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Judge denies GOP candidate Mark Harris' request to be certified winner of North Carolina's 9th district race

A judge in North Carolina on Tuesday rejected Republican candidate Mark Harris' request to certify the results of the state's disputed 9th congressional district race. The final tally from the November election has Harris leading Democrat Dan McCready by 905 votes. The state's election board said it could not certify the results because it is investigating allegations that a man working on beha...

GOP Sen. Joni Ernst says she turned down Trump's offer to be his vice president

In an affidavit filed as part of her divorce proceedings, Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) said that in July 2016, she was interviewed to be then-candidate Donald Trump's vice president, but turned down his offer because it "wasn't the right thing for me or my family." Last August, Ernst announced she was divorcing her husband of 26 years, Gail Ernst. Their divorce was finalized this month, and under I...

Former senator and civil rights leader Harris Wofford dies at 92

Harris Wofford, a lifelong Democrat who worked alongside the leaders of the party, died Monday. He was 92, and died in Washington, D.C. after suffering a fall on Saturday, The Washington Post reports . Wofford served in World War II, and soon went on to a life of civil rights activism. He was "one of the first white students to graduate from the historically black Howard University Law School," the Post writes, and later marched with Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma, Alabama. He worked on form...

The 'STUPIDITY Act' could stop government shutdowns from happening ever again

Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) has one word for America's longest running shutdown: stupidity. The unprecedented shutdown fell into its 32nd day over President Trump's demand for border wall funding and Democrats' refusal to give in. But while there remained no hint of a deal to reopen the government on Tuesday, Warner did introduce the STUPIDITY Act to prevent hypothetical shutdowns in the future. U...

FBI agents say the government shutdown has 'eliminated any ability to operate'

Anonymous FBI agents say the partial government shutdown is preventing them from effectively doing their jobs and impeding some ongoing investigations. In a report released by the FBI Agents Association Tuesday , unnamed agents speak about how lack of funding due to the shutdown has hindered their work. One agent said the shutdown has "eliminated any ability to operate" and that "the fear is ou...

Americans increasingly see climate change as a clear and present danger, poll shows

Americans' attitudes toward climate change have changed quite dramatically in just a few years, with almost half now seeing it as an immediate threat. In a poll released Tuesday, 48 percent of Americans said that people in the U.S. are being harmed by climate change "right now," Axios reports . This is an increase of 16 percentage points since that question was asked in March 2015, and an incre...

Covington's 'MAGA teens' might be headed for the White House

The ongoing '"MAGA teen" controversy is about to get even bigger. Nicholas Sandmann, one of the Covington Catholic High School students seen staring down a Native American protestor in a widely circulated video, is sitting down with the Today show's Savannah Guthrie for a segment airing Wednesday. Fox News' Laura Ingraham also tweeted that a group of Covington students would be meeting with Pre...

65 percent of U.S. retailers will now accept Apple Pay

It looks like Apple Pay is making money moves — by announcing several new partnerships on Tuesday. Soon customers will be able to use the mobile payment system in all 1,850 Target stores, along with Taco Bell, Speedway convenience stores, Hy-Vee supermarkets, and Jack in the Box. Apple says the addition of these national retailers mean 74 of the top 100 merchants and 65 percent of all retail lo...

Los Angeles teachers end strike amid 'tentative' deal with school district

School is almost back in session in Los Angeles. Teachers reached a tentative deal with the L.A. Unified School District on Tuesday to end their weeklong strike, the Los Angeles Times reports . The city's board of education will likely approve the deal soon, and the strike will end once United Teachers Los Angeles members vote to ratify the deal as well. The city's teachers union had been negot...

How Mitch McConnell uses his 'blankness' to get things done

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is bland, and everyone knows it. But sometimes, McConnell's "blankness" — "like a spy or a pinto bean" — works out in his favor, Charles Homans writes for The New York Times Magazine . As the chamber's longest-running GOP leader, McConnell has stuck to tradition and learned that running the Senate is about scheduling — or delaying — votes and delib...

Trump might deliver his State of the Union address at a rally

With just a week left to go until the State of the Union's scheduled date, Republicans and Democrats remain in a state of confusion. Although House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) last week requested President Trump delay the Jan. 29 address in light of the partial government shutdown, ABC News and Fox News report the White House is still planning to go ahead with that date. They've apparently ...

The biggest snubs and surprises of the 2019 Oscar nominations

On Tuesday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced its 2019 nominees , including some historic firsts , several long overdue nods, and plenty of blistering snubs. The Mexico City-set Roma and dark comedy The Favourite are set to lead the race for the little gold statuettes with 10 nominations each ; the (currently host-less) Oscar ceremony will be held on Feb. 24. There is no...

Trump reportedly walked out of a policy meeting to watch TV

President Trump's TV time may be a bigger problem than we thought. The president is obviously attached to his favorite Fox News programs, tweeting responses to and explicitly mentioning what show he's watching throughout his presidency. But as former White House communications aide Cliff Sims describes, Trump sometimes took his screen time a little too far. At one point, Trump was supposed to b...

2 key Oscar snubs raise red flags for A Star is Born's Best Picture chances

A Star Is Born is looking less and less like a Best Picture Oscar winner. The film, which was once thought to be the frontrunner for Best Picture at the Academy Awards but came up short at previous awards shows in recent weeks, picked up eight nominations on Tuesday. It came in behind The Favourite and Roma , which each received 10 nominations. Eight isn't a bad haul to be sure, but the film wa...

Here's how Trump keeps his hair in check

President Trump's governing style is almost as tumultuous as his easily windswept hairstyle . Perhaps that's because he's relying on a budget product to keep his coif in check. In his forthcoming book Team of Vipers , former White House communications aide Cliff Sims describes "how absolutely out of control the White House staff ... was at times," per an advance copy obtained by The Washington ...
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