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    Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) played a voicemail during a news conference Tuesday in which an unidentified man threatened her life and insulted her religion. Omar, one of the first Muslim women elected to Congress, was speaking at the U.S. Capitol urging congressional leadership to take action against Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) for her recent anti-Muslim comments. A visibly emotional Omar held a phone, which played the voicemail. She noted she received it after Boebert’s viral comment. The man’s voice can be heard saying, We see you, Muslim sand n***** bitch. We know what you’re up to. You’re all about taking over our country. Don’t worry. There’s plenty that would love the the opportunity to take you off the face of the fucking Earth. Come get it, bitch. You fucking Muslim piece of shit. You jihadist. We know what you are. You’re a fucking traitor. You will not live much longer, bitch. I can almost guarantee you that. We, the people, are rising up. (You can hear the full uncensored voicemail below) Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) plays a horrific death threat...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar on Tuesday played a harrowing death threat recently left for her by voicemail, while imploring House Republican leaders to do more to tamp down “anti-Muslim hatred” in their ranks and “hold those who perpetuate it accountable.” Omar, one of only a handful of Muslim members of Congress, has been the subject of repeated attacks by conservative pundits and some Republicans in Congress, which she says have led to an increase in the number of death threats she receives. The most recent instance came after a video of first-term Colorado Rep. Lauren Boebert calling Omar a member of the “jihad squad” and likening her to a bomb-carrying terrorist went viral. READ MORE: Ilhan Omar Says She Hung Up On Lauren Boebert After She Refused To Publicly Apologize For 'Islamophobic Comments & Fabricated Lies'“When a sitting member of Congress calls a colleague a member of the ‘jihad squad’ and falsifies a story to suggest I will blow up the Capitol, it is not just an attack on me but on millions of American...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar on Tuesday played a harrowing death threat recently left for her by voicemail, while imploring House Republican leaders to do more to tamp down “anti-Muslim hatred” in their ranks and “hold those who perpetuate it accountable.” Omar, one of only a handful of Muslim members of Congress, has been the subject of repeated attacks by conservative pundits and some Republicans in Congress, which she says have led to an increase in the number of death threats she receives. The most recent instance came after a video of first-term Colorado Rep. Lauren Boebert calling Omar a member of the “jihad squad” and likening her to a bomb-carrying terrorist went viral. “When a sitting member of Congress calls a colleague a member of the ‘jihad squad’ and falsifies a story to suggest I will blow up the Capitol, it is not just an attack on me but on millions of American Muslims across the country,” Omar said during a news conference Tuesday. “We cannot pretend this hate speech from leading politicians doesn’t have...
    Rep. Ilhan Omar revealed Tuesday night that Rep. Lauren Boebert once asked her if she should register as a 'foreign agent' as she condemned the Colorado Republican for her 'Jihad squad' attacks.  Omar also played for the press a profanity-filled voicemail threat she received hours after Boebert posted a video to Instagram taking back a previous apology she had made to the Muslim Democrat, saying she was 'never sympathizing with terrorists.'  'We see you sand n-word b***h. We know what you are up to. You are all about taking over our country. Don't worry there is plenty that would love the opportunity to take you off the face of this f**king earth,' a man's voice said as the Minnesota congresswoman held her phone to the microphone. 'Come get it. But you are a f**king Muslim piece of s**t. You are jihadists. We know what you are, you're a f**king traitor, and you will not live any longer.'  Omar then read for the audience of reporters a transcript of the call.    Omar held a press conference Tuesday night on Capitol Hill...
    (CNN)House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy summoned GOP Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene and Nancy Mace for separate meetings Tuesday night, wanting to deliver a simple message amid their bitter and public feud: "Stop it." His message didn't seem to take hold. Emerging from her meeting, Greene told CNN that both she and former President Donald Trump would back a primary challenge to Mace in 2022. And after she met with McCarthy, Mace had this to say when asked about Greene's threat: "All I can say about Marjorie Taylor Greene is bless her f***ing heart." The boiling tensions over the hard-right faction of the House GOP conference are alarming many rank-and-file Republicans, who are bluntly warning that the failure of party leaders to rein in their loudest voices directly threatens their efforts to win back the majority next year. Read MoreAt the center of the feud: McCarthy, a California Republican who typically avoids public condemnation of his colleagues and opts instead to hold private conversations with his members -- all in a bid to keep the peace between the warring wings of...
    When you find yourself siding with one GOP deplorable over another, catch yourself. Because, as captivating as it is to watch a rodent eat its own, reading how Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene attacks South Carolina Rep. Nancy Mace over racist and Islamophobic comments from the truly detestable Colorado Rep. Lauren Boebert, you have to wonder how low these disgusting folks can go. In a now-deleted tweet, Greene launched the first shot to Mace for condemning Boebert, following a now-viral video of Boebert “joking” that Omar was a terrorist and member of the “jihad squad.” “I looked to my left, and there she is, Ilhan Omar. And I said, ‘Well, she does not have a backpack—we should be OK.’” The audience laughed raucously. Omar has denied the incident Boebert described ever took place. “I have time after time condemned my colleagues on both sides of the aisle for racist tropes and remarks that I find disgusting, and this is no different than any others,” Mace said during an interview on CNN. “As...
