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    Republican Josh Mandel’s strategy for restoring America from the supposed malaise of President Joe Biden has little to do with purging Democrats from power. “A lot of Republicans say the most important fight right now is against the Democrats,” the Ohio Senate contender and former state treasurer said in an interview with the Washington Examiner. “I actually think the most important fight right now is for the conservative movement.” Mandel has distinguished himself in the race for the Republican Senate nomination in Ohio by training most of his fire not on Biden and the Democratic majorities in Congress, but almost exclusively on so-called “RINO” (Republican in Name Only) members of the GOP. Majority parties, especially majority conferences in the House and Senate, always have at least a few centrists. There simply are not enough red states or districts to produce majorities otherwise. Mandel begs to differ. “The soggy Republicans — that’s one side of the party,” he said. “I don’t think the party should be going that direction. I want to go to Washington to be reinforcements for anti-establishment fighters.”...
    GOP Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) waves around a tiny handgun at a 2020 pro-gun rally.Bryan Woolston/Getty Fight disinformation. Get a daily recap of the facts that matter. Sign up for the free Mother Jones newsletter.On Saturday, Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) posted a holiday-themed family photo to his Twitter account. The image featured a decorated Christmas tree, Massie’s smiling wife and kids, and…seven guns that appear to be a mix of semi-automatic rifles and machine guns. “Merry Christmas!” he wrote. “Santa, please bring ammo.” Merry Christmas! ???? ps. Santa, please bring ammo. ???? pic.twitter.com/NVawULhCNr — Thomas Massie (@RepThomasMassie) December 4, 2021 Massie shared the photo less than a week after prosecutors charged 15-year-old Ethan Crumbley for allegedly killing four people and wounding seven at his high school in Oxford, Michigan—the deadliest such shooting in the US this year. That timing, mixed with the jarring visual, evoked a barrage of criticism from Massie’s fellow lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, as well as from gun advocates. (Massie’s last brush with public condemnation came in August, when he wrote another tweet...
    Ilhan Omar said Sunday that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has assured her of impending 'decisive action' against Republican Congresswoman Lauren Boebert and she called Kevin McCarthy a 'coward' for not condemning his caucus member's comments. 'McCarthy's a liar and a coward,' Omar said of the Republican House minority leader. 'He doesn't have the ability to condemn the kind of bigoted, Islamaphobia and anti-Muslim rhetoric that are being trafficked by a member of his conference.' 'Why doesn't he have the ability to do that?' CNN State of the Union host Jake Tapper asked the progressive representative. 'Because this is who they are,' she responded. 'And we have to be able to stand up to them, and we have to push them to reckon with the fact that their party, right now, is normalizing anti-Muslim bigotry.' On Tuesday, CNN shared a video unearthed from a Staten Island, New York Conservative Party dinner in September where Boebert made a suicide bomb joke aimed at Omar, who is a hijab-wearing Muslim. McCarthy not only defended Boebert's comments, claiming she had already apologized, but he...
        The media have focused on former President TrumpDonald TrumpHillicon Valley — State Dept. employees targets of spyware Ohio Republican Party meeting ends abruptly over anti-DeWine protesters Jan. 6 panel faces new test as first witness pleads the Fifth MORE’s past this week. But it’s his future that fixates opponents and supporters alike. There has been a media furor in recent days about whether Trump had COVID-19 during his first debate with President BidenJoe BidenPfizer CEO says vaccine data for those under 5 could be available by end of year Omicron coronavirus variant found in at least 10 states Photos of the Week: Schumer, ASU protest and sea turtles MORE before the 2020 election. The Jan. 6 insurrection has also come back into the spotlight, with the House select committee investigating the attack sparring with various Trump-era officials. And there have been new stories about Trump’s business interests, especially centered on his hotel near the White House in Washington. To be sure, these are important stories. But the biggest story of all is what comes next.  The former president has displayed zero...
    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...
    Tasos Katopodis/AP Fight disinformation. Get a daily recap of the facts that matter. Sign up for the free Mother Jones newsletter.On Thursday afternoon, the House passed a bill temporarily funding the government through the middle of February. The 221–212 vote comes after several days of concern that Democrats and Republicans in Congress would be unable to agree on a funding package ahead of the midnight Friday deadline, pushing the federal government into a shutdown that would furlough thousands of government workers, upend some federally funded services, and derail the economy just a few weeks before the holidays. While the House vote makes this less likely, the threat is not gone. The bill now moves to the Senate, where it will require unanimous agreement to quickly pass ahead of the government funding deadline on Friday. A few Republican senators, including Ted Cruz, have threatened to derail the funding bill unless it includes a measure to undo President Joe Biden’s business vaccine mandate. If they make good on this threat, they’ll tank the economy for hundreds of thousands of Americans just as they...
    As the country hurtles toward the potential of yet another GOP-led government shutdown, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi grew exasperated with reporters Thursday when they wondered how Democrats were responding to the Republican threat. "How do they explain to the public that they're shutting down government because they don't want people to get vaccinated. Why don't you go ask them?" Pelosi told reporters Thursday. "This is so silly that we have people that are anti-vaccination saying they’re going to shut down government over that and you’re asking me what’s our message." A handful of Senate Republicans, led by Sens. Roger Marshall of Kansas and Mike Lee of Utah, are threatening to torpedo a government funding bill over President Joe Biden's mandate compelling large companies to either vaccinate their workforce or implement routine testing. Democratic lawmakers along with some Republicans are racing to push through the continuing resolution by midnight on Friday, otherwise, the GOP will be on the hook for politically unpopular delays in things like paychecks for government workers and federal contractors right as the country gears up for the holiday. ...
