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Iran Issues Interpol Arrest Request For President Trump Over Top Military Assassination

Take him, please!

Editors' Pick|Jan 5, 2021,09:26am EST|37,738 views
Iran Issues Interpol Arrest Request For President Trump Over Top Military Assassination
Robert Hart
Robert HartForbes Staff

Iran has issued a “red notice” request to international police organization Interpol seeking the arrest of U.S. President Donald Trump and 47 other American officials for the role it says they played in the assassination of top general Qassem Soleimani in early 2020, a move that coincides with the anniversary of Soleimani’s death.

Key Facts

A spokesperson for the Iranian judiciary announced the request Tuesday, Al Jazeera reports, telling journalists that “the Islamic Republic of Iran is very seriously following up on pursuing and punishing those who ordered and executed this crime.”

It is unlikely that the international organization will grant Iran’s request, however, having already rejected a similar request issued from them in June seeking Trump and military officials for “murder and terrorism charges.”

At the time, Interpol said its constitution prevents it from carrying out “any intervention or activities of a political, military, religious or racial character.”


Posted by babylonsister | Tue Jan 5, 2021, 01:13 PM (2 replies)

GOP Pollster Sounds Alarms for Republicans


GOP Pollster Sounds Alarms for Republicans
January 5, 2021 at 10:18 am EST By Taegan Goddar

GOP pollster and strategist Frank Luntz told CNBC that he believes Democrats hold the upper hand in Tuesday’s Georgia Senate runoff elections, warning of disappointment for Republicans in those pivotal races and in Wednesday’s upcoming Electoral College presidential confirmation vote on Capitol Hill.

Said Luntz: “There is a greater divide in the Republican party than there is in the Democratic party. The party is in the process of tearing itself apart and you don’t do that now, when you’re this close to the most important Senate election, literally, in a lifetime. Democrats are unified, Republicans are not and that’s what gives them the advantage.”

He added: “I think the next 48 hours are going to be among the worst for the GOP.”
Posted by babylonsister | Tue Jan 5, 2021, 10:27 AM (49 replies)

David Corn: The Whigs Blew Up Over Slavery. Will the GOP Blow Up Over Loyalty to Trump?


2 hours ago
The Whigs Blew Up Over Slavery. Will the GOP Blow Up Over Loyalty to Trump?
A split over a principle versus one over a con.
David Corn, Washington, DC, Bureau ChiefBio | Follow

In the 1850s, one of the two dominant political parties in the United States, the Whigs, split into factions and imploded. These days, political commentators speculate that the Republican Party may be stumbling toward a similar cataclysm. There are, of course, significant differences between then and now. But the most fundamental one is that the Whigs blew up over a clash of ideology and today’s GOP is divided by the question of how loyal it should be to an authoritarian seeking to overturn a democratic election. One hundred and seventy years ago, the explosive issue was whether or not to protect a venal system: slavery. Now it is whether or not to protect a delusional man: Donald Trump.


At the end of the electoral vote challenge, there will be Republicans who stuck with Trump and those who betrayed him. It’s not clear how deep and how long-lasting this split will be. But due to this move, the party risks a serious division over the cheating ways of one man, whose corruption was revealed by the release of the tape of his mob-boss-like phone call to Georgia election officials. The Republicans are not debating big ideas: economic policy, national security, the role of government. The debate is whether to join Trump’s clownish but dangerous attempt at a political coup. There is nothing noble here. Do you accept Trump’s democracy-defying cult of personality or not? For Trump and his followers, this is now what makes a Republican.

In the 1850s, the Whigs fell apart because “Conscience Whigs,” as they were called, bolted from a political entity that could not say no to slavery. This week, the party that grew out of those ashes is torn by allegiance to an unprincipled conniver trying desperately to remain in the White House. What a difference. Then again, maybe not so much. At the heart of this current battle within the GOP is the question of whether the United States is a republic governed by rules and whether power is determined by democratic elections. Trump says screw the rules, power is whatever you can get away with, by any means. A significant number of elected Republicans, by challenging election results without any basis to do so, are trampling on the Constitution and endorsing that brazen authoritarianism. Though they are scurrying to serve a small-minded man, they are illuminating a large and threatening tide within the GOP. And that is certainly worth a fight.
Posted by babylonsister | Tue Jan 5, 2021, 08:36 AM (14 replies)

Eric Boehlert: Trump's coup--the press never took it seriously

Trump’s coup—the press never took it seriously
Normalizing doesn't work
Eric Boehlert
54 min ago


Only in the last few weeks have some mainstream news outlets addressed the obvious nature of Trump's presidency — that he's an unstable, autocratic, pathological liar. Yet I still haven't seen a straight news article where Trump's attempted "coup" is mentioned in the headline.

And that's been a hallmark failure of the press during the Trump era — refusing to use blunt language to describe the madman in the White House. Right on cue, the press embraced a timid storyline following Trump's defeat as he unleashed a vicious campaign against free and fair elections in America. Even after witnessing four years of Trump's erratic and unlawful behavior, newsrooms for the last two months have consistently opted to err on the side of caution by implying Trump's election crusade didn't pose a threat to our democracy and that a lot of it was just political theater — nothing really to worry about.

This, even after Trump held White House discussions with deranged, conspiracy-peddling advisers about possibly imposing martial law in order to secure his election win. That stunning martial law story was badly underplayed by the press. It didn't even appear on the front page of the New York Times, it received page 28 treatment, instead. Wildly downplaying the severity, ABC News referred to the idea of imposing martial law to illegally secure Trump's power as a "scorched earth policy."

And now we have a recorded phone call of a rambling, often incoherent Trump demanding Georgia's secretary of state solicit election fraud, and then Trump threatening the secretary with a "criminal offense" if he did not comply. It's the most compelling evidence yet of Trump's long-running coup attempt, which the press for months has tried to avoid.

Reporters and producers certainly spent months rejecting the use of "coup" following Trump's election defeat, no doubt convinced the word carries too many connotations to be used in the context of American politics. (i.e. Tanks in the streets.) But that's a mistake. "Only one widely understood word captures what Donald Trump is trying to do, even though his acts do not meet its technical definition," Zeynep Tufekci recently argued in The Atlantic. "Trump is attempting to stage some kind of coup, one that is embedded in a broader and ongoing power grab."

We’ve had a sociopath as president for four years, and every newsroom in America was too afraid to say so. On Wednesday, a dozen Republican Senators will try to overturn the election results by rejecting state electors, while Trump urges mobs of supporters to gather in Washington, D.C. to protest his loss. But even those extraordinary facts are not producing the proper media coverage.


Posted by babylonsister | Tue Jan 5, 2021, 08:01 AM (28 replies)

White House Doesn't Deny Rumors of Trump Fleeing to Scotland Ahead of Biden Inauguration


White House Doesn’t Deny Rumors of Trump Fleeing to Scotland Ahead of Biden Inauguration
Jamie Ross, Reporter
Published Jan. 05, 2021 6:12AM ET

Over the weekend, reports in Scotland noted some weird U.S. military activity happening at the airport nearest President Donald Trump’s flagship Scottish golf resort. According to the Sunday Post, surveillance aircraft have been spotted over Trump Turnberry, and a Boeing 757 previously used by the president is scheduled to land at Prestwick Airport on Jan. 19—a day before Joe Biden’s inauguration. Now, with rumors of Trump’s flight gaining traction, the White House has issued a statement. Judd Deere, deputy White House press secretary, downplayed the prospect of Trump’s trip to Scotland—but, interestingly, didn’t deny it. Deere told Fox News: “Anonymous sources who claim to know what the president is or is not considering have no idea. When President Trump has an announcement about his plans for Jan. 20., he will let you know.”

Posted by babylonsister | Tue Jan 5, 2021, 07:06 AM (5 replies)

Texas Rep. Kay Granger Tests Positive for COVID-19 Day After Packed House Ceremony


Texas Rep. Kay Granger Tests Positive for COVID-19 Day After Packed House Ceremony
Arya Hodjat, Cheat Sheet/Breaking News Intern
Published Jan. 04, 2021 3:57PM ET

Rep. Kay Granger (R-TX) has tested positive for COVID-19, her office said Sunday. Granger, 77, was present on the House floor for Sunday’s swearing-in ceremony, along with over 400 other members of the legislature. According to a statement from her office, Granger received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in December, along with other legislators. However, she has yet to receive her second dose, which is needed in order for the vaccine to be effective, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Granger is “asymptomatic and feeling great!” the statement read.
Posted by babylonsister | Tue Jan 5, 2021, 07:03 AM (0 replies)

'Never Seen This Before': Dems Unleash an Army in Georgia

However this shakes out, it's not for lack of GOTV. Kudos!!

‘Never Seen This Before’: Dems Unleash an Army in Georgia
Democratic canvassers in Georgia are determined to get every last voter out for Tuesday’s runoff election, even it means returning to their doorsteps over and over again.
Sam Brodey, Congressional Reporter
Updated Jan. 05, 2021 6:27AM ET / Published Jan. 05, 2021 4:46AM ET


“We get it!” said the man. “Nothing against you all, personally. We’re good. We know what we need to do.”

That scene was repeated around the neighborhood. When MacDonald’s colleague, Hannah Bauman, knocked on the door of a stately home a few blocks away, a voice materialized out of a virtual doorbell to ask: “Are you from one of the 50 organizations that’s been here 50 times?”

Bauman explained to the woman that her voter file showed the address was home to a person who hadn’t yet voted. The woman on the other end, though annoyed, promised that she’d remind them to show up on Tuesday.

But if the voters in Grayson felt a little smothered by the attention, it meant the canvassers were doing their jobs. Over the past two months, Democrats have knocked on millions of doors around the state in an effort to win Georgia’s pair of runoff elections and take control of the U.S. Senate.

In order to reach the millions of voters needed to be successful, Democrats have had to reintegrate traditional campaigning methods like door knocking—which they largely eschewed this year because of the pandemic—into a strategy that had, at least until Nov. 3, been mostly conducted online and over the phone.

On Monday, a leader in the canvassing effort—the advocacy group New Georgia Project, which was founded by Democrat Stacey Abrams—knocked on its two-millionth door in the state, according to executive director Nse Ufot. Ahead of the November election, they had only knocked on 400,000 doors.


Posted by babylonsister | Tue Jan 5, 2021, 06:48 AM (98 replies)

Kerry raises hopes for focus on climate security at NSC

Kerry raises hopes for focus on climate security at NSC
By Rebecca Beitsch - 01/05/21 06:01 AM EST

Security experts are hopeful that former Secretary of State John Kerry will use his special envoy role on the National Security Council (NSC) to focus not just on emissions reductions but the broader risks posed by climate change.

The first-of-its-kind position at the NSC has been branded as a sort of international climate czar who will be responsible for shepherding the U.S. through negotiations after President-elect Joe Biden rejoins the Paris climate agreement on Jan. 20.

But beyond the diplomatic realm, Kerry’s seat at the NSC table presents an opportunity to push for more robust planning around the national security impact of climate change.


At the tail end of the Obama administration, the Pentagon and other agencies were asked to assess how climate change would impact national security. Since then, Democratic lawmakers have fumed that the Defense Department has done only a cursory review of climate risk during the Trump administration, failing to even mention the base damage from the 2018 storm season.

“Until President Trump put his heavy hand on the scales, there was quite a bit of work being done by various security apparatuses,” said former Rep. Denny Heck (D-Wash.), who, before retiring this year, sponsored a bill calling for a Climate Security Intelligence Center within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

The Biden administration could get the ball rolling again, and there’s hope Kerry could help integrate climate change into existing analyses, evaluating how it intersects and exacerbates other security risks.


Posted by babylonsister | Tue Jan 5, 2021, 06:39 AM (1 replies)

Charles P. Pierce: The President* Should Be Appearing on the Truman Balcony in a Bathrobe Any Day


The President* Should Be Appearing on the Truman Balcony in a Bathrobe Any Day Now
We are clearly in the Vincent (The Chin) Gigante chapter of this national crime drama.
By Charles P. Pierce
Jan 4, 2021


Man, just fck these people.

This should come as no surprise to anyone who has been following Republican conservative politics over the past four or five decades. I admit that today's vandalism is more grossly public than it ever has been before, but all the president* is doing is voter-suppression in extralegal—when it's not actually illegal—form. And voter suppression has been an article of faith among Republican politicians since the Voting Rights Act was passed in 1965. And it's not like that's going to change. In fact, while we're all following the president* through the stalactites of his mind, Republican politicians out in the states already are scheming up ways to keep inconvenient people from voting, and that includes Brad Raffensperger, who is being widely acclaimed a hero for not caving to the president*'s raging paranoia. Most people seem to have forgotten that Brian Kemp may well be governor, and Raffensperger Secretary of State, because voter suppression was successful enough to euchre Stacey Abrams out of the governorship in 2018.

(My god. Listen to that whole tape. We are clearly in the Vincent [The Chin] Gigante chapter of this national crime drama. He should be appearing on the Truman Balcony in a bathrobe any day now. Of course, The Chin was faking the crazy in order to avoid prosecution. The president* is genuinely batty, and is trying to avoid prosecution.)

Not that I don't respect Raffensperger for taking that stand, but I'm not going to take any Republican seriously on this topic until the party abandons its generation-long assault on the franchise. Look at the pathetic bunch of poseurs in Congress. Over 100 Republican members of the House are on board, including the Minority Leader, the execrable Kevin McCarthy. Eight incumbent Republican senators have said they'll back the play, and all four newly elected Republican senators declared their intention to violate their constitutional oaths before they'd even taken it. This includes Senator Tommy Tuberville (R-Outback Bowl) who very likely will not find his way to the capitol until just after Easter. Please, someone, tell him it's in Maryland. Tuesday's certification process in Congress already looks like a cockfight among blind roosters.

At the end of Terry Gilliam's criminally underrated Time Bandits, a lump of concentrated evil explodes, taking out the young protagonist's parents. I've decided that this week is a lump of concentrated leftover 2020. Don't touch it. It's evil.
Posted by babylonsister | Mon Jan 4, 2021, 02:17 PM (10 replies)

Eric Boehlert: Georgia nightmare -- what if GOP tries to overturn Democratic wins?

Georgia nightmare — what if GOP tries to overturn Democratic wins?
Here we go again
Eric Boehlert
1 hr ago


That scenario looks like this: In a stunning setback for the GOP, Democrats Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff both pull off upset wins in the Georgia runoffs this week. Turning aside half-a-century of Republican dominance in the key Southern state, the Democratic wins mean the party effectively seizes control of the U.S. Senate, giving Vice President Kamala Harris the tie-breaking vote on any 50-50 votes.

But both Ossoff’s and Warnock’s victory margins, which have been confirmed via a recount, are tiny: Five thousand and nine thousand votes, respectively. Furious, the GOP declares war. Led by Trump, who insists Democrats "stole" the runoff elections, the Republican Party and the right-wing media noise machine unleash a relentless and brutal misinformation war, accusing Democrats of widespread corruption, and attacking Georgia election officials for covering up the concocted crimes.

After watching large portions of the Republican Party actively support Trump's delusional and dangerous attempt to steal a presidential election he lost by seven million votes, there's little doubt Trump would dispatch an army of lawyers committed to throwing out as many legitimate Georgia votes as possible. (A federal judge last month already denied a GOP attempt to make voting more difficult during the runoffs.)

In the light of that onslaught, will Georgia state officials, who stood up to the Trump barrage and endured death threats, have the fortitude to relive that personal nightmare? Or will they cave in to the relentless attacks on free and fair elections? And has the press learned anything over the last two months while covering the GOP's increasingly seditious, fascist attempt to overturn Joe Biden's election victory?

Indications are that the news media have not learned. On Sunday, while describing the move by 11 extremist Republican senators to challenge Biden's certified win this week, the New York Times suggested the GOP's push to demolish election integrity merely reflects "polarized politics of Capitol Hill." Reuters gently described the Republican strategy to invalidate tens of millions of vote as simply a "long-shot" challenge. Meanwhile, for weeks, the Beltway press falsely assured news consumers that Trump’s election fraud crusade was "performance art" and "bad sportsmanship," and that Republicans would never go along.


Posted by babylonsister | Mon Jan 4, 2021, 09:10 AM (17 replies)
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