Congress returns to Washington today amid signs that Republicans are struggling with a slim majority in the House of Representatives. Plans to introduce a border security bill later this week were stalled by backlash from more moderate members, and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) failed to muster the votes for a police order. Republicans and the White House are still arguing over raising the national debt ceiling.
President Biden returned to the White House on Monday morning and said he was ready to hire Jeff Zients, who oversees the administration's response to the coronavirus, as his new chief of staff. Biden's week includes a White House meeting with Democratic congressional leaders and a trip to Virginia to outline his economic policies.
3:41pm: That's it: Trump to hold GOP caucus in New Hampshire before South Carolina closes
Former President Donald Trump will address the Republican Party's annual convention in New Hampshire on Saturday, hours before a planned campaign trip to South Carolina.
The events will be the first public appearances of the Trump 2024 campaign. The former president has held private events, mostly in Florida, since announcing his presidential bid in November.
New Hampshire became the first state to hold a presidential election in a long time. Although Trump made statements to the Governor of New Hampshire, it should be noted that Republican Governor Chris Sunu has been severely criticized by the former president.
Sununu told the Washington Post last month that he didn't think Trump could win the White House in 2024.
"Unfortunately, President Trump … I don't think he can win on November 24," Sunuunu said. “He didn't win in 2020… He didn't win, so why should we think he can win again?
Sununu described Trump as a candidate of "great extremism."
"I don't think this is the right brand for America.
Sununu is a popular Republican governor who won last year's election by more than 15 points. Although he was announced as a possible candidate for the Republican Party in 2024, he did not run for the White House. He told the Post last month that he wasn't thinking of proposing.
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3:41pm: This is it: Schumer paints a bleak picture if the nation defaults on its debt
On Monday, Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer (DN.Y.) criticized Republicans for saying "yes" to debt talks, painting a bleak picture of the country's bankruptcy prospects.
If the United States defaults on its debt, Schumer warned, the consequences would affect "every average American family." Interest rates on mortgages, car loans, credit cards and pensions will go up, he said, while home values and people's retirement accounts will go down.
"It's not some abstract, esoteric thing that's floating in the clouds. It's going to affect us all," Schumer said. "Default is not up for debate. Both parties must work together to pay down our debt on time. And Democrats are ready to act quickly to make it happen."
Schumer noted that the debt ceiling has been raised about 80 times since 1960, including three times under President Donald Trump. He also called on House Republicans who are "serious about holding the debt ceiling hostage in exchange for drastic spending cuts" to immediately back off their proposals.
"If Republicans are talking about drastic cuts, they have an obligation to tell the American people what those cuts are and let the public react. Let's do it now, not in six months, when the risk of a withdrawal is closer," he said. added. he said.
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3:36 p.m.: Here it is: Ricketts sworn in as senator from Nebraska
Pete Ricketts (right) was sworn in as a junior senator from Nebraska on Monday afternoon.
Ricketts will replace former Sen. Ben Sassen (R), who resigned earlier this month to become the next president of the University of Florida. Ricketts, a two-term governor of Nebraska, was appointed to the post by his successor, Gov. Jim Pillen (right).
Vice President Harris was sworn in before Ricketts shortly after calling the House to order Monday afternoon. Ricketts was joined by Sen. Deb Fisher (R-Nebraska).
"Pete, we're thrilled to have you on the team," Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) said after being sworn in.
Ricketts will serve until the 2024 special election, when Nebraska voters will choose who will serve out the final two years of Sassen's term. Ricketts previously said he would run for a full term in 2026.
Ricketts was to be named after the Sasse mansion. At the press conference announcing his decision, Pillan said Ricketts' choice was "very, very clear." Ricketts and Pillen are close allies; the former governor endorsed Pillay in the gubernatorial primary.
3:24pm: On our radar: Biden to speak on infrastructure in New York, Maryland next week.
President Biden will travel to Baltimore and New York next week to promote a bipartisan infrastructure deal and discuss travel improvements along the Northeast Corridor that will be funded by the law.
Biden will travel to Baltimore for the first time on January 30, where he will talk about replacing the 150-year-old Baltimore and Potomac Tunnel. On Tuesday, he will travel to New York to talk about improvements to the Hudson Tunnel project.
The 148-year-old tunnel is the longest rail line between Washington DC and New Jersey. Here is the new replacement plan.
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said the president's goal was to show voters that "we can still do great things when we work together."
"Both projects will create well-paid jobs for passengers, including unions, reduce travel times and improve safety," he said.
