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Kavanaugh hearing starts in chaos as Cory Booker infuriates GOP by daring them to punish him for leaking documents

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Democratic Sen. Cory Booker (NJ) said Thursday that he would “knowingly violating the rules” of the Senate and release “committee confidential” documents about Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

When questioning Kavanaugh on Wednesday, Booker had quoted a 2002 email that he said showed Kavanaugh considered using racial profiling after 9/11. During the Senate confirmation hearing on Thursday, he threatened to release it to the public.

Republican Senator John Cornyn (TX) said he was upset that Democrats were “unwilling or unable to conduct themselves in this hearing with regular order and accordance with the rules of the committee.”

“I would encourage our colleagues to avoid the temptation to either violate the Senate rules, or to treat the witness unfairly by cross-examining him about a document and refusing to show it to him,” he added.

But Booker was undeterred, and said he would release the email to “expose” that documents being withheld by Senate Republicans “have nothing to do with national security.”

“I come from a long line as all of us do as Americans of understanding what that kind of civil disobedience is and I understand the consequences,” he said during the Senate hearing. “I understand that the penalty comes with potential ousting from the Senate. If Senator Cornyn believes that I have violated Senate rules, I openly invite and accept the consequences of my team releasing that email.”

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The email is from when Kavanaugh served as a lawyer for former President George W. Bush. The email is not classified, but has been marked as “committee confidential.”

After his comments, Booker released the email on Thursday morning.

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New report targets 15 House Democrats who ‘deserve’ progressive primary challengers

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As progressive candidates continue to announce their intentions to oust corporate Democrats, a new report names 15 House Democrats to unseat in primary challenges.

Published Monday by the left-leaning group RootsAction, the new report is entitled Bad Blues: Some of the House Democrats Who Deserve to Be 'Primaried.'

The list, the report notes, "is by no means exhaustive—only illustrative."

"There may well be a Democratic member of Congress near you not included here who serves corporate interests more than majority interests, or has simply grown tired or complacent in the never-ending struggles for social, racial, and economic justice as well as environmental sanity and peace," the report notes. "Perhaps you live in a district where voters are ready to be inspired by a progressive primary candidate because the Democrat in Congress is not up to the job."

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People are calling Denver’s newest city council member a communist — but she’d rather be called an anarchist

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On April 10, Candi CdeBaca’s 33rd birthday, Denver’s second “bomb cyclone” of the year brought snow and heavy wind, and knocked out power in some areas, including at CdeBaca’s house in Elyria-Swansea. When CdeBaca, then a Denver City Council candidate, finally got power back and turned on her phone, she saw she had an unusually high number of missed calls and messages. Birthday wishes, she assumed.

“There was a death threat,” she said. “There were two of them within an hour. One of them said, ‘I was trained to kill commie shit like you.’”

The context: At a candidate forum on April 7, CdeBaca offered some remarks that, to many, sounded like she was advocating a Communist form of government.

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Iran says new ‘mentally retarded’ Trump sanctions mean ‘permanent closure’ of diplomacy

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Iran said Tuesday that new US sanctions targeting its supreme leader meant a “permanent closure” of diplomacy, while the country’s president labelled the White House “mentally retarded” as tensions between Tehran and Washington escalated.

US President Donald Trump signed an executive order imposing the sanctions against Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Monday, taking a dramatic and unprecedented step to increase pressure on Iran after Tehran’s downing of an American drone last week.

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