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    (CNN)Even now -- after the inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th president, after the January 6 riot at the US Capitol, after the myriad lawsuit dismissals -- Rand Paul can't bring himself to say that the 2020 election was not, in fact, stolen.In an appearance on ABC's "This Week" Sunday, the Kentucky Republican was asked just that question by George Stephanopoulos. And here's what he said:"Well, what I would suggest is -- what I would suggest is that if we want greater confidence in our elections, and 75% of Republicans agree with me, is that we do need to look at election integrity and we need to see if we can restore confidence in the elections."Well, senator, no. Here's why: It is a FACT -- based on a total lack of objective evidence and the rejection of lawsuit after lawsuit filed by former President Donald Trump and his legal...
    Alex Burns/NY Times: How Democrats Planned for Doomsday A huge coalition of activist groups had been working together since the spring to make sure that Joe Biden won and that the “election stayed won” amid Donald Trump’s subterfuge. They convened to craft a plan for answering the onslaught on American democracy, and they soon reached a few key decisions. They would stay off the streets for the moment and hold back from mass demonstrations that could be exposed to an armed mob goaded on by President Donald J. Trump. They would use careful language. In a presentation, Anat Shenker-Osorio, a liberal messaging guru, urged against calling the attack a “coup,” warning that the word could make Mr. Trump sound far stronger than he was — or even imply that a pro-Trump militia had seized power. xIn the past day multiple state Republican parties have taken to Twitter to embrace...
    Sunday on New York WABC 770 AM radio’s “The Cats Roundtable,” former Bill Clinton adviser Dick Morris sounded off on the Democrats’ handling of the GOP’s 2020 presidential election challenge and the fallout from the storming of the U.S. Capitol by a group of supporters of former President Donald Trump. Morris told host John Catsimatidis that the United States is becoming akin to Russia, where he noted “political speech is absolutely punished.” He went on to say that Democrats have been “vicious winners” for trying to silence those who claim there was voter fraud. “This is unbelievable. We’re not quite what China is yet, but we’re probably about where Russia is, where political speech is absolutely punished. What they did is they worked on trying to make it an act of insurrection, as they call it, to say that this election was less than honest. And once they create that predicate,...
    During a Sunday appearance on New York WABC 770 AM radio’s “The Cats Roundtable,” Harvard Law School professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz weighed in on the push to disbar former President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani. The calls to investigate and disbar the former New York City mayor are in response to Giuliani’s claims of voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election and remarks he made at a rally shortly before a group of Trump supporters breached the U.S. Capitol. Dershowitz likened the calls to disbar Giuliani to “McCarthyism.” He told host John Catsimatidis that he would “defend” Giuliani to the depths of his being to have the right to represent his client’s wishes to challenge the election. “It’s McCarthyism. I grew up during McCarthyism when the lawyers were being disbarred for representing clients that people didn’t like,” Dershowitz advised. “Rudy is a lawyer. And that’s what he is supposed to...
    Rand Paul on Sunday suggested he might boycott Trump's 'sham' impeachment because the former president no longer in office.    In an op-ed for The Hill, titled 'boycott sham impeachment' the Republican senator wrote: 'The first impeachment of Donald Trump in 2019 was a witch hunt filled with fabricated charges, unsupported evidence and partisan rancor disguised as legal concern.'  Arguments in the Senate trial will begin the week of February 8. If Paul were to boycott the vote the Democrats would need the support of 16 GOP Senators to convict Trump.   Paul added: 'If we are to blame politicians for the most violent acts of their craziest supporters, then many of my colleagues would face some pretty harsh charges themselves.  'I've been shot at, assaulted and harassed by supporters of the left, including some who directly said the words of politicians moved them to this violence. 'I am more than willing...
    Savannah Rychcik January 24, 2021 0 Comments Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) is railing against Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) for his refusal to acknowledge President Joe Biden as the election’s fair winner. Host of ABC’s “This Week” George Stephanopoulos noted the Republicans who have argued a trial to impeach President Donald Trump in the Senate would be unconstitutional. “It is constitutional,” Klobuchar responded. She continued, “As I listened to Rand Paul, George, I just kept thinking, man, this is why Joe Biden won.” Klobuchar explained, “The American people right now are struggling. They need pandemic relief. They are literally trying to balance their toddlers on their knees and their laptops on their desks, and teaching their first graders how to use a mute button just to go to school. They need help.” She expressed confidence in the ability lawmakers have to conduct the impeachment trial while tackling other issues. Amy Klobuchar: "As...
    Loading the player... Former President Donald Trump reportedly pressured the Department of Justice to take his proposal to overturn the 2020 presidential election results to the Supreme Court and considered replacing the current attorney general with an official who would agree to pursue his claims of voter fraud. The Wall Street Journal reported that Trump’s efforts to thwart President Joe Biden’s victory failed due to his appointees in the Justice Department’s refusal to file a lawsuit to the Supreme Court with baseless claims. Donald Trump and a DOJ lawyer conspired to oust the acting Attorney General so they could overturn the Georgia election results.The case for conviction just got a whole lot stronger. — Shari Lynn (@LynnSharig8) January 23, 2021 Senior department officials threatened to resign in protest if Trump proceeded to fire Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen — who refused to file a lawsuit — and replace...
    Sen. Rand Paul vowed to go to “every state legislature” over the next two years in a bid to fix election laws, despite what he said were Democrat and media denials that problems exist. “Partisan Democrats in the media think they can get away with just calling Republicans liars because they don’t agree with us,” the Kentucky Republican said on Twitter. “I voted to certify the electors and seat the new President. It’s not about that anymore. They won’t even admit there is election fraud and want to pretend nothing happened.” Paul then said he would work with legislatures across the country to promote more secure election laws. “That’s why I’ll spend the next two years going to every state legislature trying to fix the laws, protect our vote and stop election fraud,” Paul said. Partisan Democrats in the media think they can get away with just calling Republicans liars...
    (CNN)The Arizona Republican Party's actions on Saturday night sum up so well what we're seeing from much of today's GOP. Slam those who dare to criticize Donald Trump but don't criticize him for inciting an insurrection. Dean Obeidallah In this case, the Arizona state GOP voted to punish former GOP senator Jeff Flake and Cindy McCain, the widow of John McCain, for endorsing President Joe Biden during the 2020 campaign. The Republicans also voted to censure current GOP Gov. Doug Ducey for using "dictatorial powers" when he used emergency rules to shut down businesses as Covid-19 cases rose in the state last year. At least, that was the ostensible reason. Common sense, though, suggests it was at least in part because Ducey very publicly refused to help Trump overturn his loss in the traditionally Republican state. The reelection Saturday of Trump-loving, election-lie peddling Kelli Ward as Arizona state GOP...
    Sen. Rand Paul fired back at ABC’s George Stephanopoulos after the host tried to corner the Kentucky Republican into admitting that former President Donald Trump’s claims of widespread voter fraud were false. “There were several states in which the law was changed by the secretary of state and not the state legislature,” Paul said in response to Stephanopoulos asking if Paul “accepted” that the election wasn’t stolen from Trump. “To me, those are clearly unconstitutional and I think there is still a chance that those actually do finally work their way up to the Supreme Court.” “In my state, where we had a Democrat secretary of state, she refused, even under federal order, to purge the rolls of illegal voters. We got a Republican secretary of state and he purged the rolls,” Paul attempted to continue as Stephanopoulos interrupted him. Stephanopoulos then continued to insist that the Trump’s claims...
    LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Exit poll suggests the center-right incumbent candidate has won Portugal’s presidential election. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    Bradley Cortright January 24, 2021 0 Comments While President Joe Biden has been sworn in and former President Donald Trump has left Washington, D.C., some Congressional Republicans are insisting that there should be an investigation into whether there was widespread fraud in the election. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) was asked during an interview on ABC’s “This Week” by host George Stephanopoulos whether he accepts that the presidential election was not “stolen.” “Well, what I would say is that the debate over whether or not there was fraud should occur,” Paul said as he claimed the debate did not happen because several of the Trump campaign lawsuits were dismissed due to procedural reasons. He went on to allege that there were “dead people” and “illegal aliens” who voted in the election.  Stephanopoulos interjected as he noted that “no election is perfect,” but he added that Trump’s lawsuits were dismissed and the states certified their...
    Republican Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and ABC anchor George Stephanopoulos sparred over the topic of potential fraud in the 2020 election during a Sunday morning segment of “This Week.” The fireworks began when Stephanopoulos asked Paul to “accept” that the “election was not stolen,” an argument long disputed by former President Donald Trump. WATCH: Arguing that most cases that have been tossed out of courts were done because of “lack of standing” and not the merits of the argument, Paul said the “debate over whether or not there was fraud should occur.” “Were there people who voted twice? Were there dead people who voted? Were there illegal aliens who voted? Yes, we should get to the bottom of it,” Paul said. After acknowledging that “no election is perfect,” Stephanopoulos pushed back by citing the dismissed cases and the fact that every state certified their results. He then added that...
