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'If I Die, I Die': Meat Loaf Spurned COVID Rules Before Death

Jamie Ross, News Correspondent Updated Jan. 21, 2022 3:30PM ET Theatrical rock superstar Meat Loaf, whose Bat Out of Hell is one of the bestselling albums of all time, has died at the age of 74. Reports say the singer and actor had recently fallen sick with COVID-19. In an emotional statement posted to Facebook early Friday, the performer’s family said he was with his wife when he died and had said his final goodbyes to his two daughters in the past 24 hours. The star sold 100 million albums ...

TexasTowelie

Attorney General Ken Paxton defies county official's order to release records related to Jan. 6

Attorney General Ken Paxton said the Travis County district attorney's determination that Paxton violated open records laws by withholding information related to his trip to Washington D.C. on the day of the Capitol insurrection was "meritless" and that his office had fulfilled its obligation under the law. Last week, the district attorney's office gave Paxton four days to turn over communications requested by the state's leading newspapers relating to his trip or face a lawsuit. On ...

Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin

Rudy Giuliani, Michael Flynn Stripped of Honorary Degrees From University of Rhode Island

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and retired Lieutenant General Michael Flynn had their honorary degrees from the University of Rhode Island (URI) revoked on Friday. In a press release, the university stated that its board of trustees had voted to strip the two men of their degrees. The board's decision came following a recommendation from the university's president and its honorary degree committee to take the honors back. "After reviewing the recommendation from the President, w ...

SouthBayDem

Biden administration suspends 44 flights by Chinese airlines

The Transportation Department said on Friday that it is suspending 44 China-bound flights conducted by the country's airlines after the Chinese government canceled dozens of flights from American carriers. Driving the news: Chinese authorities have suspended 44 flights since Dec. 31 from United Airlines, American Airlines and Delta Airlines due to coronavirus concerns. What they're saying: DOT said that the Chinese government's actions "are adverse to the public interest and warrant propo ...

mercuryblues

Alex Murdaugh charged with 23 new crimes

A South Carolina grand jury has returned four new indictments against suspended attorney Alex Murdaugh, charging him with 23 more crimes, the state attorney general said Friday. The charges include 19 counts of breach of trust with fraudulent intent and four counts of computer crimes. The latest indictment alleges that Murdaugh stole more than $2.2 million meant for four clients: Natarsha Thomas, Hakeem Pinckney, Arthur Badger and Deon Martin. Murdaugh is accused of stealing nearly $8.5 milli ...

LetMyPeopleVote

Senate GOP to hide its legislative plans until after Election Day

(MSNBC) New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu told The Washington Examiner that he nearly launched a Republican Senate campaign, but changed direction after talking directly to incumbent GOP senators. "They were all, for the most part, content with the speed at which they weren't doing anything," the governor said. Sununu added that virtually every Senate Republican he spoke to intended to do nothing but obstruct until the next Republican presidency. "It bothered me that they were OK with that," he said.

babylonsister

Sean Hannity Sent Kayleigh McEnany A Post-Riot 'Playbook,' Newly Released Texts Show

(Huff Post) Fox News’ Sean Hannity sent then-White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany a plan to handle then-President Donald Trump the day after the deadly U.S. Capitol riot, according to newly released text messages. Hannity messaged McEnany on Jan. 7, 2021, with a “five point approach for conversations” with Trump, according to a letter that the House committee investigating the Trump-incited violence released on Thursday.

demmiblue

New audio reveals Michigan GOP co-chair was asked by the Trump campaign to fake elections

(WXYZ) Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel says she wants the feds to prosecute all the people who conspired to try to make Donald Trump the winner in the presidential election in Michigan and 6 other states. New audio emerged from Michigan Republican Party Co-chair Meshawn Maddock claiming the Trump campaign encouraged efforts to give him the state's electoral votes.

LetMyPeopleVote

January 6 rioters are running for Republican office as GOP pivots toward lawlessness

(MSNBC) Americans are witnessing, in real time, the transformation of the GOP into an authoritarian party. A big driver of that transformation has been the consolidation of Donald Trump’s election fraud “big lie” into Republican Party dogma — a process of collective corruption similar to the one Orwell describes. The Jan. 6 coup attempt, which this falsehood justified, accelerated the party's descent. A year later, with the House investigation of the Capitol riot proceeding, a new wave of extremist party loyalists — at the federal, state and even local level — want to help ensure Trumpism's success in the midterms and beyond.

