Tag: Kevin McCarthy

‘Morning Joe’ Shreds The Cowardly Republican Leaders Who Still Live In Fear Of Making Trump Even A Little Mad

The Morning Joe crew tore into congressional GOP leader Kevin McCarthy after he joined a growing list of Republicans who have been hesitant to call out Donald Trump for dining with white supremacist Nick Fuentes. Over the Thanksgiving holiday, Fuentes was the guest of Kanye West, who was already facing backlash for his ever-increasing collection […]

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Kevin McCarthy Lies And Says Trump Condemned Fuentes (He Never Did)

As early voting began, the two campaigns pursued different strategies. Warnock spent his time over the weekend around Atlanta rallying supporters and leading a march to the polls. He  benefited from surrogates including Senator Cory Booker, hip-hop artist Waka Flocka Flame, and Yolanda King, civil rights activist and Martin Luther King’s granddaughter. Meanwhile, Walker spent […]

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Kevin McCarthy’s Pledge To Impeach Mayorkas Is A Gift To Democrats

Article Two accuses Mayorkas of not using Trump’s “Title 42” program to bar a sufficient number of immigrants from entry on the basis of possible exposure to Covid. This, too, is a policy disagreement, and in any case a federal judge earlier this month ordered an end to Title 42, effective December 21. “Impeach Mayorkas!” […]

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Want to Know Donald Trump’s Standing in the GOP? Watch Kevin McCarthy.

Nothing is too petty to evade McCarthy’s power calculus. While few of his party showed up for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s valedictory address as House speaker, McCarthy’s absence was especially notable. Not for him to go against the grain just because of fusty notions like courtesy, respect, and norms of behavior. Michael Tomasky aptly described […]

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Here’s What Could Happen Now That Republicans Have Won the House

Republicans clinched the House of Representatives on Wednesday, more than a week after Election Day, after outlets projected that they’d won their 218th seat.  That means we’re once again headed for a divided government, with Democrats holding the Senate and the White House, and Republicans in control of the House. And while Republican gains were […]

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Hunter Biden Laptop, Stephen Miller, and More: House Republicans Preview Their Agenda

Those mass shootings include the horrific massacre at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas (22 dead, 17 injured); an attack on a graduation ceremony in Hot Springs, Arkansas (one dead, four injured); another on a high school in St. Louis, Missouri (three dead, four injured); and Sunday’s shooting at UVA. The shooter, a former football […]

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Marjorie Taylor Greene Is Just Naming Herself To Committees Now, And ‘No One’ Is Stopping Her

Despite the lack of a red wave, which is currently being pinned on Donald Trump, the Republicans still have a chance of eking out a very, very small majority in the House of Representatives. More specifically, Kevin McCarthy held off a challenger to being named Speaker of the House, and apparently that decision has opened […]

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Republicans Nominate Trump Favorite Kevin McCarthy as Next House Speaker

Gabbard’s shift to the right is not surprising. Beyond appearing at CPAC this year, she has found a home in right-wing media for some time. There, she has focused less on bringing conservatives closer to her, and more on bringing herself closer to them—criticizing the impeachment inquiry into former President Donald Trump as “partisan,” complaining […]

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Who Is Andy Biggs? More on the Man Challenging McCarthy for House Speaker

Gabbard’s shift to the right is not surprising. Beyond appearing at CPAC this year, she has found a home in right-wing media for some time. There, she has focused less on bringing conservatives closer to her, and more on bringing herself closer to them—criticizing the impeachment inquiry into former President Donald Trump as “partisan,” complaining […]

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A New Republican Civil War Is About to Begin

But Trump has one asset that he didn’t in 2016. Over the last six years he has built his own political establishment and situating himself as the Republican Party’s most important power broker. Stefanik’s endorsement is case in point. Fifteen years ago, Stefanik would have made a career as a moderate Republican; in 2018, she […]

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Kevin McCarthy Is in Trouble

But a few months before the November elections, some congressional Republicans are privately unsure if McCarthy even has the votes to become speaker. There’s almost always some last-minute alternative candidate who emerges in defiance of the front-runner. It’s likely a long shot will throw his or her hat in the ring, but congressional Republicans interviewed […]

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How the midterms could impact the Russia-Ukraine war

The midterm elections, which are largely being fought over inflation, crime and other domestic issues, could have a huge impact on America’s role in the Russia-Ukraine war.  House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), the likely Speaker in a GOP majority, has talked about how Ukraine would not get a “blank check” from the U.S. with […]

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Kevin McCarthy Is Telling Us Something by Campaigning with Newt Gingrich, and It Isn’t Good

At a minimum, McCarthy’s House will make impossible demands of Biden in exchange for their votes: deep cuts to the IRS just for starters, but also maybe deep cuts to Social Security and Medicare and other Democratic domestic priorities; also, excessive funding for Republican priorities, like a massive increase in border security spending and turning […]

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“We” Don’t Have a Political Violence Problem. Republicans Do.

