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The AARP, the nation’s largest senior citizen advocacy group and among the most powerful lobbying groups in Washington, urged the Super Congress not to roll back the welfare state yesterday.

“Americans want Medicare, Social Security and Medicaid to be strengthened as part of a broader conversation around health and economic security, not one focused solely on deficit reduction,” Rand said. “AARP believes that the American public deserves a seat at the table in any forum, including the newly created super committee, and we ask that members of the new committee actively solicit input from people across the country, particularly older Americans,” said A. Barry Rand, AARP’s CEO.

The group warned that cuts to the cherished programs “could undermine the standard of living today and for future middle-class generations.”

The AARP came under fire from the left for reportedly shifting its position to favor some “reforms” of the programs (as opposed to outright opposition to changes during the privatization of Social Security fight in 2005) this past year, but this seems mostly to be a question of rhetoric — and a desire to be part of what they see as an inevitable conversation about their members’ top priority.

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Trump mob storming the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021

Reprinted with permission from Alternet

Some of the January 6 rioters who are facing federal criminal charges are now saying, as part of their defense, that they were misled, brainwashed or unfairly manipulated by then-President Donald Trump, MAGA media and/or the QAnon cult. And one of the rioters who is using that type of defense is QAnon supporter Doug Jensen, who is saying that he was a "victim" of false information from the far-right conspiracy movement.

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