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 2021-05-28 20:33 

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Biden openly mocks Republicans 'bragging' about the COVID-19 relief funds they voted against...

When the American Rescue Plan Act was passed by Congress earlier this year and signed into law by President Joe Biden, it received no support whatsoever from the GOP. No Republicans voted for it in either the U.S. Senate or the House of Representatives. A...

 2021-05-28 20:17 

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Mass shootings are making news again — here are the legal loopholes that help them happen...

As our country continues to open up, mass shootings are making the news again. On March 16, a man went on a shooting spree against Asian women, killing eight people in Atlanta. On March 22, a man killed 10 people in a grocery store parking lot in Boulder,...

 2021-05-28 19:53 

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American democracy has come under threat before — here's how it was saved...

When liberals and progressives outline the accomplishments of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's New Deal, they typically point to economic reforms that ranged from Social Security to the Glass-Steagall Act (which created a strict separation of com...

 2021-05-28 19:34 

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The United States is at the mercy of those who think they're God's elect...

I'm going to try connecting things that don't at first seem related. They are the fight over a commission to investigate the January 6 insurrection; the disproportional number of covid deaths in states run by Republican governors; this week's ...

 2021-05-28 19:06 

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Author of 'How Democracies Die' reveals why the US is in worse shape than he thought...

During the 2020 presidential race, a wide range of Donald Trump critics — including arch-conservative columnist/author Mona Charen (who worked in the Reagan White House) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a self-described "democratic socialist&#...

 2021-05-28 18:21 

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'A curse to the Republican Party': Trump lashes out at Paul Ryan...

Former President Donald Trump is not pleased with former House Speaker Paul Ryan's remarks suggesting that it is time for the Republican Party to move on from the controversial Trump presidency.On Friday, May 28, Trump released a statement targeting R...

 2021-05-28 17:59 

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'Green light to launch another insurrection': Americans scorch the GOP for killing the 1/6 commission...

Many Americans are furious after Senate Republicans Friday just after noon killed a bipartisan bill, already passed with a strong, bipartisan majority in the House, to establish a commission to investigate the attack on the January 6 U.S. Capitol building...

 2021-05-28 17:34 

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Joe Manchin is 'distressed' after the Jan. 6 commission is blocked by Senate Republicans...

Republicans blocked on Friday bipartisan legislation to establish a commission to study the Capitol insurrection of Jan. 6, failing in the Senate even as it won a majority of votes, 54-35, because the filibuster requires 60 votes for passage. Eleven senat...

 2021-05-28 17:14 

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Newt Gingrich paved the way for Trump — now he wants to design Trump's comeback...

Watching Republican Senators perform their tortured Donald Trump fealty dance over the January 6th Commission on Thursday would have been amusing if it weren't so pathetic. Some furrowed their brows with concern while others defiantly refused to even ...

 2021-05-28 16:48 

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'Person Three': Feds concentrating on North Carolina close in on Oath Keepers 'quick reaction force' leader...

A new filing today in the case against one of the Oath Keepers defendants charged in a conspiracy to obstruct Congress' certification of the presidential election shows the government's continued focus on an unindicted co-conspirator designated to...

 2021-05-28 16:41 

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There are 3 primary sources of Christian pandemic denial...

by Robin Willey, Concordia University of EdmontonThe GraceLife Church in Alberta has been at the centre of a recent controversy about pandemic restrictions. The rural church located outside Edmonton has resisted restrictions on public gatherings issued to...

 2021-05-28 15:49 

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'Anti-democratic thought' has a long history in American conservatism: historian...

Countless Never Trump conservatives have warned that the Trumpified Republican Party has long since abandoned traditional conservatism and moved into outright authoritarianism. Joe Scarborough, the former GOP congressman who hosts "Morning Joe" on...

 2021-05-28 14:17 

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Murkowski torches Mitch McConnell for blocking Jan. 6 commission for his own political gain...

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) expressed her disapproval of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R-Ky.) decision to block the creation of a commission to investigate the Jan. 6 insurrection on the U.S. Capitol.During a meeting with Capitol Hill r...

 2021-05-28 14:16 

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Trump's West Point appointee has been pushing the racist Great Replacement theory: report...

In April, the Anti-Defamation League's national director, Jonathan A. Greenblatt, lambasted Fox News' Tucker Carlson for promoting the racist Great Replacement theory, which is a widely held belief among White supremacists and White nationalists a...

 2021-05-28 13:15 

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Meet the fired elementary school teacher who moonlights as a white supremacist writer...

A writer by the name of "Sinclair James" published an article titled, "From Wide-Eyed Liberal to Race Realist," for the white nationalist propaganda site American Renaissance. In the piece, he recalled a number of "political awakenings...

 2021-05-28 13:14 

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A former Senate majority leader attended meetings of a group focused on UFOs — and he enjoyed it: report...

One of the wackiest far-right conspiracy theories that has been coming from QAnon, Alex Jones' Infowars, Newsmax TV and others in recent weeks is that media coverage of UFOs is a...

 2021-05-28 12:43 

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Trump booed at Yankee Stadium — and he wasn't even there...

Former New Yorker Donald Trump was booed at Yankee Stadium on Thursday — and he did not even attend the Yankee's victory over the Toronto Blue Jays.Supporters of the former president interrupted the game to unfurl a banner falsely claiming that ...

 2021-05-28 12:22 

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I will not yield my values: Fired AP journalist Emily Wilder speaks out after right-wing smears...

In her first TV interview, we speak with Emily Wilder, the young reporter fired by the Associated Press after she was targeted in a Republican smear campaign for her pro-Palestinian activism in college. Wilder is Jewish and was a member of Students for Ju...

 2021-05-28 12:14 

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Religion, right-wing news consumption are strong predictors of QAnon beliefs...

People who believe in QAnon often self-describe as independent thinkers, not beholden to any media, corporate, or government propaganda. Yet a new study finds that the easiest way to predict whether someone will support the conspiratorial far right moveme...

 2021-05-28 12:10 

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'Who's your daddy?': Trump is forcing George P. Bush to 'bend the knee' — and has a humiliating pet name for him...

Donald Trump has made no secret of his disdain for the Bush family, and he's found another way to torment them.George P. Bush, the son of Jeb and nephew of George W., is preparing to run against scandal-plagued Texas attorney general Ken Paxton, and t...

 2021-05-28 11:39 

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Joe Biden just stole Trump's MAGA playbook -- but will it work?...

President Joe Biden is putting a new spin on the idea of "Making America Great Again." On Thursday, May 27, Biden delivered a speech at the Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, Ohio where he talked about the United States working to reaffirm i...

 2021-05-28 11:28 

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Arizona's iconic saguaro cactus is flowering 'wrong' — and no one knows why...

The saguaro is to the American southwest what the Empire State Building is to New York City: A breathtaking icon and a symbol of the region. A cactus that branches like a tree, the saguaro can grow to be 40 feet tall with roots spread over 100 feet of gro...

 2021-05-28 11:02 

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A year after the nationwide protests, some signs of progress — but police are still killing people...

George Floyd's death at the hands of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin sparked an unprecedented summer of protests that drew tens of millions of demonstrators, along with bipartisan declarations that the killing would result in a massive...

 2021-05-28 11:01 

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Apparent Trump supporter yells gay and racial slurs at Biden as president visits ice cream shop...

An angry person reportedly yelled gay and racial slurs at President Joe Biden as he visited an ice cream shop in Cleveland on Thursday afternoon.Following a speech on economic policy at Cuyahoga Community College, Biden made an unscheduled stop at Honey H...

 2021-05-28 10:31 

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Sanders warns Dems could lose congress if they get mired in 'never-ending' negotiations with GOP...

