Greg Sargent / Wabo:
Trump’s biggest supporter in Texas has joined the “Stop The Robbery” program. It ends badly for him.
It’s become a hard law at this political moment: If you get caught up in Donald Trump’s vile schemes, it’s probably only a matter of time until the entire corruption spiral demands you.
The allure of that whirlpool is now illustrated by a fascinating story that originated in Texas. It’s about Ken Paxton, the Republican attorney general of Texas and one of the most dedicated servants of Trump’s effort to sabotage the country’s 2020 election.
Paxton is under fire at home for refusing to hand over texts and emails related to his trip to the Capitol to join the “Stop the Steal” rally on January 6. His connection to Trump’s plots has now reached its climax: Travis County Attorney just announced that Paxton may be in violation of the State Open Records Act.
Amanda Carpenter / Fender:
Sedition concerns eliminate a right-wing discussion point
Steve Bannon and other Trump defenders oddly claimed that January 6 was no big deal because there were no sedition indictments.
The impression here, dear readers, is that since no sedition charges were brought, there was no reason to provoke anyone’s ire on the 6th of January.
Once again, Bannon, The Wall Street JournalAnd Fox News all pitched this idea just last week.
But those talking points ended yesterday at the Ministry of Justice Open sealed indictment which indicted 11 members of the department’s guards for conspiracy, seditious conspiracy and other offenses related to the breach of the Capitol Building. This is the first time that a sedition plot has been charged in connection with the January 6 cases.
Will Bunch/Philadelphia Inquirer:
What fake 2020 Electoral College testimonies tell us about America’s fragile democracy
Voters in the 7 states that Biden won in 2020 met and cast their electoral votes for Donald Trump. What is the site of the January 6 plot?
Now, a revelation that Republicans In five other states Wisconsin, Michigan, Arizona, Nevada and Georgia – The December 14th exercise took a step forward, putting the entire process in a new light. By sending papers to Congress and the National Archives falsely claiming, without qualifications, that they were “duly elected” members of the Electoral College in the states where Biden received the most votes, the whole process seems even more sinister. a A recent report in Politico The January 6 House Select Committee — which is examining whether the actions of Trump and his aides were part of a plot to obstruct Congress — found it looking at some of these papers.
Jonathan Chait/New York:
RIP “No. January 6 for sedition accusations”, Trump’s favorite defense of the right
As the anniversary of the uprising approached, and the militia-led crowd attempted to forcibly influence regime change, conservatives were leaning more and more to the talking point of “no accusations of rebellion.”
At 10:30 this morning, Britt Hume He likely became the last major conservative analyst to state this view, writing, “That’s an idea. Let’s base our view on whether 1/6 was a ‘rebellion’ over whether the detainees were accused of rebellion. So far, nothing has happened.”
A few hours later, the Department of Justice charged 11 members of the Oath Watchers, a right-wing paramilitary group, with seditious conspiracy under, yes, 18 USC §2384.
Voting rights, seditious conspiracy, and the big lie
As Congress takes a step back in securing elections and democracy, Justice takes a step forward with new indictments against the Jan. 6 crimes.
And what is the criminal offense mentioned in this accusation, which was employed yesterday for the first time in the January 6 case, and I hope it is far from the last time where the Ministry of Justice faces the guilt of the conspirators, financiers and organizers? inflammatory plot It includes two or more people who:
“Conspiracy to overthrow, suppress or destroy by force the Government of the United States, or to wage war against it, or to oppose its authority by force, or by force to prevent, impede or delay the execution of any law of the United States, or by force to confiscate, seize, or otherwise take possession of any property of the United States contrary to its authority …”
This – along with tandem ad The January 6 panel to recall the records of social media giants Meta (Facebook), Alphabet (Google, YouTube), Reddit and Twitter – represents real progress, an attempt to focus not only on those who encroached on the Capitol on that terrible day, but on the efforts that preceded it. which happened later.
Catherine J Wu/The Atlantic:
Describing Omicron as a “moderate” is wishful thinking
We’re way past the point of hoping this alternative will spare us.
It is fair, then, to say that the average Omicron case is indeed ‘less dangerous’. And there are plenty of people for whom math will work well. They are young hosts, healthy, up to date on their vaccinations, and handling a pathogen that packs a slightly weaker punch, At least compared to Delta. Keep in mind, however, that delta is probably More dangerous than its already awful ancestors, so labeling the virus “moderate” dramatically reduces the risk it still poses, especially when it finds its way into unvaccinated or vaccinated but still vulnerable hosts. Even people who have been vaccinated three times cannot excuse themselves from the risks of Omicron, especially when cases are rising at such high rates, and exposure is frequent and heavy.
Yes, it is a deliberate satire.
Novak Djokovic is an image of selfishness, and sports leaders let us all down
While the past 10 years will be remembered for the return of the political athlete, the COVID-19 era has produced a less heroic citizen professional athlete. Athletes lauded for using their voices to benefit the circumstances of others have been replaced by a pandemic-era player who owes it entirely to himself—unburdened by community or responsibility to others, using boastful platforms to spread pseudoscience, to elevate and separate themselves.
These super sports voices are now sending a different message – that they owe nothing because they create so much: the revenue and legacy of the suits; Fun for watchers. for their families. They are the value. Hmm why are we watching. And they, in turn, carry themselves as if they were excluded from our common struggle. As Australians and citizens around the world sacrifice themselves to resume their lifestyles by suffering through the difficult strides of vaccine mandates ostensibly for the greater long-term public good, many prominent athletes have decided that the only name that matters is the one on their back. jerseys;
Atlas shrugged her shoulders. Everyone is alone.
The New York Times:
With voting laws dead, Democrats face a costly fight to overcome the limitations of the Republican Party
Party officials now say they are resigned to spending and organizing their way around new voting restrictions passed in Republican-controlled states.
Now, Democrats’ best chance to confront new state laws is gone Arizona Democratic Senator Kirsten Senema announced her opposition Thursday to President Biden’s pressure to lift the stall to pass the party’s suffrage bills.
This failure infuriated the Democrats and left them Looking forward to a long and hard year From organizing to the midterm elections, where they are already facing headwinds from Mr. Biden low approval ratings, inflation, Congress redistricting and the An ongoing pandemic.
Don’t be sad, organize. Every local election is important. While voting at the local level, vote at the national level.