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Kevin McCarthy Proposes Removing January 6th from Month of January
 
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In just the first few months since the insurrection, corporate and industry PACs have contributed more than $2.6 million to campaigns, leadership PACs, and party committees allied with the 147 members of Congress who fed the Big Lie that led to the deadly attack on the Capitol. In all, 170 business PACs—some of which had previously committed to stop giving—have donated to political committees that support and defend the members who voted not to certify the election results.

Corporate political giving has long been a corrupting force in Washington—with lawmakers depending on it for their political survival, while businesses use the donations to gain access to the officials who make decisions that will impact their bottom line. In the wake of the attack on the Capitol, the situation is worse: Corporate contributions are now increasingly an obstacle to holding elected officials accountable—not only for pushing the baseless conspiracy theories that caused the attack, but also for continuing to make excuses for it.

Top recipients of corporate cash


So far, at least 103 of the 147 members of the so-called Sedition Caucus, along with the two main GOP congressional party committees, the NRSC and NRCC, have benefited from corporate giving after January 6. The ten members with the most corporate donations as of the end of March, which is the latest date for which data is available, have netted more than $22,000 each from an average of ten business PACs per member.

Representative Glenn Thompson (R-PA), ranking member of the Agriculture Committee, tops the list with $44,000 from 17 corporations and industry groups—many of which have significant interests in agricultural policy, like Koch Industries, John Deere, the Florida Sugar Cane League, and the National Chicken Council...........
 

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Rep. Boebert Forgets (Forgives?) Hamas Attacks on Israel During "Peaceful President" Trump's Term
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The Republican supporters of Donald Trump share a psychological profile with the devotees of spiritual cults. They virtually worship Trump as a divine figure who is all-knowing and infallible. It's why they continue to support him even after he admits to committing sexual assaults, cages babies that he ripped from their mothers' arms, and whose negligent and incompetent mismanagement of the COVID pandemic resulted in the deaths of more than 580,000 Americans.

One of Trump's most ardent cult followers is Rep. Lauren Boebert, a Republican congresswoman from Colorado whose political doctrine is comprised of a reverence for guns and QAnon conspiracy theories. On Friday Boebert stepped up to give testimony to her Trumpian faith from her Twitter pew. She tweeted that...



Boebert has a sickly selective memory if she actually believes what she wrote. Things were not "quiet" at all in the Middle East during Trump's term. In fact, there were numerous attacks against Israel by the terrorist organization Hamas every year that Trump was in office. These are just a few examples out of dozens:
  • 2020: Nearly 100 rockets were fired from 23 February until 11 pm on 24 February.
  • 2019: During the first week of May, 600 rockets were fired at Israel by Hamas or other terrorist organizations.
  • 2018: On July 14, 174 rockets or mortar shells were fired into Israel from Gaza.
  • 2017: Around 11pm, a barrage of rockets was fired from Sinai at Israel.
Boebert's definition of "quiet" must be from the same GOP fictionary that defined the deadly Capitol Hill insurrection on January 6th as a "normal tourist visit." And her assertion that "Trump was the Peace President" is as deranged as - well, as Trump, who used the same phrase about himself last week:

"When I was in office we were known as the Peace Presidency, because Israel’s adversaries knew that the United States stood strongly with Israel and there would be swift retribution if Israel was attacked. Under Biden, the world is getting more violent and more unstable because Biden’s weakness and lack of support for Israel is leading to new attacks on our allies."

Clearly Trump is the weak one who never supplied the "swift retribution" he brags about. And it was Biden who was thanked by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for helping to secure a cease fire during the recent hostilities.

Boebert's deliberate omission of the readily available facts regarding attacks on Israel is typical of right-wing disinformation. But by editing the historical record, Boebert is, in effect, forgiving the terrorists for their attacks. She surely can't hold them accountable for attacks that she doesn't even acknowledge took place. And in her blind loyalty to Trump, she is only demonstrating her ignorance, dishonesty, and craven lust for appreciation from Dear Leader.
 

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Rep. Anthony Gonzalez (R-Ohio) said his Republican Party shouldn’t spread falsehoods about the 2020 election if it wants to retake Congress and the White House in the coming years.

Gonzalez, who faces GOP calls for his resignation over his January vote to impeach former President Donald Trump, made the comments in a virtual conversation Friday at the City Club of Cleveland.

“We need to be on the side of truth, we need to be on the side of substance, and that’s how we’re going to win back majorities both in the House and the Senate and hopefully the White House in 2024,” Gonzalez said. “Continuing to perpetuate falsehoods, especially ones that are dangerous that led to the violence on Jan. 6, is a recipe for disaster for the party, but it’s also horribly irresponsible.”

