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    Former President Donald Trump addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference on February 28, 2021 in Orlando, Florida. Joe Raedle/Getty Images Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.Former President Donald Trump intimated a potential 2024 presidential run during his first speech since leaving office last month and surviving a second impeachment trial in February. For over ninety minutes, Trump used his appearance at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando on Sunday as an opportunity to defend his own record, portray President Joe Biden and Democrats as socialists, and offer up red meat in the culture war to his most ardent supporters. But most of all, he relished being in the spotlight again, and used it to insist falsely that he won the 2020 election—the dangerous lie at the heart of the January...
    Republican governors waged a decade-long attack on social services provided to families and those who are needy. The Republican playbook remained the same: setting up guidelines requiring that recipients return to work in set timeframes, that work requirements be built into the programs, and that they heckled those who didn’t agree. In Kansas we can see the results: Grift is at record levels in Republican businesses. Meanwhile, the Republicans were so concerned about how these funds could be misused that they pushed through legislation about how and where the money could be spent—like on cruise ships and casinos. When Republican states focused on how to make sure people couldn’t get access to social services, they set themselves up for an outright disaster. When COVID-19 hit, states under Republican leadership that focused on these issues were completely unprepared to reverse course on their strategy and get assistance to the people. Now the results are devastating. The Republican response, in essence, is: ‘Let’s...
    ORLANDO -- Former President Donald Trump took the stage at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando, Florida, Sunday, looking to reclaim his role as the Republican Party's kingmaker as he positions himself to play a major role in the 2022 midterm elections."It is far from being over," Trump said about the "incredible journey" he said he and his supporters started four years ago. "We will be victorious and America will be stronger and greater than ever before."Trump has remained unbowed and unapologetic since the January 6 insurrection, his political capital among Republicans scarcely diminished even after he was impeached for a second time by the US House and then acquitted by the US Senate - with seven Republicans joining Democrats in the vote to convict him.In his first public comments since leaving the White House, Trump plans to target President Joe Biden, attacking his immigration policies and demanding that...
    February 28, 2021 4:42 PM | With information from EFE 15 minutes. Robert Unanue, CEO of Goya Foods, the largest Hispanic-owned food company in the United States (US), assured this Sunday during the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) that in his “opinion”, former President Donald Trump is the “legitimate” representative of the country. During his speech at the CPAC, Unanue was proud to be at the closing of the largest Republican Party forum in the country. “It’s an honor to be here. But my greatest honor today will be that, I think we’ll be on the same stage, that, in my opinion, is the real, the legitimate and still current president of the United States: Donald J. Trump“, declared the Goya executive to the CPAC audience. Precisely the words of Unanue, took place a few hours after the expected participation of former President Trump (2017-2021). Trump defender Last January,...
    Republican Senator Bill Cassidy said Sunday the Republican Party should stop 'idolizing' Donald Trump and relying on the former president's coattails to win back the majority in Congress in 2022. 'If we idolize one person, we will lose,' the Louisiana senator told CNN's 'State of the Union.' 'And that's kind of clear from the last election.' Cassidy, one of the seven Republican senators who voted for Trump's impeachment conviction earlier this month, said the GOP will win 'by speaking to those issues that are important to the American people' and 'not by putting one person on a pedestal and making that one person our focal point.' 'If we do that, if we speak to those issues, to those families, to those individuals, we win. That's where our focus should be,' Cassidy said in his Sunday morning interview. Cassidy also predicted that Trump will not be the Republican presidential candidate in...
    (CNN)Former President Donald Trump takes the stage at the Conservative Political Action Conference Sunday, looking to reclaim his role as the Republican Party's kingmaker as he positions himself to play a major role in the 2022 midterm elections."I stand before you today to declare that the incredible journey we began together four years ago is far from over," Trump is expected to say in Orlando, Florida, according to excerpts of his remarks released before the speech.Trump has remained unbowed and unapologetic since the January 6 insurrection, his political capital among Republicans scarcely diminished even after he was impeached for a second time by the US House and then acquitted by the US Senate — with seven Republicans joining Democrats in the vote to convict him. Fact checking CPAC: speakers make false claims about the election, the Capitol attack, immigration, Covid, and The MuppetsIn his first public comments since leaving the...
    THE CEO of Goya Foods has called Donald Trump "the real, legitimate, and still actual president of the United States". Robert Unanue made the bogus claim speaking today at the Conservative Political Action Conference. 6The CEO of Goya Foods has called Donald Trump 'the real, legitimate, and still actual president of the United States'Credit: Alamy Live News 6Robert Unanue made the bogus claim speaking today at the Conservative Political Action ConferenceCredit: Getty Images - Getty He said: "It’s just an honor to be here. But my biggest honor today is gonna be that -- I think we're gonna be on the same stage -- as, in my opinion, the real, the legitimate, and the still actual president of the United States, Donald J. Trump." Unanue then went on to joke about the abuse he could receive from making the claim. He said: "Sorry Twitter, I’ve already been canceled. You can’t...
    This is a rush transcript from "Fox News Sunday" February 28, 2021. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated. CHRIS WALLACE, FOX NEWS ANCHOR:  I'm Chris Wallace.Former President Trump set to make his first public appearance sinceleaving office as the Republican Party tries to figure out its future.(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)WALLACE (voice-over):  The GOP facing an identity crisis at theConservative Political Action Conference in Orlando.SEN. RICK SCOTT (R-FL):  In the face of this mortal threat to our nation,our very existence, some preferred to fan the flames of a civil war on ourside. That's foolish, it's ridiculous.WALLACE:  We'll ask Florida Senator Rick Scott, who is in charge of tryingto win back the Senate for Republicans, about his call for party unity.Then, President Biden's COVID relief package passes the House.JOSEPH R. BIDEN, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES:  If we act now,decisively, quickly and boldly, we can finally get...
    Former White House trade adviser Peter Navarro is confident former President Donald Trump will be on the ballot in four years. "Whether he announces today or not, he will be on the ballot in 2024," Navarro told Fox News's Maria Bartiromo, referring to Trump and his upcoming speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Sunday. 'DISASTROUS': TRUMP TO ATTACK BIDEN AT CPAC PER EXCERPTS FROM FIRST POST-WHITE HOUSE SPEECH Navarro, who has remained a loyal ally to his former boss, said Trump must go after the "traditional, globalist, elitist Republicans who love open borders and love free trade." "This president is fair trade, secure borders, strong national defense, law, and order," Navarro said. Speculation about whether Trump is mulling another presidential run has been high in recent days, as the former president is expected to address his intentions to remain politically active in his speech, as...
    By Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former President Donald Trump on Sunday will declare himself the dominant figure in the fractured Republican Party and attack President Joe Biden in his first major appearance since leaving the White House nearly six weeks ago. "I stand before you today to declare that the incredible journey we began together four years ago is far from over," Trump will tell the Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando, Florida, according to speech excerpts released by his team. "We are gathered this afternoon to talk about the future --the future of our movement, the future of our party, and the future of our beloved country," he will add. Trump’s tumultuous final weeks in office saw his supporters launch a deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 in an attempt to block Congress from certifying Biden’s election victory, a win that Trump falsely claimed was...
    Reuters February 28, 2021 0 Comments ormer President Donald Trump on Sunday will declare himself the dominant figure in the fractured Republican Party and attack President Joe Biden in his first major appearance since leaving the White House nearly six weeks ago. “I stand before you today to declare that the incredible journey we began together four years ago is far from over,” Trump will tell the Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando, Florida, according to speech excerpts released by his team. “We are gathered this afternoon to talk about the future –the future of our movement, the future of our party, and the future of our beloved country,” he will add. Trump’s tumultuous final weeks in office saw his supporters launch a deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 in an attempt to block Congress from certifying Biden’s election victory, a win that Trump falsely claimed...
    It’s fitting that this year’s CPAC conference is being held in Orlando, a land of make-believe where thousands of folks travel each year to gawk at a surly, splotchy whale flailing around with no real purpose other than to wow a small cross-section of Americans who’ve grown bored with taunting the three-legged goat at their local petting zoo. I mean, one of the speakers is a high-profile member of a right-wing Japanese cult that believes its leader is the reincarnated spirit of an alien from Venus who created all life on Earth millions of years ago. Sure, that’s still less bonkers than believing Donald Trump was a good president, but it gives you some idea of the kinds of people they’re letting in these days. I mean, larval-stage Brundlefly would have given a better speech than Ted Cruz did Friday, but that doesn’t mean he wasn’t welcomed with open arms. (Okay, with icy stares, sneering contempt, and the...
