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Nikki Haley supports Pelosi trip to Taiwan, says US should not cave to China’s ‘temper tantrums’

Former U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley may be a staunch conservative often rumored to be a potential Republican presidential candidate, but she came out in support of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s recent trip to Taiwan. In an interview with “Fox News Sunday,” Haley agreed with the Democratic leader’s decision to go to Taiwan despite threats from China, but criticized President Biden for not being quite as supportive. “I do think that Nancy Pelosi was right to go to Taiwan,” Haley told host Mike Emanuel. “It’s a shame that Biden tried to put a wrench in it by saying the military didn’t want her to go. China’s trying to bully us, the same way they try and bully their own people. And we shouldn’t have it.” Haley added that the U.S. “should always have the backs of our allies, and we should always hold our enemies to account.” CHINA SANCTIONS HOUSE SPEAKER NANCY PELOSI OVER ‘EGREGIOUS PROVOCATION’ IN VISIT TO TAIWAN China had threatened “serious consequences” if Pelosi went to Taiwan, but this did not deter the House Speaker, who went as part of a multi-country tour of Asia. Haley claimed that China’s threats were nothing more than posturing. “I’ve watched China have a temper tantrum multiple times when things don’t go their way,” she said. “President Xi wants to show his strength, so he is bullying Taiwan. He’s trying to pretend that there’s going to be a war, he’s trying to scare them. America should never respond to fear. We should always focus on preventing wars.” Haley added that Chinese President Xi Jinping’s “temper tantrums” are “childish” as well as “dangerous,” but that “the last thing we should do is run from that.” CHINA FIRES ‘PRECISION MISSILE STRIKES’ IN TAIWAN STRAIT DAY AFTER NANCY PELOSI CONCLUDES CONTROVERSIAL VISIT Haley claimed that foreign adversaries have already taken action due to feeling emboldened by the Biden administration’s failures. She pointed to Russia trying to take Ukraine and holding American hostages in the process, China “bullying” Taiwan, and the Taliban allowing al Qaeda to have a home in Afghanistan. “It’s been a total mess, and what we’ve seen is Biden has run scared from his shadow the entire administration,” she said. “We’ve got to start showing strength and preventing wars.” Haley then addressed the situation of WNBA star Brittney Griner, who was sentenced to nine years in a Russian prison for marijuana possession. The U.S. is pushing for a prisoner swap that would bring Griner back to the U.S. along with Paul Whelan, who is being imprisoned on an espionage charge. In exchange, it is rumored that the U.S. would offer up Russian arms trader Viktor Bout.  Haley supported the idea of bringing Griner and Whelan home, but was firmly opposed to paying that kind of price. “This is not a Russian hockey player that they want to swap. This is a Russian arms dealer that was giving terrorists weapons to kill Americans. Make no mistake, that is dangerous,” Haley said. “And if you do this prisoner swap, this is letting Russia know and every enemy we have know: get as many American hostages as you can, because that’s how we’ll get all our terrorists back home. That is not the way to do it. We need to get these two Americans home, but you don’t do it with prisoner swaps with people that are trying to kill Americans.”
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Sen. Cardin denies Democrats’ Inflation Reduction Act will increase taxes during recession

Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., denied on Sunday that the Democrats’ Inflation Reduction Act would increase taxes for Americans amid a period of high inflation possibly a recession. “Fox News Sunday” host Mike Emanuel asked Cardin if he was concerned even after Sen. Joe Machin, D-W. Va., once said that a recession is the wrong time to raise taxes, noting how economists warned that more spending by the government could aggravate supply chain issues seen over the past year.  “We’re not raising taxes what we’re doing, in fact, we’re reducing the deficit,” Cardin said. “So, we’re actually taking money out of the economy. So that’s good news for the inflation, and we’re dealing with the cost centers that typical families are facing in health care and energy costs. So this should be helpful for American families, and it should be helpful for our economy, and it will help us with inflation.”  The bill includes $80 billion to ramp up enforcement at the Internal Revenue Service.  GRAHAM SAYS INFLATION REDUCTION ACT WILL ‘MAKE EVERYTHING WORSE’ “Senator, rich people have accountants and high-powered attorneys. Do you worry that ramped up enforcement will only end up hurting middle and working class Americans?” Emanuel asked. “I have worked with Republicans and Democrats to try to modernize the IRS. Most Americans pay their taxes. Most Americans have their taxes taken out from their payroll. There’s never a question of whether they’re paying their fair share of taxes. But for those that have complicated incomes, for those that have high incomes, they’re the ones who are escaping,” Cardin said.  He said there’s an estimated $1 trillion leakage in tax collections every year.  “I think most Americans want a level playing field. They want to pay their taxes, but they want everyone else paying their taxes. So I think this is a fair situation. The IRS desperately needs help, and this bill gives them the help they need,” Cardin added.  “Can you understand how 87,000 new IRS agents would scare the heck out of millions of Americans?” Emanuel countered. To that, Cardin replied, “millions of Americans are not going to be impacted by that other than getting better service from the IRS, getting their telephone answered, getting answers to the questions they need in order to comply with our tax laws.” “The auditing is going to be focused on those with high incomes, the large corporations, etc. So there’s no reason to be fearful. And if you paid your taxes, and you complied with our laws, you should want to make sure everyone else does that,” Cardin concluded.  The senator praised the compromises made in the bill, and specifically Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. for getting 50 Democrats together to make the “largest investment ever” in climate and healthcare costs.Regarding reconciliation though, Cardin said it would be much better if every member was participating in the bi-partisan process. “I’m very confident that I’ve seen discipline over these votes where the Democrats have stuck together. So, I’m optimistic we’ll have our 50 votes and with the Vice President 51 to pass it in the next few hours,” Cardin said Sunday. “So yes, there are things that I would like to have seen done that weren’t done, including the tax code, but this is a great bill for the progressives. It’s a great bill for America. It’s a great deal of a bill for American families.” 
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Sen. Cruz blasts Dems for pushing ‘terrible’ spending bill, ‘lying’ to Americans

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, slammed Democrats for pushing their spending bill and “lying” to Americans as a marathon voting session on the party’s social spending and taxation bill continued.  Speaking during an exclusive interview with “Sunday Mornings Futures,” Cruz argued that the bill will “kill manufacturing jobs” and “hammer small businesses” as well as “drive up gas prices.” On Saturday night, the Senate began what is commonly known as a “vote-a-rama” on Democrats’ social spending and taxation bill, more than 11 hours after it first came in for a rare weekend session. A vote-a-rama is the final step before final passage in the Senate’s budget reconciliation process. Democrats are using that process to pass the bill along party lines, avoiding the 60-vote filibuster threshold.  OVER 230 ECONOMISTS WARN MANCHIN’S SPENDING BILL WILL PERPETUATE INFLATION The marathon session includes votes on dozens of amendments to the bill, proposed mainly by Republicans.  Cruz told host Maria Bartiromo that senators had been up all night and were still in the middle of voting when he joined her on the program. “The Democrats to are on the verge of ramming through what really is a terrible bill,” he warned. Republicans’ first tranche of amendments included provisions on energy, climate, the IRS, and more. Democrats appear prepared to vote down those Republican amendments, even if they support them, to prevent Republicans from injecting poison pills into the legislation.  The social spending bill currently includes more than $400 billion in spending and more than $700 billion in taxes. The vote-a-rama caps more than a year of reconciliation negotiations by Democrats, who initially tried to advance President Biden’s “Build Back Better” bill worth more than $3 trillion last year. The new version of the bill, called the “Inflation Reduction Act,” is significantly scaled back from that. The Texas senator argued that the bill “has billions in new taxes on U.S. oil and gas production.” “We introduced amendments trying to take those new taxes out so all the Democrats say they’re worried and want to lower gas prices, they all just voted to raise gas taxes and to raise your price at the pump,” he told Bartiromo.  GRAHAM SAYS INFLATION REDUCTION ACT WILL MAKE ‘EVERYTHING WORSE’ The Texas senator also accused Democrats, including Sens. Raphael Warnock, D-Ga., and Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., of “lying” about wanting gas prices to be lower for Americans because “they stood up and voted to raise the gas taxes, stick it to the producers, make our consumers pay more at the pump.” “That’s the end result they want, and their voting record proves it,” he argued.  Cruz also noted that the bill will double the size of the IRS. “Those IRS agents are designed to come after you,” Cruz argued. “They’re not designed to come after the billionaires and the big corporations, they’re designed to come after small businesses and working families across this country.” “The Democrats are making the IRS bigger than the Pentagon plus the Department of State plus the FBI plus the Border Patrol combined,” he continued. “This is a massive power grab.” The senator then called out Democrats for voting against “common sense amendments.” “I introduced an amendment to say don’t create 87,000 new IRS agents, every Democrat voted no,” he said.  “I just introduced an amendment to say that Joe Biden and the federal government should not be able to sell oil from our strategic petroleum reserve to the Chinese communists. Biden’s sold over 2 million barrels of oil to the Chinese communists. Every Democrat but four voted no.” “They are bound and determined to try and ram this terrible bill through,” he stressed.  Fox News’ Tyler Olson contributed to this report. 
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Manchin says Trump campaigning against him may, ‘help me,’ after former president makes 2024 threat

