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House speaker receives additional request from GOP member to resign or be ousted

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House Speaker Faces New Call by Another Republican to Step Down or Face Removal

House Speaker Johnson says he’s not resigning


House Speaker Mike Johnson says he’s not resigning as momentum grows for ouster

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Washington — House Speaker Mike Johnson is facing a new call by another Republican lawmaker to step down or face removal, but he said Tuesday he’s not resigning.

Kentucky Rep. Thomas Massie said Tuesday that he’d co-sponsor a motion to vacate the speaker filed last month by GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia. She laid the groundwork for an eventual vote to strip Johnson of his gavel after he worked with Democrats to approve a government funding package and avert a partial shutdown weeks ago. But Greene has yet to commit to a timeline on calling for a vote on the resolution to remove Johnson.

Massie said he told Johnson in the closed-door Republican conference meeting Tuesday morning that he would co-sponsor the motion to vacate, adding in a post on social media that Johnson “should pre-announce his resignation” so the conference can work on selecting his replacement. But Johnson said at a news conference after the meeting that he is “not resigning,” calling it “an absurd notion” that someone would bring a motion to vacate “when we are simply here trying to do our jobs.”

Speaker Mike Johnson speaks to the press following a House Conference meeting to discuss Iran's attack on Israel at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC.
Speaker Mike Johnson speaks to the press following a House Conference meeting to discuss Iran’s attack on Israel at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC.

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“It is not helpful to the cause, it is not helpful to the country. It does not help the House Republicans advance our agenda which is in the best interest of the American people here,” Johnson, a Louisiana Republican, said.

Massie predicted to reporters that “the motion will get called, and then he’s gonna lose more votes than Kevin McCarthy,” referencing the former speaker who was ousted from his post in October.

The move came after Johnson unveiled a plan Monday to push forward with four bills to address foreign aid. Although the Senate earlier this year passed a supplemental funding bill to provide aid to U.S. allies that the White House has urged the speaker to take up in the House, Johnson outlined that his plan would separately provide funding for Israel, Ukraine and Taiwan, while another bill would address other GOP foreign policy priorities. The push came after lawmakers expressed new urgency around approving the funds for Israel following unprecedented airstrikes by Iran over the weekend.

Johnson said Tuesday that “we are in unprecedented times,” adding that he regards himself as a “wartime speaker.”

“We need steady leadership, we need steady hands at the wheel,” he said.

Ellis Kim contributed reporting.

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Massive Landslide in Papua New Guinea Leaves Hundreds Presumed Dead

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A devastating landslide in rural Papua New Guinea has left at least three people dead and hundreds more feared to have perished under the rubble and debris. The disaster struck three villages early Friday morning, engulfing them in a massive landslide that buried homes and trapped residents. Local officials, including Sandis Tsaka, the provincial administrator for Enga, have expressed grave concerns over the high death toll expected due to the densely populated nature of the area.

The death toll could be in the hundreds, making it one of the worst natural disasters to hit the region. Prime Minister James Marape described it as possibly the country’s biggest landslide, attributing the catastrophe to prolonged and extraordinary rainfall in recent months.

Rescue efforts have been hampered by the unstable terrain and ongoing rain, complicating the search for survivors. Nearly 4,000 people inhabit the affected villages, primarily subsistence farmers in the highlands region of Papua New Guinea.

The landslide, comparable to the size of three or four soccer fields, has caused significant damage to the area, including the main thoroughfare, the Porgera Highway. International aid organizations and the country’s defense forces are mobilizing to provide assistance to the affected communities.

Despite challenges such as tribal conflicts and delays in aid delivery, efforts are underway to rescue those trapped under the debris. The region’s unstable geology, exacerbated by heavy rainfall, has made it prone to landslides, posing a constant threat to the expanding villages.

President Joe Biden and Australia’s foreign minister, Penny Wong, have pledged support for Papua New Guinea’s rescue and recovery operations. The global community is standing in solidarity with the affected population, offering assistance and aid to alleviate the humanitarian crisis.

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As the search for survivors continues and the death toll rises, it is a stark reminder of the vulnerability of communities in disaster-prone regions. The resilience and unity shown in times of crisis highlight the strength and compassion of humanity in facing such tragedies.

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