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    MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) – A conference dedicated to the future of the conservative movement turned into an ode to Donald Trump 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 it should embrace Trump after losing the White House and both chambers of Congress, those gathered at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday 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. READ MORE: Florida Lawmakers Face Challenges As 60-Day Session Begins “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...
    QANON believers are baselessly convinced that Donald Trump will return to the White House next week after a "military investigation" into President Joe Biden. The utter nonsense is the latest wild prediction peddled by the deranged conspiracy theory which has spread like wildfire over the past few years - reaching millions worldwide. 8Will Donald Trump be president again next week? Probably notCredit: AFP or licensors 8QAnon is a wide-ranging internet conspiracy theory centred around TrumpCredit: AP:Associated Press March 4 has become the latest date which the QAnon conspiracy storm is swirling around as proponents believe Trump will somehow be reinstalled as President. QAnon is a wide-ranging belief which covers all manner of outlandish claims, but its most central tenant is that Trump has been waging a secret war on a cabal of child-eating satanic paedophiles. The latest bizarre connecting of the dots pushes that Trump will be "inaugurated" on March...
    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...
    Donald Trump Jr. took aim at several political opponents during a fiery speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference Friday night, including Rep. Liz Cheney, President Biden, CNN, and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. "Who would've thought that within 33 days, we'd be bombing the Middle East again?" Former President Donald Trump's oldest son told the crowd in Orlando, Florida. "Speaking of bombing the Middle East, have you seen Liz Cheney's poll numbers?" TRUMP SET TO DOMINATE CPAC, WHILE WOULD-BE 2024 RIVALS LABOR FOR ATTENTION Trump Jr. then got personal and referenced a shooting incident involving Cheney’s father, former Vice President Dick Cheney, years ago. "Her politics are only slightly less popular than her father is at a quail hunt," Trump Jr. joked. "Liz Cheney hates Donald Trump and his policies because her family has a long history of friendly fire, but she also hates them because she's...
    Several CEOs have said that it will be impossible for them to work with the law that Trump raised, and now defends Biden, in its current form They pointed out that it will significantly increase costs and uncertainty in their companies, especially among small agents. China is widely considered both a powerful rival and the largest trading ally of the United States. Even with the immense differences between Joe Biden and Donald Trump on practically every issue, today it is clear that there is one issue on which they fully agreed: China. According to ., the United States (US) government is expected to launch a law next month that the former Republican magnate’s team designed, but could not publish. This regulation seeks to limit the threats that Beijing represents to Washington’s technological supremacy. The information has not been officially disclosed, but was released by the Washington Post through sources close...
    QAnon supporters told CNN in a bizarre interview on Friday that they believe former President Donald Trump will be reinstated as Commander-in-Chief after a military coup 'like Myanmar.' CNN reporter Donie O'Sullivan, who nearly exclusively covers topics of extremism and disinformation, spoke with QAnon believers at a rally in Ventura, California for a segment on Anderson Cooper 360. 'What's going to happen at some point is there are going to be arrests, and that will include the lying media and then there will be military tribunals,' one woman said. The woman went on to call Biden 'a puppet president' before insisting that 'the military is in charge.' 'It's going to be like Myanmar, what's happening in Myanmar. The military is doing their own investigation. At the right time they're going to be restoring the republic with Trump as president,' she said. Scroll down for video  One woman, pictured, told CNN...
    During an interview with Univision on Friday, President Joe Biden stated that he hopes and expects the migrant facility in Texas that was used during the Trump administration “won’t stay open very long,” and that what his administration is doing is “much different” from kids in cages because there are people helping the children. Biden said, “What I can confirm is there’s over — right now, there’s thousands of immigrants — thousands of unaccompanied children coming across the border. We’ve been able to place a significant number of them in licensed facilities throughout the country — shelters throughout the country. But what happened is, in Texas, they opened up one, one that was a former one used in the administration — the last administration. Our hope and expectation is that won’t stay open very long, and that we’ll be able to provide for every kid who comes across the border...
    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...
    Donald Trump Jr.Don TrumpTrump Jr. was deposed in inauguration funds probe Noem to get fundraiser at Mar-a-Lago hosted by Donald Trump Jr. Company appeals rejection of controversial Pebble Mine  MORE warned that there are “plenty” of Republican lawmakers who should get primary challengers as the GOP faces an internal reckoning over former President TrumpDonald TrumpDonald Trump Jr. calls Bruce Springsteen's dropped charges 'liberal privilege' Schiff sees challenges for intel committee, community in Trump's shadow McConnell says he'd back Trump as 2024 GOP nominee MORE’s role in the party. "I think without question" the Republican Party is still the Trump party,” Trump Jr. said in an interview with Fox News. "I think you hear it from the voices. I think you see it in the speeches of others that are in government. I see in the backtracking that you see from some of those who went opposite of that the last...
    The former chair of CPAC, ex-GOP Rep. Mickey Edwards (OK), condemned the 2021 version of the conservative event as a little more than a Trump-worshipping cult of personality that promotes an “alternate reality” and is drawn to totalitarianism. During an appearance on CNN’s Erin Burnett OutFront, the former eight-term Oklahoma congressman was aghast at far the first day of this year’s CPAC annual event had moved from the event he was leading during the Reagan era. Edwards publicly left the GOP in January after the Capitol insurrection. “The Republican party really no longer stands for any kind of principles, conservative or otherwise,” Edwards said. “The party seems now to be completely following the lead of one man wherever he goes, which is the definition of a cult. The party’s views that have matured over years and years are out the window. Now all that matters is ‘Trump is for this, we’re for this.’ And...
    Donald Trump Jr. on Friday trashed Rep. Liz Cheney and said New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo “would be in jail” already if he were a Republican. The former first son attacked his dad’s political foes in a speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference, which the ex-president will address Sunday. Trump Jr. nicknamed Cheney (R-Wyo.), who voted last month to impeach Trump, “Lincoln Project Liz,” associating her with the scandal-plagued group of anti-Trump Republicans. “Liz Cheney and her politics are only slightly less popular than her father is at a quail hunt,” he said, joking about her former Vice President Dick Cheney accidentally shooting a friend in the face with a shotgun. “Liz Cheney, she hates Donald Trump and his policies because her family has a long history of friendly fire. But she also hates them because she’s tied to an establishment that has done nothing but fail us time...
    More On: cpac Hawley calls for breakup of Big Tech ‘oligarchs,’ companies that ‘sold us out to China’ Scott Walker at CPAC says ‘America is under siege’ Gaetz at CPAC: Cuomo ‘offered to replace staff meetings with strip poker’ Defiant gym owner blasts NJ lockdown regulations as ‘unconstitutional’ at CPAC Donald Trump Jr. on Friday trashed Rep. Liz Cheney and said New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo “would be in jail” already if he were a Republican. The former first son attacked his dad’s political foes in a speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference, which the ex-president will address Sunday. Trump Jr. nicknamed Cheney (R-Wyo.), who voted last month to impeach Trump, “Lincoln Project Liz,” associating her with the scandal-plagued group of anti-Trump Republicans. “Liz Cheney and her politics are only slightly less popular than her father is at a quail hunt,” he said, joking about her former Vice...
    Matt Gaetz on Friday launched a fresh attack on Liz Cheney, saying she would have been booed off the stage if she attended the annual gathering of conservatives at the CPAC conference. Gaetz, a top ally of former President Donald Trump, used his remarks at the gathering to take several swipes - both at members of his own party and at Democrats.  He opened with a dig at Cheney, whom Gaetz unsuccessfully tried to get removed from the House GOP leadership after she supported Trump's second impeachment. Cheney was one of 10 House Republicans to support the impeachment article and survived at attempt by House conservatives to oust her from her number three leadership position. 'I haven't gotten that good a warm welcome since I was in Wyoming,' Gaetz told the cheering crowd. Shortly after Cheney's vote, Gaetz traveled to Wyoming to hold a rally against her. 'If Liz Cheney were...
    Congresswoman Liz Cheney made some waves this week when she publicly differed with the rest of House GOP leadership on Donald Trump’s big CPAC speech. Cheney — one of the few House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump — has made it clear she doesn’t think Trump should be the future of the party. When Congressman Matt Gaetz spoke at CPAC Friday — proudly calling himself a “Florida man” — he went on a tear against Cheney to applause from the crowd. Gaetz talked about “whip[ping] the establishment,” and then added, “Speaking of people who ought to lose primaries…” “If Liz Cheney were on this stage today, she would get booed off of it!” Gaetz said. As the crowd cheered, he continued, “What does that say? The leadership of our party is not found in Washington D.C., you are the energy, we are America, that’s why they’re in the eight square...
