Politics

Finland Defies Russia, Asserts Its Right To Join NATO

Finland’s public broadcaster reports: In addition to urging residents to get vaccinated against Covid, Prime Minister Sanna Marin’s (SDP) New Year’s message emphasized Finland’s possibility to apply for membership in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). “Finland retains the option of applying for NATO membership,” Marin said as Russia has demanded the western alliance halt its eastward expansion. “We should …

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Knoxville Planned Parenthood Clinic Destroyed In Fire

Knoxville’s ABC News affiliate reports: Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents are assisting the Knoxville Fire Department’s investigation into Friday’s fire that destroyed a Planned Parenthood Center, but officials say there is no evidence at this time that indicates the fire was intentionally set. “It’s because it is Planned Parenthood, because of the political nature of Planned Parenthood,” …

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Andy Cohen Unleashes Drunken Rant Against De Blasio

“Just watching Mayor De Blasio doing his ‘victory lap’ dance after four years of the crappiest job as the mayor of New York! The only thing that Democrats and Republicans can agree on is what a horrible mayor he has been, so sayonara sucker! 2022! It’s a new year, and guess what? I have a feeling that I am going …

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Exit Bill De Blasio, Enter Mayor Eric Adams [VIDEO]

The New York Times reports: Eric Leroy Adams was sworn in as the 110th mayor of New York City early Saturday in a festive but pared-down Times Square ceremony, a signal of the formidable task before him as he begins his term while coronavirus cases are surging anew. Mr. Adams, 61, the son of a house cleaner who was a …

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Adams To Be Sworn In During Times Square Ball Drop

The New York Daily News reports: Eric Adams, who earlier this month scrapped plans for an indoor Jan. 1 inauguration ceremony over concerns about the omicron variant of COVID-19, said Wednesday that he set his mind on the Times Square bash because it’s a safer but equally as bombastic alternative for getting sworn in. “Times Square has long been synonymous …

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New Florida Park “Honors” Confederate War Veterans

First Coast News reports: A new park honoring the over 15,000 soldiers involved in the Confederate war effort is now open in North Florida. Kirby-Smith Confederate Park is located in Lincoln Villas in the Northeast Jacksonville area. The park is visible from the I-295 west beltway, and features Confederate flags, statuary and placards. The park’s website claims that the Confederate …

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Gallup Poll Finds McConnell Least Popular US Leader

Gallup reports: Chief Justice John Roberts earns the highest job approval rating of 11 U.S. leaders rated in a Dec. 1-16 Gallup poll with 60% approving of how he is handling his role. Only two other leaders on the list are reviewed positively by majorities of Americans — Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell (53%) and Director Dr. Anthony Fauci (52%). …

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Rogan: Michelle Obama Would Beat Trump In 2024

Mediaite reports: “Michelle Obama and they’re going to bring in Harris,” Rogan said on The Joe Rogan Experience podcast about who he thinks the Democrats will run in 2024. “Harris comes back as the Vice President and Michelle Obama is the President. We get a double dose of diversity.” Rogan continued that the Obama and Harris ticket will be going …

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REPORT: Maryland Gov Considering Bid For US Senate

CNN reports: Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is engaging with stepped-up Republican efforts to recruit him into next year’s Senate race, CNN has learned. The popular Republican governor’s entry into the Senate race in a blue state would immediately put Democrats on defense in what would otherwise be a sleepy reelection for Sen. Chris Van Hollen — and potentially upend Democratic …

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Cruz Explains Why He’d Likely Be GOP’s 2024 Nominee

“You know, I ran in 2016. It was the most fun I’ve ever had in my life. We had a very crowded field with 17 candidates in the race. A very strong field, and I ended up placing second. “And you know, there’s a reason historically that the runner-up is almost always the next nominee. And that’s been true going …

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GOP Rep Regrets Vote Against Certifying Biden’s Win

The Hill reports: Rep. Tom Rice says he regrets his vote against certifying two states’ electoral votes for President Joe Biden in the hours after the Jan. 6 Capitol attack. It may not be for the reason you expect. The South Carolinian says he still believes there were “real issues with the election.” “In retrospect I should have voted to …

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Dan Crenshaw: Liberals Hate Nuclear Energy Because They Watch Shows Like “Simpsons” And “Chernobyl”

Mediaite reports: “It’s hard to educate people on this,” Crenshaw said during the latest episode of his Hold These Truths podcast. “When you attack fossil fuels, oil and gas, you raise the prices for those fossil fuels.” Crenshaw continued that Democrats won’t fully embrace nuclear energy because of popular television shows. “They don’t like nuclear because they watch the Simpsons …

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REPORT: GOP Sen. John Thune Is Mulling Retirement

The New York Times reports: Senator John Thune of South Dakota, the second-ranking Senate Republican and a potential future leader, is seriously considering retiring after next year, a prospect that has set off an intensifying private campaign from other Republicans urging him to seek re-election. Mr. Thune is only 60, but a combination of family concerns and former President Donald …

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Unvaxxed Texas Man Becomes First US Omicron Death

The Washington Post reports: An unvaccinated Houston-area man in his 50s is the first recorded fatality associated with the omicron variant in the Texas county — and may be the first U.S. death publicly attributed to it. The man, who tested positive for the omicron variant before his death, according to Harris County Public Health (HCPC), had previously been infected …

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FL Utility Behind Bill To Hamper Home Solar Power

The Guardian reports: The biggest power company in the US is pushing policy changes that would hamstring rooftop solar power in Florida, delivering legislation for a state lawmaker to introduce, according to records obtained by the Miami Herald and Floodlight. Florida Power & Light (FPL), whose work with dark money political committees helped secure Republican control of the state Senate, …

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Pelosi: “Solemn Events” Will Mark Anniversary Of Riot

The Washington Post reports: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has indicated there will be a “full program of events” to mark the first anniversary of the Jan. 6 insurrection, in which a pro-Trump mob stormed the U.S. Capitol to try to stop the confirmation of President Biden’s electoral college win, a siege that resulted in five deaths and left some 140 …

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Dem Rep. Stephanie Murphy Won’t Seek Reelection

ABC News reports: Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D-Fla.), a key leader among centrist House Democrats, announced Monday that she won’t seek reelection next year as her party faces increasingly tough odds for keeping its majorities in Congress. Murphy, a co-chair of the Blue Dog Coalition, said in a video announcement that she wanted to spend more time with her family, including …

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Schumer Vows Build Back Better Vote Despite Manchin

The Washington Post reports: Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) vowed Monday to hold a vote early next year on a roughly $2 trillion bill to overhaul the country’s health-care, education, climate, immigration and tax laws, despite Sunday’s announcement by Sen. Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.) that he could not support President Biden’s signature legislation. Although the Build Back Better …

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren Tests Positive For COVID

CNN reports: Sen. Elizabeth Warren tested positive Sunday for the coronavirus, according to a tweet from her official account. The Massachusetts Democrat, who is vaccinated and boosted, said she is experiencing mild symptoms. Warren was on the Senate floor last week before the chamber went on recess. The announcement came as the emergence of the Omicron variant has thrust the …

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Nick Sandmann Settles Defamation Suit Against NBC

Law & Crime reports: A then-Catholic school student who was recorded on video standing in front of a Native American protester in Washington, D.C. has announced a settlement with NBC more than two years after filing a multi-million-dollar defamation claim. Nicholas Sandmann wrote on Twitter Friday night that the “terms are confidential.” NBC was one of several broadcast networks and …

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