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Tennessee college alumni lobby to remove Supreme Court Justice Barrett from school’s ‘hall of fame’

An alumni group at Rhodes College created a petition for the school to remove Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett from the school’s “Hall of Fame” because of her vote to overturn Roe v. Wade. The petition was created by Rhodes College Alumni for Reproductive Rights and is being sent to the school’s president Jennifer Collins and Director of Community Standards Richard Adams. According to the letter, the signatories’ “firm belief in the Rhodes Honor Code we all signed impels us to make this request.” The letter argues that Barrett has violated the Rhodes Honor Code through her testimony in the Senate confirmation hearings and in her “judicial decision-making process.” LA TIMES EDITOR TAUNTS ALITO, BRAGS SECULAR CHILDREN WHO DON’T KNOW JESUS WILL MAKE SOCIETY BETTER “In each of the categories above, Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s adherence to an originalist interpretive methodology of constitutional textual analysis (as reflected in her scholarly legal articles) appears to be at odds with statements she made to the United States Senate,” the letter states. During Barrett’s Senate confirmation hearings, she said in response to a question posed by Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., that Roe v. Wade is not super-precedent. “To define cases that are so well-settled that no political actors and no people seriously push for their overruling. And I’m answering a lot of questions about Roe, which I think indicates that Roe doesn’t fall in that category,” Barrett said. The letter criticized Barrett’s response, stating that she might have been misleading. PRO-LIFE PREGNANCY CLINICS STILL BEING TARGETED BY VIOLENCE, 3 MONTHS AFTER SUPREME COURT LEAK “It was, at best, disingenuous of Justice Barrett to admit that she did not believe Roe to be a ‘super-precedent’ yet then suggest that did not mean the case ‘should’ be overruled, despite clearly adhering to a legal philosophy that would obviously lead her to rule against Roe,” the letter states. The alumni group also wrote that Barrett is a major threat to fundamental rights in America. “And we believe that Justice Amy Coney Barrett is one of the biggest current threats to our fundamental rights, the stability of our nation, and our democracy. Moreover, as Rhodes alumni who pledged the same fealty to truth, loyalty, and service’ as she did, we find her actions to be a clear – and perhaps history’s most destructive to date – violation of the Honor Code we all hold dear.”  “Simply being one of our most famous alumni is not a sufficient reason for the College to continue honoring someone thus who has very publicly breached the most fundamental Rhodes values. Therefore, we respectfully request that Justice Barrett be removed from the Rhodes College Hall of Fame based on the above violations of the Rhodes Honor System,” the letter added. 
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Marjorie Taylor Greene open to White House run ‘down the road’

EXCLUSIVE: Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene says she is open to running on a national ticket, either as vice president or as president, at some point in the future.  “Those are things I’m definitely interested in, as long as I think they’re achievable, and I can be effective in those roles,” Greene said during an interview with Fox News Digital Friday at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Dallas, Texas. “But we’ll see what happens down the road.”  The first-term Georgia lawmaker has raised more than $10 million for her reelection campaign since the start of last year. Greene is not just sitting on that money, however.  Instead, the congresswoman is using it to endorse candidates in line with her and Trump’s populist style of politics. In recent months, Greene has backed Ohio’s JD Vance and Arizonan Blake Masters in their races for the Senate.  MARJORIE TAYLOR GREENE CONFRONTS DOJ ABOUT ALLEGED ‘ENTRAPPING’ OF DEFENDANTS IN GOV. WHITMER KIDNAPPING PLOT “I’d love to see the Republican Party being the party that truly represents the American people,” she said. “I think the inner circle inside the GOP is struggling to find that identity, but I hope to play a big role in helping them really realize what their voters want.” A small business owner and mother of three, Greene said she was compelled to seek elective office because Republicans on Capitol Hill were ignoring the conservative base.  “I’m a regular person, I had no intention of ever becoming a member of Congress, but I can tell you for sure the American people want to see elected leaders in the Republican Party actually doing the job that they campaigned on and say they would do,” she said. “I was one of those Americans that felt let down when Republicans didn’t get things done like repealing ObamaCare [and] defunding Planned Parenthood.” Trump has recognized Greene as a top ally.  The Georgia lawmaker vociferously defended Trump during his second impeachment trial last year after the storming of the U.S. Capitol.
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Tulsi Gabbard blasts Kamala Harris’ ‘hypocrisy’ for Brittney Griner response after marijuana lockups as AG

Former Democratic congresswoman and presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard slammed Vice President Kamala Harris’ record on marijuana prosecution after Harris condemned Russia’s imprisonment of WNBA star Brittney Griner on a cannabis charge. “Another note of hypocrisy coming from Kamala Harris and this administration is you mentioned during her illustrious record as attorney general in California…she kept prisoners in prison longer than their sentences to use them as free slave labor yet at the same time these very same people are condemning other countries for doing the exact same thing,” Gabbard told Fox News host Will Cain.  Griner was sentenced by a Russian court to 9 years in prison this week after being caught with a cannabis vape pen at an airport near Moscow earlier this year. The sentence earned widespread condemnation from U.S. officials including Harris who said she is working to secure Griner’s release.  ENES KANTER FREEDOM REACTS TO POSSIBLE TRADE FOR BRITTNEY GRINER “With today’s sentencing, Russia continues its wrongful detention of Brittney Griner. She should be released immediately,” Harris tweeted on Thursday. “@POTUS and I, and our entire Administration, are working every day to reunite Brittney, as well as Paul Whelan, with loved ones who miss each of them dearly.” Gabbard, who pointed out that she also opposes Griner’s sentence, said that the “thing that struck me” about the tweet from Harris is that her administration has not expressed the same sentiment for people accused of marijuana crimes domestically. MUSK QUESTIONS BIDEN’S EFFORTS TO FREE GRINER WHILE US HAS PRISONERS FOR MARIJUANA “Where is your outrage for your fellow Americans who are sitting in prison today here in the United States of America for minor marijuana violations,” Gabbard said. “How come you are not fighting as hard for them to be returned home and reunited with their families as you are for Brittney Griner.”  Gabbard added that she believes Harris is sending the message that the rich and powerful in the United States will be treated differently than average Americans when it comes to prosecuting marijuana crimes. “Unfortunately, like too many politicians, it seems that she puts her finger to the wind and decides the things she’s supposed to be angry about on any given day and if it becomes politically inconvenient or damaging then she’ll switch the other way,” Gabbard said about Harris prosecuting marijuana offenders as California’s attorney general.  The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Fox News Digital. 
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Sens. Sanders, Warren set to give billionaires free pass after years of knocking tax loopholes for wealthy

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, an independent, and Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who have a history of knocking financial “loopholes” used by wealthy individuals and corporations, are set to vote on the Inflation Reduction Act after the measure’s carried interest tax provision that targeted billionaires was removed. The social spending and tax measure — which is largely scaled back from the initial $3 trillion-plus “Build Back Better” bill — spends $433 billion and would raise $739 billion in revenue, according to Democrats. It is expected to rapidly pass through the Senate after Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., lobbied to remove the provision as part of her agreement to back the bill. While both Sanders and Warren are likely to vote in favor of the legislation, announced last week by West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, the pair of progressive senators have repeatedly criticized tax loopholes over the years that are used by wealthy Americans, including the carried interest loophole. In 2015, Sanders and Warren, along with six others, originally co-sponsored the Carried Interest Fairness Act, a measure introduced in the Senate that would have closed the carried interest loophole. SINEMA AGREES TO ‘MOVE FORWARD’ WITH SOCIAL SPENDING AND TAX BILL AFTER DEMS MAKE CHANGES Last September, amid ongoing negotiations regarding the budget reconciliation bill, Sanders claimed the measure would “end the days of tax loopholes and evasions” that are used by billionaires. “Let me be as clear as I can be. The budget reconciliation bill is PAID FOR. How will that happen? We will finally end the days of tax loopholes and evasions by the billionaire class of this country,” Sanders wrote in a tweet. “Yes, they will finally pay their fair share of taxes.” Just prior to announcing his second presidential bid in 2019, Sanders addressed the “rigged tax code” in America and took aim at wealthy Americans who he insisted have dodged adequate tax percentages. “We have a rigged tax code that has essentially legalized tax-dodging for large corporations and the world’s