Darragh Roche
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Jake Tapper says Joe Biden is like Donald Trump on Saudi Prince—"Save MBS' ass"

Jake Tapper says Joe Biden is like Donald Trump on Saudi Prince—"Save MBS' ass"

ShareCNN's Jake Tapper compared President to former President on Friday following the administration's decision not to sanction Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.A U.S. intelligence report published on Friday concluded that bin Salman, commonly known as MBS in the west, approved of the killing of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018.The Biden administration announced sanctions and visa bans aimed at citizens of Saudi Arabia but declined to target MBS specifically. Speaking to Senator Time Kaine (D-VA), Tapper harshly criticized the move.House Passes $1.9T Relief Package...

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Ron Johnson "consumed" by "bizarre conspiracies," says Senate challenger Tom Nelson

Ron Johnson "consumed" by "bizarre conspiracies," says Senate challenger Tom Nelson

ShareTom Nelson is county executive of Outagamie County, Wisconsin and a former state assembly member of six years' service. But he's focused on a loftier goal: the United States .The Democrat spoke to Newsweek about that ambition and why he believes Senator Ron Johnson needs to be replaced. The two-term senator is currently the only Republican to hold statewide office in Wisconsin."The contrast with Ron Johnson, I think could not be more stark," Nelson said. "He lives 23 minutes away from here. He's someone who is consumed by these bizarre conspiracies.Fact Check: Must Biden Give SOTU...

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QAnon supporters say they want a Myanmar-style coup on U.S. government

QAnon supporters say they want a Myanmar-style coup on U.S. government

ShareSome supporters of the QAnon conspiracy told on Friday that they would welcome a military coup similar to recent events in Myanmar in order to put former President back in the White House.Speaking to CNN reporter Donie O'Sullivan at a QAnon-Trump rally in Ventura, Florida, two women expressed support for coup and specifically cited the Southeast Asian nation.Believers in the conspiracy theory posit that Trump will be restored to power on March 4, at which time the allegations of mass voter fraud and other irregularities in the 2020 election will be proven.No Commitment from Trump on...

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Abbott admits failure from all power sources after initially blaming green energy

Abbott admits failure from all power sources after initially blaming green energy

ShareTexas Governor has conceded that the recent mass power outage in the state was due to failures in the network involving all sources of power, not just green energy.The Republican had initially sought to blame renewables for the outage, which left 4 million people in Texas without power or heat amid freezing temperatures. Some also .Abbott spoke to the state in a televised address on Wednesday and acknowledged that the failure to winterize the Texas grid was to blame and both green energy and fossil fuels were affected.Dan Patrick Says Texas May Ban Utility Plans That Produced 17k Power...

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Ted Cruz accused of flying to Cancun amid Texas power outages as photo goes viral

Ted Cruz accused of flying to Cancun amid Texas power outages as photo goes viral

ShareSenator (R-TX) has been accused of traveling to Cancun, Mexico, amid the ongoing crisis in Texas, where millions have been left without power or heat in freezing temperatures.Photos circulating on social media overnight appeared to show the senator at an airport and on an airplane. The idea that Cruz and his family had flown to Mexico soon spread on .However, Cruz's office had not confirmed any travel plans to Cancun at the time of writing and Newsweek could not independently verify the claim that he was at an airport or flying on Wednesday.GOP Senators Urge Congress to Probe Andrew...

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GOP county chair blasts Pat Toomey vote: "We did not send him there to do the right thing"

GOP county chair blasts Pat Toomey vote: "We did not send him there to do the right thing"

ShareThe chair of the Republican Party in Washington County, Pennsylvania has strongly criticized Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA) for voting to convict former President .David Ball told local affiliate KDKA on Monday that state had sent Toomey to Washington to represent them and argued that he should have toed the party line."We did not send him there to vote his conscience. We did not send him there to do the right thing or whatever he said he was doing," Ball said. "We sent him there to represent us."Matt Gaetz Goes After 'Dangerous' McConnell for Trying to 'Purge Trumpism'Read moreToomey was...

