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    Gigi and Bella Hadid made the latest Versace campaign a family affair. The supermodels were enlisted by the Italian luxury label for their Spring/Summer 22 campaign, featuring Versace's signature latex looks and dresses embellished with baroque swirls and safety pins. Gigi, 26, and Bella, 25, were joined by Donatella Versace, 66, the sister of the late Gianni Versace, who created the brand of which she is now the chief creative officer. New campaign: Gigi Hadid, 26, and sister Bella, 25, were joined by Donatella Versace, 66, in the latest campaign for the Italian luxury label The sibling duo sport over-the-top wavy hair in the colorful ad, with the Italian fashion designer laying in-between them. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 2 Next Gigi Hadid is a vision in an all-red outfit and bold scarlet... Bella Hadid looks chic in patterned trench coat as she picks... Bella Hadid shows off her very toned tummy in a crop top and... Gigi Hadid covers up her supermodel figure in oversized gray... Gigi Hadid beams as she spends quality time...
    Senator Raphael Warnock (D-GA) Georgia Sen. Raphael Warnock has proved once again that his reputation is warranted. He’s a fundraising giant. He has outraised his GOP opponent, Herschel Walker, by almost double in the last quarter of 2021, with donations averaging at $43.  According to Warnock’s campaign, the senator raked in $9.8 million to the retired NFL star’s $54.4 million in the same three-month period ending on Dec. 31.  Warnock’s latest haul will give him a hefty $23 million cash on hand for a reelection battle that could decide control the U.S. Senate. His campaign says he acquired the contributions from 130,000 donors from October to December.  As Reverend Warnock continues to fight for hardworking Georgia families, the enthusiasm behind Reverend Warnock's campaign continues to grow,” Warnock’s campaign manager Quentin Fulks said in a statement, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “After driving another record-breaking fundraising haul, our strong network of grassroots support is fired up to send Reverend Warnock back to the Senate to fight for Georgia,” Fulks added. The state’s first Black senator and Ebenezer Baptist Church pastor...
    Billionaire election spending has drastically increased over the last 12 years as a result of the U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling, according to TruthOut. Americans For Fair Taxation (AFFT) recently analyzed data that breaks down election campaign contributions. Their assessment suggests that there is an upward trend in billionaire donations to political campaigns. Per the assessment, "billionaires have increased their donations from $31 million total during the 2010 election cycle to a whopping $1.2 billion in the 2020 election cycle, or about 39 times more." In short, the amount spent in just 2020 accounts for almost 40% of all billionaire political campaign donations since 1990. In fact, spending in the four-year span between 2012 and 2016 is an indication of how trends have changed dramatically. In 2016, billionaires spent approximately $682 million in campaign donations as opposed to just $233 million back in 2012. So how did the Citizens United ruling open this door? Per Truthout: "In January of 2010, conservative Supreme Court justices ruled in their Citizens United decision that restricting corporate donations was...
    The U.S. ranks as the 27th least corrupt nation in the world, well ahead of adversaries like Russia and North Korea but behind allies such as France, Norway and Japan, according to an annual list released Tuesday by Transparency International. The organization measures 180 countries and territories in its Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI). Nations are scored on a scale ranging from zero, meaning most corrupt, to 100, meaning very clean. For 2021, Transparency International gave the U.S. a score of 67, falling from a recent high of 76 in 2015. Factors in its 2021 score included the Jan. 6 insurrections at the U.S. Capitol and campaign finance laws. "The country's lack of progress on the CPI can be explained by the persistent attacks against free and fair elections, culminating in a violent assault on the US Capitol, and an increasingly opaque campaign finance system," researchers wrote.   The U.S. first dropped to a score of 67 in 2020, marking its lowest ever recorded. Chile also has a score of 67 and tied with the U.S. for the No. 27 spot in...
    As news broke Wednesday that U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer will retire at the end of this term, speculation as to who President Joe Biden might nominate to replace him began immediately – bringing pundits to recall a key Biden 2020 campaign pledge. “I’ll appoint the first Black woman to the Court. It’s required that they have representation now — it’s long overdue,” Biden said during a March 2020 Democratic presidential debate in Washington, DC. Biden added, “Secondly if I am elected president my cabinet, my administration would look like the country. And I commit that I’ll pick a woman to be vice president” – a pledge he made good on with Kamala Harris. Sen. Bernie Sanders, Biden’s remaining competitor at the time, made a similar commitment during the debate, but with one notable difference. “For me it’s not just nominating a woman,” Sanders noted. “It’s making sure we have progressive women … and there are progressive women out there, so my very strong tendency is to move in that direction.” Two leading contenders for Breyer’s seat, according...
    In video posted Wednesday to Instagram Donald Trump appears to say he will be the “47th President,” which would indicate once again he has decided to run again. That video (below) was also reported by the New York Post, which notes, “Trump hasn’t publicly said if he is planning to run for the White House again — but he has repeatedly teased a second campaign and has been holding rallies ahead of the 2022 midterm elections.” The right wing PJ Media adds, “this might have been the ultimate Freudian slip,” and says it suggests a re-election campaign. Trump has not officially announced he will run for several reasons, as Rolling Stone explained last October: Trump very much seems like he is running for president in 2024, which according to campaign finance law should prohibit him from coordinating with super PACs like MAGAA, or his leadership PAC Save America, which together brought in north of $80 million in the first half of this year. Trump is able to coordinate with those PACs, though —...
