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Zeus of Twitter or mouse of Mar-a-Lago? Republicans court Trump in Florida

Former president to speak at RNC fundraiser on Saturday

Some observers say his influence is starting to fade

Martin Pengelly and agencies

Sat 10 Apr 2021 11.15 EDT

Donald Trump was scheduled to speak on Saturday at a Republican National Committee event held at his Mar-a-Lago resort, amid a weekend of summits and dinners in the former president’s corner of Florida.

The Republican rush to court Trump – and to pay for the use of his properties – is proving highly profitable. According to the Washington Post, attendees at the 400-person banquet planned for Saturday paid more than $100,000 each to attend.

Trump is still a draw on the right. Nonetheless, debate continues over his place in a party he led to victory in one presidential election but then shepherded to defeat in another while losing the House and the Senate after four years of chaos and two impeachment trials.

His spokesman, Jason Miller, told the Post he was still “the biggest name in politics”.

A leading presidential historian countered, telling the Associated Press that where once Trump was “like Zeus … shooting tweets like thunderbolts from up high”, now he only released “little squeaks from the mouse of Mar-a-Lago”.


Pandemic may give rise to a progressive new era if White House economic team has its way

By Phil Mattingly, CNN

Updated 12:00 PM ET, Sat April 10, 2021

(CNN) - As they chart the country's tentative economic recovery, White House officials see possibility in the wake of the pandemic -- an opportunity to dive full bore into pursuing the most transformative progressive policies in decades.

Holed up in offices in the cavernous Eisenhower Executive Office Building, top White House economic officials are combing through reams of data from the dramatic emergency measures deployed to address the dual economic and public health crises created by the pandemic, the kind of real-time information progressive economists have only been able to dream about during past economic downturns.

They contend that data shows their policy priorities are having a tangible effect -- and that it helps make the case for doubling down in the form of a massive infrastructure and jobs package, even if Republicans aren't on board.

It's not just that the series of unprecedented measures implemented over the course of the last year, punctuated by President Joe Biden $1.9 trillion Covid relief package, are helping to address the pandemic, though that's what the numbers show, said Charlie Anderson, director of economic policy and budget for Biden's Covid-19 response team.


Clyburn optimistic Congress can close 'Charleston loophole' on gun purchases

"If the Senate were to get the bill to the floor, I think it'll pass," Clyburn said Saturday on MSNBC.


04/10/2021 11:31 AM EDT

House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn thinks Congress can pass bipartisan legislation on stricter gun background checks rules and federal guidelines on “red flag” laws despite staunch Republican opposition, he said Saturday.

In March, the House passed a Clyburn-sponsored bill increasing the waiting time required for background checks from three business days to 10.

“Why is it so important to get a gun in three days? What's wrong with 10 days? We wait 30 days to get something in the mail when we order it online,” the South Carolina Democrat said in an interview on MSNBC Saturday morning. “I believe that there are more and more people coming to that conclusion. I think that we can get a bipartisan bill done. I do believe that if the Senate were to get the bill to the floor, I think it'll pass.”

Clyburn’s legislation aims to close the so-called “Charleston loophole,” which allows people with incomplete background checks to purchase guns after three days. Clyburn has pushed for the legislation after a gunman killed nine people at a Charleston, S.C., church in 2015.


Ramsey Clark, Attorney General and Rebel With a Cause, Dies at 93

Source: New York Times

Mr. Clark oversaw the drafting of the Fair Housing Act in 1968 and went on to defend both the disadvantaged and the unpopular.

By Douglas Martin
April 10, 2021, 11:23 a.m. ET

Ramsey Clark, who championed civil rights and liberties as attorney general in the Johnson administration, then devoted much of the rest of his life to defending unpopular causes and infamous people, including Saddam Hussein and others accused of war crimes, died on Friday at his home in Manhattan He was 93. His niece Sharon Welch announced the death.

In becoming the nation’s top law enforcement official, Mr. Clark was part of an extraordinary father-and-son trade-off in the federal halls of power. His appointment prompted his father, Justice Tom C. Clark, to resign from the United States Supreme Court to avoid the appearance of any conflict of interest involving cases in which the federal government might come before that bench.

To fill Justice Clark’s seat, President Lyndon B. Johnson appointed Thurgood Marshall, who became the first African-American to serve on the Supreme Court.

Mr. Clark, a tall, rangy man who shunned a government limousine in favor of his own beat-up Oldsmobile, set an ambitiously liberal course as attorney general. Days after taking office, he filed the first lawsuit to force a school district — Dale County, Ala. — to desegregate or else lose its federal school aid. He went on to file the first voting rights and school desegregation suits in the North.

Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/10/us/politics/ramsey-clark-dead.html

NC Bill Orders Any School Employee to 'Immediately' Notify Parents if a Child 'Exhibits Gender...

NC Bill Orders Any School Employee to ‘Immediately’ Notify Parents if a Child ‘Exhibits Gender Nonconformity’

By David Badash

A North Carolina bill attacking the state’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and especially transgender and queer or questioning youth and young adults violates their right to privacy and places tremendous power in the hands of any person – regardless of training or expertise – who is employed by, contracted by, or is even a volunteer to any school district, court, or child placement agency.

