A lot of things happened. Here are some of the things.
Comply Or Else
The Republican National Committee’s resolutions committee unanimously approved a draft resolution to censure Reps. Liz Cheney (R-WY) and Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), the only two Republicans on the House Jan. 6 Committee, for “utilizing their past professed political affiliation to mask Democrat abuse of prosecutorial power for partisan purposes” on Thursday night. The resolution was reportedly watered down from a full-on call for their expulsion.
- The resolution describes the committee’s investigation as a “persecution” of “ordinary citizens engaged in legitimate political discourse” in what’s arguably the RNC’s most egregious effort to whitewash the Capitol insurrection and Trump’s attempted election steal to date.
- It paints Cheney and Kinzinger’s participation in the panel as a betrayal to the GOP and accuses them of “advancing a political agenda to buoy the Democrat Party’s bleak prospects in the upcoming midterm elections.”
- The resolution will be put to a vote by the full 168–member committee today. RNC chair Ronna McDaniel told the Washington Post that she expects it to pass “overwhelmingly.”
- Cheney and Kinzinger responded to the move with defiance on Thursday night:
- “I’m a constitutional conservative and I do not recognize those in my party who have abandoned the Constitution to embrace Donald Trump,” Cheney tweeted.
- Kinzinger asserted in an official statement that “conspiracies and toxic tribalism hinder their ability to see clear-eyed.”
Georgia County DA Expects Grand Jury To Get Busy In Summer
Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis in Georgia told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Thursday that the special grand jury in her investigation into Trump’s election plot is expected to see a lot of activity in June and July, and that she’ll likely gather all the information she needs to move forward within a year.
Trump Cronies Drew Up Scheme To Use NSA To Steal Election
Several Trump allies circulated a memo mapping out a way for the then-president to order a team to sift through the National Security Agency’s electronic communications data, searching for something that could be cast as proof to support MAGAland’s lies about foreign election meddling.
Florida Seniors’ Voter Registration Unknowingly Changed To GOP
Several elderly residents at a South Florida public housing building were shocked to discover this week that their party affiliation had been switched to Republican without their knowledge when they received new voter registration forms.
- The seniors received those forms after staffers of a third-party voter registration organization who were wearing Republican Party of Florida caps knocked at their doors and offered to help them register.
- This has happened to South Florida seniors before: Florida outlet Local 10 News reported in December that an 84-year-old Miami resident who was a lifelong Democrat received a voter registration form that marked her as a Republican–and the “third-party voter registration organization” that had helped her with the paperwork was actually the Republican Party of Florida.
Biden Admin Shelves Plan To Vaccinate Migrants At Border, Hoping To Discourage Crossings
CBS News reports that the Biden administration mulled a plan to vaccinate migrants against COVID-19, but shelved it and stuck with the Trump-era policy of rapid explusions out of fear that doing so would cause more people to come to the border.
GOPers Continue To Shamelessly Take Credit For BIF
The Right-Wing Media Cesspit
Ever since Biden stepped into the presidency, the well-established conveyor belt between Fox News and Republican hacks has kicked into overdrive: Fox has hired at least nine editors who all came from either the Trump administration, the Republican National Committee, a state GOP organization or a GOP lawmaker’s office, according to a Media Matters analysis. And most of them cover politics.
“Federal prosecutors saw a plea deal for Arbery’s killers as racial justice. His family thought otherwise.” – The Washington Post
GOP Sen. Refuses To Talk To Military Journo Because Constituents Apparently Don’t Read Her Outlet
Sen. Todd Young (R-IN) brushed off a question from a Military.com reporter, Rebecca Kheel, after she told him which outlet she worked for on Thursday. “Okay none of my constituents read it, so I don’t feel like answering it,” Young, who used to be in the Navy, told her.
- Kheel reported later on Thursday that the GOP senator had called her to apologize.
- Also, Military.com has 130,000 readers in Indiana, according to Kheel.
Eat The Rich
A historic Dutch bridge in Rotterdam will be temporarily taken apart this summer so that Amazon founder Jeff Bezos’ 417-foot superyacht can pass on the river.
- Bezos’ 417-foot superyacht will be the biggest sailing yacht in the world after it’s done being built.
- Bezos’ 417-foot superyacht will probably cost more than $500 million to build and will include what Bloomberg News calls a “support yacht with a helipad.”
- Bezos’ 417-foot superyacht wi— oh look, there’s an event on Facebook called “Throwing eggs at superyacht Jeff Bezos,” and about 500 people say they’re going, according to the New York Times.
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