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#Iconic : Black Women, LGBT Candidates Reign Supreme

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Black women and queer candidates reign supreme over Republicans to take back the House.

Democrats around the country watched with bated breath as they awaited the results of their local elections. While threats of voter suppression loomed, tensions were high. However, Dems can celebrate the day with monumental gains in racial and gender diversity.

#BlackGirlsRock

Lauren Underwood is the youngest black women to run for Congress in 2018. A registered nurse in Illinois, she will represent the 14th Congressional district. Jahana Hayes, a former state and national teacher of the year, has emerged victorious in her race against GOP candidate Manny Santos to take the seat in Connecticut. Ayanna Pressley will represent Massachusetts as the first black congresswoman.

“This was the first election ever where white men were not a majority of the Democratic candidates for the House and white men were still 3/4 of the Republican candidates.” Ronald Brownstein, CNN Senior Political Analyst

First two Native American women elected to Congress

First Native American women elected to Congress

First Native American Women

Additions to the House include, for the first time ever, two Native American women. Sharice Davids, of the Ho-Chunk Nation, won in Kansas to replace a GOP representative. A former MMA fighter, Davids makes history as Kansas’ first openly gay rep. Deb Haaland, the former chair of the Democratic Party of New Mexico, will occupy the seat Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham vacated to run for governor.

First Muslim Women elected to Congress

First Muslim Women elected to Congress

First Muslim Women

Michigan is home to the largest Muslim population in the United States. As a Detroit native, I could not be prouder to announce that Rashida Tlaib will be representing the state. Even better, is that she will be occupying the seat left by Democratic Rep. John Conyers, who vacated after sexual misconduct allegations.

First Bi and Gay Governors

First Bi and Gay Governors

LGBT Firsts

Kate Brown is the first bisexual and openly queer person to be elected governor. She will represent Oregon and joining her is Jared Polis. Polis is now the first openly gay member of Congress and he represents Colorado.

Female Firsts

Veronica Escobar and Sylvia Garcia are the first Hispanic women to make it to Congress from Texas. South Dakota has elected Kristi Noem as the states first female governor. While not yet declared, Arizona looks to appoint Krysten Sinema however, she is in a tight race with GOP Rep. Martha McSally.

Overall, women now hold over 100 positions in the House of Representatives. The future is female!

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Trump hosts Clemson Tigers to the White House with “4 for 4” Meals

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As the Clemson Tigers football team headed to the White House they probably expected some fine dining after winning the NCAA championship but instead, they got value fries and burgers. President Trump welcomed the players in the East Wing with American Fast food from Burger King, McDonald’s & some pizza. Trump says he paid for all of the food and mentioned his government shutdown. The shutdown has left the majority of the residence staff being furloughed “Because of the shutdown, as you know, we have the great Clemson team with us, so we went out and ordered American fast food paid for by me,” he added while talking to the media.

To see value burgers on a silver plate inside the White House isn’t something you see every day or even hear about. The whole ordeal started a hashtag on Twitter calling it #WhiteHouseDinners. Check out some of the reactions below.

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#BoycottTrumpPrimeTime – Networks Push to Mute President Trump Ahead of Border Security Address

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President Trump is set to address the nation this evening in a last-ditch effort to plea for the border wall. Now, networks are planning to air a Democratic response.

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Since December 21st, the government has been unable to reach an agreement on the allocation of funds for the campaign-promised border wall. Demanding $5 billion, Trump blames Democrats for the lengthy shutdown. While House Republicans reluctantly passed a continuing resolution with the funds included, Democrats remain unconvinced the wall is necessary. The disagreement has caused an eighteen day partial shutdown where 800,000+ Americans have worked without pay.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi called for airtime to rebut Trump’s remarks. In a joint statement with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, the duo had this to say on Monday:

“Now that the television networks have decided to air the President’s address, which if his past statements are any indication will be full of malice and misinformation, Democrats must immediately be given equal airtime.”

Major broadcast networks like ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox have agreed to air the response.

Major Fallout

While hundreds of thousands of federal workers are on the verge of losing everything, Trump’s address is an unwarranted tantrum. News that the partial government shutdown could effect millions broke January 7th. The U.S. Department of Agriculture, responsible for SNAP operations, is one of the unfunded agencies during this time. Without an end to the shutdown in sight, SNAP and WIC beneficiaries are in for a difficult time. With $3 billion in emergency funds appropriated through Congress, the funds may extend into February, but will not cover the months expenses.

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Roger Stone Used InfoWars to Spread Fake News

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Republican Political strategist, Roger Stone, has admitted to spreading false information through the infamous right-wing propaganda site, InfoWars. Having falsified testimony regarding Wikileaks DNC email hack, many expect Mueller to further scrutinize Stone in his investigation.

DNC Hack

Roger Stone insists he had no idea WikiLeaks would be releasing emails hacked from the Democratic National Committee. Protesting his innocence of interference of the 2016 presidential election, Stone says he didn’t pass along information to Donald Trump. Now, Robert Mueller has been aggressively pursuing leads due to conflicting reports regarding Stone’s participation in the Russian plot.

Having boasted about meeting with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in secret, Stone is now changing his tune. Stone now insists he and Assange had no means of contact.

Former friend, Randy Credico, told the grand jury Stone had a back channel to WikiLeaks. Still, Stone protests his ignorance. Speaking with The Post, he said, “[Credico] was my principal source regarding the allegedly hacked emails published by WikiLeaks”. Credico has vehemently denied such accusations.

Defamation Reveal

Roger Stone has been engaged in a defamation suit and a recent revelation may cast doubt on future Mueller investigation testimony. While attempting to settle a lawsuit with Guo Wengui, an exiled Chinese businessman, Stone admitted he “failed to do proper research” before submitting an accusation. In addition, Stone claims Guo violated U.S. election law by donating money to Hillary Clinton’s campaign. Stone also accused Guo of funding Stephen K. Bannon’s presidential run.

In his admission, Stone blamed the lies on Sam Nunberg, a former Trump aide. Stone says he “made the error of relying on the representations of Sam Nunberg” and apologized. If settled, Stone could be forced to pay $100 million in damages for the lies published on InfoWars.

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