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    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...
    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...
    Republican Rep. Paul Gosar posted a bizarre anime video on Twitter that showed him slashing the back of Democratic Rep.  Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez A right-wing Arizona congressman seemingly has a death wish for firebrand progressive Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, posting an altered anime video that depicts him nearly decapitating the Democrat. Republican Rep. Paul Gosar posted the disturbing video on Twitter on Sunday showing a sword-wielding character with Gosar's superimposed face using a jetpack to soar onto a rooftop before attacking Ocasio-Cortez. He slashes the New York liberal across the back of the neck, drawing a spray of blood and prompting the blonde-haired anime character to slump down. Ocasio-Cortez responded to the viral video on Monday from Scotland, where she's attending a climate summit. 'So while I was en route to Glasgow, a creepy member I work with who fundraises for Neo-Nazi groups shared a fantasy video of him killing me,' she tweeted. 'And he’ll face no consequences bc cheers him on with excuses.'  She added: 'Well, back to work bc institutions don't protect [women of color].'  It’s not clear what prompted the Arizona lawmaker...
    A stern warning was issued to Republicans Friday by Rep. Anthony Gonzalez (R-OH): don't rest on your laurels – former President Donald Trump will try to steal the next election. "January 6 was an unconstitutional attempt led by the President of the United States to overturn an American election and reinstall himself in power illegitimately," Gonzalez said. "That's fallen nation territory, that's third world country territory. My family left Cuba to avoid that fate. I will not let it happen here." Gonzalez said he could see one of two outcomes: "He either wins legitimately, which he may do, or if he loses again, you just try to steal it." Gonzalez was one of only 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump following the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. Gonzalez and his family were the target of attacks and threats following the impeachment hearing. He has chosen to retire from Congress at the end of his term and avoid facing off with a Trump-backed primary challenger. Gonzalez told CNN he will try to stop Trump from running the...
    Former Obama deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter on Wednesday warned fellow Democrats that the GOP cannot become 'the party of the parents' after Republican Glenn Youngkin's win over Democratic challenger and incumbent Terry McAuliffe in the Virginia gubernatorial race earlier in the day.  Youngkin's victory, which was a catastrophic defeat for Democrats, led Cutter to one conclusion: 'We cannot let it go.'  'The one thing that we need to make sure of is that Republicans in 2022 don’t become is the party of parent, because we need to be the party of the parents,' Cutter told MSNBC on Wednesday in a video tweeted out later in the day. 'And we are. We're the ones that care about school funding. We're the ones that care about making sure parents can send their kids to school because they have jobs to go to. All of this. We need to own that agenda. We cannot let it go.' A handful of political analysts cited a united parental front in Virginia as a reason behind Younkin's unlikely win against McAuliffe, who had previously served as the state's...
    There are many reasons I am excited about last night's barn-burner election results in the Virginia governor's race. First and foremost it is a clean, direct repudiation of the insanity that has overtaken school boards in Virginia, especially the divisive, toxic and dangerous agenda that is Critical Race Theory. And it is a devastating kill shot for a Democratic party that has gone so far off track from where normal, rational mainstream Americans currently are. There is truly no way for anyone to spin this any other way (although just a quick glance at Twitter will show that some of the most radical characters on the left are already trying). It will take weeks to completely unpack the autopsy of this race but as we begin to peel back the onion a little bit on what happened last night one of the most striking factors was the glaring absence of President Trump. Governor-elect Glenn Youngkin could not be more a different personality to President Trump. He is a congenial, calm-spoken, everyman. A former vestry server at the Holy Trinity Church...
    Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images. The Bulwark and The New Republic published a joint letter on Wednesday urging all Americans to defend their democracy against the Republican Party and its “Trumpist authoritarianism.” However, in that effort, the Democratic Party (and the Never Trump movement) are now simultaneously working to subvert American democracy. The letter stated: Unimpeded by [Donald] Trump’s defeat in 2020 and unfazed by the January 6 insurrection, Trump and his supporters actively work to exploit anxieties and prejudices, to promote reckless hostility to the truth and to Americans who disagree with them, and to discredit the very practice of free and fair elections in which winners and losers respect the peaceful transfer of power. The letter, which was cosigned by dozens of journalists, writers, and academics ranging from Max Boot to Noam Chomsky, also said, “We vigorously oppose ongoing GOP efforts to change state election laws … to empower state legislatures to interfere with the certification of election results… and we oppose the unending promotion of unprofessional and phony ‘election audits.’” Before ending with a call for “for citizens of all...
    Todd Rokita coordinated the letter from 17 attorney generals to Biden and Garland Republican attorney generals representing 17 states have signed a letter to President Joe Biden and Merrick Garland demanding that parents be guaranteed the freedom to speak their minds at school board meetings. On Monday attorney generals pushed back, urging Secretary of State Garland to guarantee the freedom of speech. The letter was coordinated by Todd Rokita, the attorney general of Indiana. 'Concerned parents passionate about their kids' education are not terrorists,' he said.  'The Biden administration and its special-interest allies need to dial down the rhetoric and respect the rights of parents to be heard.' Rokita's letter drew the support of the attorney generals of Texas, South Carolina, Utah, Oklahoma, Arizona, Alabama, Arkansas and Georgia, among others. He said he was determined that 'Hoosiers' - people from Indiana - should be allowed to express themselves freely.  'Hoosier parents have a First Amendment right to speak their minds to teachers, administrators and school board members,' he said.  'That's why I'm demanding that the Biden administration immediately stop attempting to shut...
