WASHINGTON - The House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol has requested voluntary testimony from Ivanka Trump, saying in a letter sent Thursday that witnesses have told investigators that she may have direct knowledge of President Donald Trump's actions before, during and after his supporters attempted to stop Congress from certifying Joe Biden as president that day. The request from committee Chairman Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., said the former White House adviser was present when her father pressured Vice President Mike Pence to reject Biden's victory when he presided over the electoral vote count in the Capitol last year. "The Committee would like to discuss any other conversations you may have witnessed or participated in regarding the President's plan to obstruct or impede the counting of electoral votes," Thompson wrote. The committee also said it has information that Ivanka Trump was enlisted by White House aides to get her father to call … [Read more...] about Jan. 6 panel seeks testimony from Ivanka Trump about her father’s actions
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20 BARINAS, Venezuela (AP) — Iglenda Monzón lost her restaurant to Venezuela’s protracted economic crisis. Her daughters then emigrated to Colombia to find work and left behind two children. She and the boys sometimes go hungry and often do not have running water, electricity or gas. Theirs is a common tale across the troubled South American country, and like millions of others desperate for a change, Monzón voted in the country’s recent regional elections. Her ballot contributed to a deeply symbolic opposition win in the heartland of the ruling socialist party. But just by casting a ballot, she stepped into the most divisive issue for parties seeking a new government — whether or not to take part in elections most see as deeply unfair. The gubernatorial victory in the northwest state of Barinas — where the late President Hugo Chávez was born and … [Read more...] about Despite key win, Venezuela’s opposition split over strategy
In the lead-up to the 20th season of Real Time With Bill Maher , Maher spoke with Deadline about what this season had in store — and shared his frustrations about pandemic life. “I’m over Covid,” he said in the interview. “I was never scared of it. I was always scared of the reaction to it, and as this has played out that only proved to be more true for me.” It was a sentiment he echoed in the opening monologue, which found him pondering the things that had changed since he was last on the air. This included his birthday, which had been the day before. “I don’t see myself becoming older,” Maher said. “I see myself becoming a milder variant.” Maher went on to note that the episode was taping on the two-year anniversary of the first COVID-19 case documented in the United States — an unsettling milestone. “Hopefully we’re getting out of this sh*t soon,” Maher said. “I can’t take it much more.” And then he shifted gears, pointing out that 2022 was also the year in which the film … [Read more...] about Season 20 of “Real Time With Bill Maher” Begins With Talk of Coups and COVID
5 WASHINGTON - In the eight years she has worked at nursing homes, LaToya Francis, 34, has been yelled at, kicked at and had feces thrown at her for little more than the minimum wage. She endured it because she loved being a certified nursing assistant, she said. But she's not sure she can hold out much longer. As the omicron variant of the novel coronavirus drives record staff shortages at nursing homes nationwide, Francis has increasingly found herself alone on her $19-an-hour overnight shifts at Bridgepoint Healthcare's skilled nursing facility in Southwest Washington, fighting off panic attacks as she tries to feed, clean and rotate more bed-bound residents than she can handle. Some nights, she retreats to a corner of the facility, where she calls her partner and sobs. Other nights, all she can feel is anger. "I've never, ever felt this disrespected," Francis said. Frustration is surging among the low-wage workers who make up … [Read more...] about Low-wage workers prop up the nursing home industry. They’re quitting in droves.
Within days of President Donald Trump's election defeat, Stewart Rhodes began talking about the Insurrection Act as critical to the country's future. The bombastic founder of the extremist group Oath Keepers told followers that the obscure, rarely used law would allow Trump to declare a national emergency so dire that the military, militias or both would be called out to keep him in the White House. Appearing Nov. 9, 2020, as a guest on the Infowars program of conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, Rhodes urged Trump to invoke the act "to suppress the Deep State" and claimed Oath Keepers already had men "stationed outside D.C. as a nuclear option." Invoking the Insurrection Act was an idea sparked in conservative circles that spring as a means of subduing social justice protests and related rioting, a goal that Trump seemed to embrace when he called for state leaders to "dominate" their streets. By the end of the year, it had become a rallying cry to cancel the results of a … [Read more...] about How Trump’s flirtation with an anti-insurrection law inspired Jan. 6 insurrection
Click here to read the full article. The technology was complicated, but the plan was simple: Scan mail-in and absentee ballots in populous Maricopa County, remove the “invalid votes,” and recertify the state’s 2020 election count, surely declaring then-President Donald Trump the rightful winner. This scheme to subvert the election outcome in Arizona is laid out in newly released emails obtained by Rolling Stone . Sent in early December 2020, the emails cover a critical moment when the post-election push by Trump and Republican allies to find fraud and overturn the presidential election was in full swing. More from Rolling Stone The Criminal Investigation Into Trump's Georgia Election Meddling Is Heating Up Jan. 6 Committee Comes for Trump's 'Elite Strike Force' of Election Fraud Lawyers, Including Rudy Giuliani Michigan Is Calling on the Feds to Investigate Trumpers Who Sent Forged Election Documents The emails show how a group of fringe election … [Read more...] about Start the Steal: New MAGA Emails Reveal Plot to Hand Arizona to Trump