wealthiest individuals,” Sanders wrote in a January 2019 tweet. “It is time to end these egregious loopholes and make the wealthy pay their fair share.” INFLATION LIKELY TO REMAIN HIGH, DESPITE MANCHIN’S INFLATION REDUCTION ACT, AMERICANS SAY In a 2018 tweet, Sanders took aim at former President Donald Trump, claiming that he failed to live up to a campaign promise to tackle the “egregious carried interest loophole,” and that his “disgraceful tax bill did nothing to address it.” Echoing several of the viewpoints held by Sanders, Warren has made a name for herself when it comes to calling out wealthy Americans like Elon Musk and corporations like Amazon. “Loopholes, deductions, exemptions. There are lots of benefits to being a corporation like Amazon – which made over $10 billion in profits and paid $0 in federal corporate income taxes last year,” Warren wrote in a June 2019 tweet during her campaign for the presidency. Warren also claimed in a 2017 tweet that “real tax reform would close up loopholes for the rich [and] put working families first.” Fox News Digital reached out to Sanders and Warren to see whether they intend to still vote in favor of the measure and did not receive a response from either office. Fox News’ Joe Schoffstall contributed to this article.
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Trump easily wins Texas CPAC 2024 GOP presidential nomination straw poll; DeSantis second

DALLAS – Former President Donald Trump convincingly won the 2024 GOP presidential nomination straw poll at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) three-day gathering in Texas Trump, who’s repeatedly teased making another presidential run in 2024 to try and return to the White House, captured 69.1% of ballots cast in the anonymous online straw poll, according to results announced by CPAC on Saturday. The support for the former president, who remains the most popular and influential politician in the Republican Party and continues to play a kingmaker’s role in GOP primaries, is up from his 59% showing in the anonymous online straw poll at the CPAC gathering in Orlando, Florida in February. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis came in second on the 2024 presidential nomination question, at 23.7%, down from his 28% showing at CPAC in Orlando five months ago. 2024 WATCH: CPAC ATTENDEES CHOOSE FAVORITE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE AS TRUMP, DESANTIS REMAIN POPULAR DeSantis has seen his popularity surge among Republican voters in his state and around the nation over the past two and a half years, thanks in large part to his relentless pushback against COVID-19 restrictions amid the coronavirus pandemic as well as his aggressive actions in the culture wars.  WHAT TED CRUZ, AT CPAC, TOLD FOX NEWS ABOUT 2024 While DeSantis has repeatedly deflected talk of a potential run for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, political pundits view him as a potential White House contender.  The CPAC Texas straw poll results were released just ahead of the confab’s keynote speech by Trump. DeSantis, who appeared at the Orlando conference earlier this year, did not attend the Texas gathering.  Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, who spoke Friday at the conference, grabbed 1.7% support on the straw poll ballot. Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who didn’t attend the confab, at 1.2% No one else among the 21 names listed on the ballot topped one percent. The 2024 straw poll also included a second list without Trump. His name was replaced by his eldest son, Donald Trump Jr. DeSantis topped the second 2024 ballot, at 65.4%. Donald Trump Jr. grabbed 7.9% support, with Cruz at 6.4% and Pompeo at 5%. No one else topped two percent on the second ballot question. The former president’s strong performances on the unscientific surveys comes as no surprise. CPAC, long the largest and most influential gathering of conservative leaders and activists, has become a Trumpfest since his 2016 presidential election victory. In a separate question on whom CPAC attendees would like to see as Trump’s running mate in 2024 if he launches a campaign, DeSantis grabbed 43.3% support, with South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem at 8.5%, and Pompeo at 7.2%.  No one else topped five percent on the running mate ballot question. Voting on the CPAC Texas straw poll ballot was only open to attendees of the confab, with voting once again conducted through the CPAC app. Veteran Republican pollster Jim McLaughlin told Fox News the CPAC straw poll ballot is “the ultimate barometer of what’s going on in the conservative movement.” McLaughlin and Associates, which conducted polling for Trump’s successful 2016 election and unsuccessful 2020 re-election bid, once again oversaw the CPAC straw poll. McLaughlin, who’s been attending CPAC for decades, said that “just like back in the old days when Ronald Reagan defined and was setting the tone for the conservative movement, it’s the same thing right now with Donald Trump.”
