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President Donald Trump’s legal team dismissed an absurd Democrat request for the former president to testify under oath at the pending Senate impeachment trial.

House Democratic impeachment managers led by Rep. Jamie Raskin sent a letter to Trump calling on him to testify at his second impeachment trial and said that if he does not, they would use it against him during the event — a similar tactic and argument they used during the first impeachment trial.

“Two days ago, you filed an Answer in which you denied many factual allegations set forth in the article of impeachment. You have thus attempted to put critical facts at issue notwithstanding the clear and overwhelming evidence of your constitutional offense,” Raskin wrote to Trump.

He added, “I write to invite you to provide testimony under oath, either before or during the Senate impeachment trial, concerning your conduct on January 6, 2021.”

Trump lawyer David Schoen, in response, pointed out that Raskin was attempting a “public relations stunt” by sending the letter to the former president.

“There is no such thing as negative inference in this unconstitutional proceeding,” he added. “Your letter only confirms what is known to everyone: you cannot prove your allegations against the 45th president of the United States, who is now a private citizen.”

In suggesting that Trump will not attend the trial to testify, Schoen argued that Raskin’s “use of our Constitution to bring a purported impeachment proceeding is much too serious to try to play these games.”

The Democratic-controlled House voted last month to impeach Trump on a single article of impeachment, claiming he incited an insurrection on Jan. 6.

Trump’s lawyers have indicated that they will argue that the impeachment trial is unconstitutional because Trump has left office and that his act of speaking to a crowd on Jan. 6 was protected under the First Amendment.

Jason Miller, part of Trump’s team, told Newsmax on Thursday that he did not expect him to testify, however, if Trump did, the former president would “knock this thing out in about 15 minutes,” said Miller.

Miller added that Trump’s speech at the “Stop the Steal” rally on Jan. 6 during the Joint Session of Congress, he wanted the protesters to demonstrate peacefully.

“You would have to be so thick in the head to have watched President Trump over the last five years and not realize that he is the most pro-law and order president ever and that he deplores any sort of mob violence,” he said. Miller furthermore said that a timeline of the events on Jan. 6 dispute that Trump’s speech incited a mob.

“We’ve seen public reports from the police and FBI and all sorts of other outlets that much of this planning was done well in advance,” he said on the network.

The Senate impeachment trial is scheduled to start the week of Feb. 8. House Democrats wrote that the former president should respond to the letter by Friday, Feb. 5.

Last week, Republican Sen. Rand Paul said Democrats will not net a conviction after 45 GOP senators voted against holding the trial in January. At least 17 Republicans would have to join the Democratic caucus.

Sen. Rand Paul slammed a bizarre decision made by President Joe Biden’s Education Secretary nominee – asking him, “What planet are you from?”

During a confirmation hearing Wednesday of the Senate committee that oversees education, the Kentucky senator asked Miguel Cardona if he thinks it is “fair” to allow boys claiming to be transgender to participate in girls’ sports, and about how it affects girls competing in these athletic events.

“I think it is appropriate,” Cardona replied. “It is the legal responsibility of schools to provide opportunities for students to participate in activities and this includes students who are transgender.”

Asked by Paul if he would enforce the Trump administration’s Office for Civil Rights rule stating boys cannot compete with girls in sports, Cardona, who has served as education commissioner in Connecticut, responded, “If confirmed, it’s my responsibility and my privilege to make sure that we’re following civil rights of all students. And that includes activities that they may engage in in high school or athletics.”

“What do you think in general about boys running in girls’ track meets, like they’ve been doing in Connecticut?” Paul continued.

“I think that it’s critically important that … education systems and educators respect the rights of all students including students who are transgender, and that they are afforded the opportunities that every other student has to participate in extracurricular activities,” Cardona answered.

Paul challenged him, “Does it bother you that like the top 20 percent of boys running in track meets beat all of the girls in the state, that … it would … completely destroy girls’ athletics, that girls are being pushed out?.They don’t make the finals in the state meet, they don’t get college scholarships, that it’s really detrimental to girls’ sports. Do you worry about having boys run in girls’ track meets?”

Cardona replied, “I recognize and appreciate the concerns, and the frustrations that are expressed. As commissioner of education, I have had conversations with families who have felt the way you just described it, and families of students who are transgender. So, I understand that this is a challenge, and I look forward to working with you and others to –“

“Do you think it’s fair to have boys running in the girls’ track meet?” Paul interjected.

“I think it’s appropriate for … I think it’s, it’s the legal responsibility of schools to provide opportunities for students to participate in activities and this includes students who are transgender,” Cardona persisted.

“So, you don’t have a problem with boys running in the girls’ track meets, swimming meets, name it, you’re okay then with boys competing with girls?” Paul pressed him.

“Respectfully, Senator, I think I answered the question,” Cardona stated. “I believe schools should offer the opportunity for students to engage in extracurricular activities, even if they’re transgender. I think that’s their right.”

Paul reacted in defense of the biological female which the Biden admin would be forcing to compete against boys.

“That’s bizarre … I come from a family that has a lot of girls who have competed in college athletics and been state champions and, frankly, you know, some boy that’s six foot two, competing against my five foot four niece doesn’t sound very fair,” Paul Said.

He continued, “I think most people in the country think that’s bizarre, you know, that is just completely bizarre and unfair that people – and you’re going to run the Department of Education – you’ve got no problem with it. That concerns me, and I think it’s this kind of thing is gonna lead to really just the vast majority of America just wondering who are these people that think it’s okay, what planet are you from? I mean to think it’s okay for boys to compete with girls in a track meet, that that somehow would be fair.”

“I wonder where feminists are on this,” Paul asked. “I wonder where the people who supported women’s sports are on this. I mean are we all gonna be okay with hulking six foot four guys, you know, wrestling against girls?”

Paul then remarked on Cardona’s evasive way of responding to his questions:

“It just makes no sense whatsoever, and, so, I think the fact that you seem to be afraid to answer the question, or you basically do answer the question by saying it’s okay without saying it’s okay, really is a statement to a real problem we have, and a disconnect between what Middle America and what most Americans actually believe. I even think most Democrats don’t believe girls should run in a boys’ track meet … boys should run in a girls’ track meet.”

“So, I’m disappointed in the answer and I just can’t imagine that we’re going to have a policy like that nationally,” Paul asserted.

Cardona was tapped by Biden after having served as education commissioner in Connecticut, where three high school girls filed a federal discrimination lawsuit against the state for forcing them to compete against several boys who claimed to be transgender.

In May, the Trump administration said the Connecticut policy of allowing boys to compete as girls is a violation of the civil rights of athletes of the female sex.

The following month, the Trump Department of Health and Human Services restored the biology-based definition of sexual discrimination in federal healthcare rules.

President Joe Biden, however, on his first day in office, said he would be removing any legal recognition of the two sexes with an executive order that handed sweeping rights to those who claim to be transgender, including allowing them to compete in single-sex sports.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is stepping up to the plate with major action intended to fight big tech tyranny.

The Republican governor announced new consequences that companies like Facebook, Twitter, and Google will face if they violate the privacy of Floridians and interfere with citizens’ access to candidates during an election.

DeSantis blasted the manipulation of news and the censorship of certain individuals while detailing the new legislation’s harsh penalties during a press conference from the Florida Capitol on Tuesday.

“Floridians should have the privacy of their data and personal information protected, their ability to access and participate in online platforms protected, and their ability to participate in elections free from interference from big tech protected,” DeSantis said.

He added that over the years, “these platforms have changed from neutral platforms that provided Americans with the freedom to speak to enforcers of preferred narratives. Consequently, these platforms have played an increasingly decisive role in elections and have negatively impacted Americans who dissent from orthodoxies favored by the Big Tech cartel.”

DeSantis alluded to the tech giants “moderating” news that was unfavorable to President Joe Biden, banning high-profile conservatives, including President Donald Trump, from Twitter and Facebook, and their removal of the Parler social media platform from Amazon’s servers.

“When 2.8 million Americans chose to download the application Parler and share information with friends, family, and colleagues, what was the result of that? Canceled by Amazon, Google, and Apple,” DeSantis said.

