Una campaña liderada por republicanos consiguió 1.6 millones de firmas para exigir la revocación de mandato del gobernador de California, Gavin Newsom. Ahora comienza un proceso que debe culminar con una elección especial.
Una campaña liderada por republicanos consiguió 1.6 millones de firmas para exigir la revocación de mandato del gobernador de California, Gavin Newsom. Ahora comienza un proceso que debe culminar con una elección especial.
“I didn’t think it would be this ridiculous. It’s embarrassing to be a state senator at this point," Paul Boyer said of partisan recount.
There are bad dreams, there are full-on nightmares, and then there’s what unfolded on Friday night in a ballroom in The Villages, a retirement community in Florida: a rally hosted by right-wing provocateurs Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) and Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL). The two joined forces to launch what they’re calling a series of America First rallies, because why make America great again when you can just make it 2016 again? And while The Villages is not in Gaetz’s district, or in Greene’s state, these two hope to win over former President Donald Trump loyalists in their ongoing battle for control of the Republican Party. “I just got to check something: I just want to make sure I’m in the right place,” Greene yelled at the mostly unmasked voters. “Tell me who is your president?” “Donald Trump!” the crowd yelled back. “That’s my president, too,” Greene responded, to the delight of those in attendance. Last year, 60% of voters living in The Villages voted for Trump, making the location a prime spot for Greene and Gaetz’s Make America 2016 Again kickoff rally. Among the cringe-worthy pair’s targets was Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), who has been firmly anti-Trump while the majority of her party grovels in front of the twice-impeached former president and reality-television host. House Republicans are set to vote on removing Cheney, who is the number-three Republican in the House, from her leadership role as early as Wednesday in response to her voting to impeach Trump and denouncing the party’s decision to perpetuate the “Big Lie” — that the 2020 election was “stolen” from Trump. (Hint: It wasn’t.) “If Liz Cheney could even find Wyoming on a map and went there, she would find a lot of very angry cowboys are not happy,” Gaetz said during the rally. “She’s sort of for every war: War in Syria — for it. War against Trump and his supporters — for it. War against the Republican conference; war against her own voters.” The audacity of conflating a civil war in Syria that, to date, has resulted in the deaths of at least 380,000 civilians to the decision to hold a president responsible for inciting a violent coup aside, Gaetz and Greene appearing onstage together is arguably one of the more disturbing recent GOP moments. Greene, who subscribes to “save the children” QAnon conspiracy theories, apparently finds no fault in rubbing shoulders with a man currently under federal investigation for trafficking underage girls across state lines. Nor does Greene seem to mind the corroborated reports that Gaetz showed other people in Congress naked pictures and videos of women he claims to have slept with. Then again, Gaetz has previously claimed to be “proud” to be in Greene’s corner, despite her having said she believes the 9/11 terrorist attacks were a hoax, the mass shooting in Parkland was staged, and that the California wildfires were started by Jewish space lasers. “Marjorie Taylor Greene and I work in Washington, but we are not of Washington, and I must honestly tell you the leaders of both parties in Washington, D.C., don’t work for America first,” Gaetz said during the rally. And while Gaetz and Greene standing side-by-side on stage, pontificating on the importance of moving the Republican Party to a Trump-first agenda, is truly the stuff of nightmares, the only thing scarier than Gaetz-Greene rallies is the idea that they will be successful in bringing more people to their side: The Villages is just their first stop. If the GOP remains full of Trump-like politicians: happy to disregard science, and willing to uphold white supremacy. Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Why Would AOC Ever Debat Marjorie Taylor Greene?The Matt Gaetz Scandal, ExplainedMarjorie Taylor Greene Wants To Reward Police
Paul Boyer voted in favor of the election audit in Maricopa County. He told The New York Times on Friday that he now considers it an embarrassment.
