Loss Leader

The House of Reps remains leaderless. “By failing to coalesce behind a candidate, Republicans have plunged the House into uncharted territory and effectively frozen the chamber at a time when major international and domestic crises loom, from Israel’s war against Hamas to a potential government shutdown in mid-November. All eyes are now on Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio as he jumps into the speaker’s race after Majority Leader Steve Scalise abruptly withdrew … GOP Rep. Austin Scott of Georgia announced Friday he intends to run for speaker.” (If your response is, Who?, you’re not alone.)

+ Meanwhile, the de-facto leader of these potential leaders has been about as bad as you’d imagine when it comes to the Hamas massacre. Trump’s turn against Israel offers stark reminder of what his diplomacy looks like. (It’s amazing that anyone still needs a reminder.)

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