DeSantis went on to call for open, robust debate on issues that affect Americans rather than the outright censorship that big tech companies are currently engaging in.

The governor said that companies are discriminating against citizens when they change their rules as it suits them, without warning or consistency.

Under the new measure from the Florida legislature, the technology companies that de-platform a candidate during an election will face a daily fine of $100,000 until the candidate’s access to the platform is restored.

If a technology company promotes a candidate for office against another, the value of that free promotion must be recorded as a political campaign contribution enforced by the Florida Elections Commission.

Furthermore, the bill will also empower the Florida Attorney General to bring action against big tech companies under Florida’s Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practices Act if they violate the new policies laid out in the bill.

Tech companies would have to give users advance notice of a rule change and before shutting down an account and apply the rule consistently.

“And lastly, [if] a technology company uses their content and user-related algorithms to suppress or prioritize the access of any content related to a political candidate or cause on the ballot, that company will also face daily fines,” DeSantis added.

Florida’s House Speaker Chris Sprowls said, “With our proposal, we are going to bring into the sunshine what I call the five families of darkness: Facebook, Twitter, Google, Amazon, and Apple,” adding, “These actors won’t go unchecked here in Florida anymore.”

“They have access to private information and the ability to exercise control over individuals’ free speech,” Sprowls said. “We’re pushing the barriers to finally call out their convoluted and inconsistent standards for censoring, banning, and de-platforming.”

Former President Donald Trump was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize on Feb. 1 by an Estonian member of the European Parliament, Jaak Madison.

In a post on social media, Madison said: “In the last 30 years, Donald Trump is the first president of the United States, who during his tenure, has not started a war. Additionally, he signed several peace agreements in the Middle East which have helped provide stability in the region and peace.”

Madison was referring to the Abraham Accords, a joint statement between Israel, the United Arab Emirates, and the United States—and later, with Bahrain and other Arab countries.

“We encourage efforts to promote interfaith and intercultural dialogue to advance a culture of peace among the three Abrahamic religions and all humanity,” according to a statement on the State Department’s website.

“We believe that the best way to address challenges is through cooperation and dialogue and that developing friendly relations among States advances the interests of lasting peace in the Middle East and around the world.”

Trump was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize last year by Norwegian Parliament member Christian Tybring-Gjedde.

“For his merit, I think he has done more trying to create peace between nations than most other Peace Prize nominees,” Tybring-Gjedde told Fox last year.

Trump’s administration also negotiated deals with Sudan and Morocco.

Separately, Harvard Law Professor Emeritus Alan Dershowitz nominated Trump’s son-in-law and former presidential adviser Jared Kushner on Feb. 1. Dershowitz argued that Kushner and his associate Avi Berkowitz helped negotiate the Abraham Accords.

“The Nobel Peace Prize is not for popularity. Nor is it an assessment of what the international community may think of those who helped bring about peace,” Dershowitz wrote. “It is an award for fulfilling the daunting criteria set out by Alfred Nobel in his will.”

Kushner, in a statement on Jan. 31, said that he was honored to be nominated for the prize.

President Joe Biden’s administration is expected to review all national security deals struck during the Trump administration, including arms packages for the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia.

Also on Feb. 1, the Black Lives Matter movement was nominated for the Peace Prize by a Norwegian Parliament member, Petter Eide. Eide said that people have messaged him “to say that BLM is a violent organization,” but he rejected the claims.

Failed Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams was also nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize on Monday by Lars Haltbrekken – a Socialist Party member of the Norwegian Parliament.

Abrams’ work, in Haltbrekken’s opinion, “follows in Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s footsteps in the fight for equality before the law and for civil rights.”

Abrams, who lost to Republican Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp in 2018, has never conceded and has maintained that the election was conducted unfairly. She started a voter registration group called The New Georgia Project, which is one of three such organizations the George secretary of state is investigating amid suspicions they were “seeking to ‘aggressively’ register ‘ineligible, out-of-state, or deceased voters’ before the state’s Jan. 5 Senate runoff election.”

A group called “Stop Stacey” emerged Monday to oppose a Abrams’ rumored intention to run for Georgia governor again in 2022 and expose what they describe as her “shady voter groups that undermine election integrity,” according to The Hill.

