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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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QAnon Rep Visits Holocaust Museum, Apologizes For Nazi Comparisons In Last Ditch Bid To Avoid Censure

Politico reports: Freshman Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene paid a visit to the Holocaust museum on Monday in a bid to defuse the controversy over her comments comparing vaccine and mask requirements to Nazi Germany. The Georgia Republican — who has faced backlash from both parties for her inflammatory remarks — wanted to show contrition for her behavior, according to a …

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Supermarket Cashier Dead In Georgia Mask Dispute, Off-Duty Sheriff’s Deputy Shot Twice, Suspect Shot

Atlanta’s ABC News affiliate reports: Authorities are on the scene of a shooting that left a sheriff’s deputy injured and a cashier dead Monday afternoon. A spokesperson said a DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office reserve unit deputy and two others – a man and woman – were injured during the shooting at the Big Bear Supermarket near South DeKalb Mall off …

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Internet Recalls Ted Cruz Mocking California As Texans Are Asked To Conserve Power As Blackouts Are Possible

The Texas Tribune reports: Texas’ main power grid struggled to keep up with the demand for electricity Monday, prompting the operator to ask Texans to conserve power until Friday. The conservation request comes at a time of heightened anxiety around electricity following the state’s catastrophic February power outages that left millions without power for days. Those outages that were prompted …

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