Republicans Are Gaslighting The Country About The Failed Trump Coup

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GOP lawmakers are desperately trying to deflect blame away from Donald Trump and themselves.

Sure, the attack on the Capitol was bad, but did you hear about the attack on the White House last year?

The supposed siege of the president’s residence is the latest Republican deflection from the events of Jan. 6, when a pro-Donald Trump mob stirred up by Republican lies about voter fraud ransacked the U.S. Capitol.

Some Republicans, such as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.), have admitted what actually happened.

“They stormed the Senate floor. They tried to hunt down the speaker of the House. They built a gallows and chanted about murdering the vice president,” McConnell said in February. “They did this because they had been fed wild falsehoods by the most powerful man on Earth ― because he was angry he’d lost an election.”

But others are compiling a growing list of distractions, excuses and alternate theories of the day’s events, hoping that as time passes, the public forgets what actually went on. Here are some of the ways Republicans are trying to deflect blame:

>The Rioters Were Just A Group Of Random People, Not United By Anything
Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) said this week that the fact that “these extremist groups are not monolithic” ran counter to the Democratic “narrative” about what happened at the Capitol.

“I’ve heard some of these folks described as white supremacists, domestic terrorists, insurrectionist, rioters, seditionist, anarchist, the list goes on and on,” Cornyn said at a Tuesday hearing with FBI Director Christopher Wray.

Cornyn was upset that Democrats “wanted to create a narrative about white supremacists, but clearly that is part of the problem but it’s not a monolithic group,” he told HuffPost after the hearing. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) had said the rioters “might as well have” been wearing Ku Klux Klan robes.
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Senate Can't Vote On $15 Minimum Wage, Parliamentarian Rules

Senate Democrats will not be forced to confront an internal political battle over increasing the federal minimum wage to $15 following a decision by the primary keeper of Senate rules.

The Senate parliamentarian ruled that a plan to gradually increase the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025 does not fit the complicated rules that govern budget bills in the Senate. House Democrats included the measure in a $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill that is expected to be the first major legislative act for President Biden.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., the top Republican on the Senate Budget Committee, praised the ruling, saying it was the appropriate path to protect the rules of the Senate.

The decision is a disappointment for progressives but relieves immediate pressure on Democratic Party leaders who are attempting to rally support for the overall bill despite concerns from at least two Democrats who say $15 is too high.

Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., are the only Democrats who have publicly opposed the idea, but many others have been selectively silent on the issue.

Democrats were bracing for the measure to be removed from the bill, and the path to an increase is much more difficult in the Senate, where most legislation needs 60 votes to avoid a filibuster. Senate Republicans are almost uniformly opposed to the plan, and a stand-alone bill to increase the minimum wage, introduced by Senate Budget Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., has 37 co-sponsors, meaning a number of Democrats may not back the idea.

No Republicans are expected to vote for the massive spending package, meaning there will need to be unanimous support among Democrats to advance Biden's first major legislative priority
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Democrats seething about superstraight orentation

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There is a new orientation being added to the lgbtq+ movement, superstraight. Superstraight individuals are only attracted to cis members members of the opposite sex. Trannies are getting incredibly mad at this new orientation because they feel entitled to have sex with superstraight people. There are other groups showing up too like superlesbians, who are women who are only sexually attracted to cis woman. One twitter user, cited in the above story, says superstraight people are homophobes for not having sex with trannies, in the same way a white woman is racist if she doesn't fuck black men.
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California experiment in guaranteed income leads to more work and better health

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More than two years after a group of residents from a northern California city first started receiving monthly cash payments with no-strings attached, the results of the public policy experiment are in: guaranteed basic income — designed to create an income floor — works, according to an analysis of results from the Stockton Economic Empowerment Demonstration (SEED).

From February 2019 to February 2021, as part of a hallmark initiative from former Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs and funded by philanthropic donors, 125 Stocktonians with a median income of $46,000 a year received $500 per month through a prepaid debit card — additional income they could spend however they wanted.

Researchers found that compared to a control group, those Stockton residents who received regular payments experienced less income volatility each month, were more able to secure full-time employment, were better parents and partners, and even saw improvements in their health and overall well-being. In other words, a simple monthly stipend led to upward economic mobility.
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New varient targets children

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A new covid strain in Italy targets children instead of the elderly, if true child mortality expected to skyrocket.
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Costco Increases Minimum Wage To $16 An Hr

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Costco said it will raise the minimum wage of workers to $16 starting next week.

This is a big move, given that Costco has about 180,000 employees in the United States—roughly 90% of them work hourly—and the company is one of the nation’s largest retailers—right behind WalMart.

Costco CEO Craig Jelinek said, "Two years ago, we moved our starting hourly wage to $15 or more everywhere in the U.S. Effective next week, the starting wage will go to $16."

