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2012 In Review: Obama Coalition Enshrines Liberals As America’s New Moral Majority



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2012 was a watershed year that historians — and all Americans — will look to as the moment reborn Democratic politics won the nation, and liberals and progressives became enshrined as the voice of America’s new moral majority. The re-election of Barack Obama was another significant nail in the Tea Party and Republican Party coffins. Crazed GOP politicians advocating against women’s rights, misogynistic conservatives claiming there are different kinds rape — as if some rapes aren’t really rapes — and their compatriots promoting vaginal probes as a “necessary” prerequisite to abortion, really sunk the level of humanity in America. And forced common sense progressives, Democrats, and independents into action.

Then, there was the man without a plan, Mr. Etch-A-Sketch himself, the man who “didn’t know [gay] people had families,” Mitt Romney. What America learned about Mitt and LGBT families, women, and minorities alone could fill “binders”  — not that anyone would care at this point to read them.

Five years from now, we’ll all have to squeeze our brains hard to even remember his name. But Mitt Romney did change the landscape, and the nation, into a more progressive electorate, so, perhaps we should thank him?

Well, okay, no.

Of course there’s always Rick Santorum; we’ll be seeing lots more of Santorum over the next few years since he’s already declared his hope of running in 2016.

Bryan Fischer, the public face of the certified anti-gay hate group, American Family Association, next to Barack Obama, perhaps was our most-reported person, yet didn’t make any of our top 100 stories this year, which — despite Fischer’s growing popularity among the radical religious right — is indicative of how the radical religious right’s importance itself is fading quickly.

So, how did we get here? How did we create this year in review?

We looked at our top 100 stories ranked by total readership, mixed in some non-quantifiable points for actual importance, looked at related stories, put it all in context, and now we are happy to share with you The New Civil Rights Movement’s year in review of the top ten most important issues for 2012.

Congratulations on a battle well-fought, and won, and Happy New Year!


2012 In Review: The New Civil Rights Movement’s Top Ten Issues

1. The “Obama Realignment,” America’s New Reality:

“When you do it once, it’s just a victory. When you do it twice, it’s a realignment,” wrote New York Times’ conservative writer and occasional NCRM target of ire, Ross Douthat, at 3:28 AM on November 7 — just hours after the election was called in favor of President Obama:

The coalition that Barack Obama put together to win the presidency handily in 2008 looked a lot like the emerging Democratic majority that optimistic liberals had been discerning on the political horizon since the 1990s. It was the late George McGovern’s losing coalition from 1972 finally come of age: Young voters, the unmarried, African-Americans, Hispanics, the liberal professional class – and then more than enough of the party’s old blue collar base to hold the Rust Belt for the Democrats.

Of course, Douthat, a Roman Catholic, “forgot” the LGBT community, whom some, like Mr. Douthat’s own paper, credit as “decisive” in swaying the election towards the President.

Maddow To GOP: ‘The Moon Landing Was Real, Evolution Is A Thing’

Watch: George Takei’s Endorsement Of Barack Obama Will Make You Cry

Lena Dunham’s ‘Vote For Obama’ Ad Is Totally Cute — And Making Conservatives Freak Out

Jane Lynch Really Wants You To Watch This Awesome Video

NY Times Endorses Obama In Editorial You Absolutely Must Share With Everyone You Know

‘Barack Obama Really Is The Man You Have Always Believed Him To Be’

Rosie Perez Mocks Mitt: ‘If You Were A Gay Latina’ You Would Win (Video)


2. Todd Akin & Co.: Legitimate Rape, Forcible Rape, Rape Rape, And GOP Lawmakers Who Have No Clue How Women’s Bodies Work:

Sunday, August, 19 was the moment Republican Congressman Todd Akin rallied the troops for one of the greatest battles in the War On Women. Akin’s “legitimate rape” comments were so utterly offensive, ignorant, and frightening, that progressives, liberals, Democrats, and even Republicans denounced them — and him. The War on Women, 2012 Edition, strategically launched in January by President Obama’s team, when Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius announced the President’s plan to ensure contraception services are available to all women, and that insurers must pay the cost, culminating in Rush Limbaugh calling Sandra Fluke a “slut,” and, months later, Todd Akin’s atrocious comments, but along the battlefield state Republicans did all they could, often unconstitutionally, to eliminate abortion.

