Dr Fauci predicts a ‘significant drop’ in Covid cases as US nears 40% of its population vaccinated


[ad_1] Dr Anthony Fauci is finally giving Americans some good news. America’s top infectious disease doctor predicts a ‘a real change, the start of a precipitous drop’ in new daily COVID-19 infections now that the share of U.S. adults vaccinated against the virus is nearly 40 percent.  ‘When you do that, that’s when people are […]

Bill Cassidy on GOP: ‘If we idolize one person, we will lose’


[ad_1] “If we idolize one person, we will lose,” Cassidy told CNN’s Dana Bash on “State of the Union.” “And that’s kind of clear from the last election.” Cassidy, a moderate, was one of seven GOP senators who joined all Senate Democrats in voting to convict Trump in his second impeachment trial, but the 57 […]

CPAC 2021 speeches: 2024 GOP prospects seek their own breakout moments at Trump-dominated conference


[ad_1] Though it will take years for the 2024 race to fully take shape, this year’s CPAC in Orlando, Florida, offered a window into a GOP primary dominated by a new Republican Party built around the grievances that animated Trump’s campaigns and his presidency.  Speakers embraced Trump’s lies about the 2020 election being rigged. Organizers built […]

Ben Sasse blasts party for ‘weird worship of one dude’ after Nebraska GOP rebukes him for impeachment vote


[ad_1] The Nebraska GOP’s state central committee formally expressed its disappointment but stopped short of a formal censure, though the resolution said Sasse “stands rebuked” by the Nebraska GOP. The senator, who was reelected last fall with 63% of the vote, dismissed the decision in a statement on Saturday, saying, “Most Nebraskans don’t think politics […]

More than a dozen Republicans tell House they can’t attend votes due to ‘public health emergency.’ They’re slated to be at CPAC.


[ad_1] But those members are actually expected to be in Orlando and listed as speakers at the Conservative Political Action Conference, an annual meeting aimed at energizing conservative activists and boosting their own profiles. The members include Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz, who addressed the conference on Friday, as well as others who were listed as […]

McConnell says he’ll ‘absolutely’ support Trump in 2024 if he’s the GOP nominee


[ad_1] While McConnell maintained that the 2024 presidential election cycle would be a “wide-open race,” when pressed by Fox News’ Bret Baier about supporting Trump if he captured the Republican nomination, McConnell offered, “The nominee of the party? Absolutely.” The Kentucky Republican’s comments come just weeks after he delivered a pointed rebuke of Trump on […]

Republicans react to 2020 defeats by trying to make it harder to vote (Opinion)


[ad_1] According to the federal government’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and election officials of both parties, the 2020 election was the most secure and well-run election ever. There was record turnout and zero evidence of massive voter fraud. States made it easier to vote while also ensuring that valuable integrity measures were in place. […]

Neera Tanden is being treated unfairly (Opinion)


[ad_1] It was bound to happen, and I’m honestly surprised it took this long: the first Very Online woman is facing US Senate confirmation. And she may not make it through. The woman is Neera Tanden, president of the Center for American Progress think tank, and Joe Biden’s nominee to run the Office of Management […]

What Mitt Romney gets *exactly* right about Donald Trump


[ad_1] “He has by far the largest voice and a big impact in my party. I don’t know if he’s planning to run in 2024 or not, but if he does, I’m pretty sure he would win the nomination.” Romney is right. Exactly right. For all of the hand-wringing among people like Senate Minority Leader […]

Congress rocked by consequential battles that will shape Biden’s presidency


[ad_1] After four years of politics by tweeted decree, normal service is resuming inside the Beltway in all its brutal, hypocritical, and high-stakes glory as everyone with power tries to wield it to set the tone for the coming years. The White House is standing firm behind Neera Tanden, its pick for budget director, though […]

Adam Kinzinger says he’s glad family letter was released so Americans could see the real divides over Trump


[ad_1] “I’m glad the letter came out,” Kinzinger said on CNN’s “Cuomo Prime Time,” “because I think that people need to see — if you haven’t experienced that division in your family, this is the best example of it.” Kinzinger said that while he has no ill will against his family, he does not feel […]

Opinion: The mysterious case of Lindsey Graham’s political transformation


[ad_1] How, though, did he morph into former President Donald Trump’s chief lickspittle in the US Senate, who just this past weekend headed down to Mar-a-Lago to discuss the Republican Party’s future? One could speculate endlessly about the reasons: his desire to avoid a Trump-inspired primary against him in 2020, potential presidential aspirations, etc. But […]

Opinion: CPAC’s dangerous embrace of Trump


[ad_1] To be clear, I’m not urging CPAC to cancel Trump’s speech. Rather, my hope is that all Americans will use the event to reflect on the dangerous developments for our democracy from the right. First, the majority of GOP members of Congress refused to hold Trump accountable for his two months of nonstop lies […]