    By JILL COLVIN, Associated Press ORLANDO (AP) — Less than six weeks after leaving office, former President Donald Trump will deliver the closing speech at a conservative conference Sunday as he reasserts himself on the national stage and makes clear he intends to remain a dominant force within the Republican Party. Aides say Trump will use the speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference to blast his successor, President Joe Biden, and try to cement his status as the party’s undisputed leader going forward despite his loss in November. “I stand before you today to declare that the incredible journey we began together four years ago is far from over,” Trump will say, according to excepts of his speech released early. “We are gathered this afternoon to talk about the future — the future of our movement, the future of our party, and the future of our beloved country.” The...
    ORLANDO (AP) — Less than six weeks after leaving office, former President Donald Trump will deliver the closing speech at a conservative conference Sunday as he reasserts himself on the national stage and makes clear he intends to remain a dominant force within the Republican Party. Aides say Trump will use the speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference to blast his successor, President Joe Biden, and try to cement his status as the party’s undisputed leader going forward despite his loss in November. “I stand before you today to declare that the incredible journey we began together four years ago is far from over,” Trump will say, according to excepts of his speech released early. “We are gathered this afternoon to talk about the future — the future of our movement, the future of our party, and the future of our beloved country.” The event so far at a...
    New York : Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. Photo: Drew Angerer / . The Senate is facing serious problems passing the $ 1.9 trillion economic stimulus package, due to divisions among Democrats and Republicans pushing against the minimum wage and funding to state and local governments. Although the bill passed the House of Representatives, the majority leader in the Senate, Chuck schumer (New York), faces problems keeping its caucus at bay, like senators Joe manchin (West Virginia) and Kyrsten sinema (Arizona). There are two problems to which Schumer must find a solution: how to respect the Budget Reconciliation rules to keep the promise of increasing the minimum wage to $ 15 and prevent your caucus from being divided and complicating the simple majority vote to endorse the aid package promoted by the president Joe biden. Manchin has become one of the biggest problems for Schumer,...
    (CNN)For obvious reasons, President Joe Biden made the coronavirus pandemic his first legislative priority. Polling shows wide public support for his $1.9 trillion relief plan.But that didn't translate to Republican support for the measure. When the House passed the bill last week, not a single GOP lawmaker voted yes.That offered a bookend to developments in state capitals across the nation, where Republicans seek to restrict access to the ballot. After Biden defeated Donald Trump in a presidential election free of large-scale voter fraud, Republican legislators have proposed curbing voting methods used last November in the name of stopping large-scale fraud.In both cases, Republicans defied broad signals from the political marketplace. Instead, they heeded the defiant partisan impulse that Trump sounded before leaving office: "If you don't fight like hell, you're not going to have a country anymore."Those words explain why Trump's pugnacity continues to grip the GOP despite his electoral...
    (CNN)Poll of the week: A new Granite State Poll from the University of New Hampshire finds that 58% of New Hampshire Republicans probably or definitely want former President Donald Trump to run for president in 2024. That's up from January when 47% of New Hampshire Republicans said Trump should run again. What's the point: This weekend, the Conservative Political Action Committee's annual conference welcomes back Trump, who is giving his first major speech since leaving the White House. The speech makes it clear just how important the very conservative part of the GOP is to Trump's political future. The UNH poll shows that what we're seeing at CPAC is part of a larger trend. From center to right, UNH asks voters whether they are moderate, somewhat conservative, fairly conservative or extremely conservative. Read MoreThe vast majority of extremely conservative (82%) and fairly conservative (75%) Republicans want Trump to run in...
    The early ambitions of Joe Biden’s presidency are rapidly crashing through the barriers of archaic Senate rules, testing his will to reform an institution he reveres to deliver on many of the promises he made to Americans. It is a Washington dilemma with implications for millions of people in the real world and it determines everything from the future of raising the minimum wage to access to the vote. In addition, it will shape Biden’s ability to hold together two factions of the Democratic Party: the moderates in swing states who distrust the appearance of giving up bipartisanship, and the more progressive who argue that Republicans are not going to collaborate anyway. At the moment, Biden – who served as a senator for four decades and speaks of the institution with reverence, as well as with a certain revisionist air about the good old days of inter-party cooperation –...
    A golden figure of former US President Donald Trump, made in Rosarito (Mexico), attracts attention in the largest Republican conference in the United States, which has been dominated by Trumpist ideas since its inception in the city of Orlando (Florida). In shorts and sandals, the new star of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), made of fiberglass in Rosarito by American artist Tommy Zegan, looks like the Republican should walk for his Mar-a-Lago de Palm club Beach. In this city of always summer Florida, Trump has taken refuge after losing last November’s elections to Democrat Joe Biden. The golden image of the Republican carrying the US Constitution in his right hand is just another reliable proof of the power of the former president in a Republican forum dominated by Trumpism, so much so that Donald Trump, Jr. came to suggest on Friday changing his name from CPAC to TPAC ....
    ORLANDO, Florida — The “party of Liz Cheneys is over,” Donald Trump Jr. told Breitbart News this week during an exclusive interview with Washington Political Editor Matthew Boyle at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). Poll after poll shows former President Trump leading by double digits in a hypothetical 2024 GOP primary. A recent Rasmussen survey spoke to that fact, showing that 72 percent of GOP voters want the Republican Party to be “more like former President Trump” rather than “more like the average GOP member of Congress.” Even if Trump chooses not to run, the post-election sentiment among the GOP base is the desire for a fighter, Boyle pointed out. “The party of Liz Cheneys is over,” the former president’s eldest son said. “She’s got the popularity of her father in a quail hunt right now. And we have to make sure we get rid of those kinds of Republicans.”...
    After enduring a second impeachment of former President Donald Trump and intraparty battles in the first two months of the year, top House Republicans are ready to look toward the future and win again — and they think they have a game plan. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Indiana Rep. Jim Banks laid out a vision for "winning back America" at the 2021 Conservative Political Action Conference on Saturday, and it doesn't involve abandoning what Trump brought to the party. "The least popular [Republicans] in our party are the ones who want to erase Donald Trump and Donald Trump supporters from our party," Banks said. "If that happens, we will win back the majority in 2022. We definitely want to go back to the White House in 2024." DON TRUMP JR. BLASTS CHENEY, BIDEN, AND CNN IN CPAC SPEECH Banks said that his...
    ORLANDO — Former President Donald Trump’s Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley, speaking to Mediaite on Saturday at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), didn’t hold back when asked about the future of the Republican Party, saying the era of the GOP “lovable loser” is over. Gidley, interviewed by Meidiaite’s very own editor-in-chief Aidan McLaughlin, was first asked about his thoughts on the future of the GOP, specifically about the growing factions emerging between more moderate party members such as Congresswoman Liz Cheney and the larger MAGA movement. “Look, the Republican Party is a very big tent, and I think a lot of people are welcome, but I do think that the era of the lovable loser, on the Republican side, self-loathing Republicans, I think that’s over. I think President Trump taught us we can fight back; we don’t have to take the allegations from the Left at face value.” “We don’t...
    Last summer, in response to new incidents of anti-Black police violence, people around the country coalesced around a singular demand: Defund the police. Whether intended as a step toward abolishing police altogether or as a method for shrinking but not entirely eliminating police power, the call to divest from policing and instead invest in social programs drew widespread support. While the near-constant media coverage has since shifted away from organizers’ demands, the contention around police budgets is far from over. In response, state-level Republican lawmakers around the country have rapidly been proposing legislation that would prohibit local municipalities from reducing their police budgets. In particular, Indiana has emerged as a hotbed of anti-defund legislative activity. There, since the start of 2021, five anti-police divestment bills have been proposed in the state’s legislature. The measures, which are often paired with reactionary laws criminalizing protest, propose a variety of methods to...