Sadly, women (and men) who are victims of rape were forced to relive those experiences over and over and over again, each time a new lawmaker displayed inhuman “understanding” of how women’s bodies work.

US Congressman: Rape Victims’ Bodies ‘Shut Down’ Pregnancies Automatically, No Need For Abortion

Rape: How Many Different Kinds Does The GOP Believe There Are?

‘Pregnancy Begins 2 Weeks Before Conception’ Now The Law In Arizona

Tennessee: Miscarriage Will Be Murder — Legislature Passes Embryo Bill

Independent Women: Whatever The Hell You Do On Tuesday, Don’t Make Mitt Romney Our President

Melissa Harris Perry Talks About Rape: A Letter To Richard Mourdock (Video)

GOP Congressman: No Abortion — ‘You Can’t Find One Instance’ Of Death From Childbirth

50! Rush Limbaugh Quitting Advertisers List Hits Milestone

Limbaugh: Apologies, Excuses and Sluts

Limbaugh: Law Student GOP Wouldn’t Let Testify Must Post Sex Tapes Online


3. Mitt Romney, Gay People,  and LGBT Families:

Mitt Romney’s foray into LGBT equality, while trying to unseat U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy in the 1990’s, was the exact opposite of whom Mitt Romney actually proved himself to be. A high school gay-bashing bully turned Massachusetts Governor who looked LGBT parents in the eyes and proclaimed, “I didn’t know you had families,” Romney’s presidential surrogate in 2012 proclaimed the Governor not only does not believe in same-sex marriage (a given,) but that he would deny same-sex partners the right to visit their loved ones int he hospital.

‘I Didn’t Know You Had Families’ Mitt Romney Told Group Of Gay Parents

Mitt Romney Was A High School Gay-Bashing Bully

Romney: Hospital Visitation For Gay Couples Are ‘Benefits’ Not Rights

Romney Tells Congress Gay Marriage ‘May Affect Development Of Children And Society’

Watch: Romney Angered ‘Some Gays Are Actually Having Children Born To Them’

As Governor, Romney Investigated Every Gay Parent’s Birth Certificate Request For Each Newborn Child

Will The Real Romney Campaign Please Step Forward?

Romney Anti-LGBT Policies Crafted By Rick Smart-People-Are-Not-On-Our-Side Santorum

‘Obama Is Trying To Force Gay Marriage On This Country’ Says Pro-Romney Ad


4. Uganda’s “Kill The Gays” Bill:

Since 2009, Uganda‘s now-infamous “Kill The Gays” bill has been trotted out in an attempt to not only marginalize LGBT people, but to advance political careers of greedy Ugandan politicians. Of course, the bill does call for the death penalty for the “crime” of being gay — despite regular, annual pronouncements from the BBC and CNN that the death penalty has been “removed,” a sheer legislative impossibility, according to the U.S. State Department.

Pope Benedict Blesses Top Lawmaker Pushing Uganda’s Kill The Gays Bill

Fischer: ‘There Is No Kill The Gays Bill In Uganda — Doesn’t Exist’

GetEQUAL Calls On US Senators To Repudiate Uganda Kill The Gays Bill

Kill The Gays Bill: Uganda Expert Calls Out Journalists For False Reports Of Death Penalty Removal

Rick Warren Admits What Poll Shows: Churches Have Responsibility For Anti-Gay Hate

On Uganda, HRC Attacks Tony Perkins, Ties Osteen And Warren To Lawmakers

US Official’s Comments Suggest Death Penalty Not Removed From Uganda Kill The Gays Bill

