The political arm of House Republicans, National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), has introduced a pre-checked recurring donation box on its donation page with a message for donors. The message reads: ’UNCHECK this box, we’ll have to tell Trump you’re a DEFECTOR & sided with the Dems.’ The message adds, ’Check this box if you want Trump to run again.’
Senate Minority Leader McConnell walked back his earlier rebuke of the corporate backlash against Georgia’s new voting law. ’I didn’t say that very artfully,’ McConnell commented about his statement a day earlier when he said, ’If I were running a major corporation, I would stay the hell out of politics.’ In his latest statement, he said businesses are ’certainly entitled to be in politics.’
Donald Trump has called on Senator Ron Johnson to run for reelection as he mulls running for a third term. The Republican Senator is still to decide if he’ll run again next year in one of the country’s marquee Senate races. He had earlier pledged to only serve two terms. Trump said Johnson would have his ’Complete and Total Endorsement’ should he mount a campaign.
David Chipman is all set to be nominated by President Joe Biden to lead the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Chipman, who is an adviser to a major gun control group, is a veteran of ATF, where he spent 25 years as a special agent. President Biden also announced that the Justice Department will pursue new regulations targeting stabilizing braces and so-called ghost guns.
Fox News CEO Suzanne Scott announced that Mike Pompeo, who was the secretary of state in the Donald Trump administration, has joined the company as a contributor. Calling Pompeo as ’one of America’s most recognized and respected voices on foreign policy and national security issues,’ Scott said Pompeo will offer analysis across all Fox News Media platforms. Pompeo will make his debut on Friday.
Rep. Lee Zeldin announced Thursday that he is running for governor of New York in 2022. Earlier, Zeldin, who has represented eastern Long Island since 2015, posted his decision on Twitter, saying that to save his state, ’#CuomosGottaGo!’ In a tweet, Zeldin slammed Gov. Andrew Cuomo over ’self-congratulatory book deals, cover-ups, abuse & self-dealing.’
Investigators are looking into a Bahamas trip Rep. Matt Gaetz allegedly took in late 2018 or early 2019 to determine if he violated sex trafficking laws. Gaetz was on that trip with a marijuana entrepreneur and hand surgeon named Jason Pirozzolo, who allegedly paid for the expenses including female escorts. Investigators are trying to determine if the escorts were illegally trafficked.
President Joe Biden will issue executive orders directing the Justice Department to limit the proliferation of guns, without waiting for the Congress to act on this issue. Curbs will be imposed on ’ghost guns’ and pistol-stabilizing braces. He will also nominate a pro-gun control official as permanent head of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives for the first time in years.
South Carolina’s house of representatives voted 79–29 to pass a hate crime bill that allows tougher punishment for violent crimes driven by hatred for someone’s race, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, etc. A final vote will come on a third reading before the legislation heads to the state senate. South Carolina, Arkansas and Wyoming are the only US states without a hate crimes law.
North Las Vegas Mayor John Lee is switching to the Republican Party, while arguing that the Democrats’ ’socialist’ agenda is not one he ’can stand with.’ ’It’s not the party that I grew up with 25 years ago in this environment, and it’s not the party that I can stand with anymore,’ Lee said. Lee made a reference to recent elections for the leadership of the Nevada State Democratic Party.
Senator Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) backed off from his sermon that US companies should stay out of political fights after they criticized Georgia’s new election law. During a news conference in Paducah, Kentucky, McConnell said, ’I didn’t say that very artfully yesterday. They’re certainly entitled to be involved in politics. They are. My principal complaint is they didn’t read the darn bill.’
President Joe Biden may pick David Chipman as the director of Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The ATF has been without a permanent head since 2015. Chipman was a special agent in the ATF 25 years ago. At that time, he was credited with disrupted firearms trafficking in Virginia that were supplying illegal guns to New York City. He is known as a fierce advocate of gun control.
The White House clarified Tuesday that President Biden’s infrastructure package will create roughly 2.7M jobs, not 19M jobs. Citing a study by Moody’s, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said that the American Jobs Plan would lead to the creation of an additional 2.7M jobs if passed in Congress, aggregating to 19M total jobs over the next decade. Without the plan, 16.3M jobs will be created.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand was criticized after she tweeted examples of infrastructure which did not seem to align with the traditional meaning of the word. Taking to Twitter, the lawmaker had said ’Paid leave is infrastructure. Child care is infrastructure. Caregiving is infrastructure’, with the tweet quickly drawing mockery and criticism. Pete Buttigieg, however, defended a broader approach.
Representative Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), who is in the center of a big sex-trafficking scandal, fought tooth and nail – as a state representative – against a bill that would have made revenge porn illegal in Florida, Tom Goodson, a former state representative told the Orlando Sentinel. Goodson said Gaetz ’thought that any picture was his to use as he wanted to, as an expression of his rights.’
Andrew Giuliani, the son of Rudy Giuliani, said that he is considering to run for the post of Governor of New York next year. The Republican Party is eyeing an upset victory in the state amid a slew of scandals facing Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Mr. Giuliani claimed that he stood a good chance of unseating a ’wounded’ Cuomo. He plans on formally launching his campaign later this month.
According to the New York Times, Rep. Matt Gaetz reportedly asked the White House for a blanket pardon for himself and unnamed allies in Congress in the final weeks of the Trump administration. This came as DOJ investigated Gaetz over an alleged relationship with a 17-year-old that violated sex trafficking laws. It was not clear if Gaetz was aware of the federal inquiry while the sought a pardon.
The administration of President Joe Biden has rolled out a campaign to justify why it needs to hike corporate taxes to fund the $2 trillion infrastructure proposal. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said that corporate tax collections have fallen to their lowest level since World War II, and that Republicans’ 2017 Tax Cut and Jobs Act did not lure new production or investment to the US.
Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) defended the filibuster and said the solution for the ’broken’ Senate doesn’t lie in eroding the rules. Talking to WSJ, Sinema said, ’When you have a place that’s broken and not working, and many would say that’s the Senate today, I don’t think the solution is to erode the rules.’ Sinema is the second Democrat after Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va) to have said this.
Jen Psaki, the White House Press Secretary said that the Biden administration is not discussing a potential boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. However, State Department spokesman Ned Price had earlier indicated while talking to reporters that the U.S. was discussing whether to skip the Olympics in Beijing as part of a boycott with allies.
President Joe Biden’s administration has opened a new emergency migrant facility in Donna, Texas to provide shelter for unaccompanied teenagers between 13 and 17 years old. The camp, called Delphi Emergency Intake Site, is near an overcrowded Customs and Border Protection facility. It would receive approximately 375 children. The facility has a potential capacity of up to 1,500 beds.
The White House press secretary, Jen Psaki, while replying to a reporter’s question on when President Joe Biden will decide on a deadline to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan, said people should trust the president on the issue. Citing Biden’s ’consistency’ on his position of US troops in the Afghan war, Psaki said it ’should hopefully give people confidence about his commitments.’