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Mark Meadows threatens that TrumpWorld will 'move forward in a real way'

July 31, 2021 in Blogs

By Meaghan Ellis

Former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows still believes there is hope for TrumpWorld to progress. On Friday, July 29, Meadows appeared on Newsmax where he offered some details about Trump’s political future. He revealed the former president has conducted a number of meetings with “some of our cabinet members.”

Although Meadows admitted he had no authority to speak on Trump’s behalf, he did insist no meetings would be held at all if Trump had no real plans to “move forward in a real way.”

Speaking to Newsmax host Steve Cortes, Meadows said, “We met with several of our cabinet members tonight. We actually had a follow-up … meeting with some of our cabinet members. And as we were looking at that, we were looking at what does come next,” Meadows said.

He continued, “I’m not authorized to speak on behalf of the president, but I can tell you this, Steve; we wouldn’t be meeting tonight if we weren’t making plans to move forward in a real way, with President Trump at the head of that ticket.”

While it remains unclear what Meadows specifically meant, it appears he was suggesting that Trump is serious about another presidential run in 2024.

The latest comes shortly after Trump, himself, also hinted at the possibility of a third run for president. During a recent interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity, Trump said, “It’s not that I want to. The country needs it. We have to take care of this country. I don’t want to, is this fun? Fighting constantly? Fighting always? I mean, the country, what we have done is so important.”

Since Trump is still considered one of the strongest Republican influences, it would not come as a surprise if his base were to support another presidential run. In fact, the latest straw poll findings have revealed Trump still holds a 70 percent lead over all of his possible Republican contenders within the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).

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Eric Swalwell: Kevin McCarthy and Jim Jordan are right to worry about the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection committee

July 31, 2021 in Blogs

By Meaghan Ellis

Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) is still pushing for Republican lawmakers to be held accountable for their blind support of former President Donald Trump’s attempted coup on Jan. 6.

While many Republican lawmakers have made an arduous effort to downplay the insurrection, dismiss what occurred, and deny Trump’s true intent, Swalwell believes there is reason to believe that some of his colleagues were well aware of Trump’s intention reports Political USA.

In fact, he even believes there is hard evidence to support his claim. During a recent appearance on MSNBC, Swalwell discussed the recent reports circulating about House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio).

Just days ago, Jordan found himself at the center of controversy when he was grilled by a reporter after clumsily admitting he’d talked to Trump on Jan. 6. That slip-up came as McCarthy continues to try and blame House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Democratic lawmakers for the deadly day at the Capitol.

Speaking about the recent developments and the latest evidence of Trump’s discussion with former Acting U.S. Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen, Swalwell weighed in with his opinion as he noted that Jordan and McCarthy should be concerned about the ongoing Jan. 6 investigation.

“Jim Jordan and Kevin McCarthy are not only witnesses to what happened at the Capitol on January 6th, they are witnesses to Donald Trump’s intent and, his conduct, the decisions that he made that day,” Swalwell said.”That’s why Jim Jordan shouldn’t be anywhere close to the dais that is investigating January 6th, but he may be close to the witness table.”

He also concluded with a compelling question.

“One question that I have, Jonathan, as Kevin McCarthy years ago, famously talked about how Benghazi was designed to tear down Hillary Clinton, well, will any of these witnesses have the courage that Hillary Clinton showed that day when she testified for 11 hours?” Swalwell asked. “Will we get 11 seconds of Kevin McCarthy? Will we get 11 seconds of Jim Jordan? Will we get 11 seconds of Donald Trump, who you remember refused to testify when called to the impeachment trial.”

While both Republican lawmakers have repeatedly …read more

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Large percentage of Republicans believe 'patriotic Americans’ could 'take the law into their own hands’

July 31, 2021 in Blogs

By Meaghan Ellis

Nearly half of Republican voters believe there will come a time when the so-called “American patriots” will “have take the law into their own hands,” the findings of a new survey reveal.

The new survey, conducted by GW Politics Poll, analyzed the belief systems of Democrats and Republicans. Based on the survey’s findings, there are stark differences between Democratic and Republican voters’ perspectives of the law and their trust and confidence in the government.

Republican voters in states former President Donald Trump won during the 2020 election have a higher level of trust in their state and local officials than Republicans residing in blue states won by President Joe Biden. While the same trend is evident where Democratic voters are concerned, the survey indicates it is far “less profound.”

