GOP senators who voted to convict Trump shrug off warnings

Seven Senate Republicans defied former President Donald Trump by voting to convict him for inciting an insurrection after losing the 2020 election. But eight months later, they’re largely responding with a collective shrug to warnings again he’s taking steps to try to overturn the 2024 election, telling CNN they see no reason yet to be alarmed.

Democrats face divisions over pledge to scrap Trump’s tax cuts

Democrats have been waiting for years to reimagine the tax code so that, in their words, the wealthy are paying their “fair share” and working and poor families aren’t disproportionately hit with the tax burden. But overturning key pieces of the GOP’s 2017 tax law — a boon for businesses that lowered individual and corporate taxes — won’t happen without a bruising fight, potentially within their own party.

California recall contender makes misleading claim that young people don’t need Covid vaccines

Larry Elder, the leading GOP candidate vying to replace California Gov. Gavin Newsom, said he doesn’t think it’s necessary for young people to get vaccinated against Covid-19 or for children to wear masks at school, and he vowed to repeal any mask or vaccine mandates for California’s state workers if he is elected to replace the Democratic governor in the September 14 special election.

Jan. 6 committee to ask phone records be kept of lawmakers who participated in ‘Stop the Steal’

The House Select Committee investigating the deadly January 6 riot is set to request that a group of telecommunications companies preserve the phone records of a group of GOP members of Congress and former President Donald Trump, as well as members of the Trump family, who played some role in the “Stop the Steal” rally that served as the prelude to the Capitol insurrection.

Republican policy guru wants to end California’s ‘one-party monopoly’

California Republicans have been struggling in the political wilderness, failing to capture a single statewide office since 2006 in a state where Democrats outnumber them two-to-one. But longtime GOP policy adviser Lanhee Chen is hoping to change that at a time when the recall election of Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom is reenergizing the party’s voters.