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    Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) lashed out at fellow Democrat Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) after she delivered remarks at the McConnell Center at the University of Louisville on Monday. The center was founded by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and has traditionally hosted Republicans, though several high-profile Democrats have also given speeches. Sinema has drawn the ire of her fellow Democrats by opposing measures popular with liberal lawmakers, such as raising the federal minimum wage to $15 and closing the carried interest tax loophole used by some wealthy Americans. She also opposes eliminating or limiting the filibuster, which requires 60 votes to advance legislation. At the McConnell Center, she predicted Democrats will likely lose both chambers of Congress. “As you all know, control changes between the House and the Senate every couple of years,” Sinema said. “It’s likely to change again in just a few weeks.” That remark did not sit well with Gallego, who tweeted the quote and accused his fellow Arizonan of wanting Democrats to lose. I mean you could be out there helping our...
    Joe Biden's student loan relief plan could cost the country $400 billion over the next decade as the administration prepares to unveil next steps for borrowers to apply for forgiveness as early as next month. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office noted in a letter to the Senate and House Labor committees noting the high cost of the president's relief plan, as well as reporting the plan would cause outstanding student loans to increase by $20 billion. In August, Biden announced his plan to cancel $10,000 in federal student loan debt for borrowers making less than $125,000 individually and $250,000 jointly. That forgiveness would rise to $20,000 for those with Pell Grants. The White House now says that more guidance is coming that will provide more information on how borrowers can apply for their slice of the forgiveness. Biden's announcement included extending the repayment moratorium for a fifth and final time past the previous August deadline – and making it so that student loan payments will resume in January 2023 for the first time since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic...
    Lawmakers have reached a deal to include $12 billion for Ukraine as it fends off a Russian invasion in a stopgap spending bill, bringing the total in US assistance approved by US Congress to around $66 billion.  They have also agreed to include funding to resettle Afghan refugees, another request from the Biden administration, a source told Reuters.  Earlier this month President Biden asked Congress for the additional $11.7 million in foreign aid to fight off Russian President Vladimir Putin.  Congress faces a midnight deadline on Friday to pass a continuing resolution (CR) to fund the government at its current levels before negotiating a longer-term funding bill after the midterm elections.  Congress initially offered $13.6 billion to Ukraine in March at the onset of the invasion and topped it off with a $40 billion aid package in May.  About half of the $54 billion has been targeted toward security aid through the Department of Defense, the other half has gone through the Department of State and other aid agencies.  Ukraine, already the largest recipient of U.S. security assistance in Europe since...
    The federal government runs out of funding on Friday and this week should set up a hot debate over billions more in Ukraine aide, a pipeline payoff deal, Afghan refugee assistance and money to help pay for sky-high heating bills for low-income families.  While a final funding bill is still being drawn up, the Senate is set to vote in a procedural move on a 'shell' of the bill on Tuesday, testing whether there is enough of an appetite for it to pass the 60-vote hurdle in the split Senate.  Both sides are under pressure to pass a temporary bill to fund the government at its current levels until after the midterms, as it is not in anyone's favor to trigger a government shutdown so close to elections. Lawmakers must first work through a stalemate on a permitting deal brokered between Sen. Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Sen. Joe Manchin. Schumer, D-N.Y., promised his West Virginia colleague that he would pass permitting reform before October in exchange for his vote on the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA).  Lawmakers must first work...
    Unfortunately, the world is not a very peaceful or safe place for many individuals. From conflict to abuse to exploitation, there is so much cruelty inflicted on both humans and animals. While this can get disheartening and difficult to hear about, petitions are a great way to use your voice for good. Just by signing one, you are a part of helping those who are not treated fairly. You can even share them with your friends and acquaintances to increase your impact. Through petitions, we can reach those in power and demand justice for others. They are valuable tools for making positive changes in the world. If you are looking for a way to help animals and humans, here are 10 petitions you should sign this week, including Tell Authorities to Investigate Wet Markets in the Bay Area, Demand the USDA Finally Shut Down SeaWorld, Urge Congress to Implement a Federal Parental Leave Program, and More! We want to thank you for being the change you wish to see in the world and giving a voice to the voiceless....
    Europe has already taken major legislative steps in the name of protecting online privacy. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), adopted by the European Union in 2016, provided a sweeping framework for enhancing individuals' control and rights over their online data. The GDPR has served as a model for similar legislation around the world, including the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018. “Now is a critical time to stand up to Big Tech and its business model of surveillance capitalism. The argument that tools must collect data in order to be useful, usable, and profitable is simply false…We know from experience that it's possible to create respectful, privacy-by-design tools that people can depend on,” wrote The Tor Project, a nonprofit that maintains the anonymous Tor communication software. The Tor Project is a signatory of the Privacy Pledge but did not sign the recent letter to Congress. Advocates of the AICOA have been met with some pushback. Sean Heather, Senior Vice President for International Regulatory Affairs & Antitrust at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce (USCC), believes that the AICOA gives too...