    GOP Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamJohn Boehner tells Cruz to 'go f--- yourself' in unscripted audiobook asides: report Parliamentarian nixes minimum wage hike in coronavirus bill McConnell says he'd back Trump as 2024 GOP nominee MORE (R-S.C.) pledged on Friday that former President TrumpDonald TrumpDonald Trump Jr. calls Bruce Springsteen's dropped charges 'liberal privilege' Schiff sees challenges for intel committee, community in Trump's shadow McConnell says he'd back Trump as 2024 GOP nominee MORE will "be helpful" to Senate GOP incumbents on the ballot in 2022, as Republicans increasingly turn their focus to the midterms.  "The president is going to be helpful to all Republican incumbents on the Senate. We've got a great slate of incumbents," Graham said during an interview with Fox News Radio.  He added that Trump would be "working with our incumbents" and "helping" Republicans try to unseat Democrats in Arizona, Georgia and New Hampshire. Trump endorsed...
    MSNBC contributor Donny Deutsch doesn’t think former President Donald Trump will be an option to represent the GOP in the 2024 because he’ll be in jail. "Donald Trump is going to go to jail, I really believe that," Deutsch said on Friday, citing taxes, banking issues and insurance fraud as reasons why he could get locked up. DONNY DEUTSCH APOLOGIZES FOR USING RACIST TERM WHILE CONDEMNING TRUMP SUPPORTERS' ALLEGED RACISM "Donald Trump will not be a candidate in 2024, Donald Trump will not be a viable alternative, but you’ve got every one of these Republicans that just somehow believe this is the Holy Grail and if they move away from him they won’t get re-elected a year from now, two years from now, three years from now," Deutsch said. "And they’re not wrong, I mean when you still see that 75 percent of Republicans think that he should be the man … they are lemmings...
    Christine Favocci, The Western Journal February 26, 2021 0 Comments Social media has lost its allure for many since the oligarchs banished former President Donald Trump from their platforms in January. While it appears Trump’s permanent Twitter ban isn’t going away anytime soon, he may be making social media great again on Facebook. The Facebook Oversight Board could reinstate Trump’s privileges on the platform as early as May after conducting an independent review that will include input from Facebook and its users, Helle Thorning-Schmidt, the board’s co-chair and former prime minister of Denmark, told British television’s Channel 4 News in an interview published Tuesday. “What’s important about having an oversight board is for the first time, we get an opportunity to be on the users’ side,” Thorning-Schmidt told anchor Jon Snow. In the past, users could only “complain to Facebook,” but can now seek a binding opinion from the...
    Loading the player... Donald Trump is back and will be making his first public appearance since the impeachment trial and Inauguration Day on Jan. 20, when he boarded his flight out of D.C. to his new residence in Florida. Trump will headline the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Orlando on Sunday, where he is expected to offer some of the same tones and themes of election fraud and the false claim that the 2020 presidential election was stolen from him. Read More: Manhattan prosecutor gets Trump tax records after long fight President Donald Trump acknowledges the crowd during the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center February 29, 2020 in National Harbor, Maryland. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images) Social media companies have silenced Trump and so have some of the nation’s news organizations, however, CPAC is giving Trump a so-called packed...
    Bradley Cortright February 25, 2021 0 Comments Rep. Chip Roy (R-Texas) opposed a bid to oust Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) from her leadership position after she voted to impeach then-President Donald Trump.  But after Cheney publicly offered a contrasting response on whether Trump should speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), Roy believes the Wyoming Congresswoman no longer belongs in the party’s leadership.  “I consider Liz a friend, and I stood on the floor with the conference, defending her right to defend herself in taking what she described was a vote of conscience,” Roy told reporters on Thursday. However, he said, “Yesterday, Liz forfeited her right to be chair of the Republican conference. You cannot stand up and make a statement that is so out of step with the Republican conference and where the American people, who support President Trump, are.” “I think it is unfortunate that she made those remarks....
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Congress has no further plans to punish former President Donald Trump after he was acquitted on impeachment charges by the Senate earlier this month.  'He's gone,' she told reporters Thursday at her weekly press conference. 'What we need is the truth. And that's what we want to find out.'  She then lashed out at Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who said Wednesday that an investigation into the January 6 insurrection should include a look at broader political violence, which would allow Republicans to point fingers at Black Lives Matter and Antifa.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Congress would not take additional steps to punish former President Donald Trump. 'He's gone,' she said during her weekly press conference on Thursday Pelosi said that Congress would not pursue additional action against former President Donald Trump (left), and then lashed out at Senate Minority Leader...
    DEMOCRATS have asked Joe Biden to give up his sole authority to order a nuclear strike in case he becomes “unhinged”.  In a letter sent to the President on Tuesday, over thirty House Democrats warned that “vesting one person” with the power to launch a nuclear strike “entails real risks”.  4Democrats have asked Joe Biden to give up his sole authority to order a nuclear strike in case he becomes “unhinged”Credit: Reuters 4The Vice President is accompanied by a nuclear football, which contains all the necessary materials to launch a nuclear strike with a specific code, when they travelCredit: AFP or licensors In the letter, penned by California Democratic Rep. Jimmy Panetta, the Dems urged the commander in chief to “consider modifying the decision-making process the United States uses in its command and control of nuclear forces.” It reads: “Past presidents have threatened to attack other countries with nuclear weapons...
    ORLANDO — The race for the 2024 Republican nomination begins in the hovering shadow of former President Donald Trump as contenders vying to succeed him atop the GOP descend on the Conservative Political Action Conference to woo party activists. Defeated by President Biden in November, Trump is still a winner in the hearts of so many Republican voters; they would love to see him mount a third White House bid. The 45th president, declining to rule it out, is to address CPAC Sunday morning in central Florida, just a short trip from his new home base in Palm Beach, in the most anticipated speech of the annual gathering of Republican insiders and grassroots conservatives. Amid this unmistakably pro-Trump setting, a collection of prominent Republicans are set to debut their 2024 message and plant the seeds of a campaign to take the reins of the GOP from the former president....
    In an opinion article published online Thursday, a top liberal columnist for The New York Times blamed Democrats for the harm being inflicted on millions of the nation’s children by a year of school closures – describing it as a "tragedy we haven’t adequately confronted." Writer Nicholas Kristof also suggests that many Democrats may have been blinded by animus toward former President Trump when they enacted the coronavirus-related school shutdowns. "Many Democrats seemed to be more suspicious of in-person schooling last summer when President Donald Trump called for it," he writes, adding, "We shouldn’t let ourselves be driven by ideology rather than science." "We shouldn’t let ourselves be driven by ideology rather than science."— Nicholas Kristof, New York TimesHe notes that at least one Democrat, Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo, pushed for schools to reopen in her state, "and kids there are better off because she did." CALIFORNIA CANDIDATE FOR...
    Lara Trump said Wednesday that her father-in-law, former President Donald Trump, “absolutely will” discuss his warnings of a Joe Biden presidency at the upcoming Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). WATCH: “He absolutely will and he did tell you so. A lot of us tried to tell the American people that this would happen if Joe Biden became president of the United States,” Lara told Fox News’ “Hannity” in reference to President Biden’s progressive agenda. Trump is expected to address the conservative conference on Feb. 28 in what will be his first major public appearance since his single presidential term ended. “I think the speed at which so much has happened has really kind of shocked people to be honest,” Lara continued. “I think for the first time in a long time, Americans found that under President Donald Trump, they had somebody they felt like was actually fighting for them...
    Fox News host Sean Hannity reacted Wednesday night to the reports suggesting House Democrats were urging President Biden to relinquish his nuclear authority. In his "Hannity" monologue, Hannity called the effort "totally humiliating" for Biden, whose cognitive ability was regularly called into question during the 2020 presidential campaign. A letter signed by three dozen House Democrats reportedly asks the 78-year-old Biden to renounce his sole authority to launch nuclear weapons. "Must be totally humiliating for Joe Biden," Hannity said. HOUSE DEMOCRATS ASK BIDEN TO RENOUNCE SOLE NUCLEAR AUTHORITY "Now, first of all, it's unconstitutional. That's first of all. There is one commander-in-chief. It is not the U.S. Congress. There is zero constitutional ambiguity here. But second of all, what do these Democrats know about Joe Biden that maybe the rest of us don't?" the host continued. "There is one commander-in-chief. It is not the U.S. Congress. There is zero constitutional ambiguity here."— Sean HannityThe Democratic lawmakers write: "While any president would presumably consult with advisors before ordering a nuclear attack, there is no requirement to do so....
