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Discussion Thread: Seventh Democratic Presidential Debate | 1/14/20 | 9:00 PM – 11:00 PM EST | Part 2

Six candidates will be on stage Tuesday for the seventh Democratic Presidential Debate. In order to qualify for this debate, candidates needed to achieve at least 5 percent in four DNC-approved national or early-voting-state polls or at least 7 percent in two early-voting-state polls. Candidate also needed to have received donations from at least 225,000 unique donors and a minimum of 1,000 unique donors per state in at least 20 states.

The seventh Democratic debate is scheduled for Tuesday, January 14 and will be co-hosted by CNN and The Des Moines Register. The moderators will be Wolf Blitzer (CNN), Abby Phillip (CNN), and Brianne Pfannenstiel (The Des Moines Register). The debate will run from 9:00 to 11:00 PM EST.

The debate will air on CNN. It can also be streamed live on the CNN website (cable log-in not required), The Des Moines Register, CNN’s iOS and Android apps, and the CNNgo apps for Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire, Chromecast, and Android TV.

Candidates:

  • Former vice president Joe Biden

  • Former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg

  • Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.)

  • Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.)

  • Businessman Tom Steyer

  • Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.)


Part 1

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‘Captain America’ actress charged with second-degree murder of her mother claims self-defense: report

Less than two weeks after being arrested on the charge of second-degree murder of her mother, court documents show that actress Mollie Fitzgerald told police she acted in self-defense.

According to The Kansas City Star, medical examiners, however, found no signs that her mother was ever in control of the weapon. An overturned chair, a broken lamp and damaged drywall indicated to authorities that there was a struggle, police said.

Mollie Fitzgerald, 38, played a small role in “Captain America: The First Avenger” in 2011. She is now accused of stabbing her mother, Patricia Fitzgerald, to death in Olathe, Kansas.

‘CAPTAIN AMERICA’ ACTRESS CHARGED WITH SECOND-DEGREE MURDER OF MOTHER

In the affidavit for the arrest, obtained by The Kansas City Star,  Fitzgerald’s father told law enforcement that her “aggressive behaviors [had] been escalating.”

The documents say that Mollie Fitzgerald allegedly called the police on Dec. 20, 2019, to report that she had killed her mother in self-defense. Police arrived at the home and found Patricia Fitzgerald on the floor with a knife in her back, The Kansas City Star reported.

Mollie Fitzgerald said that her mother first came at her with a knife, but she took the weapon after hitting her with a vacuum attachment, court records said, according to the outlet.

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Mollie Fitzgerald, 38, was arrested on charges of second-degree murder in connection with the stabbing death of her mother, authorities say. (Johnson County Detention Center)

According to the affidavit, “[Mollie Fitzgerald] said her mother just would not stop trying to take the knife to kill her, so she had to kill her mom.”

Mollie Fitzgerald was treated for minor cuts, and an autopsy revealed that Patricia Fitzgerald suffered from bruising consistent with being choked, as well as other “defensive injuries,” the newspaper reported.

According to the website IMDb, Mollie Fitzgerald is a movie director and producer, as well as an actress. She worked on mostly low-budget films, including “The Lawful Truth” in 2014 and “The Creeps” in 2017.

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In “Captain America” she played Stark Girl and worked as an assistant to the director, Joe Johnston. The film grossed $176.6 million in the U.S.

“Being a part of this production has been one of the best experiences of my life,” Fitzgerald told a comic book publication in 2011.

Patricia Fitzgerald was in the process of moving back to Kansas City after living several decades in the Houston area, her brother, Gary Hunziker, told The Kansas City Star.

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Hunziker, 72, said he knew few details about the circumstances surrounding his sister’s death.

“We were shocked,” he said. But, “it doesn’t matter the circumstances — the loss of a sister is what it’s all about.”

According to the newspaper, Mollie Fitzgerald said in a Jan. 2 court hearing that she would represent herself, but a judge on Tuesday ordered that she first undergo a mental competency evaluation before the case progresses any further.

Fox News’ Andy Sahadeo and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine wants to serve out his 2-year prison sentence at home

Tekashi 6ix9ine wants to go home.

