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    Some bumbling House Republican candidates are not helping their party’s cause to win a House majority on Nov. 8. House Republicans are otherwise well positioned to claim a majority in the midterm elections. Democratic President Joe Biden’s approval ratings are persistently low. Four-decade high inflation continues to pinch consumers, and the Federal Reserve’s consistent interest rate hikes are jacking up credit fees, the cost of home mortgages, and a range of other expenses for the public. The House math also works in the House Republicans’ favor. The party needs to net only five seats in the 435-member chamber to win its first majority since the 2018 midterm elections, in which GOP candidates were swept under in large part by former President Donald Trump’s enduring unpopularity. The party out of power in the White House and Congress almost always picks up seats in midterm elections. (Democrats hold the White House, the House of Representatives, and the Senate.) But all of that only matters if Republican candidates can take advantage of these circumstances and win in the fall. That’s...
    Biden went on to promise that he would veto a ban on abortion if Republicans won control of Congress in the midterm elections and passed the proposed legislation. "If Republicans win control of Congress, abortion will be banned. And by the way, it will be initially banned, but if they win Congress, I will veto it," he promised. Here's more video of Biden's NEA speech: Biden gives warning to Republicans proposing nationwide ban on abortions www.youtube.com
    A conservative think tank has filed a legal complaint against Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan over allegations they spent $500 million to help Joe Biden win the 2020 election.  Chan and Zuckerberg are cited in one of two complaints filed with the Internal Revenue Service by the Center for Renewing America (CRA), a conservative nonprofit run by former deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget, Russell Vought.  According to FOX Business, the complaints filed with the IRS allege that the high ranking Facebook officials attempted to sway the 2020 presidential election in favor of now President Joe Biden with $500 million funneled through nonprofit, tax-exempt voting rights groups.  CRA says the donations should have been eligible for taxation, because they were used for electioneering.   CRA also filed a second complaints against the Center for Tech and Civic Life (CTCL), Center for Election Innovation and Research (CEIR) and National Vote at Home Institute (NVAHI), claiming that they played a major role in the scheme to help now President Biden win the vote.  Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla...
    Republicans only need to win six of the 31 toss-up House elections in order to win control of the lower chamber in November, according to a report from a top election analyst. At least 212 House seats are likely to lean Republican, with about 192 seats leaning Democratic, according to new ratings from the nonpartisan Cook Political Report. That leaves about 31 toss-up seats in the midterm elections, with Republicans only needing to nab six of them to win House control. GOP’S EXPECTED HOUSE MAJORITY SHRINKING: POLL The updated numbers come as Republicans’ projected seat lead in the House has shrunk in recent months, falling from an estimated 230 seats in July to just 226 at the end of August, according to an analysis from CBS News. This shift in projections is likely due to a number of reasons, including the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, which has helped Democrats motivate their voter base as well as some far-right candidates winning GOP primaries that may risk a general election win. Although many...
    (CNN)Democrats have to be feeling good about recent polls. It appears that former President Donald Trump and the Supreme Court have given Democrats a chance to blunt, if not reverse, the historic midterm trend that leaves the president's party nursing significant losses. If the polls are to be believed, Democrats might just hold on to their majorities in the House and Senate, making 2022 a rare example of the party in power doing well. Opinion: The albatross around Democrats necksThe most recent data from a New York Times/Siena College poll found that Democrats are in a competitive position, with 46% of registered voters saying they back the party's candidate for Congress in their district, compared to 44% for Republicans. This is a dramatic turnaround, given that analysts had anticipated a "red wave" at the beginning of the year. While President Joe Biden's legislative success (most notably, the Inflation Reduction Act) has been important, the easing of gas prices, the scandals surrounding Trump and the fury over the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade has put the GOP...
    President Joe Biden said Thursday a tentative railway labor agreement has been reached, averting a potentially devastating strike before the pivotal midterm elections. He said the tentative deal 'will keep our critical rail system working and avoid disruption of our economy.' The agreement is 'an important win for our economy and the American people,' Biden said in a statement. 'It is a win for tens of thousands of rail workers who worked tirelessly through the pandemic to ensure that America's families and communities got deliveries of what have kept us going during these difficult years.' Biden said the rail workers will get better pay, improved working conditions and 'peace of mind around their health care costs: all hard-earned.' He called the agreement 'a victory for railway companies' and said they would be able to 'retain and recruit more workers for an industry that will continue to be part of the backbone of the American economy for decades to come.' This is a breaking news story, more to follow...  President Joe Biden said Thursday a tentative railway labor agreement has been...
    White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre dodged Tuesday when asked if there is any disconnect between the administration's economic outlook and that of the general public. The question came during Tuesday's press briefing, hours after the consumer price index for August saw prices jump 8.3% compared to the year prior and just minutes before President Joe Biden held an event at the White House touting the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act. 8.3%: INFLATION COMES IN HOTTER THAN EXPECTED IN LATEST CPI REPORT "We have to remember the Inflation Reduction Act is historic," Jean-Pierre said when asked about the timing of Tuesday's event. "That is a huge historic, historic win for the American people. It's not about celebrating. It's about the win for all Americans, and that's what you've seen." "You see, costs that are going to come down for American families, as I just listed out for energy costs are going to come down, when you think about the healthcare costs are going to come down," she continued. "That is a fight that we have been having for some...
