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Mall Operator With 100+ Locations Files For Bankruptcy

Bloomberg News reports: Washington Prime Group Inc., a real estate investment trust that operates enclosed malls and strip centers across the U.S., filed for bankruptcy after the Covid-19 pandemic drove away shoppers. The Chapter 11 filing in Houston lets Washington Prime stay in business while it restructures its debts in a deal that it reached with certain creditors, according to …

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Top Cawthorn Staffer Makes $127K With No Experience

The Asheville Citizen-Times reports: The top staffer for Rep. Madison Cawthorn of North Carolina makes the equivalent of a $127,111 annual salary despite having no background in government and little other work experience except for running Texas fireworks stands, according to recently released congressional spending reports and a Republican Capitol Hill source. The quarterly disbursements statement shows the first-term Western …

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Pastor Came Out As Queer Days Before His Suicide

The Christian Post reports: Days before he was found dead in Alabama of an apparent suicide, Steve Austin, a former youth pastor, suicide survivor and mental health advocate, sought financial help from subscribers to his newsletter as his wife, Lindsey, battled a mental health crisis a week after he publicly came out as queer. Days later, the author, podcaster and …

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Emails Show Trump Pressured DOJ On Election Claims

CNN reports: New emails show how former President Donald Trump’s White House assistant, chief of staff and other allies pressured the Justice Department to investigate claims of voter fraud in the 2020 election — and how Trump directed allies to push then-acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen [photo] to join the legal effort to challenge the election result, according to a …

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HI Cops Spent $150K In COVID Funds On Robot Dog

The Honolulu Civil Beat reports: The Honolulu Police Department used $150,045 in federal funds intended to respond to the pandemic to acquire a robot dog named Spot, according to city spending data. As for its use helping Honolulu combat COVID-19, the city’s spending data says Spot was purchased to take people’s temperatures at HPD’s tent city for homeless people. In …

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Did Louie Gohmert Give $5K To “Death To Gays” Pastor?

The Daily Beast reports: Rep. Louie Gohmert celebrated New Year’s Eve 2020 by dropping several thousand dollars into the coffers of a vitriolically homophobic and antisemitic pastor, federal records indicate. But his office insists the whole thing was just a giant mistake. Team Gohmert claims it hired a Christian singer named Steve Amerson from Granada Hills, California, but accidentally reported …

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McConnell Defends Bill Barr’s Spying On Dems [VIDEO]

Mediaite reports: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell decried Democrats’ calls for an investigation into the DOJ obtaining House members’ data and said it’s a “witch hunt in the making.” “Any outrage from Democrats that alleged criminal leaks within their own ranks rightly drew the attention of federal investigators rings completely hollow,” he said. “Attorney General Barr served our nation with …

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Texas AG Ken Paxton Backs Anti-LGBT Discrimination

The Texas Tribune reports: Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said in a nonbinding legal opinion Monday that a state board cannot forbid social workers from discriminating against LGBTQ people and people with disabilities. The Texas Behavioral Health Executive Council, which regulates social workers, has been in a monthslong debate over its code of conduct. In October, it removed language from …

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CHATTER AWAY: Overnight Open Thread

Deadline reports: California Governor Gavin Newsom said on Monday that he is prepared to issue an executive order later this week to immediately implement a loosening of work-site mask-wearing regulations if, that is, the state’s Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board approves them on Thursday. Under normal procedures, the board’s decision would have to be reviewed by state attorneys and …

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AZ State Rep Threatens To Imprison Merrick Garland

Media Matters reports: Arizona Republican state Sen. Wendy Rogers, a supporter of the “audit” and self-proclaimed member of the militia group the Oath Keepers, tweeted, “You will not touch Arizona ballots or machines unless you want to spend time in an Arizona prison.” (The tweet was written up by right-wing blog The Gateway Pundit.) The next day, former Trump White …

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