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    The overwhelming majority of Senate Democrats will soon move to eliminate the filibuster -- which has protected the rights of the chamber’s minority for more than a century – because they feel the need to pass ‘voting rights legislation’ is just too intense to be blocked by the 60-vote threshold. By merging several pieces of legislation into one mega-bill and calling it the ‘Freedom to Vote: John R. Lewis Act,’ Democrats are trying to scare people into believing that if the bill doesn’t pass, they will lose their right to vote.  Of course, this whole exercise is doomed to fail, because Democratic leadership can’t get all 50 of their own senators to support it. But it won’t be for lacking of trying. On Tuesday night, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer proposed another obscure last-ditch procedural effort to skirt the filibuster rules.  This new piece of political theatre is called a ‘talking filibuster.’ It requires Republicans to physical stand on the Senate floor and speak – likely for hours. But the details really aren’t important, because this too is guaranteed to fail....
                              Presented by Facebook     Welcome to The Hill’s Morning Report. It is Wednesday! 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 day this week: Monday, 850,605; Tuesday, 851,730; Wednesday, 854,074. Senate Democrats have their game plan to deal with voting rights and election reform this week. Unfortunately for them, it still isn’t going to do the trick.   Senate Majority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Voting rights week for Democrats (again) Kelly takes under-the-radar approach in Arizona Senate race Hundreds attend mass funeral for victims of Bronx apartment building fire MORE (D-N.Y.) proposed to the Senate Democratic Conference on Tuesday evening that they will employ...
              by Ned Ryun   Joe Biden has claimed “democracy is under attack” and that to save “democracy” we must annihilate Senate norms such as the legislative filibuster. If you don’t believe that this crisis exists and act immediately, his argument goes, the sun won’t rise ever again; the oceans will dry up, and you’re an evil racist like Jefferson Davis, Bull Connor, and George Wallace (Democrats every last one—and Biden actually sought Wallace’s support back when Biden wanted to be liked by the Wallaces and Byrds of the Democratic Party.) But why let facts get in the way of a good Grandpa Dementia bedtime story? Of course the real reason for the shrieking hysteria from Biden and the Left is that they’re confronting what is likely to be an electoral tsunami in the fall. Most Americans with half a brain have realized after a year under the Biden presidency that the Left’s policies and politicians are absolute failures. That’s why Biden has a 33 percent approval rating. And it’s why moderate Democrats like Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Kyrsten Sinema...
    Austin (CNN)Douglas Frank, an Ohio math teacher, affixed his Texas flag print bow tie, led a booming rendition of the National Anthem and then walked a crowd through an absurd mathematical equation that he claimed proves the 2020 election was stolen."Just about every county in the country was hacked," Frank told the dozens of Texans huddled in a ballroom at a local country club on Sunday. When he finished speaking more than 90 minutes later, they gave him a standing ovation.This is how the big lie that the 2020 election was stolen grows even bigger. More than a year later, there is no evidence of widespread fraud in the 2020 election. But Frank is still winning audiences with lawmakers, election officials and voters across the country.Currently on leave from his teaching position, Frank has traveled to Texas and dozens of other states, claiming he uncovered an algorithm proving the 2020 election was stolen nationwide, even as his conclusions have been debunked by mathematicians and election experts."At the core of how our democracy works is that we have to trust election...
    (CNN)A few months ago, two women showed up at Steve Snell's home in southern Pennsylvania with questions for his 89-year-old mother-in-law."They said they were with something called the 'Committee to Verify the Election' or something like that -- something I had never heard of," said Snell, a retiree and former Democratic candidate for the state legislature. More than a year after the election, reports of door-to-door canvassing have surfaced across the country -- from battleground states such as Pennsylvania, Michigan and Florida, to solidly red Utah. An Ohio scientist popular in circles associated with former President Donald Trump recently told a Wisconsin legislative committee that he's already trained canvassing teams in 30 states. These so-called "citizen canvasses" are the latest twist in the effort by Trump's supporters to advance claims -- pushed by the former President himself -- that he lost the 2020 election through voter fraud. Federal, state and location election officials all have said there's no evidence of widespread election fraud that would have affected the outcome of the presidential election. Snell said that the women, in their...
    Republicans are aligned with Martin Luther King Jr.’s vision of meritocracy while Democrats side with George Wallace, the 45th governor of Alabama and a Democrat racial segregationist, Rep. Drew Ferguson (R-GA) said on SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Sunday with host Joel Pollak. Pollak asked Ferguson about Democrats’ framing of Republican-driven election integrity legislation in Georgia as “an assault [on] the right to vote.” “Are Republicans trying to make it harder for people to vote because of racism, because they don’t want black Americans [and] Latino Americans to vote?” Pollak asked. “Is that what is driving these voting reforms in Georgia?” Ferguson replied, “That could not be further from the truth. Why would we cut off or say that we don’t want people to vote that are naturally becoming Republicans and are beginning to vote Republican? Look at the Hispanic community across the country. They are conservative voters that are now voting Republican. Look at look at what’s happening in Texas and in Florida. The number of new Hispanic voters that are voting Republican is perhaps the fastest growing group.” “Look at the...