    Comic and pundit Bill Maher dismissed Catherine Rampell‘s attempt to discuss abortion rights by telling her “It doesn’t affect my life — I ain’t getting anybody pregnant.” A week ago Thursday, President Joe Biden delivered a speech entitled “The Continued Battle for the Soul of the Nation” that was largely a rebuke of former President Donald Trump and those who support the insurrection that culminated in the attack on the Capitol on January 6. Opponents and media figures criticized the speech as “political” or “divisive.” On Friday night’s edition of HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher, the host’s guests were Matt Welch and Scott Galloway, who discussed Biden’s speech with Maher. Maher praised the speech, but said Biden erred in not calling out “both sides.” While conceding it would be a “false equivalence,” Maher cited the case of a bodega employee whose manslaughter charges were dismissed at prosecutors’ request and a bakery that won a settlement from Oberlin College as items that Biden should have included alongside other threats to democracy. His argument is that such a speech would appeal to less engaged but persuadable voters: BILL MAHER: The Republicans...
    Ty CobbJerry Cleveland | The Denver Post | Getty Images Former Trump White House lawyer Ty Cobb called ex-President Donald Trump a "deeply wounded narcissist" who acted in a "criminal" manner when he pushed then-Vice President Mike Pence to block Congress from certifying President Joe Biden's 2020 election win. In a new interview, Cobb also said Trump's conduct on Jan. 6, 2021 as a mob of his supporters attacked the U.S. Capitol could, at least theoretically, lead to him being barred from seeking the presidency again. "There is a simple way to disqualify President Trump," Cobb told CBS News chief Washington correspondent Major Garrett in an interview on "The Takeout" podcast. "He clearly violated the 14th Amendment of the Constitution's Article III when he gave aid and comfort and three hours of inaction with regard to what was happening on the grounds of the Capitol," he said. "That clearly gave aid and comfort to the insurrectionists," said Cobb, who added that a joint declaration by both chambers of Congress could block Trump from regaining the White House on those grounds....
    Footage from a security camera shows a Georgia election official, who is being investigated for posing as a fake elector for Donald Trump, leading two pro-Trump operatives into a county elections office on the same day last year that a voting machine was breached.  Details of the video emerged on Tuesday. And it sheds more light on to efforts taken by Trump-linked lawyers to find evidence of fraud in the 2020 election, often with the help of local officials. The Georgia breach is already being investigated by the Georgia Bureau Investigation and may form part of the wider criminal probe by the Fulton County District Attorney. The two operatives seen in the video, Scott Hall and Paul Maggio, have already admitted accessing a voting machine at the request of Sidney Powell, a lawyer who took on a leading role in Trump's attempt to overturn the election, according to CNN. The video shows them being escorted to Coffee County elections office on January 7, 2021, by local GOP chairwoman Cathy Latham.  CNN and the Washington Post obtained video of a Georgia...
    (CNN)With midterm elections approaching in November, Democrats have surprisingly good reasons to feel optimistic. Republicans have reminded voters of how bad things can get with them in charge, as a spate of unpopular laws go into effect in conservative states that criminalize abortion and put the lives of pregnant women at risk, not to mention attempt to legally force legions of Americans into unwanted parenthood. Since recent estimates from the Brookings Institution show that raising a child has never been more expensive, that reality hits particularly hard for voters who must now consider whether forced parenthood comports with their vision for America. Jill Filipovic At the same time, the Republican frontrunner for the 2024 presidential nomination and the undisputed head of the GOP -- former President Donald Trump -- is the subject of an investigation over his handling of classified documents and potential violations of the Espionage Act and other laws. He has repeatedly denied wrongdoing. What was initially believed to be a Republican sweep in November now has a bluer outlook, and for that, the GOP can thank...
    by Laurel Duggan   Republicans still hold largely positive views of former President Donald Trump and widely believe he can win the presidential election in 2024, an Ipsos/USA Today poll found. The FBI’s Aug. 8 raid on Trump’s Florida residence at Mar-a-Lago does not appear to have hurt Trump’s popularity among Republicans, according to the poll, which was conducted Aug. 18-22. Republican voters in the survey were far more likely to support Trump running again in 2024 and to view him as possessing positive traits compared to Republicans who oppose him. Among Republican voters, 82% believe Trump could win the next presidential election, and 59% think he should be the next Republican candidate compared to 41% who think he shouldn’t run, according to the poll. His support among Republicans is even stronger than it was before the raid: Only 49% of Repubican voters said they would support Trump in the primary in a July poll, according to The New York Times. Trump’s advantage was stronger among low-income Republicans and those without college degrees. Republican voters have their candidate in hand: 59% want Trump...
    More than half of Democratic voters do not think President Joe Biden should stand for re-election in the 2024 presidential election, a new poll has found. Meanwhile, the majority of Republicans think former president Donald Trump should run again for a second term, and also believe he would win if he did - suggesting he is still seen as the leader of the GOP by the party's supporters. Despite rating 79-year-old Biden highly in several qualities, 56 percent of the more than 1,000 Democrat voters polled said the current president should step aside and allow a different candidate run in the 2024 election. More than half of Democratic voters do not think President Joe Biden should stand for re-election in the 2024 presidential election, a new poll has found. Meanwhile, the majority of Republicans think former president Donald Trump should run again for his second term The vast majority of Democrats agreed that Biden has significant government experience (92%), has major policy knowledge and expertise (86%), is focused on bringing the country together (85%) and fights for the people he...
