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March 2, 2021 in Blogs

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An evangelical Christian explains why she fights climate change — and how her religion merged with the right

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An evangelical Christian explains why she fights climate change — and how her religion merged with the right

March 2, 2021 in Blogs

By Alex Henderson

Texas-based Katharine Hayhoe is a rarity: a scientist who is heavily focused on climate change but is also an evangelical Christian. Scientists who go to church and believe in climate change are not unusual, but it’s less common in her denomination. Climate change is actually Hayhoe’s area of expertise, and journalist KK Ottesen discusses the politicization of climate change in a Q&A interview with Hayhoe published by the Washington Post this week.

Hayhoe, who serves as director of the Climate Center at Texas Tech University, told the Post, “Climate change is a casualty to the political polarization that has been emerging in the United States over the last few decades. And why are we becoming so politically polarized? There’s a number of factors — the fact that we all have access to customized media today. So, we’re all living in these echo chambers, or bubbles, where we just have our beliefs reinforced constantly. But it’s my opinion, at least, that it stems from fear. The world is changing so fast.”

Hayhoe, however, believes that those she describes as “really hardcore” climate change deniers comprise only 7% of the population in the United States.

“When I run into people who are very adamant about rejecting climate change,” Hayhoe told the Post, “they’re not that many. Only 7% of people are dismissive, but they’re very loud about it…. And easily 90% of the time — probably more than that — climate change is just one of a package of issues: extreme nationalism, anti-immigration, right-wing politics. You know, whatever the current issue of the day is — COVID, school shooting — you can guarantee that whoever rejects climate change will also be adamantly defending the right of people to bear weapons and supporting COVID myths and disinformation. It all goes together.”

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'It's truly disgusting': Fox News is under fire for hiring Kayleigh McEnany — even from other employees

March 2, 2021 in Blogs

By Alex Henderson

Before Kayleigh McEnany became President Donald Trump’s fourth White House press secretary, she was a far-right pundit at Fox News — and now that Joe Biden is president and she is no longer in the White House, Fox News has rehired her. But according to Daily Beast reporters Diana Falzone and Justin Baragona, not everyone at the right wing cable news channel is happy about her return.

In a Beast article published this week, Falzone and Baragona explain, “The addition of a known and frequent liar to the Fox News roster set off some alarms within a newsroom that has been ‘purged’ in recent months in favor of right-wing opinion programming and content geared towards keeping a diehard MAGA audience satisfied.”

One of the reporters Fox News fired earlier this year was Political Editor Chris Stirewalt, whose cardinal sin — in the minds of many Trump sycophants — was calling Arizona for Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential election. Stirewalt called Arizona for Biden even before the Associated Press, and his reporting was vindicated: Biden won Arizona.

A source described by Falzone and Baragona as a “Fox News insider” didn’t mention Stirewalt but was highly critical of Fox News’ decision to rehire McEnany and expressed great dissatisfaction with the cable outlet’s current direction.

The insider told the Beast, “It’s truly disgusting they fired hard-working journalists who did care about facts and news reporting only to turn around and hire a mini-Goebbels whose incessant lies from the White House helped incite an insurrection on our democracy that got five people killed, including a police officer. Post-Trump Fox is quickly becoming a very scary place and quite dangerous for our democracy. It’s not even conservative news anymore. They’ve plunged into an alternate reality where extremist propaganda is the only course on the menu.”

At Fox News, there has been a separation between far-right opinion hosts like Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham and Tucker Carlson and a conservative-leaning hard news division. An anonymously quoted source described by Falzone and …read more

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There's a right-wing smear campaign underway against one of Biden's top DOJ nominees

March 2, 2021 in Blogs

By Alex Henderson

Vanita Gupta, President Joe Biden’s nominee for associate attorney general, is among the Obama-era officials he has picked for his administration — and she has come under attack from the far-right Judicial Crisis Network. Washington Post opinion writer Jonathan Capehart defends Gupta in a column published this week, arguing that she should be confirmed regardless of what the JCN thinks.

