Nev. gov. calls for state to be first caucus in the nation

Volunteers for various campaigns talk to voters as they enter a presidential caucus site at Mendive Middle School in Sparks, Nev., on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020. (AP Photo/Scott Sonner)

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The governor of Nevada has said he believes his state should replace Iowa as the first-in-the-nation caucus. On Saturday, Steve Sisolak suggested that Nevada deserves to be first in the nominating process because it’s more reflective of the country as a whole.

“I think Nevada should go first, I really do,” stated Sisolak. “You’ve got a lot of great candidates…that didn’t have the money to continue and didn’t get to Nevada, and that was lot of the diversity in the field.”

The governor touted the state’s diverse population, which he said included communities of African Americans, Latinos, LGBTQ members, veterans and the disabled. He also claimed it could be a game-changer for minority candidates.

“You’ve got minority candidates (who) couldn’t make it to Nevada, and that’s really unfortunate,” said Sisolak. “Those are voices that should be heard.”

State residents took to caucus sites on Saturday to cast their vote for the Democrat nomination. Nevada is the first contest to be held in a western state in the 2020 election cycle.

According to early results, Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.) doubled the county delegate lead against his closet rival in the state, former Vice President Joe Biden. 2020 hopefuls Pete Buttigieg and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) trailed the former vice president, but are still hoping to make crucial gains ahead of the upcoming South Carolina primary.

RELATED: Report: Nev. Caucus Can Be Anybody’s Game

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Mo. State Rep. calls for FBI investigation into probe of fmr Gov. Eric Greitens

FILE – In this May 29, 2018, file photo, Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens announces his resignation during a news conference in Jefferson City. (Julie Smith/The Jefferson City News-Tribune via AP, File)

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Republican lawmakers in Missouri have moved to “investigate the investigators” in the wake of the former Gov. Eric Greitens probe.

State Rep. Justin Hill (R-Mo.) introduced a measure in the House Tuesday, which would launch an investigation into the efforts that were taken to look into Greitens.

Specifically, he was accused of illegally using a charity donor list to raise funds for his 2016 campaign.

However, the nearly two-year-long probe ultimately found no wrongdoing, even after he resigned from office amid other allegations. Although, officials did find two violations of his campaign for “…failure to report in-kind contributions from LG Pac and a New Missouri.”

Now, a handful of GOP lawmakers in the state are introducing a bill to look into the origins of that investigation.

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Sen. Rand Paul speaks out against war in Afghanistan, calls for bringing troops home

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On Thursday, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) drew further attention to the alleged mismanagement of the war in Afghanistan. On Twitter, the Kentucky lawmaker said his subcommittee on financial spending held a hearing on the Afghanistan Papers, which were released to the media recently.

Sen. Paul then shared a video message, in which he said the 18-year-long war cost the U.S. $1 trillion. He also went on to state the effort was impaired by what he called a “lack of clear or achievable objectives.”

Paul then said it’s time to end the Afghanistan war.

“What the Afghanistan Papers make crystal clear is that doing nothing is no longer an option for a U.S. senator or representative with a conscious,” stated Paul. “It’s time to bring our soldiers home, declare the victory they achieved right from the start and end America’s longest war.”

The senator also said Congress owes a debt to the thousands of troops who died in the war and the tens of thousands who were wounded in battle.

RELATED: Sen. Paul Reads Question About Whistleblower On Senate Floor After Justice Roberts Refused To Recite It

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President Trump calls out juror in Roger Stone case

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President Trump continues to criticize the Justice Department’s handling of the case against Roger Stone. In a tweet, the president said it looks like the foreperson in the jury has significant bias.

He said this issue, combined with others, is not making things look good for the Department of Justice.

Jury foreperson Tomeka Hart revealed her role in the trial over social media this week.

Reports said she once ran for Congress as a Democrat and has a history of anti-Trump bias. Her Twitter account is rife with negative stories and comments against the president and his party.

She has called Republicans racist, participated in protests against the administration and, in one tweet, shared a quote referring to President Trump as the “Klan president.”

Hart recently defended the four prosecutors who withdrew from the Stone case.

“It pains me to see the DOJ now interfere with the hard work of the prosecutors,” she wrote on Facebook. “They acted with the utmost intelligence, integrity and respect for our system of justice.”

President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno in the Oval Office of the White House, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

President Trump scorned those prosecutors during a briefing at the White House on Wednesday.

“They ought to go back to school and learn because, I’ll tell you what, the way they treated people, nobody should be treated like that,” he said.