    Rep. Gerry ConnollyGerald (Gerry) Edward ConnollyHouse Democrats call on Biden to fill Postal Service Board vacancies to pave way for ousting DeJoy Trump's assault on the federal government isn't over LIVE COVERAGE: House votes to impeach Trump after Capitol insurrection MORE (D-Va.) during a House panel on Wednesday pushed back against GOP lawmakers’ claims of partisanship in calls to remove Trump-appointed Postmaster General Louis DeJoyLouis DeJoyHouse Democrats call on Biden to fill Postal Service Board vacancies to pave way for ousting DeJoy Duckworth urges Biden to oust entire Postal Service board The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by TikTok - Day 1 goes to Dems as GOP fumes at Trump lawyers MORE, with the Virginia congressman saying he would “not be lectured by people,” who voted to overturn the 2020 presidential election.  The exchange came during DeJoy’s hearing before the House Oversight and Reform Committee over his cost-cutting measures implemented...
    John Bolton, who served as national security adviser under Donald Trump, confirmed a report by another Trump administration official that the former president offered Kim Jong Un a ride home on Air Force One. Matthew Pottinger, former deputy national security adviser, told the BBC about Trump making the offer after their second summit in Vietnam. During a conversation about North Korea, Bolton told Bloomberg on Wednesday he was in the room when Trump made the offer: “I heard it and I didn’t respond at all, ’cause I was biting my tongue to avoid saying what I thought the response should be. It was a typical Trump offer on the spur of the moment. He thought it would be really cool to take Kim back home to Pyongyang. He didn’t think about any of the potential consequences or anything else. I think Kim was as taken aback as I was,...
    Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA) went off on Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) during the House oversight committee hearing on Wednesday, accusing him of “gaslight” and railing at him for voting to overturn an election. The hearing, held by Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), the Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, aimed to question Postmaster General Louis DeJoy and Postal Service Board of Governors Chairman Robert Duncan regarding changes at the postal service under their leadership and amid the 2020 election. Jordan began by asking DeJoy if he had people protesting outside of his house last night, which DeJoy confirmed he did not, and later asked who specifically has called for his resignation. After DeJoy noted that President Joe Biden and Moloney, who is the Chairwoman of the committee, have not called for him to step down, Jordan called out Connolly for doing so. Jordan went on to point out that DeJoy had protesters outside of...
    Some liberal pundits "can't stop" attacking former President Trump even though he is out of office, "MediaBuzz" host Howard Kurtz said on Wednesday, responding to an opinion column calling for coronavirus victims to be buried at Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort due to his handling of the pandemic. "I mean, this piece is offensive on about 12 different levels, for Jason Sattler to argue that we should go bury all the victims of COVID-19 at Mar-A-Lago," the Fox News media analyst told "America's Newsroom." Kurtz said that "it is offensive and an insult to all of the families who have lost loved ones to the deadly coronavirus" by "making them deceased props in a hate Trump campaign." "He also says in this piece that Donald Trump is a criminal. He is worse than Robert E. Lee. I mean, going far, far out of bounds. And unfortunately, it's typical of certain liberals who can't stop spewing bile against...
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Wednesday attacked the proposal from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for a 1/6 commission, alleging that her framework would make the inquiry partisan and illegitimate in the eyes of the American people.  Lawmakers are still swapping proposals for the commission. But it's been revealed that Pelosi, D-Calif., proposed a commission that would have seven members appointed by Democrats and four appointed by Republicans. The commission would have subpoena power under the Pelosi proposal, but the GOP-appointed members would not have a say in that process.  "An inquiry with a hard-wired partisan slant would never be legitimate in the eyes of the American people," McConnell, R-Ky., said on the Senate floor Wednesday. "An undertaking that is uneven or unjust would not help our country." McConnell's comments are some of the most high-profile yet, highlighting GOP gripes over the Pelosi proposal, which they say departs from the...
    MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” panel criticized the Republican Party’s resistance to some of President Joe Biden’s executive nominees during Wednesday’s broadcast, calling it “a joke” and saying “they’ve surrendered their right to be outraged.” Joined by contributor Claire McCaskill, the panel began discussing the Republican opposition to Neera Tanden’s nomination to lead the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) because of her past social media activity. Several on the show accused party members of “hypocrisy” after tolerating former President Donald Trump’s tweets and behavior. (RELATED: GOP Senator Grills Biden Interior Nominee On Oil And Natural Gas Industry: ‘Why Not Just Let These Workers Keep Their Jobs?’) “We’ve known her point of view when she worked for Hillary Clinton attacking Bernie Sanders … going after some of these senators, Republican senators and Democrats alike,” host Willie Geist began. “What’s more important, her tweets or the hypocrisy from Republicans, who now...
    Morning Joe scoffed at Republicans who’ve taken issue with President Joe Biden’s cabinet nominees after years of ignoring criticisms and making excuses for former president Donald Trump. On Wednesday, the show held a conversation on Neera Tanden’s uphill battle to become Office of Management and Budget Director now that Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Susan Collins (R-ME) will vote against her. As Willie Geist spoke to Claire McCaskill about the outrage over Tanden’s history of harsh Twitter comments, he wondered if the Biden administration should’ve seen this coming, even with “the hypocrisy from Republicans who now suddenly are stunned and outraged by people saying mean things” after they “stood by and watched” Trump do it for years. The scope of the conversation expanded when Joe Scarborough hopped in and spoke to the political calculations behind the Tanden outrage. McCaskill acknowledged that point and how Biden wants to turn the page,...
    Tuesday, former President Donald Trump called into FNC’s “Fox News Primetime” to discuss professional golfer Tiger Woods’ crash in California. Trump boasted of Woods’ accomplishments and predicted that he would “be back.” Transcript as follows: PAVLICH: Joining me now by phone, President Donald Trump. Mr. President, thank you so much for joining us tonight. DONALD TRUMP, FORMER PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES (via telephone): Hi, Katie. PAVLICH: Great to hear from you. So, of course, you are friends with Tiger Woods. You’ve spent a lot of time with him, and when you hear anybody’s in an accident, it’s a horrific thing to witness, but especially someone that you know — and we’re all happy that he is OK. And how did you react when you first heard the news this morning? TRUMP: Well, I was really surprised. And, you know, he is doing so well. He’s — he’s getting —...
    Former President Donald Trump said Tuesday that even after a serious car accident, he believed golf legend Tiger Woods would play again. Woods was involved in a single-vehicle rollover crash in the Los Angeles area — and the resulting injuries required surgery — but Trump told Fox News host Katie Pavlich that he expected to see another comeback from the golf great. (RELATED: Tiger Woods Showed No Immediate Signs Of Impairment After Roll-Over Car Crash, Deputies Say) WATCH: Pavlich began with a clip from the ceremony when Trump presented Woods with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. “In that speech you also talked about how he is a comeback kid and how he has been able to overcome a number number of obstacles,” she said. “Maybe we’ll see him on the the golf course after this.” “I hope so, he has overcome a lot, but he has had an...
    Former President Donald Trump told Fox News Tuesday that he has "no doubt" Tiger Woods will make a strong comeback after suffering serious injuries in a car accident in Southern California. "He has overcome a lot, but he has had an incredible life and he is going to continue to have an incredible life," Trump told "Fox News Primetime" host Katie Pavlich. "He will recover from this ... he will figure out a way." Trump awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Woods following his victory at the Masters Tournament in 2019. In remarks prior to the presentation, Trump hailed Woods as "a global symbol of American excellence, devotion, and drive." Woods was the sole occupant in the crash near the Rolling Hills Estates and Rancho Palos Verdes neighborhoods of Los Angeles. Officials said the crash occurred at around 7:12 a.m. and the vehicle sustained "major damage." Woods was transported to Harbor UCLA Hospital, with multiple injuries to both his legs. TRUMP REACTS TO TIGER WOODS CRASH...
    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...
    Rep. Adam KinzingerAdam Daniel KinzingerTop firms slash donations to candidates by 90 percent: analysis Political purists bring 'cancel culture' to the Republican Party Scalise meets with Trump in Florida during fundraising swing MORE (R-Ill.) is amping up his calls for the party to split with former President TrumpDonald TrumpFauci: U.S. political divide over masks led to half a million COVID-19 deaths Georgia bishop says state GOP's elections bill is an 'attempt to suppress the Black vote' Trump closer to legal jeopardy after court ruling on tax returns MORE, arguing Republicans won’t take back the majority if they continue to embrace his brand. “I don't know what that looks like, all I know is I can rest with real peace knowing that I'm going to fight as hard as I can to get a normal functioning Republican Party," he told CNN's Chris CuomoChris CuomoMedia's gushing promotion of Gov. Cuomo looks pretty bad...