A lawyer for the rainbow-haired rapper is asking a judge to allow his client to finish out his two-year sentence under home confinement, according to newly filed court papers.

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The 23-year-old snitch is serving out his time in an unspecified private jail for safety reasons, yet attorney Lance Lazzaro argued Tuesday this is akin to punishing Tekashi because he won’t get credit for early release at that facility. In the federal system, well-behaved inmates can typically expect a 15% reduction in their sentence for good time.

The Brooklyn-born rhymester, whose real name is Daniel Hernandez, was sentenced in December to 24 months behind bars for his role in the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods.

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“Allowing Hernandez to serve the remainder of his jail sentence under home confinement would be the most reasonable means to adjust and prepare for his re-entry into the community,” Lazzaro wrote to Manhattan federal court Judge Paul Engelmayer.

“It would be a grave injustice for Hernandez to be denied the reasonable opportunity to adjust to and prepare for his re-entry into the community due to his cooperation with the government and placement in a private facility by the government for safety reasons,” the motion reads.

If the judge isn’t amenable to home confinement, Lazzaro suggests Tekashi could finish his sentence in a community correctional facility.

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Engelmayer has yet to rule on the motion.

This story originally ran in Page Six.

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January 2020 Democratic Debate in Iowa: Live Updates

Here’s what you need to know:

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There were more sparks between Mr. Biden and Mr. Sanders on health care, with Mr. Biden whacking Mr. Sanders for his “Medicare for all” proposal.

“I think we need to be candid with voters and tell them what it will cost,” Mr. Biden said.

Mr. Sanders dodged a question about the overall costs of his health care proposal, seeking to reframe the question into what individuals would pay for health care rather than what it would cost the government.

“What I will tell you is Medicare for all which will guarantee comprehensive health care to every man, woman and child will cost substantially less than the status quo,” he said.

Ms. Warren, who is a proponent of Medicare for all, expressed her allegiance to the Affordable Care Act, the health care status quo that Mr. Sanders is campaigning to undo.

“I will defend the Affordable Care Act,” Ms. Warren said. “I have a plan to expand health care. When we come to a general election, we may argue among each other about the best way to do health care. We’re going to be up against a Republican incumbent who has cut health care for millions of people in and still trying to do that. I’ll take our side of the argument any day. We’ll beat him on this.”

And Ms. Klobuchar came in with another roundhouse at Mr. Sanders, hoping to get drawn into the conflict between him and Mr. Biden.

“I think you should show how you’re going to pay for things, Bernie. I do. This president is treating people out there like poker chips in a bankrupt casino. The way he is adding to the debt,” she said.

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Mr. Sanders emphatically insisted that he did not make the comment that Ms. Warren has attributed to him: That a woman could not be elected president.

“Well, as a matter of fact, I didn’t say it,” he said. “And I don’t want to waste a whole lot of time on this, because this is what Donald Trump and maybe some of the media want.”

Ms. Warren said she disagreed with Mr. Sanders but sought to defuse the conflict.

“Bernie is my friend and I’m not here to fight with Bernie,” she said.

Ms. Warren continued, leaning fully into her electability argument.

“The only people on this stage who have won every single election that they’ve been in are the women: Amy and me,” she said. “And the only person who has beaten an incumbent Republican any time in the past 30 years is me.”

The clash between Ms. Warren and Mr. Sanders veered, briefly, into unusual territory: math.

The disagreement unfolded after Ms. Warren said that “the only person on this stage who has beaten an incumbent Republican anytime in the past 30 years is me.”

“Well, just to set the record straight, I defeated an incumbent Republican running for Congress,” Mr. Sanders said.

“When?” Ms. Warren asked. Mr. Sanders said that in 1990, he beat a Republican congressman.

Ms. Warren pressed him again on the timing. “I said, I was the only one who’s beaten an incumbent Republican in 30 years,” Ms. Warren said.

“Well, 30 years ago is 1990, as a matter of fact,” Mr. Sanders replied.

Mr. Biden sought to bridge the divide about whether a woman can win by bemoaning the factionalism that he said could prevent Democrats from defeating President Trump.

