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CHATTER AWAY: Overnight Open Thread

The Hollywood Reporter reports: In the temporal wormhole that is pandemic life, the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol by supporters of the eventually-twice-impeached 45th president of the United States feels like it was 20 years ago. And it also feels like it was yesterday. Along those same lines, viewers of Jamie Roberts’ new HBO documentary, Four Hours at the …

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Gaetz Floor Speech: Someone May Be Trying To Kill Me

“I thank the gentleman for yielding because I think someone may be trying to kill me and if they are successful I would like my constituents and my family to know who stopped their arrest. “Madame Speaker, on October 8th, 2021, a Twitter handle styled ‘CIABobIsAtYourDoor’ tweeted to @RepMattGaetz, ‘Lookie here pal, I live in Portland. Portland has ordered a …

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Gab CEO Goes On Anti-Semitic Rampage On Twitter

The Daily Dot reports: Andrew Torba, the CEO of the far-right social media website Gab, appears to have disabled the platform’s Twitter account on Tuesday following an antisemitic tirade. In a series of tweets, Torba shared several antisemitic canards related to Judeo–Bolshevism while promoting the creation of a “parallel Christian society.” Judeo–Bolshevism is a term that was used by the …

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PayPal In Talks To Acquire Pinterest In $45 Billion Deal

Market Watch reports: PayPal Holdings Inc.’s quest to become a “super-app” may be kicking into a new gear following reports that the company has held acquisition talks with Pinterest Inc. The financial-technology company has been expanding beyond payments and into other areas of financial services and commerce, driven by a revamp of its app to emphasize features like crypto purchasing …

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Utah Health Officials Rank Vax Rate By Zodiac Signs

The Salt Lake Tribune reports: Surprising perhaps no one, Salt Lake County residents born under the exuberant, high-achieving, let-no-opportunity-pass sign of Leo have been vaccinated for the coronavirus at higher rates than those of any other zodiac sign. That’s according to an analysis of immunization and population data released this week by the Salt Lake County Health Department. The department …

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FDA Approves Moderna And J&J Vaccine Boosters

CNBC reports: The Food and Drug Administration Wednesday night authorized booster shots of both Johnson & Johnson and Moderna’s Covid vaccines, another critical step in distributing extra doses to tens of millions of people. At the same time, U.S. regulators also authorized “mixing and matching” vaccines, allowing Americans to get a booster shot that’s a different vaccine from the one …

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AL Man Charged With Pepper Spraying Capitol Police

Law & Crime reports: Joining a long list of accused Jan. 6 assailants, an Alabama man has been charged with pepper spraying officers and throwing a metal rod at them during the siege of the U.S. Capitol. Christian Matthew Manley, a 26-year-old from Birmingham, was arrested far away from his home on Tuesday: in Anchorage, Alaska, where he made his …

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Jordan Changes His Story About Riot Calls With Trump

Axios reports: “I talked to the president after the attack. I’ve been clear about that,” Jordan told the House Rules Committee while testifying against a resolution to hold Steve Bannon in contempt of Congress. Jordan said he “did not speak to the president during the attack,” though minutes later conceded that he “may have talked to him before, I don’t …

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Republican Senators Again Block Voting Rights Bill

Reuters reports: A bill aimed at thwarting restrictive new voting laws enacted in Republican-led states failed to advance in the U.S. Senate on Wednesday, as Republican lawmakers blocked a Democratic effort to begin debating the measure. The Senate voted 49-51 to end debate on whether to bring up the bill, known as the Freedom to Vote Act, falling short of …

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Russia “Cybergang” Behind Sinclair Ransomware Attack

Bloomberg News reports: A weekend cyberattack against Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. was linked to one of the most infamous Russian cybergangs, called Evil Corp., according to two people familiar with the attack. The Sinclair hackers used malware called Macaw, a variant of ransomware known as WastedLocker. Both Macaw and WastedLocker were created by Evil Corp., according to the two people, …

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Manchin Rages At “Bullshit” Report He’s Leaving Dems

Mediaite reports: Senator Joe Manchin (D- WV) swiftly denied a report he is considering leaving the Democratic party. Mother Jones reported Wednesday Manchin has been talking to associates about leaving the party. Manchin was asked by reporters about this and said rather bluntly, “I can’t control rumors, and it’s bullshit. Bullshit spelled with a B-U-L-L, capital B!” Manchin is one …

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REPORT: Manchin Has Plan To Leave Democratic Party

Mother Jones reports: In recent days, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W. Va.) has told associates that he is considering leaving the Democratic Party if President Joe Biden and Democrats on Capitol Hill do not agree to his demand to cut the size of the social infrastructure bill from $3.5 trillion to $1.75 trillion, according to people who have heard Manchin discuss …

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Former College Coach To Sue Over Vax Refusal Firing

Yahoo Sports reports: An attorney for former Washington State football coach Nick Rolovich announced on Wednesday that the coach plans to take legal action against the school. Rolovich was fired for cause on Monday after a religious accommodation request wasn’t granted for his decision to not take the COVID-19 vaccine. The firing occurred because of a state deadline that essentially …

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SF Sanctions Burger Joint For Defying Vax Mandate

San Francisco’s CBS News affiliate reports: The In-N-Out hamburger chain is sizzling mad after the city of San Francisco shut down its indoor dining for refusing to check customers’ vaccination status, as is required by a local mandate. The company’s Fisherman’s Wharf location — its only one in San Francisco — was temporarily shut by the Department of Public Health …

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