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Representative King Met With Austrian Far-Right Using Dollars From Holocaust Memorial Group

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Steve King speaking at the Values Voter Summit in Washington, DC.

Iowa Representative Steve King, who’s own extreme right views have become more visible in recent months, met with representatives of a far-right party in Austria — and used the financial backing of a Holocaust memorial group to do so.

Rep. King was interviewed for a publication associated with the Freedom Party in Austria, which has historical ties to Nazis, on the 24th of August, a day after a five day trek through Poland to tour Holocaust sites in Poland, including the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp operated by the Nazis during World War II.

A nonprofit educational group, From The Depths, funded the trip through Poland. The organization underwrote the flight to and from Europe for Rep. King.

From The Depths works to educate lawmakers about the Holocaust.

Rep. King was interviewed by the website Unzensuriert, a publication of the Freedom Party. The party was funded by a former SS officer under the Nazis, and who’s current leader, Heinz-Christian Strache, was tied to the neo-Nazi movement in his youth.

Rep. King doesn’t consider the Freedom Party to be extremist.

“That’s not a fringe group,” said Rep. King to the Washington Post. “I have identified them and counted them as friends and allies well before they were winning elections. But that’s a good thing to build those relationships before they come to power.”

The Freedom Party has taken a very hard line stance on immigration, and has recently been strengthening its ties to far-right leaders outside of Austria.

Rep. King personally funded the trip to Austria for the interview, but the majority of the expenses were paid for by From The Depths. The group did not know of Rep. King’s additional travels in Europe.

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‘Dumber and Smarmier’: Critics Slam Collins Over Announcement She Will Vote Against Tanden for ‘Temperament’

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“Tone policing”

U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) Monday morning announced she will vote against President Joe Biden’s pick to head the powerful and important Office of Management and Budget (OMB), claiming she is uncomfortable with Neera Tanden‘s “temperament.”

Collins also claimed Tanden did not have sufficient experience for the job, as CNN reports.

Tanden has been president of the Center for American Progress for nearly a decade, and served within the Obama administration as senior adviser to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. She also served as associate director for domestic policy in the Clinton White House.

The Atlantic in 2016 also reported “Tanden was a key architect of the Affordable Care Act after serving as a top policy adviser for Clinton’s 2008 bid.” But it was her work drafting a public option for ObamaCare, later tossed, that may be the most threatening aspect of Tanden, not her “mean tweets.”

Indeed, Collins and Democratic Senator Joe Manchin both cited Tanden’s active and adversarial Twitter account as one of the main reason they will vote against her.

“Neera Tanden has neither the experience nor the temperament to lead this critical agency,” Collins said in a statement Monday. “Her past actions have demonstrated exactly the kind of animosity that President Biden has pledged to transcend.”

In a show of good will and a strong signal that she is very willing to work with Republicans, Tanden apologized many times for her tweets during her Senate Budget Committee confirmation hearing. She also deleted over a thousand of them.

Collins used that act of contrition as a weapon against Tanden, saying it “raises concerns about her commitment to transparency.”

Some of the tweets Tanden deleted?

These, about Senator Collins:

But Tanden did not delete all her tweets about Collins. This is still up:

Many are furious about what they see as Collins’ hypocrisy.

Image: Susan Collins with Brett Kavanaugh, who she voted to confirm to a lifetime appoint,kent on the U.S. Supreme Court

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Trump Slammed for Endorsing ‘Pro-Family’ Lawmaker Who Pressured Patient He Was Having an Affair With Into Having an Abortion

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On Wednesday, shortly before being suspended from Twitter, President Donald Trump tweeted out his endorsement of Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R-TN) — a congressman infamous for a scandal in which he impregnated female patients in his medical practice and pressured them into having abortions.

Trump was promptly buried in scorn for his choice of endorsement.

 

 

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McConnell’s Impeachment Rules Package Fails by His ‘Own Standard’: CNN Legal Analyst

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On Monday’s edition of CNN’s “The Situation Room,” national security and legal analyst Susan Hennessey excoriated the rules proposal for the Senate impeachment trial put forward by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).

“Look, Mitch McConnell has gone all in on the notion that this is going to be the same as the Clinton impeachment, that that was sort of the standard of fairness here,” said Hennessey.

This fails pretty plainly by McConnell’s own standard, forcing the presentation of the House managers’ case in 12 marathon hours that are going to stretch well into the middle of the night.”

“The American people are going to understand exactly what is going on here, which is that Mitch McConnell is hoping to exhaust the House managers, to exhaust the Senate, such that whenever it actually gets to the point that they have the choice to maybe call witnesses, there are going to be incentives against that,” continued Hennessey. “He’s also racing against other witnesses and other information that might come out.”

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