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A sweeping new GOP voting restriction bill in Texas is an 'assault on democracy' and 'un-American,' says President Biden
  • President Joe Biden characterized a new voting restriction bill in Texas as an "assault on democracy."
  • GOP-backed voting bills, said Biden, are "disproportionately targeting Black and Brown Americans."
  • The bill finalized by lawmakers in Texas restricts the times and methods voters can use to cast ballots.
President Joe Biden criticized a bill being finalized by Texas lawmakers that would impose sweeping restrictions on voting as an "assault on democracy" and "un-American" in a statement Saturday.

The bill would see drive-thru voting banned, empower partisan poll watchers, limit voting on Sundays when many Black church-goers cast ballots, and make it easier to overturn election results in situations where there is no evidence of widespread fraud affecting the result.

"Today, Texas legislators put forth a bill that joins Georgia and Florida in advancing a state law that attacks the sacred right to vote. It's part of an assault on democracy that we've seen far too often this year—and often disproportionately targeting Black and Brown Americans," Biden said in a statement.

"It's wrong and un-American. In the 21st century, we should be making it easier, not harder, for every eligible voter to vote," he added.

The bill in Texas is the latest in a series of moves by Republican state legislatures to restrict access to voting.
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Trump is frustrated about his mounting legal fees as probes into Trump Organization heat up, report says
  • Trump is frustrated with the mounting legal fees amid probes into his business, the Daily Beast reported.
  • According to one source, Trump has described the legal fees as "such pain in the ass."
  • Close advisors have reassured the ex-president that he won't be indicted.
Former President Donald Trump is frustrated over mounting legal bills amid two ongoing New York investigations into his business, according to a report by the Daily Beast.

... On top of this, Trump is still at loggerheads with former attorney Rudy Giuliani, whose legal team continues to call on the former president to pay for his efforts around the election.

According to New York Times, Trump has still not paid Giuliani for his work and instructed his aides not to pay the legal fees because he was upset that Giuliani had not done more to push back against his second impeachment that month.
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Trump's longtime ally Roger Stone has warned that the former president must prepare to be indicted for fraud in the coming weeks
  • Roger Stone has predicted that former President Donald Trump will be indicted, he said in an InfoWars interview.
  • The indictment would be on the grounds of "bank fraud or tax fraud," Stone said.
  • Stone accused Manhattan prosecutors of "combing for a crime" in their wide-ranging criminal probe.
Roger Stone, a longtime friend, and erstwhile adviser to Donald Trump believes the former president will face an indictment imminently, Salon reported.

"I would be shocked if they did not come forward with a fabricated indictment for bank fraud or tax fraud against the former president [Donald Trump] by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr.," Stone said during an appearance on the far-right InfoWars website.
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Former NYPD commissioner Bill Bratton says he 'can't understand' how Rudy Giuliani became 'subsumed by Trump'
  • Bratton said Giuliani has "made a caricature of himself" due to his close ties to Trump.
  • "I can't understand how he allowed himself to be subsumed by Trump," Bratton said.
  • Bratton served as Giuliani's police commissioner from January 1994 to April 1996.
Former New York Police Department commissioner William "Bill" Bratton said in a recent interview that former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani has "made a caricature of himself" by his close association with former President Donald Trump.

In a conversation with New York Times opinion columnist Maureen Dowd, Bratton remarked that Giuliani, a former lawyer for Trump, has diminished his legacy with his public appearances over the past few years.

"As somebody who's got a big ego, speaking about another guy with a big ego, I can't understand how he allowed himself to be subsumed by Trump," Bratton said. "He's made a caricature of himself and he's lost the image of America's mayor because of the antics of the last two or three years."
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Rep. Hakeem Jeffries says that Republicans 'want to make it harder to vote and easier to steal an election'
  • Rep. Hakeem Jeffries slammed the proposed Texas voting bill as "shameful."
  • After Trump's 2020 loss, GOP lawmakers across the country have enacted new barriers to voting.
  • President Joe Biden on Saturday blasted the Texas legislation, calling it "un-American."
Democratic Rep. Hakeem Jeffries of New York on Sunday blasted the restrictive Texas voting bill on the cusp of being signed into law, arguing that Republicans in the Lone Star State and across the country "want to make it harder to vote and easier to steal an election."

During an interview on CNN's "State of the Union," Jeffries, the chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, slammed Republicans for pushing to enact a wave of new voting restrictions.

"The Texas law is shameful, and Republicans clearly in Texas and throughout the country want to make it harder to vote and easier to steal an election," he said. "That's the only way that I can interpret the voter suppression epidemic that we see working its way from one state, Georgia to Arizona to Texas, and all across the country, in so many different ways."

He added: "Fundamental to our democracy is the right to vote, self-government, that the American people get to decide and work for a democracy that reflects the voices of all Americans, not just a certain segment, not just conservatives, not just Republicans, not just people in certain parts of the country, all Americans."