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) grew increasingly agitated and testy on Sunday morning when ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos repeatedly pressed him to acknowledge that the 2020 presidential election wasn’t stolen—something Paul refused to do. Stephanopoulos immediately kicked off Sunday’s This Week interview with Paul by asking him a “threshold” question about the results of the election, wondering aloud if he accepted that President Joe Biden’s victory was legitimate and “not stolen,” something former President Donald Trump and his allies have baselessly insisted and which eventually resulted in an insurrectionist riot. “Well, what I would say is that the debate over whether or not there was fraud should occur, we never had any presentation in court,” the Kentucky lawmaker deflected. “Most of the cases were thrown out for lack of standing, a procedural way of not hearing it.” As Paul said there was “still a chance” that some cases challenging states’...
    Former President Donald Trump listens while participating in a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) roundtable discussion in Sterling, Virginia, on February 2, 2018. Andrew Harrer-Pool/Getty Images A Trump supporter filed a lawsuit making baseless claims of election fraud with the use of "Lord of the Rings" references. Lawyer Paul Davis, who filed the suit, was fired earlier this month after he recorded himself storming the Capitol. The suit explains how the fictional land of Gondor is missing its rightful kings and that a "stewardship" should be issued. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. A Texas lawyer, who was fired from his job after he recorded himself storming the US Capitol earlier this month, filed a lawsuit that presented baseless allegations of election fraud with the help of bizarre references to "Lord of the Rings." Trump supporter, Paul Davis, filed the lawsuit in the Waco Division of the...
    Republican Congressman Madison Cawthorn has been mocked for failing to cite concrete examples of voter fraud during an interview on CNN despite voting to overturn Joe Biden's win.  The 25-year-old North Carolina Rep. has been a vocal supporter of Donald Trump's claims of widespread election fraud - and even voted to uphold objections to Arizona and Pennsylvania's votes in Congress.  But Cawthorn couldn't clearly respond when host Pamela Brown asked him on CNN Newsroom Saturday night to provide specific examples that would prove his claim that the outcome was rigged.  'The things that I was not objecting to were things like Dominion voting machines changing ballots or U-Haul trucks pulling up filled with ballots for Joe Biden,' Cawthorn insisted.  'The thing I was objecting for is things like, in the state of Wisconsin, particularly in the town of Madison, there was an appointed official in that town who actually went against...
    Following a hectic post-election period and a deadly assault on the U.S. Capitol, Democrats plan to act swiftly on a new congressional bill to strengthen the foundations of American democracy, arguing the need for federal electoral standards and other reforms. States have long had different and contradictory rules for conducting elections, but the 2020 election, which included changes forced by the pandemic to facilitate voting and then a barrage of lawsuits by then-President Donald Trump and his allies, He highlighted the differences between the states: “Should mail-in ballots arrive by Election Day or should they just be postmarked by then? Is absentee voting allowed for everyone or only for those with an excuse? Can one register to vote the same day or only in advance? Democrats, reaffirming the constitutional authority to set the date, place and manner of federal elections, want national rules that they say will make voting more...
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — When Mike Lindell, better known to TV viewers as the MyPillow Guy, went to the White House last week to try to persuade President Donald Trump to keep pushing bogus theories about the election, he came away disappointed. Unexpectedly, Trump passed him — and his claims about sabotaged voting machines — off on staffers. But the Trump true believer says he has something from Trump that softens that blow: the promise of an endorsement. The president has told him before that he would back his bid for governor of Minnesota, Lindell told The Associated Press. “Mike, if you did it, I would get behind you,” Lindell said Trump told him. It’s a prospect that sends shivers down the spines of some Republicans in the state — where Trump lost by 7 percentage points — and cuts to the heart of the national party’s existential crisis. While many...
    As the votes continued to be counted in the early hours of November 4, one thing became obvious before dawn: Joe Biden was going to be the next president of the United States. Though networks were extremely slow to acknowledge Biden’s wins across the Rust Belt states, every model showed that Biden was going to win decisively in Minnesota, and Michigan. Though Trump had a large early lead among votes counted in Pennsylvania, it was easy to see from the make up of those votes that this was going to change. The closest of these states, Wisconsin, had already been called by the Associated Press. While it would take all the way until Saturday before networks made the final call, really the only thing in doubt by that point was the exact size of Biden’s victory. But well before the final calls were made, at 2 AM on November 4,...
    Michael Brochstein/ZUMA Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.Kevin McCarthy’s shifting views over who’s to blame for the pro-Trump insurrection at the Capitol has landed at its inevitable, meaningless point: “Everybody across this country has some responsibility.” That’s what the House minority leader offered to Greta Van Susteren after she questioned, according to HuffPost in an interview set to air on Sunday, whether he had contradicted himself on Thursday by asserting that Donald Trump had not provoked the Jan. 6 riot. The remark appeared to reverse McCarthy’s statements immediately following the Jan. 6 attack that Trump was at least partly to blame for the violence. “No, I have not changed on that,” McCarthy told Van Susteren. Instead, he insisted that all Americans, which presumably includes Trump, share responsibility—a bold claim that carried strong...
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — When Mike Lindell, better known to TV viewers as the MyPillow Guy, went to the White House last week to try to persuade President Donald Trump to keep pushing bogus theories about the election, he came away disappointed. Unexpectedly, Trump passed him — and his claims about sabotaged voting machines — off on staffers. But the Trump true believer says he has something from Trump that softens that blow: the promise of an endorsement. The president has told him before that he would back his bid for governor of Minnesota, Lindell told The Associated Press. “Mike, if you did it, I would get behind you,” Lindell said Trump told him. It’s a prospect that sends shivers down the spines of some Republicans in the state — where Trump lost by 7 percentage points — and cuts to the heart of the national party’s existential crisis. While...
    Sacha Baron Cohen has revealed he made Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm to warn US voters of the 'dangers' of voting in President Donald Trump for a second term. The actor, 49, spoke about the mocumentary with The Sun on Saturday, saying he felt democracy was 'at a very dangerous point' under Trump's administration and he wanted to do something about it before the November election. He explained: 'The aim of the movie is to deliver a message. That's the reason why Borat came out when it did. 'I felt democracy was at a very dangerous point': Sacha Baron Cohen revealed on Saturday that he made Borat 2 to show the 'dangers' of voting Donald Trump in for a second term 'I thought the thing I can do to warn people is to use my funniest character, my most popular ­character, to show what I thought the dangers of ­voting for Trump...
    According to the New York Times, Trump only gave up on his plan when he learned that senior Justice Department officials would resign en masse if he followed through on his plan. This information, which is also reported by the Washington Post, comes just over two weeks before Donald Trump’s impeachment trial in the Senate. The latter is accused of having encouraged his supporters to launch an assault on the Capitol on January 6, when the elected representatives of Congress certified the victory of his Democratic rival, Joe Biden, in the presidential election. Trump narrowly lost Georgia to Biden in the November presidential election, in a vote he claimed was baseless to be rigged. According to U.S. newspapers, Trump has grown increasingly frustrated with Rosen’s refusal to use the power of the Department of Justice to interfere with the vote count. He is said...
    Rudy Giuliani speaks at a news conference in the parking lot of a landscaping company on November 7, 2020 in Philadelphia. - BRYAN R. SMITH/AFP via Getty Images After months of denial, Giuliani admitted his associate requested a daily $20,000 fee to help Trump. He said his associate sent the fee request while he was out of town. Giuliani said he represented Trump out of a sense of commitment and didn't expect to be paid. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. After months of denials, former President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, conceded that one of his associates asked campaign officials for a $20,000 daily fee to help Trump after his election loss, according to a New York Times report. Giuliani told Times reporter Maggie Haberman on Friday that his associate, Maria Ryan, sent an email to the Trump campaign shortly after Election Day requesting the amount,...
    Acting Attorney Gneral Jeffrey Rosen came within moments of being kicked out so Trump could turn the DOJ against the election Donald Trump driving a crowd into a violent attack on the Capitol may be the defining image that will remain in the minds of most Americans. But that assault on Jan. 6 wasn’t the only coup Trump planned. After his ridiculous legal ploys had all floundered; after his attempts to strong arm governors and secretaries of state had failed; after he had wined and dined state legislators in an attempt to prevent the certification of votes … Trump had another scheme. The New York Times reports that Trump worked with Department of Justice lawyer Jeffrey Clark on a plan that would have removed acting attorney general Jeffrey Rosen, then Trump and Clark would use the DOJ to order Georgia legislators to reverse the outcome of the election in that state while blocking...