Fox NewsAmerican Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten turned an already testy Fox News interview into an extremely heated affair on Monday when she pressed anchor Martha MacCallum about conservative “misinformation” on the last presidential election.In recent months, there has been a sustained backlash among conservatives over the issue of racial equity in the classroom. GOP legislators across the country have proposed bills to ban the teaching of “critical race theory” in K-12 schools, all while demanding that students be taught that 1776 represents the true founding of America. (Much of this is in response to the New York Times’ 1619 Project, which has sparked criticism among some historians.)MacCallum, who has been obsessed lately with the topic of critical race theory, wanted to know whether Weingarten believes the 1619 Project is factual and whether she endorses it being part of American history lesson plans. After Weingarten said it’s a “point in history” that’s worth teaching because it represents the first slave ships arriving in America, MacCallum criticized her for having a “very simplistic take.”Going back and forth over the merits of the project with Weingarten, MacCallum complained that it “is not factual” as it teaches students that the “country was founded on the basis of wanting to preserve slavery.” The union head, meanwhile, said she’s “not arrived at the same conclusion” about the project’s findings.At that point, Weingarten decided to change the subject to something a bit more touchy for the Fox News anchor.“I would hope that Fox would be just as focused on let’s get rid of the misinformation about what happened in this election. This election was free and fair,” Weingarten flatly stated, prompting an incensed MacCallum to interject.“Oh, come on, Randi,” she exclaimed. “This is not the topic we’re here to talk about! I’m not going to talk about that. We’ve talked about that before… That’s a dodge, OK?!”MacCallum then tried to swing the discussion back to critical race theory in the classroom, only for Weingarten to eventually return to the issue of the past election—which former President Donald Trump and his allies have falsely claimed was “stolen” due to widespread voter fraud.“If you’re talking about misinformation now, Martha, and I hope you are, I really would hope that Fox would really look at what happened in this election and how we can—because every social studies teacher is wrestling with this—to discern fact from fiction. We have to do that,” Weingarten said as MacCallum loudly sighed.“Yeah, we have a president, President Biden, was elected in 2020. I think that all of that is quite clear,” MacCallum replied. “So I’m not sure why you are so concerned with that part, with that particular moment in history. Every election is significant. Nobody is hiding anything under any rocks here.”Even though MacCallum insists it’s “quite clear” that Biden is the president, and she doesn’t know why anyone would be “concerned with that part,” recent polls still show as many as 70 percent of Republicans believe Biden didn’t legitimately win. In fact, House Republicans are currently set to oust Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) from leadership solely because she has pushed back on the “Big Lie” that the election was stolen from Trump.Fox News, of course, has played a big part in helping sow those seeds of doubt among conservatives, which is largely why they are currently facing billion-dollar defamation lawsuits from voting software firms Dominion and Smartmatic.Finally, Weingarten wasn’t the only person Monday to use her appearance on a conservative news channel to turn the tables and make the segment about right-wing election lies. Former Obama aide David Litt trolled a Newsmax anchor about the network recently retracting a slew of baseless claims to settle a lawsuit with a Dominion employee.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.
Fox News SundayFox News anchor Chris Wallace repeatedly grilled Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN) about former President Donald Trump’s role in the Capitol insurrectionist riot, asking if he believes it is a “lie” that the 2020 election was stolen.Banks, chairman of the Republican Study Committee, has been one of the key figures in the House GOP when it comes to ousting Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) from leadership over her refusal to accept Trump’s bogus claims about the election. The Indiana congressman has called Cheney’s continued criticism of Trump “an unwelcome distraction,” adding that “this idea that you just disregard President Trump is not where” the GOP is.Appearing on Fox News Sunday, Banks defended his push to replace Cheney with Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY), a fervent Trump supporter who has publicly backed Trump’s election lies. At the same time, Wallace noted that Banks seemed “unwilling to discuss” Cheney’s criticism of the former president.“I'm not,” Banks declared, adding: “I know the belief that I have, that a majority of our conference have, that she has lost focus on the single mission that we have in winning back the majority, to push back against the radical Biden agenda, is the reason that she needs to be replaced.”Nonetheless, Liz Cheney PersistedUnsatisfied with Banks’ dodge, the veteran Fox News anchor said he was going to “try to get at this a different way,” asking the Republican lawmaker straight-up if he believes that Joe Biden is the legitimate president.“Yes, Joe Biden was elected. He was inaugurated on January 20,” Banks replied, prompting Wallace to get more specific with his questions.Noting that Banks had joined a Texas lawsuit challenging Biden’s electoral victory in several states, Wallace pointed out that he also objected to Congress’ certification of Biden’s election win on Jan. 6—the day of the deadly insurrection at the Capitol.“Do you still question whether or not Joe Biden won the election fair and square and got over 270 electoral votes, fair and square?” Wallace pressed the conservative lawmaker.“I stand by my vote to object on January 6 and stand by the Texas lawsuit. I have serious concerns about how the election in November was carried out,” Banks replied. “That is where most Republicans in the GOP conference are unified around that single mission and goal and anything that distracts from it will hold us back from doing that.”Wallace, meanwhile, noted that House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy had said that Trump “bears responsibility” for the Capitol riots, wondering aloud if Banks felt McCarthy was wrong at the time. Deflecting once again, Banks merely said “every Republican denounced” the violence and there should be a commission to study what happened that day.“I’m just asking a question,” Wallace fired back. “Liz Cheney is saying it’s a big lie to say the election was stolen. Liz Cheney is saying that, in fact, Donald Trump contributed to the riot. I’m asking you for your opinion on those issues. Is it a lie that the election was stolen? Did he contribute to the insurrection on the Capitol?”Insisting that he’s “never said the election was stolen,” Banks still went on to say that he has “very serious concerns with how the election was conducted last November” before reiterating that he’ll “never apologize” for objecting to the election results.“When Liz Cheney says history’s watching and you upon can’t go forward until you resolve this question—the election was fair and square, Donald Trump played a negative role—you think she’s misguided making those points?” Wallace asked in one final question to the congressman.“Yeah, I’ve called on Liz Cheney to rejoin the Republican team and help us go out and win a majority in the midterm election,” Banks affirmed. “That is where my frustration bubbled up.”Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.
