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Chelsea Manning Is Running for Senate in Maryland

Chelsea Manning running for Md. Senate seat.U.S. Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning has filed paperwork to run for a U.S. Senate seat in Maryland, where she may challenge Democratic incumbent Ben Cardin in a primary.

The documents showing Manning’s campaign filing were shared on Twitter today, and confirmed by the Washington Post.

Manning, a former Army intelligence analyst, was convicted in 2013 of leaking a vast trove of Army documents, videos, and other materials to WikiLeaks. They included evidence of what Manning later described as “missteps” and “misguided policies” in the prosecution of the war in Iraq. That included a video now known as Collateral Murder, which showed the killing by U.S. forces of a dozen Iraqis, including two Reuters employees whose cameras were misidentified as weapons.

Manning was pardoned by President Barack Obama in 2017, days before he left office.


Senators Reach Deal to Save Dreamers and Wall

Senate deal on Daca and the wallCongressional negotiators finalized an immigration deal on Thursday that would codify legal protections for undocumented minors while giving President Donald Trump some tangible victories of his own.

The deal, which is largely being forged in the Senate, still faces major hurdles; chief among them a healthy skepticism by conservatives—including some officials in the White House—and a difficult path to passage in the House. But one lawmaker told The Daily Beast that there was a “growing sense of optimism” that negotiators had crafted an agreement that could, at a minimum, pass the Senate and put pressure on the House to act.


House passes NSA spying bill after Trump tweets cause confusion

NSA spying bill passed in HouseThe U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday passed a bill to renew the National Security Agency’s warrantless internet surveillance program, overcoming objections from privacy advocates and confusion prompted by morning tweets from President Donald Trump that initially questioned the spying tool.

The legislation, which passed 256-164 and split party lines, is the culmination of a yearslong debate in Congress on the proper scope of U.S. intelligence collection - one fueled by the 2013 disclosures of classified surveillance secrets by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.



California Republican Darrell Issa to retire

Darrell Issa

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) will not seek reelection, he announced Wednesday — the latest sign of a growing Democratic wave in this year’s midterm elections.

Issa is the second endangered California Republican to call it quits this week. Rep. Ed Royce, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, also said he does not plan to seek reelection.


Feinstein posts testimony of Fusion GPS co-founder

Diane Feinstein posts Fusion GPS interviewSen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) has posted the entire transcript of closed-door testimony that Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson made to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Fusion GPS last week demanded that the full transcript be released, sparking a fight with Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) over who was standing in the way of the document being released.

The Senate Judiciary Committee interviewed Simpson in August as part of its investigation into Russia's election interference.

More + link to full transcript

Arpaio announces Arizona Senate bid

Arpaio announces run for Senate

Controversial former Arizona county Sheriff Joe Arpaio announced Tuesday that he will run for Senate, a decision that casts further uncertainty into the state's GOP Senate primary.

Arpaio gained popularity among immigration hardliners during his time as Maricopa County sheriff, representing the Phoenix area, proudly calling himself "America's toughest sheriff" and touting a strict approach to border security.


Democrats to Grassley: Release Russia-related transcripts

Dems want Fusion GPS testimony released

Two Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee are pushing Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, to release transcripts of an interview with a founder of the firm that commissioned the controversial dossier about President Donald Trump and Russia.

They also complained focusing attention on the firm or the former British spy Christopher Steele, who compiled the dossier, is a distraction. Grassley and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, called last week for the Justice Department to launch a criminal inquiry into Steele.


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