    Donald Trump planned to fire his Attorney General for refusing to overturn election results and replace him with one who would, according to a bombshell report in The New York Times. Jeffrey Rosen, who was serving as acting Attorney General after Bill Barr resigned just before Christmas, would not agree to upend the presidential election result in Georgia. He also pushed Rosen to appoint special counsels, including one who would look into Dominion Voting Systems - an election machinery company, which Trump and his supporters accused, without any evidence, of switching votes from Trump to Joe Biden. Trump worked with another Justice Department official, Jeffrey Clark, to try and overturn the Georgia vote.  Jeffrey Clark, a Justice Department official, was considered as a replacement for the AG Jeffrey Rosen became acting Attorney General when Bill Barr stepped down before Christmas He even went as far as staging an 'Apprentice-style'...
    In the days leading up to the inauguration of the 46th President of the United States, some far-right groups loyal to Trump have begun to openly criticize him on the same social networks that produced the takeover. Attack on Capitol, less than a month ago. This is the position of those who present themselves as “proud boys” from a group born in the aftermath of Trump’s election in 2016. When they called their members to protest against the November 8, 2020 election “fraud was stolen from Mr. Trump”, the New York Times reports that they are now distancing themselves from their former statue, which was accessible to some telegrams. The tone used to nominate the former president has changed drastically in recent days, with some calling him an “ally” and others “too weak”. The merit of clearly showing the dissatisfaction and frustration experienced by his former supporters who...
    (CNN Business)Amazon is once again asking the National Labor Relations Board to direct thousands of the company's warehouse workers at an Alabama facility to cast votes in-person on whether to form a union, rather than by mail, despite the ongoing pandemic.The e-commerce giant filed a motion Thursday to delay the union election, which is set to begin February 8, so that the NLRB may revisit its decision to hold the election by mail over the course of nearly two months instead of through an in-person event.The NLRB declined to comment on Amazon's request.The union vote is a milestone moment for the Alabama facility and for Amazon (AMZN). While some Amazon workers are unionized in Europe, the company has so far fended off unions in the United States. A union election was held in 2014 at a Delaware warehouse, but resulted in workers largely rejecting the effort.The NLRB said last week...
    Paul M. Davis, the Texas lawyer who was fired from his in-house counsel job after he recorded himself among a mob at the U.S. Capitol Complex on Jan. 6, has filed legal documents which set a new floor for legal embarrassment in U.S. jurisprudence. The documents employ a series of awkward references to — and ideas from — the temporary government of the Kingdom of Gondor in The Lord of the Rings. Davis’s lawsuit bombastically attempts to assert that Joe Biden is not a legitimate president and that a rightful heir to that office will someday return. Until then, the case foolishly argues that a federal judge might be able to appoint a group of “stewards” from the cabinet of former President Donald Trump to run most of the government from the White House. That should occur, the lawsuit lawlessly speculates, after the Secret Service escorts Biden and his wife out...
    GOP-controlled legislatures in several states introduced legislation this week to make voting harder. The efforts to make it harder to vote have begun in earnest as GOP-controlled state legislatures convene across the country and introduce legislation to make voter registration and voting by mail more difficult. Republicans began calling for such measures to be implemented in the immediate aftermath of Donald Trump's loss in the 2020 presidential election to Joe Biden, making baseless claims of voter fraud to explain away Trump's defeat and saying that tackling all that fraud required new voter restrictions. But now that newly elected state lawmakers have been sworn in and legislative sessions have begun, Republicans are introducing and debating concrete legislation that would make it harder to vote.
    DailyMail.com Editor-at-large Piers Morgan described on Friday how an 'upbeat' President Trump called him on October 24 and revealed that a prankster impersonating him had been patched through to Air Force One days earlier.   The President and the hoax caller chatted for 'several minutes' about 'all sorts of things'. Trump, unperturbed by the stunt, laughed it off, saying 'isn't that crazy!' then asked Morgan for his advice on how to win the election.  On October 23, Morgan had stared down the camera during an appearance on Fox and Friends and told Trump in a direct appeal that he could still help him win with some key pieces of advice. The President called the next day.   'I was sitting at home and the phone goes, it was the White House switchboard,' Morgan told DailyMail.com on Friday.  'I was pretty surprised because I hadn't spoken to Trump since April, he had unfollowed me on...
    New York (CNN Business)Stocks have surged since Election Day and are near record highs. Wall Street is clearly a fan of President Joe Biden's new administration -- and it's largely because of growing hope that moderates in both parties will continue to call the shots.Yes, Democrats now have control of the Senate thanks to the tie-breaking vote from Vice President Kamala Harris, but that's a razor-thin majority. And they lost House seats in the election, narrowing their own majority there.Investors are hoping that could lead to a compromise on a Covid-19 stimulus bill, albeit perhaps smaller than the $1.9 trillion package Biden has pushed. And for those who worried a more decisive blue wave would lead Biden to embrace more progressive policies, they can breathe a little easier now. Georgia election wins give Biden a mandate -- and mounting expectationsProgressive agenda pushed to back burner?Stimulus is likely to take...
    Barely days after the inauguration of the 46th President of the United States, certain far-right groups loyal to Trump are beginning to openly criticize him on the same social networks as those where the takeover was prepared. assault on the Capitol, less than a month ago. This is the case of those who present themselves as the “Proud Boys”, from a group born in the continuation of the election of Trump in 2016. While they called on their members to protest on November 8, 2020 against a election “fraudulently stolen from Mr. Trump”, they now distance themselves from their former idol, according to the New York Times, which had access to certain Telegram messages. The tone used to designate the former president has thus radically changed in recent days, some call him “accomplice”, others call him “extremely weak”. Qualifiers which clearly show the dissatisfaction and disappointment experienced...
    At the worst time of the epidemic, more than 9 million voters are called to vote this Sunday. The current president, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, is arch-favorite.
    MOSCOW (AP) — The return to Russia from Germany by opposition leader Alexei Navalny was marked by chaos and popular outrage, and it ended, almost predictably, with his arrest. The Jan. 17 flight from Berlin, where Navalny spent nearly five months recovering from a nerve agent poisoning, carried him and his wife, along with a group of journalists documenting the journey. But the plane was diverted from its intended airport in Moscow to another one in the capital in what was seen as an apparent attempt to foil a welcome from crowds awaiting him. Authorities also took him into custody immediately, sparking outrage at home and abroad. Some Western countries threatened sanctions and his team called for nationwide demonstrations Saturday. Navalny had prepared his own surprise for his return: A video expose alleging that a lavish “palace” was built for President Vladimir Putin on the Black Sea through an elaborate...
    MOSCOW (AP) — The return to Russia from Germany by opposition leader Alexei Navalny was marked by chaos and popular outrage, and it ended, almost predictably, with his arrest. The Jan. 17 flight from Berlin, where Navalny spent nearly five months recovering from a nerve agent poisoning, carried him and his wife, along with a group of journalists documenting the journey. But the plane was diverted from its intended airport in Moscow to another one in the capital in what was seen as an apparent attempt to foil a welcome from crowds awaiting him. Authorities also took him into custody immediately, sparking outrage at home and abroad. Some Western countries threatened sanctions and his team called for nationwide demonstrations Saturday. Navalny had prepared his own surprise for his return: A video expose alleging that a lavish “palace” was built for President Vladimir Putin on the Black Sea through an elaborate...
    Thursday on MSNBC’s “TheReidOut,” Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) accused Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-TX) of committing a “contribution” to the so-called insurrection earlier this month, which he called a “major offense against the Constitution.” Anchor Joy Reid asked, “Ted Cruz made an attack on the re-joining of the Paris climate agreement, and it was the equivalent that if you don’t like English muffins, you hate British people. President Biden indicates he is more interested in the views of the citizens of Paris. Didn’t he vote to negate the votes of the people of Pittsburgh in the election in, but I’ll leave the final thoughts on that to you.” Merkley said, “Joy, you are so right. When I heard this, I thought this from the man who led the effort to burn the ballots of the people of Pittsburgh just last week, and not to mention that the city elects a climate...
    Trust in the media is at an all-time low, with less than half of all Americans and just 18 percent of Republicans saying they trust traditional media outlets. The new data from Edelman's 2021 Trust Barometer was shared with Axios, and found that trust in social media has also hit an all-time low of just 27 percent.  'This is the era of information bankruptcy,' said Richard Edelman, CEO of Edelman, in a statement.  'We've been lied to by those in charge, and media sources are seen as politicized and bias[ed]. The result is a lack of quality information and increased divisiveness,' he said. The poll found that 56 percent of Americans agree with the statement that 'Journalists and reporters are purposely trying to mislead people by saying things they know are false or gross exaggerations.'  Trust in traditional media hit an all-time low this year, with just 46% of...
