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'I'll answer it for you': Psaki destroys combative Doocy – Biden doesn't need a 'photo op'

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki on Friday was forced to verbally wallop Peter Doocy after the combative, argumentative, and fear-mongering Fox News correspondent tried to pick a fight over President Joe Biden having not recently visited the southern border.

When all was said and done Psaki reminded Doocy that when he was president Donald Trump "went to the border, at least once, maybe more," she told him. "How did that immigration policy result Peter? That immigration policy resulted in separating kids from their parents, building a border wall that's feckless, and that cost billions of dollars for taxpayers."

"The President said last night," Doocy began his attack, referring to President Biden's remarks at a CNN town hall Thursday night, "why did President Biden say he has been to the border?"

"Well, Peter," Psaki replied, explaining that President Biden drove "through the border when he was on the campaign trail in 2008, and he's certainly familiar with the fact and it stuck with him with the fact that in El Paso, the border goes right through the center of town, but what the most important thing everyone should know and understand is that the President has worked on these issues throughout his entire career, and is well-versed in every aspect of our immigration system including the border that includes when he was vice president, and he went to Mexico and Central America ten times to address border issues and talk about what we can do to reduce the number of migrants who were coming to the border."

And she added that Biden "does not need a visit to the border to know what a mess was left by the last administration, that's his view."

Doocy, still obsessed over what he determined is President Biden's required presence at the southern border, pressed back hard.

"Does that count as a visit? He said, 'I've been there before,' you're saying he drove by for a few minutes, does that count?" Doocy demanded.

"What is the root cause? Where are people coming from when they're coming to the border Peter?" Psaki, losing patience, asked.

"I'm asking you a question because I think people should understand the context," Psaki continued, receiving no actual response.

"Okay, I'll answer it for you," she said, giving up. "People come from Central America and Mexico, to go to the border. The President has been to those countries ten times to talk about border issues," she informed Doocy. "There is a focus right now on a photo op. The President does not believe a photo op is the same as solutions that may be a difference he has with Republicans."

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'You actually deserve to hang': Elections chief reveals death threats after Trump targeted him

During a December 5 rally in Georgia last year Donald Trump turned his focus to a local official, showing supporters a video of Richard Barron, the Fulton County elections director.

"So, if you just take the crime of what those Democratic workers were doing," Trump told attendees, "that's ten times more than I need to win the state."

VICE reports it was then that Barron started getting attacked in a deluge of voicemails, many of which "were graphic and specifically called for his death."

"Hey, Rick," one racist and homophobic voicemail said. "Two hundred and thirty four years ago, the founding caucasian fathers of America gave us the Second Amendment. Time's running out, Richard. We're coming after you and every motherfucker that stole this election with our Second Amendment, subpoenas be damned, you're going to be served lead, you fucking enemy enemy communist cocksucker. You will be served lead."

"Hey, Rick," another said. "Watching this video of you on YouTube. I can't believe you can't count votes in Fulton County. It's absolutely incredible. How deceivious? How deceitful you are? You need to get your act together or people like me really may go after people like you."

"If you have a hand in this," another caller said, "you deserve to go to prison, you actually deserve to hang by your goddamn skinny-ass soyboy neck."

Reporting on what it says is a "mass exodus" of elections officials – some, like Barron who have decades of irreplaceable experience and expertise – VICE says it spoke with over a dozen who were the targets of death threats and other attacks.

"Officials across the United States experienced physical stalking, explicitly violent phone calls, racial slurs, home surveillance, bomb scares, and threats of mass shootings. For some officials in Georgia and Pennsylvania, the threats have continued for nearly a year. And now, many of these officials want to quit," VICE adds.

One local Pennsylvania city commissioner, Al Schmidt, who had been targeted by named by Trump had to leave home and live under police protection after the death threats – sent to him and his wife – started.

"The first email that my wife received with the subject line, 'Albert RINO Schmidt, committed treason,' Schmidt said. It continued: "'Your husband should tell the truth, or your three kids … will be fatally shot." The email went on to mention their children's ages and their address, and said that the cops couldn't help them. The email was also signed "Q," in likely reference to QAnon. Then, the email included a link to a picture of their home.

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Biden just announced he would support killing the filibuster to get voting rights passed – 'and maybe more'

President Joe Biden just made big news – and made a lot of Democrats happy.

Up until now he has strongly opposed killing the filibuster, an antiquated, undemocratic Jim Crow relic.

But at a CNN town hall Thursday night President Biden suggested he would support eliminating the filibuster to pass crucial voting rights legislation, the Freedom to Vote Act.

"When it comes to voting rights," host Anderson Cooper stopped to confirm what the President had said, "just so I'm clear, though, you would entertain the notion of doing away with the filibuster on that one issue, is that correct?"

"And maybe more," President Biden teased, to applause.

This new position comes just one day after Republicans for the third time blocked debate on the Freedom to Vote Act, with not a single member of the Senate GOP caucus will to even allow a discussion on the legislation that would protect the right to vote.