Tony Perkins: Uganda President ‘Leading His Nation’ With ‘Kill The Gays’ Bill


5. Chick-Fil-A:

When Chick-Fil-A‘s Dan Cathy told a reporter he was “guilty as charged” for believing and supporting “traditional marriage,” the LGBT community and our supporters went ballistic, but the real story was not Cathy’s beliefs — who care what a chicken maven thinks? — but rater, that Dan Cathy and his family’s fortunes have been paying for millions of dollars of anti-LGBT hate. Yes, Cathy and his family, and their “charitable” foundation, have spent over $5 million in just the past few years, fighting same-sex marriage and supporting anti-gay groups, and even one infamous anti-gay hate group, the Family Research Council.

This was never a “free speech” issue, this is an issue about people actively supporting anti-gay hate.

Sadly, the mainstream media almost always got every single detail wrong.

Five Reasons Chick-Fil-A Isn’t What You Think

Chick-Fil-A Profits Are Supporting Uganda’s ‘Kill The Gays’ Bill?

Chick-Fil-A Has Spent $5 Million On Groups Trying To Stop Gay Marriage

Chick-Fil-A Veteran: Employees ‘Expect To Get Patted On The Back’ For Anti-Gay Hate

Chick-Fil-A Promises Mike Huckabee ‘We Have Made No Concessions’

Attention, Members Of The Media: Here’s Why FRC Is Labeled A ‘Hate Group’

Chick-Fil-A: Because It’s Only ‘Free Speech’ If You Agree With Homophobes

6. Coming Out Is Still Important:

Astronaut Sally Ride came out, literally posthumously, as a lesbian. Anderson Cooper came out via an email to a conservative blogger. Sam Champion, another news veteran, came out at the (same-sex) wedding of Thomas Roberts, yet another popular name in journalism. Boxer Orlando Cruz secured his nme in history books for coming out in a brutal sport not know for tolerance. Kevin McClatchy, Pittsburgh’s son and, yes, owner of a news company, also came out.

Add to the list Insanity workout creator Shaun T, singer-songwriter Frank Ocean, and already out but no one knew, Nate Silver.

Then, of course, there was Lee Thompson, better known as “Uncle Poodle” on TLC’s oddly-famous reality show, “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.”

It was a year of journalists, celebrities, and sports figures taking the plunge, but marked by an extreme casualness about the coming out “announcement.” Now, for those in the spotlight, making a big deal of coming out is extreme, and reactions are pretty much always supportive.

But this must not stop America’s icons of making it known. Children and teens still need role models, and knowing your favorite chef/sportscaster/astronaut/journalist, or even boy/girl next door is LGBT,  can make all the difference.

(For an excellent look at the top 50 LGBT people who came out in 2012, visit Towleroad’s report.)

Sally Ride, First U.S. Woman In Space, A Lesbian, Dies Of Cancer At 61

Gay Boxer Orlando Cruz Wins First Match Since Coming Out

Welcome Out, Anderson Cooper!

Breaking: Anderson Cooper Says ‘The Fact Is, I’m Gay’

Watch: Gay College Student Who Confronted Scalia Calls Justice’s Comments ‘Absurd’

Olympic Gold Medalist Megan Rapinoe On Why Gay Athletes Should Come Out

Great (Alan) Scott, Green Lantern Is Gay!

Nate Silver Just Became Out Magazine’s Person Of The Year

It Doesn’t Matter Nate Silver Is Gay. It Matters America Knows He Is.

Honey Boo Boo’s Uncle Poodle: ‘I’m Gay, But I’m As Redneck As I Can Get’


7. The Radical Religious Right:

2012 will become known as the year the radical religious grew louder, because their voices becoming increasingly ignored. People like Bryan Fischer, Tony Perkins, and even Rick Warren, are now almost irrelevant in the national conversation. Almost.

