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GOP Senator Comes Up With Colorful Insult for Santos

John Kennedy calls fellow Republican a 'bunny boiler,' a reference to 1987's 'Fatal Attraction'

(Newser) - Rep. George Santos has been rather busy since the 118th Congress convened on Jan. 3, though not all with duties related to his new role as a US congressman. He's mainly been playing defense against his ever-evolving laundry list of lies , the barbs of late-night comedians , and allegations of...

McCarthy on MTG: 'I Will Never Leave That Woman'

'New York Times' has the background on their unlikely political alliance

(Newser) - In his bumpy but ultimately successful bid to become House speaker , Kevin McCarthy had a strong and surprising ally on his side—hard-right firebrand Marjorie Taylor Greene. But as a deep dive by Jonathan Swan and Catie Edmondson makes clear in the New York Times , their unlikely political alliance had...

Greene, Other Right-Wing GOPers Picked for Committees

Greene will sit on Oversight, Homeland Security panels if OKed; Gosar, Santos also selected for seats

(Newser) - It's been noted that Marjorie Taylor Greene is vying for more of a power position within the Republican Party, and it looks like she just made some headway. The Hill reports the Georgia congresswoman was selected Tuesday by the GOP-led House Steering Committee to sit on the Homeland Security...

McCarthy: I'm Open to Trump Expungements

New speaker says it's not a priority, but he'd consider clearing impeachment record

(Newser) - House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, who once said Donald Trump "bears responsibility" for the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, said Thursday he'd consider pursuing expungement of impeachment from the former president's record. Republican House members have introduced resolutions in the past calling for expungement—before the party...

Santos: I Was Volleyball Star at School I Didn't Attend

Beleaguered congressman made the claim to Nassau County GOP as a candidate

(Newser) - George Santos didn't just lie about attending Baruch College—he made himself an elite student and a fictional volleyball star there. The New York Times has more details on the new New York congressman's web of lies , including a copy of the two-page resume he submitted to the...

House GOPer Sends Letter to Yellen on Hunter Biden

Republicans have started their probe into president's son, as well as into Joe Biden's finances

(Newser) - In October, federal agents announced they'd gathered enough evidence to justify charging Hunter Biden with crimes. Now, House Republicans have jump-started their long-desired investigation of the president's son, as well as the involvement of ex-Twitter employees in handling reporting on him. Per the Hill , a letter sent Wednesday...

New House Panel Will Investigate Feds

Democrats slam formation of committee on 'weaponization' of government

(Newser) - It took 15 votes for House Republicans to elect Kevin McCarthy as speaker last week, but they were a lot less divided Tuesday, when they voted to establish a committee to investigate federal law enforcement, Big Tech, and the Biden administration. In a 221-211 party-line vote, the House voted to...

Gaetz Forgives GOP Colleague for 'Animated Moment'

Rep. Mike Rogers had to be held back from Florida congressman during House speaker vote

(Newser) - A "tense moment" during the House speaker vote last week has died down, with the two main players now extending olive branches. The incident involved Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz, who was a holdout against voting in Rep. Kevin McCarthy as speaker, and Alabama Rep. Mike Rogers, an ally who...

McCarthy's Concessions Suggest Trouble Ahead

Bloc opposed to his speakership now has outsize clout

(Newser) - Kevin McCarthy's decision to transfer powers held by the House speaker's office to a band of GOP members ended this week's chaos , but it caused concern—among Republicans and others—about what's ahead. The new reality could keep the House from performing such central tasks as...

George Santos Issues a Memorable Line

'You can't make this crap up' GOP lawmaker-elect accused of lying says as House votes on speaker

(Newser) - Despite calls from Democrats (and even some Republicans ) for Rep.-elect George Santos to consider resigning his new post after accusations he's lied about his career and personal life, the embattled GOP lawmaker showed up Tuesday for the first convening of the 118th Congress, with the House gathered...