The president previously criticized the trial, which he said is being run by “corrupt people.” He also claimed Stone was treated unfairly and questioned why top FBI officials haven’t been charged in relation to the Mueller probe.

“They put a man in jail and destroy his life, his family, his wife, his children? Nine years in jail? It’s a disgrace. In the meantime, Comey walks around making book deals. The people that launched the scam investigation, what they did is a disgrace.” – Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States

FILE – In this Jan. 29, 2019 file photo, former campaign adviser for President Donald Trump, Roger Stone arrives at Federal Court in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

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Rep. Gabbard calls for resignation of DNC Chair Perez

Democratic presidential candidate Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, speaks during the McIntyre-Shaheen 100 Club Dinner, Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020, in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

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Presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard is calling for the resignation of DNC Chair Tom Perez over the Iowa caucus snafu. On Sunday, Gabbard said Perez is not running an efficient primary.

“Voters deserve the peace of mind that our primary elections are fair, transparent and impartial,” she said. “Unfortunately, their trust has been broken.”

She also slammed the DNC for their debate qualifications, which have kept her from participating in the last three debates. Last week in Iowa, election results were plagued with inconsistencies that resulted in late results.

The 2020 hopeful said her issue with the committee transcends beyond the confusion caused by the Iowa caucus.

“Look, ultimately this is a failure of leadership, and I think DNC Chair Tom Perez should resign,” stated Gabbard. “It’s both because of what we’ve seen happen in Iowa, but also over the last several months, the growing skepticism that I hear from Democrat voters (whether) this primary will actually be carried out in a fair way.”

Gabbard is campaigning in New Hampshire, where she’s currently polling at 3.3 percent. State residents will vote in their primary on Tuesday.

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Iowa Democrat Party Chair calls for probe into caucus

Iowa Democratic Party chairman Troy Price speaks about the delay in Iowa caucus results Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

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The chair of the Iowa Democrat Party is calling for an independent investigation into what went wrong with the caucus this week. On Friday, Troy Price said while 100 percent of reporting has been achieved, delays and inconsistencies have hindered the final result.

Price added the review will take as long as needed.

“We will be undergoing an independent forensic review of the challenges that we saw on Monday night,” he said. “What went right, what went wrong, from start to finish, and what we can do better in the future.”

The Iowa Democrat Party will also give 2020 campaigns the chance to submit evidence of inconsistencies and file a request for a recanvass. Candidates will have until noon on Monday to submit discrepancy claims from the caucus results.

“This morning, we informed campaigns of two new steps over the coming days to ensure that the numbers we reported match the records from caucus night,” stated Price. “First, we are providing presidential campaigns the opportunity to submit evidence of data entry inaccuracies, and we will work to make necessary corrections.”

The chairman went on to say “the IDP will compare the reported numbers with the results from caucus night to ensure the integrity of their reporting.”

This combination of Jan. 26, 2020, photos shows at left, Democratic presidential candidate former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg on Jan. 26, 2020, in Des Moines, Iowa; and at right Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., in Sioux City, Iowa. (AP Photo)

According to reports, former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg won 13 pledged delegates and Sen. Bernie Sanders took 12 from the flawed Iowa caucus. Additionally, Sen. Elizabeth Warren walked away with eight delegates, former Vice President Joe Biden got six and Sen. Amy Klobuchar received one. The Iowa Democratic Party has yet to finalize those numbers.

The Associated Press calculated how the 40 delegates would be distributed, revealing an extra delegate yet to be claimed. Many believe it could be withheld due to the chaos surrounding the precincts’ reporting.

However, this may give Buttigieg and Sanders an opportunity to tie for the top spot. This would make quite the déjà vu for Sanders, who virtually tied with Hillary Clinton in Iowa in 2016.

The Iowa Democratic Party will hold a press conference to provide updates next Monday.

RELATED: Report: Iowa Caucus Results Are Still Flawed

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DNC Chairman Tom Perez calls for recanvass of Iowa caucus results following errors

FILE – In this Nov. 20, 2019 file photo, Chair of the Democratic National Committee, Tom Perez, speaks before a Democratic presidential primary debate in Atlanta. Perez is calling for a “recanvass” of the results of Monday’s Iowa caucus. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

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The confusion surrounding the Iowa caucus continues as more inconsistencies and errors appeared in the latest results. According to new reports, data is missing in some cases. The wrong number of delegates was given to candidates and the Iowa Democrat Party’s results don’t match the data from some precincts.

However, there’s no evidence anyone tried to rig the caucus and election officials are blaming technical errors on delays in getting results together.

