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What are Republicans doing these days?

hiphopfroggy

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So not the current administration or it supporters so why are you concerned?

Actually the current administration and their supporters have officially condemned the coup as well as criticized it in the press, supporting democracy and freedom. You have already stated that you don't give a [ #2020 ], same with the 14 republicans who went on record not condemning the coup becoming culpable in tyranny and the overthrow of a democratic government and mass murder. See there are facts and then there is you baselessly trolling to get your jollies off like an idiot.
 
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hiphopfroggy

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Republicans ramp up attacks on corporations over Georgia voting law, threaten ‘consequences’

Republicans are attacking corporations over their decision to condemn the controversial Georgia voting law, part of the party’s embrace of the populism espoused by President Donald Trump even as it creates tensions with traditional allies in the business community.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Monday accused corporations of siding with Democrats’ portrayal of the law as the new Jim Crow, which he called an attempt to “mislead and bully the American people.” He argued that it would expand, not restrict, voter access to the polls, and his statement included a threat of unspecified “serious consequences” if companies continued to stand opposite Republicans on a variety of issues.

“From election law to environmentalism to radical social agendas to the Second Amendment, parts of the private sector keep dabbling in behaving like a woke parallel government,” McConnell said in his statement. “Corporations will invite serious consequences if they become a vehicle for far-left mobs to hijack our country from outside the constitutional order.”

The acrimony between Republicans and large companies over Georgia underscores the party’s increasingly fraying relationship with corporate America over social and cultural issues as GOP leaders grapple with the direction of the party after the 2020 election. The future of that relationship is complicated by the fact that Republicans continue to support economic policies advocated by the private sector on taxes and regulations, making it unclear what form of retribution leaders could pursue.

Republicans “are signaling to their base that this is a cultural war — and that they are martyrs in the culture war,” said Andra Gillespie, associate professor of political science at Emory University in Atlanta.

Most of the reactions from politicians and die-hard partisans are not about trying to change minds, she said. Instead, they are reflecting the country’s political polarization.

“For Republicans, it’s a question of, do you follow through on these threats now that you’ve raised the bet?” she said. “Do you keep on going? Or do you stand down?”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/poli...a65090-9622-11eb-962b-78c1d8228819_story.html



 

hiphopfroggy

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Dozens of profitable U.S. companies haven't had a federal tax expense since Trump's rate cut

More than two dozen large U.S. companies have made a collective $77 billion in domestic profits in the past three years without any expectation of having to immediately pay federal taxes on their bounty. Indeed, they haven't expensed a single dollar for current federal taxes since Donald Trump pushed through a massive tax cut for corporations in the first year of his presidency, according to a new study.

Many of those same companies had together paid billions of dollars in annual taxes prior to Trump's presidency.

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/tax-increase-corporate-taxes-trump-biden/
 

hiphopfroggy

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HP, Dow, Under Armour among nearly 200 companies speaking out against voting law changes in Texas, other states

Nearly 200 companies on Friday joined in a strong statement against proposals that threaten to restrict voting access in dozens of states, in a further sign of corporate willingness to speak out on social justice issues.

As Major League Baseball announced that it will be moving this summer’s All-Star Game out of Atlanta in response to the passage of Georgia’s restrictive voting law, executives from at least 193 companies — including Dow, HP, Twitter and Estée Lauder — urged the protection of voting rights across the country.


“There are hundreds of bills threatening to make voting more difficult in dozens of states nationwide,” executives wrote in the statement, which also included signatures from the CEOs of Under Armour, Salesforce and ViacomCBS.

“We call on elected leaders in every state capitol and in Congress to work across the aisle and ensure that every eligible American has the freedom to easily cast their ballot and participate fully in our democracy,” the statement said.

The joint statement was organized by Civic Alliance, a nonpartisan group of businesses focused on voter engagement.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2021/04/02/companies-against-state-voter-restrictions/

 

hiphopfroggy

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Mitch McConnell Reminded of Citizens United Backing After Warning to CEOs


"Mitch McConnell is basically saying that actual corporate political speech on important issues can and should be muzzled by the government but corporate cash contributions to him and others is speech that should be protected by the First Amendment," he tweeted. "That is nonsensical."

