'Ghoulish' Lauren Boebert branded a 'sociopath' for attacking Alec Baldwin

U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert, the QAnon Republican lawmaker and gun rights activist who owns a bar named Shooters in Rifle, Colorado, is being criticized after posting a tweet mocking and attacking Alec Baldwin. The well-known actor who spent several years playing Donald Trump on "Saturday Night Live" shot and killed award-winning cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, apparently by accident, with a prop gun on set less than 24 hours ago.

Boebert dug up a seven-year old tweet Baldwin had sent in support of Michael Brown, the 18-year old Black man fatally shot by a Ferguson, Missouri police officer.

She then added a snide and ugly remark and posted it to Twitter, only too happy to use the pain of Hutchins' grieving family, friends, and industry as a tool to attack Baldwin:

The outrage was palpable, even from a few on the right, like former Trump White House Director of Strategic Communications:

A Democratic U.S. Congressman weighed in:

This MSNBC correspondent made a keen observation:

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‘I’ll answer it for you’: Jen Psaki destroys Peter Doocy – and says Biden doesn't need a ‘feckless’ border wall

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki on Friday was forced to verbally wallop Peter Doocy after the combative, argumentative, and fear-mongering Fox News correspondent tried to pick a fight over President Joe Biden having not recently visited the southern border.

When all was said and done Psaki reminded Doocy that when he was president Donald Trump "went to the border, at least once, maybe more," she told him. "How did that immigration policy result Peter? That immigration policy resulted in separating kids from their parents, building a border wall that's feckless, and that cost billions of dollars for taxpayers."

"The President said last night," Doocy began his attack, referring to President Biden's remarks at a CNN town hall Thursday night, "why did President Biden say he has been to the border?"

"Well, Peter," Psaki replied, explaining that President Biden drove "through the border when he was on the campaign trail in 2008, and he's certainly familiar with the fact and it stuck with him with the fact that in El Paso, the border goes right through the center of town, but what the most important thing everyone should know and understand is that the President has worked on these issues throughout his entire career, and is well-versed in every aspect of our immigration system including the border that includes when he was vice president, and he went to Mexico and Central America ten times to address border issues and talk about what we can do to reduce the number of migrants who were coming to the border."

And she added that Biden "does not need a visit to the border to know what a mess was left by the last administration, that's his view."

Doocy, still obsessed over what he determined is President Biden's required presence at the southern border, pressed back hard.

"Does that count as a visit? He said, 'I've been there before,' you're saying he drove by for a few minutes, does that count?" Doocy demanded.

"What is the root cause? Where are people coming from when they're coming to the border Peter?" Psaki, losing patience, asked.

"I'm asking you a question because I think people should understand the context," Psaki continued, receiving no actual response.

"Okay, I'll answer it for you," she said, giving up. "People come from Central America and Mexico, to go to the border. The President has been to those countries ten times to talk about border issues," she informed Doocy. "There is a focus right now on a photo op. The President does not believe a photo op is the same as solutions that may be a difference he has with Republicans."

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'You actually deserve to hang': Elections chief reveals death threats after Trump targeted him

During a December 5 rally in Georgia last year Donald Trump turned his focus to a local official, showing supporters a video of Richard Barron, the Fulton County elections director.

"So, if you just take the crime of what those Democratic workers were doing," Trump told attendees, "that's ten times more than I need to win the state."

VICE reports it was then that Barron started getting attacked in a deluge of voicemails, many of which "were graphic and specifically called for his death."

"Hey, Rick," one racist and homophobic voicemail said. "Two hundred and thirty four years ago, the founding caucasian fathers of America gave us the Second Amendment. Time's running out, Richard. We're coming after you and every motherfucker that stole this election with our Second Amendment, subpoenas be damned, you're going to be served lead, you fucking enemy enemy communist cocksucker. You will be served lead."

"Hey, Rick," another said. "Watching this video of you on YouTube. I can't believe you can't count votes in Fulton County. It's absolutely incredible. How deceivious? How deceitful you are? You need to get your act together or people like me really may go after people like you."

"If you have a hand in this," another caller said, "you deserve to go to prison, you actually deserve to hang by your goddamn skinny-ass soyboy neck."

Reporting on what it says is a "mass exodus" of elections officials – some, like Barron who have decades of irreplaceable experience and expertise – VICE says it spoke with over a dozen who were the targets of death threats and other attacks.

"Officials across the United States experienced physical stalking, explicitly violent phone calls, racial slurs, home surveillance, bomb scares, and threats of mass shootings. For some officials in Georgia and Pennsylvania, the threats have continued for nearly a year. And now, many of these officials want to quit," VICE adds.

One local Pennsylvania city commissioner, Al Schmidt, who had been targeted by named by Trump had to leave home and live under police protection after the death threats – sent to him and his wife – started.

"The first email that my wife received with the subject line, 'Albert RINO Schmidt, committed treason,' Schmidt said. It continued: "'Your husband should tell the truth, or your three kids … will be fatally shot." The email went on to mention their children's ages and their address, and said that the cops couldn't help them. The email was also signed "Q," in likely reference to QAnon. Then, the email included a link to a picture of their home.

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Sotomayor blasts fellow Justices after SCOTUS agrees to take up US case against Texas abortion ban but not block law

The U.S. Supreme Court has just agreed to hear arguments in federal government's case against Texas' abortion ban, after the Dept. of Justice petitioned the Court to intervene. DOJ had asked the justices to uphold a district court's ruling that blocked the law but Friday afternoon conservatives on the nation's highest court refused to do so, allowing the near-total ban to remain the law of the land.

Contrary to several breaking news reports, the Supreme Court will not be hearing arguments on the "substance" of the federal government's case against the Texas abortion ban itself, known as SB 8, but merely "whether the US can sue 'the State, state court judges, state court clerks, other state officials, or all private parties to prohibit S.B. 8 from being enforced,'" University of Texas law professor Stephen Vladeck notes:

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor blasted her conservative colleagues for not placing a hold on the law itself, as Slate's Mark Joseph Stern reports, saying: "Every day the Court fails to grant relief is devastating, both for individual women and for our constitutional system as a whole."

Arguments are set for November 1. The Court at that time will also hear arguments from Whole Women's Health, which is also suing Texas over its abortion ban.

This is a breaking news and developing story. Details may change.

‘You’re going to be served lead you communist’: Elections chief reveals death threats after Trump targeted him

During a December 5 rally in Georgia last year Donald Trump turned his focus to a local official, showing supporters a video of Richard Barron, the Fulton County elections director.

"So, if you just take the crime of what those Democratic workers were doing," Trump told attendees, "that's ten times more than I need to win the state."

VICE reports it was then that Barron started getting attacked in a deluge of voicemails, many of which "were graphic and specifically called for his death."

"Hey, Rick," one racist and homophobic voicemail said. "Two hundred and thirty four years ago, the founding caucasian fathers of America gave us the Second Amendment. Time's running out, Richard. We're coming after you and every motherfucker that stole this election with our Second Amendment, subpoenas be damned, you're going to be served lead, you fucking enemy enemy communist cocksucker. You will be served lead."

"Hey, Rick," another said. "Watching this video of you on YouTube. I can't believe you can't count votes in Fulton County. It's absolutely incredible. How deceivious? How deceitful you are? You need to get your act together or people like me really may go after people like you."

"If you have a hand in this," another caller said, "you deserve to go to prison, you actually deserve to hang by your goddamn skinny-ass soyboy neck."

The threats weren't just shielded behind anonymous voicemails.

"We also began to see people just across the street from the warehouse where we are now," Barron told VICE. "They started to do surveillance on my staff, taking pictures of all of the individuals that would come in and go in and out of the warehouse, they would take pictures of their license plates."

Reporting on what it says is a "mass exodus" of elections officials – some, like Barron who have decades of irreplaceable experience and expertise – VICE says it spoke with over a dozen who were the targets of death threats and other attacks.

