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Trump-DeSantis Battle Begins Earlier Than Expected
Friction Is Heating Up
Between Trump, DeSantis
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Friction Is Heating Up Between Trump, DeSantis

The two GOP frontrunners have begun sniping at each other

(Newser) - Friction between Donald Trump and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has surfaced of late, with Trump criticizing "gutless" politicians who won't reveal their vaccination status and DeSantis faulting Trump for too-aggressive COVID lockdowns while president. Now, multiple outlets are weighing in on what this means for the 2024 election:...

Trump Mocks Biden in Speech at Arizona Rally

Former president, who is vaccinated, criticized Biden's vaccination campaign

(Newser) - Leaving office hasn’t changed Donald Trump’s rhetorical style at all. The former president, who—to his supporters’ apparent chagrin —is vaccinated. But before losing the 2020 election to President Joe Biden, he showed little to no support for mask and vaccine mandates. Biden ran on a promise...

DeSantis: Wish I'd Been 'Much Louder' Against Trump's COVID Move

Fla. governor says he wishes he'd spoken up to protest shutdowns in early pandemic

(Newser) - Things have started to get tense between Ron DeSantis and Donald Trump, starting when the former president appeared to call the Florida governor "gutless" this week for not admitting whether or not he'd received the COVID booster shot. Now, DeSantis is firing back, second-guessing how Trump handled things...

Another GOP Impeachment Vote to Leave

Rep. John Katko won't run again after supporting Jan. 6 panel, infrastructure bill

(Newser) - Rep. John Katko announced Friday that he won't seek reelection from his New York district, making him the third of the 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach former President Donald Trump to decide to go home. "My conscience, principles and commitment to do what's right have...

Trump's 'Gutless' Remark Seen as Shot at DeSantis

Former president slammed politicians who decline to confirm having booster shot

(Newser) - Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has been talked about as a possible running mate for Donald Trump if the former president decides to run in 2024—but the two Republicans may be growing further apart on the issue of COVID vaccines. In remarks that CNN describes as a "thinly veiled...

Trump Interview With NPR Has Abrupt End

Former president hangs up as he was being grilled on his false claims of election fraud

(Newser) - NPR Morning Edition host Steven Inskeep nabbed an interview with former President Trump on Tuesday—after six years of trying. "It was scheduled for 15 minutes, but lasted just over nine," NPR reports, noting Trump—who hurled insults at Republican senators, including Mitch McConnell—ended the conversation abruptly...

Trump Goes After 'Jerk' Republican Senator

Mike Rounds of South Dakota lost favor with former president by saying the election was 'fair'

(Newser) - A Republican senator lost favor with Donald Trump over the weekend by uttering four words hated by the former president: "The election was fair." Mike Rounds of South Dakota went on ABC News and declared that Trump's claims of a stolen election do not hold up, reports...

Another GOP Senator Says He'll Postpone Retirement

Ron Johnson, who said he wouldn't seek a third term, cites Democratic 'takeover'

(Newser) - For the second time in two days, a Republican senator on the edge of retiring has decided to instead run for reelection. Victory would bring Sen. Ron Johnson a third term; Johnson previously had told Wisconsin voters he would limit himself to two, WISN reports. Johnson acknowledged that in an...

More Officers Are Suing Trump Over Capitol Riot

They say they were injured by mob he incited

(Newser) - Capitol Police officer Briana Kirkland filed a lawsuit against Donald Trump on Thursday—a year to the day since she was injured trying to defend the building from his supporters. The lawsuit describes Trump as the leader of the "violent mob," NBC reports. Trump, "by his words...

They Did What in the Capitol Hallways?
They Did What 
in the Capitol Hallways?
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They Did What in the Capitol Hallways?

