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    (CNN)For a very long time, the best way to be someone in politics was to get elected to Congress -- and then climb your way up the seniority ranks until you became a chairman of a committee in the House or Senate.Donald Trump changed a whole lot of things about politics over his four years in office -- and this arc for ambitious politicians is one of the big ones. No longer is getting elected to Congress -- and serving in the House or Senate -- the gold standard of how to matter in Republican politics. Instead, political power is now judged by one's closeness to Trump. Federal regulators are investigating the Trump SPAC dealThe latest evidence of this sea change in how power is accrued in Republican circles is Devin Nunes, the California congressman who announced on Monday night that he is resigning from the House by year's end for a job as the CEO of the Trump Media & Technology Group, the former president's still-evolving social media company."The time has come to reopen the Internet and allow for...
    Former Rep. Donna Edwards (D- MD) said Monday on MSNBC’s “Deadline” that it was not “fair” that the media acts like there are two equal sides when covering politics because Republicans were destroying democracy and favoring “authoritarianism.” Anchor Nicolle Wallace said, “I want to make clear as someone who worked  at the highest levels of the Republican Party is an authoritarian but every  leader running to curry Donald Trump’s endorsement and currently running the House Republican Caucus and in the Senate are bending toward all of these authoritarian impulses.” She added, “I would like you to jump in on this conversation about journalism that seemed to have spilled into the public’s view. Goldberg makes it clear that Atlantic’s vision will be covering democracy and perhaps its demise. What do you make about the appropriate role for covering what is actually happening and getting away from one side says this, the other says that?” Edwards said, “Well, I think, Nicolle, you have hit on it on this show. I mean, for the last five years, you have been covering the demise of democracy...
    Another day, another embarrassing Republican politician. In case you’re keeping track, I’m referring to Thomas Massie, the U.S. congressman who on Saturday tweeted out a “Christmas” photo showing his smiling family packing heat, with the words, “Santa, please bring ammo.” You can be in favor of the Second Amendment without feeling the need to fetishize weaponry and publicly display it. Unfortunately, the context of Massie’s photo—coming just days after a school shooting where four students were fatally shot and seven other people hurt—shows that his faux pas is not just stupid; it’s heartless. It’s also quite revealing about the current Republican ethos. This behavior signals a radical autonomy that focuses on “rights” instead of responsibilities, and prioritizes a desire for cheap buzz and attention over concern for others, like the family of the victims. The same thing could be said about how Republicans are prioritizing personal autonomy and publicity when it comes to COVID-19 mitigation efforts over care for vulnerable Americans. Who could forget about Ted Cruz’s attack on Big Bird for tweeting in support of vaccinations? Or Marjorie Taylor...
    Notorious GOP dirty trickster Roger Stone has become a "key connector" bringing anti-vaccine conspiracy theorists into the Republican Party. "In October, a conference filled with anti-vaccine activists in Nashville, Tenn., received a high-profile political guest: former President Donald Trump's son, Eric Trump," NPR reported. "The day before Trump's speech, a homeopathic doctor named Edward Group stood on the same stage and suggested to the audience they should drink their urine as an alternative to getting vaccinated against COVID-19. Another speaker, Carrie Madej, said that the vaccines contained microscopic technology designed to put 'another kind of nervous system inside you.' The true purpose of the vaccines, she claimed, was to turn humans into cyborgs." NPR noted that pre-COVID, the anti-vaccine movement was largely nonpartisan, with Robert F. Kennedy Jr. supporting some liberal causes while "well-known anti-vaccine activist" Del Bigtree describes himself as a registered Democrat. "Stone, who spoke at the conference, says he's quite open to some of the ideas presented there about vaccines. But he also sees the shot as a powerful wedge issue that Republicans can use to motivate...
    Washington’s Fourth Congressional District Republican candidate Loren Culp told Breitbart News Saturday he is challenging “spineless” Republican Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) to unseat him after he failed the Republican Party by voting to impeach former President Donald Trump and in favor of the January 6 committee. “I’m running against Newhouse because he is now, as you mentioned, one of the ten who voted to impeach President Trump, but he also doubled down, and he voted for the January 6 Commission, which is allowing that to closer to keep the charade going and attack conservative people,” Culp explained. Culp explained in the show he is ready to take on Newhouse since he received the largest amount of votes than any other Republican in the state when he ran for governor in 2020. He said that was because he stood for individual freedom and liberty. Additionally, he explained, in 2018, he was Chief of Police in a small town. Culp said he was the “first law enforcement executive to stand up and say that I will not enforce this unconstitutional law,” clarifying that he will do the same thing in Congress....
    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Bob Dole, who overcame disabling war wounds to become a sharp-tongued Senate leader from Kansas, a Republican presidential candidate and then a symbol and celebrant of his dwindling generation of World War II veterans, has died. He was 98. His wife, Elizabeth Dole, posted the announcement Sunday on Twitter. Dole announced in February 2021 that he’d been diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. During his 36-year career on Capitol Hill, Dole became one of the most influential legislators and party leaders in the Senate, combining a talent for compromise with a caustic wit, which he often turned on himself but didn’t hesitate to turn on others, too. During his 36-year career on Capitol Hill, Dole became one of the most influential legislators and party leaders in the Senate, combining a talent for compromise with a caustic wit, which he often turned on himself but didn’t hesitate to turn on others, too. He shaped tax policy, foreign policy, farm and nutrition programs and rights for the disabled, enshrining protections against discrimination in employment, education and public services...
              more   Elected officials, activists, and operatives from the Republican Party of Virginia (RPV) are meeting in the mountains of Bath County to celebrate their major wins in the 2021 elections and to plan the rejuvenated party’s future. “Every state party across the country has its signature event,” former RPV Chairman John Whitbeck told The Virginia Star. “Virginia GOP’s signature event has always been this weekend.” He said, “It’s got three purposes. One is to discuss the year behind and talk about the year ahead, and talk about what’s going on in the party, expose everyone to new faces that might be running in the next year, what not. Two, to ensure that the party does its business. There’s a State Central Committee meeting that happens and it’s usually a pretty important one. There’s usually some substantive business done in the December meeting at the Advance. And then three, to raise money. This is the party’s biggest fundraiser and if it’s successful it kind of funds the party for the first half of the year in the following year.” “This...
              more   Governor-elect Glenn Youngkin kicked off the Republican Party of Virginia’s (RPV) Advance (Republicans don’t retreat) by reviewing the party’s recent win and expressing hopes for future political and legislative wins. “We did it,” Youngkin told the crowd. “Friends, after a long day of pain, let’s just be clear: we turned Virginia red.” At the Friday evening reception, Youngkin listed five factors that led to the 2021 victories: a campaign about “and,” not about “or,” highlighting the difference between his own inclusive messaging and the messaging of his opponent Terry McAuliffe. Secondly, he said that his campaign did not write off a single voter in Virginia but instead went after every voter including Democrats, minorities, college students, women, and farmers. Thirdly, he highlighted the importance of issues that came from listening to Virginians. The fourth factor was a Virginia-centric platform, a contrast to McAuliffe’s national-style campaign. “Finally, number five: we in fact changed a culture of defeatism into a spirit of winning,” Youngkin said. “We all felt that we could win, and when we feel that we can win,...
    Moderate Republicans are declining paths toward higher office, or withdrawing from their positions altogether, as the GOP becomes increasingly essentialized by right-wing extremism following Donald Trump's presidency. On Wednesday, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, a two-term governor who is more popular amongst Democrats than Republicans, announced that he will not be running for re-election next year, making the seat especially vulnerable to a Democratic pickup in the deep blue state. Baker, a former healthcare executive, attributed his withdrawal to Massachusetts' ongoing need for pandemic recovery, calling another campaign of his "a distraction." "We want to focus on recovery, not on the grudge matches political campaigns can devolve into," Baker wrote in a public letter. As of November, Massachusetts has seen 852,527 confirmed cases and 19,373 deaths, with roughly half of the latter occurring in nursing homes. Baker came under scrutiny for an outbreak at the Holyoke Soldiers' Home in Spring of last year, according to The Boston Globe, which took the lives of 67 veterans. Baker was also harshly criticized this February over his decision to cut off the vaccines...
    An Ohio Republican Party meeting had to be ended early due to the presence of protesters against Republican Gov. Mike DeWineMike DeWineOhio governor signs bill allowing small businesses to stay open during health emergencies Biden considering Cordray for top Fed bank regulator role: report Trump seeking to oust Republican Alabama governor over canceled rally: report MORE. The committee voted to end the meeting early because the protesters, who were from multiple groups around the state, were disrupting the event and attempting to participate in voice votes, Cleveland.com reported.  Everyone was told to leave the room except for members of the committee and the media, with police arriving after the committee voted to end the meeting. Reporters did not see officers forcibly try to remove protesters.  DeWine's candidacy for reelection has sparked controversy in his party, with many Republicans believing the governor is too anti-Trump. DeWine also got in trouble with his party because he supported business closures early in the pandemic as a means of trying to slow the spread of the virus.  The meeting was reportedly contentious from the start, with even issues that normally don’t...
              more   The retired Ernst and Young partner and member of the Ohio Republican Party Central Committee responded to charges from the party chairman Robert A. Paduchik and his supporters that he is ignorant of non-profit accounting and that he delayed the resolution of the party’s books by forcing the party’s audit firm to resign. “I’m an auditor in background, and when I’m an auditor, I want to get the facts. I want to understand what happened. I want to look at the dockets, or I want somebody else to look at them and tell me what happened,” said Mark A. Bainbridge, who represents the 16th Senate District on the Central Committee. “I don’t want to speculate about what might have happened. I don’t know. I just want to know what the answer is,” he said. “There’s a $1.7 million adjustment to equity in 2017 and a $436,000 adjustment to equity in ’19, and equity doesn’t reconcile in 2021 by $270,000. I don’t know what those are. I want to know.” Bainbridge and four other Central Committee members filed a...
    (CNN)Congress averted a government shutdown Thursday evening when both chambers voted to pass a stopgap bill to extend funding through mid-February after party leaders brokered a deal to overcome GOP brinkmanship over vaccine mandates.The final tally in the Senate was 69-28. Passage of the stopgap bill ahead of a Friday at midnight deadline ended a standoff that had threatened to trigger a shutdown when a small number of Republican senators who object to President Joe Biden's vaccine requirements had held out the possibility of holding up a quick vote on the funding bill. To resolve the impasse, the two parties agreed to hold votes on the stopgap bill as well as a GOP amendment to prohibit the use of federal funding for Covid-19 vaccine mandates, which ultimately failed. Earlier on Thursday, the House passed a continuing resolution to fund the government through February 18. Read MoreThe final vote was 221-212. Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois was the only Republican to join Democrats in voting for the resolution. Negotiators from both parties had announced a plan Thursday morning that would prevent...
              more   The chairman of the Ohio Republican Party sent a November 30 open letter addressed to “Interested Parties,” denouncing State Central Committeeman Mark A. Bainbridge for his criticism of how party finances are handled. “Quite simply, Mark is making crazy accusations of fiscal malfeasance to damage the State Central Committee,” said Robert A. Paduchik, who took over the party’s reins in February, succeeding Jane E. Timken, now a candidate for the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate. “When Mark first brought up his concerns, I tried to work with him and his followers. In some instances, we employed some of his recommendations,” Paduchik said in the letter, whose authenticity a party spokeswoman confirmed. “ORP has hired a CPA to manage the books and campaign finance compliance,” he said. “Additionally, we have hired a COO to coordinate all the ORP operational activities, so most staff can focus on what we do best, winning elections. We will always work to improve operations.” Paduchik said after a while, the working relationship between Bainbridge and the ORP staff became strained. The chairman said Bainbridge...
              more   A band of five members of the Ohio Republican Party’s Central Committee filed suit against the Ohio Republican Party, Party Chairman Robert A. Paduchik and Party Treasurer David W. Johnson November 29 at the Franklin County Courthouse petitioning for the court to grant their four requests: An injunction against Paduchik and or a temporary restraining order stopping him from reassigning members of the party’s Central Committee from their subcommittees or otherwise reorganizing the Central Committee outside the process set out in the party rules; Production and recovery of financial documents for a court-ordered forensic audit of the party’s books going back to the party’s fiscal year 2017, or going back as far as necessary to track down impropriety and illegality; Accountability and transparency sufficient to make auditable books and records that the petitioners claim has not been accomplished in 12 years, leaving the party with entirely corrupted and un-audited financial records; and The party’s adoption of the necessary management and officer accountability and an investigation towards the recovery of funds illegally transferred or converted from the party....
    (CNN)Democrats could not look any more vulnerable in the 2022 midterm elections, but Republicans are showing every day just how easily the GOP could torpedo its political chances next year.Infighting between moderates and loyalists to former President Donald Trump erupted into the open on Tuesday, while Trump continued his attempts to obscure the truth about the January 6 attack on the Capitol through the courts. While President Joe Biden's approval ratings have tumbled to new lows in recent months as Americans stress over the Covid-19 pandemic and a host of kitchen table issues, restive voters looking for different leadership may not take much heart as they watched the debacle unfolding in the Republican Party and the leadership's inability to handle it. As Trump hovers on the sidelines egging on GOP antagonists who have adopted his chaos-sowing tactics and vile rhetoric, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy tried unsuccessfully Tuesday to turn down the temperature in a roiling feud between freshman Republican Reps. Nancy Mace of South Carolina and Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia.Greene had started off the sniping by calling Mace...
    Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's new book touting himself as the potential savior of the Republican Party has sold just over 2,000 copies in the week since it was published.   In its first week available in stores, Christie's tome titled Republican Rescue has sold just 2,289 copies, according to BookScan data cited by the publishing newsletter Press Run.  Press Run author Eric Boehlert called the sales figures a 'a colossal publishing flop' and 'debacle' for Christie, comparing the dismal sales to the same-week sales of 24,000 for Jonathan Karl's new political book, Betrayal: The Final Act of the Trump Show. The meager book sales come despite persistent promotion of the book by Christie, who has appeared on The View, Fox & Friends, The Daily Show, CNBC, and twice on HBO, among others.  In its first week available in stores, Chris Christie's tome titled Republican Rescue has sold just 2,289 copies, according to BookScan data Christie has made a media blitz to support his new book, appearing on CNN (above) as well as The View, Fox & Friends, The Daily Show, CNBC, and...
    By David Morgan | Reuters WASHINGTON – A new fault line opened between Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday, as lawmakers squabbled publicly over accusations of religious bigotry and racism among party conservatives. In a fight that could further complicate Republican efforts to forge unity ahead of next year’s elections, firebrand congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene on Twitter branded Representative Nancy Mace as “trash” for criticizing Republican Lauren Boebert for remarks about a Democrat that have been decried as Islamaphobic. “@NancyMace is the trash in the GOP Conference. Never attacked by Democrats or RINO’s (same thing) because she is not conservative, she’s pro-abort. Mace you can back up off of @laurenboebert or just go hang with your real gal pals, the Jihad Squad. Your out of your league,” Greene wrote in a tweet early on Tuesday. RINO, the acronym for “Republican In Name Only,” is an epithet often used to criticize party members not seen as adequately conservative. Greene was attacking Mace over a recent CNN interview in which her fellow congresswoman likened Boebert’s remarks about Democratic Representative...
              more   A retired partner from Ernst and Young, one of the Big Four international accounting firms, sent a November 24 memorandum to Republican Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine (R-OH) requesting the governor pressure Ohio Republican Party (ORP) Chairman Robert A. Paduchik to resign for his failure to respond to Ohio Republican State Central Committee member questions regarding missing funds from the party’s balance sheet. “As a follow-up to my letter to you of November 8, 2021, enclosed is a letter I sent to members of the Ohio Republican State Central Committee related to unexplained ORP Net Worth Decrease of $270,600 in 2021,” wrote Mark A. Banbridge, who left Ernst and Young in 2009, before establishing his business advisory firm in Columbus. The Star News Network obtained a copy of Bainbridge’s memorandum. There have now been three unanswered Bainbridge letters to DeWine. “I ask that you to use your authority as the head of the Ohio Republican Party to request Bob Paduchik’s resignation so we can select a person with a strong moral compass, competence, and CEO experience as Chairman of...