“We will do whatever it takes to expose Stacey Abrams’ radical network, highlight her dangerous agenda, and ultimately defeat her — and her left-wing candidates — at the ballot box,” said Jeremy Brand, the group’s senior strategist. “There is no time to waste: We must stand up, fight back, and Stop Stacey.”

Joe Biden’s administration recently made a pair of misleading claims to the American public – and they were so far from the truth that even the mainstream media is calling them out on it.

The Associated Press and The Washington Post both fact-checked claims from last week that the Biden administration made in order to try and trick people into believing that their radical climate agenda will not have a destructive impact on the jobs market.

On Wednesday, President Joe Biden claimed that an overhaul of transportation infrastructure to support a new fleet of electric vehicles would create “1 million new jobs in the American automobile industry.” Biden said his administration could accomplish the feat by committing to replace the federal government’s fleet of 650,000 cars with electric models and creating incentives and regulations to transition U.S. transportation infrastructure to support electric vehicles.”

The Associated Press fact-checked the president’s claim on Thursday, describing the odds of Biden’s plan resulting in 1 million new jobs as “far from certain, if not unlikely.”

Many experts as well as the United Auto Workers have said Biden’s plan will result in a net loss of jobs in the transportation sector.

The AP reports:

“There’s plenty of skepticism about this claim. At least some of those new auto-related jobs would come at the expense of current ones. Auto industry analysts don’t see how a net gain of 1 million jobs in that sector can come from Biden’s plan.

One million new jobs in the auto industry is a highly ambitious goal that would mean more than doubling the number of workers now employed in motor vehicle and parts manufacturing.

Many analysts and the United Auto Workers union, in fact, have warned that electric vehicle manufacturing probably will mean fewer net auto-making jobs.”

Biden has largely focused on cracking down on fossil fuel development and production since taking office.

On Wednesday, John Kerry, the president’s special envoy for climate, said that jobs lost in the fossil fuel industry would be replaced by other jobs in the green energy sector, such as solar power technicians.

“You know, you look at the consequences of black lung for a miner, for instance, and measure that against the fastest growing job in the United States before COVID was solar power technician,” Kerry said. “The same people can do those jobs, but the choice of doing the solar power one now is a better choice. Similarly, you have the second fastest growing job pre-COVID was wind turbine technician.”

The Washington Post issued two Pinocchios to Kerry for his claim. He botched the claim that solar panel and wind turbine technicians were the first- and second-fastest growing jobs during the pandemic, respectively. Citing Bureau of Labor Statistics data, the Post found that “[w]ind is before solar, not vice versa, and those professions are projected to be the first- and third-fastest-growing jobs, not first and second.”

Disregarding that error, however, the Post said Kerry earned his two-Pinocchio rating for the claim that jobs in solar and wind could replace the losses to the coal industry. The Post did not attempt to account for job losses in the oil and gas sector from Biden’s executive actions.

The Post reported:

“For the purposes of this fact check, we’re more interested in how many jobs are represented by those percentages. After all, at the White House, Kerry mentioned these statistics in the context of coal mining jobs — “The same people can do those jobs” — which before the pandemic amounted to about 50,000 jobs (and about 30,000 below surface). Could these solar and wind jobs match that number? …. In sum, no.”

The Biden administration was just sued over a devastating executive order to halt oil and gas leasing on federal lands and waters.

The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court in Wyoming by the Western Energy Alliance, a group representing fossil fuel producers on federal lands. They argue that President Joe Biden exceeded his authority with the recent order.

“The law is clear. Presidents don’t have authority to ban leasing on public lands. All Americans own the oil and natural gas beneath public lands, and Congress has directed them to be responsibly developed on their behalf,” Alliance President Kathleen Sgamma said in a statement, according to The Washington Times.

“Drying up new leasing puts future development as well as existing projects at risk. President Biden cannot simply ignore laws in effect for over half a century.”

The executive order, Sgamma said, violates the Mineral Leasing Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, and the Federal Lands Policy and Management Act.

The lawsuit argues that the administration’s suspension of the federal oil and gas leasing program is “an unsupported and unnecessary action that is inconsistent with the Secretary’s statutory obligations” and is “both arbitrary and capricious.”