    (CNN)On Monday, Colorado Rep. Lauren Boebert (R) called Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar (D) to, ostensibly, apologize for suggesting that simply because Omar is a Muslim, she is a potential terrorist.The call, um, did not go well. After Omar demanded that Boebert apologize publicly and Boebert refused, the Democrat hung up on the Republican.  At which point, Boebert took to social media (of course!) to make clear she wasn't actually sorry."I will fearlessly continue to put America first, never sympathizing with terrorists," Boebert said in the post. "Unfortunately Ilhan can't say the same thing and our country is worse off for it." THE POINT -- NOW ON YOUTUBE! In each episode of his weekly YouTube show, Chris Cillizza will delve a little deeper into the surreal world of politics. Click to subscribe! Then came new reporting Tuesday from CNN's KFile on a speech Boebert gave in September in which she suggested that Omar was a terrorist in addition to being "black-hearted" and "evil."Read MoreAdd it up and you get this: Not only is Boebert not sorry for what she said...
    Former President Trump poured fuel on a blazing row over Islamophobia in the Republican Party on Tuesday, demanding that the progressive Democrat Ilhan Omar apologize for 'marrying her brother' and committing 'immigration fraud.' It comes amid an ugly series of jokes made by Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert suggesting that Somali-born Omar was a terrorist.  Mainstream Republicans fear fringe figures such as Boebert will turn off voters while party leaders take no action for fear of upsetting Trump. The former president made clear where his loyalties lay with a statement that reheated a conspiracy theory that Omar married her brother to help him gain American citizenship. 'Congresswoman Ilhan Omar should apologize for marrying her brother, committing large-scale immigration and election fraud, wishing death to Israel, and for essentially abandoning her former country, which doesn’t even have a government - exactly what she’d like to see for the United States,' he said. Omar, a Muslim, denied the rumor about marrying her brother as 'false and ridiculous' when it surfaced during a 2016 run for office.  Trump's intervention adds another layer to a...
    Rep. Nancy MaceNancy MaceEquilibrium/Sustainability — Presented by Southern Company — Replacing the 'blood diamond of batteries' Taiwan says it is capable of responding to repeated Chinese military missions Five House members meet with Taiwanese president despite Chinese objections MORE (R-S.C.) shot back at Rep. Marjorie Taylor GreeneMarjorie Taylor GreeneGOP efforts to downplay danger of Capitol riot increase The Memo: What now for anti-Trump Republicans? Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene says she's meeting with Trump 'soon' in Florida MORE on Tuesday after the Georgia representative called her "trash," responding by using emojis to call her fellow freshman Republican "batsh*t crazy." Mace was responding to Green's Tuesday morning tweet that accussed her of being a RINO (Republican In Name Only) after the South Carolina Republican condemned Rep. Lauren BoebertLauren BoebertOmar, Boebert blast one another after tense call GOP governor says McCarthy should condemn Boebert's anti-Muslim remarks GOP eyes booting Democrats from seats if House flips MORE (R-Colo.) for making anti-Muslim remarks about Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarOmar, Boebert blast one another after tense call The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden to update Americans...
    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...
    (CNN)Marjorie Taylor Greene doesn't like Democrats. But she may dislike some of her fellow Republicans even more."@NancyMace is the trash in the GOP Conference," tweeted the Georgia Republican about her colleague from South Carolina on Tuesday morning. "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."Which, wow. That tweet contains multitudes -- including, yes, an epic misspelling. ("Honestly the your/you're thing is funny, it's really a bad way to end this tweet," wrote Illinois Rep. Adam Kinzinger in the replies to the Greene tweet. "Now we all just see that you can't spell.") THE POINT -- NOW ON YOUTUBE! In each episode of his weekly YouTube show, Chris Cillizza will delve a little deeper into the surreal world of politics. Click to subscribe! And, it led to this response from Mace: "This is what [bat emoji, poop emoji, clown emoji] looks like." (If you need me to...
    (CNN)Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene attacked fellow House Republican Nancy Mace on Tuesday, after Mace condemned inflammatory and anti-Muslim comments made by Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert.On Twitter, Greene told Mace to "back up off" Boebert, while accusing Mace of not being conservative and attacking her as "the trash in the GOP Conference."Mace, a Republican from North Carolina, responded to Greene by correcting the Georgia congresswoman's spelling mistake and then defending her own record as a conservative."And, while I'm correcting you, I'm a pro-life fiscal conservative who was attacked by the Left all weekend (as I often am) as I defied China while in Taiwan," Mace wrote on Twitter Tuesday, referring to a recent congressional delegation visit to the island. "What I'm not is a religious bigot (or racist). You might want to try that over there in your little 'league.'"The public spat between the two prominent Republican freshmen members of the House exemplifies the growing divides between the party's moderate and fringe wings. It also shows the difficulty House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy faces in uniting his conference ahead of...
