Dick Cheney brands Donald Trump ‘greatest ever threat to our Republic’
Former President Donald Trump is set to address one of his “Save America” rallies in Waukesha, Wisconsin on Friday night, the same day that the Republican National Committee selected nearby Milwaukee as its choice of venue for the party’s 2024 convention.
With an eye on retaking Wisconsin in the next presidential election after Mr Trump’s shock victory in the state in 2016, which made him the first Republican to win there since Ronald Reagan in 1984. President Joe Biden won the state back for the Democratic Party in 2020.
In related news, attorneys representing Mr Trump are reportedly in contact with the Department of Justice in hopes of shielding conversations with his former advisers from the criminal probe into his attempt to overturn the results of the 2020 election.
Earlier, investigators leading the federal probe filed a lawsuit against former White House adviser Peter Navarro to recover emails relevant to its investigation into Mr Trump’s role.
The probe has also subpoenaed former White House counsel Pat Cipollone and his deputy Patrick Philbin. The counsel’s office is thought to have been crucial in refusing to let the former president politicise the executive branch’s legal apparatus to secure a second term.
GOP picks Milwaukee as host city for 2024 convention
The Republican National Committee announced that it will host its 2024 convention in Milwaukee as the party hopes to retake Wisconsin in that year’s presidential election.
The RNC released a statement saying its committee members picked the city unanimously.
Republicans hope to take back Wisconsin in 2024.
Oliver O’Connell5 August 2022 20:30
Democrats reach deal with Sinema to pass Inflation Reduction Act
Senator Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona announced on Thursday night that she reached an agreement with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer on passing Democrats’ $430bn climate and health care legislation known as the Inflation Reduction Act.
Ms Sinema was the last holdout among Democratic senators on the agreement, struck last week by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Senator Joe Manchin.
Eric Garcia reports from Capitol Hill.
Bill needed Sinema’s nod as Democrats could not risk losing support from even a single lawmaker
Oliver O’Connell5 August 2022 20:10
‘Widespread’ job growth: US unemployment rate drops to 3.5 per cent
Despite persistent inflation, the Department of Labor said job growth in the US was “widespread” in July, with “leisure and hospitality, professional and business services, and health care” sectors all adding jobs.
Such impressive job growth will further intensify the debate as to whether the US is slipping into a recession amid the growing consensus that the economy is running out of steam following the post-pandemic lockdown boom. Many economists believe a strong jobs market is preventing that from happening.
Andrew Feinberg reports from Washington, DC.
‘Both total nonfarm employment and the unemployment rate have returned to their February 2020 pre-pandemic levels’
Oliver O’Connell5 August 2022 19:50
Biden feels ‘very well’, but still testing positive for Covid
In a memorandum released by the White House press office, Physician to the President Dr Kevin O’Connor said Mr Biden “continues to feel well” despite continuing to exhibit rebound positivity after the Paxlovid treatment he underwent after initially testing positive for the coronavirus last month.
Andrew Feinberg has the latest on the president’s condition.
Mr Biden is schedule to resume participating in public events next week
Oliver O’Connell5 August 2022 19:30
House to return on 12 August for IRA vote
The House of Representatives will return on 12 August to give final passage to the Senate reconciliation Inflation Reduction Act bill, per majority leader Steny Hoyer.
Oliver O’Connell5 August 2022 19:09
GOP picks Milwaukee for 2024 convention
Few states so obsess Donald Trump as Wisconsin, which the former president won in 2016 but lost in 2020. Mr Trump has lately been fixating on what he claims is evidence that the state’s vote for Joe Biden was compromised, and is insisting that Republicans in the state legislature somehow have the power to formally overturn the election.
There is no sign of that happening, and Mr Trump will be appearing in Wisconsin tonight with primary challengers tackling Republicans who decline to do his bidding. And just in time for his visit, the Republican Party is announcing that it will hold its 2024 presidential convention in the state’s largest city, Milwaukee.
Andrew Naughtie5 August 2022 18:20
Watch: Cheney on Pence
Liz Cheney has given an interview to CNN in which she celebrates Mike Pence’s actions on 6 January 2021, calling him nothing less than “a hero” for safeguarding the certification of the 2020 election.
Ms Cheney’s primary on 16 August puts her up against a candidate endorsed by both Donald Trump and Kevin McCarthy, but Mr Pence has not so far endorsed anyone.
Andrew Naughtie5 August 2022 17:45
Jan 6 performance art at CPAC
The prison experiences of 6 January riot defendants have become something of a minor cause celebre on part of the American right, at least the part intent on radically reframing the Capitol attack and its significance.
This is being taken to a new extreme at CPAC, where a performance art installation features a fictional rioter in a red Trump hat weeping in jail.
Andrew Naughtie5 August 2022 17:02
Trump-backed candidate drops president from ads post-primary
Blake Masters won Arizona’s GOP Senate primary on Tuesday with Donald Trump’s blessing – but with the state more competitive than ever, he is already rebranding himself to appeal to a wider electorate. In a new ad, his wife celebrates that “He’s in it because he loves his country so much, and he loves this state so much” – before Mr Masters’ new tagline appears: “A true independent for Arizona”.
Neither Mr Trump nor the Republican Party are mentioned at any point.
Mr Masters was hit by an unedifying story late in his primary campaign when reporters resurfaced online posts in which he had floated the conspiracy theory that the US was manipulated into joining the Second World War by shadowy Jewish elites. He was endorsed in his campaign by the founder of an infamous neo-Nazi website – an endorsement he rejected.
Andrew Naughtie5 August 2022 16:00
Georgia: Herschel Walker claims to have initiated debates he long avoided
Herschel Walker, the Trump-backed Republican Senate candidate in Georgia, has worried many in the GOP with his variously erratic and controversial public appearances, which combined with his history of personal scandals have left many observers worrying he could cost them a winnable seat.
Having avoided taking part in any debates during the Republican primary, Mr Walker has since agreed to debate his rival, Democratic incumbent Raphael Warnock. Bizarrely, he claims that the debates were his idea and that Mr Walker is somehow wary of talking to him in front of Georgia voters, when in fact it was Mr Warnock who spent weeks challenging Mr Walker to accept his invitation.
Andrew Naughtie5 August 2022 15:29