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WATCH Chuck Todd Smack Down Ron Johnson For His Obsession With Hunter Biden

“Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd took issue with Sen. Ron Johnson’s (R-WI) insistence that Hunter Biden, the son of President Joe Biden, has broken the law and pointed out that Johnson has yet to investigate the actions of former Trump administration adviser Jared Kushner.

During an interview with Johnson, Todd asked the senator:

“Senator, do you have a crime that you think Hunter Biden committed. Because I’ve yet to see anybody explain. It is not a crime to make money off of your last name.”

Johnson responded:

“Chuck, you ought to read the Marco Polo report, where they detail all kinds of potential crimes.”

The Marco Polo report was published by a right-wing group, is 634 pages long, and provides virtually no concrete evidence of any crimes committed by Hunter Biden.

That led the host to counter:

“Let me stop you there. Potential is innuendo. That’s why you do investigation!”


“Chuck, is it a crime to be soliciting and purchasing prostitution in potentially European sex trafficking operations? Is that a crime? Because Chuck Grassley and I laid out about $30,000 paid by Hunter Biden to those types of individuals over December of 2018, 2019, about $30,000. That’s about the same time that President Biden offered to pay about $100,000 of Hunter Biden’s bills. I mean, again, that’s just some information. I don’t know exactly if it’s a crime.”

Todd reminded Johnson about Jared Kushner:

“It seems to me if you’re concerned about what Hunter Biden did, you should be equally outraged about what Jared Kushner did.”

The senator huffily replied:

“I’m concerned about getting to the truth. I don’t target individuals.”

That’s when Todd laid a smackdown on the the senator:

“You don’t? You’re targeting Hunter Biden multiple times on this show, Senator. You’re targeting an individual.”

Attempting to regain control of the interview, Johnson then accused Todd of being the problem:

“Chuck, you know, part of the problem — and this is pretty obvious to anybody watching this — is you don’t invite me on to interview me. You invite me on to argue with me. You know, I’m just trying to lay out the facts that certainly Senator Grassley and I uncovered.

“And part of the reason are our politics are inflamed is we do not have an unbiased media. We don’t. It’s unfortunate.

“Primarily it occurs from the left.”

That led Todd to drop a nuclear bomb of truth on the senator:

“Senator, look, we’re trying to deal with issues here and facts. You can go back on your partisan cable cocoon and talk about media bias all you want, I understand it’s part of your identity.”

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Trump Suggests Democrats ‘Must Have Something Really Big’ On ‘Old Crow’ Mitch McConnell 

Even though both Christmas and Festivus have ended, failed, one-term, twice-impeached former president Donald Trump is still airing his grievances, suggesting on his failing Truth Social site that Democrats “must have something really big” on Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).

Trump’s latest remarks come less than a week after McConnell told NBC News that “I think the former president’s political clout has diminished.”

The NBC report added:

“McConnell also blamed Trump for tarnishing the party’s image among crucial independent and swing voters, who rejected GOP Senate contenders in the states that decided the majority. He said that the party underperformed in ‘every state’ — including the red state of Ohio, which Republicans narrowly won — and that its performance was ‘fatal’ in Arizona, New Hampshire and Georgia.”

Additionally, McConnell also voted with 17 other Senate Republicans to pass a $1.7 trillion omnibus spending bill that funds the federal government through September of 2023.

McConnell’s remarks must have enraged the notoriously thin-skinned and insecure ex-president, because he went on his financially failing Truth Social site and viciously attacked McConnell, whom he referred to as the “old crow” before he launched a racist attack on the senator’s wife, Elaine Chao.

“The Marxist Democrats must have something really big on Mitch McConnell in order to get him and some of his friendly ‘Republican’ Senators to pass the horrendous ‘All Democrat, All the Way’ OMINOUS Bill. It gives Border Security to other countries, but ZERO $’s to the U.S., it fully funds the corrupt ‘Justice’ Department, FBI (which RIGGED the Presidential Election!), and even the Trump Hating Special ‘Prosecutor.’ It is also a massive giveaway & capitulation to CHINA, making COCO CHOW so happy!”

Trump added:

“If the Old Crow waited just 10 days, the Republican Majority in the House could have made the ‘Ominous” Bill MUCH, MUCH, MUCH BETTER. Just another win for the Democrats, Mitch, that wouldn’t have happened if ‘Trump’ were President!”

The thing that terrifies Trump most of all is that the GOP seems to be moving on from him. Irrelevancy is the only thing Donnie fears more than prison.

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McCarthy Threatens GOP Senators As His Bid To Be Speaker Continues To Tank

For a man who is seeing his political future fall apart with each passing day, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) is certainly taking an abrasive tone with his GOP colleagues in the U.S. Senate.

Specifically, McCarthy is telling Senate Republicans that if they vote for the federal budget that will keep the government open, none of their bills will be brought before the House in retaliation.

On Monday, Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX) issued the original threat to Republicans in the U.S. Senate, sending out a letter in which he urged them not to vote in favor of the federal budget bill making its way through the upper chamber.

The letter reads:

“The American People did not elect us — any of us — to continue the status quo in Washington, as this bill will undoubtedly do.

