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Rep. Elise Stefanik Takes Over As House GOP Conference Chair

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  • Rep. Elise Stefanik of New York is now the third-highest-ranking member of House GOP leadership.
  • Stefanik was elected conference chair on Friday following Rep. Liz Cheney’s ouster.
  • The New York congresswoman won 134-46.
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House Republicans on Friday elected Rep. Elise Stefanik of New York to the third-highest position in the conference.

Stefanik won 134-46, according to reports from Capitol Hill. She takes over as the conference chair following Wednesday’s ouster of Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming.

A staunch Trump ally, Stefanik campaigned for the position as Cheney’s standing among Republican colleagues waned. Cheney had repeatedly called out former President Donald Trump for his role in the Capitol riot and had refused to echo his lies that the 2020 election was illegitimate.

Stefanik compared her win to the upset victory of American revolutionaries over the British Empire at

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House Ethics Committee opens investigation into Rep. Matt Gaetz

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The GOP congressman has denied any wrongdoing.

The inquiry, according to a statement from the panel’s Democratic and Republican leaders, will review allegations of sexual misconduct, illegal drug use, misuse of state identification records and campaign funds, and whether the congressman accepted a bribe or gift in violation of House rules.

Gaetz will also be investigated over allegations that he shared photos and videos of naked women with other members of Congress on the House floor, claims first reported by CNN and confirmed by ABC News.

Gaetz, who has not been charged in connection with

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Minnesota tribes blast Rep. Pete Stauber for opposing Interior nomination | Nation

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MINNEAPOLIS — Leaders of Minnesota’s biggest American Indian tribes are criticizing U.S. Rep. Pete Stauber for his efforts to build opposition to President Joe Biden’s pick for Interior secretary, who is herself a tribal member.

Most egregiously, state tribal leaders said, Stauber — a Republican whose northeastern Minnesota district is home to several of the state’s largest bands — did not even give them a heads-up that he would be trying to sink the nomination of Democratic Rep. Deb Haaland of New Mexico to lead the Department of the Interior.

“We felt like we were blindsided,” Faron Jackson, Sr., chairman of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, said Thursday. “You know, we might not change his opinion or his outlook, but at least give us the consultation.”

Several groups of tribal leaders sent angry letters to Stauber last week, after learning that he had been circulating his own letter to

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