Biden refers to rioters 'defecating'; a look at reaction to the big Jan. 6 speech

(Newser) - Assessments and reaction to President Biden's speech Thursday on the anniversary of the Capitol riot continue to roll in. Some of those in circulation:
  • A detail: In a tweet , NPR's Steve Inskeep calls attention to a jarring detail in which Biden referred to rioters as "literally defecating

Biden Blames Trump for Riot, and Trump Responds

Biden: 'For the first time in our history, a president ... tried to prevent the peaceful transfer of power'

(Newser) - President Biden spoke Thursday on the one-year anniversary of the riot at the Capitol and made clear he places the blame for that day squarely on his predecessor, though he never mentioned Donald Trump by name. Trump has responded with slams of his own. Highlights:
  • Biden: "For the first

In Jan. 6 Speech, Biden to Put Trump on Blast

And more on what's expected at Congress on Thursday

(Newser) - In a speech at Congress on Thursday to mark the one-year anniversary of the Capitol riot, President Biden will place the blame for the attack squarely on the shoulders of his predecessor. Biden's remarks will likely note that former President Trump holds "singular responsibility" for the "chaos...

Trump Has Jan. 6 Plans
Trump Calls Off
Jan. 6 Press Conference

Trump Calls Off Jan. 6 Press Conference

He blames 'dishonesty' of House committee

(Newser) - Update: Donald Trump has called off a press conference that would have taken place at Mar-a-Lago Wednesday while a prayer service was being held at the Capitol on the anniversary of last year's Jan. 6 riot. In a statement, the former president said he was calling off the event...

NY AG Subpoenas Trump, Ivanka, Don. Jr
Trump Family Asks Judge 
to Quash Subpoenas

Trump Family Asks Judge to Quash Subpoenas

A decision is not expected for at least a month

(Newser) - Update: Lawyers for Donald Trump and his two eldest children, Ivanka and Donald Jr., asked a judge on Monday night to quash the subpoenas issued to the three Trumps last month. Allowing them to testify in the civil probe would set a "dangerous precedent," their court filing argues,...

Trump Endorsement of Hungarian PM Called 'Unusual'
Trump Offers Far-Right Leader
His 'Complete Support'
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Trump Offers Far-Right Leader His 'Complete Support'

Endorses Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban for reelection

(Newser) - Former President Trump's endorsements continue to make headlines, but on Monday, he offered his backing to a candidate who isn't a Republican—or an American. In what the Washington Post terms an "unusual endorsement in a foreign election," Trump released a statement endorsing far-right Hungarian Prime...

Pro-Trump Site Faces Lawsuit From Poll Workers
Falsely Accused
Poll Workers Sue
Giuliani, OAN

Falsely Accused Poll Workers Sue Giuliani, OAN

Two Georgia women already had filed against Gateway Pundit for defamation

(Newser) - Update: Two Georgia poll workers who sued a website have filed a new suit involving false claims that they committed ballot fraud in the 2020 election. Ruby Freeman and Wandrea "Shaye" Moss filed a defamation suit Thursday in Washington, saying One America News Network continued to accuse them of...

Trump Stops Anti-Vaccine Talk During Interview

'The ones who get very sick ... are the ones that don't take the vaccine,' he tells Candace Owens

(Newser) - Donald Trump is keeping up his public comments in support of COVID vaccines , despite pushback from his own supporters. The latest example came during a back-and-forth between the former president and conservative media personality Candace Owens on a Wednesday episode of Candace from the Daily Wire. When Owens questioned why...

Trump Asks Supreme Court to Block Release of Records

House investigators from Jan. 6 panel want them from the National Archives

(Newser) - Update: Donald Trump has turned to the Supreme Court for help. Attorneys for the former president filed an emergency petition Thursday to keep his records out of the hands of the House panel investigating the Capitol riot, reports the Hill . House investigators want the National Archives to hand over the...

Trump Sends Note to NYT Reporter on Vaccines

After getting booed over his booster, he pushes back again, says he's 'very proud' of vaccines

(Newser) - The story was in wide circulation on Monday: Donald Trump was booed by his own supporters after he informed them he had received a booster shot. Now, in a follow-up, the former president is reaffirming his faith in COVID vaccines. "Must tell the truth—and very proud to have...

Trump: I Got My Booster
Trump: I Got My Booster

Trump: I Got My Booster

Remark is met with some booing at event with Bill O'Reilly

(Newser) - Only about one-third of the US population has received a COVID booster shot, notes the Washington Post , but one of the recipients has a particularly high profile. Donald Trump said Sunday that he received his third shot, reports Newsweek . The reveal came during a public forum with former Fox anchor...

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