    Whispers are growing that the Democratic Party’s future lies in Georgia, with Sen. Raphael Warnock, if he can hold off Republican challenger Herschel Walker this fall. Warnock is a uniquely talented and likable politician. Just ask Georgia Republicans. None dare say so on the record. But granted the cloak of anonymity, they are the first to compliment, or lament, Warnock’s attentive Senate staff, travel schedule that regularly takes him to all corners of the Peach State, and knack for avoiding the “radical leftist” label despite his dependably liberal voting record in Congress. Roadblocks aplenty threaten Warnock’s bid for a full six-year term after scoring an upset in a 2020 special election: President Joe Biden’s poor job approval ratings; Gov. Brian Kemp (R), who is favored to win reelection; typical midterm headwinds; and Walker, a bona fide Georgia folk hero. But if Warnock succeeds in a key battleground crucial to the Democratic Party’s Electoral College math, he immediately becomes a White House contender. “Warnock would be an intriguing candidate,” said Ed Espinoza, a Democratic operative in Austin, Texas. “He has...
    (CNN)President Joe Biden capped off his most productive legislative period thus far with a major decision that could touch the lives of tens of millions of Americans. Using executive action, Biden made headway on a major campaign promise to alleviate the burden of student debt. Under the new plan, Americans who earn less than $125,000 a year will be forgiven $10,000 worth of student debt. Recipients of Pell Grants, which benefit low-income Americans, will be relieved of $20,000.The cost of higher education has skyrocketed over the course of four decades, and for Americans who have been crushed under the weight of student loans, Biden's move is a big deal. "It's about giving people a fair shot, and it's about the one word America can be defined by -- possibilities," the President said.Biden's executive action drew predictable responses. Many Republicans lambasted the plan as a radical move. "President Biden's student loan socialism is a slap in the face to every family who sacrificed to save for college, every graduate who paid their debt and every American who chose a certain career...
    (CNN)Two counties in the crucial swing state of Nevada have appointed officials who have cast doubts about the 2020 election to oversee their elections this fall -- raising alarms among voting rights advocates less than three months before Election Day.In Northern Nevada, commissioners in Storey County, a rural county of roughly 4,000 people outside Reno, recently selected Jim Hindle, the vice chairman of the Nevada Republican Party, to serve as interim clerk-treasurer. Hindle was among the six Nevada Republicans who signed a false certificate purporting to give the state's electoral votes to then-President Donald Trump in 2020 -- despite Democrat Joe Biden winning this western battleground by more than 33,500 votes.And in Southern Nevada, retired financial executive Mark Kampf will oversee fall elections in Nye County, a rural community with roughly 30,000 active voters. At a candidate debate earlier this year, Kampf falsely declared that Trump had won the 2020 election.The moves come ahead of November, when Silver State voters will decide the outcome of several high-profile contests, including a US Senate race that could determine which party controls the...
    Charlamagne tha God believes a great way for President Joe Biden to help Democrats in the midterm is to release non-violent weed offenders from jail. He discussed the topic on the latest episode of his podcast, Brilliant Idiots, co-hosted by comedian Andrew Schulz. Charlamagne took issue with Biden’s response to the sentencing of WNBA star Brittney Griner, who was jailed in Russia for drug possession. “I thought it was incredibly disrespectful for Joe Biden to come out and say, the sentence that Brittney Griner received in Russia was unacceptable,” he began. “When he created the bill that put people away for far longer,” Schulz added, referencing the Law Enforcement Act of 1994 which was sponsored by Biden as a Senator. “A few of them, everybody always talks about the 94′ crime bill, but there was the 88′ crack laws. There was the 86′ mandatory minimum sentencing laws,” Charlamagne explained. He continued, “It’s like, yo, we live in a country where right now, if Joe Biden wanted to — don’t need no votes, no nothing. He could...
    That twinge you’re feeling isn't the edible kicking in. Joe Biden signed into law Tuesday the most sweeping climate legislation in the history of the planet. Though the Inflation Reduction Action is an undeniably good thing, please don’t blame the Democrats for having forgotten how to experience victory. Memories have dimmed a bit, but the last time the Democrats celebrated might have been when Mitt “Mr. 47 Percent” Romney canceled his fireworks show and when Barack Obama became the first president to be elected with 51 percent, twice, since 1954. READ MORE: Progressives elated after Joe Biden signs 'landmark' Inflation Reduction Act into law Or perhaps it was the nirvana of that evening in 2012 when Karl Rove came close to sobbing live on Fox. Anyway, whenever it was, life has since become a dulling series of horrors and unenforced errors. The slog of reality Obama’s reelection was soon eclipsed by the horrific rollout of Healthcare.gov, which eclipsed both the historic success of the Affordable Care Act and the epic job growth it helped usher in. Democrats lost...
    President Joe Biden said, 'Our children and grandchildren will remember this for many years to come: this bill changes their lives and secures their future more than almost anything Washington has done for decades.' WASHINGTON (AP) — Over the last year, President Joe Biden watched pieces of his domestic agenda get thrown overboard in an effort to keep it afloat. Free community college, child care funding, expanded preschool — all left behind. But there was at least one critical piece that emerged largely intact, albeit not unscathed. The legislation approved by the Senate over the weekend includes nearly $400 billion for clean energy initiatives, the country's largest-ever investment in fighting global warming. The measure, which includes other provisions on taxes and prescription drugs, is expected to be passed by the House on Friday before going to Biden's desk for his signature. In a statement to The Associated Press, Biden said the legislation will help fulfill his campaign promise to "build a clean energy future and create jobs for American workers building that future." "Our children and grandchildren will remember this...
    Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., arrives for a news conference with members of the Congressional delegation who traveled to Taiwan and the Indo-Pacific region, in the Capitol Visitor Center on Wednesday, August 10, 2022.Tom Williams | CQ-Roll Call, Inc. | Getty Images The House is expected to pass a sweeping tax, health and climate bill Friday, delivering a major win for Democrats and President Joe Biden less than three months before the pivotal midterm elections. The final vote on the more than $430 billion package is expected to come in the afternoon, following a procedural vote and up to three hours of debate on the House floor. The bill, dubbed the Inflation Reduction Act, embodies the thrust of the Biden administration's domestic "Build Back Better" agenda to reshape the U.S. economy as it emerged from the coronavirus pandemic. Its provisions are estimated to raise $737 billion over 10 years. Democrats say the bill would reduce the deficit by more than $300 billion, citing analyses from nonpartisan congressional tax and budget offices. The plan includes a record $369 billion...
    House Democrats are set to pass the Inflation Reduction Act on Friday, securing a huge win for the party and President Joe Biden’s agenda just months before the midterm elections in November. After more than a year of intraparty clashes and doubts about whether the spending legislation would make it through Congress, the vote on Friday is expected to be drama-free and without surprises. Democrats from all corners of the party have praised the bill for taking aggressive climate action, lowering medical costs, and decreasing the deficit, while Republicans blasted it as irresponsible to pass such a large spending bill during a recession. THE WINNERS AND LOSERS IN THE INFLATION REDUCTION ACT The vote comes less than a week after the Senate passed the bill on Sunday following an intense, all-night series of votes. The legislation’s future has been unclear over the last year as Senate Democrats sought to get centrist Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) on board. However, it’s likely the vote on Friday will pass without any defections from House Democrats....
    White House officials, fresh off the most successful streak of President Joe Biden's term in office, are preparing to ramp up public attacks against Republicans ahead of the midterm elections. In particular, officials will seek to hammer home to voters in August that, over the summer, Biden "and congressional Democrats beat the special interests and delivered what was best for the American people." DEMOCRATS TEST THEIR 2024 MESSAGE TWO YEARS EARLY AS TRUMP HOLDS CENTER STAGE "During this recess, the White House will drive one clear message to the American people," White House Communications Director Kate Bedingfield and senior adviser to the president Anita Dunn wrote in a memo obtained by the Washington Examiner that outlines the messaging shift. "Every step of the way, Congressional Republicans sided with the special interests — pushing an extreme agenda that costs families." Dunn and Bedingfield specifically pointed to three recent pieces of legislation (the Inflation Reduction Act, the CHIPS and Science Act, and a bipartisan gun violence reform package) and steadily declining national gas prices as evidence of Biden's victories over special interest groups....
    Former President Donald Trump is back in a familiar place: at the center of attention less than 100 days out from the midterm elections. Democrats have been trying to put Trump on the midterm ballot all year long, fearing November becoming a referendum on President Joe Biden, who even after a bounce is still stuck between the high 30s and low 40s in job approval rating. The White House itself has led the charge in casting down-ballot Republicans as “ultra MAGA,” a Trump-centric label that was the product of a six-month study by Democratic operatives led by a top Biden aide. But the FBI raid on Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home has rallied Republicans behind the former president once again, after some of that attention had been diverted to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. And Trump has left a mark on the party’s candidates this year, with frequent primary endorsements that have in a number of cases swung the outcome, while teasing another run himself in 2024. INFLATION COULD COST BIDEN AND THE DEMOCRATS DEARLY The big question is whether Trump helps Republicans...
    He also tweeted a report claiming that the laptop story was being investigated as a possible Russian disinformation campaign. Stelter did not respond to a request for a comment from Fox News about his reversal, but many on social media had plenty to say about it. "@brianstelter doesn’t win any prizes for telling the truth two years too late. @CNN was among the worst offenders in 2020 in promoting the 'It’s Russian disinformation' lie about the laptop, which is real and incriminates Joe Biden in his son’s shady foreign business deals," responded Tim Murtaugh, former spokesperson for the Trump 2020 campaign. "If [email protected] were an actual reporter, he'd also talk about how all of this has been known for almost two years, but @CNN and other mainstream media sources smothered the story," said another critic. "They suppressed the story to win but now, smelling blood in the water, they’re turning on their own. Remarkable," read another tweet. Critics on the right have accused Stelter of covering the media in a biased way that privileges...
    CNN’s Chris Wallace threw some cold water on the Democratic victory lap over President Joe Biden’s recent legislative success, saying he’s “not so sure” those wins will translate politically. Speaking with CNN’s Kate Bolduan on At This Hour on Monday, Wallace said legislation like the Inflation Reduction Act being pushed through with an evenly split Senate is “pretty darn impressive,” but it’s “questionable” if that wins over Democratic critics. Bolduan brought up a column by Maureen Dowd at the New York Times in which she argued Biden’s successes should be a reason not to run, rather than a confidence-builder for 2024. “His inner circle, irritated by stories about concerns over his age and unpopularity, will say this winning streak gives Biden the impetus to run again.The opposite is true. It should give him the confidence to leave, secure in the knowledge that he has made his mark,” Bolduan read from Dowd’s piece. Wallace appeared to agree, citing a recent CNN poll in which more than 70 percent of Democrats said they were ready for a non-Biden 2024 choice. “Remember, in the CNN...
