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Oregon Republicans go missing to avoid climate change vote; governor sends police to find them

Oregon legislatureRepublicans in Oregon's state government have gone missing — and the governor is sending police to go find them. Gov. Kate Brown dispatched Oregon State Police to search for 11 Senate Republicans who walked off the job to avoid a vote for a climate change bill. Their whereabouts are unknown.

"The Senate Republicans have decided to abandon their duty to serve their constituents and walk out," Brown said in a statement.

Officers can arrest the lawmakers if they refuse to willfully return, CBS Portland affiliate KOIN-TV reports. The Republicans will each be fined $500 a day if they don't return to work by 11 a.m. Friday.


In Property Rights Case, Justices Sharply Debate Power of Precedent

SCOTUS rules in property rights caseOverturning a 1985 precedent, the Supreme Court on Friday ruled that plaintiffs may sue in federal court to seek compensation as soon as state and local governments take their property through eminent domain. The earlier ruling had required plaintiffs to sue in state court.

The vote was 5 to 4, with the court’s more conservative justices in the majority. The decision was notable for an exchange about the court’s attitude toward precedent.


Immigration raids slated to begin in major US cities as early as Sunday

Raids on immigrants begin Sunday
Raids on migrants in cities including New York, Chicago and Miami could begin as early as Sunday, according to multiple reports.

The raids, which Donald Trump described in a tweet earlier this week, will target more than 2,000 migrants who have received letters ordering them to appear in immigration court, according to the Miami Herald.


Manafort, Hannity talk Trump, Mueller in previously undisclosed messages

Manafort-Hannity messages released

A federal judge has released messages that appear to show former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort discussing special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation with Fox News host and Trump ally Sean Hannity in 2017 and 2018.

The logs, which date back to mid-July 2017, show Manafort and a television host named “Sean” leveling repeated attacks on Mueller’s team of prosecutors. They also discuss Manafort’s legal representation, political attacks against Trump and content that appears to come from Hannity’s Fox News evening show.


House Intel subpoenas Felix Sater after he fails to appear for testimony

Felix Sater

The House Intelligence Committee issued a subpoena to Felix Sater, a former business associate of President Donald Trump who was the chief negotiator for the defunct Trump Tower Moscow project, after he failed to appear for a voluntary interview Friday morning.

Sater told POLITICO that the interview is “being rescheduled.” Sater expressed frustration on Friday about how the committee handled the situation.

He said he was feeling ill and slept through his alarm on Friday morning, causing him to miss his scheduled appearance before the committee. His attorney, Robert Wolf, was already in Washington for the planned interview, Sater said.



Writer E. Jean Carroll: Trump Sexually Assaulted Me in a Bergdorf’s Dressing Room

E. Jean Carroll describes attack by Trump

Renowned writer and advice columnist E. Jean Carroll alleges in a bombshell New York magazine cover story out Friday that Donald Trump sexually assaulted her inside a dressing room of a Manhattan department store two decades ago.

“The moment the dressing-room door is closed, he lunges at me, pushes me against the wall, hitting my head quite badly, and puts his mouth against my lips. I am so shocked I shove him back and start laughing again,” Carroll writes in the first-person essay. “He seizes both my arms and pushes me up against the wall a second time, and, as I become aware of how large he is, he holds me against the wall with his shoulder and jams his hand under my coat dress and pulls down my tights.”...



Missouri won't renew license of St. Louis Planned Parenthood, state's last abortion clinic

St. Louis Planned ParenthoodMissouri’s health department has denied a license renewal for the state’s lone abortion clinic, but a court order allows Planned Parenthood of St. Louis to continue performing the procedure – for now.

Health department director Randall Williams said Friday the state could not approve the renewal after discovering 30 deficiencies at the clinic earlier this year. Four have been corrected so far, Williams said.

In one instance, the clinic performed a failed abortion where a woman found out five weeks later she was still pregnant, Williams said.

“We feel we have a duty to prevent future harm, to prevent future accidents or bad outcomes from happening again,” Williams said.


Strikes on Iran Approved by Trump, Then Abruptly Pulled Back

Iran attack called offPresident Trump approved military strikes against Iran in retaliation for downing an American surveillance drone, but pulled back from launching them on Thursday night after a day of escalating tensions.

As late as 7 p.m., military and diplomatic officials were expecting a strike, after intense discussions and debate at the White House among the president’s top national security officials and congressional leaders, according to multiple senior administration officials involved in or briefed on the deliberations.

Officials said the president had initially approved attacks on a handful of Iranian targets, like radar and missile batteries.


Senate votes to block Trump's Saudi arms sale

Senate votes to block arms sales to SaudisThe Senate voted to block President Trump’s Saudi arms deal on Thursday, paving the way for a veto clash with the White House.

The Senate voted 53-45 on resolutions to block two of the sales, with GOP Sen. Susan Collins (Maine), Lindsey Graham (S.C.), Mike Lee (Utah), Jerry Moran (Kansas), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), Rand Paul (Ky.) and Todd Young (Ind.) joining Democrats.

They voted 51-45 to block the additional 20 arms sales. Murkwoski flipped to vote for the sale, while Lee did not vote.

The 22 arms sales, estimated to be worth more than $8 billion, would provide weapons to Saudi Arabia, as well as the United Arab Emirates and Jordan.


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