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    THERE have been calls to impeach Nancy Pelosi after the House's voting rights act passed without a single Republican vote on Wednesday. A petition calling for the impeachment of the House Speaker, as well as Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, has garnered more than 840,000 signatures online. 4An online petition is calling for the impeachment of Nancy Pelosi and Chuck SchumerCredit: Change.org 4The petition is gaining more signatures after House Democrats passed the For The People ActCredit: EPA "We the people ask that impeachment proceedings begin against Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer for Treason against the American People," the petition says, citing an article from the Constitution that permits the punishing of members of Congress for "disorderly behavior." The petition began circulating online again after Pelosi and the House of Representatives pushed through an election reform bill in a slim 220-210 vote. The bill, called the For The People...
    Washington (CNN)The White House and congressional Democrats on Sunday defended the House's passage of President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package without any Republican support, arguing the Senate must now move quickly on the proposal to address the economic crisis caused by the pandemic.White House press secretary Jen Psaki told CNN's Dana Bash on "State of the Union" that Biden has been open to hearing from Republicans on the bill, but that so far, "we have not seen a substantive, big proposal in response back from Republicans.""This is the scope of the problem and the scope of the kind of package that needs -- we need to pass to address that," she said, adding that Biden isn't willing to "make this a Washington, political, partisan issue and prevent the American people from getting the relief they need."The House approved Biden's Covid relief package early Saturday morning along party lines...
    Democrats are one big step closer to achieving their first major goal of the Joe Biden era: Early Saturday morning, the U.S. House approved a $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill on a nearly party-line vote. The 219-212 vote allows the U.S. Senate to formally take up the legislation, which Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) intends to do immediately. But the party is under the gun: many Democrats regard March 14—the day that extended unemployment benefits run out for millions—as a de facto deadline for getting the so-called American Rescue Plan on Biden’s desk. The legislation would replenish relief for the jobless by extending a weekly $400 check through August. It also fulfills a number of other promises Democrats campaigned on in 2020: $1,400 direct stimulus checks to supplement the $600 checks that went out in December, billions of dollars to hasten vaccine distribution, funds for schools, and aid for...
    Louisiana Republican Rep. Clay Higgins floated an environmental challenge to President Biden Tuesday – introducing a House resolution calling on the commander-in-chief to live without any petroleum products. "American innovation, not job-killing government mandates, is driving emissions reductions," Higgins said in a statement. "However, if President Biden truly believes in his radical climate agenda, then he should lead by example starting at the White House." H. Res. 149 begins by "calling on President Biden to immediately implement his radical climate agenda at the White House by prohibiting use of petroleum-based products and energy sources." PSAKI PRESSED TO EXPLAIN DIFFERENCE BETWEEN TRUMP AND BIDEN MIGRANT FACILITIES FOR CHILDREN Such items include smartphones, cameras, computers, coffee makers and surgical masks, among other common objects – as well as oil and gas energy. Louisiana Republican Rep. Clay Higgins floated an environmental challenge to President Biden Tuesday – introducing a House resolution calling on...
    House Democrats will move forward with a vote Friday on President Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package, regardless of if they are able to sway any Republicans between then and now. In a tweet sent Tuesday afternoon, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said that the body would vote at the end of the week on the legislation, saying, “The American people strongly support this bill, and we are moving swiftly to see it enacted into law.” Democrats are aiming to get the bill to Biden’s desk by March 14, when a litany of federal programs are set to expire. As a result, the bill has next-to-no chance at securing any Republican support. Speaking to ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” Tuesday evening, Senate Budget Chairman Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said that was something the party would live with if the bill was pushed through. People wait in line to receive COVID-19...
    More On: us house of representatives Congress holds candlelight vigil for 500K Americans who died from COVID-19 NYC plans for at-home shots of Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine GOP will reportedly target ‘liberal goodies’ in COVID relief package Man threatened to kill lawmakers, black people to start civil war: feds House Democrats will move forward with a vote Friday on President Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package, regardless of if they are able to sway any Republicans between then and now. In a tweet sent Tuesday afternoon, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said that the body would vote at the end of the week on the legislation, saying, “The American people strongly support this bill, and we are moving swiftly to see it enacted into law.” Democrats are aiming to get the bill to Biden’s desk by March 14, when a litany of federal programs are set to...
    A Republican state lawmaker from Texas is under fire from his own constituents after he left his district in suburban Houston and flew on his private jet to sunny Florida while his neighbors were without water or power. The backlash against Gary Gates, a Republican state lawmaker who represents Texas House District 28, comes amid the uproar ignited by Senator Ted Cruz, who flew to Cancun on the same day while Texas was in the grip of a crisis brought on by severely cold winter weather. Gates left town with his wife and three daughters after power was cut to his home in Fort Bend County, according to the Houston Chronicle. He spent two nights at his cousin's home in the Orlando area, where temperatures were in the 80s.  ‘It really would have been nice to have a state representative helping on the ground, working at a warming center, packing...
    LATE NIGHT host Jimmy Kimmel has a field day with Texas Senator Ted Cruz after he fled his state to go to Cancun while hundreds died and thousands went without power and heat in extreme cold temperatures. "On behalf of all of us we want to send our best wishes from L.A. to those of you who have been hammered by the cold weather," Kimmel said late Thursday night. "Hundreds of thousands of Texans are still without power." 4Jimmy Kimmel blasted Ted Cruz for flying to Cancun while Texans sufferedCredit: Youtube/Jimmy Kimmel Live 4Cruz was seen on an airplane to Cancun while Texans went without heat and power during frigid extreme temperaturesCredit: Twitter/DavidShuster "And on a day when the most newsworthy landing should have been the NASA Rover successfully touching down on Mars, instead, it was a senator from Texas touching down on Cancun," he continued jokingly. Photos went viral...
    Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich called conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh "an iconic figure" Wednesday and expressed doubt that Republicans would have won control of the House of Representatives in 1994 without the late broadcaster. "He created much of modern conservatism and was really the bridge from Reagan to where we are today," Gingrich told "The Story" host Martha MacCallum after Limbaugh died at the age of 70 following a bout with lung cancer. "Without Rush, I doubt if we would have won control of the House in 1994, because he clarified the issues,"  Gingrich explained. "He gave our candidates arguments to run on. He created a huge number of people—his impact was more than the 20 million listeners a week, it was all of the people they would go talk to. My guess is that the ripple effect of Rush was 80-90 million people every single week because people would go...
    GOP state Sen. Jim Carlin has launched a bid for Iowa's U.S. Senate seat The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, Carolyn Fiddler, and Matt Booker, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, David Beard, and Arjun Jaikumar. Leading Off ● IA-Sen: While Sen. Chuck Grassley has yet to make a decision about seeking an eighth term, one fellow Republican has already announced a bid for his seat: state Sen. Jim Carlin, a pro-Trump die-hard who has baselessly claimed the 2020 election was stolen and spouted antisemitic conspiracy theories blaming wealthy Jews like Mark Zuckerberg and George Soros for the outcome. Carlin didn't appear to address the incumbent in recent remarks discussing his run, though earlier this month, Grassley said he'd finalize his plans within "several weeks." Carlin may be hoping to push Grassley to the exits,...
    The future of the GOP largely depends on the party's ability to "move away from Trump without alienating his supporters," Fox News senior political analyst Brit Hume said Monday. Hume told "Special Report" host Bret Baier that Republicans are beginning to recognize that they "cannot win an election with Trump" in light of last month's Capitol riot which prompted his second impeachment by the House of Representatives. "He lost the last one and then he damaged his reputation terribly with his conduct after the election," Hume argued.  While Trump's legacy "is damaged," the analyst added, the former president "retains a significant following within the party," putting GOP leadership in a tight spot. REPUBLICANS WHO VOTED TO CONVICT TRUMP FACE BACKLASH AT HOME "What they [Republicans] are trying to do, I think, is to hang on to his voters without hanging on to him," he explained, before adding "that is not easy to do." Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley joined a group...
    More On: donald trump Lindsey Graham says Lara Trump will benefit from the impeachment vote Leftists have no right to censure Nazi analogies after four years of making them Biden plays video games with granddaughter at Camp David Sen. Graham: VP Harris could be impeached if Republicans take over House When you’ve been consuming and producing political commentary for many years, you get used to certain recurring themes. One is the imminent disappearance or relegation to permanent minority status of the Republican Party. This was widely predicted after the Barry Goldwater defeat in 1964, after Watergate in the 1970s, after the elections of Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama in 1992 and 2008, respectively, with considerably larger Democratic congressional majorities (a 57-43 Senate majority and 259-176 House majority for Clinton, and 58-41 and 257-178 majorities for Obama) than President Joe Biden now enjoys (51-50 and 222-213). Those predictions didn’t...
