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Late Addition to RNC Speakers Schedule: Ron DeSantis

Former Trump rival will speak at next week's convention following 'change in schedule'

(Newser) - The former rival Donald Trump frequently disparaged as "Ron DeSanctimonious" will be giving a speech at the Republican National Convention. As NBC News reports, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis—heretofore assigned no role—has been given a speaker slot at the Milwaukee convention kicking off next week. More:
  • From an

GOP Smoking Mad Over Losing Cigar Hideout on Capitol Hill

Republican lawmakers have lost their smoking space due to logistics, and they want it back

(Newser) - Republican lawmakers have said being able to puff on cigars inside the US Capitol is "about freedom"—which is probably why so many of them are miffed that they've (perhaps just temporarily) lost their smoking space.
  • Musical chairs, office version: Per Axios , Rep. Tom Cole—who, as

Video of Congressman's Jokester Son Goes Viral
Congressman May Regret
Bringing Young Son to Work

Congressman May Regret Bringing Young Son to Work

GOP Rep. John Rose's 6-year-old goes viral for making faces behind his dad as he spoke at Capitol

(Newser) - Next time, Rep. John Rose may opt for a babysitter instead. The GOP congressman from Tennessee made a speech Monday on the House Floor defending Donald Trump over his recent felony convictions , and as the cameras rolled, Rose's 6-year-old son, Guy, whom he'd brought to work with him...

Kid Rock's Journey From Party Anthems to Fox News
Kid Rock's Journey From
Party Anthems to Fox News

Kid Rock's Journey From Party Anthems to Fox News

Rolling Stone's David Peisner has a theory on why the rapper has gone full MAGA

(Newser) - When Rolling Stone's David Peisner set out to learn how Kid Rock went from a fedora-wearing rapper with rock-infused party anthems to a regular on Fox News, nearly a year passed before the performer, whose real name is Bob Ritchie, agreed to speak with him. Peisner weaves this strange...

Another Rioters' Flag Flew at Another Alito House

House Democrat introduces a censure resolution over 'Stop the Steal' symbol

(Newser) - The fallout continues for Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito over the flying of a symbolic upside-down flag outside his house, a debate possibly complicated by a report of another flag carried by Jan. 6 rioters having been displayed at Alito's beach house. More:
  • Censure: House Democrat Steve Cohen of

Potential Running Mate Carson: End No-Fault Divorce

Ben Carson sees harm to society

(Newser) - Ben Carson, considered to be on the short list for former President Trump's running mate, is the latest Republican to call for an end to no-fault divorce, which has allowed marriages to dissolve without much fanfare for more than 50 years. "For the sake of families, we should...

Democrats Lose Edge Over Republicans in Key Metric

GOP pulls roughly even in Pew survey on voter affiliation, erasing gap from 2020

(Newser) - By one basic metric of politics, Republicans have made gains against Democrats since the last presidential election: The Pew Research Center finds that the nation is roughly split between voters who identify as Democrats (49%) and Republicans (48%), reports the Hill . That's a contrast to the lead-up to the...

Lawmaker Sorry for Leaving Loaded Gun in State Capitol

Colleagues accuse Colorado Republican Don Wilson of 'dangerous' behavior

(Newser) - Colorado Rep. Don Wilson will need to be a bit more careful with his guns moving forward. The Republican state lawmaker had to apologize Thursday after leaving a loaded gun in a bathroom at the State Capitol, where it sat on a shelf in a single-occupancy bathroom for about 20...

They Flew In for NCAA Tourney, Got Accused of Being 'Invaders'

Michigan GOP state Rep. Matt Maddock said college basketball players were 'illegal' immigrants

(Newser) - March Madness' Sweet 16 tourney kicked off Thursday, and four teams traveled this week to Detroit in preparation for their weekend games. A Republican lawmaker in Michigan didn't see them as NCAA basketball players, however, when their planes landed Wednesday night, reports FOX 2 . "Happening right now. Three...

Mike Johnson Hoped for an 'End of the Exits.' Now, Another

Rep. Mike Gallagher of Wisconsin to resign April 19, leaving House GOP down to a one-vote margin

(Newser) - Earlier this month, when Colorado GOP Rep. Ken Buck announced he was stepping down early from his seat in the US House of Representatives, Speaker Mike Johnson insisted there were no further resignations planned. "I think, I hope and believe that that's the end of the exits for...

