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WJLA 7: Paid parental leave for federal employees

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Paid parental leave for federal employees By WJLA Staff - 01/26/2020 Congress guaranteed family leave for federal employees in the 2020 NDAA. Starting next year, new parents will be able to take several weeks off from their federal positions. Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) says that this new policy will hopefully set the standard across the nation. “We don’t have paid family medical leave nationally. There... Read more »

Atlanta Journal Constitution: GAO: White House violated law by holding back aid for Ukraine

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GAO: White House violated law by holding back aid for Ukraine By Jamie Dupree - 01/16/2020 Just before the official start of the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, the Government Accountability Office said Thursday that the White House had broken federal law by withholding over $200 million in military aid for Ukraine, as Democrats said the new findings should be aired before the ... Read more »

The Hill: White House spokesman roasted over Obama tweet

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White House spokesman roasted over Obama tweet By J. Edward Moreno - 1/10/2020 White House spokesman Hogan Gidley came under fire from Democrats on Friday after tweeting that critics of President Trump didn't raise concerns about "imminent attacks" when former President Obama ordered military operations against senior al Qaeda leaders. Trump has come under scrutiny for his justification of last we... Read more »

Daily Beast: Lawmakers Fume About Trump Admin’s Lack of Iran Explanation After ‘Insulting’ Briefing

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Lawmakers Fume About Trump Admin’s Lack of Iran Explanation After ‘Insulting’ Briefing By Sam Brodey, Betsy Swan & Spencer Ackerman - 01/08/2020 A day after Iranian ballistic missiles hit Iraqi bases used by U.S. forces, the Trump administration’s first briefings on Iran for legislators went so poorly that even its allies walked out saying that the White House was losing congressional support. At ... Read more »

Yahoo News: Republicans spread lie that Democrats 'mourn' Iranian general

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Republicans spread lie that Democrats 'mourn' Iranian general By Dylan Stableford - 01/08/2020 One of President Trump’s most vocal defenders in the House, Georgia Republican Doug Collins, pushed the envelope of political commentary by saying Wednesday that Democrats “mourn” the death of Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani, who was killed a week ago by an American airstrike in Iraq. There is no evidence ... Read more »

Vox: Pompeo’s shifting reasons for killing Soleimani puts the strike on shaky legal ground

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Pompeo’s shifting reasons for killing Soleimani puts the strike on shaky legal ground By Aaron Rupar - 01/07/2020 The Trump administration’s justification for killing Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, Iran’s top military commander, has subtly shifted since last Thursday. But the implications of that shift have profound implications in terms of the legality of an American action that has dramatically rat... Read more »

WAMU: Washington Area Officials Respond To Assassination Of Top Iranian Military Leader, Potential War

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Washington Area Officials Respond To Assassination Of Top Iranian Military Leader, Potential War By Esther Ciammachilli - 01/03/2020 Elected officials from around the Washington region are responding to the airstrike ordered by President Donald Trump that killed Iranian Major Gen. Qassem Soleimani early Friday. The drone airstrike occurred in the early morning hours near Baghdad International Airp... Read more »

President Donald Trump Is Impeached By The House Of Representatives

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Today the United States House of Representatives voted to impeach President Donald J. Trump for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) voted for both articles of impeachment. Beyer spoke on the floor during the House debate, telling colleagues that a vote to impeach President Trump “would stand the test of time.” [Video] President Donald J. Trump is the third U.S. Presid... Read more »

Vox: “I forced her out”: Giuliani goes on Fox News and admits he’s much more than Trump’s lawyer

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“I forced her out”: Giuliani goes on Fox News and admits he’s much more than Trump’s lawyer By Aaron Rupar - 12/17/2019 Rudy Giuliani is not a State Department employee. He has not been appointed by the president for some sort of special diplomatic role. He is ostensibly serving as President Donald Trump’s personal attorney. And yet, he has — with Trump’s blessing — become a central figure in US f... Read more »

WSJ: Trump Denounces House Democrats as Impeachment Vote Looms

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Trump Denounces House Democrats as Impeachment Vote Looms By Lindsay Wise, Natalie Andrews and Siobhan Hughes - 12/17/2019 President Trump denounced House Democrats on the eve of the planned impeachment vote, calling efforts to remove him from office an abuse of power that amounted to an “illegal partisan coup.” In a public letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.), Mr. Trump said he was w... Read more »