(Reuters) - Russia has made minor advances in some areas since shifting its focus to fully occupying the Donbas, the UK's Ministry of Defence tweeted https://twitter.com/DefenceHQ/status/1518459493352411137/photo/1 in a regular bulletin on Monday. "Without sufficient logistical and combat support enablers in place, Russia has yet to achieve a significant breakthrough," it said. Ukraine's defence of Mariupol has also exhausted many Russian units and reduced their combat effectiveness, British military intelligence said. Reuters could not immediately verify the report. (Reporting by Rachna Dhanr...
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Former DNC Chair Howard Dean blasted Republicans for hating America during a Thursday appearance on MSNBC's "The Beat."
Anchor Ari Melber reported on the Select Committee Investigating the Jan. 6 Attack on the U.S. Capitol sent a letter to Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-GA) asking for his cooperation.
The letter came more than one year after Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-NJ), a former Navy helicopter pilot and federal prosecutor, suggested that Republicans in Congress may have given reconnaissance tours prior to the Jan. 6 attack.
"As to your clip, it is particularly valuable because this is a former officer of the united states armed forces who served her country. which is more than i can say for most of the republicans ran around the Capitol building wrecking the place," Dean said.
"The truth is, that there are despicable congresspeople on the right. It's not because they are conservative, there are plenty of conservatives I actually like and respect. It is because they hate America and they hate the people of America," Dean charged.
"When you consider that something like two-thirds of the Republican delegation in the House of Representatives voted to overthrow the election, these people hate America and they are so consumed by their own hate, that they spread it to their constituents," he continued.
"I actually think their constituents are getting a little sick of it and my hope is, as I've said before, the real big fix here is not electing more Democrats, it is voters coming to their senses and stop electing hate-filled people who want violence and will do anything necessary to get their way," Dean said.
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Sen. John Cornyn calls Ken Paxton scandals an 'embarrassment' when asked about attorney general runoff
But the incumbent has faced a slew of controversies in the past few years, including an FBI investigation into allegations he abused his office to help a wealthy donor, a 7-year-old felony securities fraud indictment, a lawsuit from the state bar challenging his ethics as a practicing attorney for suing to block the 2020 election results, and accusations he cheated on his wife.
“I will tell you that I remain very disturbed by the fact that the incumbent has had an indictment hanging over his head, for now, I don’t know, what has it been, six years? This is the chief law enforcement officer of the state of Texas. And it’s a source of embarrassment to me that that has been unresolved,” Cornyn said on a Thursday call with reporters, noting that he tries “very hard” not to get involved in primary politics. Cornyn has not endorsed in the primary.
Cornyn is the most prominent Texas Republican to criticize Paxton’s rocky record. Cornyn has represented Texas in the U.S. Senate for almost 20 years and served six years as the second-highest-ranking Republican in the chamber. He’s also a former Texas attorney general and state Supreme Court justice.
Paxton has denied criminal wrongdoing in all of the legal charges brought against him. He remains the favorite heading into the runoff and is backed by a number of top conservative politicians — most notably former President Donald Trump, who called him “a fighter like no other” to wide applause at a recent Austin rally.
He remains beloved by many conservatives for his frequent challenges to the Biden administration over its policies. Paxton’s campaign did not immediately respond to an emailed request for comment.
The senator also pointed to unresolved claims from whistleblowers in the attorney general’s office who said they were retaliated against after they accused Paxton of malfeasance.
“Obviously, the voters will have access to that information,” Cornyn said. “They’ll make their own decision. I can’t predict what the outcome will be, but I do, as a former attorney general myself, I’m embarrassed by what we’re having to deal with."
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This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at https://www.texastribune.org/2022/05/19/john-cornyn-ken-paxton-texas-attorney-general-runoff/.
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In an interview set to air Thursday evening on "NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt," Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson will explain that then-President Donald Trump suggested she be arrested for treason and executed.
"She said she learned of it from a source familiar with Trump’s White House meeting," NBC News reported.
Benson described it as "surreal" and she she "felt sad."
“It certainly amplified the heightened sense of anxiety, stress and uncertainty of that time — which I still feel in many ways — because it showed there was no bottom to how far he (Trump) and his supporters were willing to stoop to overturn or discredit a legitimate election," she explained.
Trump spokesman Taylor Budowich denied the report.
"I have it on good authority that Secretary Benson knowingly lied throughout her interview with NBC News," he alleged.
Benson is being challenged in the 2022 midterms by Kristina Karamo, who has falsely claimed the 2020 election was "rigged and stolen."