Trump Pleads With Meta to Allow Him Back on Facebook for 2024 Campaign

Former President Donald Trump has formally petitioned Meta, the parent company of Facebook, to reinstate his account, more than two years since he was banned from the platform. Trump’s 2024 presidential campaign sent a letter on his behalf pleading for the company to lift the indefinite suspension that was imposed on his account after the January 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol. Source Source / Read More: Trump Pleads With Meta to Allow Him Back on Facebook for 2024 Campaign

Trump Continues to Grift Supporters With $99 Trading Card Announcement

Former President Donald Trump’s political action committees (PACs) have misled his supporters for years on how their donations are being spent. Now, it appears the former president has a new method of grifting his supporters — by selling digital collector’s cards that feature fictional depictions of himself. According to an analysis by HuffPost, Trump’s Make America Great Again Inc. super PAC… Source Source / Read More: Trump Continues to Grift Supporters With $99 Trading Card Announcement

Biodiversity: Plan to declare 30% of the world protected areas by 2030 must place Indigenous peoples’ rights at its heart

A proposal to commit states to declare 30% of the Earth’s land and sea mass protected for conservation and biodiversity by 2030, the so-called 30 x 30 proposal, will be a major focus of discussions at the 15th Conference of the Parties (COP15) of the Convention of Biological Diversity (CBD), in Montreal from 7-19 December. […] The post Biodiversity: Plan to declare 30% of the world protected areas by 2030 must place Indigenous peoples’ rights at its heart appeared first on Amnesty International.

FL GOP Plans to Alter State Law to Help DeSantis, Should He Run for President

Republican lawmakers in Florida appear poised to change state law in order to benefit Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) should he decide to run for president in 2024. A law passed by the state Republican legislature in 2018 requires any elected official seeking a different political office to resign from their current one after announcing their candidacy. This kind of statute, sometimes referred to as a… Source Source / Read More: FL GOP Plans to Alter State Law to Help DeSantis, Should He Run for President

Democrats Will Push Electoral College Reform in Final Weeks of House Control

In the final weeks of Congress’s last session before Republicans take control of the House, Democratic lawmakers are planning to push a number of bills forward — including legislation that aims to prevent attempted usurpations of future presidential elections in wake of Donald Trump’s attempt to overthrow the 2020 presidential election after he lost to President Joe Biden. According to Politico, Democrats seem eager to pass an update to the Electoral Count Act, which would modify ambiguities in current election law that Trump attempted to exploit to overturn the 2020 presidential election outcome. In order to pass such legislation, however,…

Facebook Will No Longer Fact-Check Trump Now That He’s a Presidential Candidate

Although former President Donald Trump will remain banned from posting on Facebook, the platform will no longer fact-check any of his public statements if they are shared to the site by other users, according to an internal Facebook memo obtained by CNN. The decision to stop fact-checking Trump’s commentaries — including those that are blatantly false, such as his continued insistence that widespread election fraud affected the outcome of the 2020 presidential race — comes in light of Trump’s announcement that he will be running for president in 2024. Facebook’s policies state that politicians (defined as current officeholders or candidates…

DOJ Considering Special Counsel for Trump Cases in Event He Runs for President

Department of Justice (DOJ) officials have reportedly engaged in discussions over whether two investigations involving former President Donald Trump would require the use of a special counsel should he decide to run for president. According to reporting from CNN, which cited numerous sources familiar with the talks, the special counsel would oversee the investigations into the January 6 Capitol attack and Trump’s improper transfer of thousands of government documents from the White House to his Mar-a-Lago estate following his departure from office. The report is the clearest indication yet that the DOJ is moving forward with its inquiries and will…

Election Deniers May Have Paved the Way for Future GOP Success in Wisconsin

This article was originally published by ProPublica. ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for The Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox. Ever since claims of election fraud arose in 2020, Wisconsin has seen its share of quixotic attempts to taint the presidential results. A group of phony electors tried to claim the state’s electoral votes for Donald Trump. Wisconsin’s top lawmaker launched a yearlong inquiry led by a lawyer spewing election fraud theories. And its courts heard numerous suits challenging the integrity of the 2020 election and the people administering it.…

RNC May Try to Obstruct Liz Cheney Presidential Run, Pundits Predict

Following Rep. Liz Cheney’s (R) defeat on Tuesday to Trump-backed Harriet Hageman in the Wyoming statewide primary, Cheney has said that she is considering running for president — but pundits have warned that the Republican National Committee (RNC) may try to prevent such a run out of loyalty to former President Donald Trump. Cheney expressed interest in a presidential run on NBC’s “Today Show” the morning after her loss to Hageman. “It is something that I am thinking about, and I’ll make a decision in the coming months,” she said. A presidential run may be a fruitless endeavor for the…

Garland Issues Memo Shielding Political Candidates From DOJ Inquiries

A Department of Justice (DOJ) memo approved by Attorney General Merrick Garland extends a policy, which originated under the Trump administration, on how the department can investigate political candidates, potentially giving the former president added protection from federal inquiries as he considers another run for office. The memo, which was first reported on by MSNBC host Rachel Maddow, demands that investigators receive written permission from the attorney general before opening inquiries into individuals running for president or vice president, or into senior members involved in their political campaigns. It also limits what DOJ officials can say or how they can…

Historians Warn the GOP Is Pushing Nation Toward Trump-Based Authoritarianism

Two historians in Kentucky have vociferously expressed their concerns over the future of democracy in the United States and the possibility that Trumpism will make a return after either the 2022 midterms or the 2024 presidential election. “This is real, this is serious and it’s frightening,” Brian Clardy, professor of history at Murray State University, said regarding the potential for the nation to descend into a far right authoritarian state focused on white supremacy. The solution to countering that possibility, Clardy suggested, was for Democrats to point out how extreme the GOP has gone over the past decade or so…