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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

Kellogg strike ends as workers approve newest contract

An 11-week strike is ending after 1,400 Kellogg’s cereal workers have accepted a contract deal. The workers, concentrated in Michigan, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee, had rejected a previous offer, then faced threats from Kellogg that

Evidence suggests Defense delayed Jan. 6 response to keep Trump from invoking Insurrection Act

A comprehensive report by Just Security offers a chilling theory on why there was an hours-long delay in getting National Guard to the U.S. Capitol during the attack on Jan. 6. Mounting evidence—supplied by several senior defense officials—indicate the de

Anti-vaxx Chronicles: ER doctor quits because Q nuts push him over the edge

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 is tragic, but understandable.

Mine workers tell Manchin they’re depending on Build Back Better, and voting rights, too

There appear to be a couple of big hurdles for Sen. Joe Manchin to agree to President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better plan. Both highlight Manchin’s incredible selfishness and corruption. One big one is the key policy that has done more to re

Trump aide admits he was behind meeting with Kanye West publicist and Georgia election worker

According to new reporting by The Uprising, the man behind arranging a now-infamous meeting, captured on video, between Georgia election worker Ruby Freeman and Kanye West’s publicist Trevian Kutti is Harrison Floyd, a former Trump campa

JFK’s return didn’t materialize. Now QAnoners drink from a communal bleach punch bowl—literally

If you were under the impression that QAnon was just a belief in a guy called Q, you’d be wrong. It’s fast become an official cult—you know, the drinking-toxic-chemicals-from-a-punchbowl kind of cult.  According to the Dallas Observer, several mem

Manchin turns his back on the mine workers who helped him get this job

There appear to be a couple of big hurdles for Sen. Joe Manchin to agree to President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better plan. Both highlight Manchin’s incredible selfishness and corruption. One big one is the key policy that has done more to re

Omicron goes from 19% of cases to 73% of cases in days, but the unvaccinated aren't worried

The rate at which the omicron variant has spread is astounding. Bolstered by what appears to be a much higher rate of reproduction in the respiratory system, and what also appears to be a shortened period of incubation, omicron is spreading at a rate that’

Fauci calls on FOX to fire Jesse Watters after the host tells fans to 'ambush' him with 'kill shot'

Dr. Anthony Fauci is calling for FOX News’ Jesse Watters to be “fired on the spot” following comments Watters made at the right-wing Turning Point USA conference Monday. Urging attendees to “ambush” the nation’s leading infecti

Schumer vows quick action on filibuster, voting rights in new year, putting Manchin on the spot

Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s patience with Sen. Joe Manchin has worn down to a nub at this point, as reflected in his letter to fellow Democrats Monday. This after months of whack-a-mole game-playing, with Manchin coming up with seemingly

The top use of those child tax credit checks Manchin worried would be used for drugs? Food

Sen. Joe Manchin reportedly doesn’t like the expanded child tax credit because parents might use the money to buy drugs. But in reality, he’s getting in the way of parents buying their kids food. That’s the primary way families have been spending t

Joe Manchin is literally taking food away from hungry children

Sen. Joe Manchin reportedly doesn’t like the expanded child tax credit because parents might use the money to buy drugs. But in reality, he’s getting in the way of parents buying their kids food. That’s the primary way families have been spending t

Jan. 6 committee puts fellow member of Congress in the hot seat

Rep. Scott Perry, a Pennsylvania Republican, touted former President Donald Trump’s lies about the 2020 election and may have been privy to a scheme to oust the former attorney general so Trump could subvert the election. Now the Jan. 6 committee want

House Select Committee considering recommending charges of wire fraud and obstruction of Congress

The House Select Committee on Jan. 6 has so far requested the Department of Justice bring a charge of criminal contempt against former Donald Trump adviser Steve Bannon and former Chief of Staff Mark Meadows. More such requests are expected as numerous m

Jan. 6 committee looks beyond contempt when considering criminal charges against Trump and others

The House Select Committee on Jan. 6 has so far requested the Department of Justice bring a charge of criminal contempt against former Donald Trump adviser Steve Bannon and former Chief of Staff Mark Meadows. More such requests are expected as numerous m

Get ready for the ‘Manchin slowdown’

The first thing that broke after Sen. Joe Manchin announced his opposition to President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better agenda, ostensibly because of his economic concerns, was news that Goldman Sachs was downgrading its economic forecast for the nation

Instead of a ‘Biden boom,’ we’re going to have a ‘Manchin slowdown’

The first thing that broke after Sen. Joe Manchin announced his opposition to President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better agenda, ostensibly because of his economic concerns, was news that Goldman Sachs was downgrading its economic forecast for the nation

Abbreviated pundit roundup: Sen. Manchin's opposition to Biden's agenda

We begin today’s roundup with Jonathan Weisman and Lisa Friedman at The New York Times and their analysis of Senator Joe Manchin’s opposition to the Build Back Better Act: Mr. Manchin, who defied gale-force political headwinds in 2010 by runni

News Roundup: Manchin doesn't trust poor people, Trump sues to hide his grifting, and more

In the news today: It’s being reported that the real reason Sen. Joe Manchin is single-handedly destroying the Build Back Better plan is because he doesn’t trust poor people not to use drugs. On the bright side, this means Democrats can—and should—tel
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