Monday, Jan 24, 2022 - 23:51:30
772 results - (0.089 seconds)

The commission:

latest news at page 1:
    After Senate Republicans defeated a motion to begin debate on a bipartisan commission to investigate the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) tore into his colleagues across the aisle. In a scathing speech on the Senate floor moments after the motion failed — with only six republicans crossing party lines to support it — Schumer excoriated Senate Republicans for what he deemed to be an act carried out in service of former President Donald Trump. “[O]ut of fear or fealty to Donald Trump, the Republican minority just prevented the American people from getting the full truth about January 6th,” Schumer said. He added, “Donald Trump’s Big Lie has now fully enveloped the Republican party. Trump’s Big Lie is now the defining principle of what was once the party of Lincoln.” Schumer went on to call out the GOP for what he sees as baseless opposition to the commission, and added that the real reason for their obstructive stance boils down to pure politics. “I’ve heard all the excuses why Republicans are opposing this bill,” Schumer said....
    Washington, DC (CNN)Senate Republicans blocked a bill on Friday to create an independent inquiry to investigate the deadly January 6 Capitol Hill riot. Six Senate Republicans broke from party leadership to vote in favor of the commission.Supporters of the January 6 commission -- including the mother of a Capitol Police officer who died the day after the riot -- pleaded with GOP senators throughout the week in order to convince at least 10 Republicans to back the plan, but they were unsuccessful.Republicans in the chamber faced pressure to vote down the bill from Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who objected to the proposed legislation, arguing that such a commission could prove politically problematic for the GOP ahead of the 2022 midterms. These are the six senators who voted to advance the bill:Read More Sen. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana Sen. Susan Collins of Maine Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska
    An unsuccessful bid to create a commission probing the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol garnered the support of six GOP senators on Friday. Most GOP senators opposed the House-passed bill, marking the first successful filibuster of the 117th Congress. But the support for advancing the House-passed legislation comes even as GOP leadership whipped hard against the bill, arguing it would be a distraction heading into the 2022 election. Thirty-five Republicans supported it in the House. Sen. Pat ToomeyPatrick (Pat) Joseph ToomeyWatch live: GOP senators present new infrastructure proposal Sasse rebuked by Nebraska Republican Party over impeachment vote Philly GOP commissioner on censures: 'I would suggest they censure Republican elected officials who are lying' MORE (R-Pa.) missed Friday's vote due to a family commitment, but a spokesperson said he would have voted in favor of advancing the bill in order to consider changes. That would have given it a seventh GOP vote. Here are the GOP senators who voted to advance the bill: Sen. Bill CassidyBill CassidyDrama scrambles Schumer's China bill Mother of slain Capitol Police officer urges GOP senators...
    The bipartisan proposal was almost exactly what 31 House Republicans demanded in January. A total of 44 Republicans on Friday stopped the Senate from even considering a bipartisan proposal on creating an independent commission to investigate the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. The bill had passed the House last week with 35 Republican votes. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer offered a cloture motion on Friday to take up the proposal, which would have established an evenly divided bipartisan panel to look into the deadly attempt to overturn the 2020 election. But due to the Senate's filibuster rules, doing so required a 60-vote supermajority, and the Republican minority was able to block it. 35 of the 50 Senate Republicans voted against the cloture motion. Another nine simply skipped the vote, which had the same effect as voting no. Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Mitt Romney (R-UT) said earlier this week that they'd back the bill. Susan Collins (R-ME) said she would demand some changes, but would vote to at...
    Senate Republicans tanked the House-passed bill that would create a 9/11-style commission to investigate the January 6 Capitol attack.  Democrats were unable to override a Republican filibuster placed on the bill during a Friday vote of 54 to 35, with 60 votes needed.  Republicans Sens. Mitt Romney, Susan Collins, Bill Cassidy, Lisa Murkowski, Rob Portman and Ben Sasse voted alongside the 50-senator Democratic majority.    Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer begged Republicans to vote in favor of the commission bill briefly before the Friday morning vote  Chaos in the Senate prevented the bill from getting a vote Thursday, when it was expected.   The upper chamber went into recess at 2:51 a.m. after Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson held up a vote on another bill, a large package aimed at making the U.S. more competitive against China, because he didn't get any amendments in.  Johnson, a top ally of former President Donald Trump, wanted an amendment attached that would address border security.  The Senate resumed its session at 9 a.m. Friday. Schumer negotiated with Republicans including Johnson, and also Sen. Rand Paul and Tommy...
    The Senate ground to a halt Thursday evening after Republicans delayed the passage of a bipartisan bill crafted to make the U.S. more competitive with China. The chamber adjourned just after 3 a.m. Friday after multiple Republicans requested time to speak on the floor to object to the bill, titled the “US Innovation and Competition Act.” They voiced their objections to the bill and alleged that it was being rushed, delaying additional votes for hours with no set timetable as to when they may be. The delays also mean that a vote to limit debate on a bill establishing a bipartisan, 9/11-style commission into the Jan. 6 Capitol attack was pushed to Friday as well. The bill is set to fail due to widespread opposition from Senate Republicans, led by Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. Republican Sens. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, John Kennedy of Louisiana and Rick Scott of Florida all spoke Thursday night, and at least five senators are speaking Friday for up to an hour each. Following the speeches there could be additional debate and procedural votes on the...
    Overnight chaos in the Senate prevented the bill establishing a 9/11-style commission to investigate the January 6 Capitol attack from getting a vote to block a Republican-led filibuster.  The upper chamber went into recess at 2:51 a.m. after Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson held up a vote on another bill, a large package aimed at making the U.S. more competitive against China, because he didn't get any amendments in.  Johnson, a top ally of former President Donald Trump, wanted an amendment attached that would address border security.  Sen. Ron Johnson, a Wisconsin Republican, held up a vote on a large package aimed at making the U.S. more competitive against China, wanting to insert an amendment on border security. Johnson's move also held up a vote on the 9/11-style January 6 commission  Majority Whip Dick Dubin announced that the Senate would recess at 2:51 a.m. Friday and return at 9 a.m.   The Senate stayed in session until nearly 3 a.m. after Sen. Ron Johnson held up a vote on a technology bill  The Senate resumed its session at 9...
