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Fox News hosts Ingraham, Kilmeade, Hannity, as well as Trump Jr., urged Meadows to help stop Jan. 6 riot, committee says
During a hearing Monday to recommend Meadows be referred for contempt charges over his refusal to testify before the committee, Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., read text messages Meadows provided. Ex-Trump chief of staff facing House contempt vote as more details of his Jan. 6 actions emergeFox News hosts Laura Ingraham, Brian Kilmeade and Sean Hannity were among those who sent Meadows messages during the riot. Members of Congress and Donald Trump Jr. also urged the White House to act in messages to Meadows. In a screenshot of his messages to Meadows, Sherman said the Capitol was under siege. He has to lead now,” Donald Trump Jr. said in his message to Meadows.
Opinion : A federal court has ruled that obstructing the electoral vote count is illegal. Trump should panic.
Too many people have let themselves be sidetracked into looking for a connection between Trump and the violence of Jan. 6. But that evidence is unnecessary because the crime here is the end result — the intended disruption of the House electoral vote-counting. And from every document, news report or tell-all book we have seen, that is precisely what Trump tried to do. Simply because he told the world about his corrupt intent does not make it any less illegal.
U.S. Covid shot distribution faces new challenges in year two, UPS vaccine logistics head says
The next phase of the U.S. Covid vaccination distribution effort will be challenging, the president of UPS Healthcare told CNBC, as Tuesday marks one year since the initial shipments. UPS and FedEx are the U.S. government partners in Covid vaccine distribution, which began under what was originally called "Operation Warp Speed" in the Trump administration. "The key is flow, it's all about flow," now-retired U.S. Army Gen. Gustave Perna told CNBC, referring to how to sustain the vaccine rollout. Perna was chief operating officer of Operation Warp Speed and continued to serve under the Biden administration before retiring in July. So, you want flow," Perna said.
Joe: Mark Meadows is playing to an audience of one
Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., discussed texts from Fox News hosts, Donald Trump Jr., urging then-White House chief of staff Mark Meadows to press then-President Donald Trump to call off his mob of supporters clashing with police at the Capitol.Dec.
Mary Trump Taunts Cousin Don Jr. Over Jan. 6 Texts To Meadows Instead Of His Dad
The Capitol Police tweet is not enough,” Trump Jr. wrote to Meadows. He has to lead now,” Trump Jr. continued. “It has gone too far and gotten out of hand.”MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell asked Mary Trump why Trump Jr. texted Meadows and not his own father. “I wish that the answer you had given was the right one ? caller ID,” she cracked in response. But his inner circle has “become so small” there may not be anyone left for him to fire, she noted.
Old Man Trump Is Looking Weaker and Weaker—Sad!
First, Trump’s endorsed candidate, Sean Parnell, was forced to drop out of the U.S. Senate race in Pennsylvania. Second, Trump’s endorsed U.S. Senate candidate in Alabama, Rep. Mo Brooks, is losing ground to a younger candidate named Katie Britt. And fourth, Trump’s endorsed candidate in a Texas special election, Susan Wright, was defeated in a race to replace her late husband. Trump’s lack of coattails isn’t new, and defeating a Trump-endorsed Republican isn’t the same thing as electing a “Never Trump” Republican. Remember, in 2020, Trump’s endorsed candidate was thumped by Madison Cawthorn in a North Carolina runoff.
Analysis-Murdoch emails loom large in billion-dollar election lawsuits against Fox News
That has become a significant question in defamation lawsuits filed by Smartmatic and Dominion Voting Systems Corp against Fox News and its parent company Fox Corp. That is the standard of “actual malice,” which public figures must prove in order to prevail in defamation cases. A representative for Fox Corp and lawyers representing Giuliani and Bartiromo did not respond to requests for comment. Other Fox News coverage after the election refuted those claims, as did two Murdoch-controlled newspapers — the Wall Street Journal and the New York Post. In legal filings and court hearings, Fox News has asserted that actual malice hinges on the state of mind of the individuals who made the claims about the election.
Column: Trump’s SPAC deal could mark a peak for a very scammy corner of Wall Street
Trump Media claims to be a business that aims to challenge what it calls the “tech monopoly” in media, which it asserts aims to silence conservative voices, like Trump’s. The Trump SPAC deal has attracted the attention of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass. As for Trump Media & Technology Group, it’s not what you would call a solidly established business enterprise. There isn’t much more to say about this SPAC deal, at least until Trump and his new CEO actually do something media-like. That’s particularly true in light of the fact that Trump Media has yet to demonstrate that it is a genuine company.
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'There’s just no give on their position': COVID killing 2.3 times faster in Trump counties
A registered Republican from a conservative family, Bates and her husband have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 since April to protect their young son. “I realized pretty quickly that I was on a different side of the issue than my family,” Bates, 31, said. Also clustered in Appalachian counties near Portsmouth, the counties of Brown and Adams are each four COVID deaths away from surpassing the death toll of the first 15 months of the pandemic. Votes predict vaccination ratesPolitical ties to vaccination and death rates mirror national reports and holds true across Ohio. Even age, the single most common factor in deaths, has little influence on predicting community vaccination rates or deaths during the delta surge.
Herschel Walker says he held himself 'accountable' for his ex-wife's domestic violence allegations
Herschel Walker said he's been 'held accountable' for past violence toward his ex-wife and has confronted his mental health issues as concerns emerge over his Republican candidacy for Senate in Georgia. When asked about his past marriage to Cindy Grossman and violent behavior, Walker said: 'I'm always accountable to whatever I've ever done. In a 2008 interview with CNN, Grossman said Walker held a razor to her throat. The woman told law enforcement Walker made 'threats to her' and had 'her house watched.' 'People can't just make up and add on and say other things that's not the truth,' Walker told Axios.
January 6 organizers SUE Verizon to stop them handing cell phone records
Four organizers of the January 6 'Save America' rally are suing Verizon in an attempt to prevent the phone giant from handing over cell phone data to the House select committee on January 6. Politico reported Monday that organizers Justin Caporale, Tim Unes, Megan Powers and Maggie Mulvaney filed a lawsuit arguing the committee doesn't have the proper authority to obtain the data. Mulvaney is the niece of former President Donald Trump's acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney. The lawsuit revealed that the plaintiffs sat for 'lengthy' interviews and provided 'thousands of documents to Congressional investigators.' Afterward, a crowd of his supporters rampaged the Capitol Building, holding up the certification process of President Joe Biden's win for several hours.
Putin Wants ‘Immediate’ Talks With NATO on Russia’s Security
It said Russia's demands included stopping NATO from expanding east and the deployment of weapons in neighboring states, including Ukraine. Putin "reiterated the need to immediately launch negotiations with the United States and NATO in order to develop international legal guarantees for the security of our country," the Kremlin said in a readout of the call. Russian President Vladimir Putin told his Finnish counterpart Sauli Niinisto on Tuesday that he wants "immediate" talks with the United States and NATO over security guarantees, the Kremlin said, as tensions mount over Ukraine. Putin has denied the plans, blaming NATO for heightened tensions in the region and seeking promises from the West that the alliance won't expand eastwards. In a video call last week, U.S. President Joe Biden warned Putin of "sanctions like he's never seen" should Russian troops launch an attack.
Medicare Privatization Scheme Faced Legal Questions About Profiteering
The direct contracting model was announced publicly in April 2019 and began its implementation phase in October 2020. In May 2019, a calendar alert went out to staff reading “discussion with Landmark on the direct contracting model.” Career staff were appalled. Smith expressed hope for direct contracting as a fix, though the project’s critics note it has the same elements. Smith, able to spot a good business opportunity, launched a health care company, Russell Street Ventures, in June. The latest privatization scheme echoes the Medicare Advantage system, the private-insurer-run version of Medicare currently used by over 40 percent of enrollees.
Liz Cheney hints at criminal charges for Trump over Capitol riot during Meadows vote
Multiple legal analysts noted how Rep Liz Cheney used incredibly particular legal language that might open the door to a criminal referral for former president Donald Trump for his actions during the Capitol riot on 6 January. “Did Donald Trump, through action or inaction, corruptly seek to obstruct or impede Congress’s proceedings,” Ms Cheney said. The select committee voted unanimously to approve a report saying Mr Meadows be held in contempt of Congress. This came after Mr Meadows defied a congressional subpoena from the committee after initially working with the committee. Ms Cheney revealed text exchanges Mr Meadows had between Mr Trump’s eldest son and Fox News hosts Brian Kilmeade, Laura Ingraham and Sean Hannity.
Fox News hosts, Donald Trump Jr., asked Meadows to get Trump to call off rioters, House panel reveals
"Indeed, according to the records, multiple Fox News hosts knew the president needed to act immediately" on Jan. 6, Cheney said. Other committee members read from texts they said were sent to Meadows from lawmakers, who were not named Monday evening. The nine-member bipartisan committee voted unanimously Monday to advance a contempt referral for Meadows to the full House. A majority vote would result in the Justice Department's being asked to prosecute Meadows, a former House member. The Justice Department acted on a similar House recommendation for former Trump aide Steve Bannon, who faces two criminal charges.
A member of Congress apologized to Mark Meadows for not overturning the election on January 6: 'I'm sorry nothing worked'
A member of Congress texted Mark Meadows apologizing for not overturning the election on January 6. In the Monday evening hearing, the panel unanimously voted to hold Meadows in contempt of Congress after Meadows stopped cooperating with the committee and failed to show up for a scheduled deposition. Schiff then read aloud the January 7 message from an unnamed member of Congress that said: "Yesterday was a terrible day. "The day after a failed attempt to stop the peaceful transfer of power through violence, an elected lawmaker tells the White House chief of staff 'I'm sorry nothing worked.' Even though Meadows stopped cooperating, the panel is already in possession of valuable records, including text messages and emails that Meadows and his attorney voluntarily turned over to the committee.
AP: Voter fraud rare in states Trump disputed
AP: Voter fraud rare in states Trump disputedA review by The Associated Press in the six battleground states disputed by former President Donald Trump has found fewer than 475 cases of potential voter fraud, a number that would have made no difference in the 2020 presidential election.
CNN rolls the tape on Fox News hosts' public spin vs. private pleas
As Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham and Brian Kilmeade were frantically texting Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows on the day of the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection, CNN's John Berman shows how the Fox News anchors were reporting the event publicly.
Revelations jolt debate over Trump White House, Jan. 6 culpability
NBC News reported overnight:The nine-member bipartisan committee voted unanimously Monday to advance a contempt referral for Meadows to the full House. A majority vote would result in the Justice Department's being asked to prosecute Meadows, a former House member. The Justice Department acted on a similar House recommendation for former Trump aide Steve Bannon, who faces two criminal charges. The White House knew what was happening during the attack: Cheney read specific messages, written by unidentified Republican members of Congress, who pleaded with Meadows to get Trump to intervene immediately. But during the attack, it was GOP lawmakers who not only recognized the seriousness of the assault on the Capitol, they also all but begged the White House to help save them.
Sidney Powell's election lie cash grab must be treated as fraud
Despite his claims to the contrary, then-President Donald Trump lost the 2020 election — but his campaign lawyer Sidney Powell apparently did very well for herself. Since the 2020 election, I have received dozens of email solicitations from Trump or someone writing on his behalf asking for money. Telling someone that Trump won the 2020 election, or that there was enough “election fraud” to flip the results, were false statements, and Powell almost certainly knew as much. Raising money for the purpose of changing the election result was fraud. Lying about nonexistent election fraud to a turbulent crowd ahead of their storming the Capitol and threatening to kill the vice president is incitement of insurrection, which can be criminal.
Start your day here: Mark Meadows referred for contempt; Pfizer COVID pill protects against severe disease; the search for survivors in Kentucky
Pfizer said it has submitted the results to the Food and Drug Administration. Searching in Kentucky: Crews are combing through the debris after dozens of tornadoes whipped through the South and Midwest over the weekend. An NPR reporter joined recovery efforts in Kentucky, where at least 74 people were killed and more than 100 remain missing. ? Also on Up First, our daily podcast, abuse survivors reach a settlement with USA Gymnastics and the Olympic committee. — The Morning Edition live blog team(Carol Ritchie, Rachel Treisman, Nell Clark and Chris Hopkins)
Column: My can’t-miss predictions for L.A. and California in 2022
Around this time last year, I offered y’all gentle readers a list of predictions I, well, predicted would come true and change California forever. Part of my job as a columnist is to touch not just on what’s happening now, but what’s up ahead. Everyone in California gets fully vaccinated against COVID-19 — I mean, fully vaccinated. Newsom and Elder spend the rest of 2022 investing in cryptocurrency — a far more stable bet than democracy nowadays. The Chargers continue to pick up more football fans, for a grand total of 37 in L.A. by the end of 2022.
Michael Gableman's sham investigation is a threat to democracy. A Republican leader just called him out.
Finally, a Republican leader in Wisconsin stood for democracy. Bernier, of Lake Hallie, eviscerated the partisan review of the 2020 election that Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos launched to appease former President Donald Trump. She called Michael Gableman's inquisition exactly what it is — "a charade." The investigation by Gableman, a former state Supreme Court justice, is damaging faith in democracy, she said. She knows far more than Gableman does about the subject — Bernier oversaw elections for 12 years as Chippewa County clerk.
Israel’s staunch evangelical allies shocked by Trump’s outburst on Netanyahu
© Alex Brandon/AP President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attend the Abraham Accords signing ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House, in Washington, Sept. 15, 2020. But Mike Evans, one of Trump’s early evangelical backers, said he was “horrified” by the sentiments and said they would offend significant numbers of evangelical voters. That was one of several times Evans paid to have posters hung around the city, all celebrating Trump’s support for policies favored by Netanyahu and his right-wing allies. Trump’s denunciation of Netanyahu came as a surprise in Israel, where the former prime minister had touted his relationship with Trump as one of his key political and diplomatic assets. The Golan announcement, for example, was made just before the April 2019 election when Netanyahu was trailing in the polls.
Israel Finds Planes That Could Be Key to a Strike on Iran Badly Back-Ordered
The request came amid new tensions between Washington and Jerusalem over how to deal with Iran’s nuclear program. In March, Israel ordered the new KC-46 tankers, which would be used to refuel its bombers in the air, allowing them to reach their targets in Iran and return. The debate over what kind of capability to give to Israel — and how quickly — is an old one in Washington. Iran’s nuclear program seemed under control — largely because it had shipped 97 percent of its nuclear fuel out of the country under the 2015 agreement that Mr. Netanyahu had vociferously opposed. The post Israel Finds Planes That Could Be Key to a Strike on Iran Badly Back-Ordered appeared first on New York Times.
Gaming is culture – even Fortnite has something to say about society
The gaming world is fast-moving, and it can be hard to keep up with while also living a busy real life. Video games don’t exist in a cultural vacuum, and they’re not just products that appear and are quickly forgotten. And gaming culture – because it is young, because it is technologically cutting-edge – can give us an insight into what’s on the cards for the world as a whole. People were creating and curating new selves and friendship circles in video game worlds long before they were doing the same on Instagram. Today we ask Dominik Diamond, host of the iconic original GamesMaster TV show and legit games pop-culture legend: were video games better in the 90s?
Trump's son urged father to intervene in 6 January Capitol riot
On Monday, it was also revealed that at around the same time several leading hosts of the Fox News TV channel - which is widely seen as being sympathetic to Donald Trump and the Republican party - were also urging Mr Meadows to get the then-president to stop the rioting.
Elon Musk says Tesla will accept dogecoin as payment
Elon Musk said today that Tesla will accept dogecoin as payment for some of its merchandise, sending the 'meme coin' soaring by 33 percent in the space of two hours. Musk had asked users in May if they wanted Tesla to accept dogecoin in a Twitter poll. Elon Musk sold his Silicon Valley estate for $30 million, the last of his seven California homes, and moved to Texas. He also exercised stock options to buy 2.17 million shares of Tesla, according to the filings. Musk's recent purge of his Tesla shares come as whistleblowers say he misled buyers and undermined safety with an Autopilot driving system that was previously blamed for fatal crashes.
Kamala Harris ridiculed for puff piece on her office decorations amid crisis at southern border
The outlet tweeted the article on Sunday evening with the caption, 'Kamala Harris has redecorated the VP’s office. 'When folks said she needed to "reset" her office, they didn't mean to LITERALLY reset her office,' Brand said on Twitter. 'Oh, how about, 'She's going to buy a pot on her way to the airport,' Harris told the Chronicle. In her interview with the Chronicle, Harris brushed off several criticisms of her performance as vice president and reports of a feud between herself and the president. At a time when many users have moved on to the near invisible buds and pods connected through Bluetooth, Harris is frequently to be seen conducting remote television interviews with a cable dangling from her ears.
Deplatforming Trump didn’t work
In the years that Donald Trump served as president, platforms faced frequent calls to remove his accounts. his power has arguably only increasedIf you believe social networks were a primary source of Trump’s power, it follows that removing him from those networks would lessen that power. And yet in nearly a year since Trump was removed from those networks, his power has arguably only increased. But in a larger sense, it’s clear that deplatforming Trump did little to improve the underlying political situation in this country. But the future of tech and the future of democracy are inextricably linked.
Israel’s staunch evangelical allies shocked by Trump’s outburst on Netanyahu
Trump, in interviews published this week by Axios reporter Barak Ravid, railed against his onetime ally for congratulating President Biden on his victory once it became clear that the Democrat had won the 2020 election. Trump said the call was a betrayal of their relationship and the several controversial changes in U.S. policy toward Israel that Trump had ordered during his one term, including moving the embassy to Jerusalem.
Democrats will look to illegal immigrants for votes in 2022
As 2021 elections are demonstrating, traditional blue-collar, Hispanic, and rural Democratic voters are beginning to abandon the party. Though the new law does not allow illegal immigrants to vote, the arguments being used to justify it will easily apply to them. With Republicans gaining ground in municipal races, special elections and 2021 gubernatorial races, they are projected to take the House in 2022. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPThe trend in 2021 special elections bears out the bad news. Though states are unlikely to openly permit illegal immigrants to vote, they don't need to.
Mark Meadows' PowerPoint is about more than Jan. 6
But coups and the states of emergency that follow them have long driven authoritarian history. Former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows gave the presentation, which retired Army Col. Phil Waldron circulated to Trump's inner circle, to the House committee investigating Jan. 6. (After an unanimous vote in the House subcomittee Monday night, Meadows is now one step closer to contempt charges.) In fact, some states of emergency, which are meant to be temporary, can stretch on for years. A failed coup often begets a successful one, and we may yet find ourselves hearing about a trumped-up "national security emergency" like the one outlined in Meadows' PowerPoint.
Pfizer confirms pill's potency vs. omicron; study finds shot 70% effective against hospitalization
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A two-dose Pfizer/BioNTech vaccination provides just 33% protection against infection by the omicron variant of the coronavirus, but 70% protection against hospitalization, according to a large-scale analysis in South Africa released Tuesday. The first large-scale analysis of vaccine effectiveness in the region where the new variant was discovered appears to support early indications that omicron is more easily transmissible and that the Pfizer shot isn't as effective in protecting against infection as it was against the delta variant. ***Jan. 6 panel votes for contempt charges against Mark MeadowsWASHINGTON (AP) — The House panel investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection has voted to recommend contempt charges against former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows as lawmakers revealed a series of frantic texts he received as the attack was underway. The texts, provided by Meadows before he ceased cooperating with the committee, revealed that members of Congress, Fox News anchors and even President Donald Trump’s own son were urging Meadows to push Trump to act quickly to stop the siege by his supporters.
Meadows moves to center of Jan. 6 probe
As House investigators charge ahead with their probe into the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, their focus has shifted to a contentious former colleague they increasingly see as a crucial witness: Mark Meadows Mark MeadowsJan. 6 panel votes to hold Meadows in contempt Meadows texts show Hannity, Don Jr. wanted Trump to stop Jan. 6 riot Meadows lawyer argues contempt referral would be contrary to law MORE. Yet Meadows, a former House lawmaker from North Carolina, has refused to appear before the panel to discuss those communications. The Jan. 6 panel said it would have asked Meadows about emails to Justice Department leaders from Dec. 29 to Jan. 1 encouraging probes of suspected voter fraud, claims that had been rejected by federal investigators and the courts. That presentation made its way to Meadows’s email box on Jan. 5, days after Waldron met with Meadows at the White House.
Ghislaine Maxwell's 'black book' of contacts thought to include Prince Andrew will not be released
Ghislaine Maxwell's 'little black book' of contacts will not be made public, the defense and prosecution in her trial have agreed. In 2015, pages from Epstein's book were published by online news website Gawker, but many of the contacts were redacted. Court papers reveal the British socialite's defence could outsize the prosecution case, which had 24 witnesses over two weeks. 'We are still trying to make travel arrangements for defence witnesses, many of whom are coming from locations out of the district and abroad.' The names of the defence witnesses have not been released to the public.
Diane Francis: The shady deal that will cement Trump's power
Advertisement Story continues below This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below. Trump incorporated Trump Media & Technology Group shortly after he was kicked off the mainstream social media platforms, though he initially had difficulty financing it due to his track record of bankruptcies. Advertisement Story continues below This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below. Advertisement Story continues below This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below. Trump’s lawyers are even trying to get trademarks for “Truth Social,” “truthing,” “retruth,” “post a truth” and the site’s “follow the truth” logo.
January 6: Newly revealed text messages to Meadows undercut GOP whitewashing of the insurrection
Fox News personalities who now dismiss the violence at the US Capitol were begging the White House to do something. "We cannot be satisfied with incomplete answers or half truths," said Cheney, after reading from the text messages. Meadows had reversed course in recent weeks and stopped cooperating with the committee, but not before handing over the text messages and communications committee members used against him Monday. He has also published a memoir that describes being with Trump at the White House during the riot down the street at the Capitol. The committee will seek to create a definitive record of the insurrection, including the original reaction of some Republicans who have tried to move and the Fox News hosts unmasked by their text messages.
The juicy Mark Meadows texts Liz Cheney just disclosed
Members of Congress, the press and others wrote to Mark Meadows as the attack was underway. One text Mr. Meadows received said, quote, “We are under siege here at the Capitol.”Another, quote, “They have breached the Capitol.”In a third: “Mark, protesters are literally storming the Capitol. Is Trump going to say something?”A fourth: “There’s an armed standoff at the House Chamber door.”And another, from someone inside the Capitol: “We are all helpless.”Dozens of texts, including from Trump administration officials, urged immediate action by the president. Quote, “POTUS has to come out firmly and tell the protesters to dissipate. Someone is going to get killed.”In another: “Mark, he needs to stop this now.”A third, in all caps: “TELL THEM TO GO HOME.”A fourth: “POTUS needs to calm this ... down.”
Ex-prosecutor says what Cheney said about Trump made his ears perk up
During a hearing with the select committee investigating the January 6 insurrection, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) read almost directly from the criminal code, suggesting the committee could refer former President Trump for criminal charges.
Trump's son, Fox hosts begged White House to get Trump to stop Jan. 6 riot
After months of investigation, House select committee members publicly laid out their case that Mark Meadows was an accessory to the insurrection. President Donald Trump didn't listen to his son or media enablers to stop the riot. CNN's Whitney Wild reports.
'They're flat-out lying': Don Lemon hammers Fox News hosts over Jan. 6 texts
CNN's Don Lemon weighs in on text messages from lawmakers, Fox News hosts and Donald Trump Jr. to former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows during the January 6 Capitol Hill riot.
Iran, West Trade Blame For Lack Of Progress In Nuclear Talks
"Without swift progress, in light of Iran’s fast-forwarding of its nuclear program, the JCPOA will very soon become an empty shell," they warned. President Joe Biden says the United States is ready to rejoin the JCPOA provided Iran resumes observing the deal's conditions. There has been growing Western concerns over Iran's nuclear advances in its uranium enrichment program, which is a possible pathway to a nuclear bomb. Iranian officials have maintained the country’s nuclear program is for peaceful purposes. The United Nations' nuclear watchdog has repeatedly said it has no indication that Iran currently has a secret nuclear-weapons program.
800,000 US deaths from COVID-19 and counting: 'There's no question we will reach 1 million'
Less than three months ago, the U.S. reached 700,000 COVID-19 deaths, and public health experts mused over whether the toll would reach a once-unthinkable 1 million. US reaches 700,000 COVID-19 deaths: It's a milestone we never expected to reachExperts cringe at what winter could bring. That could make the "omicron variant in February 2022 more infectious in vaccinated persons than today." A hybrid approach of clinical and of public health practices such as hand washing and face covering remains the most viable method, he said. Such findings highlight "the politicization of public health recommendations,” said Wendy King, associate professor of epidemiology in Pitt’s Graduate School of Public Health and a co-author of the Pitt-CMU study.
Who Gets Abortions in America?
Much of the political debate about abortion in America focuses on abortions performed late in pregnancy, but the overwhelming majority of them occur in the first trimester. Forty-three percent of all abortions occur in the first six weeks of pregnancy, and 94 percent in the first 13 weeks. The Mississippi law before the Supreme Court concerns a ban on abortions after 15 weeks. The women who receive later abortions are more likely to be poor or young or to have serious health complications. It may also reflect the growing presence of charities that help poor women pay for abortions in states where public programs don’t.
Your Inflation Worries Say a Lot About You (and May Affect Prices)
But people’s attitudes about inflation are also shaped by other influences. That is, as with impressions of the overall state of the economy, perceptions of inflation may be shaped by who’s in power. But the inflation rates in the South and the Midwest have, in fact, been somewhat higher than elsewhere. People’s expectations are also influenced by time. This “explains the substantial disagreement between young and old individuals in periods of high inflation.”
Analysis-Murdoch emails loom large in billion-dollar election lawsuits against Fox News
That has become a significant question in defamation lawsuits filed by Smartmatic and Dominion Voting Systems Corp against Fox News and its parent company Fox Corp. That is the standard of “actual malice,” which public figures must prove in order to prevail in defamation cases. A representative for Fox Corp and lawyers representing Giuliani and Bartiromo did not respond to requests for comment. Other Fox News coverage after the election refuted those claims, as did two Murdoch-controlled newspapers — the Wall Street Journal and the New York Post. In legal filings and court hearings, Fox News has asserted that actual malice hinges on the state of mind of the individuals who made the claims about the election.
10 things in tech you need to know today
Apple's latest software upgrade comes with new privacy features, and Elon Musk was named Time's "Person of the Year." The Apple Music Voice Plan: This lower-priced Apple Music subscription — $4.99 per month rather than $9.99 — can only be used via Siri. App Privacy Report: iPhone users can now read a report of which apps are tracking them. Instagram said the user's account was taken down because she was impersonating someone, and it wasn't until a month later that the platform apologized and reinstated her account. Senate Banking Committee hearing on "Stablecoins: How Do They Work, How Are They Used, and What Are Their Risks?"
Column: Trump’s clout with Republican voters seems to be slipping away
But other evidence suggests Trump’s appeal is becoming more selective — to borrow a term from Spinal Tap. Sen. Lisa Murkowski may have a tough reelection fight ahead of her, but Murkowski, not her Trump-backed opponent, will have the support of the national Republican Party. And, of course, there was the big GOP victory in Virginia last month, led by gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin. Now, it’s easy to tell the opposite story — that Trump remains the leader of the Republican Party and the presumptive nominee if he runs. Ron DeSantis for not publicly declaring he won’t run for president if Trump does.
First Thing: More than 100 still unaccounted for after Kentucky tornadoes
He said 109 Kentuckians were still unaccounted for and that the eventual number of confirmed deaths might not be known for weeks. Capitol attack panel recommends Mark Meadows for criminal prosecutionMark Meadows and Liz Cheney, who is vice-chair of the select committee investigating the attack on the Capitol on 6 January. Protesting voting rights activists arrested as Biden meets with ManchinProtesters during a Poor People’s Campaign march near the Capitol in Washington DC. The diverse group of activists came to Washington from around the country and were focused primarily on issues around voting rights and poverty. Meanwhile, voting rights watchdogs have warned of a powerful web of attorneys and groups who have spent millions promoting new and onerous voting laws that many key battleground states have enacted.
Why do teachers in the US have to beg for supplies like pencils and paper? | Ross Barkan
School teachers duked it out for the one-dollar bills to pay for classroom supplies. Why were public school teachers battling each other at a hockey game for much-needed funding that should be coming from the state and federal governments? Rural states with Republican governors, like South Dakota’s Kristi Noem – a Trump favorite – tend to underfund their public school systems. On a practical level, it’s important too – many public school systems struggle to retain young teachers. Instead, members of Congress could actually consider carving off a large chunk of that cash for the public schools of America.
Nuclear deal with Iran will soon be 'empty shell' -European diplomats
By Francois MurphyVIENNA – Major powers and Iran have yet to get down to business at talks on rescuing the 2015 nuclear deal, which will very soon become “an empty shell” without progress, senior British, French and German diplomats said on Monday. “As of this moment, we still have not been able to get down to real negotiations,” the diplomats from the so-called E3 said in a statement about the Vienna nuclear negotiations in which they are shuttling between U.S. and Iranian officials. Without swift progress, in light of Iran’s fast-forwarding of its nuclear programme, the JCPOA will very soon become an empty shell,” they added, referring to the deal, whose full name is the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. The statement offered a pessimistic assessment of efforts to revive the deal under which Iran had limited its nuclear program in return for relief from U.S., European Union and U.N. economic sanctions. “We are losing precious time dealing with new Iranian positions inconsistent with the JCPoA or that go beyond it,” the E3 diplomats said in their statement.
GOP election objectors rake in corporate cash
Those same corporate PACs quietly resumed and later increased their political giving, doling out a total of $2.3 million to GOP election objectors between September and October, the most recent months on record. The Credit Union National Association is the top PAC donor to the election objectors, shelling out nearly $177,000. are the top recipients of corporate PAC cash among the 147 Republicans, taking in nearly $255,000 and $202,000 respectively. That shift is driven by the reality that nearly two-thirds of House Republicans objected to the election results. Corporate PACs have largely stayed away from a small number of Republican lawmakers who have continued to falsely claim that the election was stolen from Trump.
Blinken touts deeper U.S. engagement amid concern over 'aggressive' China
He said the United States, its allies and some South China Sea claimants would push back against any unlawful action. "Let me be clear: the goal of defending the rules-based order is not to keep any country down. Rather, it's to protect the right of all countries to choose their own path, free from coercion and intimidation." China claims almost the entire South China Sea as its own, despite some overlapping claims with other coastal states and a ruling by an international tribunal that its vast claim had no legal basis. In response to Blinken's remarks, China's foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin told a daily briefing in the Chinese capital that the United States should promote cooperation in the region, instead of "drawing ideological lines".
Brexit-voting areas of UK have highest COVID-19 death rate, study finds
COVID-19 is killing a high proportion of people in regions of the UK that voted for Brexit in the 2016 referendum, a new report has claimed. Wu of the University of Glasgow has claimed to have found a direct correlation between Brexit-voting districts of the UK and those that have the highest rate of fatalities from COVID-19. By contrast, the 20 boroughs with the lowest death rates all voted heavily for Remain. As for the correlation between areas that voted Brexit and fatalities, he suggested it could be for a different reason. “There has not been enough focus by social media companies on misinformation in other languages within the UK,” he said.
What's next for Mark Meadows? Ex-Trump chief of staff facing House contempt vote as more details of his Jan. 6 actions emerge
WASHINGTON – Former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows sent an email that said the National Guard would be present to “protect pro Trump people” on Jan. 6, when a mob attacked the Capitol. He also contacted Georgia officials and visited the state before the attack, to ask about alleged election fraud. And Meadows exchanged text messages with an organizer of a rally where former President Donald Trump spoke Jan. 6 before the attack.
Opinion | The Anti-Abortion Movement Could Reduce Abortions if It Wanted To
Why would groups that want to end abortion not support the most efficient way to make abortions less common? The answer is that their mission extends beyond abortion and into the regulation of sex, gender roles and the family. Just 11 of those 28 abstinence-stressing states require that students be taught about contraception. A mere 18 states require that sex ed be medically accurate, and only 11 states and Washington, D.C., require teaching students about sexual consent. Abstinence education may not work, but it does conform with a set of conservative political goals.
House expected to vote on Mark Meadows criminal contempt referral
WASHINGTON — The House is expected to vote Tuesday on whether former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows should be referred to the Justice Department for a criminal contempt charge over his refusal to answer questions about the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. The House Rules Committee is scheduled to meet Tuesday morning to consider the resolution, the last step before a floor vote. Meadows, a former House member from North Carolina, initially provided numerous documents to the Jan. 6 committee before he decided against further engagement, claiming executive privilege. Meadows' lawyer, George J. Terwilliger III, sent a letter Monday asking the committeenot to proceed with the contempt vote, saying it would be "contrary to law" because Meadows is making "a good-faith invocation of executive privilege and testimonial immunity." A contempt referral would not be the first one stemming from the Jan. 6 investigation.
Biden’s rural investments run up against the culture wars in Wisconsin
While he performed slightly better than Hillary Clinton did with rural voters in 2016, Biden lost almost every rural county in the state. Millions in federal aid from Democrats' pandemic relief law have already reached small communities in southwest Wisconsin. As in Wisconsin, Brown’s state has pockets of small communities that once voted Democratic but have since turned deep red. Democrats' last hope for holding the district and their remaining footholds in rural America is a small sliver of rural voters whom they still might be able to persuade. “Republicans face a real challenge in rural Wisconsin explaining to people why they oppose delivering results that make a real difference in people’s lives,” said Tammy Baldwin, Wisconsin’s Democratic senator.
Jan. 6 PowerPoint: What we know and what we don't about a pro-Trump election plot
The exact origins of the 36-page PowerPoint document are unknown. The PowerPoint presentation and its allegations and assertions were promoted by ardent supporters of Trump who have repeatedly spread falsehoods about the election. Here's what we know — and what we don't know — about the presentation, its contributors and who may have seen it. In a letter to Meadows on Wednesday, Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., the chair of the Jan. 6 committee, referred to an email on Jan. 5 about a 38-page PowerPoint briefing titled "Election Fraud, Foreign Interference & Options for JAN 6." That PowerPoint document is two pages longer than the 36-page version circulating online.
U.S. court rejects bid to end Trump-era 'Remain in Mexico' border policy
President Joe Biden, a Democrat, scrapped his Republican predecessor's policy — often referred to as "Remain in Mexico" — soon after taking office in January this year. Biden decried the policy on the campaign trail and immigration advocates have said migrants stuck in dangerous border cities have faced kidnappings and other dangers. The Biden administration re-issued a memo terminating MPP in the hopes it would overcome the legal challenges. In compliance with the court's order, the administration began sending the first asylum seekers back to Mexico again last week. The number of migrants caught crossing the U.S.-Mexico border has soared to record highs this year, sparking criticism from Republicans.
Old Man Trump Is Looking Weaker and Weaker—Sad!
First, Trump’s endorsed candidate, Sean Parnell, was forced to drop out of the U.S. Senate race in Pennsylvania. Second, Trump’s endorsed U.S. Senate candidate in Alabama, Rep. Mo Brooks, is losing ground to a younger candidate named Katie Britt. And fourth, Trump’s endorsed candidate in a Texas special election, Susan Wright, was defeated in a race to replace her late husband. Trump’s lack of coattails isn’t new, and defeating a Trump-endorsed Republican isn’t the same thing as electing a “Never Trump” Republican. Remember, in 2020, Trump’s endorsed candidate was thumped by Madison Cawthorn in a North Carolina runoff.
How Adam McKay’s near-death experience led to ‘Don’t Look Up,’ his new apocalyptic comedy
Follow us wherever you get your podcasts:Director Adam McKay takes us behind the scenes of “Don’t Look Up” to reveal the real-life events that inspired his new film. And then his latest film is “Don’t Look Up,” starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence. McKay In fact, I bet you it’s in the works right now,[Archival clip from “Don’t Look Up”: Introducing Bash Liif. I mean, I guess it’s like the fact-based comedy drama and “Don’t Look Up” feels pitched a little more strongly to comedy. Like, when you were working on “Don’t Look Up,” are you second guessing yourself?
Brexit-voting areas of UK have highest COVID-19 death rate, study finds
COVID-19 is killing a high proportion of people in regions of the UK that voted for Brexit in the 2016 referendum, a new report has claimed. Wu of the University of Glasgow has claimed to have found a direct correlation between Brexit-voting districts of the UK and those that have the highest rate of fatalities from COVID-19. By contrast, the 20 boroughs with the lowest death rates all voted heavily for Remain. As for the correlation between areas that voted Brexit and fatalities, he suggested it could be for a different reason. “There has not been enough focus by social media companies on misinformation in other languages within the UK,” he said.
Rex Murphy: Jussie Smollett injured an entire nation
Share this Story: Rex Murphy: Jussie Smollett injured an entire nationRex Murphy: Jussie Smollett injured an entire nation Don’t put him in jail. Try refreshing your browser, or Rex Murphy: Jussie Smollett injured an entire nation Back to video He staged the cretinous “attack” on his Black and homosexual self on the 2 a.m.-streets of “MAGA-country Chicago.” Background. Actor Jussie Smollett heads to trial over alleged attack in 2019 The cable shows were almost suffocating in their support of Smollett and his claims. Jussie Smollett lied. What a miserable citizen Jussie Smollett is.
Democrats Are Solidly Behind Biden. There’s No Consensus About a Plan B.
NEW ORLEANS — Addressing reporters at a meeting of the Democratic Governors Association, Gov. Roy Cooper of North Carolina gave an emphatic answer when asked whether he expected President Biden to seek a second term — and whether he believed that was in the best interests of his party. “I do and I do,” Mr. Cooper said on Friday, adding, “I fully expect him to seek re-election and I will support him, and in fact we’re going to win North Carolina for him.”But just three minutes later, Mr. Cooper — the only Democratic governor to twice win a state that former President Donald J. Trump carried on the same ballot — was sketching out what could be the makings of a Cooper for President message to primary voters. He trumpeted his repeal of his state’s so-called bathroom bill targeting transgender people, an executive order granting paid parental leave to state employees and another order putting North Carolina on a path to carbon neutrality by 2050. “That’s why Democratic governors are so important,” he said, alluding to next year’s midterm elections.
Of Course Donald Trump’s Ridiculous Bible Photo Op Was Ivanka’s Idea
extremely capable of destroying the country on his own, but as senior advisers, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner frequently helped things along. According to the Religious News Service, former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows’s book offers a “detailed account” of the 45th president’s “infamous Bible photo op at St. John’s Church in June 2020,” which, it turns out, was reportedly Ivanka’s idea. “The fascist speech Donald Trump just delivered verged on a declaration of war against American citizens,” Senator Ron Wyden tweeted. “The President used our sacred text as a symbol of division,” episcopal Bishop Mariann Budde of St. John’s wrote. “The president used force against American citizens, not to protect property, but to soothe his own insecurities.” A senior White House official told Axios, “I’ve never been more ashamed.
U.S. Pitches Truce to Japan Over Trump-Era Steel, Aluminum Tariffs
(Bloomberg) -- The U.S. made an offer to Japan aimed at resolving disputes over tariffs imposed on Japanese steel and aluminum under former President Donald Trump in 2018, people familiar with the situation said. The metals dispute started in 2018, when Trump imposed duties on steel and aluminum from the European Union, Asia and elsewhere, citing risks to national security. In 2020, inbound steel shipments to the U.S. from Japan totaled 732,158 tons, Census said in a separate report. The steel and aluminum tariffs remain in place on imports from the U.K. Last week, Raimondo and U.K. Secretary of State for International Trade Anne-Marie Trevelyan discussed finding a solution early next year. (Updates with comments from Japanese official in third and ninth paragraphs.)
US preparing 'alternatives' in case Iran nuclear talks fail: Blinken
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken made the remarks during a trip to IndonesiaJakarta (AFP) – The United States is preparing "alternatives" in case efforts to revive a deal to curb Iran's nuclear ambitions collapse, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Tuesday, as expectations grow that talks will fail. Negotiations restarted on Thursday last week to try to revive the 2015 deal between Iran and world powers, which the United States withdrew from under Donald Trump in 2018. Blinken's remarks came after Biden recently said the United States was preparing "additional measures" against Iran. "Unless there's swift progress... the Iran nuclear agreement will become an empty shell," Blinken said, referring to the statement. The deal ensured sanctions relief for Iran in return for tight curbs on its nuclear programme, which was put under extensive UN monitoring.
Jan. 6 Committee Recommends Contempt Charge for Meadows
A contempt of Congress charge carries a penalty of up to a year in jail. Mr. Meadows encouraged members of Congress to object to Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s victory, and he pursued baseless allegations of voter fraud in several states, according to the panel. At one point, an organizer of the rally turned to Mr. Meadows for help, telling him that things “have gotten crazy and I desperately need some direction. The exchanges suggest that Mr. Meadows — who at times expressed personal skepticism about the claims of election fraud and theft pushed by Mr. Trump and his allies — catered to Mr. Trump by seeking evidence to support the president’s allegations. Mr. Meadows was in contact with a broad collection of obscure characters whose sometimes zany plans and theories made their way into the White House at a critical time.
Donald Trump Jr. Pleaded with Mark Meadows to Urge His Father to Stop Capitol Insurrection, Texts Reveal
During a briefing where the recommendation was announced, Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming read aloud a text conversation in which Donald Trump Jr. begged Meadows to encourage Trump to take stronger action against the rioters. The Capitol Police tweet is not enough," a text sent by Trump Jr. to Meadows read, according to Cheney. (Trump Jr. is likely referring to a tweet from Trump on the afternoon of the insurrection that asked rioters to"remain peaceful" and "please support our Capitol Police and Law Enforcement.") Meadows responded to Trump Jr., writing: "I'm pushing it hard. In a series of follow-up texts, Trump Jr. continued: "We need an Oval Office address.
Alaska Senate candidate challenging Murkowski says she will not support McConnell as GOP leader
Alaska Senate candidate challenging Murkowski says she will not support McConnell as GOP leaderAdded: 13.12.2021 21:46 | 39 views | 0 commentsKelly Tshibaka became the latest GOP Senate hopeful to align herself further with former president Donald Trump by publicly attacking McConnell.
On Jan. 6 itself, Trump’s allies understood that he was the catalyst
On Jan. 6 itself, Trump’s allies understood that he was the catalystAdded: 14.12.2021 3:42 | 30 views | 0 commentsMaybe Trump couldn't control the rioters, despite what his allies thought. But for hours he didn't really try.
House Jan. 6 committee votes to hold Meadows in contempt, details texts from Trump allies who wanted him to call off rioters
House Jan. 6 committee votes to hold Meadows in contempt, details texts from Trump allies who wanted him to call off riotersAdded: 14.12.2021 2:17 | 36 views | 0 commentsThe panel released texts from former president Donald Trump’s allies asking former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows to push the president to call off the rioters, including one from his son, Donald Trump Jr.
Fox News Hosts Texted Meadows to Get Trump to Act on Jan. 6
But in the midst of the Capitol riot, the effort to contact Trump was even more direct than usual. According to text messages read aloud by Republican Liz Cheney during a Monday night hearing of the House committee investigating the insurrection, several Fox News hosts texted White House chief of staff Mark Meadows to get Donald Trump to act to stop the rioters. “Mark, the president needs to tell people in the Capitol to go home,” Laura Ingraham texted Meadows. “Please get him on TV.” Another unofficial network star texted Meadows as well: According to the records obtained by the committee before the former chief of staff stopped cooperating, Donald Trump Jr. also texted Meadows to ask the president to “condemn this shit ASAP.” (Perhaps his father wasn’t responding to direct messages.) Other messages to Meadows revealed on Monday detail the extent to which the White House was aware of the events at the Capitol on January 6.
Fox News Hosts, Don Jr. Pleaded With Mark Meadows to Get Trump to Call Off Insurrection: Jan. 6 Committee
While Trump supporters occupied the Capitol on Jan. 6, Fox News’ most prominent hosts frantically texted Mark Meadows, begging him to compel the president to tell the crowd to leave. ), the ranking Republican on the Jan. 6 committee, read several of the texts aloud on Monday night prior to the committee voting unanimously to advance criminal contempt proceedings against Trump’s former chief of staff. Ask people to leave the Capitol,” Sean Hannity texted Meadows, according to Cheney. He is destroying his legacy.”Liz Cheney outs Fox News hosts as texting Mark Meadows and telling Trump to stop the violence. Even Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr., texted Meadows “again and again, urging action by the president,” Cheney said.
Mark Meadows, Federal Reserve, comet Leonard : 5 things to know Tuesday
But with inflation surging to a 39-year high, those days of nearly free money likely are nearing an end. House Rules Committee to set rules for debate on Meadows contempt citationThe House Rules Committee will meet Tuesday to set rules for floor debate on the contempt citation for former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows. Parents of Oxford school shooting suspect to appear in courtThe parents of the Oxford school shooting suspect, Jennifer and James Crumbley, are scheduled to appear in court Tuesday, charged with four counts of involuntary manslaughter each. The comet won't be the most spectacular one ever but will be "the brightest comet this year," Robert Lunsford, of the American Meteor Society, told USA TODAY. Astrophysicist and founder of The Virtual Telescope Project, Gianluca Masi, said Leonard is a long-period comet, meaning it doesn't come around often.
The network of election lawyers who are making it harder for Americans to vote
The moves have prompted election and voting rights watchdogs in America to warn about the suppression of non-white voters aimed at providing Republicans an edge in coming elections. The lawyers and groups spearheading self-professed election integrity measures include some figures who pushed Trump’s baseless claims of fraud after the 2020 election. Among the election lawyers and groups advocating tougher voting laws, Mitchell, a veteran conservative lawyer , boasts the highest profile and has sparked the most scrutiny. Voting rights activists protest against Texas legislators who are advancing new voting restrictions in May. Such complaints have not deterred the legislative blitz by Mitchell with allied lawyers and groups nationwide to change voting laws.
One pandemic, three reactions: New study picks apart Germany, Sweden and the UK's COVID response
The UK, Germany and Sweden all responded differently to the pandemic, but the responses all led to a similar loss of public trust. According to researchers, who wanted to get insights on how we could prepare better for future pandemics, all three governments struggled to manage the public health crisis well. The study, published in the open access journal BMJ Global Health, looked at differences in government structures, the role of academics and scientists in the responses, and public health communication. While this appeared to be appreciated during the first wave, during the second wave the government faced heavy criticism as a result of the changing messages. As a result, the public was hammered with rapidly changing public health communication.
South Korea has long wanted nuclear submarines. A new reactor could open a door.
The project, nuclear experts say, could potentially allow South Korea to fulfill a long-held dream of developing a nuclear-powered submarine. On Monday, Australia announced a military deal with South Korea that was called the largest ever between Australia and an Asian nation. But South Korea has never abandoned its hopes, with the hurdles long being diplomatic, not technological. But Washington never followed up on this, nor did it help South Korea secure nuclear fuel for submarines, because of proliferation concerns. “If North Korea builds nuclear submarines, it will be a game-changer,” said Yoon Suk-joon, a researcher at the Korea Institute for Military Affairs.
Korea to push for entry to 11-member CPTPP
FINANCEFinance Minister Hong Nam-ki speaks during a ministerial meeting at Government Complex Seoul, Monday. (Yonhap)SEJONG -- South Korea on Monday has expressed its commitment to joining the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership, which is aimed at multilateral free trade agreements in the Asia-Pacific region.In addition, the nation has unveiled a policy to push for bilateral FTAs with more countries, including Mexico.In a ministerial meeting, Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Hong Nam-ki said that the government “is seeking to collect public opinions and reach social consensus” over the entry to the CPTPP.The government seeks the CPTPP accession to expand trade and investment and bolster the status of Korea as a major trader in the global stage, Hong said.The CPTPP is the renegotiated version of the Trans-Pacific Partnership initiated by the former US Obama administration. In 2017, his successor Donald Trump withdrew from the TPP, widely seen as a key move to counter China’s growing economic clout.The multilateral trade pact, launched in December 2018, has been signed by 11 countries -- Japan, Brunei, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Canada, Mexico, Peru, Chile, New Zealand and Australia.Korea’s willingness toward the pact came three months after China submitted an application to accede to the CPTPP in a surprising move, with Taiwan following suit.The collective trade volume by the 11 nations participating in the CPTPP had reached about $5.7 trillion as of 2019, making up 15.2 percent of the total global trade figure.Korea’s potential accession to the CPTPP could be a major boost to expand its trade portfolio in addition to its planned implementation of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership.The RCEP, which was inked in November 2020, will take effect in February 2022, as Korea’s legislative body ratified the trade deal early this month.RCEP, which covers Korea, China, Japan, Australia and New Zealand and the 10-membe
Iran accuses Western powers of 'blame game' over nuclear deal
REUTERS/Lisi NiesnerVIENNA, Dec 14 (Reuters) - Iran on Tuesday accused Western parties to its 2015 nuclear deal of "persisting in their blame game", a day after European diplomats warned the pact would soon be an empty shell if not revived. If there's real will to remedy the culprit's wrongdoing, the way for a quick, good deal will be paved." Failure in the negotiations would carry the risk of a new regional war, with Israel pushing for a tough policy if diplomacy fails to rein in Iran’s nuclear work. The United States has said it would remove curbs “inconsistent" with the nuclear pact if Iran resumed compliance with the deal, implying it would leave in place others such as those imposed under terrorism or human rights measures. But Biden cannot promise this because the nuclear deal is a non-binding political understanding, not a legally binding treaty.
Meadows evidence appears to implicate members of Congress in plots to flip state elections
Rachel Maddow looks at questions the January 6th Committee says it would have asked Mark Meadows before he stopped cooperating with the investigation, including some that suggest members of Congress working with the Trump White House to connect with state legislators to pressure them into overturning Trump's 2020 defeat.Dec.
FDA faces legal challenge over COVID-19 approval data, report says
The Pfizer vaccine received full FDA approval on Aug. 23, 2021. Johns Hopkins University said the full approval is granted when the agency amasses "even more scientific evidence to support" their use. The report said that the FDA’s proposed schedule to release the documents might not be completely seen by the public until 2097. Earlier this month, Rep. Ralph Norman, R-S.C., introduced legislation that could force the FDA to release all documents relating to the vaccine within the next 100 days. GET THE FOX NEWS APP"How does a vaccine that receives approval in 108 days now require 55 years just to release information?"
Mary Trump Taunts Cousin Don Jr. Over Jan. 6 Texts To Meadows Instead Of His Dad
The Capitol Police tweet is not enough,” Trump Jr. wrote to Meadows. “I’m pushing it hard,” Meadows replied. He has to lead now,” Trump Jr. countered. “It has gone too far and gotten out of hand.”MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell asked Mary Trump why Trump Jr. had texted Meadows and not his own father. Advertisement“I wish that the answer you had given was the right one, caller ID,” she cracked in response.
Your niece is suddenly vegan! How to survive the 12 disasters of Christmas
If you’re really desperate, bring a large pan of chicken or vegetable stock to a simmer, then take the meat off the bone and poach it in that. Photograph: Olena Mykhaylova RF/AlamyYour pesky niece was a vegetarian last week and now, suddenly, she’s a vegan, but nobody told you. Create legitimate escape routes for people who need them, otherwise they’re really going to give you a pain in your butt by about 6pm. They’ll split up when they’re ready, and Christmas Day at your house is nobody’s idea of ready. You realise your kids have crossed over into cynicism and will never experience the magic of Christmas again.
Newly Revealed Texts Show Fox News Hosts And Donald Trump Jr. Desperately Tried To Get Trump To Stop The Capitol Riot
Text messages from the hosts, unnamed Republican lawmakers, and even the former president's son Donald Trump Jr., were read out loud on Monday during a hearing of the congressional panel tasked with investigating the insurrection. The Capitol Police tweet is not enough," Donald Trump Jr.'s text said, according to excerpts read by Rep. Liz Cheney, vice chair of the panel. Cheney read some of the text messages that were turned over to the committee by Meadows as part of their investigation into the attack. The text messages showed the extent to which several Fox News personalities privately sought action from Trump, who was silent for hours during the insurrection. In spite of their desperate communications on Jan. 6, some of them would go on to downplay the violence at the Capitol.
Laura Ingraham: Dinosaur Democrats like Nancy Pelosi need to lumber away
She said Nancy Pelosi is "increasingly cantankerous" yet is slated to run for an 18th term in Congress. She has real power – whether or not she’s in the majority," Ingraham said. And at age 81, he’s in no mood to give up power," Ingraham said. After listing many of the long-standing politicians in the Democratic Party, Ingraham said, "This is the party of the future? According to Ingraham, the Democrats have made the choice to abandon their principles after a progressive wing entered Congress.
McConnell, Spears, Osaka: A look at 2021?s notable quotes
FILE - Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., speaks to reporters, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. A line from a speech given from the U.S. Senate floor by McConnell before rioters broke into the Capitol on Jan. 6 tops a Yale Law School librarian's list of the most notable quotes of 2021. Scott Applewhite, File)FILE - Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., speaks to reporters, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. A line from a speech given from the U.S. Senate floor by McConnell before rioters broke into the Capitol on Jan. 6 tops a Yale Law School librarian's list of the most notable quotes of 2021. “The voters, the courts, and the states have all spoken.” — U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, remarks on Senate floor, Jan. 6.
A man accused of smoking weed inside the Capitol during the insurrection says 'I know we took it too far'
An accused Capitol rioter told KLAS-TV he believes Donald Trump's words played a role in the attack. "He's one of the most powerful persons in the world," Ronald Sandlin told the outlet of Trump. Sandlin is accused of carrying a knife during the riot and smoking weed inside the Capitol. "I've worn the MAGA cap outside and have had people spit on me," Sandlin told the outlet. "He's one of the most powerful persons in the world," Sandlin told KLAS-TV.
Today in History
Five years ago: President-elect Donald Trump convened a summit at Trump Tower for nearly a dozen tech leaders whose industry had largely supported Democrat Hillary Clinton; the CEOs included Apple’s Tim Cook, Google’s Eric Schmidt, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos and Tesla’s Elon Musk. Trump announced his selection of former campaign rival Rick Perry to be secretary of energy. Yahoo said it believed hackers had stolen data from more than one billion user accounts in Aug. 2013 (in Oct. 2017, Yahoo raised that figure to 3 billion). One year ago: The largest vaccination campaign in U.S. history began with health workers getting shots on the same day the nation’s COVID-19 death toll hit 300,000. U.S. government agencies and private companies rushed to secure computer networks after the disclosure of a sophisticated, long-running cyber-espionage intrusion suspected of being carried out by Russian hackers.
U.S. House panel recommends contempt charge for ex-Trump aide Meadows
The seven Democratic and two Republican members of the House of Representatives Select Committee approved a report recommending the criminal charge against Meadows by a 9-0 vote. Meadows has been called repeatedly to appear for depositions before the Democratic-led committee and has declined to do so despite being subpoenaed. Asked about the committee decision in a Fox News Channel interview, Meadows said: "Obviously it's disappointing but not surprising." 1/5 White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows speaks to reporters following a television interview, outside the White House in Washington, U.S. October 21, 2020. Meadows could become the third associate of the former Republican president to face a criminal contempt of Congress charge.
Russia says it may be forced to deploy intermediate-range nuclear missiles in Europe
Russia on Monday said that it could be forced to deploy nuclear missiles in Europe as a reaction to what it perceives as NATO’s intentions to make similar moves. Intermediate-range ballistic and cruise missiles were banned in Europe as part of a 1987 treaty aimed at addressing Cold War tensions. After years of Russia allegedly violating the pact, the U.S. exited the agreement in 2019, according to Reuters. NATO has said that there would be no new U.S. missiles in Europe and that it would address threats from new Russian missiles with conventional weapons. However, Ryabkov said Russia had a "complete lack of trust" in the military alliance, the news service noted.
Jan. 6 panel votes for contempt charges against Mark Meadows
FILE - White House chief of staff Mark Meadows speaks with reporters outside the White House, Oct. 26, 2020, in Washington. The House panel investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection says it has “no choice” but to move forward with contempt charges against former Trump White House chief of staff Mark Meadows. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)FILE - White House chief of staff Mark Meadows speaks with reporters outside the White House, Oct. 26, 2020, in Washington. The House panel investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection says it has “no choice” but to move forward with contempt charges against former Trump White House chief of staff Mark Meadows. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The House panel investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection has voted to recommend contempt charges against former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows as lawmakers revealed a series of frantic texts he received as the attack was underway.
Is the ports logjam really getting better? The numbers don’t tell the whole story
The dwindling number of ships directly offshore can’t be disputed — but the total number of vessels waiting hasn’t gone down because the ports have suddenly sped up operations. The California agencies that regulate air quality said that they were not consulted on the shift before it was announced, though they are cautiously optimistic that it could help improve the situation. “We have not specifically looked at the air quality impacts associated with this change,” Michael Benjamin, chief of the California Air Resources Board’s air quality planning and science division, said in an email. “We do not yet know what the net impact or benefit of these potentially higher emissions would be for our region’s air quality,” agency spokesperson Nahal Mogharabi said. And the ports will probably continue to be a bottleneck for U.S. imports for months to come.
Thousands of checks unclaimed in Navajo Nation aid program
FARMINGTON – Roughly 7,500 checks have not been claimed in the Navajo Nation CARES Fund Hardship Assistance Program, the Office of the President and Vice President said in a news release on Monday. The program was created to help enrolled tribal members impacted financially by the coronavirus pandemic. “Unclaimed checks may be due to a change or error with a mailing address, an incomplete application or other issues. Navajo Nation officials authorized two application periods for the hardship assistance program. Some 312,000 enrolled members have received assistance, according to the president’s office news release.
Antony Blinken warns China to stop ‘aggressive actions’ in Asia-Pacific
US secretary of state Antony Blinken has used a visit to Indo-Pacific to urge China to cease “aggressive actions” in the region, as Washington seeks to bolster alliances against Beijing. “That’s why there is so much concern – from north-east Asia to south-east Asia and from the Mekong River to the Pacific Islands – about Beijing’s aggressive actions. China claims almost all of the resource-rich South China Sea, with competing claims from four south-east Asian states as well as Taiwan. US-China tensions have soared over self-ruled, democratic Taiwan, which China claims as its territory and has vowed to retake one day, by force if necessary. After Indonesia, Blinken heads to Malaysia and Thailand.
House panel recommends contempt charge for ex-Trump aide Meadows
The seven Democratic and two Republican members of the House of Representatives Select Committee approved a report recommending the criminal charge against Meadows by a 9-0 vote. The full, Democratic-led House could vote as soon as Tuesday to approve the resolution. Meadows has been called repeatedly to appear for depositions before the Democratic-led committee and has declined to do so despite being subpoenaed. Committee members also said they wanted to ask Meadows about his text messages from members of Congress - who were not named - discussing ways to avoiding certifying the election result. Meadows could become the third associate of the former Republican president to face a criminal contempt of Congress charge.
Kanye West makes surprise cameo at Rolling Loud California concert and performs five songs
Kanye 'Ye' West made a surprise appearance during Future's set at the Rolling Loud California festival Sunday at the Nos Events Center in San Bernardino, California. West, 44, kept warm on the chilly evening in Southern California in a white hooded sweatshirt with light jeans reading 'Free Hoover,' black boots, sunglasses and black gloves. West performed tracks including Can’t Tell Me Nothing, Praise God and Father Stretch My Hands, Variety reported. In his October 11, 2018 meeting with former President Donald Trump in the Oval Office, West lobbied the president to free Hoover 'because he started doing positive for the community' in Chicago. West in August released his latest album Donda, named after his late mother.
‘This is a charade’: GOP senator, voting experts urge Wisconsin Republicans to halt election attacks
David Becker, executive director and founder of the Center for Election Innovation & Research, is seen during a media briefing on growing threats to election professionals in Wisconsin, held at the Wisconsin State Capitol on Dec. 13, 2021. “You’ve seen all three of these things happen in Wisconsin, directed at state officials and local officials and others,” he said. Not the Wisconsin Election Commission and not Meagan Wolfe. Wisconsin Elections Commission Administrator Meagan Wolfe, left, is seen during a September 2018 meeting of the Elections Commission with Commissioner Dean Knudson. Emily Hamer / Wisconsin WatchBecker is among those who have applauded state and local election officials’ efforts to navigate the pandemic amid unprecedented voter turnout in 2020.
Democratic governors plan to focus on "kitchen table" issues, not Trump, in 2022 elections
They're shying away from the topic of former President Donald Trump, after years relying on him to motivate Democratic voters to get to the polls. In Massachusetts, Trump is backing former Republican state representative Geoff Diehl against popular Republican Governor Charlie Baker, before he announced he wouldn't seek a third term. Democrats now see the heavily Democratic state as their most likely pickup. "If one of Trump's candidates is nominated or beats an incumbent Republican governor, I think that's news. After McAuliffe's loss in Virginia, Democrats are also adjusting their approach to education.
Explaining the Prescription Drug Provisions in the Build Back Better Act
The BBBA includes several provisions that would lower prescription drug costs for people with Medicare and private insurance and reduce drug spending by the federal government and private payers. The key prescription drug proposals included in the BBBA would:This brief summarizes these provisions and discusses the expected effects on people, program spending, and drug prices and innovation. The legislation appropriates 10-year (2022-2031) funding of $3 billion for implementing the drug price negotiation provisions. A separate CBO estimate of the same Medicare drug price negotiation provision included in another House bill in the 116th Congress (H.R. The legislation also allows beneficiaries the option of smoothing out their out-of-pocket costs over the year rather than face high out-of-pocket costs in any given month.
U.S. House panel recommends contempt charge for ex-Trump aide Meadows
White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows speaks to reporters following a television interview, outside the White House in Washington, U.S. October 21, 2020. The seven Democratic and two Republican members of the House of Representatives Select Committee approved a report recommending the criminal charge against Meadows by a 9-0 vote. Meadows has been called repeatedly to appear for depositions before the Democratic-led committee and has declined to do so despite being subpoenaed. Asked about the committee decision in a Fox News Channel interview, Meadows said: "Obviously it's disappointing but not surprising." Meadows could become the third associate of the former Republican president to face a criminal contempt of Congress charge.
House Panel To ID Republican Lawmakers Newly Linked To Capitol Riot Turmoil
The identities of Republican lawmakers and aides linked to the Capitol riot by documents provided by former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows will soon be revealed by House investigators, a key congressman said Monday. “Information we have received has been quite revealing about members of Congress involved in the activities of Jan. 6 as well as staff,” he said. Meadows turned over thousands of pages of emails and texts regarding the events surrounding the Jan. 6 insurrection before he stopped cooperating, claiming he was protected by executive privilege. AdvertisementInformation included messages involving lawmakers and a PowerPoint “coup scheme” to overthrow the presidential election. The scheme involved Trump declaring a national security emergency to delay the certification of the 2020 Electoral College results because of baseless claims of foreign “control,” then manhandling the vote to keep Trump in the White House.
Blinken touts deeper U.S. engagement amid concern over 'aggressive' China
Indonesia's President Joko Widodo gestures while speaking with the U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken as U.S. He said United States, its allies and some South China Sea claimants would push back against any unlawful action. Rather, it's to protect the right of all countries to choose their own path, free from coercion and intimidation." China claims almost the entire South China Sea as its own, despite some overlapping claims with other coastal states and an international tribunal that ruled that China's vast claim has no legal basis. Blinken, who will also visit Malaysia and Thailand this week, said the United States would work to strengthen supply chains and close the region's infrastructure gaps, from ports and roads to power grids and the internet.
California Rep. Devin Nunes leaving Congress to head Trump social media group
Rep. Devin Nunes, a controversial San Joaquin Valley Republican and ardent supporter of Donald Trump, is leaving Congress by the end of the month to head a social media company created by the former president. Shortly after he sent the note, the Trump Media & Technology Group announced that Nunes, 48, would be its chief executive officer beginning in January. Nunes said he was “humbled” that Trump asked him to lead his new company, which is planning on launching a social media platform called TRUTH Social. Politics Twitter fights Justice Department subpoena over Rep. Nunes parody account Twitter is fighting a DOJ subpoena related to the user of an account that parodies Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), who has unsuccessfully sought to unmask such users. Such efforts, along with Nunes’ unyielding loyalty to Trump, led to Nunes becoming a top target for liberal scorn across the nation.
Trump ally aims for Rep. Bill Foster's seat
Trump ally aims for Rep. Bill Foster's seat Presented by AARPHappy Tuesday, Illinois. TOP TALKERRepublican Catalina Lauf is pivoting her congressional campaign to run in IL-11 in the seat now held by Rep. Bill Foster. We are stronger together in that regard,” Jacob Kaplan, executive director of Cook County Dems, said in an interview. The pledge is only for Cook County candidates, so folks running statewide don’t need to sign the pledge. “I’m a dad and local volunteer who is ready to serve my neighbors on the Cook County Board,” he said in a statement.
Morning Digest: Trump gets his wish in Georgia. Will he get his next victim?
After all, Perdue very nearly won in Georgia last year—and so did Trump. ? NH-Gov: Democratic state Sen. Tom Sherman says he's considering a bid against Republican Gov. ? OH-Gov: Republican Rep. Warren Davidson, who first floated the possibility of running against Gov. Obituaries? Bob Dole, the longtime Republican Senate leader and unsuccessful GOP nominee for president in 1996, has died at the age of 98. While the move might have helped keep Reagan at bay, the Ford-Dole ticket lost a close race to Georgia Gov.
Trump pulls strings behind the scenes to help loyal 2022 candidates
And he has been receptive to the prospect of Alabama Senate GOP candidate Lynda Blanchard challenging Alabama Gov. Trump has been "pulling strings behind the scenes and guiding candidates in the right direction," this person said. Pat McCrory, another GOP Senate candidate, and Budd's supporters think that he could gain on McCrory if he doesn't have to split votes with Walker. "It was my honor to be appointed by President Trump to serve as his Ambassador and I will continue to support the President and his America First Agenda," Blanchard said. The National Republican Senatorial Committee and the National Republican Congressional Committee do not support Republican candidates in open primaries, and the Republican Governors Association supports incumbents like Kemp.
Ivey campaign to launch first TV ad during SEC Championship
Kay Ivey’s reelection campaign on Friday announced that it would launch its first TV ad during Saturday’s SEC Championship Game. Viewers tuned in to watch the University of Alabama contend for its second straight SEC title will see Ivey tout the Yellowhammer State’s accomplishments under her administration. The ad begins with a shot of Ivey and a graphic displayed under her name which reads, “Alabama’s Most Conservative Governor.”“Sometimes it’s like the world’s gone crazy. “Governor Ivey has a common sense approach that the people of Alabama are grateful for, so, it’s no wonder she is one of the most popular governors in the country,” said Califf. “Governor Ivey is a conservative fighter who has always stood up for Alabama values.
How to mess up a possible Trump endorsement in one easy step
“President Trump could jump out on Monday and do it, but he is also interested in waiting to make a big splash later on,” said one of the people familiar with Trump’s thinking. A person close to Blanchard dismissed suggestions that the former ambassador or her team had ever inflated her relationship with Trump. Prospective Republican candidates and incumbent GOP lawmakers are engaged in a mad dash to nab his endorsement. And some candidates have simply attempted to flatter their way to a meeting with Trump at his South Florida abode. But that success rate is because — at least so far — Trump has provided endorsements to mainly shoo-in candidates or former aides.
Former ambassador Lindy Blanchard exits Senate race, enters Republican race for Alabama governor
WETUMPKA — Lindy Blanchard, a nonprofit director, former ambassador and major financial supporter of former President Donald Trump, entered the gubernatorial race on Tuesday, hitting traditional Alabama Republican issues while sprinkling in the former president's name. Blanchard, who Trump has reportedly encouraged to get into the race, is the second Republican to challenge Gov. James and Blanchard have both hit on themes of being conservative outsiders opposed to the federal government. REDISTRICTING:Montgomery state legislators hope county doesn't lose seats in Alabama redistrictingTim James, a businessman and the son of former Gov. Other Republican candidates for the office include Alabama State Auditor Jim Zeigler; correctional officer Stacy George and Dean Odle, a minister from Wetumpka.
Morning Digest: Despite assaulting a reporter, Republican Gianforte hangs on to win special election
Howey also says that state Rep. Mike Braun is "reportedly making calls" about a possible bid, though he also hasn't said anything publicly. ? GA-Gov: On Thursday, state Rep. Stacey Evans became the first noteworthy Democrat to announce that she would run to succeed termed-out GOP Gov. ? ID-Gov: Wealthy developer Tommy Ahlquist, a former doctor, started airing ads in March even though the GOP primary is about a year away, and he's up with another spot. ? RI-Gov: Back in December, attorney Clay Pell, who lost the 2014 Democratic primary to eventual winner Gina Raimondo, didn't rule out a rematch. ? NH-02: Last year, New Hampshire Democratic Rep. Annie Kuster defeated an underfunded Republican foe by a modest 50-45 as her seat went from 54-45 Obama to 49-46 Clinton.
Trump brokers deal to remake the field in N.C. Senate race
Walker, who was rumored for weeks to be considering a House run, has not formally announced his plans to drop out of the Senate race. The new 7th District congressional seat that Walker would run for resembles the district Walker represented from 2015 through 2020. Both Budd and Walker are campaigning as Trump loyalists, in contrast with McCrory, a Republican with more appeal to moderates. Trump’s maneuvering moves him out of that race and into the 4th District contest, thus clearing room for Walker to run in the 7th. McCrory.”A McCrory internal polling memo from October showed McCrory ahead by 15 percentage points in the three-way race.
