Nancy Pelosi heading to Spain for climate talks

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is jetting off to sunny Spain this week to talk about climate change — leaving looming issues like impeachment, federal budget appropriations and the USMCA trade treaty behind. Only seven voting days remain on Congress’ calendar before lawmakers leave Washington, DC, for their Christmas recess. “Taking action to protect our planet...
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Pete Buttigieg and Elise Stefanik unlikely friends from Harvard days

Politics makes strange bedfellows … and lunch dates. Though they’re on opposite sides of the aisle today, Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg, 37, and GOP impeachment hero Congresswoman Elise Stefanik, 35, struck up a chummy relationship while undergraduates at Harvard — and have remained friendly since. “Pete and Representative Stefanik were friendly in college and...
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The Jeffrey Epstein scandal nearly affected the latest Israeli election

The Jeffrey Epstein scandal nearly affected the latest Israeli electionTwo lawyers pursuing influential men connected to the late millionaire financier and sex criminal Jeffrey Epstein, who killed himself in a jail cell while awaiting federal trial, almost attempted to sway the most recent Israeli elections as part of their endeavors, The New York Times reports.Lawyers David Boies and John Pottinger were approached by a man going by the name Patrick Kessler who claimed to have a vast archive of Epstein's data stored on encrypted servers. The servers allegedly contained footage from hidden cameras that showed wealthy and powerful men, including constitutional lawyer Alan Dershowitz, Prince Andrew, and former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak in compromising sexual situations, per The Times. Kessler's claims would seemingly have boosted the theory that Epstein was blackmailing power people.Boies and Pottinger thought they would be able to use the data to reach deals with the men and let that money flow into a charity focused on helping victims of sexual assault. One of their supposed plans was to share a compromising photo of someone Kessler purported to be Barak -- who was challenging Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Israeli election -- with Sheldon Adelson, a billionaire casino magnate in Las Vegas. Adelson founded one of Israel's largest newspapers and is reportedly a big booster for Netanyahu. The trio thought by doing so they could prevent Barak, who called the accusation a "total lie with no basis in reality," from making any progress with his bid.Ultimately, the Times and the lawyers concluded that there was no way to validate any of the images or videos Kessler brought to the table, and he has been dismissed as a fraud by the lawyers. Similarly, Boies said the plan to share the Barak photo was never actually put into action. But the Times' report shows the potential global reach of the Epstein scandal. Read more at The New York Times.More stories from theweek.com Fox News legal analyst Andrew Napolitano sees 'overwhelming' evidence for Trump's impeachment White House declines to participate in House impeachment hearing, claims lack of 'fair opportunity to participate' The Democratic primary’s generational divide


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Kamala Harris' campaign manager is under fire, receives blame for decline

Kamala Harris' campaign manager is under fire, receives blame for declineSen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) isn't bouncing back after a precipitous decline in the Democratic presidential race -- and fingers are starting to point at her campaign manager.Juan Rodriguez has drawn the ire of both camapaign staffers and outside observers, The New York Times reports. "This is my third presidential campaign and I have never seen an organization treat its staff so poorly," state operations director Kelly Mehlenbacher wrote in a resignation letter obtained by the Times.Mehlenbacher clarified she still supported Harris as a candidate, but did not have confidence in the campaign's leadership. She specifically cited the campaign's decision to move people from Washington, D.C., to Baltimore, Maryland, and then "lay them off with no notice" and "without thoughtful consideration of the personal consequences to them."Harris and other senior staff members were reportedly blindsided and angered by the extent of the layoffs, and some aides reportedly found out about them from junior aides and the press rather than Rodriguez himself.One of Harris' congressional supporters, Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio), said she told the senator she needs to make a change. "The weakness is at the top, and it's clearly Juan," she said. "He needs to take responsibility -- that's where the buck stops."More stories from theweek.com What the Moomins can tell us about fighting climate despair White House declines to participate in House impeachment hearing, claims lack of 'fair opportunity to participate' NBC's Chuck Todd was flabbergasted by a Republican senator's claim that the former Ukrainian president worked for Hillary Clinton


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