Biden, he added, "will also revise his economic plan to pour billions of dollars into private sector investment in Maryland, New York and across the country to build a booming economy."
3:07 pm: The latest: Granholm criticizes House Republican efforts to control oil spills
Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm has criticized House Republicans for passing the Strategic Petroleum Response Act, which prevents the Energy Department from releasing oil from the strategic stockpile until the Biden administration opens up more federal land to oil and gas leases.
Speaking at the White House briefing, Granholm also welcomed the White House's decision to release oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve because of falling gas prices.
Granholm called the GOP bill part of an "extreme program" that "risks exacerbating supply shortages and driving up prices at a time of crisis."
According to him, this measure will not bring any financial benefit to the American people. Instead, he said, "it will prevent us from responding to oil spills in the event of an international emergency and other military objectives of [Russian President Vladimir] Putin."
Granholm said that if Congress passes it, President Biden will veto the measure.
"He will not allow the American people to suffer because of the regressive agenda promoted by House Republicans," he said.
Granholm noted that gas prices today are lower than they were at the start of Russian aggression in Ukraine, which the Biden administration has repeatedly accused of being behind the gas price hike.
US gas prices fell to $3 on lower global demand
"Analysts who looked at it thought that emissions from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve would fill supply gaps in the world market due to the invasion and collapse of Russian oil," he said.
14:42: Latest news: Four members of the jury plead guilty to the January 6 uprising
Four members of the far-right group The Oath Keepers, who joined founder Stuart Rhodes in a plot to keep President Donald Trump in power by force, were convicted by a jury of sedition on Monday.
As Rachel Weiner writes, seditious charges of conspiracy are rarely used, let alone successfully. Rhodes' trial found him and Florida Oath leader Kelly Meggs guilty of the crime, while three members were found guilty of lesser political charges.
According to Rachel:
Joseph Hackett, 52; Roberto Minuta, 38 years old; David Merschel, 45, and Edward Vallejo, 64, have been branded by federal prosecutors as armed and dangerous traitors who mistook their lawyers for hapless participants in the mayhem.
"They said they discussed the Constitution, but they misused it," prosecutor Jeffrey Nestler concluded. "They ignored the will of the people," he said, "but they had the audacity to claim they were in charge."
Of the nearly 1,000 people indicted on Capitol Hill on Jan. 6, only 14 were charged with conspiracy to riot, whom the Justice Department identified not only as part of a violent mob but as leaders who used violence to advance a political agenda. Oath Verdict Five members of the Proud Boys stand trial on charges of conspiracy and rebellion.
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1:45 p.m.: Note: Pelosi celebrates Golden Gate Bridge funding with Biden administration officials.
Rep. Nancy Pelosi (R-CA) may not lead the House of Representatives, but she still has a lot of influence when it comes to top Biden administration officials visiting her district.
Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and Mitch Landrieu, the White House official responsible for overseeing bipartisan infrastructure legislation, joined Pelosi on the Golden Gate Bridge on Monday to announce $400 million that will be used to repair the key span. seismic structure.
"It's true that you're here," Pelosi told Buttigieg and Landrie, noting that the project's spending was among the largest since the infrastructure bill she helped pass in Congress last year. "This bridge is a wonderful piece of infrastructure."
Speaking to Pelosi, Buttigieg said, "There's only one Golden Gate Bridge, and we're going to protect it."
The north and south ends of the bridge were repaired in 2013, but the main span is still in need of repair, Pelosi's office said.
Pelosi's office said last month that the Federal Highway Administration today rated the Golden Gate Bridge as "good" but said deterioration would result in a "poor" rating over the next three years. "Recently announced federal funding will allow this remaining section to undergo a major seismic upgrade and ensure the bridge's permanent structural integrity."
Buttigieg praised Pelosi's performance as a speaker, calling her "one of the most important American women of our new age." Pelosi currently holds the title of "moral speaker."
13:06: On our radar: Trump is investigating Georgia. The grand jury's final report may be released soon
For the better part of eight months, they gathered in Fulton County Circuit Court to review evidence from a massive criminal investigation into whether former President Donald Trump and his allies broke the law when Trump lost the 2020 election in Georgia.
Now the results of the 26-member special jury may be released soon, according to The Post's Atlanta-based Halle Bailey. According to our employee:
Two weeks after the grand jury concluded its case and dismissed the panel, Fulton County Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney scheduled a hearing Tuesday to decide whether its final report should be made public.
