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The promise of “total coordination” between Senate and White House makes Murkowski uncomfortable
A moderate Republican senator said she was “disturbed” by comments Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made in an interview promising “total coordination” between the Senate and the White House during the president’s upcoming impeachment trial. In an interview with KTUU, Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska said, “we have to take that step back from being hand in glove with the defense,” indicating there may be some dissent between Senate Republicans and leadership about the handling of the trial.
Giuliani digs in heels as Jewish groups slam his statements against Soros.
Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani claimed to be “more of a Jew” than philanthropist George Soros, prompting outcry from the Anti-Defamation League and other Jewish organizations. ADL leader Jonathan Greenblatt responded in a statement that the Italian Catholic Giuliani is no “arbiter” of Jewishness. Giuliani, President Trump’s personal lawyer, furthered his attack over Twitter and in a text to NBC News.
Bloomberg campaign used prison labor
Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg issued a statement Tuesday afternoon admitting one of his campaign’s subcontractors used prison labor to call voters on his behalf. Bloomberg said the subcontractor and the vendor had been fired. At one of the call centers operating out of an Oklahoma state prison, inmates are restricted to earning a maximum of $20 a month.
Iowa seniors are looking at Buttigieg instead of Biden
Former Vice President Joe Biden enjoys a healthy lead nationally among older voters, but in Iowa it appears he’s in a dead heat with South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg for that high-turnout demographic. A recent Des Moines Register poll found Buttigieg has captured the attention of Iowa seniors by focusing on Social Security and promoting a “Gray New Deal.” Biden has responded with aggressive campaigns, but some say he’s playing catch-up for voters he assumed he had locked in.