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For Your Weekend Reading Pleasure

For your weekend reading pleasure 'History's Heroic Failures', stories of kings from the distant past who rescued their kingdoms in historic victories only to lose everything to new foes, leaving the earlier triumphs all but forgotten. [Author: Josh Marshall]
Tags: News, Josh Marshall, Editors' Blog

Wacky GOP Stunts Cement Its Status As The Pro-Pandemic And Pro-Insurrection Party

A lot of things happened. Here are some of the things. Don't Try This At Home While you may have been tracking the latest developments in the infrastructure dance in the Senate or the evolving understanding of the Delta variant or the Tokyo Olympics or even the MLB trade deadline, House Republicans were busy Thursday undertaking not one but TWO different stunts to cement its status as the pro-pandemic/pro-insurrection party: Stunt One: House GOPers "visited" the Senate side of the Capit...
Tags: Florida, News, Cdc, Washington, Senate, Massachusetts, Austin, Gop, Philippines, Hawaii, House, Delta, Mlb, Tokyo, Michigan, Walter Reed

DOJ Opens Door For House To Get Trump Tax Returns

The Treasury is free to obey a request from the House Ways and Means Committee for former president Trump's tax returns after the Justice Department released an opinion on Friday saying that the demand was valid. [Author: Josh Kovensky]
Tags: News, Congress, Treasury, Doj, Justice Department, Irs, Trump, House Ways and Means Committee, Ways and Means, Richard Neal, Trump's tax returns, Trump Tax Returns, Josh Kovensky

Yep, We Need More Blame

We're now getting more information about what new data was behind the CDC's revised guidance on COVID-era masking. An internal power-point presentation was shared with The Washington Post and the CDC will apparently be making a public presentation today. One key datapoint seems to be an apparent super-spreading event on July 4th in Provincetown, Massachusetts which suggests very efficient spread of COVID among vaccinated people. As you know, I have followed the emerging data very closely. There'...
Tags: News, Washington Post, Cdc, Delta, Josh Marshall, Provincetown Massachusetts, Editors' Blog

Biden Wants To Crack Down On Bank Mergers. Here’s Why That Could Help Consumers And The Economy

This article is part of TPM Cafe, TPM’s home for opinion and news analysis.  President Joe Biden signed a sweeping executive order on July 9, 2021, that aims to increase competition throughout the U.S. economy. In one of the order’s most significant provisions, he directed federal regulators to strengthen oversight of bank mergers. [Author: Jeremy Kress]
Tags: News, Joe Biden, Cafe, Biden Administration, Jeremy Kress, Biden Wants To Crack Down On Bank Mergers Here

READ: Notes From Top DOJ Official On Trump’s Conspiracy To Overturn 2020 Election

The House Oversight Committee released handwritten notes on Friday authored by former Acting Deputy Attorney General Richard Donoghue, who recorded two late-December meetings in which former president Trump tried to use the DOJ to overturn the results of the 2020 election. [Author: Josh Kovensky]
Tags: News, Doj, Trump, House Oversight Committee, Big Lie, Muckraker, Richard Donoghue, Josh Kovensky

MyPillow Guy Lindell Is Pulling Ads From Fox After Network Rejects His ‘Cyber Symposium’

One of Fox News’ biggest advertisers says he is ditching the network because they won’t advertise an event that will rehash old nonsense about the 2020 election.  [Author: Matt Shuham]
Tags: News, Fox News, 2020 Elections, Mike Lindell, Matt Shuham, MyPillow Guy Lindell

In Single Tweet, Stefanik Celebrates Medicare And Medicaid, Rejects ‘Socialist’ Healthcare

Friday is the 56th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid, and the third-ranking Republican in the House of Representatives, Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY), weighed in with a doozy of a take. [Author: Matt Shuham]
Tags: News, House Of Representatives, Medicare, Medicaid, Stefanik, Elise Stefanik, Matt Shuham, Medicaid Rejects Socialist Healthcare

Subpoena Jim Jordan

As the Jan 6th investigation committee gets down to work we are learning each day how many members of the House GOP caucus are at best witnesses to key events tied to Jan 6th and perhaps in some cases perps. Rep. Jim Jordan got asked again about what conversations he had with President Trump on January 6th. The questions were from Taylor Popielarz who covers the Ohio delegation for Spectrum News. You have to watch the video to appreciate how caught off guard Jordan seemed to be by the question a...
Tags: News, Ohio, Jordan, Trump, Josh Marshall, Jim Jordan, House Gop, Editors' Blog, Taylor Popielarz

Big Tech Has A Vaccine Misinformation Problem. Here’s What A Social Media Expert Recommends

This article is part of TPM Cafe, TPM’s home for opinion and news analysis.  With less than half the United States population fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and as the delta variant sweeps the nation, the U.S. surgeon general issued an advisory that called misinformation an urgent threat to public health. The advisory said efforts by social media companies to combat misinformation are “too little, too late and still don’t go far enough.” The advisory came more than a year after the World Healt...
Tags: News, United States, World Health Organization, Cafe, COVID-19, Anjana Susarla

With Millions In Donations, Celebrity MAGA ‘Sponsors’ Bankrolled 97% Of Arizona Audit

Groups run by by pro-Trump celebrities who’ve campaigned for months on the lie that Donald Trump’s second term was stolen for him have collectively given millions of dollars to the sham “audit” of Maricopa County, Arizona’s 2020 election results, constituting the vast majority of the audit’s funding.  [Author: Matt Shuham]
Tags: News, Arizona, Donald Trump, Trump, Sidney Powell, Maricopa County Arizona, Michael Flynn, Patrick Byrne, 2020 Elections, Matt Shuham, Doug Logan, Cyber Ninjas, Arizona audit

McCarthy Invokes… Kavanaugh Hearings To Blame Dems For Capitol Attack Security Lapses

While speaking Thursday about the mob of Trump supporters who sacked the Capitol, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) drew a comparison between the security failures on Jan. 6 and the Capitol Police response to people who protested Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation vote.  [Author: Matt Shuham]
Tags: News, Supreme Court, Mccarthy, Capitol Police, Trump, Kevin McCarthy, Capitol House, Brett Kavanaugh, Matt Shuham, Capitol insurrection, Jan. 6 Committee

Lin Wood Stares Down Legal Onslaught, With Communist Plots Around Every Corner

The attorney to both the JonBenet Ramsey family and Trump’s bid to overturn the results of the 2020 election faces threats to his existence as a lawyer, as a state bar investigation and a federal judge both hold inquiries into Lin Wood’s role in spreading bonkers myths about the 2020 election. [Author: Josh Kovensky]
Tags: News, Trump, JonBenet Ramsey, Big Lie, Muckraker, Lin Wood, Josh Kovensky

Garland Threatens To Sue TX Guv Over Order Against Driving Undocumented People

Attorney General Merrick Garland on Thursday threatened the governor of Texas with legal action over a from the governor’s office prohibiting non-law enforcement officers from driving undocumented people anywhere.  [Author: Matt Shuham]
Tags: Texas, News, Merrick Garland, Matt Shuham

Trump Peppered Acting AG With Near-Daily Calls For Bogus 2020 Election Probes

A lot of things happened. Here are some of the things. Abuse Of Power Your regular reminder that we still don't know so much about how President Trump abused the powers of his office to overturn the 2020 election. The latest revelation comes via the Washington Post: Trump called Acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen on a near-daily basis to pressure the Justice Department to act on wild claims about voter and election fraud. Rosen kept the calls close to the vest, but notes of some o...
Tags: Transportation, News, Congress, Washington Post, Senate, Gop, House, Arizona, Dallas, Biden, Doj, Justice Department, Trump, Tucker Carlson, David Kurtz, Sen Mark Warner D Va

A Helluva Spot

Yesterday, Albert Bourla, the CEO of Pfizer, went on CNBC to discuss a new study which suggests that the Pfizer vaccine's efficacy drops from about 96% against hospitalization to about 84% after six months. Bourla said that these results match with data emerging out of Israel. “We have seen also data from Israel that there is a waning of immunity and that starts impacting what used to be what was 100% against hospitalization. Now, after the six month period, is becoming low 90s and mid-to-high 8...
Tags: News, Cdc, Israel, Fda, Pfizer, Cnbc, Josh Marshall, Albert Bourla, Bourla, Editors' Blog

Don’t Sweat Sinema’s Antics

Yesterday, just as the bipartisan infrastructure mini-bill was coming together, Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) announced she didn't support the $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation plan - where most of the Biden agenda is housed. Freak out? I wouldn't. [Author: Josh Marshall]
Tags: News, Biden, Josh Marshall, Sen Kyrsten Sinema D AZ, Editors' Blog

Senate High Fives Itself On Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill. But What’s Next?

