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GOP Congressional candidate encourages violence over the information surrounding Hunter Biden laptops

A Republican congressional candidate in Minnesota recently called for an armed violent revolution in response to the highly publicized information drop about the handling of Hunter Biden's laptop.

According to Mediaite, Shukri Abdirahman —the Republican candidate challenging Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) who currently represents Minnesota’s 5th District, took to Twitter with her reaction to the reports.

On Friday, December 3, Substack journalist Matt Taibbi released a thread of tweets with details that suggested Twitter employees intentionally worked to censor reports about Biden's laptops during the 2020 presidential election cycle.

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While some Republicans felt the highly anticipated release was relatively underwhelming, others like Abdirahman were fueled by it.

Responding to Taibbi's string of tweets, she tweeted, “We can no longer get rid of tyranny by the ballots. It’s only by bullets now.”

The Republican candidate also shared a number of other reactions. Per the news outlet, she also said:

  1. “I’m done. I regret that I put my life on the line to defend these Nazis, and that so many of my brothers and sisters in arms died for.”
  2. “Two pillars of a successful Republic are election integrity and confidence in our democratic processes. We have neither.”
  3. “This is treason and the real insurrection.”
  4. “This wasn’t by Russia. It’s done by our own f--king government.”
  5. “Just so you know @HillaryClinton, Elon Musk is not suicidal.”

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But despite Adbirahman's reaction, Miranda Devine appeared on Fox News Friday night and admitted that the latest developments are not what she would consider bombshells or a "smoking gun."

“Look, I think we’ve seen quite a bit that’s useful. It’s not really the smoking gun we’d hoped for,” Devine told Fox News host Tucker Carlson. She added, “I feel that Elon Musk has held back some material.”

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Tech CEOs echo Elon Musk's steep demands for workers

Since Elon Musk's Twitter takeover, internal affairs have drastically changed for the social media platform. Now, according to Business Insider, other Big Tech CEOs appear to be taking similar action and demanding more of workers which suggests a bigger economic downturn is near.

Per the news outlet, the message being conveyed to tech workers is simple: workers "would be expected to step up or find somewhere else to work."

Based on recent remarks from other CEOs, a shift in the industry is happening much sooner than later. Back in July, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg made similar remarks.

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"Realistically, there are probably a bunch of people at the company who shouldn't be here," Zuckerberg reportedly said. "And part of my hope by raising expectations and having more aggressive goals, and just kind of turning up the heat a little bit, is that I think some of you might just say that this place isn't for you. And that self-selection is okay with me."

The news outlet also notes that Zuckerberg doubled down on his stance during a Q2 earnings call later that month. At the time, he insisted that the company planned to "steadily reduce headcount growth over the next year," and that "many teams are going to shrink so we can shift energy to other areas inside the company."

Sundar Pichai also expressed concern about the level of productivity for employees as he insisted that it needs improvement.

"Across everything we do, we can be slower to make decisions. You look at it end-to-end and figure out how to make the company 20% more productive," Pichai said. "Sometimes there are areas to make progress [where] you have three people making decisions, understanding that and bringing it down to two or one improves efficiency by 20%."

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Back in October, Meta investor Altimeter Capital penned an open letter detailing tech companies' overall goal. "It is a poorly kept secret in Silicon Valley that companies ranging from Google to Meta to Twitter to Uber could achieve similar levels of revenue with far fewer people," the Meta investor said. said in an open letter in October.

Many CEOs and shareholders are paying close attention to Twitter and how it will operate with more than half of its staff cut. "Twitter may ultimately end up as the case study on efficiency," analysts at Bernstein Research wrote, "as 'Elon's Razor' will test just how lean these businesses can run."

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GOP lawmaker vows to investigate Twitter employees who may have helped to censor news on Hunter Biden's laptop

Rep. James Comer (R-Ky.) is vowing to bring Twitter employees before Congress as part of an investigative effort to determine how they may have censored reports on Hunter Biden's laptop during the 2020 election cycle.

On Friday, December 3, the Kentucky lawmaker appeared on Fox News where he spoke with guest host Jason Chaffetz who asked him about the report written by Substack journalist Matt Taibbi. According to Taibbi's report, there was an "organized effort at Twitter" to suppress the circulation of the story.

Mediaite reports that "Taibbi, whose source was Elon Musk, reported Democrats and Republicans both had back channels that killed unfavorable tweets."

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According to the news outlet, the journalist also claimed "internal Twitter files showed Democrats had more channels that were used to suppress unfavorable tweets and initial reports on Hunter Biden’s laptop."

Chaffetz, also a former chairman of the House Oversight Committee said, “They can’t figure out how to justify this type of suppression. What can Congress, what can the Oversight Committee do, and where are they going to go next with this?”

The Republican lawmaker responded by sharing his intent as chairman of the committee. "When I take your old position as chairman of the House Oversight Committee, I can promise you this: every employee at Twitter who was involved in suppressing the Hunter Biden laptop story will have an opportunity to come before Congress and explain their actions to the American people," Comer said. "This was a huge story."

He added, "When we announced the investigation of the Biden family and referenced material from the laptop, many in the mainstream media said this is just a conspiracy theory. The mainstream media is still trying to use the old talking points the laptop is somehow Russian disinformation."

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According to Comer, Musk's decision to share Twitter's files with Taibbi suggests there was some form of collusive effort to diminish the circulation of reports on the social platform. The Republican lawmaker also commended the New York Post for its original report which was published in October 2020.

He concluded by saying, “We are going to have every person at Twitter in front of the House Oversight Committee."

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Data on donors dispels the GOP's claims about identifying with 'working class' voters

A new analysis is dispelling the Republican Party's claims to justify the mediocre small-dollar donations it received during the latest election cycle.

The Daily Beast's Roger Sollenberger noted that Republicans have been quick to insist inflation is to blame for the problem. “It’s gas or this donation; its vacation with our children or this donation,” Zac Moffatt, CEO of top GOP fundraising firm Targeted Victory, insisted back in July.

But, digging a bit deeper, Sollenberger has managed to uncover other complications that are likely contributing to the political party's small-dollar challenges.

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The Daily Beast's new analysis of data on the party's donors indicates "the Republican fundraising base this year actually skews a bit wealthier than that of Democrats."

As part of a collaborative effort with the Sterling Data Company —artificial intelligence analytics firm— the news outlet found: "The results give Republican small-dollar donors a slightly higher average (mean) annual household income—$50,849—about $1,000 more than their Democratic counterparts, who clocked in at $49,747."

According to Sollenberger, the findings contradict the Republican Party's attempt to rebrand itself as the political party that identifies with working and middle-class Americans.

He noted, "Not only does that finding undercut the fundraising excuse, it also complicates the GOP’s attempt to rebrand as the party of the working and middle class—and to cast Democrats as the party of the wealthy elite of cities and suburbs."

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Sollenberger also explained how the latest findings obscure the party's desired public projections. He wrote, "The fact that Republican small-dollar donors on average make a little more money than their Democratic counterparts suggests that, when it comes to funding party politics, the GOP does not have the working class dominance it likes to project."

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Right-wing social media users express disapproval of Elon Musk's highly touted Twitter files

Right-wing Twitter users are weighing in to express their disapproval of the so-called bombshell "Twitter files" Elon Musk promised to deliver on Friday, December 2.

According to The Daily Beast, Musk was set to address Twitter's decision to implement a policy that would restrict headlines and reports about Hunter Biden’s laptop from circulating on the social media platform. However, the leak ended up being a failure for many right-wing experts.

