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    Illinois Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger on Wednesday cheered fellow Republican Rep. Madison Cawthorn's defeat in a North Carolina primary – calling it 'good for the country' and saying he was 'glad' he lost. Cawthorn, 26, narrowly lost to state Sen. Chuck Edwards after former President Donald Trump asked voters to give him a second chance despite a series of scandals.     'It is good for the country. It is good for the party. It is good for the 11th District of North Carolina,' Kinzinger told CNN's 'New Day.' He then cast Cawthorn, who shot to conservative media stardom only to have key power-brokers turn against him, as someone who sought attention without paying attention to governing.  Illinois Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois celebrated the defeat of North Carolina GOP Rep. Madison Cawthorne in a North Carolina primary Tuesday 'I mean, you know, look, D.C.. has become kind of a growing ground for people that are just more interested in fame than governing, that are more interested in becoming famous than actually doing really serious work in a time when, you...
    (CNN)Tuesday proved it again: The Republican Party is Donald Trump's party. Make no mistake: Trump's endorsement of J.D. Vance in the Ohio Republican US Senate primary was the reason the author and first-time candidate won the nomination. As he has done many times before -- Ron DeSantis, I am looking at you -- Trump reached down into the middle of the Republican pack, plucked someone out and drove them to a victory.Read More What's new about the Vance endorsement and win is that they didn't come with Trump as president, at the zenith of his political power and influence. They came, instead, after Trump became the first incumbent president since George H.W. Bush to lose his bid for a second term. And after his party had, in quick succession, lost its majorities in the House (2018) and Senate (2020), due in large part to Trump's unpopularity in the country at large. All of which brings me to a line from a speech Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, a potential 2024 GOP presidential candidate in his own right, gave Tuesday evening at...
    Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt has been absolutely relentless when it comes to attacking trans and nonbinary youth in the state of Oklahoma. On Tuesday, Stitt signed a hateful bill into law that bans nonbinary sex markers on birth certificates, as reported by CNN. The legislation insists that the sex designated on a birth certificate must be either “male” or “female.” It may not include nonbinary or any symbol related to nonbinary identity, including but not limited to “X.” Mind you, a growing number of states (soon to be 16, in fact, plus Washington, D.C.) in the nation recognize X as a sex marker on official documents and forms of identification. It’s also permitted on U.S. passports. It’s also allowed on official government documents in a number of countries across the globe. But Republicans don’t want trans and nonbinary people to have even a shred of dignity or government recognition. After all, it becomes much easier to stop trans and nonbinary people from accessing gender-affirming health care, for example, if their gender is affirmed by the government. And that’s exactly what conservatives...
    CNN’s Dana Bash sat down with Republican Governor Larry Hogan (R-MD) on Sunday and discussed a variety of topics from the war in Ukraine to the 2022 midterm elections. However, Hogan’s comments regarding his fellow Republican governor, Florida’s Ron DeSantis, were particularly noteworthy as he pulled no punches in calling DeSantis out for hypocrisy. Bash asked Hogan to weigh in on DeSantis saying he will “retaliate” against Disney and the controversy, in general, surrounding Florida’s recently passed House Bill 1557, dubbed by critics as the “Don’t Say Gay” Bill. DeSantis and right-wing media have been on a crusade against Disney since the company said through a spokesperson that the bill “should never have passed and should never have been signed into law.” Disney also vowed to help repeal the vaguely worded bill which bans instruction of gender identity and sexual orientation for public school children from Kindergarten to the third grade, while giving a legal mechanism for parents to sue over the issue. Hogan, who is a popular Republican leading a blue state, answered Bash saying he “didn’t see all...
    Florida state Sen. Ileana Garcia (R) expressed her support for a so-called "Don't Say Gay" bill on Tuesday by arguing that "LGBT is not a permanent thing." During a 15-minute speech on the Senate floor, Garcia argued in favor of a bill that would prevent teachers from discussing sexual orientation and gender identity with younger students. "Gay is not a permanent thing, LGBT is not a permanent thing," Garcia began. "This isn't about targeting. This is perhaps about rerouting the responsibilities back to the parents." The lawmaker insisted that her friends and family are "all LGBT but I don't pander on that." Garcia then seemed shocked as she told the story of one transgender woman who prefers to date women. "A friend of mine went through the whole transition as an older man, 58-years-old, became a woman and guess what?" she said. "He still likes women! He went through the whole process and we'd laugh together and I'd say, why do you want to deal with the hormones? Why do you want to worry about the extensions and the hair...