“The real issue is who can bring the party together and represent all elements of the party,” he said. “African-American, brown, black, women, men. Gay, straight. The fact of the matter is, I would argue that, in terms of endorsement around the country, endorsements where ever we go, I have the broadest coalition of anyone running up where in this race.”

Mr. Sanders defended his opposition to the U.S.M.C.A. North American trade deal, even though he said it is an improvement on Nafta.

“We can do much better than a Trump-led trade deal,” Mr. Sanders said. Pressed on whether he is willing to compromise at all on trade, Mr. Sanders pivoted to climate change.

“Every environmental organization in this country, including the Sunrise organization, who is supporting my candidacy, opposes it,” he said.

Ms. Warren followed by arguing that the U.S.M.C.A. is better than the status quo, and should be seen as the first step toward getting a better deal.

“Let’s help the people who need help now,” she said. Asked why he disagrees with Ms. Warren, Mr. Sanders said implementing the U.S.M.C.A. will “set us back a number of years,” though he passed on an opportunity to draw additional contrast with Ms. Warren.

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I would not meet with — absent preconditions. I would not meet with the “supreme leader” who said, “Joe Biden is a rabid dog, he should be beaten to death with a stick.”

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Mr. Biden mocked the North Korean regime, which has lashed Mr. Biden with graphic insults — and the former vice president received backup from his rival, Mr. Sanders.

“I would not meet with — absent preconditions, I would not meet with the, quote, Supreme Leader, who said ‘Joe Biden is a rabid dog, he should be beaten to death with a stick,’” Mr. Biden said.

“Other than that, you like him,” Mr. Sanders interjected wryly, referencing North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

“Other than that, I like him, and he got a love letter from Trump right after that,” Mr. Biden said.

Mr. Sanders took another opportunity to obliquely swipe at Mr. Biden’s vote to authorize the war in Iraq when asked about America’s role in the Middle East.

“What we have to face as a nation is that the two great foreign policy disasters of our lifetimes, with the war in Vietnam and the war in Iraq. Both of those wars were based on lies,” Mr. Sanders said, adding that he feared President Trump could lead the nation into another war amid tensions between the United States and Iran.

Mr. Biden did not take on Mr. Sanders of Iraq, choosing to emphasize another element of his foreign policy record: the nuclear deal with Iran, achieved during the Obama administration.

“I was part of that deal to get the nuclear agreement with Iran, bringing together the rest of the world, including some of the folks who aren’t friendly to us,” Mr. Biden said. “And it was working.”

Ms. Klobuchar and Mr. Buttigieg each said they would not allow Iran to acquire nuclear weapons, though neither of them stipulated what they would do beyond negotiations to stop Iran from doing so.

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Our military is the finest military on Earth, and they will take any sacrifice we ask them to take. But we should stop asking our military to solve problems that cannot be solved militarily.

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Another split in the candidates emerged on foreign policy. Ms. Warren, Mr. Buttigieg and Mr. Sanders said they’d remove combat troops from Iraq, while Ms. Klobuchar and Mr. Biden said they would leave some in place.

“I would leave some troops there, but not in the level that Donald Trump is taking us right now,” Ms. Klobuchar said.

Ms. Warren said that it is time to bring the troops home. “I think we need to get our combat troops out,” she said. “You know, we have to stop this mind-set that we can do everything with combat troops. Our military is the finest military on Earth. And they will take any sacrifice we ask them to take. But we should stop asking our military to solve problems that cannot be solved militarily.”

And Mr. Buttigieg said: “We can continue to remain engaged without having an endless commitment of ground troops. But what’s going on right now is the president’s actually sending more.”

Mr. Buttigieg said if he is elected president and asks Congress to authorize military force overseas, he would ask for the legislation to expire after three years.

“When I am president, anytime — which I hope will never happen — but anytime I am compelled to use force and seek that authorization, we will have a three-year sunset, so that the American people are included, not only in the decision about whether to send troops, but whether to continue,” he said.

