With nearly 40 days until the November midterm elections, House Republicans are focusing their closing argument around the economy, blaming laws passed as part of President Biden's agenda for high inflation and for worsening economic problems. The latest seven ads from the Congressional Leadership Fund, a super PAC backed by House Republican leadership, tie House Democrats to Mr. Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and some of the ads argue the Democratic candidates have been enjoying wealthy lifestyles while inflation has remained high. The ads were first shared with CBS News. The group has reserved at least $168 million in TV ads for the general election. One ad, in Spanish , criticizes Democratic Rep. Henry Cuellar of Texas' 28th District for living in a Washington, D.C., condominium and ends with "Henry Cuellar, in Washington, se olvidó de nosotros," or "he forgot about us." It uses footage Cuellar posted in front of his childhood home in Las Lomas, Texas, after the … [Read more...] about House Republicans focus closing message on economic frustrations
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1. Western leaders deplore 'sham' referendum results Ukraine and its western allies have again slammed Russian-led referendums to annex parts of Ukraine as "illegitimate" and a "sham". Pro-Russian officials in four regions of southeastern Ukraine declared on Tuesday that voters had chosen to join Russia. Widely-circulated images on social media showed armed soldiers moving door-to-door to enforce the vote. Donetsk, Kherson, Luhansk, and Zaporizhzhia together make up around 15% of Ukrainian territory -- roughly the same size as Portugal. Many countries have stated that they would not recognise the results of the hastily-organised referendums of annexation. The European Union's foreign policy chief Josep Borrell has denounced the annexation "referendums" as "illegal" polls with "manipulated" results. "Fictitious referendums. Fictitious results. We do not recognise them," added European Council President Charles Michel. Ukraine 'referendums': Full … [Read more...] about Ukraine war: Western leaders slam ‘referendum’ results and four other key stories
Fracking: Menzies asks Rees-Mogg if PM is 'woman of her word' SUBSCRIBE Invalid email We use your sign-up to provide content in ways you've consented to and to improve our understanding of you. This may include adverts from us and 3rd parties based on our understanding. You can unsubscribe at any time. More info People living in areas with shale gas could receive cash or other incentives if they vote to allow fracking to go ahead, a senior cabinet minister has revealed. Party chairman Jake Berry, who represents Rossendale and Darwen , a Lancashire seat near where fracking could take place, has told Express.co.uk that an announcement is to be made shortly. Related articles Rayner copies Gordon Brown as she desperately makes case for Labour Sir Keir Starmer leads hundreds of Labour members in singing Red Flag Mr Berry, who gave his first interview since being appointed party chairman three weeks ago to … [Read more...] about Cash for gas! Liz Truss set to offer rewards to communities that vote for fracking
The energy and food crises fuelled by the war in Ukraine are an unacceptable "pretext for backsliding" at the United Nations COP27 climate talks, host nation Egypt has warned. With just over a month until the next yearly summit, ambassador Wael Aboulmagd, Egypt's COP27 special representative, acknowledged the "complicating factors" that could hinder this year's talks. In a thinly veiled message to those involved in the war, Mr Aboulmagd urged countries to "put political differences aside" at the talks in Sharm El-Sheikh, and "expedite" rather than slow down the transition to green power. The geopolitical context has changed radically since last year's COP26 climate talks in Glasgow, with the war in Ukraine often knocking climate change down the agenda. Energy prices have soared as Russia cut supplies to Europe in retaliation to Western sanctions over its invasion. Meanwhile scores of countries have been pummelled by devastating floods, wildfires and droughts, … [Read more...] about Ukraine war cannot provide ‘pretext for backsliding’ at UN climate talks COP27, host Egypt urges
Liz Truss has full confidence in her new Downing Street chief of staff, No 10 has said after it emerged he was interviewed by the FBI. Mark Fullbrook, who helped run Ms Truss’s Conservative leadership campaign , was contacted via Metropolitan Police officers in relation to an alleged bribery case in Puerto Rico. The case, which is ongoing, involves accusations against former Tory donor and international banker Julio Herrera Velutini , who allegedly promised to help a governor win re-election on the condition he sacked a regulator investigating his bank. Mr Fullbrook, 60, worked on political projects for Mr Hererra Velutini during his time at CT Group, a lobbying firm founded by Australian political strategist Lynton Crosby. He was only ever treated by the FBI as a witness, and his spokesman made clear he had cooperated fully with inquiries. Asked if Ms Truss was “100 per cent behind” Mr Fullbrook, a No 10 spokesman said: “Yes.” Pressed further, the spokesman told … [Read more...] about Liz Truss gives her chief of staff vote of confidence
By Mike Wendling Published 20 hours ago Share close Share page Copy link About sharing Related Topics US Capitol riots Members of the Oath Keepers, a far-right militia group, are on trial in one of the most high-profile cases stemming from the 6 January 2021 attack on the US Capitol. The group's leader, Stewart Rhodes, is charged, along with four others, with seditious conspiracy - plotting to oppose the transfer of presidential power. All have pleaded not guilty. Here's what you need to know about the case. Who are the Oath Keepers? A pro-gun, anti-government group launched in 2009, the Oath Keepers began with a rally in Lexington, Massachusetts - site of one of the first battles in the Revolutionary War. Its founder, Mr Rhodes, is a former US Army paratrooper who studied at Yale Law School and was once an aide to libertarian Republican congressman Ron Paul … [Read more...] about January 6th Capitol riot: Who are the Oath Keepers and why are they on trial?