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Lindsey Graham, Tim Scott may face censure from South Carolina county GOP

Lindsey Graham, Tim Scott may face censure from South Carolina county GOP

ShareSenator (R-SC) and Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) are facing potential censure from the Republican Party in Aiken County, South Carolina, because they did not oppose President 's election win.The county GOP is due to discuss censuring the senators at its Thursday meeting, though nothing has yet been decided. Several local Republican parties have recently passed motions of censure against elected officials.Graham and Scott refused to object to the Electoral College votes from Pennsylvania and Arizona on January 6. Both men raised by Senators (R-TX) and Josh Hawley (R-MO).Hawley Says...

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Wisconsin Republicans order audit of state's election system

Wisconsin Republicans order audit of state's election system

ShareRepublican lawmakers in Wisconsin have ordered an audit of the state's election system in the wake of the 2020 presidential election and the prevalence of conspiracy theories about its results.The state's Joint Legislative Audit Committee voted six to four along party lines to order the audit, which will be conducted by the Legislative Audit Bureau, a non-partisan body that enjoys the trust of both and .All four Democrats on the committee voted against the audit, however, and voiced concerns that it could further undermine trust in the system. There have been widespread unsubstantiated...

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Majority of independent voters think Donald Trump encouraged capitol violence: Poll

Majority of independent voters think Donald Trump encouraged capitol violence: Poll

ShareA majority of independent voters believe former President encouraged violence at the Capitol on January 6, according to a new poll conducted ahead of his .The CBS News/YouGov survey found that 54 percent of independents asked felt Trump had encouraged the violence, which left five people dead .Overall, 56 percent of all those asked believe Trump encouraged the violence, while 88 percent of Democrats felt that was the case. Far fewer Republicans shared that view, at 21 percent.Once Rare, Senate Now Begins Third Impeachment Trial In Just Over 20 YearsRead moreThe poll was taken from...

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Could Donald Trump's Gab post hint at return to social media?

Could Donald Trump's Gab post hint at return to social media?

ShareFormer President posted to social media on Friday for the first time in weeks to address his upcoming second impeachment trial in the . The trial starts on February 8.Trump shared a letter from his attorneys to Democratic Congressman Jamie Raskin on his Gab account. Gab is a social media platform popular with some conservatives and supporters of the former president.Raskin, who represents Maryland's 8th congressional district, is the lead impeachment manager and will be responsible for laying out the case for Trump's conviction. Raskin recently called on the former president to testify...

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Fact Check: Did Joe Biden set a modern record for executive orders in his first week as president?

Fact Check: Did Joe Biden set a modern record for executive orders in his first week as president?

SharePresident has issued a series of executive actions since assuming office on January 20 aimed at tackling a wide variety of issues, from immigration to racial justice to the environment.Biden has signed in a short period and has drawn criticism from , some of whom have accused the president of ruling by diktat.Some prominent Republicans have claimed that Biden has issued a modern-record number of executive orders in his first days in office. Biden had issued 37 executive orders during his first week, the New York Post reported on Tuesday.Representative Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.)...

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Donald Trump can issue secret pardons, but they're risky

Donald Trump can issue secret pardons, but they're risky

President Donald Trump issued 70 pardons and 73 commutations on his last full day in office on Tuesday. He did not issue pardons for himself, any of his adult children or former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani. Though the outgoing president avoided the most talked about controversial pardons, there is concern that he could issue "secret" pardons that could later be produced to defend against federal charges. Legal consensus suggests Trump can issue a valid pardon without publicly announcing it but this could potentially complicate matters for recipients if they aren't able to show that the...

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Freshman Republicans send letter to Joe Biden: "We can rise above the partisan fray"

Freshman Republicans send letter to Joe Biden: "We can rise above the partisan fray"

ShareA group of first-term Republican members of have written to President-elect expressing a desire to work with the incoming administration in the nation's interest.The include some who voted to reject the results of the presidential election on January 6 and two who voted in favor of impeaching President .Most of the signatories don't yet have major national profiles but one, Rep. Madison Cawthorn, has faced criticism for rally that preceded the deadly Capitol riot.These Are Joe Biden's First Executive Actions to Combat COVIDRead moreThe on the start of his administration and expressing...

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Jenna Ryan, who took jet to Capitol riot, asks Donald Trump for a pardon

Jenna Ryan, who took jet to Capitol riot, asks Donald Trump for a pardon

ShareA woman who flew to Washington D.C. on a private jet on January 6, and has since been charged in connection with the Capitol riot, has publicly asked President for a pardon.Jenna Ryan is a realtor from North Texas who turned herself over to the authorities on Friday. She spoke to CBS11 at her home later in the day. Ryan allegedly took photos of herself during the riot and posted them to social media.In the interview, Ryan made a public appeal for a , saying "I would like a pardon from the president of the United States.""I think we all deserve a pardon. I'm facing a prison sentence. I...

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Joe Biden launches future @POTUS account amid row with Twitter, "Hey folks"

Joe Biden launches future @POTUS account amid row with Twitter, "Hey folks"

SharePresident-elect has set up a new account in anticipation of his swearing in on January 20. The account will receive the official @POTUS once Biden officially becomes the 46th president of the United States.Biden launched @PresElectBiden on Thursday—just six days before the inauguration—amid an ongoing conflict with Twitter about handing over @POTUS and @WhiteHouse."Folks — This will be the account for my official duties as President. At 12:01 PM on January 20th, it will become @POTUS. Until then, I'll be using @JoeBiden," the new account tweeted.States Closing Capitol Buildings In...

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Tommy Tuberville wants Joe Biden inauguration delayed until COVID "behind us"

Tommy Tuberville wants Joe Biden inauguration delayed until COVID "behind us"

ShareSenator Tommy Tuberville (R-AL) has suggested delaying the inauguration of President-elect until the COVID-19 pandemic is under better control—a move that would violate the U.S. Constitution.Tuberville told CBS42 on Wednesday that wasn't in favor of impeaching President , pointing to how little time he had left in office. The interview took place before the House formally impeached the president."Well, we have the worst pandemic in my lifetime, and that only going to be there seven more days. Makes no sense to me," Tuberville said.As Kamala Harris Makes History, Twitter Creates...

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Alex Azar refuses to say if Donald Trump is still fit for office

Alex Azar refuses to say if Donald Trump is still fit for office

ShareHealth and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar has refused to say that President is fit to carry on his duties as push for a second impeachment in the House.Azar and repeatedly refused to answer questions about Trump's fitness to serve in office or to discuss the 25th Amendment.The amendment allows the vice president and a majority of the cabinet to strip the president of his executive authority if they deem him unfit. Speculation that has swirled since the riot at the Capitol on January 6.Trump Twitter Ban Shows He's 'Too Dangerous' To Be President, Says SandersRead more"Do you believe...

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David Perdue compares Georgia Senate races to World War II and Korean War

David Perdue compares Georgia Senate races to World War II and Korean War

ShareSenator David Perdue (R-GA) has compared the upcoming Senate runoff elections in Georgia to war, adding that he and his Republican colleague Senator Kelly Loeffler are facing a "moment of truth."Perdue made the remarks while speaking on Fox News during 's prime time show on Tuesday night. Former Republican Congressman was filing in for Hannity, whose show is the most-watched in cable news and a useful place for Perdue to appeal to likely conservative voters.Perdue is facing Democrat Jon Ossoff in the January 5 election, while Loeffler is running against Democrat Rev. Raphael Warnock....

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Donald Trump retweets leading figure in QAnon conspiracy theory

Donald Trump retweets leading figure in QAnon conspiracy theory

SharePresident shared a tweet from a leading figure in the QAnon conspiracy theory on Monday following his announcement that .The president retweeted Ron Watkins, former administrator of the online messaging board 8kun, who is seen as a major figure in the pro-Trump conspiracy theory.Watkins tweeted praise for Deputy Attorney General Jeff Rosen, who will take over from Barr, and pointed to his comments about "malign foreign influence efforts in our elections."Bill Barr Praises Trump for Delivering COVID-19 Vaccine in Resignation LetterRead moreWatkins and his father, Jim Watkins, have...

