MIAMI — A few hours before Friday’s 8 p.m. spring break curfew went into effect in South Beach, residents gathered for a vigil to mourn the death of a 24-year-old Pennsylvania tourist who police say was drugged and raped by two North Carolina spring breakers before she was found dead in her hotel room. The memorial took place across the street from the Albion Hotel on James Avenue, where Christine Englehardt was staying during her trip to Miami Beach. Attendees placed multicolored flowers near the sidewalk, observed a moment of silence and listened to a live rendition of “Amazing Grace” by sin...
'Insanity': Critics spooked by Matt Gaetz' 'terrifying' glimpse at future if GOP regains House majority
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) predicted a chaotic future if Republicans regain a congressional majority.
The embattled Florida Republican, who remains under investigation for alleged sex trafficking, warned at a news conference highlighting jail conditions for Jan. 6 rioters that some of the GOP's most bombastic members would be added to the House Oversight Committee if they won a congressional majority in next year's elections.
“We are going to take power after this next election and when we do, it’s not going to be the days of Paul Ryan and Trey Gowdy and no real oversight and no real subpoenas,” Gaetz said. “It’s going to be the days of Jim Jordan and Marjorie Taylor Greene and Dr. [Paul] Gosar and myself doing everything."
The suggestion spooked many observers.
Insane. But the people want insanity.— Pluto. I'm a planet, damn it. (@Pluto. I'm a planet, damn it.) 1638903672
I think we all know why they are suddenly so committed to improving prison conditions.— GagaTookaSharpLeft \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\uddf8 (@GagaTookaSharpLeft \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\uddf8) 1638907276
Ooo, he left out Lauren Boebert. He'd better run and hide because she's going to be pissed.— gail shulman (@gail shulman) 1638916076
Gaetz quite honestly previewing what House Oversight looks like under GOP control: no investigation of Jan. 6, but give the insurrectionists a platform and make them martyrs for serving time in jail.— Tim Hogan (@Tim Hogan) 1638901551
It's 2023, and House Oversight Chairman Matt Gaetz has subpoenaed 27 high-level White House officials to find out why they are hiding how many naps Joe Biden takes in a day.— Gary Legum (@Gary Legum) 1638927827
Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has ignored complaints from Donald Trump and reached a deal with Democrats to extend the debt ceiling and avoid a government shutdown.
"We’re seeing some pretty significant fissures inside the Senate Republican Conference over the debt-limit strategy," Punchbowl News reported Wednesday. "Some of the "no" votes tell us that Republicans already helped Democrats raise the debt limit once and they shouldn't do it again."
Punchbowl noted the position of three Senate Republicans who are seen as hopefuls to be the next GOP leader. Senate Minority Whip John Thune (R-SD) and Sen. John Cornyn are both backing McConnell's deal, while Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY), the chair of the Senate GOP Conference, remains undecided.
"But there was “a lot of pushback” in the GOP Conference meeting on Tuesday where McConnell laid out the plan, according to Republicans sources. Sens. Richard Shelby (R-AL), Dan Sullivan (R-AK) and Mitt Romney (R-UT) -- normally “safe” leadership allies -- all raised concerns, as did more hardline conservatives," Punchbowl reported. "Some Republicans seem to be struggling with voting no because the debt-limit process bill also includes language to delay Medicare sequestration cuts. Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), a hardliner who one would expect to be against any debt-limit increase, questioned why any Republicans would vote against the measure."
Punchbowl said the deal "seems to be sailing through the Congress quite easily."
But Trump is not on board, issuing a statement on Tuesday complaining about the "pathetic" strategy of Senate Republicans.
"USE THE DEBT CEILING TO WIN, AND MEAN IT THIS TIME!" Trump said, in all capital letters.
Republican senators have repeatedly sided with McConnell over Trump when the former president has demanded particular votes.
In October, Trump also tried to kill a debt limit increase.
"Republican Senators, do not vote for this terrible deal being pushed by folding Mitch McConnell," Trump argued, shortly before he lost the vote as eleven GOP senators joined with Democrats on a procedural vote.
In August, Trump urged Republicans to use the debt limit as leverage to kill the Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework. But his advice was rejected by nineteen Republicans Senators.
Mark Meadows accidentally reveals what Jan. 6 evidence is 'freaking out' Trump allies: MSNBC's Morning Joe
MSNBC's Joe Scarborough said former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows accidentally revealed what evidence he and former president Donald Trump are most afraid of Jan. 6 investigators obtaining.
Meadows appeared on the right-wing Real America's Voice network to defend ending his cooperation with the House select committee investigating the U.S. Capitol riot, which he justified by complaining that lawmakers had sought third-party records that presumably relate to phone communications -- and the "Morning Joe" host said that betrayed Trump's greatest fear.
"I thought there was a tell in that interview that Meadows had," Scarborough said. "The thing they're the most scared about are the phone records. Who called whom? That's going to reveal the tick-tock of who Donald Trump's calling, who they're calling, who's furiously calling them to try to get, you know, Donald Trump to actually call out the National Guard and save the lives of people inside the Capitol. But for him, for Meadows, he goes, 'Oh, well, when they did what' -- by the way, everybody does it in every lawsuit. This is what everybody does."
"You get the phone records, you get office records -- you get everything," he added. "You get the files in discovery. But, of course, they're freaking out because that helps put the tick-tock together."
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