Georgia Republican U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene headlined a white nationalist conference in Florida where attendees cheered Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and chanted the name of President Vladimir Putin shortly before she was introduced. The Rome lawmaker was the surprise guest at the America First Political Action Conference in Orlando, a group organized by Nick Fuentes, who has been labeled a “white supremacist” by federal prosecutors. The appearance on Friday triggered new calls for the GOP to rebuke Greene, who has largely escaped reprimand from her own party for a history of racist, xe...
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Reacting to the announcement that controversial Sen. Kyrtsen Sinema (AZ) has left the Democratic Party to become an independent, CNN's Melanie Zanona and Van Jones both suggested that all eyes should be on Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) to see if he follows suit in an effort to continue his hold over his colleagues.
Sinema's move on Friday comes just days after the Democrats not only retained their hold on the U.S. Senate, but added another seat giving them a 51-49 majority that includes independent Senators Bernie Sanders (VT) and Angus King (ME) who both caucus with the Democrats.
According to CNN's Zanona, there are already questions about Manchin's plans.
'It's a big question, a valid question and it's unclear at this point," she told the "CNN This Morning" hosts. "I would point out there are two Independents who caucus with Democrats, Bernie Sanders and Angus King. She didn't say whether she was going to caucus with Democrats but she said she was going to keep her committee assignments. If that promise holds, Democrats still control the committees -- that was a big deal, they have control over committees -- so theoretically that won't change"
"But when it comes to the floor, Democrats aren't going to have the neat and tidy 51-49 Senate they anticipated, "she elaborated. "This potentially gives Joe Manchin outsized influence again and so the question is whether Sinema feels more emboldened to vote freely and does Joe Manchin follow suit?"
"I think that fundamentally what you see now, [Rep.] Rueben Gallego (D-AZ) is going to almost certainly now challenge her for that Senate seat," co-panelist Van Jones contributed. "There's been a lot of pressure on him, a younger progressive Latino in her state. I think he probably steps up, you have to watch what he does."
"I agree, this puts Manchin in an interesting position," he continued. "Everyone is worried about the 2024 calendar where you have a lot of vulnerable democrats. and in some ways this can seem like it's above partisanship et cetera. It could also be her reading tea leaves in her state."
"She's not an independent, she's an enigma and that is different," he added. "So watch Rueben Gallego going forward, watch Joe Manchin going forward."
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On Friday, Slate analyzed how far-right Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) created a new headache for Republicans, by dragging a Trump-manufactured controversy back into the spotlight just as they were trying to move beyond it.
Specifically, the news cycle had just moved past the former president's demand that the Constitution be "terminated" so he could be reinstalled in office, as the news shifted to the investigation on the former president's hoard of classified documents, and the news of Sen. Rev. Raphael Warnock (D-GA) winning the runoff and expanding Democrats' Senate majority.
"This likely came as a relief to some Republicans in Congress, who were eager to not have to comment on the latest rantings and ravings of their albatross," reported Molly Olmstead. "Especially because of what he was arguing: That a release of internal documents at Twitter showing employees doing content moderation around attacks on Hunter Biden was related to Trump’s loss in the 2020 election — which of course, he believes he won — and that this kind of 'Massive Fraud' perpetrated by 'Big Tech Companies, the DNC, & the Democrat Party' allowed 'for the termination of all rules, regulations, and articles, even those found in the Constitution.'"
"Trump’s remarks meant that Republicans spent days hemming and hawing, trying to simultaneously distance themselves from the soundbite without slamming Trump; downplay the soundbite’s significance; and also stand up for their supposedly favorite document, the Constitution," wrote Olmstead. They had thought they were done with that — but not so much.
"Paul Gosar, it seems, couldn’t help but step in it," wrote Olmstead. "In a since-deleted tweet on his official account, he wrote, on Wednesday, four days after Trump’s missive: 'I support and agree with the former president. Unprecedented fraud requires unprecedented cure.' Impeccable timing! This, of course, spurred a whole new slew of headlines from MSNBC, Rolling Stone, Axios, the New Republic, the Daily Beast, the Independent, the conservative Washington Examiner, and (multiple times over) the Arizona Republic. Rep. Liz Cheney, in a tweet, called the deleted tweet to McCarthy’s attention and asked the Republican House leader if it was 'time to condemn Trump yet.'"
The irony, Olmstead concluded, is that "even Gosar could have saved himself some trouble by just checking the news. Because by the time he was backing Trump up, Trump had already disavowed his previous statement."
'The hypocrisy is just absolutely insane': Morning Joe slams GOP 'idiots' for criticizing Brittney Griner release
MSNBC's Joe Scarborough bashed Donald Trump and other Republicans for their "absolutely insane" hypocrisy on the prisoner swap that returned WNBA star Brittney Griner from a Russian penal colony.
GOP lawmakers and conservative media attacked President Joe Biden for agreeing to free Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout for Griner, who had been convicted of possessing cannabis oil, and not former U.S. Marine Paul Whelan, who was convicted of spying. The "Morning Joe" host ripped their complaints.
"The hypocrisy is just absolutely insane," Scarborough said. "I mean, the same Republicans that were criticizing Joe Biden for not bringing Paul Whelan home failed to place blame on the man who was actually in the White House when Whelan was arrested illegally, jailed illegally. Why didn't Donald Trump do anything in 2018 to get Paul Whelan home? Why didn't he do anything in 2019 to get Paul Whelan home? Why didn't Donald Trump do anything in 2020 to get Paul Whelan home? He was praising Vladimir Putin the entire time, why not actually call his buddy and ask him to release an American? I guess because he just didn't give a damn."
"Despite celebrating the releases of other Americans imprisoned while he was in office, Donald Trump didn't publicly utter Whelan's name even once as president," Scarborough continued. "This is according to a review of public remarks and tweets, carried out by The Independent. Trump clearly had the power to negotiate a prisoner swap deal, however, never was this evident in 2020, when he negotiated with, get this, not with his friend Putin to get Paul Whelan home. He didn't give a damn that Putin arrested Whelan and let him rot in jail. Instead, no, he was negotiating with the Taliban, and he freed up 5,000 Taliban terrorists. What did he get in exchange? Nothing, he got nothing in exchange and he wanted to actually invite the Taliban, the people who actually allowed the 9/11 attacks to happen, to be launched from their country, he invited them on Sept. 11 to Camp David."
"When these idiot, and they are total idiots, when these idiots going around talking about Joe Biden being a bad negotiator, they are literally talking in defense of with Donald Trump -- the biggest loser, the worst negotiator we have ever had," Scarborough added. "He falls in love with dictators in North Korea, he completely kowtows to Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, and he doesn't even give a damn about Paul Whelan, lets him rot in jail for three years while Biden and [secretary of state Tony] Blinken and this administration are working their tails off to try to get him home."
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