    Hong Kong (CNN Business)China's top cybersecurity regulator is vowing to crack down on "illegal" online content as part of a campaign to clean up the internet ahead of the Beijing Winter Olympics and one of the country's most important annual holidays.The Cyberspace Administration of China announced Tuesday that its month-long internet "purification" campaign is intended to create a "healthy, happy, and peaceful online environment."Beijings Olympic bubble will be the most ambitious Covid quarantine ever attempted. Will it work?The powerful internet watchdog — which President Xi Jinping set up in 2014 in the name of protecting China's internet and data security — tied the campaign to the start of the Lunar New Year, a major festival that runs from January 31 to February 6.But its timing also coincides with the beginning of the 2022 Winter Olympics, which will kick off at the start of February. The games mark the largest international sporting event that China has hosted since Xi took power in 2012, and his government has attached great importance to them as a chance to display a powerful and unified...
    Retired entrepreneur Jeff Paul was once an ardent supporter of President Donald Trump. But that was before Paul went toe-to-toe with Trump over the former president’s 2020 campaign slogan and Paul saw the lengths to which Trump and his band of lawyers would go to trample over his supposed intellectual property. The slogan? Keep America Great! The outcome? Not so great! Exactly one week before Trump took office in 2017, Paul logged on to the campaign website and fired off an inquiry. It was, he said, a sort of business pitch. The subject line had three words and one piece of punctuation: “Keep America Great!” “The original idea was to start a PAC,” Paul told The Daily Beast in a phone interview. “I’d seen how much money he had raised during the election, and, you know, that was hundreds of millions of dollars.” Paul wanted to “get in on some of the moneymaking,” and though he didn’t see himself as a true political player, he figured that just running a Trump PAC “won’t really affect that much, and I could...
    IF you're a big iPhone photography fan, Apple has just launched the perfect competition for you. The tech giant is looking for the best macro photos and may even use your shots in its campaigns. 1Macro photography is all about close upsCredit: Apple Apple’s extensive search for the top winning photo begins today until February 16. It's called the 2022 “Shot on iPhone Challenge". The one catch is you'll need to take the photo on an iPhone 13 Pro or iPhone 13 Pro Max. A macro photo is an extreme close-up photo, which may include subjects like flowers, a piece of fruit, snow, insects and pets. You could even take a macro photo of a human. Apple’s new iPhone 13 Pro lineup has the perfect cameras for this kind of photo. Most read in TechSAVING THE DAY Nasa reveals NEW plan to stop 'doomsday asteroid' from wiping out humanitySUDDEN IMPACT SpaceX rocket is about to CRASH into the Moon after '7 years of chaos'FLY PAST Asteroid twice size of Statue of Liberty just shot past Earth in 'close approach'HIGH...
    This content was republished with permission from WTOP’s news partners at Maryland Matters. Sign up for Maryland Matters’ free email subscription today. Some of the hardest-fought elections in Maryland this year will be races for county executive in the state’s biggest jurisdictions. Competitive general elections for county executive will be waged in Anne Arundel, Frederick and Howard counties, with tough primaries on tap in Anne Arundel, Frederick, Harford and Montgomery counties on June 28. Although money isn’t everything in these elections, the candidates’ latest campaign finance reports, filed last week with the Maryland State Board of Elections, provide some clues for where these contests are at the moment. In Anne Arundel County, which has become the most purple of Maryland’s biggest jurisdictions, first-term County Executive Steuart Pittman (D) raised more money in direct contributions over the past year than any of the Republicans seeking to take him on in the fall. But County Councilmember Jessica Haire (R) supplemented her fundraising with a $500,000 loan, leaving her with far more money in her campaign account than any of the other contenders,...
    Republican U.S. Senate candidate J.D. Vance has enthusiastically accepted the endorsement of Marjorie Taylor Greene. The Hillbilly Elegy author faces a crowded field of primary contenders as he campaigns in Ohio for the a seat in the U.S. Senate and is marketing himself as a bombastic champion for the Donald Trump-GOP agenda. With the race heating up, Fox News obtained a statement from Greene declaring Vance “the conservative warrior that the entire America First movement needs fighting for us in the U.S. Senate, and that’s why I’m proud to endorse him.” “If you agree with me that Washington desperately needs more America First fighters in the mold of President Trump,” Greene says, “then it’s vital to support JD’s campaign in Ohio.” The statement was picked up by Vance’s press team, and Vance, himself, celebrated “we’re going to win this thing and take the country back from the scumbags.” Honored to have Marjorie’s endorsement. We’re going to win this thing and take the country back from the scumbags. https://t.co/tKFWOvRvq3 — J.D. Vance (@JDVance1) January 25, 2022 Vance accepted Greene’s...
    More than a year into Joe Biden’s presidency, the ex-president who Biden unseated, Donald Trump, hasn’t lost his stranglehold on the Republican Party — and conservative Republicans who are considered insufficiently Trumpian are facing aggressive GOP primary challenges in the 2022 midterms. One of them is Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, who is being challenged by former Rep. Jim Renacci. Renacci’s message: DeWine isn’t MAGA enough. As MAGA extremists see it, DeWine deserves to be voted out of office because of his response to the COVID-19 pandemic. DeWine favored social distancing restrictions in Ohio in 2020, and he has aggressively encouraged residents of the Buckeye State to get vaccinated for COVID-19. Ironically, Trump himself has recently been encouraging Americans to receive COVID-19 vaccines and booster shots, noting that he has had a booster shot. In an article published by Politico on January 25, reporters Zach Montellaro and Michael Kruse note that Ohio’s 2022 GOP gubernatorial U.S. Senate primary “is developing as an early test case of intra-party rebellion against a number of Republican governors this year.” “DeWine has forged a...