    Washington (CNN)A rookie Republican congresswoman from Georgia, Marjorie Taylor Greene, was suspended from Twitter on Sunday for 12 hours after she repeatedly tweeted election misinformation. Greene has a long history of embracing baseless conspiracy theories. And she has been a serial tweeter of false claims -- about the election, the Capitol insurrection and other subjects -- since she won her seat in November.Below is a fact check of 11 false claims Greene has tweeted in the last month alone, including three related claims about the integrity of the election. After CNN emailed her congressional office to offer her the opportunity to comment on any of these findings, her communications director, Nick Dyer, had only a brief response, "Here's our comment: 'CNN is fake news.'"The insurrection timelineDefending President Donald Trump against accusations that he incited the Capitol insurrection, Greene argued: "The timeline doesn't fit the narrative. Trump supporters could not have...
    The Biden Bounce is making the Trump Bump look pretty flat. The stock market, as measured by the benchmark S&P 500-stock index, rose just over 14% from the election on November 3 to Wednesday's inauguration. That's more than double the 6% rise that shares saw four years ago in the same time period — from election to inauguration — for Donald Trump. Trump during the campaign predicted that the market would crash if Joe Biden was elected. Instead, the opposite has happened. Shares have risen more between election and inauguration for President Biden than any other president going back to Herbert Hoover. Biden sets tone with call for unity 01:40 Some of that rise in the market is no doubt a response to the fact that we now have an approved vaccine against the coronavirus. In mid-December, Pfizer received emergency federal approval for its vaccine and began shipping it to...
    UFC welterweight Michael Chiesa called out Colby Covington following his win over Neil Magny via unanimous decision Wednesday at UFC on ESPN 20. Chiesa took a shot at Covington’s support of former President Trump while in the octagon. The fight took place on Fight Island in Abu Dhabi as President Biden was being inaugurated. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM "The election is over, Colby Covington, your shtick is done. I want you next, boy," Chisea said. Chiesa, who moved to 4-0 since moving up to welterweight, explained why he called out Covington. COLBY COVINGTON REFLECTS ON TRUMP'S PRESIDENCY: 'THANK YOU FOR BEING THE CHAMPION THE PEOPLE OF AMERICA NEED' "Because he’s the toughest matchup for me," he told reporters, via MMA Fighting. "Stylistically, that guy should beat me on any given Sunday. From a physical standpoint, from a mental warfare standpoint, there’s not a lot of boxes you can...
    Before daybreak on the morning of March 4, 1801, a defeated John Adams departed from the Capital City, now beginning to be called Washington, to return home to his farm in Quincy, Mass. Several hours later, the new president-elect, Thomas Jefferson walked from his boarding house to the Capitol to be inaugurated as the third president of the United States. For more than 200 years, historians and journalists have faulted Adams for slighting the oath-taking of his successor. The image of an angry, anguished and resentful past president creeping away from the ceremony that celebrated his erstwhile friend and now political rival is emblazoned in presidential history. Every four years that image surfaces as an example of the bad behavior of a much-maligned statesman. The full story, as history is wont to be, is more complicated. The election of 1800 stands out as unique, primarily because of the tie in...
    Purple was the color of choice for many of the high-profile figures attending yesterday's inauguration, with Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton and Kamala Harris all wearing the regal tone, said to represent bipartisanship.  First Lady Dr Jill Biden was no exception, sporting purple coat from Jonathan Cohen, as she stepped off the plane in Washington, D.C. after arriving from Delaware.  The choice, not only reflected colors of the Women's Suffrage movement, but paid homage to one of her most famous predecessors Jackie Kennedy, who donned a very similar purple coat on November 8, 1960 - the night her husband John F. Kennedy was elected.    First Lady Dr Jill Biden sported a purple coat from Jonathan Cohen, as she stepped off the plane in Washington DC after arriving from Delaware (right at the Capitol)  paying tribute to the election night outfit of Jackie Kennedy in 1960 (left)  Dr Biden's choice,...
    Democratic Georgia Sens. Raphael Warnock (left) and Jon Ossoff The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, Carolyn Fiddler, and Matt Booker, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, David Beard, and Arjun Jaikumar. Leading Off ● Senate-by-CD: With Democrats officially regaining control of the Senate on Wednesday, Daily Kos Elections is pleased to release the results of Georgia's Jan. 5 regular and special Senate runoffs, as well as the contest that same day for state Public Service Commission, for each of the state's 14 congressional districts. To help you follow along, we've put together a sheet with the results of each of these contests, as well as the 2020 presidential race. Raphael Warnock defeated appointed Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler 51.0-49.0 in a special election for the final two years of former Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson's term, while...
    (CNN)Wednesday was certainly a day of celebration. After a month of turbulence, danger, and political instability, President Joe Biden was sworn into office. The transition of power happened. A new commander in chief, who is committed to the health of our democratic institutions, started his term. Julian Zelizer Many commentators breathed a sigh of relief. One of the most common refrains of the historic day was: "the system worked." In his inaugural address, Biden himself proclaimed: "democracy has prevailed." Of course, this is true. Donald Trump has left the White House. The violence that rocked Capitol Hill on January 6 was not repeated. Read More But just because the constitutional system worked doesn't mean it was inevitable that this would happen. It didn't work so much as it survived. Indeed, what was extraordinary about the past few weeks was just how frail our constitutional system can be in an...
    Unity was a dominant theme of President Joe Biden's inaugural address on Wednesday, but it is not clear whether that message will resonate with members of the mainstream media. The 46th president called for a "fresh start" and urged Americans to "listen to one another" and "show respect to one another," insisting "politics need not be a raging fire destroying everything in its path" and that "every disagreement doesn’t have to be a cause for total war." "We must end this uncivil war that pits red against blue, rural versus urban, conservative versus liberal," Biden declared.  However, much of the "uncivil war" was fueled by the mainstream media during the Trump presidency and the 2020 presidential election campaign, as well as in the weeks leading up to Biden's inauguration.  VideoABC NEWS CALLS FOR 'CLEANSING THE MOVEMENT' OF TRUMP SUPPORTERS FOLLOWING CAPITOL RIOT There has been a growing trend among media figures that the Trump...
    Becca Kufrin told Insider that if she could be the "Bachelorette" again, the first question she'd ask her contestants is who they voted for in the presidential election. Walt Disney Television via Getty Images Becca Kufrin told Matt James the question she'd ask contestants if she did " Bachelorette" again. Kufrin told Insider that she would ask them who they had voted for in the 2020 election. Kufrin and her fiancé Garrett Yrigoyen split months after controversial social media posts. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. When it was time for Becca Kufrin to give Matt James some words of wisdom before his "Bachelor" stint began, the former "Bachelorette" star told him the one question she would ask her contestants if she could do the show all over again.  "I told him, look, if I was the Bachelorette again, the second I walked into...
    They said this wouldn’t happen — Joe Biden was not going to be inaugurated as the 46th president today. Of course, it did just happen — and responsible media and political figures recognized that reality as far back as November 4th. But for these die-hard Trump supporters, misleading a legion of dead-end MAGA fans — and fueling toxic conspiracies like those from QAnon extremists — was more important than grappling with now ex-President Donald Trump’s clear, certified loss in the 2020 election. Steve Bannon Just two days after the election, the former White House chief strategist and receiver of a brand new shiny pardon, was talking up a ridiculous, byzantine alternative to overturning the will of the voters: a “contingent election.” “It will be the thing, I believe, that will formally elect Donald Trump to be the next President of the United States,” he said during a War Room: Pandemic podcast.   View this post on Instagram...
    The leaders of the so-called 'treason caucus,' Sens. Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley, both showed up Wednesday to President Joe Biden's inauguration.  Hawley and Cruz joined the House GOP effort to challenge Electoral College votes during the January 6 session that was interrupted by the violent MAGA riot.   They contested votes in Arizona and Pennsylvania, delaying the certification for hours - and giving now ex-President Donald Trump's election fraud claims more weight.  Sen. Josh Hawley, one of the ringleaders of the so-called 'treason caucus,' showed up to President Joe Biden's inauguration despite trying to prevent Biden from collecting all of his Electoral College votes  Sen. Ted Cruz (right) also appeared at President Joe Biden's inauguration, after signing onto challenges of Electoral College votes in Pennsylvania and Arizona  Trump's claims - that he had been robbed a second term due to widespread voter fraud - motivated the violent insurrection,...
