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Ginni Thomas apologized to her husband's Supreme Court clerks after supporting the 'Stop the Steal' rally ahead of the Capitol riot
  • Ginni Thomas apologized to the staff of her husband, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, for her support of the January 6 rally that turned into a deadly riot at the Capitol.
  • It's a rare heel-turn for the right-wing conspiracy theorist and stalwart Trump supporter.
"I owe you all an apology. I have likely imposed on you my lifetime passions," she said in an email obtained by The Washington Post.

The email was sent to a listserv called Thomas Clerk World, which includes her husband's former court staff from his three decades on the court, according to the Washington Post.

Ginni Thomas — whose full name is Virginia — had posted on Facebook her support for the "Stop the Steal" rally held in Washington, DC, on January 6 that morphed into the insurrection that left five people dead.

"My passions and beliefs are likely shared with the bulk of you, but certainly not all. And sometimes the smallest matters can divide loved ones for too long," Thomas said in the email obtained by The Washington Post. "Let's pledge to not let politics divide THIS family, and learn to speak more gently and knowingly across the divide."

Ginni Thomas has been a stalwart supporter of former President Donald Trump, often posting misspelled messages and memes about him on her Facebook page alongside conspiracy theories about the liberal financier and Holocaust survivor George Soros controlling the Democratic party, Barack Obama rigging the 2016 election, and Special Counsel Robert Mueller inventing dirt about Trump. She's also maintained ties to right-wing, Trump-allied political organizations, including the Daily Caller Foundation and Turning Point USA.

On the morning of January 6, Thomas made a Facebook post saying "GOT BLESS EACH OF YOU FOR STANDING UP or PRAYING" with a link to a livestream of the rally, where Trump spoke. She later updated the post to add: "Note: written before the violence in the US Capitol."

Thomas's Facebook page was taken down on January 8.

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Inside the Herculean effort to reunite parents and kids split up by President Trump's family separation policy
The Trump administration's family separation policy was relatively short-lived. But the process of locating the parents and reuniting families has dragged on. Now, it falls on the Biden administration to complete the untangling of the policy and address the lasting impacts of trauma. On Tuesday, President Joe Biden is expected to announce the creation of a task force that will recommend how to "reunify families," according to a fact sheet.

... So far, around 2,000 kids separated under the formal policy have been reunited with their parents, and almost 600 are either with sponsors in the U.S. or have reached adult age. Late last year, it was revealed that the parents of over 600 children separated during the pilot programs had yet to be contacted at all.

According to the latest status report, from mid January, of the 611 children whose parents have yet to be found, 392 of them have had their parents deported.

From the get-go, the federal government never created records that would be typical when a family enters custody. Children's files and legal proceedings were established as if they had entered the country alone.

Since then, government lawyers have been tasked with scouring records from the Departments of Homeland Security and Health and Human Services to discover, first, which children in its custody arrived with their parents, and whether files for those family members can be located.

"The data has been so spotty. It's obvious that recording families, tracking them in any meaningful way to facilitate reunification... was not a concern, not a priority, not done," said Leah Chavla senior policy advisor at the Women's Refugee Commission.

... Further complicating the effort is the fact that most of the parents are not themselves eligible to return to the U.S., and many had compelling reasons to ensure that their children did not remain in their home countries.

Once a person is deported, as many of the parents separated under the pilot programs were, they are largely blocked from re-entering the country or seeking status. In these cases, reunification is only possible if the children also leave the United States. In the latest status report, filed on Jan. 13, 103 parents out of a total of 261 who'd filled out election forms decided not to avail themselves of the settlement.

... Reunifications in the United States might be the best possible outcome, but it's difficult to measure the long term impacts of the trauma faced by children being torn apart from their parents. They could range from permanent brain damage, especially for the youngest children, to difficulty rebuilding their relationships and lingering resentment.
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A Newsmax segment went off the rails when the MyPillow CEO started ranting about voting machines, prompting the anchor to walk off the set
  • MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell repeatedly ranted about voting machines during a Newsmax interview.
  • The host cut Lindell off to note that there is no evidence of vote-tampering or election fraud.
  • Lindell continued airing his conspiracies, prompting the anchor to walk off the set.
The pro-Trump network Newsmax on Tuesday cut off the microphone of Mike Lindell, the CEO of MyPillow, after he started amplifying bogus conspiracy theories about the 2020 election while on the air.

On Monday, Twitter permanently banned the account belonging to MyPillow after Lindell used it to try to get around his own earlier ban from the platform.

During the Newsmax interview, Lindell began claiming he was being "canceled" because he had evidence of election malfeasance.

"Well, first mine was taken down because we have all the election fraud with these Dominion machines, we have 100 percent proof, and then when they took it down —" Lindell began before the anchor, Bob Sellers, cut him off.

"Mike, you're talking about machines, that we at Newsmax have not been able to verify any of those kinds of allegations. We just want to let people know that there's nothing substantive that we've seen. And let me read you something," Sellers said as he looked down to read from a statement.

"While there were some clear evidence of some cases of voter fraud and election irregularities, the election results in every state were certified, and Newsmax accepts the results as legal and final," the anchor said. "The courts have also supported that view."
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New Democratic Ad Campaign Ties G.O.P. to QAnon
As Republicans splinter over how to deal with Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene, the QAnon devotee from Georgia who peddles an array of false conspiracy theories, Democrats are seizing on the infighting to make her the avatar for an array of G.O.P. lawmakers.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee on Tuesday began a $500,000 advertising campaign on television and online tying eight House Republicans, including Representative Kevin McCarthy of California, the minority leader, to Ms. Greene and QAnon, an effort to force them to make a public affirmation about Ms. Greene.

