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 2021-08-27 21:13 

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Intel agencies call COVID lab leak 'plausible' — but shoot down the right wing's bioweapon conspiracy theory...

America's intelligence agencies on Friday released a report showing inconclusive evidence about the origins of the novel coronavirus, although all of them said that the theory that the virus leaked from a lab in Wuhan was...

 2021-08-27 20:01 

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Damning video shows Mike Pompeo flatly contradicting himself on Afghanistan: 'No, I'm not defensive'...

With the Taliban now in control of Afghanistan, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is vehemently criticizing President Joe Biden for withdrawing U.S. troops from that country — neglecting to mention that Biden was essentially following the plan t...

 2021-08-27 19:36 

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Chris Wallace shuts down Fox host for suggesting Biden officials are not communicating enough...

Fox News anchor Chris Wallace lectured one of his colleagues on-air on Friday about the Biden's administration's communications efforts during the Afghanistan airlift.It started when Sandra Smith paraphrased Rep. Jake Ellzey (R-TX) as saying,...

 2021-08-27 19:07 

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'He does not want them to live': Jen Psaki explains Biden's response to the terror attack in Kabul...

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki used Fox News reporter Peter Doocy to send a strong message to the ISIS-K terrorists who slaughtered 13 U.S. service members in a suicide bomb attack that has now killed a total of more than 170 people....

 2021-08-27 18:58 

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Kevin McCarthy fumbles and contradicts himself as he tries to explain what Biden's Afghanistan mistake...

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has had a lot of political maneuvering to do this week. The California Republican has been vehemently critical of President Joe Biden's handling of the Afghanistan crisis — while carefully avoiding criticism ...

 2021-08-27 18:27 

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Jan. 6 committee dramatically expands its investigation with new records request...

Just two days after demanding a massive trove of records from the federal government the bipartisan U.S. House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack is indicating it is expanding its investigation even further. On Friday Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-MS)...

 2021-08-27 18:16 

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Legal expert explains the key mistake Republican governors are making about COVID policy...

Republican governors across the United States have enacted legislation that will likely fuel the spread of COVID. A new op-ed published by legal experts Richard L. Revesz examines the governors' failure to properly mitigate the spread of COVID and the...

 2021-08-27 17:43 

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Right-wing extremists hope to game a flawed system in California's recall — and elect a Trump-like governor...

California's Governor Gavin Newsom is facing a recall election that, up until recently, the Democratic Party had brushed off as a frivolous inconvenience. Now, just days before the election, vote-by-mail ballots have been sent to California's 22 m...

 2021-08-27 17:33 

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Why Noam Chomsky has some optimism about American journalism: a 'real breakthrough'...

Over the years, author Noam Chomsky has often criticized the mainstream media from the left — and done so forcefully. Chomsky's 1988 book...

 2021-08-27 16:55 

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Gov. DeSantis's mask mandate ban was enacted 'without legal authority,' judge rules...

Florida state circuit court Judge John C. Cooper has just ruled from the bench that Gov. Ron DeSantis' executive order banning mask mandates and blocking local school boards from implementing those protective measures is...

 2021-08-27 16:33 

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Trump is spooked by the Jan. 6 probe — and he should be...

There is so much going on at the moment between the massive spike in COVID due to millions of intransigent holdouts who refuse to get vaccinated and the excruciating events unfolding in Afghanistan that one important story got lost this week: The House Ja...

 2021-08-27 16:24 

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Lauren Boebert admits to campaign finance problems: 'I under-reported a lot of stuff'...

Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., knows a thing or two about not following rules that apply to her. In light of recent reports of Boebert's alleged or apparent violations of House ethics rules, an old interview from February reveals just how blatant her v...

 2021-08-27 15:40 

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There's no such thing as law to police trans women that wouldn't ultimately hurt all women...

Since our decision to withdraw from Afghanistan, many are rightly concerned with the Taliban's oppression of women. Will women and girls be able to continue their education or work outside the home? How will they have to dress? There are already repor...

 2021-08-27 15:36 

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Conservative slams Republicans for resorting to cheap political theatrics following 'human tragedy' in Afghanistan...

On Thursday, August 26 — with the Taliban having taken over Afghanistan and the Biden Administration working hard to get Americans out of that country — ISIS-K extremists carried out a deadly terrorist attack at the Hamid Kharzai International...

 2021-08-27 15:20 

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The double standard behind the GOP concept of backing 'the blue'...

In recent years, many Republicans have rallied behind...

 2021-08-27 14:36 

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Scathing ad from conservative group shows how badly Ron DeSantis' COVID-19 response has endangered Florida schoolchildren...

With one out of every five new COVID-19 cases occurring in Florida — according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is drawing a great deal of criticism from Democrats, including members of t...

 2021-08-27 14:35 

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Marjorie Taylor Greene faces stark criticism for Islamophobic Twitter rant...

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) is facing heightened backlash from another Twitter debacle following her controversial tweet arguing that Islam is "not a religion of peace." Earlier this week, the Republican lawmaker took to Twitter to express...

 2021-08-27 13:43 

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Here's why the MAGA movement could pose a 'greater threat' to America than the Taliban or Al Qaeda...

Far-right Republicans have a long history of freaking out if one dares to suggest that violent White nationalism and White supremacy pose as great a terrorist threat to the United States as radical Islamists, let alone saying that they are an even greater...

 2021-08-27 13:41 

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DC insider: Republicans demanding Biden's resignation are 'terrorist sympathizers'...

Former Clinton White House Press Secretary Joe Lockhart says the Republicans calling for President Joe Biden's resignation in the wake of Thursday's terror attack are...

 2021-08-27 13:27 

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The real socialism in America isn't what you think...

You may have heard Republicans in Congress rail about how the Democrats' agenda is chock-full of scary...

 2021-08-27 13:23 

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How the Minnesota GOP imploded: From a toxic workplace to a full-on sex trafficking scandal...

Kayla Khang remembers being excited for her first real job — a political internship with the Minnesota Republican Party, in 2017, organizing routine door knocking and phone bank campaigns for candidates she believed in.It was the dawn of a new era f...

 2021-08-27 13:16 

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Trumpists live in an alternate reality — but they believe in it, and that's terrifying...

I had not seen my mother for two years, for reasons we all understand too well. Several weeks ago, I was finally able to journey home.It was wonderful to see my mother again. Blessed are those who can experience unconditional love, even if for only a few ...

 2021-08-27 13:04 

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Alabama Governor's staff attorney arrested for child solicitation...

A staff attorney for Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey was arrested for child solicitation.Chase Tristian Espy was charged with child solicitation by computer/electronic solicitation of a child, a Class B felony, and immediately fired from Ivey's staff, reported ...

 2021-08-27 12:58 

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Bitcoin-investing GOP lawmaker wants Congress to take a 'hands off' approach to cryptocurrency...

A Wyoming lawmaker is hoping to persuade Congress to follow her state's...

 2021-08-27 12:47 

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Former Mike Pence advisor warned in 2020 that Trump was laying the foundation for another 'Benghazi': report...

A Trump administration official who previously advised former Vice President Mike Pence warned in 2020 that former President Donald Trump might be creating another "Benghazi," a new report reveals.Amid the chaos in Kabul, Business Insider is highl...

 2021-08-27 12:46 

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'I don't care': Seth Moulton fires back at critics slamming his unauthorized travel to Kabul amid Taliban chaos...

Reps. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.) and Peter Meijar (R-Mich.) are still defending their trips to Kabul as critics continue to slam the lawmakers for their dangerous decision. However, Moulton is standing by his decision while offering Defense Department officia...

 2021-08-27 00:34 

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Protesters target Joe Manchin in West Virginia: Stop hiding behind 'cowardly filibuster'...

The West Virginia Poor People's Campaign led a...

 2021-08-27 00:24 

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The weird geology of Mars is causing problems for NASA's rover...

Earlier this month, the Perseverance rover set out to collect some rock samples on Mars. It was supposed to be a key moment in the rover's historic sample-return mission, one in which Perseverance was to collect, store and return Martian rock and soil...

 2021-08-27 00:15 

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WATCH: Conservative host cuts off Trump after he attacks Pfizer for 'controlling' the FDA...

Conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt cut off Donald Trump mid-rant about a conspiracy theory linking Pfizer with the Food and Drug Administration.The twice-impeached one-term president appeared Thursday morning on the widely syndicated radio program, where...

 2021-08-26 23:57 

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'Not a day for politics': Psaki hits back at GOP senators demanding Biden resign...

White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Thursday hit back at Republicans calling for President Joe Biden's resignation following fatal bombings outside the airport in Afghanistan.Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) demanded Biden resign over the bombings, suspec...

 2021-08-26 23:47 

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Pelosi's office slams Kevin McCarthy for 'empty stunt' following Kabul airport attack...

Following the terrorist attack at the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan on Thursday, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy issued a statement calling for President Joe Biden to "take decisive action to protect our troops.... with...

 2021-08-26 23:25 

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Republican intern quits in protest after his congressman boss's inflammatory Holocaust comments...

Kentucky Republican Rep. Thomas Massie was criticized for tweeting a meme showing an image of a person's wrist tattooed with a concentration camp identification number as a way to oppose coronavirus vaccine mandates. The tweet was later removed by Twi...

 2021-08-26 23:04 

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Cuomo's last-minute clemency for an ex-Weather Underground member highlights deeper problems...

The 1981 Brink's armored truck heist in Nanuet, New York is notorious. The botched robbery left two police officers and a security guard murdered in a shootout. But that doesn't explain why non-impacted people still talk about it 40 years later. N...

 2021-08-26 22:42 

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Capitol cop who shot Ashli Babbitt defends his decision — and says he saved lives...

Lt. Michael Byrd, the Capitol Police officer who fatally shot MAGA rioter Ashli Babbitt, defended his actions on Thursday and said that he believed he saved lives.In an interview with NBC News, Byrd argued that when he discharged his weapon during the Jan...

 2021-08-26 22:36 

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Republicans' plan to sabotage Biden is working — here's what he needs to do...