    In a sign of growing hostility within the House GOP conference, Rep. Nancy Mace fired back on Twitter after Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene lashed out at the South Carolina Republican for her condemnation of recent anti-Muslim comments by another GOP lawmaker, Rep. Lauren Boebert. Greene took aim at Mace after the South Carolina Republican strongly criticized Boebert over a video in which the Colorado Republican claimed she was in a Capitol Hill elevator with Rep. Ilhan Omar and suggested a Capitol Police officer appeared concerned the Minnesota Democrat might be a terrorist, making a comment about Omar not wearing a backpack in what seemed to be a reference to suicide bombings. This is what ???? ???? ???? looks like. https://t.co/nIbqjiJaFH— Nancy Mace (@NancyMace) November 30, 2021 Mace fired back against Greene’s tweet on Tuesday in the latest feud between the two freshmen lawmakers. She trolled Greene by copying verbatim a recent tweet from the Georgia Republican. 'TRASH': MARJORIE TAYLOR GREENE BLASTS NANCY MACE OVER LAUREN BOEBERT CRITICISM Greene said last week that House Minority...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Days after firebrand conservative Rep. Lauren Boebert was harshly criticized for making anti-Muslim comments about Rep. Ilhan Omar, a Minnesota Democrat whom she likened to a bomb-carrying terrorist, the two spoke by phone. By both lawmakers’ accounts, it did not go well. Monday’s conversation, which Boebert, a Republican who represents Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District, sought after issuing a tepid statement last Friday, offered an opportunity to extend an olive branch in a House riven by tension. Instead, it ended abruptly after Boebert rejected Omar’s request for a public apology, amplifying partisan strife that has become a feature, not a bug, of the GOP since a mob of Donald Trump supporters stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6. Boebert previously apologized “to anyone in the Muslim community I offended,” but not directly to Omar. It’s just the latest example of a GOP lawmaker making a personal attack against another member of Congress, an unsettling trend that has gone largely unchecked by House Republican leaders. It also offers a test of Democrats’ newfound resolve to mete out punishment to Republicans....
    Rep. Marjorie Taylor GreeneMarjorie Taylor GreeneGOP efforts to downplay danger of Capitol riot increase The Memo: What now for anti-Trump Republicans? Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene says she's meeting with Trump 'soon' in Florida MORE (R-GA) blasted Rep. Nancy MaceNancy MaceEquilibrium/Sustainability — Presented by Southern Company — Replacing the 'blood diamond of batteries' Taiwan says it is capable of responding to repeated Chinese military missions Five House members meet with Taiwanese president despite Chinese objections MORE (R-SC) after the South Carolina lawmaker criticized Rep. Lauren BoebertLauren BoebertOmar, Boebert blast one another after tense call GOP governor says McCarthy should condemn Boebert's anti-Muslim remarks GOP eyes booting Democrats from seats if House flips MORE (R-CO) for an anti-muslim remark Boebert made about Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarOmar, Boebert blast one another after tense call The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden to update Americans on omicron; Congress back GOP governor says McCarthy should condemn Boebert's anti-Muslim remarks MORE (D-MN).  "[Mace] is the trash in the GOP Conference," Greene said in a tweet posted on Tuesday morning. "Never attacked by Democrats or...
    New York's 3rd Congressional District Rep. Tom Suozzi (D) The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, and Carolyn Fiddler, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, David Beard, and Arjun Jaikumar. Leading Off ● NY-Gov, NY-03: Rep. Tom Suozzi announced Monday that he would challenge New York Gov. Kathy Hochul for the Democratic nomination in June rather than seek a fourth term in his Long Island-based 3rd Congressional District, which backed Joe Biden 55-44 in its current form. The congressman, as we'll discuss, previously sought the Empire State's top job in 2006 but lost the primary in a landslide.   Suozzi, who had briefly considered becoming a New York City deputy mayor rather than run for office, joins state Attorney General Tish James and New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams in taking on Hochul, who became governor this summer after Andrew Cuomo resigned in disgrace. The only recent primary poll we've seen that's tested Suozzi was a mid-November Data for Progress survey for consultant Neal Kwatra...
    When your only skill is being a paranoid, gun-obsessed sedition-backing bigot... One House Republican is under investigation for trafficking minors. Another helped cover up the molestation of college athletes. A third partners with neo-Nazis and shows "humorous" invented clips of himself killing Democratic colleagues. A fourth was booted from House Committees for expressing support for political violence—even as that violence threatens her own colleagues. That Rep. Lauren Boebert can remain a serious candidate for Worst Person in Congress in that crowd is a testament to just how aggressively she works at it, but Boebert's claims to fame are many. She's mostly known at this point for being so virulently bigoted against her fellow lawmakers, against Muslims worldwide, and against Rep. Ilhan Omar in particular, that even her own caucus of deplorables has largely steered clear of defending her. For months, Boebert has made a game of inciting her base against Omar, and those repeated anti-Muslim tirades turned into another weekend's news when Boebert mocked Omar as a supposed terrorist to a crowd of supporters last weekend, calling her a member of the...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Rep. Ilhan Omar says she hung up Monday on Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert after the Colorado congresswoman refused to publicly apologize for anti-Muslim comments she made about her colleague from Minnesota. Last week, a video surfaced on Twitter of Boebert telling supporters over the holiday break about an alleged episode where she and Omar where in a Capitol elevator and a security guard was running toward them. In her telling, Boebert turned to Omar and said: “Well, she doesn’t have a backpack. We should be fine.” READ MORE: 'He Could Easily Secure Seven-Figure Book Contract': Kyle Rittenhouse Ponders What's NextThe line drew laughs from Boebert’s audience, but Omar said that the entire story was made up, adding that what Boebert said is hateful and dangerous not only to her but other Muslims as well. Boebert’s comments drew condemnation from the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), which called for Republican House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy to publicly address Boebert’s remarks. Boebert apologized Friday for using the anti-Muslim language, but she did not directly apologize to...