President Biden suggested he would be unable to pass his Build Back Better agenda if he agreed to "straight up" end the filibuster, saying he would lose three Democratic votes in the Senate if he did. But after that passes, he made clear, the voting rights bill will be his focus and he would be support eliminating the filibuster to get it passed.

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These 9 Republicans joined with House Democrats to find Steve Bannon in contempt of Congress

Only nine House Republicans joined with every Democrat in voting to hold Trump ally Steve Bannon in criminal contempt of Congress. Thursday afternoon's final vote was 229-202.

Bannon refused to obey a lawful congressional subpoena ordering him to hand over documents and to submit to congressional investigators for a deposition. His legal defense was mocked by experts after he tried to invoke executive privilege.

Minority Whip Steve Scalise had directed House Republicans to vote against the motion.

Top voting rights attorney Marc Elias warns against praising the nine Republicans for doing the right thing in this one instance: "all nine of them voted against voting rights legislation," he tweeted.

Trump's new 'chilling' statement about the election and Jan. 6 disturbs many observers

Donald Trump, the twice-impeached former president, on Thursday issued what is being called a "chilling" statement on the election and the insurrection he incited.

"The insurrection took place on November 3, Election Day. January 6 was the Protest!" Trump said in a statement released Thursday afternoon.

Former Republican Congressman Joe Walsh simply and clearly calls it an "act of war."

U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA) during debate on the House floor has "repeatedly" been "calling on Republicans to denounce the Trump statement," according to reporter Jamie Dupree.

"All my colleagues were elected on November 3," McGovern said. "If you believe that Election Day was an insurrection, then your election results are illegitimate."

McGovern is not the only one to blast the Trump statement:

Some journalists are also slamming the former president's latest remarks.

S.V. Dáte, the White House correspondent at HuffPost weighed in, saying, "Donald Trump tried to overthrow American democracy after he lost his election by 7 million votes, but nearly a year later, he's still lying. About all of it."

Washington Post national political reporter Felicia Sonmez called it a "chilling statement … that makes clear his stance on peaceful democracy vs. violent insurrection."

Washington Post White House bureau chief Ashley Parker pointed to the statement and said: "In which Trump's shamelessness continues to be his political super power."

ProPublica Senior Reporter Peter Elkind says: "This is the position of the widely embraced leader of the GOP. Republicans all behind that?"

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Garland destroys GOP congressman’s false suggestion his school board memo calls parents terrorists

U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland Thursday morning was forced to respond to repeated Republican false claims about his memo directing the DOJ to hold "discussions" with local leaders about threats of violence made against school board members, and several times had to push back hard against false accusations made by GOP Congressmen.

Franklin Graham, Stephen Miller, and countless others on the right for weeks have been falsely claiming that Garland has ordered DOJ to investigate parents merely for opposing school board decisions, mostly on mask mandates and what they claim is "critical race theory."

U.S. Rep. Steve Chabot (R-OH) on Wednesday during a Judiciary Committee hearing falsely suggested Garland was calling parents' challenging school boards domestic terrorists.

"One example of a so-called terrorist incident was a parent, merely questioning whether school board members had earned their high school diplomas. Now that might have been rude, but does that seem like an act of domestic terrorism that you or your Justice Department ought to be investigating?" Chabot asked.

"Absolutely not," Garland replied. "And I want to be clear the Justice Department supports and defends the First Amendment right of parents to complain as vociferously as they wish, about the education of their children, about the curriculum taught in the schools. That is not what the memorandum is about at all, nor does it use the words 'domestic terrorism' or 'Patriot Act.' Like you, I can't imagine any circumstance in which the Patriot Act would be used in the circumstances of parents complaining about their children, nor can I imagine a circumstance where they would be labeled as domestic terrorism."

As NCRM has previously reported, school board members and educators in at least nine states this year have been targeted with threats, death threats, and often racist death threats, including in Virginia, Arizona, Connecticut, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Louisiana, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Vermont, according to local news reports.

Ironically, it was Congressman Chabot who, a decade ago, was legitimately accused of violating the First Amendment when his staffers directed local police to confiscate video cameras at the Congressman's town hall event, held in a public school.

Chabot, ruffled and rebuffed by Garland's response, decided to end the inquiry there.

"Thank you I'm nearly out of time."

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Trump’s new social media site 'hacked' just hours after announcement

Donald Trump announced Wednesday night he is launching TRUTH Social, a new social media site next year to fight "Big Tech," because "We live in a world where the Taliban has a huge presence on Twitter, yet your favorite American President has been silenced."

Within hours that brand new site, in a pre-launch state, was "hacked."

"Trump announced he was launching a new media company, Trump Media & Technology Group, and its 'Truth Social' app," Newsweek reports. "The 'Truth Social' app will begin a beta launch for 'invited guests' in November, with a nationwide rollout planned for early 2022, according to a press release."

The Washington Post's tech reporter, Drew Harwell, was hard at work late Wednesday night, revealing that accounts for Donald Trump and Mike Pence were either created by those who are not them, or those accounts were vulnerable and hacked.

