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Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene is cozying up with GOP leadership after two years of being an outsider. Two years later, under Republican leadership, she's angling herself into positions of power. It's clear she's learned valuable lessons from two of her GOP colleagues, Rep. Lauren Boebert and former Rep. Madison Cawthorn. In spite of this, Gingrich ultimately gained prominence among the GOP, becoming the Republican whip and later speaker of the House. Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia takes a selfie with Kevin McCarthy after his election as speaker of the House.
As COVID-19 raged, the House of Representatives voted in 2020 to allow members to vote by proxy. New House Speaker Kevin McCarthy has now ended it. With newfound control of the House, one of McCarthy's first moves was to eliminate proxy voting when finalizing the House rules package. Joined by 20 other GOP representatives, the lawsuit claimed the US Constitution only allowed for in-person voting and that proxy voting was unconstitutional. These trips are generally funded by the federal government, and proxy voting allowed members to vote while abroad on important business.
Three potential frontrunner candidates for president are embroiled in classified documents controversies. Classified documents were found in the homes of Joe Biden, Donald Trump, and Mike Pence. Former President Donald Trump, President Joe Biden, and former Vice President Mike Pence each improperly stored classified documents. In December 2022, Biden's attorney alerted Lausch that Biden's team found more classified documents near the garage of the president's Wilmington, Delaware home. After going through four boxes at his home, they found the small tranche of classified documents and alerted NARA.
Trump and his attorney were ordered to pay $171,631 to Hillary Clinton in legal fees. Judge Donald M. Middlebrooks punished the two for filing a "completely frivolous" lawsuit. In a filing on Thursday, Judge Donald M. Middlebrooks ordered the pair to pay Clinton and ten other groups a total of nearly $1 million in legal fees over a "completely frivolous" lawsuit against Clinton and a long list of Trump's political foes. In Thursday's filing, Middlebrooks slammed Trump and Habba over the case. Hours after Middlebrooks' filing became public, Trump withdrew a lawsuit against New York Attorney General Letitia James that also happened to be before Middlebrooks.
Trump ranted about the journalists who published a draft of the Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health opinion. He called on authorities to arrest the journalists to get them to divulge the leaker's identity. The Supreme Court's investigators said on Thursday they were unable to figure out the leaker's identity. On Thursday, the Supreme Court announced in a press release that investigators could not identify the leaker within the court despite interviewing 97 court employees. Nine minutes after his first tirade against the Politico journalists, Trump again called for them to be arrested.
Trump's campaign plans to leverage House Republicans' power to get his Facebook account reinstated early, according to NBC News. A Trump campaign adviser told NBC News that "keeping Trump off Facebook just looks political." Trump was suspended after the Capitol riot two years ago, with Facebook planning to review his suspension this year. A Trump adviser told NBC News that they plan to use House Republicans to pressure Meta into letting him access his account if Meta doesn't reinstate him. "If Facebook wants to have this fight, fine, but the House is leverage, and keeping Trump off Facebook just looks political," the adviser told NBC News.
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.
Santos dodged questions from GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz about the origin of a $705,000 loan to his campaign. After being asked, Santos repeatedly brought up a slew of conspiracy theories. Recent reporting has also raised serious questions about Santos' campaign finances and spending. During the podcast interview, Gaetz asked Santos asked about the origin of the $705,000 he donated to his campaign, but Santos twice dodged the question. "It didn't come from Burisma, it didn't come from Ukraine, Russia, China, unlike some folks that we all know get money from those sources."
U.S. Rep. George Santos (R-NY) watches proceedings during the fourth day of elections for Speaker of the House at the U.S. Capitol Building on January 06, 2023 in Washington, DC. Anna Moneymaker/Getty ImagesRep. George Santos lied about his education, work history, and more while on the campaign trail. Additionally, fellow New York Rep. Anthony D'Esposito became the first Republican member of Congress to call for Santos to resign on Wednesday. Republican Rep. George Santos of New York in the House chamber on January 4, 2023. Needless to say, this is a rather unlikely outcome for the career of Rep. George Santos.
