Republicans on Thursday passed legislation that would rip away health care from an estimated 24 million Americans -- and they plan to celebrate it with a massive keg party.
Vice News' Alexandra Jaffe reports that large quantities of beer are being wheeled into the Capitol building in anticipation of the House of Representatives passing the American Health Care Act on Thursday afternoon.
"Cases upon cases of beer just rolled into the Capitol on a cart covered in a sheet," she writes on Twitter. "Spotted Bud Light peeking out from the sheet."
Cases upon cases of beer just rolled into the Capitol on a cart covered in a sheet. Spotted Bud Light peeking out from the sheet— Alexandra Jaffe (@Alexandra Jaffe)1493920248.0
House Republicans are also reportedly heading over to the White House to celebrate the vote after passing the AHCA.
Earlier this year, House Speaker Paul Ryan told National Review editor Rich Lowry that he has been "dreaming" of capping Medicaid expenses ever since he and Lowry "were drinking at a keg" in college. Ryan said on Thursday ahead of the vote that he had been eagerly waiting for seven years to cast his vote in favor of a bill that is expected to deprive 24 million people of their insurance.
InfoWars video editor Sam Montoya pleaded not guilty on Friday to charges stemming from the January 6th insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.
A family member submitted a tip to the FBI that Montoya had been inside the capitol.
The FBI located a 44-minute video Montoya had reportedly posted titled, "Patriots Storm Congress Raw Footage Includes Execution of Ashli Babbitt."
At one point, he turned the camera on himself and said, "It feels good to be in the Capitol baby!"
NBC Washington correspondent Scott MacFarlane reports Montoya pleaded not guilty.
NEW: InfoWars staffer Sam Montoya pleads NOT GUILTY in US Capitol attack case. Montoya is accused of saying the f… https://t.co/6kdizrReP5— Scott MacFarlane (@Scott MacFarlane)1621041180.0
DOJ statement of facts against Samuel Christopher Montoya.Screengrab.
Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) received massive backing for his new book from a conservative Political Action Committee.
"Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley's The Tyranny of Big Tech sold 20,900 print books in its first week, according to NPD BookScan data provided to Forbes, landing on bestseller lists after his first publisher Simon & Schuster dumped the book over his objections to the presidential election results—and with the help of the GOP book-buying machine and one of the senator's favorite targets: Amazon," Forbes reported Friday.
"The Times' bestseller list listed Hawley's book with a dagger symbol, which the publication uses to denote books that made the list with the help of bulk purchases or other potentially 'suspicious' methods," Forbes explained. "Hawley's book, like a number of his GOP colleagues before him, has benefitted from a large purchase by a Republican donor group: So far, the Federal Election Commission data shows the Senate Conservatives Fund paid Hawley's publisher Regnery Publishing $64,750 in February for 'donor books' supporting Hawley."
Paul Farhi of The Washington Post broke down the math:
The math: —20,900 first-week sales. —Senate Conserv. Fund bulk buys $64,750 worth. —At $16 per copy (bulk disco… https://t.co/1fr1e5zMsl— Paul Farhi (@Paul Farhi)1621047839.0
After weeks of rabble-rousing coverage calling for new rules surrounding mask-wearing, Fox News abruptly shifted its tone on the matter Thursday — just hours after the Centers for Disease Control affirmed the network's calls to announce it was safe for vaccinated individuals to shed their masks indoors.
Now, the new masking guidance appears to be a "distraction," according to a number of Fox News anchors and guests.
On shows across the board Thursday into Friday, hosts questioned the timing of the announcement. Jeanine Pirro went so far as to call the announcement "theater," and listed off a number of so-called crises that the White House was supposedly looking to distract the public from.
Will Cain, who hosts "Fox & Friends" on Friday mornings, even said viewers should question "whether or not science was the guide here."
It was a shocking turnaround for the network, which had for much of the previous year called mask mandates — and any COVID-19-related restrictions, really — a "permanent power grab" and evidence that Democrats "want [COVID-19] to continue indefinitely."
But just minutes after CDC Director Rochelle Walensky held a press conference to announce the agency's new guidance, host Dana Perino — who had herself repeatedly demanded Biden remove his mask in public settings — pointed to the news as a possible conspiracy to help the president's approval rating: "I'm just saying they're either extremely lucky or extremely skilled, and I admire it either way."
Watch the video below via Media Matters for America: