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1.  Doctors urge Spotify to cancel 'menace to public health' Joe Rogan over his spread of COVID misinformation: report  

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A group consisting of hundreds of scientists, professors, doctors and healthcare workers is calling on Spotify to incorporate stricter measures when it comes to censoring misinformation on its platform. On Wednesday, January 12, the group penned an open letter to Spotify amid concerns about on...
2.  DeJoy ally elected as USPS Board chairman: report​  

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The United States Postal Service (USPS) board has elected an ally of Postmaster General Louis DeJoy as its new chairman, Reuters reports. On Wednesday, January 12, Roman Martinez IV was unanimously elected to the USPS Board of Governors, according to Reuters. Martinez, a retired banker, was nominate...
3.  Sanders says Manchin and Sinema are imperiling US democracy  

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Sen. Bernie Sanders said Friday that by vowing to uphold the archaic Senate rule standing in the way of voting rights legislation, his colleagues Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema are putting "the future of American democracy" at risk."It is a sad day when two members of the Democratic caucus are prepare...
4.  How Ron DeSantis yields 'a tremendous amount of power' over Florida politics: 'Cross him once, you’re dead'  

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Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) is considered one of the most powerful governors to ever hold office in the state of Florida, according to a new report. Per Politico, the Republican governor exerted even more power over top state officials and lawmakers by "cracking down on election crimes, spending $8 millio...
5.  'Pharma Bro' Martin Shkreli ordered to return $64 million in profits gleaned from boosting price of life-saving drug  

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A federal judge has ordered Martin Shkreli to return $64.6 million in profits after he exponentially boosted the price of a crucial life-saving drug the World Health Organization calls “essential.” Daraprim is used to treat HIV/AIDS and cancer patients and those battling parasitic diseases.U.S. Distric...
6.  DOJ believes it can prove insurrection was 'armed effort to overthrow our government': former federal prosecutor  

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A well-known former federal prosecutor is making clear how significant it is that the Dept. of Justice decided to charge eleven people, mostly members of the far right wing anti-government extremist group Oath Keepers, with seditious conspiracy on Thursday.Joyce Vance, the former U.S. Attorney for Alabam...
7.  'Needs to resign or be removed from office': Sinema scorched for 'stupidest speech by a Democrat'  

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U.S. Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) is under fire after delivering a lengthy speech on the floor of the Senate declaring her intractable refusal to even consider any carve out of the Jim Crow era 60-vote majority filibuster threshold in order to pass voting rights legislation. Democrats across the boar...
8.  'Smoking guns all around': Conservative connects dots showing Trump 'election fraud on a massive scale'  

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In his weekend wrap-up, conservative Bulwark founder Charlie Sykes makes the case that there is more than enough proof that Donald Trump and his inner circle made a provable attempt to steal the 2020 presidential election through fraud.Jumping right into it, Sykes pointed to a CNN report that stated...
9.  Virginia’s Republican attorney general-elect fires dozens of lawyers including in civil rights division  

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He has yet to be sworn in but Virginia’s Republican Attorney General-elect Jason Miyares has already fired dozens of lawyers, including those working in the Office of Civil Rights, and including those who are not political appointees but career civil servants.Miyares campaigned on enforcing the law whil...
10.  Inside the secret 'endorsement operation' to get Trump's 'stamp of approval'  

2022-01-15


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Republican candidates, current lawmakers, and those seeking re-election have all adopted one disturbing common theme to get themselves across the campaign threshold: support former President Donald Trump and echo all of his claims of voter fraud in exchange for his endorsement which comes with overwhelmin...
11.  Fox News' Peter Doocy: There are Republicans 'that don't agree with voting rights'  

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White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki ended the week with yet another smack down of Peter Doocy, as the Fox News reporter admitted there are Republicans who "don't agree with voting rights.""As you talked about a year ago and working with Republicans, now [President Biden] is talking about Republican...
13.  Virginia education bill mocked for erroneous 'fact' about Abraham Lincoln's slavery debates  

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A proposed education bill in Virginia has received sharp criticism for the misinterpretation of basic historical facts surrounding former President Abraham Lincoln's debate with the late Illinois Sen. Steven Douglas.According to Slate, the controversy centers on a bill pre-filled by Rep. Wren William...
14.  DeSantis regrets not going against Trump's national COVID lockdown  

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) has revealed his biggest mistake during the COVID-19 pandemic; a mistake that will likely ruffle former President Donald Trump's feathers. On Thursday, January 13, the Republican governor appeared on the conservative podcast "Ruthless" where he revealed his biggest regret...
15.  DirecTV just dealt a major blow to right-wing viewers  

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DirecTV has announced its decision not to renew its contract with the right-wing media operation, One American News Network (OANN). On Friday, January 14, the cable service provider released a statement to Bloomberg with details about the decision.“We informed Herring Networks that, following a routin...
17.  Mike Lindell claims banks want to sever ties with him due to potential bad press  

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MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell is now claiming that some financial institutions no longer want to do business with him because he poses a "reputation risk" as he continues to push former President Donald Trump's false claims of voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election.On Friday, January 14, Lindell appeare...
18.  Portland PD opens investigation into training presentation that included a right-wing meme  

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The Portland Police Bureau is at the center of controversy over a recent training presentation that included an offensive right-wing meme that celebrated violence against protesters. According to KOIN, the inappropriate meme was reportedly part of a PowerPoint presentation for the Portland Police Burea...
19.  Expert: Americans can expect a ‘tax season from hell’  

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The COVID-19 pandemic has not only created major difficulties for brick-and-mortar businesses in the United States — it has also made it more difficult for government agencies to function, including the Internal Revenue Service. Washington Post opinion writer Catherine Rampell, in her January 13 column...
20.  Fact-checkers dismantle Kevin McCarthy's latest remarks about the Jan. 6 investigative committee  

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Fact-checkers are pushing back to refute House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy's (R-Calif.) claims about the House Select Committee. According to CNN, Daniel Dale, Annie Grayer, and Tara Subramaniam have highlighted and debunked three critical claims by the Republican lawmaker. 1. House Speaker Nanc...
21.  Omicron surge is leaving essential frontline workers frustrated and exhausted: report  

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The internet and the digital revolution have made it possible for millions of people to work from home, which has become even more appealing during the COVID-19 pandemic. But workers who need to be physically present in brick-and-mortar businesses don’t have that option, and the highly infectious Omicro...
22.  Anti-abortion group linked to Amy Coney Barrett has been accused of ‘harassment and intimidation’  

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If the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade in the case Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, one of the socially conservative justices who is almost certain to vote in favor of that is Justice Amy Coney Barrett — who has made no secret of her anti-abortion views. Barrett expressed her oppositio...
23.  New report details Tucker Carlson's promotion of a man now facing Capitol riot sedition charges  

