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Federal Judge Criticizes Death Penalty — But Concludes Only Supreme Court Can End It

View this image The death chamber at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility, Aug. 29, 2001. Mike Simons / Getty WASHINGTON A federal judge overseeing a death penalty trial in Vermont on Tuesday ruled that only the US Supreme Court can declare the death penalty to be unconstitutional but nonetheless issued a strong critique of what he found to be an arbitrarily imposed punishment in which chance and bias play leading roles. US District Court Judge Geoffrey Crawford issued the 57-page decision in Donald Fells challenge to the constitutionality of the federal death penalty statute. Fell faces a second federal trial […]

Top Candidates For DNC Chair Pitched CBC For Their Support

WASHINGTON Amid the contentious race for the DNC chair, as Rep. Keith Ellison continues to hold support, two top candidates met with the Congressional Black Caucus leaders in closed-door sessions last week. http://www.npr.org/sections/politics/ Ellison, who recently promised to resign from his seat if hes elected, made a presentation to members of the CBC, of which he is a member. Ellison gave a version of his stump speech hes given, according to those familiar with the meeting, highlighting the need for Democrats to be on the front lines, and touting a 3,143-county strategy. A spokesperson for Ellison confirmed his attendance but […]

Harry Reid Says Electors Should Have Intelligence Briefing

WASHINGTON Sen. Harry Reid told BuzzFeed News Tuesday that members of the Electoral College should receive an intelligence briefing on Russian interference in the US election before they vote on Dec. 19. The Senates minority leader was interviewed at a BuzzFeed Brews event, where the retiring Nevada lawmaker also reflected on the state of the US Senate. We are the chief cornerstone I think this is as big a deal as Watergate, as 9/11. I think they should have a 9/11-type commission. I know that [US Sens.] Dianne Feinstein and Ben Cardin and others are calling for that. I think […]

Trump’s Secretary Of State Nominee Already Has Republican Opposition

WASHINGTON President-elect Donald Trumps nomination of Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson as secretary of state could hit a significant roadblock in the Senate, with top Republicans already expressing concern over Tillersons close ties to Russia. news in politics The Senate Foreign Relations Committee has 10 Republicans and nine Democrats, meaning that under regular way the Senate does business, all the Republicans would need to approve Tillerson before he can go before the full Senate for confirmation. http://www.politicspa.com/ Florida GOP Sen. Marco Rubio, who serves on the committee, said Sunday in a Twitter post: Being a friend of Vladimir is not […]

Trump’s Secretary Of State Nominee Already Has Republican Opposition

business news canada WASHINGTON President-elect Donald Trumps nomination of Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson as secretary of state could hit a significant roadblock in the Senate, with top Republicans already expressing concern over Tillersons close ties to Russia. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee has 10 Republicans and nine Democrats, meaning that under regular way the Senate does business, all the Republicans would need to approve Tillerson before he can go before the full Senate for confirmation. Florida GOP Sen. Marco Rubio, who serves on the committee, said Sunday in a Twitter post: Being a friend of Vladimir is not an […]

The Election Recount Is Over And Trump Is Still Going To Be President

After a campaign to recount ballots in key swing states went viral last month, the efforts ended on Monday with little change to the official results. Election officials in Wisconsin on Monday announced Donald Trumps victory margin over Hillary Clinton increased by 131 votes following a recount. Pennsylvanias recount effort was stopped Monday by a federal judge for a number of reasons, including that there was no credible evidence of a hack of election systems. Michigans recount had already ended last week after decisions by state and federal courts. A recount in Nevada also ended last week after elections officials […]

Harry Reid Says Electors Should Have Intelligence Briefing

WASHINGTON Sen. Harry Reid told BuzzFeed News Tuesday that members of the Electoral College should receive an intelligence briefing on Russian interference in the US election before they vote on Dec. 19. political news of week 2/10/2013 The Senates minority leader was interviewed at a BuzzFeed Brews event, where the retiring Nevada lawmaker also reflected on the state of the US Senate. I think this is as big a deal as Watergate, as 9/11. I think they should have a 9/11-type commission. I know that [US Sens.] Dianne Feinstein and Ben Cardin and others are calling for that. I think […]

Trump’s Secretary Of State Nominee Already Has Republican Opposition

WASHINGTON President-elect Donald Trumps nomination of Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson as secretary of state could hit a significant roadblock in the Senate, with top Republicans already expressing concern over Tillersons close ties to Russia. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee has 10 Republicans and nine Democrats, meaning that under regular way the Senate does business, all the Republicans would need to approve Tillerson before he can go before the full Senate for confirmation. Florida GOP Sen. Marco Rubio, who serves on the committee, said Sunday in a Twitter post: Being a friend of Vladimir is not an attribute I am […]

Federal Judge Criticizes Death Penalty — But Concludes Only Supreme Court Can End It

View this image The death chamber at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility, Aug. 29, 2001. Mike Simons / Getty political news in america WASHINGTON A federal judge overseeing a death penalty trial in Vermont on Tuesday ruled that only the US Supreme Court can declare the death penalty to be unconstitutional but nonetheless issued a strong critique of what he found to be an arbitrarily imposed punishment in which chance and bias play leading roles. US District Court Judge Geoffrey Crawford issued the 57-page decision in Donald Fells challenge to the constitutionality of the federal death penalty statute. Fell faces […]

Republicans Criticize Trump’s Expected Secretary Of State Pick Over Russia Ties

If President-elect Donald Trump goes ahead with his reported plans to nominate the CEO of ExxonMobil as his secretary of state, he may face staunch opposition from senior members of his own party. Multiple media reports indicated Trump was set to nominate oilman Rex Tillerson for the role of top US diplomat, which would need to be approved by the Senate. The 64-year-old Texan has extensive business experience in Russia and a working relationship with President Vladimir Putin. Tillerson has also spoken out against US sanctions on Moscow, imposed after the annexation of Crimea, and was awarded the Order of […]

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