Candidate Graciously Concedes—Hours Before Polls Close

Congressional campaign for Ohio's Derek Myers mistakenly sent premature email

(Newser) - Political candidates typically refuse to concede on election night until they know for sure every last vote that could help them has been counted. The GOP's Derek Myers, on the other hand, seemingly couldn't wait to get the results over with, accidentally sending out an email on Tuesday...

No One Wants to Go to Mike Johnson's GOP Retreat

Fewer than 100 House Republicans plan to attend in W. Va., with some saying they're tired of drama

(Newser) - This year's retreat for House Republicans is nestled in the Allegheny Mountains of West Virginia, promising a break from the confines of DC and a chance for the GOP to recalibrate ahead of the November election. It doesn't look like the getaway will be a particularly well-attended event,...

Republicans Join Condemnation of Punching a Biden Effigy

Kansas party blames outside exhibitor at fundraiser, but no one has apologized

(Newser) - Republicans have joined Democrats in denouncing the GOP officials responsible for a party fundraiser Friday night in Kansas at which people were invited to beat and kick an effigy of President Biden. "I don't agree with President Biden's policies, but he is a fellow human being,"...

Haley Is Done for 2024, but It Wasn't a Waste
Haley 'Did a
Public Service'
by Running

Haley 'Did a Public Service' by Running

'Wall Street Journal' editorial board says her strong performance could set her up well for a 2028 run

(Newser) - Now that Nikki Haley has pulled out of the 2024 race, the pundits are analyzing whether she should've ever run in the first place. According to the editorial board at the Wall Street Journal , the answer seems to be a solid "yes." In an op-ed looking back...

Youngest Female Senator Will Deliver SOTU Response

Katie Britt is the 'opposite of everything Joe Biden is,' fellow GOP senator says

(Newser) - "She's young, female, and full of energy—opposite of everything Joe Biden is," Republican Sen. Markwayne Mullin says of his colleague Sen. Katie Britt, who will deliver the GOP response to President Biden's State of the Union address. The 42-year-old from Alabama is the youngest Republican...

House Speaker Begs for 'Decorum' at State of Union

Mike Johnson reportedly put out the plea on Wednesday during closed-door GOP session

(Newser) - President Biden is set to deliver his State of the Union address on Thursday night, and the speaker of the House is already trying in advance to reign in lawmakers on the Republican side. "Decorum is the order of the day," Mike Johnson reportedly warned during a closed-door...

Longest-Serving Senate Leader Ever to Hang Up His Hat

It's been a record run in the job for Mitch McConnell

(Newser) - Mitch McConnell, the longest-serving Senate leader in history who maintained his power in the face of dramatic convulsions in the Republican Party for almost two decades, will step down from that position in November. The AP reports McConnell, who turned 82 last week, is set to announce his decision Wednesday....

'Defiant' Haley: Pick Trump and 'We're All Going to Go Down'

As Tuesday's Michigan primary kicks off, Trump's main GOP foe isn't backing down

(Newser) - Nikki Haley may have lost a major donor , but the Republican presidential candidate is heading into Michigan's primary on Tuesday "defiant," even in the face of a "blowout loss" to former President Trump, per the Wall Street Journal . Haley tells the paper she's continuing her...

Trump, Biden Weigh In on IVF
Trump, Biden
Weigh In on IVF

Trump, Biden Weigh In on IVF

Neither seems keen on Alabama Supreme Court's ruling as lawmakers there scramble for a 'fix'

(Newser) - Fallout continues in the wake of the Alabama Supreme Court's ruling on Monday that embryos frozen during the in vitro fertilization process are to be considered people. The University of Alabama at Birmingham's health system was the first medical center to pause its IVF treatments after the court'...

DeSantis Critiques Trump's VP Search

Florida governor also keeps the door open for a 2028 run

(Newser) - Ron DeSantis told supporters of his failed presidential candidacy that he doesn't want to be vice president but hasn't ruled out seeking the top job in 2028. The Florida governor made the comments on a private video call with more than 200 backers, reports NBC News , which has...

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