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Far-Right Congressman Tricked Jan. 6 Planners With 'Blanket Pardon' Promise, Says Report

(Daily Beast) Hours after a pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol, Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) baselessly accused antifa protesters of being behind the insurrection. But, according to an exclusive report from Rolling Stone, Gosar knew exactly who was to blame—and even offered them a pardon ahead of the events of Jan. 6. An unnamed organizer of the Stop the Steal rally that preceded the riot told the magazine that Gosar offered planners a “blanket pardon” in an unrelated investigation to incentivize them to organize the pro-Trump protests on Jan. 6. “Our impression was that it was a done deal... that he’d spoken to the president about it in the Oval … in a meeting about pardons and that our names came up,” said the organizer.

Tomconroy

Tax the Rich, Help America's Children

(Paul Krugman/New York Times) Democrats may — may — finally be about to agree on a revenue and spending plan. It will clearly be smaller than President Biden’s original proposal, and much smaller than what progressives wanted. It will, however, be infinitely bigger than what Republicans would have done, because if the G.O.P. controlled Congress, we would be doing nothing at all to invest in America’s future. But what will the plan do? Far too much reporting has focused mainly on the headline spending number — $3.5 trillion, no, $1.5 trillion, whatever — without saying much about the policies this spending would support. To be fair, though, the Biden administration could have done a better job of summarizing its plans in pithy slogans. So let me propose a one-liner: Tax the rich, help America’s children.

Omaha Steve

Majority in US concerned about climate: AP-NORC/EPIC poll

(Associated Press) President Joe Biden heads to a vital U.N. climate summit at a time when a majority of Americans regard the deteriorating climate as a problem of high importance to them, an increase from just a few years ago. About 6 out of 10 Americans also believe that the pace of global warming is speeding up, according to a new survey from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research and the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago. As Biden struggles to pass significant climate legislation at home ahead of next week’s U.N. climate summit, the new AP-NORC/EPIC poll also shows that 55% of Americans want Congress to pass a bill to ensure that more of the nation’s electricity comes from clean energy and less from climate-damaging coal and natural gas.

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Donald Trump Jr.'s 'Sick' Stunt Earns Him Scathing New Nickname From New York Daily News

(Huff Post) The New York Daily News slammed Donald Trump Jr. as the “SPAWN OF HATIN’” on its front page Tuesday. The tabloid ripped ex-President Donald Trump’s eldest son for hawking shirts mocking actor Alec Baldwin over the shooting death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, who was shot with what Baldwin was told was an unloaded prop gun on the set of his new movie “Rust” last week. “Don Jr. tops sick GOP Alec taunts with slimy T-shirt,” the newspaper’s subheadline said of the garments emblazoned with the phrase, “Guns Don’t Kill People, Alec Baldwin Kills People.” Other Trump-adoring Republicans, including Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) and Ohio Senate hopeful J.D. Vance, have also used the tragedy to taunt Baldwin, who impersonated the former president on “Saturday Night Live.”

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Chicago poised to create one of the nation's largest 'guaranteed basic income' programs

(Washington Post) The Chicago City Council is poised to vote this week on what would be one of the nation’s largest basic income programs, giving 5,000 low-income households $500 per month each using federal funding from the pandemic stimulus package enacted this year. Mayor Lori Lightfoot (D) has proposed the more than $31 million program as part of her 2022 budget, which the city council is scheduled to consider on Wednesday.

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"Rust" assistant director was fired from previous movie after gun incident injured crew member

The assistant director on the movie “Rust,” who handed a prop gun to Alec Baldwin before the fatal shooting last week, was previously fired from a film production after a gun incident injured a crew member, the movie’s production company told CNN. Dave Halls was serving as assistant director on the film “Freedom’s Path” in 2019, when a gun “unexpectedly discharged” on set, causing a sound crew member to recoil from the blast, halting production, the production company Rocket Soul Studios said M ...

TexasTowelie

Greene fined a third time for refusing to wear mask on House floor

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) has been fined a third time for refusing to wear a mask on the House floor, the House Ethics Committee disclosed on Monday. Greene has now racked up a total of $5,500 worth of mask fines this year. Under the rules that Democrats established in January to enforce compliance with the mask requirement on the House floor, members are fined $500 for the first offense and $2,500 for subsequent offenses. Greene and several other Republicans were fined $500 in May ...

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A West Coast storm breaks records as another storm threatens 70 million Americans in the eastern US

(CNN)After the West Coast got walloped by record-setting rainfall and dangerous mudslides -- with more heavy rain in store today -- 70 million Americans in the eastern US are now also at risk for severe weather. The threat zone Monday stretches from the southern Appalachians to New York City, according to the National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center. Damaging winds will be the main threat, with some isolated threats of large hail or tornadoes. Flash flooding is another concern. From ...

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Rep. Mo Brooks walks back claims that his staff were not involved in planning Jan. 6

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Kansas City Will Get a New Kind of Stadium--Just for Women's Soccer

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Majority in US concerned about climate: AP-NORC/EPIC poll

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Greene fined a third time for refusing to wear mask on House floor

16 hrs ago - Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) has been fined a third time for refusing to wear a mask on the House floor, the House Ethics Committee disclosed on Monday. Greene has now racked up a total of $5,500 worth of mask fines this year. Under the rule ... (The Hill)

Oklahoma Supreme Court temporarily blocks abortion restrictions

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"Rust" assistant director was fired from previous movie after gun incident injured crew member

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A West Coast storm breaks records as another storm threatens 70 million Americans in the eastern US

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Manchin shutting down Sanders on Medicare expansion

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