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Proud Boys and paramilitary groups join hundreds of armed protesters outside Michigan Capitol

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Hundreds of gun activists held an open-carry rally outside the Michigan Capitol to protest Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s policies.

About 1,000 demonstrators carried rifles and handguns outside the Lansing statehouse Thursday to protest a recent push to ban guns from the Capitol building and the Democratic governor’s stay-at-home orders to prevent coronavirus spread, reported MLive.

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“Whether you decide to open carry or concealed carry, that is your choice,” said Tom Lambert, former president of Michigan Open Carry. “It is not my job to make that decision for you. It is not their job to make that decision for you either.”

Members of the far-right Proud Boys and the paramilitary Michigan Liberty Militia took part in the demonstration.

The protest, which was planned weeks ago came shortly after the Michigan State Capitol Commission rejected two proposals to ban weapons in the statehouse, in response to a previous armed protest against Gretchen’s coronavirus orders.

“It’s been four months since armed gunmen stood above elected officials while they worked,” tweeted Michigan Senate Democrats this week. “Legislators, staff, children & teachers shouldn’t have to fear guns in the Capitol.”

David “Dude” Dudenhoefer, a Republican challenger to Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), agreed the April 30 demonstration may have looked bad to some, but he pointed out that none of them had fired shots and compared that to violence at protests against police brutality.

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“Wherever you go, you have the right to defend yourself,” Dudenhoefer said. “If there are places where they restrict that right, that’s a criminal empowerment zone.”

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MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle: The markets finally realized the economic crisis is linked to the health crisis

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MSNBC market expert Stephanie Ruhle told Brian Williams on Wednesday that the reason Americans saw the stock market fall this week is that they have finally realized that things aren't getting any better.

Williams asked if the numbers this week are different from normal pre-election years.

"This is quite different," said Ruhle. "The markets have woken up to the fact that this health crisis is directly linked to the economic crisis. The markets can't thrive when we don't have a national plan to deal with the coronavirus. And you look at the GDP, you know that tomorrow, you led the show with it, the president is going to say, 'We're back, baby! With the greatest economy ever.' That's not the case. We have been seeing improvements. We are on the road to recovery. But even if we get 30 percent, 35 percent GDP, which would be positive, it's far from saying we're back."

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Stephen Colbert does hilarious MAGA-Frozen parody after Trump fans were abandoned in the Omaha cold

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Those who've been subjected to "Let it Go" from the Pixar film "Frozen," for the past decade will recognize the new tune from "A Late Show" host Stephen Colbert.

"MAGA Frozen" celebrates those who could lose a toe to the tune of "Let it Go."

"The MAGA rally just ended tonight,He danced to YMCA.His campaign bussed me out hereBut the ticket was one-way.Extremities have all gone numb,All to watch Trump attack Biden's son.My feet can't feel severe frostbite.I think I might,Lose a toe,Lose a toe,Left foot will have only four.Lose a toe,Lose a toe,My choice of footwear was poor.Obamacare will cover my stay.Oh, wait, Barrott got confirmed.Might have to sell this tiara on eBay."

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Brett Kavanaugh revised his Wisconsin ruling after Vermont official’s demands — but it still contains the lies

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Supreme Court Justice revised his Wisconsin opinion after a Vermont official complained that he misrepresented the way the state dealt with the election amid the pandemic. The problem, however, is that his corrections only cleaned up the sloppy language.

While it no longer appears like a high school mock trial assignment, it still lies about the example he gave in the Vermont details.

https://twitter.com/Jordan_S_Rubin/status/1321628261714190336

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