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VA Senate Committee Kills Vote Rigging Plan

crooksandliars - Mon, 01/18/2038 - 22:14

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ProgressVirginia reported Tuesday afternoon that the Virginia Senate’s Privileges and Elections Committee killed Sen. Charles “Bill” Carrico Sr.’s electoral college-rigging bill, despite an offer by Carrico to amend the bill to award electors in proportion to the state’s popular vote. The vote was 11-4 against the bill, although it will not be official until the close of the committee meeting.

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Flushed With Success

crooksandliars - Sun, 02/14/2021 - 17:11
Open Thread below.
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Biden Ends Republican War On Medicaid Enrollees Once And For All

crooksandliars - Sun, 02/14/2021 - 17:11

The Biden administration is ending Medicaid work requirements the previous occupiers of the executive branch foisted on the nation's working poor. Two weeks ago, President Joe Biden signed an executive order instructing officials at the Department of Health and Human Services to remove barriers to Medicaid, and that's just what they are doing.

Three states—Arkansas, Kentucky, and New Hampshire—tried to impose the requirements, but two levels of federal courts have struck them down so the order doesn't have immediate effect. But it means no state will be able to create the needless, humiliating, ridiculous hoop of requiring people to prove they're working, all as a means of keeping needy and deserving people from applying for the benefit.

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Stacey Plaskett Lays Blame Squarely At Feet Of GOP, McCarthy, And Pence

crooksandliars - Sun, 02/14/2021 - 15:59

Allow me to vent my spleen.

I am sick and tired of armchair impeachment managers and pseudo Constitutional scholars kicking and disrespecting these brilliant and tireless advocates for democracy and victims of Donald Trump's crimes. The House Impeachment Managers did an absolutely STELLAR job bringing about a speedy impeachment charge against the Orange Menace, and putting together an irrefutable, compelling, dramatic, and — yes — mind-changing case against him for inciting insurrection against the Capitol on January 6, 2021.

Their decision to not call witnesses in person, or on video call, despite having voted in favor of the right to do so, was a legitimate let down to most Democrats and liberals who wanted to make it as difficult as possible for the spineless GOP to acquit Trump. (I'm giving ALL of us credit for understanding the ultimate outcome would not have changed.) Live witness testimony could have given us even more ammunition, fodder for campaign ads, evidence read into the record, a heavier albatross to hang around the necks of Republicans running in 2022 and 2024, including anyone with the surname "Trump."

I get the disappointment, frustration, despair, I really do.

What I do NOT get is the need to blame the DEMOCRATS for this. Especially in the immediate aftermath. Bring your ear close to my mouth so that I can whisper very slowly these small words.

"You. Don't. Know. All. The. Facts."

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Jim Jordan Says 'Cancel Culture' Is More Important Than COVID-19

crooksandliars - Sun, 02/14/2021 - 15:59

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) on Sunday said that so-called "cancel culture" is the "number one issue for the country" despite the deadly COVID-19 pandemic that devastated parts of the economy.

Fox News host Maria Bartiromo asked Jordan if cancel culture had gone too far after one of Donald Trump's attorneys faced public scorn over his appearance at the former president's second impeachment trial.

"We've all had it," Jordan complained. "We've all got death threats. This is ridiculous. This cancel culture is so dangerous and we have to push back."

"If we don't push back on this and stop it and stand up," he continued, "it will only get worse. So this is the number one issues for the country to address today."

"It's true," Bartiromo agreed, turning to panelist Alan Dershowitz. "How do you stop this constant bullying?"

"Cancel culture is quickly becoming American culture," Dershowitz argued. "If any lawyer is the subject of this kind of McCarthyism, I will represent you pro bono."

"I'm going to dedicate myself to making sure that the new McCarthyism of the hard left doesn't become American culture," he said.

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'I Want To Be A Leader': Rand Paul Says Senators Who Wear Masks Are 'Science Deniers'

crooksandliars - Sun, 02/14/2021 - 13:29

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) defended his refusal to weak a face mask on the Senate floor by calling other senators "science deniers."

Paul made the remarks during an appearance on Full Court Press with host Greta Van Susteren.

"You're a doctor," Van Susteren noted. "Why won't you wear a mask on the floor?"

As the host asked her question, Paul began to laugh out loud.