    A Honduran immigrant who has lived in a Missouri church for more than three years to avoid deportation could be reprieved under a special act of Congress proposed by freshman Democrat Cori Bush. Alex Garcia, who fled Honduras in 2004 and entered the US by stowing away on a train to Missouri, took refuge in the Christ Church United Church of Christ in the St Louis suburbs in 2017.  It made him one of dozens of people to take such sanctuary during the Trump era, but while President Biden is slowly unwinding his predecessor's policies, hundreds of deportations have still been taking place since the January 20 inauguration.  On Monday, Rep. Bush introduced a so-called private bill to grant permanent residency to Garcia, who has five children and is married to a US citizen.  Democratic Rep. Cori Bush (left) gives Alex Garcia (right), sitting with his wife Carly, a...
    By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden’s pick for health secretary, Xavier Becerra, faces two days of contentious Senate hearings. Republicans are portraying the Californian as unfit, but Democrats are unfazed, accusing the GOP of playing politics despite the coronavirus pandemic. Now attorney general of the nation’s most populous state, Becerra will be grilled by two panels. Tuesday, it’s the health committee’s turn, followed Wednesday by the Finance Committee, which will vote on sending Becerra’s nomination to the Senate floor. If confirmed, he’d be the first Latino to head the Department of Health and Human Services, a $1.4 trillion agency with a broad portfolio that includes health insurance programs, drug safety and approvals, advanced medical research and the welfare of children. In his opening statement, Becerra said it’s clear the coronavirus pandemic will be his top priority if confirmed. “The president has ambitious goals – 100 million vaccine...
    Photo via Greg Nash/Getty Images Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) grumbled over the public scrutiny he continues to see over his flight to Cancun while the rest of Texas deals with multiple crises. Cruz appeared on Ruthless, the conservative podcast hosted by Josh Holmes, former chief of staff and campaign manager for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). A significant portion of the conversation revolved around the scandal Cruz faces for flying away from Texas last week — originally intending to take a family vacation — while the state was dealing with freezing temperatures and a collapse in the energy grid. Cruz blew off the firestorm at one point by referencing the joke that he is the Zodiac Killer. “I haven’t had this much negative press coverage since Northern California in the 1960s,” he said. As Cruz went on with more serious complaints over the media coverage surrounding his escapade,...
    Donald Trump's niece has said an investigation into the former president's taxes will reveal the truth about his finances, namely that the so-called billionaire has never 'never made any money'. Mary Trump told CNN on Monday night that she believed the decision made in a Supreme Court ruling that paves the way for New York City prosecutors to obtain Trump's tax returns and other financial records as part of a criminal investigation, was a 'long time coming'. Mary Trump told Chris Cuomo that she believed the returns will make several revelations.  Mary Trump, Donald Trump's niece praised the decision by Supreme Court to allow New York State prosecutors to obtain her uncle's tax returns Mary Trump alleges that the former president has never made any money of his own and that he has 'likely been committing tax fraud for decades' 'Firstly, he has never made any money, and every penny...
    MSNBC analyst Claire McCaskill said Monday that prosecuting former President Donald Trump or his family for any crimes they may have committed “would merely be following the instructions of Mitch McConnell.” “Deadline: White House” host Nicolle Wallace asked McCaskill about the attorneys at the Department of Justice (DOJ) who removed themselves from cases they saw as political under the Trump administration, as well as what Attorney General nominee Merrick Garland’s task will be regarding workforce morale at the DOJ. “Well, there’s a lot of muscle memory there. I mean, the ethos of a prosecutor is you don’t try your cases for political reasons, you don’t charge cases for political reasons, you don’t avoid charging cases for political reasons. You keep your head down. You do the investigation. You get the facts, you apply the law and you go forward. Sometimes that means no case. Sometimes it means a...
    The widow of late conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh said there will be a virtual tribute for his fans in the coming weeks. Kathryn Limbaugh made the announcement about the memorial service during an appearance on air Monday for a special edition of the show that focused on her discussing Rush’s life. The segment featured listeners who were allowed to call in and reflect about the loss and ask questions to Kathryn about her husband, who died last week at the age of 70 from lung cancer complications. “It’s been a very difficult time, as it probably has been for everyone who has listened all these years, but we know that Rush is in a good place, he’s in heaven,” Kathryn told listeners. “But it has been a very difficult time.” She cited COVID-19 as a reason why more in-person tributes can’t be planned but teased...
    Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images Former President Donald Trump is lashing out at the Supreme Court’s recent decision to allow his private tax returns to be leased to New York State prosecutors, claiming this is just another in a long line of unfair political persecutions. The SCOTUS decision came down Monday morning, and Trump’s statement was released Monday afternoon and included some of the “Greatest hits” of Trump complaints, including the “$32 million Mueller Hoax” and “Russia Russia Russia,” and ultimately mocked two “impeachment attempts where I was found NOT GUILTY. It just never ends! ” The Supreme Court issued a one-line ruling that Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance can obtain Trump’s tax records for his grand jury investigation into the president’s companies, which NBC News’ Peter Williams explained: “It’s the end of the road for the president’s years-long battle to keep his tax returns away either from Congress or from Cyrus Vance,...
    President Biden’s nominee for attorney general, Judge Merrick Garland, said he sees "no reason" why Special Counsel John Durham should not be left in place to continue his investigation into the origins of the Trump-Russia probe. During his confirmation hearing Monday before the Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, pressed Garland on whether he would commit to allowing Durham to continue his probe through the Biden Administration. DURHAM PROBE FOCUSED ON FBI, BUT PROSECUTION OF HIGH-LEVEL OFFICIALS, LIKE COMEY 'UNLIKELY': SOURCES "Will you commit to providing Special Counsel Durham with staff, resources and funds needed to thoroughly complete his investigation?" Grassley asked. Garland said that, at this point, he does not have "any information about the investigation as I sit here today." "I understand that he has been permitted to remain in this position and sitting here today, I have no reason to think that was not the...
    Up to 200 gray wolves in Wisconsin can be killed by hunters staring today after the state's Department of Natural Resources lost a court appeal to protect the wild animals.   Last month, during the final days of the Trump Administration, the US Fish and Wildlife Service removed gray wolves from the endangered species list after more than 45 years, effectively stripping the animals of federal protections.  The move handed management of gray wolves back to the states, with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources seeking to delay a planned hunting season.  But the agency was sued by pro-game group Hunter Nation who wanted a hunting and trapping season to start as soon as possible. The group purportedly feared that the Biden Administration would add the animal back to the endangered species list.  On Friday, the Wisconsin Court of Appeals sided with the hunters, giving approval for the season to begin...
    DONALD Trump's tax records are set to be revealed after the Supreme Court rejected his plea to keep them secret. The decision means that the former president's last eight years of finances will be released. 1FILE PHOTO: The Supreme Court is seen in Washington, U.S., December 11, 2020. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts/File PhotoCredit: Reuters Trump has previously fought to keep his tax records secret. Last year, the New York Times claimed in an article that from the year Trump became president, he paid no income taxes in 10 of the previous 15 years. The outlet also claimed that he only paid $750 in federal taxes in 2017. However, Trump denied the bombshell claims, saying they were "made up." Most read in NewsPARTY TIMENearly half of Republican supporters would join Trump party, new poll showsSKY INFERNOBoeing plane engine burst into flames over Dutch town same day as US jet blastAIR FORCE UN Trump offered ‘new best...
    (CNN)At last, Merrick Garland gets his Senate confirmation hearing.Five years ago, Garland became the poster child for the Republican blockade of an open Supreme Court seat in the final year of President Barack Obama's term when Senate Republicans denied even a hearing to the Supreme Court nominee.Now Garland gets another chance to go before the Senate Judiciary Committee at 9:30 a.m. ET on Monday, the first day of a two-day hearing, but this time he's appearing for a different role as President Joe Biden's nominee to lead the Justice Department. While Garland is expected to face pointed questions over multiple thorny issues awaiting him at the Justice Department, his selection has been praised by both Democrats and Republicans leading up to the hearing. The GOP opposition to Garland in 2016, of course, had nothing to do with Garland himself, as Republicans came out against confirming Obama's Supreme Court nominee before...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The last time Merrick Garland was nominated by the White House for a job, Republicans wouldn’t even meet with him. Now, the once-snubbed Supreme Court pick will finally come before the Senate, this time as President Joe Biden’s choice for attorney general. Garland, an appeals court judge, is widely expected to sail through his confirmation process, which begins Monday before the Democratic-controlled Senate Judiciary Committee, with bipartisan support. “Judge Garland’s extensive legal experience makes him well-suited to lead the Department of Justice, and I appreciated his commitment to keep politics out of the Justice Department,” Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, said in a statement. “Unless I hear something new, I expect to support his nomination before the full Senate.” Biden’s choice of Garland reflects the president’s goal of restoring the department’s reputation as an independent body. During his four years as president, Donald Trump had insisted that the...
