An atheist group has its hackles up over an annual event that it calls unconstitutional - the blessing of the animals at the Bergen County Animal Shelter. The group, American Atheists Inc. of Cranford, claims in a federal lawsuit that the Teterboro shelter's event, in which animals are blessed by a Franciscan reverend, violates the First and Fourth amendments.
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"Last Week Tonight" host John Oliver did a summary of the week of the Alex Jones trial that ultimately ended up making the InfoWars founder the laughing stock of the internet for several days.
Oliver began by highlighting the awkward exchange between Jones and the judge in his case who told Jones that he had to stop chewing gum in her courtroom. Jones made a comment about massaging his gums with his tongue and offered to show the judge the inside of his mouth.
Oliver showed a clip of Jones not long before that, turning away from the judge and popping something in his mouth.
But the pièce de résistance came when the lawyer for the Sandy Hook family revealed that 12 days prior to questioning Jones, he was sent a DropBox link with all of Alex Jones' texts and emails. So, it made it clear that the lawyer knew when Jones was lying because he had the receipts.
After watching the lawyer smackdown Jones, Oliver responded with an aghast, "oh sh*t!"
"First," he continued, "credit to that lawyer for having the super-human patience to sit on those text messages for 12 whole days. Just imagine seeing those records with texts that probably said things like, 'I know Sandy Hook really happened. I'm just a ghoul who wants to make the world suffer and make money doing it.' Followed immediately by one saying, 'Can you make the frogs look gayer in the graphics?' And say to yourself, 'wait, wait, you're time will come!'"
The messages also revealed a lot of information about Jones and his life with InfoWars, his finances and even events around Jan. 6.
"But at the very least, this phone could make his life much more difficult and for a while and that's something that we should all be allowed to enjoy," said Oliver. "Because to wake up one morning and find that Alex Jones lawyers mistakenly shared his cell phone records is a true blessing. We don't deserve this, but one thing's for sure, he does."
See the clip on Jones below at the 36:30 mark. You can also watch at this link.
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Michigan Republican candidate for attorney general falls under special prosecutor probe for election machine meddling
Former President Donald Trump announced his endorsement for Matthew DePerno in the Michigan attorney general race, but now he's falling under a special prosecutor's investigation called by the attorney general Reuters reported on Sunday.
"The analysis shows that people working with Matthew DePerno ... examined a vote tabulator from Richfield Township, a conservative stronghold of 3,600 people in northern Michigan’s Roscommon County," said the report. "The Richfield security breach is one of four similar incidents being investigated by Michigan's current attorney general, Democrat Dana Nessel. Under state law, it is a felony to seek or provide unauthorized access to voting equipment."
DePerno also pocketed cash off of the promotion of election conspiracies from Republican Senators that questioned the 2020 results in the state.
As Axios reported, the request came from the Michigan Prosecuting Attorneys Coordinating Council.
“He’s going to make sure that you are going to have law and order and fair elections,” Trump said about DePerno in a speech at CPAC. “That’s an important race,"
What they're saying: DePerno's campaign manager released a statement attacking Nessel, saying that she has a "history of targeting and persecuting her political enemies."
Axios has uploaded the documents here at DocumentCloud.
'This is going to hurt Republicans': Molly Jong-Fast nails GOP candidates for calling their elections 'rigged'
A slate of Republican candidates who lost their primaries is attacking members of their own party, claiming that the elections are "rigged" because they lost.
In all elections, there are losers, but that fact has caused consternation among GOP officials even in races against their own people. Ryan Kelley, Tina Petters, Kandiss Taylor, Jason Warner and Mark Finchem are among the Republicans complaining about their losses. Taylor, in particular, won just 3.4 percent of the vote, yet she thinks she is entitled to the win.
If these folks are handed the levers of power, there is a concern that they can usher in a Constitutional crisis, explained reporter Molly Jong-Fast.
"At best, we enter a guaranteed a Constitutional crisis," she explained. "At worst, we stop having free and fair elections. I mean, yeah, this is really scary. The one thing I would say that is totally fascinating to me is that almost all of the states where you have these people running are purple states, right? Like Arizona, these Trumpy candidates won, but they barely eeked it out, right? So, you are seeing — these guys are gonna come up — you know, this is not Mississippi. These are purple states."
She explained that the so-called "Trumpy candidates" can barely make it out of primary elections. So, if Trumpism can win a primary, in the general election, it could end up being similar to Trump.
"So, I do think this is a set that's particularly bad for Republicans. Of course, having one party turn against democracy is bad for all of us, ultimately. But I think in this short stop-gap, I think it will hurt Republicans. Eventually, who knows where this goes? Nowhere good.
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