    Members of the House are expected to introduce two new COVID-related bills, one that would allow victims' families to sue China and another that would set up a 9/11-style commission to look into the origins of the pandemic. Fox News reported Friday that Democratic Rep. Conor Lamb and Republican Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, both of Pennsylvania, will be releasing the 'Never Again International Outbreak Prevention Act,' which will strip China's sovereign immunity against lawsuits.  The bill also targets any other countries 'that have intentionally misled the international community on the outbreak.'  Pennsylvania Reps. Brian Fitzpatrick (left), a Republican, and Conor Lamb (right), a Democrat are introducing legislation that would allow COVID-19 victims to sue China and other countries that 'have intentionally misled the international community on the outbreak'   Chinese virologist Shi Zhengli (left) is seen inside the laboratory in Wuhan, China. The White House said Wednesday that the U.S. intelligence agencies are split on their belief on the origins of COVID-19, with some officials believing it escaped from a lab   A second bill, the 'Made in America Emergency...
    Republicans think you've forgotten what happened here. James Hohmann/WaPo: How populism could help Democrats blunt the GOP in midterms Public and private polling underscores the potential peril. But those polls also point to a potential solution for Democrats: Borrow from the populist playbook that Donald Trump ran on but never implemented. The hurdle that Democrats confront was evident to Democratic pollster Stanley Greenberg when he surveyed registered voters this month in 11 states and 13 congressional districts that will be battlegrounds in 2022. What most struck Greenberg was the high level of engagement among Trump loyalists. Republican interest in what’s happening in Washington predictably dropped after the presidential election — but not nearly as much as among President Biden’s supporters. And it remains higher than at a comparable point in 2017, the last midterm cycle. … The most fascinating numbers — with hints about how Democrats could respond — come from a recent internal poll by the National Republican Congressional Committee that’s been circulating among GOP lawmakers and was obtained by The Post. In battleground House districts, 3 in 4 voters agreed with these...
     Presented by Uber    Welcome to The Hill’s Morning Report. It is Friday on the precipice of summer! We get you up to speed on the most important developments in politics and policy, plus trends to watch. Alexis Simendinger and Al Weaver are the co-creators. Readers can find us on Twitter @asimendinger and @alweaver22. Please recommend the Morning Report to friends and let us know what you think. CLICK HERE to subscribe! Total U.S. coronavirus deaths reported each morning this week: Monday, 589,893; Tuesday, 590,533; Wednesday, 590,941; Thursday, 591,953; Friday, 593,288. Senators ran into some unforeseen delays on Thursday, postponing until today floor action on two major pieces of legislation as lawmakers prepare to flee Washington ahead of Memorial Day.   Left in limbo overnight: the anticipated blockade by Republicans of the creation of a commission to investigate the Jan. 6 attacks on the Capitol, and a bipartisan compromise to move a measure intended to strengthen U.S. competitiveness with China.  On the sidelines of those dramas were White House and Senate Republican offers and counteroffers to spend a trillion dollars or...
                        Live from Music Row Thursday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – host Leahy welcomed Dr. Matthew Spalding, vice president of Hillsdale College and the executive director of the 1776 commission to the newsmakers line. During the second hour, Spalding informed listeners that the commission was still meeting to combat the racist curriculum being peddled by the federal government at the state level. Later in the segment, he urged parents to run for their local school boards and for communities to start their own local 1776 commissions. Leahy: We are joined on our newsmaker line now by Matthew Spalding, executive director of the 1776 Commission and vice president of Hillsdale College. Heading up their graduate school of government at the  Washington, D.C. campus. Welcome, Matthew. Spalding: Good to be with you. Thanks for having me. Leahy: You were just in D.C. with our good friend, vice chairman of the 1776...
    Representative Jamie Raskin (D-MD) said Thursday on CNN’s “Don Lemon Tonight” that congressional Democrats wanted to investigate former President Donald Trump’s connection to the Capitol riot because Trump to be considered “an absolute pariah in America.” On the Senate voting on the House Capitol riot commission, Raskin said, “Well, they’ve elevated what they think is in their best political interests over what is clearly in the best interest of the country, which is to determine the truth of those events and the cause of those events. But they are too eager to protect Donald Trump and the evidence of his attempted political coup against the government and against the election and too eager to protect the Proud Boys and the Three Percenters and the Oath Keepers in their insurrection against America. Then they’re too eager, I think, to protect the rioters themselves, who were seduced by Donald Trump’s invitation to come to Washington, from the truth because those people will defect very quickly once we simply proclaim the truth, which is that the big lie is a lie, that Donald Trump did...
    (CNN)On one side of the country, legacy Republicans were agonizing about what their party should be. On the other, Donald Trump's diehards were revealing what it already is.At the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in California Thursday night, ex-House Speaker Paul Ryan wrestled -- in the spiritual shadow of the commander-in-chief best known as a scourge of totalitarianism -- with what the GOP should stand for.But Senate Republicans are answering for him, gearing up to use their first successful legislative filibuster of the Biden administration to kill a bipartisan commission into ex-President Trump's insurrection -- the party's latest rebuke to democracy. The vote will again show that the GOP stands for Trump over truth.In another sign of the authoritarian fever gripping the Gipper's now unrecognizable party, two of Trump's populist proteges, Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene and Matt Gaetz, rolled their electoral lie-promoting "America First" tour into Georgia. Both took the stage clouded in controversy. Greene, a freshman from the Peach State, is defiant after comparing Capitol Hill mask rules to the Holocaust. Her Florida colleague is facing a probe into alleged...