This week, Gonzalez joined Democrats and 34 House Republicans in voting for a special commission to investigate the Jan. 6 storming of the U.S. Capitol. Gonzalez has blamed Trump for inciting the riot.

“The country was under attack, the Capitol was under attack, the Constitution was under attack,” he said of that day. “In every other instance where we’ve had a major attack on our country, we’ve had a commission, as non-partisan as it can be.”

The second-term congressman from Cleveland’s West Side suburbs also defended Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) who House Republicans ousted from party leadership this month. Cheney has rebuked Trump over his false claims that the election was stolen from him.

“The issue with Liz, and the reason why she was asked to leave, essentially, is because she tells the truth about the 2020 election, and that can be uncomfortable for a lot of folks,” Gonzalez told City Club CEO Dan Moulthrop.

Gonzalez has faced a revolt of his own at home. This month, the Ohio Republican Party State Central Committee voted to censure Gonzalez and called on him to resign. And Trump already endorsed former White House aide Max Miller, who is challenging Gonzalez in the 2022 primary.

Gonzalez said he doesn’t pay much attention to the internal party fights, and dismissed the idea of creating a third party for voters who don’t identify as Democrats or Republicans. Expressing his support for most of the Trump administration’s policies, Gonzalez said there should be room within the GOP for Trump supporters and skeptics.

“Right now, my concern is we're trying to excommunicate our own voters and when you're fully out of power, you need to be adding voters, not subtracting voters,” he said. “We are completely out of power at the federal government. We don't have the White House, we don't have the House and we don't have the Senate. Sometimes when I hear us talk about the state of our party, we talk as if we somehow won an election. We lost all of them.”

The hour-long interview, which included questions submitted by a virtual audience, ranged from Republican Party politics to policy issues like climate change and the U.S-China. relationship.

On infrastructure, Gonzalez said the country should invest in projects like highways, bridges, airports and broadband, suggesting a $600-to-$800-billion counterproposal to President Joe Biden’s sweeping $2 trillion plan.

The congressman also criticized the Chinese government’s human rights record and said the United States should move medical and defense industry supply chains to its own shores.

“We should make sure that we can, at all times, protect our country from whatever threats may come,” he said. “Because the threat is increasing, not decreasing, and we all need to take it very seriously. This is the battle of our time.”

Asked about combating climate change, Gonzalez said United States should find a way to reduce carbon emissions without hiking energy costs for consumers. Nuclear energy, carbon capture and investment in research should be a part of that approach, he said.
 

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Ted Cruz’s Musings on Masculinity In the Military? Oh, My Wish Came True.
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I am absolutely lovin’ vaccinated life, folks. I keep going back to the normalcy buffet for extra helpings...you’d think I’d be full to bursting by now, but it turns out I’m just insatiable for the stuff. So much nicer than 2020’s incessant shitstorm. What’s that? Mold-crazed, psychotically horny, buttless cicadas, you say? Well. Just this once, let’s retreat to the relative sanity of domestic politics…
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Seems that when Marjorie Taylor Greene isn’t busy inciting terrorism or pelting co-workers with her own feces, she enjoys engaging in a bit of recreational property tax fraud, how populist! See, Cult45’s highest-ranking clergy are always, ALWAYS cheap (and utterly transparent) grifters, and frankly, I’d love to go back to chuckling condescendingly at the ease at which these rubes are parted from their money without worrying about their ever-increasing potential for genocidal violence.

But it would appear that option is unavailable at this time.......
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You know something’s up whenever Axios publishes anything that takes longer than fourteen seconds to read, and the latest installment of their Off the Rails (ew, branding) series was an indeed stirring tale of a floundering tyrant in decline, testing the fences to see just how much last-minute shitbaggery the Pentagon would let him get away with. You read it, and you side with the brass, of course, and then you realize you’re cheering for a vast, immovable, utterly unaccountable military bureaucracy with the power to defy Presidents and that’s perhaps slightly less than bangarang, but holy crud, the shit these goons tried to pull during the but-mom-I-don’t-want-a-transition period was ****ED UP, my friends, and on balance, it’s probably best they were stopped. I think.........
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Y’all know I’ve been an enthusiastic Biden booster from jump street, but I’ve decided to go full MAGA now that I know about Uncle Joe’s dastardly commu-socialist plot to deny Chick-fil-A the special sauce that makes their garbage food taste extra bigotty. I’m only grateful that a true patriot like Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt took time out of his busy day doing ****all for his constituents to bring this matter to my attention. MAKE SAUCE AMERICA AGAIN, goddammit........
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As Merrick Garland blast-cleans the Department of Justice, we’re learning more and more about the rot that crept in, unchecked, under Barr and Sessions and that toilet fellow, who probably had a name, and perhaps even still does, but honestly, who gives a ****?

