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Judge Engoron tells Trump tough shit, deal with it

Manhattan Judge Arthur Engoron responded to disgraced former President Trump’s lawyer’s futile pleas to stay his $450 million verdict against Donald’s corrupt business empire quite succinctly and mercilessly on Thursday, writing simply “You have failed to explain, much less justify, any basis for a stay. I am confident that the Appellate Division will protect your appellate rights.”

Just Security’s Adam Klasfeld reports Engoron then docketed the judgment after writing that email in response to Trump’s lawyer Cliff Robert pleading for a do-over of the trial on Wednesday.

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Schiff and Thompson endorse former Capitol cop Harry Dunn

“Former US Capitol Police Officer Harry Dunn announced a slate of high-profile endorsements from Democratic Congressional leaders in his campaign for Congress in Maryland’s 3rd Congressional District. The endorsements, from Rep Adam Schiff, Rep Bennie Thompson, Rep Eric Swalwell, and Rep Jasmine Crockett, signal Dunn’s momentum and growing support in his bid for Congress.”

“Representative Adam Schiff (CA-30) said: ‘Harry Dunn defended my life on January 6th, and I’m proud to stand beside him and endorse him in his race to represent Maryland’s 3rd Congressional District. We need fighters like Harry in Congress, where he will continue to stand his ground, fight for accountability, and protect our democracy.’ Representative Bennie Thompson (MS-02) said: ‘When violent insurrectionists attacked our Capitol on January 6th, 2021, Harry did his job and defended my colleagues regardless of their party affiliation. As Chairman of the Select Committee on the January 6 Attack, I was honored to welcome Harry to testify about what he experienced and fight for accountability. He’s a man of honor and integrity and will take those values to Congress, where they are much needed right now. Communities all across Maryland would benefit from having such a bold leader representing them in Congress, and I’m proud to endorse his campaign today,'” says former Capitol Police Officer Harry Dunn’s campaign in a statement.

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Michigan Republican stages “sit-in” against “anti-white racism”

Michigan state House Freedom Caucasians chairman Steve Carra “is currently on day two of a one man ‘sit in’ outside the House Speaker’s office to protest what he terms the ‘obviously racist’ anti-white spending items in the state budget,” the Gateway Pundit reports on an aggrieved white man appropriating the 1960s American Civil Rights movement’s signature to challenge a line item appropriating $10 million to help minority-owned businesses with establishment and growth.

Worth mentioning that Speaker Joe Tate is Black, the first ever African-American to hold a leadership position in either chamber of the Michigan state legislature. “It’s racist against white people. Can you imagine if the Speaker was white and proposed a program for ‘white-owned businesses’ and no one else could qualify and blacks need not apply? Legislators need to call this out for how it looks: it would be called racist and they’d be shamed to take it out,” said Carra.

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NASA to maroon robot slave on desolate, airless rock

NASA press release: “As part of NASA’s CLPS (Commercial Lunar Payload Services) initiative and Artemis campaign, Intuitive Machines is targeting no earlier than 5:30 pm EST Thursday, Feb 22, to land their Odysseus lunar lander near Malapert A in the South Pole region of the Moon. Live landing coverage will air on NASA+, NASA Television, the NASA app, and the agency’s website. NASA TV can be streamed on a variety of platforms, including social media. Coverage will include live streaming and blog updates beginning at 4 pm, as the landing milestones occur. Upon successful landing, Intuitive Machines and NASA will host a news conference to discuss the mission and science opportunities that lie ahead as the company begins lunar surface operations. In May 2019, the agency awarded a task order for scientific payload delivery to Intuitive Machines. Odysseus launched at 1:05 am, Feb 15, on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.”

“NASA is working with several US companies to deliver science and technology to the lunar surface through the agency’s CLPS initiative. This pool of companies may bid on task orders for end-to-end delivery services, which includes payload integration and operations, launching from Earth, and landing on the surface of the Moon. NASA’s CLPS contracts are indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contracts with a cumulative maximum contract value of $2.6 billion through 2028.”

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Pennsylvania Supreme Court spikes GOP voter records subpoena

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled a subpoena for voter records issued by MAGA state Senators in the 2021-2022 legislative session could not be enforced because it’s fucking 2024 and thus expired at the end of that session, NBC News reports on a no-brainer.

Republican state Senator Cris Dush (lol) whose committee had voted to issue the subpoena in September 2021, said at the time that it was justified because Pennsylvanians were “experiencing a crisis of confidence in our elections,” and that an “election integrity investigation” would be “uncover information which is necessary for the legislature to potentially take future legislative action.”

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Secretly recorded audio reveals Red Cross blood bank officials don’t actually care about MAGA antivax conspiracy bullshit

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Kremlin says Biden being too offensive and mean

Kremlin spokesworm Dmitry Peskov on Thursday told Reuters that President Joe Biden calling Russian dictator Vladimir Putin a “crazy son of a bitch” was somehow unbecoming of a leader.

“The use of such language against the head of another state by the president of the United States is unlikely to infringe on our president, President Putin,” said Pesky. “But it debases those who use such vocabulary,” he added, saying Biden’s remarks at a fundraiser were “probably some kind of attempt to look like a Hollywood cowboy. But honestly I don’t think it’s possible.”

“Has Mr Putin ever used one crude word to address you? This has never happened. Therefore, I think that such vocabulary debases America itself,” Peskov continued, clearly still upset at Biden.

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Biden calls current GOP worse than Strom Thurmond

“I’ve been a senator since ’72. I’ve served with real racists. I’ve served with Strom Thurmond. I’ve served with all these guys that have set terrible records on race. But guess what? These guys are worse. These guys do not believe in basic democratic principles,” said President Joe Biden on Wednesday to the crowd at a fundraiser about the Republicans currently in Congress.

Unrelated but related is a tweet by Republican Missouri Senator Eric Schmitt, who is his previous job as Attorney General had (successfully) sued the Biden Administration to halt its student loan forgiveness plan, howling with butthurt Wednesday over Biden’s executive orders chipping away at student debt. “The student loan bullshit today is just another example of Imperial Biden doing whatever the hell he wants no matter what the law says. It’s also an insult to those who never took out student loans or those who paid them back and to taxpayers in general.

“When I was Missouri AG I filed the case that beat back Biden’s previous illegal effort at the Supreme Court. We won but he’s back at it. The Biden Admission is totally out of control and lawless. There is nothing they won’t do to maintain power. Illegal act after illegal act. That’s your real Threat to Democracy™️. Time to take this country back,” Scmitt wrote, proving Biden’s point.

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Lara: “Absolutely” the RNC funds should pay Trump’s bills

Asked if paying Donald Trump’s legal bills is in the best interest of Republicans, national committee co-chair designee Lara Trump responds the only way I know how:  “Absolutely, it’s why you saw the GoFundMe get started.  That’s why people are furious right now when they see the attacks against him, they feel like it’s an attack not just on Donald Trump, but on this country.”

“This country” didn’t lie to enrich itself by half a billion dollars.  And “this country” doesn’t view the prosecution of Donald Trump for his alleged criminal acts as an attack on the country; in fact, the country sees it as a reaffirmation of the United States Constitution.

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Jamie Comer’s desperation manifests visibly, audibly comically

We here at National Zero understand that listening to Republicans on Fox “News”–and they earned those quotation marks–is an unsettling experience.  It’s why we try to provide transcripts when we can.  This time, however, we strongly encourage you to watch and listen to the clip.  We didn’t alter it.  Oversight chair James Comer’s voice really is speeding up and his pitch elevating as he tries to desperately explain why he and his compatriots aren’t to blame for the fiasco of promoting the accusations of a now-indicted felon.  No, he says in his Barney Fife voice, it’s the darn FBI’s fault, Andy!

