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Rep. Eric Swalwell tore into the House GOP for removing Rep. Ilhan Omar from a powerful committee. Swalwell pointed out that an official GOP Twitter account praised Kanye West and took months to delete the message. House Republicans later voted to remove Omar from the panel. In October, the Twitter account for Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee expressed solidarity with Kanye West. House Republicans cited that report in a separate effort to remove Swalwell from the House Intelligence Committee.
House Republicans removed Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar from one of her committees on Thursday. The party-line vote struck at least a pair of GOP members as a dumb move. The dejected duo called it the "stupidest vote" and panned leadership for making Omar a "martyr." The not-so-private condemnation of Speaker Kevin McCarthy's campaign to remove Omar from the House Foreign Affairs panel happened after Republicans clinched the retaliatory strike on a party-line vote of 218-211. After Buck decreed it the "stupidest" political move, Simpson said the expulsion would probably make the Minnesota Democrat into a "martyr."
An overwhelming number of Rep. George Santos' own constituents want the Republican to resign. According to a new poll, 78% of voters in Santos' district want him to step down. According to a newly released Newsday/Siena College Poll, 78% of voters in Santos' district who responded to the survey want him to step down. The view was broadly supported by 71% of Republican respondents, 72% of independents, and 89% of Democrats. The poll comes after fellow New York House Republicans and some influential conservatives in the state previously called on Santos to resign.
Chris Sununu predicted Sunday that Trump won't win the Republican New Hampshire primary. download the app Email address By clicking ‘Sign up’, you agree to receive marketing emails from Insider as well as other partner offers and accept our Terms of Service and Privacy PolicyNew Hampshire GOP Gov. Chris Sununu said former President Donald Trump seems to be lacking the spark that propelled him to victory in 2016. He also criticized Trump's recent campaign stop in the state and predicted Trump wouldn't win the Republican primary there. Trump took aim at DeSantis' potential run for the GOP presidential nomination, telling Politico it would be "very disloyal."
AnalysisRonna McDaniel won a fourth term as chair of the Republican National Committee. McDaniel won with 111 votes. On average, the party that doesn't control the White House has picked up between 30 to 25 House seats, as shown by The Washington Post. Going by historical average performance, Democrats should have lost four US Senate seats. The GOP kicked out the sitting chair of the House Democrats' campaign arm, and Republicans also flipped four House seats in the Empire State.
Rep. Matt Gaetz was one of 20 House Republicans who challenged Kevin McCarthy's speaker bid. Gaetz told Insider that he's happier cruising along than climbing the political ladder. Earlier this week McCarthy named the 12 House Republicans spearheading a new "weaponization of federal government" subcommittee that was one of Gaetz's top priorities during the speaker vote negotiations. Jordan and other House Republicans are already stepping all over each other to chip away at President Joe Biden's reelection prospects ahead of the 2024 election. As one GOP strategist told Insider earlier this month about Gaetz: "I don't think this guy's looking to be a policymaker."
Special counsel John Durham's team reportedly opened up a criminal probe into Trump's financial dealings. It is not clear what happened to the probe, which started as a result of a tip by Italian officials. Instead, a tip from Italian officials led the Justice Department to quietly open a probe into shady financial deals linked to then-President Donald Trump. But, according to the Times, Italian officials responded by telling Durham's team about allegations of financial crimes that were serious enough that the DOJ opened a criminal investigation. At the time, vague reports about Durham's new criminal probe lit up conservative media.
George Santos reportedly wrote Facebook comments over a decade ago joking about Hitler. Santos, who would later claim to be Jewish, has been the subject of a variety of scandals related to his past. Santos' office declined to comment on the Patch report. According to Patch, Santos commented on a friend's photo of an apparent military salute in March 2011: "hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiigh hiiiiiiiiiiiitlerrrrrrrrrrr (hight hitler) lolololololololololololol sombody kill her!! Dum"George Santos' office declined to comment.
According to a new poll, Santos is now more well known than most of the top House Republican leaders. According to the poll of American adults, more people have views on Santos than House Majority Leader Steve Scalise or House Majority Whip Tom Emmer, the No. The most powerful Congressional leaders, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, were still more well known, though not by much. According to the poll, Santos is viewed more unfavorably than any congressional leader. Navigator research found Americans were more familiar with him than Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio, the newly-named chairman of the powerful House Judiciary Committee.
Trump claimed victory in a senior golf tournament, despite missing the first round of the competition. He was paying his respects to Diamond of "Diamond and Silk" on the first day of the tournament. Trump, whose company owns the course, was able to substitute in a previous score. "In addition to being an excellent golfer, President Trump is an even better human being," Chung said in a statement to the publication. Trump's golf prowess has also been called into question.
A Washington Post official blasted Mike Pompeo for his portrayal of Jamal Khashoggi in his new book. Post publisher Fred Ryan said Pompeo "outrageously" misrepresents "the life and work" of Khashoggi. "As the CIA — which Pompeo once directed — concluded, Jamal was brutally murdered on the orders of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman." The report also described that later in his life Khashoggi's ties to the group were "ambiguous." Hanan Elatr Khashoggi, Khashoggi's widow, told NBC News that Khashoggi' was never part of the group.
A Brazilian drag performer said Thursday that GOP Rep. George Santos "couldn't cut it" as a drag queen. Santos has denied having performed as a drag queen. Santos had an "outgrown sense of grandeur" and "lied all the time," Rochard told NBC, adding Santos "never the type of drag queen who could hold down the show." "The most recent obsession from the media claiming that I am a drag Queen or 'performed' as a drag Queen is categorically false," Santos said in a tweet from his official account. She added that Santos competed as a drag queen at a 2008 beauty pageant in Rio.
Republican Rep. George Santos will get to serve on two House committees. According to reports, Santos will serve on both a small business and a science-related panel. Santos will serve on both the House Small Business Committee and the Science, Space, and Technology Committee, multiple news outlets reported Tuesday. GOP Rep. Roger Williams of Texas, the chairman of the Small Business panel, told CNN that he did not "condone" Santos' behavior. Matt VanHyfte, a spokesperson for the Small Business Committee, confirmed to Insider that Santos will serve on the committee.
Nancy Pelosi reported that her husband lost more than $500,000 in December after selling Tesla shares. Paul Pelosi's trades were a facet of the coverage over a potential ban on lawmakers and their spouses. An investor and venture capitalist, Pelosi's husband is one of the most prodigious traders connected to a lawmaker. He's made tens of millions of dollars in stock trades during the past few years, congressional records indicate. A spokesperson for Nancy Pelosi, who also stepped down from Democratic leadership, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Missouri Democrats tore into their Republican colleagues over changes to the state House dress code. Republicans passed a rule requiring female lawmakers to cover their arms in the chamber. Proudie was speaking out against Republican state Rep. Ann Kelley's push to amend the House's formal rules by requiring women to wear a blazer while in the chamber. "It is absolutely ridiculous that we have to talk about it on the House floor in the House chamber. Like most statehouse chambers, the Missouri House must pass new rules once it convenes the General Assembly every two years.
Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed a special counsel to probe Biden's mishandling of classified information. "Mr. Hur has a long and distinguished career as a prosecutor," Garland told reporters after announcing his decision. Garland added that US attorney John Lausch, a Trump appointee who has guided the preliminary investigation, told Garland that he could only lead the initial stages of the probe. Responding to Garland's announcement, Richard Sauber, special counsel to the president, called the mishandling of documents a "mistake." "As I said earlier this week, people know I take classified documents and classified material seriously," Biden told reporters.
