BREAKING: GOP Rep. Farenthold RESIGNS Amidst Harassment Allegations

Texas Republican Representative Blake Farenthold has decided to resign from his position after it was revealed that he has been responsible for being inappropriate with members of his staff. The
Source: http://rightwingnews.com/top-news/breaking-gop-rep-farenthold-resigns-amidst-allegations/

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Jordan helps Zeldin fundraise after Ryan cancels help

Freedom Caucus leader Jim Jordan will headline a fundraiser for Rep. Lee Zeldin in New York Thursday night — a last-minute, line-up addition that comes after Speaker Paul Ryan backed out of an earlier Zeldin re-election event.

Jordan told POLITICO that he was dining with Zeldin Wednesday evening when his colleague asked for his help. Zeldin, an early Trump supporter, could face a tough re-election — though Cook Political Report current rates his district as “likely Republican.”

The paring is noteworthy not only because the two Republicans are on opposite sides of the GOP political spectrum but because of the timing: Jordan’s assistance comes a few days after Ryan withdrew his expected attendance at a Zeldin fundraiser because he opposed the Republican tax reform bill.

Zeldin’s constituents rely heavily on the state and local tax deduction, which was eliminated as part of the House GOP tax package. Still, Jordan, who will appear at the event alongside former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, said Ryan’s punishment tactics weren’t merited.

“I don’t think that’s appropriate — what leadership did,” Jordan said. “All I know is I like Lee. I think he’s a good member, a very smart member. And he asked if I could come and I worked on our schedules. And said ‘Okay, I’ll do, I’m happy to do it.’”

Source: https://www.politico.com/story/2017/12/14/jim-jordan-headline-lee-zeldin-fundraiser-296164

White House deflects gun questions on Sandy Hook anniversary

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders deflected questions about gun legislation when asked Thursday about the fifth anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting that claimed the lives of 26 people.

Pressed on whether President Donald Trump’s administration is pursuing legislation to prevent further mass shootings, like the 2012 school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, or another in Las Vegas earlier this year, Sanders instead pointed to the White House’s push to tighten U.S. borders and strengthen national security.

“One of the areas that the president has been outspoken about — not necessarily to those two instances but just more broadly speaking in terms of national security and protecting individuals, certainly, through border security — stronger vetting processes and looking at whether there are other regulations that could be put in place to offer protection,” Sanders said at the daily press briefing. Neither of the shooters in the two instances mentioned were immigrants to the U.S.

Democratic lawmakers marked the shooting’s anniversary by renewing calls for increased gun regulation.

Sanders would not discuss whether gun legislation should be pursued.

“Look this is a president who knows that his number one responsibility is to look for ways to protect American citizens, and we try to do that every single day,” Sanders said. “Whether or not there’s a regulation that could’ve been put in place that could’ve prevented those things, frankly I’m not aware of what that would be.”

Source: https://www.politico.com/story/2017/12/14/sandy-hook-anniversary-gun-control-white-house-296111

Kamala Harris says Trump should resign

Sen. Kamala Harris on Thursday called for President Donald Trump to resign over accusations of sexual harassment and assault, becoming the seventh senator to publicly call for Trump’s resignation.

“I think he should resign in the best interest of the country,” the California Democrat told POLITICO in an interview.

Harris’ remarks come as Trump faces renewed scrutiny over past accusations of sexual misconduct. At least 16 women have accused Trump of inappropriate behavior, and he inflamed critics again this week when he said in a tweet that Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) used to “come to my office ‘begging’ for campaign contributions” and that she “would do anything for them.”

Harris, like Gillibrand a potential presidential contender in 2020, said Trump’s tweet “was completely inappropriate on every level.”

“First of all, we know he’s not going to resign,” Harris said. “So let’s just be clear about that. But if he were going to make a decision that was in the best interest of the country, I think he should. He should seriously consider it.”

Harris follows Gillibrand and Sens. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in calling for Trump’s resignation.

Trump has repeatedly denied accusations of sexual misconduct, taking to Twitter this week to deride what he called “false accusations and fabricated stories.”

Harris said she believes Trump’s accusers and that “there should be some inquiry into the veracity of their claims.”

Asked if the country had reached a turning point on issues of sexual harassment, Harris said, “I don’t think we have arrived at that point.”

“I’ll give you a specific example,” Harris said. “You can talk to a lot of women senators who will talk about what it’s been like around here for the last few weeks, when we’re debating a tax bill – we haven’t seen tax reform attempted since 1986 – and that’s not the question that is the lead question or any question that’s being asked of women.”

Instead, Harris said, women senators are primarily asked about sexual harassment.

“There have been people saying, ‘Well, this is the issue for the women of the Senate,’ which is ridiculous,” she said. “We still have a lot of work to do on having people understand this is everyone’s issue.”

Source: https://www.politico.com/story/2017/12/14/kamala-harris-trump-should-resign-296082

White House: Trump would be ‘very unhappy’ if Speaker Ryan left

President Donald Trump told House Speaker Paul Ryan he would be “very unhappy” if the Wisconsin Republican retired after the 2018 elections, the White House said Thursday.

POLITICO reported earlier Thursday that Ryan has told his closest confidants that his current term as House speaker will be his last. POLITICO also noted that in three dozen interviews with lawmakers, aides, conservative intellectuals and lobbyists, not one believed Ryan would stay in Congress past 2018.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters that Trump had spoken to Ryan ahead of Thursday’s press briefing, within hours of POLITICO’s report being published.

“The president did speak to the speaker not too long ago and made sure that the speaker knew very clearly — and in no uncertain terms — that if that news was true, he was very unhappy with it,” Sanders said. “The speaker assured the president that those were not accurate reports and that they look forward to working together for a long time to come.”

Ryan spokeswoman AshLee Strong dismissed POLITICO’s reporting as “pure speculation.”

“As the speaker himself said today, he’s not going anywhere anytime soon,” she said.

Asked whether the president was caught off guard by reports of Ryan eyeing the exits, Sanders suggested that Trump and Ryan were both surprised “because I don’t think it was very accurate reporting.”

“And so it sounds like they’re both committed to and looking forward to spending a lot more time together over the next, you know, hopefully seven, eight years,” Sanders said.

Source: https://www.politico.com/story/2017/12/14/paul-ryan-may-retire-white-house-reaction-296014

White House: Trump would be ‘very unhappy’ if Speaker Ryan left

President Donald Trump told House Speaker Paul Ryan he would be “very unhappy” if the Wisconsin Republican retired after the 2018 elections, the White House said Thursday.

POLITICO reported earlier Thursday that Ryan has told his closest confidants that his current term as House speaker will be his last. POLITICO also noted that in three dozen interviews with lawmakers, aides, conservative intellectuals and lobbyists, not one believed Ryan would stay in Congress past 2018.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters that Trump had spoken to Ryan ahead of Thursday’s press briefing, within hours of POLITICO’s report being published.

“The president did speak to the speaker not too long ago and made sure that the speaker knew very clearly — and in no uncertain terms — that if that news was true, he was very unhappy with it,” Sanders said. “The speaker assured the president that those were not accurate reports and that they look forward to working together for a long time to come.”

Ryan spokeswoman AshLee Strong dismissed POLITICO’s reporting as “pure speculation.”

“As the speaker himself said today, he’s not going anywhere anytime soon,” she said.

Asked whether the president was caught off guard by reports of Ryan eyeing the exits, Sanders suggested that Trump and Ryan were both surprised “because I don’t think it was very accurate reporting.”

“And so it sounds like they’re both committed to and looking forward to spending a lot more time together over the next, you know, hopefully seven, eight years,” Sanders said.

Source: https://www.politico.com/story/2017/12/14/paul-ryan-may-retire-white-house-reaction-296014