Sebastian Gorka, a right-wing radio host who previously served under the Trump administration, offered a critical response to Musk's release after journalist Matt Taibbi shared a full Twitter thread about the findings.

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“So far, I’m deeply underwhelmed,” Gorka said, adding, “We know the Dems in DC collude with the Dems in Palo Alto [Califonia]. Big Whop.”

He went on to reiterate his arguments when grilled by his far-right followers who were convinced that Musk's Twitter files were some kind of "smoking gun."

Per the news outlet: "Responding to a user claiming the Twitter company emails were 'a clear violation of the 1st Amendment,' the radio host fired back: 'Err no, it’s not the DNC asking a private company to censor has nothing to do with the First Amendment.'”

Speaking to Fox News' Tucker Carlson, New York Post columnist Miranda Devine also disapproved of the release. “I feel that Elon Musk has held back some material,” she alleged. According to The Beast, Devine also claimed: "sinister forces were perhaps controlling Musk after the Twitter chief took a meeting with Apple CEO Tim Cook earlier in the week."

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She added, “In particular, there’s a tweet in which Matt Taibbi says he hasn’t seen any evidence that law enforcement specifically warned off Twitter from our story. But that’s just not correct.”

Free Beacon reporter Joe Simonson also echoed similar sentiments on Twitter. “Twitter files [are] underwhelming so far," Simonson tweeted. "Just revealing what we already knew: Twitter was staffed by democrats who did the bidding of Democrats.”

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Florida lawmakers mull revising law that could prevent a DeSantis presidential run in 2024

Florida lawmakers are reviewing a piece of legislation that would open the door for Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' (R) to run for president in 2024, according to a new report.

Although the Republican governor has remained mum about his political intentions, there is speculation that he will throw his hat in the presidential race for 2024. A change in law would likely make such a move easier for him to maneuver.

According to the Associate Press, "There is precedent for changes to the Florida law to help clear a path for potential candidates for higher office."

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The AP reports:

"A 'resign to run' law requires state officeholders to commit to leave their positions if they run for federal office. The measure, which has been on and off the books over the past several decades, was reinstated in 2018. But Republican leaders in the GOP-dominated Legislature have expressed openness to changing or rescinding the law when they gather again in March."

Jon McGowan, an attorney specializing in state government law, explained how this type of "resign-to-run" law might work. McGowan insists the purpose of the law would be "about not having endless elections.”

“What we’ll see is they will create a new section so that candidates for president or vice president do not have to resign to run, and just if they win,” he said.

The latest developments have sparked heated discussions among legal experts who have shared their opinions about the current law and the proposed changes.

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Bob Jarvis, a Nova Southeastern University law school professor, argues that the current law speaks volumes. “There is no ambiguity, no debate, no dispute,” said Jarvis. “Under current law, DeSantis cannot run for president before first resigning as a governor.”

He also explained why he believes there is no argument to justify implementing this type of law.

“You can make the argument that there is no reason to have this law. The voters all knew that there was a chance that (DeSantis) would not complete his term as governor and that he was at the very least considering a presidential run,” Jarvis said. “No voter could say, 'I was duped into voting for someone.'”

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'Cowardly' Alex Jones blasted by Sandy Hook families’ attorney after filing for bankruptcy to avoid paying damages

Infowars host Alex Jones has filed for personal bankruptcy following the verdict handed down in the defamation lawsuit filed against him by the families of Sandy Hook Elementary School victims.

According to HuffPost, court documents indicate that Jones' legal team filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in Texas' Southern District.

Jones' filing comes after months of unfavorable court rulings in connection with the massive lawsuit.

Per the news outlet, a Texas court indicated that the conspiracy theorist owed more than $45 million back in August. Then, in October, a Connecticut court hit Jones with a staggering $965 million in punitive damages, followed another Connecticut court ruling where he was ordered to pay an additional $473 million.

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Altogether, Jones is facing more than $1 billion in damages after circulating disturbing conspiracy theories questioning the legitimacy of the shooting and whether it actually happened.

To make matters worse, many families of the victims were trolled by Jones' InfoWars followers who also echoed his baseless claims. As a result of the conspiracy theories, the Sandy Hook families argued that Jones managed to capitalize on their misfortunes.

In wake of the latest reports about Jones' bankruptcy filing, Chris Mattei, one of the attorneys representing the Sandy Hook families in the Connecticut lawsuit, weighed in with a critical reaction to the legal tactic.

In a new statement, Mattei described Jones' latest action as "cowardly."

"Like every other cowardly move Alex Jones has made, this bankruptcy will not work," Mattei said.

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He added, "The bankruptcy system does not protect anyone who engages in intentional and egregious attacks on others, as Mr. Jones did. The American judicial system will hold Alex Jones accountable, and we will never stop working to enforce the jury’s verdict.”

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Manchin slammed for rejecting paid leave for union workers who 'helped build the state’s economy'

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) is facing deep criticism for voting to strike down a proposed piece of legislation that would provide paid leave benefits for railroad unions.

The centrist lawmaker, who represents a state built on unions, cast his vote on Thursday, December 1 as rail workers threaten to take action in an effort to raise awareness about their concerns.

"Four out of 12 rail unions—representing the majority of rail workers—have been threatening to strike, after a labor deal brokered by President Joe Biden failed to meet their demands for paid sick leave," The New Republic has reported. "Workers currently get zero paid sick days. Biden, who has touted himself as a 'pro-labor president,' called for Congress to impose the deal anyway and block the strike, saying it would cause too much economic damage."

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Out of all Senate lawmakers, six Republican lawmakers voted with Democrats in favor of the bill. Manchin was the only Democratic lawmaker to vote against the bill.

However, the news outlet notes that although Manchin has developed a reputation for consistently going against President Joe Biden's proposed initiatives, the president also did not aggressively push for the bill despite its success among House lawmakers.

Speaking to reporters, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre weighed in on the president's perspective of the bill. “The President of course, of course he supports paid sick leave for all Americans, including rail workers, but he does not support any bill, or amendment, that will delay getting this bill to his desk by this Saturday,” Jean-Pierre said.

New Republic's Tori Otten went on to explain why Manchin's vote is such so critical. "Manchin’s votes sting even more considering his state’s long history with union labor," Otten wrote. "Although union membership in West Virginia is currently about 10.7 percent, a little lower than the national average, the state’s unions are still strong for a right-to-work state."

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From a historical perspective, Otten emphasized, "West Virginia union workers helped build the state’s economy—particularly in coal mining—and have a long history of agitating for better working conditions."

Union leaders have also shared critical reactions to Manchin's vote. “While rail workers won significant wage increases and other important gains today, it’s deeply disappointing that 43 senators sided with multibillion-dollar rail corporations to block desperately needed paid sick days,” said AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler in a statement.

Sean O’Brien, president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, also tweeted his concerns about the Senate's troubling political dynamic.

“The fact that there are not 60 senators willing to stand up to Big Business and fight for basic rights for U.S. rail workers is horrific,” O'Brien tweeted. “Every senator who voted NO may not have a spine but at least they still have unlimited sick days. I’m looking at [Manchin] and 42 other cowards.”

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'Bald-faced lies': Obama torches Herschel Walker in blistering campaign supporting Raphael Warnock

Former President Barack Obama offered a blistering assessment of Georgia Senate hopeful Herschel Walker. During a campaign event on Thursday, December 1, Obama delivered a speech in support of Democratic incumbent Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.).

The former president also used the moment to address some of the controversial gaffes Walker has made over the last several weeks. “Every day he comes up with something. Every day,” Obama began.

