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Reaction to Mueller Report Divides Along Partisan Lines

Erin Schaff/The New York Times WASHINGTON — House Democrats vowed on Friday to pursue the revelations in the special counsel’s report on President Trump but drew little Republican support in a nation still deeply polarized over the investigation that has dogged the White House for two years. “Statements are made about me by certain people in the Crazy Mueller Report, in itself written by 18 Angry Democrat Trump Haters, which are fabricated & totally untrue,” Mr. Trump wrote on Twitter. Mr. Trump’s lawyer, Rudolph W. Giuliani, challenged the credibility of Mr. McGahn’s account later on Friday. “It can’t be taken at face value,” he said in an interview. “It’s a mystery why Rudy Giuliani feels the need to relitigate incidents the attorney general and deputy attorney general have concluded were not obstruction,” said the lawyer, William A. Burck. “But they are accurately described in the report.” On the campaign trail, Democratic presidential candidates condemned the president’s conduct and called for action against him. Mr. Trump’s critics called it a devastating indictment of a candidate willing to profit from the help of a foreign power and a president who repeatedly sought to disrupt or end the investigation even if he was not charged with violating the law. The subpoena issued on Friday by Representative Jerrold Nadler, Democrat of New York and the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, escalated a fight with Mr. Barr over what material Congress is entitled to see from the investigation even as Democrats continued to pummel the attorney general for effectively serving as the president’s defense lawyer. “The department will continue to work with Congress to accommodate its legitimate requests consistent with the law and long-recognized executive branch interests.” Mr. Barr redacted about 10 percent of the report, blacking out information that would divulge secret grand jury evidence, expose classified intelligence, compromise continuing investigations, or invade the privacy or damage the reputation of “peripheral third parties.” Democratic leaders on Friday rejected Mr. Barr’s offer to show just select leaders a version with only the grand jury material redacted. “The attorney general stands ready to testify before our committee and to have the special counsel do the same.
Rep. Dan Crenshaw reacts to Ilhan Omar's comments about 9/11

Rep. Dan Crenshaw reacts to Ilhan Omar’s comments about 9/11

Dan Crenshaw responds to the criticism and support Rep. Ilhan Omar has received since her controversial comments made about 9/11. FOX News operates the FOX News Channel (FNC), FOX Business Network (FBN), FOX News Radio, FOX News Headlines 24/7, FOXNews.com…

Most see women equal to men in politics, new poll finds

The growing acceptance of women in politics and in the workforce is highlighted by the General Social Survey, a widely respected trend survey that has been measuring views of gender and society since the 1970s. The share of Americans who say women are as suited for politics as men is up 6 percentage points since 2016, when Hillary Clinton became the first woman to win a major party’s presidential nomination, and 14 points since 2008, when she lost a grueling primary battle to Barack Obama. In 1974, just 49 percent said so. Democrats are somewhat more likely than Republicans to say so, 89 percent to 80 percent, though the share in both parties has grown in recent years. The survey found 9 percent of women saying they have been discriminated against at work because of their gender. The share of Democrats who support preferential hiring for women is up to 46 percent, from 35 percent in 2016. Within the GOP, a gender gap persists on attitudes toward women in the workforce. Republican men are more likely than Republican women to say it is better for women to stay at home while men work, 37 percent to 22 percent. Similarly, while 18 percent of Republican women think preschool children suffer if their mother works, 39 percent of Republican men say this. About a third of Republicans (35 percent) say the same.
Trump slams 2020 Democrats during Michigan rally

Trump slams 2020 Democrats during Michigan rally

The president challenges 2020 Democrats on their climate change warnings and the Green New Deal while addressing supporters in Grand Rapids; Peter Doocy reports. FOX News operates the FOX News Channel (FNC), FOX Business Network (FBN), FOX News Radio, FOX…

Political Cornflakes: Expelling the Electoral College? It’s an idea some top Democrats cheer.

