Ken Cuccinelli faces backlash over comment, with O’Rourke saying: ‘They think the Statue of Liberty only applies to white people’

Trump appears to have backed off plans to commute the sentence of former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich amid complaints from the state’s Republican lawmakers.

CNN reports:

Several Republican lawmakers called acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney and White House counsel Pat Cipollone, [multiple] sources told CNN, and the Republican members of Illinois congressional delegation issued a joint statement opposing the move.

At least two of them, Reps. Darin LaHood and Mike Bost, made their case directly to the President on Thursday night, urging him not to go forward. They laid out the litany of crimes Blagojevich committed while in office and argued it would send the wrong message to voters about corruption by public officials. …


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Democratic presidential candidate Steve Bullock is accusing one of his opponents, billionaire activist Tom Steyer, of buying his way on to the fall debate stage.

A billionaire just spent $10 million to buy 130,000 donors.

Here’s what I think of that.

Fewer than half of Tom’s donations came from advertising. Writing off the support of thousands of Democratic voters who are responding to Tom’s message isn’t the way to beat Trump in 2020, no matter what you think about the DNC’s criteria.

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