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NY Times - In Conference Call Before Riot, a Plea to ‘Descend on the Capitol’
Days before Jan. 6, a onetime aide to Roger J. Stone Jr. told Trump backers to make lawmakers meeting to finalize the 2020 election results feel that “people are breathing down their necks.”

Politico - Top Trump White House lawyers scheduled for Jan. 6 interview
Pat Cipollone and Patrick Philbin are to speak with the House panel.

NBC News - Trump 'authorized' assault on Capitol, Jan. 6 defendant argues at trial

[Trump lawyer] Rudy Giuliani unlocks phones for prosecutors in Ukraine-related lobbying probe - CNNPolitics
Federal prosecutors may soon reach a charging decision regarding Rudy Giuliani's foreign lobbying efforts involving Ukraine, after he helped investigators unlock several electronic devices that were seized by the FBI, according to multiple sources familiar with the probe.
Asheville Citizen-Times - [Trump Chief of Staff] Mark Meadows removed from NC voter roll amid voter fraud investigation

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RE: transportation mask mandate struck down by (33 year old at time of appointment) Florida Trump judge.

We'll be living with Trump's idiot judges for years from the Supreme Court on down. Yet 94% of the Trump party in the Senate couldn't vote for an overly qualified judge like Justice-designate Jackson but sent this person through.

The Daily Beast - Trump’s Worst Judge Just Made Travel a MAGA Nightmare

Rolling Stone - Trump-Appointed Judge Deemed 'Not Qualified' by Bar Association Voids Mask Mandate on Planes, Other Travel

NY Times - Mar-a-Lago Machine: Trump as a Modern-Day Party Boss
Hoarding cash, doling out favors and seeking to crush rivals, the former president is dominating the G.O.P., preparing for another race and helping loyalists oust officials who thwarted his attempted subversion of the 2020 election.

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Political Wire - Trump’s Spokeswoman [Liz Harrington] Calls For Arrests Over Election [at QAnon Conference]

CNBC - Boeing lost $1.1 billion on Trump Air Force One contract; CEO regrets deal
  • * Boeing has lost a total of $1.1 billion so far on costs associated with a deal to modify two 747 jumbo jets to serve as Air Force One.
  • * CEO Dave Calhoun said Boeing “probably shouldn’t have taken” risks from the deal for the planes, which was negotiated with then-President Donald Trump in 2018.
  • * Boeing reported a net loss of $1.2 billion for the first quarter of 2022, with a charge of $660 million associated with delays and higher costs for the Air Force One program.
  • * Boeing’s deal for Air Force One, which was cut by then-CEO Dennis Muilenburg requires the company, not the federal government, to eat the costs of any overruns on the contract.

Opinion: The Republican blueprint to steal the 2024 election - CNN
Editor's Note: J. Michael Luttig, appointed by President George H. W. Bush, formerly served on the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit for 15 years. He advised Vice President Mike Pence on January 6.

Both Senator Cruz and John Eastman once clerked for this guy.

The Washington Post - Talk of martial law, Insurrection Act draws notice of Jan. 6 committee
Trump White House discussions about using presidential emergency powers have become an important but little-known part of the panel’s inquiry

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Axios: Former Secretary of Defense Esper in new book says Trump wanted to shoot protesters - CNNPolitics

Politico - Exclusive: Supreme Court has voted to overturn abortion rights, draft opinion shows
"We hold that Roe and Casey must be overruled," Justice Alito writes in an initial majority draft circulated inside the court.
The draft opinion is a full-throated, unflinching repudiation of the 1973 decision which guaranteed federal constitutional protections of abortion rights and a subsequent 1992 decision – Planned Parenthood v. Casey – that largely maintained the right. “Roe was egregiously wrong from the start,” Alito writes.

“We hold that Roe and Casey must be overruled,” he writes in the document, labeled as the “Opinion of the Court.” “It is time to heed the Constitution and return the issue of abortion to the people’s elected representatives.”
A person familiar with the court’s deliberations said that four of the other Republican-appointed justices – Clarence Thomas, Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett – had voted with Alito in the conference held among the justices after hearing oral arguments in December, and that line-up remains unchanged as of this week.

The three Democratic-appointed justices – Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan – are working on one or more dissents, according to the person. How Chief Justice John Roberts will ultimately vote, and whether he will join an already written opinion or draft his own, is unclear.
Trump appointed 3 out of these 6 after winning a 46% minority of the vote in 2016 and Senate Republicans led by McConnell blocked President Obama from appointing any more Justices when they were in the majority of seats in the Senate.

