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'There Has to Be Consequences' for Kevin McCarthy's Ouster

Ex-House Speaker Newt Gingrich isn't the only one baffled by fellow Republicans' machinations

(Newser) - Kevin McCarthy has said he won't run again for the coveted House speaker gavel, after being ousted in a historic 216-210 vote Tuesday thanks to a rebellion of far-right Republicans led by Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz, who joined with all the House Democrats in booting McCarthy. Now, that unprecedented...

McCarthy to Call Quick Vote on His Fate

House speaker says he hasn't struck a deal with Democrats, and they apparently won't help him

(Newser) - Updated to reflect that Democrats say they won't try to save the speaker. Kevin McCarthy apparently wants to get this over with. The House speaker says he plans to call a vote on whether he should remain in his post Tuesday afternoon, reports Politico . What's more, McCarthy says...

DC's Big Question: Will Democrats Save the Speaker?
McCarthy's Fate
Is Up to Democrats

McCarthy's Fate Is Up to Democrats

Leader Hakeem Jeffries meets with his caucus Tuesday to decide whether to save the speaker

(Newser) - Matt Gaetz has made good on his threat to try to oust fellow Republican Kevin McCarthy as House speaker. The Florida congressman invoked the rarely used "motion to vacate" procedural tool, meeting McCarthy's challenge to "bring it on," per the AP . "Just did," Gaetz...

Gaetz Files Motion to Strip McCarthy of Speakership

He accuses fellow Republican of cutting 'secret side deal' with Biden

(Newser) - Updated with Gaetz's filing Rep. Matt Gaetz has carried through on his threat, filing a House motion late Monday to remove Speaker Kevin McCarthy from his leadership position. The Florida Republican had said he would try to put the matter to a vote in retaliation for the speaker working...

This Is the Week, Gaetz Says of Ousting McCarthy

Speaker says he'll survive a vote

(Newser) - Rep. Matt Gaetz had said that if Speaker Kevin McCarthy worked with Democrats to pass a continuing resolution to avoid a government shutdown , he'd file a motion to remove the fellow Republican from his House leadership post. On Saturday, McCarthy steered such a measure through the House and sent...

As Clock Ticks Toward Shutdown, Gaetz 'Wants Kevin'
As Clock
Ticks Toward
Shutdown, Gaetz
'Wants Kevin'

As Clock Ticks Toward Shutdown, Gaetz 'Wants Kevin'

Facing midnight deadline, GOP House Speaker McCarthy contends with hard-liners from own party

(Newser) - It seemed pretty clear all week that avoiding a federal government shutdown might be tough, and rolling into Saturday, all signs continue to point in that direction. The AP reports we're now "on the brink" of it, with furloughs and other disruptions looming if a deal isn't...

McCarthy Denial Follows Gaetz Accusation

Two Republicans exhibit tension over online campaign

(Newser) - Their chats don't seem warm lately , but House Speaker Kevin McCarthy and Rep. Matt Gaetz had what diplomats would call an especially frank exchange of views at the Capitol on Thursday. It began with an accusation by Gaetz about a social media campaign critical of him and a denial...

Matt Gaetz: Sex-Trafficking Investigation Is Over

No charges will be filed, lawyers say

(Newser) - The federal sex-trafficking investigation of Rep. Matt Gaetz appears to be over. Lawyers for the Republican congressman say they were told no charges will be brought after a yearslong investigation, CNN reports. "We have just spoken with the DOJ and have been informed that they have concluded their investigation...

Gaetz Forgives GOP Colleague for 'Animated Moment'

Rep. Mike Rogers had to be held back from Florida congressman during House speaker vote

(Newser) - A "tense moment" during the House speaker vote last week has died down, with the two main players now extending olive branches. The incident involved Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz, who was a holdout against voting in Rep. Kevin McCarthy as speaker, and Alabama Rep. Mike Rogers, an ally who...

Crazy House Moments: A Near-Fight, a Call From 'DT'
'Tense Moment': A Near-Fight
Highlights House Drama
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'Tense Moment': A Near-Fight Highlights House Drama

Before Kevin McCarthy's winning vote, a chaotic stretch that includes a call from 'DT'

(Newser) - Kevin McCarthy finally got enough votes to become House speaker , but it required high drama that nearly escalated into physical confrontation. A look at some key moments in the approximately half-hour between the 14th and 15th ballot:
  • Near fight: The most dramatic moment happened when Mike Rogers of Alabama angrily

Gaetz Swings at 'Squatter' in Speaker's Office

He's referring to Kevin McCarthy in letter sent to Architect of the Capitol

(Newser) - The 118th Congress is still without a House speaker, a point Rep. Matt Gaetz emphasized Tuesday in his letter to the Architect of the Capitol to complain about the current state of the House speaker's office—which is currently occupied by Rep. Kevin McCarthy. Three consecutive votes failed to...

