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Political News Compilation - Weekend Updates - May 18 & 19, 2024

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Noncitizen voting, already illegal in federal elections, becomes a centerpiece of 2024 GOP messaging

NEW YORK (AP) — One political party is holding urgent news conferences and congressional hearings over the topic. The other says it’s a dangerous distraction meant to seed doubts before this year’s presidential election.

In recent months, the specter of immigrants voting illegally in the U.S. has erupted into a leading election-year talking point for Republicans. They argue that legislation is necessary to protect the sanctity of the vote as the country faces unprecedented levels of illegal immigration at the U.S.-Mexico border.
























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Child is among 3 dead after Amtrak train hits a pickup truck in upstate New York

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A young boy is among three people dead after an Amtrak train hit a pickup truck in upstate New York
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Stefanik defends speech at Israel's Knesset torching Biden, Democrats: 'Equivocation after equivocation'

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House Republican Conference Chair Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., on Sunday defended a recent speech she delivered to the Israeli Knesset in Jerusalem, torching President Biden’s "betrayal of the importance of the U.S.-Israel alliance."

Stefanik, who is meeting with Israeli leaders at the same time Biden’s national security adviser Jake Sullivan is also visiting Jerusalem, appeared on "Fox News Sunday" after speaking at the parliament building. Fox News host Shannon Bream asked the third-highest ranking House Republican if the concept broadly adopted...
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Mosquitoes swarm Texas town, officials blame climate change

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Officials are pointing the finger at climate change as a Texas town battles with another spring of exploding mosquito populations.

"If you open the car door to go somewhere, you’ve got 10 mosquitoes inside," Mith Varley, a resident of the Houston suburb of Conroe, Texas, said of the issue, according to a report in the Washington Post.

Varley, who has lived in the area of Montgomery County for nearly 10 years, told the Washington Post he has never seen it worse. While the area of Texas has always been known as an ideal mosquito habitat...
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Biden Draws on Themes of Manhood and Faith at Morehouse Commencement

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President Biden invoked scripture and lessons from his own tragic past on Sunday in a commencement address to hundreds of young Black men at Morehouse College, saying he believes there are “extremist forces aligned against the meaning and message” of the prestigious institution.

Mr. Biden’s speech, delivered at the historically Black men’s college in Atlanta, put him directly in front of hundreds who represent a slice of the electorate that is drifting away from him over the war in Gaza and growing apathy about their choices ahead of the election...
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11 hurt after late-night gunfire breaks out in Savannah, Georgia

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Authorities in Georgia ay 11 people were treated for injuries after gunfire broke out in the popular tourist city of Savannah
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Face the Nation: Markarova, Krebs, Gates

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Missed the second half of the show? The latest on...Oksana Markarova tells "Face the Nation" that while the U.S. is supplying weapons, "there is no such thing as fast enough when we are up against such a bad enemy and we have to catch up for such a long pause in weapons ordering", Chris Krebs, tells "Face the Nation" that while there likely will not be a "one single catastrophic AI-enabled event" threatening the 2024 election, he foresees a "steady drumbeat where we, where the voters, the public are just going to lose confidence and trust in the overarching information ecosystem", and Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates tells "Face the Nation" that "I'm not even going to begin to go there" about voting for former President Donald Trump in 2024, who he has written has "disdain for allies, fondness for authoritarian leaders, erratic behavior undermined his credibility."
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Democratic Senate campaign chair Sen. Gary Peters says he takes polls "with a grain of salt"

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Sen. Gary Peters of Michigan, the chair of the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee, tells "Face the Nation" that he believes Democrats can be elected to the Senate from Arizona and Florida. "I take every poll with a grain of salt," Peters said.
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Transcript: Sen. J.D. Vance on "Face the Nation," May 19, 2024

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The following is a transcript of an interview with Sen. J.D. Vance, Republican of Ohio, that aired on May 19, 2024.

MARGARET BRENNAN: And we're joined now in studio by Ohio Republican Senator J.D. Vance. Good to have you here.

SEN. J.D. VANCE (R-OH): Morning.

MARGARET BRENNAN: Good morning to you. So you were at Mar-a-Lago recently, you were in New York at the Manhattan courtroom, you were in Ohio alongside Donald Trump at a fundraiser. I know you keep getting asked whether or not you're gonna be vice president or not. And you said you haven't...
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Man charged with punching Steve Buscemi is held on $50,000 bond

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Iranian president's helicopter suffers 'hard landing,' search underway: Reports

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A helicopter flying Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi made a "hard landing" Sunday in foggy conditions in central Iran, according to the country's state-affiliated media.
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Transcript: Chris Krebs on "Face the Nation," May 19, 2024

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The following is a transcript of an interview with Chris Krebs, the former director of CISA and a CBS News cybersecurity expert and analyst, that aired on May 19, 2024.

MARGARET BRENNAN: And we're joined now by CBS News cybersecurity expert and analyst Chris Krebs, who is the former director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency. Good to have you back.

CHRIS KREBS: Good to be back.

MARGARET BRENNAN: So in our polling that we just carried out in Arizona in particular, it was a center of election denialism back in 2020 and we're...
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Transcript: Oksana Markarova, Ukrainian ambassador to the U.S., on "Face the Nation," May 19, 2024

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The following is a transcript of an interview with Oksana Markarova, Ukrainian ambassador to the U.S., that aired on May 19, 2024.

MARGARET BRENNAN: We're joined now by the Ukrainian ambassador to the United States, Oksana Markarova, who is just back from a trip to Kyiv. Good morning.

UKRAINIAN AMBASSADOR TO THE U.S. OKSANA MARKAROVA: Good morning. Always good to be back.

MARGARET BRENNAN: It's great to have you in person. Secretary Blinken was just in Kyiv, you were there. What did you learn from these face-to-face meetings with President...
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Transcript: Sen. Gary Peters on "Face the Nation," May 19, 2024

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The following is a transcript of an interview with Sen. Gary Peters, Democrat of Michigan, that aired on May 19, 2024.

MARGARET BRENNAN: We turn now to Michigan Democratic Senator Gary Peters. Good morning to you, Senator.

SEN. GARY PETERS (D-MI): Good morning to you.

MARGARET BRENNAN: Well, you just heard us run through a whole bunch of these statistics with our polling data and you are in charge of helping to defend the slim Democratic majority in the Senate. Are you still confident that you can pick up a seat in Florida? And are you bullish...
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Open: This is "Face the Nation with Margaret Brennan," May 19, 2024

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This week on "Face the Nation," Margaret Brennan speaks to former Defense Secretary Robert Gates about the war between Israel and Hamas, campus protests in the U.S. and the ongoing congressional debate on providing aid to Ukraine. Plus, Ukrainian ambassador to the U.S. Oksana Markarova joins.
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Mosquitoes swarm Texas town, officials blame climate change

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Officials are pointing the finger at climate change as a Texas town battles another spring of exploding mosquito populations.

"If you open the car door to go somewhere, you’ve got 10 mosquitoes inside," Mith Varley, a resident of the Houston suburb of Conroe, Texas, said of the issue, according to a report in the Washington Post.

Varley, who has lived in the area of Montgomery County for nearly 10 years, told the Washington Post he has never seen it worse. While the area of Texas has always been known as an ideal mosquito habitat, flood-inducing...
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