The GOP-controlled Texas state Senate passed a massive elections bill in the early Sunday morning hours, according to The Texas Tribune, which would ban drive-thru voting voting and uninterrupted early voting, tighten ID requirements for mail-in ballots, and limit early voting hours, among other measures.

The GOP focus on early voting is significant because 24-hour voting was popular among many blue-collar and shift workers in the vote-rich, Democratic-dominated city of Houston, the county seat of Harris County.
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Former GOP Rep. Barbara Comstock: If Trump went missing, not many Republicans would be 'in the search party'
  • Barbara Comstock said not many Republicans would be "in the search party" if Trump went missing.
  • The former congresswoman is a staunch supporter of a commission to probe the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.
  • She said that Republicans want to distance themselves from Trump, but "he's not going to go away."
She added: "I understand Republicans want to get away from Donald Trump. I mean, if Donald Trump disappeared tomorrow, I don't think you'd have many Republicans in the search party. Maybe a few prosecutors, but not Republicans."

Comstock said that although Trump isn't in the rear-view mirror with most Republicans, an independent commission needs to happen.

"They want to get away from him, but the problem is he's not going to go away," she said. "But this is not about Democrats or Republicans. It's about the country and it's about getting to the truth, and it's about protecting the Capitol, the people who work there, and also making sure this never happens again."
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Former Trump advisor Michael Flynn said the US should have a coup like Myanmar, where the military overthrew the democratically elected government
  • Former national security adviser Michael Flynn spoke at a QAnon conference in Dallas this weekend.
  • When asked about the coup in Myanmar, Flynn said that "it should happen here."
  • Myanmar's military overthrew the democratically elected government and has killed hundreds of people.
Michael Flynn, who served as President Donald Trump's national security adviser, told a crowd at a QAnon conference in Dallas, Texas, this weekend that the US should have a coup like the one in Myanmar.

On February 1, Myanmar's military overthrew its democratically elected government and arrested its leaders. The coup immediately sparked protests across the country, prompting the junta to launch a campaign against its own citizens.

Upwards of 800 Burmese people, including at least 40 children, have been killed, according to Myanmar's Assistance Association for Political Prisoners. More than 4,000 people have been arrested.

Flynn, who has become a prominent figure in the QAnon conspiracy theory, was a main attraction at the event, held at the Omni Hotel in Dallas.

In a video shared on Twitter, an attendee asks Flynn: "I want to know why what happened in Myanmar can't happen here."

The crowd immediately cheers, followed by Flynn's response: "No reason. I mean, it should happen here."

QAnon communities have praised the Myanmar coup and endorsed the idea that it should happen in the US, according to Media Matters for America.
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Texas Democrats held a dramatic walkout to block the passage of a major GOP-backed bill restricting voting rights
  • Texas Democrats blocked the passage of a major bill restricting voting in a dramatic walkout.
  • Democrats left the chamber en masse, blocking the necessary quorum required to pass the law.
  • The lawmakers' effort was only the fourth legislative walkout of its kind in Texas' history.
Democrats in the Texas state House blocked the passage of Senate Bill 7, a major GOP-backed bill restricting voting and tightening election rules, in an unprecedented and dramatic walkout late Saturday night.

Democratic members of the chamber walked off the floor to ensure there wouldn't be the quorum of lawmakers necessary to vote on the legislation, a move that killed chances of the bill being passed before a midnight deadline. The collective action was coordinated by state Rep. Chris Turner, the chair of the Texas House Democratic Conference.

"Members take your key and leave the chamber discretely. Do not go to the gallery. Leave the building," Turner told lawmakers at around 10:35 pm local time, according to reports in the Texas Tribune and the Washington Post.

"We were determined to run out the clock," Turner said in a statement. "It became obvious Republicans were going to cut off debate to ram through their voter suppression legislation. At that point, we had no choice but to take extraordinary measures to protect our constituents and their right to vote. Republicans have only themselves to blame for the way this Session is ending."

... SB 7 would have restricted many efforts of the voting and election administration process in Texas.

Most immediately, it would have cracked down on initiatives that local election officials, particularly Democratic officials in diverse counties like Harris County, undertook in 2020 to expand voting options during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The law would have banned election officials from offering drive-thru voting or holding voting locations open 24 hours a day during the early voting period, both of which Harris County did in 2020.

The legislation would have also only allowed Sunday voting to be held between 1 pm and 9 pm, a provision interpreted by some civil rights advocates as an attack on "Souls to the Polls" voting drives popular in African-American communities.

The law would have also made it a felony for election officials to send absentee ballot applications to voters who did not request them, which Harris County also attempted in 2020, broadened powers of partisan election observers, and lowered the threshold required to challenge and overturn election results in many cases.
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