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Arizona SecState pleads with Kyrsten Sinema to reform the filibuster: 'We are running out of time'

Arizona's chief election's official called out a fellow Democrat from her own state as she pleaded with Senate Democrats to pass the For the People Act to protect voters from GOP voter suppression.

"Democracy is under siege in Arizona. As part of the 'big lie' that Republicans have been pushing about electoral fraud, they're conducting an "audit" in our largest county, Maricopa, to dig up nonexistent evidence. It's an absurd spectacle. The proliferation of conspiracy theories is staggering: ballots are being disqualified because of Sharpies; ballots were shipped in from China; ballots were burned in a chicken-farm fire," Secretary of State Katie Hobbs wrote in a new Washington Post op-ed.

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Mother and grandmother found dead during investigation into police shootout suspect: report

Authorities in North Carolina made grim discoveries on Monday while investigating a man who allegedly shot at police.

"Shots were fired into a Winston-Salem Police Department office on Monday afternoon, a suspect is in custody and a homicide investigation is underway after the suspect's mother and grandmother were found dead in their homes, according to the WSPD and Forsyth County Sheriff's Office," WGHP-TV reports.

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Utah Republican cornered on CNN over his lack of support for law enforcement

Rep. Chris Stewart (R-UT) got tongue-tied on Monday attempting to reconcile his opposition to a 9/11-style commission to investigate the January 6th insurrection with his purported support for law enforcement.

CNN's Chris Cuomo noted Stewart's "supposed" support of law enforcement and said, "100 of them hurt — you don't even want to investigate it."

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McConnell's SCOTUS threat could backfire as Dems turbocharge Biden's judicial confirmations: report

On Monday, POLITICO reported that the new threat by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to deny President Joe Biden any Supreme Court nominations if he regains control of the Senate in 2022 could backfire in a big way — by supercharging Democratic efforts to seat as many judges as possible before the midterms can take place.

"McConnell ... might be doing his opponents a favor," wrote Elana Schor. "That's because Democrats have spent springtime searching for a breakthrough on a long list of White House priorities, from infrastructure to policing to voting rights, with little success so far. The one front that Democratic senators seem to feel genuinely good about ... is their progress on judicial confirmations."

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Louie Gohmert gave $5,500 to Holocaust-denying preacher — then claimed it was an accident

On Monday, The Daily Beast reported that Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) donated $5,500 to virulently anti-gay and anti-Semitic pastor Steve Anderson — and when caught, claimed the whole thing was an unfortunate mixup.

According to William Bredderman, "Team Gohmert claims it hired a Christian singer named Steve Amerson from Granada HIlls, California, but accidentally reported to the Federal Election Commission that the cash went to the Tempe, Arizona address of the Faithful Word Baptist Church, led by the infamous Pastor Steve Anderson."

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Boeing blasted for 'stupid and short sighted' funding of Republicans opposed to free and fair elections

Boeing was blasted on Monday for making political contributions who voted to overturn the 2020 presidential election only hours after the January 6th insurrection by supporters of Donald Trump.

"We have been reporting, for months now, on this slow-motion insurrection being carried out by Republicans in Congress and state houses and state parties all across the country, putting the pieces in place to do in the next election what the mob failed to do on January 6th," MSNBC's Chris Hayes said. "But the mob, itself, at least, is facing some consequences -- consequences for their actions."

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Senate Republicans are setting a trap to kill Biden’s agenda: report

Joe Biden's focus on bipartisanship over public policy outcomes could be leading him into a trap.

"Senate Republicans are mulling support for a massive amount of new spending on infrastructure — in part because they think it'll help kill President Joe Biden's liberal agenda," Politico reported Monday. "Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has yet to tip his hand on whether he supports the bipartisan negotiations on Biden's plan for roads and bridges that are being led by Sens. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) and Rob Portman (R-OH). But a growing number of Senate Republicans are betting that if a deal is reached on that sort of physical infrastructure, Democrats won't have the votes needed to pass the rest of Biden's 'soft infrastructure' priorities, such as child care and clean energy."

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Pro-Trump activist attacks GOP governor for 'unconstitutional' vaccine mandate at state university

On Monday, Charlie Kirk, the founder of the pro-Trump Turning Point USA student group, tore into Gov. Doug Ducey (R-AZ) over Arizona State University requiring vaccines for students, calling the measure "unconstitutional."

"Why is the Republican Governor of Arizona allowing @ASU — the largest university in his state — to unconstitutionally mandate vaccines for college students?" tweeted Kirk. "This is a brazen attack on liberty and a dangerously anti-scientific position for a university to take Unacceptable."

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Republican gives ‘clinic’ on political posturing while defending controversial Arizona audit: report

On Monday, Arizona Attorney General and Republican Senate candidate Mark Brnovich fired off an angry letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland for his criticism of the Arizona election "audit," calling the DOJ's position against the effort "hysterical," and saying he is "not amused by DOJ posturing."

The letter invited immediate scorn from local Arizona reporter Brahm Resnik, who noted that ironically, the entire letter "gives a posturing clinic."

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Cashier murdered after mask policy shooting at supermarket

A man pulled out a gun and shot and killed an Atlanta-area Big Bear Supermarket cashier over the store's mask policy, according to police. Two people, including a DeKalb County Sheriff's Office reserve unit deputy who was inside the supermarket working as a security guard, and the suspect, were also wounded.

"The subject pulled out a weapon and shot a cashier at the location," DeKalb County Sheriff Melody Maddox said, according to 11Alive. "The individual is deceased."

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GOP candidate throws fit over not getting Trump's endorsement for Senate — calls it 'orchestrated' plot

On Monday, the Jacksonville Daily News reported that former Rep. Mark Walker (R-NC), one of the first major candidates to seek the Republican nomination for North Carolina's open Senate seat, is still stinging that former President Donald Trump endorsed Rep. Ted Budd over him — and speculated that it was a plot "orchestrated" by Mark Meadows, another former North Carolina representative who served as Trump's chief of staff.

"'Ah — my first thought — it was that Mark Meadows had orchestrated this whole event,' Walker told The USA TODAY Network a few minutes after making similar comments about the endorsement to approximately 120 attendees at the luncheon. It was held by the Fayetteville Republican Women's Club to celebrate Trump and his birthday, which is Monday," reported Paul Woolverton. "Walker accused Meadows of not telling Trump that Walker led a straw poll of Republican delegates earlier that day for the GOP 2022 Senate nomination."

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QAnon congresswoman holds press conference to apologize for likening coronavirus rules to Holocaust

Weeks after Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) compared mask mandates to the Holocaust, the controversial Republican is finally apologizing for her outrageous comments.

Greene had initially doubled-down on her remarks, but changed her tune on Monday.

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Ex-FBI official walks through specifics on what DOJ did to coverup spying on members of congress

Speaking to MSNBC Monday, national security expert Jeremy Bash and former FBI Deputy Director of Counterintelligence Frank Figliuzzi explained the specifics on what was likely done to get warrants for members of Congress and the White House counsel and renew the gag order on Apple.

It was revealed late last week by New York Times reporter Michael Schmidt that under Attorney General Jeff Sessions warrants were issued to spy on reporters, members of Congress, their staff and their family. While nothing was uncovered, the Justice Department, even under Attorney General renewed the gag order on Apple refusing to allow anyone to learn of the scandal during the Trump reign.

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