Governor signs law giving Nevada 1st presidential primary
Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak on Friday signed a law that would make Nevada the first state to vote in the 2024 presidential primary contests, bumping Iowa and New Hampshire from their leadoff spots. It's likely to set off maneuvering by other states, especially Iowa and New Hampshire, to move up their contests. The national political parties would need to agree to changes in the calendar, or state parties could risk losing their delegates at presidential nominating conventions.news.yahoo.com
SC GOP leader joins chairmen from early-voting states to keep 2024 primary schedule
“As the GOP leaders of the four carve-out states, we want to make clear that we stand together in protecting the presidential nominating schedule as it has existed for many years,” the four GOP chairmen said, including SC’s Drew McKissick.news.yahoo.com
Trump's new Hillary: Conservatives launch war on Fauci ahead of revived MAGA rallies
President Trump plans to make Anthony Fauci a top target at upcoming rallies, using increased attention to the Wuhan lab-leak theory as a weapon against an official long viewed as more trustworthy. Why it matters: Trump and conservative media have made Fauci an improbable face of the opposition, trying to give him the cartoon-villain status once accorded to former Sen. Harry Reid, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, or — in Trump’s case — Hillary Clinton. Get market news worthy of your time with Axios Marketsnews.yahoo.com
Fellow GOP Rep. Nancy Mace mocks Marjorie Taylor Greene's Holocaust comparison with a brutally simple chart
Rep. Nancy Mace (R-S.C.) on Tuesday called out her GOP colleague Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) for comparing mask-wearing and vaccine passports to the Holocaust by posting a brutally simple chart on her Twitter account. pic.twitter.com/fdCX4A4rCE — Nancy Mace (@NancyMace) May 25, 2021 Mace did issue a more detailed, serious condemnation of Greene's comments in addition to the mocking graphic. "Mask mandates are not even remotely comparable to the discrimination and persecution Jews faced during the Holocaust and to insinuate the two are similar is disgraceful," she tweeted. "Given the rise of antisemitism around the world today, I find this comparison even more appalling." Meanwhile, Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.), the GOP conference chair, received some criticism for seemingly going easy on Greene in her public response. .@EliseStefanik won't name names because, the reality is, Marjorie Taylor Greene runs her caucus.https://t.co/JUgP3GGdK9 — DNC War Room (@DNCWarRoom) May 25, 2021 More stories from theweek.com5 riotously funny cartoons about GOP resistance to the January 6 CommissionMore than 30 countries could face oxygen crises similar to India amid COVID-19 surgesBiden says he underestimated Trump's ability to spread 'the big lie'news.yahoo.com
Trump claims he has "absolute immunity" from Swalwell lawsuit
Former President Trump on Monday asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) over his role in the Jan. 6 Capitol riots because he has "absolute immunity."Driving the news: In a memo, Trump's attorney said the lawsuit "directly attacks" the First amendment, adding that the congressman took comments the former president made out of context and that the court should dismiss the lawsuit because "[t]he President's absolute immunity forecloses the jurisdiction of this Court."Stay on top of the latest market trends and economic insights with Axios Markets. Subscribe for freeWhat he's saying: "In bringing this suit, the Congressman asks this Court to wade into turbulent political waters to decide what controversial speech should be favored. The Court should firmly reject that invitation," Trump's filing says."The claims against former President Trump directly contravene the absolute immunity conveyed on the President by the Constitution as a key principle of separation of powers.""It is well recognized that rousing and controversial speeches are a key function of the presidency. That is especially true when, as is the case here, the President is advocating for or against congressional action," the filing said, defending Trump's behavior after the presidential election.The filing also urged the Court to dismiss the lawsuit against Donald Trump Jr.Catch up quick: Swalwell filed a lawsuit in March against Trump, his son Donald Trump Jr., Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) and Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani for inciting the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection.More from Axios: Sign up to get the latest market trends with Axios Markets. Subscribe for freenews.yahoo.com
Flight attendant loses 2 teeth in assault by passenger
A Southwest Airlines flight attendant was assaulted by a passenger and lost two teeth in the attack last weekend, according to a union president, who complained to the airline’s CEO about unruly passengers. “Unfortunately, this is just one of many occurrences,” said the union president, Lyn Montgomery. A Southwest spokesman said Tuesday that the incident happened Sunday morning after a flight from Sacramento landed in San Diego and involved a female passenger.news.yahoo.com
The Pentagon thinks UFOs may exist after all... and the evidence is growing
Lieutenant Commander Alex Dietrich is, by her own admission, a highly rational person. A US Navy fighter pilot who served combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, she has landed a supersonic F/A-18 jet on an aircraft carrier hundreds of times, and now teaches at the US Naval Academy. She has also had one of the most famous close encounters with a UFO, or Unidentified Flying Object. On November 14, 2004, Lt Cdr Dietrich was stationed off the coast of southern California on the USS Nimitz carrier, when numerous flying objects were picked up by ship radar - see the final silent clip in the video below. The objects had descended impossibly fast, dropping a distance of 80,000ft in less than a second.news.yahoo.com
For Senate rules arbiter, minimum wage is latest minefield
It may not be definitive — majority Democrats might try overriding an opinion they don't like. The House plans to vote Friday on its version of the relief bill, which includes the minimum wage increase. She listens to all the evidence,” Sanders, the independent Vermont senator and chief sponsor of the minimum wage proposal, said in a recent interview. AdIf MacDonough decides the minimum wage hike should remain in the bill, it would likely survive because GOP opponents would need an unachievable 60 votes to remove it. But they might choose the rarely utilized, hardball tactic of having the presiding officer, presumably Harris, ignore her and announce that the minimum wage language meets the test to stay in the overall legislation.