    Senator Roger Marshall (R-KS) introduced a resolution Thursday to end the COVID-19 national emergency declaration that is still in effect under the National Emergencies Act (NEA) despite Joe Biden’s comments that the pandemic is “over” in the United States. “Since President Biden used his appearance on 60 Minutes to declare COVID is over, he must immediately terminate the COVID-19 national emergency declaration and wind down other emergency authorities that his Administration continues to force us to live under,” Marshall said in a statement released by his office. In a 60 Minutes interview that aired Sunday night, Biden said the COVID pandemic is “over” in the United States. “The pandemic is over,” Biden said. “We still have a problem with COVID. We’re still doing a lotta work on it. … But the pandemic is over.” In his Labor Day speech in Wisconsin, in which he attacked Trump (MAGA) supporters, Biden also said, “Today, COVID no longer controls our lives.” Joe Biden said the pandemic is over. We will force a vote to make this happen by ending the COVID national emergency...
    Biden went on to promise that he would veto a ban on abortion if Republicans won control of Congress in the midterm elections and passed the proposed legislation. "If Republicans win control of Congress, abortion will be banned. And by the way, it will be initially banned, but if they win Congress, I will veto it," he promised. Here's more video of Biden's NEA speech: Biden gives warning to Republicans proposing nationwide ban on abortions www.youtube.com
    (CNN)President Joe Biden on Friday criticized Republicans and House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy's proposed midterm agenda, describing the plan as a "thin series of policy goals" in his latest campaign speech.Biden's speech is part of a broader, ramped up effort by the President and the Democratic Party to capitalize on recent political wins and illustrate their differences with Republicans ahead of the November midterm elections. The President's remarks came within hours of McCarthy's event in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, where he unveiled the House GOP platform, dubbed the "Commitment to America." "House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy went to Pennsylvania and unveiled what he calls a 'Commitment to America.' Now that's a thin series of policy goals with little or no detail that he says Republicans are going to pursue if they regain control of the Congress," Biden told a packed auditorium on Friday at a Democratic National Committee event at the National Education Association's headquarters in Washington. He added: "In the course of nearly an hour, here's a few of the things we didn't hear: We didn't hear him mention...
    House Republicans vowed to immediately 'repeal 87,000 IRS agents' and launch a series of investigations, including into the 'weaponization of the DOJ,' if they retake the House come November.  House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy paraded a group of prominent House members, including Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, to roll out the House GOP's 'Commitment to America,' in Monongahela, Pennsylvania, a town located southeast of Pittsburgh.  'Our job is to work for you, not go after you,' McCarthy pledged to the crowd, mentioning that the No. 1 legislative priority was to roll back funds slated to go toward the Internal Revenue Service included in the Inflation Reduction Act. The 87,000 figure came from a Treasury Department assessment of how many IRS employees could be hired using the $80 billion appropriation over 10 years - not the actual legislation - but Republicans used the figure to drum up opposition to the bill.  Top House Republicans, including McCarthy, House Minority Whip Steve Scalise and Rep. Jim Jordan, also promised to launch a series of investigations - into the tumultuous Afghanistan pull-out, the origins of COVID-19 and,...
    If Republicans succeed in winning a House majority in November, one of their areas of focus may be the capital city itself. Many House Republicans have painted Washington, D.C., as a sort of left-wing boogeyman and petri dish for policies of which they disapprove, such as COVID-era vaccine and mask requirements. They also point to an increase in crime in the District of Columbia. Statistics from Washington's Metropolitan Police Department show there have been 150 homicides as of Sept. 21 in 2022, compared to 154 total in 2021, leaving the city on pace for a significant increase. But an increasing number of Democrats have embraced calls to grant the district statehood, arguing a city of more than 700,000 has a larger population than states such as Vermont or Wyoming and its residents should have representation in the House and the Senate. Democratic Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton is the district's nonvoting congressional delegate. The Constitution states that the seat of government would be a “District” of less than 10 square miles where Congress would “exercise exclusive legislation.” The...
    The House of Representatives is poised to consider reforms to the STOCK Act next week following calls for stock trading to be banned among members of Congress. Amendments to the law would target the ability of members of Congress to trade stocks due to their power and ability to manipulate the market. BLUMENTHAL FACES ETHICS COMPLAINT OVER STOCK TRADES AMID TALK OF TRADING BAN House Democrats are looking to ban members of Congress and Supreme Court justices from trading stocks in a framework from Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), which was published by Insider on Thursday. The text of the proposed legislation has not been made available by any House Democrats, but the consideration of reform for the STOCK Act is on the docket for next week. The Senate is reportedly not going to consider any legislation to prevent lawmakers from trading stocks until after the midterm elections in November. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE FROM THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER Banning lawmakers from trading stocks has become a hot topic after several members of...
    South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol was caught on hot mic calling U.S. lawmakers 'f***ers' who could humiliate President Biden by failing to pass the additional $6 billion in aid to the United Nations Global Fund he promised. Yoon, who took office in May, made the comment after Biden promised the additional funds at the UN General Assembly, seemingly unaware that he was caught on a live microphone.  'How could Biden not lose damn face if these f***ers do not pass it in Congress?' he told Foreign Minster Park Jin Wednesday, according a translation from Agence France-Press.  The Washington Post worded it slightly differently: 'It would be so humiliating for Biden if these idiots don't pass it in Congress.' Moments before Yoon chatted with Biden and posed for a photo op at the gathering of world leaders in New York.  South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol was caught on hot mic calling U.S. federal lawmakers 'f***ers' who could humiliate President Biden by failing to pass the additional $6 billion in aid to the United Nations Global Fund 'How could Biden not lose...
