So far this week, both Ann Romney and Congressman Todd AkinÂ were supposedly speaking at the Values Voters Summit, yet both their campaigns indicated thy were unsure how their names got on the schedule.
Mitt Romney a week ago, according to a Google cache of the Values Voters Summit website, was listed as addressing the annual conservative conference, sponsored by two anti-gay hate groups, yet one week later, his name mysteriously disappeared. Then yesterday, news broke that Ann Romney would be speaking at the event, just before the 12:15 break on Friday, as listed and reported by mnay news outlets, includingÂ The New Civil Rights Movement.
Yet last night, the Romney campaign stated, “Mrs. Romney is not scheduled to attend VVS this weekend,â€ and, â€œit has not been on our schedule.” Which would seem to mean there was no plan ever — at least confirmed — that the Republican presidential nominee’s wife would be speaking. Yet, here’s the schedule with her name, clear as day.
Then, just six hours ago,Â Family Research Council president Tony Perkins stood in front of a microphone and a podium at the prestigious National Press Club and announcedÂ Congressman Akin â€œwill be there participating in one of our events and will be speaking at I believe our political action committee reception Friday afternoon.â€
Perkins then went into a long defense of Congressman Akin, under fire for his comments that victims of “legitimate” rape rarely get pregnant.
â€œTodd Akin is a great friend of mine,â€ Perkins offered, unasked. â€œI have known him since he arrived in Congress 12 years ago. I supported him in his primary when he was running for the Senate because of his record of being unquestionably strong on the issues of faith, family, and freedom. He is a American patriot, and you look at his family, all of his sons have served the nation in the military and in either the Navy or the Marine Corps, and he and his family are examples of what is good about America.â€
Talking Points Memo reports:
Ryan Hite, spokesperson for the Akin Senate campaign, confirmed to TPM that Akin will not attend.
â€œThere was some discussion about [Akin going],â€ Hite said. â€œBut I donâ€™t think thereâ€™s any plan for him to be there.â€
Other changes to the published schedule includeÂ Senator Marco Rubio off the schedule, although as of September 4 he was scheduled to speak, as was “Governor Mitt Romney, 2012 Republican Presidential Nominee and Former Governor of Massachusetts.”
Laura Ingraham, Host, The Laura Ingraham Show was listed a week ago as speaking, now her name is absent.
Of course, events arise, schedules change, but when campaigns say they have no idea why their people were on the schedule, it does make one wonder — especially since Tony Perkins today also told the press he hadÂ a â€œwaiting listâ€ and the FRC has been forced â€œto turn away members of Congressâ€ wanting to speak.
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Republicans Force Another Biden Nominee – Another Woman – to Withdraw, After Calling Her a ‘Communist’
Move Exposes Large Number of Women GOP Refuses to Confirm
Yet another of President Joe Biden‘s nominees – and yet another woman opposed by Senate Republicans – has been forced to withdraw her name from consideration for a top job in the Biden administration. Unsurprisingly, Senate Republicans are holding up a huge number of nominations, and unsurprisingly, a huge number of them are women.
“Saule Omarova, a Cornell Law professor whom President Biden picked for a key banking regulator job, is withdrawing from consideration for the post. Bank lobbyists and Republicans painted her as a communist because she was born in the Soviet Union,” The New York Times reported Tuesday afternoon via tweet.
Omarova is not a communist, as she was forced to tell Republican U.S. Senator John Kennedy, who told her during her confirmation hearing last month, “I don’t know whether to call you professor or comrade.”
Neo-McCarthyism in real time: Sen. Kennedy (R-LA) questions whether Biden’s pick for comptroller, Dr. Omarova, is a communist.
Her response is worth watching: pic.twitter.com/AeWNLf15Fb
— The Recount (@therecount) November 21, 2021
The decision to pull Omarova’s nomination has exposed the Republicans’ tactics of slow-walking and worse, placing anonymous holds on countless Biden nominees.
President Biden is facing a huge hole in his administration, in large part thanks to Republicans.
