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29 Jul
Just now on the Senate floor:

Sens. Kyrsten Sinema and Tom Cotton chatted with GOP Reps. Andy Biggs, Lauren Boebert and Randy Weber, who are there protesting the disparity in mask rules between the two chambers.
“I was just visiting friends,” Biggs, chair of the right-wing House Freedom Caucus, says of his trip to the Senate.

Says he and Sinema hugged: “We’ve known each other for 20 years. She’s an old friend… very good friend.”

Says they mostly talked about her broken foot.
Weber says he was “checking the air out” in the Senate chamber: “Pelosi must believe that the virus is in this air, but the Senate doesn’t believe it’s in that air.”
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20 Jul
Of the three McCarthy appointments who voted for EC objections, Troy Nehls sounds the most earnest:

"I found out just 15 minutes ago. It's an honor and a privilege... I'm gonna do the best job I can," he told us.

"Jan. 6 was a sad day, and let's just get to the bottom of it."
Asked about concerns from some Democrats that it will devolve into a partisan food fight, Nehls replied, "let's just stay positive and let's get to the bottom of it."

He's "sure" this can be done in a bipartisan way.

Thinks his law enforcement background clinched it for him.
Nehls, you'll recall, is the one who went up to Biden at the joint session and asked to work with him on criminal justice reform.

“I don’t want to hurt your reputation,” Biden said.

“I can do a whole lot of good in that conversation," Nehls replied.
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19 Jul
NEW: McCarthy picks for Jan. 6 select committee, via GOP source:

Jim Banks (ranking member)
Jim Jordan
Rodney Davis
Kelly Armstrong
Troy Nehls
Confirming @politico
The list includes three Republicans who for Electoral College objections.

Pelosi ultimately has the final say. "Just received the names. Stay tuned," her spox tells @Forbes.

More here: forbes.com/sites/andrewso…
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17 Jul
This guy in Capitol Hill is just dumping out a massive jar of coins on the street
Mostly pennies but some quarters and even foreign coins too
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17 Jul
SCOOP: Marjorie Taylor Greene and Matt Gaetz face a third cancellation in California.

After venues in Laguna Hills and Riverside pulled out, a private venue in Anaheim is following suit over "public safety concerns," a City of Anaheim spox tells Forbes.
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The decision by the Anaheim Event Center to pull out of hosting the "America First" rally comes just hours before it was set to take place.

Doors were scheduled to open at 6 p.m. today, according to a Greene campaign email obtained by @Forbes.
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The decision came after "conversation and consultation" with the city, which had said in an earlier statement it didn't support hosting the lawmakers and had a "duty" to call them out.
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17 Jul
Marjorie Taylor Greene and Matt Gaetz tried to hold their "America First" rally at Riverside after a venue in Orange County canceled on them. Now Riverside is pulling out too, forcing them back to Orange County.

Story from me: forbes.com/sites/andrewso…
The development comes after vocal opposition to their presence in the Dem-leaning community mounted quickly. One official called them “the antithesis of everything Riverside stands for.”
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The venue in Laguna Hills where they had originally planned their rally pulled out last week, with the manager saying he wanted to "stay clear" of controversy.
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16 Jul
How am I just now discovering this Joe Manchin ad from 2012 about how he’s only gotten haircuts from his wife since the 1990s
This is a whole genre of political ads!
Holy shit, how are there so many of these?

This one even copies the part of Manchin’s ad where his wife calls him “cheap” at the end.
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10 Jul
The last section of fencing on the East side of the U.S. Capitol has been almost completely dismantled and passersby are now walking the Capitol grounds for the first time in six months.

People are picnicking on the grass.
People are picnicking on the West front of the Capitol grounds as well. The fence is almost completely down on three sides already.
Heavy equipment has been brought in to remove concrete slabs reinforcing the South fence:
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28 Jun
Jan. 6 select committee resolution text just dropped: "The Speaker shall appoint 13 Members to the Select Committee, 5 of whom shall be appointed after consultation with the minority leader."
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More here: Pelosi is "strongly considering" a Republican as one of her 8 appointees, her aide says.

That would still give Democrats a 7-6 majority. forbes.com/sites/andrewso…
Worth noting the language on membership in the Jan. 6 select committee resolution is similar to the language in the 2014 Benghazi select committee resolution – except Pelosi gets an extra appointee
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25 Jun
MPD Officer Michael Fanone, looking despondent coming out of the meeting with Kevin McCarthy:

Q: “How did it go?”

Fanone: “I need a drink.”
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25 Jun
NEW: House Ethics upholds $500 fines for GOP Reps. Van Duyne and Miller-Meeks for violating the House mask rule last month.

Van Duyne's failed May 24 appeal: "Masks are now a political statement to which I object, and requiring me to wear one violates my 1st Amendment rights."
GOP Rep. Brian Mast's appeal of a $500 mask fine failed as well.

"I was in full compliance with [CDC] guidance. I am fully vaccinated and followed the science... Any requirements to the contrary are reliant on CDC guidance and so must fall within the CDC's update."
Expect more movement on this front soon: GOP Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene, Thomas Massie and Ralph Norman were all fined $500 one day after Miller-Meeks, Van Duyne and Mast. forbes.com/sites/andrewso…
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25 Jun
Pence, without naming Trump, says "there are those in our party who believe that... I possess the authority to reject or return Electoral Votes. But the constitution provides no such authority."