    Democratic New York Rep. Tom Suozzi will run in his state’s 2022 gubernatorial election, forgoing a fourth term in Congress. “I’m running for governor of New York State. I’m very excited about it, I feel great about it, and my family feels great about it,” he said at a press conference Monday. Suozzi served as Nassau County Executive from 2002 to 2009, and unsuccessfully sought the Democratic nomination for governor in 2006. He previously declined an offer from incoming Democratic New York City Mayor Eric Adams to serve as deputy mayor, an appointed position. Suozzi claimed that his “competence, ideology, and vision for the future” make him the ideal candidate. He was recently added to the National Republican Congressional Committee’s target list for 2022. Suozzi won New York’s 3rd Congressional District by twelve points in 2020, and redistricting is expected make it easier to remain in Democratic hands. “Everything in my life has prepared me to do this particular job at this particular moment,” he said. “As county executive in Nassau I turned a county around that was on the...
    Andrew Harnik/AP Fight disinformation. Get a daily recap of the facts that matter. Sign up for the free Mother Jones newsletter.After a video of Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) making anti-Muslims comments about Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) went viral over the holiday weekend, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, a Republican, is calling on House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy to condemn Boebert’s actions. “I think whenever, even in our own caucus, our own members, if they go the wrong direction, I mean, it has to be called out, it has to be dealt with,” Hutchinson said on CNN’s State of the Union after viewing a clip of the comments, “particularly whenever it is breaching the civility, whenever it is crossing the line, in terms of violence or increasing the divide in our country.” Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy should condemn GOP Rep. Boebert’s anti-Muslim remarks. “In our own caucus, our own members, if they go the wrong direction, I mean, it has to be called out,” Hutchinson says. https://t.co/cGRLsaztOA #CNNSOTU pic.twitter.com/5bYZpyz6Vt — State of the Union (@CNNSotu) November...
    Republican Wyoming Sen. John Barrasso slammed President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better Act as “Alice in Wonderland” logic and compared Biden to “the Mad Hatter.” Barrasso appeared on Fox News Sunday and was asked about the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill that passed the House with a 228-206 vote, as 13 Republicans and 6 Democrats voted for and against the bill. The Wyoming Republican did not hold back, saying he views the Build Back Better Act as a back-breaking bill for the U.S. and more. “Right now, I view this as a back-breaking bill for the country with the kind of expenses, the spending, the adding to the debt, the inflation, the taxes that are going to hit the American people,” Barrasso said. “For Joe Biden to say ‘We have to spend even more money on top of inflation,’ to me this is ‘Alice in Wonderland’ logic. He’s the Mad Hatter out here,” Barrasso added. (RELATED: EXCLUSIVE: Internal Memo From Republican Rep. Jim Banks Slams Biden’s Spending Plan As ‘Phase One Of The Green New Deal’) WATCH:  “This is all about...
    Appearing on CNN to talk about the conduct of Republican lawmakers who have been threatening and disparaging their Democratic colleagues to the point where they have been censured, former Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-VA) discussed the work she is doing to oust Reps. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) and Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) from Congress. Speaking with host Jim Acosta, Comstock slammed Boebert for her highly-publicized and vile comments about Rep. Ilhan Omar (MN) where the Colorado Republican compared the Democrat to a terrorist. "We know since January 6th and even before, there have been more threats to members of Congress than ever," Comstock told Acosta. "This year is going to be the highest sort of threat level that there's ever been. When you have this kind of just unconscionable attack -- and it's not just that she needs to apologize to the congresswoman who she attacked, she needs to apologize to the American people. She needs to apologize to the Republican party and a lot of other people. It goes way beyond that." Continuing speaking...
    The case of Kyle Rittenhouse, acquitted in the 2020 murders of two men amid chaos on the streets of Kenosha, Wisconsin, is ominous for the peaceful resolution of political disagreements. The sense of menace arises less from the utterly misguided 17-year-old shooter, or his complete escape from justice, than from the celebration by Republicans and "conservatives" of Rittenhouse and even of the killings he perpetrated. This telling moment heightens the feeling of apprehension provoked by recurring threats and incidents of actual violence emanating from the far right and then justified, usually with indignant enthusiasm, by Republican elected officials at the highest level. The anger and hatred that have long simmered within that party are rapidly devolving into homicidal rage. Consider the matter of Rep. Paul Gosar R-AR), who posted a video that depicted him murdering his colleague Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and attempting to kill President Joe Biden with swords. Gosar's fantasy bloodbath resulted in his censure. (This offensive cartoon wasn't even original, ripping off an identical 2016 meme that showed "Donald Trump" attacking "Hillary Clinton.") While Gosar's own siblings...
    Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene , a Georgia Republican, went after House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, a California Republican, Thursday while speaking with Rep. Matt Gaetz on his Firebrand podcast . McCarthy is responsible for the "failure of our leadership," according to Greene. "We know that Kevin McCarthy has a problem in our conference. He doesn't have the full support to be speaker," she said. "He doesn't have the votes that are there." ADMINISTRATOR BANNED FROM SCHOOL GROUNDS AFTER EXPOSING CRITICAL RACE THEORY IDEOLOGY GOP members like herself and Rep. Paul Gosar, an Arizona Republican, are under constant attack and have both been stripped of their committee assignments, she said. McCarthy has failed to protect Republican members, according to Greene. "There's many of us that are very unhappy about the failure to hold Republicans accountable, while conservatives like me, Paul Gosar, and many others just constantly take the abuse by the Democrats," she alleged. McCarthy and weak leadership within the GOP have not only hurt strong conservatives but have enabled centrists, Greene said....
    Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) has a podcast now, called Firebrand. He was joined by fellow pro-Trump stalwart Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), who weighed in on the growing battle within the Republican Party — suggesting that House Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) “doesn’t have the votes” to become speaker if the GOP flips the House in 2022. Greene’s comments come on the heels of a recent report claiming that former President Donald Trump is keeping McCarthy on a short leash, leveraging his support for McCarthy’s speakership bid to keep him in line. CNN’s Melanie Zanona wrote Wednesday that “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.” Greene echoed that sentiment with Gaetz, saying, “Right now, from the people I talked to, he doesn’t have the votes. I think there’s a door open for a challenger.” She went even further saying that in order to support McCarthy in the future she would need him to meet...
    Teenage vigilante Kyle Rittenhouse, recently acquitted on homicide and attempted homicide charges, is being exalted as a hero by far-right MAGA Republicans —some of whom are offering him internships. Steve Benen, a producer for "The Rachel Maddow Show" who frequently writes for Maddow's MaddowBlog on MSNBC's website, weighs in on these internship offers in an op-ed published on November 24 and describes some ways in which they are becoming "increasingly bizarre." Rittenhouse, now 18, was only 17 when he went to a racial justice demonstration in August 2020 in Kenosha, Wisconsin carrying an AR-15-style weapon. And shot three Black Lives Matters supporters, two of them fatally. Rittenhouse, during his trial, insisted that he acted in self-defense, and the jury voted "not guilty" on the charges he was facing. Rep. Madison Cawthorn of North Carolina and Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida are among the far-right MAGA Republicans who have offered Rittenhouse internships. "As Kyle Rittenhouse's trial unfolded," Benen observes, "a variety of Republican officials and candidates saw a political opportunity to exploit. The defendant, charged in the fatal shooting...
    (CNN)Donald Trump and his allies are starting to dangle the threat of the speakership over House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy's head, teeing up a yearlong dynamic that is already emboldening the MAGA wing of the GOP conference and influencing the California Republican's decision-making as he crafts a strategy to win back the House next year.Some in Trump's orbit have even floated the wild -- but technically possible -- idea that the former President should make a play for the gavel. While it's a highly unlikely scenario, the fact it's even being teased in some conservative circles is putting McCarthy on notice and reminding Republicans of the leverage Trump still has over the party.Underscoring the idea that Trump has the power to make or break McCarthy's quest for the speakership, Rep. Lauren Boebert of Colorado said Trump "matters in everything he weighs in on," so "obviously" that applies to a speaker's race. Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio said "of course" Trump would have influence over the outcome if he got involved. Rep. Scott DesJarlais of Tennessee said Trump's voice indeed "carries...
    Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert (R) The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, Daniel Donner, and Carolyn Fiddler, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, James Lambert, David Beard, and Arjun Jaikumar. Leading Off ● TX-AG, TX-01: Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert, the legendary bomb-thrower who carried the far right's banner in Congress before the tea party wave and the Donald Trump era reshaped the Republican caucus, announced Monday night that he would challenge scandal-ridden Attorney General Ken Paxton in the March primary rather than seek a 10th term. Gohmert joins Land Commissioner George P. Bush and former state Supreme Court Justice Eva Guzman in trying to deny renomination to the Trump-endorsed incumbent. Meanwhile, another contender, state Rep. Matt Krause, ended his campaign the day after Gohmert's entry and announced that he would instead compete in the open-seat race for Tarrant County district attorney. If no one wins a majority of the vote, a primary runoff would take place in late May. Gohmert, like Paxton's other foes, is hoping that the attorney general's...
    This past Wednesday afternoon, we got perhaps the most disappointing answer yet to a question that I have been asking myself for most of my journalistic career. It happened as we watched the House’s dueling speeches and censure of the unrepentant Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., for having tweeted an anime video of himself as a cartoonish superhero fatally stabbing Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and swinging two swords at President Joe Biden. Yet, watching that angry ritual, I found myself thinking back to a remarkable and uplifting moment in that same chamber just four years earlier. It occurred as a result of a tragically real congressional assassination attempt. But it left us with a very different perception of how House Republican leaders used to see their responsibility as coinciding with old-fashioned American patriotism. FLASHBACK — to 10:55 AM on Sept. 28, 2017: As aides open the massive House chamber door, more than 400 representatives jump to their feet and begin clapping and cheering as one. You can’t tell the Democrats from the Republicans. A solidly built man enters, walking very slowly...
              more   U.S. Representative Lucy McBath (D-GA-06) on Monday announced that she will run in a different district established by Georgia’s redistricting process, abandoning her current district. Republican Jake Evans, a candidate for Congress in the Sixth Congressional District, argued the move by McBath highlights growing support for the GOP as the 2022 elections approach. “Lucy McBath has provided Biden and Pelosi unquestioning support for an agenda that has led to reckless spending, crippling inflation, a crisis at our border and, soon to come, big tax hikes. It’s a record that won’t fly in the Sixth District, and it’s no wonder she has fled to another district,” Evans said in a statement. Our voters are ready for the Great American Comeback with the leadership of a bold and unafraid America First conservative. ???????? pic.twitter.com/9Pr3UHUzzC — Jake Evans (@JakeEvansGA) November 22, 2021 “Our voters are ready for the Great American Comeback with the leadership of a bold and unafraid America First conservative. I will stand up for lower taxes, less spending, strong borders, election integrity, the sanctity of life, and...
    CHICAGO (AP) — Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed Illinois’ new congressional district map into law Tuesday, formalizing political boundaries drawn to help Democrats in next year’s midterm elections, when Republicans are well positioned to win control of the U.S. House of Representatives. The map, approved in October by Democrats who control the Illinois Legislature, was intended to eliminate two Republican-held districts and make elections easier for Democratic candidates, even with the state losing one congressional seat due to population loss. Democrats said the new map reflected Illinois’ diversity by adding a second predominantly Latino district and maintaining three predominantly Black districts. In a prepared statement, Pritzker said those maneuvers were key in preserving the Illinois delegation’s minority representation in line with federal law barring discrimination based on race, color or membership in a protected language minority group. “These maps align with the landmark Voting Rights Act and will ensure all communities are equitably represented in our congressional delegation,” Pritzker said. Republicans and others criticized the new boundaries as heavily gerrymandered, or drawn to benefit the political party in...
    (CNN)Many members within the House of Representatives told CNN in recent days that they find themselves in a toxic work environment, wrought with bitter exchanges, threats and fears about what the erosion of decorum in the chamber will mean for a body that has still not recovered 10 months after the Capitol Hill riot.In interviews with more than a dozen members, CNN heard from Democrats and some Republicans who say things are as bad as they can remember with no sign things will get better soon and the fears and concerns aren't just coming from members, but their families as well.Last week alone Democrats and two Republicans voted to censure Rep. Paul Gosar, a Republican from Arizona, for posting an anime video depicting the killing of fellow member Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a Democrat from New York. While initially, Gosar took the video down, he retweeted another tweet containing the video just an hour after her endured the highest form of rebuke a member can get in the House. As he took his punishment in the well of the House, he...
    The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, and Carolyn Fiddler, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, David Beard, and Arjun Jaikumar. Leading Off ● GA-07, GA-06: Following passage of the GOP's new congressional map on Monday, Democratic Rep. Lucy McBath announced that she'd seek re-election in the new 7th District in the Atlanta suburbs, setting up an incumbent-vs.-incumbent battle in next year's Democratic primary. Undermining McBath's old 6th District was a chief of aim Georgia Republicans, who made it much redder by gerrymandering it to take in far-flung rural areas. Under the old lines, the 6th went 55-44 for Joe Biden; the new version, by contrast, would have backed Donald Trump 57-42, according to Dave's Redistricting App. "It is no mystery why Republicans and the NRA have decided I'm their top target," McBath said in a statement. "As a Black woman, activist, and mother on a mission—they would like nothing more than to stop me from speaking truth to power about the gun lobby and Republican...
    (CBSDFW.COM) – Congressman Louie Gohmert is the latest Republican to announce he’s running to try to unseat Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton in the March 1, 2022 primary. Gohmert told supporters on YouTube channel Monday night, Nov. 22 he’s raised the $1 million he said he needed to begin the campaign. He said on Twitter, “Texas I am officially running to be your next Attorney General and will enforce the rule of law.” He said on YouTube, “A priority will be election integrity so that every legal vote counts.” (credit: Louie Gohmert) In addition to the incumbent Paxton, Gohmert will face Land Commissioner George P. Bush, State. Rep. Matt Krause and former Texas Supreme Court Justice Eva Guzman in the Republican primary. Three Democrats have said they are running for Attorney General: Civil Rights Attorney Lee Merritt, former ACLU Staff Attorney Rochelle Garza, and former Galveston Mayor Joe Jaworski.
    Incumbent Democratic House members will face off against one another in Georgia next year, the third such instance forced by redistricting across the country. Rep. Lucy McBath, a Georgia Democrat, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution she will run in a neighboring suburban Atlanta district after Republican-led redistricting in the Peach State made her current district more friendly to the GOP. The district is currently represented by fellow Democrat Rep. Carolyn Bourdeaux, setting the stage for a primary between the two lawmakers. SEAN PARNELL LOSES LEGAL CUSTODY OF HIS CHILDREN AFTER DOMESTIC ABUSE ALLEGATIONS Bourdeaux is a more centrist Democrat than McBath, and the primary could mirror divisions between centrists and progressives playing out in the larger Democratic Party. McBath took aim at Republican Gov. Brian Kemp for Republicans’ new congressional map. “I refuse to let Brian Kemp, the NRA and the Republican Party keep me from fighting,” McBath said. “They are not going to have the last word.” Bourdeaux has previously signaled she will seek another term, saying she wants to be “a voice...
    (CNN)Georgia Rep. Lucy McBath announced Monday that she would run for a new district in the Atlanta suburbs against fellow Democrat Rep. Carolyn Bourdeaux after the Republican controlled-state legislature redrew McBath's district to make it a safely red seat.Georgia Republican legislators created a map that would drastically change the lines of the two competitive seats north of Atlanta held by the two Democrats. If Georgia Republican Gov. Brian Kemp signs it into law and the map survives potential challenges in court, it would essentially give the GOP a 9-5 advantage in the state, rather than the current 8-6 advantage.In a statement, McBath claimed that Republicans were trying "to draw me out of Congress."Following the 2012 murder of her son Jordan Davis, McBath quit her job as a Delta flight attendant to work as an activist with Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action. In 2018, McBath ran for former House Speaker Newt Gingrich's old seat and beat Republican Rep. Karen Handel by a point and beat her again in a 2020 rematch by over nine points. "It is no...
