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    Chris Kleponis/Sipa via AP Fight disinformation. Get a daily recap of the facts that matter. Sign up for the free Mother Jones newsletter.Donald Trump had a plan to steal the 2020 election: he wanted GOP-controlled legislatures in key states Joe Biden won to override the will of their state’s voters and appoint their own electors for Trump, which Vice President Mike Pence would count when Congress met on January 6, nullifying Biden’s victory. This brazen attempt to overturn the 2020 election didn’t succeed, but Trump and his allies are doing everything they can to ensure a different outcome in 2024, and they’re helped by an obscure 1887 law called the Electoral Count Act that is in desperate need of a rewrite. The Electoral Count Act, which grew out of the disputed election of 1876, says that a legislature can appoint its own electors at odds with the winner of a state’s popular vote if it concludes that voters “failed to make a choice” on Election Day. The act does not specify what “failed” means, an ambiguity that provides an opening...
    If it seems like it was just yesterday that U.S. Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene labeled the President of the United States and in fact every Democrat in the country “communists,” it was, which is why it might seem strangely hypocritical that the Republican from Georgia minutes ago was labeling herself the “most attacked” freshman member of Congress in all of U.S. history. “Joe Biden is a communist,” Greene declared strongly Thursday evening. “And that’s who the Democrats are – they’re communists.” “You know, a lot of people are swallowing down the word ‘socialist,’ but that’s not a good enough word for Democrats – they are communists,” Greene told her supporters, clearly ignorant of the words’ meanings. “That’s the word we need to keep using with them,” she continued. “Because they’re using these unprecedented, authoritarian, tyrannical controls on the American people to force people to comply.” Marge Greene today: \u201cJoe Biden is a communist. And that\u2019s what the Democrats are - they\u2019re communists. A lot of people are swallowing down the word \u2018socialist,\u2019 but .. they are communists.\u201dpic.twitter.com/agaGlwoi4N — Ron Filipkowski...
     Presented by Facebook    Welcome to The Hill’s Morning Report. It is Friday! We get you up to speed on the most important developments in politics and policy, plus trends to watch. Alexis Simendinger and Al Weaver are the co-creators. Readers can find us on Twitter @asimendinger and @alweaver22. Please recommend the Morning Report to friends and let us know what you think. CLICK HERE to subscribe!   Total U.S. coronavirus deaths reported each morning this week: Monday, 776,639; Tuesday, 778,601; Wednesday, 780,233; Thursday, 782,100; Friday, 785,912. Congress got its job done early. Both chambers on Thursday acted to fund the government temporarily through mid-February, which averted a looming government shutdown at midnight tonight.  The House on Thursday evening passed a continuing resolution, 221-212, to fund government operations at the previous year’s fiscal levels through Feb. 18, giving lawmakers more time to hammer out their differences. Retiring Rep. Adam KinzingerAdam Daniel KinzingerOn The Money — Congress races to keep the lights on House sets up Senate shutdown showdown McCarthy faces headaches from far-right House GOP MORE (R-Ill.) was the lone...
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    (CNN)After video surfaced of Colorado Rep. Lauren Boebert making anti-Muslim comments about Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar in mid-November, Congress must again contend with a major question: how to handle members who step out of line, offending and potentially endangering the wellbeing of their colleagues. Lincoln MitchellIn a video posted on Facebook before Thanksgiving, Boebert implied Omar had been mistaken for a terrorist -- or member of the "jihad squad" -- in a Capitol Hill elevator. On Friday, Boebert offered a weak apology on Twitter, saying she was sorry "to anyone in the Muslim community" she offended with her comment.This comes on the heels of Arizona Rep. Paul Gosar being censured and stripped of committees for tweeting a photoshopped anime video in which he attacks New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and President Joe Biden with swords. Now, some think Boebert should face a similar fate and, at the very least, censure.There is no question that Boebert's comments were deeply bigoted, that Gosar's violent fantasies are disturbing and that neither are conducting themselves the way most of us would like to...
    A coalition of major media companies has filed a legal brief in support of former Trump chief White House strategist Steven Bannon as he fights a proposed protective order in court that would keep him from publicizing Jan. 6th documents and information. The media group – which includes CNN, ABC, NBC, plus the Washington Post, the New York Times, and the parent company of the Wall Street Journal – filed a motion to intervene as Bannon's fights the government's proposed order as part of his contempt of Congress case.  The order would severely limit what Bannon can do with the trove of information that the feds must share as part of the normal discovery process and have already begun handing over.  According to a prior government filing, this includes more than 1,000 pages of witness testimony, grand jury material, and even emails from staff for the House Jan. 6th Committee investigating the Capitol riot. The press group argues that the government's proposed order would violate the First Amendment – and takes on the government's own contention that allowing Bannon to...
    The ugly clash following Rep. Lauren Boebert's attack on Rep. Ilhan Omar proliferated through the House GOP conference on Tuesday, with Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene calling fellow Republican Nancy Mace 'trash' after she condemned Boebert's anti-Muslim comments.  The latest round played out online, after Mace, a South Carolina Republican, condemned 'racist tropes' and 'disgusting comments' she said occurred on 'both sides,' following Boebert's comments about Omar – the first Somali American in Congress – who Boebert compared to a suicide bomber and called a member of the 'Jihad squad.' That defense of a Demoratic lawmaker did not sit well with Greene, who has clashed with lawmakers from both parties and had her committee assignments stripped after a House vote following her own incendiary comments.   .@NancyMace is the trash in the GOP Conference,' tweeted Greene. Rep. Nancy Mace (R-S.C.) defended herself online after fellow Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene called her the 'trash' of the GOP Conference 'Never attacked by Democrats or RINO’s (same thing) because she is not conservative, she’s pro-abort. Mace you can back up off of @laurenboebert or just...
