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GOP campaign chairman faces ethics complaint after his staff improperly tracked members of Congress

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On Monday, NJ Hotline reported that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has filed an ethics complaint against National Republican Congressional Committee chairman Tom Emmer (R-MN), alleging that his campaign workers improperly followed around and filmed themselves “badgering” House Democrats in taxpayer-funded offices and posted the footage to campaign accounts.

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“During the past couple of months, NRCC and its own staffers or others acting on their behalf seem to have taken videos of Democratic Members in House buildings and hallways as someone badgered them with questions and posted them on NRCC’s Twitter accounts to tout the Committee’s political messaging,” wrote DCCC officials in a letter to Office of Congressional Ethics chief counsel Omar Ashmawy. “It is undisputed that a Member cannot film a campaign advertisement in a House building or hallway. It is equally undisputed that Members cannot circumvent this well-established ethics principle simply by filming a campaign advertisement for a Member’s political party arm instead of their own re-election campaign, or by hiring others to do it for them.”

The NRCC has come under a number of controversies over the past year for a series of ill-considered stunts targeting freshman Democrats, including a plot to send unwanted packages to the family of Rep. Lucy McBath (D-GA) to try to prove she doesn’t live in the state. The tactics of NRCC communications officials have drawn criticism from members of their own party, including Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), who said he was “disappointed” in them.


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Bill O’Reilly ignores the skeletons in his own closet to slam Mike Bloomberg

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Former Fox News host Bill O'Reilly appeared to at least momentarily forget the skeletons in his own closet Wednesday when he bashed former New York City Michael Bloomberg for looking "weak" as he pushed back against attacks over non-disclosure agreements with former women employees.

This article originally appeared in Salon.

"Warren pounding Bloomberg about non disclosure agreements signed by women. All companies have those," O'Reilly tweeted. "Bloomberg looks weak."

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WATCH LIVE: Donald Trump holds 2020 reelection rally in Colorado Springs

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Donald Trump was late to take the stage at a campaign rally in Colorado Springs after a bombshell report that Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin was one of the president's 2020 supporters.

Trump was scheduled to begin speaking at 5:00 p.m. Mountain Time at the Broadmoor World Arena, which has a capacity of 8,000. Trump took the stage 25 minutes later.

The rally is seen as a thank you for Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO), who voted to acquit the commander-in-chief following the Senate impeachment trial.

Garner is facing a tough re-election in 2020 in a state that has been trending Democratic.

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Internet explodes over news that Putin is planning to sabotage the election for Trump — yet again

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On Thursday, The New York Times revealed that Russian President Vladimir Putin is prepared to interfere in the 2020 presidential election to help President Donald Trump win a second term — and that Trump's first reaction was outrage that House Democrats had been briefed on the matter.

The news was met with horror and outrage on social media:

Republicans keep blocking election security bills in the Senate, and now we know why:

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