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Fox News host continues his war on public school teachers – this time by calling to ‘just stop vaccinating’ them

"Fox & Friends" co-host Brian Kilmeade says it's time to stop vaccinating public school teachers who refuse to return to work because of the dangers of the coronavirus pandemic.

"In places like Illinois, and in places like New York City, in places like Chicago," ranted Kilmeade Tuesday, talking about his favorite targets, "they have to open up the schools, they'lls [sic] ventilation's getting fixed, everything's being done, money's being given, vaccinations being given to the teachers and they still won't open up to the schools, these K through eighth graders need to go back to public schools – the ones that are being hurt are the lowest income people whose parents most likely both are working if you have two in the family. That has to stop. If not, stop vaccinating teachers. If they're not going to go back to work, stop vaccinating."

This is not the first time Kilmeade has attacked public school teachers.

Just two weeks ago while guest hosting on "The Five" Kilmeade blasted teachers who are afraid to return to in-person classroom teaching, and again targeted "Chicago," which he verbally stressed. His co-host jumped on board, calling public school teachers "disgraceful" and saying they should put children's eduction ahead of their own lives and the lives of their families.

Over the summer, while he broadcasted from the safety of his own home, Kilmeade also demanded teachers return to work despite the pandemic.

Kilmeade has never believed the coronavirus could be controlled and infection rates reduced, as he made clear last month.

Meanwhile, Kilmeade last week spent some time learning how to be a prime-time host, trying out for Fox News' expansion of its opinion shows into the 7 PM hour. It did not go well, as viewership dropped dramatically.

Nikki Haley blasted as 'terrorist sympathizer' after claiming there's 'no basis' for Trump impeachment

Former President Donald Trump's former Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, is being strongly criticized after telling Fox News, "I don't even think there's a basis for impeachment." Trump incited the January 6 insurrection at the Capitol that resulted in five deaths, including the killing of a police officer. At least 134 law enforcement officers were assaulted during the attempted coup. And a majority of voters, 52%, blame Trump for the attack.

But according to Haley, Trump deserves "a break," and those who support conviction in his Senate trial should instead just "move on."

Trump's seditious actions after the election "were not great," Haley conceded to Fox News' Laura Ingraham Monday night, despite Trump literally lying for months to the American people so much that the vast majority of Republicans falsely think Democrats stole the election.

For the first time in American history, there was not a peaceful transfer of power, and yet Haley say Trump "absolutely" does not deserve to be impeached.

And she is playing the GOP's hand, attacking Democrats with President Joe Biden's call for unity.

"Now they're going to turn around and bring about impeachment yet they say they're for unity," she whines, insisting Americans' demands for accountability in the wake of Trump's insurrection are "only dividing our country."

Haley was destroyed on social media.

Image by Gage Skidmore via Flickr and a CC license

'The definition of disgraced': Historian seals Trump's fate as impeachment article presented

Michael Beschloss has sealed Donald Trump's fate for the rest of time, passing judgment on him as House Democrats presented the Article of Impeachment against the former president to the U.S. Senate.

"A President of the United States, indicted by the House of Representatives for incitement of insurrection. This is the definition of 'disgraced,'" Beschloss said on Twitter.

Beschloss is NBC News's Presidential Historian.

He also posted this tweet earlier this evening:

Here's the reading of the Article of Impeachment for incitement of insurrection.


A congressman, a VP, a hate group head, or the wife of a SCOTUS Justice: Who was behind Trump’s transgender military ban the most?

It was July 26, 2017. Three and a half years ago, almost to the day, when President Donald Trump shocked the nation with a series of tweets that seemed to have come out of nowhere.

“After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military. Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail," Trump's tweets read. "Thank you."

The Commander in Chief had just placed a total ban on transgender service members. Just like that, in the blink of an eye.

Literally every word of that statement was a lie.

President Joe Biden just a few short hours ago reversed the ban via an executive order.

Trump had not consulted with his generals or military experts. Transgender service members do not carry tremendous medical costs, nor does employing them create disruption. Even the "thank you" seemed false.

Civil rights and LGBTQ organizations sued in federal courts and won, multiple times.

But the U.S. Supreme Court, as it did so many times during his tenure, bowed to Trump and granted him the "right" to ban all transgender military service members.

Only later would Americans learn Trump made the announcement not only for purely political reasons, but at the urging of some of the far right's and the religious right's most powerful partisans.