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s select committee on the January 6 insurrection has announced that it will be voting on whether to recommend that Donald Trump ally and former U.S. Department of Justice official Jeffrey Clark be held in contempt of Congress. The committee tweeted: Wednesday, December 1st at 7:00 PM\n\nThe Select Committee will vote on a report recommending that the House of Representatives cite Jeffrey Clark for criminal contempt of Congress and refer him for prosecution. — January 6th Committee (@January 6th Committee) 1638211959 According to CNN, “The committee plans to meet Wednesday night to vote on a report recommending that the full House refer Clark to the Justice Department on criminal contempt charges. A House vote has not yet been scheduled. If the committee moves to hold Clark in contempt, he would become the second person to potentially face criminal charges for refusing to provide critical information to investigators under subpoena. The first was former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon, who was arrested for contempt of Congress after openly defying a subpoena from the...
    Sen. Tom CottonTom Bryant CottonGraham emerges as go-to ally for Biden's judicial picks China draws scrutiny over case of tennis star Peng Shuai Biden says he's 'considering' a diplomatic boycott of Beijing Olympics MORE (R-Ark.) slammed White House chief medical adviser Anthony FauciAnthony FauciAustralia reviewing reopening plans after reporting first omicron cases Biden to provide update Monday on US response to omicron variant Canada reports North America's first cases of omicron COVID-19 variant MORE on Monday, likening the top infectious disease expert to a bureaucrat who thinks "they are the science." Cotton, a vocal critic of Fauci, went after President BidenJoe BidenBiden to provide update Monday on US response to omicron variant Restless progressives eye 2024 Emhoff lights first candle in National Menorah-lighting ceremony MORE's top medical adviser during an appearance on "Fox & Friends" a day after Fauci pushed back on GOP criticism of himself. Fauci told CBS "Face the Nation" host Margaret Brennan that it was "dangerous" for Republican senators to criticize him, arguing "they're really criticizing science, because I represent science." "To me, that's more dangerous than the slings and the arrows...
    Congress returns to Washington this week after Thanksgiving break with two deadlines looming - they must pass a new spending bill by Friday to avert a government shutdown and pass fresh debt ceiling legislation by December 15.  And while President Joe Biden's $1.75 trillion Build Back Better bill passed the House before the break, now the Senate must pick it up. The most urgent matter is the funding bill, with House leaders expected to introduce a stopgap measure that would fund the government through late January, according to Punchbowl News.  The House of Representatives returns Tuesday and a stop-gap spending bill is expected to be introduced on the floor that day, with a potential vote Wednesday. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi speaks at an event last week in San Francisco during the Thanksgiving recess  Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (left) must get Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (right) on board to pass a continuing resolution that would fund the government through mid-January in order to avoid a government shutdown on Friday  The short-term fix would be introduced when the House returns Tuesday...
    Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., accused Dr. Fauci of lying to Congress over funding of "gain-of-function" research in China during his testimony on Capitol Hill, calling for an investigation into the matter. Sen. Cotton joined "Fox & Friends" to discuss Fauci and President Biden's new travel ban in response to the COVID omicron variant.  RAND PAUL BLASTS FAUCI: ‘ASTOUNDING AND ALARMING’ TO DECLARE ‘I REPRESENT SCIENCE’ TOM COTTON: Tony Fauci lied to Congress and he should be investigated. He repeatedly said that his agency did not fund dangerous and risky gain of function research in those Wuhan labs, which almost certainly was the origin of this virus. He said it repeatedly to Congress. His agency just admitted a few weeks ago that yes, they did in fact, fund gain of function research. So there's a lie there. It's either Tony Fauci lying to Congress or his agency after months of stonewalling, writing a letter to Congress and admitting it. I suspect it's Tony Fauci lying on the spot in his testimony to Congress. He put the American people at risk by...
                                  Presented by Facebook     Welcome to The Hill’s Morning Report. It is Monday, and Happy Hanukkah! We get you up to speed on the most important developments in politics and policy, plus trends to watch. Alexis Simendinger and Al Weaver are the co-creators. Readers can find us on Twitter @asimendinger and @alweaver22. Please recommend the Morning Report to friends and let us know what you think. CLICK HERE to subscribe! Total U.S. coronavirus deaths as of today: 776,639.   As of this morning, 69.7 percent of the U.S. population has received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 59.1 percent is fully vaccinated, according to the Bloomberg News global vaccine tracker. A little more than 11 percent of the U.S. eligible population has received a booster dose. Just when the world hoped COVID-19 might one day be beatable, or at least a controllable risk in people’s daily lives, a new variant of the coronavirus set off alarms, triggering unanswered scientific...
    Colorado congresswoman Lauren Boebert apologized on Friday to the Muslim community for comments about Rep Ilhan Omar and the 'jihad squad,' noting that she has reached out to Omar's office. Boebert said in a statement to Fox News: 'I apologize to anyone in the Muslim community I offended with my comment about Rep Omar. I have reached out to her office to speak with her directly. 'There are plenty of policy differences to focus on without unnecessary distraction.'  Boebert sparked fury on Thursday when video emerged of her telling a 'backpack' joke to a crowd of supporters - recounting a supposed encounter that Omar quickly confirmed as a lie. Boebert, a 34-year-old gun rights activist and fervent Trump supporter, was speaking during what the website Patriot Takes said was a Thanksgiving gathering. Commanding the stage like a stand-up comedienne, she told the crowd: 'Actually I have an Ilhan story for you.'  Lauren Boebert, the Colorado congresswoman, was at an event where she told a story about Ilhan Omar, representative for Minnesota With the Stars and Stripes hanging behind her, Boebert tells...