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    MATTHEW McConaughey's politics have left fans to wonder whether he'll run for office on day. The Academy Award-winning actor revealed in a podcast he was considering a run for Texas governor, and again speaking on CBS This Morning he said he'd be a "fool" not to consider it. 2Matthew McConaughey said he was thinking about running for the governor of TexasCredit: Getty Images - Getty Who is Matthew McConaughey? Matthew McConaughey is an Oscar-winning Hollywood actor and producer. The 52-year-old first gained notoriety for his supporting performance in the coming-of-age comedy Dazed and Confused. Since, he has been featured in blockbuster films like Dallas Buyer's Club, The Wolf of Wall Street, Interstellar and The Gentlemen. He won the Best Actor Oscar for his performance in Dallas Buyer's Club. He is married to Brazilian model Camila Alves, whom he has been with since 2006, and the couple share three children together: Levi, 13, Vida, 11, and Livingston, 8. Is Matthew McConaughey a Republican or a Democrat? It's unknown which party Matthew is registered to. Although there has been speculation in...
    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’s (R) leadership throughout the pandemic has brought “pro-freedom conservatives” to the Sunshine State in droves as they flee “tyrannical blue states” in search of freedom, Florida Republican Party vice chairman Christian Ziegler said during an interview on Breitbart News Saturday. Registered Republican voters surpassed Democrats for the first time in Florida’s history as of October 31, a shift Ziegler said is largely because voters are leaving Democrat-run cities and states. He also noted that many more moderate Florida Democrats feel as though their party has “left them behind.” From 2008 to the end of Obama’s presidency in 2016, Democrats went from nearly 700,000 more voters than Republicans to a little over 300,000, election data shows. By 2020, Democrats held slightly less than a 100,000-voter lead. Republicans are now roughly 4,000 votes ahead of Democrats — 5,118,357 to 5,114,039, according to data from the Florida Division of Elections. Ziegler told host Matthew Boyle, Breitbart News’s Washington bureau chief, that the secret to the Florida GOP’s success was leaning into the “Trump/DeSantis wing of the party” and investing “a record...
              moreby Andrew Oleksiw   Do you ever wonder why Democratic politicians frequently resort to name calling when challenging Republicans? Why do the so-called mainstream media always seem to have the same anti-Republican talking points? Why are Republican judges consistently portrayed as evil? Why do progressive commentators and democratic policy makers always seem to “talk down” to their conservative opponents? Alternatively, does it seem odd that most Republican politicians and conservative speakers often try to portray their arguments as policy disagreements and their opponents as “good people” with “differing views”? Republicans and most mainstream conservative pundits generally answer policy questions directly. They try to show respect and yield to opposing points when they make sense. Republicans in general just want to argue for practical solutions to problems. The reason for this is simple: the Democratic Party over time has embraced an all-encompassing ideology that governs the way their politics and quest for power are shaped. All Democratic politicians and their pundits embrace at least some key aspects of this ideology. This fact is not readily apparent to everyone because Americans are...
    CNN Newsroom Host Jim Acosta tore into House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) for his unwillingness to stand up to the controversial members of the House Republican Conference, warning this “means more hatred, more bigotry, more glorification of violence, and more appeasement.” Acosta began his comments Saturday night, saying: “Welcome to the Trump Republican Party freak show caucus, home of Paul Gosar (R-AZ) who was recently censured for posting a violent photoshopped anime showing him attacking prominent Democrats. And of course, there is Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) who has been stripped of her committee assignments in part because of her past racist and anti-Semitic statements.” He continued saying, “The freak show caucus knows the party’s current leader in the House, Kevin McCarthy, is not going to stand in their way. McCarthy has gone from blaming Trump for January 6th to complaining that Trump should have been awarded a Nobel Peace Prize.” Acosta played a clip of McCarthy speaking in the aftermath of the January 6th insurrection saying former President Donald Trump “bears responsibility” for the attack on Congress. He then...
    (CNN)A moderate House Republican is firing off a warning shot at House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy as he caters to his right flank in a quest for the speaker's gavel. "He's taking the middle of the conference for granted," the GOP lawmaker told CNN, speaking on condition of anonymity in order to discuss internal conference dynamics. "McCarthy could have a bigger math problem with the moderates."Specifically, this lawmaker said a number of moderates are upset with how McCarthy has embraced some of the extremists in the GOP conference and warned it could hurt the party in swing districts and undermine their chances of winning back the majority. Marjorie Taylor Greene lays out demands for GOP House speaker vote if Republicans retake majority in 2022McCarthy has promised to reinstate Reps. Paul Gosar and Marjorie Taylor Greene to their committees if the GOP wins back the House, and he has yet to weigh in on the anti-Muslim comments from Rep. Lauren Boebert, who has since apologized. Greene — who recently laid out a list of demands for her speaker's vote and...
    NEW YORK (AP) — Chris Christie is everywhere. The former New Jersey governor and onetime Republican presidential candidate denounced “conspiracy theorists” during a September appearance at the Ronald Reagan Library in California. He followed up with a speech this month to influential Republicans in Las Vegas, warning that the party will only succeed if it offers a “plan for tomorrow, not a grievance about yesterday.” In between, he’s been interviewed by everyone from Laura Ingraham on Fox News to David Axelrod, a former adviser to President Barack Obama, on CNN. On its face, Christie’s publicity campaign is in service of “Republican Rescue,” his new book that offers a simple prescription for his party: stop talking nonsense about 2020 and focus on the future — or keep losing elections. But the frenzied pace of his appearances and the increasingly obvious jabs at Donald Trump suggest Christie is plotting a political comeback with the 2024 campaign in mind. In a recent interview, Christie said he hadn’t made a decision yet about his political future and wouldn’t until after next year’s elections....
