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By LISA MASCARO and ALAN FRAM

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden declared his support Thursday for the “historic” inflation-fighting agreement struck by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and holdout Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin, an expansive health care and climate change package that had eluded the White House and seemed all but lost.

Biden said the bill will be a “godsend” for American families.

“This bill would be the most significant legislation in history to tackle the climate crisis,” Biden said. He said it will also lower healthcare costs for millions of Americans who buy their own health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

Biden vowed the package will not raise taxes on anyone earning less than $400,000 a year. Instead the 15% corporate minimum tax will help fund the new costs, with extra going to deficit reduction.

He acknowledged the final product was a compromise, but was upbeat that it would win support in Congress.

“My plea is: Put politics aside. Get it done,” Biden said. “We should pass this.”

The $739 billion package, not as much as Biden once envisioned, remains a potentially remarkable achievement for the party, with long-sought goals of addressing health care and climate, while raising taxes on high earners and large corporations and reducing federal debt.

The Senate is expected to vote on the wide-ranging measure next week, setting up for the president and his party an unexpected victory in the runup to November elections in which their congressional control is in peril. A House vote would follow, perhaps later in August, with unanimous Republican opposition in both chambers seemingly certain.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer told fellow Senate Democrats they now have an opportunity to achieve two “hugely important” priorities on health care and climate change, if they stick together and approve a deal he brokered with Manchin.

Schumer spoke at a private meeting after the startling turnaround over an expansive agreement he and Manchin struck that had eluded them for months. The Democratic leader’s comments were relayed by a person familiar with the meeting and granted anonymity to discuss it.

Manchin called the billion package a “win-win” that shouldn’t come as such a big surprise despite the long months of on-again, off-again talks. He bristled at suggestions he’d left his own party dangling when he refused to support an earlier, broader bill.

“I’ve never walked away from anything in my life,″ Manchin told reporters via video chat because he is isolating with COVID-19. Manchin called it “a good bill” that would benefit the country. “It’s a Democrat and Republican bill.″

But bipartisan the bill is not.

Schumer warned his colleagues in the 50-50 Senate that final passage will be hard. With staunch GOP opposition, Democrats have no votes to spare, relying on their own razor-thin majority.

One key vote, Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., was still reviewing the agreement, said spokeswoman Hannah Hurley. Sinema backed Manchin last year in insisting on making the legislation less expensive but objected to proposals to raise tax rates, and the spokeswoman referred a reporter to her comments last year supporting a corporate minimum tax.

Manchin said Thursday he had not talked to Sinema about the new compromise.

Just hours before the announcement late Wednesday, Schumer, D-N.Y., and Manchin, D-W.Va., seemed at loggerheads and headed toward a far narrower package limited — at Manchin’s insistence — to curbing pharmaceutical prices and extending federal health care subsidies. Earlier Wednesday, numerous Democrats said they were all but resigned to the more modest legislation.

There was no immediate explanation for Manchin’s abrupt willingness to back the new bolder measure. Since last year, he has used his pivotal vote in the 50-50 Senate to force Biden and Democrats to abandon far more ambitious, expensive versions. He dragged them through months of negotiations in which leaders’ concessions to shrink the legislation proved fruitless, antagonizing the White House and most congressional Democrats.

Tellingly, Democrats called the 725-page measure “The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022” because of provisions aimed at helping Americans cope with this year’s dramatically rising consumer costs. Polls show that inflation, embodied by gasoline prices that surpassed $5 per gallon before easing, has been voters’ chief concern. For months, Manchin’s opposition to larger proposals has been partly premised on his worry that they would fuel inflation.

Besides inflation, the measure seemed to offer something for many Democratic voters.

It dangled tax hikes on the wealthy and big corporations and environmental initiatives for progressives. And Manchin, an advocate for the fossil fuels his state produces, said the bill would invest in technologies for carbon-based and clean energy while also reducing methane and carbon emissions.

