…about that time [DOT 6/1/22]

who can not remember...

…welp…I have my doubts that I can cram everything I think might deserve some space into this today…but all the same it’s kind of hard to ignore the date…of which more, anon…but given the conjunction between those who figured they’d take a run at overturning the result of US presidential election & people who think they know better than to get vaccinated against a viral pandemic…here’s a couple of things to consider

Tournament organisers said Djokovic’s medical exemption had been granted by two independent medical panels organised by Tennis Australia and Victoria state, and denied he had been given special treatment.
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On Thursday, border officials said Djokovic had “failed to provide appropriate evidence” for entry after arriving from Dubai. He is now being held at a hotel in the Melbourne suburb of Carlton which is used for immigration detention.

“Non-citizens who do not hold a valid visa on entry or who have had their visa cancelled will be detained and removed from Australia,” the Australian Border Force (ABF) said in a statement.

Novak Djokovic: Australia cancels top tennis player’s visa [BBC]

…it seems he had an exemption (possibly on the grounds of having had the virus within the past six months) which would allow him to be in the state the tournament is held in…but didn’t have a good enough excuse for not being vaccinated to make it out of the airport…so it looks like he’s going to be sent home while lawyers get into it…which may take too long for him to have a shot at defending his title…which seems like a working definition of bringing it upon himself…or possibly of someone who expected special treatment finding out that in fact they just aren’t as special as they believe…you could maybe call that a teachable moment…speaking of which

Footage taken on the streets of Almaty appears to show guns being fired as unrest continues. Initially angered by a fuel price rise, protesters have been storming buildings and chanting against President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev’s predecessor, Nursultan Nazarbayev. State buildings have been torched and eight security personnel reported dead in the demonstrations. The internet was shut down and ‘peacekeeping forces’ from a Russian-led alliance of former Soviet states will be sent to Kazakhstan to help stabilise the country

https://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2022/jan/06/apparent-gunshots-heard-during-protests-in-kazakhstans-biggest-city-video

…it’s not a pleasant thing to watch…but…the people who still think what happened a year ago at the capitol was all good should probably get their head around the fact that this is what their antics suggest they were going for

There is little reliable information on the number of casualties, but local news agencies quoted a spokesperson for police in Almaty, the country’s largest city, saying dozens of people were killed during attacks on government buildings.
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On Thursday morning, shots were fired as troops entered Almaty’s main square. Several armoured personnel carriers and dozens of troops moving on foot arrived on Thursday morning, with shots heard as they approached the crowd, Reuters witnesses said.

State television reported on Thursday that the National Bank of Kazakhstan had suspended all financial institutions. The internet in the country is mostly down as well as mobile phone reception.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/jan/06/shots-heard-in-kazakhstan-as-protests-enter-third-day

…the fact that even now the GOP & the MAGA crowd style themselves as a political group who pride themselves on their nationalistic fervor…rather than a criminally conspiratorial collective doing a bang up job of pursuing outcomes that seem like they’d do a better job of furthering the interests of one v. putin

We must stop pretending the GOP is a real political party made up of coherent adults. To understand why, let’s examine a single day this week.

On Tuesday, former president Donald Trump, the undisputed head of the party, canceled his Jan. 6 news conference in a babbling announcement that made his “Person. Woman. Man. Camera. TV.” interview sound rational. Even nuttier than the statement itself was the entire Republican Party’s refusal to remark upon his aberrant behavior.

Also on Tuesday, two leading MAGA-light members of the party — Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and Rep. Elise Stefanik of New York (the latter of whom became the No. 3 person in Republican House leadership for her willingness to lie about the Jan. 6 insurrection) — remarked that impeachment of President Biden would be on the table if Republicans won the House majority. Why? Reasons need not be discussed, I suppose. This is constitutionally ludicrous and not even politically smart.[…]

Not to be outdone, frequent coronavirus vaccine denier and Jan. 6 apologist Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) declared: “Why do we assume that the body’s natural immune system isn’t the marvel that it is? Why do we think that we can create something better than God in terms of combating disease?” He added: “There are certain things we have to do, but we have just made so many assumptions, and it’s all pointed toward everybody getting a vaccine.” No word yet on whether Johnson will refuse to travel on airplanes, since “if God wanted us to fly …”

To top it off, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) scoffed at the notion — nearing the one-year anniversary of Jan. 6 — that Republicans would ever refuse to accept an election’s results. Perhaps he was trolling the entire country.

