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My Veterans Day

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Ed Walker
Viet Nam. Iraq. Afghanistan. Service
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Yes, DOJ Is Reportedly Investigating the 2018 Election that Trump Just Invoked with Ron DeSantis

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emptywheel
Not only was there Trump-related rat-fuckery in Broward County in 2018, but DOJ is already reportedly investigating it. It just pertains to the Proud Boys and Roger Stone rather than DOJ.
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Judge Sanctions Alina Habba for Misrepresenting Igor Danchenko Indictment

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emptywheel
Donald Middlebrook wrote a really scathing opinion sanctioning Alina Habba and Peter Ticktin for the frivolous claims they made about Chuck Dolan. The same opinion could be written about some of the press coverage on the same topics.
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After a Year of Executive Privilege Fights, Mike Pence Just Tweeted It Out

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emptywheel
The excerpt of Mike Pence's book includes descriptions of 11 conversations with the former President, all of which have been covered by a year of Executive Privilege claims.
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As Pre-Election Pause Comes to an End, Look First to Arizona (and Nevada and Georgia)

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emptywheel
DOJ can take overt investigative steps now that the election is over. But I suspect we'll see more action in the swing states before we see an indictment of Trump's closest circle.

Oprah Beats Trump!

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emptywheel
It'll be unclear what happens with the election for days, if not months. But the results clearly demonstrate what a disaster Trumpism has been for the Republican Party.

Mid-Term Election 2022: Control of Congress and Reproductive Rights [UPDATE-7]

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Rayne
Mid-term election-related content, updates, and discussion in this post and dedicated thread.
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Head of Republican Party Attempts to Stave Off Multiple Indictments by Announcing Candidacy Early

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emptywheel
Imagine if every time Trump toyed with the press about announcing his candidacy, Trump beat reporters instead described the institutional support in the Republican Party for fraud and political violence?
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Judge Raymond Dearie Prepares to Consult with the Archives

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emptywheel
In his last act before today's election, Special Master Raymond Dearie issued the following order: I've added the new dates to the timeline below. The December 1 status conference, which has attracted the most attention, is scheduled…
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Vote NO on 'Flaw and Disorder' Republican Attorneys General

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Rayne
Critical to the massing of insurrectionist rioters on January 6 is a group of elected Republicans, several of which are running for re-election.
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Boris Epshteyn's Clearance Problems

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emptywheel
WaPo confirms something long hinted at: One reason Boris Epshteyn was not hired in the Trump White House was due to concerns about whether he could get clearance. That's the guy advising Trump on ways to refuse to give some of the most sensitive classified documents back.
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Trump Prosecutions: Making Tea While Awaiting the Post-Election Flood

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emptywheel
The tea leaves surrounding a Trump prosecution won't be entirely clear for some time. But the swirling cup of leaves suggests a prosecution is going somewhere.

Elmo's Forced Marriage

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emptywheel
Elmo's Twitter rants since he purchased the company seem to be as much about loathing that we all saw him make an epically shitty business deal as they are about rolling out a viable plan to keep Twitter afloat.
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The Intercept Helps Protect Rudy Giuliani's Lies about Ruby Freeman

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emptywheel
The Intercept gets so much wrong I wrote thousands of words to supplement Mike Masnick's debunking. More importantly, it got so much wrong at precisely the moment fascists seized on it in their efforts to prevent efforts to protect the vote.
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The Roger Stone Convergence at the Winter Palace

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emptywheel
A Roger Stone convergence of multiple strands of the January 6 investigation appears to go through a We the People document found on Enrique Tarrio's phone.
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Former Secret Cooperator Enrique Tarrio Reveals a Secret Cooperation Deal

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emptywheel
Enrique Tarrio, who as a former informant knows the value of secret cooperation, just disclosed the June plea deal of a high level Proud Boy.
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Trash Talk: Begin with the End in Mind

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Rayne
It's a quiet autumn weekend in the Midwest for sports, perfect for violence or drama. This is an open thread.
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