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Newsmax host freaks out after veteran points out Donald Trump was ‘fairly weak’ on Afghanistan

Newsmax host freaks out after veteran points out Donald Trump was ‘fairly weak’ on Afghanistan

Joe Saboe is a 36-year-old Iraq war veteran. He started Team America by chance. The group has been described as “an impromptu network of veterans and citizen volunteers who came together to execute an ad hoc mission to get American citizens and Afghan allies safely out of Kabul before the American airlift ends.” With around 200 volunteers, Team America is one of many groups trying to coordinate and evacuate Afghan allies. Saboe’s network has been working to get people safely out…

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News Roundup: Insurrection echoes; public faith in Supreme Court is tanking

News Roundup: Insurrection echoes; public faith in Supreme Court is tanking

In the news today: A new pro-insurrectionist rally is planned for this Saturday, but it’s likely to be a bust. That doesn’t mean that the danger of domestic terrorism is diminishing, however. Meanwhile, Trump’s allies are launching new attacks on a top military official after a new book disclosed steps the military took to help ensure Trump couldn’t launch a rogue nuclear attack or start a new world war as he spiraled into post-election delusion. Members of the newly archconservative…

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Disgraced Republican Speaker Hastert cuts settlement deal with one of the men he abused as a child

Disgraced Republican Speaker Hastert cuts settlement deal with one of the men he abused as a child

Disgraced former Republican Speaker of the House and convicted child molester Dennis Hastert has reportedly settled one of his ongoing legal issues surrounding his abuse of teenagers during his time as a wrestling coach at Yorkville High School, Illinois. The Associated Press reports that a “tentative out-of-court settlement” was reached between Hastert and one of the men he abused as a child regarding hush money Hastert had promised to pay back in 2010. The settlement comes days before a civil trial between Hastert…

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This Week in Statehouse Action: These People Make Laws edition

This Week in Statehouse Action: These People Make Laws edition

Why, hello there! I almost didn’t recognize you with your mask on, but that’s okay, because I recognize your SOUL. DISCLAIMER: This is a terrible line and should only be used in jest and not to woo an actual human. Uncertainty continues to reign across the country as we prepare to enter the second autumn of the COVID-19 pandemic, except this time we have vaccines that some people won’t take for … reasons! And the way a lot of GOP state…

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It’s no wonder police think it’s okay to joke about Black men dying: Courts keep protecting cops

It’s no wonder police think it’s okay to joke about Black men dying: Courts keep protecting cops

In yet another example of police callousness and insensitivity, a Florida deputy has been fired after not only telling an inmate he looks like George Floyd, but asking him to say, “I can’t breathe,” words the Black father repeatedly told Minneapolis police before he was murdered. Deputy First Class Rodney Payne’s termination was unearthed on Wednesday when an internal affairs report was released to the Fort Myers News-Press. Payne, who was also accused of improper conduct in July at the Core…

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News Roundup: Republicans threaten debt standoff; Mike Pence is no hero; Texas vs. tech companies

News Roundup: Republicans threaten debt standoff; Mike Pence is no hero; Texas vs. tech companies

In the news today: The nation slides towards another self-inflicted crisis as Republicans once again vow to block a debt ceiling boost. The reason? So their party can campaign against Democrats for keeping America’s bills paid. Yet another book of the Trump era explores the depth of the Trump team’s depravity, including the effort Mike Pence went to to try to meet Trump’s demand that the United States presidential election be nullified so that Trump could maintain power. Texas’ moves…

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Inspiration4 is another space tourism venture, but it’s not like the ones we’ve seen before

Inspiration4 is another space tourism venture, but it’s not like the ones we’ve seen before

In the last two months, we’ve watched two billionaires fly their personal rockets on suborbital flights that they celebrated with lots of self-aggrandizement. On Wednesday evening, another billionaire will launch, not on his personal rocket, but on one he’s renting from billionaire No. 4 for another tourist flight. Which, on the face of it, seems like more of the same. Space tourism, right on the face of it, is very easy to dismiss as the ultimate folly of people whose personal wealth…

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Northern Idaho hospitals allowed to save beds and ventilators for those ‘most likely to survive’

Northern Idaho hospitals allowed to save beds and ventilators for those ‘most likely to survive’

As hospital workers desperately try to save lives with limited resources and dwindling available beds during the COVID-19 pandemic, public health officials Idaho activated a “crisis standards of care” for northern hospitals last week that would in rare cases allow hospitals to save beds and ventilators “for those who are most likely to survive,” The Associated Press reported of the guidelines dated last year. “Crisis standard of care is a last resort,” Idaho Department of Health and Welfare Director Dave Jeppesen said in a…

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Advocates call for hate crime charges after white woman calls ‘visibly Muslim woman’ a ‘terrorist’

Advocates call for hate crime charges after white woman calls ‘visibly Muslim woman’ a ‘terrorist’

I’m sure we’ve all heard the horror stories about Spirit Airlines, which are primarily known for their cheap but often unpleasant flights. In this case, though, the story isn’t about the inconveniences of flying with Spirit; it deals with the issues of flying while Muslim. While the phrase is often associated with security and service staff mistreating Muslim travelers, a Muslim woman was harassed and mistreated by another traveler in this incident. After intervening when a white woman harassed another…

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Anti-vaxx Chronicles: A terrifying blow-by-blow recap of a COVID illness

Anti-vaxx Chronicles: A terrifying blow-by-blow recap of a COVID illness

Facebook is a menace. COVID-19 is a menace. Conservatism is a cesspool. Together, those three ingredients have created a toxic stew of malevolent death and devastation. We can talk about all those things in the abstract, look at the numbers and statistics, and catch the occasional whiff of seditionist right-wing rhetoric. But I hadn’t really fully understood just how horrifying that combination of right-wing extremism, Facebook, and a killer virus was until I became a regular at the Herman Cain…

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