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07/21/2024 --huffpost
The vice president is facing Republican attacks befitting a Democratic presidential front-runner.
07/20/2024 --rawstory
On Saturday morning on MSNBC, former prosecutor Katie Phang and ex-RNC chair Michael Steele both suggested there was more than a hint of collusion that led to U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida Judge Aileen Cannon to issue her ruling dismissing the obstruction of justice charges filed against Donald Trump on the same day the Republican National Convention convened.Phang, appearing on Steele's "The Weekend," said the timing was very suspicious coming from a judge most famous for dragging her feet on the DOJ case filed against the man who placed her on the bench with a lifetime appointment.Noting that Cannon's opinion that special counsel Jack Smith was unconstitutionally appointed by Attorney General Merrick Garland was the basis for the dismissal of the case related to stolen government documents hoarded at Mar-a-Lago, ex-prosecutor Phang said everything about Cannon's performance deserves scrutiny.RELATED: 'Judicial malpractice': Judge Cannon accused of boosting 'wacky or unfounded arguments'Add to that, the timing of the dismissal."Why not dispose of that issue in February? We hear the oral argument including friends of the court which never happens," she began. "This is at the end of June, the beginning of July and then she sits on a 93-page opinion for that long?""But the reality is once [Supreme Court Justice] Clarence Thomas gave her the green light to file her dismissal, that is when she did it," she added. "And for her to drop that on the first day of the RNC stinks. Something is rotten in Denmark, and I'm going to say it is Aileen Cannon."Host Steele agreed, interjecting, "I am with you on that one because the timing and the process, the level of, you know, coordination is the only word that comes to mind."Watch below or at the link. MSNBC 07 20 2024 09 42 47www.youtube.com
07/20/2024 --rawstory
Former President Donald Trump's political hopes may be in danger in a solidly Republican state with a significant haul of Electoral College votes if current polling trends stay consistent.Newsweek recently reported that in Florida, the election may start to shift in President Joe Biden's favor, who now enjoys a plurality of women voters' support in the Sunshine State. A FOX 13/Insider Advantage poll of 800 Floridians between July 15 and July 16 found that 47% of female respondents preferred Biden, while 44% preferred Trump.Trump's lead in Florida with male voters, however, remains significant: He leads Biden by a 57-38 margin among men. Still, on women on average have outpaced men in voter turnout among almost every racial demographic, meaning women could narrowly decide who wins Florida's 30 electoral votes in November.The poll of Florida voters also found that Biden is the strongest candidate to face Trump in November. While some Democrats are pushing him to pull out of the race, the likeliest option to replace him at the top of the ticket is Vice President Kamala Harris.ALSO READ: 'It was insane to me': Undecided voters express shock after watching Trump RNC speechThat poll found that Trump's slight lead over Biden with Florida voters grows to double digits if Harris is instead the nominee. Trump also regains the lead with women voters if Harris is on the ballot instead of Biden.Despite Florida having a Republican-dominated legislature, and electing far-right Republican Governor Ron DeSantis to two terms, the Sunshine State remains competitive in federal elections. In 2020, Biden won Florida's female voters over, with 51% to Trump's 48%. Trump won with male voters by a 54-45 margin, and carried the state with a three-point advantage.However, 2024 may be an even tighter race in Florida given that voters will have the opportunity to cast a ballot on abortion rights. So far, abortion rights have succeeded in every state ballot question since the Supreme Court overturned the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision in 2022. Abortion was even a winning issue in ruby-red states like Kansas, Kentucky and Montana in the 2022 midterms, and won another major victory in Ohio last year.Should Floridians turn out in large numbers for the abortion ballot initiative, it's likely that women will lead the charge given they'll be able to have a direct say in their own reproductive rights. This could influence not only the presidential race, but also a very competitive U.S. Senate race. Rep. Debbie Murcasel-Powell (D-Florida) is within striking distance of Sen. Rick Scott (R-Florida) in the latest polls from June, trailing him by just two points last month.The GOP likely knows its weak spot with women voters when it comes to abortion rights, as no speakers at the recent Republican National Convention once mentioned abortion during the four-day event. A Pew Research survey from May additionally found that nearly two-thirds of both men and women believe the procedure should be legal in most cases. Click here to read Newsweek's full report.
