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'That dog won't hunt!' Republican smacked down on Senate floor for accusing Dems of being soft on Russia
Arkansas Republican Sen. Tom Cotton was forcefully rebuked on the Senate floor on Thursday after accusing President Joe Biden and Democrats of being soft on Russia and President Vladimir Putin.
"The simplest way to deter invasion of Ukraine, the simplest way to deter Russian aggression, is to draw clear red lines of enforcement, something that Joe Biden will not do, something that apparently the Democratic senators will not force him to do," Cotton claimed.
New Hampshire Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen didn't waste any time shooting down Cotton's allegation.
"I just have to take real umbrage at your suggestion, Sen. Cotton," Shaheen said emphatically. "I'm the one who Vladimir Putin refused a visa to get into Russia, because of my opposition to Russia, and to what Putin was doing."
"He didn't deny you a visa to get into the country," Shaheen exclaimed, jabbing her finger toward Cotton. "So don't talk to me about how I've not been tough enough on Russia, because that dog won't hunt!"
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On Thursday evening, the Senate overwhelmingly passed a bipartisan continuing resolution to prevent a government shutdown at the end of the week — dealing a blow to a small group of Republicans who had been hoping to force such a confrontation as a political statement.
Shutdown officially thwarted \n\nSenate passes the CR, 69-28. \n\nHappy stopgap to all those who celebrate.— Caitlin Emma (@Caitlin Emma) 1638498287
The shutdown effort, led by Republicans like Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, was an attempt to "defund" enforcement of President Joe Biden's civilian vaccine mandate for most businesses over 100 employees, which is currently the subject of litigation on multiple fronts.
Cruz was famously also at the forefront of the 2013 government shutdown, where Republicans sought to defund implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
In the House, some Republicans like Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia also encouraged a shutdown.
Passage of the resolution keeps the government fully funded for the short term, and prevents a potential protracted fight that could slow down economy recovery.
MSNBC host Chris Hayes on Thursday night played a clip of then-White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany discussing former President Donald Trump's timeline of COVID-19 test results after he was diagnosed with the virus last year.
Hayes played the clip during a report on former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows's claim that Trump tested positive for COVID-19 on Sept. 26, prior to his first debate with President Joe Biden.
"All of the evidence points to Trump having COVID, knowing he had COVID, and spending a week spreading it around while covering it up and refusing to admit he's sick," Hayes concluded.
He went on to recall that after Trump finally announced he had COVID on Oct. 2, White House officials were "so sketchy" about when he had last tested negative -- and then he played the clip of McEnany "trying to evade this simple question" on Oct. 4.
McEnany was responding to a reporter's question about whether Trump had been tested prior to the debate on Sept. 29, or before a fundraiser in Bedminster, New Jersey, on Oct. 1.
"I'm not going to give you a detailed readout with timestamps of every time the president is tested," McEnany said. "He's tested regularly, and the first positive test he received was after his return from Bedminster."
"Again, I'm not giving a detailed readout of his testing, but it's safe to say his first positive test was upon return, or at least after, Bedminster, that trip," McEnany added.
"That's a lie. We now know, that's a lie. That clip there is a lie," Hayes said, recalling that at the time, "the squirrelliness around this was hard to ignore."
PBS News White House correspondent Yamiche Alcindor agreed, saying, "When I watched Kayleigh lie there, it just reminded me of all the different times she lied, so many times, from the podium, from the White House lawn, from the stakeout location where she is in that clip."
"It really just underscores that this was an administration that was never really playing it straight with the American people," Alcindor said.
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