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Hannity claims Russia has “kompromat” on Biden to Ron Johnson

In a masterclass on how to perform an impartial interview by providing a negative example, Fox News host (and model for a Lego man’s head, inside and out) Sean Hannity asked Republican Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson about the likelihood that Joe Biden is compromised by Russia, without a hint of projection.

“Vladimir gets the waiver to build his pipeline,” Hannity whines without noting 95% of the 764 miles pipeline had been completed before Biden took office, since construction started in 2018.  “Our workers get pink slips.  Would it be wrong to interpret that, maybe Joe thinks Russia has some kompromat?”

“You wouldn’t be wrong to be suspicious that maybe that’s the problem there,” Johnson replies obediently, without noting he spent the Fourth of July in Moscow with Putin in 2018.

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Terrible Trump lawyer snaps at terrible Trump suckup over ACA fail


Context: George P Bush was replying here to John Solomon tweeting his website’s article “Ken Paxton suggests rival George P. Bush light on legal experience, vows new fight against Obamacare” – something we should’ve noted at some point today was that Paxton spearheaded the ACA lawsuit that met its demise this morning. Paxton’s wife even wrote and performed an original country music song about it. But Jenna and Ken are pals, having fought and failed to Stop the Steal together, so Jenna sticks up for her friend against a Bush. Or Jenna is one of Paxton’s side pieces. That’s possible too. Just don’t bring it up to him, he gets a little touchy when you talk about his infidelity.

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The Supreme Court saved Republicans’ asses on Obamacare

Axios: “The Supreme Court saved the health care system from imploding Thursday by dismissing a Republican challenge to the Affordable Care Act. But it also saved the GOP itself from another round of intraparty chaos. Most GOP lawmakers privately admit (and some will even say publicly) they don’t want to deal with health care again. The issue generally isn’t a good one for them with voters – as they learned the hard way after they failed to repeal the ACA in 2017.”

“Now they’re happy instead to make Democrats own problems with the health care system and brand their ideas to improve it as ‘radical.’ Years on from their 2017 failure, Republicans haven’t gotten any closer to rallying around any alternative health care proposal. Along the way, they’ve also lost both chambers of Congress – and the White House. If the Supreme Court had made the opposite ruling, and the ACA had been killed or mortally wounded in court, it would’ve created chaos not only for the public but within the party. Heading toward the 2022 midterms, Republicans would be on the hook for any fallout, while having little sway over what Congress did to fix it. ‘The prospect of having to do a 60-vote bill, with Democrats in the majority and Joe Biden in the White House, to save millions of people from being uninsured right before the midterms, would shred any chance of taking back the majority in either chamber,’ a senior Republican Senate aide told Axios.”

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Hubble powered down due to problem with 1980s-era computer

The Hubble Space Telescope has temporarily gone off-line as NASA engineers attempt to debug a problem with one of the 1980s-era computers installed on the orbiting platform that was launched in 1990, Space.com reports.

The error apparently stems from a failure of a memory module on the payload computer, called the NASA Standard Spacecraft Computer-1 (NSSC-1) system.  While state of the art when built in the 1980s, the computer is now slow and worn down as it’s been exposed to space for more than three decades.

“The payload computer is from the 1980s, which is when Hubble was designed and built. Like all spacecraft hardware, the harsh environment of space can take its toll on electronics. That is why there are backup memory modules and a backup payload computer onboard the spacecraft that we can switch to if needed,” the operations team members wrote in the email.

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Gaetz in Fox News “penalty box” as child sex scandal unfolds

Florida Republican Congressman (and Johnny Bravo cosplayer) Matt Gaetz has been blackballed from appearing on Fox News after the disclosure of a federal investigation into child sex trafficking allegations and Gaetz’s own erratic behavior on air, Business Insider reports.

On the night the allegations first became public, Gaetz appeared on Tucker Carlson’s show where he renewed discussion about a sexual assault charge once levied against Carlson, which obviously irked the show host.  Gaetz also referred to a dinner Gaetz claimed he and a girlfriend went on with Carlson and his wife; Carlson claimed he didn’t remember what Gaetz was talking about.