This discussion can lead to conflicting opinions. Fulton County District Attorney Fanny T. Willis (D) is expected to file charges and could request that part, if not all, be closed in the coming weeks. Meanwhile, attorneys familiar with the investigation are likely to press McBurney to keep the report confidential indefinitely.
On Monday, a coalition of media organizations filed a 109-page memorandum asking McBurney to seal the report, calling it "a matter of deep public interest at the heart of democratic governance in this country."
You can read the full story here.
12:50: Analysis: how bad was Kari Lake? This is bad.
A bad candidate cost the Republican Party in 2022. But in no other state, except maybe Michigan, did they cost it more than Arizona.
We can now apply hard facts to the seriousness of these candidates, including Cary Lake and Blake Masters.
As Aaron Blake writes:
As Nate Cohn of The New York Times recently noted, voters in the state favored Republicans by nearly nine points, with 75% of registered Republicans voting, compared to 69% of registered Democrats in the newly red state. .
It sounds like a recipe for success, but it's not. So it was easy to think that what happened in Arizona was similar to what happened elsewhere, as Cohn wrote: Republican voters did not vote for some Republican candidates.
There is strong evidence that the races we think of today took place in Arizona on a large scale.
This weekend, The Arizona Republic pointed to polls in key Maricopa County, which has about 60% of the state's voters. He belongs to the Audit group, which includes a Republican data analyst. The analysis showed that Lake, Masters and other state candidates, such as Secretary of State candidate Mark Fincham, lost significant numbers of Republican voters.
These voters didn't just lose these races. they voted heavily for Democrats. And in some cases, including the case of the Lake, this seems to be crucial.
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12:34 p.m.: Latest: The man photographed in Pelosi's office on Jan. 6 has been charged with 8 felonies.
Paul Duggan reports that the man from Arkansas, who broke into the US Capitol on January 6, 2021 and was photographed lying on the table in the office of then-President Nancy Pelosi, was indicted on eight charges related to the hacking of federal accounts on Monday.
Richard "Bigo" Barnett, who is now 62 years old, and who, before leaving his office, left a crudely written message for Pelosi in a stolen envelope with the California Democrat's digital signature, sat silently during the jury's verdict in the US District Court in Washington.
After nine days of testimony and legal arguments in court, the board began deliberations on Monday morning and within two hours found Barnett guilty of eight counts, including four criminal offenses.
The most serious charge he faced — obstruction of official government activity — carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison. Но консултативные приговоры, используютные судом, порекондуют более короткое панышей и его чаше.
Judge Christopher R. Cooper allowed Barnett to remain under house arrest in his small hometown in Ozark, although prosecutors argued that he should be held in custody until sentencing, which is scheduled for May 3.
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12:20 вечера: начение: Trump is targeting McConnell on the background of the long ceiling
Former President Donald Trump criticized Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Monday after the Kentucky Republican said he was confident the United States would not default on its debt, despite a standoff between the White House and Republicans last week over it. enter the conditions. raise the debt ceiling.
"Mitch McConnell — either the worst negotiator in the history of politics, or a ruthless fraud," wrote Trump on his Truth Social social network. "There is no other explanation to why it became a stamp for the Democrats. Republicans, use the debt ceiling to pay all this!
Republicans in the House of Representatives are pushing the White House to agree to a sharp reduction in spending in exchange for raising the national debt ceiling, despite the fact that Republican Party lawmakers voted three times to raise the national debt ceiling during Trump's presidency. The debt increased sharply for this period, partly because of the tax cuts adopted by Congress, led by Republicans, at the request of Trump.
Speaking to journalists in Kentucky at the end of last week, McConnell said that the current standoff will end until the Ministry of Finance announces debt default. The White House wanted a clean bill that would increase the debt ceiling without any conditions.
«В конце вечень, I think the most important thing to remember is that America never declared default on its debt. Никогда не было и никогда не будет", — said McConnell.
12:14 pm: analysis: five questions about documents, issued by Biden
В эти выходные Del. A search of his house in Wilmington, conducted at 13:00, revealed more secret items, some of which relate to the eight years of his tenure as vice president, and others — to the decades of his work in the Senate. Much of what we think we know about these developing debates is contained in this article by Matt Wieser and Tyler Pager from The Post.
But, as Olivier Knox says from the Post in The Daily 202, the main quality of any journalist is knowing what he doesn't know. According to Oliver:
Answering the question about the latest results of the CBS program "Face the Nation" on Sunday, Senator Tim Kaine (Virginia) said that now is the best time to consider some unresolved issues.
