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White House, Elizabeth Warren team up to roll back GOP state dominance

(Politico) The Obama administration and top congressional liberals this week are formally embracing a new big-money effort to turn back the Republican tide in the states ahead of a pivotal series of elections that could determine which party controls redistricting and voting rules in many states. A delegation of about 20 Democratic state legislators from around the country representing a group called the State Innovation Exchange is planning to huddle on Thursday and Friday with administration officials in the White House, with Sen. Elizabeth Warren on the Hill and with policy experts at the Center for American Progress.


Emailgate: How media mistakes created Hillary Clinton's fake, fake identity

(ZDNet) There is more to the Hillary Clinton personal email story than just Hillary Clinton and her personal email use. It's also a story about a trusted news establishment that broke a story in the morning about the leading presumptive presidential candidate using a fake identity, let it run through an entire day's news cycle, and then changed that story in the same article later that evening -- without ever releasing an update or correction. What I'm about to describe is how the media can create its own misinformation, resulting in an entirely new (and incorrect) mythology. The result: leaving an already overly partisan citizenry with an impression of an odd Clinton misdeed that is, in fact, wholly false.


GOP leaders to skip Selma event

(Politico) Scores of U.S. lawmakers are converging on tiny Selma, Alabama, for a large commemoration of a civil rights anniversary. But their ranks don’t include a single member of House Republican leadership — a point that isn’t lost on congressional black leaders. None of the top leaders — House Speaker John Boehner, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy or Majority Whip Steve Scalise, who was once thought likely to attend to atone for reports that he once spoke before a white supremacist group — will be in Selma for the three-day event that commemorates the 1965 march and the violence that protesters faced at the hands of white police officers.


Senate Democrats Force Mitch McConnell To Cancel Vote On Iran Bill

(Politicus USA) Senate Democrats forced Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to back off of a plan to turn a bill related to Iran into a partisan attack on President Obama. After McConnell tried to use Netanyahu's speech to doublecross Democrats who supported a bill that would call for the Senate to review any agreement made by President Obama with Iran regarding their nuclear program, nine Senate Democrats withdrew their support for the legislation.


Hillary has asked the State Department to release her private emails.

(CNN) Hillary Clinton says she has asked the State Department to release emails she sent from the personal email address she used rather than the one provided by the agency.

"I want the public to see my email. I asked State to release them. They said they will review them for release as soon as possible," the former secretary of state said on her official Twitter account late Wednesday night.


Netanyahu Speech Flops As Democratic Senators Withdraw Their Support For Iran Bill

(WaPo via Politicus USA) If Hill Republicans thought Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Tuesday address would build broad support for having Congress review any nuclear deal with Iran, they thought wrong.

By the end of the day Tuesday, key Democratic senators had pulled their support for just such a bill after Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced he was fast-tracking the legislation, bringing it to the Senate floor for debate as soon as next week, short-circuiting committee deliberations that Democrats say are necessary to perfect it.

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8 horrifying revelations in the Justice Department’s Ferguson report

(Salon) The Justice Department released its full report on the Ferguson Police Department on Wednesday, seven months after Officer Darren Wilson shot and killed unarmed African American teen Michael Brown — an event which galvanized demonstrators against racial bias in policing and triggered the Justice Department’s probe. Though a grand jury decided not to indict Wilson and the Justice Department opted not to bring federal civil rights charges in the case, the department’s report makes clear that Wilson was part of a local law enforcement system tainted by racial bias, abuses of citizens’ constitutional rights, excessive use of force, and an over-reliance on fines and fees to generate revenue.


Republicans fail to override Obama veto of Keystone XL tar-sands pipeline

(SMH) The US Senate failed to override President Barack Obama's veto of a bill forcing approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, a setback for Republicans who've made building the $US8 billion ($10.2 billion) US-Canada oil link a legislative priority.

Supporters of the pipeline, including Republicans and some Democrats, fell short of the two-thirds super majority needed to overcome the veto by Obama, who said the bill circumvented his administration's review. The vote was 62-37.


Lindsey Graham makes breathtakingly sexist jab at Nancy Pelosi

(Salon) South Carolina senator and noted dreamboat Lindsey Graham poked fun at House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi’s appearance on Tuesday, delivering the sexist jab following Pelosi’s criticism of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s congressional address this morning.

“Did you see Nancy Pelosi on the floor? Complete disgust,” Graham told a group of political donors after the speech, per Bloomberg’s Josh Rogin. “If you can get through all the surgeries, there’s disgust.”


Hillary using private email accounts was legal, according to Archivist's sworn 2013 testimony

(Bloomberg) In an extended statement provided to Bloomberg Politics, a Clinton aide detailed ways in which Clinton did not run afoul of archival laws or the practices of her predecessors. Clinton only used her email account for non-classified information, the aide said, backing up an assertion that the State Department made earlier Tuesday.

The aide also said that assertions from the New York Times and others that different records rules applied to Clinton than to her predecessors is wrong, since the National Archives and Records Administration did not issue guidance updating its rules until fall 2013, months after she left office. The same rules applied to Clinton as had applied to Powell.

While NARA’s preference is that officials not use an email alias, Archivist of the United States David Ferriero said in sworn testimony in 2013 that “nothing in the law that prohibits them.”

“We don’t care how many accounts you have as long as those on which you’re doing federal business are captured for the record,” he also said.

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