“I am so excited. This is perhaps the highlight of this long and painful and torturous night. This is a gift… because there’s some people who have said that there are members of this deliberative body that want to defund the police, to my horror.”
— Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), quoted by CNN, praising an amendment by Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-AL) which allowed every Democratic senator to symbolically vote against defunding the police.
“House Republicans are gleefully letting Donald Trump function as their chief political strategist at the expense of American families. Trump’s behavior is shameful, but unsurprising from someone who has demonstrated he couldn’t care less about the American people.”
— A spokesman for President Biden’s campaign hit House Republicans for heeding Donald Trump’s calls to dig in on a government shutdown if they don’t get “everything,” The Hill reports.
“This is not conservative Republicanism. This is stupidity. The idea that we’re going to shut the government down when we don’t control the Senate, we don’t control the White House. These people can’t define a win. They don’t know how to take yes for an answer. It’s a clown show. You keep running lunatics. You’re going to be in this position.”
“Interviews with nearly two dozen lobbyists, political consultants and lawmakers revealed that DeSantis’ struggles as a presidential candidate have already eroded his influence in Florida. There is a widespread expectation that his candidacy will end in failure. His standing at home may depend on how long he slogs forward in the presidential campaign — and how he will manage his exit from the race if he eventually drops out.”
“Our job is not to take orders from the president, from Congress, or from anyone else, about who or what to criminally investigate. I am not the president’s lawyer. I will add I am not Congress’s prosecutor. The Justice Department works for the American people.We will not be intimidated. We will do our jobs free from outside influence. And we will not back down from defending our democracy.”
— Attorney General Merrick Garland, testifying before the House Judiciary Committee/Inquisition.
A new Pew Research poll finds that 65% of Americans “say the way the president is elected should be changed so that the winner of the popular vote nationwide wins the presidency. …. A third favor keeping the current Electoral College system.”
A new Saint Anselm Poll in New Hampshire finds Donald Trump leading the GOP presidential race with 45%, followed by Nikki Haley at 15%, Ron DeSantis at 11%, Chris Christie at 10%, Vivek Ramaswamy at 6% and Tim Scott at 3%.
A new Insider Advantage poll in New Hampshire finds Donald Trump leading the GOP primary field with 42%, followed by Nikki Haley at 14%, Chris Christie at 10%, Ron DeSantis at 8%, Vivek Ramaswamy at 5%, Tim Scott at 5% and Doug Burgum at 4%.