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Florida Law Firm Warns Gaetz On “Defamatory” Claims

Law & Crime has their statement: Congressman Matt Gaetz made an allegation on The Tucker Carlson show last night that David L. McGee, a partner in the firm of Beggs & Lane, had attempted to extort money from Gaetz and his family in exchange for McGee making the investigation against Congressman Gaetz “go away.” The allegation by the Congressman is …

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Matt Gaetz’s Father: Yes, I Wore A Wire For The FBI

Politico reports: Rep. Matt Gaetz’s father, Don, a former Florida Senate president, said he is working with the FBI, including wearing a wire on more than one occasion as part of an investigation into an alleged extortion plot that the pair said was organized by former federal prosecutor David McGee. “The FBI asked me to try and get that information …

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McCarthy Says Gaetz Would Be Stripped Of Committee Assignments If Sex Allegations “Come Out To Be True”

The Hill reports: House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said Wednesday that GOP leaders will remove Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) from his committee assignments if he’s found to be guilty of sex trafficking, a case currently under investigation by the Justice Department. “Those are serious implications. If it comes out to be true, yes, we would remove him if that’s …

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Former DOJ Official Denies Gaetz’s “Extortion” Claims

The Daily Beast reports: Gaetz told Fox that the former DOJ employee going after him was David McGee, now a lawyer at Beggs & Lane. In an interview with The Daily Beast late Tuesday night, McGee said any reports of extortion involving him or his firm were “completely, totally false.” “This is a blatant attempt to distract from the fact …

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Republican Insiders Privately Gloat Over Gaetz Scandal

The Insider reports: The former Trump aides aren’t necessarily happy to see the three-term lawmaker in trouble, but they “feel a little vindicated,” the former White House staffer told Insider. “He’s the meanest person in politics.” A former congressional aide said GOP leaders could soon be rid of the self-styled provocateur without having to get their hands dirty. “Good riddance,” …

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Gaetz Denies “False” Allegations: The DOJ Is Trying To “Criminalize My Sexual Conduct When I Was Single”

Jonathan Swan reports at Axios: “The allegations against me are as searing as they are false,” Gaetz said in a 13-minute phone interview with Axios. “I believe that there are people at the Department of Justice who are trying to criminalize my sexual conduct, you know when I was a single guy.” “The allegations of sexual misconduct against me are …

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NYT: Matt Gaetz Target Of DOJ Underage Sex Probe

The New York Times reports: Representative Matt Gaetz, Republican of Florida and a close ally of former President Donald J. Trump, is being investigated by the Justice Department over whether he had a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old and paid for her to travel with him, according to three people briefed on the matter. Investigators are examining whether Mr. Gaetz …

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Texas Senate Unanimously Passes Bill To Mandate Winterizing Power Grid, Ban Variable Energy Rate Plans

The Texas Tribune reports: The Texas Senate on Monday unanimously approved a sweeping bill that would overhaul the state’s electricity industry and infrastructure, including mandating that power plants prepare for extreme weather and outlawing risky indexed retail electric plans. Senate Bill 3, filed by Republican state Sen. Charles Schwertner of Georgetown, now heads to the Texas House where its prospects …

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Felony Charge For Kansas GOP Leader After DUI Arrest

ABC News reports: One of the Kansas Legislature’s most powerful lawmakers was charged Friday with driving under the influence and a felony offense for trying to elude law enforcement while speeding the wrong way on highways in Topeka. Senate Majority Leader Gene Suellentrop faces five criminal charges, including the felony count, the misdemeanor DUI count and a misdemeanor count of …

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Hospital Exec Quits In Trump Vax Line-Jumping Scandal

Block Club Chicago reports: One of Loretto Hospital’s top executives resigned Wednesday night after Block Club revealed people at three businesses he had close ties with were vaccinated early with doses from the West Side hospital. Loretto Hospital’s Board of Trustees accepted the resignation of Chief Operating Officer Dr. Anosh Ahmed in a unanimous vote Wednesday, according to a news …

