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    House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy met with several right-wing members of his party during a meeting on Tuesday as part of the California Republican’s latest efforts to scrounge up enough votes to become House speaker. McCarthy met with a number of Republican lawmakers and caucus chairs during a meeting on Tuesday to discuss GOP conference rules that are set to be voted on later Wednesday. During that meeting, the House minority leader also sought to court a number of members of the right-wing House Freedom Caucus who have publicly vowed to vote against his speakership. WHY 218 MAY NOT BE THE MAGIC NUMBER FOR KEVIN MCCARTHY TO BECOME SPEAKER To secure his bid as House speaker, McCarthy needs a majority of voting members — in this case, 218 lawmakers — to vote for him when his nomination goes before the entire House floor in January. The most recent projections suggest the GOP will hold a 222-213 advantage in the House for the next two years, giving McCarthy little room for error. However, conversations behind closed...
    U.S. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy attends a meeting with US President Joe Biden (R) and other Congressional Leaders to discuss legislative priorities through the end of 2022, at the White House on November 29, 2022 in Washington, DC.Kevin Dietsch | Getty Images WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden hosted a rare meeting of the four House and Senate leaders Tuesday at the White House, where Republicans and Democrats agreed to pass a bill to avert a nationwide rail workers' strike before the U.S. economy could start to feel its effects as soon as this weekend. The meeting with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Republican House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, both of California, was a last-minute addition to Biden's public schedule. It also marked the first time the group known as "the Big Four" has met with Biden since Republicans narrowly won control of the House earlier this month, and Democrats held on to the Senate despite strong political headwinds. The meeting Tuesday was not partisan or contentious even as the...
    House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy laid down a marker with tough talk outside the White House Tuesday as he seeks to shore up support within his own party to become the next Speaker of the House. McCarthy, whose party will take control of the chamber in January, spoke for several minutes outside the White House on Tuesday after President Biden huddled with top congressional leaders. He dispensed with pleasantries and tore into the administration's border policies, resuming his call for Homeland Security Director Alejandro Mayorkas to resign. He told reporters he invited Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris on a visit to the border –  in an offer he apparently made in earnest. 'I invited the president to go to the border with me,' McCarthy said – saying the president had asked him about the subject.   House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy took a tough line outside the White House on Tuesday. He hopes to become House speaker next year He called it an 'in-depth conversation about the security of the border and fentanyl coming across, killing our younger generation.'  'I...
    U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) speaks to reporters as he returns from a meeting at the White House with President Joe Biden, to the U.S. Capitol in Washington, November 29, 2022.Jonathan Ernst | Reuters Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell suggested Tuesday that Donald Trump is "highly unlikely" to regain the presidency as a result of his recent dinner with the rapper now known as Ye and white supremacist Nick Fuentes. Trump has been condemned for dining with both men, who have espoused antisemitic beliefs, at his Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Florida, last week.CNBC PoliticsRead more of CNBC's politics coverage: Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock has big campaign cash advantage over GOP’s Herschel Walker going into runoff election Sarah Palin loses election for Alaska House seat to Democratic Rep. Mary Peltola, ending comeback, NBC News projects UN report details horrifying Ukrainian accounts of abuse and torture in Russian prisons DOJ seeking to question Pence in criminal probe of Trump trying to stay in White House, report says Trump blasts Supreme Court over tax return ruling after a tough...
    House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) finally broke his silence on Tuesday about former President Donald Trump’s dinner with Nick Fuentes, declaring that there’s “no place” for the notorious white supremacist in the Republican Party. At the same time, McCarthy—who is hoping to become Speaker of the House in the next congressional term—wouldn’t go so far as to criticize Trump for hosting the 24-year-old white nationalist alongside antisemitic rapper Kanye West. Following a meeting with President Joe Biden and Democratic leaders, McCarthy spoke to reporters outside of the White House and was immediately asked why he has yet to condemn Trump for meeting with Fuentes. “I don’t think anybody should be spending any time with Nick Fuentes,” the GOP leader said. “He has no place in this Republican Party. I think President Trump came out four times and condemned him and didn’t know who he was.” The reporter, however, noted that Trump has yet to actually condemn Fuentes or his ideology and has instead just insisted he had no knowledge of Fuentes prior to the meeting. “Well, I condemn his...
    Timothy Wolff 6:46 AM (5 hours ago) to Stacey, Chris, Christopher, Editors, reporters, Web, Christine, Jennifer, Amy, Ryan After meeting with President Joe Biden at the White House, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said Congress would take up a bill to avert a rail strike. Biden has called on railway workers to accept a labor contract brokered by the White House in September, warning that a strike threatens “crippling” disruption. The president has said Congress should urgently pass legislation forcing workers to adopt the deal. Pelosi said the legislation would be presented on the House floor Wednesday before going to the Senate. BIDEN AND DEMOCRATS USE ‘ASSAULT WEAPONS BAN’ TO POSITION FOR 2024 “We must avoid a strike,” the speaker said. The comments followed a meeting between Biden, Pelosi, and bipartisan congressional leaders to discuss legislative priorities through the end of 2022. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said he and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) had also agreed to bring up legislation “ASAP.” Biden on Monday said workers should accept the deal in order “to avert...
