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‘Nothing good happens after 8 pm’ — Republican house candidate proposes curfew for lawmakers

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A Republican candidate running for the House of Representatives in California says that lawmakers should have an 8 pm curfew, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

Dianne Harkey is currently on the Board of Equalization and is running against Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Vista, who has made waves by calling for investigations of Trump’s possible collusion with Russia.

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“As far as going out and partying, a lot of that is up to leadership, I do believe that they need to take a little firmer hand,” she said on a local radio show. “It’s a lonely life, be sure that everyone is occupied, be sure they have a buddy system. Don’t allow people to be alone wandering the streets. I never went out anywhere after 8:00. Nothing good happens after 8:00 in Sacramento or in D.C., I guarantee you that.”

The Union-Tribune’s report took the idea remarkably seriously, pointing out that “Strict enforcement would mean that work would stop before sundown in the summer months. Members couldn’t participate in strategy and planning meetings with their colleagues after hours, nor could they go to evening fundraisers and policy events with various organizations, all of which are current demands on legislators.”


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Feds seek interviews with Ukraine’s state-run energy company as Giuliani probe heats up

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Federal prosecutors at the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York are seeking to interview people who have knowledge of Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani's dealings with Naftogaz, which is Ukraine's state-run oil-and-gas company.

CNN reports that prosecutors have reached out to multiple people with knowledge of Naftogaz in recent weeks, which the network says suggests "investigators have opened a line of inquiry into whether Giuliani and his associates sought to secure energy deals by asserting influence on the company."

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Bill Barr’s fascist manifesto: Is this man the real threat to American democracy?

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The biggest moment in former Ukraine ambassador Marie Yovanovitch's impeachment-hearing testimony on Friday was when House Intelligence Committee chair Adam Schiff, D-Calif., told her that President Trump was attacking her on Twitter as she was speaking.

Trump's defenders came out in force, offering various explanations for his mob-like behavior. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, has been arguing that Trump was just testing the Ukrainians to see if they would fall into his trap and prove they were corrupt. Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., using the abusive-husband excuse, insisted that it's Trump's political opponents who make him behave the way he does — they are "tormenting" him and should have just covered up his crimes for the good of the country. It's clear that the only thing they can settle on is the inane story that Trump prefers: He did absolutely nothing wrong and anyone who says otherwise is a partisan hack acting in bad faith.

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Soledad O’Brien scorches media for failures covering Trump: ‘Quoting lies is a bad strategy!’

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Former CNN host Soledad O'Brien this week gave a scorching rebuke to what she says have been failures by the media in covering President Donald Trump.

In an interview with the Daily Beast, O'Brien argues that the American press simply isn't equipped to handle Trump's rampant and record-breaking dishonesty.

"What drives me more nutty than the president -- who I think is obviously a terrible human being in a lot of ways -- is the way in which the media does not know how to handle him,” she said. “Quoting people who are saying lies is a really bad strategy. When President Trump says the moon is made of cheese, well, it’s not."

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