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Kellyanne Conway defends GOP gutting of ethics panel: ‘Consumers’ have been filing too many complaints

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Kellyanne Conway denied that House Republicans placing the congressional ethics watchdog under their control had violated Donald Trump’s campaign promise to “drain the swamp.”

Conway, who ran Trump’s campaign and now serves as a senior advisor, complained Tuesday morning on “Today” that the Office of Congressional Ethics had been “overzealous” in investigating “consumer complaints” since its creation in 2008.

“If a constituent has a complaint, they can still lodge that complaint,” Conway said. “They just can’t do it anonymously.”

Conway said lawmakers and their staffers who had been investigated by the office complained that their right to due process had been violated, although she didn’t offer additional explanation.

House Republicans returned to work Monday and set up the renamed Office of Congressional Complaint Review, which will deliver its reports to lawmakers instead of directly releasing them to the public.

“There’s a new office, and this new office will really cut down on the overzealousness,” Conway said. “There have been 100 complaints.”

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The independent office had referred 68 violations to the House Ethics Committee during its existence.

“The full Congress will have an opportunity to speak out on this and vote (Tuesday),” Conway said, although she wasn’t sure whether the president-elect would comment on the measure. “He is not at the moment, (but) I’m sure that when he feels the urge to weigh in on something he certainly does.”

Update: Trump weighed in later Tuesday morning in a pair of tweets questioning the timing and priorities of House Republicans, although he described the independent ethics watchdog as “unfair.”

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Trump’s 2020 campaign strategy is familiar: Troll the libs!

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Late on Tuesday, I got an email from an unusual source. A reporter for the conservative publication the Washington Examiner asked if I'd be interested in sharing thoughts on Joe Biden's history of joking "about 'locking up your daughters'" and on "Biden's view of women and gender relations." This was in light of my previous criticisms of Biden's apparent condescension towards girls and women, and his pockmarked history on gender relations in general.

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Cory Booker rips Biden for praising racist senators: ‘You don’t joke about calling black men boys’

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Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) blasted Joe Biden for praising two segregationist senators he'd served with as a lawmaker.

The former vice president and current Democratic presidential frontrunner reminisced about his relationship with Mississippi Democrat James Eastland and Georgia Democrat Herman Talmadge, two notoriously racist senators during the Civil Rights era, reported The Hill.

“At least there was some civility, we got things done," Biden said, recalling that Eastland had never called him "boy." "We didn't agree on much of anything. We got things done, we got it finished."

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Most Republican voters admit to feeling ‘embarrassed’ and ‘exhausted’ by Trump’s comments

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Some diehard supporters of President Donald Trump have asserted that they admire the fact that he is so unapologetic about his rhetoric and his actions. But according to a new Pew Research survey, most Republican or Republican-leaning voters admit that they sometimes feel “embarrassed” or “concerned” about things that Trump says.

According to Pew, 53% of Republican or Republican-leaning voters say they sometimes feel “embarrassed” by Trump’s comments — while 59% are sometimes “concerned” by them. Some of the adjectives Pew ran by GOP or GOP-leaning voters were even stronger, including “angry,” “exhausted” and “frightened.”

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