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SEE NEW POSTSTrump releases tweet-sized statement urging demonstrations to remain peaceful President Donald Trump released a tweet-sized statement through the press office on Wednesday, which was promptly read by Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, on the House floor. Trump wrote: “In light of reports of more demonstrations, I urge that there must be NO violence, NO lawbreaking and NO vandalism of any kind. Last week, there was a domestic threat at the door of the Capitol and he did nothing to stop it. He continued: “A vote against this impeachment is a vote to validate the unacceptable violence we witnessed in our nation’s capital." He should have immediately denounced the mob when he saw what was unfolding," McCarthy said on the House floor before the impeachment vote.
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Rep. Raskin condemns Capitol riot and voices support for impeachment
  + stars: | 2021-01-13 | by ( Nbc News | ) www.nbcnews.com + 0.00   time to read: +7 min
SEE NEW POSTSTo resounding applause, Rep. Newhouse becomes 6th House GOPer to support impeachment Rep. Dan Newhouse, R-Wash., said on Wednesday he would vote yes on impeachment, joining the five other House Republicans who have said they will vote to impeach the president. Last week, there was a domestic threat at the door of the Capitol and he did nothing to stop it. That's why with a heavy heart and clear resolve, I will vote yes on these articles of impeachment," Newhouse said, to cheers from Democrats in the chamber. He continued: “A vote against this impeachment is a vote to validate the unacceptable violence we witnessed in our nation’s capital." He should have immediately denounced the mob when he saw what was unfolding," McCarthy said on the House floor before the impeachment vote.
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SEE NEW POSTSTo resounding applause, Rep. Newhouse becomes 6th House GOPer to support impeachment Rep. Dan Newhouse, R-Wash., said on Wednesday he would vote yes on impeachment, joining the five other House Republicans who have said they will vote to impeach the president. Last week, there was a domestic threat at the door of the Capitol and he did nothing to stop it. That's why with a heavy heart and clear resolve, I will vote yes on these articles of impeachment," Newhouse said, to cheers from Democrats in the chamber. He continued: “A vote against this impeachment is a vote to validate the unacceptable violence we witnessed in our nation’s capital." He should have immediately denounced the mob when he saw what was unfolding," McCarthy said on the House floor before the impeachment vote.
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McCarthy says Trump 'bears responsibility for Wednesday's attack'
  + stars: | 2021-01-13 | by ( Nbc News | ) www.nbcnews.com + 0.00   time to read: +8 min
SEE NEW POSTSMcCarthy says Trump 'bears responsibility for Wednesday's attack' House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., said in remarks on the House floor that Trump is to blame for last Wednesday's attack on the Capitol — but he shouldn't be impeached for it. "The president bears responsibility for Wednesday's attack on Congress by mob rioters. He should have immediately denounced the mob when he saw what was unfolding," McCarthy said on the House floor before the impeachment vote. McCarthy, however, said he opposes impeaching Trump, suggesting the censure of the president and a bipartisan commission to investigate the events leading up to the riot might be the better options. Pelosi delivers remarks on impeachment: Trump presents a 'clear and present danger' Jan. 13, 2021 07:17 Share this -
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GOP Rep. wears 'censored' mask while speaking on House floor
  + stars: | 2021-01-13 | by ( Nbc News | ) www.nbcnews.com + 0.00   time to read: +8 min
SEE NEW POSTSGOP Rep. wears 'censored' mask while speaking on House floor Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., who has repeatedly refused to wear a mask on the House floor, including last week before the Capitol riots, showed up for Wednesday's vote wearing a mask that said the word "censored" on it. Share this -To resounding applause, Rep. Newhouse becomes 6th House GOPer to support impeachment Rep. Dan Newhouse, R-Wash., said on Wednesday he would vote yes on impeachment, joining the five other House Republicans who have said they will vote to impeach the president. He continued: “A vote against this impeachment is a vote to validate the unacceptable violence we witnessed in our nation’s capital." He should have immediately denounced the mob when he saw what was unfolding," McCarthy said on the House floor before the impeachment vote. Matt Fuller, a reporter for HuffPost, recorded at least 12 GOP lawmakers either side-stepping the metal detectors or setting them off and continuing on to the House floor.
