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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.

Investigate Tommy Tuberville's Pre-Speech and Debate Actions

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emptywheel
The place to start an investigation into whether Trump planned to use the insurgency on Wednesday to delay the certification of the election until after Rudy Giuliani could try to float more hoaxes is not with Josh Hawley or Ted Cruz. It's with Tommy Tuberville, with the added benefit that his involvement precedes the time when he had the formal protections of a Senator.
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Second Impeachment Ahead: Articles Have Been Drafted [UPDATE-3]

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Rayne
Articles of impeachment against Trump have been drafted and are now circulating among House members.
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Bill Barr Keeps Pretending (Falsely) That He Didn't Encourage Yesterday's Insurrection

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emptywheel
Bill Barr keeps issuing statements condemning the insurrection yesterday. But he bears part of the blame for it, since last year he treated incitement to such violence a technicality.
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The Trump Effect: Attempted Coup Edition

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emptywheel
We are not yet out of the woods. Trump, even while stating he will leave office, nevertheless has promised to sustain his insurgency. On top of everything else President-Elect Biden has to deal with, he now has to think of ways to coup-proof the US government.
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Insurrection Be Damned: Congress's Session Resumed

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Rayne
The work goes on, the cause endures — Congress continues to debate ahead of certifying the election of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.
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Sedition in Progress: U.S. Senate in Lockdown [UPDATE-9]

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Rayne
Trump supporters are engaged in rebellion, insurrection, and seditious conspiracy inside the U.S. Capitol building.
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"Dems in Disarray" as the GOP Fractures over Trump

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emptywheel
Trump's attempt to burn the Constitution to the ground creates an opportunity for Democrats given the division it has created among Congressional Republicans.

Good Trouble

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emptywheel
Last night, Georgia made it clear that John Lewis has indeed passed on his torch to future leaders.
Graphic: Quino Al via Unsplash (mod by Rayne)
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'I Just Want to Find 11,780 Votes'

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Rayne
Looking at Trump's phone call to GA Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger while waiting for the final vote tallies from Georgia's Senate races.

UK Judge Refuses to Extradite Julian Assange on Humanitarian Grounds [Update with Bail Denial]

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emptywheel
Judge Vanessa Baraitser just ruled against Julian Assange's extradition based on human rights grounds.

Lordy, There Are Tapes

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emptywheel
Georgia's Secretary of State made a tape of President Trump threatening him in an attempt to overturn the vote.
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Curing the Donald Trump Spell: The Problem

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emptywheel
Unless the GOP breaks out of its Donald Trump spell, the United States still faces an uphill battle at protecting democracy.
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Russian Flight: The Timing of the Assange Charges

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emptywheel
The US probably would have been far better off had Assange's December 2017 attempt to flee to Russia succeeded. That would have made clear even to the dead-enders that Assange had become little more than a Russian tool, and thereby diminished WikiLeaks' allure and efficacy as a cover for leaks going forward. Instead, they've made of Assange a martyr about whom most journalism organizations in the world are enthusiastically repeating false propaganda.
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Who Did More This Year to Help their (or anyone else's) Country?

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Peterr
While Donald and the Grifters were doing their worst this year in DC/Mar-a-Lago, and Boris and the Bunglers were doing the same in the UK, there were others doing other things that were absolutely spectacular.
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Four Years Ago Today, Russia Told Trump the Deep State Was Targeting Trump Along with Russia

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emptywheel
Four years ago today, the Russian Ambassador secretly spoke to Flynn and told him that Russia and Trump had both been targeted, together, by the US government. That comment explains a lot of what happened since. 
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