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Representative Matt Gaetz's ex-girlfriend granted immunity in sex trafficking probe

The woman testified in front of a federal grand jury last week hearing evidence in the Gaetz investigation.

       cbsnews.com  2022-01-18 16:25:37+00:00

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Current Status: Former Trump administration officials hold call to strategize against former boss' efforts in 2022 and 2024 Former Trump administration officials hold call to strategize against former boss' efforts in 2022 and 2024 – Around three dozen former Trump administration officials, disillusioned with their former boss and concerned about his impact on the GOP and the nation, held a conference call last Monday to discuss…

     cnn.com 2022-01-18 13:00:35+00:00
Brian Stelter Maggie Haberman Ana Cabrera Ryan Struyk Jay Rosen Eugene Daniels CNN Newsroom
  • Brian Stelter
    Brian Stelter @brianstelter

    >> @jaketapper's scoop: Around three dozen disillusioned former Trump admin officials "held a conference call last Monday to discuss efforts to fend off his efforts to, in their view, erode the democratic process" https://t.co/bzHm3zkPGC

    Tue Jan 18 13:08:44 +0000 2022

  • Maggie Haberman
    Maggie Haberman @maggieNYT

    Interesting that John Kelly, who has laid low, was on this call https://t.co/AIgm3kn9bX

    Tue Jan 18 13:44:57 +0000 2022

  • Ana Cabrera
    Ana Cabrera @AnaCabrera

    NEW from @jaketapper: Former Trump administration officials hold call to strategize against former boss' efforts in 2022 and 2024 https://t.co/PaOaNHAlzL

    Tue Jan 18 13:22:41 +0000 2022

  • Ryan Struyk
    Ryan Struyk @ryanstruyk

    Former Trump administration officials hold call to strategize against former boss' efforts in 2022 and 2024 via @jaketapper https://t.co/d3KFajFQIN

    Tue Jan 18 16:13:49 +0000 2022

  • Jay Rosen
    Jay Rosen @jayrosen_nyu

    Disillusioned and former officials in the Trump government hold a conference call to ask what they can do to stop the wrecking ball. https://t.co/RgOAorzw9V This is one of the most depressing things I have read lately.

    Tue Jan 18 16:37:10 +0000 2022

  • Eugene Daniels
    Eugene Daniels @EugeneDaniels2

    Around 3 dozen former Trump admin officials disillusioned w/ their former boss & concerned about his impact on the GOP & the nation held a conference call ... to discuss efforts to fend off his efforts to, in their view, erode the democratic process. https://t.co/TsRm0P4gjb

    Tue Jan 18 15:52:00 +0000 2022

  • CNN Newsroom
    CNN Newsroom @CNNnewsroom

    Several former Trump administration officials, concerned about the former president's impact on the GOP and the nation, held a conference call last week to discuss efforts to fend off his efforts in 2022 and beyond. CNN's @GabbyOrr_ has more. https://t.co/AqXYrMAdBn https://t.co/R2bAHlEIlQ

    Tue Jan 18 15:34:14 +0000 2022

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Current Status: US weighs more military support for Ukraine to resist Russia if it invades US weighs more military support for Ukraine to resist Russia if it invades – The Biden administration is weighing new options, including providing more arms to Ukraine to resist a Russian occupation, to try to raise the costs for Russian President Vladimir Putin should he…

      cnn.com 2022-01-18 17:21:49+00:00
Natasha Bertrand John Bolton Katie Bo Lillis CNN Politics Jim Sciutto Natasha Bertrand
  • Natasha Bertrand
    Natasha Bertrand @NatashaBertrand

    NEW: In addition to considering how to help the Ukrainian military and government fend off an invasion, the US is evaluating options for bolstering Ukrainian forces' ability to resist a potential Russian occupation. https://t.co/HOgQlOtqGe

    Tue Jan 18 17:30:06 +0000 2022

  • John Bolton
    John Bolton @AmbJohnBolton

    Sounds like the White House is listening -- it's critical the United States and NATO surge shipments of lethal military assistance to Ukraine to deter an invasion by Putin @jimsciutto @cnn @JohnKingCNN https://t.co/pl1p7FbTgD

    Tue Jan 18 18:08:09 +0000 2022

  • Katie Bo Lillis
    Katie Bo Lillis @KatieBoLillis

    New: The Biden administration is weighing new options, including providing more arms to Ukraine to resist a potential Russian occupation, in an effort to raise the costs for Russian President Vladimir Putin should he decide to invade the country. https://t.co/uOGxiAhsuM

