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    Hunter Biden was involved in recruiting the aide who has been publicly identified as having been interviewed by law enforcement in the Joe Biden documents probe, it was reported Thursday. Kathy Chung, who served as Biden's administrative assistant when he was vice president, has told associates she is 'distressed' that she may have 'inadvertently been involved in moving or storing classified material' that a Biden lawyer uncovered at the Penn Biden Center in November, the Washington Post reported. The discovery of the classified documents is what kicked off the hunt for more classified material in Biden's possession – and ultimately led to the appointment of a special counsel, and a probe that has exasperated White House aides and forced them to explain comparisons to former President Donald Trump's probe.  Hers was the only name that appeared in the first report of multiple aides who have spoken to law enforcement.  The news comes as a former Obama White House official urged Biden to admit to sloppy handling of classified information to try to gain control over the spiraling situation.  Hunter Biden is...
    In a wide-ranging address to honor Martin Luther King day President Biden called for cops to be 'retrained' not to shoot to kill and questioned why car insurance costs more in neighborhoods with heavily black populations.  The president also insisted America needed to remember its 'abuses' in remarks at the National Action Network's MLK day breakfast at Washington, D.C.'s Mayflower Hotel. 'The idea that we're supposed to remain silent on the abuses of the past, as if they didn't occur? That's not being woke. That's being honest. That's talking about history,' the president said. The remark pushed back against Republican cries that schools are teaching children critical race theory.  The president then accused car insurance companies of charging higher premiums based on race.  In a wide-ranging address to honor Martin Luther King day President Biden called for cops to be 'retrained' not to shoot to kill and questioned why car insurance costs more in neighborhoods with heavily black populations 'If you live in one of those neighborhoods and you have the same exact car I have in the other neighborhood,...
    Donald Trumps hopes of running for president in 2024 could suffer a fatal blow later this month when a judge in Georgia hears arguments regarding the release of a grand jury report over his involvement into possible election tampering that one legal scholar predicted could be "momentous." According to a report from the Guardians Chris McGreal, the grand jurys report is now in the hands of the judge, and, if the report recommends prosecution and is made public, it could lead Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis to follow through and drag the former president into court. As the report notes, the 23-member panel wrapped up their work last Monday and specifically requested the report be viewed by the public -- something Trumps lawyers will likely try to stop. According to legal scholar Norm Eisen of the Brookings Institution, which issued its own report stating the former president is "at substantial risk of prosecution," there is a wealth of evidence that could lead to prosecution for "improperly influencing government officials, forgery and criminal solicitation." Speaking with McGreal of the Guardian,...
    2024 may be the most consequential presidential election in a lifetime. America better be ready. I'm not talking about Biden vs. Trump the sequel. Two octogenarians taking a second lap around the Oval Office wouldn't change the status quo. I'm talking about Gavin Newsom vs. Ron DeSantis. The ultimate showdown of progressive wokism vs. common-sense conservativism. It's long past time to settle this. Over the past four years, California and Florida have presented two distinct visions for America. One is failing. The other is thriving. The Golden State has embraced experimental, boundary-pushing, heavy-handed leftism and The Sunshine State has returned to time-tested principles of the right. Make no mistake about it, Newsom, termed-out as governor, has his eyes on Washington, DC. Just listen to his final inaugural as governor speech last Friday. 'California is the true freedom state,' he declared.  It was a battle cry for liberal America. Sure, Democrats insist Biden's the guy for 2024. But I don't believe it. There are a dozen factors that could derail his run, like a dismal approval rating, Hunter Biden, his age,...
    Democrats are calling for the United States to force former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro back to his country after a mob of his supporters, driven to anger by his false election fraud claims, stormed government buildings on Sunday. Progressive New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez urged the U.S. government to 'stop granting refuge' to the authoritarian leader.  Meanwhile Texas Rep. Joaquin Castro told CNN that Bolsonaro 'should be sent back to Brazil.'  Both drew comparisons to January 6, 2021, when a crowd riled up by Donald Trump and his allies broke into the U.S. Capitol while lawmakers and then-Vice President Pence were inside certifying Trump's 2020 loss. They too had been convinced that the 2020 presidential election was stolen. Just last month, a now-defunct House select committee recommended Trump be charged with insurrection among other crimes over the riot. 'Nearly 2 years to the day the US Capitol was attacked by fascists, we see fascist movements abroad attempt to do the same in Brazil,' Ocasio-Cortez wrote on Twitter Sunday. American lawmakers heaped condemnation on the violent destruction in Brasilia on Sunday...
    Joe Biden, 80, has reportedly said he is 'all in' for a second run of the White House with an official statement expected in the coming weeks, The New York Post reported. Biden who previously served as vice president under Barack Obama, took office following his victory in the 2020 election over Republican incumbent president Donald Trump. Upon his inauguration the 80-year-old politician became the oldest president in American history and would be 86 by the end of his second term if he won.  He and senior aides are preparing to make the announcement for release in February - around the time of the State of the Union address to Congress, multiple sources told The Hill. U.S. president Joe Biden has reportedly said he is 'all in' for a second run of the White House with an official statement expected in the coming weeks Biden who previously served as vice president under Barack Obama, took office following his victory in the 2020 election over Republican incumbent president Donald Trump 'I think it's all about timing at this point,' one Biden...
