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Trump’s irate, lie-filled RNC speech shows tensions in GOP

Trump’s irate, lie-filled RNC speech shows tensions in GOP

Trump made Mitch McConnell his prime target, calling him a “dumb son of a bitch.”In an address to top Republican National Committee donors on Saturday, former President Donald Trump revived false claims that he won the election and called Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell a “” for not backing his efforts to overturn the results.His remarks, which took place at a gathering that would typically be used by GOP leaders to reflect on their party’s recent loss of the White House and the Senate, underscored his continued devotion to sowing discord and spreading disinformation within a party...

April 11, 2021
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Andrew Cuomo is facing an extraordinary rebuke from his own party

Andrew Cuomo is facing an extraordinary rebuke from his own party

The New York governor says the growing calls for his resignation reflect “cancel culture.”Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand joined a swiftly growing group of Democratic New York lawmakers calling on New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to resign on Friday over allegations of sexual misconduct and distortion of Covid-19 mortality data.The rapidly escalating pressure on Cuomo by politicians from his own party has raised questions over whether he’ll be able to govern effectively at a time when he has been tasked with overseeing the state’s management of a complex public...

March 13, 2021
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Liz Cheney asks Republicans to reject Trump, after being censured by her state party

Liz Cheney asks Republicans to reject Trump, after being censured by her state party

“People have been lied to” about the election, Cheney told Fox News’ Chris Wallace.A day after being , Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney, the third-ranking Republican in the House of Representatives, went on Fox News to defend her vote to impeach former President Donald Trump — and to argue that the GOP will have lost its way if it doesn’t reject Trump’s brand of politics.“People have been lied to,” Cheney when asked about being censured. “The extent to which the president, President Trump, for months leading up to January 6, spread the notion that the election had been stolen or that the election...

February 7, 2021
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Sen. Lindsey Graham calls for Senate to reject impeachment trial for "national healing"

Sen. Lindsey Graham calls for Senate to reject impeachment trial for "national healing"

Graham is questioning the legitimacy of a trial after Trump leaves office. But Dems and some scholars disagree.Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) released a letter on Sunday calling on Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer — soon to be the majority leader — to dismiss the House’s article of impeachment against President Donald Trump, calling the effort an “unconstitutional” act of “vengeance” which will hinder the process of “national healing.”Graham’s letter represents the latest effort by Republicans to question the legality and the ethics of Democrats’ plan to hold a Senate impeachment trial for...

January 17, 2021
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Poll: Most Republicans believe Trump bears no responsibility for Capitol attacks

Poll: Most Republicans believe Trump bears no responsibility for Capitol attacks

A new poll finds a nation united on opposing the Capitol attacks but divided on who is to blame.An overwhelming majority of Americans disapprove of the storming of the US Capitol on January 6, but most Republicans say President Donald Trump bears no responsibility for the assault — and nearly half say Republican lawmakers didn’t go far enough in supporting the president’s efforts to overturn the election’s results, according to a new .The poll — which surveys 1,002 US adults, and was taken from January 10 to 13 — paints a striking picture, and finds a national consensus on the impropriety...

January 16, 2021
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The Trump administration extends the freeze on student loan payments through January

The Trump administration extends the freeze on student loan payments through January

Biden and Congress will have until January 31, 2021 to decide how to help over 40 million student loan borrowers.Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has on federal student loan payments due to the coronavirus pandemic through the end of January.The freeze on monthly payments and the accrual of interest on loans had been set to expire at the end of December, but Democrats and consumer advocacy groups had called for an extension, arguing that repayments should not begin again amid the presidential transition and due to uncertainty over when another coronavirus relief bill may be passed by...

December 5, 2020
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Biden looks very competitive in new Southern swing state polls

Biden looks very competitive in new Southern swing state polls

He’s leading or tied with Trump in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and Texas, all states in a GOP-leaning region.A set of new polls show Democratic presidential nominee with a narrow lead — or a tie — with President in the Southern states of , and , a potentially promising sign for Biden’s odds of winning the White House.In this election cycle, political analysts consider Florida and North Carolina to be swing states — and Texas and Georgia to be possible swing states, as well. Considering that Trump won all of them in 2016 — including outstripping Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in...

October 25, 2020
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Study: Half of Americans who lost their job during the pandemic still don’t have one

Study: Half of Americans who lost their job during the pandemic still don’t have one

The finding comes in a new Pew study that also found many Americans struggling to pay bills.Roughly six months after began to wreak havoc on the US economy, about half of those who lost their job say they are still without one.That’s one of the most notable findings of a , which paints a picture of a nation still reeling economically even as it recovers from the labor market free fall earlier this year that intensified as Covid-19 cases increased, and state lockdowns froze businesses across the country.The study, which surveyed 13,200 US adults in the first two weeks of August, found some...

September 27, 2020
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The White House says USPS isn’t removing mail-sorting machines. Postal workers say it is.

The White House says USPS isn’t removing mail-sorting machines. Postal workers say it is.

Mark Meadows denied reports that hundreds of mail-sorting machines are being taken offline as part of a new initiative.Vox answers your biggest questions about the 2020 presidential election, which could be one of the most consequential of our lifetimes.White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows that US Postal Service mail-sorting machines will not be taken offline between now and Election Day — a statement at odds with reports that the Postal Service is decommissioning .The way Meadows made the claim — by denying they were being removed in the first place, and making questionable claims in...

August 16, 2020
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Opinion | Why does the media seem so hungry for war with Russia?

Opinion | Why does the media seem so hungry for war with Russia?

Ever since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, President Joe Biden has sought to punish Moscow through economic sanctions and military aid to Ukraine. But he has also repeatedly made it clear that the U.S. has no intention of entering the war. That position on declining to take up arms against Russia appears to be a source of friction with members of the mainstream media. In narrative framing, the way they’ve questioned government officials, or implicit calls for no-fly zones or direct clashes with Russian troops, many journalists and pundits from outlets across the political spectrum have...

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