“Congressman Don Bacon,” an ominous-sounding voice intones in the ad targeting the Nebraska Republican, “he stood with Q, not you.”

The strategy is similar to the one Republicans employed against Democrats last summer during the protests over racial injustice, when they sought to paint all Democrats as pushing to defund the police, including President Biden, who repeatedly said he did not favor it.

In releasing the QAnon-focused ads this week, Democrats are striking at a raw nerve in the Republican Party. Ms. Greene’s radical pronouncements — she indicated support for executing Democratic politicians several years ago — have alarmed even Republicans as well as Democrats. On Monday, Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the minority leader, said the “loony lies and conspiracy theories” embraced by Ms. Greene amounted to a “cancer” on the party.

Like the Republican ads that flooded the airwaves last year featuring grainy images of Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the Democratic ads feature Ms. Greene and Representative Lauren Boebert of Colorado, who has also expressed support for QAnon, as much as the candidates they are attacking.

... The new Democratic ads do not distinguish between Republicans who voted to overturn the Electoral College results and those who did not. Of the eight Republicans targeted, only Mr. McCarthy and Representatives Mike Garcia of California and Beth Van Duyne of Texas objected to Mr. Biden’s victory. Separate ads also target Mr. Bacon and Representatives Maria Elvira Salazar of Florida, Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania and Young Kim and Michelle Steel of California.

Each of the incumbents voted against impeaching Mr. Trump.

“Washington Republicans have made their choice — they chose to cave to the murderous Q-Anon mob that has taken over their party,” said Representative Sean Patrick Maloney of New York, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s chairman. “Their actions have made one thing clear — no American will be safe from the QAnon mob if Washington Republicans are in power.”
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Pro-Trump lawyer Lin Wood is reportedly under investigation over whether he voted illegally in the November election
Lin Wood, a conservative attorney and pro-Trump ally who litigated numerous failed attempts to overturn the 2020 election, is now under investigation by the state of Georgia over whether or not he was a legal voter in the very election he claimed was fraudulent, according to WSB-TV in Atlanta.

Wood has been a frequent and vocal critic of the integrity of the 2020 election and sought to undermine President Joe Biden's win over Donald Trump, but not a single court of law found any of his claims to have merit.

The Georgia Secretary of State's Office has now launched an investigation to determine if Wood was actually a resident of Georgia and if he broke the law by casting his vote in the state, WSB-TV reported.

Officials from the office told the outlet that an email Wood sent to WSB-TV reporter Justin Gray prompted them to launch the investigation. In the email, Wood said he had moved to South Carolina and had been residing there for months.

"If a person removes to another state with the intention of making it such person's residence, such person shall be considered to have lost such person's residence in this state," according to a section of Georgia code cited by investigators.
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In Rare Public Statement, Congressional Aides Call for Trump’s Conviction
The letter, while in no way binding, underscored the remarkable dynamic surrounding Mr. Trump’s trial, in which many of the witnesses to and victims of the “incitement of insurrection” he is charged with are among the closest advisers to lawmakers who will decide his political fate. Congressional aides often provide counsel behind closed doors to the elected officials they serve, and many are authorized to speak on those officials’ behalf. But exceedingly rarely do they publicly express their own views — much less push for so stark a political and constitutional remedy as conviction in an impeachment trial.

Among the signatories were press secretaries, schedulers, committee staff members and advisers from the House and Senate, though relatively few were from the upper echelon of chiefs of staff or committee staff directors. They included Drew Hammill, a deputy chief of staff for Speaker Nancy Pelosi, as well as communications aides closely associated with lawmakers who have been involved with Mr. Trump’s impeachments, such as Shadawn Reddick-Smith, who works for the Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee; Gabby Richards, communications director for Representative Mary Gay Scanlon of Pennsylvania; Anne Feldman, communications director for Representative Jason Crow of Colorado; and Daniel Gleick, communications director for Representative Val Demings of Florida.

The letter’s organizers solicited support from Republican aides, offering to include language to assuage their concerns about retribution from bosses or harassment on social media. But despite tentative interest from some, people familiar with the effort said, no Republican aides ultimately signed on.
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Eric Trump hits out at Scottish plan to debate his father’s golf courses
Donald Trump’s son Eric has lashed out at Scottish politicians ahead of a parliamentary debate on whether to launch an investigation into the financing of his father’s resorts.

The debate in the Scottish parliament, scheduled for 5 p.m. on Wednesday, was called by Scottish Greens co-leader Patrick Harvie, who is urging the government to seek a so-called unexplained wealth order (UWO) against the Trump Organization’s two golf courses in Scotland.

A UWO is a relatively new piece of British criminal legislation, requiring the subject to explain how exactly their assets were acquired. If their reasoning is not satisfactory, then the assets are “presumed to be recoverable property,” meaning they could be seized. ... Wednesday’s debate will be followed by a vote. While it is not binding, it would put significant pressure on Sturgeon to seek an UWO.

Harvie had told the Scotsman newspaper that given that Donald Trump was no longer president and that his business dealings were under investigation in the U.S., Scotland should also take a closer look at how the two local resorts had been funded.

On Wednesday, he responded to Eric Trump on the BBC, saying that “as entertaining as Eric Trump’s tantrum is, he doesn’t say where his dad got the money to buy his Scottish golf courses.”
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No TrumpsπŸ‘±‍♂️ Newsbites was formerly Trumpism 🐘 Newsbites.

or Trump-ism

Trumpism refers to the nontraditional political philosophy and approach espoused by Donald Trump and his supporters. The term Trumpism can also be used to directly refer to an outrageous or idiosyncratic statement made by Donald Trump.

Trump, whom many observers consider an anomaly, left the White House by saying, “We will be back in some form.” His legacy is “Trumpism” – a wave of white nationalism.

Trumpisms are Bushisms on steroids.