07/18/2024 --eastbaytimes
The Republican National Convention's third night featured claims about the economy, immigration and foreign policy.
07/18/2024 --troyrecord
The Republican National Convention's third night featured claims about the economy, immigration and foreign policy.
07/18/2024 --ocregister
The Republican National Convention's third night featured claims about the economy, immigration and foreign policy.
07/18/2024 --dailycamera
The Republican National Convention's third night featured claims about the economy, immigration and foreign policy.
07/18/2024 --greeleytribune
The Republican National Convention's third night featured claims about the economy, immigration and foreign policy.
07/18/2024 --pasadenastarnews
The Republican National Convention's third night featured claims about the economy, immigration and foreign policy.
07/18/2024 --reporterherald
The Republican National Convention's third night featured claims about the economy, immigration and foreign policy.
07/18/2024 --rollcall
Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., speaks at the Republican National Convention in Milwaukee on Wednesday.
07/17/2024 --kron4
Senators were told during a briefing call Wednesday that the Secret Service had flagged Thomas Crooks as suspicious more than an hour before he shot from a rooftop at former President Trump, and that a counter-sniper spotted him as a potential threat 19 minutes before the shooting, according to a person familiar with the call. [...]
04/01/2024 --foxnews
Former 2024 presidential hopeful Vivek Ramaswamy is wading into the GOP primary for North Dakota's lone House seat.
03/29/2024 --abcnews
Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows
03/29/2024 --abcnews
Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows
03/29/2024 --theepochtimes
The amount is bigger than what Washington spends on NASA, the Department of Education, and Homeland Security combined, a lawmaker said.
03/29/2024 --theepochtimes
The amount is bigger than what Washington spends on NASA, the Department of Education, and Homeland Security combined, a lawmaker said.
03/29/2024 --theepochtimes
The amount is bigger than what Washington spends on NASA, the Department of Education, and Homeland Security combined, a lawmaker said.
03/29/2024 --foxnews
Georgia lawmakers have passed a bill requiring parental permission for children under 16 to use social media. The bill also bans social media use on school devices.
03/29/2024 --foxnews
Georgia lawmakers have passed a bill requiring parental permission for children under 16 to use social media. The bill also bans social media use on school devices.
03/29/2024 --foxnews
Georgia lawmakers have passed a bill requiring parental permission for children under 16 to use social media. The bill also bans social media use on school devices.
03/27/2024 --nypost
NY Post readers discuss a New York appeals court reducing the bond amount in Donald Trump’s civil fraud case.
03/27/2024 --nypost
NY Post readers discuss a New York appeals court reducing the bond amount in Donald Trump’s civil fraud case.
03/27/2024 --foxnews
Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said “administrative barriers" need to be torn down to rebuild the collapsed bridge in Baltimore as soon as possible.
03/27/2024 --foxnews
Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said “administrative barriers" need to be torn down to rebuild the collapsed bridge in Baltimore as soon as possible.
03/27/2024 --foxnews
Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said “administrative barriers" need to be torn down to rebuild the collapsed bridge in Baltimore as soon as possible.
