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  • Mark Kelly Disagrees with Sinema Censure
    Wednesday - 01/26/2022 - 09:48 AM

    Sen. Mark Kelly (D-AZ) broke his silence over the censure of his colleague Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), with a campaign spokesperson saying he disagreed with it and she should not be singled out over her opposition to changing the Senate’s filibuster rules, the Arizona Republic reports.

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  • Florida Shock Jock in Matt Gaetz Circle Pleads Guilty
    Wednesday - 01/26/2022 - 10:04 AM

    “‘Big Joe’ Ellicott, a former Florida shock jock with potentially key information about the sex trafficking ring involving Rep. Matt Gaetz, has pleaded guilty in federal court,” the Daily Beast reports.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Alabama Police Chief Resigns Over Traffic Trap
    Wednesday - 01/26/2022 - 11:30 AM

    “Mike Jones, the chief of police in the small Alabama town of Brookside, resigned today in the wake of revelations that he turned the department into an aggressive traffic trap that by 2020 received half its revenue from fines and forfeitures, many on minor offenses from those who drive by the town on Interstate 22,” AL.com reports.

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  • U.S. Donates 400 Million More Vaccine Doses
    Wednesday - 01/26/2022 - 12:00 PM

    “White House officials announced Wednesday that the United States has donated more than 400 million doses of coronavirus vaccines to other countries under the Biden administration,” the Washington Post reports.

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  • Oil Prices Skyrocket
    Wednesday - 01/26/2022 - 01:33 PM

    “Oil touched $90 a barrel for the first time in seven years on Wednesday, supported by tight supply and rising political tensions between Russia and Ukraine that added to concerns about further disruption in an already-tight market,” Reuters reports.

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  • Top Mark Meadows Aide Testifies to Select Committee
    Wednesday - 01/26/2022 - 01:50 PM

    “Ben Williamson, a top aide to former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, met on Tuesday with the House select committee investigating the January 6 insurrection,” Politico reports.
    “His cooperation with the committee is significant, given that his boss, Meadows, is currently facing possible criminal contempt of Congress charges because of his lack of cooperation with the committee.”

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  • Kemp and Perdue Locked In Tight Race in Georgia
    Wednesday - 01/26/2022 - 02:24 PM

    A new Quinnipiac poll in Georgia finds Gov. Brian Kemp (R) leading primary challenger David Perdue (R) for the GOP gubernatorial nomination, 43% to 36%. They are followed by Vernon Jones (R) at 10% and Kandiss Taylor at 4% with another 5% undecided.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • U.S. Plans to Bolster Energy Supply to Europe
    Tuesday - 01/25/2022 - 02:51 PM

    “The Biden Administration announced on Tuesday that it was working with gas and crude oil suppliers from the Middle East, North Africa and Asia to bolster supplies to Europe in coming weeks, in an effort to blunt the threat that Russia could cut off fuel shipments in the escalating conflict over Ukraine,” the New York Times reports.

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  • Fake Vaccine Cards Are Everywhere
    Tuesday - 01/25/2022 - 03:23 PM

    Grid: “The evidence overwhelmingly suggests that fake CDC vaccination cards are widespread in the United States. An Economist/YouGov poll reported 12 percent of American adults under 30 knew someone with a fake vaccine card.

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  • Alex Jones Took the Fifth Nearly 100 Times
    Tuesday - 01/25/2022 - 04:13 PM

    Conspiracy theorist and radio host Alex Jones said that he was deposed by the House committee investigating Jan. 6 and that he exercised his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination “almost 100 times,” NBC News reports.

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  • Youngkin Will Replace Top Elections Official
    Wednesday - 01/26/2022 - 09:53 AM

    Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin (R) said he plans to appoint someone new to serve as Virginia’s top election official when current Elections Commissioner Chris Piper’s four-year term expires this summer, the Virginia Mercury reports.

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  • Quote of the Day
    Wednesday - 01/26/2022 - 10:30 AM

    “I’m happy to be the person who takes the spears when things go awry or when people are critical. That’s my job as White House chief of staff.”
    — White House chief of staff Ron Klain, quoted by the Washington Post.

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  • Raphael Warnock Builds Massive War Chest
    Wednesday - 01/26/2022 - 11:55 AM

    Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-GA) raised more than $9.8 million in the last three months of 2021 and will end the quarter with roughly $23 million in cash on hand for a reelection battle that could decide control of the U.S.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Justice Stephen Breyer Will Retire
    Wednesday - 01/26/2022 - 12:06 PM

    Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer is retiring after serving more than two decades on the nation’s highest court, NPR reports.