"Officials across the United States experienced physical stalking, explicitly violent phone calls, racial slurs, home surveillance, bomb scares, and threats of mass shootings. For some officials in Georgia and Pennsylvania, the threats have continued for nearly a year. And now, many of these officials want to quit," VICE adds.

One local Pennsylvania city commissioner, Al Schmidt, who had been targeted by named by Trump had to leave home and live under police protection after the death threats – sent to him and his wife – started.

"The first email that my wife received with the subject line, 'Albert RINO Schmidt, committed treason,' Schmidt said. It continued: "'Your husband should tell the truth, or your three kids … will be fatally shot." The email went on to mention their children's ages and their address, and said that the cops couldn't help them. The email was also signed "Q," in likely reference to QAnon. Then, the email included a link to a picture of their home.

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Trump blasted for 'chilling' new ​rant: 'This statement is an act of war against America'

Donald Trump, the twice-impeached former president, on Thursday issued what is being called a "chilling" statement on the election and the insurrection he incited.

"The insurrection took place on November 3, Election Day. January 6 was the Protest!" Trump said in a statement released Thursday afternoon.

Former Republican Congressman Joe Walsh simply and clearly calls it an "act of war."

U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA) during debate on the House floor has "repeatedly" been "calling on Republicans to denounce the Trump statement," according to reporter Jamie Dupree.

"All my colleagues were elected on November 3," McGovern said. "If you believe that Election Day was an insurrection, then your election results are illegitimate."

McGovern is not the only one to blast the Trump statement:

Some journalists are also slamming the former president's latest remarks.

S.V. Dáte, the White House correspondent at HuffPost weighed in, saying, "Donald Trump tried to overthrow American democracy after he lost his election by 7 million votes, but nearly a year later, he's still lying. About all of it."

Washington Post national political reporter Felicia Sonmez called it a "chilling statement … that makes clear his stance on peaceful democracy vs. violent insurrection."

Washington Post White House bureau chief Ashley Parker pointed to the statement and said: "In which Trump's shamelessness continues to be his political super power."

ProPublica Senior Reporter Peter Elkind says: "This is the position of the widely embraced leader of the GOP. Republicans all behind that?"

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Flustered Jim Jordan struggles to explain his calls to Trump on Jan 6

U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), speaking before the House Rules Committee Wednesday appeared flustered and agitated when asked if he had talked to Donald Trump on January 6.

Jordan began by delivering a rambling, angry, lie-filled speech revealing he is far more angry about the investigation into the attack on American democracy than the actual attack on democracy.

The fast-talking Ohio GOP Congressman spewed a cornucopia of right wing talking points, including attacking the Biden administration in his remarks as the "worst administration in history."

But his tune changed when he was asked questions.

"If you could just, for the record, was it before, during or after the attack –" Jordan was asked by Chairman Jim McGovern (D-MA).

"I talked to the president after the attack," Jordan interrupted.

"So not before or during?" McGovern asked to confirm.

"Right," Jordan agreed.

"Okay, and you –" McGovern continued before being interrupted by Jordan.

"And I have been clear about that. But here, let me ask you a question, you brought up January 6 –" Jordan continued, attempting to flip control of the questioning.

He was not successful.

"But, but my understanding is that you said to a reporter from Politico that you spoke to him during, so, it's now after the attack?"

"During? No, I didn't speak to the president during the attack," Jordan insisted.

"So you admitted to speaking to the former president on January 6 the same day you voted to overturn the election," McGovern concluded.

In July Jordan told Rolling Stone he talked to Trump on January 6 "countless times" but refused to reveal the content or time of those calls. He also told Spectrum News:

"Uhh, I'd have to go— I spoke with him that day after … I think after?" he stammered. "I don't know if I spoke with him in the morning or not. I just don't know. I don't know when those conversations happened. I know that I spoke with him all the time."

A simple review of his telephone records would make determining when he spoke to Trump much easier.

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Mark Zuckerberg ‘personally involved in decisions related to Cambridge Analytica’: DC AG

Facebook founder, chairman, CEO, and majority shareholder Mark Zuckerberg was involved with decisions the social media behemoth made involving Cambridge Analytica according to the Attorney General of Washington, D.C., who says he is adding him to a major privacy lawsuit. That could potentially expose the billionaire personally to financial or other penalties.