Among them, anti-LGBTQ hate group head Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council. Less than one year later Trump would elevate him directly into the administration, to serve on the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom. Perkins is now the Chair of that group. Trump announced his trans ban just days after Perkins asked him for it.

Also, Ginni Thomas, the conspiracy theorist and far right lobbyist who happens to be the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. She met with Trump in January of 2019, apparently in part to force him to enact the ban he had announced 18 months earlier, that was tied up in the courts.

And then-Congressman Mark Meadows (R-NC), who would later become Trump's White House chief of staff, reportedly took a "significant role" in pushing for the transgender military ban. (Politico reports today Meadows, now out of the White House, is so unemployable he is now forced to consider taking a job with the Trump Organization post-presidency.)

According to ThinkProgress, Arkansas megachurch pastor Ronnie Floyd, who also sat on Trump's evangelical advisory board, along with Perkins, both "had the ear of the president and have used it to advocate against allowing transgender people to serve their country."

Floyd actually joined other evangelical leaders at the White House two weeks beforeTrump announced the ban on Twitter last year, where they openly advocated for the president to reverse the Obama administration's decision to let trans people serve.

There was more to Trump's out-of-the-blue ban on transgender service personnel.

Perkins, ThinkProgress adds, "personally took credit for lobbying Trump for the ban, and admitted to knowing it was coming even though the military's leadership did not. Perkins also contributed to a secret working group impaneled by Vice President Pence to overrule any trans-friendly recommendations made by a military study group. Documents show that the official military panel only heard testimony in favor of letting trans people serve, yet the final recommendations somehow called for the opposite.

And then there's Vice President Mike Pence.

According to Slate in 2018, "a 'panel of experts' has been crafting a report, also released on Friday, designed to provide pretextual justification for Trump's ban. According to multiple sources, Vice President Mike Pence played a leading role in the creation of this report, along with Ryan Anderson, an anti-trans activist, and Tony Perkins, head of the Family Research Council, an anti-LGBTQ lobbying group."

"House Republicans were planning to pass a spending bill stacked with his campaign promises, including money to build his border wall with Mexico," Politico reported at the time. "But an internal House Republican fight over transgender troops was threatening to blow up the bill. And House GOP insiders feared they might not have the votes to pass the legislation because defense hawks wanted a ban on Pentagon-funded sex reassignment operations — something GOP leaders wouldn't give them."

They turned to Trump, who didn't hesitate. In the flash of a tweet, he announced that transgender troops would be banned altogether.

In other words, he didn't bat an eye, just made up a lie to push his agenda forward. Didn't even think twice about the tens of thousands of lives that would be affected.

Two years later, he was still lying about the ban.

“They take massive amounts of drugs," Trump told a UK news outlet about transgender people, which is a lie, "they have to — and, also you're not allowed to take drugs in the military, and they have to after the operation."

Those "drugs," as NBC News reported when Trump made the offensive remarks, are prescription medication, and "the military does not prohibit service members from using prescription drugs — including hormones."

HRC posted this video at the time:

Fox News reporter mocked after WH press secretary ‘crumpled him up’ with ‘intelligent answer’ and ‘without any lies’

Fox News White House Correspondent Peter Doocy appears to have had a rough day in the White House press briefing room, after asking Press Secretary Jen Psaki hyper-partisan questions seemingly designed to help the right wing network's falling ratings while not providing the American public with anything of merit.

"President Trump was imposing travel restrictions in March specifically on China," Doocy said, beginning his question. "Then-candidate Biden called it 'xenophobic' and 'fear-mongering.' So, now-President Biden is putting travel restrictions on people coming in from other countries. What words would you use to describe this?" he asked.

"Well, I don't think that's quite a fair articulation," Psaki replied. "The President has been clear that he felt the Muslim ban was xenophobic; he overturned the Muslim ban. He also though has supported, and he himself – even before we did, I should say even before he was inaugurated – steps, travel restrictions in order to keep the American people safe, to ensure that we are getting the pandemic under control, that's been part of his policy, but he was critical of the former president for having a policy that was not more comprehensive than travel restrictions, and he conveyed at the time and, more recently, the importance of having a multifaceted approach, mask wearing, vaccine distribution, funding in order to get 100 million shots in the arms of Americans in the first 100 days, not just travel restrictions."

For the record, candidate Biden did accuse President Trump of "xenophobia," but not in response to Trump's ban on China (which was not an actual ban since at least 40,000 people were still able to enter the U.S. from China.)

Historian Michael Beschloss made this general observation:

Meanwhile, Doocy was quickly mocked on social media.