«О скольких документах идет рече? "С ними? Горстка или сотни? Насколько они сериезны? Почему они были удалены? Кто-нибудь имел к нему опесны? Итак, президент коработирает?» — asked Каин (он скачать: «Конечно, коработирает»).
In his work, Olivier examines five questions, starting with the document storage chain.
You can read the full review here.
11:59: Смотрите: Байден в белый дом, ignoring questions about documents
President Biden returned to the White House in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, on Monday.
On the way from Marine One to headquarters, Bidens ignored journalists' questions about the storage of secret documents. A search of the Ministry of Justice in Wilmington, Delaware, on Friday turned up additional evidence. Об этом выбольный личный объяденный Байдена.
The first lady Jill Biden, who during the operation on January 11, removed skin formations over her eyes, wore dark glasses.
The incident was reported by Demetrius Freeman, employee of "The Post".
11:49: Note: DeSantis heads the straw poll at the summit against abortions.
Голосование на предстанидских выборах 2024 года состоялосов на самимете activitis против абортов в Washington, округ Колмубия, в минувшие выходные, и был вечерный веченный был. This was not former president Donald Trump.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (right) was the leader: about 54% of those who said that about 2,000 votes were cast at the National Pro-Life Summit. Trump is far behind with roughly 19%.
Former Vice President Mike Pence took third place with 8%. No other presidential candidate managed to gain more than 2% of votes.
Пробные опросы вряд ли можно назвать научными, и они нацелены на можной избортелей. The summit, which took place on the next day after the "March for Life", which gathered thousands of activists in Washington against abortion, was sponsored by, among other groups, "Students for Life of America". «Это было однодневное учебное мероприятие для стронников пожизненного заключение всех возрастов».
However, it is hard to call it a Trump victory. Activists against abortion are very active in the primary politics of the Republican Party, and Trump's success in the party is partly explained by the support of evangelical voters, for whom abortion is a key issue.
After Rowe's death, thousands of people joined the Washington za zhizn march.
11:15: На нашем радаре: Ларри Хоган побеждает демократов Мэриленда. Можно ли это сделать внутри?
Бывший губернатор Мэриленда Ларри Хоган (справа), который баллотировался в президенты за несколько лет до истечения срока его полномочий, публично поставил под сомнение, будет ли попытка убедить республиканских избирателей выдвинуть кандидатуру наглого критика Дональда Трампа политическим самоубийством.
Эрин Кокс из The Post пишет, что, когда Хоган ушел в отставку в среду, вопрос оставался открытым, сможет ли он продать навыки, которые сделали его исключительно популярным в качестве республиканского губернатора демократического штата, расколотой республиканской партии. По словам ее мужа:
Любая президентская заявка будет основываться на его пребывании в Мэриленде, где он взаимодействовал с избирателями посредством кризисного управления и операций по связям с общественностью, а также реализовывал популистскую политику, такую как снижение платы за обучение и кондиционирование воздуха в школах.
Его прагматизм привел его к принятию вопросов, с которыми не согласились бы многие другие республиканцы: ранний и расширенный мандат на ношение масок, новые налоги на страховые компании для снижения стоимости полисов Obamacare, законы о контроле за здоровьем, огнестрельное оружие и запрет на конверсионную терапию для подростков-геев. . спираль. столкнулся со своей партией как доминирующий голос во время рака и пандемии. В последний год своего пребывания в должности он предоставил налоговые льготы пенсионерам, а федеральная помощь в связи с пандемией раздула баланс штата с профицитом в миллиарды долларов.
Хоган использовал эту репутацию и как оружие, и как щит.
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10:50: Анализ: ChatGPT выставляет счет. Это будущее?
Законодатели США нередко обращаются к заинтересованным группам за помощью в разработке основных законодательных актов, даже если они являются целью предлагаемых правил.
Но в том, что может быть первым, Кристиано Лима и Аарон Шаффер из The Post пишут в The Technology 202, что сенатор от Массачусетса использовал футуристический инструмент, чтобы помочь разработать законопроект, чтобы сократить его: ChatGPT, чат-бот от искусственного интеллекта — a. По мнению наших коллег:
В пятницу сенатор штата Барри Файнголд (D) представил закон о создании гарантий конфиденциальности и безопасности данных для службы, которая была «разработана с помощью ChatGPT».
Как пишут мои коллеги Праншу Верма и Рэйчел Лерман, инструменты, которые направляют языковые модели ИИ для генерации ответов на запросы, похожих на человеческие, «взяли штурмом Интернет». «Люди задают ему вопросы, и он отвечает информативно, иногда с юмором, иногда тревожно и проблематично», — написали они.