    Elie Mystal of The Nation slammed Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) ahead of a 14th vote for speaker of the House in which the Republican said he will prevail this time. Appearing on Friday’s All In on MSNBC, Mystal said McCarthy is wrecking the institution with deals and concessions he has made to receive a majority of the votes. Chris Hayes hosted Mystal and Elaina Plott Calabro of The Atlantic. “The fact that one of the asks of Marjorie Taylor Greene was like, some committee of inquiry into the treatment of Jan. 6 prisoners, Elaina, just suggests to me that’s not going anywhere in what the actual business this new Republican majority tends to this year,” Hayes said. “It’s part of why Marjorie Taylor Greene has been so supportive of Kevin McCarthy from the beginning,” Plott responded. “The implication – to the extent that we know as reporters just explicitly on the record – is that she will most likely get a seat on the oversight committee. And what she wants to do from there is launch investigations into Biden cabinet officials,...
    Donald Trump will be hit with criminal charges next year, according to Jordan Rubin, a legal analyst for MSNBC who previously served as a prosecutor for the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office. In a new column, Rubin outlined why he believed that the twice-impeached former president would face charges in 2023. The legal expert noted that the House select committee that investigated the January 6 attack voted to refer Trump to the Department of Justice for obstruction of an official proceeding of the United States government, conspiring to defraud the U.S., making false statements to the federal government and inciting or engaging in an insurrection. "But unfortunately for Trump, that’s only one piece of the puzzle," Rubin said. Trump is also facing criminal and civil investigations into his business practices. His efforts to overturn his election defeat in the swing state of Georgia are also under scrutiny. "The former president should be worried," Rubin said. In a dramatic and unprecedented move, federal agents seized classified documents at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida last summer. Before the raid, the FBI uncovered "multiple...
    Representative Jamie Raskin (D-Maryland) explained on Sundays edition of Face the Nation why the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol recommended to the Department of Justice that it should indict former President Donald Trump for four crimes against the United States. The bipartisan panel submitted its findings and suggestions earlier this week ahead of the Friday release of its final 845-page report on Trumps multifaceted scheme to nullify his 2020 election loss to President Joe Biden and remain in power. The Committees 18-month probe included interviews with more than a thousand witnesses and Trump Administration officials. It also held a series of hearings to help the public understand what happened during the leadup, execution, and aftermath of Trumps failed coup. CBS moderator Margaret Brennan recalled to Raskin the unprecedented nature of the Committees objectives. READ MORE: Watch: J6 committee votes to send four criminal referrals against Donald Trump to DOJ "Lets get back to the work that you have just concluded because you did make this historic decision to refer to the...
    A new book on the Biden administration details President Joe Biden “dropping f-bombs” over the ongoing crisis at the southern border as the president has grown increasingly frustrated with the situation. Fox News’s John Roberts discussed the reporting on Friday with Rodney Scott, a former head of the U.S. border patrol. “A new book by Chris Whipple says that President Biden, on at least one occasion has lost it over the border crisis. He writes in the Fight of His Life: Inside Joe Biden’s White House, ‘Meanwhile, illegal immigrants kept arriving and Biden was furious. Aides had rarely seen him so angry. From all over the West Wing, you could hear the president cursing, dropping F-bombs. He’d always apologize when women were present,’” Roberts began. “The president apparently is upset at the lack of solutions. But if memory serves me correctly, Rodney, he’s the one who took off all the protections that were in place that were keeping people from crossing the border,” Roberts asked Scott. “Yeah. That frustration sure doesn’t play out into action. The reason we’re talking so...
    \u201cWe have a nation going down the toilet, and Donald Trump is selling Pok\u00e9mon cards. No thanks. And those of you with your secret decoder ring trying to figure out why need to STFU.\u201d — Chad Prather (@Chad Prather) 1671124776 Last month, Trump announced a 2024 White House bid — he previously served as president from early 2017 through early 2021 after defeating Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential election — but Trump lost his 2020 reelection bid to Democrat Joe Biden. In a video posted on Thursday, Trump pledged that as president, he will issue an executive order prohibiting federal departments and agencies "from colluding with any organization, business, or person, to censor, limit, categorize, or impede the lawful speech of American citizens. I will then ban federal money from being used to label domestic speech as mis or disinformation," Trump said. He said that he would start the process of pinpointing and terminating any bureaucrats who have participated in "domestic censorship."
    Thousands more classified documents about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy are expected to be unsealed on Thursday, offering another look inside a murder that spawned a slew of conspiracy theories.  President Joe Biden will order the National Archives to release once-classified information from about 8,000 documents, including drawn from the so-called 201 'personality' file the CIA drew up on the assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, according to officials.  The release will be the first since the Biden administration published 1500 documents last year. But don't expect much ammunition for those who believe he was not the killer or that far from acting alone he was merely the triggerman in a broader conspiracy.  President John F. Kennedy and first lady Jackie Kennedy are pictured in his car in Dallas, Texas, on November 22, 1963, moments before he was assassinated Lee Harvey Oswald, a former Marine, was arrested for the assassination. He was then killed two days later while being transported by police. He was shot by a nightclub owner, Jack Ruby, leaving countless questions unanswered and spawning just as many...