He joked, “Since the last time I was here, Mr. Walker has been talking about issues that are of great importance to the people of Georgia."

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Obama went on to discuss Walker's gaffe about vampires and werewolves. “Like whether it’s better to be a vampire or a werewolf,” the former president said.

“This is a debate that I must confess I once had myself. When I was seven. Then I grew up,” he continued, adding:

"In case you’re wondering, by the way, Mr. Walker decided he wanted to be a werewolf, which is great. As far as I’m concerned. He can be anything he wants to be except for a United States senator.

Apparently, he also claimed that he used to let me beat him at basketball, but then he admitted that we’ve never actually met. So I guess this was more of an imaginary whooping that I laid on him. Now, listen this would be funny if he weren’t running for Senate. We all know some folks in our lives who we don’t wish them ill. Will they say crazy stuff? We’re all like, well, you know, Uncle Joe, you know what happened to him? You know, it’s okay that they’re part of the family, but you don’t give them serious responsibilities."

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According to Obama, Walker's focus on vampires and werewolves appears to suggest that the Senate hopeful's priorities are not in order. He also criticized Walker for spewing what he describes as "bald-faced lies."

“When you spend more time thinking about horror movie fantasies than you do thinking about the people you want to represent that says something about your priorities. When again and again you serve up bald-faced lies," he said. "Just make stuff up. That says something about the kind of person you are and the kind of leader you would be if you were in the United States Senate,”

He concluded with a word of advice for Georgia voters. “So, Georgia, look," Obama said. "I’m not telling you something you don’t know. You deserve a senator you can be proud of."

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Tucker Carlson’s latest conspiracy theory on NHL brainwashing leaves social media users baffled

Fox News' Tucker Carlson recently expressed concern about the National Hockey League's (NHL) public support of trans women and now he believes their support is part of yet another conspiracy theory he's concocted.

According to HuffPost, Carlson is now suggesting all professional sports are part of an unspoken coalition orchestrated by left-wing 'forces' to brainwash the American public.

The conservative talk show host's remarks were made on Wednesday, November 30. Carlson offered his take on the league supporting a draft tournament that recently took place in Wisconsin. The tournament featured only transgender and non-binary players.

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Responding to criticism about its decision to support the tournament, the NHL's official Twitter account tweeted, “Trans women are women. Trans men are men. Nonbinary identity is real.”

During the segment, Carlson offered his take on the league's tweet as he expressed disapproval of professional sports leagues embracing what he describes as "woke" ideologies.

“So clearly political forces hijack professional sports as a way to brainwash the young men who watch professional sports,” Carlson said. “That’s, of course, the entire point of it. It’s strategic. But why does nobody push back?”

The primetime host also suggested that since the NHL has one of the most conservative fan bases, the league may be attempting to diversify by way of supporting "woke" ideologies. "It’s a little weird ... that the NHL has decided to push woke propaganda on its fans,” he said.

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Carlson's arguments come months after the release of the NHL's demographical study of the league's 32 professional teams which appears to confirm that the NHL is mostly comprised of conservatives.

Per the news outlet: "Unsurprisingly, the report found that its workforce was made up overwhelmingly of white men: Its workforce is 83.6% white and 62% male. On the ice, more than 90% of players and nearly all coaches and officials are white."

It was also noted, "The league, eager to diversify its fanbase and increase its audience, has said the report will serve as a baseline so they can develop strategies to improve representation internally." However, there is no way to associate Carlson's claims with the league's hope's of diversifying.

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'Deep stain': Former RNC chair torches GOP lawmakers trying to distance from Donald Trump

Former Republican National Committee (RNC) chair Michael Steele recently offered a blistering assessment of the political party as its leaders are now attempting to distance themselves from Trumpism.

On Wednesday, November 30, Steele appeared on MSNBC where he discussed the issue with host Joy Reid. Opening the discussion, Reid began with remarks about former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago dinner with far-right influencer, Nick Fuentes.

"The story is the creeping white nationalism that has infected the party that all of these people support, the party that has invited hate and fear of fellow Americans as guests to Thanksgiving dinner,” she said, adding, "And until they kick this ideology out and not just slap Trump around a little bit because he lost them elections, I mean, kicked them out. All the prosecutions in the world won’t make any difference.”

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Reid went on to introduce Steele saying:

Joining me now is Michael Steele, MSNBC political analyst, former chair of the Republican National Committee and host of the Michael Steele podcast. And Jason Stanley, professor of philosophy at Yale University and author of How Fascism Works.

And I do want to start with you, Michael, because you used to be in charge of this party. So you know what it means when the creep begins and the creep began with the Tea Party and you had to wrestle with it. But you actually are somebody with integrity and with a mind of your own. Kevin McCarthy, as somebody who’s got to now steer this ship. Let me just play you what who his new boss is.

Reid shifted to a clip featuring Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) introducing Fuentes at a white nationalist event. “Here’s Marjorie Taylor Greene at Nick Fuentes’s event. So if Nick Fuentes is untouchable. Well, she touched. Here she is,” Reid continued

"Do you know what it’s like to be canceled? And that’s why I’m here to talk to you tonight," Greene could be heard saying at the event. "I don’t believe anyone should be canceled. I don’t believe in separating people and identities. I don’t believe in separating people and classes. But that’s what the Democrats believe in, because that’s what Marxism is. That’s what communism is.”

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“And she was introduced by Fuentes at that event,” Reid emphasized.

Steele wasted no time offering a critical opinion on the direction of the political party he once led. “Yeah. Which is that’s just a load of crap. It’s total B.S," Steele said. "So she doesn’t want to cancel people and she doesn’t want to break people off into these different classes or whatever. Then why are you calling your fellow Republicans RINOs?”

He added, "Why are you, why are you separating those of us who have been stalwarts of Lincoln, Reagan, Eisenhower, Bush Republicanism as something as a pariah?

"So, you know, just cut the act. You’re hanging out with the people who represent your values and your interest. When you show up at a Fuentes event that says more about you than it does Fuentes, because we know who he is. We know what that is. So now your embrace of it says a lot about you."

Steele also shared an "ugly truth" about the Republican Party in its current state. "But here’s the ugly, dirty little rub, Joy, is that the leadership of the Republican Party refuses to reject it, refuses to say that’s not us, MTG, Margaret, whatever, Marjorie Taylor Greene, whatever we want to call you, you’re not going those to those events anymore," he said. "You’re going to go out and you’re going to reject that."

Expressing concern about the efforts to distance from Trump, Steele said, "You don’t hear that narrative emerging from within the leadership. They want all of us at this point to fixate on, ‘We’re past Trump, right? We’re no longer doing Trump. Trump. Oh Trump was bad. Oh, this bright, shiny object down in Florida. Let’s focus on that in Governor DeSantis.’"

He added, "But I’m sorry you don’t get to wipe that stain off your clean white shirt that easily because that’s a deep stain. January 6th was a deep stain. Embracing Fuentes was a deep stain. While you may not have done so directly, the leader of your party did. And as the head of your party and as a leader on the Hill or representing the party across the country at the state level, if you don’t reject that, then that’s you, baby."

Steele concluded his argument saying, "And those of us who reject it have tried to be very clear about that. But here we are.”

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Ron DeSantis urges allies to avoid discussing Donald Trump's radioactive Mar-a-Lago dinner: report

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) has reportedly advised his close allies to refrain from publicly weighing in on the controversy surrounding former President Donald Trump's highly publicized dinner meeting with far-right influencer Nick Fuentes.