As you listen to Comer ramble on about how they were following leads about alleged “Biden bribes” that the committees led by the Three Stooges “found in Bulgaria and China,” which is… nothing.  They found nothing.  Not a damn thing.  So the leads from Bulgaria and China are as legit as the lead from Alexander Smirnov.

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Yakuza boss indicted in US for attempting to sell nuclear material

Bulking up his resume to be in line to be the GOP’s next witness against Hunter Biden, 60-year-old Japanese Yakuza boss Takeshi Ebisawa was indicted by federal prosecutors who say he tried to arrange a deal to ship uranium and plutonium that he believed would be sent to Iran, ABC News reports.

Already in a Brooklyn prison while awaiting trial on drug trafficking charges, Ebisawa told an undercover FBI agent that he had access to nuclear material and could arrange a sale.  The agent later told Ebisawa that he had a buyer, an Iranian, telling Ebisawa, “They don’t need it for energy, Iranian government need it for nuclear weapons,” to which Ebisawa replied, “I think so and I hope so.”

According to the superseding indictment, unnamed co-conspirators with Ebisawa told the agents that they could get “2,000 kilograms of Thorium-232 and more than 100 kilograms of uranium” and use a processing center in Burma to turn that into “as much as five tons of nuclear material.”

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Hacker dumps Chinese-sponsored cyberespionage records

A massive dump of files from a Chinese hacking group linked to the government in Beijing outlines a massive, state-backed effort to breach foreign government, corporate, military and infrastructure systems using holes in security from US companies like Google, Apple and Microsoft, the Washington Post reports.

The hacker who hacked the Chinese hacker group posted a trove of more than 550 records on the code-sharing platform Github (which likely made the executives at Discord wipe their corporate brow).  Cybersecurity experts believe the files are authentic.  “We rarely get such unfettered access to the inner workings of any intelligence operation,” said John Hultquist, chief analyst at Google-owned cybersecurity firm Mandiant Intelligence. “We have every reason to believe this is the authentic data of a contractor supporting global and domestic cyberespionage operations out of China.”

The data dump is not a re-broadcast of previously stolen information.  Instead, the records contain logs, spreadsheets, and other documents laying out targets of iSoon, a Shanghai-based broker for hacked information that has links to Chinese military and intelligence operations.  The logs show hackers were able to gain access to 95 gigabytes of immigration data from India and call logs from a South Korean cell phone provider.

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Arizona prosecutor refuses to extradite suspected murderer to New York citing rightwing talking point about bail reform

Claiming she fears the suspect would be immediately released on the streets of New York, Republican Maricopa County (Arizona) Attorney Rachel Mitchell has instructed her staff to refuse an extradition request by New York officials for a suspected murderer arrested in her jurisdiction, NBC News reports.

The suspect, Raad Noan Almansoori, 26, is wanted in connection with the murder of 38-year-old Denisse Oleas-Arancibia at a Manhattan hotel earlier this month.  Almansoori was arrested in Arizona for the non-fatal stabbings of a woman.  During questioning in Arizona, he also reportedly implicated himself in a string of assaults across the country including an attempted murder in Florida.

“This is not aimed the New York Police Department at all. I know they did a hard job, they did a good job, but we will not be agreeing to extradition,” Mitchell said. “I’ve instructed my extradition attorneys not to agree to that. We’re going to keep him here.” Phoenix, incidentally, has a murder rate (11.6/110k) higher than Manhattan (5/100k).

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DeSantis abandons dogwhistle, goes straight to “blowhorn racism”

In a conference call with supporters of his failed presidential campaign, Florida Republican Governor and generally unlikeable fella Ron DeSantis took the warning of the GOP’s internal White Replacement theory, according to NBC News saying of a potential Trump VP pick, “Now we have a diverse Republican Party. I want everybody in the fold, don’t get me wrong. But I don’t want people representing 10, 15% of the party being in the driver’s seat.”

Those “10, 15%” DeSantis refers to are an overestimation of the number of people of color within the Party, and perhaps a reference to the only remaining challenger to Donald Trump in the campaign, Nikki Haley.

