House Republicans’ secret vote to gut the Office of Congressional Ethics on Monday is earning a swift rebuke from political rivals, and one Democratic lawmaker absolutely nuked the GOP’s latest gambit on CNN Tuesday morning.
Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA) told CNN on Tuesday that he and other Democrats were “completely blindsided” by the GOP’s vote on Monday night, and he said that he was appalled that it was the very first thing they did after getting back to work this week.
“I mean, is there any American out there who thinks Congress is too ethical?” Moulton asked incredulously. “Donald Trump and the Republicans say they are going to drain the swamp and the very first thing they do is dismantle our outside ethics watchdog!”
When asked by CNN host Alisyn Camerota why he thought the GOP would make such a move, he gave the obvious answer: That they want to get away with doing unethical things.
“I guess what they have on their agenda might run into trouble with ethics,” he said. “I don’t know what else could be the reason, but we’re going to stand up to this just like we’re going to stand up to all the things that Republicans want to do that are bad for the American people, and clearly this is getting off to a really bad start.”
Watch the whole interview below.
New Zealand may postpone general election after 4 test positive for COVID-19: PM Jacinda Ardern
New Zealand locked down nursing homes nationwide Wednesday after a 102-day streak without the coronavirus ended, as Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the outbreak could force her to postpone next month's general election.
Ardern said authorities were scrambling to trace anyone who had been in contact with four Auckland residents who tested positive Tuesday, ending the dream run in which the virus had been contained at New Zealand's borders.
A three-day stay-at-home order for Auckland, New Zealand's biggest city with a population of 1.5 million, was announced on Tuesday night and went into force at lunchtime on Wednesday.
Android phones to get ‘ShakeAlert’ earthquake warnings — and phones may double as tremor detectors
Android phones will receive warnings triggered by a "ShakeAlert" earthquake early-warning system implemented on the West Coast by the US Geological Survey and partners.
ShakeAlert uses signals from hundreds of seismometers across the state to trigger warning messages that "an earthquake has begun and shaking is imminent," according to the system's website.
"We saw an opportunity to use Android to provide people with timely, helpful earthquake information when they search, as well as a few seconds warning to get themselves and their loved ones to safety if needed," principal software engineer Marc Stogaitis said in a blog post.
‘Don’t talk about racism, racist’: Trump scorched after claiming Biden-Harris campaign has a ‘racism problem’
President Donald Trump continued to lash out at Kamala Harris after the California Democrat was chosen to join the 2020 Democratic Party ticket as presumptive nominee Joe Biden's running mate.
At a news conference following the selection, Trump complained about Harris being "nasty."
After 10 p.m. on Monday, Trump tweeted out an attack ad claiming "Joe Biden has a racism problem."
Here's some of what people were saying about Trump's line of attack: