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8 revelations from Day 3 of the Jan. 6 committee hearings
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8 revelations from Day 3 of the Jan. 6 committee hearings

The third day of the House Jan. 6 select committee's public hearings featured dramatic testimony from former Vice President Mike Pence's chief counsel, Greg Jacob, who testified about the pressure applied by then-President Donald Trump and lawyer John Eastman to overturn the 2020 election results on Jan. 6 during the joint session of Congress. Eastman, Jacob said, argued there was legal and historical precedent for Pence to do so and proposed two avenues. Jacob recalled the first would entail rejecting electoral votes "outright," which Eastman said would be the more "aggressive option" and less politically palatable. The other possibility Eastman floated was that Pence could suspend the congressional proceedings, then issue a demand to disputed states to have their legislatures ree...
Morales wins Republican Secretary of State nomination | Politics
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Morales wins Republican Secretary of State nomination | Politics

INDIANAPOLIS—Incumbent Secretary of State Holli Sullivan was defeated Saturday afternoon in a vote by Indiana State Republican Party convention delegates who gave a majority to challenger Diego Morales on the second ballot.Sullivan, a former state representative who was appointed to the office in 2021 after the resignation of Connie Lawson, received 561 votes to Morales' 847, which gave the challenger a majority of the convention votes needed for nomination. Morales will face Democrat Destiny Wells, who was nominated without opposition Saturday in Indiana Democrats' state convention, and Libertarian Jeff Maurer in the November election.The Republican conventio...
Texas Democrat Michelle Vallejo wins congressional primary after recount
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Texas Democrat Michelle Vallejo wins congressional primary after recount

A recount in Texas has affirmed Democrat Michelle Vallejo as her party's nominee for a new congressional district that Republicans are aggressively targeting this November as they demonstrate new strength with Hispanic voters along the U.S.-Mexico border.Vallejo defeated Ruben Ramirez by 35 votes, according to results of a recount announced Friday by the Texas Democratic Party. Ramirez had requested the recount after trailing by just 20 votes in a May 24 runoff. FILE: Democratic congressional candidate Michelle Vallejo, of Texas. Michelle Vallejo campaign website The Associated Press had not previously called the race, pending the outcome of the recount. ...
Here’s what J. Michael Luttig says needs to happen to end a ‘war for democracy’ : NPR
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Here’s what J. Michael Luttig says needs to happen to end a ‘war for democracy’ : NPR

J. Michael Luttig, former U.S. Court of Appeals judge for the Fourth Circuit, arrives to testify before the House committee that is investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images J. Michael Luttig, former U.S. Court of Appeals judge for the Fourth Circuit, arrives to testify before th...
Biden downplays upcoming meeting with Saudi’s Mohammed bin Salman
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Biden downplays upcoming meeting with Saudi’s Mohammed bin Salman

President Biden on Friday downplayed an upcoming meeting with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman planned for his July trip to Saudi Arabia, as he balances current U.S. interests against his past criticism of the kingdom's leadership. On his way to Delaware Friday morning, the president was asked how he'll handle the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi when he goes to Saudi Arabia next month. "Same way I've been handling it," Mr. Biden told reporters on the White House South Lawn. "I'm not going to meet with — I'm not going to meet with MBS, I'm going to an international meeting. MBS is going to be part of it, just like there were people part of the discussion today."  As a presidential candidate in 2019, Mr. Biden said the U.S. would make t...
Election falsehoods persist; $565M for mental health: The week in Michigan politics
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Election falsehoods persist; $565M for mental health: The week in Michigan politics

As the Jan. 6 insurrection hearings continued on Capitol Hill this week, political news in Michigan followed along.The U.S. House select committee investigating last year’s Capitol riot held its second and third hearings on Monday and Thursday, continuing to make its case that former President Donald Trump incited the riot by knowingly spreading false claims of widespread election fraud.Michigan, a swing state that Trump narrowly lost, has been mentioned multiple times in the Jan. 6 hearings because of the election fraud claims that swirled about the state in 2020. The committee even entered a 2021 investigation by a state Senate committee that found no evidence of widespread fraud.Related: GOP-led report finds no evidence of voter fraud, leaves door open for continued investigationBut the...
Production crew for Stephen Colbert’s “Late Show” detained in congressional building near U.S. Capitol
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Production crew for Stephen Colbert’s “Late Show” detained in congressional building near U.S. Capitol

Several members of a production crew with for "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert" were detained Thursday night in a congressional office building near the U.S. Capitol, CBS said Friday. The group was filming a comedy segment when they were taken into custody, the company said. U.S. Capitol Police told CBS News that officers responded to a "call for a disturbance" at 8:30 p.m. at the Longworth House Office Building, where they detained seven people who were "unescorted and without Congressional ID" in a sixth-floor hallway. After determining the group were not Congressional employees — and had been asked to leave the building earlier in the day — they were charged with unlawful entry. Police said a criminal investigation is ongoing and could lead to more charges.   ...
Gray Decries ‘Dark Money’ — But Has Previously Benefitted From It | Politics | Seven Days
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Gray Decries ‘Dark Money’ — But Has Previously Benefitted From It | Politics | Seven Days

In a fundraising email on Wednesday, the campaign for U.S. House candidate Molly Gray went after her chief Democratic rival, Becca Balint, painting an ominous picture of the primary campaign landscape. “If our opponent has it her way, dark money will flood the airwaves and drown out the voices of Vermonters,” Gray’s campaign manager, Samatha Sheehan, wrote. “We don’t know how soon they’ll come for Molly — or how much they’ll spend — but we know now that Super PACs have been invited in by our opponent and we need to be ready.” Sheehan was responding to allegations that Balint, Vermont's Senate president, had used a controversial tactic on her website known as “redboxing.” The practice involves creating a webpage, usually using a red box as a signal, to alert super P...
Iowa Supreme Court rules abortion is not protected by state constitution
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Iowa Supreme Court rules abortion is not protected by state constitution

The Iowa Supreme Court on Friday cleared the way for lawmakers to severely limit or even ban abortion in the state, reversing a decision by the court just four years ago that guaranteed the right to abortion under the Iowa Constitution.The court, now composed almost entirely of Republican appointees, concluded that a less conservative court wrongly decided that abortion is among the fundamental privacy rights guaranteed by the Iowa Constitution and federal law.Friday's ruling comes amid expectations that the U.S. Supreme Court will overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 decision that established the constitutional right to choose to have an abortion nationwide. If Roe v. Wade is overturned, Iowa lawmakers could ban abortion in the state without completing the lengthy process of am...