    Tue Jan 18 17:36:05 +0000 2022

  • CNN Politics
    CNN Politics @CNNPolitics

    The US is weighing new options to help Ukraine fight Russia if it invades, including more military support, as pessimism grows among officials https://t.co/XtBAfWQg2g

    Tue Jan 18 17:58:03 +0000 2022

  • Jim Sciutto
    Jim Sciutto @jimsciutto

    New reporting: US weighs more arms to Ukraine to try to raise the costs for Russia should it invade the country - and for Kiev to resist a potential military occupation. https://t.co/hsNc9wawmq

    Tue Jan 18 17:47:55 +0000 2022

  • Natasha Bertrand
    Natasha Bertrand @NatashaBertrand

    Some members of the administration, however, are wary of getting bogged down in an anti-occupation support effort and have argued that US forces should leave if a war erupts. https://t.co/HOgQlOtqGe

    Tue Jan 18 17:36:23 +0000 2022

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Current Status: White House plots public reset as Biden's agenda flails White House plots public reset as Biden's agenda flails – The president’s advisers are looking at a variety of ways for him to engage more with Americans, officials said.

   nbcnews.com 2022-01-18 09:47:00+00:00
Laura Ingraham Tim Murtaugh NewsBusters
  • Laura Ingraham
    Laura Ingraham @IngrahamAngle

    The Biden Team always thinks it can solve problems with a new Comms strategy. White House plots public reset as Biden's agenda flails https://t.co/FP9YDoqJzN

    Tue Jan 18 14:47:58 +0000 2022

  • Tim Murtaugh
    Tim Murtaugh @TimMurtaugh

    Here’s the thing with liberals. They rarely speak to anyone who disagrees with them, and so when their policies get rejected, they always conclude that it’s simply a messaging problem. “The people don’t like the president so we’ll just give them more!” https://t.co/Yd0M0xMcDe

    Tue Jan 18 14:09:03 +0000 2022

  • NewsBusters
    NewsBusters @newsbusters

    NBC's reporters sound like stenographers to Biden strategists. (Oh, and there's an obligatory @beschlossDC quote, for "spice.") https://t.co/BrQxPeBa9Q https://t.co/mdQn4rNOqr

    Tue Jan 18 14:59:00 +0000 2022

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Current Status: Trump's advisers point the finger at McConnell as reports of DeSantis feud swirl Trump's advisers point the finger at McConnell as reports of DeSantis feud swirl – While DeSantis’ refusal to publicly rule out running against him for president has irked Trump for months, some see the Florida governor caught in the crossfire of a different fight.

   nbcnews.com 2022-01-18 02:13:00+00:00
Maggie Haberman Jay Rosen Marc Caputo Josh Holmes Morning Joe Barbara Comstock
  • Maggie Haberman
    Maggie Haberman @maggieNYT

    I heard some of the complaining about McConnell as a hidden hand in this. But DeSantis's whole brand is tell-it-like-it-is, it's not like someone is getting him to do something he didn't want to https://t.co/RvruDOS5yt

    Tue Jan 18 02:31:57 +0000 2022

  • Jay Rosen
    Jay Rosen @jayrosen_nyu

    If this story were any more "inside" it would be intestinal. https://t.co/YDdC3nxP2f

    Tue Jan 18 03:53:56 +0000 2022

  • Marc Caputo
    Marc Caputo @MarcACaputo

    “There are no coincidences:” how DeSantis was caught in the crossfire of the Trump-McConnell feud w/@jonallendc & @Petereporter https://t.co/jWlJNSI4xZ

    Tue Jan 18 02:21:06 +0000 2022

  • Josh Holmes
    Josh Holmes @HolmesJosh

    I’m not sure NBC understands the comedic content it just created for actual ⁦@RuthlessPodcast⁩ listeners. https://t.co/ZBFP04uEBn

    Tue Jan 18 03:05:17 +0000 2022

  • Morning Joe
    Morning Joe @Morning_Joe

    Trump's advisers point the finger at McConnell as reports of DeSantis feud swirl https://t.co/KnaABKzrxw

    Tue Jan 18 12:01:21 +0000 2022

  • Barbara Comstock
    Barbara Comstock @BarbaraComstock

    Team Trump sounds more like a lame remake of Mean Girls https://t.co/ekvwPlWlle

    Tue Jan 18 11:31:00 +0000 2022

  •  Who else is talking about this

Current Status: Democrats fret about delivering on health care promises ahead of midterms Democrats fret about delivering on health care promises ahead of midterms – In 2020, Democrats promised health-care reforms if elected. Now they are feeling pressure to deliver as the 2022 midterm elections loom.