Biden just reversed Trump transgender military ban – order allows ‘all qualified Americans to serve in the military’

President Joe Biden has just signed an executive order reversing President Trump's total ban on transgender service members.

The order "sets the policy that all Americans who are qualified to serve in the Armed Forces of the United States should be able to serve. The All-Volunteer Force thrives when it is composed of diverse Americans who can meet the rigorous standards for military service, and an inclusive military strengthens our national security."

"President Biden believes that gender identity should not be a bar to military service, and that America's strength is found in its diversity. This question of how to enable all qualified Americans to serve in the military is easily answered by recognizing our core values. America is stronger, at home and around the world, when it is inclusive. The military is no exception. Allowing all qualified Americans to serve their country in uniform is better for the military and better for the country because an inclusive force is a more effective force. Simply put, it's the right thing to do and is in our national interest."

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More to come.

This is a breaking news and developing story.

Bombshell WSJ report: Trump pressured DOJ attorneys to sue states in the Supreme Court to overturn election

President Donald Trump pressured U.S. Department of Justice attorneys, possibly including former Attorney General Bill Barr, to file a lawsuit against four U.S. states in the U.S. Supreme Court, in one of his final attempts to overturn the election.

The Wall Street Journal reports late Saturday night that effort "failed due to pushback from his own appointees in the Justice Department, who refused to file what they viewed as a legally baseless lawsuit in the Supreme Court."

The Journal also confirms Friday night's New York Times reporting that Trump attempted to remove his own acting Attorney General, Jeffrey Rosen, after Barr left the DOJ just two days before Christmas.

According to the Journal, "senior department officials threatened to resign en masse should Mr. Trump fire then-acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen, according to several people familiar with the discussions."

"Senior department officials, including Mr. Rosen, former Attorney General William Barr and former acting Solicitor General Jeffrey Wall refused to file the Supreme Court case, concluding that there was no basis to challenge the election outcome and that the federal government had no legal interest in whether Mr. Trump or Mr. Biden won the presidency," the paper adds.

The paper does not specify the exact timeframe of when Trump tried to force DOJ to file the lawsuit, but based on its report it had to have been after December 11, when the Supreme Court dismissed what most election law attorneys considered a frivolous suit filed by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, along with other Republican state attorneys general.

‘Seditious conspiracy’: Madison Cawthorn and Republicans hit with ethics complaint over Capitol coup

An ethics complaint has been filed against three Republican members of Congress over their participation in events that led to the violent and deadly January 6 attempted coup at the U.S. Capitol.

Reps. Madison Cawthorn of North Carolina, and Paul Gosar and Andy Biggs of Arizona are accused of “a seditious conspiracy to use force to prevent Congress from carrying out its constitutional and statutory duties to count the votes of the Electoral College," by the Campaign for Accountability, a government ethics watchdog founded by two former members of CREW.

If the House Ethics Office finds any or all of the three Republicans violated federal law, the group is asking for them to be expelled.

Cawthorn spoke at President Trump's January 6 rally (photo), barely hours before the armed insurrection.

“This crowd has some fight in it," Cawthorn told Trump's MAGA supporters. “The Democrats, with all the fraud they have done in this election, the Republicans hiding and not fighting, they are trying to silence your voice. Make no mistake about it, they do not want you to be heard."

North Carolina's WLOS reports that "despite his tweets urging 'millions of patriotic Americans stand for their country,' Cawthorn said he felt no culpability in what unfolded" the day of the attempted coup.

“I don't feel I had any responsibility for them attacking the Capitol," Cawthorn said.

Two days before the domestic terror attack he posted this:

Gosar and Biggs also bear significant responsibility, according to the lead organizer.

"Far-right activist Ali Alexander, who helped rally Trump's supporters ahead of Congress' electoral count, has claimed he planned a rally that preceded the riot with the support of Gosar and Biggs," The Hill reports, citing an article in The Washington Post.

Joe Biden vows to confront domestic violent extremism – orders DNI, FBI, DHS to conduct comprehensive threat assessment

On its second full day in office the Biden administration is vowing to confront the "serious and growing national security threat" of domestic violent extremism, in the wake of the deadly January 6 insurrection at the Capitol, incited by President Donald Trump and his allies.

President Joe Biden has ordered the Office of Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) to task the FBI and Dept. of Homeland Security with conducting a joint comprehensive threat assessment on domestic violence extremism (DV), White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters Friday afternoon.

