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    A series of House Democrats have reported testing positive for the coronavirus after attending a party retreat in Philadelphia where President Joe Biden spoke – with seven lawmakers who attended the event revealing their positive results. Another pair of lawmakers who didn't go also reported testing positive Friday and Monday, after the House lifted its mask mandate and lawmakers resumed the practice of gathering in close quarters in the House chamber without masks. President Joe Biden spoke to the group on Friday, although he tested negative on Sunday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said Tuesday when asked about it.  Among those reporting positing positive cases were senior members of the caucus, including powerful House Appropriations Committee chairwoman Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn), 79. Others included impeachment managers Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), 74, and Madeleine Dean (D-Pa.), 62. Masks were optional at the event, which came during a time of lessening covid restrictions. At least seven lawmakers who attended the House Democratic retreat in Philadelphia tested positive for the coronavirus 'While I tested negative earlier this week, today I tested positive...
    On Monday’s broadcast of “Fox News Primetime,” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) stated that all but one House Democrat “voted for the 87,000 IRS agents to spy on you. They voted to open the border and make people legal citizens when they came here illegally” by voting for the Build Back Better reconciliation bill. McCarthy said, “Democrats made a fatal mistake, and Nancy Pelosi made a fatal mistake. Remember, they all said they wouldn’t pass a bill in the House until it already had been conferenced in the Senate and make sure it passed the Senate. She had all her Democrats, and there were no Joe Manchins over there that would stand up, only one would. And now they have voted for the 87,000 IRS agents to spy on you. They voted to open the border and make people legal citizens when they came here illegally. They voted to take away work requirements.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett
    I used to be a bigger believer in the U.S. constitutional system of politics and government, as evolved, and its ability to shelter our poor, dear nation from the unavoidable stresses of partisanship. Sadly, that’s pretty much over. I know which of our two political parties I blame for its demise, but that’s beside (or, perhaps, alongside) the main point for today. The main question for today is whether Democrats, while they control both houses of Congress, should expand the size of the court to add enough young liberals to tip the balance in favor of the kind of laws Democrats favor. (By the way, if you are a Democrat, you may assume that any rejection of a Supreme Court nominee by a partisan vote in the Senate started with the Republican refusal to even vote on the nomination of Merrick Garland to fill a Supreme Court vacancy after the death Antonin Scalia. You are mistaken. The full history of court vacancies and rejections is longer and more bipartisan than that. Here’s a link that will get you the full...
    Donald Trump said the GOP's surprise Virginial gubernatorial win was due to the Democrats' obsession with him during their campaign.    The former president said Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe and his allies focused too much on him and not Youngkin, who Trump called a 'very good candidate.'  'If you look at what happened in Virginia, it's very interesting. They used my name — the Democrats — so much that they ended up losing,' Trump told Fox News's website. 'One of the reasons [McAuliffe] lost is because he kept saying Trump, Trump, Trump.' He also claimed that MAGA voters swept the polls because they liked Youngkin's education policy, which has been highlighted through the protests at the Loudoun County Public School District against the teaching of critical race theory. 'The people of Virginia are angry, and the reason we won that state — number one — we had a good candidate and a nice guy and somebody who was really, very gracious, but you also had the MAGA voters come out in force because they're tired of it, and they voted, and...
    Kamala Harris did get tested for coronavirus following a meeting with the runaway Texas Democrats, the White House revealed Monday, but her office insists it had nothing to do with the potential exposure to two of the five infected lawmakers.  Jen Psaki, Joe Biden's spokesperson, told reporters during a briefing Monday that the vice president did get tested and 'there was no detection of COVID-19.' A White House official told DailyMail.com on background that Harris always intended to get tested for the virus before her previously scheduled routine doctor's appointment at Walter Reed Medical Center over the weekend. They also insisted that the vice president's test had nothing to do with the fact that she met with at least two Texas state lawmakers who later tested positive for COVID-19. The two are not connected, the official said. Psaki assured on Monday: 'We take these precautions incredibly seriously and abide by the health, the guidance of our health and medical experts. 'We, of course, hope everybody abides by public health guidelines,' she continued. 'That's what we certainly recommend, but the vice president...