When Sen. Elizabeth Warren advocated for the move during a CNN town hall in Mississippi this week, she drew loud applause. The next day Beto O’Rourke seemed to endorse the concept. And Washington Gov. Jay Inslee called the Electoral College a vestige “of a bygone era.” The proposal is seen as a play to win support from younger voters, but it is panned by Republicans, who see it as sour grapes after popular vote winners Al Gore and Hillary Clinton lost the presidency because of the constitutional provision. [Bloomberg] Topping the news: A new ruling by a federal judge is aimed at halting recent oil and gas leases in Wyoming because of the failure to take climate change into account. [Trib] [DNews] -> Utah Sen. Luz Escamilla D-Salt Lake City, said she will join the city’s 2019 mayoral race. After an unexpected withdrawal from incumbent Mayor Jackie Biskupski, Escamilla will join a crowded, otherwise all-male field. [Trib] [Fox13] -> Tribune columnist Robert Gehrke backs up Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski’s claims of a family crisis as the reason she bowed out of a campaign for re-election and gives his perspective on where that decision leaves mayoral hopefuls. [AP] [WaPost] [NYTimes] ->Despite pleas from Republicans to desist, President Donald Trump continued his attacks on the late Arizona senator and veteran of war John McCain. [WaPost][NYTimes][Politico] -> After Trump attacked the husband of one of his top aides, Kellyanne Conway, via a series of twitter posts, Conway defended the president’s right to fire back at her husband’s criticism of him.

GeekWire Calendar Picks: Politics and big tech, history of filmmaking, and a blockchain conference

The massive power of technology companies has been a hot topic among politicians. The most recent example was Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s proposed changes to how big tech companies like Amazon and Facebook do business. A panel of experts from the political, legal and technology sectors will be discussing how realistic some of these proposals are and if they’re likely to face legal challenges during News and Brews: Regulating Big Tech on March 21. If you’re looking to get away from politics, you can head over to the Living Computers Museum for an overview of how filmmaking has evolved over the last 50 years. The panel, featuring speakers from multiple corners of the film industry, will focus on a number of topics including production equipment and computer graphics imaging. Living with Tech: Moviemaking also takes place on March 21. Here are more highlights from the GeekWire Calendar: Living with Angels: A talk about best practices with angel investors at the Northwest Innovation Lab in Everett; 12 to 1:30 p.m., Friday, March 22. Populuxe Brewing 6th Anniversary Retro Game Show Night: A competition featuring retro game shows at Populuxe Brewing in Seattle; 12 to 10 p.m. Saturday, March 23. Can We Talk? For more upcoming events, check out the GeekWire Calendar, where you can find meetups, conferences, startup events, and geeky gatherings in the Pacific Northwest and beyond.

Boeing’s Political Ties and the Decision to Ground the 737 Max

The announcement came well after many other countries had grounded the aircraft. (Just this fall, the company won a $9.2 billion contract to make a new generation of jets for the Air Force.) And its employees, political action committees and other affiliated groups have donated more than $8.4 million in campaign contributions since 2016, giving to Democrats and Republicans in equal measure. The answer is a loophole, cemented in the law in the 1970s, that permits government contractors to set up “separate segregated funds,” or political action committees, to make political contributions using money typically pooled from the contractors’ executives and major shareholders. He noted that if nothing else, it creates “the appearance of the government contractor buying influence despite the contractor contribution ban.” Boeing’s PAC is a “major player” Mr. Fischer said. Boeing correctly reports that the company itself does not directly fund super PACs (which are allowed to raise unlimited amounts of money). The company’s PAC may give up to $5,000 to a candidate’s campaign committee or use its funds for any other “lawful purpose” — which includes unlimited contributions to super PACs or “dark money” nonprofit groups as well. There is also, in effect, another even larger loophole for contractors looking to influence national politicians: the inaugural committee for a president-elect. Because inaugural committees are technically not connected to the political campaign, “all bets are off,” as Mr. Fischer put it. “The public can’t have complete faith that the government’s decisions around the 737 Max 8 were made based on the public’s interests,” Mr. Fischer said.