    Sen. Lindsey Graham said Vice President Kamala Harris could be the next target of impeachment if Republicans take back control of the House of Representatives during the 2022 midterm election. "We've opened Pandora's box to future presidents, and if we use this model, I don't know how Kamala Harris doesn't get impeached if the Republicans take over the House, because she actually bailed out rioters and one of the rioters went back to the streets and broke somebody's head open,” the South Carolina Republican told Fox News host Chris Wallace on Sunday. "So, we've opened Pandora's box here, and I'm sad for the country." "We've opened Pandora's box."@LindseyGrahamSC says he doesn't "know how Kamala Harris doesn’t get impeached if the Republicans take over the House, because she actually bailed out rioters." pic.twitter.com/DkQRSWatdW— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) February 14, 2021 Graham was referring to a fund touted by Harris during the presidential...
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    I met Ron DeSantis in 2017 when he came to my office for an event after Congress passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Amidst the chorus of diplomatic softball questions in the gallery, I chimed in with my own. “Congressman, this law raises a lot of Republicans’ taxes in blue states across the country. We look to you to promote conservative policies for all of us, not just the ones who get to live in red states. Why didn’t you and others fight on that to help people in our situation?” Rather than give me some end-around politician response, then-Congressman DeSantis said, “You’re right. You got screwed. I’m sorry. But this law was good for my constituents, for my state, and I believe in my heart that it will be good for the country. What is good for the country is necessarily good for California.” The GOP civil war...
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    President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the state of the U.S. economy and the need to pass coronavirus disease (COVID-19) aid legislation during a speech in the State Dining Room at the White House in Washington, U.S., February 5, 2021.Kevin Lemarque | Reuters President Joe Biden on Friday defended his administration's $1.9 trillion stimulus plan and warned that Republican efforts to pass a smaller bill would only prolong the economy's trek back to full employment. Biden, who spoke from the White House, said he was supportive of congressional Democrats' move to advance his American Rescue Plan through Capitol Hill without bipartisan backing. "I'd like to doing it with the support of Republicans. I've met with Republicans ... but they're just not willing to go as far as I think we have to go," Biden said. "If I have to choose between getting help right now to Americans who are...
    President Biden on Friday sent his strongest signal yet that he would move forward with his coronavirus relief proposal without Republican support, making the case for the need for his $1.9 trillion package by citing the January jobs report showing a weak economic recovery.  “I’d like to be doing it with the support of Republicans… but they’re just not willing to go as far as I think we have to go,” Biden said in prepared remarks from the State Dining Room at the White House. “If I have to choose between getting help right now to Americans who are hurting so badly and getting bogged down in a lengthy negotiation or compromising on a bill that’s up to the crisis, that’s an easy choice,” Biden said. “I’m going to help the American people that are hurting now.” Biden’s remarks came shortly after he wrapped a lengthy meeting with House Democrats...
    Early on Friday morning, the Senate passed a budget resolution that will allow Democrats to pass President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill without the support of Republicans, as reported by The Hill. The budget was approved with a 50-50 party-line vote that saw Vice President Kamala Harris step in as the deciding vote. There were also dozens of amendments added to the resolution, meaning it will be sent back to the House for approval once again. That could be done as soon as Friday. While the budget resolution is not a proper bill, it is necessary if Democrats hope to use their majority to pass measures such as the coronavirus relief and avoid the Senate’s 60-vote legislative filibuster. “We have moved forward. Many bipartisan amendments were adopted… This was a giant first step. We will keep working as hard as we can to pass this legislation through the...
    Washington (CNN)The Senate passed a budget resolution early Friday morning -- a key procedural step that sets up the ability for Democrats to pass President Joe Biden's sweeping Covid-19 relief package without the threat of a filibuster from Republicans who oppose it. The measure passed 51-50 on a party line vote, but only after Vice President Kamala Harris showed up at the Capitol to break the tie.Passage followed hours of voting on amendments in an exhausting ritual known as a "vote-a-rama," when senators can theoretically offer as many amendments to the budget resolution as they desire. Those amendments largely serve as a way for each party to force the other side on the record about controversial issues, and most of the GOP amendments were defeated. But the process also highlighted some bipartisan consensus. One of the more significant amendments came from a bipartisan group of senators, led by Democratic Sen....
    JOE Biden is powering ahead with $1,400 stimulus checks without Republican support - but Mitch McConnell has vowed to halt the Democrats’ bill. During an intense voting 'marathon', the Senate Minority Leader warned Republicans were "ready and waiting" to challenge the Covid stimulus package with 400 amendments. 6Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has introduced hundreds of changes to the billCredit: Rex Features 6US President Joe Biden is pushing ahead with a $1.9 trillion coronavirus aid planCredit: AFP or licensors “Senate Republicans will be ready and waiting with a host of amendments to improve the rushed procedural step that’s being jammed through,” Mr McConnell warned. He added: “We’ll be getting senators on the record about whether taxpayers should fund checks for illegal immigrants. "[Also], whether Democrats should raise taxes on small businesses in the midst of this historic crisis; and whether generous federal funding should pour into school districts where the...
    House Democratic leaders plan to ram a "liberal agenda" through Congress via budget reconciliation in the form a COVID-19 relief bill, Rep. Byron Donalds, R-Fla., told "America Reports" Thursday.  Donalds asserted that the proposed legislation would increase the federal budget defict, creating "devastating impacts" on national security, the economy, and the middle class.  On Tuesday, Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., bowed to immense pressure and voted to advance a Democratic budget resolution meant to lay the groundwork for passing President Biden’s proposed $1.9 trillion COVID relief package. Through the resolution, House and Senate committees would be able to draft parts of a filibuster-proof budget reconciliation bill. It’s not clear that Manchin will vote for the final bill Democrats come up with, but if he does, a final bill could pass without any Republican support. Manchin vowed Tuesday on "Special Report" that Congress would make coronavirus aid "work in a bipartisan way." SCOTT: BIDEN COVID BILL 'MAKES NO SENSE,' JUST A 'PAYBACK TO THE LIBERAL LEFT...
    SENATE Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has slammed the Democrats for forcing through their $1.9 trillion Covid relief bill without Republican support. Biden turned down a stimulus deal with Republicans that would see $1000 checks paid out, asserting that he would “not settle for a package that fails to meet the moment”. 4Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has slammed the Democrats for forcing through their billCredit: Splash News 4Democrats voted to push through $1,400 stimulus checks in the Covid relief billCredit: Getty Images - Getty McConnell said the Democrats’ move to push his package through without GOP support was a “totally partisan path”, adding “that’s unfortunate”. In order to push through the relief package without GOP support, Biden had used a tactic called budget reconciliation, the Associated Press reported. In the currently 50-50 divided senate, newly elected Vice President Kamala Harris cast the tie-breaking 51st vote to give the Dems the...
    DEMOCRATS have voted to push through $1,400 stimulus checks in the $1.9 trillion Covid relief bill without GOP support, as Biden “won’t settle” for the Republicans’ smaller package proposal.  Biden made a virtual appearance at the Senate Democrats’ weekly luncheon ahead of the vote, in which he revealed the details of his two-hour meeting with GOP senators. 4Biden has said he "would not settle" for a support package that was too smallCredit: Getty Images - Getty 4President Biden reportedly told Republicans he was willing to make some modifications to his packageCredit: AFP or licensors “He said that he told Senate Republicans that the $600 billion dollars that they proposed was way too small,” Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said after the lunch. Biden reportedly warned the 10 Senate Republicans after their meeting in the Oval Office on Monday night he would not “settle” for their support package.  As the two...
    Joe Biden told Republicans their $600 billion COVID relief plan was 'too small' as the Senate voted to proceed with a way to muscle through the president's trillion dollar proposal without GOP support. The motion passed 50-49 on a party line vote. Republican Senator Pat Toomey was absent, meaning Vice President Kamala Harris wasn't need to break a tie. Ahead of the vote, President Biden made a virtual appearance at Senate Democrats' weekly luncheon on Tuesday, where he revealed the details of his meeting with GOP senators the previous night. The ten lawmakers had proposed a compromise relief package that was one-third of the amount the president wanted. 'He said that he told Senate Republicans that the $600 billion dollars that they proposed was way too small,' Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said after the lunch.  Schumer conceded there may have to be some compromise from Biden's $1.9 trillion proposal that...