    New York : Miami Florida – A golden figure of former President Donald Trump, made in Rosarito (Mexico), captures the attention in the largest Republican conference in the United States, which has been dominated by Trumpian ideas since its inception this Friday in the city of Orlando (Florida). With shorts and sandals, the new star of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), made of fiberglass in Mexico by the American artist Tommy Zegan, looks like the republican should walk for his Palm Beach Mar-a-Lago club. In this city of always summer Florida Trump has taken refuge after losing the elections last November to the Democrat Joe biden. The golden “sculpture” of the Republican carrying the US Constitution in his right hand is just another reliable proof of the power of the former president in a Republican forum dominated by Trumpism, so much so that Donald Trump Jr. came to...
    New York (CNN Business)A former Republican operative who now leads one of the nation's most powerful business groups is praising President Joe Biden's efforts to defeat the coronavirus pandemic."It is fantastic to have a partner in the White House," Jay Timmons, president and CEO of the National Association of Manufacturers, told CNN Business. "We felt like we were fighting this fight, frankly, all alone for the last year."NAM, which represents more than 130,000 manufacturers, announced Friday it is planning to partner with the Biden administration to help fight the pandemic. Our job is to get real information and facts to our workforce to let them know how safe the vaccine is, how important it is to get it, and how real the pandemic is." NAM CEO Jay TimmonsTimmons, who said his father died from Covid, criticized the Trump administration's track record on the health crisis. "It seemed like so often...
    There are so many memorable quotes from Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather series that be can be applied to our current political environment. “Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer,” comes to mind, for example. But there is a lesser known quotation, specifically from The Godfather Part II, that seems uniquely suited to the way Democrats ought to be viewing the circus of abject Trump tongue-bathing currently underway in Orlando at CPAC. It’s a line Michael Corleone delivers to his adopted brother Tom Hagen early on in the film, reflecting a strategy he learned from his father, Don Vito Corleone, but one he applied to friend and foe alike. He advises Hagen to “try to think as the people around you think,” noting that “on that basis, anything is possible.” A grandiose, egotistical and sociopathic carnival barker with no demonstrable features of human empathy, one with a sordid, shady and criminal past, leaving two...
    A conference on the future of the Conservative movement in the United States became an ode to Donald Trump, with speakers declaring their allegiance and attendees posing for photographs next to a gilded statue of the former president. Miami World / apnews As the Republican Party is torn between deep divisions over the extent to which it should accept Trump after losing the White House and both houses of Congress, those gathered at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) declared that They are unwilling to leave behind the former president and his unfounded accusations that the November election was rigged. “Donald J. Trump is not going anywhere,” said Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, one of several hopefuls for the presidential nomination in 2024 who spoke at the event, which is held this year in Orlando, Florida, to avoid restrictions. of the pandemic. On Sunday Trump will deliver his first post-presidential speech...
    By JULIE CARR SMYTH, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Two days before the assault on the U.S. Capitol, Pennsylvania state Sen. Doug Mastriano, a Republican, said supporters of then-President Donald Trump's claims of election fraud were basically in a “death match with the Democrat Party.” A day later, right-wing activist Alan Hostetter, a staunch Trump supporter known for railing against California's virus-inspired stay-at-home orders, urged rallygoers in Washington to "put the fear of God in the cowards, the traitors, the RINOs, the communists of the Democrat Party.” The shared grammatical construction — incorrect use of the noun “Democrat” as an adjective — was far from the most shocking thing about the two men's statements. But it identified them as members of the same tribe, conservatives seeking to define the opposition through demeaning language. Amid bipartisan calls to dial back extreme partisanship following the insurrection, the intentional misuse of “Democrat”...
    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Two days before the assault on the U.S. Capitol, Pennsylvania state Sen. Doug Mastriano, a Republican, said supporters of then-President Donald Trump’s claims of election fraud were basically in a “death match with the Democrat Party.” A day later, right-wing activist Alan Hostetter, a staunch Trump supporter known for railing against California’s virus-inspired stay-at-home orders, urged rallygoers in Washington to “put the fear of God in the cowards, the traitors, the RINOs, the communists of the Democrat Party.” The shared grammatical construction — incorrect use of the noun “Democrat” as an adjective — was far from the most shocking thing about the two men’s statements. But it identified them as members of the same tribe, conservatives seeking to define the opposition through demeaning language. Amid bipartisan calls to dial back extreme partisanship following the insurrection, the intentional misuse of “Democrat” as an adjective remains in nearly...
              COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio Republican Party State Central Committee (SCC) voted 53-11 on Friday to elect Bob Paduchik chairman over candidate John Becker. Paduchik will replace Jane Timken who resigned just weeks following her mid-January re-election to run for the U.S. Senate seat that will not be sought by the incumbent and two-term winner Rob Portman (R-OH). The first candidate to speak was Paduchik who said that his focus over the next two years would be three-fold. First, he committed to build financial resources and the organization to elect Republicans throughout the state. Second, he promised to give attention to urban areas where there are challenges – conversely, opportunities. Third, Paduchik said he would run the ORP as a service organization, treating its members as customers. The former Ohio campaign director for Presidents George W. Bush and Donald J. Trump said...
    Donald Trump lost the 2020 election, but his populist ideas may continue to animate the Republican Party. As scholars of American beliefs and elections, we can envision a less Trumpy version of Trumpism holding sway over the party in coming years. We call it “polished populism.” Populism is folk-politics based on the premise that ordinary citizens are wiser and more virtuous than supposedly corrupt and self-serving elites. Populist rhetoric is often expressed in cruder, coarser language than ordinary political speech – less like a politician on a stage and more like a guy in a bar. Trump, a prime practitioner of populist rhetoric, took this to an extreme with the shorthand of Twitter and the insults of the locker room. Polished populists take a different approach, arguing for the same policies that Trump did – limiting immigration, redistributing wealth toward the working class rather than just the poor, opposing the...
    The book When Harry Became Sally came out in 2018 and was a bestseller and looked at 'public policy on gender identity and the human costs of getting it wrong' A group of Republican Senators are to write to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos demanding answers as to why a book that 'challenges the transgender movement' has been pulled from the site. When Harry Became Sally was on the site's bestseller list with the book providing 'thoughtful answers to questions arising from our transgender moment' while offering 'a balanced approach to public policy on gender identity, and a sober assessment of the human costs of getting human nature wrong.'  But the book by Ryan T. Anderson has been removed having been on sale for the last three years.   In a letter to Jeff Bezos, the Republican senators who include Marco Rubio of Florida, Mike Lee of Utah, Mike Braun of Indiana and...
    By JILL COLVIN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A conference dedicated to the future of the conservative movement turned into an ode to Donald Trump on Friday as speakers declared their fealty to the former president and attendees posed for selfies with a golden statue of his likeness. As the Republican Party grapples with deep divisions over the extent to which they should embrace Trump after losing the White House and both chambers of Congress, those gathered at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference made clear they are not ready to move on from the former president — or from his baseless charges that the November election was rigged against him. “Donald J. Trump ain’t going anywhere,” said Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, one of several potential 2024 presidential contenders who spoke at the event, being held this year in Orlando to bypass COVID-19 restrictions. Trump on Sunday will be making...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A conference dedicated to the future of the conservative movement turned into an ode to Donald Trump on Friday as speakers declared their fealty to the former president and attendees posed for selfies with a golden statue of his likeness. As the Republican Party grapples with deep divisions over the extent to which they should embrace Trump after losing the White House and both chambers of Congress, those gathered at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference made clear they are not ready to move on from the former president — or from his baseless charges that the November election was rigged against him. “Donald J. Trump ain’t going anywhere,” said Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, one of several potential 2024 presidential contenders who spoke at the event, being held this year in Orlando to bypass COVID-19 restrictions. Trump on Sunday will be making his first post-presidential appearance...
    Map showing the last time a Democratic presidential candidate won each county. With the 2020 election finally in the history books, you’ve probably already seen your fair share of county-level maps, whether it’s just the standard red/blue map of results or maps of each county’s swing from 2016. We’re offering a totally different perspective: a map showing the last time each county was won in a presidential election by a Democratic candidate, and a corresponding map showing the same thing except for Republican victories. This subtle approach gives you a broad sense of the historical trends in different parts of the nation. In addition to, of course, the places where Democrats are currently strong, you can see the medium-colored places that we’re talking about when we discuss “ancestrally” or “historically Democratic” regions—places like the rural Upper Midwest, where Democrats regularly won until recently, or like most of Appalachia, where Democrats won until...
