Understanding Suicidal Americans

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Ed Walker
Why do Republicans support suicide by vaccine and mask refusal?
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Networks of Insurrection: "Trump is literally calling people to DC in a show of force"

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emptywheel
The big militia conspiracies are an important part of the January 6 investigation. But so are the random people who witnessed the violence on the East door or the guys who armed with "giant beating sticks," and expressed the deliberate goal of chasing members of Congress away from their task of certifying the vote.
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DOJ Put Someone Who Enabled Sidney Powell's Lies -- Jocelyn Ballantine -- in Charge of Prosecuting the Proud Boys

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emptywheel
Less than a year ago, actions that prosecutor Jocelyn Ballantine took facilitated lies Sidney Powell told about the Mike Flynn prosecution. Nevertheless, DOJ apparently put Ballantine on a team investigating the most critical players in the January 6 attack incited, in part, by Powell's later lies about the election.
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GOP Denounces Barry Goldwater, John Tower, and Richard Nixon?

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Peterr
Today GOP governors are angry with Biden over vaccine and testing requirements, but maybe they really should be angry at some other folks.
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Ethan Nordean Complains that He's Not Being Treated as Badly as a Muslim Accused-Terrorist Mastermind

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emptywheel
Ethan Nordean's lawyer made an equal protection argument for why Nordean should be treated like Muslim terrorist leaders.
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Felipe Marquez' Plugged-In Misdemeanor Guilty Plea

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emptywheel
Felipe Marquez joined a small group of January 6 defendants who have pled down from a felony obstruction charge to a misdemeanor. But in his case, it's unclear whether he got to do so as the first of a flood of such pleas, or whether he shared important details about what he saw in Jeff Merkley's office the day of the riot.
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Monza, US Open, NFL And Other Sports Trash Talk

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bmaz
I've been tempted to effectively repost the entire piece on the ten year anniversary of my 2011 50 year anniversary post on the 1961 Italian Grand Prix, first American Champion in history (there have only ever been two), on the weekend of the…
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The Eight Month Investigation into the January 6 Investigation Didn't End in March

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emptywheel
Spencer Ackerman joined the long list of pundits weighing in on the January 6 investigation without bothering to do the work to understand it. That's a pity, because it may provide an alternative to the failures we made after 9/11.
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How Rick Gates Used Maggie Haberman and Ken Vogel

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emptywheel
Between his first interviews where he tried to shift the date and substance of sharing campaign information with someone he believed was a Russian spy and an NYT story that similarly shifted the time and substance of that exchange, Rick Gates repeatedly provided details of how he used Maggie Haberman and Ken Vogel.
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DOJ Gets Closer to Arguing Terrorizing Congress Amounts to Obstruction

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emptywheel
In a hearing in the Oath Keepers case where DOJ got a lot closer to argue that January 6 defendants attempted to terrorize Congress, Donovan Crowl attorney Carmen Hernandez conceded that the same behavior in a courtroom would be obstruction.

Rick Gates' Interviews

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emptywheel
July 2, 2014 [link] DMP International Manafort strategist Gates structure Party of Regions region Cyprus b7A Someone he met with (Kluyev) Lyovochkin Business deal (Pericles?) Kilimnik January 29, 2018 [link] Weissmann…
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How Jacob Chansley Proved Patrick LeDuc Right

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emptywheel
Paul Hodgkins' lawyer laid out that DOJ expects to charge those who stormed the Senate floor with substantial sentencing enhancements. That's precisely what happened with Jacob Chansley.
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The Network Effect: The 3%ers Incitement, Terrorist Enhancements, and California's Anti-Maskers

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emptywheel
At a hearing for Danny Rodriguez, AUSA Kimberly Paschall didn't seem sure whether they will end up charging Rodriguez in a conspiracy with others from Southern California or not. But this network of extremists is a good place to look to understand how the various parts of the riot came together. 
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"This is not reverse RICO!" Shane Jenkins Gives Away John Pierce's Game

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emptywheel
John Pierce, the trial attorney who is attempting to represent up to 18 January 6 defendants while lying in a COVID ward, seems to have found three kinds of clients for himself (I've included a roster below). There are a bunch of Proud Boys…
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Brandon Fellows Gets a CIPA Notice

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emptywheel
Brandon Fellows, perhaps the only person who invaded Jeff Merkley's office to be charged with a felony thus far, got a CIPA notice seeking to rely on classified information today.
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DOJ Treated Jerome Corsi as News Media but Not Roger Stone or Randy Credico (or Julian Assange)

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emptywheel
According to an updated report on DOJ's legal process with members of the news media, Mueller appears to have treated Jerome Corsi -- but not Roger Stone, Randy Credico, or Julian Assange -- as members of the news media.
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The End Of Roe v. Wade

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bmaz
What happens when states like Texas/their citizen plaintiffs start trying to enforce their craven law as to conduct occurring in other states?
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At Lunchtime on March 15, 2017, Joshua Schulte Went Home and Got His Passport[s]

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emptywheel
At around the same time Donald Trump was leaking classified information about the investigation into Joshua Schulte, he left work and went home to get his diplomatic passport.
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David Mish's Silence on Ashli Babbitt's Last Words

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emptywheel
David Mish's statement of offense notes that he called MPD about witnessing Ashli Babbitt's death, but doesn't include what he claimed she said.
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The Dog Ate My Conflict -- Car Accident -- Ventilator -- Disconnected Phones: Miscellany from the January 6 Investigation

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emptywheel
Among the interesting January 6 news in recent days is that DOJ has harmonized the next status report for two Oath Keeper cooperators on December 17 and that Zachary Alam may have the best passwords of all the arrested defendants thus far.
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