    President Joe Biden scolded Republicans Thursday for blocking a Democrat-led effort to investigate the January 6 riots on Capitol Hill. The president spoke about the upcoming Senate vote to establish a commission as he made a stop for ice cream while visiting Ohio. The vote is expected to fail, as not enough Senate Republicans plan to support the legislation. Biden purchased an ice cream cone and one for a bystander, prompting reporters to ask what flavor he ordered. “Chocolate Chocolate Chip,” Biden replied. “What’s your message to Republicans who are prepared to block the January 6th commission?” the reporter continued. “Eat some chocolate, chocolate chip,” Biden said. Q: What is your message to Republicans who are prepared to block the January 6 commission?@POTUS: Eat some chocolate, chocolate chip.https://t.co/k2ZRLvtdO0 pic.twitter.com/07OXzkY8xd — CSPAN (@cspan) May 27, 2021 After another reporter questioned him, Biden continued, “I can’t imagine anyone voting against establishing a commission on the greatest assault since the Civil War on the Capitol.” As Breitbart News reporter Joel Pollak has detailed, there have been many attacks on the Capitol since the...
    Thursday on CNN’s “New Day,” Sen. Angus King (I-ME) sounded off on the expected Senate filibuster to block the commission investigating the riot at the U.S. Capitol on January 6. King said the fight to block the commission tells him that “Republicans don’t want to look at the facts” of the day’s events. He wondered what the GOP is “afraid will be revealed.” “[I]t tells me that the Republicans don’t want to look at the facts,” King told host John Berman. “They don’t want to talk about what happened. John, this is really all about Donald Trump telling them to jump, and they say, ‘How high?’ I mean, it really is. Many of the same people who were angry, who were upset, who realized what a serious matter this was when it occurred a couple of months ago are now saying, ‘Well, it wasn’t any big deal, and we don’t really need to know about it, and we’re afraid this will be a political investigation.’ I mean, I have to say, I kind of laugh at that.” He added, “When people...
    Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) warned of a possible future attack on the U.S. Capitol that will have a result which will be “far worse” than the deadly January 6th riot. Tester made the comment to Politico, which reported Thursday that Senate Republicans are prepared to filibuster a proposed independent commission to probe the riot. “We’ve got to get to the bottom of this shit,” Tester told the news outlet. “Jesus. It’s a nonpartisan investigation of what happened. And if it’s because they’re afraid of Trump then they need to get out of office. It’s bullshit. You make tough decisions in this office or you shouldn’t be here.” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) recently informed fellow GOP lawmakers that he opposes the 9/11-style commission, signalling the House-passed bill could be doomed in the upper chamber. “We’ve had a chance to hear from House leadership about what they saw in the bill. It doesn’t appear right now that they believe that it is bipartisan in nature, which to me is extremely disappointing,” Sen. Mike Rounds (R-SD) told Politico. “The way that the...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- "The Countdown" is here to get you caught up with all of the day's political news.You can watch it online, on the ABC7NY app or on our Connected TV apps for Fire, Roku, Apple TV and Android TV. Click here to learn more.Thursday, May27White House to propose $6 trillion budget for 2022The White House on Friday will propose a $6 trillion budget for the 2022 fiscal year, a senior administration official tells CNN, as President Joe Biden prepares to outline his spending blueprint for the first time in his formal request to Congress.The budget proposal calls for the most sustained spending in more than a half-century, which forecasts deficits at more than $1 trillion for at least the next decade. The budget proposed by the White House is the President's opening offer to Congress in negotiations over the federal budget and is expected to change before being signed into law.How will the next NYC mayor deal with the NYPD? Adams addresses PBA commentHow will the next mayor of New York City deal with the NYPD? That...
    (Photo by Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images) Senate Democrats have become increasingly frustrated by the unwillingness of most Republicans to approve a measure creating an independent commission to investigate the January 6th Capitol riot. The House approved the formation of a bipartisan, 9/11 commission-style panel earlier this month with 35 Republicans joining a unified Democratic caucus in voting yes. On Thursday, it appeared Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), who’d been personally whipping his conference against the commission, had mustered the votes necessary to block its approval. The development didn’t sit well with some Democrats. “We’ve got to get to the bottom of this shit,” Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) told Politico. “Jesus. It’s a nonpartisan investigation of what happened. And if it’s because they’re afraid of Trump then they need to get out of office. It’s bullshit. You make tough decisions in this office or you shouldn’t be here.” Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) issued expressed a similar (albeit expletive-free) frustration in a statement issued Thursday morning. “There is no excuse for any Republican to vote against this commission since Democrats have agreed...
    The mother of slain Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick and his longtime girlfriend were on Capitol Hill Thursday trying to convince Republican senators not to doom the House-passed bill that would create a 9/11-style commission to investigate the January 6 Capitol riot.  'This is why I'm here today,' Gladys Sicknick said when asked if she was angry at GOP lawmakers not supportive of a commission. 'Usually I'm staying in the background and I just couldn't, I couldn't stay quiet anymore.'   Sicknick's mother and girlfriend, Sandra Garza, were joined by Michael Fanone, a D.C. Metropolitan Police Officer who suffered a heart attack and concussion from the attack and Capitol Police Officer Harry Dunn, who said rioters called him racial slurs on January 6. Gladys Sicknick (left), the mother of slain Capitol Hill Police Officer, and Michael Fanone (right), a D.C. Metropolitan Police Officer who suffered a heart attack and concussion from the attack, arrive for a meeting Thursday with Sen. Ron Johnson  (From left) Gladys Sicknick, Officer Michael Fanone, Sandra Garza, Officer Harry Dunn and former Rep. Barbara Cornstock walk through a Senate...