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“Jerk-Off Club” Scandal Roils Australian Parliament

The Daily Beast reports: The Australian parliament was rocked by yet more sex abuse allegations Monday when footage of a senior government staff member masturbating onto the desk of a female lawmaker was leaked by a whistleblower. The disgusting video—obtained by The Australian newspaper and Channel Ten—led to the immediate firing of the unnamed aide, but it came alongside other …

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Priest And Dominatrices Charged In Altar Three-Way

The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports: A former priest and two professional dominatrices accused of performing sex acts on the altar of a Catholic church in Pearl River were charged by the north shore District Attorney’s Office Thursday with one count of institutional vandalism, a felony. Travis John Clark, 37, who was pastor of Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church, and …

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Texas Advances Bill Mandating Winterizing Power Grid

The Texas Tribune reports: Several bills responding to Texas’ February power outages — including one mandating that power plants prepare facilities for extreme weather and another reforming the Electric Reliability Council of Texas board — were advanced by the Texas House State Affairs Committee on Thursday. None addressed the price ERCOT set for wholesale electricity prices during the storm and …

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Paper Questions “Special Treatment” Given Top Kansas Republican After Arrest For DUI And Fleeing The Police

From the editorial board of the Kansas City Star: It was bad enough that Kansas Senate Majority Leader Gene Suellentrop was arrested just before 4 a.m. on Tuesday, after police stopped an SUV that they said had been speeding the wrong way on Interstate 70. But now, The Star has reported that the Kansas Highway Patrol had to attempt a …

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Police Spox In GA Killings Posted Racist COVID Shirts

The Daily Beast reports: A Cherokee County, Georgia, Sheriff’s Office spokesperson came under fire Wednesday afternoon for pinning the deadly Tuesday shooting rampage that left eight dead—including six Asian women—on a 21-year-old white man’s “very bad day.” “Yesterday was a really bad day for him and this is what he did,” Jay Baker said during the joint news conference with …

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Texas Utilities Regulator Ousted After Leaked Call In Which He Boasts Of “Tipping The Scales” For Investors

Reuters reports: The third and last remaining commissioner of the Texas utilities regulator resigned under pressure on Tuesday after the release of comments to investors vowing to protect utility profits and dismissing financial hits from a cold snap on municipal power companies. The resignation came soon after the disclosure of inflammatory comments by the Public Utility Commission Chair Arthur D’Andrea …

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LIVE VIDEO: Cuomo Holds Presser Amid Fierce Pressure

Yahoo News reports: New York political leaders including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Grace Meng, Mondaire Jones, Rep. Jerry Nadler and Jamaal Bowman are all calling for New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to resign after a number of sexual harassment allegations surfaced in the past weeks. Ten members of New York’s congressional delegation, including Adriano Espaillat, Nydia Velazquez, Carolyn Maloney, Yvette Clark …

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Evangelical Group To Memory-Hole “Rapist” Founder

The Christian Post reports: Ravi Zacharias International Ministries intends to change the name of the organization following the release of an investigative report last month indicating that the Christian apologist was accused of “sexting, unwanted touching, spiritual abuse, and rape.” In a statement Saturday, RZIM CEO and Zacharias’ daughter, Sarah Davis, provided what she described as the first of periodic …

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Six More Former Cuomo Staffers Lob Accusations

The Washington Post reports: A former press aide of Andrew M. Cuomo says he summoned her to his dimly lit hotel room and embraced her after a work event in 2000, when Cuomo led the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and she was a consultant for the agency. The woman, Karen Hinton, says she pulled away from Cuomo, …

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Board Fires CEO Of TX Energy Grid Operator [VIDEO]

The Texas Tribune reports: The board overseeing the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, the independent nonprofit entity that operates and manages the electricity grid that covers much of Texas, fired ERCOT CEO Bill Magness Wednesday night. The move by the board to vote in favor of a “60-day termination notice” came after they convened in a private executive session for …

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