    Two resolutions before the Minnesota Senate say a lot about the 2020 election. And the reaction to it.  The first, introduced last week by Sen. Melisa Lopez Franzen, DFL-Edina, asked the chamber to condemn the invasion of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 — and declare that lawmakers accept the results of the 2020 election. Or as the resolution states, that “the peaceful transfer of power has been a foundation and hallmark of presidential elections, and we are committed to upholding the results of the free and fair election that was just held.”  The second, alternative resolution was offered by GOP Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka, R-East Gull Lake. It also condemned the Capitol invasion, but it also included language that was different from Franzen’s. “Whereas, the peaceful transfer of power has been a foundation and hallmark of presidential elections,” it stated, “… we are committed to ensuring the integrity...
    Several dozen Republican lawmakers who voted to overturn Joe Biden's victory attended his inauguration. At least 23 of the 147 Republican members of Congress who voted to overturn President-elect Joe Biden's Electoral College victory — even after a pro-Trump mob waged a violent insurrection at the Capitol — attended Biden's inauguration on Wednesday, according to a review by the American Independent Foundation. Among the Republicans at Biden's inauguration were GOP Sens. Josh Hawley of Missouri and Ted Cruz of Texas, who were instrumental in the effort to block Biden's win. Both are facing calls to resign for their role in the attack. "Imagine trying to steal the election from Joe Biden and then showing up to the inauguration like nothing happened. Sociopathic," tweeted Tim Miller, a former top aide to Jeb Bush who organized a Republicans for Biden effort during...
    President Donald Trump did honor one tradition on Wednesday and write a note to incoming President Joe Biden. The note was left on the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office, outgoing White House Deputy Press Secretary Judd Deere confirmed to DailyMail.com.  Its contents are unknown. Past presidents have revealed what their predecessors wrote to them but it's unclear if and when Biden will do so.  President Trump did leave a note for incoming President Joe Biden on the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office President Trump is skipping Joe Biden's inauguration - Biden and Jill Biden at church Wednesday morning at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle The outgoing president has eschewed the traditional trappings that come with a peaceful transfer of power.  Trump did not host Biden at the White House for coffee after the election and did not greet him at residence's front door ahead of...
    Rapper Lil Wayne was pardoned by Donald Trump last night, dodging prison for a firearms conviction after voicing support for the president during the election campaign.  The artist, born Dwayne Michael Carter Jr, could have faced 10 years in prison for illegally owning a .45-caliber handgun - which he was banned from possessing because of a weapons conviction in New York more than a decade ago.  But he was one of 73 people to receive a pardon in Trump's final hours in office, with the White House paying tribute to the 'trustworthy, kind-hearted and generous' musician and praising his philanthropic work for hospitals and foodbanks.  Days before the November election, Lil Wayne had posed for a thumbs-up with Trump and praised him for 'listening to what we had to say' in an apparent endorsement of the president.  'Great meeting': Lil Wayne posed for a thumbs-up with Trump in Florida...
    As of noon, the extraordinary challenges we face will finally have a leader to face them. Biden's powerful memorial last night was the first from a national leader, as he-who-won't be-named couldn't be bothered. Peter Beinert/NY Times: Why Are There So Few Courageous Senators? Here’s what we need to do if we want more Mitt Romneys and fewer Josh Hawleys. Now that Donald Trump has been defanged, leading Republicans are rushing to denounce him. It’s a little late. The circumstances were different then, but a year ago, only one Republican senator, Mitt Romney, backed impeachment. In a party that has been largely servile, Mr. Romney’s courage stands out. Why, in the face of immense pressure, did Mr. Romney defend the rule of law? And what would it take to produce more senators like him? These questions are crucial if America’s constitutional system, which has been exposed as shockingly fragile, is...
    Rudy Giuliani said Tuesday that blame over the violent US Capitol riots should, at least in part, be attributed to former Attorney General William Barr – and not Donald Trump. The former New York City Mayor made the comments in response to an assertion made by Barr on Monday in which he said Trump ‘precipitated’ the deadly unrest in Washington DC on January 6. ‘It was treacherous, what [Barr] just did,’ Giuliani said to former White House adviser Steve Bannon, on his podcast, War Room Pandemic. ‘He has no basis for it. He was gone, in the sense of being able to investigate any of the facts.’ ‘The real cause of the violence, I think, if you want something other than antifa, is Bill Barr not investigating [election fraud],’ Giuliani added. ‘If the people are angry, they are angry that these crimes have gone unredressed, and we’ve gone two years...
            by Stephen B. Presser  In one of the most extraordinary passages of his most extraordinary book, C.S. Lewis, the 20th century’s greatest Christian apologist, wrote of Jesus Christ, that he was either the son of God, as he claimed, or a madman. In the Christmas season, believers take comfort in their faith and joyfully embrace the first alternative. The United States has a tradition of separating church and state, but there is a competing tradition, equally venerable, that our government is only fit for a religious people, one that understands there is a divine order to which humankind ought to conform, and that, as Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett once explained, it is our task to contribute to the building of the Kingdom of God. If a higher power holds sway on earth, however, it was difficult (as it often is) to discern a celestial hand in the...
              Live from Music Row Tuesday 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 Tennessee state Representative Susan Lynn to the studio. During the third hour, Lynn described her role on the board of directors and the mission of (ALEC) the American Legislative Exchange Council of that which would enable legislators nationwide to work on common policy issues and solutions that would serve as models. Leahy: We are joined in studio by our good friend State Representative Susan Lynn. Good morning, Susan. Lynn: Hey, good morning, Michael. Leahy: Well, well, well. For those of you listening and saying what? Susan Lynn and Michael Leahy are friends? (Lynn chuckles) We are actually and we had some interesting policy disagreements way back when in 2017...
    (CNN)During the two days before the January 6 riot in the Capitol, numerous far-right websites carried an interview with a Catholic archbishop who warned that the United States would be "wiped out from history" if it failed to expose "now" what his interviewer called "the coordinated theft of our election." Paul Moses Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, the former Vatican ambassador to the United States, is a renegade cleric best known for calling for Pope Francis' resignation.He is the most prominent of a group of Catholic clergymen who joined evangelical Protestant figures in the religious wing of the "Stop the Steal" movement. Given the role of Catholics as a swing vote — and as 30% of the members of Congress — these far-right clerics have played an important role in supporting President Donald Trump's Big Lie that he won the 2020 presidential election. Read MoreVideo messages from Viganò, Bishop Joseph...
    The Kraken has waved the white flag of surrender. Sidney Powell, the pro-Trump attorney who filed several lawsuits claiming that the election won by President-elect Joe Biden was tainted by widespread fraud, has withdrawn a lawsuit seeking to throw out the results in Georgia. The motion to dismiss was filed by Powell with the Supreme Court on Tuesday - just a day before Biden is set to take the oath of office. The withdrawn lawsuit was the last legal challenge filed by President Trump and his allies seeking to overturn the November 3 election result.  Trump and his allies have filed more than 60 claims in state and federal court alleging that Biden's victory was fraudulent, but nearly all of them have been denied. Sidney Powell (left), the conservative lawyer, withdrew a lawsuit she filed with the Supreme Court challenging President Trump's (right) election loss in Georgia ...
    Alex Wong/Getty Images Be careful what you wish for. Sen. Ron Johnson learned that lesson on Tuesday when the Milwaukee newspaper that granted his request to publish an op-ed rebuttal to its call for his resignation had his piece brutally debunked — with annotated footnotes. The 14-paragraph Milwauke Journal-Sentinel op-ed that went live online on Tuesday includes a long Editor’s Note preceding it and is chock full of 19 detailed footnotes explaining how his claims are misleading, untruthful and distort the Constitution. Editor’s note: After the Editorial Board called on Sen. Ron Johnson to either resign or be expelled from office for his role in spreading disinformation about the presidential election, the senator asked for space to respond. We are providing him that courtesy today. We also are taking the rare step of footnoting Johnson’s commentary to provide additional context so that readers have a fuller understanding of the senator’s actions. Johnson’s column was...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- As we get closer to Inauguration Day, Eyewitness News will have a special election edition of "The Countdown" to get you caught up with all of the day's political and campaign news.You can watch it online, on the ABC7NY app or on our Connected TV apps for Fire, Roku, Apple TV and Android TV. Click here to learn more.Tuesday, Jan. 19Trump releases pre-taped farewell address: 'Thank you for this extraordinary privilege'The White House has released a pre-taped farewell address from President Trump on his final full day in office."We did what we came here to do - and so much more," Trump said, speaking from scripted remarks directly into the camera and standing behind a lectern with the presidential seal. "This week, we inaugurate a new administration and pray for its success in keeping America safe and prosperous. We extend our best wishes, and we also...
    Missouri Republican Sen. Josh Hawley is blocking a move that would have provided speedy confirmation of Joe Biden's nominee to run the Homeland Security Department – after objecting to counting millions of votes that went to Biden. Hawley said Tuesday he would object to a move that would let the nomination of Alejandro Mayorkas go straight to the floor, allowing Biden to have a Homeland chief in place as soon as he takes office.  Hawley continues to face political blowback for his decision to join House Republicans in objecting to counting votes from Pennsylvania and Arizona that went to Biden. He voted not to accept them, a move that would have overturned the election results, even after a MAGA mob ransacked the Capitol on January 6 – infuriating Democrats and many Republicans. Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that Trump 'provoked' the mob with his remarks to supporters near...
    Fox News has laid off one of its political editors Chris Stirewalt and more than a dozen other staffers as part of a 'post-election restructuring'. Stirewalt, 45, who had been with the network for more than a decade, was part of Fox's election night team that correctly called Arizona for Joe Biden long before other networks in a move that infuriated Donald Trump and his supporters. In addition to Stirewalt, at least 16 editorial staffers from the Fox News Digital department have been laid off.  Some of those staffers include senior editors and reporters who have been with Fox for a decade, the Daily Beast reports.  Sources have described the Fox News lay-offs as a 'blood bath' initiated by editor in chief Porter Berry who is a former Sean Hannity producer, and appears intent on remolding the network to be more align with the pro-Trump views on Hannity.  Chris Stirewalt, who...
    Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell, who just one year ago led the charge to acquit Donald Trump of impeachment charges, has been going through a head-spinning donor-inspired evolution over the last couple weeks since Trump incited violent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. After more than five weeks of silently endorsing Trump's efforts to overturn the election results, McConnell has moved from accepting President-elect Joe Biden's win to getting to "maybe" on convicting Trump to publicly blaming Trump for the murderous rioters who stormed the Capitol. "The mob was fed lies," McConnell said from the Senate floor Tuesday, as he prepares to hand off the Senate majority to Democrats. "They were provoked by the president and other powerful people," McConnell added, conveniently failing to define "other people," since the vast majority of GOP congressional lawmakers helped fuel the fire of outrage among Trump supporters. Nonetheless, McConnell’s comments are still by the far the furthest he has...
    Sixty-six percent of voters said they believe the 2020 presidential election was fair, according to a new Harvard CAPS-Harris poll released on Tuesday.  Another 34 percent said they believed the November election was unfair. The poll, which comes on the last full day of the Trump presidency, also found that 62 percent of respondents said they thought the system of mail-in ballots was fair, while 38 percent said it was unfair.  The issue of election integrity dominated the headlines in the wake of Election Day after President TrumpDonald TrumpGiuliani used provisional ballot to vote in 2020 election, same method he disparaged in fighting to overturn results Trump gets lowest job approval rating in final days as president Fox News' DC managing editor Bill Sammon to retire MORE claimed repeatedly, without evidence, that widespread voter fraud took place resulting in his loss.  Government officials, including then-Attorney General William BarrBill BarrBarr told...
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., placed blame on President Trump for the riot at the Capitol on Jan. 6 that left five people dead, including a Capitol police officer. McConnell addressed the insurrection during a floor speech Tuesday afternoon and said Trump "provoked" the mob that tried to use "fear and violence" to stop the Joint Session of Congress from certifying President-elect Joe Biden's win. "The mob was fed lies," McConnell said. "They were provoked by the president and other powerful people." INAUGURATION SECURITY AROUND US CAPITOL TIGHTENS AS HUNT FOR DC PIPE BOMB SUSPECT CONTINUES "...But we pressed on. We stood together and said an angry mob would not get veto power over the rule of law in our nation, not even for one night." McConnell's comments came a week after the House voted to impeach Trump for "incitement of insurrection." Since his election defeat, Trump has refused to...
    New York (CNN Business)Stocks have gained about 13% since Election Day as of Tuesday, a day before Joe Biden's inauguration -- marking the the best post-election market performance for a new president since JFK, according to CFRA Research.The S&P 500 rose 8.8% from late 1960 to early 1961 after John F. Kennedy defeated Richard Nixon. The market continued to rally during JFK's first 100 days in office, rising another 8.9%.The current Biden market surge represents the second time in a row that Wall Street has cheered a new president: Stocks gained more than 6% in the election to inauguration period after President Donald Trump beat Hillary Clinton in 2016. The market gained 5% during Trump's first 100 days as well.But there's one major difference: Trump was inheriting an economy that was growing at a stable rate during the long, post-Great Recession recovery. Biden is walking into the Covid-19 economy.Goldman Sachs...
    By Lisa Mascaro and Mary Clare Jalonick | Associated Press WASHINGTON — Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell opened the Senate on Tuesday saying the pro-Trump mob that stormed the Capitol was “fed lies” by the president and others in the deadly riot to overturn Democrat Joe Biden’s election. McConnell’s remarks are his most severe and public rebuke of outgoing President Donald Trump. The Republican leader vowed a “safe and successful” inauguration of Biden on Wednesday at the Capitol, which is under extremely tight security. “The mob was fed lies,” McConnell said. “They were provoked by the president and other powerful people, and they tried to use fear and violence to stop a specific proceeding of the first branch of the federal government which they did not like.” McConnell said after Biden’s inauguration on the Capitol’s West Front — what he noted former President George H.W. Bush has called “democracy’s...
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday openly declared that President Donald Trump and other conservatives who relentlessly peddled bogus election-fraud claim “provoked” the deadly insurrectionist Capitol riots. In a Senate floor speech, the day before President-elect Joe Biden is sworn into office, the top Republican placed further distance between himself and Trump by squarely blaming the Capitol riots on Trump and his allies. “The last time the Senate convened, we had just reclaimed the Capitol from violent criminals who tried to stop Congress from doing our duty,” the Kentucky senator said, recounting the Electoral College certification that MAGA rioters attempted to squash. “The mob was fed lies,” he continued. “They were provoked by the president and other powerful people. And they tried to use fear and violence to stop a specific proceeding of the first branch of the federal government which they did not like. But we pressed on.”...
    ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia certifies victories of Democratic US Senate candidates, closing the book on a long, contentious election cycle. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    A year ago, I made a bold and, as it transpired, horrendously wrong prediction about the 2020 US Election. It wasn't quite as bad as the Decca Recording Company turning down the Beatles in 1961 because 'we don't like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out', but it wasn't far off. Last January, Donald Trump had just been feted at Davos for the purring US economy, his Impeachment trial over alleged Russian collusion was collapsing in his favour, he'd taken out the world's top two terror leaders in just four months (ISIS chief, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and Iran's military commander, General Suleimani), and the Democrats were eating themselves alive. 'The President's laughing all the way back to the White House,' I wrote. 'The Democrats need a Hail Mary pass in November.' Well, they got one a lot earlier than that in the form of the coronavirus pandemic...
    Win McNamee/Getty Images It is a truism of life that you never really know what really you have, whether it is in love, friendship, sports, career, or politics, until it is severely tested. The same can be said of our entire system of governance, which built to withstand all sorts of challenges, but which had never faced one the likes of which has been presented over the last five years by Donald Trump. On this, the last day of his unforgettable — and yet also largely forgettable — presidency, here is a look at how the major players in our now failing nation fared when it came to dealing with the Trump problem. Conservative Media After selling out almost immediately to Trump during the 2016 primaries (first as a ratings-driven lark, then for real), the vast majority of the conservative media humiliated itself forever by going all in for him, even...
    In his first TV interview since resigning the role of attorney general, Bill Barr said Donald Trump’s false 2020 election claims “precipitated” the storming of the Capitol by the president’s supporters. ITV News Global Security Editor Rohit Kachroo conducted the interview with Barr, who was “sad” but “not surprised” by the mob that sought to violently interfere with Congress’ certification of Joe Biden’s presidency. When asked if the attempts to delegitimize the election results were “the final straw,” Barr answered “I think that was the thing that precipitated the riots on the Hill.” “I think it’s always important to remember most people are exercising their First Amendment rights,” Barr continued. “But there is a substantial group obviously that went far beyond that and broke into the Capitol and tried to interfere with the proceedings and that’s unacceptable.” Before the 2020 election, Barr gave oxygen to the notion that mail-in ballots...
    NYU professor Cristina Beltran wrote the op-ed for The Washington Post last week  An NYU professor has been slammed for claiming in a Washington Post op-ed that black and Hispanic voters supported Trump because of something called 'multiracial whiteness' which separates them from their own race.  Cristina Beltran - who describes herself using the gender neutral term 'Latinx' -  wrote last week that it was a surprise to see Latino and black faces among the MAGA mob that stormed the Capitol, and that it was also 'unsettling' that  'a quarter to a third of Latino voters voted to re-elect Trump'.  She rationalized their preference for him with the idea of 'multiracial whiteness' which is the idea that white is more than a race or racial identity.  'What are we to make Latino voters inspired by Trump? And what are we to make of unmistakably White mob violence that also includes...