    Washington (CNN)In the weeks after the January 6 riot, Capitol Police officers were shell-shocked and wounded, both physically and psychologically. They'd been through hell, they'd sacrificed their bodies, they'd lost colleagues who died as a result of the attack. But in the end they had safeguarded democracy and upheld their primary directive: Secure and protect the 535 members of Congress. Officers could take solace in the fact that they'd done their job, and that it appeared there would be a sweeping examination of the events of the day, one that could bring to light the systemic failures that led to the attack and ensure that nothing like it could ever happen again. But in recent weeks, those hopes have been extinguished, and what was already a tense relationship between Capitol Police and some lawmakers has only gotten worse. Officers bristle at the efforts of some Republicans to whitewash and move past the January 6 insurrection, and many worry the moment will go down as a missed opportunity to fix the substantial shortcomings the attack revealed.CNN spoke to more than a...
    (CNN)With Minority Leader Mitch McConnell announcing his opposition to the creation of a bipartisan commission to investigate the January 6 attack on the US Capitol, prospects for Senate passage of the recent House bill creating such a commission appear slim.House Speaker Nancy Pelosi should follow through on her willingness to create a select committee in the House to conduct a full and professional investigation of the January 6 insurrection instead. And she should do so quickly. The model for this panel should be the select committee that investigated the Iran-Contra affair. Ken BallenIn January 1987, the House decided to launch an investigation into the most significant presidential scandal since Watergate. Given the magnitude of the investigation and the importance of bringing it to a quick conclusion, the House select committee was given legal powers beyond the usual norms of congressional oversight. The chair of the select committee had full authority to issue subpoenas, compelling the production of documents and witnesses with the force of law. The committee also took the unusual step of conducting some 250 depositions -- sworn testimony...
    (CNN)Sen. Mitt Romney warned Republicans they would be blamed for hiding the truth if they block a bill to investigate the January 6 Capitol attack, as another GOP senator announced her support for advancing a plan that their colleagues are poised to filibuster on Thursday."I think the perception is on the part of the public that the January 6 Commission just trying to get to the truth of what happened, and that Republicans would be seen as not wanting to let the truth come out," Romney told CNN on Wednesday. "I don't believe that's what's the motivation but I think that's the perception."Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has set up a vote to open debate on the commission bill, which is expected to take place on Thursday, but it lacks the 60 votes to overcome a filibuster.The overwhelming majority of GOP senators are expected to filibuster the measure and, as of now, only two GOP senators -- Romney and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska -- have indicated they would be willing to support the current legislation. Mother of fallen Capitol...
    If you're worried about Senate Democrats failing to pass key elements of President Joe Biden's agenda, you're not alone. "The longer we wait, the more anxious we become,” Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois told The Hill, adding, "We have a lot to do, and a limited amount of time." Durbin seems to be channeling a broader sense of unease that's spilling into impatience for most of the Senate Democratic caucus as bills related to voting rights, immigration, police reform, gun control, and infrastructure pile up on their doorstep.  Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has finally started to lower the boom on GOP obstruction aided by the diddling of Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona. This week, Schumer filed for cloture on a bill creating a commission to investigate the Jan. 6 insurrection at that Capitol, and he set an expiration date for bipartisan negotiations on Biden's American Jobs Plan. "It has always been our plan—regardless of the vehicle—to work on an infrastructure bill in July,” Schumer said Tuesday. “That’s our plan, to move forward in...
    President Joe Biden replaced four Trump appointees, who were sent letters ordering them to resign, or “be terminated effective 6:00 pm tonight.” On Tuesday, the president announced the appointment of four new members to the Commission on Fine Arts, which oversees the design of federal buildings in D.C. According to the announcement, the new members are: Peter Cook, Principal, HGA Architects Hazel Ruth Edwards, Professor and Chair, Howard University Department of Architecture in the College of Engineering and Architecture Justin Garrett Moore, Inaugural Program Officer, Humanities in Place, Andrew Mellon Foundation Billie Tsien, Partner, Todd Williams Billie Tsien Architects But before that, the Trump-appointed members of the 7-member commission were sent letters, which CNN obtained, showing them the door: Justin Shubow, who was appointed in 2018 and later elected chairman, received a letter from the White House on Monday requesting he resign from the commission — or be terminated that evening. “Should we not receive your resignation, your position with the Commission will be terminated effective 6:00 pm tonight,” according to the letter reviewed...
    Barcelona, June 2020. David A Graham/Atlantic: George Floyd’s Murder Changed Americans’ Views on Policing But will those shifts lead to lasting reforms? The most significant changes have come among white Americans, with reactions diverging based on partisanship. Black Americans didn’t require any epiphanies on race in the United States: They live it, and polls have long shown that Black people, while hopeful about the future of the country, hold a more negative—or more realistic—view of race relations. x???????????? Reminder on the anniversary of George Floyd’s murder that his death sparked a debate about racism and police brutality not just in the U.S. — but internationally. pic.twitter.com/jI3VnutzOJ— Michael Knigge (@kniggem) May 25, 2021 Daniel Payne/Politico: White America: Awakened? George Floyd's death powered a sustained and historically significant wave of activism among white Americans that will have wide-ranging political and policy implications, experts say On highly politicized and polarizing issues, even a 1- or 2-percentage-point change can be notable, said Drew Linzer, director at Civiqs, the polling firm co-founded by the liberal blog DailyKos. That’s why the 5-percentage point increase in support among white...
