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Republicans House Speaker Debacle Becoming a Clown Show

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Republicans House Speaker Debacle Becoming a Clown Show

House Republicans embarrassingly floundered through another day of multiple balloting on Wednesday, with Kevin McCarthy unable to be elected as House speaker. Republicans were unable to unite and end the political chaos, that is becoming an embarrassing clown show for the Republican majority in the house.

Republicans attempted to vote McCarthy into the top job for the fourth, fifth, and sixth time as the House fell further into disarray. But the votes were almost identical, with 20 conservative holdouts still refusing to support him, leaving him far short of the 218 required to win the gavel. In fact, McCarthy’s vote total dropped to 201 after one Republican switched to voting simply present.

“Well, it’s Groundhog Day,” Rep. Kat Cammack, R-Fla., said of McCarthy’s nomination on the sixth ballot.

“To all Americans watching right now, we hear you,” she said. And no matter how messy it gets, we’ll get through it.”

However, right-wing conservatives led by the Freedom Caucus and aligned with Donald Trump appeared emboldened by the standoff — despite Trump’s public support for McCarthy.

“This is actually an energizing day for America,” said Rep. Byron Donalds, R-Fla., who was nominated three times as an alternative by his conservative colleagues. “There are a lot of members in the chamber who want to have serious discussions about how we can wrap this up and elect a speaker.”


A Grueling spectacle

Kevin McCarthy, a California Republican, vowed to fight on despite the grueling spectacle that threw the new majority into disarray a day earlier. On the chamber floor, heated private debates erupted between McCarthy supporters and detractors looking for a way out.

The House convened at noon, but no other business could be done until the speaker was elected, including swearing in new members, forming committees, tackling legislation, and investigating the Biden administration.

“I still have the most votes,” McCarthy declared at the beginning of the session. “We’ll be able to get there at the end of the day.”

But the dynamic remained unchanged from Day One, as Democrats re-nominated their leader, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, for speaker, and Donalds issued another historic challenge to McCarthy. Jeffries and Donalds are both black.

“This country needs leadership,” said Texas Republican Rep. Chip Roy, noting that it was the first time in history that two Black Americans were nominated for high office, and lawmakers from both parties rose to applaud.


Republicans embarrassing themselves

It was the first time in 100 years that a House speaker nominee did not take the gavel on the first vote, but McCarthy seemed unfazed. Instead, he vowed to fight until the end. With Republicans now in control of the House, the disorganized start to the new Congress portended difficulties ahead.

As he left the White House for a bipartisan event in Kentucky with Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell, President Joe Biden said, “the rest of the world is looking” at the scene on the House floor.

“I just think it’s really embarrassing how long it’s taking,” Biden said. “I’m not sure” who will win.

Tensions rose among the new House majority as their campaign promises failed to materialize. A speaker’s election has not gone to multiple ballots since 1923, and the longest and most grueling battle for the gavel began in late 1855 and lasted two months, with 133 ballots, during debates over slavery in the run-up to the Civil War.

A new generation of conservative Republicans, many of whom support Trump’s Make America Great Again agenda, want to upend Washington’s status quo and are determined to derail McCarthy’s rise without making concessions to their priorities.


McCarthy opposed by Freedom Caucus

Even Trump’s staunchest supporters, however, disagreed on this point. Rep. Lauren Boebert, a staunch Colorado conservative who nominated Donald Trump for the second time, urged the former president to tell McCarthy, “Sir, you do not have the votes, and it is time to withdraw.”

Trump had done the opposite earlier in the day, urging Republicans to vote for McCarthy. “Close the deal, take the victory,” he wrote in all capital letters on his social media site. “Do not turn a great victory into a massive and humiliating defeat.”

As the election dragged on, McCarthy’s supporters begged the remaining holdouts to vote for the California Republican.

“I think members on both sides are feeling a lot of pressure right now,” said Rep. Tom Cole, R-Oklahoma. “So I think the message from home is, ‘Hey, sort this out; we don’t have time for the small stuff and egos.'”

Since Republicans won control of the House in the midterm elections, there has been a standoff over McCarthy. While the Senate is still in Democratic hands, House Republicans are eager to confront Biden after Democrats controlled both houses of Congress for two years.

McCarthy was opposed by the conservative Freedom Caucus, which believes he is neither conservative nor tough enough to face Democrats.

McCarthy has already agreed to many of the Freedom Caucus’ demands for rule changes and other concessions that give rank-and-file members more influence in the legislative process in order to gain support. He’s been here before, having dropped out of the race for Speaker of the House in 2015 after failing to win over conservatives.

“Everything is on the table,” said ally Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-North Carolina, except having McCarthy step down. “Certainly not. That is not an option.”

Democrats enthusiastically nominated Jeffries, the party’s new leader, as their candidate for speaker. He received the most votes overall (212).

McCarthy could lower the threshold required by the rules to have a majority if he could win 213 votes and then persuade the remaining dissenters to simply vote present.

