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Sedition Trial For Five Oath Keepers To Start Tuesday

The Associated Press reports: Despite nearly 900 arrests and hundreds of convictions in the riot, Stewart Rhodes and four Oath Keeper associates — Kelly Meggs, Jessica Watkins, Kenneth Harrelson and Thomas Caldwell — are the first to stand trial on the rare and difficult-to-prove charge of seditious conspiracy. Prosecutors will try to show that the insurrection for the Oath Keepers …

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NRA Gives Ron DeSantis Their “A+” Endorsement

Florida Politics reports: A new report card was published by the NRA-Political Victory Fund. That allows some politicians to boast to voters about their high score — and in some cases their low rating.  Of note, the organization has not endorsed U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio for re-election and gave him a “B” grade. That said, U.S. Rep. Val Demings, his …

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MS Man Charged With Hate Crime In Cross Burning

Law & Crime reports: A 23-year-old Mississippi man accused of burning a cross in his front yard to intimidate a Black family who lived nearby has been charged with a federal hate crime. Axel Charles Cox was arraigned Friday after prosecutors obtained a warrant for him to be brought into court from state prison, where he’s serving eight years for …

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NC Rally Cultists Told To Stop Making “QAnon Salute”

The Daily Beast reports: Security personnel at Donald Trump’s rally on Friday night in Wilmington, North Carolina, attempted to get MAGA-loving supporters to lower their raised arms and single finger, which signifies their allegiance to the far-right conspiracy theory QAnon. The rally controversy follows Trump sharing a video post on Truth Social late Thursday night “filled with references” to QAnon. …

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Trump Shares Meme Comparing Himself To Jesus

The Insider reports: Former President Donald Trump shared a post on his Truth Social account on Friday, declaring him as “second” only to Jesus. The post by Truth Social user @austinnegrete said: “Jesus is the Greatest. President @realDonaldTrump is the second greatest.” It accompanied an image of a painting of Jesus by artist Dan Wilson. Trump “ReTruthed,” or reposted, the …

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Cultist Challenger Mocks Plot To Murder Michigan Gov

The Michigan Advance reports: Republican gubernatorial nominee Tudor Dixon’s repeated comments mocking the foiled plot to kidnap and assassinate Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer have drawn widespread condemnation. On Friday morning, the Republican appeared at a pro-Dixon superPAC event in Troy with former Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway and criticized Whitmer’s business record as governor. Standing in front of a sign that …

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Arizona Judge Imposes Abortion Ban Written In 1864

The New York Times reports: A judge on Friday ruled that a near-total abortion ban written before Arizona became a state must be enforced, throwing abortion access into question one day before the start of a 15-week ban that passed the Legislature this year. The stricter ban, which can be traced to 1864, was blocked by a court injunction in …

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CHATTER AWAY: Overnight Open Thread

Variety reports: Somewhere over the rainbow, indeed! Kenya Barris tells me that LGBTQ representation will be featured in his “Wizard of Oz” remake. “The original was an allegory and a reflection of the way the world was at the time with things like the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl,” says Barris, who will write and direct the reimagining for …

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NPR: Carbon Dioxide Shortage Imperils Beer Supply

NPR reports: Carbon dioxide has no taste, no odor, and no color — but it’s a vital ingredient in the beer business, from putting frothy bubbles in brews to blocking oxidization that makes beer taste stale. But brewers are now worried that a carbon dioxide shortage could force production cuts and price hikes. It’s the latest threat to an industry …

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Republicans Unveil “Commitment To America” Plan With Video Featuring Stock Images From Russia And Ukraine

The Huffington Post reports: House Republican leaders on Friday unveiled their “Commitment to America” agenda for 2023 ― and with it, an inspirational video full of scenes presented as exceptional imagery of America that were actually stock footage from Russia and Ukraine. The GOP’s video, “The Preamble to the Commitment to America,” opens with a narrator highlighting aspects of what …

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