Senate Bill 514 makes it illegal for any teacher, school administrator, contractor, and even volunteers, among other “government agents,” to not “immediately” inform, in writing, the parents or legal guardians of any child or young adult – up to the age of 21 – if that “minor under its care or supervision has exhibited symptoms of gender dysphoria, gender nonconformity, or otherwise demonstrates a desire to be treated in a manner incongruent with the minor’s sex.”

“The notice shall describe all of the relevant circumstances with reasonable specificity,” the legislation adds.

In other words, the bill’s author, Republican state Senator Ralph Hise (photo), a Trump acolyte, is deputizing every government “agent, employee, volunteer, or contractor of a public child services agency, private child placing agency, court, or school district” to not only determine what constitutes symptoms of gender dysphoria (a medical diagnosis) or gender nonconformity, an entirely subjective belief.


Michelle Bachmann: 'How Lacking in Self-Awareness Do You Have to Be to Call Fox Viewers Lunatics?'

Bachmann Goes Berserk on Boehner: ‘How Lacking in Self-Awareness Do You Have to Be to Call Fox Viewers Lunatics?’


McConnell Calls Biden Commission an 'Assault' on Judiciary

April 10, 2021 at 9:28 am EDT By Taegan Goddard

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell tore into President Biden’s new commission studying potential changes to the Supreme Court, Fox News reports.

McConnell released a statement calling Biden’s commission, which will study topics including whether to add more seats to the nation’s highest court, a “direct assault on our nation’s independent judiciary.”



MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell Claims He Has Private Investigators Looking at Fox News

By Josh Feldman Apr 9th, 2021, 4:11 pm

MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell claimed Friday he has hired private investigators looking at “everything,” including who’s behind “the bots and trolls” and even Fox News.

Lindell has pushed a number of conspiracies about the 2020 election, to the point where a Newsmax anchor literally walked off the set after trying to get him to stop, and Dominion is suing him for defamation.

Lindell appeared on War Room: Pandemic Friday to talk about the lawsuit and his new social media venture.


Steve Bannon, after bringing up the Murdochs, said to Lindell that even though he still sees the MyPillow ads on the network, “I don’t remember seeing you on Fox recently.


TX GOP Chairman Allen West Calls CNN 'Racists' for Accurately Quoting His Comments About Secession

Texas GOP Chairman Allen West Calls CNN 'Racists' for Accurately Quoting His Comments About Secession

By Sarah Rumpf Apr 9th, 2021, 6:18 pm

Former Rep. Allen West (R-FL) has had a colorful political career, from his one-hit-wonder singular term in Congress to his move to Texas and surprise election to head the Texas Republican Party, and he’s not slowing down in 2021. When CNN’s Andrew Kaczynski published an article quoting several recent comments by West about Texas seceding from the United States, West fired back in a tweet that “left-wing propaganda mill” CNN was “running a hit piece” on him and “the progressive socialist left are the real racists.”

Kaczynski’s article includes multiple quotes by West on radio interviews since the November 2020 election falsely suggesting that Texas could secede from the United States and become an independent country. The quotes are included at length, with dates and sources noted.


The Texas GOP did not return CNN’s requests for comment, but West responded on Twitter, excoriating the “left-wing propaganda mill” CNN for “running a hit piece” on him, blaming “the progressive socialist left” as the “real racists” who were “terrified of a strong, principled Black conservative.”


In a follow-up tweet, West promoted a right-wing conspiracy theory that President Joe Biden is not actually in charge of his administration, along with another slam on the “spin and fake news” from CNN. A similar comment was also posted on West’s Facebook page, along with the same screenshots of Kaczynski’s email seeking comment.





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'An existential threat': The Republicans calling for their party to reject QAnon conspiracy theories

By Clare Foran, CNN

Updated 8:02 AM ET, Sat April 10, 2021

(CNN)Republican Rep. Peter Meijer has a warning for his party: He fears baseless conspiracy theories like QAnon will destroy the GOP from within if Republicans don't decisively and unequivocally condemn the false and dangerous beliefs and take action to stop their spread.

"The fact that a significant plurality, if not potentially a majority, of our voters have been deceived into this creation of an alternate reality could very well be an existential threat to the party," Meijer, who was one of 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach former President Donald Trump for inciting the deadly attack at the US Capitol, told CNN in an interview.

Frequently described as a virtual cult, QAnon is a sprawling far-right conspiracy theory that promotes the absurd and false claim that Trump has been locked in a battle against a shadowy cabal of Satan-worshipping pedophiles made up of prominent Democratic politicians and liberal celebrities. Members of the violent pro-Trump mob that stormed the Capitol had ties to QAnon, and the conspiracy theory has made its way from online message boards into the political mainstream in recent years.

"When we say QAnon, you have the sort of extreme forms, but you also just have this softer, gradual undermining of any shared, collective sense of truth," Meijer said. The Michigan freshman believes conspiracy theories fuel "incredibly unrealistic and unachievable expectations" and "a cycle of disillusionment and alienation" that could lead conservative voters to sit out elections or, in a worst-case scenario, turn to political violence, like what happened on January 6.

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