    Colorado congresswoman Lauren Boebert sparked fury on Thursday when video emerged of her telling a 'backpack' joke to a crowd of supporters - recounting a supposed encounter that Ilhan Omar quickly confirmed as a lie. Boebert, a 34-year-old gun rights activist and fervent Trump supporter, was speaking during what the website Patriot Takes said was a Thanksgiving gathering. Commanding the stage like a stand-up comedienne, she told the crowd: 'Actually I have an Ilhan story for you.' She began to describe an encounter with Omar, the Minnesota congresswoman who - along with Rashida Tlaib - were the first two Muslim women elected to Congress.  Lauren Boebert, the Colorado congresswoman, was at an event where she told a story about Ilhan Omar, representative for Minnesota With the Stars and Stripes hanging behind her, Boebert tells her 'joke' Over the Thanksgiving break, Lauren Boebert said she was recently in a Capitol elevator with Ilhan Omar when a fretful Capitol police officer ran up.Lauren Boebert said: “Well, she doesn’t have a backpack. We should be fine.”Boebert then called Ilhan Omar, “jihad squad.” pic.twitter.com/Y7f0nFbnud— PatriotTakes...
    In this article FBAdam Mosseri, FacebookBeck Diefenbach | ReutersInstagram's chief executive Adam Mosseri is expected to testify before Congress for the first time the week of Dec. 6, a spokesperson for Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., confirmed to CNBC. "After bombshell reports about Instagram's toxic impacts, we want to hear straight from the company's leadership why it uses powerful algorithms that push poisonous content to children driving them down rabbit holes to dark places, and what it will do to make its platform safer," Blumenthal,  chair of the Senate Commerce subcommittee on consumer protection, said in a statement. "I appreciate Mr. Mosseri voluntarily coming to the Subcommittee and hope that he will support specific legislative reforms and solutions, particularly in its immensely potent algorithms." The news, first reported by The New York Times, comes after Instagram has faced heightened scrutiny after former Facebook employee Frances Haugen released thousands of pages of internal documents from parent company Facebook (which recently rebranded to Meta) to the Senate, the Securities and Exchange Commission and several news outlets. Among the findings in the documents was...
    A digital upgrade to the country's 911 system was slashed from President Joe Biden's Build Back Better reconciliation bill.  Axios reported Wednesday that a proposed $10 billion upgrade to the country's 6,000 call centers was stripped from the bill in order to bring the pricetag from the original $3.5 trillion to $1.75 trillion - a move meant to appease moderate Democratic senators.   The money was supposed to go toward allowing Americans to send pictures, texts and video content to 911 operators - and then for centers to seamlessly share that content with one another.  A $10 billion 911 upgrade that was originally found in the Build Back Better bill has been stripped out, with only $470 million left in the bill that passed the House last week Currently only about 3,000 out of 6,000 of the nation's 911 call centers can accept text messages Currently, about 3,000 911 call centers can receive text messages, Axios said.       The House version of the Build Back Better act, which passed Friday morning, now only has $470 million to go toward the modernization effort.  'To say...
    Ted Cruz, left, and Mike Braun, right. The Library of Congress has begun the process of striking the dehumanizing terms “aliens” and “illegal aliens” as cataloging subject headings, to be replaced with “noncitizens.” It’s been a change years in the making: The Library of Congress agreed to the changes in 2016, but that was blocked by Congressional Republicans, Literary Hub said. “Before this, Congress members had never had a hand in routine cataloging tasks.” Some of them are still sticking their noses in it, namely Ted Cruz. Because of course. He slams the changes as “politically motivated” and “Orwellian” (the dramatics!) in a letter co-signed by Indiana’s Mike Braun. It’s a bit of a lonely letter: Their names are the only two featured. “Now, after the Biden administration has made the political decision to order U.S. immigration agencies to stop using the term ‘illegal alien,’ the LOC has followed suit and released a report stating that ‘the time has come’ to make the changes that we strenuously objected to five years ago,” Cruz and Braun claimed in their letter. “This decision is nothing but a politically-motivated...
    Kukkiwon, also known as World Taekwondo Headquarters, and home of the World Taekwondo Academy, has awarded former U.S. President Donald Trump a 9th Dan Black belt - the highest level attainable by professional martial artists.   The president of Kukkiwon, Lee Dong-seop, went to visit Trump at his home in Mar-a-lago in Palm Beach, Florida this weekend to give him a taekwondo and the coveted black belt. 'I heard that the Donald Trump is highly interested in taekwondo,' Lee said. Former President Donald Trump received an honorary black belt and certificate at Mar-A-Lago on Friday from Kukkiwon president Lee Dong-seop Former President Donald Trump was pictured signing his autograph on a taekwondo outfit Kukkiwon president Lee Dong-sup awarded the an Honorary 9th Dan Certificate to Trump It's believed the visit was set up by a South Korean resident in the U.S.   'It is my pleasure and honor to receive this honorary certificate. Taekwondo is a great martial art for protecting oneself in these times,' Trump said. The former president vowed that he would look to wear the taekwondo clothing in...
