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The Ugly, Hidden Truth Behind MAGA Mike Johnson’s Block on Ukraine Aid

Donald Trump is threatening to abandon NATO. MAGA is blocking money for Ukraine. A well-placed House Democrat explains how these things are connected—and what must happen now.

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On Tuesday, in a decisive 70–29 vote, the Senate passed a mammoth bill containing $60 billion for Ukraine’s self-defense against Russian aggression, as well as $14 billion for Israel. Yet House Speaker Mike Johnson is vowing that the House won’t vote on the measure, in part because MAGA hard-liners are raging against it. We talked to Democratic Congressman Jason Crow of Colorado about what’s really driving the opposition, how Democrats can try to get around it with a “discharge petition,” and whether there’s a genuine pro-Putin faction  in the U.S. House of Representatives.