    Capitol Police Sgt. Aquilino Gonell ripped GOP rally goers in Virginia who pledged allegiance to a flag flown by rioters on Jan. 6, telling CNN’s Jim Acosta that the move was “a total disgrace.” “They were in the crowd when I was fighting those people off, they were throwing the flag on the floor and…wanted us to pick it up and they got angrier and angrier about it,” Gonell said Saturday. “The way they’re using the flag as if they did something good. And that flag they’re probably holding right now… that probably was the flag that they hit me with.” Sgt Gonell: That flag that they’re probably holding right now, that they did that ceremony, that probably was the flag that they hit me with pic.twitter.com/4LPtTpLYlg — Acyn (@Acyn) October 16, 2021 The pledge occurred on Wednesday night, at a Trump Rally for [Glenn] Youngkin, the GOP candidate for Virginia. (Youngkin later said he had no role in the event and called the pledge “weird and wrong.”) During the events of Jan. 6, Gonell previously said...
    Virginia Democratic gubernatorial nominee Terry McAuliffe falsely claimed on Thursday that “the only thing” on the campaign website of his Republican opponent, Glenn Youngkin, is “about election integrity.” During an appearance on MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Reports, McAuliffe, who served as Virginia’s governor between 2014 and 2018 but couldn’t run for re-election to a consecutive second term due to Virginia law, said that “the only thing on [Youngkin’s] website has been election integrity. Not jobs or education.” “And he has doubled down on all this Trump insanity, on conspiracy theories about the 2020 election,” he continued. “He said the other day he wants Virginia’s machines to be audited. It’s all this craziness from Trump and the conspiracy theories. And that’s just not who we are as Virginians.” If McAuliffe or his team spent a few seconds on Youngkin’s campaign website, he or they would find that it highlights issues other than election integrity, including whole sections dedicated to both jobs and education. Watch above, via MSNBC. Have a tip we should know? tips@mediaite.com
    Republican Rep. Jim Jordan sounded off about Democrats who have accuse Trump and his allies of perpetuating the 'Big Lie' of election fraud in an Oversight Committee hearing Thursday.  'How about all the lies the Democrats have told us over the last couple of years?' the Ohio Republican said at the hearing investigating the Arizona election audit.   'Democrats told us the protests in the summer of 2020 were peaceful. Democrats told us the dossier was real. Democrats told us Trump colluded with Russia.'  'Democrats told us COVID didn't start in a Chinese lab,' he continued. 'Nope, didn't start there -- it was a bat to a pangolin, to a hippopotamus, to Joe Rogan and we get bit -- no, no, no, Democrats for four years told us the 2016 election was stolen. They can investigate that for four years, we're not allowed to question some concerns we have about the 2020 election for four minutes, but they can investigate that for four years.'   Democratic Rep. Jamie Raskin and Republican Rep. Andy Biggs also got into a heated exchange during the...
    House Republican Whip Steve Scalise called former White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham 'pathetic' after she claimed that Melania Trump refused to visit him at the White House in 2017 after he'd been shot.  Grisham wrote in her salacious new tell-all 'I'll Take Your Questions Now' that Scalise and his family had  taken an impromptu trip to the White House shortly after the Louisiana Republican recovered from being hot at a baseball practice in 2017.   Grisham, who also worked as the first lady's press secretary, wrote that staff asked Mrs. Trump if she wanted to visit the Scalises, gathered in the Blue Room.  'No, I already said hello,' Trump said, apparently referring to when she and the president had visited Scalise in the hospital.   Grisham said that Trump's response had become an inside joke among staff. 'Whenever the first lady said no to something, we would say to each other, 'Well, she already said hello!''   'This is how the fake news media machine against President Trump and @MELANIATRUMP works,' Scalise wrote on Twitter in response. 'This never happened. My family went...
    Donald Trump is eyeing another run at the presidency, and doesn't seem to have any concerns about his Republican rivals including Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. Former President Trump is so confident of being the GOP nominee he has said that if he runs again for president, most other Republicans would 'drop out.'   If Trump were to face the popular Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, whose popularity has has soared during the pandemic, for the 2024 GOP nomination, Trump saids unequivocally 'I'd beat him'.    Florida Governor Ron DeSantis' popularity has has soared during the pandemic, and stands a good chance of running for the 2024 GOP nomination Trump made the prediction during an interview with Yahoo Finance that due to be published in full on Monday.    Te former president, who lost the 2020 general election, still remains popular and curry's influence among Republican voters and GOP politicians as he toys with the idea of a third run at the presidency.    Trump, who will be 78 in 2024, is the front-runner early polls for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination race. If former President...
    Republicans and Democrats tore into Facebook's Global Head of Safety on Thursday in a contentious Senate hearing on Instagram's effect on teenagers. In a rare show of bipartisan solidarity, senators on the Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation confronted executive Antigone Davis on accusations that Facebook knew the mental and emotional harm its practices inflicted on kids and teens for years and continued its practices. It's the first chance lawmakers have to grill an executive from the company since a whistleblower leaked documents to Congress that show the troubling extent to which Facebook knew and ignored its own research on its dangerous effects on kids. 'We’re here today because Facebook has shown us, once again, that it is incapable of holding itself accountable,' Committee Chair Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) said at the beginning of the hearing.  Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) compared kids' early introductions to Instagram to 'that first childhood cigarette' over the lifelong addictive habits both build.  'For teens, Instagram is worse than a popularity contest in a high school cafeteria,' Markey said. 'Instagram is that first childhood cigarette,...
