GOP Lawmakers Want to Cancel Ice Cream After Ben & Jerry’s Fiasco
Ahmad Gharabli/AFP via GettySen. James Lankford (R-OK) is among a vexed group of lawmakers coming forward with threats to cancel ice cream after Ben & Jerry’s announced this week it wouldn’t renew its current license agreement with its manufacturer in Israel which also distributes frozen treats to the West Bank.“If Ben & Jerry’s wants to have a meltdown & boycott Israel, OK is ready to respond. Oklahoma has an anti-boycott of Israel law in place,” Lankford wrote on Twitter Wednesday. More than tnews.yahoo.com
Andrew Giuliani gets zero support for gubernatorial bid from New York Republicans
Andrew Giuliani, the son of former New York City Mayor and Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani, received no support from state Republicans for his bid to be the next governor of New York during a secret straw poll held Monday.Driving the news: U.S. House Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.) got about 85% of the vote, and around 10% chose to abstain, New York Republicans said. The results bode well for Zeldin's chances of becoming the Republican nominee to challenge Gov. Andrew Cuomo in the upcoming election.Stay onnews.yahoo.com
WHAT TO WATCH: Pence, Conway and protest pushback at RNC
Pence, whose future political aspirations could hinge on November, has campaigned aggressively for the president. Pence has helped steer the White House response to the coronavirus, leading a task force and frequently working with the nations governors. The GOP convention has mentioned the virus far less than Democrats did last week, but Pence could throw it back into focus if he speaks about the work hes led. Conway, whose husband has become an outspoken Trump critic, says she is stepping away to spend more time with her family. Clarence Henderson, a civil rights activist from the 1960s, is expected to speak on the true meaning of peaceful protest."
Congress feuds as deal still elusive on small business coronavirus aid
But there was no immediate deal on Monday morning, and the two parties took shots at one another over the holdup. Pelosi on Twitter lamented the staggering coronavirus death toll numbers, which have crossed 40,000 in the United States. Zeldin said there would be at least $50 billion more for a separate small business loan program under the deal still under negotiation. The Democrats also sought more funds for state and local governments and hospitals, as well as food aid for the poor. Republican Senator Bill Cassidy said aid for states and municipalities will not be included in the package now being negotiated.feeds.reuters.com
Vindman testified he was convinced Ukraine aid tied to Biden probe
Vindman believed the existence of a quid pro quo was clear during a July 10 meeting between American and Ukrainian officials. In a separate meeting of US officials immediately afterward, "Sondland emphasized the importance that Ukraine deliver the investigations into the 2016 election, the Bidens, and Burisma," Vindman testified. But the fact that the $400 million in aid, including desperately needed military assistance, was also being used by the President didn't become clear until the next month, Vindman testified. Zeldin also questioned why Vindman had not carried out the President's order to push for the Ukrainians to investigate the Bidens. "I did not think it was proper to demand that a foreign government investigate a U.S. citizen, and I was worried about the implications for the U.S. government's support of Ukraine," Vindman wrote in his opening statement.