Capitol Report: Elizabeth Warren releases DNA results on Native American ancestry as Trump denies offering $1 million for test
Sen. Elizabeth Warren released a DNA test to the Boston Globe that suggests there is “strong evidence’’ she had a Native American in her family tree dating back 6 to 10 generations.
Warren first was scrutinized for her claims to Native American ancestry during her 2012 Senate race. President Donald Trump attacked her over her claims, calling her “Pocahontas” repeatedly.
The Globe said the analysis of her DNA was done by Carlos D. Bustamante, a Stanford University professor. The Globe says Bustamante concluded that “the vast majority” of Warren’s ancestry is European, but he added that “the results strongly support the existence of an unadmixed Native American ancestor.” If Warren’s great-great-great-grandmother was Native American, that puts her at 1/32nd American Indian. But the report includes the possibility that she is just 1/1024th Native American if the ancestor is 10 generations back.
Trump said “who cares” when asked about the DNA test and denied that he offered $ 1 million to charity if a test showed she has native blood. Warren tweeted she wants the money donated to the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center, a nonprofit that works to protect native women from violence.
Also read: Trump says he would subject Elizabeth Warren to ancestry test if they ever debated.
Pollster: GOP could hold House: Republican pollster John McLaughlin said Sunday that the GOP may be able to fend off Democrats’ efforts to take back control of the House in November’s midterm elections. McLaughlin told AM 970’s “The Answer” that the key to a Republican victory next month is retaining enthusiasm felt by GOP-leaning voters following the successful confirmation of Trump’s second Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh. “You’re seeing Republicans in the areas where Trump did well go up in the polls because the Trump voters are reengaged,” McLaughlin said, according to the Hill.
U.N. climate report called overestimated: National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow responded to a recent United Nations report warning the world needs to take drastic action within 12 years to avoid a possible climate crisis, saying, “I think they overestimate.” Kudlow responded to a question on ABC News’ “This Week” about a U.N. report on Oct. 7 saying that the world needs to take action against global warming to prevent potentially irreversible consequences by 2040.
“We’re always studying these things,” Kudlow said. “The issue here though is magnitudes and timing. Personally, I think the U.N. study is…way, way too difficult. I won’t say it’s a scare tactic but I think they overestimate.”
Trump told “60 Minutes” in an interview that aired Sunday night that he wasn’t denying climate change. “But it could very well go back,” he said. “You know, we’re talking about over…millions of years.”
Rubio: Mnuchin shouldn’t go to Saudi Arabia: Sen. Marco Rubio says Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin should not go to an upcoming investment conference in Saudi Arabia following the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. “I don’t think he should go,” Rubio said on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday. “I don’t think any of our government officials should be going and pretending it’s business as usual until we know exactly what’s happened here,” the Florida Republican said.
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