The measure would reduce carbon emissions by around 40% by 2030, Schumer and Manchin said. While that would miss Biden’s 50% goal, that reduction, the measure’s climate spending and the jobs it would create are “a big deal,” said Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., an environmental advocate who had been upset with the absence of those provisions until now.

The overall proposal is far less aspirational than the $3.5 trillion package Biden asked Democrats to push through Congress last year, and the pared-down, roughly $2 trillion version the House approved last November after Manchin insisted on shrinking it. Even then, Manchin shot down that smaller measure the following month, asserting it would fuel inflation and was loaded with budget gimmicks.

Democrats said their proposal would raise $739 billion over the decade in new revenue, including $313 billion from a 15% corporate minimum tax. They said that would affect around 200 of the country’s largest corporations, with profits exceeding $1 billion, that currently pay under the current 21% corporate rate.

The agreement also contains $288 billion the government would save from curbing pharmaceutical prices. Those provisions would require Medicare to begin negotiating prices on a modest number of drugs, pay rebates to Medicare if their price increases exceed inflation and limit that program’s beneficiaries to $2,000 annual out-of-pocket expenses.

The deal also claims to gain $124 billion from beefing up IRS tax enforcement, and $14 billion from taxing some “carried interest” profits earned by partners in entities like private equity or hedge funds.

The measure would spend $369 billion on energy and climate change initiatives. These include consumer tax credits and rebates for buying clean-energy vehicles and encouraging home energy efficiency; tax credits for solar panel manufacturers; $30 billion in grants and loans for utilities and states to gradually convert to clean energy; and $27 billion to reduce emissions, especially in lower-income areas.

It would also aim $64 billion at extending federal subsidies for three more years for some people buying private health insurance. Those subsidies, which lower people’s premiums, would otherwise expire at year’s end.

That would leave $306 billion for debt reduction, an effort Manchin has demanded. While a substantial sum, that’s a small fraction of the trillions in cumulative deficits the government is projected to amass over the coming decade.

If Democrats can hold their troops together, GOP opposition would not matter. Democrats can prevail if they lose no more than four votes in the House and remain solidly united in the 50-50 Senate, where Vice President Kamala Harris can cast the tie-breaking vote. They are using a special process that will let them pass the bill without reaching the 60 votes required for most legislation there. The chamber’s parliamentarian must verify that the bill doesn’t violate the chamber’s budget procedures, a review now underway.

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AP reporters Matthew Daly, Will Weissert, Kevin Freking, Seung Min Kim and Zeke Miller contributed to this report.

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Ex-Chelsea and Arsenal player Willian appears to be returning to London with Fulham, but what went wrong with his return to Brazil?

The winger was so desperate to get away from the English capital last year that he terminated his contract at the Emirates, losing up to £20million in wages.

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And had a similar experience at Corinthians

But just a year later, the two-time Premier League winner called it a day back at Corinthians, terminating another contract by mutual consent.

Unfortunately, the reasons are far more sinister this time around, as talkSPORT South American football expert Tim Vickery explained.

“He tore up his contract,” Vickery said. “He had a contract until the end of next year with Corinthians.

“On the pitch it didn’t go as disastrously or as badly as his spell with Arsenal, he was maybe a little disappointing but he had his games.

“Corinthians, certainly the weekend, before he left, were second in the league still in the cup, in the final stages which are taken very seriously, they were only knocked out of the Libertadores this week so it’s not not a disaster.

“He had his moments, there were one or two games where he completely stripped the opponent naked, but I think even him would say it didn’t go as well as he had hoped.

Willian Won Five Trophies At Chelsea, Including Two Premier League Titles

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Willian won five trophies at Chelsea, including two Premier League titles

“But that’s not why he’s leaving, he’s leaving because his sincerity here is absolutely vital and to get applause he says ‘I’m never going to play in Brazil again, I don’t want that’.

“When he was here before, he left in 2007, so in those 15 years the atmosphere in Brazilian football went crazy partly because of social media and he repeatedly received threats on social media.