Sen. Joe Manchin Sunday dismissed former President Donald Trump saying he’ll campaign against him in 2024 due to his work on Democrats’ social spending bill, speculating Trump’s involvement could even help him win his election. “He did it in 2018 and it helped me so I got elected then, so maybe he’ll help me again,” Manchin, D-W.Va., said when asked about Trump’s comment by Fox News Digital. Fox News Digital’s Haris Alic reported Saturday that Trump lamented both Manchin and his fellow moderate Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., in comments at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). “What the happened to Manchin and Sinema, what the hell happened, where did this new philosophy come from,” Trump said. “I think if this deal passes, they will both lose their next election, I do believe that, West Virginia and Arizona will not stand for what they did to them.”  SENATE ‘VOTE-A-RAMA’ DRAGS INTO SECOND DAY OF POLITICALLY CHARGED AMENDMENTS: LIVE UPDATES “I’ll go down [there] and campaign against him as hard as anybody can,” Trump added. DEMS CLAIM WINS ON CLIMATE AND PRESCRIPTIONS AFTER PARLIAMENTARIAN REVIEWS SOCIAL TAX AND SPENDING BILL West Virginia is a deep red state, and went for Trump by nearly 40 percentage points in the 2020 presidential election. Manchin, as a moderate Democrat, has managed to get elected there several times as governor, secretary of state and senator. But Republicans are likely to target Manchin’s seat in 2024, especially in the wake of what they say is a “reckless” spending bill in Democrats’ Inflation Reduction Act. “We’re going to be focused on that seat in 2024,” Senate GOP Conference Chair John Barrasso, R-Wyo., said in a statement this week.
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Graham says Inflation Reduction Act will make ‘everything worse’

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said Sunday that the Inflation Reduction Act, which Democrats are poised to pass in the Senate without any Republican support, is not going to bring down inflation and will worsen the recession. During an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Graham said the bill, which includes roughly $433 billion in new spending, “is going to make everything worse.” “I voted for a bipartisan infrastructure bill, I voted for gun legislation, I’m not going to vote for this,” Graham said. “The minimum tax of 15% destroys expensing. Now what does that mean – if a company buys a piece of equipment, they could expense it under the 2017 tax cut in the same year they bought it – that goes away.” “So [the Congressional Budget Office] says it disincentivizes companies for building factories, buying equipment, which would help guide us get out of recession,” the South Carolina Republican continued. “There’s a 16.4% tax on imported barrels of oil that are going to increase cost at the gas pump, subsidies for Obamacare go to families making $304,000 a year, which I think is ill-conceived, and the bottom line, it’s not going to help inflation.” DEMOCRATS RELY ON MISLEADING MESSAGING TO SELL MANCHIN-SCHUMER BILL Graham said the Democrats’ attempts to paint the bill as deficit reducing is a “gimmick.” “It says it would reduce the deficit by $100 billion – we’re going to spend almost a trillion dollars,” the senator said. “The truth is the Obamacare subsidies go away after 3 years. Well, we all know they’re not going to go away. So if they stayed in place for 10 years it would add $280 billion to the deficit. So it’s a gimmick.” “This thing is gonna make everything worse, and not one Republican is gonna vote for it,” he added. The Inflation Reduction Act, a slimmed down version of President Biden’s Build Back Better (BBB) Act, will cost an estimated $433 billion, most of which will be invested in climate provisions, while increasing tax revenue by $739 billion. Despite its name, a report this week from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) said the bill would have a “negligible” effect on inflation.  DEMOCRATS’ INFLATION REDUCTION ACT IS ‘ECONOMIC MALPRACTICE’: ECONOMIST “In calendar year 2022, enacting the bill would have a negligible effect on inflation, in CBO’s assessment,” the office said. In calendar year 2023, inflation would probably be between 0.1 percentage point lower and 0.1 percentage point higher under the bill than it would be under current law, CBO estimates. According to a December analysis by the Tax Foundation, the most economically damaging provision in the bill is the 15% “corporate alternative minimum tax,” which requires businesses with profits over $1 billion to pay a minimum tax rate of 15%. The minimum tax alone will reduce GDP by 0.1 percent and cost about 27,000 jobs, the Tax Foundation projects. The minimum tax will deal the biggest blow to coal workers, levying a net tax hike of 7.2% on the coal industry’s pretax book income, according to a November analysis by the foundation. The second-hardest hit by the tax, according to the study, is the automobile and truck manufacturing industries, which face a 5.1 percent tax hike, the study said. The nonpartisan Congressional Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) has also released data claiming that in 2023, the year in which the bill would increase tax revenue most, individuals making less than $10,000 per year would pay 3.1% more in taxes and those making between $20,000-$30,000 per year would see a 1.1% tax increase due to the trickle-down effect of the 15% minimum tax. Tax revenue collected from those making $100,000 per year or less would increase by $5.8 billion in 2023, the report said.
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Exhausted Bernie Sanders ‘more irritable than usual’ after proposals keep dying with virtually no support

