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Bernie Bennett

Reporting from Capitol Hill, Bernie Bennett has updates on what’s going on in the House.

Guilty Verdict for a Man Who Entered the Capitol on Jan. 6

Sat, Sep 24, 2022 at 10:10 pm

A man who was among the first to enter the Capitol on January 6, 2021, was found guilty on seven criminal counts. More on this from Correspondent Bernie Bennett.

After deliberating for about four hours, the 10-man, 2-woman jury unanimously found Doug Jensen, an Iowa construction worker, guilty of crimes ranging from civil disorder to obstruction. Sentencing on the five felonies and two misdemeanors is scheduled for Dec. 16.

The most serious charge against Jensen was obstructing an official proceeding, which carries a maximum 20-year sentence, compared to maximum terms of five years for civil disorder or one year for entering restricted grounds or impeding a police officer.

Any post-trial motions made by the defense must be filed by Oct. 14. The prosecution’s response is due Oct.28.

Bernie Bennett in Washington.

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House GOP Expects to Gain More Women in the Midterms

Fri, Sep 23, 2022 at 6:56 am

House GOP Chair Elise Stefanik predicts a gain of at least 40 House GOP women next year after the November midterms. More on this from Congressional Correspondent Bernie Bennett.

Rep. Elise Stefanik is focusing on women candidates to boost her party’s efforts to retake control of the House, predicting that the number of Republican women in the House will jump next year.

Stefanik said in a briefing Wednesday, “We are building towards 50,” about the successes of her Elevate PAC, or E-PAC, that endorses female candidates, predicting that the number of House GOP women will “blow past 40 this cycle.”

The number of Republican women in the House dwindled to just 13 after the 2018 election. But that number more than doubled after the 2020 election, when 32 female Republican representatives won seats.

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McCarthy Unveils GOP Platform

Fri, Sep 23, 2022 at 6:49 am

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy on Thursday rolled out an agenda that he says the House GOP would follow should it retake control of the chamber after this year’s midterms. Congressional Correspondent Bernie Bennett explains.

The plan, dubbed the “Commitment to America,” marks McCarthy’s most concrete attempt to outline a policy agenda to try to persuade voters ahead of November’s races, in which the GOP is favored to flip the House.

McCarthy’s blueprint contains four overarching goals: creating “an economy that’s strong,” “a nation that’s safe,” “a future that’s built on freedom” and “a government that’s accountable.”

The proposals largely lean on issues that Republicans believe are advantageous for them this cycle, including high inflation, concerns over crime and increased crossings at the southern border.

McCarthy will formally roll out the plan at an event in Pennsylvania on Friday with a broad cross-section of House members.

Bernie Bennett in Washington.

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President Biden’s Approval Rating Remains Below 50%

Fri, Sep 23, 2022 at 6:40 am

President Biden’s approval rating moves closer to 50%, still less than President Trump at this point in their presidencies. Details from Correspondent Bernie Bennett.

The Rasmussen Reports Daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Thursday shows that 45% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Biden’s job performance. Fifty-three percent disapprove.
The latest figures include 22% who Strongly Approve of the job Mr. Biden is doing and 40% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -18.

At this point in his Presidency, Donald Trump held an approval rating of 48%, three percent higher than President Biden.

Bernie Bennett reporting.

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PUTIN MOBILIZES RUSSIAN RESERVE TROOPS

Wed, Sep 21, 2022 at 7:16 pm

Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a partial mobilization of reservists Wednesday, taking a risky and deeply unpopular step following setbacks for his troops nearly seven months after invading Ukraine. Correspondent Bernie Bennett has more.

The first such call-up in Russia since World War II heightened tensions with Ukraine’s Western backers, who derided it as an act of weakness and desperation.

Salem Radio Network Military Advisor Col. Robert Maginnis says the war has not gone well for President Putin.

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The move also sent some Russians scrambling to buy plane tickets to flee the country, and others into the streets to stage anti-war demonstrations.

The Kremlin has struggled to replenish its troops in Ukraine, reportedly even resorting to widespread recruitment in prisons.

Bernie Bennett reporting.

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House To Vote on Policing Bills

Wed, Sep 21, 2022 at 7:11 pm

House Democrats reach a deal on policing bills, with a vote planned for Thursday. Congressional Correspondent Bernie Bennett has more.

House Democrats have reached a long-elusive agreement on a package of police and community safety bills, according to several of the top stakeholders, with plans for the lower chamber to vote Thursday to send the legislation to the Senate.

The deal arrives after months of tense talks between moderate Democrats, who have been pushing for a vote on the pro-police package ahead of the midterm elections, and liberals leery of showering new funds on law enforcers without new safeguards for curbing police abuse.

Those in tight races see the policing legislation as a way to combat attacks from their Republican challengers that the party wants to “defund the police.”

Bernie Bennett, Washington.

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New Poll Says Republicans Are Excited About the Midterms

Wed, Sep 21, 2022 at 7:08 pm

A new poll says Republicans still have an edge in voter enthusiasm. Correspondent Bernie Bennett reports.

With the midterm elections less than seven weeks away, more Republicans than Democrats say they’re very excited to vote this fall.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 79% of Likely U.S. voters are excited about voting in the midterm elections, including 53% who are Very Excited. Eighteen percent (18%) are not excited about voting in the midterms.

The survey of 1000 likely US voters was conducted between September 18 and 19th. The margin of sampling error was plus or minus 3% with a 95% level of confidence.

Bernie Bennett reporting.

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House Votes on Jan. 6 Reform Bill

Wed, Sep 21, 2022 at 7:00 am

The House tees up the first vote on the Jan.6 Committee reform legislation. Correspondent Bernie Bennett has this report.

The House on Wednesday plans tovote on a bill led by a bipartisan duo on the Jan. 6 panel that would reformthe Electoral Count Act, moving swiftly on legislation designed to preventinterference in elections.

The legislation – introduced by thepanel’s vice chairwoman, Rep. Liz Cheney, and California Democrat Zoe Lofgren -would make clear that the vice president’s role in certifying the election ispurely ministerial… and would require one-third of lawmakers in each chamber toback any effort to object to electors.

House Minority Whip Steve Scalise toldreporters Tuesday morning that he will vote against the measure.

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Republicans Targeted by Violent Threats

Tue, Sep 6, 2022 at 5:46 pm

Congressional Correspondent Bernie Bennett has this report about violent threats against lawmakers.

In July, the House Sergeant at Arms announced new funding designed to protect lawmakers from the enhanced threats: $10,000 to install alarms and other systems to bolster the security of their homes.

Attacks aimed at members of Congress have targeted Republicans, including recently when New York Congressman Lee Zeldin was assaulted on stage while speaking at a campaign stop in New York for his gubernatorial bid.

In 2017, Rep. Whip Steve Scalise was shot on a baseball field during a GOP practice for the Congressional Baseball Game in northern Virginia, sending him to the hospital with critical injuries.

Bernie Bennett reporting.

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Congress Faces Growing Threats of Violence

Tue, Sep 6, 2022 at 5:44 pm

Violent threats against Congress have lawmakers on edge. More details from Congressional Correspondent Bernie Bennett.

In recent years, the number of menacing threats against sitting members of Congress has ballooned, forcing the Capitol Police to launch thousands of investigations; prompting a flood of new funding for lawmaker security back home and in Washington; and impelling lawmakers to take remarkable precautions to ensure they don’t become the next target of political violence.

Over the past half-decade, the number of threat investigations launched by the U.S. Capitol Police has skyrocketed, from 3,939 in 2017 to 9,625 in 2021 – a spike of almost 150 percent, according to numbers provided by the department.

Bernie Bennett in Washington.

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New Poll Shows Hunter Biden’s Laptop Still an Important Story

Tue, Sep 6, 2022 at 5:11 pm

The abandoned laptop that revealed Hunter Biden’s foreign business dealing remains an important story, according to voters, many of whom think it could have changed the 2020 election. More on this story from reporter Bernie Bennett.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 63% of Likely U.S. voters believe the story about Hunter Biden’s laptop containing emails about his business dealings is important, including 44% who think the story is Very Important.

Thirty-four percent (34%) don’t believe the story is important, including 17% who say it’s Not At All important. These findings are only slightly changed from March.

Forty-eight percent (48%) of voters say if the media had fully reported the story about Hunter Biden’s laptop before the 2020 election, it’s unlikely Joe Biden would have been elected president. Forty-six percent (46%) don’t think it’s likely the story would have changed the election results.

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New Survey Shows Americans Worry about School Shootings

Tue, Sep 6, 2022 at 4:01 pm

Americans are worried about the danger of school shootings, and support has increased for arming teachers to defend their classrooms. Correspondent Bernie Bennett has more on this.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 76% of American Adults are worried about the possibility of mass shootings at schools, including 44% who are Very Worried. Only 21% are not worried about school shootings.

The survey of 1000 Americans was conducted August 21st – 22nd. The margin of error was plus or minus three percent with a 95% level of confidence.

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Virginia Gov. Youngkin Stumps for Maine GOP Candidate

Tue, Sep 6, 2022 at 3:01 pm

Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin travel to Maine this week to campaign for Republican gubernatorial candidate Paul LePage, a former governor seeking a third term. Correspondent Bernie Bennett explains.

Youngkin, who has been rumored as a potential 2024 presidential candidate, is traveling to several states this year to boost GOP candidates. The Washington Post reports that he will make a stop for a fundraiser in Lewiston, Maine, on Wednesday.

LePage served as Maine’s governor from 2011 to 2019 but is allowed to seek a third term under state law after sitting one term out. He was officially approved in February.

LePage is taking on Democrat Gov. Janet Mills in November in what is expected to be a highly competitive race. According to a May poll from Pan Atlantic Research, Mills is slightly leading LePage, 46 percent to 42 percent.

Bernie Bennett reporting.

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Americans Rate Public Schools Poorly in a New Poll

Mon, Aug 29, 2022 at 4:51 pm

As students return to the classroom this fall, more than four times as many Americans rate public schools poor as rate them excellent. More details from Correspondent Bernie Bennett.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that only eight percent of American Adults rate the performance of public schools in America today as excellent. Twenty-two percent rate America’s schools good, 31% rate them fair and 35% give public schools a poor rating.

The survey of 1,000 adults was conducted between August 9 & 10. The margin of sampling error was plus or minus 3% with a 95% level of confidence.

Bernie Bennett reporting.

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Virginia Gov. Says No to California Emissions Plan

Mon, Aug 29, 2022 at 4:49 pm

Virginia Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin vowed to block all efforts to ban gas-powered vehicles in Virginia. Reporter Bernie Bennett has more details.

His declaration comes after California’s Air Resources Board voted Thursday to implement an executive order by California Democrat Gov. Gavin Newsom that phases out gas-powered vehicles and bans the sale of them beginning in 2035. Virginia passed a law in 2021 that set the Commonwealth on a path to adopt California’s emissions standards.

Youngkin wrote in a statement posted to Twitter, “In an effort to turn Virginia into California, liberal politicians who previously ran our government sold Virginia out by subjecting Virginia drivers to California vehicle laws.”

Youngkin continued, “I am already at work to prevent this ridiculous edict from being forced on Virginians.”

Bernie Bennett reporting.

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Democrats Blame Inflation on Corporate Greed

Mon, Aug 29, 2022 at 4:47 pm

Democrats peg inflation to corporate greed on the campaign trail. More on this from Congressional Correspondent Bernie Bennett.

U.S. non-financial corporate profits soared to $2 trillion for the first time in the second quarter of 2022, while corporate profit margins as a share of the economy rose to the highest level in over seven decades, according to Bureau of Economic Analysis data.

Following President Biden’s lead, Democrats are taking aim at energy giants and meat-packing companies that recently notched record-shattering earnings on the back of higher prices.

Nathan Brand, a spokesperson for the Republican National Committee says “Biden Democrats refuse to take responsibility for their reckless spending that caused runaway inflation.”

Bernie Bennett reporting.

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NASA Scrubs Moon Rocket Launch

Mon, Aug 29, 2022 at 11:36 am

NASA on Monday delayed the launch of the Space Launch System rocket from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., because of a fuel leak in one of the rocket’s engines. More from Correspondent Bernie Bennett.

The highly anticipated launch will serve as a key test for the SLS and the Orion exploration spacecraft, which NASA plans to send more than 40,000 miles past the moon. It’s the first in a series of integrated tests to eventually send astronauts back to the moon in 2025 or 2026.

The next available time for the launch is on Friday.

NASA officials said the Space Launch System rocket’s engine bleed could not be remedied in time for a launch today, but the rocket will remain in its current configuration.

Engineers are currently assessing a plan and gathering data to repair the engine.

Bernie Bennett reporting.

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Justice or Politics? New Poll Says Voters think DOJ is a Political Tool

Thu, Aug 25, 2022 at 3:45 pm

A new poll suggests that most voters now see the Justice Department as politicized. Bernie Bennett has details.

A majority of American voters believe the federal Department of Justice’s investigation of former President Donald Trump is politically motivated, but most of them still approve of the investigation.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 54% of Likely U.S. voters approve of the investigation of Trump over alleged mishandling of presidential documents, including 44% who Strongly Approve. Forty-one percent disapprove, including 32% who Strongly Disapprove.

The survey of 1,000 likely U.S. voters was conducted between August 23 and 24. The margin of error was plus or minus 2% with a 95% level of confidence.

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Republicans Loyal to Trump Filling House Seats

Thu, Aug 25, 2022 at 3:23 pm

Trump loyalists are increasing in ranks in the GOP side of the House. Correspondent Bernie Bennett reports.

Expect a Trumpier U.S. House of Representatives next year.

A number of Trump loyalists have bumped off more moderate Republicans in the summer primaries – a list that grew longer on Tuesday with conservative victories in Florida and New York – while a number of other centrists are stepping into retirement.

The combination foreshadows a power shift in the House GOP that has the potential to complicate any bipartisan compromise with President Biden.

Contributing to the likely power shift, many House Republicans who were critical of Mr. Trump or did not overtly embrace him will not be returning in 2022.

Bernie Bennett in Washington.

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President Biden Makes Midterm Push for Democrats

Thu, Aug 25, 2022 at 3:20 pm

WASHINGTON – President Biden will kick off the midterm election push with a rally in a Democratic stronghold. Washington correspondent Bernie Bennett reports.

President Joe Biden is aiming to turn months of legislative accomplishments into political energy.

He is holding a kickoff rally Thursday evening to boost Democrats’ fortunes 75 days out from the midterm elections.

The event is set for the safely Democratic Washington suburb of Rockville, Maryland. It’s meant to ease Mr. Biden into what White House aides say will be an aggressive season of championing his policy victories and aiding his party’s candidates.

Democrats have seen their political hopes rebound in recent months amid a burst of action by Congress and the president.
Republican candidates still leads in most national polling.

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Two People Killed in More DC Gun Violence

Wed, Aug 24, 2022 at 5:49 pm

Seven shot in DC near a senior citizen’s home. Correspondent Bernie Bennett has this report.

Five people were shot and two people are dead after two unidentified assailants exited a black SUV and sprayed gunfire across a city block in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday afternoon.

Metropolitan Police Department Executive Assistant Chief Ashan Benedict said at a press conference that the shooting erupted around 12:49 p.m. at O Street Northwest, near the Johns Hopkins business school and a senior citizens home.

Benedict said the SUV stopped on the street before the shooters filed out of the car and began “shooting at folks on the block” before they jumped back in the vehicle and fled. He said they likely wielded automatic pistols.

Bernie Bennett, Washington.

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House Democrats Want to Hold Onto Maloney’s Committee Chair

Wed, Aug 24, 2022 at 5:46 pm

House Democrats scramble to replace Rep. Carolyn Maloney atop Oversight panel after she looses her seat in Tuesday’s New York Primary. More details from Correspondent Bernie Bennett.

The race to replace Rep. Carolyn Maloney as the leading Democrat on the Oversight and Reform Committee is already heating up, with at least two senior Democrats vying for the top spot in the next Congress.

Reps. Stephen Lynch and Gerry Connolly quickly announced their intent to seek the powerful seat on Wednesday, just hours after Maloney lost her primary contest to Rep. Jerry Nadler in Manhattan.

She will keep the gavel until the end of the current term, when House Democrats will vote to replace her.

Republicans are vowing to use the Oversight panel to launch numerous investigations into the Biden administration if they regain control of the House.

In Washington, I’m Bernie Bennett.

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Voters Believe Media Bias is Worse

Wed, Aug 24, 2022 at 5:31 pm

Most voters still believe “fake news” is a serious problem, and don’t trust the political news they get from the media. Bernie Bennett has the story.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 62% of Likely U.S. voters think the problem of bias in the news media is getting worse. Just 10% believe the media bias problem is getting better, while 26% say it’s about the same as usual.

The survey of 1000 likely U.S. voters was conducted on August 21st and 22nd. The margin of error was plus or minus 2% with a 95% level of confidence.

Bernie Bennett reporting.

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Florida Democrats Choose a Challenger to Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis

Tue, Aug 23, 2022 at 7:24 am

Democrats choose a challenger to a popular Republican Governor in today’s high-stakes Florida primary. Details on this from Correspondent Bernie Bennett.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is poised to learn the identity of his general election opponent as Democrats choose between a man who spent a lifetime in politics – much of it as a Republican – and a woman casting herself as “something new” as she seeks the energy of her party’s resurgent base.

The Democratic establishment has largely lined up behind Charlie Crist, a 66-year-old Democratic congressman who served as the state’s Republican governor more than a decade ago. Running now as a moderate Democrat, Crist is facing 44-year-old Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, who hopes to become the state’s first female governor.

The race is ultimately a debate over who is best-positioned to defeat DeSantis, who emerged from a narrow victory four years ago to become one of the most prominent Republicans in politics.

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