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Fox News' Tucker Carlson has repeatedly hosted a man said to be a member of the Oath Keepers and who is now facing sedition conspiracy charges for his participation in the insurrection on the U.S. Capitol. According to Media Matters, Carlson interviewed Thomas Caldwell, of Berryville, Virginia, on hi...
24.  ‘A huge setback for the GOP': Republicans suffer a blow in their fight for control of the House  

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Between President Joe Biden’s weak approval ratings, gerrymandering and voter suppression, many pundits have been predicting that Republicans will retake the U.S. House of Representatives in November. But that remains to be seen, and Republican gerrymandering was dealt a blow in the Midwest this wee...
25.  The reason a new civil war in the US is actually unlikely  

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by Ore Koren, Indiana UniversityThe potential for violent extremism in America to erupt into full-fledged conflict across the country is a common topic of discussion nowadays.A recent FBI report highlights an increasing risk of violence against government institutions, private organizations and individuals...
26.  'What he did is unbelievable': How Joe Manchin betrayed America’s working families  

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Ed Barnette long ago realized that affordable child care and paid sick leave, among other resources, would be essential to helping West Virginians build better lives and save what’s left of the middle class.He just never expected that when America was finally on the cusp of providing these essentials...
27.  How ‘Queer Eye’ upholds liberal economic fantasies  

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When Netflix recently released season six of the popular reality show “Queer Eye,” I eagerly binge-watched all 10 episodes, savoring Tan France’s precise fashion sense, Bobby Berk’s jaw-droppingly elegant interior designs, Karamo Brown’s sage and insightful personal advice, Antoni Porowski’s versatil...
28.  Are Western wealthy countries determined to starve the people of Afghanistan?  

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On January 11, 2022, the United Nations (UN) Emergency Relief Coordinator Martin Griffiths appealed to the international community to help raise $4.4 billion for Afghanistan in humanitarian aid, calling this effort, “the largest ever appeal for a single country for humanitarian assistance.” This amoun...
29.  The Jesus of the Bible taught one thing — and Trump does the opposite  

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A listener called into my program yesterday and asked, “Is Donald Trump the Antichrist?” I passed on drawing a conclusion, but then the lines lit up with a steady stream of people over the next few hours offering their “proofs” that Trump was, in fact, the Evil One come to ravage the Earth. That firs...
30.  Palm Beach DA explains why Roe v. Wade could derail Ron DeSantis’ reelection hopes  

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When Palm Beach County DA Dave Aronberg appeared on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Thursday, January 13, the South Florida Democrat wasn’t bullish on his party’s chances of unseating Gov. Ron DeSantis in Florida’s 2022 gubernatorial election. But there was a major caveat: Aronberg believes that if the U.S...
31.  Obama warns of 'slow unraveling of basic democratic institutions' — and calls on Democrats to act  

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“America’s long-standing grand experiment in democracy is being sorely tested,” former President Barack Obama writes in his first opinion piece since leaving the White House, making the urgent case for Democrats to pass voting rights legislation. State laws passed in recent years making it harder t...
32.  Grand jury to investigate allegations that a far-right Colorado Republican tampered with election equipment  

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In Colorado, a state that President Joe Biden won by 14% in 2020, Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters is among the far-right MAGA Republicans who has promoted the Big Lie and false claims that the election was stolen from former President Donald Trump — a conspiracy theory that has been repeatedly debunked...
33.  Sinema 'weighing' Senate speech against changing filibuster for voting rights  

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President Joe Biden Thursday afternoon will make a rare trip to Capitol Hill, where he will attend a regular Democratic luncheon with the singular purpose of shaking hands and twisting arms, hoping to convince the lawmakers to pass his voting rights legislation: the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewi...
34.  Glenn Beck said he didn’t need the vaccine – now he’s very sick with COVID and is taking ivermectin  

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Conservative radio host Glenn Beck is not doing well in his struggle with COVID-19, according to the Daily Beast. However, Beck made it clear that he's using the medication known as ivermectin, which has not been proven to be an effective treatment.“I am great, Mark. I am great, Mark,” Beck told Mar...
35.  Expect Ron Johnson to 'dial up the rhetoric' and double down on the 'craziness' in the midterms: journalist  

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Of all the GOP senators seeking reelection in the 2022 midterms, Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin is the only one who is doing so in a state that President Joe Biden won in 2020. However, journalist Sam Brodey, in an article published by the Daily Beast on January 13, doesn’t expect Johnson to move close...
36.  Kyrsten Sinema intentionally dashed into a bathroom stall to avoid being questioned by activists: police report  

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Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) assumed retreating to a bathroom would help her to avoid being confronted by activists. She soon realized their attempts were not a violation of the law. According to The Arizona Mirror, Sinema was recently confronted by four unnamed activists but ignored them and dashe...
37.  One sentence from the Supreme Court's ruling against an OSHA vaccine rule reveals its upside-down logic  

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In a new ruling on Thursday, the six conservative justices on the U.S. Supreme Court blocked the Biden administration from implementing a sweeping requirement for vaccines under the Occupation Safety and Health Administration. Using OSHA's power to regulate employers, the administration sought to requir...
38.  'A material witness to a possible crime': Columnist calls out Kevin McCarthy aiding Trump's 'coverup'  

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This week, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy announced that he is refusing to testify before Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s select committee on the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol Building. McCarthy went total MAGA in his statement, declaring, “This committee is not conducting a legitimate investigation…...
39.  A right-wing talking point about Jan. 6 just completely collapsed after indictment of the Oath Keepers  

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Stewart Rhodes, founder of the far-right militia group the Oath Keepers, has been charged with seditious conspiracy as part of the U.S. Department of Justice’s probe of the January 6, 2021 insurrection. Washington Post reporters Spencer S. Hsu and Devlin Barrett have described the 56-year-old Rhode...
40.  'To defy Trump's wishes is to defy God's plan': The scary truth about modern right-wing misinformation  

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Death threats will change a person. During previous testimony before a Senate panel, the nation’s top infectious disease expert was calm and deferential. This week marked a break from the past. Enough is enough, apparently. Dr. Anthony Fauci was no longer in the mood.Senator Roger Marshall of Kansa...
41.  Jan. 6 committee subpoenas Facebook, Twitter, Google, and Reddit  

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Hours after the Dept. of Justice on Thursday filed charges of seditious conspiracy against eleven individuals, the House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack issued subpoenas to the nation’s top four big tech social media firms: Google (Alphabet’s YouTube platform), Facebook (Meta), Twitter, an...
42.  'Shame on her': Sinema sparks fury by choosing the filibuster over democracy  

2022-01-14


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Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema was met with a torrent of outrage on Thursday after she delivered a floor speech reiterating her opposition to weakening the Senate's 60-vote threshold, striking a major blow to her party's plan to finally overcome Republican obstruction of voting rights legislation."Whil...
43.  'Terrifying' hot streak continues as NOAA says 2021 was the 6th warmest year on record  

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Amid rising public alarm about human-caused global heating, U.S. government scientists announced Thursday that 2021 was the sixth hottest year since records began in 1880."Failure to act together with the global community will all but ensure more devastating impacts and even irreversible climate tippin...
44.  Don't worry – the COVID vaccine could affect your period, but it's temporary  