"I know you've tested positive for COVID before," she continued. "But you can still get reinfected and you can also be a carrier."

Paul argued that there is "probably no safer place on the planet" than the Senate floor because all of the senators have been vaccinated.

"Could you imagine somewhere on some planet that I could get it again? Yeah," he admitted. "But 25 million people have had it and there's not more than a handful that they're saying may have had it again."

"I think we should put this into perspective and not be crazy," the senator added, noting that one of his staff "just survived nine days on a ventilator."

Van Susteren pressed: "There are two things. One is manners. If someone feels uneasy and maybe a staff member that, perhaps, wasn't vaccinated and comes in contact with someone who is a carrier who is asymptomatic. But also, the message that it sends to people around the country."

But Paul said that he wanted an "honest debate" about facial coverings, insisting that one study showed that there's "not any evidence that any of the mandates have worked."

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'WE' Didn't Let Trump Off The Hook Chuck Todd -- Republicans Did

crooksandliars - Sun, 02/14/2021 - 13:23

He really just can't stop himself, can he? Chuck Todd tried to "both sides" the acquittal of Donald Trump during an interview with impeachment manager Rep. Jamie Raskin on this Sunday's Meet the Press on NBC.

Here's Todd seemingly tongue-tied when it comes to using the word Republican.

"He's showing no remorse with this acquittal. And by -- what have we done? Have we now given a permission slip to political violence in our everyday politics?"

Who is this "we" you speak of Chuck Todd?

Raskin, thankfully, placed the blame squarely where it belongs in response. "Well, certainly, you know, those 43 Republicans in the Senate shamefully did that."

Exactly. There was no "we" involved in letting Trump off the hook, again. Raskin then proceeded to slam McConnell and others for "trying to disentangle themselves from the vote."

"McConnell went right to the floor to say that he was convinced that Donald Trump was morally and physically responsible for this attack," Raskin elaborated. "I mean, I would have liked to have had him on the impeachment managers team based on the way he presented that, except then he went back to the completely counterfeit argument that the Senate couldn't conduct a trial of Trump's impeachment."

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Chris Christie Screams About 'Urban Kids' And 'Failing' Teachers To Oppose COVID Relief

crooksandliars - Sun, 02/14/2021 - 13:14

Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) on Sunday opposed COVID relief for schools because he claimed that "urban" teachers are "failing" to teach children.

During a panel discussion with Democracy for America CEO Yvette Simpson on ABC's This Week, Republican strategist Sarah Fagan railed against a relief package that is being advocated by Democrats.

"This COVID stimulus package is bloated, it's fat, it should fail," Fagan insisted. "There's $130 billion for school reopening and the teachers union basically shoved it to Biden and said no. So we're now going to give $130 billion to public schools that aren't going to open."

"It's to protect the teachers and the families," Simpson pointed out.

Christie fired back at Simpson.

"And the CDC says you don't have to," he jabbed. "And the CDC says that schools could have reopened months ago. And the only reason that they didn't in my state, in other states is because of the teachers union saying they don't want to go back."

Christie added: "And you know who that's hurting? Urban kids! Urban kids!"

Simpson noted that teachers "have adjusted their lives to make sure kids stay educated through this pandemic."

"And they are not!" Christie exclaimed.

"They are putting themselves at risk," Simpson countered.

"Urban kids are not being educated in this, they're not!" Christie repeated.

"Teachers need to go back to work," Fagan opined.

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Pelosi Shoots Down Idea That Republicans Be 'Let Off The Hook' With Censure Vote

crooksandliars - Sun, 02/14/2021 - 11:55

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi shot down the notion that Republicans should be allowed give Trump a mere "slap on the wrist" by censuring him, after the majority of them just voted to acquit during the impeachment trial.

During a press conference with the House managers immediately following the cowardly act by Senate Republicans on Saturday, Pelosi was asked if, given McConnell's statement suggesting Trump may be criminally or civilly liable for his actions while in office, the Justice Department should pursue their options. Pelosi slammed McConnell for continuing to hedge on Trump's incitement, saying "he didn't think this rose to the level."

"I don't know whether it was for donors or what. But whatever it was, it was a very disingenuous speech," Pelosi responded. She was then asked whether "censure was an option," and she made clear, it was not.