    Thousands of classified documents relating to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy are set to be released next week, despite several government agencies desperately trying to keep them under wraps. JFK was shot dead during a presidential motorcade in Texas 59 years ago, but more than 15,000 documents concerning his death remain locked away at the National Archives, lending more credence to the incredulity of conspiracy theorists with each passing year. President Joe Biden ordered a review into the documents which will likely see a large batch of files still under lock and key released by December 15. But his administration is now facing a federal lawsuit from a New York-based lawyer who discovered that the CIA, FBI, DEA and other agencies are hell-bent on keeping the files secret and had battled National Archives employees to prevent the documents from being published.  Among the records that remain secret are a series of documents which would provide 'smoking-gun proof of a CIA operation involving [JFK's supposed killer] Lee Harvey Oswald,' an assassination expert claimed yesterday.  US President John F Kennedy...
    Republicans appear to be turning on Donald Trump after his endorsed candidate failed to unseat Democrat Sen. Raphael Warnock in Georgia on Tuesday night, thereby solidifying the left's hold on the Senate for the next two years. Warnock, who was seeking his first full term after winning a special election in January 2021 against a Trump-aligned GOP senator, defeated former NFL star Herschel Walker to give his party 51 seats in next year's chamber. Walker is a close personal friend of Trump's, but in the end he could not overcome the slew of allegations of domestic abuse and coerced abortions, nor could he match Warnock's ease at the microphone after years of leading an Atlanta Baptist congregation. 'Georgia may be remembered as the state that broke Trump once and for all,' former George W. Bush aide Scott Jennings wrote on Twitter Tuesday night. Trump infamously lost the Peach State to President Joe Biden by less than one point. His subsequent claims of election fraud were blamed for deflating Republican voter turnout in the state's two Senate runoff elections in January...
    Republicans on the House Oversight Committee are probing a backroom deal between the Biden administration and Saudi Arabia to boost oil production that they say shunned domestic production.   'This Committee has a responsibility to uncover the facts surrounding any backdoor deals cut by President Biden or his emissaries. The President is choosing foreign sources over domestic source—all for political purposes,' ranking member Rep. James Comer, R-Ky., wrote in a letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken. 'If his Administration is engaging in backdoor market manipulations with adversarial nations while jeopardizing our national security for the sake of securing more favorable election conditions for Democrats, the American people have a right to know.'  Comer cited a New York Times story from October on how White House officials used back channels to secure an agreement over the spring for OPEC+ to boost its oil production.  'This Committee has a responsibility to uncover the facts surrounding any backdoor deals cut by President Biden or his emissaries. The President is choosing foreign sources over domestic source—all for political purposes,' ranking member Rep. James Comer,...
    Former national security advisor to President Donald Trump, John Bolton, signaled his willingness to throw his hat in the ring for the presidency in 2024. "When you challenge the Constitution itself, that is un-American. If the current GOP presidential candidates don't repudiate Trump, I'm prepared to get in the race," tweeted Bolton Monday. When you challenge the Constitution itself, that is un-American. If the current GOP presidential candidates don't repudiate Trump, I'm prepared to get in the race. pic.twitter.com/mKnU2tDhyc— John Bolton (@AmbJohnBolton) December 5, 2022 This story is developing and will be updated. More from Midterms Republicans hope for best but prepare for worst in Georgia December 05, 2022 04:31 PM White House credits Biden with Democrats beating midterm expectations December 05, 2022 04:30 PM Newt Gingrich: Georgia runoff still 'up in the air' and Republicans could pick up big win December 05, 2022 02:02 PM California Democrats missed their midterm opportunity December 05, 2022 12:59 PM Ronna McDaniel facing another challenger for RNC chair December...
    Liz Cheney on Sunday hit back at former President Donald Trump's call to suspend the Constitution over his lie that the 2020 election was stolen - and laid down a challenge to his acolytes in the Republican Party. 'Donald Trump believes we should terminate "all rules, regulations and articles, even those found in the Constitution" to overturn the 2020 election,' she tweeted. 'That was his view on 1/6 and remains his view today.  'No honest person can now deny that Trump is an enemy of the Constitution.'  Cheney is one of Trump's loudest critics inside a Republican Party that shows signs of splitting over the former president's increasingly outlandish public statements. He has attracted criticism from senior Republicans over his decision to have dinner with Nick Fuentes, a notorious antisemite and white supremacist.  And on Saturday morning he triggered further outrage by taking to Truth Social to claim that a Twitter thread by journalist Matt Taibbi offered proof that the 2020 election was rigged. Rep. Liz Cheney, a high-profile critic of Donald Trump, hit out at the former president after...
    The Biden White House blasted Donald Trump on Saturday after he called for the 'termination' of the US Constitution. On Sunday, the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee said on Sunday that he 'absolutely' disavows Trump's calls and suggested the explosive comments could have a negative impact on his 2024 presidential campaign. The former president made the explosive statement in the early hours of Saturday after Elon Musk claimed to reveal proof that Twitter - which he recently acquired for $44 billion - worked in tandem with Democrats to tip the scales in the 2020 election. It was centered around correspondences mainly between top employees at Twitter about the site's suppression of the infamous New York Post story about Hunter Biden's laptop that was published in October 2020. Trump responded with a long tirade on his Truth Social app, calling for a complete overhaul of the United States electoral system and suspension of Constitutional rules. Deputy White House Press Secretary Andrew Bates swiftly rebuked Trump in a searing statement: 'Attacking the Constitution and all it stands for is anathema to the...
