If a person can be judged by the company they keep, then a politician can likewise be judged by the support they choose to accept. So it’s particularly concerning to see someone who tried to overturn a legitimate presidential election fundraising for a man who wants to be North Carolina’s next senator. Conservative attorney and activist Cleta Mitchell will host a fundraiser on Aug. 15 for Rep. Ted Budd, staunch Donald Trump ally and Republican candidate for U.S. Senate. Trump’s daughter-in-law, Lara Trump, is scheduled to appear at the fundraiser as a special guest. Mitchell is one of several ...
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More bad news surfaced for Rep. George Santos (R-NY) on Wednesday, according to disabled U.S. Navy veteran Richard Osthoff. According to a Politico report, two FBI agents contacted him as part of the U.S. Attorney's office in the Eastern District of New York to ask about their conversations around a GoFundMe scheme.
Osthoff said that he turned over all of the text messages that the two exchanged and any other pertinent details.
The funds were coming as part of an effort to help the veteran whose service dog was ill and needed life-saving surgery. Despite raising the money, Santos then allegedly made off with the cash.
“I’m glad to get the ball rolling with the big-wigs,” Osthoff told Politico. “I was worried that what happened to me was too long ago to be prosecuted.”
It's the latest in a slew of Santos scandals, including a request sent by fellow New York Rep. Ritchie Torres (D-NY), who asked the Security and Exchange Commission to look into Santos' work with Harbor City Capital. He alleges that Santos was doing work that required him to be registered with the SEC as a broker.
“There’s no one that poses a greater threat in Congress than Santos. It’s undeniable that he’s broken the law. We have to protect Congress from George Santos, who threatens it from within,” Torres told Politico.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced a plan to protect the right to own a gas stove in his state, including a plan to exempt them from sales taxes, reported Fox News on Wednesday — and he made clear that he is staking this as a culture war fight against the Biden administration.
"I think it needs to be done, no tax permanently on gas stoves," he said in his address unveiling his budget proposal. "They want your gas stove, and we're not going to let that happen."
There's just one problem with that: very few Florida homes use gas stoves at all.
In fact, according to the Energy Information Administration, 92 percent of Florida households use electric or induction stoves — the highest percent of any state in America. In general, gas stoves and appliances are more common in states with older housing stock, like California, New York, and Illinois — nationwide, 70 percent of households use some form of electric stove.
In fact, many homes in Florida do not have natural gas utilities at all; fewer than 5 percent of homes in Florida use natural gas even for primary residential heating, compared to roughly 64 percent of homes in California and 34 percent of homes in Texas.
DeSantis even acknowledged this in his speech, saying he wants the tax exemption even if it won't be of any help to most Floridians because "it's just the principle."
Republican lawmakers and media erupted into a furor after a recent announcement by the Consumer Product Safety Commission on gas stoves, announcing they would be investigating new regulations on gas stoves, following studies that suggested indoor pollution from burning gas might be linked to childhood asthma, cancer, and a variety of other health problems.
An agency commissioner, Richard Trumka Jr., said of the investigation, "Products that can’t be made safe can be banned," sparking a firestorm of speculation the Biden administration might ban gas stoves altogether.
CPSC chairman Alexander Hoehn-Saric later clarified an outright ban of gas stoves is not on the table, and that the agency is instead considering "voluntary safety standards" to help manufacturers reduce their risk to consumers.
On Wednesday, Bloomberg reported that another federal agency, the U.S. Energy Department, was considering new regulations for stoves.
Even before this controversy, DeSantis has championed laws favorable to the oil and gas industry over municipalities looking to move away from the energy source. In 2021, he signed legislation that bans city governments from restricting the types of energy utilities that operate in them — something several municipalities like Miami had been considering as a climate mitigation measure.
Former President Donald Trump's comments about Nikki Haley on his personal social media platform Wednesday were dripping with sarcasm as he recalled their previous meeting where she asked for his blessing to run for president.
"She called me and said she'd like to consider it, and I said, 'You should do it,'" Trump recounted on Saturday. "I talked to her for a little while. I said, 'Look, you know, go by your heart if you want to run.'"
But on Wednesday afternoon, he posted a video of her previous remarks saying that she would support him if he ran in 2024.
"Nikki has to follow her heart, not her honor. She should definitely run!" he wrote.
So why the seemingly contradictory message about Haley's 2024 bid?
According to NBC News senior national politics reporter Jonathan Allen, Trump is "clearly annoyed she said she wouldn’t and is going to anyway, but it benefits him to have more candidates splitting the non-Trump vote."