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Pelosi to speak at lectern commandeered during Capitol riots
  + stars: | 2021-01-13 | by ( Nbc News | ) www.nbcnews.com + 0.00   time to read: +7 min
SEE NEW POSTSPelosi to speak at lectern commandeered during Capitol riots Remember that lectern seen being carried around the Capitol by a rioter (who was later arrested)? Last week, there was a domestic threat at the door of the Capitol and he did nothing to stop it. He continued: “A vote against this impeachment is a vote to validate the unacceptable violence we witnessed in our nation’s capital." He should have immediately denounced the mob when he saw what was unfolding," McCarthy said on the House floor before the impeachment vote. This is a vote of conscience," Cheney told a member of the press pool on Capitol Hill.
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But in the general election, the Adelsons invested millions more in another super PAC that aimed to help Mr. Romney defeat President Barack Obama. For years, top Republicans sought Mr. Adelson’s approval and cash. In the 2016 presidential primary, Mr. Trump attacked his fellow Republicans for pursuing Mr. Adelson, in particular Senator Marco Rubio of Florida. I agree!” Mr. Trump wrote on Twitter in October 2015. Once Mr. Trump became the apparent Republican nominee and the party started to unify around his renegade candidacy, Mr. Adelson agreed to back him.
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Democrats are conflicted about President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration. After all, it's the Republican's federal agencies that are overseeing inauguration security. Making matters even more complicated is the fact Trump has also said he will not attend Biden's inauguration. But other Democrats said they had confidence in the inaugural plan Biden has already put in place. For security purposes, Biden's inauguration was long ago designated a National Special Security Event by the Homeland Security Department.
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Democrats squeamish over security for Biden inauguration
  + stars: | 2021-01-12 | by ( Tina Sfondeles | ) www.businessinsider.com + 0.00   time to read: +8 min
Democrats are conflicted about President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration. After all, it's the Republican's federal agencies that are overseeing inauguration security. Making matters even more complicated is the fact Trump has also said he will not attend Biden's inauguration. But other Democrats said they had confidence in the inaugural plan Biden has already put in place. For security purposes, Biden's inauguration was long ago designated a National Special Security Event by the Homeland Security Department.
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Toomey's remarks reflect a growing momentum in Washington to hold Trump accountable for Wednesday's unrest. The riots prompted a number of Republicans, including Cabinet members and longtime allies, to speak out. "And I think that's, I think that's the right thing. As is, majorities of both House and Senate Democrats now support Trump’s removal from office, in addition to the several Republicans. "And if that's the case, I think ... every day, we get closer to the last day of his presidency.
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He told CNN he believed Trump could be held criminally liable in the events at the Capitol. Lisa Murkowski on Friday became the first Republican U.S. senator to say Trump should resign immediately, and Republican Ben Sasse said he would “definitely consider” impeachment. Republican leaders have urged the Democratic-led House not to initiate impeachment proceedings for a historic second time against Trump. The House could take up impeachment on Tuesday or Wednesday, Clyburn told CNN’s “State of the Union.”Biden has not taken a position on Trump’s impeachment, saying he will leave it to Congress. The Republican-controlled Senate cleared Trump during his first impeachment trial over allegations he threatened U.S. national security.
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GOP Sen. Roy Blunt on Sunday rejected calls for President Donald Trump to resign, insisting that the president should complete his term in office. On the CBS program "Face the Nation," Blunt said, "No," when asked if he would call on Trump to resign. "Well, it would be up to him, but my view would be is what the president should do is finish the last 10 days of his presidency," Blunt added. GOP Sen. Roy Blunt on Sunday threw cold water on calls for President Donald Trump to resign, insisting that the president should complete his term in office after a tumultuous week that saw legions of pro-Trump rioters storm the US Capitol. "Well, the president-elect will be the president-elect when the electors vote for him," Blunt said at the time.