Republican Shay Hawkins announces congressional bid in swing district; he’ll face Trump-backed Max Miller in GOP primary
WASHINGTON, D. C. -- Broadview Heights Republican Shay Hawkins on Wednesday announced that he’s seeking a newly reconfigured congressional seat that includes Cleveland’s western suburbs, Akron and Medina County. “I am running this race because I am the best person to win the district for Republicans,” declared Hawkins, whose primary opponents will include former White House aide Max Miller of Rocky River. After Miller entered the race, Gonzalez decided against seeking re-election, and the predominantly Republican district was redrawn to lean slightly towards Democrats. Hawkins argues he’s better equipped to win the district and represent it in Congress than any other candidate. He’s an attorney with a Master of Business Administration degree who heads a trade association for funds that invest in Opportunity Zone projects to spur economic growth in low-income communities.
Morning Digest: Georgia GOP's new gerrymander pits two Democratic incumbents against one another
The map would place Democratic Rep. Marcy Kaptur, the longest-serving woman in House history, at serious risk. ? NY-Gov: Data for Progress' new Democratic primary survey for consultant Neal Kwatra, who Politico says is working for an unidentified donor, finds Gov. Dan McKee edging her out just 26-24 in the Democratic primary, with Treasurer Seth Magaziner at 16% and no one else hitting double digits. ? TX-Gov: UT Tyler's newest survey of the March Republican primary for The Dallas Morning News shows Gov. The main event in this constituency is the June Democratic primary between Reps. Sean Casten and Marie Newman.
In a bright sign from Georgia, Democrats flip House seat in Atlanta's long-Republican suburbs
(About 22% of Gwinnett County, including its more Democratic areas, was assigned to the safely blue 4th District, while the balance went to the dark red 10th District.) Trump outright lost Gwinnett County 50-44, and while he did win the 7th District, his 51-45 showing in 2016 was a big drop from what the GOP was accustomed to. Bourdeaux, a Georgia State University public policy professor, won the Democratic nomination after a crowded primary, and she proved to be a strong fundraiser. Finally, on the Friday before Election Day, Woodall finally went up with his first TV spot. Ultimately, while House Democrats didn’t make the gains in the suburbs they were hoping for, Bourdeaux pulled off a victory.
Andrew Lelling also eyeing run for Massachusetts governor, sources say
Add former U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling to the list of might-be candidates in the upcoming governor’s race — with sources close to the moderate Republican saying he’s “seriously” considering a run. “With Baker and Polito both out, he’s tempted,” a source close to the Trump-appointed former U.S. attorney told the Herald. All eyes are on Democratic Attorney General Maura Healey, who has been mulling a run since the beginning of the year. Sources close to the AG say it’s a decision she’s unlikely to make in the next few days. Pundits say playing the waiting game is unlikely to damage a candidate of Healey’s caliber.
Morning Digest: Terry McAuliffe advances in bid to be Virginia's first two-term Democratic governor
Justin Fairfax ran for governor) is of particular importance in Virginia because the lieutenant governor can break ties in the state Senate, where Democrats have just a narrow 21-19 advantage (the full state Senate isn't up for election again until 2023). ? PA-Sen, PA-06: Democratic Rep. Chrissy Houlahan announced Tuesday that she would seek re-election rather than enter the primary for Pennsylvania's open Senate seat. Laura Kelly, he took his name out of contention this week by endorsing Attorney General Derek Schmidt in the Republican primary. The field includes Broun, state Rep. Timothy Barr, former Georgia Revenue Commissioner David Curry, and wealthy businessman Matt Richards. ? OH-11: Cuyahoga County Councilwoman Shontel Brown is out with a positive ad ahead of the Aug. 3 Democratic primary.
Morning Digest: Florida Republicans are just mild about Marco
? CO-05: If Republican Rep. Doug Lamborn can't win renomination on June 28, he has no one to blame but himself. ? NY-19: The June 28 GOP primary for this 52-46 Obama seat is not looking good for businessman Andrew Heaney. ? NY-22: Businessman Steve Wells may have entered the GOP primary with little name-recognition, but he's been spending big to change that. Myers only had $200,000 on-hand on June 8, which is pretty modest considering that she's had months to raise money without needing to worry about the Democratic primary. This ancestrally Democratic seat is safely red these days.
Morning Digest: Scott Walker's former no. 2 launches bid to avenge his loss
The Evers-Barnes ticket ousted Walker and Kleefisch 50-48, and chatter quickly began that the now-former lieutenant governor would run in her own right. ? IA-Gov: Democratic state Sen. Pam Jochum says she's considering a bid against Republican Gov. ? IL-Gov: Venture capitalist Jesse Sullivan kicked off a bid for the Republican nomination to take on Democratic Gov. He joins a primary field that includes state Rep. Darren Bailey, businessman Gary Rabine, and former state Sen. Paul Schimpf. House? IL-17: Democratic state Rep. Mike Halpin, who'd been considering a bid for Illinois' open 17th Congressional District, announced this week that he'd instead run for state Senate.
New FOX 5 Poll: Dead Heat between Kemp, Perdue due to Trump endorsement
The poll shows a Trump endorsement of former U.S. Senator David Perdue has made the race between Perdue and incumbent Governor Brian Kemp a dead heat. The survey took place on the evening of Monday, December 6th, a short time before the Trump endorsement of Perdue became official. WHO IS RUNNING IN THE GEORGIA GOVERNOR RACE IN 2022? SENATOR DAVID PERDUE FORMALLY ANNOUNCES RUN FOR GEORGIA GOVERNORIn his endorsement, former President Trump wrote, "Glad to see that David Perdue is running for Governor of Georgia.
Kathy Hochul Wins the Invisible Primary
But the reality here is that Hochul, who only became governor in August after Cuomo resigned, crushed James in the so-called invisible primary. Hochul led James comfortably in every publicly available poll and banked more than $11 million for her run next year. Though I campaigned, in every way, as an anti-establishment progressive, I made aggressive attempts to win the backing of labor unions, elected officials, and political clubs. For James to overcome Hochul, she would need show voters, very clearly, that she had an exciting, far-reaching vision for New York State. It’s possible we will remember December 9th, 2021 as the day Kathy Hochul effectively locked up another four years in office.
Pa. redistricting: Draft congressional map pits Democrats Brendan Boyle, Sharif Street against each other
Pennsylvania Democrats were bracing themselves to fight any Republican efforts to redraw the state’s congressional districts in a GOP-friendly way. Under the map the court imposed instead, Democrats and Republicans each currently hold nine seats. » READ MORE: What to watch as Pennsylvania loses a congressional seat: ‘The stakes are really high’News of the map came hours after state House Republicans released their own redistricting proposal. Pennsylvania is losing a congressional seat because of population changes in the 2020 Census and will have 17 U.S. House members starting in 2023. The draft map would break Philadelphia into four congressional districts, instead of the current three.
Morning Digest: With Devin Nunes bailing, California could see some major special election weirdness
The Times also rattles off a long list of Republicans who could potentially run, including state Sens. Meanwhile, the state AFL-CIO has endorsed former state Supreme Court Chief Justice Cheri Beasley's campaign for the Democratic nod. However, state Rep. Bobby DuBose, who finished a distant fifth, won't try a second time. ? IL-13: The Illinois Federation of Teachers, which represents 103,000 member statewide, has endorsed former Obama official Nikki Budzinski in the Democratic primary for the state's open 13th Congressional District. ? TX-01: Republican state Rep. Matt Schaefer, who'd reportedly been considering a bid for Texas' open 1st Congressional District, has instead announced that he'll seek re-election.
Tish James is running for New York governor. Mostly from her office.
Both Hochul and James attended the annual SOMOS convention in Puerto Rico in early November, hobnobbing with fellow New York Democrats. James’ campaign shared a list of more than 50 such events since late October. It has long been the norm for New York‘s non-incumbent gubernatorial candidates to unveil policy platforms immediately after declaring their candidacy. Like Hochul, James can mobilize the powers of her current office to get press. In January, coverage of state politics will focus on Hochul’s State of the State address and budget proposal.
Tish James drops out of New York governor's race
New York Attorney General Letitia James speaks on August 3, 2021 in New York City. | David Dee Delgado/Getty Images Tish James drops out of New York governor's raceALBANY, N.Y. — State Attorney General Tish James has suspended her campaign for governor less than two months after a highly anticipated launch, saying that she will instead focus on reelection to her current job in 2022. “I have come to the conclusion that I must continue my work as attorney general,” James said in a statement Thursday. Just before she announced her withdrawal from the governor's race, several news outlets reported that she is continuing to pursue her office’s high-profile probes into former president Donald Trump. James' exit from the governor's race will also complicate what was shaping up to be a volatile campaign to succeed her as attorney general.
Morning Digest: New York congressman makes second try for governor after disastrous first bid
Under the proposal, the 1st, which Republican Rep. Nancy Mace flipped last year, would have voted 54-45 for Donald Trump, compared to 52-46 under the present map. Governors? AK-Gov: Freshman state Rep. Christopher Kurka announced Monday that he would challenge his fellow Republican, Gov. Moran has been considering a bid to succeed his fellow Republican, Rep. Louie Gohmert, in this safely red East Texas seat. ? TX-30: Democratic state Rep. Jasmine Crockett on Wednesday launched her bid for this safely blue Dallas seat with an endorsement from her would-be predecessor, retiring Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson. As a result, Republicans will soon see their majority slip to 5-3 after another Republican seat becomes vacant in January.
Letitia James suspends her campaign for governor
In an unexpected development, state Attorney General Letitia James is suspending her campaign for governor. “I have come to the conclusion that I must continue my work as attorney general,” James tweeted. Although she has been a mainstay at various political insider events, James’ campaign has been notably quiet in the public. Early polling had the attorney general consistently placing second among the declared candidates, but she still trailed significantly behind Hochul. Kathy Hochul said on Thursday that James called her that morning to inform her that she would be suspending her campaign.
Glasgow native and former US ambassador to the United Nations visited her hometown and spoke about current issues - News 40
Glasgow native and former US ambassador to the United Nations visited her hometown and spoke about current issuesShare This StoryemailPrintLinkedinRedditGLASGOW, Ky. – Glasgow native Kelly Craft, the former US ambassador to the United Nations, was visiting her hometown Wednesday and toured the Boys and Girls Club of Glasgow Barren County. Kelly Craft was appointed by Donald Trump as the United States ambassador to the United Nations from 2019 until early this year. Craft is a graduate of Glasgow High School and a Barren County native. The former ambassador made a contribution to the Boys and Girls Club of Glasgow Barren County earlier today saying she believes the organization helps bring the best out in children. So, all of our NATO countries that had their troops, they were panicked,” said Craft.
Morning Digest: Vermont's Patrick Leahy, the most senior senator, declines to seek a ninth term
Leahy had no trouble winning the Democratic primary, but he faced a very difficult race that fall against Republican Rep. Richard Mallary. Joe Biden would have won a 25-10 majority of seats in the state Senate and a 46-19 majority in the state House. PPP finds Mastriano edging out 2018 Senate nominee Lou Barletta 18-14, with state Senate President Pro Tempore Jake Corman in third with 4%. One person who did take his own name out of contention on Sunday, though, is former state Rep. Caleb Jones. ? NE-01: Democratic state Rep. Patty Pansing Brooks said Monday that she would challenge Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, who was indicted last month for lying to federal investigators.
Morning Digest: Washington court accepts redistricting board's new maps, even though they came late
Almost every congressional district retains its current presidential performance, according to Dave's Redistricting App, including the two most competitive seats, Democratic Rep. Kim Schrier's 8th and Republican Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler's 3rd. Redistricting? MN Redistricting: Minnesota Republicans, who control the state Senate, have released congressional and legislative proposals; Democrats, who run the House, previously shared maps of their own last month. ? RI Redistricting: Rhode Island's Democratic-run legislature has put out new legislative maps, though lawmakers have not yet released a congressional plan. ? NC-07: Republican state Rep. Jon Hardister, who'd been considering a bid for North Carolina's open 7th District, has announced that he will instead seek re-election. Legislatures? VA State House: A recount in Virginia's 85th State House District certified Republican Karen Greenhalgh as the winner over Democratic Del.
Morning Digest: Republican who bashed 'career politicians' switches House races to accommodate one
House? GA-14: State Rep. Kevin Cooke is the latest Republican to jump into the quickly growing primary for this safely red open seat in northwestern Georgia. ECU has a reputation for spending real money on behalf of its endorsees, so the move suggests Gnibus is the frontrunner for the nod to take on GOP Rep. Mike Kelly. ? TX-17: Former Republican Rep. Pete Sessions has launched his first TV ad ahead of the March 3 primary, backed by only a mere $35,000. ? UT-04: Republican Thom Carter, who is the executive director of the Utah Clean Air Partnership, has announced that he won't mount a campaign against freshman Democratic Rep. Ben McAdams. ? WI-07: With Honor Fund, which supported veterans for office from both parties last cycle, has laid down a $117,000 ad buy for Army veteran Jason Church ahead of the Feb. 18 Republican primary.
Morning Digest: Anti-tax ballot measure activist will challenge Washington's Democratic governor
? IN-01: Democratic state Rep. Mara Candelaria Reardon announced on Thursday that she's entering the race for Indiana's 1st Congressional District, which recently became open thanks to Rep. Pete Visclosky's retirement. Casha currently represents Morris County on the New Jersey Republican State Committee. He joins Islip Councilwoman Trish Bergin Weichbrodt in the June GOP primary. The narrator continues, "You don't need to be a rocket scientist to be in Congress, but George is a rocket scientist." It doesn't take a rocket scientist to vote for a rocket scientist."
Rizzo’s public financing bid proved costly, filings show
Republican gubernatorial candidate Phil Rizzo spent heavily on consultants and media buys through May 7, but his unsuccessful bid for public financing carried a costly toll, filings submitted to the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission show. He spent $20,000 with Arsenal LLC, a Muncie, Indiana, consulting firm, for unspecified media expenses. Election law attorney John Carbone was the single largest recipient of Rizzo campaign funds reported in the filing released Tuesday. Over four payments, three of which coincide with filings for New Jersey’s public fund match program submitted by Rizzo’s campaign, Carbone received $42,500, about a fifth of the campaign’s total spending. The Spadea Consulting Group, a firm run by vaccine-denying radio host Bill Spadea, received $1,750 for a March 25 fundraiser.
Here’s why some Republicans are starting to take Phil Rizzo seriously
Some Republicans believe the former president might endorse Rizzo, especially if anyone from his inner circle wind up working for him. That’s a game changer in a GOP primary. A Project Ready poll last December showed that 77% of New Jersey Republicans believed Trump won the 2020 presidential election. Qualifying for matching funds and real support from Trump Republicans will change the race fast. Rizzo, some Republicans say privately, could knock Ciattarelli off what had largely been viewed as an open runway toward November after Doug Steinhardt exited the race.
Morning Digest: Edwin Edwards is gone, but his legacy in Louisiana politics lives
Nathan Deal ahead of next year's Republican primary. If DeJear decides to enter the race, she would join state Rep. Ras Smith as the second prominent candidate to get in the contest. Brown, who left office following his aborted 2006 run for the Senate, re-emerged on the political stage in 2018 when he launched a primary campaign against then-Gov. Makki finished second in the 2020 Republican primary for this Pinellas County-based district, losing to Anna Paulina Luna 36-28. Attorney Virginia Applebaum is the Democratic candidate taking on former GOP state Rep. April Weaver.
Phil Rizzo seeks GOP nod for Congress to challenge Mikie Sherrill
Phil Rizzo, a businessman and pastor who finished second in the Republican gubernatorial primary last June, will take on two-term Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-Montclair) in New Jersey’s 11th district. That has some Republicans viewing the 11th as potentially competitive in next year’s mid-term elections, depending on how Sherrill fares in redistricting. As a candidate for governor, Rizzo raised just enough to qualify for matching funds but missed the deadline by one day. Sherrill demonstrated early fundraising prowess as a congressional candidate, amassing more than $1.2 million by the end of 2017. In total, Sherrill has raised over $17.3 million since becoming a candidate for Congress in May 2017.
Michael Cloud one of three Texas Republicans to vote against resolution on Capitol police
A Politico report from earlier Wednesday stated that Congressional Trump allies tried "to scrub references to the insurrection" from the resolution. "Instead of simply being about honoring the Capitol Police who bravely protected the Capitol on January 6th, Speaker Pelosi included damaging language that unnecessarily weighs down the bill. Republican U.S. Reps. Jodey Arrington of Lubbock and Kevin Brady of the Woodlands did not vote, but 30 other House members from Texas, including Democrats and Republicans, backed the resolution. Several Texas members braced themselves that day for hand-to-hand street combat but were able to escape to safety thanks to the police and successful barricades. The Texas Tribune is a nonpartisan, nonprofit media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them – about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues.
Morning Digest: David Jolly busted for trying to scrub Scientology ties from his Wikipedia page
? FL-18: Wealthy physician Mark Freeman is running his first TV ad, well ahead of the August GOP primary for this competitive open seat. ? NJ-07: Rep. Leonard Lance only beat perennial candidate David Larsen by a 54-46 margin in the 2014 GOP primary, and Larsen is back for another round. Babinec unsuccessfully auditioned for a county Republican Party endorsement in February, but it's far from clear which side he'll end up taking more votes from. Scott Walker, while Kloppenburg, who narrowly lost an infamous Supreme Court race five years ago, had the support of state Democrats. The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir and Jeff Singer, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, and Stephen Wolf.
Morning Digest: Jim Jordan, bellicose Trump defender, eyes a Senate bid in Ohio
Whaley didn't indicate which office she'd prefer but seemed especially motivated to stop Jordan from representing Ohio in the Senate, saying, "If Jim Jordan decides to run [for Senate], it is highly likely he will win that primary. Senate? AZ-Sen: Republican Attorney General Mark Brnovich was reportedly likely to run for Arizona's governorship, but with Gov. But Yee hasn't committed to a gubernatorial bid, and in fact she's now also surfaced as a possible Senate candidate. Jones made a bid for Senate once before when he was still a Democrat, losing the 2008 primary in a runoff to former state Rep. Jim Martin. Meanwhile, Republican state Sen. Jim Hendren, a nephew of term-limited Gov.
GOP Braces for Trump to Fuck Up Their Georgia Hopes Again
Like a lot of Georgia Republicans, Karynn Walker reacted with a resigned sigh to the latest turn of her state’s seemingly never-ending GOP civil war. “I’m going to have a whole lot of aspirin beside me, because I really do like both of them.”But Georgia Republicans will have to choose. Trump has never forgiven Kemp for refusing to overturn Joe Biden’s 2020 victory in Georgia. There is little pretense, from any corner of the party, that the primary ahead is about anything other than Trump. “I guess we’ll give Donald Trump what he wants,” Shepherd said, invoking an offhand remark from Trump at a rally months ago.
Morning Digest: Suburban Kansas district that flipped to Democrats in 2018 got even bluer last year
Against this backdrop, Democratic Rep. Sharice Davids was able to wrest this seat from Republicans in the 2018 blue wave; they did little to try to win it back last year. If you haven't done so yet, you'll want to bookmark our complete data set with presidential results by congressional district for all 50 states, which we're updating continuously. In response to Fetterman's new comments, former Republican Rep. Ryan Costello engaged in some Twitter trash-talk, declaring, "If I ran I would smoke Fetterman in the suburbs." We also double-checked and can confirm that Costello is the last person who should be talking smack, because in 2018, he huffily abandoned his bid for re-election after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court undid the GOP's gerrymander and made his 6th Congressional District bluer. Aruna Miller has filed FEC paperwork for a bid in Maryland's 6th Congressional District, but she's not planning to challenge Rep. David Trone, a fellow Democrat.
North Carolina’s Mark Walker staying in Senate race, for now
FILE - In this Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021, photo, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mark Walker poses for a photo in Mount Airy, N.C. Walker said in an interview, Thursday, Dec. 9, he plans to remain in the U.S. Senate race through the end of the year. (AP Photo/Bryan Anderson)FILE - In this Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021, photo, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mark Walker poses for a photo in Mount Airy, N.C. Walker said in an interview, Thursday, Dec. 9, he plans to remain in the U.S. Senate race through the end of the year. Trump in June endorsed U.S. Rep. Ted Budd in the closely watched GOP Senate primary that both Walker and former Gov. Budd and Walker are Trump loyalists competing for his base of supporters, while McCrory generally appeals to more moderate Republicans. Walker pushed back against reports that he had decided after his meeting with Trump to end his Senate bid.
‘The most contested’ remap in decades
‘The most contested’ remap in decades Presented by AARPTGIF, Illinois. It’s probably the most contested and conflicted process in decades,” said Vargas, referring to our recent report that a draft map showed Ald. “We have no reason to be buying flags of our own state that are made in other countries," state Sen. Steve Stadelmen (D-Rockford), said in a statement. Gilbert Villegas (36th) said the club could not reach terms with Chicago Public Schools, the property owner,” by Sun-Times’ David Roeder. Email to [email protected]HAPPY BIRTHDAYToday: former Congressman Luis Gutiérrez, state Sen. Jacqueline “Jacqui” Collins, Ald.
Voting Rights Roundup: New York City may soon grant local voting rights to permanent legal residents
State Supreme Court Elections? NC Supreme Court: North Carolina Supreme Court Justice Robin Hudson announced this week that she would not run for re-election, though even if she'd sought and won another eight-year term, she'd have only been able to serve another year because she'd soon hit the state's mandatory retirement age of 72. J.B. Pritzker signed Illinois' new congressional map on Tuesday, which the state's Democratic-run legislature passed last month. Kevin Stitt signed Oklahoma's new congressional and legislative maps on Monday, following their recent passage along party lines in the state's Republican-run legislature. The legislative maps, meanwhile, replace maps passed earlier this year, prior to the release of 2020 census data, that relied on population estimates. The majority was also unclear as to whether its decision applies only to Wisconsin's legislative maps, or also to its congressional districts.
Morning Digest: Blasting GOP's new map as 'racially gerrymandered,' veteran Black congressman quits
Hours before Spectrum News' Reuben Jones broke the news of the congressman's departure, Democratic state Sen. Don Davis told The Insider he would be interested in running for an open seat. ? OH Redistricting: Both chambers in Ohio's Republican-run legislature passed the GOP's new congressional map on Thursday, sending it to Republican Gov. Neil Parrott has announced that he'll seek a rematch against Democratic Rep. David Trone "no matter what the map looks like." ? MT-01: Democratic state Rep. Laurie Bishop announced Wednesday that she was ending her congressional campaign in order to run for re-election. Little edged out Labrador 37-33, but the defeated congressman soon rebounded by narrowly winning a 2019 race for state GOP chair.
Morning Digest: New GOP gerrymander could elect 11-3 GOP majority in swing state North Carolina
This includes splitting Democratic Rep. Kathy Manning's home county of Guilford between three districts, stranding her in a dark-red 11th District with GOP Rep. Virginia Foxx. Redistricting? AL Redistricting: Republican Gov. ? DE Redistricting: Democratic Gov. The end-goal is to oust sophomore Democratic Rep. Chris Pappas—either at the ballot box, or by convincing him not to seek re-election. ? TX-37: Democratic state Rep. Gina Hinojosa, who hadn't ruled out a bid for Texas' new 37th District, says she'll run for re-election to the legislature instead.
Voting Rights Roundup: Top North Carolina court halts filing, a sign it could block GOP gerrymanders
North Carolina's filing period was set to begin on Monday at 12 PM ET, but a three-judge panel on the state Court of Appeals indefinitely delayed filing for legislative and congressional candidates that morning. Redistricting? Alaska: Officials in Matanuska-Susitna Borough, a fast-growing community of 100,000 residents located north of Anchorage (and often known as "Mat-Su"), have filed a lawsuit in state court challenging the state's new legislative maps. Under state law, the panel was required to produce a new map by Nov. 30 but was unable to do so. Henry McMaster has quickly signed the new state legislative maps passed by the Republican-run legislature with a number of Democratic votes earlier this week. ? Vermont: Vermont's Apportionment Board has advanced proposed legislative maps to state lawmakers, though because the panel is advisory in nature, legislators are not obligated to consider its plans.
Morning Digest: No, that Georgia poll showing a 'tied' primary for governor doesn't actually show it
Their intent here is to target Republican Rep. Yvette Herrell, who first won office last year by ousting Democratic Rep. Xochitl Torres-Small 54-46 in a rematch. He ran in 2002 for what was then the 21st District and lost the GOP primary to none other than Nunes 37-33. State Rep. Julie Fahey, though, quickly took her name out of contention. ? TX-01: Businessman Joe McDaniel has joined the Republican primary for this safely red open seat in East Texas. The office will be on the ballot next year for a full four-year term, and the winner of the September Democratic primary should have no trouble in the general election.
Morning Digest: Another suburban surge saw Biden flip key Michigan district that Romney won in 2012
Former state Rep. Tim Kelly raised very little, and Kildee handily beat him 54-42. Veteran Republican Rep. Fred Upton, however, again ran well ahead of the ticket and won his 18th term 56-40. The following year, Ward was selected to run the state Republican Party and quickly brought the organization into disrepute. J.B. Pritzker, Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger tells Politico, "I never rule anything out." House? CA-08: Republican Rep. Paul Cook resigned Monday to take his spot on the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors.
Morning Digest: Top-tier Democrat challenging Boebert drops out after Colorado adopts new maps
Redistricting? IA Redistricting: Republican Gov. ? MA Redistricting: Republican Gov. Governors? CO-Gov: A new poll from Democratic pollster Global Strategy Group on behalf of the liberal group ProgressNow Colorado finds Democratic Gov. ? TX-Gov: A new poll from the University of Texas at Austin for the Texas Tribune finds Republican Gov. House? CA-21: Democrat Angel Lara, a former aide to Sen. Dianne Feinstein, has abandoned his bid for California's 21st Congressional District.
Morning Digest: When the disarray is real: Meet the Republican Senate primary in Pennsylvania
? OK Redistricting: Oklahoma’s Republican-run legislature passed new congressional and legislative maps on Friday, sending them to Republican Gov. Josh Green’s allies at 314 Action Fund have released a Public Policy Polling survey that shows him dominating next August’s Democratic primary. ? MA-Gov: YouGov’s poll for UMass Amherst and WCVB again finds Republican Gov. Democratic Gov. : President Joe Biden has appointed Theresa Greenfield, the 2020 Democratic Senate nominee in Iowa, to a U.S. Department of Agriculture post as the state’s director of rural development.
Morning Digest: New Maryland map aims to target Republicans and shield Democrats from primaries
But while there's no escaping that this map is a Democratic gerrymander, it's a half-hearted one at best. The plan would shred the swingy, GOP-held 10th District and make it all but impossible for Democrats to hold the open the 17th District while pushing Democratic Rep. Brendan Boyle into Republican Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick's 1st District. Boyle reacted indignantly to the proposal, with a spokesperson accusing Street, the son of former Philly Mayor John Street, of "conspiring with Republicans to push a gerrymandered Republican map for personal political gain." ? NY-Gov, NY-AG: Attorney General Tish James on Thursday abruptly ended her six-week old Democratic primary campaign against Gov. Hutson's most prominent supporter is District Attorney Jason Williams, whose own victory last year represented a big win for criminal justice reformers.
Morning Digest: Days after praising Idaho's governor, Trump backs his far-right primary foe
Redistricting? AK Redistricting: Alaska's redistricting commission agreed on a new state Senate map on Tuesday, with the board's three Republican appointees voting in favor and its two independent members against. Republican Rep. Scott Franklin, who represents the current 15th, would instead find himself in the redder 28th District. ? NH-Sen: WMUR reports that wealthy businessman Bill Binnie, who took a distant third in the 2010 Senate Republican primary, is interested in another try, but there's no word from Binnie himself. Governors? AR-Gov: Former White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders lost her last notable Republican primary foe on Tuesday night when Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced that she was switching to the race for lieutenant governor. ? IL-17: Two new Democrats announced campaigns for Illinois' revamped 17th Congressional District on Wednesday, former state Rep. Litesa Wallace and former TV meteorologist Eric Sorensen.
State Sen. Scott Martin of Lancaster joins GOP field for Pennsylvania governor
Read moreHARRISBURG — A Republican state senator from southcentral Pennsylvania said Saturday that he will run for governor, adding to the GOP’s double-digits-deep primary field aiming to take on the presumed Democratic nominee, state Attorney General Josh Shapiro, in next year’s election. Sen. Scott Martin, of Lancaster County, announced it in a video on his campaign website and Facebook page. He becomes the second Republican state senator in a field that is roughly a dozen deep and likely to grow. Martin, 49, a former county commissioner, was first elected in 2016, and is the Senate’s Education Committee chair. However, he has the advantage of being from a growing county that has the fourth-most registered Republicans in the state.
Democratic primary for attorney general fizzles out
A week ago, the Democratic field in the primary for state attorney general was expected to only grow. "After I launched my campaign, Letitia James announced that she is seeking re-election as Attorney General. Tish has been a tireless leader for New York as our Attorney General, including in the fight for reproductive rights," Vullo said in a statement released by her campaign. "I greatly admire the work Tish has done as Attorney General and she has my full and unwavering support for her re-election. State Sen. Michael Gianaris and Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez are not expected to run.
Tragic Comedy
An old formula of comedy asserts; tragedy plus time equals comedy—aside from that, Mrs. Lincoln, how did you enjoy the show? They have taken what usually would be comedic figures, elevated them, and turned the country’s fortunes into tragedy. In response to an anti-Arab/Muslim bigot, John McCain, vying for the presidency against Barack Obama, said, “No, ma’am. If it were not so tragic, a party in the thrall of a liar, someone less than an intellectual, without principles and legendarily dishonest, would be funny. McConnell reasons, the left will destroy America: “You pass the Green New Deal and Medicare for All, you have fundamentally changed this country, fundamentally changed it into an unproductive place with significant unemployment and huge problems,” McConnell said.
Weed Smoking Insurrectionist Defense: Certification of Electoral College Not An Official Act!
Ronald "Ronnie" Sandlin Smokin' Weed In the U.S. Capitol Building on Jan 6th. Sandlin’s lawyer argued that the certification of the Electoral College results is NOT an official act of Congress;therefore, how can Sandlin be charged with obstruction? If found guilty and convicted of obstruction, DeGrave and Sandlin could face up to 20 years in prison. Sandlin, DeGrave and a third man, Josiah Colt, met in Washington to attend the president’s “Stop the Steal” rally on Jan. 6. In the video, Sandlin, DeGrave and the third man are eating at a restaurant and talking about their plan.
A Poll: Regarding Senatorial Communications with Mark Meadows
Questions, questions, questions... In today’s article, “National Guard's Jan. 6 role was to 'protect pro Trump people,' Mark Meadows said” by Laura Clawson www.dailykos.com/… She remarks, “(Can’t wait to find out which senator that was. )” when referring to Meadow’s communication with an unnamed Senator. Well, I’m curious also. So here’s the poll:
PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN---DAY327---Evening-Shade-Monday
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) December 13, 2021x Today, President Biden will sign an executive order to bring government services into the digital era for things like renewing passports, applying for Social Security benefits, and getting aid after natural disasters. — Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) December 13, 2021KAMALA HARRISx Vice President Harris: "Women will die" if Roe is overturned or curtailed. — Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) December 13, 2021CDCx 60.8%: The share of all Americans who are fully vaccinated, according to the CDC. https://t.co/K1tCkwDEiv — Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) December 13, 2021TRUMPx Trump in Sept. 2016: "The mob takes the Fifth. — Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) December 13, 2021
The 1-6 Committee explains Why Meadows should be held in Contempt of Congress
WASHINGTON — The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol released a report on Sunday that laid out its case for a contempt of Congress charge against Mark Meadows, the chief of staff to former President Donald J. Trump, presenting evidence of Mr. Meadows’s deep involvement in the effort to overturn the 2020 presidential election. In the 51-page document, the committee said it wanted to question Mr. Meadows about an email he had sent a day before the attack advising that the National Guard would be used to defend Trump supporters . The panel said it also wanted to ask him about an exchange with an unnamed senator about rejecting electors for Joseph R. Biden Jr.[...]The report comes as the committee is scrutinizing a 38-page PowerPoint document containing plans to overturn Mr. Biden’s victory. That document, which Mr. Meadows provided to the committee, urged Mr. Trump to declare a national emergency to cling to power and included an unsupported claim that China and Venezuela had obtained control over the voting infrastructure in a majority of states. Mr. Giuliani has identified Mr. Waldron as a source of information for his legal campaign.
Week-end Wrap – Political Economy – December 12, 2021
Groups Never Admit Failure[Naval, via Naked Capitalism 12-9-2021]You get a schism instead. The pandemicHow well masks protect[Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, via Naked Capitalism 12-5-2021]Three metres are not enough to ensure protection. “The Quiet Scandal of College Teaching”Jonathan Zimmerman [Liberties, via Naked Capitalism Water Cooler 12-10-2021]“A majority of college teachers are now adjunct or contract faculty. Recently uncovered software flaw ‘most critical vulnerability of the last decade’[Guardian, via Naked Capitalism 12-11-2021]“Explainer: What caused Amazon’s outage? [Bloomberg, via Naked Capitalism 12-7-2021]Trump’s Next Coup Has Already BegunBarton Gellman, December 6, 2021 [The Atlantic]January 6 was practice.
Judge green-lights federal prosecutors’ use of ‘obstructing Congress’ charges in Jan. 6 insurrection
On Friday, District Judge Dabney Friedrich ruled against the effort by two defendants to have their “obstruction of an official proceeding” charges dismissed. And Judge Friedrich—a Donald Trump appointee—had little trouble discerning that the Joint Session of Congress that was interrupted by the attack was, indeed, an “official proceeding” under the law. It’s not clear whether these other judges will follow Friedrich’s ruling or logic, but as Marcy Wheeler observes, the trend in the courts is not going their way. As Wheeler observes, it’s possible he shared information that was central to the expectations of and plans by the militia that organized the assault. Not a lot of people are spending a lot of time in jail," an anonymous Justice Department prosecutor told CNN.
PowerPoint Doc Spells Out Trump's Failed Scheme to STEAL the 2020 Election: 'BradCast' 12
For me, as after the second shot, not so good (though much better than actual COVID!) Then, also breaking over the weekend, the release of a PowerPoint document called "Election Fraud, Foreign Interference & Options for JAN 6". It was obtained by the U.S. House Select Committee investigating January 6, from Donald Trump's former Chief of Staff Mike Meadows. But the main point is this: Donald Trump and his minions employed a coordinated attempt to steal the 2020 Presidential election. Donald Trump tried to STEAL the 2020 election and this was the "Rosetta Stone" road map for it.
Overnight News Digest: Tornado damage assessment continues
An unforgettable theme song, "Bill, Bill, Bill…" starts ringing in their ears. Manchin will also meet Tuesday with a group of moderate Democrats on voting rights. Voting-rights advocates want to see if Manchin would be open to a ‘carve-out’ to the Senate’s filibuster rule for voting rights legislation. The idea gained more urgency for voting rights advocates after the chamber approved a ‘one-time exception’ to its rules to approve a debt-limit increase by a simple majority vote. The crew of the Overnight News Digest consists of founder Magnifico, regular editors side pocket, maggiejean, Chitown Kev, eeff, Magnifico, annetteboardman, Rise above the swamp, Besame and jck.
Jan 6th Committee votes on contempt charges for Meadows
The Jan 6th Committee is meeting as we speak (started at 7:00 p.m. ET) to vote on contempt of Congress charges against Mark Meadows. pic.twitter.com/dZdTJmgc7d — January 6th Committee (@January6thCmte) December 13, 2021Follow the link below to watch the proceedings —x . x NEW: US House Select Jan 6 Cmte releases its Contempt of Congress report against Mark Meadows. -@RepPeteAguilar — January 6th Committee (@January6thCmte) December 14, 2021The final vote at 7:45 p.m.
New documents show Mark Meadows was "working toward The Donald" or Drumpfprinzip,
x NEW: the FULL house will vote on criminal contempt tomorrow for Meadows. The committee hearing and vote on Meadows are tonight at 7 PM EST. — Mueller, She Wrote (@MuellerSheWrote) December 13, 2021x Also, Meadows sent an email saying the National Guard would be there to PROTECT PRO TRUMP PEOPLE. 2/ pic.twitter.com/Y7VGSftCM6 — Mueller, She Wrote (@MuellerSheWrote) December 13, 2021x Note the several pages explaining the due diligence & good faith efforts the committee employed to give Meadows every opportunity to comply. pic.twitter.com/9EyWKJ8r0i — Glenn Kirschner (@glennkirschner2) December 13, 2021x Trump supporters flooded into DC on 11/14 and 12/12.
Trump official broke the law with attempt to silence government scientists during pandemic
“Documents reviewed by OSC prove that officials at Health and Human Services clamped down on damaging information about the severity of COVID-19 and limited the free speech of its scientists,” Freddy Martinez, a policy analyst at Open the Government, told Buzzfeed News. “When creating its press policies, HHS officials disregarded its employees’ important whistleblower rights in favor of secrecy.”While Caputo was only in that role for part of 2020, the Office of Special Counsel previously said that HHS violated federal law on gag rules on three other occasions in 2017 and 2018. And Caputo’s science adviser, Paul Alexander, made a separate effort to censor the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, an important weekly epidemiological digest from the CDC. I ask it to be stopped now!”Keeping scientists and public health experts from speaking about what was going on was a part of the Trump administration’s COVID-19 response. However, HHS employees are not required to speak to the media.
HOLY S***: FOX News Hosts Begged Mark Meadows to Get Trump to Stop the Insurrection on January 6th
Every day there is more evidence of the complicity of Donald Trump and his Confederacy of Traitors who tried to undermine democracy and overturn an election with violence. "As the violence continued, one of the president's sons texted Mr. Meadows, quote, 'He’s got to condemn this shit ASAP. Donald Trump Jr texted. "Still, president Trump did not immediately act. Donald Trump Jr texted again, again, and again.
We deserve better than this, Joe
We’re not the stereotypical hapless millennials the right-wing loves to depict us as; people are literally getting their Social Security checks garnished over student loan debt. https://t.co/RraYkkzijw — Ashley Reese (@offbeatorbit) December 11, 2021x Today is a great day for @JoeBiden to cancel student loan debt. Student loans repayments start January 31st, 2022.”Me: pic.twitter.com/hQvIgcH1KZ — Ken™?? (@__ItsKen_) December 9, 2021x Biden I just got a email about my student loans. They telling me the payment pause on student loans ends at the end of January. I swear you told us you was canceling student loan debt.
News Roundup: 800,000 American pandemic deaths; Manchin's 'blind trust' coal money not so blind
It turns out the coal baron senator might have personal reasons for scuttling anything that might impede the sale of coal? In the news today: At least 800,000 Americans have now died of COVID-19, and topping the 1 million mark now looks almost certain. Sen. Joe Manchin has long hidden behind claims that his coal wealth was tucked away in a "blind trust"; it now seems the Maserati-driving senator's blind trust isn't as "blind" as he had previously claimed. In the probe of the Jan. 6 insurrection, every new document to emerge has told the same story. Inside the Trump White House last January, Trump, his allies, and other Republican leaders were drafting plans to nullify the last election rather than abide Trump's loss.
The word missing from the vast majority of anti-trans legislation? Transgender
The word “transgender” didn’t appear in any of them. More anti-trans bills were introduced in state legislatures in 2021 than in any previous year on record. In Iowa (10 bills) and Montana (seven bills), the word transgender is not mentioned. That definition, at odds with the American Medical Association, has been seen in anti-trans bills across the country. The ADF in part helped kick off the trend of anti-trans legislation.
The Vast Majority of Anti-Trans Legislation Excludes the Word “Transgender”
The word “transgender” didn’t appear in any of them. More anti-trans bills were introduced in state legislatures in 2021 than in any previous year on record. While Texas introduced the most anti-trans legislation in 2021, six other states considered at least seven bills. In Iowa (10 bills) and Montana (seven bills), the word transgender is not mentioned. That definition, at odds with the American Medical Association, has been seen in anti-trans bills across the country.
Jan. 6 Committee Issues Contempt Charges for Former Trump Aide Mark Meadows
The House select committee investigating the January 6 Capitol attack has issued a scathing report on Trump’s former Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, asserting that his refusal to testify before the commission requires contempt of Congress charges. Meadows claimed that he couldn’t appear at the deposition because of executive privilege claims made by Trump. Early on, Meadows was one of the few former Trump staffers who was willing to work with investigators after being subpoenaed. But later on, Meadows was threatened with contempt charges for refusing to comply with the commission’s terms for his depositions. The January 6 commission will vote to forward contempt charges to the House of Representatives on Monday; the House is expected to vote on those charges later this week.
Government crisis in Sweden strengthens far-right
A government crisis in Sweden that began earlier this year with the temporary resignation of then Prime Minister Stefan Löfven has gained intensity over recent weeks. The four right-wing parties’ votes amounted to 174, one seat shy of the majority necessary to block Andersson’s election. Later that day, parliament debated two budget proposals for 2022, one drafted by the Social Democrats and another by the right-wing Moderates and Christian Democrats, and far-right Sweden Democrats. This marked the first time ever that a budget put together with the involvement of the Sweden Democrats was adopted. She vowed to impose the 2022 budget drafted by the Moderates, Christian Democrats, and Sweden Democrats.
The Right Is Now Weaponizing Recall Elections at Every Level of Government
Election recall efforts have recently become firmly entrenched in the political playbooks of the right. This year, in Colorado alone, 10 Democratic state legislators are now facing recall efforts. School board members in San Francisco are also facing recall, as is Los Angeles City Council member Mike Bonin. In the country as a whole, Ballotpedia is now tracking recall efforts against more than 200 school board members — an all-time high. Ballotpedia is now tracking recall efforts against more than 200 school board members — an all-time high.
One year of vaccines, but COVID pandemic rages on
It is not the vaccines, but American capitalist society, which has failed to meet the test of the pandemic. The COVID vaccines were presented as the ultimate weapon against SARS-CoV-2 that would end the pandemic once and for all and allow the world to return to normal. However, any illusions that somehow the vaccines would bring the pandemic to heel have since been shattered. The original WHO criteria for COVID vaccines set the bar at 50 percent. This is on top of the current total of close to 150,000 COVID deaths in the UK.
José Antonio Kast: Chile’s left paves the way for a fascist
This is the significance of fascistic presidential candidate José Antonio Kast traveling to United States at the beginning of December. José Antonio Kast giving press conference (source: Mediabanco Agencia)Very little has been revealed as to the content of the discussions. Over the last three years, the National Intelligence Agency has been revamped to combine military, security and public order divisions, permitting vast intelligence gathering operations. José Antonio is the son of Michael Kast, a Nazi officer who participated in Operation Barbarossa, Hitler’s genocidal war against the Soviet Union. Through the ballot box Kast proposes a police state and authoritarian regime.
Former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows referred for criminal contempt of Congress in January 6 probe
A new report recommending former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows be held in criminal contempt of Congress for his refusal to comply with a subpoena provides new evidence that the White House was directing the stand-down of the military during the January 6 attack on the Capitol. The stunning revelation that Trump’s chief of staff was intimately involved in directing the response of the National Guard prior to the attack on the Capitol was one of many important details Thompson enumerated. Acting Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller played a key role in delaying the deployment of the D.C. National Guard to the Capitol. Another significant detail revealed in Thompson’s report is that Mark Meadows was in “nonstop” communication with Kashyap “Kash” Patel, Miller’s chief of staff on January 6. This is hurting all of us, he is destroying his legacy,” Fox host Laura Ingraham, texted Meadows, according to Cheney.
'This is about Donald Trump': Mark Meadows responds to January 6th cmte vote recommending criminal charges
Former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows responded late Monday to the House Select Committee's vote to recommend prosecution for criminal contempt of Congress after he refused to testify before the panel. Meadows is the latest Trump adviser to face the legal ire of the Jan. 6 committee. In November, a federal grand jury charged former senior Trump adviser Steve Bannon with two counts of contempt of Congress. The committee also referred former Trump DOJ official Jeffrey Clark to the Justice Department for contempt of Congress. Asked how he intends to respond to the House vote, Meadows said, "hopefully the court’s will weigh in."
Mary Trump: Donald Trump had the power to stop Jan. 6 riot
Author and niece to Donald Trump, Mary Trump, joins Lawrence to discuss the news revealed by the Jan. 6 Select Cmte. that Trump Jr. was texting Trump Chief of Staff Mark Meadows -- instead of his own father -- during the attack on the Capitol.Dec.
Jan. 6 panel votes for contempt charges against Mark Meadows
WASHINGTON — The House panel investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection voted Monday to recommend contempt charges against former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows as lawmakers revealed a series of frantic texts he received as the attack was underway. The panel voted 9-0 to recommend the contempt charges. In response to one text from Trump Jr., Meadows texted: “I’m pushing it hard. “There’s an armed standoff at the House Chamber door,” the text read, according to the panel. In a text exchange with an unidentified senator, the committee said, Meadows said Trump believed Vice President Mike Pence had power to reject electors in his role presiding over the Jan. 6 certification.
Arizona election review: A look at the key players in the 'audit'
Logan and his company kept a low profile until the 2020 election, when he made clear he viewed the results as fraudulent. He has defended the findings of the ballot review and called for an overhaul to Arizona's voting systems. He dispatched Giuliani and others to help convince Republicans to take action after the 2020 election. THE ENABLERSChristina Bobb: She is the One America News correspondent who is also a lawyer and advocated for fundraising to sustain the ballot review. THE POLITICIANSPaul Boyer: The Glendale Republican state senator prevented the chamber from holding the county supervisors in contempt.
One year of vaccines: Many lives saved, many needlessly lost
The nation’s COVID-19 death toll stands at around 800,000 as the anniversary of the U.S. vaccine rollout arrives. Developed and rolled out at blistering speed, the vaccines have proved incredibly safe and highly effective at preventing deaths and hospitalizations. In Oklahoma, nearly 60% of COVID-19 deaths occurred after all adults were vaccine-eligible. California has seen more than 15,000 COVID-19 deaths since the state opened eligibility to all adults in mid-April. Her brother was sick, too, but “he refused to let me into the house because he said I shed coronavirus because I was vaccinated,” McKibbens recalled.
Oxford High School shooting: Everything we know about deadly Michigan attack and suspect Ethan Crumbley
Four students were killed and at least eight others injured in a mass shooting at a suburban high school in Michigan on 30 November. Ethan Crumbley, 15, is seen in his booking photo (AP)Three hours later, surveillance video purportedly showed Mr Crumbley emerging from a bathroom and opening fire on classmates. One of the injured victims is believed to be a teacher at Oxford High and the rest are pupils. Meanwhile, Ms McDonald said that there was a “mountain” of evidence against Mr Crumbley so far. An open letter that Mr Crumbley’s mother Jennifer wrote to Donald Trump in November 2016 also emerged last week.
Fox stars who publicly denied Trump role in Capitol riot privately asked he stop it
Among them were messages Laura Ingraham and Sean Hannity, both of whom have publicly defended Mr Trump’s actions on that day. Sean Hannity, one of Mr Trump’s favourite Fox hosts, wrote in a message to Mr Meadows: “Can he make a statement? Ms Ingraham has mocked testimony from Capitol police officers speaking to the January 6 committee on her show, The Ingraham Angle. Despite Mr Hannity’s plea for Mr Trump to call off the attackers, the Fox host later defended the former president on his show during an interview with Mr Meadows. "This is the same Donald Trump that said, ‘Many of you will peacefully and patriotically march to the Capitol so your voices may be heard,’’ Mr Hannity said .
Video shows scores of empty seats at Trump’s tour stop with ex-Fox News host Bill O’Reilly
Mr Trump has launched a speaking tour, with five separate stops, appearing alongside disgraced ex-Fox News anchor Bill O'Reilly, who left the broadcaster in 2017. Historically, Mr Trump didn't charge for admission to his political rallies, but on this occasion, fans had to fork out $100 for a ticket, right before the Christmas holidays. Sunday’s event was just the second leg of a tour featuring the former president and Mr O'Reilly, who was one of Fox News’ biggest TV stars only a decade ago. After the opening tour stop, Mr Trump said in a statement that the gathering yielded a “great time,” adding that he hoped to return to the Sunshine State in the “not too distant future”. Mr O'Reilly meanwhile, has generally shied away from public appearances in recent years, after being unceremoniously ousted by Fox News due to allegations of misconduct.
U.S. top diplomat Antony Blinken seeks to rally U.S. allies in Asia
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Tuesday criticized China’s “aggressive actions” in Asia while laying out plans to more closely integrate Washington’s allies and security partners in Asia. He said the Biden administration doesn’t want conflict in Asia, and would ensure competition with China doesn’t veer into a “catastrophic” conflict. Despite the comments, Blinken faces some bruised feelings in Southeast Asia. The administration didn’t invite Singapore — arguably America’s most reliable partner in Southeast Asia — to take part in President Joe Biden’s “democracy summit” last week. That’s left the Biden administration pushing an economic “framework” for the region that so far is short on details.
Blinken urges end to Chinese 'aggressive actions' in Indo-Pacific
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has urged China to stop 'aggressive actions' in the Indo-Pacific regionJakarta (AFP) – US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Tuesday urged China to cease "aggressive actions" in the Indo-Pacific, speaking during a visit to the region, as Washington seeks to bolster alliances against Beijing. Blinken's comments came in Indonesia, the first leg of a Southeast Asian tour, the latest visit to the region by a senior US official in recent months. In a speech outlining the US approach to the Indo-Pacific, Blinken said Washington would work with allies and partners to "defend the rules-based order" and countries should have the right to "choose their own path". Expansive claimsChina claims almost all of the resource-rich South China Sea, with competing claims from four Southeast Asian states as well as Taiwan. US-China tensions have soared over self-ruled, democratic Taiwan, which China claims as its territory and has vowed to retake one day, by force if necessary.
Thompson & Cheney Opening Statements at Select Committee Business Meeting
Don’t let lawsuits or op-eds about executive privilege by Mr. Meadows or his representatives confuse you. The same book that goes into detail about matters the Select Committee is reviewing. It also details conversations he had with President Trump and others—conversations we want to hear more about. “And if you’re listening at home, Mr. Meadows, Mr. Bannon, Mr. Clark, I want you to know this: history will be written about these times, about the work this Committee has undertaken. “I’ll now yield to a distinguished leader on the Select Committee, Ms. Cheney of Wyoming, for any opening remarks she’d care to make.”* * *Vice Chair Cheney: “Thank you very much, Mr. Chairman.
Two Jan. 6 Organizers Are Coming Forward and Naming Names: ‘We’re Turning It All Over’
Two key organizers of the main Jan. 6 rally in Washington, D.C. are coming in from the cold. They include Instagram messages Lawrence exchanged with Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-N.C.) as she tried to get him to speak at the Ellipse rally. The trio were photographed beaming together at the Ellipse rally on Jan. 6. Alexander denied any responsibility for the Jan. 6 violence and accused Stockton and Lawrence of lying to the press. Once he woke up on Jan. 6, Stockton says he wanted the Ellipse rally organizers to denounce the attack as forcefully as possible.
Texts: Trump Jr. pleaded to Meadows have father condemn Jan. 6 attack
Why it matters: The committee's focus on the former White House chief of staff brings them one step closer to the former president. Texts read aloud during the briefing hearing showed Donald Trump Jr. pleading with Meadows to have his father urge an end to the Capitol assault. ), the vice chairwoman on the committee, read a series of texts from GOP lawmakers, Fox News personalities and Trump Jr., all pleading with Meadows to have the president urge an end to the Capitol assault. “He’s got to condemn this shit ASAP,” Cheney read aloud from a text sent by Trump Jr. to Meadows. His attorney announced last week that Meadows believed he was protected by executive privilege and would no longer cooperate with the investigation.
Donald Trump Jr. said his father needed to 'condemn' Capitol violence as it unfolded, Meadows texts reveal
Washington (CNN) Donald Trump Jr. said in a series of text messages to then-White House chief of staff Mark Meadows that his father needed to "condemn" the US Capitol insurrection as it unfolded. The messages from Trump Jr. -- which the House select committee investigating the January 6 riot revealed before voting to hold Meadows in contempt of Congress -- provide a window into the kind of urgent messages that top Trump surrogates and officials traded as the riot unfolded. "'He's got to condemn this sh*t ASAP. The Capitol Police tweet is not enough,'" Trump Jr. wrote in one message to Meadows, according to the committee's vice chairwoman, Republican Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming. Cheney detailed that when Meadows had texted back that he agreed, Trump Jr. said: "We need an Oval office address.
Blinken says U.S. to advance defence, economic alliances in Indo-Pacific
Indonesia's President Joko Widodo gestures while speaking with the U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken as U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia Sung Y. Kim, Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi and Indonesian State Secretary Pratikno stand behind during their meeting at the Merdeka Palace in Jakarta, Indonesia, December 13, 2021. Courtesy of Lukas/Indonesia's Presidential Palace/Handout via REUTERSJAKARTA, Dec 14 (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Tuesday the United States would advance a free and open Indo-Pacific and deepen treaty alliances and defence and intelligence capabilities with partners in the region. Blinken said the United States was committed to a new regional economic framework, which would include more foreign direct investment and U.S. companies identifying opportunities. The United States and allies would press Myanmar's junta to end violence, free detainees and return to democracy, he added.
Fox News Hosts Sent Texts to Meadows Urging Trump to Act as Jan. 6 Attack Unfolded
Three prominent Fox News anchors sent concerned text messages on Jan. 6 to Mark Meadows, the last chief of staff for President Donald J. Trump, urging him to persuade the president to take the riot seriously and to make an effort to stop it. The texts were made public on Monday, shortly before the House committee scrutinizing the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol voted 9-0 in favor of recommending that Mr. Meadows be charged with contempt of Congress. Representative Liz Cheney, Republican of Wyoming, read the text messages aloud. “This is hurting all of us. He is destroying his legacy.”
Israel Finds Planes That Could Be Key to a Strike on Iran Badly Back-Ordered
WASHINGTON — Israel asked the Biden administration last week to speed up the delivery of refueling tankers that could prove critical to striking Iran’s nuclear facilities, but it was told that the aircraft were back-ordered and it was unlikely that its first one would be ready until late 2024, according to U.S. and Israeli officials. The Israeli defense minister, Benny Gantz, made the request last week when he met with Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III and other senior officials in Washington. Details were reported earlier by Yedioth Ahronoth, an Israeli newspaper. The request came amid new tensions between Washington and Jerusalem over how to deal with Iran’s nuclear program. Since mid-2018, when President Donald J. Trump pulled out of a deal aimed at limiting Iran’s nuclear activities, Tehran has made significant gains in its nuclear fuel production, despite repeated operations by Israeli intelligence services to sabotage uranium-enrichment sites and a factory that produced nuclear centrifuges.
Opinion: Trump delivers Georgia Democrats a holiday gift
No Republican governor has ever lost reelection since Georgia began allowing governors to run for consecutive terms. Trump is doing a huge favor for Stacey Abrams, the Democrat who Kemp beat by a razor-thin margin in 2018. Ossoff beat Perdue partly because Trump went on a rampage in Georgia after losing in November. Another loss in 2022 would make it clear just how much damage Trump is doing to the party at the polls. That, like so much else about what lies ahead for Trump, the Republican Party and American democracy, remains an open question.
'Blueprint For A Coup' Is Bared In House Panel's Report On Mark Meadows, Columnist Says
The report issued about former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows last week by the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol reads like a “blueprint for a coup,” wrote Washington Post columnist Greg Sargent. The report provides a chilling look at a plot to “thwart a legitimately elected government from taking power,” initially through “corrupt pressure” on government actors and “then through mob violence,” Sargent said. He also sent emails urging the Justice Department to investigate unsupported claims of voter fraud, according to the House committee report. “The whole coup blueprint is right there in black and white,” Sargent warned. “So is the scope and reach of what Meadows and others stonewalling the Jan. 6 committee are so eager to cover up.
Fox News hosts texted Meadows on Jan. 6 saying Trump needed to call off rioters, House panel says
"Indeed, according to the records, multiple Fox News hosts knew the president needed to act immediately" on Jan. 6, Cheney said. "But hours passed without necessary action by the president," Cheney said on Monday. And gotten out of hand,” Trump Jr. said in one of the texts read aloud. A majority vote would result in asking the Justice Department to prosecute Meadows, a former House member. The Justice Department acted on a similar House recommendation regarding former Trump aide Steve Bannon, who faces two criminal charges.
Cheney reads alleged Jan. 6 texts to Mark Meadows from Fox News hosts, Trump Jr.
They texted Mr. Meadows. As the violence continued, one of the president's sons texted Mr. Meadows quote, "he's got to condemn this shit ASAP. Donald Trump Jr. Texted. Donald Trump Jr texted again and again urging action by the president quote, "we need an Oval Office address. Did Donald Trump through action or inaction corruptly seek to obstruct or impede Congress's official proceedings to count electoral votes?
Organizers of Jan. 6 rally sue Verizon to prevent cellphone records release
Organizers of the Jan. 6 rally outside the White House are suing Verizon in an attempt to prevent the company from sharing cellphone data with the Select Committee on the January 6 Attack. The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court in New Jersey Monday, argues that the committee's subpoena of the phone records is "unconstitutional" and instead is asking for them to be destroyed. The committee's subpoena asks Verizon for call, text and location information from the cellphones for their alleged involvement in the "Stop the Steal" rally outside the White House. The select committee was formed on a mostly party-line vote in July, with many Republicans calling the probe politically motivated. and Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., both fierce Trump critics, represent the GOP on the committee.
White House wanted to talk to Attorney General Mark Brnovich after Trump's Arizona defeat
In the wake of last year’s election, the Trump White House wanted to talk to Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich about election fraud, text messages from former Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows reveal. The texts showed efforts to rally support for pro-Trump forces both in public protests as well as in statehouses around the country after Trump’s defeat in the 2020 election, according to Politico. Brnovich, a Republican, is in his final term as attorney general and is running for the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate. As attorney general, he was involved in the certification of the results of the 2020 election, drawing Trump’s condemnation. Brnovich’s office is currently doing a criminal investigation of the 2020 election, in the wake of a ballot review commissioned by the Arizona Senate.
Here are the Republicans running or likely to run for governor against Tony Evers in 2022
Here is a non-exhaustive list of Republicans who have considered running against him or announced their campaigns. Rebecca KleefischThe former lieutenant governor to Gov. Nicholson is likely to either run for governor or U.S. Senate if Republican Sen. Ron Johnson doesn't seek a third term. More:Bill McCoshen, a likely candidate for governor, was once cited for urinating in a tavernJohn MaccoThe fourth-term Assembly member from Ledgeview filed paperwork in August to run for governor but said at the time he had not made a final decision on a run. In November, he announced he would not run for governor and would back Kleefisch.
Does the Republican Party still want Trump?
With the midterms less than a year away, both parties are scrambling to find an electoral strategy. Do Republican voters want Donald Trump to continue to play a role in their party? Experts explain how Donald Trump's presence impacts the GOP and how Republicans that are distancing themselves from Donald Trump might approach the elections.
U.S. pitches truce to Japan over Trump-era steel and aluminum tariffs
The U.S. made an offer to Japan aimed at resolving disputes over tariffs imposed on Japanese steel and aluminum under former President Donald Trump in 2018, people familiar with the situation said. The metals dispute started in 2018, when Trump imposed duties on steel and aluminum from the European Union, Asia and elsewhere, citing risks to national security. In 2020, inbound steel shipments to the U.S. from Japan totaled 732,158 tons, Census said in a separate report. While the EU responded with retaliatory tariffs on the U.S., Japan took a softer approach. The steel and aluminum tariffs remain in place on imports from the U.K. Last week, Raimondo and U.K. Secretary of State for International Trade Anne-Marie Trevelyan discussed finding a solution early next year.
US congressional committee votes to hold former Trump chief of staff Meadows in contempt
Former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows speaking to reporters at the US Capitol in July 2020. Lawmakers investigating the assault on the US Capitol voted unanimously Monday to pursue criminal contempt charges against Donald Trump’s former chief of staff for refusing to testify. Meadows was Trump’s most senior aide at the time of the assault and was reportedly with the then-president in the White House as the rioters breached the Capitol. The committee will green-light the contempt citation Monday evening and the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives is expected to vote Tuesday to refer Meadows to the Justice Department. If convicted, Meadows could face a six-month prison term for each contempt charge, but more likely would be fined.
Jan. 6 rally organizers sue Verizon to stop release of cell phone records
The House Jan. 6 committee had subpoenaed the records as part of its probe. Several organizers of the Jan. 6 rally near the White House filed a lawsuit Monday against Verizon to prevent the telecommunications giant from sharing cell phone data with the congressional committee investigating the deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol. All the plaintiffs are longtime Republican political operatives, and most worked for Trump since his first presidential campaign in 2015. Earlier this month, each of the plaintiffs received a letter from Verizon informing them that the company had also been subpoenaed by the committee for their respective records. "These witnesses have their eye on the 2022 elections and think they can run out the clock," Comstock said.
Jan. 6 panel votes to hold Meadows in contempt
The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol attack voted Monday to hold former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows Mark MeadowsJan. It was a step Trump would not take for more than three hours, and leaders of the select committee seem to be homing in on that detail. 6 panel details case for holding Meadows in contempt ahead of House vote Jan. 6 commission postpones Jason Miller deposition after he engages with committee Appeals court rejects Trump effort to deny records to Jan. 6 panel MORE (D-Miss. ), chairman of the select committee. In a 51-page report released Sunday by the select committee, investigators detailed the types of questions they would have asked Meadows had he appeared before them.
Douglas Murray scolds Biden and Democrats for politicizing deadly tornado to advance climate change agenda
Author Douglas Murray accused President Biden on Monday of politicizing the deadly tornadoes to advance his far-left climate agenda as Democrats rushed to cast blame for the devastating storm. "Natural disasters now are used by Democrats and people on the climate left in particular as just another opportunity to push a particular political ideology," Murray told "Fox News Primetime" host Will Cain. BIDEN USES TORNADO TRAGEDY TO PUSH CLIMATE AGENDAWhile speaking to reporters and virtually assessing the tornado damage from Wilmington, Delaware on Saturday, Biden was asked whether he "could conclude that these storms and the intensity have to do with climate change." "All I know is that the intensity of the weather across the board has some impacts as a consequence of the warming of the planet and climate change," Biden said. "The Democrats never want to dwell on this because they have forgotten that there have always been throughout human history been what we used to call natural disasters," Murray said.
Jan. 6 committee recommends holding Mark Meadows in criminal contempt
After the unanimous committee vote, the full House could hold Meadows in contempt as early as Tuesday. Cheney said the messages left "no doubt" the White House "knew exactly what was happening" at the Capitol during the riot. Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., read aloud from text messages Meadows received from unnamed GOP lawmakers before and after the riot. "A day after a failed attempt to stop the peaceful transfer of power, an elected lawmaker tells the White House chief of staff, 'I'm sorry nothing worked.' Should the House vote go through, Meadows would become the first former lawmaker to be held in criminal contempt by his former chamber.
Mark Meadows held in contempt by House Jan. 6 committee
Mark Meadows held in contempt by House Jan. 6 committeeIf federal prosecutors act, Meadows would be the second Trump administration official prosecuted for contempt, after former Trump adviser Steve Bannon.
Jan. 6 Committee Recommends Contempt Charge for Meadows
WASHINGTON — Mark Meadows, the last White House chief of staff for President Donald J. Trump, played a far more substantial role in plans to try to overturn the 2020 election than was previously known, and he was involved in failed efforts to get Mr. Trump to order the mob invading the Capitol on Jan. 6 to stand down, investigators for the House committee scrutinizing the attack have learned. From a trove of about 9,000 documents that Mr. Meadows turned over before halting his cooperation with the inquiry, a clearer picture has emerged about the extent of his involvement in Mr. Trump’s attempts to use the government to invalidate the election results. The documents also shed light on Mr. Meadows’s knowledge and guidance of a plan by right-wing lawmakers to try to use Congress to overturn the election, and on how he coordinated with organizers of the rally in Washington that culminated in the deadly riot at the Capitol. Then, according to text messages that members of the panel read aloud on Monday, Mr. Meadows fielded dozens of requests from terrified lawmakers, administration officials and even members of Mr. Trump’s family on Jan. 6 begging for the president to call off the throngs of his supporters storming the Capitol. Mr. Meadows told people that day that he was trying to persuade Mr. Trump to do so.
How China uses the UN and WHO for its own nefarious ends
Tedros succeeded China’s Margaret Chan, who as director-general spent considerable time placing Chinese and China-sympathetic personnel into key positions. World Health Organization Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus won his seat in 2017 as Beijing backed him. Chinese President Xi Jinping is using the United Nations to stomp on nearby adversaries such as Hong Kong and Taiwan. This was anathema to China, which was determined to snuff out any Taiwanese efforts at their first appearance. John Bolton was national security adviser to President Trump from 2018 to 2019 and US ambassador to the United Nations from 2005 to 2006.
Fox News hosts urged Meadows to have Trump stop Jan. 6 violence, texts show
While Ingraham that afternoon called the attack “disgraceful” and said that “the president needs to tell everyone to leave the building,” later that night, she suggested on-air that some of the rioters might have been left-wing agitators rather than Trump supporters. “I have never seen Trump rally attendees wearing helmets, black helmets, brown helmets, black backpacks — the uniforms you saw in some of these crowd shots,” she said.
Former Israeli Prime Minister Rips 'Pathetic' Trump For Fury Over Recognition Of Biden Win
Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert called Donald Trump “pathetic” and “crazy” for profanely attacking Benjamin Netanyahu because he recognized Joe Biden’s presidential victory in November. Netanyahu, who was the Israeli prime minister throughout the Trump administration, did what most world leaders do: He recognized and congratulated the duly elected president of the United States, Olmert suggested in the opening session Monday of the Annual Leadership Dialogue on Israel-UK-Australia Relations. AdvertisementYet Trump reportedly was furious that Netanyahu congratulated Biden after he won the election. He emphasized that he doesn’t like, trust or “believe in [Netanyahu’s] integrity.”AdvertisementNetanyahu was Israel’s prime minister for 15 years, relinquishing the role last June to Naftali Bennett. He served as Israeli prime minister from 2006 to 2009.
Jan. 6 rally organizers sue Verizon to block release of cell phone data to congressional committee
“The Plaintiffs are four private citizens who were not involved in any federal government activities or programs. Investigators are examining connections between the rally organizers and former President Donald Trump, who highlighted the event on social media. “Big protest in D.C. on January 6th,” Trump tweeted on Dec. 19, one of his many tweets calling for people to attend. “The Plaintiffs answered every single question about what happened at the event, who spoke, who the Plaintiffs spoke with, and when. The bipartisan panel investigating Jan. 6 has issued dozens of subpoenas to Trump allies and former White House officials, including former Chief of Staff Mark Meadows.
Capitol Rioter Who Used Fire Extinguisher On Cops Says He Realizes 'Tyrannical' Trump Lied
HuffPost identified Robert Scott Palmer (center) as a member of the pro-Trump crowd that stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. In a letter to Chutkan released in connection with his court case, Palmer wrote that he now realizes he was lied to by Trump and his advocates. He continued posting memes about the election he thought had been stolen. “In the event of a Civil War, I’m not afraid of the 81 Million Biden Voters,” he posted on Jan. 12. (In fact, prosecutors say, Palmer wasn’t shot with a less-lethal round until later, when he approached police “screaming obscenities” and then threw a pole “like a spear” at officers.)
Jan. 6 panel: Fox News hosts texted Meadows amid riot, urged intervention
Before voting to hold Mark Meadows in contempt, the January 6th committee revealed text messages in which Fox News hosts Laura Ingraham, Sean Hannity, and Brian Kilmeade begged Mark Meadows to get Trump to call of the riot. Dec. 14, 2021
Rep. Liz Cheney read text messages she said Mark Meadows got during the Jan. 6 siege
Rep. Liz Cheney read text messages she said Mark Meadows got during the Jan. 6 siegeEnlarge this image toggle caption Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images Anna Moneymaker/Getty ImagesPrior to a unanimous vote to refer Mark Meadows for contempt of Congress charges, Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., the ranking Republican on the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection, read a series of text messages she said Meadows received during the Capitol attack. But this vote on contempt today relates principally to Mr. Meadows' refusal to testify about text messages and other communications that he admits are not privileged. Mr. Meadows received numerous text messages, which he has produced without any privilege claim – imploring that Mr. Trump take the specific action we all knew his duty required. Republican members of Congress and others wrote to Mark Meadows as the attack was underway:-"Hey, Mark, protestors are literally storming the Capitol. As Mr. Meadows non-privileged texts reveal, Meadows communicated multiple times with a member of Congress who was working with Clark.
'Destroying his legacy': Fox News hosts urged White House to act during Jan. 6 riot, committee reveals
Meadows’s attorney said the former top White House aide believes his testimony is protected by executive privilege. Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., vice chair of the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. The report also referenced text messages Meadows sent to and received from an organizer of the rally where Trump spoke near the White House before the attack. In a separate interview with the Washington Post, however, Waldron said he visited the White House multiple times after the election and spoke with Meadows “maybe eight to 10 times.”Trump departs with White House chief of staff Mark Meadows in October 2020. Last week, a federal appeals court ruled against Trump’s effort to override Biden’s authority and block the Jan. 6 panel from accessing his White House records.
Cheney reads alleged Jan. 6 texts to Mark Meadows from Fox News hosts, Trump Jr.
