An intense search was underway in Washington, D.C., for the suspect or suspects behind a shooting that left a 6-year-old girl dead and five other people injured. Police said gunfire erupted in the southern part of the district, on the corner of Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X Avenues Southeast, just before 11 p.m. on Friday. According to Metropolitan Police Department Executive Assistant Chief Ashan Benedict, officers already in the area heard the violence break out and immediately responded to the shooting. When they arrived on the scene, just outside liquor and convenience store in Cong...
On the far right, Sarah Palin isn't as prominent as she was during the Obama years — when the former Alaska governor and 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee tirelessly railed against President Barack Obama's centrist administration while promoting far-right conspiracy theories. Palin, in 2021, hasn't been in the headlines nearly as much as Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia or Rep. Lauren Boeberg of Colorado. But journalist Margaret Carlson, in an article for the Daily Beast this week, discusses Palin's hopes for a comeback — including a possible U.S. Senate run in Alaska.
"Before there was Donald Trump, there was Sarah Palin, a supernova who burst out of the 49th state onto the national scene in 2008 as John McCain's choice for vice president," Carlson writes. "She ultimately lost to Joe Biden and returned briefly to her day job governing Alaska before quitting midway through her first term to tend to a family fractured by sudden fame."
If Palin does decide to run for the U.S. Senate in Alaska in 2022, it would be a GOP primary challenge to Sen. Lisa Murkowski — who is conservative but not far-right and is considered a RINO (Republican In Name Only) by MAGA Republicans. The fact that Murkowski voted "guilty" in Trump's second impeachment trial earlier this year infuriated Trump sycophants. Palin hasn't committed to running but has said, according to People for the American Way's Right Wing Watch, that she will "if God wants me to do it."
Carlson explains, "Palin likes drama, and she called the prospect of winning a Senate seat a 'sacrifice,' requiring a move to the 'bubble' of Washington — although one she'd endure if called to do so. Since the call from God is to run in Alaska, she breezes by the fact that she spends enough time in the balmy bubble of Arizona to own two houses there and start a parlor game in Juneau of Where's Sarah?"
But Murkowski already has one GOP primary challenger for 2022: anti-gay extremist Kelly Tshibaka, who Trump has endorsed.
"At present," Carlson writes, "God may be the only entity wanting her to enter the primary. The Alaska Republican Party, under the thumb of Trump, was so anxious to avenge the heresy of Sen. Lisa Murkowski for her vote to impeach the former president over his violent attempt to overturn the election, that they voted 58 to 17 to censure Murkowski and to endorse a pray-away-the-gay mid-level former state official, Kelly Tshibkaas, to challenge her. Another MAGA Republican in the mix would presumably only help the incumbent."
Nonetheless, Carlson writes that a Senate run by Palin shouldn't be ruled out — and that Trump could endorse Palin even though he has already endorsed Tshibkaas.
"The stars in the Republican firmament are idiots, lunatics and creeps like Jim Jordan, Lauren Boebert, Marjorie Taylor Greene and Matt Gaetz, whose Florida wingman Joel Greenberg recently pleaded guilty to sex trafficking and last month, asked a federal judge for more time to implicate others he hung out with in hopes of reducing his sentence," Carlson observes. "But no one will out-fringe Palin, who self-defines as a pit bull with lipstick…. With her winks and put downs and you betchas, she mesmerized the MAGA crowd back when Donald Trump was still a registered Democrat. After seeing her act, he became a Republican in 2009."
Carlson continues, "And Trump's endorsement isn't out of the question. Loyalty isn't his strong suit, and he has no ties to Tshibaka."
An attorney representing the city of Detroit ridiculed arguments by Donald Trump's former attorneys as they fight possible sanctions for their post-election lawsuits.
Far-right attorney Sidney Powell and other lawyers have argued they should not be sanctioned for lawsuits challenging Trump's election loss because the former president claimed the results were fraudulent, and "millions" of Americans believed him -- but Detroit's lawyer mocked their defense in a new court filing.
"Many Americans believe that Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy are real," argued attorney David Fink, "but that does not protect an attorney who filed a frivolous lawsuit based on affidavits purportedly signed by one of them."
Fink also argued that federal law does not make exceptions for attorneys who rely on the ignorance of others or the unsupported claims of a defeated presidential candidate.
"The subjective belief of others in a false proposition does not relieve an attorney of the duty to conduct a reasonable inquiry into allegations being advanced in court," Fink argued.
‘We’re going to hang you’: Trump supporters bombard elections official with death threats over ‘inappropriate joke’
Supporters of former president Donald Trump have been bombarding Milwaukee's top elections official with death threats in response to what she called "an inappropriate joke" — prompting a police investigation, forcing the closure of her office so that visitors can be screened as a precaution, and likely making it harder to recruit poll workers in the future.
"To me, it's just frustrating that this is what elections in a country like ours has come to," Milwaukee Election Commission executive director Claire Woodall-Vogg told the Journal Sentinel in response to the threats. "It feels like we live in a third world country, like a developing country with a developing democracy, not a long-established democracy."
The threats began after right-wing outlets the Wisconsin Spotlight and Gateway Pundit reported on what appeared to be an innocent, light-hearted email exchange between Woodall-Vogg and an elections consultant at about 4 a.m. on the day after the presidential election, when Milwaukee's results came in.
"Damn, Claire, you have a flair for drama, delivering just the drama needed at 3:00 a.m.," Ryan Chew of the Elections Group wrote to Woodall-Vogg. "I bet you had those votes counted at midnight, and just wanted to keep the world waiting!"
"Lol," Woodall-Vogg responded. "I just wanted to say I had been awake for a full 24 hours!"
Woodall-Vogg told the Journal Sentinel that in retrospect, Chew's email was "a very inappropriate joke," and she shouldn't have responded.
It's typical for Milwaukee's results to come in late, because Wisconsin officials cannot begin their counting until election day, and this year there were a flood of mail-in ballots due to COVID-19. Biden narrowly won Wisconsin, and those results have been upheld by a recount and court rulings.
But Trump's supporters have seized on the email exchange as evidence to back up their false claims of election fraud, and Woodall-Vogg has received more than 150 messages since it was published.
"We're going to try you and we're going to (expletive) convict your piece-of-(expletive) ass and we're going hang you," one caller said in a voice mail. "You get the (expletive) out of my country, you pile of (expletive)."
"I am looking forward to the citizens of your city coming after you to hang you the public square," one person wrote. "I hope the legal system of your state goes after you and put you in jail for the rest of your miserable (expletive) life. BITCH!"
One woman read Chew's email in a voice message and added, "We're coming for you, Claire."
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