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#EndorseThis: CNN Exposes Dark Money Outfit Boasting About Voter Suppression

Heritage Action, a far-right dark money group, is coming under intense fire after a video, first obtained by Mother Jones, showed the group's Executive Director Jessica Anderson bragging about writing the voter suppression bills that are sweeping the nation.

Of all the backlash, CNN's Chris Cuomo aired a fiery takedown on Monday night might be the most powerful.

Watch:

Chris Cuomo slams Heritage Action voter suppression video www.youtube.com

#EndorseThis: Bette Midler's New Parody Nukes GOP 'Liars-Thugs-And-Traitors'

The legendary Bette Midler is channeling her inner Mary Poppins in GOP's-A-Cult-For-Scammers-Liars-Thugs-And-Traitors-- a song parody of the Mary Poppins classic Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.

The great chanteuse -- in association with MeidasTouch-- lets no prominent Republican escape her wrath, relentlessly roasting "Moscow Mitch, Cancun Ted, and all their imitators." And don't forget Matt Gaetz, "the Norman Bates of Liars-Thugs-And-Traitors."

To Bette, there are two bad words: "Tucker" and "Carlson."

Enjoy this blistering masterpiece. Just click!

GOP's-A-Cult-For-Scammers-Liars-Thugs-And-Traitors – A MeidasTouch & Bette Midler Production www.youtube.com

#EndorseThis: Randy Rainbow Puts GOP ‘Crackpot Villains’ On Blast

Randy Rainbow returns in a brilliant new video parody that opens with an "interview" of Sen. Josh Hawley.

The Missouri Republican who has “been canceled more times than [Rainbow's] subscription to Aaron Carter's OnlyFans page" was just the beginning, as he mercilessly roasted every notable Republican “crackpot" -- from Mitch McConnell, Ted Cruz, and Kevin McCarthy to Matt Gaetz, Marjorie Taylor Greene, and beyond.

“All the crackpot villains in the GOP only care to cover their behinds," Rainbow warbles to the tune of The Trolley Song from Meet Me in St. Louis . "And since the last election caused an insurrection, they've lost their goddamn minds."

Click and cackle! It's one of his best.

Clang, Clang, Clang Went Josh Hawley! - A Randy Rainbow Song Parody youtu.be

#EndorseThis: Texas Democrat Schools Republican On Racist 'Purity' Phrase

Texas Republicans are adding fuel to the GOP voter suppression fire with a new law that promises to "preserve the purity of the ballot box"-- a phrase that has been used throughout the country's history to disenfranchise voters "deem[ed] unfit" to vote.

Since the Civil War, racist lawmakers have used those words to disenfranchise Black voters, as Democratic Texas state Rep. Rafael Anchía so eloquently pointed out to a clueless Republican.

"Are you aware of the history behind that provision of the [Texas state] Constitution?" Rep. Anchía asked Republican Rep. Briscoe Cain.

"I-I'm not," Cain answers.

Should've done more research, huh? Watch him endure the embarrassment he earned.

@nowthispolitics

Texas Republicans intro'd new voting restrictions to 'preserve the purity of the ballot box.' This state rep grilled them on the term's nasty history

Mississippi Governor Signs First Anti-Trans​ Bill Of 2021

Mississippi 's Republican Gov. Tate Reeves officially signed the first anti-transgender bill of 2021 into law Thursday, "proudly" barring young trans student-athletes from playing sports in groups that match their gender identity, while thousands in the state are still without running water.

When he announced his signing of S.B. 2536 -- a transphobic bill that forces schools to designate their sports teams "according to biological sex" -- Reeves claimed that "one of [President Biden's] first acts was to sign an [executive order] encouraging transgenderism in children," while using the deeply offensive term "biological males" to refer to transgender women and girls.

He also attempted to falsely blame President Joe Biden for the bigotry of state lawmakers, saying, "POTUS left us no choice."

His signing of the bill, which denies basic human rights to transgender youth, was met with outrage from LGBTQ+ advocates around the country.

Alphonso David, the Human Rights Campaign President, said Reeves "chooses fear and division over facts and science," and added: "Bullying transgender kids is no way to govern the state out of the crises they face."