Associated PressThe House panel investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection voted Monday to recommend contempt charges against former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows as lawmakers revealed a series of frantic texts he received as the attack was underway. The texts, provided by Meadows before he ceased cooperating with the committee, revealed that members of Congress, Fox News anchors and even President Donald Trump’s own son were urging Meadows to push Trump to act quickly to stop the siege by his supporters. “We need an Oval address," Donald Trump Jr. texted Meadows as his father's supporters were breaking into the Capitol, sending lawmakers running for their lives and interrupting the certification of President Joe Biden's victory.
Fox News hosts pleaded with Mark Meadows in text messages during January 6 siege, asked for Trump to end the violence
Photo by /John Minchillo/ APRep. Liz Cheney said the January 6 committee obtained text messages from Fox News personalities. The messages were handed over by Mark Meadows, former President Trump's chief of staff. The messages implore Trump to speak out against the violence. "Mark, the president needs to tell people in the Capitol to go home," Laura Ingraham texted Mark Meadows, former President Trump's chief of staff. Insider could not immediately reach Fox News about the text messages read by Cheney.
Former Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows held in contempt by House Jan. 6 committee
Committee members said Meadows had no legitimate claim of executive privilege for questions covering the 9,000 documents he's already provided. The House committee scheduled a vote Monday evening to recommend the full House find Meadows in contempt for defying a subpoena for documents and testimony. Terwilliger also argued executive privilege protects the institution of the presidency, rather than a specific occupant such as Trump. The committee report alleged Meadows hasn’t provided any justification for a claim of executive privilege. Meadows has refused to provide the Select Committee with information and testimony that has no conceivable, associated privilege claims,” the committee report said.
Judge won’t toss key charge in case of Capitol rioters arrested in Vegas
A federal judge has refused to throw out a key charge against two men accused of storming the U.S. Capitol to obstruct the Electoral College vote certification proceedings. U.S. District Judge Dabney Friedrich ruled on Friday that an obstruction charge applies to the Justice Department’s case against Ronald Sandlin and Nathaniel DeGrave. Friedrich also concluded that the obstruction charge covers a broader set of acts than what the defense lawyers contended. The obstruction charge is a felony punishable by a maximum of 20 years imprisonment. Jacob Chansley and Paul Allard Hodgkins, two rioters who pleaded guilty to the same obstruction charge, were sentenced to 41 months and 8 months in prison, respectively.
Jan. 6 panel votes for contempt charges against Mark Meadows
WASHINGTON — The House panel investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection voted Monday to recommend contempt charges against former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows as lawmakers demand his testimony about then-President Donald Trump’s actions before and during the attack. The committee voted 9-0 to move forward with criminal charges against Meadows, who declined to appear for a deposition last week. The House voted to recommend charges against Bannon in October, and the Justice Department indicted him on two counts of contempt last month. Meadows himself sued the panel, asking a court to invalidate two subpoenas that he says are "overly broad and unduly burdensome." The panel said Meadows also provided text messages sent to and from members of Congress "before, during, and after the attack on the United States Capitol."
Donald Trump Jr sent desperate texts to Mark Meadows during Capitol riot urging Trump to act
The committee investigating January 6 has revealed that Donald Trump Jr. texted Mark Meadows during the Capitol riot, urging President Trump to take action. This comes as the House select committee unanimously supported a contempt of Congress charge for the former White House chief of staff, who ceased cooperation with the panel after turning over his texts. Begging his father to address the rioters, Mr Trump Jr. texted Mr Meadows, “He has to condemn this s***. He has to lead now. It has gone too far and gotten out of hand.”Sign up to our US evening newsletter here
General Hospital actor Ingo Radermacher sues ABC after being booted from show for vaccine refusal
General Hospital actor Ingo Rademacher is suing ABC after he was fired from the popular soap opera for refusing to comply with an on-set vaccination mandate. General Hospital actor Ingo Rademacher - who was fired from the soap opera due to his refusal to get vaccinated against COVID-19 - is suing ABC, calling the vaccine mandate put in place for actors unconstitutional. The General Hospital former mainstay also wants the court to label ABC's vaccine mandate as 'unconstitutional' and is seeking damages. 'General Hospital', which takes place in the fictional town of Port Charles, New York has been on the air since 1963. 'I am aware of a transphobic post shared by a fellow General Hospital actor,' James who plays Dr. Terry Randolph on the soap opera, shared on Twitter.
Korea to push for entry to 11-member CPTPP
Finance Minister Hong Nam-ki speaks during a ministerial meeting at Government Complex Seoul, Dec. 13. In addition, the nation has unveiled a policy to push for bilateral FTAs with more countries, including Mexico. In a ministerial meeting, Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Hong Nam-ki said that the government “is seeking to collect public opinions and reach social consensus” over the entry to the CPTPP. The government seeks the CPTPP accession to expand trade and investment and bolster the status of Korea as a major trader in the global stage, Hong said. The collective trade volume by the 11 nations participating in the CPTPP had reached about $5.7 trillion as of 2019, making up 15.2 percent of the total global trade figure.
Meadows texts show Hannity, Don Jr. wanted Trump to stop Jan. 6 riot
“He's got to condemn this shit ASAP,” Donald Trump Jr. texted Meadows as the attack was underway. Meadows also received dozens of texts from GOP lawmakers, staffers and members of the press trapped inside the Capitol during the assault, Cheney said. “We are under siege here at the Capitol,” read one text. “They have breached the Capitol,” read another. These non privileged texts are further evidence of President Trump's supreme dereliction of duty during those 187 minutes.”—Updated at 8:51 p.m.
Jan. 6 panel recommends contempt for Meadows, reveals panicked texts from Trump Jr., Fox hosts over riot
The select committee investigating the Capitol riot recommended Monday that the House hold former President Donald Trump's White House chief of staff Mark Meadows in contempt of Congress for defying a subpoena. "He's got to condemn this s--- ASAP," Donald Trump Jr. texted Meadows at one point, select committee vice chair Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., revealed. Meadows had refused to sit for a deposition to answer investigators' questions about the then-president's actions on Jan. 6. The bipartisan, nine-member panel voted unanimously in support of a 51-page report that includes a resolution recommending that the House find Meadows in contempt for defying a subpoena for documents and testimony. "When the records raise questions — as these most certainly do — you have to come in and answer those questions," select committee chairman Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., said before the vote in a public meeting Monday evening.
Donald Trump Jr. texted Mark Meadows during the January 6 riot begging him to have Trump make a speech to stop the riots
Donald Trump Jr. texted Meadows multiple times to have Trump make a speech to call off the riot. Cheney said Trump Jr. texted Meadows multiple times asking him to get the former president to make a speech. "He's got to condemn this shit ASAP," Trump Jr. texted. It has gone too far and gotten out of hand," Trump Jr. responded. "Please get him on TV," Brian Kilmeade, a cohost of the morning show "Fox & Friends," texted Meadows.
A White House kowtow to Beijing and other commentary
From the right: A White House Kowtow to Beijing“The White House is cutting video feeds at a “Democracy Summit, lest the Taiwanese representative’s map irk the Chinese,” snarks National Review’s Jim Geraghty: The map showed Taiwan as independent, not a province of China as the mainland claims. “There’s no need for China to censor what our leaders can say to us. Those who can’t adapt, say, by spending money on private security, “are faced with one option: to leave their city and often the state.” How’d this happen? : Back in 2020, Hunter set up a business meeting with his dad and businessman Tony Bobulinski. But “all of this barely touches the surface of Hunter Biden’s” corrupt business dealings.
House Jan. 6 panel recommends contempt charges for former Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows
?The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot recommended criminal contempt charges Monday for former Trump White House chief of staff Mark Meadows over his refusal to testify. Meadows was in contact with at least some of the private individuals who planned and organized a January 6 rally, one of whom reportedly may have expressed safety concerns to Mr. Meadows about January 6 events. Mr. Meadows used his personal cell phone to discuss the rally in the days leading up to January 6,” Thompson wrote in the report. The January 6 House Select Committee recommended criminal contempt charges for former Trump White House chief of staff Mark Meadows. “Without intervention by this Court, Mr. Meadows faces the harm of both being illegally coerced into violating the Constitution and having a third party involuntarily violate Mr. Meadows rights and the requirements of relevant laws governing records of electronic communications,” it added.
Opinion : What the pandemic disaster teaches for next time. Masks, sure, but also trust.
The latest health index report, released Dec. 8, offers some insights. At the start of the pandemic, it found, the United States scored poorly on public confidence in government, which undermined adherence to mitigation measures, such as wearing masks, complying with stay-at-home orders and vaccination mandates. “Over nearly two years,” the report says, “U.S. For example, officials who knew the U.S. stockpile of personal protective equipment was short were ignored when they called for funds to replenish it, the report says. We’d add this was not only a Trump issue; such problems in U.S. public health programs and funding are long-standing.
Release Trump’s financial records to House, in accord with Jan. 6 ruling, congressional lawyers urge appeals court
The case was not resolved before Congress’s term expired in January 2020, but the newly elected House, still under Democratic control, renewed its request this February. In an Aug. 11 opinion, Mehta upheld the subpoena again but whittled down the documents lawmakers could obtain to Trump’s personal financial records from 2017 and 2018, when he was president, and records regarding the Trump Organization’s federal lease for its Washington hotel at the Old Post Office building.
Jan. 6 committee votes to recommend Mark Meadows for prosecution
The House Jan. 6 Committee voted 9-0 on Monday to recommend former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows for prosecution after he refused to testify before the committee. "Mr. Meadows was in contact with at least some of the private individuals who planned and organized a January 6 rally, one of whom reportedly may have expressed safety concerns to Mr. Meadows about January 6 events. Mr. Meadows used his personal cell phone to discuss the rally in the days leading up to January 6," Chairman Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., wrote in a 51-page report released late Sunday. JAN. 6 COMMITTEE VOWS CONTEMPT PROCEEDINGS IF MARK MEADOWS FAILS TO APPEARMeadows was previously cooperating with the committee's investigation into the events surrounding the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol by a mob of Trump supporters. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPFox News' Tyler Olson contributed to this report.
House January 6th committee votes to seek contempt charges against Mark Meadows
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailHouse January 6th committee votes to seek contempt charges against Mark MeadowsCNBC's Tyler Mathisen reports that the House committee investigating the January 6th insurrection has unanimously voted to see contempt charges against former Trump Chief of Staff Mark Meadows.
Jan. 6 panel recommends contempt for Meadows, reveals panicked texts from Trump Jr., Fox hosts over riot
The select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot recommended Monday that the House hold former President Donald Trump's White House chief of staff Mark Meadows in contempt of Congress for defying a subpoena. The bipartisan, nine-member panel voted unanimously in support of a report that includes a resolution recommending that the House find Meadows in contempt and refer him to the Department of Justice for criminal prosecution. The 51-page contempt report lays out Meadows' refusal to fully comply with the subpoena, which required him to produce a slew of records to the committee and sit for a deposition with the investigators. Bill Clark | CQ-Roll Call, Inc. | Getty ImagesMeadows had handed over thousands of records, the committee said, before reversing course and refusing to cooperate, citing Trump's assertion that Meadows' testimony is protected by executive privilege. "When the records raise questions — as these most certainly do — you have to come in and answer those questions," select committee chairman Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., said before the vote in a public meeting Monday evening.
Fox News Hosts, Don Jr. Texted En Masse To Get Trump To Do Something Amid Capitol Riot
Ask people to leave the Capitol?” Fox News’ Sean Hannity texted to Meadows during the riot, seeking action from Trump. “Mark, the president needs to tell people in the Capitol to go home,” Fox News host Laura Ingraham texted. “Destroying everything you have accomplished.”Cheney said there were “dozens” of texts encouraging Meadows to intervene to encourage “immediate action by the president.” The Wyoming congresswoman, one of two Republicans on the select committee, said Donald Trump Jr. repeatedly texted Meadows during the Capitol riot. The Capitol Police tweet is not enough,” Trump Jr., texted. He has to lead now,” Trump Jr. said.
House Capitol Riot Panel Recommends Holding Mark Meadows In Contempt Of Congress
The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol voted Monday in favor of a resolution recommending criminal charges be filed against former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows for his failure to comply with a congressional subpoena. History will not look at you as a victim,” select committee chair Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) And history will also record in this critical moment that some people would not.”AdvertisementCommittee vice chair Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) AdvertisementMeadows’ off-and-on cooperation with the panel came to an abrupt end Tuesday, when his lawyer sent the committee a letter. The committee suggested that Meadows could take his deposition on a question-by-question basis, deciding which he believed to be covered by various privileges as he went along, but Meadows declined.
Mark Meadows' revealing Jan. 6 House committee flip-flop
ET): The House's Jan. 6 committee voted unanimously Monday to refer Mark Meadows to the Justice Department for contempt of Congress. Trump’s disapproval could affect Meadows’ book sales with supporters, making appeasement not just a political strategy but a business one. In the suit, Meadows trots out the same tired, unpersuasive claim of executive privilege that Trump has — unsuccessfully — tried to use. The law generally deems that a public disclosure of information waives any legal privilege that information might otherwise enjoy. Luckily, it seems the House select committee remains determined to investigate the insurrection fully and thoroughly.
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Jan. 6 select committee unanimously backs criminal contempt-of-Congress charge against Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House panel investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection voted Monday to recommend contempt charges against former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows as lawmakers demand his testimony about then-President Donald Trump’s actions before and during the attack. “‘His former colleagues singling him out for criminal prosecution because he wouldn’t answer questions about what he knows about a brutal attack on our democracy. “His former colleagues singling him out for criminal prosecution because he wouldn’t answer questions about what he knows about a brutal attack on our democracy. That’s his legacy.”The committee voted 9-0 to move forward with criminal charges against Meadows, who declined to appear for a deposition last week. The House voted to recommend charges against Bannon in October, and the Justice Department indicted him on two counts of contempt last month.
Jan. 6 panel votes for contempt charges against Mark Meadows
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House panel investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection voted Monday to recommend contempt charges against former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows as lawmakers demand his testimony about then-President Donald Trump’s actions before and during the attack. That’s his legacy.”The committee voted 9-0 to move forward with criminal charges against Meadows, who declined to appear for a deposition last week. Rep. Liz Cheney, the committee’s vice chair, detailed on Monday a series of text messages Meadows received on Jan. 6 from a slew of people, including Fox News anchors and Donald Trump Jr. The House voted to recommend charges against Bannon in October, and the Justice Department indicted him on two counts of contempt last month. The panel said Meadows also provided text messages sent to and from members of Congress “before, during, and after the attack on the United States Capitol."
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Jan. 6 panel votes for contempt charges against Mark Meadows
The House panel investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection voted Monday to recommend contempt charges against former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows as lawmakers demand his testimony about then-President Trump’s actions before and during the attack. “Whatever legacy he thought he left in the House, this is his legacy now,” committee Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) That’s his legacy.”The committee voted 9 to 0 to move forward with criminal charges against Meadows, who declined to appear for a deposition last week. ), the committee’s vice chair, detailed on Monday a series of text messages Meadows received on Jan. 6 from a slew of people, including Fox News anchors and Donald Trump Jr. The House voted to recommend charges against Bannon in October, and the Justice Department indicted him on two counts of contempt last month.
Jan. 6 panel votes to hold Meadows in contempt of Congress
Members voted to formally advance the criminal contempt report against Meadows for a full floor House vote, which could take place as soon as later this week. Committee releases Meadows’ texts with lawmakers and Trump’s sonAlso at Monday night’s meeting, the committee publicly released graphics that include texts sent to Meadows during the days around the insurrection. “One text Mr. Meadows received said quote ‘We are under siege here at the Capitol. “As the violence continued, one of the President’s sons texts Mr. Meadows, ‘He’s got to condemn this ASAP. The committee has previously sought communications between Meadows and certain rally organizers as the panel remains focused on identifying any level of coordination with the Trump White House.
Former Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows held in contempt by House Jan. 6 committee
Committee members said Meadows had no legitimate claim of executive privilege for questions covering the 9,000 documents he's already provided. The House committee scheduled a vote Monday evening to recommend the full House find Meadows in contempt for defying a subpoena for documents and testimony. Terwilliger also argued executive privilege protects the institution of the presidency, rather than a specific occupant such as Trump. The committee report alleged Meadows hasn’t provided any justification for a claim of executive privilege. Meadows has refused to provide the Select Committee with information and testimony that has no conceivable, associated privilege claims,” the committee report said.
Jan. 6 panel votes for contempt charges against Mark Meadows
By MARY CLARE JALONICK and FARNOUSH AMIRIWASHINGTON (AP) — The House panel investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection voted Monday to recommend contempt charges against former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows as lawmakers demand his testimony about then-President Donald Trump’s actions before and during the attack. That’s his legacy.”The committee voted 9-0 to move forward with criminal charges against Meadows, who declined to appear for a deposition last week. Lawmakers had planned to ask about Trump’s efforts to overturn the election in the weeks before the insurrection, including Meadows’ outreach to states and his communications with members of Congress. Rep. Liz Cheney, the committee’s vice chair, detailed on Monday a series of text messages Meadows received on Jan. 6 from a slew of people, including Fox News anchors and Donald Trump Jr. The House voted to recommend charges against Bannon in October, and the Justice Department indicted him on two counts of contempt last month.
Jan. 6 panel votes to hold Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows in contempt
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House panel investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection voted Monday to recommend contempt charges against former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows as lawmakers demand his testimony about then-President Donald Trump’s actions before and during the attack. That’s his legacy.”The committee voted 9-0 to move forward with criminal charges against Meadows, who declined to appear for a deposition last week. NEWS: The select committee is describing texts Meadows received on Jan. 6 from members of Congress“There’s an armed standoff at the House chamber door.”“We are all helpless.”“Is Trump going to say anything?" Rep. Liz Cheney, the committee’s vice chair, detailed on Monday a series of text messages Meadows received on Jan. 6 from a slew of people, including Fox News anchors and Donald Trump Jr. The House voted to recommend charges against Bannon in October, and the Justice Department indicted him on two counts of contempt last month.
Jan. 6 panel votes for contempt charges against Mark Meadows
Mary Clare Jalonick and Farnoush AmiriAssociated PressWashington – The House panel investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection voted Monday to recommend contempt charges against former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows as lawmakers demand his testimony about then-President Donald Trump’s actions before and during the attack. That’s his legacy.”The committee voted 9-0 to move forward with criminal charges against Meadows, who declined to appear for a deposition last week. Lawmakers had planned to ask about Trump’s efforts to overturn the election in the weeks before the insurrection, including Meadows’ outreach to states and his communications with members of Congress. Rep. Liz Cheney, the committee’s vice chair, detailed on Monday a series of text messages Meadows received on Jan. 6 from a slew of people, including Fox News anchors and Donald Trump Jr. The House voted to recommend charges against Bannon in October, and the Justice Department indicted him on two counts of contempt last month.
Jan. 6 panel votes for contempt charges against Mark Meadows
Committee staff said they would have interviewed Meadows about emails “to leadership at the Department of Justice on December 29th and 30th, 2020, and January 1st, 2021, encouraging investigations of suspected voter fraud,” even though election officials and courts across the country had rejected those claims. The panel said Meadows also provided text messages sent to and from members of Congress “before, during, and after the attack on the United States Capitol." One exchange with a lawmaker concerned efforts to contact legislators in states, too, about the election because Trump "wants to chat with them.”In a text exchange with an unidentified senator, the committee said, Meadows said Trump believed Vice President Mike Pence had power to reject electors in his role presiding over the Jan. 6 certification. Pence did not have that power under the law, as the vice president’s function is largely ceremonial. A Nov. 6, 2020, text exchange between Meadows and an unidentified member of Congress, the committee said, was about appointing alternate electors in certain states, a plan the member said would be “highly controversial.” The committee said that Meadows replied, "I love it.’”
Texts: Trump Jr. pleaded to Meadows have father condemn Jan. 6 attack
Why it matters: The committee's focus on the former White House chief of staff brings them one step closer to the former president. Liz Cheney, the vice chairwoman on the committee, read a series of texts from GOP lawmakers, Fox News personalities and the president's son, Donald Trump Jr., all pleading with Meadows to have his father urge an end to the Capitol assault. “He’s got to condemn this shit ASAP,” Cheney read aloud from a text sent by Donald Trump Jr. to Meadows. His attorney announced last week that Meadows believed he was protected by executive privilege and would no longer cooperate with the investigation. What they're saying: "If you’re listening at home, Mr. Meadows, Mr. Bannon, Mr. Clark, I want you to know this: History will be written about these times, about the work this Committee has undertaken.
Liz Cheney Reads Texts From Fox News Hosts and Don Jr.
During a meeting of the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) read aloud text messages Fox News hosts and Donald Trump, Jr. sent to Trump White House chief-ofstaff Mark Meadows as the violence unfolded. “Multiple Fox News hosts knew the president needed to act immediately,” said Cheney. “They texted Mr. Meadows and he has turned over those texts [to the committee].”“Mark, the President needs to tell people in the Capitol to go Home. “Destroying everything you have accomplished.”“Can he make a statement, ask people to leave the Capitol,” asked Sean Hannity. “He’s got to condemn this sh*t ASAP,” texted Trump Jr. “The Capitol Police tweet is not enough.”The criminal contempt resolution now heads to the full House for a vote.
Jan. 6 committee recommends Mark Meadows face contempt charge
Committee members on Monday evening read aloud text messages they said Meadows received on and around Jan. 6 from lawmakers and allies. The Jan. 6 committee had planned on asking Meadows about the documents during a scheduled Dec. 8 deposition, but his lawyer told lawmakers the night beforehand that Meadows was refusing to participate. The committee over the weekend released a report recommending the House proceed with a contempt charge. Meadows was originally scheduled to appear before the committee on Nov. 12 but did not show up. If the House votes in favor of holding Meadows in contempt, a referral would be forwarded to the Department of Justice, which would decide whether to proceed.
Capitol attack panel recommends Mark Meadows for criminal prosecution
The House select committee investigating the Capitol attack on Monday voted to recommend the criminal prosecution for former Trump White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, punishing Donald Trump’s most senior aide for refusing to testify about the 6 January insurrection. And over the course of a near-hour-long business meeting, the select committee outlined in chilling detail the materials Meadows had turned over to the panel – and how Meadows then promptly refused to testify about those very records. Meadows received more chilling texts, the select committee said, from an unnamed lawmaker, who messaged him the day after the Capitol attack: “Yesterday was a terrible day. “Mr Meadows has shown his willingness to talk about issues related to the select committee’s investigation across a variety of media platforms – anywhere, it seems, except to the select committee,” the panel said in the contempt report. The select committee showed Meadows wrote in his book: “When he got offstage, President Trump let me know that he had been speaking metaphorically about the walk to the Capitol.
Capitol riot committee votes to hold ex-Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows in contempt for defying subpoena
Speaking just before the committee members voted, select committee chairman Bennie Thompson said the committee had spoken to more than 300 witnesses, received more than 30,000 records, and more than 250 “substantive tips” from its tip line since beginning the investigation. The Mississippi Democrat noted that Mr Meadows had recounted detailed conversations with former president Donald Trump in his book, as well as discussed them in television appearances. “Mr Meadows put himself in this situation and he must now accept the consequences,” he said. “One text Mr Meadows received said: ‘We are under siege here at the Capitol,’” she said. “Mark Meadows’ actions demonstrate his contempt for Congress for the select committee, for his former colleagues, and for the integrity of the democratic process.
January 6 committee votes 9-0 to hold Mark Meadows in contempt of Congress over refusal to testify
The House's select committee on the January 6 Capitol attack voted 9-0 to hold Mark Meadows in contempt of Congress. Meadows' book about his time at the White House came out earlier this monthRep. Liz Cheney, the select committee's vice chair, read a number of text messages Meadows gave the committee without claiming privilege. 'These text messages leave no doubt that the White House knew exactly what was happening here at the Capitol,' she said. Ingraham said, 'Mark, the president needs to tell people in the capitol to go home, this is hurting all of us. In a 51-page report released Sunday, the committee described a series of messages sent by Meadows to various people.
Capitol riot panel votes to hold Trump aide in contempt
Meadows was Trump's most senior aide at the time of the assault and was reportedly with the then-president in the White House as the rioters breached the Capitol. 'Panicked messages'The cache included "panicked messages" to Meadows from dozens of administration officials during the assault, panel member Adam Schiff said. If convicted, Meadows could face a six-month prison term for each contempt charge, but more likely would be fined. His lawyer George Terwilliger wrote to the panel on Monday to denounce the proposed prosecution as "manifestly unwise, unjust and unfair." Thousands of Trump supporters, many associated with ultra-nationalist and white supremacist groups, stormed the Capitol 11 months ago in an effort to overturn President Joe Biden's election victory.
January 6 committee votes to hold Meadows in contempt of Congress
Members voted to formally advance the criminal contempt report against Meadows for a full floor House vote, which could take place as soon as later this week. The committee informed Meadows last week that it had "no choice" but to advance criminal contempt proceedings against him given that he had decided to no longer cooperate with its investigation. Committee releases Meadows' texts with lawmakers and Trump's sonAlso at Monday night's meeting, the committee publicly released graphics that include texts sent to Meadows during the days around the insurrection. Texts from unnamed lawmakers sent to Meadows said that former Vice President Mike Pence "should call out all electoral votes that he believes are unconstitutional as no electoral votes at all." Committee releases report SundayOn Sunday, the committee released its contempt report , which contained several new details about Meadows' actions before and during January 6, as well as his role in attempting to overturn the 2020 election.
Meadows texts show Hannity, Don Jr. wanted Trump to stop Jan. 6 riot
The stunning messages, submitted to the panel by Mark Meadows Mark MeadowsJan. “He's got to condemn this shit ASAP,” Donald Trump Jr. texted Meadows as the attack was underway. Around the same time, a trio of Fox News hosts were also bombarding Meadows with text messages, trying to get Trump to call off the attack. Meadows also received dozens of texts from GOP lawmakers, staffers and members of the press trapped inside the Capitol during the assault, Cheney said. These non privileged texts are further evidence of President Trump's supreme dereliction of duty during those 187 minutes.”Updated 8:19 p.m.
Jan. 6 Committee Recommends Contempt Charge for Meadows
At one point, an organizer of the rally that fired up the mob turned to Mr. Meadows for help, telling him that things “have gotten crazy and I desperately need some direction. The exchanges suggest that Mr. Meadows — who at times expressed personal skepticism about the claims of election fraud and theft pushed by Mr. Trump and his allies — catered to Mr. Trump by seeking evidence to support the president’s allegations. Mr. Meadows corresponded with a broad collection of obscure characters whose sometimes zany plans and theories made their way into the White House at a critical time. The committee has heard testimony from more than 300 witnesses, and additional ones are scheduled to appear this week. On three occasions, the panel has moved to hold allies of Mr. Trump in criminal contempt for refusing to comply with its subpoenas.
Donald Trump Jr sent desperate texts to Mark Meadows during Capitol riot urging Trump to take action: ‘He has to lead now’
Former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows was inundated with texts from members of Congress, Fox News hosts, and even Donald Trump Jr as the Capitol riot unfolded urging the top aide to spur Donald Trump to action. The House select committee investigating the January 6 attack revealed text messages received by Mr Meadows during the riot on Monday as it unanimously moved to support a contempt of Congress charge for Mr Meadows, who ceased cooperation with the panel after turning over the texts. Congresswoman Liz Cheney, the committee’s vice chair, read aloud their texts, Mr Trump Jr’s , and others during her statement to the committee in support of a contempt referral. Sean Hannity, one of Mr Trump’s favourite Fox hosts, added: “Can he make a statement? Ask people to leave the Capitol?”At the hearing on Monday, lawmakers berated Mr Meadows repeatedly for ceasing his cooperation seemingly at random while discussing much of his experiences in a memoir, The Chief’s Chief, which published last week.
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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said the Senate will vote on raising the debt ceiling Tuesday. The move comes after the House and Senate passed legislation allowing for the debt ceiling to be raised with a simple majority, bypassing the possibility of a Republican filibuster in the evenly split upper chamber. Schumer has been helped in his effort to fast-track raising the debt ceiling by Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., who has twice worked out deals with the Democratic leader in hopes of avoiding a U.S. default. But the issue has also caused deep divisions within the GOP, with former President Donald Trump releasing a statement admonishing McConnell for giving in on the debt ceiling. He didn’t have the guts to play the Debt Ceiling card, which would have given the Republicans a complete victory on virtually everything."
Trump tells court ‘whole world’ shouldn’t see his financial records
It’s one of several high-stakes clashes between Democrats and Trump, who is weighing a potential 2024 run for the White House. But Appeals Court Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson questioned whether the goal of lawmakers was simply to attack a political rival in the White House. “There were serious problems that could have gone to major national security concerns because of Mr. Trump’s financial interests with, for example Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Russia,” Letter said. The dual appeals will prolong a legal battle that began in 2019, when Democrats on the House Committee on Oversight and Reform issued a subpoena demanding eight years of Trump’s financial records. Trump fought the case all the way to the Supreme Court, which punted it back to the lower courts in Washington.
House report details Mark Meadows’ text messages and messages sent on day of Capitol riot
A new report from the House committee investigating the Capitol riot on 6 January detailed former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows’ messages leading up to and during the attempted insurrection. The committee released the 51-page report after he had refused to answer questions from the committee because it had also subpoenaed his communications records from his private phone. “In fact, as the violence at the Capitol unfolded, Mr Meadows received many messages encouraging him to have Mr Trump issue a statement that could end the violence, and one former White House employee reportedly contacted Mr Meadows several times and told him,” the report said. The report cited various communications he made. One text message the report cited noted how one of the organisers texted Mr Meadows “‘[t]hings have gotten crazy and I desperately need some direction.
Who is Scott Borgerson, the rumoured husband of Epstein girlfriend and alleged sex trafficker Ghislaine Maxwell?
Rumours have circulated for years that Ms Maxwell, who faces accusations that she groomed and recruited young girls for Epstein to sexually abuse, was secretly married. Scott Borgerson, the alleged husband of Ghislaine Maxwell, speaking during a 2013 Council on Foreign Relations event. After the split, Mr Borgerson and Ms Maxwell reportedly began sharing a 6,000-square-foot home in Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts, where Mr Borgerson was frequently spotted walking Ms Maxwell's dog. The tech millionaire has refused to answer questions from reporters about his alleged relationship with Ms Maxwell. His rumoured new girlfriend, Ms McGinn, has also refused to comment or confirm that she is dating Mr Borgerson.
Russia and Turkey Scramble to Avoid Conflict. And What do U.S. Democratic Primaries Mean for Moscow?
This week on the podcast:— The leaders of Russia and Turkey meet in Moscow on Thursday in a bid to de-escalate fighting in Syria which has brought the two countries to the brink of direct military confrontation. Financial Times Bureau Chief Henry Foy joins us in the studio to discuss what is at stake for both countries. The episode was recorded and edited at CM Records Studio in central Moscow. Read More:Russia’s Syria gamble under pressure as Turkey attacks in IdlibHawks say Sanders will be weak on Russia. But Putin should fear a President Bernie
Mark Meadows Can’t Stop Making Team Trump Look Incredibly Guilty
Meadows chose to break an agreement he had reached with House investigators just over a week prior and to instead sue the committee in an effort to block a subpoena for his phone records. Unfortunately for Meadows, before his about-face, he turned over roughly 6,000 pages of documents. And now comes a fun tidbit re: Meadows declaring he’d have the National Guard ready to defend Trump supporters on the day of the insurrection. The report is a key component for the committee to send a referral for charges of criminal contempt of Congress to the Justice Department. The panel informed Meadows last week that it had “no choice” but to advance criminal contempt proceedings against him given that he had decided to no longer cooperate with their investigation.
Putin tells Boris Johnson urgent talks needed over Nato’s plans for Ukraine
Vladimir Putin has told Boris Johnson that he wants immediate talks to secure clear legal agreements that Nato will not expand eastwards. Russia has threatened to deploy intermediate-range nuclear missiles in Europe as a response to what it claims are Nato plans to do the same thing. The missiles were withdrawn after the US and the Soviet Union signed the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty in 1987. Ryabkov told Russia’s RIA news agency that Moscow would deploy nuclear missiles if Nato refused to engage in talks. “And I would note that while US missiles will be conventional, Russia would probably deploy its missiles with nuclear warheads.
Kim Kardashian’s “Baby Bar” Post Is a Master Class in Self-Congratulation
Kim Kardashian is a busy woman. She’s always performing due to her job as a reality-television subject and social media star. She must interact consistently with all of her sisters and their families, and there are so many of them! She also mentioned her father, Robert Kardashian, a lawyer who famously defended O.J. Anyway, the caption is so long and excited, and doesn’t seem concerned with the long road ahead (the actual bar exam, for example).
Josh Duggar: Held in Solitary Confinement Following Conviction!
Josh is currently being held in a county jail in Fayetteville, Arkansas as he awaits his April sentencing hearing. According to a new report from In Touch, Josh is being held in solitary confinement as he awaits his sentencing. We know what you're thinking -- maybe it wouldn't be such a bad thing for Josh to endure a savage beating. As for Anna, insiders say Josh's long-suffering wife is "completely devastated" by the situation, as one might expect. We suppose that's the level of delusion that one needs in order to remain married to Josh Duggar.
Schumer, Warren: The Next President Can and Should Cancel Up To $50,000 In Student Loan Debt Immediately; Democrats Outline Plan for Immediate Action in 2021
The resolution outlines how the President should use executive authority to cancel student loan debt and ensure there is no tax liability for Federal student loan borrowers resulting from administrative debt cancellation. Over 100 community, civil rights, consumer, and student advocacy organizations have already come out in support of using executive authority to cancel student loan debt. Canceling student loan debt would help boost our struggling economy and close the racial wealth gap that has persisted for far too long." "Before the COVID-19 pandemic, millions of Americans were already confronting burdensome student loans, with the national student loan debt at a record $1.5 trillion. - Becky Pringle, President of National Education AssociationOver 325 organizations have called on President Biden to cancel federal student debt using executive action.
Experts, lawmakers call for Biden to push back the return of student loan payments—again
The CARES Act, passed on March 27, 2020, paused federal student loan payments through Sept. 30, 2020 and temporarily set the federal student loan interest rate to 0%. A recent survey of 33,703 student loan borrowers by the Student Debt Crisis Center found that even among student loan borrowers with full-time employment, 89% say they're not financially secure enough to begin making payments after Feb 1. And 21% say they will never be financially secure enough to resume payments. "It is clear that payments should not resume until your administration has fully delivered on the promises you made to student loan borrowers to fix the broken student loan system and cancel federal student debt." Moreover, with Omicron spreading, the uncertainty with what happens next demands at least one more extension of the student loan payment pause."
OnPolitics: POTUS approval rating on COVID hits new low
Prices up, approval down: As inflation continues to surge in the United States, Americans have named it their top concern, surpassing the pandemic. The poll found that 28% of Americans approved of Biden’s handling of inflation, while a majority of Americans, at 69%, disapproved. The committee is scheduled to vote Monday evening to recommend the full House find Meadows in contempt for defying a subpoena. Meadows is not alone: Trump is also fighting a subpoena for his administration's documents at the National Archives and Records Administration. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against Trump and in favor of the committee receiving the documents because President Joe Biden waived executive privilege.
For these two Oregon politicians, Afghan refugee resettlement is personal
With no transition from refugee to U.S. resident, he felt like he was starting from scratch. Now, as a state senator helping to facilitate the resettlement of Afghan refugees across Oregon, he wants to make sure that his experiences won’t be repeated in a new generation of immigrants. Courtesy Sen. Kayse JamaFor Jama and state Rep. Khanh Pham, receiving the around 1,200 Afghans settling in Oregon is something that hits close to home. Pham comes from a refugee family herself; her parents met in Oklahoma after fleeing Vietnam after the war. “For me, as the first refugee, first Muslim to serve in the state of Oregon Senate, I don’t want my story to be seen as the exception,” Jama said.
‘Rick Perry’ is running for Texas governor against Greg Abbott but it’s not the Rick Perry you know
But the Perry who filed his papers as a gubernatorial candidate on Monday is not the former Texas governor and U.S. energy secretary. The newly filed candidate, Rick Perry of Springtown, northwest of Fort Worth, is apparently a computer technician with the title of “senior desktop engineer” at Lockheed Martin, according to a LinkedIn profile. Ballot-name confusion is part of Texas political lore, with Gene Kelly (not the Hollywood actor) a perennial candidate in recent decades. “When I saw ‘Ricky Perry,’ my thought was that in his younger days, people called Richard Perry ‘Ricky,’” he said. I mean, not that it means anything, but he’s still also Ricky Perry in that way, I guess.”
With 2022 campaign on the horizon, Gov. Gavin Newsom has the public stage to himself
Gavin Newsom's prospects of gliding into a second term in 2022 appear as golden as the $23 million he has socked away for his reelection campaign. At this point in the last race for California governor, the field of candidates was wide and two debates had been staged. Republican campaign consultant Tim Rosales said anyone should be sober about the odds of dethroning the "800-pound gorilla" — Newsom. Republican businessman John Cox, who lost to Newsom in 2018, received 4.1% of the vote, and Assemblyman Kevin Kiley (R-Rocklin) won 3.5%. Crime is worse than it was when I was campaigning.... Gavin Newsom oversaw the release of almost 20,000 convicted felons early.
USPS built and secretly tested a mobile voting system before 2020
The secrecy of the Postal Service’s mobile voting project alarmed election security officials and advocates who fear it could spark conspiracy theories and degrade public faith in the democratic process. The agency declined to share any long-range plans for the blockchain-based voting system. The Postal Service was awarded a public patent for the concept in August 2020, but had not previously revealed that it built a prototype system or tested it. Former postmaster general Megan Brennan, who was in office when the mail agency began developing the mobile voting system, did not respond to a request for comment. In all cases, mobile voting was limited to voters with disabilities that made in-person or mail voting difficult and, in some cases, to overseas voters.
Hidden logo of mysterious ‘Kraken Intel’ group discovered in Trump team’s election fraud PowerPoint
An unknown group called "Kraken Intel" may have contributed to the PowerPoint presentation used by Donald Trump’s advisers to plot ways of overturning the 2020 election, it has emerged. Yet an editable version seen by The Independent contains the logo of Kraken Intel on the bottom-right corner of one page, hidden behind a white box that can be deleted by the user. The editable PowerPoint appears to be authentic, since other versions show the tip of the Kraken logo peeping out from behind the white box, as if it had been redacted in a hurry. The Kraken Intel logo, featuring a stylised image of a10-armed octopus or squid, appears on page 29 of one version of the document, showing the supposed "true" margins of Mr Trump’s victory once "fraudulent" votes are removed. A spokesperson for Mr Trump did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Jared Kushner screamed at Israeli ambassador and told him to 'get out' of White House, book claims
Former President Donald Trump's son-in-law and ex-senior adviser Jared Kushner once screamed at the Israeli ambassador and kicked him out of the White House, a new book claims. We did it because we were serious about peace,' Kushner reportedly screamed in response. 'This will be the biggest mistake you have ever made,' Kushner told his longtime family friend. 'I don't think Bibi ever wanted to make peace,' Trump told Israeli author Ravid. Abbas reportedly told Trump he was eager to make a deal, while Netanyahu told him to wait.
Is Criticizing Joe Biden a Danger to Democracy?
This week, President Joe Biden hopped onto Zoom in an effort to shepherd the world along the path to stronger global democracy, during a two-day summit with other world leaders. He’ll be making his case, however, amid growing concerns about democracy here at home. Whether we like it or not, there is reason to be gravely concerned. But against this backdrop, an interesting debate has broken out about the press’s role in protecting our too-fragile institutions and raveled civic fabric from a Trumpian assault—and whether the media, in an effort to support democracy, must unflinchingly support Biden, as well. Over the weekend, The Washington Post’s Dana Milbank made considerable waves with a column that rather lustily accused the media of offering President Biden worse coverage than President Trump.
Guns aren't the problem. People like Rep. Lauren Boebert and the NRA are.
Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., and I have a few things in common. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., who don't give a damn about the gun violence and trauma we are constantly cycling through as a nation, are the problem. Founding FathersNow, I'm not about to tell you that the Second Amendment doesn't say you can't have guns, because it clearly does, and the U.S. Supreme Court agrees. We must look to our God-given common sense to solve this uniquely American crisis. And common sense begs us to do better in electing our representatives and getting rid of them when they cross the line.
White House cut Taiwanese official's video feed over map: report
Taiwanese Digital Minister Audrey Tang's map was shown for about a minute on Friday before the video feed of her presentation was removed, people familiar with the situation told Reuters. However, it also recognizes the "one China" policy, which asserts that the People’s Republic of China is the sole government of China. Taiwan's Foreign Ministry attributed the video being cut to "technical problems," and the White House did not offer a comment on the matter, Reuters noted. The Hill has reached out to the White House and State Department for comment. “There has been no shift," White House press secretary Jen Psaki Jen PsakiWhite House cut Taiwanese official's video feed over map: report Graham says Democrats must 'quit lying' about Build Back Better, calls for House to revote The Memo: Inflation delivers gut-punch as Biden tries to sell economic record MORE said the next day.
Hillary Clinton Thinks Donald Trump Will Run For President Again: 'Could Be the End of Our Democracy'
In an interview that aired over the weekend on Sunday TODAY with Willie Geist, Hillary Clinton said "If I were a betting person right now, I'd say Trump is going to run again." As for what another Trump run for office would mean for America, Clinton didn't mince words. While Clinton is confident the 75-year-old Trump will attempt another run for the presidency, others are less sure. John Kelly, who served as Trump's chief of staff from 2017 until 2019, said in a new report from The Atlantic, "Trump won't run." Speaking to Geist in the Sunday interview, Clinton said she has had moments of guilt since losing the election to Trump.
Former White House aide Bolton says Trump not 'fit' to be president
Former White House aide Bolton says Trump not 'fit' to be presidentAdded: 18.06.2020 19:47 | 5 views | 0 commentsFormer top White House aide John Bolton delivered a damning indictment of his former boss, saying Donald Trump's behavior in office and dealings with foreign leaders showed he was unfit to be president of the United States.
Pelosi says Trump 'ethically unfit' for presidency, will continue oversight
Added: 18.06.2020 19:47 | 19 views | 0 commentsU.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Thursday revelations in a book by a former top White House aide show President Donald Trump is unfit and unprepared to be president and Democrats will continue oversight of the Republican president's behavior.
U.S. Supreme Court blocks Trump bid to end 'Dreamers' immigrant program
Added: 18.06.2020 19:30 | 19 views | 0 commentsThe U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday dealt President Donald Trump a major setback on his hardline immigration policies, blocking his bid to end a program that protects from deportation hundreds of thousands of immigrants - often called "Dreamers" - who entered the United States illegally as children.
GOP leaders seek to fend off Trump endorsement as far-right Republican eyes Illinois primary bid
Added: 13.12.2021 18:04 | 20 views | 0 commentsDonald Trump's closest Hill allies are privately lobbying the former President to get involved in a Republican-on-Republican matchup in Illinois, a potentially messy scenario that has sparked internal strife in the party and prompted GOP leaders to launch a counter-campaign aimed at keeping Trump on the sidelines.
House Jan. 6 committee poised to vote on holding Meadows in contempt for defying subpoena
House Jan. 6 committee poised to vote on holding Meadows in contempt for defying subpoenaAdded: 13.12.2021 15:58 | 28 views | 0 commentsIn a 51-page report, the committee detailed how the former White House chief of staff said the National Guard had been called to protect “pro Trump people” on Jan. 6.
Meadows’s email on military protecting ‘pro Trump people’ on Jan. 6 rekindles prior testimony
Meadows’s email on military protecting ‘pro Trump people’ on Jan. 6 rekindles prior testimonyAdded: 13.12.2021 15:39 | 28 views | 0 commentsThe testimony came from then-acting defense secretary Christopher Miller.
Donald Trump-Supporting Boater Buzzes Through SpaceX Splashdown Zone, Prompting Outrage
Donald Trump-Supporting Boater Buzzes Through SpaceX Splashdown Zone, Prompting OutrageAdded: 03.08.2020 7:03 | 14 views | 0 commentsCrew Dragon splashed down in the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday after spending two months on the International Space Station. Did a private boat flying a Trump flag just approach Crew Dragon then have to be forced out?" On a good day, it's dangerous for the SpaceX recovery crew + boat. Did a private boat flying a Trump flag just approach Crew Dragon then have to be forced out?" On a good day, it's dangerous for the SpaceX recovery crew + boat.
A 'Galactic Federation' Of Aliens Has Made Contact With The United States, Former Israeli General Claims
A 'Galactic Federation' Of Aliens Has Made Contact With The United States, Former Israeli General ClaimsAdded: 08.12.2020 11:06 | 14 views | 0 commentsA former Israeli general is claiming that both the and Israel have been in contact with aliens for years. The 87-year-old added that the aliens have even created their own "Galactic Federation." In addition, the retired general said that aliens are not only communicating with human scientists, but working with them. Over the past couple of years, both the United States and Israel have ramped up their extraterrestrial exploration programs. More in www.inquisitr.com » Middle East, Israel, Scientists, President, United States, Universities, Mars, SPA, NASA, UFO Tags: FEDComments: Comments: Tags advertisingCopyright © 2008 - 2021 USweekly - all rights reserved Contact us
Drug Pitched to Trump for Covid-19 Comes From a Deadly Plant
Drug Pitched to Trump for Covid-19 Comes From a Deadly PlantAdded: 20.08.2020 20:10 | 19 views | 0 commentsSource: www.prnewswire.comThe chief executive of My Pillow, a Trump donor, claims oleandrin is a miracle cure for Covid-19. But no studies have shown that it is safe or effective, and the shrub it’s derived from is poisonous. More in www.nytimes.com »
Trump Goes Global With Big Lie Litmus Test
Trump and Netanyahu, before Bibi’s betrayal by acknowledging Biden’s election. “I haven’t spoken to him since,” Trump said of the former Israeli prime minister. The final straw for Trump was when Netanyahu congratulated President-elect Biden for his election victory while Trump was still disputing the result. “The first person that congratulated [Biden] was Bibi Netanyahu, the man that I did more for than any other person I dealt with … Bibi could have stayed quiet. What really honked off Trump was that Netanyahu acknowledged the victory at all, particularly at a time when other Trump allies like Vladimir Putin and Jair Bolsonaro were still holding back.
Mark Meadows Said the National Guard Would Be Ready on Jan. 6 … to Protect Trump Supporters
The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol released a report on Sunday detailing its case to hold Mark Meadows in contempt of Congress. If it does, as is expected, the House of Representatives is expected to vote on the measure later this week. The report released Sunday adds to some of the tidbits the committee released last week about how Meadows reportedly used his position to advance the effort to overturn the election results. The report does not go into detail about the context surrounding Meadows noting that the National Guard would be on hand to protect Trump supporters, only that it came in an email sent Jan. 5 and pertained to the Guard being present at the Capitol. In a letter informing Meadows’ attorney that the committee had “no choice” but to hold Meadows in contempt, Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.)
Trump Blames Netanyahu, Not Himself, for Failed Israel-Palestine Peace Deal
In an interview with Axios correspondent Barak Ravid, Trump said Netanyahu “never wanted peace” with the Palestinians. “I don’t think Bibi ever wanted to make peace,” Trump told Ravid, using a nickname to refer to Netanyahu. Trump before he was even inaugurated announced that his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, would be in charge of crafting a peace deal. '” Trump told Ravid of the decision. Do you?’ And he said, ‘Well, uh, uh uh’ — and the fact is, I don’t think Bibi ever wanted to make a deal.”
Opinion : President Biden’s pen is not enough to fight climate change. Congress must act.
But there are limits to what Mr. Biden can promise with his pen alone. Some 17 million cars, trucks and SUVs are sold in the United States every year, dwarfing the federal fleet. It might be harder than expected to replace all the federal government’s vehicles with cleaner ones or to rebuild special-purpose buildings. Even then, Congress will have to allocate money over the course of decades to see through the transition Mr. Biden has mapped out. President Donald Trump canceled a similar executive order that President Barack Obama issued.
Georgia Republican proposes eliminating ballot drop boxes
By James Oliphant | ReutersWASHINGTON – A leading Georgia legislator has introduced a bill that would eliminate absentee ballot drop boxes, a favored and highly-used tool last November that allowed voters to safely cast ballots during the coronavirus pandemic. Butch Miller, the No.2 Republican in Georgia’s Republican-controlled senate and a candidate for lieutenant governor in the 2022 elections, said drop boxes were a “weak link” in guarding against voter fraud, according to a statement released by his office. Kemp must first fend off a primary challenge from David Perdue, a Trump-backed former U.S. senator who has endorsed his false election fraud claims. The leading Republican candidate is Herschel Walker, a former football star at the University of Georgia and in the NFL. Kemp and the state’s Republican secretary of state, Brad Raffensperger, have insisted no widespread fraud occurred.
Aerial photos show Michael Jackson's Neverland restored to its 'children's fairytale' state
Clinton friend Burkle was a financial adviser to Michael Jackson after meeting him at an event for under-privileged children in the mid-2000s. Billionaire Ron Burkle purchased Michael Jackson's Neverland for $22 million in December last year - and exclusive DailyMail.com aerial photos show the work he put in to make it a fairytale land once more. Burkle was a financial adviser to Michael Jackson after meeting him at an event for under-privileged children in the mid-2000s. ‹ Slide me › AFTER- BEFORE: Billionaire Ron Burkle purchased Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch for $22 million in December last year. Stunning DailyMail.com aerial photos show that he's restored it back into a fairytale 'children's paradise'.
Fourth time lucky: Kim Kardashian passes 'baby bar' law exam
"OMFGGGG I PASSED THE BABY BAR EXAM!!! "For anyone who doesn't know my law school journey, know this wasn't easy or handed to me. The exam consists of four essays and 100 multiple choice questions on contracts, criminal law and torts, the bar said. Only around a fifth to a quarter of test-takers pass the exam, state bar figures show. "I was told by top lawyers that this was a close to impossible journey and harder than the traditional law school route," Kardashian said.
By Refusing To End Trump's Tariffs, Biden Is Making Inflation Worse
Tariffs do exactly one thing: raise prices. There's probably not much President Joe Biden can do to curb inflation in the short term. But there is one thing Biden could do to immediately provide consumers with relief. Again: The one and only thing that tariffs do is raise prices. To the extent that any of those things occur, they happen because tariffs raise prices.
Opinion | Finally, a Sort of Real Number for Donald Trump’s Entirely Subjective Worth
And yet the company has excited traders enough to boost its current market value to more than $2 billion. The second biggest name at TMTG is Devin Nunes, whom Trump just appointed as the company’s CEO. The ridicule that’s gushing down on Trump’s company from the tech and financial press is wholly warranted. Will TMTG end up a financial winner like Trump Tower, or a dud and an embarrassment like Trump Steaks? Changing users’ media habits with a new site can be formidable.
Jan. 6 committee report: Meadows said National Guard would 'protect pro Trump people'
Meadows wrote in an email that the National Guard would "protect pro Trump people," according to the House committee investigating the insurrection, and others would be available on standby. The message was among the documents Meadows shared with the committee that now plans to recommend a contempt citation for the top adviser to former President Donald Trump. The report specifically cited the Jan. 5 email in which Meadows wrote that "pro Trump people" would be protected. Meadows sent the message the day before Trump spoke at a rally near the Capitol as lawmakers began counting electoral votes. When one member of Congress pointed out the plan was "highly controversial," the report said Meadows responded "I love it."
Kim Kardashian Celebrates Passing 'Baby Bar' Exam On 4th Attempt
Kim Kardashian West is on her way to a new professional chapter. The reality superstar and entrepreneur announced on her social media platforms Monday that she’d passed California’s “baby bar” exam, known officially as the First-Year Law Students’ Examination. Advertisement“Looking in the mirror, I am really proud of the woman looking back today in the reflection,” Kardashian West wrote, alongside a series of photos that showed her in a floor-length blue gown. !”Though Kardashian West did not complete college, she has been vocal about her interest in following in the footsteps of her father, the late Robert Kardashian, by pursuing the practice of law. — Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) December 13, 2021In recent years, Kardashian West has emerged as an outspoken advocate for prison reform.
AP seeks answers from US gov’t on tracking of journalists
FILE - Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas speaks to reporters at the San Ysidro port of entry, Dec. 7, 2021, in San Diego. The Associated Press sought answers Monday from the Department of Homeland Security on its use of sensitive government databases for tracking international terrorists to investigate as many as 20 American journalists, including an acclaimed AP reporter. The Associated Press sought answers Monday from the Department of Homeland Security on its use of sensitive government databases for tracking international terrorists to investigate as many as 20 American journalists, including an acclaimed AP reporter. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Associated Press sought answers Monday from the Department of Homeland Security on its use of sensitive government databases for tracking international terrorists to investigate as many as 20 American journalists, including an acclaimed AP reporter. The DHS inspector general report that revealed the most recent disclosure of investigations of journalists also stemmed from a Trump-era leak investigation.
Ahead of panel vote, Meadows' attorney says contempt referral runs contrary to law
Ahead of panel vote, Meadows' attorney says contempt referral runs contrary to lawEnlarge this image toggle caption Patrick Semansky/AP Patrick Semansky/APHours before a House select committee was set to vote for Mark Meadows' referral for criminal contempt, the former Trump White House chief of staff said through his attorney that the effort was unwise, unfair and contrary to law. However, President Biden waived executive privilege in Meadows' case, which supersedes any other claims, the committee argues. Executive privilege is also at the center of a Trump lawsuit, which could get taken up by the Supreme Court. The committee said Meadows refused to provide testimony on the documents and a long list of interests for the panel. In all, the panel said Meadows missed three scheduled deposition dates, in October, November and December.
Biden's spending bill could double child care costs for middle-class Americans
BIDEN PITCHES REVAMPED MILLIONAIRES TAX, GLOBAL MINIMUM TO FUND SPENDING BILLIt shows that child care costs could increase by up to 102% – and as much as 122% – for some Americans under Biden's signature economic agenda, which would cap child care costs at no more than 7% of parents' income for those earning their state's median income. About half of families using non-parental child care would fall into that category, according to the analysis. The left-leaning Center for American Progress estimated that families' costs could soar by an average of $13,000 if Biden's bill becomes law, largely due to mandated higher wages for child care workers. That could push the overall cost of child care centers to about $28,970. "Normally people who quit jobs to take care of their kids do so in order to save the money they’d have to spend on child care.
One year of vaccines: Many lives saved, many needlessly lost
The nation’s COVID-19 death toll is just shy of 800,000 as the anniversary of the U.S. vaccine rollout arrives. An untold number of lives — perhaps tens of thousands — have been saved by vaccination. Developed and rolled out at blistering speed, the vaccines have proved incredibly safe and highly effective at preventing deaths and hospitalizations. In Oklahoma, nearly 60% of COVID-19 deaths occurred after all adults became vaccine-eligible. California has seen more than 15,000 COVID-19 deaths since the state opened eligibility to all adults in mid-April.
AP demands answers over tracking of journalists
“This is a flagrant example of a federal agency using its power to examine the contacts of journalists,” Pace wrote. This latest revelation prompted Sen. Ron Wyden to call on DHS to immediately turn over the inspector general report to Congress. During the Obama administration, federal investigators secretly seized phone records for some reporters and editors at the AP. The DHS inspector general report that revealed the most recent disclosure of investigations of journalists also stemmed from a Trump-era leak investigation. The inspector general opened its investigation after media reports exposed Rambo and his investigation of Watkins.
Key Wisconsin Republican says her colleagues are making baseless attacks and need to wrap up election review
Their constant complaints about the election could ultimately hurt Republicans if they don't believe results can be trusted, she said. At another point, she said: "These made-up things that people do to jazz up the base is just despicable and I don't think any elected legislator should ever play that game." Some Republicans have called for the resignations of members of the bipartisan Wisconsin Elections Commission and its nonpartisan director, Meagan Wolfe. Wisconsin election officials have faced a string of threats over the last year over how they did their jobs. For instance, people this year have threatened to hang, shoot or jail Claire Woodall-Vogg, the director of the Milwaukee Election Commission.
Trump hints he’ll run in 2024 at Orlando event
Outside the arena, the scene was less bustling than a typical Trump rally, with only a few stands selling “Let’s go Brandon” and “Trump/DeSantis 2024? merchandise. But Trump equivocated, saying, “I think that people are going to be very happy with what I do. But Trump surprisingly received heavy boos when he answered a question on whether he would investigate Biden’s son Hunter. Jeff Sonkson from Longwood wanted to hear that Trump was running again in 2024, but unlike some others didn’t want DeSantis as his running mate. She has three flag shirts, three pairs of flag pants, and nine flag dresses.
Trump says Netanyahu ‘never wanted peace’ between the Israelis and Palestinians
During a recent interview with Israeli journalist Barak Ravid, Mr Trump said of his erstwhile ally: “I don’t think Bibi ever wanted to make peace.”Mr Trump described Mr Netanyahu’s approach to the peace process as having “just tapped us along” despite efforts by Trump administration officials such as Jared Kushner to jump-start negotiations for what Mr Trump called “the mother of all deals” during his 2016 campaign. Mr Trump told Ravid that he initially believed Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas would be a far more willing negotiator than Mr Netanyahu after a “great” first meeting between him and Mr Abbas. “I thought he was terrific,” Mr Trump said. I thought he wanted to make a deal more than Netanyahu.”But when Mr Trump broached the subject with his Israeli counterpart, he said Mr Netanyahu wavered rather than take the opportunity to negotiate with Mr Abbas. Do you?’ And he said, ‘Well, uh, uh uh’ — and the fact is, I don’t think Bibi ever wanted to make a deal,” the ex-president recalled, suggesting to Ravid that Mr Netanyahu’s reluctance was driven by domestic political considerations.
Trump insists Netanyahu 'never wanted to make peace' with Palestine
'I don't think Bibi ever wanted to make peace,' Trump told Israeli author Barak Ravid, it was revealed Monday. Abbas reportedly told Trump he was eager to make a deal, while Netanyahu told him to wait. Former President Trump claimed his promise of peace between Israel and Palestine fell through because Benjamin Netanyahu was not interested in peace'I thought he was terrific,' Trump said of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (above). Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign repeatedly said he had been told peace was not possible between Israel and Palestine. 'I got angry and I stopped it because that was really going too far,' Trump told Ravid.
Army colonel who suggested overturning the election by declaring a national emergency met Meadows
The presentation also made it to Meadows, whose lawyer confirmed he has provided information to the House Jan. 6th Committee. Retired Army Col. Phil Waldron says he met with former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows eight to ten times. He circulated a 38-page PowerPoint memo recommending a 'national security emergency''The presentation was that there was significant foreign interference in the election, here's the proof,' Waldron said, pointing to a web of unverified information claiming foreign election interference. A person familiar with the matter told the Post Meadows met with Waldron at the White House in December. 'VP Pence rejects the electors from States where fraud occurred causing the election to be decided by remaining electoral votes.
Sen. Roger Marshall questions whether Biden won the 2020 election in 'Meet the Press' interview
Witness Kansas Sen. Roger Marshall -- and this exchange he had with "Meet the Press" moderator Chuck Todd on Sunday:Todd: Do you believe you were elected fair and square in 2020? I think Kansas has some of the tightest election laws in the land. We went back and looked at that to make sure that it was a safe and fair election. Just really proud of how Kansas could do it. Todd: And do you believe that Joe Biden was elected fair and square?
The Water Is Rising Fast Around Mark Meadows
On Sunday, the January 6 committee released a 51-page report backing up its recommendation that Meadows be held in criminal contempt for his decision to renege on testifying before the committee. The report throws a fairly fine net over Meadows for his behavior in office before, during, and after the insurrection. Mr. Meadows exchanged text messages with, and provided guidance to, an organizer of the January 6th rally on the Ellipse after the organizer told him that ‘‘[t]hings have gotten crazy and I desperately need some direction. Mr. Meadows received text messages and emails regarding apparent efforts to encourage Republican legislators in certain States to send alternate slates of electors to Congress, a plan which one Member of Congress acknowledged was ‘‘highly controversial’’ and to which Mr. Meadows responded, ‘‘I love it.’’ Mr. Meadows responded to a similar message by saying ‘‘[w]e are’’ and another such message by saying ‘‘Yes. He also reportedly introduced Mr. Trump to then-DOJ official Jeffrey Clark.
The Year in Sports: Athletes Face Backlash but Refuse to Back Down
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Joe Biden Has No Business Lecturing the Rest of the World on “Democracy”
Such developments explain a recent global survey that found nearly half of people consider the United States a threat to their democracies, more than both Russia and China. And if the United States is unwilling to agree to any limits on its foreign meddling, then why would any other country? In any case, this was still only one of three factors that simply “exacerbated” a preexisting loss of faith in democracy, according to Biden. “There is no perfect system of democracy in the world, nor is there a political system that fits all countries,” the report states. It’s not a great sign for Biden that his supposed rival seems to have a better idea than he does.
Humanitarian Intervention Is a Cloak for Military Aggression
For many people, the disastrous outcomes in Iraq and Afghanistan will be enough to discredit the idea of humanitarian intervention. The question is whether we can justify forcible military intervention from outside the country in question to prevent human rights violations. Upholding Sovereignty We can identify three broad positions on the issue of external military intervention in the name of human rights. However, that does not mean we would be justified in carrying out an external military intervention to overthrow such regimes. If their very existence as a people is at stake, then military intervention can be justified, regardless of what the intervener’s motives may be.
A Year on a Hinge of History
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Rittenhouse acquittal is latest chapter in long and sinister history of racism
Armed vigilante groups have a long history that includes attacks on workers’ movements and especially racist oppression and repression. Before the Civil War, the number of official police was small because the slaveholder class did not want to pay for them. After the Civil War, the KKK in effect fought a guerrilla war of terror and murder to restore, as much as they could, the defeated slaveholder confederacy. The jury’s acquittal was an attack on the Black Lives Matter movement as much as the 1964 murder of the civil rights workers in Mississippi was an attack on the Civil Rights movement. While controlling police conduct is much more difficult, there are at least uniform training of police to respect the civil rights of citizens in many countries.
The Trump Administration Violated Federal Law By Silencing Staffers During The COVID-19 Outbreak
Trump appointee Michael Caputo warned government employees last year not to speak with the media, records obtained by BuzzFeed News revealed. In an email to BuzzFeed News, Caputo said he did not write the policies in question and was "duty-bound to enforce them." "The Office of Special Counsel found the policies I inherited were missing a short phrase of standard bureaucratic notification. The Office of Special Counsel had previously substantiated allegations that HHS had violated the law during Trump's presidency with three gag orders between January 2017 and May 2018. Kevin Lamarque / Reuters Caputo at a Trump administration event during his brief stint as assistant secretary for public affairs at the Department of Health and Human Services
Kim Kardashian Shared An Inspiring Message About Passing The Baby Bar Exam
Kim Kardashian has finally passed California’s First-Year Law Students’ Examination, aka the “baby bar” exam, after three failed attempts. Opting to study law and apprentice with practicing attorneys rather than attend law school, Kardashian has kept her hundreds of millions of followers updated on her journey. “OMFGGGG I PASSED THE BABY BAR EXAM,” Kardashian exclaimed in the post’s caption, which accompanies a series of photos of her posing in a floor-length royal blue gown and pants. The same year, Vogue reported she’d begun studying to pass California’s bar exam. “If you are doing law school the way I’m doing it, it is a four-year program instead of your typical three-year program.
Kellyanne Conway on 'Faulkner Focus': Independents have really turned against Joe Biden
Former Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway discussed President Biden's dwindling approval rating on crime, especially among suburban women and independents. BIDEN'S APPROVAL RATING ON CRIME TANKS AMID RISE IN SMASH-AND-GRAB ROBBERIESKELLYANNE CONWAY: [Democrats] don’t seem to understand the error of their ways. They are out of sync with what most Americans are saying about crime, drugs, 100,000 overdose deaths, fentanyl pouring over the border, and they’re out of touch with the way people are just looking at basic public safety. That’s not because of COVID, that’s because of the schools, and it’s because of public safety. Women particularly.
Penn swimmer latest example of trans athlete dominating female sports
Thomas' success on the women’s team has renewed criticism over allowing transgender women to compete against biological females. NCAA rules state that a trans woman can't compete with women until after undergoing testosterone suppression treatment for a year. But Thomas is far from the first athlete to dominate female sports after transitioning from male to female. Inclusion and fairness can coexist for all student-athletes, including transgender athletes, at all levels of sport." Advocates like the American Civil Liberties Union have similarly argued that "[t]rans athletes do not have an unfair advantage in sports."
House Jan. 6 probe sheds light on Trump aide Mark Meadows' records before contempt vote
Mark Meadows, White House chief of staff, listens to a question from a member of the media outside of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. The lawmakers investigating the Jan. 6 invasion of the Capitol are set Monday to vote to recommend the House hold former President Donald Trump's White House chief of staff Mark Meadows in contempt of Congress. It was filed a day before Trump lost his appeal to stop the committee from obtaining the disputed White House records. The report says that Trump himself has not relayed any privilege claims to them regarding Meadows' participation in their probe. The White House did not disclose that positive test at the time, but rather only shared a subsequent pre-debate test result that came back negative.
'A paper trail of treason': Jan. 6 committee scrutinizes document on overturning election
A report out Sunday that recommends that Trump administration chief of staff Mark Meadows be held in contempt of Congress alleges that he said National Guard troops would keep President Donald Trump’s supporters safe Jan. 6. The panel discusses.Dec.
A tragic new threshold: Pandemic claims 800,000 lives in U.S.
In the spring of 2020, Donald Trump had a dreadful habit of guessing how many Covid-19 fatalities the United States would see. When we cleared that total, Trump moved the goalposts, saying the total would "probably" be between 60,000 and 70,000 people. The United States passed another grim Covid-19 milestone Monday, as more than 800,000 Americans have now died from the virus that's plagued the country for nearly two years. It took the United States 119 days to go from 600,000 deaths to 700,000 deaths. It's an uncomfortable truth to consider as we wonder how long it might take for the United States to reach our 900,000th Covid-19 fatality.
AP seeks answers from US gov’t on tracking of journalists
FILE - Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas speaks to reporters at the San Ysidro port of entry, Dec. 7, 2021, in San Diego. The Associated Press sought answers Monday from the Department of Homeland Security on its use of sensitive government databases for tracking international terrorists to investigate as many as 20 American journalists, including an acclaimed AP reporter. The Associated Press sought answers Monday from the Department of Homeland Security on its use of sensitive government databases for tracking international terrorists to investigate as many as 20 American journalists, including an acclaimed AP reporter. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Associated Press sought answers Monday from the Department of Homeland Security on its use of sensitive government databases for tracking international terrorists to investigate as many as 20 American journalists, including an acclaimed AP reporter. The DHS inspector general report that revealed the most recent disclosure of investigations of journalists also stemmed from a Trump-era leak investigation.
One year of vaccines: Many lives saved, many needlessly lost
FILE - Boxes containing the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine are prepared to be shipped at the Pfizer Global Supply Kalamazoo manufacturing plant in Portage, Mich., Dec. 13, 2020. The nation’s COVID-19 death toll stands at around 800,000 as the anniversary of the U.S. vaccine rollout arrives. The nation’s COVID-19 death toll stands at around 800,000 as the anniversary of the U.S. vaccine rollout arrives. The nation’s COVID-19 death toll stands at around 800,000 as the anniversary of the U.S. vaccine rollout arrives. California has seen more than 15,000 COVID-19 deaths since the state opened eligibility to all adults in mid-April.
Elon Musk named Time’s ‘Person of the Year’ --- is this a blessing or a curse?
Being named Time’s “Person of the Year” can be a dubious honor. So being named Time’s Person of the Year is certainly a win in the public relations department, as Musk and his companies Tesla and SpaceX dominated Google and Twitter trends on Monday morning and early afternoon. After all, landing some coveted magazine cover awards has often been considered a curse. And some past “Person of the Year” winners have fallen on hard times after their Time covers. “What you can extrapolate [from the research] is that the extraordinary performance is capped by the magazine cover,” one researcher told the Economist.
Elon Musk named Time’s ‘Person of the Year’ --- is this a blessing or a curse?
Being named Time’s “Person of the Year” can be a dubious honor. So being named Time’s Person of the Year is certainly a win in the public relations department, as Musk and his companies Tesla and SpaceX dominated Google and Twitter trends on Monday morning and early afternoon. After all, landing some coveted magazine cover awards has often been considered a curse. And some past “Person of the Year” winners have fallen on hard times after their Time covers. “What you can extrapolate [from the research] is that the extraordinary performance is capped by the magazine cover,” one researcher told the Economist.
Elon Musk named Time’s ‘Person of the Year’ --- is this a blessing or a curse?
Being named Time’s “Person of the Year” can be a dubious honor. So being named Time’s Person of the Year is certainly a win in the public relations department, as Musk and his companies Tesla and SpaceX dominated Google and Twitter trends on Monday morning and early afternoon. After all, landing some coveted magazine cover awards has often been considered a curse. And some past “Person of the Year” winners have fallen on hard times after their Time covers. “What you can extrapolate [from the research] is that the extraordinary performance is capped by the magazine cover,” one researcher told the Economist.
Donald Trump, Bill O'Reilly Event Reportedly Fizzles In Florida
Trump fans sitting in the nosebleed section of the FLA Live Arena were told that they were being “upgraded” to the lower levels, according to the newspaper. Trump appeared with former Fox News personality Bill O’Reilly, who was bounced from the network after accusations of sexual harassment. ... Big crowds!” He signed it “President” Trump. Story continuesPeople on TikTok boasted that they had made fake reservations for the Tulsa rally as Trump organizers boasted that more than a million people had signed up to attend. Womp WompDonald Trump's event with former Fox News host Bill O'Reilly on Saturday had so many empty seats that organizers closed the top bowl of the stadium.