"I just added Mark Zuckerberg as a defendant in my lawsuit against Facebook," D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine announced Wednesday via Twitter. "Our continuing investigation revealed that he was personally involved in decisions related to Cambridge Analytica and Facebook's failure to protect user data."

The New York Times Wednesday morning adds that Racine "said on Tuesday that continuing interviews and reviews of internal documents for the case had revealed that Mr. Zuckerberg played a much more active role in key decisions than prosecutors had known."

The privacy lawsuit, first filed in 2018, "alleges that Facebook misled consumers about privacy on the platform by allowing Cambridge Analytica, a political consulting firm, to obtain sensitive data from more than 87 million users, including more than half the district's residents," the Times adds.

A portion of the Facebook–Cambridge Analytica data scandal includes Cambridge Analytica harvesting data of approximately 87 million users and then using it to help the 2016 political campaigns of Donald Trump and Ted Cruz.

In 2018 The Times reported that along with other news organizations it had "obtained a cache of documents from inside Cambridge Analytica," which "proved that the firm, where the former Trump aide Stephen K. Bannon was a board member, used data improperly obtained from Facebook to build voter profiles."

The shuttered and rebranded and re-shuttered Cambridge Analytica was owned by right-wing donor Robert Mercer, who also reportedly played a key role in the Brexit movement. Mercer was a top Trump donor and major financial supporter of the far right wing website Breitbart.

Indicted congressman is ‘longtime’ member of secretive religious org tied to Uganda’s ‘Kill the Gays’ bill: report

U.S. Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE), indicted on federal charges on Tuesday for allegedly lying to the FBI about campaign finance issues, is a longtime member of the highly secretive, highly political, and largely evangelical Christian group known as The Family.

That organization was recently highlighted in a Netflix documentary inspired by Jeff Sharlet's investigative book, "The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power."

In addition to its highly secretive political work The Family also hosts the annual National Prayer Breakfast, which has been attended by every U.S. President since Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Many Americans became aware of the existence of The Family a decade ago when it was revealed the group had ties to the Uganda lawmaker pushing extreme legislation known as the "Kill the Gays" bill. The Family allegedly supported the bill. It provided the death penalty for homosexual acts, and after years of international outrage the text was watered down to become the "Jail the Gays" bill, imposing a life in prison sentence for LGBTQ people. It was signed into law in 2014, and later invalidated by the Ugandan Supreme Court.

On Wednesday The Young Turks exclusively reported Congressman Fortenberry's membership in The Family. TYT notes the secretive organization has also "been tied to multiple political scandals in recent years," although that report does not mention The Family's connection to Uganda's "Kill the Gays" bill.

"Fortenberry's involvement with The Family has not been previously reported," TYT adds. "However, his chief of staff, Andy Braner, is a fellow insider, who has spoken publicly about his attendance at the National Prayer Breakfast, dating back to 2014, and has ties to The Family dating back as early as 2006, according to his LinkedIn profile."

Fortenberry has hosted highly anti-LGBTQ guests at the National Prayer Breakfast, including Timothy Broglio, the Archbishop for the Military Services, USA. Broglio, who recently came out against Pope Francis' position on vaccines in order to publicly oppose them, supported then-President Donald Trump's ban on transgender service members. He also opposed the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."

TYT's report also says that Congressman Fortenberry "has been invited to multiple events overseas connected to The Family, two of which he was apparently invited to attend on The Family's dime. Congressional disclosure forms filed by Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-AL) list Fortenberry as having been invited on at least two of Aderholt's trips sponsored by The Family."

Also unknown to many is that, according to TYT, anti-LGBTQ evangelical activist Franklin Graham is the National Prayer Breakfast's only financial donor.

You can read the entire report here.

Marjorie Taylor Greene goes on Twitter rampage promising to ‘take back the House’

U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) is promising to "take back the House" by endorsing a candidate who is primarying a GOP Congressman in a safely-Republican district in South Carolina. If she's successful and her candidate wins the primary and the November election she will have increased Republicans' hold on the House by exactly zero seats.