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In spring 2021, as more people got vaccinated against COVID-19, some people who menstruate began to notice their periods were a bit off.Anecdotal stories detailed heavier flows or delayed cycles. People who thought they were postmenopausal and done with bleeding, were bleeding. As the stories trickle...
45.  Sen. Jon Ossoff unveils bill to ban stock trading by lawmakers  

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Two Democratic senators on Wednesday unveiled legislation that would prevent congressional lawmakers and their immediate families from trading stocks while in office, as new polling shows that an overwhelming majority of voters across the political spectrum support such a reform—something that Republican...
46.  'Gutless': Trump makes a thinly veiled attack on DeSantis — and one reporter says she knows why  

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Former President Donald Trump has been angering some of his far-right supporters, including Infowars’ Alex Jones, by coming out in favor of COVID-19 vaccines and booster shots. Regardless, Trump hasn’t backed down from that pro-vaccine message, which he reiterated during an appearance on One Americ...
47.  The legacy of slavery isn't in the past — it's embodied in the American political system  

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The Post released a database this week of every elected member of Congress who ever owned slaves. The article attached to the database includes important stories of individuals remembered as abolitionists but who also owned slaves. These large numbers and individual anecdotes only tell one part of th...
48.  ‘Moral decay’: GOP congressman blasted for posting Nazi document with swastika to protest vaccine mandate  

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A Republican lawmaker recruited into Congress by Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) is facing accusations of antisemitism after posting a disturbing document from Hitler’s Germany, complete with a Nazi swastika, and using it to compare a vaccine mandate to the Holocaust. Jewish groups are speaking out.“This ha...
49.  Report debunks Manchin's inflation argument against Build Back Better  

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To justify obstructing one of his party's top legislative priorities, Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia has repeatedly claimed that the Build Back Better Act would exacerbate rising inflation.But a new report published Wednesday by the congressional Joint Economic Committee (JEC) argues tha...
50.  Arizona Republican who signed phony 'certification' saying Trump won flees from reporter's questioning  

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On Tuesday, Arizona state Rep. Jake Hoffman, one of the Republicans who signed a fake election "certification" alleging that he was a Republican elector appointed for former President Donald Trump's nonexistent victory in Arizona, turned away from a reporter with 12 News trying to ask him about his rol...
51.  Long COVID: For the 1 in 10 patients who become long-haulers, COVID-19 has lasting effects  

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by Manali Mukherjee, McMaster University and Zain Chagla, McMaster UniversityEven as the unpredictable rise and fall of COVID-19 infections continues at home and around the world, a new and ugly pandemic-related problem is emerging.We know it generically as “long COVID,” though it’s hardly generic, an...
52.  This timeline of filibuster helps explain why it needs to go  

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A new timeline documenting the history of the Senate filibuster shows how the rule, which now requires a 60-vote supermajority to advance most legislation, has been used to protect ruling-class interests for over two centuries and makes the case that the future of democracy in the U.S. depends on reformin...
53.  Kayleigh McEnany meets with Jan. 6 committee: CNN  

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Former Trump White House and campaign press secretary Kayleigh McEnany has appeared before the House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack.CNN reports the meeting took place virtually.McEnany, now a Fox News contributor, was one of ten former Trump officials “with close ties to the former president...
55.  'Pathetic' Lindsey Graham slammed for 'debasing himself' once again for Trump  

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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) declared the 2024 nomination belonged to Donald Trump, if he wanted it, and the GOP senator was dunked in mockery.The South Carolina Republican praised the twice-impeached one-term president, whom he warned would destroy the party before his 2016 nomination and denounced jus...
56.  Tommy Tuberville — a scathing critic of Chinese companies — bought more Alibaba Group stock: report  

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Sen. Tommy Tuberville of Alabama has been a vehement critic of companies based in Mainland China. But according to CNBC, the Republican senator has been buying stock in the Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba — which is based not in Taiwan or Hong Kong, but in Hangzhou, Zhejiang in the People’s Republi...
57.  Former CIA advisor tells MSNBC’s Joy Reid why the US is in danger of another civil war  

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When Barbara F. Walter was part of an advisory panel for the CIA, the political scientist offered insights on the conditions that can lead to civil wars and violent conflicts. And in 2022, Walter believes that those conditions can be found in the United States. Walter, author of the new book “How Civi...
59.  Coal miners union urges Joe Manchin to support the protections BBB offers them  

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When Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and his allies defend his opposition to parts of President Joe Biden’s economic agenda — including his opposition to the Build Back Better Act in its current form — they often stress that his priority is West Virginia voters, not progressives in Brooklyn or Sa...
60.  Trump abruptly ends NPR interview after being challenged about his false claims of voter fraud  

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Former President Donald Trump is still refusing to acknowledge that there were no legitimate claims of widespread voter fraud during the 2020 presidential election. During his latest interview with NPR's Steve Inskeep, Trump was so adamant in his beliefs that he abruptly ended the call when he was challenge...
61.  QAnon cultists wonder if John Lennon and Tupac will appear with JFK at Trump’s Arizona rally: report  

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Supporters of the QAnon cult are converging on Arizona ahead of Donald Trump's scheduled Saturday campaign rally, according to a new report."Former President Donald Trump will hold his first rally of 2022 in Arizona on Saturday and it’s set to be packed with QAnon folks, both on stage and in the crowd,...
62.  This far-right, Trump-appointed conspiracy theorist remains on a commission overseeing Holocaust monuments  

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In 2018, far-right MAGA conspiracy theorist Darren Beattie was fired from a position as a Trump White House speechwriter because of the revelation that in 2016, he had appeared on a panel with Peter Brimelow, founder of the anti-immigrant hate site VDare. But in November 2020, then-President Donald Trum...
63.  Marjorie Taylor Greene suggests using 'Second Amendment rights' against Democrats  

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Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., on Tuesday suggested using "Second Amendment rights" to fight Democrats while defending her proposal for a "national divorce" akin to the Southern states' secession of the 1860s."Ultimately the truth is it's our Second Amendment rights, our right to bear arms, tha...
64.  Betsy DeVos’ foundation is giving $640,000 to right wing group whose 'scholar' wrote Trump-Pence coup memos  

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The foundation belonging to anti-public school activist and former Trump Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and her husband, is handing a right wing group, The Claremont Institute, $640,000. “The Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation donated $240,000 to Claremont in 2020 and approved another $400,00...
65.  Mike Lindell says he has 'enough evidence' to put '300 million' Americans in jail for election fraud  

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MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell argued this week that "300 million" Americans belong in jail for election fraud.Lindell's remarks on Real America's Voice were first reported by Right Wing Watch."Everything you're going to see over these next seven months to get rid of the [voting] machines," he said. "You'r...
66.  Economist Paul Krugman analyzes the 'bizarre alliance between Bitcoin and MAGA'  

