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Booker Takes Stage to Rail Against Jeff Sessions Nomination and More You Missed in Politics Today

by Countable | 1.11.17

It’s difficult to stay up-to-date on what’s happening in this country and to break through the clutter, so we’re here to make it easier. Here’s what we at Countable are reading today:

1. "Cory Booker takes stage to rail against Jeff Sessions nomination"

"New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker gave an impassioned and unprecedented plea to the Senate on Wednesday to vote against Donald Trump's nominee for attorney general and his fellow senator, Jeff Sessions."

"Booker, civil rights legend Georgia Rep. John Lewis and Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Rep. Cedric Richmond each delivered* *emotional testimony that Sessions' record on civil rights disqualifies him from serving atop the Justice Department under President-elect Trump. Booker became the first sitting senator to testify against a fellow sitting senator at a confirmation hearing for a Cabinet position."

Read more at CNN.

2. "Trump to CNN reporter at fiery presser: ‘You are fake news’"

"President-elect Donald Trump held his first press conference since winning the November election on Wednesday at Trump Tower, and boy it did not disappoint. Trump bemoaned the lack of honest reporters in today's culture, particularly after a new report from BuzzFeed that suggested Russia had incriminating information on him. The piece was uncorroborated. It was rumored CNN also published the report, but Jake Tapper pushed back at that claim after the press conference."

"BuzzFeed, Trump said matter-of-factly at the presser, is "a failing pile of garbage," while also criticizing CNN. “Since you're attacking us are you going to allow us a question?" CNN reporter Jim Acosta shouted. “I’m not going to give you a question," he said. "You are fake news."”

Read more at Townhall.

3. "Anti-Defamation League blasts Trump for invoking ‘Nazi Germany’"

"The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) on Wednesday condemned President-elect Donald Trump for invoking Nazi Germany in his criticism of the U.S. intelligence community, arguing his comments trivialize the Holocaust."

"“The President-elect’s use of Nazi Germany to make a political analogy is not only an inappropriate comparison on the merits, but it also coarsens our discourse and diminishes the horror of the Holocaust," ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt said in a statement Wednesday. Trump initially made the comparison Wednesday morning on Twitter, apparently enraged by news reports that intelligence officials briefed him on an unverified dossier claiming the Russians had collected salacious information on him.”

Read more at The Hill.

4. "World Series champion Cubs to visit White House before Obama leaves"

"Normally, the reigning World Series champions don’t make the traditional visit to the White House until sometime during the following MLB season. But normally, those champions are not the Chicago Cubs, and normally the sitting president at the time of the triumph is not a Chicagoan who has just a couple of months left in office."

"Because MLB is in its offseason, it is not clear how many Cubs players will be able to make the trip to the White House, which was first reported by NBC Chicago, especially given the relatively short notice. However, the Chicago Sun-Times, citing a source, reported that a “significant majority" of the Cubs’ roster was ready to travel to Washington.”

Read more at the Washington Post.

5. "Trump will not divest stake in business; sons to take over"

"President-elect Donald J. Trump, insisting he will not divest himself of his vast business empire as he prepares to assume the presidency, plans instead to turn over all of his business operations to a trust controlled by his two oldest sons and a longtime associate, top officials with his company said on Wednesday."

"The long-promised specifics Mr. Trump’s advisers provided on Wednesday left dozens of unanswered questions about whether or how the incoming president would avoid conflicts as commander in chief. And they fell short of the recommendations of ethics experts in both parties who have said the only way for Mr. Trump to genuinely eliminate potential conflicts is to place all his real estate holdings and other business ventures in a blind trust over which neither he nor his family has any control."

Read more at the New York Times.

— Erin Wright

(Photo Credit: Senate Democrats / Creative Commons)

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  • Beth
    01/11/2017
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    Please do not nominate Jeff Sessions for Attorney General of this country. We need a much more open and fair minded person to take that very important position. Mr. Sessions record speaks for itself- he is not qualified.