    (CNN)If the US House soon passes the Senate's landmark climate change and health care bill, it will help validate the Democrats' monopoly on political power in Washington and hand Joe Biden a notable presidential legacy ahead of November's midterm elections. The measure finally squeezed through the Senate after an exhausting and dramatic round-the-clock marathon that stretched into Sunday afternoon -- a major breakthrough following months of Democratic infighting that gouged deep divides in the party.The Inflation Reduction Act may not live up to its name and cut the cost of living. It dashed some big dreams of progressives who wanted it to do more. And its final passage may come too late to save Democrats in the midterms. But it's still an enormous win for the party that seemed impossible just weeks ago. Whats in the Manchin-Schumer deal on climate, health care and taxesIn a goal Democrats have been chasing for decades, the legislation will for the first time give Medicare the power to negotiate the cost of a limited basket of prescription drugs, thereby bringing down costs. In extending...
    Republican candidate for governor Kari Lake speaks at a 'Save America' rally by former President Donald Trump in support of Arizona GOP candidates on July 22, 2022 in Prescott Valley, Arizona.Mario Tama | Getty Images News | Getty Images Former local news anchor Kari Lake will win Arizona's Republican gubernatorial primary, NBC News projects, notching another win for the pool of candidates endorsed by ex-President Donald Trump. Lake will advance to the general election, where she will face off against Democrat Katie Hobbs, currently Arizona's secretary of state. The race to succeed term-limited Republican Gov. Doug Ducey has gained national attention as Lake, a Trump loyalist who has repeatedly spread false claims that President Joe Biden's 2020 electoral victory was stolen, emerged in the polls as the GOP's frontrunner. The gubernatorial primary mirrors a larger power struggle within the Republican Party between purportedly more traditional conservatives and adherents of Trump's brand of hard-right populism. Those two factions have often diverged on the question of the 2020 election, which Trump still falsely maintains was rigged against him through widespread voter fraud....
    (CNN)For a few hours, America's first war of the 21st century -- the war on terror -- returned to supersede the stirrings of a geopolitical showdown set to dominate the coming decades: a super power face-off with China. In a blast from a previous foreign policy era, the US announced Monday that it had killed al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri in a drone strike in Afghanistan, settling one of the last outstanding debts of vengeance after the September 11, 2001 attacks. The killing was seized upon by President Joe Biden as validation of his vow to prevent the war-torn South Asian country from again becoming a safe haven for terrorists, despite ending America's longest war there last year. And it may offer a steadying moment as the anniversary of his disastrous Afghanistan withdrawal nears, adding to his presidency's momentum after Senate Democrats struck a deal on a climate, energy and health care bill last week. How Joe Biden and his team decided to kill the worlds most wanted terroristMore broadly, the attack, which hearkens back to the war on...
    Fox News anchor Bret Baier broke the news during The Five that the U.S. military killed Al Qaeda leader Ayman Al Zawahiri in a drone strike in Afghanistan over the weekend. “We can confirm from two intelligence sources that al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri has been killed by a CIA drone strike in Afghanistan over the weekend. And that is what President Biden will announce from the White House tonight at 730 Eastern Time,” Baier began. He added that “Zawahiri was a deputy under Osama bin Laden on 911. He is one of the most wanted terrorists, has been for a long time.” “This is, again, to intelligence sources, saying that this is a big counterterrorism win for the U.S.” Baier continued, noting that Zawahiri took over al Qaeda in June 2011, after the U.S. killed Osama bin Laden. Baier then took questions from the various co-hosts of The Five. “This is a huge, huge win for the U.S. and we expect to hear that and where the fight goes from here as far as taking out other terrorists,” Baier...
    JetBlue Airlines and Spirit Airlines are seen on the departure board in the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on May 16, 2022 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.Joe Raedle | Getty Images JetBlue Airways finally won over Spirit Airlines with a $3.8 billion takeover deal. Now it needs to win over antitrust regulators. The New York-based airline snatched Spirit away Frontier Airlines with an all-cash offer that torpedoed the cash-and-stock deal the two discount airlines had forged earlier this year. Hours after Spirit and Frontier said they terminated their merger agreement, which lacked shareholder support, Spirit said it agreed to sell itself to JetBlue. JetBlue said it expects to win regulatory approval in the fourth quarter of next year or the first three months of 2024. The carriers expect the deal to close in the first half of 2024. If regulators sign off, it would mean the end Spirit, a brand that has become a punchline about the indignities of discount air travel, where passengers trade creature comforts like standard legroom, snacks and free cabin baggage for a cheap fare. Will regulators allow an...
    Florida Governor Ron DeSantis wished the United States a 'speedy recovery from Joe Biden' in the wake of the president's COVID-19 diagnosis and touting his accomplishments in the GOP's culture war in a remarkably campaign-like Friday night speech. 'I want to, on behalf of the State of Florida, wish President Biden a speedy recovery from COVID. And I also want to wish the United States of America a speedy recovery from Joe Biden,' the governor said before an audience of young Republican voters in Tampa, Florida. DeSantis is yet again raising 2024 rumors with his appearance at the Student Action Summit held by right-wing group Turning Point USA - where former President Donald Trump is slated to speak just a day later. The governor devoted a significant portion of his address to Republicans' bid to win Congress in November's midterm elections while also hammering Biden for inflation and the border crisis - a decidedly national politics-focused message for an official who has shrugged off White House ambitions but not explicitly ruled them out. 'If we get that red wave in...
