ORLANDO, Fla. – The 2022 U.S. Senate campaign in Florida will be one of the most-watched races in the country, and Democrats are hoping they have a strong candidate in Val Demings who can overcome Marco Rubio’s advantages as a two-term incumbent in an increasingly GOP-leaning state. Demings, whose official Senate announcement was first reported in the Orlando Sentinel on Wednesday, has acknowledged she faces a tough task in unseating Rubio next year. Rubio’s South Florida base of Cuban Americans is a demographic that surged towards Republicans in 2020, giving former President Donald Trump a se...
On Friday, MSNBC's Rachel Maddow suggested that Democrats should employ a simple maneuver to make greater use of their tenuous Senate majority before a closely contested midterm: cancel the August recess. This would, she noted, make it easier for Democrats to do things like confirm more judges, something that they have already made clear is a priority.
"They don't work in August," said Maddow. "What are they, French? I kid you not. The Senate's official website says the reason they take all of August off is in part — look — so senators can, 'catch up on their summer reading.' For that noble reason, they take off all of August every year. It's on the calendar this way. In this Congress, they will take off all of August this year and next year. Take those months off the calendar. That gets the Democrats from 24 months in theory down to 23 months because McConnell stole their first month from them, then drop down two more months to 21 because of the August catching up on reading time."
By contrast, Maddow noted: "[When] Republicans were in control of the Senate ... they were cancelling the August recess. They shortened it. They took a single week off instead of the whole month off. They did it because they could. Because Mitch McConnell and the Republicans had the majority. They wanted to use it to do stuff, even if their summer reading lists were going to be neglected. They didn't actually even have legislation they were working on at the time. They just wanted to confirm more Trump judges. Even still, they gave themselves time to do it."
"Why don't Democrats do that this year?" asked Maddow. "They would give themselves more power and more options by giving themselves more time at work to do stuff while they were this precious majority that history says they are likely to lose and conceivably could lose before the next election."
Armed Proud Boys supporter failed to riot at the Capitol — because he couldn't get a ride: prosecutors
On Friday, the New York Daily News reported that a Proud Boys supporter in Queens, New York, was thwarted in his attempts to join the Capitol riot on January 6 — because he couldn't get a ride to D.C.
"Eduard Florea's wife, Joni Florea, told prosecutors that her husband was in a 'frenzy' to go to the Capitol on Jan. 6., and even got dressed in a tactical vest and armed himself with combat knives," reported Noah Goldberg. 'Ultimately, the defendant was unable to get a ride and thus did not travel to the Capitol on January 6,' wrote Assistant U.S. Attorney Francisco Navarro in court papers opposing bail for Florea."
Florea allegedly made online threats against Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-GA) on the right-wing social network Parler, and wrote, "Dead men can't write sh*t laws." According to the report, "The Middle Village man surrendered to the feds on Jan. 12 in a caught-on-camera raid, with authorities seizing about 1,000 rounds of rifle ammunition, 24 shotgun shells, 75 combat knives, two hatchets and two swords from his home."
In January, Joni Florea told local reporters she had suffered abuse at the hands of her husband, saying, "he's a horrible monster."
The Proud Boys, a notorious far-right gang of street brawlers that experts say is linked to white supremacy, was heavily involved in the Capitol riot, with several members facing charges. Their leader, Enrique Tarrio, is reportedly selling Black Lives Matter shirts to get by as the group faces a cash crunch.
Fox News personality Tucker Carlson on Friday returned to his debunked conspiracy theory that it was actually the FBI — not Trump and his supporters — who were responsible for the January 6th insurrection.
After Carlson interviewed Glenn Greenwald, the host wondered if maybe the FBI set up not just Donald Trump supporters, but also Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL).
"It does kind of make you wonder about Matt Gaetz, actually. Remember Matt Gaetz? He was engaged in child sex trafficking," Carlson said with a mocking voice.
"We know that Matt Gaetz kind of went after the national security state, repeatedly, and then they told us that he was a child sex trafficker — maybe he is, we don't know," Carlson said.
"But if he is, why hasn't he been charged yet?" Carlson asked. "Anyone wonder that?"
"What is going on here?" he asked.
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