    The congressional investigation into the January 6 attack has reportedly obtained records of phone numbers associated with one of former President Trump's sons, Eric Trump, and Kimberly Guilfoyle, who is engaged to Donald Trump Jr.  It represents a fresh escalation into probe as the select committee for the first time targeted a member of Trump's family.   The phone records were subpoenaed from communication companies, multiple sources told CNN.  Earlier the committee issued subpoenas to some of Donald Trump's top lawyers - including Rudy Giuliani - who were central to his unsuccessful attempt to overturn last year's election defeat. The House of Representatives committee demanded that Giuliani, and his assistant Boris Epshteyn, as well as Sidney Powell and Jenna Ellis hand over documents and sit for depositions on Feb. 8. Its chairman Bennie Thompson said: 'The four individuals we've subpoenaed today advanced unsupported theories about election fraud, pushed efforts to overturn the election results, or were in direct contact with the former president about attempts to stop the counting of electoral votes.' The committee said it was seeking records and testimony from...
    BOSTON (CBS) — The voting rights debate is reaching a climax in Washington D.C. But did you know that voter access is becoming a political flashpoint on Beacon Hill as well? It’s the issue propelling Boston NAACP President Tanisha Sullivan to run for secretary of state, promising in her announcement video this morning that “I’ll champion policies to protect, defend and expand voting rights here in Massachusetts and across our country.” READ MORE: 'I Feel Very Vindicated': I-Team's Call For Action Helps Man Cancel Billerica Gym MembershipIn an interview with WBZ News, she adds: “If they’re not going to get it done in DC, we have to lead on it.” The Massachusetts House let pandemic-era voting changes like mail-in and expanded early voting expire last month, despite their apparent popularity with the voters. Sullivan doesn’t see why. “Not only does it work, not only is it safe and secure, but voters appreciate it, we saw record voter turnout,” she says. READ MORE: Massachusetts To Provide Weekly At-Home COVID Tests For Students, Staff At SchoolsIncumbent Secretary of State Bill Galvin, who...
    The list of Netanyahu’s possible heirs in Likud goes on and on. Regardless of their chances, so far the names of the candidates have come up somewhat by themselves and somewhat by others: Avi Dictator, Yuli Edelstein, Miri Recave, Sachi Hanekby, Amir Ohana, Yariv Levine, Eli Cohen, Glad Orton, Danny Dontson, Nirgat Gates. In the next paragraphs we will talk about four of them, what strength do they bring, and where do they fall from other candidates? Nirbarkat Although he is only ninth on the Ligud list, Burqat ranks highest in almost all polls. Burkat has been preparing the ground for a moment for many years, he conducts surveys, analyzes data and raises funds and is very ready for succession battle. Whatever the Likud leadership elections for many years, it is surrounded by a large team that has been investing its entire existence. However, he does not forget to express himself ideologically, puts forward detailed plans, thinks long and hard and interacts devoutly with right-wing organizations such as the Church Forum that makes the movement for personality and democracy and...
    Democrats on Tuesday admitted that they will add the attempted federal takeover of elections to their list of legislative failures despite efforts to break the filibuster. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) made an unusual move this week to schedule a vote on two bills, the Freedom to Vote and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, even though they lack the 60 votes to pass through the Senate. Instead, the New York Democrat will attempt to convince his 50-member majority to support breaking the legislative filibuster. However, many Democrats admitted Tuesday that the prospect of passing these bills already appears doomed, as Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) have consistently opposed breaking the 60-vote filibuster threshold. “I just tell people we did the best that we could,” Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) admitted. “I just say specifically that whoever votes no on the rules change, it’s their responsibility that we couldn’t get this done.” “This is probably one of those votes that we absolutely have to have. Whether it’s good strategy or not, it’s more important for those...
    Nearly three dozen former Trump officials reportedly held a conference call last Monday to discuss undermining their former boss' influence in the 2022 and 2024 elections. Among those who participated were former White House communications directors Alyssa Farah Griffin and Anthony Scaramucci, former White House chief of staff, retired Gen. John Kelly, former Homeland Security and counterterrorism adviser to Vice President Pence Olivia Troye, according to CNN.  Griffin, now a CNN commentator, became a target of the president after she claimed that he knew he lost the 2020 election. On Monday she publicly encouraged Republicans to challenge Trump.  'DeSantis should run,' she wrote on Twitter Monday, quoting news that Trump had called the Florida governor 'dull.' 'So should Pence, Pompeo, Haley, Cotton, Tim Scott, Sununu, Hogan, etc. Credible Republicans with governing experience should challenge Trump. There's zero reason to nominate Trump again when R's have a bench & Biden is polling in the 30s.' Former Department of Homeland Security official Elizabeth Neumann, and former Director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Chris Krebs were also on the call. Miles Taylor,...
    Phoenix (CNN)Two events -- a Trump rally and a voting rights march -- in the same state on the same day this Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend encapsulated a nation at odds with itself about the future of its democracy. One side fears a return to the past, hearing echoes of Jim Crow in the present. The other has been convinced by a sustained disinformation campaign that elections in the United States are rigged. The latter was out in full force on Saturday at former President Donald's Trump's first rally of 2022, in Florence, Arizona. Among the dozen or so Trump supporters there who spoke to CNN, grand conspiracy theories -- all of which have been debunked -- about how the 2020 election was supposedly rigged (like through voting machines linked to former Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who died in 2013) seem to have given way to more refined talking points that closely align with restrictive voting measures being enacted by Republicans across the country. A year after the insurrection, Republicans around the country still promote Trumps election...
