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In stunning move far right House GOP group votes to condemn Justin Amash over Trump impeachment comments

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Members of the secretive Freedom Caucus, the most far-right group in the U.S. House of Representatives, late Monday night voted to condemn Congressman Justin Amash (R-MI) for his remarks that President Donald Trump committed impeachable offensives.

“We had a good discussion and every single member, I think now based on who was there and our board meeting was probably over 30 members, every single member disagrees and strongly with the position Justin took over the week, and we’re focused on the now,” House Freedom Caucus founder Jim Jordan (R-OH) said, as The Hill reported.

“I mean, look, we’re focused on the fact that what the FBI did was wrong. We think that [Attorney General William] Barr’s handled himself exactly the way the American people want the Attorney General to handle themselves, and he’s going to get to bottom of all this,” Jordan, widely viewed as a conspiracy theorist, added.

Rep. Amash (photo, left), a libertarian, is one of the nine founding members of the Freedom Caucus. The Freedom Caucus does not publicly reveal its full membership, but is believed to have about 33 members.

In a series of 13 tweets over the weekend, Amash said Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report “reveals that President Trump engaged in specific actions and a pattern of behavior that meet the threshold for impeachment.”

He also accused his fellow Republicans of having not bothered to read the 448-page Mueller report.

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Amash reiterated and defended those tweets in another series of 10 tweets on Monday.

Former Speaker of the House John Boehner, who was opposed by the nascent Freedom Caucus before he retired, called them “anarchists” in 2017.

 

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Progressive reformer claims victory in fiercely-contested Queens DA race

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Progressive reformer Tiffany Cabán has declared victory in her campaign versus Melinda Katz in the Queens District Attorney race.

With 99% of precincts reporting, Cabán held a lead of 1,090 votes, The New York Times reports.

Cabán was backed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT).

Katz was backed by Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY), who chairs the Queens Democratic Party, and Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY)

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New 2020 poll shows Trump trailing all Democrats — some by double-digits

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President Donald Trump trails all of his Democratic rivals in hypothetical matchups of the 2020 presidential race, according to the result of a new poll released Tuesday.

This article originally appeared on Salon.

The survey, conducted by Emerson Polling, found that the president lags behind former vice president Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., by 10 points nationally — 45 percent to 55 percent. He also trails Sen. Elizabeth Warren by six points — 47 percent to 53 percent —and Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg by four points — 48 percent to 52 percent.

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Beto O’Rourke’s ‘war tax’ policy proposal is straight out of ‘Starship Troopers’

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Amid an overcrowded Democratic presidential candidate field, it's hard to distinguish yourself from the pack if you don't slot easily into the scale that runs from "pro-corporate centrist" to "left-populist." If you're former Texas congressman Beto O'Rourke —  who falls somewhere in the middle, politically, and somewhere towards the top, looks-wise — you pull a militaristic policy proposal out of your hat that recalls some of the most campy pseudo-fascist sci-fi ever written.

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