    GOP Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy's dreams of one day becoming speaker of the House are going up in flames as the Republican caucus devolves into a raging inferno of internecine guerrilla warfare. Specifically, House GOP radicals have turned caucus politics into an unsightly brawl more resembling the kicking, screaming, hair pulling, and spitting of a middle-school rivalry than the growing pains of major political party plotting its path to renewed relevance. No one is more central to this uniquely embarrassing GOP drama than McCarthy, who has turned spinelessness into an ethic in his quest for power. McCarthy's moral deficit has left any members of the GOP conference who still possess a shred of integrity to condemn the actions of the extremists putting the lives of both their GOP colleagues and Democratic counterparts at risk. It started last month with McCarthy allowing Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia to target as "traitors" the 13 House Republicans who voted for a bipartisan infrastructure bill supported by nearly two-thirds of the country. Egged on by Greene & Co., death threats ensued, but...
    (CNN)Sanity prevailed Thursday night when the Senate overcame an effort by a handful of conservative Republican senators who had threatened to force a government shutdown unless they got a vote on an amendment to defund President Joe Biden's Covid-19 vaccine mandates.The vote on blocking the use of federal money to enforce Biden's vaccine requirements narrowly failed, 48-50, but the brinksmanship that could have thrown the government into chaos on Friday ahead of a midnight funding deadline was another example of how the power of a few has so often seemed to threaten the will of the many in this never-ending pandemic. It showed the lengths to which some Republicans will go to cater to the desires of the less than 30% of American adults who are not fully vaccinated.Despite strenuous objections to a shutdown from many of their GOP colleagues, who pointed out that Biden's vaccine mandates are already tied up in the courts, Republican Sens. Mike Lee of Utah and Roger Marshall of Kansas argued that they were taking a critical stand for unvaccinated workers in their states who...
              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   Patrick Witt, a Republican running for Georgia’s 10th Congressional District, this week said certain members of the GOP should blame themselves for what occurred in the state on November 3, 2020. Witt, according to his Twitter profile, was a member of former President Donald Trump’s post-election legal team. He also served as a senior official in the Trump administration. “We really have to look back over the last two decades at the disastrous decisions made by Georgia Republicans which led us up to that point. In 2005, shortly after Republicans had taken control of the state house, the state senate, and the governor’s mansion — for the first time in our state’s history — one of the first measures that they passed was a bill allowing for no-excuse absentee balloting without having to show your voter ID,” Witt said in a video he uploaded Monday to his Twitter account. “That’s right. Georgia Republicans in both chambers, including then-State Senator Brian Kemp, thought that it would be a good idea to enshrine into law a bill that allowed any voter...
    (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...
    The ugly clash following Rep. Lauren Boebert's attack on Rep. Ilhan Omar proliferated through the House GOP conference on Tuesday, with Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene calling fellow Republican Nancy Mace 'trash' after she condemned Boebert's anti-Muslim comments.  The latest round played out online, after Mace, a South Carolina Republican, condemned 'racist tropes' and 'disgusting comments' she said occurred on 'both sides,' following Boebert's comments about Omar – the first Somali American in Congress – who Boebert compared to a suicide bomber and called a member of the 'Jihad squad.' That defense of a Demoratic lawmaker did not sit well with Greene, who has clashed with lawmakers from both parties and had her committee assignments stripped after a House vote following her own incendiary comments.   .@NancyMace is the trash in the GOP Conference,' tweeted Greene. Rep. Nancy Mace (R-S.C.) defended herself online after fellow Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene called her the 'trash' of 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...
    Former President Trump's Assistant Health Secretary, Brett Giroir, has criticized the country's Chief Medical Advisor, Dr. Anthony Fauci, saying his 'ego' has expanded since he served under the previous administration and is now acting 'political'. Speaking on Fox News on Monday, Admiral Giroir said that he had witnessed a significant change in Fauci's behavior in the ten months since he worked with the nation's top doctor. 'I think the ego is really expanding beyond what I saw,' Giroir began.  'Look, Tony was a good colleague when I worked with him but he's become much more politician and it is a fact that the NIH his institute funded gain of function research. That's a fact, it's not a rumor or a lie by anyone in the Senate so why do you say that's a problem? Former President Trump's Assistant Health Secretary, Brett Giroir, has criticized the country's Chief Medical Advisor, Dr. Anthony Fauci Adm. Brett Giroir on Fauci staying in his lane:"I think the ego is really expanding beyond what I saw ... He's become much more political ..."On overreaction to OMICRON:"I have...
