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Biden Accepts Defeat; Rescinds Private Vaccine Mandate Entirely

This disastrous defeat is just another of the Biden administration’s massive public failures, and certainly won’t bode well for the President’s already-dicey reelection hopes. 

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It took just over two months for justice to prevail, but prevail it did.

US President Joe Biden’s highly controversial private business vaccine mandate has suffered its final defeat, and will be rescinded by the White House.

The Biden administration is formally withdrawing its vaccine and testing mandate for businesses, after the Supreme Court blocked the requirements earlier this month.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration will pull the rule for businesses effective Wednesday, Jan. 26, the agency said in a statement posted to its website Tuesday. The Supreme Court’s conservative majority, in a 6-3 decision, ruled that OSHA had exceeded its authority.

“Although Congress has indisputably given OSHA the power to regulate occupational dangers, it has not given that agency the power to regulate public health more broadly,” the court wrote in an unsigned opinion.

The move could help clear some court dockets as well.

The Biden administration is ending its legal battle over the mandate — at least for now. OSHA will ask the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit to dismiss all cases related to the mandate, according to a Labor Department spokesperson. The administration had faced dozens lawsuits from Republican-led states, private businesses, religious groups, and national trade associations. The 6th Circuit has jurisdiction over those cases.

This disastrous defeat is just another of the Biden administration’s massive public failures, and certainly won’t bode well for the President’s already-dicey reelection hopes.

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Melania Trump Drops Major Hint About 2024 Plans

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The political tumult of another election is upon us, this time thrusting the nation back into the complex and quickly-undulating world of the midterms.

This is the time when we’ll be learning a whole lot of new names and faces, as well as districts and places.  But, perhaps even more interestingly, we’ll be discovering just how much influence our more-established political voices will have.

Donald Trump has already racked up a number of endorsement-wins in the primaries, as his control over the GOP base appears unshaken.  This, of course, has many wondering if the former President will be running again himself in 2024.

The former First Lady just dropped a pretty solid hint about that possibility.

In Melania Trump’s first interview since leaving the White House, the former first lady hinted that there is a chance she could live there again as former President Donald Trump teases a 2024 reelection bid.

“I think we achieved a lot in four years of the Trump administration,” Melania Trump told Fox in an interview that aired Sunday morning, adding, “Never say never,” when asked if she could be living in the White House again should her husband run for reelection.

Trump also had some stern words for the Biden administration.

Trump also weighed in on the state of the US under President Joe Biden, saying, “I think it’s sad to see what’s going on, if you really look deeply into it.”

“I think a lot of people are struggling and suffering and what is going on around the world as well. So it’s very sad to see and I hope it changes fast,” Trump said.

The former President is believed to be waiting until after the 2022 midterms to announced a potential reelection bid.

The political tumult of another election is upon us, this time thrusting the nation back into the complex and quickly-undulating world of the midterms. This is the time when we’ll be learning a whole lot of new names and faces, as well as districts and places.  But, perhaps even more interestingly, we’ll be discovering just how much influence our more-established political voices will have. Donald Trump has already racked up a number of endorsement-wins in the primaries, as his control over the GOP base appears unshaken.  This, of course, has many wondering if the former President will be running again himself in 2024. The former First Lady just dropped a pretty solid hint about that possibility. In Melania Trump’s first interview since leaving the White House, the former first lady hinted that there is a chance she could live there again as former President Donald Trump teases a 2024 reelection bid. “I think we achieved a lot in four years of the Trump administration,” Melania Trump told Fox in an interview that aired Sunday morning, adding, “Never say never,” when asked if she could be living in the White House again should her husband run for reelection. Trump also had some stern words for the Biden administration. Trump also weighed in on the state of the US under President Joe Biden, saying, “I think it’s sad to see what’s going on, if you really look deeply into it.” “I think a lot of people are struggling and suffering and what is going on around the world as well. So it’s very sad to see and I hope it changes fast,” Trump said. The former President is believed to be waiting until after the 2022 midterms to announced a potential reelection bid.

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McConnell’s Visit to Ukraine Sparks MAGA Complaints

Are the McConnell moderates headed for a showdown with the MAGA Movement come the midterms?

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It’s no secret that Mitch McConnell has been distancing himself from the MAGA wing of the Republican Party for some time, particularly as the 2022 midterms loom just over the political horizon.

McConnell, who supported President Trump publicly while in office, has taken a turn toward the center during this Biden administration, and it has him at odds with some other major players within the GOP.

This week, as the Senate Minority Leader visited Ukraine, the MAGA Movement was stewing back in Washington.

The Senate minority leader’s secret visit to Kyiv this weekend to meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, along with McConnell’s staunch advocacy for the $40 billion Ukraine aid bill in Congress, is putting him at odds with his party’s non-interventionist wing. A growing number of GOP lawmakers, candidates and former President Donald Trump are hitting the effort to send billions to Ukraine as misguided given domestic problems at home.

Pennsylvania Republican Senate candidate Kathy Barnette challenged McConnell directly: “Why is Leader McConnell visiting Ukraine in the midst of the various crises right here in America?” But McConnell is unbowed.

Another Republican row was evident as well.

McConnell and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer made a rare joint request for a quick vote on the $40 billion aid legislation on Thursday, but [Republican Senator Rand] Paul said no, pushing the legislation into this week. McConnell addressed his disagreement with Paul, whose blockade prevented McConnell from traveling to Ukraine with a fresh congressional victory in hand.

“Well, it’s no secret. Rand and I have a different world view of the importance of Americans’ role around the world. So that was not surprising. And it won’t create a problem. We’ll get the job done by Wednesday,” McConnell said. He was accompanied on his trip by Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) and John Cornyn (R-Texas).

McConnell was unfazed, however, and the friction between he and the far right could continue to build well into the heart of the midterm contest.

It’s no secret that Mitch McConnell has been distancing himself from the MAGA wing of the Republican Party for some time, particularly as the 2022 midterms loom just over the political horizon. McConnell, who supported President Trump publicly while in office, has taken a turn toward the center during this Biden administration, and it has him at odds with some other major players within the GOP. This week, as the Senate Minority Leader visited Ukraine, the MAGA Movement was stewing back in Washington. The Senate minority leader’s secret visit to Kyiv this weekend to meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, along with McConnell’s staunch advocacy for the $40 billion Ukraine aid bill in Congress, is putting him at odds with his party’s non-interventionist wing. A growing number of GOP lawmakers, candidates and former President Donald Trump are hitting the effort to send billions to Ukraine as misguided given domestic problems at home. Pennsylvania Republican Senate candidate Kathy Barnette challenged McConnell directly: “Why is Leader McConnell visiting Ukraine in the midst of the various crises right here in America?” But McConnell is unbowed. Another Republican row was evident as well. McConnell and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer made a rare joint request for a quick vote on the $40 billion aid legislation on Thursday, but [Republican Senator Rand] Paul said no, pushing the legislation into this week. McConnell addressed his disagreement with Paul, whose blockade prevented McConnell from traveling to Ukraine with a fresh congressional victory in hand. “Well, it’s no secret. Rand and I have a different world view of the importance of Americans’ role around the world. So that was not surprising. And it won’t create a problem. We’ll get the job done by Wednesday,” McConnell said. He was accompanied on his trip by Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine), John…

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