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Right-wing fraudsters fined $1.25M for racist election robocall scheme

Jacob Wohl and Jack Burkman, the right-wing fraudsters who orchestrated a robocall campaign targeting Black voters in seven states during the 2020 election, have agreed to pay $1.25 million in a settlement with New York Attorney General Letitia James. 

‘A disaster’: Vulnerable Arizona Republicans panic over abortion ruling

Arizona Republicans got just what they wanted Tuesday when the state’s Supreme Court upheld a 160-year-old abortion ban—enacted before the state was even a state—that criminalizes abortions and mandates prison sentences for providers. That ruling cement

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House GOP is so over Marjorie Taylor Greene's antics

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene welcomed Republicans back to work Tuesday with a five-page broadside attack on Speaker Mike Johnson, making sure everyone knows that she’s serious about her threat to try to oust him. Greene’s trying to foment more anger and di

Abandoned GOP minority outreach center gets a sexy makeover

A GOP minority outreach center in suburban Atlanta that was once devoted to artificially creating buzz, giving people the shaft, and taking an unusually keen interest in what happens in other people’s bedrooms is now a sex shop. In other words, th

Abbreviated Pundit Roundup: Battlegrounds

Abbreviated Pundit Roundup is a long-running series published every morning that collects essential political discussion and analysis around the internet. We begin today with Rex Huppke of USA Today asserting that the shoe salesman cares

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Morning Digest: Rich ex-ambassador hopes to derail GOP's preferred Nevada Senate candidate

The Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, and Stephen Wolf, with additional contributions from the Daily Kos Elections team. Subscribe to The Downballot, our weekly podcast x Embedded Content Leading Off ● NV-Sen: Republican Jeff Gunter

Trump and his allies find a new way to be extra racist

As his legal woes have mounted, Donald Trump has taken to casting himself on the campaign trail as a victim of discrimination at the hands of “racist” Black prosecutors engaged in “massive election interference.” Trump has called N

'Serious blow': Florida's abortion ballot measure has the GOP on the run

As recently as two weeks ago, Donald Trump told the conservative radio show “Sid & Friends in the Morning« that he was warming up to the idea of backing a national abortion ban. “The number of weeks, now, people are agreeing on 15, and I’m th

'Enough of their price gouging': New Democratic ad slams 'greedflation'

Sen. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, facing a tough reelection against Republican and former hedge fund manager David McCormick, is signaling to voters that he's on their side in the fight against inflation. Casey's first ad of the cycle centers on «greedlf

From the 'big lie' to the big grift, Trump’s destroying the RNC

If Donald Trump knows how to do anything, it’s destroy a business. And while the Republican National Committee might not be a “business” in the conventional sense, Trump and his family are doing their level best to bring their special magic to the opera

GOP's latest pitch: Everyone hates us. Please send money!

For the most part, political fundraising pitches skew alarmist, bordering on histrionic. That's true of both major U.S. parties, of course. But only one of those parties is currently led by a black hole of iniquity who, when it comes to donor cash, is like a

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ICYMI: Trump’s Bible-hustle backlash, new House map is trash

Trump's pretending to be president, with an 'envoy' and everything Trump is conducting shadow diplomacy, and the facts of it are terrifying. The House map was already skewed to the GOP. Now it's even worse Can Democrats reclaim the House against the odds?

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Federal appeals court temporarily delays new state-run court in Mississippi's majority-Black capital

A federal appeals court has temporarily delayed Mississippi officials from creating a state-run court in part of the majority-Black capital city of Jackson starting on Monday. The ruling came just before U.S. District Judge Henry Wingate dismissed

Judge rules former clerk who refused to issue marriage licenses must pay $260K

Former county clerk Kim Davis, who refused to issue marriage licenses in Kentucky to same-sex couples, must pay a total of $260,104 in fees and expenses to attorneys who represented one couple, according to a federal judge's ruling. That's in addition to $10

Republican primaries are coming. So are Trump’s trials

Donald Trump’s trial on conspiracy and obstruction charges in the 2020 election is slated to begin in Washington, D.C., on Mar. 4. That’s a Monday. The next day is “Super Tuesday,” when 16 states and territories are set to hold their Republican presid

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Everyone was texting Mark Meadows to get then President Trump’s attention on January 6, 2021 in the hopes that he would get his violent supporters to stop their attack on the capitol. Alas, that gamer took 187 minutes to stop playing games.

Attendees of high-profile, far-right conspiracy event got sick. They swear it's anthrax, not COVID

In yet another extreme departure from reality and into the stuff of sci-fi, several presenters and attendees at the ReAwaken America Tour fell ill after the Dallas, Texas, event—but, instead of putting the blame where it obviously lies (we are in the middl

Anti-vaxx Chronicles: This anti-vaxxer's brother is PISSED, and with good reason

This series documents stories from the Herman Cain Awards subreddit, tracking the COVID mis- and disinformation on Facebook that is leading to so many deaths. Today’s cautionary tale leaves behind a furious brother.