    Democratic Georgia Rep. Lucy McBath will move congressional districts in response to the state legislature’s newly-drawn map, setting up a primary fight with fellow Democratic Rep. Carolyn Bourdeaux. McBath, first elected in 2018, represents the state’s Sixth District, which currently includes the Atlanta suburbs of Cobb County, Fulton County and DeKalb County. The new map, approved Monday by the Georgia General Assembly, adds parts of Forsyth and Dawson counties, which are more Republican, to the Sixth District. It also moves parts of Fulton and Gwinnett counties to Bourdeaux’s Seventh District. (RELATED: New West Virginia House Map Sets Up Primary Fight Between Two GOP Incumbents) McBath’s current district would become 25 points more Republican as a result of the new map, and Bourdeaux’s would become 20 points more Democratic, according to an analysis from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (AJC). The new map creates nine Republican safe seats, and five Democratic safe seats. As a result, McBath has chosen to run in the much more Democratic Seventh District, most likely against Bourdeaux in the party’s 2022 primary. “I refuse to let Brian Kemp,...
    On Wednesday, Republican pooperstar Rep. Lauren Boebert of Colorado, one of the more wretched politicians allowed onto the House floor, spewed out an Islamophobic, invective-filled rant. Specifically, she attacked Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, saying she was part of the "Jihad squad" and also saying she had two husbands, one of whom is her brother. Boebert also accused Rep. Omar of funding Islamic terrorism. She literally said all of teose things.  Boebert is a profoundly wretched soul, adrift in a sociopathy so acute and unique to her that it will likely never be studied—as very few people would be served by knowing anything more than that she’s what scientists call “an asshole.” Kyle Clark is a news broadcaster and journalist in Colorado, working for 9 News. On Wednesday night’s show, after giving a short report on Boebert’s deplorable antics on the House floor, Clark gave what is probably the most succinct explanation of what has become most problematic about our political coverage in the past few years. It isn’t about “civility,” it’s about accountability. You can curse and say what you like, and call out...
    Washington (CNN)Republican Reps. Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger broke ranks on Wednesday to join all Democrats in voting for a resolution that both censured Republican Rep. Paul Gosar of Arizona and stripped him of his two committee assignments.The vote came after Gosar posted of a photoshopped anime video to his Twitter and Instagram accounts showing him appearing to kill Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and attacking President Joe Biden. Gosar later took down the video after facing criticism but did not apologize. The action led by House Democrats represents a major rebuke to the Arizona Republican while underscoring the rift between Cheney of Wyoming and Kinzinger of Illinois and their GOP colleagues. The pair serves on the House select committee investigating the January 6 attack on the US Capitol, and both lawmakers voted to impeach former President Donald Trump for "incitement of insurrection" following the attack."The glorification of the suggestion of the killing of a colleague is completely unacceptable. And I think that it's a clear violation of House rules. I think it's a sad day," Cheney told...
    Republican Colorado Rep. Lauren Boebert accused Democratic Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar of being a "jihad-squad member" during a contentious censure vote. The House of Representatives was deliberating over a censure vote against Republican Arizona Rep. Paul Gosar for a controversial tweet he sent showing an anime clip that Democrats argue promotes violence. Following deliberations, the House voted 223-207 to censure him and remove him from his committee assignments. "The jihad-squad member from Minnesota has paid her husband, and not her brother husband, the other one, over a million dollars in campaign funds," she said. "This member is allowed on the Foreign Affairs Committee while praising terrorists." JIMMY KIMMEL SAYS LAUREN BOEBERT'S CONTENT IS 'DUMBER THAN STEPMOTHER PORN' Rep. @laurenboebert: "My colleague & three-month presidential candidate from Calif. [@ericswalwell], who’s on the Intelligence Committee, slept with Fang Fang, a Chinese spy. Let me say that again. A member of Congress who receives classified briefings was sleeping w/ the enemy." pic.twitter.com/DvlQv2KjPF— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) November 17, 2021 Boebert referenced a report that Omar paid her husband's...
    The House formally censured and stripped Arizona Republican Rep. Paul Gosar of his committee assignments Wednesday for posting a video depicting him killing New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and attacking President Joe Biden. Every Democrat and two Republicans — Reps. Liz Cheney of Wyoming and Adam Kinzinger of Illinois — voted for the resolution, costing Gosar his seats on the House Oversight and Reform and Natural Resources Committees. Gosar, who posted the photoshopped anime video on Nov. 7, deleted it days later but did not apologize publicly. Gosar served on the Oversight Committee alongside Ocasio-Cortez. The censure resolution was led by California Democratic Rep. Jackie Speier. “It’s pretty cut and dry,” Ocasio-Cortez said on the House floor ahead of the vote. “Does anyone in this chamber find this behavior acceptable? Would you allow depictions of violence against women, against colleagues, would you allow that in your home?” “If it’s not acceptable there, why should it be accepted here?” she added. Gosar is the first House lawmaker to be censured since former New York Democratic Rep. Charles Rangel in 2010 for multiple ethics violations. The...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — House censures Republican Rep. Paul Gosar of Arizona, removes him from committees over posting of violent video. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    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...
