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    As the Republican National Convention got under way Monday, Former Arizona Senator Jeff Flake, alongside more than two dozen former Republican members of Congress, endorsed Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. The Biden campaign announced that the former lawmakers joined its new “Republicans for Biden” program, also launched Monday, part of the campaign’s efforts to engage with Republicans considering voting for Biden.  Several of those on  Biden campaign’s list had previously announced their support for the former vice president, including former Pennsylvania Representative Charlie Dent and former senators Gordon Humphrey and John Warner, of New Hampshire and Virginia respectively. Accepting Nomination, Biden Calls on Americans to Unite Former vice president says that by defeating Trump, the US can ‘overcome this season of darkness in America’ Most notable was Jeff Flake, who clashed with President Donald Trump during his time in the Senate and has made headlines since for his vocal...
    Over two-dozen former GOP lawmakers, including Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake, announced their support for the “Republicans for Biden” effort Monday, according to the Democratic presidential nominee’s campaign. Their support aligns with former Vice President Joe Biden’s campaign to attract disaffected Republicans, Fox News reported, and came only hours before the start of the Republican National Convention where President Donald Trump is scheduled to accept his party’s nomination. Former Republican Sen. Jeff Flake, along with more than two dozen former GOP members of Congress, signed onto a “Republicans for Biden” effort launched by the Biden campaign. https://t.co/OKLpSiQ01G — Axios (@axios) August 24, 2020 A Biden spokesperson told Fox News that “Trump’s corruption, destruction of democracy, blatant disregard for moral decency, and urgent need to get the country back on course” were reasons so many Republicans who had endorsed the former vice president. “These members of Congress are supporting Joe...
    Meaghan Ellis August 24, 2020 0 Comments Former Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and dozens of other former congressmen have joined a growing list of Republicans now supporting Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. On Monday morning, Fox News confirmed Flake had been added to the lengthy list of Former Republican lawmakers now backing Biden. An official with Biden’s presidential campaign also explained why former Republican lawmakers have distanced from their party. Like Flake, dozens of other former Republican lawmakers are concerned about the “blatant disregard for moral decency” as they have noted the “urgent need to get the country back on course.” “These former members of Congress cited Trump’s corruption, destruction of democracy, blatant disregard for moral decency, and urgent need to get the country back on course as a reason why they support Biden,” the Biden campaign official said. The official added, “These former Members of Congress are supporting Joe Biden...
    The Republican National Committee issued a resolution stating that due to constraints on the size of this year's Republican National Convention, it will not be adopting a new party platform, leaving in place the one from 2016. The resolution says the platform committee would have agreed to continue supporting President Trump and his administration but did not want to have a small group draft a new platform for the party. RNC DELEGATES HEAD FOR IN-PERSON ROLL CALL UNDER STRICT PRECAUTIONS: SWABS, MANDATORY MASKS, ALL-DAY HEALTH DESK "The RNC has unanimously voted to forego the Convention Committee on Platform, in appreciation of the fact that it did not want a small contingent of delegates formulating a new platform without the breadth of perspectives within the ever-growing Republican movement," the resolution says. The number of attendees at this year's convention is limited by state restrictions on gatherings due to the coronavirus pandemic. At...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on this week's Republican National Convention (all times local): 7:48 a.m. Former GOP Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona has endorsed Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. Flake was one of President Donald Trump's most consistent Republican critics in the Senate. He penned an Op Ed in The Washington Post in support of Trump’s impeachment. Flake retired from the Senate at the end of his term in 2019, saying he was out of step with the Republican Party in the era of Trump. He later wrote a book, “Conscience of a Conservative,” that was a critique of Trump. Flake is one of more than two dozen former Republican lawmakers to announce their support for “Republicans for Biden.” Former Reps. Charlie Dent of Pennsylvania, Jim Greenwood of Pennsylvania, Jim Leach of Iowa, and Sen. John Warner of Virginia are among former Republican lawmakers who also have endorsed Biden....
    Washington (CNN)More than two dozen former Republican lawmakers announced Monday they are endorsing Joe Biden for president. Former Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona and former Rep. Charlie Dent of Pennsylvania are among those throwing their support behind the Democratic presidential nominee through "Republicans for Biden," and the endorsements come on the morning of the first day of the Republican National Convention.Biden has repeatedly emphasized Republican support as he looks to build a broad coalition in his campaign against President Donald Trump. Here are the prominent Republicans backing BidenTrump campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh dismissed the significance of the endorsement. Visit CNN's Election Center for full coverage of the 2020 raceRead More"Joe Biden has been a failure in the Washington Swamp for a half century, so no one should be surprised when Swamp creatures gather to protect one of their own," Murtaugh said. "President Trump has unprecedented support — over 95 percent...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on this week’s Republican National Convention (all times local): 7:48 a.m. Former GOP Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona has endorsed Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. Flake was one of President Donald Trump’s most consistent Republican critics in the Senate. He penned an Op Ed in The Washington Post in support of Trump’s impeachment. Flake retired from the Senate at the end of his term in 2019, saying he was out of step with the Republican Party in the era of Trump. He later wrote a book, “Conscience of a Conservative,” that was a critique of Trump. Flake is one of more than two dozen former Republican lawmakers to announce their support for “Republicans for Biden.” Former Reps. Charlie Dent of Pennsylvania, Jim Greenwood of Pennsylvania, Jim Leach of Iowa, and Sen. John Warner of Virginia are among former Republican lawmakers who also have endorsed...
    Former Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeHere are the high-profile Republicans backing Biden Cheney clashes with Trump Sessions-Tuberville Senate runoff heats up in Alabama MORE (R-Ariz.), a frequent critic of President TrumpDonald John TrumpGeorge Conway withdrawing from Lincoln Project Kellyanne Conway to leave White House at end of month NFL's Goodell to Kaepernick on protesting: 'I wish we had listened earlier' MORE, is endorsing Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenGeorge Conway withdrawing from Lincoln Project Biden: 'No new taxes' for anyone making under 0K Biden dismisses Trump's attacks on his mental fitness: 'Watch me' MORE along with several other former Republican lawmakers. The Biden campaign announced the endorsements, first reported by Fox News, Monday morning. The list includes other former members of Congress who had previously announced their support for Biden, including former Sens. John Warner (R-Va.) and Gordon Humphrey (R-N.H.), who is now an independent, and Rep. Charlie DentCharles (Charlie) Wieder...
    Saturday afternoon, the Democrat-controlled House passed a $25 billion emergency funding bill to aid the United States Postal Service. Twenty-six House Republicans voted to support the bill, but so far, the Republican Senate has not been enthusiastic about the bill. In addition to the $25 billion in extra funding, the bill also halts several of DeJoy’s changes, and officially designates ballots as “first-class” mail, granting them a priority status meant to help speed their delivery. Support for the bill has fallen along largely partisan lines, with many Republicans insisting that cost-cutting measures instituted by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, like the elimination of most overtime hours and reduction in number of mail-sorting machines, are prudent, and Democrats objecting that the impact on the nation’s mail has been too detrimental. One bit of evidence Democrats used to counter Republican arguments was a five-page document released by the House Oversight Committee, showing that there...