As the White House's fruitless infrastructure talks with Republican lawmakers persist with no deal in sight, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont warned Thursday that Democrats risk losing control of Congress if they get bogged down in unending negotiations...

 2021-05-28 10:25 

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Trump appointees shocked to find they owe thousands after payroll tax delay...

On Thursday, POLITICO reported that appointees from former President Donald Trump's administration are stuck with big bills after he delayed their payroll taxes as part of an initiative to boost the economy. He promised them that those taxes would lat...

 2021-05-28 02:02 

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The collapse of Texas' purposely fragile electrical grid was far deadlier than the state says: report...

In February, a cold front pushed through Texas, bringing several days of extremely low temperatures along with local accumulations of snow and ice. The storm also collapsed Texas' ERCOT energy grid, leaving much of the state in the dark, trapped in fr...

 2021-05-28 01:53 

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Gaetz gives shocking speech on 'armed rebellion' and the 'obligation' to use the 2nd Amendment...

Hours after the violent insurrection by Trump supporters seeking to overturn the 2020 election, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) voted to overturn the election.Now the Florida man is openly talking about armed insurrection as he reportedly faces a federal investiga...

 2021-05-28 01:46 

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Biden's budget: Why investing in innovation is crucial to reach US climate goals...

by David M. Hart, George Mason UniversityPresident Joe Biden's first detailed federal budget is slated to be released on May 28, and it will include substantial increases in spending to fight climate change.An overview sent to Congress included US$10 ...

 2021-05-28 00:43 

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New UN climate report is a 'wake-up' call for a world on fire...

Climate action advocates reiterated demands for urgent measures to rein in global heating after the World Meteorological Organization warned Thursday that there's a 40% chance the planet will temporarily hit 1.5C of warming in the next five years.The ...

 2021-05-28 00:33 

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Fox News loses its 'liberal' co-host after reported pressure campaign...

Fox News commentator and political analyst Juan Williams announced that he will no longer appear on...

 2021-05-28 00:04 

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Beyond 'back to normal' 5 research-based tips for emerging from pandemic life...

by Bethany Teachman, University of VirginiaYou've been waiting... and waiting... and waiting for this amazing, magical day when you could return to "normal life....

 2021-05-27 23:43 

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Why we need to democratize wealth...

Throughout its history—wherever it arrived and settled in as the dominant economic system—capitalism provoked struggles over the redistribution of wealth. In other words, this system always distributes wealth in a particular way and likewise p...

 2021-05-27 22:50 

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Fears mount that the GOP's Big Lie was just a 'test run' for what comes next...

With Senate Republicans expected to use the filibuster on Thursday to block a commission to investigate the January 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol instigated by former President Donald Trump, fears are mounting that his "Big Lie" about the 202...

 2021-05-27 22:35 

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Marjorie Taylor Greene: Matt Gaetz and I are 'taking charge' in the GOP 'civil war'...

Earlier, we reported that nearly one-third of Republicans believe QAnon conspiracy theories, which some observers say is enough to eventually take over the GOP.Georgia Republican Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene, a QAnon believer, suggested Thursday t...

 2021-05-27 20:49 

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Ex-White House insider reveals how the Trump team pushed a COVID lab leak theory to find a 'scapegoat'...

Although right-wing media outlets have often joined former President Donald Trump in downplaying the severity of the COVID-19 pandemic, they have also promoted the...

 2021-05-27 20:12 

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Why QAnon content 'evaporated' online...

New social media policies meant to limit the spread of QAnon conspiracies online appear to be working, new research shows. The study, conducted by the Atlantic Council's Digital Forensics Lab, found that QAnon conspiracy-related phrases...

 2021-05-27 19:58 

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Israeli airstrikes on Gaza 'may constitute war crimes,' says UN human rights chief...

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights said Thursday that Israel's most recent airstrikes on the besieged Gaza Strip—which killed more than 200 Palestinians and decimated civilian infrastructure—...

