Tag Archives: GOP

GOP Sen. Bob Corker Fires Back After Trump Posts Lies About Him: “Yeah, Like Mexico Is Paying For The Wall”

Time Magazine reports: Outgoing Sen. Bob Corker criticized Donald Trump on Twitter Sunday after the President lashed out at the Tennessee Republican. In a series of tweets, Trump claimed that Corker abandoned a plan to run for a third Senate term because the President would not endorse him. The President then falsely stated that the senator was responsible for the …

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GOP Senators Rebuff Trump On “Nuclear” Option To End Filibuster Rule In Order To Pass $5B Wall Spending Bill

ABC News reports: Senate Republicans quickly rejected President Trump’s push that they go “nuclear” and change Senate rules to eliminate the legislative filibuster in order to pass a funding bill with $5 billion for his wall on the Mexican border. “I’ve long said that eliminating the legislative filibuster would be a mistake,” said outgoing Senate Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) …

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Axios: “Lots Of Republicans” Are Now Turning On Trump

Axios reports: Another reason this is a historic week — and what President Trump should really worry about — is that lots of different Republicans have been turning on him over different topics. A former Trump aide who asked to be described as “a Trump ally” told Axios that the sudden wave of criticism from the Hill over Syria and …

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House Advances Bill That Includes Border Wall Funding

NBC News reports: The House voted Thursday to advance a spending bill with money for President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall, further muddying the scramble to dodge a partial government shutdown by Friday. The chamber approved the measure in a 221-179 vote. It suggests the House can pass the short-term spending legislation in an expected vote later Thursday night. But …

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GEORGIA: Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Michael Williams Charged With Insurance Fraud, Lying To Police

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports: State Sen. Michael Williams, who waged a controversial campaign for governor this year, was charged this week with making a false report that computer servers were stolen from his campaign office shortly before his last-place finish in the May primary. The indictment, obtained by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, accuses the Forysth County Republican of insurance fraud, making …

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Former Rep. Aaron Schock Posts Heart Emoji Comment On Instagram Page Of Gay Party Promoter Eliad Cohen

Back in July, former Republican US House Rep. Aaron Schock petitioned the US Supreme Court to intervene in his corruption case, which has included controversial questions about his sexuality posed by prosecutors, who apparently want to know who Schock’s traveling companions really were on publicly-funded trips. Today eagle-eyed JMG reader Chris tips us that Schock has commented on the Instagram …

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Trump Tells Advisors He Wants Pence On 2020 Ticket

CNBC reports: President Donald Trump has been telling his closest political advisors in recent weeks that he wants Vice President Mike Pence to be with him on the ticket in 2020, CNBC has learned. The development comes amid media speculation that Trump could ditch Pence in favor of another running mate. Trump has told confidants that he wants Pence to …

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Freedom Caucus Revolts Over No-Wall Spending Bill

The Hill reports: Conservative lawmakers and pundits are blasting GOP leaders and President Trump over the stopgap spending measure that Congress is expected to pass this week, which will not provide the $5 billion demanded by Trump for a wall on the Mexican border. GOP lawmakers ripped the move, which will prevent a partial government shutdown beginning Saturday, saying that …

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Paul Ryan Leaves Behind Ballooning Federal Debt

Bloomberg reports: When Paul Ryan became speaker of the House in 2015, the federal budget deficit was $438 billion. He blamed the “failed policies of President Obama” for budget deficits that had exploded to $1.4 trillion in 2009, the year after the Great Recession, though shortfalls began shrinking in the following years and were continuing to fall as Ryan took …

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Graham Rips Trump For “ISIS Defeated” Claim: Pulling Out Of Syria Would Be A “Huge Obama-Like Mistake”

Mediaite reports: Following reports that the president is planning a full withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria (along with his proclamation on Twitter that ISIS has been defeated in Syria) Graham broke from the White House and bashed the move. “With all due respect, ISIS is not defeated in Syria, Iraq, and after just returning from visiting there — certainly …

