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    The logo of Alphabet Inc's Google outside the company's office in Beijing, China, August 8, 2018.Thomas Peter | Reuters Google will allow political ads again after a pause that began ahead of the President Joe Biden's inauguration in January and after the Jan. 6 riots at the U.S. capitol. "Starting on Wednesday, we will be lifting our Sensitive Events policy to again allow advertisers to run political ads," Google said in an emailed statement to CNBC. "We will continue to rigorously enforce our ads policies, which strictly prohibit demonstrably false information that could significantly undermine trust in elections or the democratic process." An email sent to advertisers by Google said starting Wednesday, advertisers will once again be able to run placements that are in scope of its election ads policy, which include those that mention a current state or federal officeholder or candidate, political party or ballot measure. It also...
    MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin hosted his Belarusian counterpart Alexander Lukashenko for talks on Monday, amid media reports suggesting that the leader of Belarus was coming to Russia to secure another loan. The Kremlin extended both economical and political support to Lukashenko after his disputed re-election in August triggered the largest and the most sustained wave of mass protests in Belarus’ history. In September, Putin said Moscow would provide a $1.5 billion loan to its ex-Soviet neighbor. Earlier this month, the Kommersant newspaper cited government sources saying that another loan, this time of over $3 billion, would be discussed during Lukashenko’s visit to Russia. The Belarusian leader denied the reports last week and said he was “not going there to ask for anything.” The two leaders met in Russia’s Black Sea resort of Sochi. In brief remarks before the start of their talks, they highlighted...
    Washington — The Supreme Court on Monday declined to take up a pair of legal challenges to Pennsylvania's election rules mounted by former President Donald Trump's GOP allies, closing the book on Mr. Trump's efforts to contest the outcome of the presidential election. The court rejected the cases as moot, as President Biden has been sworn in as the nation's 46th president and Mr. Trump is no longer in office. In addition to declining to take up the two cases involving Pennsylvania's deadline for mail-in ballots, the Supreme Court also rejected election-related disputes from Georgia, Arizona, Michigan and Wisconsin with no noted dissents. Republicans appealed a ruling from the Pennsylvania Supreme Court that extended the deadline for mail-in ballots to be counted if they are received up to three days after the election. In turning away the cases, the state high court's ruling remains intact. Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito...
    The Supreme Court on Monday threw out several of the remaining election challenges raised after former President Donald Trump's loss to President Biden. The cases, filed in Pennsylvania and disputing the state's greater allowances for mail-in ballots amid the pandemic, were rejected by the court in an unsigned order. The court earlier this year declined to consider election-related litigation until after Biden was inaugurated, signaling that it would not take up the cases. Justice Clarence Thomas dissented from the decision, writing that although too few ballots were affected by the new rules for it to make a difference, that may not always be the case. SUPREME COURT PAVES WAY FOR NEW YORK PROSECUTOR TO REVIEW TRUMP'S TAXES "These cases provide us with an ideal opportunity to address just what authority nonlegislative officials have to set election rules, and to do so well before the next election cycle," Thomas wrote....
    Annenberg School for CommunicationKathleen Hall JamiesonProfessor Kathleen Hall Jamieson – whose work often focuses on understanding and improving democracy – did a Zoom discussion via the University of Minnesota last week on the theme of the “resilience” of the U.S. system of politics and government, which seems particularly relevant in the immediate post-Trump moment. Jamieson’s primary purpose in the first portion of her interview with U of M political scientist Larry Jacobs was to celebrate the elements of the U.S. system that came through, under tremendous pressure from Trump (who was the one actually trying to steal the election, which he had lost by a considerable margin in both the popular and electoral vote). Article continues after advertisement I’ll just pass along a few of her opening remarks along those celebratory lines, then link you to the full presentation, which covered many topics. Said Jamieson: Well, first let me set...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Dominion Voting Systems has filed a lawsuit against MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell over his election fraud claims. In the lawsuit, Dominion alleges defamation and deceptive trade practices by Lindell and is seeking over $1.3 billion in both compensatory damages and punitive damages. READ MORE: 2 Rescued From House Fire In South Minneapolis MORE: Read the full lawsuit (.pdf) READ MORE: Anoka Police K9 Wounded, Armed Carjacking Suspect Dead In Isanti Co. Shooting Lindell previously said he’d welcome a lawsuit from Dominion, saying it would allow him to show the world that the presidential election was rigged. “I want them to sue me. Please. Because I have all the evidence, 100%. I want all the American people and the world to see the horrific things that these (Dominion voting) machines are capable of and what they did to our country and what — they’re allowing...
    The Supreme Court on Monday declined to review a challenge by Pennsylvania Republicans to the state’s extended mail ballot due date. Three of the court’s more conservative justices — Clarence ThomasClarence ThomasA powerful tool to take on the Supreme Court — if Democrats use it right Supreme Court grants Alabama death row inmate's request for pastor Supreme Court lifts some restrictions on California church services MORE, Samuel AlitoSamuel AlitoA powerful tool to take on the Supreme Court — if Democrats use it right Alito 'not surprised' about reaction to comments about virus restrictions Undoing Trump will take more than executive orders MORE and Neil GorsuchNeil GorsuchGarland expected to become Biden's AG after high court hold up A powerful tool to take on the Supreme Court — if Democrats use it right Supreme Court lifts some restrictions on California church services MORE — dissented from the court’s denial of review. Developing...
    Washington (CNN)The Supreme Court on Monday denied an appeal from Republicans challenging a Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision that allowed ballots received up to three days after Election Day to be counted to accommodate challenges by the coronavirus pandemic.The court's action is the latest sign that the justices have no interest in cases concerning the 2020 election results. Lawyers for Republicans had argued that the state court exceeded its authority and should have let stand an Election Day deadline passed by the state legislature. Democrats responded that the state court was within its authority to protect the right to vote amid a pandemic.Last October, the justices denied a request from Pennsylvania Republicans to review the decision on an accelerated basis, the second time the court considered the Pennsylvania issue. This story is breaking and will be updated.
    All House Democrats signed onto a sweeping election reform bill Monday that they claim will expand voting rights and "clean up corruption" in politics -- as Republicans rip it as a "federal government takeover" and accuse Democrats of trying to change election rules to benefit themselves. Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes, D-Md., announced Monday that all House Democrats co-sponsored the legislation — H.R. 1, the For the People Act of 2021. TUCKER: DEMOCRATS' SWEEPING 'FOR THE PEOPLE ACT' WOULD 'ENSHRINE FRAUD,' AS LAWMAKERS SEEK TO STIFLE DISSENT "House Democrats are united in our steadfast commitment to advance transformational anti-corruption and clean election reforms by swiftly passing H.R. 1," Sarbanes said in a statement Monday. "Our historic reform effort will end decades of dysfunction in Washington, return power to the people and build a more just, equitable and prosperous country for all Americans," he said. The bill is expected to be considered...
    After losing the 2020 special election to keep her Senate seat, former Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler has a conservative answer to Stacey Abrams: an advocacy organization called Greater Georgia. The 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization aims to register new conservative voters, continue outreach to those voters in nonelection years, and tackle election laws by strengthening "election transparency and uniformity." Loeffler, who has a background in finance and an estimated net worth of around $800 million, put seven figures into the organization and will be its chairwoman. "Our state is greater — and our democracy is stronger — when everyone's voice is heard, and that's exactly what Greater Georgia's work is about," Loeffler said in a statement on Monday. "But for too many in our state, the importance — and even the sanctity of their vote — is in question. That's why we're rolling up our sleeves to register conservative-leaning...
    By Jordan Valinsky | CNN Business Dominion Voting Systems, the election technology company that has been the focus of debunked conspiracy theories about election fraud, is suing MyPillow and its CEO Mike Lindell. The company is seeking about $1.3 billion in damages for Lindell’s numerous unfounded public statements by allies of former President Donald Trump that Dominion rigged its machines in favor of Joe Biden in the 2020 US presidential election. The 115-page lawsuit filed Monday in Washington, DC, cites Lindell’s media appearances and social media posts pushing what they called the “Big Lie” about Dominion’s machines — including a two-hour film that aired on OAN and was filled with falsehoods about voting irregularities. In the lawsuit, Dominion writes that Lindell “sells the lie to this day because the lie sells pillows” citing promotional discount codes on MyPillow’s website, including “FightforTrump,””Proof” and “QAnon.” The filing comes a few weeks after...
    More On: georgia Ex-cult leader gets life for murder, manslaughter of two kids Reward increased for info on suspect in Yale student slaying David Perdue files for 2022 run against Raphael Warnock Triplets see ‘ghost’ in creepy baby-monitor video ​Former Sen. Kelly Loeffler, who lost a runoff re-election bid in January, is launching a voter registration group called “Greater Georgia” that will rival an outreach program started by Stacey Abrams that has been credited with helping elect Democratic candidates. Loeffler, who lost to Sen. Raphael Warnock in the Jan. 5 election, will focus on registering “conservative-leaning” voters, enhancing election security and turning out voters at the polls, Fox News reported on Monday. “Our state is greater – and our democracy is stronger – when everyone’s voice is heard, and that’s exactly what Greater Georgia’s work is about,” Loeffler, a Republican, said in a statement. She will be the...
    Reuters February 22, 2021 0 Comments Dominion Voting Systems Inc on Monday filed a defamation lawsuit against businessman Mike Lindell, chief executive of My Pillow Inc, for spreading false conspiracy theories that Dominion’s machines rigged November’s presidential election. The Denver-based company filed the case in federal court in Washington, seeking $1.3 billion in damages. Chaska, Minnesota-based My Pillow is named as a co-defendant in the lawsuit. Dominion previously filed similar lawsuits against Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell, two lawyers that promoted former President Donald Trump’s baseless claims of widespread election fraud. “Acting in concert with allies and media outlets that were determined to curry favor with one of their biggest sponsors and to promote a false preconceived narrative about the 2020 election, Lindell launched a defamatory marketing campaign about Dominion that reached millions of people and caused enormous harm to Dominion,” Dominion’s lawyers said in the lawsuit. A My...
    Dominion Voting Systems filed a $1.3 billion defamation lawsuit Monday against MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell for allegedly making false claims about Dominion’s involvement in the 2020 presidential election in order to sell more pillows. The voting machine company previously sued other allies of former President Donald Trump, attorney Sydney Powell and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, for $1.3 billion each as well. Dominion alleges that Powell, Giuliani, Lindell and others have repeatedly made false claims that Dominion helped rig the 2020 election for President Joe Biden. (RELATED: Sidney Powell Literally Ran Away From Dominion Lawsuits, Court Filing Claims) JUST IN: Dominion Voting Systems files $1.3 billion defamation lawsuit against MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell https://t.co/qufA7tJJoW — Axios (@axios) February 22, 2021 Lindell, whose claims about Dominion have lacked any verifiable evidence, was threatened by the company with a cease-and-desist letter in January. He responded by welcoming a lawsuit, saying...
    Mike Lindell Like many things about the Trump era and its lingering remnants, the news that a voting machine maker is suing a pillow executive for $1.3 billion sounds faintly ridiculous—but is part of a very serious effort to undermine democracy. The big lie, pushed by Donald Trump for months, is that the election was stolen, that President Biden won only through theft. The specific lie involved in this lawsuit is that voting machines made by Dominion Voting Systems deleted votes for Trump or double-counted votes for Biden or were manipulated by foreign governments. But the specific lie matters—in the world at large, not just to Dominion—because of the power of the big lie. Trump spent months pushing the claim that the election was stolen, delegitimizing Biden’s presidency, and polls show that large majorities of Republicans—65% in one poll, 76% in another—believe there was widespread fraud or that Biden’s win was not legitimate....
    Dominion Voting Systems has filed its defamation lawsuit against MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell - who claimed the company rigged the election for Joe Biden by tampering with ballot machines - and is seeking $1.3billion in damages.  Lindell, a staunch Trump van who claims the election was 'stolen' for Biden, accused Dominion of rigging its voting machines across the country to count more ballots for Biden than for Trump.  The company has been threatening to sue him for weeks.  On Monday morning, lawyers filed papers in the District of Columbia which claimed Lindell defamed the company by making the claims.  'He is well aware of the independent audits and paper ballot recounts conclusively disproving the Big Lie.  'But Lindell…sells the lie to this day because the lie sells pillows,' the complaint reads.  Lindell told The Wall Street Journal that he welcomed the lawsuit and has 'evidence' the company rigged the election. ...
    Dominion Voting Systems has filed a billion-dollar lawsuit against MyPillow CEO and founder Mike Lindell. Since President Biden won the presidential election, Lindell has been one of the most vocal conspiracy theorists alleging that former President Donald Trump won the election but that votes were taken from him and given to Biden, propelling the former vice president into the Oval Office. Lindell accused Dominion of participating in this supposedly rigged election, and after a series of threats, the company decided to sue him for defamation on Monday. The evidence Lindell cites in his theories, Dominion says in the suit, "was deliberately misrepresented, manufactured, cherry-picked, and sourced from con artists and conspiracy theorists who were judicially determined to be 'wholly unreliable,'" and they argue that "Lindell knows all of this because Dominion wrote to him multiple times, put him on formal written notice of the facts, and told him that Dominion...
    MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell waits outside the West Wing of the White House before entering on January 15, 2021 in Washington, DC.Drew Angerer | Getty Images Dominion Voting Systems sued MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell on Monday, accusing the staunch ally of former President Donald Trump of pushing false conspiracies about the 2020 election "because the lie sells pillows." The $1.3 billion defamation suit says Lindell knew his repeated claims about the election being "stolen" were not backed by evidence, but kept at it anyway to spur Trump's supporters to buy MyPillow products. The 115-page complaint filed in Washington, D.C., federal court cites numerous statements Lindell made in television interviews and social media posts, as well as in a two-hour documentary-style film that aired on conservative media in February. "MyPillow's defamatory marketing campaign—with promo codes like 'FightforTrump,' '45,' 'Proof,' and 'QAnon'—has increased MyPillow sales by 30-40% and continues duping people into...
    More On: voting NY extends deadline to change political party Why are Democrats so scared of Donald Trump when they just defeated him? Alt-right Twitter troll ‘Ricky Vaughn’ busted for voter disinformation My Pillow reportedly dropped by big retailers over Mike Lindell’s Trump visit Dominion Voting Systems filed a lawsuit Monday against My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell, accusing him of defamation by falsely accusing the voting machine company of “stealing millions of votes” in the 2020 presidential election, according to a report. The company is seeking more than $1.3 billion in damages in the lawsuit filed in DC federal court, the Wall Street Journal reported. Dominion cites several statements made by Lindell, including in media appearances, social-media posts and a two-hour documentary in which the pillow honcho expounds on his baseless conspiracy theories about the election, according to the outlet. The complaint alleges that Lindell made false claims about...
    Dominion Voting Systems is suing MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, a vocal supporter of former President TrumpDonald TrumpFormer Florida officer arrested after live streaming from inside US Capitol during breach, FBI says Schumer says he's working to find votes to confirm Biden's OMB pick Pence declined invitation to attend CPAC: reports MORE, in a $1.3 billion defamation suit.  The Wall Street Journal reported that Lindell was named the defendant in a suit filed in Washington, D.C. federal court alleging that Lindell harmed the company's brand by disparaging the integrity of its machines by pushing false claims about Dominion voting machines being used to steal the November election from Trump. “He is well aware of the independent audits and paper ballot recounts conclusively disproving the Big Lie,” reads the lawsuit, according to the Journal. “But Lindell...sells the lie to this day because the lie sells pillows.” Lindell has made unproven claims about the...
    Drew Angerer/Getty Images Dominion Voting Systems are suing MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell for $1.3 billion in damages by the electronic voting company alleging defamatory accusations related to the 2020 presidential election. Dominion had threatened legal action against Lindell as he continued to spread the baseless conspiracies that former President Donald Trump won the 2020 general election, a lie that Trump himself also promoted and appears to believe, and was largely the reason for the deadly capitol insurrection that occurred on January 6th by Trump supporters. Upon hearing the threats of legal action, Lindell invited the legal action, famously saying “please sue me” during a media hit. Well, his wish appears to have come true.   The Wall Street Journal has reported the suit was filed in U.S. District Court in Washington D.C. and claims that Lindell’s statements on social media, in television appearances, and in a self-produced movie he released online...
    Former Sen. Kelly Loeffler is starting a voter registration and outreach group called "Greater Georgia," in her first major public move since losing her Senate seat to Democrat Raphael Warnock in a Jan. 6 runoff. Loeffler's group will mirror some of the functions of "Fair Vote," the Stacey Abrams-affiliated group that many Democrats credit with the significant progress the party has made in the state in recent years. Loeffler's group will focus on registering "conservative-leaning" voters, engaging low-propensity voters and strengthening election security.  "Our state is greater – and our democracy is stronger – when everyone’s voice is heard, and that’s exactly what Greater Georgia’s work is about," Loeffler, a Republican, said in a statement. She will be the chairwoman of the group.  Sen. Kelly Loeffler greets supporters during a Republican election-night watch party, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore) PERDUE EXPLORING 2022 SENATE RUN AGAINST WARNOCK, FILES WITH FEC...