    House Republicans devoted themselves to protecting Trump and others from consequences for criminal corruption. Now poised to take back Congress in 2022, their new agenda is blocking probes of an attempted coup and the Republican propaganda campaign intended to justify it. As things stand right now, Republicans are heavily favored to take control of the House in the 2022 midterm elections. This isn't because of dissatisfaction with Democratic results, or because a year before election day Democratic candidates have all botched their campaigns irrecoverably. It's because in more states than not, Republicans are the ones drawing the lines of where each new congressional district will go, and Republicans have already redrawn maps in enough states to be all but assured of victory when Election Day finally rolls around. That's the analysis from The New York Times, which has noted that Republicans only needed to flip a handful of seats to regain power and, based on the maps already out, the party's lawmakers have already redrawn district boundaries into ones that will give them those wins. The actual election part, the...
    New reporting from CNN says former President Donald Trump and his allies are holding the threat of losing House speakership over Kevin McCarthy’s head if he doesn’t toe the line. If the Republicans retake the House in the 2022 midterms, McCarthy is expected to become the Speaker of the House. But there could conceivably be enough Republican dissatisfaction with him at that point, and the party could look to other candidates. Mark Meadows recently suggested it could be Trump himself. CNN Capitol Hill reporter Melanie Zanona wrote Wednesday that right now, there’s a decent chance Trump still backs McCarthy in the end, but “if Trump were to publicly or even privately come out against McCarthy — or encourage someone else to challenge him — it would almost certainly create a math problem for McCarthy.” One Republican congressman told CNN directly, “Kevin has his full support. But if he came out against him, it would be ugly.” Donald Trump and his allies are starting to dangle the threat of the speakership over House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s head, teeing up...
    New York Times editorial board member Michelle Cottle commemorated Thanksgiving with a piece hailing "The Republicans we're thankful for." "It has been a tough year for fans of American democracy. The sacking of the Capitol on Jan. 6 set the tone. Former President Donald Trump’s chokehold on the Republican Party continues to fuel its most unhinged impulses and elements. More than two-thirds of Republicans buy the lie that the 2020 election was stolen," Cottle began her piece on Wednesday.  NEW YORK TIMES SLAMMED BY FEMALE SENATORS FOR ‘SEXIST’ FOCUS ON KYRSTEN SINEMA'S STYLE "Too many party leaders who know better are playing along… But there have been exceptions, select Republicans who have put the public good ahead of partisan and personal interests — some more dramatically than others. Not that these folks are saints, or even consistent in their commitment. But these days, even glimmers of responsible, pro-democratic behavior amid the miasma of Trumpism merit a shout-out. So in the spirit of the season, let us give thanks for these rare Republican pockets of character and duty," Cottle wrote.  ...
    After a long hiatus, Donald Trump is once again contributing cash to Republicans not named Donald Trump. The Republican National Committee filed a financial report last weekend revealing a $1 million October contribution from Trump Make America Great Again, the joint fundraising juggernaut split between the RNC and two PACs belonging to the former president. It was TMAGA’s first significant contribution to the Republican Party since Trump left office—the last was for funds raised ahead of the Jan. 5 special elections in Georgia. In a statement to The Daily Beast, RNC spokesperson Emma Vaughn said the transfer from the joint fundraising committee (JFC) was “standard practice.” “This is standard operating procedure when dealing with a joint fundraising agreement that is no longer in use. Based on a prior agreement, the RNC is transferring its funds from the JFC to the RNC based on standard practice and to suggest anything otherwise is gross misreporting,” Vaughn said. When asked, Vaughn would not say whether the committee was going to terminate, or if the groups were preserving the relationship. Former Secretary of State...
    I watch the cartoons my daughter watches. I mean, I watch them with her. That might seem silly, but today's cartoons are not yesterday's. They're much better. Compare, for instance, the "She-Ra" of the 1980s with the "She-Ra" of now. After you do, you'll see why I'll never ever let my daughter watch my childhood version. I can't believe I did! The last thing I want is my daughter acting -- and dressing! -- like that! Cartoons, like today's "She-Ra," are frequently morality plays. Their narratives work through ethical conundrums, the kinds my daughter is facing or will face eventually, as all children do. Another one of her cartoons, called "Avatar: The Last Airbender," speaks to our current social and political crisis, which I think of as a crisis of humility. Meaning, there's not enough of it on account of there being not enough demand. That might be a consequence of history. When I was my daughter's age, in 1984, American culture was very worried about children and their feelings of shame. (To a degree, it still is.) The...
    The head of the Oklahoma Republican Party on Tuesday called on Republican National Committee chairwoman Ronna McDaniel to resign after she expressed the party’s commitment to the LGBTQ+ community at a gala earlier this month. In an 1,100-word fundraising email headed “RNC Chair MUST Change Course or RESIGN,” OKGOP chair John Bennett said McDaniel “must resign” if “she cannot or will not stand for who we say we are.” “The OKGOP will not cooperate with this decision and, as your Chairman, I assure the Oklahoma Republican Party that I will continue to stand up for our Republican Party Values and our principles,” Bennett wrote in the email. He added that religious freedom is “flat-out incompatible with the pillars of the LGBT movement.” “Let’s clear the way of those who are either too incompetent or too selfish to actually defend liberty and our Judeo-Christian founding,” Bennett wrote, then asked for donations to his organization. McDaniel crossed conservative Christians when she announced the creation of an “RNC Pride Coalition” at the annual Spirit of Lincoln dinner put on by Log Cabin Republicans—...