    R: Joe Raedle/Getty Images Former President Donald Trump’s meeting with white nationalist Nick Fuentes is earning him plenty of critics — including Fuentes himself now. Trump met last week with rapper Kanye West, now going by Ye, who brought along Fuentes. Ye claimed Trump praised Fuentes and the vocal white supremacist confirmed he spoke with the president after the meeting. In a series of statements, Trump said he had only planned on meeting with Ye — who asked Trump to be his vice president pick in 2024 — and didn’t know anyone the rapper brought along. Fuentes is now calling for an alternate candidate to step forward in 2024 instead of Trump, who recently announced he is running again. “Conservative media speculates that Ye and I are being used to hurt Trump. It is the other way around,” Fuentes wrote in a series of posts on Telegram flagged by Newsweek. Fuentes claimed the “MAGA movement” left him and he didn’t seem all too thrilled about Trump potentially regaining the White House in 2024. “What are Christian Americans going to get...
    PUBLIC MEETING December 1st for Land Development CHATTOOGA COUNTY LAND DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION Telephone (706) 578-0672 PUBLIC MEETING NOTICE The Chattooga County Land Development Commission has scheduled the following meeting: Public Meeting, Thursday, Dec 1st at 6 PM at the Chattooga Civic Center located at 44 Highway 48, Summerville, GA 30747 On the Agenda will be a Decision on: Parcel #: 000570000002100I – Atrium Floyd Health Freestanding ER Project: Project ID = 22-00001 Parcel #: 00S3800000008 & 00S3800000007 – Waffle House Project: Project ID = 22-00002 A Zoom Link will be posted on ChattoogaCounty.org on the day of the meeting. If you have any questions, please call the Director at 706-578-0672.
    Drew Angerer/Getty Images Rep. Bob Good (R-VA) laid into House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) at a closed door meeting as the Republican leader’s potential troubles begin to mount after the party suffered significant defeats in the midterms. Good told McCarthy Republicans got “rolled” and said the leader has done nothing to earn his vote, The Daily Caller reported this week, citing two sources familiar with the closed-door meeting. The Republican lawmaker also claimed the Congressional Leadership Fund (CLF) spent money on candidates “against the will of the people.” Good has not been keeping his criticism of GOP leadership to private meetings as last week he told NBC News, “I have personally stated that Kevin McCarthy has not done anything to earn my vote.” Good is also just one of a growing number of Republicans dissatisfied with McCarthy’s leadership. Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ) announced this week that he plans on challenging McCarthy. “I think the country wants a different direction from the House of Representatives and it’s a new world. And yes, I’m going to be nominated tomorrow to the...
    By Seung Min Kim and Zeke Miller | Associated Press NUSA DUA, Indonesia — President Joe Biden objected to China’s “coercive and increasingly aggressive actions” toward Taiwan during the first in-person meeting of his presidency with Xi Jinping, as the two superpower leaders on Monday aimed to “manage” their differences in the competition for global influence. The nearly three-hour meeting was the highlight of Biden’s weeklong, round-the-world trip to Asia, and came at a critical juncture for the two countries amid increasing economic and security tensions. Speaking at a news conference afterward, Biden said that when it comes to China, the U.S. would “compete vigorously, but I’m not looking for conflict.” He added: “I absolutely believe there need not be a new Cold War” with the rising Asian power. Biden reiterated U.S. support for its longstanding “One China” policy, which recognizes the government in Beijing while allowing for informal U.S. relations and defense ties with Taipei, and “strategic ambiguity” over whether the U.S. would respond militarily if the island were attacked. He also said that despite China’s recent saber rattling,...
    White House aides were forced to intervene when Chinese aides manhandled a U.S. TV reporter for trying to ask President Biden a question about human rights during his meeting with Xi Jinping. The producer shouted at Biden during his opening remarks when he met with Xi for the first time as President on Monday in Bali, Indonesia. 'Instantly, a man from the Chinese side — he was wearing a white Covid mask with a Chinese flag on it — yanked the producer backwards by the backpack,' Agence France-Presse pool reporter Sebastian Smith wrote Monday night local time. 'She lost balance without falling and was pushed toward the door,' he added. 'Two White House staff members intervened saying the producer should be left alone.' White House aides were forced to intervene when Chinese aides manhandled a U.S. TV reporter for trying to ask President Biden a question about human rights during his meeting with Xi Jinping RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Biden insists there's no 'imminent threat' Beijing will... Biden says midterms show the United...
    Mayorkas ordered Magnus not to attend a meeting in El Paso for border patrol chiefs. Magnus stated that he went despite Mayorkas' demands. "After me making extensive attempts to reach [Mayorkas] and discuss the matter, I went to the meeting so I could engage with the chiefs on various issues and concerns. I also met with Chief Ortiz to see how we might best work together moving forward," Magnus said. Magnus stated that John Tien, the second in command at DHS, told him that he would be removed from his position within the next few days if he refused to quit. According to Politico, Mayorkas has already shifted Magnus' responsibilities to Tien and deputy CBP Commissioner Troy Miller. Politico reported in October that six of Magnus' colleagues complained that he had fallen asleep during multiple meetings. Magnus blamed his tiredness on his multiple sclerosis. He was also criticized for missing White House meetings about the border, being unengaged in his work, and speaking negatively about other agencies and colleagues. "He's not in the game," one internal critic told...
    By AAMER MADHANI and ZEKE MILLER (Associated Press) WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden will meet Monday with President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of next week’s Group of 20 Summit in Bali, Indonesia, a face-to-face meeting that comes amid increasingly strained U.S.-China relations, the White House announced Thursday. It will be the first in-person meeting between the leaders of the world’s two biggest economies since Biden became president in January 2021 and comes weeks after Xi was awarded a norm-breaking third, five-year term as the Chinese Communist Party leader during the party’s national congress. White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said in a statement the leaders will meet to “discuss efforts to maintain and deepen lines of communication between” the two countries and to “responsibly manage competition and work together where our interests align, especially on transnational challenges that affect the international community.” The White House has been working with Chinese officials over the last several weeks to arrange the meeting. Biden on Wednesday told reporters that he intended to discuss with Xi growing tensions between Washington and Beijing...