    WASHINGTON - U.S. Attorney General nominee Merrick Garland plans to tell senators at his confirmation hearing Monday that he is committed to fighting discrimination and extremist attacks against the government.   The 68-year-old Garland, currently a federal appellate court judge in Washington and a 2016 Supreme Court nominee whom Senate Republicans refused to consider in a presidential election year, is one of President Joe Biden’s most important Cabinet selections.   If confirmed by the Senate, he would head the Department of Justice amid its ongoing investigation of hundreds of supporters of President Donald Trump, many of them with anti-government views, who stormed into the U.S. Capitol last month to confront lawmakers as they were certifying that Biden defeated Trump in last November’s election. In addition, Garland could oversee contentious racial disputes involving law enforcement abuses of minorities in criminal cases that led to massive street demonstrations in recent months.   Senate Schedules Confirmation Hearing for...
    WEST PALM BEACH (CBSMiami) — Palm Beach County’s COVID Compliance Team is investigating an event Governor Ron DeSantis held at a West Palm Beach hotel Friday morning for violating the county’s masking and social distancing rules. The governor spoke indoors in front of a mostly maskless crowd about election reform bills he supports in the next legislative session. READ MORE: Efforts Underway To Slow COVID Infection Rates, Get More People Vaccinated A spokesperson for Palm Beach County sent our sister station CBS12 News the following statement: “Approximately 15 minutes before the Governor’s 10:00 am press event this morning at the Airport Hilton, we were informed that a large audience (approximately 100-150) was in attendance and numerous individuals were not wearing facial coverings or masks. We immediately dispatched a CECT representative to the event. We have spoken to Hilton management and will be following up with them and event organizers in...
    By RODNEY MUHUMUZA, Associated Press KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Ugandan opposition figure Bobi Wine says he will withdraw a legal petition that sought to overturn the victory of President Yoweri Museveni in last month's presidential election. Wine said Monday that he has instructed his attorneys to start the process of withdrawing the petition even though the country's top court is set to begin hearing evidence after receiving affidavits in the case. “We have decided to move the case from (the Supreme) court and bring it back to the court of the people,” he said, speaking in the local Luganda language. Wine, a singer and lawmaker whose real name is Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, charged that Uganda's courts are filled with “yes-men” appointed by Museveni and that he did not expect a fair decision from the panel of nine judges. He said he will soon inform his supporters what his next steps are....
    KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Ugandan opposition figure Bobi Wine says he will withdraw a legal petition that sought to overturn the victory of President Yoweri Museveni in last month’s presidential election. Wine said Monday that he has instructed his attorneys to start the process of withdrawing the petition even though the country’s top court is set to begin hearing evidence after receiving affidavits in the case. “We have decided to move the case from (the Supreme) court and bring it back to the court of the people,” he said, speaking in the local Luganda language. Wine, a singer and lawmaker whose real name is Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, charged that Uganda’s courts are filled with “yes-men” appointed by Museveni and that he did not expect a fair decision from the panel of nine judges. He said he will soon inform his supporters what his next steps are. Wine last...
    By Elias Biryabarema KAMPALA (Reuters) - Ugandan opposition leader Bobi Wine said on Monday he was withdrawing a court case challenging presidential election results that handed victory to incumbent Yoweri Museveni, alleging bias by Supreme Court justices hearing the case. "We have decided to withdraw from their court," Bobi Wine told a news conference in the capital Kampala. Wine, whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi, has rejected the results of the January election and said he believed victory was stolen from him. A popstar and lawmaker, Wine, 38, was asking the court to overturn the results on several grounds including widespread use of violence. Museveni, a former guerrilla leader who has led the East African country since 1986, was declared winner of the Jan. 14 election with 59% of the vote, while Wine was given 35%. "The courts are not independent, it is clear these people (judges) are working for...
    By Tom Allard JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia is pushing Southeast Asian neighbours to agree on an action plan over Myanmar's coup that would keep the junta to its promise of holding elections, with monitors to ensure they are fair and inclusive, three sources familiar with the move said. The proposal from the biggest regional nation falls short of the public demands of protesters and some Western countries for the immediate release of elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi and the recognition of the Nov. 8 ballot her party won in a landslide. Two senior officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Reuters a diplomatically-led solution had to focus on preventing bloodshed and helping the military to honour its commitment to hold a new election and hand power to the winner. Protesters have scorned the junta's promise of a new election, saying it should recognise the one held last year. The...
    LOS ANGELES (CNS) -- Vote centers are now open and available for the March 2 special election in Los Angeles County.County Registrar-Recorder Dean Logan said Saturday the centers will remain open every day from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. for safe in-person voting or to drop off completed vote-by-mail ballots.All participating vote centers will follow public health and safety guidelines related to COVID-19.Locations of the vote centers can be found here.The election is being held to fill the state Senate seat vacated by Holly Mitchell, who was elected to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors in November. County registrar officials have been sending vote-by-mail ballots to voters in the 30th Senate District.Three Democrats, two Republicans, a Peace and Freedom Party candidate and one candidate with no party preference will appear on the ballot for the race to represent the overwhelmingly Democratic district that includes Culver City, Mar Vista, Century...
            by Scott McClallen  On Tuesday, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel announced the voluntary dismissal of a lawsuit challenging the integrity of Michigan’s 2020 general election. Both sides are claiming victory. In June 2020, conservative activist Anthony Daunt sued Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson and Director of Elections Jonathan Brater, alleging inadequate voter registration list maintenance. The lawsuit alleged 16 counties have voter registration rates between 90% and 97.5% of adult citizens, which are “suspiciously high” compared to the 2018 election statewide registration rate of 73.4%. Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel’s office said the claims stemmed from “old, estimated census data” and didn’t account for the National Voter Registration Act’s (NVRA) required delays in removing voter registration names within 90 days of a federal election. The Bureau of Elections this week released a list of approximately 177,000 voter registrations slated for cancelation because the state believed the voter moved away...
              Georgia legislators have submitted a bill that would require that the secretary of state create a far more detailed election reporting system for general primaries, general elections, and runoffs from general primaries and general elections. “Such system shall provide for the entry of the number of ballots cast by type in each precinct, the results of state and federal races by precinct, the number of absentee ballots issued and returned, the number of absentee ballots certified, the number of absentee ballots rejected, the number of provisional ballots cast, and such other information which the Secretary of State deems relevant and useful to the citizens of this state,” according to the language of the bill. “The Secretary of State shall ensure that all information required by this subsection is readily available on a publicly accessible website, including totals. As election returns become available, the...
    YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Protesters gathered in Myanmar’s biggest city Monday despite the ruling junta’s thinly veiled threat to use lethal force if people answered a call for a general strike opposing the military takeover three weeks ago. Despite roadblocks around the U.S. Embassy in Yangon, more than a thousand protesters gathered there, while 20 military trucks with riot police had arrived nearby. The crowds were gathering after supporters of the Civil Disobedience Movement, a loosely organized group leading the resistance, called for people to unite on Monday’s date for a “Spring Revolution.” The junta warned against the general strike in a public announcement carried last Sunday on state television broadcaster MRTV. “It is found that the protesters have raised their incitement towards riot and anarchy mob on the day of 22 February. Protesters are now inciting the people, especially emotional teenagers and youths, to a confrontation path where they...
    (CNN Business)A version of this article first appeared in the "Reliable Sources" newsletter. You can sign up for free right here.USA Today and Suffolk U conducted a survey of 1,000 Trump voters, identified via 2020 polls, in the past week. The results reaffirm that Donald Trump's big lies are now part of the bedrock of the Republican Party. Riot denialism, for example:"Most Trump voters embrace a version of events on Jan. 6 that has been debunked by independent fact checkers and law enforcement agencies," USA Today's Susan Page wrote Sunday. "Asked to describe what happened during the assault on the Capitol, 58% of Trump voters call it 'mostly an antifa-inspired attack that only involved a few Trump supporters.' That's more than double the 28% who call it 'a rally of Trump supporters, some of whom attacked the Capitol.' Four percent call it 'an attempted coup inspired by President Trump.'"Trump sometimes...
    Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) Executive Director Dan Schneider called it a “mistake” for former Vice President Mike Pence to decline the invitation to make a speaking appearance at their annual gathering next week in Orlando, Florida. “Did President Trump ask to be part of CPAC, or did CPAC invite him?” MSNBC host Joshua Johnson asked Schneider on Sunday night. “We sent out invitations to some of our intended speakers very early on, actually when he was still president before the election, as we did the same thing with Vice-President Pence,” the CPAC director stated. “We are pleased the president will be joining us, and we’re disappointed the vice president’s not coming. We think it’s a mistake for him not to come.” Schneider then called Pence a “real champion for conservatism.” But that sentiment is a far cry from the views that many of Trump’s own followers — and Trump himself — have expressed since the 2020 election. “He is a...
    After the January 6 Capitol riot, Wikipedia editors distorted the facts of the event and even categorized it as a “coup” despite objections. Editors have also misrepresented the fraud allegations surrounding the 2020 election and supporting evidence in order to discredit them. Several editors have even been banned due to comments criticizing Wikipedia’s bias on each subject. Many Wikipedia editors have also pushed for other inflammatory characterizations of Trump’s election challenges and the Capitol protests and riot, though the worst characterizations have generally not been presented as fact due to intensely divided discussions. Disputes over how to characterize the Capitol riot were the first battle on Wikipedia about the subject, a battle which began as the Capitol storming occurred and in its immediate aftermath. Initially, the article referred to the event as a Trump rally before the page was retitled to call them “protests” and then settling on “2021 storming...
    WASHINGTON - U.S. Attorney General nominee Merrick Garland, nominated by President Joe Biden as the country’s top law enforcement official, plans to tell senators at his confirmation hearing Monday that he is committed to fighting discrimination and extremist attacks against the government. The 68-year-old Garland, currently a federal appellate court judge in Washington and in 2016 a Supreme Court nominee whom Senate Republicans refused to consider in a presidential election year, is one of Biden’s most important Cabinet nominees. If confirmed by the Senate, he would head the Department of Justice amid its ongoing investigation of hundreds of supporters of President Donald Trump, many of them with anti-government views, who stormed into the U.S. Capitol last month to confront lawmakers as they were certifying that Biden defeated Trump in last November’s election. In addition, Garland could oversee contentious racial disputes involving law enforcement abuses of minorities in criminal cases...
    (CNN)What happens when you incite an insurrection to prevent the congressional certification of the 2020 election results? Turns out you get invited to speak at a high-profile gathering of GOP elected officials and conservative activists. As outrageous as that appears, this is exactly what we're seeing with the American Conservative Union's invitation to Donald Trump to speak at this week's annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Orlando. Dean ObeidallahTo be clear, I'm not urging CPAC to cancel Trump's speech. Rather, my hope is that all Americans will use the event to reflect on the dangerous developments for our democracy from the right. First, the majority of GOP members of Congress refused to hold Trump accountable for his two months of nonstop lies about the 2020 election and his incitement of the January 6 attack -- as we saw with only 17 of the 261 Republicans in the Senate...
    Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill (R) said “every state in the union,” should eliminate the private donor funding of election administration in an exclusive interview on Sirius XM’s Breitbart News Saturday with host Matt Boyle. “We had states that sacrificed security, accountability, transparency for accessibility and availability of the ballot. We should never sacrifice security, transparency, and accountability in the elections process for anything,” Merrill,  co-chair of the recently established election integrity commission of the Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC) said. Boyle noted the 2020 general election was unique in that, for the first time, major private donors — such as Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan, who donated $350 million to the Center for Technology and Civic Live (CTCL) and $69 million to the Center for Election Innovation and Research (CEIR) this election cycle — funded the administration of elections in many counties and localities...
    Former Republican Texas Rep. Will Hurd explained Sunday that “the Democratic Party has some real problems” and that the Republicans have an opportunity to take back the House of Representatives in the 2022 elections. In an appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Hurd was asked by host Chuck Todd about the future of the Republican Party and if “the messaging of constantly berating government” and saying “government is the problem” is part of an overall party messaging problem. WATCH: “I don’t disagree with your premise. The reality is, the Republican Party should be based on our core values. If we’re going to be a party that’s viewed as representing nuts and conspiracy theorists, we’re going to ultimately have a problem. And so, it’s not about no government, it’s about reasonable and sensible government. If we can reduce the size and scope of the government and still provide great services, we should be able to do that,” Hurd responded.  He continued, saying...
    Ten companies that said they would end donations to Republicans who backed an attempt to overturn the presidential election in January have reduced their overall donations to candidates by over 90 percent, according to Reuters. The news source analyzed donations by 10 major companies’ political action committees, including those of Comcast, Microsoft and AT&T. None of them donated to any of the 147 congressional Republicans who backed the challenge during that period. Overall, the 10 companies’ PACs made a total of $13,000 in new donations in January. Although PAC donations typically drop following a general election, the figure amounted to under 10 percent of the amount those PACs donated in January 2017, when they gave about $190,000, according to Reuters. During the two years of the 2020 election cycle, they gave more than $2 million to the 147 lawmakers they pledged to cut off. Only two PACs, those of American...
    Seven Niger election officials killed by land mine on poll day
    Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA), the number two Republican in the House, still refuses to concede that the 2020 presidential election was not stolen, insisting on Sunday morning that “there were a few states that didn't follow their state laws.” Scalise, fresh off his Mar-a-Lago trip to visit with former President Donald Trump, appeared on ABC News’ This Week on Sunday and was eventually pressed about whether he felt the twice-impeached ex-president bore any responsibility for the Jan. 6 insurrectionist Capitol riot. Airing comments from House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy last month denouncing Trump for his role in inciting a mob of MAGA supporters to stop Congress from certifying President Joe Biden’s election, host Jonathan Karl wondered aloud if Scalise asked Trump if he’d take any responsibility. “I was in Florida doing some fund-raising throughout a number of parts of Florida, ended up at Mar-a-Lago, the president reached out, we visited,”...
    A GUN toting “Trump in high heels” has vowed to keep the former President’s legacy alive as she battles the Republican establishment. Amanda Chase, 51, is fighting to be the GOP candidate in the Virginia gubernatorial election and a new poll of party voters put her ahead in the race. 4Amanda Chase in a plexiglass box after refusing to wear a maskCredit: AP:Associated Press She was censured by fellow Republican and Democratic state Senators in Virginia for attending the ‘Stop the Steal’ rally of Trump supporters in Washington that preceded the Capitol Hill riots. Chase then went on to praise the rioters who breached the Capitol after the event as “patriots”. “That is my base support,” said Chase, who once described herself as “Trump in heels”. “I’m most in line with President Trump number one because I’m a businessperson, I’m not a politician.” Despite her censure she appears to have won the...
    Larry Kudlow, former Trump White House economic adviser and current Fox Business host, told Fox News’ Howard Kurtz he was “disappointed” Donald Trump went down a 2020 election rabbit hole instead of ending his term talking about his accomplishments. Trump spent the last two months of his presidency pushing numerous false, baseless, and even conspiratorial claims about the 2020 election, and in his video the day of the Capitol riots he repeated the false claim that the election was stolen. Kudlow expressed his disappointment in Trump in the final week of his presidency, and he elaborated to Kurtz: “I was disappointed. I was critical. It doesn’t mean I don’t admire President Trump, it doesn’t mean I didn’t have the job of a lifetime… After the electoral college certified the election, I would have greatly preferred that President Trump then pivot and talk about his achievements on the economy, on foreign...
    QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Final results from a Feb. 7 presidential election in Ecuador confirmed that former banker Guillermo Lasso came second behind leading candidate Andrés Arauz, meaning the two will contest a runoff vote in April, election officials said Sunday. Lasso, who had lost the last two presidential contests, won 19.74% of votes in the election while Indigenous candidate Yaku Pérez came third with 19.38% after all votes were counted, the National Electoral Council said. Just 32,600 votes separated the two candidates. Arauz led with 32.72%, a frontrunner status that became clear in partial results and only left open the question of who he would face in the April 11 runoff after the tight race for second place. Arauz, who is backed by ex-President Rafael Correa, has proposed making the wealthy pay more taxes, strengthening consumer protections, public banking and local credit and savings organizations. He also says he...
    QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Final results from a Feb. 7 presidential election in Ecuador confirmed that former banker Guillermo Lasso came second behind leading candidate Andrés Arauz, meaning the two will contest a runoff vote in April, election officials said Sunday. Lasso, who had lost the last two presidential contests, won 19.74% of votes in the election while Indigenous candidate Yaku Pérez came third with 19.38% after all votes were counted, the National Electoral Council said. Just 32,600 votes separated the two candidates. Arauz led with 32.72%, a frontrunner status that became clear in partial results and only left open the question of who he would face in the April 11 runoff after the tight race for second place. Arauz, who is backed by ex-President Rafael Correa, has proposed making the wealthy pay more taxes, strengthening consumer protections, public banking and local credit and savings organizations. He...