By Sam Cabral Published 5 days ago Share close Share page Copy link About sharing Related Topics US Capitol riots A former US Army reservist and alleged Nazi sympathiser has been sentenced to four years in prison for his role in last year's Capitol riots. Timothy Hale-Cusanelli, 32, was a Navy contractor who held a government security clearance when he joined the storming of Congress in January 2021. A jury convicted him in May on five counts, including a felony charge for obstruction of an official proceeding. More than 900 people have been charged over their involvement in the attack. Hale-Cusanelli, who was the seventh riot defendant to go on trial, is among a handful of accused who were on active duty in the military when he joined other Trump supporters in raiding Congress as it met to certify the results of the 2020 presidential election. Prosecutors … [Read more...] about ‘Hitler moustache’ Capitol rioter sentenced to four years
Russia positioned itself Wednesday to announce the annexation of four occupied areas of Ukraine where 'sham' referenda - denounced as being unlawful by the West - had been held. In Moscow's Red Square, a tribune with giant video screens has been set up, with billboards proclaiming "Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhzhia, Kherson - Russia!" Russian President Vladimir Putin is also expected to proclaim these territories' annexation within days. Since last week, he has also enforced a partial mobilisation, with 300,000 reservists called up to fight, and has threatened to defend Russia's territory with nuclear weapons if needs be. The occupied southern and eastern regions of Ukraine which Moscow is eyeing had been subjected to five days of voting, with armed troops reportedly going door-to-door with election officials to collect ballots. The suspiciously high margins in favour were perceived as a land grab by an increasingly cornered Russian leadership after embarrassing … [Read more...] about Russia expected to proclaim annexation of occupied Ukrainian territories within days
Published 5 days ago Share close Share page Copy link About sharing Related Topics US Capitol riots Timothy Hale-Cusanelli, a former US Army reservist and alleged Nazi sympathiser, has been imprisoned for four years for taking part in the Capitol riots of January 2021. More than 860 people are accused of crimes during the mass invasion of the US Congress in January 2021. What happened on 6 January 2021? US senators were meeting in the Capitol to certify the results of the 2020 presidential election, which Joe Biden had won. Mr Trump, who was still president at the time, addressed a large crowd of supporters at a "Save America" rally near the White House. He urged them to march "peacefully" to the Capitol, but also made unsubstantiated claims of massive voter fraud and told them to "fight like hell". The crowd numbered between 2,000 and 2,500 people. It … [Read more...] about US Capitol riots: How many have been charged with crimes?
North Korea fired two short-range ballistic missiles toward its eastern waters on Wednesday, its neighbors said, a day before U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris is to visit South Korea. Seoul's Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement that the North Korean missiles lifted off 10 minutes apart on Wednesday afternoon from its capital region and flew toward the waters off its east coast. Japanese Vice Defense Minister Toshiro Ino said Japan's military also detected the launches and that the weapons flew in an irregular trajectory. Ino said that "North Korea's repeated missile firings amid (Russia's) invasion of Ukraine is impermissible." The South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff said North Korea's provocations would only deepen its international isolation while pushing South Korea and the United States to strengthen their deterrence. U.S. says Russia buying weapons for Ukraine war from North Korea amid "severe supply shortages" The launches follow a missile test … [Read more...] about North Korea test launches missiles on eve of Vice President Kamala Harris trip to Seoul