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SOUTH CAROLINA: State GOP Willing To Cancel 2020 Primary To Protect Trump From Republican Challengers

The Washington Examiner reports: The South Carolina Republican Party could cancel its marquee presidential nominating contest in 2020 in a move to protect President Trump from any primary challengers. Drew McKissick, chairman of the South Carolina GOP, said he doesn’t anticipate Trump would face a primary challenge. But McKissick would pointedly not rule out canceling the primary, indicating that that …

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Senate Overwhelmingly Passes Prison Reform Bill

Mother Jones reports: In a rare bipartisan victory, the Senate overwhelmingly passed legislation Tuesday night that seeks to reduce the federal prison population. The First Step Act was approved in an 87-12 vote and will now go to the House, where it is expected to pass. Among the bill’s biggest impacts is the measure to retroactively reduce a major disparity …

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POLL: 34% Of GOP Voters Would Donate To Wall Fund

From the right wing Rasmussen Reports: Congress appears likely to refuse funding again for President Trump’s border wall, but one-in-five voters are willing to dig into their own pockets to privately fund the barrier on the U.S.-Mexico border. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 21% of Likely U.S. Voters say they would contribute money to …

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Arizona Gov Taps Martha McSally For Senate Seat

The Arizona Republic reports: Republican U.S. Rep. Martha McSally will replace retiring U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl to fill for the next two years the Senate seat long held by the late U.S. Sen. John McCain. Gov. Doug Ducey’s decision to appoint McSally, announced in a statement Tuesday and effective next month, revives her political life less than two months after …

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Comey Rages Against GOP After House Hearing: Why Don’t They Care About Trump Lies And Attacks On FBI?

Raw Story reports: In a Capitol Hill interview Monday, former FBI director James Comey slammed the GOP for trading their commitment to the rule of law for Donald Trump. Comey noted that he was once again interviewed by the outgoing Republican majority in the House of Representatives about Hillary Clinton and Christopher Steele’s damning dossier on Trump “while the president …

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NC State GOP Demands Certification Of US House Race Unless Evidence Shows Ballot Fraud Changed Result

Charlotte’s NPR affiliate reports: The North Carolina Republican Party says it’s “totally unacceptable” that the State Board of Elections has postponed a hearing on allegations of fraud in the 9th Congressional District until Jan. 11. The board had planned to hold a hearing on the 9th district on Friday, and had said it was mindful that the new Congress will …

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Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander To Retire In 2020

USA Today reports: After roughly a quarter century in elected office, Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee will retire after 2020. The former Republican governor, who has served in the Senate since first being elected in 2002, said Monday that he will not seek a fourth term in the upper chamber. “I will not be a candidate for re-election to the …

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GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz: Democrats Are Going To Impeach Trump, They Won’t Be Able To Help Themselves

The Rising reports: Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) said in an interview that aired Monday on “Rising” that House Democrats will move to impeach President Trump, saying the won’t “be able to help themselves” while citing pressure from the press, progressives and Democratic voters. “The Democrats aren’t going to be able to help themselves,” Gatez, a member of the House Judiciary …

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Obama Blasts Judge’s Ruling Against Obamacare

From a posting to his Facebook page: A lot of good people are fighting to ensure that nothing about your care will change. The ACA protects your pre-existing conditions, no matter how you get your insurance. Young people can stay on their parents’ plans until they’re 26. Preventive care like checkups, mammograms, and contraceptive care are still covered. Mental health …

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Bob Corker Won’t Say If Trump Should Be Primaried

Axios reports: Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), nearing the end of his time in the Senate after his decision to retire, was mum on whether or not he’d support a primary challenge against President Trump in 2020 during an interview on MSNBC’s “Kasie DC,” saying instead, “We’ve got to remember what the Republican Party is.” He added, “What is happening right …

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