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House Returns to Doing the People's Business

Now that the Freedom Caucus mini-rebellion is over, at least for now, Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) can get back to work on important legislation. First up, at the prompting of Rep. Anna Paulina Luna (R-FL), is a resolution to censure Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) for his claim that Donald Trump's campaign cooperated with Russia during the 2016 campaign.

The clear intent here is to play the "whataboutism" game, and to suggest that Democrats do the same things as (or worse things than) Donald Trump, and that voters should therefore pay no attention to all that nonsense going on down in Florida. That this resolution, which is privileged and so will have to be brought to the floor this week, also hurts a leading U.S. Senate candidate is just a bonus.

We pass this news along because we are keeping a close eye on McCarthy's management of his conference, and whether he's got things in hand, or if they are spinning out of control. That he's got no choice but to bring up this silly resolution suggests, yet again, that the cat herding isn't going too well. Oh, also worth noting: Reps. Diana Harshbarger (R-TN) and Eric Burlison (R-MO) officially joined the Freedom Caucus this week. That means that at least 46 House Republicans, or 20% of McCarthy's conference, are Freedom Caucusers. (Z)

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