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US Monthly Headline News September 2021

Garin Flowers

Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill to return land to the descendants of a Black couple, Willa and Charles Bruce, that was taken from the Bruces in the city of Manhattan Beach, Calif., nearly a century ago. Newsom traveled to the area where the Bruces’ resort was once located to sign the new law in front of Bruce family members, the media and others who raised awareness of how Black Californians were pushed off of valuable beachfront property.

“I’m proud, as a son of this state, proud as the governor of this state, of the most diverse state and the world’s most diverse democracy to be here, Anthony with you,” Newsom said referring to Anthony Bruce, the great-great-grandson of Willa and Charles, and the heir to the property, at the bill signing. more...

Charles Maynes

MOSCOW — It has been more than a month since the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, and Sergei Opalev is still trying to wrap his head around the chaotic end to America's 20-year war. It's not the defeat that confounds him — he understands that part all too well. Opalev served as a captain in the Soviet army as it was gradually humbled by Afghan mujahedeen fighters during a decade of war in the 1980s.

The problem, he says, is how U.S. forces left. "It's just a fact that if you want to evacuate a division, you need a week," says Opalev, who was among the last Soviet soldiers to withdraw from Afghanistan. "If you pull out an army of tens of thousands, you need a year." more...

Grace Hauck | USA TODAY

More than half of police killings in the U.S. are not reported in official government data, and Black Americans are most likely to experience fatal police violence, according to a new study released Thursday.

An estimated 55% of deaths from police violence from 1980 to 2018 were misclassified or unreported in official vital statistics reports, according to the peer-reviewed study by a group of more than 90 collaborators in The Lancet, one of the world's oldest and most renowned medical journals. more...

Anti-choice groups are embarrassed that their draconian law is being enforced the way it was designed.
Moira Donegan

Dr Alan Braid, an OBGYN based in San Antonio, broke the law on purpose. In an essay published in the Washington Post last Saturday, the doctor announced that he performed an abortion on a woman who was past six weeks of gestation, the limit imposed by Texas’s new abortion ban, SB8. The doctor wrote that he felt morally obliged to perform the procedure, his worldview shaped by his years in obstetric practice having conversations with patients who revealed that they were terminating their pregnancies because they couldn’t afford more kids, because they had been raped, because they were with abusive partners, or because they wanted to pursue other dreams. more...

By Jennifer Henderson and Claudia Dominguez, CNN

(CNN) A July 2020 meeting between Republican South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, her daughter and state labor and regulation employees will be reviewed by state authorities following a report that the meeting was called at the same time Noem's daughter was seeking a state certification as a real estate appraiser.

CNN is unable to verify what happened in the meeting, and Noem's office has denied any wrongdoing. But according to The Associated Press, Noem's daughter, Kassidy Peters, was facing the denial of her certification when the meeting took place. Peters was subsequently approved for it several months later. more...

Moira Donegan

Anti-choice groups are embarrassed that their draconian law is being enforced the way it was designed. Dr Alan Braid, an OBGYN based in San Antonio, broke the law on purpose. In an essay published in the Washington Post last Saturday, the doctor announced that he performed an abortion on a woman who was past six weeks of gestation, the limit imposed by Texas’s new abortion ban, SB8. The doctor wrote that he felt morally obliged to perform the procedure, his worldview shaped by his years in obstetric practice having conversations with patients who revealed that they were terminating their pregnancies because they couldn’t afford more kids, because they had been raped, because they were with abusive partners, or because they wanted to pursue other dreams. more...

“These aren’t leaders of a political movement, they’re leaders of a cult. And they kill,” progressive PAC MeidasTouch says about its #TrumpCultKills spot.
By Lee Moran

Progressive PAC MeidasTouch calls out the “malignant force” of the GOP in its blistering new ad. The 2 1/2-minute spot, released Wednesday, slams the Republican Party for becoming a “misguided personality cult” in honor of ex-President Donald Trump.

The video highlights Trump’s catastrophic mishandling of the COVID-19 pandemic, noting how some GOP governors continue to “recklessly” ignore facts and sacrifice lives “in the callous pursuit of votes.” more...

Legal Expert: Detail In Weisselberg Indictment Could Be Bad News For Trump
According to the New Yorker, the alleged existence of a separate ledger for Trump has caught the eye of legal insiders.
By Josephine Harvey

A detail in the indictment of Allen Weisselberg, the longtime chief financial officer of the Trump Organization, has caught the eye of legal experts who say it could be bad news for former President Donald Trump, according to a New Yorker report published Wednesday.

Prosecutors at the Manhattan district attorney’s office charged both Weisselberg and the Trump Organization in July, alleging a 15-year scheme to defraud tax authorities to heavily compensate certain executives at the company off the books. more...

By Kristen Holmes

(CNN) Americans across the country could start seeing slowdowns in mail delivery across the country as early as Friday, when the US Postal Service implements its new service standards. The changes, which include longer first-class mail delivery times and cuts to post office hours, are part of embattled Postmaster General Louis DeJoy's 10-year plan for the agency that he unveiled earlier this year.

According to USPS spokeswoman Kim Frum, the service changes won't affect about 60% of first-class mail and nearly all periodicals. Within a local area, standard delivery time for single-piece, first-class mail will remain at two days. more...

By Matt Egan, CNN

(CNN Business) JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon says America's largest bank is once again preparing for a potential US default even though he expects Congress to avoid that "potentially catastrophic" event by lifting the debt ceiling.

In an interview with Reuters on Tuesday, Dimon said JPMorgan has begun scenario-planning for how a possible default would affect financial markets, capital ratios, client contracts and America's credit ratings. That's something Dimon has indicated the bank did during previous close calls with the debt ceiling. more...

What is Trump trying to hide? The coup attempt maybe.

The former president hopes to block the release of White House records; plus
Nicola Slawson

Donald Trump is preparing to sue to block the release of White House records from his administration to the House select committee scrutinizing the 6 January attack on the Capitol by claiming executive privilege.

Trump’s moves to try to resist the committee, informed by a source familiar with his planning, are likely to lead to constitutional clashes in court that would test the power of Congress’s oversight authority over the executive branch. more...

By Aimee Picchi

Americans, including hundreds of thousands of federal employees, could soon feel the impact of a U.S. government shutdown. If lawmakers don't reach an agreement by the end of Thursday — the last day of the fiscal year — the federal government will officially close as of 12:01 a.m. on Friday.

