Joe Jervis

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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Christian Prophet: God Told Me Trump Is Still President

“For I say this is my land and these are my people. And I have raised him up for such a time as this. My people have prayed, they have fasted, they have called on my name and I will not turn a deaf ear unto them. “But to the left, to the wicked, to those to chose to cheat …

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Dobbs Tries To Blame Capitol Riots On Pelosi [VIDEO]

Media Matters has the transcript: The facts directly contradict the popular narrative suddenly of the national left-wing media, the radical Dems, the anti-Trump RINOs — all of whom are in combine and hell-bent on blaming the riots on President Trump. It’s extraordinary. And why is that? Well, make no mistake, part of their motivation is to divert public attention from …

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Dems Float 14th Amendment To Bar Trump From Office

The Hill reports: Democrats are mulling whether they can use the 14th Amendment to prevent former President Trump from ever holding office again. The discussions are in the early stages — and top members of the Senate caucus aren’t yet convinced it’s a viable remedy — but senators are exploring their options as they plot a strategy after Trump’s supporters …

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Texas AG Sues Biden Over Pause In Deportations

The Austin Statesman reports: Following through on his promise to sue the Biden administration early and often, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Friday asked a federal judge to block a new policy that pauses most deportations for the next 100 days. The policy, which went into effect Friday, was announced by acting Homeland Security Secretary David Pekoske as part …

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McCarthy Reverses On Blaming Trump For Insurrection

The Los Angeles Times reports: House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said Thursday that former President Trump’s words at a rally did not incite the violent mob that invaded the U.S. Capitol earlier this month, contradicting his previous comments that Trump bore responsibility for the insurrection that resulted in five deaths. “I don’t believe he provoked it if you listen to …

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QAnon Rep Files Bills To Overturn Biden Orders On Face Masks, World Health Organization, Paris Climate Accord

Colorado Public Radio reports: Republican Representative Lauren Boebert has introduced her first three bills in Congress. All three take aim at President Biden’s recent executives orders. The first bill would prevent the U.S. from spending any money to rejoin the Paris Climate agreement unless the Senate ratifies the agreement. The second bill would prevent funds going to the World Health …

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Birx: I Always Thought About Quitting Trump [VIDEO]

CBS News reports: Dr. Deborah Birx, the former coordinator of the Trump White House’s Coronavirus Task Force, says nothing in her four decades of public service prepared her for the chaotic Trump White House or the politically charged handling of the pandemic, telling “Face the Nation” she “always” considered quitting her post. In an interview to air on Sunday’s “Face …

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Legendary Talk Show Host Larry King Dies At Age 87

Rolling Stone reports: Larry King, the award-winning TV and radio host who became a household name with his long-running CNN show Larry King Live, died Saturday morning at the age of 87. “With profound sadness, Ora Media announces the death of our co-founder, host, and friend Larry King, who passed away this morning at age 87 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center …

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NYT Reveals Last Minute Plot To Overturn GA Election

The New York Times reports: The Justice Department’s top leaders listened in stunned silence this month: One of their peers, they were told, had devised a plan with President Donald J. Trump to oust Jeffrey A. Rosen as acting attorney general and wield the department’s power to force Georgia state lawmakers to overturn its presidential election results. The unassuming lawyer …

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CHATTER AWAY: Overnight Open Thread

Billboard Magazine reports: Phil Spector’s estate is poised to oversee music assets likely worth tens of millions of dollars following his death on Jan. 16, according to Billboard calculations. Those assets include his songwriting credits on 186 songs, per the BMI song database; ownership of the Philles Records catalog of 12 albums including releases by The Ronettes and The Crystals; …

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