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Here's what we know about the 2 prominent lawyers Rep. Matt Gaetz hired in federal sex-trafficking investigation

Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., speaks during a House Judiciary Committee markup of the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, on Capitol Hill Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019, in Washington. AP Rep. Matt Gaetz has secured help in fighting a federal sexual misconduct probe, hiring two high-profile lawyers, Mark Mukasey and Isabelle Kirshner, to defend him. Officials are trying to determine whether Gaetz had a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl or violated sex-trafficking laws. M...
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The Great GOP Migration: How South Florida became a shadow capital for Trump conservatives

Supporters of then-President Donald Trump in Miami after the 2020 election. Eva Marie Uzcategui Trinkl/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images As conservatives flee Blue State hostility and lockdowns, South Florida has become a GOP power base. The GOP social calendar orbits Trump's Mar-a-Lago, while revelers party mask-free at swank house parties and penthouses. Greater Miami has lured California tech and right-wing news. Florida's politics is meanwhile shifting Red. See more stories on I...
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TV Bits: ‘Queer as Folk’ Remake, ‘Friends’ Reunion, ‘Powerpuff Girls,’ ‘Hunters’ Season 2, and More

In this edition of TV Bits: Peacock orders Queer as Folk series reboot Friends reunion special for HBO Max finally sets production date The CW’s Powerpuff Girls live-action series finds its Mojo Jojo Jennifer Jason Leigh joins Hunters season 2 MacGyver canceled at CBS after 5 seasons And more. Peacock announced that it gave a straight to series order for a Queer as Folk remake from UCP, a division of Universal Studio Group, and Stephen Dunn (Closet Monster). Dunn, who directed an episode ...
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Corporate executives set to join effort to increase voter access in the wake of new voting laws: WSJ

Kenneth Chenault. Mary Altaffer/AP Top business leaders met on Zoom this weekend to map out their response to new voting restrictions. The WSJ reported that CEOs were asked to sign a statement opposing restrictive voting legislation. "This is a nonpartisan issue, this is a moral issue," Kenneth Chenault, former CEO and Chairman of American Express, told the Journal last month. See more stories on Insider's business page. Numerous chief executives and senior leaders met on a Zoom call t...
Tags: Politics, Economy, Chief executive officer, Business Leaders, Voting Rights, Kenneth Chenault, Kenneth Frazier, Corporations, Georgia voting laws


What Hillary Gets Wrong in Her Gun Control Push – Again

By Larry Keane Gun-grabbers like Hillary Clinton, just can’t help themselves apparently. IMG iStock 1195632653 U.S.A. -(AmmoLand.com)- Hillary Clinton just can’t help herself. Never mind that her tone-deaf demand for gun control caused gun owners to come out in record numbers to deny her an all-but-assured White House victory in 2016. She’s doubling down. Five years on, she’s still spitting vitriol on Americans. She still wants to punish freedom-loving Americans instead of criminals. She’s ...
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An Ohio GOP Senate candidate reportedly crashed an RNC donor retreat and was escorted out

Ohio GOP Senate candidate Josh Mandel. AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File Josh Mandel, running for a vacant Ohio Senate seat, got escorted out of a donor retreat over the weekend. The retreat was hosted by the Republican National Committee and offered candidates coveted opportunities to mingle with donors. There were also opportunities to schmooze with GOP leaders like former President Donald Trump. See more stories on Insider's business page. Security removed Ohio Senate candidate Josh Mandel ...
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Gun rights advocates are pushing to create Second Amendment sanctuaries in a bid to flout federal gun laws

Guns for sale at a gun show in Fort Worth, Texas, July 10, 2016. Spencer Platt/Getty Images Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is pushing for the state to become a Second Amendment sanctuary. Second Amendment sanctuaries ignore federal or state gun laws they consider restrictive. In recent years they've become a tactic among gun rights advocates to push back against federal restrictions. See more stories on Insider's business page. On Thursday, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott tweeted in support of gun ...
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Bad press around founder Mike Lindell may ultimately boost business for MyPillow, analysts say