Joe Biden is president, but Donald Trump’s election lies are still being amplified by his media allies


[ad_1] USA Today and Suffolk U conducted a survey of 1,000 Trump voters, identified via 2020 polls, in the past week. The results reaffirm that Donald Trump’s big lies are now part of the bedrock of the Republican Party. Riot denialism, for example: “Most Trump voters embrace a version of events on Jan. 6 that […]

Opinion: Biden is racing a ticking clock to fulfill this campaign promise


[ad_1] The appeal didn’t work. More voters were drawn to Vice President Bush, whose campaign manager Lee Atwater, along with consultant Roger Ailes, put together a blistering strategy that smeared Dukakis and rallied Americans around an unabashed patriotism. While Dukakis promised competence, Bush painted him as a radical “card-carrying member of the ACLU” who would […]

Trump to speak at CPAC next Sunday


[ad_1] The source, who is familiar with the former President’s speech, told CNN on Saturday that “he’ll be talking about the future of the Republican Party and the conservative movement.” “Also look for the 45th President to take on President Biden’s disastrous amnesty and border policies,” the source added. The speaking engagement would mark Trump’s […]

Lindsey Graham heads to Mar-a-Lago on a peace mission as Trump’s latest intra-party feud rages


[ad_1] According to a person familiar with his plans, Graham plans to spend his time on the golf course with Trump — ideally convincing the former president that regaining congressional majorities for Republicans will help bolster his own presidential legacy. This person said Graham wants to be “constructive,” urging Trump to use his influence for […]

GOP senators facing reelection in 2022 keep mum on McConnell amid divisive fight with Trump


[ad_1] With Trump warning he will push primary candidates who fit his mold in 2022 Senate races, many Republican senators facing voters next year are not eager to pick sides following the former President’s blistering attack on the GOP leader after his impeachment trial. CNN contacted the 16 Senate Republicans up for reelection in 2022 […]

Opinion: Rush Limbaugh was the architect of Donald Trump’s presidency


[ad_1] Limbaugh, who announced last February that he was battling advanced cancer, died Wednesday at age 70. At the center of most discussions of right-wing media’s role in propping up the Trump presidency, Fox News looms largest. But talk radio played just as big a role. And Limbaugh’s show was the most important of all, […]

Everyone wants a third party! But …


[ad_1] Intriguing, right? And once you read into the story on the new Gallup poll, things get even more interesting! More than 6 in 10 Americans (62%) agreed with the statement that “parties do such a poor job representing the American people that a third party is needed.” That’s the highest ever measured by Gallup […]

Opinion: Mitch McConnell may still get the last laugh


[ad_1] But McConnell has generally been successful against his political opponents, and this time may be no different. His decision to speak forcefully against Trump immediately after his vote to acquit was, in reality, the only way that McConnell could guarantee his position at the center of the debate over both the policy and political […]

Fight over Rush Limbaugh’s true legacy began immediately after his death


[ad_1] Right-wing media outlets and personalities extolled Limbaugh as a trailblazer — but the trail he blazed was exactly why critics derided him. The New York Times podcast host Jane Coaston summed it up this way: “Rush Limbaugh was the first person I ever recognized existed largely as a Rorschach test,” she said on Twitter […]

How Russian vaccine Sputnik V spread through Latin America


[ad_1] Eduardo Valdes, a former diplomat and member of government coalition Frente de Todos, who now serves in as chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee in Argentina’s Chamber of Deputies, says there’s a clear line between vaccine negotiations and external factors. “Now is not the time to do ideology. Our goal is for the Western […]

6 takeaways from Joe Biden’s CNN town hall


[ad_1] I watched, took notes and have some thoughts about what mattered most — and why. My takeaways are below. 1. A hard deadline on vaccinations: Less than five minutes into the town hall, Biden made a promise that will be the big news not just tomorrow but for months to come: He said that […]

Why the Republican Party is poised to tear itself apart


[ad_1] “Mr. Trump may run again, but he won’t win another national election. He lost re-election before the events of Jan. 6, and as President his job approval never rose above 50%. He may go on a revenge campaign tour, or run as a third-party candidate, but all he will accomplish is to divide the […]

Pompeo arrives in France at start of awkward Europe and Middle East tour


[ad_1] Issued on: 14/11/2020 – 15:48 US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in France Saturday at the start of a seven-nation tour of Europe and the Middle East, a trip that is certain to be awkward since all the countries on his schedule have congratulated Joe Biden over his victory in the US presidential […]

Pompeo’s meetings in France to be held in ‘complete transparency’ with Biden team, says Macron