    At the violent, historically disgraceful conclusion of Donald Trump’s presidency, it was still inevitable that Republicans would soon crawl back to him, and beg and compete for his endorsements in the critical 2022 elections. But even in today’s increasingly extreme GOP—where a twice-impeached, one-term president who led a failed coup is the gold standard of endorsements—there is one person whose emergence as a sought-after 2022 endorser has surprised even some of the most hardened and cynical Republican operatives. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), the COVID vaccine-hating, conspiracy theory-spewing freshman congresswoman who came to national prominence as a far-right QAnon promoter is increasingly in demand. A fact due in large part to her direct line to former President Trump and her vast network of small grassroots donors. According to four longtime Republican operatives working at senior levels on a variety of competitive GOP primaries across the nation, Greene has been frequently discussed not only as a welcome endorsement in competitive 2022 Republican House and Senate primaries. Her official seal of approval is also discussed as one that should be actively...
    JUST IN: McConnell Celebrates Youngkin Victory, 'Difficult Night For Democrats' www.youtube.com "This radical social takeover is the last thing Americans need and the last thing Americans want. The voters of America just gave our colleagues a preview of that fact last night. They should pull back from the brink while they can," McConnell added. Tuesday night was a rousing success for the Republican Party nationwide. In addition to Youngkin's victory in the gubernatorial election, Virginia Republicans won the races for lieutenant governor and attorney general for the first time since 2009. Virginia Republicans also reclaimed a majority in the lower house of the state legislature. In New Jersey, Republican Jack Ciattarelli ran closely with incumbent Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy, and the race is too close to call. When Murphy was first elected in 2017, he won handily by 14 points over his Republican opponent. Meanwhile in Minneapolis, voters rejected a controversial proposal to replace the police department with a "Department of Public Safety," defeating a measure supported by "defund the police" activists. The...
    Joe Scarborough believes that Trump’s de-platforming from social media is the best thing that ever happened to Republicans and the worst thing for Democrats. Morning Joe’s keen political insight was on display Wednesday morning following Glenn Youngkin’s defeat of Terry McAullife in a run or Virginia governor, one of the first major races since the 2020 general election, and one from which the chattering class is trying to intuit national implications. McAullife tried — and apparently failed — to paint Youngkin as a Trump disciple, but that proved less effective than Youngkin’s keeping the 45th president at bay while focusing on education issues, or what Scarborough derided as “wokism” in an earlier segment in the show. Way to Early anchor Jonathan Lemire got the ball rolling when he revealed that in a conversation he had with a Republican strategist last night, who said the best thing that can happen for any Republican who is paid to win an election, and certainly in a swing district, is that Donald Trump is off Twitter. He doesn’t dominate the conversation like he used...
    (CNN)All Republicans want is for Donald Trump to stop living in the past."The best thing that President Trump could do to help us win majorities in 2022 is talk about the future, and he can be an important part of that -- this '22 effort," said Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt over the weekend. "But I think better off to talk about the future than to focus on the past."Blunt's advice to Trump to, well, move on from the 2020 election is simply the latest example of prominent Republicans telling the former president to do just that."Relitigating 2020 is a recipe for disaster in 2022," Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson said earlier this month. "Let's talk about the future. The election is past, it's been certified, the states made decisions on the integrity of each of their elections and made improvements where it need be. It's about the future, it's not about the last election, and that -- those kinds of comments are not constructive. We can win in 2022. And we're going to, but let's focus on the important issues of...
    Gov. Gavin Newsom responded on Tuesday to Larry Elder’s refusal to commit to accept the results of Tuesday’s gubernatorial recall election in California. “Whether or not you win or lose, will you accept the results of the election tomorrow?” NBC’s Jacob Soboroff asked Elder on Monday. “I think we all ought to be looking at election integrity, no matter whether you are a Democrat, an independent or Republican,” said the candidate, who after being pressed by Soboroff, repeated some variation of his response four times. Elder has also baselessly suggested there will be election “shenanigans.” Soboroff caught up with Newsom in San Francisco on Tuesday and asked the governor to respond. “I’m taking my mask off on that one,” said Newsom, removing his face-covering as he stood on a sidewalk. “What that message sends to the United States people all across this country, the vote somehow doesn’t matter, that the whole thing is rigged,” he said. “They are quite literally trying to dismantle democracy and trust in this country, our very nation.” He added, “Look, I could care less [sic]...
    Weeks before the recall race in California, Sen. Bernie Sanders is throwing his weight behind Gov. Gavin Newsom.  'At this unprecedented moment in American history, when we're trying to address the crisis of climate change, guarantee healthcare for all, and pass real immigration reform, the last thing we need is to have some right-wing Republican governor in California,' the Democratic Socialist from Vermont said in a video ad released Monday. 'The September 14th recall of Governor Newsom is a bold-faced Republican power grab,' he added. 'Don't let it happen. Please.' Sanders vastly outperformed all other Democrats in California in the 2020 presidential primary, and his support could help turn out progressives at the ballot box on Sept. 14.  Last week, Vice President Kamala Harris bailed on campaigning for the governor amid the crisis that unfolded in Afghanistan, as Newsom's popularity slips in polls.  So far 46 people are vying to replace Newsom, and radio host Larry Elder has emerged as the GOP frontrunner. Reality star and ex-Olympian Caitlyn Jenner, 2018 Republican gubernatorial candidate John Cox and former San Diego Mayor...
    With Dr. Anthony Fauci saying monoclonal antibodies can help reduce the risk of hospitalization for COVID-19 patients, some Associated Press critics are pointing to its story suggesting a political angle to Gov. Ron DeSantis, R., promoting the same treatment. In its controversial report last week, the AP admitted the benefits of a Regeneron antibody treatment, but appeared to imply DeSantis was promoting the drug because a Chicago-based hedge fund that donated to a pro-DeSantis political committee also owns shares of the company.  Now that the White House chief medical adviser is touting the same treatment, DeSantis press secretary Christina Pushaw and other supporters of the governor mocked the AP for its earlier reporting. "Wait isn’t this the thing Ron DeSantis promoted that the @AP tried to discredit?" asked "Relatable" podcast host Allie Beth Stuckey. ATTEMPTED MEDIA ‘HIT JOBS’ FRUSTRATE DESANTIS OFFICE, BUT SUPPORTERS CALL IT BADGE OF HONOR DESANTIS PRESS SECRETARY FIRES BACK AFTER ASSOCIATED PRESS ACCUSES HER OF 'HARASSING' REPORTER DeSantis himself responded to the AP's apparent "smear," penning an unusual open letter to the outlet in which he warned its...
    President Biden on Monday warned his fellow Democrats that the voting system was under assault and protecting it was the "single most important thing to do."  The president delivered those remarks while headlining a virtual fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee Monday evening. His purpose there was to build up resources ahead of next year’s midterm elections when Democrats will be defending the razor-thin majorities in both the House and the Senate.  FILE: President Joe Biden speaks from the East Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, July 29, 2021.  (AP) "The single most important thing that we have to do is we have to protect the voting system, protect the sacred right to vote," Biden said from the Executive Residence. "It’s under assault in ways that I haven’t seen in my entire career."   Biden blamed the fragile state of the country’s voting system on Republicans, whom he accused of wanting to dictate which votes count. "It’s outrageous. We’re going to fight like hell so that doesn’t happen," Biden said. "That’s one of the most important...
    Republicans can't quit him. Republicans can’t help themselves. No matter how big of a loser Donald Trump is, and he’s the biggest of them all, they just can’t quit him. In fact, they’re so desperate to keep him front and center in the electoral debate, that they’re now talking about making him speaker of the House.  And in a little-known quirk of the House’s rules, he wouldn’t even need to be elected to anything to make that happen.  Article 1, Section 2, states, “The House of Representatives shall choose their Speaker and other Officers...” There are no other legal requirements for the position, including age, or actually being elected to anything. For some time in the mid teens, House conservatives actually agitated for Senator Ted Cruz to become speaker. In 2013, former Secretary of State Colin Powell received votes for speaker. In 2015, Sen. Rand Paul got a vote.  Now, in all of American history, the speaker has always been a member of the House. But that’s a norm, a tradition, not an actual requirement. And we all know how much water that carries with...
    Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) said Wednesday on CNN’s “The Lead” that the GOP had become a “right-wing extremist party,” adding Republicans were unwilling to “do the right thing for the American people.” Anchor Jake Tapper said, “One of the things that seems so amazing to me is I’m old enough to remember when front lines was something that people in congress loved to spend money on. It was bipartisan. You got to bring it home. Here we are in this period, infrastructure which polls agree has enormous support. If this can’t pass with bipartisan support, I mean, is there any hope at all of bipartisanship in the Senate?” Sanders said, “Look, the answer is I’ve said earlier, I do not believe that there are ten Republican senators who are prepared to take on the wealthy and the powerful and special interests and do the right thing for the American people. I know that sounds very partisan, but that just is the reality.” He added, “Yesterday we had a vote very radical vote, Jake, is whether or not there should be...
    (CNN)Wyoming Republican Rep. Liz Cheney accused former President Donald Trump of having committed the worst violation of a president's oath of office by inciting the January 6 Capitol insurrection -- and taking a jab at House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy over his subsequent visit to Trump at Mar-a-Lago."I was stunned. I could not imagine any justification for doing that," Cheney said of McCarthy's visit to Trump during an episode of David Axelrod's "The Axe Files" podcast, which was taped Saturday afternoon as part of a University of Chicago alumni weekend event. "And I asked him why he had done it, and he said, well, he had just been in the neighborhood, essentially." House Republicans ousted Cheney from her leadership position last month over her public rejection of Trump's lie that he won the election -- an ouster that McCarthy supported. Cheney, the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, has repeatedly clashed with McCarthy, who has tried to align himself with Trump, and subsequently the Republican base, going into the 2022 midterms.Cheney's Saturday remarks underscored her commitment to decrying Trump's...
    Indicted Texas Republican accused of bribery and other crimes and who flew to Washington, D.C. to attend the Jan. 6 protests against Trump's loss spent 22,000 state hours looking for "election fraud." He found 16 incorrect addresses. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton remains indicted for securities fraud, a status he has held since 2015 as everyone in the state apparently conspires to slow walk his trial into the next millennium. He has evidently been using the time gained to commit other alleged crimes; as attorney general, his own subordinates have accused him of bribery and other criminal acts, and his own attempts to delegitimize the 2020 elections appear to have been motivated at least in part by Paxton fishing for a Trump pardon for those crimes. He is the perfect model of new Republicanism by way of Trumpism, a man who really likes to bellow about the rule of law and the criminality of his enemies while skirting the law himself. These are the pissant little twits that Trump's party would have rule us, that the Fox News propagandists spend...
    Tuesday's Senate Rules Committee markup of S.1, the For the People Act, featured a rare committee appearance by both leaders, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and the other one, the self-appointed Grim Reaper. "In the wake of the 2020 elections—deemed the most secure in American history by officials in the previous Administration—former President Trump told a lie, a big lie, that the election was stolen," Schumer said in his statement before the committee. "Without proof or evidence, the former president and his allies repeated this lie, over and over again, poisoning faith in our democracy and fomenting an armed insurrection at the Capitol." "And now, in states across the country, Republican legislatures have seized on the big lie to restrict the franchise, and inevitably make it harder for African-Americans, Latinos, students and the working poor to vote," he said. "In the time since this committee met, the state of Georgia has made it a crime—a crime—for volunteers to provide food and water to voters waiting in long lines at the polls. I mean, my god. Why aren't my Republican colleagues outraged...
    Washington (CNN)Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger on Monday came to the defense of soon-to-be-ousted House GOP conference chair Liz Cheney, arguing their party is poised to remove her from the influential post because she has consistently said former President Donald Trump is responsible for the US Capitol insurrection. "She is being run out for one thing: her consistency. She said the exact same thing that (House Minority Leader) Kevin McCarthy said on January 6, which is Donald Trump is responsible" for the riot, Kinzinger said at a virtual event hosted by the National Press Club. "You cannot unite with lies, if somebody is going to use lies to gain power and say, 'let's have unity,' you can't do it," the Illinois Republican added. "'We need to remove Liz Cheney because she makes me have to answer questions that I know are false.' That's what they're saying."The comments come days before the GOP caucus is expected to remove Cheney, a Wyoming Republican, from her leadership post. New York Rep. Elise Stefanik, a staunch supporter of Trump who has gained the support of...
    Washington (CNN)Mississippi's Republican governor said Sunday that he doesn't support the potential use of so-called Covid-19 vaccine passports in his state, calling the credentials that could be key to a return to normalcy by the end of the year unnecessary."I don't support vaccine passports. I don't think it's necessary and I don't think it's a good thing to do in America," Gov. Tate Reeves told CNN's Jake Tapper on "State of the Union" when asked about the possible use of the passports in Mississippi. Though the governor didn't explain why he opposes the use of vaccine passports in Mississippi, he went on to tout the vaccination rate among seniors in his state, and added that "at some point we have to let Americans make the decision that they think is best for wthem and their family." Vaccine passports are shaping up to be a point of debate in a pandemic that has already seen governors split on topics of mask mandates and state lockdowns. While some officials have been working on standards for such passports, some groups, including the American...
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