This is a single day in the life of a party that no longer attempts to appeal to grown-up voters, to stay within throwing distance of the truth or to produce a positive agenda on which to run for office.

The GOP isn’t even trying to sound coherent anymore [WaPo]

…well, that suggests that they probably wouldn’t see the resemblance…or at least are adept enough at burying their heads in their collective asses to claim to be blind to it…but from where I sit it sure looks like that’s a pretty good picture of what it might actually look like if they got their wish…& I want that to be absurd hyperbole…but

A Southern California man was arrested after he recently attacked workers at a coronavirus vaccination clinic, allegedly calling them “murderers” and falsely accusing the staffers of causing the covid pandemic, according to police and clinic officials.

Two staff members with Families Together of Orange County were injured in a Dec. 30 attack on the group’s mobile clinic in Tustin, Calif., the organization said in a news release Wednesday. Families Together said one of the members “sustained serious injuries and was sent to the hospital in an ambulance” but that both workers “are expected to make a full recovery within a few days.”
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The United States continues to deal with a persistent partisan divide over coronavirus vaccination, even as the highly transmissible omicron variant causes case numbers to surge nationwide. The divide has resulted in the spread of misinformation on vaccines, as well as online and in-person harassment of health-care workers.
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But as the pandemic approaches its third year in the United States, violence and threats against health-care workers remain a disturbing trend nationwide. In Tennessee, a woman was arrested in May on charges of driving through a vaccination site at high speed and nearly hitting seven workers while yelling, “No vaccine!” Cox Medical Center Branson in Missouri acknowledged in September that violence against its workers had tripled over the past year, prompting the facility to give employees panic buttons. Some Kootenai Health employees in Idaho told administrators they were scared to go to the grocery store if they were still wearing their scrubs, according to the Associated Press.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2022/01/05/california-vaccination-clinic-attack-apollo/

…if that’s the approach they’re inclined to take towards people engaged in an effort that’s explicitly about trying to keep them & their fellow citizens alive…which you’d think might have some appeal to a “pro-life” kind of a crowd…it really isn’t the kind of leap of logic it ought to be to say they might genuinely be on board with the sort of thing that gets far-flung places labelled things like “failed state”

At least seven historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) across the United States received back-to-back bomb threats this week, forcing students to evacuate or shelter in place while authorities investigated.

The threats come amid a dramatic rise in bombings in the US and follow bomb threats at other US colleges last November.

The targeted HBCUs spanned six states and Washington DC, including Prairie View A&M University in Texas, the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, Howard University, Florida Memorial University, Norfolk State University in Virginia, North Carolina Central University, and Xavier University in New Orleans.
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While some of the threats were later deemed unfounded, police warned that at least one had been “very real”, according to local New Orleans news channel WDSU. None resulted in explosions.
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This week’s events also come after an alarming uptick in bombings in the US. In a report on 2020, the United States Bomb Data Center recorded 25% fewer bomb threats than in 2019. Yet it tallied 428 actual bombings – a 71% increase from the year before.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/jan/05/hbcus-bomb-threats-us-colleges-universities-investigation

…& I know when I was growing up it was sort of a running gag that a lot of americans struggled to appreciate irony…but that remains beyond my ability to grasp in terms of overwhelming lack of self-awareness

The first thing former Trump aide Peter Navarro did during a contentious interview on MSNBC on Tuesday night was try to differentiate his efforts to keep Joe Biden from taking office from those of the putsch that overwhelmed the U.S. Capitol one year ago.