    Submit your letter to the editor via this form. Read more Letters to the Editor. Tsunami scare brings out bad decisions Re. “Tsunami surge, floods in Bay Area after volcano erupts in the Pacific,” Page A1, Jan. 16: As I looked at the picture of a firetruck in your paper watching surfers rush to the tsunami waves, I found myself wondering what responsibility we really have to rescue people who take ridiculous risks. After all, for anyone to venture into dangerous waves and currents to rescue a surfer, they must risk their own lives. Why is it OK to expect rescue when you are deliberately endangering your life? Waves can increase in volume very quickly, and by the time you took pictures, everyone knew the danger. I think we need to take a look at our rescue squads and let them off the hook. At some point, let adults make bad decisions and then suffer the consequences. Personal responsibility seems to be a lesson too few learn. We need to change that. Denise Kalm Walnut Creek Find new uses for...
    Stephanie Keith/Getty Images Steve Bannon wrote on Gettr Sunday that former President Donald Trump’s rally in Arizona Saturday marks the beginning of the “decertification process” for the 2020 presidential election. Bannon, whose War Room podcast has played host to dozens of Republican candidates running for local office, has continued to push Trump’s debunked allegations that the 2020 presidential election was stolen. “The Decertification Process now starts; Campaign 2022 now starts. 100 Seats, 100 Years,” Bannon, a former Trump campaign manager and White House advisor, wrote to his 789,000 followers on Gettr – a new right-leaning social media platform founded by former Donald Trump aide Jason Miller. Bannon’s post included a link to a recent Insider article chronicling his many claims regarding how he sees the 2020 election unraveling. “It’s the kickoff of 2022. A huge speech in front of a massive crowd by Donald J. Trump and, of course, they’re all melting down about who’s on stage with him. They’re all people that are going to get to the decertification of the 2020 Biden electors,” Bannon’s quoted in the article...
    A majority of Americans says in a stunning new poll that U.S. democracy is at risk of 'extinction.' The assessment comes in a new poll near the anniversary of President Joe Biden's first year and office, just days after the anniversary of the Capitol riot.   About half, or 26 per cent, said U.S. democracy's survival 'is secured for future generations,' according to the poll from Schoen Cooperman Research. Slightly fewer, 23 per cent, said they weren't sure, with 51 per cent saying the democracy was in danger of extinction. The result comes after President Joe Biden spoke about the Capitol riot during a voting rights speech in Atlanta, saying that a year ago a 'dagger was literally held at the throat of American democracy.' A new Schoen Cooperman poll shows a 51 percent majority believe the U.S. democracy is at risk of extinction Only 54 per cent of Americans said President Joe Biden was the legitimate winner of the election in a new poll On Saturday, former President Donald Trump, who launched an unsuccessful election overturn effort last year, once again...
    In a speech marking Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, President Joe Biden Biden excoriated 'the onslaught' of Republican-run state legislatures passing voter ID laws and other election security measures that critics say restrict access to the ballot box.  Biden called on elected officials and all Americans to honor the slain civil rights leader by making it 'clear where they stand' on voting rights reform, after his most recent attempt to pass federal election legislation fell apart last week.  He compared today's struggle over how to ensure free and fair elections to King's hard-fought battle for equality and said the January 6 Capitol riot was proof that attacks on democracy from the right 'are real.'  'Vice President Harris and I visited Atlanta, Georgia, the cradle of civil rights in America,' Biden began, referring to his trip early last week. 'We paused and prayed at the crypt of Dr. and Mrs. King, we met members of their family...we met students who are changing the world just like generations of young people before them had done that -- in fact, Dr....
    CNN’s Jim Acosta mocked former President Donald Trump for “still doing the sad Elvis bit” during his Saturday appearance at his “Save America” rally in Arizona. “It was the same old lies and same old lies at Donald Trump’s first rally of 2022,” Acosta said. “Spoiler, he’s still doing the sad Elvis bit, ranting and raving about the last election. Behold, Grievance Groundhog Day, take 439.” “Grievance Groundhog Day” may be a favorite expression of Acosta’s, as he has referenced Trump’s claims using that exact phrase before — a fact that could help explain why this was “take 439.” Acosta then played a clip, in which Trump continued to falsely claim that the 2020 election was “rigged.” (An Associated Press review found fewer than 475 cases of voter fraud in six battleground states — a number that would not have changed the election’s outcome). “Last year, we had a rigged election and the proof is all over the place,” Trump said. “We have a lot of proof and they know it’s proof. They always talk about the ‘Big Lie,’ they’re the Big Lie.” He...
    BY all the laws of political gravity, Boris is doomed – clinging by his fingertips until Dominic Cummings chooses to finish him off with hobnailed boots. Even a barrage of “red meat” policies to tempt unhappy voters is unlikely to save this Prime Minister. 1By all the laws of political gravity, Boris Johnson is doomed If so, the most remarkable politician of our age will be paying a high price indeed for a shockingly ill-timed BYOB party. It’s all his own fault, of course. He has ducked all the rules of survival, made it up as he went along and refused the best advice from well-meaning allies.He will be evicted just as he leads us from the pandemic which almost cost him his life. The shortest Downing Street reign in living memory will end as the last Covid shackles are broken and the economy bursts back with the fastest recovery in Europe. BoJo’s many enemies in the Tory party and elsewhere, especially the Remainiacs, the Whitehall Blob and the BBC, are already licking their lips. They will be joined by...
