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“We’re in it. We just haven’t started shooting at each other yet.”
— Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ), quote by the New York Times, when asked about if the United States was headed for a civil war.
“What I’m concerned about is the Republican leadership in the House of Representatives, who was willing to overlook, ignore those statements … assigning her to the Education Committee when she has mocked the killing of little children at Sandy Hook Elementary School, when she has mocked the killing of teenagers in high school, at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. What could they be thinking? Or is thinking too generous a word for what they might be doing?”
— Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) denounced House Republican leaders for appointing Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) to the committee overseeing education after she has questioned the legitimacy of mass shootings and harassed student survivors, NBC News reports.
“It’s something I’m gonna think about.”
— Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX) said he is considering a 2022 gubernatorial run, setting up a potential challenge against incumbent Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R), The Hill reports.
“The U.S. economy shrank by 3.5 percent last year as the novel coronavirus upended American business and households, making 2020 the worst year for U.S. economic growth since the depths of the Great Recession,” the Washington Post reports. “This is the last GDP report from former president Donald Trump’s tenure. Until the pandemic, Trump was on track for an economic record that put him near the middle of the pack among recent presidents. But the covid-19 crisis has ensured that he is likely to have overseen the slowest economic growth of any president in the period since the Second World War.”
“Now that Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner are joining her father in sunny Florida, their prestigious Washington, D.C., house is up for grabs for $18,000 a month,” McClatchy reports.
“I clearly informed him that he needed to back off. He did not do so I informed him that I was carrying pepper spray and that I would use it if he did not back off. He remained at close distance, I pulled out my pepper spray and I sprayed him in the eyes.”
— Portland mayor Ted Wheeler (D) told the Oregonian that he was forced to shoot pepper spray directly into the eyes of a member of the public on Sunday night when he was approached by a man who wasn’t wearing a mask.
A new Gallup poll finds just 11% of Americans are satisfied with the way things are going in the U.S.
A new Morning Consult poll finds 56 percent of voters approve of President Biden’s job performance, while 34 percent disapprove.
A new Monmouth poll finds 56% of Americans approve of the House of Representatives impeaching Trump for incitement of insurrection, while 42% disapprove.
“When the impeachment proceedings begin in the Senate, it will not be just Donald Trump in the dock. The entire Republican Party will be on trial. And there is every reason to believe that the GOP will fail this test — as it failed every other during the past four years.”