Politics

McCarthy Secretly Worked To Sink Madison Cawthorn

The Washington Post reports: Top allies of Kevin McCarthy, the House Republican leader, worked this spring to deny Cawthorn a second term in office, after the Donald Trump-endorsed lawmaker made controversial comments about cocaine use and sex parties in Washington that led McCarthy to announce he had “lost my trust,” according to multiple Republicans briefed on the effort, which has …

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Secret Service Confiscated Cellphones From 24 Agents

NBC News reports: Senior leadership at the Secret Service confiscated the cellphones of 24 agents involved in the agency’s response to the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the Capitol and handed them over to the Department of Homeland Security’s Inspector General, according to two sources with knowledge of the action. The agency handed over the phones “shortly after” a July …

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Texas AG Flees His Home To Evade Subpoena Server

The Texas Tribune reports: Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton fled his home in a truck driven by his wife, state Sen. Angela Paxton, to avoid being served a subpoena Monday, according to an affidavit filed in federal court. Ernesto Martin Herrera, a process server, was attempting to serve the state’s top attorney with a subpoena for a federal court hearing …

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Ex-Mississippi Gov Accused Of Cutting Welfare Funding Of Nonprofit Because It Supported His Dem Challenger

Mississippi Today reports: A former professional wrestler and defendant in the Mississippi welfare scandal is alleging that he personally witnessed Republican Gov. Phil Bryant instruct an appointee to cut welfare funding to a nonprofit because its director supported Democrat Jim Hood in the 2019 governor’s race. The allegation that Bryant leveraged his control of welfare spending to punish a political …

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Putin Grants Russian Citizenship To Edward Snowden

The Associated Press reports: President Vladimir Putin has granted Russian citizenship to former U.S. security contractor Edward Snowden, according to a decree signed by the Russian leader on Monday. Snowden is one of 75 foreign nationals listed by the decree as being granted Russian citizenship. The decree was published on an official government website. Snowden, a former contractor with the …

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DeSantis’s Migrant Stunt Angers Texas Republicans

The New York Times reports: Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida wanted to irritate a set of wealthy, liberal elites when he flew migrants to Martha’s Vineyard from Texas, delivering them a slice of the humanitarian crisis simmering along the nation’s southern border. But Mr. DeSantis’s stunt also annoyed an entirely different group — fellow Republicans in Austin, including some of …

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Jan. 6 Committee Pissed About Advisor’s Coming Book

The Washington Post reports: News that a former adviser to the committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection is publishing a book billed as a “behind-the-scenes” look at the committee’s work came as a shock to most lawmakers and committee staff when it was announced last week. Denver Riggleman, a former Republican congressman, is set to publish “The Breach” on …

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Party With Fascist Roots To Take Power In Italy [VIDEO]

The Associated Press reports: A party with neo-fascist roots, the Brothers of Italy, won the most votes in Italy’s national elections, looking set to deliver the country’s first far-right-led government since World War II and make its leader, Giorgia Meloni, Italy’s first woman premier, near-final results showed Monday. Italy’s lurch to the far right immediately shifted Europe’s geopolitics, placing a …

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Fetterman To Carlson: Yes, Let’s Talk About My Tattoos

John Fetterman writes for NBC News: Earlier this month, Fox News host Tucker Carlson went on a nearly 20-minute-long rant about me. The whole thing was as unhinged as you’d expect, but one line that stood out was about my tattoos. “All your stupid little fake tattoos,” he said, calling them a “costume.” So let’s talk about the tattoos that …

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Ex-MS Gov Moves To Shield Texts In Welfare Scandal

Mississippi Today reports: Former Gov. Phil Bryant has publicly produced dozens of text messages in an attempt to prove he was unaware that former NFL quarterback Brett Favre was using welfare money for his volleyball project. The court documents filed Friday come within a court battle between Bryant and the attorney for nonprofit founder Nancy New over whether Bryant should …

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CBS Forecasts GOP Gaining Ten US House Seats

CBS News reports: The Republicans have a lead. But it keeps shrinking. While they’re still in a very good position to capture a House majority, that majority looks narrower today than it ever has, having ticked down for the second straight month to 223 seats in our model estimate. Republicans were at 226 in August and 230 in July. If …

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Cheney: I’ll Leave The GOP If Trump Is 2024 Nominee

The Texas Tribune reports: U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney said she would do “whatever it takes” to make sure former President Donald Trump is not the GOP presidential nominee during the 2024 elections, including stumping for Democrats running against election deniers running as Republicans. “I certainly will do whatever it takes to make sure Donald Trump isn’t anywhere close to the …

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GOP Senators: Telepathic Declassification Isn’t A Thing

CNN reports: Several GOP senators raised new concerns about former President Donald Trump’s handling of classified documents, rejecting his claim that he could simply declassify the secret records by “thinking about it.” In interviews with CNN, the senators broke from Trump’s claim that everything was handled appropriately, diverging from many in the party who have sidestepped questions about the matter …

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NRA Gives Ron DeSantis Their “A+” Endorsement

Florida Politics reports: A new report card was published by the NRA-Political Victory Fund. That allows some politicians to boast to voters about their high score — and in some cases their low rating.  Of note, the organization has not endorsed U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio for re-election and gave him a “B” grade. That said, U.S. Rep. Val Demings, his …

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Cultist Challenger Mocks Plot To Murder Michigan Gov

The Michigan Advance reports: Republican gubernatorial nominee Tudor Dixon’s repeated comments mocking the foiled plot to kidnap and assassinate Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer have drawn widespread condemnation. On Friday morning, the Republican appeared at a pro-Dixon superPAC event in Troy with former Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway and criticized Whitmer’s business record as governor. Standing in front of a sign that …

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Arizona Judge Imposes Abortion Ban Written In 1864

The New York Times reports: A judge on Friday ruled that a near-total abortion ban written before Arizona became a state must be enforced, throwing abortion access into question one day before the start of a 15-week ban that passed the Legislature this year. The stricter ban, which can be traced to 1864, was blocked by a court injunction in …

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Florida’s “Election Crimes” Cop Dies Of Heart Attack

Florida Politics reports: Longtime Republican government official Pete Antonacci, who was serving as the head of Florida’s new election police unit, has died after suffering a major heart attack. Gov. Ron DeSantis had named Antonacci to lead the Office of Election Crimes and Security less than four months prior. The Office of Election Crimes and Security, which works closely with …

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Moscow Aviation Official Dies After “Falling Down Stairs”

Yahoo News reports: The former head of a Kremlin-linked engineering institute died Wednesday in an apparent accident, according to CNN — adding to the long list of Russian CEOs and officials who have met a mysterious end this year. Russian news outlet Izvestia reported that Anatoly Gerashchenko “fell from a great height” down numerous flights of stairs inside the Moscow …

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Utah Senate Race “Neck And Neck” In Latest Poll

The Deseret News reports: Engaged in a fierce battle in the U.S. Senate race in Utah, a new poll shows Republican Sen. Mike Lee and independent challenger Evan McMullin neck and neck with a little over six weeks to Election Day. The latest Deseret News/Hinckley Institute of Politics survey found 36% of Utahns would vote for Lee and 34% for …

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Graham On His Abortion Bill: This Is “Who We Are”

The Daily Beast reports: Asked by anchor Martha MacCallum on Fox News Thursday afternoon what he would tell fellow Republicans who are “not happy” and want to him to “be quiet” and wait until after the midterms to push his national abortion ban, Graham replied, “You’re naive.” He then added, “We owe it to the American people to tell them …

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