Members of the Republican National Committee are gathering in Southern California as the party wrestles with how to position itself for the 2024 election in the aftermath of lackluster midterm results.
Divisions about the path forward are on display ahead of a vote Friday for RNC chair.
Here’s what else is happening in politics:
- Video of the attack on Pelosi’s husband could be released today: A judge in California ruled late Wednesday that video footage of Paul Pelosi’s attack could be released.
- Facebook reinstates Trump: Meta Platforms announced it is restoring the former president’s Facebook and Instagram accounts.
- Biden to highlight economy: President Joe Biden travels to Virginia Thursday to discuss his efforts to safeguard the economy amid a debt ceiling fight.
- Senators look to 2024. Several senators have already launched 2024 reelection campaigns and primary challengers in some races are starting to emerge.
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Paul Pelosi attack video to be released
Over the objections of prosecutors, a judge has ruled that the footage of the attack on Nancy Pelosi’s husband can be released. San Francisco Superior Court Judge Stephen M. Murphy ruled there was no reason to keep the footage secret, especially after prosecutors played it in open court during a preliminary hearing last month.
Paul Pelosi, Nancy Pelosi’s husband, was asleep at the couple’s San Francisco home on Oct. 28 when someone broke in and beat him with a hammer. Prosecutors have charged 42-year-old David DePape in connection with the attack.
DePape pleaded not guilty last month to six charges, including attempted murder. Police have said DePape told them there was “evil in Washington” and he wanted to harm Nancy Pelosi because she was second in line to the presidency. His case is pending.
— The Associated Press
The battle to lead the RNC
All three contenders to lead the Republican National Committee are supporters of former President Donald Trump but are arguing about candidate recruitment and get-out-the-vote efforts.
RNC chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, seeking a fourth term, faces opposition from California attorney Harmeet Dhillon and MyPillow founder Mike Lindell. McDaniel is favored to win, but opponents are roaming the halls of a beach resort in Dana Point, Calif., seeking support.
“We will decide if we’re serious about winning in 2024,” Dhillon tweeted this week. Republican delegates are also discussing party rules and procedures, including plans for debates among the GOP presidential candidates in 2024.
Biden to highlight the economy in Virginia amid fight over debt ceiling
President Joe Biden will travel Thursday to Springfield, Virginia where he is expected to discuss what the administration says is progress bolstering the economy.
Biden is visiting the Steamfitters Local 602 union hall. His afternoon remarks will follow the release of fourth-quarter 2022 gross domestic product figures. The White House has warned of catastrophe if House Republicans refuse to raise the debt ceiling.
Failure to act would lead to the nation’s first-ever default on its debt. Biden has said that would lead to a “calamity that exceeds anything that’s ever never happened in the history of the United States.”
– Joey Garrison
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