September 26, 2021

Report: anti-marijuana legislator invests thousands in cannabis stock

North Carolina Rep. Virginia Foxx (R), a congresswoman with an influential position on the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on marijuana stocks despite advocating against its legalization, a Salon report finds.

Foxx made at least six investments in Altria, a leader in the burgeoning cannabis industry, since Sept. 2020.

The previously unreported investments likely make her the largest holder of marijuana stocks in Congress.

The purchases come at an odd time, as they began just a few months before the House passed the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act (MORE) in December, which would decriminalize cannabis at the federal level. Foxx voted against the measure.

“This is so obviously a conflict of interest, I’m just not sure what else I can say, really,” said Richard Painter, a former White House ethics attorney under President George W. Bush and University of Minnesota law professor. “It brings into question her credibility as a lawmaker.”

“What are Republicans fighting to protect? Jobs,” Foxx tweeted in May of this year. “What are Democrats fighting to protect? Pot. What a joke.”

Records show Foxx spent between $79,000 and $210,000 on Altria stock.


Report: U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx Opposes Marijuana Legalization But Invests in Cannabis Stock

September 23, 2021

House legislators file articles of impeachment against Biden

A group of legislators filed new articles of impeachment against President Joe Biden for an unsecured border, his handling of the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan, and imposing an eviction moratorium even though he said it might not hold up under constitutional scrutiny.

The group of GOP lawmakers, led by Rep. Bob Gibbs (OH), includes Andy Biggs (AZ), Brian Babin (TX), and Randy Weber (TX).

The House members argued that Biden’s conduct “warrants impeachment and trial, removal from office, and disqualification to hold and enjoy any office of honor, trust, or profit under the United States.”

This is the second time Biden’s been the subject of articles of impeachment. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) filed articles of impeachment the day after Biden’s swearing-in.

However, the effort has a slim chance of success given that the House majority currently belongs to the Democrats.


New group of GOP lawmakers file articles of impeachment against Biden

September 16, 2021

What Newsom’s recall victory means for California

California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) decidedly beat a Republican-led recall effort to remove him from office less than three years into his first term. Newsom claimed victory with about 65% of the vote.

The GOP led the charge to remove Newsom because of his COVID-19 policies, including school closures, business restrictions, and mask and vaccine mandates.

The governor faced over 40 opponents in the historic recall election, but his most prominent challenger was rightwing radio host Larry Elder, who Newsom described as “more extreme than Trump.”

“I don’t drink coffee, I drink tea, and when I become governor, assuming there are still mandates for vaccines and mandates for face masks, they will be repealed before I have my first cup of tea,” Elder said at a rally last month.

However, despite frustrations toward Newsom’s COVID-19 measures, California voters indicated they don’t want a dramatic change in their status quo.

“Larry Elder handed [Democrats] so many gifts on a platter. He is literally the antithesis of most California voters,” said Dana Williamson, adviser to former Gov. Jerry Brown.

Newsom’s victory effectively preserves his political career and secures his ability to vie for reelection in 2022. If successful, some believe it could lead to a presidential bid.

“Now he wins this, he wins again in 2022, and now we’re all on to 2024 and beyond, and he becomes a viable presidential candidate,” said Jack Citrin, a political science professor at UC Berkeley. “Every crisis is also an opportunity.”

Newsom’s victory comes as the Golden State faces significant challenges, including homelessness, a housing shortage, and devastating wildfires.

Meanwhile, Democrats already started to push for changes to the state’s recall process to make mounting the challenge more difficult in the future.

“I think the recall process has been weaponized,” Newsom said Wednesday.

The expensive election could cost California up to $300 million.


What does Gavin Newsom’s recall victory mean for California?

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September 14, 2021

Senator demands to know ‘who is in charge’ after Biden cut off mid-sentence

Sen. James Risch (R-ID) wants to know who is really “calling the shots” in the White House. Risch addressed his concerns on Tuesday during Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s hearing before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations regarding the controversial US withdrawal from Afghanistan.

“One of the things we need to get to the bottom to is who is responsible for this? Who made the decisions?” Risch said. “[Biden] can’t even speak without someone in the White House censoring it or signing off on it.”

“This is a puppeteer act, if you would, and we need to know who’s in charge and who is making the decisions.”

Risch referred to an incident on Monday where the White House abruptly ended the feed of President Joe Biden’s briefing on wildfires, cutting him off mid-sentence.

“Somebody in the White House has authority to press the button and stop the president, cut off the president’s speaking ability and sound. Who is that person?” the senator said Tuesday.

“There is no such person,” Blinken responded. He added that the president “speaks very clearly and very deliberately for himself. No one else does.”

This isn’t the first time questions were raised about Biden potentially answering to someone else. During a speech last week, Biden referenced orders he was “supposed” to follow.


 Senator demands to know ‘who is in charge’ at White House after Biden cut off mid-sentence

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September 12, 2021

Biden’s vaccine rules receive instant, fervent GOP opposition

President Joe Biden’s aggressive new measure to require the COVID-19 vaccine for millions of Americans immediately met fervent opposition from Republicans.

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster says he will fight “to the gates of hell to protect the liberty and livelihood of every South Carolinian.”

Senate candidate J.D. Vance described the tactic as an “attempt to bully and coerce citizens.”

“The vaccine itself is life-saving, but this unconstitutional move is terrifying,” tweeted Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves.