    Senate Democrats advanced a key budget resolution Tuesday that paves the way for speedy and unilateral passage of a $1.9 trillion coronavirus aid package. Democrats pass the resolution 50-49. The measure largely replicates a proposal sent to Congress from President Biden, providing $1.9 trillion in new aid. It includes instructions for House and Senate lawmakers to craft legislation that provides a new round of $1,400 stimulus checks, $400-per-week enhancement in unemployment insurance and $350 billion for state and local governments to compensate for lost tax revenue during the pandemic. The measure excludes language in the Biden bill to increase the minimum wage to $15 billion. The budget resolution will allow Democrats to pass the Covid aid bill with just 51 votes, rather than the usual 60 votes. Republicans oppose the Covid aid measure and say it should be narrowed to target combating the virus and providing new stimulus checks...
    Anita Dunn, an adviser to President Joe Biden, believes Democrats can reach bipartisan goals without working with GOP lawmakers in the House and Senate. CNN ran an analysis on Biden’s “rare opportunity for early success” in the first days of his administration on Sunday, citing the “emerging alignment of forces holds the promise of two giant early legislative breakthroughs” in the form of economic and coronavirus relief legislation. Dunn appears to agree that the administration is in a position to score political victories but, per her own words, does not believe it will be entirely necessary for the administration to work with Republican lawmakers to achieve bipartisan goals. “He’s facing the deepest problems but the biggest opportunities of any president probably since FDR,” Dunn said of the 78-year-old president. “Even with narrow majorities in Congress, he has the opportunity to build broad bipartisan support for his program — not necessarily...
    A group of 10 Republican senators is headed to the White House Monday to discuss a potential compromise on a coronavirus relief plan that could gain bipartisan support to pass the Senate, in the first sign of significant talks between the parties on the issue.  The move comes as Democrats in Congress this week are taking the procedural steps necessary to pass a relief bill without any Republican support, using a brute-force legislative tactic called budget reconciliation that would allow them to circumvent a GOP filibuster.  And it follows a week in which Republicans were vocal that they felt left out of negotiations on the bill, and the White House was using aggressive pressure tactics to ensure moderate Democrats were on board with their coronavirus plan. The group of 10 Republicans, which is led by Sen. Susan Collins of Maine announced a $600 billion plan Sunday which they say they will discuss...
    On Friday’s “PBS NewsHour,” New York Times columnist David Brooks stated that because President Joe Biden ran on unity, he has to try to get Republican support for the coronavirus relief bill, but the Biden administration is partially “just threatening Republicans, saying, hey, we’re leaving without you if you’re not on board.” Brooks said, “There are certainly a lot of Republicans who like a lot of parts of what’s in there. There are probably no Republicans who like the $1.9 trillion price tag. I do think he ran a unity campaign. And I think, if that means anything, he has to give it every single shot. But part of what they’re doing is just threatening Republicans, saying, hey, we’re leaving without you if you’re not on board. So, you work.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett
     Presented by Facebook  To view past editions of The Hill's 12:30 Report, click here: http://bit.ly/1M1mIfw To receive The Hill's 12:30 Report in your inbox, please sign up here: http://bit.ly/1Tt4hqN  --> A midday take on what's happening in politics and how to have a sense of humor about it.* *Ha. Haha. Hahah. Sniff. Haha. Sniff. Ha--breaks down crying hysterically.    The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Breaking — GameStop shares roller coaster |  Schumer warns Dems could go it alone on COVID-19 relief |  Says the process could start next week |  Bipartisan group of senators discuss rule changes |  Biden targets health care in today’s executive orders |  Reopens enrollment on ACA exchanges |  What’s the deal with GameStop? |  White House ‘monitoring’ the situation |  ‘Second Gentleman’ added to dictionary |  Thousands drop Republican affiliation after riots |  iPhone users urged to update software   IN CONGRESS Dems: ‘It’s our party and we’ll pass it if we...
    U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) takes questions as she holds her weekly news conference with Capitol Hill reporters at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, January 28, 2021.Tom Brenner | Reuters The House will forge ahead next week with the process that would allow Democrats to pass a coronavirus relief bill without Republican support, Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday. The California Democrat said her chamber will move to pass a budget resolution, the first step toward approving legislation through reconciliation. The process would enable Senate Democrats to approve an aid measure without GOP votes. Pelosi said the House plans to pass a resolution and send it across the Capitol, where the Senate will also have to pass a budget measure. She expects that "by the end of the week we'll be finished with the budget resolution." The speaker said she hopes Democrats can still win GOP support for President Joe...
    Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said Thursday that Democrats are prepared to pass President Biden's massive coronavirus relief package without GOP support if Republicans don't recognize that "big" action is needed. Schumer, D-N.Y., said Democrats will begin considering a "very strong COVID relief bill" as soon as next week with or without Republicans on board. "Our preference is to make this important work bipartisan -- to include input, ideas and revisions from our Republican colleagues or bipartisan efforts to do the same," Schumer said on the Senate floor Thursday morning. "But if our Republican colleagues decide to oppose this urgent and necessary legislation, we will have to move forward without them." BIPARTISAN GROUP OF SENATORS SKEPTICAL ABOUT BIDEN'S $1.9T CORONAVIRUS RELIEF PROPOSAL Legislation in the Senate typically takes 60 votes to advance, but Schumer and incoming Budget Committee Chairman Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., are proposing using a process called budget reconciliation that...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said Tuesday that Democrats are preparing to push ahead quickly on President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package even if it means using procedural tools to pass the legislation on their own, leaving Republicans behind. Schumer told Senate Democrats to be ready as soon as next week to consider a budget resolution that would lay the groundwork for swift passage of the sweeping virus aid and economic recovery act. It could be done with a simple 51-vote majority in the Senate, rather than the usual 60-vote threshold that is needed. “The work must move forward, preferably with our Republican colleagues, but without them if we must,” Schumer said after a private meeting of Democratic senators. “Time is of the essence to address this crisis. We’re keeping all options open on the table.” Unwilling to wait for Republicans who say the price...
    Two hundred House Republicans, accounting for nearly the entire caucus, signed on to a pledge to oppose a budget bill that eliminates the Hyde Amendment, the measure that prevents federal funding from being used on abortion services. "We cannot allow the Hyde Amendment and other important pro-life safeguards to be decimated by Congressional Democrats. Accordingly, we pledge to vote against any government funding bill that eliminates or weakens the Hyde Amendment or other current-law, pro-life appropriations provisions," said the letter to House and Senate leadership, released by the Republican Study Committee. A number of conservative anti-abortion groups support the letter, including Heritage Action for America; March for Life Action, which will be using the letter as part of its congressional scorecard; Family Research Council; Susan B. Anthony List; Eagle Forum; Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission; and Concerned Women for America. “Despite decades of consensus on this issue,...
    During an interview aired on Monday’s “Good Day New York,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) discussed passing the next round of coronavirus relief and pledged that if Senate Republicans will not join Senate Democrats on a “big bold relief” package, then “we’ll have to move forward on our own,” and that “we must get it done and we must get it done quickly.” Schumer stated, “We hope our Republican colleagues will join us in moving forward with this big bold relief. If not, we’ll have to move forward on our own, which there are ways we can do. But we must get it done and we must get it done quickly.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett
    SENATOR Bernie Sanders has vowed to pass the Covid stimulus bill costing $1.9 trillion with a Democrat ''reconciliation'' vote without GOP support. Democrats are planning to provide a Covid-19 relief package via the special process that allows for a 51 majority vote, rather than the normal 60 votes needed to advance legislation.  3Sanders is hoping to use a reconciliation bill in order to fast track the Covid stimulus billCredit: AP:Associated Press Reconciliation provides a fast-track process to consider bills to implement the policy choices embodied in the annual congressional budget resolution.  Unlike other bills, reconciliation bills can’t be stalled by a filibuster and only need a simple majority in the Senate, instead of the usual 60-vote supermajority. In the currently 50-50 divided senate, newly elected Vice President Kamala Harris would cast the tie-breaking 51st vote to give the Dems the majority.  Sanders, the incoming chairman of the Senate Budget Committee said in...
    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Republican lawmakers in several more states want to loosen gun restrictions by allowing people to carry concealed firearms without having to get a permit, continuing a trend that gun control advocates call dangerous. Fifteen states already allow concealed carry without a permit, and lawmakers in nine others have proposed allowing or expanding the practice. GOP governors are backing the changes in Utah and Tennessee. Another bill expanding permitless carry in Montana has passed the state House. Most states require people to do things like get weapons training and undergo a background check to get a permit to carry a gun hidden by a jacket or inside a purse. Groups like the National Rifle Association and state lawmakers who support gun rights argue those requirements are ineffective and undermine Second Amendment protections. The proposed changes come after gun sales hit historic levels last summer — reflected...