Centrist Democrats flex muscles, create headaches for Biden
He can send the White House into a tailspin with a single five-minute interview or three-sentence statement. With a 50-50 split in the Senate leaving little room for error on tough votes, other moderate Democrats like Sens. He received a call from the White House shortly after his complaint to try to smooth things over. AdThe White House shares those political concerns. Their significance to the final vote on the COVID-19 bill means some moderates are already getting extra attention from the White House.
Biden's dilemma in virus aid fight: Go big or go bipartisan
FILE - In this Feb. 5, 2021, file photo President Joe Biden speaks about the economy in the State Dinning Room of the White House in Washington. One featured a public show of trying to reach across the political aisle, with bipartisan rhetoric and a White House invitation for Republican senators. But it's more likely that the White House will need to choose between the two extremes. “President Biden’s got some pretty big tests in front of him when it comes to domestic policy. AdThe process of securing the $787 billion package — aid broadly credited for helping boost an economy in free fall — left a bad taste for the Obama-Biden White House.
Nevada jockeys to be first on presidential primary calendar
Democrats in Nevada are making a play to bump Iowa and New Hampshire from their early spots on presidential primary calendar. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)LAS VEGAS – Democrats in Nevada are making a play to bump Iowa and New Hampshire from their early spots on the presidential primary calendar. Nevada Democrats also plan to make their case in the coming months to the DNC, which sets the party's nominating process. Some of the state party's governing committee acknowledge there's internal debate over whether the leadoff caucus is worth fighting over. But others say Iowa Democrats should instead be focused on winning elections — after years of watching the state trend Republican.
Sheldon Adelson, billionaire casino mogul and GOP power broker, dies
Adelson died Monday night from complications related to treatment for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, Las Vegas Sands announced Tuesday. “If you do things differently, success will follow you like a shadow,” he said during a 2014 talk to the gambling industry in Las Vegas. In politics, Adelson was a record-breaking campaign donor who had the ear of domestic and international leaders, including President Donald Trump. Late in 2015, Adelson secretly purchased the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Soon his Macao revenue outstripped that of his Las Vegas holdings.
In Georgia, Biden's presidency meets early defining moment
For President-elect Joe Biden, his most defining congressional election is coming before he takes office. Both Georgia Democrats Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock must win Tuesday to split the Senate 50-50. To be sure, even a closely divided Democratic Senate wouldn’t give Biden everything he wants. While progressives say they've lowered their expectations of what's possible — even under a Democratic Senate — they still intend to push Biden. Besides misrepresenting Biden’s and most Democratic senators’ policy preferences, that characterization ignores the reality of the Senate’s roster.
Harry Reid made Nevada a presidential battleground. Now he wants more
When Harry Reid met Joe Biden it was 1987. Reid endorsed Biden for president and was instrumental this year in delivering Nevada’s six electoral votes. “I think we’re entitled to be the first state,” Reid said in a Zoom call from his home in Henderson, just outside Las Vegas. Former Nevada Sen. Harry ReidAs Senate majority leader, Reid played a key role in turning Nevada from an afterthought into one of the earliest presidential contests, placed third on the Democratic calendar starting in 2008. Certainly his understudy, California Sen. Kamala Harris, wouldn’t mind terribly if the opening 2024 contest took place in next-door Nevada.latimes.com
Biden's Homeland Security pick faces questions on 2015 probe
Now, seven years later, Mayorkas is President-elect Joe Biden’s groundbreaking nominee to lead the Department of Homeland Security, and that since-completed investigation has emerged as a potential stumbling block. “That brand of leadership isn’t good for agency culture or the security of our nation,” the Iowa Republican told The Associated Press on Thursday. It’s an important moment for Homeland Security, the third-largest Cabinet agency. It was also not unusual for members of Congress to contact the agency about the EB-5 program. But Kenneth Palinkas, a senior official with the employee union at CIS, said he was widely liked by workers.