“For a couple of weeks now, my morning newspaper-reading over coffee and yogurt has been interrupted by the aural pollution that is the attack ad against Gupta from the Judicial Crisis Network,” Capehart explains. “As the Post’s editorial board pointed out over the weekend, the Network’s television ad ‘is a doozy, mainly notable for the magnitude of the lies and distortions it crams into 30 seconds.’”

Under President Barack Obama, Gupta headed the Civil Rights Division at the U.S. Department of Justice. Gupta, according to Capehart, is “more than qualified to return as the agency’s third-highest-ranking official.” But that hasn’t stopped JCN from smearing her.

“The lies and distortions are your garden-variety right-wing hysteria seeking to paint an unabashed liberal woman of color as a danger to the rule of law and to police,” Capehart writes. “The lies don’t stand up to the facts. More than 50 current and retired chiefs of police and sheriffs who worked with Gupta during her last tour at the Justice Department sent a letter of support to the Senate Judiciary Committee. So did the National Fraternal Order of Police, whose president noted the organization’s working relationship with Gupta goes back to 2014.”

Capehart continues, “And before that, as a lawyer with the ACLU, Gupta worked on cash bail reform, fair sentencing and other criminal justice reform issues with Koch Industries. Mark Holden, the firm’s former general counsel and senior vice president, sent in a letter of support for her nomination.”

Koch Industries is headed by 85-year-old billionaire CEO Charles Koch, who has been a major supporter of right-wing causes and has been a registered Libertarian. The fact that Gupta was willing to work with Koch Industries, Capehart writes, underscores her ability to “reach across the ideological divide.”

If confirmed, Gupta will be working closely with Judge Merrick Garland, Biden’s pick for U.S. attorney general — and Capehart is hoping that despite the JCN smear, she will be confirmed.

“Gupta and Lisa Monaco, nominated to be deputy attorney general, will both appear for their …read more

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Ron DeSantis bragged about Florida's election — exposing his real reason for new voting changes

March 2, 2021 in Blogs

By Alex Henderson

In November 2020, Democrats were disappointed that now-President Joe Biden lost Florida’s 29 electoral votes to then-President Donald Trump but applauded its elections officials for their efficient vote-counting operation, commenting that they obviously learned their lessons from Bush v. Gore and 2000′s vote-counting debacle in the Sunshine State. But despite that efficiency, Florida Republicans haven’t abandoned voter suppression — and Miami-based Washington Post opinion writer Lizette Alvarez takes them to task for it in an op-ed published on March 2.

“Something remarkable happened in Florida this past Election Day: A state long lampooned for its ballot bumbling simply added up its votes and secured a winner, Donald Trump, not long after the polls closed,” Alvarez comments. “The election efficiency felt like a miracle.”

After the election, Gov. Ron DeSantis, a far-right Republican and Trump sycophant, tweeted, “Florida is a model for the rest of the nation to follow.”

“For DeSantis, the state’s 2020 performance was a double-barreled victory — a smooth election and a major swing-state win for Trump, even though the president ultimately lost the election,” Alvarez explains. “But that apparently wasn’t good enough for the governor and Florida’s Republican statehouse leadership. They now want to ‘reform’ the state’s electoral system, particularly mail-in balloting.”

Alvarez continues, “An election reform bill, which has already cleared its first committee, and a plan promoted by DeSantis would make it harder, not easier, for voters to obtain ballots and then drop off or mail them. Turns out, suppressing the vote in Florida is still more tantalizing to Republicans than facilitating the vote.”

Florida, of course, is hardly the only state where Republicans are pushing voter suppression bills. Everywhere from …read more

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How Biden can potentially freeze dozens of Trump's 'damaging' last-minute policies

March 1, 2021 in Blogs

By Common Dreams

Public Citizen revealed Monday that President Joe Biden can potentially freeze—and more swiftly reverse—over two dozen more regulatory rollbacks forced through at the last minute by his predecessor’s administration due to violations of federal law.

