-CEO Jack Dorsey. The social media giant had sought to dismiss the suit, which Trump filed after Twitter banned him from its platform, for "failure to plausibly state a claim."Trump, the American Conservative Union and five other people claimed Twitter violated their right to free speech under the First Amendment after it "censored" their accounts. U.S. District Judge for Northern California James Donato rejected their argument because Twitter is a private company, and the free speech clause in the Constitution applies only to the government. The judge found no evidence that Twitter acted on behalf of government officials, as plaintiffs also alleged. Former U.S. Presiden...
Denny Altes charged with abuse of public trust
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Denny Altes charged with abuse of public trust

Former Arkansas legislator Denny Altes, who is a Republican candidate for Sebastian County Judge, has been charge with one count of abuse of public trust, a class C felony. A trial is expected in the case but no date has been set. Altes served in the House of Representatives from 1999-2003 and represented Senate District 13 from 2003 to 2011. He returned to the House of Representatives in 2011 and represented the 76th District until January 2015. Altes has also served two stints with the Sebastian County Quorum Court. He also served as Arkansas’ drug czar under Gov. Asa Hutchinson. He is on the ballot in the GOP primary for Sebastian County Judge with Sebastian County Treasurer/Collector Steve Hotz, and Sebastian County Administrator Jeff Turner vying for the job. A class C felony is p...
Karine Jean-Pierre will replace Jen Psaki as White House press secretary this month
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Karine Jean-Pierre will replace Jen Psaki as White House press secretary this month

White House principal deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre is replacing Jen Psaki as White House press secretary, President Biden announced Thursday. Psaki will be leaving the White House on May 13, and her impending departure was expected. Longtime top Democratic adviser Anita Dunn is also returning to the White House as a senior adviser, focusing on the president's policy and communications goals.  FILE: White House deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre speaks during a press briefing at the White House on Wednesday, May 26, 2021. Evan Vucci / AP "Karine not only brings the experience, talent and integrity needed for this difficult job, but she will continue to lead ...
The Seminole Tribe cleans up at ‘Emmys of politics’
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The Seminole Tribe cleans up at ‘Emmys of politics’

The Tribe’s Florida operation took home first place nationally in a litany of categories at the Reed Awards.As some Florida heavyweights such as Disney continue to face stiff political headwinds, the same cannot be said of another political powerhouse. The Seminole Tribe of Florida is continuing to receive recognition for successfully keeping proposed amendments to open the sports betting market and bring non-Tribal casinos to the state off the November ballot. The Tribe’s messaging effort had already received national acclaim as one of the most effective ballot initiative campaigns in U.S. history. Now, it’s award-winning. The Tribe’s political team cleaned up Thursday night at the 2022 Reed Awards ceremony in Nashville. From statewide grassroots and field operations to paid television an...