Trump and Bill O’Reilly Tour Kicks Off With Many Empty Seats
Ray Stubblebine/ReutersDespite a Saturday evening statement promising “big crowds,” the first date of ex-President Donald Trump and Bill O’Reilly’s joint speaking tour seemingly failed to draw any such thing. On Sunday afternoon, the duo’s second gathering at The Amway Center in Orlando, Florida, home to the Orlando Magic basketball team, similarly did not sell out. Read more at The Daily Beast. Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you.
Money problems: how wealth on television became miserable this year
By the end of the second episode, everyone has chosen to return to Squid Game, with a money pot of 45.6 billion won ($40m) literally hung from the ceiling. Nor is the idea that money cannot buy happiness new to television – HBO has practically created a sub-genre for rich white people being miserable and/or terrible, from Big Little Lies to The Undoing. The contestants in Squid Game scrap and form loyalties and betray each other – the foibles of human morality under pressure – for (minor spoiler) the sport of ultra-wealthy Americans, no one character able to stop the crushing wheel of the game. Succession’s somewhat frustrating third season has wheel-spun through the same dynamics of emotional abuse it has honed since its first season, but wealth remains the trump card. But sometimes I wonder if we’ve reached the bottom of the barrel with television bleakness.
Trump’s new social site right now is just a fundraising front
Trump’s been teasing the launch of Truth Social for months. Truth Social has reportedly raised $1 billion from a group of investors. Signing up for Truth Social now will give it [TMTG] more value when it merges with $DWAC. As of now Truth Social has no value because no one knows how it will do. NRSC’s page to reserve a username on Truth Social pre-selects monthly recurring donations.
Dr Oz show set to END as he runs for senate...he will be replaced by his daughter Daphne Oz
The Dr Oz Show will come to an end on January 14, 2022 after 13 seasons as Dr Mehmet Oz prepares to run for Senate in Pennsylvania. The television personality's long-running, syndicated show will be replaced by a spinoff titled The Good Dish, hosted by his own daughter Daphne Oz. The Good Dish will premiere in 90% of markets three days after the Dr. Oz Show airs its final episode. The Good Dish executive producer Amy Chiaro and co-executive producer Stacy Rader said, 'There is no better time for a show like The Good Dish. Father/daughter: Daphne, 35, is Dr. Oz and his wife Lisa's oldest child.
Mark Meadows' attorney tells January 6 committee a contempt charge would be 'unjust', 'unfair'
Mark Meadows' attorney in a Monday letter urged the Jan. 6 committee not to pursue criminal charges against the former White House chief of staff, as he argued doing so would be 'contrary to law.' 'Such a referral would be contrary to law, manifestly unjust, unwise and unfair,' attorney George Terwilliger wrote. In a 51-page report released Sunday, the committee described a series of messages sent by Meadows to various people. In the document released Sunday, the committee outlined the questions it would have asked Meadows had he cooperated. Meadows has continued to defend Trump, including in his new book, The Chief's Chief, released last week.
Mark Meadows accused of previous attempt at overturning election – this time against Trump
The 2020 election wasn’t the first election Mark Meadows tried to overturn, multiple sources have told The Independent. The sources, all of whom spoke to The Independent on condition of anonymity for fear of retaliation from Mr Meadows, Mr Trump or their allies, are veterans of North Carolina politics who have been allies with Mr Meadows in the past. According to one veteran North Carolina operative, Mr Meadows had initially pledged to remain neutral while Mr Trump, Mr Cruz, and the 15 other major candidates battled it out during the lengthy 2016 primary process. A spokesperson for Mr Trump did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Independent. Spokespersons for Mr Cruz and the North Carolina Republican Party did not immediately respond to requests for comment from The Independent.
McConnell praises Biden for Kentucky disaster response
“I appreciate the Administration’s quick work to speed resources to help deal with this crisis,” McConnell said. Thank you @POTUS for your rapid approval of Kentucky’s Major Disaster Declaration. Andy Beshear’s (D) request for a major disaster declaration for the state. Biden approved one, ordering federal aid to supplement recovery efforts in the areas affected by severe storms, winds, flooding and tornadoes, the White House announced late on Sunday. Tornadoes ravaged Kentucky and five other states over the weekend, killing at least 80 people.
Meadows said National Guard would "protect pro Trump people" — Jan. 6 panel
The Jan. 6 select committee investigating the Capitol riot released a report and resolution Sunday outlining its recommendation to hold former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows in contempt of Congress. Why it matters: The report alleges that Meadows sent an email Jan. 5 "to an individual about the events on January 6 and said that the National Guard would be present to 'protect pro Trump people' and that many more would be available on standby." What's next: The select committee is expected vote to recommend charges of contempt of Congress against Meadows this week, before a full House vote takes place, per AP. Representatives for Meadows did not immediately respond to Axios' request for comment about the House panel's report. Read the panel's report in full, via DocumentCloud:Editor's note: This article has been updated to include the report and with further context on the House panel's investigation.
Judge refuses to toss key charge in Capitol riot case
U.S. District Judge Dabney Friedrich ruled on Friday that an obstruction charge applies to the Justice Department’s case against Ronald Sandlin and Nathaniel DeGrave. U.S. District Judge Dabney Friedrich ruled on Friday that an obstruction charge applies to the Justice Department’s case against Ronald Sandlin and Nathaniel DeGrave. U.S. District Judge Dabney Friedrich ruled on Friday that an obstruction charge applies to the Justice Department’s case against Ronald Sandlin and Nathaniel DeGrave. Friedrich also concluded that the obstruction charge covers a broader set of acts than what the defense lawyers contended. The obstruction charge is a felony punishable by a maximum of 20 years imprisonment.
Trump aide Navarro refuses to comply with House subpoena in COVID probe
Former White House economic adviser Peter Navarro is refusing to comply with a subpoena issued by a House select subcommittee investigating the Trump administration’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, citing former President Donald Trump’s claim of executive privilege. “Your blanket refusal to comply with the subpoena in its entirety is improper. Courts have clearly held that White House advisers, such as yourself, cannot avoid compelled congressional process,” said Clyburn, who called the records and information Navarro has “critical” to the House investigation. Peter Navarro has also been subpoenaed by the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. “We have asked that question for more than a year and requested that the House majority hold hearings to investigate the origins of COVID.
Thousands of migrants traveling through Mexico clash with police
Thousands of migrants clashed with Mexican police Sunday as they approached Mexico City on their northward trek through the Central American country. The migrants had been walking along the highway connecting Mexico City with Puebla before they were stopped. A migrant holds a shield as members of the migrant caravan clash with police, who are preventing them from passing on the Mexico-Puebla highway on December 12, 2021. Members of the migrant caravan carry a fellow migrant who was injured when a crowd pushed against the police. As the migrants continue their trek north, the Biden administration has reimplemented the Trump-era “Remain in Mexico” policy after several failed attempts to end it.
‘The Dr. Oz Show’ to end amid Mehmet Oz’s Senate run, daughter Daphne Oz to take over with ‘The Good Dish’
On Monday, Sony Pictures Television confirmed it is retiring "The Dr. Oz Show" after 13 seasons. Instead, the health advice talk show will be replaced with a new series co-hosted by Dr. Mehmet Oz’s daughter, Daphne Oz, titled "The Good Dish." "The Dr. Oz Show" began airing in 2009 after the celebrity heart surgeon rocketed to fame following his appearance on Oprah Winfrey’s show. DR. OZ DETAILS SAVING MAN'S LIFE AT NEWARK AIRPORT: 'IT IS A TRUE MIRACLE'In November, the 61-year-old announced he is running for Pennsylvania’s open U.S. Senate seat as a Republican. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPOz was born in Cleveland, Ohio, the son of a heart surgeon who emigrated from Turkey.
Newsom gives conservatives a taste of their own medicine with gun bill promise
When the Supreme Court first refused to block Texas’ abortion ban in October, legal experts warned it would open the floodgates to copycat laws carefully crafted to nullify other rights previously protected by the Constitution. On Friday, the conservative-leaning court once again allowed the draconian law, known as SB 8, to remain in effect, ruling that legal challenges to it may proceed at the same time. “SCOTUS is letting private citizens in Texas sue to stop abortion? He and other Democratic leaders in California have billed themselves as a progressive alternative to the revanchist conservatism taking hold on multiple fronts in Texas. State lawmakers are set to debate proposals from health experts next month that outline how California could position itself as the nation's primary abortion provider should the Supreme Court overturn Roe v. Wade.
Jan. 6 panel set to vote on holding Meadows in contempt
FILE - White House chief of staff Mark Meadows speaks with reporters outside the White House, Oct. 26, 2020, in Washington. The House panel investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection says it has “no choice” but to move forward with contempt charges against former Trump White House chief of staff Mark Meadows. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)FILE - White House chief of staff Mark Meadows speaks with reporters outside the White House, Oct. 26, 2020, in Washington. The House panel investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection says it has “no choice” but to move forward with contempt charges against former Trump White House chief of staff Mark Meadows. The committee is recommending the contempt charges after Meadows ceased cooperating and did not show up for a deposition last week.
Judge refuses to toss key charge in Capitol riot case
U.S. District Judge Dabney Friedrich ruled on Friday that an obstruction charge applies to the Justice Department's case against Ronald Sandlin and Nathaniel DeGrave. Defense lawyers have asked other judges presiding over Capitol riot cases to dismiss the same charge on related grounds. Friedrich also concluded that the obstruction charge covers a broader set of acts than what the defense lawyers contended. The obstruction charge is a felony punishable by a maximum of 20 years imprisonment. Jacob Chansley and Paul Allard Hodgkins, two rioters who pleaded guilty to the same obstruction charge, were sentenced to 41 months and 8 months in prison, respectively.
Reporter’s Notebook: Debt ceiling fight sparks unusual maneuvers from both parties
Thanks to the special pact, House and Senate Democrats will raise the debt ceiling on their own. Republicans argued Democrats should go that route on the debt ceiling – and the GOP wouldn’t have to play along. Once those 11 Republicans voted to clear the procedural hurdle, they voted no on actually lifting the debt ceiling. "What do you say when you do those two red lines and now help indirectly raise the debt ceiling?" The GOP assist to break the filibuster would be two steps removed from the actual debt ceiling roll call vote.
Queen probably feels ‘violated’ by Andrew inviting Ghislaine and Epstein to her private cabin at Balmoral
The photo shows Maxwell and Epstein cuddling up with each other on the porch of a log cabin, the Telegraph and other outlets reported. Andersen told the Daily Beast, “If he did, and knowing what she knows now about Epstein, the sense of betrayal would cut that much deeper. Through Maxwell, Andrew got to know Epstein. Andrew’s eagerness to treat Epstein and Maxwell to the privileges of royal life has been the subject of previous reports. “The after-dinner entertainment included running through the palace corridors with Andrew, sitting on the throne, and stepping out onto the balcony to drunkenly wave at an imaginary crowd,” the Daily Beast reported.
GOP gov candidate Bailey names former talk radio host as running mate
Republican gubernatorial candidate and state Sen. Darren Bailey announced his running mate on Monday, picking a conservative talk radio host for the lieutenant governor spot. Bailey tapped Stephanie Trussell, a “hardworking conservative” and former WLS-AM 890 talk show host, to join the 2022 ticket. The former talk radio host had a weekly show on WLS 890-AM from 2012 until its 2019 cancellation. Trussell will likely face questions about tweets she wrote in 2016 criticizing then-presidential candidate Donald Trump and using the hashtag #NeverTrump. “I am a fighter and not someone who always toes the party line, but I support President Trump, and I will not apologize to the internet trolls or the left-wing media for who I am.
Elon Musk is named Time Magazine's 2021 Person of the Year
Elon Musk has been named Time magazine's 2021 Person of the Year. Earlier this month, Musk sold 'last remaining house', selling his Silicon Valley estate for $30 million. Elon Musk sold his Silicon Valley estate for $30 million, the last of his seven California homes, and moved to Texas. He has sold shares worth nearly $12 billion since. Musk sold 934,091 shares after exercising options to buy $2.1billion worth of the stock on November 15.
Facebook exec blames users for spreading misinformation. says company could never eliminate it
The Facebook executive who invented the site's 'news feed' has blamed users for misinformation and claimed he does not have enough money or staff to stop it. 'If we took every single dollar and human that we had, it wouldn’t eliminate people seeing speech that they didn’t like on the platform,' Bosworth said in an interview with Axios. Pressed on whether Facebook and other social media outlets are amplifying the spread of misinformation, Bosworth characterized it as a demand problem. Bosworth didn't address the question. Twitter users mocked Bosworth's evasion of Facebook's role in the spread of misinformation on its platforms.
Meadows Said National Guard Would 'Protect Pro-Trump People' On Jan. 6: Probe
Former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows said that the National Guard would be available to “protect pro-Trump people” during their Jan. 6 gathering at the U.S. Capitol, according to information released Sunday by the House panel investigating the deadly insurrection. Meadows reportedly said that the National Guard would be available to "protect pro-Trump people" during the Jan. 6 rally at the U.S. Capitol, which turned deadly. The panel has said that it wants to know whether Trump was involved in delaying sending the National Guard to the scene as the violence unfolded. Meadows was urged to persuade Trump to call off the violence at the U.S. Capitol, according to text messages reportedly sent to Meadows during the attack. Earlier this month, a former D.C. National Guard official also accused Lt. Gen. Charles Flynn — brother of disgraced onetime national security adviser Michael Flynn — and Lt. Gen. Walter Piatt of delaying the National Guard’s response to the violence and then lying about it.
Mark Meadows used his own cell phone, 2 personal Gmail accounts, and Signal for official White House business, Jan. 6 committee says
Mark Meadows used his own cell phone, two personal Gmail accounts, and Signal for government business. The House select committee investigating the Capitol riot revealed this information in a report on Sunday. Several top Trump White House officials were found to have used their personal accounts and devices to communicate about government business. And former first lady Melania Trump also used private email accounts to conduct government business, her former adviser Stephanie Winston Wolkoff told The Washington Post. After briefly cooperating with the House committee, the former Republican congressman from North Carolina abruptly changed course last week and refused to be deposed by the panel.
THIS WEEK IN CONGRESS: Debt Limit Cliff 99% Avoided, Meadows & Stone Out, Short In & BBB?
The Rube Goldberg Machine Congress Used To Raise The Debt Limit. As described above, the procedures limit debate, waive points of order, and prohibit amendments with regard to the raising of the debt limit. - S.610 — Debt Limit Procedure — This whole ”procedure” for raising the debt limit cobbled together mainly by Schumer and McConnell is truly bizarre. + VP) and send it to the President for signature, all to happen next week before the current debt limit is reached on December 15. How is this really any different than voting “yes” on a procedural motion to limit debate on the actual debt limit Bill?
Cheers and Jeers: Monday
De-Worming Paste (with apologies to "O Christmas Tree") De-worming paste, De-worming pasteYou are so very yummyDe-worming paste, De-worming pasteThere's two pounds in my tummy They say it cures the covid, tooSo why am I in ICU? De-worming paste, De-worming pasteYou are so very yummy. JEERS to keeping track of America’s fugliest numbers. On a dark night, near the peak of the shower, you can often catch 50 or more meteors per hour. -Today's Shameless C&J Testimonial ”Bill in Portland Maine’s Cheers and Jeers is the demonstration that, when it comes to families, children, and family education, he doesn’t understand a thing.” —Mary Avola-
Festivus for the rest of us
Good morning all, let the not-right right have their faux Xmas, compete with assault weapons, tRump toys and MAGA hats. It’s festivus for the rest of us, and I begin with the airing of grievances. To add to my woes, I am traveling for work this weekend and crushing to complete the work before I go. Nice customer service rep checked and confirmed and said not to call the hotel directly, call Hilton’s customer service line. I said if that’s the case, why did the (circular) e-mail list the hotel’s phone # and not the customer service #.
Texas State House Districts (2022): HD 52, HD 54, HD 115
Today, I am going to be looking at three more Texas state house districts: HD 52, HD 54, and HD 115. TX HD 52TX HD 52 is currently located in Williamson County (just north of Austin), covering the community of Round Rock. Under the new boundaries, Trump would have now carried the district by a little more than 4 points in 2020. TX HD 54TX HD 54 is located in the central part of the state (a bit north of Austin) and currently contains all of Lampasas County and the southwestern part of Bell County. TX HD 115TX HD 115 is located in the northwestern corner of Dallas County.
The Preservation of American Democracy Requires Biden to be Our “Wartime Leader”
And in that battle – whose centrality and urgency is now increasingly widely recognized – President Biden has largely been MIA. A Wartime LeaderBiden needs to transition into being a wartime leader, because this central political drama is truly a war. As the wartime leader for this political war, President Biden’s task is to defeat fascism in the arena of public opinion. in the 2022 elections -- the Republicans gain control of both Houses of Congress, it may be “game over” for American democracy. For starters, Biden can refrain, when suitable, from saying anything about “Republicans.” Biden can frame his denunciations in terms of the fundamental American values that he is defending against an assault (from wrong-doers who happen to be Republicans).
Is Don Bacon Bi-Partisan?
The Trump Care bill was drafted behind closed doors by GOP party bosses and lobbyists. Bacon voted for a bill that would have kicked 20 million people off insurance and gutted pre-existing condition protections. Trump Care was so bad that Bacon voted to exempt himself from it. In opposing the American Rescue Plan, Bacon voted against the largest middle class tax cut in history, vaccinations and money to open schools. Bacon is a loyal GOP party solider and he has a history of running deeply dishonest and vicious re-election campaigns.
Activists call Biden’s ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy expansion a ‘betrayal’ to the Latinx community
The order went into effect Monday, leaving asylum-seekers in Mexico in the lurch and sending shelter providers that were already at capacity scrambling to accommodate individuals and make space without proper funding. Under the Trump administration, many asylum-seekers still had to wait months and sometimes years for a final decision to be made in their case. Under the Trump administration, only 521 people were granted asylum out of the 70,000 that were placed into the first iteration of MPP. Many legal service providers say they refuse to be complicit with this inherently unfair policy, and will not take the cases anymore. “I don’t think there’s any indication that the Biden administration can actually finish these cases in six months, there just isn’t the logistical capacity or staffing to carry that out,” says Kizuka.
Trump's Role in Vaccination Resistance
Since February 2020, Trump has declared at least 38 times that Covid-19 is either going to disappear or is currently disappearing. It’s going to be just fine.” And at a White House meeting on February 27, he said, “It’s going to disappear. One day — it’s like a miracle — it will disappear.” Trump contracted Covid-19; it was so serious that officials thought he would need a ventilator. After his hospitalization, he appeared on the White House balcony, ripped off his mask and while gasping for breath, proclaimed the virus is nothing to fear. It is not coincidental that Trump won 17 of the 18 states with the lowest adult vaccination rates.
From the GNR Newsroom, the Monday Good News Roundup
My dearest friends, its that time again, time for the Monday Good News roundup, that magical time of the year where I bring you the hard work of the GNR Newsroom (Killer300 and Bhu) to brighten up your work week. So lets skip the preamble and get right to the good stuff. That’s good to hear. Its always good to return artifacts back to the people to whom they rightfully belong. And with that our week of good news draws to a close, see you next week as I come back from vacation, and we see what the future holds.
Abbreviated Pundit Roundup: Uncertainty about the pandemic is not blocking confidence in mitigation
x I think we may need to recalibrate our idea of typical case numbers as Omicron takes off. Government scientists say there could be between 1,000 and 2,000 daily admissions to hospital within weeks. Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that he utterly and repeatedly failed to protect American citizens. “We need to shift the narrative and stop calling this a pandemic of the unvaccinated,” Furr-Holden said. And if Republicans themselves won’t tell the voters about their agenda, then it’s incumbent on political journalists to do it for them.
Morning Digest: Why did Maryland Democrats go soft on redistricting? Here's who's to blame
John Fetterman has publicized a poll from Data for Progress that shows him outpacing TV doctor Mehmet Oz 44-42 in a hypothetical general election. Governors? GA-Gov: In a thoroughly unsurprising development, former Speaker Newt Gingrich is backing his fellow Trump sycophant, ex-Sen. David Perdue, in next year's Republican primary. 3,200), has joined the Republican primary to take on Democratic Rep. Josh Gottheimer. Also in the running are former state Rep. Dennis Smith and attorney Lynne Torgerson. ? TX-AG: EMILY's List is backing Rochelle Garza, who is a former ACLU attorney, in next year's Democratic primary.
National Guard's Jan. 6 role was to 'protect pro Trump people,' Mark Meadows said
But meanwhile, Team Trump was setting the stage not for demonstrators executing constitutionally protected rights, but for a mob bent on insurrection, and Meadows was a very active part of that. Meadows, he said, said he would pass the list to John Ratcliffe, then the director of national intelligence, though it is not clear Meadows did so. Waldron’s focus on foreign interference aligns with Meadows’ previously reported interest in a conspiracy theory about Italy using satellites to tamper with voting machines. And Meadows was texting with organizers of the Jan. 6 rally that turned into the attack on the Capitol. The report also described what committee investigators would have asked Meadows if he had showed up for his deposition.
Republican hypocrisy on disaster relief is a guide for how we should hear anything they say
Paul’s votes against disaster relief bills include opposing funding for recovery from Hurricane Sandy, which struck in 2012; Hurricane Harvey in 2017; Hurricane Maria in 2017; and a 2019 bill including aid for multiple disasters. And, yes, he opposed funding for Sandy—which, he said, “recklessly increases the national debt”—and Harvey and Maria. People like Massie and Paul will never hesitate to act all pious about their opposition to disaster relief for other people while demanding that their state get everything it needs. But everyone else should be clear that this hypocrisy speaks to their basic truthfulness on other issues. We should listen to them on that—which means not listening to the words they spew to justify their actions.
Hedges: The Execution of Julian Assange
Fish, “Mind Games.”By Chris Hedges / Original to ScheerPostLet us name Julian Assange’s executioners. Let us acknowledge that the goal of these executioners, who discussed kidnapping and assassinating Assange, has always been his annihilation. That Assange, who is in precarious physical and psychological health and who suffered a stroke during court video proceedings on October 27, has been condemned to death should not come as a surprise. 74, given to the court on February 5, 2021, which offered “assurances” that Assange would be well treated, overrode the lower court’s conclusions. The video, known as the Collateral Murder video, was leaked in 2010 by Chelsea Manning to Assange.
Democratic polarization fuels modern fascism
A new and insidious form of authoritarian control threatens democratic values and practices. The global proliferation of populist autocracies and hybrid regimes, some propped up by military bureaucracies, reflects the anti-democratic trend. Populist autocracies are becoming increasingly adept at using sophisticated spying techniques and state security apparatus to control their people, not unlike the totalitarian states. The erosion of democratic values and practices in established democracies gives a powerful impetus to various forms of authoritarianism. Yet populist autocracies do not offer a rosy future: Short-term economic progress at the cost of political and individual freedoms is deceiving.
The Day America Will End, Part II: The imminent danger
Would you like to know how many people have read this article? Simply sign up for a Advocate premium membership and you'll automatically see this data on every article. Best Web OpEds 12/13/2021 at 8:41 AM EST H1'ed 12/13/21Read the rest of the story HERE:At mythfighter.comThe previous post, "The Day America Will End," describes how Donald Trump and the Republican Party are attempted to remake our American democracy into a theocracy, with Trump as the pontiff. His anthology of updated Opednews articles "America is Not Broke" was published by Tayen Lane Publishing (March, 2015) and may be found here:http://www.americaisnotbroke.net/Scott is a former President of Common Ground-NYC (http://commongroundnyc.org/), a Geoist/Georgist activist group. He has written dozens of articles for (more...)
Trump Dismisses Jan. 6 Inquiry, Says His Words That Day Were “Extremely Calming”
While speaking to host Laura Ingraham, Trump said he has “nothing to hide” from the House select committee investigating the attack. In fact, Trump is expected to appeal to the Supreme Court soon, in yet another attempt to prevent those materials from being released to the committee. I wasn’t involved in that [the Capitol attack] and if you look at my words and what I said in the speech, they were extremely calming, actually,” Trump said. “The insurrection took place on November 3, which was election day,” Trump said. Trump’s fictionalized account of the day’s events— including his claim that his speech before the attack was not incendiary — is not new.
West Coast educators and parents support Global Workers’ Inquest into the COVID-19 Pandemic
During discussion, attendees voted unanimously to support the Global Workers’ Inquest into the COVID-19 Pandemic, which has been initiated by the World Socialist Web Site. The Omicron variant has been sequenced in over 68 countries with known community transmission in many major countries including the US. The spread of Omicron not only means continued mass infection, death and long-term illness, but also the ability for the virus to further mutate. The latest data from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) shows 133,000 official COVID-19 cases among children were reported in the week ending December 2. This is why we, the West Coast Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committees, join in the international support of the Global Workers’ Inquest into the COVID-19 Pandemic, an important initiative led by the WSWS.
Australian government, Labor opposition greenlight US rendition of Julian Assange
The Australian Liberal-National Coalition government and Labor Party opposition, however, have given their approval to the show trial ruling, in line with their decade-long participation in the US-led campaign against the publisher and journalist. Under these conditions, DFAT’s statement amounts to a declaration that the Australian government is willing to see Assange die behind bars. As an Australian citizen persecuted abroad, Assange has a clear right to diplomatic intervention under domestic and international law. Labor expects the Australian government to provide appropriate consular support to Mr Assange, as is his right as an Australian citizen.”The reference to “consular support” is revealing. The entire Australian political establishment bears central responsibility for Assange’s dire predicament.
G7 foreign ministers summit in Liverpool threatens Russia, China
A foreign ministers summit of the G7 imperialist powers in Liverpool, Britain, ended yesterday with the issuing of a bellicose communiqué threatening both Russia and China. Over the last weeks, US intelligence agencies have issued wildly varying claims, ranging from 94,000 to 175,000 for the number of troops Russia is supposedly amassing near the Ukrainian border. The Liverpool summit communiqué served to align the G7 with the violent war propaganda coming from Washington and the NATO alliance, especially against Russia. As COVID-19 deaths mount in the G7 countries, currently running at around 2,500 each day, the denunciations of Russia and China become ever more hysterical and unhinged. In Liverpool Sunday, UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss boasted that the G7 was united around such threats against Russia.
Guernica, Lidice, My Lai … and now Talon Anvil
On Sunday, the New York Times published a detailed report chronicling the systematic, years-long mass murder of civilians by the United States in Iraq and Syria, carried out by a death squad called Talon Anvil. Talon Anvil also labeled more and more strikes as “self-defense,” which did not require justification based on intelligence, as opposed to offensive operations, which did. Talon Anvil was the name of a Delta Force unit within the larger Task Force 9, which coordinated US military operations against the Islamic State (ISIS) forces in Iraq and Syria from 2014 to 2019. Bombs rained down for nearly four hours, killing 1,654 men, women and children. Some of the women survived years of slave labor, but 82 children were gassed within weeks at the Chelmno extermination camp.
U.K. Court Rules Julian Assange Can Be Extradited to U.S.
LONDON — A British court ruled on Friday that Julian Assange can be extradited to the United States to face charges that could result in decades of jail time, reversing a lower-court decision in the long-running case against the embattled WikiLeaks founder. The ruling was a victory, at least for now, for the Biden administration, which has pursued an effort to prosecute Mr. Assange begun under the Trump administration. Mr. Assange will seek to appeal the decision to Britain’s Supreme Court, according to his legal team. The Justice Department’s decision to charge Mr. Assange under the Espionage Act in connection with obtaining and publishing secret government documents has raised novel First Amendment issues and alarmed advocates of media freedom. But because he has been fighting extradition, those questions have not been litigated and his transfer to the United States could set off a momentous constitutional battle.
Kim Kardashian nears lawyer status after passing baby bar exam: 'This wasn't easy or handed to me'
The reality star, 41, passed California's First-Year Law Students' Exam, known as the "baby bar," she announced Monday on social media. "For anyone who doesn’t know my law school journey, know this wasn’t easy or handed to me." Kardashian is studying law without attending a traditional, state-accredited law school, which means she had to pass the baby bar, which is the equivalent of completing one year of law school, per the State Bar of California. She'll continue to study before going on to take the California Bar Exam, which, if she passes, would make her an official lawyer. "I really do and care and spend 20 hours a week away from my family and my kids (for this)."
Meadows wrote National Guard would ‘protect pro-Trump people’ on Jan. 6: report
Trump White House chief of staff Mark Meadows said in an email the day before the Jan. 6 riot at the US Capitol that the National Guard would ?be on the scene to “protect pro Trump people,” according to a report released late Sunday by the House select committee investigating the events of that day. If the report is approved, as expected, the full House is expected to vote on referring Meadows to the Justice Department for potential prosecution as soon as Tuesday. The 51-page report details ?questions the committee would have asked Meadows had he appeared for a scheduled deposition last week. J. Scott Applewhite/APThe report goes on to describe a message Meadows received from a person described only as a “former White House employee” who said: “You guys have to say something. “You guys have to say something,” a former White House employee reportedly pleaded to Mark Meadows about the riot.
What do we do now that we know just how far Trump was willing to go?
What we currently understand about the White House’s effort is that it was largely focused on the finalization of the electoral vote. On Jan. 6, that culminated with Trump’s attempts to pressure Vice President Mike Pence into rejecting the submitted votes from several states, either overtly declaring them invalid in an attempt to give Trump a victory with what remained or demanding that the states reconsider what had been submitted. This effort sat on the foundation of months of false claims from Trump about voter fraud and operated in parallel with efforts by Trump and his allies to get institutional buy-in on those assertions. His consideration of overhauling the leadership at the Justice Department to put pressure on Georgia, his call to officials in that state, his embrace of debunked allegations from there and elsewhere: all of it was aimed at having states elevate false concerns about the results that could then be used to undercut the submitted electoral votes.
Meadows’s email on military protecting ‘pro Trump people’ on Jan. 6 rekindles prior testimony
It wasn’t the only part of Miller’s comments on the Capitol riot that shifted in a more sympathetic direction toward his former boss. Miller had previously said in comments to Vice News that it was “pretty much definitive” that the riot wouldn’t have happened if not for Trump’s Jan. 6 speech that preceded it — suggesting that Trump had indeed incited the riot. But in his later testimony, he suggested that he was referring only to Trump supporters marching toward the Capitol — and not necessarily breaking into it — even though his initial comment had included both. Miller acknowledged that he had “reassessed” his view of the situation.
House Jan. 6 committee poised to vote on holding Meadows in contempt for defying subpoena
The committee did not provide more context on Meadows’s communications regarding the National Guard, and it is unclear whether he had been directed by Trump to call on the guard to protect his supporters. On Jan. 5, hours before the attack, Trump told a room of allies that he did not want violence. Several in the room took that to mean he didn’t want counterprotesters fighting his supporters. Moments later, the former president tweeted a condemnation of antifa, demanding that the loosely knit group of far-left activists “stay out of Washington.”
Meadows attorney tells Jan. 6 Committee contempt charge would be ‘manifestly unjust'
The attorney for former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows in a Monday letter asked the House Jan. 6 Committee not to refer the former Trump adviser to the Department of Justice for contempt of Congress, arguing doing so "would be contrary to law, manifestly unjust, unwise, and unfair." Meadows was previously cooperating with the committee's investigation into the events surrounding the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol by a mob of Trump supporters. The committee is expected recommend this week that the House refer him to the Department of Justice for contempt of Congress. The Jan. 6 Committee, however, is aggressively asserting what it says are its constitutional powers of oversight and investigation. The committee already referred former Trump DOJ official Jeffrey Clark to the Justice Department for contempt of Congress.
Publicist was ‘not associated with’ Kanye West when she pressured election worker, West spokesperson says
Kutti also said the election worker faced unspecified "danger," according to a police report. In October, the hip-hop artist changed his name from Kanye West to Ye. It noted that, in September 2018, she "was secured as publicist to Kanye West" and "now serves as West's Director of Operations." Reuters has detailed a campaign of harassment and intimidation against Freeman and her daughter, Wandrea "Shaye" Moss, also a Fulton County election worker. The 62-year-old temporary election worker went into hiding.
It's not just Jan. 6: Navarro wants to hide Covid info from Congress
It's not exactly a secret that Donald Trump and key members of his team are refusing to cooperate with the bipartisan investigation into the Jan. 6 attack. Generating less attention is their lack of cooperation with the House select panel investigating the Covid-19 crisis and the government's response to the pandemic. His son-in-law went to Amazon.com, where he was struck by the title of one book, 'Death by China,' which Navarro co-authored. Kushner cold-called Navarro, a well-known trade-deficit hawk, who joined the team as an economic adviser. It stands to reason that a congressional panel investigating the federal response to the pandemic would have a few questions for Navarro.
College Senior Who Bragged About Her Jan. 6 'Infamy' Didn't Vote In 2020, Lawyer Says
U.S. Attorney's OfficeA Donald Trump supporter who bragged about her “infamy” after storming the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 didn’t even vote in the 2020 election, her lawyer said in a filing ahead of her sentencing on Friday. XOXO” and that she couldn’t wait to “tell my grandkids” she was at the Capitol on Jan. 6, her lawyer wrote. She didn’t even vote in the election,” her attorney Thomas Abbenante wrote in a sentencing memo over the weekend. Her conduct on January 6th, while admittedly unlawful, was neither aggressive nor malicious,” the lawyer wrote. Her parents were furious with her,” her lawyer wrote.
Hillary Clinton Thinks Donald Trump Will Run For President Again: 'Could Be the End of Our Democracy'
Hillary Clinton; Donald TrumpCharles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images; Win McNamee/Getty Images Hillary Clinton (left), Donald TrumpWhile many have speculated about whether or not Donald Trump will actually launch another campaign for president, his former political rival believes he will — and says it could be catastrophic for American democracy. In an interview that aired over the weekend on Sunday TODAY with Willie Geist, Hillary Clinton said "If I were a betting person right now, I'd say Trump is going to run again." As for what another Trump run for office would mean for America, Clinton didn't mince words. RELATED: Chris Christie Is Considering a 2024 Presidential Bid, Whether Trump Runs or Not: ReportWhile Clinton is confident the 75-year-old Trump will attempt another run for the presidency, others are less sure. John Kelly, who served as Trump's chief of staff from 2017 until 2019, said in a new report from The Atlantic, "Trump won't run."
Donald Trump and Bill O'Reilly struggled with poor turnout at tour debut, with upper deck ticket holders 'upgraded' to fill lower bowl of 'cavernous' Florida Panthers arena
Former President Donald Trump and former Fox News host Bill O'Reilly Robert Sabo/NY Daily News via Getty Images"The History Tour," by Donald Trump and Bill O'Reilly, began with a spotty crowd on Saturday night. Enough seats were empty that those in the upper decks were "upgraded" to lower bowl seats, per the Sun-Sentinel. Local and social media reports showed large sections of the Florida arena empty. "Many seats remained empty in the cavernous arena," the Sun-Sentinel reported in its recap of the event. Inside the arena in Sunrise, home to the NHL's Florida Panthers, Trump and O'Reilly took a 20-minute break in the middle of the 90-minute show.
Trump yelled 'what the hell was that?' after the White House's Middle East plan went off the rails: book
after the White House's rollout of its Middle East plan. at his aides after the White House's January 2020 unveiling of the White House's Middle East peace plan went off the rails, the author of a forthcoming book on US-Israel relations told the Forward. In early 2020, the Trump administration unveiled a "peace plan" for the Middle East. Another former Trump official told Ravid that in their view, Netanyahu used Trump "as a flowerpot" at the ceremony for his own political gain. "I think that when Trump speaks about loyalty, I don't think that he speaks only about the congratulations to Biden," Ravid told the Forward.
‘SNL’s Weekend Update Jabs At Jussie Smollett, Donald Trump, Sylvester Stallone & More
“A jury declared Jussie Smollett really bad at acting,” Weekend Update co-anchor Colin Jost started tonight, making light of the recent headlines over the guilty verdict for the Empire actor earlier this week from his 2019 assault. “And in legal news where someone won’t definitely get convicted, Donald Trump is being investigated for fraud by New York Attorney General who wants to depose Trump on Jan. 7,” set up Jost. That’s the day after his big anniversary!” punched the comedian, referring to the January 6 attack on U.S. Capitol. Later on during the news segment, Weekend Update co-host Michael Che hurled one at Fox News Channel, another SNL punching bag. Watch the opening segment of Weekend Update’s headlines above; Part 2, Johnson and Dismukes’ bits are below.
Mark Finchem takes his traveling fraud show to Tucson
The Desperate Arizona Quest to Uncover a Conspiracy continues on Monday as Rep. Mark Finchem convenes a “hearing” into voter fraud in the state’s 2020 election. Giuliani spent all day presenting “expert” witnesses, not a single one of whom provided any actual evidence of fraud. But even with that endorsement, polls don’t show Finchem with any advantage over his chief Republican rival, Sen. Michelle Ugenti-Rita. (Note the use of the quotation marks around the word "hearing". Still, Finchem, during an Oct. 9 Trump rally in Des Moines, announced that 35,000 fake votes had been found.
Democrats' plan to cap insulin prices faces GOP threat, skeptical advocates
Senate Republicans repeatedly declined to comment on whether they would use the "Byrd rule" - which governs legislation enacted through the budget process - to knock out part of Biden's insulin plan. And even Republicans who have written legislation to limit the price of insulin, such as Sens. Democrats' planned price cap applies to insulin co-pays and, therefore, doesn't extend to uninsured Americans, who face the highest sticker prices when trying to purchase drugs. The White House subsequently amped up its promotion of the insulin plan on Twitter and in speeches this month. Diabetic patients say they've grown frustrated with drug price politics and are desperate for a solution that ensures low insulin costs for all.
Letters: Unvaccinated should pay own hospital bills. Pumpkins 'tip of the iceberg' in city
Letters to the EditorVaccinated should have to pay for those who won't get vaccine? I’m dismayed that so many can compartmentalize their political loyalty apart from their moral or religious convictions. More:Theodore Decker: Pumpkins lead to contemplation of waste, and wastefulnessEvery day in central Ohio, nearly a million tons of food waste enters the landfill. This takes up space and, as it breaks down, creates powerful methane gasses that are a leading cause of climate change. More:Progressive Democrat Morgan Harper enters U.S. Senate race, setting up challenge to Tim RyanRyan can’t win a U.S. senate seat.
The world's best lightweight? No one can claim it without defeating Lomachenko
Lomachenko said Saturday he’d be pleased to board the long flight to Australia to fight Kambosos on his native soil. Of course, World Boxing Council lightweight champion Devin Haney said the same thing Dec. 4 after retaining his belt with a unanimous-decision victory over former super-featherweight champion Joseph Diaz Jr. Lomachenko said earlier in the week he holds out hope the others will give him a shot to pursue his dream as undisputed lightweight champion. “Lomachenko fight like the genius he is,” DiBella said. Only then, can one of them rightfully claim the lightweight palace where the rebuilt and rededicated Lomachenko resides today.
Jan. 6 panel set to vote on holding Meadows in contempt
WASHINGTON — The House panel investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection is set to recommend contempt charges against former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows on Monday as lawmakers seek his testimony about President Donald Trump’s discussions and actions before the attack by his supporters. The committee is recommending the contempt charges after Meadows ceased cooperating and did not show up for a deposition last week. The contempt vote is coming after more than two months of negotiations with Meadows and his lawyer and as the panel has also struggled to obtain information from some of Trump’s other top aides, such as his longtime ally Steve Bannon. The House voted to recommend charges against Bannon in October, and the Justice Department indicted him on two counts of contempt last month. '”In other texts, sent the day of the attack, Meadows’ former colleagues encouraged him to urge Trump to discourage the violence, the committee said.
Mark Meadows email promised national guard would ‘protect pro Trump people’ on January 6, House committee report says
Former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows said in an email that the national guard would be at the Capitol to “protect pro Trump people” when Congress met to certify President Joe Biden’s 2020 election victory on 6 January. According to the committee report, Mr Meadows sent the email promising national guard support to “protect pro Trump people” the day before then-president Donald Trump was to speak at a “Save America” rally on the Ellipse. When the pro-Trump mob breached police barriers on 6 January, Capitol police leadership immediately began to call for national guard support, but the request was not granted until several hours later. The hours-long delay in redeploying DC guard troops to the Capitol has become a flashpoint in the investigation into the day’s events, with Defence Department leadership blaming General William Walker, the DC guard’s former commanding general and current House of Representatives Sergeant-at-Arms, for the delay. The veteran military lawyer wrote that USCP chief Sund’s plea for support — made at 2.30 pm that day — was met with indifference from Gen Platt, who replied: “I don’t like the visual of the National Guard standing a police line with the Capitol in the background”.
Facebook exec blames users for spreading misinformation. says company could never eliminate it
The Facebook executive who invented the site's 'news feed' has blamed users for misinformation and claimed he does not have enough money or staff to stop it. 'If we took every single dollar and human that we had, it wouldn’t eliminate people seeing speech that they didn’t like on the platform,' Bosworth said in an interview with Axios. Pressed on whether Facebook and other social media outlets are amplifying the spread of misinformation, Bosworth characterized it as a demand problem. Twitter users mocked Bosworth's evasion of Facebook's role in the spread of misinformation on its platforms. Twitter users mocked Bosworth's evasion of Facebook's role in the spread of misinformation on its platforms'Andrew Bosworth is completely out of touch,' wrote one user.
Trump insists Netanyahu 'never wanted to make peace' with Palestine
'I don't think Bibi ever wanted to make peace,' Trump told Israeli author Barak Ravid, it was revealed Monday. Abbas reportedly told Trump he was eager to make a deal, while Netanyahu told him to wait. Former President Trump claimed his promise of peace between Israel and Palestine fell through because Benjamin Netanyahu was not interested in peace'I thought he was terrific,' Trump said of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (above). Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign repeatedly said he had been told peace was not possible between Israel and Palestine. 'I got angry and I stopped it because that was really going too far,' Trump told Ravid.
Jan. 6 PowerPoint reveals many more Republicans were in on Trump's coup plot
With the news that there was a PowerPoint presentation called "Election Fraud, Foreign Interference & Options for JAN 6", reported here by Brett Bachman, Bannon's revolutionary proclamations on his Jan. 5th podcast have become clearer. Tomorrow it's going — we're pulling the trigger on something that's going to be, it's going to be minute by minute, hour by hour, what happens. "It's not going to happen like you think it's going to happen ...Okay, it's going to be quite extraordinarily different. But it's clear now that Bannon was also talking about the plans laid out in that PowerPoint presentation which included some of what we knew but also reveals some rather chilling recommendations that add more detail to what was undeniably a coup attempt. She tweeted out a version of the PowerPoint on January 5th but nobody paid any attention because she has no credibility.
Nunes’s Retirement Says a Lot About Congress
Representative Devin Nunes announced last week that he’s resigning at the end of the month to go to work for former President Donald Trump. But it does tell us a fair amount about the House, the Republican Party and, perhaps, Trump himself. Paul Ryan became Ways and Means chairman in 2015 during a second period of Republican majorities. He wasn’t exactly known for policy expertise — but he was known for talking a lot about policy, even if there were a lot of questions about whether he was really doing the work. It could put Nunes in the position of having to vote for things that Trump might not support.
Mark Meadows' lawyer urges House panel investigating Jan. 6 against contempt, criminal charges
WASHINGTON – A lawyer for former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows urged the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection not to pursue criminal contempt charges for his defiance of the panel’s subpoena. The committee is scheduled to vote Monday evening to recommend the full House find Meadows in contempt for defying a subpoena. The House committee scheduled a vote Monday evening to recommend the full House find Meadows in contempt for defying a subpoena for documents and testimony. “The criminal contempt of Congress statute was originally passed as a supplement to Congress’s inherent contempt powers, specifically to allow imprisonment of a contemptuous witness when the legislative session ended,” Terwilliger said. Terwilliger also argued executive privilege protects the institution of the presidency, rather than a specific occupant such as Trump.
Israeli prime minister makes historic UAE visit, stressing 'new reality' for region
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett touched down in the United Arab Emirates Monday in a historic visit, marking the first time an Israeli leader has publicly met the UAE's de-facto ruler, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan. Later on Monday, Bennett's office announced that Mohammed bin Zayed accepted the Israeli leader's invitation to visit Israel. Within months of the accords' signing, Israeli tourists were pouring into the UAE's restaurants, beaches and malls. Discussions between Bennett and the UAE leader are likely to focus on mutual areas of cooperation including energy, trade and defense. In November, Israel, the UAE and Jordan signed an important energy-for-water deal.
Mark Meadows' lawyer argues against contempt charges ahead of Jan. 6 committee vote
A lawyer for Mark Meadows has sent a letter to the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attacks arguing that the former White House chief of staff should not be subject to criminal contempt of Congress charges. The committee is set to vote Monday night to recommend charges against Meadows, who said last week that he would no longer cooperate with the investigation. Meadows’ lawyer did not address that alleged email in his letter and he declined to comment. "The executive privilege for presidential communications is a qualified one that Mr. Trump agrees must give way when necessary to protect overriding interests. In addition to arguing that executive privilege applies, Meadows’ lawyer makes a more narrow argument for why his client cannot be guilty of a crime — that he relied on his lawyers.
Jan. 6 Panel Set To Vote On Holding Mark Meadows In Contempt
Then-White House chief of staff Mark Meadows speaks with reporters outside the White House, Oct. 26, 2020, in Washington. The House panel investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection says it has “no choice” but to move forward with contempt charges against Meadows. Meadows’ testimony could be key, as he was Trump’s top aide at the time and was with him in the White House as the rioters breached the building. The committee’s chairman, Democratic Rep. Bennie Thompson of Mississippi, scheduled the vote last week after Meadows failed to show up at his deposition. In other texts, sent the day of the attack, Meadows’ former colleagues encouraged him to get Trump to discourage the violence, the committee said.
Biden administration’s higher education rulemaking agenda moves ahead
—The Education Department’s negotiated-rulemaking committee on Friday wrapped up its work after months of debate over the Biden administration’s proposals. —Looking ahead: The Education Department is now bound, with some exceptions, to move forward with the regulatory proposals on which negotiators agreed. — The new timeline for releasing the proposed Title IX rules was included as part of a biannual government-wide regulatory agenda released on Friday. The new Title IX target of April, though not binding for the Education Department, is a month earlier than the agency’s previous estimate of May. — Advocacy groups have been complaining for months that the Biden administration is taking too long to reverse Trump-era Title IX policies.
Yet another anti-election memo from Team Trump comes to the fore
It's obviously a problem that Team Trump prepared and disseminated anti-election memos in the wake of the 2020 presidential election. Less than a week before the Jan. 6 attack, John McEntee, a White House aide, prepared his own anti-election memo, complete with unfortunate historical inaccuracies. As it turns out, however, the list of anti-election memos doesn't stop there. Politico reported late last week that Ellis actually prepared more than one of these documents. As for the bigger picture, I continue to believe we've arrived at a bizarre point in American history: When the political debate turns to Team Trump's anti-election memo, we now have to ask, "Which one?"
Supply Chain Woes: Protectionism Is Undermining the Potential of USMCA Trade
It is worrisome that the protectionist policies all three countries have now signed onto could hinder economic development and supply-chain resiliency in North America. The value for North America would be transformative, going beyond trade. To recap, the USMCA signed by President Donald Trump is different from its predecessor NAFTA, signed by President Bill Clinton in 1993. Third, increased use of rail freight within North America could help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions created by jumbo container ships. The USMCA can be a catalyst for three leaders to build a much stronger North America that can create transformative value for all three countries.
Now in Your Inbox: Political Misinformation
At least eight Republican lawmakers sent fundraising emails containing a brazen distortion of a potential settlement with migrants separated from their families during the Trump administration. The emails reviewed by the Times illuminate how ubiquitous misinformation has become among Republicans, fueled in large part by former President Donald Trump. And the misinformation is not coming only, or even primarily, from the handful who get national attention for it. In many cases, candidates used anger-inducing misinformation directly in their requests for a donation. Thorson said what concerned her more was that — unlike much of the misinformation on social media — these claims came from people with authority and were being spread repetitively.
Mark Meadows said National Guard would protect ‘pro Trump people,’ Jan. 6 panel says
Former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows sent an email saying the National Guard would be present to “protect pro Trump people” in the leadup to the U.S. Capitol insurrection, according to a new report released by the January 6 committee Sunday night. The panel informed Meadows last week that it had “no choice” but to advance criminal contempt proceedings against him given that he had decided to no longer cooperate with their investigation. The panel will meet Monday to formally advance the report to the full floor House vote as soon as later this week. The committee notes that in one email Meadows sent to an individual about January 6, he said that “the National Guard would be present to ‘protect pro Trump people’ and that many more would be available on standby,” according to the report. The new documents come as Meadows’ role is under renewed scrutiny following his decision to cease cooperating with the committee last week.
North Korea’s Kim at critical crossroads decade into rule
But as North Korea’s first millennial dictator marks a decade in rule this Friday, he may be facing his toughest moment yet, as crushing sanctions, the pandemic and growing economic trouble converge. If the nuclear issue doesn’t get resolved, the economy doesn’t get better, and that opens the possibility of disquiet and confusion in North Korea’s society,” Park said. South Korea’s spy agency recently told lawmakers that North Korea’s annual trade with China declined by two-thirds to $185 million through September 2021. “North Korea is not going to surrender its nuclear weapons, no matter what,” said Andrei Lankov, a professor at Seoul’s Kookmin University. “Instead of growth, North Korea will have stagnation, but not an acute crisis,” Lankov said.
Chris Christie says Jan 6 riot was ‘driven from the top’
Former New JerseyRepublican Governor Chris Christie has said that the Capitol riot on 6 January was “driven from the top” referring to former President Donald Trump. “Well, look, all the things that you see were driven from the top,” Mr Christie said. So he went to the C team players and got that,” Mr Christie added. Once allies, Mr Trump and Mr Christie are now in a feud that’s heating up. “I’m not gonna get into a back-and-forth with Donald Trump,” Mr Christie told Axios.
US Capitol riot panel moves to hold Trump aide in contempt
The panel is investigating Trump's efforts to overturn his defeat in the 2020 presidential election through an authoritarian campaign that led to the deadly Capitol riot -- and the help he got from Meadows. Meadows was Trump's most senior aide at the time of the riot and was reportedly with the then-president in the White House as the rioters breached the Capitol. If convicted, Meadows could face a six-month prison term for each contempt charge, but more likely a fine. His lawyer George Terwilliger wrote to the panel on Monday to denounce the proposed prosecution as "manifestly unwise, unjust and unfair." The House voted to recommend charges against ex-White House strategist and right-wing rabble rouser Steve Bannon in October.
America witnessed a coup attempt. Now it’s sleep-walking into another disaster | Rebecca Solnit
Even as the mob ran screaming and smashing through the capitol on January 6, it was clear this was a coup attempt. That the goal was a coup is a solemnly horrifying fact. On the basis of sometimes ridiculous pretexts, the circle around then President Trump intended to steal the election and seize power. At 1.09pm that day, the Capitol Police Chief said he wanted to declare an emergency and call in the National Guard. That day, Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell noted that to overturn the election results would send democracy into a “death spiral”.
This top Florida official spent $391,000 on office furniture
Grant spent $391,980 this year replacing the office furniture. Florida's chief information officer spent more than $391,000 to replace existing furniture and more than $85,000 on 85-inch touch displays at the state's new technology office. [ Photo courtesy of a former state employee ]Florida's chief information officer spent more than $391,000 to replace existing furniture and more than $85,000 on 85-inch touch displays at the state's new technology office. [ Photo courtesy of a former state employee ]Florida's chief information officer spent more than $391,000 to replace existing furniture and more than $85,000 on 85-inch touch displays at the state's new technology office. [ Photo courtesy of a former state employee ]Florida's chief information officer spent more than $391,000 to replace existing furniture and more than $85,000 on 85-inch touch displays at the state's new technology office.
Germany approves $68B to combat climate change
The German government on Monday approved 60 billion euros ($68 billion) in funding to be used for combating climate change and modernizing the country, a move that the new finance minister described as a "booster" for Europe's biggest economy. The supplementary budget approved by Chancellor Olaf Scholz's Cabinet entails putting the money into a government fund that is being redesigned as a "climate and transformation fund." It will be used to finance projects aimed at fighting climate change and improving Germany's infrastructure. Finance Minister Christian Lindner said in a statement that "60 billion euros for investments in the future are a booster for the economy," which is still recovering from the coronavirus pandemic. SCHOLZ SUCCEEDS MERKEL AS GERMAN CHANCELLOR, OPENING NEW ERALindner said new borrowing this year will remain at the 240.2 billion euros the previous government already planned.
Why billionaire Ray Dalio thinks another economic disaster is coming — and how he recommends preparing for it
Ray Dalio, Bridgewater's Co-Chairman and Co-Chief Investment Officer speaks during the Skybridge Capital SALT New York 2021 conference in New York City, U.S., September 15, 2021. "I think we're at risk of a war with China," Dalio told CNBC Make It during a live-streamed Q&A on Friday. A Moody's Analytics study found that the trade war cost Americans at least 300,000 jobs in just its first year. Last year, a Federal Reserve Bank of New York study found that the trade war had cost American companies $1.7 trillion in market capitalization. "I was attempting to explain what a Chinese leader told me about how they think about governing," Dalio wrote.
Stay on Guard When Investing in China, Expert Says. ‘Expect to Be Blindsided Again.’
These are offshore shell companies Chinese companies use to gain access to U.S. markets—investors don’t directly own the underlying Chinese business. DiDi’s [DIDI] plan to delist from the U.S. presages similar moves by many other Tier 1 U.S.-listed China companies. The first time around [about five years ago, when the Chinese government facilitated taking several Chinese companies private], there was motivation to keep U.S. markets open for Chinese companies in the future, so [Beijing] paid a premium. Photograph by Josh HuskinWe believe that the most “real” China companies generally lie about 20% to 30% of their revenue, and we’ve seen numerous China companies lying about over 90% of their revenue. In China fraud 2.0, you see [it] from tax treatment, because when you have fake profits, it’s hard to get taxes right.
Mark Meadows said he was 'surprised' he didn't crack his phone's screen when he angrily dialed a Fox News editor on election night after the network projected Biden would win Arizona: book
Then-White House chief of staff Mark Meadows speaks with reporters outside the White House on October 26, 2020. AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, FileMark Meadows said it was "infuriating" when Fox News called Arizona for Biden on election night. "I'm surprised I didn't crack the screen of my iPhone," the former Trump aide wrote in his new book. To the Republicans present at the White House, Trump's reelection to a second term seemed nearly assured, according to the former presidential aide's new book. "It may well be that President Trump loses Arizona," Meadows replied.
Clinton predicts Trump will run again in 2024
Former Secretary of State and 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said that she believes former President Trump will seek the presidency once more in 2024 and that if he is elected again it "could be the end" of American democracy. Clinton made the comments during an interview with NBC's Willie Geist that aired on "Sunday Today," and also said, "if I were a betting person, right now I'd say Trump is going to run again." "He seems to be setting himself up to do that, and if he's not held accountable, he gets to do it again," added Clinton. Hillary Clinton slams Republican Party, taken over by "demagogue" Trump: "Honestly, they have hung their spines up on the wall as they walk into their offices. pic.twitter.com/Lq2jdsmi4K - The Recount (@therecount) December 13, 2021Clinton predicted that another Trump candidacy could be a "make-or-break point" for democracy.
Judges weigh social media posts in criminal sentences for US Capitol attack
“Overall I had fun lol,” Peterson had posted on Facebook, using the social media abbreviation for “laugh out loud”. Prosecutors used posts to build cases and judges are now weighing them in favor of tougher sentences. In at least 28 of those cases, prosecutors factored a defendant’s social media posts into their requests for stricter sentences, according to an Associated Press review of court records. Many insurrectionists used social media to celebrate the violence or spew hateful rhetoric. The role of social media has drawn criticism of the tech companies behind the relevant platforms.
Capitol attack panel set to recommend contempt charges against Mark Meadows
The House panel investigating the 6 January insurrection at the US Capitol is set to recommend contempt charges against former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows on Monday as lawmakers are releasing new details about thousands of emails and texts he has handed over to the committee. The panel did not release the documents but described some of them. The House voted to recommend charges against Bannon in October, and the Department of Justice indicted him on two counts of contempt last month. Meadows’s testimony could be key, as he was Trump’s top aide at the time and was with him in the White House as the rioters breached the building. The committee’s chairman, Democratic representative Bennie Thompson of Mississippi, scheduled the vote last week after Meadows failed to show up at his deposition.
What are Elon Musk’s political beliefs and why is he attacking Biden?
Those were Elon Musk’s words when the tech exec was forced to respond to a claim by Texas governor Greg Abbott that he supported the state’s anti-abortion laws. So what does Elon Musk really believe? Instead, let's put Mr Musk's money where his mouth is and look at his political donations. View moreThe way Mr Musk explains it, these donations do not really signal much about his own personal beliefs. Where Mr Musk has supported Mr Biden, that too was connected to carbon.
Kentucky is my warm-hearted home. Stop saying we ‘reaped what we sowed’ with the tornado
It’s a staple of the student experience at Western Kentucky University and a local favorite in the Bowling Green community. The Bypass they mention is the US Route 31-W, which winds its way around downtown Bowling Green. As of this writing, at least 90 people are estimated to have died — 80 of them in Kentucky, and 11 in Bowling Green itself. Local churches stepped up to barbecue and provide food for the local community, as did several restaurants, which are feeding people free of charge. It is also not the Bowling Green I know, nor is it the Bowling Green I have seen these past few days.
How Canada will fight its next trade war with the United States
Share this Story: How Canada will fight its next trade war with the United StatesHow Canada will fight its next trade war with the United States Expect a petty and vindictive trade war designed to maximize harm to the U.S. auto sector Photo by Lars Hagberg/Kevin LamarqueArticle content It looks like Canada may once again be marching off to trade war with the United States. Advertisement Story continues below This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below. Article content Now, Canada is threatening the same against a proposed tax credit on U.S.-made electric vehicles. Advertisement Story continues below This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below. Article content This is particularly true of EVs, the class of vehicle the Biden Administration is hoping to target with its tax credit.
FIRST READING: Hating Quebec's hijab ban is suddenly okay again
Share this Story: FIRST READING: Hating Quebec's hijab ban is suddenly okay againFIRST READING: Hating Quebec's hijab ban is suddenly okay again Trade war! Advertisement Story continues below This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below. Try refreshing your browser, or FIRST READING: Hating Quebec's hijab ban is suddenly okay again Back to video Ottawa’s politicos are suddenly very, very angry about Bill 21 , the two-year-old Quebec law that bans public employment for anyone who wears religious garb such as kippahs, turbans, hijabs or crucifixes. Advertisement Story continues below This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below. “I don’t agree with the secular tenets of Bill 21 but it is a question for Quebec to decide,” he said Thursday .
Judge upholds prosecutors' use of felony obstruction law in January 6 cases in pivotal ruling
(CNN) A federal judge on Friday upheld the Justice Department's decision to use a felony obstruction law against US Capitol rioters, a major victory for prosecutors who have used the statute to charge hundreds of Donald Trump supporters who were involved in the January 6 insurrection. Several other defendants have challenged the law, and many of those challenges are still pending. But Friday's ruling means the Justice Department's strategy for charging the Capitol rioters has survived a key test. "The Joint Session thus has the trappings of a formal hearing before an official body," Friedrich wrote. Accordingly, the congressional certification at issue here is a 'proceeding before the Congress.'"
Opinion : To defend democracy, Biden must identify its foes
Q: Former President Trump has been undermining the 2020 election result for most of this year; you know, he puts out statements, various releases. And I wonder why President Biden has not used his bully pulpit to push back on the misinformation coming from former president Trump, just given that democracy is such a top concern? MS. PSAKI: Why does President Bid — sorry, just so I understand your question: Why does President Biden not debate or lift up President Trump and his statements? Q: I don’t think that — no, I don’t think that’s what I was saying. Q: Why isn’t President Biden pushing back on the misinformation that the former President is putting out?
This swing district House race may be one of the most expensive in 2022, GOP candidate says
But few races may be as hotly contested – or expensive – as the open seat in Texas' 15th Congressional District. GOP candidate Monica De La Cruz, who nearly upset Gonzalez in 2020, is running again in a cycle that's expected to be even more favorable for Republicans. De La Cruz was part of the first round of non-incumbent endorsements from the GOP PAC Winning for Women (WFW). Besides the Garza challenge, De La Cruz faces some other headwinds as she seeks to improve on her 2020 election performance. De la Cruz said in a tweet last month her divorce was related to "mental health issues in our family" and asked for privacy.
Pritzker’s name pops up in presidential plan B
Pritzker’s name pops up in presidential plan B Presented by AARPHappy Monday, Illinois. In a story by The New York Times about what “plan B” might be if President Joe Biden doesn’t run, Pritzker’s name popped up. Foxx’s office is working with the Cook County Regional Crime Task Force to address those crimes. — ENDORSEMENTS: Kari Steele has won the endorsement of four unions representing more than 50,000 workers in her bid for Cook County assessor. — Dan Balanoff has secured endorsements in his bid for a judicial circuit court seat in Cook County.
Revelations raise new questions about Mark Meadows, Jan. 6
When it comes to the investigation into the Jan. 6 attack, former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows has been a little indecisive in recent weeks. This is among the revelations from a 51-page document released yesterday by the House select committee, in advance of today's vote on holding Meadows in contempt. Politico's report added:In other messages described by the committee, Meadows appears to have asked members of Congress to help connect Trump with state lawmakers shortly after his defeat in November.... It's worth emphasizing for context that Meadows, before his latest reversal, did provide the bipartisan committee with some relevant information. If Meadows was up to his waist in the scandal before, the level has now reached his shoulders.
Former president with a lot to hide says he has 'nothing to hide'
Host Laura Ingraham asked the former president about his expectations regarding his Supreme Court appointees and his claims of executive privilege. And if you look at my words and what I said in the speech, they were extremely calming, actually." First, the idea that Trump delivered an "extremely calming" speech ahead of the insurrectionist riot on Jan. 6 is demonstrably ridiculous. That's because the Republican did not — and did not intend to — deliver an "extremely calming" speech. For a guy who has "nothing to hide," the former president seems to have quite a bit to hide.
LVMH Has Thrived During the Pandemic. The Gains Can Continue.
Among its best-known fashion and jewelry brands are Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior, Fendi, Bulgari, and Tiffany. LVMH also owns watchmaker Tag Heuer, the champagne brands Moët & Chandon and Dom Perignon, and winemaker Chateau d’Yquem. Its flagship brand, Louis Vuitton, never goes on sale. Change Market Value (bil) 2022E P/E Dividend Yield LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton / MC. A world away from Texas, in China’s rough-and-tumble market, LVMH faces perhaps its biggest challenge—and its greatest opportunity.
With 2022 campaign on the horizon, Gov. Gavin Newsom has the public stage to himself
Gavin Newsom’s prospects of gliding into a second term in 2022 appear as golden as the $23 million he has socked away for his reelection campaign. At this point in the last race for California governor, the field of candidates was wide and two debates had been staged. Republican campaign consultant Tim Rosales said anyone should be sober about the odds of dethroning the “800-pound gorilla” — Newsom. Crime is worse than it was when I was campaigning.... Gavin Newsom oversaw the release of almost 20,000 convicted felons early. And I think people are calming down a little bit more about the coronavirus now.”Still, Elder is not sure if he’ll challenge Newsom in 2022.
Democrats worry their grip on Hispanic vote is loosening
Democrats are worried they could be losing their electoral grip on Hispanics, the country's second-largest voter bloc by ethnicity. Democrats lost the states of Florida and Texas in the 2020 presidential race, and they were disappointed with some of their results from Hispanic voters. The various figures suggest Democrats should not take a large edge with Hispanic voters for granted, and Zapien said that whichever party can communicate best with Hispanic voters while “figuring out what’s on their mind” is likely to increase their share of the Hispanic vote going forward. “Hispanic voters are splitting their support more evenly between the two parties, a new WSJ poll finds. “I don’t think that there’s a magic wand or a particular issue that is going to assure you some sort of long-term fidelity by ‘the Hispanic vote.’ Or even segments of the Hispanic vote,” Zapien said.
Meadows said National Guard would be present on Jan. 6 to 'protect pro Trump people,' investigators say
"Mr. Meadows sent an email to an individual about the events on January 6 and said that the National Guard would be present to 'protect pro Trump people' and that many more would be available on standby," investigators said. Attorneys for Meadows have insisted that he cannot be made to testify in front of Congress since he is a former White House staffer. In Sunday's report, Thompson shot down this argument, writing that even though Meadows is a former White House staffer, he is not entitled to absolute testimonial immunity. "All courts that have reviewed this issue have been clear: even senior White House aides who advise the President on official government business are not immune from compelled congressional process. A vote on holding Meadows in contempt is expected this week.
Republican extremism is damaging the national interest
How did we get to this ugly state of affairs, where partisan interests trump our national interest? Although neither of our political parties has clean hands, the Republican Party is primarily responsible for today’s slash-and-burn political partisanship. GOP lawmakers must have supported Trump’s Putinophilia because we heard nary a peep of disapproval from them during Trump’s tenure. The GOP has done an about face on Putin and Russia since Joe Biden became president. There are many other instances where GOP extremism has damaged the national interest.
One pandemic, three reactions: New study picks apart Germany, Sweden and the UK's COVID response
The UK, Germany and Sweden all responded differently to the pandemic, but the responses all led to a similar loss of public trust. According to researchers, who wanted to get insights on how we could prepare better for future pandemics, all three governments struggled to manage the public health crisis well. The study, published in the open access journal BMJ Global Health, looked at differences in government structures, the role of academics and scientists in the responses, and public health communication. While this appeared to be appreciated during the first wave, during the second wave the government faced heavy criticism as a result of the changing messages. As a result, the public was hammered with rapidly changing public health communication.
North Korea's Kim at critical crossroads decade into rule
But as North Korea's first millennial dictator marks a decade in rule this Friday, he may be facing his toughest moment yet, as crushing sanctions, the pandemic and growing economic trouble converge. South Korea's spy agency recently told lawmakers that North Korea's annual trade with China declined by two-thirds to $185 million through September 2021. "North Korea is not going to surrender its nuclear weapons, no matter what," said Andrei Lankov, a professor at Seoul's Kookmin University. Kim may benefit, however, from the Washington-Beijing confrontation, which increases North Korea's strategic value to China, Lankov said. "Instead of growth, North Korea will have stagnation, but not an acute crisis," Lankov said.
Satellite images, expert suggest Iranian space launch coming
The U.S. military, which tracks space launches, did not respond to requests for comment. Iran's civilian space program has seen a series of setbacks and fatal explosions plague it in recent years. Meanwhile, the Guard in April 2020 revealed its own secret space program by successfully launching a satellite into orbit. But the possible launch also comes as tensions again rise over Iran's nuclear program. Lewis said he expects to see the space program accelerate given Raisi's interest.
Iran tops agenda as Israel's Naftali Bennett meets UAE leaders
But their new partnership has also been powered by shared worries about their regional neighbor and Israel’s arch enemy: Iran. Indirect negotiations between the U.S. and Iran in Vienna appear to have stalled in recent weeks. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said earlier this month Iran “does not seem to be serious” about the talks. The UAE and other Arab states had previously offered Israel diplomatic relations only in return for an end to the occupation. But the 2020 peace deal went ahead without concessions to the Palestinians, sparking accusations from Palestinian leaders of a betrayal by the UAE.
AP News in Brief at 6:04 a.m. EST
The panel did not release the documents but described some of them. The panel says it also wants to know more about whether Trump was engaged in discussions regarding the response of the National Guard, which was delayed for hours as the violence escalated and the rioters brutally beat police guarding the Capitol building. The report says that the documents provided by Meadows show that he sent an email to an unidentified person saying that the guard would be present to “protect pro Trump people” and that more would be available on standby. The committee does not give any additional details about the email. Photo from tornado-damaged home lands almost 130 miles awayWhen Katie Posten walked outside Saturday morning to her car parked in her driveway, she saw something that looked like a note or receipt stuck to the windshield.
Members of Congress publicly blast Facebook but quietly invest their savings in the social-media giant
At least 155 members of Congress held stocks in major news and social media companies. He contributed another 5,000 shares of Facebook stock to The Paul & Nancy Pelosi Charitable Foundation in August 2020. The Colorado senator last year reported holding between $250,000 and $500,000 in Facebook stock. Tom Williams/CQ-Roll CallLawmakers invest in familiar media outletsMembers of Congress also held stocks last year in newspapers and television networks that covered them. Some of the most popular news-media-related stocks held by members of Congress are The Walt Disney Co., AT&T, and Comcast.
Jan. 6 panel set to vote on holding Meadows in contempt
FILE - White House chief of staff Mark Meadows speaks with reporters outside the White House, Oct. 26, 2020, in Washington. The House panel investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection says it has “no choice” but to move forward with contempt charges against former Trump White House chief of staff Mark Meadows. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)FILE - White House chief of staff Mark Meadows speaks with reporters outside the White House, Oct. 26, 2020, in Washington. The House panel investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection says it has “no choice” but to move forward with contempt charges against former Trump White House chief of staff Mark Meadows. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The House panel investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection is set to recommend contempt charges against former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows on Monday as lawmakers are releasing new details about thousands of emails and texts he has handed over to the committee.