Former President Donald Trump shakes hands with Mike Lindell (L), founder of My Pillow, during a Made in America event. SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images Mike Lindell expects MyPillow to lose around $65 million this year after retailers severed ties. But marketing experts say the company might actually be able to capitalize off the bad press. See more stories on Insider's business page. In the space of just a few months, MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell has been blocked from Twitter, sued by vot...
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Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw said he'll be 'essentially blind' for a month after emergency eye surgery

Rep. Dan Crenshaw, a Republican from Texas, stands outside the US Capitol in Washington, DC. Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw said he'll be "essentially blind" for at least a month. Crenshaw, a former Navy SEAL, lost his right eye while serving in Afghanistan in 2012. Crenshaw said he underwent emergency surgery Friday in Houston for a detached retina in his left eye. See more stories on Insider's business page. Rep. Dan Crenshaw, a two-term Republican representing...
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Trump wants you to start calling it the 'Trumpcine' instead of the COVID-19 vaccine, report says

Trump greets the crowd before he leaves at the Operation Warp Speed Vaccine Summit on December 08, 2020 in Washington, DC. Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images Former President Donald Trump wants the vaccine to be called the "Trumpcine," Newsweek reported. He has repeatedly expressed his frustration that he isn't getting credit for the COVID-19 shot. In March, Trump claimed that people "probably" wouldn't get the vaccine at all if it wasn't for him. See more stories on Insider's bu...
Tags: Politics, News, Donald Trump, Covid Vaccine, Coronavirus, Operation Warp Speed, Coronavirus Vaccine, Mar-a-Lago resort, UK Weekend, News UK


Blinken says China 'didn't do what it needed to do' in the early stages of the pandemic

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken during an appearance on NBC's "Meet the Press" on April 11, 2021. Meet The Press/NBC Secretary of State Antony Blinken said we need to 'get to the bottom' of COVID-19's origin. Blinken said China knows it didn't adequately respond to the early stages of the pandemic. He said China should've allowed real-time access to international experts and been more transparent. See more stories on Insider's business page. Secretary of S...
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A GOP congressman said so many Republican voters now believe in the QAnon conspiracy theory it could destroy the party

Crowds gather outside the U.S. Capitol for the "Stop the Steal" rally on January 06, 2021 in Washington, DC. Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Images GOP Rep. Peter Meijer has warned that the QAnon movement could destroy the GOP from within. Meijer said "a significant plurality, if not potentially a majority" of GOP supporters believed in QAnon. Meijer is one of a small group of GOP lawmakers who've taken a stand against QAnon. See more stories on Insider's business page. GOP Rep. Peter M...
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Harry Reid on former House Speaker John Boehner: 'I did everything I could to cause him trouble' but we 'got a lot done'

Then-House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, left, speaks with then-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada on Capitol Hill on December 10, 2014. AP Photo/Evan Vucci Former Sen. Harry Reid on Saturday responded to his inclusion in John Boehner's new memoir. CNN host Jim Acosta made reference to an incident where Boehner cursed Reid out at the White House. Reid recounted that he worked "well" with Boehner and called the former speaker "a great patriot." See more stories on Insider's...
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Fed Chair Jerome Powell says the greatest risk to the US economic rebound is another wave of the coronavirus

U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell  speaks in Washington Reuters The US economy is about to start growing "much more quickly," Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell told CBS. The biggest risk to the economic recovery is another surge in coronavirus cases, Powell said. He credited steady vaccinations, stimulus, and strong monetary policy for the rebounding economy. See more stories on Insider's business page. Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell says the US economy is about ...
Tags: Economy, Politics, Labor, Jobs, Economic Activity, Pandemic, Federal Reserve, Coronaivrus Pandemic


Rep. Liz Cheney criticized Trump for 'embracing insurrection' in a wild speech, deepening a GOP rift

Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., at a press conference on September 23, 2020. Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call via Getty Images Rep. Liz Cheney criticized a speech by former president Trump at a GOP event She said Trump was continuing to use language that "provoked violence" on January 6. Trump in the speech insulted critics, and repeated baseless election fraud claims. See more stories on Insider's business page. Rep. Liz Cheney criticized former president Donald Trump for continuing to use the incend...
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John Boehner on how history will judge presidents he's known. Trump: 'I don't think very well'

The good, the bad and the "brother:" Ex-speaker John Boehner rates the presidents, from the "decent" Gerald Ford to the disappointing Barack Obama.       [Author: USA TODAY]
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Amtrak Joe: A brief look at President Biden's long history of supporting America's railroad

President Joe Biden at an event announcing funding for Amtrak as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in 2009. Larry Downing/Reuters President Joe Biden's long political history included years of advocating for Amtrak funding. Biden earned the nickname "Amtrak Joe" as he commuted between Delaware and Washington for decades. The nickname hit mainstream media in 2008, starting with CNN. See more stories on Insider's business page. When President Ronald Reagan in 1981 m...
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100 top business leaders met to discuss halting donations to politicians who back 'restrictive' voting laws, including in Georgia

Kenneth Chenault. Mary Altaffer/AP Top business leaders met on Zoom this weekend to map out their response to new voting restrictions. The WSJ reported that CEOs were asked to sign a statement opposing restrictive voting legislation. The CEOs discussed halting donations to politicians supporting the bills and stopping investments in states that pass the laws, the Post reported. See more stories on Insider's business page. More than 100 CEOs and senior leaders on Saturday met on a Zoom ...
Tags: Politics, Economy, Chief executive officer, Business Leaders, Voting Rights, Kenneth Chenault, Kenneth Frazier, Corporations, Georgia voting laws


The investigators looking into sexual harassment claims against Gov. Cuomo have wide, sweeping powers and are paid as much as $750 per hour

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images The investigators reviewing sexual harassment claims against Gov. Andrew Cuomo are being paid as much as $750 per hour. Attorney General Letitia James hired the independent investigators after several women came forward with allegations Cuomo. The Daily News reported that the investigators have wide, sweeping power to conduct the probe freely. See more stories on Insider's business page. The investigators ...
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John Boehner says that Mitch McConnell 'holds his feelings, thoughts, and emotions in a lockbox'

Then-Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, left, and then-House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio stand together at a ceremony on Capitol Hill on February 13, 2015. AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File John Boehner made some revealing statements about his former GOP counterpart, Mitch McConnell. Boehner said that "bystanders are struck silent" when McConnell shows visible feelings or emotions. In a USA Today interview, the former speaker's penchant for tears was still evident. S...
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Arizona businesses will be allowed to opt-out and ignore mask orders under law signed by GOP Gov. Doug Ducey

Usher Kathy Stock wears a face shield and mask as she waits for fans to enter the MLB spring training game in February in Arizona. Steph Chambers/Getty Images Arizona businesses can soon opt out of local orders requiring masks under a new law. The bill was signed into law by GOP Gov. Doug Ducey on Friday. Ducey never instituted a statewide mandate and in March signed an executive order that said localities couldn't do so, either. See more stories on Insider's business page. Busine...
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Tucker Carlson is repeatedly using his platform to downplay white supremacy and violence, critics say

Tucker Carlson in a January edition of his Fox News show accused Democrats of using the threat of white nationalist violence to smear conservatives, a familiar theme on his show. Fox News Fox News host Tucker Carlson has said the threat of white nationalism is a hoax, or exaggerated. A segment last week on the so-called Great Replacement theory prompted calls for him to be fired. Experts say the moments are part of a broader trend, and likely intentional. See more stories on Insider's...
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Matt Gaetz thought he could 'do what he wanted' with women's nudes, a colleague said. That's not how it works.

