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Sarah Palin calls on Trump to dump James Comey over alleged Clinton ties

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Sarah Palin called on President Donald Trump to dump FBI Director James Comey — who she suggested was too closely tied to Hillary Clinton.

Comey confirmed Monday that the Department of Justice and FBI were investigating the Trump campaign’s alleged ties to Russia, but the failed vice presidential candidate and former half-term governor of Alaska questioned his impartiality.

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“Why is tainted Comey still part of Team Trump?” Palin said in a Facebook post. “How long does he get to ride the train?”

Palin linked to an article on her own website, written by Lawrence Richard and citing a dubiously sourced Sept. 10 report posted on Breitbart News that allegedly “exposed” Comey’s connection to the Clinton Foundation.

The Breitbart report points to Comey’s previous work for organizations that donated money or formed partnerships with the Clinton family’s foundation but neglects to demonstrate any conflicts of interest in the FBI director’s investigation of the Democratic presidential candidate’s emails.

“The swamp runs deep,” Palin said. “Where are Congressional ‘investigators’ on this conflict of interest issue? Why aren’t dots more clearly connected by those in authority, those privy to information that we peasants are not?”

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Comey angered many Democrats by notifying Congress just 11 days ahead of the election that the FBI was analyzing a new trove of emails potentially related to Clinton’s personal server, although he announced nine days later that no evidence of wrongdoing had been found.

Many observers, including Bill Clinton and poll analyst Nate Silver, believe Comey’s letter to Congress handed the election to Trump.


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House GOP loses yet another incumbent as California’s Paul Cook announces retirement

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Another day, another retirement for House Republicans.

The Los Angeles Times reports that Rep. Paul Cook R-CA) is heading for the exits and retiring at the end of his term in 2020.

Instead of serving in Congress for another term, Cook will run for a seat on the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors, the congressman's chief of staff tells the Los Angeles Times.

Even though Democrats made major gains in California during the 2018 midterm elections, Cook's district will be difficult for the party to pick up. Cook last year won reelection with 60 percent of the vote and his opponent wasn't even a Democrat, but fellow Republican Tim Donnelly.

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Michigan Republicans thank ‘Uncle Ted’ Nugent for testifying after he says their state ‘doesn’t qualify as America’

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Republican lawmakers in Michigan invited conservative rocker Ted Nugent to testify even though he has said the state "doesn't qualify as America."

In testimony on the Michigan state House floor on Tuesday, Nugent spoke in support of a bill that would reverse a ban on deer and elk baiting. The ban was put in place in 2018 due to suspicions that chronic wasting disease (CWD) was being spread through piles of bait.

For his part, Nugent argued that the ban was ineffective because deer are "swapping spit."

"If they think they can stop deer from swapping spit, they're idiots," Nugent testified, according to The Detroit News.

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NY judge kicked off the bench after suggesting nooses are needed to ‘make America great again’

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A judge in upstate New York has been forced off the bench after he posted an image of a noose on his personal Facebook account -- and suggested it was needed to help "make America great again."

The Washington Post reports that officials on Tuesday revealed that Kyle R. Canning, a part-time judge, was relieved of his duties after the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct concluded that his Facebook post showed an unacceptable level of political and racial bias.

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