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US Republican Patrick McHenry to seek senior party post on House finance panel

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U.S. Representative Patrick McHenry said on Thursday he was seeking the top Republican position on the House finance panel, and received the backing of a fellow Republican who had been considered the top contender for the role.

“I look forward to continuing my conversations with my House Republican colleagues as I make the case for why I’m the best candidate to lead our committee going forward,” McHenry said in a statement, two days after Democrats won control of the House of Representatives in congressional elections.

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If he becomes the ranking Republican on the House Financial Services Committee, McHenry, now the panel’s vice chairman, would work alongside – and often in opposition to – Democratic Representative Maxine Waters, who is set to chair the powerful body starting in January.

Waters is a fierce critic of big banks. She wants to impose tougher rules on the sector and investigate President Donald Trump.

Republican Representative Blaine Luetkemeyer, who had emerged as the front-runner to lead the panel if Republicans maintained their House majority, backed McHenry’s candidacy on Thursday, calling him “the right man for the job.”

Luetkemeyer, a banking industry ally, told Reuters last week that while he would like the top job on the finance panel, he would not pursue it if McHenry, also the House Republicans’ deputy whip, sought the post.

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“McHenry will serve the Financial Services Committee well, working to find common ground with the Democratic Chair and serving as loyal opposition when the need arises,” Luetkemeyer said in a statement.

The committee’s current chairman, Republican Jeb Hensarling, is retiring from Congress.

McHenry said in the statement announcing his candidacy:

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“I am fully prepared to fight back against any efforts by Democrats to use this committee to roll back our successes from the last two years or use the committee as the launch pad for endless, partisan investigations.”

The North Carolina lawmaker told Reuters last week that if he sat atop the committee, he would focus on financial innovation, housing finance reform and financial inclusion.

Reporting by Katanga Johnson; Additional reporting by Pete Schroeder and Peter Cooney

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George Conway reveals the impeachable offense Trump has committed out in the open

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On Wednesday morning, in the run-up to open impeachment hearings in the House, conservative lawyer George Conway reminded viewers that the Ukraine scandal was not the beginning of Trump's impeachable offenses — and that his conduct in the Russia investigation should not be overlooked.

"The Mueller investigation was about what Russia — it wasn't really about Trump, as such, but because of Trump being Trump, he made it about himself," said Conway, whose wife Kellyanne Conway serves as counselor to the president. "It was really stupid of him to do that, it didn't have to be about Trump. But because he's so self-obsessed, it became about Trump, because he tried to quash the investigation. If he had just shut up about it and not tweeted 'witch hunt' six hundred times and ... just played golf for two years, there wouldn't have been a whole Volume II of the Mueller investigation showing that he had obstructed justice."

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‘I thought I got shot’: Sarah Palin describes finding out by email that her husband was divorcing her

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In an interview with Christian activist and author James Dobson, former Alaska governor and 2008 GOP vice presidential candidate, Sarah Palin, said that she found out while checking her email inbox that her husband, Todd Palin, was seeking a divorce.

“It was devastating. I thought I got shot,” she said.

The divorce became official in September -- one week after they celebrated their 31st wedding anniversary.

Palin says the pair are still trying to repair their relationship. “We’re going through counseling now, so it’s not over, over,” she said. “Attorneys are getting rich off of us and I don’t like that whole system. It makes no sense to me.”

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David Cay Johnston issues ‘a warning’ after reading ‘Anonymous’ book: Trump is stupid, crazy and dangerous

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At DCReport we’ve scored an advance copy of the most anticipated book of the year, “A Warning” by “Anonymous, A Senior Trump Administration Official.” This book, which goes on sale Nov. 19, is as important, fascinating and easy to read as any book in our times.

The scariest line comes on Page 238, where the author identifies the most unwelcome visitor to the Trump White House—reason.

Crazy anecdote by idiotic tirade by telling detail gathered from behind closed doors at the White House, the author makes clear that this book is a work of duty by someone who loves America, has dedicated their life to our safety and well-being and is certain that all we hold dear is in grave danger.

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