    CNN’s Pamela Brown kicked off her new anchoring gig by interviewing Madison Cawthorn (R-NC), and she ended up putting the freshman congressman under enormous pressure for his stance that the 2020 election was tainted by fraud. Cawthorn was one of over 147 Republicans who voted against Congress’ certification of the 2020 results, just after Donald Trump’s supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol in an unlawful attempt to overturn the election. This was the predominant subject of Cawthon’s interview with Brown, who pressed him for what evidence did he have to suggest that the election was corrupted. Cawthorn focused on Wisconsin, claiming that the state legislature was “circumvented” during the election. When Brown asked for “specific examples of election fraud,” the congressman brought up “an appointed official in [Madison] who actually went against the will of the state legislature and created ballot drop boxes, which is basically ballot harvesting that...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Minnesota Senate Republican majority has released its list of priorities for the 2021 legislative session, focusing on COVID-19 recovery plans, balancing the budget without raising taxes, and supporting plans to help Minnesota families. “Over the last four years, Senate Republicans have fully-funded state government without raising taxes — in fact, we cut taxes for middle-income earners for the first time in 20 years,” Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka said. “So, in 2021, Senate Republicans will work to safely reopen schools and businesses to recover our economy. We will keep life affordable by balancing the budget — without raising taxes. That means no new gas tax, no new income tax, no new sales tax. And we are going to ask government to tighten its belt as well.” For COVID-19 recovery, the GOP cited reopening Minnesota’s businesses that have safety plans in place to reopen without restrictions, specifically...
    From the right: GOP Can Win Without Trump Republicans have “a real chance to take back power in the House, Senate and White House,” but they must divorce the “toxic” President Trump to do it, argues Joe Concha at The Hill. “If you’re the kind of fence-sitter voter who decides elections in swing states, when you think Trump, you think Capitol Hill riots.” The “rampage” is “just too ugly and unbelievable to erase.” But “while things look dark for the party now,” remember that America is “a center-right country, no matter how much many in traditional media try to portray it otherwise.” And the center and right “will have plenty to get fired up about without Trump leading the charge” — ­not least “abolishing ICE, reallocation of police funds, the continued ­expansion of Chinese dominance [and] Big Tech censorship.” Conservative: Trump 2024 Isn’t Impossible After the Capitol siege, “a pundit-class consensus...
    President Trump is unlikely to be convicted in any Senate impeachment trial, even after ten House Republicans joined with House Democrats to vote for the rebuke, RealClearPolitics co-founder Tom Bevan told "Bill Hemmer Reports"  Thursday. "It's never going to happen," Bevan told host Bill Hemmer. "To get to the number that you'd need to remove him from office, you'd have to have a massive shift in terms of the number of senators that would vote for this." Bevan added that Republican votes to convict the president of the "incitement of insurrection" article" could come from Sens. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Mitt Romney of Utah. In addition, Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., -- who is retiring in 2022 -- previously told Fox News that Trump committed "impeachable offenses" in connection with the Jan. 6 Capitol riot and also called on him to resign. COMEY SAYS BIDEN SHOULD CONSIDER PARDONING TRUMP Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb, who has had a hot-and-cold relationship with the...
    Rep. Dan CrenshawDaniel CrenshawPompeo, Cruz and other Trump allies condemn Twitter's ban on president Crenshaw says Trump amped up Capitol mob: 'People were lied to' For NY Times, no news is fit to print about Rep. Swalwell and a spy MORE (R-Texas) took to Twitter on Wednesday to defend fellow GOP Rep. Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyGrowing number of GOP lawmakers say they support impeachment House passes measure calling on Pence to remove Trump Republican Fred Upton says he'll vote to impeach Trump MORE (Wyo.), who sparked ire from some Republican colleagues over her decision to vote to impeach President TrumpDonald TrumpGrowing number of GOP lawmakers say they support impeachment YouTube temporarily bars uploading of new content on Trump's channel House passes measure calling on Pence to remove Trump MORE. “Let’s get some truth on the record: @Liz_Cheney has a hell of a lot more backbone than most, & is a principled...
    The Trump supporters responsible for the Jan. 6 Capitol attack wanted to overturn the will of American voters, a majority of whom voted for Joe Biden to be the next president. Rep. Glenn Grothman (R-WI) on Wednesday defended the mob that attacked the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, claiming they were "scared to death" of living in a country without Donald Trump in the Oval Office. During the debate on the House floor over impeaching Donald Trump, Grothman accused Democrats of making "offensive" and "inflammatory" statements about the mob. "They're scared to death we're going to go back to the days without Donald Trump," he said of the violent mob of Trump supporteers. "Of hundreds of thousands of people crossing this border every month. They're scared to death nobody's going to keep our manufacturing here. They're scared to death that...
    Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, the No. 3-ranking House Republican, and GOP Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California From the GOP rank and file to those in leadership roles, Republican lawmakers are placing their bets—about their own political futures, the future of the party, and even how history will reflect on this fraught moment for the country. And while Democrats' resolve to hold Donald Trump to account for inciting violence has proven uniquely unifying for most of the country, the Republican party is dividing amongst itself between those who think Trump is culpable and even impeachable and those who have hitched their raft irrevocably to Trumptanic. And make no mistake, Trump's support is tanking, even among Republican voters. A Morning Consult poll of GOP voters released Wednesday found that just 42% of them said they would vote for Trump in a 2024 presidential primary. Given what Trump has done, that...
    (CNN)Republican Rep. John Katko of New York said in a statement Tuesday afternoon he will vote to impeach President Donald Trump, becoming the first Republican to sign on to the Democrats' effort to hold the President accountable for his role in spurring on his supporters in last week's storming of the US Capitol."To allow the President of the United States to incite this attack without consequence is a direct threat to the future of our democracy. For that reason, I cannot sit by without taking action. I will vote to impeach this President," he said in a statement he tweeted.House Democrats are now moving rapidly toward impeaching Trump for a second time as a result of the Capitol insurrection, which Trump incited after repeatedly making false claims that the election had been stolen from him. The House plans to vote Wednesday on one article of impeachment against Trump.This story is...
    Missouri Republican Sen. Roy BluntRoy Dean BluntTrump stares down new impeachment threat Sunday shows preview: Riots roil Washington as calls for Trump's removal grow Ari Fleischer says Trump 'on his own' after Capitol riot: 'I won't defend him anymore' MORE rejected calls for President TrumpDonald TrumpKim says North Korean efforts will focus on bringing US 'to their knees' Pelosi urges Democrats to prepare to return to DC this week amid impeachment calls Ken Klippenstein: 'Ideological' blindspot kept law enforcement from urgently responding to Capitol riots MORE to resign on Sunday, arguing instead that Trump should serve the remainder of his term in office without further fanning the flames of divisiveness. Blunt, who was not among the GOP senators who objected to the certification of either Arizona or Pennsylvania's election results last week, told CBS's Margaret Brennan that he would not join his colleagues such as Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiTrump...
    Millions of Americans have been hoping for months that Congress would get its act together and pass another desperately-needed relief package that would include direct payments during this massive crisis. Senators Bernie Sanders and Josh Hawley — who do not agree on a lot of other matters — are making a bipartisan push for direct payments of $1200 instead of the $600 currently on the table. And yet somehow, inexpl;icably, there are lawmakers opposed to it. Negotiations are continuing and it’s unclear whether a deal can be reached by the end of the day. So it will likely continue into the weekend — Hawley and Sanders made it clear last week they don’t want Congress leaving for the holidays before this gets done. Sen. Inhofe celebrates anniversary as Senate finalizes relief: "Kay, I love you more now than I did 61 years ago. I say to the Senate leadership that you...
    MSNBC national affairs analyst John Heilemann said on Thursday’s broadcast of “Deadline” that the Republican Party would like a presidential candidate who is “another white grievance racist, sexist” like President Donald Trump but “more civilized.” Heilemann said, “This overtime period, the period in which the Republican Party acquiesced into a profound anti-democratic borderline or maybe more than borderline fascist authoritarian attempt to stage a coup. That is what we called it on this show before. It was a farcically incompetent, but still an attempted coup. The fact it failed makes it no less than an attempted coup. The fact there was so much complicity in that. ” He continued, “We saw Tommy Tuberville today say he will challenge the Electoral College results. He’s going to be Trump’s stooge on the Senate side. So on January 6, we’ll have another opportunity to see Republicans in the Senate this time in addition to...
    WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court has rejected Republicans’ last-gasp bid to reverse Pennsylvania’s certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in the electoral battleground. The court without comment Tuesday refused to call into question the certification process in Pennsylvania. Gov. Tom Wolf already has certified Biden’s victory and the state’s 20 electors are to meet on Dec. 14 to cast their votes for Biden. Biden won 306 electoral votes, so even if Pennsylvania’s results had been in doubt, he still would have more than the 270 electoral votes needed to become president. (Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without permission.)
