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Tuesday July 27, 2021 - Times viewed: 392
'This is how I'm going to die': Officers tell Jan. 6 stories
WASHINGTON (AP) — “This is how I’m going to die, defending this entrance.” Capitol Police Officer Aquilino Gonell told House investigators Tuesday he could feel himself losing oxygen as he was crushed by rioters – supporters of then-President Donald Trump – as he was defending the Capitol during the Jan. 6 insurrection. Metropolitan Police Officer Michael Fanone, who rushed to the scene, told the new House committee investigating the atta ...
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Thursday July 22, 2021 - Times viewed: 412
Pelosi says 'deadly serious' Jan. 6 probe to go without GOP
WASHINGTON (AP) — Unfazed by Republican threats of a boycott, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi declared Thursday that a congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection will take on its “deadly serious” work whether Republicans participate or not. The Republicans’ House leader, Kevin McCarthy, called the committee a “sham process” and suggested that GOP lawmakers who take part could face consequences. McCarthy said Pelosi’s reje ...
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Monday July 19, 2021 - Times viewed: 428
The real reason Trump keeps telling the Big Lie
(CNN) One by one, new excerpts of books about the end of Donald Trump's presidency are bringing to light appalling reports on his final year in office. In "I Alone Can Fix It: Donald J. Trump's Catastrophic Final Year," Carol Loennig and Philip Rucker show how the nation's top military leaders were poised to thwart a coup, had Trump or his allies attempted one. In "Landslide," Michael Wolff writes that as late as the morning of January 6, Trum ...
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Wednesday July 14, 2021 - Times viewed: 453
Fourth Stimulus Check: Is Another Relief Payment Possible?
Stimulus checks have provided needed financial support during COVID. The pandemic seems to be nearing its end in the U.S., and life is settling into some sort of new normal. While the economy shows improvement, the recovery is affecting people differently in different places. And it’s affecting them in different ways. Some people’s finances have improved, but other people’s haven’t. Unemployment remains above pre-pandemic levels, even as job open ...
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Wednesday July 14, 2021 - Times viewed: 430
Judge agrees to free QAnon believer charged in Capitol riot
MICHAEL KUNZELMAN Tue, July 13, 2021, 11:19 PM·4 min read A federal judge agreed on Tuesday to free an Iowa man from jail more than six months after his videotaped confrontation of a police officer inside the U.S. Capitol became one of the most menacing images of the Jan. 6 riots. Douglas Jensen, 41, was wearing a T-shirt bearing the letter “Q,” a symbol of the QAnon conspiracy theory, when he joined the mob that approached Capitol police of ...
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Wednesday July 7, 2021 - Times viewed: 488
GOP Sen. Ron Johnson mouths to GOP luncheon that climate change is 'bullsh*t'
(CNN) Sen. Ron Johnson insisted again last week that he is not a climate change denier, but CNN's KFile found video of him from just weeks earlier telling a Republican group that it is "bullsh*t." "I don't know about you guys, but I think climate change is -- as Lord Monckton said -- bullsh*t," the Wisconsin Republican said, without uttering the expletive but mouthing it, and referring to British conservative climate change denier Lord Christo ...
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Tuesday June 29, 2021 - Times viewed: 609
They Were Deported by Trump. Now Biden Wants to Bring Them Back
Jason Rochester tried everything he could to persuade the Trump administration to allow his wife Cecilia, who is Mexican, to come back to their home in the United States. A truck driver from Georgia, Rochester wanted to fix his wife’s undocumented immigration status and put her on track to become an American citizen, like him and their son Ashton, now 8. They even agreed that she would leave for Mexico voluntarily in 2018, expecting she would ...
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Tuesday June 29, 2021 - Times viewed: 611
Newsom sues elections chief to call himself a Democrat on recall ballot
SACRAMENTO — Gov. Gavin Newsom is suing his own appointed elections chief to get two words next to his name on the recall ballot: Democratic Party. The governor and his staff overlooked paperwork last year that would have allowed him to state his party preference on a recall ballot, according to a legal filing first reported Monday by Courthouse News. That apparent misstep means that Newsom would appear on the recall ballot without a party des ...
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Tuesday June 29, 2021 - Times viewed: 680
Trump's false reality is being exposed on multiple fronts
(CNN) Former President Donald Trump is facing a wall of accountability and truth as new revelations and investigations expose his abuses of power, delusional lies about the election and business conduct to ever greater scrutiny.
Just consider what has taken place over the last several days:
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Monday June 28, 2021 - Times viewed: 590
Is a 'Cold War' really emerging between China and the US?
(CNN)A new generation of US cold warriors just got some powerful validation. When Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke about China in a New York Times interview in Paris, he offered one of the most revealing insights yet into the Biden administration's foreign policy. Blinken said that France and the US were "on the same page" on the need to defend the free world order as China gains influence. The alternative, he warned, would be no global ...
