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October 18, 2019

Hillary Clinton has directly labeled 2016 Green Party nominee Jill Stein a "Russian asset," and indirectly suggested the same is true of Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii).

The 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, during an appearance on the Campaign HQ podcast Thursday, said she believes Republicans, with Russian help, are going to "do third-party again" in 2020, meaning push a third party candidate to help President Trump, The Washington Post reports. The previous time she's referring to is Stein's 2016 campaign.

"She's a Russian asset," Clinton said of Stein. "I mean, totally."

A report prepared for the Senate Intelligence Committee in 2018 concluded Russia's Internet Research Agency troll farm in 2016 pushed "pro-Bernie Sanders and Jill Stein content," The Hill reports.

This comment came after Clinton suggested there's an unnamed candidate in the field who Republicans are grooming to run third party, clearly talking about Gabbard. Earlier this week, The New York Times wrote in reference to Gabbard that some "worry about supportive signs from online bot activity and the Russian news media."

"I'm not making any predictions, but I think they've got their eye on somebody who is currently in the Democratic primary," Clinton said, with the "they" being the GOP. "And they're grooming her to be the third party candidate. She's the favorite of the Russians. They have a bunch of sites and bots and other ways of supporting her so far."

Gabbard has slammed such accusations at this week's Democratic debate, referring to the Times article as being full of "smears." In regards to Stein, the Post noted that "exit polls showed most of her voters wouldn't have supported either Clinton or Trump if Stein weren't running." Brendan Morrow

Update: An earlier version of this story said Clinton believed Russians, not Republicans, are grooming Gabbard for a third-party run. We have updated the story accordingly, based on Clinton's full comments, and apologize for the error.

March 7, 2019

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Thursday said Democrats are working on a resolution condemning all forms of hate, including anti-Semitism, but it isn't specifically about recent comments made by Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.).

The resolution, Pelosi said, will condemn not just anti-Semitism but also Islamophobia and white supremacy. It had previously been reported that Democrats would vote on a resolution condemning anti-Semitism after a string of controversial statements from Omar. She recently suggested supporters of Israel are affected by an "allegiance to a foreign country" after previously suggesting they were being influenced by lobbyists by writing, "It's all about the Benjamins, baby."

But Democrats had debated whether to vote on this resolution and, if so, whether it should actually mention Omar. Pelosi said on Thursday she suggested that the resolution "enlarge the issue" to include other forms of hate and that it shouldn't reference Omar or her comments; this is what's currently in the works, she said.

The House speaker also said that she doesn't "believe [Omar] understood the full weight of her words" and that "I feel confident that her words were not based on any anti-Semitic attitude." In any case, "it's not about her," said Pelosi, "it's about these forms of hatred." When asked if Omar should apologize, Pelosi said that "she may need to explain" but that this is "up to her" to do so. The House will vote on the resolution on Thursday, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) says. Brendan Morrow

February 26, 2019

President Trump apparently once told North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un that he's very impressed he isn't "messed up."

CNN reports that when Trump and Kim last met for their 2018 summit in Singapore, Trump said that he knows plenty of people who grew up as part of a wealthy and powerful family who turned out "messed up." But Kim, Trump said, is not among them.

This was evidently part of Trump's efforts to "flatter his way to nuclear peace in Asia," doing so by appealing to Kim's "sense of ego," CNN writes. Trump, who is set to meet with Kim a second time this week, has described himself as having a "great relationship" with North Korea's leader, also saying last year that they "fell in love."

CNN's report also includes some other new details about Trump's previous meeting with Kim, which apparently included Kim asking Trump if he trusts him, and Trump responding that he does, although saying that he finds him to be "sneaky" but "not too sneaky." Brendan Morrow

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