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Trump tries to turn tables by claiming he was victim of attempted coup

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has sought to clarify his stance on the Republican National Committee’s motion to censure Representatives Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger for participating into the inquiry into the 6 January Capitol attack. Speaking to a reporter on Capitol Hill, Mr McCarthy insisted that the motion’s language describing “legitimate political discourse” did not apply to the riot, but to a handful of unspecified GOP officials who are supposedly being hounded by the select committee on which the two censured Republican members sit.

He still takes a very different position than his Senate counterpart Mitch McConnell, who yesterday condemned the events of 6 January as a violent insurrection – and remarked that “The issue is whether or not the RNC should be sort of be singling out members of our party who may have different views from the majority. That is not the job of the RNC.”

Meanwhile, the right-wing media and various Republican legislators are loudly proclaiming that Joe Biden wants to hand out “crack pipes” and set up “injection sites” around the country in response to the administration’s drug harm reduction plan. Fox News hosts have dwelled on the story for hours of broadcast time, leading the Department of Health and Human Services to decry much of the coverage as “blatant disinformation”.

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Marjorie Taylor Greene’s gazpacho moment mercilessly mocked

Former RNC Chairman Michael Steele, a fierce Trump critic who has many times warned of the potential consequences of extremism in the Republican Party, has some choice words for Marjorie Taylor Greene over her soup/Nazi confusion – and plenty of others are joining in, from anti-Trump campaign groups to celebrity chefs.

Andrew Naughtie10 February 2022 11:30

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In polarized climate, threats to lawmakers surge

The New York Times has this report on the sheer volume and intensity of threats directed at members of Congress and their staff – among them specific threats of lethal violence:

Andrew Naughtie10 February 2022 10:45

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GOP Senator objects to effort to stop members trading stock

After a clutch of scandals in 2020 and 2021, momentum is building behind efforts to ban sitting members of Congress from trading stock. But not everybody is on board, as The Independent’s Eric Garcia found when he spoke to an Alabama Republican…

Andrew Naughtie10 February 2022 10:07

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Ignore the ‘crack pipe’ spin – this is what’s missing from attacks on Biden’s drug policy

Alex Woodward10 February 2022 04:00

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Madison Cawthorn warns of ‘dangerous’ consequences if he is removed from ballot

Graig Graziosi10 February 2022 03:30

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Jan 6 committee chair: ‘We expect’ Navarro to comply

Rep Bennie Thompson, the Democrat leading the committee investigating January 6, said on Wednesday that committee members “expect” Mr Navarro will comply with their subpoena, noting that hundreds of other witnesses have already done so.

His statement seemed to imply that he did not believe the former White House trade adviser would take the path of defying the committee’s subpoena as did others such as Steve Bannon.

“More than 500 witnesses have provided information in our investigation, and we expect Mr. Navarro to do so as well,” said Mr Thompson on Wednesday.

David Taintor10 February 2022 03:15

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Tom Cotton joins GOP attacks on Democrats’ mask mandate decisions

Tom Cotton, a far-right member of the Senate, unloaded on Democratic leaders on Wednesday as some states announced ends to mask mandates amid falling Covid-19 case numbers.

Several Republicans reacted to a rapid-fire set of announcements from state leaders including New York’s Kathy Hochul this week by claiming that the decisions were a result of the upcoming midterm elections.

“The science hasn’t changed. What’s changed is that there is an election coming, and Democrats have seen the polling on this question. Now they’re running scared, and they want to pretend they didn’t force your kid to wear a mask for two years,” said Mr Cotton in a Senate floor speech.

John Bowden10 February 2022 02:00

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Kevin McCarthy sides with McConnell, breaks with RNC on January 6 resolution

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy relented and answered questions regarding the Republican National Committee’s resolution condemning two GOP lawmakers on the January 6 select committee on Wednesday.

Speaking with reporters, he said that he disagreed with the resolution’s assertion that much of what occurred on January 6 was “legitimate political discourse”, but criticised the committee for seeking information and interviews from those who were not present that day.

“I think anybody, we all know this, that entered this building, that rioted, is not legitimate discourse,” said the House GOP leader.

John Bowden10 February 2022 01:30

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Trump claims relationship with National Archives is ‘respectful’

Former President Donald Trump claimed on Wednesday in a statement that he maintains a “respectful” relationship with the National Archives despite turning over documents owed to the agency more than a year late and in some cases reassembled after being torn up.

Mr Trump said that his team had arranged for the “transport of boxes that contained Presidential Records in compliance with the Presidential Records Act,” which is false and comes despite the agency asking the Justice Department on Wednesday to launch an investigation into the matter.

“Much of this material will someday be displayed in the Donald J. Trump Presidential Library for the public to view my Administration’s incredible accomplishments for the American People,” he added.

John Bowden10 February 2022 01:00

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Biden applauds effort to reauthorize Violence Against Women Act

President Joe Biden applauded a bipartisan group of senators on Wednesday as they reintroduced the Violence Against Women Act, a major piece of anti-domestic violence legislation that laxed in 2018.

The act is seeing action in the Senate and may pass the evenly-divided chamber; it would need 60 votes to do so.

“I am especially grateful to Senators [Dianne] Feinstein, [Joni] Ernst, [Dick] Durbin, and [Lisa] Murkowski for their ongoing leadership and commitment,” said Mr Biden on Wednesday.

John Bowden10 February 2022 00:30

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