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New Jersey rep. tells Nancy Pelosi not to seat 126 Republicans who backed "malignant" Texas lawsuit

New Jersey rep. tells Nancy Pelosi not to seat 126 Republicans who backed "malignant" Texas lawsuit

ShareNew Jersey Congressman Bill Pascrell has called on Speaker of the House to refuse to seat 126 Republicans who signed on to a Texas lawsuit aimed at throwing out election results in four states that backed President-elect .The Supreme Court in a short, unsigned statement on Friday evening but by that time 126 GOP members of the House had joined an amicus brief in support of the suit.Pascrell, a Democrat who represents New Jersey's 9th congressional district, invoked Reconstruction Era "safeguards to cleanse from our government ranks any traitors and others that would destroy the...

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Donald Trump's "big one' Supreme Court gambit is shut down, likely ending legal push to reverse defeat

Donald Trump's "big one' Supreme Court gambit is shut down, likely ending legal push to reverse defeat

ShareThe U.S. Supreme Court has rejected a lawsuit filed by Texas aimed at overturning election results in four states that voted for President-elect in a major blow to President 's legal efforts to stay in office.In a brief, unsigned order issued on Friday evening, the court said it would not hear the case filed by and none of the nine justices showed any endorsement for the plaintiffs' arguments."Texas has not demonstrated a judicially cognizable interest in the manner in which another State conducts its elections," the ruling said.GOP Group Issues 'Consumer Protection Alert' Ad Over...

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Rudy Giuliani tells alleged voter fraud witness to "shush" in viral video watched over 7 million times

Rudy Giuliani tells alleged voter fraud witness to "shush" in viral video watched over 7 million times

ShareFormer New York Mayor was forced to "shush" one his own witnesses during a hearing on alleged irregularities in the 2020 presidential election on Wednesday. A video of the moment has already been viewed more than 7 million times.The witnesses were presenting testimony to the Michigan House Oversight Committee. Former Vice President won the state and President 's campaign has sought to challenge the results.One witness, Melissa Carone, was a contracted IT worker who was responsible for fixing malfunctioning vote counting machines at Michigan's TCF Center. She clashed with Republican...

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Republican rep. tells Trump to "stop the stupid" after "election hoax" tweet

Republican rep. tells Trump to "stop the stupid" after "election hoax" tweet

ShareRepublican Congressman Paul Mitchell has branded President 's claims of voter fraud in the recent presidential election "stupid" and called on him to stop repeating them.Mitchell, who represents Michigan's 10th congressional district but did not run for re-election in 2020, responded to a tweet from the president on Sunday with the hashtag #stopthestupid."We have some big things happening in our various litigations on the Election Hoax. Everybody knows it was Rigged," Trump wrote. "They know Biden didn't get more votes from the Black community than Obama, & certainly didn't get...

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Florida state representative says he's thankful Joe Biden "lost" the election

Florida state representative says he's thankful Joe Biden "lost" the election

ShareFlorida state Representative Anthony Sabatini expressed thanks on Thursday that "lost" the 2020 presidential election.Sabatini, a Republican who represents Florida's 32nd district, tweeted the eye-catching comment on Thanksgiving, despite the fact that President lost both the Electoral College and the popular vote nationwide."I'm extremely thankful Biden lost in 2020," Sabatini wrote. The Trump campaign has continued to allege that voter fraud and other irregularities tainted the election result, but has provided no evidence to substantiate this.Sabatini has a history of surprising...

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Donor Sues Pro-Trump Group for $2.5 Million for Failing to Prove Voter Fraud

Donor Sues Pro-Trump Group for $2.5 Million for Failing to Prove Voter Fraud

ShareA North Carolina money manager is suing a pro-Trump group for $2.5 million after the group failed to show evidence of voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election or provide him with updates on their efforts.Fred Eshelman donated the money to True the Vote Inc., a Houston-based organization, which had promised to "investigate, litigate, and expose suspected illegal balloting and fraud in the 2020 general election," according to Bloomberg.Eshelman, who is the founder of Eshelman Ventures LLC, now wants his money back because True the Vote did not provide him with information about...

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