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In MAGA World, it isn’t uncommon to find far-right Republicans trumpeting their love of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Sen. Ted Cruz, in October 2021, declared that he wanted to “see Texas become the center of the universe for Bitcoin and crypto” — and former Ohio State Treasurer Josh Mandel tweete...
67.  A new book proves right-wing politics caused mass injury and death  

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The Republicans are sabotaging the country’s full recovery from the covid pandemic. They don’t think so, though. They think they are standing up for individual liberty and citizen autonomy. What does sabotage have to do with defending our constitutional rights? Not surprising. To see sabotage, as ...
68.  Cryptocurrency is becoming mainstream — but its carbon footprint cannot be ignored  

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For advocates of cryptocurrency, the promise of an economic future that is managed by a blockchain (a decentralized database that is shared among the nodes of a computer network, as opposed to being held in a single location, such as a central bank) is compelling. For anyone paying attention, the rapi...
70.  GOP governor 'extremely unwell' amid battle with COVID: report  

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A Republican governor is facing an uphill health battle after testing positive for COVID-19. On Tuesday, January 11, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice (R) released a statement canceling the state's legislative address after receiving test results that confirm he'd contracted the virus. The governor awok...
71.  Walmart and Kroger hike price of COVID tests after federal agreement to sell them 'at cost' expires  

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Walmart and Kroger are raising the prices of at-home COVID-19 tests following the expiration of a temporary deal with the White House to sell the kits "at cost." Meanwhile, the Biden administration said Monday, private insurers will be required to cover the cost of up to eight at-home coronavirus rapi...
72.  Michigan school board member placed on probation following malicious threatening phone call  

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A member of the Davison School Board of Education, who also serves as the chair of the Genesee County Republican Party, has been sentenced in an incident connected to a malicious phone call.According to WNEM, Matthew Smith has been ordered to refrain from contacting Houghton County Clerk Jennifer Kell...
73.  Unseating Ron Johnson in 2022's midterms would be a ‘very meaningful triumph’ for Democrats: columnists  

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More than 30 U.S. Senate races will take place in the 2022 midterms, which will determine whether or not Democrats keep their narrow majorities in the Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives. One of the most closely watched Senate races will be the in Wisconsin, where far-right Republican Sen. Ro...
74.  Elvis Costello vows to retire his provocative anti-war ‘Oliver’s Army’ because of racial slur  

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When Elvis Costello used a racial slur in his 1979 hit “Oliver’s Army,” the British rocker did it to send out an anti-war message — not promote racial divisions. But regardless of the context, Costello, now 67, has announced that he will no longer perform the song on stage. And he is asking radio station...
75.  Eric Trump gets slammed on Twitter after bizarre Fox News rant about his dad and the Constitution  

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Eric Trump, son of former President Donald Trump, is being mocked on Twitter following his latest bizarre outburst about his father and the U.S. Constitution. On Monday, January 10, Eric Trump appeared on Fox News where he expressed disapproval of the legal actions New York Attorney General Letitia Jame...
76.  The evidence of the rising influence of white Christian nationalism is all around us  

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“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.” — Archbishop Desmond TutuThe world lost a great moral leader this Christmas whe...
77.  Trump picks a QAnon-linked supporter as his ‘special guest speaker’ at new rally  

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Whenever Donald Trump was asked about QAnon during the 2020 presidential race, he avoided either promoting or criticizing their far-right conspiracy theorists. Trump would typically say that he didn’t know much about QAnon but heard that they “love America” and oppose pedophilia. Now, Trump is featurin...
78.  ‘What a moron’: Dr. Fauci loses his temper with a GOP senator during a heated exchange  

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Dr. Anthony Fauci has a long history of serving in Republican presidential administrations, including those of President Ronald Reagan, President George H.W. Bush and President George W. Bush, who awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2008. But during the COVID-19 pandemic, countless MAG...
79.  WATCH LIVE: Biden to make a landmark speech from Georgia in his fight for voting rights  

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President Joe Biden will deliver a critical address Thursday afternoon, urging passage of vital legislation to protect voting rights as Republicans in state legislatures across the country cripple access to the ballot and enact laws that could literally nullify the will of the voters.The President, havin...
80.  As anti-reform prosecutors depart, Massachusetts has a real opportunity for progress  

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The landscape of the criminal-legal system in one of the nation’s most progressive states is changing.Two of 11 elected district attorneys in Massachusetts—DA Jonathan Blodgett of Essex County, with a population over 800,000, as well as Cape and Islands DA Michael O’Keefe—have opted to not run for re-electio...
81.  Columnist reveals a new bill to close the loopholes Trump tried to use to steal the presidency  

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Numerous voting rights activists have been warning that unless Democrats find a way to pass the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act and the Freedom to Vote Act, former President Donald Trump and his allies will suppress the vote ahead of the 2024 presidential election. But liberal Washington Pos...
82.  ‘Hate evil, love good’: Biden talks insurrection and civil rights in fiery speech on voting bills  

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Calling for the “renaissance of democracy” and “getting rid of the filibuster for this,” President Joe Biden delivered a speech in Atlanta, taking Americans on a walk through current and past events, from Jim Crow in the 1960s to his predecessor’s “Big Lie,” all in a thunderous effort to pass major votin...
83.  Biden must make clear what Republicans know: The fight for democracy is a struggle over racism  

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President Joe Biden and congressional Democrats are focusing heavily on the racial justice angle for their refreshed pro-democracy campaign.They've kicked off the new year with what is likely a doomed bid to convince corruption-poisoned Democratic holdouts Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrste...
84.  Anti-trans bills introduced in at least 7 states in the first week of 2022  

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During the first week of 2022, at least seven states introduced measures that would curtail the rights of transgender and non-binary youth. According to NBC News, Republican state legislators in Arizona, Alabama, Indiana, Kentucky, Oklahoma, New Hampshire and South Dakota have all proposed bills tha...
85.  The most effective anti-child poverty measure in decades has lapsed — and its future is in doubt  

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On Jan. 15, around 36 million households with children won’t get a payment that many had come to rely on over the previous six months. Thanks to Sen. Joe Manchin and every single Senate Republican, the expanded child tax credit lapsed, and Democrats aren’t sure how to move forward on restoring it.Senat...
86.  Schumer cleans the floor with Cornyn over voting rights laws and the GOP’s ‘obeisance’ to Trump  

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Nothing is better than using your enemy’s weapons against them. On Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer did just that, practically shoving Sen. John Cornyn’s chart and questions straight down his throat. At the opening of Tuesday’s session, Schumer took an opportunity to use Cornyn’s ridiculou...
87.  Bait and switch: Manchin teases ‘rule changes’ to make the Senate ‘work better’ after Biden’s speech  

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President Joe Biden delivered one of the most powerful and authentic speeches of his nascent presidency on Tuesday in Georgia, urging passage of critical voting rights legislation including a carve of the filibuster to allow a simple majority vote on the two bills.In response, just hours later Senato...
89.  ‘Lying on purpose?’: Experts slam Manchin for ‘Trumpian lie’  

