Schumer: No WH ‘sneak preview’ of Mueller report

Senate Minority leader, Senator Chuck Schumer says it’s “imperative” to make the full report from Special Counsel Robert Mueller public. The top Senate Democrat says “the American people have a right to the truth.” (March 22)

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Schumer lauds Republicans for votes against Trump

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer applauded Republicans Thursday for a string of votes that he said amount to rare rebukes of President Donald Trump by his own party. (March 14)

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Schumer: Trump ‘squandered’ opportunity for unity

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer says President Donald Trump failed to ‘bring our parties together’ last night during the State of the Union speech. (Feb. 6)

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Schumer ‘very disappointed’ in Barr

(17 Jan 2019) Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer says Attorney General nominee William Barr could not assure him that he would allow special counsel Robert Mueller’s report to be fully released, other than redactions. Schumer says he’s very disappointed. (Jan. 17)

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Trump, Pelosi, Schumer clash in Oval Office

With a partial government shutdown looming just days before the Christmas holiday, US president Donald Trump, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi clash in the Oval Office, in front of cameras, over Mr Trump’s demand that taxpayers pay for a wall along the Mexico border or he will shut down part of the government.

Wisconsin Republicans Are Trying To Strip Power From Newly Elected Democrats (HBO)

MADISON — Republican lawmakers passed a series of bills designed to strip power away from the incoming Democratic governor and attorney general today, in an extraordinary session that started on Tuesday afternoon and didn’t end until after dawn on Wednesday.

The laws included measures that would force the incoming governor, Tony Evers, to seek legislative approval for any changes to the state’s public benefits programs, including Medicaid, and severely curtail the ability of the new attorney general, Josh Kaul, to bring or leave lawsuits on behalf of the state. Evers and Kaul ran on a promise to end the state’s legal fight against the Affordable Care Act.

The laws now go to Republican governor Scott Walker for final approval. Walker didn’t respond to a VICE News request for comment, but he has previously said he would be willing to sign the bills.

The Wisconsin Capitol dome has been home to a furious protests during the eight years under Walker, most notably in 2011, when he sought to end the state’s longstanding practice of collective bargaining for public employees.

The outrage this week was far more muted. But Democratic lawmakers decried the Republican policies as an attempt to change the rules of government in the aftermath of an election loss, and part of a trend that has also seen Republican legislatures cut the powers of newly elected Democratic governors in North Carolina and Michigan in recent years.

“It is ridiculous that Republicans are more concerned with clinging to power, than accepting an election,” said Senate Minority Leader Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) in a speech on the senate floor late Tuesday night. “Your antics today are what the voters rejected on November 6.”

Republicans, meanwhile, were relatively scarce. None of the dozen or so contact by VICE News agreed to an interview.

To some degree, that’s because their position in the legislature is secure. Gerrymandering in the state has all but guaranteed Republican control, even as the statewide vote tilts back Democratic. In November, for instance, while Democrats won most statewide elections, Republican candidates for the Assembly won 64% of the seats. They also gained one seat in the Senate.

If signed into law, the bills are likely to face legal challenges from none other than the incoming attorney general.

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Schumer: Hacked Marriott should pay for passports

(3 Dec 2018) Senate Minority leader Charles Schumer says Marriott hotel officials should pay for new passports for customers whose passport numbers were hacked as part of a massive data breach. (Dec. 3)

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Schumer says new AG must protect Mueller probe

(7 Nov 2018) Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer says it is “paramount” that the investigation of special counsel Robert Mueller be protected by President Donald Trump’s new attorney general. (Nov. 7)

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Schumer: Senate Should Wait Until 2019 on SCOTUS

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer says the Senate should not vote on a replacement for Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy this year, an election year. (June 27)

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Schumer: US Must ‘Show Strength’ with NKorea

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer says the United States must “show strength and achieve a concrete, verifiable, enduring elimination of Kim Jong Un’s nuclear capabilities” if plans for a summit between the US and North Korea are revived. (May 24)

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