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Rep. Matt Gaetz sought blanket pardon from Trump: report

Rep. Matt Gaetz sought blanket pardon from Trump: report

Rep. Matt Gaetz sought a blanket pardon for himself and others during the waning weeks of the Trump administration, late Tuesday. Citing two people familiar with the discussions, the Times reported Gaetz asked the White House for blanket pre-emptive pardons for himself and unidentified allies for any crimes they may have committed. The Times said it was unclear at the time whether Gaetz knew the Justice Department had already opened a probe into his actions.The Florida Republican, long one of Trump’s staunchest supporters, . The Times has previously reported authorities are trying to...

April 7, 2021
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U.S. stock futures shoot higher after strong jobs report

U.S. stock futures shoot higher after strong jobs report

U.S. stock futures shot out of the gate late Sunday, rising after Friday’s encouraging jobs report. Dow Jones Industrial Average futureswere up more than 200 points Sunday night, or 0.6%, while S&P 500 futuresand Nasdaq-100 futuresalso showed solid gains.for the Good Friday holiday. The major benchmarks wrapped up the holiday-shortened week with gains, with the S&P 500  finishing above the 4,000 milestone for the first time. The S&P rose 1.2% for the week, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 0.2% and the Nasdaq Composite  advanced 2.6%. On Friday, the federal jobs report smashed...

April 4, 2021
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JPMorgan’s Jamie Dimon says voting ‘must be accessible and equitable’ in wake of Georgia law

JPMorgan’s Jamie Dimon says voting ‘must be accessible and equitable’ in wake of Georgia law

Jamie Dimon, chief executive of JPMorgan Chase & Co.on Tuesday expressed his support for voting rights, days after Georgia approved a new law that restricts access to voting. that did not specifically mention Georgia, Dimon said his bank’s “employees span the United States, and as state capitals debate election laws, we believe voting must be accessible and equitable. We regularly encourage our employees to exercise their fundamental right to vote, and we stand against efforts that may prevent them from being able to do so.”Dimon added that “Voting is fundamental to the health and future of...

March 31, 2021
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Trump could make GOP stronger, or ‘he also could destroy it,’ Graham says

Trump could make GOP stronger, or ‘he also could destroy it,’ Graham says

Sen. Lindsey Graham said Sunday that Donald Trump could make the Republican Party bigger and stronger — or he could destroy it. In an interview broadcast Sunday night on “Axios on HBO,” the South Carolina Republican — who has continued to support Trump, even after blaming him for the Jan. 6 siege of the U.S. Capitol by a pro-Trump mob — said the former president has a “dark side” and “some magic,” and he’s trying to “harness the magic.” “To me, Donald Trump is sort of a cross between Jesse Helms, Ronald Reagan and P.T. Barnum.”“He could make the Republican Party something that nobody else I...

March 8, 2021
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Biden backs ‘vitally important’ union drive at Amazon warehouse in Alabama

Biden backs ‘vitally important’ union drive at Amazon warehouse in Alabama

President Joe Biden on Sunday expressed support for workers organizing a union vote at an Amazon.com Inc. warehouse in Alabama. Without specifically naming Amazon, Biden said in a video posted on Twitter on Sunday night that the organization effort “is vitally important” and urged workers to “make your voice heard.”“Let me be really clear: It’s not up to me to decide whether anyone should join a union,” Biden said. “But let me be even more clear: It’s not up to an employer to decide that either. The choice to join a union is up to the workers — full stop, full stop.” Nearly 6,000 workers at...

March 1, 2021
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Facebook will restore news stories in Australia after government agrees to amend bill

Facebook will restore news stories in Australia after government agrees to amend bill

Facebook Inc. will restore links to news articles in Australia, five days after blocking news from its platform in response to a proposed law requiring tech giants to pay publishers for their content. “We’re restoring news on Facebook in Australia in the coming days,” Campbell Brown, Facebook’s vice president of global news partnerships, said in a statement late Monday night.Facebooksaid it had reached a deal with the Australian government to amend the bill, allowing for, among other things, a two-month mediation period to reach deals with publishers before entering an arbitration process...

February 23, 2021
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‘Politics is not about the weird worship of one dude’: Sen. Ben Sasse slams Nebraska GOP committee

‘Politics is not about the weird worship of one dude’: Sen. Ben Sasse slams Nebraska GOP committee

In a blunt and defiant video, Sen. Ben Sasse on Thursday told a Nebraska Republican group to go ahead and censure him for “not bending the knee” to former President Donald Trump.“You are welcome to censure me again – but let’s be clear about why: It’s because I still believe (as you used to) that politics is not about the weird worship of one dude.”While he described himself as “one of the most conservative voters in the Senate,” the Nebraska Republican has been one of his caucus’s most vocal critics of Trump, and is one of the few Republican lawmakers to condemn Trump’s rhetoric that led...

February 5, 2021
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‘I thought I was going to die’: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez recounts traumatic experience during Capitol siege

‘I thought I was going to die’: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez recounts traumatic experience during Capitol siege

“I thought I was going to die.”Those are the words of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, during an emotional Instagram Live video Monday night, recounting her experience during the Capitol riot last month that left five people dead and her “traumatized.” The New York Democrat also revealed she was a survivor of sexual assault, noting “when we go through trauma, trauma compounds on each other.”She said that in the days leading up to Jan. 6, she had been confronted in public by Trump supporters, and had received text messages — some from other members of Congress — warning her to be careful,...

February 2, 2021
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Simon & Schuster cancels upcoming book by Sen. Josh Hawley after Capitol siege

Simon & Schuster cancels upcoming book by Sen. Josh Hawley after Capitol siege

Simon & Schuster said Thursday it has canceled an upcoming book from Republican Sen. Josh Hawley, who has been widely condemned for stoking disinformation that culminated with a pro-Trump mob storming the U.S. Capitol. The publisher cited Wednesday’s “disturbing, deadly insurrection” as the reason. “We did not come to this decision lightly,” Simon & Schuster said in a statement. “As a publisher it will always be our mission to amplify a variety of voices and viewpoints: At the same time we take seriously our larger public responsibility as citizens, and cannot support Senator Hawley after...

January 7, 2021
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Boehner decries extremism in Republican Party, describes anger over Capitol siege

Boehner decries extremism in Republican Party, describes anger over Capitol siege

Former House Speaker John Boehner on Sunday decried the rise of extremists in the Republican Party and said the Jan. 6 siege of the U.S. Capitol was “sad” and “revolting.” In an interview with CBS News’ “Sunday Morning,” the Ohio Republican, who resigned from Congress in 2015 amid a GOP power struggle, said the rise of Republican idealogues has changed the party — and the country — for the worse.“There’s an allure there to be a noisemaker instead of a policymaker.” Boehner is on a press tour to publicize his memoir, “On the House,” which comes out this week.Boehner said Sunday that the...

April 11, 2021
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