03/25/2024 --rawstory
WASHINGTON — Some of former President Donald Trump’s fiercest allies in Congress may be multi-millionaires, but that doesn’t mean they’re opening up their wallets for the reality TV star turned contestant for America's most indicted. “There’s only so much money,” Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC) told Raw Story. With creditors demanding a $454 million bond as his appeals slowly wind through the courts, Trump’s personal deficits have been the talk of the Capitol in recent days. “Hopefully, I never get into that problem myself,” Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-AL) told Raw Story while riding an elevator in the Capitol. ALSO READ: A criminologist explains why half of America does not care about Trump's crimes“You’re not planning to cut him a check?” Raw Story asked. “No. I don't have enough. Mine would be just a blip,” Tuberville — who’s been estimated to have a net worth of around $20 million — said. “But if I could help, I’d help, maybe.” Most Republicans on Capitol Hill now parrot the former president’s rhetoric, dismissing Trump’s legal problems as “lawfare” — think lawsuits instead of bullets — by the left and presenting him as a modern day martyr. U.S. Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-AL) ranks among the wealthy Trump supporters in Congress who tell Raw Story they aren't able — or willing — to send former President Donald Trump a financial life line. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)“Listen, I’m sympathetic with the lawfare that is being waged against him. Actually quite sympathetic. This is the price he's paying for being involved in politics and running for the office again,” Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) told Raw Story. “You could argue it's grossly unfair for him to have to pick up the full tab, so I personally don't have a problem with him explicitly asking for support.” “Are you gonna donate?” Raw Story asked the former CEO worth an estimated $78 million. “I've paid my price,” Johnson — who the Select Jan. 6 Committee implicated in helping carry out Wisconsin Republicans’ fake elector scheme in 2021 — said through a smile and chuckle. While Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) is estimated to be worth more than $300 million — making him the wealthiest sitting U.S. senator — Trump shouldn’t come shaking his tin cup around the former chief executive of the Sunshine State. “I’m optimistic he’ll figure it out. He's a pretty resourceful guy,” Scott (R-FL) told reporters just off the Senate floor Thursday. “Would you donate?” Raw Story asked. “He's a resourceful guy,” Scott answered with a laugh before heading into the chamber to vote.Personal and political money troubles collideTrump hasn’t directly asked his Senate allies to chip in to help him pay his civil penalties, fines and lawyers, which now top half a billion dollars — including interest, which Forbes reports is ticking up at $111,984 a day.But the presumptive 2024 Republican presidential nominee finds himself in a potentially cataclysmic financial mess that mixes both his personal fortune and the finances of his presidential campaign.During the past two years, Trump’s political operation has spent upward of $80 million on legal fees — an astounding sum for anyone, let alone a presidential candidate. Every dollar Trump’s political machine spends on his four separate criminal cases and various civil court matters is a dollar not spent on attacking Democrats or boosting Republicans.ALSO READ: 11 ways Trump doesn’t become presidentConversations in conservative circles have often focused on fundraising for Trump’s legal defense instead of beating President Joe Biden, which has some Republicans fearing the GOP will suffer up and down the ballot come November. And while it’s still early in this general election and Trump’s poll numbers have looked decent, his fundraising has been anemic. Similarly, Biden’s poll numbers are lagging, even as his campaign coffers are overflowing. Biden’s warchest is currently triple that of Trump's. The latest Federal Election Commission filings show Biden’s campaign and joint fundraising committee are sitting on $155 million compared to the $41.9 million cash on hand at Trump’s disposal. Such figures don't include money raised by committees the candidates don't directly control, such as supportive super PACs. President Joe Biden, seen departing the White House on March 19, 2024 in Washington, D.C., enjoys a campaign cash advantage over Trump at present. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)Trump may have had a good fundraising month in February, netting upward of $20 million in tandem with his joint fundraising committee, but he still found himself outraised by $3 million by former Gov. Nikki Haley (R-SC) before she dropped out of the GOP presidential primary — withholding both her endorsement and her dollars. “I think we just have to look at the hard math. Democrats are hitting on all cylinders in terms of fundraising, so we've already got a structural challenge where we're not raising as much as them,” Sen. Tillis of North Carolina said as he entered an elevator in the Capitol. “These races are big races. They cost a lot of money. You gotta mobilize voters, so I'm sure it's a concern for them, too.”Besides begging for longshot loans, selling off assets and engaging in other creative monetary