Сейчас, к лучшему или к худшему, инструмент помогает демократическому процессу.
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10:30: Последнее: Маккарти назначает члена парламента Майкла Геста председателем комитета по этике.
Спикер палаты представителей Кевин Маккарти (республиканец от штата Калифорния) назначил члена палаты представителей Майкла Геста (республиканец от миссис) председателем комитета палаты представителей по этике, сообщил Маккарти в твиттере в понедельник.
Гость стал лучшим республиканцем в группе после того, как член палаты представителей Джеки Валорски (республиканец от штата Индиана) погиб в автокатастрофе в августе.
Demokratlar və Respublikaçılar arasında bərabər sayda olan komitə Konqres üzvlərinə qarşı qanunsuz hərəkətləri araşdırmaqda ittiham olunur.
Deputat Ted Deutch (D-Fla.) Amerika Yəhudi Komitəsinin icraçı direktoru olmaq üçün Konqresi tərk etdikdən sonra Demokratların rəhbərlik etdiyi Nümayəndələr Palatasının son aylarında deputat Syuzan Uayld (D-Pa.) spiker kimi fəaliyyət göstərib. .
Tvitterində McCarthy, Qonaqın "standartları qorumaq və bu qurumun bütövlüyünü bərpa etmək üçün çalışacağını" söylədi.
"Bu, Xalq Evinin missiyasını hər şeydən üstün tutacaq və Amerika xalqına şəffaflıq gətirməyə kömək edəcək" dedi Makkarti.
10:08: Qeyd: Pompeo ölkəyə sadiqliyini ifadə edir, amma Trampa yox
Keçmiş prezident Donald Tramp bu yaxınlarda bildirib ki, Nazirlər Kabinetinin katiblərindən hər hansı birinin 2024-cü ildə Respublikaçılar Partiyasının namizədliyi üçün ona qarşı çıxması “çox sədaqətsizlik” olardı və bəziləri ona bu təklifi irəli sürərsə, “heç vaxt namizəd olmayacaqlarını” söylədilər.
Bazar ertəsi keçmiş dövlət katibi Mayk Pompeo bunu heç vaxt demədiyini və Trampa yox, ölkəyə sədaqət hiss etdiyini söylədi.
Pompeo Fox News radiosunda çıxışı zamanı Tramp haqqında deyib: “Prezident xəyanətdən danışanda, mən onu səhv başa düşürəm”. “Vətən qarşısında borcunuza sadiqlikdir. Bu sizin millət qarşısında borcunuzdur”.
2024-cü ildə Ağ Ev üçün mümkün təklifi nəzərdən keçirən Pompeo aparıcı Brian Kilmeade-ə "Mən heç vaxt namizəd olmayacağımı demədim" dedi və əlavə etdi: "Yarışda başqa kimin olmasının əhəmiyyəti yoxdur".
Pompeo Tramp administrasiyası üçün işindən qürur duyduğunu desə də, Tramp üçün işləməyin Ağ Ev üçün diskvalifikasiya olmamalı olduğunu söylədi.
Pompeo deyib: “Bu, mənimlə bağlı deyil, Donald Trampla bağlı deyil”. “Bu, digər insanların heç birinə aid deyil. 'Amerikaya çatdıra bilərsinizmi?' … Beno, lasterketan sartzen diren jende askorekin kanpaina handi bat baldin badago, denek ekarri beharko lukete, bere argudio onenak egin eta amerikar herriari dena konpontzen utzi beharko lukete”.
09:54: Azkena: Auzitegi Gorenak Biden administrazioari eskatzen dio sare sozialen auzian hausnartzeko
Auzitegi Gorenak astelehenean eskatu zion Biden administrazioari hausnartzeko estatuek sare sozialetako plataforma erraldoiei hizkera politiko mota batzuk kentzea debekatu diezaiekeen, lehen zuzenketa kasu garrantzitsu bat, adierazpen askatasun konstituzionala ideien merkatuan nola aplikatzen den erabaki dezakeena. Interneten.
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09:39: Analisia: Bidenek nola bete dezakeen bere %100 garbiaren elektrizitate helburua
It's one of President Biden's most important and ambitious climate goals: eliminating carbon pollution from America's power sector by 2035.