In this Feb. 4, 2020 photo, a pedestrian walks past a sign for the Iowa Caucuses on a downtown skywalk, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

It remains unclear when the rest of the results to be released. Only 97 percent of results have been released so far.

As of Thursday morning, Pete Buttigieg and Bernie Sanders were virtually tied for first place, followed by Elizabeth Warren and Joe Biden.

The Democratic National Committee has called for an immediate recanvassing of those results. On Thursday, Chairman Tom Perez tweeted that “enough is enough” and said a recanvass needs to be done to reassure public confidence.

This would require local election officials to go through each caucus card all over again.

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Rouhani says U.S. is a terrorist, calls on Palestinians to challenge Middle East peace plan

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Iran is calling on Palestinian forces to fight President Trump’s Middle East peace plan. On Wednesday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani announced his disapproval of the proposal, calling it the “crime of the century.”

Rouhani labeled the U.S. a terrorist threat and noted the country has imposed unfair, severe economic sanctions on Iran amid nuclear talks.

“We want to talk under a free climate in which our logic is dominant…because we are right,” stated the Iranian president. “(Americans) want to make us surrender in unfair, unequal and humiliating negotiations, (but) this is impossible.”

Iran recently said it plans to increase uranium production and will no longer abide by the 2015 nuclear deal.

President Trump has called for Israeli control of the “long contested Jewish areas in the West Bank” as a condition to implement a Palestinian state.

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U.S. Ambassador to Russia calls for Paul Whelan’s release

The new U.S. Ambassador to Russia John Sullivan speaks to the media after visiting Paul Whelan, a former U.S. marine who was arrested for alleged spying in Moscow on Dec. 28, 2018, in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko Jr)

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The new U.S. ambassador to Russia said a former U.S. Marine, who is imprisoned in the country, is suffering in confinement. On Thursday, Ambassador John Sullivan met with Paul Whelan, who’s been in custody in Russia since the end of 2018 on allegations of spying. Sullivan is now calling for his release.

“It’s time for this nightmare to end, and for Paul to go home,” he said.

Sullivan stated there is “no evidence and clearly no crime” in the case. He added Whelan has been denied proper medical attention.

“His health has clearly deteriorated since he was arrested over 13 months ago,” said the ambassador. “He hasn’t received medical treatment for those medical problems which…are extremely uncomfortable and potentially a serious threat to his health.”

FILE- In this Aug. 23, 2019, file photo, Paul Whelan, a former U.S. marine who was arrested for alleged spying in Moscow on Dec. 28, 2018, speaks while standing in a cage as he waits for a hearing in a court room in Moscow, Russia. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File)

The 49-year-old Whelan has maintained his innocence and said he’s been mistreated during his imprisonment.

He has been isolated from his family for more than a year now. Sullivan noted it can take as much as six months to receive letters from home.

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Miss. governor calls for closing of prison cell block after ninth death and months of violence

Several attendees waved handmade posters calling for help for the inmates during a mass rally in front of the Mississippi Capitol in Jackson, Miss., Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, protesting conditions in prisons where inmates have been killed in violent clashes in recent weeks. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

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A wave of riots, death and corruption within a Mississippi prison has prompted statewide lockdowns. State officials are now taking action to stop the violence.

During a State of the State Address Monday, Gov. Tate Reeves said he’s starting the process of closing Unit 9 of the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman. “There are many logistical answers we are working through right now, but I have seen enough,” he stated.

The prison, which is located about two hours outside of Memphis, is one of many facilities in Mississippi that have seen a rise in prison violence and bloody brawls in the last few months.

According to the former Mississippi prison chief, the killings stem from gang violence as under staffed guards struggle to maintain control. Issues with overcrowding have reportedly lead to inmates of opposing gangs being forced to share living quarters.

Meanwhile, prisoners from within the facility have leaked photos taken on contraband cell phones of the deplorable living conditions many say add fuel to the fire.

Following multiple inmate deaths, rappers Yo Gotti and Jay-Z have filed a lawsuit against Mississippi Department of Corrections officials on behalf of 29 inmates who claim prison officials aren’t doing enough to stop the violence there.

In addition to calling for the cell block to be shut down, the governor has laid out a plan to help curtail the death and violence within the Mississippi prison system.

“We deployed maintenance teams from across the state of Mississippi to immediately began work to improve the physically conditions at parchment,” said Reeves. “We are brining senior leadership to the front lines, we are making sure a senior officer be present on the grounds at all times to prevent the leadership void that can lead to chaos.”

The Mississippi governor went on to say they will begin utilizing a new system to prevent contraband cell phones used by gang members to coordinate gang activity within the prison, which he said was a huge factor in what caused the violent killings.