    U.S. President Joe Biden and Emmanuel Macron, France's president, met at the White House.Bloomberg | Bloomberg | Getty Images The United States has stepped up its heavy rhetoric against China, and wants Europe to follow suit. But the bloc can't quite afford to do the same. The U.S. administration has been particularly focused on China, having made the topic a dominant feature of international discussions shortly after President Joe Biden took office. Comments and actions have escalated in recent months. U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo, for instance, said Wednesday that Beijing has become a growing threat to U.S. companies. This message has been shared and acknowledged in Europe. Reports suggested that American officials had told European counterparts to consider using export control restrictions on China. The U.S. Commerce Department was not immediately available for comment when contacted by CNBC Thursday. The U.S. in October imposed restrictions on Chinese access to certain U.S.-developed technologies. But while the European Union has dubbed China as a "strategic rival" on different occasions, it is pursuing a different approach from the U.S. "The EU is...
    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...
    Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is the latest Republican to condemn Donald Trump’s recent dinner with Kanye West and white nationalist Nick Fuentes. In Tuesday remarks to reporters, McConnell condemned the white supremacy and anti-Semitism pushed by Fuentes and sent a subtle warning to Trump about his 2024 chances. “First, let me just say that there is no room in the Republican Party for anti-Semitism or white supremacy,” the Republican leader said in a press conference partly aired by MSNBC’s Hallie Jackson. McConnell warned that anyone meeting with people “amplifying” white supremacy or anti-Semitism would have little chance at being elected president. Trump only recently announced his intention to run for president in 2024. “Anyone meeting with people advocating that point of view, in my judgment, are highly unlikely to ever be elected president of the United States,” McConnell said. The Kentucky senator did say whether he would vote for Trump in 2024. The two don’t have the friendliest relationship, with the former president often lobbing insults at the senator. Trump has claimed in multiple statements that he only planned on...
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell became the latest senior Republican to condemn former President Donald Trump's dinner meeting with white nationalist Nick Fuentes – this time linking it to Trump's crusade to get back in the White House. 'First, let me just say that there is no room in the Republican Party for anti semitism or white supremacy,' McConnell said at the Capitol Tuesday. 'And anyone meeting with people advocating that point of view in my judgment, are highly unlikely to ever be elected president of the United States,' he said. The later comment referenced Trump's bid to try to reclaim the White House in 2024, an effort he announced at Mar-a-Lago immediately after the off-year elections. McConnell had hinted that his remarks were coming, telling reporters who inquired on Monday they could ask him about it Tuesday. His remark comes after top Republicans were criticized for failing to publicly condemn Trump's meeting with Fuentes and rapper Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, who has himself been under fire for a series of antisemitic comments. 'Anyone meeting with people advocating...
    Republican leader Kevin McCarthy finally on Tuesday condemned Donald Trump's meeting with white supremacist Nick Fuentes — but gave the former president the benefit of the doubt in saying that he didn't know who we was meeting. Democrats were quick to condemn Trump's meeting with Fuentes at Mar-a-Lago last week, and criticized Republicans who steered clear of commenting. McCarthy, who is in line to become speaker of the House after Republicans won control of the lower chamber in the midterm elections, was among those who had kept his own counsel. On Tuesday, after a meeting at the White House, he was asked why he had not condemned the meeting.  'I don't think anybody should be spending any time with Nick Fuentes,' he told reporters.  '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.' When he was told Trump had not condemned him or his ideology, McCarthy responded: 'Well, I condemn his ideology. 'It has no place in our society.' House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy was...
    President Joe Biden will be in Boston on Friday - the same day the Prince and Princess of Wales host their glitzy Earthshot Prize in that city.  The White House wouldn't say whether or not a meeting is on the agenda. 'I don't have anything to share on the President's travel,' press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said at her press briefing on Monday.  Biden will attend a fundraiser for Senate Democrats, the White House said in its announcement of the trip. The fundraiser is for Georgia's Senate run-off election, which takes place Tuesday, Dec. 6.  Massachusett's Democratic Senators Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey will also be in attendance, the Boston Globe reported. William and Kate will be in Boston on Wednesday for a three-day trip that includes Friday's awards ceremony, which honors innovators who are addressing climate change and environmental concerns - a top issue for the Prince of Wales. President Joe Biden will be in Boston on Friday - the same day the Prince and Princess of Wales host their glitzy Earthshot Prize in that city The Prince and Princess of Wales will...
    King Charles is on the long list to be Time’s Person of the Year alongside Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky, a host of celebrities and female protesters in Iran. The accolade goes to the person or group who is judged to have had the greatest influence on 2022 - for better or worse. The public is being asked to vote on a list of 60 global figures via Time.com but ultimately the winner will be selected by the magazine’s editors. At the moment, the 'Women protesters in Iran' are leading with a positive score of 84 per cent in answer to the question should they be Time’s Person of the Year. King Charles is on the long list for Time's Person of the Year. Voting is currently open to the public, but the ultimate winner of the accolade will be decided by the magazine's editor. The monarch currently has a two per cent 'yes' answer to the question of whether he should be awarded the title Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky (pictured earlier this month in Kyiv, during a ceremony to commemorate the...
