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Rand Paul to Fellow GOPers: Careful on Vote in Trump Trial

Warns Republican senators their vote on witnesses could threaten their reelection runs

(Newser) - President Trump's impeachment trial officially begins Thursday in the Senate, and at least four Republican senators will need to vote with Democrats to introduce new evidence and call witnesses such as John Bolton and Mick Mulvaney, per the Washington Post . And Kentucky's Rand Paul has a warning for... More »

Apology Follows Comment That Democrats Love Terrorists

Doug Collins says he doesn't really believe that

(Newser) - "Let me be clear: I do not believe Democrats are in love with terrorists, and I apologize for what I said earlier this week." What Rep. Doug Collins had said earlier was that Democrats are "in love with terrorists" and mourn the Iranian general killed by the... More »

Pol's Alleged Words After Arrest: 'You Know How Women Drive'

Tow truck driver says lawmaker Brian Kolb tried to blame crash on wife

(Newser) - A New York state lawmaker arrested after a New Year's Eve car accident and accused of driving while intoxicated tried to pin the blame on his wife, according to the tow truck driver who came to assist. The AAA driver, who the New York Post notes didn't ID... More »

Congressman Unapologetic Over Fake Obama Picture

GOP's Paul Gosar defiant after posting doctored photo of ex-president, Iranian President Rouhani

(Newser) - A GOP congressman circulated a fake photo of former President Obama on Monday, showing him shaking hands with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. Arizona Rep. Paul Gosar tweeted the photo, adding the caption, "The world is a better place without these guys in power." The photo has long been... More »

GOP Voters Like More Trumps for 2024

Pence leads poll, but two of the president's children are right up there

(Newser) - You'd think we should settle the 2020 presidential election first, but a poll has jumped ahead to gauge support for possible GOP nominees in 2024. The SurveyMonkey poll, conducted for Axios , found a significant portion of voters who are Republicans or lean that way haven't gotten enough of... More »

Major Trump Ally in House Is Leaving

Mark Meadows plans to 'work more closely' with the president

(Newser) - President Trump ally Mark Meadows on Thursday became the 21st House Republican to announce he won't run for reelection in 2020. In a statement, the North Carolina rep first elected to Congress in 2012 said the decision—announced one day before the filing deadline in his state—came "... More »

Schumer: Here's What We Want in Senate Trial

Democrats want Bolton, Mulvaney to testify

(Newser) - Senate Democrats are proposing a weekslong Senate impeachment trial seeking testimony from four new witnesses including John Bolton and Mick Mulvaney over President Donald Trump's actions toward Ukraine, according to a detailed outline released Sunday, the AP reports. Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York proposed the structure for... More »

Kentucky's Defeated Gov Takes Flak Over Pardons

Matt Bevin says he's 'a big believer in second chances'

(Newser) - Patrick Brian Baker was sentenced to 19 years in prison for crimes stemming from a 2014 home invasion in which a man was fatally shot. Convicted of reckless homicide, robbery, impersonating a peace officer, and tampering with evidence, he has walked free after serving only two years. Baker—whose brother... More »

Duncan Hunter: 'I Will Resign From Congress'

California Republican says he'll step down 'shortly after the holidays' amid campaign finance scandal

(Newser) - He'd hinted earlier in the week he might step down from his congressional post, and on Friday, Rep. Duncan Hunter made it official. "Shortly after the holidays, I will resign from Congress," the Republican said in a statement, per the Hill . "It has been an honor... More »

Trump: GOP 'Never Trumpers' Are 'Human Scum'

He says they're more dangerous than Democrats

(Newser) - President Trump turned his fire on members of his own party Wednesday—and they did not take kindly to being called "human scum." "The Never Trumper Republicans, though on respirators with not many left, are in certain ways worse and more dangerous for our Country than the... More »

Mark Sanford's Campaign Launch Attracts Almost No One

'Nobody knows me in Philadelphia. I get it,' says Trump GOP challenger

(Newser) - It surely wasn't how Mark Sanford imagined kicking off his presidential campaign . As the Republican challenger to President Trump stood behind a podium at Philadelphia's People's Plaza on Wednesday, the Inquirer 's Anna Orso was the only reporter present. Apart from two aides, an Inquirer photographer,... More »

Jeff Flake Has Unique Take on Senate Trial of Trump

The former Arizona senator says 'there's not a lot of love for the president'

(Newser) - Former Sen. Jeff Flake has his own take on how the Senate would respond to President Trump's impeachment, Fox News reports. "At least 35" Republican senators would support impeachment if the vote were held privately, he said Thursday at the 2019 Texas Tribune Festival. "I heard someone... More »

Oops: White House Sends Ukraine Stategy to Dems

And Democrats put it up on Twitter

(Newser) - "Unsend," anyone? The White House mistakenly emailed its talking points on the Ukraine scandal to House Democrats on Wednesday, the Hill reports. The offices of Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Don Beyer were among those who confirmed receiving the 11:22am email, which the White House tried to recall... More »

Man Trump Called 'My African American' Is Ditching GOP

Gregory Cheadle is fed up with the party's 'pro-white agenda,' Trump's 'white superiority complex'

(Newser) - Gregory Cheadle didn't cringe in 2016 when then-candidate Donald Trump called him "my African American" at a rally in Northern California. But the 62-year-old is now backing away from not only President Trump, but the entire Republican party, too—which is why he's defecting from the GOP... More »

Trump Critic in the GOP Makes Surprise July 4 Announcement

Rep. Justin Amash is leaving his party

(Newser) - He'd already quit a Republican caucus ; now Justin Amash is abandoning the GOP altogether. In a Fourth of July surprise, the Michigan congressman, who's made recent headlines for being the "lone-wolf GOP Trump critic," made a big announcement in the Washington Post : "Today, I am... More »

David Brooks: Republicans Face an 'Apocalypse'

'To put it bluntly, young adults hate them'

(Newser) - Columnist David Brooks foresees an "apocalypse" on the way for Republicans, and it can be summed up in eight words: "To put it bluntly, young adults hate them," he writes in the New York Times . Brooks isn't talking specifically about the 2020 vote so much as... More »

Talk of 'Jail on Capitol Hill' as Democrats Fight Trump

Dems mull their options as Trumps blocks investigations

(Newser) - They're talking about jailing people at the Capitol. Imposing steep fines. All sorts of extraordinary, if long-shot measures to force the White House to comply with Democratic lawmakers' request for information about President Trump stemming from the special counsel's Russia investigation, the AP reports. This is the remarkable... More »

Romney 'Can't Understand' Trump's Attacks on McCain

He praises 'exemplary' senator

(Newser) - The Republican Party's 2012 presidential nominee isn't happy about what the 2016 candidate is saying about the 2008 nominee. In a tweet Tuesday night, Sen. Mitt Romney wondered why President Trump had renewed his attacks on John McCain seven months after the Arizona senator's death, USA Today... More »

GOP Cable News Hire Gives Up Job After Backlash

Sarah Isgur apparently asked for the change

(Newser) - A recent CNN hire that caused all kinds of waves has reached safe, dry land: a less powerful job. The network said Friday that Sarah Isgur, a former GOP operative, will be a political analyst instead of a political editor as originally planned, Bloomberg reports. "And news: I will... More »

Now Dividing House Dems, GOP: Nickelback

Congressmen spar over the notorious '90s band

(Newser) - It seems Democrats and Republicans can't even agree on one of the world's most-hated bands. "I didn't think we were gonna talk about Nickelback on the floor today," Rep. Mark Pocan, a Democrat from Wisconsin, said Thursday after he himself broached the subject while stating... More »

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