"Repubs must take the House back & FIRE Nancy Pelosi in '22," Greene tweeted Tuesday afternoon . "The only way to do that is w/ America First Repubs who fight & not cower in fear like so many spineless RINOs who care more about being liked by the Fake News & their Dem counterparts than they do about America First."

The candidate she is endorsing, Graham Allen, is primarying U.S. Rep. Tom Rice, a hard core Republican who opposes masks and, along with his family, contracted COVID. Rice, first elected in 2012, did vote for Donald Trump's second impeachment.

On his website Allen explains his reason for running for Congress: "Tom Rice abandoned his duty to represent the conscience of the voters of his district when he sided with Nancy Pelosi to support the sham impeachment of President Donald J. Trump."

Aside from a few words about protecting the First and Second Amendment, restoring "the integrity of our elections," and defending "our country from foreign threats," including bad trade deals and migrants at the border, Allen lists zero policy positions.

Greene also attacked Democrats, falsely claiming they "are no longer an American Party. They're the party of woke corporate communism. They're party of AOCs Green New Deal which enslaves us to cheap Chinese energy. They're the party of skyrocketing inflation, illegal invasion at the border, vaccine mandates & election fraud," all of which are false.

Josh Duggar dealt another blow as judge refuses to suppress video evidence in his case

Josh Duggar was dealt yet another blow on Monday, after a judge refused his attorneys' request to suppress video evidence in his bombshell child pornography case.

Duggar, once a darling of the religious right, an executive for an anti-LGBTQ hate group, and a "19 Kids and Counting" reality TV star, was arrested by U.S. Marshals and charged with two counts of receiving and possessing child pornography. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security was involved in the investigation.

"In Mr. Duggar's case, he has not shown that federal agents acted with reckless disregard for proper procedure," U.S. District Judge Timothy L. Brooks said Monday in denying attorneys' requests, as the Arkansas Democrat Gazette reports. "And he certainly has not shown that the agents acted in bad faith. Moreover, Mr. Duggar cannot show he was prejudiced by any delay; the devices remained in law enforcement's safe keeping throughout this time period, and the probable cause warranting the initial seizure of the devices remained viable through the date of indictment."

In 2015 news broke that Duggar had molested four of his sisters and a babysitter when he was a teenager, according to his parents.

Just three weeks ago the judge refused nearly all of Duggar's attorneys' requests, including dismissal of all charges.

His attorneys have tried to get photographs that include the 33-year old Arkansas native's hands and feet suppressed, and even tried to have the case dismissed because the head of the Department of Homeland Security at the time of the investigation under then-President Donald Trump was, according to a federal judge, “unlawfully" appointed.

Trial is scheduled to begin November 30.

‘There’s something HUGE here’: Trump University prosecutor reacts to latest Matt Gaetz legal development

An attorney who prosecuted the case against Trump University is weighing in on news that the Dept. of Justice just successfully delayed the sentencing date of Matt Gaetz's "wingman," Joel Greenberg by four months, saying it points to something "HUGE."

"Update on Matt Gaetz — his buddy Joel Greenberg has had so much dirt that prosecutors have opened up entire new wings of their case," says former New York State prosecutor Tristan Snell, "The investigation into financial crimes now includes help from Secret Service agents. There's something HUGE here."

On Monday federal prosecutors convinced the judge that Greenberg's sentencing date should move from November 18 to some time in March.

"Did Greenberg have information on Matt Gaetz trying to buy himself a pardon from Donald Trump? Is that why the Secret Service is now involved in the investigation?" Snell tweeted.

Calling it a "bombshell," in April The Daily Beast reported it had "obtained a confession letter that Joel Greenberg wrote after asking Roger Stone to help him obtain a pardon."

That letter, The Beast revealed, was written by Greenberg "in the final months of the Trump presidency" and "claims that he and close associate Rep. Matt Gaetz paid for sex with multiple women—as well as a girl who was 17 at the time."