    Former President Donald Trump continued to play defense against claims he was wrong to have dinner at Mar-a-Lago with Kanye West and white nationalist Nick Fuentes. Trump, posting on his Truth Social account, was defiant amid the media criticism of the meeting with the embattled rapper and Fuentes.  The 45th president caused an outrage - even among some Republicans - when it was revealed he had dinner with Fuentes, described as an alt-right figure and a 'white supremacist,' at his Palm Beach home. Ye, as the rapper West goes by now, was also present.  Trump posted: 'So I help a seriously troubled man, who just happens to be black, Ye (Kanye West), who has been decimated in his business and virtually everything else, and who has always been good to me, by allowing his request for a meeting at Mar-a-Lago, alone, so that I can give him very much needed 'advice.''  He added: 'He shows up with 3 people, two of which I didn't know, the other a political person who I haven't seen in years. I told him don't run...
    Vice President Kamala Harris said Tuesday that she will be on the 2024 ticket should President Joe Biden choose to run for reelection.  'As the president said, he intends to run. And if he does, I will be running with him,' she told reporters on board the Philippines Coast Guard ship Teresa Magbanua, as she wrapped up her trip to Asia.  Harris refused to answer questions about former President Donald Trump's announcement last Tuesday that he would seek the White House again in 2024.   Vice President Kamala Harris speaks to members of the press on Philippines Coast Guard ship Teresa Magbanua on Tuesday before departing for the U.S. 
    The Breakfast Club’s Charlamagne Tha God called it “sad” Democrats might put up President Joe Biden against a Republican candidate in 2024 on Monday. The radio host and commenter also said he does not believe Vice President Kamala Harris is a viable candidate and would lose an election to either former President Donald Trump or Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R). Charlamagne spoke to Fox News digital about the 2024 election Monday a week after Trump announced his candidacy. He said he was not sure Biden could defeat Trump again while he called the potential for such a rematch “sad.” “I think [a rematch] can go either way,” he said. “Like, I don’t think it’s a sure thing, which is sad, right?… It’s sad that we’re saying it’s still a toss-up between [Trump] and President Biden.” Charlamagne said multiple criminal and civil probes into Trump should make beating him a breeze, but he blamed Democrats for what he sees as a potential upset in the making. “I think that’s more indicative of what, you know, Democrats aren’t doing,” Charlamagne told Fox...
    Departing Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger argued that former Vice President Mike Pence 'would be the Ron DeSantis right now' if he had split with former President Donald Trump after January 6.  Kinzinger made the assessment to Charlie Sykes on The Bulwark's podcast last week, the same day Trump jumped in the 2024 race, as DeSantis is encroaching on Trump in the polls.  At the same time, Pence is polling at just 6 percent support among GOP primary voters in the Real Clear Politics polling average.  'Mike Pence, if after January 6, he had fully divorced Donald Trump, and would have gone out and spoken about it, he would be the Ron DeSantis right now,' Kinzinger said.  'He would be the guy that over the last two years was able to make a compelling case to the Republican base who trusts him, even if at the moment they don't like him, I think he could be the alternative to Donald Trump,' he continued. 'Now, I have no idea where he stands.'   In a podcast interview last week, Rep. Adam Kinzinger argued...
    FORMER president Donald Trump should fade into the background as a political elder while Ron DeSantis picks up the torch and leads the GOP to victory, a political strategist has said. Trump announced that he will launch a third presidential campaign after his chosen candidates faced huge losses in the midterm elections - Republican operative John Thomas said this was the sign he needed to pursue a fresh face for the conservative movement. 3Donald Trump should step down from political leadership and make way for Ron DeSantis, a political strategist saysCredit: Getty Images - Getty 3Republican operative John Thomas exclusively told The US Sun that the performance of Trump-backed candidates in the midterm elections was the sign he needed to pursue a fresh faceCredit: Getty Images - Getty 3Thomas is now leading an incoming Super PAC for DeSantis to galvanize a potential 2024 presidential campaignCredit: Getty Just months ago, Thomas, the founder and president of political media firm Thomas Partners Strategies, heavily advised against DeSantis facing off against Trump in the polls. Now, the strategist is leading a future Super...
    Democrat Katie Hobbs will be the next governor of Arizona after she toppled Republican Kari Lake. Hobbs who is Arizona’s current secretary of state managed to clinch victory over Lake, a former television news anchor and loyal ally of former President Donald Trump. Hobbs won 50.4% of the votes cast in what was a razor thin race out of roughly 2.5 million votes counted almost one week on from Election Day. Hobbs will replace outgoing Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, a Republican who has served since 2015. Democrat Katie Hobbs will be the next Arizona governor after she toppled Republican Kari Lake Hobbs who is Arizona’s current secretary of state managed to clinch victory over Lake, pictured, a former television news anchor and loyal ally of former President Donald Trump 
    Former Vice President Mike Pence said there will be 'better choices' than Donald Trump running in 2024 but insisted the final decision was up to the American people during a clip of his ABC News interview that aired on Monday evening. Pence's conversation with the network aired just a day before Trump is expected to launch a third campaign for the White House. Allies have openly pleaded with the former president to hold off until the makeup of next year's Congress is fully decided next month, on the heels of a poor midterm election performance by Republicans. Looking ahead to the next race, Pence has been floated as a potential 2024 contender himself. He told ABC News that it was something under 'consideration' in his household. But he demurred when asked about his odds of beating Trump in a head-on primary.  The evangelical former Indiana governor had been chosen as Trump's running mate in 2016 in an apparent effort to boost the New York billionaire's image with Midwestern conservative Christians. But their relationship permanently ruptured following the January 6 Capitol...