David is referring to "a deadly polar vortex" that hit Jackson, Mississippi particularly hard last month, leaving "40,000 people in the state's largest city" without water, according to LGBTQ+ news site them.

"Like previous iterations of the same anti-equality fight, this law is bound to face scrutiny, legal challenges, and ultimately hurt the state's reputation," said David. "Transgender kids deserve better and so does Mississippi."

The news comes as South Dakota passed a "religious refusal" bill, which would allow discrimination against LGBTQ+ people on the basis of religion, last Thursday. The state is also very close to enacting an anti-transgender law, that Gov. Kristi Noem (R) committed to signing on International Women's Day, ironically celebrating the day with a bill is designed to attack women in the state.

"In an attempt to 'level the playing field,' House Bill 1217 excludes an entire group of women and girls from meaningful participation in sports," said Jett Jonelis, ACLU of South Dakota advocacy manager. "(The bill) isn't about protecting fairness in women's sports. It's about erasing and excluding trans people from participation in all aspects of public life. It's about creating solutions to problems that don't exist and, in the process, harming some of the most vulnerable people in our state."

H.B. 1217 passed through the state legislature and was delivered to the governor's desk on Wednesday.

According to the Human Rights Campaign, these two bills represent just a fraction of the 128 anti-LGBTQ+ bills around the country, 65 of which attack transgender rights specifically.

Rep. Greene Mocks Trans Pride Flag Outside Of Her Office

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga) has amped up transphobic attacks in multiple Twitter attacks, culminating in the Qanon congresswoman hanging a sign mocking a transgender pride flag Rep. Marie Newman (D-IL) put across from her office.

"Our neighbor, (Rep. Greene), tried to block the Equality Act because she believes prohibiting discrimination against trans Americans is "'disgusting, immoral, and evil,'" Rep. Newman tweeted. "Thought we'd put up our Transgender flag so she can look at it every time she opens her door."

Then, Rep. Greene retaliated with a similar Twitter post mocking Rep. Newman's original, boasting about displaying a transphobic sign that read, "There are two genders: Male & female. Trust the science!"

Twitter users rushed to defend Rep. Newman, who mothers a transgender girl, and blast Rep. Greene for her blatant, ignorant transphobia.

"Sickening, pathetic, unimaginably cruel," tweeted a fellow Illinois Congressperson Rep. Sean Casten, responding directly to Rep. Greene's tweet. "This hate is exactly why the #EqualityAct is necessary and what we must protect (Rep. Marie Newman)'s daughter and all our LGBTQ+ loved ones against."

Adding to the cruelty, Facebook took down Rep. Newman's post of her setting the transgender pride flag outside of Rep. Greene's office for "hate speech," while leaving up the QAnon congresswoman's.

"Facebook took down our video of me putting up the Transgender flag outside my office and labeled it as 'hate speech,'" Rep. Newman tweeted. "Meanwhile, they're still allowing Marjorie Taylor Greene's transphobic video to be posted. Supporting transgender Americans is NOT hate speech."

Rep. Greene's latest deplorable actions come as she has repeatedly attacked LGBTQ+ rights this week when discussing The Equality Act, which will be voted on Thursday by the House.

"The so called #EqualityAct is evil," she tweeted, while also making false assertions that the bill "destroys women's rights, religious rights, and rights of the unborn."

Then Rep. Greene made multiple transphobic statements, including: "(God) created us male and female." Adding that, "Men who dress and think they are women will have rights over all real girls and women."

Her disgusting, transphobic statements were just the beginning of her attacks on the bill, as she also introduced a hand full of amendments to the bill. One asked that the "entire text" of The Equality Act be removed and replaced with Protection of Women and Girls in Sports Act-- an anti-transgender attack that would strip basic human rights from trans women and girls.


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All of the claims made by Rep. Greene-- including saying The Equality Act "has nothing to do with stopping discrimination against the LGBT community"-- are entirely false and rooted in nothing but hatred, homophobia and transphobia.

The Equality passed the House in 2019 but never made it to a vote in the Republican Senate controlled by Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY). The bill is a top priority for President Joe Biden and is likely to pass the House again, but will be a "slog" in the Senate again, according to Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI)-- who reintroduced it last week.