"The January 6 assault on the Capitol and the tragic deaths and destruction that occurred underscored what we have long known: the rise of domestic violent extremism is a serious and growing national security threat," Psaki said, promising the administration "will confront this threat with the necessary resources and resolve" by "developing policies and strategies based on facts on objective and rigorous analysis."

The Biden administration wants "fact based analysis, upon which we can shape policy," Psaki said.

She also promised the National Security Council will "focus on countering domestic violent extremism," and said the administration will "focus on addressing evolving threats, radicalization, the role of social media, opportunities to improve information sharing, operational responses, and more."

In 2009, during the Obama administration a senior analyst for domestic terrorism at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security authored a report that warned of the threat of right wing extremist domestic violence. Outraged Republicans forced then-DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano to scrap the report. In a 2017 op-ed he wrote that white nationalists have become even more emboldened as a result.

Watch Press Secretary Jen Psaki announce the Biden initiative to combat domestic violent extremism:

‘Disingenuous dumpster fire’ Chuck Grassley blasted for saying Biden should ‘have control’ over House and Senate Dems

U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley is under fire after claiming Senators should be taking orders from the leader of their political party. The Iowa Republican has been in Congress since 1975, and until Thursday was third in the line of succession to the presidency, in his role as President pro tempore of the Senate.

Senator Grassley, in his usual, unique style of tweeting, claimed President Joe Biden should have "control" over Democrats in the House and Senate. The U.S. Constitution makes clear there are three separate branches of government, and nowhere does it even suggest lawmakers are beholden to the President or any other party leader.

"Pres Biden is preaching unity & healing while Dem leadership is focused on impeachment of a former president. Does Pres Biden not hv control of congressional Democrats as leader of party??? This move will surely slow up Biden cabinet confirmations/agenda + increase division," Grassley tweeted.

Many on social media blasted the Iowa Republican for placing partisan politics over the U.S. Constitution's checks and balances and the three co-equal branches of government,

Pelosi to transmit Impeachment Article to Senate Monday – triggering trial of Trump to start next week

Speaker Nancy Pelosi will transmit the House's Article of Impeachment against Donald Trump for the incitement of the January 6 insurrection to the Senate on Monday. Once the Senate has received the Article it is constitutionally bound to take it up immediately.

On Thursday Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said his conference would be comfortable with waiting two weeks before beginning the trial of the former president, Donald J. Trump. Speaker Pelosi's answer to McConnell, in action if not words, was no.

The "ceremonial aspects" of the trial would begin as soon as Tuesday, CNN's Manu Raju reports. "The train is in motion," he says.

Dr. Anthony Fauci: Donald Trump’s lies ‘very likely’ cost lives

Dr. Anthony Fauci says the coronavirus misinformation now-former President Donald Trump spread for nearly a year "very likely" cost American lives.

Asked point-blank by CNN's John Berman Friday morning if Trump's "lack of candor" and "lack of facts" about COVID-19 "cost lives," Fauci replied, "You know it very likely did."

Ever the diplomat, the nation's top infectious diseases specialist immediately added, "You know I don't want that to be a soundbite."

He also accused Trump of going down "paths that are not based on any science at all," calling Trump's wild forays into fake "cures" like hydroxychloroquine, "not helpful at all and particularly when you're in the situation of almost being in a crisis."

"When you start talking about things that make no sense medically and no sense scientifically that clearly is not helpful," Fauci said.

Watch:

Biden’s LGBTQ executive order is just the start – here's what else his administration is doing