    President Joe Biden admitted for the first time since Democrats kept the Senate and beat expectations in the House that they likely lacked the support to codify Roe v. Wade's abortion protections. Asked at a press conference in Bali about the topic – a driving issue in the elections in key House and Senate races – Biden said Monday that 'I don't think they can expect too much of anything other than we're going to maintain our positions' on the abortion issue.' Democrats had hoped that by boosting their Senate majority they could try to pass a law restoring protections that the Supreme Court struck down and left up to states.  'I don't think there's enough votes to codify unless something unusual happens in the House,' said Biden.  The Democratic House passed a bill this year that would have codified Roe, but it couldn't get through the 50-50 Senate already controlled by Democrats.  Now Democrats are looking at a 50 or 51 seat majority in the Senate. But Biden still likely lacks the votes to jam through procedural changes that would...
    Mike Pence said only Donald Trump could answer why the then-president wasn't making phone calls to security officials during the January 6th insurrection at the Capitol. The former vice president told ABC's David Muir that he was at the Capitol during that time so he couldn't say what Trump, who was at the White House, was doing.  'I was at the Capitol. I wasn't at the White House,' Pence said in the interview with ABC News. 'I can't account for what the president was doing that day. I was at a loading dock in the Capitol where a riot was taking place.' Pence, 63, was on Capitol Hill in his ceremonial role of overseeing the electoral college count to certify the 2020 presidential electionon January 6th, 2021. When rioters entered the Capitol, Secret Service agents removed Pence from the Senate floor. He was eventually taken to a loading dock in one of the garages.  Muir noted that, on that day, Pence called the chairman of the joint chief of staff, the head of Capitol Police and several other officials as Trump's MAGA...
    Former Vice President Mike Pence in an exclusive interview with ABC news anchor David Muir on Sunday's edition of World News Tonight condemned the incendiary rhetoric through which he was personally targeted by then-President Donald Trump during the January 6th, 2021 insurrection at the United States Capitol. Pence refused to go along with Trump's scheme to reject President Joe Biden's Electoral College victory in the 2020 election because he determined that he had no constitutional authority to do so. Trump, who was desperate to hold onto power, reacted with a Twitter post that essentially labeled Pence as a coward. Speaking with Pence inside his Indiana residence, Muir recalled that "members were barricaded inside the House chamber, and in the middle of it all, you can see that the president has tweeted. 2:24 p.m., the president tweets: 'Mike Pence didn't have the courage to do what should have been done.'" READ MORE: Mike Pence: John Eastman 'didn’t even believe what he was telling' Donald Trump about election fraud Pence's response suggested that Trump's desperate actions are still weighing heavily on...
    Mike Pence has admitted he was angry at Donald Trump when the then-president accused him of cowardice and set the mob on him on January 6, describing Trump's actions as 'reckless'. Pence, who served as Trump's vice president, told ABC News in his first television interview since the riot that Trump 'decided to be part of the problem'. On January 6 Pence, who refused Trump's demands to overturn the 2020 election, was inside the Capitol when it was breached. The mob erected a gallows with a noose outside the building, and Pence was at one point only 40 feet from the invaders: the January 6 Committee, investigating the insurrection, heard that Pence's life was in very real danger. Pence, 63, was asked by ABC's David Muir how he felt when Trump tweeted amid the riot: 'Mike Pence didn't have the courage to do what should have been done to protect our Country and our Constitution, giving States a chance to certify a corrected set of facts, not the fraudulent or inaccurate ones which they were asked to previously certify. USA...
    Even as top Republicans griped about Donald Trump’s leadership costing the GOP dearly in a third consecutive national election, it was unclear whether influential party figures would thank the former president for his service and show him the door. Frustrated Republicans are blaming Trump for the predicted red wave that never materialized in Tuesday’s midterm elections. They argue the basket of lemons the former president endorsed in primaries in contested states is jeopardizing the GOP’s bid for Senate control. And they contend Trump depressed their gains in the House, distracting from the party’s focus on inflation and crime with his never-ending fixation on 2020 and claims the last election was stolen. “It’s time for Trump to retire. I see golf courses and a rocking chair in his future,” Ohio Republican strategist David Myhal told the Washington Examiner on Wednesday. “We appreciate the time he fought in the war against woke, but it will be finished by” Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R), Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC), and Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin (R), elected in 2021 in a state President Joe Biden...
    President Joe Biden insisted that he wouldn't change anything after Democrats had a better night than expected in Tuesday's midterm races. 'Nothing, because they're just finding out what we're doing,' Biden said when asked what he would change to convince Americans the country is headed in the right direction. 'The more they know about what we're doing, the more support there is.' Biden pointed to policies like cutting prescription drug prices, and the roads and bridges being improved through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, and future high speed Amtrak lines, explaining, 'there's a lot of things that are just starting to kick in.'  'I'm not going to change,' he said.  'As a matter of fact, you know, there's some thing I want to change and add to,' he added, pointing to his willingness to have Congress pass an assault weapons ban. The Wednesday afternoon press conference served as a victory lap.  'While the press and the pundits are predicting a giant red wave. It didn't happen,' Biden said. 'And I know you were somewhat miffed by my incessant optimism, I felt...
