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Iowa Republican lawmaker leaves party he no longer recognizes

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An Iowa Republican switched parties and will join Democrats in the statehouse.

State Rep. Andy McKean left the GOP this week after voting with Democrats on some key issues in recent years, reported Iowa Starting Line.

The moderate Republican was first elected to the Iowa House in 1978 and left after the 2003 election, but won election to return in 2016.

McKean said the party had changed, and he could no longer remain a Republican.

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He has voted with Democrats on collective bargaining and worker compensation bills, and McKean also bucked his party on gun safety bills and a GOP push to change how judges are selected in the state.

On Monday he voted to continue debate of a bill pushed by the statehouse’s four black lawmakers that would ask their colleagues to adopt minority impact statements requiring data showing how bills would impact minorities.

“As a white person,” McKean said, “it’s impossible for me to fully comprehend (their) experiences … they deserved the opportunity to bring (the amendment) forth.”

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Trump refusing to pay for New Mexico security and barricades — while trying to change the state from blue to red

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President Donald Trump thinks he will win New Mexico. He's repeated the factoid multiple times, including to a group of oil and gas workers and executives Wednesday at a conference in Pittsburgh, PA. But he also made two significant mistakes to put that support in jeopardy.

First, the president indicated he was building his "wall" on the border of Colorado, which is north of New Mexico. It would mean that New Mexico was now part of Mexico.

Second, it was reported by the Albuquerque Journal that their city is yet another one Trump's campaign is refusing to pay for security costs.

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Intel Committee has ‘recent evidence’ Ukraine witnesses are working together to ‘coordinate’ their stories

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House investigators have "recent evidence" of witnesses working to coordinate their testimony before Congress, a Democratic congressman revealed on MSNBC on Wednesday.

Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA), who sits on the Intelligence and Judicial committees, was interviewed by MSNBC Chris Hayes.

"Final question, what is the timeline here?" Hayes asked. "There is some transparency argument that at some point this can’t be behind closed doors, the American people, all of us, Republicans, Democrats, citizens and journalists have to hear what’s happening."

"You’re absolutely right and there will be a public phase," Swalwell replied.

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Rudy Giuliani is looking for a lawyer — after saying he didn’t need one: report

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On Wednesday, CNN reported that President Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani is looking for a defense attorney to represent him.

This report comes after Giuliani said last week that he would not seek legal representation unless he believed he needed it.

Giuliani is currently under criminal investigation for the scheme he apparently helped facilitate in the Ukraine, where Trump withheld military aid in the fight against Russia while demanding their leaders investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and the Democratic National Committee.

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