Former Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill (D) also said it was "funny" that McConnell opposed corporations being involved in politics after backing a Supreme Court ruling that allowed them to spend unlimited funds on elections.

"He desperately wants corporations to be people (see Citizens United) with First Amendment rights when it comes to campaign cash... just not for any other type of speech," she tweeted.

https://www.newsweek.com/mitch-mcconnell-citizens-united-ceo-warning-1581174
 

hiphopfroggy

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Exclusive: John Boehner says Donald Trump 'abused' his loyalists by lying to them

MARCO ISLAND, Fla. – Former House Speaker John Boehner no longer watches much cable TV news. Noise, he calls it.


It was only when aide John Criscuolo texted him a tweet with some raw video attached – "Trump supporters going at it with the police on the steps of the Capitol," it read – that he learned the Congress in which he had served for a quarter-century was under siege by a mob.

A mob whose members said they were encouraged by a president from his own party, and one he had sometimes advised.

The insurrection Jan. 6 was a shock but not exactly a surprise, the violent culmination of a decade that landed the GOP in a place Boehner dubs "a clown car" and "crazy town": The rise of the disruptive tea party and the Freedom Caucus. The power of incendiary TV and radio talk show hosts who make media heroes of the political fringe. And the election of the even more disruptive Donald Trump as president.


Boehner's new book, being published Tuesday by St. Martin's Press, is titled "On the House: A Washington Memoir."

In the book, he describes Texas Sen. Ted Cruz as "Lucifer in the flesh." Freedom Caucus members as "political terrorists" and "far-right knuckleheads." Former Alaska governor and vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin as "one of the chief crazies." Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell as smart and strategic but someone who "holds his feelings, thoughts, and emotions in a lockbox closed so tightly that whenever one of them seeps out, bystanders are struck silent."

And those are just his fellow Republicans.

It is an extraordinary rebuke of the current-day GOP, an excoriation without precedent in modern times, leveled by one of the party's most senior figures. Though Boehner is also critical of Democrats, his prime targets are Republican officials he says are more interested in praise on Fox News than in governing.

In an interview at his condo in this upscale Florida resort town, an expanse of pristine beach in view, he accused Trump of "abusing" the loyalty of his followers by lying to them about the presidential election he lost, rhetoric that fueled the storming of the Capitol.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news...p-abused-his-loyalists-lying-them/7074030002/
 

hiphopfroggy

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US Treasury Provides Missing Link: Manafort’s Partner Gave Campaign Polling Data to Kremlin in 2016

The U.S. Treasury Department said Thursday that Konstantin Kilimnik, an associate and ex-employee of Paul Manafort, “provided the Russian Intelligence Services with sensitive information on polling and campaign strategy,” during the 2016 election, an apparently definitive statement that neither Special Counsel Robert Mueller nor the Senate Intelligence Committee investigation made in their final reports.

“This is new public information that connects the provision of internal Trump campaign data to Russian intelligence,” Andrew Weissmann, who led the prosecution of Manafort for the Special Counsel, told Just Security on Thursday.

The eye-catching statement was included in an announcement of new sanctions related to Russian interference in U.S. elections. The Biden administration took a number of steps Thursday to punish Russia, not only for election interference, but also the SolarWinds cyberattack, its ongoing occupation of Crimea, and human rights abuses.

https://www.justsecurity.org/75766/...ave-campaign-polling-data-to-kremlin-in-2016/
 

hiphopfroggy

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Over 100 anti-Trump republicans threaten to form breakaway party as GOP ousts Cheney
Wed, May 12, 2021, 3:21 PM CDT


Over 100 prominent Republicans are threatening to split from the GOPamidst its continued support of former president Donald Trump and the ouster of his vocal critic, Wyoming representative Liz Cheney, as divisions in the party hit breaking point.

The anti-Trump members are preparing to release a letter this week, hitting out at the former president’s grip on the GOP and threatening to form a third party unless certain demands are met, The New York Times and Reuters report.

“When in our democratic republic, forces of conspiracy, division, and despotism arise, it is the patriotic duty of citizens to act collectively in defense of liberty and justice,” the statement opens, according to The Times.

