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Kamala Harris silences GOP senator on live TV for orchestrating ‘distraction’ on police reform

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Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) faced off against Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) on Tuesday over a disagreement about how to reform policing in the United States.

While speaking on the Senate floor, Harris suggested that Republicans are trying to force through a bill that does not address the concerns of Black Americans.

“We cannot answer their demands with this Republican attempt to obstruct real progress and real justice in our country,” Harris said.

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Cornyn interrupted to accuse Democrats of “blocking their own lynching bill,” which he said is included in the Republican legislation.

“I think it’s important we not get distracted,” Harris replied. “We cannot pull out a specific component of this bill and leave everything else in the garbage bin. And that is the logical and practical and actual conclusion of where you are going with the suggestion that we would sacrifice issues like no-knock warrants, issues like national standard for use of force, issues like the need for independent investigations for police misconduct, issues like pattern and practice investigations with subpoena power for the United States Department of Justice.”

“It’s like asking a mother, save one of your children and leave the others!” she remarked.

Cornyn countered by asking if Harris was familiar “with the rules of the Senate that allows senators to offer amendments to improve legislation.”

According to the Texas senator, Democrats are preventing the Republican bill from being improved by opposing a vote on it.

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“Is the Senator aware of those options that she has?” Cornyn wondered.

Harris pointed out that she serves with Cornyn on the Judiciary Committee and “we have asked that there would be a meaningful discussion of the Justice and Policing Act in that committee and none has occurred.”

Cornyn interrupted again.

“What I’m trying to fathom,” he said, “is why the senator would rather have these negotiations occur behind closed doors as opposed to here on the floor of the Senate to see broadcast on television. Don’t you think that sort of interaction and debate and negotiation out in front of all 330 million Americans would be beneficial to healing our country?”

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“Indeed,” Harris shot back. “That is the beauty of the Judiciary Committee. Our meetings are public meetings.”

The California Democrat then paused for a moment to give Cornyn a chance at rebuttal but he declined to continue the exchange.

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Here’s what you need to know about Bill Stepien — the man who just took over Trump’s fledgling campaign

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President Donald Trump announced that his campaign manager, Brad Parscale, is being shoved out of his role given the failures the campaign has suffered over the past seven months.

In his place, for now, at least, will be Bill Stepien.

If that name sounds familiar, it may be because Stepien was part of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's Bridgegate scandal, where, as punishment to Mayor Mark Sokolich, two of three toll lanes were closed during a Monday morning rush hour and weren't reopened until Friday.

The court case quoted Bill Stepien's name over 700 times, including an email in which he claimed, "It will be a tough November for this little Serbian." The mayor was born in Fort Lee, and his lineage isn't Serbian, it's actually Croatian.

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Anti-corruption group files motion in Roger Stone case saying pardon is void due to ‘self dealing’

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The anti-corruption group Free Speech for the People filed a motion with Judge Amy Berman Jackson opposing the pardon of President Donald Trump's pal, Roger Stone.

According to the organization's president, John Bonifaz, there are "limits to the pardon power" that the president holds, "including when the power is abused for self-dealing purposes." He said that Stone's "commutation violates the Take Care Clause of the Constitution," and thus, should be declared void.

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A delay in Trump finance scandal may prevent the prosecution of other people than the president: court filing

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President Donald Trump is continuing to fight the Manhattan District Attorney's case requiring his taxes and financial documents. But in a Wednesday court filing Cy Vance indicated that there is a need for urgency because his case could involve the prosecution of "other people."

Time is of the essence to minimize "any risk that criminal conduct will go unpunished," says Vance in the filing.

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