    House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., told "Fox News @ Night" Thursday there is no room for QAnon in the GOP, challenging his Democratic colleagues to disavow things that are "unAmerican" and "wrong," including anti-Semitism. Host Shannon Bream asked McCarthy if he is worried about Republican candidates winning primaries that support QAnon, described as a baseless conspiracy theory that Trump is trying to save the world by waging a secret campaign against enemies in the “deep state” and a child sex trafficking ring run by global elites who are satanic pedophiles and cannibals. MCENANY SAYS TRUMP DOES NOT SUPPORT QANON FOLLOWING PRESIDENT'S FIRST COMMENT ABOUT CONSPIRACY GROUP "Let me be very clear," McCarthy said. "There is no place for QAnon in the Republican Party. I do not support it and the candidate you talked about has denounced it." On Wednesday, President Trump responded to a question during a White House briefing about the fringe...
    House Republican Conference Chairwoman Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyCynthia Lummis wins GOP Senate primary in Wyoming Liz Cheney wins Wyoming GOP primary in reelection bid History is on Edward Snowden's side: Now it's time to give him a full pardon MORE (R-Wyo.) denounced the far-right QAnon conspiracy theory as a “dangerous lunacy,” becoming the highest-ranking GOP lawmaker to condemn it. “QAnon is a dangerous lunacy that should have no place in American politics,” Cheney said in a statement on Thursday. Cheney’s comment came one day after President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Memo: Obama enters battle, enraging Trump Harris pledges to fight for country's ideals in accepting VP nomination Pelosi paints Trump and McConnell as twin impediments to progress MORE told reporters that he doesn’t “know much about the movement other than I understand they like me very much, which I appreciate.” Cheney, the No. 3 Republican in the House, has previously...
    House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (L), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (C), and Donald Trump squatting in the Oval Office. An overwhelming bipartisan majority of Americans say funding for the U.S. Postal Service "should be increased" to ensure timely delivery of the mail, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released Wednesday. That support was solidly bipartisan, including 88% of Democrats and 60% of Republicans. The poll, taken August 14-18 following revelations that Donald Trump's Postmaster General has been sabotaging the Postal Service, also found that fully 78% of respondents believe a well-functioning Postal Service is integral to fielding a "smooth and successful election during the coronavirus pandemic.” Once again, the view was overwhelmingly bipartisan, shared by 92% of Democrats and 67% of Republicans. The substantial support for shoring up the Postal Service in the lead up to the election comes as House Democrats prepare to take emergency action Saturday to both...
    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Mark Ronchetti, the Republican U.S. Senate candidate in New Mexico, released this week his first general election commercial as he seeks to reintroduce himself to voters. The forward-looking ad focuses on Ronchetti’s support for law enforcement, fighting crime, and small businesses while blaming Democrats for the dysfunction in Washington. The former television meteorologist vows in the ad to “never support defunding the police.” The promise comes as some Black Lives Matter protesters have called on cities to change the way they fund police departments as a way to fight structural racism. “I’m not a politician and I have no interest in the political fights of the past,” Ronchett said in a statement. “I’ll work with anyone to improve the lives of the people of New Mexico.” Ronchetti is facing Democrat U.S. Senate hopeful Ben Ray Luján for New Mexico’s open Senate seat. Earlier this month, Luján...
    Ohio Lt. Gov. Jon Husted (R) on Wednesday urged Americans to support Goodyear after President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Memo: Democrats pitch Biden as the back-to-normal candidate Obama congratulates Biden on formal nomination Jill Biden gives personal portrait of husband Joe MORE called for a boycott of the Ohio-based tire manufacturer. “@goodyear is a great Ohio company that employs a lot of Ohioans. Please buy their products, it’s good for Ohio,” Husted tweeted. “And while you’re at it buy a set of tires from @CooperTire which is another great Ohio company.” The president earlier Wednesday tweeted for a boycott of the tire manufacturer following reports that some employees in Kansas were told not to wear clothing with a political messages, with “Blue Lives Matter” and “MAGA attire” listed as examples. @Goodyear is a great Ohio company that employs a lot of Ohioans. Please buy their products, it’s good for Ohio....
    President Trump praised far-right congressional candidate Laura Loomer after her victory in a Florida GOP primary race. “Great going Laura,” he said late Tuesday in addition to retweeting a few posts about her win. "You have a great chance against a Pelosi puppet.” Great going Laura. You have a great chance against a Pelosi puppet! https://t.co/pKZp35dUYr— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 19, 2020 Loomer won the Republican primary for Florida’s 21st District, where Trump is registered to vote. The president did vote in Tuesday’s primary, but it is not known for whom. Loomer is unlikely to become the district’s congresswoman, however, as it is generally thought to be a safely blue district. The candidate has a history of making controversial remarks. In 2017, Uber and Lyft permanently banned her from their services after she went on an anti-Muslim tirade. “Someone needs to create a non Islamic form of...
    Laura Loomer President Donald Trump triumphantly congratulated far right conspiracy theorist Laura Loomer after she won the House GOP primary in his Florida home district on Tuesday. Loomer, a former InfoWars contributor, has suggesting the Parkland mass shooting was a false flag attack and been banned from numerous social media and ride-sharing platforms for pushing toxic Islamophobic myths. In the crowded Republican primary field of Florida’s 21st Congressional district, Loomer won the party’s nomination with nearly 42% of the vote on Tuesday. However, she stands little chance of wining in November in a district that Hillary Clinton won by 20 points over Trump in 2016. Nevertheless, Trump tweeted out his support for Loomer and claimed she had a “great chance” against Democratic incumbent Rep. Lois Frankel. But Trump’s public show of support for a bigoted conspiracy theorist — as well as his nod to her only Congressional endorser, Rep. Matt Gaetz —...
    It's a shame that some Republican politicians would speak at this week's Democratic National Convention in support of "the most radically liberal ticket in the history of the U.S.," former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin argued on "The Story" Monday. "The two different parties have two completely different platforms," said Palin, the 2008 GOP vice presidential candidate. "And for those who would claim that they are Republicans, meaning inherently, they are to support the platform [of] free enterprise, work ethic, and an expectation for a reward for work ethic, and the sanctity of life -- which they would protect standing on the Republican platform -- and [be] pro-Second Amendment, all those things everybody knows that a Republican would represent. "For these Republicans to be suggesting, if not outright supporting, a platform that is so completely opposite and ... supporting a ticket that is the most radically liberal ticket in the history of the U.S. -- and you know, I'll debate anybody on that one -- I think it's a shame that they would want to throw their name in...