    President Joe Biden and China's leader Xi Jinping will meet during the G20 summit next week, in their first in-person meeting of Biden's presidency. The two leaders will sit down on Nov. 14 Bali, Indonesia, the White House said on Thursday. 'The Leaders will discuss efforts to maintain and deepen lines of communication between the United States and the PRC, responsibly manage competition, and work together where our interests align, especially on transnational challenges that affect the international community,' White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said in a statement Thursday. 'The two Leaders will also discuss a range of regional and global issues.'  The meeting comes as U.S.-China relations has reached one of its lowest points in decades and administration officials were careful to set low expectations for it.  'I don't in any way think that the two leaders are going to sit down and be able to solve all their differences or problems,' a senior administration official told reporters on a briefing call. 'But I do think that we believe that some of these steps could be important along...
    Alabama councilman, who once called a coworker a 'house n****r,' has been arrested for punching a black mayor in the face and hurling racial slurs during a parking lot brawl.  Councilman Thomas Bryant, 78, was caught on security footage punching Mayor Wayman Newton in the face in front of a crowd of people on Monday evening after a schedule council meeting.  Tarrant Police Chief Wendell Major witnessed the assault and placed Bryant under arrest and he was originally charged with harassment, which has now been upgraded to third-degree assault.  Newton claimed Bryant 'started attacking me and verbally assaulting me.' 'We exchanged words and and then he came at me. He sucker-punched me,' Newton told AL.com. Newton said his face is now 'sore' from the attack and claimed the councilman had made 'veiled threats' against him in the meeting.  Bryant was arrested and booked into the Jefferson County Jail around 10pm and was released a on $1,000 bond an hour and a half later.   Surveillance footage shows the two men standing outside of a black truck when Bryant suddenly steps toward the mayor...
    President Joe Biden said he wanted to meet with congressional leaders of both parties in order to discuss areas where they can cooperate following Tuesday's midterm elections. Biden held a press conference Wednesday afternoon after Democrats staved off massive losses in the House and are on the verge of maintaining their one-vote majority in the Senate, noting that he was scheduled to speak with House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) later Wednesday evening. BIDEN SPENDS ELECTION NIGHT PHONING WINNING DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES The president told reporters he will invite Republicans and Democrats to the White House after he returns from a weeklong trip overseas on Nov. 16. Biden specifically addressed inflation putting pressure on families and stated his hope to continue the bipartisan effort to aid Ukraine in its fight against Russia. He did, however, and refused to compromise on proposals to cut funding for Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, new prescription drug pricing stipulations included in the Inflation Reduction Act, or any attempts to pass federal abortion bans. "Regardless of what the final tally of these elections show, and there's still...
    Before leadership of the next Congress has even been determined in next week's elections, a few members are scheming for a shot to replace Nancy Pelosi as speaker.  Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., reportedly called an emergency meeting with Rep. Jim Clyburn, D-S.C., on September 1 during summer recess after catching wind that Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., planned to seek the role.  Jeffries, currently the fifth-ranking House Democrat, offered to fly down to South Carolina to meet with Clyburn, his elder in the Congressional Black Caucus, but instead the two slipped back to Clyburn's Washington office.  Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y.,  above, reportedly called an emergency meeting with Rep. Jim Clyburn, D-S.C., on September 1 during summer recess after catching wind that Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., planned to seek the role. While Schiff may be well-known for his MSNBC appearances during the Trump impeachment trial, the Californian has done less to make allies of his colleagues to secure their support for a leadership run Jeffries wanted to make sure Clyburn, the 82-year-old Majority Whip, would not seek the top job himself. If...
    Democrats are looking to the future of their leadership, looking beyond Speaker Nancy Pelosi as the party grapples with the likelihood of losing its majority in the House. The race to succeed the House speaker might already be underway. House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-SC) and Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) met in Clyburn’s office during the summer congressional recess, according to Politico. Jeffries had reportedly called the meeting after overhearing Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) might be interested in taking over Pelosi’s position — the job Jeffries himself has been eyeing. MIDTERMS 2022 LIVE: UPDATES FROM THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL AHEAD OF CRUCIAL ELECTION “There’s nothing I would ever do to impede the progress of our up-and-coming young Democrats, and I see him as an up-and-coming young Democrat,” Clyburn told the outlet about Jeffries. “He knows that. I didn’t have to tell him that — but I did.” It has remained unclear whether Clyburn or House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer would vie to replace the House speaker, which would complicate Jeffries’s path to success. However, Clyburn’s comments indicate...
    TikTok star Dylan Mulvaney dedicated episode 233 of her series Days of Girlhood to Caitlyn Jenner after the former reality TV star responded to a clip of Mulvaney saying 'women can have bulges.' In the latest video, Mulvaney, 25, made reference to a tweet that was sent out from Republican Senator Marsha Blackburn last week, and then went viral in conservative circles.  Mulvaney says in the clip that she felt uncomfortable in public when wearing tight clothes because people would stare at her crotch. She goes on to say that society should normalize 'women having bulges.'  'I can normalize women having bulges sometimes. We're coming up on bikini season and you might see a bulge or two, so normalize the bulge!' she said before bursting into song.  Mulvaney goes on to sing: 'Normalize the bulge. We are normalizing the bulge. Women can have bulges, and that’s ok. We’re not gonna stare at their crotches.' Blackburn said Mulvaney, 'Joe Biden, and radical left-wing lunatics want to make this absurdity normal' - a sentiment that Jenner, herself a transgender woman, applauded. Recently, Mulvaney,...