Several protest attendees waved personalized posters calling attention to prison issues within the Mississippi Department of Corrections and at the Mississippi State Penitentiary in Parchman, during a mass rally in front of the Mississippi Capitol in Jackson, on Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. The rally called attention to conditions in prisons where inmates have been killed in violent clashes in recent weeks. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

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President Trump calls Bolton allegations about witholding Ukraine aid ‘false’

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., joined by from left, Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., Rep. Sylvia Garcia, D-Texas,, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., and Rep. Val Demings, D-Fla., speaks to reporters at the Capitol in Washington, Monday, Jan. 27, 2020, during the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

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Congressman Adam Schiff appears to be drumming up hype over John Bolton’s latest claims, which could potentially support the Democrat case for impeachment. While talking to reporters Monday, the California lawmaker said Bolton must testify in the impeachment trial, following the leak of a manuscript of his book.

Bolton allegedly claimed President Trump told him he would withhold aid from Ukraine unless it agrees to investigate the Bidens. Rep. Schiff is now hoping Bolton could provide evidence of that.

“He should be placed under oath and this is why we think the testimony should be public,”he stated. “It should be live; let the American people, along with the senators, evaluate John Bolton’s credibility when he testifies and make their own judgement. ”

President Trump denied the claims and said said he never told Bolton he would pressure Ukraine. He believes his former national security adviser is trying to “sell his book” by suggesting the president tied Ukrainian security aide to Democrat investigations.

Bolton has said he is willing to testify in the impeachment trial if subpoenaed, however, it is unclear if the Senate will choose to call him as a witness.

President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House, Monday, Jan. 27, 2020, in Washington, with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

Meanwhile, moderate Republicans on the fence about calling witnesses are reportedly under more pressure after the Bolton book leak. According to The Hill, Republicans could see Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) defect and vote in favor of new evidence and witnesses. This follows their comments last week in support of issuing new subpoenas.

Before the Bolton report was released, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), a known swing vote, did not mention whether she backed more witnesses. She said she needs to review her notes to make an informed decision.

Sen. Mike Braun (R-Ind.) suggested Bolton’s credibility could be called into question because he left the White House on bad terms.

It’s unknown at this point whether the Senate has 51 votes to call new witnesses to speak under oath to lawmakers. President Trump has threatened to invoke executive privilege to block Bolton’s testimony and tangle the subpoena for his statement in the courts.

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Pence calls on world leaders to confront Iran’s role in rise of anti-Semitism

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence speaks at the World Holocaust Forum marking 75 years since the liberation of the Nazi extermination camp Auschwitz, at Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial centre in Jerusalem, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020. (Ronen Zvulun, Pool via AP)

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The U.S. is criticizing the Iranian regime for bolstering anti-Semitism and threatening the state of Israel. On Thursday, Vice President Mike Pence joined world leaders in Jerusalem to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz. He gave a speech at the event in which he discussed the importance of combating anti-Semitism’s global rise.

Studies showed the large increase in attacks against members of the Jewish faith in recent years have allowed anti-Semitism to become more mainstream in western cultures.

During his speech, Pence stressed that this hatred towards Jews needs to be stopped right away. He warned that its complacency helped bring about the horrors of the Holocaust. The vice president then called on world leaders to confront Iran’s role in perpetuating anti-Semitism in today’s world.

“We must also stand strong against the leading state purveyor of anti-Semitism, against the one government in the world that denies the Holocaust…and threatens to wipe Israel off the map,” stated Pence. “The world must stand strong against the Islamic Republic of Iran.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a speech during the dedication of a monument honoring the veterans and victims of the siege of Leningrad in Jerusalem, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020. (Marc Israel Sellem/Pool Photo via AP)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised the U.S. for standing up against what he called the “most anti-Semitic regime on the planet.”

“I am concerned that we have yet to see a unified and resolute stance against the most anti-Semitic regime on the planet. A regime that openly seeks to develop nuclear weapons and annihilate the one and only Jewish state. Israel salutes President Trump and Vice President Pence for confronting the tyrants of Tehran.” – Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel

The prime minister went on to say if the world learned one thing from Auschwitz, it was to stop bad things when they are small. He noted, Iran “is a very bad thing” that has the potential to become worse if the country obtains nuclear weapons.

RELATED: Solidarity March Against Anti-Semitism Draws Thousands In New York

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Former Hawaii governor calls for Tulsi Gabbard to resign over missed House votes

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Former Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie called on Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, to resign Monday, telling reporters that her congressional district deserves to be "fully represented."