                                   Presented by Uber     Welcome to The Hill’s Morning Report. It is Wednesday! We get you up to speed on the most important developments in politics and policy, plus trends to watch. Alexis Simendinger and Al Weaver are the co-creators. Readers can find us on Twitter @asimendinger and @alweaver22. Please recommend the Morning Report to friends and let us know what you think. CLICK HERE to subscribe! Total U.S. coronavirus deaths reported each morning this week: Monday, 589,893; Tuesday, 590,533; Wednesday, 590,941. Lawmakers are taking a slow approach to their expected summer of policy debates while filling the vacuum with sideshows and acrimony.   Chatter surrounding a potential infrastructure deal cropped up again on Tuesday as Senate Republicans, led by Sen. Shelley Moore CapitoShelley Wellons Moore CapitoSenate GOP to make infrastructure counteroffer Thursday Bipartisan infrastructure talks on life support On the Money: Yellen makes first overseas trip for G-7 meeting | Why cryptocurrencies are raising alarms | What you need to know...
    Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call via ZUMA Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.On Tuesday, the two most centrist members of the Senate Democratic caucus, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, issued a rare joint statement. Lamenting the “horrific” events of January 6th—when a right-wing mob incited by then-President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol to stop the certification of the electoral college vote—Manchin and Sinema begged their Republican colleagues to join them in supporting a bill to create a bipartisan commission to investigate what happened. The measure passed the House last week with substantial Republican support, but it faces uncertain prospects in the Senate because of the existence of the filibuster, the Senate rule that allows a 41-vote minority to block non-budgetary legislation from coming to a vote. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has already announced his opposition. My statement with @SenatorSinema on the need for a bipartisan commission to investigate the events of January 6th: pic.twitter.com/MTJ0gEQjoL — Senator...
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell decried the proposed 1/6 commission as a “purely political exercise” on Tuesday. The House voted last week to establish that commission, with 35 Republicans joining Democrats backing it. McConnell publicly came out against it, and continued slamming it in a Tuesday press conference. During the press conference, McConnell was first asked about his condemnation of Marjorie Taylor Greene for her outlandish comments comparing mask mandates to the Holocaust. As for the 1/6 commission, McConnell swiped at the Democrats — noting they voted to impeach and convict former President Donald Trump — and pointed to the cases against many of the rioters currently underway. “So what would an additional report be about?” McConnell asked. He said the Democrats just want to continue “litigat[ing] the former president” for a while longer, calling the commission “a purely political exercise that adds nothing to the sum total of information.” “All of these aspects of it are being dealt with in one way or another already,” McConnell added. You can watch above (the relevant part starts at the 11-minute mark),...
    Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffSunday shows - Cheney removal, CDC guidance reverberate Schiff: Biden administration needs to 'push harder' to stop violence in Mideast Sunday shows preview: House GOP removes Cheney from leadership position; CDC issues new guidance for fully vaccinated Americans MORE (D-Calif.) warned Tuesday that remarks by Rep. Marjorie Taylor GreeneMarjorie Taylor GreeneGOP efforts to downplay danger of Capitol riot increase The Memo: What now for anti-Trump Republicans? Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene says she's meeting with Trump 'soon' in Florida MORE (R-Ga.) comparing COVID-19 vaccinations and mask-wearing to the Holocaust were the sign of a greater "rot" within the GOP. In a tweet Tuesday that came amid a chorus of criticism on Capitol Hill over the remarks from Greene that were widely viewed as antisemitic, Schiff condemned Greene and any of those who rewarded her for "creating chaos for clicks." "Marjorie Taylor Greene made herself a GOP star. By creating chaos for clicks. Seeking money using racist, homophobic, antisemitic language. Spewing nonsense and hate. Her actions are only a sign of the greater rot in her party. It won’t stop...
    via GIPHY To view past editions of The Hill's 12:30 Report, click here: http://bit.ly/1M1mIfw To receive The Hill's 12:30 Report in your inbox, please sign up here: http://bit.ly/1Tt4hqN  --> A midday take on what's happening in politics and how to have a sense of humor about it.* *Ha. Haha. Hahah. Sniff. Haha. Sniff. Ha--breaks down crying hysterically.    The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Biden to meet with Putin | House leaders condemn Greene’s Holocaust comments | One year since George Floyd’s murder | Memorials, marches across the US | Police reform legislation hinges on ‘qualified immunity’ | Moderna says it’s safe for adolescents | Romney becomes the first GOP senator to back Jan. 6 commission | Filibuster debate restarts | Andrew YangAndrew YangNew Yorkers may ditch progressivism to save their city: Will the nation follow? Jeffries endorses Wiley in New York mayor's race Yang: 'Defund the police is the wrong approach for New York City' MORE’s wife rips ‘racist disfiguration’ of husband cartoon | National Wine Day deals (!)   NEWS THIS A.M. Today in ‘Things A Kindergartener Could Tell You Are Highly Inappropriate’:  Rep. Marjorie Taylor GreeneMarjorie...
    Mitt Romney became on Monday the first Republican senator to say he will vote for the formation of a commission to investigate the January 6 Capitol riot. 'I would support the bill,' the Utah senator told reporters on Capitol Hill Monday. Romney's comments are the most definitive yet from a GOP senator, but colleague Bill Cassidy of Louisiana and Susan Collins of Maine have said they 'strongly' support the creation of a '9/11-style commission'. Romney's support is important to Democrats, but with an evenly split Senate, they need to garner 10 GOP votes to avoid the threat of a filibuster when Majority Leader Chuck Schumer attempts to bring a vote to the floor to launch a debate on the bill. Without 60 votes in the Senate, Republicans can block the legislation from ever getting to the floor by using the filibuster, which Democrats are trying to nix as they face complications in Congress with the smallest majority in modern history. Mitt Romney on Monday became the first Republican senator to say he would vote for the creation of a...