    The race between President Donald Trump and presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden, who will formally accept the Democratic nomination later this week, has seemingly become more competitive, at least, according to a CNN Poll conducted by SSRS and released Sunday evening. The poll, which was conducted over cell phones and landlines betweem August 12-15,  shows Biden receiving 50% of the vote and Trump receiving 46% among registered voters. When this poll was conducted in early June, Biden held a 14 point lead over Trump. Biden’s lead shrinks even more when analyzing the responses from places that the pollsters identified as battleground states, including Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Wisconsin. Across the 15 states expected to help swing the final outcome in the Electoral College, 49% of respondents told the pollsters they would vote for the Democratic ticket....
    The Equality Act passed the House last year by a margin of 236-173, with all no votes coming from Republicans. Under the legislation, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 would be amended to ban discrimination on the basis of gender identity and sexual orientation in education, housing, employment, jury service, federal programs, public accommodations, and credit and lending. The Equality Act also includes protections against discrimination in public spaces and services, such as retail stores, legal services, and banks. The platform condemns the Trump administration's rollback of Obama-era protections for LGBTQ people in health care and advocates for restoring those protections. The Department of Health and Human Services finalized the new Trump administration rule on June 12, which is scheduled to go into effect on Aug. 18. Under that new regulation, the department would not consider sex discrimination in health care to include transgender people and would remove protections against...
    Meaghan Ellis August 13, 2020 0 Comments President Donald Trump is warning that Republican lawmakers who do not support him will likely fall short in the November Congressional election. During a phone interview with Fox Business on Thursday, Trump weighed in on the Republicans’ uphill battle to maintain control of the Senate. Trump claims those who aren’t “as supportive” of him could be in jeopardy of losing their seats. “We’re fighting very hard in the Senate. I’ll be honest, the Senate is tough,” Trump told Maria Bartiromo on Thursday. “We have a couple of people that aren’t as supportive of Trump as they should be, and those people are going to lose their elections.” He continued, “The ones that don’t support, and I’m just talking, take a look … you have a few people that want to be cute, and those people are going to lose their elections,”...
    PRESIDENT Trump tweeted in support of Marjorie Taylor Greene, a Republican who subscribes to the QAnon conspiracy theory. The theory claims Trump is fighting against a “deep state” of elite figures. It began in 2017 after a 4chan user who signed off their posts as “Q” claimed to be working with the president to battle this secret cabal. 3Marjorie Taylor Greene (left) was endorsed by President Trump Wednesday morning after winning a Congressional primary in Georgia.Credit: Twitter/Marjorie Taylor Greene Congratulations to future Republican Star Marjorie Taylor Greene on a big Congressional primary win in Georgia against a very tough and smart opponent. Marjorie is strong on everything and never gives up - a real WINNER!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 12, 2020 “Congratulations to future Republican Star Marjorie Taylor Greene on a big Congressional primary win in Georgia against a very tough and smart opponent,” Trump said in a Tweet...
    Georgia Republican congressional candidate Marjorie Taylor Greene had sharp words for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi during her victory speech following a runoff primary election Tuesday. Greene, who defeated John Cowan to earn the GOP nomination for Georgia's 14th Congressional District, wasted no time in going after the Democratic leader. MARJORIE TAYLOR GREENE WINS GOP NOD IN GEORGIA "She's a hypocrite. She's anti-American. And we’re going to kick that b---- out of Congress," Greene said. Greene's ire was not only directed at Democrats, as she threw her victory in the face of her own party after a number of Republican leaders came out against her. "The GOP establishment, the media, & the radical left, spent months & millions of dollars attacking me," she tweeted. "Tonight the people of Georgia stood up & said that we will not be intimidated or believe those lies." GEORGIA GOP CONGRESSIONAL RACE GETS PERSONAL OVER ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT AD CLAIMS...
    ATLANTA — Marjorie Taylor Greene, a businesswoman who has expressed support for the far-right conspiracy theory QAnon and been criticized for a series of racist comments, has won the Republican nomination for Georgia’s 14th Congressional District. Greene beat neurosurgeon John Cowan in a primary runoff for the open seat on Tuesday in the deep-red district in northwest Georgia, despite several GOP officials denouncing her campaign after videos surfaced in which she expresses racist, anti-Semitic and anti-Muslim views. “WE WON! Thank you for your support! Save America. Stop Socialism,” Greene tweeted late Tuesday. A video posted to her Twitter account of her victory party showed a room full of supporters gathered closely together. Few, if any, wore face masks to protect against the coronavirus. In a victory speech posted to social media, Greene said she decided to enter politics because the country is heading in the wrong direction. “So the...
    ATLANTA — Marjorie Taylor Greene, a businesswoman who has expressed support for the far-right conspiracy theory QAnon and been criticized for a series of racist comments, has won the Republican nomination for Georgia’s 14th Congressional District. Greene beat neurosurgeon John Cowan in a primary runoff for the open seat on Tuesday in the deep-red district in northwest Georgia, despite several GOP officials denouncing her campaign after videos surfaced in which she expresses racist, anti-Semitic and anti-Muslim views. “WE WON! Thank you for your support! Save America. Stop Socialism,” Greene tweeted late Tuesday. A video posted to her Twitter account of her victory party showed a room full of supporters gathered closely together. Few, if any, wore face masks to protect against the coronavirus. In a victory speech posted to social media, Greene said she decided to enter politics because the country is heading in the wrong direction. “So the Republican...
    Marjorie Taylor Greene, a businesswoman who has expressed support for the far-right conspiracy theory QAnon and been criticized for a series of racist comments, has won the Republican nomination for Georgia’s 14th Congressional District. Greene beat neurosurgeon John Cowan in a primary runoff for the open seat on Tuesday in the deep-red district in northwest Georgia, despite several GOP officials denouncing her campaign after videos surfaced in which she expresses racist, anti-Semitic and anti-Muslim views. She has amassed tens of thousands of followers on social media, where she often posts videos of herself speaking directly to the camera. Those videos have helped propel her popularity with her base, while also drawing strong condemnation from some future would-be colleagues in Congress. In a series of videos unearthed just after Greene placed first in the initial June 9 Republican primary, she complains of an “Islamic invasion” into government offices, claims Black and...
    A group of Republican senators are pushing for more money for airlines to be included in the upcoming stimulus package.  In a letter addressed to both Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellTrump's election delay red herring On The Money: Unemployment debate sparks GOP divisions | Pandemic reveals flaws of unemployment insurance programs | Survey finds nearly one-third of rehired workers laid off again OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Trump signs major conservation bill into law | Senate votes to confirm Energy's No. 2 official | Trump Jr. expresses opposition to Pebble Mine project MORE (R-Ky.) and Minority Leader Chuck SchumerChuck SchumerSchiff, Khanna call for free masks for all Americans in coronavirus aid package Meadows: 'I'm not optimistic there will be a solution in the very near term' on coronavirus package Biden calls on Trump, Congress to enact an emergency housing program MORE (D-N.Y.), the 16 GOP senators asked them to “support...