    The House turned to work on the COVID-19 relief package Friday—President Joe Biden's American Rescue Plan, an ambitious response to try to restore the nation's physical and economic health following a year of pandemic and a year of callous negligence from Donald Trump and Senate Republicans. That negligence looks more and more like a deliberate effort by Republicans to further what seems to be their only guiding principle these days: white supremacy. They remain steadfastly and unanimously opposed to the legislation in both the House and Senate, still talking about blue state bailouts and excess spending. Those are code words, because they know that this pandemic has hit communities of color so hard. They know the harm has been disproportionate, that the relief they have reluctantly provided over the past year hasn't reached the communities that have needed it most. That's not been kept secret: The traditional media has been reporting that...
    Donald Trump Jr and Kimberly Guilfoyle previewed Donald Trump's return to the political stage when the duo addressed CPAC on Friday, declaring the president to be the future of the Republican Party.  'The Republican Party is being reborn thanks to President Trump,' Guilfoyle declared. 'It is being reborn as a party of the working class of minorities, of hard working American men and women, the party of America First, the party of President Trump.' The former president makes his first post-White House appearance when he addresses the annual conservative gathering on Sunday. He is expected to solidify his hold on the GOP while slamming Joe Biden, his successor in the Oval Office. Donald Trump Jr., his oldest son, told the crowd: 'I'm looking forward to Sunday. I imagine it will not be what we call a low energy speech.' He added that his father's remarks would 'solidify Donald Trump and...
    Joe Setyon, The Western Journal February 26, 2021 0 Comments Florida Republican Sen. Rick Scott revealed his plan Friday to counter President Joe Biden’s agenda in the Senate, where Democrats hold the majority thanks to Vice President Kamala Harris’ ability to cast the tie-breaking vote when the chamber is split 50-50. The key, he said, is making the public aware of what the Biden administration is seeking to do. “The most important thing is just [to] talk about what they’re doing,” Scott told The Western Journal in an interview Friday at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando, Florida. “We talk about what they believe in, and talk about what we believe in,” he added. The Florida Republican went on to highlight some of the Biden administration’s policies on illegal immigration, canceling the Keystone XL Pipeline, raising the minimum wage and ending the Mexico City Policy, which prevented foreign...
    Republican Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan said Friday that former President Donald Trump remains the leader of the Republican Party despite “a handful of people” in the GOP who want him gone. WATCH: “He is the leader of our party,” Jordan told Fox News’ “America’s Report.” “I don’t care what a handful of people have to say.” Trump is expected to address the influential Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Feb. 28 in what will be his first major public appearance since his presidential term ended. Jordan went on to say that Trump does not have to prove anything during his speech Sunday. “I don’t think he has to show that he has support, ’cause I think everybody knows that he does. I don’t think he has to show that he is in control of the party, because everyone knows he’s the leader of the party,” he said. (RELATED: ‘I...
    Without me, you're nothing. It’s Conservative Political Action Committee (CPAC) time, and Sen. Ted Cruz is knocking them dead—both metaphorically and literally—with jokes about how wearing a mask during a pandemic is “dumb.” But just because Cruz took time out to scoff at the pandemic, make fun of Bernie Sanders’ mittens, and throw in the requisite lies about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez doesn’t mean anyone at the “conservative” conference has taken their eye off the Big Lie. That’s still going strong. As the Associated Press reports, Republican officials across the nation continue to spread divisiveness and encourage violence by pushing disinformation and conspiracies that mimic, or exceed, the claims that drove the deadly Jan. 6 insurgency. Meanwhile, the vaunted algorithms behind social media are driving the evolution of these conspiracies by selectively elevating the most outrageous—and most threatening—lies. Not only are Republicans failing to condemn the assault on the Capitol; in increasing numbers, they’re supporting it....
    A Utah high school teacher is being investigated by his school district after he posted a tweet that read: ‘I only hope that the next time a president incites a riot at the Capitol more Republican senators are killed.’ Brian Townsend, a humanities teacher at Parowan High School in Parowan, Utah, posted the tweet on February 13 - the same day that the Senate voted to acquit former President Donald Trump in his second impeachment trial. A total of 57 senators - including 50 Democrats and seven Republicans - voted to convict Trump for inciting the insurrection at the US Capitol on January 6. But 43 Republican senators voted to acquit, meaning that the vote count fell short of the two-thirds majority needed to convict Trump. Brian Townsend, a humanities teacher at Parowan High School in Parowan, Utah, is being investigated by the Iron County School District in Iron...
    In 2020, President Donald J. Trump created one of the greatest voter coalitions in American political history, bringing millions of new voters into the Republican Party and expanding the GOP’s vote among African Americans and Hispanic Americans. The electoral votes that decided this election were determined by a mere 44,000 votes out of a record almost 160 million ballots cast. And two of the three states that decided the electoral outcome — Georgia and Wisconsin — were decided themselves by contested recounts. These states, and the nation at large, did not see Independents and Republicans who voted for Trump in 2016 swing away from him. They came out and voted for Trump and Republicans again. Instead, a record turnout of early, pro-Democrat Party voters was facilitated by changes to state election laws to create mail-in ballots and drop boxes funded by hundreds of millions of dollars from pro-Biden corporate non-profits...
    ORLANDO, Fla. – Former President Donald Trump isn't the leader of the free world anymore. But many of the attendees at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Orlando, Florida, still want him to be the leader of the Republican Party.  The annual conservative confab, even during its first event after the Trump presidency, is still very much a pro-Trump gathering. Make America Great Again hats are some of the most popular attire among the attendees, and there's plenty of locations for people to buy more Trump gear. There are even some folks in "Students for Trump" yarmulkes and the viral "Lady MAGA" drag queen is one of the most visible attendees.  Former President Donald Trump speaks with reporters before boarding Air Force One with first lady Melania Trump at Morristown Municipal Airport in Morristown, N.J., Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019, en route to Andrews Air Force Base, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick...
    Former President Donald Trump’s eldest son proclaimed on Thursday that his father continues to be the future of the Republican Party. "If you're reading the room and you're intelligent, you realize that Donald Trump is still the future of the Republican Party," Donald Trump Jr. told Fox News’s Sean Hannity. FORMER TRUMP ADVISER SAYS MCCARTHY ‘HAS TO GO’ OVER LIZ CHENEY IMPEACHMENT VOTE FALLOUT Trump explained that Republicans who follow the 45th president are "following an America First agenda" to "fight for the hardworking men and women.” He also made the case that it’s a “good” thing that many Republicans have broken from the former president over the past several weeks. "The Republican Party isn't going to be bound to those corporate interests anymore," he said. "So I love that they are making that link and breaking it because we need more of that, and we need candidates and...
    Former President Donald Trump is working on how his “America First” agenda will move forward, his former chief of staff revealed, adding that they are “planning for the next administration.” Speaking to Fox News‘ “Hannity” Thursday evening, former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows made the remarks after being asked about the ex-president’s big return to the national stage this weekend at the Conservative Political Action Conference. “Well you’re going to see a speech on Sunday that talks about not only the beginning, but what the future may look like, and I’m excited about it,” the former House Freedom Caucus chairman told the network. “I spoke to President Trump last night for a fairly lengthy conversation where [we] we’re talking about America, where it needs to go, continuing the America first agenda,” Meadows continued, “But more importantly than that, how this President — Biden — has undermined that...
    More On: donald trump Mitch McConnell would ‘absolutely’ support Trump if he won GOP’s 2024 nomination Capitol rioter called ex-girlfriend a ‘moron’ during siege— then she turned him in Manhattan DA obtains Donald Trump’s tax returns NYC is no longer an ‘anarchist jurisdiction’ as Biden repeals Trump order Former President Donald Trump is working on how his “America First” agenda will move forward, his former chief of staff revealed, adding that they are “planning for the next administration.” Speaking to Fox News‘ “Hannity” Thursday evening, former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows made the remarks after being asked about the ex-president’s big return to the national stage this weekend at the Conservative Political Action Conference. “Well you’re going to see a speech on Sunday that talks about not only the beginning, but what the future may look like, and I’m excited about it,” the former House Freedom...