Abercrombie, a Democrat who also spent nearly 20 years in the House of Representatives, told reporters that he found Gabbard's multiple missed votes on the House floor due to her ongoing 2020 presidential bid unacceptable. He specifically cited Gabbard's recent missed vote on an omnibus spending bill, as well as her "present" vote on President Trump's impeachment.

According to the website govtrack.us, Gabbard missed 88.7% of the 141 House votes taken in the past three months.

Gabbard voted "present" on both articles of impeachment — the only lawmaker to do so. All Republicans and two Democrats — including one who has since switched parties to the GOP — voted against the articles.

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"Throughout my life, whether through serving in the military or in Congress, I’ve always worked to do what is in the best interests of our country. Not what’s best for me politically or what’s best for my political party," Gabbard said last week. "After doing my due diligence in reviewing the 658-page impeachment report, I came to the conclusion that I could not in good conscience vote either yes or no."

She previously announced she will not be running for reelection in 2020, choosing instead to focus on her White House bid. She posted a video in October announcing the move and expressing gratitude to the people of her district.

At his press conference, Abercrombie said Gabbard must resign her seat “the sooner the better” because “she’s missing votes on almost everything."

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The former governor is also the campaign co-chairman for Hawaii State Sen. Kai Kahele of Hilo, a Democrat seeking to succeed Gabbard next November. The district, which covers the entire state except for urban Honolulu, has never elected a Republican.

Rep. Ed Case, D-Hawaii, the state's other U.S. representative, voted in favor of impeaching Trump.

A Gabbard representative didn’t immediately respond to messages from the Associated Press on Abercrombie's call for her resignation.

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Van Drew defends switch to GOP, calls impeachment of Trump ‘weak, thin’

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Republican Rep. Jeff Van Drew speaks exclusively to 'Sunday Morning Futures' after leaving the Democrat Party.

Rep. Jeff Van Drew, R-N.J., defended on Sunday his exit from the Democratic Party after he voted against both articles of impeachment – calling the Democrats' arguments for impeaching President Trump “weak” and "thin.”

Van Drew, who last week met with Trump following the congressman's announcement that he was joining the Republican Party, said during an interview on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures” that he has been mulling over a switch to the GOP for a while, but impeachment was the tipping point for the former Democrat.

"There has always been something in my career that let me know it’s time for a change,” Van Drew said. “I feel good…I feel I did the honorable thing.”

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Rumblings of a possible party switch in the midst of Democrat-led impeachment proceedings against Trump caused members of Van Drew's caucus to accuse him of clamoring to cross the aisle in an attempt to save his bid for reelection and led to the resignations of five aides from his office.

A recent internal poll conducted for the Democrats found that 58 percent of primary voters in Van Drew's 2nd Congressional District wanted to nominate another candidate, while only 28 percent said he should be renominated.

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"The final sign for me was, oddly enough, when one of the county chairmen said ‘you have to vote for impeachment,’” Van Drew said. “And that ‘If you don’t, you won’t be able to run in my county.’ It’s not his county, it’s everybody’s county.”

Van Drew went on to call charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress that were leveled against Trump “weak” and “thin” and lambasted his former fellow Democrats for bringing them against the president.

“This impeachment is a weak, thin impeachment,” he said. “It’s been a long, dark shadow on our country.”

“We are supposed to be there for the American people and not for political bickering,” Van Drew said. “It harms our country and it fractures us more.”

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It remains to be seen how Van Drew will vote on legislation now that he is officially a Republican. Out of 659 votes in the 116th Congress, Van Drew and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., have agreed only 300 times.

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As a Democrat, Van Drew voted to override Trump's veto of a bill that overturned his emergency declaration for border wall funding and voted to block Trump from withdrawing from the Paris Climate Change Accord.

He has also voted to block the sale of arms to Saudi Arabia and disapproved of the Trump administration's plan to lift sanctions on three Russian companies.

In addition, Van Drew has condemned comments Trump made about four congresswomen that the president dubbed "The Squad," calling the remarks racist and has pushed back on Trump's attempts to direct courts to invalidate the Affordable Care Act.

“I want to bring people together,” Van Drew said. “I always push for what I believe is right and what is best.”

Fox News Vandana Rambaran contributed to this report.

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Buttigieg calls out Warren for fundraiser attack: ‘Your net worth is 100 times mine’

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The on-going feud between top-tier Democratic presidential nomination rivals Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg over top-dollar donations went from the campaign trail to the primetime primary debate stage on Thursday night.

