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Marjorie Taylor Greene and Paul Gosar launch ‘America First Caucus,’ and it’s as bad as you imagine

Marjorie Taylor Greene and Paul Gosar launch ‘America First Caucus,’ and it’s as bad as you imagine

Do not—Do. Not.—dismiss this as just a handful of Republicans: Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene and Paul Gosar are starting an “America First Caucus” in the House of Representatives, and they might as well go ahead and call it the You Will Not Replace Us Caucus or get real honest and call it the White Supremacist Caucus, because the introductory description of the group’s purpose, as reported by Punchbowl News, is breathtaking. The group is forming around a “common respect for uniquely Anglo-Saxon political…

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News Roundup: Biden’s popularity soars; McConnell likes Manchin and Sinema; another mass shooting

News Roundup: Biden’s popularity soars; McConnell likes Manchin and Sinema; another mass shooting

Happy Friday! There are plans for the weekend to make, there are appointments for vaccinations to be searched for, and there’s a Republican Party continuing its efforts to gum up the works. A lot of news happened today. Here’s some of what you may have missed: As Biden nears 100-day mark, latest polling on his presidency is a thing of beauty McConnell flat-out tells Republicans to use Manchin and Sinema to obstruct Biden, Democrats Mass shooting at Indianapolis FedEx facility…

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McConnell flat-out tells Republicans to use Manchin and Sinema to obstruct Biden, Democrats

McConnell flat-out tells Republicans to use Manchin and Sinema to obstruct Biden, Democrats

Both Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Republican leader Mitch McConnell strategized this week with their conferences on the filibuster, and both had as their focus the two problem children of the Democrats: Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona. Schumer has a plan for demonstrating to the two that Republicans really don’t want to play nice and McConnell has a plan to optimize the two as his tools to trash everything President Joe Biden intends to do….

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First plea bargain for cooperating Oath Keepers witness in Jan. 6 insurrection cases is approved

First plea bargain for cooperating Oath Keepers witness in Jan. 6 insurrection cases is approved

A self-described “lifetime member” of the Oath Keepers has become the first defendant in the Jan. 6 insurrection cases to enter a guilty plea as part of a cooperation agreement with prosecutors, following a hearing in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., Friday morning. The plea bargain for Jon Schaffer, 53, a heavy-metal guitarist from Indiana who was photographed assaulting officers with bear spray and entering the U.S. Capitol, was approved by Judge Ahmit Mehta. Schaffer engaged in a long…

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Polling on the actual popularity of anti-trans bills may surprise you—including from Republicans

Polling on the actual popularity of anti-trans bills may surprise you—including from Republicans

In addition to facing the novel coronavirus, changes in school, work, and even housing stability for folks across the nation, Republicans are pushing anti-trans legislation from every angle. As Daily Kos continues to cover, transgender youth appear to be an easy mark for the GOP, and attacks tend to hit in a few key areas. One, trying to bar transgender girls and women from girls’ sports teams. (For contrast, by the way, trans women are literally allowed to compete in…

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News Roundup: Republican whining; Trump campaign collusion; Jim Jordan won’t shut up

News Roundup: Republican whining; Trump campaign collusion; Jim Jordan won’t shut up

Today in the news: After promoting false conspiracy theories in an attempt to overturn an American election, Republicans continue to whine that Joe Biden is being mean to them by proposing policies the American public strongly supports. Chicago officials release the video of police killing an unarmed 13-year-old child. And the federal government makes a new key conclusion about collusion between the 2016 Trump campaign and Russian intelligence. Here’s some of what you may have missed: • Republicans whine about Biden’s…

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This Week in Statehouse Action: Taxation Without Fair Representation edition

This Week in Statehouse Action: Taxation Without Fair Representation edition

In a normal (or at least non-pandemic) world, April 15 would be tax day. But things are still far from normal, and you still have over a month (May 17) to get right with the IRS. No one really likes to pay taxes (income or otherwise), but they pay for a lot of stuff. … including, to a point, most state legislators’ salaries. So what are we getting for our money these days? Filing Status: Republicans, having finally abandoned their crusade…

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A terrible disease, children at risk, and a promising treatment that’s about to vanish: Part II

A terrible disease, children at risk, and a promising treatment that’s about to vanish: Part II

Editor’s note: This is Part II of a two-part story. You can read Part I, which was originally published on April 14, by clicking here. A rare childhood disorder, Niemann-Pick Disease type C (NPC), affects just a few dozen children in the United States each year. One of a number of lysosomal storage disorders, the disease affects the ability to metabolize cholesterol, and results in widespread damage over time. Symptoms from this very rare, recessive genetic disorder can occur at any…

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Biden says the U.S. will withdraw from Afghanistan, 20 years after the War on Terror began

Biden says the U.S. will withdraw from Afghanistan, 20 years after the War on Terror began

There remain no good answers in Afghanistan. President Joe Biden’s announcement that U.S. military forces would be leaving that country by next Sept. 11, the two-decade anniversary of the original al Qaeda-plotted terrorist attacks against the United States that resulted in a U.S. military invasion to hunt down al Qaeda members and rout the theocratic Taliban government from power, was a decision that multiple U.S. presidents from then to now could never quite stomach. Military leaders over two decades continued to…

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MAGA world rages after Ivanka gets the Fauci ouchie

MAGA world rages after Ivanka gets the Fauci ouchie

Ivanka Trump has spent the past five years trying to position herself in the public’s mind as the “reasonable” Trump. Granted, that’s a pretty low bar. All she really needed to do is show up as “warm-blooded” on infrared surveillance cameras, and she was basically there. Another useful tactic? Avoid appearing on video every 10 minutes, like the unofficial spokesperson for pure Colombian cocaine. No, for Ivanka, the trick is to tacitly endorse every horrible thing her father does. She stood around…

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