    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Congressional redistricting is the arcane but consequential process of redrawing U.S. House districts every 10 years, which often goes unnoticed by citizens. This week, a final congressional map for Ohio sprinted through the Legislature and was signed by Republican Gov. Mike DeWine on Saturday — all in less than five days. The map only received Republican support, meaning it will endure for only four years, not a whole decade as the process envisions. The new Ohio map includes six safe Republican seats, two safe Democratic seats and seven seats Republicans say are competitive, but which voting rights groups, Democrats and academics say still lean the GOP’s way. The state lost one of its current 16 congressional seats due to its lagging population recorded in the 2020 census. Maps that are drawn to overly advantage one political party, called gerrymandering, have played a role in heightened, even deadly, tensions on display in the U.S. in recent years, as Americans feel unheard by their government, said University of Cincinnati political scientist David Niven. “I am...
    DAVISON, Mich. (CBS Detroit/AP) — The chairman of the Genesee County Republican Party pleaded guilty Monday to making a harassing phone call to a Democratic county official in Houghton County. “My actions were totally inappropriate and I sincerely apologize for this call this late at night, disturbing the peace,” Matthew Smith, 24, told a judge as he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor. Smith is also a member of Davison Community Schools and is facing a recall campaign in Davison. Houghton County Clerk Jennifer Kelly said the caller threatened to poison her dogs during a 1 a.m. phone call in March 2020, MLive.com reported. The call ended with “the weirdest laugh I ever heard,” Kelly said, and caused her to barricade herself in her bedroom after she called police. Smith said a friend was running for office against Kelly. She was subsequently reelected. Smith declined to comment outside court. He had earlier denied the allegations and instead blamed political foes. It’s possible that Smith’s record in the case could be scrubbed clean if he stays out of trouble. © 2021 Associated...
    Trump initiated it, but it was the Republican leadership's embrace of hoaxes and the party's purging of those who would not comply that shifted the movement into a fascist, propaganda-reliant enemy of elections themselves. The Republican Party can add a new accomplishment to their expanding list: For the first time, the United States has been demoted to the status of "backsliding" democracy by a major global watchdog of such things. The International IDEA think tank made the change in its newest report, citing "declines in civil liberties" and other factors. The United States now joins troubled inching-towards-autocracy nations like Hungary and Poland—which, notably, have recently been celebrated by Tucker Carlson and other far-right pundits as potential models of what this nation should become. We are still a democracy, but the things that make us a democracy are themselves under attack. International IDEA is blunt in pinning the blame where it belongs, calling Donald Trump's attacks on the legitimacy of the 2020 presidential election "a historic turning point." The Guardian quotes International IDEA Secretary General Kevin Casas-Zamora as he notes that "the increasing...
    Registered Republican voters in Florida now outnumber registered Democrat voters in the state for the first time in several decades — but according to Vice Chairman of the Florida GOP Christian Ziegler, the Republican Party of Florida has no plans of slowing down or getting comfortable. “It’s important for us to recognize our milestones like overtaking the Democrats in the State of Florida. We can take a little moment to do that. But then we must immediately — a couple of minutes later, we’re going to go back to work,” Ziegler exclusively told Breitbart News over the weekend. “Democrats are laser focused 24/7, 365, to basically turn America and Florida into a socialist country that doesn’t support our police, doesn’t support our military, that puts more power in the hands of the government, shuts down businesses, shuts down schools. I mean, every day they wake up, and that’s what they’re focused on.” he continued. “I mean, my job as vice chair of the state party and our organization — we need to be laser-focused on countering that and then promoting all...
    Eric Greitens, Former Missouri Governor, Navy SEAL, and current U.S Senate candidate, told Breitbart News Saturday Kyle Rittenhouse “should sue them all,” after his not guilty jury verdict. LISTEN: Breitbart News Saturday host Matthew Boyle began the show discussing Kyle Rittenhouse, who was found not guilty on Friday in the shooting of three men at a riot in Kenosha, Wisconsin, last summer. Boyle noted that citizen journalists who captured the incident on tape played a considerable role in the Rittenhouse verdict. “Matt, look, this is positively Soviet what is going on. You have prosecutors attacking Kyle Rittenhouse in what is clearly a case of self defense,” Greitens said. “And what happens not only is he targeted by a political prosecutor, but then you have Joe Biden smearing his name and you have the corporate media piling on for months.” “But the fact is his case should have never been brought. The fact is they’ve also dragged a kid through the mud. They’ve had his name smeared for months and you’re absolutely right. He should go out and he should sue them all,”...
    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Republican Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine signed into law a map of new congressional districts on Saturday that will be in effect for the next four years, despite objections from Democrats and voting rights groups. DeWine said in a statement that, compared with other proposals from House and Senate lawmakers from both parties, the Senate legislation he signed “makes the most progress to produce a fair, compact, and competitive map.” READ MORE: Artist Influenced By Carnegie Museums of Art And Natural History Gets To Display His WorkThe redistricting measure cleared the state Legislature along party lines with House approval Thursday after a breakneck sprint through both chambers, amid praise from majority Republicans. Democrats blasted the Republican-led mapmaking process as unfair, partisan, and cloaked in secrecy. The Senate approved the bill Tuesday, only about 16 hours after the new map was released. The nonpartisan Princeton Gerrymandering Project gave the map an F grade. The new law creates at most three safe Democratic districts out of 15 new U.S. House seats in a state where voters are split roughly...
    Washington (CNN)New Hampshire Republican Gov. Chris Sununu on Sunday criticized members of his party who are looking to retaliate against 13 GOP House members who voted to pass President Joe Biden's $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill, saying they "have their priorities screwed up." "When we talk about kicking people off of committees because they don't like one vote or the other -- again, I just think they have their priorities screwed up," Sununu told CNN's Dana Bash on "State of the Union." The comments from the Republican governor underscore the mixed views members of the party have on the infrastructure package, which was passed with Republican support in both the House and Senate, prompting some hard-liners to discuss booting their GOP colleagues from committee spots, even though the effort faces little chance of succeeding. Pressed by Bash on what the retaliation efforts say about his party, Sununu said: "Again, I think it says that we have our priorities wrong. Republicans have had huge successes with cutting taxes, limiting government, creating opportunities in schools, supporting parents, making sure kids -- those are...