    Florida Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Nuñez took aim at President Joe Biden on Sunday, claiming his 'disastrous' policies are driving Hispanic voters out of the Democratic Party. She made the comments in an interview with Fox & Friends, less than a year until the midterm elections that will decide who controls Congress -- and largely, Biden's agenda -- for the latter half of the president's term. 'When you look at these numbers, it should be not a shock to anyone,' she said of why many Spanish-speaking Americans are joining the GOP. 'You have seen Hispanic voters are flocking to the Republican Party, and part of that is because they agree that we want to be the party.' Nuñez, the first Hispanic woman to be elected the Sunshine State's lieutenant governor, said they believe Republicans will give them 'freedom that will provide them opportunities for their families.' She also lashed out at Biden for his Justice Department's crackdown on public education settings late last year amid a rise in violent incidents at school board meetings and after a letter from the National School...
    WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Two days after the election on Nov. 2, 2020, the Oath Keepers were already convinced that victory had been stolen from President Donald Trump and members of the far-right militia group were making plans to march on the U.S. Capitol. “We aren’t getting through this without a civil war,” leader Stewart Rhodes wrote fellow members, according to court documents. “Too late for that. Prepare your mind. body. spirit.” Five days after the election, when The Associated Press and other news outlets declared Democrat Joe Biden the winner, the documents say Rhodes told Oath Keepers to “refuse to accept it and march en-masse on the nation’s Capitol.” The indictment last week of Rhodes, the leader of the Oath Keepers, and 10 other members or associates was stunning in part because federal prosecutors, after a year of investigating the insurrection of Jan. 6, 2021, charged them with seditious conspiracy, a rarely-used Civil War-era statute. But the documents also show how quickly Trump’s most fervent and dangerous supporters mobilized to subvert the election results through force and violence,...
    President Joe Biden should remember he was elected to 'stop the crazy' of Donald Trump rather than 'transform America' through his progressive agenda, Utah Republican Senator Mitt Romney suggested on Sunday. The moderate GOP legislator told NBC's Meet The Press there is 'no question that the nation is severely divided' and Biden's had a 'bad' first year in office. 'President Biden said he was going to try to unite the country,' Romney said, adding that 'his comments in Georgia did not suggest he's trying to pull us back together again.' He was referencing a fiery speech Biden delivered in Georgia last Tuesday while pushing for Congress to pass federal voting rights legislation -- an effort that stalled that same week after the president failed to get moderates Kyrsten Sinema and Joe Manchin on board to change Senate rules that would allow the bill to pass without Republican support. Biden said Tuesday there was 'no option' but to abolish the filibuster in order for Democrats to pass the reforms with a simple Senate majority. He also compared opponents of his voting...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — From the inaugural platform, President Joe Biden saw American sickness on two fronts — a disease of the national spirit and the one from the rampaging coronavirus — and he saw hope, because leaders always must see that. “End this uncivil war,” he implored Americans on Jan. 20, 2021. Of the pathogen, he said: “We can overcome this deadly virus.” Neither malady has abated. For Biden, it’s been a year of lofty ambitions grounded by the unrelenting pandemic, a tough hand in Congress, a harrowing end to a foreign war and rising fears for the future of democracy itself. Biden did score a public-works achievement for the ages. But America’s cracks go deeper than pavement. In this midterm election year, Biden confronts seething divisions and a Republican Party that propagates the delusion that the 2020 election, validated as fair many times over, was stolen from Donald Trump. That central, mass lie of a rigged vote has become a pretext in state after state for changing election rules and fueling even further disunity and grievance. In the dispiriting...
    There was a time when Donald Trump made news with his rallies—when he said things that utterly shocked us. Who could forget the firestorm he started, for example, when he went after Colin Kaepernick and other NFL players who knelt during the national anthem in 2017, or earlier that year when he called Barack Obama “the founder of ISIS”? Trump’s performance in Arizona on Saturday night—his first rally in months and his much-hyped chance to respond to the one-year anniversary of the Jan. 6 Capitol riot—was neither shocking nor terribly newsworthy. It didn’t even merit a mention on The Washington Post’s homepage Sunday morning. The New York Times only used Trump’s speech as a peg to write a broader story under the headline: “Trump Rally Underscores G.O.P. Tension Over How to Win in 2022.” A few years ago, Trump rallies spawned breathless coverage and drove multiple news cycles. But The Times’ story isn’t even about the rally, and their mentioning it is mostly perfunctory. To keep readers’ attention, The Times spotlighted a cast of supporting characters, such as Kari Lake,...
              by William Doyle   Now that Mark Zuckerberg-backed Center for Technology and Civic Life has released its federal tax forms detailing where its $350 million in election funding was spent, we would expect to see the usual claims of “nonpartisanship” and “money for safe elections in the midst of COVID-19” narrative being amplified by CTCL apologists. And we would not be disappointed. “Sensitive to the criticism that big CTCL money was intended to aid Joe Biden in his 2020 presidential campaign, Zuckerberg and [Priscilla] Chan [recently] tapped prominent Republican election lawyer Michael Toner to review the grants CTCL awarded last year to counties and other jurisdictions across the country,” according to the Washington Examiner. Toner, former chairman of the Federal Election Commission, “discovered that more Republican jurisdictions, defined as municipalities that voted for Trump in 2020, applied for and received grants from CTCL [than Democratic jurisdictions].” In addition, Ben Labolt, a spokesman for Zuckerberg and Chan, told Yahoo News that “nearly 2,500 election jurisdictions from 49 states applied for and received funds, including urban, suburban, rural, and exurban counties . . . and more Republican than Democratic...