    By MICHAEL BALSAMO, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The last time Merrick Garland was nominated by the White House for a job, Republicans wouldn't even meet with him. Now, the once-snubbed Supreme Court pick will finally come before the Senate, this time as President Joe Biden's choice for attorney general. Garland, an appeals court judge, is widely expected to sail through his confirmation process, which begins Monday before the Democratic-controlled Senate Judiciary Committee, with bipartisan support. “Judge Garland’s extensive legal experience makes him well-suited to lead the Department of Justice, and I appreciated his commitment to keep politics out of the Justice Department,” Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, said in a statement. “Unless I hear something new, I expect to support his nomination before the full Senate." Biden’s choice of Garland reflects the president’s goal of restoring the department’s reputation as an independent body. During his four years as president, Donald...
    More from: Miranda Devine What about justice for this Capitol rioter?: Devine Ugly truth about ‘Honest Joe’: Devine WHOs COVID investigation was dishonest Chinese propaganda: Devine Tricky Joe Bidens family influence: Devine Noxious Nancys cynical timing: Devine In his confirmation hearing Monday, attorney general nominee Merrick Garland plans to tell the Senate his priority is domestic terrorism, and that he personally will supervise the prosecution of what he calls “white supremacists” who stormed the Capitol. It is disturbing that Garland is embracing the rancid lie that the Capitol riot was racially motivated, an uprising by “white supremacists” which rivalled the Islamist terror attack of 9/11 in which 3,000 people were slaughtered. This is Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s narrative, which she has driven with escalating hyperbole until it no longer resembles anything that happened on January 6. Every Republican has condemned the riot. At least 140 Capitol police were injured that...
    Former Congressman Will Hurd (R- TX) said on Meet the Press Sunday that Donald Trump should have “very little” of a role in the future of the Republican party. Hurd and Chuck Todd opened the interview talking about the winter storm devastating Texas and the ongoing need for aid for many, many people in the state. At one point Todd asked Hurd, “What role should former President Trump have in the future of the Republican party? Or should he not have a role?” “I think very little, if none at all,” Hurd said. He pointed out that Trump “lost the House, the Senate, the White House in four years” and that “the last person to do that was Herbert Hoover.” Hurd said Republicans clearly outperformed Trump, since the party made gains in the House, and argued they have an opportunity to take back the House in 2022: “We should do...
    By Arshad Mohammed and Humeyra Pamuk WASHINGTON (Reuters) - It took seven years from the summer's day in 2008 when a top U.S. diplomat first sat down with his Iranian counterpart until the two sides sealed the 2015 Iran nuclear deal that aimed to keep Tehran from acquiring nuclear weapons. No one expects it to take as long to establish whether they can resuscitate the pact abandoned by former U.S. President Donald Trump, but U.S. and European officials say the journey will be lengthy and arduous, if, indeed, they even begin the trek. U.S. President Joe Biden's administration said on Thursday that it was ready send to its special envoy, Rob Malley, to meet Iranian officials and seek a path back to the deal, agreed by Tehran and six major powers and named the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). While Tehran sent mixed signals at first, Foreign Minister Mohammad...
    Former Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX) said Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press” the former President Donald Trump’s role in the future of the Republican Party should be “very little, if none at all.” Anchor Chuck Todd said, “What role should former President Trump have in the future of the Republican Party?” Hurd said, “I think very little, if none at all. This is a president that lost the House and Senate and White House in the last four years. I think the last person to do that was Herbert Hoover. The number of Republicans that were successful significantly outperformed President Trump. We should be talking to disaffected Democrats. The fact that Speaker Pelosi didn’t pick up any seats shows the Democratic Party has some is problems. You know history tells us we’ll take back the House. How we do that — and we should do it based on our principals and...
    President Joe Biden’s nominee for attorney general says the Justice Department must ensure laws are “fairly and faithfully enforced” and the rights of all Americans are protected, while reaffirming an adherence to policies to protect the department’s political independence. Judge Merrick Garland, who is set to appear Monday before the Senate Judiciary Committee, plans to tell senators that the attorney general must act as a lawyer for the people of the United States, not for the president. The Justice Department released a copy of Garland’s opening statement late Saturday. If confirmed, Garland would inherit a Justice Department that endured a tumultuous time under President Donald Trump — rife with political drama and controversial decisions — and abundant criticism from Democrats over what they saw as the politicizing of the nation’s top law enforcement agencies. “It is a fitting time to reaffirm that the role of the attorney general is to...
    WASHINGTON - President Joe Biden’s nominee for attorney general says the Justice Department must ensure laws are “fairly and faithfully enforced” and the rights of all Americans are protected, while reaffirming an adherence to policies to protect the department’s political independence. Judge Merrick Garland, who is set to appear Monday before the Senate Judiciary Committee, plans to tell senators that the attorney general must act as a lawyer for the people of the United States, not for the president. The Justice Department released a copy of Garland’s opening statement late Saturday. If confirmed, Garland would inherit a Justice Department that endured a tumultuous time under President Donald Trump — rife with political drama and controversial decisions — and abundant criticism from Democrats over what they saw as the politicizing of the nation’s top law enforcement agencies. “It is a fitting time to reaffirm that the role of the attorney...
    By MICHAEL BALSAMO, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden’s nominee for attorney general says the Justice Department must ensure laws are “fairly and faithfully enforced” and the rights of all Americans are protected, while reaffirming an adherence to policies to protect the department’s political independence. Judge Merrick Garland, who is set to appear Monday before the Senate Judiciary Committee, plans to tell senators that the attorney general must act as a lawyer for the people of the United States, not for the president. The Justice Department released a copy of Garland’s opening statement late Saturday. If confirmed, Garland would inherit a Justice Department that endured a tumultuous time under President Donald Trump — rife with political drama and controversial decisions — and abundant criticism from Democrats over what they saw as the politicizing of the nation’s top law enforcement agencies. “It is a fitting time to reaffirm that...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden’s nominee for attorney general says the Justice Department must ensure laws are “fairly and faithfully enforced” and the rights of all Americans are protected, while reaffirming an adherence to policies to protect the department’s political independence. Judge Merrick Garland, who is set to appear Monday before the Senate Judiciary Committee, plans to tell senators that the attorney general must act as a lawyer for the people of the United States, not for the president. The Justice Department released a copy of Garland’s opening statement late Saturday. If confirmed, Garland would inherit a Justice Department that endured a tumultuous time under President Donald Trump — rife with political drama and controversial decisions — and abundant criticism from Democrats over what they saw as the politicizing of the nation’s top law enforcement agencies. “It is a fitting time to reaffirm that the role of the attorney...
    NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP Former President Donald Trump will make his first public speaking appearance since leaving office at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) this coming week in Orlando, Florida. And Pence is not planning to address CPAC at this point, sources tell @PamelaBrownCNN and me. https://t.co/YO7ry226kl — Jim Acosta (@Acosta) February 21, 2021 While Trump will be speaking, his former Vice-President Mike Pence declined an invitation to the conservative conference. Trump to speak at @CPAC next week on the future of the GOP & Biden’s immigration agenda. Several former aides & WH officials will also deliver remarks. The speaker roster does not include Pence, however, who declined an invitation. — Gabby Orr (@GabbyOrr_) February 20, 2021 American Conservative Union chairman Matt Schlapp, who oversees CPAC, didn’t respond to a Mediaite request for comment as of Saturday night. The news of Trump’s attendance comes as rumors in right-wing media...
    Several “national security experts” interviewed for an essay in The Root published on Thursday, attacked the Republican Party, claiming it behaves “like a terror group,” is rife with “terrorist sympathizers,” and should be viewed as “enemy combatants.” The essay, penned by senior reporter Terrell Jermaine Starr and titled “Democrats Are Stuck With a Republican Party Rife With Conspiracy Theorists, Anarchists and Terrorist Sympathizers,” begins by asserting that the GOP is “authoritarian” and only cares for whites.  “[W]e have an entire political party that has converted into an authoritarian—albeit Americanized version—style of politics that cares nothing about U.S. democracy or anyone who is not white,” the essay starts.  Starr then refers to the GOP as “a party of turncoats” for having “basically sat by and said nothing” to counter “lies” reinforced by the former president’s defense lawyers during his impeachment trial last week. Starr then introduces several national security experts who,...
