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Trump met with the Pennsylvania state senator who's trying to start a 2020 election audit like Arizona, report says
  • Trump met a Pennsylvania state senator in Trump Tower, The Washington Post reported.
  • The senator, Doug Mastriano, wants a 2020 election audit in his state modeled on the one in Arizona.
  • Trump is reportedly fixated with audits of last year's vote and the groundless belief that he won.
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The FBI is investigating Postmaster General Louis DeJoy over possible campaign finance violations, report says
  • The FBI is investigating Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, the Washington Post reports.
  • The probe concerns possible campaign finance violations at his previous company.
  • DeJoy was previously an executive at New Breed Logistics before joining the USPS.
DeJoy, a prominent GOP donor and logistics executive, was the chief executive of North Carolina-based New Breed Logistics before being selected as postmaster general in mid-2020.

The House Oversight Committee had already been investigating allegations that executives encouraged and gave bonuses to employees who donated money to Republican political candidates during DeJoy's tenure at New Breed.

At congressional hearings in 2020, DeJoy repeatedly denied any wrongdoing in connection with campaign contributions made by him or other New Breed employers. A representative for DeJoy confirmed the FBI probe.

... A Washington Post investigation published in September 2020 detailed claims from former New Breed employees that DeJoy himself and other top executives pushed employees to donate money to Republican candidates, then covered the cost of those donations in the employees' bonuses.

Such activity could run afoul of federal laws banning so-called pass-through or straw donations, in which one person makes donations on behalf of another. They are made, in many cases, to enable donors to sidestep legal limits on individual campaign donations.

"Louis was a national fundraiser for the Republican Party. He asked employees for money. We gave him the money, and then he reciprocated by giving us big bonuses," David Young, a director of human resources for DeJoy for 20 years, told the Post. "When we got our bonuses, let's just say they were bigger, they exceeded expectations — and that covered the tax and everything else."
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Prosecutors want Capitol riot defendants to help pay the $1.5 million bill for property damage from the insurrection
  • Prosecutors are seeking restitution from Capitol riot defendants, the Washington Post reports.
  • The January 6 insurrection caused an estimated $1.5 million in property damage to the Capitol.
  • Prosecutors are asking for $2,000 for felony defendants and $500 for misdemeanor defendants.
Since January 6, over 500 defendants have been hit with federal charges in connection with the riots, according to an Insider database. The most common charges include unlawfully entering and staying on government property, engaging in violence, disruptive and disorderly conduct, and obstruction of Congress.

As more and more defendants take plea bargains, prosecutors are starting to negotiate financial restitution for the damage done during the insurrection in the plea agreements — even for those not pleading guilty to committing violence against government property.

... The damage committed during the insurrection included broken windows and doors, trashed congressional offices, litter, vandalism and graffiti on the walls, and theft of government property.

The Post reported that the $1.5 million estimate came from the Architect of the Capitol, but it's unclear how exactly it was calculated and how all the damages break down.

As the Post noted, prosecutors appear to be taking the position that all those who plead guilty to insurrection-related offense must take some small amount of responsibility to the damage done to the Capitol. Negotiating restitution as part of plea bargains also ensures that the cost of repairing the damage doesn't entirely fall on taxpayers.
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Facebook reportedly plans to drop its 'newsworthy' exception for politicians like Trump whose posts break its rules (FB)
  • Facebook will soon enforce content rules on politicians, The Verge reported Thursday.
  • The move is a departure from its previous hands-off approach to leaders like former President Trump.
  • Facebook's Oversight Board said the firm shouldn't have given Trump a "vague" penalty.
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Former Bush chief strategist says US needs to 'go all in with the Democratic Party' to 'guard our Republic'
  • The chief strategist for President George W. Bush's 2004 campaign now backs the Democratic party.
  • Matthew Dowd said people need to put aside "policy and cultural differences" and support the Democratic Party.
  • "It is the only vehicle we can trust to guard our Republic," Dowd said, while also taking a swipe at Trump.
The chief strategist for the Bush-Cheney 2004 presidential campaign is now rooting for the political party he was once up against.

Matthew Dowd, who served as chief strategist for President George W. Bush's re-election campaign, said on Twitter Thursday he now views the Democratic Party as the only option for Americans.

"All the tribes of our nation who care about democracy need to put aside any policy and cultural differences and go all in with the Democratic Party. It is the only vehicle we can trust to guard our Republic," Dowd wrote.

... He said the GOP "has bought into the mendacity from the mad king of Mara lago [sic]," in an apparent reference to former President Donald Trump. He also said the GOP "are a party of autocracy."

"The Democratic Party is the only path today to protect our nation," he continued.
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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.