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Congress Passes $700 Billion 'Inflation Reduction' Act

The House on Friday passed the $700 billion Inflation Reduction Act, which, unlike its moniker, would not reduce inflation and instead spends hundreds of billions of dollars on climate change and Obamacare programs.

Trump: DOJ, FBI Previously Asked for Extra Lock on Document Storage Room They Broke During Raid

Former President Donald Trump said the Justice Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation asked him to add extra locks on the document storage room at Mar-a-Lago, the same room they broke into during the raid. 

GOP Rips Biden’s ‘Ridiculous’ 0% Inflation Spin: WH ‘Living in Fairytale’ as Americans Living ‘Nightmare’

Following President Joe Biden’s claim America experienced “zero inflation” this past month, Republican officials in the House and Senate derided the “out of touch” remarks, accusing the Biden administration of “living in a fairytale while Americans are living in a nightmare.”

Nolte: Mitch McConnell Finally Weighs In on FBI Trump Raid with Limp Statement

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY)  made a fool of himself Tuesday evening by finally releasing a limp and late statement about Monday's outrageous FBI raid on former President Trump's private residence.

Exclusive — Sen. John Cornyn on Reported Reason for Trump Raid: ‘Thin Gruel’

Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) thinks that the reported reason for the FBI raid of former President Donald Trump’s personal residence at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida, is “thin gruel.”

Mitch McConnell Refuses to Answer Questions on FBI's Mar-a-Lago Raid

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) refused to answer questions about the FBI’s raid on Mar-a-Lago, the home of former President Donald Trump.

Bennet on Inflation Reduction Act: GOP 'Lies' Have 'Done So Much Damage to this Country'

By: Pam Key · Pam Key
Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) said Monday on MSNBC's "Chris Jansing Reports" that Republicans' "lies" have "done so much damage to this country" while discussing the Democrats' climate, tax and health legislation they called the Inflation Reduction Act.

Donald Trump: Democrats 'Played' Mitch McConnell 'Like a Fiddle' on Reconciliation Bill

Former President Donald Trump ripped Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), stating Democrats bamboozled him on the $700 billion Inflation Reduction Act. 

McConnell Confident He Will Be Re-Elected Leader -- 'If Anybody Wants to Challenge Me, Have at It'

Wednesday, during an appearance on FNC's "Special Report," Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) predicted with confidence he would be reelected as Republican leader of the U.S. Senate, regardless if his party wins the majority or remains in the minority after the November midterm elections.

Sen. McConnell: It ain’t us, babe

(Scott Johnson)

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell sat for an interview with Bret Baier on Special Report last night. Senator McConnell himself has posted the video below on YouTube. In it he explains the Schumer/Manchin Bummer Beyond Belief light bill as beyond his power to affect. It is a reconciliation package that requires only the Democratic majority for adoption. “Reconciliation is something done by one party only,” McConnell explained. “There’s nothing we could have done to prevent the Democrats from doing a bill that only they will vote for — so it’s not a question of being played here,” he added. Translation: Republicans are innocent bystanders.

However, Senator McConnell vowed to stop any reconciliation bill before he and 16 other Republican Senators joined the Democrats to pass the CHIPS spenderama. The CHIPS spenderama was the predicate to the Schumer/Manchin deal. It was to be held hostage to prevent any reconciliation bill. See Senator McConnell’s tweet below.

Let me be perfectly clear: there will be no bipartisan USICA as long as Democrats are pursuing a partisan reconciliation bill.

— Leader McConnell (@LeaderMcConnell) June 30, 2022

Baier took up the question as posed by Joe over Twitter: didn’t Republicans get played? That was the point of Kim Strassel’s Wall Street Journal column “Manchin and the GOP dupes.”

In his remarks to Baier Senator McConnell implied that the Spenderama 17 relied on the previous public protestations of Joe Manchin. Really? Baier simply moves on from McConnell’s explanation quoted in the first paragraph above.

The 17 GOP Senators might have been dupes. They might have been collaborators. What were they thinking? Who did what to whom?

That question deserves an answer that should be reported out, but it appears to be beyond the scope of the Washington press corps. At the least, Senator McConnell should be pressed for an answer with specifics beyond the pat self-exculpation he served up to Baier.

BBB light: What happened?

(Scott Johnson)

Minnesota Sixth District Rep. Tom Emmer is chairman of the Republican Congressional Campaign Committee. He appears weekly for a segment on Jon Justice’s morning news/talk show in the Twin Cities. Jon let me ask Emmer a question about the passage of the CHIPS bill spenderama with the support of 17 Senate Republicans and 24 House Republicans while the Democrat tax-and-spend Bummer Beyond Belief was still in play. Tom referred to “leadership,” which I understood to mean Senate Minority Leader McConnell. We get emails from McConnell’s communications team every day. Yesterday morning I asked them for a statement on the current situation. I have yet to see any reporting on it.

The Schumer/Manchin BBB light is now presented under the ludicrous label of “Inflation Reduction Act.” The editors of Issues and Insight take a look at the elements of the package in “The ‘Inflation Reduction Act’ Is A Lie, Pure And Simple.” I don’t think that’s sufficiently harsh, but it will have to do for the moment.

Poll: Lisa Murkowski Underwater with Alaska GOP Voters as Primary Nears

Establishment Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) is underwater with Alaskan Republican voters, according to a Monday Morning Consult poll. 

MO GOP Senate Candidate Eric Greitens: 'Never Trump Politician' Pete Ricketts 'Has No Business' Meddling in MO Elections

Former Gov. Eric Greitens (R-MO) slammed "Never Trump politician" Gov. Pete Ricketts (R-NE) for contributing hundreds of thousands of dollars to the Show Me Values PAC, which was established to stop Greitens from securing the Republican nomination in Missouri's U.S. Senate race.

Ilhan Omar: 'Republicans Are Regressing Us' Back to When Freedoms Weren't for Everyone

By: Pam Key · Pam Key
Representative Ilhan Omar (D-MN) said Tuesday on MSNBC's "The Beat" that "right-wing Republicans are regressing us back to a day" where not everyone had freedoms while discussing being arrested earlier at an abortion rights protest outside the Capitol.