Tag: January 6

Congress Is Racing to Coup-Proof the Next Presidential Election

The House and Senate bills are substantially similar, but there are a few critical differences. Both measures would clarify that the vice president has only a ministerial role on January 6, rather than unilateral power to accept or reject state-certified electoral votes. It was Trump attorney John Eastman who suggested that the vice president has […]

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Yes, the Polls May Be Wrong Again. But Democrats Have Reasons to Be Optimistic.

But there are tantalizing reasons to suspect these polling numbers aren’t a mirage—that this time, history may take a year off. One of the biggest boons that Republicans received in 2016 and 2020 was Donald Trump’s presence on the ballot: Some voters, it seems, really do only turn out to vote for their guy, a […]

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This Jan. 6 Rioter Was Just Removed From Office Using the 14th Amendment

Otero County Commission Chairman and Cowboys for Trump co-founder Couy Griffin rides his horse on 5th avenue on May 1, 2020 in New York City. (Jeenah Moon/Getty Images) Otero County Commissioner and founder of Cowboys for Trump Couy Griffin has been removed from office by a New Mexico judge for his participation in the January […]

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Meet the Man Fighting to Keep Arizona Honest in 2024

Arizona was also one of the major battlegrounds about which Trump and his allies cast doubt about the election results. The state may have two Democratic senators (even if snarky Democrats like to question whether Senator Kyrsten Sinema really is one of them). But the state could easily elect yet another Republican governor and install […]

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Liz Cheney’s Presidential Campaign Will Fail

Mitt Romney has stayed on Trump’s bad side and remained in office, a relative rarity among electeds who’ve given Trump consistent static. Several Republicans who have made anti-Trump arguments their mainstay have either been run out of town on a rail or took their own leave after recognizing that their fortunes had fallen by the […]

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Just Days After Jan. 6, Rudy Giuliani Reportedly Requested $2.5 Million, A Blanket Pardon, And A Presidential Medal Of Freedom

Rudy Giuliani seems to have been feeling pretty emboldened in the days following the violent attack on our Capitol. As Vanity Fair reports, by way of The New York Times, in the wake of the January 6th riots, a Giuliani associate sent a letter to then-president Donald Trump directly, asking that the former New York […]

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Jamie Raskin Vows That Liz Cheney Will “Follow Trump to the Gates of Hell”

Raskin argues that the value in such friendships lies in the way they can play a larger role in sustaining democracy. “Look, January 6 is as close to fascism in my lifetime, and I did some research about coups all over the world,” Raskin said. “Democracies fail because of the lack of forbearance and the […]

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Conservatives’ Lies Are Getting Their Own Supporters Killed

What is most remarkable about Shiffer’s language is that it is somewhat unremarkable by the standards of contemporary right-wing discourse. He viewed the results of the 2020 election as corrupt and illegitimate, drawing upon lies spread by Trump and many of his Republican allies after the former president’s defeat two years ago. He framed his […]

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The Jan. 6 Committee Hearings Are Done. The Work to Defend Democracy Must Continue.

NewsOne Featured Video Source: ALEX BRANDON / Getty What America saw on Jan. 6, 2021, was not an aberration but a glimpse at what truly lies just beneath the surface of modern American politics – an angry and dangerous confederation of individuals and organizations, fueled by grievance and white supremacy, whipped into a frenzy by […]

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The Bland Ambition of Kevin McCarthy

There are also plenty of actions a Republican-controlled House could take that have nothing to do with legislation but would be designed to weaken Biden and the Democrats: investigating Hunter Biden, for example, or opening their own probe into the activity of the select committee investigating January 6. Republican leadership is already plotting to subpoena […]

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Every President a King?

Back in the days of the George W. Bush administration and its “war on terrorism,” Frederick A.O. Schwarz Jr. and Aziz Huq wrote a piece called “PRESIDENT OR KING?” accusing that president of asserting “the power once claimed by British kings to set aside the laws of the land.” They were referring to the administration’s […]

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Every President a King?

Back in the days of the George W. Bush administration and its “war on terrorism,” Frederick A.O. Schwarz Jr. and Aziz Huq wrote a piece called “PRESIDENT OR KING?” accusing that president of asserting “the power once claimed by British kings to set aside the laws of the land.” They were referring to the administration’s […]

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“I Want to Know What the Probable Cause Was”: Maya Wiley on the Mar-a-Lago Raid

Maya Wiley, a TNR columnist who once served in the civil division of the U.S. Attorney’s office in Manhattan, knows these issues well. When editor Michael Tomasky asked her what she most wanted to know about the raid, she didn’t pause for a second: “Oh, I want to know what the probable cause was.” That […]

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Cable News? A Presidential Run? Here’s What Liz Cheney Might Do If (When) She Loses Reelection.

