After the flurry of testimony in the House impeachment inquiry hearings this month, one of the central players headlines focused on was Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), who repeatedly slammed the media’s coverage of the hearings, saying that Americans “have learned to recognize fake news when they see it,” adding that media outlets are the “puppets” of Democrats.
In a piece last Tuesday for Nunes’ hometown newspaper The Frenso Bee, Kate Irby and Francesca Chambers noted that much of Nunes’ rhetoric echoes the rhetoric of President Trump and “has closely matched Trump’s own defense of his actions.”
“…and some details within the impeachment hearings suggest Nunes could be coordinating with the White House.”
One signal that Nunes may be coordinating with the White House is the fact that he was the first to receive the transcript of Trump’s infamous July 25 phone call with Ukraine’s president, where allegedly pressured him to open an investigation into the Bidens in exchange for military aid.
The Bee’s piece also cites former House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Democratic staff member Mieke Eoyang, who said that Nunes’ rhetoric “seems to have an audience of one.”
Also providing a clue was Nunes’ questioning of Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman this past Tuesday, where he seemingly tried to get Vindman to reveal the identity of the whistleblower — a vocal crusade of Trump’s.
Doctors fear Trump will lie about a vaccine to win the election
There is a fear among many that the so-called "October Surprise" won't be another international scandal at the White House, but President Donald Trump announcing a vaccine, whether there is one or not.
Washington Post political columnist Greg Sargent explained in his Monday column that scientists are issuing a warning in a series of New York Times interviews. Either Trump will like and announce a vaccine that isn't ready or he'll rush the process to ensure a vaccine is ready, whether it is or not. Some of the scientists even work for the American government and have updated information on the status of a vaccine.
GOP strategists fear a Kris Kobach nomination could cost Republicans greatly: ‘The Senate majority runs through Kansas’
In Kansas’ Republican senatorial primary, voters will choose between former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach and Rep. Roger Marshall — who some GOP strategists believe is by far the more electable of the two. And according to Politico’s James Arkin, one of the prominent Republicans who is sounding the alarm is Kevin McLaughlin, executive director of the National Republican Senatorial Committee.
Although Kobach and Marshall are both hard-right politically, Kobach is more extreme — so extreme that even in deep red Kansas, he lost a gubernatorial race to a centrist Democrat in the 2018 midterms. That Democrat, Laura Kelly, is now governor of Kansas, where Kobach was a leading promoter of the racist “birther” conspiracy theory during the 2010s.
Trump infuriates business owners in two key states over GOP convention debacle
The ongoing saga of the Republican Party's attempt to hold a convention in August to choose Donald Trump as their presidential nominee is leaving small business owners in spurned Charlotte, North Carolina and Jacksonville, Florida frustrated and angry over lost income at a time when the economy is reeling.
According to a report from the Daily Beast, business owners in Charlotte are angry that the president abruptly pulled the convention from their city over concerns he couldn't put on the big production he craves due to the COVID-19 pandemic and Jacksonville business owners are unsure whether the convention that was moved to their city will pay off now that the GOP is dialing it back over the same health crisis concerns.