    Jeffrey Clark is accused of using the Department of Justice as weapon to boost fake Republican election conspiracies—an effort that resulted in a violent attack on the U.S. Capitol In the news today: Trump ally Jeffrey Clark may be the latest to face criminal charges for defying a House subpoena. Then a Department of Justice official, Clark allegedly sought to boost Trump's claims of "election fraud" despite those claims being entirely fictional; now that the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection has come calling, Clark is clamming up. Rep. Lauren Boebert may or may not have intended an "apology" when she called Rep. Ilhan Omar following yet another incident in which Boebert falsely slandered Omar, who is Mulsim, as a supposed potential terrorist, but the call unraveled quickly when Boebert couldn't muster that actual apology. Across the country, Republicans continue to purge those who proved unwilling to go along with Trump's traitorous lie. And the omicron variant of COVID-19 is now upon us, thanks to global failure to control the variants leading up to it—but what will it...
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) ambitions of keeping the Democrat majority in the House of Representatives past the midterm elections next year are dwindling as droves of vulnerable Democrats have announced they are leaving their current seats to either retire or seek a different office instead of fighting in a brutal reelection. Republicans only need to net five seats to pick up the House majority after the midterms. So far, more than triple the amount of Democrats (18 total) have decided to officially call it quits on the House and have left their seats open for a fight, giving Republicans a chance to gain another seat since House Republicans only need to net five seats to gain the majority and retire Pelosi as Speaker. Vulnerable Democrats will be facing tough reelection battles across the county, having to campaign in districts that more than likely have different lines after redistricting in addition to their having sided with President Joe Biden on many key partisan issues, as his approval numbers after only holding office for ten months have tanked. This week, vulnerable Democrat Rep. Tom Suozzi (D-NY), a loyal confidant...
    Jack Dorsey announced today plans to step down as head of Twitter. That prompted Candace Owens to say the following: “I’ve been telling people for years. Jack Dorsey is not your enemy. He is a prisoner at his own company. Good thing the Parler app is finally working properly and looks amazing. The communists will fully run Twitter soon.” If you don’t already know Candace Owens, all you need to know is that she’s a koshering virtuoso. Like some Jewish people who make anti-Semitism seem respectable, Owens, who is Black, makes white supremacy seem fine and dandy. She appears to think Jack Dorsey had been some kind of bulwark against liberal sensibilities. Now that he’s leaving, she said, “the communists will fully run Twitter soon.” I don’t care what Owens thinks about anything. Neither should you. Every word she says -- including “a” and “the” -- is a variety of bad faith. Even hyping Parler is deceptive. Authoritarians can’t succeed on the margins of media and society, where Parler is. To sabotage their enemies, they must appear as respectable as...
    Little is known at this point about the Omicron variant of COVID-19 that is causing worldwide panic and last week's stock market crash — except that it's a reminder of the importance of people getting vaccinated. Vaccination can help prevent such variants from evolving in the first place, and vaccinated people are probably still much safer than unvaccinated people in the face of the variant. As President Joe Biden's office told the press, his top infectious disease advisor, Dr. Anthony Fauci "continues to believe that existing vaccines are likely to provide a degree of protection against severe cases of Covid." Vaccines save lives and are the best path forward to ending the pandemic and returning to normal. Despite this — or really, because of this — Republicans not only continue to sabotage efforts by the Biden administration to get the public vaccinated, but are doubling down on the sabotage. As Axios reported Monday morning, the concerted efforts to keep shots from going in arms have escalated in red states, with Republican politicians now openly bribing constituents not to get...
    Republican Rep. Ronny Jackson of Texas dismissed the new COVID-19 Omicron strain as Democrats' bid to 'cheat' in the upcoming 2022 midterm elections in a  controversial tweet he posted Saturday.  'Here comes the MEV - the Midterm Election Variant! They NEED a reason to push unsolicited nationwide mail-in ballots,' wrote the lawmaker who served as the personal doctor to Presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump. 'Democrats will do anything to CHEAT during an election - but we're not going to let them!' The Omicron variant, first detected in South Africa, has been labeled a strain 'of concern' and 'highly transmissible' by the World Health Organization. Medical officials in South Africa have said so far the strain is causing milder symptoms but more solid conclusions on its effects are still more than a week away. In a bid to slow its arrival to the United States - where COVID cases are already on the rise again - the Biden administration shut down nearly all travel from eight African countries beginning on Monday.  Jackson dismissed the Omicron COVID strain as a 'reason...
    One of the antidemocratic rioters on Jan. 6 wrapped himself in the Gadsden flag, the longtime symbol of the far-right Patriot Movement. You’ll often hear hardcore right-wing Trumpists refer to themselves as “patriots.” Repeatedly. Donald Trump himself regularly refers to his devoted followers the same way. And because the word has a common, generic meaning, most of us glance over its use without giving it much attention. We should be, because the word is actually a kind of code, a signal of team membership. Certainly, its use has an obvious propaganda purpose: If the people who support Trump are “patriots,” then his opponents by right-wing logic must be unpatriotic and unAmerican. But more importantly, identifying as one signals to others your affiliation with the far-right “Patriot Movement”—better known to some as the militia movement or “constitutionalists.” And understanding this is central to understanding that this movement is the nexus of the right’s insurgent war on democracy. “Patriots” has become the word that far-right ideologues, including various pundits and politicians, and their army of followers use to identify one another. “Ladies and...
    David Pepper, the former Ohio Democratic Party chairman, lays out the inside-game strategy behind the right-wing war on democracy in his book, 'Laboratories of Democracy.' David Pepper, the former Ohio Democratic Party chairman, has had a front-row seat to one of the major fronts in the American right’s insurgent war on democracy: Namely, the nation’s statehouses, where the gradual Republican takeover in the past decade has resulted in a barrage of antidemocratic laws, not to mention the empowerment of incipient far-right extremist ideology. After observing and coming to understand how this frontal assault works, Pepper knew he had to do something about it. So he wrote a book titled Laboratories of Autocracy: A Wake-Up Call From Behind the Lines that maps out how Republicans have effectively forced minority rule on Americans, first at the state level in legislatures, governorships, and state courts. It’s a blueprint they have used in state after state. And if Democrats don’t awaken to the threat, the far-right extremism we all have seen rampaging in the streets of urban liberal centers will have a permanent seat of power...
    (CNN)House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy should publicly condemn Republican lawmakers whose behavior is violent or increases division, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Sunday. "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," Hutchinson told CNN's Dana Bash on "State of the Union." "It has to be dealt with, particularly whenever it is breaching the civility, whenever it is crossing the line in terms of violence or increasing the divide in our country."Moderate House Republican warns McCarthy over embracing far-right membersHe continued, "So one of the things that's really important to us in the future is increasing the civil debate, and civil discourse, and we have got to look for ways that we can bring people together, and not divide, and certainly along racial lines."The criticism from the Republican governor comes after the comments and actions of Reps. Paul Gosar of Arizona, who was censured for posting online a photoshopped animé video showing him appearing to kill New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and attacking President...
    Governor Asa Hutchinson (R-AR) said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union” that House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) should be publicly condemning Republican members who were “breaching the civility.” Anchor Dana Bash said, “The state of your Republican Party, I want you to listen and watch this video of Republican Congresswoman Lauren Boebert making a racist joke about Ilhan Omar.” During a campaign event, Boebert said, “I look to my left is there she is, Ilhan Omar. I said, well, she doesn’t have a backpack, we should be fine … I looked over, and I said, look, the jihad squad showed up today.” Bash said, “Kevin McCarthy called Boebert and encouraged her to meet with Omar, did not publicly condemn what she said and never publicly condemned congressman Paul Gosar for tweeting an animated video of himself killing a Democratic congresswoman. Do you think McCarthy should be publicly condemning this kind of behavior?” Hutchinson said, “I do. I think whenever, even in our own caucus, our own members, if they go the wrong direction, I mean, it has to be called...
    MSNBC news host Nicolle Wallace skewered former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie while he was promoting his book, "Republican Rescue: Saving the Party from Truth Deniers, Conspiracy Theorists and the Dangerous Policies of Joe Biden.” “Is bias more dangerous to the country than conspiracy theorists?” Wallace asked. “No, but that’s the third section of the book where I talk about the movement forward. In the second portion of the book, we talk about the conspiracy theories and the truth-denying that went on with things like Qanon, Pizzagate, the election situation, John Birch Society… that’s what I talk about. There’s two sections of the book and I’m sure you’re conflating them,” Christie answered. “I’m not conflating them,” Wallace said. “I don’t think it’s an intellectually honest case to make against conspiracy theories without taking on Fox News.” READ: Chris Christie torched for his latest attempt at redemption after repeatedly cowering to Trump over the last decade During the interview, Wallace also asked Christie if he thought former President Donald J. Trump...
    Friday, Rep. Jeff Van Drew (R-NJ) sounded off on President Joe Biden’s so-called Build Back Better agenda amid the growth in inflation. Van Drew described inflation as “the Biden tax.” He argued it was “a complete waste of money” that was a result of “terrible” Biden policies. “This is without question the Biden tax. It is just one more tax on everybody. It is because of the terrible way he has led this country in so many ways,” Van Drew proclaimed. “And Congressman Jordan is right. When you talk about that Build Back Better bill, which I call the big bad bill — I wish I could get a country-western singer to do a song about it — when you talk about that bill and what it is going to do, 2.5 million for tree equity is in it. Tell me what tree equity is. Do we have to have the same amount of trees, the same shape, the same size, the same number? I don’t even understand half of what’s in that bill. It is a complete waste of...
    (CNN)Former President Donald Trump has taken his involvement in 2022 Republican primaries to a new level as he works to permanently mold the GOP in his image. Beyond Trump's public efforts to oust Republican incumbents he considers disloyal, he has quietly tried to clear potential GOP threats to his endorsed candidates and encouraged others to run against his enemies.Earlier this month, the former President enlisted the help of North Carolina Rep. Madison Cawthorn to persuade former Rep. Mark Walker to end his campaign for Senate and instead run for the House, which could help Trump's preferred candidate in the GOP Senate primary, Rep. Ted Budd, according to people familiar with the matter. Trump announces his endorsement of North Carolina Rep. Ted Budd, left, for the 2022 North Carolina U.S. Senate seat as he speaks at the North Carolina Republican Convention in Greenville, North Carolina in June 2021. Trump has also had conversations in recent weeks with MAGA-aligned Republicans who are considering challenging GOP governors with whom he has grown disillusioned. The former President urged former Georgia Sen. David Perdue to...
    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...