Business Insider - Clip resurfaces of Donald Trump saying women who get abortions should face 'some form of punishment'

Republicans are pursuing a national ban on reproductive rights:

The Washington Post - The next frontier for the antiabortion movement: A nationwide ban

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Why are RepubiQans the way they are? Cruelty is the point.

Vox - “He’s not hurting the people he needs to be”: a Trump voter says the quiet part out loud (2019)

Rocks for brains Alito's draft ruling conveniently ignores the ninth amendment to the Constitution.
The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.
straight white male supremacy is the only thing deeply rooted in law in the minds of today's conservatives and that's how Alito and his brethren like it

The new Supreme Court’s iron fist - The Boston Globe (Op-ed)

NY Times - How Tucker Carlson Stoked White Fear to Conquer Cable
"Mr. Carlson has constructed what may be the most racist show in the history of cable news"

NY Times - How Tucker Carlson Reshaped Fox News — and Became Trump’s Heir

NY Times - Inside the Apocalyptic Worldview of ‘Tucker Carlson Tonight’

Business Insider - Fox News and Tucker Carlson use 'minute-by-minute' ratings that show their audience loves 'white nationalism' talking points, report says

Trump's chosen candidate for Ohio Senate who won yesterday with a plurality of around 32%.

Media Matters - J.D. Vance parrots a Tucker Carlson conspiracy theory that Biden is intentionally allowing fentanyl to cross the border to kill Trump voters

J.D. Vance parrots a Tucker Carlson conspiracy theory that Biden is intentionally allowing fentanyl to cross the border to kill Trump voters

He's the same guy who spoke of giving parents 'extra votes' because he wants more white babies and it's up to the people in Ohio to vote for Tim Ryan to stop him.

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Pew Research Center - Most Americans don’t see Trump as religious; fewer than half say they think he’s Christian (2020)

The Daily Beast - Move Over Jesus: Trump Says He’s Done More for ‘Religion’ Than Anyone, Ever

The Washington Post - Inside [Trump Chief of Staff] Mark Meadows’s final push to keep Trump in power
The former congressman played a key role in Trump’s effort to overturn the election, according to his texts, congressional investigations and interviews

Salon - Republicans aren't even bothering to lie about it anymore. They are now coming for birth control

Texas Tribune - Texas Republicans say if Roe falls, they’ll focus on adoptions and preventing women from seeking abortions elsewhere

The Advocate - After Roe: Here's the GOP Plan Kill to Marriage Equality, LGBTQ Rights

Overturning Roe Is Just the Beginning | Right Wing Watch

The Daily Beast - GOP Is Wasting No Time Pushing Dystopian Post-Roe Laws

Mother Jones - Congress "certainly could" ban abortion nationwide, [Senate Republican Leader] McConnell says

Rolling Stone - GOP Gov. Defends Law Forcing Incest Victims to Carry Pregnancy to Term, Won't Rule Out Criminalizing IUDs

Vice - The Battle Over Birth Control Is Already Starting

Jewish communities react to the possible overturning of Roe v. Wade, which could violate their First Amendment rights
Supporters say an abortion ban would protect unborn children, a belief largely shaped by Christian religious views which claim life begins at conception. For Jews and others who don't share the religious view that life begins at conception, a total abortion ban may not only prevent access to necessary medical care but also violates religious freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment to practice one's faith without government intervention.
New Research Shows Most Human Pregnancies End in Miscarriage [spontaneous abortion] (2018)

Women have more miscarriages [spontaneous abortions] than live births over their lifetime | New Scientist (2018)

That's a lot of conceptions that end up going nowhere naturally.

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The Wall Street Journal - Elon Musk Says He Would Reverse Twitter's Ban on Donald Trump


Trump foments violence (which is why he was booted after years of Twitter ToS violations) and that's the type of person Musk wants. Musk wanted the same against Canada earlier this year.

Rolling Stone - Trump Kept Asking if China Was Shooting Us With a ‘Hurricane Gun’
The then-leader of the free world also inquired whether the U.S. could bomb China in retaliation for the alleged hurricane attack

NY Times - Prosecutors Pursue Inquiry Into Trump’s Handling of Classified Material
A federal grand jury has issued at least one subpoena, and investigators are seeking interviews in the case of sensitive documents that ended up at the former president’s Florida home.

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