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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Monday that President Joe Biden would not get a Supreme Court nominee confirmed in 2024 if Republicans regain control of the chamber and a vacancy arises during that presidential election year.

“It’s highly unlikely. In fact, no, I don’t think either party, if it were different from the president, would confirm a Supreme Court nominee in the middle of an election,” McConnell told syndicated talk radio host Hugh Hewitt.

McConnell could return as majority leader if Republicans regain control of the Senate in the 2022 midterm elections. McConnell, serving as majority leader, blocked Democratic former President Barack Obama from filling a vacancy left by the death of conservative Justice Antonin Scalia in February 2016, saying it would be improper to confirm a Supreme Court nominee during a presidential election year.

McConnell and his fellow Senate Republicans refused to consider Obama’s nominee – Merrick Garland, who now serves as Biden’s attorney general – in a move with little precedent in U.S. history. That enabled Donald Trump, the winner of the November 2016 election, to appoint conservative Justice Neil Gorsuch in 2017.

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Democrats accused McConnell of hypocrisy last year when he allowed the Senate to confirm Trump’s conservative Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett to replace liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died in September about six weeks before the 2020 presidential election. Trump, a Republican, was defeated by Biden, a Democrat, in the election and Democrats also took control of the Senate.

McConnell described his decision to keep Scalia’s seat open until after Trump was elected as “the single most consequential thing I’ve done in my time as majority leader of the Senate.” McConnell made confirmation of Trump’s conservative judicial nominees a high priority. Trump appointed three justices, also including Brett Kavanaugh, to the Supreme Court, which now has a 6-3 conservative majority.

Democrats denounced McConnell’s comments, with some even using them to solicit campaign donations.

“Mitch McConnell is already foreshadowing that he’ll steal a 3rd Supreme Court seat if he gets the chance. He’s done it before, and he’ll do it again. We need to expand the Supreme Court,” Democratic Senator Ed Markey said on Twitter.

Some Democrats have proposed expanding the number of justices in order to end the Supreme Court’s conservative majority.

Some liberal activists have called on liberal Justice Stephen Breyer, at 82 the court’s oldest member, to retire now while the Senate remains in Democratic hands. Biden during the election campaign vowed to name a Black woman to the court, which would be a historic first.

The Senate was due later on Monday to vote on the confirmation of Washington-based U.S. District Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to an influential federal appellate court. Jackson, among the most prominent black women in the federal judiciary, is considered a potential Supreme Court pick for Biden.

The 100-seat Senate is currently split 50-50, with Democrats in control only because Vice President Kamala Harris wields a tie-breaking vote.

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McCarthy Pledges Investigations of Dems ‘Fraud and Abuse’ If GOP Wins Back House in 2022

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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is pledging that Republicans will launch “real investigations” of Democrats’ “fraud and abuse” if the GOP wins back the U.S. House of Representatives in the 2022 midterm elections.

During an interview with Breitbart News, McCarthy said Republicans will launch investigations into whether Pelosi’s husband engaged in insider trading as well as Hunter Biden over his art deals.

“You know what? We will look at any of the fraud and abuse that has gone on,” McCarthy vowed. “We will have real investigations.”

Recent financial reports revealed Pelosi’s husband, Paul Pelosi, exercised call options on 4,000 shares of Alphabet, Inc., Google’s parent company, a week before the House Judiciary Committee decided to advance antitrust legislation that would impact the company.

Paul Pelosi netted a gain of $4.8 million at the time.

McCarthy said that is worth an investigation if Republicans take back the House next November.

McCarthy also spoke about Hunter Biden selling his “artwork” for a reported half a million dollars, which many can clearly see as suspicious given the Biden administration has not disclosed who is buying the art.

“Which American would not be worried about [inflation]? Pelosi wouldn’t be worried about it because she and her husband just made $5 million, not buying stock, but trading options on tech stocks when Congress was actually taking legislation up, $5 million in one month. Can you imagine that?” McCarthy said.

“And then you’ve got the only other person who wouldn’t be nervous about inflation. If you had a son that was an artist that could sell paintings for $500,000 — which, he’s never been an artist before,” he added.

“Those are the only two families that I could think of that aren’t worried about inflation in America,” he added.

“Think about it. Pelosi starts and tells you you can’t get a haircut, but she gets one,” McCarthy said.

“You’ve got Gavin Newsom who sits there and tells you you’ve got to wear a mask as you’re eating dinner — even then he goes out with everybody, doesn’t have it on, and then anybody else can’t go out to eat, and he goes to one of the most expensive restaurants in California,” he added.

“You’ve got Paul Pelosi and Nancy Pelosi off the investment of options into high-tech stocks, yet at the same time Congress is taking up the issue. You’ve got Nancy Pelosi now claiming that you have to wear a mask if you’re in the House, but not in the Senate — because the science is different — but she doesn’t wear a mask,” said McCarthy, continuing.

