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Republican Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers barely survived a primary — now she wants to impeach Rod Rosenstein

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Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) is the fourth highest Republican in the House leadership, yet in her primary election Tuesday, she is barely leading her Democratic challenger, by just 500 votes. But a tape obtained by MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Wednesday might change everything.

According to Maddow, Rodgers held a high-dollar fundraiser headlined by Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA). Someone purchased a ticket to the event to record what Nunes said behind closed doors. What was captured was a striking admission that the GOP has a plan ready to execute to get rid of deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to shut down the Mueller investigation.

“The Senate would have to drop everything they’re doing … and start with impeachment on Rosenstein. And then take the risk of not getting Kavanaugh confirmed,” Nunes said. “So it’s not a matter that any of us like Rosenstein. It’s a matter of, it’s a matter of timing.”

In her Wednesday show, Maddow noted that Rodgers seems as though she’s in “real danger” of losing her seat in November. It’s something Maddow said is unheard of for someone as high up in the leadership as she is.

“Well, now when her constituents decide whether or not to return her to Washington, they’ll also have this to chew on in addition to everything else they already know about her,” Maddow said.

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Before the August recess, some tea party members filed their articles of impeachment for Rosenstein, but Speaker Paul Ryan said that the Congress had no intention of moving forward with impeachment.

The recording of Nunes has Rodgers chiming in to agree when Nunes said that there was a “live Republican plan to impeach Rod Rosenstein,” Maddow explained. “They don’t want it to seem like they’re pursuing it now. They’re waiting for two important things to happen first and then their plan is to go ahead.”

The recording reveals that they want the Supreme Court nominee to be confirmed and the election to be over. Rodgers cuts in to explain that the Senate would also have to start the impeachment proceedings.

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You can listen to the audio here.


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White supremacists accounted for majority of terror-related arrests in last year: FBI director

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FBI Director Christopher Wray told lawmakers on Tuesday that his agency has so far made roughly 100 terrorism-related arrests so far this fiscal year -- and the majority of them are related in some way to the white supremacist movement.

As Washington Post reporter Matt Zapotosky reports, Wray made his remarks about white supremacist terrorists while being questioned by Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) during an appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Despite the fact that white supremacists accounted for a majority of terror-related arrests in the first three quarters of this fiscal year, however, Wray also said that the FBI still considers jihadi-inspired terrorism to be the greater overall threat.

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Florida cop runs down joy-riding black teen on bicycle — then officers shock him with a Taser

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Florida police chased down a joy-riding black teenager, struck the bicycle he was riding and then violently arrested him after he fled in terror.

Jaydon Stubbs and four friends were riding July 17 on their way to Hollywood Beach when an officer spotted the teens in an area where there had been a string of recent burglaries, reported WPLG-TV.

The officer saw the boys popping wheelies and ignoring traffic laws, so she tried to stop them for questioning -- but they split up and rode away from her.

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Here’s how Boris Johnson is already shaping up to be Britain’s Trump

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On Tuesday, Boris Johnson, former British Foreign Secretary and leader of the Conservative Party, secured the votes in Parliament to become the next Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

It is an outcome that was long considered likely — and it creates parallels with the 2016 election of President Donald Trump in the United States, as there are a great many similarities between the politics and styles of these two men, notes NPR.

First, and most obviously, both men are brusque right-wing populists who have made controlling immigration their core issue on the political stage — in Trump's case it is building the wall, while in Johnson's case it is implementing Brexit.

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