Warren – who has eschewed fundraisers with top-dollar donors during her presidential bid as she instead focuses nearly entirely on small-dollar grassroots contributions – slammed Buttigieg for holding big bucks fundraisers. Buttigieg quickly shot back that he was the only candidate on the stage who’s net worth isn’t in the millions.

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The verbal fist-fight kicked off with Warren taking aim at two of her top-tier rivals – Buttigieg and former Vice President Joe Biden.

“Most of the people on this stage run a traditional campaign and that means going back and forth from coast to coast to rich people and people who can put up $5,000 or more in order to have a picture taken … and in order maybe to be considered an ambassador,” Warren emphasized.

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., right, speaks as South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg listens during a Democratic presidential primary debate Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

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Buttigieg responded by pointing to President Trump’s vast re-election campaign war chest, saying, “They’ve already put together more than $300 million … This is our only chance to defeat Donald Trump and we shouldn’t try to do it with one hand tied behind our back.”

Defending his mingling with top-dollar donors, Buttigieg added that “I’m not going to turn away anyone who wants to help us defeat Donald Trump.”

Warren shot back – highlighting that Buttigieg recently held a fundraiser “that was held in a wine cave full of crystals and served $900 a bottle wine.”

“Billionaires in wine caves should not pick the next president of the United States,” she stressed.

Firing back, Buttigieg said, “I’m literally the only person on this stage who’s not a millionaire or a billionaire.”

“This is the problem with issuing purity tests you cannot yourself pass,” Buttigieg added. “Senator, your net worth is 100 times mine.”

“I do not sell access to my time,” Warren responded. “I don’t meet behind closed doors with big-dollar donors.”

Buttigieg counter attacked, noting that Warren transferred millions of dollars to her presidential campaign that she initially raised at big bucks fundraisers during her 2018 Senate re-election bid.

“Your presidential campaign right now, as we speak, is funded in part by money you transferred having raised it at those exact same big ticket fundraisers you now denounce,” Buttigieg stated. “Did it corrupt you, senator? Of course not.”

The verbal fireworks between the two candidates is the latest chapter in their recent feud.

Thanks to repeated pressure from Warren, Buttigieg a week ago announced that he would open up his closed-door fundraisers to media coverage, similar to what the Biden campaign has done this election cycle.

And Buttigieg's campaign returned fire, urging Warren to release her tax returns from before 2008, when she had corporate clients similar to the giant corporations she now rails against. Warren — under pressure — announced that she earned nearly $2 million from private legal work since 1986.

Warren’s increased aggressiveness in going after her top-tier rivals comes as the one-time co-front-runner in the Democratic nomination race has seen her poll numbers deteriorate the past month in national surveys and, more importantly, in polls in New Hampshire and Iowa, the states that kicks off the primary and caucus presidential nominating calendar.

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Trump calls out Rashida Tlaib for posting video of herself excitedly walking to impeachment vote

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Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., encountered mass criticism on Thursday after she posted an Instagram video showing her smiling and apparently excited while walking to vote for President Trump's impeachment.

"I am on my way to the United States House floor to impeach President Trump," she said with a wide smile. She also panned the camera towards what appeared to be her staff. Someone could be heard laughing and shouting "woo!" in apparent celebration.

Tlaib famously pledged earlier this year to "impeach the motherf—-r," giving Republicans fodder to discount House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's claim that impeachment was a "somber" and "solemn" duty.

Pelosi, D-Calif., led her chamber in impeaching the president on Wednesday. House Democrats passed the articles of impeachment along partisan lines as Pelosi and others wore dark colors, apparently to mark the sad tone of the event.

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On Thursday, President Trump posted Tlaib's video, suggesting that progressives like Tlaib were a threat to Democrats' political success.

"This is what the Dems are dealing with. Does anyone think this is good for the USA!" he said.

On Instagram, Tlaib also posted a picture of herself smiling with Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., who has long called for Trump's impeachment.

The post contained the hashtag "#impeached" and the header of the photo read "MOOD" with Waters and Tlaib smiling.

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Republicans derided the display on Twitter, expressing doubts about Pelosi's insistence that Democrats were being "solemn" about the historic vote.

"Democrats pat themselves on the back, shamelessly proud of their dishonest manipulation of the truth and a vote that has torn this country apart," Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-Texas, tweeted. "This will go down as the weakest case for impeachment in history, justifying the founders’ fears of politically driven impeachment."

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"Watching @SpeakerPelosi and House Democrats pretending they were somber about #impeachment was comical," Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., tweeted. "It was a foregone conclusion because — as you can see — they just couldn't help themselves. #Hypocrites"

Pelosi, one of the party's highest-ranking officials, had to shoo away applause on the House floor after she announced the vote for article one of impeachment. Her office did not immediately respond to Fox News' request for comment on Tlaib's video.

