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Rep. Keith Ellison’s mom calls her son to demand he join the #NoBillNoBreak sit-in

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Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) was in a meeting with Trita Parsi, who leads the largest Iranian-American grassroots organization. Suddenly, the Congressman’s scheduler came into the meeting and handed him a note. His mother called, and this was the message she sent to her son:

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Needless to say, the meeting was quickly over and Ellison made his way to the House floor to join his colleagues. He tweeted that he was joining the sit-in “against Gun violence & Majority’s unwillingness to protect Americans from slaughter.”

The sit-in began Wednesday morning and House Speaker Paul Ryan adjourned at 11:30am. They were scheduled to have an afternoon session, but that didn’t happen. When the House is in recess, no video can be fed to C-SPAN. As a result, Rep. Scott Peters (D-CA) picked up his cell phone and began to broadcast the speakers to Periscope. C-SPAN picked up the feed and are now using that to broadcast the sit-in live.

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McConnell blocked by his own party from calling impeachment witnesses Trump wants for Senate trial: report

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According to a report from the New York Times, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is finding his hands tied by members of his own party who are skeptical over the appropriateness of calling some of the witnesses Donald Trump  -- and a few of his House Republican enablers  -- want to appear.

As the Times notes, "While Democrats who control the House are focused on a swift impeachment vote by year’s end, the White House is almost entirely consumed by the trial that would follow in the Republican-controlled Senate, where Mr. Trump’s team believes he would have the chance to defend himself and where Democrats would almost certainly fall short of the two-thirds vote they would need to remove him from office."

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Ted Cruz hammered as ‘Putin’s stooge’ after humiliating himself on NBC to push Kremlin propaganda

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In a column for the Washington Post, conservative columnist Jennifer Rubin in publically shamed Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) for his conversion from Cold War Russia critic to unabashed "Putin stooge" after his performance on "Meet the Press" on Sunday.

Speaking with NBC host Chuck Todd on Sunday, Cruz attempted to push what has been described as Kremlin propaganda, asserting that "there is evidence of Ukraine interference in our election because an op-ed was written criticizing Trump’s campaign rhetoric about Ukraine." 

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Chinese diplomats unleashed to pummel the reeling Trump administration: report

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According to a report from Politico, Chinese diplomats have been unleashed, as well as urged, to attack Donald Trump's administration and the U.S. in general via social media like Twitter -- turning the president's favorite social media platform back on him.

"The tactic comes as China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi has reportedly urged his diplomats to adopt a 'fighting spirit,' which has led to Chinese diplomat Lijian Zhao to describe "America as 'unjust, 'inhumane' and 'hypocritical.' He’s gone so far as to slam neighborhood segregation in Washington, D.C., and assert that 'racial discrimination, gun violence, violent law enforcement are chronic diseases deeply rooted in U.S. society," Politico reports.

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