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Trump's old 'half-wit' intelligence director ridiculed for not knowing where federal jobs are located

If there's one thing that former Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell has done since leaving office, it has called into question the "intelligence" portion of his previous job title.

Such was the case Wednesday when the long-time federal employee proclaimed that no state should have most of the federal jobs in it. He was talking about his reasons for opposing statehood for Washington, D.C., which comes up for a vote in the U.S. House Thursday.

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Seth Meyers takes down 'shameless' Kayleigh McEnany 'who's still on TV lying for a living'

Americans just spent four years being gaslighted and lied to, and still, Republicans are still trying to do it, "Late Night" host Seth Meyers explained in Wednesday's "Closer Look" segment.

Speaking out on the verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial, Meyers brought up former White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, who is now working for Fox News.

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Maddow: Al Qaeda used to instruct terrorists to ram their cars into crowds — just like GOP bills now legalize

Oklahoma and Florida legislatures have legalized running a car into a crowd of people if one feels "threatened." It's being called a get-out-of-jail-free card for white supremacists and terrorists who want to commit murder during a Black Lives Matter rally.

Ironically, Oklahoma experienced an incident in which a disgruntled student plowed into a crowd of people at the homecoming parade in 2015homecoming parade in 2015, killing two people. Oklahoma was also home to large, armed tea party rallies that could now be targeted thanks to the law. There are generally much larger and louder protests from the right-wing in Oklahoma than from Black Lives Matter protests.

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WATCH: Tucker Carlson bursts out in maniacal laughter while pushing racist conspiracy theory

On Wednesday evening, after weeks of fierce pushback, Fox News' Tucker Carlson once again pushed the white nationalist "Great Replacement" conspiracy theory — a narrative pushed by extremist groups that there is a deliberate plot to crowd white people out of Western nations and replace them with dark-skinned foreigners. And during the segment, he burst out in angry laughter, responding to criticism of the idea from Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA).

"Well, Ted Lieu is a member of Congress, he's a Democrat, he represents the state of California, he's really smart, he went to Stanford, so when you hear him speak, you're really hearing the Democratic Party's brain trust on display," said Carlson. "With that in mind, we wanted to bring you one of his more recent pronouncements, a tweet in response to one of his colleagues, Congressman Scott Perry. Now, Perry was making an argument we have often made, because it's true, and that is that Democrats are using mass immigration to transform the country to change who votes so they can control who wins."

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Democratic policing bill could actually make a difference in police brutality says former federal prosecutor

The federal government has a minor role in community policing, which is generally governed by state and local communities. But in the Democrats' George Floyd Policing Act, there are things that at least one former federal prosecutor thinks could make things better.

Writing for MSNBC's website on Wednesday, Joyce White Vance explained that "true restorative justice" for George Floyd, and all of the other victims of police brutality, "means we must not stop here if we are going."

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Republicans can't 'quit' Trump — and it spells disaster for them: biographer

On Wednesday, writing for CNN, Trump biographer Michael D'Antonio outlined how the Republican Party's failure to "quit" the former president and marginalize his dominance with their base spells disaster for them in the future.

This dominance, wrote D'Antonio, was only perpetuated by a new interview with Fox News' Sean Hannity in which he said barring current issues "from a legal standpoint," he is "beyond seriously" considering another run for the presidency.

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Lincoln Project trolls Trump with TV ad in Palm Beach calling him 'impotent'

The Palm Beach Post revealed Wednesday that the ex-GOP group The Lincoln Project has launched an ad buy in the city targeting ex-President Donald Trump directly through the television.

The video trolls the former president, who lives at his personal club Mar-a-Lago, spends most of his time golfing and watching right-wing television. So, in an ad, LP directs Trump to the fact that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is going to build another Republican Party without Trump.

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GOP’s debt ceiling demands are 'economic terrorism': Ex-Pelosi adviser

On Wednesday, following new reporting that Republicans led by Senate campaign chair arm Rick Scott (R-FL) are demanding massive spending cuts in return for raising the debt ceiling, Jesse Lee, a former adviser to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), condemned the demands as a form of "terrorism."

"This is actual economic terrorism, and any corporation that donates to the @NRSC is now not only supporting insurrectionists, but insurrectionists pledging to put a gun to the head of the economy every chance they get," wrote Lee on Twitter.

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Ted Cruz blasted for claim the energy industry will die under green law: Because the Texas grid is so dependable?

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) stepped in it when he commented about the Green New Deal bringing down the energy industry if passed. Cruz's state energy grid fall apart when Texas experienced freezing temperatures that ultimately killed people.

"At least 111 people died in Texas during [the] winter storm, most from hypothermia," reported the Texas Tribune. "The newly revised number is nearly twice the 57 that state health officials estimated last week and will likely continue to grow."

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Columbus officer who fatally shot Ma'khia Bryant was a 'military-trained marksman': report

On Wednesday, The Daily Beast reported that the Columbus, Ohio police officer who fatally shot 15-year-old Ma'khia Bryant appears to be a "military-trained marksman," as well as the son of the police department's basic training sergeant.

"Social-media posts and news reports indicate that the officer who fired at the Black teen, identified by authorities on Wednesday as Nicholas Reardon, is a U.S. Air Force National Guard Airman who received expert marksman training with an M4 Carbine," reported Pilar Melendez, Chris Bournea, and William Bredderman. "A graduate of Bishop Watterson Catholic school in Columbus, where he was a member of the wrestling team, his alma mater posted periodic updates on his progress through basic training."

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Democratic Congressman says the GOP is officially taking its cues and its money from Marjorie Taylor Greene now

MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace addressed the sad inability for the Republican Party to govern effectively because they have to balance fake battles to appease the far-right with bipartisan negotiation.

In one segment with Wallace, Politico reporter Eugene Daniels explained that President Joe Biden is genuinely trying to be bipartisan while holding meetings with Republicans, but in public, they say one thing for the cameras while they're saying another to Biden.

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Georgia AG steps down from national GOP chairmanship in protest of 'Stop the Steal' robocall

On Wednesday, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr resigned his chairmanship of the Republican Attorneys General Association (RAGA), citing a "difference of opinion" over a robocall the group sent out promoting the "stop the steal" conspiracy theory.

"Carr, Georgia's GOP attorney general and a potential U.S. Senate candidate, wrote in a letter last week that he was quitting as the leader of the Republican Attorneys General Association because of an irreconcilable rift over the organization's direction," reported Greg Bluestein. "His letter cited the departure of the group's executive director, Adam Piper, who resigned shortly after it was revealed that RAGA's policy arm paid for robocalls urging supporters of then-President Donald Trump to march on the Capitol to press for overturning the outcome the election the day of the riot."

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Capitol Police officer under investigation for allegedly telling units to only target 'anti-Trump' protesters on Jan 6

On Wednesday at a congressional hearing with Capitol Police inspector general Michael Bolton, Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) revealed that an officer is under investigation for telling units to stand down against the pro-Trump insurrectionists who broke into the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. Instead, he told them only to target "anti-Trump" demonstrators, according to POLITICO.

"The department's Office of Professional Responsibility found that a radio transmission to 'all outside units' attention' that they should not be 'looking for any pro-Trump in the crowd,' according to Lofgren. She added they were 'only looking for any anti-Trump,'" reported Kyle Cheney. "Bolton said he had yet to review the reports of investigations into the conduct of about three dozen officers on Jan. 6, many of which are ongoing."

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