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The Daily BeastFeb 02, 2023
GOP Rep. Responsible For AR-15 Pins Permeating Capitol Reveals Himself
Photo Illustration by Luis G. Rendon/The Daily Beast/TwitterThe man responsible for handing out pins in the shape of assault weapons that have been adopted by right-wing Republicans in Congress has revealed himself—as clashes between the political parties grow over the controversial accessory.

Earlier this week, the pins appeared on the lapels of George Santos and Ana Paulina Luna in committee meetings and on the House floor.

Georgia Congressman Andrew Clyde, who has worn the pin for years, was also seen parading it on Wednesday as he delivered remarks critical of gun restrictions.

Read more at The Daily Beast.

Washington Post PoliticsFeb 02, 2023
Post Politics Now: Biden meets with Black lawmakers amid renewed calls for police reform after death of Tyre Nichols
The meeting with members of the Congressional Black Caucus comes a day after the funeral of Tyre Nichols, a 29-year-old Black man who died after being beaten by police in Memphis.

The Daily BeastFeb 02, 2023
Republicans Boot Ilhan Omar From Foreign Affairs Panel
REUTERS/Jonathan ErnstAfter years of threats, House Republicans took the drastic step of kicking Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) from a key congressional committee over past comments that invoked antisemitic tropes.

In a Thursday vote on the House floor, a majority of lawmakers voted to remove Omar from the House Foreign Affairs Committee, with zero Republicans voting with all Democrats to back Omar.

The Minneapolis congresswoman has apologized for the remarks in question, which were directed toward the state of Israel and pro-Israel lobbying groups in 2019. But Republicans have continued to argue those comments were disqualifying for her service on the Foreign Affairs panel, despite the glaring record of blatantly antisemitic comments by powerful figures like former President Donald Trump.

Read more at The Daily Beast.

The Daily BeastFeb 02, 2023
Newsmax Claims DirecTV Pays 22 ‘Liberal News' Channels—That's Not True
Photo Illustration by Luis G. Rendon/The Daily BeastIn the span of days, Newsmax has successfully turned a standard fee dispute with a pay-TV provider into a political football, convincing Congress to threaten DirecTV with hearings for dropping the pro-Trump network.

Since the satellite carrier pulled Newsmax from its lineup last week, the channel has flooded its airwaves with anti-DirecTV rants accusing the company and its corporate partner AT&T of "political discrimination" against conservatives while urging viewers to cancel the companies' products.

At the same time, Newsmax has relentlessly aired a series of spurious claims about the remaining content on DirecTV's lineup, repeatedly insisting that the provider is paying "22 liberal news channels" while refusing to offer any license fees to Newsmax. Asserting that it's the "fourth highest-rated cable news network" in America, the channel has also groused that its viewership dwarfs "most" of these nearly two dozen left-leaning stations—yet DirecTV will not fairly compensate the right-wing news channel.

Read more at The Daily Beast.

CNN PoliticsFeb 02, 2023
Blinken under pressure to push China on role in lethal fentanyl trade when he visits Beijing
Members of Congress are urging Secretary of State Antony Blinken to pressure China to do more to curb the flow of fentanyl and synthetic opioids into the United States on his visit to the country which is expected to take place in the next few days.

Politics - U.S. HouseFeb 01, 2023
Meet the Women Trying to Avoid a Spending Train Wreck in Congress
For the first time, the leaders of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees are all women, as is the top White House budget official. Can they avert a fiscal disaster? They're determined to try.

Democracy NowJan 06, 2023
Two Years After Jan. 6, Capitol Attack Casts Long Shadow Over GOP That Allows Extremism to Fester
Friday marks two years since the January 6 Capitol insurrection, when President Donald Trump incited thousands of supporters to violently storm Congress, attempting to overturn the 2020 election. The attack on the Capitol briefly shut down Congress as lawmakers fled for their safety from the mob, which included members of the Proud Boys, the Oath Keepers and other violent extremist groups. Two years later, part of Congress has been effectively shut down again, this time because a group of far-right Republicans, including many who supported the January 6 insurrection, have blocked Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy's attempt to become House speaker. We speak to Andy Campbell, senior editor at HuffPost and author of "We Are Proud Boys: How a Right-Wing Street Gang Ushered In a New Era of American Extremism," as the House speaker vote drags on and the Proud Boys face trial for seditious conspiracy over their involvement in the insurrection.

Democracy NowJan 04, 2023
David Dayen: Biden Will Need to Use Executive Action for Democrats to Get Things Done in 2023
With Republicans now controlling the House of Representatives and vowing to fight President Biden's agenda, journalist David Dayen says Democrats will need to get comfortable using executive action, as a raft of major legislation passed in the previous Congress will need to be put into action by the executive branch. "The next year, the next two years, isn't going to be about legislative action," says Dayen, executive editor of The American Prospect. "But it can be a time of real governing changes as these big laws get implemented."
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