maneuvers, the former president is now leaning on the sale of $399 gold sneakers and a GoFundMe with an eye-popping $355 million goal. It’s still unclear if Trump can wiggle out of the straight jacket ensnaring him through the newly announced merger between his fledgling social media company, Truth Social, and Digital World Acquisition Corporation. While the deal could eventually net Trump some $3 billion, his hands are currently tied by an agreement constraining him from selling his shares for the next six months — when the earliest of 2024 early votes are slated to be cast. Instead of focusing on his reelection, Fox News hosts, such as Laura Ingraham and Mark Levin, have been pushing their massive audiences to donate to Trump’s legal fund. They’re not the only ones thinking about Donald’s debt these days.'Trump’s a movement'Per his usual, Trump has his fierce defenders who say everything’s fine. “Trump’s a movement. It’s not just the candidate. He’s a movement,” Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-MT) — who served as Trump’s first Interior secretary until scandals ended his tenure in the executive branch — told Raw Story. “I'm not worried.” “You gonna cut a check for his legal fund?” Raw Story inquired. “I’ll support my president,” Zinke — who’s estimated to own assets topping $30 million — said. Other rich Republicans also aren’t entirely slamming the door shut on providing future legal aid to Trump. ALSO READ: Bipartisan lawmakers demand action after Raw Story mail crime investigation“I am confident the [former] president will be able to figure out how to manage his campaign and finances to be successful,” Sen. Pete Ricketts (R-NE) told Raw Story while walking through the Capitol. “You have plans to donate to Trump?” “We’ll see,” said Ricketts, who’s estimated his net worth around $50 million and comes from a family of billionaires who, for example, own the Chicago Cubs.While he may not be as wealthy as his Senate counterparts, Sen. Ted Budd (R-NC) has made millions through his gun store and firing range, which means he can’t give Trump in-kind donations because it’s illegal for the former president to even “receive” a firearm or ammunition while under felony indictments.ALSO READ: A neuroscientist reveals how Trump and Biden's cognitive impairments are differentBudd’s not looking to arm Trump for warfare though. “Oh my goodness, it's complete lawfare,” Budd (R-NC) told Raw Story on his way to a Senate vote. The freshman senator dismisses fears from some in the GOP that Trump’s legal fundraising is handicapping the party ahead of November. “No. Completely separate,” Budd said. Many in the GOP are banking on Biden foiling his own reelection bid. They expect the grassroots to be there for Trump — no matter the mind-numbing sums he’s scrambling to raise — just as they’ve been there for him in past fundraising appeals.“I think that his support that he has at the grassroots will give him the money he needs,” Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) told Raw Story. “And I think that there's a big anti-Biden movement. A downturn in money's not going to make a big difference.” Other Republicans are indifferent or awkwardly distancing themselves from the troubled Trump — and the entire GOP through him, the party’s defendant-in-chief — brand. Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) wouldn't answer Raw Story's question about whether she still considers herself a Republican. (Photo by Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)“I haven’t thought about it at all,” Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) told Raw Story. “What about the RNC losing 60 staffers?” “I didn't know about that either,” Collins said in reference to the “bloodbath” earlier this month when Trump ousted Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel and installed his daughter-in-law, Lara Trump, as Republican National Committee — or RNC — co-chairwoman.“Oh, yeah?” Raw Story asked. “Are you still a Republican?” “It’s not uncommon when there's a new chair for there to be a major staff turnover,” Collins replied without answering our question. RNC shakeup sends shivers through old Republican guard Campaigns are more than dollars and cents though, and Trump’s ongoing personal shakeup of the RNC has unsettled many veteran Republicans. Among country club Republicans and critics alike, this is just par for Trump’s political course. “I don't think there's any norm or barrier that former President Trump won't be ready and willing to cross if it's in his personal, financial or egotistical interest,” Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) told Raw Story while walking to a vote on the Senate floor. Romney is dismissed as a disloyal “Never Trump”-er by many in his own party. Besides McDaniel being his niece, the 2012 GOP presidential nominee is retiring at the end of this term. Romney may be a critic, but he says he’s not given up on his party yet, even as the Republican Party has morphed into something unrecognizable from his time as the GOP standard-bearer. Romney says he loves his party and fears Trump’s self-serving moves will be felt by conservatives for decades. Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) answers questions in his office after announcing he will not seek re-election on September 13, 2023 in Washington, DC. Romney Called for a "new generation of leaders" while also criticizing both President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)“The party has to exist beyond and after Donald Trump and I are gone, and so weakening the party, making it a personal appendage, is not a good thing,” Romney — who’s estimated to be worth more than $170 million, making him one of the top 10 wealthiest senators — said. Even though he lost to then-President Barack Obama in 2012, Romney credits the RNC with helping turn out his supporters. “It was a very helpful organization in turning out the vote, so it helped raise money for me and it turned out the vote. To win elections, it’s all about organization. Ground game still makes a difference,” Romney said. “Once I became the presumptive nominee, we worked hand in glove.” ALSO READ: Convicted January 6 felon wants to storm the Capitol again — as an elected congressmanRomney did that without placing any of his children at the helm of the RNC. “Having family members serve in the administration looked like nepotism. Didn't seem to bother him. Didn't seem to bother the voters who put him there,” Romney said. Not all Democrats are dancing On the other side of the proverbial aisle, many liberal talking heads are giddy watching Trump scramble for millions and millions of pennies. But Democrats in tight races this fall know they can’t count on Trump’s legal woes to win. Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) is fighting for his political life in Montana. He’s raised upwards of $5 million four quarters in a row now, and he’s not letting up just because of Trump’s mounting legal bills. “I don’t know that it makes a lot of difference, actually,” Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) told Raw Story. Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) listens during a Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs committee hearing on January 11, 2024 in Washington, D.C. Tester is in the midst of one of the most competitive U.S. Senate races in the nation this year. (Photo by Kent Nishimura/Getty Images)Democrats also have other fears. “Depends on whether he’s busy raising money for his legal fees instead of for his campaign, but it does concern me that it will be added financial pressure compromising him,” Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) told Raw Story on his way to meetings on the Senate side of the Capitol Thursday. Schiff, who recently clinched a spot on the ballot in California’s U.S. Senate general election in November, is a Harvard educated lawyer who was the impeachment manager for Trump’s first impeachment. “He’s always been all about the money,” Schiff said. “But now there will be even greater risk that he trades American interests for money.”
03/25/2024 --rawstory
WASHINGTON — Some of former President Donald Trump’s fiercest allies in Congress may be multi-millionaires, but that doesn’t mean they’re opening up their wallets for the reality TV star turned contestant for America's most indicted. “There’s only so much money,” Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC) told Raw Story. With creditors demanding a $454 million bond as his appeals slowly wind through the courts, Trump’s personal deficits have been the talk of the Capitol in recent days. “Hopefully, I never get into that problem myself,” Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-AL) told Raw Story while riding an elevator in the Capitol. ALSO READ: A criminologist explains why half of America does not care about Trump's crimes“You’re not planning to cut him a check?” Raw Story asked. “No. I don't have enough. Mine would be just a blip,” Tuberville — who’s been estimated to have a net worth of around $20 million — said. “But if I could help, I’d help, maybe.” Most Republicans on Capitol Hill now parrot the former president’s rhetoric, dismissing Trump’s legal problems as “lawfare” — think lawsuits instead of bullets — by the left and presenting him as a modern day martyr. U.S. Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-AL) ranks among the wealthy Trump supporters in Congress who tell Raw Story they aren't able — or willing — to send former President Donald Trump a financial life line. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)“Listen, I’m sympathetic with the lawfare that is being waged against him. Actually quite sympathetic. This is the price he's paying for being involved in politics and running for the office again,” Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) told Raw Story. “You could argue it's grossly unfair for him to have to pick up the full tab, so I personally don't have a problem with him explicitly asking for support.” “Are you gonna donate?” Raw Story asked the former CEO worth an estimated $78 million. “I've paid my price,” Johnson — who the Select Jan. 6 Committee implicated in helping carry out Wisconsin Republicans’ fake elector scheme in 2021 — said through a smile and chuckle. While Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) is estimated to be worth more than $300 million — making him the wealthiest sitting U.S. senator — Trump shouldn’t come shaking his tin cup around the former chief executive of the Sunshine State. “I’m optimistic he’ll figure it out. He's a pretty resourceful guy,” Scott (R-FL) told reporters just off the Senate floor Thursday. “Would you donate?” Raw Story asked. “He's a resourceful guy,” Scott answered with a laugh before heading into the chamber