Let's be clear about one thing up front: The resurgence of COVID-19 — there are now over 100,000 hospitalizations for the first time since January — is not President Joe Biden's fault. He is the victim of Republican sabotage. The blame...

 2021-08-26 21:59 

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Biden responds to the deadly bombing at the Kabul airport: 'We will not forgive. We will not forget.'...

President Joe Biden addressed the American people hours after an ISIS-K terror attack just outside the Kabul airport in Afghanistan, making a simple promise to those who slaughtered U.S. Forces: "We will not forgive. We will not forget. We will hunt y...

 2021-08-26 20:37 

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The four horsemen of the climate apocalypse — and how to fight them...

Well, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, which comes out every five to seven years or so, basically confirmed what the global organization been warning us about for the past 20. The results are what one would expect of a report o...

 2021-08-26 20:20 

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How to get the authoritarian far-right to cave in a hurry...

Now that the Food and Drug Administration has finally given its full blessing to the Pfizer BioNTech shot, the president is jawboning corporate leaders into establishing mandates requiring employees to be vaccinated. This is not a reversal, as some report...

 2021-08-26 19:50 

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GOP congressman horrifies viewers with his reaction to Kabul airport attack: 'Start killing bad guys'...

On Thursday morning — with the Taliban in control of Afghanistan and the Biden Administration was scrambling to get U.S. citizens and allies out of the country — a deadly terrorist attack occurred at the Hamid Karzai International Airport in K...

 2021-08-26 19:09 

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Why this Afghan academic has decided to stay in Kabul — despite the risks...

As the United States has begun the final phase of evacuations of U.S. citizens and Afghan allies from the Kabul airport, we speak with Obaidullah Baheer, an Afghan academic who has decided to stay in Kabul despite the risks. Baheer's grandfather, Gulb...

 2021-08-26 18:51 

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CNBC host slammed for 'softball' Kevin McCarthy interview: 'Feels like I'm watching Fox News'...

When Donald Trump was president, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy had no problem with the size of the United States' federal deficit. But now that Democrat Joe Biden is president, McCarthy has rediscovered fiscal conservatism. During an appearance...

 2021-08-26 18:26 

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'The inevitable consequences of intervention': Kabul explosions evoke horror as the Taliban points to ISIS...

Children, adult civilians, and U.S. military personnel were among those reportedly killed or wounded Thursday in a pair of explosions near Kabul's international airport, the site of a chaotic evacuation effort that the Biden administration is aiming t...

 2021-08-26 18:06 

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Texas Gov. Abbott updates executive order banning COVID vaccine mandates to include those with FDA approval...

Texas' Republican Governor Greg Abbott, still recovering from contracting COVID-19 and still in a tight re-election campaign on Wednesday changed his executive order banning coronavirus vaccine mandates to include those that have received FDA approval...

 2021-08-26 17:58 

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Kabul airport explosion claims lives of four US Marines amid evacuation chaos: WSJ...

The airport explosion in Kabul has claimed the lives of four U.S. Marines and left at least three U.S. troops wounded, according to The Wall Street Journal. The publication reportedly received intel from an official with knowledge of a recent briefing bet...

 2021-08-26 17:41 

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Mike Pompeo claims Biden alone is responsible for the Afghanistan debacle — but some Republicans aren't buying it...

With the Taliban now in control of Afghanistan, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has been insisting that he had a perfectly solid plan for withdrawing U.S. troops from that country — and that President Joe Biden dropped the ball. But some Repub...

 2021-08-26 17:12 

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'This is America': Arizona anti-masker tells school board 'the science is ridiculous' — parents applaud...

A woman who says she is the parent of three children in Gilbert, Arizona blasted the school board in a public meeting last week, declaring that...

 2021-08-26 16:27 

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Legal experts explain why the DOJ must investigate Mark Meadows and Jeff Clark...

Legal experts are explaining why the U.S. Department of Justice should investigate former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and former U.S. Assistant Attorney General Jeff Clark. Former federal prosecutors Dennis Aftergut and national security exper...

 2021-08-26 16:18 

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Why ISIS and the Taliban really hate each other...

As the Biden Administration scrambles to get U.S. citizens out of Afghanistan following the Taliban's takeover of that country, President Joe Biden and Pentagon officials have feared an attack by one of the Taliban's sworn enemies: ISIS (Islamic S...

 2021-08-26 16:00 

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Reports from FBI and DHS suggest a dangerous rift in law enforcement over the Jan. 6 coup plot. We need the truth...

The Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol by Donald Trump's followers took place on the most documented crime scene in history.On that day, Trump and his agents attempted to overthrow American democracy. We now know his conspiracy to nullify the results of the...

 2021-08-26 15:53 

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Trump sued by Capitol police officers over Jan. 6 attack in lawsuit alleges 'bias-motivated acts of terrorism': NYT...

Donald Trump is being sued by a group of seven Capitol Police officers for his role in the January 6 insurrection in what is being called the "most expansive civil effort to date" to hold the former president and his associates and allies accounta...

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