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GOP Rep Accosted AOC, Called Her A “Fucking Bitch”

Fox News reports: House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer issued a stern condemnation of Rep. Ted Yoho after he reportedly got into a heated exchange in the Capitol with the left-wing freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez that allegedly ended with Yoho uttering the words “f—— b—-.” “The comments related to me were despicable,” Hoyer, D-Md., said. “Unacceptable. Mr. Yoho owes not only …

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Far-Right Republicans Turn On GOP Rep. Liz Cheney

The Washington Post reports: Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) came under fire Tuesday from the far-right flank of the House Republican caucus, who accused her of disloyalty to President Trump and a GOP incumbent, prompting calls for a challenge to her leadership position. Cheney, the chairman of the House Republican Conference, stood her ground and fired back at the conservative agitators, …

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McConnell Backs Second Round Of Stimulus Checks

ABC News reports: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell revealed Tuesday morning that Senate Republicans plan to support another round of stimulus checks – or “direct payments” – to Americans in their next coronavirus relief proposal. In a Senate floor speech, McConnell gave no details on just who Republicans think should get this next round of checks. Most Republicans wants a …

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GOP Ohio House Speaker, Former State GOP Chair, Lobbyists In Custody For Alleged $60M Bribery Case

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports: Federal officials arrested Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder and four others on Tuesday morning in connection with a $60 million bribery case. U.S. Attorney David DeVillers’ office would not discuss details of the case, but a source involved in the investigation confirmed Householder’s arrest to The Enquirer. Also arrested, according to the source: Neil Clark, founder …

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FBI Raids Farm Of GOP Ohio House Speaker, Announce Racketeering Case Related To $60M In Alleged Bribes

The Dayton Daily News reports: Police activity is being reported at Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder’s farm in Perry County and the U.S. Attorney’s office said it is holding a 2:30 p.m. press conference today related to $60 million in bribes paid to a state official and associates. FBI Special Agent in Charge Chris Hoffman and U.S. Attorney for the …

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RNC Planning Bulk Purchases Of Junior’s Coming Book

Politico reports: Donald Trump Jr. has a new book coming out next month, and he’ll have a powerful ally helping him sell it: the Republican National Committee. The RNC is buying copies of the first son’s forthcoming “Liberal Privilege,” which it will offer to donors who contribute at least $75. The committee orchestrated a similar fundraising campaign last year around …

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Billionaire WV Gov Got Up To $24M In Bailout Funds

ProPublica reports: Companies owned by West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice and his family received up to $24 million from one of the federal government’s key coronavirus economic relief programs, according to data made public Monday. At least six companies from Justice’s empire showed up on the list of Paycheck Protection Program aid recipients released by the Small Business Administration. The …

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Cultist Republicans Rush To Hail Trump’s Mask Tweet

CNN reports: President Donald Trump tweeted an image of himself wearing a face mask and indirectly called the act “patriotic” on Monday — a clear pivot away from his earlier reluctance to wear a facial covering in public. The shift to encouraging mask-wearing was primarily motivated by floundering poll numbers. For months, aides tried to get Trump to wear a …

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Teachers Unions Sue FL Gov Over School Opening Plan

The New York Times reports: Teachers unions sued Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida on Monday over his administration’s emergency order pushing schools to fully reopen next month even as coronavirus cases in the state are surging. The suit, which appears to be the first of its kind across the country, sets up a confrontation between unions and politicians that could …

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Missouri Gov: Schools Must Open Because Kids Who Get COVID There Will Just Go Back Home And “Get Over It”

“There’s data out there, there’s scientific evidence now of who this affects and who it doesn’t, and kids are the least likely to have a problem with this. “These kids have got to get back to school. They’re at the lowest risk possible, and if they do get COVID-19, which they will — and they will when they go to …

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FL Sheriff Says GOP Convention Plan “Not Achievable”

Axios reports: Duval County Sheriff Mike Williams told Politico that security plans put forth for the Republican National Convention in Jacksonville, Florida, next month are “not achievable” under current time constraints. Why it matters: The decision to move most of the RNC’s programming to Jacksonville last month has already come under scrutiny due to a massive surge in coronavirus cases …

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FL Reports 10K New Cases. DeSantis Heckled [VIDEO]

Orlando’s ABC News affiliate reports: Gov. Ron DeSantis held a briefing in Orlando to state the importance of convalescent plasma donations for COVID-19 patients. The governor held the press conference from the OneBlood headquarters at 12:15 p.m., but it wasn’t one without interference. DeSantis was interrupted briefly by protesters before they were turned away by police. Florida health officials reported …

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Allen West Elected Chairman Of Texas Republican Party

The Texas Tribune reports: Allen West, the firebrand former Florida congressman, has defeated Texas GOP Chairman James Dickey to lead the country’s largest state Republican Party. West claimed victory shortly before 3:30 a.m. Monday, while Dickey conceded about an hour later. The developments came during an early-morning round of voting among state Senate district caucuses at the party’s virtual convention. …

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Missouri Gov Vows To Pardon St. Louis Gun Brandishers

The Associated Press reports: Missouri Gov. Mike Parson told a radio host that based on the information he’s received, it’s likely he would pardon a white St. Louis couple if they are charged for brandishing guns during a racial injustice protest outside their mansion. Democratic Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner is investigating Mark and Patricia McCloskey, both in their 60s, for …

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Ernst Will Back Lame Duck Vote On SCOTUS Nominee

The Des Moines Register reports: Sen. Joni Ernst said Friday that the Senate should hold hearings on any Supreme Court nomination President Donald Trump might make this year, even if he loses November’s election. “If it is a lame-duck session, I would support going ahead with any hearings that we might have,” Ernst, a Republican, said during a taping of …

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Florida Gov Won’t Close Gyms: If You’re In Good Shape, You Have A “Very Low Likelihood” Of Getting Very Sick

The Independent reports: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) said on Friday he would not close gyms in his state during the COVID-19 pandemic because people who go to gyms are “in good shape.” “If you’re in good shape, you have a very, very low likelihood of ending up in significant condition as a result of the coronavirus,” said DeSantis. “I …

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GOP Rep Charged With Felony Voter Fraud Steps Down From House Committees, Loses Major Endorsements

The Kansas City Star reports: Kansas Republican Rep. Steve Watkins announced Friday he will voluntarily step down from his committee assignments in the U.S. House in the face of felony charges filed against him this week. Watkins’ decision to relinquish his committee posts comes as former political allies are distancing themselves from the first-term congressman. He’s become isolated in both …

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GOP Bill Would Offer Protection From COVID Lawsuits

The Wall Street Journal reports: Top Senate Republicans are pushing to give federal courts jurisdiction over personal injury and medical liability claims stemming from the coronavirus pandemic as part of a temporary set of legal protections for businesses, schools and other organizations. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) and Sen. John Cornyn (R., Texas) crafted the measure ahead of …

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Georgia Gov Sues Atlanta Mayor Over Mask Mandate

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports: Gov. Brian Kemp’s administration went to court Thursday seeking to block Atlanta from enacting coronavirus restrictions and requiring residents to wear masks, setting up a legal showdown between the state and local governments over efforts to contain the disease. The state filed a lawsuit challenging Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms’ July 10 decision to revert to …

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GOP Senator Asks DOJ To Probe St. Louis Prosecutor

The Washington Post reports: Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) asked the Justice Department on Thursday to investigate the St. Louis city prosecutor overseeing the case against a couple who pointed guns at civil rights demonstrators last month, the latest move in a war to cast the incident as either justified self-defense or an act of racial animus. Hawley’s letter is the …

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