Neither former President Donald Trump nor Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has made notable improvements in hypothetical head-to-head matchups against President Joe Biden, whose approval rating has gone mostly unchanged in recent weeks amid scrutiny of his handling of Obama-era classified documents. However, nearly half of all voters (49%) said they had recently heard something negative about Biden, similar to the share who said they’d heard something bad about Trump. Read more from me here: Biden’s Approval Rating Unmarred Amid Scrutiny of Classified Documents Handling.
Today’s Top News
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) awarded two former holdouts over his speaker bid — Reps. Chip Roy of Texas and Ralph Norman of South Carolina — seats on the Rules Committee alongside libertarian leadership critic Thomas Massie of Kentucky, essentially giving conservatives veto power over nearly everything that will come before lawmakers this Congress. (Politico) On the other side of the aisle, House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) has recommended California Reps. Adam Schiff and Eric Swalwell be reappointed to the House Intelligence Committee, officially setting up a clash with McCarthy, who has vowed to reject them. (The Washington Post)
Many Senate Democrats are refusing to say whether they will support Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (I-Ariz.) should she run for re-election following Rep. Ruben Gallego’s entrance into the state’s Democratic primary for her seat. In a series of interviews, several lawmakers, including the head of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, said it was too early to discuss, even though the 2024 campaign is already underway. (Punchbowl News)
Four of the Senate Republicans who helped orchestrate a deal to raise the debt limit twice in 2021 suggested they’re willing to let House Republicans take the lead on finding an agreement with the White House, at least for now, after Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and his deputies spent political capital in December to pass government funding legislation. (Politico)
Trump, the only declared GOP presidential candidate, has expanded his campaign travel schedule this weekend, adding a stop in the first-in-the-nation primary state, New Hampshire, ahead of a trip to South Carolina. (Fox News)
President Biden will deliver a major economic speech this week spotlighting fringe economic proposals championed by House Republicans — including a controversial bill to abolish the IRS and replace it with a 30% national sales tax.
The White House didn’t commit Monday to providing information to House Republicans investigating how classified material wound up in President Biden’s private home and former office as Mr. Biden’s team continued to face sharp questions about the episode.
The US Justice Department is poised to sue Alphabet Inc.’s Google as soon as Tuesday regarding the search giant’s dominance over the digital advertising market, according to people familiar with the matter.
The nation’s top environmental agency is still reeling from the exodus of more than 1,200 scientists and policy experts during the Trump administration. The chemicals chief said her staff can’t keep up with a mounting workload. The enforcement unit is prosecuting fewer polluters than at any time in the past two decades.
The US and Israel launched their largest joint military exercise ever on Monday, sending a clear signal to Iran and underscoring the strength of their alliance despite concerns over the composition of the new Israeli government which includes ultra-nationalist and ultra-religious parties.
Some House Republicans have raised concerns about legislation backed by their party leadership that seeks to curtail migration at the border, which has derailed plans to hold a vote on border security issues in the first weeks of the year.
Former Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts was sworn in as the newest member of the U.S. Senate on Monday, replacing Republican Sen. Ben Sasse as the Senate returns from several weeks of recess to begin a new session of closely-divided government.
Cascading revelations about New York Rep. George Santos’ pattern of lies and deception are putting increased scrutiny on powerful New York Rep. Elise Stefanik, the fourth-ranking House Republican and a vocal supporter of Santos during his 2022 campaign.
A string of resignations, dismissals, and reassignments shook Ukraine’s government Monday and Tuesday, as Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and other leaders of the government confirmed the shakeup of high-level positions.
Federal prosecutors say the former head of counterintelligence for the FBI’s New York office laundered money, violated sanctions against Russia while working with a Russian oligarch and while still at the FBI took hundreds of thousands of dollars from a foreign national and former foreign intelligence official.
Four members of the far-right Oath Keepers group were convicted of seditious conspiracy Monday, joining founder Stewart Rhodes in being found guilty by a jury of plotting to keep President Donald Trump in power by force.
Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sharply criticizes murdered Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi in his new book, questioning his journalism credentials and lambasting what he calls the media’s sympathetic coverage of his brutal killing in Saudi Arabia.
A few days ago, we made plans to interview Harmeet Dhillon later this week in Dana Point, Calif., just ahead of her final showdown for the Republican National Committee chair with Ronna McDaniel. But after we published our Playbook interview with McDaniel yesterday, Dhillon’s camp called us up. She wanted to talk sooner.
Rev. Franklin Graham, one of the nation’s most prominent evangelical leaders and high-profile supporters of former President Donald Trump, says he won’t be endorsing anyone in the 2024 Republican primary race.
It’s about to be budget season in Tallahassee and that means Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis will begin rolling out his recommendations on how to spend the billions in surplus money the state has accumulated the last few years. It’s a sum built from both a quickly recovering economy after the peak of the pandemic … and billions of dollars in aid from the federal government.
For State Sen. Greg Razer, the only openly gay member of the Missouri Senate, it’s been painful to watch his colleagues file an onslaught of bills that attack his community. He worries about LGBTQ kids in Missouri.
Kris Mayes, the state’s new Democratic attorney general, is shifting gears on election issues in an office her Republican predecessor created.
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The 10 biggest spenders on lobbying shelled out $326.6 million in 2022 to influence the Democrat-controlled Congress and executive branch, a more than 17 percent increase from the year before. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce fell to second place, behind the National Association of Realtors.
Ticketmaster was hit by a cyberattack in November that led to the problems with ticket sales for Taylor Swift’s upcoming U.S. tour, the president of its parent company plans to tell a congressional committee Tuesday.
Staring down what should have been a historically bad midterm and aided by a weak economy and an unpopular president, Senate Democrats defied the odds and actually added a seat to their roster in the 2022 midterm cycle. Now, the real test is whether they can defy political gravity again, given they are now staring down an even worse map with red state or swing state Democratic incumbents that puts them almost entirely on defense.