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    The fact that COVID-19 is surging in the United States once again and has killed more than 4.6 million people worldwide (according to Johns Hopkins University figures) hasn't stopped Republicans from trying to score political points by railing against President Joe Biden's new vaccine mandate, which requires employees of the federal government, medical workers and...
    A COVID-19 overflow area at Memorial Herman Northeast Hospital in Houston, Texas. At the beginning of September, a man named Mac Robinson stumbled into a small rural hospital in Clifton, Texas, about 25 miles northwest of Waco. This week Robinson was back to thank the ER there for saving his life. Not because they gave him the...
    President Joe Biden heartily criticized Texas, Florida, and Mississippi Republican Govs. Greg Abbott, Ron DeSantis, and Tate Reeves Thursday for practicing "the worst kind of politics" on the coronavirus. "We're facing a lot of pushback," Biden said of the Republicans when talking about his recently announced vaccine mandates. "The governors of Florida and Texas are...
    The group charged with coordinating the GOP’s redistricting strategy has tapped former Secretary of State Mike PompeoMike PompeoAmerica needs a new strategy for Pacific Island Countries Harris to hold fundraiser for McAuliffe ahead of Virginia governor's race It's in our interest to turn the page on relations with Suriname MORE and former New Jersey Gov. Chris...
    MSNBC host Joy Reid claimed Wednesday night that Republicans “love” COVID-19 and want it “pumping through [their] veins.” “We begin tonight with a message to Republicans,” Reid said. “Okay, we get it! COVID is the precious and you love it.” She said that Republicans want COVID-19 to spread everywhere, including in schools, stores and bars. “You love COVID...
    FIRST ON FOX: Republicans on the House Oversight Committee are pushing for answers from the Department of Health and Human Services on its use of "no-bid" contract awards amid reports of "disturbing" conditions at centers housing unaccompanied children coming across the border."In light of multiple whistleblower complaints received by the Committee alleging disturbing conditions at...
    EXCLUSIVE – The GOP's primary organization to coordinate the party’s redistricting strategy and build resources for its legal defense on Thursday unveiled its new co-chairs and top strategist.The National Republican Redistricting Trust (NRRT), in an announcement shared first with Fox News, said that former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has warned Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen he is not budging on his demand that Democrats go it alone on the federal debt limit, deepening the emerging standoff in Congress over how to boost the government’s borrowing authority. Doug Andres, a spokesman for McConnell, said the Kentucky Republican...
    MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough ripped into Republicans during Thursday’s “Morning Joe,” criticizing them for attacking Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mark Milley. Scarborough alleged that Republicans had actually turned on Milley because he admitted to reading about critical race theory (CRT), and that they had only been pushed further by reports he had also called his...
    A top House Republican is not satisfied with the Biden administration’s investigation into the origins of the COVID-19 virus that spread from Wuhan, China, to the rest of the world and killed more than 4.5 million people. Republican Kentucky Rep. James Comer, ranking member on the House Oversight Committee, sent a letter to Director...
    A group of House Republicans sent a letter Thursday to Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin demanding a formal AR 15-6 investigation into Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley. A report alleges that Milley promised to warn his Chinese counterpart ahead of time in case the Trump administration prepared a military strike against China. The...
    MSNBC's Joy Reid came under fire Wednesday after an on-air tirade in which she called Republicans a "creepy little COVID-loving death cult." "OK, we get it! COVID is the precious, and you love it. You love COVID so much you want it to spread into schools, at the office, in the Walmart, on the...
    It’s been more than two weeks since the U.S, Supreme Court opted not to hear challenges to a Texas law that bans abortions at six weeks and allows people to sue anyone participating in an illegal abortion. And yet, despite vows by some Republican lawmakers to be the first to file a Texas-type bill in...
    Republicans are distancing themselves from Saturday's 'Justice for J6' rally as fencing goes up around the Capitol building and the National Guard are on stand by. Security fencing and barriers were installed late Wednesday as authorities prepare for the rally, which is in protest of the criminal charges being filed against those who stormed the...
    By MICHAEL R. BLOOD | The Associated Press LOS ANGELES — The results of Tuesday’s recall election in which California Gov. Gavin Newsom defeated an attempt to remove him from office look all too familiar to the state’s enfeebled Republicans — they were embarrassed again by Democrats, who haven’t lost a statewide race in 15...
    Joe Scarborough is not impressed with the Republican party. And for millions of viewers of Morning Joe, he makes a well-argued and salient point … that is also sure to anger members of his former party. In other words, perfect cable news fodder. At issue is the Republican attacks on General Mark Milley, who allegedly...