    Former Rep. Will HurdWilliam Ballard HurdFormer Rep. Will Hurd announces book deal House poised to override Trump veto for first time Lawmakers call for including creation of Latino, women's history museums in year-end spending deal MORE (R-Texas) said Sunday that the GOP should have little if anything to do with former President TrumpDonald TrumpGovernors in hot water over their coronavirus response DOJ investigating whether Alex Jones, Roger Stone played role in Jan. 6 riots: WaPo Did Biden just endorse 'human rights with Chinese characteristics'? MORE following the violent riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. Speaking with NBC's "Meet the Press," Hurd argued that the Republican Party had lost both houses of Congress and the White House over the past four years as a direct result of the former president. "I think very little, if not none at all," Hurd said when asked about what role Trump should play in the...
    ABC’s Jon Karl pressed House Minority Whip Steve Scalise with an intense series of questions about Donald Trump’s responsibility for the storming of the Capitol after his repeated delegitimization of the 2020 election. During an interview Scalise gave Karl on Sunday for This Week, the ABC anchor brought up the fundraising meeting Scalise had with the former president last week at Mar-a-Lago. This trip comes after Kevin McCarthy also visited Trump, and Karl framed the conversation by noting that the House Minority Leader once said that the former president “bears responsibility” for the storming of the Capitol by his supporters. This led to Karl asking Scalise, “Did you ask [Trump] to take responsibility? Did he take responsibility?” Scalise sidestepped the question in order to defend the meeting, so Karl pressed him again on the question of Trump’s responsibility for the storming of the Capitol. Scalies responded by referring to a...
    The starkest aspect to California’s evolution from a relatively conservative state into a blue bastion has been an evolving attitude toward crime and punishment. In the 1980s and 1990s, California became a national leader in increasing penalties for crimes large and small, symbolized by a three-strikes-and-you’re-out law calling for life imprisonment of repeat offenders. Not surprisingly, despite construction of many new prisons, they became horrendously overcrowded with inmates. However, as California made its almost 180-degree political turn to the left over the last couple of decades, attitudes about crime also evolved, culminating in legislative acts, ballot measures and administrative policies that repealed or softened the state’s sentencing laws. The number of felons locked up in state prisons has dropped by at least one-third in recent years. That said, what supporters call “criminal justice reform” is not universally accepted. Some law enforcement officials believe it’s gone too far and has contributed...
    DONALD Trump got “bad advice” that Mike Pence had powers to overturn the election result, the Vice-President’s former chief of staff has said. During the Capitol Hill siege, rioters appeared to scream "hang Mike Pence" after Donald Trump blamed the "furious" Pence for not blocking Joe Biden's win. 6Donald Trump speaking at the 'Save America' rallyCredit: Reuters 6Mike Pence announcing Joe Biden's certification as President-electCredit: Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved The MAGA fans stormed Congress as lawmakers were voting on certifying Joe Biden as the then President-elect on January 6. Mark Short has now told CNN that Pence “had a strong viewpoint as to what his role was” supposed to be that day  “I think unfortunately the president was getting bad advice from people who had articulated that the Vice President would have some extraordinary powers that had never been used before in the history of our country,” he said. He went on to...
    The New York Times Democrats Beat Trump in 2020. Now They’re Asking: What Went Wrong? Democrats emerged from the 2020 election with full control of the federal government and a pile of lingering questions. In private, party leaders and strategists have been wrestling with a quandary: Why was President Joe Biden’s convincing victory over Donald Trump not accompanied by broad Democratic gains down ballot? With that puzzle in mind, a cluster of Democratic advocacy groups has quietly launched a review of the party’s performance in the 2020 election with an eye toward shaping Democrats’ approach to next year’s midterm campaign, seven people familiar with the effort said. There is particular concern among the Democratic sponsors of the initiative about the party’s losses in House districts with large minority populations, including in Florida, Texas and California, people briefed on the initiative said. The review is probing tactical and strategic choices across...
    The New York Times Democrats Beat Trump in 2020. Now They’re Asking: What Went Wrong? Democrats emerged from the 2020 election with full control of the federal government and a pile of lingering questions. In private, party leaders and strategists have been wrestling with a quandary: Why was President Joe Biden’s convincing victory over Donald Trump not accompanied by broad Democratic gains down ballot? With that puzzle in mind, a cluster of Democratic advocacy groups has quietly launched a review of the party’s performance in the 2020 election with an eye toward shaping Democrats’ approach to next year’s midterm campaign, seven people familiar with the effort said. There is particular concern among the Democratic sponsors of the initiative about the party’s losses in House districts with large minority populations, including in Florida, Texas and California, people briefed on the initiative said. The review is probing tactical and strategic choices across...
            
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Ten U.S. corporations slashed donations to candidates seeking federal office by more than 90% in January, after pledging to cut off giving to the Republicans who supported former President Donald Trump's attempt to overturn his election defeat. None of the political action committees of 10 major companies reviewed by Reuters, including Microsoft Corp, Walmart Inc, AT&T Inc and Comcast Corp, donated to any of the 147 congressional Republicans who voted to support Trump's claims just hours after his supporters launched a deadly assault on the U.S. Capitol. Disclosures to the Federal Election Commission ahead of a Saturday filing deadline showed the group of corporate PACs affiliated with those 10 companies made $13,000 in new donations to candidates in January. The reports were the first by the PACs to detail contributions made since the Jan. 6 Capitol attack. The money donated during the month was less than one-tenth...
    CNN’s Pamela Brown deftly shut down attempts by Mark Short, who served as Chief of Staff for former Vice President Mike Pence, to re-litigate the 2020 election, repeatedly pointing out how dozens of courts across the country had rejected former President Donald Trump’s legal challenges. Pence “had a strong viewpoint as to what his role was” supposed to be on January 6, said Short, for his constitutionally-designated role during the certification of the Electoral College votes. “And I think unfortunately the president was getting bad advice from people who had articulated that the vice president would have some extraordinary powers that had never been used before in the history of our country…poor legal advice that the president was receiving, that I think led him to believe that there was a different role the vice president could play on that day,” Short said. In response to a later question from Brown, Short made sure to clarify that he was not blaming...
    Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill (R), who is serving as the cochair of the Republican State Leadership Committee’s (RSLC) commission to fuel election integrity measures, provided examples of what the commission is doing to promote election integrity in elections and told Breitbart News Saturday their overarching goal is to “make it easier to vote and harder to cheat.” What secretaries of state and state legislators must do, he said, is “continue to promote the best practices that are ongoing throughout the nation” and present them to states that need help. Merrill said the commission has five overarching goals: empowering states, ensuring voter integrity through voter roll accuracy, securing absentee and mail-in voting to “make sure that it is what it should be in states that choose to use it,” streamlining the canvassing process, and increasing transparency for in-person voting, which he identified as “gold standard for voting.” LISTEN: Breitbart · Sec....
    A lawyer who filed a lawsuit contesting the outcome of the 2020 presidential election could be facing the consequences after a federal judge referred him for possible disciplinary action. U.S. District Court Judge James Boasberg referred Erick Kaardal, a Minnesota-based lawyer, for discipline on Friday, arguing that the suit he filed, which the judge denied in January, was “staggering,” according to the court order. The lawsuit, Wisconsin Voters Alliance v. Pence, sought to invalidate the results in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Michigan, and Arizona, all of which President Biden won. The lawsuit had targeted former Vice President Mike Pence, Congress, and the Electoral College itself, in addition to the battleground states. In rejecting the suit, Boasberg said the lawsuit would be “risible” if it didn't seek to undermine “a democratic election for President of the United States,” and he threatened to refer counsel for disciplinary action at the time. “The relief...
    (CNN)President Joe Biden took his first big trip as president this week when he went to Wisconsin for a CNN town hall. The fact that Biden chose to go to Wisconsin shouldn't be lost on anyone. He will likely be going to the state a lot as president. Arguably, no state tells us more about Biden's or any president's political standing in the last 30 years than Wisconsin. It's also likely to tell us whether his party does well in the 2022 midterms.If you wanted to know who won the presidency in the last three elections, you needn't look further than the Badger State. It was one of just three states that voted for Biden in 2020, Donald Trump in 2016 and Barack Obama in 2012 (the other two are the key battlegrounds of Michigan and Pennsylvania). But Wisconsin's importance goes deeper than just this fun tidbit of trivia. Wisconsin...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — When Sen. Richard Burr stood and said “guilty” there were hushed gasps in the Senate chamber. But the North Carolina Republican’s vote to convict former President Donald Trump should not have come as a shock. In a way, he had been telegraphing it for several years. Months before Trump would begin falsely claiming that the November election had been stolen from him, the Senate Intelligence Committee led by Burr warned that sitting public officials should use the “absolute greatest amount of restraint and caution if they are considering publicly calling the validity of an upcoming election into question.” Such grave allegations, the committee said in February 2020, can have “significant” consequences for national security. Explaining his vote to convict Trump of inciting an insurrection at the Capitol on Jan. 6, Burr returned to that theme. He said Trump “promoted unfounded conspiracy theories to cast doubt on the...