Rick Santorum sealed his fate this year, first by becoming one of America’s most anti-gay politicians, and second, by aligning himself with the Tea Party and the radical religious right, but then later, joining World Net Daily, home to racism, homophobia, anti-Islamic extremism, birther kings, and the “Obama is gay” clans.

Overall, the radical religious right took up the lion’s share of our attention, when we weren’t focused on the election. It’s time to put them in the dustbowl of history.

Santorum: No One Has Ever Died Because They Didn’t Have Health Care

Breaking: Billy Graham Endorses Romney Then Scrubs Site Calling Mormonism A ‘Cult’

Father’s Hateful Letter To Gay Son After Coming Out Goes Viral

Santorum: Democratic Party An Orgy Of Sex And Homosexuality Preying On Lust

Exclusive: One Million Moms Deletes ‘Green Lantern Is Gay’ Post After Flood Of Pro-Gay Comments

Stephen Colbert Features The New Civil Rights Movement On ‘Colbert Report’

Franklin Graham: Gays Can’t Have Marriage Because ‘Plumbing’ Must Be ‘Completely Different’

Pope Escalates Anti-Gay Marriage Holy War, Compares Gay Marriage To Polygamy

Sally Quinn’s Bullshit Is Why Sane Americans Hate What The Religious Right Has Done To America

Fischer: ‘We Need An Underground Railroad’ To Abduct Children From Gays

Pat Robertson: Gays Must ‘Shut Their Mouth’ Until They Can ‘Bring Forth A Baby From’ …

Pope Benedict Hurls Unhinged Assault In His Anti-Gay Marriage Holy War

8. GOP Voter Suppression:

The Republican Party, the TeaParty, and ALEC created legislation to “fight voter fraud,” which turned out to be voter ID bills that they later admitted were designed to suppress the vote and ensure GOP victories. Then, in the face of no real voter fraud, it turned out actual Republicans were found to be the only ones who actually were engaging in voter fraud — on a huge scale, paid for, knowingly or not, by the RNC and Mitt Romney.

Breaking: GOP Contractor Arrested For Throwing Voter Registrations In Dumpster

Romney And GOP Paying Millions To Firms Tied To Voter Fraud Allegation Scandals

GOP Operative Nathan Sproul Employed Man Arrested For Throwing Voter Registrations In Dumpster

DNC: 1961 Freedom Fighter, Congressman John Lewis Decries GOP Vote Suppression


9. LGBTs At The London 2012 Olympics:

This summer’s Olympics in London were marked by a tremendous number of out LGBT athletes, and The New Civil Rights Movement is proud to have profiled every out LGBT athlete at the Olympics. In total, we published over 40 articles on LGBT athletes.

2012 Olympics: Who Are The LGBT Athletes?

Final Results: Out and Proud Olympians – How They Finished

And a sampling:

Matthew Mitcham, Megan Rapinoe, Pia Sundhage, Jessica Harrison and Carole Peon, and Natalie Cook.


10. Mark Regnerus:

Mark Regnerus will go down in history as the 21st century’s Paul Cameron. A researcher who put money and ideology before valid practices, and came up with a fatally flawed anti-gay parenting “study,” Regnerus has become somewhat of a joke — except to those on the right. The anti-gay hate groups, anti-equality organizations, and radical religious conservatives point to Regnerus’ “study” as proof that LGBT parents are bad parents, that the children we raise — despite all valid evidence to the contrary — aren’t as good as those raised by heterosexual parents.

Of course, what Regnerus actually did was use adults who as children had parents in broken relationships, parents who were divorced, in the process of getting divorced, or hanging out in failed marriages, found some who would claim one of their parents had had a same-sex “relationship,” and then call them gay or lesbian parents — wholly untruthful.

Scott Rose has written dozens, if not almost one hundred articles, debunking Regnerus and his so-called “study.” Sadly the damage has been done, and Regnerus’ work is now included in amicus briefs attacking same-sex marriage. Fortunately, much of the world knows the study is bunk.

