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Capitol rioter pleads guilty to one misdemeanor charge and $500 fine — feds drop the rest

Robert Maurice Reeder of Maryland pleaded guilty today to one count of "parading, demonstrating, or picketing in a Capitol building" -- a misdemeanor. He agreed to pay $500 restitution for damages to the building.

Reeder's sentencing was set for August 18. The plea deal leaves terms of that sentencing in the hands of a judge, but the agreement appears similar to the one offered to Anna Morgan-Lloyd, who became the first person sentenced today -- and who avoided jail time. Morgan-Lloyd received a sentence of 40 hours of community service, three years of probation and $500 restitution.

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Reagan appointed judge lashes out at GOP congressman for Jan. 6 lies and attempts to 'rewrite history'

During the sentencing hearing of a Capitol attacker, the judge invoked Rep. Andrew Clyde (R-GA) for what he said are lies being spread by Republicans in office.

Anna Morgan-Lloyd is the first Capitol attacker to be sentenced for her participation. Ahead of the sentence, she made a statement apologizing for her role and the violence. But it was Judge Royce Lamberth, a Ronald Reagan appointee, went off on Republicans lying about what happened, tweeted Reuters reporter Jan Wolfe.

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Public corruption investigation links prominent Republicans across Florida

A trial is set to begin in Aug. for a Tallahassee-based political organization, reported the Miami Herald.

"The eight-month investigation is focused on former Sen. Frank Artiles, a Republican operative, Alexis 'Pedro' Rodriguez, an auto-parts dealer with financial woes and an alleged plot to successfully sway the outcome of Miami-Dade's Senate District 37 race in favor of the Republican candidate," the Herald explained.

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Matt Gaetz tried to delete a tweet saying the FBI should be defunded — it just drew more attention to it

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) isn't having a very good press day this Wednesday. This morning, news of Gaetz being schooled by Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin spread across the web. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley was even more annoyed, bringing down the right-wing think tank-created culture war issue of "critical race theory."

But then things got worse. VICE News quoted Gaetz, "If Democrats want to defund the police, they should start with the FBI." He then deleted it in about one minute.

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‘This is incredible’: Viewers stunned as ‘showboating idiot’ Matt Gaetz gets ‘completely decimated’ by top US general

During a House Armed Services hearing this Wednesday, Joint Chiefs Chair Gen. Mark Milley pushed back against Florida GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz, who accused Milley of endorsing a "woke" military.

"I personally find it offensive that we are accusing the United States military ... of being 'woke' or something else because we're studying some theories that are out there," Milley said.

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Woman charged with a hate crime after she and her boyfriend cornered Black Amazon driver and blocked him from

A California woman has been arrested and charged with a hate crime after she and her boyfriend cornered a Black Amazon delivery driver and prevented him from leaving, the Atlanta Black Star reports.

Julie Warland, a 35-year-old resident of Berkeley, California, who is white, became upset with the way Kendall McIntosh was driving while he was doing deliveries in her neighborhood. She and her boyfriend then followed McIntosh to "confront" him. She then parked her car on the street in such a way that McIntosh couldn't drive away.

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Oath Keeper pleads guilty to conspiracy and agrees to cooperate in government prosecution of far-right militia group

As part of a plea agreement made today in federal court, Graydon Young agrees to provide cooperation with the federal prosecution of the Oath Keepers, including 15 remaining defendants who are charged with conspiracy to obstruct Congress' certification of the 2020 presidential election.

Young, a 55-year-old Florida resident who operates a daycare with his wife, also agreed to testify before a grand jury and at trial in the Oath Keepers prosecutions.

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'Would you agree?' Jen Psaki deftly gets Peter Doocy to admit violent crime is 'caused' by guns

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki on Wednesday coaxed Fox News correspondent Peter Doocy into admitting that guns are responsible for much of the violent crime in the U.S.

The exchange came during a White House briefing when Doocy asked Psaki about President Joe Biden's new crime prevention initiative.

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QAnon believer who tried to murder his pregnant partner thought China wanted to kidnap him and only Trump could save him

A British man who was a die-hard believer in QAnon conspiracy theories was sentenced to 10 years in prison for trying to murder his pregnant partner with a hammer, VICE News reports.

Anthony Beckett believed there was a Chinese plot to kidnap him and family and the only person who could save him was Donald Trump. He also believed conspiracy theories about the "great reset" that was supposed to take place on Joe Biden's day of inauguration. But two days before Biden's inauguration, Beckett took a hammer and hit his partner in the head four times before strangling her while repeating, "I need to do this, I need to do this."

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'No basis for the claim': Ted Cruz's latest lie about Dem election bill ripped to pieces by CNN fact checker

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) has been making false claims about the voting rights bill that Democrats have been pushing in the Senate, which has earned him the attention of tireless CNN fact checker Daniel Dale.

Cruz this week falsely claimed that the voting rights bill crafted by Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) would "register millions of illegal aliens and convicted felons to vote which would have diluted and stolen votes from legal American citizens."

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WATCH: Defense secretary stomps Matt Gaetz for 'spurious' accusation on critical race theory

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on Wednesday disputed Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) after he suggested that the U.S. military is practicing critical race theory.

Gaetz confronted Austin about the academic theory during a hearing before the House Armed Services Committee.

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Judge doubts Proud Boy leader's 'intention to plan violence is in the past' -- and orders his continued detention

A federal judge has ordered Proud Boy Charles Donohoe, who is indicted along with three other members of the nationalist gang for conspiracy to disrupt the electoral college certification, to remain in detention as he awaits trial.

Judge Timothy Kelly noted during a detention hearing on Tuesday that government evidence that Donohoe carried a riot shield that was stolen by fellow Proud Boy Dominic Pezzola and later used by Pezzola to shatter a Capitol window, allowing rioters to stream through.

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Televangelist Jim Bakker slapped with hefty penalty for peddling bogus coronavirus cure

Televangelist Jim Bakker was smacked with a hefty penalty for promoting "silver solution" as a potential cure for the coronavirus.

The state of Missouri had sued Bakker last year for marketing the colloidal silver solution to treat coronavirus early in the pandemic, promising the unapproved substance could cure that illness and others, and Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced that his office had recovered $156,000 in restitution.

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