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Rudy Giuliani's legal woes mount as a federal criminal investigation into his Ukraine dealings resumes, report says
  • A probe into Rudy Giuliani's business and overseas dealings has resumed, according to AP.
  • The criminal investigation will look into the legality of his conversations with Ukrainian officials.
  • Giuliani is also facing lawsuits from Dominion and a Democratic lawmaker.
The US Attorney's office at the South District of New York has "returned to the question of bringing a criminal case against Giuliani," the news outlet reported.

Investigators intend to look into former President Donald Trump's longtime personal attorney's business dealings and whether these defied lobbying laws, AP said.

There will be a particular focus on examining the legality surrounding Giuliani's conversations with Ukrainian officials, Forbes reported.

According to two unnamed officials familiar with AP, whether Giuliani's failure to register as a foreign agent is central to this probe.

A transcript surfaced last month of a 40-minute phone call between Giuliani and two Ukrainian officials in which he allegedly pressured them to investigate the Biden family, reported Time magazine.

This is reminiscent of the call which was central to Trump's first impeachment inquiry, in which the former president spoke to Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelnskiy about Hunter Biden.
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A handful of QAnon followers flew all the way from California to DC in hopes of watching Trump's March 4 'inauguration'
  • Some QAnon followers flew from California to DC in the hopes of watching Trump's return to power.
  • QAnon devotees believed March 4 marked the day Trump would be sworn in for a second term in office.
  • One couple said they'd taken time off work to fly to DC and had been waiting for something to transpire.
With the passing of March 4, experts predict that QAnon will continue to invent new dates to look forward to in an effort to perpetuate mind games.

"Reality doesn't really matter," Nick Backovic, a contributing editor at the fact-checking website Logically, told Insider this week. "Whether QAnon can survive another great disappointment, there's no question — it can."
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Democrats are denouncing GOP Rep. McCarthy for posting a video of himself reading a Dr. Seuss book
  • House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy posted a video of himself reading from a Dr. Seuss book.
  • Six Dr. Seuss books are no longer being sold because of racist and offensive imagery.
  • Two prominent Democrats criticized McCarthy for focusing on Dr. Seuss while Congress weighs the $1.9 trillion stimulus relief package.
"I read Green Eggs & Ham to my kids at least once a week- a classic," said Democratic National Committee chair Jaime Harrison. "But you voted against a bill that cuts child poverty in half, that would allow parents to keep food on the table & lights on in their homes! Put down the damn book & actually do something that will help folks!"
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'We don't take our advice' from Trump on immigration, White House Press Secretary Psaki says
  • Trump derided Biden's newly instated immigration agenda, saying there's now a surge in migration at the border.
  • In response to Trump's criticism, Psaki fired back, saying the Biden administration doesn't "take advice" from him.
  • Starting on his first day in office, Biden signed a slew of executive orders meant to reverse Trump-era immigration policies.
"We don't take our advice or counsel from former President Trump on immigration policy, which was not only inhumane but ineffective over the last four years," Psaki said, according to a transcript from the White House.

... Other Biden-appointed administrators also defended the White House's immigration policies.

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, for example, said the surge is not equivalent to a crisis at the border and the administration is strategizing potential ways to contain it. That could take the form of opening more facilities near the southern border, for example.
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America's oldest college debate society votes to strip Ted Cruz of a prestigious Princeton honor for public service
  • Princeton's American Whig-Cliosphic Society voted to strip Sen. Ted Cruz of a public service award.
  • Society members voted 37-32 in favor of rescinding the honor, The Daily Princetonian reported.
  • Cruz is facing criticism for his role in the insurrection on January 6 and an ill-timed Cancun trip.
Princeton University's American Whig-Cliosphic Society passed a motion to rescind the James Madison Award for Distinguished Public Service awarded to Cruz in 2016, the newspaper reported.

Members of the society proposed the motion because unhappy at Cruz's support of baseless voter fraud claims in the 2020 election and the January 6 Capitol attack.

The award — introduced in 1960 — is bestowed upon individuals who have "taken up the arduous but righteous cause of dedicating their life to the betterment of society," according to the society's website.

This is the first time in the society's history that members have voted to rescind this award, The Daily Princetonian said.

... Cruz graduated from Princeton in 1992 and was considered a brilliant orator in his youth.

The society's Board will now make a decision of Trustees as to whether the award should formally be revoked, according to The Daily Princetonian. They are expected to approve.
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Fox News host Tucker Carlson calls QAnon followers 'gentle people waving American flags'
  • Tucker Carlson told his audience on Friday night that QAnon followers are "gentle people."
  • The conservative TV host also referred to them as "confused" but said they "like this country."
  • QAnon believers were involved in the deadly insurrection on January 6.
Speaking to the audience of his nightly political talk show, the conservative television host suggested that the right-wing conspiracy theory's adherents are harmless patriots.

The fringe group was designated as a "domestic terror threat" by the FBI in 2019.

"Do you ever notice," Carlson said. "How all the scary internet conspiracy theorists – the radical QAnon people – when you actually see them on camera or in jail cells, as a lot of them now are, are maybe kind of confused with the wrong ideas, but they're all kind of gentle people now waving American flags? They like this country."

Carlson's words came just a day after Washington DC police were put on high alert due to intelligence reports that far-right groups were planning to breach the US Capitol building once again.
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Trump sent cease-and-desist letters to stop the RNC, NRCC, and NRSC from using his name: report
  • Attorneys for Trump sent cease-and-desist letters to the RNC, NRCC, and NRSC for "using his name and likeness on fundraising emails and merchandise."
  • The news was first reported by Politico.
  • Trump is reportedly upset that the committees are backing Republicans who supported his impeachment.
Attorneys representing former President Donald Trump on Friday issued cease-and-desist letters to the Republican National Committee (RNC), National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), and National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) for "using his name and likeness on fundraising emails and merchandise," according to a Politico report.