Congress is one step closer to a shutdown after Senate Republicans late Monday blocked a bill to fund the government at current levels and suspend the debt ceiling. However, on Wednesday, the Senate was preparing to take up a short-term government funding bill that would keep federal agencies operating through December 3. more...

By Daniella Diaz, Manu Raju, Morgan Rimmer and Alex Rogers, CNN

(CNN) House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin are at a crossroads over President Joe Biden's agenda to transform the government's role in the country. The Democratic leader said Wednesday that the White House needs to sign off on a multi-trillion-dollar bill expanding the social safety net before House liberals vote for a roughly $1 trillion infrastructure bill on Thursday. Manchin, a pivotal vote in the 50-50 Senate, told CNN "that won't happen."

The back-and-forth between two high-profile Democrats highlights the dilemma facing negotiators trying to nail down an agreement ahead of a self-imposed deadline Thursday. With a split Senate and a tenuous hold on the House, liberal and moderate Democrats are leveraging their power to make sure their colleagues support their top priority. more...

TIM O'DONNELL

Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) has suggested that his police reform talks with Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) fell apart primarily because Democrats sought to defund the police by making departments ineligible for funding if they failed to meet certain criteria.

But a pair of prominent police organizations, the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the Fraternal Order of Police, appeared to push back against Scott's argument in a statement on Tuesday, though the senator wasn't mentioned by name. "Despite some media reports, at no point did any legislative draft propose 'defunding the police,'" the statement reads. "In fact, the legislation specifically provided additional funding to assist law enforcement agencies in training, agency accreditation, and data collection initiatives." more...

Jake Lahut and John L. Dorman

Stephanie Grisham, the former White House press secretary and chief of staff to Melania Trump, reserved some of her most scathing assessments in her forthcoming book for the couple known to Washington insiders as "Javanka."

During her tenure at the White House, Grisham, a former top advisor under former President Donald Trump, observed several chiefs of staff, two press secretaries, and a multitude of aides leave the administration. more...

They should have stepped aside when they owned stock in litigant companies
BY MATT SLEDGE

Seven federal judges in Louisiana are among the 131 in the United States who failed to recuse themselves from cases in which they had a financial conflict of interest, an investigation by The Wall Street Journal has found.

The newspaper’s reporters cross-referenced reams of disclosure forms with dockets to discover cases where judges should have stepped aside because they owned stock in companies before them. The judges weren’t accused of tipping the scales for personal gain. But under federal ethics law, they should have recused themselves from even the most minor of actions when they owned stock in the companies. more...

MSNBC

After the Senate failed to pass a key procedural vote to fund the government and avert a shutdown, Joe Scarborough and Jonathan Lemire discuss the "hypocrisy" of every Republican who refused to vote for the measure. "They're telling Americans they're going to let the country default on its debt, which would be economically devastating, because they're not going to pay their own bill,"  Scarborough says. video...

The administration didn't second-guess its decision to rapidly withdraw from Afghanistan. Lawmakers are fuming.
By LARA SELIGMAN

On a rainy day in early May, weeks after President Joe Biden announced the U.S. exit from Afghanistan, senior leaders from across the government gathered in the basement of the Pentagon for a broad interagency drill to rehearse the withdrawal plan.

During the exercise, top Pentagon leaders including Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Joint Chiefs Chair Gen. Mark Milley stressed the need for American troops to get out of the country as quickly as possible to protect against renewed Taliban attacks. more...

He testified that he was not trying to "usurp authority" when he told his Chinese counterpart he would warn them if the U.S. planned to attack them.
By Teaganne Finn

WASHINGTON — Gen. Mark Milley on Tuesday defended calls he made to a Chinese official at the end of Donald Trump's presidency, saying other administration officials were aware of the calls and they were not intended to "usurp authority."

"The calls on 30 October and 8 January were coordinated before and after with Secretary [Mark] Esper and acting Secretary [Chris] Miller’s staffs and the interagency," Milley said during an opening statement before the Senate Armed Services Committee. "My task at that time was to de-escalate," he said. more...

Barbara Sprunt

Top Pentagon officials are testifying Tuesday for the first time since the completion of the U.S. military withdrawal from Afghanistan in what is expected to be a confrontational hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley and Commander of U.S. Central Command Gen. Kenneth McKenzie are slated to testify. more...

The judges failed to recuse themselves from 685 lawsuits from 2010 to 2018 involving firms in which they or their family held shares, a Wall Street Journal investigation found
By James V. Grimaldi, Coulter Jones and Joe Palazzolo

More than 130 federal judges have violated U.S. law and judicial ethics by overseeing court cases involving companies in which they or their family owned stock.

A Wall Street Journal investigation found that judges have improperly failed to disqualify themselves from 685 court cases around the nation since 2010. The jurists were appointed by nearly every president from Lyndon Johnson to Donald Trump. more...

Three club members played ‘secret role’ in making decisions at Veterans agency, probe finds
John Bowden

A joint investigation by the House committees on Oversight and Veterans’ Affairs found that three members of former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort improperly influenced decisions at the Department of Veterans Affairs, the committee chairs announced on Monday.

Those accused included Ike Perlmutter, CEO emeritus of Marvel Entertainment, who was alleged to have along with the others formed an advisory committee to manage VA policy and frequently interacted with VA employees while improperly shielding their activities from oversight.

In a news release, Oversight Committee chairwoman Rep Carolyn Maloney and Veterans’ Affairs chair Rep Mark Takano alleged that the three men “violated the law and sought to exert improper influence over government officials to further their own personal interests”. more...


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Jacob Pramuk

Congress is running out of time to prevent a shutdown and a default. Senate Republicans on Monday blocked a bill that would fund the government and suspend the U.S. debt ceiling, leaving Democrats scrambling to avoid a possible economic calamity.

The House-passed legislation would have funded the government into December and suspended the U.S. debt ceiling into December of next year, after the midterm congressional elections. more...

Democrats lack the necessary 10 GOP votes to avoid a filibuster on legislation that would keep the government doors open past Thursday.
By BURGESS EVERETT and MARIANNE LEVINE

Senate Republicans are poised to sink Democrats’ plans to fund the government and raise the debt ceiling on Monday evening, sending congressional leaders scrambling to avoid a government shutdown that would kick in Friday morning.

The GOP is set to reject a proposal to fund the government into December and lift the debt ceiling past next year’s midterms, a vote that needs the support of 10 Republicans to advance over a GOP filibuster. But only a handful of GOP senators are even considering it, presaging its immediate doom. more...