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Police Reassess Security for Inauguration and Demonstrations After Capitol Attack
  + stars: | 2021-01-10 | by ( Alan Feuer | ) www.nytimes.com sentiment -0.98   time to read: +1 min
Federal and local authorities across the country pressed their hunt this weekend for the members of the angry mob that stormed the Capitol building last Wednesday, as Washington’s mayor issued an urgent appeal to start preparing immediately for more potential violence before, during and after the inauguration of President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. Following one of the most stunning security lapses in the city’s history, Mayor Muriel E. Bowser sent a firmly worded letter on Saturday to the Department of Homeland Security, asking officials to move up to Monday the implementation of heightened security measures that are otherwise set to begin on Jan. 19, just one day before Mr. Biden’s swearing-in. Ms. Bowser’s call to action, which came as law enforcement officers in several states made arrests related to the assault on the Capitol, was echoed Sunday by Senator Roy Blunt, the Missouri Republican who is charged with overseeing the planning of the inaugural celebration. The Capitol complex, typically a hive of activity, remained cut off from its surroundings Sunday night by troop deployments and an imposing scrim of seven-foot-tall, unscalable fencing. Still in shock from the worst breach of the building in more than two centuries, lawmakers were expected to turn their attention this week to a second slate of impeachment charges against President Trump, who has said little about the rampage he helped incite — in part because social media companies, like Twitter and Facebook, have either banned him or severely limited his use of their platforms.
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At 41, Hawley is the youngest sitting senator and is thought of as a possible 2024 Republican presidential candidate. He's been getting everyone fired up, and I think the reason Sen. Hawley did what he did was pressure from his constituents." Yet Hawley's counterpart, Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., was not among the handful of Republicans to make any objections. "In Sen. Hawley's case, no such evidence existed to suggest the electors were not legitimate. "Sen. Hawley’s job was to represent the truth," he added.
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Former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer said that he would no longer "defend" President Donald Trump following a pro-Trump riot in the Capitol building on Wednesday, according to the Associated Press. "At this point, I won't defend him anymore," said Fleischer, who voted for Trump last year. "I won't defend him for stirring the pot that incited the mob. Fleischer, also a Fox News contributor, served as press secretary under then-President George W. Bush from January 2001 to July 2003. Former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer said that he would no longer "defend" President Donald Trump following a pro-Trump riot in the Capitol building on Wednesday that left five people dead, according to the Associated Press.
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For Trump and the Nation, a Final Test of Accountability
  + stars: | 2021-01-09 | by ( Peter Baker | ) www.nytimes.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
A nationally televised trial could dominate discussion and would prevent other business in the Senate. “If the House does send articles of impeachment over, they really get the Biden administration off to a bad start,” Senator Roy Blunt, Republican of Missouri, said in an interview on Saturday. “We’ve never had to consider even the possibility of impeaching a president twice, or in the final days of his presidency,” said Michael J. Gerhardt, a constitutional scholar at the University of North Carolina who testified in Mr. Trump’s first impeachment and favors another trial. “But the danger is he is acquitted and the momentum of condemnation now is lost. Plus, until we change the mentality of his base, we have not gotten at the underlying issue.”
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Andrew Denney is a 36-year-old Brooklyn-based journalist who was on the ground in Washington DC yesterday as rioters stormed the US Capitol building. "It was eye-popping to witness the acrimony that Trump supporters, part of a movement that has shown strong support for law enforcement, had for the Capitol Police," Denney says. Just hours before, Trump instructed his supporters to march on the Capitol, just a short walk from the train station. Rioters scaled the walls of the west side of the building and a mob had taken over the Capitol steps. A man shouts at a Capitol police officer stationed after rioters smashed into the building and got into violent skirmishes with police.
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Once a Foe of Trump, Cruz Leads a Charge to Reverse His Election Loss
  + stars: | 2021-01-03 | by ( Luke Broadwater | ) www.nytimes.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
But he also did not “want to be in a position where we’re suggesting setting aside the results of an election, just because the candidate that we supported didn’t happen to prevail.”“That’s not a principled constitutional position,” Mr. Cruz added. Those involved have conceded their effort is unlikely to be successful. “Proposing a commission at this late date — which has zero chance of becoming reality — is not effectively fighting for President Trump,” Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, wrote on Twitter. “It appears to be more of a political dodge than an effective remedy.”Senator Roy Blunt, the No. 4 Republican, said he too believed Mr. Cruz’s plan had no chance of success.
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But McConnell quickly objected to the measure, which would have increased the size of the checks to $2,000 from $600. Democrats pushed for McConnell to hold a full vote on the measure as soon as possible, but McConnell was vague about his plans in remarks on the Senate floor. "President @realdonaldtrump is right — I support this push for $2,000 in direct relief for the American people," Perdue tweeted on Tuesday morning. Congress' Joint Committee on Taxation estimates that increasing the stimulus checks to $2,000 a person would cost another $463.8 billion beyond the estimated $908 billion in the Covid-19 relief bill Trump signed on Sunday. Another Senate Republican, Marco Rubio of Florida, indicated Monday that he would support the additional payments.
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Opinion | Will Pence Do the Right Thing?
  + stars: | 2020-12-29 | by ( Neal K. Katyal | John Monsky | ) www.nytimes.com + 0.65   time to read: +2 min
The drafters of the Electoral Count Act consciously insisted on this weakened role for the vice president. Neither Vice President Pence nor the loyal followers of President Trump have a valid basis to contest anything. To be sure, this structure creates awkwardness, as it forces the vice president to announce the result even when personally unfavorable. After the close election of 1960, Richard Nixon, as vice president, counted the votes for his opponent, John Kennedy. He has not even acknowledged the historic win by Kamala Harris, the nation’s first female, first African-American and first Asian-American vice president.
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  + stars: | 2020-12-29 | by ( Neal K. Katyal | John Monsky | ) www.nytimes.com + 0.65   time to read: +2 min
The drafters of the Electoral Count Act consciously insisted on this weakened role for the vice president. Neither Vice President Pence nor the loyal followers of President Trump have a valid basis to contest anything. To be sure, this structure creates awkwardness, as it forces the vice president to announce the result even when personally unfavorable. After the close election of 1960, Richard Nixon, as vice president, counted the votes for his opponent, John Kennedy. He has not even acknowledged the historic win by Kamala Harris, the nation’s first female, first African-American and first Asian-American vice president.
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The Democratic-controlled House of Representatives is expected to pass a bill Monday evening to increase direct coronavirus relief payments to some people to $2,000, but the measure faces an uphill battle in the Republican-run Senate, despite support from President Donald Trump. The House is expected to vote on the bill, which would increase the $600 in direct payments to those who earned less than $75,000 last year to $2,000, at around 5 p.m. Trump cited the scheduled House vote in a statement Sunday announcing that he had finally signed the $2.3 trillion Covid-19 relief and government funding package. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., predicted the supplement would pass the House. "Every Republican vote against this bill is a vote to deny the financial hardship that families face and to deny the American people the relief they need,” Pelosi said.
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That bill included a new round of $600 direct payments and help for jobless Americans, families and businesses struggling in the pandemic. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has said that House Democrats would vote Monday on a standalone bill that would provide direct payments to Americans of $2,000 a person. A top Senate Republican urged Trump on Thursday to sign the bill, while adding that he did not support raising the payments. The legislation already passed by Congress includes two bills that were combined: One was the Covid-19 relief and stimulus bill, and the other was a large spending bill to fund the government through September. If the spending bill is not enacted, the government will have to start shutting down beginning Tuesday.
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Lawmakers from both parties have urged Trump to sign the bill as is. "The best way out of this is for the president to sign the bill, and I still hope that's what he decides to do," Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo. "It took us a long time to get to where we are, I think reopening that bill would be a mistake." A senior Senate Republican aide told NBC News that the bill was being flown to Palm Beach, Florida, where Trump is spending Christmas. One of the president's demands included bigger stimulus checks of $2,000 instead of $600.
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Andrew Yang files paperwork for New York City mayoral bid
  + stars: | 2020-12-23 | by ( ) www.nbcnews.com + 0.00   time to read: +31 min
SEE NEW POSTSAndrew Yang files paperwork for New York City mayoral bid WASHINGTON — Former Democratic presidential hopeful Andrew Yang has filed paperwork with New York City to run for mayor, marking the next political chapter for the entrepreneur who mounted an underdog bid for president in 2020. Yang, who had been reportedly eyeing a bid for New York City mayor, filed on Wednesday with the city's Campaign Finance Board. An affiliated committee, Yang For New York, which is associated with a top Yang aide, also registered with the city board. Before that, he led the South Carolina Democratic Party. It’s that the Democratic Party needs to assess how we can more effectively communicate our answers to misinformation,” Baretto said.
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