The Biden executive order sets up a “pause on entering into new oil and natural gas leases on public lands or offshore waters to the extent possible” and will launch a “rigorous review of all existing leasing and permitting practices related to fossil fuel development on public lands and waters,” according to the White House.

The White House is claiming that the move is an attempt to “tackle the climate crisis.” Republicans and industry leaders said the order would harm the U.S. economy and result in thousands of job losses.

Dan Naatz of the Independent Petroleum Association of America said in a separate statement: “Do not be fooled, this is a ban [on drilling]. The Biden administration’s plan to obliterate the jobs of American oil and gas explorers and producers has been on clear display.”

What’s more, according to Sgamma, the order would also put at risk $8.8 billion in conservation revenue that is funded in part by mineral development on federal property.

“Biden’s ban is an overreach meant to satisfy the environmental left, but it would seriously harm the livelihoods of tens of thousands of westerners and put at risk millions more as state services become unfunded,” she said.

The order does not affect existing oil and gas leases, which can last 10 years, officials have said.

The Interior Department stated the pause “won’t impact existing operations or permits for valid, existing leases, which are continuing to be reviewed and approved.”

Republicans in Congress have signaled they will work to stop Biden’s radical agenda which has already proved to be an all-out assault on the oil and gas industry.

“Pie-in-the-sky government mandates and directives that restrict our mining, oil, and gas industries adversely impact our energy security and independence,” Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers a member of the GOP’s leadership in the House, said in a statement this week.

Radical Socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez lost her mind on Republican Sen. Ted Cruz – claiming that he tried to have her “murdered” and that he was now agreeing with her on this major issue to “clout chase.”

Cruz responded to a tweet from Ocasio-Cortez where she had called out Robinhood for blocking “retail investors from purchasing stock while hedge funds are freely able to trade the stock as they see fit.”

Cruz simply responded that he “fully agree[d]” with what Ocasio-Cortez said.

“I am happy to work with Republicans on this issue where there’s common ground, but you almost had me murdered 3 weeks ago so you can sit this one out,” Ocasio-Cortez responded to Cruz. “Happy to work w/ almost any other GOP that aren’t trying to get me killed. In the meantime if you want to help, you can resign.”

Ocasio-Cortez somehow suggests that Cruz played a role in the riots that took place at the Capitol on Jan. 6 – where AOC was safely evacuated and not in danger of being “murdered” as she claims.

“While you conveniently talk about ‘moving on,’ a second Capitol police officer lost their life yesterday in the still-raging aftermath of the attacks you had a role in,” Ocasio-Cortez claimed. “This isn’t a joke. We need accountability, and that includes a new Senator from Texas.”

“You haven’t even apologized for the serious physical + mental harm you contributed to from Capitol Police & custodial workers to your own fellow members of Congress,” she continued. “In the meantime, you can get off my timeline & stop clout-chasing. Thanks. Happy to work with other GOP on this.”

Cruz, for his part, had already condemned the violence that broke out that day, saying: “We saw a terrorist attack on the United States Capitol, it was despicable, it was an assault. And every one of those violent criminals who attacked the Capitol, they should be fully prosecuted. And they should spend a long, long time in jail. It was really a sad day for the country to see violence overwhelming the grounds of the Capitol building.”

Sen. Cruz responded to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s unsubstantiated claims on Thursday by saying in a statement that members of the Democrat Party are filled with partisan rage that is damaging the country.

“There’s a lot of partisan anger and rage among Democrats, and it’s not healthy for our country and it’s certainly not conducive to healing or unity,” Cruz said in a statement. “But everyone has to decide how they want to interact with others.”

Cruz signed a written objection to certifying Arizona’s votes toward the beginning of the joint session to count electoral votes on Jan. 6, prompting a debate in both chambers. Then, rioters stormed the Capitol, and lawmakers evacuated.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported that even Sen. Dianne Feinstein has defended the objections that Cruz and Sen. Josh Hawley made during the Electoral College certification:

“Feinstein, however, defended their right to object, calling Senate debate the “highest-level dialogue” in democracy.