    By MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — When Sen. Richard Burr stood and said “guilty” there were hushed gasps in the Senate chamber. But the North Carolina Republican’s vote to convict former President Donald Trump should not have come as a shock. In a way, he had been telegraphing it for several years. Months before Trump would begin falsely claiming that the November election had been stolen from him, the Senate Intelligence Committee led by Burr warned that sitting public officials should use the “absolute greatest amount of restraint and caution if they are considering publicly calling the validity of an upcoming election into question.” Such grave allegations, the committee said in February 2020, can have “significant” consequences for national security. Explaining his vote to convict Trump of inciting an insurrection at the Capitol on Jan. 6, Burr returned to that theme. He said Trump “promoted unfounded conspiracy...
    By HASSAN BARISE, Associated Press MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — A health worker in Somalia’s capital says at least five soldiers were killed and more than a dozen people, mostly civilians, were wounded in violence related to protests over the country’s delayed election. Abdi Bafo, a doctor at the Medina hospital, spoke on Saturday, the day after Somali security forces fired on hundreds of people peacefully demonstrating in Mogadishu over the delayed vote. Opposition leaders on Saturday vowed to hold more protests. The capital was calm, and streets were open again after being blocked on Friday. President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed is under pressure as the Feb. 8 election date came and went without resolution of issues related to how the vote is conducted in the Horn of Africa nation. Some Somalis are demanding that he step down. The president has not commented publicly since Friday’s events. Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble...
    (CNN)There's a war over voting. Set all these things aside: the blatant hypocrisy of Texas Sen. Ted Cruz's vacation after he criticized others the mealy mouthed effort to claim he was just trying to be a good dad his abrupt about-face and apology and the uncomfortable fact that someone on his wife's text chain outed their supposed friend as the Cancun ringleader. What makes the Cruz vacation scandal most interesting is that while he's four years from reelection, this silliness could help make him among the most vulnerable incumbents if he runs for reelection in 2024. That's no bold prediction even though we're years away in part because of Texas, where Cruz is a symptom of a much larger issue for Republicans: that the state is changing, becoming more friendly to Democrats and will, at some point, be the key US political battleground. Read MoreHowever.Republicans are also learning from...
    Reuters February 20, 2021 0 Comments Democrats and voting rights groups condemned on Friday a broad proposal by Georgia Republicans to limit absentee and in-person voting in the state, the latest salvo in a national fight over efforts to place new restrictions on casting a ballot. Republicans said the sweeping measure was needed to bolster confidence in election integrity after former President Donald Trump disputed November’s results that saw Joe Biden become the first Democratic presidential candidate to win the state in 28 years. The legislation, one of dozens of restrictive voting measures pending in Georgia, would have “devastating consequences” for voters, a coalition of voting rights groups said in an open letter to Republican state legislators. They said it was designed to reduce the influence of Black voters, whose heavy turnout helped propel Biden to victory and delivered Democrats two U.S. Senate wins in January. The bill includes...
    Republican Rep. Tom Reed of New York says that he’s "definitely looking" at running next year against Gov. Andrew Cuomo when the embattled three-term Democratic governor bids for re-election. "People across the district, across the state, are saying 'you need to take a look at this.' I’m humbled by that, but I’m also energized by it," the six-term congressman, who represents the southwestern corner of New York State, said in an interview with Fox News. REED SAYS CUOMO 'NEEDS TO BE TAKEN DOWN' "Given an opportunity to do my part to serve and try to change the direction of the state, we are definitely looking at it," Reed said. UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 15: Rep. Tom Reed, R-N.Y., co-chair of the Problem Solvers Caucus, arrives at the House Triangle outisde the Capitol for a press conference on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images) While...
    MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — A health worker in Somalia’s capital says at least five soldiers were killed and more than a dozen people, mostly civilians, were wounded in violence related to protests over the country’s delayed election. Abdi Bafo, a doctor at the Medina hospital, spoke on Saturday, the day after Somali security forces fired on hundreds of people peacefully demonstrating in Mogadishu over the delayed vote. The capital was calm on Saturday, and streets were open again after being blocked on Friday. President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed is under pressure as the Feb. 8 election date came and went without resolution of issues related to how the vote is conducted in the Horn of Africa nation. Some Somalis are demanding that he step down. The president has not commented publicly since Friday’s events. Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble has said he was “very sorry” about what happened. Some Somali...
    The Supreme Court in early March will hear arguments in a voting rights case pitting Republican arguments about election integrity against Democratic claims of racial discrimination. The case arose out of a dispute between the Arizona Republican Party and the Democratic National Committee and has been working its way through lower courts since before the 2016 presidential election. It has attracted increasing attention since the muddled aftermath of the 2020 election, in which many states flooded the Supreme Court with complaints about pandemic-era voting provisions. SUPREME COURT WON’T HEAR REMAINING ELECTION CHALLENGES UNTIL AFTER BIDEN INAUGURATION Both Republicans and Democrats in the Arizona case asked the high court to decide if two voting policies, both implemented by Republicans, violate the state's laws against racially discriminatory voting practices. The first is a requirement that a ballot be thrown out if it was cast in a precinct other than the one matching...
            by Debra Heine  The Biden Department of Defense will be keeping National Guard Troops in Washington, D.C. until at least mid-March in part because of a little known QAnon conspiracy theory that could spur another storming of the Capitol, a House Democrat suggested on Wednesday. “Some of these people have figured out that apparently 75 years ago, the president used to be inaugurated on March 4. OK, now why that’s relevant, God knows, at any rate, now they are thinking maybe we should gather again and storm the Capitol on March 4. … That is circulating online,”  House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith (D-Wash.) said during a  committee hearing. Smith also mused that best way to mitigate the alleged threat of insurrection in the Capitol is for “every single” GOP lawmaker to publicly “acknowledge” that Joe Biden is the legitimate president. “If you want to...
              Georgia legislators have filed a bill that would require that government officials mail absentee ballot applications only to registered voters. The Georgia General Assembly’s website identified State Sen. Max Burns (R-Sylvania) as the bill’s primary sponsor. “All persons or entities, other than the Secretary of State, election superintendents, boards of registrars, and absentee ballot clerks, that send applications for absentee ballots to electors in a primary, election, or runoff shall mail such applications only to eligible registered electors who have not already requested, received, or voted an absentee ballot in the primary, election, or runoff,” according to the language of the bill. “Any such person or entity shall compare the mail distribution list being used by the person or entity for such mailing with the most current registered electors list maintained by the Secretary of State and remove all persons from the list...
    The Democrat-controlled House of Representatives has taken initial steps to make a decision in a contested Iowa election, one involving Republican Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks and Amy Hart, who lost to Miller-Meeks by six votes. Democrats have now begun to shift their focus to the race after Hart’s continuous claim that Miller-Meeks was improperly declared the winner, although multiple recounts have shown otherwise. As reported by Politico, the “House Administration Committee gathered virtually Friday afternoon to finalize the process by which it will adjudicate Hart’s claim, which was filed under the Federal Contested Elections Act.” With a slim, five seat majority, it appears Democrats have realized the importance of the seat currently held by Miller-Meeks, who was sworn in in January. “Members unanimously agreed to a resolution that establishes procedures the committee will abide by as it considers recent elections contested under the act,” the report from Politico stated. “The committee has...
    Republicans are trying to recruit Long Island Congressman Lee Zeldin to run against three-term Democratic incumbent Andrew Cuomo next year, as the governor grapples with a growing pandemic-fueled nursing home scandal, party officials said Friday. Among the GOP insiders wooing Zeldin to take on Cuomo for the governorship is Republican Party Chairman Nick Langworthy, sources said. The Republican National Committee — sensing that Cuomo is on the ropes over accusations that he hid crucial COVID-19 nursing home death data — also is interested in recruiting a strong candidate for governor in 2020. Zeldin is an Iraq military vet who was handily re-elected last November to a fourth term representing Suffolk County’s 1st Congressional District. He previously served in the state Senate and has called on the Justice Department to examine Cuomo’s actions regarding nursing homes. Zeldin, 41, would have issues of his own to address should he take on...
