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Nevada police investigating alleged Republican political extortion plot

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Las Vegas police are investigating a possible case of extortion intended to sway a Nevada legislator to change his vote for assembly speaker, searching a property on Saturday as part of the probe, authorities said.

The investigation began in December when newly elected Assemblyman Chris Edwards, a Republican, was approached about changing his vote on the question, Las Vegas Metropolitan police said in a statement.

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The probe comes after Republicans took control of the state legislature in the national mid-term election last November. Since then they have become embroiled in a bitter contest among themselves to choose the assembly speaker and on other issues such as taxes.

Las Vegas police said no arrests have been made and that their investigators would conduct interviews over the coming days. They released no further details.

“We don’t know the entire group of folks who might be involved but I can say there has been an investigation that has been going on since December,” Edwards told KSNV television on Saturday.

Edwards, who has served on active duty and on reserve in the U.S. Navy, is on the Assembly Education Committee as well as the Natural Resources, Agriculture and Mining Committee and the Ways and Means Committee, according to his legislative page.

After the November election, a number of lawmakers from the state GOP’s most conservative wing rallied around Assemblyman Ira Hansen as their choice for speaker. But he was asked by Republican state Governor Brian Sandoval to step aside amid a controversy over some of his writings on race and gender, according to local media.

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Republican Assembly member John Hambrick was chosen to replace Hansen for the post, according to KSNV, which reported that Hambrick is backed by more moderate members of the GOP and that Edwards is one of the state party’s moderates.

A vote to formally select the Assembly speaker is scheduled for Monday, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

(Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis in Los Angeles)

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MSNBC’s ‘demotion’ of ‘feckless’ Chuck Todd celebrated: ‘Hurray! More Nicolle, less Chuck’

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MSNBC host Chuck Todd was moved to an earlier timeslot where his show, "Meet the Press Daily," will likely earn lower ratings. Meanwhile, Nicolle Wallace seems to have been promoted to a two-hour timeslot leading into primetime.

Wallace, who has extensive experience in Washington, previously served in George W. Bush's White House until abandoning the GOP as the era of Trump came to power.

Todd has made several missteps where he's been unwilling to press GOP leaders who lie openly and obviously on camera.

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George Conway blasts ‘blundering cheat’ Trump in new op-ed: ‘His name should live in infamy’

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Prominent conservative attorney George T. Conway III has written yet another Washington Post op-ed blasting President Donald Trump.

"If there’s one thing we know about President Trump, it’s that he lies and he cheats. Endlessly," Conway wrote. "And shamelessly. But still, mostly, incompetently."

"So it should have come as no surprise that Trump finally went where no U.S. president had ever gone before. In a tweet last week, he actually suggested that the country 'Delay the Election.' That trial balloon was a brazen effort to see if he can defraud his way into four more years in the White House," he explained. "And why not try? After all, Trump has managed to swindle his way through life, on matters large and small, essential and trivial."

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Trump’s ‘delay the election’ tweet laid the groundwork for him and his followers to have an excuse if he loses

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Writing in The New York Times this Monday, Gail Collins and Bret Stephens discuss their contention that President Trump is seeing the writing on the wall regarding the 2020 election, an analysis born from his recent tweet where he suggests delaying the election.

According to Stephens, Trump's tweet is a sign that he knows "in his heart" that he's going to lose in November.

"He’s laying the groundwork not for a coup but for an excuse, both for himself and for his followers," Stephens says. "It creates a mythology to explain defeat, attack Joe Biden and keep the Trump family relevant in the Republican Party. The fact that he’d pull a stunt like this is another reason it’s so important that he lose in a landslide in November."

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