By Sonia Moghe, CNN

New York (CNN)Jurors have found R&B singer R. Kelly guilty of racketeering, including acts of bribery and sexual exploitation of a child, along with separate charges of sex trafficking.

In this federal case in the Eastern District of New York, Kelly faced a total of nine counts -- one count of racketeering, with 14 underlying acts that included sexual exploitation of a child, kidnapping, bribery and sex trafficking charges, and also eight additional counts of violations of the Mann Act, a sex trafficking law. more...

TMZ

Nessie may very well have been inadvertently captured on camera with modern-day technology that (allegedly) shows him clear as day ... if you believe what this guy's selling.

Richard Mavor -- an outdoorsman from the U.K. -- claims to have possibly filmed the legendary beast on a drone camera while putting together a vlog of himself canoeing in Scotland's great lake ... and, if he's to be believed, Nessie's not nearly as big as they say. more...

Brian Murphy once led the DHS intelligence branch.
By Lucien Bruggeman andJosh Margolin

A former senior Department of Homeland Security official who once accused the Trump administration of politicizing intelligence said Sunday that a return of President Donald Trump to the White House in 2024 "would be a disaster" for the U.S. intelligence community.

"(Former President Trump) has denigrated the intelligence community, he puts out disinformation -- and that's an existential threat to democracy and he is one of the best at putting it out and hurting this country," Brian Murphy, who once led the DHS intelligence branch, said Sunday in an exclusive interview on ABC's "This Week" with George Stephanopoulos. more...

ABC News

George Stephanopoulos interviews Brian Murphy, the former DHS acting under secretary for intelligence, on "This Week." video...

A judge rebuffed the government’s argument that releasing more surveillance videos posed a national security risk.
Picture of Zoe Tillman Zoe Tillman BuzzFeed News Reporter

WASHINGTON — Federal prosecutors on Tuesday released a new collection of Capitol surveillance videos from Jan. 6 after a judge ordered them to do so, rejecting the government’s argument that making the clips public could threaten the security of the complex.

The disclosure marks a setback for the US Capitol Police and the US attorney’s office in their efforts to control how much footage from the Capitol’s closed-circuit video (CCV) system gets out. In the latest case, prosecutors argued that revealing the location and vantage points of more cameras could help “bad actors” trying to plan some future assault on the building. A judge concluded that argument was too speculative, however, and that the public had a strong interest in seeing videos that formed the basis for a recent plea deal. more...

Moira Donegan

Anti-choice groups are embarrassed that their draconian law is being enforced the way it was designed. Dr Alan Braid, an OBGYN based in San Antonio, broke the law on purpose. In an essay published in the Washington Post last Saturday, the doctor announced that he performed an abortion on a woman who was past six weeks of gestation, the limit imposed by Texas’s new abortion ban, SB8. The doctor wrote that he felt morally obliged to perform the procedure, his worldview shaped by his years in obstetric practice having conversations with patients who revealed that they were terminating their pregnancies because they couldn’t afford more kids, because they had been raped, because they were with abusive partners, or because they wanted to pursue other dreams. more...

Host dismisses Anti-Defamation League after organization urges network to drop him
Martin Pengelly

After the Anti-Defamation League renewed its call for Tucker Carlson to be fired from Fox News for voicing the racist “great replacement” theory about immigration, the primetime host had a pithy response: “Fuck them.”

Carlson was speaking to the former Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly on Sirius XM. He made the comments in question on his show on Wednesday, which averages more than 3 million viewers a night. more...

By Jason Lemon

Several Maricopa County Republican leaders have called on Arizona's GOP Chair Kelli Ward to resign, slamming her for promoting election "lies" after the controversial Cyber Ninjas audit of the county's results reaffirmed President Joe Biden's victory over former President Donald Trump.

Arizona Senate Republicans contracted Florida-based Cyber Ninjas in the spring to audit Maricopa County's election results due to Trump's groundless claims of widespread fraud. The audit was widely mocked and criticized, including by many Republican officials in the county. In the end, the full recount showed a minor net gain in votes for Biden and less votes for Trump. more...

Republicans say the debt limit must be extended. They support the contents of the bill to which that extension is attached. And they're promising to block that vote. Here's why.
By Sahil Kapur

WASHINGTON — When the Senate votes Monday afternoon on legislation to fund the government and avert a catastrophic default on the debt, it is likely to be blocked by a Republican-led filibuster. As the U.S. hurtles toward an October deadline, Republicans have taken an unusual — if not unprecedented — position.

They support the contents of the bill, with the exception of the debt limit increase. They also say the debt ceiling must be extended, yet they promise to use the 60-vote threshold power to block it. They insist Democrats do that on a partisan basis. But top Democrats emphatically reject that. They say the debt ceiling has historically been raised on a bipartisan basis, and they won't let Republicans off the hook this time. more...

The National Archives has identified hundreds of pages of relevant documents, which will be sent to Biden and Trump lawyers.
By MYAH WARD

The White House said Friday that President Joe Biden will not invoke executive privilege on his predecessor’s behalf to shield any Trump White House records from the House’s Jan. 6 committee investigating the Capitol insurrection. White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters that the Trump administration hasn’t reached out to suggest protecting any of the records and that they don’t have regular communication with former President Donald Trump or his team.  more...

By Naomi Jagoda

President Biden on Friday said he supports an idea championed by a key Senate Democrat to tax billionaires’ unrealized investment gains annually. Biden said the idea is one of a number of tax proposals he backs as ways to finance legislation that would advance his economic agenda. “I support a lot of these proposals. We don’t need all of the things I support to pay for this, but I do support that,” Biden said at the White House after giving a speech about COVID-19 vaccines. more...

By Robert Farley

The 2022 budget proposed by President Joe Biden would redistribute income, hitting high-income earners with tax increases and providing refundable tax credits to low- and middle-income Americans. Ads from the conservative Club for Growth targeting nine vulnerable Democrats and one centrist Republican in the House, however, distort the impact of the Biden plan on taxpayers, warning that Biden’s plan “could cost your family” thousands or even tens of thousands of dollars. It could, but it probably won’t. more...

Kevin Breuninger

A draft report of the Republican-backed review of 2020 election results in Arizona’s largest county — which critics derided as a shambolic stunt aimed to further vote-rigging conspiracies peddled by former President Donald Trump — has in fact confirmed the winners, the county said.

The much-delayed report from Cyber Ninjas, a Florida-based firm whose owner had spread pro-Trump conspiracies, had been repeatedly hyped up by Trump himself.

But the draft “confirms the county’s canvass of the 2020 General Election was accurate and the candidates certified as the winners did, in fact, win,” Maricopa County’s official account tweeted Thursday night. more...

