According to a report from NBC News, an Alaska state senator is already finding travel in her state increasingly difficult after Alaska Airlines banned her from their flights for repeated battles over wearing a mask as the coronavirus pandemic continues on.
State Senator Lora Reinbold (R-Eagle River) has been told she is persona non grata by the airline after complaining about "mask tyranny" when she attempts to travel.
In a statement to the Anchorage Daily News, airline spokesperson Tim Thompson explained, "We have notified Senator Lora Reinbold that she is not permitted to fly with us for her continued refusal to comply with employee instruction regarding the current mask policy," adding the ban is effective immediately.
According to the NBC reports, "Reinbold was recorded in Juneau International Airport arguing with Alaska Airlines staff about mask policies. A video posted to social media appears to show airline staff telling Reinbold her mask must cover her nose and mouth," with the lawmaker later complaining to a local paper she had only been discussing "mask exemption with uptight employees at the counter" before being allowed to board her flight.
That was the last straw for the airline -- after her protestations about "mask tyranny" -- which is a main carrier in the state and will hamper her ability to attend legislative sessions.
According to NBC, "Reinbold has been a vocal opponent to Covid-19 mitigation measures and has repeatedly objected to Alaska Airlines' mask policy... Last year, she referred to Alaska Airlines staff as 'mask bullies' after being asked by flight attendants to wear a mask aboard a flight, the newspaper reported. After the incident, she reportedly sent a cake to some flight attendants bearing the inscription: 'I'm sorry if I offended you'."
The report notes that the GOP lawmaker hopes to convince the airline to allow her back on board again after she was forced to travel to the capital of the state on Sunday "via an arduous 14-plus-hour car ride, including a jaunt through Canada, to reach a ferry to the capital," the report states.
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Brian Walsh isn't a Democrat, he's not a liberal operative and he isn't even a casual Republican. Walsh served as Sen. John Cornyn's (R-TX) spokesperson and for the National Republican Senate Committee. But even he thinks that his party has become hypocritical.
Taking to Twitter the day before the Jan. 6 Committee is set to begin, Walsh took to Twitter to trash his own party for pretending to support police while abandoning the Capitol Police.
His comments came after Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), Paul Gosar (R-AZ), Matt Gaetz (R-FL) and Rep. Louie Gohmert announced that they would start their day at the Justice Department complaining about the treatment of the 66 people in prison for the Jan. 6 attack.
The Republican leaders aren't upset about the way other people are treated in prison, just those who are being indicted for attacking the Capitol.
"Stating the obvious but you can't credibly claim to support our brave men and women in law enforcement, especially the Capitol Police, but then side with their attackers," Walsh said in his rebuke of the Republicans. "Hopefully responsible media outlets will refrain from covering this circus act."
See the tweet below:
'The horror and disgrace of the Republican Party' will be on full display tomorrow: MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace
MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace on Monday delivered a preview of the first hearing of the January 6th Committee that will begin by talking to police officers about what they experienced during the attack on the U.S. Capitol. According to Wallace, who previously served in President George W. Bush's administration, it will "disgrace" the Republican Party.
Wallace read aloud one account from an officer who faced off against President Donald Trump's supporters enduring both psychological and physical injuries.
"I can be fine now and see or hear something and next thing I get tears and get emotional," said Police Sgt. Aquilino Gonell. The Washington Post report revealed that rioters tried to take his ballistic shield, threw a speaker at him, hit him in the face with a pole and then sprayed him with chemical irritants.
"I tried to be strong," he said. "I tried not to show my emotion."
But he described one time he had to walk away from his wife and 9-year-old son and "I completely broke down."
"The horror and the disgrace of the Republican Party led by Kevin McCarthy's treatment of these officers will also be on display," Wallace said about the hearings beginning Tuesday.
Conservative Charlie Sykes explained that the GOP is supposed to be the "back the blue" party, that purports to support officers, but when faced with the need to actually support officers, they abdicated the responsibility.
See the opener below:
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ADL investigation blows the lid off Oath Keepers 'abusing' tax system by posing as 'charitable' nonprofits
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) alerted the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) on Monday that far-right extremists may be abusing the federal tax system.
"In recent months, we have become increasingly concerned about the ways in which extremist and hateful groups operating as 'charitable' non-profits may be abusing their tax-exempt status to further their violent or hateful objectives," ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt wrote in a letter to the IRS.
Greenblatt included a 12-page report that ADL compiled titled, "Extremist and Hate Groups May be Abusing Non-Profit Status."
"As you will see, after a cursory investigation, we uncovered evidence that a range of groups may be making misrepresentations in their tax filings in order to secure tax-exempt status in the first instance; engaging in self-dealing by paying their leaders excessive salaries; and/or diverting funds to enrich friends and family members at the expense of the tax-exempt entity itself," Greenblatt explained in his letter.
The ADL warned the money obtained by allegedly avoiding taxes was fueling right-wing violence.
"In addition, hateful groups with tax-exempt status may be using that status to raise money for violent and/or illegal purposes. In the days leading up to the U.S. Capitol insurrection, for example, Oath Keepers' founder Stewart Rhodes appeared on a podcast to solicit donations to the Oath Keepers Educational Foundation, a 501(c)(3) whose stated purpose on filings is to 'give veterans an opportunity for continued involvement in community service.' Of course, this entity is not in the business of community service. The Oath Keepers is a heavily armed anti-government extremist group, actively recruiting members of law enforcement," Greenblatt explained.
The letter was addressed to Sunita Lough, the deputy commissioner for services and enforcement along with Robert Malone, the direct of exempt organizations and government entities.
The full report cited six organizations by name: Oath Keepers Educational Fund, American Phoenix Project, American Patriot Vanguard Iii Mc., Sovereign American Project, Inc., VDARE Foundation, and the American Freedom Defense Initiative.
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