    Madison Summers January 19, 2021 0 Comments Former U.S. Attorney General William Barr is suggesting that questioning the results of the 2020 presidential election “precipitated” the U.S. Capitol riots nearly two weeks ago. Barr noted during an ITV News interview that “most people are exercising their First Amendment rights” protesting, but “there was a substantial group” that went further with breaking into the U.S. Capitol. “I’m sad to see, but not surprised in a way to see, the kind of violence we saw on Capitol hill,” Barr, who left office in December, continued. “I consider it despicable.” He added, “Regardless of which side of the political spectrum is involved, we just cannot tolerate violence interfering with the processes of government.” Watch Barr’s interview below: “That was the thing that precipitated the riots on the Hill” Former attorney general Bill Barr tells @RohitKachrooITV that questioning the legitimacy of the US...
    (CNN)President-elect Joe Biden will take office Wednesday with high expectations and largely positive reviews of how he has handled the transition, according to a new CNN Poll conducted by SSRS. But those rosy assessments of Biden come as negative perceptions of how things are going in the United States are at the highest level since 2009. Biden will take office with a store of goodwill in his corner: Two-thirds of Americans approve (66%) of the way Biden is handling the presidential transition, and his favorability rating has climbed 7 points compared with a pre-election poll in October (59% view him favorably now, compared to 52% then). The public is less positive about the way the rest of elected Washington is handling the transition. Most disapprove of President Donald Trump's combative handling of the time since the election (70% disapprove), and his fellow Republicans in Congress earn similarly negative reviews (66%...
    Alexei Nikolsky/AP Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.Donald Trump has betrayed the United States at least four times. He downplayed and failed to adequately respond to a pandemic that has killed hundreds of thousands of Americans and wreaked economic havoc for tens of millions. He mounted an extensive disinformation campaign to subvert the 2020 election, seeking to weaken American democracy and overturn the legitimate results. He did nothing while murderous insurrectionists attacked the US Capitol—he reportedly watched the assault with excitement—and prevented the orderly and peaceful transition of power. But his first great betrayal—the one that made the others possible—was Russia. To the dying days of his presidency, Trump has insisted Russiagate was all a hoax. And in a cult-like fashion, the Republican Party has loudly and fervently echoed his denials...
    One day before Joe Biden’s inauguration, with Washington resembling an armed camp, President Trump has no lawyer to defend him in an impeachment trial rooted in his aggressive attempts to reverse Biden’s victory. The more than 20,000 National Guard troops protecting the Capitol after Trump supporters staged a violent insurrection there are a constant reminder that while the election is finally settled, democracy remains a fragile thing. And part of the Trump legacy is that a majority of Republicans continue to believe his unproven charges of a stolen election, which whether you believe he incited the riot or not, led to the Senate impeachment trial that will be a major distraction from the Biden administration’s launch. With the lawyers who represented Trump in his first impeachment opting out of the sequel, Rudy Giuliani said he would be part of the new team, despite media reports that their relationship had fractured...
    Loading the player... President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani voted in NYC in the 2020 election with an affidavit ballot, also known as a provisional ballot, because his voter registration had been moved to his residence in Long Island.  As it turns out, this is the same voting method he publicly criticized in his attempts to overthrow the presidential election results, per CNN.  The outlet obtained records of his voter file, showing that Giuliani’s registration was moved to his home in Long Island in August, and his registration in Manhattan was purged the following month, according to the report. But the former mayor of the Big Apple told the outlet that he never registered to vote elsewhere, and called the curious case another example of voter irregularities, possibly fraud, from the New York State Board of Elections. Read More: Rudy Giuliani asked federal judge to disregard PA voters, declare...
    (CNN)Steve Bannon evoked the beaches of Normandy. Michael Flynn drew comparisons to Civil War battlefields and spoke of Americans who died for their country. Roger Stone called it a struggle "between the godly and the godless, between good and evil." Rudy Giuliani called for "trial by combat." Ali Alexander said it would be a "knife fight." As 2020 faded into 2021, some of President Donald Trump's most influential supporters -- among them members of his inner circle who were in direct contact with the President -- spoke in ominous and violent terms about what was coming on January 6. Even as anxious eyes turn toward the Inauguration Day on January 20, the words of these firebrands in the leadup to the riots at the Capitol raise crucial questions about the relationship between the rhetoric of far-right figureheads and the violence that unfolded on January 6. "All hell is going to...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- As we get closer to Inauguration Day, Eyewitness News will have a special election edition of "The Countdown" to get you caught up with all of the day's political and campaign news.You can watch it online, on the ABC7NY app or on our Connected TV apps for Fire, Roku, Apple TV and Android TV. Click here to learn more.Monday, Jan. 18FBI vetting Guard troops in DC amid fears of insider attack ahead of inaugurationU.S. defense officials say they are worried about an insider attack or other threat from service members involved in securing President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration, prompting the FBI to vet all of the 25,000 National Guard troops coming into Washington for the event.The massive undertaking reflects the extraordinary security concerns that have gripped Washington following the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol by pro-Trump rioters. And it underscores fears that some of...
    Online misinformation about the presidential election plummeted after President Donald Trump was suspended from Twitter and several other social media platforms. Claims of election fraud dropped 73 percent after the ban, according to a new report from research firm Zignal Labs, from 2.5 million mentions to 688,000. The fastest and biggest decline was on Twitter, which booted the president on January 8, two days after pro-Trump demonstrators stormed the Capitol building on January 6. Other platforms followed Twitter's lead, including Facebook, Instagram, Youtube, Twitch, Snapchat and even Spotify. Twitter also blocked several Trump supporters— including Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn and 'Stop the Steal' organizer Ali Alexander— as well as some 70,000 accounts affiliated with QAnon conspiracy theories. Scroll down for video  A new report indicated misinformation about voter fraud, ballot tampering and related topics plunged nearly 75 percent after Twitter permanently suspended...
    President Donald Trump is still ranting that he won the election less than 48 hours before he leaves office, according to reporting from The New York Times.  He also called House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy a 'p***y' because McCarthy didn't keep the Republican caucus together.  Ten House Republicans voted with Democrats to impeach Trump for a second time last week.  President Donald Trump is still ranting that he won the 2020 presidential election, with under 48 hours to go of his term. He also called one of his top allies on Capitol Hill, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, a 'p***y because 10 of McCarthy's members voted for impeachment Trump didn't like House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy's floor speech Wednesday, which directed some of the blame for the Capitol riot on the president. Still, McCarthy objected to impeachment, but Trump doesn't seem to care   A moving truck was...
    (CNN)Irony is dead at Trump's State Department.In a statement on Saturday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's spokeswoman praised Ugandans for braving "an environment of intimidation and fear" to cast votes in national elections. "We are gravely concerned by harassment of and continued threats to civil society," Morgan Ortagus added, bemoaning reports of election irregularities and violence. "We urge all parties to reject violence and to use constitutional and legal means to address complaints."For most of the last 80 years, this would be a pretty standard statement consistent with America's self-appointed role as a guardian of global democratic norms. But it's awfully bold after the US President himself tried to steal an election he clearly lost and then incited a mob's attack on Congress. US moral authority has been gutted -- but credibility doesn't seem to be a priority for the Pompeo team boasting about renewed American "swagger."President-elect Joe Biden's team...
    Jenna Bush Hager has recalled how 'crushed' her grandfather, former President George H.W. Bush, was when he lost the 1992 election to Bill Clinton as an incumbent.   In an interview for Maria Shriver's The Sunday Paper, the Today host, 39, opened up about her late grandfather starting the tradition of the outgoing president leaving a letter for the incoming commander-in-chief on Inauguration Day, saying no one had to explain to her what a 'peaceful transition of power' was because she saw it firsthand.  'We just witnessed it and then we knew that our grandfather had left a note for President Clinton when he lost — and it was my grandfather that actually started that tradition,' said Jenna, who was a child at the time.  Looking back: Jenna Bush Hager, 39, has recalled how 'crushed' her grandfather, former President George H.W. Bush, was after he lost the 1992 election to Bill...
    Hong Kong (CNN)Speaking to reporters after casting her ballot in the Ugandan capital Kampala last week, one local resident was overjoyed to have voted for opposition leader Bobi Wine. "The only sad thing ... is that we are missing the communication because some lines have been cut off. We don't have internet so we are lacking communication," she said. "Outside Kampala, we don't know what is going on."What was going on, according to Wine and other opposition figures, was the election being stolen. Internet shutdowns cost the global economy $8 billion last year, report saysUgandan President Yoweri Museveni claimed Saturday that he had been re-elected for a sixth term, despite widespread allegations of fraud and intimidation. In power since 1986, Museveni has defied repeated attempts to remove him over the years, cracking down on protests and jailing potential rivals. In recent elections, a key tactic in curtailing opposition has been...
