Mike Johnson may be the next speaker — but then what?
- “Mike is clearly the guy,” Rep. John Rutherford (R-Fla.), who voted against Jordan three times, told reporters Tuesday night.
- Rep. Marc Molinaro (R-N.Y.), who voted against Jordan on Friday, is backing Johnson, and he said the other moderate New York Republicans — who often vote as a bloc — supported him in the roll call vote except for Rep. Andrew Garbarino, who was absent.
- Rep. Don Bacon (R-Neb.), a moderate who voted against Jordan last week, said he’ll back Johnson.
- Trump called Johnson on Dec. 9, 2020, and requested that he “rally House Republicans to sign on to an amicus brief in an 11th-hour Texas lawsuit seeking unprecedented judicial intervention in disallowing the results from four key swing states that went for Biden: Michigan, Wisconsin, Georgia and Pennsylvania,” Rachael Bade, Josh Dawsey and Tom Hamburger reported for The Post at the time. “Johnson eagerly obliged, emailing all House Republicans to solicit signatures for the long-shot Texas case.”
- “In the email, Johnson wrote that Trump ‘will be anxiously awaiting the final list to review,’ ensuring Republicans knew the president would be apprised of who signed on and who didn’t,” Rachael, Josh and Tom wrote.
Guess who’s coming to dinner
- “The most crucial areas of cooperation are a joint contract with Britain to develop and deploy nuclear-powered attack submarines — which gives the United States a crucial technological edge against China — and expansion of a joint military presence in the Pacific islands, including Papua New Guinea.”
- The Israel-Gaza war, the dysfunction in Congress and climate change are also all expected to be on the agenda, per Rogers.
- First course: “The dinner will start with a salad of earthy farro cooked in apple cider and roasted beets, accompanied by popped sorghum, a grain native to Australia and cultivated throughout the Appalachian region. The first course also includes a pumpkin-seed-topped butternut squash soup.”
- Main course: “The main course is tender short ribs braised in sarsaparilla, a soft drink akin to root beer that Button told reporters adds a ‘licorice, herbaceous, floral’ counter to the rich meat, served alongside sorghum-glazed carrots (yep, another use of the versatile grain). More autumnal vegetable bounty comes in the form of Brussels sprouts, a celery root puree and a carrot jus.”
Progressives rebel against Biden’s handling of Israel-Gaza crisis
- “But in recent days, former staffers to congressional Democrats have criticized Biden’s refusal to call for a cease-fire in Gaza. Hundreds of demonstrators were arrested after protesting at the White House and the Capitol making the same demand. A State Department official and a staff member for Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) resigned. Crowd members booed a Muslim White House official who spoke at the funeral of a Palestinian American boy killed in what authorities say was a hate crime.”
- “With the election a year away, the war could well fade into the background by the time Americans cast their ballots. But in interviews, progressive voters and younger activists said they will not forget Biden’s full-throated support of Israel, and Arab and Muslim groups have also expressed anger about U.S. backing for Israel’s airstrikes on Gaza, which Palestinian officials say have killed about 5,800 people.”
- Senate Republicans seek concessions on Biden’s $106 billion request for aid to Israel, Ukraine. By ABC News’s Allison Pecorin.