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Republican leader who condemned Steve King’s racism sends anti-immigrant newsletter

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A Republican congresswoman who was the first in her caucus to condemn Rep. Steve King (R-IA) for his virulent racism is encouraging fellow GOP members to play up violent crimes committed by immigrants in a recent newsletter.

The Intercept reported that Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), the chair of the House Republican Conference, sent a newsletter Friday full of anti-immigrant talking points — just under a month after she called King’s apparent endorsement of white supremacy “abhorrent and racist.”

In the newsletter obtained by The Intercept, Cheney gave her caucus “a messaging update that compiled immigrant crimes by date and congressional district” meant to give members leverage against Democrats like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) for opposing Donald Trump’s border wall.

“Speaker Pelosi made one thing clear during the government shutdown: she doesn’t care about the tragic consequences of illegal immigration on American families,” the House Republican Caucus chair wrote.

Under the subheading “The Democrats’ far-left immigration agenda has tragic real-world consequences,” the newsletter details crimes with immigrant perpetrators spanning back two decades.

The Intercept noted that the document in the House GOP newsletter “mirrors” Trump tweets “linking crimes committed by immigrants to the need to expand the wall along the U.S. southern border with Mexico.”

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You can read the entire email below, via The Intercept.

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Trump considering withdrawal from 68-year-old treaty with Japan: report

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President Donald Trump has been privately talking about withdrawing from the postwar defense treaty with Japan, according to three sources familiar with the matter.

Trump is telling confidants the treaty is unfair to the U.S. because it promises to help if Japan was ever attacked, but doesn't require Japan to come to America's defense, the sources told Bloomberg.

So far, the president hasn't taken any step toward pulling out of the treaty, which was signed in 1951, and administration officials insist that move would be highly unlikely.

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Rep. Ted Lieu: Impeachment is coming — and so is a Democratic president

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Donald Trump recently called “impeachment” a “dirty, filthy, disgusting word,” but his continued stonewalling of legitimate congressional oversight requests are moving more and more House Democrats to embrace that “filthy” concept. That was the very point made by Rep. Ted Lieu of California, a progressive Democrat who sits on the House Judiciary Committee during our recent conversation on “Salon Talks.” That committee would be the starting point for an actual impeachment inquiry of the president.

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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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