Biden's Homeland Security pick faces questions on old probe
Now, seven years later, Mayorkas is President-elect Joe Biden’s groundbreaking nominee to lead the Department of Homeland Security, and that since-completed investigation has emerged as a potential stumbling block. “That brand of leadership isn’t good for agency culture or the security of our nation,” the Iowa Republican told The Associated Press on Thursday. It’s an important moment for Homeland Security, the third-largest Cabinet agency. It was also not unusual for members of Congress to contact him or the agency about the EB-5 program or other matters. But Kenneth Palinkas, a senior official with the employee union at CIS, said he was widely liked by workers.
Companies gear up for Biden administration with lobbyist hiring spree
As Joe Biden appeared to be on the path to winning the 2020 presidential election, several companies and business groups went on a hiring spree for lobbyists who could influence the incoming administration. Steve Ricchetti, Biden's campaign chairman and a former lobbyist himself, is in line to possibly get a job within the administration. They started lobbying on Nov. 4 and are focused on "disaster relief," the lobbying report said. Biden hosted a joint meeting Monday with labor union leaders and the chief executives of major tech, retail and auto companies. A Biden transition spokesman did not respond to a request for comment.cnbc.com
Bloomberg's big spending struggles to sway election outcomes
His only win during a short-lived Democratic bid for the White House was in the territory of American Samoa. Yet after dumping $1.1 billion into his campaign, he waited until September to follow through on his vow to spend big to unseat Trump. The showing could raise questions about Bloomberg's ability to use his vast financial resources to sway politics in the future. Bloomberg advisers say it's unfair to blame him for not doing enough to help Biden in Florida. Democrats lost seats in the House on Election Day and failed to flip statehouse chambers they had targeted.
In 2020 finale, Trump combative, Biden on offense
Asked about it, Biden said “I’m not going to respond to anything he has to say. Trump is banking on a surge of enthusiasm from his most loyal supporters in addition to potential legal maneuvers. Biden devoted most of his time to Pennsylvania, where a win would leave Trump with an exceedingly narrow path. “It’s very telling that President Trump is focused not on his voters but on his lawyers, and his lawyers are not going to win the election for him,” Bauer said. Biden's team pushed into states Trump won handily in 2016, hoping to deliver an Election Night knockout blow that could prevent further Republican challenges.
Pelosi wants 'big' health care, infrastructure push in 2021
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., holds a news conference at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020. Scott Applewhite)WASHINGTON – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is preparing a 2021 legislative agenda with two “great, big initiatives” — expanding health care access and rebuilding American infrastructure — that are longtime Democratic priorities aligned with Joe Biden’s platform and taking on fresh urgency in the COVID-19 crisis. A prospective Democratic agenda is coming together even as Pelosi and the Trump administration are still negotiating a potential coronavirus aid package that has stalled before Tuesday's election. While Biden's plan goes further than the House Democratic bill, it's not as far-reaching as some of the “Medicare for All” proposals sought by liberal lawmakers. Much of the House’s legislative priorities stalled in the GOP-controlled Senate, where Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., took pride in stopping them.
Reid says Biden should end Senate filibuster after 3 weeks
Reid said if Democrats win the presidency and the Senate, Joe Biden should take no more than three weeks to test bipartisanship before ending the filibuster so they can pass bills over Republican obstruction. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)WASHINGTON – Former Senate leader Harry Reid says if Democrats win the presidency and the Senate, Joe Biden should take “no more than three weeks” to test bipartisanship before ending the filibuster so Democrats can overcome what they call Republican obstruction and pass bills. "Biden — who wants always to get along with people — I understand that,” Reid said by telephone from Nevada. From afar, the onetime majority leader has made his views known before but rarely has he suggested a deadline for action. “That’s true,” said Reid, who was majority leader during Obama's first term and helped pass the Affordable Care Act and other landmark legislation.