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) awaits the State of the Union address in the chamber of the House of Representatives on February 4, 2020 in Washington, DC. Drew Angerer/Getty Images Matt Gaetz once said the recipient of a private image could do with it what they want, his former colleague said this week. The Florida lawmaker has recently been accused of sharing nude images of women in Congress. Insider spoke to an expert to find out why this common assumption is wrong and also dangerous. See more s...
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Trump said Anthony Fauci is 'full of crap' in an expletive-laden speech to Republican donors

Left: Dr. Anthony Fauci. Right: Former President Donald Trump. Getty/Getty Former President Donald Trump launched a fierce attack on Dr. Anthony Fauci over the weekend. Dr. Fauci was singled out by the former president, along with other public figures including Mitch McConnell. "Have you ever seen anybody that is so full of crap?" Trump said of Fauci, according to the Washington Post. See more stories on Insider's business page. Former President Donald Trump used a 50-minute speech thi...
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Ted Cruz derides Boehner criticism as 'drunken, bloviated scorn' while mocking the former speaker's penchant for tears

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas). MICHAEL REYNOLDS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images Sen. Ted Cruz derided political criticism from John Boehner as "drunken, bloviated scorn." Boehner slammed Cruz as a "jerk" who likes to "draw a lot of attention" to himself. In February, Boehner went off-script in an audiobook recording, telling Cruz to "go f--- yourself." See more stories on Insider's business page. GOP Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas on Friday tore into former US House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, labeling ...
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The US is 'not focused on a boycott' of the 2022 Olympics in China amid human rights concerns, Blinken says

A Chinese flag flutters in front of the IOC headquarters during a protest by activists of the International Tibet Network against the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics on February 3, 2021 in Lausanne. Fabrice Coffrini/Getty Images The United States is "not focused" on boycotting the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. Calls for nations, including the US, to boycott next year's games are growing. Tensions are rising between the US, its allies, and China over allegations of human rights violati...
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Former GOP House Speaker John Boehner calls fellow Republican Jim Jordan a 'political terrorist'

Former House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) stands for the Pledge of Allegiance during a ceremony to unveil a portrait in his honor at the US Capitol on November 19, 2019. Alex Edelman/Getty Images Boehner described several fellow Republicans as "political terrorists," including Rep. Jim Jordan. "I never saw a guy who spent more time tearing things apart ― never building anything," he said. In his book, Boehner seemed relieved that he didn't have to interact with Trump while in office. ...
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A Twitter and Roblox user posing as a White House reporter snuck in 4 questions to press secretary Jen Psaki

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki. SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images A Twitter and Roblox user posing as a correspondent snuck 4 questions into White House briefings. The individual emailed questions to White House pool reporters using an array of invented journalist titles. See more stories on Insider's business page. A Twitter and Roblox user who posed as a White House Correspondents Association member managed to land four questions in recent Biden administration briefings, Politi...
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10 Things in Politics: GOP's new power base is in South Florida

A Trump supporter in Miami after the 2020 election. Eva Marie Uzcategui Trinkl/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images Good morning! If this was forwarded to you, sign up here. I'm Brent Griffiths. Send tips to [email protected] or tweet me @BrentGriffiths.Here's what we're talking about today:Trump's pull has moved the GOP's orbit to FloridaProtests in suburban Minnesota last night after police fatally shot a manAn ex-cop, anti-vaxxers, and Mike Huckabee: Insider took a...
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Trump spent several minutes insulting 'dumb son of a b---h' Mitch McConnell during a rambling speech to GOP donors at Mar-a-Lago, say reports

Former President Donald Trump took aim at Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell for not supporting him enough during his February impeachment trial, Politico reported. Getty Images Former President Donald Trump insulted Mitch McConnell during a speech to donors at Mar-a-Lago. Trump referred to the Senate Minority Leader as a "dumb son of a b---h," Politico reported. He spent several minutes ridiculing both McConnell and his wife, The Washington Post said. See more stories on Insider's...
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