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At 2:00 PM today, as tropical storm Isaac headed towards the gulf and threatened disruptions, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus pounded the gavel to formally convene the Republican National Convention — and soon after called for recess.

In his two-minute address, Priebus railed against “the unprecedented fiscal recklessness of the Obama administration”, and inaugurated two national debt-clocks—one counting the total debt, the other counting the debt accrued during the convention.

Priebus called for a moment of silence to pray for those in Isaac’s storm path and the  emergency responders who will be called in to help.

Neil Armstrong, who died on Saturday at 82, received an honorable mention by Priebus.

The shortened convention will continue on Tuesday with speeches by South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, Ann Romney, and a keynote address from New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

On Wednesday, Tim Pawlenty, Mike Huckabee, Condoleeza Rice, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez and vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan will take the stage.

On Thursday, Sen. Marco Rubio and Mitt Romney will close out the convention.

(AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

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Jeff Danziger lives in New York City. He is represented by CWS Syndicate and the Washington Post Writers Group. He is the recipient of the Herblock Prize and the Thomas Nast (Landau) Prize. He served in the US Army in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Air Medal. He has published eleven books of cartoons and one novel. Visit him at DanzigerCartoons.

Reps. Matt Gaetz, left, and Marjorie Taylor Greene on their "America First" tour.

Photo from Rep. Matt Gaetz's verified Twitter

Reprinted with permission from Alternet

At a time when Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida is facing a federal sex trafficking investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia has jumped to his defense and joined forces with him for a fundraising tour. The far-right MAGA Republicans are both aggressive fundraisers, repeatedly stressing their unwavering devotion to former President Donald Trump. But according to Daily Beast reporter Roger Sollenberger, the Gaetz/Greene tour has "spent four times as much as" it has raised.

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