The moderator Wolf Blitzer opened the debate on foreign policy, asking Mr. Sanders why he’d be the best commander in chief. Mr. Sanders wasted no time in going on the attack against Mr. Biden, drawing a contrast on foreign policy by reiterating his opposition to the Iraq War, and his 2002 vote against authorizing the conflict. That left Mr. Biden to defend his 17-year-old vote.

“I said 13 years ago it was a mistake to give the president the authority to go to war,” Mr. Biden said. “It was a mistake; I acknowledged that.” He then quickly mentioned that Barack Obama opposed the war from the state and noted that Mr. Obama chose him as his running mate.

“I think my record overall on everything I’ve ever done, I’m prepared to compare it to anybody on this stage,” Mr. Biden said.

Mr. Sanders shot back: “Joe and I listened to what Dick Cheney and George Bush and Rumsfeld had to say. I thought they were lying. Joe saw it differently.”

Ms. Klobuchar, who has sought to portray herself as a unifier while other candidates are drawing contrasts with each other, said the real issue is beating President Trump.

“What we should be talking about is what is happening right now with Donald Trump,” Ms. Klobuchar said. “Donald Trump is taking us pell mell toward another war.”

While Mr. Blitzer tried to pit Ms. Klobuchar against Mr. Buttigieg on the issue, the two moderate rivals barely engaged. Instead, Mr. Buttigieg, 37, drew an implicit contrast over age with Mr. Biden and Mr. Sanders, who are in their late 70s. Mr. Buttigieg, a former Naval intelligence officer, stressed his own military experience while offering an unsubtle reminder of how long Mr. Biden and Mr. Sanders have served in Washington.

“There are enlisted people that I served with, barely old enough to remember those votes on the authorization after 9/11 on the war in Iraq,” Mr. Buttigieg said.

Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders were out first, and they gave each other a warm handshake and shared a few words. Elizabeth Warren was out next, shaking Mr. Biden’s hand and then reaching over to Mr. Sanders, who was looking elsewhere; he noticed her, smiled and joined in a handshake.

There was no evident tension in the moment, even though Mr. Sanders and Ms. Warren spent Monday in a standoff over her accusation that he told her in 2018 that a woman could not win the presidency. He has denied the remark.

Pete Buttigieg, Tom Steyer and Amy Klobuchar rounded out the candidates taking their places onstage.

Ms. Warren’s top aides and her new surrogate Julián Castro have been telegraphing a message of unity, promoting Ms. Warren as the candidate who can bridge the party’s progressive and moderate wings.

That’ll be hard if she’s stoking a war with Mr. Sanders.

Ms. Warren is going to try anyway, having already adopted most of Mr. Sanders’s platform without some of his harder edges. She’s sure to be asked about reports in recent days that Sanders volunteers disparaged her election chances in calls to Iowa Democrats and the report, followed by her confirmation, that Mr. Sanders told her a woman could not be elected president.

There’s little evidence that Sanders supporters can be moved away from the Vermont senator, but it is incumbent upon Ms. Warren to demonstrate to moderate and undecided Iowans that she can appeal to all elements of the party and, as she often says in her remarks, win Republican votes for proposals like her wealth tax.

Reporting was contributed by Nick Corasaniti, Michael M. Grynbaum, Stephanie Saul, Matt Stevens and Marc Tracy.

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Michael Flynn Files To Withdraw Guilty Plea After Prosecutors Ask For Jail Time

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Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser, filed a motion to withdraw his guilty plea on Tuesday after federal prosecutors recommended he serve up to six months in prison for lying to the FBI.

Flynn’s legal team accused the federal government of breaching a plea agreement and acting in “bad faith” after the Justice Department said last week the former aide had grown uncooperative and attempted to get his charges dismissed, rather than own up to his actions. The move was a sharp rebuke to Flynn and his new attorneys, who have spent months lambasting special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

“The prosecution has shown abject bad faith in pure retaliation against Mr. Flynn since he retained new counsel,” Flynn’s attorneys wrote in the motion. “This can only be because with new, unconflicted counsel, Mr. Flynn refused to lie for the prosecution. In pure spite, the government retaliated.”

