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3 GOP senators who decried 'woke' corporate America's response to Georgia voting laws say they'll keep taking PAC money
  • Some GOP senators slammed "woke" corporate America for speaking out against Georgia's voting laws.
  • But three of these lawmakers told Forbes they still planned to accept money from corporate PACs.
  • "I don't think anyone's contribution guarantees I'm supportive of them," Sen. Marco Rubio said.
These include Florida Sens. Marco Rubio and Rick Scott, and Texas Sen. John Cornyn, Forbes reported.

... Some Republicans, including Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley, have since said they would boycott corporate donations, egged on by former President Donald Trump.

But others who criticized these companies appear happy to accept corporate money.
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MSNBC's Stephanie Ruhle tears into West Virginia's governor for signing an anti-trans bill: 'Why would you make this a priority?'
  • SNBC's Stephanie Ruhle skewered West Virginia's governor over an anti-trans bill he signed.
  • Gov. Jim Justice couldn't provide evidence of trans women gaining unfair advantages in sports.
  • "If you cannot name one single example for me of a child doing this, why would you make this a priority?" she asked.
West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice struggled to come up with a single example of a transgender athlete gaining an unfair advantage in sports while being grilled Friday by MSNBC's Stephanie Ruhle over why he signed a bill targeting transgender athletes.

"Can you name one example of a transgender child trying to gain an unfair competitive advantage at a school there in West Virginia?" Ruhle asked Justice.

"Well, Stephanie, I don't have that experience exactly to myself right now —," Justice replied.

"Not yourself, your state, sir. Can you give me one example of a transgender child trying to get an unfair advantage? Just one, in your state. You signed a bill about it," she pressed.

The bill Justice signed bans transgender student athletes at public high schools and universities from competing on a sports team that doesn't match their biological sex "where competitive skill or contact is involved," according to CNN.

The latest measure in West Virginia is part of an unprecedented wave of bills targeting transgender youth, and particularly the ability of female transgender students to participate in women's sports being advanced by GOP lawmakers around the country.

And yet, many Republican lawmakers, including Justice on MSNBC, have had trouble coming up with specific cases or examples of female transgender athletes securing an unfair competitive advantage over other athletes. In North Carolina, GOP lawmakers shelved a similar bill this week after the legislature found no evidence of trans women gaining an edge in sports competitions.

Justice tried leveraging his experience coaching a girl's basketball team, saying "we all know" that boys would have an "absolute advantage" playing against girls.

But Ruhle wasn't having it.

"But, sir, you have no examples of this happening. Why would you take your time to do this? Let's talking about other things that I can give you examples of in your state," she said.

"According to US News & World Report, West Virginia ranks 45th in education, 47th in healthcare, 48th on the economy, and 50th on infrastructure. If you cannot name one single example for me of a child doing this, why would you make this a priority? I just named four things that would seem to me like a much bigger priority," she continued.

Justice responded by saying he "didn't make it a priority," the legislature did, but that he signed it to advance women's rights in sports.

"I believe, from the standpoint of a coach, that girls work so hard to obtain Title IX, and I do not have any idea now why we are trying to disadvantage them in participating in the sports that they put so much into," he said.

"I think we only have 12 kids maybe in our state that are transgender-type kids. I mean, for crying out loud, Stephanie, I sign hundreds of bills, hundreds of bill," Justice added. "This is not a priority to me, but with all that, I would say I think that it would impose an unfair disadvantage on the girls."

Ruhle ended the interview by saying: "Thank you, sir, and please come back when beyond anecdotal feelings as a coach, you can show me evidence where those young women are being disadvantaged in your state, because I can show you evidence about how ranking that low on education does disadvantage young women and men in West Virginia."
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Biden golfed once in his first 100 days as president. Trump went 19 times by his 100th day.
  • President Joe Biden played golf once in his first 100 days in office.
  • Former President Donald Trump went to the golf course 19 times over the same period.
President Joe Biden ranks far below his predecessor Donald Trump in the amount of time he's spent on a golf course.

Biden played golf once in his first 100 days as president. He went to the Wilmington Country Club in his home state of Delaware on April 17 — his 87th day in office — along with White House advisor Steve Ricchetti and Ron Olivere, the father-in-law of his late son, Beau, according to the White House press pool.

"The course record was still intact," Biden joked to reporters after finishing up his first round that Saturday afternoon. Biden last logged an official round in 2018, ABC News reported.

By contrast, Trump visited his golf courses in Northern Virginia and Florida 19 times by his 100th day in office. The first trip was on February 4, 2017 — 15 days after he was sworn in. That currently means Trump still holds the title of most golf outings of any president in recent years.

Trump had repeatedly criticized then-President Barack Obama for playing golf while in office. Yet as president, Trump far outpaced Obama's record, with 298 golfing trips over one term compared to Obama's 333 visits in his eight years in the White House.

Critics had often accused Trump of neglecting his duties as president by regularly partaking in his favorite hobby, and the former president would defend his actions as "exercise."