 2021-05-27 19:44 

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The Supreme Court may kill Roe v. Wade — but there are other ways to protect reproductive rights...

On May 17, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear arguments in Dobbs vs. Jackson Women's Health Organization — a case dealing with the constitutionality of a Mississippi abortion law passed in 2018. Abortion rights activists fear that with the Hi...

 2021-05-27 19:17 

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The secret to getting around the filibuster...

The biggest story in politics right now is about the filibuster. That's the rule in the United States Senate requiring legislation to garner at least 60 votes to pass. Because of this, the big news this morning comes from Joe Manchin, who is, for all ...

 2021-05-27 18:39 

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The original sin of American sports is before the Supreme Court...

In the late 1990s, I could always draw dismissive snickers at ESPN production meetings — I was a commentator there at the time — when I lobbied for tennis champion Billie Jean King to be named that network's number-one athlete of the twent...

 2021-05-27 18:11 

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Gov. Brian Kemp's bizarre explanation of America leaves observers completely baffled...

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) has a bizarre assessment of the United States that has left many Twitter users baffled. On Wednesday, May 26, the Republican governor appeared on Fox News where he explained his decision to place a ban on requirements for COVID...

 2021-05-27 17:45 

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Wisconsin Dems slam GOP leader for hiring retired cops to investigate 2020 election and push debunked 'conspiracy theories'...

Almost seven months after the 2020 presidential election and four months into Joe Biden's presidency, many Republicans are still indulging the Big Lie and promoting former President Donald Trump's false claims of widespread voter fraud by holding ...

 2021-05-27 17:36 

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Ax-wielding Proud Boy rioter asks to be let out of jail so his disability payouts don't dry up...

A Proud Boys member seen wielding an ax handle during the U.S. Capitol insurrection wants to be released from jail so his disability payments aren't discontinued.William Chrestman's attorney filed a motion Wednesday in district court arguing the U...

 2021-05-27 17:25 

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'Despicable': McConnell begs GOP senators to vote against Jan. 6 commission as 'personal favor'...

CNN reported Thursday that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has been begging GOP senators to vote against a bill that would establish an independent commission to investigate the pro-Trump insurrection at the Capitol on Jan. 6."Within the last 2...

 2021-05-27 17:17 

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Arizona GOP votes to strip Dem secretary of state of election powers over push back against election audit...

Republican lawmakers in Arizona's state legislature on Tuesday voted in favor of stripping Secretary of State Katie Hobbs (D) of her election powers following her push back against their controversial 2020 election audit of more than 2.1 million votes...

 2021-05-27 16:27 

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Former RNC chairman explains why he's staying in the GOP even though it has been hijacked by 'wrong-headed' extremists...

A question that many Never Trump conservatives have asked themselves, in reference to the Republican Party, is, "Should I stay or should I go?" The prominent conservatives who have expressed their disdain for Trumpism by leaving the GOP include fo...

 2021-05-27 15:45 

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Texas winter storm likely killed 4x the number of people than state indicated: analysis...

While it is no secret that the Texas winter storm left millions of residents without power for several days, what does remain unknown is the number of victims who died as a result of the storm. The number of reported deaths stands at 151 but, according to...

 2021-05-27 15:36 

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'Embarrassing and terrifying': Poll finds nearly one-third of Republicans are QAnon believers...

Roughly 15-20 percent of Americans — and nearly one-third of Republicans — agree with core tenets of the QAnon conspiracy theory, according to a poll released Wednesday by the Public Religion Research Institute.The poll's findings prompted...

 2021-05-27 15:31 

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Another Ammon Bundy rebellion might be brewing in Northern California — this time over water: report...

Far-right anti-government activist Ammon Bundy has made national news on multiple occasions, from leading an armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon to anti-mask standoffs in Idaho that resulted in extremists converging on a sta...

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