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US Speaker Mike Johnson Facing “Motion to Vacate” Over Ukraine Funding

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Mike Johnson, the Republican Speaker of the House, may suffer political consequences for approving $61 billion in fresh aid to Ukraine on Saturday. He relied largely on Democratic cooperation not only for final votes, but also to clear procedural hurdles before those votes.

His decision to turn to Democrats was forced by fierce opposition from a small group of Republicans, some in positions of authority in the House, who opposed any further help to Ukraine. Now, the Republicans may force a vote on whether to remove Mr Johnson from the speaker’s chair.

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) announced Sunday that her motion to vacate the Speakership is “coming” regardless of what House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) decides, while also avoiding questions about an alternate plan if Johnson is removed.

“Mike Johnson’s Speakership is gone. He ought to do the right thing and resign so that we can move on in a controlled process, and if he doesn’t, he will be removed,” she said Sunday on Fox News.

Maria Bartiromo of “Sunday Morning Futures” then asked Greene if she intends to proceed with her motion to vacate, which she filed last month. She has not yet brought the vote to the House floor or stated what might motivate her to do so.

“It’s coming regardless of what Mike Johnson does. And three more Republicans have joined us for a special election coming up soon. “People need to be aware that this is possible,” Greene said.

Greene: Motion to vacate is “coming soon” for Mike Johnson

Greene took the initial step toward Speaker Mike Johnson’s removal after the House passed a funding bill to avoid a partial government shutdown only hours before the deadline. The deal received support from both parties, but House conservatives questioned it.

At the time, Greene described the move as “basically a warning,” but tensions rose in recent weeks when Johnson endorsed stand-alone funding to Ukraine, after previously asking that help to Kyiv be linked to security measures for the US southern border.

“[Johnson] has completely betrayed Republican voters all over the country, and he is absolutely working for the Democrats, pipe-passing, the Biden administration’s agenda,” Greene said in a statement on Sunday.

“So, this Speakership is utterly swamped. Mike Johnson is the only one who has tried to hold on to it and is in utter denial.”

Johnson termed the ouster threat “absurd” last week and refused to resign. His comments came shortly after Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) became the first Republican to publicly support Greene’s move. Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) publicly supported the motion last week.

Uni’ party is in control of the government

Bartiromo asked Greene for her reaction to critics who claim she is “creating chaos” for the GOP conference, to which she replied, “Those who are calling this ‘drama’ are the very people that are responsible for the drama that the American people are having to live through every single day.”

“Those on the left, those on the right, the ‘uni’ party that’s in control of our government are the ones that have inflicted the American people with nearly $35 trillion in debt, ripped our border wide open,” she went on to say.

Bartiromo then asked Greene for an alternative strategy in the event that Johnson was fired.

“Our strategy is to offer the American people a reason to trust and fight for us. The American people support President Trump as the next president of the United States because they have seen him in action. He battled against the Democrats agenda. He put America first.

They badly want him to lead this country again because they believe he will do so,” Greene said. Bartiromo then informed Greene that she had “not given a plan for the Speaker’s role,” before inquiring about the motion’s timing.

The motion to vacate is the House’s procedure for removing its speaker. The chamber’s existing procedures allow any member, Democrat or Republican, to introduce the motion.

If introduced as a “privileged” resolution, the House must consider it at some point, albeit procedural votes may delay it. It need simply a simple majority to pass. The motion to vacate received 216 votes to 210 votes.

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RFK Jr Tells Media Biden Should Drop Out of 2024 Election

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RFK Jr. Demands Biden Take ‘No Spoiler Pledge’ To Drop Out Of Race: Image TMZ

Independent presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. told national media this week that incumbent President Joe Biden should withdraw from the 2024 election contest to prevent former President Donald Trump from recovering the White House.

“We only have one shot to defeat Donald Trump, and we need a nominee who can do the job. And that would be me,” Kennedy stated during a 30-minute presentation on campaign polling at a rented location in downtown Brooklyn.

