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The DC: Gunman kills 12 in California bar, and... Should the House investigate possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia?

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by Countable | 11.9.18

Welcome to Friday, citizens...

We open today's DC with a few words from Countable's Managing Editor, Andrea Seabrook:

Dear America,

Great job! You managed to score a record turn-out for the midterm elections. Over the last couple of years you've been awake and fired-up, and you used that fire to actually VOTE. Excellent work.

Here's the next challenge: hold on to that fire — in fact, turn up the heat! Use every tool available to keep that civic flame from backing off to a mild simmer. Because the truth is, in our modern governance you must do MORE than vote — you must be the daily election observers of democracy.

To read the full letter - and to find out how to keep that civic flame burning - click here.

On the Radar

  • A masked gunman killed 12 people during "student night" at a country music bar just north of Los Angeles late Wednesday night. According to witnesses, at around 11:20p.m. a masked gunman dressed in black entered the Borderline Bar & Grill, thew smoke bombs, then open fired with a handgun. Police have identified the gunman as a 28-year-old former Marine who apparently took his life at the scene. What should Congress do about gun violence? Contact your reps here.
  • President Trump has tapped Justice Department chief of staff Matthew Whitaker to serve as acting attorney general in the wake of Jeff Sessions' resignation. The president chose Whitaker over Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, which means Whitaker will now have oversight of special counsel Robert Muller's Russia investigation. But Whitaker has expressed deep skepticism about the probe, writing in a CNN op-ed last year that the investigation was "going too far" and risked becoming a "mere witch hunt" if Mueller looked into Trump's finances. Is it time to wrap up the investigation?

Under the Radar

  • Rep. Adam Schiff of California, who is poised to assume command of the House Intelligence Committee, has vowed to investigate Trump after the GOP “completely abdicated” their oversight of the president. This includes reopening the investigation into Russian meddling during the 2016 presidential race. In March, Republicans closed the House Intelligence Committee’s probe, concluding there was no collusion. Schiff has said that ending the probe was a “terrible disservice to the country and the American people." Should the House investigate possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia?

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 a Special Counsel Be Able to Request a Judicial Review of Their Termination?

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But wait, there's more!

And, in the End…

With Democrats set to control the House and Republicans the Senate when the 116th Congress convenes in January, the budgeting process will be the battleground for many of the ideological disputes that play out in the divided legislature.

Absent a major agreement on an issue like tax or welfare reform, each chamber will likely pass budget resolutions outlining their party’s policy priorities and may include reconciliation instructions to achieve them, which was the process used to enact the GOP tax cuts and Obamacare.

We explain Congress' brewing budget battle here.

Very interested in how you plan on combining your celebrations for National Chaos Never Dies Day and Go To An Art Museum Today 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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  • Rob
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    SneakyPete is actually wrong here: Robert Mueller’s search has linked trumps campaign manager PaulManafort and a prominent pro trump lobbyist rick gates to: money laundering, conspiracy against the state(I don’t even know what that is), violation of FARA. He indicted (which means to charge with a crime) 13 Russian officials and 3 Russian companies for spreading of propoganda designed to divide. His investigations show the trump campaign was involved with Russians, had meetings with Russians during the election, and high level officials were directed to meet with Russians. Bc we are intelligent humans, we can deduce that if trumps whole campaign was involved in it, trump was too. #MAGA

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  • Robert
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    I think they should look at the collusion between the NRA and are politicians.

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  • Matt
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    Republicans investigated Obama and Hillary for years and years...with zero indictments. The Russian investigation continues to find Trump associated individuals committing felonies. You can judge a man by the company he keeps. If you buddy up criminals then you’re likely a criminal too. Keep it up. Americans deserve to know.

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  • Surender
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    The Mueller investigation would have never taken as long had the gop not sheltered and shielded a criminal mobster! Both should be accountable. Its easy for shallow thinking moron supporters to run their mouths denigrating this process. Crimes have been and continue to be committed. Its a shame that critical resources have been wasted and precious time and effort diverted to checking our own monsters instead of fighting the real battles that plague humanity and this world.

