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Trump ex-chief of staff Mark Meadows ordered to testify in Georgia election probe

Trump ex-chief of staff Mark Meadows ordered to testify in Georgia election probe

White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows speaks to reporters following a television interview, outside the White House in Washington, October 21, 2020.Alexander Drago | ReutersThe Supreme Court of South Carolina on Tuesday ordered former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows to testify before an Atlanta-area grand jury as part of its investigation into former President Donald Trump's efforts to interfere in Georgia's 2020 election results.A panel of five justices unanimously affirmed a lower court judge's order for Meadows to comply with the subpoena from the Fulton County grand jury on Wednesday. Meadows had asked the state supreme court…
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Sen. Cotton says if Apple deplatforms Twitter, it’s because Apple’s CEO is ‘envious’ of Musk

Sen. Cotton says if Apple deplatforms Twitter, it’s because Apple’s CEO is ‘envious’ of Musk

The Verge: Elon Musk claims that Apple has threatened to “withhold” Twitter from the iOS App Store for unknown reasons. The news follows a tweet where Musk said Apple had “mostly stopped advertising” on the platform and a poll asking whether Apple should “publish all censorship actions it has taken that affect its customers.” Apple did not immediately comment on Musk’s claim. The news follows much more subtle signs of mounting tension between Apple and Musk-owned Twitter. Musk has criticized Apple’s App Store fee for in-app purchases, dubbing it a “hidden 30% tax” on the internet. And Apple App Store boss Phil Schiller deleted his Twitter account following…
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Congressional leaders clear the way for a bipartisan bill to avert a railroad strike

Congressional leaders clear the way for a bipartisan bill to avert a railroad strike

U.S. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy attends a meeting with US President Joe Biden (R) and other Congressional Leaders to discuss legislative priorities through the end of 2022, at the White House on November 29, 2022 in Washington, DC.Kevin Dietsch | Getty ImagesWASHINGTON — President Joe Biden hosted a rare meeting of the four House and Senate leaders Tuesday at the White House, where Republicans and Democrats agreed to pass a bill to avert a nationwide rail workers' strike before the U.S. economy could start to feel its effects as soon as this weekend.The meeting with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer,…
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Arizona Republicans refusing to certify votes might actually turn red seats blue

Arizona Republicans refusing to certify votes might actually turn red seats blue

Uh oh patriots: The democracy is coming from INSIDE THE HOUSE!!!! On Monday, following delay after delay, the MAGA-controlled Cochise County, Arizona, board of elections missed its deadline to certify 47,000-plus (mostly conservative) votes. The move was seen by most as pure political theater from a deep-red county which has swallowed the Big Lie election denialism hook, line, and sinker. Like all political theater, this will cost taxpayers money. Before two MAGA-conspiracy theorists who don’t trust “any computers” failed to do their part to certify their constituents’ votes, Arizona State Elections Director Kori Lorick explained that there was no evidence of impropriety in the…
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McConnell criticizes Trump meeting with Kanye West, Nick Fuentes

McConnell criticizes Trump meeting with Kanye West, Nick Fuentes

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) speaks to reporters as he returns from a meeting at the White House with President Joe Biden, to the U.S. Capitol in Washington, November 29, 2022.Jonathan Ernst | ReutersSenate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell suggested Tuesday that Donald Trump is "highly unlikely" to regain the presidency as a result of his recent dinner with the rapper now known as Ye and white supremacist Nick Fuentes.Trump has been condemned for dining with both men, who have espoused anti-Semitic beliefs, at his Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Florida, last week.CNBC PoliticsRead more of CNBC's politics coverage:"First,…
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Bracing for another massive wave of Russian attacks on Ukrainian cities

Bracing for another massive wave of Russian attacks on Ukrainian cities

At this latest round of attacks is still only an expectation, not a fact. Should fears of a massive wave of attacks on Tuesday emerge, look for additional updates. In early November, Ukraine received its first NASAMS (National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile Systems) which integrates U.S. and European components into a series of networked launchers that can take down incoming missile at a range up to 50km. A second unit is now reportedly in place and additional NASAMS units are on the way. The UK has supplied Ukraine with at least six Stormer surface-air missile systems. Germany has provided at least 30…
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Bipartisan coalition ends decade of Republican control over Alaska Senate

Bipartisan coalition ends decade of Republican control over Alaska Senate

The House has likewise been governed by a shifting consortium of Democrats, independents, and Republicans since 2017, but it's not clear whether such an arrangement will continue. While Republicans lost two seats in the Senate, they retained nominal control of 21 seats in the House—theoretically enough for a bare majority. One of those, however, belongs to House Speaker Louise Stutes, a member of the current coalition, while another is represented by David Eastman, a member of the Oath Keepers who is disliked by many fellow Republicans for his obstructionism. There are many possible permutations that could result in either side…
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While turnout in Georgia Senate runoff is at a record high, brutal Warnock ad eviscerates Walker

While turnout in Georgia Senate runoff is at a record high, brutal Warnock ad eviscerates Walker

Meanwhile, Walker has been out on the campaign trail dragging Warnock but neglecting to explain what he would do if actually elected to the Senate—a frightening thought. “Herschel Walker has no vision for our state or for our country,” Warnock said, according to the AJC, during a rally in early November. “Think about it, we’ve been running now for a little while, and he has yet to tell us what he actually wants to do. Think about that. He’s running for Senate, and he has not even told us what he wants to do.” What Walker has done is run…
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MAGA-controlled Arizona county fails to certify election results by deadline

MAGA-controlled Arizona county fails to certify election results by deadline

This pathetic show of corruption on the part of Republican operators was not a big surprise, as Cochise County’s Republican majority already signaled they were not serious about real election results more than a week ago, when they voted to delay certification the first time. This was on Nov. 18, when Republican board members argued the vote tabulators being used were not properly certified. The evidence? None. In fact, at the time, Arizona state election director Kori Lorick presented evidence to the contrary of election deniers’ assertions that votes don’t count unless they are 100% Republican.  Supervisor Peggy Judd said she was voting to delay…
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Kellyanne Conway talks with Jan. 6 committee for 5 hours; Trump has a freakout

Kellyanne Conway talks with Jan. 6 committee for 5 hours; Trump has a freakout

After leaving the Jan. 6 committee, Conway was predictably cagey about what she had or had not talked about for the previous five hours. When asked about whether or not Conway had spoken to the committee about Donald Trump’s understanding that he lost the election, Conway said, “I won’t talk about that because I may have talked about that here.” One fun piece of information came when asked by reporters when she had last spoken with Golf-a-Lago-in-chief: “Last week he called me.” Had Conway mentioned she was planning on meeting with the committee when she spoke with him? “He doesn’t know that from me, he…
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