Kennedy then urged Biden to make a “No Spoiler Pledge” and resign from the race if he performed lower than Kennedy in a head-to-head showdown with Trump in a survey of 30,000 or more people in mid-October.

Kennedy stated that he would be pleased to make a similar pitch to the former president, but Trump “is not a spoiler because he can actually win.”

The address appeared to be a response to both parties’ criticisms on his capacity to influence the general election. Kennedy has come under fire from Trump in particular in recent days, with the former president claiming on social media that backing Kennedy was a “wasted vote.”

Democrats have not been hesitant in criticizing Kennedy, either, forming an organization with professional campaign strategists to tackle third-party dangers like Kennedy.

According to Democratic National Committee spokeswoman Matt Corridoni, Kenendy’s request to have Biden quit out is “as deeply unserious as his campaign is.”

Polling Show Biden Can’t Beat Trump

Kennedy and his campaign manager, Amaryllis Fox Kennedy, offered a survey from John Zogby Strategies, a business that has worked with both the campaign and a Kennedy-aligned super PAC, as proof that he should remain in the race rather than Biden.

According to the poll, Kennedy would defeat the former president if Biden or any other Democratic Party contender were not running.

“Is it possible that President Trump will participate in the election but not win? Yes, there is just one. “And that scenario is that President Biden admits that he cannot win,” Fox Kennedy stated during the presentation.

Fox Kennedy stated that calling on Biden to drop out of the race is fair because the DNC has also asked Kennedy to quit.

The Trump and Biden campaigns did not return a request for comment.

Any possible choice to drop out in October would be far too late to influence election results — mail and early voting begins in some states as early as September — and would almost certainly split the Democratic vote.

Younger Generation Prefers Kennedy

The Kennedy campaign’s presentation did not include any results for a three-way contest. Kennedy has roughly 11 percent support in national polls against Biden and Trump, according to a RealClearPolitics polling average, which is well short of what is required to win any Electoral College votes.

However, the polling presentation was well-received by Kennedy volunteers at the news conference and provided welcome new talking points.

“I’m always talking to people on Instagram, and they say, ‘he’s a spoiler,’ and ‘a vote for Kennedy is a vote for Trump,'” said Queens resident Alexis Leyco, 28. “I am excited. I’m absolutely going to use this.

According to Will Boothby, the Kennedy campaign’s Northeast regional director, over a dozen volunteers canvassed prior to the event and collected 500 signatures. The campaign is seeking to collect roughly double the 45,000 signatures required to place Kennedy’s name on the ballot in New York, and hundreds are arriving every day, he added.

Boothby said that much of the support for Kennedy’s petitions comes from younger people who are concerned about issues such as student loan debt and affordable housing, followed by older veterans from across the Empire State.

The campaign did not disclose how many signatures it currently has in New York, which has one of the higher signature requirements to get on the November ballot.

Kennedy’s ability to collect those signatures and defend his candidacy against legal challenges from both parties will determine how influential he is in the November election. “People who believe that I am spoiling at this point for President Biden,” stated Kennedy, “need to look at data.”

Source: Politico

 

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Thousands Descend on New York’s South Bronx for Trump Rally

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Former President Donald J. Trump at a rally in the Bronx: Reuters Image

Thousands of people have gathered on the South Bronx in New York for Donald Trump’s historic event on Thursday night, as he attempts to do what many believe is impossible: turn New York red for the first time since 1984.

Former President Trump’s devoted supporters braved heavy rain to gather at Crotona Park, hours before he was scheduled to take the stage in the deep-blue district that Joe Biden won with more than 60% of the vote in 2020.

Supporters lined up to listen to MAGA rappers, display tattoos honoring the GOP leader, and insist he can follow Ronald Reagan by winning in the Empire State.

People holding Dominican Republic and US flags chant while waiting in line to attend a demonstration for former US President Donald Trump at Crotona Park in the Bronx, New York.

Trump Resonating with Voters

While the gathering was not as diverse as the South Bronx as a whole, it did contain a considerable number of Black and Hispanic voters, with Spanish spoken throughout.

Ed Rosa, who made the short trek from the North Bronx, said he regrets voting for Biden in 2020 and intends to support Trump in November.

He believes the Democratic Party has “become too socialist” and is concerned about the economy and immigration crossing the southern border.

“For 50 years I was a Democrat and switched in the last three or four years,” said Rosa, 60, whose family is from Puerto Rico.

Some in the audience replied by yelling “Build the Wall,” a reference to Trump’s quest for a border barrier between the United States and Mexico while he was in office.

Trump portrayed himself as a better president for Black and Hispanic voters than Biden, slamming Biden’s immigration policy.

Biden’s Race Based Ads

He emphasized that “the biggest negative impact” of the flood of migrants in New York is “against our Black population and our Hispanic population, who are losing jobs, housing, and everything else they can lose.” They are the most affected by what is going on.”

On Thursday, the Biden team aired a pair of TV and radio ads criticizing Trump’s treatment of Black people. These included erroneous accusations that Barack Obama, the first African American president, was not born in the United States, as well as calls for the death of a group of Black and Hispanic adolescents convicted but later exonerated of raping a white lady jogging in New York’s Central Park in 1989.

Janiyah Thomas, Black media director for the Trump campaign, said in a statement that Biden was attempting to divert attention away from “terrible policies that are harming our community,” and that as a senator, Biden helped advance a bipartisan crime bill in 1994, which resulted in more Black men being imprisoned.

Source: Daily Mail, AP

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British Prime Minister Sunak Announces July 4th National Election

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British Prime Minister Sunak Announces July 4th National Election: Reuters Image

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak announced a general election on Wednesday, citing July 4 as the date. After 14 years in power, his Conservatives are widely likely to lose to the opposition Labour Party.

Sunak, 44, stood outside his Downing Street office and announced that he was calling the election sooner than expected, a dangerous strategy given his party’s polling position.

“Now is the time for Britain to choose its future,” he added, highlighting highlights of his tenure in office, including the implementation of the so-called furlough program, which assisted businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. “We will have a general election on July 4.”

Sunak enters the election not only considerably behind the Labour Party in the polls, but also somewhat isolated from others in his party, relying on a small team of advisers to guide him through what promises to be a nasty campaign.

But, with some economic benefits, such as decreasing inflation and the economy growing at its quickest rate in over three years, he appears to have concluded it was time to take a risk and formally offer his program for a new term to voters.

Parties Prepare for Election

The former investment banker and finance minister took office less than two years ago and has since battled to explain his values, growing more upset that what he regards as his accomplishments have gone unnoticed.

Both parties have almost begun campaigning for the election, with their attack lines on the economy and defense already well defined.

Sunak and his government accuse Labour of being prepared to raise taxes if elected, and that the party would not be a safe set of hands for Britain in an increasingly perilous world because it has a plan, which the opposition disputes.

Labour accuses the government of 14 years of economic mismanagement, which has left people worse off, as well as a series of chaotic administrations that have failed to provide the stability that businesses want to stimulate growth.

If Labour wins the election, Britain, historically recognized for its political stability, will have six prime ministers in eight years, a first since the 1830s. Prior to the declaration, Labour stated that it was more than ready for an election.

“We are totally prepared to go whenever the Prime Minister declares an election. We have a fully structured and operational campaign ready to go, and we believe the country is ripe for a general election,” Labour leader Starmer’s spokeswoman told reporters.

Labour Ahead by 20 Points

Last week, Starmer launched his party’s election campaign by promising to “rebuild Britain” and outlining the first steps Labour would take if it formed the next administration.

Labour is roughly 20 percentage points ahead of Sunak’s Conservatives in opinion surveys, but some party officials are anxious that their lead is not as strong as it appears, worrying that many voters are undecided.

Sunak may be attempting to play on this uncertainty while also confusing Labour, which has yet to nominate all of its parliamentary candidates, according to a party veteran.

Sunak will also hope that economic achievements and the first flights in his centerpiece immigration plan, which involves sending illegal asylum seekers to Rwanda, will bolster his party’s fortunes. The earliest probable date for these flights is June 24, ten days before the election.

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