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States set to lose congressional seats prepare for sharp partisan fighting
Population shifts are signaling changes to the sizes of House delegations in 17 states, according to new Census Bureau data released Monday. Ten, including Michigan and Pennsylvania, are poised to lose seats. As Politico reports: “The looming reapportionment brings into sharper focus the high stakes surrounding the partisan battle for control of state legislatures and the fight to ensure an accurate Census count.”
Senate Democrats: Game-changing report shows need for witnesses in impeachment trial
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer presses forward with efforts to call witnesses to testify in Trump’s impeachment trial, citing findings in a recent report focused on the president’s efforts to withhold aid from Ukraine. Schumer is demanding Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell call White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, now-former national security adviser John Bolton, and two others to testify.
Biden would consider a bipartisan ticket
During a stop in New Hampshire on Monday, Joe Biden said that he would consider a Republican running mate for his presidential ticket; members of the GOP, however, would need to “step up” before he’d consider them. He also said he would consider a person of color or a woman. No presidential campaign in modern history has had a bipartisan ticket.
When is a hate crime an act of terror?
Two recent acts of violence on communities of faith—a machete attack during a New York Hanukkah celebration and a mass shooting in a Texas church—are raising questions again about when domestic terrorism can be prosecuted as such under the law. Both incidents appeared aimed at intimidating specific groups of people—the very definition of domestic terror under the USA Patriot Act of 2001.