    Meghan McCain proclaimed that the midterm election results should mark former President Donald Trump’s political death, along with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ rise as the Republican party’s new leader. McCain penned a new column for the Daily Mail which she began by acknowledging that “the highly anticipated ‘red wave’ turned into a light pink ripple… at best.” “The ‘red wave’ was a mirage and nothing of the ‘historic win’ Republicans were anticipating,” McCain wrote. She made this point by noting how President Joe Biden’s struggles on several major voter issues, yet Democrats are likely to keep control of the Senate, and Republicans will barely have a majority in the House. Thus, McCain presented her argument that Trump’s influence over the GOP and his choice of candidates were the reasons why the party underperformed. “This will go down as a giant warning sign and, hopefully, a convincing argument against the delusion that President Donald Trump is the future of the GOP,” she wrote. “Too many Republicans lost in an unloseable election last night, and they have no one to blame...
    President Joe Biden, who had been sounding an optimistic note about the midterms, finally conceded Monday night that it'll be 'tougher' for his party to win the House as polls point to a Republican victory. Biden's comments come as his approval rating dropped down to 39%. His low numbers and fears of a red wave coming out of Tuesday's election has some in the Democratic Party calling for a 'next generation candidate' to run for the White House in 2024. 'I think we'll win the Senate. I think the House is tougher,' the president told reporters at the White House after he returned from his final campaign rally, where he pleaded with voters to send more Democrats to Congress. Asked what the reality of governing will be like if Republicans win, he responded: 'More difficult.'  Biden faces a difficult two years in office should the GOP emerge victorious on Tuesday as Republicans have vowed to stymie Biden's legislative agenda and investigate his presidency.  Election forecasters have the GOP winning the House. But the Senate, where any one race can flip the...
    Rumors are swirling that former President Donald Trump could announce a third campaign for the White House on Monday night - but Trumpworld itself is at odds on whether he should wait until after the midterm elections, people familiar indicated to DailyMail.com. Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani believes he shouldn't, he told DailyMail.com by phone on Monday afternoon, arguing that what's likely to be a strong Republican showing across the country is best left to speak for itself. A separate source close to Trump's orbit said the former president wants to announce tonight in order to take credit for the anticipated 'red wave' on Tuesday -  but said others are warning him that he 'doesn't want to be on the hook for surprise losses.' Trump is holding his fourth MAGA rally in four days on Monday, appearing in Ohio alongside Senate GOP hopeful JD Vance. It's his final push to help Republicans win back control of Congress for the last two years of President Joe Biden's term. Giuliani, his ally and friend of more than three decades, has...
    What would be more appalling: if President Joe Biden believed what he said to the nation last night or if he was just saying it to win an election? No matter - either way, it's a gut punch. This is yet another sad morning for President Biden. It's a miserable morning for America, just five days before the people vote. We witnessed yet another rambling monologue calling half the country evil and dangerous. I got angrier and more frustrated the longer he spoke. I found myself, once again, asking: where is the man who promised to heal the soul of America and bring us together? That man is long gone... and in his place is a WWE-hype man for the left and nothing else. 'Autocracy is the opposite of democracy,' Biden read in his prepared speech at D.C.'s Union Station last night. 'It means the rule of one, one person, one interest, one ideology, one party… What we're doing now is going to determine whether democracy will long endure.' So, let me get this straight? A vote for Republicans is...
    A quarter of the jury selected to hear a tax-fraud trial of Donald Trump's real-estate company told the court they don't like Donald Trump and one labeled him a 'narcissist'. On Thursday the third day of jury selection for the criminal trial, which will be heard in New York Supreme Court in Lower Manhattan, four women and eight men were chosen serve on the panel. During questioning by prosecutors and defense attorneys three of the twelve jurors who were eventually selected to serve expressed that they take issue with either Trump's personality or presidency. The finalization of the panel comes days after one potential juror was excused from the trial because she said there was 'no way in hell' she could be impartial. Prosecutors in the trial allege that the Trump Organization ran a 15-year scheme to help its top executives from paying their proper taxes - if convicted Trump's company could face more than $1million in fines and tax penalties. The Trump Organization comprises of more than 500 corporate entities. The district attorney’s office accused two of those entities of awarding...
    (CNN)On Sunday, Brazilian voters will decide who will be their president for the next four years -- and polls and experts suggest women will be key in determining the outcome. This time round, the electronic voting machines will show the names of just two candidates, as decided by the first round of the election on October 2nd: former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva of the Workers' Party, popularly known as Lula, and current president and candidate for the Liberal Party, Jair Bolsonaro. In the first round, Lula received 57.2 million votes (48.4% of the total), 1.8 million less than what was needed to reach the 50% threshold for victory. Bolsonaro got just over 51 million votes (43.2% of the total), and in a distant third place came the most prominent woman to run in the election: Simone Tebet of the Brazilian Democratic Movement party, with almost 5 million votes. Polls had predicted Bolsonaro's performance to be lower ahead of the first round, but they were, within the margin of error, accurate in the percentage of votes that Lula could...
