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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) appears to be losing his grip on his Republican caucus as the vote nears for the infrastructure package.
Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) told reporters he doesn't understand why the bill has become so political when it clearly isn't, reported Forbes.
Cassidy was one of the senators who worked across the aisle with Democrats to get support for the bill that Republicans have now come out against. A whopping 19 Republicans voted to support the bill when the Senate voted, and now Cassidy says he "cannot understand" why the House Republicans are pushing their members against it. He called it "pure stupidity."
Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.), who helped shepherd the bill through the Senate, where it got 19 Republican votes, was candid in a brief Capitol Hill interview, telling Forbes he "cannot understand" why the House GOP is whipping against the bill, calling the move "pure stupidity."
"It's not because of the policy," Cassidy said the House GOP's opposition. He explained that it's already been supported by pro-business and conservative groups like the Chamber of Commerce. "If you do it strictly on the merits, on the policy and the positive things it does for the United States of America, then you vote 'yes.' If you've got other considerations, aside from what's good… for America, then you vote 'no.'"
Fellow Louisiana Republican, House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, said the infrastructure bill is "inextricably linked" with a massive social spending package that Democrats are trying to shove through without Republicans. But Cassidy noted it's a separate bill and "a separate vote, isn't it? I don't know any other way to describe de-linkage."
They are two different bills because Republicans don't support the bill that makes the child tax credit permanent, supports paid family leave, free community college classes and other key programs that President Joe Biden calls "human infrastructure."
House Speaker told the Democratic caucus on Monday that they can't wait for the human infrastructure bill to pass both chambers before voting on the hard infrastructure bill, Forbes said, citing a source.
"When they say they're linked, I don't know how you say that when they're two separate votes," Rep. Don Bacon (R-NE) said, agreeing with Cassidy that he and his colleagues can "vote 'no' on one and 'yes' on the other."
Other Republicans have questioned how her party can be so against a bill that is clearly non-partisan.
"If Republicans can't support this, if Democrats can't support this, what is it that we can support?" she said.
Former President Donald Trump's attempts to silence former "Apprentice" contestant and White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman have ended in failure.
Law & Crime reports that the American Arbitration Association this month ruled that Trump's nondisclosure agreement with Omarosa is unenforceable, which frees her of any liability for speaking out about her time working in the White House.
The ruling held that Omarosa's tell-all book about her time in the White House mainly disclosed unflattering anecdotes about Trump, and thus should not have been enforceable under any NDA.
"Given the general nature of many of these statements, it is hard to see how Respondent could have known that they would be considered 'confidential information' under the terms of the Agreement," the ruling stated. "The statements do not disclose hard data such as internal polling results or donor financial information. Rather, they are for the most part simply expressions of unflattering opinions."
The ruling went on to note that "this is exactly the kind of indefiniteness which New York courts do not allow to form the terms of a binding contract."
Omarosa's lawyer in the case, Florida attorney John M. Phillips, hinted that this could open the door for more longtime Trump associates to get their own NDAs thrown out, which could lead to more embarrassing revelations about the former president.
"People who signed these NDAs should sleep better and speak more freely," he told Law & Crime. "Kudos to Omarosa Manigault Newman for coming forward and taking this on."
An Ohio security guard previously convicted of animal cruelty was recorded on video pulling a knife on two women exploring a nearly empty shopping mall.
Mary Chambers and a friend went to explore the mostly empty Forest Fair Village mall in Forest Park, where they apparently angered a security guard by taking photos of the dormant retail spaces, reported WLWT-TV.
"It's a really nice place -- it's just sad, eerie, you know," Chambers told the TV station. "I think that I made a very huge risk going to that mall with that man inside there."
The women recorded their encounter with Edmund Cunningham, who was convicted on animal cruelty charges in 2018 after Middletown police said he admitted to killing eight kittens and putting them in his freezer.
"Oh yeah, try to block the license plate, b*tch," Cunningham says in the video.
The women tell Cunningham they're not doing anything wrong and ask him to get away from their car after leaving the mall.
"I'll crush that f*cking phone out of your hands," Cunningham says.
Cunningham, who was later charged with aggravated menacing, told police that his paranoia resurfaced after running out of medication, and he claimed the knife was not real and only for training purposes.
"Why was he employed there?" Chambers asked. "They have to know that he had done what he done in the past."
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