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Detroit automakers blast Michigan GOP's new voter suppression bill

Major employers in the state of Michigan, including its two iconic car manufacturers, are blasting the state's Republican Party for its new voter suppression bill.

The Detroit Free Press reports that Detroit auto titans General Motors and Ford have come out against the Michigan GOP's new voting restrictions that they said would make voting unnecessarily onerous.

"Government must support equitable access to the ballot," the companies wrote in their statement opposing the proposed GOP measures. "Government must avoid actions that reduce participation in elections, particularly among historically disenfranchised communities."

The Detroit Free Press writes that the Michigan GOP's proposed new voting laws would, among other things, "require absentee voters to mail in a paper copy of their ID with their ballot application, shorten the deadline for returning absentee ballots, bar clerks from purchasing prepaid postage for absentee ballot return envelopes and limit the secretary of state's ability to help voters request an absentee ballot."

In addition to GM and Ford, major Michigan employers including Blue Cross Blue Shield, Quicken Loans, and First Independence Bank also signed on to oppose the proposed changes.

Anti-Defamation League chief says Tucker Carlson 'must go' after endorsing neo-Nazi conspiracy theory

Fox News host Tucker Carlson on Thursday endorsed the "great replacement" conspiracy theory that's been used by white supremacists as justification to commit mass murder.

During his show, Carlson claimed it was "true" that "the Democratic Party is trying to replace the current electorate" with "new people, more obedient voters from the Third World."

Responding to this, Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan Greenblatt called on Fox News to fire Carlson for his most overt embrace yet of white nationalist rhetoric.

"'Replacement theory' is a white supremacist tenet that the white race is in danger by a rising tide of non-whites," Greenblatt wrote on Twitter. "It is antisemitic, racist and toxic. It has informed the ideology of mass shooters in El Paso, Christchurch and Pittsburgh. Tucker must go."

Although Carlson claims that he is not a neo-Nazi, actual neo-Nazis frequently praise and cite his show, and Daily Stormer founder Andrew Anglin has described Carlson as "literally our greatest ally."

Fox & Friends host links Prince Philip's death to his reported 'rage' over Meghan Markle's Oprah interview

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II announced on Friday that husband Prince Philip had passed away at the age of 99 -- and "Fox & Friends" host Brian Kilmeade wasted no time speculating about whether Meghan Markle's interview with Oprah Winfrey had something to do with it.

While reporting on the breaking news of the prince's death, Kilmeade immediately connected it to the interview the Duchess of Sussex had with Winfrey earlier this year in which she claimed a member of the Royal Family expressed anxiety about possibly having a non-white child in the family.

"If you factor in this, there are reports that he was enraged after the interview and the fallout from the interview," Kilmeade said of Prince Philip. "So here he is trying to recover and he gets hit with that."

Prince Philip was hospitalized earlier this year to receive treatment for an undisclosed infection, and there is no evidence to suggest that Markle's interview with Oprah sent him into a death spiral.

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'Monumental miscalculation': Trump cost himself a fortune by refusing to divest when he became president

Even though former President Donald Trump tried to enrich himself at taxpayers' expense during his tenure with frequent trips to his own golf clubs, those apparently weren't enough to make up for the massive losses he incurred during his four years in the White House.

Forbes reports that Trump made a "monumental miscalculation" when he refused to take ethicists' advice by divesting his assets upon assuming the presidency in 2017.

"From the time he entered the White House in January 2017 to his departure a few months ago, Donald Trump's fortune fell by nearly a third, from $3.5 billion to $2.4 billion," Forbes writes. "If he had sold everything on Day 1, paid the maximum capital-gains taxes on the sales, then put the proceeds into a conflict-free fund tracking the S&P 500, Trump would have ended his presidency an estimated $1.6 billion richer than he is today."

The publication then runs down the plethora of Trump properties that crashed in value while he was in the White House, headlined by 6 East 57th Street in Manhattan, which saw its net value plunge by a whopping $217 million over the last four years.

The value of Trump's hotel management and licensing brand also crashed by $163 million during his presidency, and real estate analyst Kevin Brown tells Forbes that the former president "has done permanent damage to the Trump name and image, at least for two or three decades."

NC GOP torched after its latest voter fraud probe comes up 'nearly empty' in scathing newspaper op-ed

Republicans in North Carolina are still insisting that they're the victims of widespread voter fraud, despite the fact that yet another probe launched by a Trump-appointed attorney has turned up no evidence of election-altering fraud.

An editorial published by the Raleigh News & Observer this week scorched the state GOP for continuing to hype up mass voter fraud claims even after multiple investigations into these claims have come up "nearly empty."

The editors first detailed how Robert Higdon, the former Trump-appointed U.S attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, at last released the results of his years-long voter fraud probe that found a grand total of 40 people in the entire state who had allegedly cast ballots illegally.

"Pat Gannon, spokesman for the State Board of Elections, gave the proper epitaph for the years-long hunt for North Carolina's share of what former President Trump had said were 'millions' of votes cast by illegal immigrants in 2016," the editors wrote. "Gannon said Friday, 'There is no evidence whatsoever of any type of widespread election fraud in North Carolina.'"

The editors also bashed Republicans for their campaign against State Board of Elections Director Karen Brinson Bell, who last year expanded the number of days in which the state would accept absentee ballots postmarked by election day.

"What she did was oversee a fair election that set a record turnout under the difficult circumstances of a pandemic," the editors wrote. "And it was an election in which Republicans did well. They should be applauding Brinson Bell, not accusing her. But when it comes to elections these days, Republicans would rather stir suspicion than acknowledge the truth."

'Sick and disgusting': Republican skewers Trump after he claims MAGA rioters were 'zero threat' to Congress

Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) on Friday whacked former President Donald Trump after he told Fox News' Laura Ingraham that rioters at the United States Capitol building posed "zero threat" to members of Congress.

During the interview, Ingraham asked Trump if he thought Congress needed to take additional security measures in the wake of the MAGA riots, and Trump replied that they absolutely didn't.

"It was zero threat, right from the start," Trump claimed of the riots that resulted in the deaths of five people. Some of them went in, and they are hugging and kissing the police and the guards... a lot of the people were waved in, and then they walked in and they walked out."

Trump also claimed that many of the rioters were being unjustly "persecuted" for their actions, although he did acknowledge that they shouldn't have broken into the Capitol.

Kinzinger was unsparing in his reaction to the former president's statements.

"He is an utter failure," Kinzinger wrote on Twitter. "No remorse and no regret. It's quit[e] honestly sick and disgusting."

Fox News slapped with massive $1.6 billion defamation lawsuit by Dominion Voting Systems

Dominion Voting Systems has now hit Fox News with a massive $1.6 billion defamation lawsuit over its role in spreading lies about the company's voting machines rigging the election for President Joe Biden.

The Associated Press reports that Dominion's lawsuit is "the first defamation suit filed against a media outlet by the voting company, which was a target of misleading, false and bizarre claims spread by President Donald Trump and his allies in the aftermath of Trump's election loss to Joe Biden."

More 'damaging revelations' about Trump administration to drop thanks to long-delayed IG oversight reports

Long-delayed reports about Trump administration misconduct are set to drop in the coming months after Trump officials fought tooth and nail to avoid accountability.

The Washington Post reports that "across the government, at least nine key oversight investigations were impeded by clashes with the White House or political appointees," as "hostility to oversight reached unprecedented levels during his time in office."

Among the many long-delayed probes that may soon come to light include two ethics inquiries into former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, an audit into a $400 million border wall contract that was awarded to a politically connected construction firm, and a major probe into the Trump administration's handling of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Former President Donald Trump was infamously hostile to inspectors general, and he fired five different government watchdogs in the span of two months.

Trump officials also denied inspectors general access to witnesses unless agency counsel was present at interviews, which one official described as an "improper and unwarranted intrusion into OIG operations" that created a "chilling effect" on investigators' efforts.


'A growing universe' of Trump associates under scrutiny as tax investigation enters 'next phase'

The criminal probe into former President Donald Trump's business activities is reportedly approaching an important new phase.

According to Reuters, prosecutors at the moment are "combing through millions of pages of newly acquired records with an eye toward identifying witnesses who can bring the documents to life for a jury."

One source tells Reuters that "the next phase is identifying targets" for potential subpoenas as prosecutors probe whether Trump committed fraud aimed at reducing his tax liabilities.

In fact, Reuters writes that "a growing universe of people, institutions and agencies are being scrutinized by Vance's prosecutors as potential witnesses in the case."

Prosecutors are conducting a sweeping investigation into Trump's finances, as attorneys working for Manhattan DA Cy Vance have told courts they they are probing whether Trump committed tax fraud by lying about the value of his properties.

Vance's office in recent weeks has subpoenaed financial documents related to a skyscraper that Trump built in Chicago, as well as local government meeting records related to his efforts to develop the Seven Springs estate in Westchester County, New York, indicating that attorneys are looking at potentially widespread fraudulent practices across the former president's real estate empire.

So far, Vance has not charged Trump with any criminal wrongdoing.

Cops arrest MAGA rioters who assaulted late Capitol officer Brian Sicknick

Two MAGA rioters have been arrested and charged with assaulting the late Capitol police officer Brian Sicknick, who died after being attacked by Trump supporters at the January 6th attack on the United States Capitol building.

The Washington Post reports that 32-year-old Pennsylvania resident Julian Elie Khater and 39-year-old West Virginia resident George Pierre Tanios were "arrested Sunday and are expected to appear in federal court Monday."

Police allege that they have video showing Khater discharging a cannister of bear spray into Sicknick's face during the January 6th riots.

Khater and Tanios are facing a total of nine criminal counts, including charges of assaulting Sicknick and two other offices during the riots.

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