Naomi Judd, who was public about her struggles with acute anxiety and depression, died by suicide, sources told People on Monday. Her daughters Ashley and Wynonna Judd had obliquely alluded to that possibility when they announced her death at age 76 on Saturday. “We lost our beautiful mother to the disease of mental illness,” the sisters said in a statement. “We are shattered. We are navigating profound grief and know that as we loved her, she was loved by her public. We are in unknown territory.” The late singer’s representative had not commented, People reported, but the family had been tigh...
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On Tuesday, a pro-Trump activist took to Twitter to describe supposed horrors going on in the primary election of Maricopa County, the largest county in the state of Arizona.
"As expected Maricopa County/Arizona is the laughingstock of all elections," tweeted Charlie Kirk. "Turning voters away routinely at polls; Running out of ballots; Polling places changing locations; 'Help Line' overrun." He went on to accuse Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer, a Republican, of "continu[ing] to make Arizona elections a Third-world circus."
Richer, however, was quick to respond, pointing out that none of this was true.
"None of this is happening...?" Richer tweeted. "We don't even have ballots to run out of... They're print on demand. We haven't changed a single location."
Richer has been an outspoken critic of his party's endorsement of pro-Trump conspiracy theories about elections. He condemned the controversial partisan "audit" of Maricopa County ballots conducted by the outside firm Cyber Ninjas. And when Trump claimed that this audit discovered the "entire Database of Maricopa County has been DELETED!" Richer hit back, calling this "unhinged" and "insane lies."
Republican attacks on Arizona election officials, and particularly their own officials, have triggered a wave of pushbacks and resignations, including the recorder of Yavapai County. Others, like Maricopa Supervisor Bill Gates, have been subject to endless harassment and threats, with some Trump supporters even setting up a guillotine for him at the Arizona State Capitol.
On Tuesday, The Daily Beast reported that a new study by Public Citizen suggests Truth Social, the social network founded by former President Donald Trump and billing itself as a haven for freedom of speech, is stealthily blocking posts that mention the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol or the hearings about it.
"A researcher with the progressive advocacy group writes: 'In the wake of that [Jan. 6] hearing, I attempted to post, ‘Trump’s defamatory lies about Shaye Moss and her mother were cruel, racist, and dangerous. Time for accountability. #Jan6 #january6th #January6thHearings.’ That post was blocked,'" reported Zachary Petrizzo.
"Elsewhere, the study alleges that posts in favor of abortion rights could be 'blocked' and fail to appear on the user’s profile. Neither a Trump spokesperson nor a Truth Social representative returned The Daily Beast’s requests for comment Tuesday evening," Petrizzo added.
"The study follows The Daily Beast’s reporting on pro-Trump users accusing the platform of 'censorship' with its 'sensitive content' notices."
"The Daily Beast further reported on a pro-MAGA Truth Social influencer claiming Trump had blocked her," it continues.
Truth Social was financed by a so-called "blank check company," or special purpose acquisition company, known as Digital World Acquisition.
The deal was controversial, as many investors reportedly didn't even know their money was going to finance a project involving the former president, and the company recently faced federal grand jury subpoenas as regulators scrutinize the merger.
Many executives initially involved in the project have since bailed out amid problems with getting the platform up and running.
On Monday, Guy Reffitt was sentenced to a little over seven years in prison for his involvement in the Jan. 6 attack. He was one of those who was able to get a handgun into the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021 and was caught in a video talking about wanting to kidnap House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and drag her down the stairs so her head hit every step.
“I was not thinking clearly,” Reffitt told the judge before apologizing to U.S. Capitol Police officers, the judge, and to Congress.
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'Not a mere accident': Justice Department must investigate wiped Trump texts, former prosecutor says
On Tuesday's edition of MSNBC's "The Beat," former federal prosecutor Renato Mariotti weighed in on the new information that Pentagon phones containing potential January 6 evidence were wiped — which comes amid new investigations into similar deletions of data by the Secret Service.
The data deletions, Mariotti told anchor Ari Melber, are beginning to look like something intentional. The Justice Department should step in and investigate, he said.
"Talking about the missing text issue, I really think there is increasing concern that this was not just an accident, there was malfeasance here," Mariotti said. "First of all, we just heard reports today, Ari, that there was — there were missing texts from the Pentagon, so this wasn't just potentially deleted texts or inadvertent — by the Department of Homeland Security or another agency with missing texts from key Trump officials missing from January 6th."
"I think the time has come for the Justice Department to have its own investigation into this matter," Mariotti added. "This is, I think, a great subject for a potential criminal referral from Congress, even before the January 6th Committee investigation is over."
"And the watchdogs?" asked Melber, referring to doubts from members of Congress about the impartiality of the Homeland Security inspector general, who was appointed by former president Donald Trump.
"I think that, you know, that is something that really the Justice Department should take a look at," said Mariotti. "There's that old saying, who watches the watchers?"
"I think the question here is, look, we don't want to necessarily have a situation and set a precedent that Congress is going to force out every [investigator] they disagree with," he continued. "But there's a concern here because those texts were something that the OIG was aware of and take steps to follow that, and now there's an open criminal investigation of those missing texts. You have to wonder exactly what's going on there."
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