    Bradley Cortright November 30, 2020 0 Comments Outgoing Rep. Paul Mitchell (R-Mich.) is pleading with President Donald Trump to stop making baseless claims of voter fraud “for the sake of our nation.” On Sunday, Trump tweeted, “We have some big things happening in our various litigations on the Election Hoax. Everybody knows it was Rigged.” “They know Biden didn’t get more votes from the Black community than Obama, & certainly didn’t get 80,000,000 votes. Look what happened in Detroit, Philadelphia, plus!” We have some big things happening in our various litigations on the Election Hoax. Everybody knows it was Rigged. They know Biden didn’t get more votes from the Black community than Obama, & certainly didn’t get 80,000,000 votes. Look what happened in Detroit, Philadelphia, plus!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 30, 2020 Twitter added a disclaimer that said the claim is “disputed” and linked to news stories about the...
    With the Trump campaign turning from the courts to the legislatures, Pennsylvania state Rep. Greg Rothman, R-Cumberland County, is taking the baton to call for a state review of the contested election. "Were asking for the election not to be certified, and for us, the legislature, to have an opportunity to look into what happened to make sure that all the ballots are legal, and they were all counted, and we have a fair election," Rothman told Sundays "The Cats Roundtable" on WABC 770 AM-N.Y. "Thats what America is all about." Rothman sees the election has having been taken from the legislature by the Democrat leaders in the state. "Through the Democrats, the governor and the department of state, even the Supreme Court, they turned it into a vote-by-mail – no verifications," Rothman told host John Catsimatidis. That is a case the Trump campaign has hoped would rise to the...
    Republicans increased their share of the Latino vote this election cycle without running on comprehensive immigration reforms that would give legal status to undocumented immigrants. Between 2016 and 2020, President Trump earned 4 additional percentage points more with black voters, the biggest share of the Latino vote of any GOP nominee since 2004, 5 percentage points more with Asian Americans, and the percentage of LGBT people voting for Trump doubled from 2016 to 2020, from 14% to 28%. For nearly two decades, GOP conventional wisdom dictated the party needed an immigration reform plan to control the flow of immigration at the southern border through enforcement while allowing for unauthorized immigrants to apply for legal status to deliver workers into the U.S. labor market. Republicans believed more Latinos would turn out to vote for the party if such action was taken, but the legislation, backed by the Chamber of Commerce and...
              Georgia Republican Party Chairman David Shafer is reporting Democratic activists that invite temporary voters for the general runoff election. The chairman appeared on The John Fredericks Radio Show to discuss his role in current investigations concerning election integrity. “Well, we are following up on Facebook posts [inviting individuals to establish temporary residency] and we’re reporting them to the appropriate authorities.” Unlike some Republican legislators, Shafer asserted that holding a special legislative session to modify minimum residency requirements wouldn’t be the better option for election integrity. “I don’t know that a change in law is required so much as that enforcement is required.” Shafer also shared the story behind his viral tweets reporting voting irregularities. “The tabulation center announced they were closing at 10:30 [pm] and would resume counting at 8:30 [pm]. They packed up all their machines. At midnight, we saw a news broadcast...
    President Trump urged Republicans not to let former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe get away with “totally criminal activity” as he began testifying in the Senate about the origins of the investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia during the 2016 presidential election. “Republicans, don’t let Andrew McCabe continue to get away with totally criminal activity. What he did should never be allowed to happen to our Country again. FIGHT FOR JUSTICE!,” the president posted on Twitter, shortly after 11 a.m. as the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing got underway. Trump has blasted the FBI and the Obama administration for launching the investigation without predicate. The FBI launched the probe after Carter Page, a Trump campaign adviser, was suspected of having been a “Russian agent,” despite having links to the CIA and warrants on him relying on falsified documents. In April, Attorney General William Barr said the Russia investigation was...
    Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said he and other Republicans cannot follow President Trump “blindly” unless he produces evidence to support his claims of voter fraud in the election. He noted that it was a “contentious election” that left some Republicans unsure how to react. “That’s why to me it was so important to say early on to the president: If your base is for not conceding [because] there was voter fraud, then show us,” he said on ABC News’ “This Week.” “Because if you don’t show us, we can’t do this. We can’t back you blindly without evidence.” Christie said he has been a friend of Trump’s for 20 years, but “friendship doesn’t mean that you’re blind.” “Friendship means that you will listen to somebody, give them their opportunity and if they don’t come forward with the proof, then it’s time to move on,” he said. Trump has...
    On Friday’s “PBS NewsHour,” New York Times columnist David Brooks stated that Republicans “should really focus all their attention on, what can we do for people without college degrees of all groups?” And “can see the potential of a future party as a multiracial, working-class party.” Brooks said the GOP “really is the party of the — of people without college degrees, much more so than ever before. We saw swings of moderates, swings of college-educated suburbanites to the Democratic Party. And I think the Republican Party can — if they’re going to be — feel good about this election, they can see the potential of a future party as a multiracial, working-class party. If they can win support across racial lines among those without college degrees, then that’s a very viable party, and they should really focus all their attention on, what can we do for people without college degrees of...
    Fox News reported on Saturday that a whistleblower in Nevada swore an affidavit declaring that he witnessed illegitimate processing of ballots as an election worker. Specifically, the whistleblower claimed to have been instructed to count ballots needing signature verification that lacked the requisite signatures to be eligible. Fox News’s John Roberts said: In just the last hour in Nevada, an election worker whose job was to process mail-in ballots says he witnessed irregularities in counting those ballots and was told by a supervisor — who he names — to put through ballots he believed needed signature verification without that verification first being done. He  says he was also told to ignore discrepancies with addresses. That worker has sworn out an affidavit which has been sent to the Department of Justice here in Washington. A Trump campaign attorney says of that, quote, “The affidavit makes clear that we’re not dealing with...
    A Republican senator is breaking ranks with most of his party colleagues to condemn the baseless voter fraud claims made by President Donald Trump. Appearing on CBS This Morning Friday, Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) blasted the president for falsely claiming, at a bizarre press conference Thursday, that Democrats are trying to “steal” the election from him by trying to “rig” the vote in Pennsylvania or elsewhere. “The president’s speech last night was very disturbing to me,” Toomey said. “Because he made very very serious allegations without any evidence to support it.” Toomey added, “If it’s happened, then the evidence needs to come out. We need to go to court. We need to punish the wrongdoers. we need to address whatever went wrong. But I’m not aware of any such evidence.” Republicans, by and large, have stood behind the president even as he’s lobbed wild claims in the days following...
    VIDEO4:4804:48GOP strategist Frank Luntz on what pollsters can learn from the 2020 electionSquawk Box President Donald Trump's path to securing a second term now relies on defeating Democrat Joe Biden in Arizona, GOP strategist and pollster Frank Luntz told CNBC on Thursday. The outcome in Arizona, which has 11 electoral votes, remains too early to call, according to NBC News. But with 86% of the state's expected vote tallied, Biden leads with 50.5% versus Trump's 48.1%. "Arizona is the place where the battle is going to happen, because the president cannot be reelected without winning both Arizona and Pennsylvania," Luntz said on "Squawk Box." Biden currently has 253 of the 270 electoral votes needed to win the presidency, according to NBC News. Trump has 214. In addition to Arizona, the presidential contests have not been called by NBC News in Nevada, Georgia, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Alaska. All together, there...
    National Review Biden, Never Editor’s Note: If you would like to read more pros and cons on voting for President Trump, further essays on the subject, each from a different perspective, can be found  here, here, here, here, here and here. These articles, and the one below, reflect the views of the individual authors, not of the National Review editorial board as a whole.In my 34th year of “Never Biden,” exhausted by the political commentariat’s Trump myopia, I offer some reasons, selective, that explain a complete, personal disdain for the idea of a President Biden. These reasons for opposing this vanguard of Warren/Sanders/Harris socialism, for objecting to this doddering culmination of a half-century of hackery and blarney, elicit varying degrees of disqualification and rage-inducement. The handful of reasons (there are many more) are disqualifying. They are presented without the obsession of “But Trump . . .” rhetoric — look elsewhere (the places are plenty) if...
    By LISA MASCARO, AP Congressional Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans are fighting to save their majority, a final election push against the onslaught of challengers in states once off limits to Democrats but now hotbeds of a potential backlash to President Donald Trump and his allies on Capitol Hill. Fueling the campaigns are the Trump administration’s handling of the COVID-19 crisis, shifting regional demographics and, in some areas, simply the chance to turn the page on the divisive political climate. Control of the Senate can make or break a presidency. With it, a reelected Trump could confirm his nominees and ensure a backstop against legislation from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. Without it, Joe Biden would face a potential wall of opposition to his agenda if the Democratic nominee won the White House. In North Carolina, for example, the match-up between GOP Sen. Thom Tillis and Democratic challenger Cal...
