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  • Black August uplifted as alternative Black History Month

    08/25/2022 5:56:44 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 50 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | August 25, 2022 | By ALMAZ ABEDJE
    WASHINGTON (AP) — For Jonathan Peter Jackson, a direct relative of two prominent members of the Black Panther Party, revolutionary thought and family history have always been intertwined, particularly in August. That’s the month in 1971 when his uncle, the famed Panther George Jackson, was killed during an uprising at San Quentin State Prison in California. A revolutionary whose words resonated inside and out of the prison walls, he was a published author, activist and radical thought leader. To many, February is the month dedicated to celebrating Black Americans’ contributions to a country where they were once enslaved. But Black...
  • Judge Aileen Cannon Is Quietly Sabotaging the Trump Classified Documents Case

    01/16/2024 5:13:10 PM PST · by Belteshazzar · 46 replies
    Slate ^ | 1/16/2024 | Dennis Aftergut and Laurence H. Tribe
    On Friday, District Judge Aileen Cannon issued a new order in the Donald Trump classified documents case adding to the mountain of evidence that she is firmly in the former president’s pocket. Trump appointed Cannon in 2020 and the Senate confirmed her appointment in the days after he lost the 2020 election. It’s deeply offensive to the rule of law for judges to bend the law to benefit those who put them on the bench. Sadly, Cannon does just that.
  • Donald Trump REFUSES to rule out being 'a DICTATOR': Tells Sean Hannity he may get revenge on his enemies on 'Day One' - after dodging question about abusing the law to 'go after people'

    12/05/2023 8:33:10 PM PST · by backpacker_c · 67 replies
    Dailymail ^ | Dec 5, 2023 | Geoff Earle
    Former President Donald Trump refused in a prime time town hall to rule out abusing power to go after his critics – saying he he wouldn't do it 'except for Day One' – when given multiple opportunities to forswear plans for vengeance or a power grab. 'To be clear, do you in any way have any plans whatsoever if reelected president to abuse power, to break the law to use the government to go after people,' Hannity asked him. 'You mean like they’re using right now?' Trump responded, without answering the question directly. (other subjects) You are promising America tonight...
  • A lot of Americans embrace Trump’s authoritarianism

    11/10/2023 2:03:52 PM PST · by Dr. Marten · 61 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 11.10.2023 | Philip Bump
    With every hour that passes, Donald Trump’s grip on the Republican Party’s 2024 presidential nomination grows tighter. Every day in which his opponents aren’t gaining ground on his position is a day in which he gets nearer to appearing on the ballot next November and nearer to possibly being inaugurated on Jan. 20, 2025.
  • E. Jean Carroll arrives for trial start in civil rape case against Donald Trump

    04/25/2023 12:20:41 PM PDT · by thegagline · 88 replies
    The New York Post ^ | 04/25/2023 | Georgett Roberts
    A polished Carroll, 79, showed up to the federal courthouse flanked by lawyers and wearing a cream-colored coat, sunglasses and carrying a maroon briefcase as her supporters chanted “We believe E. Jean Carroll.” Trump, 76, was not present.A jury of six men and three women had been chosen by early afternoon — but not before a pool of 48 prospects were grilled by the judge, including about their political leanings. The potential jurors were asked a multitude of questions, such as whether they had any affiliation with groups including QAnon, the Ku Klux Klan, the Proud Boys and other far-right...
  • Trump helped trans pageant contestant compete decade before saying ‘God created 2 genders’

    04/25/2023 8:50:55 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 110 replies
    © 2023 NYP Holdings, Inc. All Rights Reserved ^ | April 24, 2023 | By David Propper
    “We will defeat the cult of gender ideology, and we will reassert the timeless truth that God created two genders, male and female,” he said. “We will defend our culture. We will reassert the Judeo-Christian values of our nation’s founding.” But Trump’s actions in 2012 appeared to be in contrast to weekend statements when he overruled the rejection of Jenna Talackova, a transgender beauty queen who entered the Miss Universe Canada competition. Talackova, then 23, was originally denied because she was not born a biological female, according to a past report. She and her lawyer at the time, Gloria Allred,...
  • Why Nearly All of America’s 400 Million Guns Have Got To Go (barf alaert)

    04/24/2023 4:08:07 PM PDT · by rellimpank · 100 replies
    WhoWhatWhy via msn ^ | 24 apr 2023 | Russ Baker
    Let’s face it: Many armed Americans are deathly — and irrationally — afraid of others. And so they have become a menace to the rest of us. According to a 2021 Gallup Poll, as many as 88 percent of gun owners are apparently terrified of being harmed, since they say the guns are for self-defense. Yet very, very few gun owners end up defending themselves and their families from the sort of random crime they fear. According to The Trace, fewer than 3 percent of gun owners ever use a weapon in self-defense, and apparently some of those involve misrepresentation...
  • New Hampshire's Sununu is right: Trump is a loser

    04/23/2023 8:45:10 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 124 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | April 23, 2023 10:21 AM | Quin Hillyer, Commentary Writer
    New Hampshire's uber-popular Republican governor Chris Sununu put it plainly on NBC's Meet the Press: "Donald Trump is a loser." Before that, Sununu had rightly rebuked all the pundits who say the GOP presidential nomination for 2024 is a done deal. "Most folks don’t decide who they are voting for until about three weeks before the election," he said. And he is right. At this time, a year before the 2008 election, Hillary Clinton was the odds-on favorite to be the Democratic nominee. She lost to Barack Obama. At this time, 28 months before the 2016 election, polls showed the...
  • Why the #DiedSuddenly movement must die

    04/17/2023 2:47:22 AM PDT · by DallasBiff · 90 replies
    New York Post ^ | 4.15.23 | Bethany Mandel
    Earlier this year, an 18-year-old female athlete, Victoria Lee, died suddenly with no apparent cause – and the speculation about the reason for her passing began almost immediately. Tweets swirled that Lee had dropped dead from cardiac issues as suspicions turned to COVID and its vaccines. The comments section of news stories about her death was overtaken by vaccine skeptics, while tweets about her passing were also inundated with messages by vaccine doubters. In a statement, Lee’s sister Angela begged people to “stop contacting us, stop hiring private investigators, stop with the conspiracy theories.”
  • Donald Trump's Team Rages Over Poll Showing Him Floundering in Swing States

    04/17/2023 1:41:45 PM PDT · by thegagline · 84 replies
    Newsweak ^ | 04/17/2023 | Ewan Palmer
    Donald Trump's campaign team has dismissed the finding of a poll that suggests Florida Governor Ron DeSantis would be the preferred 2024 Republican candidate against Joe Biden in key swing states. A survey from GOP firm Public Opinion Strategies shows that DeSantis, who has not confirmed he is running for president but is expected to do so soon, would beat Biden in Arizona and Pennsylvania in a hypothetical 2024 face-off by 48 to 42 percent and 45 percent to 42 percent respectively. The poll of 500 registered voters in Arizona and Pennsylvania also showed that Trump would lose to Biden...
  • Trump's biggest loss this week was in Wisconsin, not New York

    04/07/2023 9:45:59 AM PDT · by dd1776 · 71 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | April 6, 2023 | Christian Datoc
    Former President Donald Trump was arraigned in New York on Tuesday on 34 felony counts of falsifying business records, but the largest blow to his hopes of reclaiming the White House might have occurred nearly 1,000 miles away in Wisconsin, where liberals secured a majority on the state's Supreme Court for the first time in 15 years. Hours after Trump became the first American president to face felony charges, Judge Janet Protasiewicz claimed victory over former Justice Dan Kelly, a major Trump supporter and one of the Wisconsin Republicans central to the former president's attempts to throw out the results...
  • Every indictment will make Trump stronger – and Republicans wilder (by Sid "Vicious" Blumenthal)

    04/04/2023 4:23:34 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 15 replies
    The Guardian ^ | April 4, 2023 | Sidney Blumenthal
    The indictment of Donald J Trump has not driven a wooden stake through his heart. He has risen, omnipresent and ominous again, overwhelming his rivals, their voices joined into his choir, like the singing January 6 prisoners, proclaiming the wickedness of his prosecution. As he enters the criminal courthouse to pose for his mugshot and to give his fingerprints, evangelicals venerate him as the adulterous King David or the martyred Christ. Trump does not have to raise his hand to signal to the House Republicans to echo his cry of “WITCH-HUNT”. He owns the House like he owns a hotel....
  • Unsealed Trump indictment on 34 felony counts details yearslong ‘catch and kill’ scheme

    04/04/2023 4:32:35 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 36 replies
    New York Post ^ | April 4, 2023 3:28pm Updated | Ben Kesslen and Priscilla DeGregory
    The Manhattan District Attorney’s case against Donald Trump centers around allegations the former president orchestrated illegal “catch and kill” payments in a scheme to suppress negative stories about him during the 2016 election that continued while he was in office, according to the indictment against him unsealed Thursday. Trump, 76, is facing a total of 34 felony counts of falsifying business records in the first degree, which each carry a maximum sentence of four years behind bars. Taken together, the ex-president faces a whopping 136 years behind bars, but if convicted at trial and actually sentenced to jail, the time...
  • Nikki Haley: Principled conservative or establishment sell-out?