    Appearing on a CNN "State of the Union" panel on Sunday morning, a former high-ranking member of Donald Trump's administration reacted in dismay at the idea he could be the Republican Party's 2024 presidential nominee. Speaking with host Jake Tapper, former Trump White House Director of Strategic Communications Alyssa Farah Griffin called a third Trump run 'absurd." With host Tapper reading from a tweet that stated, "He [Trump] was subpoenaed regarding allegations of insurrection. He was found by a judge to have signed a false statement, referring to Georgia. He was deposed on an allegation of rape in the defamation case from E. Jean Carroll. [Steve] Bannon, his former top aide was sentenced to four months in prison for defying a subpoena. Tom Barrack, a former top aide and adviser is on trial. Lindsey Graham was ordered to testify. The Trump Organization fraud trial is going to start this week -- that's just one week in Trumpland," Farah Griffin jumped in. "My only message is we don't have to do this again," she insisted. "There are credible Republicans who want...
    With the rise of political violence and a midterm battle for the U.S. Senate that could result in another 50-50 split between Democrats and Republicans, experts are calling for reform to the presidential line of succession. At issue is the position of President pro tempore of the U.S. Senate, who is third in the line of presidential succession behind the vice president and speaker of the House of Representatives. The position comes with a budget, Capitol Police security detail, and the ability to preside over the body in the vice president's office. It has traditionally been held by the most senior senator in the majority party. The current pro tem is Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy, 82, of Vermont. Leahy was hospitalized early this month after not feeling well and had hip surgeries in June and July. Leahy is not seeking re-election. The two senior-most senators, Democrat Dianne Feinstein of California and Republican Chuck Grassley of Iowa, are both about to enter their nineties. In a statement to The Washington Post, Feinstein says she will not seek the position. “I’ve never...
    President Joe Biden returned to the site of the Pittsburgh bridge collapse Thursday to talk infrastructure and appeared alongside Democratic Senate hopeful John Fetterman - who ditched his trademark hoodie and sported a suit for the occasion.  At the top of his remarks Biden, whose microphone briefly didn't work, thanked Fetterman, the state's lieutenant governor, for running for Senate - where he's in a tight battle against Republican, Dr. Mehmet Oz.  'I was saying something nice about you. That's why it went out,' Biden told Fetterman, referencing the misbehaving mic.  To Gisele Fetterman - who uses the acronym 'SLOP,' the second lady of Pennsylvania - Biden said: 'You're gonna, you're gonna be a great, a great lady in the Senate.'  The president then went to tout the 'billion 200, a trillion, 200 billion dollars' infrastructure law, flubbing the dollar amount.  President Joe Biden (left) returned to the site of the Pittsburgh bridge collapse Thursday to talk infrastructure and appeared alongside Democratic Senate hopeful John Fetterman (right) - who ditched his trademark hoodie and sported a suit for the occasion. President...
    Conservatives in the United Kingdom have dumped their prime minister. Democrats in the U.S. must be jealous. They would throw Joe Biden over the rail too — if they could. For Americans watching from home, here's the U.K.-politics cliff notes. Prime Minister Liz Truss lasted a disastrously short 44 days in office, the briefest stint of any prime minister in U.K. history. And the world thinks American politics are embarrassing. In American political terminology, she lasted 4.1 'Scaramucci's.' That's Anthony Scaramucci, of course. He comically survived less than two weeks as President Donald Trump's press secretary before he got the hook. In a nutshell, Truss pushed a low-tax, high-spending agenda. The markets were spooked and the British pound plummeted. Truss folded – as they say – like a cheap suit. She walked back her plan and fired her advisors, but that didn't help. On Wednesday evening, her party made clear that they have no confidence in her leadership and she resigned. What didn't make headlines is that the Democratic party has staged its own stunning 'no confidence' vote in President Joe...
    Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images Steve Bannon shied away from the bombastic rhetoric for which he is so well known on Monday in a sentencing memo pleading with the court to give him probation after he was convicted over the summer of two criminal contempt charges after he refused to comply with a subpoena from the House January 6 Committee. The Department of Justice issued its recommendation of a $200,000 fine and six months prison sentence for Bannon, who was previously pardoned by former President Donald Trump of separate fraud-related charges. Bannon had vowed to fight the contempt charges and raged that he would turn the case into “the misdemeanor from hell.” Federal prosecutors noted in their sentencing recommendation that Bannon had repeatedly made wild statements outside of the courtroom including threatening to “go medieval” on his opponents and likened the proceedings to a “Moscow show trial of the 1930s.” Apparently cowed by the trial and facing actual jail time, Bannon took a new approach in the memo and blamed his lawyers for his legal trouble: Should a person who has spent...
    The president of Uganda has restricted movement into and out of two districts impacted by a new wave of Ebola - as authorities in the United Kingdom and America urge travellers and healthcare workers to remain vigilant. President Yoweri Museveni said he would impose an overnight curfew in an effort to stem the spread of the deadly virus. Places of worship and entertainment will also be closed for 21 days as part of the measures. So far, 54 Ebola cases have been detected in Uganda this year. Of these known cases, 19 people have died.  One of the victims died in the nation's capital, Kampala, but the individual is understood to have contracted the virus in an affected district before fleeing.  The majority of cases have been reported in Mubende, and known cases outside of this region have an epidemiological link back to Mubende.  Distressing images from a small village in Mubende show red cross medics suiting up in protective equipment as they prepare to bury the remains of a three-year-old child suspected of dying from Ebola. Villagers watched on, huddled together,...