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Wednesday June 23, 2021 - Times viewed: 645
Justices rule for cursing cheerleader over Snapchat post
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that a Pennsylvania public school wrongly suspended a student from cheerleading over a vulgar social media post she made after she didn’t qualify for the varsity team. The court voted 8-1 in favor of Brandi Levy, who was a 14-year-old high school freshman when she expressed her disappointment over not making the varsity cheerleading squad with a string of curse words and a raised middle finge ...
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Wednesday June 23, 2021 - Times viewed: 654
Why Biden didn't do more to avert voting rights defeat
(CNN) If the expansive voting rights bill suffocated in the Senate on Tuesday was the most critical defense of American democracy in decades, it seems odd that a President who put that very goal at the core of his administration didn't do more to pass it. The bill was seen by Democrats as one of their highest priorities -- a pushback against scores of ballot suppression bills by Republican-led state legislatures that threaten their ability to ...
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Tuesday June 22, 2021 - Times viewed: 666
GOP ready to block elections bill in Senate showdown
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democrats’ expansive elections and voting bill is all but certain to be rejected in a key test vote in the Senate, providing a dramatic example of Republicans’ use of the filibuster to block legislation and forcing hard questions for Democrats over next steps. The far-reaching proposal, at nearly 900 pages, is viewed by backers as the civil rights issue of the era, legislation that is suddenly of the highest priority afte ...
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Wednesday June 16, 2021 - Times viewed: 700
'Pure insanity': emails reveal Trump push to overturn election defeat
Donald Trump tried to enlist top US law enforcement officials in a conspiracy-laden and doomed effort to overturn his election defeat, a campaign they described as “pure insanity”, newly released emails show. The documents reveal Trump and his allies’ increasingly desperate efforts between December and early January to push bogus conspiracy theories and cling to power – and the struggle of bewildered justice department officials to resist them ...
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Wednesday June 16, 2021 - Times viewed: 710
Huge win for progressives as Lina Khan takes helm at FTC
President Joe Biden elevated Amazon critic and anti-monopoly advocate Lina Khan to chair the Federal Trade Commission on Tuesday, hours after the Senate confirmed her by a 69-28 vote. She was sworn in just as quickly, the FTC said that evening. The surprise move gives progressive Democrats both the reins and a majority at the antitrust agency, spurring hopes among critics of Silicon Valley's giants for a new assertiveness from the FTC, whic ...
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Wednesday June 16, 2021 - Times viewed: 708
'Shocking failure': Pentagon and FBI come under fire for Jan. 6 responsec
Days before the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection, social media company Parler flagged dozens of worrying messages to the FBI — warnings that appeared to go unanswered. "Don’t be surprised if we take the Capitol building," says a post from a Parler user who concluded, "Trump needs us to cause chaos to enact the Insurrection Act." At a House Oversight Committee hearing on Tuesday, Chair Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) disclosed the message, one of doze ...
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Sunday June 13, 2021 - Times viewed: 737
The queen meets her 13th U.S. president: Joe from Scranton
ST. IVES, England — President Joe Biden built his political brand on being part of a working class family from a former coal town in the hills of northeastern Pennsylvania. On Sunday, Joe from Scranton meets with the queen. Biden — alongside his wife, first lady Jill Biden, a community college teacher — will have tea at Windsor Castle with Queen Elizabeth II, the British monarch who has reigned for more than 60 years, before he departs th ...
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Sunday June 13, 2021 - Times viewed: 731
Internet Reportedly Shut Off as G7 Leaders Squabble With Biden Over China
LONDON—The main aim of President Biden’s European tour this week has simply been to show that the United States “is back!” at the heart of the Western diplomatic consensus. Unfortunately, the world is a little more complicated than that. By Saturday night in England, it was beginning to look like the White House had been a touch over-confident in just how far the charms of Biden would take him in persuading other G7 leaders to swallow all of h ...
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Friday June 11, 2021 - Times viewed: 751
New Trump scandal shows the depth of his assault on America's democratic foundations
(CNN) New revelations suggesting that the Trump administration abused Justice Department powers to target his political enemies underscore just how far the ex-President went to destroy cherished principles of American republican government. They show that the true extent of assaults on democracy by Donald Trump are still coming to light and are probably even now not fully known. But this is not just a drama about the alleged misbehavior of ...
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Thursday June 10, 2021 - Times viewed: 758
Rep. Louie Gohmert asks if Forest Service can shift Earth's or moon's orbit to fight climate change!
DALLAS, Texas - Rep. Louie Gohmert asks if Forest Service can shift Earth’s or moon’s orbit to fight climate change, actually suggesting the agency fight climate change by altering the orbits of Earth or the moon. While the Earth's natural orbital shifts dictate climate shifts over tens of thousands of years, these changes do not contribute to global warming, according to NASA. The question came during a live-streamed national parks, fores ...