A struggle for power in the GOP has ensued since Mr Trump officially left the White House, with the party becoming increasingly divided over the former president’s future standing in the party.

Mr Trump himself has continued to launch personal and political attacks on those who voted to impeach him during his second Senate trial following the Capitol insurrection on 6 January.

"Right now, it’s basically the Titanic. We’re in the middle of this slow sink. We have a band playing on the deck telling everybody it’s fine," Republican Representative Adam Kinzinger who voted to impeach, told Reuters.

On Wednesday, Republican members moved to oust Ms Cheney as the third-ranking Republican in the House of Representatives in a voice vote.

They have framed her expulsion as an effort for “unity”, however, the move will likely only divide the party further.

“This is a first step,” said Miles Taylor, a former Trump White House official who later turned on the former president, told The Times of the breakaway move dubbed a “Call For American Renewal”.

He said: “This is us saying that a group of more than 100 prominent Republicans think that the situation has gotten so dire with the Republican Party that it is now time to seriously consider whether an alternative might be the only option.”

Signatories of the letter reportedly include former officials at both the state and national level including former governors, members of Congress, ambassadors, cabinet secretaries, state legislators, and Republican Party chairman.

Mr Taylor declined to identify people by name, but Reuters reported that Republican governors Tom Ridge, Christine Todd Whitman and George W Bush-era Transportation Secretary Mary Peters are among those supporting the threatened breakaway.

A spokesman for Mr Trump, Jason Miller, told Reuters: “These losers left the Republican Party when they voted for Joe Biden."

The dissidents are calling for the GOP to return to "principled" leadership, overturn continued polarisation and conspiracy theories, or go up against a new coalition of Republicans.

https://news.yahoo.com/over-100-anti-trump-republicans-122555793.html
 

hiphopfroggy

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Former Gaetz Confidant Agrees to Plead Guilty and Cooperate
Joel Greenberg, a former local tax collector, admitted to sex trafficking a minor and agreed to help in prosecutions of others.

A former confidant of Representative Matt Gaetz admitted in court papers on Friday to an array of federal crimes, including sex trafficking of a 17-year-old girl, and agreed to cooperate with the Justice Department’s ongoing investigations.

The plea deal by Joel Greenberg, the onetime associate of Mr. Gaetz who had served as a tax collector in Seminole County, Fla., north of Orlando, until he was indicted last year, provided prosecutors a potential key witness as they decide whether to charge Mr. Gaetz, the Florida Republican who is a close ally of former President Donald J. Trump.

Mr. Gaetz is said to be under investigation over whether he violated sex trafficking laws by having sex with the same 17-year-old.

As the ongoing inquiry ensnared Mr. Gaetz and other influential Florida Republicans, news reports have portrayed them as a freewheeling group who frequented parties, sometimes took the mood-altering drug Ecstasy and, in some cases, paid women they had sex with.

Mr. Greenberg admitted in the court papers that he paid many other women for sex, including the 17 year old. In all, Mr. Greenberg spent over $70,000 for 150 sex acts, paying women between $200 to $1,000 for each encounter through Venmo and, at times, the credit card for the tax collector’s office, the documents said.



Mr. Greenberg also admitted on Friday that he had stolen money from local taxpayers, committed identity theft and defrauded the federal government. After he learned he was under investigation, he used an American Express card for the tax collector’s office to buy cryptocurrency and sports collectibles, like a basketball and trading card autographed by Kobe Bryant and a photograph signed by Michael Jordan.

The Justice Department now must decide how to proceed with its investigation. Because Mr. Gaetz is a sitting member of Congress with a national profile and is a close ally of the former president, any decision to charge him would likely go to the top of the Justice Department.

The court documents presented the Department’s most complete picture to date of how Mr. Greenberg recruited the underage girl and other women.

“In particular, Greenberg was involved in what are sometimes referred to as ‘sugar daddy’ relationships where he paid women for sex, but attempted to disguise the payments as ‘school-related’ expenses or other living expenses,” the documents said. He also labeled them as payments for “‘school, ‘food’ and ‘ice cream,’” the documents said.

