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The Senate primary in Ohio is a race to see which Republican can be the Trumpiest

The Senate primary in Ohio is a race to see which Republican can be the Trumpiest

Trump wants the GOP to be all about him. The campaign to replace Rob Portman indicates he’s getting his way.The race to fill retiring Ohio Republican Sen. Rob Portman’s Senate seat currently features one unofficial candidate and two official ones: a person flirting with QAnon-style conspiracy theories, someone whose Twitter account was recently suspended because of bigoted tweets, and a third person who’s calling for Rep. Anthony Gonzalez’s (R-OH) resignation simply because he voted to impeach then-President Trump.If this primary serves as a window into what the Republican Party will look...

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Mar 26
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Sidney Powell gives up the game, admits Trump’s election conspiracies weren’t factual

Sidney Powell gives up the game, admits Trump’s election conspiracies weren’t factual

In response to Dominion’s defamation lawsuit, Powell’s lawyers say “reasonable people” wouldn’t buy her claims.As a former Trump campaign lawyer, Sidney Powell did more than perhaps anyone to push the big lie that President Joe Biden’s victory over Donald Trump in last November’s presidential election was the result of fraud involving Dominion Voting Systems machines. Now, however, lawyers representing her have acknowledged that the “big lie” is, in fact, just that.Powell faces a $1.3 billion defamation lawsuit from Dominion because of her false claims, and on Monday her lawyers offered her...

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Mar 23
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Trump’s tepid, halfhearted endorsement of Covid-19 vaccines, explained

Trump’s tepid, halfhearted endorsement of Covid-19 vaccines, explained

Trump’s base is remarkably vaccine-hesitant, so what he says about vaccination matters.Former President Donald Trump endorsed getting a Covid-19 vaccine during his most recent Fox News interview — kind of.In classic Trump style, he tried to have it both ways in response to Maria Bartiromo’s question about whether he would advise viewers to get one.“I would recommend it, and I would recommend it to a lot of people that don’t want to get it, and a lot of those people voted for me, frankly,” he said during the Tuesday phone interview. “It is a great vaccine. It is a safe vaccine and it is...

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Mar 18
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Hannity says Biden should call Trump and thank him for his Covid response. That’s a stretch.

Hannity says Biden should call Trump and thank him for his Covid response. That’s a stretch.

Fox News’s absurd reaction to Biden’s primetime coronavirus speech, explained.Fox News reacted to President that all American adults would be eligible for a coronavirus vaccine by May 1 and the country’s aim is to return to a semblance of normalcy by July 4 by insisting that former President Donald Trump actually deserves the credit. But that claim can’t withstand scrutiny.While Trump’s Operation Warp Speed program provided incentives for private companies to speed vaccine development and did directly help Moderna develop an effective vaccine, it’s not necessarily the case that vaccines...

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Mar 12
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The controversy over Biden not holding a formal press conference, explained

The controversy over Biden not holding a formal press conference, explained

There are legitimate criticisms of Biden. That he hasn’t held a press conference yet isn’t really one of them.As President Joe Biden signed a $1.9 trillion Covid-19 relief bill that is supported by a of Americans and that funds distribution of coronavirus vaccines, among , Fox News is fixating on something he’s not doing: holding formal news conferences.While he’s answered questions from reporters in informal settings numerous times and held a CNN town hall, Biden has now gone 50 days without holding a formal news conference. It’d be ideal for him to do one, but there are many good reasons...

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Mar 11
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Donald Trump is attempting a hostile takeover of the Republican Party

Donald Trump is attempting a hostile takeover of the Republican Party

Trump’s one-sided feud with the RNC, explained.Donald Trump isn’t happy the Republican Party won’t purge members who haven’t been totally loyal to him. And of late, he’s doing more about it than he did when he’d channel his anger by posting mean tweets.Days ago, lawyers representing Trump took the extraordinary step of demanding the Republican National Committee (RNC) and other prominent GOP groups cease and desist using Trump’s name and likeness. The RNC denied the request, citing Trump’s status as a public figure, and Trump responded Monday night with a tweet-like statement asking...

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Trump will never stop lying about the 2020 election. His CPAC speech proved it.

Trump will never stop lying about the 2020 election. His CPAC speech proved it.

Trump’s first post-presidential speech was just as bad as the speech he gave before the January 6 insurrection.If anybody thought the January 6 insurrection and the ensuing second impeachment trial might’ve chastened Donald Trump, his CPAC speech on Sunday should have disabused them of that notion — and of any thoughts the former president would ever accept the reality that his loss to President Joe Biden was fair and legitimate.Trump’s first speech since leaving the White House was heavy on “” — the false and long-debunked claim that the 2020 election was stolen from him — that inspired...

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Kristi Noem tried to take a victory lap for her coronavirus response on CBS. It did not go well.

Kristi Noem tried to take a victory lap for her coronavirus response on CBS. It did not go well.

South Dakota’s governor got a great reception at CPAC. Her interview on Face the Nation hours later was a different story.South Dakota governor and rising conservative star Kristi Noem was a big hit at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Saturday, where during a headlining speech. But an interview she did hours later with CBS highlighted how her attempt to turn reality on its head doesn’t survive scrutiny.In reality, South Dakota’s laissez faire approach to the pandemic — including Noem’s refusal to enforce a mask mandate — has amounted to “,” as Bloomberg recently put...

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Feb 28
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Kevin McCarthy’s CPAC panel shows how the GOP has devolved into a Trump personality cult

Kevin McCarthy’s CPAC panel shows how the GOP has devolved into a Trump personality cult

McCarthy contorts himself to praise Trump, as Trump reportedly considers denouncing him anyway.If you watched House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s Saturday panel discussion at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) after spending four months in a coma, you’d not only think that there was no January 6 insurrection aimed at overthrowing former President Donald Trump’s election loss, but that Trump actually won a second term.McCarthy’s remarks in particular — and — illustrate how whatever second thoughts the Republican establishment had about Trump following the insurrection...

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Feb 27
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Republicans shamelessly take credit for Covid relief they voted against

Republicans shamelessly take credit for Covid relief they voted against

And it’s not going over well.Two recent tweets from members of Congress illustrate how, in the wake of President Joe Biden signing the Covid-19 relief bill, Republicans are trying to “have their cake and vote against it, too,” as Barack Obama once .That $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan, which Biden signed into law last Thursday, didn’t receive a single Republican vote, even though recent polling shows a majority of Republican voters have said they . The popularity of the legislation puts Republican members of Congress in a bind: How does one message against a bill that , and that will ,...

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Mar 15
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