“The Trump administration’s moves to lock-in last-minute regulatory rollbacks were plagued with unprecedented and unlawful legal tactics that make them much more vulnerable to reversal,” said Matt Kent, regulatory policy associate for Public Citizen and co-author of the group’s new report.

The progressive advocacy organization is urging Biden to expand the scope of his freeze memo from January 20 to include 25 more midnight regulations issued under former President Donald Trump—”many of which will harm consumers, workers, the public’s health and safety, and the environment.”

Those 25 deregulatory actions, “including some of the most egregious and damaging rollbacks of public protections produced during the entire Trump administration,” violated the “obscure but powerful” Congressional Review Act (CRA), according to Public Citizen.

Under the CRA, regulations only take legal effect after they are published in the Federal Register and submitted to the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate. Public Citizen’s report highlights regulations that weren’t sent to either or both bodies of Congress before Biden issued his memo shortly after taking office.

There are also multiple rollbacks, “particularly from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), that were made legally effective immediately in potentially unlawful fashion and would have been subject to the regulatory ‘freeze’ if those rollbacks had legally proper effective dates,” the report says.

As report co-author and Public Citizen regulatory policy advocate Amit Narang put it: “Trump’s sloppiness and incompetence has created an opening to undo some of the damage caused by his destructive anti-regulatory agenda.”

“Since many of Trump’s last-minute regulatory rollbacks technically were not on the books when Biden took office, Biden can immediately freeze potentially dozens of them, making it easier to eventually undo them,” Narang added.

The report explains that applying the memo to these 25 regulations follows precedent:

If the Biden administration was to take this action, not only would it be a natural and non-controversial reading of the scope of Biden’s regulatory “freeze” memo, but it would also rest on the very same interpretation of the CRA that conservatives and Republicans in Congress asserted back in 2017. For example, Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) argued that because a guidance document issued by …read more

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'He did it!': Why a surprisingly bold move from Biden is winning big cheers from the left

March 1, 2021 in Blogs

By Alex Henderson

In Alabama — a deeply Republican state known for its anti-union right-to-work laws — Amazon employees are voting on whether or not to organize a union. And President Joe Biden offered support for the push Sunday night in a pro-union video that many progressives and labor advocates are applauding.

In the video, Biden declared, “I’ve long said that America wasn’t built by Wall Street. It was built by the middle class, and unions built the middle class. Unions put power in the hands of workers. They level the playing field. They give you a stronger voice for your health, your safety, higher wages protections from radical discrimination and sexual harassment. Unions lift up workers, union and non-union.”

Although Biden didn’t specially mention Amazon by name, the president mentioned “workers in Alabama” and stressed that workers who want to unionize shouldn’t be intimidated by management.

“Let me be really clear: It’s not up to me to decide whether anyone should join a union,” Biden said in his video. “But let me be even more clear: It’s not up to an employer to decide that either. The choice to join a union is up to the workers full-stop. Full stop. Today and over the next few days and weeks, workers in Alabama and all across America are voting on whether or not to organize a union in their workplace. This is vitally important.”

The Democratic president went onto say, “There should be no intimidation, no coercion, no threats, no anti-union propaganda. No supervisor should confront employees about their union preferences. You know, every worker should have a free and fair choice to join a union. The law guarantees that choice.”

Here are some responses to Biden’s video:


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Trump supporter who issued challenge to investigate 'deez nuts' gets indicted by feds in Capitol riot case

March 1, 2021 in Blogs

By Raw Story

A Trump supporter who took part in the January 6th riots at the United States Capitol building has been indicted weeks after he challenged federal law enforcement officials to “investigate deez nuts.”