“The American people have a right to assess the risks and benefits of the vaccine and make the decision on what is best for themselves and their families,” said Mike Gibbons, a Senate candidate in Ohio. “That decision should be made by doctors and the individual, not the government.”


Biden’s vaccine rules ignite instant, hot GOP opposition

September 12, 2021

Trump 2024 White House bid more likely than ever

Former President Donald Trump has been hinting at the idea of running again in 2024, but he has ramped up the speculation in recent weeks.

While there is a lot of time left before the 2024 election cycle kicks off, Trump’s would-be rivals within the GOP are aware of a potential collision course.

“I think [Trump running] feels like more of a possibility now than it did before,” an aide to one Republican eyeing a 2024 run said. “That doesn’t mean you stop what you’re doing altogether. Until he says what he’s going to do, that’s not an option.”

“That being said, yeah, I think he’s putting a lot of candidates on notice, reminding them that he’s still in the mix.”

Trump’s allies are fueling talk of his return to the campaign trail as well.

“I think he is definitely running in 2024,” said Jason Miller, a close associate and senior adviser to Trump’s 2020 campaign. “He has not said the magical words to me, but if you talk to him for a few minutes, it’s pretty clear that he’s running, and I think just what we’ve seen unfold in Afghanistan recently has really just emboldened that.”


Allies see rising prospect of Trump 2024 White House bid

September 11, 2021

Chief of staff criticized for endorsing Biden’s new vaccine rules as ‘ultimate work-around’ for federal mandate

Ronald Klain, the White House’s chief of staff, was the subject of criticism after sharing a post that seemingly praised the Biden administration for “the ultimate work-around” for a national COVID-19 vaccine mandate.

President Joe Biden announced a “new action plan” that would force private-sector businesses with over 100 employees to require full-vaccination or weekly coronavirus tests. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration would enforce the new rules. Non-compliance with the policy would result in up to $14,000 in fines per offense.

Klain retweeted MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle, who wrote, “OSHA doing this vaxx mandate as an emergency workplace safety rule is the ultimate work-around for the Federal govt to require vaccinations.”

Critics said that Klain’s endorsement of such an idea called the mandate’s legality into question.

“This is exactly the kind of big government overreach we have tried so hard to prevent in Arizona — now the Biden-Harris administration is hammering down on private businesses and individual freedoms in an unprecedented and dangerous way,” Gov. Doug Ducey (R) wrote. “This will never stand up in court.”


White House’s Ron Klain panned for retweeting post on ‘ultimate work-around’ for federal vaccine mandate

September 10, 2021

Pence blasts Biden’s vaccine mandates: ‘Unlike anything I’ve ever heard’

Former Vice President Mike Pence blasted President Biden’s newly announced COVID-19 vaccine mandates, saying the announcement was “unlike anything I have ever heard from an American president.”

“To have the president of the United States say that he’s been patient, but his patience is wearing thin, that’s not how the American people expect to be spoken to by our elected leaders,” Pence told Fox & Friends on Friday.

“The president should simply continue, as we have done, to lead by example. Encourage people to take the vaccine, as Karen and I did on national television back in December,” he continued.

On Thursday, Biden announced that all private employers with 100 or more employees must require COVID-19 vaccination or daily testing for workers.

“We’ve been patient, but our patience is wearing thin, and the refusal has cost all of us. So please do the right thing,” Biden said. “This is not about freedom or personal choice.”

Pence pushed back on Friday, saying, “it’s exactly about freedom.”

“Now to have a president not just scolding the American people, but governors around the country, it’s just not the American way,” Pence said.

What do you think about Biden’s new vaccine rules? Do you agree with Pence? Comment your opinion below.


Pence slams Biden vaccine mandates: ‘Unlike anything I have ever heard’

September 6, 2021

GOP senator urges party to avoid Trump nomination in 2024

Retiring Republican Sen. Pat Toomey (Pa.) urged his party to avoid nominating former President Trump for presidential candidacy in 2024.

During an interview with CNBC, reporters asked Toomey if he would be disappointed if Trump gained the nomination in 2024.

“Yeah, after what happened post-2020 election. I think the president’s behavior was completely unacceptable,” Toomey said. “So I don’t think he should be the nominee to lead the party in 2024.”

The senator previously pushed back against Trump’s claims of a fraudulent election. Toomey was one of the seven GOP senators who voted to convict Trump on impeachment charges in the wake of the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.

“I think that the future of our party is to be a party of ideas, and not to be a party about any one individual. And I think we will learn a lot from the next set of primaries,” Toomey said.


Retiring GOP senator urges party not to nominate Trump in 2024

September 1, 2021

Despite casualties and hundreds left behind, Biden calls Afghanistan withdrawal ‘extraordinary success’

President Joe Biden addressed the nation on Tuesday, calling the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan an “extraordinary success,” despite the ISIS-led deaths of service members and hundreds of American citizens being left behind.

“As we close 20 years of war and strife and pain and sacrifice, it’s time to look to the future, not the past,” Biden said at the end of his speech, which had been delayed nearly two hours.

“The bottom line, 90 percent of Americans in Afghanistan who wanted to leave were able to leave,” Biden said.

Republicans say Biden abandoned US citizens after he vowed last week not to leave any American behind.

“Joe Biden promised American citizens in Afghanistan that he would stay until he got them out. When the rubber hit the road, Joe Biden kept his promise with the Taliban, and he broke his promise to Americans,” Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) said.


Biden claims Afghanistan withdrawal ‘extraordinary success’ in address to nation

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