Travis Gettys

Donald Trump continues to insist the 2020 election was stolen from him, even after a draft report from the Arizona "forensic audit" shows, once again, he was beaten by Joe Biden. more...

Annika Kim Constantino

The Biden administration has halted Border Patrol agents’ use of horses in Del Rio, Texas, amid public outcry over video and photos showing mounted agents grabbing Haitian migrants trying to cross into the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas told civil rights leaders Thursday that the administration “would no longer be using horses in Del Rio,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters during a briefing. The Department of Homeland Security did not respond to a request for comment. more...

Greg Iacurci

The wealthiest 400 American families paid an 8.2% average rate on their federal individual income taxes from 2010 to 2018, according to a White House analysis published Thursday. Those richest 400 families represent the top 0.0002% of all taxpayers, according to the White House report.

Their estimated tax rate, paid on $1.8 trillion of income over the nine-year period, is “low” relative to other taxpayers, according to the report, which was authored by economists in the Council of Economic Advisers and Office of Management and Budget. more...

by Sandra Erwin

A ship in the Pacific Ocean carrying a high-power laser takes aim at a U.S. spy satellite, blinding its sensors and denying the United States critical eyes in the sky.

This is one scenario that military officials and civilian leaders fear could lead to escalation and wider conflict as rival nations like China and Russia step up development and deployments of anti-satellite weapons.

If a satellite came under attack, depending on the circumstances, “the appropriate measures can be taken,” said Lt. Gen. John Shaw, deputy commander of U.S. Space Command. more...

By Belinda Luscombe

Paypal cofounder Peter Thiel is famous for destroying media outlets, not paying taxes, and being a conservative tech billionaire. A new biography, The Contrarian, suggests that he is after more than riches. TIME chatted with its author, journalist Max Chafkin.

Why should we care about Peter Thiel, apart from the fact that he is another rich tech billionaire and they’re all weirdly fascinating?

I think that Peter Thiel is secretly the most important person in Silicon Valley. He’s this behind the scenes player, who is behind so many of the really important things that have happened over the last two decades. Obviously Facebook is one of the world’s largest companies; a lot of people think it’s uniquely bad for the world. And a lot of people are super skeptical of Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s CEO. And of course, Thiel is behind Facebook. He was the first outside money in the company. He is also the person who basically set up Mark Zuckerberg to be Mark Zuckerberg and turned him into this imperial CEO, who is now, arguably more powerful than a lot of world leaders. more...

Eric Ferkenhoff, Grace Hauck | USA TODAY

The disappearance of Gabby Petito captured the nation's attention and attracted the sleuthing skills of thousands on social media who shared her story and even turned up leads. Thousands more need that same level of care and attention, too, officials say.

Hundreds of thousands of people go missing every year, according to FBI data. In 2020, more than 540,000 people went missing, including more than 340,000 juveniles, according to the data. more...

By Nicquel Terry Ellis, CNN

(CNN) David Robinson has been in Arizona for the last three months searching for his 24-year-old son Daniel Robinson who went missing after leaving a work site in the desert in his Jeep Renegade on June 23.

Robinson, who lives in South Carolina, hired an independent investigator and assembled a volunteer search team when he says he felt the police weren't making progress in the investigation. He also says he failed to get the amount of media coverage he believed the case needed. The case was reported by the local media as early as July 9. more...

CNN

A Texas couple said their night out with friends was cut short when the restaurant kicked them out for wearing face masks, which they say they wore to protect their immunocompromised 4-month-old son. CNN affiliate KTVT has the details. Source: KTVT video...

CNN

Cubans Aliuska Carballo Romero and Yoandri Calzadilla Darias were among the thousands of migrants held under a bridge in Del Rio, Texas. They talk to CNN's Rosa Flores about that experience and their harrowing journey to the United States. Source: CNN video...

By Matt Egan, CNN Business

New York (CNN Business) A US default would be a "catastrophic blow" to America's economic recovery from Covid-19, setting off a downturn that would rival the Great Recession, Moody's Analytics warned in a new report.

If the US defaults on its debt payments and the impasse drags on, the ensuing recession would wipe out nearly 6 million jobs and lift the nation's unemployment rate to nearly 9%, Moody's projected in a report published Tuesday. The market meltdown would slash stock prices by one-third, erasing about $15 trillion in household wealth, the report found. more...

Ayelet Sheffey and Joseph Zeballos-Roig

As the White House stressed the urgency of raising the debt ceiling to avoid a government default, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said on Monday that the House would pass legislation to fund the government that includes a debt-limit suspension through the end of next year.

It was a dare to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who would need to lend ten Republican votes for it to avert the filibuster and clear the Senate. The Kentucky Republican was unfazed. more...

Lawsuit alleges Mary Trump and NYT ‘were motivated by personal vendetta’ against him and a desire to push political agenda
Associated Press

Former US president Donald Trump has sued his estranged niece and The New York Times over a 2018 story about his family’s wealth and tax practices that was partly based on confidential documents she provided to the newspaper’s reporters.

Trump’s lawsuit, filed in state court in New York on Tuesday, accuses Mary Trump of breaching a settlement agreement by disclosing tax records she received in a dispute over family patriarch Fred Trump’s estate. more...

U.S. leaders took pains to manage what they considered the president's volatile moods and erratic behavior, according to the forthcoming book Peril
By Aaron Parsley

The nation's top military official grew alarmed about President Donald Trump's White House and took steps to avoid clashing with China in the final months of his volatile administration, according to a forthcoming book.

The new details come from Peril, by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa, which describes scenes of anxiety and fear over Trump's behavior.

But it's the descriptions of what Gen. Mark A. Milley did that have drawn sharp responses from Republican lawmakers and Trump himself, though Milley has downplayed his actions as not undercutting the president or civilian control of the military. more...

Researchers say it will allow them to gain important new insights into how extremists operate online
By Drew Harwell, Craig Timberg and Hannah Allam

Epik long has been the favorite Internet company of the far-right, providing domain services to QAnon theorists, Proud Boys and other instigators of the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol — allowing them to broadcast hateful messages from behind a veil of anonymity.

But that veil abruptly vanished last week when a huge breach by the hacker group Anonymous dumped into public view more than 150 gigabytes of previously private data — including user names, passwords and other identifying information of Epik’s customers. more...


