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Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has ignored complaints from Donald Trump and reached a deal with Democrats to extend the debt ceiling and avoid a government shutdown.
"We’re seeing some pretty significant fissures inside the Senate Republican Conference over the debt-limit strategy," Punchbowl News reported Wednesday. "Some of the "no" votes tell us that Republicans already helped Democrats raise the debt limit once and they shouldn't do it again."
Punchbowl noted the position of three Senate Republicans who are seen as hopefuls to be the next GOP leader. Senate Minority Whip John Thune (R-SD) and Sen. John Cornyn are both backing McConnell's deal, while Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY), the chair of the Senate GOP Conference, remains undecided.
"But there was “a lot of pushback” in the GOP Conference meeting on Tuesday where McConnell laid out the plan, according to Republicans sources. Sens. Richard Shelby (R-AL), Dan Sullivan (R-AK) and Mitt Romney (R-UT) -- normally “safe” leadership allies -- all raised concerns, as did more hardline conservatives," Punchbowl reported. "Some Republicans seem to be struggling with voting no because the debt-limit process bill also includes language to delay Medicare sequestration cuts. Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), a hardliner who one would expect to be against any debt-limit increase, questioned why any Republicans would vote against the measure."
Punchbowl said the deal "seems to be sailing through the Congress quite easily."
But Trump is not on board, issuing a statement on Tuesday complaining about the "pathetic" strategy of Senate Republicans.
"USE THE DEBT CEILING TO WIN, AND MEAN IT THIS TIME!" Trump said, in all capital letters.
Republican senators have repeatedly sided with McConnell over Trump when the former president has demanded particular votes.
In October, Trump also tried to kill a debt limit increase.
"Republican Senators, do not vote for this terrible deal being pushed by folding Mitch McConnell," Trump argued, shortly before he lost the vote as eleven GOP senators joined with Democrats on a procedural vote.
In August, Trump urged Republicans to use the debt limit as leverage to kill the Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework. But his advice was rejected by nineteen Republicans Senators.
Mark Meadows accidentally reveals what Jan. 6 evidence is 'freaking out' Trump allies: MSNBC's Morning Joe
MSNBC's Joe Scarborough said former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows accidentally revealed what evidence he and former president Donald Trump are most afraid of Jan. 6 investigators obtaining.
Meadows appeared on the right-wing Real America's Voice network to defend ending his cooperation with the House select committee investigating the U.S. Capitol riot, which he justified by complaining that lawmakers had sought third-party records that presumably relate to phone communications -- and the "Morning Joe" host said that betrayed Trump's greatest fear.
"I thought there was a tell in that interview that Meadows had," Scarborough said. "The thing they're the most scared about are the phone records. Who called whom? That's going to reveal the tick-tock of who Donald Trump's calling, who they're calling, who's furiously calling them to try to get, you know, Donald Trump to actually call out the National Guard and save the lives of people inside the Capitol. But for him, for Meadows, he goes, 'Oh, well, when they did what' -- by the way, everybody does it in every lawsuit. This is what everybody does."
"You get the phone records, you get office records -- you get everything," he added. "You get the files in discovery. But, of course, they're freaking out because that helps put the tick-tock together."
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A 49-year-old man is in custody after allegedly setting a Christmas tree on fire outside of the Fox News building in New York City.
Witnesses posted videos to the Citizen App of the perpetrator lighting the tree on West 48th Street and 6th Avenue on fire. A News 4 employee was witness to NYPD officers apprehending a suspect near the tree after midnight.
"A police department spokesperson confirmed a 49-year-old man was in custody but investigators couldn't confirm an incendiary device was used. A light was removed from the suspect, though it's also unclear whether it was used," NBC New York reported.
"The News Corp. building on Avenue of the Americas just celebrated the Christmas tree on Sunday. It's filled with 10,000 glass ornaments, 100,000 lights and it took over 21 hours to put together. Crews were later seen taking down what was left of the tree," Nadeau shared.
Watch the video below.
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