    "Why didn't we move or secure those prisoners in the first place? And who is going to take responsibility for this miscalculation?" Calvert queried, according to the outlet. Fox News reported that U.S. Central Command Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie said on Wednesday said that America is "still waiting to find out" whether the bomber had previously been imprisoned at Bagram Air Base. One of the U.S. service members killed in the terror attack was from Calvert's district. In the statement included in his press release, the congressman lambasted President Joe Biden, who has been heavily criticized for botching the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan. "President Biden's disastrous handling of our withdrawal from Afghanistan led to a series of events that culminated with the tragic loss of life on August 26th outside of the Kabul airport," Calvert said. "Thirteen Americans, including one of my constituents, were killed because of the poor judgement and execution of our troop withdrawal. The Biden Administration needs to explain why these prisoners were not transferred and secured at another location. Those responsible for these grave...
    Replacement theory, a belief held by racists/white nationalists that foreigners are being brought into the country to “replace” the white majority, has gotten some disturbing mainstream traction. Tucker Carlson, who has come under fire for talking it up in the past, straight-up said last week President Joe Biden has a “great replacement” policy. When the Anti-Defamation League blasted Carlson and called for his firing, Matt Gaetz defended him, promoted replacement theory, and called the ADL “racist.” MSNBC’s Chris Hayes brought up Gaetz’s tweet on Monday night, remarking that the Florida Republican “appears to be trying to brush away his looming legal troubles by ostentatiously performing the kind of racism that has become so core to so much of the moderate Republican base.” “The so-called replacement theory claims that Democrats are bringing people — bringing people — from foreign countries to replace the legacy Americans, as Carlson referred to them. You may remember hearing about this theory when it was shouted by frothing white supremacists protesting the removal of a Confederate statue in Charlottesville in 2017,” he continued, showing the infamous “Jews...
    Washington (CNN)President Joe Biden enters the most seismic week of his legislative agenda explicitly set to miss one deadline and implicitly knowing he'll soon have to bow to a Republican blockade on another.Feverish talks over the course of the weekend led to a rhetorical intraparty pressure release, but still left Democrats miles away from a clear pathway forward on their sweeping $4 trillion dual-pronged agenda, according to multiple people directly involved.The bottom lineEvery piece of Biden's agenda is on the line this week. The vote on his $1.2 trillion Senate-passed infrastructure bill has been delayed to Thursday. The policy gaps in Democrats' multi-trillion dollar social safety net are significant, even as Democratic leaders say they plan to bring it to the floor this week for consideration. And Republicans are determined to block Democrats' efforts to have them help raise the debt ceiling Monday night.It's a mess, but those three items -- despite self-imposed deadlines, promises from leaders and the wishes of various wings of the Democratic party-- don't have to be dealt with this week. Read MoreThe government funding bill...
    Abortion rights supporters gather to protest Texas SB 8 in front of Edinburg City Hall on Sept. 1 in Edinburg, Texas. Joel Martinez/The Monitor/AP Fight disinformation. Get a daily recap of the facts that matter. Sign up for the free Mother Jones newsletter.Just two days after a conservative Supreme Court majority allowed the most restrictive law banning abortions to go into effect, a Texas county judge on Friday temporarily halted an anti-abortion group’s attempt to sue workers and providers at Planned Parenthood clinics for providing services. Even so, the brief reprieve for pro-abortion supporters will not stop the onslaught of copycat laws Republican state lawmakers are considering in the coming year.  The Washington Post reported on Friday that GOP officials “in at least seven states, including Arkansas, Florida, South Carolina, and South Dakota, have suggested they may review or amend their states’ laws to mirror Texas’s legislation.” The blatant efforts from state Republicans to replicate the Texas law—which prohibits all abortions after six weeks including in cases of rape or incest—would effectively open up a terrifying landscape for women seeking...
    (CNN)For House Republicans, their path back to power could rest on the backs of GOP women.After a historic number of Republican women were elected to the House in 2020 — including in some of the most competitive races in the country — the party sees a recipe for electoral success and is now doubling down on that same strategy in the battle for the House next year.What has emerged among party leaders, operatives and outside groups is a two-pronged approach: retain their current Republican women in critical swing seats and recruit additional strong female candidates to run in key battleground districts that they hope to flip next year.And so far, there are signs of that strategy bearing out: A record-breaking number of Republican women have already filed to run for office, while some of the GOP's top fundraisers this year have been freshmen Republican women."There are several roads to taking back the House, but I think one road contains a lot of Republican women on it," said freshman Rep. Young Kim, a California Republican who flipped a blue seat in...
    "Interesting cause I can think of a long list of things Biden has lied about," one tweet declared. "Democrats are experts at projecting their own identity and faults on to Republicans," another post said.@thehill Democrats are experts at projecting their own identity and faults on to Republicans. — Peter Garrett (@Peter Garrett)1627958550.0"Pot. Kettle," another tweet said. "Sounds entirely like his presidency," another commenter wrote. "He says as he lies and breaks his promises. So glad I voted third party," another tweet read. "Obviously he's delusional since he actually meant to say Democrats," someone commented. Some of the commenters Twitter agreed with the president. "Yup. He nailed it. The @gop is a horrible group of ppl whose base rewards bad governing. Look at DeSantis and Noem," one tweet said. "Fact check: all true," another tweet declared. Last month during a campaign event for Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McCauliffe, Biden also claimed that the GOP "offers nothing but fear, lies and broken promises." McCauliffe, who previously served as the governor of Virginia from early 2014 to early 2018, is aiming...