    Prosecutors are weighing charges against Hunter Biden as the investigation into President Joe Biden's son reaches a critical juncture, according to new reports. The investigation led by David Weiss, the U.S. attorney in Delaware, is considering whether to bring charges of tax violations, foreign lobbying violations, and more, according to multiple reports. HUNTER BIDEN-FOUNDED COMPANY STILL HOLDS 10% STAKE IN CHINESE FIRM, RECORDS SHOW While no decision on charges has been made, recent discussions among investigators have also considered charges for making a false statement in connection to the purchase of a firearm. Biden has acknowledged he struggled with drug addiction during that period, which should have prevented him from obtaining the weapons, sources told CNN. Biden has been under federal investigation since 2018 over his financial and business dealings in foreign countries dating back to when his father was vice president. As the investigation heads toward the finish line, prosecutors are also debating whether DOJ guidelines surrounding politically sensitive investigations during an election year apply. Republican lawmakers have indicated they will open their...
    The chairman of the Georgia Republican party is among GOP officials facing a criminal probe over claims they tried to overturn Joe Biden's 2020 victory.  David Shafer has been told he is one of 16 electors in the Peach State who now face possible charges for allegedly vowing to sway the last presidential election in Trump's favor.  Shafer and his unnamed fellow electors were previously told they were 'witnesses' into an ongoing probe by Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis. CNN reported that they've now been told they're targets of the investigation over claims they tried to undermine America's electoral college.   Under the Electoral College process, voters cast their ballots for candidates, but are actually picking a group of representatives, or electors, for those candidates. Georgia, like most states, have a winner take all system in which the candidate who wins the popular vote, is represented by all the electors. They meet and cast their vote in the state Legislature. Those votes are given to the candidate which won the most votes. Those elector votes are then certified by the...
    Former US President Donald Trump speaks at a rally endorsing Republican candidates Adam Laxalt and Joe Lombardo (not pictured) July 8, 2022, in Las Vegas.Ronda Churchill | AFP | Getty Images Former President Donald Trump this month called Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and urged him to decertify President Joe Biden's 2020 election win in that state, Vos said in a new interview Tuesday. "It's very consistent. He makes his case, which I respect," Vos told WISN-TV 12 News in Milwaukee. "He would like us to do something different in Wisconsin. I explained that it's not allowed under the Constitution," Vos said. "He has a different opinion." The Republican lawmaker said in the same interview that Trump on July 9 posted a message on Truth Social, his social media platform, calling on the Wisconsin legislature to "turn over the election to the actual winner," by recalling the state's slate of 10 Electoral College delegates, who cast their votes for Biden. Vos has consistently said that his state's legislature does not have the authority to rescind the votes of a slate...
    (CNN)Joe Biden's controversial fist bump with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was "a win" for the US President, the Saudi foreign minister told CNN in an exclusive interview on Saturday.The US President has faced a backlash over the informal way he greeted the kingdom's de facto ruler on his arrival in Jeddah on Friday. Critics have said the fist bump was inappropriate given US suspicions that the Crown Prince was responsible for the 2018 murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi -- and Biden's subsequent 2020 campaign trail pledge to turn Saudi Arabia into a "pariah".But Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan played down the controversy in an interview with CNN's Nic Robertson hours after the President left Jeddah on Saturday."I see the image as a win for President Biden," bin Farhan said."He got out of it a meeting with a key leader in the region. He got out of it, I think, reinvigoration of the strategic partnership between Saudi Arabia and the United States."Read MoreBin Farhan said it was "quite normal" that the leaders had exchanged "pleasantries", adding, "I...
    by Newt Gingrich   There is a real likelihood that the Republicans will win a big victory this fall. However, defeating the Democrats because of their terrible performance will not be powerful or lasting. Republicans must defeat the Democrats because their values are wrong, and their policies simply can’t work. Defeating the Democrats on a strictly performance-based campaign allows the next cycle of Democrats to come along and claim the ideas and policies were right, but the personalities were incompetent. This has happened before. Lyndon Johnson’s “Great Society” was a failure. The next round of Democrats repudiated it, and in a few years, they nominated George McGovern, who was even further to the left. Jimmy Carter’s failure in 1980 taught Democrats nothing. Four years later, Walter Mondale ran promising to raise taxes. Barack Obama’s divisive, radical policies set the stage for Donald Trump’s election in reaction. Then Biden came along as Obama’s vice president and moved even further to the left – toward even more destructive and radical policies. British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher taught us that “first you win...
    Fight, Mr. President. Fight. The White House is still apparently paralyzed over whether or not to declare a public health emergency over abortion access, something President Joe Biden has explicitly said is on the table. His “top aides” are apparently conflicted. Outside legal advisers, according to The Washington Post’s reporting, are giving him the worst reason of all for not doing it, warning “that an emergency declaration would face inevitable legal challenges, potentially giving conservative judges an opportunity to cut back on the administration’s emergency authority.” Meanwhile, those lawsuits are coming anyway. On Thursday, Texas filed suit against the administration for its new rules requiring abortions be provided in medical emergencies to save the life of the pregnant person. Read that again: Texas is trying to block the federal government from requiring hospitals to save the actual lives of living, breathing, functioning humans. Like the 19-week-pregnant woman whose water broke and whose life was threatened with an ensuing infection, just hours later. Dr. Mae-Lan Wang Winchester, an OB-GYN in Cleveland, had to call her lawyer to make sure it would be okay to end that...