Analysis by Chris Cillizza, CNN Editor-at-large

(CNN) Eric Trump [shakes head]. The second son of the former president delivered a humdinger of a performance -- even by his own low standards -- during an appearance on Fox News Channel with Maria Bartiromo on Sunday. Time and time again, Eric Trump seemed to be wholly unaware of, well, history and facts as they related to his father and his time in office. He also appeared to be unfamiliar with the idea of irony.

First came Bartiromo asking Trump about the guilty plea of Michael Sussmann, a cybersecurity lawyer who was indicted for allegedly lying to the FBI's general counsel about who he was working for. (Sussmann said he wasn't working on behalf of any client, but he was allegedly representing Clinton's campaign as well as a tech industry professional). more...

The violent, fascist energy of January 6 didn't just disappear
By Amanda Marcotte

After the January 6 insurrection at the U.S Capitol, domestic terrorism experts were worried about the potential for more violence. And for good reason. The violence that day and the night before was instigated by Donald Trump and his allies were still continuing to not just push the Big Lie, but float prophetic claims about a miraculous Trump reinstatement in August. Failed prophecies can often trigger anger and more eagerness towards violence. I doubt that hope was far from Trump's mind as he continued to hype his conspiracy theories.

But as the summer wears on, it seems that at least some of the violent, fascist anger that Trump has been stoking for years is now being aimed in a new direction: people who are trying to limit the spread of COVID-19. more...

Sarah K. Burris

Former acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal noted that one of the things he learned about former President Donald Trump over the past several years of investigations is that the scams he ran for his businesses were similar to those he ran while leading the United States.

Dr. Jason Johnson on MSNBC explained that a recent report revealed additional evidence against the Trump Organization was discovered in a "co-conspirator's basement" recently. It only adds to the mountains of documents and information recovered about the president's former business. more...

By Jan Wolfe

WASHINGTON, Sept 20 (Reuters) - U.S. prosecutors on Monday unsealed criminal charges against two longtime Republican Party operatives, accusing them of illegally funneling a foreign campaign contribution to former President Donald Trump in 2016.

According to an indictment unsealed in federal court in the District of Columbia, Jesse Benton and Doug Wead "conspired to illegally funnel thousands of dollars of foreign money from a Russian foreign national into an election for the Office of President of the United States of America." more...

Peter Wade

A rally for supporters of the “Big Lie” is looking like a big flop. Reports from the start of the “Justice for J6” rally Saturday show an event much smaller than the January 6th Capitol insurrection. Video from on-scene reporters appears to show more members of the media in attendance than Trump-supporting protesters. Although Capitol Police expected as many as 1,000 attendees, and organizers obtained permits for a group of 700, the final turnout looks like it will be much lower, according to reports on the ground. more...

Trump sides with the people who broke the law and who committed sedition and insurrection against America.

Bethany Dawson

Donald Trump says his "heart is with those standing for rioters" as police are on high alert for a right-wing rally in Washington DC on Saturday. The 'Justice for the J6' riot rally is framed as a solidarity movement for the 560 people arrested in connection with the January 6 insurrection at the Capitol. On his website, Donald Trump proclaimed his support and continued to peddle the falsehood that the 2020 election was rigged. more...

By Jessica Schneider, CNN

(CNN) A high-ranking Capitol Police officer, who was also a vocal Donald Trump supporter, told those under his command not to wear riot gear on January 6, according to internal documents reviewed by CNN that detail allegations submitted to an officer tip line.

In this case, an unidentified Capitol Police lieutenant emailed the tip line to say the supervising officer in question "may have assisted the insurrection attempts through passive action." The lieutenant said the officer had "been rather vocal in the past about his support for Trump, but little was thought of it until the ... examples I observed." more...

Trump is more like the son of devil than the son of god.

The billboard prompted some disbelief online.
Bethania Palma

In mid-September 2021, social media users were surprised by a photograph of a billboard that contained a biblical quote that appeared to compare former U.S. President Donald Trump to Jesus, the central figure of the Christian religion.

According to the Chattanooga Times Free Press, the billboard was on Highway 27 in the city of Fort Oglethorpe, which is in Georgia, but was removed on Sept. 13, 2021. It contained a portion of a prophetic Bible verse from the book of Isaiah, and a picture of Trump, leading some to conclude that the billboard likened Trump with a deity, if not Jesus. more...

Ryan Lucas

A Washington attorney who specializes in cybersecurity issues has been indicted over allegedly lying to the FBI ahead of the 2016 election in a conversation about possible ties between Donald Trump and Russia.

Michael Sussmann, a former federal prosecutor who works at a law firm with longstanding links to the Democratic Party, is the second individual to be charged in special counsel John Durham's investigation into the origins of the FBI's Trump-Russia probe. more...

Thomas Franck

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell directed staff to review the central bank’s ethics rules for appropriate financial activities after disclosures that several senior central bank officials made multiple multimillion-dollar stock trades in 2020, while others held significant investments.

News of Powell’s inquiry broke after Sen. Elizabeth Warren sent 12 letters to the Fed’s regional bank presidents demanding stricter ethics from the nation’s top central bank officials. more...

Trump sides with the people who committed sedition and insurrection against America.

Dan Mangan, Kevin Breuninger

Former President Donald Trump, who was impeached for inciting the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, on Thursday condemned the criminal prosecution of hundreds of his supporters who were part of the mob that invaded the Capitol that day.

Trump’s statement that those people are being “persecuted” came as police in Washington prepared for Saturday’s planned “Justice for J6” rally outside the Capitol, which is being held to support the defendants. more...

Amanda Macias

WASHINGTON – French officials in Washington canceled a Friday evening gala at their sprawling compound over frustration with the new security partnership between the U.S., U.K. and Australia.

A French official confirmed to CNBC that the event, which was slated to commemorate the 240th anniversary of the Battle of the Capes, will no longer take place at the embassy in Washington. more...

The president plans to give the IRS tools to crack down on wealthy Americans who have evaded tax payments.
By Rebecca Shabad, Geoff Bennett and Teaganne Finn

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden outlined his administration’s goal of raising taxes on the wealthy to strengthen the middle class and boost the economy in remarks Thursday afternoon at the White House.

"The data is absolutely clear: Over the past 40 years, the wealthy have gotten wealthier and too many corporations have lost their sense of responsibility to their workers, their communities, and the country," Biden said. more...

More than 90% of Fox Corporation staff inoculated, according to memo announcing daily testing for unvaccinated employees
Samira Sadeque

The vast majority of employees at Fox Corporation, the umbrella company for the conservative Fox News channel, are vaccinated against coronavirus and those who are not will be required to do daily testing, according to a memo sent out from bosses – despite some of its biggest screen stars questioning the vaccine.