    Trump supporters showed up in droves in rural Arizona Saturday  witness the former president give his first rally of the new year to kick off the mid-term season, where he was joined by several GOP candidates in the state he lost to Joe Biden by less than half a point.   The Saturday night rally kicked off with a full embrace of the so-called 'big lie.' 'Who won the election?' Arizona's GOP Chairwoman Kelli Ward asked the crowd. She received a chorus of 'Trump!' in return. At other times the crowd was urged to chant 'de-certify!' My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell, one of the president's most ardent defenders of his claims of election fraud, aimed his ire Saturday at conservative media outlets who won't fully embrace those false claims. 'This brings up the biggest problem we face. It's not the media, the fake news media, we're all onto them. It's the conservative media,' Lindell said. 'The ones that don't talk. One of them rhymes with Fox,' he joked. 'They're disgusting. They're disgusting. They won't talk about anything,' he continued. 'When was...
    The affluent suburb of Paradise Valley in Arizona is a traditional Republican stronghold. With multi-million-dollar homes dotting a desert filled with towering saguaro cactus plants, its residents enjoy a choice of more than half a dozen golf courses, discreet upmarket shopping centres and award-winning restaurants, all nestled against the spectacular backdrop of Camelback Mountain. Donald Trump stormed to victory here in 2016. Donald Trump at a North Carolina campaign rally in 2019. His fortunes have changed drastically since the deadly Capitol riot Paradise Valley is part of Maricopa County, an area of 2.1 million voters which includes the city of Phoenix and its outlying areas and which has voted Republican for as long as anyone can remember. Yet in 2020, Maricopa County delivered a bombshell when voters turned in droves against President Trump in favour of Democratic rival Joe Biden. 'It was seismic,' says life-long Republican Benny White, who unsuccessfully ran for local office and found himself being chased down driveways by furious residents branding him a 'Trumper'. 'People just turned against Trump. He became a visceral figure of hate....
    Donald Trump is heading to rural Arizona for his first rally of the new year t kick off the mid-term season, where he will be joined by several GOP candidates in the state he lost to Joe Biden by less than half a point.  Accompanying the president will be three Republican lawmakers  Reps. Paul Gosar, Andy Biggs and Debbie Lesko, all who voted to overturn the 2020 presidential results last January 6.  Also joining the president will be MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, one of the president's most ardent defenders in his claims of election fraud.    Trump's unfounded claims that the 2020 election fraud was stolen from him will likely be a central theme of the rally in Florence, about 60 miles outside Phoenix. Trump was the first Republican to lose Arizona in 24 years.  The Copper State has become central to the former president's election fraud fight, where a GOP-led election audit recently reaffirmed Biden's win.  Trump was previously scheduled to hold a press conference from his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida on the one-year anniversary of the Jan. 6 Capitol riot...
    Republican candidates, current lawmakers, and those seeking re-election have all adopted one disturbing common theme to get themselves across the campaign threshold: support former President Donald Trump and echo all of his claims of voter fraud in exchange for his endorsement which comes with overwhelming exposure and support from his relatively large base. With the 2022 midterm elections fast approaching, NBC News' Jonathan Allen and Marc Caputo are now shedding light on Trump's "endorsement operation" and how it continues to give him the ability to exert power over the entire political party. Republican candidates and lawmakers have certain requirements that must be followed in order for them to acquire the former president's endorsement but the work doesn't stop there. "The most common theme of Trump's endorsements, particularly at the state level, is that he is backing candidates who have voiced support for his lie that the 2020 election was rigged against him," Allen and Caputo wrote. "Fifty-nine of the 91 have questioned the 2020 election results, according to an NBC News review, including those who voted against...
    (CNN)Former Vice President Mike Pence contrasted Democrats' push for election legislation with his own actions at the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, in an op-ed published in The Washington Post on Friday. Pence, in the piece headlined "Jan. 6 was a power grab. So is busting the filibuster to nationalize elections," writes, "On Jan. 6, an angry mob ransacked the Capitol, largely to try to get Congress and me, as the president of the Senate, to use federal authority to overturn results of the presidential election that had been certified by all 50 states" and credits law enforcement with securing the Capitol. He goes on to accuse President Joe Biden and Senate Democrats of using the memory of the riot to "attempt another federal power grab over our state elections." "Their plan to end the filibuster to allow Democrats to pass a bill nationalizing our elections would offend the Founders' intention that states conduct elections just as much as what some of our most ardent supporters would have had me do one year ago," Pence writes.His rebuke comes as...
    Friday, during an appearance on Fox Business Network, Sen. Bill Hagerty (R-TN) slammed his Democrat Senate colleagues for the lengths they are willing to go to pass their so-called voting rights election law. The Tennessee lawmaker also pointed to the double standard by which Democrat leadership operates the U.S Senate, noting how a Nord Stream 2 pipeline bill was blocked from an up-or-down vote on the floor. “I was on the floor of the Senate yesterday when Kyrsten Sinema made her statement,” he said. “She said what she has been saying. Joe Manchin has been saying the same thing. They’re not going to destroy the Senate. They’re not going to vote to remove the 60-vote minimum to pass the legislation. In fact, they invoked that last night when they blocked our Nord Stream 2 legislation that would have actually put America in a position of strength dealing with Russia. The Democrats are happy to use it on many other elements that Republicans would like to see, for example, to strengthen us against Russia.” “But, when it comes to their abject...