According to Rolling Stone, three individuals with inside knowledge of what is going on have shared details about DeSantis' proposed approach to dealing with the debacle, which has led to deep bipartisan criticism of Trump.

In short, DeSantis believes it's best to do the one thing Trump seems unable to do: remain silent.

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"According to three people with knowledge of the directives, DeSantis’ lieutenants have told his allies not to attack Trump over the now-notorious dinner," the news outlet reports. "Instead, the potential 2024 Republican primary candidate and his advisers have aimed to keep the focus on Trump’s decision to dine with Kanye West, a vocal anti-Semite, and Nick Fuentes, a white supremacist agitator."

Dan Eberhart, a longtime Republican donor who heavily backed Trump's presidential campaign, also weighed in with details about his conversations with the Florida governor's team.

Like many other Republicans, Eberhart has distanced himself from Trump and is now in favor of DeSantis running for president in 2024. Speaking to Rolling Stone, he shed light on the perspective of DeSantis' team.

“In ongoing discussions following his reelection, including this week, I’ve been asked to keep my powder dry,” said Eberhart. “My understanding is that the DeSantis team doesn’t see upside in kicking off the fight with Trump this early, even if it may be inevitable. Wading into the Fuentes fiasco just isn’t worth it for them. The media will harpoon Trump without Team DeSantis lifting a finger.”

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According to Rolling Stone's Asawin Suebsaeng, it appears DeSantis' strategy is part of a bigger agenda.

"DeSantis’s calculated silence is in line with the Florida governor’s broader strategy for now in challenging — or, to be more precise, Suebsaeng wrote. "The twice-impeached former president, who announced his 2024 White House bid earlier this month, has taken to enthusiastically trashing DeSantis, going as far as to publicly threaten to air alleged dirt about his likely 2024 GOP primary opponent."

He further noted that the Florida governor has made it a point to steer clear of the political squabbles Trump has a reputation of inciting. Suebsaeng added, "DeSantis, meanwhile, has generally declined Trump’s attempts to lure him into a very public mud fight."

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New analysis explains the far-right evolution of Elon Musk

A new analysis is shedding light on the political devolution of Elon Musk as far-right ideologies threaten to erode Twitter amid the billionaire's takeover of the social media platform.

In a piece published by Axios, national security reporter Zachary Basu began with a timeline of Musk's political progression just in the last six months of this year.

"Elon Musk's public musings over the last six months have cemented an unmistakable new reality: The world's richest man, and owner of the de facto public square, has become more and more Republican," Basu began.

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While Musk's transformation may not seem pivotal to some, Basu notes that it is important to take the business mogul's voting history into consideration. For decades, Musk has been a supporter of the Democratic Party.

"It's a stunning political transformation for the Obama, Clinton, and Biden-voting CEO of the most successful electric-vehicle company on Earth," Basu pointed out, adding, "And it's one with major real-world implications, given the significant influence Musk now wields in shaping the rules of online public debate."

In another turn of events, Musk also admitted that he would be open to voting for Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) if he opted for a presidential bid in 2024.

Despite speculation of Musk switching parties, he has insisted that there is a need for "balance" in politics. According to Basu, Musk has also insisted that he "is 'neither conventionally right nor left' — but he also says the threat to free speech allegedly posed by Democrats has triggered a 'battle for the future of civilization' that trumps all other policy issues."

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However, Basu pointed out that Musk has become increasingly critical of Democratic leaders and lawmakers over the last several months. "Musk has frequently trolled Democrats and engaged with right-wing commentators who view him as a like-minded culture warrior," he wrote, citing a recent tweet from Musk.

"The woke mind virus has thoroughly penetrated entertainment and is pushing civilization towards suicide," Musk tweeted last week. "There needs to be a counter-narrative."

But despite Musk's growing support of Republican ideologies, Basu pointed out one potential problem that could arise in the near future: the prospective conflict of interest between Musk's business dealings and his political views.

Basu concluded by writing, "One sleeping giant threatens the Musk-GOP symbiosis: The Tesla CEO has massive business interests in China, a regime viewed by Republicans as the No. 1 geopolitical threat facing the U.S."

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Legal expert: Why the Supreme Court is concerned about a bribery law that 'all their friends are breaking'

A new analysis is shedding light on the concerns being raised by the U.S. Supreme Court in reference to bribery.

In a piece published by Above the Law, legal expert Joe Patrice began with an example of a recent bribery scheme that transpired in the state of New York.

"Andrew Cuomo’s campaign manager took $35,000 from a real estate developer. In the grand scheme of the over $300,000 in bribes he took over his years as a key aide to the New York governor, you’d be forgiven for wondering why this one continues to generate much interest," Patrice wrote. "Even though Joseph Percoco has already been released after serving less than half of his six-year sentence, his case landed before the Supreme Court yesterday as he challenges this one particular payment."

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He went on to explain the argument presented by Percoco's legal team to justify the payout. "You see, Percoco and his Jones Day (and Mintz Levin and Carlton Fields) lawyers argue, at the time Percoco took THIS payment from a developer seeking to influence the governor’s office, Percoco was merely a humble campaign manager and because he wasn’t a government employee, he was free to take the money. And based on oral argument, the Supreme Court is primed to agree."

While Percoco and his legal team see nothing wrong with what transpired, Patrice is explaining the real issue. "In the real world, this would present all sorts of problems. Political corruption rarely runs through official channels because criminals aren’t stupid," he wrote.

"Dating at least as far back as Andrew Jackson’s 'kitchen cabinet,' officials have maintained off-the-books networks of political advisors holding equivalent if not higher influence than anyone on the government payroll," he added.

According to Patrice, there is also an underlying issue with the Supreme Court's perspective. "In this case, the Supreme Court actually wants you to believe that a politician’s CAMPAIGN MANAGER is just one of those unassuming private citizens who the developer handed $35,000 for funsies."

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Citing an excerpt from an NBC News report, Patrice highlighted:

In Percoco’s case, a majority of the nine justices appeared concerned that allowing nongovernment employees to be criminally charged would draw in other influential figures in the halls of power, such as lobbyists. Conservative Justice Neil Gorsuch remarked that Washington is 'full of such persons.'

He added, "This is the real concern from our dear politicians in robes. If all their friends in Washington are breaking this law, then this law can’t possibly be right. Defending the status quo in Washington is more than worth giving a green light to anyone looking to game the system for kickbacks in jerkweed provincial towns like Albany."

"That’s also why Percoco’s dispute over one-tenth of his conviction — which he’s already done serving in prison — is at the Supreme Court with Biglaw backing," Patrice contuned. "He’s just the vehicle to get the Supreme Court to bless the outer limits of shady-but-legal influence peddling that really animates the Washington crowd."

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'A strange no-eye-contact oddball': Who is the real Ron DeSantis?

A new analysis is expressing doubt about Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) being the future of the Republican Party.

In the new piece, The Atlantic's Mark Leibovich lays out his argument to explain why the Florida governor isn't all that Republican voters believe he is. He began with a brief overview of how the evolving governor is being perceived by the public. "Governor Ron DeSantis has a growing store of admirers. This includes many who have watched the cantankerous Floridian only from afar," Leibovich wrote.

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"They have heard glowing things. He was the biggest winner of an otherwise dark election cycle for Republicans," he wrote. "He has impeccable bona fides as a Donald Trump disciple—without being Trump himself, whom many see as the biggest loser of said dark election cycle."

Leibovich went on to explain why DeSantis appears to be a rising star among Republicans. The governor appears to be a representation of the best of both worlds; a sharper version of former President Donald Trump.

