Orin Hatch Retirement Rumors Grow

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Senator Orin Hatch of Utah may retire at the end of his current term which expires in early January 2019. A spokesman for Senator Hatch “did not outright deny the report.” “Senator Hatch is focused on leading the Senate’s efforts to pass historic tax reform, confirming strong judges to courts around the country, and continuing to fight through the gridlock to deliver results for Utah. He has not made a final decision about whether or not to seek reelection, but plans to by the end of the year.” A possible candidate to replace Hatch would be former presidential candidate, Mitt Romney. “Sources close to both men said plans have already been set in motion for Hatch to retire and for Romney to run, but they cautioned that the timing of the announcements has not yet been finalized, and that either man could still change his mind.” Romney is an establishment Republican. He governed Massachusetts as a liberal Republican, supporting abortion. During the presidential campaign, Romney spoke out in opposition to President Trump. Considering Steve Bannon’s pledge to oppose establishment candidates, Romney will likely face strong opposition from conservatives.
http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/10/27...

Special Council May Have Sealed Indictment

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Prosecutors warned Paul Manafort to expect an indictment at some point. He was told this while federal agents were raiding his house in July. Investigators seized computers, documents, and other evidence during their raid. Manafort was dismissed from the Trump campaign last summer. Investigators have been probing Manafort’s lobbying business and other business transactions. http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/351268-... Mueller was given wide latitude to investigate “any matters that may arise form the probe into Russian interference.” Friday evening, CNN indicated that a grand jury brought charges against someone in the Russia investigation. The charges are sealed and won’t be opened until the individual is brought into court. Attorney’s working on the investigation “were seen entering the courthouse where the grand jury is convened.” But no announcement was made. CNN has been labeled fake news. So it may be possible their report is incorrect.
http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/357604-...

Democrats Debating Legislative Priorities

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Although House Democrats are in the minority, they are looking at the budget bill as a vehicle through which to fund their agenda items. Democrats want to push immigration and health care legislation. Democrats will have to sort through the competing interests of members to figure out what to push and what can be left to “fall by the wayside.” According to Representative Nita Lowey, “What’s a very important to one person may be a minor issue to someone else. So we have to listen to everyone and move the process.” Democratic leadership will push for a solution relating to the DACA program. Several hundred thousand people were brought to the U.S. as children and have no way to become legal. President Trump gave Congress until March to resolve the issue. Democrats also want to fund the Children’s health Insurance Program as well as restoring the funding to health insurance companies to avoid “significant increases in health-care premiums.”
http://thehill.com/homenews/house/357419-democrats...

Trump Campaign Company Reached Out to WikiLeaks for Clinton Emails

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A data mining and analysis company, Cambridge Analytica, reportedly reached out to Julian Assange of WikiLeaks regarding the thousands of mission Hillary Clinton emails. The Trump campaign paid $5.9 million dollars to Cambridge Analytica for “data managements services between 2015 and 2016.” The company is owned in part by billionaire Robert Mercer, a supporter of President Trump. The company “mines online data in order to target potential voters with personalized political messaging.” The reported contact between the CEO of the company and Julian Assange took place prior to the election. The House Intelligence Committee has asked for information from Cambridge Analytica. The Trump campaign issued a statement on Wednesday crediting the Republican National Committee as its “main source for data analytics” in 2016. Another source said that the tools that Cambridge Analytica produced “didn’t have any proof that they worked.” The company released a statement in early October in which it claimed a “prominent role” with the Trump campaign. A spokesman for WikiLeaks confirmed that “a request for information from Cambridge Analytica was rejected.”
http://thehill.com/policy/cybersecurity/357423-scr...

JFK Assassination Documents Release Coming With Few Redactions

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After withholding documents relating to the assassination of President Kennedy, President Trump indicated that he will push for the release of the remaining documents so as “to put any and all conspiracy theories to rest.” "I will be releasing ALL JFK files other than the names and addresses of any mentioned person who is still living," the president tweeted. "I am doing this for reasons of full disclosure, transparency and in order to put any and all conspiracy theories to rest," he continued. The White House plans to release more documents on a “rolling basis over the next six months.” Prior to the release, the president indicated that he planned to release all the documents unless any agencies raised objections. The CIA and FBI issued “national security concerns” which effectively blocked the release in its entirety. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said, “We are working this weekend. We are going to be working every way possible to expedite the production of these documents as completely as possible and they will be virtually, completely revealed from the FBI files.”
http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/357603-...