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U.S. Senator Joe Manchin is continuing his opposition to President Joe Biden's agenda. On Monday the Democrat from West Virginia unleashed a historically inaccurate claim about the filibuster that has many enraged.The filibuster in its current form requires much of what the Senate does to get 60 votes...
90.  Inside the bizarre story of a California man arrested with 300 voting ballots -- and the right-wing outrage that followed  

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After Southern California resident Eduardo Mena was arrested in August 2021 and found with 300 election ballots in his possession, right-wing media were quick to make election fraud claims. But according to Sgt. Mark Ponegalek of the Torrance Police Department, there is no evidence that Mena had electio...
91.  Two Oklahoma death row inmates prefer firing squad over lethal injection: report  

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Two death row inmates in Oklahoma have made requests to change the nature of their executions following a number of previously botched executions across the state. On Monday, January 10, Donald Grant and Gilbert Postelle submitted documents to US District Judge Stephen Friot requesting to be execute...
92.  NY State AG refuses to back down from her Trump probe: ‘Our investigation will continue undeterred’  

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Former President Donald Trump has been gone from the White House for almost a year, yet he continues to face a variety of investigations — from the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office to Fulton County, Georgia DA Fani Willis to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s select committee on the January 6, 2021 insurrection...
93.  Prominent QAnon anti-vaxxer who called for Anthony Fauci’s execution dies of COVID-19  

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QAnon supporter Cirsten Weldon was among the far-right anti-vaxxers and coronavirus truthers who railed against COVID-19 vaccines in 2021 — and on Thursday, January 6, according to the Daily Beast — she died of COVID-19.Weldon, who called for Dr. Anthony Fauci — President Joe Biden’s top White Hous...
94.  Automated killer robots aren't science fiction anymore — and the world isn't ready  

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Here’s a scenario to consider: a military force has purchased a million cheap, disposable flying drones each the size of a deck of cards, each capable of carrying three grams of explosives — enough to kill a single person or, in a “shaped charge,” pierce a steel wall. They’ve been programmed to see...
95.  Ocasio-Cortez announces positive coronavirus test and symptoms after traveling to Florida  

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U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Sunday evening released a statement announcing she has received a positive coronavirus test and is symptomatic. AOC is fully vaccinated, including having received her booster shot.Ocasio-Cortez, among the best-know House Democratic lawmakers in the progressive caucus...
96.  'What about the general public?' Members of Congress to get KN95 masks amid Omicron wave  

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With Capitol Hill—like much of the United States—experiencing a major spike in Covid-19 cases, members of Congress and their offices are reportedly set to receive KN95 masks to help stem the spread of the highly contagious Omicron variant.The public, meanwhile, has largely been left to fend for itsel...
97.  Comedian Bob Saget found dead in Orlando hotel room at age 65  

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According to TMZ and the Daily Beast, comedian Bob Saget was found dead in an Orlando, Florida hotel room. Saget, who played the dad on "Full House," was also known for his raunchy stand-up. Saget was just 65. I am broken. I am gutted.\u00a0 I am in complete and utter shock.\u00a0 I will never eve...
98.  Noam Chomsky: 'Proto-fascism' and 'white nationalism are prime ingredients of the GOP’s slow-motion coup  

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Noam Chomsky, who turned 93 on December 7, 2021, has lived through everything from World War II to the Vietnam War to Watergate to 9/11. The left-wing author, born in 1928 near the end of Calvin Coolidge’s presidency, has experienced crises ranging from the Great Depression to the Great Recession — an...
99.  Cult survivor explains how Trump 'weaponizes' the 'us vs. them' tactics of a 'cult leader'  

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Many critics of former President Donald Trump, from liberals and progressives to right-wing Never Trump conservatives, have described his authoritarian MAGA movement as a “cult.” And political pundits aren’t the only ones who have been making that argument; some former cult members are saying the sam...
100.  Group of North Carolina voters argue Madison Cawthorn is ineligible to run for re-election  

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Should Rep. Madison Cawthorn be disqualified from being a U.S. Congressman? That’s the question a group of North Carolina voters are raising, saying the Republican lawmaker can not represent the Tar Heel State because the U.S. Constitution bans anyone who has “engaged in insurrection or rebellion...
101.  Trump calls conservative GOP senator a 'RINO' for acknowledging 2020 election was 'as fair as we’ve seen'  

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As much as MAGA Republicans rail against “political correctness,” they are the first to attack anyone in the GOP who fails to agree with former President Donald Trump less than 100% of the time — and the latest example is Sen. Mike Rounds of South Dakota. As Trump sees it, the conservative GOP senato...
102.  Manchin called out for 'operating in bad faith' after reportedly no longer supporting his own BBB counteroffer  

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U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin came under fire Saturday after The Washington Post reported that the West Virginia Democrat "does not currently support" passing even his own recent $1.8 trillion counteroffer to President Joe Biden's Build Back Better agenda."Sen. Manchin is operating in bad faith," tweeted Nid...
103.  'Good luck with that': Devin Nunes’ hometown paper takes final slap at lawmaker as he heads off to work for Trump  

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On the day that Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) officially stepped down from Congress to go head up Donald Trump's new social media company, the Republican lawmaker's hometown paper --which has harshly criticized him over the past several years and led him to sue them for $150 million -- took one final sho...
104.  'Genuinely insane' decision by Trump when he was president could lead to New York City devastation: author  

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In an interview with the Daily Beast's Molly Jong-Fast, Stephen Marche, author of The Next Civil War: Dispatches from the American Future , described a decision by Donald Trump administration in the last year of his four-year term as "genuinely insane" and one that could come back to haunt New York City.A...
105.  'Somber faces and dispirited demeanor': ICU doctor reveals the horrors his colleagues are facing in rural Ohio  

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An intensive care unit (ICU) doctor in rural Ohio is speaking out about the battle he and his staff have been fighting with the latest wave of COVID-19. In an op-ed published by HuffPost, Dr. Jason Chertoff, M.D., M.P.H. painted a picture of the scene unfolding at the "moderate-sized community hospital...
106.  Here’s how Mitch McConnell could take control of the Senate before the midterm elections  

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In a column for Politico, longtime political analyst Jeff Greenfield explained that a combination of state laws and fate could combine to hand control of the Senate to Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) before a single vote is cast in the 2022 midterms.With election experts predicting control o...
108.  Ron Johnson explains why he lied about term limits to run again: 'I'm just one of those truth-tellers'  

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Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) on Sunday explained why he has decided to run for Senate again despite promising to impose term limits on himself. Fox News host Maria Bartiromo spoke to Johnson soon after he announced he is running again. "There are many factors," Johnson asserted. "It wasn't an easy decision...
109.  Trump canceled Jan. 6 press conference following advice from Lindsey Graham: '​There could be peril'  

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Former President Donald Trump planned to hold a press conference in Florida, his adopted state, on the one-year anniversary of the January 6, 2021 insurrection. But Trump, according to Associated Press reporter Jill Colvin, canceled that event and will instead “be discussing his grievances” at a rall...
110.  Retiring GOP lawmaker has a request for her political party —even if they do it without her  

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An outgoing Republican lawmaker in Wisconsin who pushed back against former President Donald Trump's claims of voter fraud is urging her political party to move on and turn from the path they are heading down.Although Sen. Kathy Bernier (R-Wisc.) has been described as a hometown hero and public servan...
111.  New analysis exposes the 'grim truth' about the GOP's future  

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The anniversary of the Jan. 6 insurrection was expectedly a major topic of discussion this week. However, The Guardian's Jonathan Freedland has detailed a common theme in most of the reports: the timeline is being written in the past tense when the issue is still very much a problem. Freedland also note...
112.  'Definitely being untruthful': Fitness experts aren't buying Mike Pompeo's claim about his 90lb weight loss regime  

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Former U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is 90 pounds lighter and he credits it to turkey bacon and six months of half-hour workouts at his home. However, fitness experts are not sure if he is being honest about his weight loss success. Could he have really lost 90 pounds in just six months with th...
113.  Facebook accused of radicalizing a far-right extremist in new lawsuit  

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Facebook is facing an unprecedented lawsuit amid allegations that the social network "played a role in radicalizing a far-right supporter of the extremist Boogaloo movement" who is accused of murdering a federal security officer.According to HuffPost, the lawsuit has been filed by the sister of Dav...
114.  WATCH: Ted Cruz's remarks about the Jan. 6 insurrection have come back to haunt him in a new supercut  

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Sen. Ted Cruz's (R-Texas) week of blunders and groveling have come back to haunt him. On Friday, January 7, the Republican lawmaker became the focal point of a new damning supercut that highlights his recent ordeal, according to HuffPost. Earlier this week, the Texas senator faced conservative backlas...
115.  'Pitiful cowardice': Texas GOP blasted for attacking masks and promoting waiting in long lines to vote  

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The Texas GOP has spent more than a year – since before the 2020 election – working hard to make it easier to contract the deadly coronavirus and harder vote. Their actions have lead to a huge number of coronavirus cases, hospitalizations, and deaths. And long voting lines statewide.On Friday the Texa...
116.  Gorsuch compares COVID to seasonal flu  

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CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article erroneously quoted Justice Gorsuch saying the flu kills “hundreds of thousands of people every year.” The headline and story have been change for accuracy.Conservative justices on the Supreme Court are making it clear they oppose President Joe Biden’s vaccinat...
117.  ATF doing a lousy job at policing 3D guns  

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The federal agency that oversees guns is largely failing to monitor a technology that the extremist anti-government Boogaloo movement used to convert semiautomatic weapons to machine guns.Officials from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives could only come up with 12 cases in the las...
118.  Biden pursues Trump plan that creates big profits by denying health care  

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In 2020, the Trump administration launched a plan to hand traditional Medicare over to Wall Street. Inexplicably, the Biden administration is playing along.The overwhelming evidence demonstrates that the plan will drive up healthcare costs, inhibiting people from getting needed care.So-called Direc...
119.  WATCH: Jimmy Fallon mocks Trump's new social media app using the former president's own words  

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Former President Donald Trump is trying yet again to launch a social media app. So, to help the former president make his announcement, Jimmy Fallon decided to offer a bit of help. However, Fallon's comical approach has put a different spin on things. On Friday, January 7, the segment on Trump's ne...
120.  'One of America's darkest days': Stephen Colbert commemorates Jan. 6  anniversary with 'Rent' parody  

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Stephen Colbert highlighted a bleakly funny parody of Rent" in honor of the insurrection on the U.S. Capitol that occurred on Jan. 6, 2021. During the Thursday night segment of The Late Show host released a revised version of the famous Rent song, "Seasons of Love" — aptly retitled "Abhor-Rent." Th...
121.  Kamala Harris was inside the DNC on Jan. 6 when a 'viable' pipe bomb was discovered  

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The Vice President-Elect of the United States of America was inside a building on the afternoon of January 6, 2021, just two weeks before being sworn in by taking the oath of office to protect the nation against all enemies, foreign and domestic, when a "viable" pipe bomb was discovered.That buildin...
122.  How Democrats may have blown their chance to seriously dominate US politics after the Jan. 6 insurrection  

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After the January 6, 2021 insurrection, some pundits were predicting the death of the MAGA movement. But that didn’t happen; the GOP has only grown more extreme, more Trumpified and more authoritarian, declaring that even arch-conservative Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming isn’t right-wing enough. Presiden...
123.  Analysis breaks down the significance of Mark Meadows' PowerPoint presentation  

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The House Select Committee has worked diligently to piece together all that transpired on Jan. 6, 2021, as a mob of angry Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol. Since the beginning of the investigation, the committee has uncovered an abundance of evidence to gain insight. However, there is one piec...
124.  Devin Nunes’ House Intel replacement is promising a new direction: report  

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With former Rep. Devin Nunes of California having left the U.S. House of Representatives to work as CEO of former President Donald Trump’s new company, Trump Media & Technology Group, Rep. Mike Turner of Ohio is now the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee. Turner, according to Politic...
125.  Embattled Arizona Cyber Ninjas ordered to pay hefty $50K per day fine in sanctions  

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Cyber Ninjas —the firm employed by Arizona's Republican-led government to conduct an audit of the 2020 presidential election— has been ordered to pay a hefty five-figure daily fine until it turns over records requested by the Arizona Republic newspaper.On Thursday, January 6, the Florida-based firm wa...
126.  Is the doom of humanity really inevitable? Maybe not  

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Evidence reveals our remote ancestors were neither brutes nor innocents, but complex beings whose experiments in living have much to teach us. Welcome news as disaster looms in every direction.David Graeber, the electrifying social thinker who helped spark the Occupy Movement and challenged our acceptanc...
127.  Polling expert explains the real reason the GOP doesn't care that it's unpopular  

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Although President Joe Biden entered 2022 suffering from weak approval ratings, many polls have shown that Democratic positions are more mainstream than Republican positions. Most voters, according to polls, are against overturning Roe v. Wade or abolishing Obamacare — which is enjoying record enrollment...
128.  Is Biden ready to pounce? The meaning behind the best speech of his presidency  

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I don't think anyone has ever said that Joe Biden is a great orator. In fact, he's probably one of the least gifted presidential speakers I can remember. Maybe George Bush Sr. was equally mediocre, but that's not saying much. However, yesterday, on January 6th, Joe Biden gave the best speech I've eve...
129.  ‘I’m just sort of stating facts’: Justice Kagan smacks down right-wing lawyer fighting Biden’s vaccine rule  

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The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing arguments over President Joe Biden’s vaccine or test mandate right now, and it doesn’t look good for the pro-science, common sense, anti-death left.But Justice Elena Kagan is doing an excellent job of clearly and rationally refuting the far right’s positions.At issu...
130.  Election law expert lays out a game plan for combating the threat to American democracy  

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Election law expert Richard L. Hasen, in his articles for the Washington Post and others, has been warning that although the United States “dodged a bullet” when former President Donald Trump’s 2020/early 2021 coup attempt was unsuccessful, it may not be so lucky in the future. And Hasen continues t...
131.  Two lawyers argued against COVID safety rules to the Supreme Court — while positive for COVID  

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As the right-wing majority of the U.S. Supreme Court appeared ready Friday to strike down the Biden administration's Covid-19 safety guidelines for workplaces, the nine justices were protected in their own workplace from exposure to the disease.According to Reuters, two of the attorneys arguing agains...
132.  Right-wing justices appear poised to kill Biden vaccine rules despite raging omicron  

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Amid expert warnings about the dire implications for public health and democracy, right-wing justices on the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday appeared poised to strike down the Biden administration's contested federal vaccination requirements even as the coronavirus pandemic rages across the country.Ora...
133.  School closure debates put teachers unions front and center  

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by Katharine O. Strunk, Michigan State UniversityClasses in Chicago were canceled for a third day on Jan. 7, 2022, amid a bitter standoff between the teachers union and public school leaders over in-person instruction during a spike in COVID-19 infections.The dispute echoes those that occurred earlie...
134.  Jen Psaki tears apart Ron DeSantis’ criticisms of Biden’s pandemic testing program: ‘It’s pretty rich’  

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has been critical of the Biden administration’s at-home testing program for COVID-19, attacking it as wasteful. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki defended that program when she was asked about it during a White House press conference this week, pointing out some major flaw...
135.  The Republicans work to unbuild a country already coming apart at the seams  

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Let me start 2022 by heading back — way, way back — for a moment.It’s easy to forget just how long this world has been a dangerous place for human beings. I thought about this recently when I stumbled upon a little memoir my Aunt Hilda scrawled, decades ago, in a small notebook. In it, she commente...
136.  'Is that English?': Newsmax cuts away from Marjorie Taylor Greene as her speech about Jan. 6 baffles critics  

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On the one-year anniversary of the January 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol Building, far-right Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia held a press conference to attack Democrats for their Capitol riot investigations. But her ranting seemed to become too much even for right-wing Newsmax TV.Newsma...
137.  Fox hosts clash over COVID boosters as one reveals his family's outbreak: 'I trust my doctor'  

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The two Doocys who work for Fox News – “Fox & Friends” co-host Steve Doocy and his son, White House correspondent Peter Doocy – along with Steve’s spouse, all contracted COVID-19 over the Christmas holidays.“A lot of people trade gifts,” he said. "We traded Omicron. It pretty much went through our whol...
138.  How grassroots energy projects are taking back power from utility companies  

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As power outages caused by extreme weather events become more intense and frequent, the efforts by federal, state and local legislators to abate human-caused climate change may seem futile to those on the front lines, who are left sweating or freezing in their homes after the power goes out unexpectedl...
139.  There's a ridiculous 'free speech' debate reigniting over Marjorie Taylor Greene's Twitter ban  

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This week Marjorie Taylor Greene’s personal Twitter account was permanently suspended for disseminating covid misinformation. This was actually her fifth strike after plenty of warnings. Greene still has access to the public through her congressional account, but that hasn’t stopped people from reignitin...
140.  Watch: Matt Gaetz obscenely attacks Ted Cruz over Jan. 6 remarks  

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During a wild press conference Thursday afternoon Reps. Matt Gaetz and Marjorie Taylor Greene delivered extremist remarks cloaked as the “Republican response” to January 6.At one point a reporter asked Congresswoman Greene if she agreed with Senator Ted Cruz who said on Wednesday that the January 6 insurrectio...
141.  Trump melts down over Biden's 'very hurtful' Jan. 6 speech and continues to spread election lies  

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Still banned from social media for spreading lies about the 2020 presidential election that inspired an insurrection, former president Donald Trump repeatedly blasted reporters with statements on Thursday as the country marked the one-year anniversary of the attempted coup.First Trump issued a statemen...
142.  Sen. Lindsey Graham accused of being 'very disrespectful' in meeting with Jan. 6 cops  

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Sandra Garza, the longtime partner of Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, who died shortly after the Jan. 6 attack, accused Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., of being "very disrespectful" during a meeting about a commission proposal that was rejected by Republicans.Sicknick died on Jan. 7 last year, on...
143.  New Manhattan prosecutor sparks a right-wing backlash — but the critics don't understand the reality  

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On the campaign trail for Manhattan district attorney in 2021, Alvin Bragg was seen by many observers as unlikely to deliver on the reforms he promised. Now that he has been sworn in, he is already planning big moves that could revolutionize the system—unless it destroys him first.In a memorandum publishe...
144.  The American hyper-focus on individualism makes us poorer, sicker, and sadder  

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It is rather easy to lament the state of our country right now. We are not wealthy. The US economy, despite the pandemic, has been doing reasonably well overall. However, income inequality is at its highest in 50 years. We are richer in the aggregate, but most of the gains have gone to upper-class families...
145.  Jimmy Carter warns US democracy 'teeters on the brink'  

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As the nation prepares to mark the one-year anniversary of the right-wing insurrectionist mob attack on the U.S. Capitol, former President Jimmy Carter on Wednesday warned that American democracy "teeters on the brink" of destruction and that there is a real possibility of a second civil war if the countr...
146.  5 myths that fuel the rejection of science  

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by Gale Sinatra, University of Southern California and Barbara K. Hofer, MiddleburyEvery disaster movie seems to open with a scientist being ignored. “Don’t Look Up” is no exception – in fact, people ignoring or flat out denying scientific evidence is the point.Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrenc...
147.  Former Obama DOJ spokesperson blasts Merrick Garland’s ‘get off my back’ speech  

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Former Dept. of Justice spokesperson Matthew Miller on Wednesday offered up a realistic assessment of Merrick Garland’s speech just hours earlier. The Attorney General’s speech has elicited a wide range of responses on the left, with many institutionalists supporting the embattled AG, and more casua...
148.  Critics respond to viral videos of 'very unwell' Ron DeSantis 'seemingly gasping for air'  

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Just days after reappearing in public following a two-week disappearance Ron DeSantis delivered a speech Wednesday causing critics to express concern for his health. Several videos of DeSantis, garnering nearly one million view in just a few hours, have gone viral. “Something is not right here,” observe...
149.  'I fear the next election cycle': Former Oath Keepers spokesman warns against violent extremism  

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According to ABC News, more than 20 of the people facing charges in connection with the January 6, 2021 assault on the U.S. Capitol Building “have alleged ties to the Oath Keepers.” But one person who has long since distanced himself from the far-right militia group is Jason Van Tatenhove. Formerl...
150.  'I acted the fool': Tennessee GOP leader apologizes after threatening to fight, pants referee at high school basketball game  