Jelinek also pointed out that his employees receive increases in pay based upon the hours they’ve worked. Full-time employees get two pay enhancements per year. Part-time workers receive a pay increase once a year. Costco workers also receive two bonuses each year, which can be about $4,000. When you include the raises and bonuses, the average hourly wage is around $24, Jelinek said.
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Literally a puppet is ruling us

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A White House virtual feed of President Biden addressing lawmakers was cut right after he said he was "happy to take questions."

"I'd be happy to take questions if that's what I'm supposed to do, Nance," Biden told Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday. "."
>"I'd be happy to take questions if that's what I'm supposed to do, Nance,"
>Whatever you want me to do
>Whatever you want me to do
>Whatever you want me to do

Watch bidens *gaff* below
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China makes anal swab Covid tests compulsory for foreign arrivals

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China has made anal swab tests for the coronavirus mandatory for almost all international arrivals, deepening a row with other countries over a practice many have described as humiliating.

The Japanese government has already raised concern about its citizens being subjected to the “undignified” procedure while American diplomats have also complained. Katsunobu Kato, Japan’s chief cabinet secretary, said it would ask China to alter its testing regimen after some Japanese travellers reported suffering “psychological pain” from the invasive procedure.

As a possible compromise Lu Hongzhou, a Shanghai-based doctor, told China’s state media that the anal swab could be substituted with a stool sample. South Korea appears to have accepted that offer and Japan is also understood to be in talks about a deal that would allow its citizens to avoid a test that involves the 2-3cm insertion of a saline-soaked cotton swab, which is then checked for the virus.

China says that the anal swab provides a higher degree of accuracy than most established Covid-19 testing protocols. The expansion of the swab test to airports that now include the hubs of Beijing and Shanghai is part of more sweeping “scientific adjustments” to China’s pandemic-control measures, according to the government.

In Beijing, a Chinese man who returned to the country told state media that he was required to take a nasal or throat swab test on his third and seventh days of a three-week quarantine. Then on the 14th and 21st day, authorities performed the anal swab test and collected samples from his room to test for the virus.

Idaho School Board Mask Meltdown

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NPC on Idaho school board attempts critical thinking: retreats into mental prison instead.

IDAHO FALLS — The Idaho Falls District 91 School Board of Trustees meeting became heated Tuesday afternoon during a discussion on masks.

The board spoke about bringing all students back to school five days a week rather than the current schedule of meeting in-person Monday through Thursday. The topic then turned to masks.

“The CDC is recommending that all phases of schools reopening, no matter what the community transmission is like, (is) to continue masking so you can stay in school,” Board of Trustees Chair Lara Hill said. “If our goal is to educate our children in our district and keep them in school now for five days a week, which I think is fantastic, then I believe masking universally where you cannot maintain social distancing needs to happen.”

RELATED | Mask mandate will stand but in-person classes will soon start 5 days a week in D91

Trustee Paul Haacke then asked Hill how many times the CDC has visited Idaho Falls School District 91. Trustee Elizabeth Cogliati said the CDC doesn’t visit any school district.

“Exactly. That’s my point. They are creating regulations…,” Haacke responded before Cogliati interrupted.

“You interrupted me, Paul! You interrupted me! Please do not interrupt me!” she yelled.

Haacke told Cogliati to “go ahead.” She went on to explain that the district should follow CDC recommendations to require face coverings as Cogliati appeared to have trouble breathing underneath her mask.

“So you want to pick and choose…,” Haacke questioned.

“Yes, I do! Yes, I do want to pick and choose!” Cogliati yelled back at him.
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Florida governor faces new charges of corruption over distribution of the Trump Virus vaccine

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MIAMI (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and state health officials came under deeper scrutiny amid revelations that seniors in a wealthy enclave in Key Largo received hundreds of life-saving vaccinations as early as mid -January, giving ammunition to critics who say the Republican governor is favoring wealthy constituents over ordinary Floridians.

The revelations were the latest example of wealthy Floridians getting earlier access to coronavirus vaccines, even as the state has lagged in efforts to get poorer residents vaccinated.

DeSantis pushed back Thursday, saying a local hospital — not the state — was behind the vaccinations of more than 1,200 residents of the exclusive Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo, Florida, and that the state “wasn’t involved in it in any shape or form.”

Officials from Monroe County, home to Key Largo, said the affluent club’s medical center, which is an affiliate of Baptist Health Hospital, received the vaccines through the hospital as part of the governor’s program to vaccinate communities with a populations of people 65 and older. County spokeswoman Kristen Livengood said the allocations were coordinated through Baptist and the state of Florida.

Revelations about Ocean Reef residents getting vaccinated were first reported by the Miami Herald.

The inequitable distribution of the COVID-19 vaccines is becoming a public relations challenge for the governor. Of the 3.2 million people who have received one or two doses of the vaccines, less than 6% have been Black, when they make up about 17% of the total population.

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried joined Democratic U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist in calling for federal officials to probe the DeSantis administration’s vaccine distribution programs.
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