    The husband of Illinois Republican Rep. Mary Miller has acknowledged owning the pickup truck parked close to the Capitol on Jan. 6th with a sticker from the radical right Three Percenters group. Illinois State Rep. Chris Miller acknowledged the truck belonged to him after it was first identified by an online group seeking to flush out people associated with the Capitol riot. But he didn't acknowledge any knowledge about the far right group represented in the decal on his shiny gray Ford.  The husband of Rep. Mary Miller has acknowledged a truck identified at the Capitol the day of the Jan. 6th riots was his. It was identified with a decal of the far-right Three Percenters militia group “Army friend gave me decal. Thought it was a cool decal. Took it off because of negative pub,” he wrote the DailyBeast when asked about it.  Miller said he 'didn’t know anything...
    WASHINGTON -- Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday he would "absolutely" support former President Donald Trump if he became the GOP presidential nominee in 2024, a notable commitment following his recent blistering critiques of the former President.While McConnell maintained that the 2024 presidential election cycle would be a "wide-open race," when pressed by Fox News' Bret Baier about supporting Trump if he captured the Republican nomination, McConnell offered, "The nominee of the party? Absolutely."The Kentucky Republican's comments come just weeks after he delivered a pointed rebuke of Trump on the Senate floor for fomenting the deadly US Capitol insurrection. Though McConnell voted to acquit Trump anyway, he called the former President's actions that preceded the riot "a disgraceful, disgraceful dereliction of duty.""Trump is practically and morally responsible for provoking the events of the day," McConnell said as he suggested that the former President could be subject to criminal prosecution.EMBED...
    Welcome to this week’s D.C. Memo. You’ve got a few more weeks of me doing the memo, so there’s still time to send gifts. I’ll be passing the torch to MinnPost’s new Washington, D.C. correspondent, Ashley Hackett, who starts the second week of March. Meanwhile, this week: Klobuchar calls the Capitol riot ‘planned’; Biden faces challenges ahead; COVID deaths reach a sad milestone; and more. Klobuchar: Capitol riot ‘planned’ Sen. Amy Klobuchar, the co-chair of a Senate hearing on the Jan. 6 Capitol riots, said the evidence shows it was a “planned insurrection,” reports the Star Tribune’s Jim Spencer. The attack on the building resulted in five deaths, 140 injuries to police and property damage, but the Minnesota Democrat said the toll “could have been worse.” The hearing revealed that a Jan. 5 FBI memo that warned of armed extremists’ plans to attack the Capitol never made it to the...
    (CNN)Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska will meet on Monday with Neera Tanden, the Biden administration's pick to lead the Office of Management and Budget, a source familiar with the matter tells CNN.Tanden's confirmation is on the rocks after at least one Democratic and several moderate Republican senators announced their opposition to her appointment due to her past mean tweets.This story is breaking and will be updated.
    Caroline Brehman/ZUMA Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.It took less than two weeks for Mitch McConnell to go from condemning Donald Trump’s role in the Capitol insurrection as a “disgraceful dereliction of duty” to voicing his unequivocal support for the twice-impeached former president should he win the Republican nomination in 2024. “The nominee of the party?” the Senate minority leader told Fox News on Thursday when asked if he’d back Trump. “Absolutely,”  McConnell’s full-throated commitment to a man he claimed to find “practically and morally responsible” for the deadly January 6 insurrection is further evidence of Trump’s hold among Republicans, despite rumblings of dissensions within the party. But the timing of McConnell’s latest comments is notable, as more and more Republicans surrender to the notion that Trump’s grasp will endure till...
    Perhaps no member of Congress has personally experienced the dangers of the divisions wracking the United States and Congress as much as Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky. He saw the shooting of Rep. Steve Scalise and helped administer care to the gravely wounded congressman. He was later tackled by an angry next-door neighbor while mowing his lawn, suffering broken ribs, removal of a portion of his lung, and a resultant infection — damage which, remarkably, did not appear to compound a COVID 19 infection. Finally, last fall, Paul and his wife Kelley were attacked by protesters after leaving a White House meeting. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE FROM THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER In a sit-down interview with the Washington Examiner's Doug McKelway, Paul reflected on the causes of our national and congressional impasse, the intra-party divisions in the post-Trump GOP, and the risks to the First Amendment as some members...
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday that he would "absolutely" support Donald Trump if he's the 2024 GOP nominee for president, two weeks after declaring former President Trump "practically and morally responsible for provoking the events" of January 6. The Kentucky Republican said he will support any Republican who wins the nomination, even if that's Mr. Trump. "The nominee of the party? Absolutely," McConnell said on Fox News when asked if he would support Mr. Trump if he became the nominee.  McConnell said the field is "wide open" and "at least four" Senate Republicans are eyeing a bid.  Only two weeks ago, the top Senate Republican verbally skewered Mr. Trump for his role in the deadly January 6 assault on the Capitol, after voting to acquit Mr. Trump of inciting the insurrection. "Let me put that to the side for one moment and reiterate something I said weeks...
    The White House is losing control of its own messaging over Neera Tanden's nomination to head the Office of Management and Budget as her confirmation by the full Senate seems more and more unlikely. Democrats have argued that Tanden's Twitter rhetoric, in which she sharply criticized Republican officials and even some Democrats, isn't any different from the online screeds of former President Donald Trump. But White House press secretary Jen Psaki has not sounded that message from the White House podium. Other than calling the nominee qualified and a beneficiary of government programs as a child that she would help oversee, team Biden has yet to explain fully why it is willingly taking so much bipartisan fire over this specific nominee and appearing so hellbent on sending what would be a politically damaged budget chief into such an important role. "When Neera Tanden testified just a few weeks ago, she...
    By THOMAS BEAUMONT and DAVID EGGERT, Associated Press LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Josh Venable, a longtime Michigan GOP operative and chief of staff to former U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, can trace the arc of the state's Republican Party clearly. “This was the state where to be Republican was defined by Gerald Ford and George Romney,” Venable said, referring to the moderate former president and former governor. Now, he said, it's defined by Mike Shirkey, the state Senate majority leader who was overheard calling the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riot a “hoax"; Meshawn Maddock, the new co-chair of the state party who backed former President Donald Trump's false claims of voter fraud; and the Proud Boys. While the state has swung back to Democrats since Trump's narrow 2016 win, choosing President Joe Biden by more than 150,000 votes, Michigan's Republican Party has taken a hard right turn. Its own Capitol...
    Among the participants of CPAC, the high mass of American conservatives which opens on Friday, and across the United States, the same question resonates: will the billionaire announce that he is running again in 2024? Undoubtedly not directly, said the organizers, but the tribune should well flirt openly with this idea, Sunday afternoon in Orlando, Florida. For his first speech since January 20, the former president will talk about “the future of the Republican party and the conservative movement,” his entourage told .. The former president should also speak about immigration and “disastrous policies” of his democratic successor Joe Biden on this file, according to the same source. After four years in Trump’s tenure, Republicans lost control of Congress and the White House. And it is a former president marked with the infamous stain of an indictment (“impeachment”) for inciting insurgency in the attack on the Capitol who will...
    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Josh Venable, a longtime Michigan GOP operative and chief of staff to former U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, can trace the arc of the state’s Republican Party clearly. “This was the state where to be Republican was defined by Gerald Ford and George Romney,” Venable said, referring to the moderate former president and former governor. Now, he said, it’s defined by Mike Shirkey, the state Senate majority leader who was overheard calling the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riot a “hoax”; Meshawn Maddock, the new co-chair of the state party who backed former President Donald Trump’s false claims of voter fraud; and the Proud Boys. While the state has swung back to Democrats since Trump’s narrow 2016 win, choosing President Joe Biden by more than 150,000 votes, Michigan’s Republican Party has taken a hard right turn. Its own Capitol in Lansing was the rallying point in...
              Live from Music Row Thursday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. –  host Leahy welcomed State Rep. Jeremy Faison to the studio to discuss a typical day on the Tennessee Capitol and take calls from appreciative listeners. Leahy: In studio with us State Representative Jeremy Faison. The phones are lighting up. We’ll get to them in just a moment. But you are the chairman of the House Republican Caucus. I want to hear sort of a day in the life of the chairman of the House Republican caucus in the House of Representatives. You’re going to go to the Capitol and after you leave this program. Tell us about how you interact with the other elements of the leadership, who they are, and what’s...
              COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio Republican Party (ORP) will select its next leader Friday when the State Central Committee (SCC) members cast their votes for chairman. SCC members will meet in person at the Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center or join the meeting virtually. The SCC currently has 65 members who are eligible to vote as opposed to their traditional roster of 66 – one seat is vacant. The Ohio GOP leader will be decided by a simple majority vote. The special election is the only item on the agenda, according to one of the candidates, former State Representative John Becker. Whether a vote is cast in person or online, the SCC has committed to a secret ballot. In-person votes and votes cast online will happen via electionbuddy.com, according to Becker. The Cincinnati-area Republican announced his candidacy last Friday.“A lot of questions and...
    ORLANDO, Florida — Republican Study Committee (RSC) chairman Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN), someone who was first elected in 2016 alongside President Donald Trump and has since risen to lead the largest organization of conservative lawmakers in Congress, told Breitbart News in a lengthy exclusive interview that he intends to help flesh out the Trump agenda after the former president’s exit from office and to use that to help push the GOP further in the right direction. When Republicans are focused on policy, and not personality, Banks said, they win. And Banks wants to lead the GOP’s efforts to frame a new agenda designed to take all the good parts of Trump’s policies and “marry” them with the good parts of the traditional conservative movement. Banks, who will host a panel with House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy here at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Saturday, is setting out to...
    Former President Donald Trump is the future of the Republican Party, his eldest son Donald Trump Jr. argued on Thursday. "If you're reading the room and you're intelligent, you realize that Donald Trump is still the future of the Republican Party," Trump Jr. told "Hannity" ahead of his father's weekend speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). Trump Jr. insisted to host Sean Hannity that Republicans who support the 45th president are "following an America First agenda" to "fight for the hard-working men and women" in the United States. "Those people who are being displaced by illegals, those people who are being swept aside by the Democrat Party, who has just flagrantly ignored them for decades, Donald Trump is all over that," he added. MITCH MCCONNELL ‘ABSOLUTELY’ WOULD SUPPORT TRUMP IF GOP NOMINEE IN 2024 Trump Jr. went on to argue that corporations cutting ties with Republicans in the wake of...
    Former President Donald Trump's influence on the Republican Party has created a jagged split in the GOP that the House Republican Study Committee hopes to bridge with a robust conservative agenda. A dozen members of the 150-member Republican Study Committee met this week with former Vice President Mike Pence in his northern Virginia office. They began hashing out conservative priorities for a party that has been hobbled over internal divisions about who should lead it. Pence and committee members discussed an agenda centered on a strong national defense, anti-abortion policies, election security, Big Tech reforms, fiscal responsibility, and more. It would center on advocating and defending the Trump administration record, the group decided. Still, the conversation steered clear of what role, if any, Trump would play in the GOP's future. "Our primary focus at the moment is building a conservative agenda that unifies Republicans," Rep. Jim Banks, an...
    If we’re ever going to surmount this truly toxic period in our politics, each warring faction must realize that winning is not possible without help from the other. And by faction, I don’t mean Republican or Democrat. The real dividing line in our country today is not Republican and Democrat, left and right. That still exists, of course, and in certain areas, our partisan differences are still clearly defined. The true dividing line is between the corporatists in each party and the average Americans in each party — and despite what they think, neither the corporatist side nor the populist side can succeed in the long term without support from the other.  Both Republican and Democratic political power is in the hands of those with an agenda driven mostly by big business. This relatively small group holds the vast majority of American wealth. It also controls pretty much every other...
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said he would support former President Donald Trump if he were to take the Republican Party's nomination in the 2024 election. On Thursday, McConnell told Fox News's Bret Baier that if Trump were the nominee, he would "absolutely" support him, just weeks after Trump released an excoriating statement against the Kentucky Republican. ROMNEY: 'PRETTY SURE' TRUMP WOULD WIN 2024 GOP NOMINATION IF HE RUNS FOR PRESIDENT AGAIN McConnell denied accusations of there being an internal war within the GOP, between the lawmakers who tie themselves to Trump and those who want to move on from the brash former president, and took a more establishment position. "I think the Biden administration is making it easy for us to get together," McConnell said. "I think we've unified in opposition to this new administration's extremely progressive approach." Trump, who is set to speak at CPAC this weekend,...
    (CNN)Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday he would "absolutely" support former President Donald Trump if he became the GOP presidential nominee in 2024, a notable commitment following his recent blistering critiques of the former President. While McConnell maintained that the 2024 presidential election cycle would be a "wide-open race," when pressed by Fox News' Bret Baier about supporting Trump if he captured the Republican nomination, McConnell offered, "The nominee of the party? Absolutely."The Kentucky Republican's comments come just weeks after he delivered a pointed rebuke of Trump on the Senate floor for fomenting the deadly US Capitol insurrection. Though McConnell voted to acquit Trump anyway, he called the former President's actions that preceded the riot "a disgraceful, disgraceful dereliction of duty.""Trump is practically and morally responsible for provoking the events of the day," McConnell said as he suggested that the former President could be subject to criminal prosecution.In response,...
    The Republican Party seems hell-bent on positioning the Jan. 6 insurrection on the Capitol building as both not a big deal and if it’s a big deal it wasn’t because of Donald Trump and the rest of the Republican Party’s anti-election integrity, pro-deep-state conspiracy-theory rhetoric. It’s a confused sort of doublespeak that most GOP operatives breath like oxygen these days. Threats to our democracy, corruption among high-level officials, and tax breaks for the rich seem to be the only things that move them emotionally these days. Deficits linked to the rich roll right off their backs, while deficits they can link to helping the American people send them angrily screaming into microphones. How about spending increases based entirely on the Jan. 6 insurrection? Might that move these Republican faketriots to action?  On Wednesday, Architect of the Capitol J. Brett Blanton spoke to elected officials on the House Appropriations Committee to explain why...
    House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy accused Rep. Liz Cheney of engaging in 'cancel culture' after she told reporters former President Donald Trump should have 'no role in the future of the party or the country.'  McCarthy appeared on Fox News Channel Thursday and was specifically asked about Cheney's comments.   'The idea that a Republican would join with the cancel culture I just think is wrong, it's beyond just having a difference in opinion,' McCarthy answered, after also acknowledging that the GOP was a 'big tent' party.  House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy accused Rep. Liz Cheney of engaging in 'cancel culture' when she suggested former President Donald Trump should be ousted from politics  On Wednesday, top House Republicans Liz Cheney (left) and Kevin McCarthy (right) publicly clashed over the role of former President Donald Trump in the GOP On Thursday, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (right) appeared on...
    Former President Donald Trump is scheduled to speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) with a headline keynote address Sunday afternoon, his first public appearance since leaving office last month.
    (CNN)Republican legislators around the country are moving aggressively to strip governors and other officials of their power to change election rules -- after states made it easier to vote last year during the coronavirus pandemic and turnout surged to record levels.The measures have been introduced in at least eight states with Republican-controlled legislatures -- including the key battlegrounds of Georgia and Arizona. Some bills would give more authority to lawmakers to establish the ground rules for voting, in an escalation of the already bitter partisan fights that have erupted following the 2020 presidential contest.The fresh showdowns over who should run elections come as allies of former President Donald Trump continue to try to cast doubt on his loss -- by arguing that election officials and the courts usurped state laws when they relaxed voting rules to overcome challenges posed by the pandemic. And they represent the latest front in the...
    (CNN)As Democrats begin their march toward reinstating earmarks, Republicans are grappling with how their party will handle bringing back directed congressional spending.The GOP conference is deeply divided along ideological and even generational lines with fiscal conservatives arguing the practice of sending money directly to certain districts and projects has been grossly abused and represents the worst of Washington. Meanwhile, longer-serving members and appropriators support the practice and recall the benefits of driving pork back home."The key with congressional directed spending is it should be posted, the sponsor's name should be attached, it should not be air-dropped in conference, it should have had to pass one house or the other. There are a lot of transparency reforms that you could put in," said Sen. Susan Collins, a Republican from Maine and an appropriator. "Why Congress ever wanted to give away its spending authority to people who were not elected or responsible...
