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Dominion files $1.6 billion defamation lawsuit against Fox News over election conspiracy theories
  • Dominion filed a defamation lawsuit Friday against Fox News over election conspiracy theories.
  • Fox hosts frequently invited Sidney Powell and Rudy Giuliani on their programs.
  • The two pushed false theories about Dominion flipping election results, with little pushback.
According to the AP, Dominion argues in the suit that Fox News gave prominence to the election-fraud claims as a tactic to revive viewership as ratings dropped after former President Donald Trump's 2020 election loss.

The voting technology company said that the network "sold a false story of election fraud in order to serve its own commercial purposes, severely injuring Dominion in the process," according to a copy of the filing seen by the AP.

That has led to the company — which previously did not have a major public profile — being vilified by millions of conservatives, the AP reported Dominion as saying. Employees of the company faced harassment as a result, the company said.

The consequence, according to Dominion lawyers, was "enormous and irreparable economic harm," the AP reported.

The false theory held that Dominion, alongside the rival company Smartmatic, developed technology that switched votes in the November election from then-President Donald Trump to now-President Joe Biden.

... "This was a conscious, knowing business decision to endorse and repeat and broadcast these lies in order to keep its viewership," the AP reported attorney Justin Nelson, of Susman Godfrey LLC, as saying. Dominion argued that other outlets treated the claims very differently, the agency reported.

The company said it had repeatedly tried to correct the record, but was ignored by Fox, the AP said.
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Support for political violence among Americans is on the rise. It's a grim warning about America's political future.
  • A new poll found that a significant number of Americans endorse the use of political violence.
  • After questioning the methods of the poll and conducting follow-up conversations, the findings hold.
  • Political violence is no longer a theoretical concern as many Americans feel violence is justified in certain circumstances.
Nearly one in three Americans said that taking "violent actions" is an appropriate remedy when elected leaders refuse to protect the country. An even larger share of the public — 36% — agreed that the "use of force" is necessary to arrest the decline of America's traditional way of life. But how alarmed should we be about the rise of public support for political violence in the US?

... A 63-year-old male respondent suggested that he would condone the use of violence "when the political representation in their country fails to represent them or violates the founding principles of their Constitution."

A 69-year-old female respondent couched her support in terms of religious liberty: "It's not just political beliefs, but when they are also violent against our freedom of religion, just by verbally attacking, the people have the right to defend themselves."

Another respondent said violence can be justified when "our American way of life is taken away."

In nearly every instance, political violence was supported as a defensive position, an action of last resort needed to resist an imperious government. Although these responses are not representative of the entire group of people who endorsed the use of violence in the poll, they demonstrate that people have little difficulty articulating a justification for political violence and do so using similar language.

Support for political violence is almost certainly the product of the broader political context and cues from political elites. Past research suggests that concerns about demographic change, strong partisan identity and feelings of partisan hostility are linked to support for political violence.

... In the wake of the Capitol uprising, we have been forced to reckon with the uncomfortable truth that political violence is no longer a theoretical concern. If political leaders weaponize concerns about demographic change and undermine trust in democratic institutions, some members of the public may seek to achieve their political goals through non-democratic means including the use of force.

If provided a compelling reason by political elites many Americans — certainly a much larger share than the group of Trump supporters who invaded the Capitol building — will consider violence to be a reasonable political recourse.
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Donald Trump claimed that his supporters who stormed the Capitol posed 'zero threat'
  • Former President Donald Trump claimed that his supporters who stormed the Capitol posed "zero threat."
  • In fact, five people including a police officer were killed during the failed insurrection.
  • "It was zero threat right from the start — it was zero threat," Trump told Fox News on Thursday.
"It was zero threat right from the start — it was zero threat," Trump told Fox News host Laura Ingraham on Thursday.

"Look, they went in, they shouldn't have done it. Some of them went in and they're hugging the police and the guards. They had great relationships. A lot of the people were waved in and then they walked in and then they walked out."

Trump's comments significantly misrepresent the events during the Capitol riot, which took place after the president told his supporters at a rally to "fight like hell" against the outcome of the presidential election.

Around 140 officers were injured during the attack, according to the head of the Capitol Police union. One officer, Brian Sicknick, died from injuries he sustained during the riot.