Former House speakers, including outgoing Democratic Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Republican Speaker John Boehner, have used this strategy in the past when confronted with opposition, winning the gavel with fewer than 218 votes.

Rep. Victoria Spartz of Indiana, a Republican, voted present in the fourth and fifth rounds, but it made no difference in the immediate outcome.

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Judge Rules Donald Trump Defrauded Banks And Insurers While Building Real Estate Empire

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NEW YORK — On Tuesday, a judge ruled that Donald Trump committed fraud for years while building the real estate empire that catapulted him to prominence and the presidency, and he ordered that some of the former president’s companies be removed from his control and dissolved.

In a civil lawsuit brought by New York Attorney General Letitia James, Judge Arthur Engoron ruled that Trump and his company deceived banks, insurers, and others by grossly overvaluing his assets and inflating his net worth on documents to secure agreements and loans.

As punishment, Engoron ordered that some of Trump’s business licenses be revoked, making it difficult or impossible for them to conduct business in New York, and he stated that an independent monitor would continue to supervise Trump Organisation operations.

Without a successful appeal, the order would revoke Trump’s authority to make strategic and financial decisions regarding several of his most valuable properties in the state.

Trump railed against the decision in several statements, labeling it “un-American” and part of an ongoing plot to harm his reelection campaign.

He wrote on his Truth Social site, “My civil rights have been violated, and a federal or state appellate court must reverse this horrible, un-American decision.” He asserted that his company had “done a magnificent job for New York State” and “conducted business flawlessly,” describing the event as “A very sad day for the New York State System of Justice!”


On Tuesday, a judge ruled that Donald Trump committed fraud for years while building the real estate empire that catapulted him to prominence and the presidency.

His attorney, Christopher Kise, stated that an appeal would be filed, labeling the decision “completely disconnected from the facts and governing law.”

A few days before starting a non-jury trial in James’ lawsuit, Engoron’s ruling is the strongest rejection of Trump’s carefully manicured image as an affluent and intelligent real estate magnate turned political powerhouse.

Engoron discovered that Trump, his company, and key executives repeatedly lied about his wealth in his annual financial statements, garnering benefits such as favorable loan terms and reduced insurance premiums.

The judge stated that these tactics crossed the line and violated the law, refuting Trump’s argument that a disclaimer on the financial statements absolved him of wrongdoing.

“In the world of the defendants, rent-regulated apartments are worth the same as unregulated apartments; restricted land is worth the same as unrestricted land; restrictions can vanish into thin air; a disclaimer by one party casting blame on another party exonerates the other party’s lies,” Engoron wrote in his 35-page ruling. This is a fantasy world, not the actual universe.


On Tuesday, a judge ruled that Donald Trump committed fraud for years while building the real estate empire that catapulted him to prominence and the presidency.

Manhattan prosecutors considered filing criminal charges for the same conduct but ultimately decided against it, leaving James no choice but to sue him and seek penalties designed to impede his and his family’s ability to conduct business.

The summary judgment rendered by Judge Engoron resolves the primary claim in James’ lawsuit, but several others remain. In a trial beginning on October 2, he will deliberate on these claims and James’ request for $250 million in penalties. Trump’s attorneys have requested a postponement from the Court of Appeals.

“Today, a judge ruled in our favour and found that Donald Trump and the Trump Organisation engaged in years of financial fraud,” James said in a statement. “We look forward to presenting the rest of our case at trial.”

In their motion for summary judgment, Trump’s attorneys argued that there was no evidence that their client’s actions had injured the public. They also argued that the statute of limitations prohibited many of the lawsuit’s allegations.

Noting that he had previously rejected these arguments, Engoron compared them to the narrative of the film “Groundhog Day.” He fined five defense attorneys $7,500 each as punishment for “engaging in repetitive, frivolous” arguments but denied James’ request to sanction Trump and other defendants.

James, a Democrat, filed a lawsuit against him and the Trump Organisation a year ago, alleging them of routinely inflating the value of his assets, including skyscrapers, golf courses, and his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida, by billions.

Engoron discovered he consistently overvalued Mar-a-Lago, exaggerating its value by up to 2,300% on one financial statement. Additionally, the judge reprimanded Trump for misrepresenting the size of his Manhattan apartment. Trump asserted that his three-story Trump Tower penthouse was nearly three times larger than it was and valued it at $327 million.


On Tuesday, a judge ruled that Donald Trump committed fraud for years while building the real estate empire that catapulted him to prominence and the presidency.

“A disparity of this magnitude, by a real estate developer calculating his own living space over decades, can only be considered fraud,” wrote Engoron.

Eric Trump insisted on X following the ruling that his father’s claims about Mar-a-Lago were accurate, writing that the Palm Beach estate is “estimated to be worth well over a billion dollars, making it arguably the most valuable residential property.” He described the decision and the lawsuit as “an attempt to destroy my father and evict him from New York.”

