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Congress Unloads on Pro-Iran Deal Forces in Trump Administration

Leading Republican senators are uniting against what they describe as a bid by some elements of the Trump administration to keep the Iran nuclear deal on life support via a package of waivers exempting Tehran and its allies from new sanctions spearheaded by President Donald Trump, according to multiple conversations with top congressional officials both on and off the record.

Gillibrand: Americans Will Ditch Private Insurance for Medicare If We Do Public Option

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D., N.Y.) laid out her vision of getting to a single-payer healthcare system on Monday, predicting the establishment of a buy-in option for Medicare would lead to American consumers ditching their private insurance plans in favor of the government plan.

Asked at her town hall on MSNBC how she would reach the goal of “Medicare for all” being championed by most 2020 Democratic presidential candidates, Gillibrand said private insurers would put profits above providing quality, affordable care.

Cruz, Military Experts Slam U.N. Report Suggesting Israel Committed War Crimes Responding to Gaza Border Riots

Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas) and experts in military affairs on Monday castigated a new United Nations report that suggests Israel committed war crimes while responding to violent Palestinian demonstrations at the Gaza Strip border last year.

The report, produced by the U.N. Independent Commission of Inquiry on the Protests in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, alleges that Israel killed 189 Palestinians during the riots.

Warren Calls for Getting Rid of Electoral College

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) said Monday she supported eliminating the Electoral College in presidential elections.

Speaking at a CNN town hall in Jackson, Mississippi, Warren laid out her proposed voting reforms to Democratic primary voters.

“We need to make sure that every vote counts,” she said, before going on to say in presidential election years, candidates ignore states like Mississippi, as well as blue states like California and Massachusetts, because they’re not battleground states.

Warren Dodges Question on Whether She’d Support Directly Paying Descendants of Slaves

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) dodged a question at her town hall on Monday about whether she would support reparations through direct payments to descendants of slaves.

Warren, who has previously expressed vague support for reparations, revealed she backed a House bill that would establish a committee to study reparations after a question from an African-American graduate student about the government apologizing for the country’s legacy of slavery.

Gillibrand: ‘Immigration Is Not A Security Issue’

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D., N.Y.) on Monday said that the Department of Homeland Security should not oversee immigration, claiming that it’s  not a security issue.”

During a MSNBC town hall in Auburn Hills, Michigan, Gillibrand was asked what she will do as president to help uphold policies that will help “enshrine asylum seekers and refugees and give them the opportunity to practice their right to seek asylum.”

Booker Hits Harris for ‘Bragging About Pot Use’ As Many Still Getting Arrested for It

Sen. Cory Booker (D., N.J.) took a shot Monday night at his colleague Sen. Kamala Harris (D., Calif.) for “bragging about pot use” while many in the country are still having their lives impacted by marijuana charges.

Booker’s comments on his Democratic primary opponent came during an interview with MSNBC host Chris Matthews, who was asking him about presidential pardons. Booker used the opportunity to discuss the many people being “punished unjustly” for marijuana possession and to take his shot at Harris.