After all, Navarro continued, their plan — the middle-aged-guys-who-like-action-movies-named “Green Bay Sweep” — was in place, with scores of Republicans ready to object to the results of the 2020 presidential vote in six states. “All this required was peace and calm on Capitol Hill,” he added, pointedly, as though the riot that unfolded on Capitol Hill was an unwelcome detriment to Trump’s otherwise sober effort to steal the presidency.

He played the same card in an interview with the Daily Beast last month, telling the site’s Jose Pagliery that the “sweep” “was a perfect plan. “And it all predicated on peace and calm on Capitol Hill. We didn’t even need any protestors, because we had over 100 congressmen committed to it.”

It’s admittedly hard for me to hide my complete disdain for this line of argument. Just on its face, the distinction being drawn is next to useless, the equivalent of a guy opening fire on someone and then trying to absolve himself of blame by arguing that it was someone else’s bullet that dealt a fatal wound. Oh, your plan to overthrow Biden’s victory had the same intended outcome but would have resulted in 100 percent fewer broken windows? Well, our collective apologies for inconveniencing you with any questions.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2022/01/05/peter-navarro-wants-you-know-they-only-intended-overthrow-government-peacefully/

…maybe they got confused about those broken windows…but whatever the current round of paltry excuses might be the apologists for this bullshit remain on a spectrum that runs from random individuals clear through to holding some of the highest offices in the land…& that is a frankly insane state of affairs

More than 1,000 Americans in positions of public trust acted as accomplices in Donald Trump’s attempt to overturn the 2020 election result, participating in the violent insurrection at the US Capitol on 6 January or spreading the “big lie” that the vote count had been rigged.
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The Insurrection Index seeks to identify all those who supported Trump in his bid to hold on to power despite losing the election, in the hope that they can be held accountable and prevented from inflicting further damage to the democratic infrastructure of the country.
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Among them are 213 incumbents in elected office and 29 who are running as candidates for positions of power in upcoming elections. There are also 59 military veterans, 31 current or former law enforcement officials, and seven who sit on local school boards.

When the index goes live on Thursday, it will contain a total of 1,404 records of those who played a role in trying to overturn the 2020 election. In addition to the 1,011 individuals, it lists 393 organizations deemed to have played a part in subverting democracy.
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The groups behind the index hope that it will alert voters to the anti-democratic actions of people running for elected office. The value of such a record, they believe, would increase exponentially were the Republicans to take back control of Congress in this year’s midterm elections, leading almost certainly to an abrupt halt in congressional investigations into the events of 6 January.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/jan/05/trump-capitol-attack-democracy-election-insurrection-index

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell opened the door Wednesday to revising an obscure 1887 election law as Democrats explore ways to protect the will of voters from any future attempts to overturn election results.
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Capitol Hill is abuzz with new discussions about possible changes to the archaic statute known as the Electoral Count Act that governs the process of counting electoral votes sent by states for presidential contests. Critics, including some members of the Jan. 6 committee in the House, argue the existing law is poorly written and overly ambiguous after Trump’s allies sought to exploit gaps to try and reject the outcome of the 2020 election.
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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said revising the 1887 law without protecting access to the ballot “makes no sense whatsoever.”

“If you’re going to rig the game, and then say, ‘Oh, we’ll count the rigged game accurately.’ What good is that?” he said Tuesday.
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Republicans strenuously oppose the Freedom to Vote Act, which would establish a series of voting-access guarantees across all states while insulating election officials from undue partisan influence, and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, a measure that would raise the bar for states with a history of discrimination to change voting laws. Democrats have made it a priority to pass both pieces of legislation, but they lack the votes to clear a filibuster for either one in the Senate.

Changes to the Electoral Count Act are part of a separate — and new — debate that may have a viable path to 60 votes in the Senate, if the recent Republican openness is any indication.

