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Senate Republicans pushing back on White House demand to include FBI HQ funding in stimulus: report

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Lindsey Graham speaks to reporters (Twitter/screen grab)

On Monday, the GOP’s coronavirus stimulus proposal was revealed to contain funding to construct a new FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C. — a proposal that could make the Trump Organization a lot of money, but that took Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) completely by surprise.

On CNN’s “OutFront,” reporter Phil Mattingly noted that Senate Republicans are not happy with the sudden inclusion.

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“The bill [has] a $1.75 billion new FBI building in it,” said host Erin Burnett. “This is, would seem inappropriate to put pork in a bill like this.”

“This has been a major flash point of Republican negotiations over the course of the last several days between the White House and Senate Republicans,” said Mattingly, “and if you want to know how Senate Republicans really feel about it, take a listen to what Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had to say.”

“Well, regarding that proposal, obviously we had to have an agreement with the administration in order to get started,” said McConnell in the clip. “And they’ll have to answer the question of why they insisted on that provision.”

“The Majority Leader is not very loose with his words, but he has very clear intent with what he was saying there, which is this is the administration’s proposal,” said Mattingly. “The administration tried to force this proposal into these negotiations, I am told, multiple times over the last several weeks. Senator Lindsey Graham, the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, said earlier today, ‘I just don’t know why we’re doing this.'”

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The GOP ‘fundamentals’ are the same as 20 years ago — and they’re ‘running short on competence’: columnist

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The Republicans in charge today may be different in some cases than the ones who ran it 20 years ago, but not much else has changed according to The Washington Post's James Downie.

"In the span of an hour, CNN’s State of the Union featured both new and old faces of the Republican Party. First, host Dana Bash interviewed Sen. Roy Blunt, who has held elective office from Missouri for most of the past 35 years. Then she welcomed Nicole Malliotakis (R-NY) and Nancy Mace (R-SC), both newly elected members of the House. Though all three looked very different, they sounded much the same," Downie wrote on Sunday evening.

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Incoming GOP lawmaker put on the spot over her legitimacy with Trump calling the election ‘rigged’

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Filling in for regular "State of the Union" host Jake Tapper on Sunday, CNN's Dana Bash asked a newly-elected GOP lawmaker if the president undermined her legitimacy as a House member with his insistence there was massive voter fraud.

Speaking with incoming Reps. Nicolle Malliotakis (R-NY) and Nancy Mace (R-SC), Bash asked the New York representative-elect about Trump's election conspiracy theories.

After noting Trump lawyers' accusations of voter fraud have been "laughed' out of court, she turned to Malliotakis.

"I'll go to you, Congresswoman-elect Nicole Malliotakis: Does it concern you that the president is undermining the results of an election that both of you won?" Bash asked.

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CNN’s Bash forced to cut off GOP senator and fact-check him on Trump lawyers’ voter fraud claims

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During a long interview with Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt, CNN host Dana Bash was forced to cut off the Republican when he cast doubt on the 2020 election results, with Bash pointing out there are no credible reports of massive election fraud.

Discussing Donald Trump's lawyer's attempts to get thrown out, the topic turned to Georgia and the vote recount that still showed former Vice President Joe Biden pulled off an upset in the state.

'Do you, Roy Blunt, as not just the former secretary of state of Missouri, as the [Senate] Rules chairman, you have a bird's eye oversight view of the elections, do you think it was rigged? Yes or no?" the "State of the Union" host pressed.

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