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GOP congressman threatening to bolt party to run against Trump

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On Monday, MLive reported that Rep. Justice Amash (R-MI), a libertarian-minded conservative increasingly at odds with President Donald Trump, said he “can’t rule out” abandoning the GOP — and running against Trump on the Libertarian Party ticket in 2020:

“I think my message does resonate with a lot of people,” said Amash, now in his fifth Congressional term. “There are people who are tired of the way it works and are coming to understand that the problem is this two-party duopoly and the partisan fighting that is nonstop. If people came to Washington with strong ideologies but less partisanship this would be a lot better.”

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Amash, who was first elected as part of the Tea Party wave in 2010, had harsh words for many of the Republicans who were elected alongside him and preaching the same thing he was: “It turns out a lot of them were not in favor of limiting the size of government, they were just opposed to the president at the time … [the Tea Party] was replaced with nationalism and protectionism and the general philosophy of the party now under Trump.”

Amash, who calls himself the “the only libertarian in Congress,” agrees with the GOP on things like tax cuts for the wealthy and deregulating guns. But he has bucked the party on a number of other issues, from criticizing the Supreme Court appointment of Brett Kavanaugh to opposing the declaration of a national emergency to divert military funding to construct a border wall.


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Tulsi Gabbard files $50 million lawsuit against Hillary Clinton — alleging ‘significant actual damages, personally and professionally’

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Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, who is seeking the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, has been highly critical of 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton — and vice-versa. And on Wednesday, Business Insider is reporting, Gabbard filed a $50 million lawsuit against Clinton.

In an interview for David Plouffe’s podcast “Campaign HQ” in October, Clinton asserted that “someone” in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary is a “Russian asset” and a “favorite of the Russians.” And Gabbard, in her lawsuit, asserts that Clinton has defamed her and caused her “significant actual damages, personally and professionally.”

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‘So we don’t have to fight Russia over here’: Adam Schiff delivers powerful statement to senators in Trump impeachment trial

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House Intelligence Chair and Lead impeachment manager Adam Schiff delivered powerful remarks to the U.S. Senate on Wednesday, summing up why what President Donald Trump did – extorting Ukraine – was so damaging to both Ukraine and the U.S.

Schiff reminded the Senators who will decide the fate of the nation’s chief executive that 15,000 Ukrainians have already died fighting Russia. That was after Vladimir Putin illegally annexed Crimea.

And he reminded the Senators that President Trump withheld nearly $400 million in congressionally-approved military aid to Ukraine, despite the nation’s fight against Russia.

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How right-wing groups use old laws and imperfect data to purge voters from statewide rolls

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Wisconsin has become early 2020’s Exhibit A for political fights surrounding the updating of statewide voter lists, where escalating court battles over conflicting law, procedures and underlying data could lead to removing thousands of legal but infrequent voters.

The fray’s epicenter is a series of rulings by a county judge against Wisconsin’s bipartisan but deadlocked state election board, which has refused to immediately delete 209,000 voter registrations in a swing state with 3.3 million voters. The conflict may preview legal battles coming to other states. California, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Colorado and Virginia have all received letters from Judicial Watch, a right-wing group, threatening to file suits like the complaint from the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty (WILL) against the Wisconsin Elections Commission (WEC).

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