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Marjorie Taylor Greene fires up Florida senior citizens with 'Big Lie' that Trump is still president

Controversial QAnon Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) pushed the "Big Lie" that Trump won the 2020 election during a Friday evening rally at a Florida retirement community with Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL).

"God bless you guys," Greene said.

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Trump's DOJ secretly obtained Washington Post phone records: report

There's a new bombshell report on the actions by the Justice Department under Donald Trump.

"The Trump Justice Department secretly obtained Washington Post journalists' phone records and tried to obtain their email records over reporting they did in the early months of the Trump administration on Russia's role in the 2016 election, according to government letters and officials," Devlin Barrett reported on Friday for The Washington Post. "In three separate letters dated May 3 and addressed to Post reporters Ellen Nakashima and Greg Miller, and former Post reporter Adam Entous, the Justice Department wrote they were 'hereby notified that pursuant to legal process the United States Department of Justice received toll records associated with the following telephone numbers for the period from April 15, 2017 to July 31, 2017.' The letters listed work, home or cellphone numbers covering that three-and-a-half-month period."

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'Uncontrolled slaughter' of 90 percent of gray wolves in Idaho feared after new GOP law

Wildlife advocacy groups are sounding the alarm about a new "extermination" law in Idaho, signed this week by GOP Gov. Brad Little, that will allow hunters and private contractors to kill up to 90% of the state's gray wolf population—about 1,350 animals.

"Backed by an array of misinformation and fearmongering, the state Legislature stepped over experts at the Idaho Fish and Game Department and rushed to pass this horrific wolf-killing bill," said Andrea Zaccardi, a senior attorney at the Center for Biological Diversity, in a statement.

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Mississippi Republican calls for more Christians to be elected — because ‘the end times’ are here

Mississippi Secretary of State Michael Watson is calling for more Christians to be elected to office "today more than ever before," because "the end times" are here.

Watson made his remarks at a National Day of Prayer event at the Mississippi Coliseum in Jackson on Thursday, as the Mississippi Free Press reports.

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Pay a living wage or 'flip your own damn burgers': Progressives blast right-wing narrative on jobs

Pushing back on the right-wing narrative about the reason for real or perceived labor shortages in some markets nationwide, progressives on Friday told corporations that if they want to hire more people, they'll need to start paying better wages.

Soon after the Labor Department released its April jobs report, the U.S. Chamber of Congress blamed last month's weak employment growth on the existence of a $300 weekly supplemental jobless benefit and began urging lawmakers to eliminate the federally enhanced unemployment payments that were extended through early September when congressional Democrats passed President Joe Biden's American Rescue Plan.

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Watch Florida seniors sing Queen song at Matt Gaetz and Marjorie Taylor Greene rally in Florida

Controversial Reps. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) and Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) joined forces on Friday evening to rally Florida seniors living in The Villages retirement community.

The event was billed as an "America First Rally."

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Lawmaker charged with helping extremists storm Oregon Capitol has 'a really bad case of COVID': report

Oregon state Rep. Mike Nearman is complaining about having contracted coronavirus before his scheduled first court hearing after being charged with helping violent extremists storm the Capitol in Salem.

"A Republican state lawmaker who authorities say let violent protesters into the Oregon Capitol in December says he is ill with COVID-19. 'I have a really bad case of COVID and I'm kind of on the mend a little bit,' Rep. Mike Nearman said on a conservative radio talk show," the Associated Press reported Friday.

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US magazine suffers virtual walk-out after CEO questions telework

Writers at a US magazine stopped work Friday after the company's chief executive penned an essay in the Washington Post suggesting "risks" to their job status if they did not return to the office.

The move came after Washingtonian CEO Cathy Merrill questioned the work status of remote employees in one of the country's biggest newspapers.

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BUSTED: Undercover reporter catches Ted Cruz bragging he ‘led' efforts to overturn the election

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) was caught on camera bragging that he "led the objections" on January 6 to try to overturn a free and fair election. Cruz has been highlighted, along with U.S. Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO), as the top leaders who "amplified claims of election fraud" that "resulted in threats of violence against state and local officials around the country," according to an ethics complaint filed by seven Democratic Senators.

Lauren Windsor, who describes herself as an undercover reporter for The Undercurrent and runs a site dedicated to helping victims of Project Veritas, pretended to be a far right wing voter and asked Senator Cruz why he "didn't do more to fight for President Trump on January 6."

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Did Ted Cruz lie in January about overturning the election? Or did he lie about it in May?: newspaper

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) has changed his tune about why he voted against accepting the fact that Joe Biden won the 2020 election.

"Sen. Ted Cruz was not about to let an upstart like Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) outmaneuver him in pandering to President Donald Trump's base of support. So when Hawley announced a few days before Congress met to affirm the 2020 electoral college votes that he would object to the vote totals from Pennsylvania, Cruz put together a contingent of senators to make the same promise," The Washington Post reported on Friday. "The group, Cruz's office explained in a statement, was 'acting not to thwart the democratic process, but rather to protect it.' That assurance, buried at the bottom of the lengthy missive, was meant to address the obvious concern that blocking the counting of electoral votes ran the (infinitesimal) risk of derailing the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden, who, by all objective accounts, had clearly won the race."

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Trump pushing new conspiracy theory to delegitimize Biden White House: report

One decade after Donald Trump sought to delegitimize Barack Obama's presidency by pushing the racist birtherism conspiracy theory, Trump is now pushing a conspiracy theory against the new administration.

"Six months removed from his Election Day loss, Trump has emerged from his West Palm Beach hibernation — refashioning himself as the president of the Republican States of America and reshaping the party in ways both micro and macro," The Washington Post reported Friday.

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More than 45,000 people volunteer to kill 12 bison in US national park

More than 45,000 people have volunteered to kill 12 bison in the Grand Canyon National Park, as part of a new program to manage the growing population of the animals, the National Park Service said Friday.

If their numbers grow too high, buffalo can damage park ecosystems such as vegetation and soil, NPS spokeswoman Kaitlyn Thomas told AFP.

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Texas is latest U.S. state to advance GOP-backed voter suppression

By Joseph Ax and Steve Gorman

(Reuters) -Texas joined other Republican-controlled states on Friday in advancing a slew of new voting restrictions, defying opposition from many of the state's businesses and adding to a fierce national debate over voting rights.

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