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Why Conservative Media Is Celebrating the Chauvin Verdict

Why Conservative Media Is Celebrating the Chauvin Verdict

AdvertisementAdvertisementWhen the jury in Derek Chauvin’s murder trial registered its verdict on Tuesday, finding the former police officer in the murder of George Floyd, Fox News commentators were ready with their takes.“Clearly, the verdict is supported by the facts,” said Fox News host Jeanine Pirro, who joined The Five, the network’s weekday evening panel show, to discuss the trial. “This case was extremely unusual. … It is rare that you even get a picture of the victim in a murder case, other than maybe an autopsy photo. But here we had a living, breathing person that the jury was...

Apr 21
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What D.C. Residents Continue to Endure

What D.C. Residents Continue to Endure

AdvertisementAdvertisementAdvertisementIn his mealy-mouthed speech on the Senate floor following Wednesday’s attempted government takeover by a mob of Donald Trump supporters, Republican Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska threw in a casual dig at the city whose residents make his life possible. “The center of America is not Washington, D.C.,” Sasse said. “The center of America is the neighborhoods where 330 million Americans are raising their kids and trying to put food on the table and trying to love their neighbor.”AdvertisementD.C. is home to about 700,000 Americans—all of whom are trying to put...

Jan 7
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Since David Perdue Wouldn’t Show Up, Jon Ossoff Debated Himself

Since David Perdue Wouldn’t Show Up, Jon Ossoff Debated Himself

Jon Ossoff, the Democratic candidate in one of Georgia’s two Senate runoffs, was supposed to debate his opponent on Sunday. But Republican incumbent David Perdue decided not to show. According to the rules of the debate host, the Atlanta Press Club, if any candidate refuses to participate in its debate, the debate moves forward, with no-show represented by an empty podium.This left Ossoff in a doubly advantageous position. Not only would he get a half-hour of free solo airtime, but he’d also get to say his piece next to a literal symbol of Perdue’s fragility.On Sunday, Ossoff made much of...

December 7, 2020
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You Blew It, Cal Cunningham

You Blew It, Cal Cunningham

Cal Cunningham, the Democrat who tried to unseat Sen. Thom Tillis in North Carolina, finally conceded on Tuesday. Right after doing so, he released expressing gratitude to his campaign staff, volunteers, and supporters. “I’ll always be proud of the work we did together to lift up the voices of North Carolinians who feel left behind by our politics,” he wrote.One hopes that Cunningham is considerably less proud of the work he personally did during this campaign. A few weeks before the election, a series of revealed that Cunningham had been having an affair with a public relations consultant....

November 13, 2020
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Why Ivanka Trump Is Coming Out Against Abortion Now

Why Ivanka Trump Is Coming Out Against Abortion Now

In on Thursday, Ivanka Trump revealed that she “unapologetically” opposes abortion rights. “I respect all sides of a very personal and sensitive discussion,” she said, while aligning herself with a movement that seeks to ban women from making very personal decisions for themselves. “But I am also a mother of three children, and parenthood affected me in a profound way in terms of how I think about these things.”Ivanka’s anti-abortion stance, which she hadn’t yet spoken of during her time in the White House, tracks with much of her previous rhetoric on a woman’s place in the world. “The any...

October 30, 2020
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Joni Ernst Hopes Some Performative Feminism Might Save Her Senate Seat

Joni Ernst Hopes Some Performative Feminism Might Save Her Senate Seat

On the first day of Senate hearings on Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the Supreme Court, Sen. Joni Ernst lauded the proceedings as . “Only 100 years ago, women in this country were given the right to vote. And today we consider adding another woman to the highest court in the land,” the Iowa Republican said.Ernst went on to dismiss criticism of Barrett’s legal writings and judicial opinions—which largely argues that the nominee’s —as “demeaning to women,” who are “all too often perceived and judged based on who someone else needs or wants us to be, not on who we actually are.” She closed...

October 15, 2020
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Susan Collins’ Supreme Court Promise Isn’t Winning Maine Voters Back

Susan Collins’ Supreme Court Promise Isn’t Winning Maine Voters Back

Sen. Susan Collins was already in a tight spot. The Republican from Maine was trailing her Democratic challenger, Sara Gideon, in . She was from Donald Trump, who earned a 59 percent “unfavorable” rating from Mainers in a . And then Ruth Bader Ginsburg died.Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell issued within hours that promised, “President Trump’s nominee will receive a vote on the floor of the United States Senate.” It sounded like he knew he had enough votes to push another Supreme Court nominee through. Political observers and concerned Americans immediately turned to the Republican...

September 30, 2020
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“Own the Libs” Is Gradually Morphing Into “Kill the Libs”

“Own the Libs” Is Gradually Morphing Into “Kill the Libs”

If Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis gets his way, people who merely attend a protest that results in property damage will be prosecuted for felonies. Yelling at someone in a restaurant as part of such a protest will be a criminal offense. And a will not be liable for their deaths, as long as he is “fleeing for safety from a mob.”These are just a few of the policies proposed by DeSantis in meant to chill dissent and punish those in the streets demanding an end to racist police violence. Republican leaders in the Florida Legislature have to file the bill in 2021. By introducing it now, DeSantis...

September 28, 2020
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Will Portland Reelect Ted Wheeler?

Will Portland Reelect Ted Wheeler?

On the night of Aug. 29, Portland, Oregon, resident Aaron “Jay” Danielson was killed after several hours of violent clashes between left-wing demonstrators supporting the Black Lives Matter movement and Trump-supporting members of various alt-right groups who’d gathered for a rally and car parade. Danielson was a supporter of the far-right Patriot Prayer group and was wearing a hat with its insignia at the time of his killing. Suspect Michael Forest Reinoehl, who was later as they allegedly attempted to arrest him, had aligned himself with antifa, the decentralized faction of anti-fascist...

September 22, 2020
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In a Maine Senate Race Debate, Susan Collins Struggles to Distance Herself from Trump

In a Maine Senate Race Debate, Susan Collins Struggles to Distance Herself from Trump

Donald Trump didn’t attend Friday night’s Senate candidate debate in Maine, but his shadow the proceedings. From the first question to the closing statements, Sen. Susan Collins was repeatedly asked to answer for the leader of her party, who currently trails Joe Biden in statewide polls.As soon as the debate began, a moderator from a Maine NBC station asked Collins how she felt about the fact that Trump lied to Americans about the novel coronavirus in February, referencing the news that broke this week that Trump told Bob Woodward that the coronavirus was deadlier than the flu while...

September 12, 2020
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