The friendship between Mr. Gaetz and Mr. Greenberg began in Republican political circles in Florida around the time Mr. Trump was elected president in 2016. Mr. Trump’s candidacy attracted many inexperienced politicians who were granted access to his campaign, including Mr. Gaetz and, to a lesser extent, Mr. Greenberg.


In the hopes of ingratiating himself with Mr. Gaetz and other well-connected Republicans in Florida, Mr. Greenberg has told others, he hired women to have sex with him, Mr. Gaetz and others through a website that connected people who go on dates in exchange for gifts, like fine dining, travel and allowances.

Mr. Greenberg has told investigators that he and Mr. Gaetz had sex with the 17-year-old; she had claimed to be over 18 but, Mr. Greenberg has told the investigators, they later learned her age, according to the person briefed on the inquiry.


Mr. Greenberg was first indicted in June on charges stemming from his attempts to undermine a political rival by spreading false rumors that the rival had engaged in sex with a student. Two months later, he was indicted on a charge of sex trafficking the 17-year-old. In the months that followed, Mr. Greenberg faced more charges, increasing his criminal exposure.

Mr. Greenberg initially wanted to fight the charges, but around the end of last year, as he confronted the possibility that he could face decades in prison if he were convicted at a trial, he began cooperating with federal investigators. He divulged details of crimes he had committed and explained how he, Mr. Gaetz and others frequently paid women for sex, the person briefed on the inquiry said.

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/14/us/politics/joel-greenberg-matt-gaetz.html
 

hiphopfroggy

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Angry GOP Responds to Cawthorn’s ‘Bizarre’ D.C. Orgy Claims: ‘Name Names’​


After Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) went on a podcast and alleged that some of his Republican colleagues in Congress are orgy-frequenting degenerates with a fondness for hard drugs, members of the House GOP had a simple response on Tuesday.

Name names.

That’s what Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) said when asked about Cawthorn’s bomb-throwing remarks, which, in implicating no one specifically, ended up casting a bizarre cloud of suspicion over all of his fellow colleagues.

“It does paint the picture here that isn't accurate,” Crenshaw said. “Name names. Let’s see who he hangs out with.”


That sentiment was expressed in private, too, as the House GOP gathered for their weekly meeting on Tuesday morning.

According to Politico, lawmakers stood up unprompted and vented their frustration that their 26-year old colleague from North Carolina would suggest that lawmakers “leading on the movement to try and remove addiction” would “do a key bump of cocaine in front of you” or that people “I’ve looked up to through my life” in Congress had invited him to a “sexual get-together” at their homes as Cawthorn told the Warrior Poet Society podcast.

The backlash was so severe that House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy told his conference that he plans to speak with Cawthorn about the allegations.

In the meantime, a number of House Republican lawmakers approached by The Daily Beast to discuss the latest Cawthorn controversy declined to comment or say much about the episode at all.

“I don’t know anything about what Madison referenced,” said Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), a leader of the right-most flank of the conference that includes Cawthorn. “I’ve heard about it; I haven’t seen the video.”

https://www.thedailybeast.com/angry-gop-responds-to-cawthorns-bizarre-dc-orgy-claims-name-names
 

What Up Toad

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Angry GOP Responds to Cawthorn’s ‘Bizarre’ D.C. Orgy Claims: ‘Name Names’​


After Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) went on a podcast and alleged that some of his Republican colleagues in Congress are orgy-frequenting degenerates with a fondness for hard drugs, members of the House GOP had a simple response on Tuesday.

Name names.

That’s what Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) said when asked about Cawthorn’s bomb-throwing remarks, which, in implicating no one specifically, ended up casting a bizarre cloud of suspicion over all of his fellow colleagues.

“It does paint the picture here that isn't accurate,” Crenshaw said. “Name names. Let’s see who he hangs out with.”


That sentiment was expressed in private, too, as the House GOP gathered for their weekly meeting on Tuesday morning.

According to Politico, lawmakers stood up unprompted and vented their frustration that their 26-year old colleague from North Carolina would suggest that lawmakers “leading on the movement to try and remove addiction” would “do a key bump of cocaine in front of you” or that people “I’ve looked up to through my life” in Congress had invited him to a “sexual get-together” at their homes as Cawthorn told the Warrior Poet Society podcast.