     washingtonpost.com 2022-01-17 17:00:26.181000+00:00

Current Status: Who Is King of Florida? Tensions Rise Between Trump and a Former Acolyte. Who Is King of Florida? Tensions Rise Between Trump and a Former Acolyte. – A spat over Covid has exposed friction between the former president and a rising G.O.P. governor unwilling to curb his ambitions.

   nytimes.com 2022-01-17 01:47:46+00:00
NYT Politics Ashley Parker
  • NYT Politics
    NYT Politics @nytpolitics

    Florida might be too small for Gov. Ron DeSantis and former President Donald Trump. A spat over Covid policies has exposed long-stewing resentment between Trump and the rising GOP governor, who is unwilling to curb his ambitions. https://t.co/A9ie6U1eJu

    Tue Jan 18 16:32:06 +0000 2022

  • Ashley Parker
    Ashley Parker @AshleyRParker

    Who is king of Florida? Smart ⁦@maggieNYT⁩ ⁦@jmartNYT⁩ piece on Trump-DeSantis tensions, which are really a stand-in for challenges facing any Republican positioning themselves for a 2024 run. https://t.co/qcVVLym8Gt

    Tue Jan 18 18:03:07 +0000 2022

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Current Status: 67% of Americans support bill to ban stock trading by members of Congress, even as Pelosi resists 67% of Americans support bill to ban stock trading by members of Congress, even as Pelosi resists – Support for a stock trading ban jumped to 74% after respondents were given reasons for and against the proposal the House speaker has opposed.

   businessinsider.com 2022-01-18 17:41:48+00:00
Data for Progress Politics Insider
  • Data for Progress
    Data for Progress @DataProgress

    NEW POLL: A bipartisan majority of voters support banning members of Congress from trading stocks. Support increases to 74% when presenting arguments for and against the ban. https://t.co/33RINlcMPI https://t.co/9t8vTDViB6

    Tue Jan 18 18:03:45 +0000 2022

  • Politics Insider
    Politics Insider @PoliticsInsider

    67% of Americans support bill to ban stock trading by members of Congress, even as Pelosi resists https://t.co/ELbjykuwuM

    Tue Jan 18 17:42:10 +0000 2022

  •  Who else is talking about this

Current Status: Supreme Court's Gorsuch refused to wear mask despite request over Sotomayor's Covid concerns, report says Supreme Court's Gorsuch refused to wear mask despite request over Sotomayor's Covid concerns, report says – Gorsuch's refusal to wear a mask has led Sotomayor, who has diabetes and is at a higher risk from Covid, to attend proceedings remotely, the report said.

   cnbc.com 2022-01-18 15:55:05+00:00
Martina Navratilova Jim Roberts The News with Shepard Smith
  • Martina Navratilova
    Martina Navratilova @Martina

    Supreme Court: Gorsuch refused to wear mask despite Sotomayor's Covid concerns- what an entitled misogynistic prick! #criminal https://t.co/aqeoj5PVKH

    Tue Jan 18 18:46:23 +0000 2022

  • Jim Roberts
    Jim Roberts @nycjim

    If Neil Gorsuch can’t show respect to a fellow member of the Supreme Court, how he we rely on him to show respect for the rule of law? He should put aside his petty politics, or step down from the court. https://t.co/TtSHdxtRwZ https://t.co/qD92GZL2wz

    Tue Jan 18 17:50:07 +0000 2022

  • The News with Shepard Smith
    The News with Shepard Smith @thenewsoncnbc

    Supreme Court's Gorsuch refused to wear mask despite request over Sotomayor's Covid concerns, report says https://t.co/Zg8dJDKcjs

    Tue Jan 18 17:50:19 +0000 2022

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Current Status: Senate Democrats Press Ahead With Debate on Voting Rights Bill Senate Democrats Press Ahead With Debate on Voting Rights Bill – The Senate on Tuesday will begin to debate new voting rights protections, even though the measure appears all but dead in the face of two key Democratic defections.

   nytimes.com 2022-01-17 21:36:13+00:00
Marc E. Elias Morning Joe Dr. Michelle Au
  • Marc E. Elias
    Marc E. Elias @marceelias

    As they should. It is time for every Senator to stand up and vote. https://t.co/faFJmkBRai

    Tue Jan 18 00:10:51 +0000 2022

  • Morning Joe
    Morning Joe @Morning_Joe

    Senate Democrats Press Ahead With Debate on Voting Rights Bill https://t.co/pe8cz5Y6o6