    STEVE Bannon secretly plotted to remove Donald Trump from office claiming he had dementia - and believed HE could personally succeed him as president, a bombshell new book claims. In a memoir released this week, TV Producer Isa Rosen wrote that Bannon mistakenly believed Trump "was suffering from early-stage dementia and that there was a real possibility he would be removed from office by the 25th Amendment". Trump was reportedly keen to pardon his former aide Bannon Rosen said that Trump "turned on Bannon" after he appeared on a Time magazine cover in February 2017, weeks after the president was sworn in. In an interview about his book 'Ticking Clock: Behind the Scenes at 60 Minutes' based on his work on iconic news show 60 Minutes, Rosen said there was a conspiracy. "Bannon realized that Trump was repeating the same stories over and over again and Bannon kept saying this and he wanted to do...
    FLORIDA Governor Ron DeSantis announced on Friday that flags across the state will be lowered to honor Conservative radio personality Rush Limbaugh. Republican Gov DeSantis revealed the news two days after the political commentator, who hosted The Rush Limbaugh Show since 1988, died at the age of 70 years old. 8Republican Gov DeSantis made the announcement on FridayCredit: WFLA 8Rush Limbaugh died at the age of 70 years oldCredit: AP:Associated Press 8Limbaugh died after a struggle with stage four lung cancerCredit: Twitter Rush Limbaugh passed away on Wednesday, February 17, after a battle with lung cancer. Speaking at a news conference in Palm Beach County on Friday, DeSantis said: "When there’s things of this magnitude, once the date of interment for Rush is announced, we’re going to be lowering the flags to half staff." The Republican senator praised Limbaugh for being "an absolute legend." "He was a friend of mine and...
    Nearly three-quarters of Republican voters believe the GOP should be “more like former President Trump” moving forward, a Rasmussen Reports survey released Thursday indicated. Debate has continued to rage among Republicans about the direction the party should go in following Trump’s presidency. This week, Trump blasted Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), who is among politicians attempting to walk the line between appeasing the pro-Trump GOP base and resuming business as usual in establishment circles. “The Republican Party can never again be respected or strong with political ‘leaders’ like Sen. Mitch McConnell at its helm,” Trump said in a statement. While McConnell did not vote to convict Trump, he placed blame on the president in a speech Saturday. His favorability stands at 18 percent, a recent Politico/Morning Consult poll showed. Rasmussen’s recent survey, taken February 16-17, 2020, among 1,000 likely U.S. voters, indicated establishment Republicans still have an issue, as a...
    More than 100 candidates have expressed interest in running for governor during the Gavin Newsom recall, according to the California GOP. Although it is early days, some high-profile names have been linked to the job, although there is always the chance of a big-name late star entrant throwing their hat in the ring. California, has, after all, sent two Hollywood actors to the governor's mansion in Sacramento. Here are just some of potential candidates so far. John Cox Cox was the GOP candidate in the 2020 election, which Newsom won by 32% of the vote. Although he received high-profile endorsements such as former President Donald Trump, Newt Gingrich, and Rep. Kevin McCarthy, the California Republican Party did not endorse Cox in the race. The end result was a low-profile campaign with limited funds. His platform was similar to Trump’s: low taxes, less regulation, and better infrastructure. Cox is...
    The fact that the Senate has acquitted former President Donald Trump does not necessarily mean that attempts to prevent him from ascending to the White House have failed. If Trump runs as a candidate again in 2024, his rivals will most likely wield a constitutional clause passed after the Civil War to try to stop him and the matter could ultimately be left to the Supreme Court. The 14th Amendment to the Constitution prohibits any candidacy of political or military leaders “who participated in an insurrection or rebellion” against the United States. The clause, ratified in 1868, specifically contains in its Section Number 3 a prohibition that prevents the rise to power of leaders of the Confederacy. It could well apply to people who incited or participated in the January 6 assault on the Capitol, experts say, noting that the imminent Congressional investigation and the numerous lawsuits brought against...
    Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates said Thursday that social media companies should let President Trump back on their platforms, despite his "corrosive" election fraud claims.  Twitter cut the former president off from some 88 million followers after the deadly riot on Jan. 6, when a group of Trump's supporters stormed the Capitol while Congress was certifying President Biden's victory, leaving five people, including a U.S. Capitol Police officer, dead. At the time, Twitter said that Trump's tweets posed "the risk of further incitement of violence." Facebook, Snapchat and Reddit also suspended Trump's online presence indefinitely following the siege. TWITTER SAYS TRUMP WOULDN'T BE ALLOWED BACK ON PLATFORM EVEN IF HE RAN AGAIN FOR PRESIDENT Gates, asked during an interview with CNBC whether he would let Trump back on social media if he were a member of Facebook's oversight board, suggested he would do so.  "I think at some point he probably will be allowed back...
    Michael Cohen is set to be interviewed by Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance Jr. for the fourth time as part of the criminal probe into Donald Trump, DailyMail.com can reveal. Sources say the move signals the imminent indictment of the former president and members of the Trump Organization in the financial fraud inquiry. Trump's former fixer Cohen is a key part of Vance's investigation, which is the only known active criminal inquiry into Trump. It's understood Cohen will be questioned in more detail Friday on Trump’s finances, including his relationship with Deutsche Bank, his primary lender for decades. The probe is focused on allegations of bank, tax and insurance fraud, as well as falsification of business records. Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance Jr. is set to interview Donald Trump's former personal attorney and fixer Michael Cohen on Friday, DailyMail.com can reveal  Cohen will likely be questioned in more...
    Savannah Rychcik February 18, 2021 0 Comments Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.), the lead House impeachment manager, is pointing to Section 3 of the 14th Amendment as a way to bar former President Donald Trump from ever holding office again. During ABC News’ “Powerhouse Politics” podcast on Wednesday, Raskin said, “Donald Trump’s status as a political actor in America is very dubious because of Section 3 of the 14th Amendment which says that people who engaged in armed insurrection and rebellion against the union after swearing an oath to us shall not be able to hold public office again.” Raskin mentioned the way the amendment was designed to be used after the Civil War. “Donald Trump is right in, you know, the bullseye middle of that group and so, he really does fulfill exactly the constitutional prohibition there,” he explained. Listen to his remarks below: He was asked if...
    Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiMajor union that backed Biden in 2020 endorses Foy in Virginia governors race The Hill's 12:30 Report: Biden navigates pressures from Dems Pelosi's '9/11-type' commission to investigate Capitol riot could prove dangerous for Democrats MORE (D-Calif.) said Thursday that President BidenJoe BidenFeds investigating Cuomo's handling of nursing home outbreaks Overnight Defense: One-third of service members decline coronavirus vaccine | Biden to take executive action in response to Solar Winds hack | US, Japan reach cost sharing agreement On The Money: Biden faces backlash from left on student loans | Where things stand on the COVID-19 relief measure | Retail sales rebound MORE’s expansive immigration plan may be split up into individual pieces of legislation to pass Congress. The remarks come after the introduction of the immigration proposal, which seeks to deliver on a list of Biden’s campaign promises, including providing a path to citizenship for the young people...
    Nikki Haley issued condemnation of Donald Trump in an op/ed published late Wednesday night where she said he 'will be judged' for his actions but praised the former president for the lasting changes he brought to the Republican Party. 'Here's my take: Most of Mr. Trump's major policies were outstanding and made America stronger, safer and more prosperous,' Haley wrote in a Wall Street Journal opinion piece. 'Many of his actions since the election were wrong and will be judged harshly by history. That's not a contradiction. It's common sense.' 'We can't go back to the pre-Trump GOP,' she continued. 'Those days are over, and they should be.' The main question of Haley's op/ed: 'Where does the Republican Party go from here?' Haley is a prominent voice within the GOP, serving as governor of South Carolina before joining Trump's administration as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations for the first...
    More On: bill gates Comedy’s Trump-era failure and other commentary Bill Gates thinks we should start eating ‘100% synthetic beef’ Bill Gates says fighting COVID ‘very easy’ compared to climate crisis Bill Gates’ daughter jokes on social media about getting COVID-19 vaccine Bill Gates thinks Facebook and other social media firms should let Donald Trump back on their platforms in spite of the ex-president’s “corrosive” election fraud claims. “I think at some point he probably will be allowed back on and probably should be allowed back on,” the billionaire Microsoft mogul told CNBC in an interview broadcast Thursday. Gates was asked whether he would let Trump return to social media if he were on Facebook’s internal oversight board, which is reviewing the company’s decision to indefinitely suspend Trump from the site in the wake of the Capitol riots. Trump was also permanently banned from Twitter, which said his account...
