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The DC: ⚖️ Sessions is out, and... What should the new Democratic House Committee leaders do?

by Countable | 11.8.18

Welcome to Thursday, electorate...

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has resigned at the behest of President Donald Trump.

"At your request I am submitting my resignation," Sessions wrote in a letter to White House Chief of Staff John Kelly.

In a tweet, the president announced that Matthew Whitaker, Sessions' chief of staff, will become acting AG and "will serve our Country well."

The president has wanted Sessions out of the Justice Department for a while, as he blames him for Robert Mueller's investigation into possible collusion with Russia in the 2016 election. 

How do you feel about the requested resignation?

On the Radar

  • Now that Democrats have taken control of the House, that means (D)s will become the chairmen and chairwomen of various committees. Democrats holding the gavels also means that the Trump White House is bracing for a caravan of subpoenas covering the Russia investigation to the president’s tax returns. For instance, Rep. Adam Schiff of California is likely to oversee the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligenceand even more likely to reopen the investigation into Russian meddling during the 2016 presidential race. Read what other committees plan to do here.
  • On Election Day, voters gave a thumbs down to repealing a gas tax, extending the expansion of Medicaid under the ACA, and legalizing recreational pot. Californians rejected Proposition 6: Repealing the gas and diesel tax increases enacted in 2017 and requiring voter approval for future gas tax hikes. Montanans rejected I-185: Extending the expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) and raising tobacco taxes to help fund it. North Dakotans rejected Measure 3: Legalizing recreational marijuana for people 21 years of age or older. For the full results of some of this year's major state ballot measures, click here.

Under the Radar

  • Even though some races aren't officially called, the 2018 midterms have already made history. At least 111 women will be in the next Congress, including: Ilhan Omar, the first Somali-American congresswoman; Rashida Tlaib, the first Muslim congresswoman; Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the youngest women ever elected to Congress; Sharice Davids, the first lesbian Native American in Congress. And in Colorado, Jared Polis became the first openly gay man to win a governor race. Read more about this historical election here.

Your Gov at a Glance 👀

The White House: President Trump in D.C.

  • To be announced.

The House of Representatives: Out

  • The House will return Tuesday, November 13th.

The Senate: Out

  • The Senate will return Tuesday, November 13th.

What You're Saying

Here's how you're answering Should Lobbyists Have to Disclose Past Convictions for Crimes Like Bribery & Extortion?

(Follow Cruz's comment here.)

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But wait, there's more!

And, in the End…

We've reached the Final Four of Countable's Bill Acronym Bracket.

In honor of Congress hitting the campaign trail and politicians’ penchant for the pithy bill acronyms that have grown in popularity since the passage of the USA PATRIOT Act, we’ve put together another tournament in which you — Countable users — will choose the best bill acronym of the 115th Congress.

With the field reduced to four, this round’s winners will compete in next week’s championship, so vote for your favorite through Thursday at midnight PT.

After this news cycle, we're over-celebrating National Cappuccino Day and National Harvey Wallbanger Day,

—Josh Herman

Talk to Managing Editor Andrea Seabrook via email, andrea [at] countable.us, or on twitter, @RadioBabe. And don’t forget to keep in touch @Countable.

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  • Robert
    11/08/2018
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    Protect Robert Mueller. We live in a democracy, not a dictatorship. President Trump is trying to align the pieces on the board to avoid prosecution. If our representatives are not going to protect this country and our democracy they need to go.

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  • Mark
    11/08/2018
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    This represents the crossing of a red line. Mr. Trump has replaced the oversight of the Russia/Trump investigation with Matt Whitaker. A known Trump sycophant and critic of any investigation of the President. The Mueller investigation should continue unhindered until it reaches its conclusion. Anything less is injustice.

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  • Brian
    11/08/2018
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    Trump’s blatant disregard for the rule of law is completely unacceptable. It is a ludicrous abortion of justice that he can appoint officials who can oversee his own investigation. It is imperative that Robert Mueller’s investigation be protected from Trump’s gangster politics.