“On more than one occasion, this individual was involved in sexual activities with several of the other girls, the congressman from Florida's 1st Congressional District and myself," Greenberg wrote in reference to the 17-year-old.

Snell does not refer specifically to that letter, but adds: "Greenberg appears to have given the feds information about crimes totally beyond the scope of the original indictment of Greenberg — so the entire matter has snowballed."

"And if they haven't indicted Gaetz yet, it may be because the new material also implicates Gaetz."

CNN reported that on Monday "Roger Handberg, an assistant US attorney, said that Greenberg has made allegations to investigators that 'take us to some places we did not anticipate.'"

Handberg called the need for a second delay "unusual" but added the department was in an "unusual situation given the number of different investigations and lines of investigation we are pursuing."

WATCH: Madison Cawthorn urges mothers of young boys to 'raise them to be a monster'

U.S. Rep. Madison Cawthorn is urging parents to turn their young children into monsters.

The North Carolina Republican Congressman lamented that American "culture is trying to completely demasculate all the young men," presumably meaning "emasculate."

"You can look at testosterone levels in young men today, and they are lower than throughout all of history," he added.

"But my friends they're trying to demasculate the young men in this country 'cause they don't want people who are going to stand up."

"If you are raising a young man, raise them to be a monster," he urged mothers, to applause.

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'Flaccid little cry baby': Legal experts weigh in on Trump’s lawsuit to block Jan. 6 Committee

Donald Trump has just filed a lawsuit to block the House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack from being granted access to a mountain of documents from his four years as president held by the National Archives.

Legal experts are weighing in on this latest attempt by the former president to obstruct a lawful investigation.

NBC News reports Trump's lawsuit "says the committee's subpoena is invalid because it has no power of investigation," and it "says the material should be protected by executive privilege," which is also false, according to countless legal experts who have been commenting on that claim for weeks.

Trump is "requesting that the court invalidate the committee's requests and enjoin the archivist from turning over the records in question. At a bare minimum, the court should enjoin the archivist from producing any potentially privileged records until President Trump is able to conduct a full privilege review of all of the requested materials."

Top national security lawyer Bradley Moss appears to be enjoying mocking the lawsuit:




CNN's Keith Boykin, a former Clinton White House aide who has a law degree from Harvard Law weighed in on the news by blasting Trump, saying: “This guy has spent his entire career bluffing his way through life, evading responsibility, dodging accountability, and filing frivolous lawsuits to distract and delay. Justice means nothing in America if Trump is not held accountable for his crimes."

Attorney and upcoming author Luppe B. Luppen:

Former Obama White House attorney, now a Law Professor at Cardozo Law and Supreme Court contributor for ABC News calls the suit "remarkably thin."

Legal experts explain DOJ’s latest emergency move to try to get SCOTUS to block unconstitutional Texas abortion ban

On Monday the Dept. of Justice moved one step further to try to get the U.S. Supreme Court to block Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott's near-total ban on abortion, which legal experts and now the DOJ itself say is unconstitutional.

"For half a century, this Court has held that 'a State may not prohibit any woman from making the ultimate decision to terminate her pregnancy before viability,'" DOJ's 39-page emergency filing signed by Acting Solicitor General Brian H. Fletcher reads.

DOJ is asking SCOTUS to "vacate" the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal's stay on a lower court's ruling injunction that effectively stopped the law, known as SB 8, from going into effect.

But perhaps the most important part, as Slate's Mark Joseph Stern, Buzzfeed's Zoe Tillman, and others point to, is that DOJ is asking the Supreme Court to consider taking up the Texas law "this Term," rather than using the highly-criticized shadow docket to enact its will.

Reuters' U.S. Supreme Court reporter Lawrence Hurley notes that the "appeals court decision that allowed the law to be enforced 'enables Texas's ongoing nullification of this Court's precedents and its citizens' constitutional rights,' the Justice Department says."

"The Texas law 'defies' the Supreme Court's abortion precedents by 'banning abortion long before viability -- indeed, before many women even realize they are pregnant,' the filing says," Hurley adds.

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