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Corey Lewandowski joins President Trump at a campaign rally in April 2018. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

A new political group founded by former Trump aide Corey Lewandowski is raising money to run a candidate against the third-ranking Republican in the House, Rep. Liz Cheney.

Why it matters: Cheney's vote to impeach Trump this month enraged his most committed supporters. Lewandowski's group appears to be the first national GOP organization to target Wyoming's lone House representative.

What's new: Lewandowski has been sending out hundreds of fundraising text messages on behalf of his new PAC, Fight Back Now America.

  • Cheney "must be removed from GOP Leadership & Primaried!" the texts declare, according to data compiled by the spam-blocking service RoboKiller.
  • "I launched Fight Back Now America for reasons like this. We must hold spineless Republicans in Washington — like Liz — accountable! Donate to defeat her."
  • The texts link to the PAC's donation page on the GOP fundraising platform WinRed.

Cheney already has one Republican primary challenger. Wyoming state senator Anthony Bouchard announced last week he will vie for the at-large seat.

  • Bouchard did not immediately respond to inquiries from Axios about any contact he may have had with Lewandowski.

In addition to her political challenges in 2022, Cheney is facing an internal effort to remove her from her position as the chair of the House Republican Conference.

  • Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) also is heading to Cheyenne, Wyo., on Thursday to lead an event against Cheney.

Be smart: Cheney may be a target, but she also has a large political arsenal. Her father, former Vice President Dick Cheney, still commands respect among establishment Republicans, and both he and his daughter have been strong fundraisers.

  • A spokesperson for Cheney channeled her style in response to news of Gaetz's trip: ""Rep. Gaetz can leave his beauty bag at home. In Wyoming, the men don’t wear make-up," the aide told the Washington Examiner.

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Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Several Republican and Democratic lawmakers are emerging as troublemakers within their parties and political thorns for their leadership.

Why it matters: We're calling this group "The Mischief Makers" — members who threaten to upend party unity — the theme eclipsing Washington at the moment — and potentially jeopardize the Democrats' or Republicans' position heading into the 2022 midterms.

Scoop: GOP ignored its early fears about Marjorie Taylor Greene

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene. Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg via Getty Images

During previously unreported meetings last summer, House Republican leaders discussed — but then largely set aside — fears that QAnon-supporting conspiracy theorist Marjorie Taylor Greene would end up a flaming trainwreck for their party.

Why it matters: Greene has emerged not just as an embarrassment but a challenge for the GOP, with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy now forced to weigh whether to maintain his policy of sanctioning members who make dangerous statements.

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U.S. gymnast Suni Lee wins Olympic gold in individual all-around

Suni Lee . Photo: Jamie Squire/Getty Images

U.S. gymnast Sunisa "Suni" Lee won Olympic gold on Thursday in the individual all-around event.

The big picture: Simone Biles, who withdrew from the event to focus on her mental health, cheered from the stands with the rest of the women's gymnastics team as they watched Lee and teammate Jade Carey compete. Brazil's Rebeca Andrade won the silver and Russian Angelina Melnikova took the bronze.