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McConnell is a ‘complicit little coward’: Former senator unloads on Senate Majority Leader for dragging out shutdown

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Retired California Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer on Friday took a swipe at Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, telling MSNBC that the Kentucky Republican was “a complicit little coward” who was just as responsible for the shutdown as President Donald Trump.

“The two people who are responsible? Donald Trump, because he could not successfully come through with his campaign promise that Mexico would pay for the wall,” Boxer said. “He agreed to put that aside, Rush Limbaugh told him no, so he got into this jam.” She noted that Trump “said he would be delighted” to take the blame for the shutdown.

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“Then you have Mitch McConnell. I served him for many years, he’s tough and strong,” she said. “All of sudden he’s this little complicit coward and saying ‘I’m not doing anything until the president tells me what he wants?'” She added that McConnell’s refusal to move a continuing resolution was an unconstitutional abdication of the Senate’s authority and slammed both men for trying to divert the public’s attention.

“All these diversions of turning this into a ‘Pelosi-Trump battle’, that’s a diversion,” she said. “Turning it into ‘let’s look at North Korea’, another meeting with another tyrant, so what? Open up the government. Open it up.”

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Virginia was the bellwether of 2017’s big blue wave — but could it happen again?

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In November 2017, powered by a surge of grassroots activism one year after Donald Trump’s election, Democrats wiped out a Republican supermajority in the Virginia House of Delegates, and came within one disputed ballot and a random drawing of sharing power in a 50-50 chamber — an early harbinger of the 2018 blue wave. Now they’re back to finish the job, aiming to recapture control of both legislative chambers for the first time in 26 years and set the tone for the 2020 election.

Swing Left, a key player in flipping the House of Representatives last year, has targeted 15 races in the House of Delegates and five in the State Senate. Their main focus is people power, but they’ve also raised more than $550,000 in grassroots donations as of Sept. 11. Just two seats are needed to flip each chamber, and a court-ordered redistricting has made flipping the House much more doable.

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‘Did Obama know?’ Rudy Giuliani flings wild new accusations against Biden in overnight tweet rant

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President Donald Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani hurled accusations of Ukraine corruption at Joe Biden and his son in a series of middle-of-the-night tweets.

The president admitted Sunday to speaking to Ukraine's president about an investigation of Hunter Biden's business dealings with a natural gas company in the country, after a series of reports revealed his efforts to pressure that government to come up with dirt on the former vice president.

Early Monday morning, Giuliani accused Kiev of laundering $3 million to Hunter Biden and suggested the Obama administration was aware but did nothing, although the former New York City mayor offered no supporting evidence of those allegations.

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Chronically underpaid EMTs are being assaulted at record rates

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If Upton Sinclair were to write the modern equivalent to “The Jungle,” he might make the setting the metaphorical meat grinder of today’s emergency medical services industry.

Across the nation, emergency medical service professionals, the front-line workforce upon which so much of a patient outcome rests, are grossly underpaid for brutal work schedules that put them at risk of both serious physical injury and burnout.

The cherry on the top of this abuse sundae is that they are 14 times more likely to be violently assaulted on the job than a firefighter.

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