The resume Rep. George Santos gave the Nassau County Republican Committee is full of lies. The resume, published by the New York Times, says he graduated from Baruch College summa cum laude with a high 3.89 GPA. Santos told the GOP committee he had obtained the high GPA at Baruch College, which recently said Santos never attended. Joseph Cairo, the chair of the Nassau County Republican Committee, called for Santos to resign on Wednesday. Cairo also pointed to another lie he said Santos told him.
Outgoing members of Congress are required to pass along ongoing constituent service information to their successors. His successor, Rep. Chuck Edwards, is now asking the public for help. This includes help obtaining government resources, casework, US Service Academy nominations, and more. And when a legislator departs Congress, they're expected to pass along any casework and ongoing constituent services information to their successor in order to maintain guidance and leadership for their constituents. Cawthorn, his successor said, failed to do that.
Marjorie Taylor Greene and Dr. Dre are feuding
  + stars: | 2023-01-09 | by ( Madison Hall | )   time to read: +2 min
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene posted a video on Twitter using the instrumental of Dr. Dre's "Still D.R.E." She later lashed out at Dr. Dre in a statement to TMZ. Howard E. King, Dr. Dre's attorney, sent Greene a cease-and-desist letter for her use of "Still D.R.E.," alleging copyright infringement. Prior to receiving the letter from his attorney, Greene addressed Dr. Dre in a statement to TMZ. Marjorie Taylor Greene🇺🇸 (@RepMTG) January 9, 2023
GOP Rep. Nancy Mace spoke about her new colleague, Rep. George Santos, on CBS News. She said it will be "very difficult" to work with Santos because he's proven untrustworthy. "It's very clear his entire résumé and life was manufactured until a couple days ago when he finally changed his website." While also appearing on "Face the Nation," GOP Rep. Tony Gonzales defended him by simply saying, "there's a lot of frauds in Congress." "I mean, George Santos is the least of this country's worries," he added.
In a speech given near the White House on January 6, Trump said he'd join protestors and march with them to the Capitol, though his march never occurred. "White House staff knew it, and so did every other Republican and Democratic leader in Washington." "After our last hearing, President Trump tried to call a witness in our investigation — a witness you have not yet seen in these hearings. That person declined to answer or respond to President Trump's call and, instead, alerted their lawyer to the call," Cheney said. Hutchinson also said that former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows asked for a pardon, along with Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani.
A former Capitol rioter announced his run for Congress on the two-year anniversary of the January 6 insurrection. Derrick Evans, who served three months in federal prison, is running in West Virginia's 1st Congressional District. His website says he'd work with pillow entrepreneur Mike Lindell to "fight for election integrity" if elected. art piece, former Capitol rioter Derrick Evans on Friday announced his plans to run for Congress on the Republican ticket. It says that if elected, he'd work with pillow entrepreneur Mike Lindell, among others, to "fight for election integrity."
Someone on the Democratic side of the House chamber yelled "mentiroso" at Rep.-elect George Santos. The word means "liar" in both Portuguese and Spanish. McCarthy endorsed Santos on the campaign trail, and Santos responded by giving a glowing endorsement of McCarthy to become the next Speaker. The House cannot move forward without a Speaker and must keep voting for one before any members are sworn in. Tuesday's failure to elect a Speaker on the first vote marked the first time such an event had happened in 100 years.
The Save America PAC is subscribed to the New York Times and the "thoroughly disgusting" Washington Post, among other outlets. Trump's Save America PAC subscribed to the New York Times, the "thoroughly disgusting" Washington Post, and even Insider. During the 2021-2022 election cycle, the Save America PAC purchased multiple $17 subscriptions to the New York Times, $40 subscriptions to the Financial Times, and a $75 subscription to the Washington Post. The Save America PAC did not respond to Insider's request for comment. On December 14, for example, the Save America Joint Fundraising Committee blasted out a text message from the former president.