An exhausted Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-VT, was “more irritable than usual” at the tail end of the Senate’s “vote-a-rama” Sunday morning after most of his proposals fell with only his vote in support. The Senate entered its second straight day of voting on amendments to the Democrats’ “Inflation Reduction Act.” Lawmakers were up through the night and are likely to continue into Sunday afternoon. Sanders has proposed several amendments targeting the oil industry and other priorities, but with no success. An amendment targeting the oil industry fell to a 99-1 vote, with Sanders the only Senator in favor. Another fell 97-1. Some observers described Sanders as “more irritable than usual” as he had a snappy back-and-forth with Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-SC. MANCHIN 2024 RE-ELECTION CHANCES COULD ‘DISAPPEAR’ FOLLOWING SUPPORT FOR NEW SPENDING BILL BERNIE SANDERS SAYS INFLATION REDUCTION ACT WILL HAVE ‘MINIMAL IMPACT’ ON INFLATION Graham attacked Sanders’ barrage of amendments as “extreme,” in a Sunday statement. “In a night, a day — whatever we’ve been doing, night has turned into day — of extremes, this is the most extreme idea yet. And that’s saying a lot,” Graham said. “Sen. Sanders wants to destroy fossil fuel exploration at a time you’ve got to get a mortgage on your house to fill up your car.” Democrats have negotiated meticulously to secure 50 votes in favor of their spending and tax bill, which is being passed through the budget reconciliation process. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-WV, has vowed to vote in favor of the bill, and other Democrats are loath to change it lest he rescind his support. The reconciliation process allows Senators to propose an unlimited number of amendments and force their colleagues to vote on them. Many Democrats have decided to vote against any amendment to the legislation, even if they support it. “It’s my view that this is the only deal that’s gonna get us 50 votes,” Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., told Fox News Digital on Sunday. “It’s not the bill I would have written, but it’s still a very good bill. So I want to make sure that we can maintain 50 votes on final passage.” Tyler Olson contributed to this report.
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Liz Cheney would ‘find it very difficult’ to support DeSantis because of Trump similarities

Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., wouldn’t commit to throwing her weight behind Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis if he were the GOP presidential candidate in 2024 because of his similarities to former President Donald Trump. “I think that Ron DeSantis has lined himself up almost entirely with Donald Trump, and I think that’s very dangerous,” Cheney said during an interview at a house party last week, according to the New York Times. Cheney, who faces an uphill climb to keep her seat in Congress during next week’s Wyoming primary election, said she “would find it very difficult” to support DeSantis in a general election, but also brushed off talk that she would change parties. “I’m a Republican,” she said during the interview, though she argued that the party “may not be” salvageable in the short term because it is “very sick” and “is continuing to drive itself in a ditch and I think it’s going to take several cycles if it can be healed.” NEW POLL: LIZ CHENEY TRAILING TRUMP-BACKED PRIMARY CHALLENGER BY MORE THAN 20 POINTS However, Wyoming Republicans have made Cheney an outcast in her own party as she has continued her crusade against Trump, with recent polling showing the incumbent trailing challenger Harriet Hageman by more than 20 points. Her very plausible defeat has led some to speculate the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney is building up toward a bid for the White House, though she told attendees at the party that she is focused on her primary challenge and her work on the Jan. 6 committee. The comments come as the former vice president was featured in an ad for his daughter that took aim at Trump, calling the former president a “coward” who was lying to his supporters about the results of the 2020 election. “In our nation’s 246-year history, there has never been an individual who is a greater threat to our republic than Donald Trump,” the elder Cheney said in the ad. “He is a coward. A real man wouldn’t lie to his supporters. He lost his election and he lost big. I know it, he knows it and deep down I think most Republicans know it.” For her part, Cheney said she was still “working hard” to win the primary but acknowledged she was willing to lose her seat in Congress to continue battling the former president. “I am working hard to earn every single vote,” Cheney said in an interview on “Fox News Sunday.” “Given the choice between maintaining my seat in the House of Representatives on the one hand or ensuring the survival of our constitutional republic and ensuring the American people know the truth about Donald Trump, I will choose the Constitution and the truth every day of the week and twice on Sunday.”
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Democrats want to squeeze every dollar out of Americans’ pockets for their ‘wasteful’ spending: Rep. Donalds

