Dick Cheney calls Donald Trump ‘greatest threat to our democracy’
Former President Donald Trump is set to speak at one of the Save America rallies in Waukesha, Wis., on Friday night, the same day the Republican National Committee selected nearby Milwaukee as the site of choice for the party’s 2024 convention .
With an eye on recapturing Wisconsin in the next presidential election after Trump’s shock victory in the state in 2016, which made him the first Republican to win there since Ronald Reagan in 1984. President Joe Biden won the state again for Democratic Party in 2020.
In related news, lawyers representing Mr. Trump are reaching out to the Justice Department in hopes of shielding conversations with his former advisers from the criminal investigation into his attempt to overturn the results of the 2020 election.
Earlier, investigators leading the federal probe filed a lawsuit against former White House counsel Peter Navarro to recover emails related to her investigation into Mr. Trump’s role.
The investigation has also subpoenaed former White House counsel Pat Cipollone and his deputy Patrick Philbin. The solicitor’s office is believed to have been critical in refusing to let the former president politicize the legal machinery of the executive branch to secure a second term.
GOP selects Milwaukee as host city for 2024 convention
The Republican National Committee has announced it will host its 2024 convention in Milwaukee as the party hopes to retake Wisconsin in that year’s presidential election.
The RNC released a statement saying its committee members chose the city unanimously.
Republicans pick Milwaukee to host 2024 convention
Republicans hope to take back Wisconsin in 2024.
Oliver O’Connell5 August 2022 20:30
Democrats strike a deal with Sinema to pass the Inflation Reduction Act
Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona announced Thursday night that she had reached an agreement with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer to pass the Democrats’ $430 billion climate and health care legislation, known as the Reduction Act. inflation.
Ms. Sinema was the latest commitment among Democratic senators to the deal, which was reached last week by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Senator Joe Manchin.
Eric Garcia reports from Capitol Hill.
Democrats finally reach deal with Sinema to help pass sweeping climate bill
Bill needed Cinema’s nod, as Democrats could not risk losing the support of even a single lawmaker
Oliver O’ConnellAugust 5, 2022 8:10 p.m
‘Broad’ job growth: US unemployment rate falls to 3.5%.
The U.S. unemployment rate fell to 3.5 percent last month as the U.S. economy added 528,000 jobs, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said Friday.
Despite persistent inflation, the Labor Department said U.S. job growth was “broad” in July, with the “leisure and hospitality, professional and business services and health care” sectors adding jobs.
This impressive job growth will further intensify the debate over whether the US is slipping into recession amid growing consensus that the economy is running out of steam after the post-pandemic lockdown boom. Many economists believe a strong labor market prevents that from happening.
Andrew Feinberg reports from Washington, DC.
US unemployment rate falls to 3.5% amid ‘broad’ job gains
“Both total non-farm employment and the unemployment rate have returned to their pre-pandemic levels in February 2020”
Oliver O’ConnellAugust 5, 2022 7:50 p.m
Biden feels ‘very good’ but still tests positive for Covid
President Joe Biden will continue to work from the White House residence after testing positive for Covid-19 again on Friday, the White House announced.
In a memo released by the White House press office, the President’s physician, Dr. Kevin O’Connor, said that Biden “continues to feel well” despite continuing to make a positive recovery from the Paxlovid treatment he underwent after initially tested positive for the coronavirus last month. .
Andrew Feinberg has the latest on the president’s condition.
Biden still tests positive for Covid but ‘continues to feel very good’
Mr. Biden is scheduled to continue participating in public events next week
Oliver O’ConnellAugust 5, 2022 19:30
The House will return on August 12 to vote on the IRA
The House of Representatives will return on August 12 to give a final vote on the Senate Reconciliation bill to reduce inflation, according to Majority Leader Steny Hoyer.
Oliver O’ConnellAugust 5, 2022 19:09
GOP picks Milwaukee for 2024 convention
Few states are as obsessed with Donald Trump as Wisconsin, which the former president won in 2016 but lost in 2020. Mr. Trump has lately been fixating on what he claims is evidence that the state’s vote for Joe Biden staked and insists that Republicans in the state legislature somehow have the power to officially overturn the election.
There is no sign of that happening, and Mr. Trump will appear in Wisconsin tonight with his primary challengers facing Republicans who refuse to do his bidding. And just in time for his visit, the Republican Party is announcing that it will hold its 2024 presidential convention in the state’s largest city, Milwaukee.
Andrew NaughtieAugust 5, 2022 6:20 p.m
Watch: Cheney on Pence
Liz Cheney gave an interview to CNN celebrating Mike Pence’s actions on January 6, 2021, calling him a “hero” for preserving the certification of the 2020 election.
Ms. Cheney’s Aug. 16 primary pits her against a candidate backed by both Donald Trump and Kevin McCarthy, but Pence has so far endorsed neither.
Andrew NaughtieAugust 5, 2022 5:45 p.m
January 6 Performance Art at CPAC
The prison experiences of those accused of the January 6th riots have become something of a minor celebrity on the American right, at least as it seeks to radically reframe the attack on Capitol Hill and its significance.
This is taken to a new extreme at CPAC, where a performance art installation features an imaginary riot in a red Trump hat crying in prison.
Andrew NaughtieAugust 5, 2022 5:02 p.m
Trump-backed candidate removed president from post-primary ads
Blake Masters won Arizona’s GOP Senate primary on Tuesday with Donald Trump’s blessing — but with the state more competitive than ever, he’s already rebranded himself to appeal to a broader electorate. In a new ad, his wife celebrates that “He’s in because he loves his country so much, and he loves this state so much” – before Mr Masters’ new tagline appears: “A true independent for Arizona”.
Neither Mr. Trump nor the Republican Party is mentioned at any point.
Mr. Masters was hit by a botched story late in his campaign when reporters resurfaced online posts in which he floated a conspiracy theory that the U.S. was manipulated into joining World War II by shadowy Jewish elites. He was endorsed in his campaign by the founder of a notorious neo-Nazi website – an endorsement he rejected.
Andrew Naughtie5 August 2022 16:00
Georgia: Herschel Walker claims to have started conversations he has long avoided
Herschel Walker, the Trump-backed Republican Senate candidate in Georgia, has alarmed many in the GOP with his varied erratic and controversial public appearances, which combined with his history of personal scandals have left many observers concerned that it could cost them a winning home run.
Having avoided participating in any debates during the Republican primary, Mr Walker has since agreed to debate his opponent, the incumbent Democrat Raphael Warnock. Strangely, he claims the talks were his idea and that Mr Walker is somehow reticent to speak to him in front of Georgia voters, when in fact it was Mr Warnock who spent weeks cajoling Mr Walker into accepting his invitation .
Andrew Naughtie5 August 2022 15:29