Danny Hayes, a George Washington University political science professor and co-director of the GW Politics Poll weighed in with more details about the survey findings.

“Most of the state and local officials who run our elections are long-time public servants whose goal is simply to help our democracy operate smoothly,” Hayes said. “But if we’ve gotten to a place where voters trust the electoral system only when their side wins, then that undermines the idea of non-partisan election administration, which is essential for democracy.”

The survey highlighted the following:

“Support for fundamental principles such as free and fair elections, free speech, and peaceful protest are nearly unanimous among both Democrats and Republicans. Their views on other democratic values, however, differ dramatically. Over half of Republicans (55%) supported the possible use of force to preserve the “traditional American way of life,” compared to 15% of Democrats. When asked if a time will come when “patriotic Americans have to take the law into their own hands,” 47% of Republicans agreed, as opposed to just 9% of Democrats.”

The reference to patriotic Americans could raise concerns given what transpired at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, the deadly event serves as a reminder of what could happen when Americans “take the law into their own hands.”

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Madison Cawthorn and GOP colleague trade barbs in heated argument on House floor

July 31, 2021 in Blogs

By Meaghan Ellis

An aide, working on behalf of Rep. David McKinley (R-W.Va.), recently filed an ethics complaint Rep. Madison Cawthorn following their intense exchange on the House floor.

According to Politico, the heated exchange took place on Thursday, July 29 and was witnessed by a number of McKinley aides. At this point, the specific allegation remains unclear and the House Ethics Committee will determine if the complaint is worth investigating.

The publication reports that Cawthorn’s office claims the verbal sparring match “stemmed from the lawmaker’s mistaken attachment to a drug pricing bill when he had asked to cosponsor separate legislation that would expand telehealth services for substance use disorder treatment.”

At one point during the disagreement, Cawthorn reportedly insulted McKinley as he asked the lawmaker’s aides “was that guy with the mustache that nobody f—ing knows.”

As word traveled about the brief spat, some lawmakers reportedly wondered why Cawthorn hadn’t instructed his own aides to deal with the situation.

As the day progressed, the tension intensified. At one point, Cawthorn reportedly asked McKinley, “What is your name?”

An inside source said McKinley fired back saying, “You know damn well who I am.”

In a later interview, Cawthorn addressed the situation.

“I said, ‘Your district will remember that. And if you want to run for re-election and you’re going to sit here and attack me all over this stuff, I will make sure they remember’”

He said McKinley “started getting all kinds of angry.”

The spat between Cawthorn and McKinley is just another example of intraparty fighting and tension among House Republicans. With the U.S. Capitol insurrection, Trump’s second impeachment trial and a number of other key issues, Republicans have often found themselves on opposite sides of the fence depending on their belief systems and the leadership they choose to follow.

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Congressman blasts Trump's AG Rosen for protecting former president by dodging direct questions

July 31, 2021 in Blogs

By Meaghan Ellis

Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) is blasting former Acting U.S. Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen for his behavior during the select committee hearing. According to MSNBC, the Democratic lawmaker weighed in with his opinion of Rosen’s refusal to answer direct questions during the hearing.

Speaking to MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace about Rosen’s testimony, he criticized Rosen for his involvement in Trump’s attempted coup at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. According to Connolly, Rosen “‘hid behind the confidentially of a conservation’ to protect himself and the former president.”

Connolly’s criticism of Rosen comes as details about Trump’s call to Rosen are coming to light. On Thursday, July 29, handwritten notes about the call were also revealed. According to USA Today, Trump placed a call to the forming Acting Attorney General back in December. At the time, Trump said, “Just say that the election was corrupt + leave the rest to me and the R. Congressmen.”

The publication notes: “The disclosures provide more insight into how Trump tried to use the country’s top law enforcement agency to back claims that the last election had been stolen from him even though the Justice Department had found no evidence of widespread fraud that would’ve changed the results. The notes, written by Rosen’s deputy, were released Friday by the House Oversight and Reform Committee, which is investigating efforts by Trump to overturn President Joe Biden’s win.”

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'Planning to foment a coup': Legal experts say new evidence shows Trump trying 'to overthrow the government'

July 30, 2021 in Blogs

By David Badash

Legal experts are cautiously weighing in on the bombshell news out of the U.S. House of Representatives Oversight Committee and The New York Times revealing how the former president, Donald Trump, pressured top DOJ officials to declare the election “corrupt” and help him overturn it.