The three fundraising committees are the largest and most prominent fundraising vehicles for GOP members of Congress and emerging candidates that have been endorsed by the party apparatus.

Trump is reportedly upset that his name is being used without his permission by organizations that are backing Republicans who supported his impeachment,
according to Politico.

The former president, who has long made licensing agreements for his many business ventures over the decades, was also selective about how his name was used for fundraising while in office, according to the report.

Just yesterday, the RNC sent out emails requesting that supporters make donations for a card to "thank" Trump.

"President Trump will ALWAYS stand up for the American People, and I just thought of the perfect way for you to show that you support him!" the email stated. "As one of President Trump's MOST LOYAL supporters, I think that YOU, deserve the great honor of adding your name to the Official Trump 'Thank You' Card."

Another email was sent later in the day reminding supporters of a deadline for signing their names on the card.

According to Politico, GOP insiders said it was "impossible not to use Trump's name," as he boasts immense popularity with the party's base and with the low-propensity voters that fueled unexpected Republican wins in many Congressional races across the country in 2020.

The insiders reportedly said that if Trump wants to see Republicans win back control of Congress in the 2022 midterm elections, then he should not be so restrictive with his name.
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Donald Trump was wrong to claim absentee ballots helped Joe Biden beat him, according to new Stanford University study
  • Published on March 5, the paper examines how absentee voting affected the 2020 US election.
  • It concludes that Democrats were equally less likely to vote early in-person or on election day.
  • The study adds that there were already high levels of motivation to participate and mail-in ballots did not lead to a voting increase.
Mail-in ballots did not help Democrats or lead to a voting increase during the election, according to a new Stanford University study.

Published on March 5, the paper examines how absentee voting affected the 2020 US election by studying turnout rates in Texas, a state which decided not to ease its mail-in voting system process despite many others choosing to do so because of the pandemic.

While Texan voters aged 65 or over could automatically vote by mail, younger people had to provide a legally justifiable reason to be able to do such as having a disability, the Associated Press reported.

Both age groups had identical voting rates with only 0.2% more Democrats in the older one, showing that mail-in ballots did not in fact increase the Democrats' share of the vote, AP added.

While Democrats were more likely to vote by mail than Republicans in 2020, it didn't actually help win the election because they were equally less likely to vote early in-person or on election day, the study found.

It also revealed that there was a slightly higher turnout rate among 65-year-olds compared to 64-year-olds in 2014 and 2018, suggesting that absentee voting increases turnout in lower interest elections.

The study concludes that making it easier to vote through mail-in ballots did not increase voting levels because there were already high levels of motivation to participate in the 2020 election.
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MSNBC host and former Republican congressman Joe Scarborough says there's 'no doubt' that the GOP is 'unsavable'
  • Joe Scarborough said on HBO's "Real Time with Bill Maher" that the Republican Party was "unsavable."
  • Scarborough, who served in the US House as a Republican, now identifies as an independent.
  • "What issues does this guy share with conservatives?" Scarborough said of former President Trump.
In 1994, Joe Scarborough was elected to Congress as part of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich's Republican revolution, which saw the party make sweeping gains across the country.

During a Friday appearance on HBO's "Real Time with Bill Maher," the conservative-turned-independent MSNBC host of "Morning Joe" rebuked the party that he called home for decades.

Maher was blunt when questioning Scarborough about his political metamorphosis.

"Honestly, tell me about this," Maher asked. "You're an independent now. So, what does that say? To me, it says that you think the Republican Party is unsavable."

Scarborough, a frequent critic of former President Donald Trump, basically agreed with Maher.

"Unsavable — no doubt about it," replied Scarborough. "It can't be saved."

"I used to get attacked by liberals because I was a conservative; now, I'm getting attacked by people who voted for a fascist because I'm a conservative," he said of Trump. "You know, my friends and my family members, they all voted for him, and it's been hard for me to process it."

He added: "The only way I've been able to come to terms with it is they're not fascists, but they voted for an ignorant man who is a fascist. I don't understand why."

Scarborough then questioned the motivations of voters who continue to express support for the former president.

"I've seen focus groups over the past couple of days of Trump voters who still would support him," he said. "Who say things like, 'I like Donald Trump because of where he stands.' I can't even say it with a straight face — 'on the issues.' Now you tell me, what the f--- does that mean? What issues? What issues does this guy share with conservatives?"

He added: "He undercut all of the allies that [former President Ronald] Reagan championed. He embraced Russia."

Scarborough then lit into Republican Sens. Josh Hawley of Missouri and Ted Cruz of Texas, calling both men "seditionists" for what he said was their role in the January 6 riot at the Capitol.

Hawley and Cruz sought to challenge the Electoral College certification of President Joe Biden's 2020 victory, which was heavily criticized after insurrectionists breached the Capitol and five people were killed.

"Cruz and Hawley are seditionists," he argued. "They should be in jail. You can look at the federal statute for inciting sedition, and it seems to me it's what they did."
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Georgia prosecutor investigating Trump election interference has hired a top racketeering attorney
  • Georgia prosecutors are investigating if Trump illegally interfered with the state's election.
  • The district attorney's office recently hired a lawyer with expertise in racketeering cases.
  • Racketeering is one of the potential charges in the investigation into Trump.
Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis said last month prosecutors were launching a criminal investigation to determine whether Trump had illegally interfered in attempts to overturn his loss in the state.

Willis tapped John Floyd to assist in cases that involve racketeering, including the investigation into Trump, Reuters reported. The outlet said that Floyd has written a guide on prosecuting racketeering cases.
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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.