The motion later noted: “Justice is not a game, and there should be no room for such gamesmanship in the Department of Justice.”

Flynn pleaded guilty in 2017 to lying to FBI investigators about his conversations with Russian officials. At the time, he agreed to help Mueller’s investigation as it worked to determine if anyone in Trump’s orbit conspired with Russia to influence the 2016 election. Prosecutors in turn didn’t push for Flynn to serve any prison time, calling him a “particularly valuable” font of information.

But prosecutors said Flynn grew increasingly unhelpful over the past year, writing this month that he has “sought to blame almost every other person and entity involved in his case, including his former counsel.”

“The defendant has also chosen to reverse course and challenge the elements and circumstances of his false statements to the FBI,” prosecutors wrote.

Flynn lost an effort to get his charges dismissed last month after a judge filed an exhaustive, 92-page ruling rebuffing a series of accusations that his conviction was rife with misconduct.

In its recommendations last week, the Justice Department also noted that others who have pleaded guilty to lying to investigators in the Russia inquiry have been sentenced to prison time, notably former foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos and the lawyer Alex van der Zwaan.

“Neither defendant was a high-ranking government official, held a position of trust vis-à-vis the United States, held a security clearance, had a special understanding of the impact of providing misleading information to investigators or denied responsibility for his unlawful conduct,” prosecutors said.

Flynn is set to be sentenced on Jan. 28, although his attorneys asked for that date to be rescheduled to late February.

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Tammy Bruce on networks ignoring CNN settlement with Covington student: ‘They’ve abandoned their responsibility’

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Fox Nation host Tammy Bruce slammed several mainstream media outlets for their failure to report on CNN’s recent settlement with Covington Catholic High School student Nick Sandmann after a report by the Media Research Center showed ABC, CBS, MSNBC, and NBC, completely ignored the news.

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“When you’re looking at the spectrum here… you’re seeing a media that, in a way, horrifically, can’t even report the news because they see themselves suffering some consequences” Bruce said Tuesday on “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”

Sandmann and his classmates were swept up in a national controversy in January 2019 after a video clip depicted the “MAGA” hat-wearing student smiling at Native American Nathan Phillips. The man was beating a drum and chanting as he was surrounded by Sandmann’s peers, who had joined in on the chant in front of the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.

Several mainstream media outlets — including CNN — portrayed the incident as racially charged before additional footage showed that a group of Black Hebrew Israelites provoked the confrontation by slinging racial slurs at the students. Footage then showed Phillips, who was in town for the Indigenous Peoples March, approaching the students amid the rising tension between the two groups.

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NewsBusters managing editor Curtis Houck wrote that CNN settled with Sandmann “for an undisclosed amount after they tried to ruin his life” but the liberal cable network “had help with blackouts” from ABC CBS and NBC.

Law school professor William A. Jacobson told Fox News that CNN agreeing to settle is a “rare example of a ‘little guy’ being able to stand up to a media behemoth” and estimated the deal was worth at least seven figures. However, viewers who rely on network news would have no idea.

“They’ve noticed and they’ve chosen to not cover it,” Bruce said.  The reason the media hasn’t covered it is because many of them … did very similar things to this young man.”

Sandmann’s attorney, Todd McMurtry, told Fox News that lawsuits against “as many as 13 other defendants will be filed in 30 to 40 days,” among them ABC, CBS, The Guardian, The Huffington Post, NPR, Slate, and The Hill.

Bruce applauded Sandmann’s attorney for representing the minor, and credited the lawsuits for “keeping the powerful in line.”

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“As long as the media is willing to destroy all minors, of course, it tells you that they are willing to do it to anyone at this point,” Bruce said.

“Lawyers and suing is not necessarily my favorite thing,” she continued, “but the fact is that this is one way to keep the powerful in line. Especially media when they have not only abandoned their job and their responsibility, they have turned themselves into a mob of wolves and are willing to rip anyone apart. It’s going to have to stop.”

Fox News’ Brian Flood contributed to this report.

