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Well, this is a House argument that’ll certainly go down in the record books.

During a House hearing on police reform, Jim Jordan laid down the facts on defunding police, which is what the amendment in question aimed to do.

Once again, Dems are ignoring how the American people feel, and are pushing this wildly unpopular “Deund the Police” issue down everyone’s throats.

As Jordan points out, cities that have cut police funding have seen a huge surge in crime, but despite this fact, Democrat Val Demings lashed out at Jordan, claiming that he’s using police officers as “pawns.”

You really have to wonder why on earth Dems are willing to die on this hill. It’s political suicide. Are they this confident in mail-in ballot cheating?

But here we are – debating this nonsense again – and speaking of debates, what happened between Val and Jim was an all-out screaming match like no other.

Well, this certainly struck a nerve with Deming’s, a former police officer, who claims that law enforcement “deserves better.”

Really? How is pulling funds from law enforcement going to help them, Val?

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GOP Senator Ernst suggests party’s effort to oust Cheney from House leadership is ‘cancel culture’

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Iowa GOP Sen. Joni Ernst, the only female in Senate Republican leadership, is comparing party efforts to remove Rep. Liz Cheney from House leadership to “cancel culture.”

“I feel it’s OK to go ahead and express what you feel is right to express,” she said Monday, according to The Hill newspaper. “Cancel culture is cancel culture no matter how you look at it. Unfortunately, I think there are those that are trying to silence others in the party.”

Ernst spoke two days before House Republicans are almost certain to vote in favor of removing Cheney, of Wyoming, as GOP Conference chairwoman, amid her ongoing, public disagreement with former President Trump over his claims about widespread 2020 election fraud.

House Republicans have essentially argued Cheney is not expressing the position of leadership and the conference and that the feud has become a distraction.

Ernst said she has been a Trump supporter and doesn’t agree with Cheney. However, she argues the GOP should be more focused on winning upcoming elections and regaining control of Congress, rather than going after one of its own.

“What we can do is come together and try to win seats in 2022,” she said. “I think that’s what all of us should be focused on.”

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy sent a letter to his caucus Monday telling members to expect to vote Wednesday on whether to keep Cheney in the No. 3 House leadership post. He has also backed New York GOP Rep. Elise Stefanik as her replacement. 

Cheney after voting to impeach Trump after the Jan. 6 Capitol riot survived a House vote to remove her from leadership.

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Lawmakers to FBI head: ‘We write to request information about the FBI’s illegal spying activities’

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Republican Reps. Andy Biggs of Arizona and Jim Jordan of Ohio in a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray highlighted a recently declassified Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) memorandum opinion and order.

“According to a recently released opinion from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has been seriously and systemically abusing its warrantless electronic surveillance authority,” the lawmakers said in the letter. “We write to request information about the FBI’s illegal spying activities.”

The congressmen pressed Wray to “explain why almost a year after the OIG’s report about FISA abuses, the FISC found the FBI to still be abusing its warrantless surveillance authority under section 702” and to supply “a detailed accounting of every instance since December 2019 in which the FBI has queried, accessed, otherwise used information obtained pursuant to section 702 for purposes unrelated to national security.”

They also asked the FBI director to detail what moves he has made “in the wake of the FISC’s November 2020 memorandum opinion and order to prevent the FBI from using its section 702 authorities to surveil, investigate, or otherwise examine U.S. citizens.”

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Grassley asks Secretary of State Blinken to detail conflicts of interest involving John Kerry

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Iowa GOP Sen. Chuck Grassley is asking the State Department to release additional information detailing the personal finances of President Biden’s special envoy for climate, John Kerry, and any potential conflicts of interest he has between his official duties and private investments.

Grassley sent a letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Monday asking his department to specify what Kerry is barred from working on due to potential conflicts of interest.

The request follows Axios reporting Friday that Kerry disclosed millions of dollars in income  from finance and energy firms.

In Grassley’s letter, the senator said it is “unclear exactly what matters Mr. Kerry has been barred from working on and whether he has received any waivers for specific matters that he would otherwise be recused from.”

Grassley, the top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, is asking the department to hand over all emails, memorabilia and documents about all potential conflicts of interest. Grassley gave the department a deadline of May 17 to get him documents.

Among the finances Kerry disclosed were a $5 million salary from Bank of America after his stint in the Obama administration; $382,000 in speaking fees from Deutsche Bank, Waste Management and Cornell University; and $125,000 in consulting fees from The Rise Fund, an investment firm dedicated to renewable and sustainable energy.

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