Crooked Media - What A Day: Powell movement

Wednesday, June 22, 2022
BY BRIAN BEUTLER & CROOKED MEDIA

 -Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL), after losing the Alabama Senate primary

Investigations of the January 6 insurrection are expanding on multiple fronts—in Congress, and at the Justice Department—which seems inconvenient for the overwhelming majority of Republicans who support the January 6 insurrection.

  • Federal agents delivered subpoenas on Wednesday to Brad Carver, a Georgia lawyer and fake Trump elector who signed fraudulent election documentation; Thomas Lane, who help organize the fake-electors scheme in Arizona and New Mexico; and to fake Trump electors in Michigan. These mark the first-known actions taken against participants in the fraud scheme.
     
  • The House January 6 Committee, meanwhile, will pause hearings after Thursday and schedule more in July, based in part on new evidence that has come to light just since the public-hearing phase of the investigation began. That evidence includes documentary footage, productions from the National Archives, and new tips, according to Chairman Bennie Thompson.
     
  • The committee also appears to be leaning hard on former White House Counsel Pat Cipollone to testify, beginning with a direct public appeal Tuesday from Vice Chair Liz Cheney. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) hinted that the committee may seek to compel his testimony, which may be necessary, as Cipollone claims he has sought "Trump's permission" to cooperate with the committee (it's not Trump's to give) based on "serious institutional concerns and privilege issues" (which the sitting president has waived).

Getting exposed as a participant in the insurrection seems to be weighing on the insurrectors.

Implicit and explicit threats of violence, which Trump inspires intentionally, have been part-and-parcel of his malignant effect on U.S. politics all along. In all likelihood, it partially explains the slow-footed pace of the Justice Department's Trump-related investigations. But that's a mistake; the vastness of the coup plot and the guilty consciences of the plotters should make people in power redouble their accountability efforts, not give thugs a veto over the rule of law.  

A note from Equality Florida:

Governor DeSantis and his allies in the state legislature have made it clear that they’re trying to push our community backwards. They’re banning books with LGBTQ characters and Black authors, censoring conversations about us, threatening families for providing the best possible care to their transgender kids, and launching dehumanizing, bigoted smears against us. They’re doing it because they want us to be fearful. They want us to hide again, as many of us had to do when we were young.

Defeating this anti-LGBTQ onslaught means organizing and mobilizing like never before. It means making a plan to vote and dragging our “I’m not political” friends out to vote with us. It means sending a message that you cannot simultaneously love us and vote against our survival. It means using our dollars wisely to insist that those who want our business must fight alongside us. And it means showing up for each other, holding each other up, and refusing to let those who want to do us harm find success in their divide and conquer agenda.

This Pride month, let’s stand together to reject the hate and bigotry and to find strength in our collective power. Donate to Crooked Media’s pride fund at crooked.com/pridefund.

Federal Reserve Chairman Jay Powell said a recession is "certainly a possibility" though not the "intended outcome" of the Fed's monetary tightening, in testimony before the Senate Banking Committee. His testimony and the nature of the Fed's response to inflation has alarmed critics, who've noted that demand-driven pressures on U.S. prices are ebbing, while supply-driven pressures on oil prices and other commodities are climbing; raising the specter of a Fed-induced recession that doesn't actually fix the country's inflation problem. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) noted in response, "You know what’s worse than high inflation and low unemployment? It’s high inflation and a recession with millions of people out of work. I hope you will reconsider that before you drive this economy off a cliff.”

Fight Classroom Censorship with the ACLU

Since last year, 10 states have passed classroom censorship bills that restrict discussions about race, gender, and sexual orientation in schools. In 2022 so far, state legislatures have introduced over 100 new bills across 22 states, many of which explicitly target K-12 schools.

If schools are found in violation of classroom censorship bills or restrictions, many may risk losing funding. In some cases, teachers could face formal admonishment or lose teaching licenses if they don’t comply with curriculum restrictions.

These restrictions are a coordinated attack on our students’ right to learn. Join the ACLU to fight back today.

Politicians and school boards are making moves to ban books from public schools and libraries. As a result, schools can't make certain books – predominantly those by Black and LGBTQ authors discussing issues of race, gender, and sexual orientation – available to students to learn from and explore, even voluntarily and on their own time.

This wave of censorship efforts is attempting to erase the legacy of discrimination and lived experiences of Black and Brown people, women and girls, and LGBTQ+ individuals. And it’s refusing to let students think for themselves.

That’s why the ACLU is already hard at work to fight back against these damaging censorship bills and book bans through lawsuits and fierce advocacy. Are you with us? Add your name today to stay up to date on how you can defend everyone’s fundamental right to learn.

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Vladimir Putin's game plan for seizing as much of Ukraine as possible is starting to look a lot like his game plan for helping Donald Trump become president the first time. Namely: hold out long enough to help make him president again. Recent U.S. intelligence suggest Putin hopes to bombard western and U.S. audiences with propaganda aimed at convincing them that U.S. support for Ukrainian resistance is to blame for the persistence of the war itself, and the related global energy and grain problems. Combine that with another info-op aimed at subverting the 2022 and 2024 elections on behalf of Trump and his growing slate of pro-Russia candidates, and you have a recipe for winning the war by manipulating U.S. politics severely enough to let Trump waltz in and hang Ukraine out to dry.

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Democrats have introduced legislation that would prohibit companies from retaining their customers' reproductive-health data without their express permission.  

Voting-rights advocate and state-Rep. Bee Nguyen (D-GA) will face Brad Raffensperger in the general election for secretary of state

Dominion Voting System's defamation lawsuit against Fox News and the Murdochs will move forward

Against the backdrop of the January 6 hearings, Republican voters, including Trump supporters, want to flush Trump. (They're inching toward Ron DeSantis, who, to be clear, also sucks and hates democracy.)

 

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