    House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy argued that the censure vote against Arizona Republican Rep. Paul Gosar shows that Congress, under House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s leadership, is broken. “This Congress will go down in history as the broken Congress,” McCarthy said in a speech on the House floor Wednesday. “House Democrats have nearly every rule and standard in order to silence dissidents and stack the deck for their radical, unpopular agenda.” INFRA-PARTY BACKLASH IN HOUSE GOP: KATKO RETALIATION ATTEMPT, MCCARTHY AND ROY GET HEATED He mentioned procedural rule changes that the minority party uses to push back on the majority party, Democrats voting to impeach former President Donald Trump twice, enabling members to vote remotely by proxy rather than in-person on the House floor due to COVID-19, and Pelosi vetoing members that McCarthy picked to sit on the select committee to investigate the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol. “The speaker is burning down the House on the way out the door,” McCarthy said. He laid out a number of examples that he...
    New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tore into House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy Wednesday in an impassioned speech as the body considered whether to censure Republican Rep. Paul Gosar for posting an anime video that depicted himself killing her.  'What is so hard? What is so hard about saying that this is wrong? This is not about me. This is not about Rep. Gosar. But this is about what we are willing to accept,' said Ocasio-Cortez. 'What I believe is unprecedented is for a member of House leadership of either party to be unable to condemn incitement of violence against a member of this body,' she said. 'It's sad. It's a sad day.' Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) lambasted House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy for being 'unable to condemn incitement of violence against a member of this body,' after he opposed a resolution to censure Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.)  She spoke immediately after McCarthy – who described the vote as a slippery slope and threatened a precedent where a variety of Democrats who have made inflammatory statements would be stripped of...
    For the first time in the United States' 245-year history, American women could be required to sign up for the Selective Service after legislation expanding the draft is expected to get the green light from Congress, a report out Wednesday stated.   A measure changing the requirements for the Selective Service from male-only to 'all Americans' could pass the Senate as early as this week, according to Axios.   The question of who should be compelled to serve has been debated in the US for years. Now it looks likely to pass with a bipartisan coalition of support.  Wednesday's report notes the backers include veterans, feminists and even traditional Republicans - lawmakers ranging from Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to Democrat Illinois Senator Tammy Duckworth have said it's time to expand the draft to women. Opposition has been relatively scant - about a dozen Republican senators have stood against the measure. Lawmakers who oppose the Selective Service in general could also vote against the bill. Earlier this month, Missouri Senator Josh Hawley introduced an amendment to strip the gender-neutral Selective Service language...
    In his Oct. 4 memo, Garland called on the FBI to help address an alleged "disturbing spike" of "harassment, intimidation, and threats of violence" against local education personnel. The email came just days after the National School Boards Association sent a letter to the White House comparing concerned parents to "domestic terrorists."What else?House Judiciary Republicans, led by ranking member Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), said Tuesday that the email "calls into question the accuracy and completeness" of Garland's testimony before Congress. "At best if we assume that you were ignorant of the FBI's actions in response to your October 4 memorandum at the time of your testimony, this evidence suggests that your testimony to the committee was incomplete and requires additional explanation," Jordan wrote in the letter addressed to the attorney general. In a separate statement, House GOP Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said the email shows that "Garland was either ignorant of the actions of the agency he leads, or was purposely misleading Congress during his answers." McCarthy further called the FBI's actions against concerned parents "an egregious abuse of...
    London (CNN Business)Heading into the all-important holiday shopping season, investors have been nursing a big concern: Will supply chain issues lead to empty shelves, making it impossible for retailers to take advantage of huge demand for toys, appliances and other items as the economy recovers from the pandemic?The answer appears to be no — at least if you're a massive company like Walmart (WMT) or Home Depot.What's happening: Large retail chains have chartered their own ships to deliver goods from Asia, stocked up on extra merchandise and relied on their deep pockets and broad catalogue of suppliers to ease the bottlenecks. Thanksgiving essentials are out of stockThe strategy appears to be working. Walmart just reported that in the three months through October, sales at US stores open for at least a year increased 9.2% over the same period in 2020. The company boosted its full-year sales guidance. Home Depot (HD) said that same-store sales rose more than 6% globally and 5.5% in the United States. "We took a lot of steps early in the year to try to get ahead...
    The “Government Is NOT A Co-Parent” rally, organized by the Independent Women’s Network, featured some of the most vocal figures in the fight for parents’ rights in K-12 education. Parents across the country are organizing against various ideologies, such as Critical Race Theory (CRT), transgender policies and graphic sexual content in school libraries. “Democrats have deemed that reasonable and concerned parents who get in the way of their radical agenda, as domestic terrorists. They put them in the same category, for example, as the Unabomber for God’s sakes,” said Republican Tennessee Rep. Diana Harshbarger, referencing a letter from the National School Board Association (NSBA), which likened parents’ actions to hate crimes and those of domestic terrorists. Federal intervention in local education issues, such as Attorney General Merrick Garland’s memorandum which directs the FBI to “use its authority” against parents amid a “disturbing spike in harassment, intimidation, and threats of violence” against school officials, has had a chilling effect on parents’ conviction to speak out, Nicole Neily, president of Parents Defending Education told the Daily Caller News Foundation.  Parents,...
    Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen gifted Congressional Democrats 12 additional days in December to pass legislation to lift the debt ceiling.  In a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Yellen noted how she originally believed the government would be able to pay its bills through December 3, but was able to 'further refine that projection,' believing the new date would be December 15.  After that, the Treasury Department would be left with 'insufficient remaining resources,' Yellen said.   Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen gifted Congressional Democrats 12 additional days in December to pass legislation to lift the debt ceiling 'To ensure the full faith and credit of the United States, it is critical that Congress raise or suspend the debt ceiling as soon as possible,' Yellen insisted.  Treasury will also be able to make a $118 billion transfer to the Highway Trust Fund on that date, which is required.   The new date gives Democrats more time to pass President Joe Biden's $1.75 trillion Build Back Better using the reconciliation process in the Senate - to bypass a Republican filibuster, and also work on a bill...
    (CNN)On Monday, Vermont Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy announced that he would leave Congress when his eighth term expires at the end of 2022.On Tuesday, California Democratic Rep. Jackie Speier said she would retire next year after almost 15 years in Congress.Neither Senate seat should be a problem for Democrats to hold. Vermont went for President Joe Biden by 35 points in 2020 -- his largest margin anywhere in the country. And Speier's Bay Area 14th District gave Biden a whopping 89% of the vote last November.The bigger issue for Democrats then is not keeping those seats on their side. It's that a steady drumbeat of retirements from within their ranks -- especially in the holiday period leading up to Thanksgiving and then Christmas -- is not at all what they want as they try to hold onto their slim majorities in the House and Senate. Congress is like high school. Everyone is looking around to see what everyone else is doing -- and then adjusting their behavior accordingly.Read MoreThat doesn't mean that a Democratic member who has never considered retirement will...
    The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has created a tag for threats against teachers and school administrators and is tracking such investigations on a national level.  An FBI whistleblower provided an email dated Oct. 20 to House Republicans sent on behalf of the counter-terrorism division and the criminal division. The email referenced Attorney General Merrick Garland's Oct. 4 directive to the FBI to ramp up its involvement in school board threats, and notified agents of a new tag, 'EDUOFFICIALS,' to assign to any threats against school administrators, board members, staff or teachers to determine the scope of the problem on a national level and to provide a 'comprehensive analysis of the threat picture.'  'This disclosure provides specific evidence that federal law enforcement operationalized counterterrorism tools at the behest of a left-wing special interest group against concerned parents,' House Republicans claimed in a letter to Garland.  The email directed agents to analyze the motivation behind the criminal activity and to identify whether there were potential federal violations that could be investigated and charged. An FBI whistleblower provided an email dated Oct....
    Trump sings a familiar tune in his quest to deny the Jan. 6 committee access to presidential records. He incited an insurrection but former President Donald Trump, in his ongoing bid to keep records sought by the Jan. 6 committee out of investigators’ hands, argued Tuesday that their release would irreparably harm the powers of the presidency and the Constitution, and amount to an “inquisition” led by Congress. In a 68-page brief filed at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, Trump’s attorney Jessie Binnall lashed out at a lower court’s recent ruling that refused to grant Trump’s motion to shroud the documents. Lawmakers on the Jan. 6 committee contend the information they are after is key to understanding exactly what happened during and before the attack on the U.S. Capitol, and the attempt to stop the certification of the 2020 election results. They also maintain that this information could effectively prevent another similar event from occurring ever again. But for Trump, the hand-off of hundreds upon hundreds of pages from the National Archives to the select committee is an affront that threatens “enormous consequences” that...
    (CNN)Over the weekend, the Wyoming Republican Party voted to no longer recognize Rep. Liz Cheney as one of their own."To further her own personal political agenda, Representative Liz Cheney has not only caused massive disruption, distraction and division within the House Republican Conference, but has also willingly, happily, and energetically joined forced with and proudly pledged allegiance to democrat Speaker of the House Pelosi, as a means of serving her own personal interests while ignoring the interests, needs and expectations of Wyoming Republicans," read the resolution dropping Cheney from the GOP, as reported by the Casper Star-Tribune.The move has zero practical impact -- Cheney will still run as a Republican in next year's primary election -- but it is a telling indicator of how far the Republican Party has strayed from first principles as it morphs into a cult of personality around former President Donald Trump.Start here: By every measure you can find, Liz Cheney is not only a Republican, but a pretty conservative one.According to the conservative Heritage Action group, Cheney's lifetime vote score is 80%. National Journal's vote...
    I don't like looking at him either, but he's in the news. David Frum/Atlantic: Steve Bannon Knows Exactly What He’s Doing The fight over January 6 is about much more than the law. Does anyone still remember the Chicago Seven? They were a disparate group of radicals—some who knew each other, some who didn’t—who went to the Democratic convention in Chicago in 1968 to spark trouble. Trouble did indeed erupt, although maybe not the exact trouble they had wanted. They were indicted and prosecuted. And then things went terribly wrong for the government. The prosecution thought it was running a trial, a legal proceeding governed by rules. The defendants decided that they would instead mount a new kind of media spectacle intended to show total contempt for the rules, and to propagandize the viewing public into sharing their contempt. The prosecution was doing law; the defense countered with politics. The indictment of Steve Bannon for contempt of Congress is the opening bell of a similar kind of fight over law, justice, and authority.  xIn abandoning peaceful transfer of...
    U.S. President Joe Biden departs with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) after speaking to the House Democratic Caucus about the Build Back Better agenda and the bipartisan infrastructure deal at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, October 28, 2021.Jonathan Ernst | Reuters Congress is on the verge of passing legislation to implement critical parts of President Joe Biden's Build Back Better initiative. Many core provisions, like expanded child care and universal pre-K, would help Americans make real progress on easing the pathway to work and expanding opportunity, now and in the future. Investments in education, health, housing, and the care economy are crucial both to address the damage that inequality does to our society and to lessen the economic costs of the current imbalance. However, some question the scope of Build Back Better and take issue with its price tag. I am sympathetic to concerns being raised about whether we can afford this spending but I am confident that we can. As the Congressional Budget Office scores this legislation in the coming days, lawmakers may find it necessary to make some...
