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CHATTER AWAY: Overnight Open Thread

Variety reports: Kenneth Branagh will play U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson in a new Sky TV series detailing Britain’s muddled response to the COVID-19 crisis. The five-part drama will be directed and written by “The Trip” helmer Michael Winterbottom. Entitled “This Sceptred Isle,” the show will be produced by Fremantle, Richard Brown’s Passenger and Winterbottom’s Revolution Films. The project — …

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FBI Arrests Rioter Who Tweeted “Assassinate AOC”

Buzzfeed News reports: A man from Dallas, Texas is facing multiple charges after storming the Capitol and tweeting “Assassinate AOC” that same day, according to documents from the Department of Justice. Garret Miller faces five criminal charges, including alleged unlawful entry and “threat to injure” others. The FBI agent who gave a statement of facts for the case said Miller …

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Chicago Bars/Restaurants Allowed Some Indoor Service

The Chicago Sun-Times reports: Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s health team officially gave the green light Saturday for restaurants and most bars across Chicago and suburban Cook County to invite customers back inside for indoor service. A day after officials said both regions were “on track” for limited reopening, the city and Cook County suburbs saw their coronavirus infection rates improve for …

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Giuliani Admits His Firm Asked Trump For $20K/Day

Mediaite reports: Former President Donald Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani, after denying that he ever sought to be paid $20K per day for his legal advice from the Trump campaign following the 2020 election, has now admitted that an associate asked the Trump campaign for that amount, but maintained he was unaware of the request. “I never had a single expectation …

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Arizona GOP To Censure State’s Top Republicans

The New York Times reports: Arizona Republicans are poised to censure three of their own party’s most high-profile members in the state: Gov. Doug Ducey, former Senator Jeff Flake and Cindy McCain, the widow of former Senator John McCain. Though largely symbolic, the political scolding that is expected during a meeting of the state G.O.P. on Saturday underscores a widening …

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DOJ Axes “Parting Shot” Anti-LGBTQ Trump Directive

Politico reports: The Justice Department has taken its first major step under President Joe Biden to reverse the Trump administration’s resistance to expansion of rights accorded to LGBTQ Americans. Greg Friel, the lawyer just named to oversee the Justice Department’s civil rights division on a temporary basis, issued a directive Friday revoking a 22-page memorandum a Trump appointee released earlier …

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Michigan GOP Pol Called On To Resign After Brandishing Rifle In Live Stream In Defense Of “Decent” Proud Boys

Michigan’s Traverse Eagle-Record reports: A Grand Traverse County commissioner drew immediate backlash after he displayed a rifle in response to a public commenter during a livestreamed public meeting. Ron Clous was in his home during the Wednesday meeting and said he was responding to a Traverse City woman, Keli MacIntosh, during her public comment regarding a Second Amendment resolution passed …

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Feds Debate Not Charging Some Capitol Rioters

The Washington Post reports: Federal law enforcement officials are privately debating whether they should decline to charge some of the individuals who stormed the U.S. Capitol this month — a politically loaded proposition but one alert to the practical concern that hundreds of such cases could swamp the local courthouse. The internal discussions are in their early stages, and no …

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Palm Beach County Won’t Rename Airport For Trump

The South Florida Sun Sentinel reports: Former President Donald Trump won’t see his name on the airport in his home turf of Palm Beach County — and it also might be difficult to engrave it anywhere else in South Florida. A majority of Palm Beach County commissioners told the South Florida Sun Sentinel this week that they won’t support renaming …

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Trump Lawyer Attacks Appearance Of Biden Press Sec

Jenna Ellis, Trump lawyer and self-avowed Christian, was recently exposed for lying about her termination from a Colorado county’s district attorney’s office and for having invented most of her resume. Last night she took at potshot at the appearance of Biden press secretary Jen Psaki, implying that Psaki is trying to look like a man. Ellis’s tweet was in response …

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