The Recent Radicalization of the Woman Who Allegedly Stole the Pelosi Laptop

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emptywheel
A number of outlets (Politico may have been the first) are reporting on the story of Riley June Williams, who was charged (but not arrested) yesterday in crimes related to the January 6 insurrection. The paragraph of her arrest affidavit that…
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The Press Continues to Help Billy Barr Whitewash His Complicity in January 6

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emptywheel
Bill Barr continues to get credulous journalists to tell fairy tales about how he bravely stood up to President Trump's worst instincts, without mentioning that he had an affirmative role in fostering the toxic brew that blew up on January 6.
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OpSec Shaming Misses the Terrorists for the Forest of Bozos They Hid Behind

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emptywheel
While we're laughing at the abysmal OpSec of most of the people arrested in the January 6 attack thus far, let's remember that, to a significant extent, the people taking selfies and trophies from the Capitol building were largely the camouflage behind which more dangerous men appear to have hidden. 

Where's The Anger? Where Are The Consequences?

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Ed Walker
Why aren't our Legislators acting forcefully against the Insurrection Party?
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NFL Divisional Playoffs In Pandemic Trash Talk

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bmaz
Greetings to all fans, whether you are scoring at home, or alone in isolation. It is pretty remarkable that the NFL has made it this far without blowing up from Covid. Yet here they are down to four games this weekend.
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Advancing Our Country Forward, A Security Perspective

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bmaz
A person who knows large event security has some thoughts about the lack of preparation and execution of security on January 6, 2021 at the Capitol.
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Rudy Giuliani and Jack Posobiec Claim a False Flag

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emptywheel
Nazi sympathizer Jack Posobiec and the President lawyer both seemed prepared to use the arrest of agent provocateur John Sullivan last night to blame the riots on Black Lives Matter. In the process, however, Rudy Giuliani appears to have tied the President, the Proud Boys, and the Pentagon together in the plot.
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Impeaching Donald John Trump — Again [UPDATE-3]

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Rayne
The House voted on H.R. 24 to impeach Trump for the High Crime and Misdemeanor of Inciting to Insurrection.

Where's Rudy?

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emptywheel
Rudy Giuliani has gone missing -- but it's not entirely clear which particular heap of trouble he's in has caused it.
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Four Data Points on the January 6 Insurrection

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emptywheel
There are four data points from the days surrounding last week's insurgency worth keeping an eye on as we try to figure out whether Trump planned in advance for such a riot.
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Julian Assange Officially Asks Trump to Pardon Him for Helping Him Get Elected

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emptywheel
Julian Assange's associates are really rolling out the propaganda in hopes of getting him a pardon.
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The Unaddressed Counterintelligence Threat of Rudy Giuliani

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emptywheel
Rudy Giuliani has remained the worst influence on Donald Trump for years: and the one accounting of such threats to the Presidency -- the SSCI Russian Report -- barely touched on his role.
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Triage and Impeachment: Prioritize a Legitimate Criminal Investigation into the Wider Plot over Impeachment

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emptywheel
Given that key levers of Trump's power have been neutralized for the short term, I think it more important to ensure the evidence supporting and the integrity of a criminal investigation holding Trump accountable for his role in Wednesday's terrorist attack. Merrick Garland's confirmation should take precedence over an impeachment trial in the Senate.
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NFL Playoff Football Is Back, And We're Gonna Get In Trouble Trash Talk

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bmaz
It has been a hell of a fun first few months, er week, of 2021. So, with no further adieu, lets get to the ball.
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Once Again Trump's Self-Victimhood Distracts from His Negligence

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emptywheel
Rather than talking about how Donald Trump has done nothing to prevent follow-up terrorist attacks planned for the next few weeks, the President has, once again, gotten us to talk about what a victim he is.
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Bunker: Trump's Exposure in the Insurrection Makes PardonPalooza More Complicated

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emptywheel
When this whole Transition process started, Trump had Pat Cipollone and Bill Barr around to help him through his many legal woes. Now, his post-election antics have drove both of them away.
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Timing Matters: Impeach, Convict, Remove NOW [UPDATE-1]

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Rayne
Congress needs to reconvene to impeach, convict, and remove Trump immediately. There was more going on Wednesday than riot tourism.
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