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Senate Has Votes to Pass Limits on Trump’s Iran War Power, Likely Drawing a Veto

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WASHINGTON — A measure that would force President Trump to win congressional authorization before taking further military action against Iran now has enough Republican support to pass the Senate, a key Democratic senator said Tuesday.

The senator, Tim Kaine of Virginia, said at least four Republicans would break ranks to pass a bill to curtail Mr. Trump’s war-making powers, underscoring growing dissatisfaction with the president’s Iran strategy among members of his own party. It would be a rebuke to the president as his impeachment trial gets underway and will most likely set up the seventh veto of his presidency.

The Republican defectors “were discouraged that the attitude that was being communicated to us was that Congress was an annoyance,” Mr. Kaine said. “After that, they came to me and we have been able to make some amendments.”

Senator Susan Collins of Maine, one of the Republicans who will support the measure, said in a statement that “Congress cannot be sidelined on these important decisions.” She said that although the resolution would continue to allow Mr. Trump to repel an imminent attack, “only the legislative branch may declare war or commit our armed forces to a sustained military conflict with Iran.”

Joining her in planning to vote with the Democrats were Senators Todd Young of Indiana, Mike Lee of Utah and Rand Paul of Kentucky.

Lawmakers have grown increasingly angry over Mr. Trump’s shifting justifications for a Jan. 3 strike that killed Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani, Iran’s most important general, and sent the two nations to the brink of war.

What most angered them was a classified, closed-door briefing last week from the president’s national security team. White House officials at the briefing, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper, cautioned lawmakers not to question the president’s judgment on Iran, according to people who were there.

Mr. Lee and Mr. Paul cited the administration’s “demeaning” briefing when they pledged to support Mr. Kaine’s bill.

A torrent of shifting statements from administration officials in the past week on the reasons for General Suleimani’s killing had also privately rankled Republican lawmakers. On Monday, the narrative collapsed entirely when Mr. Trump tweeted that the focus on whether General Suleimani was planning an imminent attack on American interests, as the administration had initially claimed, was irrelevant. “It doesn’t really matter,” he wrote, “because of his horrible past.”

“In conversations with Republican colleagues, especially after the briefing last week, they were discouraged that the attitude that was being communicated to us was that Congress was an annoyance,” Mr. Kaine said. “After that, they came to me and we have been able to make some amendments.”

The resolution, which would give Mr. Trump a 30-day deadline to come to Congress for authorization for military action in Iran, would still need to be passed by the House. And it would be unlikely to overcome a veto from the president.

Mr. Kaine introduced the measure, which invokes the War Powers Act of 1973, as a privileged joint resolution, which allows him to force a vote on the measure and win over the support of a simple majority of senators. With 45 Democrats in the Senate and two independents who routinely vote with them, Mr. Kaine needed just four Republicans to sign on.

The vote could come as early as next week, though it is unclear if the timing will be affected by the impeachment trial, which Senator Mitch McConnell, Republican of Kentucky and the majority leader, announced would begin next Tuesday. Democratic leaders will also need to corral senators running for president back to the Capitol to ensure passage.

The House passed similar legislation last week, though that measure was viewed as largely symbolic without the force of law.

But even Mr. Kaine’s legislation, considered to be the stronger of the two measures, has its limitations. The War Powers Resolution restricts actions only by the United States military, so it would not stop Mr. Trump from carrying out targeted attacks on Iranian military leaders or other discrete operations, as long as he carried them out covertly under the authority of the C.I.A.

Congress has rarely passed legislation invoking the War Powers Act in an attempt to restrain a president’s war-making authority. Last year, it sent to Mr. Trump just such a measure in a bid to cut off American military support of the Saudi-led campaign in Yemen, an intervention that has created the world’s greatest humanitarian disaster. While Mr. Trump vetoed that legislation, supporters of the legislation hoped it would create a new model for curtailing presidential war powers.

In a sign that Democrats intend to make good on their vow to impose another check on Mr. Trump and his mercurial style of foreign policymaking, House Democratic leaders announced on Tuesday afternoon that the House will vote later in the month on two other measures that would further seek to shackle Mr. Trump’s war-making authority. One would repeal the 2002 authorization of military force in Iraq, and another would prohibit federal funds from being used to take military action in Iran unless explicitly approved by Congress.