NBC News and MSNBC Legal Analyst Glenn Kirschner, a former fed prosecutor, calls Trump pressuring the DOJ “evidence of an intent to overthrow the government,” and asks what more will it take for him to be indicted.

Constitutional law scholar, University Professor Emeritus at Harvard University Laurence Tribe says this is “part of a pattern showing Trump’s criminal planning to foment a coup”:

Noted attorney George Conway, who turned down a position of solicitor general in the Trump administration says Trump “should be prosecuted”:

Law Professor and former Bush chief White House ethics lawyer Richard Painter:

Condé Nast Legal Affairs Editor Luke Zaleski sums it all up and concludes: “Trump is guilty. He tried to overthrow the government.”

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The free rider problem: Republicans are reveling in their own recklessness as the country suffers

July 30, 2021 in Blogs

By Amanda Marcotte

Late Thursday night, the Washington Post published leaked documents from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) which showed the data used to draft the new federal recommendations that vaccinated people in COVID-19 hot spots wear masks in indoor public spaces. The scientific information is sobering, to say the least, showing that the “delta variant of the coronavirus appears to cause more severe illness than earlier variants and spreads as easily as chickenpox” and “vaccinated individuals infected with delta may be able to transmit the virus as easily as those who are unvaccinated.”

To be clear, the vaccines are still highly effective and breakthrough infections are relatively rare, so this is not, as some of the more hysterical or anti-vaccination voices on social media are suggesting, evidence that the vaccines don’t work. Moreover, even if a vaccinated person does get a breakthrough infection, it is likely to be relatively mild. The new masking recommendations from the CDC are not so much to protect the vaccinated, as they are to protect the unvaccinated. As one federal health official explained to the Washington Post, “Although it’s rare, we believe that at an individual level, vaccinated people may spread the virus, which is why we updated our recommendation.”

As President Joe Biden explained in a press conference Thursday, “the existing vaccines work to prevent death, serious illness, and hospitalization,” and if “every American is vaccinated, in fact, we would be out of the woods.”

While some Americans — kids under 12 and a few people with medical conditions — cannot get vaccinated right now, the real problem is perfectly eligible adults who simply refuse to get the shot. If those folks all got the shot, the pandemic would likely be winding down. These biological details about the delta variant are alarming, but the fundamental reality has not shifted: In this era of effective vaccinations, the continuing pandemic is more a social phenomenon than a biological one.

The delta variant is just a mindless virus. The real problem is our fellow human beings who, as political science professor Scott Lemieux wrote recently, confuse “free riding with freedom — letting people do what they want with no consequences even when the consequences are borne by other people as well.” The problem, as I’ve written …read more

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Why America needs union workers to drive the success of a national infrastructure program

July 30, 2021 in Blogs

By Tom Conway

Tom Conway is the international president of the United Steelworkers Union (USW).

Visitors to National Airport in Washington, D.C., have often gazed in awe at a grand, wide hall with soaring, vaulted ceilings intended to evoke the grandeur of government buildings in the nation’s capital.

Union workers at Cives Steel Co. in Winchester, Virginia, fabricated thousands of tons of steel for that innovative project. While they’re pleased to have contributed to the facility’s majestic appearance, they’re even prouder to know that their skilled craftsmanship produced strong, flawless steel components keeping thousands of passengers, vendors and other airport users safe every day.

As America embarks on a historic modernization of roads, bridges, water systems, airports, schools, manufacturing facilities and other infrastructure, it’s essential that the nation’s highly skilled union workers supply the raw materials and parts as well as the labor for these publicly funded projects.

Union workers will deliver infrastructure that’s safe to use and built to last. Congress just needs to ensure they have the opportunity to put those skills to use, and that means including domestic procurement requirements in legislation implementing President Joe Biden’s infrastructure program.

“If you want a good-quality product, it’s got to be made by union people. They take pride in what they do. They want to put out a good product,” said Buddy Morgan, president of United Steelworkers (USW) Local 8360, which represents workers at the Winchester plant.

Morgan, who has worked at Cives Steel for 42 years, and his coworkers, many of whom also have decades of experience under their belts, have already worked on many of the kinds of infrastructure projects Biden now wants to take to scale through his American Jobs Plan.