Under the terms of the ruling, the limited liability companies that control some of Trump’s most valuable properties, such as 40 Wall Street, will be dissolved, and a receiver will assume control over their operations. Trump would lose the authority to recruit or fire employees, rent office space, and make other crucial decisions.

Kise stated after the decision, “The decision seeks to nationalise one of the most successful corporate empires in the United States and seize control of private property despite the fact that there is no evidence of any default, breach, late payment, or complaint of harm.”

The presumptive Republican nominee for next year’s election faces several legal issues, including James’ suit. In the past six months, he has been indicted four times: in Georgia and Washington, D.C., for conspiring to overturn his 2020 election loss, in Florida for stockpiling classified documents, and in New York for falsifying business records related to hush money paid on his behalf.

In a separate criminal case last year, the Trump Organisation was convicted of tax fraud for assisting executives to evade taxes on perks such as apartments and vehicles. The company received a $1.6 million sanction. Allen Weisselberg, Trump’s longtime finance chief, pled guilty and served five months in prison.

James’ office previously charged Trump with misusing his charitable foundation to advance his political and business interests. As a penalty, Trump was ordered to donate $2 million to charity, while his charity, the Trump Foundation, was dissolved.


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Trudeau Liberals Hold Late-Night Meeting On Fighting Back

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When Trudeau calls a late-night caucus meeting, things could be better.

According to an invitation obtained by the Toronto Sun, on Tuesday, the Trudeau Liberals gathered their caucus for an “information session.”

Brad Redekopp, a member of the Conservative Party, posted a photo of government vehicles waiting outside West Block to transport ministers home after the event.

To comprehend how peculiar this is, one must comprehend the tempo of Official Ottawa. This late-night meeting is uncommon, particularly the night before the routinely scheduled weekly caucus meetings.

House Speaker Anthony Rota resigned due to the invitation and recognition of 98-year-old Yaroslav Hunka during Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s address to the Ukrainian Parliament. As is now common knowledge, Hunka served in a Nazi SS division during World War II.

His presence in the audience has caused Canada and Ukraine interminable humiliation. Vladimir Putin’s Russia has justified its invasion of Ukraine by claiming that there are Nazis who must be eradicated. Zelenskyy’s support for an SS division member has provided Putin with the propaganda tools he desires.

The Russian government is already circulating false rumors that the Ukrainians have issued a commemorative stamp for Hunka.

When Trudeau calls a late-night caucus meeting, things could be better.

As of Tuesday evening, the PMO verified that he and Zelenskyy had not spoken since the Parliament incident. While it is understandable that Trudeau would not want to apologize to Canadians in front of the cameras, it is shocking that he has not contacted his “good friend” Zelenskyy since the story broke.

Ukraine is not the only issue currently plaguing the leader and his team.

India’s foreign minister, Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, indirectly accused Canada of harboring militants during a speech at the United Nations. In a subsequent interview, he reiterated that the Trudeau administration has provided no proof or evidence to substantiate its claim that India was involved in the June execution of Hardeep Singh Nijjar in Surrey, British Columbia.

The Modi administration has utilized Indian media as a weapon against Trudeau domestically and internationally. In a conflict of public relations, Trudeau and, by extension, Canada are losing.

The Hindu Forum of Canada’s attorney sent a letter to the government on Tuesday, expressing safety concerns and requesting that Nijjar ally Gurpatwant Singh Pannu be denied entry into the country. At approximately the same time, the Muslim Association of Canada criticized Trudeau for his remarks regarding parental demonstrations over gender issues in schools last week. MAC condemned Trudeau’s stance.


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2023: Travis King In US Custody After North Korea Expulsion

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King is in custody. In a statement, Pentagon spokesperson Brig. Gen. Patrick Ryder thanked the Swedish and Chinese governments for their assistance in securing the release of Pte. King.

As there are no diplomatic ties between the United States and North Korea, the Swedish embassy in Pyongyang has traditionally negotiated on behalf of the United States.

During the King case, a Swedish embassy spokesman confirmed that Sweden acted “within its role as a protective power” for the United States in North Korea.

The US Department of State and the White House did not comment on the matter immediately.

According to Reuters, a spokesman for the King family stated that “no substantive comment” was expected at this time.

His relatives have previously informed US media that he faced discrimination while serving in the United States military.

According to reports, his mental health deteriorated during his time in South Korean custody.


Travis King In US Custody After North Korea Expulsion.

Claudine Gates, the mother of Pte. told the Associated Press last month that her son had “so many reasons to come home.”

She stated, “I cannot imagine him ever wanting to stay in Korea when he has family in the United States.”

Pte King’s release by North Korea after 71 days is rapid compared to other Americans the country has previously detained.

Analysts hypothesized that Pyongyang may have used the American soldier as a diplomatic bargaining tool.

Mick Mulroy, a former deputy assistant secretary of defense and CIA paramilitary officer, told the BBC that Pte King’s return to US custody is “a good thing,” even though he “is a young man who made mistakes.”

Mr. Mulroy continued, “He is an American soldier, so it was imperative that we did everything possible to bring him home.”



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