    By DAVID KOENIG, AP Airlines Writer A group of 16 Republican senators has endorsed giving more money to airlines to avoid layoffs right before the November election, giving a boost to a lobbying effort by airlines and their unions. The GOP senators did not specify an amount, but a proposal by several airline unions would give the hard-hit aviation industry $32 billion, including $25 billion for passenger airlines.(backslash) “Such businesses and their workers are uniquely tethered to air travel and have been and will continued to be significantly impacted by the decline in air travel" due to the coronavirus pandemic, the senators said in a letter to Senate GOP and Democratic leaders. They said Congress should also consider more help for airport concessionaires and aircraft manufacturers. In March, companies got $32 billion to help cover payroll costs for six months in exchange for not laying off workers. The money and...
    A group of 16 Republican senators has endorsed giving more money to airlines to avoid layoffs right before the November election, giving a boost to a lobbying effort by airlines and their unions. The GOP senators did not specify an amount, but a proposal by several airline unions would give the hard-hit aviation industry $32 billion, including $25 billion for passenger airlines.(backslash) “Such businesses and their workers are uniquely tethered to air travel and have been and will continued to be significantly impacted by the decline in air travel” due to the coronavirus pandemic, the senators said in a letter to Senate GOP and Democratic leaders. They said Congress should also consider more help for airport concessionaires and aircraft manufacturers. In March, companies got $32 billion to help cover payroll costs for six months in exchange for not laying off workers. The money and the ban on layoffs both end...
    GOP Senate Leader Mitch McConnell has said he is prepared to support extending the $600 enhanced coronavirus unemployment checks that expired last month. Negotiations between Republicans and Democrats have slowed to a crawl as Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi refused to back down over the amount of unemployment relief on offer. 5Mitch McConnell unveiled a package last weekCredit: Alamy Live News "I think that the number, the $600, is related more to the unemployment rate. If the unemployment goes down, then that number can go down," she told CNN over the weekend. At his weekly Senate Republican leadership press conference, McConnell was asked about Pelosi's refusal to budge on the newly proposed stimulus package. "Wherever this thing settles between the president of the United States and his team, who has to sign it into law, and the Democrat, not insignificant minority in the Senate and majority in the House, is...
    Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin defended Senate Republicans for their delay in crafting a new coronavirus stimulus package on Sunday, while pushing back against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's accusation that the Trump administration is not trying to end the pandemic. In an appearance on ABC's "This Week," Mnuchin explained that Republicans wanted to take a look at how the money already spent in previous packages has been used before pouring in more money. MCCONNELL UNVEILS 'HEALS ACT,' THE GOP CORONAVIRUS STIMULUS PROPOSAL "We’ve authorized over $3 trillion into the U.S. economy," Mnuchin said. "This has never been done in the history of time." Mnuchin explained that care was needed in order to properly take into account the competing interests of helping the American public now and protecting them from an inflated debt in the future. "We wanted to wait and see how the money was going to work, and we have...
    A Republican-backed group pushing for Congress to pass a carbon tax is out with a new study Friday showing it would significantly reduce emissions while unlocking more than $1 trillion of new investment into the economy. The group, the Climate Leadership Council, is seeking to shore up support for carbon taxes as policymakers have gravitated toward other proposals. Democrats, including presidential nominee Joe Biden, are instead embracing mandates for combating climate change, while Republicans oppose new taxes or regulations. The council, led by former Republican Secretaries of State James Baker III and George Shultz, is seeking to counter that. “The report confirms and supports a belief we have held for a long time and what the economic community long has been saying,” said Greg Bertelsen, executive vice president of the council. “A price on carbon like ours is the single best way to spur mass amounts of innovation across...
    EXCLUSIVE: Rep. Ken Buck, R-Colo., is introducing a resolution to express support for the nation’s law enforcement and reject efforts to defund the police.“Democrat mayors and governors are allowing anarchists to burn our cities to the ground,” Buck said in a statement to Fox News. “The least we can do is offer our nation’s law enforcement officers our sincerest thanks and appreciation for their sacrifice to serve our communities regardless of the political winds of the day. Defunding the police will only make our cities less safe.” A number of cities, such as Los Angeles and New York, have moved to divert massive amounts of money from law enforcement. Cities like Berkeley and San Francisco have moved to stop cops from conducting traffic stops. MINNEAPOLIS OFFICIALS APPEAR TO BACKPEDAL FROM ABOLISHING POLICE  Members of the Minneapolis City Council supported the idea of abolishing their city's police department after George Floyd's...
    House GOP aides and even professional support staff on Capitol Hill say Republicans have made fun of them for wearing masks.  After reporting Wednesday that Republican Rep. Louis Gohmert had tested positive for the coronavirus, Politico's Playbook had Hill staff write in anonymously about what they were experiencing at work.  Aides reported that GOP lawmakers were often making staff come in. 'Ridiculing people for wearing masks is also not uncommon,' a GOP source said.  Rep. Louis Gohmert, who is regularly seen on Capitol Hill not wearing a mask, tested positive for the coronavirus, Politico reported Wednesday. Now GOP aides are saying that the anti-mask sentiment among Republican offices is widespread  An IT staffer reported that in Democratic offices mask-wearing is 'nearly universal.' While within Republican offices, 'it's probably under 50 per cent.' C-SPAN's cameras captured Rep. Louis Gohmert, sans mask, Tuesday on Capitol Hill outside the hearing room...
    Sen. John ThuneJohn Randolph ThuneRepublican senators revolt over coronavirus proposal Mnuchin: It 'wouldn't be fair to use taxpayer dollars to pay more people to sit home' Sinking Trump seeks to squash GOP dissent MORE (R-S.D.), the No. 2 Senate Republican, on Wednesday said that there is not “a lot” of support for including funding for a new FBI building in a coronavirus relief bill. “I think it came as a surprise to a lot of people that the funding for the FBI building was in the bill. They’d have to make a better argument than what I’ve seen so far,” Thune said. “I don’t think there’s a lot of support from our members for issues in the bill that are not directly related to the coronavirus,” he added. Tucked into the GOP coronavirus package was $1.75 billion for designing and building a new FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C. Thune’s comments came shortly...