During an interview on “Fox & Friends Weekend,” Sunday, Florida Republican Congressman Byron Donalds provided insight on the impending results of Democrats’ proposed spending bill as the ‘vote-a-rama’ continues, arguing that the passage of the “Inflation Reduction Act” would be an “absolute tragedy” for Americans. REP. BYRON DONALDS: What America needs right now is for these Democratic senators, I’m talking about Masto in Nevada, I’m talking about Deb Haaland in New Hampshire, Raphael Warnock in Georgia. What they need to do, Mark Kelly in Arizona, they need to actually get those hires for border control, and border security. So we’re not losing a 100,000+ people a year to fentanyl overdoses.  That’s what they should be focused on in the United States Senate, not sending more employees into the IRS to harass American citizens just so they can squeeze every single dollar for their wasteful spending on green energy, which, frankly, does not work. It’s not as green as they say, and it actually pollutes the environment, when you look at the entire supply chain of solar panels and wind turbines.  SENATE ‘VOTE-A-RAMA’ DRAGS INTO SECOND DAY OF POLITICALLY CHARGED AMENDMENTS: LIVE UPDATES WATCH THE FULL INTERVIEW HERE: 
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NYC Mayor Adams outraged over ‘small part’ of border crisis impacting his sanctuary city, Texas AG

During an interview on “Fox & Friends Weekend,” Sunday, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton discusses Governor Greg Abbott’s decision to bus migrants to New York City and Washington D.C . as a solution for the overwhelming border crisis, arguing that Texas is sending sanctuary cities a “statement of fairness.’  KEN PAXTON: …Part of it is that we have a significant problem on the border. They’re [NYC] only experiencing a slight bit of this. I mean, it’s almost a little inconvenience for them, but it’s a major problem for us. And so it’s just interesting to see some of these mayors who have invited and have created sanctuary cities to suddenly start complaining that they’ve got a few thousand immigrants when we’re dealing with millions.  So it’s kind of a statement of, first of all, fairness and, hey, why don’t you pay attention to our real problem on the border? You’re experiencing just a small part of it. LAWRENCE JONES HAS A MESSAGE FOR ERIC ADAMS OVER BORDER CRISIS: THERE’S NO IGNORING IT NOW WATCH THE FULL INTERVIEW:
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Biden to end isolation at White House after second consecutive negative COVID test

President Biden will end isolation at the White House after a second negative COVID-19 test on Sunday.  In a memo for White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, the president’s physician Dr. Kevin O’Connor said Biden’s SARS-CoV-2 antigen testing “was negative for a second consecutive day.”  “He will safely return to public engagement and presidential travel,” the memo added Sunday. Biden was photographed leaving the White House on Sunday to board Marine One.  BIDEN’S FAILED AFGHANISTAN WITHDRAWAL LET TALIBAN TURN NATION INTO A TERRORIST STATE  “I’m feeling great,” Biden said before boarding, according to The Associated Press.  The Bidens were expected to spend the day in Rehoboth Beach, a popular vacation destination. On Saturday, O’Connor said the president “continues to feel very well” in announcing his first negative test since Biden’s rebound positivity last Saturday.  The president first tested positive for the coronavirus on July 21, when the White House said he began Paxlovid. Biden is fully vaccinated and twice boosted.  According to his doctor, Biden’s vital signs remained normal throughout his infection, but his symptoms included a runny nose, cough, sore throat and body aches. After isolating for several days, Biden tested negative on July 26 and July 27, when he gave a speech in the Rose Garden, telling Americans they can “live without fear” of the virus if they get booster shots, test themselves for the virus if they become sick and seek out treatments. But Biden caught a rebound case of COVID-19 on July 30, forcing him to isolate again. He occasionally gave speeches from a White House balcony, such as when he marked the killing of an al-Qaida leader or a strong jobs report. He continued to test positive until Saturday, when he received his first negative result.  While the president was isolating in the White House residence, the first lady remained in Delaware. The Bidens are scheduled to visit Kentucky on Monday to view flood damage and meet with families. This is a developing story. Check back for updates. The Associated Press contributed to this report. 
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