    Tue Jan 18 11:02:44 +0000 2022

  • Dr. Michelle Au
    Dr. Michelle Au @AuforGA

    Yes, two Senate Democrats refuse to suspend the filibuster to pass voting rights legislation, though they readily did so to raise the debt ceiling. That's wrong. But also note: EVERY SINGLE SENATE REPUBLICAN stands in opposition to protecting your vote. https://t.co/1rDnpOUSRq

    Tue Jan 18 16:04:06 +0000 2022

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Current Status: 'History will be watching what happens tomorrow': King family demands Senate pass voting rights legislation 'History will be watching what happens tomorrow': King family demands Senate pass voting rights legislation – The family of Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday demanded the Senate pass voting rights legislation and said lawmakers who truly honor the late civil rights leader's legacy must stand on the right side…

   cnn.com 2022-01-17 18:26:04+00:00
CNN CNN Politics Ryan Struyk
  • CNN
    CNN @CNN

    The family of Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday demanded the Senate pass voting rights legislation and said lawmakers who truly honor the late civil rights leader's legacy must stand on the right side of history. https://t.co/5EEsigyzff

    Mon Jan 17 19:11:38 +0000 2022

  • CNN Politics
    CNN Politics @CNNPolitics

    King family demands the Senate pass voting rights legislation: "History will be watching tomorrow" https://t.co/ybkKaY4SV7

    Mon Jan 17 20:01:04 +0000 2022

  • Ryan Struyk
    Ryan Struyk @ryanstruyk

    PELOSI: "If you really truly want to honor Dr. King, don't dishonor him by using a congressional custom as an excuse for protecting our democracy." https://t.co/cqeJ2Y7IIp

    Mon Jan 17 20:57:26 +0000 2022

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Current Status: Bipartisan Senate delegation meets with Ukrainian leaders amid Russia tensions Bipartisan Senate delegation meets with Ukrainian leaders amid Russia tensions – The Biden administration and lawmakers from both political parties have become increasingly concerned in recent weeks that Russia may be preparing to invade Ukraine.

   washingtonpost.com 2022-01-17 17:53:13.110000+00:00
The Washington Post
  • The Washington Post
    The Washington Post @washingtonpost

    The seven U.S. senators plan to meet with President Volodymyr Zelensky and other top officials on Monday, they announced. The visit comes amid a showdown between Russia and the West over Ukraine’s territory and the threat of further Russian incursion. https://t.co/CULO2C63cU

    Mon Jan 17 18:27:11 +0000 2022

  •  Who else is talking about this

Current Status: Swing-district Democrats in need of a midterm reboot push leadership to break up BBB Swing-district Democrats in need of a midterm reboot push leadership to break up BBB – These members have argued to House leaders that holding votes on narrow measures such as curbing prescription drug costs and extending the child tax credit would help Democrats make a case that they can improve voters’ lives.

   washingtonpost.com 2022-01-17 13:20:41+00:00
The Washington Post Marianna Sotomayor Byron York Josh Kraushaar Morning Joe Matthew Zeitlin
  • The Washington Post
    The Washington Post @washingtonpost

    House Democrats running for reelection in competitive districts, facing increasingly long odds of surviving a potential Republican wave, have confronted party leaders in recent days with demands for a new midterm strategy. https://t.co/TGJZDJOynt

    Mon Jan 17 18:58:44 +0000 2022

  • Marianna Sotomayor
    Marianna Sotomayor @MariannaReports

    Some of the most endangered Democrats want leaders to change course on BBB, passing smaller bills to give them some policy wins to wield in tough midterm fights. My latest on the contingency plans members are pursuing to make sure they deliver to voters: https://t.co/xG07TzWmpm

    Mon Jan 17 13:56:34 +0000 2022

  • Byron York
    Byron York @ByronYork

    VP Kamala Harris is looking for a reset after a bad year. Now House Democrats are looking for a 'new midterm strategy.' https://t.co/DKEvTPVP9i

    Mon Jan 17 14:19:28 +0000 2022

  • Josh Kraushaar
    Josh Kraushaar @HotlineJosh

    Kinda obvious: “Rep. Angie Craig (D) suggested that … House leadership should be bringing bills to the floor that are top of mind for constituents like keeping schools open, addressing inflation and increasing testing supplies” https://t.co/ERoE0KUoaB

    Tue Jan 18 00:12:09 +0000 2022

  • Morning Joe
    Morning Joe @Morning_Joe

    Swing-district Democrats in need of a midterm reboot push leadership to break up BBB https://t.co/iiFQuon8S5

