Mike Johnson vs. the Constitution

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They want to abolish the CDC and FDA, virtually eliminate the federal government’s ability to borrow money and empower state legislatures to override federal law — and they see an ally in new House Speaker Mike Johnson.

“Speaker Mike Johnson has long been a supporter of the Convention of States,” says Mark Meckler, co-founder of Convention of States Action (COSA) — a movement that has been trying for a decade to rewrite the Constitution in the image of the tea parties.

Although Johnson has not directly endorsed COSA, which pushes for states to call for a new Constitutional Convention, he had a lot to say about it as a Louisiana state representative in 2016, when the state deliberated whether to petition Congress for a convention invoked under Article V of the Constitution. “I came to this conclusion myself reluctantly, but I’m there,” he said at the time. “I think we have to do it.” The measure passed, 62 to 36, making Louisiana the eighth state to back such a radical move.

Now, multiple COSA-affiliated leaders tell Laura Jedeed that they see an invaluable ally in the second spot from the presidency. “Beyond the power of the gavel,” she writes in this week’s Friday Read, “COSA advocates are saying Johnson’s perceived support could help their movement move farther into the mainstream.”

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“You’re just scum.”

Can you guess who said this about Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy? Scroll to the bottom for the answer.**

The Real Israel Debate News of intense dissent within the Biden administration over the president’s position on Israel has flooded Washington with all the umbrage of a leaked internal divide — but without any of the benefits of a public debate. The “responsible Washington view on what’s supposed to happen when the worker bees disagrees with the bosses on a matter of policy,” writes Michael Schaffer in this week’s Capital City column, is that “they deserve to get their say, but don’t have to get their way.” But as tensions rise, it’s unclear that “sticking to the process” will be enough.

The final GOP debate this week continued two trends: Donald Trump’s absenteeism and a steady decline in viewership. But even if you were among the millions who tuned out after the first throwdown in August, you can’t walk into a weekend of hot debate takes with nothing to say. If you had better things to do Wednesday night, fake your way through cocktail hour with these quick tips. (From associate editor Dylon Jones):

– Subtly imply that you watched all the way to the end with a bit of gossip: “Let’s talk about what really matters: Did everybody catch the soft launch of Tim Scott’s real-life girlfriend?”

– Be ready to talk about the “those two” of the season. If you’re among paleocons, just pull up Ramaswamy’s latest TikTok on your phone and say, “Hey, I bet Nikki Haley would love this.” That oughta keep them busy while you swap back to this tab and read the next couple of bullet points. If the crowd is more National Review than Breitbart, all you need to do is practice your killer Haley eyeroll for when Ramaswamy’s name comes up.

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