Ricketts' family owns the Chicago Cubs and has broadly supported conservative causes. Ricketts will replace former Republican Sen. Ben Sasse who left the chamber. Pete Ricketts will be joining the US Senate, an appointment that caps his political comeback and cements his family, which owns the Chicago Cubs, as one of the most powerful forces in American politics. Sen. Deb Fischer, a two-term Republican incumbent and loyal ally of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, is also up for reelection then too. Along with owning the Cubs, the Ricketts family has long been among the biggest funders of Republican campaigns.
Sen. Ted Cruz entered Monday night ecstatic about the TCU Horned Frogs' chances. #frogsby90," Cruz wrote on Twitter before the game. Led by Quarterback Stetson Bennett, a former walk-on player, Georgia stomped TCU 65-7. According to ESPN Stats and Info, the win is the largest margin of victory in a bowl game in college football history. Georgia enters next year with another chance at history: becoming the first team of the polling era to win three straight national titles.
Those included using the debt ceiling as leverage to slash spending on Democratic priorities like Social Security. These GOP demands could be especially problematic for President Joe Biden as Congress will have to raise the debt ceiling by mid-2023. Importantly, the debt ceiling isn't tied to new spending — it allows the government to pay for what Congress has already appropriated. In 2011, amid another debt ceiling standoff between congressional Republicans and then-President Barack Obama, S&P downgraded the US' credit rating, which top officials at the rating agency said was due to the delay in raising the debt ceiling. Other possibilities include using the 14th Amendment to sidestep the debt ceiling.
GOP Sen. Ben Sasse offered a parting blow to Trump as the Nebraskan leaves Congress. Sasse, who is moving on to academia, said it's "sad" the former president is so "needy and desperate." The Nebraska Republican also praised Trump for appointing conservative judges. Sasse formally resigned from the Senate on Sunday to become the next president of the University of Florida. Ricketts ran unsuccessfully for the Senate in 2006, losing handily to then-Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson.
Kevin McCarthy finally realized his goal and was elected speaker of the House. McCarthy was elected after days of failure amid the most chaotic speaker election in over a century. McCarthy clinched the speaker's gavel after 15 ballots and in the wee hours of the fifth day of voting. House GOP leaders then scrambled to delay future votes until Monday before abruptly reversing and forcing an immediate 15th vote. He'll also have to grapple with a Democratic-controlled Senate and White House, which will certainly block many conservative priorities.
House lawmakers are still not agreed on who will lead them. The lack of a speaker of the House has some very real consequences. White House National Security Council spokesperson John Kirby tamped down on any "significant risks" related to the delay. As we indicated above, the House can't pass its rules until it has a speaker. But House lawmakers have complained that they are unable to effectively coordinate due to their current unofficial status.
Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are sounding the alarm about how a nonfunctional House hurts national security. "If a national security crisis arises, the President of the United States is right down the street," he said. "I'm informed by House Security that, technically, I don't have a clearance," Gallagher, a former Marine Corps intelligence officer, told reporters. "I'm a member of the [House Intelligence Committee], I'm on the Armed Services Committee, and I can't meet in the SCIF to conduct essential business." "President Xi says, 'Our system of governance works because democracy don't,'" Bacon, a Nebraska Republican, told reporters.
Kevin McCarthy kept flailing Thursday as 20 House conservatives torched another speaker vote. Republican Rep. Josh Gottheimer, who was once a thorn in House Democrats' side, said the GOP could be in for chaos if talks could on their current trajectory. Republican Rep. Dan Crenshaw of Texas previously compared bringing back the procedural maneuver to governing "with a gun to your head." According to multiple reports, McCarthy has now agreed to let a single House Republican wield that power. This almost certainly means McCarthy would need to rely on House Democrats, a scenario that has doomed past GOP speakers.
Biden said "it's a little embarrassing" House Republicans can't agree on a speaker. This is the first time since 1923 that it has taken multiple ballots to fill the leadership post. Biden's comments come as the House of Representatives remains deadlocked over its inability to agree on a Speaker of the House. Without a speaker, the House cannot perform even the most basic function of swearing in lawmakers, let alone pass legislation. Meanwhile, the House is expected to continue votes on trying to find a speaker.
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