“Right from the start he was saying ‘it’s not acceptable’ threats on his social media, the social media of his wife, his two daughters, his father his sister and he said ‘I’m not going to put up with this. , I do not have it’.

Posting to his Instagram after his departure was confirmed, Willian, 34, wrote: “As I say goodbye to Corinthians today, I want to thank the club for the opportunity to wear this shirt again and the fans who have been very supportive of me.

“Unfortunately, due to the constant threats that my family and I have faced, I have made the decision to terminate the contract, understanding that it would be better for me and for the club.

“I wish the club the best and God bless everyone.”

He later told Globe Esporte: “I didn’t come back to be threatened.

“When Corinthians lost a game or I didn’t play well, my family received death threats and rants on social media.

“At first they targeted my wife and daughters, after a while my father and sister were also bombarded with messages.”

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VideoLan, the developer of popular media player VLC, says Indian telecom operators have been blocking its website since February this year, which could impact some users in one of the company’s biggest open-source markets. .

“Most major ISPs [internet service providers] ban the site, with various techniques,” VideoLan president and lead developer Jean-Baptiste Kempf said of the blocking in India in an email to TechCrunch.

Telecom operators began blocking the VideoLan website on Feb. 13 this year, when the site saw an 80% drop in traffic from the South Asian market, he said.

India accounts for 10% of all VLC users globally, he said. Website traffic saw an overall drop of 20% as a result of the lockdown in India.

Indian telecom operators have not explained why they blocked the VideoLan website, but some believe it could be due to a misinterpretation of a security warning from earlier this year.

Security firm Symantec reported in April this year that hacker group Cicada, which has ties to the Chinese government, was exploiting VLC Media Player along with several other popular apps to remotely access victim’s computers.

Kempf said he or his company had not been contacted by any Indian government agency and the blockage was likely the result of a misunderstanding over the issue of Chinese security.

VLC, downloaded over 3.5 billion times worldwide, is a local media player that doesn’t require internet access or a connection to any particular online service for the vast majority of its functionality. A block on its website does not impact VLC’s existing install base. Users may also continue to receive updates from mirror websites and app stores.

But by blocking the website, India is pushing its citizens to “shady websites that are running a pirated version of VLC. So they are putting their own citizens at risk with this ban,” Kempf added.

New Delhi-based privacy group Internet Freedom Foundation said in a tweet that VideoLan’s blocking “is without any reason publicly disclosed.

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What’s next in the Ravens’ offensive evolution? Their preseason opener might’ve offered hints. | ANALYSIS

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What’s Next In The Ravens’ Offensive Evolution? Their Preseason Opener Might’ve Offered Hints. | Analysis

Greg Roman’s playbook, always a subject of intense scrutiny in Baltimore, is always changing, always growing, a living document in a sport of constant upheaval.

The Ravens offensive coordinator said early in training camp that there’s “20% new stuff” in his inventory of calls. Then there’s the collection of run-pass-option concepts that coach John Harbaugh later said just hasn’t been completely “tapped into.” Who knows what else is hiding in there? Ravens players describe the breadth of Roman’s playbook the way they would a Cheesecake Factory menu.

“You would think it’s just run, run, run, until you get here and see how thick and big the playbook is,” running back Mike Davis, in his first year in Baltimore, said last week. “I was just surprised at how big the playbook is.”

More interesting than what’s in the playbook, though, is what’s actually called. Roman wants to make use of what he has in Baltimore. And even with most Ravens starters sitting out Thursday’s preseason opener against the Tennessee Titans, the 23-10 win could prove to preview the next iteration of Roman’s offense.

Most striking was the Ravens’ reliance on plays from under center. On six of the offense’s first seven plays Thursday, quarterback Tyler Huntley lined up not in the shotgun or pistol formation, as the Ravens did 96% of the time last season, according to Sharp Football Stats, but behind centers Patrick Mekari and Ben Powers.

Of Huntley’s 35 plays Thursday, including those negated by penalties, he was under center for 14 (nine run plays, five pass plays). That was not the dominant play structure for the Ravens’ first-half offense; Huntley took 19 snaps from the shotgun, including seven straight late in the second quarter as the Ravens briskly moved downfield. He also took two from the pistol, according to a review of the game film.