    President Trump on Tuesday called the Senate Republicans' coronavirus relief package "semi-irrelevant" when asked whether he supported the legislation at a news conference, underscoring the deep divides between the White House, congressional Republicans and congressional Democrats as lawmakers scramble to pass something in the coming days. At the end of this week, extra unemployment benefits approved in previous legislation will expire just as millions of Americans will need to pay their rent. Yet Senate Republicans are struggling to rally behind their own $1 trillion proposal, as negotiations with Senate Democrats are set to ramp up. Then the bill will have to clear the Democrat-controlled House, which passed its own $3 trillion billion bill in May. Trump appeared to be attuned to that reality when asked whether there were any provisions in the GOP proposal that he doesn't support. President Donald Trump speaks during a news briefing at the White House, Thursday, July...
    A new poll shows overwhelming public support in Senate battleground states for Congress to provide up to $1 trillion in fiscal relief to state and local governments whose budgets have been drained by the coronavirus pandemic. More than 70 percent of voters surveyed in Alaska, Colorado, Georgia, Iowa, Maine, Montana and North Carolina say they support spending $1 trillion in federal money to prevent cuts to health-care providers, teachers and first responders. The poll, from the left-leaning Public Policy Polling (PPP) firm, also showed that more than 50 percent of Republican voters in those states said they support a massive infusion of funding to state and local governments. For example, in North Carolina, where Sen. Thom TillisThomas (Thom) Roland Tillis100 Days: Democrats see clear path to Senate majority GOP senators push for stimulus checks to almost 2M excluded Americans Bloomberg's gun control group spends M on campaigns in eight swing states MORE...
    Republican governors in four states experiencing an uptick in coronavirus cases have seen their approval ratings tank this month, according to a new poll. A SurveyMonkey poll released by Axios on Friday shows Republican governors of Florida, Texas, Arizona and Georgia have all lost support as coronavirus cases surged in their states this month. Poll results show: 62% of Arizonians say they disapprove of Gov. Doug Ducey’s coronavirus response. 58% of Floridians say they are not fans of Gov. Ron DeSantis’ virus response. 55% of Georgians say they do not approve of Gov. Brian Kemp’s handling of the virus. 55% of Texans are not fans of Gov. Greg Abbott’s virus action plan. According to the poll, these numbers have drastically changed since May with support taking a large slide backward. The survey shows that more people know someone infected with the virus now than they did in May....
    Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) introduced a House resolution Thursday demanding that the Democratic Party change its name or be "barred from participation in the House of Representatives" due to its past public support of slavery and the Confederacy. "That is the standard to which they are holding everyone else, so the name change needs to occur," Gohmert added tongue-in-cheek. By introducing the legislation, the GOP lawmaker was hoping to make the point that "cancel culture" works both ways. Many progressives in recent weeks have voiced support for renaming or rebranding organizations and products deemed offensive. For example, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) decided last month to remove portraits at the Capitol of four past House speakers who served as Confederate leaders — all four were Democrats. Politico referred to the move "a symbolic step to rid the U.S. Capitol of pro-slavery relics amid a nationwide reckoning over race."...
    Rep. Chip Roy, R-Texas, suggested Wednesday that CNN anchor Brianna Keilar was partaking in "swamp journalism" by referencing what one of his colleagues said about his comments during a House GOP Conference meeting. Keilar had mentioned that one of Roy's colleagues reportedly said he confronted House GOP Conference Chairwoman Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., about her support for Dr. Anthony Fauci. "On the point about Dr. Fauci, this is of course classic swamp journalism. I didn’t attack Dr. Fauci. What I raised was we should have more voices about science," he said, before listing a number of scientists. Keilar took issue with Roy's claim that she was dabbling in swamp journalism. "It’s not swamp journalism that a member of your conference said that you took issue -- I mean, this is a pretty basic thing," she said. CNN ANCHOR CLASHES WITH TRUMP SPOKESMAN OVER CORONAVIRUS: 'THIS HAS BEEN A TESTING FAILURE' "[Liz Cheney] supported Dr. Fauci. You took issue with her specific support of...
    Democratic Sens. Tina SmithTina Flint SmithDemocrats call for McConnell to bring Voting Rights Act to floor in honor of Lewis Trump officials seek to reassure public about safety of a potential coronavirus vaccine The Hill's Campaign Report: Candidates, lawmakers mark Juneteenth MORE (Minn.), Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharDon't bail out ethanol Biden says four Black women are on VP list, won't commit to choosing one Real and present danger: Spoofed political emails MORE (Minn.) and Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Argentum - All eyes on Florida as daily COVID-19 cases hit 15K Democrats see immigration reform as topping Biden agenda GOP senators voice confidence over uphill Senate battle MORE (Ill.) asked congressional leadership on Tuesday to provide support for pork producers who have been forced to depopulate pig herds during the coronavirus pandemic in the next relief package.  In their letter, the senators note that the demand...
    A top Republican super PAC is set to roll out a $1.2 million ad buy in Kansas in an effort to promote Rep. Roger MarshallRoger W. MarshallThe Hill's Campaign Report: New polls show Biden leading by landslide margins Democratic-linked group runs ads in Kansas GOP Senate primary The Hill's Campaign Report: Runoff elections in Texas, Alabama set for Tuesday MORE (R-Kan.) over former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach in the party's Senate primary next month.  The Senate Leadership Fund says it will launch the buy on Thursday, airing ads that will tout positive messages about Marshall, who will compete against Kobach and ten other candidates in the GOP primary on August 4.  Politico first reported news of the ad buy, which is the latest example of Republican establishment support for Marshall. Retiring Sen. Pat RobertsCharles (Pat) Patrick RobertsCongress set for showdown on coronavirus relief legislation Democratic-linked group runs ads in Kansas GOP Senate primary Illinois...
    House conservatives launched a revolt against Republican Conference Chair Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) during a conference on Tuesday, drawing the support of Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) and Donald Trump Jr. House Freedom Caucus members, and other conservatives, launched attacks at Cheney for contradicting President Donald Trump, supporting Dr. Anthony Fauci, and backing Rep. Thomas Massie’s (R-KY) primary candidate. Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) — a Freedom Caucus co-founder, one of Trump’s top allies in the House, and the House Judiciary Committee ranking member — called out Cheney for the several times she opposed Trump, according to Politico. Jordan said that Cheney’s rebukes of Trump, which includes the president’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak, his Twitter account, and his plans to withdraw from Afghanistan, do not help House Republicans. Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ), the House Freedom Caucus chairman, also accused Cheney of undermining the president’s ability to win back the House and charged...
    (CNN)Sen. Susan Collins declined last week to back President Donald Trump for reelection, saying she would focus on her own race while suggesting that she only picked sides in 2016 because she was not on the ballot."I was not up for reelection," the Maine Republican told reporters, referring to the 2016 race, when she publicly voiced her opposition to Trump's presidential campaign. "I didn't have my own race to worry about at that point." But a dozen years ago, as she was running for reelection, Collins endorsed Republican Sen. John McCain over then-Sen. Barack Obama. She served as a co-chairwoman for the McCain campaign in Maine and said she would be "glad" to have her friend campaign for her. At a debate in her 2008 Senate race, she argued that it was "typical for the leading officeholders to chair the campaign of whichever member of your party is running for...
