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Bernie Sanders Joins Dakota Pipeline Protest
Today’s Hill Action
Senate Floor Schedule
9:30 a.m.: Convene and resume consideration of the motion to proceed to S.3110, American Energy and Conservation Act of 2016.
9:30 a.m.: Intelligence Community Support to the Defense Department
10:00 a.m.: The Economic Outlook
House Floor Schedule
9:00 a.m.: HR 5982 A bill to amend chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code.
9:00 a.m.: HR 5711 A bill to prohibit the Secretary of the Treasury from authorizing certain transactions by a U.S. financial institution in connection with the export or re-export of a commercial passenger aircraft to the Islamic Republic of Iran.
There are no hearings today.
Officer Who Shot Philando Castile Is Charged With Manslaughter
ST. PAUL – The suburban police officer who fatally shot Philando Castile, the black driver whose last moments this summer were streamed live on Facebook, was charged on Wednesday with second-degree manslaughter and accused of escalating a mundane roadside exchange into a needlessly violent episode.
In outlining the case against Officer Jeronimo Yanez, prosecutors described a traffic stop on July 6 that spiraled out of control when Officer Yanez overreacted to the presence of Mr. Castile’s lawfully carried gun and shot him despite pleas that he was not reaching for the weapon. “No reasonable officer – knowing, seeing and hearing what Officer Yanez did at the time – would have used deadly force under these circumstances,” the Ramsey County attorney, John J. Choi, said. Officer Yanez, who will appear in court on Friday, was also charged with two felony counts of intentional discharge of a dangerous weapon.
GOP opts for short-term spending bill
House Republicans on Thursday settled on a plan to fund the government through March and avoid a final budget deal with President Obama.
Lawmakers decided during a closed-door meeting to back a path toward a short-term spending bill, instead of a broad, year-end package.
“There’s a lot of strong support in there,” Rep Tim Murphy (R-Pa.) said while exiting the meeting. GOP leadership had been eying a continuing resolution, rather than a massive omnibus funding the government for a year, since the election of President-elect Donald Trump.
Fake news giant: I feel bad about putting Trump in the White House
A prolific fake-news writer says he is responsible for Donald Trump‘s win in presidential election.
Paul Horner, whose fake news stories often go viral on Facebook and Twitter, told The Intersect, a Washington Post blog, that Trump supporters were especially susceptible to being fooled. “My sites were picked up by Trump supporters all the time,” Horner said. “I think Trump is in the White House because of me.
“His followers don’t fact-check anything – they’ll post everything, believe anything. His campaign manager posted my story about a protester getting paid $3,500 as fact. Like, I made that up. I posted a fake ad on Craigslist.”