According to the non-partisan Partnership for Public Service, which tracks 803 federal government executive branch positions requiring Senate confirmation, 235 nominations – nearly three in ten (29%) – are sitting in the Senate awaiting confirmation. Just 194 have been confirmed (164 positions have no nominees at all.)
Compared to his last three predecessors, President Biden is not getting the support he needs in the 50-50 Senate, as this chart from the Partnership for Public Service shows:
Any U.S. Senator can secretly place an anonymous hold on any presidential nominee, for any length of time, and Republicans – reportedly often Senators Ted Cruz of Texas and Josh Hawley on Minnesota – have been taking extreme advantage of that rule.
Half of all of President Biden’s approved nominees have been women, but other women have been forced to withdraw, most notably Neera Tanden, whom President Biden nominated to be Director of the Office of Management and Budget.
Tanden and Omarova are far from the only women whose nominations may never get a vote.
“At least 21 women for top positions” in just the State Dept., The Hill reported last month, “including 16 ambassadors, four assistant secretary positions and the nominee for Director General of the Foreign Service — are having their confirmations stalled by holds.”
Just today Bloomberg Government reported Senate Republicans have placed a “blockade” on “dozens of key defense and foreign policy positions.”
Omarova was the victim of a concerted red-baiting effort by Republicans, lobbyists, and right wing media.
“Some lobbyists, including the incoming chairman of a group representing community bankers and the chief executive of another group that focuses on big banks,” The New York Times observes, “also shared a Wall Street Journal editorial suggesting that Ms. Omarova’s Soviet childhood meant that she could not be trusted.”
Jan. 6 Committee Files Subpoenas for Phone Records of Over 100 People Including Many Trump Associates
The House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack has officially issued subpoenas to wireless companies for the phone records of over 100 people, a “substantial” number of them Trump associates, in an effort to piece together the actions of Donald Trump and his inner circle on the day of the violent insurrection.
The records do not include actual voice or text content, but rather who called or texted whom, when, for how long, CNN reports, and possibly from where.
Included in the massive list is Mark Meadows, the former Trump White House chief of staff.
The data should give the Committee “the ability to draw a web of communications before, during and after the January 6 attack on the US Capitol.”
CNN adds that one subpoena it reviewed “requests ‘all call, message, Internet Protocol and data connection detail records associated with the phone number’ from November 1, 2020 through January 31, 2021. The letter also asks for information related to phone numbers, IP addresses and devices that the account in question has communicated with.”
This is a breaking news and developing story.
Watch: MAGA Congressional Candidate Calls for All Laws ‘Contrary to God’s Word’ to Be Overturned
Mark Burns, a MAGA pastor who is running for Congress in South Carolina, is an unabashed Christian nationalist who openly declares that “any policy that is contrary to the word of God” needs to be made illegal.
MAGA pastor Mark Burns, who is running for Congress in South Carolina, says that “this is a Christian nation and any policy that is contrary to the word of God, we need to remove it from mainstream America and make it illegal.” pic.twitter.com/4j8oxoavhg
— Right Wing Watch (@RightWingWatch) November 18, 2021
Burns appeared on the Real America’s Voice program “The Water Cooler” Monday, where he proclaimed that “the gospel of Jesus Christ should be [at] the center of American politics.” When asked by host David Brody what he meant by that, Burns declared that “any law that is against the word of God” must be overturned.
“Laws that are contrary to God’s word that are actively legal or laws today need to be overturned,” Burns said. “Any law that is against the word of God, that is clearly against what God has said in his word—in a nation that is a Christian nation, a nation that has the majority of citizens who actively believe that Jesus is the Messiah, that he is coming back again with omnipotent power in his hands—if it’s against the word of God and it’s actively a law today, then it should be overturned. We should have a moral compass, and right now in America, we’re losing that moral compass. The liberal left is slowly [chipping] away.”
Burns was a proponent of the movement to keep former President Donald Trump in power. He has made numerous calls for war, including on the eve of the Capitol insurrection when he riled up Trump loyalists at a Stop the Steal rally by telling them, “We’re ready to do war!”
This article was originally published by Right Wing Watch and is published here by permission.
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