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VIDEO OF THE DAY: Alex Jones busted in court as his lawyer makes massive mistake

The far-right, rabble-rousing conjurer of conspiratorial bullshit is finally having his day in court, and it is not going well.

Take Action: Tell the Biden admin to open abortion clinics on federal land!


DOJ sues Trump lackey Peter Navarro over unofficial email account
The disgraced ex-president’s former adviser used at least one “non-official” email account — a ProtonMail account — to conduct official government business. Oh, schadenfreude!

Take Action: Tell the Justice Department: Charge Trump for the dozens of crimes he’s committed!



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Democrats pull out HUGE 11th hour surprise

No Lie with Brian Tyler Cohen: Wow!


US Rep. Jackie Walorski, 2 staffers killed in head-on crash
Walorski was killed Wednesday in a car crash in her northern Indiana district along with two members of her congressional staff when an oncoming car crossed the center line on a state highway and collided head-on with the SUV the congresswoman was riding in.


China fires missiles into waters off Taiwan in largest ever drills
The exercises, which began a day after Nancy Pelosi’s highly publicized arrival on the self-ruled island, included live-firing in the waters to the north, south, and east of Taiwan, bringing tensions in the area to their highest in a quarter century.

Take Action: Tell President Biden to declare a climate emergency!


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Mormon church “help line” helped hide child sex abuse for years

The Associated Press has obtained nearly 12,000 pages of sealed records from a child sex abuse lawsuit against the Mormon church in West Virginia. Families of survivors who filed the lawsuit said they show it’s part of a system that can easily be misused by church leaders to divert abuse accusations away from law enforcement and instead to church attorneys who may bury the problem, leaving victims in harm’s way.

Take Action: Tell Congress to pass the Equal Rights Amendment NOW!


US Senate rebukes Russia, approves Finland and Sweden for membership into NATO
US senators delivered overwhelming bipartisan approval to NATO membership for Finland and Sweden Wednesday, calling expansion of the Western defensive bloc a “slam-dunk” for US national security and a day of reckoning for Russian President Vladimir Putin over his invasion of Ukraine. Only Missouri Republican Josh Hawley was openly willing to do Putin’s bidding by opposing.


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Everybody hates Rand Paul, including his colleagues and neighbors

Charles Booker for Senate: It’s time to replace him with someone who can get things done for the American people. Can you chip in to expand our Senate majority and elect Charles Booker?


NFL appeals ruling that Deshaun Watson of Cleveland Browns should be suspended only six games
While an independent arbitrator gave serial sexual predator Deshaun Watson a paltry six-game suspension for sexually harassing and abusing 24 massage therapists, the NFL holds the final say — and they’re bringing down the hammer. The league is appealing for an indefinite suspension, at the minimum of one year.


After disastrous Supreme Court ruling, it’s open season on US gun laws
The Supreme Court ruling expanding gun rights will undoubtedly upend existing firearms restrictions and increase gun deaths across the country as 2nd Amendment zealots wage court battles over everything from bans on AR-15-style guns to age limits.


Kyrsten Sinema is demanding Democrats keep a tax break for the super-wealthy
The glorfied corporate lackey wants Democrats to drop a provision tightening a tax loophole associated with hedge fund managers and private equity executives from President Biden’s signature $740 billion package that just won Sen. Manchin’s approval.


Conservatives are using the courts and the filibuster to block heat protections for farmworkers
True to form, the American right keeps finding inventive ways to plant its proverbial boot on the necks of the ordinary and less fortunate.


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Today’s Action: Tell the Senate to pass the Inflation Reduction Act!

Senators Joe Manchin and Chuck Schumer sent shockwaves through Washington when they announced their historic climate and social investment deal, dubbed the “Inflation Reduction Act.” It contains the largest climate package in US history, $369 billion, and staves off what would be a disastrous health insurance premium hike by canceling the scheduled expiration of COVID-era ACA subsidies.

Passing this bill and delivering a surprise win for President Biden would be a huge boost for Democrats right before the pivotal midterm elections. But far more importantly, it would be a huge win for the the American people and our planet. But if even one expected YES vote becomes a NO, the bill fails.

That’s why we need to ensure all our senators will support the package during this week’s vote. The IRA is projected to reduce American emissions by 40% — 1 billion tons of carbon — bring in $729 billion in new revenue, reduce the deficit, lower prescription drug prices, and extend Affordable Care Act subsidies through 2024 — all without raising taxes on working Americans.

There is zero reason this bill should not be signed into law as soon as possible. The future of our planet and possibly our democracy could be at stake.

Call (202.224.3121) or email your senators and demand they pass the historic Inflation Reduction Act!

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