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Rep. Rashida Tlaib Cancels Visit To Israel And The West Bank

Rashida Tlaib cancesl trip

Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., says she's canceling her visit to Israel and the West Bank.

Israel's interior ministry announced Friday that it would allow Tlaib to enter the country as a private citizen to visit her aging grandmother, after it banned her and Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., from going on a political trip amid pressure from President Trump.

In a statement Friday morning, Tlaib said that she "decided to not travel to Palestine and Israel at this time. Visiting my grandmother under these oppressive conditions meant to humiliate me would break my grandmother's heart."

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Israel denies Omar and Tlaib entry after Trump tweet

Israel denies Omar and Tlaib entry

Israel on Thursday announced that it would deny Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) entry during an upcoming overseas trip, citing the lawmakers' past comments critical of the country.

The decision was announced moments after President Trump tweeted that it would show "great weakness" for Israel to allow the two congresswomen into the country, calling them a “disgrace.”

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Ohio man charged after saying Ocasio-Cortez 'should be shot,' illegally stockpiling ammunition

Ocasio Cortes

An Ohio man on Friday was reportedly charged in federal court with threatening to shoot Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and illegally stockpiling ammunition in his home.

Timothy J. Ireland, 41, was charged in the U.S. District Court in Toldeo and faces a count of being a felon in possession of a firearm, being a fugitive in possession of a firearm and making interstate threats, according to the Toledo Blade.

The firearms charges come with a maximum 10-year prison sentence, while the threatening charge carries a maximum sentence of five years, the Blade reported.

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House Judiciary Committee slaps Don McGahn with lawsuit to enforce subpoena

Don McGahn hit with lawsuit to enforce subpoena

The House Judiciary Committee asked a federal court on Wednesday to force one of former special counsel Robert Mueller’s star witnesses to testify on Capitol Hill over objections from the White House, a crucial move as House Democrats consider whether to bring articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump.

The Democrat-led panel filed a lawsuit to enforce a subpoena against former White House counsel Don McGahn, in a long-awaited effort to secure his testimony and defeat the White House’s efforts to block former top advisers from testifying about their West Wing tenure.

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Mitch McConnell campaign tweets image of tombstone with opponent’s name

McConnell uses tombstones in campaign ad

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s campaign tweeted out a photo of satirical tombstones over the weekend, including one featuring an election opponent’s name, hours after the mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, that claimed the lives of 22 people.

The tombstones named Amy McGrath, his main Democratic opponent in the 2020 Senate race for Kentucky, as well as Judge Merrick Garland, whose nomination to the Supreme Court he blocked during the last year of Barack Obama’s presidency.

The grave markers also identified concepts the senator has decried, such as socialism and the Green New Deal. The campaign’s tweet labeled McConnell the “Grim Reaper of Socialism” and shows the tombstones at the Fancy Farm picnic, a local Kentucky Catholic fundraising event.

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Majority of House Democrats now back a Trump impeachment inquiry, adding pressure to Nancy Pelosi to act

nanct Pelosi faces Dem caucus that wants empeachment inquiryMost House Democrats now say they support launching impeachment proceedings of President Donald Trump, a significant milestone that puts added pressure on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to begin the process of ousting the president.

Florida Rep. Ted Deutch's announcement Thursday to back an impeachment inquiry and California Rep. Salud Carbajal's similar pronouncement Friday means that the number of House Democrats supporting the process has risen to at least 118 members, or a majority of the 235-member caucus.

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'Too bad!': Trump seizes on Cummings burglary amid Baltimore attacks

Trump: Too Bad - about Cummings robbery attempt

President Donald Trump weighed in Friday on a burglary at Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings’ home in Baltimore, which the president has relentlessly attacked for several days as squalid and poorly managed.

“Really bad news! The Baltimore house of Elijah Cummings was robbed. Too bad!” he tweeted.

Cummings’ house was broken into early Saturday, a few hours before Trump began a social media tirade against the lawmaker and his hometown. Police are still investigating the incident and do not yet know whether any property was taken, according to a Baltimore TV station.

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