... The former president also on Thursday suggested his supporters who participated in the siege, many of whom face federal and local charges for trespass and other offenses, were being "persecuted."

"They're persecuting a lot of those people. And some of them should be... some things should happen to them," Trump told Ingraham.
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Amazon takes a page out of Trump's playbook, accusing critics of spreading 'alternative facts' and picking fights with politicians on Twitter
  • Amazon is taking a page out of Trump's public-relations playbook.
  • The company accused a union leader of taking "alternative facts to a whole new level" on Friday.
  • Amazon has slammed multiple progressive politicians on Twitter this week.
Amazon workers in Bessemer, Alabama are in the process of voting to join the RWDSU, or Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Union. Amazon has been aggressively anti-union, while highlighting worker benefits such as its minimum wage of $15 per hour.

"Alternative facts" is a phrase made famous by Trump advisor Kellyanne Conaway in 2017, when she told "Meet the Press" that "Sean Spicer, our press secretary, gave alternative facts." Trump, meanwhile, is known for accusing critics of spreading "fake news."

Amazon has been following Trump's press strategy in other ways, by criticizing a number of progressive politicians on Twitter.

The company has been sparring with Sen. Elizabeth Warren for multiple days.

... Amazon also picked a fight with Sen. Bernie Sanders, which culminated with Dave Clark, who serves as CEO of worldwide consumer at Amazon, tweeting that Sanders should "save his finger wagging lecture until after he actually delivers in his own backyard."

In a third Twitter spat, Amazon faced off against Democratic Rep. Mark Pocan. Pocan had tweeted: "Paying workers $15/hr doesn't make you a 'progressive workplace' when you union-bust & make workers urinate in water bottles."

"You don't really believe the peeing in bottles thing, do you? If that were true, nobody would work for us," Amazon replied.

Eight Amazon drivers told Insider this week that they had peed in bottles while delivering packages, due to the company's strict time limits. Some drivers said they had additionally pooped in bags, while one said she struggled to find time or space to change her menstrual pads while working.

Amazon did not respond to multiple request for comment on workers urinating in bottles, which drivers described as a common practice. The company declined to comment on its criticism of politicians on Twitter or its use of the phrase "alternative facts" in a statement, beyond correcting the representative's name.

Celine McNicholas, the director of government affairs at the Economic Policy Institute, told Insider that Amazon likely denied the "pee bottle thing" in an effort to be seen as a progressive employer amid the Alabama union drive.

"I think it is probably the only play that they have — to say this is not the reality," McNicholas said. "Because the reality is shameful and disgusting."
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Sen. Mitt Romney received a JFK Profile in Courage Award for going against the GOP and voting to convict Donald Trump
  • The JFK Library Foundation gave Sen. Mitt Romney the JFK Profile in Courage Award Friday.
  • Romney received the award for voting to convict Trump during his first impeachment trial.
  • The Republican senator was the first person to vote to convict a member of their own party.
The award, which is given by the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, was created by the late president's family to honor public figures who risk their careers or lives to act upon their conscience in favor of the national interest despite popular opinion or pressure.

Romney was the only Republican senator to vote in favor of convicting Trump in January 2020 after the president was impeached on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

The foundation released a statement announcing Romney as the recipient, praising "his consistent and courageous defense of democracy."

"As the first Senator to have ever voted to convict a President of his own party, Senator Romney's courageous stand was historic," a statement said. "During a time of grave threat to U.S. democratic institutions, Mitt Romney has been a consistent but often solitary Republican voice in defense of democracy and the rule of law."

At the time, Romney described his conviction vote as "the most difficult decision I have ever had to make in my life." He received widespread condemnation from his Republican colleagues and from the president himself.

In 2019, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi also received the Profile in Courage Award "for putting the national interest above her party's interest to expand access to health care for all."

The foundation said that as a result of her working to pass the Affordable Care Act, she became the target of GOP political attacks and lost her first tenure as House Speaker in 2010. But, it said, she persisted, and "led Democrats in electing the most diverse Congress in U.S. history."

Former Presidents Barack Obama and George H.W. Bush have also received the award.
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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.