Senate Judiciary Committee approves Amy Coney Barrett's nomination
The Senate Judiciary Committee approved Judge Amy Coney Barrett's nomination to the Supreme Court on Thursday, clearing the way for a full Senate vote in the week before the election. All 12 Republicans on the committee voted to advance the nomination, while all 10 Democrats boycotted the vote. Reid and Senate Democrats invoked the 2013 rule change to circumvent Republican filibusters of Democratic nominees. Senate Democrats appeared at a press conference outside the Capitol on Thursday slamming the decision to push through with Barrett's nomination ahead of the election. Now that Barrett's nomination has been advanced by the committee, the final Senate confirmation vote is expected to occur the week of October 26, days before the election.cbsnews.com
Joe Biden is counting on Nevada. Has the COVID-19 pandemic hurt his chances?
Nevada — once reliably Republican but more recently Democratic — is something of a question mark in these closing weeks of the campaign. Biden’s running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris of California, held a drive-in voter mobilization event in Las Vegas on Friday. Since Labor Day, the Biden campaign has outspent Trump’s by nearly 5 to 1. (In Las Vegas, they also pitched a measure requiring businesses to rehire workers furloughed amid the pandemic rather than replace them when operations resume. “If they support Biden, we’ll make sure they vote.”Maria Magana leaves campaign literature at a home in Las Vegas.latimes.com
McConnell's legacy: Wielding majority power to reshape court
Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell of Ky., takes the elevator as he leaves a Senate Republican policy meeting on Capitol Hill, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)WASHINGTON – It’s legacy time for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. For better or worse, this will be how McConnell’s tenure as a Senate leader will be measured. Absent a robust legislative agenda aligned with Trump, McConnell set out on the Senate’s other main role — confirmations. Along with the two Supreme Court justices, he has installed more than 200 federal appellate and trial court judges in the Trump era.
How Ginsburg's death could reshape the presidential campaign
The Supreme Court says Ginsburg has died of metastatic pancreatic cancer at age 87. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)NEW YORK – A presidential campaign that was already tugging at the nation’s most searing divides has been jolted by the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, potentially reshaping the election at a moment when some Americans were beginning to cast ballots. That decision cast a long political shadow, prompting Pete Buttigieg, the former South Bend, Indiana, mayor who mounted a spirited bid for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, to make expansion of the Supreme Court a centerpiece of his campaign. Some Democrats privately concede that the Supreme Court vacancy could shift attention away from the virus, which has been a central element of Biden's campaign. The president, seeking to build the same type of energy that surrounded his 2016 bid, released another list of potential Supreme Court nominees this month.
McConnell vows to fill Ginsburg’s seat, thrusting court to center of 2020 presidential race
“Renowned for her brilliant mind and her powerful dissents at the Supreme Court, Justice Ginsburg demonstrated that one can disagree without being disagreeable towards one’s colleagues of different points of view,” Trump said. Advertisement“The American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice,” Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer of New York said on Twitter. The Supreme Court consists of five conservative-leaning members and four who are more moderate to liberal. “I would not vote to confirm a Supreme Court nominee. The senior Democrat on the committee, which will hold hearings on a Supreme Court nominee, is California’s other senator, Dianne Feinstein.latimes.com
Trump looks west, eyeing new paths to White House
But Trump's campaign has invested heavily in the state, relying on its ground game to turn out voters. “Nevada Trump Victory has over 50 staffers in the state and has contacted over 2 million voters,” said state GOP chairman Michael McDonald. Polling in both North Carolina and Florida also shows a competitive race, and there is increasing concern within the Trump campaign about Arizona. If Arizona slips away, Trump campaign officials privately acknowledge that it would complicate his path to 270 electoral votes. Associated Press writers Michelle Price in Las Vegas and Hannah Fingerhut in Washington contributed to this report.
The Ultimate Recovery: Cycles of pain anchor Biden's moment
Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden and his running mate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., pass each other as Harris moves tot the podium. Get up, was the motto of Joe Bidens father, Joe, Sr. Get up!___BIDEN, BEFOREIn the 1972 campaign, Joe Biden is a snapshot of a candidate rushing toward what seems an unbounded future. Bush's vice president, is backing Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, a fellow Hoosier. My beautiful boy.An excruciating moment is captured in a photograph from the funeral a week later., An honor guard carried the flag-draped casket past the grieving vice president.
Alex Trebek expects to mark 2-year cancer survival in 2021
LOS ANGELES Alex Trebek says hes responding exceptionally well to treatment for pancreatic cancer and expects to mark his two-year survival next February. His doctor has said hes counting on that milestone, the Jeopardy! host said, so I expect to be around cause he said I will be around. After interviewer T.J. Holmes told Trebek he looked and sounded great, the TV host drolly replied: Here I am, folks. Eat me up.The experimental immunotherapy treatment Trebek is receiving is the same used by former Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada in his fight against pancreatic cancer, Good Morning America said. Trebek said hes had difficult days, calling his wife, Jean, a saint for her unwavering support as he's faced moments of sadness and depression.
No longer Dana White's dream, UFC's Fight Island is real
A few months later, the project that came to be known as Fight Island is real and ready for competition. And while Fight Island is not exactly the idyllic scene evoked by its name, the octagon inside an air-conditioned arena on Abu Dhabi's Yas Island also sits inside a bubble that seems highly unlikely to burst. Rather than a deserted tropical paradise, Yas Island is a modern tourist destination with amusement parks, malls and a Formula One racetrack. Fight Island will host four UFC events in 14 days, starting with three championship fights at UFC 251 this weekend. I dont know, White said.
Civil unrest could influence Biden's search for running mate
WASHINGTON Joe Bidens search for a running mate could be reshaped by the police killing of George Floyd and the unrest it has ignited across the country, raising questions about contenders with law-and-order backgrounds and intensifying pressure on the presumptive Democratic nominee to select a black woman. Biden, who has already pledged to pick a woman, has cast a wide net in his search. Biden was pressed to pick a black woman on Monday when he visited a black church in Wilmington, Delaware. Well, weve never seen a black woman selected as a vice presidential candidate, she said. Its important for him to see the candidate, talk to the candidate, get body language from the candidate.
Nevada Rep. Horsford acknowledges he had extramarital affair
LAS VEGAS Democratic Congressman Steven Horsford of Nevada on Saturday acknowledged he had an extramarital affair with a woman who said the on-and-off relationship began in 2009 before ending last September. He is running for reelection in the swing district that leans Democratic and extends from Las Vegas through largely rural areas of southern and central Nevada. Linder told the the Review-Journal she was 21 and an intern for then-Sen. Harry Reid in his Las Vegas office when she met Horsford, then majority leader of the Nevada Senate. During the course of the relationship, Linder said, Horsford offered her financial support and introduced her to political connections. Linder said her sexual relationship with Horsford took place between 2009-10 and 2017-2019, though they remained in regular contact throughout the decade.
Pentagon officially releases UFO videos
The Pentagon has officially released three short videos showing "unidentified aerial phenomena" that had previously been released by a private company. The videos show what appear to be unidentified flying objects rapidly moving while recorded by infrared cameras. Two of the videos contain service members reacting in awe at how quickly the objects are moving. In 2017, one of the pilots who saw one of the unidentified objects in 2004 told CNN that it moved in ways he couldn't explain. Reid tweeted Monday that he was "glad" the Pentagon officially released the videos, but that "it only scratches the surface of research and materials available.
Reid rips NFL for punishing Brady, ignoring "racist" Redskins name
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid opened his remarks on the Senate floor Tuesday by criticizing the NFL and Commissioner Roger Goodell on the decision to punish Tom Brady for too little air in footballs, but not forcing the Washington Redskins to rename the team.cbsnews.com
Harry Reid: Congress should "rally behind" Obama's ISIS plan
Harry Reid: Congress should "rally behind" Obama's ISIS plan Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, says he expects Congress to pass a proposal giving President Obama authority to equip and train moderate Syrian rebel groups.cbsnews.com
Harry Reid: GOP playing politics with Bowe Bergdahl release
Harry Reid: GOP playing politics with Bowe Bergdahl release Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., condemns Republicans for trying to score "political points" by fanning the controversy surrounding Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's return from Taliban captivity.cbsnews.com
Harry Reid floats delayed-implementation immigration reform
Harry Reid floats delayed-implementation immigration reform Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., says Republican fears about Obama selectively implementing immigration reform are unfounded, but to address them, he would be willing to pass a law that takes effect in 2017cbsnews.com
Redskins debate: Sen. Reid says it's time for team to change its name
Redskins debate: Sen. Reid says it's time for team to change its name The NBA's response to Donald Sterling has rekindled another racially charged debate. Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., said the NFL has "been sitting on its hands, while an entire population of Americans is denigrated." Gayle King reports.cbsnews.com
Harry Reid: Democrats focused on economy, GOP focused on Obamacare
Harry Reid: Democrats focused on economy, GOP focused on Obamacare Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., says Democrats will concentrate on the minimum wage, pay equity for women, expanding health insurance, and other economic concerns.cbsnews.com