    SACRAMENTO —  California is changing, so politicians and voters must change with it or lose. That’s the parting advice of Allan Zaremberg, the retiring California Chamber of Commerce president, after four decades of dealing with lawmakers in Sacramento. For 23 years as chamber president and chief executive, Zaremberg, 71, has been the most influential business representative in Sacramento, attempting to sway the governor and Legislature. He has deftly handled the job despite the Capitol becoming increasingly powered by Democrats. The chamber has won far more than it has lost. His strategy has certainly changed as labor-backed Democrats have grown into one-party rule and pro-business Republicans have fallen into virtual irrelevancy. So, Zaremberg and the chamber have practically abandoned the losing GOP that failed to change with the state. Business quit counting on the party for legislative help. Instead, it has focused in recent years on trying to elect moderate Democrats who will listen to business concerns. One pitch most Democrats and voters didn’t listen to was the chamber’s and retail businesses’ opposition to Proposition 47 in 2014. Zaremberg largely blames that...
    The Rittenhouse verdict sent a shudder through America as terrorists and vigilantes celebrated: one right-winger called for wholesale slaughter of Democrats saying on Telegram, "The left won't stop until their bodies get stacked up like cord wood." On Facebook, right-wing sites celebrating the verdict were the most popular nationwide by a factor of 9 to 1. The parents of Anthony Huber, who Rittenhouse killed as Huber tried to disarm him, put out a public statement that said, in part: Today's verdict means there is no accountability for the person who murdered our son. It sends the unacceptable message that armed civilians can show up in any town, incite violence, and then use the danger they have created to justify shooting people in the street. A right-wing militia group in New York celebrated in the streets and then put a punctuation mark on their disdain for the law and simple rules of a civil society by entering the NY subway system through the emergency exit, bypassing the toll booths. "Rules don't apply to us!" they seemed to be shouting,...
    Joshua Roberts / Getty Images Some Republicans aren’t happy about the RNC paying former President Donald Trump’s legal bills. The Republican National Committee has paid over $120,000 to a lawyer representing Trump in the ongoing New York investigations into his finances. The news was broken by The Washington Post on Monday. The RNC defended the payments in a statement saying, “As a leader of our party, defending President Trump and his record of achievement is critical to the GOP. It is entirely appropriate for the RNC to continue assisting in fighting back against the Democrats’ never-ending witch hunt and attacks on him.” However, according to CNN, there is some frustration among GOP officials that the party is paying money to cover the legal bills of a billionaire former president of the United States. Some RNC members and donors accused the party of running afoul of its own neutrality rules and misplacing its priorities. Some of these same officials who spoke to CNN also questioned why the party would foot the legal bills of a self-professed billionaire who was sitting on...
    Almost every week we learn "new" information about the Trump regime's attempted (and ongoing) coup and other crimes against democracy and the rule of law. These supposed revelations are now barely newsworthy. This new type of normal is the way democracy dies. Donald Trump's underlings, as it turns out, issued detailed instructions to Vice President Mike Pence on how to sabotage the counting of the Electoral College votes last Jan. 6, in order to send the results of the 2020 presidential election back to Republican-controlled state legislatures in "battleground" states. If that failed to change the outcome, the final decision — as specified in the Constitution — would have been made in the House of Representatives, where Trump would presumably have been "elected." It's impossible to know exactly how bad things would have gotten after such an outcome. The United States likely would have seen mass public unrest on a virtually unprecedented scale, perhaps offering Trump an excuse to invoke the Insurrection Act, order the military into the streets, and suspend the Constitution. In effect, that manufactured emergency would...
    Rep. Adam KinzingerAdam Daniel KinzingerMcBath to run in neighboring district after GOP redrew lines Texas Democrat Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson announces retirement at end of term Georgia Republicans advance map that aims to pick up House seat in redistricting MORE (R-Ill.), one of former President TrumpDonald TrumpRittenhouse says Biden defamed his character when linking him to white supremacists Overnight Health Care — White House touts vaccine rate for feds Trump endorses challenger to Hogan ally in Maryland governor's race MORE’s most vocal Republican critics in Congress, said he sees himself as “the only candidate” capable of defeating Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) next year.  “If I ran for governor, I think I’m the only candidate that could win, at least that’s out there now,” Kinzinger said in an interview on Crain’s “A.D. Q&A” podcast. Kinzinger, who was one of 10 House Republicans to vote to impeach Trump earlier this year, announced last month that he will not seek reelection to the House in 2022 after Illinois state lawmakers approved a new congressional map that would effectively eliminate his district.  He signaled...
    We begin today’s roundup with Paul Waldman’s analysis in The Washington Post of the Kyle Rittenhouse acquittal and how it will embolden the extreme right: Kyle Rittenhouse’s acquittal on charges related to the incident in which he killed two men and wounded a third — and his elevation on the right into a hero — may make it more likely that people will assume they’ll be let off if they commit acts of violence or even murder. As The Post reports, defense lawyers say “that jurors are increasingly receptive toward the use of deadly force by ordinary citizens who claim they were protecting themselves.” But there’s another possible effect of this verdict: It could change the face of political protest in America. As they share their glee over Rittenhouse’s acquittal, conservatives may now decide that carrying guns — especially military-style rifles — is itself a powerful form of protest that can be used to intimidate both their political opponents and officeholders. Carrying guns openly is, perhaps more than anything else, a kind of speech. It’s meant to communicate a clear message: I...