    After noting Biden's flailing poll numbers with Hispanics, Hemmer asked Flores to respond to Jill Biden's Tuesday morning apology after she compared Hispanics to "bodegas" and "breakfast tacos" in a speech at a Latino diversity conference. "The diversity of this community as distinct at the bogedas of the Bronx, as beautiful as the blossoms of Miami, and as unique as the breakfast tacos here in San Antonio, is your strength" the first lady said, butchering the pronunciation of the word "bodega." Biden was roundly criticized for her comments. The National Association of Hispanic Journalists called on her "to take time to better understand the complexities of our people & communities." "We are not tacos," the group tweeted Monday. \u201cNAHJ encourages @FLOTUS & her communications team to take time to better understand the complexities of our people & communities.\n\nWe are not tacos.\n\nOur heritage as Latinos is shaped by various diasporas, cultures & food traditions. \n\nDo not reduce us to stereotypes.\u201d — NAHJ (@NAHJ) 1657584249 The first lady's spokesman Michael LaRosa issued an apology Tuesday morning after the backlash....
    House Republicans are heavily favored to win the majority for the first time in four years. President Joe Biden's low approval ratings and a range of other factors mean Republicans are more likely than not to wield committee gavels come January 2023. Republican lawmakers have pledged to investigate the Biden administration aggressively. The party has rich material to mine, from the business dealings of the president's son Hunter Biden to missteps leading up to the troop withdrawal from Afghanistan last year. House Republican lawmakers who are now ranking members on their various committees are already signaling their targets should they assume control, as many are expected to do, of the panels on which they now sit. HOUSE DEMOCRATS PLAN ‘ROBUST’ JULY FLOOR SCHEDULE House Democrats don’t impose term limits on their committee chairs the way House Republicans do. The GOP members selected to lead panels in the next Congress could only hold their powerful new positions for six years consecutively. That includes time spent in a ranking member's role. So, realistically, a GOP committee chairmanship might only last two...
    Former President Donald Trump is widely expected to run for president again, so if Hogan decides to launch a White House bid, he would likely need to defeat Trump in order to secure the GOP nomination. During an appearance on "Meet the Press," Hogan said that he is "hopeful" that Trump will not run and that Trump will not become the Republican nominee in the event that he does run again. Billionaire Elon Musk opined in a tweet on Monday that if Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) and President Joe Biden were to face off in 2024, DeSantis would "easily win" and would not "even need to campaign." Biden has indicated that he plans to run again as long as he has "good health." DeSantis has not announced a presidential bid, but is seeking re-election this year in Florida's gubernatorial contest. \[email protected] @BreitbartNews Trump would be 82 at end of term, which is too old to be chief executive of anything, let alone the United States of America.\n\nIf DeSantis runs against Biden in 2024, then DeSantis will easily win...
    President Joe Biden stood Monday in the bright sunshine on the White House South Lawn to tout the first major federal gun control legislation in three decades — but a heckler and Biden's own words highlighted how far removed it was from what Democrats really want. Biden was loudly pestered by the father of a mass shooting victim who objected to the president's claims that the bipartisan gun violence measure "matched thoughts and prayers with action." While the man was kicked out of the event by security, Biden's own words indicated he agreed with some of the objections. PARKLAND FATHER HECKLES BIDEN DURING WHITE HOUSE GUN VIOLENCE EVENT "It will not save every life from the epidemic of gun violence, but if this law had been in place years ago, even last year, lives would've been saved," the president said. "It matters. It matters. But it's not enough and we all know that." During his remarks, Biden outlined how the legislation included funding for red flag laws, extending the ban on domestic violence convicts buying...
    President Joe Biden left the NATO summit in Europe touting a major success, the pending accession of Sweden and Finland to the defensive alliance, but returns home with a host of domestic troubles dogging his administration. Biden delivered a triumphant speech in Madrid on Thursday morning, saying the United States and its allies will support Ukraine "as long as it takes" to fend off Russian aggression, with NATO's new additions another indicator of broad Western commitment. BIDEN AGAIN ON DEFENSIVE OVER HANDLING OF BORDER AS MIGRANTS DIE "We’re more united than ever," the president said at the conclusion of his remarks. "And with the addition of Finland and Sweden, we’ll be stronger than ever. They have serious militaries, both of them. We’re going to increase the NATO border by 800 miles along the Finnish-Russian border. Sweden is all in. The point is we’re meeting the goals I set out at the first G-7 meeting. We’re moving to a place that reflects the realities of the second quarter of the 21st century, and we’re on the verge...