Buddy Hall has updated his Trump 2020 tour bus for 2024. His last appearance was at a Florida rally staged by GOP Reps. Matt Gaetz and Marjorie Taylor Greene.
GOP lawmakers ultimately decided not to advertise the segregationist nature of the voting measure.
Rep. Jim Banks says Liz Cheney needs replaced in Republican House leadership. Rep. Adam Kinzinger says the effort isn't good for the party's future.
Ex-Obama speechwriter David Litt was asked about Elon Musk's guest-hosting on "Saturday Night Live," but went hilariously off track.
Live from Newsmax, it's ... a call-out! David Litt, former speechwriter for former President Barack Obama, called out Newsmax on Monday for pushing false claims about the 2020 presidential election — while live on Newsmax. He unexpectedly got his dig in during a segment where he was asked to talk about Elon Musk hosting Saturday Night Live over the weekend. "What happened on SNL this weekend was that people made stuff up and then said it on television like it's true," Litt said. "And that actually happens pretty frequently in American TV. For example, in 2020, Dominion Voting Systems sued Newsmax over its false claims about election fraud. Newsmax was lying to its own viewers, and Newsmax had to settle that lawsuit." In April, Newsmax apologized to an employee of Dominion Voting Systems about its false claims about the 2020 presidential election and reportedly settled a defamation lawsuit. "So actually, I just need to check in," Litt said on Newsmax. "Are you still telling that lie, or are you telling new lies?" Newsmax host Rob Finnerty was clearly caught off-guard, asking Litt, "Do you want to talk about something completely non-related and try to catch me on a Monday morning totally off topic, or do you want to talk about Elon Musk?" The answer was evidently the former, as Litt continuously pivoted away from SNL to instead slam Newsmax, eventually getting dropped from the air after asking, "Did Dominion Voting Systems have any impact on the 2020 election?" It's not often you see what's essentially a prank call via a live cable news guest, but check out the moment below. Newsmax anchor: What happened on SNL?@davidlitt: "People made stuff up, then said it on television like it's true, and that actually happens pretty frequently on American TV. For example, in 2020 Dominion voting system sued Newsmax over its false claims about election fraud..." pic.twitter.com/ealyHGdGlM — Andrew Feinberg (@AndrewFeinberg) May 10, 2021 More stories from theweek.com5 scathingly funny cartoons about anti-vaxxers jeopardizing herd immunityDoomsday for bad bossesKevin McCarthy tells House Republicans to 'anticipate' a vote on Cheney Wednesday
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More than two-thirds of all states have given the green light to medical marijuana, with 18 of these states having existing or pending legislation in place that allows for recreational cannabis to be consumed and/or sold. Support for nationwide legalization has also never been higher. Gallup's national poll on marijuana sentiment, which dates back 50 years, showed that a record-high 68% of respondents want pot legal, as of 2020.
“California’s going to come roaring back,” said Governor Gavin Newsom on Monday as he announced his $100 billion California Comeback Plan. He called it the biggest economic recovery package in state history – including unprecedented investments to address the region’s most persistent challenges, starting with nearly $12 billion in direct cash payments to Californians hit […]
Fox News analyst Juan Williams believes the best way for Republican Sen. Tim Scott to prove that America isn’t a racist country is to become a Democrat. Scott offered the rebuttal to President Joe Biden’s joint address to Congress last month and asserted that America is not inherently racist. Williams penned an op-ed for The Hill in which he declared that Scott—who is the lone Black Republican— must rebuke white supremacists inspired by former President Donald Trump “or we risk becoming a racist country.”
The House Republican leader gets blasted after attempting to redefine "free thought."
Glenn Youngkin, a political newcomer who campaigned as a conservative, Christian outsider, bested a field of seven candidates to emerge as Virginia Republicans’ nominee for governor, in a year when the GOP hopes to end a 12-year losing streak in statewide races. Youngkin defeated a hard-right contender in state Sen. Amanda Chase, who closely aligned herself with former President Donald Trump, as well as an establishment candidate, former House Speaker Kirk Cox, who had more than 30 years’ experience in government as well as the endorsements of former governors George Allen and Bob McDonnell.