In a new court filing released Monday, an FBI special agent details the social media posts of a man named James Matthew Horning who repeatedly photographed and took video of himself during the Capitol riot while also throwing taunts at law enforcement officials.

In one video, Horning lights up what he says is a marijuana cigarette and then says, “F*ck it, smoking a joint on the Capitol steps right now.”

Horning then posted on Facebook after the riot in which he said he was proud to take part in an event that he hoped would intimidate Congress into installing former President Donald Trump in the White House.

“To anyone on my list who has a problem with what happened in DC today.. I am damn proud I was there,” he wrote. “If you have a problem with that, hit the inbox if you want.. or use the unfriend feature if you ain’t bout it. Those of you calling for an investigation, why don’t you try investigating deez nuts with ya chin.”

Based on the evidence, the FBI agent recommends that Horning be charged with knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority to do, and with engaging in disorderly conduct with intent to impede or disrupt the orderly conduct of Government business.

Read the whole filing here (PDF).

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Reporter reveals Donald and Melania Trump secretly got vaccinated at the White House — but kept it quiet

March 1, 2021 in Blogs

By The New Civil Rights Movement

Before leaving the White House as president, Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump chose to be inoculated from the deadly coronavirus, but opted to keep it a secret. Republicans represent the largest group of Americans who say they will not or are unsure if they will get vaccinated.

As head of a very loyal group of supporters, Trump could have gone on national television, as President-elect Joe Biden did, to receive the vaccine, which would have helped convert many opposed to the life-saving shot.

On Monday The New York Time’ Maggie Haberman reported the news that Trump was vaccinated, citing an advisor to the former president.

Some may have noticed that during his Sunday speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), Trump in a rare move gave lip service to getting the vaccine, although couching it in an attack against President Biden. He told supporters to “go get your shot.”

“Remember, we took care of a lot of people, including, I guess on December 21st, we took care of Joe Biden, because he got his shot,” Trump told the CPAC crowd in Orlando at his speech that was widely panned. “He got his vaccine. He forgot. It shows you how unpainful that vaccine shot is. So everybody go get your shot. He forgot. So it wasn’t very traumatic, obviously. But he got his shot. And it’s good that he got his shot.”

Axios reported last week that 41 percent of Republicans say they will not get the coronavirus vaccine. That number jumps to 56 percent when including Republicans who say they are unsure. Just one-third of Republicans (33%) say they will get vaccinated. Compare that with 70 percent of Democrats who say they will get vaccinated.

“White Americans are now less likely than Black and Latino Americans to say they plan to get the vaccine,” Axios notes.

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Fox News contributor gets set straight after he says mainstream outlets are 'far behind' on Cuomo scandals

March 1, 2021 in Blogs

By Alex Henderson

Anyone who reads the New York Times knows how much New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been in the hot seat lately, over the COVID-19/nursing homes scandal, alleged attempts to bully lawmakers, and the sexual misconduct allegations of former aide Charlotte Bennett. But when Jason Chaffetz made a Fox News appearance on Monday, the former Republican congressman turned far-right pundit claimed that the Times was showing its liberal bias by going easy on the New York governor — and Chaffetz looked ridiculous when a colleague pointed out how much Cuomo-related reporting the Times has done.

“We’ll see what the media does,” Chaffetz told a panel that also included Gillian Turner and Lisa Kennedy Montgomery. “They’ve been very tepid in doing this. Only the New York Post and a handful of others have actually covered this with the seriousness that it takes. The New York Times and other big media outlets have been far behind.”

That’s when Turner set Chaffetz straight, telling the former Utah congressman, “But the Times broke the most recent story about the victim Charlotte Bennett, the second woman. They broke that story. We wouldn’t even be talking about it if it wasn’t for the New York Times reporting.”

The Daily Beast’s Max Tani weighed in how embarrassing Chaffetz’s comments about the Times were:

Here are some other reactions to the former congressman’s remarks about the Times: