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Republicans Lift Ban On Smoking In Capitol Offices

Mediaite reports: “Smoke ’em if you got ’em.” That’s not just the name of a 2004 Cypress Hill EP but also apparently the new rule in the GOP-controlled House. Republican members are lighting up their cigars in Congressional offices — and driving members of the press corps “insane in the brain” with the smell. An executive order signed by President …

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New MO Rule: Female Lawmakers May Not Bare Arms

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports: Democrats on Wednesday slammed a Republican-backed change to the Missouri House dress code for women legislators. Rep. Ann Kelley, R-Lamar (photo), proposed explicitly requiring women legislators to wear jackets on the House floor, saying “it is essential to always maintain a formal and professional atmosphere.” Lawmakers debate changes to House rules at the beginning of …

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New York GOP Official Pleads Guilty To Voter Fraud

The New York Times reports: A former upstate New York election official pleaded guilty on Wednesday to federal identity theft charges arising from his fraudulent use of voters’ personal information to apply for a dozen absentee ballots in 2021. In entering his plea in U.S. District Court in Albany, the former official, Jason Schofield, admitted to requesting the bogus ballots …

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Aunt Lydia Bans “Indoctrinating Children” In Arkansas

The Arkansas Times reports: No more TikTok on government-owned devices, critical race theory in Arkansas classrooms or the gender-neutral term “Latinx” on official state documents. These are among the first batch of decrees from Governor Sanders, who started signing executive orders before the folding chairs for her inauguration ceremony all got put away. Sanders signed seven(!) first-day executive orders. That’s …

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Texts Support Groping Allegations Against Matt Schlapp

CNN reports: CNN reviewed a text exchange between the staffer and a friend in politics, where the staffer is clearly upset and wondering how to tell the campaign that one of their surrogates had allegedly assaulted him. The exchange is being made public for the first time. “He’s pissed I didn’t follow him to his hotel room,” the staffer wrote. …

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House GOP Showboats With False Anti-Abortion Bill

Axios reports: House Republicans on Wednesday used their new majority to push through a largely symbolic bill that would require health care providers to provide care to infants born after an attempted abortion. Health providers are already required under law to act to provide medical services to any infant born at any gestational age. The House bill also penalizes the …

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New York Times Obtains George Santos’ LOL “Resume”

The New York Times reports: When Representative George Santos of New York first expressed interest in running for a suburban New York City House seat in 2020, the Nassau County Republican Committee sent him a standard vetting questionnaire and asked to see his qualifications. The résumé Mr. Santos handed over was impressive, particularly for a political neophyte. Mr. Santos claimed …

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Voldemort Sues TX Medical Schools Over Admissions

The Texas Tribune reports: A white male Texan who was rejected by six Texas medical schools filed a class-action lawsuit Tuesday claiming that they illegally consider race and sex during admissions because they accepted Black, Hispanic and female students whose academic credentials were inferior to those of white or Asian applicants. The lawsuit comes as the conservative majority in the …

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Florida School District Bans Book About Gay Penguins

Tampa’s Fox affiliate reports: A Florida school district banned a book about a real-life same-sex penguin couple from classrooms and school libraries. The award-winning 2005 children’s book, “And Tango Makes Three,” tells the story of a real-life same-sex penguin couple that creates a family together. “We removed access to ‘And Tango Makes Three’ for our Kindergarten through third-grade students in …

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Santos Says He’ll Defy Resignation Demand By NY GOP

The Hill reports: Rep. George Santos (R-N.Y.) on Wednesday said he would not resign from Congress despite pressure from New York Republicans urging him to do so over “lies and fabrication” he told about his background on the campaign trail. “I will not,” Santos said to reporters in response to a direct question as he got on a Capitol elevator. …

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New York Republicans Call On George Santos To Resign

Reuters reports: New York Republicans on Wednesday called for the resignation of “disgraced” newly elected U.S. Representative George Santos, following revelations he fabricated much of his resume and life story during his campaign. They made the call in a news conference two days after a nonpartisan watchdog accused Santos of breaking campaign finance laws in a filing with the Federal …

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FL Supreme Court Asked To Clarify Definition Of “Riot”

Courthouse News reports: The 11th Circuit asked the Florida Supreme Court on Tuesday to interpret the new meaning of “riot” as amended in a state law pushed by Republican Governor Ron DeSantis in response to protests that erupted following the police killing of George Floyd in 2020. That fall, DeSantis referred to the protests as “disorder and tumult” and vowed …

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GOP-Led House Panel Launches Hunter Biden Probe

ABC News reports: The chairman of the new Republican-led House Oversight Committee has issued a flurry of letters as part of the panel’s first formal steps toward a long-promised investigation targeting President Joe Biden, his son Hunter Biden, and social media companies that they allege sought to suppress negative stories about the president’s son that they claim could have impacted …

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Feds Extend Security For Pompeo Over Iranian Threats

The Associated Press reports: The Biden administration has again extended government protection to former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and one of his top Iran aides due to persistent threats against them from Iran. In separate notices sent to Congress late last week, the State Department said the threats to Pompeo and Brian Hook remained “serious and credible.” Along with …

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Santos Took Illegal Donation From Migrant Smuggler

The Daily Beast reports: Embattled Rep. George Santos took an almost certainly illegal donation from an Italian national and confessed smuggler of undocumented immigrants—who also happens to be the blood relative of some of his closest local supporters and campaign vendors. The gift from Rocco Oppedisano—expelled from the U.S. in January 2019, and who was subsequently intercepted piloting a yacht …

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Hannity Suggests Government Shutdown Won’t Be Bad

Media Matters has the transcript: Let’s talk about a moment — maybe it comes sooner, maybe it comes later — on the debt ceiling. And you know how the argument will unfold. It’ll be “Republicans are shutting down government.” I’ve been around this game too long. Government never shuts down. Essential services will exist. Grandma, mom and dad, they’re going …

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Alabama AG Says He Will Prosecute Women For Using Abortion Pills Under Law About Fumes From Meth Labs

The Birmingham News reports: One week after the federal government made it easier to get abortion pills, Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall said Tuesday that women in Alabama who use those pills to end pregnancies could be prosecuted. That’s despite wording in Alabama’s new Human Life Protection Act that criminalizes abortion providers and prevents its use against the people receiving …

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Santos May Not Get Any Committee Assignments

Politico reports: The GOP conference is now deliberating over how to handle a member who’s been publicly ridiculed as a fraudster, including whether Santos should receive committee assignments. Some members are openly pushing to sideline him until internal investigations can dig through his campaign finances. “I don’t have any historical precedent about what’s appropriate here. And I do think that …

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Florida GOP Bill Would Block Tracking Of Gun Sales

Florida Politics reports: Agriculture Commissioner Wilton Simpson is unveiling his first legislative proposal since taking office, a first-in-the-nation measure to prevent businesses from tracking Floridians’ firearm and ammo purchases. Simpson, the former Senate President who was sworn in as Agriculture Commissioner last week, announced his proposal for the “Florida Arms and Ammo Act” Tuesday. The measure comes in response to new …

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Cawthorn Accused Of Ghosting Casework By Successor

The Associated Press reports: New U.S. Rep. Chuck Edwards of North Carolina says the office of his predecessor, Madison Cawthorn, left Edwards’ staff unaware of pending constituent requests and government casework before Cawthorn formally left the seat. In a news release on Monday, Edwards asked anyone with outstanding or unfinished casework to contact his office because it lacks such information. …

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