By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A panel of the U.S. House of Representatives will hear testimony on Wednesday from Postmaster General Louis DeJoy and other officials as lawmakers consider significant reforms to tackle the precarious finances of the U.S. Postal Service (USPS). Delays in paychecks and other mail deliveries by USPS gained attention this summer as a record number of voters mailed in ballots to elect a new president. DeJoy, a supporter of former President Donald Trump appointed to head the USPS last year, suspended operational changes in August after enormous criticism o...
CNN reporter Jim Sciutto revealed Wednesday morning that Republican leaders said they're telling members to vote "no" in holding Steve Bannon in criminal contempt for not complying with the Jan. 6 House Select Committee subpoena. The decision is a mistake, according to the network's legal analyst Elliot Williams.
While Williams confessed that the partisan behavior is "predictable," he said that the GOP members will likely return to the majority and at that point, they won't be able to enforce their own subpoenas, which they'll likely aim to use to bring down President Joe Biden
"Congress is made up mostly of two bickering political parties, but it's a collective that has the legal power to compel testimony," tweeted Williams. "Stuff like this makes it easier down the road for future witnesses to just say ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ and ignore it when they get a subpoena. 'New defendant. Who dis?'"
Responses to Williams, however, asked why he thinks Republicans will play by the rules when they become the majority. The GOP is facing allegations of hypocrisy around the debt ceiling, which they voted to raise three times under former President Donald Trump. Now that President Joe Biden is in the White House, they're refusing to do the same.
At the same time, Republicans are suddenly concerned about the national debt, despite passing the GOP tax cut bill for corporations that the CBO said would add $1.9 trillion to the U.S. deficit over 10 years. Similarly, Republicans blocked hearings for a Supreme Court nominee for nearly a year because Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) didn't want former President Barack Obama to be able to appoint a replacement for a conservative justice. When the same thing happened in Trump's administration, Republicans fast-tracked their nominee to ensure the vacancy was filled within weeks. McConnell then said if the same thing happened again, he would do exactly the same thing to Biden in 2024.
Charlotte family in shock after conservative neighbor targets them with Nazi sign – then gives ‘wild excuse’ to cops
A North Carolina man found a sign denouncing him as a Nazi after he placed a "Black Lives Matter" flag outside his home.
The Arsley man, who asked to remain anonymous in media accounts, said his doorbell camera recorded video of a neighbor placing the sign in his yard Saturday around noon that read, "Seig heil DNC Nazi voter lives here," after the homeowner displayed an "In This House We Believe" flag, reported WCCB-TV.
"Science is real, Black lives matter, no human is illegal, women's rights are human rights, love is love," the man said, "and that's what it says on it."
"Really, we're lost for words," the man added. "When I showed her the video that night, I was like, can you believe this is happening? We both didn't know what to say, we were baffled the rest of the night. My wife is handicapped and Jewish, and she don't even want me to leave the house now."
The man called the police on Sunday, and he said the neighbor approached and lied about what had happened.
"He came out and talked with the cop a little bit, where he came up with this wild excuse of saying that his banner had got tore up and he saw the person who did it, and he thought it was perhaps my house," the man said.
But he said the neighbor's banner remains intact, and he said the other man has his own doorbell camera that would have recorded any evidence of tampering.
"It's a little scary just in that there's somebody living a couple houses down that has this weird view," the man said.
Legal expert blasts GOP as ‘a pathetic and dangerous cult’ for whipping votes against Bannon criminal referral
House GOP Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) announced on Thursday that the Republican caucus would whip votes against holding Donald Trump advisor Steve Bannon in contempt for refusing to cooperative with the congressional investigation of the Capitol riot.
On Tuesday, the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol unanimously voted for a criminal referral of Bannon to the Department of Justice, setting up a floor vote.
"House GOP leaders are recommending a 'no' vote on the criminal contempt referral for Bannon, Scalise announced in conference this morning, per a source in the room. Not the same as a formal whip against the resolution, but it still shows GOP leaders leaning in hard against it," CNN's Melanie Zanona reported.
Harvard Law professor emeritus Laurence Tribe said the decision was not a surprise.
"No surprise there. Until the GOP becomes a genuine political party again and not just a pathetic and dangerous cult, it will continue to vote 'no' on every effort to restore truth and to prevent another coup and insurrection," Tribe said.
No surprise there. Until the GOP becomes a genuine political party again and not just a pathetic and dangerous cult… https://t.co/LWoluPXw5U— Laurence Tribe (@Laurence Tribe) 1634738433.0
“Preserving our Constitution and the Rule of Law is a central purpose of this investigation. The plain fact here is… https://t.co/nszCZ71Q64— January 6th Committee (@January 6th Committee) 1634690597.0
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