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In deep red Tennessee, State Rep. Jeremy Faison — who chairs the House Republican Caucus in the Tennessee House of Representatives — is apologizing after threatening to fight a referee during a high school basketball game.“The dustup included what appeared to be a failed attempt at pulling down the official’...
151.  George Conway urges Merrick Garland to prosecute 'the individual most responsible' for Jan. 6 — Donald Trump  

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On Wednesday, January 5 — the day before the one-year anniversary of the January 6, 2021 assault on the U.S. Capitol Building — Attorney General Merrick Garland declared that the U.S. Department of Justice “remains committed to holding all January 6 perpetrators, at any level, accountable under law....
152.  Retired general urges US to prepare for next coup that could 'infect the rank and file' in the military  

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A retired military general is urging the United States to be prepared for the possibility of yet another insurrection in 2024. Speaking to NPR.org, Maj. Gen. Paul Eaton noted that while "the idea of a military-backed coup was 'low probability, high impact,'" he insisted that “it's an eventualit...
153.  'It's a trap': Advocates warn against McConnell-backed election reform gambit  

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Since June, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and his Republican caucus have filibustered three separate Democratic voting rights bills, refusing to permit even a floor debate on the legislation as GOP-led states intensify their assault on the franchise.But with Senate Democrats gearing up for ye...
154.  Critics blast 'disgusting fraud' Lindsey Graham for accusing Biden of politicizing the insurrection  

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After President Joe Biden delivered what some are calling his best speech ever, commemorating the one-year anniversary of Trump supporters’ attack on the U.S. Capitol – an insurrection and attempted coup – Senator Lindsey Graham served up a horrific attack on the American President, and is being highl...
155.  'He can’t accept he lost': Biden blasts 'defeated' Donald Trump’s 'bruised ego' in fiery Jan. 6 speech  

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President Joe Biden delivered a fiery yet inspiring speech attacking Donald Trump’s “web of lies,” clearly calling out the former president as the head of the violent and deadly January 6 insurrection – a word he used, possibly for the first time in public.“I did not seek this fight,” he said of th...
156.  Trial reveals that Republicans used ‘secret maps’ during redistricting process: ‘He feels lied to’  

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In North Carolina, a civil trial has found Republicans and Democrats at odds over 2021’s redistricting process for congressional districts in the state. Democrats, in a lawsuit, have accused North Carolina Republicans of partisan gerrymandering, while Republicans are insisting that their new congressiona...
157.  DeSantis admits he let up to 1 million COVID tests expire as his surgeon general says ‘don’t get tested’  

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Florida Republican Governor Ron DeSantis is casually admitting he allowed between 800,000 and one million COVID-19 rapid tests expire amid an exponential increase in coronavirus cases, as he and his administration downplay the importance of testing. Experts says testing is essential to help stop th...
158.  These major corporations have 'broken promises and funded seditionists' since Jan. 6: reports  

2022-01-04


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A pair of watchdog groups on Monday called out companies and trade groups that continued to financially support the 147 congressional Republicans who voted last year to overturn the 2020 presidential election results even after the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.The government watchdog group Accountable.U...
159.  Texas GOP Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick tested positive for COVID-19 last week — but didn’t tell Texas right away  

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By James Barragán, The Texas Tribune Jan. 3, 2022 "Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick tested positive last week for COVID-19 but didn’t tell Texas right away" was first published by The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics...
160.  Sen. Tim Kaine, NBC reporter, among hundreds stuck in massive traffic jam overnight after winter storm paralyzed DC  

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When a snowstorm hit the Northeastern Corridor on Monday, January 3, some areas received little or no snow while others were hit hard — and in the Washington D.C. area, the winter weather caused a severe traffic jam that kept some people stuck in their cars all night on I-95. One of them was NBC New...
161.  This Orange County Republican who campaigned against vaccine mandates just died of COVID-19  

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In Orange County, California south of Los Angeles, Kelly Ernby — a GOP activist known for her opposition to vaccine mandates — has died of COVID-19 at the age of 46, according to the Daily Pilot. Ernby, who spent a decade as a deputy district attorney in Orange County, ran for a seat in the Californi...
162.  3 Washington State Republicans attended Mike Lindell’s 'Cyber Symposium' at taxpayers’ expense  

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When MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell held his three-day “Cyber Symposium” in Sioux Falls, South Dakota in August 2021, three of the far-right MAGA Republicans who attended were lawmakers from Washington State — and according to Seattle Times reporter Jim Brunner, they did so at the expense of Washington taxpayers.Lindell...
163.  'Notoriously selfish' Aaron Rodgers slammed after bragging about Ayn Rand book on bookshelf:  'Explains everything'  

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Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who turned 38 on December 2, discussed the reading material he has on hand during a recent interview with ESPN — and he mentioned the late Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged.” Rodgers’ revelation is receiving a lot of discussion on Twitter, including negative comment...
164.  Betty White’s agent debunks bogus anti-vaxxer claims that she had a COVID booster shot 3 days before her death  

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Since her death at the age of 99 on December 31, 2021, Betty White has been the subject of a nonsense conspiracy theory by far-right anti-vaxxers — who have claimed or implied that the famous television actress/comedian died from a COVID-19 booster shot she received only three days before her death...
165.  Taylor Swift is a scathing critic of Marsha Blackburn — but her label is a generous donor: report  

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Pop star and Nashville resident Taylor Swift has been a scathing critic of Sen. Marsha Blackburn, slamming the Tennessee Republican as “Trump in a wing” and a “homophobic racist.” But her record company, Universal Music Group, has been a generous Blackburn donor — and according to Daily Beast reporte...
166.  'A dangerous fascist': Critics blast Josh Hawley on the anniversary of his Fox News insurrection threat  

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U.S. Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO), whose fist-in-the-sky photo taken in front of the Capitol January 6 became emblematic of Donald Trump’s insurrection, is being raked over the coals as Americans remember the threat he delivered in a Fox News interview just one year ago today. When you look up traito...
167.  The scary truth about the media's reaction to right-wing authoritarianism  

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It’s conventional wisdom among newspaper reporters that we should let readers decide. Don’t come to moral conclusions. Just present the facts neutrally, objectively. Leave the rest to the opinion pages. But that conventional wisdom is running into trouble, namely a period in political history in whic...
168.  Republican voters don't actually 'believe' the Big Lie about January 6 — they're in on the con  

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Of the 725 people arrested so far for the January 6 insurrection incited by Donald Trump, perhaps one of the most telling stories is that of the very first person sentenced, Anna Morgan-Lloyd. On Facebook, Morgan-Lloyd's attitude about participating in a violent attempt to overthrow democracy was jubilant...
169.  ‘He can’t mention the election again’: Text messages reveal Sean Hannity’s frantic efforts to rein in Trump  

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Fox News host Sean Hannity repeatedly tried to rein in former president Donald Trump in text messages to his chief of staff, Mark Meadows, in the days before and after the Jan. 6 insurrection.In a letter requesting Hannity's testimony on Tuesday, the House select committee investigating the Capitol insurrectio...