    (CNN)A sitting president of the United States is usually the person who drives political conversation. Former presidents tend to be an afterthought. But even as we stand more than six months into Joe Biden's administration, the President is fighting for attention with his predecessor, Donald Trump, to a degree not seen in recent history. The impact of this dynamic could upend expectations about the midterm elections. Dominating cable news mentions was one of the reasons Biden and Trump won their respective nominations before becoming president. In the month of July, Biden and Trump have been running about equally in mentions on cable news. This is really unusual. Four years ago in July, Trump was getting mentioned on cable more than Barack Obama by a 9:1 ratio. Eight years before that, Obama was getting mentioned more on cable than his predecessor, George W. Bush, by a similar margin. Read MorePart of what is happening is that Trump is getting more cable news mentions than usual for a former president. And Biden, for his part, has had his name uttered on cable...
    NBC News anchor Chuck Todd dismissed the notion that there is a liberal bias in the media as a Republican talking point that has been repeated so many times that the left now believes it – but he wishes his mainstream media colleagues fought back to combat the theory.  "I think objectivity and fairness are not the same thing in some ways. You can’t define objectivity as sort of being equal, that we know. You can’t balance the truth, that we know," Todd told The Verge editor-in-chief Nilay Patel when asked how he maintains a sense of fairness.  NBC News political director and "Meet the Press" moderator Chuck Todd dismissed the notion that there is a liberal bias in the media.  (Photo by: William B. Plowman/NBC) "So you have to be fair and have an open mind," Todd added. "Where we did get lost in this, and this sort of happened to mainstream media in particular, is that we did let Republican critics get in our heads, right?" MAINSTREAM MEDIA CONTINUES TO FAIL US CITIES AMID CRIME...
    Congresswoman Liz Cheney (R-WY) called out members of her own party in her opening statement for the January 6th House Select Committee. The hearing began on Tuesday with a montage of horrific footage from the storming of the U.S. Capitol, plus an opening statement from Committee chairman Bennie Thompson (D-MS) — who outlined how American democracy is at stake in the aftermath of Jan. 6. Cheney then delivered her opener — which she kicked off by noting that Tuesday’s proceeding only came to be after her fellow Republicans stopped a bipartisan agreement on a 9/11-style January 6th investigative commission months ago. Everybody on the dais voted for and preferred these matters investigated by an independent, non-partisan commission composed of five prominent Americans selected by each party and modeled on the 9/11 Commission. Although such a commission was opposed by my own leadership in the House, it overwhelmingly passed with the support of 35 Republican members. It was defeated by Republicans in the Senate, and that leaves us where we are today. Cheney went on to stress the importance of investigating...
    The conservative Media Research Center (MRC) is pushing back on the claim by Democrats that Republicans are the party in support of defunding the police following weeks of attempts to flip the narrative onto the GOP. In a Wednesday column, the MRC blasted the claim as "a bald-faced lie," calling out media fact-checkers for defending Democrats and accusing them of being part of a "Democrat protection racket."  MRC: MAINSTREAM NETWORKS BLAST GOP STATE ELECTION LAWS, LARGELY IGNORE SWEEPING DEMOCRAT-BACKED ELECTIONS BILL Besides a recent article from the Washington Post that gave the Biden White House "Three Pinocchios" for the claim and another critical piece from FactCheck.org, prominent fact-checkers have been silent on such statements. "Here’s an easy test to see whether fact-checking websites can make any claim to be ‘independent’ and nonpartisan in tone. Biden staffers claimed Republicans ‘defunded the police.’ That’s a bald-faced lie," wrote Director of Media Analysis Tim Graham.  In June, White House advisor Cedric Richmond claimed Republicans "defunded the police" by voting against the $1.9-trillion American Rescue Plan this year, which he said included funding for...
    Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX) bluntly explained Republicans’ legislative strategy as a minority party until the 2022 midterm election: chaos and obstruction. In a newly surfaced video dated June 29 from a Patriot Voices event, the congressman explains the state of play on Capitol Hill vis-à-vis the infrastructure plan being hashed out in Congress. Roy said Speaker Nancy Pelosi “is just tacking hard to the left,” and that he’s waiting to see what kind of bill emerges from the Senate. “We have no idea where they are,” he said of the Senate negotiations. NEW–> GOP Congressman on bipartisanship: We want “18 more months of chaos and the inability to get stuff done” pic.twitter.com/yvsGTNkDGB — Lauren Windsor (@lawindsor) July 6, 2021 “Honestly, right now, for the next 18 months, our job is to do everything we can to slow all of that down to get to December of 2022, and then get in here and lead,” said Roy. He expressed concern that in addition to a potential bipartisan infrastructure bill, Democrats might try to use budget reconciliation to pass a separate...
    Critics slammed The New York Times on Sunday for an article that suggested the American flag has become a symbol of divisiveness. The New York Times published an article on Saturday titled: 'A Fourth of July Symbol of Unity That May No Longer Unite.' In the article, Pulitzer Prize finalist Sarah Maslin Nir examined how the American flag 'once a unifying symbol' has become a divisive symbol in the United States along political party lines. The article cites people living on Long Island who have become hesitant about flying the Stars and Stripes outside of their homes or businesses. The New York Times published an article by Pulitzer Prize finalist Sarah Maslin Nir on Saturday that has since been slammed by some conservatives on Twitter who argued that The New York Times itself was being ahead of the July 4 weekend 'What was once a unifying symbol – there is a star on it for each state, after all – is now alienating to some, its stripes now fault lines between people who kneel while 'The Star-Spangled Banner' plays...
    The White House has been pushing the narrative this week that it has been Republicans, not Democrats, who were supportive of the "defund the police" movement, but now members of the media are echoing the same sentiment.  Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank penned a piece on Tuesday originally titled, "Even the Squad is more pro-police than these Republicans." "Republican leaders have developed a new strategy for ousting Democrats from their majority in Congress: Blue Lies Matter," Milbank began his column.  Milbank suggested that despite the vocal support for police and criticism of "defund the police," GOP lawmakers aren't backing the blue, at least not as much as some prominent Democrats according to the so-called "legislative scorecard" from the National Association of Police Officers.  WASHINGTON POST'S GLENN KESSLER, SEN. TOM COTTON CLASH OVER FACT-CHECK ON BIDEN'S ‘DEFUND THE POLICE’ STANCE "McCarthy, Stefanik and Banks all scored 57 percent, and some of the back-benchers piling on Tuesday — Reps. Ken Buck (Colo.), Jody Hice (Ga.), Mo Brooks (Ala.) — scored a paltry 43 percent on NAPO’s pro-police scorecard," Milbank wrote. "And the...
    MinnPost photo by Peter CallaghanA two-year budget had to get done by June 30, and the sprinkling of policy items inside of the 13 budget bills were the places where lawmakers could get agreement.If the state motto was the most commonly used phrase at the Minnesota Capitol, the license plates would read “only divided Legislature” instead of “10,000 Lakes.” Unlike the undercount of lakes in Minnesota, however, the line about the Legislature would be true. It is also a convenient explanation for failure, a way to tell advocates and the base voters in each party that the other party blocked the bill. Perhaps if they worked harder at the next election and delivered the “trifecta” of government power — the governor’s office and both chambers of the Legislature — they might pass. The flip side of the same partisan argument is that only by holding at least one of the three levers of power were bad things blocked. Republicans have said something to that effect about tax increases ever since the DFL lost control of the state Senate in Mark...
    In basketball terms, it was a layup. How hard could it be to vote to remove some statues from the Capitol honoring those who led a pro-slavery rebellion against America, along with a smattering of White supremacists? I mean, it’s a purely symbolic move that affects no one’s daily life. But politics is often about messaging. Why does the Capitol, that architectural marvel, need to continue honoring the likes of Jefferson Davis, the president of the Confederacy? Even House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy voted to evict the states from their prime real estate, along with every Democrat. But 120 House Republicans fumbled the ball and opposed the measure as distorting history. Some said it trampled on the states’ legal right to pick two of their citizens for the honor. And McCarthy took a shot at the Democrats and their old Southern segregationists, saying "they are desperate to pretend their party has progressed from their days of supporting slavery, pushing Jim Crow laws and supporting the KKK." The measure, which faces an uncertain fate in the Senate, proved once again that...
    The Biden administration is attempting to portray the Republicans as the party of 'defund the police' after they voted against the president's American Rescue Plan - which included funding for law enforcement. The left-wing rallying call to defund the police grew after the May 2020 murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis policeman Derek Chauvin, and was embraced by progressives such as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. But it has frequently been greeted with incomprehension and resistance, even within Democrat groups. On Monday White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said that the Republicans were the drivers of the move to defund the police because in March they voted against the $1.9trillion proposal even though it included $350billion for state and local governments that could be used for local police.  Jen Psaki, the White House spokesman, on Monday was asked about remarks over the weekend made by Cedric Richmond. Richmond claimed that the Republicans were defunding the police, because they refused to back Biden's $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan, to help the country recover from COVID and provide funding to police departments
    Joe Biden's senior advisor Cedric Richmond on Sunday blamed Republicans for defunding police, despite the GOP fighting against the far left 'defund police' movement. 'Let's talk about who defunded the police,' Richmond said to Fox New Sunday host Chris Wallace. 'When we were in Congress last year trying to pass… an emergency relief plan for cities that were cash-strapped and laying off police and firefighters, it was the Republicans who objected to it. Richmond, the director of White House Office of Public Engagement, is referencing coronavirus relief bill negotiations in 2020, when Republicans had control of the Senate. 'And in fact, they didn't get funding until the American Rescue Plan, which our plan allowed state and local governments to replenish their police departments and do the other things that are needed,' he added. 'So look, Republicans are very good at staying on talking points of who says defund the police,' Richmond said. 'But the truth is, they defunded the police. We funded crime intervention, and a whole bunch of other things.' The 'defund police' movement garnered intense support by the...
    Democratic leaders expected Tuesday's vote, and their efforts to pass the bill will continue. Senate Republicans have blocked debate of a sweeping overhaul of how elections are run in the U.S. The bill was pushed by congressional Democrats who argued it was needed to counter a spate of new GOP laws this year tightening voting rules in the states. A look at what has happened so far, what's in the bill and what happens next: WHY DID SENATE REPUBLICANS BLOCK THE BILL? Republicans have long opposed Democratic efforts to overhaul elections in the U.S. and say the reforms being proposed are more about ensuring Democratic victories than fairness in voting. They note that Democrats introduced their overhaul two years ago, before the 2020 election, and say the massive bill amounts to a federal takeover of elections, which are run by state and local election offices. Congressional Republicans argue increased voter turnout in the 2020 election is proof that reforms are not needed. But, at the same time, their counterparts in...
    Washington (CNN)The Justice Department on Thursday charged a US Capitol rioter with bringing a handgun onto Capitol grounds -- two days after a hearing where Republican lawmakers downplayed the deadly attack and claimed the pro-Trump rioters were unarmed.The new charge was filed against Guy Reffitt, a Texan whose case received national attention after his own family members told the FBI that he threatened to kill them if they turned him in.Prosecutors said in the new indictment that Reffitt carried a "deadly and dangerous weapon," specifically a "semi-automatic handgun," while he was unlawfully on Capitol grounds. He isn't accused of entering the building itself. But it's still against the law to breach the perimeter of the Capitol complex and storm past fences and barricades, which Reffitt was photographed doing. Fact-check: Fox News and Republican lawmakers push new false flag conspiracy that FBI orchestrated US Capitol attackThis undermines Republican efforts to whitewash the January 6 insurrection. GOP lawmakers have pushed false-flag theories that the FBI, antifa or Black Lives Matter were behind the attack. They also claimed the mob was "unarmed," even...
    There's a reason Republican lawmakers in more than half a dozen states are pushing sham Arizona-style audits in their own states—GOP voters actually believe they can change the outcome of the 2020 election. New polling from Morning Consult/Politico released Wednesday found that 51% of Republican voters nationwide believe these partisan, GOP-led audits like the one in Arizona will "definitely or probably" change the 2020 U.S. presidential election results. Naturally, GOP voters are out there on a limb by themselves. Just 16% of Democrats said they believed these reviews could overturn the 2020 election, while 24% of independent voters said they thought that was possible. Roughly one-third, or 36%, of GOP voters exhibited enough reality-based thinking to say the reviews likely or definitely would not change the 2020 outcome, with 53% of independents and 76% of Democrats saying the same. Not surprisingly, Republican voters were also much more likely to support the fraudits, with fully 74% saying they either strongly (54%) or somewhat (20%) backed the efforts. Overall, just 23% of Democrats expressed some support for the reviews while 40% of independents did. GOP lawmakers have supported and spread...
    Rep. Louie Gohmert hit the Twitter trends on Wednesday for asking at a hearing about whether or not the U.S. Forest Service or Bureau of Land Management might be able to move the moon. As one does. Gohmert was speaking to Forest Service Supervisor Jennifer Eberlien when he asked about lunar realignment. “I understand from what’s been testified to, the Forest Service, and BLM, you want very much to work on climate change,” said Gohmert in an audible red flag. “I was informed by the past director of NASA that they have found that the moon’s orbit is changing slightly and so is the Earth’s orbit around the sun, and we know there’s been significant solar flare activity.” “And so is there anything the National Forest Service or BLM can do to change the course of the moon’s orbit or the Earth’s orbit around the sun?” he asked. “Obviously they would have profound effects on our climate.” Here’s the clip, via Forbes. Some people seem to think Gohmert was being snarkastic to illustrate a point about climate change, a...
    South Carolina Representative Nancy Mace spoke out on the Sean Hannity Show Tuesday after her home was graffitied on Memorial Day, saying that it was part of a pattern of violence against conservatives. She also pushed back against accusations that she staged the incident. The vandals wrote in black spray paint messages such as 'f*** you Nancy' and 'all politicians are b*****ds' as well as several Antifa 'A' symbols on the walkways around her home indicating that the culprits were members of the decentralized far-left, anti-fascist movement.  'This was my home, and it was quite frankly scary,' she said. ' ... I'm a single mom and I have two kids and I'm sad for my kids because they had to see this, and I'm sad for my neighbors. They didn't ask for this to happen, but this is the left coming after the right, coming after us conservatives.'  The graffiti had messages such as 'all politicans are b*****' and 'f*** you Nancy' and appeared to bare the markings of ANTIFA South Carolina Rep. Nancy Mace spoke...
    Bradley Cortright May 27, 2021 0 Comments White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki says officials see “several constructive additions” in Republicans’ new infrastructure proposal. However, they still have areas of concern. In a statement on Thursday, Psaki said, “We are grateful for the work of Senator Capito and her colleagues on this proposal. It is encouraging to see her group come forward with a substantially increased the funding level—nearing $1 trillion.” “We appreciate the hard work that went in to making this proposal and continuing these negotiations,” she added. She went on to say Sen. Shelly Moore Capito (R-W-Va.) told President Joe Biden she would give him more details on the proposals. Psaki said they saw “several constructive additions to the group’s previous proposals, including on roads, bridges and rail.” However, “We remain concerned that their plan still provides no substantial new funds for critical job-creating needs, such as fixing our veterans’ hospitals, building modern rail systems, repairing our transit systems, removing dangerous lead pipes, and powering America’s leadership in a job-creating clean energy economy, among other things.” She...
    Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois is taking aim at House GOP leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy, emphasizing that the chamber’s minority leader is not being honest with Americans. "I do think Kevin has failed to tell the truth," Kinzinger said Sunday in an interview with Fox News’ Chris Wallace on "Fox News Sunday." KINZINGER HAULS IN BIG BUCKS AFTER FACING TRUMP'S WRATH OVER IMPEACHMENT Kinzinger was one of just 10 House Republicans who voted in January to impeach then-President Trump of inciting the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol by right wing extremists aiming to disrupt congressional certification of now-President Biden’s Electoral College victory over Trump. And the conservative lawmaker first elected to Congress in the 2010 Tea Party wave was one of 35 House Republicans who last week bucked party leadership and voted in favor of a Jan. 6 commission to investigate the attack on the Capitol. McCarthy last week announced his opposition the formation of the commission and worked with House GOP leadership to limit the number of defections when the full chamber voted on the...
    Donald Trump will return to the stage next month for his first public remarks since his CPAC speech in February as he inches closer to an election bid announcement – but evangelical leader Franklin Graham worries the former president is too old to run again in 2024. Trump is headlining the North Carolina GOP's state convention dinner on June 5, according to the state party's website. Listed as the second featured speaker is South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem, a Trump loyalist who has been floated as a potential running mate. Despite the former president previewing a potential announcement of a White House bid after the 2022 midterms, Reverend Franklin Graham told 'Axios on HBO' that a Trump comeback would 'be a very tough thing to do' because of his age and health. The prominent Christian leader said: 'I think for him, everything will depend on his health at that time. If he still has energy and strength like he does. I don't.'  Donald Trump will make his first public remarks in three months as he heads to North Carolina...
    New York Representative Elise Stefanik claimed on Sunday that the Republican Party is unified following Liz Cheney's ouster in a Republican leadership role and called former President Donald Trump 'an important voice in the Republican Party.' Stefanik recently replaced Cheney as the House Conference Chair, after Cheney was ousted from her position last week for blasting the former president's claims that the 2020 presidential election was rigged. Cheney previously said she would do 'whatever it takes' to keep Trump from being president again and from solidifying his control of the Republican Party. And she would not rule out her own presidential bid in 2024 to keep Trump from winning another term. 'I'm going to do everything that I can both to make sure that that never happens, but also to make sure that the Republican Party gets back to substance and policy,' she said. 'We cannot be dragged backward by the very dangerous lies of a former president.'  But Stefanik said in another interview on Sunday that the party is 'unified in exposing the radical far-left agenda of President Joe Biden and...
    Sometimes making fun of Republicans is like shooting fish in a barrel. Actually, no. They’re not fish so much as some kind of animal that can’t swim … or crawl out of a barrel. It’s like watching a drunk, elderly orangutan drown in a barrel. Yeah, that’s what I’m saying. I just add the color commentary. So the sovereign of the country we canceled 244 years ago via a violent revolution and abrupt late-night breakup text (“Yo, T-Jeff here. We done”) recently announced that British folks will need an ID to vote from now on. This prompted Republicans to do what they’re best at: grossly misrepresent what’s happening in the world outside their fever-ravaged brains. Get a gander at this gormlessness: xThe woke cancel culture mob continues to call voter ID racist.Now that the Queen of England will require an ID to vote, will Dems cancel her too? pic.twitter.com/XG9s8sp4uO— Republican State Leadership Committee (@RSLC) May 12, 2021 For the nontweeters: The woke cancel culture mob continues to call voter ID racist. Now that the Queen of England will require an ID...
    Embattled Republican Rep. Liz Cheney (WY) plans to be active in the midterms looking to shift the Republicans toward a “Cheney party,” after disagreeing with the party’s current path as evidenced by her recent removal as House Republican Conference Chair. Cheney, before being ousted as the conference chair, “told associates she doesn’t plan on going anywhere — and plans to run for re-election,” according to Axios. Associates close to Cheney have also told Axios, she “will take her case to the public with speeches and other appearances” and plan a very active role in the midterm elections in order to try and “mold a future Republican Party that looks more like a Cheney party and less like a Trump party.” “Cheney and her team has been intentional about painting the stakes as higher than a squabble about a leadership job, but instead about truth and the future of the Republican Party,” Axios reported. Despite the recent polling showing Cheney with terrible favorable numbers to run for another term, Cheney “will not accede to her colleagues’ desires to please shut up,” and will...
    By Christina A. Cassidy and Ryan J. Foley | Associated Press As Republicans march ahead with their campaign to tighten voting laws in political battlegrounds, some in their party are worried the restrictions will backfire by making it harder for GOP voters to cast ballots. The restrictions backed by Republicans in Georgia, Florida, Iowa, Texas and Arizona often take aim at mail voting, a method embraced by voters from both parties but particularly popular with older voters. The new rules, concerned Republicans note, may be billed as adding security or trust in elections but ultimately could add hurdles for key parts of the GOP coalition. “The suppression tactics included in this bill would hurt the Republican Party as much or more than its opposition,” Texas state Rep. Lyle Larson, a Republican, said in an opinion column this week. “One can only wonder — are the bill authors trying to make it harder for Republican voters to vote?” On Thursday, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a wide-ranging voting bill. And early Friday, the GOP-controlled Texas House of Representatives advanced...
    Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte (R) After winning total control over state government in 2020 for the first time in 16 years, Montana Republicans have orchestrated an all-out assault on voting rights, democracy, and the rule of law that culminated in late April with GOP legislators voting to put a statutory measure on the November 2022 ballot that would effectively gerrymander Montana's Supreme Court to cement a future GOP majority if approved by voters next year. The GOP's bill would replace the current system of using statewide elections to elect Supreme Court justices with using districts drawn by GOP legislators and redistricted by lawmakers every 10 years thereafter. According to calculations by Daily Kos Elections, the GOP's proposed 2020s court districts could have seen Republican candidates lose the statewide vote by 7 points yet still carry a majority of seats last year. Republicans would thus likely be favored in a 5-2 majority of seats, whereas the court currently lacks a secure majority for either party and has seen the all-important swing justices side with Democrats in some recent major cases. Republicans'...
    Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina talks with Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio as they await President Joe Biden's first address to a joint session of the U.S. Congress in the House chamber of the Capitol on April 28, 2021. Congressional Republicans are expressing a lot of sorrow these days over the death of the bipartisanship they have so earnestly pursued. Sure, they spent an entire eight years seeking to block every legislative initiative that was ever even a twinkle in President Obama's eye, but that was two presidents ago. Just because nearly all of them sold their constituents lies of widespread election fraud in 2020 and then most of them joined a lawsuit en masse to overturn the election, it doesn't mean they aren't willing to work across the aisle. Just because a mob of rabid Donald Trump supporters hopped up on GOP lies tried to violently overthrow the seat of the U.S. government and block a peaceful transfer of power, it doesn't mean they harbor any ill will toward President Joe Biden himself. Certainly, if the tables were turned,...
    Davenport, Florida (CNN)House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy pointedly declined an opportunity on Tuesday to say whether he believes Rep. Liz Cheney, the No. 3-ranking House Republican who has been a vocal critic of former President Donald Trump, was a "good fit" for the party's leadership.Asked by Punchbowl News' Jake Sherman whether Cheney, the GOP conference chairwoman and the No. 3 House Republican, was still a "good fit" for the leadership team, McCarthy replied, "That's a question for the conference."McCarthy was speaking to reporters just outside of Orlando at the House Republicans' annual policy retreat. He also took a veiled shot at Cheney for criticizing former President Donald Trump during the retreat."I think from a perspective if you're sitting here at the retreat its focused on policy, focused on the future of bringing America into the next century, and you're talking about something else, you're not being productive," McCarthy said.His response is the latest in a persistent divide between the two House Republican leaders as Cheney has continued to speak out about the need for Republicans to move beyond Trump. When...
    Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-SC) slammed recent anti-protest bills backed by Republican state legislators across the country, pointing out that America itself was “a democracy that started off as a protest that was called the Boston Tea Party.” “George Floyd’s death last summer set off a wave of demonstrations against racial injustice and now a year later some Republican-led states look to crack down on the protests,” said CNN Newsroom anchor Jim Acosta to introduce the segment. These laws, Acosta said, included stricter penalties for obstructing a public street in the course of a protest, protections for drivers who unintentionally injure or kill demonstrators, and harsher penalties for assaulting police officers and defacing public monuments. “I have to ask you as someone that lived through the Civil Rights movement what do you make of these bills?” Acosta asked Clyburn. Clyburn replied that he was “instructed by history” and mentioned the Jim Crow laws that were passed in the post-Reconstruction period, with the “separate but equal” doctrine affirmed by the Supreme Court in Plessy v. Ferguson until being overturned in 1954 by Brown...
    House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy criticized Democrats for not censuring Rep. Maxine Waters, saying Wednesday that the decision hurts 'George Floyd's family, as she put the verdict of the Derek Chauvin case 'in jeopardy.'  McCarthy spoke with Christian Broadcasting Network's David Brody on Real America's Voice and talked about how House Democrats voted to table, essentially killing, the top Republican's censure resolution in a straight party-line vote - 216-210 - Tuesday afternoon.  'Well you know the Democrats had an ability to condemn those types of actions,' McCarthy said. 'But instead they condoned it. It hurt the House of Representatives. It hurts, I believe, George Floyd's family.'  GOP House leader Kevin McCarthy said Democrats 'hurt George Floyd's family' by failing to censure Maxine Waters in a vote Tuesday for her comments that put the Derek Chauvin verdict 'in jeopardy' Rep. Maxine Waters was hammered by Republicans for saying on Saturday that Black Lives Matter activists should 'get more confrontational' if officer Derek Chauvin was found not guilty in the killing of Minneapolis black man George Floyd last May  The California...
    Ahead of this week’s planned virtual Earth Day Summit, leftist political activist Noam Chomsky slammed the modern GOP’s stance on climate change. Chomsky, in the past, has railed against the Trump administration for its lack of action addressing climate change, calling former President Donald Trump worse than Adolf Hitler. According to the MIT professor, the Republican Party is “dedicated with passion to ensuring that the survival of organized human society will be impossible.” He said the GOP is the “only organization in human history” that has acted that way. “They are the only organization in human history that is dedicated with passion to ensuring that … the survival of organized human society will be impossible,” Chomsky said Sunday on MSNBC’s “The Mehdi Hasan Show.” “That’s exactly their program since 2009 when they shifted to a denialist position under the impact of the Koch brothers’ juggernaut. Before that, when McCain was running, there was a moderate limited climate program.” “The denialism — there’s nothing like that in human history,” he added. “It’s clear what is going to happen.” Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent
    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis In the latest of installment of GOP opportunism, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis took aim at corporate America while speaking at last weekend's Republican National Committee retreat.  In a recording obtained by the Washington Post, DeSantis told attendees major businesses were "getting in bed with the left, the corporate media, and big tech."   "These corporate executives have no backbone, they don’t want to be criticized by the corporate partisan media—they cave, they virtue signal in one direction,” DeSantis said, complaining that "woke corporations" were "colluding" with the left. “We have to stand up for ourselves, we’ve got to fight back.” Wow. No backbone, colluders, woke—it all sounds like a very dicey mix coming for Republicans, who are now the supposed victims of a runaway effort to combat racist GOP voting policies nationwide. Of course, DeSantis is just the latest in a long line of 2024 GOP hopefuls trying to raise their profile by reviling corporate America's stand against Republicans' voter suppression efforts. The question people on both sides of the aisle are asking is: Is this developing...