“I think the Senate is a place of freedom,” Feinstein told reporters at the Capitol. “And people come here to speak their piece, and they do, and they provide a kind of leadership. In some cases, it’s positive, in some cases, maybe not. A lot of that depends on who’s looking and what party they are. But it’s an important place to have this kind of dialogue. It’s probably the highest-level dialogue that you get in an electoral body.””

Former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm – now Biden’s pick for head of the Energy Department spoke before a Senate confirmation panel to reveal a troubling truth about Biden and his allies’ plans for American jobs.

Granholm admitted that American’s may lose their jobs as part of a “sacrifice” to help achieve Biden’s far-left climate agenda.

Granholm is well known for presiding over a disastrous effort to convert Michigan’s auto industry jobs to “green jobs” in the midst of an economic downturn. She was asked Wednesday for her input on whether Biden’s plan to suspend new oil and gas drilling permits on federal land would have dire economic consequences.

Sen. John Barrasso, a Republican from Wyoming whose state is reportedly slated to lose jobs over Biden’s ban, asked Granholm whether the president’s climate agenda would pit American workers against environmental activists, in violation of Biden’s commitment to unity.

“I’m just curious how a long-term ban consistent with the president’s goal of unifying our country and putting Americans back to work and helping our economies grow, how is that all consistent?” Barrasso asked.

“I think the president’s plan of building back better … would create more jobs in energy, clean energy, than the jobs that might be sacrificed,” Granholm quipped in response.

She quickly added that she does not “want to see any jobs sacrificed.”

“I completely understand what you are saying,” Granholm said in reference to a question about oil and gas workers swapping industries. “What I can tell you is from my experience in Michigan is that when we focused on providing incentives for job providers to locate in Michigan in clean energy they came.”

Granholm’s Michigan green jobs program is not exactly what she claims it was, however. One of her programs, the grant-making “Centers of Energy Excellence” helped create just 44 Michigan jobs.

U.S. climate czar, John Kerry made a similar climate statement, claiming that those people who lose their jobs could just “go to work to make solar panels.”

“We didn’t come here to put anybody on notice except to the seriousness of President Biden’s intent to do what needs to be done to deal with this crisis, and it is a crisis,” Kerry said at a press conference.

“With respect to those workers, no two people are more, in this room, are more concerned about it. And the president of the United States has expressed in every comment he has made about climate the need to grow the new jobs that pay better, that are cleaner.”

“You know, you look at the consequences of black lung for a miner, for instance, and measure that against the fastest-growing job in the United States before COVID was solar power technician. The same people can do those jobs, but the choice of doing the solar power one now is a better choice. Similarly, you have the second fastest-growing job pre-COVID was wind turbine technician,” Kerry continued.

“So what President Biden wants to do is make sure those folks have better choices, that they have alternatives, that they can be the people that go to work to make the solar panels, that we’re making them here at home.”

According to Bloomberg, of the top ten solar manufacturers, only one, First Solar Inc., is in the United States.

Democrats have labeled anonymous campaign contributions or “dark money” as a uniquely corrupting political force. President Joe Biden just reportedly benefited from a record-shattering amount of those shady donations during the 2020 election.

A report published by Bloomberg News shows that Biden raked in about $145 million in donations from anonymous donors to outside groups backing him, far outstripping the $28.4 million spent on behalf of his rival, former President Donald Trump.

The staggering amount also tops the previous record of $113 million in dark money donations spent on behalf of Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney in 2012.

For instance, Priorities USA Action Fund, one of the most prominent Democratic super PACs supporting Biden, used $26 million in funds originally donated to its nonprofit arm, called Priorities USA, to back the then-candidate, according to Bloomberg.

Donors of this variety do need to be disclosed. Critics of dark money, which obscures the source of the funds, argue that voters should know who’s funding political advertisements and campaigns.

The Campaign Legal Center, a nonpartisan group, has called it a “serious threat to our democracy,” and Issue One, another nonpartisan group that aims to reduce the influence of money in politics, has called it “the most toxic force in politics.”

Although Democrats have previously introduced legislation to crack down on dark money donations, it did not stop them from accepting anonymous donations themselves as they fought desperately to defeat Trump.