Israel's PM meets crown prince on historic UAE visit
Advertising Read moreBennett's visit comes as Israel pursues a diplomatic push against international nuclear talks in Vienna that could ease sanctions on its arch-foe, Iran. He was received by Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan at his private palace, where they exchanged greetings before heading inside for talks. The visit comes 15 months after the wealthy UAE broke with decades of Arab consensus and forged diplomatic ties under a series of US-brokered deals known as the Abraham Accords. Israel is also stepping up its diplomatic efforts against the renewed talks in Vienna with Iran, over the Islamic republic's nuclear programme. The Vienna talks were Iran's "last chance to come to the negotiating table with a serious resolution", said Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, from G7 host Britain.
What to Know in Washington: Time Running Out for Democrats’ Plan
The Senate Finance Committee released an unfinished version of Biden’s tax plan as Democrats race to meet an end-of-year deadline to pass a roughly $2 trillion tax and spending package. The measure didn’t include the Senate’s plan to expand the state and local tax, deduction, despite weeks of talks. of Biden’s tax plan as Democrats race to meet an end-of-year deadline to pass a roughly $2 trillion tax and spending package. Its release precedes a chamber vote on the broader tax and spending bill that encompasses much of Biden’s economic and social spending agenda. Its release precedes a chamber vote on the broader tax and spending bill that encompasses much of Biden’s economic and social spending agenda.
Biden approves disaster declaration after deadly storms hit Kentucky
Biden's declaration clears the way for federal funding to be made available to people in Caldwell, Fulton, Graves, Hopkins, Marshall, Muhlenberg, Taylor and Warren counties. The declaration came shortly after Kentucky Gov. According to Beshear, more than 100 people are likely dead due to the storms and over a thousand homes may have been destroyed. Biden on Saturday said he planned to visit Kentucky soon to survey the damage caused by the tornadoes. We're going to get through this together and the federal government is not going to walk away," Biden said during a press conference.
North Korea’s Kim at critical crossroads decade into rule
FILE - In this April 15, 2012, file photo, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un waves from a balcony at the end of a military parade at Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang, North Korea. But as North Korea’s first millennial dictator marks a decade in rule this Friday, he may be facing his toughest moment yet, as crushing sanctions, the pandemic and growing economic trouble converge. South Korea’s spy agency recently told lawmakers that North Korea’s annual trade with China declined by two-thirds to $185 million through September 2021. “North Korea is not going to surrender its nuclear weapons, no matter what,” said Andrei Lankov, a professor at Seoul’s Kookmin University. “Instead of growth, North Korea will have stagnation, but not an acute crisis,” Lankov said.
China’s SenseTime postpones its Hong Kong I.P.O. following U.S. sanctions.
The company said in a filing with Hong Kong’s stock exchange that it “remains committed” to completing a listing but did not offer a new timetable. The New York Times reported in 2019 that SenseTime’s A.I. technology had been used as part of an effort to identify and track Uyghurs using facial recognition. Several months later, the U.S. Commerce Department under President Donald J. Trump placed SenseTime and other Chinese technology companies on a blacklist for their role in developing China’s security systems. On Friday, the U.S. Treasury Department added SenseTime to a list of Chinese companies that American investors can’t buy shares in.
America’s Anti-Democratic Movement
American politics these days can often seem fairly normal. But American politics today is not really normal. An anti-democratic movement, inspired by Donald Trump but much larger than him, is making significant progress, as my colleague Charles Homans has reported. It has justified the changes with blatantly false statements claiming that Biden did not really win the 2020 election. Most leading Republican politicians have either looked the other way or supported the anti-democratic movement.
The Outsize Life and Quiet Death of the Steele Dossier
Michael Simon Johnson , Sydney Harper and Dan Powell andListen and follow The DailyApple Podcasts | Spotify | StitcherThis episode contains strong language. The Steele Dossier — compiled by Christopher Steele, a British former spy — was born out of opposition research on Donald J. Trump, then a presidential candidate, and his supposed links to Russia. Democrats cited details in the dossier to warn of the dangers of a Trump presidency. Republicans used it to discredit other investigations into Mr. Trump and Moscow’s meddling in U.S. elections. But now, a main source of the dossier’s findings — Igor Danchenko, a Russian analyst — has been charged with lying to federal investigators.
Now in Your Inbox: Political Misinformation
“could force the whole investigation to end early.”But Republicans included misinformation far more often: in about 15 percent of their messages, compared with about 2 percent for Democrats. In addition, multiple Republicans often spread the same unfounded claims, whereas Democrats rarely repeated one another’s. At least eight Republican lawmakers sent fund-raising emails containing a brazen distortion of a potential settlement with migrants separated from their families during the Trump administration. But the payments, which are not final and could end up being smaller, would be limited to that small fraction of migrants. The relatively small number of false statements from Democrats were mostly about abortion.
Congressional Dems roiled by division on issues from massive spending bills to vaccine mandates
But just a few days later, two Senate Democrats, Jon Tester of Montana and Joe Manchin of West Virginia, supported a resolution that would invalidate Biden's vaccine mandate for businesses. Democrats' biggest agenda items – their massive reconciliation spending bill and the infrastructure bill – are where these divisions are exposed the most. But progressives demanded that the bill be held up until the Senate passed a social spending reconciliation bill up to their standards. Moderates countered that the infrastructure bill should be swiftly ushered to President Biden's desk. Progressives said they didn't trust the moderates to act in good faith once the infrastructure bill was law.
Mark Meadows sues Jan. 6 committee after panel vows contempt proceedings
WASHINGTON — Former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows sued the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol just hours after the panel said it plans to move forward with contempt proceedings against him. In the lawsuit, which names members of the Jan. 6 committee and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., as defendants, Meadows asked the court to invalidate two “overly broad” and “unduly burdensome” subpoenas that he said the panel issued without legal authority. Meadows filed the lawsuit after the committee said it would pursue contempt proceedings as a result of Meadows' decision to no longer cooperate with its requests. Meadows said earlier Tuesday that he would no longer cooperate with the committee, which prompted the panel to threaten contempt proceedings. Former Trump adviser Steve Bannon faces two counts of contempt of Congress after the House recommended charges over his refusal to cooperate with the Jan. 6 committee.
Jan. 6 committee subpoenas two former White House aides who met with Trump before rally
The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot issued six new subpoenas on Friday, including to two former White House aides who the panel said met with former President Donald Trump days before Jan. 6. The committee said Max Miller, a former Trump aide who is running to represent Ohio's 13th congressional district, and Robert “Bobby” Peede, Jr., who served as deputy assistant to the president, had a private White House meeting with Trump two days before the Jan. 6 rally that preceded the riot. Congressional investigators asked for documents and testimony related to the meeting, which they say was held to discuss who Trump wanted to speak at the rally. The committee is demanding documents from witnesses by late December and testimony by January. But Gonzalez has dropped his re-election bid after facing backlash for voting to impeach Trump for inciting the Jan. 6 Capitol attack.
AI Developer SenseTime Pulls Stock Sale Due to U.S. Sanctions
Hong Kong-based SenseTime protests its inclusion on the Chinese Military-Industrial Complex Companies List, which is compiled by the U.S. Treasury Department. U.S. citizens and entities are barred from owning any securities offered by companies on the Treasury Department list. Separately, it took the action against SenseTime, the only company to be added to the Chinese Military-Industrial Complex Companies List. The Treasury Department says SenseTime's inclusion is due to the "malign use" of technology to enable human rights abuses. So anything the Chinese Communist Party says, goes...SenseTime's wholly-owned mainland subsidiary, Shenzhen SenseTime Technology, has developed facial-recognition software that can target people based on ethnicity.
In a historic visit, Israel’s leader meets Abu Dhabi’s crown prince
Israel’s prime minister met with the crown prince of Abu Dhabi on Monday as part of the first official visit to the United Arab Emirates by an Israeli leader since the establishment of official relations between the two countries last year. Bennett’s office said that the prime minister met Monday with Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi’s powerful crown prince and de facto ruler of the Emirates. AdvertisementIsrael and the UAE have long shared concerns about Iran’s nuclear program. Iran says its nuclear program is meant for peaceful purposes, while Israel says it will not allow Iran to develop nuclear weapons. Bennett took office as prime minister six months ago at the head of a coalition of eight parties united in their opposition to longtime former leader Benjamin Netanyahu.
Bridge: Dec. 13, 2021
Louie was declarer at today’s four hearts, and West led the K-A and a third diamond. Louie ruffed, led a spade to dummy and returned a trump, finessing with his queen. DOWN TWOWest won and led the king of clubs, and Louie took his ace and drew trumps, groaning at West’s discard. DAILY QUESTIONYou hold: S 10 4 H K D A K J 9 4 C K Q J 4 2. There is no reason why he couldn’t hold A K 6 5 3, A Q 7 6, Q 7, 8 3.
Jan. 6 panel set to vote on holding Meadows in contempt
Mary Clare JalonickAssociated PressWashington — The House panel investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection is set to recommend contempt charges against former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows on Monday as lawmakers are releasing new details about thousands of emails and texts he has handed over to the committee. The House voted to recommend charges against Bannon in October, and the Justice Department indicted him on two counts of contempt last month. Meadows’ testimony could be key, as he was Trump’s top aide at the time and was with him in the White House as the rioters breached the building. The committee’s chairman, Democratic Rep. Bennie Thompson of Mississippi, scheduled the vote last week after Meadows failed to show up at his deposition. In other texts, sent the day of the attack, Meadows' former colleagues encouraged him to get Trump to discourage the violence, the committee said.
America witnessed a coup attempt. Now it’s sleep-walking into another disaster | Rebecca Solnit
Even as the mob ran screaming and smashing through the capitol on January 6, it was clear this was a coup attempt. That the goal was a coup is a solemnly horrifying fact. On the basis of sometimes ridiculous pretexts, the circle around then-President Trump intended to steal the election and seize power. At 1:09pm that day, the Capitol Police Chief said he wanted to declare an emergency and call in the National Guard. By May he was trying to block the formation of the January 6 Commitee to investigate what had happened.
Recovery, power, belonging: Macron details ambitious plan for France's EU presidency
President Emmanuel Macron unveils plans for France's presidency of the EU at a news conference in Paris on December 9, 2021. French President Emmanuel Macron called for a strong, sovereign, and united Europe on Thursday, ahead of France’s six-month rotating EU presidency, which starts on January 1, 2022. Advertising Read moreMacron encapsulated his priorities for France’s presidency of the EU with the motto: “Recovery, power, belonging”. Coordinated response on migrationAmong France's proposals will be setting up an emergency reaction capability to help EU states facing crises at their borders, Macron said. The French president also called on the bloc to have regular political meetings on migration – as euro zone states already do on economic matters.
White House official allegedly said National Guard troops would protect Trump supporters Jan. 6
A report out Sunday that recommends that Trump administration chief of staff Mark Meadows be held in contempt of Congress alleges that he said National Guard troops would keep President Donald Trump’s supporters safe Jan. 6. Despite widespread forecasts of potential unrest, Capitol Police appeared to be overwhelmed by the incursion, and the National Guard was slow to respond. The report was released to support a resolution to hold Meadows in contempt. A simple majority of the House could produce a contempt of Congress citation that would be referred to the Justice Department. Bannon left the White House in 2017 but maintained a relationship with Trump.
GOP Senator Says He Was Elected Fair And Square In 2020 But Won't Admit Biden Was
Advertisement“Look, I’m always going to stand up for election integrity,” Marshall said, adding that he would continue to fight for more “safety valves” and “higher levels of integrity” in American elections. “Do you believe you were elected fair and square in 2020?” Todd asked. “And do you believe that Joe Biden was elected fair and square?” Todd added. I called him Mr. President since the day he was ... sworn in,” Marshall said, failing to answer the question. And although the vote was more than a year ago, and scores of audits and lawsuits affirmed the results, polls continue to show that a majority of Republicans believe Biden was not legitimately elected.
The Time Has Come Again
Story #1: If they lied about Jussie Smollett, why wouldn’t they lie about Omicron? Story #2: It’s been almost a year since President Donald Trump left office. Do you think mainstream media is mentioning him less or more? Story #3: Four weeks left to go in the NFL season and the playoff picture is beginning to take shape. Twitter: @willcainInstagram: @cwillcain
Republicans refused to help Trump steal 2020 election. Don't expect different in 2024.
Indeed, two months before the 2020 election, Gellman laid out a similar doomsday scenario. In Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, Republican state legislative leaders refused to go along with Trump’s perfidy — even under enormous pressure from him. Second, why in 2024 would Republican officials do what they didn’t do last year — and go along with Trump’s coup attempt? Those fearful of a stolen 2024 election also point to new state laws that seek to give greater power to state legislatures and governors than nonpartisan election officials. In Iowa, prosecutors can now charge election officials with a crime for not being sufficiently vigilant in purging voter registration rolls.
North Korea's Kim at a critical crossroads a decade into his rule
North Korea's Kim at a critical crossroads a decade into his ruleEnlarge this image toggle caption AP APSEOUL, South Korea — Too young. South Korea's spy agency recently told lawmakers that North Korea's annual trade with China declined by two-thirds to $185 million through September 2021. "North Korea is not going to surrender its nuclear weapons, no matter what," said Andrei Lankov, a professor at Seoul's Kookmin University. Kim may benefit, however, from the Washington-Beijing confrontation, which increases North Korea's strategic value to China, Lankov said. "Instead of growth, North Korea will have stagnation, but not an acute crisis," Lankov said.
In UAE, Israeli Premier Bennet meets Abu Dhabi crown prince
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's prime minister met with the crown prince of Abu Dhabi on Monday as part of the first official visit to the United Arab Emirates by an Israeli leader since the establishment of official relations between the two countries last year. Israel has watched with concern as Iran has pushed a hard line against negotiators meeting in Vienna, at once demanding sanctions relief while accelerating its nuclear program. Bennett's office said that the prime minister met Monday with Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi’s powerful crown prince and de facto ruler of the Emirates. Israel and the UAE have long shared concerns about Iran’s nuclear program. Iran says its nuclear program is meant for peaceful purposes, while Israel says it will not allow Iran to develop nuclear weapons.
Blinken begins Southeast Asia tour, with China in focus
Jakarta (AFP) – US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Monday began a Southeast Asia tour in the Indonesian capital Jakarta, where he will outline Washington's policy on the Indo-Pacific, a key US-China battleground. Advertising Read moreArriving from Britain after a G7 foreign ministers' meeting dominated by tensions with Russia, Blinken will highlight what his administration says is the importance of Southeast Asia in US foreign policy. "We oppose any actions by the People's Republic of China or any other actor designed to destabilise the region," Kritenbrink said. Tensions have been stoked by Beijing's claims to almost all of the South China Sea, which overlap with those of several Southeast Asian states. Blinken also plans to address the worsening crisis in Myanmar, which has been in chaos since a military coup in February.
Despite promises, Biden has yet to issue a single pardon, leaving reformers depressed and thousands incarcerated
Over the past three decades, that's pretty much been the norm, regardless of which political party claims the White House. President Joe Biden has a meeting in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on Nov. 15, 2021. AP Photo/Susan WalshThat's the message Taifa delivered to the Biden White House. In the meeting, White House staff appeared to agree, Taifa said. And the opposition party has been eager to pin blame on the White House, despite the trend beginning under its previous inhabitant.
U.S. House panel details case against former top Trump aide Meadows
White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows speaks to reporters following a television interview, outside the White House in Washington, U.S. October 21, 2020. The U.S. House of Representatives committee investigating the deadly riot recommends in the report that Meadows be prosecuted for refusing to fully cooperate with its inquiry. "Rather, Mr Meadows has failed to comply and warrants contempt findings because he has wholly refused to appear to provide any testimony." A House member before joining the Trump administration, Meadows could become the third associate of the former Republican president to face a criminal contempt charge. The Justice Department, at the House's request, has already brought similar charges against Trump's former chief strategist, Steve Bannon.
Beatlemania!: Inside Peter Jackson’s New Docuseries
This week Inside the Hive cohost Joe Hagan invites resident Beatles fanatics Miriam Elder and Mike Hogan, Hive executive editor and VF.com digital director, respectively, to analyze, review, and otherwise obsess over Peter Jackson’s sprawling, 7.8-hour Beatles docuseries, Get Back, available on Disney+. From the George Harrison psychodrama to the John-Paul balancing act to the “fifth Beatle” to Ringo’s drumming to what’s up with Yoko, this is the conversation you need whether you’ve seen one, three, or none of the episodes. Content This content can also be viewed on the site it originates from. — From the Archive: The Second Coming— Not a subscriber? Join Vanity Fair to receive full access to VF.com and the complete online archive now.
Ryan Reynolds Took a “Sabbatical” From Acting Because He Doesn’t “Want to Miss This Time” With His Kids
Ryan Reynolds has thrown himself headfirst into being a full-time dad to his three young girls. But, he explained, making sure that he doesn’t miss any of his kids’ milestones means he’s going to have to miss out on more than a few acting roles. So allowing myself to step away right away, it’s sort of the perfect time. So the kids were away too.” But that routine has become increasingly difficult as the three girls get older. I love that I have the hours in between to focus on the things that I’m really passionate about like MNTN and Maximum Effort.
Jennifer Aniston Says She Used to Take Those “Nasty,” “Hurtful” Pregnancy Rumors Personally
Jennifer Aniston says that constantly being at the center of unfounded tabloid rumors, especially when it comes to whether or not she might be pregnant, once took a serious toll on her mental health. Men in their 30s, by the way, are way different from men in their 40s and 50s. I guess I feel like if you’re doing what you do well enough, you should be able to do it. “What the tabloids and the media did to people’s personal lives back then, regular people are doing now [on social media],” she said, joking, “Although I haven’t seen a tabloid in so long. Am I going to be the miracle mother at 52?” Aniston continued, “Now you’ve got social media.
Padma Lakshmi Calls the Media’s Obsession With the Identity of Her Daughter’s Father “Mortifying”
Padma Lakshmi discussed the media’s “icky” obsession with the paternity of her daughter, Krishna Thea, and why she chose to keep her family out of the public eye. Lakshmi added, however, that despite what the media was saying, she was just focused on the joy of being pregnant with her first child. “It certainly was icky when the press started snooping around in various countries—not just America, but in India, England, Australia. At that time, it was splashed all over the newspapers and it was mortifying. “11 years ago I gave birth to you and my life completely changed for the better,” she wrote.
Cazzie David Is Reportedly Dating Mac Miller’s Brother, Miller McCormick
Cazzie David reportedly has a new boyfriend and they’ve been going strong for quite a while. According to Page Six, the No One Asked for This author is dating Miller McCormick, a graphic designer and brother of the late rapper Mac Miller, whose real name was Malcolm McCormick. Shortly before getting together with the Saturday Night Live star, Grande also ended her two-year relationship with the late Miller. While it’s unclear how David and McCormick first met, according to Us Weekly, Miller and David developed a bond and “leaned on each other” after finding out their exes were dating. “Cazzie and Mac never met, but started speaking because of Ariana and Pete’s relationship,” a source explained to the outlet back in February 2019.
V.F. Index: What to Read and Wear This Month
LookIn her new book, Annie Leibovitz showcases five decades of singular fashion photography. ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPHS: ANNIE LEIBOVITZ. Since becoming one of Vanity Fair’s first contributors at its relaunch in 1983, Annie Leibovitz has helped define the look and spirit of this magazine. Wonderland (Phaidon), her latest monograph, is filled with an array of commissions for V.F. “Fashion has always been there,” Leibovitz writes of her more-than-50-year career.
Olivia Wilde Says She’s “Happier Than I’ve Ever Been”
One year after she announced her split from Jason Sudeikis, her longtime fiancé and father of her two children, Olivia Wilde says she’s never been better. The actor-turned-director gave readers a glimpse into her personal life in a new cover story for Vogue. And I’m healthier than I’ve ever been, and it’s just wonderful to feel that.”Addressing how she and her relationships have been portrayed by the press in the past, Wilde adds, “It’s obviously really tempting to correct a false narrative. But I think what you realize is that when you’re really happy, it doesn’t matter what strangers think about you. “I think we owe it to children to be happy.
Princess Charlene’s Twins Are Celebrating Their Seventh Birthday Without Their Mother
For the last few years, Princess Charlene of Monaco has thrown elaborate parties for her twins, Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella, to celebrate their December birthday with previous parties featuring trips to an oceanography museum, a safari theme, and visits from superheroes. “They’ll have seen the SpongeBob decorations in one courtyard entrance, so they may have suspicions,” he said of his children. In previous interviews, Albert has spoken about the impact that Charlene’s absence had on the twins and said it led him to focus more on their wellbeing. “Given the uncertainty of the pandemic, Princess Charlene and I preferred to protect them,” he said. On Instagram, Charlene wished her children a happy birthday, sharing pictures of Jacques and Gabriella blowing out a “7”-shaped cake.
Greetings From Palm Beach, Where MAGA Meets MoMA
On Saturday in Palm Beach, I walked into a restaurant called Cucina, on Royal Poinciana Way in the middle of the mile-wide island and steps away from the ocean. I was there along with a fellow New Yorker who works as a vice president at a major auction house. The island of Palm Beach has many things, including more than 40 billionaire residents, but it does not have many places to get a beer late at night. Such a collision between the art world and the Trump world was inevitable in Palm Beach. When the pandemic hit, collectors moved permanently into second homes in Palm Beach, and dealers set up camp in perhaps the world’s most monied beachside town.
Kate Middleton and Prince William Took a Secret Trip to Jordan This Year
Kate Middleton and Prince William usually take family photos for their Christmas card at Anmer Hall, their country home on the Sandringham Estate in Norfolk. But this year’s snapshot of the couple and their three kids, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis was taken thousands of miles from home in Jordan. According to a statement from Kensington Palace, the Cambridge family took a previously unannounced trip to the Middle Eastern country at some point during 2021. William and Kate also took their family on a few more vacations closer to home during. In September, a source told Vanity Fair that Kate was also teaching her family how to sail during their time in Norfolk.
Olivia Wilde Hosts Intimate Dinner Focused on Sustainability
On the eve before her Vogue cover dropped, actor turned director Olivia Wilde was hard at work. In partnership with Audi, Wilde gathered friends and thought leaders for an intimate dinner at Venice Beach’s Plant Food + Wine to drive the conversation forward around sustainability. Samantha Ronson and Cassandra Grey mingled with actress Mia Maestro and The Little Market co-founder, Hannah Skvarla. Reeder is the first climate scientist to be on staff of an automotive brand. Guests were transported in a fully electric fleet of Audis to and from the restaurant, where a seasonal menu of vegan food was served.
Joe Biden Makes First Presidential Tonight Show Appearance, Talks Bipartisanship and Vaccines
“Hey, Jimmy, how are ya, man?”That’s how President Joe Biden responded to his big welcome from Jimmy Fallon as the main guest on Friday’s episode of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Biden also said it would provide better internet connection all over the country and create millions of jobs. This point led to a conversation about bipartisanship and how it has frayed in the post-Donald Trump environment. “A lot of Republicans and Democrats used to get on really well together,” Biden, who first came to the Senate in 1973, reminisced. “We’re movin’,” Biden said, applauding the (mostly) American companies that have provided vaccines and boosters.
Ghislaine Maxwell’s Prosecutors Have Rested Their Case. What Now?
First, it echoed previous testimony from Maxwell’s accusers in the trial about how the socialite allegedly primed minors for sexual exploitation. “I’m here to be a part of holding Ghislaine Maxwell accountable for the harm that she’s caused,” Farmer said. The announcement compounded the growing sense that the prosecution’s case was thinner than expected for such a high-profile affair, and it evidently surprised Maxwell’s attorneys too. Nathan agreed to let the defense begin its case Thursday next week, and said that the court wouldn’t sit Monday through Wednesday. — Ghislaine Maxwell’s Trial: A Fresh Look at Epstein’s M.O.
Supreme Court Still Won’t Put a Stop to Texas’s Abortion Ban
“The Court should have put an end to this madness months ago, before [Senate Bill 8] first went into effect. But it is overshadowed by the decision to allow the ban to stay in place in the meantime. Gorsuch’s opinion did not focus on the merits of the Texas law, which makes no exception for instances of rape or incest, and leaves the door open to challenges against it. By foreclosing suit against state-court officials and the state attorney general, the Court effectively invites other states to refine SB8’s model for nullifying rights. — Trump’s Capacity to Steal the 2024 Election Is Only Growing— From the Archive: Twitter’s Constant State of Turmoil— Not a subscriber?
Julian Assange’s U.S. Extradition Ruling Strikes a Blow to Press Freedom
In a Friday ruling that may lead to Julian Assange facing criminal charges in the U.S., a London appellate court opened the door for the WikiLeaks founder’s extradition. “It is also a blow for all those who wish to protect the freedom of the press.”“Doesn’t matter whether Assange is a journalist—this case will have far-reaching implications for press freedom,” tweeted Jameel Jaffer, director of the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University. Barry Pollack, an attorney representing Assange, released a statement confirming his plans to appeal the ruling. “It is highly disturbing that a U.K. court has overturned a decision not to extradite Julian Assange, accepting vague assurances by the United States government. — Trump’s Capacity to Steal the 2024 Election Is Only Growing— From the Archive: Twitter’s Constant State of Turmoil— Not a subscriber?
Of Course Trump’s Cronies Made an Actual PowerPoint of Their Coup Plan
(Both parties have pleaded not guilty.) And on Thursday, it was revealed that the 45th president’s top administration allies made an actual PowerPoint presentation of their plan to overturn the results of the 2020 election. That email was provided to the committee courtesy of former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows. Thought Meadows wasn’t cooperating with the committee anymore? Per Rolling Stone:
I Couldn't Help But WONDER
What she meant was: They can't be running around sleeping with strangers anymore, drinking until 3 a.m., baring their midriffs. Sex and the City, which dominated its cultural milieu when it debuted in 1998, has already sustained two movies, both of them terrible. In Sex and the City, Carrie offered the valuable perspective of ambivalence. She enjoyed her carefree life, but the tug of romance—and the knowledge that the party can't last forever—made her wonder what else was out there. She did whatever she wanted to, and unlike the ever-narrating Carrie, didn't stop to question it.
Brooke Shields Calls Her 1980 Interview With Barbara Walters “Practically Criminal”
In what has now become one of the brand’s most iconic campaigns, a then-15-year-old Shields strikes various poses in Calvin Klein jeans, delivering different one-liners, including, “You want to know what comes between me and my Calvins? Nothing.”That line scandalized much of America, prompting Calvin Klein to send the model out on a press tour in an attempt to mitigate the backlash. As part of that tour, Shields was interviewed by Barbara Walters and was asked several invasive, personal questions about her sexual history. I was naive, I didn’t think anything of it. I didn’t think it had to do with underwear, I didn’t think it was sexual in nature.
What Ghislaine Maxwell’s Trial Is Revealing About the Workaday Cruelty of Life Under Epstein
On Tuesday morning, an FBI analyst read aloud to a jury part of an email that Ghislaine Maxwell sent in May of 2001. Two sizes of Ghislaine Maxwell and Lady Ghislaine notepads. Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell cards and envelopes. Maxwell’s life working for Epstein, her lawyers have argued, only revealed so much to her. — Ghislaine Maxwell’s Trial: A Fresh Look at Epstein’s M.O.
Madonna Inserted Herself Into Daughter Lourdes “Lola” Leon’s Photo Shoot
Lourdes “Lola” Leon starred in a shoot for Paper magazine’s January issue. Her makeup is ’90s, her hair is ’90s, and her outfit is pretty ’90s as well. And Madonna, queen of the ’90s, was there, too. The Daily Mail said Madonna “upstaged” her daughter, but who knows how everyone feels about everything! And they do both look amazing, which I think is what you’re supposed to notice.
Democrats to Ex-Trump Aide: You Can’t Dodge a Subpoena Just Because Trump Told You To
As it turns out, this is not how claiming executive privilege works. Navarro must comply with requests for documents and other information, Clyburn wrote, and appear for a deposition on December 15. As a former president, Trump “does not have ultimate authority to assert executive privilege over the records and information you possess,” Clyburn argued. Since convening last year, Clyburn’s panel has for months been interviewing officials who were part of Trump’s pandemic response, according to the Washington Post. The White House, she said, was “distracted” by the 2020 election and ignored recommendations from public health experts.
Report: Trump Is Systematically Laying the Groundwork to Steal the 2024 Election
No one, probably himself included, knows if Donald Trump is going to run for president again in 2024. I had so many things going...this is more work than in my previous life,” he told Reuters in 2017. And according to wildly disturbing reports, he’s laying the groundwork to ensure he has friends in high places—the kind who could help sway an election in his favor— when, and if, he does. Why it matters: If most or all of Trump’s candidates win, he will go into the 2024 election cycle with far more people willing to do his bidding who run the elections in key states. Trump is also going after the few congressional Republicans who have defied him.
Unfriended: Frances Haugen on Her Facebook Testimony and What Comes Next
The platforms exacerbated body-image issues among teenage girls, and helped enable human trafficking in the United Arab Emirates. With poise and clarity, Haugen explained the algorithmic choices Facebook had made and suggested solutions for reform (forcing changes to that algorithm, not breaking up the company). Facebook had faced toxic news cycles before, but Haugen’s testimony seemed to leave the company reeling. Facebook (which she left in May) was the fifth social network Haugen worked for. She said a friend had been radicalized via Facebook, turning toward the alt-right during the Trump era, and so the work was personal.
Carrie Mae Weems Considers the American Political Circus With Her Startling and Powerful New Exhibition
This week marked the opening of “The Shape of Things,” an exhibition of new and recent work by the artist Carrie Mae Weems at the Park Avenue Armory in New York. Spanning film, sculpture, and large-scale installation, the show comprises a deeply compelling—at moments even revelatory—exploration of our socio-political moment as interpreted by one of our greatest living image-makers. As much an activist as a creative, Weems has a long and celebrated history of engaging social issues with her art. “I was very interested in the politics of the circus, and the circus of politics,” she explained during a press preview on Wednesday—but it wasn’t until the presidency of Donald J. Trump that she found her perfect ringleader. The centerpiece of the show, which occupies the Armory’s 55,000-square-foot Wade Thompson Drill Hall, is a towering cyclorama in which the seven-part video work Conditions (2021) plays.
Hillary Clinton’s New MasterClass Will Address Her 2016 Election Loss
Over the course of her life, Hillary Clinton has been a lawyer, a New York senator, a first lady, a presidential candidate, and secretary of state; now, she’s adding one more title to her résumé with a brand-new MasterClass. The MasterClass will address Clinton’s 2016 loss to Donald Trump in the U.S. presidential election, a crushing blow that Clinton recently referenced by delivering the victory speech she would have given if she had won the election, which read, in part: “My fellow Americans, today you sent a message to the whole world. Our values endure, our democracy stands strong, and our motto remains e pluribus unum—out of many, one. We will not be defined only by our differences. The American dream is big enough for everyone.”Register for Clinton’s MasterClass here.
Kelly Dodd Lashes Out at Stepdaughter in Vicious Twitter Meltdown: She's a Piece of Crap!!
Now, Kelly is aiming much closer to home with a series of cruel, vicious tweets aimed at her own stepdaughter. "I would never go on social media and speak poorly of my Mom & Dad," Kelly insisted. Kelly was apparently either fixated on the topic of Veronica's social media ... or just eager to cause outrage. (I almost lost my mind and typed out the obvious reply, somoene with a bad dad, Kelly, before I came to my senses and didn't send it)"She’s the piece of [excrement emoji]," Kelly declared. It's also wild to think of someone questioning why someone would go on social media to badmouth their father.
Jussie Smollett: I Masturbated & Did Drugs With My Attackers, But Did NOT Pay Them to Jump Me!
Prosecutors are alleging that Smollett paid $3,500 to brothers Abimbola “Bola” and Olabinjo “Ola” Osundairo to play the role of his attackers. Last week, the brothers took the stand and testified that Smollett had indeed paid them to help him orchestrate the fake crime. On Monday, Smollett took the stand himself in what legal experts are calling a tremendously risky move that may be an indication of desperation on the part of the defense. Smollett testified that the money he paid to the Osundairos -- whom he met when they worked as extras in Empire -- was for their services as personal trainers. Smollett testified that he and Bola got a private room, where they "made out a little bit, masturbated together."
Anna Duggar: Will She Be Shunned By the Family Now?
Her husband, Josh Duggar, was convicted of receiving and possessing child pornography. Witnesses say Anna betrayed little emotion as the verdict was announced. A source tells In Touch that Josh told Anna he loved her as he bailiffs ushered him from the courtroom. Her family has been torn apart, but she knows it’s not just her family that’s been hurt,” the insider says. “[Michelle Duggar] and [Jim Bob Duggar] are trying to stay strong, praying for Josh, Anna and their grandkids.
Can these high-tech methane detectors help the U.S. reach its climate goals?
advertisementadvertisementThe map is part of a series of aerial surveys that also revealed methane leaks in Utah, New Mexico, and other parts of California, all picked up by his team’s airborne infrared cameras. According to Lyon’s research, oil and gas companies in the U.S. emit more than 13 million metric tons of methane each year. With ultra-sensitive sensors, it can track even small methane leaks from space; CEO Stephane Germain says he plans to launch eight more satellites by the end of 2022. In New Mexico, scientists have developed machine-learning codes that, paired with sensors, can use the direction of wind currents to trace methane emissions to their sources. Different solutions snap together into a multitiered approach.”advertisementTo Duren, the Global Methane Pledge could be an exciting path for lowering methane emissions.
How Dick’s Sporting Goods went from championing gun reform to saving public lands
Public Lands, which is opening a second location, outside Columbus, Ohio, in December, and has a growing e-commerce arm, is a new retail concept from Dick’s Sporting Goods. Public Lands marks a major departure: It is no haven for hunters. “Public Lands is an expression of a consumer insight, purely,” he says. Still, the protection of public lands is, in many ways, a hot-button issue. But with the new Public Lands fund, Spaletto is positioning the retailer to stand alongside mission-driven outdoor companies like Patagonia.
A New Crisis Playbook for an Uncertain World
What we found was that successful companies intentionally made more contributions to their local communities than their peers did. Preparing for CrisisBusiness leaders often recognize political, social, and environmental changes as they happen. Shutting out the local community multiplies the risk that the project at hand, or even the company itself, will fail. In 2010, with groundbreaking set to begin, Posco highlighted the investment as a “success story” of working with the local community. We found that companies employing the lessons we’ve outlined made a host of positive contributions to their local communities.
Last-minute Gifts That Save Money All Year
Stocks, Funds and More Stocks as stocking stuffers couldn’t be easier with gift cards from Stockpile, a self-directed online brokerage. You pick a company like Google (GOOGL) or Netflix (NFLX) to purchase a gift card that can be redeemed for its stock. To redeem the card, the gift card recipient must open a free Stockpile brokerage account online. Car Wash Your gift recipient might not ever get rich at the car wash, but helping him with routine car maintenance can sure help save money. Or you can maintain the element of surprise by giving your future scholar a Gift of College gift card, which can be used to fund any 529 plan.
Five books to make you think this Christmas
If you have a house full of kids, there’s a word you probably hear a lot at Christmas: “mine”. You’ll also hear versions of it from the adults: “This is my kitchen and we’ll make the sprouts my way”, and so on. We tend to think of ownership as something genuinely binary: something is either mine or it’s yours. It is why I am in favour of a land value tax, for example, and I suspect it is gaining ground. Why “stakeholders” shouldn't trump shareholders The same goes for those put forward in Vivek Ramaswamy’s Woke Inc: Inside the Social Justice Scam.
Jan. 6 panel set to vote on holding Meadows in contempt
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House panel investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection is set to recommend contempt charges against former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows on Monday as lawmakers are releasing new details about thousands of emails and texts he has handed over to the committee. The House voted to recommend charges against Bannon in October, and the Justice Department indicted him on two counts of contempt last month. Meadows’ testimony could be key, as he was Trump’s top aide at the time and was with him in the White House as the rioters breached the building. The committee’s chairman, Democratic Rep. Bennie Thompson of Mississippi, scheduled the vote last week after Meadows failed to show up at his deposition. In other texts, sent the day of the attack, Meadows' former colleagues encouraged him to get Trump to discourage the violence, the committee said.
Editorial Cartoon Gallery Week of Aug. 2, 2021
It turns out Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner aren’t the only ones moving to the ultraexclusive “Billionaires Bunker” near Miami. According to Page Six, Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen are the latest couple to have purchased a slice of Indian Creek Island, for a cool $17 million.
Macron & the new Europe, Downing Street Christmas Party, Biden hosts democracy summit
By tradition, the first foreign visit by a new German chancellor is always to Paris. After the campaigning, the vote, the coalition building and the handover ceremonies, Olaf Scholz is at the French presidential palace. Emmanuel Macron is expected to hit the campaign trail for re-election next spring while France takes on the rotating presidency of the European Union. Over in the US, in keeping with a promise made by Joe Biden after January's Capitol riots, the man who beat Donald Trump hosted a virtual democracy summit on Thursday. Invited were most of the US's traditional allies; out in the cold were China, Russia and Turkey.
An existential threat runs into political realities of US democracy
The existential threat of our lifetime is running, again, into the political realities of our democracy. That the clock is ticking to address climate change has been broadcast on repeat, with increasing intensity. Every day is a dizzying onslaught of headlines drowning out the perpetual threat of climate change until a severe weather event like this weekend's resurfaces the discussion. "The effects that we're seeing from climate change are the crisis of our generation." Getting around the SenateDemocrats want to cram their massive climate change and safety net bill into law using budget rules.
U.S. House panel details case against former top Trump aide Meadows
White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows speaks to reporters following a television interview, outside the White House in Washington, U.S. October 21, 2020. The U.S. House of Representatives committee investigating the deadly riot recommends in the report that Meadows be prosecuted for refusing to fully cooperate with its inquiry. "Rather, Mr Meadows has failed to comply and warrants contempt findings because he has wholly refused to appear to provide any testimony." A House member before joining the Trump administration, Meadows could become the third associate of the former Republican president to face a criminal contempt charge. The Justice Department, at the House's request, has already brought similar charges against Trump's former chief strategist, Steve Bannon.
U.S. Bomber Flies Over Persian Gulf Amid Iran Tensions
The U.S. military says it flew a B-52 bomber over the Persian Gulf in a show of force "to deter potential aggression" amid fears that heightened tensions with Iran could result in attacks on U.S. or allied targets in the region. It was the third such mission this year and the first since President Joe Biden took office on January 20. U.S. Central Command said the bomber carried out a round trip from Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana that ended on January 27. Biden has stated a desire to return to the deal if Iran honors the agreement’s limits on its nuclear program. Iran has called on Biden to remove the sanctions first before any further steps can be taken.
The Secret History of the U.S. Diplomatic Failure in Afghanistan
In the rest of Afghanistan, the war would continue, and, if the Taliban attacked Afghan units, American forces could intervene. For years, Afghan forces had relied on U.S. bombers and artillery to back up their ground attacks, and to strike Taliban encampments and supply lines. When it was noted that Ghani was unhappy with the deal, Trump said, “Why are you wasting your time going to talk to Ghani? In the aftermath of these prisoner releases, Pompeo told Khalilzad to try to re-start peace talks. Yet they continued to attack Afghan forces, costing hundreds of Afghan lives.
Joe Biden Makes First Late-Night Appearance Since Taking Office on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon
Jimmy Fallon and Joe Biden discussed the host's new Christmas song about getting a COVID vaccine booster, and the president reminded viewers of the importance of the message behind itJoe Biden Makes First Late-Night Appearance Since Taking Office on The Tonight Show with Jimmy FallonJoe Biden met up with Jimmy Fallon for the president's first late-night talk show appearance since taking office. Fallon thanked the president for tweeting about his new Christmas song with Ariana Grande and Megan Thee Stallion, which features lyrics about masking up and getting boosters. Elsewhere in their chat, Biden spoke to Fallon about both his signed infrastructure bill, as well as his next proposed "Build Back Better" bill. It's been a while since a sitting president made the late-night rounds. Though President Barack Obama joked around with Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, Stephen Colbert, Samantha Bee and others, his successor steered clear of their couches during his presidency, preferring to call into cable news networks after dark.
U.S. Supreme Court blocks Trump bid to end 'Dreamers' immigrant program
Added: 18.06.2020 19:30 | 40 views | 0 commentsThe U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday dealt President Donald Trump a major setback on his hardline immigration policies, blocking his bid to end a program that protects from deportation hundreds of thousands of immigrants - often called "Dreamers" - who entered the United States illegally as children.
January 6 committee subpoenas Trump-backed congressional candidate
Added: 11.12.2021 13:18 | 35 views | 0 commentsThe House select committee investigating the January 6 riot at the US Capitol issued six additional subpoenas Friday, including one to former aide to former President Donald Trump and current Ohio congressional candidate Max Miller.
Former White House aide Bolton says Trump not 'fit' to be president
Former White House aide Bolton says Trump not 'fit' to be presidentAdded: 18.06.2020 19:47 | 28 views | 0 commentsFormer top White House aide John Bolton delivered a damning indictment of his former boss, saying Donald Trump's behavior in office and dealings with foreign leaders showed he was unfit to be president of the United States.
Pelosi says Trump 'ethically unfit' for presidency, will continue oversight
Added: 18.06.2020 19:47 | 34 views | 0 commentsU.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Thursday revelations in a book by a former top White House aide show President Donald Trump is unfit and unprepared to be president and Democrats will continue oversight of the Republican president's behavior.
For Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear, a term defined by crisis grows more calamitous
Added: 12.12.2021 11:00 | 52 views | 0 commentsThe governor is one of three Democrats leading states won by Donald Trump in 2020. His wrangles with Republicans have left him popular nonetheless.
Biden rallies the world to strengthen democracy as big challenges loom at home
Added: 11.12.2021 18:21 | 61 views | 0 commentsThe democracy summit focused on global conditions but highlighted threats to U.S. institutions as Trump continues his campaign to try to undermine the integrity of the voting process
Election denier who circulated Jan. 6 PowerPoint says he met with Meadows at White House
Election denier who circulated Jan. 6 PowerPoint says he met with Meadows at White HouseAdded: 11.12.2021 17:30 | 50 views | 0 commentsPhilip Waldron, a retired U.S. Army colonel, attended an Oval Office meeting with Trump and had multiple conversations with the White House chief of staff, he said in an interview.
Memos from Trump campaign lawyer outline her theories for how Pence could reject Electoral College votes
Memos from Trump campaign lawyer outline her theories for how Pence could reject Electoral College votesAdded: 13.12.2021 9:17 | 15 views | 0 commentsIn the weeks leading up to January 6, one of Donald Trump's campaign lawyers wrote memos outlining how she believed then-Vice President Mike Pence could reject electoral college votes and overturn the 2020 election, including one theory that he could ignore a federal law.
2020 Daily Trail Markers: Biden says many Americans "view me as the antithesis of Trump"
2020 Daily Trail Markers: Biden says many Americans "view me as the antithesis of Trump"Added: 10.12.2021 18:17 | 30 views | 0 commentsSome state polls show a majority of Biden's current support comes from people who are "mainly voting against Mr. Trump rather than for him.
Graham criticizes McConnell over debt ceiling, says GOP leaders must work with Trump
Graham criticizes McConnell over debt ceiling, says GOP leaders must work with TrumpAdded: 12.12.2021 21:50 | 41 views | 0 comments"Donald Trump is the most consequential Republican in the entire Republican Party," Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said on "Fox News Sunday."
Melania Trump criticized for redoing Rose Garden during pandemic
Melania Trump criticized for redoing Rose Garden during pandemicAdded: 10.12.2021 19:17 | 56 views | 0 commentsThe historic White House Rose Garden is getting an upgrade for the first time in nearly 60 years.
All the Democratic candidates who ran for president in 2020
All the Democratic candidates who ran for president in 2020Added: 10.12.2021 19:17 | 44 views | 0 commentsThese are the candidates who launched a bid for the presidency in 2020, aiming to deny Trump a second term.
Former Trump aide Peter Navarro defies House subpoena in Covid-19 probe
Former Trump aide Peter Navarro defies House subpoena in Covid-19 probeAdded: 12.12.2021 20:17 | 47 views | 0 commentsIn his refusal to comply, Navarro cited a "direct order" from Trump to claim executive privilege.
White House official allegedly said National Guard troops would protect Trump supporters Jan. 6
White House official allegedly said National Guard troops would protect Trump supporters Jan. 6Added: 13.12.2021 5:17 | 33 views | 0 commentsA report out Sunday that recommends that Trump administration Chief of Staff Mark Meadows be held in contempt of Congress alleges he said National Guard troops
Donald Trump-Supporting Boater Buzzes Through SpaceX Splashdown Zone, Prompting Outrage
Donald Trump-Supporting Boater Buzzes Through SpaceX Splashdown Zone, Prompting OutrageAdded: 03.08.2020 7:03 | 37 views | 0 commentsCrew Dragon splashed down in the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday after spending two months on the International Space Station. Did a private boat flying a Trump flag just approach Crew Dragon then have to be forced out?" On a good day, it's dangerous for the SpaceX recovery crew + boat. Did a private boat flying a Trump flag just approach Crew Dragon then have to be forced out?" On a good day, it's dangerous for the SpaceX recovery crew + boat.
A 'Galactic Federation' Of Aliens Has Made Contact With The United States, Former Israeli General Claims
A 'Galactic Federation' Of Aliens Has Made Contact With The United States, Former Israeli General ClaimsAdded: 08.12.2020 11:06 | 34 views | 0 commentsA former Israeli general is claiming that both the and Israel have been in contact with aliens for years. The 87-year-old added that the aliens have even created their own "Galactic Federation." In addition, the retired general said that aliens are not only communicating with human scientists, but working with them. Over the past couple of years, both the United States and Israel have ramped up their extraterrestrial exploration programs. More in www.inquisitr.com » Middle East, Israel, Scientists, President, United States, Universities, Mars, SPA, NASA, UFO Tags: FEDComments: Comments: Tags advertisingCopyright © 2008 - 2021 USweekly - all rights reserved Contact us
Fire and pestilence, flood and wind, the personal is political: Trump must go
| Fire and pestilence, flood and wind, the personal is political: Trump must go | Robert ReichAdded: 09.12.2021 19:19 | 81 views | 0 commentsSource: www.baltimoresun.comAmericans face existential challenges. The president has done nothing to help and much to make things worseMy wife and I have been warned we may need to evacuate our cabin in the hills north of San Francisco, because of . Climate change is largely to blame for these fires, which are growing in number and intensity every year. It’s also to blame for the increasing number and virulence of , flash floods along the eastern seaboard, and . He is a columnist for Guardian US More in www.theguardian.com » California, President, Cisco, Climate change, San Francisco, The Hills Tags: Fire
Gen. Dunford Says Transgender Troops Should Be Allowed to Serve
Added: 08.12.2021 19:16 | 122 views | 0 commentsThe nation's top military officer said Tuesday that his advice to President Donald Trump has been to allow transgender troops to continue serving in the U.S. military. Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the Senate Armed Services...
Drug Pitched to Trump for Covid-19 Comes From a Deadly Plant
Drug Pitched to Trump for Covid-19 Comes From a Deadly PlantAdded: 20.08.2020 20:10 | 24 views | 0 commentsSource: www.prnewswire.comThe chief executive of My Pillow, a Trump donor, claims oleandrin is a miracle cure for Covid-19. But no studies have shown that it is safe or effective, and the shrub it’s derived from is poisonous. More in www.nytimes.com »
Memos from Trump campaign lawyer outline her theories for how Pence could reject Electoral College votes
Memos from Trump campaign lawyer outline her theories for how Pence could reject Electoral College votesAdded: 13.12.2021 9:16 | 7 views | 0 commentsIn the weeks leading up to January 6, one of Donald Trump's campaign lawyers wrote memos outlining how she believed then-Vice President Mike Pence could reject electoral college votes and overturn the 2020 election, including one theory that he could ignore a federal law.
Trae Young’s Game Is More Dangerous Than Ever
(A glance at the pull-up three leader board reveals that nobody except Steph Curry can match Young’s volume and accuracy.) He’s averaging four fewer free throws per 100 possessions than last year but still ranks top five in points per game. During his first two seasons Young barely acknowledged the midrange, and last year he took only 2.1 shots from that area per game. Watch NBA games online all season long with fuboTV: Start with a 7-day free trial! More NBA Coverage:• NBA Mailbag: Damian Lillard's Future With the Blazers• NBA Power Rankings: Bucks, Bulls Rise in the East• NBA Trade Ideas: Can the Warriors Land Sabonis?
The Fall and Rise of Real-Time Strategy Games
There was a time, not long ago, when real-time strategy (RTS) games ruled the world. The game's first sequel, StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty, sold over 3 million copies in its first month on the market. RTS games were even major players in the licensing ecosystem. New RTS games simply stopped coming out, seemingly overnight. Why did everyone stop making RTS games?
'Succession' season 3 finale recap: A deal with the devil
He's survived but he seems like a shell of himself murmuring about possible plans but with a truly hopeless air about him. Kendall reminds them that along with their mother, Caroline, they have a super-majority and could block the sale of the company. Invoking the story of Sporus again, Tom asks, "Do you want to make a deal with the devil?" Shiv asks their father what is going on but Logan tries to get Roman to throw Kendall out before he will say anything. Disgusted by Kendall's presence but resigned to it, Logan admits that he is indeed going to sell the company to Matsson.
Tishquake: Letitia James Drops Out of Governor’s Race
“I have come to the conclusion that I must continue my work as attorney general,” James said in a statement. Recent polls have shown Governor Kathy Hochul, running for her first full term, holding a commanding lead over James in the Democratic primary. During a briefing Thursday, Hochul said that James called her earlier that morning to inform her of her intent to drop out of the governor’s race. Her decision also upends the attorney general’s race, which may now become a rematch between James and law professor Zephyr Teachout, who ran against her in the 2018 primary. Democrat Shelley Mayer, who recently declared her candidacy for attorney general, said on Thursday afternoon that she will now support James’s reelection.
The Trials of John Durham
The prosecution was brought in September by John Durham, the special counsel who was first appointed by former attorney general William Barr, against Michael Sussmann, a lawyer for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. The case against Sussmann, one of three people Durham has prosecuted, was curious to many observers from the start because of how unusual it was from a prosecutorial and evidentiary perspective. And, of course, we do not know what is in the other accounts that Baker has given to the government. The fervor among liberals and the media for the Mueller investigation seemed to diminish that sentiment. Durham may end up reviving it.
Succession Series-Premiere Recap: Roys on Deck
Succession Celebration Season 1 Episode 1 Editor’s Rating 4 stars * * * * Photo: HBOWith season three of Succession now in the books, Vulture is returning to where it all began with weekly recaps of season one. “Are we ready to fuck or what?”This is how Kendall Roy (Jeremy Strong) opens a meeting in “Celebration,” the first episode of Succession. Kendall can open a meeting with “Are we ready to fuck or what?” for two reasons: One, he’s the No. Kendall is also a species of human that’s always been around but seized the spotlight during the Trump administration: the failson. • Kendall ultimately makes it impossible for Lawrence to turn down Waystar’s offer, but the great gobs of money don’t soften Lawrence’s contempt for him.
Is Tish James Aiming Higher Than Governor? Stay Tuned.
And I will be the first African American woman governor in the United States of America,” she told me. “Investigations are still ongoing, and I urge everyone to stay tuned,” she told me. A minute later, she repeated herself: “A lot can happen between now and the end of 2022, and I urge everyone to stay tuned. — Stay Tuned With Preet. So when James says “stay tuned,” it could mean a bombshell is about to fall.
A ‘War on Christmas’ Story
After all, the ubiquity of Christmas in American life is self-evident; everybody has heard the cliché that Christmas decorations, music, sales, movies, and so on begin earlier every year. He saved Christmas,” prompting Trump to repeat his boast that he had indeed preserved the holiday from extinction (“You know, when I was running, 2016, Christmas was, like, you couldn’t say the word,” he said. And I said we’re going to bring back Christmas, and we’re going to be saying ‘Christmas’”). The War on Christmas has had a place in Trump’s regular spiel since his candidacy began. You do know who the enemy is that is supposedly waging the War on Christmas, right?
‘Normal’ Republican Ron DeSantis Wants to Lock Up Anthony Fauci
In this case, the wrong crowd is Donald Trump and his claque, and the Republicans are convinced that once Trump disappears, everything will return to normal. These Republicans have rallied around a candidate of choice: Florida governor Ron DeSantis, whom they hope will run for president whenever Trump can be coaxed offstage, hopefully in 2024. And now he’s sending out a fundraising email calling for Dr. Anthony Fauci to be jailed:In a fundraising email sent out this morning titled, ‘Fauci For Prison, Ron Desantis called on Dr. Fauci to be prosecuted and put in prison. Tom Cotton and Ted Cruz, two other Republicans in the DeSantis wing, have claimed a subsequent NIH letter disproved this testimony. He may be less unhinged than Trump, but DeSantis points the way toward a future in which the cancer that has consumed the Republican Party continues to grow.
Julian Assange Could Be on Trial in the U.S. Soon
Photo: Jack Taylor/Getty ImagesA British high court ruled on Friday that Julian Assange may be extradited from the U.K. to the U.S. to stand trial on espionage charges related to his work as the leader of WikiLeaks. Assange’s legal team has fought the request on the grounds that prison conditions in America would endanger his mental health. Assange’s partner Stella Morris said he plans to appeal the decision to the British Supreme Court, a process that could take months. (Yahoo News reported recently that Trump officials had also discussed the possibility of kidnapping Assange from London after he leaked CIA hacking tools in 2017.) The Biden administration has continued to pursue the charges against Assange.
Jan. 6 PowerPoint Backer Says He Repeatedly Met With Meadows
Former chief of staff Mark Meadows at the White House on January 4. The PowerPoint apparently makes similar claims to a 36-page presentation which surfaced publicly last week. Waldron told the Post that Meadows asked him in late December 2020 whether the election had been hacked — which could have given credence to Trump’s baseless claims of widespread voter fraud and provide pretext for overturning the election results. Waldron said he repeatedly visited the White House and spoke to Meadows “maybe eight to ten times,” often communicating through Giuliani. “The presentation was that there was significant foreign interference in the election, here’s the proof,” Waldron told the Post.
A Kanye Associate Showed Up in Georgia to Threaten a Poll Worker
Photo: Evan Vucci/AP/ShutterstockAn associate of Kanye West told an election worker in Georgia who had been falsely accused of vote rigging that she should confess to fraud, Reuters reported on Friday. Kutti, who did not mention West but said she worked for a “high-profile individual,” framed her threat as something of a helping hand. Kutti told Freeman that she was going to put a man Kutti identified as “Harrison Ford” on speakerphone. (Freeman said the man on the phone wasn’t the actor by the same name.) It remains unclear whether West authorized the visit, and Reuters could not confirm that Kutti still works for him.
Zephyr Teachout Drops Out of New York Attorney General Race
Photo: Getty ImagesProgressive candidate and Fordham law professor Zephyr Teachout suspended her campaign for New York attorney general, clearing the way for the current AG, Letitia James, to skate toward reelection. The announcement from Teachout on Sunday came days after James revealed she was dropping out of the Democratic primary for governor to oversee “a number of important investigations and cases that are under way,” including the civil fraud inquiry looking at the Trump Organization’s business practices. In her statement, Teachout wrote that James’s decision to run for AG spurred her to leave the race and endorse the incumbent, citing her “critical fights to deliver justice for the people of New York.” Teachout previously ran for Attorney General in 2018, losing in the primary to James; in 2014, she also attempted to flank then-Governor Andrew Cuomo from the left in the gubernatorial primary, gaining 34 percent of the vote. With Teachout’s endorsement, the Democratic primary for New York attorney general is looking pretty safe for James, who is in the midst of the Trump inquiry and working with the momentum of the probe into former Governor Andrew Cuomo’s alleged sexual misconduct; findings from her office’s inquiry ultimately led to Cuomo stepping down in August. The primary field is not empty, however, with Queens assemblyman Clyde Vanel and Maria Vullo, the state’s former top banking and insurance regulator, still in the race.
Republicans Are Too Afraid of Trump to Fix Election Laws
Mike Pence chairing the January 6 joint session of Congress governed by the Electoral Count Act of 1887. For starters, a Democratic vice president will be presiding over the Senate when the Electoral College votes are opened. You cannot talk about fixing the Electoral Count Act without talking about what happened on January 6. First, he claimed, its provisions for counting electoral votes violate the 12th Amendment’s unconditional grant of authority to the vice president to deal with electoral votes however they want. Perhaps Trump will surprise us by at least staying out of the way of Electoral Count Act reform efforts.
This Wasn’t About Jussie Smollett
Illustration: Cheryl Cook/AP/ShutterstockFor almost three years, it has been clear that any prosecutor who wanted to convict Jussie Smollett of a crime could probably do it. When Smollett’s story about getting assaulted by two masked Donald Trump supporters started to fall apart that month, her prosecutors used the same logic. A judge appointed a special prosecutor, who brought back the charges against Smollett after putting them to a grand jury. Their framing of the Smollett case has turned what used to be a local police vendetta into a national cause. Jussie Smollett was just them getting lucky.
Trump Ordered Staff to ‘Bust Some Heads’ of Black Lives Matter Protesters Outside White House: Book
Correction: Trump’s request that law enforcement “bust some heads” of Black Lives Matter protesters was made as they demonstrated during a June 22, 2020 protest in Lafayette Square. Former President Donald Trump instructed Mark Meadows to “bust some heads and make some arrests” of Black Lives Matter protesters who had gathered outside the White House in the summer of 2020, the former chief of staff writes in his new book. Trump gave the instruction on June 22 as protesters were “climbing on Lafayette Park’s famous statue of Andrew Jackson,” according to Meadows. “Upstairs in the Residence, President Trump was growing anxious,” Meadows reportedly wrote in The Chief’s Chief, which published Tuesday. I assume that we have the authority to deploy whatever law enforcement is necessary to fix this?”Trump’s answer was yes, and more.
Trump Lawyer Wrote Memo Arguing Pence Should ‘Stop the Count’ of Biden Electors
Trump campaign lawyer Jenna Ellis wrote a memo dated the day before the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol arguing that then-Vice President Mike Pence should refuse to count presidential electors from states won by Joe Biden. Accordingly, Ellis wrote that the vice president “should … simply stop the count” when the time came for Arizona’s electors to be accepted. He should then, Ellis wrote, declare that Arizona and several other states Biden did not uphold their end of the requirement for certifying their own electors. Pence, she wrote, “should … not open any of the votes” from six key states won by Biden. This new memo from Ellis, when considered alongside the the memo from John Eastman, is yet another stunning example of how desperate Trump and his circle were to prevent Biden from taking office
Trump’s White House Emailed About a PowerPoint on How to End American Democracy
In the 13 months since the election, no evidence has emerged that foreign entities influenced the election, or that any significant fraud occurred. Meadows discussed the same plan, which was described as a “direct and collateral attack,” in a separate email. The letter referenced the PowerPoint presentation, as well, but did not provide details of its contents. Meadows says the committee was not respecting his claims of executive privilege, to which Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) said the committee “tried repeatedly to identify with specificity the areas of inquiry” were subject to privilege, but Meadows wouldn’t cooperate.
Why Mainstream Media Pros Pledged Themselves to the Oath Keepers
Rolling Stone’s own reporting has identified Oath Keepers in state government, sheriffs departments, and even the board of the National Rifle Association. The Oath Keepers recruit specifically from the military and law enforcement. The phenomenon of Oath Keeper members pitching their skills as message-makers and spin doctors shouldn’t surprise us, Friedfeld says. One Floridian claimed they were “already working with Elias on The Oath Keeper newspaper” — appearing to reference Elias Alias, the now-former editor-in-chief of the Oath Keeper’s website. Only one responded substantively — to insist he was no longer on board with the Oath Keeper agenda.
Trump Says His ‘Fight Like Hell’ Speech Before Capitol Riot Was Actually ‘Extremely Calming’
Former President Donald Trump denied riling up the crowd at his Stop the Steal rally that preceded the insurrection at the Capitol on Jan. 6. “I have nothing to hide,” Trump told Fox News host Laura Ingraham on Friday night. “I wasn’t involved in that and if you look at my words and what I said in the speech, they were extremely calming, actually.”Trump: I have nothing to hide. Trump has made the claim that executive privilege protects his communications and records from being subpoenaed. And he has bullied his allies into stonewalling the committee with those same executive privilege claims or by invoking their Fifth Amendment right not to self-incriminate.
Welcome to Guillermo del Toro's Nightmare
“‘Having said that, Guillermo,’” he recounts saying, “’there is one movie that should be remade, and that’s Nightmare Alley. And Nightmare Alley languished on the wish list in the back of del Toro’s crowded brain. Del Toro had met Lorenza Newton when they were both at college in Guadalajara, and they were married in 1986. The older del Toro and his son remained close, and Guillermo was with his father when he died. “And the answer is, there is no answer.”Instead of becoming nihilistic, however, del Toro found this notion gave him hope.
Who Will Reunite Next? We Place Odds on 18 Groups, From Led Zeppelin to One Direction
Ray and Dave Davies did perform “You Really Got Me” at a Dave solo concert in 2015. Ray hasn’t even gone on a solo tour in seven years. Despite pleas from his bandmates and fans, Robert Plant has refused all offers of a reunion tour. Odds of a Reunion: It seems like everyone in ‘NSync not named Justin Timberlake is thinking quite hard about a reunion tour these days. We’re going to put the reunion odds at 33%.
Chris Wallace Quits Fox News to Join CNN’s Streaming Platform
Chris Wallace, one of the few remaining reasonable people at Fox News, announced he is quitting the network. And per a press release from CNN, he is leaving to become an anchor on CNN+, its soon-to-launch streaming service. “I am thrilled to join CNN+,” Wallace said in a statement. “After 18 years, this is my final Fox News Sunday,” the anchor said at the end of his show on Sunday. pic.twitter.com/S1ON6JkTXx — Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) December 12, 2021Wallace was a rare voice at Fox, often holding even his Republican guests to account.
From ‘Mother God’ to Mummified Corpse: Inside the Fringe Spiritual Sect ‘Love Has Won’
God is a WomanBefore she was Mother God, Amy Carlson was a manager at a McDonald’s in Houston, Texas. At various times, Love Has Won followers even claimed that if Amy died, everyone on the planet would die. There could be many Father Gods, but there could only be one Mother God. They say Mother God had healed him, and in doing so molded a true believer. You either stand by Mother God, or you’ll be taken out,” member Ryan Kramer (aka “El Morya”) remarked in one video.
Xi's absence provides Japan with a diplomatic window of opportunity
As Xi eschews diplomatic travel, the administration of Fumio Kishida has a golden opportunity to rekindle the momentum garnered by Abe’s leadership in the international arena to ingratiate itself in the core hubs of the Indo-Pacific region. Prioritizing the immediate stakeholders in the Indo-Pacific region should not come at the expense of Japan’s relationship with Washington. Japan has much to gain from eschewing zoom-diplomacy for a return to leadership-level, face-to-face diplomacy. Whether Kishida will seize the moment to accrue invaluable diplomatic and political capital in the Indo-Pacific is yet to be determined. What is clear thought that Xi’s diplomatic absence its Kishida’s opportunity to shift the diplomatic dynamics in the Indo-Pacific region to favor Japan and like-minded countries’ interest.
Korea to push for entry to 11-member CPTPP
FINANCEFinance Minister Hong Nam-ki speaks during a ministerial meeting at Government Complex Seoul, Monday. (Yonhap)SEJONG -- South Korea on Monday has expressed its commitment to joining the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership, which is aimed at multilateral free trade agreements in the Asia-Pacific region.In addition, the nation has unveiled a policy to push for bilateral FTAs with more countries, including Mexico.In a ministerial meeting, Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Hong Nam-ki said that the government “is seeking to collect public opinions and reach social consensus” over the entry to the CPTPP.The government seeks the CPTPP accession to expand trade and investment and bolster the status of Korea as a major trader in the global stage, Hong said.The CPTPP is the renegotiated version of the Trans-Pacific Partnership initiated by the former US Obama administration. In 2017, his successor Donald Trump withdrew from the TPP, widely seen as a key move to counter China’s growing economic clout.The multilateral trade pact, launched in December 2018, has been signed by 11 countries -- Japan, Brunei, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Canada, Mexico, Peru, Chile, New Zealand and Australia.Korea’s willingness toward the pact came three months after China submitted an application to accede to the CPTPP in a surprising move, with Taiwan following suit.The collective trade volume by the 11 nations participating in the CPTPP had reached about $5.7 trillion as of 2019, making up 15.2 percent of the total global trade figure.Korea’s potential accession to the CPTPP could be a major boost to expand its trade portfolio in addition to its planned implementation of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership.The RCEP, which was inked in November 2020, will take effect in February 2022, as Korea’s legislative body ratified the trade deal early this month.RCEP, which covers Korea, China, Japan, Australia and New Zealand and the 10-membe
Korea to push for entry to 11-member CPTPP
SEJONG -- South Korea on Monday has expressed its commitment to joining the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership, which is aimed at multilateral free trade agreements in the Asia-Pacific region.In addition, the nation has unveiled a policy to push for bilateral FTAs with more countries, including Mexico.In a ministerial meeting, Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Hong Nam-ki said that the government “is seeking to collect public opinions and reach social consensus” over the entry to the CPTPP.The government seeks the CPTPP accession to expand trade and investment and bolster the status of Korea as a major trader in the global stage, Hong said.The CPTPP is the renegotiated version of the Trans-Pacific Partnership initiated by the former US Obama administration. In 2017, his successor Donald Trump withdrew from the TPP, widely seen as a key move to counter China’s growing economic clout.The multilateral trade pact, launched in December 2018, has been signed by 11 countries -- Japan, Brunei, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Canada, Mexico, Peru, Chile, New Zealand and Australia.Korea’s willingness toward the pact came three months after China submitted an application to accede to the CPTPP in a surprising move, with Taiwan following suit.The collective trade volume by the 11 nations participating in the CPTPP had reached about $5.7 trillion as of 2019, making up 15.2 percent of the total global trade figure.Korea’s potential accession to the CPTPP could be a major boost to expand its trade portfolio in addition to its planned implementation of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership.The RCEP, which was inked in November 2020, will take effect in February 2022, as Korea’s legislative body ratified the trade deal early this month.RCEP, which covers Korea, China, Japan, Australia and New Zealand and the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations, is the world’s biggest FTA as its 15 member countries combined take up arou
Jan. 6 panel set to vote on holding Meadows in contempt
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House panel investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection is set to recommend contempt charges against former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows on Monday as lawmakers are releasing new details about thousands of emails and texts he has handed over to the committee. In laying out the case for the contempt vote, the nine-member panel released a 51-page report Sunday evening that details its questions about the documents he has already provided — including 6,600 pages of records taken from personal email accounts and about 2,000 text messages. The panel did not release the documents but described some of them. The report gives details about Meadows efforts’ to help Donald Trump overturn his defeat in the presidential election, communications with members of Congress and organizers of a rally held the morning of the insurrection and frantic messages among aides and others as the violent attack unfolded that day. The panel says it also wants to know more about whether Trump was engaged in discussions regarding the response of the National Guard, which was delayed for hours as the violence escalated and the rioters brutally beat police guarding the Capitol building.
Was the Long March a Dead End? An Exchange on Radicals and the University
An Exchange on Radicals and the University Was the Long March a Dead End? An Exchange on Radicals and the University In the 1960s, young radicals saw the university as an ideal site for agitating and organizing. No wonder young radicals saw higher education as an ideal place to start their long march through the institutions. That’s fine in blue strongholds, though even then it doesn’t guarantee public funding for higher education. Getting a New Deal for higher education will require something like a New Deal majority.
The Politics of Protection
The Politics of Protection The Politics of Protection In The Great Recoil, Paolo Gerbaudo argues that the left needs to speak to people’s fears and connect them to hope. Political theorist Paolo Gerbaudo explores those questions in his new book, The Great Recoil: Politics After Populism and Pandemic. Politics, both right-wing and left-wing, is dealing with new social demands that are different from those dominant in the neoliberal era. On the right, control is individual; it’s about property and defending one’s own space, and it is articulated at a national level through a politics of territorial control and power. Think about policing, about COVID-19 policies, and how we articulate different visions of what state control over people should be.
How the Hart–Celler Act Changed America
How the Hart–Celler Act Changed America How the Hart–Celler Act Changed America The 1960s effort to end discriminatory quotas sowed the seeds of the political conflicts over immigration that are still with us today. In another compromise, IRCA provided amnesty to about 3 million unauthorized immigrants, even as it dramatically increased funding for border enforcement. For example, increased border enforcement was supposed to stop the flow of unauthorized immigrants, but instead it had the opposite effect. Two years after that vote, Clinton signed the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act (IIRIRA) into law. Efforts to broker what came to be called “comprehensive immigration reform” (CIR) in the aughts uniformly ended in failure.
An Open Letter in Defense of Democracy
An Open Letter in Defense of Democracy An Open Letter in Defense of Democracy The future of democracy in the United States is in danger. This open letter was also published by The New Republic and The Bulwark. Because we believe in the pluralism that is at the heart of democracy. But right now we agree on a fundamental point: We need to join together to defend liberal democracy. And we urge all responsible citizens who care about democracy—public officials, journalists, educators, activists, ordinary citizens—to make the defense of democracy an urgent priority now.
Lost Jobs, Lost Democrats
Democrats have an electability problem in America’s industrial heartland that could flip the Senate red for a decade to come. An intervention seems necessary, and it should come not from the corporate Democrats who got us into this mess. He reports that 618 of these counties lost manufacturing jobs from 2001 to 2019. Martin reports that, in the 382 manufacturing counties where Trump votes grew, 496,000 factory jobs were lost from 2001 to 2019. From 2010 to 2020, the United States lost 462,000 union members; 93% of that decline came in nine of the states studied (upstate New York data was not available).