Since that March 31st interview, Gaetz hasn’t appeared on Carlson’s program, nor has he appeared on any other program on the network.  After appearing on Fox News 19 times in March, he hasn’t appeared on the network in April, May or June, to date.  Fox News has also scaled back its coverage of Gaetz:  the network barely covered an Arizona anti-election rally Gaetz and Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene (Q-Lunacy) hosted.

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DOJ releases video of former NYPD officer attacking Capitol Police, DC officers during January 6th insurrection

The Department of Justice released a disturbing 56-second video of a former New York Police Department jeering and attacking police officers protecting the Capitol grounds during the January 6th domestic terrorist attack, CNN reports.

Thomas Webster (in the red jacket) is shown pushing back barricades, thrusting a flagpole flying a Trump flag, bull-rushing and tackling a police officer during the confrontation.  He was arrested February 22nd and faces at least seven charges, including assaulting police officers and various counts regarding wielding a dangerous weapon, DOJ records show

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The guy who once claimed Donald Trump was so healthy he’d live to be 200 wants President Biden to take a cognitive test

Congress Ronny Jackson (Q-Texas), and ersatz physician who once claimed that the then-72-year-old Donald Trump had grew an inch taller and was a svelte 237 pounds, is calling on Joe Biden to take a cognitive test because he perceives a mental decline in this President, Scott Wong of TheHill tweets.

Jackson demands that Biden take the Montreal Cognitive Assessment, the same test Trump took during a routine physical.  Jackson claims Trump “excelled” on the test, even though Trump later claimed that he was given extra points, which is not actually a thing with MOCA.  Trump later made his infamous “Person, Woman, Man, Camera, TV” declaration, claiming it showed how mentally fit he was.

To make his case, Jackson cites statements Biden misread from a teleprompter, and a statement Biden made about flying 1.3 million miles on Air Force One as vice president; Jackson claims that, instead of it being a misstatement, Biden should have known the VP only travels on Air Force Two.

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A guy from a good old-school white supremacist group, and his mom, indicted on traditional federal meth trafficking charges

You remember the Aryan Nation, one of those old-school white supremacists groups that didn’t use obfuscation in their names to hide their intent, like the Oath Keepers, the Patriot Front, or the GOP?  Well, Chance Alan Wilson, the head of the Universal Aryan Brotherhood based in Oklahoma, just got indicted for drug trafficking and money laundering.

And joining Mr. Wilson in this indictment is one Deanna Dannett Wilson, whom he refers to as “Mum” or “Mother” or some other term of endearment, because the family that runs meth together….  Well, you know.

Besides obviously poor parenting skills that led your son to be the leader of a white supremacist gang AND a drug dealer, Mrs. Wilson is charged with conspiracy to possess methamphetamine with intent to distribute and conspiracy to launder drug proceeds. 

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Senator Ron Wyden uses eye-roll inducing acronym to name actual important piece of voting rights legislation he’s proposing

Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), Democracy Docket: “No democratic country should stand for a status quo where voters have to stand in line for hours. That’s why I’m introducing People Over Long Lines (POLL) Act to require state governments to ensure every voter has the opportunity to vote within 30 minutes, a time that a bipartisan Presidential Commission on Election Administration decided should be the maximum amount of time any voter should have to wait. My legislation requires states to file public plans detailing how they will ensure voters can cast ballots with waiting times of less than 30 minutes, and it institutes audits by the Election Assistance Commission to determine how many voters face longer waits. To ensure governments can meet those new rules, the bill provides $500 million to help states reduce wait times.”

In addition, the POLL Act does not leave enforcement of its requirements up to political judgment at the U.S. Justice Department. The POLL Act gives American voters the power to fight long lines by allowing them to file a lawsuit if they wait in unreasonably long lines. If their suit is successful, they are entitled to receive $50 for waiting longer than 30 minutes and an additional $50 for every hour after that. Penalties would increase if a court determines long lines were the result of intentional voter suppression or reckless disregard for election plans, and court costs are covered. I’m working hand in hand with my Democratic colleagues on the larger package of election reforms in the For the People Act, which will come to a vote soon. I’m introducing this bill, because going after long lines is a simple, popular and real change that everyone in Congress, regardless of party, should support. Simply put, no one should be shut out of the democratic process just because they don’t have hours to stand in line to vote.