“They are not ‘for the people.’ They are about themselves, and this is the wake-up call of this new Republican party.”

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White House tells states to prevent evictions, as House Democrats press Biden administration to act

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The White House told state and local governments that they have the power to prevent evictions, following the end of the eviction moratorium.

The Biden administration said in a statement on Monday that while the federal government provided $46.5 billion to prevent renters from being evicted, some states and cities have been “too slow to act” by not providing the money to tenants.

There is “no excuse for any State or locality not to promptly deploy the resources that Congress appropriated to meet the critical need of so many Americans,” the statement continued. “This assistance provides the funding to pay landlords current and back rent so tenants can remain in their homes or apartments, not be evicted.”

The ban on evictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic expired over the weekend, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was unable to extend it following the Supreme Court’s ruling on June 29 that said only Congress could do so through new legislation.

The Congressional Black Caucus has pressured the White House to take action on evictions, the Associated Press reported. Additionally, Rep. Cori Bush (D-Mo.)  spoke with Vice President Kamala Harris on Monday at the Capitol, where Bush was camped out with Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) over the weekend to protest the evictions.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Democratic House leadership said in a statement on Sunday that they were calling “upon the Treasury Department to indicate how the funds that it has already transferred to states and communities can be more effectively distributed to renters and landlords.”

The statement also noted that the Senate is unable to pass an extension of the eviction moratorium, so there was no point for the House to do so.

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Fully-Vaccinated RINO Lindsey Graham Goes On A Weekend Trip With A Boat Filled With Democrat Senators…Comes Back With COVID

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Republican Senator Lindsey Graham became a darling of the party when he bravely stood up for Justice Kavanaugh during the Salem Witch Trials his confirmation hearings.

For a short period of time, Americans forgot Senator Graham(SC) was besties with Senator John McCain, the traitor who turned the fake (Hillary Clinton funded) Russian dossier over to the FBI that led to the 4-year-long witch hunt against Donald Trump.

After spending the weekend on Democrat Senator Joe Manchin’s houseboat, the fully-vaccinated RINO Senator Lindsey Graham (SC), announced today that he’s tested positive for COVID.

NBC NEWS REPORTS – HE SAID IN A STATEMENT HE STARTED EXPERIENCING FLU-LIKE SYMPTOMS SATURDAY NIGHT AND WENT TO THE U.S. HOUSE PHYSICIAN MONDAY MORNING.

“I FEEL LIKE I HAVE A SINUS INFECTION AND AT PRESENT TIME I HAVE MILD SYMPTOMS,” GRAHAM, WHO WILL QUARANTINE FOR 10 DAYS, SAID.

HE ADDED: “I AM VERY GLAD I WAS VACCINATED BECAUSE WITHOUT VACCINATION I AM CERTAIN I WOULD NOT FEEL AS WELL AS I DO NOW. MY SYMPTOMS WOULD BE FAR WORSE.”

THE SENATE IS MAKING AN AGGRESSIVE PUSH THIS WEEK TO PASS A $550 BILLION INFRASTRUCTURE BILL AND EVERY VOTE IN THE CHAMBER COULD BE CRITICAL.

OVER THE WEEKEND, GRAHAM ATTENDED A PARTY ON FELLOW SEN. JOE MANCHIN, D-W. VA.’S HOUSEBOAT, ACCORDING TO GRAHAM’S OFFICE AND TWO ADDITIONAL SOURCES FAMILIAR WITH THE MATTER.

THE EVENT WAS HELD ON SATURDAY ON MANCHIN’S HOUSEBOAT, WHICH IS WHERE HE LIVES WHILE IN D.C. SENATORS WERE IN TOWN OVER THE WEEKEND TO WORK ON THE BIPARTISAN INFRASTRUCTURE DEAL.

“SENATOR MANCHIN IS FULLY VACCINATED AND FOLLOWING THE CDC GUIDELINES FOR THOSE EXPOSED TO A COVID POSITIVE INDIVIDUAL,” SAID MANCHIN’S OFFICE IN A STATEMENT.

SENS. MARK KELLY, D-ARIZ., CHRIS COONS, D-DEL., JACKY ROSEN, D-NEV., AND JOHN THUNE, R-S.D., SAID PUBLICLY TO REPORTERS ON MONDAY THAT THEY ALSO ATTENDED THE BOAT PARTY.

In normal times, the fully-vaccinated Lindsey Graham contracting COVID on a boat full of Democrats, the party where a number of members are pushing for mandatory vaccinations, would be a bigger news story. But we’re certainly not living in normal times.

If vaccinations work so well, why are so many people testing positive for COVID after being vaccinated?

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