Polk County’s auditor failed to give Korolina Ogle credit for voting in November’s election, according to information Axios confirmed with the Iowa Secretary of State.The mistake resulted in Ogle receiving a "no activity notice" last month, the first step toward cancelling her voter registration under a law signed by Gov. Kim Reynolds in March.Why it matters: 294,147 other voters in Iowa — roughly 13% of the state's registered voters — received similar notices last month.Get market news worthy of your time with Axios Markets. Subscribe for free.Critics contend that many inactivity notices are like Ogle’s and based on erroneous data or flawed methodology. What's happening: The new law requires the secretary of state to move voters who didn’t cast ballots in the most recent general election to "inactive" status. Previously, it required not voting in two consecutive general elections.Voter registrations will be canceled after four more years of inactivity. County auditors have the sole responsibility of entering the information, Molly Widen, an attorney for the secretary of state told Jason.Zoom in: Ogle was issued an absentee ballot, but instead voted in person. That was not tracked in a state voter system known as I-VOTERS.Be smart: Iowa’s new law is part of a nationwide push by Republicans in dozens of states.Between the lines: Some believe the no-activity notices may have unintended consequences beyond simple filing mistakes.As many as 121 "unverified citizens" could potentially vote in Linn County because of the notices, auditor Joel Miller said in an April 30 notice.Canceled registrations of 492 deceased voters were erroneously changed by the state’s vendor, Arikkan. The state fixed that error, the secretary of state told the AP.At least 400 notices were sent to 17-year-olds who could not yet vote in 2020. That group may be excluded from future notices.The other side: Polk County auditor Jamie Fitzgerald did not respond to multiple requests for comment that Jason made over the past two weeks.Fitzgerald could be fined up to $10,000 for technical infractions under the new law.How it ended: Ogle responded to a mailing from the secretary of state, and her voter registration was made active again. She wants to know how widespread her situation is — and whether counties will reconcile voter records for others like herself.Editor's note: An earlier version listed an incorrect name for Polk County auditor Jamie Fitzgerald.Like this article? Get more from Axios and subscribe to Axios Markets for free.
New foreign-agent filings are finally detailing a massive Beijing propaganda operation that's fueled a sixfold increase in disclosed Chinese foreign influence efforts in the United States in recent years.Why it matters: Propaganda is central to China fulfilling its geopolitical aspirations, and its efforts to sow discord and disinformation in the U.S. have very real consequences for the American business, political and social climates.Stay on top of the latest market trends and economic insights with Axios Markets. Subscribe for freeAccording to the Center for Responsive Politics, Chinese foreign agent spending has skyrocketed from just over $10 million in 2016 to nearly $64 million last year.Thanks largely to its stable of propaganda operations, China is now the top spender on foreign influence operations in the U.S.American laws designed to force disclosure of paid foreign influence are beginning to reveal the huge sums Beijing has devoted to its effort.What's happening: State-run Chinese news service Xinhua is the latest to reveal some of the inner workings of its U.S. operations.Xinhua's U.S. arm officially registered as a foreign agent last week, three years after the Justice Department notified the company it was required to do so, as first reported by Foreign Lobby Watch.Its initial filing under the Foreign Agents Registration Act is largely generic, describing Xinhua as "an independent legal entity" that's simply "subject to government oversight."In fact, the media organ is owned by the Chinese government, run by senior Communist Party officials and widely seen as a Beijing mouthpiece.Its new FARA filing disclosed $8.6 million in payments since March 2020 from Xinhua's Chinese parent to its U.S. arm, including payments directly to bureaus in Washington, Los Angeles, Houston, San Francisco and Chicago.The big picture: Xinhua is just the latest state-run Chinese media organ to register.CRP data show Chinese entities spent more on registered foreign agent activities in 2020 than those of any other nation.That was largely driven by FARA registrations by state-run media outlets such as China Daily and CGTN.Together they accounted for more than two-thirds of Chinese FARA spending in 2019 and more than four-fifths in 2020, eclipsing big names such as telecom giant Huawei and surveillance tech firm Hikvision.Between the lines: Like those of other nations, Chinese state-run media have resisted U.S. Justice Department demands to register under FARA, a law originally created to expose Nazi propaganda in the U.S.Prior to their disclosures, these Chinese media organs operated in the shadows, unencumbered by FARA requirements requiring disclosure about their structures and finances.Like this article? Get more from Axios and subscribe to Axios Markets for free.
Michael Steele ripped the Republican Party over its Donald Trump litmus test.
Beyond Cheney vs. Stefanik, what is really on the GOP ballot Wednesday? Truth vs. propaganda, leadership vs. fealty, the Constitution vs. Donald Trump.