              U.S. Rep. Jody Hice (R-GA-10) said this weekend that right-of-center Georgians can defeat socialists and Marxists living within the United States and, at the same time, do so peacefully. “As shameful and tragic as January 6 was, it does not change the fact that tens of millions of Americans believe the November 3 general election was fraudulent,” Hice said in an emailed newsletter to his constituents Friday. “When the People lose faith in our electoral system and cease believing that they can enact change at the ballot box, we risk losing our entire Republic. The only way to fix this crisis of confidence is by exposing and correcting the flaws in our election system. That is what January 6’s Electoral College certification was supposed to be about!” Hice said that on that date he was to lead the objection to Georgia’s slate of...
    The criticized handling of the coronavirus pandemic by US President Donald Trump, who at first denied the severity of covid-19 and decided not to wear a mask to the point of becoming infected, was one of the main factors in his electoral defeat versus the Democratic candidate, Joe Biden. Exploding in an election year in the US, the pandemic changed the political narrative and prospects for Trump’s re-election, which were largely contingent on the country’s economic performance. Thus, the economic and health crises unleashed by the coronavirus and the controversial management of the president diminished the options for victory of the Republican candidate, especially in the states at stake that were most impacted, according to several studies. TRUMP COULD HAVE WON One of the analysis by the IZA World of Labor study center points out that Trump could have won last November’s elections in Arizona, Georgia, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin if...
    American historian Timothy Snyder is the author of On Tyranny. The slim volume from February 2017 presaged what we could expect from the Trump administration as it became obvious almost immediately that the forthcoming four years would be among the most tumultuous and stressful this country had ever experienced. For those who have yet to read it, it describes, in 20 separate segments, what we must expect and how we must contend, cope with, and combat tyranny, incipient fascism, and proto-fascism of the Trump variety. On Saturday, The New York Times published a lengthy opinion essay by Snyder titled ”The American Abyss.” It is probably the single most cogent reflection thus far on the meaning of what we witnessed this week that you are likely to read, possibly even throughout the coming year (although the year, of course, is young). Snyder begins by explaining some basic truths about how Donald Trump operates and how...
    A new CNN poll found that only 19 percent of Republicans believe that President-elect Joe Biden legitimately won the election, a result that host Ana Cabrera said was so shocking, it “just about took my breath away.” Cabrera brought on husband-and-wife commentator team Margaret Hoover and John Avlon to discuss the poll, which was conducted by CNN and polling firm SSRS between January 9 and 14. “There is a CNN poll out today that just about took my breath away,” said Cabrera. “It shows only 19 percent of Republicans believe Joe Biden won the election legitimately, compared to 75 percent of Republicans who believe he didn’t.” The poll also found that 99 percent of Democrats and 66 percent of Independents believed Biden legitimately won. “Margaret, this is apparently the new fringe of your party, the 19% who believe the election was legitimate. How is that possible?” Cabrera asked. Hoover noted that polls have to be understood in context, and more...
    Loading the player... Truth caught up with Donald Trump after years of giving chase. The twice-impeached president painted a fantasy world in office, starring himself. In this world, he did things bigger, better, more boldly than all who came before him while facing enemies more pernicious than any in creation.  In service of his ego, his nature and his reelection prospects, he said things that were not only wrong, but the precise opposite of right. He said them over and over, in leaps and bounds, and no less so when the deceptions were exposed.  We’re rounding the corner on the virus, he said repeatedly, when the obvious reality was that the most lethal stage of the pandemic was just picking up. On the cusp of this danger, he spread the suspicion that masks make you more vulnerable to COVID-19, not less. Then came his election defeat and a menacing...
    A pre-recorded interview with Brigitte Macron, president of the Hôpitaux de Paris-Hôpitaux de France foundation, was broadcast during TF1’s news on Sunday evening, to launch the 32nd Yellow Pieces operation in favor of young hospitalized people. She insisted on the importance of this action, in the face of young people who are currently in hospital and who do not always have the opportunity to see their families. “It’s more complicated and the isolation for these sick children is further aggravated by the health crisis”, she explains. Brigitte Macron further specifies concerning this Yellow Parts operation: “This year, they are dematerialized. Health crisis requires, we could not circulate the piggy banks so it will be by SMS, piecesjaunes.fr or QR code.” The president’s wife also returned to the coronavirus crisis, she who was sick just like Emmanuel Macron. “I was also sick, but in a different way than him....
    Bradley Cortright January 17, 2021 0 Comments Former National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster says efforts to overturn the results of the presidential election have harmed the United States’ ability to speak out about authoritarian governments’ actions.  Host Jake Tapper asked McMaster on Sunday how President Donald Trump’s efforts to overturn the election have affected the country’s credibility when it denounces the actions of authoritarian governments around the globe. “Our reputation is harmed,” McMaster said. “There are celebrations across the world among authoritarian regimes, and despots feel as though they’re emboldened and justified.” He continued, “This isn’t new. This is what they’ve been doing for years… What you’ve seen is that they’ve portrayed their system, their authoritarian system, as superior to our democracy.” “But what I would say to Americans is, ‘Hey, we ought to be confident.’ As I mentioned, we were stress-tested in the worst possible way with the...
    MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell has called for a military coup following his meeting with President Donald Trump at the White House, where he was seen holding notes about martial law and the Insurrection Act.   Lindell, Trump's informal advisor who was a former crack addict-turned pillow company boss, appeared at the White House Friday afternoon for a brief meeting.  He says that he presented new theories regarding election fraud, which he has enthusiastically backed despite the federal government certifying the vote.    Lindell spoke about the meeting with Right Side Broadcasting, a conservative media outlet based in Alabama, in a Facebook interview Saturday and admitted he 'hopes' the heavy military presence in Washington DC is a sign Trump will use it to cling to power.  The interviewer said 'people are hoping that this military presence is a response' to election fraud. 'That’s where my hope lies,' Lindell responded.  MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell has...
    Having made it past November, and even past the Jan. 5 runoff in Georgia, it may seem like the airwaves and signboards near you would finally be free of political ads. However … that’s not quite true. While the idea that ads are already showing up for the 2022 election cycle might even be enough to generate howls, there’s a reason that these ads should be welcomed. Because these ads are all about holding Republicans accountable for what they’ve done over the last four years. That starts with ads that are going on the air in Wisconsin to detail the explicit connection between Sen. Ron Johnson and the violent attempt to overthrow the government. Voters to the south might not be catching those ads, but they could still run across a Josh Hawley billboard from MeidasTouch. It’s all just part of the move to clear the halls of Congress … of the people who...
    Republican strategist Karl Rove said on this week’s broadcast of “Fox News Sunday” that President Donald Trump will be convinced in the Senate with Republicans voting for impeachment if his defense is there was widespread voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election. Anchor Chris Wallace asked, “Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell says that he is keeping an open mind about the second impeachment trial of Donald Trump, a big difference, sharp difference, from his clear opposition from the very start of the first impeachment trial just a year ago. What do you think, Karl, are the chances that 17 Senate Republicans, and that’s what it would take if all of the Democrats vote for conviction, 17 Senate Republicans would vote to convict Donald Trump and to keep them from running again?” Rove said, “Normally we say not much chance, but I think Leader McConnell’s statement is a sign that...
    Governor Asa Hutchinson (R-AR) said on this week’s broadcast of “Fox News Sunday” that President Donald Trump “misled” his followers with his claims the 2020 election was “stolen.” Anchor Chris Wallace asked, “What responsibility do you think President Trump bears for the attack on the U.S. Capitol?” Hutchinson said, “Well, he asked all the people to come to Washington for the rally. And then he used very aggressive language in the rally itself, and he misled people and his followers as to what happened during the election, that it was stolen and that our checks and balances are not working.” He added, “And while I do believe there can be an effective review always to make sure our systems of elections work well, the Electoral College is what is critical to our nation. I supported that, and his challenge to that was wrong and did not serve our nation well, and...
    Thousands of Portuguese voters go to the polls on Sunday to participate in the early presidential vote on January 24, with a record number of registered voters, three days after the start of a second general containment to stem the Covid epidemic -19. In Lisbon, shortly after the opening of the polling stations, queues formed in front of the buildings of the university campus where the voters, masked and trying to respect a distance of more than one meter from each other, waited their turn to vote, noted an . journalist. “I am a student in Lisbon and due to the confinement it was not easy to go to my city in the north of the country to vote,” said Andreia Gonçalves, 22, wrapped in her scarf. A little further, Maria Amélio Gracio, a septuagenarian who moves with difficulty, also awaits her turn. This retiree, identified in a city...