PITTSBURGH — As Conor Lamb greeted voters outside of an elementary school polling place, Johanna Stankorb put on her “I voted sticker” and shuffled out of his way. “I voted for Fetterman,” she whispered to a reporter. “Not that I don’t think this kid has fight,” the 54-year-old nurse continued, “I just think right now we need someone who is gonna call it as he sees it ... and if somebody can beat the Republicans, it’s gonna be [Fetterman].” Lamb, a 37-year-old Western Pennsylvania congressman, promised voters he was the most electable candidate for a general election. But Democratic voters ove...
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The school hysteria continues as right-wing parents criticize books dealing with racism and sexuality. As a result of the fights over controversial subjects, librarians have ultimately become the targets, a New York Times report explained.
In Florida, Texas and more than a dozen other states, the phobia manifested into bills in which LGBTQ+ teachers can no longer talk about their partners or family, or even post rainbow stickers. Students who are unsure of what to do as they struggle with their orientation or identity no longer have a safe space in schools. In some cases, LGBTQ+ alliances are being eliminated in schools after homophobic parents decided it was a grooming circle of impending abuse.
In Virginia, it's racists who are being triggered by books that make them uncomfortable. Generations after slavery, white parents fear teaching issues facing people of color will make their children sad.
One New Jersey school became a target over books that right-wing parents claim are "grooming" children to become victims of pedophiles.
“This amounts to an effort to groom our kids to make them more willing to participate in the heinous acts described in these books,” said parent Gina DeLusant in a school meeting that was taped. “It grooms them to accept the inappropriate advances of an adult.”
“You can imagine our librarians feel scared, like their character was in question," said Ami Uselman, the director of library and media services for Round Rock Independent School District, in Texas.
The overuse of the accusation of child abuse has become a key attack used by QAnon conspiracy theorists. Republican Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers said that supporters of former President Donald Trump were blasting loudspeakers outside his home calling him a pedophile.
“There were comments about library staff, calling us groomers and pedophiles and saying we needed to be fired, we need to be jailed, we needed to be locked up, that all the books needed to be burned,” said Tonya Ryals , former assistant director of the Jonesboro Public Library, in Craighead County, Arkansas. She quit over the attacks. “It got to a certain point where I thought, do I want to live here? Is this something I can subject myself to?”
Anotehr librarian who worked for 18 years left her job after a parent lost their minds over the book "Lawn Boy." Debbie Chavez met with the parent and recorded the conversation. She's released the tapes on Facebook and was attacked, saying she was “grooming children.”
“It was so horrific to see that my words were being used as a rallying cry for the book censors, and to see that my conversation had been misrepresented,” she said. “And I was supposed to still get dressed and go to school and do my job.”
Former White House counsel Pat Cipollone has worked out a deal with the House Select Committee investigating the January 6th Capitol riots to testify on Friday for a transcribed interview.
The appearance before the committee "will not be public," according to Haberman's source. What's more it's likely that Cipollone has only agreed to discuss a limited range of topics that will not infringe upon executive privilege concerns related to his work as the official White House counsel.
However, Haberman also reports that Cipollone's testimony is "expected to be videotaped, in the same way the committee has with other interviews, which they've then used during public hearings."
Cipollone has emerged as a key witness in the investigation after former Mark Meadows aide Cassidy Hutchinson testified that he believed former President Donald Trump would be charged with multiple crimes if he followed through on his plans to march with supporters down to the Capitol building on January 6th, 2021.
What's more, former Trump Department of Justice officials testified that Cipollone pushed back against a plan hatched by former Trump DOJ official Jeffrey Clark to send letters to state officials encouraging them to rescind their certifications of the 2020 election due to unspecified concerns about purported voter fraud.
Cipollone sat down for an informal interview with the J6 Committee this past April, but the committee has put more pressure on his to deliver formal testimony after several witnesses described key events where he was a central figure.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has vowed to fight a subpoena that would force him to testify before a grand jury investigating possible election tampering by former President Donald Trump and his supporters in Georgia.
Court filings released on Tuesday said that Graham had been subpoenaed along with Rudy Giuliani and other members of Trump's election team. John Eastman, Jenna Ellis, Cleta Mitchell and Kenneth Chesebro all received subpoenas.
In a statement on Wednesday, attorneys for Graham said that he would fight the subpoena.
"I have been informed Senator Graham is neither a subject nor target of the investigation, simply a witness," the statement said. "This is all politics. Fulton County is engaged in a fishing expedition and working in concert with the January 6 Committee in Washington."
The attorneys argued that any information gathered in the Georgia investigation would "immediately be shared with the January 6 Committee."
The statement concluded: "As Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Senator Graham was well within his rights to discuss with state officials the processes and procedures around administering elections. Should it stand, the subpoena issued today would erode the constitutional balance of power and the ability of a Member of Congress to do their job. Senator Graham plans to go to court, challenge the subpoena, and expects to prevail."
Read the statement below or at this link.