    Democratic state Reps. Jennifer Pawlik and Alma Hernandez Daily Kos Elections is out with new data from Arizona breaking down the 2020 presidential results for each district in the state legislature. Republicans maintained the narrowest possible majorities in both chambers last year even as Joe Biden became the first Democrat to take the state's electoral votes in the 21st century. The Grand Canyon State is divided into 30 legislative districts, with each electing one senator and two state representatives every two years; the districts are exactly the same (or "perfectly coterminous") for both chambers. Last year, Biden and Donald Trump each carried exactly half of the districts as Biden was prevailing statewide 49.4-49.1, but crossover voting was just enough to keep Republicans in power. As you’d expect when both candidates each carried half the districts, the two median districts when averaged together come close to reflecting the statewide result itself, with Biden winning them 50-48 for a Democratic median seat advantage of just one point. Despite a strong Democratic campaign to flip the legislature, they netted just one seat in the Senate,...
    Prince Harry remains on the Aspen Institute’s Commission on Information Disorder as of Sunday despite expressing confusion about America’s first amendment. The Aspen Institute did not acknowledge Prince Harry’s recent comments when contacted by the Daily Caller. The institute first announced Prince Harry would be a part of the Commission on Information Disorder back in March. The commission is a “six-month study on combating America’s urgent mis- and disinformation challenge alongside high-level government, civil society, and technology experts,” according to the Aspen Institute’s website. Scoop: Voicing concern about an “avalanche of misinformation” in the digital world, Prince Harry is joining the Aspen Institute’s new Commission on Information Disorder as a commissioner. Here’s my full story https://t.co/fufqb3CCzE — Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) March 24, 2021 Prince Harry’s comments about the first amendment occurred while he was discussing his role on the Commission on Information Disorder with actor Dax Shepard on “The Armchair Expert” podcast. (RELATED: Piers Morgan Goes After Prince Harry For His Thoughts On The First Amendment) “As I’ve said, the experience of today’s digital world has us inundated with an...
    Republican Congressman Adam Kinzinger has launched a scathing attack on House leader Kevin McCarthy for 'lying' about the January 6 riots at the US Capitol. Appearing on Fox New Sunday, Kinzinger said it was vital that Congress established a 9/11-style commission into the attack to get to the bottom of what happened.  'The American people deserve the truth,' he told host Chris Wallace. ' 'And my party to this point has said things like it was hugs and kisses, it was Antifa and [Black Lives Matter], it was anything but what it was, which was a Trump-inspired insurrection on the Capitol.' The House passed legislation last week to form a bipartisan commission of five Republicans and five Democrats to investigate the January 6 riots, in spite of opposition from Republican leadership.  Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell has said he will oppose the formation of a commission, meaning it is unlikely to pass the Senate. Appearing on ABC's This Week, GOP Sen. Susan Collins offered a glimmer of hope that the bill could get through the Senate, saying she strongly supports the...
    By now the basic contours are visible to anyone who cares to look. The idea that Republicans would actually sign on to an investigation into their own party’s deliberate embrace of fascism—which is precisely what any legitimate investigation into the events of Jan. 6 would reveal—was doomed to fail from the start.  Nowhere was this outcome more preordained than in the reaction of Republican House members whose votes could have authorized a commission to conduct such an investigation in the first place. Of the 210 GOP House members who voted this week, only 35 agreed to create such a commission.  Of the 147 Republican House members who objected to the vote count certifying the 2020 presidential election, only five voted in support of the commission. The Senate has not yet voted on the House bill creating the commission, but Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has given his membership sufficient cover to oppose it in numbers that will make its passage effectively impossible, thanks to the filibuster. So there will be no bipartisan commission to examine the events of Jan. 6. There will...
    Conservative columnist George Will defended congressional proposals for the January 6th commission, arguing that the storming of the U.S. Capitol should be mentally imprinted upon the American public like the 9/11 terror attacks. Will appeared on This Week as George Stephanopoulos gathered his panel on Sunday to get their reactions to the Republican opposition to the proposed 1/6 commission. As Stephanopoulos offered his surprise that the commission’s formation has become “controversial,” Will said the reason for that is “we have a political party defined by the terror it feels for its own voters. That’s the Republican Party right now.” “Every elected official is frightened of his voters, therefore doesn’t respect his voters and doesn’t like his voters and is afraid that a vote for this would be seen as an insult to the 45th president,” Will continued. Will acknowledged that “McConnell has a point” when he denounced the commission on the Senate floor since “there are going to be lots of investigations” into the Capitol riot, regardless of the commission. However, Will added, “I would like to see January 6th...
    Bradley Cortright May 23, 2021 0 Comments Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) is accusing House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) of not telling the truth about the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. During an interview on Fox News on Sunday, Kinzinger was asked if he believes McCarthy’s opposition to the creation of a commission to investigate the violence was a conflict of interest. “I wouldn’t say it’s a conflict of interest because Kevin is the leader. There’s probably a lot of people that are going to be subject to being called in front of any investigation on this even criminal investigation,” he responded. He continued, “But I do think Kevin has failed to tell the truth to the Republicans and to the American people. And it pains me to say it. It’s not like I enjoy standing up and saying this, but people, the 74 million voters that voted for Donald Trump that believe — a number of them that believe the election was stolen believe it because their leaders have not told him, otherwise.” “The people they...
    CNN’s Jim Acosta slammed congressional Republicans who voted against the bipartisan 1/6 commission as caving to former President Donald Trump, who he dubbed “the Mussolini of Mar-a-Lago writing in his online blog.” “Hopes for a bipartisan commission to investigate what happened on January 6th are fading fast,” said Acosta to introduce the segment on CNN Newsroom. “Almost as fast as some Republican leaders are sprinting from a key question: whether GOP lawmakers were in communication with the insurrectionists. See how they run.” Acosta played a clip of House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) ignoring questions from reporters on that topic, saying “Everybody have a nice day” as he walked away. McCarthy’s counterpart in the Senate, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) “initially sounded open to a commission” but “later showed off his cat-like reflexes, side-stepping the idea,” Acosta continued. “After careful consideration, I’ve made the decision to oppose the House Democrats slanted and unbalanced proposal for another commission to study the events of January 6th,” said McConnell. “You didn’t know he could move so fast, did you? Like a ninja,” Acosta...
