Former Trump officials try to cover for Trump’s insurrection while Republicans gaslight America

Capitol Police IG testimony This week started with a little-noticed House Administration Committee hearing with Capitol Police Inspector General Michael Bolton, who has been examining the agency’s failures on Jan. 6. Bolton reported to Congress that the Capitol Police only had 13 counter-surveillance officers at the time of the insurrection, many of whom were investigating the […]

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FEC drops investigation into Trump hush money; Trump’s adult children still costing taxpayers

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Biden admin appoints ICE lawyers and Trump appointees in first slate of immigration judges, angering advocates

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Garland’s DOJ has already opened more investigations into police departments than during Trump’s 4 years in office

A new Justice Department The Justice Department under AG Merrick Garland is taking an aggressive approach to monitoring civil rights abuses committed by police departments across the country, announcing numerous investigations into high profile police killings and those responsible. Pattern or practice A pattern or practice investigation, as described by the DOJ, is a “process…to reform serious patterns […]

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Supreme Court likely to strike against campaign finance law in case Amy Coney Barrett refused to recuse from

Supreme Court The Supreme Court ruled in favor of an undocumented immigrant challenging his removal from the U.S. In the 6-3 decision, Justices Neil Gorsuch, Clarence Thomas, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, and Amy Coney Barrett decided the DOJ must provide immigrants it seeks to deport with a single document containing all information about an individual’s removal hearing. Justices […]

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FBI seized 10 phones and computers from Giuliani in probe of illegal lobbying, campaign finance violations, and obstruction

Rudy Giuliani FBI agents executed a search warrant at Rudy Giuliani’s New York apartment and office on Wednesday, seizing phones and computers in an investigation into possible violation of foreign lobbying laws. Timeline refresher The probe is focused on Giuliani’s dealings with Ukrainian lawmakers and Russian-linked individuals during his effort to dig up dirt on […]

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New IG reports: Elaine Chao violated laws, Trump officials blocked hurricane aide to PR, and Portland crackdown cost taxpayers $12 million.

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Far right lawmakers create white nationalist agenda; Tucker Carlson advances the ‘great replacement theory’

Democratic priorities A bill that grants statehood to Washington, DC, passed the House Oversight Committee last week, setting up a vote before the full House on April 22. It is expected to pass the House but faces a less certain future in the Senate with the 60-vote threshold to break a filibuster. If it were to become a […]

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The Gaetz investigation: Alleged victim may be cooperating with feds; Associate likely to enter plea deal

This is an attempt to summarize the case and the allegations in a short, understandable fashion. It is a surprisingly complicated story – Greenberg has a lot of outlandish and potentially criminal behavior; it’s impossible to include it all without writing a novel. Housekeeping: HOW TO SUPPORT: I know we are all facing unprecedented financial hardships […]

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