New Jersey Politics

Game change: Dems use tax cut against GOP

Using the GOP tax cut as a strategy to win voters died in March,when the special election won by Rep. Conor Lamb (D-Pa.) showed that the issue wasn't …

U.S. Politics

Democrats in key House races push against tax deduction cap

CHERRY HILL, N.J. (AP) — Congressman Leonard Lance voted last December with the interests of his northern New Jersey district in mind when he opposed his own party's sweeping tax overhaul.<p>The cap on deductions for state and local taxes that was part of the Republican plan was bound to mean that …

U.S. Politics

Florence shows how storm coverage is politicized

NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump Jr.'s attack tweet this week showing CNN's Anderson Cooper waist-deep in flood waters has driven home the point that politics — not just weather — was an important subtext of the media's coverage of Hurricane Florence.<p>"Stop lying to make @realDonaldTrump look bad," the …

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Lawmakers Unhappy With Pompeo’s Lowered Cap on Refugees

New cap of 30,000 is a historic low<p>Lawmakers of both parties are criticizing the Trump administration’s decision to lower the annual refugee cap to …

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Cory Booker: ‘It Would Be Irresponsible Not’ to Consider Presidential Run

Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey seemed to confirm suspicions of a 2020 presidential run Wednesday, telling <i>New York Magazine</i> it would be …

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Military vets are setting a record in 2018

There are 200 military veterans running for Congress in the midterm elections, according to With Honor, a non-partisan super PAC. All of the women …

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NJ Politics Digest: Murphy Defends Hiring Bribe-Taking Politician for $70K Post

A former Passaic councilman who served time for taking bribes now has a nicely paying state job and the full support of Gov. Phil Murphy, who says …

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Booker, Murphy to raise cash for Florida Dem gubernatorial candidate Gillum

The man who wants to be governor of the Sunshine State is looking to pluck some money from the Garden State.<p>Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, a liberal who won the Democratic Party’s nomination in an upset last month, will be the “special guest” at a Sunday fundraiser in Edison, N.J. with a host …

New Jersey

A new wave of military vets set sights on Congress

Midterms 2018<p>LEXINGTON, Ky. — Retired Lieutenant Colonel Amy McGrath was just 12 years old when she set out to help change the law to allow women to fly fighter jets in combat. Now, she’s on a new mission — trying to take what she learned in the Marine Corps to a divided Washington.<p>"I think we …

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Election Update: Who’s Leading In Obama-Trump Districts

Welcome to our Election Update for Wednesday, Sept. 19!<p>The most likely scenario in the upcoming midterm elections: split control of Congress. As of …

U.S. Politics

Senior HUD official Lynne Patton attempts to clarify controversial social posts

<b>(CNN) —</b> A senior official at the Department of Housing and Urban Development attempted on Monday and Tuesday to clarify controversial social media posts about news coverage of Hurricane Florence and the sexual assault allegation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.<p>Lynne Patton, HUD's …

U.S. Politics

The Kavanaugh assault allegations are a reminder that Democrats were smart to push out Al Franken

This could be going much worse.<p>The swirling controversy over allegations that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh attempted to rape a 15-year-old when he was 17 is a reminder that Democrats were right to accept the resignation of Sen. Al Franken months ago. They went after one of their own, and …

U.S. Politics

Meet the Democrats poised to torment Trump

The potential Democratic leaders are far different than their Republican counterparts.<p>Donald Trump once said Rep. Jerrold Nadler — an old New York foe — should “lose 200 pounds.” The president claimed California Rep. Maxine Waters has a “Very low IQ.” And he berated Democratic Rep. “Liddle Adam …

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Records: Chao government flights cost $94K

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao flew on Federal Aviation Administration planes rather than commercial flights on seven occasions between January and August 2017, newly released records show — including one flight to and around Europe that cost taxpayers an estimated $68,892 for her and five …

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NJ Politics Digest: Murphy Reaches Money-Saving Health Deal With Unions

The Murphy administration says a health care deal it has reached with the state’s public workers’ unions will save about $500 million over two …