to vote.Personal and political money troubles collideTrump hasn’t directly asked his Senate allies to chip in to help him pay his civil penalties, fines and lawyers, which now top half a billion dollars — including interest, which Forbes reports is ticking up at $111,984 a day.But the presumptive 2024 Republican presidential nominee finds himself in a potentially cataclysmic financial mess that mixes both his personal fortune and the finances of his presidential campaign.During the past two years, Trump’s political operation has spent upward of $80 million on legal fees — an astounding sum for anyone, let alone a presidential candidate. Every dollar Trump’s political machine spends on his four separate criminal cases and various civil court matters is a dollar not spent on attacking Democrats or boosting Republicans.ALSO READ: 11 ways Trump doesn’t become presidentConversations in conservative circles have often focused on fundraising for Trump’s legal defense instead of beating President Joe Biden, which has some Republicans fearing the GOP will suffer up and down the ballot come November. And while it’s still early in this general election and Trump’s poll numbers have looked decent, his fundraising has been anemic. Similarly, Biden’s poll numbers are lagging, even as his campaign coffers are overflowing. Biden’s warchest is currently triple that of Trump's. The latest Federal Election Commission filings show Biden’s campaign and joint fundraising committee are sitting on $155 million compared to the $41.9 million cash on hand at Trump’s disposal. Such figures don't include money raised by committees the candidates don't directly control, such as supportive super PACs. President Joe Biden, seen departing the White House on March 19, 2024 in Washington, D.C., enjoys a campaign cash advantage over Trump at present. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)Trump may have had a good fundraising month in February, netting upward of $20 million in tandem with his joint fundraising committee, but he still found himself outraised by $3 million by former Gov. Nikki Haley (R-SC) before she dropped out of the GOP presidential primary — withholding both her endorsement and her dollars. “I think we just have to look at the hard math. Democrats are hitting on all cylinders in terms of fundraising, so we've already got a structural challenge where we're not raising as much as them,” Sen. Tillis of North Carolina said as he entered an elevator in the Capitol. “These races are big races. They cost a lot of money. You gotta mobilize voters, so I'm sure it's a concern for them, too.”Besides begging for longshot loans, selling off assets and engaging in other creative monetary maneuvers, the former president is now leaning on the sale of $399 gold sneakers and a GoFundMe with an eye-popping $355 million goal. It’s still unclear if Trump can wiggle out of the straight jacket ensnaring him through the newly announced merger between his fledgling social media company, Truth Social, and Digital World Acquisition Corporation. While the deal could eventually net Trump some $3 billion, his hands are currently tied by an agreement constraining him from selling his shares for the next six months — when the earliest of 2024 early votes are slated to be cast. Instead of focusing on his reelection, Fox News hosts, such as Laura Ingraham and Mark Levin, have been pushing their massive audiences to donate to Trump’s legal fund. They’re not the only ones thinking about Donald’s debt these days.'Trump’s a movement'Per his usual, Trump has his fierce defenders who say everything’s fine. “Trump’s a movement. It’s not just the candidate. He’s a movement,” Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-MT) — who served as Trump’s first Interior secretary until scandals ended his tenure in the executive branch — told Raw Story. “I'm not worried.” “You gonna cut a check for his legal fund?” Raw Story inquired. “I’ll support my president,” Zinke — who’s estimated to own assets topping $30 million — said. Other rich Republicans also aren’t entirely slamming the door shut on providing future legal aid to Trump. ALSO READ: Bipartisan lawmakers demand action after Raw Story mail crime investigation“I am confident the [former] president will be able to figure out how to manage his campaign and finances to be successful,” Sen. Pete Ricketts (R-NE) told Raw Story while walking through the Capitol. “You have plans to donate to Trump?” “We’ll see,” said Ricketts, who’s estimated his net worth around $50 million and comes from a family of billionaires who, for example, own the Chicago Cubs.While he may not be as wealthy as his Senate counterparts, Sen. Ted Budd (R-NC) has made millions through his gun store and firing range, which means he can’t give Trump in-kind donations because it’s illegal for the former president to even “receive” a firearm or ammunition while under felony indictments.ALSO READ: A neuroscientist reveals how Trump and Biden's cognitive impairments are differentBudd’s not looking to arm Trump for warfare though. “Oh my goodness, it's complete lawfare,” Budd (R-NC) told Raw Story on his way to a Senate vote. The freshman senator dismisses fears from some in the GOP that Trump’s legal fundraising is handicapping the party ahead of November. “No. Completely separate,” Budd said. Many in the GOP are banking on Biden foiling his own reelection bid. They expect the grassroots to be there for Trump — no matter the mind-numbing sums he’s scrambling to raise — just as they’ve been there for him in past fundraising appeals.