    The wives of border patrol agents are running for Congress after becoming fed up with what their husbands have to deal with under President Joe Biden's immigration policies. Of the three running for Congress, Representative Mayra Flores already won a special election in June to replace a Democratic congressman who left mid-term in Texas' 34th congressional district. The other two are Cassy Garcia, who beat out six other Republicans to take on Democrat Representative Henry Cuellar and Irene Armendariz-Jackson, who quit her job as a Realtor in El Paso to challenge Democratic Representative Veronica Escobar. If Garcia and Armendariz-Jackson are successful, Republicans will only need to flip two more House seats in the 2022 midterm elections to win back a majority in the lower chamber. Predictions have shown for months that Democrats would lose the House in November's election. The three womens' focus on border issues has won them broad support from conservatives in the border state. Three wives of Border Patrol agents, including Representative Mayra Flores (pictured), are running for Congress in Texas in the 2022 midterms because they...
    Stan Cox, A War on the Earth? In so many ways, you still wouldn’t know it — not, that is, if you focused on the Pentagon budget or the economic growth paradigm that rules this country and our world — but this planet is in a crisis of a sort humanity has never before faced. Whether you’re considering heat in the American West, floods in Pakistan, the drying up of the Yangtze River in China, record drought in Europe, or the unparalleled warming of the Arctic, we are, as scientists have been pointing out (and ever more of us ordinary people have noted), in an increasingly “uncharted territory of destruction.” In the process, ever more climate “tipping points” stand in danger of being passed as the overheating of this planet becomes the stuff of everyday life. And sadly, despite all that, Vladimir Putin’s Russia brutally invaded Ukraine, ensuring the release of yet more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere as, among other things, various European countries were forced to turn to greater coal use. Meanwhile, the U.S. and China, the two...
    LIV Golf chief executive Greg Norman climbed Capitol Hill this week seeking lawmakers' support for the upstart tour amid its ongoing antitrust lawsuit against its PGA rivals, but was instead accused of spreading propaganda for his Saudi Arabian backers. Norman faced questions over LIV Golf's financing, which comes from Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund, as legislators from both parties accused him of wasting Congress' time on a business dispute between the tours. LIV Golf and seven of its players recently sued the PGA Tour over alleged antitrust violations, stemming from the Tour's decision to ban any golfers who signed with the Saudi-backed circuit. 'They wanted to talk about antitrust, and I could care less,' Congressman Tim Burchett (Republican-Tennessee) told the Washington Post. 'It's not Congress's job. We're a country of laws; take it up to the courts. That's where it needs to be, not in the halls of Congress. 'How in the hell are we wasting any time talking about a bunch of millionaires and a golf game?' he continued. 'This is all just Saudi propaganda.' LIV Golf chief executive...
    [The stream is slated to start at 9:30 a.m. ET. Please refresh the page if you do not see a player above at that time.] The heads of seven of the biggest U.S. banks, including JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon and Citigroup's Jane Fraser, are set to testify Thursday before the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs. The hearing, which is focused on industry oversight, comes one day after the CEOs endured more than six hours of questioning from the House Financial Services Committee.TVWATCH LIVEWATCH IN THE APPUP NEXT | ETListen
    by Nicholas Ballasy   The Job Creators Network rolled out a “small business prosperity plan” endorsed by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich on Wednesday. Job Creators Network President and CEO Alfredo Ortiz said small businesses need regulatory and tax policy certainty, and the prosperity plan gives lawmakers a roadmap to follow. He said that Congress and President Biden should make the Trump-era Tax Cuts and Jobs Act permanent. Gingrich, who appeared virtually at the launch event, said small businesses are job creators and the center of “entrepreneurship.” Gingrich said the prosperity plan would help lawmakers foster the “next generation” of entrepreneurs. “I’ll do all I can to help further the concept of a small business prosperity plan,” he said. The prosperity plan calls for Congress to reduce government spending as a way to fight high inflation. Ken Blackwell, former Ohio Secretary of State, also delivered remarks at the news conference and endorsed the prosperity plan. – – – Nicholas Ballasy has been breaking news for more than a decade in the nation’s capital and questioning political leaders about the most...
    Washington (CNN)Congress passed a bill Wednesday that would allow divorced couples to separate their consolidated federal student loan debt, potentially making some of them eligible for President Joe Biden's student loan forgiveness program.The bill now heads to Biden's desk for his signature, after the Senate approved the bill in June. The Biden administration has said it supports the legislation.Until 2006, married couples were allowed to consolidate their federal student loan debt into a single joint loan. The idea was that it could make repayment simpler by allowing the couple to make a single monthly payment.But it also made couples jointly responsible for the debt, and there's been no way for couples to separate their student loans later on, even in the event of divorce or domestic abuse. Everything you need to know about Bidens student loan forgiveness program"Spousal consolidation loans have been a terrible burden for borrowers who have since divorced or been subject to domestic abuse, as these loans financially handcuff them to their former spouses or abusers," said Kyra Taylor, student loan staff attorney at the National...