It can be tempting to extrapolate season-long trends from a preseason opener. It can be just as tempting to dismiss the games as meaningless altogether. But even a modest embrace of under-center offense would mark a stark contrast from the 2021 Ravens offense.

According to Sports Info Solutions, quarterback Lamar Jackson had just 12 drop-backs from under center all last season, finishing 1-for-10 for 20 yards. Forty-six NFL quarterbacks had at least as many under-center drop-backs last season. Dallas Cowboys backup Cooper Rush, who threw 47 passes total last season, 335 fewer than Jackson, tied Jackson with 10 such passes. Case Keenum had 21 under-center attempts in just seven games (two starts) with the Cleveland Browns.

With more under-center passing Thursday, the Ravens’ offense looked, coincidentally enough, more like the Titans’. Huntley’s first passing play was a play-action bootleg out of a two-tight-end formation. After faking a handoff to the left, he wheeled around to the right and found wide receiver Tylan Wallace, who’d motioned inside as if he were a blocker, cutting across the grain and into the flat for a 3-yard completion.

The Ravens’ depth of talent at tight end and fullback — Mark Andrews and Isaiah Likely have provided near-daily highlights in camp, and Nick Boyle and Patrick Ricard can be punishing blockers — should force defenses into using bigger, slower personnel groupings. The field-stretching speed of wide receivers Rashod Bateman and Devin Duvernay should stress defenses after the snap. With longer-developing play-action looks from under center, Jackson could have bigger windows to throw into.

“The under-center stuff, definitely, I think probably we’ll be able to do some of that stuff more effectively this year, just with how we’re built,” Roman said Sunday. “I think you might see some more of that.”

This early in the preseason, there are practical benefits to under-center drop-backs, too. Ravens quarterbacks coach James Urban said Saturday that he learned from former Philadelphia Eagles and current Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid that “you teach quarterbacks timing from dropping under center.”

“So we do a good little bit of it during training camp,” Urban added. “I think it’s very, very important to learn to drop. We did some in the game the other night. And then, as you evolve, or protection-wise, it’s certainly easier sometimes to be in [shotgun]. But it’s easy to feel what that throw feels like when you have to separate from the line of scrimmage and do it — catch and drop. Now transition that same feeling, that same timing. That’s what we’re doing.”

Thursday’s game also hinted at changes in the Ravens’ running game, too. In 2019, during Jackson’s supernova of a season, the Ravens used the pistol formation — in which a running back lines up behind the quarterback in a modified shotgun set — on over half of their plays, according to Football Outsiders. In 2020, with their early-down success dipping, the rate fell to 44%. Last year, amid injuries to their offensive line, running backs and Jackson, their pistol usage dropped even further, to 28%.

Against Tennessee, Huntley had just the two pistol snaps. When Anthony Brown came in to start the second half, the Ravens’ under-center offense all but disappeared (three snaps). Still, they leaned more on shotgun looks (17 snaps) than pistol looks (eight snaps).

Roman has called his offensive philosophy “medieval,” a description best reflected in the Ravens’ power-running game — double teams, pulling linemen, heavy personnel packages. But with the arrival of first-round pick Tyler Linderbaum, the Ravens added an immediate-impact center who thrived at Iowa with zone concepts, where linemen are responsible for blocking an area, not a gap.

With more shotgun snaps, the Ravens could change the “launch point” for their zone runs, an area of weakness last season. Their top two running backs in 2021, Devonta Freeman and Latavius Murray, combined for 335 yards on 89 inside- and outside-zone runs last season, or just 3.8 yards per carry, according to SIS. On all other carries, they averaged 4.6 yards per carry.

More and more teams are turning to outside-zone plays, and for good reason — because “it’s worked,” defensive lineman Calais Campbell said Tuesday. Two of the NFL’s most influential offensive innovators, Los Angeles Rams coach Sean McVay and San Francisco 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan, built their run-game structure around the concept.

“I think that just making defensive linemen, linebackers move sideline to sideline, it gives you a crease,” Campbell said. “For just one guy to mess up, you can capitalize on it more. And so you definitely have to move in unison to kind of build that wall and be able to travel together, and if one guy kind of gets out of position, it’s like special teams: You have to kind of replace him. So it’s tough. …

“I think the biggest thing you can do [as an offense] is mix it up, keep teams guessing. If you know exactly what a team’s going to do, you have a better chance of stopping it. But if you can mix it up and make it complicated, you’ll give yourself just a little bit of an edge, which you need in this game.”

Just how much change is underway in Baltimore? The answer could be clear in about a month. Or maybe not. Asked about his offense’s tendencies in Thursday’s game, Roman said: “I really don’t think there is much to read into on that.”

But he added: “We’re going to mix it up.”

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  • Economic sentiment -55.3
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This is another dismal reading as ZEW notes that they expect a further decline in Germany’s already weak economic growth. Combined with high inflation rates and expected additional costs due to rising energy prices, this will reduce profit expectations for the private consumer sector.

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Daily Horoscope For August 9, 2022

Lunar Alert: Avoid major purchases or decisions from 4 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. EDT today (1 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. PDT). After that, the Moon shifts from Aries to Taurus.

Happy Birthday Tuesday, August 16, 2022:

You are intelligent and intuitive, which is why you never stop seeking knowledge and discovering new truths. You are independent and sometimes rebellious. You value your personal freedom. This year is lighter, social and fun! Relax and let your guard down. Have fun! Find old friends.

RAM

(March 21-April 19)
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At work today, you might discover new solutions and see new and better ways of doing things. You might even try to introduce reforms. Nevertheless, interruptions may occur, especially interruptions that require travel or a short trip or visit. Note: Something unusual with a pet can happen. Tonight: Take stock.

BULL

(April 20-May 20)
★★★★★
A social event or diversion could spontaneously take place today. You might receive an exciting invitation. You might also have new, original ideas related to the arts or the hospitality industry. During this time, something unexpected with your children could happen. Be vigilant to avoid child-related accidents. Tonight: You win!

GEMINI

(May 21-June 20)
★★★★
You could finally tackle home repairs today. Spontaneous family discussions will likely take place. Most likely, a family member has a surprise. Be open to new ways of doing things. Fill the refrigerator, because an unexpected company might pass. Tonight: Enjoy the solitude.

CANCER

(June 21-July 22)
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This day is exciting as you will meet new faces and discover new places. You are also brimming with new, original, and exciting ideas as your mind races from topic to topic. A spontaneous short trip might take place. You will love learning something new. Tonight: Schmooze!

LEO

(July 23-August 22)
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Although today is a great day for money-making ideas and ways to increase your income, nevertheless guard what you have and protect your belongings from loss, theft or damage. In the meantime, keep your eyes open, because you might find some money! (But you could also lose money.) Oops! Tonight: You are admired.

VIRGIN

(August 23-September 22)
★★★★★
Today Mercury in your sign dances with Uranus, which makes you feel alive and electrically alert! Trust your intuition. New encounters with others are exciting. Anything different will intrigue you, which is why you might suddenly be doing something you didn’t expect to be doing. Tonight: Explore!

BALANCE

(Sep 23-Oct 22)
★★★
It’s a hectic day for you, because unexpected things can happen behind the scenes. You are bored with your usual daily routine. Therefore, look for stimulating people who have something unusual to offer. Meet “different” people. Tonight: Check your finances.

SCORPIO

(23 Oct-21 Nov)
★★★★
You might meet new people today and be intrigued by what they have to offer. (Your interactions with them might also make you feel younger.) Someone younger might have surprises for you. Maybe they have solutions to an old problem. Tonight: Cooperate.

SAGITTARIUS

(22 Nov-21 Dec)
★★★★
Most likely, parents, bosses and VIPs will surprise you today. (Incidentally, this includes the police. If you have something to hide, be careful.) People are full of unusual and new ideas, which is why anyone with more experience will be worth listening to. Tonight: work.

