PHILADELPHIA – He found masses of pollen as thick as “oatmeal,” and once discovered that grains from palm trees had ridden the winds for hundreds of miles to reach his front porch. For 17 years, Timothy Craig intercepted the airborne gametes of trees, grasses, and weeds with a whirling trap, assiduously examined the captives with a microscope, and posted his inferred daily pollen counts for the benefit of science and the allergy-tormented. Not many people are going through that much trouble these days. “It’s very labor-intensive and time-intensive,” said Craig, a professor of medicine and pedi...
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Elmer Stewart Rhodes, the founder of the far-right militia group the Oath Keepers, has been found guilty of seditious conspiracy. He is also facing other charges along with four of his allies: Jessica Watkins, Kelly Meggs, Thomas Caldwell and Kenneth Harrelson. Kelly Meggs was also found guilty of seditious conspiracy.
On charges of obstruction of an official proceeding and aiding and abetting charge, all five were declared guilty. On conspiracy to obstruct a proceeding, Rhodes and Caldwell were found not guilty, while the others were.
Rhodes and the Oath Keepers members have been at trial for the past several months facing their involvement in the attempt to overthrow the U.S. Capitol and stop the 2020 election certification.
The jury has spent three days deliberating over the charges, meeting one day before the Thanksgiving break and then returning on Monday.
Rhodes and Meggs face at least 20 years in prision for the sedition charges, but all of the people charged will see prison time.
On Tuesday, Axios reported that the top Republican leaders in Congress, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), are at odds with each other in their responses to former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago dinner meeting with anti-Semitic rapper Kanye West and neo-Nazi podcaster Nick Fuentes.
"Although they both denounced him, McCarthy falsely claimed Trump condemned Fuentes, who often promotes racist and antisemitic conspiracy theories, after they met at Mar-a-Lago," reported Sareen Habeshian. "'I don't think anybody should be spending any time with Nick Fuentes,' McCarthy, a staunch Trump ally, said. 'He has no place in this Republican Party. I think President Trump came out four times and condemned him and didn't know who he was,' he continued."
Trump has not, in fact, condemned Fuentes since the meeting, only saying that he did not know who Fuentes was.
"Meanwhile, McConnell opened a press conference Tuesday saying, 'There is no room in the Republican Party for antisemitism or white supremacy, and anyone meeting with people advocating that point of view, in my judgment, are highly unlikely to ever be elected president of the United States,'" noted the report. This comes despite the fact that McConnell previously said he would support Trump again if he were the 2024 nominee — a question he dodged when asked again this week.
This comes as Trump himself has turned on McConnell, publicly blaming him for the GOP's failure to win a majority in the Senate in the 2022 midterms, claiming he "blew" the election — even though most losing candidates were elevated to the nomination by Trump's endorsement.
Fuentes, who gained national prominence during the Stop the Steal protests in 2020, has described himself as "just like Hitler," and has openly called for America to be a white Christian theocracy in which Jews are stripped of political and cultural power.
Donald Trump's chief of staff, Mark Meadows, lost his final appeal at the South Carolina Supreme Court Tuesday after trying to dodge being called by the Fulton County, Georgia special grand jury.
Meadows has been alleged to have traveled to Georgia to make his way into the counting rooms in the state. He also made several calls to people in the Secretary of State's office, including the Secretary of State, who he connected directly to the president. In The recorded call, Trump pressed officials to "find him" the votes necessary to win the 2020 election, despite the fact that he lost.
The final effort that Meadows attempted was getting his state to agree he didn't have to be forced to travel to Atlanta and testify. It didn't work, with the Supreme Court telling him he must testify.
Speaking to MSNBC on Tuesday, former FBI general counsel Andrew Weissmann said that "it's either a huge story or it could become a nothing story if Mark Meadows asserts his Fifth Amendment Rights."
Weissmann also noted that Meadows is the key piece of the investigation and that he was, in a way, "directing traffic" around the Jan. 6 incidents. MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace said that directing traffic was a nice way of saying aiding a coup.