For the first time in over five decades, a leader without the last name Castro is expected to take the helm of Cuba's ruling party as officials try to usher through a generational leadership change amid a crushing economic crisis. Raul Castro is expected to step down as the Communist Party's first secretary general, considered the most powerful political position on the island, during the organization's Eighth Congress, which is slated to begin Friday. The transition comes at Cuba's most trying moment in years. The island is the throes of its worst economic contraction since the collapse of th...
'The tent is about to collapse': CNN's Erin Burnett details warnings from inside GOP about Cheney ouster
There is little doubt that House Republican Conference Chair Liz Cheney (R-WY) will be stripped of her office on Wednesday, as Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) has made clear he has lost confidence in her. But on Monday's edition of CNN's "OutFront," anchor Erin Burnett laid out how even some Republicans — particularly the wing of the party critical of Trumpism — are recoiling at the optics of such a move.
"In an irony, McCarthy writing to his Republican colleagues tonight," wrote Burnett. "I quote him: 'We are a big tent party and unlike the left, we embrace free thought and debate.' Let's talk about this. McCarthy is kicking out Cheney for having a different opinion. He says it is for a big tent party that embraces free thought and debate. Wow, he has in polite terms. Liz Cheney says the election was free and fair and Trump is responsible for what happened on January 6th. These are facts, and as a point of fact, once upon a time, Cheney and McCarthy agreed on facts on the crucial points of January 6th."
"The president bears responsibility on the January 6th insurrection," said McCarthy in an older clip.
"Then he flipped it and flew to Mar-a-Lago," said Burnett. "Cheney embraced free thought and facts and responded with the truth, tweeting "The 2020 election was not stolen. Anyone who claims it was is spreading the big lie, turning their backs from the rule of law and poisoning our democratic system." He's had it with her for one reason, her stance on Trump. If you look at the facts when it comes down to what should matter to Republican leader, this is all about policies, he would love her. Her lifetime conservative score is 80 percent, according to Heritage Action for America. Elise Stefanik's score by the same group, 48 percent. But McCarthy had it with her, and he's now backing Elise Stefanik for Cheney's post. Stefanik is willing to go ahead with the election lies. She's welcomed in McCarthy's big tent."
"Because of all that tonight, some in the GOP warning the tent is about to collapse," continued Burnett. "Republican Senator Mitt Romney tweeting today, quote, "Expelling Liz Cheney from leadership won't gain the GOP one additional voter, but it will cost us quite a few." Pretty simple words of wisdom, right? ... Then there's Congressman Adam Kinzinger, who like Cheney voted to impeach Trump, saying that Cheney is being pushed out for one reason only: a refusal to lie like Trump and McCarthy are doing."
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Republicans have deployed charges of "cancel culture" every time a conservative is held accountable for the content of their character, but can't agree on whether Wednesday's expected ouster counts.
"I feel it's okay to go ahead and express what you feel is right to express and, you know, cancel culture is cancel culture no matter how you look at it, and unfortunately I think there are those that are trying to silence others in the party," Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) told reporter Frank Thorp.
But Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) disagrees.
"I don't think it's being canceled in terms of she's being silenced," Hawley told Elizabeth Landers.
Past statements from Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) were resurfaced in a hard-hitting new video by The Lincoln Project.
"I'm committed to being a uniter and a bridge builder," Stefanik said in one clip.
"I bring, I hope, a sunny side of optimism to Congress and a willingness to work with people," she said in another clip.
The group noted her opposition to Trump's Muslim ban, border wall, and comments critical of the infamous Access Hollywood tape.
The video contained a clip of former Republican National Committee Chair Michael Steele.
"Was she full of crap then or is she full of crap now?" Steele asked. "Either way, crap is crap."
"And the best reflection of where the GOP is right now, is they are about to knock out a principled woman for crap. Donald Trump brought the gold toilet into the RNC and everyone thinks it's a pool and they're just diving in," he explained.
.@EliseStefanik is full of sh*t. https://t.co/koZi0uQLxd— The Lincoln Project (@The Lincoln Project)1620687603.0
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