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Jan 6 committee asking telecoms to preserve phone records of Members of Congress and Trump family

The House Select Committee investigating the deadly January 6 riot is set to request that a group of telecommunications companies preserve the phone records of a group of GOP members of Congress and former President Donald Trump, as well as members of the Trump family, who played some role in the "Stop the Steal" rally that served as the prelude to the Capitol insurrection.
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It is unclear what means the committee will use to compel the telecommunications companies to cooperate with their request. The committee does have subpoena power, but requesting the information -- especially from members of Congress -- could lead to a lengthy legal battle.

The committee decided against making public the names of the lawmakers whose records they are targeting, three sources told CNN. But multiple sources familiar with the committee's work have confirmed for CNN at least part of list including many of the members of Congress included in the request.

According to the sources, this group was targeted because the committee concluded each of these lawmakers played some role in the "Stop the Steal" rally. They either attended, spoke, actively planned or encouraged people to attend.

The list is said to be evolving and could be added to as the investigation steps up. As of now it includes Republican Reps. Lauren Boebert of Colorado, Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, Jim Jordan of Ohio, Andy Biggs of Arizona, Paul Gosar also of Arizona, Mo Brooks of Alabama, Madison Cawthorn of North Carolina, Matt Gaetz of Florida, Louie Gohmert of Texas, Jody Hice of Georgia and Scott Perry of Pennsylvania.
In addition to their connection to the rally, this group also represents some of former Trump's most loyal supporters in Congress, many of whom continue to peddle Trump's false claims about the 2020 election. Many of these members also voted to object to the election results on the day of the insurrection.

https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/30/politics/january-6-phone-records-members-of-congress/index.html
Posted by StarfishSaver | Mon Aug 30, 2021, 10:18 AM (7 replies)

House committee seeks documents from agencies on Jan 6 attack, signaling massive investigation

The House Select Committee investigating the January 6 Capitol attack requested a massive tranche of documents from several US government agencies -- signaling they intend to undertake a sprawling probe of security failures and attempts to overturn the 2020 election results.

This initial wave of document requests was sent to various executive branch agencies, including the departments of Homeland Security, Justice, Defense and Interior, the FBI, the National Counterterrorism Center and the Office of the National Intelligence as well as the National Archives, which has legal custody of all the presidential records from former President Donald Trump's time in office.

https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/25/politics/january-6-house-documents-investigation/index.html
Posted by StarfishSaver | Wed Aug 25, 2021, 11:48 AM (0 replies)

Rev. Jesse Jackson said today his wife was not vaccinated because of a preexisting condition

So let's hope the folks who've been calling Jacqueline Jackson irresponsible, anti-vax and an effing "moron" will back off and just wish her and her husband well as they both fight COVID.

https://wgntv.com/news/coronavirus/jesse-jackson-doing-fairly-well-in-hospital-with-covid-19/
Posted by StarfishSaver | Tue Aug 24, 2021, 05:59 PM (51 replies)

Census: The number of White people in the U.S. fell for first time since 1790

Therein lies the problem in a nutshell ...

https://www.washingtonpost.com/dc-md-va/2021/08/12/census-data-race-ethnicity-neighborhoods/

Posted by StarfishSaver | Thu Aug 12, 2021, 02:19 PM (6 replies)

An important reminder of how politics work

https://twitter.com/jenmendez_/status/1422428192015626240

So true! I get very weary of watching politicians - especially those who have been around for decades - continue to portray themselves as "anti-Establishment activists."

When you join the most elite political structures in the world (e.g., the U.S. House and Senate), you are by definition, part of the "establishment" - and it is your responsibility to use your position to ESTABLISH new ways of doing things.

If after years of being part of the establishment, you have not effected change but are continuing to rant and rave and shake your fist at the people and institutions you have willingly attached yourself to but haven't managed to move to a new level, you have failed at the one job you have.
Posted by StarfishSaver | Thu Aug 5, 2021, 11:02 AM (3 replies)

The Grio: "Why Nina Turner, the real 'establishment,' lost Ohio Democratic primary race"

The conventional wisdom about the Ohio 11th congressional district Democratic primary was always wrong. After Marcia Fudge vacated the seat to become President Joe Bidenís HUD Secretary, the race to replace her didnít suddenly become a battle between Progressives and the Establishment or a proxy battle.
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The reality of the Ohio primary is that Nina Turner, whether anyone wants to admit it or not, was the Establishment in this race. She had more money, higher name recognition and tons of celebrity endorsements in her pocket. Her opponent Shontel Brown was a local Cuyahoga County Democratic Party chair, that nobody wouldíve been able to pick out of a lineup four months ago. And yet, Turner still lost.
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The Establishment is no longer old white men in a smoke-filled room playing kingmaker. Not in an era of social media, wild-wild west campaign fundraising, and national organizers who can descend on a district like political flash-mobs after one tweet ... Nina Turner was a former national surrogate of a presidential campaign, former elected official, television pundit, college professor, SuperPAC director and lobbyist, who got endorsed by the major local newspaper Cleveland Plain Dealer, had Hollywood backing her and could raise thousands of dollars with one mass text. It doesnít get more Establishment than that, which is ultimately why Turner lost the election.

...{I}n the minds of the majority of non-aligned voters, Turner, not Brown, was the big-name establishment politician. Initially, that helped Turner when she began the campaign as the political prodigal daughter coming back to save her hometown. Unfortunately in June after she jumped out to a huge lead, her campaign went national, bringing in activist and rapper Killer Mike who insulted Democratic power broker Congressman James Clyburn and going overboard with attack ads depicting Shontel Brown as a corrupt politician. Clevelanders have a long history with corrupt politicians and Shontel Brown doesnít fit the bill.
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Turner didnít lose because of ďdark money,Ē she lost because local voters donít live their lives on Twitter, donít read puff pieces in The New York Times and didnít want the Progressive Establishment carpetbagging into town and telling people how to vote. Not to mention, Shontel Brown is actually a pretty darn good public servant.

https://thegrio.com/2021/08/04/why-nina-turner-lost-ohio-primary-race/
Posted by StarfishSaver | Wed Aug 4, 2021, 08:47 PM (58 replies)
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