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Rep. Matt Gaetz. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Rep. Matt Gaetz at a Friday rally with Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene said that despite the sexual misconduct controversy surrounding him, he is not going away.

The big picture: Gaetz and Greene started their "America First Tour" on Friday in Orlando, Florida. The two conservatives plan to use the tour to call out so-called RINOs — "Republicans in Name Only" — who oppose former President Trump's agenda, Politico reports.

  • Gaetz said in April that the tour would also try to "rally the 74 million Americans that voted for President Trump in the last election and highlight the destructive failings of the radical left and their puppet in the White House, Joe Biden," according to The Hill.
  • Both Gaetz and Greene have filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission to create a fundraising committee called "Put America First" to get large checks from donors, per The Hill.

What they're saying: "I’m a marked man in Congress. I’m a canceled man in some corners of the Internet. I might be a wanted man by the deep state. But I am a Florida man, and it is good to be home," Gaetz said, per Politico.

  • "Today, we send a strong message to the weak establishment in both parties: America First isn’t going away. We’re going on tour."

Between the lines: "The tour comes as the Republican Party is attempting to define its future post-Donald Trump, and so far, those aligning themselves with the former president are winning out," Politico writes.

  • Gaetz and Greene are some of the most controversial Republican figures, with Greene stripped from her House committee assignments for supporting conspiracy theories, and Gaetz reportedly facing federal investigation.

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Feast or famine for Trump backers

Sen. Josh Hawley challenges the 2020 election results just before the Jan. 6 Capitol siege. Photo: congress.gov via Getty Images

High-profile Trump backers in Congress who tried to block President Biden's election win have raked in grassroots cash this year. Many of their lesser-known rank-and-file colleagues have not.

Why it matters: New campaign finance data underscore a disparity among election objectors. Some have used the infamy to catapult themselves into MAGA stardom. Those who haven't — including some facing competitive 2022 reelection fights — are stuck with all the baggage and little financial benefit.

CCP releases two jailed Canadians after Huawei CFO deal with DOJ

Photo: Sheldon Cooper/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Two Canadians imprisoned by the Chinese government for over 1,000 days have been released and are expected to arrive in Canada on Saturday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Friday.

Why it matters: Their release comes hours after Huawei Technologies CFO Meng Wanzhou reached a deal with the U.S. Department of Justice that resolves the criminal charges against her and could pave the way for her to return to China.

Updated 7 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Arizona GOP's private recount of 2020 election confirms Biden's win

Contractors working on behalf of the GOP examine and recount 2020 ballots at Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix in May. Photo: Courtney Pedroza/Getty Images

In an odd coda to the 2020 election, private contractors conducting a GOP-commissioned recount in Arizona confirmed President Biden’s win in Maricopa County.

Why it matters: The unofficial, party-driven recount has been heavily covered on cable news as part of former President Trump's continued effort to sow doubt about the election result.