President Joe Biden is quickly establishing himself as America's most pro-LGBTQ president ever. In his first 24 hours President Biden has signed a wide-ranging executive order on LGBTQ equality, added gender-neutral pronouns options to the White House website, nominated a Pennsylvania physician who will become the nation's first Senate-confirmed openly-transgender government official, nominated the first openly-LGBTQ person to his Cabinet, and announced he will reverse Trump's ban on open service for transgender military members. The Biden administration Secretary of State nominee, Antony Blinken, has also announced the State Dept. will allow U.S. embassies to fly the LGBTQ pride flag again, and reinstate the Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBTI Persons role. But there's more. Before the election the former Vice President promised to pass the Equality Act in his first 100 days. Last week an administration official said it might not happen that quickly but it is still a priority. The Biden administration has also committed to hiring LGBTQ people. It now has the first openly-LGBTQ State Dept. spokesperson, Ned Price. Karine Jean-Pierre is the White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary, and Pili Tobar is the White House Deputy Communications Director. Biden's LGBTQ+ executive order is garnering tremendous praise. It is "the most substantive, wide-ranging executive order concerning sexual orientation and gender identity ever issued by a United States president," the Human Rights Campaign says. Calling it "a revolution," Slate's Mark Joseph Stern sums up the Biden administration's focus on LGBTQ equality, describing it as "the most sweeping expansion of LGBTQ rights in American history." The executive order mandates the federal government enforce federal law, as defined in last year's landmark Supreme Court Bostock case, "to protect LGBTQ people from discrimination in employment, health care, housing, and education, and other key areas of life," as HRC notes. The language in President Biden's order is a striking departure in tone, motivation, and deed from anything ever seen in the Trump administration. "Every person should be treated with respect and dignity and should be able to live without fear, no matter who they are or whom they love," Biden's LGBTQ executive order begins. "Children should be able to learn without worrying about whether they will be denied access to the restroom, the locker room, or school sports. Adults should be able to earn a living and pursue a vocation knowing that they will not be fired, demoted, or mistreated because of whom they go home to or because how they dress does not conform to sex-based stereotypes. People should be able to access healthcare and secure a roof over their heads without being subjected to sex discrimination. All persons should receive equal treatment under the law, no matter their gender identity or sexual orientation." The order is not just a directive, it is an educational document. "Discrimination on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation manifests differently for different individuals, and it often overlaps with other forms of prohibited discrimination, including discrimination on the basis of race or disability," it says. "For example, transgender Black Americans face unconscionably high levels of workplace discrimination, homelessness, and violence, including fatal violence." "It is the policy of my Administration to prevent and combat discrimination on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation, and to fully enforce Title VII and other laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation," it specifies. "It is also the policy of my Administration to address overlapping forms of discrimination."

QAnon congresswoman announces ‘I’ve just filed articles of impeachment’ on Joe Biden – over debunked conspiracy theory

U.S. Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) says she's "just filed Articles of Impeachment on President Joe Biden."

Rep. Greene, better known as the QAnon Congresswoman for her beliefs and support of the dangerous conspiracy theory that claims, among other falsehoods, that "Satanist Democrats are farming children underground in order to harvest and drink their blood," explained on Twitter the reason: "Americans can't have a President who has threatened foreign governments to remove government officials."

Greene is referring to the well-debunked conspiracy theory that falsely claims then-Vice President Biden withheld congressionally-appropriated funds from Ukraine in order to get that country to stop investigating his own son, Hunter Biden.

A video, which Greene posted, shows Biden demanding the removal of a government official and saying if they are not removed he will block $1 billion in U.S. aid from them.

The only problems the Congresswoman has is that removal of that official was official U.S. policy, and Biden was tasked with carrying it out. The official was corrupt, and a consortium of world governments had demanded his removal.

Rep. Greene didn't do her homework.

Earlier today a source said she had broken her promise to file Articles of Impeachment against President Biden because she hadn't realized how hard it would be.

Here's her video from Thursday afternoon:

As the coronavirus pandemic rages, this is how Republicans are spending their time, and the taxpayers' money.

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Dems blast Mitch McConnell for threatening to filibuster power sharing agreement – so GOP can block all Democratic votes

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is entering his new, less powerful role the same way he managed the Senate when he was Majority Leader, with one purpose in mind: block everything Democrats want.

Democratic Senators on Thursday blasted McConnell publicly after he threatened to filibuster the organizing agreement, which specifies how many Senators from each party sit on committees and who chairs them.

CNN's Manu Raju notes if there is no power-sharing agreement, "the Senate will operate under the rules of the last Congress when the GOP controlled Senate majority and held committee chairs."

At the center of McConnell's obstruction: he's demanding Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) commit to keeping the filibuster – which would allow Republicans to block and jettison everything Democrats want. That means Republicans could block all of President Joe Biden's Cabinet nominees, and all legislation Democrats want to pass, as Bloomberg's Steven Dennis reports:

Under the false cloak of "unity," McConnell is making "unprecedented, wacky, counterproductive" demands, according to at least one Democratic Senator, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI), the Chief Deputy Whip.

In fact, McConnell claims Democrats should commit to handing Republicans full power to totally obstruct, under the guise of "unity."

U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) slammed McConnell's hypocrisy:

Mother Jones's Ari Berman, one of the nation's top voting rights experts:

New York Times' contributing opinion writer, attorney, and playwright Wajahat Ali suggests Democrats adopt more of a scorched earth strategy: