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Former police captain files discrimination lawsuit after his alleged ties to white supremacist group emerge
A retired longtime captain in the Boise Police Department who's being investigated for his alleged ties to a white supremacist group filed a discrimination suit against the city back in November, KXLY reports.
Matthew Bryngelson alleges age and disability discrimination in a complaint filed with Idaho’s Human Rights Commission and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The complaint was filed just weeks after his alleged ties to a white supremacist group surfaced.
The complaint alleges he had been “diagnosed with severe depression and anxiety,” and that in September 2021 he became “despondent and suicidal as a result of the harassment and workplace hostility from Chief Ryan Lee.”
In November, Bryngelson "appeared under a fake name on the speaker list for the American Renaissance Conference. The Southern Poverty Law Center says the conference draws Klansmen, neo-Nazis and other white supremacists," KXLY's report stated. "On Tuesday, the Boise City Council approved a contract with attorney Michael Bromwich to lead an investigation into Bryngelson’s tenure at the Police Department and to examine whether racism permeates through the department."
Read the full report over at KXLY.
GOP insurgents plotting challenge to McConnell's leadership: 'More partisan, more confrontational and more reactionary'
Republican senators are quietly organizing against minority leader Mitch McConnell and his allies after a lackluster showing in the midterm elections.
About a half dozen GOP senators, most of whom publicly opposed McConnell's continued leadership last month, have been meeting to strategize how they will challenge the venerable Kentucky Republican over the next year, and MSNBC's Steve Benen said they're gambling that becoming more partisan will win back their majority in 2024.
"What’s striking is not just the scope of the fissures among ostensible allies," Benen writes. "It’s also not just the idea that McConnell, of all people, is insufficiently partisan by the standards of some of his members."
The group, which has adopted the informal name of "the Breakfast Club," apparently includes Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Rand Paul (R-KY), Mike Braun (R-IN), Ron Johnson (R-WI), Mike Lee (R-UT), Ted Cruz (R-TX), and Rick Scott (R-FL), and is leading an insurgency similar to the deeply conservative House Freedom Caucus.
"What stands out most for me is the lesson these Republicans took from the midterm elections," Benen writes. "The GOP spent much of the last two years assuming that voters would soon reward the party with a majority. The electorate saw some of the radicals the party nominated in key races and moved in the other direction."
"It’s against this backdrop that several prominent Senate Republicans have decided that the smart move is to be less constructive," he adds, "more partisan, more confrontational, and more reactionary."
Reacting to news that WNBA star Brittney Griner is returning to the U.S. as part of a prisoner swap with Russia, outgoing Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) expressed dismay that former-United States Marine Paul Whelan was not part of the package negotiated by President Joe Biden's administration.
Whelan was accused and convicted of spying by Russian authorities just short of four years ago -- and is currently serving a 16-year sentence -- while American basketball star has only been held since February of this year on drug charges.
Taking to Twitter, Kinzinger -- who served in Afghanistan -- made his feelings known about the prisoner exchange that also involved arms dealer Viktor Bout, who is also known as the "Merchant of Death."
"So a basketball star is released, we can celebrate, but what about Paul Whelan? An American unjustly detained for years. May not be high profile but he is innocent. This is a dangerous road," he wrote.