Regnerus Scandal Ripped Wide Open As UT Confesses To Major, Systemic Ethics Failures

Princeton University Is Spreading Anti-Gay Lies And Hate To The World

Six More Sociology PhDs Call For Retraction Of Regnerus Anti-Gay ‘Study’

Regnerus Scandal: Prominent Sociologist Delivers Devastating Professional Evaluation

Regnerus Scandal: Researcher Lying, Not Independent From Anti-Gay Funders

Maggie Gallagher: ‘Rare’ That Any Of 650,000 US Same-Sex Relationships Are ‘Stable’

BOMBSHELL: Regnerus Anti-Gay Scandal: Clear Evidence Of Misconduct

Opinion: In Regnerus Study Scandal, Anti-Gay Rights Funder Manipulated Data

IRS Complaint Filed Against NOM And Witherspoon In Regnerus Anti-Gay Study Scandal

Gay Parenting: After The Regnerus Debacle, Where Are The Apologies?

BOMBSHELL: Editor Darren Sherkat Admits Peer Review Failure Of Invalid, Anti-Gay Regnerus Study

Opinion: NOM Shill Mark Regnerus’ Long History Of Using Religion To Attack Gays

Opinion: How Anti-Gay Regnerus ‘Study’ Was Corrupted By NOM From Beginning To End

LGBT Groups Unite Against Flawed Conservative-Funded Anti-Gay Parenting Paper

NOM Founder And Mormon Church Tied To First Report Of New Anti-Gay Parenting Paper


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McConnell to Step Down as Minority Leader



Senate Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, the longest-serving party leader in the history of the U.S. Senate, will relinquish his leadership role in November. The Kentucky Republican, who is 82 and has suffered health issues, has served in the Senate since 1985.

“One of life’s most underappreciated talents is to know when it’s time to move on to life’s next chapter,” Leader McConnell said in prepared remarks, The Associated Press reports. “So I stand before you today … to say that this will be my last term as Republican leader of the Senate.”

McConnell, who told colleagues Wednesday that “the politics within the Republican Party” have “changed,” is stepping down but not retiring. He plans to serve out his current term to the end, in January 0f 2027.

News outlets have reported McConnell has been under pressure to endorse Donald Trump’s bid for re-election. The New York Times reports “conversations between the Trump and McConnell camps have been happening between key advisers to both men,” despite that neither has “said a word to each other since December 2020.”

In March of 2016, as Majority Leader, he refused to follow the U.S. Constitution’s call for “advice and consent” of Presidential nominees, derailing then-Judge Merrick Garland’s appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court.

READ MORE: ‘MAGA-Motivated Conspiracies’: Hunter Biden Decimates Comer and Jordan in Opening Remarks

McConnell partnered with then-President Donald Trump to install a record-number of judges to the federal bench, many chosen by the far-right Federalist Society. But even before Trump’s election, McConnell, PBS’s Frontline reported, held open “vacancies that Trump then filled with conservative federal judges at a breakneck pace.”

“When President Trump took office and McConnell served as Senate majority leader, Trump had more than 100 vacancies to fill in the lower courts, including 17 in the U.S. courts of appeals — all of them lifetime appointments,” according to Frontline. “The Supreme Court hears around 80 cases a year, while the courts of appeals handle tens of thousands of cases annually — often making them the last word in most cases that impact the lives of Americans.”

MSNBC/NBC News legal analyst Glenn Kirschner, a former federal prosecutor for 30 years, remarked in a thread on X: “Mitch McConnell’s legacy, at least in part, will be violating the Constitution by denying a president’s Supreme Court nominee a confirmation hearing – ignoring the Senate’s ‘advice and consent’ responsibilities. McConnell then led Trump by the nose, orchestrating the degradation of the Supreme Court, with the predicable results being a callous and conflicted Supreme Court revoking women’s constitutional privacy rights, damaging equality of educational opportunities for minorities, and unleashing business discrimination cloaked in religious piety.”