    MSNBC host Joy Reid became the focus of intense criticism Wednesday over a bizarre rant that Republicans loved the coronavirus, wanted it pumping through their veins, and they were a "creepy little COVID-loving death cult." "OK, we get it! COVID is the precious and you love it. You love COVID so much you want it...
    SACRAMENTO —  Any way it’s sliced, the recall election wound up being a big boost for Gov. Gavin Newsom’s political future. And it was another self-inflicted, bruising bust for California Republicans. Larry Elder was rudely awakened from his dreams of becoming California’s governor. Newsom’s landslide victory proved what most of us already knew: No Trumpian conservative...
    As Democrats charge ahead with writing their massive $3.5 trillion spending bill, which they aim to pass on a party-line vote through budget reconciliation, at least one moderate Republican is warning the bipartisan infrastructure bill may lose GOP votes because it's too intertwined with the reconciliation bill. "I think Nancy Pelosi did this whole process...
    The public's dour view about the country's direction is a concerning trend for President Joe Biden and congressional Democrats before next year's midterm elections. However, the polling data suggest it won't be easy for Republicans to capitalize. Biden's flagging job approval numbers have become fodder for political reporters amid the persistent COVID-19 pandemic and the...
    The nation is now used to seeing political standoffs whenever the time again comes to raise the now-infamous "debt ceiling." The nation is also generally aware of the dynamic that plays out each time the United States needs to raise the artificially set debt cap in order to keep paying the bills that Congress itself...
    (CNN)Republicans are trying to distance themselves from Saturday's right-wing rally on Capitol Hill, an event that could present a tough optics problem for the party as Democrats plan to tie all Republicans to the most extreme elements of the GOP. No sitting member of Congress is scheduled to appear at the "Justice for J6" event...
    (CNN)If Rep. Liz Cheney is purged from the Republican Party, it likely will be at the hand of Harriet Hageman.Hageman, the former Wyoming national Republican committeewoman, launched her campaign last week, emphasizing her deep roots in the state, her conservative values and her alliance with former President Donald Trump, who targeted Cheney after the congresswoman...
    (CNN)The Big Lie is already tainting the 2022 and 2024 elections.Relentless efforts by former President Donald Trump and his true believers in politics and the media have convinced millions of Americans that Joe Biden is a fraudulent President who seized power in a stolen election. This deep-seated suspicion of last November's vote, which threatens to...
    Pence didn't take action to reject state electoral votes during the January 6 count. But he did reach out to others beforehand to see if there was a way he could help Trump get what Trump was demanding. In the news today: The nation slides towards another self-inflicted crisis as Republicans once again vow to...
    Fox News Primetime host Lawrence Jones said Wednesday that Republicans need to do more to oppose Democratic policies and “fight for the people you swore an oath to protect.” WATCH: “All due respect to the Republican Party — actually I don’t respect them very much — you’ve got to do more than your letters,”...
    Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign manager David Plouffe said Wednesday on MSNBC’s “The ReidOut” that Republican politicians were “speaking to their sick, perverted one-third of the country,” which he claimed got “injected by Fox News and Sinclair and Breitbart.” Anchor Joy Reid said, “Ron DeSantis — he may be a sociopath. We don’t know what his...
    A recent report from Politico showed the House Democrats would have a hard time keeping their majority after redistricting finalizes throughout the country. Democrats are struggling as they try to find candidates to run for office and possibly see no way to expand the seat they are looking to flip due to the redistricting. Additionally, many members...
    Republicans blasted General Mark Milley for reportedly speaking with his Communist Chinese counterpart behind former President Trump’s back to improve the “mutual understanding” between the countries. “This isn’t even remotely close to a denial from Milley,” Trump Jr. said about Milley’s excuse. “It’s basically a full throttle defense of his potentially treasonous actions. He needs...
    Despite the polls looking hairy for a few weeks over the summer, Wednesday morning brought relieving news as California's Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom crushed a well-financed recall effort. Republicans had seen Newsom as a soft target ever since he was photographed attending a fancy dinner during the time of the most severe pandemic restrictions. They...
    (CNN)It is 100% true that Joe Biden won the 2020 election. And that Donald Trump lost it.Unfortunately, in recent months, the Big Lie -- that Trump somehow was defrauded out of the election -- has gained increasing amounts of traction, according to a new CNN poll.In January, 59% said they have confidence that elections in...
    (CNN)Democratic leaders are actively discussing attaching an increase to the national debt limit onto a must-pass spending bill to keep the government open, setting up an end-of-the-month partisan standoff with Republicans on the eve of a key deadline to keep federal agencies operating. What's still unknown: What will happen next if Republicans block that plan....