“We weren’t going to unilaterally disarm against Trump and the right-wing forces that enabled him,” Guy Cecil, the chairman of Priorities USA, told Bloomberg.

One of the first bills before the new Senate will be the “For the People Act,” introduced by Sen. Jeff Merkley. The legislation is the Senate counterpart to the House’s For the People Act, spearheaded by Rep. John Sarbanes and passed in 2019. In addition to implementing automatic voter registration and expanding same-day voter registration, the bill would require all political organizations to disclose their donors as part of a crackdown on dark money.

“The 2020 election underscored the need for comprehensive, structural democracy reform,” Sarbanes said in a statement on his website. “Americans across the country were forced to overcome rampant voter suppression, gerrymandering and a torrent of special-interest dark money just to exercise their vote and their voice in our democracy.”

As part of his government reform plan, Biden called for banning certain types of nonprofits from spending money in elections and requiring that any group that spends more than $10,000 on federal elections to require with the Federal Election Committee and publicly disclose its donors. Under such a proposal, Priorities USA would have been forced to name its donors.

Biden raised $1.5 billion — a record — for his campaign, which can accept donations of no more than $2,800 from individual donors under FEC laws.

That figure includes $318.6 million from donors who gave less than $200 each; the rest stemmed from donors who gave at least $825,000, with that money split between Biden’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee.

Overall, Democrats received about $326 million in dark money during this election cycle, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, more than double the $148 million collected by Republicans.

After massive amounts of speculations about what exactly President Trump had in store for his time after leaving the White House – his true plans have finally been revealed.

According to reports, President Trump has dropped his aspirations of starting a third political party and is now focusing entirely on helping the Republican Party recapture both the House and Senate in 2022.

“In last 24 hours, after floating through a few folks that he was considering creating a third-party as a way to keep Senate Rs in line ahead of impeachment, Trump has been talked out of that and is making clear to people he isn’t pursuing it,” NYT reporter Maggie Haberman wrote.

“Trump has started to believe there are fewer votes to convict than there would have been if the vote had been held almost immediately after Jan. 6.”

In a statement, top Trump adviser Jason Miller responded to reports that Trump had drafted an “enemies list of Republicans for his Patriot Party to challenge in primaries.”

“The President has made clear his goal is to win back the House and Senate for Republicans in 2022,” Miller said. “There’s nothing that’s actively being planned regarding an effort outside of that, but it’s completely up to Republican Senators if this is something that becomes more serious.”

President Trump on Monday also established an official post-presidency office in Palm Beach County, Fla., to oversee his affairs.

A statement from Trump’s office said the Office of the Former President will be responsible for his “correspondence, public statements, appearances, and official activities.”

“The Office will also “advance the interests of the United States and … carry on the agenda of the Trump Administration through advocacy, organizing, and public activism.”

Reports circulated last week that Trump had discussed with several aides the prospect of creating a third political party, which he said that he would call the “Patriot Party.”

“Top pro-Trump Republicans close to the Trump administration told The Daily Wire that they thought it was a ‘bad idea’ and that it would split enough support away from the Republican Party that it would ensure Democrats stay in the majority for quite some time into the future,” The Daily Wire reported. “Online, Democrats and leftists in the media cheered the idea for that exact reason.”

Trump delivered a promise to his supporters on his final day in office, saying that “We will be back in some form.”

“It’s been something very special,” Trump said in reference to his administration. “What we’ve done has been amazing by any standard. We rebuilt the United States Military. We created a new force called Space Force, that in itself would be a major achievement for a regular administration. We were not a regular administration.”

“We’ve left it all on the field,” Trump said, adding that his family won’t be sitting around in the future wondering if things would have gone differently if they had worked harder because they worked as hard as they could.

“You are amazing people,” Trump said. “This is a great, great country. It is my greatest honor and privilege to have been your president. I will always fight for you. I will be watching. I will be listening. And I will tell you that the future of this country has never been better. I wish the new administration great luck and great success. I think they’ll have great success. They have the foundation to do something really spectacular, and again, we put it in a position like it’s never been before despite the worst plague to hit since … 1917, over 100 years ago.”

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