    MSNBC anchor Chris Hayes said Friday on “All In” called Republicans that challenged the outcome of the 2020 presidential election on the basis of alleged inconsistencies “fundamentally wicked.” On January 6, after the Capitol riots, seven Senate Republicans and 138 House Republicans objected to certifying Pennsylvania’s electoral results and six Senate Republicans and 121 in the House objected to certifying Arizona’s results. Hayes said, “You know, Linda, there are two things here that I’d be curious to hear your perspective on. One of them is it really continues to bother and burn me that a majority of Republicans in Congress voted to overturn the election — a really like shocking abdication of basic just fundamental democratic values. Nothing to do with like policy, ideology. And there’s no accounting for that. No one seems to be apologizing for it. Like we are a month later, but no soul searching. No like...
    Republicans, it’s 11 pm: Do you know where your party is? Donald Trump didn’t make off with the silverware when he checked out. Instead he took the GOP with him, as if the White House were one of his hotels and the party consisted of miniature bottles of shampoo and shower gel. So much for whispers that his impeachment would give the establishment a chance to purge him. Instead, repeating the 2017 mistake when the “adults” kept waiting for Trump to pivot to being presidential, they realized too late that they had created a monster beyond their control. History is repeating itself. For a while, it looked like there would be a post-election battle for the soul of the party but the party folded with hardly a skirmish. Any Republican with the idea of opening up daylight between themselves and Trump, or building their own following, listen up: Trump may...
    Loading the player... Voting rights activists in Georgia have slammed a voting bill introduced this week by Republican state legislators who seek to restrict mail-in voting and early voting. Critics have called the GOP House bill a direct attack on Black voters. The bill aims to make it harder to cast a ballot after the record turnout for the November election and Senate runoffs that flipped the state blue, per CNN. The bill comes as Republican lawmakers continue to push allegations of voter fraud. Read More: Georgia’s secretary of state office initiates inquiry into Trump pressuring Raffensperger to find votes “After stunning losses in the general election and January runoffs, it’s no mystery why Georgia Republicans have rushed to enact restrictions on early, absentee and weekend voting. They know their only hope for winning elections is to restrict the right to vote and silence Black voices,” said New South...
    Nearly 1.1 million signatures have been submitted in support of a recall election against Gov. Gavin Newsom, state election officials reported Friday, though supporters said a sizable number of voter petitions have yet to be reviewed as the The effort is nearing the official deadline next month. The tally released by Secretary of State Shirley Weber shows that supporters had turned in 1,094,457 signatures earlier this week and 668,202 were confirmed as valid. Most of the signatures that remained, more than 296,000, had not yet been reviewed by elections officials in all 58 California counties, making it difficult to fully assess the likelihood of a special state election later this year. An additional 130,108 signatures were deemed invalid during the review process. One factor in favor of withdrawal supporters is the relatively low rate of rejected signatures. Only about 16% of those whose accuracy has been verified were rejected, significantly...
    More On: lee zeldin NY Rep. Lee Zeldin lauds Trump’s COVID-19 response at RNC Rep. Zeldin: US will become just like crime-ridden NYC if Biden is elected GOP Rep. Zeldin wants de Blasio removed from office amid crime spree GOP Rep. Zeldin: feds must help state and local gov’ts thru coronavirus Republicans are trying to recruit Long Island Congressman Lee Zeldin to run against three-term Democratic incumbent Andrew Cuomo next year, as the governor grapples with a growing pandemic-fueled nursing home scandal, party officials said Friday. Among the GOP insiders wooing Zeldin to take on Cuomo for the governorship is Republican Party Chairman Nick Langworthy, sources said. The Republican National Committee — sensing that Cuomo is on the ropes over accusations that he hid crucial COVID-19 nursing home death data — also is interested in recruiting a strong candidate for governor in 2020. Zeldin is an Iraq military vet...
    Ted Cruz’s post-Cancun PR pivot is not working on Anderson Cooper. During his Friday night opening monologue, the CNN host found the Texas senator’s newfound concern about “vitriol and hate” in our “divided country” decidedly less than convincing. Primarily because, as Cooper pointed out, just over six weeks ago Cruz had objected to the certified election of Joe Biden — even after a violent, pro-Trump mob sacked the Capitol to try to achieve the same outcome. The CNN host noted that Cruz used a local ABC news interview after returning from his outrage-inducing trip to Cancun during his state’s widespread power and water outages. “For damage control, he’s shifted that into cruise control,” Cooper snarked, as he teed up the video. “We’re at a very divided place in our country, where people are screaming vitriol and hate,” Cruz lamented. “And you know what? I think that is a sad sign of where are. I...
    This content was republished with permission from WTOP’s news partners at Maryland Matters. Sign up for Maryland Matters’ free email subscription today. Because Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. is a Republican, all 24 of Maryland’s local boards of elections are dominated by a Republican majority regardless of the makeup of their county. And, if a Democrat is elected governor in 2022, Democrats will hold the majority on all of those election boards – even if the majority of voters in a county are Republicans. Current state law dictates that the “majority party” on the state’s local boards of elections is the political party of the governor. A proposal by Sen. Arthur Ellis (D-Charles) would change how the political makeup of local election boards is determined. Under Ellis’ proposal, the makeup of election boards would be based on the party affiliation of the majority of voters in each jurisdiction, rather than...
    SACRAMENTO —  Almost 1.1 million signatures have been submitted in support of a recall election against Gov. Gavin Newsom, state elections officials reported Friday, though supporters said a sizable number of voter petitions have yet to be reviewed as the effort approaches next month’s official deadline. The tally released by Secretary of State Shirley Weber shows that 1,094,457 signatures had been turned in by supporters as of earlier this week, with 668,202 confirmed as valid. The majority of signatures that remained — more than 296,000 — had not yet been reviewed by elections officials in California’s 58 counties, making it difficult to fully assess the likelihood of a special statewide election later this year. An additional 130,108 signatures were deemed invalid during the review process. One factor in favor of recall backers is the relatively low rate of rejected signatures. Only about 16% of those that have been checked for...
    SIX more people linked to the far-right Oath Keepers militia group have been arrested for storming the Capitol during riots and attempting to block Biden’s election win. The case against those linked with the anti-government extremist group is the largest conspiracy case brought by the U.S. Justice Department so far in the Jan. 6 insurrection. 12A pickup of an Oath Keeper from Idaho in Bozeman, MontanaCredit: Getty Images - Getty 12Jessica Marie Watkins (2nd from L) and Donovan Ray Crowl (Center), both from Ohio, march down the east front steps of the U.S. Capitol with the Oath Keepers militia groupCredit: Reuters The new arrests included 54-year-old Floridian Graydon Young, 52-year-old North Carolina resident Laura Steele, Sandra Ruth Parker, 62, and Bennie Alvin Parker, 70, both of Ohio, and Connie and Kelly Meggs, 52 and 59, who were residents of Florida. The indictment - which is a formal accusation of criminal...
    President Biden is hitting the road again – getting out of Washington for the second time this week as he makes the case for his top priority in the early days of his administration – a $1.9 trillion COVID relief package. Biden on Friday visited Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine manufacturing facility near Kalamazoo, Michigan. Increasing vaccinations is a crucial element in the president’s recovery plan. The stop came two days after the president held a town hall in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Wednesday, where Biden pushed his proposal, which has seen GOP pushback over the price tag. BIDEN PLANNING TRIP TO TEXAS AMID WEATHER CRISIS Michigan and Wisconsin also happen to be crucial battleground states where Biden narrowly edged out then-President Trump in his presidential election victory. President Joe Biden tours a Pfizer manufacturing site, Friday, Feb. 19, 2021, in Portage, Mich. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) The itinerary this week has some political...
    NEW YORK (AP) — In the first television interviews of his post-presidency, Donald Trump repeated his false claims that the election was stolen from him 10 times — each instance unprompted and unchallenged. Trump emerged this week for interviews with Fox News Channel, Newsmax and One America News Network tied to the death of Rush Limbaugh. Each network actively appeals to Trump’s base conservative audience. And the way the interviews were conducted illustrates how difficult it may be to change the minds of supporters who believe the former president’s unfounded narrative. Nearly a month after he left office, Trump drove his point home on each network: — “The election was stolen,” he told OANN’s White House correspondent Jenn Pellegrino. “We were robbed. It was a rigged election.” — “We did win the election, as far as I’m concerned. It was disgraceful what happened,” he said to Greg Kelly on Newsmax....