"Censure is a slap in the face of the Constitution. It lets everybody off the hook," she said, pounding on the lectern in front of her. "Oh, these cowardly senators who couldn't face up to what the president did and what was at stake for our country are now going to have a chance to give a little slap on the wrist. We censure people for using stationary for the wrong purpose. We don't censure people for inciting insurrection that kills people in the Capitol."

Trump's enablers in the Congress won't hold him accountable for his actions. Time will tell whether he's ever held accountable in the courts.

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'This Strain Is In Blue States': Ron DeSantis Denies Florida Has A Problem With COVID Mutations

crooksandliars - Sun, 02/14/2021 - 11:33

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) on Sunday dismissed the growing number of COVID-19 cases in his state that have been attributed to a highly-infectious new mutation.

Fox News host Maria Bartiromo asked the governor about prominence of new COVID-19 strains in Florida.

"Nearly 350 cases of the dangerous COVID variant have been reported in Florida," Bartiromo pointed out. "Is there a reason for concern here?"

"So first off, we obviously look at all the data that comes in," DeSantis replied. "But this strain is in blue states and they don't talk about doing anything with blue states."

The governor attributed the rising number of cases to "a lot of analysis" in his state.

"So we find more than probably some other states do," he admitted. "It would be very odd to do a draconian travel restriction, which had no basis in the Constitution, at a time when all of these indicators are going down."

Florida's Department of Health has reportedly refused to share data about the number of COVID variants found in the state.

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Lindsey Graham: 'I Don’t See How Kamala Harris Doesn’t Get Impeached'

crooksandliars - Sun, 02/14/2021 - 11:08

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on Sunday said that he expects Republicans to impeach Vice President Kamala Harris if the party takes control of the U.S. House of Representatives.

During an appearance on Fox News Sunday, Graham told host Chris Wallace that former President Donald Trump is ready to "move on" and rebuild the Republican Party after his impeachment trial.

"I thought the impeachment trial was not only unconstitutional, I condemn what happened on Jan. 6, but the process they used to impeach this president was an affront to rule of law," Graham opined. "We've opened Pandora's Box to future presidents."

"And if you use this model, I don't know how Kamala Harris doesn't get impeached if the Republicans take over the House," he added. "Because she actually bailed out rioters and one of the rioters went back to the streets and broke somebody's head open. So we've opened Pandora's Box here and I'm sad for the country?"

"Does Donald Trump bear any responsibility for the attack on the Capitol on Jan. 6th?" Wallace asked.

"Uh, no," Graham replied. "In terms of the law, no. He bears responsibility of pushing narratives about the election that I think are not sound and not true. But this was politically protected speech. The speech on Jan. 6th was not an incitement of violence."

Before ending the interview Graham insisted that Trump and his daughter-in-law, Lara Trump, are the "future" of the Republican Party.

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'Jeff Daniels' Lays A Can Of Whoop-ass To Ted Cruz Over Climate Change

crooksandliars - Fri, 01/22/2021 - 16:43

After yesterday's thumping by Seth Rogen, today it was "Jeff Daniels'" turn. Actually, a doppelganger in Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald.

Sometimes Twitter is just perfect.

Allegheny County Executive gave us this answer when we asked for his reaction to Senator Cruz’s statement about the Paris Climate Accord not helping our area. @KDKA pic.twitter.com/QcINnuy3yS

— Chris Hoffman (@NewsmanChris) January 21, 2021

Hey @tedcruz. Watch this and then go fuuuuuuuck yourself you clown. (This is way more fun now that I know he’s for sure seeing my tweets) https://t.co/9hsLehI5Bp

— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) January 22, 2021

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Chuck Says 'Erection,' I Say 'Insurrection,' Let's Call The Whole Thing Boff

crooksandliars - Fri, 01/22/2021 - 14:43

There but for the grace of god...

This morning Senate Majority Leader, Chuck Schumer, seemed to stumble over his words a bit, when speaking about the impending impeachment trial of Donald Trump. Insisting there were solid legal grounds to hold the trial, despite the fact that Trump was no longer in office, Sen. Schumer said, "It makes no sense whatsoever that a president or any official could commit a heinous crime against our country, and then be permitted to resign so as to avoid accountability and a vote to disbar them from future office."

He finished up by declaring, "...make no mistake, there will be a trial, and when that trial ends, senators will have to decide if they believe Donald John Trump incited the erection — insurrection against the United States."