Rep. Cicilline went on the SiriusXM radio show Julie Mason Mornings saying, "(The Equality Act has) bipartisan support by the American people" and "the only place that seems to be controversial is within the Republican caucus."

Democrats Revive Equality Act To Expand LGBTQ+ Rights

Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI) reintroduced the Equality Act in the U.S. House of Representatives late last week. The bill, which is a priority for President Joe Biden in his first 100 days, would ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

Originally introduced in 2019, the Equality Act amends major civil rights laws -- including the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Fair Housing Act of 1968 -- and extend these rights to people in the LGBTQ+ community. The bill would ban discrimination against queer people in such key aspects of life as employment, housing, education, credit, federal funding, public accommodations, and jury service.

"In 2021, every American should be treated with respect and dignity," said Rep. Cicilline. "Yet, in most states, LGBTQ people can be discriminated against because of who they are, or who they love. It is past time for that to change."

Standing with Rep. Cicilline, Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) will introduce the Equality Act in the Senate this week.

Biden also chimed in, calling the act "a critical step" in achieving American values. According to the president, the bill is the "best" way protect LGBTQ+ people from discrimination and ensure equal rights.

"Full equality has been denied to LGBTQ+ Americans and their families for far too long," Biden said in a statement. "Despite the extraordinary progress the LGBTQ+ community has made to secure their basic civil rights, discrimination is still rampant in many areas of our society."

During the summer of 2020, the Supreme Court finally banned employment discrimination against the LGBTQ+ community, with the landmark ruling in Bostok v. Clayton County. The conservative court decided in a 6-3 ruling that existing sex-based discrimination laws extended to LGBTQ+ people. Before the landmark decision, 27 states had no explicit statewide laws stopping an employer from discriminating based on sexual orientation or gender identity, according to USA Today.

Not surprisingly, given the bill's goal to protect vulnerable queer people, it has been met with backlash from Republicans. Notably, Sen. Mitt Romney has voiced his opposition to the Equality Act in a statement last Tuesday. According to the Washington Blade, it throws "a massive wrench into plans of the bill's supporters to guide it into law."

"Sen. Romney believes that strong religious liberty protections are essential to any legislation on this issue, and since those provisions are absent from this particular bill, he is not able to support it," a Romney spokesperson told the Blade.

According to Congress' website, the Equality Act has garnered 223 co-sponsors. But in contrast to the original bill, the version introduced last Thursday has no Republican co-sponsors yet.

MyPillow Guy Mulls Run For Minnesota Governor-- Gets Banned From Twitter

Mike Lindell, the CEO of MyPillow and a notorious right-wing misinformer, is reportedly considering a bid for governor of Minnesota, according to Axios. Per separate reports from multiple news organizations, the extremist pillow salesman was also permanently banned from Twitter.

According to the Axios report, Lindell has made no final decisions on his potential gubernatorial run, as he continues focusing all of his attention on "proving his [baseless] claims of election fraud." He will make no final decision until he resolves these "issues," because "why would anybody want to run if they had the same machines with the election fraud?" Lindell said.

So far-reaching is Lindell's smear campaign that Dominion Voting Systems -- falsely accused of rigging the election by the far-right -- included his name in a defamation lawsuit filed on Monday against Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani. Lindell has not been sued by Dominion yet, but the company has "not ruled anybody out," according to a lawyer representing the firm.

The report came on the same day that Lindell was permanently banned from Twitter -- as many far-right misinformers have been following the deadly MAGA attacks on the Capitol building. A Twitter spokesperson told multiple news organizations, including NPR and CNN, that Lindell's account was removed "due to repeated violations of our Civil Integrity Policy."

An increasing number of major retailers -- including Bed Bath & Beyond and Kohl's-- have dropped Lindell's MyPillow products due to backlash that the company's CEO has faced for amplifying Trump's bogus election fraud claims, and his potential role in inciting the violent Capitol riots. He also was caught discussing "martial law" with former President Trump before the end of his term, according to the Washington Post.