Hours after the bipartisan group of senators behind the "hard" infrastructure package announced that a deal had been reached following months of negotiations and handwringing, the Senate voted to open debate on the bill on Wednesday evening. [Author: Summer Concepcion]
Tags: News, Senate, Infrastructure, Summer Concepcion

Two GOPers Lash Out At Notion That Ashli Babbitt Was A Martyr

As the far right continues its bid to make a martyr out of Ashli Babbitt, two Republican members of Congress have said in recent days that her killing was justified. [Author: Josh Kovensky]
Tags: News, Congress, Josh Kovensky, Capitol insurrection, Ashli Babbitt

Senate Votes To Advance Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal

The Senate voted on Wednesday evening to advance a bipartisan infrastructure deal. The white whale of a bipartisan "hard" infrastructure package had been sought after in some form since April. [Author: Summer Concepcion]
Tags: News, Senate, Infrastructure, Summer Concepcion

The Right Wing Media Wurlitzer Blew A Fuse Over The First Jan. 6 Hearing

A lot of things happened. Here are some of the things. Noise, Denialism, and False Equivalency: Join me for a moment as we peruse the right-wing media treatment of the first hearing of the Jan. 6 select committee. What hearing? OAN leads obliquely with Capitol security funding and tucks in a mention of GOP bellyaching about the committee (click for full view): Fox News was in rare form all evening long, with Brit Hume calling Jan. 6 largely "peaceful": https://twitter.c...
Tags: Texas, News, Congress, Cdc, Joe Biden, Gop, United States, Ohio, Fox News, Donald Trump, Doj, Justice Department, Executive Branch, Committee, Miller, Trump

Jim Jordan Says He Spoke To Trump On Jan. 6

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) appeared to admit in a Tuesday evening Fox News interview that he spoke to former president Trump on Jan. 6. [Author: Josh Kovensky]
Tags: News, Congress, Fox News, Trump, Jim Jordan, Muckraker, Josh Kovensky, Capitol insurrection, Jan. 6

Out of Patience with the CDC? Grow the F Up

I will get to some points about the CDC's updated masking policy in a moment. But first a few points about the CDC's decision-making generally. I thought the earlier decision to end the masking guidance for the vaccinated was a mistake. I think the CDC was trying to balance the evolving science with immense public pressure to offer what amounts to a reward for vaccination, to declare the pandemic over or show the benefits of vaccination. But after yesterday's updated policy or reversal I kep...
Tags: News, Cdc, Josh Marshall, Fauci, Editors' Blog

Twitter Suspends Several Accounts Promoting MAGA Audits, Including AZ Audit’s Official Page

Twitter has suspended several accounts related to politicized “audits” of 2020 election results around the country, including the official account of the audit in Arizona. [Author: Matt Shuham]
Tags: Twitter, News, Arizona, Matt Shuham, Arizona audit

Public Face Of AZ Audit Plans To Quit Because Auditors Won’t Let Him See What They’re Up To

The face of the Arizona Senate’s “audit” of Maricopa County’s 2020 election results is stepping down, saying he’s been shut out of the process and that he won’t put a rubber stamp on a report whose underlying data he hasn’t seen.  [Author: Matt Shuham]
Tags: News, Maricopa County, Arizona Senate, Ken Bennett, Matt Shuham, Arizona audit

The Number of People With IRAs Worth $5 Million Or More Has Tripled, Congress Says

This story first appeared at ProPublica. ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for The Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox. The number of multimillion-dollar individual retirement accounts has soared in the past decade, as more wealthy Americans use the tax-advantaged vehicles to shield fortunes from income taxes, according to new data released by Congress today. The data reveals for the first time the staggering amount of...
Tags: News, Congress, Peter Thiel, Ira, Wyden, Irs, Ron Wyden, Congressional, House Ways and Means, Government Accountability Office, Neal, Finance Committee, Justin Elliott, ROTH IRA, Senate Finance, Ways and Means Committee

One Month Closer To The 2022 Midterms, It’s (Maybe) A Deal

The BIF may finally be here. [Author: Josh Kovensky]
Tags: News, Infrastructure, BIF, Josh Kovensky, 2022 Midterms

DOJ Fires Fresh Warning Shot At States Curtailing Voting Rights Or Considering MAGA Audits

As new voter restrictions and bogus post-election “audits” sweep across the country, the Department of Justice sent a shot across the bow Wednesday, issuing two documents laying out federal law on election records and voting rights.  [Author: Matt Shuham]
Tags: News, Audit, Department Of Justice, Doj, Voting Rights, Merrick Garland, 2020 Elections, Matt Shuham, Arizona audit, Pennsylvania audit

Senate Prepares For Initial Vote On Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal

The Senate is set to vote to allow debate on a bipartisan infrastructure deal, talks around which have dragged on since April. [Author: John Light]
Tags: News, Senate, Infrastructure, John Light

‘Shameful’: Cheney Blasts Stefanik For Shifting Blame For Insurrection To Pelosi

Hours after the Jan. 6 House select committee held its first public hearing, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) on Tuesday called out Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-WY) for falsely suggesting that House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) bears responsibility for the deadly Capitol insurrection. [Author: Summer Concepcion]
Tags: News, House, Nancy Pelosi, Cheney, Pelosi, Liz Cheney, Elise Stefanik, Liz Cheney R WY, Summer Concepcion