    (CNN)Late last week, the FBI conducted a "court-authorized" search of Texas Democratic Rep. Henry Cuellar's home and campaign office.But, why? That's the $25,000 question -- and one I put to the Houston Chronicle's Ben Wermund, who has been reporting on the story of late.Our conversation, conducted via email and lightly edited for flow, is below. Cillizza: Prior to the FBI coming to Cuellar's house and campaign HQ last week, did we have any sense that Cuellar was on the radar of the Justice Department? Wermund: No, the searches last week were seemingly out of nowhere, and everyone I have talked to while reporting on this was surprised by the news. Read MoreCuellar is a big figure in Texas, and in DC. He's one of the most senior members of the Texas delegation, now in his 17th year in Congress. He has a seat on the powerful House Appropriations Committee and serves as a chief deputy whip, as well. Cillizza: You reported that Cuellar has ties to a businessman with ties to Azerbaijan. Why is this important?Wermund: The investigation Cuellar is...
    Jessica Cisneros, running to replace anti-choice, allegedly corrupt Henry Cuellar in Texas with some help from a prominent friend. Republican shamelessness is one thing, but coming from a putative Democrat, it’s even more infuriating. Hot off the heels of having his Texas home and campaign office raided by the FBI, Rep. Henry Cuellar is defiantly continuing his campaign—and in the most offensive ways possible. Cuellar is nothing if not brazen. Never mind that big FBI cloud hanging over him; he’s out with a brand new TV ad this week in which he says he will “never stop fighting for South Texas.” Of course, he will indeed have to “stop fighting” … if it’s proven he’s broken any laws during this probe in which a grand jury has issued subpoenas for him, his wife, and at least one campaign staffer. Even more shameless considering he’s supposed to be a Democrat was his first public appearance after the news of the FBI raid hit: He was accepting an award from a forced-birth group, “Democrats for Life.” It’s a good thing Texas has a solid choice in the...
    SO now we know. Thanks to Euro-fanatic Michael Heseltine, we can see why the BBC and every left-wing media organisation in the land is out to torpedo Boris Johnson. 3Thanks to Euro-fanatic Michael Heseltine, we can see why the BBC and every left-wing media organisation in the land is out to torpedo Boris Johnson Hezza wants this Prime Minister dumped and his 80-seat majority — won by delivering Brexit — used to reverse the historic 2016 referendum. In an astonishing series of radio interviews, his blinkered lordship blurted out a Remainer plot to take Britain back into the European Union by any means possible. He told Times Radio on Thursday: “What happens if Boris goes, does Brexit go . . . throw the whole thing up in the air? “Public opinion polls are showing quite clearly that the public realise now that they were conned. “They were told a pack of lies about the advantages of Brexit and the Government is not going to be able to deliver what they promised.” So the drive to ditch this PM is not simply because he...
              by Aaron Maté   As he documents the role of Hillary Clinton’s campaign in generating false allegations of Trump-Russia collusion, Special Counsel John Durham has also previewed a challenge to the FBI’s claims about how and why its counterintelligence investigation of the Trump campaign began. At stake is the completeness of the official reckoning within the U.S. government over the Russiagate scandal – and whether there will be an accounting commensurate with the offense: the abuse of the nation’s highest law enforcement and intelligence powers to damage an opposition presidential candidate turned president, at the behest of his opponent from the governing party he defeated. The drama is playing out against the clashing approaches of the two Justice Department officials tasked with scrutinizing the Russia probe’s origins and unearthing any misconduct: Durham, the Sphinx-like prosecutor with a reputation for toughness whose work continues; and Michael Horowitz, the Department of Justice inspector general, whose December 2019 report faulted the FBI’s handling of the Russia probe but nonetheless concluded that it was launched in good faith. The bureau’s defenders point to Horowitz’s report...
    The CIA has said the strange and mysterious ailment known as Havana Syndrome is not the product of a sustained global campaign by a hostile power aimed at hundreds of U.S. diplomats and spies. There have been hundreds of cases involving possible symptoms of the mystery illness, which the agency now claims to have found alternative explanations in all but about two dozen cases.    In the unresolved case, the agency has not been able to rule out foreign actors involvement including the original cases that began at the U.S. Embassy in Havana in 2016. Instead, the Biden administration has simply termed the those afflicted as 'anomalous health incidents.'  The CIA has declined to comment.  The CIA has said the strange and mysterious symptoms are not as a the result of a sustained global campaign by a hostile power (file photo of the lobby of the CIA in Langley, Virginia)  The syndrome first surfaced at the US embassy in Havana, when government employees suddenly found themselves afflicted with the mysterious malady For several years, it had widely been accepted that...
                 Senator Mark Kelly (D-AZ) announced on Wednesday that he will support a change to eliminate the Senate filibuster, despite his campaign pledge to work as an “independent.” In a statement, Kelly detailed his openness to give one party unilateral power in an effort to protect “the vote-by-mail system.” “If campaign finance and voting rights reforms are blocked again this week, I will support the proposed changes to pass them with a majority vote. Protecting the vote-by-mail system used by a majority of Arizonans and getting dark money out of our elections is too important to let fall victim to Washington dysfunction,” the Democrat explained. Far-left members of the Democratic Party have increasingly called for a change in the Senate rules, eliminating the 60-vote threshold for some pieces of legislation. Largely, the efforts are due to lack of support for key pieces of President Joe Biden’s agenda among members of the legislative body. On the other hand, Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), who also campaigned to be a moderate lawmaker, opposed the highly-consequential move. “Coward Mark Kelly has finally admitted...
    The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday in a case brought by Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas that's been described as "the latest attempt to dismantle federal campaign finance rules." At issue in the case—Federal Election Commission (FEC) v. Ted Cruz for Senate—is the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002, also known as the McCain-Feingold Act, and a $260,000 loan Cruz made to his Senate reelection campaign just ahead of the 2018 election. A provision of the campaign finance law puts a $250,000 limit on how much a campaign can raise post-election to pay a candidate back. According to legal analyst and former federal prosecutor Shan Wu, Cruz's campaign "took this case to the Supreme Court by having Cruz intentionally lend and seek repayment of $260,000—just $10,000 over the limit—seemingly for the purposes of arguing that the limit violates the First Amendment." But the $250,000 limit, argue Daniel I. Weiner and John J. Martin of the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law—one of the groups that filed a brief in support of the...
    Sen. Roger Marshall has found a cheeky way to capitalize on his unseemly spat with Dr. Anthony Fauci: His campaign is selling T-shirts marking the moment President's Biden's top medical adviser called him a 'moron.' The T-shirts show a grumpy Fauci, arms folded, above the insult he hurled at Marshall during a heated Senate hearing. They sell for $29 with proceeds going to Marshall's campaign to be reelected as U.S. Senator for Kansas. Their clash came during a bad-tempered back and forth as the senator quizzed Fauci about his financial disclosures. Marshall seemed to accuse the infectious diseases expert, who is the highest paid federal employee, of hiding what are publicly available documents. 'Yes or no, would you be willing to submit to Congress and the public a financial disclosure that includes your past and current investments?' he asked. 'Our office cannot find them.'  Fauci replied: 'I don't understand why you're asking me that question.  Sen. Roger Marshall's campaign is selling T-shirts memorializing the moment an exasperated Dr Fauci was caught on a hot mic calling him a 'moron' during a...
    (CNN)The Supreme Court will revisit the issue of campaign finance Wednesday, hearing a challenge brought by Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas to a federal cap on candidates using political contributions to recoup personal loans they make to their campaigns.A high court ruling in Cruz's favor could further erode the 20-year-old law that governs how elections are funded. The Supreme Court already has chipped away at it, granting corporations and unions the right to spend unlimited amounts to influence candidate elections in its 2010 Citizens United decision. In 2008, the justices also struck down the so-called millionaire's amendment that aimed to level the playing field when wealthy candidates financed their own campaigns. That provision had relaxed contribution limits for opponents of self-funded candidates in an attempt to close the funding gap. Gorsuch declines to wear mask, as bench-mate Sotomayor works from her officeIn the case at hand, campaign finance regulators at the Federal Election Commission argue that the cap is necessary to protect against corruption, but a three-judge appeallate court ruled in favor of Cruz last year, holding that the...
    Rep. Jerry McNerney Democratic Rep. Jerry McNerney, who got to Congress in 2006 by unseating a longtime Republican incumbent, announced Tuesday that he would not seek another term in California's redrawn 9th District, a new seat that shares the same number as his current constituency. Minutes later, fellow Democratic Rep. Josh Harder declared that he’d run to succeed McNerney rather than continue with his previously announced campaign for the revamped 13th District just to the south, a move that will set off an open seat race for the latter district. Harder’s move is a bit surprising. His old district, numbered the 10th, was chopped up during redistricting, leaving him representing just 31% of the new 13th, located in the mid-Central Valley. But an even smaller share of his current constituents—just 27%—wound up in the new 9th, which is based around the city of Stockton. (A 43% plurality of Harder’s existing 10th District wound up in the new 5th, a safely red seat where GOP Rep. Tom McClintock is reportedly seeking another term.) The new 13th also contains Harder’s hometown of...
    The track records of movie sequels and television reboots of 90's sitcoms are littered with flat-out failures.  Generally retreads are more indicative of lazy Hollywood dimwits trying to recapture past glory than of any compelling reason to regurgitate old ideas.  Did you ever see The Hangover Part II? How about Part III? But now, two prominent Democrats are giving the reboot treatment to Hillary Clinton for president! In a recent Wall Street Journal opinion piece they made the argument – even going as far as claiming that she could run as a 'change candidate.' Right… because the plot to Rocky V really evolved from the original. The only possible compelling part of this desperate idea is that it renewed speculation over another Trump/Clinton showdown. But just like tired old Tinseltown remakes, this potential political rematch begs the question - Is anyone asking for this? Though if I had to handicap it, I'd say Hillary in 2024 would be a box-office flop of epic proportions. It is understandable that the Democratic party is doing some soul searching right now. After all,...
    Of all the GOP senators seeking reelection in the 2022 midterms, Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin is the only one who is doing so in a state that President Joe Biden won in 2020. However, journalist Sam Brodey, in an article published by the Daily Beast on January 13, doesn’t expect Johnson to move closer to the center but rather, predicts that he will only double down on MAGA extremism between now and November. Johnson was first elected to the U.S. Senate as part of 2010’s red wave, which then-President Barack Obama described as a “shellacking” for his party. The Johnson of the Obama years pushed himself as a Club for Growth type of Republican — a hardcore fiscal conservative and a budget hawk who would fight to keep the United States’ federal deficit from growing. But that was before he jumped on the Trump train. Johnson, who was reelected by about 3.5% when he defeated Democrat Russ Feingold in 2016, has reinvented himself as a MAGA culture warrior with a fondness for conspiracy theories. Never Trump conservative Charlie...
    The campaign launched by the Central Ministry of AYUSH this year with the aim of bringing Indian yoga and sun masks to the world stage has been well received around the world. On the day of Capricorn, 1 crore people around the world will perform Surya Namaskar. It will start from Japan and will have sun salutations at 7 am in other countries including India. This was stated by Central AYUSH Minister Sarvanand Sono at a press conference. This time, Sono said, this year is the bitter festival of India’s independence. On that occasion, on the day of Capricorn, at least 75 lakh people were expected to join the Surya Namaskar campaign, but the campaign was very well received around the world and now there are indications that 10 million people will join the campaign. There are eight seats in the Sun Mask, said Vaidya Rajesh Kodecha, secretary of the AYUSH ministry. Salutation is done by controlling the breath, so it is a kind of yoga practice. The project is scientifically designed and is available on the Ministry’s website....
    When conservative commentator and Wisconsin GOP kingmaker Charlie Sykes put a little-known businessman on the map in 2010, Sykes thought he knew who he was turning into a Republican Party star. According to Sykes, this great hope for the GOP was a “solid, Midwestern, Wall Street Journal editorial page Republican.” His name was Ron Johnson. And in Sykes’ telling now, it would’ve been near-impossible to imagine the politician that Johnson became. To some extent, Johnson is still a walking Wall Street Journal editorial page. On Monday, he wrote in those pages that he will seek a third term representing Wisconsin in the U.S. Senate. In true RonJon form—as he’s colloquially referred to on Capitol Hill—Johnson initially vowed to serve only two terms. But staring at his self-imposed pink slip, Johnson declared that “America is in peril,” forcing him to seek another term in power to fight “the Democrats’ complete takeover of government and the disastrous policies they have already inflicted on America and the world.” The announcement instantly put Johnson at the top of Democrats’ 2022 target list and...
    Fox News host Sean Hannity pulled no punches in his opening monologue Wednesday reacting to President Biden’s attempt to downplay the inflation rates that have risen at the fastest pace in nearly four decades. Despite mounting consumer fears around the economy and Biden's tumbling approval ratings, the White House touted the administration's "meaningful reduction" on Twitter. The consumer price index rose 7 percent in December, marking the fastest increase since June 1982, when inflation hit 7.1 percent. WAPO EDITORIAL BOARD PANS BIDEN'S MESSAGE ON INFLATION "Today’s inflation numbers show a meaningful reduction in headline inflation over last month. We are making progress in slowing the rate of price increases," Biden tweeted on Wednesday. "But there is still more work to do — I remain focused on lowering costs for families and maintaining strong economic growth." Hannity said it's time Biden cut the "campaign crap" and take actionable measures to reassure the American people. "We don’t need bumper stickers. We don’t need lies and slogans, and, you know, campaign crap, because that’s what that is. The inflation rate month after month went up. Didn’t go down, and...
    The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, Daniel Donner, and Carolyn Fiddler, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, James Lambert, David Beard, and Arjun Jaikumar. Leading Off ● Deaths: Former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who died Dec. 28 at the age of 82, is lying in state at the Capitol today. As his former colleagues honor his singular career, we've put together an obituary taking a look back at his long electoral history—a path that dealt Reid several setbacks on his way to the pinnacle of American politics. Reid won elected office for the first time in 1968 when he took a seat in the Nevada state Assembly at the age of 28, and he made the jump to statewide office two years later when he was elected lieutenant governor. Reid’s career stalled, though, after he lost an extremely close 1974 Senate race to former Republican Gov. Paul Laxalt, and he hit his nadir the next year after he failed to win the mayor’s office in Las Vegas. Of course,...
    Rational black men do not see themselves as pets in need of a home. We see ourselves as men capable of providing for ourselves and competing against our peers, regardless of color. Explain the rules of the game and then let us compete. That’s all we ask. This is at the root of my frustration with corporate sports media. Journalists and pundits refuse to properly educate aspiring black coaches about the rules that govern high-profile leadership positions, such as NFL head coach. The media love to tell you about the outdated rules, the ones from the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s that clearly implied black men need not apply. But those rules have been significantly relaxed and/or abandoned. If journalists had a legitimate interest in the advancement of black NFL assistant coaches, they wouldn’t focus on the Rooney Rule, which demands that NFL owners interview a set quota of black candidates. They would educate the public and assistant coaches on the Lombardi Profile. Legendary Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi established the preferred profile of a successful NFL...
    The race for San Jose’s next mayor is shaping up to become the most expensive political contest in city history. San Jose rookie councilmember Matt Mahan, a former tech entrepreneur, announced Tuesday that he had already amassed a staggering $504,000 from nearly 1,000 donors, including a personal contribution of about $10,000, during the first 23 days of the city’s fundraising period, making him the early fundraising frontrunner. Meanwhile, Santa Clara County Supervisor Cindy Chavez, a tenured South Bay politician and longtime labor leader, has reportedly brought in $474,000 from nearly 1,000 donors, including a $10,000 personal contribution, during that same time period, according to Chavez’s campaign. Councilmember Raul Peralez, who will be battling Chavez for endorsements and funding from the region’s labor organizations, said Tuesday that he had raised about $264,000 from approximately 500 donors. Councilmember Dev Davis, who will have to fend off Mahan for support from the city’s business factions, declined through her campaign advisor on Tuesday to disclose her initial fundraising total, saying that her team was still finalizing the figure. “These are astounding numbers for such...
              by Julie Kelly   For decades, the Federal Bureau of Investigation enjoyed strong support from Republican political leaders and voters. But the agency’s reputation has crashed among its most dependable constituency amid scandal, corruption, and flagrant politicking on behalf of the Democratic Party. A Rasmussen poll released today shows that 57 percent of Republicans hold an unfavorable view of the FBI; 47 percent of all likely voters surveyed at the end of December view the FBI unfavorably. As if to prove the bureau has become the jackboots of the national Democratic Party rather than a nonpartisan law enforcement agency, a whopping 63 percent of Democrats have a favorable opinion of the FBI. In a question that cribbed an accurate accusation made by Trump loyalist Roger Stone, 64 percent of Republicans agreed with the statement that “a group of politicized thugs at the top of the FBI who are using the FBI…as Joe Biden’s personal Gestapo.” Overall, 46 percent of those polled agreed with Stone’s sentiment. Christopher Wray gets poor marks from Republicans; 61 percent say Wray, appointed by Donald Trump in 2018,...