    Trump White House chief of staff Mark Meadows said that as far as he knows, “no one in the West Wing” knew what was going to happen on January 6 in advance. Meadows appeared on Newsmax Friday night hours after defying the January 6 select committee, which is almost certainly going to get him a criminal contempt referral from Congress. Hours after Meadows failed to show up for his deposition, Steve Bannon was indicted for defying the committee weeks earlier. “These are complex legal matters,” Meadows told Newsmax’s Rob Schmitt. “We’ve got a president in President Trump that is saying he wants to claim executive privilege. There’s case law that would suggest that that’s appropriate.” “Part of this is that Congress has gotten so hyper-partisan, and candidly this committee is more interested in politics than they are at really solving real problems,” he added. Schmitt asked about the argument from critics that they must have something to hide if they’re refusing to cooperate. “Obviously that’s not the case,” Meadows insisted. I’ve told them that to my knowledge no one in...
    Let’s dig right in! Maeve Reston of CNN writes about Friday’s indictment of former Trump staffer Steve Bannon and the possible implications for others who refuse to comply with the Jan. 6 committee’s subpoenas. It remained unlikely that Friday's indictment would lead to Bannon testifying before the committee -- even as he faces at least 30 days of jail time for his defiance of their requests -- since he has so effectively used his past legal battles with Democrats to burnish his image as a victim of political persecution while being elevated to folk hero status among Trump's core voters. Still, the indictment marked the first real flash of power by a committee that has sometimes struggled to gain its footing while facing a wall of obstruction from Trump loyalists. For months, the former President and some key figures from his inner circle have treated the January 6 panel as an ineffectual nuisance, making it clear that they see no need to cooperate with subpoenas or turn over documents for an investigation they view as a politically motivated charade. Bannon's...
    J. Scott Applewhite/AP Fight disinformation. Get a daily recap of the facts that matter. Sign up for the free Mother Jones newsletter.The Department of Justice indicted former Trump adviser Steve Bannon for contempt of Congress Friday afternoon after he refused to appear for a deposition or comply with a House subpoena for documents relating to the January 6 attack on the Capitol. Over the past few weeks, the House Select Committee has requested documents from dozens of former Trump staffers that they hoped would help them determine the former president’s level of responsibility in the attempt to overturn the election. But until now, it has been unclear how the House would compel former members of the Trump administration to comply with their requests. If convicted of contempt of Congress, Bannon could face up to a year in jail. The DOJ’s press release is here, and the full indictment is here. This is a breaking news story and will be updated.
    (CNN)A federal grand jury returned an indictment against former Trump adviser Steve Bannon for contempt of Congress on Friday after Bannon defied a subpoena from the House select committee investigating the January 6 riot at the US Capitol.Read the indictment:
    (CNN)Congress has heard enough. So have the American people. Senator John ThuneWe've all heard testimony about social media's damaging effects on consumers. We've seen Facebook's internal documents, which reveal the company knew Instagram, which it acquired in 2012, was particularly harmful for teenage girls. Witnesses have also told us that not enough is being done to protect children online. Hearing after hearing demonstrated that people are not aware of the ways big tech companies collect user data to mold their online experiences.The one thing we haven't heard, though, is how any of this will change without action from Congress. That's why I have introduced a bill that would essentially create a light switch for big tech's secret algorithms -- artificial intelligence (AI) that's designed to shape and manipulate users' experiences -- and give consumers the choice to flip it on or off. It's become increasingly clear that the algorithms that power social media and search engines shape what we see on these platforms. The powerful AI, which varies from company to company, serves as a prediction engine that creates a...
     The View guest co-host Ana Navarro said on Thursday that Kyle Rittenhouse will likely “end up in Congress” if he’s acquitted. Rittenhouse was 17 years old when he shot three men, killing two, during riots in Kenosha, Wisconsin, last year after the shooting of Jacob Blake by police. Rittenhouse is currently on trial for multiple charges related to the shootings, and testified in his own defense on Wednesday. Joy Behar remarked that at the time, President Donald Trump “refused to condemn his actions.” Sunny Hostin agreed. “He was too young to buy that AR-style rifle. And so he actually had a friend purchase it. He lied to the crowd. Told the crowd he was an EMT when in fact he wasn’t, he’s a part-time lifeguard,” she said. “He actually testified that he is studying nursing at Arizona State University. He is not. He enrolled October 13th for an online program and that allows you to take classes before applying to the college. He also actually was too young to open carry in the state that he was open carrying and that’s why he’s charged with illegally open carrying.” “But all of that notwithstanding he has become this right-wing cause celeb. And so...
    House Democrats announced Wednesday they planned to introduce a resolution to censure Arizona Republican Rep. Paul Gosar after he posted an anime video depicting him stabbing Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and attacking President Biden.  Democrats said they planned to introduce the resolution on Friday and called the now-deleted video a 'clear-cut case for censure.'  The video also depicts other GOP lawmakers from the Japanese anime series Attack on Titan, and Biden and Ocasio-Cortez's faces are animated onto the villains.  No lawmaker has been censured since 2010, when then-Rep. Charlie Rangel, D-N.Y., was censured in a 333-79 vote for ethics violations.   'For a Member of Congress to post a manipulated video on his social media accounts depicting himself killing Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and attacking President Biden is a clear cut case for censure,' the 10 Democratic members who are bringing forth the resolution said in a statement. 'For that Member to post such a video on his official Instagram account and use his official congressional resources in the House of Representatives to further violence against elected officials goes beyond the pale.' 'As the events...