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  • Court Vacancy Will Allow Biden to Shift Narrative
    Wednesday - 01/26/2022 - 01:37 PM

    Playbook: “After months of legislative stumbles (Build Back Better, voting rights), the White House has the chance for a major, legacy-shaping win that the entire Democratic Party can rally around.”

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  • Dominion Won’t Settle Defamation Lawsuits
    Wednesday - 01/26/2022 - 02:10 PM

    Dominion Voting Systems said this week in a court filing that there was no “realistic possibility” that it would settle its $1.3 billion defamation lawsuit with MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell and the pro-Trump lawyers Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell, Insider reports.

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  • Biden Scraps Vaccine Mandate
    Tuesday - 01/25/2022 - 02:47 PM

    “The Biden administration is officially withdrawing its requirement that most workers be vaccinated or regularly tested for Covid-19 – the controversial rule the Supreme Court blocked from enforcement earlier this month,” USA Today reports.

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  • Democrats Search for New Message on the Virus
    Tuesday - 01/25/2022 - 02:55 PM

    New York Times: “Around the country, Democratic elected officials who in the pandemic’s early phase shut down cities and states more aggressively than most Republicans did — and saw their popularity soar — are using a different playbook today.

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  • Henry Cuellar Will Run Again Despite Federal Probe
    Tuesday - 01/25/2022 - 03:54 PM

    Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX) said he intends to run for reelection amid a federal investigation into his activities.

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  • Republicans Say Covid Drug Guidance is Anti-White
    Tuesday - 01/25/2022 - 04:31 PM

    Politico: “The administration’s recommendation that race and ethnicity be considered when deciding who gets the limited supply of new Covid drugs is the latest political cudgel with which Republicans are hammering Democrats, looking to energize their base ahead of the midterm elections.”
    “And Democratic strategists say these attacks, while baseless, may prove effective, further hampering the party’s efforts to retain its slim congressional majorities.”

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  • Kansas Bill Forces Pharmacists to Fill Bogus Prescriptions
    Wednesday - 01/26/2022 - 09:50 AM

    “A group of Kansas politicians tasked with steering public health policy are pushing to allow doctors to prescribe unproven treatments and preventives for Covid-19 without any potential for responsibility,” the Topeka Capital-Journal reports.

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  • GOP Has Congress Edge by Default
    Wednesday - 01/26/2022 - 11:18 AM

    Monmouth Poll: “Congressional Republicans have a small edge over their Democratic colleagues on a dubious metric – they are slightly less likely to be seen as lacking concern for the average American’s financial well-being.”
    “This, along with a continuing decline in President Joe Biden’s job rating, contributes to a small preference for GOP control after this year’s midterm elections.”

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  • Biden’s Approval Sinks In New Hampshire
    Wednesday - 01/26/2022 - 11:54 AM

    A new University of New Hampshire poll finds President Biden’s approval rate has plunged in the Granite State to 39% to 60%.

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  • Ken Paxton Hasn’t Disclosed His Donors
    Wednesday - 01/26/2022 - 01:19 PM

    “Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) recently announced a hefty $2.8 million campaign haul, showing the competition he can still raise big bucks while under FBI scrutiny,” the Dallas Morning News reports.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Bonus Quote of the Day
    Wednesday - 01/26/2022 - 01:35 PM

    “If all Democrats hang together — which I expect they will — they have the power to replace Justice Breyer in 2022 without one Republican vote in support. Elections have consequences, and that is most evident when it comes to fulfilling vacancies on the Supreme Court.”
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  • Fed Signals Rate Increase In March
    Wednesday - 01/26/2022 - 02:11 PM

    “The Federal Reserve held short-term interest rates steady on Wednesday and signaled intentions to raise them in mid-March, the latest turn toward removing stimulus to temper elevated inflation,” the Wall Street Journal reports.

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  • Republicans Expand Lead In Generic Ballot
    Wednesday - 01/26/2022 - 02:30 PM

    Republicans now lead Democrats in the generic congressional ballot by 2 percentage points, according to the FiveThirtyEight polling average.

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  • Nazi Billionaires
    Tuesday - 01/25/2022 - 03:00 PM

    Coming soon: Nazi Billionaires by David De Jong.
    “Succession meets the Third Reich in this real-life saga of money, power, and total war.”

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  • Jim Cooper Will Not Seek Re-Election
    Tuesday - 01/25/2022 - 03:25 PM

    Rep. Jim Cooper (D-TN) will not seek reelection following the Tennessee General Assembly’s plan to divide the 5th congressional district, the Tennessean reports.

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  • Tim Scott Building Massive War Chest
    Tuesday - 01/25/2022 - 04:36 PM

    Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) has amassed a $37.3 million war chest for the 2022 election cycle, a sign that he has “quickly become one of the most prolific fundraisers among Senate Republicans,” Fox News reports.

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