Iran’s retaliatory missile strikes on bases in Iraq housing U.S. troops, following the U.S. assassination of top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani, have dramatically raised tensions in the Middle East. Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei called the missile strike a “slap in the face” of the Americans and called for U.S. troops to leave the Middle East. The Iranian missile strikes come just days after the Iraqi Parliament voted to expel all foreign military forces from Iraq. We speak with Juan Cole, professor of history at the University of Michigan.
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Controversial Mesa County clerk Tina Peters is refusing to concede after losing her efforts to secure the GOP nomination for secretary of state in Colorado.
"Anderson beat Tina Peters, the embattled County Clerk from Mesa County. Anderson took 44.7% of the votes; Mike O’Donnell took 28.8%; and Peters secured 26.5%," CBS Denver reported.
The Associated Press also projected Anderson won.
Colorado Public Radio reported Peters, "gained a national profile for allegedly violating the security of her office's election equipment to allow an authorized person to hunt for evidence of fraud. She is currently under criminal indictment and has been banned from overseeing elections in her county this year."
But Denver Post reporter Saja Hindi reported, "Peters said they won't back down, won't give up, no matter what the results are."
Peters, a 2020 election denier, offered a conspiracy theory about the election.
"Tina Peters is now speaking after AP calls the SOS GOP primary for Pam Anderson," Hindi reported. "She says the numbers are flipped and the results are fraudulent. 'It's not over,' she said."
Colorado Public Radio photojournalist Hart Van Denburg posted a photo from Peters' party.
\u201cConservative podcaster Joe Oltmann and Sec of State candidate Tina Peters confer over messages on his phone during a watch party Tuesday night in Sedalia. Peters lost her race to Pam Anderson. With @BenteBirkeland for @CPRNews\u201d— Hart W. Van Denburg (@Hart W. Van Denburg) 1656473156
The controversial author of Donald Trump's "coup memo" to overturn the 2022 presidential election lost a bid to keep his phone records from the House Select Committee Investigating the Jan. 6 Attack on the U.S. Capitol.
"In a late Tuesday filing, Eastman voluntarily dismissed the suit, claiming that he’d been assured the committee was only seeking his call logs — not the content of any messages held by his carrier, Verizon. The select committee has long contended that it lacks the authority to obtain message content," Politico reported Tuesday.
Although Eastman ultimately lost, he was successful at tying the issue up in court for more than six months.
"Eastman’s move comes, however, as the legal threats he’s facing have begun to mount. Last week, FBI agents seized Eastman’s phone as part of a Justice Department inspector general investigation related to the 2020 election. Earlier this month, a federal judge forced Eastman to turn over hundreds of Trump-related emails to the Jan. 6 select committee, rejecting many of his claims of attorney-client privilege. That judge, David Carter, had already determined that Eastman and Trump 'likely' entered into a criminal conspiracy to obstruct Congress on Jan. 6, 2021," Politico reported.
The select committee says Eastman was also emailing with Ginni Thomas as she sought to overturn the 2020 presidential election.
"The select committee has issued dozens of subpoenas to phone companies like Verizon, T-Mobile and AT&T for witnesses’ phone logs. More than a dozen witnesses have sued to block the committee from obtaining those records, and many of those suits are still pending," Politico reported.
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Tuesday was not a good day for the Giuliani family as former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani was repeatedly implicated in Donald Trump's attempted coup in a Jan. 6 hearing as his son, Andrew Giuliani, lost the GOP nomination for governor of New York.
In Washington, D.C., former Trump White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson testified that Rudy Giuliani sought a presidential pardon. Giuliani served as a former U.S. Associate Attorney General and U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York.
"Meadows and Giuliani join a growing list of other Republicans who asked for pardons related to Jan. 6 and Trump's efforts to overturn the election," USA Today reported. "The list includes five GOP congressmen: Matt Gaetz of Florida, Mo Brooks of Alabama, Scott Perry of Pennsylvania, Andy Biggs of Arizona and Louie Gohmert of Texas. Hutchinson said in deposition video revealed last week that those five members asked about pardons."
The former New York City mayor had campaigned hard for his son.
\u201cNew Yorkers: \u2066@AndrewHGiuliani\u2069 for Governor has listened to you. He will make the changes you need and DESERVE! Get out today and vote!\u201d— Rudy W. Giuliani (@Rudy W. Giuliani) 1656420083
Andrew Giuliani conceded before midnight.
\u201cDuring concession speech, Giuliani thanks Curtis Sliwa, Vickie Paladino, Gavin Wax, Bernie Kerik and \u201cAmerica\u2019s Mayor,\u201d his dad\u201d— David Brand (@David Brand) 1656468683