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Progressive groups take aim at Sinema over decision to remove carried interest tax loophole from Manchin bill

Progressive groups across the country are at odds with a decision made by Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., to remove the carried interest tax loophole from a social spending and tax bill that is expected to pass through the Senate, claiming she is providing a “tax break” for the wealthy. The Arizona Democrat announced Thursday that she would “move forward” in supporting the Inflation Reduction Act, the reconciliation package Senate Democrats unveiled last week. As part of the agreement, she successfully removed the carried interest tax provision, which was largely used by wealthy Americans. In a series of statements provided to Fox News Digital, progressive groups took aim with Sinema’s decision, arguing that the loophole has historically benefited rich Americans and should be eliminated. Cynthia Carrizales, the press secretary for the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, insisted Sinema’s move to have the carried loophole removed “only benefits wealthy Wall Street financiers.” SINEMA AMONG TOP PRIVATE EQUITY CASH RECIPIENTS AS SHE REMOVED BILLIONAIRE TAX LOOPHOLE FROM MANCHIN BILL Cynthia Carrizales, the press secretary for the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, insisted Sinema’s move to have the carried loophole removed “only benefits wealthy Wall Street financiers.” “Senator Sinema’s move to protect a loophole that only benefits wealthy Wall Street financiers sounds more like a job application for after she loses her next primary than an attempt to help everyday Arizonans or Americans,” said Carrizales. “Fortunately, despite Sinema, Democrats are on track to pass a law for the first time in decades that finally forces tax-avoiding corporations to pay taxes — which lowers the share of the burden on working families.” Frank Clemente, executive director for Americans for Tax Fairness, said Sinema’s decision is an “affront” to Americans who pay their taxes. “Senator Sinema’s insistence on maintaining the carried interest tax loophole is an affront to everyone who pays their fair share of taxes,” said Clemente. “Her support for a tax break that exclusively benefits ultra-wealthy money managers shocks the conscience.” Similarly, Americans for Financial Reform, a progressive non-profit organization, favors total elimination of the loophole because it mostly benefits people who are “already rich.” “AFR has long sought the complete elimination of this loophole, which mainly benefits people who are already extremely rich,” said Carter Dougherty, communications director for Americans for Financial Reform. “The draft legislation envisioned only extremely modest changes to this tax provision.” MANCHIN-SCHUMER SPENDING BILL TARGETS TAX LOOPHOLE FAVORED BY INVESTORS Sinema’s office, however, argued that the senator is doing “what’s best for Arizona” and concluded that disincentives to investments in businesses could be fatal to the economy. “Kyrsten has been clear and consistent for over a year that she will only support tax reforms and revenue options that support Arizona’s economic growth and competitiveness,” her office said in a statement shared with Fox News Digital. “At a time of record inflation, rising interest rates, and slowing economic growth, disincentivizing investments in Arizona businesses would hurt Arizona’s economy and ability to create jobs. Senator Sinema makes every decision based on one criteria: what’s best for Arizona.” Sinema was widely considered the final senator needed for Democrats to pass the plan on climate, energy, health care and taxes, which, if it becomes law, will cap over a year of intra-party negotiations. With her support, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said he expected all 50 Democrats to vote for the measure. “I am pleased to report that we have reached an agreement on the Inflation Reduction Act that I believe will receive the support of the entire Senate Democratic conference,” Schumer said this week. “The final version of the Reconciliation bill, to be introduced on Saturday, will reflect this work and put us one step closer to enacting this historic legislation into law.” The move by Sinema is a win for the private equity sector, which pours large amounts of cash into her campaign’s coffers.  As previously reported, individuals and political action committees from the private equity and investment sector have provided her campaign with $282,650 in donations this election cycle, making Sinema the Senate’s sixth-highest recipient from the industry, according to data compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics. Under the loophole, a private equity manager’s income can be taxed as a capital gain — a 23.8% levy — rather than regular income, which is taxed at 37.9%. Fox News’ Joe Schoffstall, Tyler Olson, and Megan Henney contributed to this article.