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  • Deirdre
    11/08/2018
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    Now we have a trump friend as our attorney general. He is only for trump and we will never know the truth. But with each election we will vote out of office everyone who is not working for the American people and that means all Americans not just white rich makes

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  • Matt
    11/08/2018
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    The investigation must be allowed to complete. No office holder is above accountability to The People. This is up held by investigations. All levels of government must be investigable to serve and protect The People. My confidence, my vote and those of tens of thousands of other people will be tied to this. I strongly urge and caution you to stand up for us, for me.

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  • Linda
    11/08/2018
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    Protect the independent investigations of Mueller. Ensure Constitutional law rules. No one above the law. President is not exempt from law. Corruption in government must be investigated and removed.

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  • Mark
    11/08/2018
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    Protect Mueller!!!!!

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  • Robert
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    Protect Robert Mueller, raise taxes on the ultra rich

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  • JayinNC
    11/08/2018
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    It’s not what Dems. Should do it’s what the entire congress & Senate should do. This is a constitutional crisis, this guy was not conferred, is a political appointee, already has spoken with Bias against the Muller investigation. He definitely should recuse himself or the legislative branch try and overturn, if they can, this is blatant obstruction of justice!!!! Jay Needham Alamance county North Carolina

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  • Steve
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    PROTECT MUELLER NOW! TODAY!

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  • Sue
    11/08/2018
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    Trump made this good mans life miserable. Trump is getting his ducks in line to complete his own agenda. What is that agenda? It is up to our elected officials to reign this destructive force in with judicial actions. Why else do you think Blue Wave in this latest election. I am a Republican who voted blue to reign this crazy person in.

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  • operaman
    11/08/2018
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    Lower taxes and build the wall.

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  • Surender
    11/08/2018
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    Why do we have to bear the hourly crap emanating from moron and his mob none of which furthers this country / peoples / world’s well being or progress? His treatment of the media is abhorrent and diminishes our standing. Any normal employee in any setting with his profile would never be employed let alone get away with such behavior. Get rid of him. There are more deserving people no matter the party.

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  • Joseph
    11/08/2018
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    Vladimir Putin and the Kremlin are our adversaries. When you think of our great country before party-politics it is painfully obvious that the Trump administration is guilty of treason and is trying to obstruct Mueller's investigation into the Trump administration's collusion with the Kremlin, who successfully corrupted our 2016 Presidential election process. It is time to begin the impeachment of Donald Trump and imprisonment of all who are involved. Please focus on this until completion. This is critical since we failed to maintain a democratic election process by allowing foreign agents to interfere and also spread propaganda through many forms of media; especially social media. All other legislation must cease until Americans have a legitimate President. Please restore democracy in America first, then we can return to governing this great country.

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  • Nick
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    This is so transparently obstruction of justice. I’m shocked I’m still surprised that republicans have as a group sold out this country and spit on America’s system of country values. (Justice, melting pot, equality, Russians are our adversary, Europeans our friends!) We were always told our system is set up this way for checks and balances, and they are making a mockery of everything we were taught the US stands for.

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  • Rj
    11/08/2018
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    Protect Mueller investigation, make affordable health insurance that covers preexisting conditions available to EVERYONE, improve infrastructure, protect our environment...so many more things that have been neglected since republicans took the house and senate. Republicans have done nothing but obstruct. We need to come together now and improve America for everyone. But most of all, be the check on the president that the last congress refused to do.

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  • Robert
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    Resume investigating obstruction of justice before attempt is made to obstruct Mueller’s Special Investigation by Whittaker

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  • Abbi
    11/08/2018
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    With Sessions out the Mueller investigation is in danger and it may be the only thing promising anything close to accountability in the White House. Please protect Mueller.

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  • Mancos
    11/08/2018
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    Won’t share his tax returns, installs an unworthy Supreme Court Justice because of his statements about a president’s immunity to prosecution and now fires Sessions and appoints a “protector” to the DOJ to thwart Mueller’s inquiry...hmmm. Sure sounds like obstruction to me. Protect this investigation. No one is above the law.

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  • Donna
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    Check TRUMP’S POWER!

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