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Federal judge tells Kraken and pals to show up for sanctions hearing over conduct in 2020 election Michigan cases

“A federal judge wants every attorney whose name was on court filings seeking to overturn Michigan’s presidential election results in the ‘Kraken’ suit there to show up for a sanctions hearing on July 6. The hearing is actually on three separate requests for sanctions – by Detroit; Michigan’s governor and secretary of state; and a voter who intervened in the case. It’s open to the public and will be on Zoom” reports Reuters legal affairs correspondent Brad Heath.

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Josh Duggar requests delay in child porn case; he wants his experts to examine devices that had his stash on them

In a ploy that will likely end in claims that he has no idea how all that ended up on his computer, disgraced reality television personality Josh Duggar has requested the court delay his pending trial on possessing child pornography so that his hired experts can examine the electronic devices on which the offending material was found.

Radar Online reports that Duggar’s attorney filed a motion with the court asking for a delay in the schedule July 6th trial, saying “This is a complex case arising out of a several-year federal investigation concerning allegations involving both the so-called ‘dark web’ and peer-to-peer BitTorrent file-sharing networks.”

Because of the “complexity of the allegations and the scope of the digital discovery at issue, the defense’s computer forensic expert anticipates her review and subsequent analysis of the relevant evidence may take several months.”

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Doomsday cult unsure if constant apocalyptic rhetoric sticking with voters, workshops ways to make it more apocalyptic

New York Times: “House Republican leaders would like everyone to know that the nation is in crisis. There is an economic crisis, they say, with rising prices and overly generous unemployment benefits; a national security crisis; a border security crisis, with its attendant homeland security crisis, humanitarian crisis, and public health crisis; and a separate energy crisis. Pressed Tuesday on whether the nation is really so beleaguered, the No. 2 Republican in the House, Representative Steve Scalise of Louisiana, thought of still more crises: anti-Semitism in the Democratic ranks, ‘yet another crisis,’ he asserted, and a labor shortage crisis. ‘Unfortunately they’re all real,’ he said, capping a 25-minute news conference in which the word ‘crisis’ was used once a minute, ‘and they’re all being caused by President Biden’s actions.'”

“As Americans groggily emerge from their pandemic-driven isolation, they could be forgiven for not seeing the situation as quite so dire. They might also be a little confused about which of the many outrages truly needs their focus: the border, perhaps, but what about Dr. Anthony S. Fauci and the Wuhan lab leak theory, the teaching of critical race theory in the nation’s schools, the fact that some schools are not fully reopened, Representative Ilhan Omar, or all those transgender athletes competing in high school sports? But for divided House Republicans, outrage may be the tie that binds – at least their leaders hope so. ‘Look, our main crisis is we’re not the majority – that’s our top crisis,’ said Representative Tom Cole, Republican of Oklahoma… The idea is that with Democrats in control of the White House, House and Senate, next year’s midterm elections will be a referendum on one-party control, not on Republican governing plans, said Mr. Cole, a former chairman of the House Republicans’ campaign arm. The Republicans, at least this early in the political cycle, need to seed a sense of instability, overreach and fear, he said.”

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The last guy Moscow Mitch wants running for Senate in Georgia posts video strongly hinting that he’s running for Senate in Georgia


Former NFL star Herschel Walker has already been pre-endorsed by Trump to run against incumbent Dem Senator Reverend Raphael Warnock, but Moscow Mitch does not want him running at all, probably because he’s Black and has no political experience. Mitch recently met with Left-Eye Loeffler, but it’s unknown if it was Loeffler trying to get Mitch’s endorsement to run for the seat she was appointed to and then lost, or if Mitch was trying to recruit her. Former Senator David “El Pollo Meirda” Perdue met with Trump in February and then immediately announced he’s not running again in 2022. World class dipshit Doug Collins also dropped out in April.

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GOP Senator had literal menu of access for donors based on the amount given to his campaign

For $15,000, “platinum” donors were guaranteed seven in-person meetings with Idaho Republican Senator Mike Crapo at various luxury resorts around the country or in Washington, DC.  You also got two 30-minute telephone briefings from the Senator himself.

“Gold” donors, got to go on a fishing trip from Solomon’s Island, Maryland with the Senator.  Or you could go golfing in Florida with Crapo.

At the “silver” level, for donations of $10,000,  you got a lot of the perks of a “platinum” member, except you only got one ticket to the Idaho Potato Fest Reception on December 8 in Washington.  (Kinda doesn’t seem worth being a platinum member, does it?)

