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House Oversight Committee to hold contempt vote — after Judiciary chair makes deal with Bill Barr

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House Oversight Committee chair Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) is moving to hold Attorney General Bill Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt for refusing to turn over documents.

Today Judiciary Committee chair Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) announced that he reached a deal with Barr to turn over documents and he would not hold a contempt vote for now. It seems the attorney general didn’t think about the rest of Congress in making the deal, however.

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“I did not want this to happen,” said Cummings. “I asked Secretary Ross to meet with me personally to try to resolve this impasse, but he refused. Both Secretary Ross and Attorney General Barr are refusing to comply with duly authorized subpoenas from Congress. Because they are in contempt of Congress, on Wednesday, the Committee will vote to move forward to enforce our bipartisan subpoenas. I continue to hope that they will change course and begin producing the information we need to do our job under the Constitution.”

There was an initial agreement that there would be no criminal contempt charges, so this may be a civil charge.


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Mayor Jacob Frey imposes curfew on Minneapolis

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The mayor of Minneapolis has imposed a curfew on the city following multiple nights of violent protests following the killing of George Floyd while in police custody.

"A nighttime curfew is imposed in all public places within the City of Minneapolis, including streets, during the following times," the emergency regulation reads.

The restrictions apply from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.

"During the hours of curfew, all persons must not travel on any public street or in any public place.

The resolution noted, "much of the destruction and violence has taken place under the cover of darkness."

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‘We’re listening to Trump’: Pennsylvania GOP asking supporters to vote by mail — but most don’t want to

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President Donald Trump has spent the last few weeks attacking mail-in voting, claiming with no basis that it will lead to widespread fraud, and falsely suggesting that people could "forge" extra copies of ballots, or kids would start raiding mailboxes to illegally vote.

But many other Republican officials are trying to get their voters to take advantage of mail-in voting, to keep turnout high amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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A ‘notoriously stupid’ Fox News host inadvertently revealed Trump’s ‘authoritarian’ plan — according to this media activist

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Although President Donald Trump has used Twitter incessantly to promote himself, he has been furious with the social media outlet this week for fact-checking two of his tweets — so furious that on Thursday, he issued an executive order targeting social media companies and claimed that he did so to “defend free speech.” Twitter hasn’t removed any of Trump’s tweets, but flagged or hidden them as inaccurate or violent. While legal scholars have been asserting that the order cannot withstand legal scrutiny, Media Matters’ Matt Gertz stresses that it serves a useful purpose for Trump nonetheless — and that purpose has been identified by the “notoriously stupid” Fox News host Steve Doocy.

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