    Noam Chomsky recently delivered a blistering assessment of Republican lawmakers' hypocrisy on the Afghanistan withdrawal. Speaking to Jacobin magazine, the prominent linguist and political activist recalled former President Donald Trump's deal with the Taliban back in 2020 that would lead to the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan at the worst possible time; a time that Chomsky described as "the onset of the fighting season." At the time, Trump said, "We will pull out, and you can do anything you like," he said. "Don't fire at American soldiers, which wouldn't look good for me. But anything else is your business." He then noted the Republican Party's abrupt shift on the Afghanistan withdrawal. Although they supported the initiative when Trump spearheaded it, they completely abandoned that perspective once President Joe Biden took the White House. Even after Biden improved Trump's provisions and implemented additional measures for withdrawal, he was still lambasted. READ: 'Knowingly lying': DeSantis torched after falsely claiming the COVID vaccine is 'not preventing infection' "It's interesting to see the reaction of the Republican Party, which hailed this as...
    America was looking for a hero and briefly thought it had found one. Nope. Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger remains in a precarious spot in Republican Party politics. He has been singled out by Donald Trump and, indeed, the entire fascist wing of the party for his failure to comply with Trump's post-election demands that he "find" enough votes to overturn Trump's Georgia loss. To alter the vote totals of an American election would be both criminal and a betrayal of the country; Trump may yet face criminal charges for attempting to intimidate Georgia officials into doing so. Raffensperger is already facing a primary challenge from Republicans who are irate over his refusal to help topple the government. It's looking unlikely, at this point, that his party will return him to the office next year. It's tempting to mark Raffensperger down as the courageous sort after he stood up for a principle as basic as: "No, I'm not going to fraudulently alter the votes in a United States election based on the say-so of a delusional, barking lump of self-regard."...
    The House of Representatives voted to censure Arizona Republican Rep. Paul Gosar and strip him of his committee assignments in a mostly party-line vote on Wednesday over an anime video he posted that depicted him fighting Democratic New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and President Joe Biden. Gosar marks the first time that a member of Congress was formally censured by the House since 2010, and is the second House Republican to be stripped from committee assignments by Democrats in the current Congress. The video in question featured the faces of Ocasio-Cortez, Biden, and himself cast over animated characters from the Japanese anime series Attack on Titan. Ocasio-Cortez's and Biden’s faces were edited onto those of the show's villains. Gosar’s character killed Ocasio-Cortez and assaulted Biden. Democrats said that the video constituted a threat of violence against Ocasio-Cortez, who pays out-of-pocket for private security due to frequent death threats, and said Gosar had declined to apologize directly to her. INFRA-PARTY BACKLASH IN HOUSE GOP: KATKO RETALIATION ATTEMPT, MCCARTHY AND ROY GET HEATED “We cannot have...
    (CNN)Retiring Ohio Rep. Anthony Gonzalez told CNN's Jake Tapper something over the weekend that crystallized a question I keep coming back to when it comes to the Republican party's continuing loyalty to former President Donald Trump."The cold hard truth is Donald Trump led us into a ditch on January 6," Gonzalez, who was one of 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump for his conduct on January 6, told Tapper. "The former President lied to us. He lied to every one of us and in doing so he cost (Republicans) the House, the Senate and the White House."Yes! This!Politics has always been a bit of a rough game. Politicians who win -- and help others win -- are lauded. Those who don't, well, aren't. It's transactional. That reality is why I assumed that following Trump's 2020 loss, there would be a significant reckoning within the party about the last four years -- and a turning away from Trump.Read MoreAfter all, that he oversaw -- and contributed to -- Republican losses is indisputable.In 2018, Republicans lost 40 House seats --...
    Former New Jersey governor Chris Christie continued the junket tour for his new book by going on Fox News and offering former President Donald Trump a dose of reality for his continued lies about the 2020 election. Christie’s appearance on America’s Newsroom marks his latest attempt to promote Republican Rescue: Saving the Party From Truth Deniers, Conspiracy Theorists, and the Dangerous Policies of Joe Biden. Between all of his criticism for the Biden administration, Christie has drawn a great deal of media intrigue lately for making fun of Trump, suggesting that the Republican Party move on from Trump, and quit embracing conspiracy theories from the ex-president. When asked about the state of his relationship with Trump, Christie once again spoke of how he told Trump he lost the 2020 election, and that his mass voter fraud claims remain unsubstantiated. He also warned that Trump’s obsession with “grievances and vendettas” bogs down the GOP’s attempts to focus on the future. Good friends tell people the truth. I told Donald Trump the truth on Election Night and after Election Night the election...
    (CNN)If House Republicans win in the midterm elections, it's already clear their new majority will be a constant churn of self-radicalization and an extremist political weapon for Donald Trump.The Republican conference is purging heretics who reject the ex-President's personality cult and fueling his continuing assaults on democracy designed to restore him to power amid ever-growing signs that the narrow Democratic House majority is in trouble.So far this week, the House GOP has shown it's ready to turn a blind eye to Arizona Rep. Paul Gosar's tweet of a photoshopped anime video depicting him appearing to kill Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and swinging swords at President Joe Biden. The bulk of the House GOP is expected to stand by Gosar on Wednesday as he faces a rare censure vote by the full chamber and is stripped of two committee assignments. Explaining her decision to hold the vote, Speaker Nancy Pelosi said: "We cannot have members joking about murdering each other." But if they are not bothered enough by Gosar's glorification of violence to punish him, some of his...