    Arkansas Gov. Asa HutchinsonAsa HutchinsonSunday shows preview: Trump, top Republicans recover from COVID-19; stimulus bill remains in limbo Teachers in Little Rock announce they will not report to in-person classes Congress should resist calls to revive boost in unemployment benefits MORE (R) said Sunday that large public events, including campaign rallies for President TrumpDonald John TrumpNorth Korea unveils large intercontinental ballistic missile at military parade Trump no longer considered a risk to transmit COVID-19, doctor says New ad from Trump campaign features Fauci MORE, should not take place without social distancing efforts. Hutchinson, asked on CNN’s “State of the Union,” if he would feel comfortable with his family attending such a rally, noted that such rallies offer masks and screening for attendees. “Certainly, we want to have an engagement in the presidential campaign this year. It is the topic, as it should be. But, yes, there should not be any...
    PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — Nearly 300 Republicans packed shoulder-to-shoulder maskless and sweating inside a Holiday Inn conference room this week in the heart of the Florida Panhandle to see their party’s biggest political stars not named President Donald Trump. With Trump grounded in Washington, they chanted and cheered as the governor, the self-described “Trumpiest” Florida congressman and the president’s eldest son shared anti-Democratic conspiracy theories, attacked the media and warned that Joe Biden “is a puppet for the radical left.” While energetic, the crowd was a far cry from the tens of thousands drawn to the president’s past rallies in this deep-red bastion of Trumpism, where the president’s dominant performance four years ago helped deliver Florida, and with it, the White House. “I’d like to see President Trump. Don Jr. is fine,” said Rick Scott, a 64-year-old retired construction manager who joined the modest crowd in Panama City Beach...
    By STEVE PEOPLES, AP National Political Writer PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — Nearly 300 Republicans packed shoulder-to-shoulder maskless and sweating inside a Holiday Inn conference room this week in the heart of the Florida Panhandle to see their party's biggest political stars not named President Donald Trump. With Trump grounded in Washington, they chanted and cheered as the governor, the self-described “Trumpiest” Florida congressman and the president's eldest son shared anti-Democratic conspiracy theories, attacked the media and warned that Joe Biden “is a puppet for the radical left.” While energetic, the crowd was a far cry from the tens of thousands drawn to the president's past rallies in this deep-red bastion of Trumpism, where the president's dominant performance four years ago helped deliver Florida, and with it, the White House. “I’d like to see President Trump. Don Jr. is fine,” said Rick Scott, a 64-year-old retired construction manager who joined...
    PANAMA CITY, Fla. – Nearly 300 Republicans packed shoulder-to-shoulder maskless and sweating inside a Holiday Inn conference room this week in the heart of the Florida Panhandle to see their party's biggest political stars not named President Donald Trump. With Trump grounded in Washington, they chanted and cheered as the governor, the self-described “Trumpiest” Florida congressman and the president's eldest son shared anti-Democratic conspiracy theories, attacked the media and warned that Joe Biden “is a puppet for the radical left.” While energetic, the crowd was a far cry from the tens of thousands drawn to the president's past rallies in this deep-red bastion of Trumpism, where the president's dominant performance four years ago helped deliver Florida, and with it, the White House. “I’d like to see President Trump. Don Jr. is fine,” said Rick Scott, a 64-year-old retired construction manager who joined the modest crowd in Panama City Beach on...
            by Julie Kelly  Dear Leader McConnell and Members of the Republican Senate: As Jack Nicholson said in “Terms of Endearment,” you were just inches from a clean getaway. Armed with a wholly unimpressive list of accomplishments from the past four years, with the exception of confirming hundreds of federal judges, you were prepared to return home to defend your paltry record with little more than the argument that the other side is much, much worse. Which, lucky for you, is true. But a funny thing happened on the way to the campaign trail: Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away. Reliable news outlets reported that in her final days, the Clinton-appointed Supreme Court justice dictated a statement to her granddaughter indicating she wanted the “new president” to appoint her replacement, the latest in a series of Trump-fixated dying requests. Fortunately, many constitutional scholars have assured us that no “Election...
    President Trump has called on Republicans to fill the vacant Supreme Court seat left by the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg "without delay!" Ginsburg died Friday at the age of 87 after a battle with pancreatic cancer.  Less than 24 hours after Ginsburg's death, the president tweeted: "@GOP We were put in this position of power and importance to make decisions for the people who so proudly elected us, the most important of which has long been considered to be the selection of United States Supreme Court Justices. We have this obligation, without delay! .@GOP We were put in this position of power and importance to make decisions for the people who so proudly elected us, the most important of which has long been considered to be the selection of United States Supreme Court Justices. We have this obligation, without delay!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 19, 2020 The president's call...
    On Saturday, President Donald Trump urged fellow Republicans to replace the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg “without delay,” Fox News reported. “@GOP We were put in this position of power and importance to make decisions for the people who so proudly elected us, the most important of which has long been considered to be the selection of United States Supreme Court Justices,” Trump tweeted. “We have this obligation, without delay!” Trump’s tweet came less than 24 hours after Ginsburg’s death. The 87-year-old died on Friday, due to complications of metastatic pancreas cancer. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has also signaled that the GOP-controlled upper chamber will move with filling the vacancy as quickly as possible. In a statement, McConnell defended his Senate’s actions during Barack Obama’s lame duck period and said that the upper chamber has not confirmed an opposite-party president’s nominee in an election year since the...
    “We are placed in this power and importance to make decisions for the people that OPGOP has so proudly elected us, the most important of which has long been considered the choice of the Supreme Court Justices of the United States. We have this duty, without delay!” Trump wrote Twitter.Death of Ginsburg – and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Subsequent report Friday “Trump’s candidate will vote on the floor of the US Senate” – opens the political battle over the future of the court, two months before Election Day on November 3rd. The vacancy on the bench creates many Conservatives consider the makeup of the court as a generational opportunity to split the current five conservative judges and four liberal judges and move to a 6-3 majority.CNN previously announced A source close to the president said that before Ginsburg’s death, he was “spitting” to nominate the president as an alternative...
    (CNN)President Donald Trump on Saturday said that Republicans have an "obligation" to fill Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's vacant seat on the Supreme Court "without delay," as Democrats argue the Senate should refrain from confirming a replacement until after the next president is sworn in."@GOP We were put in this position of power and importance to make decisions for the people who so proudly elected us, the most important of which has long been considered to be the selection of United States Supreme Court Justices. We have this obligation, without delay!" Trump wrote on Twitter. Ginsburg's death -- and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's subsequent statement Friday that "Trump's nominee will receive a vote on the floor of the United States Senate" -- opens up a political fight over the future of the court less than two months before Election Day on November 3. The vacancy on the bench creates what...
    In this May 9, 2019, file photo, State Sen. Republican Leader Shannon Grove, of Bakersfield, talks to reporters in Sacramento, Calif. Associated Press/Rich Pedroncelli California's Republican Senate Minority Leader broke quarantine orders to attend and speak at a large prayer event on Sunday, the Los Angeles Times reported. Sen. Shannon Grove was ordered to quarantine until September 9 due to close contact with a fellow lawmaker who received positive coronavirus test results on August 26. The event itself also broke a number of coronavirus guidelines by exceeding its permit of 1,000 attendees, many of whom did not wear masks or maintain physical distance. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. A California lawmaker who was supposed to be under quarantine is fielding criticism after she attended a large prayer event at the California State Capitol over Labor Day weekend, even giving a speech to a crowd of thousands....
    President TrumpDonald John TrumpTed Cruz, longtime fan of 'The Princess Bride,' swipes at cast members' plans to reunite to raise money for Democrats Trump casts wide net in Labor Day press conference Biden vows to be 'strongest labor president you've ever had' MORE and scores of supporters gathered for a rally in Winston-Salem on Tuesday without masks, despite the urging of a local Republican official and a state mandate. Dave Plyler, the GOP chairman of the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners, told The Winston Salem Journal that he felt Trump should abide by Gov. Roy Cooper's (D) order for individuals to wear a face covering when unable to socially distance. "It's been ordered by the governor," Plyler told the news outlet. "When in Rome, do as the Romans do. When in North Carolina, do as the governor says." But Trump, who has only worn a mask a few times in public, did not...