“President Trump does not have a unilateral authority to take our country into war against Iran and must work with Congress to meet this challenge,” Representative Steny H. Hoyer of Maryland, the No. 2 House Democrat, said in announcing the votes.

Julian E. Barnes contributed reporting.

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Video emerges of Sanders saying in 1988 a woman could be elected president

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This is manufactured outrage by the media. They love this Jerry Springer-esque he said/she said shit in politics. It’s also the PERFECT vessel for Republicans and foreign influencers to fan the flames, so that makes it even worse.

In reality – who cares? We don’t even know the context – I feel they are both telling half-truths. In certain contexts, the alleged statement isn’t even that bad. (Like Bernie referring to voters, not his own beliefs)

They had a disagreement, and now that the media has injected their own spin on what happened, both parties can be branded as liars by either side.

It’s a lose-lose for Warren, because she’ll either say too little and be criticized for not having a stronger response, or say too much and keep this fabricated feud going longer.

I don’t really get the Bernie supporter argument/conspiracy that Warren has produced all this as some sort of slimy political gamesmanship. I don’t see how this helps her at all.

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New Details Emerge on Shadow Campaign to Oust Ambassador to Ukraine

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In April 2019, Rudolph W. Giuliani believed he was on the cusp of achieving an important goal: ousting the United States ambassador to Ukraine, Marie L. Yovanovitch. As Ms. Yovanovitch’s standing with the White House grew more precarious, Mr. Giuliani texted an associate.

“He fired her again,” Mr. Giuliani, President Trump’s personal lawyer, told the associate, Lev Parnas.

Mr. Parnas responded in kind.

“I pray it happens this time I’ll call you tomorrow my brother,” he wrote.

The exchange was included in an array of documents released by House Democrats on Tuesday that offered new details on the shadow diplomacy campaign at the center of Mr. Trump’s impeachment and highlighted the effort to remove Ms. Yovanovitch.

Mr. Parnas, who is facing federal charges in Manhattan, recently turned the documents over to the House Intelligence Committee as part of its impeachment inquiry.

One of the new documents shows Mr. Giuliani saying that he had Mr. Trump’s blessing to seek a meeting with Volodymyr Zelensky, Ukraine’s president-elect, last spring, potential new evidence on the eve of the president’s impeachment trial.

Mr. Giuliani has previously said he was acting at Mr. Trump’s direction in his dealings with Ukrainian officials, but the letter released on Tuesday is the first public document that says he was doing so.

“In my capacity as personal counsel to President Trump and with his knowledge and consent, I request a meeting with you on this upcoming Monday, May 13th or Tuesday, May 14th,” Mr. Giuliani wrote in the letter to Mr. Zelensky, who was sworn in as president soon after.

Mr. Giuliani shared a copy of the letter with Mr. Parnas, who then texted it to a close aide to Mr. Zelensky.

Many of the documents released on Tuesday highlight the effort by Mr. Giuliani, Mr. Parnas and a Ukrainian prosecutor to have Ms. Yovanovitch removed.

Mr. Giuliani had been critical of Ms. Yovanovitch, whom he and other Republicans have said opposed Mr. Trump. She also butted heads with the Ukrainian prosecutor, Yuriy Lutsenko, over the nature of his investigations.

In March, Mr. Lutsenko messaged Mr. Parnas in Russian on the WhatsApp messaging service to say that he was making progress in getting information about Mr. Trump’s rivals, according to a translation provided by impeachment investigators.

Mr. Lutsenko added: “And here you can’t even get rid of one [female] fool,” an apparent reference to Ms. Yovanovitch. He also inserted a frowning emoji.

“She’s not a simple fool[,] trust me,” Mr. Parnas responded. “But she’s not getting away.”

Mr. Trump ultimately recalled Ms. Yovanovitch from her post in late April.

In a separate series of cryptic text messages, Mr. Parnas communicated with another man who appeared to be monitoring the movements of Ms. Yovanovitch. The texts, exchanged in March on WhatsApp, indicated that the second man, Robert F. Hyde, was in touch with people in Ukraine who were watching Ms. Yovanovitch.

