WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House will expand a pause on student loan interest and collection for more than 1 million borrowers currently in default as it reviews its options, press secretary Jen Psaki said on Tuesday. The pause on collections covers loans made by private lenders under the Federal Family Education Loan program, a move that will protect the tax refunds of about 800,000 borrowers. "We are still taking a closer look at our options on student loans. This includes examining the authorities we have, the existing loan forgiveness programs that are clearly not working as well as ...
'Shut down the government -- who cares?' Marjorie Taylor Greene's interview with Steve Bannon goes off the rails
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) had an interview with Steve Bannon on his "War Room" podcast on Thursday, and it didn't take long for things to go off the rails.
At the start of the interview, Bannon asked Greene if House Republicans had a plan to stop Democrats from passing their $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation bill in the coming weeks.
Greene replied that she hadn't heard anything from GOP leadership, but she then pitched some of her own ideas.
"I'll tell you what I have to say, Steve: Shut it down!" she said. "Shut the government down -- who cares?"
She then said that Americans shouldn't trust the government to rebuild the nation's roads and bridges and implied that this could somehow be done instead by private citizens.
"Guess what -- the American people can get it done at home without the government!" she said. "I say, put up a fight, shut it down! We shouldn't be spending this!"
Watch the video below.
Marjorie Taylor Greene: 'Shut the government down! Who cares?' www.youtube.com
On Thursday, a CNN panel tore into former President Donald Trump following his statement in support of the January 6 Capitol insurrectionists.
Former Gov. John Kasich (R-OH) said that the former president's latest statement meant it was time for Republicans to stop keeping their heads in the sand and hoping that Trump would just go away.
"Hard to believe after January 6, I used to be a congressman and watched them break in to the Capitol, and now a rally in support of them and the president basically supports that," said Kasich. "Look. If you've been disgusted with Trump, keep your patience and talk to those Trump people and get them to open their eyes because this country is — keeps — continuing to go downhill and divided and denies a great future for our kids. Wake up for the good of our country."
Host Jim Acosta said it was no longer tenable for Republicans to stay silent given how much their base believes Trump's election lies.
"We deal with a former president who is sort of like an unrepentant arsonist," he said. "He can't help himself, enamored with the flames he sets. What's disturbing is 78 percent of Republicans say that Joe Biden did not actually win this election, getting back to what John Kasich was saying. It's disturbing that we are still dealing with this."
Jim Acosta calls Trump an "unrepentant arsonist" www.youtube.com
Trump complained that 'none of the sane lawyers' would take his election cases -- so he settled for Rudy Giuliani: Woodward
New details continue to be reported from the forthcoming Trump book Peril by The Washington Post's Bob Woodward and Robert Costa.
On Thursday, Business Insider reported on a conversation between Donald Trump and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) following a press conference alleging election fraud held by former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and conspiracy theorist Sidney Powell, where what appeared to be black hair dye dripped down Giuliani's face.
Rudy Giuliani hair dye.Screengrab.
"They were just beyond bizarre," Graham reportedly said. "And I think it took a lot of the air out of the balloon that the challenges are so unfocused, haphazard and conspirational."
Trump admitted Giuliani was not acting competently, but said he couldn't find a better lawyer.
"He's crazy. He says crazy sh*t. I get it. But none of the sane lawyers can represent me because they've been pressured. The actual lawyers have been told they cannot represent my campaign," Trump argued.
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