The backlash was so severe that House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy told his conference that he plans to speak with Cawthorn about the allegations.

In the meantime, a number of House Republican lawmakers approached by The Daily Beast to discuss the latest Cawthorn controversy declined to comment or say much about the episode at all.

“I don’t know anything about what Madison referenced,” said Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), a leader of the right-most flank of the conference that includes Cawthorn. “I’ve heard about it; I haven’t seen the video.”

https://www.thedailybeast.com/angry-gop-responds-to-cawthorns-bizarre-dc-orgy-claims-name-names

This one is the funniest to me. They don't care that he constantly lies. They just care that they're now in his lies.
 

hiphopfroggy

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Revealed: Trump used White House phone for call on January 6 that was not on official log​


Donald Trump used an official White House phone to place at least one call during the Capitol attack on January 6 last year that should have been reflected in the internal presidential call log from that day but was not, according to two sources familiar with the matter.

The former president called the phone of a Republican senator, Mike Lee, with a number recorded as 202-395-0000, a placeholder number that shows up when a call is incoming from a number of White House department phones, the sources said.


The number corresponds to an official White House phone and the call was placed by Donald Trump himself, which means the call should have been recorded in the internal presidential call log that was turned over to the House select committee investigating the Capitol attack.

Trump’s call to Lee was reported at the time, as well as its omission from the call log, by the Washington Post and CBS. But the origin of the call as coming from an official White House phone, which has not been previously reported, raises the prospect of tampering or deletion by Trump White House officials.

It also appears to mark perhaps the most serious violation of the Presidential Record Act – the statute that mandates preservation of White House records pertaining to a president’s official duties – by the Trump White House concerning January 6 records to date.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news...ne-call-capitol-attack-jan-6-not-official-log
 

hiphopfroggy

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hiphopfroggy

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Trump likely committed felony obstruction, federal judge rules​

A federal judge ruled that former President Donald Trump “more likely than not” attempted to illegally obstruct Congress.

By KYLE CHENEY, JOSH GERSTEIN and NICHOLAS WU
03/28/2022 11:50 AM EDT
Updated: 03/28/2022 11:02 PM EDT
A federal judge ruled Monday that former President Donald Trump “more likely than not” attempted to illegally obstruct Congress as part of a criminal conspiracy when he tried to subvert the 2020 election on Jan. 6, 2021.

“Based on the evidence, the Court finds it more likely than not that President Trump corruptly attempted to obstruct the Joint Session of Congress on January 6, 2021,” U.S. District Court Judge David Carter wrote.

Carter’s sweeping and historic ruling came as he ordered the release to the House’s Jan. 6 committee of 101 emails from Trump ally John Eastman, rejecting Eastman’s effort to shield them via attorney-client privilege.

Eastman used the email account of his former employer, Chapman University, to discuss political and legal strategy related to efforts to overturn the 2020 election and had sued the select committee to prevent them from obtaining the emails from the school. Chapman University spokesperson Cerise Valenzuela Metzger said the university would comply with the court order, and Eastman said in a statement through his attorneys he would also comply.

Carter, who sits in federal court in California, said that the plan Eastman helped develop was obviously illegal and that Trump knew it at the time, but pushed forward with an effort he says would have effectively ended American democracy.

“If Dr. Eastman and President Trump’s plan had worked, it would have permanently ended the peaceful transition of power, undermining American democracy and the Constitution,” Carter wrote. “If the country does not commit to investigating and pursuing accountability for those responsible, the Court fears January 6 will repeat itself.”

https://www.politico.com/news/2022/03/28/trump-judge-felony-obstruction-insurrection-00020918
 

Endless Purple

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I glanced through some of the posts in this thread. Not sure what to say. I have no idea what this thread is supposed to be about. For or against republicans? Bipolar people who cant decide which party is which?
 

hiphopfroggy

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I glanced through some of the posts in this thread. Not sure what to say. I have no idea what this thread is supposed to be about. For or against republicans? Bipolar people who cant decide which party is which?
Yea Republicans are all over the place right now and not really making any sense. Only when you realize they are self serving opportunists of the worst kind that don't actually stand for anything does it make sense.
 
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