Though Lindell's chances of becoming the next governor of Minnesota seem slim, Axios reported that "name recognition and his ties to Trump could give him an edge among GOP voters." This had led to fear amongst top Republican officials who, according to Axios, "think having the unpredictable pillow salesman at the top of the ticket would spell disaster for their efforts to win statewide in 2022."

Biden Sports Strong Opening Approval Numbers

President Joe Biden is off to a blisteringly fast start, making good on many campaign promises in his first days of office. And his efficacy in the Oval Office seems to be doing great things for his opening approval ratings.

"Biden's initial approval higher than Trump's ever was," read a Political Wire headline, referring to a Morning Consult poll. The key figures from the poll:

56 percent of voters approve of Biden's job performance, compared with 46 percent who approved of Donald Trump's performance at a similar point in 2017;
91 percent of Democrats approve of Biden versus 83 percent of Republicans who said the same of Trump at this time four years ago;
52 percent of voters hold favorable views of Vice President Kamala Harris, up two points from pre-inauguration polling, while 40 percent view her unfavorably, down three points over that time frame.

President Biden also showed strong numbers in polls by The Hill with 63 percent approval, and Reuters/Ipsos with 55 percent.



Polls taken regarding specific Biden actions seem to be boosting his initial approval ratings. For example, 69 percent approve of Biden's handling of the coronavirus pandemic, according to Ipsos. Former President Trump struggled to contain Covid-19, with nearly 400,000 Americans dying from the virus on his watc.

The president's reversal of questionable Trump decisions also showed favorable numbers. According to Morning Consult, 54 percent approve of his decision to rejoin the World Health Organization (WHO), 57 percent support Biden rejoining the Paris Climate Accord, and 51 percent support him stopping the construction of Trump's border wall, which was a cornerstone of the former president's 2016 campaign.

Though a lot of Biden policies are seen favorably, others may be much more controversial. Like the president's plan to cancel the Keystone XL Pipeline project, which a Rasmussen Reports poll shows is approved by only 36 percent. It should also be noted that a Rasmussen Reports poll show only 48 percent of likely voters approve of President Biden, while 47 percent disapprove. According to a Rasmussen Reports tweet, that poll was "Sponsored by SLANTED from @SharylAttkisson," a former CBS correspondent who has been affiliated with the Heritage Foundation and now works for the right-leaning Sinclair Broadcast Group.


ABC News suggests that the strong early showing may reflect a new president's political "honeymoon."

"For Biden, starting his tenure as commander-in-chief in a honeymoon period might afford him more room to maneuver on policy," wrote reporter Kendall Karson. "Particularly on his administration's colossal challenge: COVID-19."


Dominion Sues Giuliani For Over $1.3 Billion To Punish His 'Big Lie'

Dominion Voting Systems is not letting the far-right conspirators who trashed their voting systems to create distrust in American democracy system get away with their lies. Just weeks after handing former Trump campaign lawyer Sidney Powell a defamation lawsuit, Dominion is now issuing a similar challenge to Rudy Giuliani, according to The Washington Post.

Filed in a U.S. District Court in Washington D.C.on Monday, the Dominion action is seeking more than $1.3 billion in damages from the former New York City mayor, who has continuously peddled false election information in an attempt to overturn a free and fair election that Donald Trump lost to President Joe Biden.

The court filing notes that "[Giuliani] was unwilling to make false election fraud claims about Dominion and its voting machines in a court of law because he knew those allegations are false...He and his allies manufactured and disseminated the 'Big Lie,' which foreseeably went viral and deceived millions of people into believing that Dominion had stolen their votes and fixed the election."

As former President Trump's personal attorney, Giuliani has repeatably uttered unfounded and often fantastic attacks against the voting systems company -- including claiming that Dominion is a "Venezuelan company," that used its software to help deceased Venezuelan president, Hugo Chávez, fix American elections, according to the Post. It is a claim with no basis in fact.

Dominion issued a warning to the Trump campaign and its staunchest allies to reverse their false claims or be sued for defamation. The warnings were ignored by the campaign and now they are facing the consequences. In addition to Giuliani's $1.3 billion lawsuit, attorney Sidney Powell-- who was one of the most egregious election misinformers-- was also sued by Dominion for "at least $1.3 billion," according to AP News.