Rep. Paul Gosar, an Arizona Republican running unopposed this year, keynoted in February 2021 the annual white nationalist America First Political Action Conference and has touted it on Twitter—receiving, incidentally, no reprimand from House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy. After he sent video greetings to the same event this year Gosar claimed, preposterously, that it was […]

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Paul Pelosi Almost Died, and Most Republicans Don’t Have a Big Problem with That

This, friends, is a moment. I encourage you—especially if you’re younger, and you have five or six decades of life in these United States ahead of you—to remember and reflect on this moment, because if democracy dies in this country, and if violence overwhelms discourse and the bullet replaces the ballot, the beating of Paul […]

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Why the fate of Medicare and Social Security is a midterm issue

The fate of Social Security and Medicare is back in the spotlight less than two weeks before the midterms. The White House and Democrats have made both entitlements central to their closing pitch to voters, sounding the alarm that a Republican majority in the House would look to cut programs that millions of Americans rely […]

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Congressional Republicans Look to Sow Chaos in Ukraine if They Retake Congress

The Biden administration has said that it welcomes Republican opposition to the war—an understandable position, given the unpopularity of Vladimir Putin and the overall level of sympathy toward the people of Ukraine. Politico reported that the administration believes that “political blowback would singe the GOP if the money stopped, Ukraine suffered, and Russia emerged triumphant.” […]

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Did Liz Truss Kill Reaganomics?

I’m not sure exactly why. I’d like to think it’s because House GOP leaders recognize that cutting taxes will increase inflation—that Reagan was wrong to think otherwise. But this is Kevin McCarthy we’re talking about, not Ezra Klein. It would make sense that Truss’s belly-flop on taxes scared McCarthy, but the timing doesn’t work; Truss’s […]

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The Next Debt-Ceiling Crisis Will Be the Democrats’ Fault

“Democrats could set the debt limit at, say, the equivalent of five times the total spending on a particular set of major agencies at that given moment, [Georgetown University law professor David] Super says,” Sargent wrote. “The precise language might not pass muster with the parliamentarian, but it’s worth trying, and if necessary, Democrats could […]

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The January 6 Committee Reminds America That the Midterms Are Still About the MAGA Insurrection

As the public hearings presumably draw to a close, it is impressive how much we have learned about January 6 despite stonewalling by Trump insiders. Cheney detailed the more than 30 recalcitrant witnesses who invoked their rights against self-incrimination. These Fifth Amendment insurrectionists included sleazy political consultant Roger Stone, unhinged former national security adviser Michael […]

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Conservatives Want You to Die for Their Personal Beliefs

Conservative commentators have characterized gay men as sex-crazed perverts who lack the self-control to stay away from orgies like the “gay San Francisco fuckfest” (podcaster Steven Crowder’s words) that coddling Democrats refused to clamp down on. The Federalist’s Chad Felix Greene, a self-described gay conservative, wrote that it “really isn’t too much to ask for […]

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Kevin McCarthy’s Desperate Bid to Prove the Republican Party Has Ideas

It wasn’t a particularly surprising response given the party’s noteworthy abandonment of policy ambitions. A month earlier, he had told donors more or less the same thing, insisting that telling voters what Republicans would do if elected was a massive strategic blunder: The best thing to do, he argued, was to just hammer Democrats.  This […]

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Rudy Giuliani Promises Revenge Raid of Biden’s House If Trump Wins in 2024

Many of former President Donald Trump’s closest allies are promising revenge after the FBI executed a search warrant at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago property on Monday. But his former campaign lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, went a step further. Giuliani predicted to the New York Post that if Trump returns to the White House after the 2024 election, he’ll […]

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The Bland Ambition of Kevin McCarthy

There are also plenty of actions a Republican-controlled House could take that have nothing to do with legislation but would be designed to weaken Biden and the Democrats: investigating Hunter Biden, for example, or opening their own probe into the activity of the select committee investigating January 6. Republican leadership is already plotting to subpoena […]

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