Ten years ago, when Cheney was in the midst of her post-Bush administration career, running the neoconservative think tank Keep America Safe with Kristol, she took the kind of job that was typical for a well-bred politico with ideas about national security and domestic policy that were far to the right of the center: She […]

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CPAC’s Four-Day Sermon of Unrelenting Fear Has Set Trumpism on a New Path

And what about the youth? “We have to finally and completely smash the radical left’s corrupt education establishment,” he vows. School prayer and the Bible are in, drag shows and the acknowledgment of trans people are out. “We need to implement strict prohibitions on teaching inappropriate racial, sexual, and political material to America’s schoolchildren in […]

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The Surreal Spectacle of Marjorie Taylor Greene and the Capitol Riot Rage Cage

Marjorie Taylor Greene and J6 defendant Brandon Straka pray DALLAS – As dozens of onlookers looked on, some with tears in their eyes, a barefoot man in an orange jumpsuit and red MAGA cap sobbed in a cage in a convention center in Dallas, Texas.   Attendees at CPAC, the massive annual conservative activist conference, were given […]

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The Democrats Suddenly, Unexpectedly, Have Some Momentum

The focus on Donald Trump and the GOP’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election has similarly soured many on the Republican Party, making a landslide election less likely. “If the headlines over the spring were about stalled progress in Washington, the headlines over the summer have been about the human consequences and the consequences of […]

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Michigan’s Capitol-Rioter Governor Candidate Finished 4th But Is ‘NOT CONCEDING!’

Michigan Republican gubernatorial candidate Ryan Kelley being interviewed by the news media at the Michigan State Capitol on July 30, 2022 in Lansing, Michigan. ( Bill Pugliano/Getty Images) A Michigan GOP gubernatorial candidate who faces misdemeanor charges stemming from his alleged involvement in the January 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol finished well behind the […]

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Pence and Trump Are Two Sides of the Same Corroded Coin

Pence, and other Republicans like him, are more than happy for figures like Trump to whip up their base with ridiculous charges—and then turn those ridiculous charges into laws that restrict the right to vote in states across the country. Whether or not Republicans should talk so much about voter fraud is one thing. But […]

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‘A Bunch Of Whores’: Rudy Giuliani Says He Isn’t Afraid Of The Jan 6 Committee

Things are not going great for Rudy Giuliani right now. After ignoring a subpoena to testify in Fulton County, Georgia about his alleged attempts to overturn a perfectly legitimate presidential election—then skipping out on a hearing about why he shouldn’t have to testify—the former New York City mayor has been ordered to testify in front […]

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The Sad, Quiet Vanishing of Josh Hawley

Hawley’s larger goal has been to take the authoritarian strongman mantle from Trump—or at least to inherit it. And on that point, he has failed miserably. The “techlash” has sputtered on both the left and the right, but particularly on the right. Trump’s frequent complaints about “shadowbanning” and other “censorship” from tech companies have largely […]

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Terrified Members Of Mike Pence’s Secret Service Detail Called Loved Ones During The Jan 6th Insurrection To ‘Say Goodbye To Family Members’

While some people have dismissed the chants of Capitol rioters to “Hang Mike Pence!” as nothing more than hyperbole, the January 6th hearings have made it clear that they were dead serious. Previously, witnesses to the events of that day testified that Donald Trump himself believed that maybe Pence deserved it. And during Thursday night’s […]

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We Finally Saw a True Glimpse of How Trump Reacted to the Insurrection

Thursday night’s hearing was initially supposed to be the last public installment before the committee issued its final report in September. But that schedule has been extended following a torrent of new information. As Representative Liz Cheney, the vice chair of the committee, said in her opening statement, “Doors have opened, new subpoenas have been […]

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Steve Bannon Will Be Convicted—and He’ll Probably Be Just Fine with That

Nichols repeatedly said that he did not want the trial to become “a political circus.” But somehow, the more he said it, the more he merely drove home the fact of the circus’s inevitability. Wednesday’s attempts by the defense to villainize Thompson became ridiculous. With Amerling returning to the stand, Corcoran kept presenting her with […]

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What Comic Genius Gave Us the Nest Thermostat Election Conspiracy?

Byrne, meanwhile, was spreading the gospel on right-wing social media that a Chinese company in—well, I won’t tell you the city in China, [but] a company whose name is already at the periphery of some of this mischief—that they were accessing, through the internet, through a hidden port in a thermostat in the room, getting […]

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Sure, Impeach Clarence Thomas—but That’s Just for Starters

That’s the only sword Democrats and liberals have. They have to threaten to use it. Reminding the voting public again and again that the conservatives all lied their way onto the court will help lower their stature, and lowering their stature is the only way to pressure them to care about raising it by not […]

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