Big Pharma’s Big Lie About Vaccine Patents
(The proposal is referred to as a TRIPS waiver, a reference to the WTO Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights.) Even if we got rid of all intellectual property rules tomorrow, this would do little to boost immediate global vaccine supply. Pfizer and Moderna, both of which produce mRNA vaccines, have been purveyors of this narrative, warning of the laborious and time-intensive process of developing the ability to produce mRNA vaccines specifically. Some of the facilities are already producing other vaccines, or testing or making their own mRNA vaccines. In just one example, Sen. Mike Crapo (R?Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, has been criticized for significant donations from the pharmaceutical industry.
We Might Get Some Great Tax Policies for Very Dumb Reasons
And, against all odds, we are now on the precipice of maybe, just maybe, getting a wealth tax on billionaires signed into law. If, in fact, the current version of the wealth tax does make it into the final bill, it will be something that should make progressives smile. The reason to tax billionaires is not to pay for social programs. The reason to tax billionaires is not to produce income for the federal government. The reason to tax billionaires is that billionaires should not exist.
Robert Reich: We’re Living Under the Cruelest Form of Capitalism in the World
Wealth inequality is eating this country alive. The second tax on wealth, enacted in 1922, was a capital gains tax — a tax on the increased value of assets, paid when those assets are sold. Lesson: The estate tax and the capital gains tax were created to curb wealth concentration. Lesson: The estate tax and the capital gains tax have been gutted. Beyond those fixes, we need a new wealth tax: a tax of just 2 percent a year on wealth in excess of $1 million.
When Scabs Are a Danger to Public Health
NEW YORK—A dozen oil workers rally in front of the United Metro Energy (UMEC) terminal in Brooklyn on their 113th day on strike August 10. They’re fighting one of the largest suppliers of heating oil and motor fuels in New York. They spent the next two years fighting for a contract to bring their pay in line with the rest of the (majority union) industry, create a grievance system and join the union’s healthcare plan. Greenpoint, the north Brooklyn neighborhood where the UMEC terminal is located, is no stranger to environmental catastrophe. Even with experienced workers, the oil industry is a risky business.
Two Steps Forward, One Step Back: Grading Biden's Build Back Better Deal
How good is the budget deal framework put forward by the Biden White House last week? While Republicans like Mitt Romney decry this deficit spending, Biden’s proposed deficit of eight percent of GDP for 2022 pales in comparison to Donald Trump’s deficit of 15 percent of GDP in Fiscal Year 2020. Summing up, in advance of next year’s budget, we are already ahead of the game in terms of social spending. It should be noted that inflation has been warned of as a negative consequence of deficit spending since the 1930s. This has resulted in the shrinking in proposed spending from $3.5 trillion to the current level of $1.85 trillion.
David Graeber Is Gone, But He's Still Changing How We See History
Just three weeks prior, Graeber had announced to archaeologist David Wengrow that their book, which they’d been cowriting for a decade, was complete. The Dawn of Everything: A New History of Humanity released fall 2021 and quickly hit the New York Times bestseller list. Jessica Stites: The Dawn of Everything offers a new, rich, varied history of ?“progressive” ideas popping up in all sorts of societies. If you pick up a standard book about the Maya and the Aztec, you’re going to see pyramids and carvings of kings doing nasty things to their enemies and their subjects. And he’s very explicit, because he’s been running around the Americas finding kings everywhere and trying to get them on his side.
The Union Busters on Starbucks’ Board of Directors
It might not end there — an organizing drive is also now underway at Starbucks’ stores in Mesa, Arizona. Starbucks is also sending workers — deemed ?“partners”—letters asking them to vote ?“no” on the union. But to truly understand the ferocity of Starbucks’ anti-union push, it’s important to look beyond management and to examine the company’s governing body: its board of directors. And Starbucks’ board is crammed with anti-union executives who represent corporations and industry groups that have spent millions lobbying to rollback labor rights. As RILA chair and a member of Starbucks’ board, Mary Dillon is surely one of the country’s most prolific union busters.
Biden Is Wrong. There Is No Such Thing As “Defensive” Saudi Weapons in the War on Yemen.
At a 2019 Democratic primary debate, candidate Joe Biden pledged to stop U.S. arms sales to Saudi Arabia. This would be the first Senate vote on the Yemen war during the Biden administration, and would force Democrats — who opposed the war under former President Donald Trump but have been less legislatively aggressive under the Biden administration — to publicly state their positions. But, upon closer examination, the distinction between ?“offensive” and ?“defensive” Saudi weapons begins to disappear. Of course, the United States shouldn’t be selling weapons to Saudi Arabia in the first place. And we know this because the Biden administration isn’t telling Saudi Arabia to stop the war.
Big Panic For a Democracy That Never Was
If 2020 was a ham-fisted dry run for stealing a presidential election, 2024 will be a much better rehearsed one. In 2000, Al Gore received 48.4% of the popular vote, and George W. Bush received 47.9%. In American history, a president has been elected who lost the popular vote five times. I say this simply to point out that America is not a democracy that is in newfound danger of being lost. But let’s not fucking kid ourselves here: This panic is not caused by the possibility that America might not be democratic.
Art or Advertising? The Contradictions of “You/We Belong Here” Neon Signage at Barclays Center
Approaching the Barclays Center from Downtown Brooklyn, a large neon sign looms above the turf-carpeted entrance to the plaza’s transit hub. The signage was sponsored by the Social Justice Fund of the Joe and Clara Tsai Foundation, founded by the billionaire owners of the Brooklyn Nets and the Barclays Center operating company. So it’s impossible to disentangle the Social Justice Fund’s efforts from the profit-seeking sports entertainment corporations run by the same people. The executive director of the Social Justice Fund is Gregg Bishop, former commissioner of the NYC Department of Small Business Services, who brings his own political connections. After all, even the first promotional photo on the Social Justice Fund’s website could serve as an arena advertisement.
Joe Biden Is Dragging His Feet on Sharing Vaccine Information With the World
Hopes were high back in June, when the World Health Organization (WHO) helped establish an mRNA vaccine technology transfer hub in South Africa. Five months later, the transfer hub is still unable to access vaccine technology, since neither Pfizer-BioNtech nor Moderna have shared their intellectual property. The Joe Biden administration could have resolved the delay months ago by sharing vaccine technology with the WHO. The White House’s refusal to act is emblematic of the administration’s unwillingness to share vaccine information that might interfere with corporate profits, even in the face of a global crisis. “Unlimited Rights” Despite the ongoing global pandemic, the Biden administration claims it is powerless to share the Moderna vaccine recipe with the world.
Andrew Cuomo’s Team Looked to Joe Biden for Lessons on How to Shut Down Misconduct Allegations
And newly released exhibits and testimony from the New York attorney general’s investigation into former governor Andrew Cuomo’s allegations of sexual harassment show it was something else, too: a potential model for other embattled politicians to bat away allegations of their own. “Pull what Biden said when he was accused during campaign,” Lever wrote to her colleagues. Like Cuomo later would, Biden cast the allegations as a case of misinterpreted friendliness and changing social mores. Other testimony suggests Cuomo’s team took note of the Biden camp’s framing. Biden wasn’t the only figure Cuomo’s team learned from.
The Media Is Rewriting Bob Dole’s History as a Vicious Right-Wing Attack Dog
And sure as the sun comes up, it’s happening again with former Senate majority leader Bob Dole, who died this past Sunday at age ninety-eight. “To the Right of Genghis Khan” “I’m a conservative, not right-wing,” Dole would later say. Dole pioneered the relentlessly obstructionist use of the Senate filibuster that’s become de rigueur today. “Bob Dole has expanded its use with impunity.” “We’re thrilled that he’s an obstructionist,” said the hard-right direct-mail campaigner Richard Viguerie. Now safely unable to actually do anything about it, Dole became one of the most vocal voices for filibuster reform.
Who Owns Frantz Fanon’s Legacy?
It is important to flag here that Fanon’s vision of liberation is not limited to national collective decolonization. Bourgeois Independence The critical spirit of Soummam, with its emphasis on self-organization and popular struggle, infuses Fanon’s writings on decolonization. This emphasis on class analysis anchors Fanon’s political analysis in Wretched . For Fanon, national consciousness has to become an instrument for satisfying the needs of the majority. Contra Fanon, therefore, the urban working-class links with, and contributions to, national struggle were evident.
Israel Is Hell-Bent on Sabotaging US Nuclear Negotiations With Iran
According to Channel 12 news in Israel, Israeli officials are urging the United States to take military action against Iran, either by striking Iran directly or by hitting an Iranian base in Yemen. Regardless of the negotiations’ outcome, Israel says that it reserves the right to take military action against Iran. Had Iran retaliated proportionately, the United States might have backed up Israel, with the conflict spiraling into a full-blown US–Middle East war. Iran described the action as “nuclear terrorism.”American officials recently warned their Israeli counterparts that the attacks on Iranian nuclear facilities are counterproductive. One would think that Israel, which receives $3.8 billion annually from the United States, would feel obligated not to drag the United States and their own people into such a disaster.
Israel Is Trying to Push War With Iran — and the US Press Barely Cares
Look it up and you’ll find next to no coverage in the US media about top Israeli officials visiting Washington this week to push for military strikes against Iran, raising the risk of sparking war. Hence the need to sell Biden officials on the idea. Then, just before the Iranian elections, it reportedly refused to commit for the rest of Biden’s term to not re-renege on the deal, Trump style, if the deal is restored and Iran stays compliant. Israel, which is known to have at least dozens of nukes and has long rejected any regional antinuclear agreement, is not. Yet that’s not considered scandalous by the establishment press, even if it could be leading us into war.
With US Backing, Israel and the Gulf Dictatorships Became Best Friends
Such a move would also be in keeping with Biden’s obvious ease with Trump’s Middle East policy. So it is first imperative that the United States and Israel disabuse themselves of their warmongering disposition towards that country. The aggression coming from Israel and the Trump and Biden administrations has only shrunk the space for diplomacy with Tehran. What does it mean for expectations of Israel, at home and abroad, if structurally it is finally becoming one with the despotic Gulf states? Perhaps the best example of an increasingly brutal regime already in lockstep with the Gulf despots is Israel’s other ally, Egypt.
Health Care Reform’s History of Utter Failure
The American health care system is a notorious disaster. One good answer can be found in Ten Year War: Obamacare and the Unfinished Crusade for Universal Coverage, an excellent new book by veteran health care reporter Jonathan Cohn about the political history of health care reform in this country. For advocates of universal health care of any political stripe, Cohn’s book is essential reading. Health care remained off the table for the rest of the Johnson administration; in fact, only with a Republican in office did it return to the political front burner. Throwing trainloads of money at the extant hideous semi-private health care mess might, someday, get almost everyone in the United States technically insured.
The Right’s Bad-Faith Argument About Bodily Autonomy
For more from The Nation, check out our latest issueSubscribe to The Nation Subscribe now for as little as $2 a month! On the other hand, that means if you demand bodily autonomy for reproduction, you must also grant it to anti-vaxxers. In this context, she told me, the principle of bodily autonomy remains critical. But my arguments about bodily autonomy have never been about persuading the other side but rather about mobilizing the left and helping us locate points of connection. One point of connection between these two issues—issues that the American right wing wants to place into conflict—is preservation of bodily autonomy for everyone.
Today’s GOP Would Excommunicate Bob Dole
Our current elected officials would do well to honor his memory and work for the common good.”6Unfortunately, today’s Republicans are disinclined to honor Dole’s memory by advocating for voting rights. As The New York Times reported, Dole “drafted a compromise that civil rights lobbyists and liberal Democratic Senators said they could support. Dole then lobbied his Republican colleagues, especially those on the Senate Judiciary Committee, to back the bill. This section of the bill prohibited the violation of voting rights by any practices that discriminated based on race, regardless of if the practices had been adopted with the intent to discriminate or not. This amendment of Section 2 had a significant impact on minority representation in Congress.15Why did Dole work so hard on this issue?
Biden Shouldn’t Use the Summit for Democracy to Start More Cold Wars
Despite existential threats posed by catastrophic climate change (which Biden and other world leaders inadequately addressed at COP26) and an ongoing global pandemic, Biden’s new normal seems ominously leaning to a revival of Cold War politics. While dangerous, a cold war face-off between democracies and authoritarian states, anchored by China and Russia, is the establishment’s sweet spot. Current Issue View our current issueThe costs of going back to the Cold War are immense, however. A new cold war will reinforce the nationalist and militarist factions in all countries. Before America chose to lead any kind of “Summit for Democracy,” and before “America is back” to a new cold war, the country urgently needs a more serious discussion about its real security priorities—and the real challenges it faces.
What We Get Wrong About Adoption
Support for adoption is one of the most enduringly unifying issues in American culture and politics. These historical realities of adoption have never been readily incorporated into progressive ideas of adoption. Indeed, part—perhaps much—of the lure of adoption is its offer of nontraditional family building, which appeals deeply to progressive values. From this paradigm, adoption is about not just family creation but also family creativity: new ideas of kinship that can emerge as adoption allows new kinds of families to form. For those involved in the reproductive justice and abortion rights movements, some of these policy items will seem quite familiar.
Right wing steers country toward white supremacy and dictatorship
This is serious, and it is frightening.”Clardy said he could sense a white backlash building on the very day Barack Obama was sworn in as president. A Kentucky delegate to the 2016 Democratic national convention, he was in the crowd on Jan. 20, 2017. “While we’re celebrating here in Washington, folks back home are seething,” he said to a woman standing near him. Clardy is hardly alone in begging the Democrats to fight back harder against Trump and Trumpian Republicans, who dominate the party. “The country is sleepwalking its way into an authoritarian overthrow of democracy,” warned Slate’s Amanda Marcotte.
AFT takes lead on push to increase state and local tax deduction
“We’re fighting for it,” AFT President Randi Weingarten told an outdoor press conference December 8, “because working families need it.”“The first tax code in the U.S.A. had state and local tax deductions in 1913. Right now, the Trump-GOP tax law sets a $10,000 limit on combined state, local, and property tax deductions. “State and local tax deductions help state and local governments fund public services that provide widely shared benefits,” NEA’s policy proposals said. “The unfair capping of the SALT deduction results in the double taxation of working-class Americans,” the union said. The fate of the SALT deduction is tied to the fate of Biden’s BBB bill.
Biden’s democracy summit a good time to discuss ‘Bill of Rights Socialism’
These laws are designed to undo the gains made by people of color since the end of the Second World War. In the United States, our government reflects the power of the capitalist class (the industrialists and financiers). There is, however, a second type of democracy existing today, “proletarian” or “working-class democracy,” which is practiced in the socialist countries of China, Cuba, and Vietnam, among others. Democracy in socialist countries, when it functions as intended, comes directly from the people and reflects the aspirations, dreams, and hopes of everyday life. We must defend democracy in every way possible while working to broaden it in ways beyond what it is today.
Millions of acres of Gulf of Mexico could be given to fossil fuel industry
Interior Department on Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021, is auctioning vast oil reserves in the Gulf of Mexico estimated to hold up to 1.1 billion barrels of crude. “It’s basically a giveaway to the industry of millions of acres of the Gulf of Mexico so they can lock in production for years, at a time when we need to be shifting away from fossil fuel development,” said Earthjustice attorney Brettny Hardy. The Gulf of Mexico accounts for about 15% of total U.S. crude production and 5% of its natural gas. Biden campaigned on pledges to end drilling on federally owned lands and waters, which includes the Gulf. “The need absolutely continues for continued competitive leases in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico,” said Shell spokesperson Cindy Babski.
Postal Workers tell Congress to deliver postal reform before year’s end
Postal Workers are pushing Congress to deliver a major postal reform package before adjourning for the year. | David Zalubowski / APWASHINGTON—The Postal Workers are pushing Congress to approve comprehensive postal reform before the end of this year, but it appears that even the Democratic-run House isn’t listening. It would also reverse DeJoy’s slowdowns while letting Postal Workers and Letter Carriers really move the mail. “The Postal Service Reform Act (HR3076), would repeal the pre-funding mandate and enact critical reforms our union has long fought for, like protecting six-day delivery, adding cost-saving Medicare integration for future retirees, and increasing transparency in Postal Service management,” the union adds. “As Postal Workers, we have worked tirelessly to serve our communities through some of the toughest challenges this country has ever seen.
AFGE gets legal win vs. ex-Pres. Trump’s Education Department
The local represents 3,900 Education Department workers. Trump’s war included three executive orders trashing federal workers’ rights. U.S. District Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson ruled for the union, saying Trump broke labor law covering federal workers. But the federal appeals court for D.C., which handles most federal agency cases, overruled her. Welch said “no.” He also said Biden’s Education Department missed deadlines for responding to AFGE’s case, and that its reasons for doing so didn’t hold up.
Trump-Branded Executive Privilege
This time, rather than bad cologne or suspect bottled water, he’s trying to put his stamp on how executive privilege works. I do not think it means what you think it means.”The Insurrectionist-in-Chief and his accomplices who are being subpoenaed by the House committee investigating the January 6 insurrection are crying “executive privilege” and stonewalling a full accounting of what actually led to that awful day. Never mind that executive privilege isn’t an ironclad lockbox that wipes away all criminal and undemocratic activity by a former President and his cronies. Trump’s cries of executive privilege have so far lost in court, but there’s definitely no guarantee that will continue if this fight finds its way to the Supreme Court. In the meantime, go ahead, try and use executive privilege for your criminal acts, it’s all the rage!
The High Stakes of the U.S.-Russia Confrontation Over Ukraine
Since April, the United States and its allies have been stepping up their military support for Ukraine. Some of these red lines clearly lie in the creeping U.S. and NATO military presence in and around Ukraine, including in the Black Sea. Increasing U.S. and NATO military support for Ukraine may be dangerously close to crossing yet another one. If push comes to shove, Ukraine is simply more important to Russia than to the United States. Therefore, it makes no sense for the United States to risk triggering World War III over Ukraine, unless it actually wants to trigger World War III.
Midwest Dispatch: Violence Against Women Allowed to Thrive In The United States
“If you think your rights and the rights of women are somehow guaranteed, think again.”Omar is a Muslim, making her an easy foil for Boebert and others in Trumpland. The prevailing presumption, promoted by far-right activists and media profiteers, is that Muslims are terrorists by default. This is an old line of attack, as Omar frequently points out, spun from hate, xenophobia, and racism. “If you think your rights and the rights of women are somehow guaranteed, think again,” she told her wide-eyed, unbelieving students. (Let’s not forget the relatively high maternal mortality rate in this country, especially for Black women.)
SCOTUS Commission Misses the Mark
It’s clear what must be done with our captured Supreme Court. Former Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell stole two Supreme Court seats, and Donald Trump as president outsourced judicial picks to a shadowy network of organizations spearheaded by the Federalist Society. Christopher Kang, who ran judicial picks for the Obama White House, puts it like this: “You wouldn’t have a climate change commission with climate skeptics. Here we have a Supreme Court commission with people who don’t think the Supreme Court is broken.”The incentives were for the commissioners to align with the status quo and hold off on any deep, thoughtful institutional criticism. The Supreme Court must be expanded now — even if the commission is too timid to ask for that.
The Truth About Trump’s ‘Truth Social’ Network
It may come as an absolute shock to you that there is something shady about Donald Trump’s new media and technology venture that now has Devin Nunes as its CEO. Trump is, of course, shouting from the rooftops (though not from Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram) that he is creating what will be the world’s best social network—and streaming entertainment service, and news network, and whatever else he thinks of. The only problem is there doesn’t seem to be any indication that anyone is actually creating much of anything over at Truth Social or the Trump Media & Technology Group. Even before anything is actually unveiled or proven successful, the venture is valued at over a billion dollars. and of course the average investor/Trump supporter will be left with little of value.
Texas Legislators Want Planned Parenthood To Be A Medicaid Provider
Months before Texas’ near-total abortion ban went into effect in September, officials succeeded in their years-long effort to kick Planned Parenthood out of the state’s Medicaid program. While Texas officials argued Planned Parenthood patients would be able to easily find a new Medicaid provider, in reality many struggled. And in 2013, they excluded Planned Parenthood and other abortion affiliates from the state’s Medicaid-funded women’s health program, booting 50,000 low-income patients from receiving care at their preferred provider. Planned Parenthood previously served 40 percent of patients in Texas’ women’s health program. “It is evident that Texas invented a host of bogus charges to push Planned Parenthood out of the program,” she says.
Sean Rameswaram Promoted to Creative Director of Vox Audio and Co-Host of Today, Explained
Vox VPs Allison Rockey and Liz Kelly Nelson today announced the promotion of Sean Rameswaram to creative director of Vox audio and co-host of Vox’s flagship daily news podcast, Today, Explained. Rameswaram’s promotion creates the need for a co-host of Today, Explained, and Vox is also hiring for two new audio roles: editorial director of news audio and editorial director of explanatory audio. These investments in our future speak to Vox Media’s commitment to audio and what we’ve built here at Vox.”Rameswaram has hosted Today, Explained since it launched in 2018. “Eight hundred episodes in, I couldn’t be more thrilled to have finally been promoted to co-host of Today, Explained,” Rameswaram said. The editorial director of news audio will oversee Vox’s strong and growing portfolio of news audio content, including the teams producing Today, Explained, and Vox’s daily tech news short-form show, Recode Daily.
5 years of Vox, explained by our staff
But crammed into that little booth over cheap beers, I will never forget the way we spoke about building Vox. With this trust, we quickly kept getting better and better, pushing each other to new levels, so much so that what people know as the “Vox video” style couldn’t plausibly be claimed by any one person. And so we have — Explained on Netflix, Today, Explained with Stitcher, The Goods, Future Perfect, Earworm, and there are so many more, and so many more coming. Vox writers, video producers, social media managers, editors (who became writers again in that very moment), and data and visual journalists paused. Vox gives us a lot of freedom, and I feel lucky that I get to explore that on Today, Explained with these amazing, talented people.
Q&A: Senior Correspondent Dylan Matthews on Covering the Child Tax Credit
Today, families begin receiving the expanded child tax credit that was signed into law as part of the American Rescue Plan. How much of a game changer is the expanded child tax credit included in the American Rescue Plan? You’ve written that the expanded child tax credit should be made permanent. My hope is that parents benefiting from the child tax credit will raise their voices if there’s any risk of it expiring. I am not interested in reporting on the effort to reduce child poverty as though I do not also want to reduce child poverty, or have no opinions on how best to reduce child poverty.
Jonathan Guyer Joins Vox as Senior Foreign Policy Writer
Ryan McCarthy, Vox editorial director of policy, politics and society, today announced that Jonathan Guyer is joining the network. Guyer will join as the senior foreign policy writer, covering both the issues and controversies shaping U.S. foreign policy, and how those policy choices affect the world. “Jonathan’s reporting—from dissecting US foreign policy to exploring Arabic noir fiction— is truly wide-ranging and distinctive,” McCarthy said. While living in Egypt, Guyer wrote features about Arab comics, literature and culture, and edited the policy journal: The Cairo Review of Global Affairs. His stories have been published in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Paris Review, and Rolling Stone.
Vox and Vox Media Studios’ Documentary Series “Level Playing Field” Premieres Today on HBO and HBO Max
“Level Playing Field,” a four-part HBO Sports documentary series from Vox and Vox Media Studios, premieres today on HBO. The series features a range of stories that illuminate how public policies have contributed to inequities in the sports landscape and society at large. The HBO Sports presentation “Level Playing Field” is produced by Vox and Vox Media Studios. About Vox Media Studios:Vox Media Studios is one of the leading independent studios producing premium non-fiction and scripted programming for television, OTT, podcasts, films, and brand partners. Vox Media Studios is also home to the award-winning Vox Media Podcast Network and the Academy Award winning storytelling powerhouse, Epic.
Why thousands of Afghans are still on US military bases
That’s really hard.”Sadat, a former linguist for the US and British governments, is one of about 53,500 Afghan evacuees staying at eight US military installations across the country. Thousands are still navigating this limbo without a clear end date, living in barracks or outfitted tents, awaiting the resettlement process. Many had built relationships with local partners such as landlords, employers, and churches, which would help in the resettlement process. Imam Ammar Amonette, who leads the Islamic Center of Virginia, said his congregation helped donate electric tea kettles to Afghans at bases in Virginia. These military bases may be a landing pad for Afghan evacuees well into 2022.
Is ignoring the pandemic a crime against humanity?
The “crimes against humanity” charge raises a question beyond Bolsonaro, and Brazil, about how to hold leaders accountable for real malfeasance and negligence during public health emergencies, like the still-unfolding Covid-19 pandemic. “It’s hard to think of a better example than intentional mismanagement of a Covid-19 pandemic or some other pathogen. “Disease can be a weapon, and so you could certainly imagine that constituting a crime against humanity,” Bosco said. “But negligence or disinformation, that would be a harder fit.”It’s especially tricky with a still-evolving event like the Covid-19 pandemic. And it is still remarkable that lawmakers in Brazil are making the case not only that Bolsonaro failed at the pandemic, but also that some of his actions constitute a crime against humanity.
Noel King Joins Vox’s Today, Explained as Co-Host and Editorial Director
Vox VPs Allison Rockey and Liz Kelly Nelson today announced that broadcast journalist Noel King is joining Today, Explained, the network’s flagship daily news podcast, as co-host and editorial director. Vox Media also announced a partnership with WNYC Studios to distribute Today, Explained to public radio stations nationwide beginning in 2022. Today, Explained launched in 2018 with Rameswaram as host, and has released nearly 1,000 episodes. About Vox Media Podcast Network:Named by Adweek as 2021’s “Hottest in Podcasts,” Vox Media Podcast Network has over 150 active shows featuring industry-leading editorial voices and storytellers from Vox Media’s networks and beyond. Learn more about the Vox Media Podcast Network here.
Why Biden is struggling to revive the US refugee program
After the US refugee program hit historic lows during Donald Trump’s administration, President Joe Biden attempted to revive the program by raising the annual cap on admissions to 125,000. In fiscal year 2021, which ended in September, the US resettled the lowest number of refugees in the history of its refugee program. Given that there is no guarantee that the next administration will prioritize the US refugee program in the same way, the Biden administration can’t afford to squander that chance. “I think that there is an opportunity to improve the system.”Refugees and refugee agencies need more assurance from the federal governmentTo meet Biden’s refugee cap, immigration officials and refugee agency staff need stability. “The way the refugee program is set up with a lot of authority given to the executive branch has proven in the last few years to be very unstable for refugee resettlement organizations,” Soerens said.
5 things to know about the big climate conference in Glasgow
The United Nations climate change conference, known as COP26, has already been one of the buzziest meetings of its kind. International conferences are opportunities for major progress in limiting climate change. However, lawmakers are still negotiating the Build Back Better plan that would allocate even more money to slowing climate change. The good news is COP meetings aren’t the only kind of global climate action, as was evident in the past four years. And some governments have concluded that the costs of leaving climate change unchecked far exceed the costs of reducing emissions.
The lofty goals and short life of the antiracist book club
Today, just a few of the antiracist book clubs formed during the height of protests soldier on. “That’s a good question.”Throughout August and September, I sat in on three antiracist book clubs, some of them several times. As some of the country pushes back against social justice progress, the book clubs try to hold the line. “I’m now thinking about how nonwhites have experienced America,” John Vaughan of the DC-Philly book club said. She worked with her fellow book club members to raise money for various causes and get active in local elections.
How Puerto Rico became the most vaccinated place in America
Though coronavirus cases have risen across the mainland in recent weeks, Puerto Rico has avoided a spike, with cases and hospitalizations even trending downward. So, how was Puerto Rico able to insulate itself from political polarization around the virus and outpace the rest of the country on vaccinations? “The island has developed an expertise around addressing public health emergencies,” said María Fernanda Levis-Peralta, a consultant in Puerto Rico working on improving systems for public health delivery. In November 2020, before the vaccines were available to the public, the Puerto Rico Public Health Trust conducted a study in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Puerto Rico Department of Health that found that only 57 percent of Puerto Ricans wanted the jab, Rodríguez-Orengo said. Puerto Rico made it easy — and for many, mandatory — to get the vaccineImportantly, Puerto Rico made it simple to get the vaccine for free, even for people who face mobility challenges or are in medically underserved areas.
A guide to the must-read 2021 National Book Award winners and finalists
Every year, the National Book Foundation nominates 25 books for the National Book Award. —Constance Grady, book criticvox-mark Sign up for the newsletter Vox Book Club Come read with us! —Constance Grady, book criticZorrie by Laird HuntCan you capture a whole life in a slim little book? The act of filling a sack with meager possessions might seem inconsequential, but it spoke to the love, resilience, and hope that Black women summoned for survival through generations. Throughout the book, women are forced to reckon with their lack of autonomy.
The remote work revolution hasn’t happened yet
You might call the last year or so a remote work revolution, but that’s not quite right. In truth, the book isn’t really about remote work — it’s about work. Anne Helen PetersenI’d say that I’ve been thinking a lot about how the American work ethic is a fetishism of work, the process of work, and not of the worker. An individual cannot protect themselves from this larger ideological force, which is that better work is always more work. And I’m not saying that federally mandated work hours, or understanding of what good work is, has to look like that.
Biden’s plan to make your internet cheaper and better is one step closer
“It’s the honor of a lifetime to be designated to serve as FCC chair,” Rosenworcel said in a statement. It’s best known as the rule that forces internet service providers, or ISPs (Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T, for instance), to treat all of the data that travels across their networks equally. The term net neutrality was coined by Tim Wu, who, incidentally, is currently serving as Biden’s adviser on technology and competition policy. Net neutrality opponents believe the rule stifles innovation and discourages internet service providers from investing in their networks. The pandemic made it obvious that broadband internet access was no longer a luxury, it is an essential service.
Twitter is again losing Jack Dorsey, its multitasking, wizard-bearded visionary
Dorsey was in some ways an unconventional leader, and under his guidance, Twitter did things a little differently. And the company clearly wields incredible influence as the social media platform of choice for world leaders, journalists, and many celebrities and newsworthy figures. Still, despite these challenges, Dorsey is leaving Twitter in a place of relative strength compared to even a year ago. Unlike Dorsey, Zuckerberg has been rewarded by Wall Street for his relentless focus on growing his company’s profits. And also unlike Dorsey, Zuckerberg managed to negotiate unilateral control over his board from the very beginning.
Elon Musk’s imaginary world
Who is Elon Musk, really? There were all these glossy magazine covers of sexy, handsome, young Elon Musk. So the next launch of the next SpaceX rocket, we get a glimpse of Elon Musk. The packaging of Elon Musk was that he was a boy wonder. And the presumption that Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk, the two wealthiest people in the world, get to decide the extraterrestrial fate of humankind is a bizarrely regressive notion.
Did Democrats blow it on Roe v. Wade?
With newly intense speculation that the Supreme Court will overturn or gut the Roe v. Wade decision, after conservative justices sounded set to do so in Wednesday’s arguments in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, a blame game has ensued among supporters of abortion rights. But they did not reliably appoint anti-abortion justices. If Democrats can be said to have “blown it” on Roe v. Wade, that’s how they did so — by losing those hugely important elections. So by the time the Planned Parenthood v. Casey case reached the Supreme Court in 1992, the math did not look good for Roe. Trump then ended up making three Supreme Court appointments in a single term.
Why the Senate is making a one-time exception to the filibuster
The two leaders have both backed a deal that involves passing a bill allowing Senate Democrats to approve a debt ceiling increase with 51 votes. Essentially, it’s a one-time suspension of the filibuster, which requires legislation to have 60 Senate votes to pass if it gets blocked. Separating the debt limit and NDAA, and creating a one-time filibuster carve-out is a solution that allows both parties to claim some sort of victory. And during the Trump administration, debt limit increases received bipartisan backing: In that period, $8 trillion was added to the national debt, and lawmakers voted to suspend the debt limit three times. If lawmakers keep their plans to extend this ceiling through the midterms, they’ll face another fight over the debt ceiling again next fall.
What the US’s diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Beijing Olympics does — and doesn’t — mean
This diplomatic boycott isn’t a full-on protest of the games, and won’t prevent athletes from participating in the 2022 Olympics. All of this makes the US diplomatic boycott “more symbolic than substantial,” Zhiqun Zhu, a professor of political science and international relations at Bucknell University, wrote in an email. Republican Sen. Tom Cotton called the diplomatic boycott “a half-measure,” and wanted to pull athletes, too. But France, for example, has said it will not do the diplomatic boycott. In lots of ways, the back-and-forth around the boycott shows the challenges of responding meaningfully to China’s human rights abuses.
American democracy is tottering. It’s not clear Americans care.
This is a decent metaphor for the current American approach to democracy where it counts the most — at home. In theory, the Summit for Democracy is supposed to be the crown jewel of Biden’s global democracy agenda. In the United States, we are experiencing failures on both the elite and mass public level. It doesn’t look like this.”There’s a similar asymmetry on the mass public level. The party leadership has chosen a political strategy that deprioritizes democracy reform, making partisans less likely to care about the issue.
Netflix's 'Don't Look Up' is sci-fi fatalism at its most comically bleak
If an extinction-level comet ever does threaten Earth, then I imagine Don't Look Up might be something I'd want to watch. It isn't thoughtlessness that makes Don't Look Up so brutal. Like a funhouse mirror, Don't Look Up stretches and shrinks real elements from our world to the point of searing mockery. Like a funhouse mirror, Don't Look Up stretches and shrinks real elements from our world to the point of searing mockery. Don't Look Up is in select theaters, then hits Netflix on Dec. 24.
Twitter says Trump doesn't understand 'free speech'
Trump really misses Twitter but Twitter really doesn't miss him. (Months later, Trump also filed another lawsuit against Twitter in an attempt to get his account back.) The social media company says Trump doesn't understand the First Amendment or free speech, and that Twitter's rights are what's actually being threatened here. Twitter's filing again lays out why Twitter banned Trump too, saying how the former president repeatedly tweeted false information about the 2020 vote, violating the company's policies. In the days following the event, multiple online platforms suspended or outright banned Trump.
These activists refuse to surrender to the Supreme Court on abortion rights. Here's their plan.
Last week, the moment that abortion rights activists have feared for decades finally happened. But Lopez and other abortion rights activists have been preparing for this moment for years. They have no intention of surrendering to a Supreme Court decision. If they really want women in the workforce, Miller believes companies must take a stand if the Supreme Court guts or overturns Roe. If successful, it would theoretically be a bulwark against future attacks on abortion rights and access in Colorado.
Environmental Integrity 13 Oil Refineries in U.S. Released Cancer-Causing Benzene Above EPA Action Levels in 2020
That was almost three times EPA’s action level, which would normally have required an investigation and cleanup. That was almost three times EPA’s action level, which would normally have required an investigation and cleanup. Here is a breakdown of the worst cases, by state, using EPA’s adjusted annual averages:Louisiana had five refineries with benzene over the EPA action level in 2020. Texas had three refineries with benzene over the action level in 2020. Air Alliance Houston is a non-profit advocacy organization working to reduce the public health impacts of air pollution and advance environmental justice.
Poison in the Air
The result is an unparalleled view of how toxic air blooms around industrial facilities and spreads into nearby neighborhoods. Our analysis found that ethylene oxide is the biggest contributor to excess industrial cancer risk from air pollutants nationwide. In predominantly Black census tracts, the estimated cancer risk from toxic air pollution is more than double that of majority-white tracts. Dow is the single biggest contributor to hot spots of toxic air pollution in the nation, according to our analysis. But 187 other dangerous chemicals, now known as hazardous air pollutants or air toxics, never got this level of attention.
Most of the EPA's pollution estimates are unreliable. So why is everyone still using them? – Center for Public Integrity
IntroductionEngineer Jim Southerland was hired by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 1971 to join the nascent war on air pollution. “EPA believes it is important to develop emissions factors that are of high quality and reliable,” she wrote. As early as the 1950s, regulators in places like Los Angeles were using emission factors to try to pinpoint the origins of dangerous smog episodes. “That foundation is buried to such an extent that it’s not often appreciated,” says David Mobley, who worked on emission factors in the 1990s. It allows operators of power plants, for example, to choose between using continuous monitoring to measure fine particles, or a combination of quarterly testing and emission factors.
In the fall, anonymous users Zoom-bomb virtual panel about Uyghur Muslims
In November, anonymous users interrupted a virtual panel discussing the oppression of the Uyghurs Muslim minority group in Xinjiang, China. Because his account was not linked with Brandeis, Grinis explained, Information Technology Services was unable to identify those responsible for the attack, including whether they were Brandeis students. She spoke to the Justice on Dec. 14 about the panel, which Asat said she did not expect to be disrupted. Asat also received emails from three different students telling her that they had seen Brandeis students planning this Zoom-bombing on WeChat. The students apologized for not having the courage to try to stop the disruption of the panel, Asat said.
Pompeo Warns of Chinese Influence on U.S. Campuses in Georgia Tech Speech
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo used an appearance at Georgia Tech Wednesday to encourage vigilance against what he described as the Chinese Communist Party’s increasing encroachment on American campuses. “Look, they know that left-leaning college campuses are rife with anti-Americanism, and present easy targets for their anti-American messaging,” Mr. Pompeo said. Mr. Pompeo also alleged that on-campus Chinese Student and Scholar Associations are often controlled by the local embassies or consulates and used to project Chinese influence or source information. Academic freedom will be jeopardized by government intervention in university labs that are increasingly administered like corporate R&D facilities.”Read Global Atlanta’s interview with former Georgia Tech President G.P. “Bud” Peterson about the university’s objectives in China, conducted during a China trip for a GT-UCLA basketball game in 2017: Georgia Tech President: China Trip About Much More Than Basketball
How Michigan ‘games’ the welfare-to-work system
“Michigan has done everything it can to avoid spending money on needy families. So it is that Michigan has co-opted the philanthropy of third-party charities, food banks and foundations, such as the United Way, to count as the state's welfare spending. Critics see the state’s expanded definition of welfare spending as a shell game that has compromised the point of welfare-to-work programs. In the 2007 fiscal year, for instance, more than 76,000 Michigan families received cash aid, which covered more than one-in-three families living in poverty. Cheap solution, big consequencesIn 2007, Michigan also employed another tactic to avoid questions from Washington about the state’s own level of welfare spending.
Analysis: Utah is America’s most charitable state
Utah is the most charitable state in the nation, according to an analysis by WalletHub.com. The state ranked No. 5 in charitable giving (trailing New York, Georgia, Virginia, Colorado), which made for an overall No. The WalletHub analysis also found that, overall, blue states are typically more generous than red states. Most charitable states in America1.
Trump’s Taxes Show Chronic Losses and Years of Income Tax Avoidance
With the term “personal taxes,” however, Mr. Garten appears to be conflating income taxes with other federal taxes Mr. Trump has paid — Social Security, Medicare and taxes for his household employees. Fragments of Mr. Trump’s tax returns have leaked out before. Mr. Agalarov’s father, Aras, a billionaire who boasts of close ties to Mr. Putin, was Mr. Trump’s partner in the event. Mr. Trump’s avoidance of income taxes is one of the most striking discoveries in his tax returns, especially given the vast wash of income itemized elsewhere in those filings. When they got to line 56, the one for income taxes due, the amount was the same each year: $750.
These Billionaires Received Taxpayer-Funded Stimulus Checks During the Pandemic
These Billionaires Received Taxpayer-Funded Stimulus Checks During the Pandemic IRS records reveal that 18 billionaires and some 250 other ultrawealthy people received aid intended to help middle-class Americans. The wealthy taxpayers who received the stimulus checks got them because they came in under the government’s income threshold. ProPublica Read More The Billionaires Tax Isn’t NewIn response to questions, the general counsel for Dart Container wrote, “Mr. Others among the superrich also received stimulus payments the last time Congress offered them when millions of Americans were struggling. A number of the billionaires who received stimulus checks were able to report negative incomes to the IRS despite getting richer.
Donald Trump Tax Records Show He Could Have Avoided Taxes for Nearly Two Decades, The Times Found
Ordinary investors in the new company, meanwhile, saw the value of their shares plunge to 17 cents from $35.50, while scores of contractors went unpaid for work on Mr. Trump’s casinos and casino bondholders received pennies on the dollar. Mr. Rosenfeld offered this description of what he would advise a client who came to him with a tax return like Mr. Trump’s: “Do you realize you can create $916 million in income without paying a nickel in taxes?”Mr. Trump declined to comment on the documents. Instead, the campaign released a statement that neither challenged nor confirmed the $916 million loss. Trump is a highly-skilled businessman who has a fiduciary responsibility to his business, his family and his employees to pay no more tax than legally required,” the statement said. “That being said, Mr. Trump has paid hundreds of millions of dollars in property taxes, sales and excise taxes, real estate taxes, city taxes, state taxes, employee taxes and federal taxes.”
Behind China’s Twitter Campaign, a Murky Supporting Chorus
Behind China’s combative new messengers, a murky hallelujah chorus of sympathetic accounts has emerged to repost them and cheer them on. No doubt some of these accounts are run by patriotic, tech-savvy Chinese people who get around their government’s ban on Twitter and other Western platforms. But an analysis by The New York Times found that many of the accounts behaved with a single-mindedness that could suggest a coordinated campaign of the type that nation states have carried out on Twitter in the past. Of the roughly 4,600 accounts that reposted China’s leading envoys and state-run news outlets during a recent week, many acted suspiciously, The Times found. One in six tweeted with extremely high frequency despite having few followers, as if they were being used as loudspeakers, not as sharing platforms.
How Patrick Soon-Shiong Made His Fortune Before Buying the L.A. Times
“The first thing I did with the L.A. Times, I drove to the printing press,” he said. “It was supposed to be ‘John loves Lisa.’ ” FacebookTwitterEmailShopping Cartoon by P. C. VeyThe L.A. Times has long been a trophy for the city’s élite. The middle ground is vanishing, and, to survive, the L.A. Times needs a national audience. After the murder of George Floyd, in 2020, when Pearlstine was the editor, the L.A. Times Guild’s Black Caucus wrote a public letter addressed to Soon-Shiong. Soon-Shiong seems less interested in the news business in general than in the L.A. Times specifically.
Beijing Silenced Peng Shuai in 20 Minutes, Then Spent Weeks on Damage Control
Even as the censors broadly muted discussions, they were careful to leave some references to Ms. Peng. They kept Ms. Peng’s account on Weibo, but made it nearly invisible by removing it from search results. They disabled comments on Ms. Peng’s posts, and on other older articles that mentioned her name. But this time, officials tried to respond to an international outcry over Ms. Peng without acknowledging that anything was amiss. They shared the committee’s tweets and statement that said Ms. Peng “appeared to be relaxed” (but made no mention of Ms. Peng’s accusations).
Secret IRS Files Reveal How Much the Ultrawealthy Gained by Shaping Trump’s “Big, Beautiful Tax Cut”
Billionaire business owners deployed lobbyists to make sure Trump’s 2017 tax bill was tailored to their benefit. But the tax break did more than just give a lucrative, and legal, perk to Johnson’s donors. So alongside the corporate rate cut for the AT&Ts of the world, the Trump tax bill included a separate tax break for pass-through companies. In the first year of the pass-through tax break, Hendricks got a $97 million deduction on income of $502 million. Meanwhile, dozens of trade groups, including the Chamber of Commerce, are pushing to make the pass-through tax cut permanent.
Texts Show Kimberly Guilfoyle Bragged About Raising Millions for Rally That Fueled Capitol Riot
Guilfoyle replied that she only wanted to introduce Trump Jr. and had "raised so much money for this." “To Ms. Wren’s knowledge, Kimberly Guilfoyle had no involvement in raising funds for any events on January 6th,” the statement said. Untangling the relationship between Guilfoyle, Wren and Fancelli is key to understanding the financing of the events of Jan. 6. Guilfoyle, through her relationship with Trump Jr., had access to the family and a certain star power that appealed to donors. The robocall was purchased in order to satisfy the conditions of the donation, a person familiar with the transaction told ProPublica.
Dozens of Traumatized Afghan Kids Struggle Inside a Shelter That’s Ill-Equipped to Care for Them
No organization in the country is sheltering more Afghan children than Heartland at the moment. What has been happening at the Heartland shelter in recent weeks is a contrast to operations at an emergency facility for Afghan children in Michigan. The Afghan children started arriving at the Heartland shelter in Bronzeville around Aug. 23, according to records and interviews with workers. The reports don’t explicitly mention whether the children are from Afghanistan, though two shelter workers said they were. Heartland officials acknowledged the challenges of meeting the children’s psychiatric needs.
Burr’s Brother-in-Law Called Stock Broker, One Minute After Getting Off Phone With Senator
The very next minute, Burr’s brother-in-law, Gerald Fauth, called his broker. DonateProPublica previously reported that Fauth, a member of the National Mediation Board, had dumped stock the same day Burr did. The precise amount of his stock sales, more than $1.6 million, is also a new detail from this week’s SEC filings. Burr defended his actions, saying he relied solely on public information, including CNBC reports, to inform his trades and did not rely on information he obtained as a senator. Burr participated in the stock market based on public information and he did not coordinate his decision to trade on Feb. 13 with Mr. Fauth.”
“If Everybody’s White, There Can’t Be Any Racial Bias”: The Disappearance of Hispanic Drivers From Traffic Records
Louisiana State Rep. Royce Duplessis, D-New Orleans, attempted to remove the exemption two years ago, but law enforcement agencies protested. The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office did not respond to emails and phone calls requesting comment. The statute requires officers to record the race, gender and age of drivers during all traffic stops. To try to assess the actual numbers, the news organizations looked at the traffic stops by last name. A Texas state law requires officers to record the race of every driver during traffic stops to combat racial profiling.
The EPA Administrator Visited Cancer-Causing Air Pollution Hot Spots Highlighted by ProPublica and Promised Reforms
ProPublica found more than 1,000 toxic air hot spots across the country, and determined Black residents were disproportionately at risk. DonateIn an interview, Regan told ProPublica that he appreciated the urgency that the newsroom’s reporting brings to the EPA’s ongoing efforts to address environmental inequities. “It’s just not credible in this day and time to pretend that industry hasn’t taken many communities hostage and surrounded some communities,” Regan told an audience in Houston. “I want you to imagine what it was like when it was really Mossville,” Peters told Regan. “All of this is still Sasol,” Peters told Regan, as they traveled along another fence line.
Here’s Why Rapid COVID Tests Are So Expensive and Hard to Find
This was the problem that quick, cheap COVID-19 tests were supposed to help fix. But not for people in Britain, who get free rapid tests delivered to their homes on demand. The test had compared favorably with Abbott’s rapid test, and received European Union approval in June. It hasn’t worked perfectly or averted lockdowns, but advocates argue it’s better than the U.S. alternative of rapid tests being nearly impossible to find. In September, the White House announced that Walmart, Amazon and Kroger would sell COVID-19 tests at cost for the following three months.
How Steve Bannon Has Exploited Google Ads to Monetize Extremism
DonateThe content likely had no interest for War Room visitors, especially since it was interrupted every few seconds by ads. The video player running Google ads amid innocuous clips disappeared from Bannon’s website on Monday, after ProPublica inquired with Google, Bannon and advertisers. The change was not Google’s doing: Google spokesperson Michael Aciman said the player did not break the company’s rules. And Google takes a cut of each dollar from ads it places on the War Room site. At some point during the week of Nov. 15, Populist Press stopped showing Google ads — and it stopped being promoted on the War Room homepage.
A Massive Oil Spill Helped One Billionaire Avoid Paying Income Tax for 14 Years
A Massive Oil Spill Helped One Billionaire Avoid Paying Income Tax for 14 Years Phyllis Taylor’s company is responsible for the longest-running oil spill in U.S. history. It is the longest-running — and by one estimate, the largest — U.S. oil spill ever recorded, a contentious saga that prompted a recent “60 Minutes” segment. DonateIt’s been an environmental nightmare for the region — but a massive tax bonanza for Phyllis Taylor, the owner of Taylor Energy and the fallen rig. Patrick Taylor, Phyllis Taylor’s husband, founded Taylor Energy in 1979. Paying to Clean Up Her Company’s Oil Spill Helped Phyllis Taylor Avoid Taxes for Over a Decade Source: Forbes wealth estimates and ProPublica analysis of IRS data.
These Real Estate and Oil Tycoons Avoided Paying Taxes for Years
And because he reported negative income, he didn’t pay a nickel in federal income taxes over those 10 years. Carve-outs for real estate and oil and gas have withstood sporadic efforts at reform by Congress in part because there has been widespread support for investment in housing and energy. The commercial real estate and fossil fuel breaks have enabled some of the wealthiest Americans to escape federal income taxes for long stretches of time. New York-area real estate developer Charles Kushner, the father of Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, also avoided federal income taxes for long stretches of time. First, commercial real estate investors can avoid paying taxes on their gains by rolling sale proceeds into similar investments within six months.
China Unleashed Its Propaganda Machine on Peng Shuai’s #MeToo Accusation. Her Story Still Got Out.
At the same time, they activated a widely followed network of state-media commentators, backed by a chorus of fake Twitter accounts, to try to punch back at critics abroad, the analyses show. They disabled comments on Peng’s posts and on other older articles that mentioned her name. In one clip, the director of a major China tennis tournament made an unsubtle reference to the date of a tennis competition taking place the next day — Nov. 21. When the International Olympic Committee said on Nov. 21 that its president, Thomas Bach, had held a video call with Peng, Chinese state media journalists moved quickly to promote the news. Li Jingjing, an anchor with CGTN, suggested that the West was merely looking to use Peng to undermine China.
Donald Trump's Former Chief Of Staff Told A Member Of Congress He "Loved" A Plan To Undermine The Election Days Before Jan. 6
The committee revealed the information in a letter to Meadows’ lawyers informing them of their intent to move forward with contempt proceedings. Meadows' attorneys argue the subpoenas violate executive privilege and lack legislative power in an attempt to delegitimize the congressional committee. Meadows could be the third Trump ally to be slapped with criminal contempt charges for defiantly refusing to cooperate with the committee’s investigation. Steve Bannon said Trump's lawyers directed him to claim executive privilege over communications leading up to and during the insurrection. Trump also sought to use executive privilege to block the National Archives from turning over information to the committee.
Trump Lost Again In His Bid To Stop The Jan. 6 Committee From Getting His White House Records
WASHINGTON — Former president Donald Trump on Thursday lost the latest stage of his fight to stop the congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the US Capitol from getting his archived White House records. The court agreed to give Trump 14 days to petition the US Supreme Court to step in on his behalf. Trump’s legal efforts have succeeded in delaying the production of documents to the committee. National Archives officials were due to turn over the records nearly a month ago, on Nov. 12. After Trump lost the first round of the fight before a federal district judge in Washington, the DC Circuit agreed to enter a temporary injunction blocking the committee from getting the documents while Trump pursued an appeal.
Kanye West Begs Kim Kardashian West To “Run Right Back” To Him At Larry Hoover Concert
Handout / Getty ImagesAnd Thursday night was no different, with Kanye publicly declaring his hopes for winning Kim back while onstage at his and Drake’s “Free Larry Hoover” concert. Joseph Okpako / WireImageAt one point during the benefit concert, Kanye took the opportunity to sing about Kim in a very public plea to be reunited with her. Mike Coppola / Getty ImagesPerforming his 2010 hit “Runaway,” Kanye switched up some of his lyrics in a new verse directed toward his estranged wife. Lars Niki / Getty Images for WSJ. Christopher Polk / NBCUniversal / NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images
The Government Asked Us Not To Release Records From The CDC’s First Failed COVID Test. Here They Are.
Federal investigation records obtained by BuzzFeed News show how one of the most pivotal mistakes of the pandemic fell on an overburdened CDC lab with only three full-time employees. They delivered them to the respiratory virus lab the afternoon after Lu’s request, at 12:51 p.m. Eastern time on Jan. 14. That meant the CDC test newly authorized by the FDA was aimed at too small a pool of people to actually spot an outbreak. “N3 failed to verify in 36 of 48 labs that tried,” his interview notes said. Pohl did not respond to BuzzFeed News’ offer to him to review the interview notes.
‘We’ve done nothing wrong.’ EcoHealth leader fights charges that his research helped spark COVID-19
During the first 5 years of the grant, EcoHealth had sent roughly 16% of the funds to the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV). The axing of the NIH grant, in April 2020, left about a 6% dent in EcoHealth’s budget, but the wound cut much deeper. The public drubbing continued when additional FOIA requests turned up thousands of pages of documents related to EcoHealth and Daszak. An EcoHealth spokesperson gave inaccurate information about the MERS study, Daszak says. Daszak acknowledges that EcoHealth and other like-minded research groups did not prevent the COVID-19 pandemic.
Issa Rae On Friend Breakups, Emmys Regrets, & Expanding Her Empire
Elaine: We may not know Trump supporters, but we know Black people who may not vote. I don't know what I can say to change that because I now have crossed over into a different ... whatever. It's like, "OK, you might be cool and all, but you're not going through what I'm going through. Our white people get it and are open about what they don't know and what they do know. So with the music label, yes, there's only so much that I'm going to bring to the table.
Huda Fahmy Made The Muslim Antihero We’ve Been Waiting For
Huda Fahmy has never owned a light blue hijab. “People gift blue hijabs to me now because they think I want them.”This artistic decision explains the character’s sartorial calling card. Before her career in comics, Fahmy spent eight years teaching middle and high school English literature. “I want to tell these stories, at least in a way, where it’s like, ‘Hey, I love being Muslim. I haven’t always figured it out, and it’s OK.”What she has figured out is the global appetite for a brazen, reactive Muslim character with perfect comedic timing.
Sandra Cisneros On 'Martita, I Remember You,' 'The House On Mango Street,' & More
All these years later, I don’t know how I got all those details of the metro stops and the addresses [in Martita] — I don’t know where those came from. When you’re writing, people think you’re not doing anything, you’re not there laboring and screaming in pain. And you don’t know if your prison sentence is going to be three years or 10. If you’re thinking people think you’re there, but you could be in another time zone. Usually, I don’t know how to start something, and I find I start with poetic language, and my first drafts are full of line breaks.
Tyler Cameron Is The Respectful King Of Florida
At a strip mall just outside Jupiter, the Florida seaside town named for the Roman king of the gods, Tyler Cameron is holding court. Members of Bachelor Nation know Cameron as the modest but politely, persistently woke fan favorite from Hannah Brown’s 2019 season of The Bachelorette. In high school, he earned the nickname “Bam-Bam” because, he writes, he was a “bruiser.” “I was always just Tyler Cameron the football kid, Tyler Cameron the quarterback,” he tells me. Brown told Cameron not to stay the night because she worried their physical attraction would overpower their burgeoning emotional connection. There were articles written, like, ‘Tyler Cameron gives master class on consent.’” But eventually, he realized what a low bar the articles implied.
Jan. 6 panel set to vote on holding Meadows in contempt
FILE - White House chief of staff Mark Meadows speaks with reporters outside the White House, Oct. 26, 2020, in Washington. The House panel investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection says it has “no choice” but to move forward with contempt charges against former Trump White House chief of staff Mark Meadows. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)FILE - White House chief of staff Mark Meadows speaks with reporters outside the White House, Oct. 26, 2020, in Washington. The House panel investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection says it has “no choice” but to move forward with contempt charges against former Trump White House chief of staff Mark Meadows. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The House panel investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection is set to recommend contempt charges against former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows on Monday as lawmakers are releasing new details about thousands of emails and texts he has handed over to the committee.
White House official allegedly said National Guard troops would protect Trump supporters Jan. 6
A report out Sunday that recommends that Trump administration Chief of Staff Mark Meadows be held in contempt of Congress alleges he said National Guard troops would keep the president’s supporters safe Jan. 6. Despite widespread forecasts of potential unrest, Capitol police appeared to be overwhelmed by the incursion, and the U.S. National Guard was slow to respond. The report was released to support a resolution to hold Meadows in contempt. A simple majority of the House could produce a contempt of Congress citation against Meadows that would be referred to the Justice Department. Bannon left the White House in 2017 but maintained a relationship with Trump.
Miss Universe 2021: Here’s all you need to know about the history, drama and competitors of the 70th anniversary pageant
Miss USA Elle Smith, of Kentucky, will compete for the crown of Miss Universe on Sunday in Eilat, Israel. First, what is Miss Universe, anyway? "Miss Universe, specifically, is an event that should be leveraged to show that we’re all in this together," he said. She was never supposed to represent our country in the Miss Universe pageant." Watch Miss Universe on Sunday, Dec. 12 at 7 p.m.
Editorial: Fix Justice Dept. oversight to protect democracy
It unwisely allows the attorney general to shield his legal staff — and himself — from independent investigations into their suspected misconduct. But the legislation always seems to hit a roadblock — erected by the attorney general, again, regardless of party or administration. It reports directly to the attorney general, who can direct an investigation or squelch it at will. Still, it is a rare enough event that it makes headlines, giving inspectors general a layer of independence and administrations a degree of accountability. Attorneys general dislike inspectors general even more — “like the Devil hates holy water,” U.S. Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Ill., said last year at a hearing on the bill.
Jan. 6 probe and new books lift lid on Trump's final days in office
But according to new accounts and books about Trump’s last months in office, Pence simply would not say no to his boss. War with Iran, China fearedNine days after the November election, Trump asked advisers about launching airstrikes to take out Iran’s entire nuclear program. Just before the election, Milley took the unusual step of calling his Chinese counterpart to offer reassurances. “We are not going to attack or conduct any kinetic operations against you.”Beijing’s worries resurfaced after the Jan. 6 riot, and Milley called Li again. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called Milley to ask how an “unhinged president” could be prevented from ordering a nuclear strike.
[Hwang’s China and the World] Looking on New Northern Policy, from the origin
The Roh administration was stepping toward a new diplomacy with China and other former Soviet countries, then we started using the terms “Northern Diplomacy” and “Northern Policy” afterward. At the very beginning, Northern Policy was not the most representative slogan.What was the blueprint of the Northern Policy? And what was its ultimate goal?Above all, we aimed to expand our foreign network through the Northern Policy. Additionally, the consideration of unification is reflected in the Northern Policy as well. Northern Policy was “an ambitious blueprint and practice that flipped the existing inter-Korean frame” with one finger snap.
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House Resolution to hold Mark Meadows in contempt includes some telling indictors of what's sought
Mr. Meadows was one of a relatively small group of people who witnessed the events of January 6 in the White House and with then-President Trump. 35• He also reportedly introduced Mr. Trump to then-DOJ official Jeffrey Clark. 3932Documents on file with the Select Committee (Meadows production). 33Documents on file with the Select Committee (Meadows production). 34Documents on file with the Select Committee (Meadows production).
Tweets of the Week Dec 5-11 2021
So, pretty chilly, but not cold enough to where Ted Cruz had to dash off to Cancun. But the tweets here are always hot, and this week is no exception. — New York Times Pitchbot (@DougJBalloon) December 7, 2021x I understand this guy may be available. https://t.co/enuw23IASC — Dan Murphy (@bungdan) December 10, 2021x War on Christmas has really escalated. — Tea Pain (@TeaPainUSA) December 11, 2021x And somewhere in Eastern Europe, Donald Trump's 4th wife just finished her math homework.
Tucker Carlson declares war on the homeless over a tree
The Fox host openly demanded to know why the FBI’s director wasn’t dispatching a team to investigate tree arson. Carlson contends all of this is a mess because no one on the left is willing to acknowledge the real problem is mental health. Mental health funding is critical. In the 1950s, there were 550,000 beds for mental health care in America. You’re right, though, Tucker: If you want to think we have a crisis with mental health, I can agree.
Kanye West publicist pressed Georgia election worker to confess to bogus fraud charges
It notes that in September 2018, she "was secured as publicist to Kanye West" and "now serves as West’s Director of Operations." Like Freeman, Kutti and the other visitor were Black. Kutti told the neighbor that Freeman was in danger and that she’d been sent to provide assistance. According to Freeman, Kutti told her that she was going to put a man named "Harrison Ford" on speakerphone. TRUMP FILES LATEST LAWSUIT IN GEORGIA CHALLENGING ELECTION RESULTReuters could not independently confirm whether Kutti still works for West, or in what capacity.
How the coronavirus split science in two
Press play to listen to this article Voiced by Amazon PollyJust in time for a global pandemic, cancel culture came for science. Social media companies took down legitimate discussion about public health measures. The Science Media Centre has run over 200 briefings for reporters on COVID-19, but there’s never been one about the lab leak debate. Put online just weeks ahead of the U.S. election, the declaration played into a raging political debate. Nazi doctorsThe pushback against coronavirus science isn’t restricted to one side of the spectrum.
Past Supreme Court nominees’ stated belief in Roe v. Wade as ‘settled law’ increasingly called into question
Amy Coney Barrett told senators during her Senate confirmation hearing that laws could not be undone simply by personal beliefs, including her own. “I support Roe,” Collins said as she ducked into an elevator shortly after Wednesday’s arguments at the court. Market Pulse (September 2020): McConnell says a Trump pick to replace Ginsburg on Supreme Court would get Senate voteMurkowski declined a hallway interview Thursday at the Capitol and has not provided further public comment. Kavanaugh repeatedly told the senators under grilling from Democrats and Republicans that the women’s right to an abortion has been affirmed. Yet during this week’s court hearing Kavanaugh read from a long list of court cases that have upturned past precedents and questioned why the court couldn’t now do the same with abortion.
Chris Christie fired a fresh salvo at Trump, saying the events leading up to the Jan. 6 Capitol riot were 'driven from the top' by 'C-team players'
Chris Christie speaks with former President Donald Trump at a White House event on October 26, 2017. Christie pointed the finger at the "C-team players" around Trump, blaming them for the Capitol riot. Chris Christie gave his take on the events leading up to the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, calling it a process "driven from the top" and "executed by C-team players." The former governor added that these "C-team players" told former President Donald Trump what he wanted to hear. This was a driven-from-the-top process executed by C-team players.
Trump says his Jan. 6 speech was 'extremely calming'
Former President Trump said his speech on Jan. 6 which preceded the Capitol riot was "extremely calming." In an interview with Fox News' Laura Ingraham on Friday, Trump discussed the Jan. 6 congressional panel that is investigating the events leading up to the Capitol riot that killed several people, Business Insider reported. "I wasn't involved in that and if you look at my words and what I said in the speech, they were extremely calming, actually." Trump said the attack on a Capitol was a "protest," and condemned the 2020 election as the real "insurrection." Hundreds have been arrested since the Capitol riot, with many charged with assaulting the police on Jan. 6.
AP News in Brief at 11:04 p.m. EST
He was the first Fox News personality to moderate a presidential debate, doing it in 2016 and 2020. The debate he moderated last year went off the rails when then-President Donald Trump repeatedly interrupted Democratic challenger Joe Biden. Inflation is painfully high, but some relief may be comingNEW YORK (AP) — Inflation is painfully high, but this hopefully is close to as bad as it gets. And they don't see a repeat of the 1970s or early 1980s, when inflation ran above 10% for frighteningly long stretches. That should keep inflation somewhat in check, even if prices keep rising elsewhere in the economy.
US tornadoes: Recovery effort in Kentucky will take time, money and stir up fractured politics
It's just so upsetting, you know, to know that the town that you grew up in and everything, you know, memories, is all gone." Image: Kentucky's governor pledged help and moneyEven the buildings which are still standing here have lost their roofs. Kentucky's governor Andy Beshear was here today for a second day to support the community and pledge help and money. The rebuild he's pledged will take time, it will cost money, and all of this will stir the fractured politics here too. President Biden has pledged help and support.
Mitch McConnell and Kevin McCarthy Have One Brain and No Heart Between Them
It began with a confab in Schumer’s car and continued long enough for McConnell to clear the way for Democrats to raise the debt ceiling Thursday afternoon. The war between House Minority “Leader” Kevin McCarthy and Speaker Nancy Pelosi remains hot. Since neither McConnell nor McCarthy has a beating heart, and only one has a brain, it’s hard to tell how much the congressional leaders don’t like each other. To the stoic McConnell, 79, McCarthy, 56, is a whippersnapper who worked in the district office of a Bakersfield congressman when McConnell was swiftly ascending the slippery pole to Majority Leader. That’s why McConnell speaking to the opposition and “caving” on the debt ceiling, as Trump saw it, is significant.
Trump’s Dark Money Machine Gets a Makeover—and New Owners
“ Whatever your views of so-called ‘dark money’ may be, these groups are further obscuring money flows. “Whatever your views of so-called ‘dark money’ may be, these groups are further obscuring money flows,” he said. The sale also shows that the byzantine pro-Trump dark money machine is reconfiguring itself ahead of the 2022 midterms, as well as Trump’s possible candidacy in 2024. Last month, CNBC reported that America First Works has joined forces with AFPI, which is backing Trump’s lawsuit against social media companies. The IRS automatically revokes a group’s tax status if they fail to file returns for three years.
Meadows Was Deeply Involved in Fighting Election Outcome, Jan. 6 Panel Says
In the 51-page document, the committee said it wanted to question Mr. Meadows about an email he had sent a day before the attack advising that the National Guard would be used to defend Trump supporters. The committee, which is controlled by Democrats, is slated to vote on Monday to recommend a contempt of Congress charge against him for his refusal to cooperate with its subpoena. That charge carries a penalty of up to a year in jail. Before coming to loggerheads with the panel, Mr. Meadows provided more than 9,000 pages of records to the committee. The information they contained raised additional questions, the panel said.
Israel’s Bennett makes first official visit to United Arab Emirates
Israel and the UAE have long shared common anxiety over Iran’s nuclear program. “I am very excited to be here, on the first official visit by an Israeli leader,” Bennett said. It was a major visit for the Gulf Arab federation that has long viewed Iran as its main regional threat. That agreement, launched by President Barack Obama, granted Iran relief from stifling sanctions in exchange for curbs on its nuclear program. It says it wants an improved deal that places tighter restrictions on Iran’s nuclear program and addresses Iran’s long-range missile program and its support for hostile proxies along Israel’s borders.
San Francisco's vaunted tolerance dims amid brazen crimes
Politically liberal San Franciscans are used to living cheek by jowl with open drug use, feces-infested streets and petty crime. Caitlin Foster is among San Francisco shopkeepers who have repeatedly had to clear away used needles and other drug paraphernalia outside the bar she manages. The pandemic emptied parts of San Francisco and highlighted some of its drawbacks, including a laissez-faire approach by officials to open drug dealing just steps from the Opera House and Symphony Hall. Former President Donald Trump jumped in again recently, releasing a statement saying the National Guard should be sent to San Francisco to deter smash-and-grab robberies. SAN FRANCISCO SAFEWAY CUTS HOURS, CITES 'OFF THE CHARTS' SHOPLIFTING: 'AN EQUITY PROBLEM'A high percentage of an estimated 8,000 homeless people in San Francisco are struggling with chronic addiction or severe mental illness, usually both.
Granderson: Jussie Smollett is disgraced. Does he need to be imprisoned?
AdvertisementOpinion Columnist LZ Granderson LZ Granderson writes about culture, politics, sports and navigating life in 2021. “What the hell was he thinking?” Chris Rock asked the audience during the 2019 NAACP Image Awards, at which Smollett was a nominee. Smollett, who maintains his innocence and plans to appeal, is facing up to three years in prison and a $25,000 fine. When Smollett was arrested on suspicion of making it all up, it wasn’t just that goodwill that was gone. The court should force Smollett to pay his debt to society in the same manner as Schock: with cash and shame.
I-Team: ‘I knew we took it too far,’ accused Capitol rioter arrested in Las Vegas says Trump incited his actions
The FBI arrested Ronald “Ronnie” Sandlin outside of Nathan “Nate” DeGrave’s apartment near the Las Vegas Strip on Jan. 29. “Who is going to Washington D.C. on the 6th of January?” a post provided to authorities in court documents said. Investigators say Ronald “Ronnie” Sandlin was seen on video smoking marijuana inside the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. In the video, Sandlin, DeGrave and the third man are eating at a restaurant and talking about their plan. A photo submitted into evidence shows Ronald Sandlin inside the U.S. Capitol carrying a camera, prosecutors said.
Democrats’ Hispanic voter problem and other commentary
Liberal: Democrats’ Hispanic Voter Problem“The Democrats are steadily losing ground with Hispanic voters,” observes Ruy Teixeira at Liberal Patriot. “It’s not as bad as you think, it’s worse”: “In the most recent Wall Street Journal poll, Hispanic voters were split evenly between Democrats and Republicans in the 2022 generic congressional ballot. And in a 2024 hypothetical rematch between [Donald] Trump and [Joe] Biden, these voters favored Biden by only a single point. This is among a voter group that favored Biden over Trump in 2020 by 26 points.” Why? Right now, that’s not the Democrats.
Gowdy: Biden should 'switch parties' to see what 'nonstop negative press' really looks like
"Sunday Night in America" host Trey Gowdy told President Biden to "switch parties" and experience what "nonstop negative press looks like" if he's unsatisfied with the current media coverage of his administration. WHY TARGETING TRUMP BY GOING EASY ON BIDEN IS INSANE FOR JOURNALISTS: KURTZ"Democrats complaining about media coverage? "Apparently, they believe that mainstream media is too critical when it comes to reporting on Joe Biden," Gowdy added, emphasizing the brazenness of their request. "I guess you could write a story where the headline was ‘murder cases soar all across the United States but Joe Biden is not a suspect in any of them,’ Gowdy said. "I guess you could write a headline that says ‘supply chain issues resolved in time for Christmas of 2024.’"If Joe Biden Kamala Harris really want to know what nonstop negative press works like," he said, "just switch parties."
Satellite images, expert suggest Iranian space launch coming
Iran appears to be preparing for a space launch as negotiations continue in Vienna over its tattered nuclear deal with world powers, according to an expert and satellite images. The U.S. military, which tracks space launches, did not respond to requests for comment. Iran's civilian space program has seen a series of setbacks and fatal explosions plague it in recent years. Meanwhile, the Guard in April 2020 revealed its own secret space program by successfully launching a satellite into orbit. Lewis said he expects to see the space program accelerate given Raisi's interest.
North Korea’s Kim at critical crossroads decade into rule
FILE - In this April 15, 2012, file photo, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un waves from a balcony at the end of a military parade at Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang, North Korea. But as North Korea’s first millennial dictator marks a decade in rule this Friday, he may be facing his toughest moment yet, as crushing sanctions, the pandemic and growing economic trouble converge. South Korea’s spy agency recently told lawmakers that North Korea’s annual trade with China declined by two-thirds to $185 million through September 2021. “North Korea is not going to surrender its nuclear weapons, no matter what,” said Andrei Lankov, a professor at Seoul’s Kookmin University. “Instead of growth, North Korea will have stagnation, but not an acute crisis,” Lankov said.
January 6th Committee plows ahead with contempt charges against Meadows
The January 6th Committee is prepared to hold former Trump Chief of Staff Mark Meadows in criminal contempt, as the former President loses an appeal to keep his documents from the Committee. MSNBC's Alicia Menendez breaks it down with the Washington Post’s Carol Leonnig, Politico’s Eugene Daniels, and Former Deputy Security Advisor, Ben Rhodes.Dec.
North Korea's Kim at critical crossroads decade into rule
But as North Korea’s first millennial dictator marks a decade in rule this Friday, he may be facing his toughest moment yet, as crushing sanctions, the pandemic and growing economic trouble converge. If the nuclear issue doesn’t get resolved, the economy doesn't get better, and that opens the possibility of disquiet and confusion in North Korea’s society,” Park said. South Korea’s spy agency recently told lawmakers that North Korea’s annual trade with China declined by two-thirds to $185 million through September 2021. “North Korea is not going to surrender its nuclear weapons, no matter what,” said Andrei Lankov, a professor at Seoul’s Kookmin University. “Instead of growth, North Korea will have stagnation, but not an acute crisis,” Lankov said.
Sen. Tom Cotton refused to confirm US attorney nominees in Democratic states until Sen. Dick Durbin apologized for interrupting him nine months ago
Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., walks to a policy luncheon on Capitol Hill, Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021, in Washington. AP Photo/Alex BrandonDick Durbin apologized to Tom Cotton in order to confirm five US attorney nominees. Cotton disliked that Durbin interrupted him during a hearing on a Department of Justice nominee. While Durbin apologized to Cotton, he said Republicans attempted to block a vote on the nominee. Last week, Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., refused to confirm the Biden administration's US attorney nominees in Democratic states until Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., apologized for interrupting him during a committee hearing in March.
January 6 committee recommends Mark Meadows be found in contempt of Congress
The House committee investigating the January 6 Capitol riot is recommending that Mark Meadows be found in contempt of Congress after the former Trump chief of staff stopped cooperating with the panel. pic.twitter.com/qUDz5Yyp0U — Newsmax (@newsmax) December 10, 2021In a 51-page report released Sunday, the committee described a series of messages sent by Meadows to various people. The committee also identified a text message that Meadows sent to a member of Congress in November 2020 'regarding efforts to contact state legislators because, as Mr. Meadows indicates in his text messages, quote, "POTUS wants to chat with them."' In the document released Sunday, the committee outlined the questions it would have asked Meadows had he cooperated. The full House is expected to hold Meadows in criminal contempt on Tuesday.
January 6 probe, new books lift lid on Trump's final days in office
But according to new accounts and books about Trump's last months in office, Pence simply would not say no to his boss. War with Iran, China fearedNine days after the November election, Trump asked advisors about launching air strikes to take out Iran's entire nuclear program. Just before the election, Milley took the unusual step of calling his Chinese counterpart to offer reassurances. Beijing's worries resurfaced after the January 6 riot, and Milley called Li again. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called Milley to ask how an "unhinged president" could be prevented from ordering a nuclear strike.
Democratic governors worry about threat to democracy but don't see it as a winning message for 2022
(CNN) Democratic governors are facing a messaging conundrum: they say American democracy may hinge on their elections in 2022, but they're not sure they can get most voters to care. Jay Inslee, who chaired the Democratic Governors Association in the flush Democratic 2018 campaign year, has a different horseman in mind. "Democratic governors believe that every single vote should be counted and that the results should be the results," said North Carolina Gov. As attorney general of Pennsylvania, Josh Shapiro is still in court fighting challenges to the 2020 results. There is no evidence of widespread election fraud in the 2020 election.
Meadows Jan. 5 email indicated Guard on standby to ‘protect pro Trump people,’ investigators say
In other messages described by the committee, Meadows appears to have asked members of Congress to help connect Trump with state lawmakers shortly after his defeat in November. “POTUS wants to chat with them,” Meadows said, according to documents obtained by the Jan. 6 committee and described publicly Sunday evening. Though Meadows turned over thousands of text messages and emails, he has declined to sit for a deposition to discuss those messages, claiming he is barred by executive privilege. The committee and Meadows had reached a tentative agreement for him to come in for an interview, but the pact collapsed last week. Meadows' comments on the National Guard's readiness to defend Trump supporters align with concerns that have wracked investigators for months.
Meadows said National Guard would be ready to 'protect pro Trump people' before Capitol insurrection, House investigators say
Washington (CNN) Former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows sent an email saying the National Guard would be present to 'protect pro Trump people' in the lead up to the US Capitol insurrection, according to a new contempt report released by the January 6 committee Sunday night. It was just one of several new details in the report about Meadows' actions before and during January 6, as well as his role in attempting to overturn the 2020 election. The committee notes that in one email Meadows sent to an individual about January 6, he said that "the National Guard would be present to 'protect pro Trump people' and that many more would be available on standby," according to the report. The new documents come as Meadows' role is under renewed scrutiny following his decision to cease cooperating with the committee last week. Committee chairman Bennie Thompson appeared to allude to this January 5 email about having the National Guard on standby in a letter to Meadows' attorney last week informing him that the panel would move forward with contempt proceedings.
Mark Meadows said the National Guard was on standby to 'protect pro Trump people' in an email sent the day before the Capitol riot, investigators say
The resolution said Meadows sent an email saying the National Guard was ready to protect Trump supporters. Meadows stopped cooperating with the committee's investigation into the Capitol riot last week. The document released Sunday describes some of the documents and exchanges Meadows had provided, including the one about the National Guard. But the National Guard has come under fire for its slow response to the attack on the Capitol and the conflicting timelines that have been given. A lawyer for Meadows and the National Guard did not immediately respond to Insider's requests for comment.
Opinion | The Upcoming Elections That Could Shake Both Parties
Desperate to see Mr. Kemp unseated, Mr. Trump lobbied former Senator David Perdue, who also lost his re-election bid last cycle, to challenge the governor. Last week, Mr. Perdue entered the race. Both he and Mr. Perdue are staunch conservatives and fierce partisans. In his announcement video, Mr. Perdue blamed Mr. Kemp for dividing Republicans and costing them Georgia’s two Senate seats. It’s simple,” said Mr. Perdue.
Capitol rioters’ social media posts influencing sentencings
FILE - Insurrections loyal to President Donald Trump riot outside the Capitol, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington. For many rioters who stormed the U.S. Capitol, self-incriminating messages, photos and videos that they broadcast on social media before, during and after the Jan. 6 insurrection are influencing even the sentences in their criminal cases. Among the biggest takeaways from the Justice Department’s prosecution of the Jan. 6 insurrection is how large a role social media has played, with much of the most damning evidence coming from rioters own words and videos. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File) (John Minchillo/AP)
Guns aren't the problem. People like Rep. Lauren Boebert and the NRA are.
Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., and I have a few things in common. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., who don't give a damn about the gun violence and trauma we are constantly cycling through as a nation, are the problem. Founding FathersNow, I'm not about to tell you that the Second Amendment doesn't say you can't have guns, because it clearly does, and the U.S. Supreme Court agrees. We must look to our God-given common sense to solve this uniquely American crisis. And common sense begs us to do better in electing our representatives and getting rid of them when they cross the line.
Meadows Jan. 5 email indicated National Guard on standby to ‘protect pro Trump people,’ investigators say
Mark Meadows indicated in a Jan. 5 email that the National Guard was on standby to “protect pro Trump people,” according to an email obtained by the House committee investigating the Capitol riot and described in a public document Sunday night. In other messages described by the committee, Meadows appears to have asked members of Congress to help connect Trump with state lawmakers. “POTUS wants to chat with them,” Meadows said, according to documents obtained by the Jan. 6 committee and described publicly Sunday evening. Though Meadows turned over thousands of text messages and emails, he has declined to sit for a deposition to discuss those messages, claiming he is barred by executive privilege. Story continuesInstead, the committee held a closed-door deposition without Meadows present and described the questions they would have asked him.
'Weekend Update' mocks Jussie Smollett, Donald Trump but goes easy on Vice President Kamala Harris
"Saturday Night Live" addressed the trial and subsequent verdict in the Jussie Smollett trial during its "Weekend Update" segment this week. The former "Empire" actor was found guilty on five of six counts that he lied to police and staged a hoax hate crime against himself in January of 2019. "It’s the worst staged hate crime since my all-Christian production of ‘Fiddler on the Roof,’" Jost added. He was found guilty of telling a police officer he was a hate crime victim, telling an officer he was a battery victim, telling a detective he was a hate crime victim, telling a detective he was a battery victim and then telling a detective again he was battery victim. CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR OUR ENTERTAINMENT NEWSLETTERMichael Che seemed to go easy on Vice President Kamala Harris in this week's "Weekend Update."
Kanye West welcomes his four children to Sunday Service performance
Kanye 'Ye' West took to Instagram Sunday with a livestream of his Sunday Service, as he welcomed his four children to the proceedings. In the clip, dozens of singers performed in an empty warehouse with panes of light shining through, as West was seen watching from a short distance while conducting the choir. His four kids with estranged wife Kim Kardashian, 41 - North, eight, Saint, six, Chicago, three, and Psalm, two - were seen at the service. Prior to Thursday's show, West had past sought to free Hoover on multiple occasions. Hoover, the founder of Chicago's Gangster Disciples street gang, in 1973 received a life sentence in prison following a murder conviction.
Meadows Jan. 5 email indicated National Guard on standby to ‘protect pro Trump people,’ investigators say
In other messages described by the committee, Meadows appears to have asked members of Congress to help connect Trump with state lawmakers. “POTUS wants to chat with them,” Meadows said, according to documents obtained by the Jan. 6 committee and described publicly Sunday evening. Though Meadows turned over thousands of text messages and emails, he has declined to sit for a deposition to discuss those messages, claiming he is barred by executive privilege. The committee and Meadows had reached a tentative agreement for him to come in for an interview, but the pact collapsed last week. — Texts “reflecting Mr. Meadows’ skepticism about public statements regarding allegations of election fraud put forth by Sidney Powell and his skepticism about the veracity of claims of tampering with Dominion voting machines.”
Graham criticizes McConnell over debt ceiling, says GOP leaders must work with Trump
“We’re going into an election cycle where the wind’s to our back. We can’t do this again,” Graham told Wallace. “But when you look forward to this party, Donald Trump is the most consequential Republican in the entire Republican Party, maybe in the history of the party since Ronald Reagan. And if you’re going to lead this party in the House and the Senate, you have to have a working relationship with Donald Trump or it will not work.”
UK seeks unity at G7 meeting over Russia’s ‘malign behavior’
After meeting with Ukrainian and Russian officials, Donfried will go on to Brussels on to talk with NATO and European Union allies. AdvertisementAttempting to rally unity among disparate the G-7 club of wealthy nations, Truss said that “free democratic nations” must wean themselves off Russian gas and Russian money to preserve their independence. Britain, which is not very dependent on Russian gas, is a critic of the pipeline. Truss also invited ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to the Liverpool meeting, though many were joining remotely because of the pandemic. AdvertisementThe U.K. chose a setting steeped in British history and culture for the G-7 event.
Florida Democrats aim to rebound as GOP voting numbers grow
By Anthony Izaguirre | Associated PressTALLAHASSEE, Fla. — In Florida, for the first time in modern history, registered Republican voters outnumber Democrats. “We did not dismantle any operations; to the contrary, we continued to build on them,” said Helen Aguirre Ferré, executive director of the state Republican Party. Over the past decade, Republicans had slowly been gaining on Democrats, and DeSantis and Republicans had made a sustained push on registration. The most up-to-date figures from the state election agency show 5,120,076 registered Republicans and 5,095,008 Democrats. “Florida voters are choosing the Republican Party over the Democratic Party because we value freedom and liberty and reject Democrat-led government control.
Israel’s Bennett makes first official visit to UAE
Israel and the UAE have long shared common anxiety over Iran’s nuclear program. Bennett was received by an honor guard and welcomed by the UAE’s foreign minister, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan. “I am very excited to be here, on the first official visit by an Israeli leader,” Bennett said. That agreement, launched by President Barack Obama, granted Iran relief from stifling sanctions in exchange for curbs on its nuclear program. It says it wants an improved deal that places tighter restrictions on Iran’s nuclear program and addresses Iran’s long-range missile program and its support for hostile proxies along Israel’s borders.
Satellite images, expert suggest Iranian space launch coming
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Iran appears to be preparing for a space launch as negotiations continue in Vienna over its tattered nuclear deal with world powers, according to an expert and satellite images. The U.S. military, which tracks space launches, did not respond to requests for comment. Iran’s civilian space program has seen a series of setbacks and fatal explosions plague it in recent years. But the possible launch also comes as tensions again rise over Iran’s nuclear program. Lewis said he expects to see the space program accelerate given Raisi’s interest.
Russia and Turkey Scramble to Avoid Conflict. And What do U.S. Democratic Primaries Mean for Moscow?
This week on the podcast:— The leaders of Russia and Turkey meet in Moscow on Thursday in a bid to de-escalate fighting in Syria which has brought the two countries to the brink of direct military confrontation. Financial Times Bureau Chief Henry Foy joins us in the studio to discuss what is at stake for both countries. The episode was recorded and edited at CM Records Studio in central Moscow. Read More:Russia’s Syria gamble under pressure as Turkey attacks in IdlibHawks say Sanders will be weak on Russia. But Putin should fear a President Bernie
Hillary Clinton predicts Trump 2024 run that ‘could be the end of our democracy’
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is warning that the US may not survive another Trump presidency or White House bid, especially were it to come coupled with Republican control of Congress. “I think that could be the end of our democracy [were Trump to be elected president again],” she said. If he or someone of his ilk were once again to be elected president, especially if he had a Congress that would do his bidding, you will not recognise our country,” said Ms Clinton. Many political experts and analysts have taken to referring to the ongoing campaign to sow mistrust in US elections as a “slow-moving coup” being orchestrated by Mr Trump ahead of another White House run. Evidence of the plan was provided to a House select committee investigating 6 January by Mark Meadows, Mr Trump’s final White House chief of staff.
Biden’s Industry-Friendly Covid Test Reimbursements
The plan puts the U.S. far behind other wealthy countries, several of which have for months offered free, rapid, home Covid-19 tests to residents. in other countries you can walk into a pharmacy and get a rapid test for free or less than $5 but here we have to pay $25 and…file for reimbursement? “Making testing free is clearly a good idea.”Britain and Singapore both deliver free rapid tests to people’s homes, and Germany began offering all residents free rapid tests in March. The White House has yet to say whether it will cap the amount that insurance companies will have to cover for rapid over-the-counter tests. “[The] federal government should make testing affordable for everyone.”Ocasio-Cortez suggested the insurance reimbursement plan offers the latest argument in favor of Medicare for All, including #M4A in her tweet about the issue.
How America’s Official Secrets Act Ensnared Julian Assange
Espionage Act under which Assange is charged is descended from the 1889 British Official Secrets Act. The Espionage Act replaced the 1911 U.S. Defense Secrets Act , which was based on Section 1 of Britain’s legislation, the Official Secrets Act of 1889 . The language of this section of the Defense Secrets Act is in places nearly identical with the Official Secrets Act. The 1889 British Official Secrets Act says:While the 1911 U.S. Defense Secrets Act says:1889 Official Secrets ActThe 1889 Official Secrets Act was enacted in the midst of continuing unrest in Ireland and British tension with Russia over Afghanistan, hyped by exaggerated press reports of Russian designs on British India. Just three paragraphs long, the language contained in the Defense Secrets Act is closely aligned with the Official Secrets Act.
Chris Hedges: American Satyricon
Ghislaine Maxwell’s trial will not hold the powerful men involved in the Jeffrey Epstein ring accountable or challenge oppressive systems fueling male violence. And in this degraded world girls and women are easy prey for pimps, pedophiles, and rapists such as Epstein and his accomplices. This class of parasites was savagely parodied in the first-century satirical novel “Satyricon” by Gaius Petronius, written during the reign of Nero. He referred to himself in his press releases as “Science Philanthropist Jeffrey Epstein,” “Education activist Jeffrey Epstein,” “Evolutionary Jeffrey Epstein,” “Science patron Jeffrey Epstein” and “Maverick hedge funder Jeffrey Epstein.”The judicial system, for years, worked to protect Epstein. He is the host of the Emmy Award-nominated RT America show “On Contact.”This column is from Scheerpost, for which Chris Hedges writes a regular column.
Biden’s Hypocrisy Summit
With his “Summit for Democracy,” Joe Biden enthrones himself on the collapsed stage of American exceptionalism, writes Scott Ritter. Biden and his team of advisers have modeled the Summit for Democracy on President Obama’s Nuclear Security Summit (NSS), the first of which was convened in 2010, and the last in 2016. Like the Summit for Democracy, the NSS was an exclusive event, limited to 53 nations. Given the scope and scale of Biden’s ambitions for democracy, perhaps a different organizational model should have been embraced. And guess what — it worked.”It worked so well that neither El Salvador, Guatemala nor Honduras are being invited to the Summit for Democracy.
The Tribal Left’s Mirror Image of Tribal Right
I understand very well how a modern settler colonial state works and how a strong tribal identity is key to its success. Losing the PlotJews, it should go without saying, are not uniquely susceptible to propaganda or uniquely invested in a tribal identity. It is easy to point the finger at Zionist Jews for some of their outrageous, self-serving, supremacist views. Let me take a punt and suggest that Donald Trump and the rise of the white right may have made your tribal identity seem much more precious to you. A tribal left is bound to be the mirror image of a tribal right.
US Supreme Court Poised to Retract a Fundamental Right
Six conservatives on the high court are about to gut the fundamental right to abortion, writes Marjorie Cohn. By Marjorie CohnTruthoutFor the first time in U.S. history, the Supreme Court is poised to take away a fundamental right from more than half of the people in the country. Mississippi petitioned the Supreme Court for review, and it agreed to hear the case. The court should not overrule this central component of women’s liberty.”The six conservative members of the Supreme Court cloaked their intentions to curtail the right to abortion in neutral-sounding language. The Supreme Court will issue its decision by the end of June 2022, a little over four months before the midterm elections.
How Simple Stories About Politics Delude Us ? Current Affairs
Political narratives convey particular worldviews, presumed truths, or assumptions about particular places or peoples. This narrative holds the United States to be a unique country, deserving of a special place in world affairs. For decades, this basic line has come to be accepted among centrists of both American political parties. A gifted orator, he spoke of democracy and of reshaping the United States for the 21st century in ways that genuinely moved people. Finally, it is important to be aware of the tendency of national and political narratives to make us ignorant to, and therefore incapable of confronting, reality.
Why We Should Teach Kids To Debate ? Current Affairs
However, the virtue of high school debate lies not in its ability to replicate public theater or debate as a spectator sport. Current Affairs recently published a lengthy guide for high school students on “how to avoid propaganda.” In it, he recognizes the challenges facing high school students trying to discern the truth: information overload, difficult to access academic resources, declining trust in news, and expectations of dishonesty from politicians. Complete books have been dedicated to “America’s Critical Thinking Crisis.” There is little doubt that American education could better promote critical thinking. Resisting propaganda requires critical thinking skills and these skills need to be sharpened and honed with time. Of course, high school debate is far from perfect and faces its fair share of problems.
Why Democrats Fold On Everything ? Current Affairs
If there is one thing I rarely hear anyone accusing the Democratic Party of, it’s that they’re trying too hard. Democrats blame their right-leaning senators, Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema, for the delay and dilution of his spending bills. There will, of course, be those who argue (as they always do) that a victory for Republicans shows that Democrats need to abandon progressive values entirely and run to the right. Boston elected a promising progressive mayor, Michelle Wu, so we will hopefully see free transport on the MBTA soon. Democrats need to deliver, but for that to happen, there will have to be sustained popular demand for change.
Why the Military-Industrial Complex Keeps Growing and Growing ? Current Affairs
He spoke recently about the book with Current Affairs editor Nathan J. Robinson for the Current Affairs podcast. Most people have a problem with this, the idea that the armed forces, our defense system, don’t really care that much about defense. The new nuclear weapons, the VA, all of that the entire defense system. And also, I did want to discuss your chapter on nuclear war because I think that is something that is just truly terrifying. People are vaguely familiar with names like Lockheed and Raytheon, BA Systems and General Dynamics, but people need to understand more how banefully influential the nuclear labs are–the nuclear weapons labs, Los Alamos, Sandia, Lawrence Livermore, whose business model is to build and maintain nuclear weapons or think of new nuclear weapons to build.
Why Vaccine Mandates Do Not Infringe on Liberty ? Current Affairs
You either believe in individual liberty and freedom or you don’t. One libertarian manifesto sums up the basic idea in its title, Don’t Hurt People and Don’t Take Their Stuff. We are standing for freedom and against the [vaccine] mandate.” But they do have the freedom to choose. Vaccine mandates say: if you wish to be around others, you must take reasonable steps not to hurt them. I don’t want the vaccine, but I don’t have the right to run around harming people.” That should be a convention.
How The Titanic Haunts Us ? Current Affairs
Its gift shop offers Titanic hip flasks, Titanic socks, Titanic cufflinks, authentic Titanic coal in a commemorative case, replicas of the first class salad plates, Titanic Christmas tree ornaments, Titanic paperweight with miniature iceberg, replicas of historical newspapers from the day, a children’s book called Travis The Time Traveler and the Terrifying Titanic, Titanic word search and coloring books, and a plush teddy bear wearing Captain Smith’s uniform.) Perhaps the weirdest bit of Titanic nostalgia is the ongoing project to build a duplicate ship, “Titanic II,” so that people can have as close to the full Titanic experience as possible (without the part where everyone dies horribly in the icy north Atlantic, one presumes). There are no known photos of the actual Grand Staircase in the Titanic, so the one of its sister ship, the Olympic, is usually used. There was even a distinctively Black take on the Titanic disaster, as Henry Louis Gates documents. Looking back, though, it’s somewhat incredible that the Titanic disaster was not foreseen.
The Age of Imperialism is Not Over—But We Can End It ? Current Affairs
Imperialism ensures that inputs remain cheap, and thus maintains the conditions for capital accumulation. But it also underpins the fragile inter-class truce that prevails in the core states. This arrangement came under strain in the middle of the 20th century, however, as radical anti-imperialist movements gained traction across the global South. The collapse of the imperial arrangement posed a significant threat to Northern capital accumulation. The second option is that the core states could double down on imperialism.
Why Is The Pursuit of Money Such an American Obsession? ? Current Affairs
He recently joined Current Affairs editor in chief Nathan J. Robinson on an episode of the Current Affairs podcast to discuss the world of the American ruling class. RobinsonIf people don’t know your background, much of your writing focuses on the inner lives of the American elite. That’s right. Suddenly, they’re horrified because they don’t know how you’re going to qualify to be at a fancy dinner. There’s nobody on earth that doesn’t believe in money, right?
How Conservatives Manufacture Ghost Stories to Protect the Powerful ? Current Affairs
Critical race theory. But it’s clear that Republicans believe scaring people about critical race theory and “cancel culture” is a politically winning strategy. This was a highly provocative and interesting argument, and much of the critical race theory scholarship is similarly challenging. The goal is to have the public read something crazy in the newspaper and immediately think, critical race theory. One of the critics was Randall Kennedy, a Harvard Law Professor who has been arguing against critical race theory since the 1990s.
Devin Nunes sued a fake cow. And kept suing and suing and suing...
To help get a sense of the injury caused by an organic peach farmer, reporters and a fake cow, Nunes’ lawsuits first lay out what a fantastic guy Nunes is:“Nunes’ career as a U.S. Instead of really trying to figure out how Russia had mucked about in the 2016 election, Nunes was helping Trump make a case against American spy agencies. Or maybe people think of him as the guy who hasn’t held a town hall meeting for constituents in years. The cattle did not prattle; she got straight to the point:“I consider the lawsuit frivolous,” the cow wrote. As McClatchy Washington, D.C., bureau reporter Kate Irby wrote, Nunes raised nearly $1.9 million in the last quarter, and more than $3 million this year.
Cartoon: The truth about Trump’s ‘Truth Social’ network
x Vimeo Video(You can join me behind the scenes and help support my work over on Patreon!) It may come as an absolute shock to you that there is something shady about Donald Trump’s new media and technology venture that now has Devin Nunes as its CEO. Trump is of course shouting from the rooftops (although not from Twitter, Facebook and Instagram) that he is creating what will be the world’s best social network — and streaming entertainment service, and news network, and whatever else he thinks of. The only problem is, there doesn’t seem to be any indication that anyone is actually creating much of anything over at Truth Social or the Trump Media & Technology Group. Even before anything is actually unveiled or proven successful, the venture is valued at over a billion dollars.
You can survive conservative family members this holiday season with this great advice
Today’s episode of The Brief, our weekly show about politics, will be a little different than most. It’s a twin whammy: We’re not great at giving our own core a reason to vote, and we’re not great at convincing everyone else to switch to us. I think what Monica has to share could very well save your holiday gatherings if you must deal with … difficult relatives. It goes live Wednesday mornings at all the usual places, including Apple Podcasts and Spotify. A full list of places to download the show is available here.
Anti-vaxx Chronicles: Trump wrestles alligators and wears tight jeans and COVID is a #scam
There’s a reason he’s almost never worn them in public:It’s quite amazing how this asshole fat-shames women when he himself is literally obese. These are the same people who talk about taking Vitamins C, D, and Zinc to “boost” their immune system. Don’t they have an immune system to handle any pathogens that might be picked up (including after using the bathroom)? The immune system isn’t a perfect system. There’s a reason death rates have plummeted as medicine and scientific knowledge (like the discovery of handwashing) has advanced.
Anti-vaxx Chronicles: Looks like attending that anti-mask protest was ... ill-advised
Less than 1% of nurses have quit because of COVID vaccine mandates. That’s probably because that Fox News policy is actually more stringent than the one Biden has announced for large businesses. Really rich for assholes refusing to do what’s necessary to flatten the curve, then complaining that the curve hasn’t flattened. Wife died one month after her mask-free anti-mask rally, which is the usual time it takes for COVID to incubate and kill. He did, however, post his last anti-vaxx meme—that “flatten the curve” one—on Oct. 25, which suggests that he likely found out about her infection shortly thereafter.
Abbreviated Pundit Roundup: Living with COVID-19
A version of the presentation made its way to the White House chief of staff, Mark Meadows, on Jan. 5. Diplomatic pressure can encourage and promote more democratic practices, but it is not what drives democracy forward. Poor access to public services, rising inequality, and declining material prosperity can also lead to democratic decline, experts have warned. In California, younger Latinos are dying of COVID-19 at much higher rates than their white and Asian counterparts. There appear to be millions of Americans walking around who have received a single dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, who may think they are protected against whatever the virus can throw at them — and who could be sorely wrong.
Humor (with a "Who Lost the Week?" poll)
….. a bemused Brian Williams quipped:"We have products for nearly all of that ..... in just our first commercial break". One hundred years later in 2014 this statue — of a British and German soldier shaking hands and with a soccer ball between them — was cast by British sculptor Andy Edwards and named All Together Now. He also speaks of managing to meet the last surviving US service member from World War I (Frank Buckles) before his passing in 2011 at the age of one hundred and ten. each soldier strained to hearAs one young German voice sang out so clear "He's singing bloody well, you know!" "Tis 'Silent Night'," says IAnd in two tongues one song filled up that sky "There's someone coming toward us!"
Morning Digest: New Maryland map aims to target Republicans and shield Democrats from primaries
But while there's no escaping that this map is a Democratic gerrymander, it's a half-hearted one at best. The plan would shred the swingy, GOP-held 10th District and make it all but impossible for Democrats to hold the open the 17th District while pushing Democratic Rep. Brendan Boyle into Republican Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick's 1st District. Boyle reacted indignantly to the proposal, with a spokesperson accusing Street, the son of former Philly Mayor John Street, of "conspiring with Republicans to push a gerrymandered Republican map for personal political gain." ? NY-Gov, NY-AG: Attorney General Tish James on Thursday abruptly ended her six-week old Democratic primary campaign against Gov. Hutson's most prominent supporter is District Attorney Jason Williams, whose own victory last year represented a big win for criminal justice reformers.
Morning Digest: No, that Georgia poll showing a 'tied' primary for governor doesn't actually show it
Their intent here is to target Republican Rep. Yvette Herrell, who first won office last year by ousting Democratic Rep. Xochitl Torres-Small 54-46 in a rematch. He ran in 2002 for what was then the 21st District and lost the GOP primary to none other than Nunes 37-33. State Rep. Julie Fahey, though, quickly took her name out of contention. ? TX-01: Businessman Joe McDaniel has joined the Republican primary for this safely red open seat in East Texas. The office will be on the ballot next year for a full four-year term, and the winner of the September Democratic primary should have no trouble in the general election.
Morning Digest: With Devin Nunes bailing, California could see some major special election weirdness
The Times also rattles off a long list of Republicans who could potentially run, including state Sens. Meanwhile, the state AFL-CIO has endorsed former state Supreme Court Chief Justice Cheri Beasley's campaign for the Democratic nod. However, state Rep. Bobby DuBose, who finished a distant fifth, won't try a second time. ? IL-13: The Illinois Federation of Teachers, which represents 103,000 member statewide, has endorsed former Obama official Nikki Budzinski in the Democratic primary for the state's open 13th Congressional District. ? TX-01: Republican state Rep. Matt Schaefer, who'd reportedly been considering a bid for Texas' open 1st Congressional District, has instead announced that he'll seek re-election.
Voting Rights Roundup: Top North Carolina court halts filing, a sign it could block GOP gerrymanders
North Carolina's filing period was set to begin on Monday at 12 PM ET, but a three-judge panel on the state Court of Appeals indefinitely delayed filing for legislative and congressional candidates that morning. Redistricting? Alaska: Officials in Matanuska-Susitna Borough, a fast-growing community of 100,000 residents located north of Anchorage (and often known as "Mat-Su"), have filed a lawsuit in state court challenging the state's new legislative maps. Under state law, the panel was required to produce a new map by Nov. 30 but was unable to do so. Henry McMaster has quickly signed the new state legislative maps passed by the Republican-run legislature with a number of Democratic votes earlier this week. ? Vermont: Vermont's Apportionment Board has advanced proposed legislative maps to state lawmakers, though because the panel is advisory in nature, legislators are not obligated to consider its plans.
Earth Matters: Solar costs plunge, Ohio extremists seek Senate, Utah keeps fighting monuments (sigh)
The work becomes more challenging if the workplace culture does not respect people of color or see value in environmental justice work. [...] Dr. Jill Lindsey Harrison, a sociologist who focuses on environmental justice, describes how the culture of U.S. agencies hinders environmental justice work in her book,"From the Inside Out." For example, proposals for environmental justice work or recommendations by environmental justice staff were dismissed or ignored as being outside of the agency's identity or agenda. In other instances, staff criticized environmental justice reforms using "prejudiced arguments" that suggest that working class communities and historically excluded communities don't deserve the benefits from environmental justice programs. [...]Cost of rooftop and utility-scale solar and energy storage plummet: The cost of photovoltaic solar installations is measured per watt.
If Biden really wants to save America, he must devote 2022 to rallying around voting rights
Belcher pointed out that a sizable part of Biden's approval problems can be traced back to a double-digit drop among Democratic voters. In Belcher’s view, whether or not Democrats can actually pass a voting rights bill, they have to die trying, and I think he’s right. But voting rights is paramount. In my personal opinion, if Democrats wait until March to start making a big voting rights push, it will be too late. Clearing space for voting rights will also require decisive action soon on President Biden's Build Back Better bill.
3 Terms for Trump? Don’t Laugh
The base that Fox has cultivated for Trump is psychologically the same as Hitler’s base. With Trump the biggest lie is that he won the very election that he lost. Trump flirted with the idea of declaring a state of emergency in order to achieve his coup. People used to laugh at the idea of Hitler becoming chancellor of Germany too. The Australian state TV has an excellent documentary about Trump, Fox News and the big lie.
Previous guy's vaporous $2 billion company headed by a sycophantic cowpoke
Trump's "media company" is currently valued at $2 BILLION. The most detailed information we have about Trump's media company is from an investor presentation filed with the SEC. More on the mirage of Trump Media & Technology Group: Trump's new media company is a $1.6 billion mirage7. Unlike Trump's investor presentation, it's original work! Unlike Trump's investor presentation, it's original work!
Retired Army Colonel and "informational warfare" specialist lets slip that he sent the Powerpoint
Mr. Waldron said that he did not personally send the document to Mr. Meadows, but that it was possible someone on his team had passed it along to the former chief of staff. [...]But the Times reports that Phil Waldron, a retired Army colonel and one of the key propagators of Trump's Big Lie, apparently circulated the document among influential lawmakers, holding several briefings for Senators and House members on Jan. 4 and 5, respectively. Waldron, who reportedly cites a history of involvement with "informational warfare ," told the paper that he hadn't given Meadows a copy but wasn't surprised it found his way to Trump's chief of staff. "He would have gotten a copy for situational awareness for what was being briefed on the Hill at the time," he said. Former New York City Mayor and personal attorney to Trump Rudy Giuliani has also talked openly about receiving information from Waldron for his legal campaign to overturn the 2020 election, the Post reported, often serving as a go-between for Meadows and the retired Army colonel.
Did Chris Wallace Ditch FOX News Because of Tucker Carlson and Other Extremist Dirtbags?
At the end of this week's episode of Fox News Sunday, host Chris Wallace announced that this broadcast would be his last. That is if Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson don't pull rank over the weak-kneed Fox News executives who cower before them. Speaking of Tucker Carlson, there are good reasons to suspect that he might have given Wallace a shove out the door. After the airing of Carlson's false flag crocumentary, "Patriot Purge," Wallace complained to Fox News executives, Suzanne Scott, Fox News Media CEO, and Jay Wallace, President of News. In addition to Wallace exiting Fox News, the network has another open primetime weekday slot at 7:00pm.
Why did Chuck Grassley expect Pence's absence from the Capitol on 6 January?
And Hawley, Cruz, and Tuberville were likely aware what the plan was"Was Pence worried he’d get “disappeared” on Insurrection Day? The Meadows Power Point was presented on the hill on 4 January and on 5 January Grassley was confused about Pence “not being there”. WHAT IN ACTUAL FUCK IS GOING ON— who disabled Mike Pence's access cards on Jan 6? As Eastman and Trump pressure Pence and Pence's aides/lawyers, the rest of the Trump WH is in full-steam ahead mode that same day. At the end of the day, Trump isn't looking to these docs to make his case.
The Donald Trump and Bill O'Reilly Fake 'History' Tour is the Biggest Flop of the Season ?
The event was billed as the "Trump/O'Reilly History Tour." But anyone who has followed these empty-headliners knew that it would be to history what tofu is to steak. Both Trump and O'Reilly had moments wherein they displayed their utter disgust for America. While discussing his record on foreign relations, Trump admitted that the world leaders he “got along best with were tyrants. And when the media that both of them despise was brought up, Trump suggested suppressing free speech with tougher libel laws.
Trump tore up nuclear deal, and now Iran's closer than ever to getting nukes. Can Biden fix this?
The JCPOA radically altered Iran’s nuclear capabilities. However, the Iranians gradually began breaking through the treaty’s limitations on their nuclear program, and by early 2020 started to all but ignore them. (To clarify, Israel has a vested interest in preventing a country from gaining nuclear weapons that has called for it to be destroyed or annihilated on various occasions. The issues surrounding Iran and nuclear weapons are incredibly complicated. One thing, however, is quite simple: That country is much closer to having nuclear weapons now than it was when President Obama left office.
Torrance cop scandal over racist texts mere tip of bigotry iceberg within nation’s law enforcement
German has written frequently in recent years on the increasing presence of bigoted extremists within the ranks of law enforcement, and how it has toxified police culture and the resulting law enforcement treatment of minority communities. But there are facts that can't be dismissed that indicate racism is far too common in today's law enforcement culture,” German told Daily Kos via email. Of course, similar scandals have been uncovered in police agencies across the country, including federal law enforcement agencies. In 2020, an officer with the Austin, Texas, police department was fired over racist texts he exchanged with fellow officers. In May 2021, Lansing, Michigan, police fired an unnamed officer for sending racist texts to his coworkers.
Little has changed for immigrants and advocates protesting detention and immigration policies
In apparent retaliation, ICE suspended visitations and turned away legal representation and community members who could expose the medical neglect inside the facility. Advocates stressed that current policies are also trying to block their attempts to provide more direct support to immigrants and gather accurate information. The harassment of immigration advocates has been amply documented since the Obama presidency. Lawmakers are also pressing the Biden administration to cancel ICE contracts in order to stop abuses against immigrants who speak out. “Detainees have also reported retaliation after reporting sexual assault.”For some, the solution is to eliminate immigration detention altogether, holding that the practice is an inherently extreme and unnecessary measure.
US: Fight Continues for Open Technology Fund's Independence
The Open Technology Fund is a contemporary implementation of Senator Benton’s efforts. Open Technology Institute is a multi-faceted technology policy and advocacy program based in Washington, DC under the broader New America Foundation umbrella. Media, Open Technology Fund, Nov. 22, 2019, at 1, https://www.usagm.gov/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/FINAL-USAGM- OpenTechnologyFund-11-22-19.pdf. Media, Open Technology Fund, Nov. 22, 2019, at 1, https://www.usagm.gov/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/FINAL-USAGM- OpenTechnologyFund-11-22-19.pdf. [24] Letter to Congress: Regarding the Independence and Community Trust of the Open Technology Fund, MEDIUM (July 22, 2020), available at https://medium.com/@community.space/open-letter-re-the-independence-and- community-trust-of-the-open-technology-fund-893db83f7714.
Trump cuts aid for pro-democracy groups in Belarus, Hong Kong and Iran
The Trump administration has stopped vital technical assistance to pro-democracy groups in Belarus, Hong Kong and Iran, which had helped activists evade state surveillance and sidestep internet censorship. It provides daily help to pro-democracy movements in installing and maintaining them, with the aim of staying at least one step ahead of the state. “They want to demonstrate that as many people as possible are returning back to their countries,” one of the affected VOA journalists said. At Thursday’s committee hearing, Pack was lambasted for echoing the language authoritarian regimes use to justify imprisoning journalists. “To assert that spies from foreign intelligence agencies have infiltrated the establishment,” Ryan Crocker, a former USAGM board member.
Hedges: American Satyricon
And in this degraded world girls and women are easy prey for pimps, pedophiles, and rapists such as Epstein and his accomplices. This class of parasites was savagely parodied in the first-century satirical novel “Satyricon” by Gaius Petronius, written during the reign of Nero. There is a photo of a naked man on a leash held by a female American soldier. She excoriated the left, who railed against the excesses of capitalism, while ignoring the capitalist exploitation of girls and women. But we can’t do it unless half of the human population, girls and women, are at our side.
MWW?s Kempner Is Staunch Clinton Supporter - Fri., Apr. 1, 2016
MWW Group’s Michael Kempner, a staunch supporter of Hillary Clinton, who is shown with him on Kempner’s Facebook page, may get a greater role if she wins the Democratic presidential nomination. It has yet to submit its entry of staff and accounts for the 2016 O’Dwyer’s online Directory of PR Firms which was due Jan. 1, 2016. Citing "privacy," she would not give the names of the two women shown in the photo with Clinton and Kempner. Huma AbedinSuch political activism by a PR firm CEO is almost unheard of. Cohen in 2013 was chair-elect of PR Society of America.
Biden ending US support for Saudi-led offensive in Yemen
The reversal of policy also comes as a rebuke to Saudi Arabia. Saudi state media focused on that part of Biden’s announcements Thursday. The Houthis have launched multiple drone and missile strikes deep into Saudi Arabia. The weeks-old Biden administration has made clear that shifting its stance toward the Yemen war, and toward Saudi Arabia over the Yemen offensive and other rights abuses, was a priority. A career foreign service member, he has served in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and other countries in the Middle East and elsewhere.
US State Department approves $650m potential missile deal for Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia served two five-year terms on the UN Human Rights Council in the decade up to 2020, and the ambassador praised the Kingdom’s record in advancing the cause of human rights. “Inside Saudi Arabia, we have progressed our commitment to all human rights and to the rule of law, to the participation in international treaties and agreements. So, we have proven to be a committed member of the Human Rights Council,” he said. On two other issues that have risen to the top of the UN global agenda — climate change and the response to the pandemic — he said that Saudi Arabia was playing a leadership role. “Saudi Arabia has taken a leading role, especially when it was chair of the G20, towards allocating funds and allocating vaccines to the developing countries.
Joe Biden’s approval ratings are worse than every recent president -- except 1 -- at this stage
Biden’s numbers have fallen precipitously in Gallup polling over the last several months. The real danger in Biden’s current approval rating doldrums is for his party’s candidates in the coming midterm election. If a president’s approval rating is under 50%, his party loses an average of 37 seats in the House. In 2010, Obama’s approval rating had dipped to 45% and Democrats lost 63 seats (and the majority). But at this moment, Biden’s approval rating struggles put his party in a dire political position -- and one they have limited ability to control.
Jeffrey Epstein’s Sick Story Played Out for Years in Plain Sight
A couple of years ago, I was interviewing a former senior White House official when the name Jeffrey Epstein came up. He’d cut the non-prosecution deal with one of Epstein’s attorneys because he had “been told” to back off, that Epstein was above his pay grade. “He’s sensitive about the young women,” Carter told me at the time. ”We, the public, had access to all this information as it played out over the years in plain sight. One of the young women who spoke to me 16 years ago emailed Monday evening.
Brazil's Bolsonaro: Only God will remove me from power
There was a large police presence in Brasilia where threats made by some of the president's supporters to storm the Supreme Court had led to fears that Brazil could see similar scenes to those that played out on 6 January in Washington DC, when supporters of President Trump surged past barricades into the US Capitol.
Opinion – Biden’s Blunder on Ethiopia
It held military parades, declared Tigray a de facto state, and threatened to separate Tigray from Ethiopia. The Biden administration claims to support democracy, peace, and national unity in Ethiopia. Ethiopia’s vulnerability is considerable, and it is this leverage that the Biden administration has exploited to pressure, undermine, and threaten the democratically elected government of Ethiopia. It seems that the Biden administration hasn’t learned from US misadventures in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, and Syria, and seems ready to repeat the same mistake in Ethiopia. By supporting the TPLF, the Biden administration has alienated the majority of the Ethiopian people, both in Ethiopia and in the diaspora.
US: Aid Pause to Ethiopia No Longer Linked to Dam Dispute
By CARA ANNA, Associated PressNAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The United States says it has decided to “de-link” its suspension of millions of dollars of aid to Ethiopia from that country’s dispute with Egypt over a massive hydroelectric dam project. The State Department said humanitarian assistance remains exempt from the aid suspension. Ethiopians were furious after former President Donald Trump last year directed the suspension of aid to their country in a rare example of his direct involvement in an African issue. Ethiopia had left a U.S.-led attempt to mediate the dispute with Egypt, alleging bias. Trump also caused an uproar by saying downstream Egypt would “blow up” the dam project that Cairo considers an existential threat.
In Media’s Looking Glass, US Doesn’t Threaten Iran But Merely Responds to Iranian Threats
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that, you guessed it, “all options” are on the table against Iran, including military ones. Rather than being the debatable claims of US officials, these “Iranian and proxy threats” are presented as flat descriptions of reality. The US also took aim at Iranian oil by effectively ordering countries worldwide to stop buying Tehran’s oil or face sanctions of their own. The article says that the US is “counter[ing]” the Iran “threat,” but offers no concrete evidence of such a threat. Iran is a threat to US interests in the sense that Iran is a barrier to full-spectrum US domination of the Middle East.
Fighting in Ethiopia threatens US security interests
Its descent into horrific, unconscionable violence — in Tigray, as well as other parts of the country — threatens the broader region’s security. If unresolved, it will impose steep costs on the international community as it struggles to manage the pandemic and complex crises elsewhere. The United States and the African Council members — Kenya, Niger and Tunisia — should insist on adding Ethiopia to the agenda. The international community has to increase the costs to Ethiopia, Eritrea and the Tigrayan People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) for continuing the killing. He is a former national intelligence officer for Africa, and he served at the National Security Council and Central Intelligence Agency.
Strange New World, Same Old Blues
the latest D-Wave wafer of quantum processors and TIME cover story(Image by jurvetson) Details DMCAStrange New World, Same Old Blues by John Kendall Hawkins They're coming for our youth. Much of the book is about how technologies are being developed that will redefine how people interact with the world around them in new material dimensions. Malcolmson's judgement on the ethics of youth is shared by Cohen and Schmidt: Children should be herded not the scene. ("Crisis in the Humanities," unpublished paper, 1985)The Age of the AI would probably have broken his old surrealist's heart. Had those postals been included in the final state vote tally during the primary, Tio Bernie woulda won, says Palast.
Trump Has Already Laid the Groundwork to Subvert the 2024 Election
"Donald Trump and the Republican Party have laid the groundwork for assuming the U.S. presidency regardless of the result of the 2024 election, and if they choose to pursue this plan, most of the conditions they would need to execute it are already in place. "If this sounds outrageous, please read on, keeping in mind that the presidential election is determined by the slates of electors that states send Congress for certification."
QuickLink: Why the Media Needs a True Reckoning about Serving the Public Good by Thom Hartman
"These are dangerous times, and news organizations putting profits over democracy is a sure path to America ending up like Hungary with a corrupt, strongman “conservative” running the country.Donald Trump — the most corrupt president in our history — is getting better press right now (and has for 6 years) than Joe Biden, who is working to restore democracy and sanity to our country. Where the hell did this come from?The fact is that our media, particularly our broadcast media, is a business that profits when its viewership and listenership goes up. And Donald Trump, who NBC paid millions to train as a reality TV star, is walking, talking clickbait."
The New Guard: Ten political journalists reflect on starting their careers during the Trump era and look ahead to what c
The New Guard(Image by CJR) Details DMCAThis piece delves into the difficulties young journalists face starting out in the Trump era, with all its distrust of the "fake media." An often refreshing read away from the usual mainstream news or tailored selections I make during a week is the Columbia Journalism Review. It's produced by the university. And its job is to step back and look at how the MSM is doing its reporting -- from a journalistic POV, rather than a "pundit" POV. It's a healthy reminder that there are rules to the game and CJR is there to show where and how reports went well or were disastrous.
Tomgram: Robert Lipsyte, Cheering Through the Moral Drift
Simply sign up for a Advocate premium membership and you'll automatically see this data on every article. At the time, I was still watching on the black-and-white TV we had only had for a little over a year then. I consider all this the upshot of what appears to be a shift in the very nature of fandom, a moral drift. The Fall ClassicA milestone of the current moral drift was the World Series just past. Baseball, losing popularity lately, depends on them, especially to reel in the "cool" Black audience so important to current pop culture and style.
QuickLink: Pro-Trump counties now have far higher COVID death rates : NPR
Republican Elephant & Democratic Donkey - Icons(Image by DonkeyHotey) Details DMCASince May 2021, people living in counties that voted heavily for Trump during the last presidential election have been nearly three times as likely to die from COVID-19 as those who live in areas that went for now-Pres. NPR looked at deaths per 100,000 people in roughly 3,000 counties across the U.S. from May 2021, the point at which vaccinations widely became available. People living in counties that went 60% or higher for Trump in November 2020 had 2.73 times the death rates of those that went for Biden. Counties with an even higher share of the vote for Trump saw higher COVID-19 mortality rates. In October, the reddest tenth of the country saw death rates that were six times higher than the bluest tenth, according to an independent health care analyst.
10 Contradictions That Plague Biden's Democracy Summit
President Biden's virtual Summit for Democracy on December 9-10 is part of a campaign to restore the United States' standing in the world, which took such a beating under President Trump's erratic foreign policies. Of course, these U.S. allies were not invited to the Democracy Summit that would be too embarrassing. Former UN special rapporteur Alfred de Zayas has blasted the United States for engaging in "economic warfare" and compared its illegal unilateral sanctions to medieval sieges. This gross violation of human rights continues, with most of the 39 remaining detainees never even charged with a crime. The United States enjoyed great wealth and international power under the UN system it devised.
China: Managed Competition
The rise of an aggressive People's Republic of China is one of the key security issues that confronts our country. Although some decoupling might be desirable (our shortage of ventilators in the Covid-19 pandemic), Rudd's alternative is extensive: "managed strategic competition would involve establishing certain hard limits on each country's security policies and conduct but would allow for full and open competition in the diplomatic, economic, and ideological realms. Rudd gives us a vision of what a future China policy might entail: "Washington must return to strictly adhering to the 'one China' policy, especially by ending the Trump administration's provocative and unnecessary high-level visits to Taipei. Similarly, China and Japan could cut back their military deployments in the East China Sea by mutual agreement over time." Washington should support the idea of a democratic republic and human rights while China would support authoritarianism.
Iran's Foreign Policy, Economy and the Negotiations in Vienna
Iran Foreign Minister(Image by Bing) Details DMCAThe Iranian delegation of playing hard ball was just that, a "playing act". They speculated that since the negotiations are going bad the value of foreign currency would cause further devaluation of Iranian money and additional increase in value of Dollars. During last week the value of American Dollars increased from 270.000 Rials (Iranian money) to 310,000 Rials. Iran's New Foreign SecretaryIran's new foreign minister, Hussein Amir-Abdollahian, was hand-picked by the supreme leader Ali Khamenei and is also seen as being a true follower supreme leader's philosophy. Although, most countries have sent a handful of diplomats to the negotiations in Vienna, Iran has sent a 40-member strong team.
Which countries are sovereign, truly their own masters?
When it comes to sovereignty which countries are truly their own masters? Also notice no European country is listed as sovereign (my reasoning only) and for good reason. Then there's NATO, the cold war relic that should have disbanded after the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991. NATO now includes some 30 countries including the former Soviet Baltic states of Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia. This is certainly countries asserting their economic independence if not full sovereignty over their foreign affairs.
Elections: Is There Light at the End of the "Big Lie" Tunnel?
The phenomenon stretches back into the 19th century -- most famously the 1876 presidential election, which was arguably stolen from Democrat Samuel J. Tilden on behalf of Republican Rutherford B. Hayes. Of the six presidential elections since 2000, at least four have generated loud claims of fraud. That could be a very good thing, as long as we don't replace elections with monarchs or other rulers for life. The best solution to the perceived problems of election "rigging," election "meddling," etc., isn't to resign ourselves to dictatorship, or even to seek more trustworthy elections. It's to cut the power of government down so much that elections become too unimportant to bother "rigging" or "meddling in."
Phil Waldron, backer of Jan. 6 PowerPoint, says he met with Mark Meadows, briefed lawmakers
Philip Waldron, a retired U.S. Army colonel, attended an Oval Office meeting with Trump and had multiple conversations with the White House chief of staff. The role played after the election by Waldron is another example of how the president aligned himself with a cast of fringe personalities as he worked to sabotage the U.S. democratic process. Meadows turned over an email regarding a 38-page PowerPoint presentation “that was to be provided ‘on the hill’,” titled “Election Fraud, Foreign Interference & Options for 6 JAN.” Waldron shared the this with the hosts of a conservative podcast and an online talk show later in January and discussed parts of it in interviews with them. " Incredible!!!
Migrant Families Confront Deepening Housing Crisis Under COVID-19
For Migrant Families, COVID-19 Made Precarious Housing Much WorseAs the national lockdown went into effect in March 2020, Susana, a Latina woman in her early 60s, was living alone on the Northside of Minneapolis. Sometimes, to help contribute to the household income, Susana would cook large batches of food to sell to her neighbors. Susana was permanently stressed and anxious, not just for her family but the broader immigrant community in Minneapolis. But much like every other socio-economic inequality, COVID-19 exacerbated the discrepancies between the housing of the working poor and everyone else. Indeed, the reverberations of The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 (PRWO) continue to haunt working-class, migrant families.
Baltimore museum workers are fighting for a ‘wall-to-wall’ union
Workers across departments are fighting to form a wall-to-wall union with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. Matt Papich: I’m Matt Papich. Laura Albans: I’m Laura Albans. I make that analogy by way of asking if we could drill down on the BMA and museum workers. Not just those who need the union desperately, but to the management, who I actually think really needs our union desperately as well.
The death penalty is a barbarous stain on our humanity
I noticed that there was only a few states that actually overwhelmed the death penalty system, but where’s the death penalty being practiced at now, in the United States? Especially wrestling with the Vatican who supported the death penalty for 500 years or maybe more. And I see how, in some cases, the Bible has been used by public officials to justify the death penalty. And you know the death penalty is not just a death penalty, that it’s the practice of torture. And then in whatever state they’re in, if the death penalty is in that state, get involved in ending the death penalty.
Biden ‘fights’ climate crisis with kid gloves on
They won the right for oil drilling leases and sales on public lands. Then the Biden administration announced it will conduct those sales, while still appealing. When Biden took office, he announced his leasing moratorium on drilling oil and gas on publicly held lands. When Louisiana and 12 other Republican-led attorneys general pushed back against this and sued the Biden administration in court over this, they were successful. On the other hand, people are saying this gives more room for the Biden administration and Haaland at Interior to fight back legally, to say no.
How do you fight voter suppression? Grassroots organizers in Wisconsin have an answer
In the 2016 election, Wisconsin’s Republican voter ID law suppressed 200,000 votes in a state Donald Trump won by 22,000 votes. Jaisal Noor: The biggest obstacle to voting in Wisconsin is the state’s voter ID law that had a direct impact on the 2016 election. Jaisal Noor: But that changed in 2011 when Wisconsin passed a voter ID law among other voter suppression efforts, says Robert Kraig of Citizen Action of Wisconsin. But the pandemic, voter ID laws, and other voter suppression efforts resulted in stagnant turnout among Black voters in Milwaukee. The John Lewis Voting Rights Act would ban gerrymandering and discriminatory voting laws like Wisconsin’s voter ID.
‘Like a teenager promising to clean their room in 30 years’: Biden net-zero climate goal for 2050 ridiculed
Progressive climate campaigners on Wednesday overwhelmingly called US President Joe Biden’s plan for the federal government to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 an inadequate attempt to address the worsening climate emergency. Instead, the White House continues to approve new drilling and fracking projects on public lands, and just conducted a massive sale of offshore drilling leases in the Gulf of Mexico. “This is like a teenager promising to clean their room in 30 years,” Snape added. We can’t get there by allowing fossil fuel extraction on public lands & adding pipelines. “Biden cannot make an announcement like this and also reopen oil and gas leasing, nor approve more oil and gas permits on federal lands.
The West’s diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Olympics has nothing to do with human rights?
Because the governments of Canada and the United States exhibit contempt for human rights on an almost daily basis. Earlier this year, US-based Human Rights Watch joined with Israeli human rights groups B’Tselem and Yesh Din in accusing Israel of committing apartheid, the second-worst crime against humanity after genocide. Of course, these crimes in no way excuse human rights abuses committed by America’s official enemies. At the end of the day, further independent investigation of the human rights situation in Xinjiang is plainly warranted. Again and again, Canada’s government has invoked human rights to mask its true foreign policy objectives.
As More Info Emerges on Omicron, Trump’s Old COVID Lies Continue to Kill People
A lot of Trump’s people at that time fully believed his negligently homicidal claims about that corner, and many of them still do. Omicron has been confirmed in 66 countries all over the world and in 22 U.S. states. COVID experts are laying themselves out trying to answer a number of pressing questions: How transmissible is Omicron? There are also suggestions that the symptoms of Omicron could be “mild” in comparison to those of Delta or the original strain. I stand in dread of the body count to come between then and now, if “then” ever comes at all.
How Big Oil Rigs the System to Keep Winning
Long before Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein exposed the Watergate scandal, Tarbell’s reporting broke up the Standard Oil monopoly. In 19 articles that became a widely read book, History of the Standard Oil Company, published in 1904, she exposed its unsavory practices. Indeed, it was the breakup of Standard Oil that tripled his wealth and made him the wealthiest man in the world. In 1916, five years after Standard Oil was broken up, Rockefeller became the world’s first billionaire. One of the offspring of Standard Oil was Esso (S-O, spelled out), which later launched one of the most successful advertising campaigns in history.
“Your Debt Is Someone Else’s Asset”: Calls Grow to Keep Student Loan Moratorium
As calls grow for Biden to extend the moratorium on student debt, we speak with the Debt Collective’s Astra Taylor and feature her new film for The Intercept, “Your Debt Is Someone Else’s Asset,” animated by artist Molly Crabapple. During his campaign, Biden vowed to cancel federal student loan debt and fix the “broken” student loan system. Abolishing medical debt, back rent and student loans would free up money now spent on debt servicing for other things. Research estimates that canceling student debt alone would boost the economy by up to $108 billion a year and create a million jobs. For families who have student debt, the racial wealth gap between Black and white families swells to 20 to one.
Appeals Court Deals a Blow to Trump’s Privilege Claims Over January 6 Docs
On Thursday, a federal court denied an appeal from Donald Trump, ruling that the former president’s executive privilege claims — which he used to justify his refusal to release documents requested by the January 6 select committee — are unwarranted and improper. Biden officially rejected Trump’s executive privilege claims in October. As a former president, Trump had to demonstrate that his interests or the interests of future presidents were at risk, which he failed to do. Notably, the court recognized that the executive and legislative branches of government were in agreement on the matter. The former president can appeal the ruling to the entirety of the D.C. District Court, seeking what is called an en banc ruling.
House Passes Bill to Prevent Future Blatant Corruption in Reaction to Trump
On Thursday, the House passed a bill that will place restrictions on presidential power, aimed at rooting out blatant and continuous corruption like that of former President Donald Trump. In what seems to be a direct rebuke to Trump, the bill requires presidential candidates to disclose their tax returns. Trump continuously utilized his presidential power to force political allies and foreign dignitaries to stay at his hotels, which he refused to divest from despite blatant conflicts of interest. Trump currently faces many civil and criminal cases; the bill would also suspend the statute of limitations for sitting presidents’ federal crimes. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-California), who introduced the bill, wrote in The Washington Post that similar anti-corruption bills have precedent in Congress.
Israel’s Hard-Line Position Is Sabotaging US-Iran Negotiations
Regardless of the negotiations’ outcome, Israel says that it reserves the right to take military action against Iran. Had Iran retaliated proportionately, the United States might have backed up Israel, with the conflict spiraling into a full-blown US–Middle East war. The United States is also readying for the possibility of violence. If the United States and Iran are not able to reach an agreement, the worst-case scenario will be a new US–Middle East war. One would think that Israel, which receives $3.8 billion annually from the United States, would feel obligated not to drag the United States and their own people into such a disaster.
Trump’s Revenge Against Georgia Republicans Could End Up Boosting Stacey Abrams
Earlier this week, Donald Trump unleashed a civil war within the Republican Party in Georgia. Brian Kemp — whose campaign against Stacey Abrams two years earlier was about as Trumpian as one could get — also refused Trump’s appeals not to sign off on the Georgia results. Since then, Abrams has created two organizations to encourage voter participation, including, most recently Fair Fight Action. The Perdue-Kemp fissure, and Trump’s stirring of the GOP rage-pot, could end up boosting Abrams, even if the Democratic Party nationally takes a beating. An Abrams victory would be huge nationally, making it that much harder for a Trumpified GOP to overturn election results in 2024.
Native People in California Are Fighting Water Policies That Imperil Salmon
Salmon and drinking water supplies were threatened as a result of poor water policy and an outdated water rights system. The state has yet to take any action for these violations and is currently considering another plan to violate state water quality laws. Almost all of the juvenile Klamath salmon died in the Klamath River from a disease called Ceratonova shasta, or C. shasta. This plan threatened future water releases for the Trinity and Klamath salmon and drinking water sources. We are prepared to continue our fight and keep Trinity River water in the Trinity River system.”By the time the water year was over in October the Trinity River’s reservoirs carry over storage was drained to last than 29 percent.
Landfills Belch Climate-Warming Methane. Even the EPA Doesn’t Know How Much.
At the recent COP26 climate summit, the United States and European Union led 100 countries in signing a pledge to slash methane emissions by 30 percent over the next decade. Trapping methane from landfills could help the U.S. keep its word, environmentalists say, but there’s a big problem: We don’t actually know how much methane and other pollutants are being belched by landfills into the atmosphere in the first place. The EPA reports that municipal landfills were responsible for 15 percent of U.S. methane emissions in the 2019, which is roughly equivalent to the greenhouse gas emissions from 21.6 million cars on the road for a year. Federal law requires larger emitters to install gas collection systems, and some landfills even trap methane to generate electricity. The EPA proposed an update to the emissions model in 2009, but the proposal was never finalized or implemented, the groups said.
A Key Founder of Critical Race Theory Discusses the Right-Wing Panic Over It
Critical race theory (CRT) has become a new bogeyman in conservative circles in the United States. Richard Delgado: CRT stems from critical legal studies and, a little before that, the Frankfurt School of Critical Theory, which is most closely associated with the work of Max Horkheimer, Theodor W. Adorno, Erich Fromm and Herbert Marcuse. My book with Jean Stefancic, Critical Race Theory: An Introduction, describes these intellectual origins. As a self-aware, cohesive movement, CRT began when a small group of scholars of color asked the Conference on Critical Legal Studies to include a panel on race at their 1986 conference in Los Angeles. CRT is primarily a graduate field of law and legal studies.
Saudi Arabia Arms Sale Is One of Biden’s Many Militaristic Actions in First Year
These arrangements come as Saudi Arabia is escalating its devastating bombing in Yemen. In November, Saudi forces carried out the largest number of air strikes since Trump’s last year in office. Consider the White House’s approval of a $23 billion weapons sale to the U.A.E., which provides the Emirates with attack drones and F-35 fighter jets. In November, Saudi forces carried out the largest number of air strikes since Trump’s last year in office. This continuity is also painfully evident regarding Biden’s actions toward migrants — many of whom have been displaced due to U.S. imperialist policies.
Woodward and Costa’s Peril: An inside account of Trump’s coup d’etat
Another section of the book describes how, according to Milley, Trump sought to use the forces of the state to cement his dictatorship. Defense Secretary Mark Esper told Trump, “We will alert the troops and start moving them north from Fort Bragg. Milley and Esper told Woodward and Costa that they had no idea what they were doing. “You’ve got to return to Washington and make a dramatic return today,” Bannon told Trump, as recounted in Peril. “I purposely did not go to Trump,” Milley told her.
From the US presidential election to Trump’s coup
That was one reason why he had so stridently declared, well before the election, that he would not accept the results. Trump’s response to the election resultsWell before the election, Trump had declared that he would not necessarily accept the results of the vote. As soon as the election was called for Biden, Trump began to set into motion plans to challenge the results. As the World Socialist Web Site has repeatedly warned since his attempted coup d’état last June, Trump’s political strategy has never been limited to purely electoral calculations. The Democrats fear not Trump’s threats of violence and dictatorship, but the mass popular revolt that would be touched off if Trump actually attempts to carry out his long-threatened election coup.
January 6, 2021: Donald Trump’s plot against America
He now aims to transform the Republican Party into a fascist party under his personal control. Trump’s grandfather moved to New York, where Trump’s father, Fred, a fascist who praised Hitler and marched with the KKK, made the family’s first millions. The Democratic Party supported the Bush administration in ushering in this period of extreme reaction. The Democratic Party sank Howard Dean’s primary run after the Vermont governor emerged as a rallying point for growing anti-war sentiment in 2004. In August, a fascist Trump supporter killed 25 people at a heavily immigrant Walmart in El Paso, Texas.
Donald Trump and fascist right celebrate acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse
Former US president and January 6 coup-plotter Donald Trump celebrated on Friday the acquittal of the fascist teenage shooter Kyle Rittenhouse by a jury in Kenosha, Wisconsin. In a statement released after Rittenhouse was found not guilty on all counts, Trump said, “Congratulations to Kyle Rittenhouse for being found INNOCENT of all charges. It’s called being found NOT GUILTY—And by the way, if that’s not self defense, nothing is!”Former President Donald Trump, Sept. 25, 2021. For example, Republican US Representative Madison Cawthorn of North Carolina said, “Kyle Rittenhouse is not guilty, my friends. Trump co-conspirator and QAnon supporter, Republican Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, tweeted, “Kyle Rittenhouse ACQUITTED on ALL charges!
The acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse: A judicial travesty
On Friday, after four days of deliberations, a Kenosha jury returned a verdict of “not guilty on all counts” against Kyle Rittenhouse. The Rittenhouse verdict will embolden these violent paramilitary forces that have been cultivated in the orbit of Trump and the Republican Party. While the prosecutors were admonished not to make the case “political,” Rittenhouse’s attorney was permitted to deliver a full-throated fascistic diatribe. The Proud Boys and other violent far-right militias are being brought forward not because American capitalism is in a position of strength but because it is in a position of weakness. In that context, the acquittal of Rittenhouse will only serve to further discredit the whole American political system in the eyes of millions of people.
Inspector General report whitewashes role of senior Pentagon leadership during January 6 Trump coup
Acting Department of Defense (DoD) Inspector General Sean O’Donnell has released a report on the Pentagon’s response prior to and during the January 6 attack on the US Capitol. The report completely whitewashes the role of senior Pentagon leaders before and during the attack on Congress by Trump supporters, including the pivotal role of civilian and senior military officials at the Pentagon in delaying the dispatch of National Guard troops. Unlike US states, where governors command the National Guard, the D.C. National Guard operates under the direction of the Pentagon. It probably wouldn’t have been the right one.” Walker told the Post that the inspector general never asked him about the alleged 4:35 p.m. phone call from McCarthy. Walker told the Post that the inspector general’s office did not “corroborate simple information and based its conclusion on errors of fact.”“Why didn’t the National Guard launch immediately?” questioned Walker.
Socialist Equality Party summer school prepares membership for growth of class struggle
The Socialist Equality Party in the United States held its biennial summer school from August 1 through August 6, 2021. Those who join a revolutionary party that is serious about gaining the confidence of the working class require political education. The coronavirus pandemic has spread throughout the world, triggering the most extreme crisis since the Second World War. In concluding the school, North stressed that the developments of the past two years could not be understood outside of the practice of the Trotskyist movement. All the major reports to the school will be published on the World Socialist Web Site in the coming days and weeks.
Former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows begins “engaging” with House committee investigating January 6 coup
Mark Meadows, the former White House Chief Staff and co-conspirator in Trump’s attempted coup, has begun “engaging” with the House Select Committee investigating the January 6 attack on the US Capitol, according to a letter released Tuesday by Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson (Democrat-Mississippi). Meadows has been engaging with the Select Committee through his attorney,” wrote Thompson. The Select Committee expects all witnesses, including Mr. Meadows, to provide all information requested and that the Select Committee is lawfully entitled to receive. White House chief of staff Mark Meadows speaks with reporters outside the White House, Oct. 26, 2020, in Washington. Using “burner phones” in an attempt to remain anonymous, the organizers claimed they coordinated the rallies with the White House.
House Select Committee issues 10 new subpoenas targeting fascist militia group leaders, Trump political operative Roger Stone and InfoWars host Alex Jones
Both Jones and Stone have also admitted that Trump asked them to lead the march to the Capitol. After the attack on the Capitol, 147 House Republicans, including Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, along with seven Republican senators, voted to overturn the election results. The WFAF group was founded by Roger Stone’s ex-wife Ann Stone and by Amy Kremer, the current chair of the organization. Helping to organize the rallies that Stone and Jones spoke at were former Breitbart employees and the recently subpoenaed Dustin Stockton and Jennifer Lawrence. Following Trump’s defeat, the pair worked with WFAF in promoting the “Stop the Steal” rallies and raising money for the group.
Donald Trump meets with Kenosha shooter Rittenhouse at Mar-A-Lago
“He wanted to know if he could come over and say hello because he was a fan,” Trump said. Donald Trump and Kyle Rittenhouse meet at Mar-A-Lago (@DonaldJTrumpJr/Twitter)Kyle Rittenhouse was 17 years old when he volunteered with a group of armed vigilantes to “defend property” and assist the police in suppressing mass protests in Kenosha following the shooting of Jacob Blake two nights earlier. Blake, a 27-year-old black man, was shot seven times in the back and paralyzed by Kenosha policeman Rusten Sheskey. The Fox News report of Trump’s meeting with Rittenhouse followed by one day the appearance of the teenage shooter in a Fox News interview with Tucker Carlson. At least three fascistic Republican Congressmen—Matt Gaetz of Florida, Paul Gosar of Arizona and Madison Cawthorn—have offered Rittenhouse an internship in their government offices.