    Democrats in Congress are considering opening at least two investigations into Florida Governor Ron DeSantis sending a migrant flight to Martha's Vineyard as the battle heats up over the transportation of asylum-seekers away from border states to sanctuary states. House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson is drafting a letter seeking information from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) about DeSantis' transportation of migrants by plane, according to a Politico reporter. The Mississippi Democrat also said that another unidentified committee could open a probe into the financing of Desantis' flight to the wealthy island off the coast of Massachusetts. The White House is accusing DeSantis of adding to the 'chaos' in the U.s. immigration system and engaging in a 'political scam' – especially after a media frenzy ensued at a small airport in Delaware on Tuesday, but a plane of migrants never landed. A class action lawsuit was filed against DeSantis in the District of Massachusetts this week over whether the governor lured the migrants to Martha's Vineyard under false pretenses. The lawsuit and potential House probes against the Florida...
    Drew Angerer/Getty Images The House passed the Presidential Election Reform Act introduced by Reps. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) and Liz Cheney (R-WY) on Wednesday with nine Republicans voting in favor of the measure aimed at preventing another Jan. 6. The bill introduced by two senior members of the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol would amned the law that governs how Electoral College votes are counted by the U.S. Congress. “Notably, the legislation would make it more difficult for members of Congress to muck up the certification process with objections that aren’t based on legitimate concerns, and would clarify that the vice president’s role in counting electoral votes is strictly ministerial,” noted National Public Radio’s summary of the bill. The nine GOP members who voted for the bill have all either announced they are not running for reelection or lost GOP primaries over their votes to impeach then President Donald Trump over his role on Jan. 6. Those nine GOP members are: Cheney Kinzinger Meijer Herrera Beutler Upton Katko Jacobs Gonzalez Rice “Our bill reaffirms what...
    Democratic strategists and liberal pundits have been laying out a variety of reasons why they dread the possibility of Republicans recapturing the U.S. House of Representatives or the U.S. Senate in the 2022 midterms, from abortion rights to climate change to same-sex marriage to voting rights. Foreign policy and the war in Ukraine aren’t mentioned as often, but in an opinion column published by the Washington Post on September 20, liberals Paul Waldman and Greg Sargent argue that Ukrainians will be among the losers if Democrats fail to keep their House majority in November. “Since Russia invaded Ukraine, the U.S. government and many Americans have treated it as a given that we are deeply invested in this conflict, in practical and moral terms,” Waldman and Sargent explain. “But there are some dissenters, many aligned with Donald Trump’s right-wing nationalist project, who for numerous reasons, have been deeply skeptical of the Ukrainian cause and our support for it. Now, with Congress debating a new round of funding for Ukraine, a question has arisen: If Republicans take back one or both houses...
    [The stream is slated to start at 10:00 a.m. ET. Please refresh the page if you do not see a player above at that time.] The CEOs of the biggest U.S. retail banks, including JPMorgan Chase's Jamie Dimon and Wells Fargo's Charlie Scharf, are set to testify before the Democrat-led House Financial Services Committee. The hearing is called "Holding Megabanks Accountable: Oversight of America's Largest Consumer Facing Banks" will begin at 10 a.m. E.T.TVWATCH LIVEWATCH IN THE APPUP NEXT | ETListen
    Monkeybusinessimages | Istock | Getty Images Millions of Americans may receive reduced Social Security benefits if they worked in public roles as teachers, firefighters, police or government workers. Now a proposal in Congress to eliminate the rules that cause those benefit reductions is moving forward. But experts say it's still unclear whether the bill will pass. "There just aren't that many legislative days left," said Maria Freese, senior legislative representative at the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare. "It makes it very, very challenging for them to even get to the House floor," she said. The House Ways and Means Committee on Tuesday voted to send the bill, called the Social Security Fairness Act, to the House of Representatives with no changes. The markup included a vigorous debate over whether the proposal is the best approach to address the issue, as well as how to best approach Social Security's solvency woes.watch nowVIDEO1:0101:01Social Security trust fund good through 2034, SS Disability fully funded for 75 yearsClosing Bell"We are faced with very challenging questions — how to address the legitimate...
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    President Joe Biden fretted on Tuesday night to wealthy Democratic donors that he would get nothing done and have to spend all his time wielding his veto pen if Republicans win control of Congress in November. The president, speaking at a fundraiser on Park Avenue hosted by a wealthy Latino activist and attended by actor Robert DeNiro, specifically called out Republican Senator Lindsey Graham's legislation that would ban an abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy. 'If they retake the House and Senate it's a different world,' he warned of Republicans. 'I'll be spending all my time with a veto pen.'  He also acknowledged the criticism he received for telling CBS' 60 Minutes that the pandemic is 'over.' But he defended his comment, saying: 'But basically it is not where it was.'  President Joe Biden fretted he would get nothing done and have to spend all his time wielding his veto pen if Republicans win control of Congress in November Actor Robert DeNiro attended a fundraiser with Biden on Tuesday night Biden arrived in New York to attend the annual U.N. General Assembly...
    The prospect of Congress passing immigration reform ahead of the midterm elections has dimmed despite a series of recent legislative wins for Democrats. ANNA PAULINA LUNA TRIES TO FLIP CHARLIE CRIST’S FORMER DISTRICT RED As a candidate for president, Joe Biden promised to tackle immigration reform and scale back controversial Trump-era immigration policies, such as separating families at the border and halting construction of a border wall. But the border has plagued Biden’s presidency as illegal crossings increase and the GOP places the issue front and center. Biden’s condemnation of Donald Trump’s handling of the border was one of his biggest critiques of his 2020 rival. But since Biden has taken office, many Republicans have blasted what they characterize as "open border" policies. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, seen as a likely Republican presidential candidate in 2024, recently flew dozens of Venezuelan immigrants to Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, in protest of Biden’s border policies. The move was praised by many conservatives but has come under scrutiny for reportedly luring the immigrants with false promises of housing and...
    More than 50 House and Senate Republicans are joining in an effort to disenfranchise “lame duck” Democrats in the House and Senate to prevent them from voting on critical budget legislation, but not trying to apply the same standard to their fellow GOP lawmakers. In a move that sounds somewhat like what Senator Mitch McConnell did to derail Merrick Garland’s Supreme Court appointment, the far-right Republicans are urging their colleagues to block any budget bill until a new Congress is sworn in, hoping Democrats lose control of one or both branches of Congress.“ The Monday letters come as Congress has 10 days to take action before government funding runs out at the end of the fiscal year after Sept. 30,” The Hill reports. READ MORE: Biden Approval Soars as Trump’s Sinks “We must not accept anything short of a ‘clean’ Continuing Resolution (‘CR’) that contains no additional spending or extraneous policy riders,” writes Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) in the Senate GOP’s letter. “At a minimum, any agreement on a clean CR must carry over into the beginning of the 118th...
    Wyoming GOP Rep. Liz Cheney has introduced her own version of legislation to reform the Electoral Count Act that she says would prevent future attempts by former President Trump or others to try to 'steal' a presidential election.  The legislation, which follows a separate effort in the Senate, comes after experts identified ambiguities in the 1887, which sets out the procedures for certifying and counting the electoral votes for president. Trump leaned in imprecise language in his repeated demands that former Vice President Mike Pence refuse to accept votes that were counted and certified by states.  The overturn effort featured in Trump's second impeachment, as well as probes by the House Jan. 6th Committee. There is a Justice Department investigation of the 'fake' electors scheme. Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., introduced legislation to reform the 1887 Electoral Count Act, which governs how Congress proceeds with the the Electoral College vote in presidential elections 'Our proposal is intended to preserve the rule of law for all future presidential elections by ensuring that self-interested politicians cannot steal from the people the guarantee that our...
    (CNN)GOP Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming and Democratic Rep. Zoe Lofgren of California previewed in an op-ed their proposed legislation to make it harder to overturn a certified presidential election in the future by proposing changes to the Electoral Count Act.Both Cheney and Lofgren serve as members on the House select committee investigating the January 6, 2021, Capitol Hill insurrection, which in part is tasked with proposing legislative recommendations that could help prevent an attack on the US Capitol from happening again. The lawmakers also argue this legislation is critical, pointing to candidates currently running for offices at the state and federal level who could impact future elections and who believe former President Donald Trump's election lies. Cheney and Lofgren said this raises concerns of "another effort to steal a presidential election, perhaps with another attempt to corrupt Congress's proceeding to tally electoral votes.""This week we will propose reforms to the Electoral Count Act to protect the rule of law and ensure that future efforts to attack the integrity of presidential elections can't succeed," Cheney and Lofgren write in the...
    Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) doubled down on her denunciation of former President Donald Trump over his peddling of claims that the 2020 election was illegitimate, sounding the alarm that there could be a future "effort to steal a presidential election" in a recent op-ed. Ripping Trump for championing an "illegal" and unconstitutional plot to overturn the 2020 election, Cheney warned that Congress must shore up its election procedures and laid out four steps to help stamp out loopholes and other legal provisions that Trump and his allies sought to exploit. "Evidence has demonstrated Mr. Trump was fully informed that his plans to overturn the election were illegal," Cheney declared in an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal. "Mr. Trump continues to make intentionally false election-fraud allegations, claiming that he should be reinstalled as president." LIZ CHENEY HIGHLIGHTS 'DANGER' OF TRUMP AFTER REPORT HE SAID HE WOULDN'T LEAVE WHITE HOUSE FILE - Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., speaks Aug. 16, 2022, at a primary Election Day gathering in Jackson, Wyo. Cheney lost to Republican opponent Harriet Hageman...
    LIV Golf CEO Greg Norman, a former golf champion with over 89 tournament wins, is reportedly planning to meet with members of Congress this week as the upstart golf tournament reckons with criticism over its ties with Saudi Arabia. Part of the goal of the Capitol Hill visit is to help reshape LIV's public image and counter the PGA Tour's "attempts to stifle our progress in reimagining the game," Politico Playbook reported. TRUMP TO A TEE: REASON REVEALED FOR MYSTERY VISIT TO VIRGINIA GOLF COURSE “LIV Golf is coming to the Hill this week to meet with lawmakers from both parties,” spokesman Jonathan Grella told the outlet. “Given the PGA Tour’s attempts to stifle our progress in reimagining the game, we think it’s imperative to educate members on LIV’s business model and counter the Tour’s anti-competitive efforts.” Over the summer, the Department of Justice announced it was investigating the PGA Tour for allegations of anti-competitive practices. The PGA had suspended 17 members at the time who agreed to compete in a LIV Golf event. LIV CEO Greg...