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Reporter’s Notebook: The unseen heroes of Congress

Their names don’t hang on a nameplate by the office door. They don’t appear on the ballot in November. They lack a Congressional voting card.  They are the unseen in politics. They are Congressional aides.  REPORTER’S NOTEBOOK: SITTING ON THE TARMAC Congressional staffers come in all forms and age-ranges. There are the grizzled, budget reconciliation and House Rules Committee veterans in their sixties who have roamed Capitol Hill since the Speakership of Jim Wright, D-Texas, in the late 1980s. But you also find the whip-smart, 21-year-old who just graduated from Elon, answering the phones at the front desk of a freshman office on the sixth floor of Longworth House Office Building. And then there are all of the aides in between.  Chiefs of staff. Policy experts on U.S. territories. Staffers who toil on Judiciary Committee nominations. Professional investigators from the Oversight Committee. Economists from the Joint Economic Committee. Social media managers. Speech writers. They work late at night, crafting bill text in the office of Legislative Counsel deep in the bowels of the Cannon House Office Building. They rise before the crack of dawn on Sunday to refine talking points before their boss appears on a Sunday show.  They stand, just out of the shot, holding umbrellas over the heads of Congressmen so they aren’t drenched during a pop-up July thunderstorm during a news conference at the House Triangle. Male aides sometimes stand off to the side, holding the purse of a female lawmaker. “This is my favorite part of the job,” joked one aide sardonically years ago, while clasping the shoulder bag of his boss during a photo op. No one notices the aides if things go well. The speech goes off without a hitch. The amendment garners bipartisan support. Perhaps the aides score a pat on the back by the boss. An extra day off. But people notice if things don’t go well. And in those instances, that’s where the lawmaker gets the blame. The person with the nameplate on the door. The name on the ballot. The voting card. This is why most lawmakers are keenly aware of how the aides who work in obscurity are essential to their success — even if no one else notices.  Good aides help lawmakers thrive in their jobs. 28-year-old Emma Thomson and 27-year-old Zachery Potts were two of those people.  REPUBLICANS, DEMOCRATS REACT TO REP. WALORSKI’S TRAGIC CAR CRASH DEATH: ‘JUST THE WORST NEWS’ Thomson and Potts died recently in the northern Indiana car crash which killed Rep. Jackie Walorski, R-Ind., and the driver of another car, Edith Schmucker. Thomson was from Johnstown, Pennsylvania, and served as Walorski’s communications director. Potts was from Mishawaka, Ind., and worked as Walorski’s campaign manager and district director.  Thomson previously worked for Reps. John Joyce, R-Penn., and Michael Burgess, R-Texas. Potts also chaired the St. Joseph County, Indiana, Republican Party.  “They were doing what aides always do when we’re out of session,” said one GOP lawmaker on the phone to Fox shortly after the accident. “Going around the district. Doing meetings.”  And everyone who knows anything about Congress knows this is exactly what happens during a Congressional recess. Especially a scheduled long recess in August.  Congress takes these breaks so Members of Congress can return to their home districts and states. Make speeches. Visit with Rotarians. Appear at a ribbon cutting at the new hospital. Meet with constituents on a Saturday morning at a “Congress on Your Corner” event or “Congress at the Grocery” session.  They drive all over expansive districts and states, pressing the flesh. Reaching out to the people they represent. Appearing on local radio. Volunteering at food banks.  And it’s the tireless staffers which make it happen. The aides shuttle the lawmakers between events in the middle of packed schedules. That’s so the Member can make calls to local mayors or speak with someone on their whip team back in Washington about an upcoming vote.  