Writing in The Climate 202, The Post's Maxine Joselow relays that meeting this goal will necessitate a massive transformation away from fossil fuels. It will slash planet-warming pollution from power plants, which rank as the nation's second-biggest contributor to global warming. And it will allow Americans to power their electric cars, heat pumps and other appliances with clean electricity from renewable sources. Per Maxine:
Yet achieving this target is far from guaranteed. Last year, only about 40 percent of US electricity came from clean sources. The landmark climate law that Biden signed last summer, dubbed the Inflation Reduction Act, is projected to leave the nation off track from meeting this goal in the coming years.
However, a detailed new analysis finds that the Biden administration can still keep this central climate goal within reach if the Environmental Protection Agency enacts strong carbon pollution standards for new and existing power plants.
And the administration can ultimately meet this goal if state and federal policymakers take additional steps to accelerate the deployment of clean energy nationwide, according to the analysis by the environmental groups Evergreen Action and the Natural Resources Defense Council, which was shared exclusively with The Climate 202 before its broader release Monday.
You can read the full analysis here.
9:11 AM: Analysis: Abortion rights advocates never got to celebrate Roe's 50th anniversary
Sunday marked the 50th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade ruling, but abortion rights groups didn't celebrate it like they might have once expected.
Writing in The Health 202, The Post's Rachel Roubein relays that, instead, they're fighting more than a dozen state-level bans that quickly fell into place after the Supreme Court overturned the constitutional right to the procedure in June. Per Rachel:
Over the weekend, the Women's March held roughly 200 events in states and cities across the country, including its marquee march this year in Madison, Wis. Planned Parenthood's political and advocacy affiliates are hosting a week of actions, such as rallies in state capitals and trainings focused on reducing the stigma of abortion. And Vice President Harris pushed for national legislation to protect abortion rights in a speech delivered in Florida, a state that bans most abortions after 15 weeks.
The moment underscores the battles to come in a post- Roe America. Antiabortion advocates spent 49 years working to overturn Roe — and now abortion rights groups are scrambling to reinstate those protections.
You can read the full analysis here.
8:53 AM: The latest: Jeffries taps Schiff, Swalwell for Intelligence despite McCarthy's vow to block both
House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (DN.Y.) has formally recommended that Reps. Adam B. Schiff and Eric Swalwell be reappointed to the House Intelligence Committee, escalating a clash with House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), who has vowed to deny spots on the panel to both California Democrats.
In a letter dated Saturday, Jeffries argued that McCarthy has no justifiable reason not to accept his appointments of Schiff, who served as chairman of the Intelligence panel until Republicans took control of the chamber, and Swalwell.
“It is my understanding that you intend to break with the longstanding House tradition of deference to the minority party Intelligence Committee recommendations and deny seats to Ranking Member Schiff and Representative Swalwell,” Jeffries wrote in the letter obtained by The Washington Post. “The denial of seats to duly elected Members of the House Democratic Caucus runs counter to the serious and sober mission of the Intelligence Committee.”
Republicans have been angling to deny spots on key panels to Democrats partly in retaliation for votes by the Democratic-led House in the last Congress to remove Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) and Paul A. Gosar (R-Ariz.) from committees.
Greene espoused extremist beliefs and voiced approval of violence against prominent Democrats, while Gosar posted an animated video depicting the killing of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (DN.Y.) and violence against President Biden.
McCarthy has argued that Schiff and Swalwell are unfit to serve in the Intelligence Committee, pointing to Schiff's conduct as chairman of the panel during the first impeachment investigation of President Donald Trump and Swalwell's alleged ties to a Chinese intelligence operative — an episode that has produced no evidence of wrongdoing on Swalwell's part.
You can read more on the controversy here.
8:30 AM: Noted: Florida Democrats in despair over future
More than two months after enduring humbling midterm losses, Democrats in Florida are in a state of disorder, with no clear leader, infrastructure or consensus for rebuilding, according to interviews with more than a dozen organizers, former lawmakers, donors and other leaders.
The Post's Sabrina Rodriguez and Michael Scherer report that these factors have compounded their worries about Democrats outside Florida all but writing off the nation's third most populous state, which was once seen as a marquee battleground. Per our colleagues:
Democrats have struggled there in recent elections, hitting a new low last fall when Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis won a second term by nearly 20 points and carried majority-Hispanic Miami-Dade County, which a GOP gubernatorial nominee hadn't done in 20 years. Republicans also secured a supermajority in the state legislature.
Now, as Democrats look to 2024, there are few early signs that Florida will be a top priority for President Biden, who has said he intends to run for reelection. A Biden adviser, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe strategy, said decisions about whether a reelection campaign would invest in Florida would be based in part on the Republican nominee. Some Democrats see little hope of contesting Florida's 30 electoral votes — only Texas and California are allotted more — in 2024 if DeSantis is the nominee, while there's a greater opportunity if former president Donald Trump wins the GOP nod.