77 members of Congress violated the STOCK Act in the 117th session of Congress. The Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act of 2012 is designed to curb insider trading and requires timely disclosure of financial trades. But a decade on, Republican and Democratic lawmakers alike routinely violate the STOCK Act: 40 Republicans and 37 Democrats in the current Congress violated the law, per Insider's tally. Some members of Congress violated the law more egregiously than others. GOP Rep. Pat Fallon of Texas, for example, violated the STOCK Act multiple times and waited months to disclose up to $17 million in trades.
Some White House aides wanted President Donald Trump to "peacefully protest" outside of the Capitol in a glass box on January 6. Trump ultimately didn't join the crowd as they swarmed the Capitol building on January 6. Tony Ornato, a former Secret Service agent and White House aide, testified in a deposition in late November that two White House aides— Bobby Peede and Max Miller — asked him if the president could join supporters and protest Congress counting of the electoral votes. When Ornato asked what Trump would even do outside of the Capitol, the aides suggested placing Trump in a secure glass box on a stage. But despite his wish to go to the Capitol that day, his team shot down the idea and brought him back to the White House.
Former President Donald Trump's tax returns were released on Friday morning. In November, the Supreme Court rejected Trump's last attempt to block the release. Prior to 2016, it was customary for presidential candidates to release their tax returns, allowing voters and media to assess a candidate's possible conflicts of interest and, of course, how much in taxes they actually end up paying. Despite Trump's efforts through the years, some of his previous tax returns had already been made public. Friday's tax records included the years that Trump was president.
Bernie Marcus, the billionaire cofounder of Home Depot, said Thursday "nobody works" anymore. Marcus donated millions to Trump in 2016 and 2020, and more to other Republicans over the years. In an interview with the Financial Times published Thursday, 93-year-old Bernie Marcus said "nobody works, nobody gives a damn," blaming the change on "socialism." In 2020, he made two separate donations of $5 million each to the Preserve America PAC, a single-candidate PAC that supports Trump. Marcus has also donated extensively to House and Senate races, contributing to a long list of Republican lawmakers that includes Sens.
The location of Rep. Lauren Boebert's former gun-themed restaurant is being filled by a Mexican restaurant. Shooters Grill, where waitresses proudly holstered firearms on the job, closed its doors in July. In July, Shooters Grill closed its doors for good after the landlord did not renew its lease, according to a tweet from Boebert. Now that Boebert's restaurant has shuttered, it appears that its location is going to be filled by a Mexican restaurant, Tapatios Family Mexican Restaurant, which now has emblazoned its "coming soon" sign on the premises' front window. Insider verified the location of the new restaurant by finding that "TAPATIOS2 LLC" was established in October at the same location as the former Shooters Grill.
The January 6 panel published its final report after a nearly 18-month probe into the attack. The 9-member committee of seven Democrats and two Republicans held its final public hearing on Monday. Top editors give you the stories you want — delivered right to your inbox each weekday. Loading Something is loading. Read the entire thing here:The report's release comes three days after the panel held its final public hearing on Monday, during which they referred Trump to the Justice Department on four criminal charges, including obstruction and inciting an insurrection.
Five senators voted against expanding protections for breastfeeding workers. The PUMP Act will now be included in the federal Omnibus bill, which the president is expected to sign. In online statements on Thursday, Merkley and Murkowski celebrated the passage of the PUMP Act. "I am encouraged to see the PUMP Act pass the Senate—good progress toward ensuring no mother ever has to choose between a job and nursing her child," Murkowski said. Merkley and Murkowski initially tried to get the PUMP for Nursing Mothers Act voted on as a standalone bill on Tuesday, but the attempt was blocked by Paul.
Hutchinson said she initially told the committee she had not heard of Trump lunging at a Secret Service member. But soon after her deposition, she said she told her attorney, "I lied, I lied, I lied." I just lied," Hutchinson said she told Passantino. "I lied, I lied, I lied." In a later deposition, Hutchinson told the committee she continued to be wracked with guilt after not being entirely truthful to the committee in her first deposition.
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