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Trump gave 'green light' for Russia to hack into Pentagon computers: National security reporter


Trump demands McConnell help him undo election loss 'or you won't have a Republican Party anymore'

Published 3 mins ago on December 18, 2020
By Travis Gettys

President Donald Trump tried to re-enlist Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to his increasingly improbable effort to overturn his election loss to Joe Biden.

The majority leader finally acknowledged Biden as the president-elect this week, a day after the Electoral College voted and hours after Russian president Vladimir Putin congratulated the winner, but Trump called on McConnell and other Senate Republicans to help undo his loss.



He then reissued his demand for Gov. Brian Kemp to call the Georgia legislature back into session to call for an audit of mail-in ballot signatures, which only the secretary or state can do and which cannot be performed without throwing out all the challenged votes.



Alex Jones Says at Pro-Trump March Joe Biden Will Be Removed From Office 'One Way Or Another!'


I'm sure the Secret Service will be paying Flynn a visit

Texas AG explains his 'Plan B' to overturn election 'state by state' after Supreme Court rejection

'What about Stacey Abrams?' GOP senator deflects questions on Trump in interview with Chuck Todd

Trump brags about 'the money that's pouring in' and disavows 'liveliness' at violent rallies


Distinguished pol of the week: Stacey Abrams showed Democrats how to win

Opinion by Jennifer Rubin Columnist
Dec. 13, 2020 at 7:45 a.m. EST

Stacey Abrams, more than any single Democrat, showed her party that winning in a red state does not require finding the right candidate to fit the electorate. It requires doing the hard work of changing the electorate so the right Democratic candidate can win.

Abrams, who narrowly lost Georgia’s gubernatorial race in 2018 amid replete evidence of voter suppression, wrote in a post on Friday that “the transformation to the now-Georgia of Democratic presidential victories and competitive Senate races did not happen overnight.” It did not even start in 2018. It began in 2014 when she founded the New Georgia Project and, along with other civil rights groups, began a massive effort that “added hundreds of thousands of Georgians of color to the voter rolls and at the polls.”

She lost in 2018, but she kept going. “Together, Democratic and progressive Georgians focused on the successes revealed in 2018 and redoubled our commitment to dismantling the barriers of voter suppression,” she explained. “We raised even more funds, reengaged allies, and filed new lawsuits to mitigate the suppressive techniques that had been on obvious display in Georgia since 2010. I founded Fair Fight to energize, engage, and mobilize voters through advocacy and organizing. In partnership with voter defenders in Georgia and across the country, elections changed in 2020.”

The effort included litigation against voter suppression techniques, grass-roots organization, training for outreach volunteers and efforts to overcome hurdles ranging from Republicans’ voter roll purges to covid-19. It took six years for the New Georgia Project and its progeny to put together the multiracial coalition that produced President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 presidential race. But Biden was not the only winner, as Abrams wrote:

In a tough down-ballot year for Democrats, Georgia was the only state in the country in which Democrats picked up seats in both chambers of our state legislature. In addition to re-electing heavily targeted Lucy McBath, Georgia earned the only Democratic Congressional pickup in the country in which district lines had not changed, with Carolyn Bourdeaux being elected to represent Gwinnett and Forsyth counties. We won district attorney races in some of our largest counties and just elected the first Latina District Attorney in Georgia’s history.

The “fast take” on the election was that suburban Whites delivered Georgia for Biden. They were part of the winning coalition, but just as critically, newly diverse suburbs lifted Biden to victory. (“[A]ccording to a post-election analysis by TargetSmart, turnout among black voters increased by about 20%; Hispanic voter participation soared by 72%; Asian-American turnout nearly doubled when compared to the 2016 election; and turnout among voters under the age of 30 also increased sharply, growing from about 14% of ballots cast to about 16%.”)


So much for 'Biden the socialist'

Jennifer Rubin
Jennifer Rubin writes reported opinion for The Washington Post.

Opinion by Jennifer Rubin

Dec. 13, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. EST

We should keep track of the Republican lies if only because they are destined to be repeated in future elections. In this case, I am not talking about The Lie (that President-elect Joe Biden stole the election), but about the other lazy attack Republicans deploy against virtually any Democrat: They are socialists!

We heard that gibe continually during the 2020 campaign. We continue to hear it from right-wing, anti-democratic Republicans, who shriek that voting for a 50-50 split in the Senate by electing Democrats Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock in the Georgia Senate runoff elections will summon — you guessed it — the rise of socialism and downfall of American capitalism. Poppycock.

Given Biden’s record on everything from the Iraq War to the 1994 crime bill to his campaign rhetoric opposing Medicare-for-all, Republican fear-mongering about a radical Democratic administration never made sense. And certainly, a party that no longer believes in the sanctity of elections and democratic self-government loses all credibility in identifying “radicals.”

Still, it’s worth pointing out that since the election, it has become even more apparent how moderate Biden really is. There is not a single super-progressive among his Cabinet and senior staff picks. To the contrary, his national security team is imbued with a bipartisan vision of international leadership, not a left- or right-wing call for retrenchment. His economic team, with veterans of the Obama administration including Janet Yellen as treasury secretary and serious economists at the Council of Economic Advisers, consists not of soak-the-rich socialists but center-left reformers whose most radical idea might be raising the federal minimum wage (as many states and cities have already done). Whatever you think of retired Gen. Lloyd Austin III, Biden’s pick to lead the Pentagon (my opposition to a general still stands), he was an advocate of a larger stay-behind force in Iraq than the Obama White House team wanted. Austin is not the guy to choose if you want to turn the military upside down.


Ken Starr to Testify on 2020 Elections

December 12, 2020 at 11:30 am EST By Taegan Goddard

“Sen. Ron Johnson, the chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, has invited former independent counsel Ken Starr and attorneys in key battleground states to testify at a controversial hearing next week where he plans to probe the 2020 election that President-elect Joe Biden won,” CNN reports.

“The hearing, which has prompted sharp criticism from senators in both parties over concerns that Johnson is peddling in debunked conspiracy theories, is moving ahead despite calls from Democrats that he scrap it.”


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