You can read the full story here.
8:07 AM: This just in: Gallego announces run for Ariz. Senate seat held by Sinema
Rep. Ruben Gallego (D) announced Monday he will run for Senate in Arizona, setting up a potential three-way race in the battleground state in 2024 that poses a threat to Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, who recently left the Democratic Party to become an independent.
The Post's Liz Goodwin and Marianna Sotomayor report that Gallego, a Marine veteran who has served in the House since 2015, announced his candidacy in a video in English and Spanish that stressed his military service and experience growing up as a first-generation American. Per our colleagues:
“The rich and the powerful, they don't need more advocates,” Gallego said in the video, which shows him addressing veterans at Guadalupe American Legion Post 124. “It's the people that are still trying to decide between groceries and utilities that need a fighter for them.”
Gallego also took direct aim at Sinema in a statement, saying she “abandoned Arizona” and has “repeatedly broken her promises, and fought for the interests of big pharma and Wall Street at our expense.”
You can read the full story here.
7:45 AM: Analysis: K Street by the numbers
Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck was the top lobbying firm in Washington last year by lobbying revenue, according to figures shared with our colleagues at The Early 202 ahead of Friday's fourth-quarter deadline for filing disclosures. The firm brought in $61.6 million last year, up from $56.5 million in 2021.
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld was the second-highest-grossing firm, with $53.1 million in lobbying revenue. The Post's Theodoric Meyer and Leigh Ann Caldwell write:
The past few years have been boom times for K Street, with strong demand for lobbyists as Congress crafted enormous aid packages in the early months of the coronavirus pandemic followed by another bonanza after Biden took office and worked to pass an ambitious agenda.
Lobbyists say there's still plenty of reason to hire them this year despite divided government, including appropriations, the farm bill, legislation to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration and the bipartisan committee to investigate China.
“People making the assumption nothing is going happen over the next two years might be making a mistake,” former House speaker John A. Boehner, now a senior strategic adviser at the law and lobbying firm Squire Patton Boggs, said in a statement.
Lobbying firms prepared for the new Congress by hiring former top leadership aides, with Akin Gump bringing on Reggie Babin, a former chief counsel to Schumer, and Brownstein snagging Will Dunham, a former McCarthy deputy chief of staff.
You can read The Early 202 in full here.
7:22 AM: The latest: Even after New Mexico shootings, little GOP reckoning over election denialism
Republican officials in New Mexico knew that Solomon Peña, the man police accused last week of orchestrating shootings into the homes of four Albuquerque Democrats, had served nearly seven years in prison for his role in smash-and-grab thefts before he lost his bid as the GOP nominee for a state House seat.
They also knew that Peña was a fervent proponent of the view that the 2020 presidential election was rigged, The Post's Amy Gardner and Dan Rosenzweig-Ziff write. Per our colleagues:
Authorities said Peña was persuaded that his own election in November had been stolen — despite being defeated by nearly 50 points — and targeted the homes of officials who refused to entertain demands that his loss be reversed.
After Peña's arrest, Republican leaders condemned the attacks, which included a spray of bullets into a 10-year-old's bedroom, and acknowledged that the former candidate's criminal history should have been a red flag. There was far less apparent interest in a reckoning over Peña's beliefs in widespread voter fraud, a false theory pushed relentlessly by former president Donald Trump and his supporters.
The attacks may have been heinous, top Republicans insisted, but the party's embrace of election denialism was not the core problem.
You can read the full story here.
7:00 AM: On our radar: Border bill thwarted amid backlash from moderate House Republicans
House Republicans' attempt to bring a border security bill to the floor as early as this week was thwarted after backlash from more moderate Republicans, delaying not only a pledge that Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) made to a handful of lawmakers but also the fulfillment of a key campaign promise to a Republican base eager for tougher immigration laws.
The Post's Marianna Sotomayor and Theodoric Meyer report that the bill, introduced by Rep. Chip Roy (R-Tex.) and co-sponsored by 58 Republicans, would empower the Homeland Security secretary — Alejandro Mayorkas — to unilaterally bar all undocumented migrants from entering the United States through any point of entry if the secretary deems it necessary to reestablish “operational control” of the border. Per our colleagues:
If immigration agencies cannot, for any reason, process undocumented migrants according to legal procedures, a similar response by the secretary would be required. If the secretary does not follow through, the bill would provide state attorneys general the authority to sue the federal government.