    (CNN)Republican Rep. Chip Roy of Texas revealed in a video circulating online that he wants to jam Democrats' legislative goals so Republicans can win the 2022 midterms.In the video posted by Democratic activist Lauren Windsor on Tuesday, Roy was asked specifically about infrastructure negotiations in Congress. "The people who were working to cut the deal, by the way, were not your conservative warriors in the Senate. And so they're cutting a deal, but then Biden, who came out and said, 'We have a deal,' allowed Pelosi to basically kind of step in and go, 'Whoop, no you don't.' You're only gonna get that deal if you have reconciliation with all this liberal garbage," he can be heard saying in the video.He added: "And then Biden said, 'OK, yeah.' And they kind of backed away from the deal. Then he kind of came back away from the veto threat, so nobody knows what anybody's gonna do right now. That's the thing. This is the problem. I actually say, thank the Lord. Eighteen more months of chaos and the inability to get...
    Congressman Steve Cohen (D- TN) panned Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene’s (R- GA) press conference apologizing for comparing mask mandates to the Holocaust. Greene was roundly condemned for those comments weeks ago, but stood by them multiple times. However, she finally did apologize after visiting the Holocaust Museum on Monday. At one point during the press conference, Greene was confronted over other remarks she made recently likening Democrats to Nazis — a comparison she didn’t as unequivocally back down from. I asked Marjorie Taylor Greene today if she still stood by her comparison of the Democratic Party to the Nazi Party after she said nothing was comparable to the Holocaust. This was her answer pic.twitter.com/GLXLVdJQQP — Ben Jacobs (@Bencjacobs) June 15, 2021 Anderson Cooper started by asking Cohen if anything she said changed his opinion since he blasted her remarks last month. “Not really,” Cohen said. He told Cohen it was “good she did apologize” and may have learned something from the Holocaust Museum, “but she didn’t learn a lot.” Cohen slammed Greene for the comparison between Nazis and...
    The rightwing conspiracy theory called QAnon has been in the headlines in recent weeks as Rep. Majorie Taylor Greene, R-Georgia, had been on the receiving end of attacks and condemnation over her past controversial remarks and exposing various falsehoods that stemmed from the viral movement.  However, a Pew Research poll from November indicates that YouTube was a major factor in the spread of such disinformation.  The study, which was conducted on December 19th, evaluated the 100 "most viewed YouTube news channels" for any references to QAnon. Among those channels, 11 of them produced a whopping 80 percent of those results.  QANON: WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT THE FRINGE CONSPIRACY THEORY AND ITS INFLUENCE "In a subsequent content analysis conducted in September 2020, eight of these 11 YouTube news channels were still producing videos that mentioned QAnon," the Pew studied found. "What’s more, four of them mentioned QAnon in half or more of the videos they published that month." "Some of these channels clearly advertised their orientation around these conspiracy theories, including one that put the word 'QAnon' in the thumbnail of all of its videos....
    Dave Wasserman, a political analyst and the editor of the non-partisan Cook Political Report, reported Monday that Republicans came within less than 32,000 votes from regaining the majority in the U.S. House of Representatives. “Republicans came within 31,751 votes of winning the majority,” Wasserman wrote in a tweet, shortly after Democrat Anthony Brindisi conceded to former GOP Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-NY) in the race for New York’s 22nd Congressional District. Just in: Anthony Brindisi (D) has conceded to Claudia Tenney (R) in #NY22. Final 2020 election House result: 222D, 213R. Republicans came within 31,751 votes of winning the majority. — Dave Wasserman (@Redistrict) February 8, 2021 Tenney’s Empire State victory over Brindisi, the final undecided House race in the nation, gives Democrats in the House a slim majority of nine seats. With Tenney’s victory cemented, and all totals finalized for the 2020 election, Republicans flipped 15 house seats held by Democrats. Tenney defeated Brindisi by a razor-thin margin of 109 votes. The slim difference in the amount of votes cast for Republicans in the 2020 election, as compared to that of Democrats,...
