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Ted Cruz fumes after senator calls Trump appointee in Flynn case ‘a cartoon of a fake judge’

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The federal judge overseeing the case of former national security adviser Michael Flynn is being asked to give an explanation for declining to immediately dismiss the case against Flynn after the Justice Department moved to drop the matter. In response, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) slammed one of the judges on the circuit court panel making the request, accusing her of being biased in favor of President Trump.

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“Where you see Neomi Rao, you can expect a lot of Trumpy dirt to follow,” Whitehouse wrote. “She’s a cartoon of a fake judge. Watch this space.”

That comment apparently got under the skin of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), who called Whitehouse’s words “shameful.”

“Senate Dems, tired of threatening Supreme Court Justices, turn to the court of appeals for their partisan campaign of judicial intimidation,” Cruz wrote.

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According to POLITICO, the panel of judges say district court judge Emmet Sullivan “must respond within 10 days to a request by Flynn that the higher court force him to drop the case.”

“The appeals court order is the latest twist in a remarkable series of events that have thrown the Flynn case into turmoil on the eve of his sentencing for pleading guilty to lying to the FBI,” the report stated.


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Trump’s staff keeps undercutting his comments about his payroll tax plot: report

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President Donald Trump has claimed that everything will be fine with the removal of the payroll tax, which funds the Social Security trust fund, because he will just throw money in from the general fund. But according to Trump staff, he's confused.

The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday that businesses aren't sure what to do because it would cause more difficulty on their side. The idea, however, isn't a law and it likely won't be enforced until Congress passes such a law, which isn't likely to happen since both sides oppose it.

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez dares Trump to compare grades — and says the ‘loser has to fund the Post Office’

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During an interview with Fox Business' Maria Bartiromo on Thursday, President Donald Trump took aim at Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), saying that she was a "poor student" at "I won't say where she went to school, it doesn't matter."

"This is not even a smart person," Trump added.

Ocasio-Cortez graduated cum laude from Boston University with a degree in political science and economics.

The attack had parallels to when Trump claimed in 2011, baselessly, that he had heard President Barack Obama had been a "terrible student" — even though Obama had run the Harvard Law Review.

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Trump adviser Larry Kudlow: ‘We don’t want to have’ voting rights protections get through Congress

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On CNBC News Thursday, President Donald Trump's economic adviser Larry Kudlow said that the administration does not want protection of voting rights to pass as part of the coronavirus stimulus package.

"So much of the Democratic asks are really liberal left wishlists we don't want to have," said Kudlow. "Voting rights, and aid to aliens, and so forth. That's not our game."

Talks between Congress and the White House are currently at an impasse. The administration is refusing to support outlays greater than $1 trillion, and the president has explicitly demanded there be no funding for the Postal Service, to keep voting by mail as difficult as possible.

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