February 28, 2024

Johnson confronts biggest test yet: Whether to walk away from his own funding deal

Mike Johnson (center), flanked by Reps. Steve Scalise (left) and Tom Emmer (right), departs a press conference. Johnson and his team are offering private reassurances to rattled rank-and-file Republicans that he didn’t concede anything to conservatives. | Francis Chung/POLITICO Speaker Mike Johnson’s grip on his fractious conference slipped this week after he struck a government

Johnson strikes his first bipartisan deal — a $1.7T funding accord

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) at the Capitol in December. | Francis Chung/POLITICO Congressional leaders have clinched a deal on overall budget totals that could pave the way for a broader government funding compromise in the coming weeks — further enraging Speaker Mike Johnson’s right flank. The long-stalled

Climate Alarmists Shame COP28 into Overtime Deal to Abandon Fossil Fuels

The COP28 climate conference in Dubai seemed to be heading for an anticlimax on Tuesday, as the last scheduled day of negotiations passed without reaching the top goal of the climate movement: a worldwide agreement to phase out fossil fuels. The conferees went into “overtime,” however, and were able to hammer out a “historic” deal

Republicans’ headache: Cutting a border deal with a DHS chief they loathe

In the House, Alejandro Mayorkas’ impeachment is taking a back seat to the impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden. | Alex Brandon/AP Senate Republicans are working closely with Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas as they try to craft a bipartisan border security deal. Which creates a new problem for the GOP negotiators: If they succeed

Joe Biden loves to talk about compromise, so why no Senate border deal?

President Biden has the opportunity to lead a compromise with a deal for Ukraine and the border crisis. AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File Joe Biden loves to tout his bona fides as a bipartisan compromiser during his days as a senator.  So why on earth, with a chance as president for real compromise on the […]

Rep. Dean Phillips slams Biden hostage deal: ‘Inexcusable’ that Americans remain in Hamas’ hands

Insurgent Democratic presidential challenger Rep. Dean Phillips would not have accepted the terms of the hostage release deal the Biden administration recently negotiated with Hamas terrorists, the Minnesota Democrat said this week.  Under the terms of the agreement, set to go into effect Friday, 50 women and children being held captive by Hamas in Gaza […]

Inside the bipartisan deal that might have saved Kevin McCarthy

Hakeem Jeffries called for a “bipartisan coalition” to govern the House under an arrangement similar to one the Problem Solvers Caucus had discussed. | Francis Chung/POLITICO Centrists in the House attempted to engineer a last-minute bipartisan power-sharing agreement that could have saved Kevin McCarthy’s speakership — a frantic but failed effort that continued just hours

Tom Cole: McCarthy’s ‘cuts’ deal with conservatives now void

“This agreement was faulty from the beginning. It’s changed over time, and now in a sense, it doesn’t exist at all because McCarthy isn’t the speaker anymore,” Rep. Tom Cole said in an interview. | AP With Kevin McCarthy out as speaker, House Rules Chair Tom Cole says Republicans are free to step back from

Republican Senators bash Biden’s $6B Iran deal in push to support Israel

At least 700 people killed, thousands others injured in Hamas terrorist attacks on Israel  Biden admin should admit appeasement policy toward Iran is ‘abject failure’: Ortagus Former State Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus discusses the Gaza-Israel conflict, Israeli-Americans being held hostage and the Biden administration’s foreign policy in the Middle East. Senate Republicans are turning up […]

Summers: Deal on Battery Plants Between UAW, Big 3 Will Be Harder to Reach than an Agreement on Wage Increase

During an interview aired on Friday’s edition of Bloomberg’s “Wall Street Week,” Harvard Professor, economist, Director of the National Economic Council under President Barack Obama, and Treasury Secretary under President Bill Clinton Larry Summers argued that it will be more difficult for the UAW and automakers to reach an agreement on things like battery plants

Foxconn Pulls out of $19.5 Billion Chip Deal in Setback for Narendra Modi’s Tech Agenda

Taiwan-based tech giant Foxconn announced Monday its withdrawal from a $19.5 billion joint semiconductor manufacturing deal with Indian metal and energy company Vedanta. The deal’s collapse is a setback for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s plan to make India a leading source of computer chips and a personal disappointment because the Foxconn-Vedanta plant would have

LIV Golf brings on some more political muscle to deal with congressional probe

Yasir Al-Rumayyan, governor of Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund, laughs while greeting golfers at the range before the start of the second round of the Bedminster Invitational LIV Golf tournament. | Seth Wenig/AP Photo One of D.C.’s most prominent lobbying firms has signed on to help the much criticized Saudi-funded LIV Golf league navigate its

How PGA Tour officials defended their Saudi golf deal to Congress

PGA Tour officials faced their first public questioning Tuesday since their controversial agreement with Saudi-backed LIV Golf, repeatedly asserting the deal was essential to the survival of professional golf. If LIV Golf had managed to snag five players annually, then “they can gut us,” said Jimmy Dunne, board member of the PGA Tour who has

GOP centrists pan Trump impeachment erasure as McCarthy denies any deal

Asked whether he promised Donald Trump an expungement vote, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy told reporters: “No.” | Francis Chung/POLITICO Kevin McCarthy denies he made any deal with Donald Trump to expunge his impeachment record. Even if the speaker did call for such a vote, a bloc of House GOP centrists would likely defeat it. Roughly

NBC’s Todd: ‘I Guess Greg Abbott Was Right’ that Dems Would Turn on Biden when They Had to Deal with Migrants