Antitrust Returns to American Politics

Nearly everyone uses Facebook, Google, Amazon, Apple and Microsoft, and nearly everyone can see how smaller businesses have been hurt by their dominance. Nearly everyone has an opinion about whether they are too powerful, whether they know too much, whether they ought to be admired or feared. There are stark differences between, say, Senator Bernie Sanders’s calls to “break them up” (usually a reference to banks), and former Vice President Joe Biden’s “cooperative” approach. Mr. Biden (still undeclared), has taken the position that big corporations should not be “singled out” and that their chief executives can be persuaded to shoulder their responsibilities toward workers and communities. (In the late 1970s, Mr. Biden resisted efforts to strengthen the antitrust laws, though his views may have changed as the law has grown weaker.) The largest question mark among the major candidates is Senator Kamala Harris of California, who represents the state where the largest tech monopolies are headquartered. She was tough in her questioning of Facebook’s chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, during congressional hearings last year, but she has been silent on the questions raised by tech monopolies. The variety of antitrust positions in the emerging Democratic field means that it will no longer be enough for a candidate to mutter a few platitudes about big corporations and let the party’s technocrats decide what the nation’s approach to monopoly power ought to be. Such questions of economic policy affect us all and therefore should sit at the core of a majoritarian democratic process. Indeed, they once did: Today’s interest in excessive corporate power recalls a time — 1912, to be exact — when antitrust policy was the central economic issue in the presidential race.

Elizabeth Warren got her first retweet from Ted Cruz following Facebook ad removal

Sens. However, the Texas Republican came to the support of his liberal Massachusetts colleague after Facebook briefly took down several of her Democratic presidential campaign ads promoting her new plan to break up “Big Tech.” The ads — which were restored shortly after Politico reported on their removal Monday night — argued that big companies like Facebook, Google, and Amazon should be split apart “so they don’t have so much power over everyone else.” Additionally, Warren tweeted Monday night that Facebook’s removal of the paid posts proved her point about the social media company’s platform. Let’s start with their ability to shut down a debate over whether FB has too much power,” she wrote. In a retweet of Warren’s post Tuesday afternoon, Cruz said he agrees and called the power of tech giants “a serious threat to our democracy. “They shouldn’t be censoring Warren, or anybody else.” First time I’ve ever retweeted @ewarren But she’s right—Big Tech has way too much power to silence Free Speech. https://t.co/VoesOKSqhA — Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) March 12, 2019 Despite the two senators’ suggestions, there’s been no credible evidence that Facebook censors speech based on political viewpoints. Cruz has also been skeptical about the concentrated tech power, albeit often for different reasons. The Texas senator and other Republicans have raised suspicions about Facebook and other tech platforms suppressing conservative views. “Facebook and the tech industry are located in the Silicon Valley, which is an extremely left-leaning place,” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg told Cruz during a hearing last April. “This is actually a concern that I have and I try to root out in the company … making sure that we don’t have any bias in the work that we do.” Zuckerberg said that while Facebook has certain standards and does remove broadly objectionably content like hate speech, terrorist propaganda, or nudity, the company does not censor political speech.

Sanders campaign hits back at Castro’s ‘reparations’ dig, accuses longshot 2020 Dem of playing...

The war of words between Democratic presidential contenders Bernie Sanders and Julian Castro over their disagreement on proposed reparations for descendants of slaves isn’t showing any signs of letting up. The independent senator from Vermont’s 2020 presidential campaign manager – in a conference call Monday with reporters - accused Castro of playing politics and doing “a disservice” to Sanders' lifelong advocacy “for racial and economic justice.” Castro, the former San Antonio mayor who later served as Housing and Urban Development secretary under President Barack Obama, supports the idea of reparations for the descendants of slaves — which could come in the form of tax credits, subsidized education costs or other ideas. Two other Democratic presidential candidates – Sens. Sanders rejected the idea of reparations during his 2016 White House bid, and earlier this month once again pushed back against the proposal. Castro on Sunday took a jab at Sanders' comments that a check wasn’t the best way to address the issue. “When it comes to tuition-free or debt-free college, the answer has been, ‘We need to write a big check.’” “And so, if the issue is compensating the descendants of slaves, I don’t think the argument about writing a big check ought to be the argument that you make, if you’re making an argument that a big check needs to be written for a whole bunch of other stuff,” Castro added. Asked about those comments, Sanders campaign manager Faiz Shakir told reporters “no one’s got a magic solution. We’ve had an awful legacy of slavery, an awful legacy of racial disparities across so many different areas. The latest polls suggest that Sanders – along with potential contender former Vice President Joe Biden - is one of the front runners in the race.