    A memo circulated by Republican Indiana Rep. Jim Banks claims that “radical and insane policies” in the Build Back Better Act “will break our economy.” Banks distributed the memo, obtained exclusively by the Daily Caller, to the Republican Study Committee “to break down the so-called ‘green’ parts of this bill and analyze how they’ll impact working families,” he wrote. The social spending package, which has a top-line cost of $1.75 trillion, could add as much as $4.9 trillion to the national debt, according to an estimate from the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has not yet provided an official score for the entire bill. Within the Build Back Better package, Banks claims that “half a trillion in funding and policies amount to ‘Phase One of the Green New Deal.'” The memo cites recently-unearthed comments from nominee for Comptroller of the Currency Saule Omarova as evidence for the Biden administration’s desire to eliminate fossil fuel energy sources. She claimed that people should want coal, oil, and gas companies “to go bankrupt if we want to...
    Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) arrives to his office on Capitol Hill on November 17, 2021 in Washington, DC. The House is expected to vote on a resolution later today which would censure Rep. Gosar and remove him from the House Oversight and Reform Committee.Anna Moneymaker | Getty Images The House is expected to vote Wednesday to censure GOP Rep. Paul Gosar and strip him of his committee assignments for posting an anime video that depicted him killing Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and swinging swords at President Joe Biden. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday that Gosar's video is a "threat to be addressed immediately." "I'm so pleased that our members understand that this is central to our work in Congress, that means protecting the integrity of the House, of the institution, but also the lives of our members," Pelosi told reporters on Capitol Hill. She also slammed GOP inaction in response to the video, calling it "outrageous on the part of Republican leadership not to act on this." If the resolution passes, Gosar would be just the 24th House member...
    WASHINGTON —  House Democrats are planning to vote Wednesday to censure and strip of committee assignments a Republican member of Congress who shared a violent animated video of himself killing a Democratic colleague. Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) is set to become the first member to be censured by the House in more than 10 years and the second Republican to be stripped of committee assignments this year. The likely action comes 10 days after the Arizona Republican posted, and later deleted, a cartoon video with his face superimposed on a character who kills someone with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s face and wields swords against President Biden. A censure is a public rebuke of a member’s misconduct. The action is more severe than a reprimand but not as serious as expulsion. A censure resolution is approved by a majority vote and requires the censured member to stand in the well of the House as Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) or the presiding officer of the chamber reads the resolution aloud. Gosar serves on two panels, the Oversight and Reform Committee and the...
    South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem (R) The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, and Carolyn Fiddler, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, David Beard, and Arjun Jaikumar. Leading Off ● SD-Gov: State Rep. Steve Haugaard, who served as speaker from 2019 to early this year, announced Tuesday that he was challenging Gov. Kristi Noem from the right in the June Republican primary. It may seem impossible to believe that anyone could outflank Noem, a Trump sycophant who auditioned for a future presidential run by loudly denouncing any measures aimed at combating the pandemic, but Haugaard has no shortage of far-right credentials. Christopher Vondracek of Forum News Service notes that back in January, Haugaard attended a rally aimed at promoting the Big Lie that featured Proud Boys members as speakers. Haugaard, Vondracek also writes, is also "part of a group of ultra-conservative legislators" that often clashes with Noem. Haugaard and Noem have also come into conflict over whether state Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg, who pleaded guilty to...
    The House will today vote on censuring Republican Paul Gosar and stripping him of committee assignments after he posted a photo-shopped anime video of him killing Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Democrats are demanding that the Arizona representative be removed from the Committee on Oversight and Reform, and the Committee on Natural Resources. He also faces censure for the cartoon video posted to his Twitter and Instagram accounts last week showing him stabbing AOC in the back before lunging at Joe Biden with the blade. Democrats said Gosar's actions amounted to threatening another member's life, calling the video 'so beyond the pale.' Republicans warned them to be careful about dictating the punishment of those who serve in the minority because of the precedent it will set. Gosar, who is no stranger to controversy and an ally of firebrand Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, has refused to apologize but deleted the video from his social media. A censure resolution is the most severe reprimand available to the House and requires the representative in question to stand before lawmakers while the resolution is read out. The House...
    The House on Wednesday will vote on a resolution to censure GOP Rep. Paul Gosar, after the Arizona congressman shared an animated video photoshopped to show him killing Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and President Joe Biden.  He would be just the 24th House member in history to be censured, the Hill reported.  The resolution would force Gosar to stand in the well of the House in front of his peers while the resolution is read aloud.    The last member to be so censured was longtime New York Rep. Charles Rangel, who was stripped of his powerful Ways and Means Committee after a long fight that culminated in the censure, over misuse of congressional letterhead for fundraising and filing inaccurate financial reports and tax returns.  Gosar defended sharing a photoshopped anime video online last week that showed him killing Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez when he addressed fellow Republicans behind closed doors on Tuesday, reportedly saying he had not seen the violence before it was posted and that he was trying to reach a younger audience. The censure resolution notes that defense as one of...
    By Kevin Freking and Lisa Mascaro | Associated Press WASHINGTON — The House will vote Wednesday on a resolution to censure Republican Rep. Paul Gosar of Arizona for tweeting an animated video that depicted him striking Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., with a sword. That’s according to a person familiar with the planning who was not authorized to discuss it publicly. The person also said the House would be voting on removing Gosar from one of his committee assignments. The censure resolution as drafted does not specify that punishment. Gosar posted the video over week ago with a note saying, “Any anime fans out there?” The roughly 90-second video was an altered version of a Japanese anime clip, interspersed with shots of Border Patrol officers and migrants at the southern U.S. border. During one roughly 10-second section, animated characters whose faces had been replaced with Gosar and fellow Republican Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia and Lauren Boebert of Colorado were shown fighting other animated characters. In one scene, Gosar’s character is seen striking the one made to look like...