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Alice Ollstein

Alice Ollstein is a reporter at Talking Points Memo, covering national politics. She graduated from Oberlin College in 2010 and has been reporting in DC ever since, covering the Supreme Court, Congress and national elections for TV, radio, print, and online outlets. Her work has aired on Free Speech Radio News, All Things Considered, Channel News Asia, and Telesur, and her writing has been published by The Atlantic, La Opinión, and The Hill Rag. She was elected in 2016 as an at-large board member of the DC Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Alice grew up in Santa Monica, California and began working for local newspapers in her early teens.

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A federal judge in Kentucky is allowing a lawsuit by three protesters assaulted at a Donald Trump campaign rally last March to move forward, agreeing with the plaintiffs that Trump's call from the podium for his supporters to "get 'em out of here" incited rally-goers to physically attack them.

The three protesters have sued Trump for incitement, vicarious liability, negligence, gross negligence, and recklessness.

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The Trump administration's public feud with the hardline conservative House Freedom Caucus escalated Saturday with a top White House aide calling for a primary challenge for Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI)—a prominent and outspoken member of the group who opposed the ill-fated bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

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An investigation by the New York Times released on Saturday reveals that at least five women have taken a total of $13 million in settlements after accusing top Fox News host Bill O'Reilly of sexual harassment.

In exchange for the money, the women—both his coworkers and guests on his show—have agreed not to pursue lawsuits against O'Reilly or speak publicly about their accusations. But their initial complaints about his behavior, according to the Times, included "verbal abuse, lewd comments, unwanted advances and phone calls in which it sounded like Mr. O’Reilly was masturbating, according to documents and interviews." Multiple women recorded O'Reilly's inappropriate comments to use as evidence in their cases.

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As Republicans continue their relentless march to undo former President Barack Obama's regulations—on labor rights, climate change, online privacy and more—the Senate held a contentious vote Thursday to unwind one of his last actions in office: a rule that barred states from discriminating against Planned Parenthood and other reproductive health care providers when distributing federal grants under Title X.

To overcome a 50-50 stalemate on advancing a resolution to roll back the rule, which was implemented in February, Republicans took the rare step of bringing in Vice President Mike Pence to cast a tie-breaking vote.

Senate Democrats blasted the move as "wrong and dangerous," warning that it would encourage states to cut funding to Planned Parenthood in areas where no other women's health clinics exist.

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Tierney Sneed contributed reporting.

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) told reporters on Capitol Hill on Thursday that she is "torn" about how to vote on the nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court next week. More than two dozen Democrats are pushing for a filibuster of Gorsuch, setting the Senate up for a nasty showdown next week that may permanently change the chamber's rules.

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In a contentious hearing Wednesday on Capitol Hill, Democratic members of Congress tried to pin down Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price on whether he will try to gut the Affordable Care Act. Coming less than a week after the GOP's seven-year quest to repeal the law came to a crashing halt, the Price hearing offered an early window into whether the Trump administration will try to undermine the law administratively after failing to unwind it legislatively.

Democratic lawmakers asked Price again and again whether he will simply "follow the policies" of Obamacare, as he promised in his confirmation hearing, or if he will use the powers of his office to take apart the law. Price, dodging many of the questions aimed his way, gave few assurances he will administer all of Obamacare's regulations and programs going forward.

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