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So Republicans win the house, but don’t have a speaker yet. What happens if no one gets the 218 votes?

“But a small handful of Republicans could keep McCarthy from winning the speaker’s gavel during the public vote on Jan. 3, the first day of the new Congress. He needs 218 Republican votes on the House floor — Democrats won't help — meaning it’s possible fewer than a dozen conservatives could derail McCarthy’s chances and throw the process into certain chaos.

But Freedom Caucus leaders are pumping on the brakes. They’ve presented a growing list of demands to McCarthy in exchange for their support. The first could be the most damaging to McCarthy: conservatives wants him to reinstate a rule to make it easier to force a vote to oust a sitting House speaker — something known as a ‘motion to vacate.‘

That’s what happened in 2015 when a Freedom Caucus co-founder, then-Rep. Mark Meadows, called for a vote to remove Republican Speaker John Boehner from power; Boehner chose to resign rather than force his members to take an unpopular vote on his speakership.

If McCarthy agrees to that demand, it would mean the threat of recall will be hanging above his head if he makes unpopular decisions on things like government spending, debt and impeachment.

If McCarthy can’t cobble together 218 once again, it’s unclear who could. Scalise would be next in line but also would have the same challenges as McCarthy. Conservative leaders also have been distrusting of GOP Conference Chair Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., a one-time moderate turned close Trump ally who is currently the No. 3 in the caucus. Other names floated include Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-N.C., who has his eye on the Financial Services Committee gavel.”
 

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How long does it take to count votes out west? It's Friday and they still haven't counted once much less recount and challenges and lawsuits.

Blake Masters is 5 points behind with an 80 percent tally this morning since election night and NBC still says it is too early to call.
 

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It ends with The Economist comparing Britain's economy to Italy.

"Britain has been in managed – or mismanaged – decline since its costly victory in the Second World War, a quarter-century after the British Empire reached its peak. That decline seems to be accelerating as Brexit, the pandemic, the energy crisis and seemingly endless political turmoil work their dark magic.

Every decade or so since the war ended, a currency or economic crisis or an epically bad political decision has pushed Britain’s economy – and global stature – ever lower. The pound’s devaluation in 1949 ensured the rise, and ultimate dominance, of the U.S. dollar. The chaos of the 1970s – strikes, social unrest, gaping budget deficits, soaring oil prices and inflation – intensified the country’s tribulations and triggered a bailout by the International Monetary Fund.

Then came another currency crisis – 'Black Wednesday' of 1992 – that pushed Britain out of the European Exchange Rate Mechanism, which had been designed as the warm-up act to the euro. In 2007, the collapse of mortgage lender Northern Rock was instrumental in launching the global financial crisis a year later. After that, Britain was convulsed by Brexit, nearly flattened by the pandemic and, lately, shocked by the fallout of the war in Ukraine – an energy crisis and another bout of crippling inflation."
 

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Inflation, cost of living, shortages, war, climate change, viruses... So many things to worry about in this world yet whether people can buy tickets to the Taylor Swift concerts (plural) is an agenda item for politicians.
 

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“Based on recent developments, including Trump’s announcement that he is a candidate for president in the next election, and the current president’s intention to be a candidate in the next election, I have concluded it is in the public interest to appoint a special counsel,”

If he didn't announce he was running then there would be no need for a special counsel? Still salty over not being confirmed to the Supreme Court?
 

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Illegals?!

"The rise is driven by people arriving legally from outside the EU and the resumption of post-pandemic travel.

Reception of Afghan and Ukrainian refugees and people from Hong Kong are other factors."

Nope.

"Today's figures will intensify debates over the role of overseas workers into the UK economy and wider labour market - weeks after Home Secretary Suella Braverman said she wanted to resurrect a repeatedly missed government target to reduce net migration to below 100,000."

"The prime minister has said he wants net migration to reduce, he has not put a specific timeframe on that."
 

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“During Saturday night's protest in Shanghai - China's biggest city and a global financial hub in the east of the country - people were heard openly shouting slogans such as ’Xi Jinping, step down‘ and ’Communist party, step down’”

But there aren’t any other parties if they step down….there would be…anarchy.
 

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No one thinks it is weird that a white supremacist would be helping Kanye West or vice versa? Last I checked he wasn't mixed race or something. The enemy of enemy is my friend?
 

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No one thinks it is weird that a white supremacist would be helping Kanye West or vice versa? Last I checked he wasn't mixed race or something. The enemy of enemy is my friend?

Mental illness and the common bond of antisemitism. Fuentes had a famous and rich backer, while Kanye gets a ‘political adviser’ fueling his presidential aspirations.
 

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Mental illness and the common bond of antisemitism. Fuentes had a famous and rich backer, while Kanye gets a ‘political adviser’ fueling his presidential aspirations.


It says Kanye set up Trump. After they finish their antisemitic agendas, what are Fuentes and Kanye supposed to do after that? Fuentes returns to lynching Kanye?

It's just bizzare.
 
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