    Sen. Chuck Schumer and Joe Biden fist bump. Democrats across government are focused on one thing and one thing only: Making life better for the American people amid the nation’s worst public health crisis in a century. As Republicans work to block President Biden's efforts to contain the pandemic and rescue the economy, the response from Democrats is simple: We came here to "get shit done." "We can get shit done around here and we ought to be focused on getting stuff done," Democratic Sen. Jon Tester of Montana told Politico. GOP Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is trying to force an early procedural fight over the filibuster and whether Democrats could potentially eliminate it if Senate Republicans use it to obstruct Biden's agenda—much like they did to Barack Obama.  But Democrats are united. Tester, who hails from a more conservative-leaning state, is on the exact same page as progressive Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts. Warren noted that while McConnell was happy to nix the filibuster to pack the Supreme Court with conservative justices, "he’s not ok getting rid of the filibuster for...
    The last U.S. House race in the nation to be called will come a step closer to resolution Wednesday. Since Nov. 3, ex-Rep. Claudia Tenney, R-N.Y., has held the lead in New Yorks 22nd District (upstate) over Rep. Anthony Brindisi, D-N.Y. As of Friday, with all votes in the eight-county district tallied up, Tenneys lead was 29 votes out of more than 325,000 cast. But State Supreme Court Judge Scott DelConte has so far refused to permit the certification Tenney needs in order to be sworn into the 116th Congress. DelConte last week cited the revelation the Oneida County Board of Elections failed to process 2,418 applications from voters who applied through the Department of Motor Vehicles before the state deadline. Brindisis attorneys called on DelConte to count 69 ballots from 2,418 whom they insisted had applied on time through the DMV. Testimony on Friday confirmed all but a handful of the 69 ballots came from Democrats who are primarily young. Tenneys legal team countered Brindisi was "cherry-picking" votes they think came from Democrats. DelConte is expected to rule on...
    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said Sunday that half of the members of the House were at risk of dying during the Capitol protests on Wednesday as she and other Democrats prepare to vote this week on another impeachment against President Donald Trump. 'If another head of state came in and ordered an attack on the United States Congress, would we say that that should not be prosecuted? Would we say that there should be absolutely no response to that?' the New York congresswoman posed to ABC's 'This Week' host George Stephanopoulos. 'No,' Ocasio-Cortez asserted. 'It is an act of insurrection. It's an act of hostility. And we must have accountability, because, without it, it will happen again.' 'Perhaps my colleagues were not fully present for the events on Wednesday, but we came close to half of the House nearly dying on Wednesday,' she said. Hakeem Jeffries, a fellow New York Representative, agreed with AOC's points in an interview with NBC on Sunday, claiming: 'Donald Trump represents a clear and present danger to the health and safety of the American people, as well...
    House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) argued on Sunday that the recent election results have proven “the American people” are “fed up” with the leadership of congressional Democrats. McCarthy, who led House Republicans to within a few seats of retaking the chamber last November, made the remarks shortly after the 117th Congress took office. The minority leader, in particular, used the occasion to lambast the partisanship of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and her conference that had made the last two years some of the “least productive” in congressional history. “Two months ago today, the American people said enough,” McCarthy said. “Enough with politicians who dictate what you can say, where you can eat, and whether you can go to church.” “Enough with politicians who ignore the stay-at-home lockdowns they impose on the rest of us,” the minority leader added. “Enough with the arrogance and the hypocrisy. Americans are fed up with it and we Republicans are too.” The minority leader asserted that the embrace of radical ideas, including defunding the police, by some progressive Democrats had created an opportunity...
