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McCarthy Lacks The Republican Votes Needed To Pass His Draconian Budget Cuts: Report

It appears that Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy’s (R-CA) dream of making drastic cuts in the federal budget as a condition for raising the debt limit is dissipating by the second, with reports suggesting that he doesn’t even have the Republican votes he needs to take a knife to spending programs.

Jackie Calmes of The Los Angeles Times notes that when GOP House members saw the actual cuts McCarthy is proposing, many of them balked and said they cannot support such draconian measures.

We got evidence of the squeeze this week, even as McCarthy, in his on-again, off-again debt ceiling negotiations with President Biden, was full of budget-cutting bravado to reporters. Just before midnight on Monday — midnight! — the House Appropriations Committee canceled its Tuesday and Wednesday meetings when voting was scheduled on the first of the dozen bills that annually fund the federal government’s operations. Those bills have to fill in the gory details of the spending cuts that Republicans left unidentified when they passed McCarthy’s debt limit bill last month.

The devil, the old saying goes, is in the details, and that’s the problem: McCarthy cannot get the votes he needs to enact his massive cutbacks.

Oh, and as you’d expect, when the Speaker couldn’t muster the votes, he began lying to cover the reason he was calling for a postponement.

The stated reason for the postponement: The committee’s Republican majority wanted to give McCarthy “maximum flexibility” in his talks with Biden.

The real reason: They didn’t have the votes to pass their own bills. Failure, in turn, would have undercut McCarthy’s leverage in the negotiations.

Clearly, McCarthy is getting hit on both sides. The White House is telling him the cuts are a no-go and his own Republican colleagues are also letting him know they won’t sign their name to anything that could hurt them politically with an election now just a little more than a year away.

Oh, and there’s also the matter of Republican hypocrisy, which was revealed when it was reported that they also intend to try and extend the Trump tax cuts for billionaires.

Even then, the savings generated would be small relative to the nation’s annual budget deficits. And Republicans, if they have their way, would in effect wipe out those savings by extending all the Trump-era tax cuts for another decade, adding trillions more to the federal debt they purport to fear.

What will McCarthy do? Probably what politicians are known for doing: Declaring victory and walking away really quickly before anyone can ask any questions. It’s the old Washington two-step, and all it requires is the willingness to pretend.


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WATCH Dan Goldman Use A GOP Hearing To Shred Them For Their Protection Of ‘Dear Leader’ Trump

House Republicans were once again attacking the FBI at a hearing today, but they got their heads handed to them by a Democrat on the committee who accused them of trying to destroy the agency.

Though the hearing was supposed to be about security threats posed by China, Rep. Daniel Goldman (D-NY) took the debate into some uncomfortable territory for the GOP.

“So, why are my colleagues trying to undermine the FBI?” Goldman asked. “Why are they asking to defund the FBI? It is not because the FBI is not doing its job. It’s because the FBI is doing its job.”

The reason Republicans want to undercut the FBI, Goldman continued, is because the agency served a search warrant at Mar-a-Lago in August of last year as part of failed former president Donald Trump’s refusal to hand over classified documents he stole from the White House when he left office.

“And the problem they have is that the FBI is doing its job in investigating their dear leader Donald Trump. And if you can undermine the investigator, if you can undermine independent journalists doing investigative reporting, then you can undermine our entire system of democracy. That is the authoritarian playbook 101.”

The FBI is losing its credibility, Goldman concluded, as a direct result of what Republicans have been doing and saying since last August: “And that has to stop.”

Will it stop? That seems unlikely, if only because the GOP has to try and protect a man already under indictment in Manhattan who is also facing charges in Georgia and from the Justice Department.

It appears Republicans are willing to undermine U.S. national security for the purpose of shielding an insurrectionist scum from the consequences of his actions.


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Jim Jordan Gets Reminded Of His Sketchy Past After He Asks God To ‘Bless’ Whistleblowers

Clearly lacking in the area of self-awareness, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) thought it’d be a great idea to tweet out a blessing on whistleblowers after his Thursday hearing featuring two such witnesses from the FBI blew up in his face and made him and House Republicans look like complete fools.

The two men who testified on Thursday — Marcus Allen and Steve Friend — aren’t actually whistleblowers, many Democrats rightly noted. Instead, they directly interfered with or refused to take part into FBI investigations of the January 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol, as CNN reports.

The FBI officially revoked Allen’s security clearance on May 3 and listed a variety of reasons for doing so, including a September 29, 2021, email in which Allen called on FBI officials to exercise “extreme caution and discretion in pursuit of any investigative inquiries or leads pertaining to the events of” January 6, according to a copy of the letter.


Friend, a former FBI agent working out of Florida, had his security clearance suspended in September 2022 for objecting to using a SWAT team to arrest a subject whom the FBI said was at the Capitol illegally on January 6. Friend, in a previous interview with CNN, said the force was unnecessary against an individual who had committed a misdemeanor offense.

Whistleblowers? Hardly. They’re just disgruntled clowns who got their feelings hurt when they were reprimanded for not doing their jobs. And they’re also getting paid by a former adviser to failed former president Donald Trump.

Yet despite all of those facts, Jordan tweeted out this:

That led to many Twitter users reminding Jordan about his own sketchy past while an assistant wrestling coach at Ohio State University. Several wrestlers on that team say they told Jordan they were being sexually abused by a team doctor, yet Jordan never brought the allegations to the proper authorities at the university.


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Matt Gaetz Tries To Give Marjorie Taylor Greene A Flattering Nickname And It Backfires Badly

Georgia Republican Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene has been extremely busy this week. She hasn’t been doing anything productive, mind you, but she has filed or promised to file articles of impeachment against Attorney General Merrick Garland, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, FBI Director Chris Wray, and Matthew Graves, the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia.

Graves was testifying Wednesday when Greene announced she would seek to have him removed from office, which won’t happen because there aren’t enough votes in the House to impeach any of the people she’s targeted.

Despite, that Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) praised Greene on Twitter, giving her a new nickname.

MAGA Queen? Is that supposed to be a compliment? If so, plenty of Twitter users were quick to remind Gaetz that there were more applicable nicknames for the Georgia Republican and her moronic antics.


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Social Media Is Having Fun Predicting Who Will Be Lauren Boebert’s Next Husband

On Tuesday, Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) announced that she was divorcing her husband, Jayson, after 18 years of marriage.

Boebert broke the news via a statement:

“It is with a heavy weight on my heart that I have filed for divorce from my husband,” the statement said. “I am grateful for our years of marriage together and for our beautiful children, all of whom deserve privacy and love as we work through this process. I’ve always been faithful in my marriage, and I believe strongly in marriage, which makes this announcement that much more difficult. This is truly about irreconcilable differences.”

According to The Daily Beast, Mr. Boebert didn’t take being told his wife was kicking him to the curb very well.

“Once he learned that he was being served with Dissolution of Marriage papers he was extremely angry,” the process server wrote. “I tried to hand him the documents but [he] did not take them. He started yelling and using profanities, and told me that I was trespassing, and that he was calling the Sheriff’s Office. I told him I was leaving the documents on the chair outside of the door, he closed the door then let the dogs out.”

Speculation has now begun as to whom we might see Lauren walking down the aisle with next. After all, she’s a “Christian,” so she’d have to wed if things get serious with another man.

Twitter had some thoughts on who might be Bobo’s next hubby.

Feel free to add your own choices to the ever-expanding list of possible suitors for the dimmest bulb in Colorado.