    (CNN)Several House Republicans attacked House GOP Conference Chairwoman Liz Cheney of Wyoming for supporting Dr. Anthony Fauci and splitting with President Donald Trump on a variety of issues over the past few months during a conference meeting Tuesday morning, a member who was in the room told CNN.Members including GOP Reps. Jim Jordan of Ohio, Matt Gaetz of Florida, Thomas Massie of Kentucky, Chip Roy of Texas, Andy Biggs of Arizona, Scott Perry of Pennsylvania and Ralph Norman of South Carolina all chimed in to air grievances against Cheney.Gaetz and Massie complained about Cheney supporting a primary challenge to Massie, the source said. And Jordan, the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, listed different areas where Cheney has publicly disagreed with the President. Roy, a Texas Republican, specifically hit Cheney for supporting Fauci and complained that his Democratic opponent has retweeted some of Cheney's tweets.Politico's Melanie Zanona first reported...
    Former Ohio Republican Gov. John Kasich is slated to speak at the 2020 Democratic National Convention in support of presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden, the Associated Press reported Monday. Kasich was reportedly approached by the campaign and has agreed to speak in support of his former rival party when they gather for the nearly all-virtual event Aug. 17-20 in Milwaukee. Cleveland.com, in its coverage of the news, wrote: "It's a move that would be unthinkable just a few years ago, when, as governor, Kasich clashed with Democrats on a range of issues, from abortion to collective bargaining for public employees." The former governor is said to be one of a number of high-profile Republicans who plan to work against President Trump's re-election this fall, according to the AP report. Kasich ran for the Republican nomination for president in 2016 as a moderate candidate but was outlasted by Trump. The...
    JOHN Kasich, the former governor of Ohio who ran for the Republican nomination against President Trump in 2016, will reportedly speak at the Democratic National Convention in support of Joe Biden. Kasich has long been a critic of Trump's time in the White House, but the move to support the Democratic nominee is still an unexpected one. 2 John Kasich will reportedly speak at the Democratic National Convention in support of Joe BidenCredit: Getty Images - Getty 2 Joe Biden's campaign did confirm that they are in talks with RepublicansCredit: Reuters He is one of a number of high-profile Republicans who are expected to work against Trump's re-election campaign as the 2020 election draws closer, according to the Associated Press. The former governor's 2016 campaign manager, John Weaver, co-founded the Lincoln Project - which is already airing anti-Trump ads. Plus, ex-Ohio GOP chair Matt Borges, an ally of Kasich's, has...
            by Judah Torgerud  Kendall Qualls, a Republican Candidate for US Congress, has more campaign funds on hand than his opponent, incumbent Dean Phillips. Qualls, who is running to represent MN’s 3rd Congressional District, has nearly $500,000 on hand, while Democrat incumbent Phillips is still $250,000 in debt from his previous campaign. “I have no doubt that as the campaign progresses, we will see Dean Phillips spend whatever he feels necessary from his personal fortune to try to stay competitive in the race. Dean Phillips claims he wants money out of politics, unless that money is his own. Qualls has $446,125 on hand, over $15,000 more than Rep. Phillips, and has cited grassroots support for his show of strength and support. “I am honored that thousands of Minnesotans have invested in our message of providing strong leadership in challenging times, economic revitalization, and offering an unwavering...
    As the general election unofficially kicks off, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is being aided by an unusual array of groups for a presidential election. What makes them an oddity is that they are Republican. A growing number of GOP organizations are moving forward with strategic efforts to unseat a commander-in-chief of their own party — and turn the White House over to a Democrat.  Appalled by Donald Trump's presidency, they are spending millions on television ads and digital campaigns and weighing ground efforts in an election year that has seen a global pandemic and major economic crisis following the impeachment trial of the president earlier this year. "We haven't really ever seen anything like this before in a general election," said Mitchell West, of Kantar/Campaign Media Analysis Group. "In primaries, there's always one Republican group that supports one specific Republican candidate and will obviously bash some others, but...
    While it appeared former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions might have had a late surge in his Republican primary runoff contest against former Auburn University head football coach Tommy Tuberville, it was not nearly enough. Sessions was defeated by a wide margin on Tuesday and has officially been eliminated from regaining the seat he held for two decades in the U.S. Senate. With more than 70% reporting, Tuberville had a 24-point lead over Sessions and will face incumbent Sen. Doug Jones (R-AL) on November 3 in the general election. During a speech given to his supporters at the Renaissance Hotel in Montgomery, Tuberville congratulated Sessions for a hard-fought race. Tuberville revealed that Sessions had called him to concede and acknowledged his support for Tuberville by telling him he was “all-in” in his election race against Jones. Tuberville took numerous shots at Jones, alluding to his support for Trump’s impeachment, abortion...
    Fifty-one percent of residents say their governor has communicated a clear plan of action for responding to the pandemic, according to a new Gallup poll. The number is down from 56% in a Gallup poll in early June. Here are how the results of the new poll break down: 50% say their governor keeps them informed about the pandemic – down from 55% in the earlier poll. 59% say their governor cares about the safety and health of their community  -- down from 64%. “While governors ratings for communicating about the virus and caring about their communities are down slightly, this is not uniform across the country but varies by the party of the sitting governor,” Gallup noted in a report accompanying the results. It cited these results: 43% of residents in states where a Republican is governor agree the governor is communicating a clear plan of...
    ESPN NBA reporter Adrian Wojnarowski has been suspended by the network for two weeks for a vulgar email he sent to a Republican senator, according to the New York Post. The prominent NBA journalist will not be disciplined further for his actions. His suspension is without pay. What's this about? In response to a letter from GOP Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver regarding China, Wojnarowski sent Hawley a short message: "F*** you." Hawley sent the letter to the NBA community questioning why social justice messages related to Hong Kong are not allowed on the NBA's list of approved content for the backs of players' jerseys. Phrases like "black lives matter" and "I can't breathe" are allowed. The NBA has been criticized for silence and inaction in response to China's human rights violations in an effort to protect lucrative business relationships with the communist nation....
    On Friday, Senator Josh Hawley fired off a letter to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver in which he slammed the league for deciding players could emblazon social justice messages on their jerseys while he claimed the league didn’t approve any messages supporting the beleaguered people of Hong Kong, other victims of the Chinese Communist party, or law enforcement. That prompted ESPN reporter Adrian Wojnarowski to email Hawley this elegant response: “F*** you.” Hawley responded on Twitter: “Don’t criticize #China or express support for law enforcement to @espn . It makes them real mad. @Outkick.” Don’t criticize #China or express support for law enforcement to @espn. It makes them real mad ⁦@Outkick⁩ pic.twitter.com/WJDxrotUBD — Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) July 10, 2020 Wojnarowski later offered an apology for his email. According to ESPN, the approved messages included: Black Lives Matter; Say Their Names; Vote; I Can’t Breathe; Justice; Peace; Equality; Freedom; Enough; Power...
