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Ted Cruz Gets Mocked By CBS Host For The Hypocrisy Of His Term Limits Bill: ‘You’re Still Running!’

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) got called out and mocked by “Face the Nation” host Margaret Brennan for his legislation that would limit members of the U.S. Senate to two terms in office — While Cruz himself is seeking a third term in the Senate.

Brennan asked the Texas Republican:

“You introduced a bill to limit terms to two six-year terms in office for senators. Why aren’t you holding yourself to that standard? You said you’re running for a third term.”

Cruz insisted he was indeed a “passionate defender of of term limits,” adding,  “I think that Congress would work much better if every senator were limited to two terms, if every house member were limited to three terms.”

That’s when Brennan masterfully mocked Cruz:

“But you’re still running!”

The senator tried to wiggle away from his blatant hypocrisy:

“If and when it passes, I’ll happily, happily comply. I’ve never said I’m going to unilaterally comply.”

Brennan then asked Cruz if he was planning to run for president in 2024. He dodged the question, telling her:

“I’m running for re-election to the Senate. There’s a reason I’m in Texas today. I’m not in Iowa, I’m in Texas, and I’m fighting for 30 million Texans.”

Cruz is indeed running for president in 2024. He still thinks the country needs him. But as the American people already made clear in 2016, Ted Cruz is the last person they want leading this country.

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Ethics Complaint Filed Against Kyrsten Sinema Alleges ‘Abuse Of Taxpayer Dollars’

An ethics complaint alleging “abuse of taxpayer dollars” has been filed against Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (I-AZ) by 13 non-profit organizations and could well derail her plans for reelection in 2024, according to The Daily Beast, which reports that Sinema has staffers perform nearly every mundane task or personal duty, a direct violation of Senate policy.

Staffers who work for Sinema are given a 37-page document when they begin their employment that lays out exactly what will be expected of them. But the job duties sound more like those for a butler or valet than a Senate staffer.

The 37-page memo is intended as a guide for aides who set the schedule for and personally staff Sinema during her workdays in Washington and Arizona. And while the document is mostly just revealing of Sinema’s exceptionally strong preferences about things like air travel—preferably not on Southwest Airlines, never book her a seat near a bathroom, and absolutely never a middle seat—Sinema’s standards appear to go right up to the line of what Senate ethics rules allow, if not over.

One section of the staffer guide explains that the senator’s executive assistant must contact Sinema at the beginning of the work week in Washington to “ask if she needs groceries,” and copy both the scheduler and chief of staff on the message to “make sure this is accomplished.” It specifies Sinema will reimburse the assistant through CashApp. The memo also dictates that if the internet in Sinema’s private apartment fails, the executive assistant “should call Verizon to schedule a repair” and ensure a staffer is present to let a technician inside the property.

The formal complaint, which was filed Thursday, lays out the allegations against Sinema, alleging that “Senate Ethics guidelines stipulate that staff should not be asked to perform personal errands for members. This is an unambiguous ethical boundary.”

Additionally, the filing suggests that those who work in Sinema’s office should also be ready and willing to serve as personal bankers for the senator:

“Staff are required, as a condition of their jobs, to carry out numerous tasks that are outside the scope of public employment, including doing personal errands for the Senator, carrying out household tasks at her private residence, and advancing their own funds for her personal purchases. It makes unreasonably precise scheduling demands, and former staff have confirmed some of the allegations.”

Oh, and there’s also the highly unethical practice of having staffers “schedule and facilitate political fundraisers and meetings with campaign donors, presumably during the workday while they are on the clock and physically on federal property.” Not even members of Congress are supposed to engage in fundraising while on property belonging to the federal government.

Hannah Hurley, a spokesperson for Sinema, said the senator doesn’t take the ethics complaint seriously:

“The alleged information—sourced from anonymous quotes and a purported document I can’t verify—is not in line with official guidance from Sen. Sinema’s office and does not represent official policies of Sen. Sinema’s office.”

Democratic Rep. Ruben Gallego announced in January that he will run against Sinema, laying out why he feels she needs to be replaced:

“The problem isn’t that Senator Sinema abandoned the Democratic Party — it’s that she’s abandoned Arizona. She’s repeatedly broken her promises and fought for the interests of big pharma and Wall Street at our expense. I’m running for the U.S. Senate because the rich and the powerful don’t need any more advocates in Washington — but families who can’t afford groceries do.”

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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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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.