In addition to the National Airport project, which involved the production of pieces so huge that workers faced formidable challenges just maneuvering them onto trucks, members of Local 8360 fabricated tons of steel for a terminal at Philadelphia International Airport and a military aircraft hangar in Norfolk, Virginia.

Over the years, they’ve also manufactured steel components for schools, industrial facilities, sports complexes, hospitals and laboratories.

The structural integrity of enormous buildings—and the lives of people using them—depend on the quality of their …read more

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Philippe Petit walks on a tightrope between the Twin Towers

July 30, 2021 in History

By History.com Editors

High above the early-morning traffic in Lower Manhattan, a French street performer steps off the roof of the south tower of the World Trade Center on August 7, 1974. Clad in black and carrying a long pole for balance, Philippe Petit begins the most famous high-wire walk in history, calmly traversing the space between the Twin Towers at a height of 1,350 feet.

Petit enjoyed tightrope walking from a young age, and began his career as a juggler on the streets of Paris. Amazingly, he first imagined himself walking between the Twin Towers before they had even been built. As he later recounted, the idea came to him because of a dental emergency: “Here I am, young, 17-years-old, with a bad tooth in one of those un-colorful waiting room of a French dentist … suddenly, I freeze because I have opened a newspaper at a page and I see something magnificent, something that inspires me. I see two towers and the article says one day those towers will be built.”

The towers would be not open until 1973, but Petit was determined he would one day walk between them. He began his high-wire career with walks between the towers of Notre Dame in 1971 and the pylons of the Sydney Harbour Bridge in 1973. Although he trained with a circus performer and thought of himself as a “poet, conquering beautiful stages,” his preparations to walk between the Twin Towers most closely resembled scenes from a heist film. He disguised himself as everything from a construction worker to a journalist to an architect in order to gain access and study the site, even casing it from above via helicopter and identifying Barry Greenhouse, a man who worked on the 82nd floor of the south tower, as his inside man.

On the night of August 6, 1974, with Greenhouse’s help, Petit and some accomplices made their way into the towers, split into two teams. One of them shot an arrow across the gap between the buildings, spanning it with a length of fishing line that was then used to string stronger support wires. Around 7 a.m. the next morning, Petit stepped out onto the wire. Over the next 50 minutes, he completed eight trips across the divide, bowing to the onlookers below and even stopping to sit and lie down on the inch-thick wire. Finally, he dismounted and surrendered to the …read more

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The legal system often leaves survivors of abuse with only one viable option

July 30, 2021 in Blogs

By Mia Brett

A common refrain in attacking women who have accused men of sexual assault (especially rich men) is that they are just looking to bring a civil suit and get a payday.

This accusation gets worse if these women so much as breathe in the direction of legal representation. Unfortunately, civil litigation is often one of the only ways for victims of gender-based violence (sexual assault, domestic violence, etc.) to get any kind of public acknowledgment, or redress, considering the abysmal statistics on convictions and jail time. Rather than judging the civil litigation route, we should be encouraging people to seek acknowledgment and personal justice in any way they see fit. And if that method comes with some money at the end for victims, so much the better.

Many victims report an experience of retraumatization and minimization by police when they report sexual assault. Police commonly mock, harass, dismiss and belittle accusations out of an assumption that women aren’t telling the truth and a system of rape culture that downplays sexual assault entirely. Our adversarial system is tough on survivors in the best of circumstances. It was built as a structure that supported rape culture. But when one adds the sexism and racism pervasive in policing reporting sexual assault or domestic violence can be almost impossible for many victims.

Even when victims bring cases and make it through police questioning, the statistics on successful sexual assault prosecutions are dismal. In Manhattan, in 2019 prosecutors dropped 49 percent of sexual assault cases brought to their offices (an increase in dropped cases from 2017). Perhaps one reason prosecutors drop so many sexual assault cases is that they are one of the most difficult violent crimes to get a conviction for. That same year, in Manhattan, the conviction rate for sexual assault was 44 percent compared to 79 percent for first-degree murder. Nationwide, less than 1 percent of rapes and attempted rapes lead to felony convictions and less than 3 percent of rapists ever spend a day in jail (pre- or post-conviction). We shouldn’t accept the low conviction rate as a justification to not bring charges. It’s up to police and prosecutors to believe victims and overcome the challenges if a victim bravely comes forward.

When a man is finally brought to justice, we often ask why the women didn’t come forward …read more

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