When my boss heard about his slip of the tongue on the Senate Floor this morning, she asked me to get it up for everyone to see on video immediately. I told her it would be hard, but I would do everything I could to slide it into my schedule.

So, here I am, playing push and pull with my chores to squeeze this post into the slot my boss asked me to provide. I think I deserve a raise, don't you? That would be a happy ending for me!

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Dr. Fauci Admits Trump's COVID-19 Dishonesty Cost U.S. Lives

crooksandliars - Fri, 01/22/2021 - 12:21

Dr. Anthony Fauci admitted to CNN Friday morning, what we all knew: Trump lied, people died.

Fauci lead the US Task Force combating the coronavirus for the Trump administration, but was shuffled off to purgatory by Donald Trump because Fauci's honesty clashed with Trump's deceit.

Friday morning, Dr. Fauci told CNN that the former president's actions were detrimental to the health of the American people.

After reviewing President Biden's COVID plans, CNN host John Brennan remarked that the number one goal of the Biden administration was to restore public trust in the pandemic response.

“There’s no secret we’ve had a lot of divisiveness. We’ve had facts that were very, very clear, that were questioned. People were not trusting what health officials were saying.”

“Did the lack of candor, did the lack of facts in some cases over the last year cost lives?” Brennan asked.

Dr, Fauci replied, “You know, it very likely did. You know, I don’t want that to be a sound bite, but I think if you just look at that, you can see that when you’re starting to go down paths that are not based on any science at all, and we’ve been there before.”

Obviously.

Donald Trump first lied about the severity of COVID19, and then how do stop the spread of the virus.

But truth and honesty delivered by a competent medical official is a breath of fresh air.

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GOP Rep Tries To Bring A Gun To House Floor

crooksandliars - Fri, 01/22/2021 - 12:15

Republicans continuing to flaunt the rules of the House and the laws of Washington DC. Andy Harris is a particularly egregious example. Just two weeks ago he nearly got into a fistfight on the floor of the House.

Source: Huffington Post

WASHINGTON ― New security measures outside the U.S. House chamber prevented a Republican lawmaker from bringing a gun onto the House floor Thursday.

Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.), who has repeatedly flouted the magnetometers that were installed near the House chamber after the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, set off the metal detectors while trying to enter. When an officer with a metal detector wand scanned him, a firearm was detected on Harris’s side, concealed by his suit coat. Police refused to let Harris in, and the officer signaled a security agent that Harris had a gun on him by motioning toward his own firearm.

HuffPost witnessed the interaction and later confirmed with a Capitol official that Harris was carrying a gun.

HuffPost watched Harris try to get another member to take the gun from him so he could go vote. The member, Rep. John Katko (R-N.Y.), told Harris he didn’t have “a license” and refused to hold the weapon for him.

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Senate Dems Demand Investigation Into Whether Cruz And Hawley Colluded With MAGA Rioters

crooksandliars - Fri, 01/22/2021 - 11:55

Seven Senate Democrats have filed an ethics complaint against Sens. Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley with an aim to finding out just how far the two went in inciting the January 6 armed insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.

The seven senators are Whitehouse, Wyden, Smith, Blumenthal, Hirono, Kaine and Brown and they are not fooling around.

Thursday night, Sen. Mazie Hirono talked with Anderson Cooper about the complaint. She blasted Cruz and Hawley for “trying to overturn fair and free elections” and “perpetuating the big lie that this election was stolen and that Trump had actually won. That is the Big Lie, capital B, capital L.”

She pointed out that no matter how many House members had objected to certifying the Electoral College results on January 6, the effort “would have gotten nowhere” without the senators’ objections.

"So here you have both Senators Cruz and Hawley practically stepping over each other to say, 'look at us, we're the ones that's gonna help you folks object,' perpetuating the Big Lie, which we saw led to the insurrection in the U.S. Capitol and five people dying, hundreds being arrested," Hirono said.

But did Cruz and Hawley do more than that to help incite the armed insurrection? Hirono and her colleagues want to know what kind of relationship there was between the two senators and the leaders of the rally and the riot, including what the senators may have known about the rioters’ plans and whether they received any money from anyone connected with the riot.