    It appears Congressman Chip Roy (R-TX) has flip-flopped over Donald Trump’s conduct in office, judging by how he’s attacking House Republican Conference Chair Liz Cheney for condemning the former president — as he once did. Roy spoke before reporters on Thursday, saying he defended his “friend” weeks ago when Congressional Republicans made their failed push to oust Cheney from her leadership role. This uproar occurred after Cheney voted to impeach Trump for incitement of insurrection after deeming him responsible for the crowd of his supporters who violently invaded the U.S. Capitol to overturn his election defeat. Ever since Trump’s term ended in chaos, Cheney has urged the GOP to cut ties with the former president and find a new leader for the party’s future. This came to a flashpoint on Wednesday when she blatantly contradicted House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy as they spoke about whether Trump ought to be...
    Washington (CNN)The schedule for this week's Conservative Political Action Conference is yet more evidence that much of the conservative movement remains deeply committed to the lie that the 2020 election was stolen from President Donald Trump. That lie continues to be a widespread belief among Republican voters. It continues to be endorsed or at least humored by some Republican candidates seeking the support of those voters in party primaries. It is fueling Republican state legislators' attempts to impose hurdles to voting. And the CPAC agenda suggests it is about to be given another big public push at one of the most prominent gatherings on the conservative calendar -- which will feature not only speeches from Trump and son Donald Trump Jr. but seven separate panels or addresses under the title "protecting elections." Read MoreThese have not been set up as benign, educational discussions among experts. Rather, the sessions in Orlando...
    CNN anchor Don Lemon said Wednesday on his show “Tonight” that Republican Senators who are balking over President Joe Biden’s nomination for Office of Management and Budget director Neera Tanden’s mean tweets are being hypocritical because they did not criticize former President Donald Trump for his tweets. Lemon said, “The hypocrisy of the Republican Party is off the charts tonight. And don’t start with me about, ‘Oh, this is liberal.’ I’m not a liberal. I’m not a conservative. I’m an American. I don’t belong to any party, okay. But the hypocrisy of the Republican Party is off the charts. I’m going to explain to you why. They are suddenly calling for —get this —civility and bipartisanship. Well, civility from the other guys is what they want. While Republicans continue to slam President Biden’s nominees.” Discussing Tanden, Lemon said, “It is really rich that Republicans suddenly think that mean tweets disqualify a person...
    A "Denver Boot" wheel lock attached to a car that had violations for unauthorized parking The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, Carolyn Fiddler, and Matt Booker, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, David Beard, and Arjun Jaikumar. Leading Off ● VA-Gov: On Tuesday, the Virginia Republican Central Committee held another contentious meeting during which its members voted to nominate their 2021 candidates for statewide office at a May 8 convention in the parking lot of Liberty University … but they seem to have failed to tell their would-be hosts. The evangelical school put out a statement the following day saying it had yet to agree to hold the event at all and that GOP leaders had not even informed it about the date of the gathering. The institution instead said that it had notified GOP...
    CNN’s Don Lemon is less than impressed with Republican officials demanding bipartisanship civility after years of ignoring or making excuses for former President Donald Trump. Lemon led CNN Tonight with a segment on the GOP outrage over Neera Tanden’s history of mean tweets before she was nominated to lead the Office of Management and Budget. The CNN anchor argued that Republicans have some nerve, demanding civility when they don’t engage in it themselves, nor did they ask for it while Trump was stirring up anger and division while in office. “The hypocrisy of the Republican party is off the charts,” Lemon declared. Lemon went on by calling out examples of the GOP’s “hypocrisy,” starting with Senator John Cornyn’s (R-TX) dodge when asked if Republicans have any grounds for criticizing Tanden after years of Trump’s conduct. He had a similar disdain for Senator John Thune’s (R) clumsy attempt to claim that...
    As Donald Trump prepares to play the role of Republican kingmaker and continue on as the party’s hyper-spiteful, self-interested leader, he has been inundated with requests for endorsements—both from GOP stalwarts to help them retake the House and Senate in next year’s midterms and from prospective candidates looking to unseat or succeed their fellow Republican lawmakers. And of course, the ex-president has his demands and conditions. Once he and his remaining advisers start vetting conservative candidates or a possible slate of MAGA primary challengers in earnest, Trump has told several people he prefers to back candidates who haven’t ever conceded he lost the 2020 election, according to two sources familiar with the matter. If a potential candidate seeking Trump’s support has a proven record of saying Trump lost and that the months-long push to overturn the 2020 election was a mistake, that could be a nonstarter, the former president has...
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell A bipartisan Senate inquiry into the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol is underway, but it’s unlikely to be the only major investigation. Congressional leaders are also talking about a bipartisan commission like the 9/11 Commission, though there’s disagreement on what that would look like. Democrats are reportedly drafting a bill to set up a commission with 11 members: two chosen by each of the top congressional leaders in the two parties (House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell) and three chosen by President Biden, with one of Biden’s choices serving as chair. McConnell, however, is unhappy with that plan, describing it as a “bizarre partisan construct.” A competing Republican bill would have each of the top four congressional leaders appoint two members, Biden appoint a chair, and McConnell appoint a vice chair....
    Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer lambasted Sen. Ron Johnson Wednesday after the Wisconsin Republican read a statement at a hearing on Capitol security that suggested 'agents provocateur' kick-started the MAGA riot.  Schumer's statement – which accused the Trump loyalist with spreading 'mindless garbage' without naming him – came as an eyewitness to the events at the Capitol told DailyMail.com he did not mean to suggest the riot was a 'false flag' operation carried out by left-wing agitators, as some Trump loyalists have suggested. The witness, J. Michael Waller, stood by his statement that Johnson, who has previously denied that the Capitol riot was an armed insurrection, read into the record at the hearing, which also uncovered intelligence failures leading up to the riot. 'Blaming the January 6th attack on 'provocateurs' and 'fake Trump protestors' is mindless garbage,' said Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer Wednesday, after he called out Sen....
    Republican Washington Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers said that efforts to censor certain conservative networks “sounds like actions from the Chinese Communist Party” during a House hearing on “disinformation and extremism in the media” Wednesday. The House Committee on Energy & Commerce held a hearing titled “Fanning the Flames: Disinformation and Extremism in the Media,” which saw lawmakers and witnesses debate whether conservative networks like Newsmax, One America News Network and Fox News should be taken off the air due to coverage that some Democrats claim led to violence. Rodgers began by ripping House Democrats’ efforts to pressure big tech into censoring conservative media during her opening statement. (RELATED: House Democrats Pressure TV Broadcasters To Deplatform Conservative Networks) “Elected officials using their platform to pressure private companies to censor media outlets they disagree with? That sounds like actions from the Chinese Communist Party, not duly elected representatives of the United States Congress,” Rodgers...
    Bernie Sanders announced Wednesday he is postponing a vote on confirming Neera Tanden to head Joe Biden's budget office after the White House refused to back down on her nomination following revelations of tweets attacking lawmakers. The Senate Budget Committee, which Sanders chairs, was meant to meet to further Tanden's confirmation Wednesday. The committee will now hold that vote at a later, unspecified date. The Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee also postponed their vote to further Tanden’s nomination.  Tanden has faced backlash for transparency and unity issues after deleting more than 1,000 tweets before her nomination, which were found to personally attack politicians on both sides of the aisle – including Sanders. Her confirmation was effectively sunk after Democratic centrist Senator Joe Manchin said last week he would vote against her over her ‘toxic’ tweets.  Senator Bernie Sanders, who chairs the Senate Budget Committee, announced Wednesday he is postponing...
    MITT Romney believes Donald Trump would win the GOP nomination for 2024 "by a landslide" - but said he won't vote for him. Speaking on Wednesday the Utah Republican said: "I don't know if he'll run in 2024 or not, but if he does, I'm pretty sure he will win the nomination." 4NINTCHDBPICT000626274644Credit: Getty Images - Getty 4NINTCHDBPICT000636100199Credit: AP:Associated Press But according to Mail Online, the traditional conservative lawmaker refused to answer if he would campaign against the former president - instead replying that “he would not be voting for President Trump again.” When pressed on his prediction for Trump be picked in 2024, Romney continued: “I think he’d win the nomination if he runs. "I mean a lot can happen between now and 2024, Romney said in Washington." Romney added: “I look at the polls, and the polls show that among the names being floated as potential...