“McConnell also improperly orchestrated an acquittal at Trump’s first impeachment trial,” Kirschner continued, “enabling Trump to launch a deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol. American will be better for Mitch McConnell’s departure from the US Senate.”

Watch McConnell’s announcement below or at this link.




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‘MAGA-Motivated Conspiracies’: Hunter Biden Decimates Comer and Jordan in Opening Remarks



Hunter Biden is testifying behind closed doors in a joint hearing of the House Oversight and Judiciary Committees, but the President’s son released his opening statement Wednesday morning, accusing Republican Chairmen Jim Comer and Jim Jordan of basing their investigation on an “entire partisan house of cards” of “lies” told by two people who have been indicted, a third who is behind bars, and fourth who has been “exposed” for his “false statements.”

Politico calls Hunter Biden’s opening statement a “blistering rebuke of Republicans’ investigation into his father, President Joe Biden.”

“I am here today to provide the Committees with the one uncontestable fact that should end the false premise of this inquiry: I did not involve my father in my business. Not while I was a practicing lawyer, not in my investments or transactions domestic or international, not as a board member, and not as an artist. Never,” Hunter Biden’s statement begins.

“You read this fact in the many letters that have been sent to you over the last year as part of your so-called impeachment investigation. You heard this fact when I said it weeks ago, standing outside of this building. You heard this fact from a parade of other witnesses – former colleagues and business partners of mine, including my uncle – who have testified before you in similar proceedings. And now, today, you hear this fact directly from me.”

READ MORE: ‘Neck Snapping’: Speaker Johnson’s Latest ‘Flip Flop’ Could Kick Shutdown Down the Road

“For more than a year, your Committees have hunted me in your partisan political pursuit of my dad. You have trafficked in innuendo, distortion, and sensationalism – all the while ignoring the clear and convincing evidence staring you in the face,” Biden’s statement reads. “You do not have evidence to support the baseless and MAGA-motivated conspiracies about my father because there isn’t any.”

Biden goes on to charge Comer and Jordan with building their “entire partisan house of cards on lies told by the likes of Gal Luft, Tony Bobulinski, Alexander Smirnov, and Jason Galanis. Luft, who is a fugitive, has been indicted for his lies and other crimes; Smirnov, who has made you dupes in carrying out a Russian disinformation campaign waged against my father, has been indicted for his lies; Bobulinski, who has been exposed for the many false statements he has made, and Galanis, who is serving 14 years in prison for fraud.”

Alexander Smirnov is the latest witness House Republicans chose whose credibility has been destroyed. Two weeks ago today he was arrested on federal charges including lying to the FBI about the very topic Comer and Jordan have based their entire impeachment investigation on: the debunked “Burisma” conspiracy theory. Smirnov has admitted, according to court documents, those claims were handed to him by Russian intelligence officials.

“Rather than follow the facts as they have been laid out before you in bank records, financial statements, correspondence, and other witness testimony, you continue your frantic search to prove the lies you, and those you rely on, keep peddling. Yes, they are lies. To be clear, I have made mistakes in my life, and I have squandered opportunities and privileges that were afforded to me. I know that. I am responsible for that. And I am making amends for that. But my mistakes and shortcomings are my own and not my father’s, who has done nothing but devote his entire life to public service and trying to make this country a better place to live.”

READ MORE: House Republicans Move to Upstage SOTU With New Hur Investigation Subpoena and Hearing

Biden points to his “battle with addiction,” praises his father for his support, and says, “He helped save my life. His love and support made it possible for me to get sober, stay sober and rebuild my life as a father, husband, son, and brother.”

“What he got in return for being a loving and supportive parent is a barrage of hate-filled conspiracy theories that hatched this sham impeachment inquiry and continue to fuel unrelenting personal attacks against him and me.”