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  • Mancos
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    The House should absolutely reopen the investigation and continue the work thwarted by Nunez and his posse. Subpoenas need to be issued and then the inquiry can be resolved. Mueller’s investigation has thus far resulted in many indictments and who knows how Whittaker will take up Trump’s obstruction effort. How long did the House hammer on the Benghazi investigation?

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  • Charlie
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    I don’t think Russia collusion ever happened in fact I gotta believe if mueller had found any evidence that it would have leaked out I do believe that regardless of mueller it’s a political agenda that gets a president impeached I remember what happened to a large group of republicans who voted for impeachment were voted out cause most Americans were not sold on the president guilt ! So yes it’s a political issue it has nothing to do with truth!

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  • SneakyPete
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    Heaven Forbid...TWO YEARS AND COUNTING 😳 NO WAY IN HELL DO WE NEED MORE RUSSIANS TRUMP COLLUSION INVESTIGATION. Mueller has had two years and has found NOTHING 🙀. All we are seeing now is more Democratic attempts to muddle the waters to accomplish their continued hate of President Trump for defeating their “Queen Mother” Hillary Clinton. GIVE ME A FUXXING BREAK FOLKS. SneakyPete ..... 👿👿. 11*9*18 .....

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  • Conservative4Trump
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    No. Just no. It’s been tried and tried and tried again and I’m really tired of hearing these lies by the left about President Trump and Russia. Give it up already. It’s a waste of money and time. Money and time that should be put toward the House working with Trump to accomplish his reforms.

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  • Andy1
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    Why should we end an investigation that has already indicted and convicted more people than the watergate investigation? The only difference here is trump has even less shame (meaning zero) than Nixon. Nixon would have resigned a year and a half ago. The only way trump will leave is in handcuffs

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  • Debi
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    DO NOT END THE INVESTIGATION!!! DO NOT END MUELLER’S INVESTIGATION!! END THE TRUMP OLIGARCHY! GET BILLIONAIRE LEACHES OUT OF OUR GOVERNMENT - it’s BAD ENOUGH THEY ARE IN OUR SOCIETY!! BILLIONAIRE LEACHES ON SOCIETY!!! THAT’S ALL THEY ARE 😡😱👿🤡

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  • Wallace
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    Trump should definitely be investigated !!! Protect Mueller!!! Regulate guns!!!

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  • Rachel
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    The House should not investigate Trump collusion! Waist of money and timeDo pass a law to ensure Special Counsels are exempt from any interference

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  • Aaron
    last Friday
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    Yes the House needs to get to the bottom of Russian interference in the 2016 election and whether they had help from the trumps and their hateful campaign

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  • Josh
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    They should only start an investigation if the new AG fires Mueller. If they can investigate Benghazi for over two years, we can spend two years ensuring our elections are safe from now on. Trump should want this investigation if he’s innocent.

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  • Clarita
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    Of course the House must investigate collusion between Trump campaign and Russia? It can’t be just swept away.

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  • WMR
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    Protect the Mueller investigation. It’s the right thing to do.

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  • SneakyPete
    last Friday
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    HELL NO!!!!!!, NO DAMM WAY, DEMOCRATS SHOULD HE BE INVESTIGATED OR SHOULD HE BE IMPEACHED. WE ARE SEINGN NOTHING MORE THAN A DEMOCRATIC DREAM OF DESTROYING WHAT HAS ALREADY BEEN ACCOMPLISHED FOR THE NATION. DREAM ON, PROGRESSIVE LIBERALS, DREAM ON 11*9* 18 ..... 👿👿👿. SneakyPete ....

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  • Adam
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    Yes they should and let’s not forget that Watergate took 2 years to unfold.

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  • J. scott
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    Should the house investigate collusion between the Trump Administration and Russia. I would say no at least for now all they need to do is support and defend the process in place already and that’s the Mueller investigation.

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  • Clay
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    I thought that is why we are working to keep the Mueller agenda alive and well. I don’t mind the House digging into Trump’s illegal activities, but only if Congress will take steps to remove him from office if and when he is found to be involved in un-American activities. Frankly I don’t see the robber barons of the GOP doing that. I say the House sticks so close to the President that he can’t move. 2020 is right around the corner!

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