A daily test is stricter than the Biden administration’s firm mandate that businesses with more than 100 employees must require either vaccination or weekly testing. more...

Analysis by Chris Cillizza, CNN Editor-at-large

(CNN) It is 100% true that Joe Biden won the 2020 election. And that Donald Trump lost it. Unfortunately, in recent months, the Big Lie -- that Trump somehow was defrauded out of the election -- has gained increasing amounts of traction, according to a new CNN poll.

In January, 59% said they have confidence that elections in this country reflect the will of the people, while 40% said they lacked that confidence. Today? A majority of Americans -- 52% -- say they do not have confidence that elections reflect the will of the people, while 48% say they do. more...

Los Angeles Police Department is violating people’s fourth amendment rights.

Andrew Wyrich

Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) officers have collected social media information from people they interview—whether or not they are a suspect—for years, according to documents recently published. The Brennan Center for Justice released the documents after receiving them through a public records request. more...

By Julia Manchester

Former President Trump's insistence on spreading unfounded claims of election fraud is threatening to hurt the Republican Party in the upcoming 2021 and 2022 elections.

The growing concerns among some Republicans come after Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) handily beat back an effort to recall him in California, where registered Democrats made up a disproportionately high number of mail-in votes. more...

Analysis by Chris Cillizza, CNN Editor-at-large

(CNN) Donald Trump is, at root, just an overgrown kid. And not in any good way. Trump's childishness shines through in an excerpt from the soon-to-be released book by authors Bob Woodward and Robert Costa detailing the then-President's attempts to cajole then-Vice President Mike Pence into overturning the 2020 election.

Here's the key passage -- picking up at Pence's refusal to do Trump's bidding: "When Pence did not budge, Trump turned on him. "'No, no, no!' Trump shouted, according to the authors. 'You don't understand, Mike. You can do this. I don't want to be your friend anymore if you don't do this.'" more...

The cable news personality also defended people who buy fake proof of vaccination against Covid-19
Martin Pengelly

In an interview, Tucker Carlson admitted: “I lie.”

The Fox News host was speaking to Dave Rubin. The YouTube host and conservative author asked how Carlson felt about CNN hosts Brian Stelter, Chris Cuomo and Don Lemon, who Rubin called “clown people”.

Carlson said: “I guess I would ask myself, like, I mean I lie if I’m really cornered or something. I lie. I really try not to. I try never to lie on TV. I just don’t – I don’t like lying. I certainly do it, you know, out of weakness or whatever. more...

Opinion: The California recall offers more proof that Republicans will accept elections as legit only if they win. That's a sure way to destroy democracy.
Elvia Díaz | Arizona Republic

Republicans, like totalitarians, believe in elections. But only if they always win. New case in point? California, where voters on Tuesday appeared inclined to keep Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom in a recall election.

Cue Larry Elder, the leading Republican to replace him, who started dropping unsubstantiated claims that the election was rigged against him. The only proof Elder offered was the fact that California voters were poised to pick Newsom over him or anyone else on the long list of possible replacements. more...

By Christina Zhao

Republican candidate Larry Elder, who has the best chance of unseating Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom in California's gubernatorial recall election, is already preparing to dispute the results with escalating talks of "voter fraud" in the days leading up to election day.

Ahead of Tuesday's recall election, Elder's campaign has created an election fraud section on its website where supporters can join a petition to demand a special session of the California legislature to investigate the results. The website also contains a link for supporters to report any alleged election fraud. more...

AJ McDougall | Breaking News Intern

In 2019, according to a new book, media executive and erstwhile Trump confidant Steve Bannon took time out of his busy schedule to sit down with disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein and coach him through an imaginary 60 Minutes interview Epstein believed he would soon be doing. Bannon’s advice: Look into the camera occasionally, don’t be racist, deny you’re a pedophile. more...

John Bacon | USA TODAY

The U.S. Capitol Police have recommended six officers for disciplinary action stemming from their actions during the riot Jan. 6 at the Capitol. No officers will face charges, the department said in a statement late Saturday. The announcement comes as law enforcement officials brace for possible unrest during a "Justice for J6" rally planned for Sept. 18 near the Capitol. more...

By Rob Kuznia, Bob Ortega and Casey Tolan, CNN

(CNN) When the election office led by Lisa Deeley first came under attack from then-President Donald Trump last year, it was more than a month before Election Day. Deeley, the chair of Philadelphia's three-member election commission and a Democrat, watched from home as Trump falsely claimed during the first 2020 presidential debate that poll watchers had already been turned away at early voting centers in Philadelphia. "Bad things happen in Philadelphia," Trump said. more...

Republicans are the anti-American party now they want to control how a company runs it business.

By Kathryn Watson

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has signed a bill that aims to stop social media companies from banning users or nixing posts based solely on political opinions — the latest salvo by Republicans, who claim that these tech giants are censoring conservative users.

The new law requires social media companies with more than 50 million monthly users to disclose their content moderation policies and institute an appeals process. It would also require such social media companies to remove illegal content within 48 hours. more...

By Erica Orden, CNN

New York (CNN) Igor Fruman, an associate of Rudy Giuliani, pleaded guilty Friday in New York federal court to a charge stemming from a case alleging he funneled foreign money to US campaign coffers. Fruman, 56, pleaded guilty to solicitation of a contribution by a foreign national. He faces up to five years in prison. His plea didn't include an agreement to cooperate with the government.

Fruman had faced multiple charges. He and another Giuliani associate, Lev Parnas, were originally indicted in October 2019. They were charged with conspiracy to violate the ban on foreign donations to federal and state elections, making false statements and falsifying records to the Federal Election Commission. They pleaded not guilty. more...

In addition to their Jan. 4 call, they even had a hashtag to share information on the FBI’s private communication service: #CERTUNREST2021.
By BETSY WOODRUFF SWAN

Just two days before armed rioters stormed and ransacked the Capitol, about 300 law enforcement officials got on a conference call to talk about the possibility that Donald Trump’s supporters would turn violent on Jan. 6. They specifically discussed the possibility that the day’s gatherings would turn into a mass-casualty event, and they made plans on how to communicate with each other if that happened. The officials were so prepared for chaos that they even had a hashtag to share information on the FBI’s private communication service: more...