Biden charges Republicans with taking his “communications out of context,” and alleges they “relied on documents that have been altered, and cherry-picked snippets of financial or other records to misrepresent what really happened.”

He then told the Republican Chairmen they used “a few references to my family in emails or texts that I sent when I was in the darkest days of my addiction.” And he starkly warned: “If you try to do that again today, my answers will reveal your tactics and demonstrate the truth that my father was never involved in any of my businesses.”

U.S. Rep. Robert Garcia (D-CA), who is attending today’s hearing, blasted Speaker Johnson, Donald Trump, and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“We’ve been in the deposition now for about an hour, and one thing is crystal clear: Republicans have zero evidence linking Hunter Biden to any sort of business dealings with the president,” he told MSNBC. Garcia also accused Speaker Johnson of having “absolutely no plan” as the government shutdown deadline approaches.

Watch below or at this link.

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‘Neck Snapping’: Speaker Johnson’s Latest ‘Flip Flop’ Could Kick Shutdown Down the Road



Speaker of the House Mike Johnson, opposed to a government shutdown but appearing willing to allow it to happen, during Tuesday’s White House meeting offered President Joe Biden and top congressional leaders to kick the can down the road in his latest policy “switch.” His reputation for flip-flopping is so strong it’s being described by the D.C. press as “neck snapping.”

“Johnson has offered to shift existing government funding deadlines from March 1 and March 8 to March 8 and March 22,” Punchbowl News reports, calling it “Johnson’s Latest Shift.” Johnson had chosen the March 1 and March 8 dates and the concept of a “laddered” government shutdown, which other stakeholders opposed but accepted.

Johnson has made clear he opposes stop-gap funding, or continuing resolutions, known as CR’s, which this would be.

“After saying late last year he was done with any more short-term stop-gaps to avoid a shutdown, Mike Johnson had to do one in January and may have to do one again. Facing a partial shutdown Friday, he’s bowing to reality and floating another CR,” notes CNN’s Manu Raju. “Negotiators say they’re making progress to complete at least some of the annual funding bills (that they were supposed to get done by last October.)”

READ MORE: House Republicans Move to Upstage SOTU With New Hur Investigation Subpoena and Hearing

The Speaker is now offering up a continuing resolution, but with strings attached.

“Any CR would be part of a larger agreement to finish a number of appropriations bills, ensuring adequate time for drafting text and for members to review prior to casting votes,” Johnson Press Secretary Athina Lawson said in a statement, Punchbowl’s Jake Sherman and John Bresnahan report.

“In this offer, Johnson also is making an explicit threat – if the Louisiana Republican doesn’t have a bipartisan agreement in hand by Friday, he’s not willing to pass a short-term CR to avert a shutdown. Johnson will let government funding lapse starting at midnight Friday. Four bills expire at that point.”

Punchbowl reports this is the “first time” that “Johnson is making explicit to Democrats and the White House that he’s willing to shut down federal agencies unless he has a global agreement – of sorts – on all 12 FY 2024 appropriations bills.”

“These kinds of course changes have become a hallmark of Johnson’s speakership. Plans shift drastically without much notice. Lawmakers are often settling into one strategy when the entire scheme changes. It’s neck snapping,” declare Punchbowl’s Sherman and Bresnaahan.

READ MORE: Republican Furious No ‘Real Wins,’ Like on ‘Transgender Surgeries’ as Shutdown Looms

The House has been on vacation for the past two weeks, and is not scheduled to be back in session until Wednesday evening, giving them just over 48 hours to craft legislation, pass it, have the Senate pass it, and the President sign it into law, all before the 12:01 AM Saturday shutdown deadline.

As Axios reported Tuesday night: “More than a year after Republicans took back the House, the sum result of their work on government spending so far is to extend the budget passed under former Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).” Axios added, “What comes next in the shutdown drama is solely up to House Speaker Mike Johnson.”


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