    "I am honored to be in Washington for President @realDonaldTrump's acceptance speech for the @GOP nomination, where he will share with America our continued vision of freedom, prosperity, and opportunity to live the American Dream," Tillis said in the tweet. However, Tillis can be seen in photos taken during the speech without a mask. In the screenshot below, Tillis is in the back middle of the image not wearing a mask, 24 minutes and 51 seconds into Trump's speech. Emily Singer screengrab Tillis can also be seen in the bottom left of this screenshot captured by journalist Joe Bruno from video posted by CNN. Twitter/Joe Bruno Tillis' office did not immediately respond to a request for comment on how long or why he wasn't wearing a mask at the event. However, according to reporter Steve Harrison in Charlotte, Tillis released a statement in which he said, "I've stressed...
    SACRAMENTO (AP) – The California Senate will meet Thursday without most of its Republican members after a GOP state senator tested positive for the coronavirus. Republican state Sen. Brian Jones confirmed in a Facebook post on Wednesday that he had tested positive for the virus. Jones was on the Senate floor on Monday with his colleagues. He also attended a Republican caucus lunch on Tuesday, where 10 of the 11 members sat around a large conference table and removed their masks to eat, according to Republican state Sen. John Moorlach. The Senate canceled its session on Wednesday, but plans to meet Thursday at noon. All senators and staff who have been exposed to the virus won’t be in the building, according to Niesha Fritz, spokeswoman for Senate President Pro Tempore Toni Atkins. Fritz said senators would not vote remotely. Moorlach said Senate Republicans will be tested for the virus at...
    The Republican National Convention got underway Monday as the GOP formally nominated President Donald Trump for a second term in the White House.The overall theme of the convention, "Honoring the Great American Story," will highlight "the promise and greatness of America" and Trump's "leadership and what he has planned for the future," a Trump campaign official said.Each night will also have a sub-theme; on Monday, it is "Land of Promise."Speakers on Monday:Senator Tim Scott (R-SC)House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (LA-01)Representative Matt Gaetz (FL-01)Representative Jim Jordan (OH-04)Former Ambassador Nikki HaleyRepublican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDanielGeorgia State Representative Vernon JonesAmy Johnson FordKimberly GuilfoyleNatalie HarpCharlie KirkKim KlacikMark and Patricia McCloskeySean ParnellAndrew PollackDonald Trump, Jr.Tanya WeinreisDOWNLOAD: Watch live and on-demand clips from the RNC by getting our Connected TV app for Fire, Roku, Apple TV and Android TV! Click here to learn how2020 VOTE COVERAGEEyewitness News Elections CoverageABC News Elections CoverageFiveThiryEight.comMORE OF TODAY'S HEADLINESTikTok...
    Senate Republicans said on Tuesday that they expect to be in session next week as negotiations on a fifth coronavirus bill appear to be at an "impasse." The tentative plan, described by GOP senators leaving a closed-door lunch, means the Senate will be in Washington, D.C., for at least the first week of a previously scheduled four-week break that had been expected to start on Friday. "We have been told we would likely be back next week, unless we somehow finish this week," said Sen. Roy BluntRoy Dean BluntHouse Republicans introduce legislation to give states 0 million for elections Frustration builds as negotiators struggle to reach COVID-19 deal Pelosi to require masks on House floor MORE (R-Mo.), a member of GOP leadership. Sen. John CornynJohn CornynThis week: Negotiators hunt for coronavirus deal as August break looms Frustration builds as negotiators struggle to reach COVID-19 deal Chamber of Commerce endorses Ernst...
    In a Monday morning tweet attacking Nevada’s proposed expansion of mail-in voting as “an illegal late night coup,” President Donald Trump once again openly admitted that increasing access to the ballot amid the Covid-19 pandemic poses a dire threat to the Republican Party’s ability to win elections. “Nevada’s clubhouse governor made it impossible for Republicans to win the state,” Trump wrote, referring to the Nevada State Senate’s passage Sunday of legislation that would send every active registered voter a mail-in ballot ahead of the November elections. Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak, a Democrat, is expected to sign the bill. “Post Office could never handle the Traffic of Mail-In Votes without preparation,” continued Trump, whose administration, critics warn, is currently attempting to sabotage and undermine the U.S. Postal Service. “Using Covid to steal the state,” the president added. “See you in Court!” As Common Dreams reported in May, the Republican National Committee and right-wing advocacy groups are spending millions on lawsuits combating state...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The vote to renominate President Donald Trump is set to be conducted in private later this month, without members of the press present, said a spokeswoman for the Republican National Convention, citing the coronavirus. While Trump called off the public components of the convention in Florida last month, citing spiking cases of the virus across the country, 336 delegates are scheduled to gather in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Aug. 24 to formally vote to make Trump the GOP standard-bearer once more. Nominating conventions are traditionally meant to be media bonanzas, as political parties seek to leverage the attention the events draw to spread their message to as many voters as possible. If the GOP decision stands, it will mark the first party nominating convention in modern history to be closed to reporters. “Given the health restrictions and limitations in place within the state of North Carolina,...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The vote to renominate President Donald Trump is set to be conducted in private later this month, without members of the press present, said a spokeswoman for the Republican National Convention, citing the coronavirus. While Trump called off the public components of the convention in Florida last month, citing spiking cases of the virus across the country, 336 delegates are scheduled to gather in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Aug. 24 to formally vote to make Trump the GOP standard-bearer once more. Nominating conventions are traditionally meant to be media bonanzas, as political parties seek to leverage the attention the events draw to spread their message to as many voters as possible. If the GOP decision stands, it will mark the first party nominating convention in modern history to be closed to reporters. see also COVID-19 may have killed the conventions, but they had a lot...
    Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiHouse GOP Steering Committee selects four members for new committee positions Pelosi huddles with chairmen on surprise billing but deal elusive Hillicon Valley: House panel grills tech CEOs during much anticipated antitrust hearing | TikTok to make code public as it pushes back against 'misinformation' | House Intel panel expands access to foreign disinformation evidence MORE’s (D-Calif.) new mask requirement for the House floor had its intended effect on Thursday: for once, there was effectively universal compliance. The new requirement came after Rep. Louie GohmertLouis (Louie) Buller GohmertLouisiana Republican self-quarantining after exposure to Gohmert Gohmert says he will take hydroxychloroquine as COVID-19 treatment Overnight Health Care: Coronavirus death toll passes 150,000 | Louie Gohmert tests positive for COVID-19 | Mnuchin says negotiators 'very far apart' on relief deal MORE (R-Texas) tested positive for the coronavirus the day before, rattling lawmakers and staff across the Capitol complex.  Gohmert...
    Alex Henderson July 30, 2020 4:00PM (UTC) This article originally appeared on AlterNet. Republicans and allies of President Donald Trump have made the coronavirus pandemic deadlier than it had to be — for example, Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert, who tested positive for COVID-19 this week and, according to Politico's Jake Sherman, repeatedly "berated" staffers for trying to protect themselves by wearing a mask. The far-right Texas congressman has been highly critical of wearing face masks, which countless medical experts have stressed can slow down the spread of coronavirus. And Gohmert isn't unique in that regard: after the media reported that Gohmert had COVID-19, Sherman said he received a "flood" of e-mails from GOP staffers who complained that they were being berated for wearing face masks. : Sherman received an e-mail from a Gohmert staffer that read, "Jake, thank you for letting our office know Louie tested positive for the Coronavirus. When...
    Republicans and allies of President Donald Trump have made the coronavirus pandemic deadlier than it had to be — for example, Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert, who tested positive for COVID-19 this week and, according to Politico’s Jake Sherman, repeatedly “berated” staffers for trying to protect themselves by wearing a mask. The far-right Texas congressman has been highly critical of wearing face masks, which countless medical experts have stressed can slow down the spread of coronavirus. And Gohmert isn’t unique in that regard: after the media reported that Gohmert had COVID-19, Sherman said he received a “flood” of e-mails from GOP staffers who complained that they were being berated for wearing face masks. Sherman received an e-mail from a Gohmert staffer that read, “Jake, thank you for letting our office know Louie tested positive for the Coronavirus. When you write your story, can you include the fact that Louie requires full...
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is not budging on liability protections in the GOP coronavirus bill. "No bill will be put on the Senate floor that does not have liability protections," McConnell told reporters Tuesday. The GOP relief package includes a five-year COVID-19 liability protection for businesses so they can "spend their next months actually reopening rather than fighting for their lives against frivolous lawsuits," McConnell said Monday while unveiling the HEALS Act. The protections would be in place as long as businesses made reasonable efforts to comply with public health guidelines and did not engage in "grossly negligent" behavior. McConnell told CNBC the bill would protect businesses, doctors, universities, and K-12 schools who could get sued unless they were "grossly negligent or caused intentional harm." Democrats contend liability protection should prioritize worker safety, not corporate America. "It seems to me that Sen. McConnell really doesnt want to get an...