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  • Amy
    01/12/2017
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    Corey Booker voices the strong objections to Sessions that men and women across the country feel! Please stand up for ALL of us and vote against his nomination, as he represents the bias that an Attorney General cannot afford to have.

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  • Jacquie
    01/12/2017
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    Please stand with Corey Booker against Jeff Sessions. His history on civil rights matters and women's issues concern me as a woman, mother, and American. I urge you to stand with Mr. Booker in opposing this dangerous nomination.

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  • Ehagnere
    01/12/2017
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    Booker's job is to represent his constituents. It really doesn't matter he if has praised sessions in the past. His job right now is to be the voice of the people that elected him into office.

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  • Elizabeth
    01/12/2017
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    Please do not allow Jeff Sessions to become attorney general. His biased views make him unsuitable to be a fair, impartial arbiter of US law.

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  • Patricia
    01/11/2017
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    Thank you, Mr. Booker,

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  • Jessica
    01/12/2017
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    Please vote against Jeff Sessions for Attorney General.

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  • CherylCBus
    01/11/2017
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    Please do not nominate Jeff Sessions for Attorney General of this country. We need a much more open and fair minded person to take that very important position. Mr. Sessions record speaks for itself- he is not qualified.

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  • Dan
    01/12/2017
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    I commend the efforts of Corey Booker. Let's stand with him.

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  • Elisabeth
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    Thank you Corey Booker! You speak for the majority.

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  • Desiree
    01/11/2017
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    I appreciate Senator Booker's impassioned plea to block Senator Sessions from being confirmed as Attorney General. I agree wholeheartedly!

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  • T
    01/12/2017
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    Please vote AGAINST Jeff Sessions becoming Attorney General. All these people and his voting record can't be wrong. He didn't change overnight. Please DO NOT VOTE FOR SENATOR JEFF SESSIONS.

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  • Desiree
    01/11/2017
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    Thank you Senator! I hope Senator Sessions is not confirmed!!!!

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  • Emily
    01/13/2017
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    Dear sirs: I'd like to take a moment to present to you why I think Mr. Jeffery Beauregard Sessions III is ENTIRELY unsuitable for the position of Attorney General of Attorney States. Really, there should never have been any discussion beyond the presentation of his previous racist comments and habits. His record shows that he is unsuitable and a racist. He was denied by the senate once before for a position for these reasons. Why on earth he is even being considered is beyond me. Please, look at your conscience and vote against this mans confirmation.

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  • Jahmsu
    01/12/2017
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    Vote NO on Jeff Session

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  • Fred
    01/12/2017
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    Funny how within the past years, Booker heaped great praise on Sessions for paving the way for him and his people by being a champion for racial equality. Get over it, elections over, results are in and validated. Trump won, STFU and deal with it already.

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  • Nkosis06
    01/12/2017
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    Senators Burr and Tillis please vote no on Jeff Sessions. He's a dangerous racist that will damage community/police relations and ignore the voter suppression of minorities.

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  • Krodge
    01/12/2017
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    Every time I see Trump I'm sent right back to the day I discovered he took the nomination. I just can't believe this clown is going to be president.

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  • robbiev
    01/12/2017
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    Sessions has done nothing to hurt anyone or anything. He has made a few comments in the past that COULD BE PERCEIVED as SLIGHT racism, but even if so, he is going to treat everyone fairly. Trump will make sure of it.

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  • Vivian
    01/12/2017
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    Dear Representative Hollingsworth, and Senators Young and Donnelly--Please vote against the nomination of Senator Sessions for the position of Attorney General. His bias against the LGBT community and racist remarks in the past disqualify him from holding such a high profile office. This is why he was voted down -the first time he was nominated to a high profile government position during the Regan administration. This appointment represents entrenching the Washington bureaucracy that the president elect campaigned against. It goes against the policy of "draining the swamp" upon which he campaigned. Please stand up for the civil rights of ALL Americans and all ALL Hoosiers whom you are supposed to represent vote down this nomination.

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