    Two prominent conservative voices have finally decided they've had enough and quit their gigs at Fox News. Stephen Hayes, author of "The Connection: How al Qaeda's Collaboration with Saddam Hussein has Endangered America," and Jonah Goldberg of "Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left, From Mussolini to the Politics of Change" fame announced that they resigned from the flagship right-wing network over "Patriot Purge," Tucker Carlson's fraudulent "documentary" about January 6th. I guess everyone has their breaking point, although it's kind of hard to believe it was Carlson's scurrilous project that did it rather than the event itself. Considering their body of work, however, I suppose the news about Goldberg and Hayes is not too surprising. Goldberg told Ben Smith of the New York Times that "they had stayed on at Fox News as long they did because of a sense from conversations at Fox that, after Mr. Trump's defeat, the network would try to recover some of its independence and, as he put it, 'right the ship.'" Apparently, they were under the inexplicable impression that Fox wanted...
    Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) slammed Democrats’ nearly $2 trillion social spending bill as “massive and reckless” on Sunday, and added that he is hopeful at least one Democrat will vote against it in the Senate. “This is a massive and reckless tax and spending bill. It’s as if the Democrats are launching cash cannons of borrowed money across our country,” Daines said in a Fox News interview. “It is going to raise the debt by $800 billion dollars in the first five years…This is a hyperinflation bomb that they’re dropping on the economy.” The bill passed the House on Friday with a 220-213 vote, with every Democrat except Rep. Jared Golden (D-ME) voting in favor. Daines then expressed concerns about inflation, saying that “those who can afford it the least get impacted the most.” Asked by anchor Jon Scott whether he sees the bill failing in the Senate, Daines said he thinks “there is a chance.” “I can tell you every single Republican is opposed to it,” he later added. “We just need one Democrat — just one — to oppose...
    Model of a 3D gun receiver using 3D-printing software. Bryan Muehlburger is considered an expert on ghost guns—but never asked to be one. On a Thursday morning in 2019, his 15-year-old daughter was waiting for friends at Saugus High School in California. Children’s backpacks were scattered across the quad when he arrived at the school, as they had dropped them to flee from a school shooter. One of the doctors at the scene sat Bryan down to deliver the news. “I just remember sayin', you know, like, ‘Please, no. Don't, don't tell me the bad news, please.’" The shooter was Nathaniel Berhow, a 16-year-old high school junior. He killed two students and wounded three more before turning the gun on himself. Gracie Muehlburger was shot through the back. Nathaniel wasn’t supposed to have a gun as he was underage, but neither was his father, a gun enthusiast who had all guns removed from his home while being detained for a psychiatric evaluation. The father turned to obtaining “ghost guns,” one of which was taken by Nathaniel, who put it in his...
    (CNN)Legendary Black radio host Joe Madison is two weeks into a hunger strike that could become a risk to his health. Madison, 72, is doing it for one reason: To pressure President Joe Biden and Democrats in Congress to pass voting rights legislation as the GOP actively works to restrict ballot access.As Madison told CNN's Don Lemon on Friday, "Just as food is essential for the existence of life, voting is essential for the existence of democracy."Madison, a civil rights activist turned SiriusXM radio host who was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in 2019, is so committed to the cause he is willing to put his life on the line. When I spoke to Madison on my own radio show a few days into his hunger strike, he shared that his wife asked him, "Are you telling me that you are willing to die for this cause?" He said he looked at her and responded with one word: "Yes." Madison then added passionately, "This is the new civil rights movement." The fiercest fight of the 21st century...
    Gas prices are falling now? Fine, but this doesn’t come close to making up for the gelding of Mr. Potato Head or the fiendish plot to make children’s books marginally less racist. Heading into the holiday season, Republicans are clearly rooting for bad news. To the extent that they can engineer bad outcomes, they’re doing just that—largely through their noxious resistance to proven COVID-19 mitigation efforts (remember COVID-19?), and their attempted quashing of progressive policies that flout a plutocrat-friendly status quo and put cash back into working people’s coffers. One key pillar of their campaign to undercut their president is their promotion of a false narrative—namely, that inflation is the worst thing ever to happen to the economy and it’s all Joe Biden’s fault. And that would likely be an effective message if this were a major election year, but it’s not—and we’re now seeing the first signs of progress, in no small part because of President Biden’s leadership. What? Oil prices are dropping? xLowest since Oct 7.Worst week since Aug 20.#OOTT pic.twitter.com/PVp3j9XUIz— Carl Quintanilla (@carlquintanilla) November 19, 2021 Well,...
    According to a report from the Atlantic's Peter Nicholas, a close adviser to former president Donald Trump admitted they are "rehearsing" arguments intended to convince the former president that another presidential run in 2024 could end in disaster and embarrassment. As Nicholas wrote, despite polls showing Trump to be the odds-on choice to be the Republican Party presidential nominee in 2024, there are signs that there is a building movement against him among conservatives who are being more vocal about moving on without him. Noting the election of Republican Glenn Youngkin as the new governor of Virginia who kept his distance from the twice-impeached former president as one key data point, Nicholas wrote that Trump's influence over GOP lawmakers is showing cracks. According to Nicholas, "If Donald Trump tries to run for president again, one of his former campaign advisers has a plan to dissuade him. Anticipating that Trump may not know who Adlai Stevenson was or that he lost two straight presidential elections in the 1950s, this ex-adviser figures he or someone else might need to explain the man's...