    A third Republican lawmaker who voted in favor of former President Donald Trump's second impeachment has announced he's retiring from Congress.  New York Rep. John Katko, 59, said Friday that he would not seek a fifth term.  'Great news, another one bites the dust,' Trump said in a statement. 'Katko, from Upstate New York, is gone!' Katko follows Republican Reps. Adam Kinzinger and Anthony Gonzalez out the door instead of trying to withstand a MAGA-backed challenger.  New York Rep. John Katko, 59, said Friday that he would not seek a fifth term. He's the third Republican who voted for former President Donald Trump's second impeachment who will retire instead of face a MAGA-backed challenger Former President Donald Trump reacted to Katko's retirement announcement by sending out a statement saying: 'Great news, another one bites the dust. Katko, from Upstate New York, is gone!'  Trump has been on a mission to take out pro-impeachment Republicans. His first rally in support of the midterm races last year, in Ohio in June, was to Gonzalez's district to officially endorse former aide Max Miller Trump has...
                 Live from Music Row Friday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – host Leahy welcomed Congressman David Kustoff (R-TN-08) to the newsmaker line to explain how Democrats are attempting to nationalize elections and circumvent the filibuster through stalled legislation. Leahy: We welcome to our newsmaker line, Congressman David Kustoff, who represents the 8th District of Tennessee. Good morning, Congressman Kustoff. Kustoff: Hey, good morning. Thanks for having me on this morning. Leahy: We need help. Congressman Kustoff. We need you to explain something. There’s a story in The New York Times. I’m just going to read it, and then I’m going to say help! Help! Can you explain this to us? This was from The New York Times. Wednesday. Moving quickly to force a showdown over voting rights, congressional Democrats plan to pursue a procedural shortcut to bring up stalled legislation. In a memo to Senate Democrats on Wednesday, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer laid out a new strategy. Under the plan, the House would package two major pieces of voting rights...
    As ongoing threats by Trump loyalists to subvert elections have dominated the political news, other Republicans in two key states—Florida and Arizona—are taking what could be important steps to provide voters with unprecedented evidence of who won their most close and controversial elections. In both battleground states, in differing contexts, Republicans are lifting the curtain on the data sets and procedures that accompany key stages of vetting voters, their ballots and counting votes. Whether 2020’s election-denying partisans will pay attention to the factual baselines is another matter. But the election records and explanations of their use offer a forward-looking road map for confronting the falsities that attack election results, administrators, and technologies. In Republican-run Florida, the state is finalizing rules to recount votes by incorporating digital images of every paper ballot. The images, together with the paper ballots, create a searchable library to quickly tally votes and identify sloppily marked ballots. Questionable ballots could then be retrieved and examined in public by counting boards to resolve the voter’s intent. “The technology is so promising that it would provide the hard...
    (CNN)The Republican National Committee said Thursday in a letter to the Commission on Presidential Debates that it is prepared to "prohibit future Republican nominees from participating in CPD-sponsored debates" unless the commission makes a number of significant changes to its procedure.This story is breaking and will be updated.
    President Biden’s consolidated voting bill is making its way through Congress and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said Thursday it’s not at all about fair elections on "Fox & Friends." "This is not about a fair election," he said. "This is about gaming the system and putting your thumb on the scale for Democrats to try to keep control of Congress." McCarthy, R-Calif., broke down how the bill will most likely pass through the House on Thursday since it’s been gutted in a larger effort to "take over the election system" and grant Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., "a little advantage" on timing in the Senate. McCarthy said he does not believe the bill will pass in the Senate. SENATE FILIBUSTER FIGHT: WHAT'S IN DEMOCRATS' VOTING BILLS AT CENTER OF SHOWDOWN? The California Republican pointed out how the House proposed a solution to block noncitizens and illegal immigrants from voting, even though every single Democrat voted against it. President Joe Biden salutes as he boards Air Force One, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022, at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. AP Photo/Patrick...
    For years, DFL state Rep. Paul Marquart of Dilworth has defied political headwinds, winning a House seat in northwest Minnesota that often picked Republicans for president and governor — by a wide margin. But Marquart’s winning streak is coming to a close. On Wednesday, he announced he will not run for re-election in 2022, finishing his 11 terms in the House, which followed 11 years as Dilworth mayor and two on the city’s council. The 65-year-old high school social studies teacher, who also chairs the House’s powerful Taxes Committee, said his decision wasn’t because he felt like his district would be too difficult to win in 2022 — or because Democrats might lose their House majority in what could be a good election cycle for Republicans. Marquart said he and his family decided in the summer of 2020 he wouldn’t run again. He joins a dozen other state lawmakers retiring ahead of 2022. But as one of few DFLers representing a Greater Minnesota district where Republicans have political strength, Marquart’s departure from the Legislature is significant, and it could play...
    Arizona state Rep. Jake Hoffman. As the tidal wave of documents piles up and is combed through by the House committee investigating former President Donald Trump’s efforts to subvert the 2020 election, evidence continues to reveal that the corruption and deception took place on local and executive levels. Tuesday, Arizona Republic reporter Richard Ruelas from 12-News caught up with state Rep. Jake Hoffman, who was one of the Republicans who signed a fake election "certification" alleging he was a GOP elector appointed for Trump's nonexistent win in Arizona.  When Ruelas jumped on Hoffman’s ass about his involvement, demanding he explain his authority, Hoffmann actually had the nerve to say: “In unprecedented times, unprecedented action occurs.” Adding: “There is no case law … as to when an election that is currently being litigated in the courts has due standing, which is why we felt it appropriate to provide Congress and the Vice President with dueling opinions.” Grilled by Ruelas about who gave him his orders, Hoffman replied, “I was one of the electors. I’m not in charge of the electors. So you would need to ask the party chair that,” which he repeated...
    MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow has recently done some in-depth, comprehensive reporting on far-right MAGA Republicans who, following the 2020 presidential election, tried to pass off “forgeries” as legitimate Electoral College documents in states that now-President Joe Biden won. The fake documents were no more legitimate than their claims that then-President Donald Trump won those states, one of which was Michigan. And copies of the fake documents from Michigan Republicans, according to Michigan’s MLive, have been given to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s select committee on the January 6, 2021 insurrection. “Sixteen Republicans, including the current co-chair of the Michigan Republican Party, signed certificates asserting they were Michigan’s presidential electors and sent the illegitimate documents to the National Archive,” MLive reporter Malachi Barrett explains. “The unofficial documents were part of a failed Republican strategy to overturn President Joe Biden’s victory in battleground states, which is under new scrutiny from a U.S. House panel and the Michigan Attorney General’s office.” The events that followed the 2020 presidential election were unprecedented in United States history. Never before had Republicans, after...
    (CNN)Members of the far right are already agitating to launch impeachment proceedings against President Joe Biden if the GOP is in power in Congress next year. Some leading Republicans want to spotlight former President Donald Trump's false claims of voter fraud. And key House and Senate Republicans are vowing to probe the security failures surrounding last year's January 6 attack on the US Capitol -- and turn the attention to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.With Republicans on the cusp of taking back the House and Senate, the GOP is plotting an onslaught of investigations into the Biden administration and promising to make the final two years of Biden's first term in office as painful as possible for Democrats in the run-up to 2024. Those headaches could come in the form of subpoenas, the possible creation of select committees and high-profile hearings on issues ranging from the origins of the coronavirus pandemic to hearing from the President's son, Hunter.Rep. James Comer of Kentucky, the top Republican on the House Oversight Committee, said he fully anticipates that Hunter Biden will testify before the...
              by Steve Miller   Democrats across the country are pushing to continue allowing private money to fund public elections as Republicans try to limit the practice, which they say gave Joe Biden an unfair and perhaps decisive advantage in his victory over Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential contest. So far at least 10 Republican-controlled states have passed laws to prohibit or limit the use of private money in public elections. These include the swing states of Arizona, Florida, Georgia, and Ohio. In another swing state, North Carolina, Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed such legislation, as did other Democratic governors. During 2020, nonprofits donated more than $400 million to state and local election boards to support their work and get out the vote. Most of the funding, around $350 million, came from Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, distributed primarily through the Center for Tech and Civic Life, or CTCL, a Chicago-based progressive-led group that includes former operatives of President Obama. Democrats and others contend that such money – an amount approaching the $479.5 million in federal and state matching...
                 Georgia Governor Brian Kemp is scheduled to deliver his 2022 State of the State address Thursday. Kemp is up for reelection this year. The two Republicans who want Kemp’s job said the incumbent governor will deliver a speech that tries to make up for Kemp’s weaknesses as a candidate. The incumbent governor has fallen short on leadership skills and fallen short pushing hard enough for election integrity, said declared gubernatorial candidates Vernon Jones and David Perdue. Members of Kemp’s staff did not return The Georgia Star News’ request for comment Thursday. Jones said this year’s election prompted Kemp to release a laundry list of items to distribute to Georgians to secure Kemp’s reelection. “I am sure he will continue to plagiarize my platform of my contract with Georgia with his failing reelection campaign. He has become a copycat. He has been in hiding for three years, and now he wants to pass constitutional carry, use the surplus to cut state income taxes, and give a false attempt of standing up for Stacey Abrams. It’s a day late and...
    (CNN)The committee investigating the deadly Capitol Hill riot on January 6, 2021, has issued scores of subpoenas to individuals and organizations as part of its probe into circumstances and coordination leading up to the storming of the US Capitol.And the panel has sent letters requesting that others voluntarily appear or provide information.From targeting some of former President Donald Trump's closest allies both in the White House and from the Trump campaign, to key organizers of the rally and events preceding the January 6 attack, the committee has shown a keen interest in deciphering what role Trump and his orbit played in spreading misinformation about the presidential election results and how that misinformation fueled the January 6 attack. Here's a look at the key figures and organizations contacted by the committee:Contacted for voluntary interviewsRead More Kevin McCarthy, House minority leader Jim Jordan, House lawmaker Scott Perry, House lawmaker Sean Hannity, Fox host Close Trump allies subpoenaed1. Mark Meadows, former White House chief of staff 2. Daniel Scavino, former White House deputy chief of staff for communications3. Kashyap Patel, former...
    Something unusual happened last weekend that may portend a little bit of dissonance in the Republican Party. A conservative senator went on television and directly refuted Donald Trump's Big Lie. ABC's George Stephanopoulos asked Sen. Mike Rounds of South Dakota, "What do you say to all those Republicans, all those veterans who believe the election was stolen, who have bought the falsehoods coming from former President Trump?" Rounds responded:We looked -- as a part of our due diligence, we looked at over 60 different accusations made in multiple states. While there were some irregularities, there were none of the irregularities which would have risen to the point where they would have changed the vote outcome in a single state."The election was fair, as fair as we have seen. We simply did not win the election, as Republicans, for the presidency. And moving forward -- and that's the way we want to look at this -- moving forward, we have to refocus once again on what it's going to take to win the presidency.Trump was not a happy ex-president. He...