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Monday June 7, 2021 - Times viewed: 770
Cheney: Trump's actions 'the most dangerous thing' a president has ever done
(CNN)In the final days of President Donald Trump's time in office, his chief of staff sent five emails to the acting attorney general designed to pressure the nation's top cop to investigate a series of ridiculous claims of election fraud in the 2020 election -- among them that Italy had deployed technology that somehow switched votes from Trump to Joe Biden. No, that sentence above isn't parody although it reads like it. It is fact -- first r ...
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Monday June 7, 2021 - Times viewed: 788
American senators visited Taiwan to announce the donation of 750,000 doses of Covid vaccines. The donation is likely to draw the ire of Beijing
Taiwan is finally getting much-needed help from the United States to fight its spiraling coronavirus outbreak. But to Beijing, the offer is a major provocation that risks escalating both cross-strait and US-China relations. A delegation of US senators visited Taiwan on Sunday morning local time to announce the donation of 750,000 doses of Covid-19 vaccine. Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen called the vaccines "timely rain" for the island, which ...
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Friday June 4, 2021 - Times viewed: 872
China desires to strengthen the road to Afghanistan for security as US withdraws 3000 troops
On June 3, China's State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi hosted the fourth trilateral dialogue via video link with Afghan Foreign Minister Mohammad Haneef Atmar and Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi. At the end of the meeting, the three foreign ministers reached an eight-point consensus under which they will push forward the peace and reconciliation process, strengthen relations, expand economic and trade exchanges, cooper ...
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Thursday June 3, 2021 - Times viewed: 873
Talk of Trump 2024 run builds as legal pressure intensifies
WASHINGTON DC - Donald Trump was calling into yet another friendly radio show when he was asked, as he often is, whether he’s planning a comeback bid for the White House. “We need you,” conservative commentator Dan Bongino told the former president. “Well, I’ll tell you what,” Trump responded. “We are going to make you very happy, and we’re going to do what’s right.” It was a noncommittal answer typical of a former president who spent decad ...
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Tuesday June 1, 2021 - Times viewed: 858
An Evangelical Battle of the Generations: To Embrace Trump or Not?
For years, there was an adage around Liberty University that if God split Jerry Falwell in half, you would have his sons Jerry and Jonathan. Jerry Jr. inherited his father’s desire to be a force in American politics, and his post as Liberty University president, while Jonathan inherited his father’s gift for evangelical uplift and became pastor of his church. Now, 14 years after Jerry Falwell Sr. died and nine months after Jerry Jr. was ous ...
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Thursday May 27, 2021 - Times viewed: 910
AP FACT CHECK: House GOP falsely blames Biden for gas prices
WASHINGTON (AP) — Heading into the Memorial Day travel weekend, House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy and other members of his party are falsely blaming President Joe Biden for higher gasoline and lumber costs. Gas prices have risen in recent weeks because a key pipeline was forced to close after a cyberattack on the Colonial Pipeline. And lumber shortages — which existed during former President Donald Trump’s administration — were worsened b ...
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Thursday May 27, 2021 - Times viewed: 898
GOP offers $928B on infrastructure, funded with COVID aid
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican senators outlined a $928 billion infrastructure proposal Thursday that would tap unused coronavirus aid, a counteroffer to President Joe Biden’s more sweeping plan as the two sides struggle to negotiate a bipartisan compromise and remain far apart on how to pay for the massive spending. The Republican offer would increase spending by $91 billion on roads and bridges, $48 billion on water resources and $25 billion o ...
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Wednesday May 26, 2021 - Times viewed: 882
Washington (CNN)Donald Trump's attorney defended the ex-President's incendiary speech on January 6, saying he is protected under the First Amendment and had "absolute immunity" while he was President to contest the election, according to a court filing this week. The argument is the first time Trump has formally defended his actions in court since the insurrection, and reflects his continued push to his supporters that he did nothing wrong and w ...

Saturday May 22, 2021 - Times viewed: 954
Shock of Jan. 6 insurrection devolves into political fight
WASHINGTON (AP) — In one of the most chilling scenes from the Jan. 6 insurrection, a violent mob surged through the halls of the U.S. Capitol chanting “hang Mike Pence.” But when the House moved this week to create an independent commission to investigate the tragedy, the former vice president’s brother voted no. Pressed to explain his decision, Rep. Greg Pence of Indiana praised his brother as a “hero” and turned his ire on Democrats, calling ...
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Saturday May 22, 2021 - Times viewed: 826
Myanmar junta leader says Suu Kyi will soon appear
Myanmar’s junta leader Min Aung Hlaing said deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi was healthy at home and would appear in court in a few days, in his first interview since overthrowing her in a Feb. 1 coup. The coup has plunged the Southeast Asian country into chaos and one of several ethnic armed groups opposed to the ruling junta advanced to attack a military post in a northwestern jade mining town on Saturday, local media said. Suu Kyi, a Nobe ...
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