Kansas state Rep. Mark Samsel pleaded not guilty to three counts of misdemeanor battery Wednesday in Franklin County District Court, where a judge ordered the lawmaker to undergo a mental health evaluation. It was Samsel's first court appearance since his arrest last month, which followed an incident while he was substitute teaching at Wellsville High School in Wellsville, Kansas. Students recorded videos of Samsel lecturing them about God, suicide, sex and masturbation. Parents have accused him of kneeing one male student in the crotch. Franklin County prosecutors charged the Wellsville Repub...
Hospitals across Montana are being overwhelmed by unvaccinated patients as the state's death toll rises and county health officials keep resigning as backlash by Covid-deniers has required police to intervene.
On Friday, Sanders County Health Officer Nick Lawyer resigned after being blamed for the death of a man's wife who did not receive Ivermectin and Hydroxychloroquine.
Only days later, on Tuesday, Butte-Silver Bow announced Health Officer Karen Sullivan would be retiring.
Another resignation of one of Montana's 56 health officers was announced only the next day.
"On Wednesday afternoon at their quarterly meeting, The Blaine County Board of Health accepted the resignation of Health Officer and Public Health Nurse Jana McPherson-Hauer, effective Friday, October 15th," Josh Margolis reported for Hi-Line Today.
Also on Tuesday, Republican Gov. Greg Gianforte announced he was deploying National Guard across the state despite the widespread availability of free, safe, and effective vaccines. Gianforte signed the nation's only law preventing hospitals from requiring vaccination by medical staff.
"The hospitals include St. Peter's Health in Helena, St. James Healthcare in Butte, Bozeman Health, Missoula County hospitals, Billings Clinic and St. Vincent Healthcare in Billings. Billings Clinic had already received 10 volunteer National Guard troops last week and will receive an additional 10 troops following a second request," Montana Public Radio reported.
The state was also back in the national news on Wednesday as Rachel Maddow discussed Helena's crisis standards of care and NBC News reporter Gabe Gutierrez aired a follow-up report on MSNBC that Patrick Burschia, 24, had became the youngest person to die at the Billings Clinic.
Burshia was unvaccinated.
Twitterless Trump trashes Lindsey Graham in late-night email rampage whining that his coup attempt failed
Unable to tweet his train of thought views to millions on Twitter following his permanent ban from the social media platform, the former leader of the free world has been emailing his contemplations to reporters.
On Wednesday evening, as legal experts were ridiculing Trump's latest filing in his lawsuit against Twitter, Trump repeatedly emailed out statements trashing senior Republicans.
It started after 8 p.m. eastern when Trump trashed the 43rd president of the United States as a "Republican in Name Only" (RINO).
"RINO former President George 'Dubya' Bush and his flunky Karl Rove are endorsing warmongering and very low polling, Liz Cheney. Bush is the one who got us into the quicksand of the Middle East and, after spending trillions of dollars and killing nearly a million people, the Middle East was left in worse shape after 21 years than it was when he started his stupidity," Trump wrote.
Trump's rage against his own party then turned to his complaints that the media has seen "evidence" of election fraud, even though he went on to say such evidence was not yet public.
"Why is the Fake News Media continuing on their path of saying, 'baseless and disproven lies,' concerning the Presidential Election of 2020, no matter how much evidence they see?" Trump wondered, even though his lies of election fraud have been thoroughly debunked.
"The proof is massive and staggering. The Presidential Election of 2020 was Rigged! When the information becomes public, people will see that it wasn't even close," Trump predicted, even though he offered no such information.
It was then time for GOP Senators to share the hot seat.
"I spent virtually no time with Senators Mike Lee of Utah, or Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, talking about the 2020 Presidential Election Scam or, as it is viewed by many, the 'Crime of the Century.' Lindsey and Mike should be ashamed of themselves for not putting up the fight necessary to win," Trump said of his failed coup attempt.
Trump was apparently referring to reports in the new book Peril by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa that Lee and Graham had investigated claims of election fraud and found they "added up to nothing."
"Mike Lee, Lindsey Graham, and all of the other Republicans who were unwilling to fight for the Presidency of the United States, which would have included at least an additional four Republican Senators, two in Georgia, one in Michigan, one in Arizona, are letting the Democrats get away with the greatest Election Hoax in history—a total con job!" Trump said, arguing that the results in four Senate elections should have also been overturned as part of his coup.
Trump continued to trash the Republican Party for not overturning the election, which was won by Joe Biden.
"The Democrats are vicious and fight like hell, and the Republicans do nothing about it. RINOs fight harder against Republicans than they do against Democrats. They want to be so politically correct, even if that means losing our Country, which is happening now," Trump claimed.
Even though Republicans lost control of both the Senate and House of Representatives on Trump's watch, he voiced his wishes that they could schedule hearings. Absent that, he said was content if the GOP would use political theater to push his "Big Lie."
"They should be ashamed of themselves. Why don't they have hearings? Or even if just Republicans had open public sessions, we would all hear the irrefutable facts," Trump argued, even though the irrefutable fact is that he lost.
Trump lost — but his lawyers say law does't apply to him now 'as the 45th President of the United States'
Legal experts laughed at Donald Trump's latest court filings in his battle against Twitter.
Reuters legal correspondent Brad Heath reports "Trump's lawyers told a federal court tonight that Twitter's forum-selection agreement -- which requires that he sue the company in California (not Florida, where he sued) -- does not apply to him 'as the 45th President of the United States.'"
"Trump's argument seems to be that his Twitter account was actually operated on behalf of the government, inasmuch as he made announcements about policy," he explained. "But if the court accepts the argument that Trump's Twitter account became a thing operated by and for the U.S. government, that would seem to open up the big question of why Trump, a private citizen, would have standing to sue over it."
University of Texas Law Prof. Steve Vladeck doubted the court would accept Trump's argument.
"It would be crazy enough to argue that a sitting President is somehow exempt from ordinary contract law principles simply because he's the President. But here, Trump agreed to Twitter's terms *before* he was President, and is challenging them *after.* So … good luck with that," he posted to Twitter.
He wasn't the only one with criticism.
"Trump has gotten so used to ignoring the law that he thinks it doesn't apply to him anymore," former federal prosecutor Renato Mariotti said. "Any lawyer signing their name to a pleading making that assertion should be embarrassed."
"The creepies part of this is that it reads present tense, as though he's asserting that he's (still) the 45th President," wrote former federal prosecutor Joyce Vance.
Here is Heath's thread:
Trump's lawyers told a federal court tonight that Twitter's forum-selection agreement -- which requires that he sue… https://t.co/EwKq7U8e8i— Brad Heath (@Brad Heath) 1632361860.0
But if the court accepts the argument that Trump's Twitter account became a thing operated by and for the U.S. gove… https://t.co/mQ9bjppXCb— Brad Heath (@Brad Heath) 1632362375.0
Trump's lawyers expressly say his Twitter account "was a government account, and not a private one when he was cens… https://t.co/Dgftwu8Po4— Brad Heath (@Brad Heath) 1632363644.0
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