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Unlikely to win in South Carolina, Nikki Haley set a benchmark for herself: better than 43%. That's how much of the vote she won in New Hampshire, her best state so far. download the app Email address Sign up By clicking “Sign Up”, you accept our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy . AdvertisementIt's been clear for weeks that Nikki Haley was going to lose her home state. "I think I need to do better than I did in New Hampshire," Haley said on Meet The Press on January 28.
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Rep. Dean Phillips said it's "absurd" that Sen. Amy Klobuchar is running for reelection this year. AdvertisementAs Sen. Amy Klobuchar seeks a fourth term in the Senate, one fellow Democratic member of the Minnesota delegation isn't having any of it. "I think the fact that Senator Klobuchar is running for another reelection is absurd," Rep. Dean Phillips said on "The Chad Hartman Show," a local radio show in Minneapolis. "Minnesotans want leaders who get results and that's what Senator Klobuchar does," said Hill. In the interview, Phillips also compared himself to former Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, who lost reelection to a GOP primary challenger after turning against former President Donald Trump.
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Read previewAs Rep. Lauren Boebert campaigns in her new Colorado district, establishment GOP figures who used to represent the area are lining up against her. On Thursday, three former Colorado GOP senators — Cory Gardner, Wayne Allard, and Hank Brown — endorsed Logan County commissioner Jerry Sonnenberg, one of several opponents Boebert faces in the GOP primary. All three ex-senators used to represent the 4th district, which covers the eastern portion of the state, in the House. "Each of them knows the fourth district and understands the kind of principled leadership our community needs in Congress," said Sonnenberg. During one recent debate, Boebert was asked by one of her opponents to define the word "carpetbagger."
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IVF treatments have been halted in Alabama after a ruling declared frozen embryos to be human life. Most House Republicans back a bill making a similar argument — with no IVF exception. Most House Republicans have cosponsored a bill declaring that life begins from the moment of conception, a position under increased scrutiny after the Alabama Supreme Court ruled that frozen embryos are "unborn children." This Congress, 125 House Republicans — including Speaker Mike Johnson — have cosponsored the "Life at Conception Act," which states that the term "human being" includes "all stages of life, including the moment of fertilization, cloning, or other moment at which an individual member of the human species comes into being." AdvertisementSome House Republicans in swing seats who have previously cosponsored the Life at Conception Act have done the same, including current cosponsor Reps. Michelle Steel of California and past cosponsor David Schweikert of Arizona.
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In the next several months, "The Squad" will face its biggest electoral test yet. AdvertisementAfter spending big in Democratic primaries in 2022, pro-Israel groups are again working to defeat several Squad members by electing more moderate, pro-Israel Democrats in their place. Other pro-Israel groups, including Democratic Majority for Israel, are also expected to spend significant sums of money. Several Squad members now face not just well-funded primary challengers, but significant personal scandals that could cost them with former supporters. AdvertisementHowever not all Squad members are endangered, and several of them are expected to cruise to reelection as the group faces primaries across 7 states between now and September.
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Rep. Ritchie Torres of New York is no longer a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) after months of tensions with colleagues over the Israel-Hamas war. This story is available exclusively to Business Insider subscribers. It's also unclear whether Torres left the caucus voluntarily, with one senior progressive caucus member telling Business Insider that the New York Democrat "never showed up" for meetings. One fellow progressive member told Business Insider that he only found out about it via social media. AdvertisementIt's also not the first time Torres has left a progressive caucus.
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Tucker Carlson's interview with Vladimir Putin was greeted with some interest on Capitol Hill. "Putin is a studied man of resolute spirit," said GOP Rep. Clay Higgins. AdvertisementWhen former Fox News host Tucker Carlson released his interview with Russian President Vladimir Putin last week, at least a few Republicans on Capitol Hill tuned in with interest. Conservative on one hand, rapidly changing on the other,” said Putin, according to Carlson’s translator. “And we have to be smarter.”AdvertisementAnd Higgins had little time for criticism of Carlson’s interview.
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House Republicans keep calling it quits, even though they're in the majority. Republican Rep. Mike Gallagher of Wisconsin announced his retirement on Friday after facing backlash over his vote against it. But like other retiring Republicans, they've apparently decided it's just not worth it. Taking those factors into account, you're left with eight retiring Democrats and 15 retiring Republicans. — that I can go campaign on and say we did," said Republican Rep. Chip Roy of Texas in a November floor speech.