The Daily Dot's tech writer says he is the one who created the Donald J. Trump account:

Apparently Trump's TRUTH agents were able to cut access to the vulnerable site:

Joe Manchin's big hopes for a bipartisan deal just went down in humiliating defeat

Minutes ago Senate Republicans filibustered critical voting rights legislation – actually, filibustered debate on voting rights legislation. They refused to even allow debate on protecting the most important, most critical element of a democracy: the right and the ability to vote.

"If there is anything worthy of the Senate's attention, if there's any issue that merits debate on this floor, it is protecting our democracy from the forces that are trying to unravel it from the inside out," Senate Democratic Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said after Republicans blocked debate on the bill.

While Republicans absolutely should be and are being held accountable, many on social media are blaming Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) for the failure to pass the Freedom to Vote Act.

Why?

Back in May Sen. Manchin insisted he could get Republicans to come to the table, to act in good faith, to do the right thing when it counted.

He insisted the filibuster had to be protected at all costs, and he's steadfastly refused to budge on eliminating it. Even as Republicans in state after state after state enact anti-democratic legislation designed to make it harder and harder for people, especially minorities, to vote.

In short, he failed.

Not a single Republican crossed the aisle – much less ten to get the necessary 60 votes – not even to allow debate on protecting voting rights.

And now many are blaming Manchin.









Flustered Jim Jordan just can’t seem to remember when or how often he talked to Trump on Jan. 6

U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), speaking before the House Rules Committee Wednesday appeared flustered and agitated when asked if he had talked to Donald Trump on January 6.

Jordan began by delivering a rambling, angry, lie-filled speech revealing he is far more angry about the investigation into the attack on American democracy than the actual attack on democracy.

The fast-talking Ohio GOP Congressman spewed a cornucopia of right wing talking points, including attacking the Biden administration in his remarks as the "worst administration in history."

But his tune changed when he was asked questions.

"If you could just, for the record, was it before, during or after the attack –" Jordan was asked by Chairman Jim McGovern (D-MA).

"I talked to the president after the attack," Jordan interrupted.

"So not before or during?" McGovern asked to confirm.

"Right," Jordan agreed.

"Okay, and you –" McGovern continued before being interrupted by Jordan.

"And I have been clear about that. But here, let me ask you a question, you brought up January 6 –" Jordan continued, attempting to flip control of the questioning.

He was not successful.

"But, but my understanding is that you said to a reporter from Politico that you spoke to him during, so, it's now after the attack?"

"During? No, I didn't speak to the president during the attack," Jordan insisted.

"So you admitted to speaking to the former president on January 6 the same day you voted to overturn the election," McGovern concluded.

In July Jordan told Rolling Stone he talked to Trump on January 6 "countless times" but refused to reveal the content or time of those calls. He also told Spectrum News:

"Uhh, I'd have to go— I spoke with him that day after … I think after?" he stammered. "I don't know if I spoke with him in the morning or not. I just don't know. I don't know when those conversations happened. I know that I spoke with him all the time."

A simple review of his telephone records would make determining when he spoke to Trump much easier.

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Former Trump University prosecutor asks: 'Did Greenberg have information on Gaetz trying to buy himself a pardon?'

An attorney who prosecuted the case against Trump University is weighing in on news that the Dept. of Justice just successfully delayed the sentencing date of Matt Gaetz's "wingman," Joel Greenberg by four months, saying it points to something "HUGE."

"Update on Matt Gaetz — his buddy Joel Greenberg has had so much dirt that prosecutors have opened up entire new wings of their case," says former New York State prosecutor Tristan Snell, "The investigation into financial crimes now includes help from Secret Service agents. There's something HUGE here."

On Monday federal prosecutors convinced the judge that Greenberg's sentencing date should move from November 18 to some time in March.

"Did Greenberg have information on Matt Gaetz trying to buy himself a pardon from Donald Trump? Is that why the Secret Service is now involved in the investigation?" Snell tweeted.

Calling it a "bombshell," in April The Daily Beast reported it had "obtained a confession letter that Joel Greenberg wrote after asking Roger Stone to help him obtain a pardon."

That letter, The Beast revealed, was written by Greenberg "in the final months of the Trump presidency" and "claims that he and close associate Rep. Matt Gaetz paid for sex with multiple women—as well as a girl who was 17 at the time."

"On more than one occasion, this individual was involved in sexual activities with several of the other girls, the congressman from Florida's 1st Congressional District and myself," Greenberg wrote in reference to the 17-year-old.

Snell does not refer specifically to that letter, but adds: "Greenberg appears to have given the feds information about crimes totally beyond the scope of the original indictment of Greenberg — so the entire matter has snowballed."

"And if they haven't indicted Gaetz yet, it may be because the new material also implicates Gaetz."

CNN reported that on Monday "Roger Handberg, an assistant US attorney, said that Greenberg has made allegations to investigators that 'take us to some places we did not anticipate.'"

Handberg called the need for a second delay "unusual" but added the department was in an "unusual situation given the number of different investigations and lines of investigation we are pursuing."
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