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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is facing calls to resign after joking about hitting Speaker Nancy Pelosi with a gavel. McCarthy was gifted a giant gavel at a Republican Party event in Tennessee on Saturday night and joked that it would difficult for him not to strike Pelosi when she presents him with the gavel if the GOP retakes the House next year. The two have been embroiled in a war of words since Pelosi called McCarthy a “moron” for his opposition to mask mandates to fight the spread of COVID-19, CNN reported. Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA), among others, called for McCarthy’s resignation. “America has suffered enough violence around politics. @GOPLeader McCarthy is now a would-be assailant of @SpeakerPelosi,” he wrote on Twitter. Squabbles between the two senior party leaders have taken a more aggressive tone recently in light of Pelosi blocking two of McCarthy’s nominees to serve on the panel investigating the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol.
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Shot putter Raven Saunders is coming back to the U.S. with her first Olympic medal, but it was her actions after she won that may get the most attention.
After accepting her silver medal, Saunders formed an X above her head on the podium in one of the more obvious and openly political protests at the Tokyo Games. Saunders, who is gay and has struggled with suicidal thoughts, suggested she was speaking out for oppressed people.
She has also used her spotlight to focus on mental health, which has been a hot topic among other Black athletes such as Simone Biles and Naomi Osaka. Saunders said she’s seen depression among her peers go unchecked for a long time.
“It’s okay to need people, and I feel like in our community... we haven’t had access to the resources to be able to do that,” she said.
According to Outsports, there are nearly 180 LGBTQ+ athletes competing in Tokyo, which is triple the number who competed in Rio. “Shout out to all my Black people, shout out to all my LBGTQ community, shout out to everybody dealing with mental health,” Saunders said. “Because at the end of the day, we understand that it’s bigger than us, and it’s bigger than the powers that be.”
With political podium protests officially prohibited, it was unclear if Saunders would face any formal punishment for the move.
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Sen. Susan Collins on Sunday took issue with Speaker Nancy Pelosi rejecting two of the Republicans nominated by Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy to join the panel probing the Jan. 6 attacks on the U.S. Capitol. In an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper, Collins claimed that she hoped the committee would be bipartisan despite McCarthy nominating Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, and Jim Banks, R-Indiana, both of whom spread the Big Lie—claiming nonexistent voter fraud—that inspired the assault that day.
“I fought very hard to have an independent, bipartisan, nonpartisan, outside commission to look at all the events of that day,” Collins said on CNN’s State of the Union. “I think it would’ve had far more credibility than Speaker Pelosi’s partisan committee that she has set up.”
But Tapper pushed back on the fair-weather moderate, pointing out that Republicans in the Senate blocked a truly independent investigation, and also that Pelosi had her reasons.
“The reason she did that is because at least two of the members McCarthy picked to be on the committee are election liars. One of whom, Jim Jordan, is possibly a material witness,” he said. “He spoke with Trump that day.”
Collins proceeded to acknowledge the president helped cause the attack that day, citing her vote to impeach him.
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