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The recent special counsel report raised questions about Biden's memory and age. "The age issue is obviously front and center for both candidates," said McConnell. AdvertisementAfter a special counsel report spelled out concerns about President Joe Biden's age and memory, many Republicans immediately moved to make it an issue. "The age issue is obviously front and center for both candidates," McConnell told CNN. AdvertisementOn Friday, the special counsel release a report that did not recommend charges against Biden for mishandling classified documents.
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Read previewHomeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas is only the second Cabinet secretary to be impeached in American history. The three Republicans who voted to oppose Mayorkas' impeachment have each warned about establishing a new precedent for the action some lawmakers place only below authorizing a war. Still, the vote to impeach Trump for inciting the Capitol riot was the most bipartisan presidential impeachment vote in history. As The New York Times pointed out during Trump's first impeachment, one out of every four presidents have had articles of impeachment written up against them. Gallagher announced his decision just days after bucking his party on the first vote to impeach Mayorkas.
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Rep. Mike Collins is pointing fingers at the more than 100 Republicans who voted to expel Santos. AdvertisementRep. Mike Collins is taking one lesson from Tuesday night's special election in New York: Republicans shouldn't have joined with Democrats to expel George Santos from Congress. the Georgia Republican wrote shortly after former Democratic Rep. Tom Suozzi was declared the winner of the special election in New York's 3rd congressional district. — Rep. Mike Collins (@RepMikeCollins) February 14, 2024Collins isn't alone in lamenting the loss of Santos recently. In reality, the special election loss on Tuesday may have come down to the GOP's aversion to early voting.
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Three Democratic senators voted against a $95.3 billion bill to give aid to Israel and Ukraine. Other Democratic senators who have been critical of the war voted for the aid anyway. AdvertisementEarly on Tuesday morning, the Senate passed a $95.3 billion bill to provide aid to Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan by a 70-29 margin. Most of the votes against the bill came from Republicans, some of whom were opposed to providing $60 billion in Ukraine aid while others protested the lack of border security provisions. It requires any country receiving foreign aid, including Israel, to submit written assurances that they are complying with human rights laws.
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download the appSign up to get the inside scoop on today’s biggest stories in markets, tech, and business — delivered daily. AdvertisementBut among rank-and-file Democratic voters, the situation is far more dire and could threaten Biden's chances of being reelected next November. According to one recent poll, 50% of Democrats believe Israel is committing genocide in Gaza. While many Democrats who believe that may be willing to support Biden anyway, there's a sizeable portion who may decline to support Biden's reelection. In contrast to questions about Israel, top Democrats have quickly moved to dismiss questions about the special counsel report.
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Read previewAs President Joe Biden faces fresh questions related to his age and memory , another point of pressure is brewing in the battleground state of Michigan. Elabed is Tlaib’s younger sister, while Alawieh was once a top staffer to the Michigan congresswoman. Today, I’m joining 30+ of my elected colleagues from across SE Michigan in pledging to cast an “Uncommitted” vote in the upcoming presidential primary election. Uncommitted Michigan Democrats opposed to Biden’s policy in Gaza can demonstrate that we hold his margin of victory for re-election,” reads the group’s website . “Senior Biden officials were talking about the mistakes as more of a messaging problem,” said Alawieh.
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Regardless, the Democratic Party could have avoided this altogether. But the same poll suggested that if the choice was between Trump and another Democratic candidate, 40% would probably vote for Trump and 48% would vote for the Democratic candidate. David Axelrod, a former strategist for Barack Obama, said at the time the polls would "send tremors of doubt" through the Democratic Party. If he continues to run, he will be the nominee of the Democratic Party," he wrote on X. The Democratic Party did not seriously consider putting up a candidate other than Biden in 2024, and it's left them with next to no alternative options.
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Larry Hogan is running for Senate despite trashing the idea last year. "Not a lot gets done in the Senate," Hogan said in May 2023, reaffirming his decision not to run. Larry Hogan of Maryland didn't have especially nice things to say about the US Senate. It’s what I did as Maryland’s governor, and it’s exactly how I'll serve Maryland in the Senate. "Governor Hogan is a great leader for Maryland, and that's why he remains overwhelmingly popular in the state," said Daines.
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Special Counsel Robert Hur's report says some unflattering things about Biden's memory. Voters will have a binary choice to make, and plenty of them are still ready to reject Trump again. download the app Email address Sign up By clicking “Sign Up”, you accept our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy . Yet that same poll shows former President Donald Trump leading Biden by 47% to 42% — not a good result for Biden, but not unsalvageable. Since the beginning of Biden's presidency, he's issued occasionally gaffes, tripped on stairs, or had other incidents that highlight the fact that he's old.
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On Wednesday, 17 Republican senators joined with Democrats to begin debate on a version of the foreign aid bill that no longer includes any of the border security provisions. AdvertisementThe $95.34 billion package contains $60 billion in new aid to Ukraine, $14 billion for Israel, and $9.15 billion for humanitarian assistance, including for Gaza. In May 2022 — the last time the Senate voted on a bill primarily dealing with Ukraine aid — 39 GOP senators supported it. Several Democratic senators are hoping to impose new conditions on Israel aid amid the devastating war in Gaza, and Republicans may offer amendments of their own. Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia has threatened to call a vote on ousting Johnson from the speakership if he allows another vote on Ukraine aid.
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Perhaps the biggest takeaway from Special Counsel Robert Hur's report is that President Joe Biden is struggling with memory issues. Hur's report, while not recommending any criminal charges over Biden's handling of classified documents, included seemingly grave warnings about the president's mental acuity. During a portion dealing with classified documents pertaining to Afghanistan, the report noted that the 81-year-old president "would likely present himself to a jury, as he did during our interview of him, as a sympathetic, well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory." This story is available exclusively to Business Insider subscribers. Become an Insider and start reading now.
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Sen. James Lankford was the top GOP negotiator on the failed border security deal. AdvertisementSen. James Lankford of Oklahoma spoke on Wednesday about the political challenges he's encountered while serving as the top GOP negotiator on a bipartisan border security deal. We'll let the presidential election solve this problem." Lankford went on to say that a "popular commentator" — without naming any names — threatened to "destroy" him if he negotiated the deal during a presidential election year, regardless of what was in it. Advertisement"I will do whatever I can to destroy you, because I do not want you to solve this during the presidential election," Lankford recounted the commentator saying.
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Democrats believe it will be essentially impossible to get that aid through both chambers of Congress without attaching it to Israel aid. AdvertisementYet despite AIPAC's endorsement of a $11.7 billion Israel aid package on Tuesday, all but 46 House Democrats voted against it. Democratic Rep. Don Beyer, a former diplomat, said he sees little urgency in approving more Israel aid. Another factor in Democrats' rejection of the Israel aid bill was its exclusion of humanitarian aid for Palestinians, which is included in the Senate's foreign aid bill. And there are some progressive Democrats who are likely to spurn further Israel aid altogether.
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House Republicans narrowly failed to impeach DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas on Tuesday. That wouldn't have happened if George Santos hadn't been expelled or Kevin McCarthy hadn't resigned. AdvertisementOn Tuesday, House Republicans suffered an embarrassing setback — they narrowly failed to impeach DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas after 3 Republicans voted against it. But Tuesday's failed vote was the first time House Republicans have suffered at the hands of their slowly shrinking majority, which has been driven by retirements and expulsions in recent months. AdvertisementTwo prominent names who weren't around to vote on Tuesday: former Rep. George Santos of New York and former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy.
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In January 2023, Rep. Mike Bost got up and screamed at Matt Gaetz as he trashed Kevin McCarthy. Now, Gaetz is backing Bost's primary challenger: failed GOP gubernatorial candidate Darren Bailey. Gaetz called the Illinois congressman "lackluster" and compared him to Liz Cheney. AdvertisementRepublican Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida is seeking to end the career of a fellow GOP congressman who once screamed at him on the House floor. Gaetz is endorsing Darren Bailey — a former Illinois state representative who was the GOP's unsuccessful nominee for governor in 2022 — in his primary campaign against Rep. Mike Bost.
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The House is voting on a $17.6 billion Israel aid bill as a broader national security bill stalls. Sen. John Fetterman, a vocally pro-Israel Democrat, doesn't want to see the Senate take it up. AdvertisementSen. John Fetterman of Pennsylvania has stuck his neck out in support of Israel more than many other Democrats since the October 7 Hamas terrorist attacks. But that doesn't mean the Pennsylvania Democrat is breaking with his party on a $17.6 billion Israel aid bill that House Republicans are teeing up for a vote on Tuesday evening. "It's just cheap thrills," Fetterman said of the Israel bill in a brief interview with BI at the Capitol on Tuesday.
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The House failed to pass a $17.6 billion bill to provide aid to Israel on Tuesday. 14 House Republicans joined with Democrats to vote against it, citing the cost. Yet among the lawmakers who voted down the $17.6 billion bill were 14 Republicans, most of whom argued that the bill was fiscally irresponsible. AdvertisementThis is the second time the House has voted on an Israel aid bill since the October 7, 2023, Hamas terrorist attacks. That was part of an attempt to unlink Israel aid from Ukraine aid, which is far more toxic to Republicans.
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