    Former Vice President Mike Pence is keeping lines open with Donald Trump even after the Jan. 6th MAGA riot, and is talking up the former president in conversations with conservative lawmakers. Trump and Pence spoke by phone last week, as a series of top Republicans make the pilgrimage to Mar-a-Lago to meet with the former president. It is believed to be their second call since Trump left office Jan. 20th, two weeks after a Capitol riot where MAGA supporters swarmed the Capitol, with some captured on video chanting 'Hang Mike Pence!' as he prepared to preside over the counting of the Electoral College votes that made Joe Biden president.  Former Vice President Mike Pence speaks after arriving back in his hometown of Columbus, Ind., Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. He has been speaking to former President Donald Trump by phone Pence spoke this week to members of the Republican Study...
    (CNN)In a speech on Tuesday in Washington, Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney said something remarkable."It's very important, especially for us as Republicans, to make clear that we aren't the party of White supremacy," she said at an event at at the Reagan Institute. Of the January 6 riot at the US Capitol, Cheney added: "You certainly saw anti-Semitism. You saw the symbols of Holocaust denial. ... You saw a Confederate flag being carried through the rotunda. We, as Republicans in particular, have a duty and an obligation to stand against that, to stand against insurrection."Consider that. Cheney, the third-ranking Republican in the House, felt compelled to make clear to her fellow Republicans that they can't be the party of White supremacy. To borrow a phrase from my childhood: No duh!It speaks to how far the Republican brand has fallen that one of its top leaders needs to say publicly that the...
    Madison Summers February 24, 2021 0 Comments Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) believes if former President Donald Trump were to run in the 2024 presidential election, he would win the Republican Party’s nomination. In an interview with the New York Times’ DealBook, Romney said Trump “has by far the largest voice and a big impact in my party.” “I don’t know if he’s planning to run in 2024 or not, but if he does, I’m pretty sure he will win the nomination,” Romney added. The Republican senator, who has been a vocal critic of Trump, noted “a lot can happen between now and 2024” and said he is “not great at predicting.” Noting polls of potential contenders for the 2024 presidential election, Romney said: “If you put President Trump in there among Republicans, he wins in a landslide.” Watch the video below: On Donald Trump, Senator Mitt Romney at...
    This week’s episode of The Brief was set against a backdrop of partisan deadlock, as Democrats and Republicans continued to wrangle over a stimulus bill to offer additional relief to American families amid the ongoing pandemic and vaccine shortages across the country. Hosts Markos Moulitsas and Kerry Eleveld discussed messaging around the COVID-19 relief bill, growing the Democratic base in rural areas, and the situations playing out in statehouses across the country as Republicans continue to assert their waning influence over the general American populace. Featured guests included Matt Hildreth, executive director at RuralOrganizing.org, and Carolyn Fiddler, state politics expert and communications director for Daily Kos. Markos and Kerry opened the show by talking about the coronavirus relief bill and how opposition to the legislation on the part of Republicans could set the stage for their party’s poor performance in the 2022 and 2024 elections. Republican senators are now saying that they could outright vote against the bill in unison,...
    MSNBC host Chris Hayes on Tuesday compared lawmakers who pose with guns in photos and videos to terrorists and violent revolutionaries, and claimed that they’re “committed to” or “open to the possibility of the violent overthrow of the government.” During the broadcast of his show “All In With Chris Hayes,” Hayes criticized the increased use of gun imagery on “the right” and pointed to a threat of violence in the country’s current political environment as a reason to compare those who pose with guns to Al-Qaida, the Irish Republican Army and Cuban revolutionaries. (RELATED: ‘Idiots’ Think House Floor Is ‘Like The O.K. Corral’: Democratic Rep’s Message To Gun Carrying Members) “It’s been unclear for some time what exactly it is that Donald Trump Jr. does, but like his father, he does love to make content. This weekend he posted a video of himself ranting about teachers unions while...
    Liz Cheney, the third ranking House Republican, on Wednesday called on the Republican party to "make clear we aren't the party of white supremacy." Cheney's remarks came during an event hosted by the Reagan Institute.  "It's very important for us to ignore the temptation to look away," Cheney said. "And it's very important, especially for us as Republicans, to make clear that we aren't the party of white supremacy.  "You certainly saw anti-Semitism. You saw the symbols of Holocaust denial... you saw a Confederate flag being carried through the rotunda," she said, referencing the January 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol. "We, as Republicans in particular, have a duty and an obligation to stand against that, to stand against insurrection." Cheney has been one of the most vocal Republicans to speak out against the insurrection and what she sees as former President Trump's role in inciting the events of...
    Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.), chair of the campaign arm for Senate Republicans, called for the party to unite amid concerns that internal divisions could hurt them in the 2022 midterms. In a memo released by the National Senatorial Campaign Committee (NRSC) addressed to “Republican voters, activists, leaders, donors,” Scott sounded the alarm over Democrats' policies, stating that unity is necessary to win back the House and Senate next year. The Florida Republican noted some within the GOP may be ready for a fight between the establishment and far-right wings of the party, telling them to “save it for another day” and that “The Republican Civil War is now cancelled.” “Perhaps in more genteel times, a bunch of infighting and arguing wouldn’t do much damage. Truthfully, I enjoy bantering back and forth, and I have no interest in trying to quell intraparty policy dialogue and debates,” Scott wrote. “But now is...
    (CNN)Republican leaders in both chambers are maneuvering to keep all of their members in line against the $1.9 trillion Covid-19 relief plan, a move that would deny President Joe Biden a bipartisan victory and one that could scuttle the bill in the Senate if any Democrat breaks ranks.But the move amounts to a political risk for Republicans with polls showing clear majorities of Americans supporting an emergency rescue package and with the economy still reeling from the coronavirus pandemic. So Republicans now plan to begin an urgent public relations push to argue that the bill is bloated, poorly targeted and contains a hodgepodge of measures aimed at pleasing the Democratic base -- a message that party leaders discussed with their members at a private GOP lunch on Tuesday and that they plan to echo in the days ahead, attendees say. "If the Democrats continue down the path they're on, and...
    The modern Grand Q Party. Rural America went even more deeply into Trumpian territory in 2020, while the Republican Party wages a civil war between the dominant Q-aligned Trump conspiracy crowd, and a seemingly shrinking cadre of rational-thinking conservatives.  This week we’ll explore both these topics on our YouTube show and podcast, The Brief. Joining us will be never-Trump Republican Sarah Longwell, founder of the The Bullwark, the Republican Accountability Project, and Republican Voters Against Trump, as we discuss whether her party can be saved. We’ll also have Matt Hildreth, the Executive Director of RuralOrganizing.org, a national "boldly progressive and proudly rural" organization based in Columbus, Ohio working locally and nationally to build a rural America that is empowered, thriving, and equitable. The show airs live every Tuesday, 130PT/430ET, and the podcast goes live the next day Wednesday wherever you get your podcasts, including Apple Podcasts and Spotify. x x YouTube Video Please subscribe and...
    February 23, 2021 4:28 PM | With information from EFE 15 minutes. Xavier Becerra, the Latino nominee of US President Joe Biden, to lead the US Department of Health and Human Services, faces strong Republican opposition as of Tuesday in the Senate confirmation hearings. This resistance from the conservative side is due to the fact that they consider that Becerra, until now California’s attorney general, has a too liberal profile. Also, he has no experience in the field of healthcare. “Becerra has no real experience in public health care. What little he has, during the pandemic, has led to disastrous lockdowns in California, crushing small businesses and making the health crisis worse,” said Republican Senator Tom Cotton. during the session. Cotton’s rejection of Becerra’s nomination is such that he sent a letter to Biden along with ten other senators on Tuesday asking him to withdraw his name as the candidate...
    Former Sen. Kelly Loeffler, R-GA, is thinking about challenging Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock in a 2022 rematch for her old seat. Loeffler told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Monday that a 2022 campaign is "certainly on the table," though she declined to commit to running. Former Sen. David Perdue, R-GA, announced on Tuesday that he won't run against Warnock in 2022, helping clear the way for a potential Loeffler candidacy.  GEORGIA ELECTION BOARD REFERS CASE AGAINST WARNOCK TO STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL Loeffler said her focus right now is on Greater Georgia, the voter outreach organization she launched Monday to rival Stacey Abrams' political machine in the state.  "I don't know if any Republican can win if we don't shore up what we're doing around voter registration, engagement, and election integrity," she told the Atlanta paper. Greater Georgia is styled as the GOP foil to Stacey Abrams' Fair Fight political machine and will work to advance...