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Nadler calls for Trump’s removal in committee’s 658-page report on articles of impeachment

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House poised for final impeachment vote

Rep. Mike Johnson on House preparing historic floor vote on Trump impeachment.

Rep. Jerrold Nadler, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, wrote that President Trump is a threat to the Consitution and should be removed from office, according to the committee's 658-page report on the articles of impeachment resolution against Trump that was submitted early Monday.

The majority wrote that President Trump abused his office by soliciting the interference of Ukraine in the 2020 election and then obstructed the impeachment inquiry into his conduct.

The report was released at 12:30 a.m. ET., and included a dissent from the committee's minority that called the case for impeachment "not only weak but dangerously lowers the bar for future impeachments."

Trump is accused, in the first article, of abusing his presidential power by asking Ukraine to investigate his 2020 rival Joe Biden while holding military aid as leverage, and, in the second, of obstructing Congress by blocking the House’s efforts to probe his actions.

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The president insists he did nothing wrong and blasts the Democrats’ effort daily as a sham and harmful to America.

Nadler wrote that Trump should be removed and "disqualification to hold and enjoy any office of honor, trust, or profit under the United States.”

The committee's vote was strictly along party lines, and the floor vote is expected to be similar, with a few exceptions. No Republicans have so far signaled that they will support the articles of impeachment, but a small handful of Democrats who represent GOP-leaning districts have said they may join Republicans in voting against them.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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Sanders calls Omar ‘extraordinary’ as he teams up with ‘Squad’ member in New Hampshire

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Rep. Ilhan Omar endorses Bernie Sanders, says he will fight against 'western imperialism'

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MANCHESTER, N.H. – Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders returned on Friday to the state that holds the first primary in the race for the White House with freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar, the high-profile and progressive firebrand member of Congress.

After introducing Sanders at a campaign event at Southern New Hampshire University, the populist senator from Vermont called the controversial Minnesota lawmaker “one of the most extraordinary people in American politics.”

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It was the congresswoman’s first time on the campaign trail with Sanders since she formally endorsed his Democratic presidential nomination bid at a rally in Minneapolis last month.

In her speech introducing Sanders, the congresswoman highlighted how she and Sanders have been labeled by the media and many political pundits as radicals.

Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota joins Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont at a campaign event in Manchester, NH on Dec. 13, 2019

Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota joins Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont at a campaign event in Manchester, NH on Dec. 13, 2019

“If believing that 500,000 Americans should not be forced into medical bankruptcy every single year is radical, then we’re proud to be radical,” Omar said as she continued to list a number of examples of why “we should all be proud to be radicals.”

Omar is a member of a group of first-term female progressive House members of color who are collectively known as "the Squad." In addition to Omar, Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan have also endorsed Sanders.

The fourth member of the group — Rep. Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts — has endorsed Sanders' populist rival for the nomination, Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts. Pressley was set to speak later Friday at the same event where Sanders and Omar were also speaking: an awards and fundraising gala for the New Hampshire Young Democrats.

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Omar has repeatedly been embroiled in controversy during her brief tenure in Congress — including over comments about Israel and Jewish Americans that many Republicans and some Democrats considered anti-Semitic. Her comments have also created division among Democrats regarding U.S. policy toward Israel.

There were no demonstrations against Omar at the Southern New Hampshire University event, and people in the mostly pro-Sanders crowd that Fox News spoke to didn’t appear concerned or bothered that the senator was accompanied by the controversial congresswoman.

On the eve of the arrival of Sanders and Omar in New Hampshire, the state GOP issued a statement from a Republican state representative criticizing state Democrats.

"New Hampshire Democrats have really gone too far," Rep. Judy Aron said. "By bringing noted anti-Semite and opponent of Israel Rep. Ilhan Omar to New Hampshire, Democrats are showing how anti-Israel the modern Democrat base is.”

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Sanders mostly delivered his standard stump speech, but he did take aim at President Trump over climate change — specifically at the Republican incumbent’s criticism on Thursday of Greta Thunberg, the teen climate change activist who was named Time’s Person of the Year.

Trump, who was named Time’s Person of the Year in 2016 and was on the shortlist for this year’s honors, took to Twitter to mock the Swedish teenager after she beat him out for the honor.

“So ridiculous. Greta must work on her Anger Management problem, then go to a good old fashioned movie with a friend! Chill Greta, Chill!” Trump tweeted.

Thunberg, who has Asperger's syndrome, has spoken publicly about the social challenges it creates.