    As Senate Republicans headed home for the weekend without extending unemployment insurance benefits or approving other economic relief programs that could help millions of Americans weather the ongoing financial catastrophe of the coronavirus pandemic, progressives and congressional Democrats warned that disaster is on the horizon. “This whole house of cards is going to collapse,” Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Mich.) warned during a press conference Friday afternoon. As Common Dreams reported, the departure of the GOP-controlled Senate for the weekend without a resolution to the benefits questions earned the upper chamber’s leadership a harsh rebuke in a speech from Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), who called the decision by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to recess until Monday unacceptable. “The lapse that is being forced on this country right now is because Senate Republicans would not step up,” said Wyden. “The lapse is going to lead to evictions, it’s going to lead to...
    Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi slammed Republicans for their inaction, saying they have known for months that the $600 benefit would expire but took no action. The Democratic-controlled House passed a bill that extended the payments on May 15, but the Senate, led by McConnell, has refused to consider it. "This weekend, millions of Americans will lose their Unemployment Insurance, will be at risk of being evicted from their homes, and could be laid off by state and local government, and there is only one reason: Republicans have been dithering for months while America's crisis deepens," Schumer and Pelosi said in a joint statement. Economists say the increased payments have been critical to staving off even worse economic damage from the coronavirus. And without them, economists predict more jobs will be lost as unemployed workers cannot afford to buy goods and services. Republicans, however, have...
    Senate Republicans are expected to unveil a $1 trillion coronavirus stimulus bill on Thursday that lacks a payroll tax cut as well as more direct payments to individuals. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, the top White House negotiator on pandemic relief legislation, offered bill details during a morning CNBC appearance. Items in the core Republican bill will include $105 billion in support for school reopening, Mnuchin said. It has a liability shield for businesses that reopen, reduces a boost in federal unemployment insurance down to 70 percent of pre-pandemic pay and extends the Paycheck Protection Program for businesses. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has opted to release multiple bills instead of just one package. And although direct payments won’t be in the core package, it’s likely to be in a smaller side-package, Mnuchin said. The legislative approach by McConnell is different than in prior relief bills, where Democrats and Republicans...
    (CNN)Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, after days of intraparty disputes and splits spilling into public view, will move Thursday to unify Republicans behind their initial $1 trillion coronavirus relief proposal. There is now an agreement on funds for testing which marks a compromise between the Senate GOP and White House, and the payroll tax cut, a key priority for President Donald Trump, is officially out of the Republican draft. That marks a victory for Republicans, who had been public about their coolness to the idea. Over the course of Thursday, the proposal will be rolled out in pieces by the key Senate Republicans on each section, finally setting the stage for long awaited negotiations just days before the expiration of crucial federal unemployment benefits. Bottom line: The reality is, while progress has been made and a significant portion of Senate Republicans will line up behind the GOP draft, the Republican-on-Republican...
    Republicans in the Senate are proposing protection from coronavirus lawsuits for five years, according to The Hill. The proposal would retroactively prevent lawsuits in state courts related to personal injury or medical liability linked to coronavirus infections contracted between December 2019 through 2024 or whenever the Department of Health and Human Services ends the emergency declaration. Lawsuits would only be able to move forward in federal courts. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has been adamant about getting coronavirus liability protections and said he wont pass another coronavirus stimulus bill without it. "It must have, must, no bill will pass the Senate without liability protection for everyone related to the coronavirus. .... Nobody should have to face an epidemic of lawsuits on the heels of the pandemic that we already have related to the coronavirus," McConnell said during a stop in Kentucky this week. Businesses, colleges, schools, health facilities, churches and...
    Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt, a far-right Republican and supporter of President Donald Trump, has tested positive for coronavirus — and according to Oklahoma City television station KFOR, he was recently photographed at a Walmart in Oklahoma City not wearing a mask. A photo of Stitt not wearing a mask at that Walmart was sent to KFOR by a viewer. According to KFOR, the photo is “said to have been taken on Sunday, July 12.” Stitt has said that he doesn’t feel terribly ill but has been slightly achy. The Oklahoma governor, according to KFOR (an NBC affiliate), said, “I want to use my story to remind Oklahomans that if you’re not feeling well, we want you to get tested.” According to CNN, it is unclear where Stitt was infected. Stitt attended Trump’s recent June 20 MAGA rally in Tulsa — an event that has been widely criticized for its lack...
    (CNN)A new plan under development by the White House and Senate Republicans to deal with the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic is expected to include financial incentives to push schools to reopen while also shielding health care workers and companies against lawsuits, Republicans said Monday, a move that will spur a fight with Democrats.Senate GOP leaders and senior administration officials have been privately trading proposals and exchanging plans before formally introducing a Republican proposal as soon as next week, with just three weeks before Congress adjourns for its summer recess. The measure, expected to cost around $1.3 trillion, would amount to the GOP's latest response to the crisis -- after roundly dismissing House Democrats' $3 trillion-plus plan that passed their chamber two months ago.But to get to Trump's desk, it would require the two parties in both chambers to resolve major differences -- over the size and scope of the...
    By Meena Venkataramanan, The Texas Tribune June 29, 2020 “The Texas GOP convention will gather thousands of people indoors without a mask requirement. One of its sponsors is the Texas Medical Association.” was first published by The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues. *Correction appended The Texas Medical Association is encouraging Texans to practice social distancing, stay home when possible and wear masks to slow the spread of the new coronavirus. But despite the potential mixed message it may send, the state’s largest medical organization said Monday it is not reconsidering its sponsorship of the Texas Republican convention next month. Some 6,000 people from across the state are expected to gather indoors without a mask mandate at the convention in Houston, one of the nation’s fastest-growing COVID-19 hot spots. A spokesperson for...
    House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) speaks at his weekly news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., June 25, 2020.Yuri Gripas | Reuters House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy on Monday partly blamed spikes in the number of coronavirus cases nationwide on demonstrations in support of Black Lives Matter. Dozens of states have reported increases in the number of confirmed coronavirus cases after reopening some businesses, with at least 12 states pushing their seven-day average of daily new cases to a record high last week, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.  "We phased in the openings and we knew something like this could happen but maybe not to this extent," McCarthy, a Republican, said in an interview on CNBC's Squawk Box.  California, which McCarthy represents, is among the states that has seen a substantial increase in the number of coronavirus cases in recent weeks. California Gov. Gavin Newsom on...
    WASHINGTON – Top Democratic leaders in the Senate say the Republican policing bill is “not salvageable,” as they signal an intent to block it and demand negotiations on a new, more bipartisan package in response to the killing of Black Americans. That's according to a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell from the Democrats obtained by The Associated Press. “This bill is not salvageable and we need bipartisan talks to get to a constructive starting point,” write Democratic leader Chuck Schumer and the co-authors of the party's bill, Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J. The Republican legislation would create a national database of police use-of-force incidents, restrict police chokeholds and set up new training procedures. It is not as sweeping as a Democratic proposal, but has similar provisions. The opposition from Democrats is being backed by the nation's leading civil rights organizations and the lawyer, Benjamin...
    Two veteran police officers, Dennis Slocumb and Vincent Vallelong, argue that there are only losers in a world without police. Street gangs and thieves would take over parts of the country where no form of law and order exists, they say.  Meanwhile, Republican Sens. Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz believe “working class” Americans would be disproportionately impacted if activists who support abolishing the police get their way.  Many activists have pushed to defund the police in the wake of George Floyd’s death. Some say the slogan is a call to reallocate funds rather than abolish police all-together, but a some say they want to abolish police forces entirely. Abolishing the police would create an ugly world, one in which highwaymen, street gangs, and warlords fill the vacuum where an officer once stood, according to two veteran law enforcement officers and several GOP lawmakers. “I don’t see there being any winners,...
    Contrary to what Democratic Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan told CNN Thursday night, the city's self-declared autonomous zone is not a patriotic "block party," Washington state GOP Chairman Caleb Heimlich stated Friday. In an interview on "Fox & Friends First" with hosts Carley Shimkus and Todd Piro, Heimlich recounted his own experiences observing the so-called "Free Capitol Hill," describing a tense interaction between protesters and police officers. SEATTLE 'AUTONOMOUS ZONE' HAS ARMED GUARDS, LOCAL BUSINESSES BEING THREATENED WITH EXTORTION, POLICE SAY Emotions reached a boiling point Thursday in the six-block downtown area when a few officers re-entered the “cop-free zone” on the way to the boarded-up, abandoned East Precinct building. The official who ordered police to flee the nearby precinct has still refused to come forward, though both Durkan and Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best have denied responsibility. "As we approached that precinct, we actually witnessed firsthand as about a dozen officers attempted to walk through the blockade to come back...
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