House committee investigating Jan. 6 insurrection asks Rep. Jim Jordan to testify on Trump contacts

We've long known that Republican Rep. Jim Jordan was in contact with Donald Trump on Jan. 6, the day Trump and his allies mounted a last-ditch attempt to erase an American presidential election rather than acknowledge Joe Biden's victory. The select Hous

COVID-19 pill approved by FDA, Pfizer says it's ready to start U.S. delivery 'immediately'

On Wednesday, the FDA issued an Emergency Use Authorization for Pfizer’s antiviral drug treatment Paxlovid for use against COVID-19. Data from clinical trials indicated that when taken within five days after the onset of symptoms, the pill is 88% effec

Biden celebrates record Affordable Care Act enrollments, notes BBB has to pass to sustain them

With three weeks left to go in open enrollment in the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) for most states, the Biden administration has already achieved record enrollments. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced Wednesd

DOJ gives inmates on home confinement a happy holiday gift—the possibility of permanent freedom

The Department of Justice (DOJ) made a decision today that can only be considered one thing to thousands of people… a Christmas miracle.  In a stunning reversal, the DOJ‘s Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) ruled to allow inmates released

Florida Power & Light dropped thousands over an anti-solar bill voters don't even want

It should come as no surprise that energy companies are threatened by climate change mitigation. Saving the planet but offsetting profits apparently sounds so unappealing that companies like Florida Power & Light (FPL) will do anything to keep shareholder

Florida's energy companies are doing their damnedest to thwart green energy shifts

It should come as no surprise that energy companies are threatened by climate change mitigation. Saving the planet but offsetting profits apparently sounds so unappealing that companies like Florida Power & Light (FPL) will do anything to keep shareholder

Democrats see glimmer of hope in ongoing talks with Manchin on Build Back Better

Senate Democrats held a “Zoom caucus” Tuesday night, and the big question was whether Sen. Joe Manchin would attend. He did, but little progress seemed to be made, according to various sources to CNN and Politico. Manchin continued his specious claims abo

Democrats keep communication with Manchin open, hoping to keep millions of kids out of poverty

Senate Democrats held a “Zoom caucus” Tuesday night, and the big question was whether Sen. Joe Manchin would attend. He did, but little progress seemed to be made, according to various sources to CNN and Politico. Manchin continued his specious claims abo

The U.S. economy is beating the world, thanks to Joe Biden, but you wouldn't know it from the media

The U.S. economy is expanding at a 7% rate over the last three months, up by 5% from the beginning of the year. That number isn’t just three times the expected growth rate in Europe, it almost doubles the rate of growth in China. As reported in Th

Fascism: Republican candidates are now near-unanimous in backing the Big Lie

Republicanism is now fully a fascist movement. The hoax claims that our current elections have been «rigged» against Republicans—claims that continue to be provably false—continue to be used to stoke the convenient fear and outrage of a b

EPA enforcing stricter emissions standards may not be enough to reach Biden's 2030 goal

On Monday, the Environmental Protection Agency announced the finalization of regulations that would boost the current fleet of environmentally friendlier vehicles, resulting in 17% of cars on the road in the country either being an EV or plug-in hybrid. The v

Abbreviated Pundit Roundup: Maneuvering around Joe Manchin is a full-time job

Kurt Bardella/USA Today: Manchin's decision on Build Back Better is a sign no one is afraid of this White House Joe Manchin's stunning announcement on Fox News should show Democrats they need to have a better plan for governing and navigating politics in 2

News Roundup: Omicron surges; military believed Trump might use them to seize power

In the news today: The omicron variant of COVID-19 is looking to be bad news for the unvaccinated—but potentially catastrophic for overworked hospitals. Rethink travel plans, wear masks, and make sure you've gotten your booster if it's time for you to get o

'Performance artist' Alex Jones sues Jan. 6 Committee

Fresh off his losses in court over harassing the parents of murdered school children, Alex Jones is now suing the Jan. 6 Committee in hopes of stopping investigators from reviewing records that they say are key to understanding precisely who was involved—an

Leaked audio reveals even more reasons we can't let Oz win in Pennsylvania

Leaked audio that was reportedly made on Dec. 16 during a private lunch in New York City reveals that Dr. Mehmet Oz, who is running for a seat in the U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania as a Republican, has some, uh, thoughts on trans rights he apparently didn’t fe

A D.C. teacher allegedly made third-graders reenact events from the Holocaust

In a shocking and disturbing incident, a teacher at a Washington, D.C., elementary school made third-graders pretend to die in gas chambers and shoot their classmates in disturbing reenactments of the Holocaust, according to The Washington Post. While th

For mainstream liberals in rural America, daily life involves dealing with far-right intimidation

Here’s a suggestion for assignment editors at the large national media outlets who have provided us with an endless stream of stories about Trump voters in rural diners over the past half-decade: Try instead reporting on what it’s become like for non-Trum

One Texas library is closing for three days in response to calls to purge its children's books

The right-wing censorship push is moving from school libraries to regular town libraries, with one library in Texas closing for three days to do a “thorough review” of its children’s books. Other Texas libraries have had to fend off record num
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