The remains of 17 US service members lost in a 1952 military plane crash in Alaska have been recovered more than six decades later, officials said Wednesday. Another 35 bodies are still missing and being sought at the remote crash site in the northwestern…
On Saturday, The Washington Post Fact-Checker analyzed a payment made by a political action committee run by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) to Frank Luntz, a longtime Republican pollster who has been highly critical of former President Donald Trump — and found that his public explanation for the payment to be suspect.
"Frank has been a friend of mine for more than 30 years," said McCarthy in an interview on "Fox & Friends" two weeks ago. "I've rented a room from Frank for a couple of months, but don't worry, I'm back to — going back to where I normally am, on my couch in my office. But, yeah, we pay fair market rate."
As fact-checker Glenn Kessler noted, that isn't the whole story.
"At the time of his remarks earlier this month, McCarthy's emphasis on a friendship seemed logical. There appeared to be no business relationship between the two men, except for a poll conducted by Luntz in 2000 for yrock.com, which McCarthy started when he was national chairman of the Young Republicans," wrote Kessler. "But Federal Election Commission filings show that the leadership PAC controlled by McCarthy — Majority Committee PAC, or McPAC — paid one of Luntz's companies, FIL Inc., nearly $40,000 in late 2020, just before McCarthy began renting what he described as a 'room' in the recently renovated apartment."
McCarthy claims these payments were for polling. However, the timing between the payments lines up much more with the office space — and well above the market rate for units in the building, which typically go for $1,675 and $2,300 a month -- according to Zillow -- and have bylaws prohibiting leases of partial space or for shorter than six months.
"Luntz appears to have taken possession of his renovated condo as early as Sept. 21, when a resident posted in a Facebook group: 'I ran into our new neighbor today. And shortly after, he posted the following screenshot, to his Twitter account, from the CB [Clara Barton] conference room, where he was interviewing Bob Woodward!!!'" wrote Kessler. "Four days later, FIL Inc. received its first payment from McPAC. It appears to be the only federal committee to pay one of Luntz's companies in the 2020 cycle. (Luntz also received a $1,400 travel reimbursement from the Congressional Black Caucus.)" FIL Inc. also got a $77,900 loan from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), the COVID-19 small business loan program.
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'CRIME OF THE CENTURY!' Trump issues furious statements lashing out at Pence and Mitch McConnell for his election loss
On Saturday, former President Donald Trump issued a pair of statements doubling down on the "big lie" that the 2020 presidential election was stolen from him — and specifically going after former Vice President Mike Pence and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) for not doing more to help him stay in office.
"As our Country is being destroyed, both inside and out, the Presidential Election of 2020 will go down as THE CRIME OF THE CENTURY!" wrote Trump in his first statement, following up with a second that said, "The polls were a joke. I won States in a landslide that I was predicted to lose days before the election," Trump added. "Other states had me purposely so far down that it would force people, even fans, to say "Let's stay home Darling. We love our President, but he can't win." ... It's called SUPPRESSION POLLING and it should be illegal."
"The 2020 Presidential Election was, by far, the greatest Election Fraud in the history," continued Trump. "Had Mike Pence had the courage to send the Electoral College vote back to the states for recertification, and had Mitch McConnell fought for us instead of being the weak and pathetic leader he is, we would right now have a Republican President who would be VETOING the horrific Socialistic Bills that are rapidly going through Congress, including Open Borders, High Taxes, Massive Regulations, and so much else!"
Lawyers for detained Capitol defendants have been trying to make the case to judges that Jan. 6 was this one-off, u… https://t.co/bAtYOJm3aK— Ryan J. Reilly (@Ryan J. Reilly)1621095754.0
Trump doesn’t have to actually put any skin in the game when he dashes off rants calling 2020 the "greatest Electio… https://t.co/hPY6nd5xD5— Ryan J. Reilly (@Ryan J. Reilly)1621096967.0
'That didn't age well': Right-wingers mocked for celebrating fake news that Don Lemon is leaving CNN
On Friday night, CNN late-night anchor Don Lemon shocked viewers with the abrupt message that this would be the last edition of "CNN Tonight with Don Lemon," leading many to speculate that he was leaving CNN. However, it turned out CNN is just rebranding his show under the new name "Don Lemon Tonight."
Hey everyone. Not what you think. I’m not leaving CNN. Tune in for the handoff on Monday at 10pE and I’ll explain. https://t.co/oOwDferY2i— Don Lemon (@Don Lemon)1621048470.0
But several conservative commentators jumped the gun and took to social media to gloat about the supposed departure of Lemon, a Black and openly gay journalist who has gone after right-wing extremism.
Bye Don Lemon. Your show wasn't good and you often acted in bad faith. However... ...that's actually all I have. Goodbye.— (((Jason Rantz))) on KTTH Radio (@(((Jason Rantz))) on KTTH Radio)1621048973.0
Don Lemon has been a ridiculous performance theater Democratic activist for years. His show has brought discredit o… https://t.co/iFd4BkPi0N— Matt Mackowiak (@Matt Mackowiak)1621052784.0
Other commenters buried these GOP voices in mockery for not waiting to learn the whole story before running with it.
Don Lemon: I’m not leaving CNN Fox News: https://t.co/lsp77bbXW0— Baligubadle (@Baligubadle)1621049378.0
@jasonrantz Hey hater, he's not leaving CNN, he's moving to an early hour. Don't hate, congratulate.— 💞Val💞 (@💞Val💞)1621049917.0
@jasonrantz Well that didn’t age well. In 8 minutes 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣.— Beth (@Beth)1621049538.0
@jasonrantz Lol and you still ain’t getting on TV— essi beez (@essi beez)1621051856.0
@lavern_spicer Here you go. Be nice. I watched Don, just not every night. He discussed the same topics as two shows… https://t.co/eRFRFZH6xa— johnzjargo (@johnzjargo)1621082107.0
@lavern_spicer You’re not getting a Fox show, no matter how hard you try.— Johann Castro (@Johann Castro)1621092623.0
@MattMackowiak We are laughing at your glaring lack of admission over the likes of Tucker, Hannity, Limbaugh, Beck,… https://t.co/XejnkEIMtJ— 🇺🇸TXSnark7🇺🇸 (@🇺🇸TXSnark7🇺🇸)1621053188.0
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