It’s go, go, go. And the aides make it happen, happen, happen. Emma Thomson and Zach Potts were doing what all Congressional aides do that day: supporting their Member. But simultaneously, they were supporting the people of the 2nd Congressional district. Aides like Thomson and Potts are legion in Congress. The hours are grueling. The pay is low. The reward? Knowing that there’s another big event to plan back in the district which will consume the weekend. Knowing that it’s 11:30 at night and the boss wants the speech re-written — from scratch — before they speak to the Council on Foreign Relations at 10 a.m. Knowing that you’re at the Nationals game. It’s the bottom of the 5th. But the congresswoman needs you back in Rayburn to talk to manufacturers in the district so they aren’t blindsided by a new amendment.  Over the years, I have walked into Congressional offices late at night and found aides asleep with their head down on their desk — because they have another four hours of work ahead of them. They were sneaking a catnap. I’ve seen aides miss flights to France — where they were supposed to be the maid of honor in a wedding — because votes on the floor took longer than they should have. FUNERAL FOR REP. JACKIE WALORSKI SET FOR THURSDAY Congressional aides sacrifice. They give. They take the heat. And they do it under the radar. Emma Thomson and Zach Potts personified the unwritten, Congressional creed of staffers. There are thousands more like them on Capitol Hill. Working in out-of-the-way offices in nooks of the Hart Senate Office Building. Behind non-descript doors down darkened corridors in the basement of the Capitol.  They’re all there. You just don’t see most of them. Lots of people in Indiana’s 2nd Congressional District had heard of Jackie Walorski. A smaller contingent of people across the Hoosier State knew of her. As a ten-year veteran of Capitol Hill, Walorski even had a limited national profile.  But almost no one had ever heard of Emma Thomson and Zach Potts. A plane carrying late Rep. Mickey Leland, D-Texas, crashed in Ethiopia in August, 1989. Leland aides Hugh Anderson Johnson Jr. and Patrice Yvonne Johnson perished alongside the Congressman. Another aide, Joyce Francine Williams, also died. She worked for late Rep. Ron Dellums, D-Calif. Aide Gabe Sherman died in 2011 when a gunman shot former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz. Also wounded: Gifford’s aide and future Rep. Ron Barber, D-Ariz., as well as staffer Pam Simon. Their names don’t hang on the Congressional nameplate. They lack a Congressional voting card. Their names don’t appear on the ballot. But Congressional aides are often as valuable as the lawmakers themselves.
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Nancy Pelosi slammed over so-called ‘connection’ with China: ‘We are truly led by imbeciles’

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is being slammed on social media for comments she made about her “connection” with China that she spoke about during a press conference on Thursday. Pelosi said that she has always had a special connection with China because of a childhood memory. “When I was a little girl, I was told at the beach if I dug a hole deep enough, we would reach China, so we’ve always felt a connection there,” Pelosi said. Pelosi made the comment during a trip to the Indo-Pacific. NANCY PELOSI LANDS IN TAIWAN AMID CHINESE THREATS, MILITARY ACTIVITY “We are truly led by imbeciles,” Outkick founder Clay Travis said. “LOL what?,” Turning Point USA’s Benny Johnson said. “Make sure we look like idiots to the rest of the world, a Twitter user said. PELOSI TAIWAN TRIP: 4 US WARSHIPS POSITIONED EAST OF ISLAND “you’re telling me this person was our best choice to visit taiwan?,” another Twitter user said. Pelosi made the trip to the Indo-Pacific in the past week and stopped in Taiwan on Tuesday, despite multiple threats from China advising her not to visit the island. “Our visit is one of several Congressional delegations to Taiwan – and it in no way contradicts longstanding United States policy, guided by the Taiwan Relations Act of 1979, U.S.-China Joint Communiques and the Six Assurances,” Pelosi said in a statement. “The United States continues to oppose unilateral efforts to change the status quo.” Fox News’ Timothy H.J. Nerozzi contributed to this report.
