Koch brothers’ network launches new super PAC

(CNN)Americans for Prosperity, the sprawling Koch political network, announced Monday the launch of a new super PAC arm as the organization gears up for the final stretch of the 2018 midterms. The Koch brothers have watched their influence as kingmakers in Republican politics grow since the Supreme Court’s landmark Citizens…

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Father of Kentucky secretary of state indicted in connection with her 2014 Senate campaign

Washington (CNN)The father of Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes has been indicted for allegedly making illegal contributions to his daughter’s 2014 US Senate campaign. In a statement posted to Facebook on Friday, Lundergan Grimes said she believes her father will be “vindicated.” “Today, the Department of Justice announced…

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A Law Alone Won’t Get California to 100 Percent Green Power

Before Californians use an electron, they like to swirl the glass a little, get some nose. You want a whiff of that subatomic particle’s terroir before pouring it into an air conditioner or a phone. Does it have the musty, planet-destroying aroma of a greenhouse gas appellation—generated, perhaps, by the…

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How Don McGahn helped ensure Donald Trump’s legacy

Washington (CNN)White House Counsel Don McGahn, the former long-haired campaign finance lawyer, has become an effective, if unlikely, leader of a judicial juggernaut destined to be one of President Donald Trump’s most enduring legacies. Working closely with conservative advocates and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, McGahn was crucial to Trump’s…

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12 not-dumb questions about what’s next for Cohen, Manafort, Mueller and Trump

(CNN)The events of the last 24 hours have rocked the political world. 1. Which one is a bigger deal — Manafort or Cohen? They’re both big deals, but the Cohen plea deal — especially his testimony that he negotiated payments to women alleging affairs with Trump at the candidate’s direction…

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This anti-smoking giant is taking on Juul

Christine HallquistImage: courtesty of the hallquist campaign If the only news you ever read came from Twitter, you’d think America was some kind of post-apocalyptic political landscape. And you wouldn’t be entirely wrong.  But it’s not all dystopia. If you travel to Vermont, for example, you’ll find Democrat Christine Hallquist,…

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Michael Avenatti on Cohen plea: ‘Trump’s fingerprints are all over the crime scene’

(CNN)Michael Avenatti, the attorney for adult film star Stormy Daniels against President Donald Trump, said Tuesday that it is “clear as day” that Trump’s fingerprints are “all over the crime scene” in connection with Michael Cohen’s violation of campaign finance laws. Avenatti said he is going to get to the…

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Trump blasts Sessions over indictments of two his earliest congressional supporters

(CNN)President Donald Trump on Monday blasted his Attorney General Jeff Sessions and lamented the indictments of two lawmakers who were his earliest supporters in Congress during the 2016 election, suggesting they should not have been charged because they are Republicans. The tweet marked Trump’s latest attack on the Justice Department,…

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Bernie-backed Andrew Gillum scores surprise victory in Florida Democratic governor’s race, CNN projects

Phoenix (CNN)Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum will win the Democratic nomination for governor of Florida, CNN projects, scoring a major victory for the party’s progressive wing while taking another step toward becoming the state’s first black chief executive. Gillum’s victory, though, came as a stunner in a wide-open contest.Democrats in the…

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The 36 most outrageous lines in Donald Trump’s Fox News interview

(CNN)President Donald Trump, amid the worst week of his presidency, sat down for a friendly interview with “Fox and Friends” host Ainsley Earhardt to make his case. As so often happens when Trump is backed into a corner, he lashed out at, well, everyone. 2. “I’ve always had controversy in…

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McCain honored as his body lies in state at the US Capitol

Washington (CNN)He was a war hero who survived more than five years of torture as a prisoner in Vietnam and the 2008 Republican presidential nominee, but it’s John McCain’s role as a legislator that may have most defined his public life. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a man who at…

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Trump strikes back at Sessions after AG defended himself

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump publicly criticized his own attorney general, Jeff Sessions, again on Saturday, saying this time that Sessions doesn’t understand what’s happening beneath him at the Department of Justice. “I took control of the Department of Justice the day I was sworn in, which is why we have…

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Twitter drags Trump-backed Florida candidate for racist comment

Ron DeSantis (left) and Donald Trump (right): birds of a feather…Image: Getty Images Ron DeSantis is already in hot water less than a day after winning the GOP nomination in the Florida gubernatorial race because of a racist remark he made about his upcoming general election opponent, democrat Andrew Gillum. …

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FBI investigation looms over Democratic nominee for Florida governor

(CNN)An ongoing federal investigation into public corruption in Tallahassee, Florida, threatens to damage the nascent campaign of Democratic gubernatorial nominee Andrew Gillum, the city’s mayor. “Mayor Gillum is not a subject of the FBI investigation, and he’s committed to rooting out any corruption or wrongdoing in Tallahassee,” said Geoff Burgan,…

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