The golf-loving president was frequently seen at his clubs on the weekends during his final weeks in office. He was spotted at his National Golf Club right outside of Washington, DC, as TV networks had declared President Joe Biden the winner of the 2020 election. The New York Times reported in January that Trump was more upset about losing privileges to host a golf tournament than about his looming second impeachment trial on a charge of "incitement of insurrection."
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Jared Kushner's apartment company made 'widespread and numerous' violations of Maryland law, judge rules
  • A Maryland judge ruled against Jared Kushner's apartment company on Thursday.
  • The company made "widespread and numerous" violations of consumer protection laws, the judge said.
  • The ruling is the result of a 2019 lawsuit against Kushner's company for exploiting tenants.
An apartment company owned by Jared Kushner, the son-in-law of former President Donald Trump and an ex-White House adviser, violated Maryland consumer protection laws, a judge ruled Thursday.

The 252-page decision, first reported oby the Baltimore Sun, says JK2 and Westminster Management violated tenants' rights by collecting debts without proper licenses, charging them improper fees, and misleading them about the physical condition of rental units.

Maryland's Democratic Attorney General Brian Fosh sued Kushner's company in 2019 for allegedly exploiting tenants.

Administrative Law Judge Emily Daneker did not agree with all of Fosh's allegations and noted they did not take place for as long of a time period as the suit claimed, but still found "widespread and numerous" instances of consumer protection laws being broken.

... "The evidence does not establish differential treatment or selective enforcement based on any politically motivated basis, as opposed to motivation to protect Maryland consumers," she wrote.

Daneker also found the Kushner company overcharged tenants thousands of times. While Maryland state law caps application processing fees from landlords at $25, tenants looking to rent at Kushner properties were hit with fees ranging from $35 to $50. This happened to at least 15,289 applicants, according to the ruling.

"These circumstances do not support a finding that this was the result of isolated or inadvertent mistakes," the judge wrote.
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Biden's Pentagon says it's canceling all border wall projects paid for with money Trump took from the military
  • The Pentagon is canceling all border wall projects that used redirected military funding.
  • Under Trump, a national emergency declaration allowed military funds to be funneled to border projects.
  • One of Biden's first acts as president was to halt work on the border wall.
The Pentagon said Friday that it is canceling border wall projects paid for with money taken from the military and reallocating the funds to their original purposes.

After declaring a national emergency at the US-Mexico border in 2019, the Trump administration took billions of dollars originally intended for military projects and redirected the money to a border wall.

On President Joe Biden's first day in office, he issued a proclamation ending that emergency. It stated that "it shall be the policy of my administration that no more American taxpayer dollars be diverted to construct a border wall."

Biden also announced a review of resources that were diverted from other projects to fund the wall.

An administration official told The Hill that starting Friday, the Pentagon "will begin canceling all wall projects using the diverted funds."

The Pentagon confirmed that in an official statement.

"The Department of Defense is proceeding with canceling all border barrier construction projects paid for with funds originally intended for other military missions and functions such as schools for military children, overseas military construction projects in partner nations, and the National Guard and Reserve equipment account," Deputy Pentagon Spokesman Jamal Brown said.

He added that "today's action reflects this administration's continued commitment to defending our nation and supporting our service members and their families."

The Pentagon said that it is reviewing the list of projects that were deferred to pay for the border wall in order to prioritize funding. The department said that the aim is to allow "critical efforts to move forward as soon as possible."

Biden campaigned on rolling back the Trump administration's strict immigration policies, and in August, he stressed that "there will not be another foot of wall constructed on my administration."
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GOP state lawmaker facing criminal charges related to a video that appears to show him allowing right-wing protestors to enter the Oregon Capitol
  • Video shows a GOP state lawmaker letting in protestors into the Oregon state capitol on December 21.
  • Oregon Rep. Mike Nearman faces two charges in connection with the incident.
  • Oregon Speaker of the House Tina Kotek called Nearman's actions a "serious breach of public trust."
During a demonstration on December 21 of last year, surveillance video appears to show state Rep. Mike Nearman physically opening a door to the Capitol building without shutting it behind him, allowing protestors waiting outside the Oregon Capitol to quickly enter the building.

In the video, Oregon State Police later arrived to push protestors back outside and standing in the open door while facing off a crowd of protestors. Four people were arrested in the incident, which was later declared an unlawful assembly.

On Wednesday, Oregon Speaker of the House Tina Kotek said during a press conference that it was Nearman who opened the door "to let demonstrators into the building."

... "He let a group of rioters enter the Capitol, despite his knowledge that only authorized personnel are allowed in the building due to the COVID-19 pandemic," the complaint said.

Marion County District Attorney Paige Clarkson filed charges against Nearman on Friday in connection with the December 21 incident.

He faces one count of official misconduct in the first degree for "unauthorized exercise of his official duties, with intent to obtain a benefit or to harm another," and another count on criminal trespass in the second degree for aiding and abetting "another to unlawfully and knowingly enter and remain in and upon the premises of the Oregon State Capitol."
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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.