    Leaked text messages reveal an effort by Georgia House members to press former Sen. Kelly Loeffler to join President Trump's election overturn effort – a move that had success until Loeffler suddenly reversed course after the Capitol riot. The switch, which came after Loeffler had lost her election runoff to Democrat Raphael Warnock, came after one of her own advisors warned her, 'This has gone too far.' Marjorie Taylor Green, the who was elected in November 2020 but had not yet been sworn in, texted Loeffler the following month to try to line up her support, even as Loeffler fought for her own political survival. 'Hey! I need to talk with you about a plan we are developing on how to vote on the electoral college votes on Jan 6th. I need a Senator!' the Trump ally wrote, according just one of the stunning texts obtained by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. 'And I think this is a major help for you to win on the 5th!!' Green advised. Marjorie Taylor Greene urged then-Sen. Kelly Loeffler to vote to challenge electors certified...
    The Biden administration is privately ruling out a meeting between the president and Russian President Vladimir Putin at the upcoming G20 summit, with Russia's brutal war in Ukraine continuing to drive the countries apart.  The administration has never talked up the chance of a meeting, even after Putin, who Biden has called a 'war criminal,' indicated he planned to attend. Biden kept the possibility of a narrow conversation alive last week, in comments that made clear he had no intention of opening up a broader discussion of the war, after Putin's repeated comments attacking the US  and relentless bombing of civilians in Ukraine. The administration is working to prevent even a 'sideline' encounter between the president and Russian President Vladimir Putin at the upcoming G20 summit in Bali, as Russia's war on Ukraine rages 'Look, I have no intention of meeting with him, but look, if he came to me at the G20 and said, 'I want to talk about the release of [detained American Brittney] Griner,' I would meet with him, but that would depend,' Biden said. Now, officials...
    Oil prices have fallen to roughly $80 from over $120 in early June amid growing fears about the prospect of a global economic recession.Bloomberg | Getty Images WASHINGTON -- The White House is engaged in a desperate, last-ditch effort to convince OPEC+ members to vote against a proposed production cut at Wednesday's meeting of the oil producing cartel, according to multiple sources familiar with the effort. Publicly, the White House has issued general statements about keeping up global energy supply.related investing newsThree things to watch for from the OPEC meeting, including a likely market-moving supply cutBrian Sullivana day agoBut behind the scenes, members of the Biden administration have been "pulling out all the stops," reaching out to partners in the Persian Gulf and warning of drastic consequences to the global economy if a production cut is announced, according to multiple people familiar with the situation. The White House has even tried, unsuccessfully, to enlist companies to speak out against a production cut, according to peoples who asked to remain anonymous to describe private conversations. With U.S. midterm elections just a...
    President Biden complained that the White House press corps is the 'only press in the world' that shouts questions at their nation's leader during formal events.  A task force meeting on abortion access began open press, where reporters were allowed in to observe the conversations, but at one point a White House staffer announced the meeting would switch to closed press.  As reporters were ushered out of the room they burst into questions aimed at the president, many of them centered on a report that Georgia Republican Senate candidate paid for an abortion of an ex-girlfriend in 2009.  But louder than the din of the reporters' inquiries was a White House staffer shouting and directing the media out of the room. 'Thank you very much, press, we need you guys to move, thank you very much.'  President Biden complained that the White House press corps is the 'only press in the world' that shouts questions at their nation's leader during formal events A task force meeting on abortion access began open press, where reporters were allowed in to observe the...
    Joe Biden apologized in the Oval Office Friday to deceased Indiana Representative Jackie Walorski's family as they met the president just days after he apparently forgot the congresswoman was dead. The late representative's mother Martha 'Mert' Walorski, 83, told Biden, 79, that her daughter is 'in heaven' at a bill signing where he banned cameras, Rep. Walorski's brother Keith told the New York Post. Walorski's widower Dean Swihart was also at the White House bill signing on Friday where the family privately met with the president. The meeting follows Biden's infamous gaffe last week where during a speech he asked 'Where's Jackie?' even though she died a month prior. 'Well, Mr. President, we can tell you where Jackie is. She's in heaven with Jesus,' Martha Walorski told Biden on Friday, according to the account of events from her son. 'He could only agree,' Keith said of Biden's reaction. 'He's a very Catholic person. He's very strong in his Catholicism. So all he could do is say, 'Yes, you're right. I know.'' Biden was on clean-up duty with the family on...
    Reverend Al Sharpton was told by Joe Biden that he will seek a second term as president during a private conversation at the White House last month, reports say. Later that day, Sharpton - who is also an MSNBC host - informed staff at his civil rights organization National Action Network in Washington, with one official from the non-profit now recounting the details of the conversation. 'I'm going to do it again,' the National Action Network official has claimed Biden said, as he posed for a photograph in the Roosevelt Room with Rev. Sharpton. 'I'm going.' His reported remarks on September 2 came at the end of a meeting at the White House with several of the country's most prominent civil rights leaders.  There have been mixed messages over whether Biden is seeking a second term in the Oval Office. While his allies have said he will seek re-election, he has stopped short of unequivocally stating he plans to do so. Reverend Al Sharpton was told by Joe Biden that he will seek a second term as president during a private conversation at...
