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Democrats Blast Nielsen’s Family Separation ‘Lie’ as Outrage Intensifies

DHS secretary says ‘we do not have a policy of separating families at the border’

Democrats in Congress accused Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen of lying amid intensifying outrage over a Trump administration policy requiring border agents to separate migrant children from their parents.

Several members of Congress called Nielsen out after she tweeted Sunday evening “we do not have a policy of separating families at the border.”

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries of New York called Nielsen a “stone cold liar.” Reps. Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas and Katherine Clark of Massachusetts also called Nielsen’s statement a “lie.”  California Rep. Eric Swalwell responded, “She knows we can check this, right?”

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Reporting Foreign Meddling in Elections Shouldn’t Be Optional

Over the past year, I’ve spent hours listening to witnesses talk about the events of the 2016 campaign. The House Intelligence Committee, on which I sit, has been investigating Russian interference in the election. Multiple members of Donald Trump’s campaign, businesses, and family, I’ve learned, were contacted by individuals linked to the Russian government—but none of them, so far as we know, reported these contacts to law-enforcement agencies.

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Congressman makes case to outlaw assault weapons

U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Dublin, expected severe blowback from the gun lobby when he began to talk openly about banning possession of assault weapons. But who could have imagined that it would extend to a Facebook post celebrating his son’s first birthday?

“Look at this,” Swalwell said, pulling out his cell phone to scroll through the 230 comments on the post from earlier this month. Among the heart emoji and exclamations of “adorable!” and “congratulations!” were caustic calls for Swalwell to leave the country — or others that were more explicit and vile.

It’s a good thing Nelson is too young to read.

“They have focused their fire on every post I make,” Swalwell said. “They just light you up.”

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15th Congressional District: Eric Swalwell

Eric Swalwell, a Democrat, deserves to be elected to another term as the 15th Congressional District representative.

His challengers include Republican Rudy Peters and non-partisan Brendan St. John. The two top finishers will face each other in November. We disagree with both challengers on a variety of issues, including their dismissal of climate change science and opposition to an assault weapon ban.

In order to work across the aisle, Swalwell co-founded the United Solutions Caucus in the House during his first term, bringing together members of both parties to find common ground.

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The Mercury News: Re-elect Eric Swalwell, an East Bay and national leader

Photo: LiPo Ching/Bay Area News Group

Photo: LiPo Ching/Bay Area News Group

A reasoned voice, congressman has led efforts to check the abuses of the Trump campaign and administration

By Mercury News & East Bay Times Editorial Boards

Rep. Eric Swalwell is the right person in the right place at the right time.

He was first elected to Congress in 2012, taking advantage of California’s new redistricting and primary election rules to defeat fellow Democrat and 40-year incumbent Pete Stark.

Swalwell, a former Alameda County deputy district attorney, offered political moderation and a calm, reasoned approach, in sharp contrast to Stark’s ultra-liberal, bombastic and abrasive personality that had alienated many of his colleagues.

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Pleasanton Weekly: Endorsements for June primary

Incumbent Eric Swalwell is competing for his fourth term representing District 15, which includes Pleasanton. The 37-year-old Democrat, a former Dublin councilman and county prosecutor, continues to be a strong voice for the Bay Area in Congress whose star continues to rise within his party and yet he remains active within the district.

We prefer Swalwell in the primary. His legislative record is unmatched in this election.

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California lawmaker called for assault weapons ban, but not total gun confiscation

A story twisted the words of a California lawmaker who called for banning possession of semiautomatic assault weapons to falsely state that Democrats want to seize all guns.

"Democrats go full tyranny: now demand nationwide gun confiscation from law-abiding Americans ... at gunpoint, of course," stated a May 7 headline on RevolutionRadio.org, which copied the story and headline by NaturalNews.com.

Facebook flagged this story as part of its efforts to combat false news and misinformation on Facebook's News Feed. You can read more about our partnership with Facebook here. The headline blows out of proportion statements by U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell, who represents the San Francisco Bay area.

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We Should Be Able To Vote Online

We can do better than endless lines, low turnout, and outdated tech. And the fear of hackers shouldn't stop us.

Hackers and propagandists attacked our electoral system in 2016. We’re still learning about the consequences of that attack, but one result is clear: At the very moment when we need to move our democracy into the 21st century, confidence in the system — and our ability to improve it — has been undermined.

The weaknesses of our electoral system should push us forward to voting technology that’s more secure and easier to use. But the digital chaos of 2016 means many are now more inclined to take our country deeper into the ways of the past — back to hanging chads, never-ending lines at polling stations, even ballot stuffing.

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Questions and answers with the lawmaker who wants your assault weapons

WASHINGTON — Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., added a new wrinkle to the gun debate recently with a proposal to force Americans to sell off their so-called assault weapons — or else.

Swalwell says he was inspired to act by the high school shooting in Parkland, Florida, and the surviving students who have since led a nationwide campaign to tighten gun laws. His plan, which he debuted in a USA Today op-ed, is modeled on Australia, which responded to a 1996 mass shooting by forcing gun owners around the country to sell newly prohibited weapons.

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Ban Assault Weapons, Buy Them Back, Go After Resisters

After witnessing the horrors that tools of war have wrought on individuals, on families, and on communities, it is time to take a stand. I can no longer hold the false moral equivalence between protecting the Second Amendment and protecting lives - the right to live must take precedence. I am proposing action to protect American lives and America’s future.

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