Dominion also hinted at more defamation lawsuits to come, listing other prominent far-right election conspirators such "Russell Ramsland, L. Lin Wood, Mike Lindell, Patrick Byrne, Lou Dobbs, Fox News, Fox Business, Newsmax, One America News Network ('OAN'), The Epoch Times, and other like-minded allies and media outlets," all named in the official court document.

The Post quoted Thomas Clare, a Dominion attorney, stating that "the company has not ruled anybody out."

"The U.S. Department of Justice has found no evidence of widespread voter fraud," Dominion stresses on its website. "The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) confirmed the 2020 election was 'the most secure in American history,' adding, 'There is no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes, or was in any way compromised.'"

House Oversight Seeks FBI Investigation Into Parler's Role In Capitol Riots

Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), chair of the House Oversight Committee, has asked FBI Director Christopher Wray to "conduct a robust examination" of the far-right social media app Parler's role in the Jan. 6 Capitol attack, according to a tweet from NBC reporter Sahil Kapur.

"In the days and weeks leading up to the siege, press reports detailed the rise of violent threats on Parler against state elected officials for their role in certifying the election results, and later, against Congress and its constitutional role in counting electoral votes," said a press release from the Oversight Committee. "Numerous Parler users have been arrested and charged with threatening violence against elected officials or for their role in participating in the attack directly."

According to the press release, Rep. Maloney is also seeking an investigation into Parler's financing, because the so-called "free speech alternative to Facebook" has re-emerged on a Russian hosting service after Amazon dropped it. Along with the possible ties to Russia, Parler has received financial support from far-right hedge-fund investor Robert Mercer,, according to the Wall Street Journal.

"I am going to get to the bottom of who owns and funds social media platforms like Parler that condone and create violence," Maloney told the Washington Post

.The news came on the same day a federal judge denied Parler's request to force Amazon to immediately reverse the decision to kick the social media site off its servers, reports The Hill.

Army Falsely Denied Role Of Flynn's Brother In 'Key' Phone Call During Capitol Riot

The U.S. Army falsely denied that Lt. Gen. Charles A. Flynn -- the brother of disgraced former national security adviser and close Trump ally Michael Flynn -- was involved in a "key" Pentagon meeting on Jan. 6 to deal with the mob of terrorists that attacked the Capitol, according to The Washington Post.

"Charles Flynn confirmed in a statement issued to The Washington Post on Wednesday that he was in the room for a tense Jan. 6 phone call during which the Capitol Police and D.C. officials pleaded with the Pentagon to dispatch the National Guard urgently," the report said. "But top Army officials expressed concern about having the Guard at the Capitol."

"The Army's initial denial of Flynn's participation in the critical Jan. 6 meeting, despite multiple inquiries on the matter, comes as lawmakers demand transparency from the Defense Department in the aftermath of one of Washington's gravest national security failures," the Post story continued. "Which left one police officer and four rioters dead, the Capitol desecrated, and the lives of Vice President Mike Pence and members of Congress endangered."

Evidently Lt. Gen. Flynn was involved in the highly criticized Pentagon response to riots at the Capitol, just weeks after his brother appeared in the Oval Office to suggest the imposition of "martial law" to then-President Trump. Despite his guilty plea, Michael Flynn was rewarded for his loyalty to Trump, receiving a pardon in late November.

Rachel Maddow explained why the Post report was "unsettling" report on her Wednesday evening MSNBC program:"Besieged lawmakers and police on Capitol hill called the military and begged them to urgently send in the National Guard. The initial response from the Army to that call for help was, 'no.' They wouldn't do it. Even though they were informed on the [Charles Flynn] call that the Capitol had been breached. That the protesters were not peaceful. They were told on that call that shots had already been fired."

Maddow also noted that Michael Flynn "encouraged Trump supporters at the Capitol" and is "a central figure in the QAnon conspiracy theory that drove so many of the fervent attackers on January 6."

The response to The Post's report has been didn't stop there, as many more prominent figures voiced their disgust with the Army.

"Why was there no authorization for the National Guard? Between Lt. Gen. Charles Flynn and SecArmy McCarthy," tweeted Eric Garland, an intelligence analyst, strategist, and host of The Game Theory podcast. "They apparently just left our Capitol defenseless FROM AN ATTACK MIKE FLYNN WAS PART OF."

Biden Taps First Transgender Woman For Senate-Confirmed Post

President Joe Biden nominated Dr. Rachel Levine, a transgender Pennsylvania Health Secretary, to be his assistant secretary of health yesterday, according to several news outlets. If approved Levine will become the first openly transgender person to be confirmed by the Senate.

"A deeply experienced public servant and public health expert, she is poised to become the first openly transgender federal official to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate," announced a tweet from the official White House Twitter account.



"Dr. Rachel Levine will bring the steady leadership and essential expertise we need to get people through this pandemic — no matter their zip code, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability — and meet the public health needs of our country in this critical moment and beyond," Biden said in a statement. "She is a historic and deeply qualified choice to help lead our administration's health efforts.

The nomination is a huge step forward for LGBTQ+ rights in America and a continuation of the promise President Biden made to have a diverse Cabinet. Levine will join Secretary of Transportation nominee Pete Buttigieg, who became the first openly gay nominee for a Senate-confirmed position, as the firsts in the LGBTQ+ community to be nominated for Senate-confirmed postions. She will also become the fourth Tulane alumnus nominated for a position within the Biden-Harris administration.




Levine, who "has emerged as the public face of the state's response to the coronavirus pandemic," according to AP , will assume her role as the U.S. has already surpassed 400,000 Covid-19 deaths.

"Rachel Levine's nomination represents a long sought-after leap in political representation for the embattled trans community," read a Pink News article. "And a tremendous turning point in a country that has witnessed the Trump's administration years-long attacks against LGBT+ rights as well as surging rates of transphobic violence."

Kyle Knight, a senior researcher at Human Rights Watch, pointed out an article by InterAct a group that advocates for intersex youth.

'Bad To Worse': Hawley's 'Craven' Servility To Trump Is Doing Him No Good

Things have gone from "bad to worse" for Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO), whose devotion to President Trump wavered not at all after the deadly Capitol riot that the president incited last week, according to an analysis from The Washington Post.. But then Hawley incited the violent mob, too.

Along with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and a handful of other Senate Republicans, Hawley voted against certifying the electoral votes that officially confirmed Joe Biden as the next President of the United States. At the time, Hawley's backing of the now twice-impeached president was seen as a sound political move for the little known freshman who is trying to pose as a serious 2024 presidential candidate. But now that Hawley has encountered a chorus of demands that he be removed from office, according to the Post, his ambitious plan appears to be sinking under .its own weight.

"Two new polls bolster that what may have seemed at the time like a sound political move — however craven — has earned Hawley few friends and many more enemies," explained the Post's Aaron Blake.

Though backing Trump was supposed to give Hawley a national profile, a new Economist/YouGov poll shows that he is still relatively unknown among American voters. "Hawley is still unfamiliar to many Americans, but among those who do have an opinion of him, it's 2-to-1 negative," noted Blake. "Thirty-five percent view him unfavorably, compared with 17 percent favorably."

According to the Post, an Ipsos poll commissioned by Axios revealed similar unflattering results.

"When people were asked whether they approved of the "recent behavior" of Hawley and other political figures, 68 percent disapproved, while just 24 percent approved," Blake wrote. "The Ipsos poll, in fact, shows that even Republicans are about evenly split on Hawley's recent behavior, with 49 percent disapproving and 46 percent approving."

Blake also points out that:

The YouGov poll is somewhat better for him, with 30 percent of Republicans having a favorable opinion of him and 16 percent having an unfavorable one.

But even in that survey, he doesn't seem to have won over many people. Just 21 percent of Republicans have a "very favorable" opinion of him. He seems to have done much more to alienate the other side, with 54 percent of Democrats having a "very unfavorable" opinion of him.

Hawley defying his oath of office by trying to undermine our democratic process has hurt him in more than just polls.

"Many Senators now despise him, the public saw a craven opportunist giving the mob a clenched-fist salute, his top sponsor [former Senator] Jack Danforth denounced him & a publisher canceled his book," tweeted Larry Sabato, director of the University of Virginia's Center for Politics.