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Fox News worm finally says Fox News should leave New York City

At long last one of these shitbags finally acknowledges the city that they’re all based in and says it’s time to leave it for redder pastures. Of course it’s got everything to do with Trump and nothing about all the crime, migrants, diversity, wokeness, and all that shit they complain about.

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Trump’s lawyer wants a re-do of the NY civil trial because things

In a letter that can only be compared to a plea by the San Francisco 49ers to NFL’s commissioner to reduce the margin of their Super Bowl loss unilaterally despite how the game was played, a non-Habba lawyer for Donald Trump asked New York Judge Arthur  Engoron to effective void the $354 million (plus interest) judgment against Trump, saying the award should be recalculated because the defense wasn’t given opportunity to file a counter-settlement offer despite New York Attorney General Letitia James’s initial calculation of the judgment having been submitted to the Court more than six weeks before the amount was announced.

“The Court’s Decision and Order After Non-Jury Trial, dated February 16, 2024 … directed the Clerk of the Court to ‘enter judgment’,” attorney Clifford Robert asserts.  “Notwithstanding, the Attorney General has now taken it upon herself to submit a proposed judgment to the Clerk of the Court without notice to the Defendants and without conferring with Defendants’ counsel, clearly hoping that the Clerk will issue the Proposed Judgment before Defendants even have a chance to review it, let alone submit a proposed counter-judgment. This conduct not only violates the February 16 Decision, but it is clearly designed and intended to prejudice the Defendants.  […]

“Defendants therefore request that the Court set a return date for the Proposed Judgment that affords Defendants sufficient time to submit a proposed counter-judgment. To deprive Defendants of the opportunity to submit a proposed counter-judgment would be contrary to fundamental fairness and due process.”

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Someone else just got an order to pay millions in 30 days

Remember Mike Lindell, the conspiracy-selling amateur somnologist who dabbles in election meddling?  On top of his failing mutilated foam business, Lindell’s amassing court judgments against him like he was a Republican candidate for national office, and on Wednesday, it just got worse.

A federal court in Minnesota ordered Lindell to pay computer programmer Robert Zeidman $5 million Zeidman won for debunking Lindell’s claims that data allegedly from voting machines Lindell had proved election interference.  With more than four decades of programming experience, Zeidman handily debunked Lindell’s claim that foreign hackers altered the results by demonstrating that Lindell’s data set was literal junk:  it was just sets of figures with no logic or reason.

Unfortunately for Lindell, he attempted to “put his money where his mouth was,” and during an August 2021 “cyber symposium” in South Dakota, Lindell offered a $5 million bounty for anyone who could disprove his claims.  Zeidman did just that, as a court confirmed last April.  Lindell, however, never paid the money, forcing Zeidman to go back to court to get this statement from the order:  “Plaintiff is awarded $5 million plus post-judgment interest beginning April 19, 2023, to be paid within 30 days of issuance of this Order, per the Arbitration Award. LET JUDGMENT BE ENTERRED ACCORDINGLY.”  [emphasis in the original]

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“Why don’t YOU write our appeal if you’re so goddamned smart?!?”

Note: The headline is not a verbatim quote from Alina Habba being asked to comment on right wing legal douche Andrew McCarthy’s take on how Trump’s appeal in Manhattan is going to go. It’s just pretty goddamned close to what Habba actually said to Martha McCallum. Arguably just as snappy.

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NYPD pieces together mystery of missing leg

NYPD investigators believe they’ve solved two mysteries in one fell swoop: What happened to the left leg of a man who was struck and killed by a train at the Spring Street subway station in Soho, Manhattan on February 12th, and why the hell workers found a human leg on the tracks near the 167th Street station in the Bronx on Saturday. As ABC 7 explains, it turns out the leg somehow got lodged in the bottom of a passing train – likely separate from the one that struck the man – and then finally fell out on the tracks nine miles north in the Bronx at some point over the following six days.

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