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Guantanamo’s prison population continues to slowly shrink

At the start of the Obama era, Guantanamo Bay had 242 inmates. Under Biden, it’s down to 34. Republicans appear determined to keep the prison open anyway.
US prison camp Guantánamo
US prison camp Guantánamo

Why Jim Jordan’s first round of misguided GOP subpoenas matters

Jim Jordan is launching a probe, not into those who made threats at school board meetings, but into those who took steps to prevent potential violence.
Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, during a hearing of the House Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill on July 14, 2022.
Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, during a hearing of the House Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill on July 14, 2022.

Debt ceiling fix needs GOP centrists who apparently don’t exist

The good news is, a handful of House Republican moderates can end the GOP's debt ceiling crisis. The bad news is, there are no House Republican moderates.
Rep. Don Bacon speaks to reporters on his way to a closed-door GOP caucus meeting at the U.S. Capitol on January 10 in Washington, DC.
Rep. Don Bacon speaks to reporters on his way to a closed-door GOP caucus meeting at the U.S. Capitol on January 10 in Washington, DC.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ record makes her an odd choice for SOTU response

The GOP could've found someone to give a State of the Union response who has a reputation for telling the truth. They went with Sarah Huckabee Sanders instead.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders at a news conference in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House
Sarah Huckabee Sanders at a news conference in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House

In debt ceiling fight, McCarthy can’t shake his arithmetic problem

As Speaker Kevin McCarthy's debt ceiling hostage crisis moves forward, he can't overcome one of his biggest problems: His arithmetic doesn't work.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy
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Monday’s Mini-Report, 2.6.23

Today’s edition of quick hits.
Men search for survivors in the debris in Adana, Turkey, on Feb. 6, 2023.
Men search for survivors in the debris in Adana, Turkey, on Feb. 6, 2023.
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Trump is the latest Republican to avoid his most notable success

Ahead of their national campaigns, Mitt Romney, Marco Rubio, and Donald Trump couldn't brag about their biggest victories. The GOP base wouldn't allow it.
President Donald Trump walks the colonnade at the White House on April 10, 2017.
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Monday’s Campaign Round-Up, 2.6.23

Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
Rep. Victoria Spartz, R-Ind., at the  Capitol.
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With grenades and assault-rifle pins, GOP reps send a message

The House Republican handing out inert grenades was ridiculous. His GOP colleague handing out assault-rifle lapel pins is almost certainly worse.
Rep. Andrew Clyde, R-Ga., wears a tie pin in the shape of a firearm on June 14, 2021.
Rep. Andrew Clyde, R-Ga., wears a tie pin in the shape of a firearm on June 14, 2021.
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Cruz tries to defend his proposal that would bar his own re-election

Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas tried to defend his plan to block voters from re-electing lawmakers like him. It didn't go especially well.
Image: FILE PHOTO: U.S. Senator Cruz talks to reporters at the U.S. Capitol in Washington
Image: FILE PHOTO: U.S. Senator Cruz talks to reporters at the U.S. Capitol in Washington
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Why Trump’s secret plan for the war in Ukraine is unbelievable

It's a problem that Donald Trump claims he has a secret plan to end the war in Ukraine. It's a bigger problem that he's tried to pull this trick before.
Image: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky looks on at President Donald Trump.
Image: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky looks on at President Donald Trump.
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GOP leaders left literally speechless by Biden-era job growth

Job growth under President Joe Biden has been so strong that Republican leaders have to go out of their way to pretend not to notice the good news.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell stands next to House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy during a signing ceremony for the Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act on February 13, 2015 in the Rayburn Room of the US Capitol in Washington, DC.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell stands next to House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy during a signing ceremony for the Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act on February 13, 2015 in the Rayburn Room of the US Capitol in Washington, DC.
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GOP thought Chinese balloon was political winner — until Trump record got in way

Republicans saw the Chinese surveillance balloon as a political winner, right up until Donald Trump's record got in the way.
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The remnants of a large balloon drift above the Atlantic Ocean, just off the coast of South Carolina, with a fighter jet and its contrail seen below it
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Friday’s Mini-Report, 2.3.23

Today’s edition of quick hits.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks to the press about the war in Ukraine at the State Department in Washington, D.C. on March 17.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks to the press about the war in Ukraine at the State Department in Washington, D.C. on March 17.
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‘Peaceful transition’: Pompeo has a flawed memory of Jan. 6

If former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sees Jan. 6 as an example of a “peaceful transition" of power, his memory of the insurrectionist attack is flawed.
Former U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo
Former U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo
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McCarthy denounces ‘turmoil’ while imposing debt ceiling turmoil

The House speaker who’s choosing to impose a dangerous debt ceiling crisis on the country declared, “Let’s not put America through turmoil”? Seriously?
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Kevin McCarthy
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Trump pal Tom Fitton seen entering federal court. Here's what that could mean.

The informal adviser to Donald Trump was seen this week entering the federal courthouse where special counsel Jack Smith's grand juries meet.
Tom Fitton, President of Judicial Watch, addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference held in the Hyatt Regency on Feb. 28, 2021 in Orlando, Fla.
Tom Fitton, President of Judicial Watch, addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference held in the Hyatt Regency on Feb. 28, 2021 in Orlando, Fla.