Germany is to close all but essential shops in the coming days under a weeks-long lockdown covering the Christmas holiday period, Chancellor Angela Merkel and the country's 16 state premiers agreed at a meeting on Sunday. The measures are to come into effect from Wednesday and last until January 10. These also include considerable restrictions imposed on schools and kindergartens, with most facilities to be closed or only operate to a limited extent. A partial lockdown in Germany that closed bars, restaurants and leisure facilities from early November while keeping shops and schools open was "...
Former Kyrsten Sinema adviser calls her out on CNN: 'Without voting rights, we can't have a strong democracy'
On CNN Friday, Sylvia Andersh, a former adviser to Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), opened up about why she and several other advisers stepped down from their roles — and expressed the hope that it was pushing the senator to change her opposition to the progressive agenda, from letting Medicare negotiate prescription drug prices to reforming Senate rules that let the GOP block bills to protect voting rights.
"We did this a few weeks ago," said Andersh. "We came together and we decided that we were not pleased with the way this — she was behaving and carrying on. So we wanted to give her this message and tell her how we felt about it. And I'm glad that there is some changes that seem to be happening. Hopefully this has had some impact."
"You feel she might be coming around?" asked anchor John Berman.
"I would love to hope so," said Andersh. "I know that there was some changes yesterday in some of the things that she was saying or some leaks or whatever it was that they were talking about ... But I know that I have deep and sincere wishes that she will come to the table and really negotiate. And I know she's a strong woman, and I'm hoping for the best."
"Do you feel somehow that she changed or when you signed up to be on the veterans council, do you think she was one thing and now you don't?"
"Well, definitely we worked very hard to get her elected," said Andersh. "And she — she ran on prescription drug prices, and, you know, helping veterans. We have a lot of concerns right now about voting rights and that really came to us as a very, very significant problem. Without voting rights, we can't have a strong democracy, and right now the Republicans are really making an effort, especially in Arizona, to limit our rights. And there are half a million veterans in the state of Arizona and many of those have PTSD and, you know, physical disabilities that make it difficult if not impossible for them to — to participate in our democracy."
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Jim Jordan's comments this week make him 'fair game' to be subpoenaed by House riot committee: top Dem
Appearing on CNN's "New Day" with hosts Brianna Keilar and John Berman to talk about the altercation between Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) and Liz Cheney (R-WY) on the House floor on Thursday, Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) eventually got back to talking about the work being done by the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6th Capitol riot.
In particular, he was asked whether any sitting lawmakers could be subpoenaed as has been done with members of Donald Trump's inner circle.
"If we tell you to come in Friday at 9:00 a.m. and that doesn't work for you because you got a doctor's appointment and you can come in Wednesday at 4:00, well, we can work that out," Raskin explained about the testimony process. "That's one thing. But to do what Steve Bannon did, which is just to blow the whole thing off and to act with sneering derisive contempt toward the whole process puts you in contempt of the U.S. Congress and the people we represent."
"Will the committee subpoena Jim Jordan?" host Keilar asked.
"As far as I know there have been no discussions yet about any members of Congress, that obviously raises different kinds of issues," he replied before adding, "Jim Jordan decided to come forward in the Rules Committee this week and so he established himself as fair game for a whole bunch of questions and he has -- he seems to have admitted in kind of a sideways way that he was in communication with Donald Trump on January 6th."
Continuing, "Seems pretty clear that he was in meetings prior to January 6th," Raskin elaborated. "Look, the bottom line is that we know that there are lots of people in the Republican Party, both elected and unelected, who know a lot of information about the assault on Congress on January 6th, which was the worst violent attack on the U.S. Capitol since the war of 1812, and perhaps the most dangerous assault on American democracy since the Civil War."
"One would think that it would be -- they would understand it is not just a legal duty, but a civic honor for them to be able to render testimony," he continued. "And most of the people we have reached out to, including their fellow insurrectionists have come forward to testify and to give information -- that is their legal duty."
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According to one columnist, Rudy Giuliani has a lot to be embarrassed about, if he was capable of feeling embarrassment.
The former New York City mayor has squandered away whatever respectability he ever had while serving as Donald Trump's lawyer, said The Daily Beast columnist Molly Jong Fast, but sleazy details from the trial of his former henchman Lev Parnas have revealed that he's "an extremely easy mark or something more sinister."
"A lot has come up at Parnas' trial about all the dough he donated to a major pro-Trump super PAC, whose finance director at the time testified that a July 2018 article in the Daily Beast drew attention to a $325,000 contribution to the PAC America First Action that Parnas arranged through a largely unknown business called Global Energy Partners," Fast writes. "From that story, a formal Federal Election Commission complaint was filed accusing the morons of running a political donations shell company."
"At one point, [co-defendant Andrey] Kukushkin writes to Fruman to ask how Washington is and Fruman responds with 'Everything is great!! We are taking over the country!!!!'" Fast adds. "A bit after that, Fruman's business partner, Lev Parnas, produces some tangible evidence of the duo taking over Trumpworld, a picture of a jubilant Lev standing between Trump's daughter and her husband, terrifying Slenderman look-alike Jared Kushner."
Giuliani has been barred from practicing law in Washington, D.C., and New York, he's been banished from Fox News, he's facing a billion-dollar defamation suit from Dominion Voting Systems and the twice-impeached one-term president still hasn't paid for his legal services.
"Now, the FBI is executing search warrants at his home and office, and the Southern District he led a very long time ago is coming for him, and Trump isn't interested in helping him cover those bills, either," Fast writes.
There's more trouble on the horizon, as the House select committee moves closer to Steve Bannon and other members of Trump's inner circle -- and there's strong evidence Giuliani will become a target as well.
"With contempt charges coming Bannon's way from the Justice Department, courtesy of the Jan. 6 special committee, one might pause to remember that Rudy was in that suite at the Willard Hotel that day with a squad of deviants including the Federalist's own memo writer Jon Eastman and presidential pardon recipient and all-around creep Roger Stone not to mention QAnon's own Michael Flynn," Fast writes.
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