    In a 5-4 decision, the court held that repealing Trump's Migrant Protection Protocols did not violate the law. "If Congress had intended section 1225(b)(2)(C) to operate as a mandatory cure of any noncompliance with the Government's detention obligations, it would not have conveyed that intention through an unspoken inference in conflict with the unambiguous, express term 'may.' It would surely instead have coupled that grant of discretion with some indication of its sometimes-mandatory nature — perhaps by providing that the Secretary 'may return' certain aliens to Mexico, 'unless the government fails to comply with its detention obligations, in which case the Secretary must return them,'" Chief Justice John Roberts wrote for the majority. "The statutory grant of discretion here contains no such caveat, and we will not rewrite it to include one," Roberts declared. Roberts was joined by Justices Stephen Breyer, Elena Kagan, Brett Kavanaugh, and Sonia Sotomayor. Justice Samuel Alito dissented and was joined by Justices Clarence Thomas and Neil Gorsuch. He argued that the government does not have the authority to release migrants into...
    (CNN)White House officials are losing confidence that Ukraine will ever be able to take back all of the land it has lost to Russia over the past four months of war, US officials told CNN, even with the heavier and more sophisticated weaponry the US and its allies plan to send. Advisers to President Joe Biden have begun debating internally how and whether Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky should shift his definition of a Ukrainian "victory" -- adjusting for the possibility that his country has shrunk irreversibly.US officials emphasized to CNN that this more pessimistic assessment does not mean the US plans to pressure Ukraine into making any formal territorial concessions to Russia in order to end the war. There is also hope that Ukrainian forces will be able to take back significant chunks of territory in a likely counteroffensive later this year. A congressional aide familiar with the deliberations told CNN that a smaller Ukrainian state is not inevitable. "Whether Ukraine can take back these territories is in large part, if not entirely, a function of how much support we...
    During Thursday’s U.S. House hearing on Donald Trump’s effort to steal the 2020 election, I was reminded of an old joke about the meaning of the Yiddish word “chutzpah,” which stands pretty close to the English words “gall” or “audacity.”  The light-hearted illustration of chutzpah defines it as the quality possessed by a child who, having murdered both his father and mother, pleads for the mercy on the grounds that he’s an orphan. The Trump plan for stealing the 2020 election, designed for him by lawyer John Eastman, was pure chutzpah. As you probably know, the plan was that Trump — having decisively lost both the national popular and electoral vote, but insisting based on no evidence that he had won — would raise and direct a vicious mob, hoping the mob would intimidate either the Electoral College or the U.S. House into awarding him a second term. It didn’t work. Article continues after advertisement Now he is basically asking to be not only forgiven but excused on the grounds that he really, really thought he had won. He would...
    By Chandelis Duster | CNN The Republican Party of Texas over the weekend adopted a resolution at its state convention that rejects President Joe Biden as the winner of the 2020 election, further aligning the state party establishment with former President Donald Trump in pushing false election claims. “We reject the certified results of the 2020 Presidential election, and we hold that acting President Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. was not legitimately elected by the people of the United States,” reads the resolution, passed by voice vote in Houston on Saturday. “We strongly urge all Republicans to work to ensure election integrity and to show up to vote in November of 2022, bring your friends and family, volunteer for your local Republicans, and overwhelm any possible fraud.” Before the final resolution was adopted, Brian Bodine, a platform committee member who says he wrote the resolution, proposed an amendment about the January 6, 2021, attack on the US Capitol. It asserted that the “rights of those charged with crimes have been violated” and rejected the “narrative” that events at the US Capitol...
    Former President Donald Trump weighed in on the chatter about the possibility of another presidential bid and said he is unsure if Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) will throw his hat in the ring. However, Trump ultimately expressed confidence, predicting that he would defeat his political ally. Trump told the New Yorker he is “very close to making a decision” about running in 2024. The former commander-in-chief has hinted at a Trump-Biden rematch on several occasions over the past year and a half. In December 2020, he told Republicans at the White House Christmas party, “We’re trying to do another four years. Otherwise, I’ll see you in four years.” During an appearance at this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Orlando, Florida, Trump hinted yet again: “And this is some crowd. We broke the record again, but they’re going to find out the hard way starting on November 8, and then again even more so on November 2024,” Trump said at the time. Former US President Donald Trump speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference 2022 (CPAC) in Orlando, Florida,...
    "Particularly for voters that are critical to Democrats doing well in November — younger voters, African Americans, Hispanics — these are voters who are feeling more pain than other voters, and they’re looking for real solutions," he told NBC News. "What’s been the through-line is economic concerns, and the Democrats have tried to address these concerns, but what voters are saying is that so far it isn’t good enough."Anything else?A new I&I/TIPP poll showed Monday that a majority of American adults — 64% — believe President Joe Biden is "responsible" in some way for the inflation crisis. With Biden's approval ratings in the tank and Americans feeling pessimistic about the trajectory of the economy, Democrats will likely lose their majorities in Congress after the midterm elections.
    Hillary Clinton wants the country to know she is not running for president again in 2024. The 2016 Democratic presidential nominee told the Financial Times in an interview published Friday that another presidential bid was not in the works. "No, out of the question," Clinton told the outlet. "First of all, I expect Biden to run. He certainly intends to run. It would be very disruptive to challenge that." CHARGE: CLINTON AND DNC BREAK PLEDGE TO STOP LYING ABOUT TRUMP DOSSIER Discussing the current state of political affairs, Clinton said the possibility of a Republican recapturing the White House in 2024 was "so frightening." As a result, she explained, doing anything to hurt the Democrats was not a priority. "We are standing on the precipice of losing our democracy, and everything that everybody else cares about then goes out the window," Clinton, who unsuccessfully sought the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008, said. "Look, the most important thing is to win the next election," she continued. "The alternative is so...