Did pretty well Boost for Trump as William Barr impresses Democrats in marathon confirmation hearing

William Barr, President Trump's nominee to be the next attorney general, not only survived his eight-hour Senate confirmation hearing on Tuesday but left it with a strong chance of picking up Democratic votes.

Barr's assured performance on day one before the Senate Judiciary Committee was a welcome relief for President Trump after the ferocious battle last fall to get Brett Kavanaugh onto the Supreme Court.

The smooth confirmation of a new attorney general seemed unimaginable last year, when Democrats warned that Trump's decision to fire Jeff Sessions had sparked a "constitutional crisis" amid fears that Trump was looking to take control of the ongoing investigation into whether he colluded with Russia to win the election in 2016.

But Barr told Democrats repeatedly that he wants special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation to continue and conclude without interference. He said he believes Russia tried to interfere with the election and that a final report is needed. And he said he wouldn't let Trump tweak the final report before a summary of it is made public.

Barr, who was George H.W. Bush's attorney general in the early 1990s, also pledged that he wouldn't be bossed around by Trump or anyone else.

"I am not going to do anything that I think is wrong, and I will not be bullied into doing anything I think is wrong by anybody, whether it be editorial boards or Congress or the president,” Barr told the Senate Judiciary Committee. "I'm going to do what I think is right."

His statements seemed to leave Democrats satisfied that the senior official from another era was about as good as they could do, and many left open the idea that they could vote for him.

Ranking member Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., offered praise for Barr during a break in the hearing and said she agreed that he'll have an “easy road” to confirmation.

“I think they’re going very well, as a matter of fact. I think the candidate is answering questions and, I think, doing well. And the questions cover a fairly wide range,” Feinstein said. “[H]e’s certainly been responsive to the questions. He hasn’t ducked them and he’s answered them as fully as he can … I think he’s hel

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Kirsten Gillibrand To Put Women’s Issues Front And Center Of Her Presidential Campaign

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In her announcement, she introduced herself as a young mom who will “fight for other people’s kids as hard as I fight for my own.”

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) jumped into the 2020 presidential race on Tuesday with a campaign that will make gender more of a central focus than any other candidate. 

The focus was clear right from the start.

“I’m going to run for president of the United States because, as a young mom, I am going to fight for other people’s kids as hard as I fight for my own, which is why I believe health care is a right and not a privilege,” Gillibrand said on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” when she announced the formation of her exploratory committee. 

In a two-minute introductory video released with her announcement, the first thing highlighted is that she’s a mom to two boys.

Gillibrand has been an advocate for getting more women involved in politics and has made women’s issues a focus of her work in the Senate. Women powered the 2018 midterm elections, leading to a record number of women running for office and getting elected to seats in the House. Much of Gillibrand’s strategy rests on winning over these engaged female voters. 

“The campaign believes that the lesson of 2018 is that the future of the Democratic Party is with women; opposition to Donald Trump’s presidency is fueled by women; a majority of women around the country took a greater interest in politics and became more involved in the political process after 2016,” said a Gillibrand adviser. “They contributed, volunteered, voted, ran for office and won.”

Gillibrand, of course, isn’t the only woman running for president, and she isn’t starting out as a frontrunner. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) have already announced that they’re running, and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) is widely expected to jump into the field as well. 

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Fake News Exposed No Lindsey Graham Didnt Leave Interview in a Huff After Getting Fact Checked

An odd thing happened to me on Twitter last night, so I figured I'd share the experience -- which I found to be both revealing and discouraging.  I've routinely condemnedPresident Trump's overly broad and demagogic attacks on the press, just as I've hammered those in the media whose deep contempt for the president and garden variety bias too often vindicates the "fake news" moniker.  Trump should not employ totalitarian-sounding formulations like "enemies of the people," just as journalists should subordinate accuracy to narratives.   On that score, someone I follow retweeted the following description of Lindsey Graham's Fox News Sunday appearance yesterday, which immediately piqued my interest:

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@LindseyGrahamSC just got fact checked by Chris Wallace on @FoxNews about WHY senate rules for judicial appointees were changed. The result? Graham pulled off his mic and ended the interview in a huff

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Who is Jason Johnson, the author of this tweet?  According to his Twitter bio, he's a journalism professor at Morgan State University and a contributor at MSNBC.  Having seen his account, I looked up the video of Graham's interview with Chris Wallace.  I was a bit surprised -- and somewhat concerned, frankly -- to hear that the incoming Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman had apparently misstated the facts on a very important episode in recent Senate history, and that he'd apparently become so agitated over getting called out that he'd "ended the interview in a huff," pulling off his microphone.  That sort of spectacle happens occasionally on cable news, but based on my personal recollection and general understanding, it's an exceedinglyrare occurrence on the prestigious Sunday morning chat shows.  Did Graham (with whom I've had strong agreements and disagreements lately) really melt down, as described? Does he "foam at the mouth," as the hype headline below suggests? The exchange in question begins around the 12:30 mark, and continues thr

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Trumps AG pick to pledge protection for Muellers Russia probe

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U.S. President Donald Trump's attorney general nominee William Barr will pledge at his confirmation hearing to protect Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into whether Trump's 2016 election campaign coordinated with Russia, according to prepared testimony released on Monday.

"On my watch, Bob will be allowed to complete his work," Barr said in the prepared remarks ahead of two days of confirmation hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee starting on Tuesday morning.

Barr, a former attorney general under President George H.W. Bush, also will address his prior criticism of Mueller's probe, telling members of the committee that a memo he sent last year that called the investigation "fatally misconceived" only outlined his concerns that Mueller might be misinterpreting one aspect of the law.

"The memo did not address - or in any way question - the Special Counsel's core investigation," Barr will tell the panel.

Mueller is investigating Russia's interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, possible collusion between the Kremlin and the Trump campaign and potential obstruction of justice.

Russia has denied U.S. intelligence agencies' findings that it meddled in the election, running an interference operation to spread disinformation and hacking political party emails. Trump has denied any collusion with Moscow and called Mueller's probe a "witch hunt."

Barr has broad support from Republicans who control the Senate, but some Democrats have questioned whether he is the best choice to serve as the top law enforcement officer in the United States at a time when Trump is battling multiple legal investigations.

Barr will emphasize his independence, telling lawmakers that he did not seek out the job and has not given Trump any assurances of loyalty.

"As Attorney General, my allegiance will be to the rule of law, the Constitution, and the American people," he will say.

Barr said he has known Mueller professionally for 30 years and has confidence in his abilities.

"If confirmed, I will not permit partisan politics, person

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