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Trump trashes McConnell to fellow Republicans

The lame-duck president lashed out at Mitch McConnell on Monday night for acknowledging Joe Biden won the election, sending a slide to Republican lawmakers taking credit for saving the Senate majority leader’s career with a tweet and robocall.

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VIDEO OF THE DAY: Newsmax retracts its own bogus “election fraud” reporting in humiliating reversal

The outgoing president’s new favorite propaganda outlet admitted it made up false claims of “voter fraud” related to voting machines, after it was threatened with a lawsuit by the machine makers.



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Trump’s Hail Mary plan sends “shockwaves” through inner circle

No Lie with Brian Tyler Cohen: This was too far even for his own allies.


House Republicans meet with Trump to discuss overturning election results
The outgoing president huddled with a group of congressional Republicans at the White House on Monday, where they strategized over a last-ditch effort to overturn the election results next month. The meetings, which lasted more than three hours, were also attended by Vice President Pence and members of Trump’s legal team.

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Barr undercuts Trump on election and Hunter Biden inquiries
Outgoing Attorney General Bill Barr said he saw no reason to appoint a special counsel to look into the lame-duck president’s claims about the 2020 election or to name one for the tax investigation of President-elect Biden’s son. In his final public appearance as a member of Trump’s Cabinet, Barr also backed up official reports that Russia was behind a massive hack of US government agencies, not China as the president has feebly suggested.

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Right-wing extremists armed with AR-15s invade Oregon state legislature and clash with state police
A crowd of gun-toting militia members attempted to crash a closed session of the legislature during a “Stop the Steal” rally in Salem.


House panel alleges Trump officials attacked CDC reports about virus spread in misguided attempt to achieve “herd immunity”
Democratic Rep. James Clyburn said subcommittee investigators have found evidence of a “political pressure campaign” to “bully” professionals at the CDC in an attempt to “cripple the nation’s pandemic response in a misguided effort to achieve herd immunity.”


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Mitch McConnell successfully blocked mandatory paid leave for workers in new relief package
In March, Congress passed a law mandating that workers were able to draw two weeks of paid sick leave if they contracted the virus, two weeks of paid leave to care for a quarantining relative, and up to 10 weeks of paid family leave to care for a child whose school or daycare closed for pandemic-related reasons. McConnell, doing his very best Ebenezer Scrooge, nixed extending the protections because someone’s got to stay on brand this holiday season.


Trump weighing legal immunity for Saudi crown prince who killed US-based journalist
The Trump administration is seriously considering a request to declare Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman immune from a federal lawsuit accusing him of targeting for assassination a former top intelligence officer who could disclose damaging secrets about MBS’s ascent to power. The prince also directed the murder and dismemberment of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018.


Trump supporters drown out GOP senator at election rally
GOP Sen. Kelly Loeffler had to awkwardly pause her remarks at her own campaign rally after the crowd started chanting their support for the defeated president’s baseless election fraud claims.


Officials finally found a case of a dead person voting — a Republican pretending to be his deceased mother voting for Trump
The outgoing Oval Office occupant finally found his smoking gun.


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Today’s Action: Protect yourself, and others, this holiday weekend

In the weeks after Thanksgiving, new cases surged to record levels – due in large part to Thanksgiving travels and gatherings during this critical time. And now we face Christmas and New Years.

More than 3200,000 Americans have died, and new daily cases are astronomically higher now than when states first instituted stay-at-home proclamations, with 215,000 new confirmed cases every day. It’s only going to get worse if people continue to gather and travel in the coming week. This pandemic is out of control.

If you haven’t traveled yet and were considering, please reconsider and save lives instead – in many cases, the person who dies wasn’t the person who made the decision to ignore safe practices guidelines. If you’re planning to gather with anyone outside of your immediate household, even locally, please reconsider for the same reason.

But, adjusting your plans doesn’t mean you have to miss out entirely on social contact! Here are a few tips to reduce your chances of catching or spreading the virus.

Holidays over the internet. This is, by far, the safest way to gather with your loved ones. Love them…by limiting their infection chances. Zoom is offering free, unlimited video conferencing tomorrow through Saturday and Dec. 30-Jan. 2 – so plan ahead to teach your less tech-savvy family members how to use it! Brainstorm now how to make your holidays a special day, whether it’s unwrapping presents on video chat, cooking the same dishes in separate locations, watching a movie together via Teleparty, or teaching your family Zoom games!

Holidays outside. Keep it distant and keep it short! Consider drive-by carols from the car window, doorstep gift exchanges, and sanitized dessert drop-offs to show your love while staying safe. If you’re gathering with anyone outside of your immediate family (remember – this is currently banned in many states/counties), insist that it’s outside and well-spaced, make sure everyone takes a test in advance, and keep your masks on.

Safety means we don’t spend the kind of time with loved ones we long for this year. But it also means the chance to do so next holiday season when this nightmare is behind us. And that’s the best gift of all.

PS — Please don’t forget to sign the petition to kick Trump off Twitter for using it to inspire a coup, and check out the brilliant “Don’t Think of an Elephant” by George Lakoff — a quick read that contains the ultimate keys for Democrats to win elections — and arguments.

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