For starters, they not-at-all-autocratically obtained a CNN reporter’s phone records, (hardly the only example of this particular breed of ****ery, by the way) as part of the attempted crackdown on the deluge of leaks that made Government Cheese Goebbels look like a blithering fool but he sure fixed that problem anyway remember when he stood in front of God and whole dang world and said EUREKA DRINK BLEACH?

And then it turned out ol’ Bilious Bill Barr got himself a grand jury subpoena to unmask an anonymous Twitter account dedicated to mocking Devin “Pig****er” Nunes, arguably the most mockable lump of corruption, asininity, and obsequiousness in all creation.

I read that shit, and a wave of sickening nostalgia washed over me; I confess it’d slipped my mind, the way these massive abuses of power were so often perpetrated in service to the pettiest whims of the dumpster flies who swarmed around that fetid turdpile that was allowed to accumulate behind the Resolute desk.

Maybe it’s just because of lingering cartoon stereotypes about German efficiency, but I always assumed Nazis would be, like, unusually competent, y’know? Having lived through the last five years, I understand now, of course they’re gonna be the mouth-breathingest ****ups on the planet, that’s why they need all the lying and violence in the first place. Learning that lesson sure has been fun, huh?........
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America’s theocratic jackals slobbered extra-menacingly this week as their stalking circle around Roe v. Wade drew tighter than ever, now that the Supreme Court has taken a case that will allow the new, Amy Coney Barrett-infused fanatic majority to strut its newfound freedom from John Roberts’ periodic bouts of common sense. Anyway, if there are any 2016 third party voters out there, please know I’d still truly love to lock you in a Lollapalooza outhouse and roll you down the largest hill I can find.........
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Rudy Giuliani’s idiot manchild kid is running for Governor of New York, strongly suggesting that addiction to public humiliation is hereditary. It took Son of Cousin-****er almost a whole day to self-define as a blowhard who never quite got over the educational hurdle men call “counting,” so maybe don’t hold your breath on that state-level pardon, Dotard. Oh, and bad news, kid, the secret to electoral success was probably on one of the eighteen devices th’feds seized from your dirtbag dad in that raid the other day.......
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Did somebody say pardon? Because yeah, the New York Attorney General’s investigation into the Trump Organization has gone CRIMINAL, BAY-BEEEEEEE! Details are slight at present, but perhaps all the loose change I’ve been tossing into shopping mall fountains, accompanied by fiercely whispered wishes that I live to see Pumpkin Spice Pol Pot die, destitute and alone, in a federal prison cell, is finally paying off...........
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Anyway, if I can revisit the theme of “dangerously unqualified idiot thugs running for high office in search of terrifying amounts of personal power,” Mike “the Pink Polo Commando” McCloskey apparently hopes to ride the internet celebrity born of waving a semi-automatic rifle at strangers for having the audacity to Exist Near His House While Possessing Insufficiently White Skin all the way to the United States Senate. The entire rationale behind the campaign amounts to DON’TCHA THINK YOU SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO MURDER BLACK PEOPLE IF THEY GET TOO CLOSE TO YOUR LAWN and the skeevy mother****er STILL might be a better pick than Greitens........
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You guys, I don’t mean to cast aspersions, but I’m starting to think maybe 622 or 623 of the GOP’s 3,597 Benghazi hearings may’ve been cynical political exercises rather than good faith attempts to identify and correct flaws in global embassy security. I mention this because “Should we investigate a terrorist attack on our nation’s Capitol or nah?” is the hottest debate going in American politics, and I say “debate” because this shit is somehow controversial, on account of the way one of our major political parties has an active terrorist wing now. Turns out living in history kinda sucks.

Now, on a certain level, I understand it’s unreasonable to expect courage, decency, or a thimbleful of love of country from these cowering collaborators; I simply beg for deliverance from the ****ing theatre. Literally everyone understands what’s going on here: you won’t allow a congressional commission to investigate the events of January 6th because doing so would shine a great big ugly spotlight on what your party has become, namely a murderous mob in the thrall of an uncommonly unintelligent game show host. The melodramatic quiver in your voice as you stammer through this latest bullshit excuse for your cravenness embarrasses everyone.

South Dakota Senator John Thune at least admitted his opposition to (checks notes) fighting terrorism is rooted in partisan politics; so points for honesty, if not integrity. Casual disloyalty to the USA aside, one cannot help but chuckle darkly at the Senator’s insistence that the Grand Old Death Cult wants to focus on the issues ahead of the coming midterm elections; Thuney me lad, you are a proud member of the party whose entire policy platform during the last presidential election read “whatever Daddy says he wants,” so why don’t we agree to leave you and your invertebrate colleagues to your boot-licking while the grown-ups keep cleaning up your messes, k?

You knew Kevin McCarthy wouldn’t be able to resist such a perfect opportunity to slather himself in disgrace and dishonor; his decision to not only oppose the creation of a January 6th commission, but to whip his caucus to vote against it resulted in the trademark hodgepodge of dereliction of duty and mortifying defeat that will surely come to define this new McCarthyism, assuming any of us live long enough to record the history of these batguano-drenched times.

(Quick side note: I feel like if you have to flee in terror from questions like “Say, bro, was anybody on your team in contact with that terrorist mob while they were doin’ all that terrorism?” you might not be Speaker material, but I understand standards are different* on your side of the aisle.)

Jokes aside, what’s going on in my country these days is the elected officials of the Republican Party are taking the side of, and all but working in tandem with domestic terrorists because they’re afraid of losing the terrorists’ votes. And I get that being a Senator is fun, and all that power must be intoxicating, but kids, y’all need to sit down with a playlist of songs about looking in the mirror and work your shit out, because the path you are walking ends in bloodshed, and quite a lot of it. Please, please stop, before you set the whole damn world on fire..........
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No doubt seduced by the raw matinee idol sex appeal of Jim Risch, voters in several rural Oregon counties are trying to secede and join the Holy Idahoan Empire, where Wee Donnie One-Term still reigns as Turd Emperor, and education is a filthy word. Honestly, everyone might be better off if we just let these antisocial assclowns establish their precious Dumb****istan someplace, build a great big wall around it, and airdrop a few crates of Trump steaks and MyPillows every six weeks........
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The Arizona election “audit” continues, under the watchful eye of the One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest Understudy Squad. Even better news, this drooling shitweasel cluster**** has started to inspire wannabe copycat audits, thanks to the unceasing barrage of disinformation pumped into every American home via impotent, overmatched social media platforms and greedy, amoral cable bundlers. Television and the internet had such awesome potential to elevate humanity but, dim-witted apes that we are, we’ve decided we’d rather use ‘em to commit suicide-by-swarms-of-brainwashed-idiots..........
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Ted Cruz despises America so much, he just couldn’t stop himself from spreading Russian propaganda disparaging the United States Armed Forces as “emasculated,” bold words for a dude who spilts his time between Cancún and an Airbnb up the ass of the dude who called his wife ugly.

Ted has been pulling this shit more or less constantly of late, in a feeble attempt to appear “Trumpy,” which of course won’t work, but I guess they don’t teach self-awareness at Harvard Law, so he’s just going to keep on debasing himself and debasing himself and I hope it doesn’t sound like I’m complaining..........
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Infrastructure negotiations between the Biden Administration and the Senate GOP hit a snag over the White House’s insistence that the bill actually help the American people, while Republicans hold firm to their longstanding position that the filthy takers should shut their worthless serf mouths unless they’re expressing gratitude that they haven’t yet been shoveled into the furnace aboard some DeVos family yacht like they deserve.........
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It’s probably not good news when you find out your ex-girlfriend is cooperating with the federal investigation into sex trafficking allegations against you, but I suppose we should ask Matt Gaetz to find out for sure. Yes, Mattward, there’re just loads of similarities between your situation and the allocation of earmarks, but I imagine the jury will find a few key differences.

****in’ YIKES, y’all. I think we’ve earned our weekend. Everybody out there’s already vaccinated, right? I don’t need to be all responsible and shit and use my juvenile platform here to advocate for vaccination, right? We can all just get to our drinking now, right?
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President Biden announced Friday that the U.S. would provide coronavirus vaccines for 550,000 South Korean service members at a press conference alongside South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

"There are 550,000 Korean soldiers, sailors, airmen who work in close contact with American forces in Korea," Biden said. "We'll provide full vaccinations for all 550,000 of those Korean forces engaging with American forces on a regular basis, both for their sake and the sake of the American forces."

Biden also said he and Moon discussed a partnership on vaccines that would involved a U.S. manufacturer, though he did not name the company or go into further detail.

The announcement came after Biden welcomed Moon to the White House for his second in-person foreign leader visit since taking office in January.

Only a small percentage of South Korea's population is fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, and vaccines were expected to be a topic going into Friday's bilateral meeting. Moon said that the two leaders had agreed to a partnership on vaccines and that Biden had agreed to supply vaccines to South Korean service members before the president offered further details.

Confident it can vaccinate the U.S. population, the Biden administration has announced plans to ship vaccines overseas to help vaccinate the global population.

Earlier this week, Biden announced the U.S. would send 20 million doses of domestically-authorized vaccines to other countries on top of the 60 million AstraZeneca doses the administration plans to ship overseas once they are cleared by the Food and Drug Administration.


Biden said on Friday that he expects the U.S. will be able to produce a billion additional coronavirus vaccines between the second half of 2021 and beginning of 2022.

"We with advanced capabilities have an obligation if we can to provide for the protection of the entire world," he said.




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