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Newsweek reports, Democrat and Biden supporter Chris Chan arrested for sex with mother

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>Tell him now it’s his last chance, Rosie
>Tell him I ain’t no freak
>‘Cause I got my picture
>On the cover of Time and Newsweek!

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Senator Lindsey Graham, a Republican from South Carolina, said Monday he has tested positive for COVID-19 after having been vaccinated. He added that his symptoms likely would be worse had he not yet gotten his shot.

Graham said in a statement he began experiencing flu-like symptoms Saturday night and visited the doctor Monday morning. He was then told by the House physician he tested positive for the coronavirus, the South Carolina senator said.

"I feel like I have a sinus infection and at present time I have mild symptoms. I will be quarantining for 10 days," Graham said. "I am very glad I was vaccinated because without vaccination I am certain I would not feel as well as I do now. My symptoms would be far worse."

The senator received his coronavirus vaccine in December, when it began being administered to members of Congress.

>now taking bets
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Efforts made to clarify death of Vietnamese citizen in Japan

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According to the Consulate General, there was a video recorded by a Vietnamese on social network on August 2 which showed a young man was assaulted and died after being pushed into a river in the Namba area of the Japanese city.

Upon receiving the news, the Consulate General contacted Osaka police and sought information from the Vietnamese community in the Kansai region to verify the incident.

Initial information revealed that the victim was a student who had completed a Japanese language course at a school under the Ashiya International Academy and was applying for temporary visa to stay in Japan.

>Vietnamese sources

The DOJ Won't Defend Rep. Mo Brooks In Court Against Claims He Incited The Jan. 6 Riot

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The Justice Department rejected a request by Alabama Republican Rep. Mo Brooks for legal protection in court against a lawsuit linking him to the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.

Brooks, former President Donald Trump and others were sued by Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., earlier this year. Swalwell alleges that Brooks and others named in the lawsuit helped incite a mob of Trump supporters on Jan. 6 during a pro-Trump rally.

The group later charged the U.S. Capitol building. Five people died that day.

The Justice Department says Brooks was engaged in campaign activity when he participated in the rally. That is not within the scope of his duties as a member of Congress, so he doesn't qualify for legal immunity for his actions, the department said.

"The Department has declined to issue a certification because it cannot conclude that Brooks was acting within the scope of his office or employment as a Member of Congress at the time of the incident out of which the claims in this case arose," the Justice Department explained in a court filing.

Lawmakers can, at times, receive legal protection as an "employee of the government." That is allowed when their actions are considered to be done within the scope of their duties.

In this case, the federal government's ruling seems to open the door for more people to be held accountable for the insurrection that day.

Brooks still has an opportunity to convince a federal judge, who has the final decision.
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Republican State TV? No Russians, Mocks Black Jan. 6 Cop in ‘N-Word’ Fueled Rant

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>Russian state media has never been shy about its position on the Jan. 6 Trump Coup, but current U.S. hearings have triggered a particularly vile wave of propaganda.

Russian state media had a familiar—albeit repulsive—approach to their coverage of the Jan. 6 Capitol riot hearings. “The long-awaited first hearing in the United States was a total farce,” said the scowling host of Kremlin-funded TV program 60 Minutes, Olga Skabeeva. “Imagine that, a huge dark-skinned policeman, his name is Harry Dunn, got teary-eyed like a boy, because the protesters called him the N-word.” She then proceeded to say the Russian translation of the word out loud, a common occurrence on Russian state television.

In Russian, both the N-word slur and the word “Negro” are translated as the same expression. Skabeeva has long-used it with obsessive insistence, often making other panelists uncomfortable while repeatedly acknowledging her awareness that it is offensive. Last year, Konstantin Zatulin, a member of Russia’s lower house of parliament, pointed out that the word in question is deeply insulting and suggested she use the phrase “African American” instead. Skabeeva reacted with a grin and continued to use the same offensive term through many 60 Minutes broadcasts.

The pundit’s use of the word can’t be chalked up to a cultural disconnect, either: The TV personality used to live and work in New York, alongside her husband and co-host Evgeny Popov. The cosmopolitan couple frequently vacations in Europe and longingly talks about their great time living in the U.S., only to return to Russia to spout medieval views and nasty expressions while hosting their popular program.
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Guns Factor in Only a Small Percentage of Violent Crimes

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In response to sharp increases in violent crime, President Biden stressed again last week that his administration is focused on “stemming the flow of firearms used to commit violent crimes.” But critics warn that this “guns first” approach ignores a basic fact – about 92% of violent crimes in America do not involve firearms.

Although firearms were used in about 74% of homicides in 2019, they comprise less than 9% of violent crimes in America.

The vast majority of violent offenses – including robberies, rapes and other sex crimes – almost always involve other weapons or no weapons at all.

Consider Chicago, which has become a national symbol of violent crime. While shootings have increased by about 11% this year, the number of murders has decreased slightly in 2021 – to 382 as of July 11 compared to 387 for the same time period last year. The dramatic increase Chicago is experiencing is in sex crimes -- a 23% rise (1,068 as of July 11 compared with 868 during the same period in 2020).
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Journalist toyed with Trump cultists by posting crazy election lies and they bought every one

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And this is why the 'audit' in Arizona has traction, they believe no lie to big.

Is there a lie about the 2020 election so ridiculous that even diehard Trump fans would see through it?