On Wednesday’s broadcast of NBC’s “MTP Now,” host Chuck Todd discussed complaints and demands for help from the federal government from Democratic officials in New York and Massachusetts about the influx of migrants in their areas and said that Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) “was right” that Democratic-run cities would be angry at the Biden

Bruner: Biden Family ‘a National Security Threat’ When They Deal with CCP

On Tuesday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “Hannity,” Government Accountability Institute Research Director Seamus Bruner stated that the millions of dollars the Biden family has received from people linked to the Chinese government are worse than a pay-to-play scheme, it’s “a national security threat. The Bidens are a national security threat when they’re dealing

‘Not happy’: Key progressive pushes back on new food aid work requirements in debt deal

Rep. Jim McGovern declined to say if he would help Republicans get the bill out of the Rules Committee. | Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images The House’s biggest anti-hunger crusader is rejecting the Biden administration’s defense of new food aid restrictions in its deal with Republicans to raise the debt ceiling — but he didn’t

McCarthy overcomes Rules rebellion over debt deal

The House Rules Committee is now on track to advance the bipartisan debt deal to the floor for a vote Wednesday after Rep. Thomas Massie helped the GOP lock down a simple majority. | Francis Chung/POLITICO Speaker Kevin McCarthy has cleared yet another hurdle for his bipartisan debt deal with President Joe Biden: fending off

McCarthy rallies support for debt deal amid hints of mutiny

Speaker Kevin McCarthy speaks with reporters as he departs the U.S. Capitol, May 29, 2src23. McCarthy spent Memorial Day working to build consensus on the debt deal from his Capitol suite. | Francis Chung/POLITICO Speaker Kevin McCarthy hunkered down in a mostly desolate Capitol building on Monday to build support for his debt limit compromise

Pragmatic House Republicans support debt deal, Dusty Johnson says

Rep. Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) said that House Speaker Kevin McCarthy made no concessions to President Joe Biden. | Francis Chung/POLITICO Rep. Dusty Johnson on Sunday downplayed initial conservative opposition to the debt ceiling deal announced late Saturday, saying it was only the “most colorful” conservatives who were opposed. Speaking to host Jake Tapper on CNN’s

Now comes the hard part: Getting the debt ceiling deal through Congress

Now comes the hard part.  If you thought it was hard for President Biden and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., to marshal a debt ceiling deal, wait to see if it’s even more challenging to advance the bill through Congress. Both the president and speaker will test their powers of persuasion to line up the […]

Lawmakers react to debt ceiling deal reached between House GOP and Biden

Washington leaders responded on Sunday to the bipartisan Fiscal Responsibility Act, a deal reached between House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., and President Biden to evade defaulting on the country’s financial obligations. Both McCarthy and Biden held their posture as long as they could with a looming deadline of June 5, and on Sunday, reached a […]

House Republicans Demand AG Merrick Garland Answer for Hunter’s ‘Not Standard’ Plea Deal

House Republicans Demand AG Merrick Garland Answer for Hunter’s ‘Not Standard’ Plea Deal Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images House Republicans demand Attorney General Merrick Garland, President Joe Biden’s top law enforcement officer, provide answers as to why the Justice Department (DOJ) agreed to a plea deal with Hunter Biden that was “not standard” and “different” from what the judge

Here are the 6 must-know provisions of the new debt ceiling deal

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) speaks alongside Rep. Garret Graves (R-La.) to announce that he had reached a deal with President Biden to raise the debt ceiling at the U.S. Capitol on May 27, 2src23. | Francis Chung/POLITICO The debt ceiling deal that President Joe Biden and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy struck late Saturday is

Washington DC mayor considers adding cops to deal with crime surge: reports

The mayor of Washington, D.C. is turning to the public for a solution on how to solve the rising crime problem, which may include hiring more police officers, according to reports. According to DC News Now, Mayor Muriel Bowser will be hosting a Public Safety Summit at 9 a.m. on Wednesday to give the public […]

Gregg Popovich signs five-year deal with Spurs worth $80 million

Gregg Popovich is now going to have many years now to coach French big man Victor Wembanyama. Popovich, the NBA’s all-time winningest coach, has agreed to a new five-year contract worth more than $80 million to remain with the San Antonio Spurs, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The deal just surpasses the six-year, $78.5 million […]

Goldman Sachs reportedly looking to exit credit card deal with Apple

Goldman Sachs is considering exiting its partnership with Apple, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday, citing sources familiar with the matter. The iPhone-maker and Goldman Sachs started rolling out a virtual credit card in 2019. The bank is in talks with American Express to take over its Apple credit card and other ventures with the tech giant, the report added. Goldman Sachs and […]

New York casinos could deal Atlantic City 30% revenue blow, panelists predict

Panelists at a major casino industry conference said the construction of three new casinos in New York could cost Atlantic City 20% to 30% of its casino revenue, a development that could possibly return the resort to the days of casino closures. While not predicting that it will definitely happen, Jim Allen, chairman of the […]

Merrick Garland Asked Point Blank If Hunter Deal Is A ‘Different Standard Of Justice’

U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland was asked directly whether the deal struck between President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter, and the Department of Justice (DOJ) on federal gun and tax charges displays a “different standard of justice” at a news conference in Sweden on Wednesday. Hunter Biden will avoid jail time by pleading guilty to two tax

CNN’s Dana Bash Claims ‘There Is No Evidence’ Of Legal Double Standard After Hunter Skips Jail Time In DOJ Deal

CNN host Dana Bash claimed “there is no evidence” that “two tiers” of justice exist Tuesday following Hunter Biden’s deal with the DOJ to avoid jail time on federal gun and tax charges, which many Republicans and legal experts criticized as a “sweetheart” deal. “Those who feel the need to or the desire to defend

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