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Monday's Kavanaugh-Ford hearing presents peril for both parties

Midterms 2018<p>WASHINGTON — The Senate Judiciary Committee now will hold a public hearing on Monday allowing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and the woman accusing him, Christine Blasey Ford, to testify, and it presents political peril for both parties — with an election just seven weeks …

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Sports betting would be legal in D.C. under newly introduced legislation

The nation’s capital could be the next home to legal sports betting under legislation introduced Tuesday.<p>D.C. Council member Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) proposed a bill that would let residents and visitors place wagers on sports matches, following a Supreme Court decision that cleared the way for …

U.S. Politics

At next Kavanaugh hearing, the stakes are higher than a Supreme Court seat

Politics News<p>WASHINGTON — There was already a lot at stake — a Supreme Court seat — in Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation fight.<p>But now that Christine Blasey Ford has come forward to accuse the judge of sexually assaulting her when they were in high school — and now that the Senate has scheduled an …

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‘The New York Times’ Thinks Angela Bassett is Omarosa

Tuesday’s print edition of <i>The New York Times</i> incorrectly identifies a picture of actress Angela Bassett—the Golden Globe winner and Academy Award …

Celebrity News

A Dozen Things That Caught My Eye Today (September 18, 2018)

1.<p>I love how this young fashion model with Down Syndrome is being celebrated.<br>I love how major television stations are featuring her.<p>Now can we all …

Conservative View

The long shots: 5 unlikely races that could tip the Senate

Upsets might be brewing in unexpected places.<p>Until recently, the storyline of the 2018 Senate elections seemed fairly consistent: No matter how favorable the political conditions, the quirks of the Senate map this year made it nearly impossible for Democrats to win a majority.<p>Yet now, only seven …

U.S. Politics

Key Senate Republicans Express Support for Mueller Probe

Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and John Kennedy of Louisiana said on the Sunday shows that Mueller should be allowed to finish his investigation, as did Ken Starr and Chris Christie.<p>As President Trump continues to rail against Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s partisan “witch hunt,” he’s …

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Will Democratic Incumbents Lose Despite The “Blue Wave”?

Our congressional forecasts reflect a blend of several different methods of prediction. But for the most part, those methods tell a fairly consistent …

U.S. Politics

Senate Scrambles for Next Move With Kavanaugh Nomination in the Balance

Growing number of senators say accuser, judge should be able to have say<p>A growing number of Republicans said Monday that the Senate should hear from …

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Congress' latest opioid bill won't solve the crisis

Congress’ latest efforts to address the opioid crisis won’t be enough to stop the unrelenting scourge of overdose deaths across the country.<p>Public health experts and first responders say the massive bipartisan legislation, H.R. 6 (115), which the Senate approved 99-1 on Monday, takes some important …

U.S. Politics

In the Church Scandals, All Roads Lead to Rome, and Many Run through D.C.

A disproportionate number of the American churchmen involved in the latest revelations of abuse or cover-up have spent significant time in the …

Conservative View

Easier gambling has sports worried about fighting the fix

OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) — It's early in a college basketball game and Team A, playing methodically and using up most of the 30-second shot clock, falls behind 10-6. Scattered around the bleachers, several fans staring at their smartphones celebrate silently: they have bet on Team B to be the first to …

Sports

NJ Politics Digest: State AG to Review Crowdfunding Sites and Campaigns

The case of a couple who raised about $400,000 for a homeless veteran in a viral campaign on GoFundMe and now say the money is all gone is prompting …

New Jersey

DeVos to students: Don't hide behind a Twitter handle

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Monday encouraged students to engage others with respect and not to "be nasty" while hiding behind Twitter handles, leading one student to wonder why her boss, President Donald Trump, doesn't appear to abide by those rules.<p>DeVos appeared at the …

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Midterm Election Poll: New Jersey’s 7th District, Lance vs. Malinowski

The district includes all ofHunterdon County and parts of five other counties in northwestern New Jersey. Mr. Lance, a moderate, won re-election in this district by 11 points in 2016 even as it swung toward a narrow victory for Hillary Clinton.

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