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Ivanka Trump in 'a bit of a panic': CNN

First daughter Ivanka Trump once had designs on running for political office, but her father's role in inciting a mob to attack the United States Capitol building last week may have permanently hobbled her political career.

Sources tell CNN White House correspondent Kate Bennett that both Ivanka and husband Jared Kushner are worried about what they're going to do next because last week's riots have provided "horrific images" that will follow them wherever they go.

"That has Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump in a bit of a panic as they look to their future," she said. "I talked to a lot of sources today who say they're questioning everything now, from where they're going to live after the White House to what their careers will be."

Bennett explained that Ivanka and Kushner both know that they are no longer welcome in New York, and they also feel that they might not be wanted in Bedminster, New Jersey, where one of the president's prized golf courses is located.

Additionally, she said that the Trump riots are making it "very difficult for them to tout any achievements they've made inside this administration" that they were planning to make as part of a "farewell tour."

Watch the video below.

Jared Kushner scrambled to stop Trump from joining neo-Nazis' favorite social media app: report

Some aides to President Donald Trump encouraged him to join a fringe social media network that has become a favorite of neo-Nazis, but son-in-law Jared Kushner reportedly intervened to stop him.

CNN reports that Kushner "intervened when other officials tried restoring the President's social media presence on sites that are often havens for extremists, such as Gab," which is heavily used by neo-Nazis and other assorted racists as a "free speech" alternative to Twitter.

"Kushner and deputy chief of staff Dan Scavino blocked efforts by other aides, including personnel chief Johnny McEntee, to get the President on fringe social media platforms after he was suspended in some fashion from almost every major one, including Twitter, Facebook and, now, YouTube," CNN reports.

Trump was suspended from major social media platforms after he incited a riot at the United States Capitol building last week that resulted in the deaths of five people.

The House of Representatives is expected to impeach the president later on Wednesday on charges of inciting an insurrection.

Top GOP aide delivers scathing resignation letter slamming his party for enabling Trump mob

Congressional Republicans are seeing an increasing number of resignations from longtime aides who are fed up with their party's enabling of President Donald Trump's failed insurrection.

Politico reports that Jason Schmid, a longtime senior House Armed Services Committee staffer, delivered a scathing resignation letter in which he declared that last week's Capitol building rioters to be enemies of the American republic.

"The sad, incontrovertible truth is that the people who laid siege to the Capitol were and continue to be domestic enemies of the Constitution of the United States," he wrote. "A poisonous lie that the election was illegitimate and should be overturned inspired so called 'patriots' to share common cause with white supremacists, neo-Nazis and conspiracy theorists to attack the seat of American government."

Schmid went on to slam members of his own party who egged on the rioters.

"Some members whom I believed to be leaders in the defense of the nation chose to put political theater ahead of the defense of the Constitution and the republic," he wrote. "These self-inflicted wounds are a gift to autocrats who seek a diminished America and are fundamentally inconsistent with the responsibility to provide for the common defense. Foreign intelligence services were likely on the scene and will certainly capitalize on the crisis it has caused... Congressional enablers of this mob have made future foreign conflict more likely, not less."

Read the whole letter here (PDF).

'I have to wear a scarlet T now': Trump staffers whine that his riot has destroyed their reputations

Trump White House staffers are upset at President Donald Trump because the riot at the United States Capitol building he incited last week is harming their future employment prospects.

According to Bloomberg News senior White House reporter Jennifer Jacobs, many Trump staffers are "incensed" at the president for sparking an insurrection against Congress because it's made them toxic among employers who would otherwise be eager to hire people with experience working at the executive branch of the United States government.

"I have to wear a scarlet T now," complained one staffer, according to Jacobs.

Another staffer accused Trump of being completely selfish and not caring at all for the people who have gone to bat to defend him for the last four years.

"We believed in the work," they said. "He only believes in himself."

And yet another staffer said they were "furious" at Trump because "he made a mockery of our work."

The Trump White House has seen a flood of resignations in the days since the deadly riots at the Capitol building, led by cabinet members such as Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao.

Here's how Ted Cruz inadvertently handed Kamala Harris a massive amount of power

With Democrats poised to win both Georgia Senate races, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris could become a crucial tie-breaking vote in an evenly divided Senate.

While this would ordinarily put Harris in a powerful position, Bloomberg News reporter Steven Dennis points out that Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) in 2017 inadvertently gave Harris even more power with his bid to expand the use of budget reconciliation to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

"In 2017, Ted Cruz invented a way for 2021's Kamala Harris to do, well, an awful lot," Dennis writes. "And all it requires is 50 Senate votes and using the existing Senate rules and budget law."

The Bloomberg reporter then linked to one of his articles from four years ago that explained how Cruz's precedent-setting gambit to repeal Obamacare worked.

In particular, Cruz wanted to "lean on Vice President Mike Pence" in his role as the Senate president to bypass "procedural limits" that would have prevented the GOP from using budget reconciliation to enact a more comprehensive repeal of Obamacare.

"The move relies on a radical interpretation of the vice president's constitutional role as presiding officer of the Senate, where he could step in and effectively overrule the chamber's parliamentarian," the article notes. "It would resemble the so-called nuclear option of ending filibusters and risk fundamentally altering the way Congress works."

However, Dennis also writes that Cruz never got to put this plan into action because he never had 50 votes in the Senate for a full Obamacare repeal.

"The key to the Ted Cruz option is you need 50 votes and VP to go along," he writes. "He didn't have nearly 50 votes to take down all of the ACA, nor skinny repeal, and the Cruz option was effectively stillborn."

GOP senator becomes the latest Trump ally to break ranks on plot to block Biden's certification

President Donald Trump has reportedly lost yet another one of his top Senate allies in his quest to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election.

Politico's Alex Isenstadt reports that Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) has started circulating a letter in which he outlines his reasons for opposing the effort by colleague Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) to block President-elect Joe Biden's win from being certified in Congress this week.

"With respect to presidential elections, there is no authority for Congress to make value judgments in the abstract regarding any state's election laws or the manner in which they have been implemented," Lee writes in his letter.

Lee's letter comes amid increasing discomfort among some conservatives about the president's now-infamous phone call with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger in which he pushed him to "find" enough votes to help him win the state.

Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), another longtime Trump ally, similarly pushed back against Trump's call with Raffensperger by calling it "not helpful" during an interview on Fox & Friends on Monday.

Trump supporters seethe after hotel cancels their reservations ahead of January 6th protest

Supporters of President Donald Trump are furious after a hotel in Washington D.C. canceled their reservations en masse ahead of a pro-Trump demonstration scheduled for January 6th.

As The Daily Beast's Will Sommer reports, the Hotel Harrington sent out a notice on Monday night announcing that it will be closed on January 4th through January 6th in a move intended to "protect the safety of our visitors, guests, and employees."

Hotel Harrington has become a favorite D.C. haunt of the Proud Boys, a far-right gang of Trump supporters who vowed to show up in the streets on January 6th to protest the results of the 2020 presidential election.

Per Sommer, many Trump supporters subsequently took to pro-Trump social media website The Donald to rip into the hotel for canceling their reservations.



"Hotel Harrington CANCELLED my reservation," wrote another disgruntled Trump fan. "F*CK THESE COWARDS!!!! I gave this lady an earful and the hotel GM as well."

See a screen cap of more angry Trump reactions below.

Dr. Deborah Birx abruptly says she's retiring

Dr. Deborah Birx, one of the most visible public faces of the Trump White House's COVID-19 response, announced this week that she will be retiring less than a month before President Donald Trump is set to leave.

The Associated Press reports that Birx has vowed to help President-elect Joe Biden's transition team with whatever they need before she goes.

"I will be helpful in any role that people think I can be helpful in, and then I will retire," she said.

Earlier this fall, CNN reported that Birx was considering resigning from her position as White House coordinator of the coronavirus task force because she was "distressed" at the direction the White House's response to the pandemic was taking.

Birx was reportedly particularly upset at Trump's embrace of Dr. Scott Atlas, who has pushed for a strategy of "herd immunity" for the virus that experts say could leave millions of Americans dead.

'It's nuts!' GOP lawmaker unloads on Trump for hosting martial law summit in the Oval Office

Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) on Monday tore into President Donald Trump for hosting a summit at the White House last week in which he was implored to declare martial law in a desperate bid to retain power.

Appearing on CNN, Kinzinger was asked what he thought of disgraced former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn floating a plan to declare the results of the 2020 election void and then deploy the United States military to do a re-do of the vote.

"I think it's nuts," he said. "I think there's a lot of people that don't necessarily understand what martial law is. They know it basically sounds ominous. Martial law is basically the federal military coming in and suspending the authority of state or local governments."

Kinzinger went on to demolish some of the other conspiracy theories being floated by the president's allies.

Watch the video below.

'It's nuts!' GOP lawmaker unloads on Trump for hosting martial law summit at the White House

Trump suffers one final massive legal blow just before Electoral College certifies Joe Biden vote

President Donald Trump still hasn't conceded the 2020 presidential election, despite suffering one humiliating legal defeat after another.

The president's string of legal losses continued on Monday when the Wisconsin Supreme Court shot down the Trump campaign's last-minute gambit to overturn President-elect Joe Biden's victory.

As reported by the Associated Press's Scott Bauer, the ruling written by conservative Justice Brian Hagedorn was delivered just one hour before Wisconsin's electors are scheduled to meet and vote for Biden in the electoral college.

Hagedorn wrote in his opinion that the campaign "is not entitled" to receive the relief it was seeking that would have thrown out more than 200,000 ballots in Dan County and Milwaukee County.

Trump on Friday suffered a door-slamming defeat at the United States Supreme Court, which refused to even hear a lawsuit brought by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton that sought to throw out election results in four swing states.