At least 11 people died and a dozen more were injured Wednesday when an overloaded van crashed Wednesday about 50 miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border in south Texas. Law enforcement officials said the van was not being pursued when it crashed, The Associated Press reported. Police suspect the passengers were immigrants. Police said the van rounded a curve too fast on U.S. Route 281, then hit a utility pole and a stop sign near Encino, Texas, about 75 miles southwest of Corpus Christi, according to local NBC affiliate KRIS-TV. Police said the van was designed to hold 15 people but was carryin...
The Lincoln Project has laid out a roadmap to defeat Republican candidates in key congressional races in next year's midterms.
The PAC set up by current and former Republicans who oppose Donald Trump says the GOP cannot be reformed and must be defeated to preserve American democracy, and the group's latest ad points the way, reported Florida Politics.
“The Republicans know what they’re doing,” says the ad's narrator, listing the GOP's opposition to coronavirus safety measures and its seeming embrace of "violence and domestic terror tactics."
“Republican leaders have turned their backs on America — putting power and ambition above service," said co-founder Reed Galen. "They’ve spent this year implementing an authoritarian political agenda in an effort to subvert democracy in 2022 and 2024."
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Court hearing for 'Jesus Christ Superstar' actor goes off the rails as the Jan. 6 suspect declares himself a 'sovereign citizen': report
Federal court was the scene of bizarre performance by a Broadway actor that federal prosecutors allege was part of a "stack" formation with Oath Keepers on January 6th.
James Beeks, who starred as Judas in a traveling production of "Jesus Christ Superstar," describes himself as "one of the Top Michael Jackson Tribute artists in the U.S." Beeks wore a mask on Jan. 6, but prosecutors were able to identify him by his replica 1987 "BAD" world tour jacket.
In a filing before the hearing, prosecutors said Beeks informed his production company he is a "sovereign citizen."
USA v Jame Beeks emergency motion.Screengrab.
Politico's Josh Gerstein reports Judge Beryl Howell called such arguments "bobbledygook."
NBC News reporter Scott MacFarlane reports the hearing was "derailed a few times," with Beeks professing to be a "sovereign citizen."
Politico's Kyle Cheney reports Beeks "nearly moonwalked himself into pretrial incarceration, but the Michael Jackson impersonator / Judas portrayer will instead be on home detention pending trials. He just needs the FBI to return his car keys and 'gold and silver.'"
Gerstein noted Beeks is required to be home by 10 pm each night and that would make it "tough" for him to perform.
HAPPENING NOW: Messy court hearing for Jesus Christ Superstar actor James Weeks, who\u2019s charged in #CapitolRiot. He appears to adhere to sovereign citizen theories/says he\u2019s appearing by \u2019special divine appearance.\u2019 Judge Howell calls this \u2018gobbledygook.'— Josh Gerstein (@Josh Gerstein) 1638197972
Howell has ordered Beeks to remain released. He\u2019s to travel to his home by Wednesday afternoon and report to court there. He\u2019ll be under home detention, due home by 10pm each night. Seems tough to perform w/that.— Josh Gerstein (@Josh Gerstein) 1638198601
Court sets hearing for 930am in newly charged US Capitol breach case of James Beeks\n\nBeeks allegedly joined OathKeepers as they walked en route to Capitol & pushed against line of police guarding hallway\n\nBeeks had been part of traveling production of "Jesus Christ Superstar"pic.twitter.com/luNdrASMkk— Scott MacFarlane (@Scott MacFarlane) 1638189540
Looks like Beeks will be put on GPS monitoring. He's in Wisconsin now.. but will return to Florida, per attorney— Scott MacFarlane (@Scott MacFarlane) 1638198044
Beeks will remain released pre-trial. Judge orders Beeks must check in with court weekly. No firearms possession allowed. No contact with "anyone known to be an OathKeeper" No use of "Signal" messaging. GPS monitoring requiredpic.twitter.com/ktNdqCZPIZ— Scott MacFarlane (@Scott MacFarlane) 1638198439
"I cannot repreent myself because I am myself," Beeks, who makes a living playing other people, tells Howell.https://www.politico.com/news/2021/11/23/judas-jan6-actor-michael-jackson-523279\u00a0\u2026— Kyle Cheney (@Kyle Cheney) 1638197006
BEEKS nearly moonwalked himself into pretrial incarceration, but the Michael Jackson impersonator / Judas portrayer will instead be on home detention pending trials.\n\nHe just needs the FBI to return his car keys and "gold and silver."https://www.politico.com/news/2021/11/23/judas-jan6-actor-michael-jackson-523279\u00a0\u2026— Kyle Cheney (@Kyle Cheney) 1638198700
Beeks will now be driving from Wisconsin to Florida in time for a Wednesday morning court hearing \u2014 a fairly risky proposition for a guy who just moments ago said he rejected all legal authority over him.https://www.politico.com/news/2021/11/23/judas-jan6-actor-michael-jackson-523279\u00a0\u2026— Kyle Cheney (@Kyle Cheney) 1638198788
'Self-humiliation': GOP House leader torched by conservative for 'bending the knee' to Marjorie Taylor Greene
On Monday, writing for The Bulwark, conservative commentator Charlie Sykes slammed House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) for his powerlessness in the face of extremist demands from Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) for support to elect him as speaker if Republicans win control of the House next year.
Sykes described McCarthy’s deference to the controversial congresswoman as “an example of the depth of self-humiliation required to be a ‘leader’ in the party these days.”
"He calculates that bending the knee to Greene is simply the price he has to pay to wield the gavel," wrote Sykes. "He is confident that Republicans will win back the House next year, putting him within tantalizing reach of the object of his desire. If sucking up to Gaetz/Greene/Boebert/Gosar & Co. is the price he has to pay for power… he’s more than willing."
Among Greene's demands include expelling Reps. Liz Cheney (R-WY) and Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) from the House Republican Conference — even though Kinzinger, at least, will not be in the next Congress at all — and removing the Homeland Security Committee leadership from Rep. John Katko (R-NY), who voted to impeach former President Donald Trump and strip Greene herself of committee assignments.
The problem for McCarthy, noted Sykes, is that this kind of deal-cutting is likely to leave him more impotent than ever.
"One suspects that McCarthy is not much given to introspection, so it’s not likely he’s asked the question: After he comes to his throne, what then?" wrote Sykes. "What will happen to a speaker who rose to power by shrinking himself? What sort of power will be wielded by a man who obtained it through displays of weakness?"
"Trump holds the GOP leadership hostage; and that leadership is held hostage by its most junior members, who in turn, are creatures of a political culture that is increasingly inflamed," concluded Sykes. "In the GOP, it’s humiliation all the way down."
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