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Mitch Daniels, former Indiana governor, decides against 2024 Senate run
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Mitch Daniels, former Indiana governor, decides against 2024 Senate run

CNN  —  Mitch Daniels decided against a 2024 Indiana Senate bid, ending the possibility of a high-stakes Republican primary between the popular former governor and Trump-world, which has aligned behind Rep. Jim Banks. Daniels said in a statement he decided “it’s just not the job for me, not the town for me, and not the life I want to live at this point.” Daniels, 73, recently retired as Purdue University president and was considering a run for the seat Sen. Mike Braun is leaving to run for governor in 2024. Last week, he visited Washington, meeting with several senators as he weighed a return to politics. He said he considered a run “on an explicitly one-term basis,” and wanted to do...
These are the 4 women who will control the most powerful levers of government
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These are the 4 women who will control the most powerful levers of government

CNN  —  When Susan Collins first arrived in the Senate in 1997, a male colleague approached her about committee assignments and assumed that the Maine Republican would want to serve on education and child care panels. “I said, ‘Yes, those are really important,’” Collins recalled. Then she told her colleague: “And I want to be on the Armed Services Committee.” It was seen as a bold ask at a time when there were only a handful of women serving in Congress, and they didn’t even have their own bathroom yet, let alone coveted committee seats or powerful gavels. But more than 25 years later, Collins – along with Democratic Sen. Patty Murray of Washington state, Republican Rep. Kay Granger of Texas and De...
Japanese prime minister’s visit highlights Biden strategy
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Japanese prime minister’s visit highlights Biden strategy

CNN  —  As President Joe Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida met privately in Tokyo last year, Biden delivered a message that was as strategic as it was genuine. US support for a more assertive defense and security posture from Japan was understood, but Biden made clear that if there was anything he could offer to bolster – or provide cover for – that effort, it should be considered on the table. Eight months later, the product of that one-on-one meeting was marked by another. This time the backdrop was the Oval Office. “Let me be crystal clear,” Biden said as he sat beside Kishida surrounded by cameras. “The United States is fully, thoroughly, completely committed to th...
Justice Department wants to talk to people hired to search Trump properties for classified docs
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Justice Department wants to talk to people hired to search Trump properties for classified docs

CNN  —  The Justice Department is seeking to question two people who searched Donald Trump’s properties in November, as federal investigators have asked whether the former president returned all classified documents to the federal government, sources familiar with the probe tell CNN. The development is the latest sign that the Justice Department is continuing to investigate, after telling a federal court last year it believed there was possible obstruction of justice related to Trump’s handling of classified materials. The Trump investigation moves forward as President Joe Biden now faces his own special counsel investigation into the handling of classified records, inviting comparisons between the...
Kevin McCarthy stands by George Santos
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Kevin McCarthy stands by George Santos

CNN  —  Rep. George Santos, the recently elected GOP congressman from New York who has admitted to lying about parts of his resume, is facing escalating backlash from his own party as a growing number of House Republican lawmakers call for him to resign or say he can’t serve effectively even as Speaker Kevin McCarthy has stood by the embattled congressman. Santos has so far been defiant, pushing back on calls for his resignation – and House GOP leadership has not called on him to do so. Instead, McCarthy, a Republican from California, has indicated he will not join demands from New York GOP leaders, and others, for Santos’ resignation – and has indicated that Santos is on track to still receive committee assig...
How Josh Shapiro rode his record as Pennsylvania attorney general to the governor’s mansion
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How Josh Shapiro rode his record as Pennsylvania attorney general to the governor’s mansion

CNN  —  Josh Shapiro had a massive spending advantage and a weak Republican opponent, but the incoming Pennsylvania governor thinks Democrats should still take note of how he made voters see his fight-for-the-little-guy speeches as more than just talk – and racked up the party’s biggest margin in any swing-state race of 2022. “My sense is people don’t think government will have the courage to take on the powerful and then be able to deliver,” Shapiro said in an interview with CNN. “So I think some people are like, ‘This guy really did take on the big guy, and he really did deliver something.’” What he’s talking about is a wide record of six years as Pennsylvania attorney general. He didn’t just b...
Key takeaways from the Jan. 6 committee’s final report
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Key takeaways from the Jan. 6 committee’s final report

CNN  —  The House select committee investigating January 6, 2021, laid out a damning case over 800-plus pages that former President Donald Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election led to the violence at the US Capitol, documenting the ex-chief executive’s actions for the record and potentially for criminal investigators. On Monday, the committee referred Trump to the Justice Department on four criminal charges. On Thursday, the committee effectively showed its work for why it believes Trump is criminally liable for his actions. In its report, the committee recommends barring Trump from holding office again. Here are key takeaways from the committee’s final report: ...
Why Zelensky’s surprise US visit is so hugely significant
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Why Zelensky’s surprise US visit is so hugely significant

CNN  —  President Volodymyr Zelensky’s White House visit Wednesday will symbolically bolster America’s role as the arsenal of democracy in the bitter war for Ukraine’s survival and send a stunning public rebuke to Russian President Vladimir Putin. That his first trip outside Ukraine since the Russian invasion in February is to the United States will also highlight President Joe Biden’s historic role in reviving the Western alliance that kept the Soviet Union at bay and is now countering new expansionism by Moscow in an effective proxy war between nuclear superpowers. Zelensky’s arrival will draw poignant echoes of British Prime Minister Winston Churchill’s arrival in Washington, 81 years ago on Thu...
Pat Toomey says Trump’s influence on GOP is ‘waning’
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Pat Toomey says Trump’s influence on GOP is ‘waning’

Washington CNN  —  Retiring Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey offered a pointed closing message for his fellow Republican colleagues on Sunday, saying that former President Donald Trump’s hold on the party is “waning.” “I have heard from many, many formerly very pro-Trump voters that they think it’s time for our party to move on,” Toomey told CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union.” “So yes, I think that process is underway. … It’s not a flip of a switch, it doesn’t happen overnight. He still has a significant following, that’s for sure. But I do think his influence is waning,” he added. Toomey’s comments highlight an ongoing rift within the GOP about how to respond to the party’s underwh...
Trump’s bad week is bad news for his comeback
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Trump’s bad week is bad news for his comeback

CNN  —  Former President Donald Trump’s bad week is bad news for his comeback. His family business was convicted Tuesday of criminal tax fraud. On the same day, his hand-picked candidate lost a winnable Senate race in a red state. The House January 6 committee has decided to make criminal referrals to the Justice Department – possibly of him or his close associates. And his call to terminate the Constitution has once again backed Republicans into a corner. So many premature political obituaries have been written for Trump that it would be foolish to write him off as he embarks on his third consecutive White House bid. But it’s getting more and more difficult to figure out how th...