"I understand the disappointment many feel... I can relate. I was on the ballot."
Pence dropped the line about never seeing "eye to eye" with Trump on Jan. 6, but he kept this:

“We cannot allow the Democrats and their allies in the media to use one tragic day to distract attention from a new administration intent on dividing our country."
Pence's references to Trump by-name in this speech were mostly plaudits:
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15 Jun
NEW: 21 House Republicans vote NO on bill to award congressional gold medals to Jan. 6 police, up from 12 in March.

Greene
Gaetz
Boebert
Biggs
Gohmert
Harris
Rose
Massie
Good
Norman
Rosendale
Cloud
Roy
Gosar
Davidson
Perry
Steube
Hice
Miller (Ill.)
Clyde
Moore (Ala.)
10 new NO votes:

Boebert
Norman
Rosendale
Roy
Davidson
Perry
Hice
Miller
Moore
Gosar

Gooden flipped from No to yes
Changes in the new bill are all technical, per Pelosi aide:
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10 Jun
Feinstein, asked about some Dems saying they'd choose democracy over the filibuster: "If democracy were in jeopardy, I would want to protect it. But I don't see it being in jeopardy right now."
Some background on this: forbes.com/sites/andrewso…
Feinstein on nuking the filibuster for H.R. 1: "It's an 'if.' Let's wait and see what happens. Okay?"

On filibuster reforms she might support: "I'd have to take a look. Right now, nothing comes to my mind."
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8 Jun
NEW: The Jan. 6 commission bill is not quite dead, but it might as well be.

Top Dems want a 2nd vote but haven't articulated a clear plan to swing GOP no votes.

One GOP yes vote is signaling he may even flip to no if they don't come up with one. forbes.com/sites/andrewso…
Meanwhile GOP no votes are digging in their heels. Sen. Richard Burr, the only senator to vote for impeachment but not the commission, says he is "firmly a 'no'."
Sen. Bill Cassidy, who voted for the commission, thinks it would "undermine the credibility" of the bill for Schumer to force another vote he knows will fail, exposing the effort as "political."
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6 Jun
NEW: Rep. Eric Swalwell has served Rep. Mo Brooks with a lawsuit holding him “responsible for the injury and destruction” on Jan. 6 after Swalwell's team initially had trouble locating Brooks. forbes.com/sites/andrewso…
Brooks alleges criminal trespassing laws were violated in serving the complaint, but Swalwell's attorney calls the claim "utterly false," telling @Forbes the server "did not enter the house." forbes.com/sites/andrewso…
Attorneys for former President Donald Trump – who is also a defendant in the suit – have filed a motion to dismiss, claiming he has "absolute immunity" because he was president at the time. forbes.com/sites/andrewso…
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3 Jun
CONFIRMED: Sorry Gerry Connolly, President Biden "doesn't plan to appoint his own commission" to investigate the Jan. 6 attack, the White House tells @Forbes forbes.com/sites/andrewso…
Biden "firmly agrees" with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that Congress has a “unique role and ability” to probe the attack, @PressSec says – though she didn't say which of Pelosi's four options he favors.
Those options:

1. Another Senate vote
2. Empower a single standing committee
3. Continue probes in multiple committees
4. Impanel a select committee (think Benghazi) forbes.com/sites/andrewso…
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2 Jun
One of my favorite #LifeHacks for browsing most newspaper websites.

1. Pay for a subscription
2. Read the article
Alternatively, you could:

1. Not pay for a subscription
2. Not read the article

The first set of steps is preferable for journalists to eat but at least you're not stealing their hard work in either case.
I, like anyone on a reporter's salary, am frustrated by paywalls. But I've never seen a person who actively criticizes outlets for having them while also having an alternative idea for how to fund journalism.
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31 May
This is easily the craziest fake news/conspiracy site I've ever seen
In the Michael Baxter Cinematic Universe, the military is actively prosecuting top Democrats but the "deep state" still controls predator drones.
The replies to this one
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28 May
Schumer: "Republicans in both chambers are trying to rewrite history and claim that Jan. 6 was a peaceful protest that got a little out of hand. And now this."
Schumer: "I've heard all the excuses why Republicans are opposing this bill. 'It's too early,' 'goes on too long,' 'not needed.' Almost all these excuses are meritless and were invented in the past 2 weeks."
Schumer: "We all know what's going on here... Republicans chose to defend the big lie because they believe anything that upsets Donald Trump might hurt them politically."
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27 May
The Senate just rejected this amendment from GOP Sen. Mike Braun to prohibit "certain types of human-animal chimeras"
"The term 'prohibited human-animal chimera' means... a human embryo into which a nonhuman cell or cells (or the component parts thereof) have been introduced to render the embryo's membership in the species Homo sapiens uncertain"
Pretty stiff penalty for creating a human-animal chimera:

"Whoever violates subsection (a) shall be... imprisoned not more than 10 years, or... be subject to a civil fine of the greater of $1,000,000; or the amount equal to twice the amount of the gross pecuniary gain, if any."
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