    Claims by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) that he had no contact with the intelligence community whistleblower at the center of the first impeachment of then-President Donald Trump are disputed in a new book. In Unchecked: The Untold Story Behind Congress’s Botched Impeachments of Donald Trump, authors Rachael Bade and Karoun Demirjian reveal a meeting between the whistleblower’s attorney, Andrew Bakaj, and lawyers working for the House Select Committee on Intelligence. This occurred in the run-up to the fall 2019 launch of an impeachment inquiry into Trump over allegations he demanded Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to initiate corruption investigations into now-President Joe Biden in exchange for U.S. military aid already promised to Kyiv. Schiff was, and is, the chairman of the House Select Committee on Intelligence. Lawyers working for the committee who met with Bakaj, the attorney representing the person who filed a whistleblower complaint with the intelligence community inspector general detailing Trump's demands (made during a July 25, 2019, telephone conversation with Zelensky), reported directly to Schiff. That Sept. 9, 2019, meeting occurred prior to revelations about the phone...
    House Republicans debated on Thursday whether conference rules changes should be considered before leadership elections next year during their last closed-door conference meeting ahead of the midterm elections. Members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus have been ramping up pressure for the rules package to be taken up first after the group released a list of demands aimed at decentralizing power. These demands include changes to ease the procedure to offer a “motion to vacate the chair,” a tactic aimed at deposing a sitting speaker; reforms to the powerful Steering Committee, which is tasked with choosing who sits on and leads committees; the reinstatement of the “Holman Rule," which permits members to make targeted cuts to bureaucrats’ salaries; and a “majority of a majority” rule to pass bills. The House “Freedom [Caucus] has people up pushing for it before leadership elections — Kevin [McCarthy] also clearly brought people to speak on his behalf,” one senior source in the room told the Washington Examiner during the meeting. HOUSE FREEDOM CAUCUS ISSUES RULE CHANGE DEMANDS TO LEADERSHIP...
    Former President Trump once joked that his biracial model ex-girlfriend got her 'beauty' from her black parent and her 'intelligence' from her white parent, according to a new book.  Soon after meeting Young's parents, Trump remarked to his then-girlfriend how she had gotten her looks from her black mother and her 'intelligence' from 'her dad, the white side.' The former president laughed at his own joke, Young did not.  Young and Trump dated from around 1997-1999 after meeting in the Hamptons, New York. That relationship seemingly overlapped with when he met and started dating another model, former first lady Melania in 1998, all the while still in the process of divorcing his second wife Marla Maples. Trump and Melania Knauss dated on and off until marrying in 2005.  Trump once joked that his former biracial model girlfriend got her 'beauty' from her black parent and her 'intelligence' from her white parent, according to a new book Soon after meeting Young's parents, Trump remarked to his then-girlfriend how she had gotten her looks from her black mother and her 'intelligence' from 'her...
    Samuel Corum / Drew Angerer, Getty Images House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) rejected an impeachment article by Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) over then-President Donald Trump hosting world leaders at his Miami resort in 2019. This is according to an upcoming book by Politico’s Rachel Bade and The Washington Post’s Karoun Demirjian titled The Untold Story Behind Congress’s Botched Impeachments of Donald Trump. It is scheduled to be released Oct. 18. This excerpt from the book was published in Politico’s Playbook newsletter on Thursday. Then-Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney announced on Oct. 17 of that year that the annual G-7 meeting – featuring leaders from the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Japan, Germany, France and Italy (the European Union is a member, though it is not a country and therefore doesn’t count among the seven members) – at Trump National Doral. The announcement caused bipartisan backlash. According to Bade and Demirjian: It was as blatant a violation of the Constitution’s prohibition against accepting “emoluments” as Raskin had ever seen. And, in his opinion, it was time Democrats stopped...
    President Joe Biden travels to New York City on Tuesday to meet with world leaders at the UN General Assembly meeting where Ukraine and the food shortages resulting from Russia's war there will headline the summit. In addition to that conflict, Iran's nuclear program and Chinese aggression will top the agenda for the American president.  Biden arrives late to the gathering. The president of the United States traditionally gets the number two speaking slot on Tuesday but Biden pushed his speech to the general assembly to Wednesday so he could attend Queen Elizabeth's funeral. He arrives after the White House had to clean up his comment to CBS' 60 Minutes that the US would come to Taiwan's aid if China invaded. U.S. officials said American policy hasn't changed.  He'll head straight to a fundraiser for the Democratic Party when he arrives in New York City on Tuesday evening.  And he hits the ground running on Wednesday with a full schedule of events. On Thursday he'll attend another party fundraiser before heading back to Washington D.C.  President Joe Biden travels to...
    THE Queen has postponed a meeting with her Privy Council after doctors advised her to rest, Buckingham Palace has announced. It comes as the 96-year-old monarch made the unusual step of meeting new Prime Minister Liz Truss at Balmoral, choosing not to travel to London. A Palace spokesman said: "After a full day yesterday, Her Majesty has this afternoon accepted doctors’ advice to rest. "This means that the Privy Council meeting that had been due to take place this evening will be rearranged." Last month, it was revealed Prince Charles has been making "highly unusual" visits to see his mother at Balmoral, as Her Majesty continues to suffer with mobility problems. Her Majesty's Most Honourable Privy Council is a formal body of advisers who serve the sovereign of the UK, in the current case - the Queen. It is made up of a group of senior politicians who were or are members of the House of Commons or the House of Lords. Most read in LifestyleSNEAKY CLEAN I’m a cleaning pro – my $8.99 item gets your home sparkling better than everKEEPING UP...
    President Joe Biden said he is 'sure' he'll meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping if he decides to attend the next G20 Summit in Indonesia – raising prospects for a meeting amid bilateral tensions. 'If he's there, I'm sure I'll see him,' Biden told reporters at the tail end of a cabinet meeting at the White House on Tuesday. The White House has yet to officially confirm Biden will attend the summit – which takes place days after the November elections. Xi will attend the summit meeting at the Bali resort island, Indonesian President Joko Widodo has said. 'If he's there, I'm sure I'll see him,' President Joe Biden said Tuesday when asked if he will meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the upcoming G20 summit So is Russian President Vladimir Putin – adding even more international tension into the mix. 'Xi Jinping will come. President Putin has also told me he will come, the Indonesian president told Bloomberg News last month. Biden and Xi discussed the possibility of a joint meeting during a phone call in late July. ...
    U.S. President Joe Biden holds a cabinet meeting at the White House in Washington, September 6, 2022.Kevin Lamarque | Reuters President Joe Biden said he would "see" Chinese President Xi Jinping if the fellow world leader also attends the upcoming G-20 Summit in November. "If he's there, I'm sure I'll see him," Biden said Tuesday when asked if he would meet with Xi. The summit, held in Bali, Indonesia this year, is the annual gathering of the world's largest economies. Both Xi and Russian President Vladimir Putin are planning to attend the conference, Indonesian President Joko Widodo said in an interview with Bloomberg News. Xi has not left the country since Jan. 2020, before the Covid-19 pandemic. Biden and Xi previously discussed meeting at the G-20 during their July 28 call, which took place amid heightened tensions over House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's trip to Taiwan. The Wall Street Journal previously reported that Chinese officials were planning a meeting between Xi and Biden in Southeast Asia in November.TVWATCH LIVEWATCH IN THE APPUP NEXT | ETListen
    President Joe Biden is set to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping face-to-face in Southeast Asia this November. The meeting is expected to take place at either the G-20 summit in Indonesia from Nov. 15-16 or the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Bangkok, Thailand, in the following days, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal. The trip would be Xi's second international trip since his visit to Myanmar in January 2020. The two leaders had agreed over a phone call in July to meet in person sometime in the near future, per the White House. AIR RAID SHELTER LOCATION APP BECOMES MOST DOWNLOADED IN TAIWAN FILE - This combination image shows U.S. President Joe Biden in Washington, Nov. 6, 2021, and China's President Xi Jinping in Brasília, Brazil, Nov. 13, 2019. The White House says President Joe Biden and China’s Xi Jinping will hold their much-anticipated virtual summit on Monday evening. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, Eraldo Peres, File) Alex Brandon, Eraldo Peres/AP "China supports Indonesia and Thailand as the hosts of the two conferences, and...
    Joe Biden reportedly met with two Chinese businessmen tied to Hunter Biden's company at the White House in 2014, according to White House visitor logs. Executives for the Chinese energy company Wanxiang reportedly secured a meeting with Joe Biden in the West Wing on July 25, 2014, with just one day's notice, according to White House visitor logs. Records show the meeting between Biden Wanxiang America President Pin Ni and Wanxiang Resources Co. President Youhong Han was held from 11 a.m. until 12:15 p.m., according to the Daily Mail. Through Hunter Biden's firm Rosemont Seneca Partners, he invested in a car company, Fisker, that was later bought by Wanxiang. He also purchased an electric sports car from the company for $142,300. After the company went bankrupt in 2013, the younger Biden was listed as a creditor on its filings. BIDEN WON'T TRAVEL TO KENTUCKY WITHOUT NEGATIVE TEST, WHITE HOUSE SAYS Only four days after his meeting with Joe Biden in the White House, Ni emailed Hunter Biden, telling him he had heard his Fisker vehicle was...
    (CNN)When a bipartisan group of lawmakers visited the Ukraine border in March, an unexpected guest showed up on the trip: GOP Rep. Victoria Spartz of Indiana.Spartz, the first Ukrainian-born member of the US Congress and an outspoken advocate for her home country, had expressed interest in joining the congressional delegation but wasn't invited to attend the trip, which consisted primarily of House Foreign Affairs Committee members, a panel where Spartz is not a member. So, she used her own funds to fly to the border of Ukraine in Poland and linked up with lawmakers once there to join in on some of their meetings, according to multiple sources familiar with the situation.Her surprise appearance, the circumstances of which have not been previously reported, was initially viewed as a welcome addition -- albeit an unusual one -- as lawmakers sought to rally Western support for Ukraine amid Russia's bloody assault on the country that began a week earlier.But members who were part of the official trip told CNN that Spartz was "argumentative," "accusatory," and "unhelpful" during key meetings with NATO members,...
    Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz The White House has released a photo of President Joe Biden meeting with advisers on the plan to kill now-deceased al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri. The day after the news broke that President Biden ordered the airstrike that killed al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri over the weekend, the White House released a photo that shows the planning for the strike, which apparently has been underway for a very long time. According to the White House, the photo depicts the president at a meeting that occurred just over a month ago. “On July 1, President Biden meets with his national security team to discuss the counterterrorism operation to take out Ayman al-Zawahiri. At this meeting, the President was briefed on the proposed operation and shown a model of the safe house where Al-Zawahiri was hiding,” the White House said. The photo was taken by White House photographer Adam Schultz. Biden addressed the nation Monday to talk about the strike, saying “My fellow Americans, on Saturday, at my direction, the United States successfully concluded an airstrike in Kabul,...
    Chris Jackson/Getty Images Jared Kushner alleges in his new memoir former Trump White House chief of staff John Kelly “shoved” his wife and the former president’s daughter Ivanka Trump following a contentious meeting. According to Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Kelly displayed dueling personalities and flashes of anger. The Washington Post, which has viewed snippets of the memoir, reported: In a forthcoming memoir, Jared Kushner alleges that former president Donald Trump’s second chief of staff, John F. Kelly, was viewed within the White House as a bully with a “Jekyll-and-Hyde” demeanor who once shoved his wife, Ivanka Trump, out of his way after a volatile Oval Office meeting. Kelly denies the allegation. In Breaking History: A White House Memoir, Kushner recounted how a “consistently duplicitous” man he identified as Kelly “shoved” his wife, but did not injure her. “One day he had just marched out of a contentious meeting in the Oval Office,” Kushner claims in the book. “Ivanka was walking down the main hallway in the West Wing when she passed him. Unaware of his heated state of mind, she said,...
    New York (CNN Business)South Korea's second biggest conglomerate is investing $22 billion into the United States, in high-priority areas including chips and clean energy. The funding announcement comes just as the group's massive chipmaking unit warned of weaker consumer demand for technology products for the rest of the year. Leaders from the mammoth SK Group met virtually with US President Joe Biden on Tuesday to announce the landmark deal, which is expected to create more than 15,000 new jobs.While the exact timeline for the investments was not disclosed, Biden said that the Seoul-based corporate giant plans to grow its US workforce from 4,000 to 20,000 people by 2025.SK Group said it would direct the funding to increased production and development of semiconductors, electric vehicle batteries, and pharmaceuticals. Read MoreUp to $14 billion will go toward building two new gigafactories in Tennessee and Kentucky, in a joint venture with Ford (F), the group's chairman, Tae-won Chey, said in remarks made public by the White House. Biden touted the announcement as "evidence that the United States, Korea and its allies are back,...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 symptoms have “almost completely resolved,” according to a new note from his doctor released Monday. Although he still has some nasal congestion and hoarseness, his vital signs remain “absolutely normal,” wrote Dr. Kevin O’Connor. Biden has been taking Paxlovid, an antiviral drug that helps reduce the chance of severe illness from COVID-19, and he plans to continue isolating in the White House residence. “He continues to be very specifically conscientious to protect any of the Executive Residence, White House, Secret Service and other staff whose duties require any (albeit socially distanced) proximity to him,” O’Connor wrote. On Monday afternoon, Biden is scheduled to deliver virtual remarks to the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives conference in Orlando, Fla. He’s also expected to participate in a virtual meeting with business executives and labor leaders to discuss the Chips Act, a proposal to bolster domestic manufacturing. Biden has held no public events since Friday, when he held another virtual meeting with economic advisers. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All...
    Activist David Hogg was thrown out of a House Judiciary Committee meeting earlier today after interrupting the session and yelling at members. According to USA Today, the House Judiciary Committee was meeting this afternoon to discuss a bill that would ban assault weapons following a string of mass shootings in the country. Both Rep. David Cicilline and Sen. Dianne Feinstein are sponsors on the bill which was originally introduced to the Senate last March but did not have enough votes to pass. In addition, they were discussing the “Equal Access to Justice for Victims of Gun Violence Act,” which aims to allow civil cases to be filed against firearms manufacturers. Hogg was in attendance at this meeting and quickly threw things off course when he began shouting at the committee members. “You’re reiterating the points of mass shooters in your manifesto!” Hogg yelled. “The shooter in my high school, anti-Semitic, anti-black and racist.” “The shooter in El Paso described it as an invasion — Guess what those guns are coming from the United States of America. They aren’t...
    (CNN)Members of the conservative Republican Study Committee thanked former Vice President Mike Pence for his actions on January 6 and encouraged him to run for President during a private meeting on Wednesday near the US Capitol in Washington, according to multiple attendees.Rep. Don Bacon, a Nebraska Republican, said lawmakers offered Pence encouraging words about a potential presidential bid, saying they hope he plays a big role in 2024 and that they need more voices like his in the party. Pence responded with a smile, according to Bacon, but did not tip his hand about his plans for his political future. "People said they hope he's going to be a big voice in 2024. ... He was being encouraged: we need more of you in 2024," Bacon said. "And I would agree."Rep. Dan Newhouse, a Washington Republican who voted to impeach then-President Donald Trump for inciting the deadly insurrection, confirmed to CNN there were multiple references to a potential Pence presidential bid during their closed-door meeting. Read MorePence, however, told lawmakers that he is focused right now on helping the House...
    Washington (CNN)Ukrainian first lady Olena Zelenska is at the White House on Wednesday to privately meet with first lady Jill Biden and take part in a larger bilateral meeting with American officials. Zelenska was greeted at the White House by President Joe Biden and Jill Biden. The President handed a large bouquet of flowers to Zelenska when she got out of the car and the two first ladies hugged.According to the White House, the first ladies "will discuss the United States' continued support for the government of Ukraine and its people as they defend their democracy and cope with the significant human impacts of Russia's war, which will be felt for years to come." Zelenska will first attend a private meeting with Biden, followed by an expanded bilateral meeting with Second Gentleman Douglas Emhoff, US Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Deputy Administrator of the US Agency for International Development Isobel Coleman, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Toria Nuland and US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy.During the bilateral meeting, the White House says, the first ladies "will discuss...