“Further, we are obligated to inform you that if any omnibus passes in the remaining days of this Congress, we will oppose and whip opposition to any legislative priority of those Senators who vote for this bill — including the Republican leader. We will oppose any rule, any consent request, suspension voice vote, or roll call vote of any such Senate bill, and will otherwise do everything in our power to thwart even the smallest legislative and policy efforts of those senators.”

That led McCarthy to add his own two cents into the matter, retweeting Roy’s letter along with this message:

“Agreed. Except no need to whip—when I’m Speaker, their bills will be dead on arrival in the House if this nearly $2T monstrosity is allowed to move forward over our objections and the will of the American people.”

What exactly is going on here? Is McCarthy trying to act like a tough guy in a last-ditch effort to appear resolute?

CNN’s Melanie Zanona offered an explanation.

“McCarthy has been facing pressure from his right flank to take a harder line on the spending bill and stand up to [Senate Leader Mitch] McConnell and the Senate GOP.”

The problem for McCarthy, however is that he’s operating from a position of weakness at the moment. After all, if you cannot manage to wrangle 218 votes to make you Speaker of the House, what are the chances you can get your caucus to agree on anything?

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Sinema’s Move From Democrat To Independent Is Likely To Cost Her A Second Term In Office: Report

In 2006, when Sen. Joe Lieberman changed his party affiliation from Democrat to Independent, there were some in the Democratic Party who were only too happy to bid good riddance to the senator from Connecticut, with one remarking, “He’s a shame to Democrats. I don’t even know why he’s running. He seems to want to get Republicans voting for him — what kind of strategy is that?”

The person who said that about Lieberman was none other than current Arizona Senator, Kyrsten Sinema, who announced this week that she too is changing her party affiliation from Democrat to Independent.

Sinema seems to be calculating that she’ll have a better chance of being reelected come 2024 if she’s calling herself an independent thinker, but as Domenico Montanaro of NPR notes, the Arizona senator has probably cost herself another term in office.

It’s certainly good publicity for someone with low approval ratings – just 37% overall, including 41% of independents, approved of the job Sinema was doing. She also needs to appeal to independents and moderate Republicans, because Arizona is a state where they matter a lot. More than a third of the state’s voters identify as ‘other,’ and Republicans outnumber Democrats by more than 166,000.

Looking at those electorate numbers, it may seem like Sinema made a wise decision, but if there winds up being a race between her, a Democrat, and a Republican, Sinema could run a distant third:

It’s not at all clear that, politically, Sinema’s tactic will benefit her as much as she’d like. The reality is Sinema is less popular in the state than [Democratic Sen. Mark] Kelly or [President Joe] Biden, and Democratic polling has shown her getting trounced in a hypothetical head-to-head matchup against [Democratic Rep. Rueben] Gallego in a Democratic primary. So going ‘independent’ may be her only path to a general election. But there’s no guarantee a Sinema independent bid would win her reelection.

The Democratic Party will also have to decide if and who they’ll run in 2024, Montanaro notes.

National Democrats will also have a decision to make – whether to support a ‘Democrat’ in the 2024 Arizona Senate election or to back Sinema. There’s a real danger here for both the party and for Sinema. Backing someone wearing the team jersey could imperil Democrats’ chances at retaining the seat. It’s very likely her candidacy would pull more from the Democratic nominee and open up a path for a Republican to win with a mere plurality.

Then again, if Sinema loses the backing of the Democratic establishment, that could doom her bid for a second term:

Without party support, Sinema could find herself in something of a political no man’s land. But she’s banking on her brand being enough to pull from moderates on both sides. That’s going to be a difficult test, especially since Sinema is widely unpopular.

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Herschel Walker’s Son Destroys Him In Brutal Twitter Thread After Senate Runoff Loss

Shortly after it became clear on Tuesday evening that Georgia GOP Senate candidate Herschel Walker had lost to incumbent Sen. Raphael Warnock (D), Walker’s son, Christian, went on Twitter and eviscerated his father in a series of postings.

Walker, who had been enthusiastically endorsed by disgraced, one-term, twice-impeached former president Donald Trump, came up almost 3 points short of Warnock, with the AP reporting that the former football star took 48.6% of the ballots cast. Warnock won 51.4% of the total vote.

Christian Walker had initially supported his father’s bid for the Senate, Mediaite notes:

But in early October, as news broke of reported abortions paid for by his father and accusations of abuse surfaced about his father, Christian broke his silence and condemned the GOP and Trump for selecting a candidate that was, in his opinion, so flawed as a father that he could not serve dutifully in Senate.

Christian Walker celebrated his father’s loss, reminding him of all the accusations against him.

“Don’t beat women, hold guns to peoples heads, fund abortions then pretend your pro-life, stalk cheerleaders, leave your multiple minor children alone to chase more fame, lie, lie, lie, say stupid crap, and make a fool of your family.. And then maybe you can win a senate seat.”

“Don’t compare Warnock running over his wife’s foot to my father holding guns and knives to my mothers throat, threatening to kill his therapist, her, and one of his adultresses in a therapy session, and telling my mom and I he was going to beat our asses. Get off my page.”

Christian also had plenty of criticism for Trump.