    Tourists at the Capitol, Jan. 6, 2021. Peter Wehner/Atlantic: Trump Is Marching Down the Road to Political Violence The Republican Party must counteract lies rather than indulge them. At the beginning of last week, former President Donald Trump referred to the 2020 election as the “greatest Election Fraud in the history of our Country.” By the end of the week, he had issued a statement saying, “As our Country is being destroyed, both inside and out, the Presidential Election of 2020 will go down as THE CRIME OF THE CENTURY!” What else is new? These are the ravings of a 74-year-old sociopath, isolated and banned from social media, living in Mar-a-Lago, where he is crashing wedding parties and delivering rambling monologues. Or at least, that would be the right way to look at things, if not for the fact that the GOP remains fully in Trump’s thrall, with its leadership more committed than ever to spreading his foundational lies and conspiracy theories. Under Trump’s sway, the Republican Party is becoming more fanatical, venturing even further into a world of illusion. xbritish tourists visit washington, circa 1812...
                      by Julie Kelly  The House of Representatives on Wednesday passed legislation to create a 9/11-style commission to investigate the events of January 6, 2021. Thirty-five Republicans, including the ten who voted to impeach Donald Trump for “inciting” the violence that day, joined Democrats to advance the bill to the U.S. Senate where its fate is unclear. The vote, ironically, came almost four years to the day that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, at the behest of many Republicans, appointed Robert Mueller as special counsel to investigate the concocted crime of Trump-Russia election collusion. The January 6 commission, if passed, would be yet another extension of Crossfire Hurricane, the illicit probe launched by the FBI in 2016 in an effort to destroy one of Barack Obama’s most despised political enemies. One special counsel investigation, numerous congressional and senate inquisitions, and two impeachment trials later, the Left’s insatiable lust to take down Donald Trump remains unsatisfied. But now, rather than just targeting the president and his family, millions of Americans must be...
    (CNN)This week, President Joe Biden tested his decades-long relationship with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Meanwhile, Republicans battled over whether to establish a bipartisan commission to investigate the January 6 insurrection. Monday Biden 'expressed his support for a ceasefire' in call with Israeli Prime Minister, White House says Arizona GOP election official defends office against Trump voting conspiracy theory: 'We are humans, it has to stop.' Supreme Court takes up major abortion case next term that could limit Roe v. Wade Tuesday McCarthy's bid to quash January 6 commission underscores GOP split on Trump New York attorney general adds 'criminal capacity' to probe of Trump Organization Read More THE POINT -- NOW ON YOUTUBE! In each episode of his weekly YouTube show, Chris Cillizza will delve a little deeper into the surreal world of politics. Click to subscribe! Wednesday Here are the 35 House Republicans who voted for the January 6 commission US Capitol Police officer's letter blasts Republican opposition to January 6 commission Blinken and Lavrov hold first high-level meeting of Biden's presidency...
    (CNN)It was the investigation that never was.After months of talk, the independent commission to investigate the events surrounding January 6 is now on life support, likely to fail in the US Senate as soon as next week when Republicans are expected to filibuster the legislation.Behind the scenes, mistrust, disinterest and raw political considerations all contributed to Republicans ultimately moving to kill a January 6 commission that was once heralded by both sides as an important step in understanding one of the darkest days at the Capitol in US history. The effort is poised to become another casualty left in the wake of a bitterly divided Congress and GOP members allegiance to former President Donald Trump, lawmakers and aides tell CNN.There's plenty of finger pointing on both sides, the swift Republican moves to scuttle the effort, undercutting the House GOP lawmaker who negotiated the deal, was driven by the political considerations heading into the midterms and the fact that Trump -- whose role leading up to January 6 would be a key part of the commission's work -- is central to...
    In the shadow of Jan. 6, every interview with a Republican official has become an exercise in futility. Some, like Sen. Ron Johnson, are straightforward in endorsing lies about election fraud in the face of not just no evidence, but mountains of contrary evidence. Others, like every single other Republican senator and 90% of Republicans in the House, tiptoes along a pretense of accepting the outcome of the election, but still pretending that there’s something “right” about continuing to support the exact same conspiracy theories that led to camo-wearing insurgents smearing excrement through the halls of Congress.  Attempts to pin down any of these Republicans can be entertaining for the levels and techniques of question-dodging on display. But they’re also infuriating. Because: We’re not talking about some inconsequential point of policy disagreement. This is literally an ongoing existential crisis for the United States. This isn’t something that only happened on Jan. 6. It wasn’t just speeches that morning, and it wasn’t just the votes Republicans cast to endorse the idea of a “stolen election” that afternoon.  The Big Lie is something Republicans have...
    Thursday, FNC host Tucker Carlson opened his program with his thoughts on Democrats’ push to establish a so-called January 6 commission to investigate the incident that occurred on Capitol Hill on the day for which it was named. Carlson determined that given the similarities of the mission statements of the 9/11 Commission established to investigate the September 11, 2001 terror attacks and the January 6 commission, Democrats had more than just investigating the January 6 incident as the commission’s purpose. Transcript as follows: CARLSON: Here’s a story for you. A mysterious letter appeared on Capitol Hill this week. It was addressed to every member of the U.S. Congress. The letter arrived on the official letterhead of the United States Capitol Police, but it wasn’t from the Chief or from any individual officer. Instead, the letter was signed, “Proud Members of the United States Capitol Police.” So, it was anonymous. And that was the first tip this was not your average security bulletin. It definitely was not. It was instead a political demand. The letter instructed Members of Congress to vote...
