Utah Senator Mitt Romney may try to block the subpoena efforts by Republicans to investigate Hunter Biden and his dealing with Ukraine; plus, the GOP strategy aims to target Joe Biden’s mental fitness and more of today’s top stories in conservative politics.
Romney may block GOP subpoena of Bidens in Ukraine probe
Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT), fresh off the scorn of voting to convict President Trump during the Senate impeachment trial, is once again going against the Party grain and may try to block a Republican-led effort by the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC), a committee he sits on, to investigate Hunter Biden and his dealing with Ukrainian gas company Burisma.
“I would prefer that investigations are done by an independent, non-political body,” Romney told a Washington Post reporter.
“There’s no question that the appearance of looking into Burisma and Hunter Biden appears political,” Romney said. “We also have a lot of work to do on matters that are not related to Burisma. We probably ought to focus on those things.”
Economy adds 273K jobs, doubling expectations amid coronavirus fears
The US economy under President Donald Trump continues to exceed expectations. The United States added 273,000 jobs in February, according to data released Friday by the Department of Labor.
Amid fears of a coronavirus outbreak, economists had predicted an increase of roughly 170,000 jobs in February, but the total of 273,000 jobs doubled expectations. Consumer confidence has remained steady.
Overall, the US labor market has steadily added jobs for over a decade.
The largest increase in employment occurred in restaurants and bars (53,000), healthcare (32,000), professional and technical services (32,000) and social services (18,000).
In addition to an increase in jobs, the US unemployment rate dropped by 0.1 percentage points to 3.5 percent.
Republican Strategy Aims to Target Biden’s Mental Fitness
Should former Vice President Joe Biden win the Democratic presidential nomination, the Republican Party plans to make his mental fitness a major strategic target in the race for the White House.
Former VP Joe Biden has always been gaffe-prone, but the problem seems to be getting worse, and even Democrats are taking notice.
In recent weeks, Biden has made such gaffes as referring to himself as a candidate for the Senate, confusing his wife and his sister, starting to recite the Constitution and immediately giving up, and the list goes on.
And then there’s the constant stuttering.
Top Democrats such as former presidential candidate New Jersey Senator Cory Booker has questioned Biden’s “ability to carry the ball across the finish line without fumbling.”
Progressive member of “the squad” and Sanders ally Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) has also questioned Biden’s “capacity.”
While an official for the Trump campaign has said that Biden’s “capacity” will be an issue in a general election matchup, the Republican Party as a whole plans to make it a major focus should Biden win the Democratic presidential nomination.
President Donald Trump has already slammed Biden’s mental facilities with comments such as he “has lost his fastball” and is “not playing with a full deck.”
Even The Onion calling out Biden’s cognitive decline
Satire website “The Onion” scored a trending article today focused on Biden’s mental capacity, it was a viral hit reaching the top ten political news articles in the world, entitled: “Biden Wondering Where All This Support Was When He Still Had Functioning Brain.”
In the hilarious mocking article it read:
“…Former Vice President Joe Biden reportedly wondered Thursday where all this support was back when he still had a functioning brain. “Here’s the deal: I’m flattered that everyone’s voting for me and the big Democratic donors are giving me a lot of money, but look, I used to have a general idea of what was happening, and it would’ve been nice if they’d shown me that kind of support back then,” said the former vice president, trailing off and staring blankly for a moment…’I was lucid for 70 years!’…”
Trump will sign an $8.3 billion bill to combat coronavirus
President Donald Trump is expected to sign legislation on Friday that will allocate $8.3 billion toward battling the coronavirus outbreak.
Trump was scheduled to sign the bill at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, but has postponed the CDC visit.
Trump to visit tornado-stricken Tennessee
Trump postponed his visit to the CDC in Atlanta in order to visit the tornado-stricken areas of Nashville, Tennessee.
The state was struck by at least two tornadoes this week that left 25 people dead and caused widespread devastation.
One tornado remained on the ground for 50.25 miles.