    Voters are split on which party they would prefer to control Congress after the midterm elections in November, giving a glimpse of hope to Democrats who started the year with fears they’d lose control of both the House and Senate. About 46% of voters say they’d prefer Republicans gain control of Congress compared to 46% who say the same for Democrats, according to a poll from NBC News. Although polling puts both parties on an even playing field ahead of Election Day, Republicans have some advantages that could give them an edge to win both chambers in November. MAJORITY OF VOTERS HAVE ELECTION DENIERS ON BALLOT FOR POSITIONS THAT OVERSEE ELECTIONS “There is a campaign about the economy, cost of living, crime, and border security, and Republicans are winning this campaign,” said Bill McInturff, a Republican pollster who co-led the survey. “But there is a second campaign on abortion, democracy, and climate change, and Democrats are winning that campaign.” The 46%-46% split marks a shift in tone, as Democrats were trailing Republicans 42%-47% in voter...
    In the final days of his presidency, Donald Trump quietly attempted what might have been his most brazen play yet to reshape the federal government in his image: He issued an executive order giving him the power to fire essentially any civil servant at will. That attempt was thwarted by the election of Joe Biden. But in laying out a 2024 presidential bid and a White House comeback, Trump has vowed to enact that order again immediately, Axios reported. Congress has the power to block him—or any other president—from executing those plans. But it’s increasingly looking like they won’t use it. On Thursday, the House of Representatives passed legislation to codify civil service protections, with six Republicans joining all Democrats in voting yes. But in the Senate, where 10 GOP senators would be needed to vote in favor, the prospects for the legislation are grim. For proponents of the bill, their window to change the dynamic is closing rapidly. If either the House or Senate flip to GOP control in this November’s elections—and at least one switch is likely—the...
    Donald Trump's approval rating has sunk to its lowest point since April 2021, a new poll suggests on Sunday, just days after the ex-president announced two new campaign events for candidates he's endorsed in the midterms. The tides appear to be shifting there too, the NBC News survey suggests, with Republicans and Democrats now deadlocked in Congressional preferences after months of GOP dominance.  Trump is fresh off of one of his signature Make America Great Again rallies on Saturday night. He was in Youngstown, Ohio to stump for Senate candidate JD Vance as well as three hopefuls for the House of Representatives. But Sunday's NBC News poll suggests that his appeal may be fading across the country, even despite a recent boost in support seen in other surveys since the FBI's Mar-a-Lago raid. Thirty-four percent of respondents said they view Trump positively, while 54 percent said the opposite. In a nod to his divisive nature, the two largest shares of voters said they view him 'very' negatively and 'very' positively at 46 and 20 percent, respectively. It comes on the heels...
    Unfortunately, the world is not a very peaceful or safe place for many individuals. From conflict to abuse to exploitation, there is so much cruelty inflicted on both humans and animals. While this can get disheartening and difficult to hear about, petitions are a great way to use your voice for good. Just by signing one, you are a part of helping those who are not treated fairly. You can even share them with your friends and acquaintances to increase your impact. Through petitions, we can reach those in power and demand justice for others. They are valuable tools for making positive changes in the world. If you are looking for a way to help animals and humans, here are 7 petitions you should sign this week, including Demand Congress Ban the Use of Corporal Punishment, Urge Authorities to Investigate Abusive Dog Rescue, Demand Shein Remove Lead from all of its Products, and More! We want to thank you for being the change you wish to see in the world and giving a voice to the voiceless. 1. Demand...
    More than 100 people gathered outside the Azerbaijani Consulate in Los Angeles on Saturday demanding an end to attacks by Azerbaijan forces in a disputed border region with Armenia and Artsakh, where an estimated 200 people were killed in the past week. The demonstration coincided with a surprise weekend visit to Armenia by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) and two Armenian American members of Congress, and the introduction of a resolution in Congress by Rep. Adam B. Schiff (D-Burbank) demanding a prohibition on U.S. assistance to Azerbaijan. The U.S. Embassy said the visit will include a meeting with Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, according to the Associated Press. Like many others waving Armenian flags at the event organized by the Armenian Youth Federation, Tenny Alahverdian, 20, said she found herself thinking of relatives “suffering on the front lines.” “We’re hoping that the United States comes down hard on Azerbaijan,” she said. “For President Biden to be calling for peace while funding Azerbaijan’s military is a crazy — and deadly — double standard.” The demonstration was part of an effort...
    Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who has faced numerous allegations regarding the trading activities of her husband, Paul, was not identified as one of the 97 members in The New York Times’ report. Because the Times’ analysis focused on committee membership, Pelosi, who does not sit on legislative committees, was not included as part of the analysis. Some members of Congress have called for various forms of bans on congressional stock trading. “The American people don’t want us day trading for profit, and engaging in active trading of the very equities that are connected to the policies that we are deciding on and voting on every day,” said Representative Chip Roy (R-Texas). Roy is co-sponsoring a bill that would “require members to put individual stocks, bonds and many other financial assets in a blind trust,” reports The New York Times. A blind trust is a portfolio in which the owner has no knowledge of the trust’s investments and no right to intervene in the investments. The Times states that many of the lawmakers told them the trades they reported had been “carried...
    by Bethany Blankley   A group of 47 members of Congress are urging the Secretary of the Department of Defense to “immediately revoke” the COVID-19 vaccine mandate he issued last August for all service members, civilian personnel, and contractors. They’ve also asked him to re-instate those who’ve already been discharged for noncompliance. In a Sept. 15 letter to Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, they wrote “to express our grave concern over the effect of the Department of Defense’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate on the readiness of our Armed Forces, particularly the U.S. Army. “As a result of your mandate, eight percent of the Army’s approximately 1 million soldiers face expulsion, Army recruiters cannot meet their FY22 target, and the Army has cut its projected FY23 end strength by 12,000 soldiers. As a major land war rages in Europe, our own military faces a self-imposed readiness crisis.” The letter was co-led by Republican U.S. Reps. Mike Johnson of Louisiana, Chip Roy of Texas and Thomas Massie of Kentucky. “The opaqueness of the Department continues to frustrate Members of Congress attempting to perform...
    Sporrer/Rupp | Image Source | Getty Images As talk of Social Security reform heats up heading into the November election, one congressional proposal to expand the federal program has received a new endorsement from California lawmakers. In August, a joint resolution passed both the state's senate and its assembly. Now, it goes to Capitol Hill with a specific purpose: to request California representatives in Congress support expanding Social Security by voting in favor of the bill, formally known as Social Security 2100: A Sacred Trust. "It's the state of California telling Congress we want you to pass HR 5723," said California state Sen. Nancy Skinner, the lead author of the bill. The latest version of Social Security 2100 was introduced by Rep. John Larson, D-Conn., in October. The event included attendance of high-profile Democrats, including House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal, D-Mass., and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y. More from Personal Finance:Inflation may spur a record Social Security cost-of-living adjustment Social Security adds safety protocols for in-office visitsInflation is driving long-term care costs even higher The bill has attracted...
    by John Solomon   A half century ago, Americans held grave concerns that J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI and other U.S. intelligence agencies had abused civil rights, improperly targeted enemies and illegally gathered evidence, so Congress set out on a great cleansing mission. It formed a special committee chaired by Idaho Sen. Frank Church that laid bare the wrongdoing, overhauled the bureau and created new guardrails to protect civil liberties. A growing number of influential figures in Washington are arguing it’s time for another Church Committee after a tumultuous six years in which the FBI admitted it misled the FISA court while spying on Donald Trump’s campaign, had executives who lied, doctored evidence or usurped prosecutors’ authority, and employed agents who dropped the ball on a sexual abuse scandal involving Olympians and overcollected evidence in a raid of a former president’s home. The revelation this week that the bureau secretly paid a Russian businessman as a confidential informant against Trump even though he was suspected of lying and having ties to the Kremlin’s intelligence agencies only accelerated support for a...
    Democrats are ready to replace Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) should they lose the majority in Congress in the midterms, and multiple lawmakers are already positioning themselves as future replacements, CNN reported on Friday. CNN’s Melanie Zanona and Isaac Dovere reported to Brianna Keilar on New Day that many on Capitol Hill have said that 82-year-old Pelosi’s Democratic Party leadership could be coming to an end. Dovere reported he and others have spoken to members of Congress and staffers who are potentially ready to move on from Pelosi. “[They] are looking at the situation and saying, look, things seem like they’re going better for Democrats these days than they were and so they’re feeling positive about that, but they’re looking to the future,” Dovere reported. “And they’re saying, if we manage to hold onto the majority, maybe Nancy Pelosi [could] stick around, but if we don’t, then her time is done.” Dovere added that Pelosi has expressed to some that November could mark the “end of her time in Congress,” though the decision will ultimately fall on her. Pelosi...
    The D.C. Memo is a weekly recap of Washington political news, journalism, and opinion, delivered with an eye toward what matters for Minnesota. Sign up to get it in your inbox every Thursday. WASHINGTON – Jerry Blackwell, the attorney who helped the state of Minnesota during the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, told members of the Senate Judiciary Committee he grew up in a house with no running water and an outhouse in the back. On Thursday, those senators voted to move Blackwell’s confirmation to a seat on the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota to a full vote in the Senate. The St. Paul-based court hears federal cases from across the state. “Of all the judges I put forward I feel more strongly about this one that I ever have,” said Sen. Amy Klobuchar, who with fellow Minnesota Democrat Sen. Tina Smith had championed Blackwell’s candidacy. Klobuchar also said Blackwell’s mother told her that her son had never lost a civil case in nearly 35 years of practice. “He will make us proud,”...