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Michael Flynn allies allegedly plotted to lean on Republicans to back vote audits

1 hr ago - FBI agents and the House panel investigating the January 6 attack on the Capitol have both learned of an alleged plan by allies of retired army Lt Gen Michael Flynn to gather “intelligence” on top Republicans to “move” them to back election audits in ... (The Guardian)

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene sold up to $15,000 worth of Activision Blizzard stock on the day Microso

1 hr ago - It was not immediately clear how much Greene — a freshman Republican from Georgia and one of Congress' most polarizing members — pocketed from the sale, as lawmakers are not required to state the exact dollar figure for their capital gains. ... (Yahoo News)

Mike Pence, Crafting 2024 Run, Seizes Opportunity on Abortion

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Sen. Kyrsten Sinema formally censured by Arizona Democratic Party

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British scientist visiting Atlanta suburb killed by stray bullet while lying in bed

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As Giuliani coordinated plan for Trump electoral votes in states Biden won, some electors balked

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Virginia woman charged for threatening to bring guns to school over mask mandate

8 hrs ago - A Virginia woman was charged Friday with making an oral threat on school property when she said at a school board meeting that she would show up with loaded guns if her children were required to wear masks at schools, according to the local police de ... (Axios)

The Kiribati island nation was one of the world's last covid-free places. Now it's under lockdown.

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Investors face reckoning as stock market has worst week since beginning of pandemic

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'That raise meant nothing': Inflation is wiping out pay increases for most Americans

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US labor board says Amazon illegally fired union organizer in New York

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Australia delivers water, telecommunications aid to Tonga

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GOP investigator no longer wants to jail Wisconsin mayors

16 hrs ago - Associated Press Posted: January 21, 2022 5:01 PM MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Republican-hired investigator looking into Wisconsin’s 2020 election is no longer seeking to jail the mayors of Green Bay and Madison for allegedly not complying with a s ... (AP)

DOJ seeks to block subpoena for Trump deposition

21 hrs ago - (CNN)The Justice Department is seeking to block, for now, a subpoena to depose former President Donald Trump in a lawsuit brought by former FBI agent Peter Strzok. The department argues in a court filling Friday that Strzok has not shown that Trump ... (CNN)

One N.Y.P.D. Officer Killed, a 2nd Wounded in Harlem Shooting, Officials Say

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US sends aircraft carrier group to Mediterranean as Russia threat looms

23 hrs ago - The U.S. military has sent the USS Harry S. Truman aircraft carrier strike group to take part in a NATO naval exercise in the Mediterranean amid tensions between the West and Russia, the Pentagon's top spokesperson announced Friday. Neptune Strike 2 ... (The Hill)

Arizona governor sues Biden administration over COVID funds tied to mandates

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Saudi-Led Airstrikes Kill Scores at a Prison in Yemen

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King Soopers strike: Union, grocery chain reach tentative agreement

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Billie Farrell Becomes First Woman Commander Of USS Constitution

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Thich Nhat Hanh, poetic peace activist and master of mindfulness, dies at 95

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Rudy Giuliani, Michael Flynn Stripped of Honorary Degrees From University of Rhode Island

Yesterday - Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and retired Lieutenant General Michael Flynn had their honorary degrees from the University of Rhode Island (URI) revoked on Friday. In a press release, the university stated that its board of trustees had vo ... (Newsweek)

Attorney General Ken Paxton defies county official's order to release records related to Jan. 6

Yesterday - Attorney General Ken Paxton said the Travis County district attorney's determination that Paxton violated open records laws by withholding information related to his trip to Washington D.C. on the day of the Capitol insurrection was "meritless&q ... (Texas Tribune)

Alex Murdaugh charged with 23 new crimes

Yesterday - A South Carolina grand jury has returned four new indictments against suspended attorney Alex Murdaugh, charging him with 23 more crimes, the state attorney general said Friday. The charges include 19 counts of breach of trust with fraudulent intent ... (Name of source CNN)

Igor Fruman, an ex-Giuliani associate, gets one year in prison in campaign finance case

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