    Kansas Republican Sen. Pat Roberts witnessed up close how the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives settled a close election in 1985 and says many of his then-Democratic colleagues came to regret the heavy-handed tactics needed to keep one of their own in office. Roberts, in early January, will spend 40 years as a member of Congress, first as a House member from Kansas for 16 years and then representing the state in the Senate ever since. Back in 1985, he was part of a House Republican Conference that had been in the minority for 30 years. House Democrats used to stomp all over the minority party, including an infamous dispute 35 years ago in which it seated an incumbent Democratic House member from Indiana, Frank McCloskey, over his Republican rival, Rick McIntyre, who had been certified as the winner in the November 1984 contest. In an interview with the Washington Examiner, Roberts, 84, says the long-ago episode is newly relevant due to a disputed Iowa House race that may be decided in the halls of Congress. Republican Marianette Miller-Meeks...
    A funny thing happened on the way to the blue wave. It disappeared. Former President Barack Obama and former Attorney General Eric Holder had spent years raising money to win the fight for Democratic victories in state legislative elections, so Democrats could gerrymander the U.S. House for the next decade. Lisa Nelson, the head of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) estimates that Democrats outspent Republicans by at least 3-to-1 in state legislative races. STRONG GOP SHOWING IN 2020 STATE LEGISLATURE RACES LIKELY TO BOOST REDISTRICTING ADVANTAGE The left-wing propaganda media spent months talking about the coming blue wave and the crushing of the GOP in an anti-Trump tide. The big Internet companies censored conservatives and Republicans with greater and greater frequency as the Nov. 3 election came closer. Yet when the elections for state legislatures were over, the Republicans had created a populist, grassroots tsunami that defeated the Democrats and set the stage for a decade of creativity at the state level.More from Opinion Newt Gingrich: Powerful system controlling cultural institutions tries to impose far-left agenda on US Newt...
    High-profile Brooklyn Democrats came under fire last week for attending a birthday party at which many of the attendees were neither wearing a mask nor social distancing. Yet when news broke of the COVID rule-breaking party, many of them reacted with a shrug, while some came off as annoyed that it had made news in the first place. The party was held last weekend to celebrate the 50th birthday of Carlo Scissura – head of the New York Building Congress, a construction trade organization.FAST FACTS New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo had limited private gatherings to no more than 10 people as a way to curb resurging coronavirus cases just a few days earlier. The state has reported more than 602,120 COVID-19 cases and at least 34,339 deaths from the virus, according to data from Johns Hopkins University In attendance were many prominent Democrats, including Deputy Brooklyn Borough President Ingrid Lewis-Martin and former Brooklyn Democratic Party Chairman Frank Seddio. Follow below for more coronavirus updates. Mobile users click here. 
    By WILL WEISSERT and THOMAS BEAUMONT, Associated Press MONROE, Iowa (AP) — This swath of southeast Iowa isn't supposed to be a nailbiter for Democrats. For more than a decade, voters in the college town of Iowa City powered Democratic candidates to Congress. But that changed this month when conservatives who dominate the more rural parts of the district turned out in droves, eager to support President Donald Trump and other Republicans on the ballot. Nearly three weeks after Election Day, a winner hasn't been declared in Iowa's 2nd Congressional District. That's a sign of the unexpected strength Republicans demonstrated in House races across the country, taking down at least 10 Democratic incumbents and dashing Speaker Nancy Pelosi's bold prediction of expanding her majority by double digits. Instead, it appears Democrats made a serious miscalculation in assuming their antipathy toward Trump would fuel victories across the country. They failed to anticipate that Trump's supporters would show up, too, with even greater force than before in rural areas. “It’s the Trump factor,” Jasper County Republican Chairman Thad Nearmyer said on his...