    Brig. General Don Bolduc outside the US embassy in Chad in 2016.Andrew Harnik/AP For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis and more, subscribe to Mother Jones' newsletters.Khalifa Haftar, a warlord who is attempting to overthrow Libya’s internationally recognized government, is short on friends in the United States. Haftar has cozied up to Russia and other autocratic regimes. He and his forces have been accused of a slew of war crimes, including indiscriminately bombing civilians and torturing opponents. And he is losing, pushed into retreat by a ragtag group of militias with Turkish support. But Haftar, who has generally denied the war crimes allegations, does enjoy support from an unexpected place. In New Hampshire, Don Bolduc, a retired brigadier general, is running for Senate on a platform that includes calling for the United States to aggressively back Haftar’s bid to seize power in Libya. “All Haftar wanted was to be the...
    Republican and business groups are pressing House Republicans to support components of a sweeping climate plan proposed by Democrats last week. House Republicans have accused Democratic leaders of a special climate change committee that released the plan of violating committee rules by issuing the plan on a partisan basis, without including GOP members as originally expected. But GOP policy advocates and allied groups say House Republicans should not let bitterness get in the way of working with Democrats, even in an election year, on concepts such as promoting pre-disaster mitigation, spending and tax credits for clean energy technologies, and modernizing the electricity grid. “I sure hope the well hasn't been that poisoned,” said Marty Durbin, the president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Global Energy Institute. “There is a lot in here you can find consensus between parties and the business community. An election year is no excuse for getting...
    Rep. Ted BuddTheodore (Ted) Paul BuddHouse Republican introduces bill to hold up members' pay if they vote by proxy House GOP lawmakers urge Senate to confirm Vought The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Dybul interview; Boris Johnson update MORE (R-N.C.) and several Republican members of Congress are calling for the White House to support a new policy that would require the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to check the temperatures of all airline passengers at the screening checkpoint. Budd led a letter to White House Chief of Staff Mark MeadowsMark Randall MeadowsOvernight Defense: Democrats blast Trump handling of Russian bounty intel | Pentagon leaders set for House hearing July 9 | Trump moves forward with plan for Germany drawdown GOP senator calls reporting on Russia bounties 'absolutely inaccurate' after White House briefing Democrats hit Trump for handling of Russian bounty allegations after White House briefing MORE on Wednesday asking for support for this temporary policy.  “Having...
    President Donald Trump is losing ground against presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden both nationwide and in critical swing states, according to a CNBC poll released Wednesday. The poll shows the president down eight points against former vice-president Biden, who has 49% support overall. In Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin, the three states most critical to Trump’s reelection, he trails Biden by six points, five points and eight points, respectively. Trump is down five points against Biden in Florida, according to the poll, and is also down seven points in both North Carolina and Arizona. The CNBC poll is in line with other polls that have shown the president’s approval slipping in recent weeks. Previous polls show voters have largely disapproved of Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic and his administration’s response to protests that have continued nationwide over the death of George Floyd. In the six battleground states, 35% of...
    Fox News Channel’s Tucker Carlson is not a fan of an effort by Sen. Mike Braun (R-IN) to alter existing qualified immunity for law enforcement so that it is easier for the public to sue the police. During an appearance on Fox News Channel’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” Braun went head-to-head with Carlson in defense of that effort and over remarks that Braun made voice his support for the Black Lives Matter movement. “Why do you support [Black Lives Matter], and are there any other race-specific revolutionary movements that you support?” Carlson said to Braun to open his interview. Braun did not take the question directly but argued in support of rolling back provisions of qualified immunity and warned if Republicans did not act now, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) could have an outsized role in any so-called reform. “Chuck Schumer has already decided he can make hay of this in the...
    Fox News host Tucker Carlson grilled Sen. Mike Braun over his support for the Black Lives Matter movement and his new legislation that would minimize qualified immunity for police officers. Carlson asked the Indiana Republican about his recent announcement of support for Black Lives Matter on Monday. The Fox News host noted that the movement has called for several controversial policies, including the defunding of police departments. Braun clarified his remarks and told Carlson that he supports the rights of the movement to protest peacefully. "I support anybody that does have a grievance to be able to air it, and that is it. That doesn’t mean all lives don’t matter, it just means that if you think a certain sector of society has a grievance, it ought to be through transparency and the willingness to debate it and get it out there," he said. Carlson questioned Braun's proposed...
    Texas Sens. John CornynJohn CornynTrump faces ObamaCare court deadline as political ground shifts On The Money: Trump, GOP clash over new round of checks | Dow sinks more than 700 points as COVID-19 surge shakes Wall Street | Senate Dems raise concerns about debit cards used for stimulus payments Trump 'not withdrawing support' from COVID-19 testing sites, official says MORE (R) and Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzNASA names DC headquarters after agency's first Black female engineer Mary W. Jackson A new age of lies? Trump administration ending support for 7 Texas testing sites as coronavirus cases spike MORE (R) on Thursday sent a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) protesting the administration’s plans to cut back federal support of drive-through COVID-19 testing sites in Texas and other states. The senators called the testing sites “critical to Texas’ testing capacity”...
    Republican House candidate Madison Cawthorn said his primary win in North Carolina is not a referendum on President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump rally sparks self quarantine of dozens of Secret Service agents GOP: Trump needs a new plan Trump faces ObamaCare court deadline as political ground shifts MORE, who officially backed a different candidate in the race. Cawthorn, a 24-year old businessman, attributed his defeat of Lynda Bennett, a real estate agent and GOP activist, to a “superior ground game, a more compelling message, and really, just being able to keep all politics local,” he told Fox News’ “Fox & Friends”  Bennett had been endorsed by the president and White House chief of staff Mark MeadowsMark Randall MeadowsThe Hill's Campaign Report: Progressives feel momentum after primary night Pence confidant helps 24-year-old beat Trump-backed candidate Madison Cawthorn defeats Trump pick in race to succeed Meadows MORE, who previously held the congressional seat...
    The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) released a memo Wednesday detailing a path Republicans can use to gain the House majority due to Democrats’ support for socialism and defunding the police. The NRCC poll found Republicans have an advantage over Democrats in battleground districts, which will play a vital role in the GOP’s ability to retake the House majority. The survey revealed a generic Republican candidate holds a one-point advantage over a generic Democrat candidate amongst swing voters in battleground districts. The poll said Republicans’ strongest issue, the economy, is voters’ top concern. Twenty-three percent of voters say the economy and creating more jobs are the most important issues for Congress, compared to 20 percent that they would like to focus on corruption, and ten percent said tackling the coronavirus pandemic. Eleven percent said health care is the most important issue for Congress. Fifty-percent of swing voters also approve of...