    Tue Jan 18 12:16:30 +0000 2022

  • Matthew Zeitlin
    Matthew Zeitlin @MattZeitlin

    i would simply continue to work on a recocilliation bill that the 50th vote in the senate supports and could actually turn into law, but i'm just a guy https://t.co/pfQD31vYkU https://t.co/GnbJcecFFt

    Tue Jan 18 15:53:03 +0000 2022

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Current Status: U.S. Political Party Preferences Shifted Greatly During 2021 U.S. Political Party Preferences Shifted Greatly During 2021 – Although the U.S. political party affiliation average for 2021 was similar to prior years, the country shifted from a nine-point Democratic preference early in the year to a five-point Republican…

   news.gallup.com 2022-01-17 00:00:00+00:00
Edward Snowden Glenn Greenwald Brit Hume Tim Pool Kellyanne Conway Byron York Monica Crowley Lou Dobbs Phil Kerpen Michael Smerconish
  • Edward Snowden
    Edward Snowden @Snowden

    At some point, the DNC/corporate-media blob may want to reconsider whether sabotaging the candidate with a genuine, lifelong focus on the struggles of the working class was really the galaxy-brain play they imagined. (Source: https://t.co/Y7spciTS1G ) https://t.co/VJoQzJhrxm

    Mon Jan 17 22:29:09 +0000 2022

  • Glenn Greenwald
    Glenn Greenwald @ggreenwald

    The Biden Effect https://t.co/P96SyY8HQL https://t.co/OGDs9vRJ2j

    Mon Jan 17 19:45:16 +0000 2022

  • Brit Hume
    Brit Hume @brithume

    Dems down 7, GOP up 7. https://t.co/frdD1KPchF

    Mon Jan 17 15:11:41 +0000 2022

  • Tim Pool
    Tim Pool @Timcast

    its because the democrats are the baddies https://t.co/5y73no7yLr https://t.co/QkWSuKxHN6

    Mon Jan 17 16:03:25 +0000 2022

  • Kellyanne Conway
    Kellyanne Conway @KellyannePolls

    #poll: In 2021, U.S. party identification went from Democrat +9 in Q1 to Republican +5 in Q4. Largest @GOP advantage since 1995. Another loss for the "experts" who predict the demise of the GOP every year. https://t.co/4LEj3ILK3q

    Mon Jan 17 18:07:51 +0000 2022

  • Byron York
    Byron York @ByronYork

    From Gallup: 'U.S. Political Party Preferences Shifted Greatly During 2021.' Democrats down, Republicans up. https://t.co/PP2Q0ifgWK https://t.co/ZOxt89s3yv

    Mon Jan 17 20:31:12 +0000 2022

  • Monica Crowley
    Monica Crowley @MonicaCrowley

    *** A 14 point swing toward the GOP *** U.S. Political Party Preferences Shifted Greatly During 2021 https://t.co/ZYk0MOj5Z7

    Mon Jan 17 17:49:44 +0000 2022

  • Lou Dobbs
    Lou Dobbs @LouDobbs

    U.S. Political Party Preferences Shifted Greatly During 2021 https://t.co/XLnxJxhu8F

    Tue Jan 18 05:55:24 +0000 2022

  • Phil Kerpen
    Phil Kerpen @kerpen

    Per Gallup, America was +9% Democratic in the first quarter of 2021 and +5% Republican in the fourth quarter of 2021. https://t.co/YlzrtVCERs https://t.co/QR769Xm6xk

    Mon Jan 17 15:43:35 +0000 2022

  • Michael Smerconish
    Michael Smerconish @smerconish

    The takeaway you'd never know from a polarized media: A plurality of Americans (42%) regard themselves as Independent, rather than R or D. U.S. Political Party Preferences Shifted Greatly During 2021 https://t.co/p3KQyzeGGL

    Tue Jan 18 01:09:52 +0000 2022

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Current Status: America's youth turn left America's youth turn left – "Generational replacement will not be kind to Trump’s Republican Party."

  axios.com 2023-01-18 11:42:00+00:00
Axios Lisa Guerrero 💃🏽

Current Status: Schumer insists Senate will vote on voting rights bill ‘win, lose or draw’ – live Schumer insists Senate will vote on voting rights bill ‘win, lose or draw’ – live – Senate majority leader says ‘the eyes of the nation will be watching’ – follow all the latest news

    theguardian.com 2022-01-18 18:30:31+00:00