McConnell slams Election Day holiday proposal as ‘power grab’ by Democrats

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is ripping the idea of giving federal workers a paid holiday on Election Day, saying it’s part of a “power grab” by the Democrats who are proposing it. Speaking on the Senate floor Wednesday, the Kentucky Republican attacked a provision in Democrats’ anti-corruption package that would set the new holiday for government employees, and encourage […]

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Facebook tightens paid ads rules ahead of EU elections

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Facebook said on Monday it will beef up its rules and safeguards around political adverts to prevent foreign interference in elections, including those in Europe this year. The world’s largest social network has faced pressure from regulators and the public after last year’s revelation that British consultancy Cambridge Analytica had improperly acquired data on millions of U.S. […]

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Democrat Bloomberg says Trump is 'flunking' as president

TYSONS, Va. (Reuters) – Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg took his case against President Donald Trump for a test run on Friday, as the possible 2020 presidential candidate told Democratic business leaders that his fellow New York billionaire was “flunking.” “I think it’s clear this president at this point cannot be helped, and the training wheels that the […]

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Former Vice President Biden calls for national unity

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, a Democrat who is weighing a run for president in 2020, called for national unity amid political divisiveness in a speech on Thursday to local elected officials. Speaking steps away from the White House, Biden spoke about the importance of investment in infrastructure and addressing climate change, delivering veiled criticism of […]

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On road to 2020, New York's Gillibrand touts liberal cred in Iowa

BOONE, Iowa (Reuters) – U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand made her maiden voyage to the critical primary state of Iowa over the weekend, laying out her case that she is the best Democrat to challenge President Donald Trump in the U.S. presidential election in 2020. In a series of intimate meetings, Gillibrand focused her message on economic issues, while also delivering […]

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Democratic Rep. Gabbard says she will run for president in 2020

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democratic U.S. Representative Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii said in remarks aired by CNN on Friday that she will run for president in 2020, becoming the latest member of her party to pursue a challenge to Republican President Donald Trump. “I have decided to run and will be making a formal announcement within the next week,” Gabbard, an […]

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North Carolina Republican says he hired consultant at heart of fraud probe

(Reuters) – The North Carolina Republican embroiled in a vote fraud controversy said on Friday he hired the political operative at the center of a probe into possible absentee ballot irregularities in a disputed U.S. congressional election. North Carolina’s board of election has refused to certify Republican candidate Mark Harris as the winner of the Nov. 6 vote for a […]

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