    MONROE, Iowa – This swath of southeast Iowa isn't supposed to be a nailbiter for Democrats. For more than a decade, voters in the college town of Iowa City powered Democratic candidates to Congress. But that changed this month when conservatives who dominate the more rural parts of the district turned out in droves, eager to support President Donald Trump and other Republicans on the ballot. Nearly three weeks after Election Day, a winner hasn't been declared in Iowa's 2nd Congressional District. That's a sign of the unexpected strength Republicans demonstrated in House races across the country, taking down at least 10 Democratic incumbents and dashing Speaker Nancy Pelosi's bold prediction of expanding her majority by double digits. Instead, it appears Democrats made a serious miscalculation in assuming their antipathy toward Trump would fuel victories across the country. They failed to anticipate that Trump's supporters would show up, too, with even greater force than before in rural areas. “It’s the Trump factor,” Jasper County Republican Chairman Thad Nearmyer said on his farm outside Monroe. “People were super excited to vote...
    Sen. Josh Hawley's new bill demands that absentee ballots be tallied immediately after arrival — a request his own party repeatedly blocked leading up to the election. Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) introduced a new bill Tuesday aiming to "protect the integrity" of American elections by requiring, in part, that mail-in ballots be counted as soon as they're received. "The debacle of the 2020 election has made clear that serious reforms are needed to protect the integrity of our elections," Hawley said in a statement. "The American people deserve transparency — that means banning ballot harvesting, empowering poll watchers, and taking steps to ensure that all legally cast ballots are accounted for. The confusion and controversy of this past week is not acceptable. Congress must take action," he added, paying lip service to Donald Trump's widely debunked lies about vote counting.
    About 81% of Pennsylvania voters who received mail-in ballots returned them so far, Politico reports. Of the more than 2.5 million mail-in and absentee ballots the state election officials report receiving, 1.6 million came from registered Democrats, 586,000 were returned by members of the GOP, and 278,000 came from independents or third-party voters. Of registered Democrats who received a mail-in ballot, 84% mailed them back. Seventy-four percent of Republicans returned their mail-in ballots. According to Politico, election experts have been predicting that Democrats would largely cast their ballots by mail and Republicans would mostly vote in person. Related Stories: 7 Pennsylvania Counties May Not Have Votes Counted Until Friday Report: Pa. Attorney General Will Stave Off Legal Challenges by Trump © 2020 Newsmax. All rights reserved.
    On Wednesday night, Fox News anchor Tucker Carlson weighed in on the first debate between President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, RealClearPolitics reported. Carlson agreed with what seems to be the consensus on the first clash between Trump and Biden, saying that the American people “deserve better” than watching the two candidates insult and attack each other. The host opined that it was a “mistake” for Republicans to focus on Biden’s alleged cognitive decline, stating that the Democrat seemed perfectly healthy on Tuesday night. “Yes, Biden is fading. We’ve showed you dozens of examples of it, for months. But on stage, Biden didn’t seem senile.” “If you tuned in expecting him to forget his own name — and, honestly, we did — you may have been surprised by how precise some of his answers were, not all of them, but enough,” Carlson continued, arguing that Trump is not going to win reelection by focusing on his opponents alleged mental decline. For months, Trump and his allies have been alleging that Biden is suffering from dementia. Days before...
    STEVE Mnuchin has reportedly given Nancy Pelosi a "counter offer" to a $2.2trillion stimulus plan, as sides try to break a stalemate over $1,200 checks. The offer from the Treasury Secretary reportedly came after House Speaker Pelosi and Democrats put out another emergency coronavirus plan over the weekend, Fox News reported. 9Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin reportedly made a counteroffer to Nancy Pelosi in Democrats' $2.2coronavirus stimulus proposalCredit: Alamy Live News 9Democrats unveiled a $2.2trillion stimulus package proposal that would include another round of $1,200 checksCredit: Reuters 9Millions of Americans are eagerly waiting to see if another round of $1,200 checks will be passedCredit: Getty Images - Getty Democrats previously unveiled the $2.2trillion package, which would include $1,200 stimulus checks and $600 in additional aid for unemployment. Fox reporter Chad Pergram said that Mnuchin's counter offer came on Wednesday, as he met with Pelosi on Capitol Hill. Mnuchin made a counter offer – but Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said that Republicans would not come close to meeting Democrat's $2.2trillion proposal, Fox reported. 9Pelosi said negotiations with Mnuchin will continueCredit:...