CAPRICORN

(22 Dec-19 Jan)
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Travel plans will suddenly change today. An opportunity to travel could suddenly fall into your life. Something unusual and different related to medicine and law could also happen. You will love learning new modern and science, math and technology related things. Tonight: play!

AQUARIUS

(20 Jan-18 Feb)
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Hidden questions, especially about the occult, will intrigue you today. You can also discover information about someone’s income or wealth or what they own. (“What?”) Stay on top of your own banking needs, because something unusual could happen. Don’t be caught napping. Tonight: Home and family.

PISCES

(February 19-March 20)
★★★★★
Today you will meet someone unusual, maybe younger. This person might have something to teach you. They will intrigue you because they are different. They might also have unusual information for you. Even members of the general public will surprise you. Tonight: An explanation.

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Republican politicians weighing how to react to the FBI’s search for Mar-a-Lago last week had several options. Reduced, they were:

1. Immediately denounce it as a “witch hunt” and threaten to investigate or even defund the office, while calling for the removal of Attorney General Merrick Garland.

2. Issue a cautious, fictitious statement expressing your confidence in the process while issuing a note of concern about the possibility of overreach by the Department of Justice. Say few things that could become embarrassing if more facts emerge that paint the former president’s conduct in a negative light.

3. Criticize Trump as having endangered the national security of the United States. Ask him to release the search warrant and explain what the officers might have been looking for and why he didn’t return the documents they were looking for.

4. Wait for more information before commenting.

The political dilemma was particularly acute for Republicans aspiring to run for president in 2024 – requiring a high-flying act worthy of the Flying Wallendas.

Enter Ron DeSantis, the governor of Florida, who is widely seen as Trump’s most serious potential rival in a Republican primary race. The political world is watching DeSantis’ every move these days, and many have been eagerly awaiting his reaction to the search.

Sometimes mischief ensues.

In a clever but dishonest game of online shenanigans, someone put together two separate videos to make it look like DeSantis had defended the FBI The manipulated video, which has circulated widely on social media, claims to show DeSantis tangling with Sean Hannity on Fox News the host’s use of the word “raid” to describe FBI actions.

“This is not a raid,” DeSantis says in the edited video, adding, “they were serving valid process under the laws and the Constitution of the United States.”

It would have been an explosive moment — the first real fireworks display of the 2024 shadow presidential primary.

But that never happened.

In fact, DeSantis had defended a 2020 search by law enforcement officers of the home of Rebekah Jones, a former Florida state data scientist who claimed the DeSantis administration was manipulating information about the coronavirus pandemic.

Hannity, for her part, called the video “FAKE NEWS” and demanded that Twitter remove it.

What DeSantis actually said was this tweet:

“The MAL raid is another escalation in the weaponization of federal agencies against the regime’s political opponents, while the likes of Hunter Biden are treated with kid gloves,” DeSantis wrote. “Now the regime gets another 87,000 IRS agents to wield against its adversaries? Banana Republic.

Note what was missing here: any defense of Trump’s conduct. DeSantis made similar remarks at a Sunday rally for Kari Lake and Blake Masters, the Republican gubernatorial and Senate candidates from Arizona – criticizing the Justice Department and giving examples of what he has called FBI misconduct, while remaining silent on the former president’s alleged mismanagement. classified documents.

David Jolly, a former Republican congressman from Florida, said the “dancing” between DeSantis and Trump was quietly consuming both sides behind the scenes.

Trump has periodically noted — accurately — that he remains the most popular Republican in the hypothetical 2024 primary matchups, with DeSantis trailing far behind. But the two have yet to clash seriously.



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Instead, they circled each other like cage fighters prowling the ring before a match.

DeSantis allies have launched ‘Ready for Ron’, a super PAC backing the Florida governor’s potential candidacy – even as he insists he’s focused on re-election in Florida and has no connection with effort. (Ed Rollins, a longtime Republican agent who leads the super PAC, did not respond to a request for comment.)

Yet DeSantis has also courted Trump donors and at times criticized the former president’s handling of the pandemic. Trump allies watched his maneuvers warily, while disparaging DeSantis to reporters as an overrated political talent.

According to Jolly, “the smartest thing Trump can do is declare now.”

This, he said, could be “the catalytic moment that shuts everyone out” from the Republican field by forcing potential candidates like DeSantis to defend Trump more aggressively or distance themselves from the former president’s legal troubles.

But if Trump were to clean up the decks to prepare for a third presidential bid by stoking anti-government tension over his legal woes, Jolly added, he would create “one of the most dangerous times that I think our country could face.” “.

Some might say that the politically savvy course of action for Republicans would be to choose the fourth option from the menu above: say nothing.

That’s what Charlie Dent, a former congressman from Pennsylvania, suggested to fellow Republicans they did when news broke that federal agents had searched Trump’s home.

“At a time like this, my advice to GOP members would be to exercise restraint and be circumspect in their public comments,” said Dent, who retired in 2018 rather than seek reelection after to have become one of the most trusted critics of Trump’s conduct. as president.

“With Trump,” Dent added, “there’s always more to the story – and it’s usually not very good.”

As the week progressed, that advice became more and more sound.

News outlets, including this one, have reported that the FBI is seeking to recover highly classified documents that Trump or one of his aides took from the White House and hid in the former’s private club and residence. president in West Palm Beach.

Some of the documents, The Washington Post reported, related to nuclear weapons — among the most sensitive materials in possession of the federal government.

Still, staying silent isn’t what many Republicans have been doing. Let’s briefly review what happened:

  • Ronna McDaniel, the chair of the Republican National Committee, wrote an op-ed for Fox News that described the research as “part of a pattern of bureaucratic abuse against Trump.”

  • Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California, the highest-ranking Republican in the House, made a clear threat to the Justice Department, saying Republicans planned to “conduct immediate oversight” of the agency. “Attorney General Garland, save your paperwork and clear your calendar,” McCarthy said.

  • Representative Elise Stefanik of New York, the third House Republican, said the FBI had committed an “abuse of power at the highest level”.

  • Representative Jim Jordan, a key Trump ally, enlists Garland and Christopher Wraythe Trump-appointed FBI Director, to testify about the search before the House Judiciary Committee.

  • Senator Mitch McConnell, the Senate’s top Republican, declined to comment on the research on a trip to visit flood-ravaged communities in his native Kentucky.

  • Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia called on Congress to ‘cancel FBI funding’

Over the past few days, however, as new information has leaked out about why the Justice Department felt it necessary to fight its way into Mar-a-Lago, most elected Republicans have taken a similar stance. to that of DeSantis: to tear apart the FBI and justice. Department as overstepping the mark, while refusing to back Trump outright.

During a revealing appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Sen. Mike Rounds, Republican of South Dakota, urged the department to release more information about the “justification for this raid.”

But he quickly turned to more favorable political ground.

“Right now, with the 2022 midterm elections approaching,” Rounds said, “we would much rather focus on current policies that are hurting our economy.”

  • The legal pressure on Donald Trump and his close allies has intensified further: prosecutors have informed Rudolph Giuliani, his former personal lawyer, that he is the target of an extensive criminal investigation into election interference in Georgia.

  • Republican lawmakers in Wisconsin are pushing hard to take greater control over the state’s voting infrastructure. But whether that happens could depend on two huge elections, one in November and one in April, writes Reid Epstein.

  • The Republican Senate Campaign Committee has reduced its TV ad bookings in three critical battleground states for the fall, a likely sign of financial trouble, reports Shane Goldmacher.

  • With Liz Cheney facing near-certain defeat tomorrow in her House primary, it’s the likely end of the Cheney family’s two-generation dynasty in Wyoming, as well as the passing of less tribal, more clubby politics. and substance-oriented. . Jonathan Martin has the story.

— Blake

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