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House Members to Send Letter Calling for Termination of Effort to Prosecute Julian Assange

A Thursday report by Ryan Grim at The Intercept relates that Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) is seeking cosigners for a letter to United States Attorney General Merrick Garland calling on him to “uphold the First Amendment’s protections for the freedom of the press by dropping the criminal charges against Australian publisher Julian Assange and withdrawing the American extradition request currently pending with the British government.”
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While Americans Increasingly Oppose US Involvement in the Ukraine War, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell Remains All-in

“Defeating the Russians in Ukraine is the single most important event going on in the world right now.” That was the pitch of United States Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) in a Fox News interview when he was asked about newly released Associated Pres-NORC poll results indicating a significant decrease in support among Americans for the US government’s efforts against Russia in the Ukraine War.
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The Outrageous Removing of Rep. Ilhan Omar from the House Foreign Affairs Committee

The United States House of Representatives approved on Thursday a resolution (H. Res. 76) that removes Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) from the House’s Committee on Foreign Affairs. The resolution passed by a party-line vote, with Republican members casting all the votes for the resolution and Democratic member casting all the votes cast against it. Rep. David Joyce (R-OH) cast the sole “present” vote.
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Democratic Leadership in Congress has Itself to Blame for Time Running Out on Approving National Marijuana Legalization

United States Senate member Cory Booker (D-NJ) says Republican gains in the US Congress in the midterm election mean the lame duck session ending in January is crunch time for passing national marijuana legalization. “So it’s either now, or it might be many years from now” for legalization, concluded Booker in a post-election interview at NJ Spotlight News.
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