    U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) wears a protetive mask as he talks to reporters inside the U.S. Capitol after senators returned to Capitol Hill amid concerns that their legislative sessions could put lawmakers and staff at risk of contracting the coronavirus in Washington, U.S., May 4, 2020.Leah Mills | Reuters Senate Democrats said Tuesday that they plan to block a vote on Republican legislation to reform policing guidelines, calling it "irrevocably flawed" and setting up a stalemate in the Senate over how to address police violence in the midst of national protests. Democrats' move to oppose the measure undercuts plans by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., to hold a procedural vote Wednesday to move on to debating the legislation. The measure needs the support of at least 60 senators to pass, meaning seven Democrats would have to join all Republicans. But Democrats say they don't believe President...
    More than 100 House Republicans voiced their support for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin NetanyahuBenjamin (Bibi) NetanyahuMORE’s decision to move forward with annexing portions of the West Bank.    A letter signed by 109 GOP lawmakers said they believe “Israel has the right to make sovereign decisions independent of outside pressure” and feel the country's leaders have the right to move forward to protect its national security interests.  The letter was led by Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyOcasio-Cortez builds political army, and a fundraising machine to match Republicans take aim at Google in fight to remove legal shield McCarthy slams Bolton book, says it's a national security risk MORE (R-Calif.), Minority Whip Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseOcasio-Cortez builds political army, and a fundraising machine to match House GOP leaders condemn candidate who said black people should be 'proud' of Confederate statues House coronavirus task force launches probe into largest nursing home...
    Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz has challenged Republican lawmakers to approve a Democratic-backed package of police accountability bills crafted following George Floyd’s death so he can have the “poetic justice” of signing them Friday to celebrate Juneteenth, which marks the end of slavery in the country. The Minnesota Senate’s GOP majority passed a limited set of measures late Tuesday and early Wednesday that the Democratic governor dismissed as “weak sauce.” He said at a news conference Thursday that he would consider this week’s special session “a total failure” if lawmakers don’t pass the policing overhaul as well as relief for neighborhoods damaged during the unrest that followed Floyd’s death on May 25. Leaders of the House Democratic majority scheduled a series of votes for Thursday night to pass their policing measures. But Republican Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka said he still intends to adjourn Friday night, regardless of whether the two...
    Commonsense police reforms proposed by Senate Republicans Wednesday in their Justice Act would help reduce incidents of excessive use of force by police without reducing their ability to keep our neighborhoods safe and protect our lives and property. The legislation – sponsored by Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina, the only black Republican in the Senate – was announced at a news conference held by Scott, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other Republican senators. McConnell said he would bring the bill up for a vote in the full Senate by next week. The legislation is an important step forward that deserves passage in both the Senate and House of Representatives and should become law. SENATE REPUBLICANS UNVEIL POLICE REFORM LEGISLATION: 'WE HEAR YOU' Black Americans, as much as any other population group in the country, rely on police officers every day to protect us from criminals. The vast majority of...
    The White House on Wednesday threw its support behind Senate Republicans’ police reform bill, which would seek to curtail the use of chokeholds and implement new accountability measures amid national calls for systemic changes. "The president is fully in support of the Scott bill. They are working closely on that," press secretary Kayleigh McEnany told reporters in a briefing, saying the White House backs "every element” of the legislation authored by Sen. Tim ScottTimothy (Tim) Eugene ScottRepublicans to introduce House version of Scott police reform bill Clyburn: 'May be possible' to close the Charleston loophole in a police reform bill McConnell signals he will not negotiate police reform with Democrats before bringing up bill MORE (R-S.C.). "It’s a great bill," she added. "It’s more great action from Republicans, and we hope we can have bipartisan support on that." McEnany singled out a portion of the bill that would make lynching a federal...
    Washington (CNN)Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is pushing for as broad support within the Senate GOP conference as possible for the emerging police overhaul bill that will be offered by GOP Sen. Tim Scott, two GOP sources told CNN, as pressure grows amid nationwide protests and civil unrest in response to high-profile episodes of police misconduct.It also comes after tension within the Senate GOP conference on the timeline for taking up the legislation spilled out into public view. Scott expressed concerns on Monday after some senior Senate Republicans signaled that the chamber may have to wait at least a month to take up the policing legislation, warning, "I think us waiting a month before we vote is a bad decision." McConnell would not say Tuesday whether he would try to bring up the emerging bill drafted by Scott to the floor for a vote before the two-week Fourth of July...
    The top Republicans on the House Judiciary and Oversight committees called on their GOP colleagues Tuesday to support the reform and reauthorization of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, while urging members to further investigate how the tool was purportedly “weaponized” to target political opponents. In a memo to all House GOP members obtained by Fox News, the committee Republicans –­ including Reps. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, Mike Johnson, R-La., and others –­ noted the importance of more investigations into “how and why the Obama-Biden Administration weaponized our national security apparatus and the FISA process to target its political adversaries.” President Trump essentially has demanded as much as he recently torpedoed a FISA bill, sending lawmakers from both parties back to the drawing board. JIM JORDAN'S BIG IDEA: ENACT FISA REFORM TO FIX 'SYSTEM-WIDE' PROBLEM On the Senate side, Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham has since made a public point of investigating the Russia collusion...
    Liberal economist Paul Krugman delivers some good news and some bad news in his New York Times column this week. The good news: the U.S. jobs report for May released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics on June 5 was much better than expected. The bad news: the U.S. economy, battered by the coronavirus pandemic, is “still on life support” — and Republicans in Congress will want to turn that life support off. “A good jobs report may be bad for future policy,” Krugman warns. “Why? Because the U.S. economy is still very much on life support. And a bit of good news is all too likely to encourage the usual suspects to end that life support too soon, with dire effects just a few months from now.” During the pandemic, Krugman has been stressing the need for economic stimulus and slamming Republicans he believes are weak in that area,...
    According to an analysis by Politico’s Jeff Greenfield, recent voting trends combined with Donald Trump’s unpopularity with the electorate will likely see Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) lose his power following the November election. First proposing, “It’s a question as obvious as it is critical: How will the trio of crises—the pandemic, the economy, the demands for racial justice—affect the 2020 race for the White House,” the columnist said it will be a major factor this election cycle and that is not good news for Republicans. “History has some powerful answers to this question—and they leave Republican partisans with a strong case of agita,” he wrote. “As a general proposition, when the nation is in a state of crisis, things do not go well for the President’s party. When a war becomes a quagmire (Korea in ’52, Vietnam in ’68), when the economy craters (1980, 2008), voters look for...