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Peltola beats Palin, wins Alaska House special election

Peltola beats PalinDemocrat Mary Peltola won the special election for Alaska’s only U.S. House seat on Wednesday, besting a field that included Republican Sarah Palin, who was seeking a political comeback in the state where she was once governor.

Peltola, who is Yup’ik and turned 49 on Wednesday, will become the first Alaska Native to serve in the House and the first woman to hold the seat. She will serve the remaining months of the late Republican U.S. Rep. Don Young’s term. Young held the seat for 49 years before his death in March.

“I’m honored and humbled by the support I have received from across Alaska,” Peltola said in a statement. “I look forward to continuing Don Young’s legacy of bipartisanship, serving all Alaskans and building support for Alaska’s interests in DC.”

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Democrat Charlie Crist Resigns from Congress amid Florida Gubernatorial Campaign

Crist resigns

Former Florida Governor — and current Democratic gubernatorial nominee — Charlie Crist has resigned from the U.S. House of Representatives, one week after it was confirmed that he would be challenging Gov. Ron DeSantis on the ballot in November.

Crist, 66, announced his intention to resign in a letter written to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday.

"I hereby resign my officeas the Representative for Florida's 13th Congressional District, effective today, Wednesday, August 31, 2022," Crist wrote, adding that it had "been an honor and privilege to represent my childhood home of Pinellas County, Florida."

Though Crist didn't offer an explanation for the resignation, it is thought that he will focus more heavily on his current gubernatorial campaign in the coming months ahead of the November election.

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Trump Calls For Mitch McConnell To Be 'Immediately' Replaced As Senate GOP Leader

Trump calls for McConnell's dismissal as Senate leader

Former President Donald Trump on Wednesday slammed Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell as “a pawn for the Democrats” and said he should “immediately” be replaced.

Trump, who soured on McConnell after the Senate leader condemned Trump for the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection and acknowledged President Joe Biden’s election victory, has renewed his attacks since last week, when McConnell gave a downbeat assessment of his party’s prospects of winning Senate control in the November election. Without naming anyone, McConnell cited “candidate quality” as a factor — an apparent swipe at struggling Trump-endorsed candidates like Dr. Mehmet Oz in Pennsylvania, Herschel Walker in Georgia, and J.D. Vance in Ohio.

“Mitch McConnell is not an Opposition Leader, he is a pawn for the Democrats to get whatever they want,” Trump said in a statement on his Truth Social platform. “He is afraid of them, and will not do what has to be done. A new Republican Leader in the Senate should be picked immediately!”

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Trump officials tried to ‘bully’ FDA over Covid treatments, House panel says

Trump with former FDA head Stephen Hahn

Officials in the Trump White House tried to pressure health experts to reauthorize a discredited Covid treatment, according to a congressional investigation.

A report published on Wednesday by the Democratic-led House select subcommittee on the coronavirus crisis contained new evidence of efforts to override Food and Drug Administration (FDA) decisions early in the pandemic.

The report also shed new light on the role TV personalities played in bringing hydroxychloroquine, an anti-malarial drug, to the attention of top White House officials.

The FDA authorized the use of hydroxychloroquine in late March 2020, based on small studies suggesting it could have some effectiveness against the coronavirus.

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Trump’s attack on Elaine Chao revs up feud with McConnell

Trump insults wife of McConnell

Former President Trump revved up his feud with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) over the weekend, just as Republican concerns are starting to grow about whether the party can flip the Senate red in November.

In a Truth Social statement on Saturday, Trump criticized McConnell, whom he labeled a “broken down hack politician,” for recent remarks about certain GOP Senate candidates, before taking a swipe at his “crazy wife,” former Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, who served in the Trump administration before resigning one day after the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol.

“Why do Republicans Senators allow a broken down hack politician, Mitch McConnell, to openly disparage hard working Republican candidates for the United States Senate,” Trump wrote on Truth Social.

“This is such an affront to honor and to leadership. He should spend more time (and money!) helping them get elected, and less time helping his crazy wife and family get rich on China!” he added.

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Pence says he'd consider testifying to House January 6 committee

Mike Pence Former Vice President Pence said Wednesday that he would consider an invitation to appear before the House committee investigating the January 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.

Pence spoke at a "Politics and Eggs" event hosted by Saint Anselm College in New Hampshire, a stop many presidential hopefuls make during campaign season.

When asked if he would be agreeable to appearing before the select committee, Pence said "if there was an invitation to participate, I would consider it."

Pence added that it was unprecedented for a vice president to testify on Capitol Hill — though there is precedent for a sitting vice president, as well as several former presidents, appearing before House and Senate committees.

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Biden Signs $280B CHIPS Act In Bid To Boost U.S. Over China

Chip bill signed by BidenPresident Joe Biden on Tuesday signed a $280 billion bipartisan bill to boost domestic high-tech manufacturing, part of his administration’s push to boost U.S. competitiveness over China.

Flanked by scores of lawmakers, union officials, local politicians and business leaders, Biden feted the legislation, a core part of his economic agenda that will incentivize investments in the American semiconductor industry in an effort to ease U.S. reliance on overseas supply chains for critical, cutting-edge goods.

“The future of the chip industry is going to be made in America,” Biden said in a sweltering Rose Garden ceremony Tuesday, referring to the diminutive devices that power everything from smartphones to computers to automobiles. The legislation sets aside $52 billion specifically to bolster the U.S. computer chip sector.

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