Senator Mike Crapo has a literal menu of options guaranteeing access to him, spelled out on a donation sheet for his campaign, Business Insider reports.  The more you spend, the more access you get, including personal meetings with the Senator. 

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Back the Blue, except when it might upset the Orange

“Republicans often blast Democrats for wanting to defund the police. But Democrats have a new rebuttal: The GOP won’t defend the police. In the aftermath of the deadly Jan. 6 Capitol attack, the GOP’s love for law enforcement – a longtime hallmark of the party – is being called into question as some members on the right continue to whitewash the insurrection and even foist blame on the police officers who protected lawmakers that day. Democrats are ramping up attacks on Republicans who refused to investigate the riots or formally honor the cops who responded, some of whom were tasered, maced and beaten with flag poles by supporters of former President Donald Trump. Members of President Joe Biden’s party are not only painting their colleagues across the aisle as disrespectful of law enforcement, but also arguing that the GOP’s unflinching loyalty to Trump has compromised its core values… It’s a clear attempt to flip the script on Republicans, who yoked Democrats in key battleground districts to liberal calls to ‘defund the police’ as part of an effective messaging strategy that Democrats struggled to counter in the 2020 election cycle.”

“But now, Republicans may find themselves on their heels – and see their own narrative undermined – if these Democratic attacks stick… Democrats see an opening after a wedge started to form between the GOP and law enforcement during this spring’s debate over a proposed independent commission to investigate the events of Jan. 6. While 35 Republicans supported the effort in the House, Republicans in the Senate blocked the bill – despite a lobbying campaign from the mother of fallen Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick, who died following his response to the Jan. 6 attack after suffering from a stroke” – Politico.

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McCloskeys plead guilty to misdemeanors, forfeit their guns

AP: “A St. Louis couple who gained notoriety for pointing guns at social justice demonstrators last year pleaded guilty Thursday to misdemeanor charges and agreed to give up the weapons they used during the confrontation. Patricia McCloskey pleaded guilty to misdemeanor harassment and was fined $2,000. Her husband, Mark McCloskey, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor fourth-degree assault and was fined $750. When several hundred demonstrators marched past their home in June of 2020, the couple waved weapons at them. They claimed the protesters were trespassing and that they feared for their safety.”

“The McCloskeys, both of them lawyers in their 60s, wore blue blazers and spoke calmly in answering questions from Judge David Mason during Thursday’s hearing. Mason asked Mark McCloskey if he acknowledged that his actions put people at risk of personal injury. He replied, ‘I sure did your honor.’ Mark McCloskey, who announced in May that he was running for a U.S. Senate seat in Missouri, was unapologetic after the hearing. ‘I’d do it again,’ he said from the courthouse steps in downtown St. Louis. ‘Any time the mob approaches me, I’ll do what I can to put them in imminent threat of physical injury because that’s what kept them from destroying my house and my family.’ The McCloskeys’ defense lawyer, Joel Schwartz, said after the hearing the couple had hoped to raise money by donating Mark’s rifle to charity, but acknowledged that it was an unusual request. Because the charges are misdemeanors, the McCloskeys do not face the possibility of losing their law licenses and can continue to own firearms.”

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Florida GOP posted tweet calling Jewish candidate anti-Semitic

The Florida Republican Party doesn’t have enough on its mind with an assassination scandal between its candidates; now it’s also trying to explain a tweet it sent out in which it called a Jewish Democratic candidate for governor anti-Semitic.

As Politico explains, the Florida GOP tweeted Thursday morning, “While @GovRonDeSantis [Republican Florida Governor Ron DeSantis] works on policies and signs legislation in support of Florida’s Jewish communities, Pelosi calls an anti semitic, @CharlieCrist, a valued leader. Crist, @valdemings & @NikkiFried won’t stand up to Pelosi doing nothing to defend Florida’s Jewish community.”

Charlie Crist is a Democratic Florida Congressman running for governor who has supported pro-Israel policies.  A Democratic Florida Congresswoman challenging Republican Marco Rubio for a Senate seat, Val Demings is a former Orlando police chief who has been embraced by the local Jewish community.  And Nikki Fried, the Florida Commissioner of Agriculture who’s also running for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination?  Well, she’s Jewish. 

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