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Daily Caller now running op-eds from Putin-allied Russian oligarchs criticizing Mueller probe

Aaron Blake Verified account @AaronBlake

Daily Caller now running op-eds from Putin-allied Russian oligarchs criticizing Mueller probe

3:53 PM - 8 Mar 2018


Natasha Bertrand ‏Verified account @NatashaBertrand

Oleg Deripaska has published an op-ed in the Daily Caller

4:33 PM - 8 Mar 2018


Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Workout in Her Documentary Trailer Will Make You Regret Skipping the Gym

Source: Time

The trailer for the Ruth Bader Ginsburg documentary RBG has arrived — and all are now hailing the cutting words, longstanding wisdom and aspirational exercise routine of the beloved Supreme Court justice.

Ginsburg has held her post in the highest court in the land for decades, and it’s no secret that at 84 years old she’s still in great shape, thanks to a committed workout routine. (There’s even a book published on her hardcore fitness plan.) In the new trailer for RBG, which hits select theaters on May 4, we get a glimpse into what that entails: lifting weights and holding planks for core strength are clearly a major component.

Even her friends and contemporaries are impressed by RBG’s strength. “I’ve heard that she does 20 pushups three times a week or something, I mean we can’t even get off the floor, we can’t even get down to the floor,” one laughs. “That’s true,” the other corroborates.

“When you come right down to it,” another woman notes, “she’s the closest thing to a superhero I know.” In other words, Ginsburg serves as both fitness inspiration — and life inspiration, working tirelessly as she has to forward civil rights and gender equality over her extensive career in law.


Kobach Using Spreadsheet Showing Five Non-Citizen Voters

Source: Talking Points Memo

A spreadsheet created by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s office became a focal point in the trial over Kansas’ voter registration proof-of-citizenship requirement. The spreadsheet shows that only five alleged non-citizens have voted in Sedgwick County, the second most populous Kansas county, over the last two decades.

Those alleged non-citizen voters cast collectively about 10-12 votes, the earliest in 2004, testimony revealed. According to the challengers in the case, that’s out of 1.3 million votes cast in the relevant time period in the county. Sedgwick County accounts for a little over one sixth of Kansas’ population.

Yet Kobach is using those examples to defend his proof-of-citizenship requirement, which was implemented in 2013. An appeals court has said Kobach must prove that non-citizen voting is a “substantial” problem in Kansas. So the spreadsheet — along with testimony expected in the days to come from “experts” in voter fraud — is key to Kobach’s argument.

The ACLU, which is representing some of the challengers, sought to show that the list was inflated.

Read more: https://talkingpointsmemo.com/muckraker/kobach-spreadsheet-voter-non-citizens-spreadsheet

Top Intel Dem: Lewandowski refused to answer key questions about Trump Tower, Comey firing

Source: The Hill

The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee says Corey Lewandowski selectively declined to answer lawmakers' questions during his second interview before the panel about key events and conversations.

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) on Thursday called on the majority to issue a subpoena on the former Trump campaign manager, stating it is unacceptable for a witness to refuse to answer particular questions that are relevant to their Russia probe while also warning that it continues to set a "broader precedent" it could set for congressional investigations.

“Witnesses do not get to pick and choose when it comes to very relevant testimony to our investigation,” Schiff told reporters after the meeting ended.

He said Lewandowski refused to answer a series of questions about key events including Donald Trump Jr.'s initial misleading statement after news broke about the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting with a Russian lawyer, questions about the firing of former FBI director James Comey, as well as he may have had with the president about the potential of firing special counsel Robert Bob Mueller.

Read more: http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/377451-top-intel-dem-lewandowski-refused-to-answer-key-questions-about

Pelosi after 'RuPaul's Drag Race': I think politicians could learn from drag queens

Source: The Hill

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said after appearing on “RuPaul’s Drag Race” that she believes politicians could learn authenticity from drag queens.

“This idea of people believing in themselves, being themselves, taking pride in themselves, is not just a lesson for politicians but for everyone in the country. And that’s why I was so excited and couldn’t resist being on the show,” Pelosi told The Hollywood Reporter.

Pelosi recently filmed her appearance as a guest on the ongoing season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race: All Stars.” She agreed to go on the show in solidarity with the LGBT community as the Trump administration rolls back certain protections.

The episode featuring Pelosi will air Thursday night on VH1. She reportedly tells contestants about the importance of being true to oneself and voting.

Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/in-the-know/377439-pelosi-after-ru-pauls-drag-race-i-think-politicians-could-learn-from-drag

Lara Trump uses alternative facts to brag about her father-in-laws record of hiring women

Source: Think Progress

Lara Trump, who is not only married to Eric Trump but is also a senior adviser to her father-in-law’s 2020 re-election campaign, used International Women’s Day to say two nice things about her father-in-law’s record on women that are not exactly true.

In an interview on Fox Business with Maria Bartiromo that covered topics ranging from trade tariffs to the 2020 election, the discussion turned to International Women’s Day. Bartiromo contrasted a February NBC interview where Ivanka Trump rejected a question about the 14 women accusing her father of sexual assault with a recent ABC interview with Chelsea Clinton where she was not asked about Bill Clinton. She asked Lara Trump what she thought about that. Lara Trump called it “shocking, ridiculous, sad,” and lamented the “double standard” in the media.

Bartiromo then said, “we will leave it there — the president actually has a lot of women in his administration, doesn’t he?”

Lara Trump replied, “yes, the most of any president, I believe, and one of the first, or I think the first to have a woman in charge of his campaign, so there you go.”

Read more: https://thinkprogress.org/lara-trump-hiring-women-ae323879c3f7/

Country's most restrictive abortion ban now in the hands of Gov. Phil Bryant

Source: Clarion Ledger (USA Today network)

House Bill 1520, which if enacted would be the most restrictive abortion ban in the country, is now in the hands of Gov. Phil Bryant, who has indicated that he will sign it.

In a 75-34 vote, the House on Thursday concurred with changes made to the legislation by the Senate. Bryant has expressed his approval for the proposal, which would ban abortions 15 weeks after a woman’s last menstrual period.

Current law restricts abortions after 20 weeks after a woman’s last menstrual period.

Judiciary B Chairman Andy Gibson, R-Braxton, who co-authored the bill with Rep. Becky Currie, R-Brookhaven, asked his colleagues to approve changes by the Senate that removed criminal penalties from the bill that would have made physicians performing the procedure subject to being charged with a felony.

Read more: https://www.clarionledger.com/story/news/politics/2018/03/08/abortion-ban-sent-governor-phil-bryant/407518002/


U.S. Allies Sign Sweeping Trade Deal in Challenge to Trump

Source: NYT

SANTIAGO, Chile — A trade pact originally conceived by the United States to counter China’s growing economic might in Asia now has a new target: President Trump’s embrace of protectionism.

A group of 11 nations — including major United States allies like Japan, Canada and Australia — signed a broad trade deal on Thursday that challenges Mr. Trump’s view of trade as a zero-sum game filled with winners and losers.

Covering 500 million people on either side of the Pacific Ocean, the pact represents a new vision for global trade as the United States threatens to impose steel and aluminum tariffs on even its closest friends and neighbors.

Mr. Trump withdrew the United States from an earlier version of the agreement, then known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a year ago as one of his first acts in office. It will undeniably be weaker without the participation of the world’s biggest economy, but the resuscitated deal serves as a powerful sign of how countries that have previously counted on American leadership are now forging ahead without it.

Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/08/world/asia/us-trump-tpp-signed.html


NEW: First lady Melania Trump to present 2018 International Women of Courage Award to more than 120

ABC News Verified account @ABC

NEW: First lady Melania Trump to present 2018 International Women of Courage Award to more than 120 women from dozens of countries.

“Their courage only furthers my belief in the powerful impact women can make through solidarity and support of one another," the first lady says.

10:04 AM - 8 Mar 2018


Netflix' Rachel Dolezal documentary looks positively painful

Source: USA Today

Like it or not, a Rachel Dolezal documentary is coming to a small screen near you.

The Rachel Divide, which premieres on Netflix April 27, is an in-depth look at the former leader of the NAACP's Spokane branch, who became a national news story when she was exposed for faking her black ancestry and identifying as "trans-black."

Netflix released the first clip from The Rachel Divide this week, and if the two minutes of footage is any indication, it's going to be a difficult watch. In the clip, Dolezal haggles with her son Franklin about her reasons for doing the documentary and staying in the spotlight..

"Why didn't you just let it go away?" he asks, as she attempts an answer about redeeming herself in the public eye. "This is gonna affect more than just your life."

Read more: https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/entertainthis/2018/03/08/netflix-rachel-dolezal-documentary-looks-positively-painful/406199002/
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