"This has made DeSantis the GOP’s hottest molecule. He is full MAGA without the high drama. He is terrorizing all the right targets while Trump keeps blowing himself up in new and creative ways. “He is Trump with a brain,” goes the whispered refrain among DeSantis aides (this clearly drives Trump nuts—always a noble goal)."

However, according to Leibovich, those who have actually crossed paths with him are arguing otherwise. Carlos Curbelo, a former Republican lawmaker in Florida who served alongside DeSantis during his time in the House of Representatives, weighed in with his take on DeSantis.

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“I think he is going to run into some challenges,” Curbelo said. “It’s that question that often comes up in politics—the question of ‘Would you want to have a beer with him?’’’ This is a big-time cliché, of course, but it does feel pertinent. Will he grow on voters like a catchy song, or like mold? DeSantis “has this robotic quality that he has to shed.”

He added, “Everything else checks the box. He is smart and competent and committed to his ideology. He just has to humanize himself.”

In a piece published by Resolute Square, Republican consultant Rick Wilson described DeSantis as “a strange no-eye-contact oddball.”

"I’d rather have teeth pulled without anesthetic than be on a boat with Ron DeSantis,” said Tallahassee lobbyist Mac Stipanovich.

Comparing DeSantis to Trump, Stipanovich also said, “On a debate stage, all of Trump’s strengths go straight to DeSantis’s weaknesses." According to Leibovich, Stipanovich also pointed out that, "Trump has energy and presence; DeSantis 'is dour and doesn’t improvise particularly well.'”

Although the direction of DeSantis' political career remains unknown, there is still a possibility he could be prepping for a 2024 presidential run against Trump.

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'Chickens are coming home to roost': Nick Fuentes contradicts Ye’s campaign manager over Mar-a-Lago dinner

As reports continue to circulate about former President Donald Trump's controversial dinner with far-right white nationalist influencer Nick Fuentes, more details are coming to light about that night at Mar-a-Lago.

In response to the critical reactions, Trump has insisted that he had no idea who Fuentes was prior to the dinner at his Mar-a-Lago estate, a claim Fuentes has also confirmed. It has been suspected that Fuentes attended the meeting with Ye, the rapper formally known as Kanye West, in an effort to troll the former president.

According to NBC News, Milo Yiannopoulos, a former editor for Breitbart who now serves as a political adviser to West, "backed up" those trolling claims.

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"As advisers to Trump have attempted to quell the backlash, some have insisted that the former president was essentially tricked by the rapper and his guests — a suspicion backed up by Milo Yiannopoulos, the anti-Trump, far-right provocateur who is now acting as a political adviser to Ye," the news outlet reported.

However, Fuentes is now pushing back against Yiannopoulos' claims. Speaking to NBC News, he recounted all that transpired at Mar-a-Lago.

“We saw everybody in the dining room get up and start applauding, and then the president entered,” Fuentes told NBC News. “He greeted us, and he invited Ye into dinner and Ye said that he wanted to bring us with him to the table. So we walked in and Ye took some pictures with some of the guests in the dining room and then we sat down at the table.”

However, Yiannopoulos and Fuentes appear to agree on one aspect of the debacle: the dinner was an intentional effort to attack Trump.

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Per NBC News, Yiannopoulos said "he arranged the dinner 'just to make Trump’s life miserable' because news of the dinner would leak and Trump would mishandle it."

Fuentes also had a similar take on the situation. “I hate to say it, but the chickens are coming home to roost. You know, this is the frustration with his base and with his true loyalists,” he said.

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'He’s finally facing justice': Oath Keepers’ founder's wife 'thrilled' over husband’s Jan 6 conviction

The estranged wife of Elmer Stewart Rhodes, founder of the far-right Oath Keepers organization, is speaking out to share her reaction to his conviction for the role he played during the U.S. Capitol insurrection.

Speaking to Business Insider, Tasha Adams admitted that she is "thrilled" Rhodes will be held accountable for his actions; something she insists has never happened before. "I am thrilled that he's finally facing justice," she said.

"I am beyond happy," Adams told the news outlet. "He has absolutely never had to face a consequence in his entire life. This will be the very first time. He's spent his life making others pay; this was past due for him."

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Adams' latest remarks follow her previous interview where she shed light on her tumultuous relationship with Rhodes.

Per the news outlet: "The two met in Las Vegas in 1991 and married three years later. Throughout their relationship, Adams said Rhodes was controlling and often snapped at her and the children."

"He just viciously pushed every psychological button after just the slightest request of him," Adams said as she also recalled his mistreatment of their children. Insider also reports that Adams indicated that he "would also grab their children's upper arms or hit them while no one was looking."

The convictions of Rhodes and Oath Keepers member Kelly Meggs serve as a pivotal victory for the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) because this is the first time prosecutors have managed to convince a jury that the U.S. Capitol riots were the result of an organized, premeditated plot.

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Speaking to Insider, Michael McDaniel, Director of the Cooley Law School's Homeland Law department, explained just how difficult it is for prosecutors to make their case in this situation.

"You have to have an agreement to carry out a criminal act. Secondly, it has to be criminal, it has to be illegal. Third, you have to knowingly participate," McDaniels said. "The prosecutor has to prove that the individuals who have been indicted now knew that this was an activity on behalf of everybody involved. And then there has to be some overt act, you have to be advancing the goal of the conspiracy."

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Judge gives Devin Nunes the green light to sue NBC Universal for libel against MSNBC's Rachel Maddow

A district court judge for New York's Southern District has opened the door for former Republican lawmaker Devin Nunes to file a lawsuit against NBC Universal for his defamation claims against MSNBC's Rachel Maddow.

According to Mediaite, the ruling in Nunes' favor comes a year after his attempt to file the lawsuit over Maddow's remarks condemning him for his involvement with Andriy Derkach, a Ukrainian legislator now facing U.S. government sanctions for being an alleged Russian agent.

Per the news outlet: "The commentary relates to an incident back in 2019, when Nunes’ office received a package from Derkach while he was ranking member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence."

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On Tuesday, November 29, Judge P. Kevin Castel delivered his ruling which, according to the news outlet, stated that "the package 'was handled solely by Nunes’ staff and delivered, unopened, to the offices of the FBI. That same day, Nunes sent a letter to Attorney General William P. Barr advising him of the receipt of the package.'”

Nunes' claim is in reference to an MSNBC broadcast that aired back in March 2021 where Maddow discussed "a DNI report that said Derkach and others sought to use prominent Americans to “launder their narratives to US officials and audiences.”

During the segment, Maddow mentioned the package Nunes received from Derkach as she insisted that the former lawmaker “refused to hand it over to the FBI, which is what you should do if you get something from somebody who is sanctioned by the U.S. as a Russian agent.”

Nunes' legal team argues that NBCUniversal was aware that he turned over the package to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Maddow's remarks were an effort to defame his character.

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“MSNBC and Maddow had no source that had told them prior to publication of the Statements that Plaintiff had ‘refused’ to turn over the Derkach package to the FBI,” the complaint says It continues to state Maddow “provided no source for the defamatory Statements about Plaintiff because, in truth, Maddow fabricated the Statements, including the story that Plaintiff ‘refused’ to turn over the package to the FBI.”

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'Consistently ruling against him': Legal experts explain how latest court rulings suggest a grim outcome for Trump

The latest flurry of court rulings striking down former President Donald Trump's claims of executive privilege might suggest the walls are closing in on his legal team as the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and special Georgia grand jury investigations progress.

According to The Guardian, a number of legal experts have weighed in with their perspectives on what the latest rulings could mean for Trump and how it is becoming more difficult for him to avoid testifying.

