Kool & the Gang alto sax player Dennis “Dee Tee” Thomas, an original member of the beloved soul-funk band known for its enduring party anthems “Celebration” and “Get Down On It,” has died. Thomas “passed away peacefully in his sleep” Saturday at the age of 70, a representative for the band confirmed. A longtime resident of Montclair, New Jersey, Thomas was born Feb. 9, 1951 in Orlando, Florida, and was one of the seven Jersey City teens who got together in 1964 to form the instrumental soul-jazz group the Jazziacs. The band, which included brothers Ronald Bell and Robert “Kool” Bell, and frien...
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GOP's Adam Kinzinger: Republicans are in a 'competition to be more crazy' and it's become a 'litmus test'
On CNN Wednesday, Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) tore into his party for nominating extremists — and warned that the leadership is empowering the right fringe in a way that endangers public safety.
"Doug Mastriano has won the Republican nomination for governor [of Pennsylvania]," said anchor John Berman. "Mastriano — to call him an election denier is an understatement. This is a guy who worked as hard as he could to overturn the will of Pennsylvania voters in the 2020 election. What does it tell you he is the Republican nominee for governor now?"
"It tells me that... if you think that means we're winning this battle for the soul of the Republican Party, it is not true," said Kinzinger, who sits on the House Select Committee investigating January 6. "I think there can be moments of victory, and I think this is going to be a long-term fight for the soul of the whole country. In this case, you know, look, you can look at this race, you can look at other races and say, it seems like there is almost a competition to see who can become even more crazy and somehow now that is a litmus test of who is conservative."
"I think it is important for conservatives, for even moderates and liberals, to take back what being a conservative really means," added Kinzinger. "It doesn't mean being an election denier. It doesn't mean ... being pretty much there on January 6th. Being a conservative — we all know what it used to mean. It means you want to spend a little less money and empower people, doesn't mean you deny elections. This will be a long-term fight for the soul of this country and particularly the soul of the party."
Berman then turned to the white supremacist massacre in Buffalo. "How responsible do you feel that some leaders are for creating, sort of, this environment?"
"Well, what I'm asking for is just to spit out the cancer," said Kinzinger. "There was a day Steve King used to be a member of Congress from Iowa, and he made some racist comments and we basically kicked him off his committees. Today, you know, people like Marjorie Taylor Greene, you know, people like Matt Gaetz, Mo Brooks, the folks you think about, they are almost leading — I would argue that they are leading the Republican caucus."
"What happens, John, is, did they pull the trigger? No. Did they call this guy up and tell him to do it? Of course not," continued Kinzinger. "But when we as a party or a movement or people like, frankly, Tucker Carlson, you know, throw out these theories or just fish in the waters of white replacement theory or echo some of those kind of fear-based things, you can't be surprised when some people take that to the level of going and massacring people. You just can't. You can't fundraise, you can't feed, you can't live on fear because eventually you're going to create fearful people and fearful people can do really bad things. And I think that's what we saw in Buffalo."
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Russian Sgt. Vadim Shyshimarin this week became the first soldier to go on trial for war crimes after his country launched an invasion of Ukraine -- and he's pleading guilty.
Shyshimarin appeared before a court on Wednesday, where he was asked if he accepted his guilt, and he replied, "Yes. Fully, yes."
Prosecutor Andriy Sinyuk described the hearing as an “unprecedented procedure” where “a serviceman of a different country is accused of murdering a civilian of Ukraine.”
The Russian government has dismissed the results of the trial, and Kremlin spokesman Dmitri S. Peskov claimed that the trial was "simply fake or staged."
“We still have no information,” he continued. “And the ability to provide assistance due to the lack of our diplomatic mission there is also very limited.”
Russia has struggled in its invasion, with the international community joining a massive effort to help Ukraine.
The United States has been sending aid since Russia invaded Crimea in 2014. This week, the State Department announced that it would be sending representatives to help document additional war crimes.
Russia has been accused of intentionally targeting civilians including torturing some outside of Kyiv. They've also been observed kidnapping children and aid workers from eastern Ukraine and bringing them into Russia.
Lincoln Project co-founder and former GOP strategist Steve Schmidt wants the United States to strip Rupert Murdoch of his U.S. citizenship, calling the 91-year-old Australian-born media titan "the most venomous and dangerous foreigner to ever arrive on American soil."
Murdoch is the man behind News Corp, a massive multi-national conglomerate that in the U.S. owns Fox News, The New York Post, the Wall Street Journal, book publisher HarperCollins, and even realtor.com.
But it is Fox News that Schmidt is focused on.
"The January 6 Committee will prove a massive conspiracy," Schmidt tweeted Tuesday night. "That conspiracy will likely involve @foxnews hosts and personalities. @rupertmurdoch is responsible for what happens on @foxnews, which has long claimed in Federal Court that is not news but entertainment."
Taking a dig at Murdoch and the birther movement which Fox News amplified, Schmidt says Murdoch "is not a Birthright Citizen like @BarackObama. He is a Naturalized Citizen. Though it happens rarely, there is a Denaturalization process that can lead to revocation of US Citizenship and removal from the country."
Murdoch became a U.S. citizen in 1985 so he could own American television stations.
"There are conditions and requirements for Denaturalization," Schmidt continues. "This should be studied closely by Attorneys. I believe a strong case could be made that @rupertmurdoch, the most venomous and dangerous foreigner to ever arrive on American soil meets it easily."
Schmidt in his final tweet tags former Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, who over the past few years has accused Murdoch and his media properties of undermining democracy in the U.S. and in Australia.
4. I would love to gauge the efficacy of a lawsuit that would trigger the Denaturalization Process against @rupertmurdoch@TurnbullMalcolm
— Steve Schmidt (@SteveSchmidtSES) May 17, 2022
Last November Schmidt said Murdoch “has been a pancreatic cancer on democracy, pluralism and decency.”
And in February Schmidt suggested Fox News was an enemy of the U.S., calling it "an American Fifth Column that has declared war on American patriotism."
.@FoxNews is the home of an American Fifth Column that has declared war on American patriotism with an embrace of extremist nationalism that is contemptuous towards democracy, freedom, liberty and pluralism. It is the home of the “Blame America First Movement.”
— Steve Schmidt (@SteveSchmidtSES) February 24, 2022