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Republicans in Wisconsin and Michigan are trying to undo election losses by stripping power from Democrats

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Republicans lost elections in Wisconsin and Michigan — but before leaving office, they’re trying to limit the powers of incoming Democratic governors.

Gov. Scott Walker was ousted last month in Wisconsin after voters chose Democrat Tony Evers, and Michigan voters elected Democrat Gretchen Whitmer, and each state also elected Democrats as attorney general.

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But GOP lawmakers in both states are trying to strip them of some of their powers before they’re inaugurated with a series of bills they’re rushing through in lame duck sessions.

Wisconsin Republicans announced a package of bills Friday, which state lawmakers will debate Monday in a single hearing before voting Tuesday.

The bills would move the date of Wisconsin’s presidential primary to encourage lower turnout — which Democrats say is aimed at protecting a far-right state Supreme Court justice who’s up for re-election — and replace the attorney general with private lawyers chosen by GOP lawmakers in cases that involve state laws.

That would prevent newly elected Democratic attorney general Josh Kaul from challenging GOP gerrymandering.

Republicans also want to block Evers from fulfilling his campaign pledge to withdraw from a lawsuit against the Affordable Care Act.

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Michigan’s GOP majority is also seeking to undo some of their losses after Democrats won races for governor, attorney general and secretary of state for the first time in nearly 30 years.

A House bill would allow the legislature to intervene in legal battles involving the state, and a Senate bill would shift oversight of the state’s campaign finance law to a new “fair political practices commission.”

Attorney general-elect Dana Nessel said during her winning campaign that she might not defend state laws she views as unconstitutional, including a 2015 law that allows faith-based adoption agencies to refuse service to gay people.

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The GOP bill would give lawmakers the authority to take any action that plaintiffs or defendants are able to do, such as appeal decisions or apply for new hearings.

Republicans also seek to strip Jocelyn Benson, the incoming secretary of state, of a key responsibility to oversee campaign finance laws.

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The Senate bill would create a new state panel that would include three members from each political party that would be appointed by the governor.

Similar efforts by North Carolina Republicans eventually failed after a costly court fight.


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WATCH: Native American protesters ‘reclaimed the road’ to Donald Trump’s speech at Mount Rushmore

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Police in camouflage fatigues and riot faced off against protesters in South Dakota on Friday evening.

"More than 100 protesters gathered on a highway leading to Mount Rushmore on Friday ahead of President Donald Trump’s speech at the monument," Indian Country Today reports. "Native women in ribbon skirts created a line across the highway, behind them members of NDN Collective, a nonprofit Native advocacy organization, parked white vans across the road."

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‘Trump surrenders to the virus’: White House ripped for new ‘learn to live with it’ message on COVID-19

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President Donald Trump's administration was harshly criticized on Friday after a new report from NBC News.

"After several months of mixed messages on the coronavirus pandemic, the White House is settling on a new one: Learn to live with it," reported Carol Lee, Kristen Welker and Monica Alba.

"Administration officials are planning to intensify what they hope is a sharper, and less conflicting, message of the pandemic next week, according to senior administration officials, after struggling to offer clear directives amid a crippling surge in cases across the country. On Thursday, the United States reported more than 55,000 new cases of coronavirus and infection rates were hitting new records in multiple states," NBC News reported.

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Will Michael Cohen be sent back to prison after being photographed at fancy NYC restaurant?

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Former Donald Trump attorney Michael Cohen, who is currently furloughed from his prison sentence due to the COVID-19 pandemic, was reportedly photographed at a fancy restaurant in Manhattan.

"Michael Cohen could soon be back to chowing down in a prison cafeteria," the NY Post reported Friday. "The recently sprung jailbird was caught by The Post dining out on Manhattan’s Upper East Side — and the meal may cost him his freedom, legal experts said Friday."

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