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Koch-backed group fuels opposition to school mask mandates, leaked letter shows

Source: Washington Post

A template letter circulated by Independent Women’s Forum offers a glimpse into a well-resourced campaign against public health regulations.

The document offers a rare glimpse into the inner workings of a well-financed conservative campaign to undermine regulations that health authorities say are necessary to contain the coronavirus. The frustration of many parents who want a greater say is deeply felt, school superintendents say. But their anger is also being fueled by organized activists whose influence is ordinarily veiled.

The letter was made available on Tuesday to paying members of the Independent Women’s Network, a project of the Independent Women’s Forum and Independent Women’s Voice that markets itself as a “members-only platform that is free from censorship and cancellation.” Both are nonprofits once touted by their board chairman and CEO, Heather Higgins, as part of a unique tool in the “Republican conservative arsenal” because, “Being branded as neutral but actually having the people who know, know that you’re actually conservative puts us in a unique position.”

Read more: https://wapo.st/3l3gOXu

Link is paywall fee.

Trump played tough with Putin when cameras were around, while Putin toyed with his insecurities, a n

Little is known about what happened in the 90-minute conversation between President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Osaka, Japan, two years ago. But as journalists were quickly ushered out of the room at the 2019 Group of 20 Summit, Stephanie Grisham once again found herself with a close-up view of the action.

She saw Trump lean toward Putin that day and tell him: “Okay, I’m going to act a little tougher with you for a few minutes. But it’s for the cameras, and after they leave, we’ll talk. You understand.”

https://wapo.st/3F1QFAi (No Paywall, Enjoy)

A teen posted that she had covid-19. Police said she was causing trouble -- and threatened jail time.

https://wapo.st/3ia9VCb (No paywall, enjoy)

“If [the post] doesn’t come down, the sheriff has directed me to issue disorderly conduct citations, if not start taking people to jail,” the Marquette County, Wis., sergeant told Cohoon’s father, according to dash-cam video obtained by The Washington Post. “Because it is causing a disturbance to the public.”

“People need to know that this [stuff] is going on and it doesn’t do any good when you can’t warn them, when you got a sheriff’s department threatening to throw people in jail over it,” her father argued.

Weighing in last week, the judge rejected the sheriff’s suggestion that Cohoon’s behavior was comparable to “screaming fire in a crowded movie theater.” He also said that the arguments that authorities were engaging in persuasion rather than coercion fall flat, because that ignored “the inherently chilling and coercive nature of a uniformed police officer showing up at a teenager’s home and demanding that she cease otherwise protected speech.”

"it’s a very strong statement … that cops can’t police social media,” her lawyer said.


And let's keep it that way!

B-TFG I never read anything by ....

Before TFG I would never read anything by Jenifer Rubin. I studiously avoided her column, as I did George F Will. (What does that F stand for? I have an idea, maybe you can provide your own speculation below .)

However, when she went NEVER TFGer, I started reading what she had to say. (Not so with George F? Will, even if he was a N-TFGer.)

Rubin has a book out about how TFG "woke" women, including herself, in opposition. ("Woke" is my term, she didn't use it.)

Here is an excerpt from WaPo. This is a bit of an experiment. The link is a "gift" that avoids the paywall. Let me know if it works or not.


FBI releases new footage of possible RNC, DNC pipe-bomb suspect

Source: Washington Post

The FBI on Wednesday released new video of a person believed to have placed pipe bombs near the Republican and Democratic National Committee headquarters in D.C. the night before the U.S. Capitol riot and revealed that investigators think the suspect is “not from the area,” as officials made another call for the public’s help to solve the case.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/rnc-dnc-pipe-bomb-suspect-jan-6/2021/09/08/020f17aa-10d9-11ec-9cb6-bf9351a25799_story.html

He was one of the first Jan. 6 defendants to plead guilty to a felony. Now he wants to take it back.

The first person to be sentenced for a felony in the Jan. 6 Capitol attack now says he was bullied by his attorney into pleading guilty and would like to take it back.....

Paul Hodgkins, 38, was sentenced in July to eight months in prison after pleading guilty to one felony count of obstructing a joint session of Congress meeting to confirm the results of the 2020 president election. While he did not engage in violence, he carried a Trump flag onto the Senate floor after lawmakers had been forced to flee. A federal prosecutor had asked for an 18-month sentence, calling the riot “an act of terrorism.”...

The Justice Department has insisted that anyone who entered the Senate chamber on Jan. 6 plead guilty to a felony. Some defense attorneys had urged the others to hold out and see whether the government relented at the prospect of going to trial in hundreds of cases. But (the defendant's former attorney told his current attorney) that “the United States makes offers with a take it or leave it attitude.”

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