    MSNBC’s ‘Morning Joe’ aired on Friday one-word responses of how members a focus group led by GOP pollster Frank Luntz described President Joe Biden’s America. When asked by Luntz “to describe” in one word “conditions in America right now,” respondents did not hold back. “Poor,” said Tiffany of New York. “Disparity,” said Jen of Washington, D.C. “Struggling,” said Sal of Florida. “Confusing,” said Kirsten of Illinois. “Uncertain,” said Paul of New York. “Depressing,” said Brian of Michigan. “Miserable,” said John of South Carolina. “Divided,” said Susan of California. “Shaky,” said Jana of Nevada. “Unstable,” said Rich of Idaho. “Polarized,” said Chris of Pennsylvania. “Dire,” said Valerie of California. “Dismal,” said Debra of Wyoming. “Division,” said Bob of Texas. Th responses come amid partisan division and as the Labor Department released this week a report that inflation increased 0.1 percent in August. Outside of food and energy, inflation increased 0.6 percent last month. The respondents also blasted Congress for being out of touch with everyday Americans. “Everybody in congress, almost everybody in congress is certainly wealthy, independently wealthy, more money than...
    When the crack epidemic hit American cities during the 1980s, countless rappers — from KRS-1 to Ice-T to Public Enemy — warned of the drug’s dangers but also railed against the War on Drugs, which they viewed as both racist and classist. Those rappers viewed crack as a scourge, but they also had a problem with the fact that the penalties for smokable crack were much more severe than the penalties for powdered cocaine. A variety of political figures also slammed the War on Drugs as bad policy, from the liberal Rev. Al Sharpton (now an MSNBC host) to Rep. Ron Paul of Texas (a right-wing libertarian). The War on Drugs encouraged mass incarceration, which made violent crime worse; prison gangs such as the Mexican Mafia (a.k.a. la Éme) and the Aryan Brotherhood grew exponentially during the 1980s and 1990s when the War on Drugs greatly increased the number of prisoners in the United States — a country that per capita, locks up more of its people than any other country in the world. In an editorial published by...
    America needs a federal data privacy law. But not at the expense of protections already enacted by California. Unfortunately, under pressure from the high tech industry, many in Congress appear to be moving in the wrong direction. The California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018, which I co-authored, established nation-leading safeguards against tech companies mining personal data to enrich themselves and exposing people to data breeches. California internet users can opt out of sharing identifying information that could be used to create marketing profiles, extract fees or monitor their location. They can also say no to letting their information be sold to other companies. Anyone who has used the internet is aware of the rapacious nature of online firms and the risk of data leaks. Since California adopted its law, a handful of other states have followed suit. It makes sense to extend robust protections nationally, and an overwhelming majority of consumers agree. Frankly, it is overdue. We’re all proud California is the cradle of innovation, but we also must be at the vanguard of consumer protection. However, the so-called American Data...
    Republicans in Congress need to "tear apart" the Justice Department, a former chairman of the House Intelligence Committee declared in reaction to explosive new claims by special counsel John Durham. Devin Nunes, who is now CEO of former President Donald Trump's media venture, Trump Media and Technology Group, made the statement Thursday when reacting to the prosecutor's claim in court that the alleged source for disgraced former British spy Christopher Steele's infamous anti-Trump dossier was a paid confidential human source for the FBI. "I'll tell you: Now more than ever, if the Republicans get control of Congress, this is going to be a monumental task that they have — to tear apart the Department of Justice and the FBI," Nunes said during an interview on Real America's Voice. KEY DURHAM WITNESS SERGEI MILLIAN UNLIKELY TO TESTIFY AT DANCHENKO TRIAL The alleged source is Igor Danchenko, a U.S.-based Russian lawyer who is charged with five counts of making false statements tied to what he told the bureau about the dossier. Danchenko has pleaded not guilty to the charges, and his trial...
    IF you've been holding out hope for a fourth stimulus check - don't hold your breath. Despite inflation hitting a fresh 41-year high and the price of groceries and gas soaring, Congress has not moved yet to cut older Americans more slack. 1There's a push for a fourth stimulus payment to help those who rely on Social Security However, a petition trying to convince lawmakers to send senior citizens a fourth, $1,400 stimulus check, continues to circulate. Social Security and supplemental security income (SSI) beneficiaries had been hoping Congress will consider a fourth stimulus check. The Senior Citizens League, a non-partisan advocacy group, has been calling for the one-time $1,400 stimulus check for Social Security claimants, who are among the hardest hit by higher prices. The group sent a letter to Congress last year, stating the cost-of-living adjustment, combined with inflation, will hit hard for many older Americans who are on a fixed income. Read more on retirementCHA-CHING The exact date $841 checks are going out - see if you're eligibleCASH BOOST Social Security cash up to $1,800 to...
    Paul Zinken/Picture Alliance/Getty Fight disinformation: Sign up for the free Mother Jones Daily newsletter and follow the news that matters.When Amazon wouldn’t let a team of warehouse workers pause their shifts in a deadly storm, the results were predictable—and it wasn’t the first time. Rep. Cori Bush (D-Mo.) wants to make it the last. Bush, a House freshman whose district stretches across the St. Louis area, is introducing a climate-focused worker protection bill motivated by a December tornado that killed two constituents. They were among six workers killed in the collapse of an Illinois Amazon warehouse where, according to a lawsuit filed by one of their families, managers told employees they would be fired if they fled. Investigators with the Occupational Health and Safety Administration found other issues with the facility and its tornado plan, but didn’t find the company liable for the deaths, nor impose any kind of penalty. There’s no federal law or regulation that meant the warehouse had to close, or that the company couldn’t fire staff who left to find shelter. Bush’s bill would make...