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First Big GOP Name Makes a Decision on 2024

Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton says it's a no for him on running for president the next time around

(Newser) - As the waiting game continues on whether Donald Trump will run for president again, and on who else may join that GOP candidate pool, one potential contender has taken his name out of the running. Sources tell Politico and CNN that Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton has, over the past few...

Ted Cruz: Biden's Court Plan Is 'Offensive'
Ted Cruz Enters the Fray
Over Supreme Court Pick
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Ted Cruz Enters the Fray Over Supreme Court Pick

Senator calls Biden's plan to limit candidates to Black females 'offensive,' an 'insult'

(Newser) - The general consensus in DC is that President Biden will be able to get his nominee on the Supreme Court without the usual scorched-earth fight of recent confirmations. But even if that proves to be the case, some political fireworks are inevitable. The Hill , for example, expects Republican Sens. Ted...

Senator Calls Columbia's Multicultural Graduation Ceremonies 'Segregation'

University says Tom Cotton is misrepresenting longstanding ceremonies started by students

(Newser) - Republican Sen. Tom Cotton caused an uproar Tuesday by blasting the multicultural graduation ceremonies offered by Columbia University as "segregation." He was apparently outraged by a Fox story that said the university would host "six separate graduation ceremonies based on income level, race, ethnicities." Cotton and...

Trump Responds to Tom Cotton's Move

Republicans 'NEVER FORGET,' he says

(Newser) - President Trump has fired back against a member of what he calls the "Surrender Caucus"—also known as the majority of Republican senators. In a tweet Monday, the president slammed Arkansas GOP Sen. Tom Cotton, who said Sunday that he would not be joining the dozen or so...

One Trump Ally Calls Senate Challenge a Bad Idea

Tom Cotton says the move would 'essentially end presidential elections' as we know them

(Newser) - About a dozen Republican senators are expected to formally object to the election results on Wednesday, but one usual presidential ally will not be among them. Tom Cotton of Arkansas said Sunday night in a news release that he thinks the challenge led by Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley is...

Tom Cotton Calls Slavery 'a Necessary Evil'

Senator was criticizing 1619 Project

(Newser) - "As the Founding Fathers said, it was the necessary evil upon which the union was built." That's how Sen. Tom Cotton described slavery in an interview with the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette on Friday. The Republican was speaking out against the 1619 Project, a New York Times-based curriculum examining...

'Send in the Troops' Op-Ed Sparks Major NYT Shakeup

James Bennet, an important Times editor, has resigned

(Newser) - James Bennet is out. The New York Times editorial page editor—once considered a future contender for executive editor—has resigned amid raging backlash over an op-ed calling for military force against American protesters, per the Hollywood Reporter . "Last week we saw a significant breakdown in our editing processes,...

'Stunning Reversal' From NYT on Op-Ed That Sparked Outrage

Sen. Tom Cotton's piece did not meet paper's standards, it now says

(Newser) - The New York Times is officially reversing course. After Sen. Tom Cotton, a Republican, published an op-ed in the paper Wednesday that was met with outrage , the NYT on Thursday said Cotton's column—which advocated for the federal government using the military to suppress protests over the deaths of...

NYT Writers Slam Cotton Op-Ed: It Puts Black Staff in Danger

Arkansas senator wants US military to handle George Floyd protests

(Newser) - In what Fox News calls an "open revolt," New York Times staffers pushed back on their employer after the paper published a Wednesday op-ed by Sen. Tom Cotton titled "Send In the Troops." In his piece, the Arkansas senator argues for using the US military to...

Tom Cotton's Virus Theory Doesn't Go Over Well

Senator calls attention to Chinese biolab near the epicenter of outbreak, but scientists scoff

(Newser) - Sen. Tom Cotton over the weekend again floated a controversial theory about how the coronavirus came to be. On Fox , the Arkansas Republican suggested the outbreak is linked to a Chinese biochemical lab in the city of Wuhan. “We don’t have evidence that this disease originated there,”...

Senator: We Shouldn't Give Up on Buying Greenland

Tom Cotton says Trump is 'crazy like a fox'

(Newser) - President Trump was widely derided for his attempt to buy Greenland, but Sen. Tom Cotton is keeping the faith—possibly because he is believed to be the one who gave Trump the idea in the first place . In a New York Times op-ed, the Republican argues that Trump is "...

This Might Be How the 'Buy Greenland' Controversy Started

Sen. Tom Cotton says he floated the idea months ago

(Newser) - Seems President Trump didn't come up with "let's buy Greenland" all on his own. Speaking at a Talk Business & Politics event in Arkansas, Sen. Tom Cotton said he looked into a possible purchase months ago and asked the Danish ambassador about it. "Obviously, the right...

Tillerson Unexpectedly at White House After News of Plan

The 'New York Times' says a plan for his ouster is in place

(Newser) - Rumors of a planned ouster of Rex Tillerson are nothing new, but the New York Times reports it's learned of an actual plan to do so. Unnamed senior White House officials tell the paper that chief of staff John Kelly has created a transition plan, to be put...

McCain Blames Russian Airstrikes on Obama

As do other Republicans

(Newser) - Russia launched airstrikes against Syria Wednesday, and John McCain was quick to blame it on Obama. "It did not have to be this way—but this is the inevitable consequence of hollow words, red lines crossed, tarnished moral influence, leading from behind, and a total lack of American leadership"...

98-1: Senate OKs Bill to Review Any Iran Deal

Lone holdout is White House critic Tom Cotton

(Newser) - The Senate overwhelmingly backed legislation today that would let Congress review and possibly reject any final deal with Tehran. The vote was 98-1 for the bill that would give Congress a say on what could be a historic accord that the United States and five other nations are trying to...

Ayatollah: GOP Letter to Iran Sign of US 'Disintegration'

Meanwhile, from John McCain: 'Maybe that wasn't exactly the best way to do that'

(Newser) - The 47 GOP senators who sent a letter to Iran's leadership about nuclear negotiations likely anticipated the reaction they got from President Obama. But some were taken aback by public backlash, and now they have another opinion to mull: that of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who said today through Iran'...

GOP Didn't Expect Iran Letter Backlash

McCain blames snowstorm for lack of discussion

(Newser) - Some of the 47 Republican senators who signed a controversial letter to Iran's leaders seem a little surprised that people are making a big deal out of their bypassing of President Obama during nuclear negotiations. Sen. John McCain, who signed the letter warning that any deal could be canceled...

GOP: Hagel an 'In-Your-Face Pick'
 GOP: Hagel an 
 'In-Your-Face Pick' 

GOP: Hagel an 'In-Your-Face Pick'

GOP is not thrilled with Obama's reported pick for Defense secretary

(Newser) - No sooner had rumors of Chuck Hagel's pending nomination to head up the Pentagon leaked than lips were flapping about what a bad idea it was. Hagel "is an in-your-face nomination by the president," charged Lindsey Graham , who "would be the most antagonistic secretary of defense...

What You Should Know About the 113th Congress

Notable faces, facts

(Newser) - The fiscal cliff deal was the last hurrah for the 112th Congress. Now a freshly elected class is coming to Washington, with more than 90 new faces gracing Capitol Hill. Here are some of the notable names and facts you'll want to know:
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