    House Administration Committee members convened briefly Friday afternoon to start establishing procedures in contested election cases filed under the Federal Contested Election Act. The committee is reviewing two contested elections: Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District and Illinois’s 14th Congressional District. Iowa Democrat Rita Hart lost to Republican Rep. Marianette Miller-Meeks by six votes out of more than 394,000 ballots that were cast. Miller-Meeks was certified the winner of the election following a recount and a recanvass of the district’s 24 counties, but Hart, who decided against going to court, instead contested the election to the House of Representatives. HERSCHEL WALKER TESTIFIES AGAINST REPARATIONS In Hart’s filing to the committee, she alleges that 22 ballots were excluded from the final tally, which, if included, would have favored her to win the election. Miller-Meeks, who was seated on Jan. 4, filed a motion to dismiss the case, saying precedent...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami/CNN) — Governor Ron DeSantis says “Florida had the most transparent and efficient election than anyplace in the country in 2020,” yet he wants to make changes. During a news conference in West Palm Beach on Friday, Governor DeSantis unveiled a slate of voting proposals which he wants lawmakers to pass in their upcoming legislative session, including restricting the mass mailing of mail-in ballots and access to ballot drop boxes. READ MORE: Miami Weather: Cold Front Ends Heat, Humidity For Now DeSantis said the proposed laws will increase voter confidence in the state’s elections and will strengthen election security, and transparency in the process. “We need to make sure that our citizens have confidence in the elections, that they have the ability to vote. We want, obviously, everyone to vote. But we don’t want anyone to cheat. And we want to make sure that we strike that appropriate balance,”...
    Photo by Eze Amos/Getty Images. Thinking outside the box is overrated according to Virginia State Senator Amanda Chase, a self-described “Trump in Heels” legislator who has been forced to sit inside a plexiglass box during session meetings because she refuses to wear a face mask — and whose campaign for governor is one of several competing forces driving the Virginia Republican Party into a messy internal battle. The New York Times’ Reid Epstein characterized the kerfuffle as “the first state-level boomerang”  of former President Donald Trump’s legacy, as Virginia Republicans “have internalized the lesson that there is no benefit to accepting results they don’t like, and the result is a paralyzed party unable to set the date, location and rules for how and when it will pick its 2021 nominees for statewide office, including the race for governor.” Chase, pictured above at an open carry protest in July 2020 (at...
    Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) announced a series of election integrity initiatives Friday, framing them as a “blueprint for other states to follow.” The announcement comes as GOP officials nationwide begin to seek election integrity solutions ahead of the 2022 midterm elections. While establishment politicians overwhelmingly seek to resume “business as usual,” the GOP base, which continues to support former President Trump, has not forgotten about the highly contested 2020 presidential election and its election integrity concerns. The GOP is launching a push to fuel election integrity solutions in statehouses across the country, and the RNC is creating an “election transparency committee.” Officials are seeking viable solutions, and DeSantis is the first major player to address this post-election. DeSantis listed several reforms for the state of Florida, paving the way for other states to follow suit. The reforms include initiatives to ensure ballot integrity, addressing the use of ballot drop...
    By DAVID BAUDER, AP Media Writer NEW YORK (AP) — In the first television interviews of his post-presidency, Donald Trump repeated his false claims that the election was stolen from him 10 times — each instance unprompted and unchallenged. Trump emerged this week for interviews with Fox News Channel, Newsmax and One America News Network tied to the death of Rush Limbaugh. Each network actively appeals to Trump's base conservative audience. And the way the interviews were conducted illustrates how difficult it may be to change the minds of supporters who believe the former president's unfounded narrative. Nearly a month after he left office, Trump drove his point home on each network: — "The election was stolen," he told OANN's White House correspondent Jenn Pellegrino. “We were robbed. It was a rigged election.” — "We did win the election, as far as I'm concerned. It was disgraceful what happened," he...
    Police in Somalia opened fire Friday on a group of people protesting the country’s delayed election. Tensions between President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed and the Somali opposition have risen following the cancellation of the nation’s Feb. 8 election. The election was canceled after government officials representing each of Somalia’s five provinces could not come to an agreement with the president about what the process would look like, according to the Foreign Brief. When hundreds of people, including an opposition leader, protested the cancelation in the streets of Mogadishu, security forces opened fire, according to the Associated Press (AP). A death toll has not been confirmed, but “some have died,” according to Hassan Ali Khaire, the politician leading the march. The street shootings were preceded by violence near the presidential palace the night before, the AP reported. The Somali government claimed that the military shooting was in response to violence committed by...
    TIRANA, Albania (AP) — The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe said Friday it will send 274 observers to monitor Albania’s April 25 parliamentary elections. The international security organization’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) said the decision followed a fact-finding visit to Albania in January. The ODIHR, which has long monitored Albanian elections, said besides its core team there will be 24 long-term observers and 250 short-term observers to monitor "election day procedures, including voting, counting of votes and tabulation of election results.” A good report on the election will be a key condition for Albania to start full negotiations to join the European Union. Last year the bloc gave the green light but has yet to set the date of the talks’ start. Some 3.6 million eligible voters will elect 140 lawmakers following a new electoral code approved last year in line with OSCE recommendations....
    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is proposing legislation he says is aimed at safeguarding future elections in the state. “Last November, Florida held the smoothest, most successful election of any state in the country,” he said in a statement on Friday. “While we should celebrate this feat, we should not rest on our laurels. “Today, we are taking action to ensure that Florida remains a leader on key issues regarding our electoral process, such as ballot integrity, public access to election information, transparency of election reporting, and more." The Orlando Sentinel said the legislation would address “ballot harvesting” by mandating that no one could handle ballots other than their own and those of immediate family members. It would also prevent any “mass mailing of vote-by-mail ballots.” Presently, no county in Florida sends out any mass mailings of ballots, according to the Sentinel. The proposed legislation would also mandate that vote-by-mail ballot signatures must...
    TIRANA, Albania (AP) — The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe said Friday it will send 274 observers to monitor Albania’s April 25 parliamentary elections. The international security organization’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) said the decision followed a fact-finding visit to Albania in January. The ODIHR, which has long monitored Albanian elections, said besides its core team there will be 24 long-term observers and 250 short-term observers to monitor “election day procedures, including voting, counting of votes and tabulation of election results.” A good report on the election will be a key condition for Albania to start full negotiations to join the European Union. Last year the bloc gave the green light but has yet to set the date of the talks’ start. Some 3.6 million eligible voters will elect 140 lawmakers following a new electoral code approved last year in line with OSCE recommendations....
    By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS, Associated Press JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi House will consider a bill that could lead to an increase in gasoline and diesel fuel taxes to pay for improvements to state highways and local roads. The House Ways and Means Committee on Friday passed House Bill 1364, sending it to the full House for more debate sometime between Monday and Wednesday. Mississippi has had the same motor fuel tax of 18.4 cents a gallon since 1987, and transportation officials have long said the tax fails to generate enough money to cover the costs of highway construction and repairs. The bill proposes a statewide election on whether to increase the gasoline tax by 10 cents a gallon and the diesel fuel tax by 14 cents a gallon. The referendum would be June 8, the same day as city elections in many parts of the state. House Ways...
    (CNN)Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis unveiled a slate of voting proposals Friday that he wants lawmakers to pass in their upcoming legislative session, including restricting the mass mailing of mail-in ballots and access to ballot drop boxes. At a news conference Friday in West Palm Beach, DeSantis, a Republican, argued that the legislation proposals will increase residents' confidence in Florida elections, strengthen election security, and transparency in the election process. DeSantis continued to peddle false claims about election security, though there is no evidence of widespread voter fraud in the 2020 election. One of the proposals would ban vote-by-mail ballots from being sent out to all residents, making it so only voters who request a ballot would receive one. Under the proposal, voters would need to request an absentee ballot each election year. Another proposed measure would "address the use of ballot boxes," which DeSantis called "a big problem" and argued...
    (CNN)Georgia voting rights groups are denouncing a sweeping voting bill introduced this week by Republican state legislators as a "direct attack on democracy" and on Black voters. The bill comes as Georgia has become ground zero for election law changes in the wake of the 2020 election. Republicans in the state, citing baseless allegations of voter fraud pushed by former President Donald Trump and other GOP officials, have moved to roll back access to mail-in voting and early voting. The Republican House bill would give counties less time to send out absentee ballots and do away with Sunday voting, among other measures."After stunning losses in the general election and January runoffs, it's no mystery why Georgia Republicans have rushed to enact restrictions on early, absentee and weekend voting. They know their only hope for winning elections is to restrict the right to vote and silence Black voices," said New South...