    (CNN)We're 15 days from Thanksgiving. We're 45 days from Christmas. Between now and Christmas, Congress will only be in session for 3 total weeks -- the last full week of November and the first two weeks of December. What happens both while Congress is meeting and when they are on their extended recess for the holidays will be critical for the fate of the House Democratic majority in 2022.Let's first take on the challenge for Congress in the three weeks when they will be in Washington between now and the end of the year.* Find a way to pass President Joe Biden's $1.75 trillion social safety net bill, with disagreements between House liberals and Senate moderates still largely unresolved.Read More* Avert a government shutdown. Remember that Congress kicked the debt ceiling increase down the road in early October. But, the government is now set to run out of money to pay off its debts on December 3 -- and Democrats in the House and Senate will need to decide quickly whether or not they are willing to pass the increase...
    The racist cellmate of disgraced R&B singer R Kelly has created a comic book detailing the pair doing yoga in jail. Brendan Hunt, 37, served time with Kelly at the Metropolitan Detention Center as Hunt faced a 10 year prison sentence for threatening to kill Democratic Congress members following the January 6 riots. In the comic book, Hunt dubbed his cellmate 'R. Celly' and drew the pair discussing music and doing yoga together. Hunt, who shared the cell with Kelly for two weeks in June, filed the drawings with the Brooklyn Federal Court as part of his request to be released for time-served ahead of his November 22 sentencing.  Disgraced R&B singer R Kelly's cell mate filed comic book drawings of the pair's time together at Metropolitan Detention Center which included talking about music and doing yoga R Kelly was found guilty on nine counts of racketeering and sex-trafficking in September 2021 Comic book artist Brendan Hunt, 37, had been found guilty in April of threatening to kill Democratic Congress members after the January 6 riots The drawings in Hunt's...
    Rep. Paul Gosar has doubled down on the controversial cartoon video that depicted him slaying Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, issuing a statement slamming the condemnation of the clip as an overreaction. Gosar, an Arizona Republican, said in the statement on Tuesday night that does 'not espouse violence or harm towards any Member of Congress' or President Joe Biden. It followed furious condemnation of the clip, with top Democrats in Congress calling on Republican leadership to sanction Gosar over the video. The clip shows a sword-wielding character with Gosar's superimposed face using a jetpack to soar onto a rooftop before attacking Ocasio-Cortez, who has responded by calling Gosar 'creepy' and 'a neo-Nazi fundraiser.' Gosar said in his statement: 'The cartoon depicts the symbolic nature of a battle between lawful and unlawful policies and in no way intended to be a targeted attack against Representative Cortez or Mr. Biden. It is a symbolic cartoon. It is not real life. Congressman Gosar cannot fly.' Rep. Paul Gosar has doubled down on the controversial cartoon video that depicted him slaying Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in an...
    President Joe Biden’s nominee for the comptroller of the currency blasted Democratic West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin in early 2020, saying he “is supposed to be on the Democratic side” as she discussed Congress’ hesitancy to increase government spending. Saule Omarova has been accused of praising Marxist policies and wrote her college thesis titled “Karl Marx’s Economic Analysis and the Theory of Revolution.” “People like Joe Manchin, for example – supposed to be on the Democratic side- and yet feel very uncomfortable with big-spending ideas, right?,” Omarova said. “To supplement that kind of fiscally constrained and politically constrained kind of spending, we need to make sure we have a strong public institution that can harness the existing abundant private capital and pull it in the right direction.” Omarova has drawn criticism from Democrats, making her nomination increasingly unlikely. President Joe Biden’s nominee for the comptroller of the currency blasted Democratic West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin in early 2020, saying he “is supposed to be on the Democratic side” as she discussed Congress’ hesitancy to increase government spending. Saule...
    Even as Congress moves to increase the Pentagon budget well beyond the astronomical levels proposed by the Biden administration, a new report from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has outlined three different ways to cut $1 trillion in Department of Defense spending over the next decade. A rational defense policy could yield far more in the way of reductions, but resistance from the Pentagon, weapons contractors, and their many allies in Congress would be fierce. After all, in its consideration of the bill that authorizes such budget levels for next year, the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives recently voted to add $25 billion to the already staggering $750 billion the Biden administration requested for the Pentagon and related work on nuclear weapons at the Department of Energy. By any measure, that's an astonishing figure, given that the request itself was already far higher than spending at the peaks of the Korean and Vietnam Wars or President Ronald Reagan's military buildup of the 1980s. In any reasonable world, such a military budget should be considered both unaffordable and deeply unsuitable when...
    In this article PAVEVIDEO3:3503:35Trading Nation: Stock winners of the infrastructure package, according to tradersTrading NationA long-awaited infrastructure bill passed the House over the weekend and is now headed to President Joe Biden for his signature. That package, with more than a $1 trillion price tag, includes new funding for projects from bridges and roads to broadband and utilities. The PAVE infrastructure ETF fell back Tuesday, easing after rallying on Monday. It has also outperformed the S&P 500 this year, climbing more than 35%. Ari Wald, head of technical analysis at Oppenheimer, says it has more room to run. "I think that the infrastructure ETF is a great way to gain exposure," Wald told CNBC's "Trading Nation" on Monday. "We're bullish on that industry because it is indeed reclaiming its leadership. You can see that in the relative ratio of the PAVE ETF versus the S&P 500. Rising line indicates it's outperforming versus its benchmark."Zoom In IconArrows pointing outwardsWald highlights diversified motion and control parts manufacturer Parker-Hannifin as one stock at the top of his watch list. "Parker-Hannifin ... jumped last...