The Intercept's Jon Schwarz says that he recently took to Twitter and posted "preposterous" conspiracy theories about the election to see if the twice-impeached former president's supporters would reject them.

It started off when Schwarz made a joking tweet about personally destroying Trump ballots during the 2020 election with the help of other journalists.

This drew an outraged reaction from several right-wingers who actually took his joke seriously, including a brother of disgraced former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn.

He decided to take things farther to see if his conservative critics would ever catch on to the fact that he was trolling them.

"This didn't work," he writes. "Instead, it seemed to just draw more and more outraged responses. So I started claiming that the right to destroy Trump ballots had been written into the Constitution by the Founding Fathers and that people didn't realize this because we've stopped teaching civics in public schools."

He then took it up another notch by claiming that the FBI had been in on the conspiracy, and then took it a step further by saying God had commanded the journalists to destroy Trump voters' ballots.

And the Trump supporters kept believing he was serious every time.

"I don't have words to describe the happiness and psychological relief this brought me," he reveals. "Only around tweet No. 50 did I comprehend how mentally oppressive I've come to find it to live in a country in which about a quarter of the other people are, for all intents and purposes, members of a cult."

Read Schwarz's full experience here.
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Republicans Ally with Anti-Vaxxers to Spread the Trump Virus and Vaccine misinformation

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Public health experts are growing increasingly concerned about a rise in anti-vaccination rhetoric among elected officials and right-wing media as a new wave of coronavirus infections begins to wash over Americans who have yet to get vaccinated.

Legislators in more than 40 states have introduced measures to bar vaccine passports, and many Republican governors have signed executive orders or laws barring their use.

In some cases, Republican governors and legislators are now repeating far-right talking points questioning the safety and effectiveness of coronavirus vaccines, in spite of the overwhelming scientific evidence that the vaccines developed in the past year are some of the safest and most effective ever created.

The Biden administration has pushed back forcefully against Republican governors in states such as Missouri and South Carolina who have complained that a door-to-door vaccination effort smacks of government overreach. The administration’s plans have called for local health officials and trusted community voices to encourage more vaccine acceptance, and those governors have quietly backed off.

Public health experts were especially alarmed earlier this week when Tennessee’s Department of Health fired Michelle Fiscus, the state’s top vaccine official, after the state legislature raised concerns about public health guidance she issued for teenagers seeking to receive the coronavirus vaccine.

At a hearing of the Joint Government Operations Committee, legislators accused Department of Health officials of targeting young people for vaccination. One Republican member of the committee suggested dissolving the Health Department in the midst of an ongoing global pandemic.
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Failed Trump Coup Updats: Trump Supporters Labeled as Terrorists, Police Rebuke of Trump's Big Lie

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WASHINGTON, July 27 (Reuters) - Four police officers on Tuesday told lawmakers they were beaten, taunted with racial insults, heard threats including "kill him with his own gun" and thought they might die as they struggled to defend the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 against a mob of then-President Donald Trump's supporters.

Often tearful, sometimes profane, the officers called the rioters "terrorists" engaged in an "attempted coup" during a 3-1/2 hour congressional hearing in which they also criticized Republican lawmakers who have sought to downplay the attack.

"I feel like I went to hell and back to protect the people in this room," said District of Columbia police officer Michael Fanone, referring to lawmakers. "The indifference shown to my colleagues is disgraceful," Fanone added, slamming his hand onto the witness table.

It was a dramatic first hearing for a Democratic-led House of Representatives committee formed despite opposition by Trump's fellow Republicans to investigate the worst violence at the Capitol since the British invasion in the War of 1812.

Some Democrats have suggested Trump, who made an incendiary speech to supporters before the riot repeating false claims that the 2020 election was stolen from him through widespread voting fraud, be called to testify. The officers recounted how rioters fought on Trump's behalf, seeking to prevent Congress from formally certifying now-President Joe Biden's election victory.

"He himself helped create this monstrosity," Capitol Police Officer Aquilino Gonell said of Trump as he described rioters wielding weapons including police shields, batons, sledgehammers, flag poles, Taser devices, chemical irritants, metal pipes, rocks, broken table legs and metal guard rails.

The officers urged lawmakers to determine what happened, including whether Trump or others helped instigate it.
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Covid cases twice as high in Republican counties despite having a smaller population

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The number of new coronavirus cases recorded in the United States has doubled over the past two weeks, with nearly 56,000 people contracting the virus each day. That’s higher than at any point since late April, and it is higher than at any point before mid-July 2020 (though limited testing early that year kept numbers down).

What’s different about the pandemic at the moment, of course, is that every American teenager and adult has access to a vaccine that can largely prevent infection in the first place (not to mention “hospitalizations,” as a White House slide had it Tuesday). But after a steady increase in vaccinations, the effort to protect the public has largely stalled, leaving millions of Americans at risk. Had the United States seen far more vaccinations two months ago, we would almost certainly be seeing far fewer new cases now.

But that vaccination effort has been hampered by broad hesitance, particularly among Republicans. From the outset of the pandemic, Republicans have been less likely to say they intend to be vaccinated, and in the months since then, those views have been matched by actual vaccination rates. When we talk about the unvaccinated population that is at risk, in other words, we’re often talking about Republicans who’ve chosen not to be vaccinated
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