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Taking aim at Trump at his event in New Hampshire, Sanders said: “On this issue, what he is doing by claiming that climate change is a hoax, by actually attacking Greta Thunberg — what he is doing is not only endangering our country but the entire world."

Sanders' mention of Trump’s jab at Thunberg elicited boos from the crowd.

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Bloomberg calls for closing all coal-fired power plants to combat climate change

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Bloomberg speaks at UN global climate conference in Madrid

Large ad buy earns Bloomberg recognition in polls; Peter Doocy reports.

Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg is calling for a 50 percent reduction in carbon emissions over the next 10 years to battle climate change.

To achieve that goal, the former New York City mayor and multi-billionaire business and media mogul on Friday unveiled a plan that would shutter all 251 remaining coal plants across the country by 2030 and replacing them all with clean energy. He would also phase out gas-fired power plants.

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At a speech in Alexandria, Va., Bloomberg highlighted his goals – ensuring 80 percent clean electricity by the end of his second term in the White House, and moving the country toward 100 percent clean energy by 2045 or 2050.

Among the first steps Bloomberg says he’ll take if he’s elected president would be ending all subsidies for fossil fuels, implementing stringent carbon and health pollutant standards for new gas plants, and putting a halt to construction of a new generation of fossil power plants.

Bloomberg also pledges to prioritize communities that have suffered most from coal pollution or have been left behind in the transition to clean energy.

In announcing his plan, Bloomberg is taking aim at President Trump, criticizing the GOP incumbent for a lack of commitment to tackling climate change.

“The president refuses to lead on climate change, so the rest of us must. I’ve been all-in on this fight for more than a decade – and having helped close more than half the nation's dirty coal plants, having cut New York City's carbon footprint by 14 percent, having led a coalition of cities, states, and businesses committed to the Paris Agreement, I know that we can win,” Bloomberg said.

“We’ve proven that you can transition to clean energy and strengthen the economy at the same time. As president, I'll accelerate our transition to a 100 percent clean energy economy,” he said.

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Trump vowed to save the coal industry as he campaigned for president in the 2016 election. The president’s had mixed success in the White House in following through on his pledge.

But openly targeting the industry remains politically risky in certain swing states, including Indiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Bloomberg’s poured millions of his own money to fund the effort to fight climate change.

The candidate, who’s made the issue a central pillar of his presidential campaign, spoke in person at the beginning of this week at a United Nations global climate conference in Spain, while the official U.S. delegation kept a lower profile at the gathering.

On Wednesday, Bloomberg teamed up with former Gov. Jerry Brown in California as part of the efforts of America's Pledge, a coalition of governors, mayors, governors, leaders in the business world, and others focusing on meeting global climate goals.

Climate change has been one of the leading issues in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination. It was a top issue for Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee, who dropped his White House bid earlier this autumn. And it's a top issue for current candidate Tom Steyer, a billionaire environmental and progressive advocate and organizer.

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IG calls for ‘accountability’ over FBI failures in Russia probe

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DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz delivers an opening statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing examining his report on alleged FISA abuses.

Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz concluded in his long-awaited report on the FBI's Russia investigation that there was no evidence of political bias in the probe's launch — but he made clear during testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee that this does not let anyone off the hook.

To the contrary, Horowitz said during Wednesday's hearing that while he did not make a determination as to motive, he is referring officials to the FBI and Department of Justice for further review.

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"[O]ur final recommendation was to refer the entire chain of command that we outline here to the FBI and the Department for consideration of how to assess and address their performance failures," Horowitz said during his opening statement.

Horowitz also called for "individual accountability" for officials. He went into some specifics when committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., asked about an attorney who worked on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant applications against former Trump campaign aide Carter Page, a key component of the IG's review.

Graham identified the attorney as Kevin Clinesmith, and brought up anti-Trump text messages he had sent in the past, including "Viva la resistance."

The attorney was found to have altered an email to say that Page had not been a CIA source, when in fact he had been working with them. This ultimately led to the FBI renewing the FISA warrant against Page while leaving exculpatory evidence out of their application.

"What motivated him to do that?" Graham asked.

"It is unknown as to precisely why he did it," Horowitz said, "but we reference in here the text messages you mention and we have not made a determination but rather, as we note in here, when we learned this we notified the Attorney General and the FBI Director and referred it to them."

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Later in the hearing, when asked by Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., about the lack of evidence of political bias in the Russia probe, Horowitz made clear that this finding pertained more to the initiation of the investigation, not everything that happened afterward.

"It gets murkier, the question gets more challenging, senator, when you get to the FISA," Horowitz said.

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