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Seth Meyers Bashes Republicans Over Biden Whining

crooksandliars - Fri, 01/22/2021 - 11:41

Seth Meyers delivers some reality to Republican whiners. "You guys lost. Some of you even tried to overthrow democracy. You don’t get to make demands, and you don’t get forgiven just because it didn’t work."

Meyers used his Closer Look segment on Thursday to smack Ted Cruz who earlier this week tweeted that by rejoining the Paris Climate Agreement, President Biden is “more interested in the views of the citizens of Paris than in the jobs of the citizens of Pittsburgh.”

Seth Meyers's dad, like mine, is from Pittsburgh. Don't come for a Pittsburgh citizen, Ted.

“For one thing, the Paris Climate Accord isn’t about Paris. It was signed in Paris,” Meyers said. “Are you really this stupid?...Ted Cruz isn’t that stupid. … the city of Pittsburgh voluntarily followed the Paris Agreement even after Trump withdrew," and Ted Cruz knows that, Meyers said.

Meyers wasn't done, though. “So, Ted Cruz, to use the local parlance of my father’s ancestral land, ‘You’re a jagoff.’ ”

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Joe Biden Gets Rid Of Trump's 'Diet Coke Button' On Day One

crooksandliars - Fri, 01/22/2021 - 10:57

Yes, it was real. And yes it's now gone from the Oval Office. According to a 2017 New York Times article, Trump would consume up to 12 diet cokes per day while in the office.

Source: Nextar Media Wire

(NEXSTAR) – The furniture and artwork may be largely the same, but one ornament has apparently quickly disappeared from the White House Oval Office following the inauguration of President Joe Biden.

In the early days of the Donald Trump administration, reports surfaced that the 45th president used a red button atop a small wooden box to summon his caffeine fix.

“With the push of a red button placed on the Resolute Desk that presidents have used for decades, a White House butler soon arrived with a Coke for the president,” the AP wrote in a 2017 profile.

Later reports confirmed the box’s purpose but suggested the president was actually a Diet Coke man.

It appears getting rid of the so called “Diet Coke button” was part of President Joe Biden’s day-one agenda, as media images have surfaced of the 46th president doing business without the handy button or a can of Coke.

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Scarborough Attacks Fox Over Gingrich Saying Dems Want To 'Exterminate' Republicans

crooksandliars - Fri, 01/22/2021 - 10:12

Newt Gingrich and his irresponsible incitement on Fox was the topic on this Morning Joe segment.

"You talk about being self-destructive," Joe Scarborough said.

"Donnie Deutsche, we were talking the last hour that a former Republican leader is going on Fox News now and telling people watching Fox News that Joe Biden's Democratic party wants to, quote, 'exterminate all Republicans.' Saying the National Guard are not there to protect Americans, they are only there to show Americans that the Democrats are in power. Never mind they were sent out by president Donald Trump on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.

"I do wonder if the Murdochs were not paying attention January 6th. I do wonder if they are really so concerned about Newsmax getting a few of their viewers that they are allowing former Republican leaders to go out and talk about extermination, to continue whipping Qanon people, continuing whipping potential future insurrectionists into a rabid frenzy. Are they never ever going to wake up and understand how damaging this sort of talk is to America?"

(Psst, Joe? They don't care!)

Donnie Deutsch, ever practical, looked at the business perspective.

"Here's what I don't understand -- forget moral point of view. It's reprehensible. I don't know how they look themselves in a mirror. From a business point of view, it's a very, very desperate endgame. Do you know in primetime, one of three commercials on primetime Fox is the Pillow guy?

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Ron Klain Assures Lawrence O'Donnell Vaccine Supply To Increase

crooksandliars - Fri, 01/22/2021 - 08:55

These interviews with Biden officials are going to be a lot longer, but a lot more informative -- as seen in this Lawrence O'Donnell segment with White House chief of staff Ron Klain last night about vaccine supply and distribution. If you're wondering how you'll get your shot, here are some answers.

"What I can't find in here is what you were just referring to, which is how do I go -- how does anyone go and get their vaccine? There is no 800 number in here. There is no central single website to go to guide you to the vaccine where you live. And so we are left now still with 50 different state approaches and then many different county approaches within the states," O'Donnell said.

"Right now we're inheriting a strategy that relied on 50 different approaches and many county approaches. What we're doing is taking over and making it a federally led effort. That still means people are going to get their shots where they live but it means we're going to add things that didn't happen before," Klain said.

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