NY GOPer Targeted In New District Map Gripes About Thing Her Party Does All The Time

INSIDE: US Troops ... Sen. Luján ... Pence's Records ... Jeffrey Clark
UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 1: Rep. Nicole Malliotakis, R-N.Y.., speaks during the press conference outside the Capitol on Monday, Nov. 1, 2021, with first responders facing termination for refusing to accept the COVID-... UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 1: Rep. Nicole Malliotakis, R-N.Y.., speaks during the press conference outside the Capitol on Monday, Nov. 1, 2021, with first responders facing termination for refusing to accept the COVID-19 vaccine. (Photo by Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images) MORE LESS
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A lot of things happened. Here are some of the things.

Gerrymandering? Why I Never!

Rep. Nicole Malliotakis (R-NY) is Not Pleased with New York’s new congressional district map that was drawn and passed by the state’s Democrat-controlled legislature on Wednesday. Under those new lines, Malliotakis’ district would merge with a deeply liberal area of Brooklyn – and needless to say, that’s going to be a problem for her.

  • Malliotakis accused Democrats of trying to “tilt the scale” during a Fox Business interview. “We know one thing from the Democrats this year: It is that if they can’t win by the rules, they’ll change the rules,” the Republican complained.
  • It’s too bad that there wasn’t any legislation that Malliotakis could’ve voted for that would’ve prevented this from happening.

Thousands Of US Troops To Be Deployed To Eastern Europe

Biden has officially ordered the deployment of about 3,000 American troops to Germany, Romania and Poland over the next several days amid the growing threat of a Russian invasion of the Ukraine border, Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby announced yesterday.

  • 2,000 of those troops are being sent from Fort Bragg in North Carolina to Europe. The other 1,000 U.S. troops are currently based in Germany but will be moved to Romania.
  • The troops will not fight in Ukraine and their deployment is temporary, Kirby said, adding that the forces are there to “ensure the robust defense of our NATO allies.”

More Than A Dozen Civilians In Syria Reportedly Killed In US Raid

At least 13 civilians were left dead after U.S. special forces launched a counterterrorism raid in northwest Syria overnight, residents and first responders said on Thursday.

Dem Sen. Luján Expected To Return Next Month

A senior aide to Sen. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM), who is currently hospitalized after suffering a stroke last week, told CNBC and the Associated Press that the lawmaker is expected to be back in the Senate in four to six weeks. Until then, Democrats will only have 49 senators available to vote.

National Archives To Turn Over Pence Records To Jan. 6 Panel

National Archivist David Ferriero sent Trump a letter on Tuesday informing him that the agency will hand over former Vice President Mike Pence’s records, which Trump had claimed to be privileged, to the House Jan. 6 Select Committee.

  • The Pence documents will be delivered to the committee on March 3 unless the courts stop the agency, Ferriero said.
    • It’s not hard to predict what the ex-president’s next move will be: A bid to get the courts to stop the agency.

Jeffrey Clark Meets With Jan. 6 Panel

The former top Justice Department official who plotted to use the DOJ to help Trump steal the 2020 election sat down with the Jan. 6 committee, which had moved toward holding him in contempt in December, for almost two hours on Wednesday.

  • Clark told the panel in December that he planned on pleading the Fifth. It’s unclear whether he ended up doing so yesterday.
  • Oath Keepers leader Stewart Rhodes, who’s been indicted on sedition charges in connection to the Capitol insurrection, also talked to the committee yesterday, according to his lawyer.

Roy Moore Defamation Trial Ends In Defeat On Both Sides

Leigh Corfman’s defamation lawsuit against failed Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore — whom Corfman has credibly accused of molesting her when she was 14 — and Moore’s counter lawsuit were both tossed out by an Alabama jury on Wednesday.

WTF Reads Of The Day

“Furries Are Leading the War Against a Book-Banning Mississippi Mayor” – Vice

“Unmasking Of Rudy Giuliani On Fox’s ‘The Masked Singer’ Prompts Judges Ken Jeong & Robin Thicke To Walk Off In Protest” – Deadline

The Groundhog Hath Spoken

Sorry everyone, expect six more weeks of winter: Punxsutawney Phil saw his damn shadow yesterday.

  • It’s pronounced “punk-saw-taw-nee.” You probably already knew that, but I didn’t until I looked up clips of local news anchors covering the celebration on YouTube. 
    • Not all of us are Groundhog Day buffs, okay?

Anyway, someone showed up at the celebration in Pennsylvania with this:

(Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

I absolutely love it. In the era of “F*ck Your Feelings,” there’s a poster cheering on Phil — declaring faith in his groundhog powers, giving him a lil lightsaber to emphasize the Phorce within him.

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