                 Salon this week identified former Republican senator and current Georgia gubernatorial candidate David Perdue as one of the nation’s 10 “scariest Republican candidates of 2022.” The Georgia Star News asked Perdue spokeswoman Jenni Sweat on Tuesday whether that article signals that the left takes Perdue’s candidacy seriously and outright fears he’ll defeat incumbent Republican Governor Brian Kemp later this year. “I think it’s fair to characterize it that way,” Sweat said. In the article, Salon said Perdue and other GOP candidates, including Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake and Ohio U.S. Senate candidate J.D. Vance, if elected, “could pose a legitimate threat to democracy.” Salon mentioned Perdue was recently endorsed by former U.S. President Donald Trump. “Trump has made it a point to back primary challenges to his perceived enemies, throwing his support behind Perdue — who lost to Democrat Jon Ossoff in a January 2021 runoff — even as the state’s Republican lawmakers pleaded for him to stay out after many blamed him for costing the party both of its Georgia U.S. Senate seats,” Salon said. “Perdue was already out...
    The man behind Bernie Sanders' 2016 and 2020 presidential campaigns believes President Joe Biden will yet again be hit with a more progressive primary challenger in 2024. Left-wing operatives say it's getting increasingly likely that the 79-year-old president's re-election bid will be challenged by a member of his own party -- a rare problem for an incumbent commander-in-chief, but a symptom of inter-party unrest and his own sinking poll numbers. Jeffrey Weaver, who served as the Vermont senator's 2016 campaign manager and an adviser in 2020, told Politico over the weekend that a primary challenge wouldn't be a referendum on Biden but rather a result of where the Democratic party is heading. Weaver said the odds of a Biden primary opponent only grew more likely when West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin dealt a death blow to Democrats' goal of passing the president's $1.75 trillion Build Back Better bill last month when he announced his opposition to the key piece of Biden's agenda.  'Will there be a progressive challenger? Yes,' the longtime left-wing operative predicted. He added that an opponent on...
    (CNN)The 2020 presidential election may be more than a year in the rearview mirror, but the past is still very much impacting the future for the Republican Party -- especially in my home state of Georgia.Sitting Gov. Brian Kemp -- Georgia's first lifelong Republican chief executive -- has become a heavily-challenged incumbent, in part because of his refusal to overturn the 2020 election results on former President Donald Trump's unfounded claims of fraud. This dispute hangs heavily over Kemp as he seeks reelection in a potential blockbuster rematch with Democrat Stacey Abrams, who lost by little more than 50,000 votes (just 1.4%) in 2018.And yet, even before he gets to the general election, Kemp faces a synthetic primary challenge from the right by former Sen. David Perdue, whose campaign is grounded on re-litigating the 2020 election. Perdue is not running because he has sincere policy differences with Kemp. His entire campaign is based on a political divide still festering within the GOP that threatens the direction of the party. What the January 6 report means for the future of democracyBy...
    When Kanye West ran for President in 2020, it appeared that veteran political operatives of both stripes were more than happy to take the rapper and fashion mogul’s money. The truth may be far sketchier. While it initially seemed like Republican and Democratic operatives were both benefiting from West’s quixotic White House bid, The Daily Beast recently revealed it was mostly GOP insiders who ran Kanye’s campaign, with many of them taking extraordinary measures to hide their involvement—so extraordinary, in some cases, that the campaign and the operatives may have run afoul of federal transparency laws. But there was one major exception to the political allegiances of Kanye’s consultants, giving the campaign the appearance of bipartisan cooperation: Millennial Strategies. The New York City-based firm has deep Democratic roots and is known for advising ultra-progressive candidates and causes, so it was notable that in a red sea of right-wing advisers Millennial Strategies was a dark blue buoy, bobbing above the waves and taking in about $2.7 million from the West campaign between July and August 2020. That association between West...
    Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro was rushed to hospital early Monday morning for treatment of a probable intestinal obstruction, local media reported. Bolsonaro, 66, was seen disembarking the presidential plane on foot surrounded by his entourage before being admitted to Vila Nova Star hospital in Sao Paulo after complaining of stomach pains. The President was stabbed during a campaign rally three years ago, causing intestinal damage and serious internal bleeding, which has required at least four surgeries.  Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro (pictured in Brasilia in November) was rushed to hospital early Monday morning for treatment of a probable intestinal obstruction In July, he was admitted to hospital for further treatment after suffering from hiccups for ten days straight as a result of his gastrointestinal trouble.  Doctor Antonio Luiz Macedo told news site UOL that the president would undergo several tests to examine his abdomen.  Dr Macedo operated on Mr Bolsonaro after he was stabbed at a political rally in 2018. Globo said that Dr Macedo was on holiday in the Bahamas and was waiting for a flight back to Brazil to...
    Data released on Wednesday shows a new epidemic record – an average of 265,427 daily cases per seven days – underscoring the government’s inability to control the virus, in which the Omigron variant dominates the country. The good news is that Omigron, although highly contagious, appears to cause less severe symptoms than its predecessor Delta, with only an 11% increase in hospital admissions. This information is “encouraging” but we should avoid “complacency” because the hospital system could be in even more trouble, White House adviser Anthony Fossy warned on Wednesday about the health crisis. The rapid spread of the Omigran variant has already caused some devastation and political devastation for the Biden administration and the Democrats. The rise in pollution caused thousands of planes to crash in the middle of the holiday season, disrupting catering and major sports championships or canceling events. When he took office in January 2021, Joe Biden promised to control the epidemic after several months of irregular administration by his predecessor. After the successful launch of the mass vaccination campaign, on July 4, the American national...
    Washington (CNN)The January 6 insurrection may be a year behind Rep. Jason Crow, but the Colorado Democrat -- and many of his colleagues -- insist it would be a grievous error for his party to downplay the attack."I just disagree with this notion that we shouldn't talk about this and that we shouldn't talk about what is at stake here and that this isn't important to people in their everyday lives," said Crow, a United States Army veteran who consoled his congressional colleagues as pro-Donald Trump rioters attempted to break into the House chamber. "It would be a massive mistake for us to discount this."As Democrats look ahead to what could be a challenging midterm election, the party -- from operatives in key states to top officials in Washington -- is publicly and privately gauging the political application of the violent insurrection and whether voters, many of whom are more concerned by pocketbook issues immediately impacting their daily lives, will set aside those frustrations in order to punish Republicans who have either aided Trump's anti-Democratic maneuvers or stood idly by...
    A new Washington Post op-ed is slamming Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R-Ky.) recent plea to the U.S. Supreme Court. McConnell's plea is in reference to the case regarding Sen. Ted Cruz's (R-Texas) previous challenge a federal election law that prohibits political candidates from raising more than $250,000 after an election to reimburse themselves for funds they loaned to their own campaigns. Marcus explained that the point behind the law is to limit corruption, because "post-election fundraising is less about engaging in political speech and more about currying political favor." According to McConnell, the court should consider using Cruz's case to "not simply to strike down the loan repayment provision but also to junk what is left of the 2002 Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act (BCRA)." I“This Court’s decisions over the past decade have rendered BCRA the Humpty Dumpty of campaign-finance law, a patchwork of provisions that Congress never would have approved standing alone and that can never be put back together again,” the brief asserts. “There is no reason to let BCRA limp along, no need for further piecemeal surgery...
    Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) teased a sequel to his mesmerizing, action-packed 2020 campaign ad Texas Reloaded on Thursday, and he told Fox News he needs your help finishing it. The original Texas Reloaded in its entirety here, in case you missed it or had simply forgotten it ever existed. Knowing full well that the world needed another installment of what hopefully will become a series, the representative for Texas’s 2nd congressional district joined Fox & Friends First Thursday to offer a teaser for Texas Reloaded 2. He also asked Fox News viewers for their help in financing the project. “We’re still working on the rest of the movie, it’s going to be really cool, and you can support our efforts to do that, by the way at texasreloaded.com,” Crenshaw said. He added that he intends to release his new movie in time to help he and his supporting actors before their respective March primary elections. Crenshaw then took credit for gifting the world yet another video which will show how he intends to save Texas from off-screen villains. “It’s my idea. These are generally my ideas. I’ll...
    In Florida, Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis has been using a government-owned plane for state business, which is nothing usual. But according to Orlando Sentinel reporter Steven Lemongello, he has also been using it for “campaign-style events” — and a government watchdog group believes he is “blurring the lines” with this activity. “Gov. Ron DeSantis flies to events all over Florida in the state plane, which cost more than $15 million to buy and $3 million-plus a year to operate,” Lemongello explains. “But some of the official appearances his office promotes as news conferences have resembled campaign rallies, filled with Palm Beach International Airport supporters and political chants. And many of those have been paired with DeSantis campaign e-mails, including some selling merchandise emblazoned with a slogan such as ‘Don’t Tread on Florida’ that appeared prominently at an event that same day.” DeSantis is up for reelection in 2022, and he is being mentioned as a possible GOP presidential candidate for 2024. The Sentinel discussed DeSantis’ activities with the nonpartisan government watchdog group Integrity Florida. Ben Wilcox, their research director,...
    Donald Trump endorsed Alaska's incumbent Governor Mike Dunleavy on Tuesday - subject to his 'non-endorsement of Senator Lisa Murkowski,' one of the former president's strongest opponents, who he said has been 'very bad for Alaska.' Murkowski was one of seven Senate Republicans who crossed the aisle to vote for Trump's conviction in his February impeachment trial for his role in the January 6 riot at the Capitol.  Should Dunleavy support Murkowski, his endorsement of the Republican governor 'is null and void, and of no further force or effect,' Trump wrote his press release through his Save America PAC. Otherwise, the candidate has his 'Complete and Total Endorsement.'  'Mike Dunleavy has been a strong and consistent Conservative since his time in the Alaska State Senate,' Trump said in the statement.   'I was proud to endorse his first run for Governor, and I am proud to support his reelection, too. Alaska needs Mike Dunleavy as Governor now more than ever.'  He also blasted Murkowski for 'losing ANWR, perhaps the most important drilling site in the world, and much else.' Donald Trump (right)...
    Will Cain slammed President Biden for failing to deliver on a key campaign promise to "shut down" COVID-19 on "Tucker Carlson Tonight" Tuesday.  Fauci's defenders insist listening to him is about saving lives and we should ‘follow the science.’ If you hear someone say that run, they're not interested in science and they are certainly not interested in your life.  If it's all about saving life, why stop at COVID? Should we listen to public health bureaucrats and all of their silly recommendations? For example, … Fauci's health cult says drinking eggnog at Christmas was a mortal sin. The CDC encourages Americans to ‘avoid foods that contain raw or undercooked eggs, such as homemade Caesar salad dressing or eggnog.’ Drinking alcohol, by the way, at New Year's coming up wouldn't be allowed, either, since the CDC recommends Americans choose not to drink or drink in moderation. False prophets like Joe Biden have asked us to sacrifice our lives so that they might deliver us from death. We sacrificed, they failed, they lied. You can see why Americans won't stand anymore...
    "The Five" ripped President Biden Tuesday for failing to deliver on campaign promises to shut down coronavirus and accused him "giving up." During the 2020 campaign, candidate Joe Biden promised that he would end the pandemic in the U.S. "We will deal honestly with the American people and will never, ever, ever quit," he said. On Monday, President Biden said a "federal solution" is not the key to combating the COVID-19 pandemic, which he said requires resolution at the "state level." Biden pointed to long lines at testing locations over Christmas weekend, lamenting, "Seeing how tough it was for some folks to get a test this weekend shows that we have more work to do." Biden's change in tone was not lost on co-hosts of "The Five." "Back when he was a candidate, Biden promised to shut down the virus. Then, once he was president, he bashed GOP governors for not doing enough," Rachel Campos-Duffy said. "The president is singing a much different tune, saying there's not really much [the federal government] can do." President Biden at the White...
              by Victor Davis Hanson   Joe Biden, first as a candidate and then in the White House, from the outset saw the COVID-19 pandemic mainly as a means of leveraging political support, from the manner in which the lockdowns allowed him to run a virtual campaign from his basement to equating Donald Trump with the COVID-19 virus. Like many on the Left, Biden was overt in such cynicism. So were Hillary Clinton, Gavin Newsom, and Jane Fonda – who claimed that COVID was a “never-let-a-crisis-go-to-waste” moment. Panic and lockdowns could help achieve single-payer health care, or a recalibrated capitalism, or the end of Donald Trump himself. At the height of the last presidential campaign, Biden in September 2020 declared that Trump was responsible for the then-current 200,000 COVID deaths: “If the president had done his job, had done his job from the beginning, all the people would still be alive.” Biden felt no need to list details where Trump had lethally erred or had not “done his job.” He did not explain how any president should be able to prevent all...
    YOU did all the lateral flows before setting off for home, and spent a wonderful Christmas with your family... But now the worry is setting in that perhaps someone brought an extra something to the festive party - Omicron. 2Feeling a bit under the weather - know the early signs of Omicron after spending Christmas with family While Covid cases are rising, a string of hugely positive studies show Omicron IS milder than other strains, with the first official UK report revealing the risk of hospitalisation is 50 to 70 per cent lower than with Delta. Covid booster jabs protect against Omicron and offer the best chance to get through the pandemic, health officials have repeatedly said. The Sun's Jabs Army campaign is helping get the vital extra vaccines in Brits' arms to ward off the need for any new restrictions. Hopefully over Christmas you did all the right things, got your booster, kept windows open and washed your hands, after having turned up with negative tests. But the virus can still slip through despite all the precautions - so just to be safe we...
    (CNN)A man indicted by the Justice Department last month for allegedly running two fraudulent political action committees in 2016 continued to run another operation -- including promises of a Trump Christmas card for contributions of at least $35 -- using a different PAC shortly after his indictment and arrest in November.Matthew Tunstall, a 34-year-old man from Texas, was charged along with two other men in November for allegedly operating two different PACs that used robocalls and written solicitations implying they were supporting 2016 presidential candidates -- in some cases Hillary Clinton and in others Donald Trump. The Justice Department says the men collected approximately $3.5 million from unwitting contributors, using it to enrich themselves instead of supporting the political candidate. CNN's KFile found Tunstall used another PAC he created in 2019 -- called Campaign to Support the President -- to send more than 166,000 robocalls, according to data from an anti-robocall app, to solicit donations just last month. Porsches, Gucci rings and billions of robocalls: Inside the PAC operation that raised millions by impersonating Donald TrumpTunstall's Campaign to Support the...
    The US Capitol building is seen fenced off as preparations are underway to build the stage at the Capitol building for the Inaguration on Monday, Nov. 9, 2020 in Washington, DC.Kent Nishimura | Los Angeles Times | Getty Images Pennsylvania has one of the most varied economies in the country. Chocolate giant Hershey Co. and the state's agricultural sector has helped make Pennsylvania home to more than 2,000 food-processing sites. Its manufacturing industry employs more than half a million, and energy production from the Marcellus Shale routinely makes it one of the nation's top natural gas producers. It's that economic variety that makes campaigning in Pennsylvania so absorbing, says Jeff Bartos, a Republican running to fill a seat in the U.S. Senate in the 2022 elections. "If you've spent time in the Commonwealth, we really have so many different diverse industries in different parts of the state," Bartos said when reached via telephone on Thursday. "So, it's fascinating to run in Pennsylvania. It's fascinating to travel in Pennsylvania." Bartos and dozens of other Republicans will hit the campaign trail in...
    Virginia Gov.-elect Glenn Youngkin (R) announced Monday his choice for secretary of education after making education policy, with a focus on parental concerns, a centerpiece of his successful gubernatorial campaign. The incoming governor chose Aimee Guidera, a data-driven education expert who has worked in the field for 25 years, as the Old Dominion’s next education boss. Guidera will replace current Education Secretary Fran Bradford, who was just appointed by Gov. Ralph Northam (D) in December after the previous secretary resigned to take a job with a group that researches “social and higher education” programs that aid with costs of college, with a focus on “racial and structural inequities.” Youngkin said of his latest cabinet selection: Aimee will be a critical partner in restoring expectations of excellence; overseeing a record education budget to invest in teachers, facilities and special education; rolling out innovation lab and charter schools; and standing for a curriculum that prepares Virginia’s children for a dynamic future and removes politics from the classroom A nationally recognized leader, Aimee is deeply respected for her distinguished career advocating for innovation and choice,...
    Washington (CNN)Five Republican candidates for governor of Minnesota were asked at a forum last Wednesday whether they thought President Joe Biden won a "constitutional majority in the Electoral College." None of them was willing to utter a plain "yes." Their responses, which ranged from explicit inaccuracies to feeble dodges, made national news. But they weren't unusual. The Minnesota candidates sounded like Republican candidates generally tend to sound on the subject of the 2020 election. A refusal to endorse the legitimacy of Biden's victory has become a key requirement in Republican primaries across the country. From conservative Alabama to the swing states of the Midwest, numerous Republicans trying to win party nominations in 2022 have joined former President Donald Trump in refusing to publicly admit that Trump just plain lost.Some candidates are aggressive, turning the lie that Trump was the rightful winner into a central part of their campaign pitches. Other candidates are evasive, straining to sidestep a direct answer on the question of Biden's legitimacy. Both approaches are dishonest. And both are evidence of a disturbing fact about the state...