    Get your vaccine when you can. Don't wait to win the lottery. Greg Sargent/WaPo: Republicans offer a vile new excuse for opposing a Jan. 6 commission With Republicans gearing up to kill a commission to examine the Jan. 6 insurrection, they have offered a barrage of comically weak excuses. They say the commission is “slanted,” that its work will overlap with other investigations, that its mission fails to target left-wing “political violence” and that Democrats are driven only by politics. Now, with debate beginning in the Senate over the bill creating a commission that passed the House late Wednesday, Republicans are offering a vile new excuse. It somehow manages to be both candid and evasive at the same time. Yet this excuse also reveals how deep flaws in our public discussion of this whole matter — by neutral media and Democrats alike — unwittingly enable GOP spin. The new excuse is that we shouldn’t be wasting our time re-litigating the 2020 election.  xIf you think 1/6 was largely peaceful, if you think Antifa/BLM dressed up and did it, if you think President Trump did...
     Presented by Facebook    Welcome to The Hill’s Morning Report. It is Friday! We get you up to speed on the most important developments in politics and policy, plus trends to watch. Alexis Simendinger and Al Weaver are the co-creators. Readers can find us on Twitter @asimendinger and @alweaver22. Please recommend the Morning Report to friends and let us know what you think. CLICK HERE to subscribe! Total U.S. coronavirus deaths reported each morning this week: Monday, 585,970; Tuesday, 586,359; Wednesday, 587,219; Thursday, 587,874. Friday, 588,539. A cease-fire took effect between Israel and Hamas hours after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin NetanyahuBenjamin (Bibi) NetanyahuMORE’s Security Cabinet approved a unilateral halt to an 11-day military operation in the Gaza Strip. The decision came after heavy private pressure from President BidenJoe BidenTrump slams 'weak' Republicans who don't want to talk about Arizona audit FDA advises against Chinese-made syringes citing safety issues On The Money: Biden tries to navigate bumpy recovery | Jobless claims hit another post-pandemic low | Treasury calls for 15 percent minimum global tax MORE and international allies to halt the...
    Aung San Suu Kyi's party, the National League for Democracy Party (NLD), was overthrown in a military coup on February 1 this year. Dan Himbrechts - Pool/Getty Images Myanmar's junta-backed election commission will dissolve Aung San Suu Kyi's political party.  The National League for Democracy (NLD) was accused of "election fraud," and will be broken up. The election commission's chairman called the NLD "traitors" for conducting said "fraud."  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Myanmar's military junta has made new moves to dismantle Aung San Suu Kyi's political party.  In a meeting in Naypyitaw on Friday afternoon local time, the head of Myanmar's junta-backed election commission cited "election fraud" by the National League for Democracy Party as the reason for the dissolution. According to local media outlet Myanmar Now, Thein Soe, chairman of the junta-linked Union Election Commission, said the commission would dissolve the NLD, citing "electoral fraud." He added that the military regime would prosecute the NLD's leaders as "traitors" for committing said fraud.  Myanmar Now separately reported that this decision was made during a meeting...
    House Intelligence Committee chairman Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) said Thursday on CNN’s “The Situation Room” if Senate Republicans block the House bill to establish an independent commission to investigate the January 6 Capitol riots, Democrats “are going to insist on getting answers one way or the other.” Blitzer said, “Is this commission dead on arrival?” Schiff said, “No, it isn’t. But it’s clear that Mitch McConnell and Kevin McCarthy are going to try to kill it any way they can. I have to say, watching that clip of Mitch McConnell saying that after giving careful consideration, he’s decided to oppose it. That careful consideration was no more than reading Donald Trump’s statement saying you need to oppose this.” Blitzer said, “The House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says if this bipartisan commission fails in the Senate, it’s no secret the backup plan could be what’s called a select committee in the House to investigate the January 6th attack. Do you risk Americans dismissing the findings if this investigation isn’t done in a bipartisan way?” Schiff said, “The ideal outcome here would be...
    Thirty-five House Republicans voted in favor of a commission to investigate the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, despite the opposition of party leadership. The 35 Republicans, including former Conference Chairwoman Liz Cheney and Freshman Class President Stephanie Bice, joined all 217 present Democrats in supporting the legislation. Although House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy had initially suggested that the commission would be a free vote, he and Minority Whip Steve Scalise later backtracked and urged their members to vote against the legislation. (RELATED: Biden White House Calls For 9/11 Style Commission Into Jan. 6, Increased Security At Capitol) Here are the 35 House Republicans who voted to create the Jan. 6 commission: Nebraska Rep. Don Bacon Oregon Rep. Cliff Bentz Oklahoma Rep. Stephanie Bice Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney Utah Rep. John Curtis Illinois Rep. Rodney Davis Pennsylvania Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick Nebraska Rep. Jeff Fortenberry New York Rep. Andrew Garbarino Florida Rep. Carlos Gimenez Texas Rep. Tony Gonzalez Ohio Rep. Anthony Gonzalez Mississippi Rep. Michael Guest Washington Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler Arkansas Rep. French Hill Illinois Rep. Trey Hollingsworth New York Rep....
    Bradley Cortright May 20, 2021 0 Comments Former President Donald Trump blasted the nearly three dozen House Republicans who voted to create a commission to investigate the Jan. 6 insurrection. In a statement on his website on Thursday, Trump said, “See, 35 wayward Republicans—they just can’t help themselves. We have much better policy and are much better for the Country, but the Democrats stick together, the Republicans don’t.” He added, “They don’t have the Romney’s, Little Ben Sasse’s, and Cheney’s of the world. Unfortunately, we do. Sometimes there are consequences to being ineffective and weak. The voters understand!” On Wednesday, the House voted 252-175 to pass legislation to create a commission to investigate the violence on Jan. 6. Thirty-five Republicans broke ranks to vote in favor of the bill. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) both have voiced their opposition to the bill. On Tuesday, Trump said in a statement, “Republicans in the House and Senate should not approve the Democrat trap of the January 6 Commission. It is just more partisan...