By Jenni Fink

Members of the public pushed members of former President Donald Trump's cabinet to remove him from office in the wake of the Capitol riot, according to emails that were recently released. Trump faced harsh scrutiny from both Democrats and Republicans after the January 6 insurrection for encouraging the behavior by pushing the message that the election was stolen from him. The House of Representatives passed a resolution urging former Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment, which would remove Trump from office and make him the interim president until President Joe Biden's inauguration. more...

What is McCarthy and Republicans trying to hide?

House leader Kevin McCarthy threatened retaliation against tech companies that share records with the committee
Hugo Lowellin

Top Republicans under scrutiny for their role in the events of 6 January have embarked on a campaign of threats and intimidation to thwart a Democratic-controlled congressional panel that is scrutinizing the Capitol attack and opening an expanded investigation into Donald Trump.

The chairman of the House select committee into the violent assault on the Capitol, Bennie Thompson, in recent days demanded an array of Trump executive branch records related to the insurrection, as members and counsel prepared to examine what Trump knew of efforts to stop the certification of Joe Biden’s election win. more...

The Fulton County investigators have interviewed state elections officials about attempts to overturn Georgia’s election results by President Trump and Senator Lindsey Graham.
Jose Pagliery Political Investigations Reporter, Asawin Suebsaeng Senior Political Reporter

A local criminal investigation into then-President Donald Trump’s attempt to meddle with Georgia’s 2020 election recount is inching forward, as Fulton County investigators have interviewed elections officials and received documents from the agency, according to three people with direct knowledge of the probe. “They’ve asked us for documents, they’ve talked to some of our folks, and we’ll cooperate fully,” Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger told The Daily Beast this week. more...

Alia Shoaib

Former president Donald Trump complained about Catholics and Jews who did not vote for him in the 2020 election despite all he did for their communities. Trump made the comments in a campaigning call on Thursday organized by the religious group Intercessors for America.

"I did a lot for the Catholics. And I don't know, you know, I'm a little bit surprised that we didn't do better with the Catholic vote," Trump said. "I think now they would give us their vote. I think we got about 50% of the vote. And yet, we did a lot for the Catholic vote. So we'll have to talk to them. We're gonna have to meet with the Catholics." more...

By Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN

(CNN) It was 230 years ago Sunday that Robert Carter III, the patriarch of one of the wealthiest families in Virginia, quietly walked into a Northumberland County courthouse and delivered an airtight legal document announcing his intention to free, or manumit, more than 500 slaves. He titled it the "deed of gift." It was, by far, experts say, the largest liberation of Black people before the Emancipation Proclamation more than seven decades later.  more...

Does Tucker Carlson want you or a family member or a friend to die, or maybe all of you?

Ross A. Lincoln

Fox News’ Tucker Carlson has amplified a lot of anti-vax and functionally pro-COVID sentiments on his show for months, even if, as Fox News always notes when asked, he has very carefully insisted he is not anti-vaccines and is simply asking questions about this particular vaccine.

But whether you believe that or not, on Thursday’s episode of his show Carlson fully endorsed people who buy and use fake vaccine cards to avoid getting vaccinated themselves. He also said that efforts to control the spread of COVID-19, which has killed hundreds of thousands of Americans and rendered hundreds of thousands more seriously ill, are “serious” crimes committed by “tyrants” who Tucker said he hopes will be “punished for it.” more...

By Matt McFarland, CNN Business

Washington, DC (CNN)GoDaddy took down a website that allowed people to post tips about possible Texas abortions, in the latest example of businesses pushing back against the state's new law.

A Texas law that bans abortion providers from carrying out terminations after fetal cardiac activity is detected, which is typically about six weeks into a pregnancy, went into effect this week after the Supreme Court opted not to intervene. more...

By Andy Rose, CNN

Washington, DC (CNN)A district judge in Texas has issued a temporary restraining order against Texas Right to Life, blocking the anti-abortion group from suing abortion providers employed by Planned Parenthood under the state's strict new abortion law, according to a copy of the order provided by Planned Parenthood.

The law, which took effect this week, bans abortions after as early as six weeks into pregnancy and allows private citizens to bring civil suits against anyone who assists a pregnant person seeking an abortion in violation of the law. It is among the strictest in the nation and bars abortions just after a fetal heartbeat is detected, which is often before a woman knows that she is pregnant. more...

Nine Guardian readers share their thoughts on the ruling that bans most abortions – and what it means for reproductive rights
Guardian readers and Rachel Obordo

The US supreme court voted 5-4 to allow a Texas law banning most abortions to remain in force. The law prohibits abortions once medical professionals can detect cardiac activity, usually around six weeks and before most women know they’re pregnant. Nine people share their reaction to the ruling and what they think it means for women’s rights.

‘Women’s rights are being stolen out from under us’
We have all these yahoos down here screaming about their rights being taken away (guns, vaccines and maskless), but women’s rights are being stolen out from under us. Abortion should not be a political decision – it is a moral decision. No one has the right to tell me what I can do with my body. One day “I” will answer to my Lord, no one else will stand in place during my judgment day. It is very disheartening. Women’s rights are slowly being taken away. What will they take away next? Michelle, 52, Texas. more...

Elliot Smith

Sen. Pat Toomey has urged his party not to nominate former president Donald Trump as its presidential candidate in 2024, calling his conduct in the aftermath of the 2020 election “completely unacceptable.”

The Pennsylvania Republican voted to convict Trump in the impeachment trial over his role in stoking the January 6 attack on the Capitol by his supporters, fueled by the former president’s misinformation about the election being “stolen” due to widespread voter fraud. more...

Nina Totenberg

The Supreme Court's conservative majority tossed a legal bomb into the abortion debate late Wednesday night.

By a vote of 5-to-4, the court's most conservative members upheld, for now, a Texas law that, in effect, bans abortions after about six weeks. But almost as important as the result was how the court reached its decision — without full briefing and arguments before any court. more...

By Nicole Chavez, CNN

San Antonio, Texas (CNN)An abortion fund that helps hundreds of women in the southernmost region of Texas each year has stopped answering its hotline after one of the strictest bans in the nation went into effect this week.

"Our very existence is a risk. The fact that we exist as an organization puts us at risk (of civil lawsuits)," said Zeana Zamora, executive director of Frontera Fund. The group helps people in the Rio Grande Valley -- an impoverished region that is mostly Mexican American -- access abortion care. more...

MyPillow CEO may have bought $1.5 million home for supposed expert — who didn't even show up at "cyber symposium"
By Zachary Petrizzo

MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell's alleged net worth of $300 million may be dwindling rapidly, thanks in large part to the team of blundering operatives, advisers and self-appointed cyber experts who have convinced Lindell to pay them big bucks for their thoroughly unsuccessful work to help him reverse the outcome of the 2020 presidential election. more...

Imagine spending so much time and effort making yourself intolerable and then pretending to be shocked when it turns out a lot of people, even medical professionals, don't like you.
Written By Zack Linly

Candace Owens, the “Blexit” queen of tap dancing for white conservatives and still not getting an invite to the RNC, is apparently really upset that a private laboratory in Aspen, Colorado, has refused to test her for COVID-19 because she’s a COVID-denying, anti-vaxxing dumb-dumb who prefers substanceless conspiracy theories over actual science…which she erroneously thinks is responsible for Jim Crow…which she even-more-erroneously thinks anti-vaxxers are now experiencing. more...

Thomas Colson

Special Counsel Robert Mueller had investigated an unidentified "member of the news media" who was suspected of hacking senior Democrats' emails accounts and leaking their contents during the 2016 election, The New York Times reported, citing a new Justice Department release.

The DOJ announced the news in an amendment published on Wednesday to a report about the department's use of subpoenas and other legal tools used in 2018 against members of the media. more...

Heard on All Things Considered
Brian Mann

Members of the Sackler family who are at the center of the nation's deadly opioid crisis have won sweeping immunity from opioid lawsuits linked to their privately owned company Purdue Pharma and its OxyContin medication. Federal Judge Robert Drain approved a bankruptcy settlement on Wednesday that grants the Sacklers "global peace" from any liability for the opioid epidemic.

"This is a bitter result," Drain said. "I believe that at least some of the Sackler parties have liability for those [opioid OxyContin] claims. ... I would have expected a higher settlement." more...

By Paula Reid, Kara Scannell and Erica Orden, CNN

(CNN) The Trump Organization's corporate director of security is expected to appear before a grand jury on Thursday in Manhattan, where prosecutors are investigating former President Donald Trump's business, according to a person familiar with the matter.

The executive, Matthew Calamari Jr., was served a subpoena to testify, and he is expected to appear to answer questions before the grand jury, the source said. Calamari Jr. is the son of the company's chief operating officer, a longtime Trump deputy who is also under scrutiny by prosecutors in the Manhattan district attorney's office. The Wall Street Journal was first to report on Calamari Jr.'s expected grand jury testimony. more...

Sinéad Baker

Ann Coulter sided with President Joe Biden over Donald Trump in the Afghanistan withdrawal. She tweeted that Biden kept "a promise Trump made, but then abandoned when he got to office." "Trump REPEATEDLY demanded that we bring our soldiers home, but only President Biden had the balls to do it," she said. more...

The South Carolina senator gets the “Dailyshow-ography” treatment.
By Ed Mazza

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) once slammed Donald Trump as a “kook” and “unfit for office,” only to change his tune and become of Trump’s staunchest supporters. Or, as Desi Lydic put it in a new “Dailyshow-ography” segment: “Graham did everything he could to stop the wedding between Donald Trump and America, but if he couldn’t ultimately succeed, then goddammit, he would give up harder than anyone had ever given up before.” more...

Trump supporters attacked Congress — and Republicans are still scared of them.
By Hayes Brown, MSNBC Opinion Columnist

Former President Donald Trump’s staunchest Republican loyalists in the House have spent months downplaying the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. But we now also know many of them were scared of the Trump-supporting mob and desperately appealed to the president for help.

I’d say many of them are still scared. They’re scared that betraying their once and future king will draw the eyes of the mob back on them. They’re scared of what will happen to their jobs and power if that happens. And that fear has blinded them to the actual danger their inaction and silence are enabling. more...

David Edwards

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) was caught on camera admitting that President Joe Biden received "7 million more popular votes" to defeat former President Donald Trump. The admission was made as part of a recording that was released on Wednesday by Lauren Windsor. In the video, Johnson says that there's nothing that Republicans could have done on Jan. 6 to stop the election from being certified.

"What the president should have done," Johnson explained, "and he'd be in a much better position today, had he just, when the Electoral College voted, said, 'I don't agree with it, I think there's still fraud, but I accept the results of the constitutional process and the Electoral College vote, OK?" more...

Opinion: The assault on reproductive rights seems to have less to do with the U.S. Constitution than with Sharia law.
EJ Montini | Arizona Republic

I’m puzzled by Republicans who have been clamoring with supposed concern and disgust over the past couple of weeks about the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan and what that would mean for the people of that country.

Particularly now, since the state of Texas has decided to go Taliban on women when it comes to reproductive rights and the U.S. Supreme Court has chosen not to intervene.

It seems like the Republicans who control the Texas legislature, and the conservatives who now dominate the court, are less inclined to go along with the protections afforded by the U.S. Constitution than by the restrictions imposed by Islam’s Sharia law. more...

Posted by CBS LA

SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX) — With just two weeks before California’s recall election, the leading GOP contender in the bid to unseat Gov. Gavin Newsom is under fire for his comments on kids and the coronavirus.

In a sitdown interview with CNN’s Joe Johns, Republican recall candidate Larry Elder made these false claims about the coronavirus pandemic and young people. more...

After the organizer of the “For God & Country Patriot Double Down” called for a “military mutiny,” the venue got cold feet.
by David Gilbert

QAnon John has had a difficult week. First he was kicked out of QAnon’s biggest influencer group for calling on U.S. soldiers to take part in a “military mutiny,” and on Tuesday the high-profile QAnon event he’s organizing in Las Vegas next month was kicked out of its venue.

The event, called “For God & Country Patriot Double Down,” was scheduled to take place at the Caesars Forum convention space near the Las Vegas Strip over three days in October. But on Tuesday, the venue confirmed that it had cancelled the event. more...

Trevor Hughes | USA TODAY

Five suburban Denver police officers and medics have been indicted by a Colorado grand jury in connection with the death two years ago of a young Black man walking home from the store.

Elijah McClain, 23, died after being thrown to the ground, put into a now-banned carotid artery chokehold and being injected with the tranquilizer Ketamine by Aurora police and medics on Aug. 24, 2019, responding to a 911 call that he had worn a face mask into a convenience store to buy some iced tea. He was not accused of a crime by the caller. more...

Deepa Shivaram

The U.S. ended its massive evacuations out of Kabul, Afghanistan, by President Biden's Aug. 31 deadline, but as many as 27 California public school students remain in Afghanistan.

The students, whose grades range from elementary to high school, are from 19 families from the San Juan Unified School District in Sacramento. Most of the students, the school district says, have family members with them. more...


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