On Saturday, Loews Hotels canceled a planned Hawley fundraiser at its Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando, reported the Orlando Sentinel.

"We are horrified and opposed to the events at the Capitol and all who supported and incited the actions," Loews said in a statement on Twitter. "In light of those events and for the safety of our guests and team members, we have informed the host of the Feb. fundraiser that it will no longer be held at Loews Hotels."

Back in Hawley's home state, The Kansas City Star also called for the Senator to be removed from office in a powerful rebuke of his misconduct:

No one other than President Donald Trump himself is more responsible for Wednesday's coup attempt at the U.S. Capitol than one Joshua David Hawley, the 41-year-old junior senator from Missouri, who put out a fundraising appeal while the siege was underway.

This, Sen. Hawley, is what law-breaking and destruction look like. This is not a protest, but a riot. One woman who was apparently part of the pro-Trump mob was fatally shot by Capitol Police as lawmakers took cover. Some of those whose actions Trump encouraged and later condoned brought along their Confederate flags.

And no longer can it be asked, as George Will did recently of Hawley, "Has there ever been such a high ratio of ambition to accomplishment?" Hawley's actions in the last week had such impact that he deserves an impressive share of the blame for the blood that's been shed.

And there was yet more ominous news for Hawley from the nation's most ferocious Never Trump outfit. Now that the president is almost departed, the Lincoln Project has labeled Hawley as its "public enemy No. 1," according to a tweet from Kyle Griffin, senior producer of MSNBC'S The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell.


'This Is Insane': Ivanka Trump And Jared Kushner Won't Let The Secret Service Use Their Bathrooms

Ivanka Trump, the daughter of disgraced President Donald Trump, and her husband Jared Kushner, also a senior advisor in the Trump administration, certainly view themselves as American royalty, but a recent Washington Post report takes their superiority complex to the next level. According to the paper, the couple didn't let US Secret Service agents, tasked with protecting them, use a single bathroom in their huge mansion.

"Instructed not to use any of the half-dozen bathrooms inside the couple's house," The Post report read. "The Secret Service detail assigned to President Trump's daughter and son-in-law spent months searching for a reliable restroom to use on the job, according to neighbors and law enforcement officials."

To make things even worse, in the Secret Service's attempt to find a bathroom, they had to use precious taxpayer dollars to pay for a porta-potty.

"It came at a cost to U.S. taxpayers. Since September 2017, the federal government has been spending $3,000 a month — more than $100,000 to date — to rent a basement studio, with a bathroom, from a neighbor of the Kushner family," wrote Washington Post reporters Peter Jamison, Carol Leonnig, and Paul Schwartzman.

That's right: Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner would rather spend your hard-earned money than just let the Secret Service use one of their 6.5 bathrooms.

The Post also noted that a White House spokesperson denied the report, while a Secret Service spokeswoman declined to answer.

Twitter wasted no time chiming in on the insanity of the report.

"This is INSANE," tweeted Hannah Natanson, a Washington Post reporter.


The Editor-in-Chief of Mother Jones Clara Jeffery also chimed in saying, "oh. my. GOD. Javanka wouldn't let their Secret Service detail use any of their SIX bathrooms, so they had to go to neighbors INCLUDING THE OBAMAS to find a toliet. Finally rented a studio, at taxpayer expense. THEY ARE THE WORST."


And that was just the beginning. Enjoy some more Twitter reactions:






Giuliani Could Face Expulsion From New York State Bar Association

The New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) is launching a probe that could lead to Rudy Giuliani's expulsion from its membership, according to an NYSBA blog post. The inquiry will investigate statements President Trump's personal attorney made leading up to the assault on the Capitol by MAGA rioters last Wednesday.

"As the nation's largest voluntary state bar association, NYSBA has a responsibility to defend and protect the rule of law," the post said. "Based on these complaints, and the statement Mr. Giuliani uttered shortly before the attack on the Capitol, NYSBA President Scott M. Karson has launched an inquiry pursuant to the Association's bylaws to determine whether Mr. Giuliani should be removed from the membership rolls of the Association."

The statement they refer to is a comment Giuliani made addressing a crowd of Trump's staunchest supporters at the White House:

"If we're wrong, we will be made fools of, but if we're right a lot of them will go to jail. Let's have trial by combat."

The NYSBA said that Giuliani would be given "due process and have an opportunity – should he so choose – to explain and defend his words and actions," but they "cannot stand idly by and allow those intent on rending the fabric of our democracy to go unchecked."

The news comes the same day that the Treasury Department announced sanctions against the inner circle of Andrii Derkach, the pro-Russian Ukrainian lawmaker who aided Giuliani's efforts to investigate wrongdoing of President-elect Joe Biden's family, even though the allegations were unsubstantiated, according to Politico.

"Russian disinformation campaigns targeting American citizens are a threat to our democracy," Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement, quoted by Politico. "The United States will continue to aggressively defend the integrity of our election systems and processes."

The news organization also noted that "the department had previously designated Derkach himself for sanctions related to foreign interference in the 2020 election in September. But on Monday, the department 'took additional action against seven individuals and four entities' that it alleged were 'part of a Russia-linked foreign influence network' associated with him."

As for the NYSBA probe, Giuliani has a good chance of losing his membership because Politico says that their bylaws "prevent membership for anyone who advocates the overthrow of the United States government or of any state or locality by force or illegal means." But "expulsion from the association would not affect Giuliani's ability to practice law in the state."

The NYSBA also took the time to condemn the president for his part in inciting the violence that led to five deaths and the vandalizing of the historic US Capitol building.

"We must address the root cause of this abhorrent incident," they said. "The blame for which lies first and foremost with President Donald Trump."

Apple, Amazon, And Google Drop Parler For Permitting Far-Right 'Threats Of Violence'

Apple, Amazon, and Google have all placed a ban on Parler, a social media app popular among ultra-conservatives and far-right hate groups, according to the New York Times.

"We have always supported diverse points of view being represented on the App Store, but there is no place on our platform for threats of violence and illegal activity," Apple's statement announcing their ban on Parler said. "Parler has not taken adequate measures to address the proliferation of these threats to people's safety."

Apple even gave Parler the chance to revise its policies, which they did, but Apple claimed that the social media site did not go far enough to justify keeping Parler on their app store.

Both Amazon and Google gave similar reasons for taking the far-right social media hotbed off their platforms.

Google did recognize in their statement that "there can be a reasonable debate about content policies and that it can be difficult for apps to immediately remove all violative content," but they noted that they "require that apps implement robust moderation for egregious content," which they claim Parler was not doing.

Amazon's removal of Parler could be the most harmful to the future of the so-called "free-speech alternative to Twitter and Facebook," because they use Amazon as their web-hosting service, the New York Times reported.

"Amazon's move meant that Parler's entire platform would soon go offline unless it was able to find a new hosting service on Sunday," said The Times.

John Matze, Parler's chief executive, said in a text message, "I have a lot of work to do in the next 24 hours to make sure everyone's data (on Parler) is not permanently deleted off the internet," while also accusing big tech of wanting to "kill competition," according to the Times.

The news comes just days after a violent mob stormed the Capitol building in an attempt to disrupt our nation's democratic process. After reports that these far-right terrorists have planned the attacks for months in plain sight on social media platforms, big tech has started to crack-down on both the people and services, like Parler, that made the attack possible. President Donald Trump being banned from almost every large social media platform over the weekend is the biggest example of that.

Here is a list of platforms that have removed/banned President Trump according to Axios:

  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Instagram
  • YouTube
  • Snapchat
  • TikTok
  • Apple
  • Reddit
  • Twitch
  • Shopify
  • Google
  • Discord
  • Pinterest
The removals have been met with conservative backlash, but the violence and the undeniable evidence that platform's like Parler and far-right figures like Trump have promoted violence, hate, and are at least partially responsible for the attacks on the Capitol, which was an abomination to democracy and embarrassment to our country.

"Amazon said that it had sent the company 98 examples of posts on its site that encouraged violence and that many remained active," reported the Times.

USA Today reported, "Accounts connected to supporters of Trump, QAnon and far-right anti-government group III%ers explicitly or implicitly call for violence on Parler, with some asserting Wednesday, 'the war begins today.'"