“I think that his support that he has at the grassroots will give him the money he needs,” Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) told Raw Story. “And I think that there's a big anti-Biden movement. A downturn in money's not going to make a big difference.” Other Republicans are indifferent or awkwardly distancing themselves from the troubled Trump — and the entire GOP through him, the party’s defendant-in-chief — brand. Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) wouldn't answer Raw Story's question about whether she still considers herself a Republican. (Photo by Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)“I haven’t thought about it at all,” Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) told Raw Story. “What about the RNC losing 60 staffers?” “I didn't know about that either,” Collins said in reference to the “bloodbath” earlier this month when Trump ousted Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel and installed his daughter-in-law, Lara Trump, as Republican National Committee — or RNC — co-chairwoman.“Oh, yeah?” Raw Story asked. “Are you still a Republican?” “It’s not uncommon when there's a new chair for there to be a major staff turnover,” Collins replied without answering our question. RNC shakeup sends shivers through old Republican guard Campaigns are more than dollars and cents though, and Trump’s ongoing personal shakeup of the RNC has unsettled many veteran Republicans. Among country club Republicans and critics alike, this is just par for Trump’s political course. “I don't think there's any norm or barrier that former President Trump won't be ready and willing to cross if it's in his personal, financial or egotistical interest,” Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) told Raw Story while walking to a vote on the Senate floor. Romney is dismissed as a disloyal “Never Trump”-er by many in his own party. Besides McDaniel being his niece, the 2012 GOP presidential nominee is retiring at the end of this term. Romney may be a critic, but he says he’s not given up on his party yet, even as the Republican Party has morphed into something unrecognizable from his time as the GOP standard-bearer. Romney says he loves his party and fears Trump’s self-serving moves will be felt by conservatives for decades. Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) answers questions in his office after announcing he will not seek re-election on September 13, 2023 in Washington, DC. Romney Called for a "new generation of leaders" while also criticizing both President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)“The party has to exist beyond and after Donald Trump and I are gone, and so weakening the party, making it a personal appendage, is not a good thing,” Romney — who’s estimated to be worth more than $170 million, making him one of the top 10 wealthiest senators — said. Even though he lost to then-President Barack Obama in 2012, Romney credits the RNC with helping turn out his supporters. “It was a very helpful organization in turning out the vote, so it helped raise money for me and it turned out the vote. To win elections, it’s all about organization. Ground game still makes a difference,” Romney said. “Once I became the presumptive nominee, we worked hand in glove.” ALSO READ: Convicted January 6 felon wants to storm the Capitol again — as an elected congressmanRomney did that without placing any of his children at the helm of the RNC. “Having family members serve in the administration looked like nepotism. Didn't seem to bother him. Didn't seem to bother the voters who put him there,” Romney said. Not all Democrats are dancing On the other side of the proverbial aisle, many liberal talking heads are giddy watching Trump scramble for millions and millions of pennies. But Democrats in tight races this fall know they can’t count on Trump’s legal woes to win. Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) is fighting for his political life in Montana. He’s raised upwards of $5 million four quarters in a row now, and he’s not letting up just because of Trump’s mounting legal bills. “I don’t know that it makes a lot of difference, actually,” Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) told Raw Story. Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) listens during a Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs committee hearing on January 11, 2024 in Washington, D.C. Tester is in the midst of one of the most competitive U.S. Senate races in the nation this year. (Photo by Kent Nishimura/Getty Images)Democrats also have other fears. “Depends on whether he’s busy raising money for his legal fees instead of for his campaign, but it does concern me that it will be added financial pressure compromising him,” Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) told Raw Story on his way to meetings on the Senate side of the Capitol Thursday. Schiff, who recently clinched a spot on the ballot in California’s U.S. Senate general election in November, is a Harvard educated lawyer who was the impeachment manager for Trump’s first impeachment. “He’s always been all about the money,” Schiff said. “But now there will be even greater risk that he trades American interests for money.”