Speaking to the news outlet, former DOJ prosecutor Michael Zeldin said, "Trump’s multipronged efforts to keep former advisers from testifying or providing documents to federal and state grand juries, as well as the January 6 committee, has met with repeated failure as judge after judge has rejected his legal arguments."

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He added, “Obtaining this testimony is a critical step, perhaps the last step, before state and federal prosecutors determine whether the former president should be indicted … It allows prosecutors for the first time to question these witnesses about their direct conversations with the former president.”

Barbara McQuade, a former U.S. prosecutor in eastern Michigan, also shared a similar opinions.

“Favorable rulings by judges on issues like executive privilege and the crime-fraud exception to the attorney-client privilege bode well for agencies investigating Trump,” said McQuade. “Legal challenges may create delay, but on the merits, with rare exception, judges are consistently ruling against him.”

Another issue is the political dynamic of the judges who have delivered the rulings. The news outlet noted: "Although Trump has been irked by the spate of court rulings against him and his allies, experts point out that they have included decisions from typically conservative courts, as well as ones with more liberal leanings."

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Highlighting remarks from former U.S. prosecutor Dennis Aftergut, the outlet noted that he said, “Just last month, the 11th circuit court of appeals, one of the country’s most conservative federal courts, delivered key rulings in both the Fulton county and DoJ Trump investigations.”

He also emphasized: “The speech and debate clause only affords immunities from testifying about matters relating to congressional speeches and duties. That dog didn’t hunt here.”

Aftergut also noted the irony in the momentum of these cases. “The irony is that the new momentum has been spurred by lawsuits that Trump and his key loyalists filed as they’ve sought to block subpoenas for their testimony and documents,” Aftergut said.

Michael Bromwich, a former DOJ inspector also shared his prediction of what's to come. “I think Trump is likely to be charged in Georgia and in the documents case,” Bromwich said to the news outlet. “I’ll be interested to see which happens first.”

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Twitter rolls back COVID misinformation policy — opening the door for the resurgence of conspiracy theories

Twitter has announced that it will no longer enforce its policy to prohibit the spread of misinformation about the COVID-19 pandemic, an initiative that will likely cause conspiracy theories to become more amplified on the social media platform.

According to Axios, the notice was added to Twitter's transparency page. It reads, "Effective November 23, 2022, Twitter is no longer enforcing the COVID-19 misleading information policy."

The latest announcement comes more than two years after Twitter began cracking down on COVID misinformation. As the pandemic caused global unrest, conspiracy theorists wreaked havoc online by spreading false information about the deadly virus and the efforts to mitigate it.

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During that two-year period, Twitter also rolled out a number of other policies to fight the spread of misinformation.

"Twitter announced last year that it would label tweets with potentially misleading information about COVID-19 vaccines, and introduce a strike system that can lead to permanent account suspension," Axios reported.

"Between January 2020 and September 2022, Twitter said suspended more than 11,000 accounts for violating its COVID misinformation policy and removed more than 100,000 pieces of content that did so," the news outlet added.

In addition to the latest COVID policy rollback in the midst of Elon Musk's Twitter takeover, the billionaire businessman has also announced a "general amnesty" policy for individuals who had their Twitter accounts suspended. According to Musk, the amnesty policy will specifically be for individuals who had "'not broken the law' or engaged in 'egregious spam.'"

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That decision came after Musk announced Twitter reactivated the accounts of former President Donald Trump and rapper Ye, formally known as Kanye West.

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GOP lawmaker faces deep scrutiny for excusing Trump’s controversial meeting with Nick Fuentes

Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) is being deeply scrutinized for his attempt to make excuses for former President Donald Trump's controversial meeting with a high-profile white supremacist.

On Monday, November 28, the North Carolina lawmaker spoke with NBC senior national political reporter Sahil Kapur to offer his take on Trump's latest announcement.

Over the weekend, the former president admitted that he'd hosted a dinner at Mar-a-Lago with far-right influencer Nick Fuentes and rapper Kanye West. The dinner, which reportedly took place sometime last week, has led to more scrutiny of the former president.

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However, Tillis isn't blaming Trump for the dinner meeting. He's blaming the former president's staff. “If the reports are true and the president didn’t know who [Fuentes] was, whoever let him in the room should be fired,” Tillis said, according to Kapur.

It didn't take long for Twitter users to fire back at Tillis for his seemingly futile defense of Trump. "What a pathetic answer," one Twitter user tweeted.

Another user argued, "You can make the 'Trump has weak staffing' argument to a point, but Trump has known who Fuentes was now for at least six days. Why has there been no denunciation of him and his views?"

"Familiar from Russian history: The tsar can never be wrong," another Twitter user added. "It's all the fault of bad advisers."

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In fact, some Republican lawmakers even condemned the meeting. “There’s no room in the Republican Party for white supremacists and antisemitism, so it’s wrong,” said Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.). Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) also expressed concern about the meeting.

According to HuffPost, Rubio "called Ye 'disturbed' and Fuentes 'evil' and said that Trump should not have met with Fuentes because it legitimized the white supremacist."

Despite Tillis' attempt to defend Trump, the former president has a history of embracing far-right Republican leaders and influencers.

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McCarthy explains why GOP chaos could result in Democratic lawmakers 'picking who the Speaker is'

Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) recently issued a warning to his Republican colleagues about the dangers of "playing games" over the next five weeks.

On Monday, November 28, McCarthy appeared on Newsmax with host Sean Spicer. During the interview, he explained how Democratic lawmakers could still end up deciding the next Speaker of the House if Republicans opt to play political games during such a critical time.

The conversation began with Spicer acknowledging how some Republican lawmakers have already expressed interest in voting against McCarthy being the next House Speaker.

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“We’ve had a couple of these folks that say that they won’t vote for you on the show," Spicer said. "When we ask them what they want. They list a couple rules, and concessions that they want. And we say, well, if you get those concessions, will you vote for McCarthy, ‘Well, we’re not sure.’”

McCarthy weighed in with his take on the intraparty battle currently brewing within the Republican Party.

"Well, then who do you want your candidate to be? ‘We don’t know that.’ You know, one can’t one of those people suggested Jim Jordan, he supporting you, Marjorie Taylor Greene is supporting you, Donald Trump supporting you.

You’ve raised, what, $500 million? Some of these people, you’ve actually funded their races. The thing that I don’t understand is I don’t envy your task. These folks aren’t giving you a target. I get your point. There’s no alternative. Everybody has voted for you. The conference has spoken. And as James Comer at the top of that clip said, you know, you’ve earned the opportunity. You were the quarterback, the coach that led them to the big game and won."

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“So the question is, going back to what Lindsay said. You’ve got five people that you’ve laid out all your cards out there. What is it that you are able to say to them that is going to change them at this point to get you 218?” Spicer asked.

McCarthy recalled what happened the last time Republican lawmakers controlled the chamber. "Well, we have to listen, but you have to listen to everybody in the conference because five people on any side can stop anything when you’re in the majority. I think when you look at the past history, when Paul Ryan ran, he had more people vote against him in the conference, and then they voted for him on the floor."

The California lawmaker went on to discuss their plan of action going forward as they close the year out to prepare for 2023. "We got five more weeks. We’re working through our conference rules today," he explained. "We want to make sure that everybody has input, but we have to speak as one voice. We will only be successful if we work together or we’ll lose individually."

He added, "This is very fragile that we are the only stopgap for this Biden administration. And if we don’t do this right, the Democrats can take the majority. If we play games on the floor, the Democrats could end up picking who the speaker is."