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/congress/senate-republicans-open-door-revising-obscure-1887-law-protect-elections

…so it’s nice to think that despite its seemingly glacial pace efforts to prosecute those involved might eventually get as far as those ultimately responsible

The US attorney general, Merrick Garland, on Wednesday vowed that the justice department would hold accountable all those responsible for the deadly 6 January attack, whether they were physically present at the Capitol or not.
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“The justice department remains committed to holding all January 6th perpetrators, at any level, accountable under law – whether they were present that day or were otherwise criminally responsible for the assault on our democracy,” Garland said in his address, delivered from the justice department’s Great Hall in Washington. “We will follow the facts wherever they lead.”
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Garland did not mention Trump by name, and in keeping with the justice department’s longstanding rule not to comment on ongoing investigations, he did not detail any possible leads the department was pursuing related to the former US president, his family or his allies.
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The department’s work so far, he explained, was laying the foundation for more serious and complicated cases. “In complex cases, initial charges are often less severe than later charged offenses,” he said. “This is purposeful as investigators methodically collect and sift through more evidence.
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To date, he said, investigators had issued 5,000 subpoenas and search warrants, seized 2,000 devices, viewed 20,000 hours of video footage, searched 15 terabytes of data and received 300,000 tips from the public. More than 700 people in nearly all 50 states and the District of Columbia have been charged for their roles in the insurrection, which left 140 law enforcement officers injured. Five officers who defended the Capitol that day have since died.
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On Thursday, Democratic leaders in Congress will host a day of remembrance events, beginning with speeches from Joe Biden and Kamala Harris at the US Capitol.

Previewing his speech, the White House press secretary, Jen Psaki, said Biden would acknowledge “the singular responsibility President Trump has for the chaos and carnage” of 6 January.

“The president is going to speak to the truth of what happened, not the lies that some have spread since, and the peril it posed to the rule of law and our system of democratic governance,” Psaki said, adding that Biden was “clear-eyed about the threat the former president represents to our democracy and how the former president constantly works to undermine basic American values and rule of law”.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/jan/05/merrick-garland-us-capitol-attack-investigation

…now it might just be me…but although there’s a decent argument to be made that he was persuaded not to try that on the basis he might further incriminate himself…the sad truth is I find it entirely more credible that what persuaded him was very likely that he just wouldn’t get the media coverage he not only believes he’s entitled to but without which his act just doesn’t work…& it might be tempting to think that suggests that “the media” might have actually learned something…although as ever that’s probably too much to hope for…& definitely not the way he’d tell it

Mr. Trump’s initial decision on Dec. 30 to counterprogram the remembrance events to be held on Capitol Hill had drawn immediate concern from Republicans and allies, who questioned the wisdom of his seizing the spotlight for himself, saying it would be a needless and harmful distraction.
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In recent days, according to people familiar with the matter, it became clear that Mr. Trump’s news conference would not likely receive the kind of blanket cable coverage that he generally desires, and some advisers urged the former president to reschedule for a day that would draw less attention to a low point of his presidency.

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/04/us/politics/trump-jan-6-capitol-attack-anniversary.html

…but I think we all know what he trades in

A report to be released Thursday from Advance Democracy, a nonpartisan nonprofit group that conducts public-interest research and investigations, found that “while explicit calls for violence are no longer as prolific, misinformation about election fraud and conspiracy theories about the 2020 presidential election continue to be prominent” and that “a number of users continue to use violent rhetoric.”

It is a distinct shift from the days leading up to Jan. 6, 2021, when users of TheDonald.Win, an extremist forum that was relocated to an independent website after being banned from Reddit, posted pictures of ammunition in their hotel rooms and maps of the tunnels underneath the Capitol.
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TheDonald was rebranded shortly after the attack to Patriots.Win, as the original owner feared legal woes in the weeks after the attack.
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And while extremist web forums are quieter compared to a year ago, they are active — and still trying to come to terms with the riot. Patriots.Win posters remain largely split on taking credit for the attack, as are members of the QAnon movement.

Mike Rothschild, who researches the QAnon movement, said most adherents generally believe a conspiracy theory advanced by Fox News host Tucker Carlson that the riot was a setup organized by federal agents to entrap Trump supporters, while others still celebrate the violence.

“I don’t think you’re getting the open, planned, no-attempt-to-hide-it plotting that you got leading up to Jan. 6,” Rothschild said. “They’re not doing that. And we would know if they were doing that, because they made no effort to hide it at all.”
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Other violent threats remain. Rothschild pointed to a popular cartoon among QAnon supporters in recent days from pro-Trump illustrator Ben Garrison, which showed Dr. Anthony Fauci, the White House’s chief medical adviser, hanging from a lamppost.

https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/internet/far-right-forums-thrive-capitol-attack-stumble-trump-riots-legacy

The globe is witnessing an America where those who are willing to look back at the insurrection perceive vastly different realities, along starkly partisan lines. A Washington Post-University of Maryland poll released Saturday found that 72 percent of Republicans believe President Trump bears “just some” responsibility or “none at all” for the events of Jan. 6, when, as my colleagues reported, “he claimed at a [Jan. 6] rally near the White House that the election had been rigged and urged his followers to ‘fight like hell’ to stop what he said was a stolen outcome.” Compare that with 92 percent of Democrats who say he bears a “great deal” or “good amount” of the blame.
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The widespread conclusion abroad is that one year after the attack on the Capitol, something remains broken in America’s democracy. The legacy of Jan. 6 could be less as a singular event than as an inflection point in a broader narrative of the United States as a house divided, incapable of consensus and with its pillars of democracy and global reach irrevocably weakened.

“Clearly, this is a year in which the crisis of American democracy has become incredibly visible to all,” the Financial Times’ Martin Wolf said in a podcast last month. “And that is a singularly disturbing fact for those of us who live in what we used to think of as the free world.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2022/01/05/capitol-insurrection-global-american-democrcay-broken/

Fox News host Sean Hannity was sitting on what would seem to have been a major story in the days before the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection: There was concern about mass resignations in then-President Donald Trump’s White House Counsel’s Office.

Hannity did not share this with his viewers, mind you. And as has been revealed of other Fox News hosts, he provided those same viewers with a perspective markedly different from the one he was espousing privately.

“We can’t lose the entire WH counsels office,” Hannity said in a Dec. 31 text to White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, as detailed by the House Jan. 6 committee Tuesday night. Hannity added, apparently referring to Trump, “I do NOT see January 6 happening the way he is being told.”
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It wouldn’t be until months later that we got real detail on what Hannity might have been talking about. A Senate committee in October released an interim report stating that White House counsel Pat A. Cipollone indicated that both he and his top deputy, Patrick F. Philbin, would resign if Trump followed through on an attempt to install a voter-fraud-claim-supporting loyalist as attorney general. The threat came during a tense Jan. 3 meeting at the White House.

But even that doesn’t account for Hannity discussing potential resignations from the “entire WH counsels office” four days before that Jan. 3 meeting. Nor does it account for him, on Jan. 5, appearing to tie potential departures not to the attempted installation of Jeffrey Clark as attorney general, but to pressure on Vice President Mike Pence (apparently regarding Pence’s role in potentially trying to overturn the election on Jan. 6, which he refused to do).
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The last Hannity text we’ll mention came on Jan. 10. In it, Hannity suggested to Meadows and Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) that he was again worried about Trump’s continued campaign to question the election results. He went so far as to say Trump should stop talking about the election altogether.

“Guys, we have a clear path to land the plane in 9 days,” Hannity said. “He can’t mention the election again. Ever. I did not have a good call with him today. And worse, I’m not sure what is left to do or say, and I don’t like not knowing if it’s truly understood. Ideas?”
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It all reinforces the extremely blurred lines between these hosts being journalists and being allies of the Trump administration. Not disclosing these concerns and important information publicly serves the latter’s purpose, but not the former’s. It’s possible Hannity understood these communications to be “off the record.” But even if he didn’t disclose them, he could have talked in general terms about the very weighty matters he was apparently quite concerned about. The purpose of “off the record” is to inform your coverage, not to assist your sources.
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But there is no evidence he was acting in any true journalistic capacity. Rather, as before with Hannity (who has intermittently said he’s not a journalist, when that has been convenient), it was clear he was acting as an informal adviser. And he was acting as an informal adviser who was plugged in to extremely important events he was quite concerned about, while keeping his mouth shut publicly for the good of the team.

And in that role, he has plenty of company. Now would seem a great time to address what those texts were about — since we still don’t know a whole lot about the events as Hannity described them — but Hannity will apparently fight having to do so. And during his show Tuesday night, he characteristically made no mention of the whole thing.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2022/01/05/sean-hannitys-texts-duplicity-they-reinforce

“We remain very concerned about the constitutional implications especially as it relates to the First Amendment,” wrote Jay Sekulow, the Trump-team lawyer who represents Hannity. He was even more explicit in a statement to Axios, referring to “concerns regarding freedom of the press.”

Those statements look like a winning entry into the Hypocrisy Hall of Fame.

Everything about Hannity’s text messages, part of a trove of documents the House panel received from former chief of staff Mark Meadows after a subpoena, scream one thing: that the prime-time host is not a journalist.
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I guess we should be grateful that Hannity wasn’t one of those goading Trump toward a coup. But his “we” says it all — he considered himself an adviser and a member of Trump’s inner circle.

If he really were a journalist, the possible defection of the entire White House Counsel’s Office would have been a world-class scoop. Reporting the news didn’t seem to be on Hannity’s mind.
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“All of us are free to weigh in on public events,” the First Amendment lawyer Floyd Abrams told me in an email Wednesday, “but when Hannity advised the president about the ongoing insurrection he did not do so as a journalist but as an ally, a confederate, a teammate, rather than an umpire or observer.”

This, Abrams had said to me in a phone interview, “is non-journalistic behavior, in fact almost the precise opposite of journalistic behavior.”
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Responding to a tweet in October 2016, he wrote (and you’ll need to supply your own comma here): “I’m not a journalist jackass. I’m a talk host.

The ridiculous hypocrisy of Sean Hannity hiding behind ‘freedom of the press’ [WaPo]

Let’s start by debunking the myth that conduct like engaging in racist speech and lying to the public about a health crisis or the legitimacy of our elections can never be criminal. We don’t need new laws to address these actions. We need prosecutors to use the laws that are already in place. More specifically, they need to stop taking such a timid approach to their interpretation of existing laws like making false statements, honest services fraud, obstruction of Congress and campaign finance fraud and look to expand the definitions as needed.

Lying is central to all of these actions, and it can be a crime under 18 U.S Code § 1001 (“False Statements”) when falsehoods are made “knowingly and willfully” about “any matter within the jurisdiction of the executive, legislative, or judicial branch.”

It’s a bit tricky when it comes to honest services fraud. It’s a charge now in disuse because prosecutors fear the Supreme Court’s decisions in a line of cases – the most recent of which overturned former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell’s corruption conviction in 2016 – that appear to limit such fraud to the most basic of bribery quid pro quos.
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That leads us to obstruction of Congress, which several courts have upheld as a charge against rioters accused in the Jan. 6 insurrection because they sought to interfere with the election certification by physically invading the Capitol. This same charge could be applied to public officials who sought to undermine that same process through misinformation.

Moreover, using such lies to support campaign fundraising is obviously dishonest. It’s no different from the practice of falsely claiming to donors that their donations will be matched to boost donations — a practice the Justice Department recently began to take notice of.
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Next up is the overly broad protections afforded to members of Congress under the speech and debate clause of the Constitution, which is meant to give senators and representatives immunity for positions they take in performing their official duties and the motivations for those acts. But it shouldn’t, as pointed out in United States v. Brewster, be read to include activities that are “political in nature rather than legislative.”
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Like all prosecutors, federal prosecutors have vast discretion in how to use and interpret existing laws. The Biden administration and the Justice Department need to see that the historical trend of scaling back investigation and prosecution of public officials must yield to the reality that such timidity has led to increased boldness by offenders. If we don’t change course, the past will be prologue to a dangerous future.

https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/marjorie-taylor-greene-s-twitter-suspension-highlights-major-problem

…I mean…compare & contrast

A political “dark money” group led by a former top aide to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is launching a $1 million ad campaign in West Virginia to pressure Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin to keep the filibuster rules intact.

One Nation, an advocacy group that is not required to disclose its donors, released the radio, television and digital ads Wednesday. The campaign, which is scheduled to run for 12 days and was first shared with NBC News, uses clips of Manchin vowing he will not get rid of the filibuster.
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One Nation was the most prolific spender in the 2020 election cycle, according to the money-in-politics group Open Secrets, spending more than $125 million on ads and campaign contributions.

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/congress/gop-aligned-dark-money-group-launches-1m-ad-campaign-pressure-manchin

The day before the first anniversary of the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, a Democratic super PAC is launching a six-figure ad buy that ties Republican allies of former president Donald Trump to the deadly events of that day.

Priorities USA Action on Wednesday announced the release of two short digital ads, to run in battleground states with the intention of targeting “voters who are consuming less political news since Donald Trump left office.”

One ad, “Coup,” opens with footage of Trump casting doubt on the integrity of the 2020 election and saying Republicans were needed to “take care of the election frauds.”
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The second ad, “You Were Right,” includes images from the 2017 white supremacist rally in Charlottesville and of a Capitol rioter carrying a Confederate flag through the halls of Congress. It also gives a brief overview of some of the Trump-endorsed candidates of 2022.

“Every single chaotic, disastrous day of the Donald Trump presidency reminds us that your vote to defeat him was absolutely right,” a narrator states in this ad. “The only way to stop Trump is with your vote.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2022/01/05/priorities-usa-ad-buy-jan6-insurrection-trump-midterms/

…or…to put it another way

Jimmy Carter: I Fear for Our Democracy [NYT]

…& yet somehow all of that is just part of what I would have crammed into this if I had more time…or thought I wouldn’t have already exhausted most people’s reserves of patience…but I’m already late posting this…so…I’ll go look for some tunes instead

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12 Comments

  1. Speaking of strange vaxx theories, or rather the persistent partisan divide over vaccinations, I was surprised to read a headline a day or two ago that said, “Betty White’s Cause of Death Finally Revealed.” Given that she was days away from turning 100 I guessed, “natural causes.” I was right. But the reason why this story had to be a story is that apparently a good many people believe/d she had recently gotten a Covid booster and that’s what finished her off.

  2. Also, I have a question. When I write up my loopy FYCE posts I seem to have lost the option to fill in the sub-hed, the text that goes in the orange box. Can someone remind me where that field is supposed to be found? I have a feeling I may have somehow turned it off as an option or something.

    • The problem with so much coverage of the GOP is that it’s all disconnected strands of buzzing loopiness, as if there is no goal or organization.

      They won’t say what’s right in front of them which is that they are in the middle of a coordinated movement to overthrow democracy, culture, and even the economy as we know it.

      The Chuck Todds surround themselves with conservative pundits who do everything they can to distract from that obvious truth, and so they can’t even admit basic things like Trump wants kids to die for his own political ends.

      The scandal is there, the headlines write themselves, and we get phrasing from Mediatite like “raised eyebrows.”

    • I suspect that Trump’s mind was changed for him on his “press conference” today. He’s too stupid and arrogant to believe he would incriminate himself. Like a lot of narcissists, he believes he can talk his way out of anything.

      I’d guess some staffer with some influence on Trump’s dementia-fueled actions managed to convince him that speaking on Jan. 6 would call more attention to the insurrection, and Trump grudgingly agreed.

      As an aside, Trump getting banned from Twitter was probably the best thing that ever happened to his staff. He can’t broadcast his insanity which has got to make it easier to manage him.

      • Ah. Also, I didn’t realize Biden would speak today. If Trump had called some sort of idiotic press conference, it would have been contrasted to Biden’s speech, and Trump would invariably look 1. stupid and 2. incoherent.

  3. My wife and her staff refuse to go to the store in scrubs anymore because of harassment.  It is funny how fast they went from heroes to the enemy.  This is what they fear most…

    https://crooksandliars.com/2022/01/cops-restrain-man-attacking-medical

    We need Keith back on TV!

    and sometimes you have to celebrate small victories on a day like today…

     

     

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