    GOP House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California Shortly after 13 House Republicans joined 215 Democrats last week to pass a $1 trillion infrastructure bill, GOP lawmakers went to war with each other. Some House radicals—who are apparently the dominant force in the GOP caucus—labeled the measure “socialist” and called their 13 colleagues “traitors.” Presumably, that went for Senate Republicans, too, after they helped negotiate the bill and about 40% of their caucus voted for it. The pettiest man alive, Donald Trump, groused that “Old Crow” Mitch McConnell had voted for it while being “incapable” of delivering a similar bill during Trump’s tenure. McConnell, in turn, called the Biden bill a “godsend” to his state. Republicans are still warring over the bill even as a new Washington Post-ABC News poll shows that 63% of Americans support the bill while just 32% oppose it. The survey question was very simple: Do you support or oppose the federal government spending one trillion dollars on roads, bridges, and other infrastructure? And yes, nearly two-thirds of respondents said they did support the trillion-dollar investment in...
    LIZ Cheney has been representing the state of Wyoming in the House of Representatives since 2017. Her family has been in politics for decades most notably her father, Dick Cheney, who served as vice president of the US from 2001 till 2009. 2Liz Cheney comes from a political backgroundCredit: AP:Associated Press Is Liz Cheney a Republican or a Democrat? Political heavyweight Liz Cheney has been a prominent feature in political news because of her on-and-off spat with her fellow Republican party members. She was first elected as a congresswoman in Wyoming as a member of the Republican party in 2016. In May 2021, House Republicans voted to remove Cheney as chair of the House Republican Conference. Did she vote to impeach Donald Trump? In January 2021, Liz Cheney was one of 10 Republicans who joined 222 Democrats to vote to impeach former President Donald Trump for inciting the January 6, 2021 Capitol riots. In May 2021, Cheney lambasted Donald Trump on Twitter for making baseless claims that the 2020 election was rigged in favor of President Joe Biden. She...
    Benjamin Franklin famously observed that “in this world, nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” Republican politicians’ opposition to raising the latter, and seeking to cut them whenever possible, may now come in a close third. “God put the Republican Party on Earth to cut taxes,” veteran conservative columnist Robert Novak once said. “If they don’t do that, they have no useful function.” The GOP’s antipathy to tax hikes has survived a wave of populism in the party that has put free trade, balanced budgets, and Paul Ryan-style entitlement reform on the chopping block. “Woke capitalism” and anti-conservative trends in technology companies have caused some Republicans to question bigness in business as well as government. The conservative smart set speaks in disparaging tones about the party remaining in the grips of “free market orthodoxy.” Yet the line on taxes has held. Former President Donald Trump is a case in point. He broke with former President George W. Bush on trade, immigration, and, to a lesser extent, foreign policy. But on fiscal policy, Trump offered much the...
    A Texas Democrat has jumped parties and joined the Republicans after becoming infuriated with his party's policies on defunding the police and the current 'chaos' on the southern border.  Ryan Guillen, a Texas State Representative for House District 31, made the announcement in a press conference on Monday. He won't cross the aisle immediately but will instead seek reelection in the same  south Texas seat. Guillen blames his switch from the Democrats as being as a result of the party moving further to the left meaning the party's values no long align with his own citing the 'Defund the police' movement and crisis on the border as the catalysts for his sudden departure.    Rep. Ryan Guillen says he is switching parties after Republicans made inroads in South Texas and redistricting made his district much more favorable to the GOP 'This has been the worst kept secret at the Capitol. Everyone has known that Ryan Guillen is really a Republican who is attached to the wrong label. Ryan: we're glad you finally came out of the closet,' Governor Abbott said 'Friends,...
    Washington (CNN)The Wyoming Republican Party voted over the weekend to no longer recognize Rep. Liz Cheney as a member of the party, the Casper Star-Tribune reported, a new instance of GOP blowback as Cheney continues to speak out against former President Donald Trump. The resolution, which does not strip Cheney of any power, cleared the Wyoming GOP Central Committee on Saturday by a vote of 31-29, the report said. Cheney serves as vice chair of the House select committee investigating the January 6 attack on the US Capitol -- on which she is one of just two Republicans -- and was one of 10 House Republicans to vote to impeach Trump for "incitement of insurrection" following the attack. While Cheney voted with Trump more than 90% of the time, her vocal opposition following the insurrection has prompted sharp backlash within the GOP. In February, the Wyoming Republican Party voted to formally censure Cheney, and in May she was removed from her post as GOP conference chair in a move that was supported by Trump."It's laughable to suggest Liz is anything...
    The Wyoming Republican Party voted on Saturday to no longer recognize Democrat-allied Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) as a Republican. “The 31-29 vote Saturday in Buffalo, Wyoming, by the state party central committee followed votes by local GOP officials in about one-third of Wyoming’s 23 counties to no longer recognize Cheney as a Republican,” the Associated Press reported Monday evening. Cheney responded to the devastating vote by calling it “laughable.” Republicans have “allowed themselves to be held hostage to the lies of a dangerous and irrational man,” Cheney spokesman Jeremy Adler told the Hill, referencing former President Trump. Cheney is facing a tough reelection campaign against Trump-endorsed Harriet Hageman, who is a Cheyenne attorney with a good chance of unseating the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney. “Liz Cheney stopped recognizing what Wyomingites care about a long time ago. When she launched her war against President Trump, she completely broke with where we are as a state,” Hageman told the Casper Star-Tribune. In may, Cheney lost her House leadership position to Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) after losing the confidence of the Republican House caucus....