    (CNN)A majority of Americans -- 56% -- think American democracy is under attack. That revelation from a new CNN poll conducted by SSRS reflects the views of three-quarters of Republicans, half of independents and a little fewer than half of Democrats.Perhaps even more troubling than those numbers is how much confidence in the US system...
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Republicans in the Pennsylvania Senate prepared Wednesday to test how far they can go in pursuing what the GOP calls a “forensic investigation” of last year’s presidential election, as Democrats accused them of helping perpetuate the “big lie” of baseless claims that former President Donald Trump was cheated out of victory. The Republican-controlled...
    Americans are suffering from pandemic fatigue, but that doesn't mean voters want what Republicans are offering: elevating personal choice over public health and thereby endangering everyone.  California Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom's overwhelming defeat Tuesday of the GOP recall effort was the surest sign yet that working aggressively to save lives is a winner at the ballot...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden’s “build back” agenda is poised to be the most far-reaching federal investment since FDR’s New Deal or LBJ’s Great Society — a prodigious effort to tax the rich and shift money into projects and programs touching the lives of nearly every American. The thousands of pages being drafted and...
    Congressional Republicans are demanding hearings and investigations into two reported phone calls between Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley and his Chinese counterpart, Gen. Li Zuocheng. Milley is scheduled to appear in front of the Senate Armed Services Committee on Sept. 28 to discuss his role in the U.S.’s chaotic evacuation...
    Sen. Mitch McConnell both insists the debt ceiling be raised and promises Republicans will block Democrats from doing so. The nation is now used to seeing political standoffs whenever the time again comes to raise the now-infamous "debt ceiling." The nation is also generally aware of the dynamic that plays out each time the United...
    If you’re looking for the best metaphor for how the California Republican Party blew the recall attempt against Gov. Gavin Newsom, look no further than the sight of mixed-martial arts legend Tito Ortiz knocked out by Anderson Silva in the first round of a boxing match held on 9/11. This time last year, Ortiz was...
    SACRAMENTO (AP) — Californians voted to keep Gov. Gavin Newsom in office on Tuesday, ending a statewide recall election that saw some Republicans again float unfounded claims of voter fraud. Days before the polls closed, the campaign of one of the leading Republican candidates promoted a website urging people to sign a petition that declared...
    Texas GOP governor Greg Abbott Earlier this month, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott took to bragging that—contrary to popular belief—the state's fringe right-wing politics were actually super popular with the business community. “People vote with their feet, and this is not slowing down businesses coming to the state of Texas at all," Abbott told CNBC’s Squawk...
    Republicans in Pennsylvania's Senate voted in favor of issuing a series of subpoenas to commence what it calls a "forensic investigation" into the 2020 election, the latest step toward a Maricopa-style audit of results that narrowly favored the Democratic nominee. The state Senate Intergovernmental Operations Committee voted 7-4 along party lines to approve the demands...
    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The powerful new redistricting panel in Ohio entered an hours-long recess Wednesday, signaling that chances of agreeing on new 10-year maps of state legislative districts by a midnight deadline are slim. The Ohio Redistricting Commission’s pause came as Republicans and Democrats appeared stalled on any plan both parties can agree upon....
    When a reporter recently asked Gov. Greg Abbott to address the fact that Texas' draconian new anti-abortion law makes no exception for rape or incest victims, his bizarre response was that the law doesn't punish rape victims because Texas will "work tirelessly" to "eliminate all rapists" in his state. Abbott has drawn widespread criticism for...
    House Republicans attempted to kill provisions of the $3.5 trillion Build Back Better plan that would expand coverage and lower drug prices. Congressional Republicans are taking aim at provisions in President Joe Biden's $3.5 trillion Build Back Better investment proposal that would make health care...
    White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki defended General Mark Milley, and slammed both former President Donald Trump and current Republicans in Congress over the January 6 Capitol insurrection. At Wednesday’s daily briefing, The Associated Press’ Jonathan Lemire opened things up by asking Psaki about a brand new statement from the Office of the Joint Chiefs...
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Californians voted to keep Gov. Gavin Newsom in office on Tuesday, ending a statewide recall election that saw some Republicans again float unfounded claims of voter fraud.Days before the polls closed, the campaign of one of the leading Republican candidates promoted a website urging people to sign a petition that declared Newsom...
    (CNN)Now that polls have shown that the attempt to recall California Gov. Gavin Newsom has failed -- perhaps by a historic margin -- I'd like to paraphrase a frequently memed quote from Return of the Jedi's Admiral Ackbar and say: It was a trap! Jeff Yang The recall was never anchored in any concrete failure...