    Check out our must-buy plant-based cookbooks! Learn more Farm Sanctuary has composed a letter to President Biden and USDA Secretary Vilsack, asking them to federally protect all downed animals.  Downed animals are pigs, goats, sheep, and other farm animals that can no longer stand or walk due to intensive farming practices.  While all farm animals suffer from human exploitation, treatment of downed animals is especially cruel because workers beat, drag, and shock these animals onto the kill floor. Currently, there are federal protections for downed cows, but there are no federal protections for other downed animals.  Passing laws to protect all downed animals is important, which is why you should join Farm Sanctuary by signing this petition.  But it is equally important to recognize that these laws will be counterproductive if written improperly. In 2012, in a case called National Meat Association v. Harris, the Supreme Court struck down a California law that mandated humane treatment of downed animals headed for slaughter.  Why? Because the National Meat Inspection Act already regulates the treatment of downed animals and, according...
    Sadie Frost imagine amazing princess life after marrying Gary Kemp Theres so much need: L.A., Chicago launch nations largest guaranteed basic income programs © Provided by NBC Sports Replay Video SETTINGS OFF HD HQ SD LO Skip Ad In the NFL, where a month can feel like a decade, stories often develop and resolve quickly. The Congressional inquiry regarding the Washington Football Team investigation and the team’s handling of it will not be resolved quickly. As explained by Andrew Beaton and Louise Radnofsky of the Wall Street Journal, the push and pull between the U.S. House Oversight and Reform Committee and the NFL is only just beginning. The league, as we understand it, won’t be challenging the propriety of the probe. Instead, the back-and-forth will be more about shaping carefully the contours of the information that ultimately is provided. Through it all, the league will be trying to steer the process away from triggering a public hearing. The Oversight and Reform Committee conducts many investigations. A small percentage of them morph into major ordeals. For the league, victory entails...
    (Washington) The U.S. Congress on Friday evening firmly approved a broad plan to invest in the infrastructure needed for Joe Biden, failing to convince lawmakers to vote on the Democratic president’s pain-stricken victory and the social component and environmental impact of its ambition. Reform plans. Posted on November 5, 2021 at 9:43 am. Updated November 12, 2021 at 12:30 p.m. Robin Legrand and Camille Gamedes France Media Company The Democrats needed 218 votes to implement this $ 1.2 trillion plan to modernize roads, bridges, and the high-speed Internet, which is considered the most ambitious in modern American history. They received 228 to 206, and due to the contribution of some Republican votes, the legislation was welcomed with a round of applause. It is enough if the President signs it to come into force. Joe Biden, who urgently needs to resume his presidency, is expected to present two key papers to the House of Representatives on Friday morning: this investment plan and a broader plan to transform the social security system and the fight...
    50 actors who died before their last movie came out Lady Gagas $28 million property portfolio is jaw-dropping © Provided by NBC Sports Replay Video SETTINGS OFF HD HQ SD LO Skip Ad Fifteen days ago, the U.S. House Oversight and Reform Committee asked the NFL for information and documents about the Washington Football Team investigation and the league’s handling of it. On Thursday, the league responded. On Friday, Congress made it clear that it’s not happy with the NFL’s response. “Commissioner Goodell said the NFL will cooperate with Congress, and we expect him to make good on that promise by producing the documents requested,” Rep. Carolyn Maloney said. “In the spirit of transparency, I am calling on the NFL and Washington Football Team to honor the Commissioner’s public statement that witnesses to the team’s hostile workplace culture are ‘welcome’ to come forward. Congress has a responsibility to combat harassment and discrimination in the workplace. If the NFL shares our commitment to address these issues, it will be fully transparent about the findings of the internal review and will...
    (CNN)The Democratic Party's legislation in Congress is being whittled away to small-bore spending here and there, totaling far less than one percent of America's GDP. The corporate lobbies have been waging a relentless and largely successful battle against higher taxes on the corporations and the rich, even though the public supports increasing taxation on the wealthy to expand public spending on higher education, health care, families and the environment. Ours is a political system in which money counts and big money counts the most. Members of Congress will likely perceive going with the flow of big money as the takeaway from the Virginia governor's race, in which more than $115 million was spent on the campaigns, with financier Glenn Youngkin (estimated net worth at $440 million) triumphing.Since two Democratic senators, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, are in agreement with the lobbyists against tax increases and other parts of the Democratic package (notably environmental protection in Manchin's case), the strong majority in the public for taxing the rich translates into a minority in the Senate....
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) — In November, two things happen in Florida. The weather changes and the time changes. Florida goes back to standard time, just like the old saying goes, “Fall back, Spring forward.” READ MORE: Broward School Board Chair Dr. Rosalind Osgood Submits Resignation Letter; Gov. DeSantis To Pick Her ReplacementIn 2018, the Florida Sunshine Protection Act was passed in the Florida legislature with overwhelming support for year-round Daylight Savings Time, but the way the law was written makes it so that change can only happen if a federal version is passed and signed into law. Scott Yates, who heads an organization called “Lock the Clock,” says, “Florida was really the leader in this thing, but it has gotten stalled at the U.S. Congress.” Florida voters seemed to like the idea of no more wintertime dark at 5:30 p.m.  So, those dreaming of playing golf, taking a walk or a jog after work in the light of day, won’t be able to do it and once again, the clock goes back an hour and an hour of sleep is lost. “For...