    03/30/2023 9:57:50 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 63 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3/30/23 | JUSTIN HASKINS AND CHRIS TALGO
    Is Nikki Haley a true conservative, an establishment politician or something else entirely? That’s the question many conservatives have been asking since Haley officially announced she is running for president in February. Haley served as governor of South Carolina from 2011 to 2017 and as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations under President Trump. We can’t recall another Republican politician who has garnered such a mixed response from conservatives. Almost everyone in the conservative media and public policy world seems to have an opinion about Haley. But once pressed to explain the reasons behind those opinions, very few seem prepared...
  • Investigative journalist: The Bushes are running against Trump through "proxy" candidate DeSantis, according to GOP insiders in Texas and Florida

    03/28/2023 2:30:23 PM PDT · by RandFan · 82 replies
    twitter ^ | March 28 | Paul Sperry / Real Clear Investigations
    @paulsperry_ DEVELOPING: The Bushes are running against Trump through "proxy" candidate DeSantis, according to GOP insiders in Texas and Florida. The entire "Bush machine" is behind his campaign, even helping run it
  • Trump calls for removal of every top official investigating him

    03/23/2023 11:14:55 AM PDT · by xyz2 · 31 replies
    The Hill ^ | Today | Rebecca Beitsch
    “District Attorney Bragg is a danger to our Country, and should be removed immediately, along with Radical Lunatic Bombthrower Jack Smith, who is harassing and intimidating innocent people at levels not seen before, ‘Get Trump’ Letitia James, the worst Attorney General in the United States, and Atlanta D.A. Fani Willis, who is trying to make PERFECT phone calls into a plot to destroy America, but reigns over the most violent Crime Scene in America, and does nothing about it!” Trump wrote in a post on his social media site. Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg (D) is set to meet Monday...
  • Trump wants to appear in handcuffs if he’s charged in NYC: report

    03/22/2023 11:23:56 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 82 replies
    NY Post ^ | 03/22/2023 | Bruce Golding
    Former President Donald Trump has reportedly said he wants to be hauled into court in handcuffs if he’s slapped with unprecedented charges in the “hush money” case involving porn star Stormy Daniels. Trump, 76, told advisers of his plan, saying that if he has to go through the ordeal of getting arrested and arraigned, he’d prefer making it a “spectacle,” The Guardian said Wednesday, citing unidentified sources close to him. The ex-president — who’s seeking the Republican nomination for a third White House bid in 2024 — also wants to avoid any special treatment that could make him look weak,...
  • Republicans invoke Soros to steer narrative on Trump probe

    03/22/2023 11:05:20 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 39 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | March 22, 2023 | By ALI SWENSON (D-AP)
    NEW YORK (AP) — As former President Donald Trump braces for a potential indictment related to hush money payments made on his behalf during his 2016 campaign, Republicans blasting the case as politically motivated are blaming a frequent target: George Soros. The 92-year-old billionaire investor and philanthropist — who has been falsely accused of everything from hiring violent rioters to committing election crimes — doesn’t know and didn’t donate directly to the New York prosecutor steering the probe. But that hasn’t stopped Trump and other high-profile Republicans from accusing Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, who convened the grand jury investigating...
  • Uvalde police held off on confronting shooter because of the rifle he used: report

    03/21/2023 12:39:32 PM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 87 replies
    The Hill ^ | 03/21/2023 | JULIA MUELLER
    The police who responded to a mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, last May held off on confronting the shooter inside the classroom out of concern over the AR-15 rifle he used, according to a report. A new investigation from the Texas Tribune found that officers decided that “immediately confronting the gunman” and the assault-style weapon “would be too dangerous,” although some of the officers on-scene were equipped with the same rifle.
  • Network of Twitter bots praises Trump — but slams Haley, DeSantis: report

    03/06/2023 11:18:11 AM PST · by thegagline · 18 replies
    The New York Post ^ | 03/06/2023 | Mark Moore
    A network of bots have been busily singing the praises of former President Donald Trump while targeting his political rivals Nikki Haley and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis — as well as trolling critics like Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, according to a report on Monday. The fake accounts — estimated to number in the hundreds of thousands — are behind popularizing the suggestion that DeSantis, 44, would be unable to defeat Trump, 76, for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination but would make a good running mate. They also attacked Haley, the former US ambassador to the United Nations in the...