The Glasgow summit, climate change, and the case for socialism
Scientific advances have further strengthened our knowledge of climate change and its impact on humanity. Neither the dire warnings of scientists nor the consequences of extreme weather have fundamentally altered the pathetic global response to climate change. The first ever National Intelligence Estimate of climate change summed up what is at stake in Glasgow. The fundamental challenges posed by the pandemic are the same as those posed by climate change. The failure to address climate change is not caused by humans in the abstract.
Ex-D.C. Guard officer accuses Army generals of lying to Congress about Pentagon actions during January 6 coup
However, an “unusual,” in Walker’s words, January 4 memo from the Pentagon restricted his ability to deploy soldiers without prior approval. “The only active participants in the call from Army headquarters were LTG Piatt, LTG Flynn and COL [John] Lubas. COL Lubas only spoke to announce that McCarthy could not participate and to introduce Piatt and Flynn. A minute later at 2:14 p.m., Walker was told to “standby” from the Secretary of the Army McCarthy. Recommended plan that DC Guard can take over more points and help relieve Law Enforcement Officers to go to the Capitol to assist Capitol Police.” This would have put the Guard on traffic patrol duties, not expelling the rioters from the Capitol.
Whistleblowers expose US mass murder of women, children in Syria
This act of mass murder is a war crime, the kind of offense for which Nazi officers were tried and convicted at Nuremberg. The revelations of the act of mass murder in Syria come from Air Force officers at Al-Udeid airbase in Qatar, who were monitoring a high-resolution surveillance drone flying over Baghuz. The office of Senator Jack Reed, the committee’s Democratic chairman, refused to discuss the Baghuz atrocity with the Times. The Baghuz atrocity points to a broad official falsification of death tolls in Syria. Those responsible for the mass murder in Baghuz and its cover-up, along with the unending string of atrocities throughout the region, must be prosecuted.
In bid to blow up nuclear talks, US imposes sanctions, steals Iranian oil
These come on top of the “maximum pressure” sanctions campaign imposed by the Trump administration in 2018 after it unilaterally abrogated the 2015 Iran nuclear accord. Amid US-Israeli talks on confronting the Iranian “nuclear threat,” the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution Monday calling for a nuclear-free zone in the Middle East by a vote of 178-1. It must return to compliance by lifting sanctions, and then Iran will roll back its nuclear activities. Given the scant prospect of genuine sanctions relief from Washington, Tehran has little motivation for accepting new concessions. It provides a means for diverting the irrepressible contradictions of US capitalism outward in an explosion of military violence, in the Middle East, the Asia Pacific and internationally.
The Oxford High School shooting: What lessons are to be drawn?
It was the 29th and deadliest school shooting this year, according to a database maintained by Education Week. Authorities say a 15-year-old sophomore opened fire at Oxford High School, killing several students and wounding multiple other people, including a teacher. School shootings have become a phenomena in the United States over more than two decades, with the 1999 Columbine High School massacre in Littleton, Colorado, marking a major turning point. Countless tragedies, filled with bloody scenes of dead children and youth are conjured when one uses the term “school shooting”: Virginia Tech (2007), Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut (2012) and Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida (2018), to name a few. Nor should one discount the acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse and the glorification of his example by the right-wing media, which took place just two weeks before the shooting at Oxford High School.
Supreme Court launches frontal assault on right to abortion
Wednesday’s oral arguments on abortion before the Supreme Court showed how close the court is to rescinding this fundamental democratic right, with colossal political consequences. The Supreme Court building in Washington, Sunday, May 3, 2020. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)These five justices, plus Trump appointee Neil Gorsuch, have clearly decided to uphold the Mississippi law banning abortion after a pregnancy reaches 15 weeks. The New York Times—a quasi-official publication of the Democratic Party—marked the looming onslaught on the right to abortion by publishing and prominently featuring a rant by Ross Douthat, under the headline “The Case Against Abortion.”The right to abortion is a class question. Figures presented to the Supreme Court in amicus briefs and during the oral argument document the hardship for working women.
The US boycott of the Beijing Olympics: A murderous state speaks of “human rights”
The Biden White House is recycling the baseless charges made by Mike Pompeo, Secretary of State for the Trump administration. Washington has a long history of invoking “human rights” to justify its imperialist aggression, but the official boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympics may well win the gold medal for hypocrisy. Waging each war under the blood-soaked banner of “human rights,” American imperialism leaves everything that it touches in ruins. In the “City Upon a Hill” of democracy and human rights, the police have killed over 30,000 people since 1980. While it speaks of democracy and human rights, Washington demands every government adopt its policy of mass death.
Peronist government hammered in Argentine midterm elections amid record poverty
The ruling Peronist Frente de Todos coalition of President Alberto Fernández suffered a staggering defeat in the midterm legislative elections held Sunday, losing almost 6 million votes. The Sunday elections renewed half of the House nationwide, and a third of the Senate. Alberto Fernández and Cristina Fernández de Kirchner after Peronist victory in 2019. She holds the view that the 1976 coup and the ensuing state terror regime were a necessary reaction to the actions of Peronist guerrillas. The deal was made in 2018 by former president Mauricio Macri, who lost his reelection bid to Fernández in 2019.
Dana Fort Wayne workers voice growing opposition as USW stonewalls on local contract
On November 18 United Steelworkers (USW) Local 903 published a letter to Dana Fort Wayne workers stating that they were waiting on the national leadership for direction on the local contract. This comes three weeks after Dana workers voted on a sellout contract brought back by the USW and United Auto Workers (UAW) unions. Louisville and Fort Wayne Dana workers expressed the widespread hostility to both the union and company management by rejecting the local TA. In response to the rejection vote, the USW has withheld information on the specific details of the local contract, including its status. The World Socialist Web Site encourages Dana workers to build and support the Dana Workers Rank-and-File Committee as their independent voice.
Dana auto parts workers report as much as 60 percent of their signing bonus was taken out in taxes and union dues
A month after the United Auto Workers (UAW) and United Steelworkers (USW) rammed through a sellout contract for 3,500 Dana auto parts workers, workers receiving their signing bonuses have been surprised with massive deductions due to taxes and union dues. Workers report that after deductions, their $3,000 signing bonus ends up amounting to between $1,200 and $2,600. On top of taxes, the USW and UAW are “entitled” to a 1.45 and 1.7 percent cut respectively of the signing bonuses. The deductions to workers’ signing bonuses are far higher than what Dana itself pays in taxes. While workers are forced to continue working without information of a contract, USW District Reps John Doust and Mike Millsap have reportedly gone on vacation.
University of Michigan faculty open letter supports witch-hunt, rejects letter signed by hundreds defending victimized professor Bright Sheng
The open letter has to date been signed by some 170 additional faculty and students. Both of these letters issued a strong protest against the removal of Professor Sheng from his freshman composition class and demanded that the university issue a public apology. Should this agenda prevail, Professor Sheng will be only the first of an ever-growing list of heretics banished for violating racialist orthodoxy, whether with or without intent. The faculty letter is clearly orchestrated in a desperate attempt to counter the growing backlash among faculty and students against the attack on Sheng. The faculty letter supporting the attack on Sheng is part of the effort to intimidate opposition from the left.
New Zealand pseudo-left Daily Blog promotes Wuhan lab lie
It concludes that former President Donald Trump “might have been right all along” about the Chinese lab leaking the virus. So far, the government has not voiced open support for Washington’s Wuhan lab leak conspiracy theory, but has supported an investigation into the origins of the coronavirus. The Daily Blog supports the Labour-led government, while pushing for it to adopt a more vocal anti-China position in both trade and foreign policy. Bradbury’s latest entry, entitled “So Covid could have escaped from the Wuhan Lab after all?” proclaims: “Well, well, well. The Daily Blog is backed by the Unite union, the Rail and Maritime Transport Union and the Dairy Workers Union.
Stop the witch-hunt against scientist Peter Daszak!
On Monday, the Washington Post published an editorial falsely insinuating that Peter Daszak, a leading zoologist and expert on infectious diseases, helped create SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. The Post calls on Congress to subpoena Daszak to testify, openly embracing a demand advocated by the fascistic right. The Post accuses Daszak of asserting what was in fact the newspaper’s own position until May 2021. On February 17, the Post published an article entitled, “Tom Cotton keeps repeating a coronavirus conspiracy theory that was already debunked,” stating that “Sen. The fascist National Pulse, noting that it “called for Daszak to testify in front of Congress six months ago,” hailed the Washington Post op-ed as a validation.
Washington Post calls for a COVID-19 cover-up
Explaining the themes of the commission, the Post wrote, “One vital area of inquiry is public health systems, which were overwhelmed during the pandemic. The bill and the Post editorial exclude any mention of the sale of stock by members of Congress who were briefed about the dangers of the pandemic. (Feinstein was herself one of the members of Congress who sold stock ahead of the March 2020 market crash.) The Biden administration has completed the return of US schools to in-person instruction and has sought to ensure that workers stay on the job even as the COVID-19 pandemic spreads unchecked. The “commission” proposed by the Post would be a commission comprised and directed by those who are actually responsible for the disaster they are supposedly investigating.
German secret service officially characterises the Alternative for Germany as a “suspected right-wing extremist case”
After years of refusing to do so, the government is now forced to officially recognise the fascistic character of Germany’s largest opposition party. German media outlets are reporting the country's domestic intelligence agency has put the opposition Alternative for Germany party under observation under suspicion of extreme right sympathies. In its annual report, the intelligence service cites protests against AfD party conferences, the “ongoing ‘fight’ against right-wing extremists” and the collection of “information about alleged or actual right-wing extremists and their structures” as evidence of “left-wing extremist” sentiments. For the first time since the end of the Nazi dictatorship, over 90 right-wing extremist deputies sat in parliament. Even before the AfD, secret service employees set the tone in right-wing extremist organisations, and the Verfassungsschutz financed large sections of the fascist scene.
Ilhan Omar receives death threats after conflict with Lauren Boebert
During a phone call organized by the Democratic and Republican leadership Monday, Boebert escalated her denunciations of Omar after the Democrat demanded a public apology, which the Republican refused. Omar said she has received and reported hundreds of death threats, with the number rising after Republican attacks on her Muslim faith. Mace replied on Fox Business, telling an interviewer, “Marjorie Taylor Greene is a liar. And I’m not going to tolerate lies, racism or bigotry, whether you are Republican or Democrat … She’s crazy. Marjorie Taylor Greene has faced similar consequences for earlier comments.
Trump hid positive coronavirus test prior to presidential debate with Joe Biden last year
Less than six days later, Trump would be airlifted to the Walter Reed Medical Center for emergency treatment. Instead, the Times wrote that hours after receiving his first positive test, “Trump walked to the back of Air Force One and chatted with reporters, not wearing a mask. During the debate neither Trump, Biden nor Wallace wore a mask. While a majority of those in attendance were masked, Wallace noted after the debate that Trump’s family was not. In fact, a test revealed that I did not have COVID prior to the debate,” wrote Trump, refusing to comment on the first positive test and ignoring the fact that one negative test does not mean he was not infected.
After one year of the right-wing campaign, recall election concluding against Seattle Councilwoman Kshama Sawant
On December 7, mail-in ballots are due for a recall election of Seattle City Councilwoman Kshama Sawant, who represents District 3. The Recall Sawant campaign turned in over 13,000 signatures supporting the election, which is 3,000 more than they were required to submit by mid-October. Last week, seventy “religious and BIPOC” leaders in business and nonprofit associations wrote a public letter endorsing the Recall Sawant campaign, deploying identity politics to assert Sawant is racist. In alignment with these forces, the Seattle Building and Constructions Trade Council (SBCTC) endorsed the recall campaign in June. The only time the Democratic Party is mentioned is in Sawant’s list of endorsements, including the 43rd District Democratic Party in Seattle, which supported her in the 2019 election.
Trump co-conspirator and former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows announces he will no longer cooperate with January 6 House Select Committee
The letter to the committee came a week after Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-MS), announced that Meadows had agreed to testify and provide documents. Meadows was slated to appear for deposition before the committee today (Wednesday), and has previously turned over emails requested by the committee. This is despite the fact that the current president, Biden, has not invoked privilege on any of the communications sought by the select committee, stating that they are a “national security” interest. In an interview with Fox News on Tuesday, Terwillger confirmed that the committee had sent a subpoena to a telecommunications company for Meadows’ cellphone records. Even so, Bannon will have another seven months to incite and cultivate fascistic support for Trump before he goes to trial.
Solomon Islands’ government defeats parliamentary no confidence motion
Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare yesterday defeated an attempt to oust him via a no confidence motion, with US-backed opposition forces only able to muster the votes of 15 out of the 49 parliamentarians. Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare (Photo: solomons.gov.sb)The parliamentary effort to remove the government came directly after an unsuccessful violent coup attempt instigated by opposition forces. The destruction was the culmination of a US-supported, two-year campaign against the Solomon Islands’ diplomatic recognition of China. Suidani is closely allied with a group promoting Malaitan independence from the Solomon Islands, Malaita for Democracy (M4D). Prime Minister Sogavare yesterday delivered a nearly two-hour long speech on the parliamentary floor opposing the no confidence motion advanced by the opposition leader Mathew Wale.
US announces boycott of Beijing Winter Olympics
Less than a month after US President Joe Biden held his first formal summit with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping, the US has announced a provocative diplomatic boycott of the Winter Olympics, due to open in Beijing in February. The famous "Cinderella's shoe" big air venue built especially for the 2022 Winter Olympics (Source: Wikimedia Commons)White House press secretary Jen Psaki told a press briefing that the US would send no official delegation to the Beijing Olympics. That would register its opposition to China’s “ongoing genocide and crimes against humanity in Xinjiang and other human rights abuses.” American athletes will compete nevertheless. That lie was rapidly taken up by the Biden administration as part of its vilification of China. Washington will seek to also marshal support for an international boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympics.
New Zealand’s Daily Blog glorifies fascist killer Kyle Rittenhouse
Yet, in his thoroughly rancid article, Bradbury sided himself, and the Daily Blog, with Rittenhouse’s false claim of “self-defence,” presenting the shooter as an innocent victim of violent rioters. In New Zealand, the Daily Blog is contributing to an increasingly toxic atmosphere. The Daily Blog supports this dangerous and criminal reopening drive. The Daily Blog, which has posted numerous anti-immigrant articles, enthusiastically promoted Labour’s 2017-2020 coalition government with the right-wing nationalist and anti-Asian NZ First Party. This means fighting for socialism and internationalism, in opposition to the Labour government and its backers, including those promoting nationalist and outright pro-fascist poison via the Daily Blog.
Witnesses support accounts given by Epstein abuse victims in trial of his assistant Ghislaine Maxwell
On Wednesday, four witnesses corroborated several accounts by others who testified earlier, including those of three Jeffrey Epstein sexual abuse victims, in the trial of the deceased billionaire’s collaborator and former girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell. The eighth day of the Maxwell trial began with testimony from Janine Gill, the human resources director at Mar-a-Lago, the Palm Beach resort owned by former president Donald Trump. Jane was the first of the Epstein accusers to testify in the Maxwell trial last week. What started with Maxwell suggested that Kate give Epstein a foot massage quickly transitioned into sexual relations. Kate testified, “I didn’t know how to say no.” She followed Maxwell’s instructions saying she did not know what the “consequences” would be if she refused.
US: No money for COVID tests, blank check for the military
Sending every single American a COVID-19 test would cost the equivalent of less than one-tenth of 1 percent of the military budget, the largest in history, passed Friday by the US House of Representatives. The 2022 National Defense Authorization Act, the summary of which alone is over 600 pages, was released just six hours before the overwhelming majority of lawmakers in both parties voted on it. There has been almost no oversight or analysis of this defense budget. … This means that, while the effort and expense required to control the threat of pandemic disease may be very great, these efforts do not logically trade against national security requirements. What is behind America’s binge in military spending?
Be My Voice, United States vs. Reality Winner, F@ck This Job and End of the Line: Four documentaries and portions of the truth
Be My VoiceBe My Voice (2021), directed by Nahid Persson, examines Iranian journalist and activist Masoumeh “Masih” Alinejad. Born in rural Iran two years before the revolution that overthrew the United States puppet Shah Reza Pahlavi, Alinejad grew up in poverty. Although the documentary portrays Alinejad as a feminist heroine, it also provides glimpses of the more complicated truth. We see, for example, that Alinejad hosts a show on Voice of America, a broadcaster of US government propaganda. The film presents Winner as courageous for having exposed unsubstantiated claims that aided the Democrats against Trump.
Assange and fiancée challenge British government’s refusal to allow them to marry
Assange’s lawyers, however, reportedly responded that the CPS has no standing, given that Assange is not charged with any offences in Britain. In April, Declassified UK revealed the extent of the British role in terminating Assange’s asylum, based on official documents from the Foreign Office. The published diaries of Sir Alan Duncan, at the time British minister for Europe and the Americas, were explicit about the purpose of such meetings. Shortly after, Duncan wrote: “I think I am nearly there with Ecuador to get Julian Assange out of their London embassy. It’s taken months of delicate negotiations, but nearly nearly…”When Assange was expelled, Duncan went to Ecuador twice to thank Moreno.
US seeks to block Spanish investigation into CIA operation against Assange as British ruling on extradition appeal is “imminent”
The firm was allegedly involved in break-ins and other attacks on Assange’s lawyers, including in Spain. Justice Department officials, however, have sought to prise information from the Spanish judiciary about the case. Previous reports have indicated this included a sinister and extraordinary demand for the identities of the UC Global whistleblowers. But in the Spanish case, the Justice Department is protecting CIA surveillance of Assange, at the same time as it seeks his extradition from Britain. The Guardian collaborated with entities, including UC Global, whom it must have known were themselves collaborating with the US authorities against Assange.
Official documents expose Australian government’s complicity in the torture of Assange
The most significant documents relate to the sharp deterioration of Assange’s health, which began in May 2019 and continued over the following months. On May 20, there was an entry in Assange’s Australian consular file that was entirely redacted when provided to Tranter. The files obtained by Tranter show that from May 30, Australian officials repeatedly contacted Belmarsh for six straight days. In its aftermath, Pierce wrote to the Australian High Commission in London, warning of an “impending crisis” of Assange’s health. The documents obtained by Tranter are themselves a demonstration of what Melzer correctly identified as the Australian government’s complicity in the torture of Assange.
Fascistic provocateur Eric Zemmour announces his presidential campaign bid in France
Last week, Eric Zemmour, the fascistic television personality and convicted racist provocateur, posted an online video formally announcing his bid in the 2022 French presidential elections. For months, even before formally announcing his election campaign, Zemmour has enjoyed widespread coverage in the French media, which endlessly speculated as to whether he would eventually run. His campaign video declares in a paranoid tone that France is on the verge of civil war, overwhelmed by Muslims and immigrants. Zemmour’s candidacy is just one particularly toxic expression of the rightward lurch of the entire French political establishment and its turn toward authoritarianism. In a prime-time television interview on the TF1 evening news after announcing his campaign, Zemmour intensified his anti-Muslim campaign.
A balance sheet of Angela Merkel’s 16 years of rule in Berlin
Under Social Democratic Party (SPD) leader Gerhard Schröder, “Germany took its first steps out of the culture of military restraint, in the Balkans, in Afghanistan. Under Angela Merkel, Germany is assuming its leadership role in Europe,” writes Der Spiegel. The end of the German Democratic RepublicTo understand Merkel’s chancellorship, one has to look back not 16 but 32 years. If the working class did not overthrow the bureaucracy, he wrote, the bureaucracy would secure its privileges by restoring capitalist property relations. The bourgeoisie hailed its own triumph, believing there were no longer any barriers to its unrestrained enrichment and attacks on the working class.
Australian Labor Party helps government ram through another anti-democratic electoral law
On December 2, the very last day of parliament for 2021, the Labor Party again teamed up with the Liberal-National Coalition government to pass another nakedly anti-democratic electoral bill. As they did on the electoral laws in August, the Greens put on a show of protest. That is precisely what Labor did in August on the earlier electoral laws. Continuing that silence, Bandt again did not mention the party deregistration laws, nor did the party’s “democracy” spokesperson, Senator Larissa Waters. The Labor-Coalition offensive against democratic rights, and the complicity of the Greens, underscores the necessity to fight for the defeat of all the new electoral laws.
The “Summit for Democracy”: Biden gathers anti-democratic forces against Russia and China
The Biden administration staged the first day of a two-day “Summit for Democracy” on Thursday. As Duterte sat listening to Biden speak of “inherent human rights,” the Philippine Supreme Court ruled that the majority of his Anti-Terror Law was constitutional. Whatever substance there is to this summit amounts in fact to a conspiracy against democracy. This claim is now being elaborated by the Biden White House into a global conspiracy. Behind the pretenses of defending democracy against meddling autocrats lies Washington’s drive to maintain its global economic hegemony.
For a Global Workers’ Inquest into the COVID-19 Pandemic
The World Socialist Web Site is initiating a Global Workers’ Inquest into the COVID-19 Pandemic. The pandemic was foreseenThe Inquest will debunk the myth that the pandemic was an unforeseeable and unstoppable disaster. The scope and aims of the Global Workers’ Inquest into the COVID-19 PandemicOne cannot speak of the deaths of millions of people without posing the question of criminal culpability. The Global Workers’ Inquest into the COVID-19 Pandemic does not seek nor require the sanction of governments. It recognized from the earliest public reports of SARS-CoV-2 the danger of a global pandemic.
Bob Dole, 1923-2021: Democrats mourn death of right-wing Republican
Only Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell represented the Republican Party, where Dole’s political views, once considered arch-conservative, would now be regarded as suspect. Trump issued a statement praising Dole, but that is only because Dole, unlike many other members of the Republican establishment, endorsed him as the Republican presidential candidate in both 2016 and 2020. He was the only previous Republican presidential nominee to make an appearance at the 2016 convention which nominated Trump. In 1985, he was elected to head the Senate Republican caucus, holding that position, either as Minority Leader or Majority Leader, until 1996. He moved steadily to the right, if perhaps slightly more slowly than the center of gravity in the Republican Party.
January 6 committee releases documents detailing Trump’s plot to overthrow election by declaring bogus “National Emergency”
The slide show revealed Trump’s and his co-conspirators’ systematic plan for overturning democratic forms of rule in the United States. “We said, ‘Bring the National Guard in, have a recount’ and livestream across the nation so that everybody can look and see that everything is above board. “Minus the National Guard,” added Lewis. Despite claiming to have interviewed nearly 300 witnesses, the Select Committee has continued to hold hearings and depositions behind closed doors. This coup memo was known to lawmakers and media sources, prior to Meadows turning it over to the committee.
Here’s What Could Change Your U.S. Property Tax Bill in 2022, and Beyond
Rising property values will likely increase property tax liability, but that won’t happen automatically. Other areas are lowering property tax rates to help give residents a break after a trying couple of years. Eventually that will lead to higher property appraisals and therefore an increase in property tax bills. In that case, it could be years before a homeowner sees the result of rising property values on their tax bill, he noted. Some areas may also see higher property tax rates as cities look to fund services during the Covid-19 pandemic.
From Powell and Dole and Rumsfeld to Aaron and Lasorda and Spinks — a roll call of the most noteworthy deaths of 2021
Former Secretary of State Colin Powell and former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld are among the many noteworthy people who died in 2021. de Klerk, former Sen. Bob Dole, former South Korean President Roh Tae-woo, talk radio host Rush Limbaugh, former Delaware Gov. Here is a roll call of some influential figures who died in 2021 (cause of death cited for younger people, if available):JanuaryGeorge Whitmore, 89. An actor best known for playing Screech on the hit ’90s sitcom “Saved by the Bell.” Feb. 1. See: Bob Dole honored at Washington National Cathedral service: ‘God, I loved the guy,’ says President BidenLina Wertmueller, 93.
Why Jussie Smollett’s Conviction for Faking a Hate Crime May Be a Career ‘Death Sentence’
“Because of the position he put himself in, I think making a comeback will be extremely difficult,” Edwards said. “When you cry racism or manufacture racism, when racism actually happens, it cheapens (the claim). Smollett, who plans to appeal the verdict, faces a maximum sentence of three years in prison. Smollett’s PR representative, Pamela Sharp of Sharp & Associates, did not return a call seeking comment on Friday. But, Edwards said, that’s “maybe two, three, four, five years down the road.”Anita Bennett and Brian Welk contributed to this report.
Chris Wallace surprises viewers of Sunday show by breaking news of his departure from Fox News
Methodical and never showy — in contrast to his father Mike, the legendary “60 Minutes” reporter — Chris Wallace was known for his willingness to ask hard questions of all guests no matter their politics. Fox News parent Fox Corp. FOX, +0.26% FOXA, +0.77% and News Corp NWS, -1.73% NWSA, +0.41% , which owns MarketWatch publisher Dow Jones, share common corporate control. His track record had given Wallace a large measure of independence at Fox, despite the network’s overall tilt. In contrast to when Smith left, Wallace was coming to the end of his contract with Fox. “We are extremely proud of our journalism and the stellar team that Chris Wallace was a part of for 18 years,” Fox said on Sunday.
Hillary Clinton predicts Trump 2024 run that ‘could be the end of our democracy’
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (Getty Images for Hulu)Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is warning that the US may not survive another Trump presidency or White House bid, especially were it to come coupled with Republican control of Congress. “I think that could be the end of our democracy [were Trump to be elected president again],” she said. If he or someone of his ilk were once again to be elected president, especially if he had a Congress that would do his bidding, you will not recognise our country,” said Ms Clinton. Many political experts and analysts have taken to referring to the ongoing campaign to sow mistrust in US elections as a “slow-moving coup” being orchestrated by Mr Trump ahead of another White House run. Evidence of the plan was provided to a House select committee investigating 6 January by Mark Meadows, Mr Trump’s final White House chief of staff.
Hillary Clinton Warns What People Might Be Missing About A Trump Run In 2024
Hillary Clinton warned in a new interview that a possible 2024 presidential run by Donald Trump will be an inflection point for America. “If I were a betting person right now, I’d say Trump is going to run again,” the 2016 Democratic presidential candidate told “Sunday TODAY’s” Willie Geist in a preview clip from their sit-down that will be aired in full this weekend. “But I want people to understand that this is a make-or-break point,” Clinton continued. “Are we going to give in to all these lies and this disinformation and this organized effort to undermine our rule of law and our institutions, or are we going to stand up to it?”Clinton won the popular vote but lost the 2016 election to Trump. Watch the video here:This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.
Mark Meadows said he was 'surprised' he didn't crack his phone's screen when he angrily dialed a Fox News editor on election night after the network projected Biden would win Arizona: book
Mark Meadows said it was "infuriating" when Fox News called Arizona for Biden on election night. Meadows quickly called Fox News editor Bill Sammon, forcefully tapping the numbers on his phone. "I'm surprised I didn't crack the screen of my iPhone," the former Trump aide wrote in his new book. Fox News had called Arizona for Joe Biden." "It may well be that President Trump loses Arizona," Meadows replied.
Is Criticizing Joe Biden a Danger to Democracy?
This week, President Joe Biden hopped onto Zoom in an effort to shepherd the world along the path to stronger global democracy, during a two-day summit with other world leaders. He’ll be making his case, however, amid growing concerns about democracy here at home. Whether we like it or not, there is reason to be gravely concerned. But against this backdrop, an interesting debate has broken out about the press’s role in protecting our too-fragile institutions and raveled civic fabric from a Trumpian assault—and whether the media, in an effort to support democracy, must unflinchingly support Biden, as well. Over the weekend, The Washington Post’s Dana Milbank made considerable waves with a column that rather lustily accused the media of offering President Biden worse coverage than President Trump.
Bongino Rips Crenshaw Who Rips MTG Who Rips Nancy Mace in Trump’s Craziest ‘Apprentice’ Yet
The Republican-on-Republican action just keeps coming within the party that (amazingly) is poised to take control of Congress next year. In a House Republican caucus meeting on Wednesday, Kevin McCarthy reportedly called on Republican members not to attack each other. But let’s be honest: McCarthy has little statutory authority and even less moral authority to police his own caucus members. In a rational world, Trumpy Republicans would realize that playing Trump’s game is pointless. Editor's Note: A previous version of this story incorrectly listed Matt Gaetz as a member of the Freedom Caucus.
NBC's Chuck Todd says some factors for Biden's low polling are 'out of their control' and 'not his fault'
Chuck Todd of MSNBC’s "Meet the Press" appeared to defend President Joe Biden from his low approval rating during Sunday’s show. Joe Biden also campaigned on a big broad agenda of addressing civil rights and getting people back on their feet after this. "Is it all Joe Biden’s fault? Is that Joe Biden? A new poling survey suggested a close race between President Biden and former President Donald Trump should he run again in 2024.
How Trump catapulted America into a new era of radicalization
I was also surprised that Cave had used the word “radicalized” to describe the transformation his sister-in-law had undergone. Before I became an MSNBC anchor, I was a foreign correspondent for NBC News and other news organizations based overseas. I had seen firsthand how families lost their loved ones to fanatical ideologies and a false sense of purpose or belonging. And those who had believed, like Boyland — who had written in her journal that “Donald Trump is a genius” — followed him to the tragic end. Until we can mitigate these three, I fear we will continue to see radicalism take root in American society, as I have seen overseas.
Fox anchor Chris Wallace makes his own news with move to CNN
FILE - Moderator Chris Wallace of Fox News speaks as President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden participate in the first presidential debate in Cleveland on Sept. 29, 2020. Methodical and never showy — in contrast to his father Mike, the legendary “60 Minutes” reporter — Chris Wallace was known for his willingness to ask hard questions of all guests no matter their politics. He was the first Fox News personality to moderate a presidential debate, doing it in 2016 and 2020. In contrast to when Smith left, Wallace was coming to the end of his contract with Fox. “We are extremely proud of our journalism and the stellar team that Chris Wallace was a part of for 18 years,” Fox said on Sunday.
Chris Wallace leaves Fox News for new CNN service
NEW YORK — Veteran anchor Chris Wallace has left Fox News after 18 years for CNN, dealing a significant blow to Fox’s news operation at a time that it has been overshadowed by the network’s opinion side. “It is the last time, and I say this with real sadness, we will meet like this,” Wallace, who is 74, said on his show, which airs on the Fox network and is later rerun on Fox News Channel. Wallace was one of a prominent triumvirate of straight news anchors at Fox who offered a contrast to popular opinion hosts such as Carlson and Sean Hannity. His track record had given Wallace a large measure of independence at Fox, despite the network’s overall tilt. In contrast to when Smith left, Wallace was coming to the end of his contract with Fox.
Peter Lucas: Joe Biden needs to answer questions on Hunter Biden’s Chinese connections
While Joe Biden met with Chinese Communist Party officials, Hunter Biden was busy putting together business deals. At one point Hunter Biden had his father meet with Johnathan Li, the partner Hunter Biden was doing business with. Fast forward to 2020 when Hunter Biden and Jim Biden, Joe Biden’s brother, set up a meeting for then former vice president, to meet Tony Bobulinski . When Joe Biden arrived, Hunter introduced him to his father. Twenty percent of the equity shares of the company were for Hunter Biden, 10% for Jim Biden and another 10% held by Hunter for “the big guy,” who is Joe Biden.
Hillary Clinton says she'd 'bet on' Trump running in 2024 - poll finds him in near-tie with Biden
In a potential rematch of last year's presidential race, President Joe Biden leads Trump by just a single percentage point, according to a recent Wall Street Journal poll. Clinton said a second Trump victory could spell the 'end of our Democracy' and revealed she harbors guilt for not beating him five years ago. Trump, by contrast, has said multiple times that he'll have a decision 'soon' and Biden already indicated he'll run again. The same Journal poll referenced above indicates Trump is poised to gain at least some new support in Congress. Multiple surveys of Republican voters have also shown that they overwhelmingly want Trump to be their 2024 candidate.
[Shang-Jin Wei] Misreading China’s WTO record hurts global trade
The United States claims that China routinely violates its WTO obligations, and that the body is ineffectual at changing Chinese behavior. The Trump administration’s trade officials often repeated the claim that China has actively evaded its WTO obligations much more frequently than other member countries. The WTO, according to this view, is useless or worse.In fact, China’s WTO compliance record, while imperfect, is broadly comparable to that of other member countries. China’s trade policies and practices often are challenged at the WTO, but not more frequently than those of some other large economies. Doing so would greatly improve both US credibility and the effectiveness of the global trading system.The WTO system has worked better than many have claimed.
Former Trump advisor Peter Navarro defies House subpoena in COVID-19 probe, points to former president’s claim of executive privilege
Trade advisor Peter Navarro speaks with reporters outside the White House on July 27, 2020. AP Photo/Andrew HarnikFormer White House trade advisor Peter Navarro is refusing to comply with a House subpoena. “Courts have clearly held that White House advisers, such as yourself, cannot avoid compelled congressional process. In November, former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon was held in contempt for refusing to comply with subpoena issued by the House panel investigating the January 6 riot. During his time in the administration, Navarro advised Trump on a range of economic matters.
Florida Democrats aim to rebound as GOP voting numbers grow
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- In Florida, for the first time in modern history, registered Republican voters outnumber Democrats. “We did not dismantle any operations; to the contrary, we continued to build on them,” said Helen Aguirre Ferré, executive director of the state Republican Party. Over the past decade, Republicans had slowly been gaining on Democrats, and DeSantis and Republicans had made a sustained push on registration. The most up-to-date figures from the state election agency show 5,120,076 registered Republicans and 5,095,008 Democrats. “Florida voters are choosing the Republican Party over the Democratic Party because we value freedom and liberty and reject Democrat-led government control.
White House officials push for favorable Biden coverage in secret meetings with news outlets
The White House is reportedly unhappy with the media coverage of President Biden and has embarked on a mission to change that, according to a report late Tuesday. CNN reported that three top White House officials are secretly meeting with major news outlets to persuade them into more favorable coverage of the president. The White House officials attending the meetings are said to be National Economic Deputy Directors David Kamin and Bharat Ramamurti along with Ports Envoy John Porcari. The meetings follow last week’s op-ed by Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank complaining about the “unrelenting negative” coverage of Mr. Biden. Other White House officials who shared the column included White House deputy press secretary Andrew Bates and White House senior associate communications director Matt Hill.
Lauren Boebert Is Inciting Violence Against Muslims. This Can't Be Tolerated.
), Rep. Lauren Boebert (R?Colo.) used her time on the House floor to launch into an Islamophobic tirade, calling Rep. Ilhan Omar (D?Minn.) When public officials use their platform to stoke anti-Muslim hate, people experience real violence — from verbal abuse to physical assault. Congress must draw a clear line and, at the very least, officially censure Rep. Boebert. It’s past time to set a precedent that representatives in office can’t use their bully pulpit to incite violence.
Florida Dems face uphill battle in 2022 as GOP voting numbers grow
In Florida, for the first time in modern history, registered Republican voters outnumber Democrats. "We did not dismantle any operations; to the contrary, we continued to build on them," said Helen Aguirre Ferré, executive director of the state Republican Party. Over the past decade, Republicans had slowly been gaining on Democrats, and DeSantis and Republicans had made a sustained push on registration. The most up-to-date figures from the state election agency show 5,118,357 registered Republicans and 5,114,039 Democrats. "Florida voters are choosing the Republican Party over the Democratic Party because we value freedom and liberty and reject Democrat-led government control.
2021 in Books: `Everything feels magnified’
(One World/Scribner/Farrar, Straus and Giroux via AP)NEW YORK (AP) — Books and authors mattered in 2021, sometimes more than the industry wanted. Conservatives pushed to restrict the books permitted in classrooms at a time when activists were working to expand them. “Everything feels very magnified,” says the prize-winning novelist Jacqueline Woodson, whose books have been challenged by officials in Texas and elsewhere. The Association of American Publishers reported revenues of $7.8 billion for trade books through the first 10 months of 2021, a 14% jump over last year. Throughout 2021, books made news.
Florida Democrats aim to rebound as GOP voting numbers grow
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — In Florida, for the first time in modern history, registered Republican voters outnumber Democrats. “We did not dismantle any operations; to the contrary, we continued to build on them,” said Helen Aguirre Ferré, executive director of the state Republican Party. Over the past decade, Republicans had slowly been gaining on Democrats, and DeSantis and Republicans had made a sustained push on registration. The most up-to-date figures from the state election agency show 5,118,357 registered Republicans and 5,114,039 Democrats. “Florida voters are choosing the Republican Party over the Democratic Party because we value freedom and liberty and reject Democrat-led government control.
Fox anchor Chris Wallace makes his own news with move to CNN
By DAVID BAUDERNEW YORK (AP) — Veteran anchor Chris Wallace has left Fox News after 18 years for CNN, dealing a significant blow to Fox’s news operation at a time that it has been overshadowed by the network’s opinion side. “It is the last time, and I say this with real sadness, we will meet like this,” Wallace, who is 74, said on his show, which airs on the Fox network and is later rerun on Fox News Channel. Wallace was one of a prominent triumvirate of straight-news anchors at Fox who offered a contrast to popular opinion hosts such as Carlson and Sean Hannity. His track record had given Wallace a large measure of independence at Fox, despite the network’s overall tilt. In contrast to when Smith left, Wallace was coming to the end of his contract with Fox.
Trump praises 'smart and sharp' Obama during event where he said 'love was in the air' on Jan. 6
'I liked him,' Trump said of Obama, The Sun Sentinel reported – even though the crowd booed upon hearing the former president's name. Trump added he thought Obama was 'smart and sharp.' During the event, Trump continued to excuse the events of January 6, claiming there was 'love in the air' during the Capitol riot. In Dallas's American Airlines Center, Trump supporters can buy their tickets between $50-$4687. During his first of four events with O'Reilly for the History Tour, Trump suggested there should be new libel laws to help quell the media.
Iran sees progress at nuclear talks
Iran's chief nuclear negotiator Ali Bagheri leaves the Coburg Palais, the venue for talks aimed at reviving the Iran nuclear deal, in Vienna on December 3, 2021Tehran (AFP) – Iran's chief negotiator on Sunday reported progress on an agenda for talks with global powers over its nuclear programme, as Britain said the Vienna negotiations were Tehran's "last chance". US President Joe Biden has said he is ready to return to the agreement but US officials have accused Iran of backsliding on progress made at talks earlier this year and playing for time. Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, from G7 host Britain, said the Vienna talks were the Islamic republic's "last chance to come to the negotiating table with a serious resolution". The deal ensured sanctions relief in return for tight curbs on Iran's nuclear programme, which was put under extensive UN monitoring. Tehran has presented two texts at the talks, one on the sanctions and the other on its nuclear activity.
Florida Democrats aim to rebound as GOP voting numbers grow
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- In Florida, for the first time in modern history, registered Republican voters outnumber Democrats. “We did not dismantle any operations; to the contrary, we continued to build on them,” said Helen Aguirre Ferré, executive director of the state Republican Party. Over the past decade, Republicans had slowly been gaining on Democrats, and DeSantis and Republicans had made a sustained push on registration. The most up-to-date figures from the state election agency show 5,118,357 registered Republicans and 5,114,039 Democrats. “Florida voters are choosing the Republican Party over the Democratic Party because we value freedom and liberty and reject Democrat-led government control.
Nothing is more important than Team Trump’s January PowerPoint urging a full-blown coup
It’s the kind of transparently fake and utterly corrupt coup that you’d only expect to see in the type of less-developed country we used to call a banana republic. But the quickening flow of leaks and new discoveries from the House committee probing the Jan. 6 insurrection is no laughing matter. Jan. 6 was a far greater threat to American democracy than Watergate, or anything else that’s happened since the first shots at Fort Sumter. Now, the questions are becoming less about what we know, and more about ... what are we going to do about this? We can speed up the hearings, put the biggest story on the front page, and arrest the coup plotters, or we can let the fire burn.
Former Trump aide Peter Navarro defies House subpoena in Covid-19 probe
In his refusal, Navarro cited a "direct order" from former President Donald Trump to claim executive privilege. "Your blanket refusal to comply with the subpoena in its entirety is improper," Clyburn said in the letter to Navarro. "Courts have clearly held that White House advisers, such as yourself, cannot avoid compelled congressional process." Navarro's letter said Trump told him to "protect executive privilege and not let these unhinged Democrats discredit our great accomplishments." "At this time, I am unable to respond to the Subpoena, based on former President Trump's invocation of executive privilege," Navarro wrote to the House panel on Dec. 7.
Biden ‘deeply troubled’ by Kellogg’s hiring workers to replace striking union members
President Joe Biden has stepped into the ongoing strike among Kellogg’s workers who have entered a third month on picket lines after voting to reject the latest agreement on a new contract with the company, which is hiring permanent replacements for striking union members. “That’s why I am deeply troubled by reports of Kellogg’s plans to permanently replace striking workers from the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International during their ongoing collective bargaining negotiations,” he said. Striking employees in Michigan, Pennsylvania, Nebraska and Tennessee produce products like Rice Krispies, Raisin Bran, Froot Loops, Corn Flakes and Frosted Flakes. Work stoppages have “left us no choice but to hire permanent replacement employees in positions vacated by striking workers,” Kellogg’s said in a statement on 7 December. The company has stressed that “there is no further bargaining scheduled and we have no plans to meet” with the union.
Hate crime hoax conviction: Jussie Smollett is a race baiter. A jury saw through his lies.
The guilty verdict in the trial of Jussie Smollett was hardly a surprise to anyone who followed the evidence rather than the coverage of the case. Co-conspirators, videotapes and text messages all showed that his claim of a racist attack by President Donald Trump supporters was a hoax. Story continuesActor Jussie Smollett talks to the media before leaving court after his charges were dropped in Chicago. On Jan. 29, Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) tweeted “the vicious attack on actor Jussie Smollett was an attempted modern-day lynching. This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Jury convicts on hate crime hoax: Jussie Smollett is a race baiter
Chris Wallace leaves Fox News to join CNN's new streaming service
Olivier Douliery/Pool via REUTERSCNN just landed a big name for its upcoming streaming video service. The network has revealed that Fox News host Chris Wallace is leaving his TV home of 18 years for CNN+ ahead of that service's early 2022 launch. In his last Fox News Sunday show, Wallace said he wanted to both "try something new" and to "go beyond politics." The Wallace hire showed CNN's "commitment" to both CNN+ and journalism as a whole, CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker said. It's too soon to say if CNN's move will prompt a talent war among streaming news outlets like CBSN.
Trump and Bill O’Reilly Tour Kicks Off With Many Empty Seats
REUTERSDespite a Saturday evening statement promising “big crowds,” the first date of ex-president Donald Trump and Bill O’Reilly’s joint speaking tour seemingly failed to draw any such thing. “Many seats remained empty in the cavernous arena,” The Sun Sentinel reported. Read more at The Daily Beast. Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you.
Donald Trump said that he liked 'smart and sharp' Barack Obama, after years of insults and feuding, says report
Donald Trump said at an event on Saturday that he liked Barack Obama, reported The Sun Sentinel. Trump made the comments to Bill O'Reilly on the first night of their History Tour in Sunrise, Florida. Former President Donald Trump expressed admiration for Barack Obama at an event on Saturday night, after years of criticizing and insulting him. Trump made the comments to Bill O'Reilly on the first night of their four-date History Tour in Sunrise, Florida. "I liked him," Trump said about former President Obama, according to The Sun Sentinel, despite the crowd booing Obama's name.
Democrats Are Solidly Behind Biden. There's No Consensus About a Plan B.
President Joe Biden after speaking at the White House in Washington, Dec. 6, 2021. Story continuesStill, a nexus of anxious currents in the Democratic Party has stoked speculation about a possible contested primary in two years. Should Biden change his mind and bow out of 2024, there is no consensus among Democrats about who the best alternative might be. Most delicate for Democrats are Harris’ struggles and the question of whether she would be the most formidable post-Biden nominee. She said the governor “wholeheartedly supports” Biden and Harris and expected them to be reelected.
Hillary Clinton predicts Trump will run for president in 2024, says his win 'could be the end of our democracy'
AP Photo/Michel EulerHillary Clinton predicts that former President Trump will once again seek the White House in 2024. Trump defeated Clinton in the 2016 presidential election, winning the Electoral College 304-227. "If I were a betting person right now, I'd say Trump is going to run again," she told Sunday Today host Willie Geist. Trump has flirted with a 2024 presidential bid since leaving the White House in January, but has not yet made an official announcement of his plans. In the 2016 presidential election, Trump beat Clinton in the Electoral College (304 to 227, with 7 electors defecting), but Clinton edged him out in the popular vote (48%-46%), securing nearly 2.9 million more votes than the Republican.
Fox anchor Chris Wallace leaving network for CNN
CNN’s announcement that Wallace will join CNN+ as an anchor came within two hours of his last Fox show. The streaming service is expected to debut in early 2022. “It is the last time, and I say this with real sadness, we will meet like this,” Wallace, who is 74, said on his show, which airs on the Fox network and is later rerun on Fox News Channel. Fox said a series of rotating guest news anchors will take over for Wallace until a permanent host is named. Two Fox contributors, Jonah Goldberg and Stephen Hayes, citing that program in choosing to quit the network.
Who's to blame for inflation? It's not who Republicans and Democrats think
Republicans blame Biden's spending, but ... According to the Republicans, Biden and congressional Democrats have flooded the economy with trillions in new government spending and are proposing trillions more. Prior to Biden taking office, Republicans had approved trillions in new spending themselves, during Donald Trump’s tenure. The other nominee Biden reportedly considered, Lael Brainard, is if anything even more dovish on inflation than Powell. Republicans should insist upon it as the price of rescuing the Powell renomination from likely progressive defections.
A look at the unique pact that will raise the federal debt ceiling
Here are questions and answers about the debt limit and how it has become a political weapon. The statutory debt limit — also called the debt ceiling — applies to almost all federal debt. When federal government spending on obligations and interest reaches a debt limit, Congress must act to raise the amount of debt Treasury can incur. But in 1917 it created the debt limit to bundle debt issues for World War I. Congress last raised the debt limit by $480 billion in October as a temporary fix because the suspension of the debt limit Congress passed in August 2019 had ended on July 31.
Satellite images, expert suggest Iranian space launch coming
Jon GambrellAssociated PressDubai, United Arab Emirates – Iran appears to be preparing for a space launch as negotiations continue in Vienna over its tattered nuclear deal with world powers, according to an expert and satellite images. The U.S. military, which tracks space launches, did not respond to requests for comment. Iran’s civilian space program has seen a series of setbacks and fatal explosions plague it in recent years. But the possible launch also comes as tensions again rise over Iran’s nuclear program. Lewis said he expects to see the space program accelerate given Raisi’s interest.
Florida Democrats aim to rebound as GOP voting numbers grow
Steve Schale, a political strategist who helped Democrat Barack Obama win Florida twice in his White House races, said Democratic registration efforts have mostly centered around presidential races. But Schale said the party could benefit from sustained organizing, particularly in Hispanic communities in South Florida that helped Trump win Florida last year by an even larger margin than in 2016. “Registration in its own right is an organizing tool,” he said. “We’re not going to be outworked by the other side this year, I promise you that.”Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without permission.
Florida Democrats aim to rebound as GOP voting numbers grow
Steve Schale, a political strategist who helped Democrat Barack Obama win Florida twice in his White House races, said Democratic registration efforts have mostly centered around presidential races. But Schale said the party could benefit from sustained organizing, particularly in Hispanic communities in South Florida that helped Trump win Florida last year by an even larger margin than in 2016. “Registration in its own right is an organizing tool,” he said. He also disputed the idea that the national party was making the state less of a priority and he played down the shift in registered voters as a record-keeping “shell game” of designating Democrats as inactive voters. “We’re not going to be outworked by the other side this year, I promise you that.”
Chris Wallace announces he is leaving Fox News to join CNN streaming service
Veteran TV anchor Chris Wallace signed off his Fox News Sunday show after 18 years to join CNN, dealing a blow to Fox’s news operation at a time when its opinion side has become preeminent. CNN announced shortly after his show ended that Wallace, who is 74, will join the streaming service CNN+ as an anchor. “It is the last time, and I say this with real sadness, we will meet like this,” Wallace said on Fox on Sunday morning. Wallace was the first Fox News staffer to moderate a presidential debate, in 2016. In CNN’s announcement, he said: “I look forward to the new freedom and flexibility streaming affords in interviewing major figures across the news landscape.”
G7 urges Iran to agree nuclear deal, warns Russia against invasion of Ukraine
G7 foreign ministers pose for a photograph on the second day of their meeting in Liverpool, Britain on December 12, 2021. The G7 on Sunday said time was running out for Iran to agree a deal to curb its nuclear ambitions, and warned Russia of "massive" consequences if it invades Ukraine. "There is still time for Iran to come and agree this deal," she told a news conference. The final communique from the talks said Iran "must stop its nuclear escalation and seize the opportunity to conclude a deal, while this is still possible". Negotiations restarted on Thursday to try to revive the 2015 deal between Iran and world powers, which the United States withdrew from under Donald Trump in 2018.
Ex-Trump aide Peter Navarro defies House subpoena in COVID probe
Former White House trade adviser Peter Navarro has refused to comply with a congressional subpoena for documents, citing a "direct order" from former President Donald Trump, according to a letter released Saturday. Navarro's letter said Trump told him to "protect executive privilege and not let these unhinged Democrats discredit our great accomplishments." What he's saying: "At this time, I am unable to respond to the Subpoena, based on former President Trump's invocation of executive privilege," Navarro wrote to the House panel. This "matter is out of my hands and something that the Sub-Committee should discuss with President Trump’s counsel," he continued. The other side: "Your blanket refusal to comply with the subpoena in its entirety is improper," Rep. James E. Clyburn (D-S.C.), the committee chairman, wrote in a letter to Navarro.
The clear and present danger of Jim Jordan & Co.
In November, Jordan, who refuses to indicate whether he has been vaccinated, acknowledged that he had had COVID-19. ADVERTISEMENTAt the end of 2020, before vaccines were available, per capita death rates from COVID-19 were about the same in red and blue states. With almost 40 percent of Republican adults still unvaccinated, compared with 10 percent of Democrats, the death gap will continue to grow. When you really look over Jordan (who played a pivotal role as well in spreading the false claim that Democrats stole the 2020 presidential election), what do you see? He is the co-author (with Stuart Blumin) of "Rude Republic: Americans and Their Politics in the Nineteenth Century."
Satellite images, expert suggest Iranian space launch coming
Iran appears to be preparing for a space launch as negotiations continue in Vienna over its tattered nuclear deal with world powers, according to an expert and satellite images. Iran appears to be preparing for a space launch as negotiations continue in Vienna over its tattered nuclear deal with world powers, according to an expert and satellite images. The U.S. military, which tracks space launches, did not respond to requests for comment. Iran’s civilian space program has seen a series of setbacks and fatal explosions plague it in recent years. Lewis said he expects to see the space program accelerate given Raisi’s interest.
Harry and Meghan's Oprah interview, Astroworld and more of 2021's biggest pop culture moments
Pop culture this year saw more than its fair share of controversies, tragedies and stunning revelations. The loss of cultural icons including Virgil Abloh, Stephen Sondheim, DMX, Ed Asner and Prince Philip were devastating, as were the "Rust" film set shooting and Astroworld concert incident. Celebrities shared shocking news, from Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan's Oprah Winfrey interview to Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez's breakup. He was married to the queen for 73 years, making him Britain's oldest and longest-serving royal spouse in 10 centuries. Travis Scott gives first interview since Astroworld:'My heart wasn’t there to be a villain'What went wrong at Astroworld?
Capitol riot misinformation persists: False claims continue to circulate on Facebook
Months after supporters of now-former President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol, debunked conspiracy theories about who was behind the insurrection continue to circulate on Facebook. Between January and October, researchers found 116 posts and 31 articles on Facebook and Instagram that contained the debunked claims. Dozens of fact-checking organizations and media outlets – including USA TODAY – work with Meta Platforms to combat misinformation on its platforms. Facebook and Instagram retroactively removed nine of the posts Avaaz highlighted, Lenn said. While the posts Avaaz found in its research amassed nearly 1 million interactions on Facebook, Carlson's show attracts millions of viewers each night.
Biden pledged to unify, not divide. Delivering on that pledge will be difficult.
Peter FuntOpinion columnistFor Democrats, Joe Biden’s election in 2020 may have been the political equivalent of a deal with the devil: They ousted Donald Trump and got a mild-mannered, aging president to deal with a pandemic, Afghanistan, immigration, the budget and a hopelessly intransigent Congress, and in return the party would have to accept the consequences in 2024.
School shootings, Sen. Bob Dole's call for unity, Republican loyalty tests: ICYMI
For your weekend reading, we've started in-case-you-missed-it compilations of some of the week's top USA TODAY Opinion pieces. — USA TODAY Opinion editorsBy Kristen DelGuzzi""Parkinson's patients can be incredibly lonely," he says. It's because you're isolated in your experience and you can't relate it to anybody, and you have a million frustrations. Like someone says, 'Slow down,' and I say, 'If I could slow down, I'd friggin' slow down. By Sen. Bob Dole"Dwight Eisenhower said America is best described by the word "freedom."
Bob Dole's legacy will live on through his service to this country
I had gathered my family in the Senate gallery to witness my swearing in, and that included my deaf brother, Frank. I went to Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole – whom I had never met – and explained the situation. Dole's sense of humorAn anecdote: I was immediately put on the Senate Agriculture Committee in 1985. Sen. Bob Dole:Sen. Bob Dole's final column: 'Too many of us have sacrificed too much'During one meeting of the committee, Helms was called away for some reason, and Dole assumed the chair. You will make it well beyond the 100 years in your legacy of goodness and devotion to our country.
Hate crime hoax conviction: Jussie Smollett is a race baiter. A jury saw through his lies.
Jonathan TurleyOpinion columnistThe guilty verdict in the trial of Jussie Smollett was hardly a surprise to anyone who followed the evidence rather than the coverage of the case. Co-conspirators, videotapes and text messages all showed that his claim of a racist attack by President Donald Trump supporters was a hoax. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders tweeted that "the racist and homophobic attack on Jussie Smollett" was "a horrific instance of the surging hostility toward minorities around the country. On Jan. 29, Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) tweeted “the vicious attack on actor Jussie Smollett was an attempted modern-day lynching. Director Rob Reiner decried the attack while using it to attack Trump, saying in a now-deleted tweet: “The horrific attack on Jussie Smollett has no place in a decent human loving society.
I enjoyed the Jussie Smollett verdict, but there are culture war lessons for both sides
I have to admit, I am engaged enough in the culture war that I enjoyed seeing Jussie Smollett convicted of five felonies for staging a heinous anti-gay and anti-Black hate crime to bring attention to himself. Nevertheless, the story was swallowed polar-vortex and all by many who should have known waiting for a few more facts was the wiser course. And it is not like it is the first time that most right-thinking liberals knew something that simply wasn't true. It is obvious to us that Democrats should know better than to believe a Hollywood B-lister and his Washington boosters, but are Republican politicians and reality-TV stars all that different from Jussie Smollett and Joe Biden? Democrats are now admitting that Smollett was full of it.
Mission accomplished: How America achieved the 'impossible' with COVID vaccines
This week marks the one-year anniversary of Operation Warp Speed’s initial shipments of millions of safe and effective vaccines. Operation Warp Speed was the most successful public-private partnership since World War II. In less than 10 months, Warp Speed helped expand or set up vaccine-related manufacturing plants. Paul Mango was deputy chief of staff for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services from 2019-2021, serving as Secretary Alex Azar’s liaison to Operation Warp Speed. His forthcoming book is "Warp Speed: Inside the Operation that Beat COVID, the Critics, and the Odds."
Chris Wallace announces he's leaving Fox News after 18 years to join CNN's streaming service
Chris Wallace signed off from his Fox News show Sunday morning with the announcement that it would be his last after 18 years on the network. He'll join CNN as a weekday anchor for the breaking news outlet's subscription streaming service, set to debut early next year. “I am thrilled to join CNN+," Wallace said in a news release from CNN. Methodical and never showy – in contrast to his father Mike Wallace, the legendary “60 Minutes” reporter – Chris Wallace was known for his exhaustive preparation and willingness to ask hard questions of all guests. Fox's statement said the network is "extremely proud of our journalism and the stellar team that Chris Wallace was a part of for 18 years.
Kentucky, Haiti, Holiday Feasts: Your Weekend Briefing
A movement animated by Donald Trump’s 2020 election lies is turning its attention to 2022 and beyond. According to one poll, more than 60 percent of Republicans now believe the 2020 election was stolen. Republican candidates coming out of the Stop the Steal movement are seeking office at the state and county levels in positions that supervise the election systems that they believe robbed Trump of a second term. A number of legislative initiatives would assert more Republican control over election systems. But the public’s view of it is far more complicated than left and right.
With This Supreme Court, What’s Next for Abortion Rights? - The New York Times
Criminalizing abortion also implicates health care providers, who will struggle to balance ethical and legal obligations to their patients with new ones to the state. The Post-Roe Politics of AbortionDavid Brooks, a columnist for The New York Times. If abortion were even partly removed from national politics, then it’s possible that national politics would be transformed. There are just a lot of single-issue voters who back Republican presidential candidates because they are pro-life. The punishing Supreme Court nomination battles — from Robert Bork to Clarence Thomas to Brett Kavanaugh — have really been about Roe to a significant degree.
Jan. 6 Committee Examines PowerPoint Document Sent to Meadows
WASHINGTON — The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol is scrutinizing a 38-page PowerPoint document filled with extreme plans to overturn the 2020 election that Mark Meadows, the last chief of staff to President Donald J. Trump, has turned over to the panel. The document recommended that Mr. Trump declare a national emergency to delay the certification of the election results and included a claim that China and Venezuela had obtained control over the voting infrastructure in a majority of states. A lawyer for Mr. Meadows, George J. Terwilliger III, said on Friday that Mr. Meadows provided the document to the committee because he merely received it by email in his inbox and did nothing with it. “We produced the document because it wasn’t privileged,” Mr. Terwilliger said. Mr. Waldron said that he did not personally send the document to Mr. Meadows, but that it was possible someone on his team had passed it along to the former chief of staff.
Opinion | Are Vaccine Polls Flawed?
A much smaller survey conducted by Axios and Ipsos was off by only 4 percentage points, the Nature article says. The lead authors are Valerie Bradley of Oxford and Shiro Kuriwaki, formerly of Harvard, now an incoming assistant professor at Yale. As I wrote:In a perfectly random sample there’s no correlation between someone’s opinion and their chance of being included in the data. Both the Delphi-Facebook survey and the Census Bureau’s Household Pulse Survey have been widely quoted in the news and cited in academic research. The page adds, “Census Bureau experimental data may not meet all of our quality standards.”
Opinion | I Have a Handle on History. The Future Is a Different Story.
Another way to think of this is that no one in 1928 had any inkling of what the next 20 years would bring. Opinion Debate Will the Democrats face a midterm wipeout? write that the Virgina loss should "shock Democrats into confronting the powerful role that racially coded attacks play in American politics." Ezra Klein speaks to David Shor, who discusses his fear that Democrats face electoral catastrophe unless they shift their messaging. speaks to David Shor, who discusses his fear that Democrats face electoral catastrophe unless they shift their messaging.
Democrats Are Solidly Behind Biden. There’s No Consensus About a Plan B.
NEW ORLEANS — Addressing reporters at a meeting of the Democratic Governors Association, Gov. Roy Cooper of North Carolina gave an emphatic answer when asked whether he expected President Biden to seek a second term — and whether he believed that was in the best interests of his party. “I do and I do,” Mr. Cooper said on Friday, adding, “I fully expect him to seek re-election and I will support him, and in fact we’re going to win North Carolina for him.”But just three minutes later, Mr. Cooper — the only Democratic governor to twice win a state that former President Donald J. Trump carried on the same ballot — was sketching out what could be the makings of a Cooper for President message to primary voters. He trumpeted his repeal of his state’s so-called bathroom bill targeting transgender people, an executive order granting paid parental leave to state employees and another order putting North Carolina on a path to carbon neutrality by 2050. “That’s why Democratic governors are so important,” he said, alluding to next year’s midterm elections.
Chris Cuomo’s book canceled by HarperCollins
HarperCollins Publishers has dropped plans to release a book by Chris Cuomo amid the controversy that led to his firing by CNN, The Post has learned. “I can confirm that we don’t intend to publish the book,” spokesperson Kelly Rudolph told The Post. Amazon pulling the book comes days after Chris Cuomo was fired for allegedly attempting to help his brother, Andrew Cuomo, who was under investigation for sexual assault. The planned book, “Deep Denial,” was set for release in October but had its publication date pushed back. Chris Cuomo’s spokesman — who has said the sexual misconduct allegations against him “are not true” — didn’t immediately return a request for comment.
Build Back beatdown for Biden: Fiscal double whammy for prez and his agenda
First, the Labor Department reported inflation is now running at just under 7 percent over the last year. Joe Biden and his media flacks rushed to the TV cameras in full damage-control mode on Friday to assure Americans that passing the BBB plan would reduce inflation. Polls show more than half of voters blame Biden and runaway spending for inflation. The Congressional Budget Office released a report that examined the true cost of the Biden BBB plan — minus the accounting gimmicks. I’d rather put a dagger through the heart of this oinker spending bill altogether.
Don’t expect media mea culpa — too eager to fall for Jussie Smollett’s hoax
CNN anchor Oliver Darcy insists the liberal media should not be slammed for promoting Jussie Smollett’s hate-crime hoax. And so, Smollett’s case is very valuable to them.”Fox News host Sean Hannity didn’t fall for Jussie Smollett’s hate-crime fantasy. .”CNN anchor Don Lemon criticized Jussie Smollett for making up “too many lies” while pushing his hoax. CNN anchor Don Lemon sent text messages to Jussie Smollett about Chicago police investigating his hate-crime hoax. “Jussie Smollett said he was the victim of a racist and homophobic attack” would have been a true and accurate report, CNN.
Biden laments lack of civility in politics during first appearance on ‘Tonight Show’
Joe Biden made his first appearance as sitting president on NBC’s “The Tonight Show” Friday and fielded a slew of softball questions from host Jimmy Fallon while bemoaning the lack of civility in politics. “We’re friends, we disagreed, but we were friends,” Biden said of his former GOP adversary. Aside from cracking a few jokes, President Joe Biden made a serious note to Americans about how frustrated he is about the “politicization” of the vaccine. In 2016, Biden appeared on “The Tonight Show” as outgoing vice president. This wasn’t the first time President Biden was on “The Tonight Show”, as — then vice president —the Democrat was seen on the show in 2016 with Jimmy Fallon.
Publisher hits pause on election book by Olivia Nuzzi and Ryan Lizza
Olivia Nuzzi and Ryan Lizza’s much-hyped book about the 2020 election is on ice, Page Six has learned. Meanwhile, we’re told there are other obstacles for the lovebirds-turned-co-authors to contend with. But when Trump’s presidential reality show left the White House, the market softened and it seems Nuzzi and Lizza may have become the victims of a less gung-ho attitude to publishing palace-intrigue accounts. The Biden team reportedly “don’t trust” Nuzzi, making it difficult for the journo to gain access to information. Ryan Lizza attends The 2009 New Yorker Festival.
Trump says he ‘liked’ Obama during Florida event with Bill O’Reilly
Former President Donald Trump expressed admiration for predecessor Barack Obama at a ticketed Florida event Saturday, after spending years slamming the Democrat. Speaking at the kickoff of his four-date “History Tour” with Bill O’Reilly at an arena in Sunrise, Florida, the Republican said of Obama, “I liked him,” while also calling him “smart and sharp,” according to The Sun Sentinel. But Trump also told the crowd that Obama’s methods caused “tremendous division” and hatred in the country, the newspaper reported. The compliments were a drastic change for Trump, who spent five years falsely claiming that Obama wasn’t born in the US, and made bogus claims about his two terms in office. He had also labeled the former president “the most ignorant president in our history,” “a disaster” and the “founder of ISIS.”Trump’s stated admiration for Obama is not without precedent however.
Biden rallies the world to strengthen democracy as big challenges loom at home
Here in the United States, threats to the integrity of the electoral process are growing, as a recent article in the Atlantic highlighted. Former president Donald Trump continues to falsely claim the 2020 election was rigged and stolen. He badgers Republicans to do something, and Republican legislators in some key states have responded by seeking to make it easier, if there is a repeat of the 2020 results, to turn the administration of elections over to partisan politicians and to make it possible to challenge the certification of results and potentially overturn the next election.
Jamie Raskin’s Year of Grief and Purpose
“The truth is that I see those two terrible, traumatic events as very intertwined in my life,” Raskin says. “My road map for the rest of my life,” Raskin has said of his son’s farewell message. “And I think Tommy made a decision as a kid that he basically didn’t want to be around power politicians,” he says. “But it was an act of some sort.”Among the most gutting passages of Raskin’s memoir is his recounting of the final hours of Tommy’s life. I feel that strongly, and I know Tommy felt that strongly and would feel that strongly,” Raskin says.
Election denier who circulated Jan. 6 PowerPoint says he met with Meadows at White House
Although Trump at the time was pressuring Pence to delay certifying Biden’s victory, it is not clear how widely the PowerPoint was circulated or how seriously the ideas in it were considered. A lawyer for Meadows, George J. Terwilliger III, said on Friday that there was no indication that Meadows did anything with the document after receiving it by email. “We produced it [to the committee] because it was not privileged,” Terwilliger said. A Meadows spokesman, Ben Williamson, declined to comment. Waldron said he was not the person who sent the PowerPoint to Meadows.
Lara Trump: It’s Absurd To Say President Biden Gets Worse Media Coverage Than Former President Trump Did
Fox News Contributor Lara Trump joins Fox Across America With Jimmy Failla to weigh in on the turmoil in Vice President Kamala Harris’ office and the VP’s treatment of her former employees. According to Lara, the press has gone out of their way to protect Biden at every turn and spin the news in a positive light for him. “It’s absolutely preposterous to think that Joe Biden gets more negative press than Donald Trump. It’s not that he’s getting bad press, it’s that he’s a bad leader, that he’s made bad decisions, that everything he’s done has been basically negative for the American people. Listen to the podcast to hear what else Lara and Brian had to say!
Rep. Andy Biggs: We Need To Be Talking More About The COVID Protocols At The U.S. Southern Border
Arizona Republican Congressman Andy Biggs returns to Fox Across America With Jimmy Failla to shed light on the crisis at the U.S. Southern border. According to Rep. Biggs, around one-thousand migrants are crossing the border in Yuma, Arizona every day. “I love these guys, I love border patrol guys, they’re doing a great job, ICE guys, Customs, they’re all doing a great job as much as they can do in the situation given to them. They’re not going to test you.”Additionally, Rep. Biggs shares his thoughts on the vaccine mandates that have been implemented throughout the U.S. Later, he explains to Jimmy why he did not vote for the National Defense Authorization Act. To hear what else Joe and Congressman Biggs had to say, listen to the podcast!
Court Ruling Against Trump Raises Stakes in Jan. 6 Battle
Howie Kurtz on an appeals court denying the request by Donald Trump to block the release of January 6th documents, Jussie Smollett being found guilty of reporting a fake hate crime and some conservatives finding Vladimir Putin appealing. Follow Howie on Twitter: @HowardKurtzFor more #MediaBuzz click here
Democrats in 'hypersonic' panic over the midterms and 2024: Ingraham
Democrats are headed toward a "Thelma and Louise"-like ending, Laura Ingraham said in Friday's opening monologue of "The Ingraham Angle." "The old party of FDR and JFK is now more like the party of Thelma and Louise," the host said, referencing the 1991 buddy crime movie. Like its titular characters, "the Democrats are headed full speed ahead to the cliff’s edge," she said. With President Biden's approval rating at 41% and his economic approval rating down 19%, Ingraham noted that suburban residents "like safe streets, a strong economy and strong border." Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg puts Democrats "in even deeper trouble," with a predicted 11-percentage-point loss to former President Trump if he ran in 2024.
Biden's handling of coronavirus pandemic given mixed reviews by DC tourists, residents
Washington, D.C., residents and tourists gave mixed ratings of President Biden's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. One woman named Vivian said Biden has handled the pandemic "not very well." OMICRON IN THE US: MORE STATES FIND COVID-19 VARIANT CASES"We need more information, upfront information," a man named John said. Virginia health officials reported the first omicron variant case in an adult resident on Thursday in the northwestern part of the state. "You know, he inherited an interesting situation and he has faced it head-on," a man named Chris told Fox News.
Joe Concha: She's no Queen Elsa; Hillary Clinton just can't let it go
The former first lady, U.S. senator, secretary of state, and 2016 Democratic presidential nominee, reading this week what would have been her victory speech after winning the 2016 election against Donald Trump. But eventually, as an adult, one would think Hillary Clinton, more than five years later, would show some class. Instead, here she is, a losing candidate reading a victory speech. Stolen election talk? CLICK HERE TO GET THE OPINION NEWSLETTERCLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPAs Queen Elsa once said, let it go.
Hillary Clinton says Americans won't 'recognize our country' if Trump wins in 2024
Two-time failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said that if former President Donald Trump or a Republican candidate of "his ilk" wins in 2024, Americans will not "recognize our country." "If I were a betting person right now I’d say Trump is going to run again. Clinton sat down for an interview that aired Sunday where she reflected on her 2016 loss and expressed disgust about the possibility of Trump running again in 2024. HILLARY CLINTON REVEALS WOULD-BE 2016 VICTORY SPEECH AFTER BLAMING SEXISM, MISOGYNY FOR LOSS"I tried to warn people. That’s what they believe they were elected to do, so look I’m all about having vigorous debate," Clinton said.
San Francisco's vaunted tolerance dims amid brazen cr