    It was more than a year too late, but several Senate Republicans made an effort this week to tell the truth about the 2020 election: Trump lost. "The election was fair, as fair as we have seen. We simply did not win the election, as Republicans, for the presidency," Sen. Mike Rounds of South Dakota told ABC News last Sunday. For Donald Trump, that was a bridge too far away from his alternative lie-laden universe. Trump lampooned Rounds in a statement, saying he "went woke" despite the "massive evidence" of fraud. (Evidence that has actually never materialized.) "Is he crazy or just stupid?” Trump wondered. “Even though his election will not be coming up for 5 years, I will never endorse this jerk again,” Trump added of Rounds, who's up for reelection in 2026. Rounds responded Monday with a lengthy statement. "I stand by my statement. The former president lost in the 2020 election," Rounds wrote. "This isn't new information. If we're being honest, there was no evidence of widespread fraud that would have altered the results of...
    Fox News announced on Wednesday that it has rewarded Judge Jeanine Pirro with a permanent co-hosting gig on its ratings juggernaut The Five—even though the longtime weekend host has been directly responsible for what is arguably the network’s biggest legal headache in years. Pirro, who has been with the network since 2006, was named last year in voting software company Smartmatic’s $2.7 billion defamation lawsuit against Fox News, several hosts, and associates of former President Donald Trump. The lawsuit, which Pirro and Fox News have filed motions to dismiss, said the network and some of its stars baselessly accused the firm of rigging the 2020 presidential election against Trump. While Pirro’s attorneys have argued that the suit is “meritless” and that she was merely engaged in commentary protected by the First Amendment, a judge appeared sympathetic to Smartmatic when weighing Fox’s dismissal motion last August. “How is that not defamatory?” Judge David Cohen asked during oral arguments. Another judge declined to dismiss a similar defamation suit filed against Fox by voting software company Dominion last month. But despite the controversy...
    On January 5, the day before the one-year anniversary of the January 6, 2021 insurrection, Attorney General Merrick Garland declared that the U.S. Department of Justice is committed “to holding all January 6 perpetrators, at any level, accountable under law — whether they were present that day or were otherwise criminally responsible for the assault on our democracy.” Harvard University law professor Laurence H. Tribe and former federal prosecutor Dennis Aftergut applaud that speech in an op-ed published by the Boston Globe on January 11, but they also express skepticism about Garland’s commitment to following through. “Garland’s well-crafted words told Americans what they needed to hear,” Tribe and Aftergut write. “We maintain hope that he will swiftly investigate the leaders behind the violent January 6, 2021 Capitol attack by a pro-Trump mob that sought to prevent Congress from certifying the 2020 Electoral College vote. But he must also spearhead an investigation into the earlier, bloodless coup attempt that failed to overturn the election and thus made force the only option to interrupt the transfer of power. Unfortunately, little in the...
    (CNN)An ex-girlfriend of Rep. Matt Gaetz, who is seen as a key witness in the ongoing investigation into alleged sex trafficking by the Florida Republican, entered an Orlando federal courthouse with her lawyer on Wednesday where a grand jury has been meeting, according to a CNN reporter on the scene. A source familiar with the case previously told CNN the ex-girlfriend was expected to testify before the grand jury investigating Gaetz.The woman, a former Capitol Hill staffer, has been linked to Gaetz as far back as the summer of 2017. Investigators are interested in that period of time because that is when the congressman is accused of having sexual contact with another woman, who was 17 years old at the time. JUST WATCHEDRaskin scolds Gaetz after grilling him on Trump's election liesReplayMore Videos ...MUST WATCHRaskin scolds Gaetz after grilling him on Trump's election lies 02:07The ex-girlfriend also could be integral for authorities investigating potential obstruction of justice as the probe into Gaetz's conduct heated up. CNN has reported that investigators are aware of a discussion that Gaetz and an...
    (CNN)Donald Trump is nothing if not unpredictable. On Tuesday, he did a phone interview with National Public Radio, which has to be one of the unlikeliest media-politician pairings in quite a while.But, Trump was, as ever, Trump. After about 10 minutes on the call, Trump hung up on NPR's Steve Inskeep when the host repeatedly pressed Trump on his false contentions that the 2020 election was stolen from him.I went through the transcript and plucked out the Trump lines you need to see. They're below.(Sidebar: Why amplify -- or cover -- Trump's pronouncements? Simple. He is giving every indication that he wants to run again for president in 2024, and every poll on that race suggests he would be an overwhelming favorite for the nomination. If that were the case for any more "normal" politician, we would cover his or her every pronouncement. Simply because Trump is Trump doesn't mean we can -- or should -- ignore what he says. We need to cover it -- and, when necessary, which is always -- provide context and fact-checking.) 1. "Are we...
    GENERAL elections usually take place every five years, on the first Thursday of May. But the Prime Minister has the power to call a general election early if they wish, and this has happened on several occasions. 1General elections are usually held every five years in the UKCredit: Getty - Contributor When is the next general election? The next UK general election is scheduled for May 2, 2024. Under the Electoral Registration and Administration Act 2013, parliament would be dissolved 25 working days before this date on March 26. The last general election was held on December 12, 2019, when Boris Johnson won with a 364-seat majority. If no earlier election is called, the current parliament will be the first since 2015 to complete a full term. Can a general election be called before the next set date? Yes. There are several reasons why the next general election might be called before May 2, 2024. But these are still restricted by the Fixed Term Parliaments Act 2011. GENERAL ELECTIONSHATCHED, MATCHED…NEARLY DISPATCHED Baby, marriage & Covid - the...