    Sen. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonTucker Carlson gets Rittenhouse interview for Monday night NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace says Rittenhouse would have gotten life if he were Black Conservatives praise Rittenhouse jury verdict MORE (R-Wis.) claimed that Democrats can only get funding for “their giveaway programs,” apparently including provisions in their roughly $2 trillion social spending and climate bill, from the middle class. “The only place Democrats can get the money to fund all of their giveaway programs is from the middle class, because that's where the money is,” Johnson said Sunday in an interview with John Catsimatidis on WABC 770 AM. Johnson claimed that even if taxes on corporations were raised, the middle class would ultimately end up shouldering the costs. “They don't really bear the brunt of the tax increase," he said, referring to corporations. "They just pass it along to consumers and to their employees in lower wages and benefits. So yeah, it's the middle class that always pays." Johnson’s comments come after House Democrats passed their massive social spending and climate bill, known as the Build Back Better Act, on...
    When House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy was asked by a reporter this week when he last talked to Donald Trump, he paused for a millisecond before landing on what was probably the truth. "Uhhh, this morning," McCarthy said on Thursday, the day after House Democrats censured GOP Rep. Paul Gosar of Arizona over his violent tweet depicting the execution of New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Democrats also rightfully stripped Gosar of his committee assignments as McCarthy did the dirty work of shielding him from any backlash within the GOP caucus. Trump topped off the entire episode of GOP ignominy by endorsing Gosar. The whole saga was a reminder of something everyone of us already knew: McCarthy is nothing more than Trump's stooge. As the week wore on, McCarthy's antics began to have the whiff of desperation. His 8-hour pre-Build Back Better vote diatribe—perhaps most memorable for uncovering the baby carrot conspiracy—felt less like a Mel Gibson rallying cry in Braveheart than a Steve Carell non sequitur in The Office. "@GOPLeader is bringing it on the floor right now!" enthused...
    Efforts to overturn the election. Jan. 6 organizers. White supremacist groups. And more than a dozen private and public universities. They all have one thing in common: They received anonymous funding funneled through a single conservative dark money behemoth. That’s the news in the latest IRS filing from Donors Trust—a conservative, Koch-aligned nonprofit which does not need to reveal the names of its donors and has been called the “dark money ATM of the right.” The disclosure, first obtained by CNBC, shows the group channeled major support for entities which fought to overturn President Joe Biden’s 2020 victory and organized the Jan. 6 rallies in Washington, D.C. Donors Trust also gave more than $2 million to groups linked to white supremacists, including the VDARE Foundation. Norm Eisen, a government ethics expert and senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, analyzed the filing with colleagues and remarked that it was “profoundly concerning for the future of our democracy.” “The Donors Trust is taking advantage of the dangerous opacity of our tax and related laws and regulations to fund alleged white supremacist...
              moreby Evan Stambaugh   Rep. Ilhan Omar appeared to misuse the English language in an attempt to hit back at a Republican colleague. On Wednesday Rep. Lauren Boebert of Colorado, a freshman member of Congress, took the opportunity to blast some of her colleagues after the House voted to censure Rep. Paul Gosar of Arizona and strip him of his committee assignments. One of Gosar’s Twitter accounts had retweeted a doctored anime clip depicting him slaying Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, though according to House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy he “didn’t see it before it posted.” In her brief remarks Boebert singled out Omar first, calling her a “jihad squad member” and criticizing a $1.1 million campaign fund payment to her husband’s consulting firm. “Not her brother-husband, the other husband,” she quipped, adding that Omar “is allowed on the Foreign Affairs Committee while praising terrorists.” .@laurenboebert loses it during the debate to censure Paul Gosar, ranting about everything from “the Jihad Squad” to accusing a Democratic congressman of “sleeping with the enemy.” pic.twitter.com/Y9bhGtnlgt — The Republican Accountability Project (@AccountableGOP) November 17, 2021 In response, Omar...
    House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell exit the West Wing after their Oval Office meeting with President Joe Biden at the White House on May 12, 2021. When House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy was asked by a reporter this week when he last talked to Donald Trump, he paused for a millisecond before landing on what was probably the truth. "Uhhh, this morning," McCarthy said on Thursday, the day after House Democrats censured GOP Rep. Paul Gosar of Arizona over his violent tweet depicting the execution of New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Democrats also rightfully stripped Gosar of his committee assignments as McCarthy did the dirty work of shielding him from any backlash within the GOP caucus. Trump topped off the entire episode of GOP ignominy by endorsing Gosar. The whole saga was a reminder of something everyone of us already knew: McCarthy is nothing more than Trump's stooge. As the week wore on, McCarthy’s antics began to have the whiff of desperation. His 8-hour pre-Build Back Better vote diatribe—perhaps most memorable for uncovering the baby carrot...
    A major bombshell occurred in Pennsylvania politics occurred when, on October 5, two-term Sen. Pat Toomey announced that he will not be seeking reelection in 2022. The arch-conservative Toomey, one of the Republicans who voted "guilty" in former President Donald Trump's second impeachment trial, obviously didn't want to deal with attacks from MAGA extremists who consider him a RINO (Republican In Name Only). And Pennsylvania Republicans are now engaged in a primary battle for the Senate seat that Toomey will be vacating in January 2023. But according to Politico reporters Holly Otterbein and Natalie Allison, some GOP strategists fear that none of the Republicans who have jumped in the race so far have what it takes to defeat a Democratic nominee. The contenders so have included real estate developer Jeff Bartos, Carla Sands (who was an ambassador under Trump) and frontrunner Sean Parnell, who has been accused of domestic violence. Television personality Dr. Mehmet Oz, who served on the President's Council on Sports, Fitness and Nutrition during the Trump years, is being mentioned as a possible candidate but hasn't...
