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House to vote on president’s war powers this week
Citing President Trump’s approval of strikes that killed top Iranian and Iraqi officials, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued a letter to Democrats on Sunday saying that lawmakers would vote on a resolution this week to constrain some of the president’s powers. The measure is expected to pass in the House, but face challenges in the GOP-led Senate, where Sen. Tim Kaine introduced similar legislation.
The daughter of a deceased North Carolina Republican strategist releases bombshell files online
On Sunday, Stephanie Hofeller published computer files online belonging to her father, former Republican National Committee redistricting strategist Thomas Hofeller. The files reveal strategies for political maps and plans for a census question he said would be “advantageous to Republicans and Non-Hispanic Whites” when voting districts are redrawn. The self-proclaimed anarchist said her father aimed to use gerrymandering to “create a system wherein the Republican nominee would win.”
Libertarian joins the presidential race
Former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee has filed to run for president. Chafee, who moved to Wyoming last year, registered the “Lincoln Chafee For President” campaign committee with the Federal Election Commission on Sunday. At different points in his career, he has identified as a Republican, independent, and Democrat before joining the Libertarian party.
United Methodist Church may split denomination over LGBTQ rift
For decades, the 13-million member UMC has been divided over issues of gay marriage and allowing openly gay clergy to serve. A mediation team of 16 leaders proposed a plan Friday that would split the denomination into traditional and inclusive branches, funding the separating traditional denomination $25 million over a period of four years.