According to McCarthy, now is a time for "calmer" lawmakers to take centerstage. He added, "So I think at the end of the day, calmer heads will prevail. We’ll work together to find the best path forward. And I believe at the end of the day, since I’ve been leader, all we’ve done is been able to gain seats. We have not lost seats."

He concluded, "We’ve won seats each and every time where the rest of the Republicans have lost. So I think at the end of the day, we’ll find the right path and we’ll make the American public proud of what we’re able to accomplish and turn this economy back around because we’re going to focus on the people, not on politics."

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'Substantial trouble': George Conway believes Trump is facing grim legal possibilities and should 'remain silent'

George Conway, the co-founder of the anti-Trump organization The Lincoln Project, recently offered his take on the uphill legal battle former President Donald Trump is facing amid the latest developments surrounding the U.S. Department of Justice's (DOJ) classified documents probe.

On Friday, November 18, Conway appeared on CNN's "AC360" where he spoke with guest host John Berman. During the segment, Berman asked Conway his thoughts on U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland announcing the appointment of a special counsel for the cases.

Since 2021, Trump has been under investigation for his role in the U.S. Capitol insurrection and most recently for classified documents that were removed from the White House when he left office.

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“So, George, what does the appointment of a special counsel tell you about the former president’s legal situation in regards to these two cases?” Berman asked.

Earlier in the day, Garland announced the appointment of Special Counsel Jack Smith, a former Justice Department official and lead prosecutor at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, Netherlands.

According to Conway, Trump has the "right to remain silent" and should exercise that right. However, Conway believes history has proven that Trump might not be likely to do so.

“Well, he has the right to remain silent,” Conway answered. “He probably should exercise that right tonight, but he won’t. I think he’s in substantial peril. I’ve thought that he’s been in substantial peril for quite a long time. But I think the fact that Attorney General Garland has appointed a special counsel kind of puts a highlight on that.”

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Conway also weighed in on the reports about Trump possibly making public remarks about the investigations he's currently facing.

“I think what’s driving this much as anything is the fact they have a very, very strong case in Mar-a-Lag documents investigation,” Conway continued. “We don’t know all the evidence, but the public evidence sure looks like he does not have the defense to the Espionage Act charge or to obstruction charges or even to a potential perjury charge for at least suborning it. So he’s in substantial trouble, and there’s no question that this is not going to help him.”

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'Speaker in name only': GOP strategist insists Marjorie Taylor Greene has more control over the House than Kevin McCarthy

A Republican strategist is weighing in with his take on the declining leadership dynamic among House Republican lawmakers.

In a new analysis, The Guardian's David Smith suggested that Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) may ultimately end up with more power and influence in the chamber.

Longtime Republican strategist Rick Wilson, the co-founder of the anti-Trump organization the Lincoln Project, also raised similar concerns about the far-right, conspiracy theorist lawmaker.

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"With more control in the hands of Republicans, Smith is predicting that there will be more intraparty fighting. Wilson also appears to agree.

"Republicans in the House, meanwhile, offered initial support for Kevin McCarthy of California to serve as speaker but, given their narrow majority, the job may prove akin to herding cats," Smith wrote. "Each member will have huge sway over the conduct of business, raising the spectre of partisan battles and legislative gridlock with pro-Trump extremists gaining huge leverage."

Wilson said, "McCarthy is the Sino - he’s the speaker in name only. Marjorie Taylor Greene runs the House caucus."

He added, "McCarthy is the Sino - he’s the speaker in name only. Marjorie Taylor Greene runs the House caucus. Marjorie Taylor Greene has more control over the caucus than Kevin McCarthy does. That symbolic vote was very clearly sending him a signal: do what we want or we’ll blow you out. They will if he does not obey them.”

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Wilson also predicted the type of investigations Republicans might focus their attention on.

“So we’re going to have endless investigations of Hunter Biden’s laptop," he predicted. " We’re going to have endless ‘Did Anthony Fauci brew up the virus in a Chinese lab?’ All this crap is coming down the pike and that’s because Kevin cannot resist the power they have over him. He is going to be the weakest speaker in the history of the US House."

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He should 'stand aside': Bill Barr offers blistering assessment of Trump's 2024 presidential bid

Former U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr recently shared a stinging rebuke of former President Donald Trump's announcement of his 2024 presidential run.

On Friday, November 18, Barr sat down for an interview with Margaret Hoover on Public Broadcasting Service's (PBS) “Firing Line.”

During the interview, he weighed in on his former boss' latest campaign announcement. According to Barr, Trump should step aside and forego running for president again.

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Recalling many of the disappointing aspects of Trump's presidency, Barr said, “He failed. He didn’t do what the country hoped - that he would rise to the occasion and rise to the office, and he didn’t do that. He’s had his chance. He obviously doesn’t have the qualities necessary. He should stand aside.”

Barr also weighed in on the possibility of Trump facing charges from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). Although he has announced his presidential campaign, Barr has warned that there could be trouble ahead.

Per the news outlet, he believes the department “'probably' has the 'basis for legitimately indicting'” for the classified documents he stored at his Mar-a-Lago estate.

“If the Department of Justice can show that these were very sensitive documents, which I think they probably were, and also show that the president consciously was involved in misleading the department, deceiving the government and playing games after he had received the subpoena for the documents, those are serious charges,” Barr said.

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Mike Pompeo lodges attack against Trump and critics wasted no time firing back at him

Former U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo recently took aim at the former president but social media users refused to allow him to jump ship.

In fact, some quickly reminded Pompeo of his previous support of former President Donald Trump and how he enabled many of his destructive actions.

According to HuffPost, Pompeo attempted to unearth a previous comment Trump made. Back in 2016, Trump made multiple promises to voters if he were elected. “We’re gonna win so much, you may even get tired of winning. And you’ll say, ‘Please, please. It’s too much winning.’”

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Pompeo recalled Trump's remarks tweeting, “We were told we’d get tired of winning. But I’m tired of losing. And so are most Republicans.”

The former Trump official's remarks appear to echo the Republican Party's growing concern about Trump's influence due to the party's poor performance during the 2022 midterm elections.

Although some praised Pompeo for distancing from Trump, HuffPost notes that "critics were quick to remind him of his formerly close relationship with the one-term POTUS and his statement only last month that he’d vote for Trump if he won the GOP nomination again."

"You are complicit, and we will never forget that," one Twitter user wrote.

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Others also described Pompeo as a coward due to his refusal to specifically call out the former president. Another user tweeted, "A guy running for president too scared to call Trump out by name."

“'You must move on from Mr. Trump and his losing stench by replacing him with his sycophantic Secretary of State' is quite the pitch!" another user tweeted.

Another user added, "You are not getting out of this that easy, Michael. You were one of the biggest enablers for YEARS. We have not forgotten."

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Marjorie Taylor Greene asks GOPers to take pity on Capitol rioters

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) is hoping to appeal to Republican lawmakers to take pity on Capitol rioters facing charges for their involvement in the U.S. Capitol insurrection.

According to HuffPost, Greene's remarks came when she asked top-ranking Republican lawmaker Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) if he would support a possible probe into House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s leadership of the House Select Committee designated to investigate the Capitol riots.

“I’d asked him if he would support investigations into Nancy Pelosi’s handling of security at the Capitol on Jan. 6,” Greene said responding to a question from the news outlet. “I also asked him if he would support investigations into the treatment of pretrial January 6 defendants.”

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According to Greene, Scalise is open to supporting a possible investigation. “He said that he would support it through the committees so that each committee, the committees assigned to that would be handling it.”

