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Fox News revives Black Panther conspiracy to smear Obama’s labor nominee

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Thomas Perez, Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division, is likely going to face some jaw-droppingly dumb questions in the Senate if he is nominated to become President Barack Obama’s next labor secretary.

That’s because one of the conservative media’s favorite conspiracy theories is that the Obama Justice Department protected members of the New Black Panther Party in Philadelphia after they stood outside a polling place intimidating voters in 2008. Although there were no actual complaints of voter intimidation to begin with, Fox News and conservative media made it into their own version of a scandal in 2010.

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That scandal was revived by Fox News on Monday in a discussion about the likelihood of Perez’s nomination — namely, why Republicans should worry about him.

Fox News, and particularly host Megyn Kelly, have for years hyped the allegations of former Justice Department official and current Pajamas Media blogger J. Christian Adams, who insists that Perez lied under oath when he testified about the investigation into allegations of voter intimidation outside a Philadelphia polling place in 2008.

Adams was the attorney who originally tried to bring a case against a group of Black Panthers members, but it was dropped. One person ultimately faced a criminal charge stemming from the incident, but that wasn’t enough to dissuade Adams that some kind of racially-motivated conspiracy was taking place before his eyes.

Kelly brought that back up on Monday and wondered whether Perez should be trusted. Chris Stirewalt, host of FoxNews.com’s “Power Play,” added that Perez is likely to face more questions about the case in the Senate because “Mr. Perez’s nomination to be in his current position was held up for many months as a consequence of that case and some other things.”

This video is from Fox News, aired Monday, March 11, 2013.

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Ted Cruz mocked for tantrum about Gorsuch siding with Native American rights: ‘Way to channel Andrew Jackson’

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In a surprise move on Thursday, Trump-appointed Justice Neil Gorsuch sided with Native American rights, ruling that Oklahoma must honor a treaty granting tribal sovereignty over much of the eastern portion of the state.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) took to Twitter to vent his outrage over the decision.

Neil Gorsuch & the four liberal Justices just gave away half of Oklahoma, literally.

Manhattan is next. https://t.co/Ic9gqqznJp

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MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace chuckles after Times reporter explains why Trump has no hope of pivoting to an empathetic campaign

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MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace struggled to stifle a chuckle in a conversation about President Donald Trump's struggle to run a campaign that can contend with most Americans' needs in a horrific pandemic.

"I think to Nick [Confessore's] point earlier, there should be a sense of nervousness in Trump's camp," began Democratic strategist Basil Smikle. "You don't see -- you talked about enablers. You don't see Republicans engaged in their behavior with respect to the president at this juncture. You're starting to see them not nationalize he's the president of the United States. They should be more allied with him, but instead, they're focused on local campaigns. The president has lost several cases at the Supreme Court, the Affordable Care Act case notwithstanding. There's a lot of things they should be rallying around, but they can't."

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Here’s how bad things are for Trump after the Supreme Court ruling: columnist

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In a piece for Vanity Fair, columnist Eric Lutz addressed the degree to which President Donald Trump is in trouble after the ruling by the Supreme Court on his financial records.

Trump has spent the better part of four years fighting any transparency about his finances and taxes, which many have suspected might reveal illegal activity.

"He's not going to release his tax returns," said senior adviser Kellyanne Conway in 2017. "We litigated this all through the election. People didn't care."

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