    Madison Summers February 18, 2021 0 Comments Philanthropist and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates is suggesting former President Donald Trump should be allowed to be back on social media eventually. During Thursday’s interview on CNBC’s “Squawk Box,” Gates said, “I think at some point he probably will be allowed back on and probably should be allowed back on.” “It’s weird when you’re, you know, saying that the election was stolen without any facts there. And how corrosive that is,” Gates said. “But I’ll bet they’ll find a way to let him back on.” The philanthropist added that he believes Trump’s remarks on social media may be labeled “false in a lot of cases” if he were able to rejoin. He continued, “You know in a way, people’s interest in what he says may go down quite a bit. That’ll be interesting to watch.” Watch the video below: "Its weird when...
    Bill Gates, Microsoft founder, at the discussion "Innovation potential in Africa, in Berlin, Germany.picture alliance | Getty Images Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates told CNBC that social media companies should eventually take their muzzles off former President Donald Trump, despite his "corrosive" election fraud conspiracy theories. "I think at some point he probably will be allowed back on and probably should be allowed back on," the Microsoft co-founder said in an interview that aired Thursday morning. CNBC "Squawk Box" co-host Andrew Ross Sorkin had asked Gates whether he would let Trump back on social media if he were on Facebook's oversight board. That social media giant and others, including Twitter, had suspended Trump from their platforms after he spread an array of unfounded conspiracy theories and falsehoods about his election loss to President Joe Biden. Democrats and some Republicans have blamed Trump for fomenting the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S....
    A criminal investigation in the state of Georgia. The expansion of a New York-based probe into Donald Trump’s business empire. Lawsuits brought by women who allege Trump assaulted them. Billion-dollar defamation suits launched against people acting on Trump’s demands. Angry enemies and former friends who see fresh legal vulnerability. And continued litigation and possible charges stemming from the deadly MAGA riot at the U.S. Capitol. Following last week’s speedy acquittal in former President Trump’s second Senate impeachment trial, Trump, his advisers, and his lawyers spent part of the long weekend celebrating his insulation from yet another legal hassle. But with the Senate trial in the rearview, Trump is now confronting a whole range of other legal dramas during his immediate post-presidency. No longer shielded by the considerable legal protection of the Oval Office, Trump has privately bemoaned that his foes are going to be investigating or “suing me for the...
    Former President Donald Trump on Newsmax TV said he has had to resist the urge to speak out while the Biden administration gets off the ground. "I really wanted to be somewhat quiet," Trump told Wednesdays "Greg Kelly Reports." "It hasnt been that quiet, frankly, but I wanted to be somewhat quiet." It has been customary the former U.S. president allow the new administration some time and space to get going before levying criticism, something former President Barack Obama ultimately went back on as well. Kelly referred to the fact it is not necessarily in Trumps nature to remain quiet as his foreign policy achievements are unraveled by the Biden administration, particularly with respect to China and Iran – two prime rivals. Trump, though, has received a lifetime ban on Twitter. "I understand on Twitter, its become very boring and millions of people are leaving," Trump told host Greg Kelly. "Theyre...
    Radio pioneer Rush Limbaugh's influence cannot be overstated, Fox News "Special Report" host Bret Baier said on Wednesday in the wake of the conservative icon's death. "I think it's, you know, obviously tremendously sad, but as Tucker mentioned, his life was really quite something. He changed the paradigm of talk radio. He changed politics, actually. And if you think about all the influence that Rush Limbaugh had, you couldn't really quantify it," 'Special Report' anchor Bret Baier told "America Reports." Baier recalled playing golf with Limbaugh, adding that most people did not know the conservative icon was very quiet and had a great sense of humor off-air. "He was a great entertainer on the radio, but he was really personable off the radio. And he was always taken aback by how many people reached out to him. I played golf with him a few times at different events and I just remembered...
    Fresh off his Senate GOP acquittal, Donald Trump reinserted himself into the national political arena with none other than a 625-word screed lashing out at GOP Minority Leader Mitch McConnell as a “dour, sullen, and unsmiling political hack."  Credit where credit's due—the assessment isn't entirely off the mark. But it was the second portion of that sentence that cued up the 2022 fight-to-the-death between Trump and McConnell. "If Republican Senators are going to stay with him," Trump said of McConnell, "they will not win again." He also accused McConnell of getting played “like a fiddle” by Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and declared McConnell’s “Beltway First agenda” a loser compared to his own America First agenda. Trump’s broadside was entirely predictable after McConnell tried to absolve his own acquittal vote by declaring Trump “practically and morally responsible” for the lethal Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol. Overall, Trump's statement, issued through the pro-Trump...
    Meghan McCain compared former President Donald Trump to Godzilla on Wednesday’s broadcast of “The View” on ABC. Warning that it was the part of the movie when Godzilla had disappeared beneath the waves only to return later with a vengeance, McCain argued that Trump’s influence within the Republican Party was “far from over.” WATCH: Cohost Whoopi Goldberg began the segment by asking McCain how much people should worry about the lengthy statement from former President Trump attacking Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell — and McCain said that it should certainly be taken seriously. “I mean, it’s an indicator of what’s to come. I mean, the civil war is getting worse. It’s the most prominent Republican out of office attacking the most prominent Republican in office,” McCain said, noting that the really important takeaway was that Trump said that he was ready to get involved in primary politics. “He...
    Following President Joe Biden’s town hall on Tuesday night, during which he declared he was “tired of talking about” Donald Trump, the hosts of The View debated whether or not the former president should stay relevant. Whoopi Goldberg opened up the conversation by addressing Trump’s recent scathing letter to Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), which labeled the minority leader as a “dour, sullen, and unsmiling political hack.” The host noted that Trump urged Republican senators to continue supporting him, claiming that if they side with McConnell in the future, “they will not win again.” “So can they afford to stop talking about him?” Goldberg asked her fellow hosts. “I think they can, Joy, but what do you think?” Joy Behar pointed out that he still has support from the majority of Republican voters, adding that as long as he is a key figure in the party, he will continue to be relevant. The host went on to note that certain...
    Madison Summers February 17, 2021 0 Comments Vice President Kamala Harris is being pressed on if she believes former President Donald Trump should be criminally charged following the U.S. Capitol riot on Jan. 6. After noting Trump was acquitted by the Senate last week and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky) criticism of Trump, “Today” show host Savannah Guthrie asked Harris, “Do you think that President Trump should be criminally charged?” Harris, however, side stepped, instead, saying that handling the coronavirus pandemic is her “priority.” “I’m focused on what we need to do to get relief to American families,” Harris said during Wednesday’s interview. “That is my highest priority. It’s our administration’s highest priority. It’s our job.” Undeterred, Guthrie pressed, “But you’re a former prosecutor, so I’ve gotta ask you, is that a strong case against the president, a criminal case that Mitch McConnell raised as a possibility?”...
    The long-vacant Trump Plaza casino in Atlantic City, N.J., once a symbol of the glitz and glamor of the high-rolling lifestyle, was slated to be reduced to a pile of rubble on Wednesday. Since its closure in 2014, the casino has been bemoaned as a local eyesore. The one-time hotspot of former President Donald Trump’s casino empire had fallen into a state of disrepair with chunks of the structure peeling off and flying to the ground in recent years. Demolition crews positioned explosives at strategic points along the building's support structures to bring the building down on itself, with the debris falling in a slightly north-northeast direction, Fire Chief Scott Evans said. "It will crumble like a deck of cards," he told The Associated Press before the implosion. The Trump Plaza first opened in 1984 and was for a time the most successful casino in Atlantic City. Billed during its peak...
    AN ATLANTIC City casino that was once the crown jewel of Donald Trump's empire is set to be demolished this morning. The former Trump Plaza casino is to be imploded after falling into such disrepair that chunks of the building began peeling off and crashing to the ground. 5The casino is set to be demolished todayCredit: AP:Associated Press And the one-time jewel of former President Donald Trump’s casino empire will be gone, clearing the way for a prime development opportunity on the middle of the Boardwalk, where the Plaza used to market itself as "Atlantic City’s centerpiece." "The way we put Trump Plaza and the city of Atlantic City on the map for the whole world was really incredible," said Bernie Dillon, the events manager for the casino from 1984 to 1991. "Everyone from Hulk Hogan to Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, it was the whole gamut of personalities....
    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (CBS) — Today is the day. The former Trump Plaza hotel and casino in Atlantic City is scheduled to be imploded at 9 a.m. The implosion will be streamed live right here on CBSN Philly. RELATED: Philadelphia Weather: Temperatures Dip Across Region Setting Up For Thursday Snow Storm Several road closures are in effect near the implosion site. Atlantic Avenue to the boardwalk and between Georgia and South Arkansas Avenues will be closed starting at 6 a.m. Wednesday before the big bang at 9 a.m. When the Trump Plaza opened back in 1984, it was the resort town’s biggest gambling hall and overlooked Atlantic City at 39 stories high with more than 600 hotel rooms. Today, it’s a nameless, decrepit building that’s just a skeleton of the old casino. RELATED: Womans Body Found Unclothed, On Fire In Strawberry Mansion: Philadelphia Police At its heyday in the mid-90s,...
    February 17, 2021 7:24 AM | With information from EFE 15 minutes. The former president of the United States (USA), Donald Trump, urged Republicans on Tuesday to replace as their leader in the Senate Mitch McConnell, who delivered a very harsh speech against him at the end of this weekend the impeachment. “Mitch is a dry, rough and serious politician, and If the Republican senators are going to stay with him, they won’t win again“This was stated by Trump in a statement distributed by the Save America campaign committee. The former president also affirmed that the Republican Party “can never again be respected or strong with” leaders “like McConnell, and held him responsible for the loss of the conservative majority in the Senate in the legislative pasts. “McConnell’s dedication to business as usual, the politics of status quo, alongside his lack of political acumen, wisdom and personalityThey have swiftly moved...
          Welcome to The Hill’s Morning Report. Today is Wednesday! We get you up to speed on the most important developments in politics and policy, plus trends to watch. Alexis Simendinger and Al Weaver are the co-creators. Readers can find us on Twitter @asimendinger and @alweaver22. Please recommend the Morning Report to friends and let us know what you think. CLICK HERE to subscribe! Total U.S. coronavirus deaths reported each morning this week: Monday, 486,106; Tuesday, 486,325; Wednesday, 488,081. President Biden on Tuesday said Americans might return by early next year to the routines and lives they remember before COVID-19, but he conceded less than a month into his presidency that “we don’t know.”   Speaking for the first time as president during a town hall event hosted by CNN in Milwaukee, Wis., Biden said he would like to see schools reopen for in-person instruction by...
    Prospective 2024 Republican presidential candidates are starting to choose where they stand on former President Donald Trump going forward in the aftermath of his second impeachment, a key question they will all need to answer. Up first was Nikki Haley, who served as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations under Trump and is also a former governor of South Carolina. She distanced herself from her old boss in an interview last week, at a time when many Republican elected officials are facing censure or possible primary challenges for breaking with the man who has come to define the party for the last four years. “We need to acknowledge that he let us down,” Haley said. “He went down a path he shouldn’t have, and we shouldn’t have followed him, and we shouldn’t have listened to him. And we can’t let that ever happen again.” But that is not the bet...
    Covid vaccine shipments will be delayed because of weather, CDC says Biden refuses to discuss impeachment trial, says hes tired of talking about Trump Best & Worst Refinance Mortgage Companies of 2021 Ad Microsoft Full screen 1/5 SLIDES © Evan El-Amin / Shutterstock.com The 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) was the defining legislation of Donald Trump’s presidency. It took effect starting in tax year 2018 and was revised several times since, but its major components are still intact. The administration pitched it as a badly needed overhaul of the tax code that would reduce the tax burden for most and simplify the process of filing and paying for millions. Detractors said that it was a giveaway to the rich and corporate America that further redistributed wealth away from the middle class in favor of...
    Trump Plaza in Atlantic City is going out with a bang. The hotel casino that has loomed over Missouri and Mississippi avenues since 1984 will be imploded on Wednesday, Feb. 17. The Boardwalk and areas between Georgia and Arkansas avenues will be closed at 6 a.m. ahead of the 9 a.m. implosion.  A public viewing area will be at Bader Field, where parking is $10. The property owned by former President Donald Trump closed when Trump Entertainment Resorts filed for its fifth bankruptcy in 2014.  Trump later filed a lawsuit requesting his name be removed from the deteriorating building. Carl Icahn bought the property in 2018 and in 2020 applied to have it demolished, as the former hotel and casino was deemed a public safety hazard due to falling debris.
    Construction equipment tears into the Pajarito Mountains in Arizona on Feb. 10. President Joe Biden on day one terminated the so-called “national emergency” his predecessor declared as an excuse to build his border wall, ordering a halt to construction “as soon as possible but in no case later than seven days” while his administration reassessed the legality of the project. Biden last week then informed Congress of the termination, telling leaders that he had “determined that the declaration of a national emergency at our southern border was unwarranted.” But weeks after Biden ordered that pause to wall construction at the southern border, environmental advocates have discovered what appears to be bulldozers continuing to level through a mountain and critical wildlife habitat in Arizona, “in an apparent violation of President Biden’s proclamation halting border wall construction,” Center for Biological Diversity said. “The footage was reportedly shot on Wednesday, Feb. 10, by members of the Tucson Samaritans, who shared it with the Center.” “ALERT: Contractors...
    FORMER President Donald Trump ripped Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday as an “unsmiling political hack” and called for his firing.  In a statement released via his Save America super political action committee, Trump said McConnell was to blame for the GOP losing Senate seats and the majority in the 2020 elections. 6Ex-President Donald Trump called Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell an 'unsmiling political hack'Credit: Reuters 6Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell criticized ex-President Donald Trump in a speech during the impeachment trialCredit: Splash News “Mitch is a dour, sullen, and unsmiling political hack, and if Republican Senators are going to stay with him, they will not win again,” Trump stated.  “He will never do what needs to be done, or what is right for our Country.” Trump said he would back primary rivals who push his Making America Great Again and America First policies “where necessary and appropriate.” The...
    More On: The Lincoln Project Second teen accusing Lincoln Project’s Weaver of sexual harassment: report Lincoln Project’s disgrace and other commentary Lincoln Project reportedly spent $10M+ on failed bid to oust GOP senators Lincoln Project’s fundraising page shut down as scandals mount WASHINGTON — Lincoln Project co-founder George Conway called for an investigation into the organization on Tuesday in the wake of a mounting sexual harassment scandal, tweeting: “THE LYING HAS TO STOP.” Conway sought to put distance between himself and reports that the leaders of the anti-Trump Republican PAC knew about sexual harassment allegations against ousted co-founder John Weaver as early as last June before they first emerged in media reports last month. “An investigation is necessary. But it has to be thorough, and not a whitewash. And—THE LYING HAS TO STOP,” Conway wrote in a Tuesday tweet. “It’s clear now that, as early last *MARCH*, the people...
    "The View" co-host Meghan McCain blasted the mainstream media on Tuesday, saying that they believe "the only way to become a good Republican is to be a Democrat" during a segment reacting to former President Trump’s acquittal in his Senate impeachment trial. "I can’t keep coming on TV every day saying that [Republicans] are all Nazis and Hitler salutes and whatever," McCain said. "It’s just not intellectually honest." McCain was responding to co-host Sunny Hostin, who slammed Republicans who voted to acquit Trump in the Senate. "This is the Republican Party today, it is the ‘MAGA’ party, it’s the ‘QAnon’ party, it’s the Confederate flag, statue-loving party, and it is the Trump party," Hostin said.  MEGHAN MCCAIN RETURNS TO 'THE VIEW,' SAYS MEDIA NEEDS TO BE MORE RESPECTFUL OF TRUMP VOTERS IN 2021 Hostin added that the Republican Party also encompasses "White supremacists," people who "carry Swastikas into the Capitol" and those who ostracize...
    Former President Donald Trump's legal team got him acquitted of the charges he faced in the Senate, but days after, one of them is providing insight into the team's dysfunction. David Schoen, one of Trump's lead attorneys for the case, criticized his former co-counselor in an interview with Jewish Insider published on Monday, arguing that former acting Pennsylvania Attorney General Bruce Castor assumed outsize influence even though he was supposed to play a supporting role. “[Trump’s team] asked me if I would work with [Castor], if I would take the lead and so on, but then, [Castor] would help me, and he has a firm that can help and all that,” he said. “I’m not sure that message was communicated to him clearly enough because he never seemed to quite understand that I was supposed to be the lead in the case.” Castor's blueprint called for Schoen to focus...
    A majority of Americans believe former President TrumpDonald TrumpMichigan Democrat Dingell on violent rhetoric: 'I've had men in front of my house with assault weapons' McConnell doesn't rule out getting involved in Republican primaries 75 percent of Republicans want Trump to play prominent role in GOP: poll MORE should be barred from holding future office, according to polling released Monday days after the Senate acquitted the ex-president in his second impeachment trial. Fifty-five percent of Americans said Trump should be disqualified from running again, including in 2024, compared to 43 percent who said he should not, according to a Quinnipiac University poll. The survey found that 87 percent of Republicans said Trump should be allowed to seek future office, while a slightly smaller majority of Republicans, 75 percent, said they want him to play a role in the party’s future. In contrast, 96 percent of Democrats and 61 percent of...