GOPers Cheer Removal of 'Hunk of Garbage' at Capitol

Republicans remove controversial metal detectors outside of House chamber put in place after Jan. 6

(Newser) - Little else is getting done as Republicans hash out who's going to be the next speaker of the House, but one order of business important to the GOP did take place Tuesday: The metal detectors outside of the chamber, installed at the order of then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi after the...

McCarthy Fails to Win Speakership on First Ballot

House must keep voting until a speaker is selected

(Newser) - So who will be the next House speaker? After one round of voting in the chamber, the answer remains unclear. Frontrunner Kevin McCarthy, who served as House Minority Leader when Democrats were in charge, failed to get the necessary 218 votes on the first ballot, reports the Washington Post . Instead,...

For Elise Stefanik, a 'Bewildering and Sudden' Shift to Trump World
She Started Out
Moderate, Then
Went Full MAGA

She Started Out Moderate, Then Went Full MAGA

'WaPo' profile examines 'bewildering and sudden' shift of New York congresswoman Elise Stefanik

(Newser) - After Mitt Romney lost the presidency in 2012, Elise Stefanik, a budding young Republican from upstate New York who worked for his campaign, helped put together an "autopsy report, a document urging more inclusivity and openness in the GOP." So writes Ruby Cramer in her profile of Stefanik,...

Dems Demand Santos Resign Over 'Whopping Lies'

Incoming GOP lawmaker who admits to lying on resume is taking heat from other side of the aisle

(Newser) - "I will be sworn in, I will take office" was George Santos' recent vow on being seated in Congress next month, despite fallout from the discovery of multiple lies on his resume . But although it seems unlikely the House itself will prevent the recently elected congressman from Long Island...

McCarthy's Speaker Struggle Imperils GOP Agenda

Delays in settling on leaders mean party won't be able to launch investigations

(Newser) - Rep. Kevin McCarthy's chaotic campaign to become speaker of the House is setting the new GOP majority up for a slow start in January, possibly putting the GOP agenda at risk, Republicans say. This week, McCarthy postponed races for committee chairmanships until after the speaker vote on Jan. 3,...

Nephew Slams GOP Lawmaker's Tearful Plea Against Gay Marriage

Andrew Hartzler's video goes viral for calling out 'Aunt Vicky' over Respect for Marriage Act vote

(Newser) - A GOP congresswoman made a tearful plea this week to fellow House members to vote against the Respect for Marriage Act , which offers federal protections for same-sex and interracial marriages, and a response from a member of her own family has now gone viral. On Thursday, Rep. Vicky Hartzler of...

'NeverKevins' Deal Another Blow to McCarthy's Speaker Bid

Ralph Norman is 5th Republican to doubt him

(Newser) - A fifth Republican has expressed opposition to California Rep. Kevin McCarthy as speaker, promising there are "many more who will take our position." GOP Rep. Ralph Norman of South Carolina, who's with the House Freedom Caucus, told Politico on Tuesday that he would be a "hard"...

This House Race Winner Is in Rare Company

Rep. David Valadao is one of only two Republicans who voted to impeach who will be returning

(Newser) - Another close House race got called Monday night by the AP , and this one has some notable implications. Rep. David Valadao defeated Democrat Rudy Salas in California, making him only the second GOP House member who voted to impeach former President Trump to win reelection, notes the New York Times ...

McCarthy Wins Nomination for House Speaker

But a conservative rival has declared a challenge

(Newser) - Republican leader Kevin McCarthy cleared the first major step Tuesday toward becoming House speaker, winning the nomination on a vote by his GOP colleagues, but he now faces a weeks-long slog to quell objections from his right flank before a final vote. McCarthy has led House Republicans this far, and...

GOP Needs Just One More Seat to Wrest Back the House
GOP Can Now
Almost Touch 218

GOP Can Now Almost Touch 218

Republicans need just 1 seat to regain House majority, but they'll likely have a super-slim lead

(Newser) - As of Tuesday morning, Republicans are as close as they can get to winning back the House without having it fully in hand. The Hill reports that the GOP picked up four crucial seats on Monday in Arizona, California, and New York, meaning they now hold 217 seats in the...

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