    The late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s last wish may have been fabricated by Democratic congressional leaders, President Donald Trump claimed. Trump appeared on Fox News on Monday morning and said that Democratic leaders such as House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), House intelligence committee chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA), or Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) may have made up Ginsburg’s dying wish to be replaced on the bench by a different president. During a lengthy interview on “Fox and Friends,” host Ainsley Earhardt asked the president about Ginsburg’s dying wish, which was reported by Ginsburg’s granddaughter on Friday after the justice passed away due to complications from cancer. Trump responded: Well, I don’t know that she said that or was that written out by Adam Schiff and Schumer and Pelosi. I would be more inclined to the second, okay? That came out of the wind. It sounds so beautiful, but that sounds like a Schumer deal, or maybe Pelosi or shifty Schiff, so that came out of the wind. Let’s see, so maybe she did and maybe she didn’t. Look,...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Democrats in Minnesota are still haunted by President Trump’s upset win in in 2016. And while he did not win Minnesota he came awfully close. Polls four years ago showed Hillary Clinton up by eight points in Duluth. She won by only 1.5%, which is why Joe Biden came to visit the northern Minnesota city on Friday. Biden came to a union training center in the Duluth area as part of a an effort to charge up the Democratic base after a sub-par turnout in the area for Clinton in 2016. Democratic turnout in 2016 was down more than two percentage points in the Duluth area, and also down in Minnesota’s Iron Range. Trump took advantage of that lack of enthusiasm as he won over white working-class voters. Outside the union training site were the Former Vice President visited, Democrats insisted this time is different. “I hope that anyone who did not vote in 2016 saw the terrible consequences of that,” said Terri Blaha, a Biden supporter. “I just think Joe Biden is going to be the president...
    (CNN)At times, while watching the pandemic edition of the Republican National Convention, I had to remind myself this wasn't a "Saturday Night Live" parody of the Party of Trump. But it easily could have been.The first night of the RNC amounted to a series of skits on the themes Trump has previewed for us repeatedly, alternating between lying about who President Donald Trump is and what he has done -- and lying about who Joe Biden is and what he would do.It started with the convention's opening film. As images of the Statue of Liberty and Trump in action flashed across the screen, the narrator -- Jon Voight -- described Trump as "a man who works tirelessly for you," and a party that is "embracing the undeniable greatness of diversity." Cue the laugh track. If "SNL" producers had been directing, they would probably have added video of any of Trump's over 200 golf outings, and perhaps him telling non-White Democratic members of Congress to go back where they came from. Opinion: Kimberly Guilfoyle gets loudWe were told that Trump has...
    The Democratic head of the House Judiciary Committee said Thursday that Attorney General William BarrBill BarrOVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Key impeachment witness retires | Duckworth presses for information | Subpanel advances defense measure | Democrats press for end to military transgender ban DOJ to resume executions next week for first time in 15 years Tim Scott says he's talking with House Democrats about reviving police reform bill MORE flirted with criminal conduct — and perhaps committed bribery — in his handling of the removal of a top federal prosecutor in New York. Rep. Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerNadler wins Democratic primary Voters must strongly reject the president's abuses by voting him out this November Clyburn threatens to end in-person coronavirus committee hearings if Republicans won't wear masks MORE (D-N.Y.) emerged from a closed-door hearing with Geoffrey Berman, the former U.S. attorney in Manhattan, with charges that Barr might have broken the law by offering Berman "plum assignments in the administration" and later "threatening to fire him" if he did not resign voluntarily. "The Attorney General repeatedly attempted to entice Mr. Berman to...
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