[ad_1] Issued on: 13/11/2020 – 16:25 US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo leaves Friday for a seven-nation trip that includes France, where his meetings will be held in “complete transparency towards the team of president-elect Joe Biden”, according to a statement by French President Emmanuel Macron’s office. The visit comes days after the top US […]

Obama reflects on Biden election, Trump’s ‘birther’ conspiracy — and ‘bantam cock’ Sarkozy


[ad_1] Issued on: 13/11/2020 – 10:02 Donald Trump’s exit from the White House will not be enough to heal America’s deep divisions, former president Barack Obama writes in his forthcoming memoir. He also delivers his verdicts on the foreign leaders he encountered, describing France’s Nicolas Sarkozy as having “his chest thrust out like a bantam […]

Biden calls Trump’s refusal to concede US election an ‘embarrassment’


[ad_1] President-elect Joe Biden said on Tuesday that nothing would stop the transfer of power in the U.S. government, while President Donald Trump pursued lawsuits in several states in a long-shot bid to hold on to power. Trump’s campaign said it would file a lawsuit to stop Michigan from officially certifying Biden as the winner […]

VP-elect Kamala Harris ticks many firsts, but the old problem of racism still lurks


[ad_1] As a bi-racial, multi-ethnic woman, Kamala Harris has broken down many barriers in her political career. But after her latest election victory, the US vice president-elect will need to tackle the country’s entrenched racial divides as her party scrambles to address some of the darker lessons of the 2020 election results.  Before a sea […]

George W. Bush congratulates Biden on victory, calling him a ‘good man’


[ad_1] Issued on: 08/11/2020 – 20:34 Former US president George W. Bush has offered his “warm congratulations” to President-elect Joe Biden, calling the Democrat “a good man, who has won his opportunity to lead and unify our country.” The two-term Republican, in a statement issued by his presidential centre in Dallas, also congratulated Donald Trump for […]

And the winner is? America braces for post-election battle


[ad_1] Will it be Joe Biden or Donald Trump? The race to the White House is far from over. Although polls closed long ago, we’re now entering a new phase. Two days after the US presidential election, ballot-counting is still under way due to record early voting. But it’s contentious, and the longer it goes on, the […]

The five key states that could decide the US presidential election


[ad_1] The US presidential election on Tuesday will likely be decided in five key states: Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, Georgia and Florida. Democrats are hoping to avoid a repeat of 2016, when votes in just three states swung the election. FRANCE 24 takes a look at the dynamics at play in these battlegrounds. Republican President Donald Trump famously […]

Life as a Democrat in the ‘reddest’ corner of America


[ad_1] Issued on: 31/10/2020 – 11:37Modified: 31/10/2020 – 11:40 In the third in our series of reports on America’s forgotten voters, we are in Nebraska’s third congressional district where Donald Trump won 74 percent of the vote in 2016, making it one of the “reddest” parts of the country. For the region’s few Democrats, merely […]

Supreme Court hearings, voting challenges, battle for seniors and final debate – Running for the White House


[ad_1] Issued on: 16/10/2020 – 20:24 On November 3, US citizens will elect their new president. The country is currently dealing with racial and social tensions, as well as environmental issues and the challenges brought forth by the coronavirus, which has already killed more than 200,000 Americans. With so much at stake, this election is set to be crucial in shaping the country’s future trajectory. […]

Texas loses bid to reinstate law banning second-trimester abortion procedure


[ad_1] Issued on: 14/10/2020 – 05:09 The state of Texas on Tuesday lost its bid before a U.S. appeals court to reinstate a law that would have effectively banned the most common abortion procedure used by doctors for terminating second-trimester pregnancies. A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans sided with abortion rights […]

What happens if a US presidential candidate exits the race?


[ad_1] Issued on: 03/10/2020 – 20:13 A US presidential nominee has never died or had to withdraw from a White House race this close to an election. But President Donald Trump’s hospitalisation for coronavirus just a month from the November 3 vote has raised the question of what happens if such an event should occur. […]

Trump refuses to commit to peaceful transfer of power if he loses US election


[ad_1] Issued on: 24/09/2020 – 03:13 President Donald Trump on Wednesday refused to clearly guarantee a peaceful transfer of power should he lose the upcoming US election in November to Joe Biden. “Well, we’re going to have to see what happens,” Trump responded when asked at a White House press conference whether he is committed […]

Ginsburg’s death sparks notorious divisions, exposes frailty of US judicial system


[ad_1] Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s mortality haunted liberals in recent years and the death of the country’s beloved “RBG” has exposed the frailties of the US judicial selection process. But can the world’s leading democracy shed the American exceptionalism woven into its national DNA and heed the lessons? At a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in […]