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Today's Top Political and Coronavirus News Compilation - Wednesday, April 16, 2021

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GOP leaders diverge on Trump, putting party in limbo
WASHINGTON (AP) — One by one, the Republican leaders of Congress have made the trip to Mar-a-Lago to see Donald Trump. Kevin McCarthy visited after the deadly Jan 6 Capitol insurrection, counting on the former president’s help to win back control of the House in 2022. The chair of the Senate Republican campaign committee, Rick Scott, stopped by to enlist Trump in efforts to regain the Senate. Lindsey Graham goes to play golf. ...

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A Castro not leading Cuba? Raul Castro steps down as head of its Communist Party
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Hundreds Of Fyre Festival Ticket Holders Poised To Win Payout In Class-Action Suit

  • News source: Rachel Treisman
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Attendees of the infamous Fyre Festival didn't exactly get what they paid for in 2017, when they arrived in the Bahamas for a luxury music festival only to find themselves stranded without basic provisions, let alone first-class accommodations.

Some four years later, hundreds of ticket holders are poised to receive more than $7,000 each after settling a class-action lawsuit with event organizers.

The settlement was reached Tuesday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the Southern District of New York, court documents show, with an early May deadline to...
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Russia Retaliates Against Biden's New Sanctions, Expelling 10 U.S. Diplomats

  • News source: Scott Neuman
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Russia retaliated on Friday over a new round of U.S. sanctions imposed a day ago by the Biden administration over the SolarWinds cyberattack and the Kremlin's election meddling.

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said 10 U.S. diplomats will be expelled from Russia, mirroring the 10 Russian diplomats ordered to leave the U.S. on Thursday. Moscow will also add eight U.S. officials to its sanctions list and will restrict the activities of U.S. non-governmental organizations, or NGOs, operating in Russia.

"Washington should realize that it will have to pay...
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Colorado GOP lawmaker: Slavery policy didn't impugn humanity

  • News source: ABC News: Top Stories
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Democrats in Colorado have condemned a Republican lawmaker for joking about lynching before saying a 18th century policy designating a slave as three-fifths of a person “was not impugning anybody’s humanity.”
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House GOP takes cash from casino mogul accused of misconduct

  • News source: ABC News: Top Stories
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A House Republican fundraising committee controlled by Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy received over $770,000 from Steve Wynn, a Las Vegas casino mogul who stepped down from his company in 2018 after multiple women accused him of sexual misconduct
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Simon & Schuster drops book by policeman who raided Breonna Taylor's home

  • News source: ABC News: Top Stories
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Congress could soon get answers about Epstein's suicide

  • News source: ABC News: Top Stories
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Congress could soon get answers as to how financier Jeffery Epstein died by suicide in Bureau of Prisons custody in August 2019.
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Raul Castro confirms he's resigning, ending long era in Cuba

  • News source: ABC News: Top Stories
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Raul Castro says he is resigning as head of Cuba’s Communist Party, ending an era of formal leadership by he and his brother Fidel Castro that began with the 1959 revolution
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Potential GOP 2024 presidential contenders haul in big bucks

  • News source: Paul Steinhauser
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It was an eye-popping fundraising figure.

Sen. Ted Cruz – thanks in part to his vocal criticism of President Biden -- and his backing of former President Trump’s bid to reverse the 2020 election results – brought in more than $5.3 million during the January-March first quarter (Q1) of fundraising this year.

The haul, first reported by Fox News, was divided between his reelection committee, his leadership political action committee, and a separate joint fundraising committee.

CRUZ'S CASH: TEXAS SENATOR BRINGS IN $5.3 MILLION SO FAR THIS YEAR

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GOP lawmakers post videos of border wall materials rusting in desert after construction halted

  • News source: Jon Raasch
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Almost three months after President Biden took office and terminated President Trump’s border emergency proclamation, Republicans are sharing new videos that show unused border wall construction materials rusting in the desert.

Following trips down to the border, Reps. Scott Franklin, R-Fla., and Fred Keller, R-Pa., both posted videos showing piles of materials seemingly going to waste some 75 miles west of El Paso, Texas.

"Look around, we've got millions of dollars of materials that could be used to complete the wall. They've been paid for, the...
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NY Dem calls on Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer to retire so Biden can pick a nominee

  • News source: Morgan Phillips
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New York Democrat Rep. Mondaire Jones said there’s "no question" Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer should retire during President Biden’s presidency.

Jones is the first to publicly call on Breyer to retire, though he joins the liberal group Demand Justice which has called for the 82-year-old, President Clinton-appointed justice to step down.

"There’s no question that Justice Breyer, for whom I have great respect, should retire at the end of this term. My goodness: have we not learned our lesson?" Jones told Cheddar News responding to a comment...
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'Unacceptable and unconscionable': Top progressives outraged Biden won't raise refugee cap

  • News source: CNN.com - RSS Channel - Politics
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(CNN)Prominent progressive lawmakers expressed outrage on Friday in response to the news that President Joe Biden will sign an emergency determination that keeps the Trump-era refugee cap of 15,000 -- a significant reversal from his administration's proposal earlier this year to lift the cap to 62,500.

The declaration will bring back regional allocations, in effect casting a wider net of who can arrive to the US under the historically low refugee ceiling currently in place.

Rep. Pramila Jayapal, chairwoman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus...
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In pictures: Raúl Castro's career over six decades

  • News source: BBC News - World
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Raúl Castro has stepped down as first secretary of Cuba's Communist Party ending a 60-year career.
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AG Merrick Garland Erases Trump-Era Limits on Consent Decrees for Policing the Police

  • News source: Kevin Breuninger, CNBC
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Garland said the DOJ will restore the process that was in place before ex-Trump AG Jeff Sessions imposed sharp restrictions on the use of consent decrees.
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Republicans prepping smaller counteroffer to Biden’s infrastructure plan

  • News source: By Sam Mintz
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Republicans are preparing a counteroffer to President Joe Biden's infrastructure proposal, a plan that's likely to be in the range of $600 to $800 billion, more targeted in scope and funded by unspecified user fees, according to several GOP senators.

For some time Republican rhetoric around Biden's $2 trillion-plus plan, which would fund everything from roads to broadband to schools, has centered on panning it for its expansive definition of infrastructure and for proposing a hike on corporate taxes to fund it. And Republican senators interviewed...
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Capitol Police riot unit suffered before insurrection, watchdog finds

  • News source: By Kyle Cheney
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The Capitol Police unit tasked with containing violent protests is so disorganized and outdated that officers “actively find ways to circumvent getting assigned there,” according to an internal review of the department’s failures ahead of the Jan. 6 attack on Congress.

And little has been done since the insurrection to reform the so-called Civil Disturbance Unit, Inspector General Michael Bolton found. The unit’s procedures — deemed outdated by internal audits as far back as July 2020 — remained unchanged as of March. A planned training for the unit...
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