“They are willing to help if we/you would like a price,” one message from Mr. Hyde to Mr. Parnas read.

It was not clear who was watching the ambassador or why.

In a brief interview conducted via text on Tuesday, Mr. Hyde, a Republican congressional candidate in Connecticut, denied that he had tracked Ms. Yovanovitch’s movements in Kyiv, and called Representative Adam B. Schiff, the intelligence committee chairman, a “commie.”

Mr. Giuliani said on Tuesday that he had no knowledge of potential surveillance of Ms. Yovanovitch.

A lawyer for Mr. Parnas, Joseph A. Bondy, said that the text messages indicated that his client did not take part in any possible surveillance.

“There is no evidence that Mr. Parnas participated, agreed, paid money or took any other steps in furtherance of Mr. Hyde’s proposals,” Mr. Bondy said in a statement.

In a separate interview, Mr. Bondy said that he and Mr. Parnas were “very gratified that these materials” had become public, adding that “we remain committed to providing sworn testimony to Congress as it deems necessary.”

The House is set to vote on Wednesday to send its impeachment charges against Mr. Trump to the Senate, and a trial could begin in the coming days.

Mr. Parnas, a Soviet-born businessman based in Florida who was indicted in October on campaign finance charges, did not testify during the impeachment hearings last year. Mr. Bondy turned over the records to the House in response to a subpoena, after receiving permission to do so from the judge overseeing Mr. Parnas’s criminal case.

Federal prosecutors also charged Mr. Parnas’s associate, Igor Fruman, another Soviet-born businessman who worked alongside Mr. Parnas to assist Mr. Giuliani’s efforts in Ukraine. Two other men were also charged in the case.

Mr. Giuliani’s effort in Ukraine hinged on convincing officials there to open investigations that would benefit Mr. Trump politically. One potential investigation would center on former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and his son Hunter; the other would involve claims that Ukraine, and not Russia, stole Democratic emails during the 2016 presidential campaign.

After their arrests, Mr. Fruman remained close to Mr. Giuliani, but Mr. Parnas split from him, vowing to speak out about the Ukrainian pressure campaign. His lawyer, Mr. Bondy, has since created a #LetLevSpeak hashtag on Twitter.

Kenneth P. Vogel and Nicholas Fandos contributed reporting. Jack Begg and Sheelagh McNeill contributed research.

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Dean Cain rips ‘insane’ outrage over Vince Vaughn-Trump handshake

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Actor Dean Cain told “Tucker Carlson Tonight” Tuesday that the online outrage over Vince Vaughn greeting President Trump during Monday’s College Football Playoff championship game in New Orleans is “insane.”

Trump, seated in a box with LSU fan Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., and others, was seen on video exchanging pleasantries and a handshake with the “Dodgeball” actor. The video went viral overnight and Vaughn was slammed by some on the left who found engaging with Trump to be unforgivable. Vaughn has previously described himself as generally Libertarian.

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Host Tucker Carlson asked Cain if Vaughn should be worried about losing work or being blacklisted in liberal Hollywood, to which Cain responded that Vaughn should not be since he’s become “Teflon” through his filmography and achievements.

“He’s untouchable,” the former “Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman” star said. “He won’t be facing any real backlash.”

However, Cain called the outrage “as crazy as [the blowback over] Ellen [DeGeneres] sitting with George W. Bush.”

He added that Americans should revert to previous customs, where people who disagree are allowed to be seen together and allowed to be social with each other.

“We need to be talking to each other,” he said, recalling that Hollywood personalities of all persuasions would unite to crack jokes about each other at the “celebrity roasts” hosted by the late Dean Martin.

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Cain also reacted to outrage directed at regular Trump critic and liberal author Stephen King, who said on Twitter that Oscar nominations should be based on artistic talent and not “diversity.”

Carlson agreed that King is a “serious lefty” but was attacked by his own political side because he made a single comment they disagreed with.

“It’s terrifying,” said Cain. “If you are not woke enough, you are out.”

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