    Fox News co-host Carley Shimkus blasted President Joe Biden for going to the West Bank to meet with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, thereby “undermining [the U.S.] relationship with Israel.” Biden’s visit with Abbas on Friday in Bethlehem was part of his days-long trip to the Middle East that also included stops in Israel and Saudi Arabia. “The thing that I have issue with when it comes to this trip is that there were really no deliverables and it was filled with contradictions,” said Shimkus during Monday’s Outnumbered. “On the one hand, he goes to Israel and that he meets with Israeli officials, which is great, they’re our number one strategic ally in the Middle East. But then the next day he’s in the West Bank meeting with Palestinians, completely undermining our relationship with Israel.” Biden faced calls to confront Abbas during the visit over controversies like the Palestinian Authority continuing to financially reward the families of terrorists as part of a policy known by critics as “Pay to Slay.” Biden did not criticize or pressure Abbas in his public...
    First Lady Jill Biden has said her husband 'had so many hopes' when he got into office, but there were 'problems of the moment' that needed to be addressed first - both home and abroad.  Biden, 71, spoke at fundraising event for the Democratic National Committee in Nantucket, Massachusetts, on Saturday. '[The President] had so many hopes and plans for things he wanted to do, but every time you turned around, he had to address the problems of the moment,' she told donors at the event. 'He's just had so many things thrown his way,' she added.  During his presidency, Joe Biden has faced Russia's war in Ukraine, the pullout of troops from Afghanistan, rising inflation and the overturning of Roe v. Wade.  The first lady's remarks come after a New York Times poll recently found that 64 percent of Democratic voters would prefer a candidate other than Biden in 2024.  First lady Jill Biden speaks during the American Federation of Teachers convention, on Friday. The next day, she spoke on the challenges her husband had faced during his presidency  The...
    (CNN)Former Overstock CEO Patrick Byrne, an ally of former President Donald Trump, testified behind closed doors before the House select committee investigating January 6, 2021, for nearly eight hours on Friday. He entered the committee conference room a little before 10 a.m. ET and ended before 7 p.m. ET, with an hour lunch break. He took several small breaks to confer with his lawyer throughout the meeting.Byrne played an active role supporting efforts to question and push baseless claims about the 2020 election, including attending a meeting in mid-December at the White House to discuss strategies to overturn the election. That meeting with Trump also included former national security adviser Michael Flynn and his lawyer Sidney Powell, as well as some White House staff. It focused on ideas to block Joe Biden's certification as president and discussed the prospect of seizing voting machines. White House officials in the meeting pushed back at the ideas in heated exchanges, CNN previously reported.Speaking to reporters after his testimony, Byrne described the heated December 18, 2020, meeting at the White House as "benign."Read MoreA...
    By Andrew Millman | CNN Former Overstock CEO Patrick Byrne, an ally of former President Donald Trump, testified behind closed doors before the House select committee investigating January 6, 2021, for nearly eight hours on Friday. He entered the committee conference room a little before 10 a.m. ET and ended before 7 p.m. ET, with an hour lunch break. He took several small breaks to confer with his lawyer throughout the meeting. Byrne played an active role supporting efforts to question and push baseless claims about the 2020 election, including attending a meeting in mid-December at the White House to discuss strategies to overturn the election. That meeting with Trump also included former national security adviser Michael Flynn and his lawyer Sidney Powell, as well as some White House staff. It focused on ideas to block Joe Biden’s certification as president and discussed the prospect of seizing voting machines. White House officials in the meeting pushed back at the ideas in heated exchanges, CNN previously reported. Speaking to reporters after his testimony, Byrne described the heated December 18, 2020, meeting...
    During Tuesday’s televised hearing the House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack revealed the names of eleven congressional Republicans who attended a December 21, 2020 White House meeting with then-President Donald Trump and his top aides to discuss ways to promote his false claims in an effort to overturn the election. The January 6 Committee “introduced evidence that the White House coordinated with members of Congress to encourage the Big Lie and to fight the election results,” reports Heather Cox Richardson at the Milwaukee Independent. “Representative Mo Brooks (R-AL) set up a meeting between members of Congress (and one member-elect) on December 21, with the subject line: ‘White House meeting December 21 regarding January 6.’ That meeting included Trump, Pence, Meadows, Giuliani, and ten representatives: Brian Babin (R-TX), Andy Biggs (R-AZ), Matt Gaetz (R-FL), Louie Gohmert (R-TX), Paul Gosar (R-AZ), Andy Harris (R-MD), Jody Hice (R-GA), Jim Jordan (R-OH), Scott Perry (R-PA), and recently elected Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA).” READ MORE: 'It takes a lot of work': John Bolton says Donald Trump was too lazy to lead a genuine...
    This content was republished with permission from WTOP’s news partners at Maryland Matters. Sign up for Maryland Matters’ free email subscription today. The U.S. House panel investigating Donald Trump’s attempts to overturn the 2020 presidential election results described Tuesday how the president explicitly called on his supporters to come to Washington on Jan. 6, 2021 for a “wild” protest — resulting in an insurrection. Trump exerted extraordinary influence over the mob, who marched to the Capitol on his orders and undertook the violent attack, testimony showed. Many dispersed only when Trump asked them to do so, hours after mayhem broke out. Members of the violent extremist groups Proud Boys and Oath Keepers and other Trump supporters interpreted a Dec. 19 tweet from Trump to attend a “wild” Jan. 6 rally in Washington as a call to arms to fight election certification, according to testimony at the  wide-ranging hearing, the seventh by the panel. And for the first time, the committee revealed Maryland Rep. Andy Harris was present at a Dec. 21 White House meeting in which Trump and senior officials...