Chris Hayes Denounces Five House Democrats as Cowards. FBI announces launch of national data collection. Beto O’Rourke is the most popular challenger to Trump in 2020 [r/politics, Episode #10]

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‘What a Despicable Sham’: MSNBC’s Chris Hayes Denounces Five House Democrats as ‘Cowards’ for Helping GOP to Block Yemen Vote

“What the hell is the point of Congress? Why are we starving children?” asked the outraged cable news anchor. “Someone make some affirmative argument for the policy if you think it’s so important to continue killing children. But to kill the possibility of a vote in the rules committee? Cowards.”

While a vote in the U.S. Senate to push forward a War Powers Resolution on Wednesday resulted in applause from peace advocates and critics of U.S. involvement in the Saudi-led assault on Yemen, five Democrats in the U.S. House stirred outrage as they helped Republicans in the chamber pass a rule—attached to massive Farm Bill legislation—that effectively killed the hopes of voting on its version of the resolution for the remainder of the congressional session.

“History will not look kindly on those who abdicated their constitutional duty to debate and vote our nation’s wars in the name of petty politics and shoring up future campaign contributions from the arms industry and pro-Saudi lobbyists.”

—Paul Kawika Martin, Peace Action

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FBI announces the launch of national use-of-force data collection

On November 20, the FBI announced that the official launch of the National Use-of-Force Data Collection will take place on January 1, 2019. The National Use-of-Force Data Collection, the first of its kind, is an addition to the national data collections in the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program.

At the request of major law enforcement organizations, the FBI established the National Use-of-Force Data Collection in an effort to promote more informed conversations regarding law enforcement use of force in the United States. The goal of the collection is not to provide insight into specific use-of-force incidents, but instead to offer a comprehensive view of the circumstances, subjects, and officers involved in such incidents nationwide.

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Paul Ryan blocks House from taking up Yemen bill

House Speaker Paul Ryan on Wednesday pushed language through the House that will prevent lawmakers from taking up any resolution to end U.S. support for the war in Yemen this year.

The language was passed just as the Senate was set to start a debate on a resolution that aims to end U.S. involvement in Yemen, a response to anger over Saudi Arabia’s involvement in the death of dissident Jamal Khashoggi.

Republicans and Democrats in the House who favor a vote on the measure blasted Ryan’s move, which they said was underhanded.

Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., called the move “despicable” and said on Twitter that House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., “is shirking responsibility for debating our involvement in the Yemen war by hiding the war resolution in a procedural vote on the farm bill.”

Ryan’s push to block the Yemen vote aligns with the GOP leadership in the Senate, which is opposed to the Yemen resolution. Democrats and a handful of Republicans are poised to pass the Yemen measure in the Senate on Wednesday, but it is essentially going nowhere this year because House Republican leaders don’t support it, nor does President Trump.

It would end U.S. support of Saudi-led airstrikes in Yemen, which is suffering from a humanitarian crisis thanks to the conflict. More than 10,000 civilians have been killed and 40,000 injured.

#4

Sean Hannity busted deleting all his old Michael Cohen tweets

Fox News host Sean Hannity appears to have deleted numerous tweets related to President Donald Trump’s attorney Michael Cohen just hours before the lawyer was sentenced to three years in jail Wednesday.

Cohen, who pled guilty to numerous charges surrounding fraud, campaign finance violations, and lying to Congress, was also revealed last April to be representing Hannity as well.

The news stirred controversy at the time given that Hannity’s coverage of Cohen—which often painted the long-time attorney as a victim of a “corrupt” Mueller investigation—failed to mention the connection.

According to HillReporter.com, Hannity has now deleted upwards of 280 tweets, five of which were related to Cohen.

Several of Hannity’s remarks were saved by an automated Twitter account that screenshots tweets as they are being deleted.

One such tweet was Hannity’s denial in April that he was ever a client of Cohen.

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Beto O’Rourke passes Joe Biden to become the most popular Democratic challenger to Trump in 2020

Texan Beto O’Rourke has slipped ahead of Joe Biden to become the most popular choice among Democrats to challenge Donald Trump in 2020, according to a new poll.

Even though the 46-year-old congressman narrowly last month failed to win the Senate seat of Republican Ted Cruz, his impassioned and charismatic campaign captured the imagination of many, especially progressives.

NBC said an early straw poll of members of the progressive group MoveOn.org showed Mr. O’Rourke had narrowly passed the former vice president to come the number one choice for presidential candidate in two years.

“While the race for the 2020 Democratic nomination for president remains wide open and MoveOn’s endorsement is up for grabs, MoveOn members and progressives across the country are clear: They’re looking for candidates who will rally voters around a progressive vision of building a country where every American can thrive — whether we’re white, black, or brown, rich or poor,” said Ilya Sheyman, executive director of MoveOn Political Action.