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Ex-FBI official walks through specifics on what DOJ did to coverup spying on members of congress

Speaking to MSNBC Monday, national security expert Jeremy Bash and former FBI Deputy Director of Counterintelligence Frank Figliuzzi explained the specifics on what was likely done to get warrants for members of Congress and the White House counsel and renew the gag order on Apple.

It was revealed late last week by New York Times reporter Michael Schmidt that under Attorney General Jeff Sessions warrants were issued to spy on reporters, members of Congress, their staff and their family. While nothing was uncovered, the Justice Department, even under Attorney General renewed the gag order on Apple refusing to allow anyone to learn of the scandal during the Trump reign.

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Vanity Fair ridicules Lara Trump for thinking she can criticize Kamala Harris’ qualifications

Former President Donald Trump's daughter-in-law attacked Vice President Kamala Harris, saying that she is unqualified to be in her position as President Joe Biden's first mate. It was something that Vanity Fair reporter Bess Levin found particularly amusing, given Trump's own history.

Writing Monday, she explained that one of the things many may have missed between 2016 and 2020 is that Trump was painfully unqualified to serve as the president of the United States.

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Columnist admits he was wrong about Trump being brought down by scandals

Columnist Philip Bump penned a frank column Monday confessing that he once thought former President Donald Trump would ultimately be brought down once it was discovered what he was doing behind closed doors.

It was revealed last week by the New York Times that the former president was using the Justice Department to spy on the press, Democratic members of Congress, their staff and their families. For former President Richard Nixon, there was a hit-list of those that he wanted to wiretap, but he never did it. Trump crossed that line.

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Ted Cruz once mocked California for being forced to conserve energy during a heatwave — now Texas must

A tweet mocking California is now coming back to haunt Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX). In 2020, as millions of Americans were sitting at home during the COVID-19 lockdowns, California was forced to do rolling blackouts to keep the power grid going.

Cruz mocked California saying that they couldn't perform the basic functions of civilization.

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DailyMail mocks 'exhausted' Trump as 'gaunt and pale' as he's spotted in New York

President Donald Trump was recently spotted in New York City and some there couldn't help but notice how old and tired he looked.

With photos and videos, the DailyMail reported that they went outside of Trump Tower to observe the former president's move from Mar-a-Lago to less humid northeast. According to their brutal headline, Trump appears "gaunt," "pale," and "exhausted."

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Arizona newspaper exposes all the Republicans rushing into the state to learn about bogus election audit

The Republican Party audit of 2020 election ballots and machines has spurred an influx of GOP members from other states to come to learn how to conduct their own partisan audits. Now, The Arizona Republic has the full list and who paid for it.

Pennsylvania Republican gubernatorial candidate and state Sen. Doug Mastriano is among those eager to bring a partisan audit to Pennsylvania.

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Medicare administrator slams Republicans like Marsha Blackburn for trying to bring down Dr. Fauci

Speaking to former acting Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Andy Slavitt, "The View" hosts took serious issues with Republicans who are now at work to bring down Dr. Anthony Fauci.

Joy Behar named Sens. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Tom Cotton (R-AR) who have all demanded that Fauci resign after his emails were released showing he doubted COVID-19 was leaked from a lab. COVID-19 hasn't been proven to have been leaked from a lab.

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'No moral standing’: The View's Ana Navarro nails Republicans for criticizing Jeffrey Toobin while supporting Trump

"The View's" Ana Navarro went off on right-wingers attacking CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin as if they have a moral leg to stand on.

"Something I would like to say, though, I saw a lot of people on the right come after CNN, come after Jeffrey Toobin," Navarro recalled. "Look, man, if you've been supporting a president who we heard boast about sexual assault on video, a person who did hush-money payments to a stripper, then you have no moral standing to get full outrage over Jeffrey Toobin doing what he did."

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Neo-Nazis pout that they were run out of small Texas town

Some Texas towns are making it clear -- no Nazis.

The Dallas Observer explained that small-town neo-Nazi rallies are popping up in the Dallas area. Such was the case when neo-Nazis arrived to wave flags and "White Lives Matter" signs in Centerville, a town of just 1,000 people.

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Most insurrectionists won’t get plea agreements because they don’t have anything to bargain: legal expert

Josh and Jessica Bustle have reached a plea agreement for their participation in the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol. Jessica infamously posted on social media that Vice President Mike "Pence is a traitor."

The couple was charged with knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority, knowingly engaging in disorderly or disruptive conduct in restricted building or grounds, violent entry and disorderly conduct on capitol grounds, and parading, demonstrating, or picketing in Capitol buildings.

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'People are sometimes sticky': John Oliver explains to magnetic vaccine nuts why keys stick to them

This week, a group of people testified at various public meetings in opposition to the COVID-19 vaccine, but one group stood out: those who believe that the vaccine has magnetized them. This hasn't made them super-human, they can't walk into a bank and have a pile of change come flying at them and they were still able to get out of their cars to attend the meeting. Still, an earnest woman wanted to know why a key was sticking to her chest. She had issues getting it to stick anywhere else, however.

"Um, sure, I can explain what this is," Oliver volunteered. "Very basically, public education is horribly underfunded and scientific literacy is nowhere near what it should be in this country. It creates a vacuum of trust in legitimate research. Meanwhile, people tend to try and seek out the minimum amount of information that lets them keep believing what they already believe. In your case, that you're privy to secret knowledge about a government conspiracy to magnetize the people of Ohio. All of that is probably why you felt confident enough to trust some bullsh*t you read online so much that you're willing to look like a complete assh*le in front of all of those people." Indeed, the world.

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Columnist blames Trumpism for airplane passenger freakouts increasing 20 times higher than normal

CNN political commentator Dean Obeidallah explained that the recent news that another unruly passenger grounded a flight isn't just an occasional thing with a slight uptick in activity. In fact, airplane freak outs have grown to nearly 20 times higher than normal years.

Writing for CNN.com, Obeidallah calculated that it amounts to almost 18 incidents daily.

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'They weren't rioting': Republican senator keeps trying to change the story on Capitol attack

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) tripled down on his assertion that the attack on the U.S. Capitol wasn't all that bad or dangerous.

Johnson, who didn't encounter any attackers on Jan. 6 and apparently hasn't viewed the closed-circuit camera video showing what happened that day. According to Johnson, he can tell it wasn't an "armed insurrection" because people were walking within the ropes.

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