Republicans

Johnson Wouldn’t Back McConnell For Leader Again

CNN reports: Johnson is proudly pro-Trump, pushing further than many of his Republican colleagues to rewrite the narrative of January 6. Last month, Johnson said that McConnell needed “to be a little careful” after he blamed the former President for the Capitol riot, and claimed the Senate Republican leader did not speak for the Senate GOP conference. Johnson revealed to …

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Alabama Governor To Lift Mask Mandate On April 9th

The Birmingham News reports: Alabama’s mask order will end April 9, Gov. Kay Ivey announced today. Ivey said the roughly one month mask extension allows businesses ample time to implement their own policies and make adjustments ahead of the deadline. Several major retailers – including Kroger, Target and Walgreens – indicated they will leave orders requiring facial coverings in place …

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Feds Probe Communications Between Rioters And Reps

CNN reports: Federal investigators are examining records of communications between members of Congress and the pro-Trump mob that attacked the US Capitol, as the investigation moves closer to exploring whether lawmakers wittingly or unwittingly helped the insurrectionists, according to a US official briefed on the matter. The data gathered so far includes indications of contact with lawmakers in the days …

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Dan Crenshaw: Biden Has “Low Cognitive Capacity”

“The guy with low cognitive capacity is calling everybody else Neanderthals. First of all, that’s rich. I also find it rich that he’s doing his sanctimonious pearl clutching over a bunch of Texans who by the way can still wear masks. “I mean, you know, by the reactions of the liberals on this one, you would think that Texas outlawed …

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Senate Clerks Begin 10-Hour Reading Of Relief Bill

Axios reports: Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) is forcing the Senate clerk to read the entire 628-page bill on the floor, a procedural move that will likely add 10 hours to the 20 hours already allotted for debate. During that time, Republicans will propose amendments — some unrelated to COVID relief — intended to force uncomfortable votes for Democrats, in a …

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Blackburn: I Started The “Neanderthal Caucus” [VIDEO]

The Hill reports: Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) on Thursday chided President Biden for criticism he issued the day before saying Republican governors rescinding public health measures meant to slow the spread of the coronavirus to were engaged in “Neanderthal thinking.” “We were called Neanderthals when I led the fight against imposition of a state income tax,” Blackburn said during an …

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Arizona House Passes Anti-Mask Bill After GOP Sponsor Points Out Masks Weren’t Needed For AIDS During 80s

The Arizona Daily Star reports: A lawmaker persuaded the Arizona House to let businesses ignore mask mandates to stem COVID spread partly by arguing they weren’t needed decades ago to stop the spread of AIDS. On a 31-28 party-line vote Wednesday, the Republican-controlled House approved legislation that says business owners need not enforce any state, city, town or county requirement …

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McConnell Pushing KY Bill That Strips Dem Gov Of Power To Appoint His Successor Should He Step Down

The Intercept reports: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has compiled a short list of successors in his home state of Kentucky, preparing for the possibility that he does not serve out his full term, Kentucky Republicans tell The Intercept. The list is topped by his protégé, state Attorney General Daniel Cameron, and also includes former United Nations Ambassador Kelly Craft, …

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GOP Idaho State Rep: Face Masks “Injure Our Souls”

Boise’s NBC News affiliate reports: It’s five words that many have likely heard their children or someone arguing in social media comments say; “I have done some research.” That’s also what Representative Karey Hanks (R- St. Anthony) said while speaking in support of a bill that would ban any sort of face mask mandate issued by local governments in Idaho. …

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TX Gov Blames Biden For New COVID Cases [VIDEO]

Forbes reports: One day after Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) eliminated most of his state’s coronavirus restrictions, the governor claimed immigrants released into his state by federal authorities are helping to spread the virus. Abbott tweeted Wednesday that President Joe Biden’s administration is allowing “hundreds” of undocumented immigrants who tested positive for the coronavirus to enter his state, a claim …

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TX Gov Didn’t Ask Experts About Lifting Mask Mandate

The Daily Beast reports: This won’t come as a shock — but Texas Gov. Gregg Abbott’s announcement that he’s ditching his state’s mask mandate did not come with the blessing of his team of medical advisers. In fact, according to the Texas Tribune, most of them didn’t know anything about it. Three of the four experts told the newspaper that …

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SD Gov’s Family Took $600K In State COVID Grants

The Associated Press reports: Family members of South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem received more than $600,000 in funds from a state grant program pushed by the governor that directed federal coronavirus relief funds to small businesses. A ranch belonging to Noem’s family, Racota Valley Ranch Partnership, received one payment of $500,000, and a business operated by her brothers, Rock and …

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Board Fires CEO Of TX Energy Grid Operator [VIDEO]

The Texas Tribune reports: The board overseeing the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, the independent nonprofit entity that operates and manages the electricity grid that covers much of Texas, fired ERCOT CEO Bill Magness Wednesday night. The move by the board to vote in favor of a “60-day termination notice” came after they convened in a private executive session for …

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Gingrich: Democrats Want An “Anti-White” America

“They don’t want to protect your America. They want to create an alternative America. It’s an America of racial deep inequality and an anti-white, and by the way, anti-Asian basis. “It’s an America in which transgender dominates Christianity and Judaism. It’s an America in which they want to actually pass a bill to create a permanent machine just like California, …

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Pompeo: I Might Run In 2024 If Trump Doesn’t [VIDEO]

Politico reports: Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo suggested Wednesday that he would run for president in 2024 if former President Donald Trump decides against seeking the White House for a second time. Appearing Wednesday night on Fox News, the former Trump administration official was asked by host Sean Hannity whether he would “consider getting in that race” should the …

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GOP Rep: I Pressed The Wrong Button And Didn’t Mean To Be The Only Republican Vote For An “Anti-Police Act”

Mediaite reports: When the House passed the police reform bill named for the late George Floyd, only one Republican had voted for it — by accident. The bill’s stated purpose is “To hold law enforcement accountable for misconduct in court, improve transparency through data collection, and reform police training and policies.” But less than an hour after that vote, Gooden …

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Ex-WH Doc Rages: “This Is A Political Hit Job” [VIDEO]

The Texas Tribune reports: U.S. Rep. Ronny Jackson, R-Amarillo, has ratcheted up his rejection of allegations of misconduct during his time as the top White House physician. Jackson released a video on Wednesday denying the allegations, calling the investigation “a political hit job” and that it “purposely left out key facts,” though it is unclear what facts were not included. …

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Cotton Delays Confirmation Vote For Merrick Garland

The Hill reports: Merrick Garland’s attorney general nomination is hitting GOP roadblocks that will likely delay his confirmation to lead the Justice Department until next week. Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) — a member of the Judiciary Committee viewed as a potential 2024 contender — said on Wednesday that he is blocking an effort by Democrats to expedite Garland, whom they …

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Book: Parscale Nearly Sabotaged Trump Campaign Site

Politico Playbook reports: After Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale was demoted last summer, he considered quitting and sabotaging the campaign by turning off the “lights” to the campaign website, the email system, the transfer of data between the campaign and the RNC and even the Amazon server. That’s according to Amie Parnes and Jonathan Allen in their new book, “Lucky: …

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DeSantis Gave Vax To Another Wealthy Donor Enclave

The Washington Post reports: Last week, former Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) was inspired to donate a quarter-million dollars to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’s war chest. The hefty donation came about a month after Rauner’s ultrawealthy and exclusive community on the northern tip of Key Largo received enough coronavirus vaccine doses for 1,200 residents over the age of 65, according …

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