But the scope of the three-page bill has rattled dozens of House Republicans, many of whom worry it would prevent migrants and unaccompanied children fleeing violence from seeking asylum in the United States — a traditionally protected tenet of the country's immigration laws. Rep. Tony Gonzales (R-Tex.), who represents the largest stretch of the US-Mexico border of any lawmaker, is one of two Republicans who have taken the lead in opposing the bill.
Republicans can only afford to lose four votes to pass any legislation through their razor-thin majority without help from Democrats. The margin recently decreased to three after Rep. Greg Steube (R-Fla.) suffered injuries after a fall last week, making it unclear when he could return to Washington.
You can read the full story here.
6:42 AM: On our radar: Jeff Zients to be Biden's next chief of staff
President Biden will name Jeff Zients to serve as his next chief of staff, turning to a management consultant who oversaw the administration's coronavirus response to replace Ron Klain, who is expected to leave in the coming weeks, according to four people familiar with the decision.
The Post's Tyler Pager and Yasmeen Abutaleb note that Zients left the White House in April after steering the administration's pandemic response and leading the largest vaccination campaign in US history. Per our colleagues:
He returned to the White House in the fall to help Klain prepare for staff turnover after the midterms — a project that was ultimately limited in scope, as few senior staff members have left across the administration.
But, in recent weeks, Klain has assigned him different projects, which some viewed as preparing Zients for the top role, people familiar with the arrangement said, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss personnel matters.
Klain is expected to step down in the weeks after the State of the Union on Feb. 7, in what will be the first major departure from Biden's inner circle.
You can read the full story here.
6:39 AM: Take a look: On the Sunday shows, talk of raising the debt ceiling
On the Sunday talk shows, lawmakers from both parties discussed the standoff over the debt ceiling, with most Democrats saying no conditions should be attached to the legislation and Republicans calling for spending cuts in exchange for their support. A notable exception was Sen. Joe Manchin III (DW.Va.), who said negotiations are reasonable in a divided Congress.
The Post's Blair Guild pulled together the highlights above.
6:29 AM: Noted: Trump team struggles to consolidate support ahead of SC event
Advisers to Donald Trump have blanketed South Carolina Republican officials with pleading phone calls in recent weeks in an effort to drum up endorsements and attendees for the former president's first campaign swing of the 2024 cycle next week.
But the appeals have run headlong into a complicated new reality: Many of the state's lawmakers and political operatives, and even some of his previous supporters, are not ready to pick a presidential candidate, The Post's Michael Scherer and Josh Dawsey report. Per our colleagues:
They find themselves divided between their support for Trump, their desire for a competitive nomination fight in the state and their allegiance to two South Carolina natives, former governor Nikki Haley and Sen. Tim Scott, who have taken steps to challenge Trump for the nomination. Both are said by people close to them to be seriously considering a bid, and Haley is expected to announce in the coming weeks, South Carolina operatives said.
The result foretells a Trump launch event in the early primary state — with an expected endorsement by Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (RS.C.) and a reaffirmation of support from Gov. Henry McMaster (R) — that positions the former president as a serious contender but stops short of demonstrating the dominance that he once enjoyed.
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6:28 AM: Noted: California's strict gun laws don't eliminate violence, but they have helped
California has a reputation as a tough place to buy a gun.
It's home to mandatory waiting periods and background checks for firearms purchases. It bans military-style assault weapons, one of just eight states, plus DC, with such a law. And in 2016, it became one of the first states to pass a red-flag law, which allows authorities to remove firearms from someone believed to be a danger to themselves or others.
California's patchwork of gun laws has been judged the strongest in the nation by the gun-control advocacy group Giffords.
The Post's Scott Wilson and Todd C. Frankel write that Saturday night's horrific mass killing at a Monterey Park dance hall, however, shows how the state's strict gun laws are incapable of fully preventing gun violence in a country where gun ownership is widely considered a constitutionally protected right, firearms move freely between states with vastly different regulations, and gun-control measures are dotted with exceptions. Per our colleagues:
Yet California's problem with gun violence does remain significantly smaller than in most other states, which advocates credit to the rules that are on the books.
Authorities had not said Sunday afternoon how the gunman in the mass killing obtained his weapon or what kind of firearm was used.
California's more stringent gun safety measures stemmed from an explosion of shootings decades ago, including the 1989 slaughter of children in a Stockton schoolyard and a 1993 mass killing in a law office in downtown San Francisco.
You can read the full story here.