Greene's latest remarks come amid her expressed interest to rejoin committees after being stripped of duties by Democratic leadership. At one point, the Georgia lawmaker also expressed concern about the treatment of Capitol rioters held in pretrial detention at the Washington’s Correctional Treatment Facility. Greene visited the jail’s “Patriot Wing" in 2021.

"I’ve never seen human suffering like I witnessed last night,” Greene tweeted back in November 2021. “While some were shown to us in seemingly beneficial programs, others were in tortuous lockdown. I’ll never forget hearing their screams.”

She went on to say that the visit was similar to “walking into a prisoner of war camp and seeing men whose eyes can’t believe someone had made it in to see them. They are suffering greatly.”

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Per the news outlet: "House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said earlier this year that if Republicans prevail in the midterms, Greene would be allowed on committees. As McCarthy sought the party’s nomination for speaker this week, Greene enthusiastically backed him, breaking with other far-right Republicans."

Now that Republicans have managed to secure enough seats, Greene will likely be allowed to resume committee duties.

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'He used us': Evangelicals enraged over Trump betrayal as GOP heads 'toward a civil war'

Evangelicals who supported former President Donald Trump's campaign and presidency are expressing apprehension about him as he embarks on his third presidential run.

According to HuffPost, many public evangelical figures have weighed in with their reactions to the former president's announcement — and it doesn't appear that many are buying into him making America great again.

Mike Evans, a religious figure who was among those who visited the White House to meet with Trump, recently shared his opinion during an interview with The Washington Post.

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Evans made it clear that he is done with the former president.

“He used us to win the White House. We had to close our mouths and eyes when he said things that horrified us,” Evans told the newspaper. “I cannot do that anymore.”

Speaking to Newsweek, Robert Jeffress, who advised Trump during his 2016 presidential run, also admitted that he's distancing from the former president. “The Republican Party is headed toward a civil war that I have no desire or need to be part of,” Jeffress said.

However, Jeffress also insists that he still sees Trump as “a great friend and our greatest president since Reagan.”

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On Wednesday, November 16, James Robison, the president of the Christian group Life Outreach International, attended a meeting for the National Association of Christian Lawmakers (NACL) where he expressed similar concerns.

“If Mr. Trump can’t stop his little petty issues, how does he expect people to stop major issues?” Robison said.

He also said he told the former president, “Sir, you act like a little elementary schoolchild and you shoot yourself in the foot every morning you get up and open your mouth! The more you keep your mouth closed, the more successful you’re gonna be!”

Washington Times columnist Everett Piper also offered a critical assessment of the Republican Party's latest entanglement with Trump. “The take-home of this past week is simple: Donald Trump has to go,” Piper wrote. “If he‘s our nominee in 2024, we will get destroyed.”

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'Much more muted': New analysis explains why misinformation did not cause chaos during the midterm elections

Conspiracy theories and misinformation did not greatly impact the 2022 midterm elections, a new analysis has determined.

According to Axios, many of the far-right election deniers that participated in critical races also lost elections, which signals that the influence of misinformation is not as detrimental as experts feared.

Speaking to the news outlet, Jared Holt, a senior research manager for the Institute for Strategic Dialogue, weighed in with his perspective of misinformation. Although there is still a mass circulation of misinformation, Holt has emphasized that the impact of it is not as apparent.

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"Denialism narratives are still out there circulating," Holt said. "The difference here is that they just don't seem to be exciting people like they did in 2020."

"It's hard to say how much of that is attributable to [actions from] tech platforms, and how much is just general public sentiment," Holt said.

Experts also noted that misinformation was more of a driving force in 2020 as opposed to now. The news outlet noted, "Though misinformation remains present in large quantities, this time it had less reach, was more spread out, and was harder to find."

During the Stanford Law School's "Moderated Content" podcast last week, Alex Stamos, director of the Stanford Internet Observatory who also oversees the non-partisan coalition Election Integrity Partnership, also weighed in with similar sentiments.

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"The amount of content we saw that you could call kind of election disinformation was actually larger than what we saw in 2020 — but overall, the effects were much more muted," Stamos said.

The news outlet also noted that five factors have also helped to diminish the impact of misinformation: De-platforming, too many new apps, an overall rejection of election deniers, defamation fears, more education.

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Watch: New supercut sheds light on grim possibilities as GOP clinches House control

MSNBC News' Chris Hayes recently explored a number of scenarios that could arise in the wake of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announcing her retirement from Democratic leadership in the House of Representatives.

During his latest segment of MSNBC's "All In with Chris Hayes," the primetime news anchor offered a comparison between Pelosi's “consequential,” Congressional achievements and Republicans' lack of a “substantive agenda.”

Although they did manage to regain control of the House by a very slim margin, Hayes still argues that Republicans do not have a solid agenda to move forward.

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At one point during the segment, Hayes aired a supercut featuring current Republican lawmakers in the House including far-right conspiracy theorist Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.), who he believes sounded more “like a Steve Bannon podcast episode than a congressional agenda.”

Hayes also highlighted a stark difference between the two groups of lawmakers comparing the likes of Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) to welfare advocates like Pelosi.

“When you compare Jim Jordan in his shirtsleeves wailing about Hunter Biden’s laptop, to the pillars of the American social welfare state that Nancy Pelosi has overseen, that is exactly what the two different parties stand for at this moment,” he said.

The clip offers insight into how different things could become as Republicans take over the House.

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Watch the video below or at this link.

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A 'positively dystopian' violation: Judge strikes down DeSantis' anti-woke attack on free speech

A federal judge with the U.S. District Court for Florida's Northern District has delivered an order blocking a section of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' (R) Stop WOKE Act.

According to Business Insider, the controversial provision sought to restrict certain aspects of free speech on college campuses across the state.

On Thursday, November 17, Chief US District Judge Mark Walker laid out a 138-page order that condemned the Florida governor's attempt to place certain restrictions on individuals' views regarding race and gender. According to Walker, the attempt is "positively dystopian" and a violation of free speech.

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Per the news outlet, the bill, which was signed into law back in April, "would limit how schools and workplaces discuss race and gender, as well as the way private companies conduct diversity, equity, and inclusion training."

Addressing the section of the law designed to restrict college faculty, students, and guest speakers on campuses, Walker said "the State of Florida has taken over the 'marketplace of ideas' to suppress disfavored viewpoints and limit where professors may shine their light on eight specific ideas."

"Our professors are critical to a healthy democracy, and the State of Florida's decision to choose which viewpoints are worthy of illumination and which must remain in the shadows has implications for us all. If our 'priests of democracy' are not allowed to shed light on challenging ideas, then democracy will die in darkness," Walker wrote. "But the First Amendment does not permit the State of Florida to muzzle its university professors, impose its own orthodoxy of viewpoints, and cast us all into the dark."

DeSantis' office has already stated that it plans to file an appeal. The governor's press secretary Bryan Griffin said, "This recent ruling included several victories for our legal team. We expect many more and ultimately to prevail in this litigation.

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"We strongly disagree with Judge Walker's preliminary injunction orders on the enforcement of the Stop W.O.K.E. Act and will continue to fight to prevent Florida's students and employees from being subjected to discriminatory classroom instruction or mandated discriminatory workplace training."

Griffin also argued the piece of legislation "protects the open exchange of ideas by prohibiting teachers or employers who hold agency over others from forcing discriminatory concepts on students as part of classroom instruction or on employees as a condition of maintaining employment."

The decision follows a previous ruling suspending the enforcement of another section of the law that was specific to companies with more than 15 employees. That section was also described as a free speech violation.

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