    House Democrats tried to draw a red line against incendiary political rhetoric on Wednesday. They only half succeeded. Rep. Paul GosarPaul Anthony GosarHillicon Valley — Presented by Ericsson — Oversight says 'small lapses' led to hacks House to vote Wednesday to censure Gosar, remove him from committees Gosar defends anime Ocasio-Cortez video to GOP MORE (R-Ariz.) became the first member to be censured in more than a decade. But the vote came by a slim margin and almost entirely along party lines. The action was taken in response to Gosar’s tweeting of a video depicting an anime version of himself killing a cartoon version of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezHillicon Valley — Presented by Ericsson — Oversight says 'small lapses' led to hacks House to vote Wednesday to censure Gosar, remove him from committees Gosar defends anime Ocasio-Cortez video to GOP MORE (D-N.Y.) and attacking a character made to look like President BidenJoe BidenIdaho state House passes worker vaccine compensation bill Biden sends 2016 climate treaty to Senate for ratification Rubio vows to slow-walk Biden's China, Spain ambassador nominees MORE with two swords. The action was...
    Sen. Kyrsten Sinema insisted in a rare interview that came out Wednesday that she would not leave the Democratic Party, though bashed progressive activists for 'unfairly and illegally' following her into the bathroom to protest her stance on Biden's Build Back Better bill.  Politico interviewed the Arizona Democrat, who pledged she wouldn't switch parties, despite complimenting Republican Leader Mitch McConnell's wit: 'He has a dry sense of humor, it's underrated,' Sinema said.  Sinema also complained about the coverage her sometimes outlandish outfit choices receive. 'It's very inappropriate,' the 45-year-old freshman senator said. 'I wear what I want because I like it,' she said.  In a new interview with Politico, Sen. Kyrsten Sinema complained about the coverage of her sometimes outlandish outfit choices: 'I wear what I want because I like it,' the 45-year-old Arizona Democrat said  During the pandemic, Sen. Kyrsten Sinema wore colorful wigs, standing in solidarity with people who were practicing social distancing and thus not going into the salon to get their roots colored  'It's not a news story, and it's no one's business,' she continued. 'It's not helpful...
    Florida's 13th Congressional District received a major bombshell in May when Rep. Charlie Crist, a former Republican turned Democrat, announced that he is running for governor (a position he held in the past) and is hoping to unseat Gov. Ron DeSantis if he wins the Democratic nomination. Meanwhile, on the GOP side, far-right Republicans in that district are engaged in a wild congressional primary battle to determine who will run against the Democratic nominee, whoever that turns out to be. And an article by Daily Beast reporters Zachary Petrizzo and Will Sommer, published on November 17, describes some of the ways in which that Republican primary has become a total circus. The far-right Republican congressional hopefuls in Florida's 13th Congressional District have included Anna Paulina Luna, Amanda Makki and William Braddock, who dropped out of the race. Luna and Braddock both have had plenty of baggage. One of the controversies surrounding Luna involves her dog Gunner, who bit a nine-year-old child. Luna has alleged that Braddock wanted to hire a hit squad to have her killed. Luna has been endorsed...
    White House Deputy Press Secretary Andrew Bates mocked a Republican polling memo on President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better Plan during his first Air Force One briefing. Bates is normally the name you see on White House comments and responses to print stories or the face you see flanking Jen Psaki as she emerges from the press office. But on Tuesday, he briefed reporters aboard Air Force One for the first time. Toward the end of the gaggle, Reuters correspondent Steve Holland asked Bates about a polling memo from the National Republican Congressional Committee and got a personalized zinger in reply. “Do you want to address this NRCC poll about Build Back Better?” Holland asked. “You know, I would like to speak to that and I’m glad you raise it,” Bates replied, and after a pause, cracked to Holland “So, the thing is about that, Steve, I don’t know if maybe Fox Business has a poll on how they have better coverage than Reuters, or maybe Little Caesars has a poll on how they’ve got the best pizza in America.”...
    Chris Christie is on what some are calling a rehabilitation tour. The combative Republican former governor of New Jersey is hawking his new book, "Republican Rescue" on all the major news networks, trying to position himself as an alternative to Donald Trump as he anoints himself the savior of the Republican Party. Christie, who left office with a dismal 14 percent approval rating despite (or because of) having others in his way to distance himself from Bridgegate, somehow having escaped any legal ramifications over his management of Hurricane Sandy funds, and after trying to slough off Beachgate, for a short time tried to be less "Christie"-like. But that softer persona disappeared this week, especially late Tuesday afternoon when he stepped on the set of MSNBC's "Deadline: White House" and sat down with host Nicolle Wallace. It did not go well for him. Here's basically how it ended, with Wallace – a former Republican – stringing him up using his own words, saying: "You may or may not support Donald Trump in 2024. You may or may not run for president....