Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) hinted that Kellyanne Conway may be on her way out of the White House for violating federal law.
The Iowa Republican was asked to comment on findings by the U.S. Office of Special Counsel that Conway had repeatedly violated the Hatch Act by promoting political campaigns during public TV appearances as a senior adviser to President Donald Trump.
“Obviously there has been a commission that has decided that’s not appropriate, so she is being removed from that position,” Ernst told WHO-TV. “We certainly want to be working towards the good of all Americans. Obviously, she wants to support the president’s initiatives. She is an adviser — or was an adviser — but she used her position differently.”
A spokeswoman for the senator said afterward that Ernst misspoke by suggesting Conway was leaving the White House.
Beto O’Rourke goes after Warren on taxes as he and Castro fight for their political survival
By Abby Livingston and Alex Samuels
Former U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke took his most aggressive posture yet in a presidential primary debate in an exchange with the Democratic frontrunner, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts on Tuesday evening.
While answering a question on tax policy in the fourth round of Democratic debates, O'Rourke went after Warren's lack of clarity on how she will pay for various policy proposals like Medicare For All.
"We need to be focused on lifting people up, and sometimes I think Sen. Warren is more focused on being punitive or pitting the country against the other, instead of lifting people up and making sure this country comes together around those solutions," he said.
These 7 charts show how legalized political corruption is so much bigger than Trump
by Kenneth R. Peres
Corruption. It’s a word we hear a lot these days.
The press primarily focuses on the type of corruption characterized by individual government officials who use their political power to reward themselves and/or their allies. Recent examples/allegations include President Donald Trump’s attempt to strong arm the president of Ukraine to benefit Trump’s reelection campaign; the many instances of official U.S. business being steered to Trump properties; and the misuse of government funds by Trump appointees including the current secretaries of commerce, education, and HUD; the former secretaries of the interior and health and human services; and the former administrator of the EPA. A number of organizations have been tracking the growing list of conflicts of interest under the Trump administration, one of which keeps a running tally of articles and another that has cited more than 2,000 specific instances. Of course, these types of corruption are serious but not unique to this administration—it just seems that there is a lot more of it and/or it is being exposed more often.
Julián Castro says Atatiana Jefferson’s name on debate stage: ‘Police violence is also gun violence’
Democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro said on Tuesday that he would not support the mandatory buyback of assault-style weapons because it could be lead to more police violence.
At Tuesday night's Democratic presidential debate, Castro was asked if he supported Beto O'Rourke's plan to buy back assault weapons.
Castro argued that unless police go "door-to-door" then the buyback program "is not truly mandatory."
"But in the places I grew up in, we weren’t exactly looking for another reason for cops to come banging on the door," he said, pointing to the recent shooting of Atatiana Jefferson by an officer in Fort Worth.