Gaetz Expected to Avoid Trafficking Charges

Sources cite credibility issues with witnesses, per the Washington Post

(Newser) - Matt Gaetz is likely to skirt sex trafficking charges related to his alleged sexual involvement with a 17-year-old girl, according to the Washington Post . Prosecutors have recommended that the Justice Department not lay charges against the Florida congressman as a conviction would be unlikely. According to the Post's sources,...

Gaetz Wanted a Pardon in Sex Trafficking Case: Witness

Panel had heard testimony that pardon requests were over efforts to overturn election

(Newser) - Rep. Matt Gaetz, who's under federal investigation on suspicion of sex trafficking, told former President Donald Trump's chief of staff that a preemptive pardon in the case "would be great," a witness told a House committee. Johnny McEntee, a White House aide during Trump's term,...

White House Has Fiery Reply to Critics of Student Loan Plan

@WhiteHouse tweets their criticism and their own loan forgiveness total

(Newser) - There are plenty of critics of President Biden's student loan forgiveness plan—and on Thursday the White House called out a select group of them by name, reports Politico . The White House Twitter account retweeted a series of tweets from Republican members of Congress blasting the Biden move. On...

Matt Gaetz Wins His Primary
Matt Gaetz Wins
His Primary

Matt Gaetz Wins His Primary

Despite federal sex crimes probe

(Newser) - Despite the federal sex trafficking investigation he's facing, Matt Gaetz easily won his primary Tuesday night in Florida. The Republican congressman had 67.5% of the vote with 92% of the vote in, NBC News reports. His main GOP challenger, former FedEx exec Mark Lombardo, had 26.3%. Gaetz...

Bullied by Gaetz, Teen Raises $115K for a 'Cause He Hates'

Olivia Julianna, 19, says money will be split between abortion funds

(Newser) - A teen activist who received hateful messages after Rep. Matt Gaetz shared a photo of her online says she won the " rumble " in the end. Olivia Julianna, a 19-year-old political strategist with Gen-Z for Change who uses her first and middle names, says she raised roughly $115,000...

'Nobody Wants to Impregnate You': Gaetz

Republican lawmaker mocks appearance of abortion rights supporters to student convention

(Newser) - Appearing before a Florida convention of young people, Rep. Matt Gaetz said Saturday that women demonstrating for access to legal abortions are too unattractive to become pregnant. "Why is it that the women with the least likelihood of getting pregnant are the ones most worried about having abortions?" Gaetz...

Gaetz Fires Back at McCarthy Over New Leaked Audio
Gaetz Fires Back at McCarthy
Over New Leaked Audio
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Gaetz Fires Back at McCarthy Over New Leaked Audio

He calls House GOP leader 'weak' after McCarthy criticized Gaetz's rhetoric in call

(Newser) - The New York Times is out with more leaked audio of Kevin McCarthy talking with fellow House Republican leaders in the immediate aftermath of the Capitol riot. In these clips, McCarthy sounds angry at some far-right members of the House—particularly Matt Gaetz and Mo Brooks—for using language he...

It's a Bad Omen for Matt Gaetz
It's a Bad Omen for Matt Gaetz

It's a Bad Omen for Matt Gaetz

Ex-girlfriend reportedly testifies before grand jury in sex trafficking probe

(Newser) - An ex-girlfriend of Rep. Matt Gaetz on Wednesday testified before a grand jury investigating the Florida Republican for alleged sex trafficking, various outlets report. The former Capitol Hill staffer was seen arriving at a federal courthouse in Orlando, where a grand jury is known to be meeting. "All I...

Greene Wants Congress' Highest Honor for Rittenhouse

Teen who killed 2 men is 'a hero who defended his community,' she says

(Newser) - Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene wants to see Kyle Rittenhouse join George Washington, Mother Teresa, Martin Luther King Jr., and the Dalai Lama in receiving the legislative branch's highest honor. The Republican congresswoman introduced a bill Tuesday to award the Congressional Gold Medal to Rittenhouse, who fatally shot two people...

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