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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.”

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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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The week Donald Trump’s presidency crashed and burned — and Republicans noticed

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It feels as though every week during the Trump administration is a year and every year a decade. Every day there is a crisis or an outrage or a revelation that takes your breath away. But the underlying dynamics always seem to be the same no matter what. The press reports the story, the Democrats get outraged, the pundits analyze it, the president rages and then Fox and the Republicans all line up like a bunch of robots and salute smartly. Then we reset until the next crisis, outrage or revelation. It's an exhausting cycle that never seems to get us anywhere and it's bred a fatalistic response in many of us: "Nothing matters."

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Turkish president threatens US over Trump’s insulting letter: ‘When the time comes necessary steps will be taken’

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an on Friday warned the United States that it would pay a price for the letter send by President Donald Trump that warned him that history "will look upon you forever as the devil if good things don't happen" in northern Syria.

The letter, which also advised Erdo?an to not "be a tough guy" or "a fool," was widely ridiculed in the media for sounding childish. Erdo?an, however, said on Friday that he took the president's letter as a serious insult to his stature as a world leader.

As reported by the BBC's Jon Sopel, Erdo?an called out the president's letter for being out of line with standard diplomatic protocol, and he suggested his country would not forget how the president showed them such little respect.

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‘We’re ready to vote’: Oversight Committee Dem claims Congress has the goods for impeachment

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Appearing on CNN's "New Day," Democratic Rep. Ro Khanna (CA), who sits on the House Oversight Committee, said he and other Democrats have enough in hand to vote on the impeachment of President Donald Trump.

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Pressed by host Berman whether lawmakers have enough to proceed with impeachment, the California Democrat didn't skip a beat and said yes.

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