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Sen. Ted Cruz. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said in a recent podcast appearance that President Biden could face impeachment if Republicans retake the House.

Driving the news: The White House hit back on Tuesday, with press secretary Jen Psaki calling on Cruz to focus on "getting something done" rather than "name-calling, accusation-calling and making predictions of the future."

What he's saying: In a December episode of the podcast "Verdict with Cruz," Cruz was asked if a Republican House would impeach Biden. "Yeah, I do think there’s a chance of that," he replied.

  • "Democrats weaponized impeachment," he claimed. "The more you weaponize it and turn it into a partisan cudgel, you know, what’s good for the goose is good for the gander."
  • "I think there’ll be enormous pressure on a Republican House to begin impeachment proceedings."

The other side: "Our reaction is maybe Sen. Cruz can work with us on getting something done on comprehensive immigration reform and putting in place measures that will help make sure smart security is what we see at the border," Psaki said at Tuesday's White House briefing.

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Dick Cheney says he's "deeply disappointed" in GOP leadership

Photo: Manuel Balce Ceneta/Associated Press

Former Vice President and House member Dick Cheney criticized Republican leadership while visiting the Capitol on Thursday, the one year anniversary of the Jan. 6 insurrection.

Driving the news: Though he initially supported former President Trump's reelection bid, Cheney has become a critic in recent years. His daughter, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), is one of the most vocal Trump critics in the GOP.

Scoop: Bipartisan Senate group in talks about election reform measure

Sen. Susan Collins walks into the Capitol basement Wednesday with fellow Republican Sen. Roger Wicker. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

A new bipartisan Senate group is in early discussions about crafting an election reform measure, as the Democrats’ sweeping voting rights proposals continue to run into steep procedural hurdles.

Driving the news: Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) convened a Zoom call late Wednesday afternoon as a cross-section of lawmakers from Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) to Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) and Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mont.) have expressed openness to reforming the outdated bill.

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Bomb cyclone prompts blizzard warnings from Virginia to Maine

Computer model projection showing the intense storm off of Cape Cod on Jan 29, 2022, with heavy snow and strong winds lashing the coastline. (Weatherbell.com)

Blizzard warnings are in effect for 11 million people from coastal Virginia to eastern Maine as a historic winter storm is set to slam the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast beginning Friday.

Why it matters: The storm will bring hazards ranging from zero visibility amid hurricane force wind gusts and heavy snow, to coastal flooding that will erode vulnerable beaches and threaten property from the Jersey shore to coastal Massachusetts.