03/25/2024 --foxnews
The Haiti crisis continues to spiral out of control. Biden is pushing too fast for action without having anything in place, including a plan to secure our borders.
03/24/2024 --abcnews
Vice President Kamala Harris toured the bloodstained classroom building where the 2018 Parkland high school massacre happened
03/23/2024 --kron4
Judicial whiplash over Texas’s controversial new immigration law has delayed its implementation, but potentially not its political effects. S.B. 4 is the latest in a string of local- and state-level immigration crackdowns that goes back at least to California’s Proposition 187, a 1994 ballot measure supported by then-Gov. Pete Wilson (R) that deputized individual Californians [...]
03/23/2024 --cbs17
Judicial whiplash over Texas’s controversial new immigration law has delayed its implementation, but potentially not its political effects. S.B. 4 is the latest in a string of local- and state-level immigration crackdowns that goes back at least to California’s Proposition 187, a 1994 ballot measure supported by then-Gov. Pete Wilson (R) that deputized individual Californians [...]
03/23/2024 --wsav
Judicial whiplash over Texas’s controversial new immigration law has delayed its implementation, but potentially not its political effects. S.B. 4 is the latest in a string of local- and state-level immigration crackdowns that goes back at least to California’s Proposition 187, a 1994 ballot measure supported by then-Gov. Pete Wilson (R) that deputized individual Californians [...]
03/23/2024 --wfla
Judicial whiplash over Texas’s controversial new immigration law has delayed its implementation, but potentially not its political effects. S.B. 4 is the latest in a string of local- and state-level immigration crackdowns that goes back at least to California’s Proposition 187, a 1994 ballot measure supported by then-Gov. Pete Wilson (R) that deputized individual Californians [...]
03/22/2024 --foxnews
Senate Republicans introduced a bill cracking down on the use of a mobile app to identify illegal immigrants traveling via airplane to the United States.
03/22/2024 --foxnews
Senate Republicans introduced a bill cracking down on the use of a mobile app to identify illegal immigrants traveling via airplane to the United States.
03/22/2024 --theepochtimes
The package to fund the government for the rest of the fiscal year is drawing condemnation from Republicans.
03/22/2024 --theepochtimes
The package to fund the government for the rest of the fiscal year is drawing condemnation from Republicans.
03/22/2024 --npr
For a decade, Florida lawmakers have debated whether to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. Advocates are trying to circumvent the legislature and take the issue directly to voters.
03/22/2024 --npr
For a decade, Florida lawmakers have debated whether to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. Advocates are trying to circumvent the legislature and take the issue directly to voters.
03/22/2024 --foxnews
Senate Republicans frustrated with a lack of procedure and unfettered spending are poised to delay the passage of the second slate of appropriations bills.
03/22/2024 --foxnews
Senate Republicans frustrated with a lack of procedure and unfettered spending are poised to delay the passage of the second slate of appropriations bills.
03/21/2024 --theepochtimes
The Republicans and Democrats each got policy victories in the second tranche of appropriations legislation.
03/21/2024 --foxnews
The top two concerns for Republican conference members are term limits and an approachable leader as the Senate GOP considers what they want in a McConnell successor.
03/21/2024 --foxnews
The top two concerns for Republican conference members are term limits and an approachable leader as the Senate GOP considers what they want in a McConnell successor.
03/20/2024 --theepochtimes
'The message from the Biden administration to Haiti should be don't come,' Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz said.