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Marine Corps gets first Black 4-star general in 246-year history

U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Michael E. Langley, the first Black four-star general in the branch’s 246-year history, was sworn in Saturday morning during a promotion ceremony in Washington, D.C. Langley will serve as commander of U.S. Africa Command, which is based out of Stuttgart, Germany, and will command all U.S. military forces in Africa. The Senate confirmed Langley’s appointment to the rank of General on Monday.  He was nominated by President Biden in June. ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY, AUGUST 4, 1790, COAST GUARD IS ESTABLISHED BY ALEXANDER HAMILTON Speaking during the ceremony, the Shreveport, Alabama, native discussed equity and inclusion at the Marine Corps, family and sacrifice. He asked attendees to recognize that the milestone was about those who had come before him, including the first commissioned Black Marine: Frederick C. Branch. He said his promotion was about the symbolism of what would sow seeds of inspiration.  NAVY AND MARINE CORPS F-35 JETS UNDERGOING INSPECTION WITH ‘HIGH PRIORITY’ AFTER POSSIBLE EJECTION SEAT ISSUE A 37-year Marine Corps. veteran, Langley graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington. He joined as an Artillery Officer in 1985.  Serving in Somalia, Japan and Afghanistan, Langley commanded Marines at every level.  “As a General Officer, Langley has held billets including Deputy Commanding General for II Marine Expeditionary Force, Commanding General for 2d Marine Expeditionary Brigade, Commander for Marine Forces Europe and Africa, Deputy Commanding general for Fleet Marine Force Atlantic and Deputy Commander for Marine Forces Command and Marine Forces Northern Command,” the Marine Corps.” said in a statement.  Langley is also known for his intelligence, powerlifting and dominating flag football games. 
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Ted Cruz seeking to push GOP rightward by electing ‘strong conservatives’

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, is working to push the Senate Republican Conference rightward by electing strong conservatives committed to holding GOP leadership accountable.  Cruz was asked by Fox News Digital Friday about remarks recently made by a Missouri Senate candidate urging him to mount a run against Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., for the Senate leadership.  “Between now and Election Day, I’m spending virtually every day on the road campaigning for Senate and House candidates,” Cruz said during an interview at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Texas.  “I think we’re going to retake both houses, and once we have the majority, we need to do something with the majority.”  2024 WATCH: SEN. TED CRUZ SAYS HE’LL ‘WAIT AND SEE’ WHAT TRUMP DECIDES AND THEN ‘MAKE DECISIONS’ Cruz has broken with McConnell on several high-profile pieces of legislation, from infrastructure to gun control.  “We need to actually stand up and lead and deliver,” said Cruz. “The best way to make sure that Republican leadership is strong and conservative is to elect strong conservatives to the conference that demand that of our leadership.”  TED CRUZ TO HEADLINE NATIONAL SCHOOL CHOICE FORUM IN NEVADA When asked by Fox News Digital if he viewed McConnell as a “strong conservative,” Cruz said that would be determined at a later date.  “That’s going to be a decision for another day. What I’m focused on right now is winning the majority and electing strong conservatives,” said Cruz. “If we do those the rest will take care of itself.”  Cruz has endorsed several high-profile Senate candidates this cycle. While not all of those candidates have succeeded, some, like Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt have proven successful.  Schmitt, who is vying to replace retiring GOP Sen. Roy Blunt, has ruled out supporting McConnell for another term as the Republican leader.  “I’ve been endorsed by Sen. Ted Cruz [and] Sen. Mike Lee,” Schmitt told reporters last month. “I’d love to see one of them run.”  McConnell, who has helmed the Senate Republican Conference since 2007, is a respected legislative tactician. The Kentucky Republican, however, has supported votes that have split the GOP conference.  In June, McConnell and 14 other Republicans voted with every single Senate Democrat to advance bipartisan gun legislation. On that measure, the majority of Senate Republicans — 33 of them — lined up in opposition. 
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