A Majority of House Republicans’ New Committee Chairs Are Election Deniers

Analyses show that a majority of the House Republicans’ newly chosen committee chairs – people who will have a huge hand in setting the priorities for the House over the next two years – have participated in the extremely dangerous and anti-democratic GOP practice of election denial. As first pointed out by HuffPost, 11 of the 17 new committee chairs were among the 147 Republicans who voted… Source Source / Read More: A Majority of House Republicans’ New Committee Chairs Are Election Deniers

Global: Twitter’s decision to disband safety council threatens wellbeing of users 

Responding to Twitter’s decision to abruptly dissolve its Trust and Safety Council, an advisory group comprising almost 100 civil, human rights and other organizations that sought to address child exploitation, suicide, self-harm and hate speech on the platform, Joe Westby, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for Amnesty Tech, said:  “Flippantly dissolving an independent advisory body that […] The post Global: Twitter’s decision to disband safety council threatens wellbeing of users  appeared first on Amnesty International.

Right-Wing Extremist Lauren Boebert to Guide Policy on House GOP Leadership Team

Despite winning reelection by just 550 votes in a race that’s now undergoing a recount, Rep. Lauren Boebert this week won a vote of confidence from her fellow Republican members of the U.S. House as she was elected to join the party’s policy committee. The office of Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold on Thursday announced Boebert’s unexpectedly close race with her Democratic challenger… Source Source / Read More: Right-Wing Extremist Lauren Boebert to Guide Policy on House GOP Leadership Team

Warren, Sanders Lost Over 100k Twitter Followers Each After Elon Musk Takeover

In the weeks following right-wing billionaire Elon Musk’s takeover of Twitter in late October, Republican members of Congress gained hundreds of thousands of followers on the platform, while Democrats experienced a purge of followers, a new report finds. According to an analysis of ProPublica data by The Washington Post, the biggest shifts in follower counts for Republicans have almost all been gains, with the biggest winner being white nationalist Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (Georgia), followed by far right Rep. Jim Jordan (Ohio), both gaining over 300,000 followers each. Senators Ted Cruz (Texas) and Rand Paul (Kentucky) both gained roughly 200,000…

GOP In-Fighting Suggests Trump’s Influence Is Weakening

In closed meetings between Kevin McCarthy and far right members of his caucus, in which the former attempted to secure the votes to be elected incoming speaker of the House, Marjorie Taylor Greene extracted a promise that McCarthy would launch investigations into Nancy Pelosi, the Department of Justice, and the jail conditions in which January 6 insurrectionists were held. This is an absurdity — a major governing party is throwing in its lot, and its investigative powers, with a violent armed mob that attempted to sabotage the peaceful transfer of power and reinstall Trump in the White House by force.…

Greene Pens Bogus “Free Speech” Defense of Alex Jones’s Sandy Hook Lies

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Georgia) came out in defense of far right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones after a judge ordered him to pay $1 billion to the families of victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting this week, claiming that the ruling violated Jones’s free speech rights. “No matter what you think of Alex Jones all he did was speak words,” Greene said on Twitter, grossly mischaracterizing the many lies about the massacre Jones has capitalized on over the years. “He was not the one who pulled the trigger.” Greene also defended Jones by saying that he apologized to…

Video Shows Marjorie Taylor Greene Kicking a Teen Activist

A group of Gen-Z activists have shared video evidence that appears to show Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Georgia) kicking one of their members on a sidewalk outside of the U.S. Capitol building. Early Thursday evening, members of the progressive group Voters of Tomorrow — which seeks to increase political engagement among young people — confronted Greene and her staff, speaking to her about gun reform and the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution in a heated debate that was captured on video. At one point in the video, Marianna Pecora, the deputy communications director for the group, is walking alongside…

Marjorie Taylor Greene Proposes Bill to Ban Gender-Affirming Care for Trans Kids

Far right Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Georgia) is planning to introduce legislation on Friday that would ban doctors and other medical professionals from providing certain gender-affirming care options to transgender children. Gender-affirming care can take many forms, including therapy and medication. Greene’s bill would restrict how doctors can treat trans children by making it a felony at the federal level to prescribe medication that blocks the effects of puberty in children. The bill would also make it illegal to give trans children surgeries that would permanently change their sex organs — despite the fact that such surgeries are typically only…

A Court Decision Against Marjorie Taylor Greene May Only Embolden Her Base

As the investigations into the January 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol ramp up, it’s becoming increasingly clear that right-wing QAnon adherent Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene was a leading advocate of declaring martial law after Donald Trump’s election defeat. Earlier this week, Judge Charles Beaudrot pondered whether to recommend to the Georgia secretary of state that she be prevented from running for her seat again, under a post-Civil War law designed to stop insurrectionists from holding public office. Meanwhile, the House investigative committee revealed that Greene had texted Trump’s then-Chief of Staff Mark Meadows inquiring about martial law. Whether that…

Meadows Texts Show How Even Trump Loyalists Felt He Was Responsible for Jan. 6

CNN has obtained more than 2,300 text messages between Mark Meadows, who served as former President Donald Trump’s last chief of staff, and other members of Trump’s inner circle, relating to attempts to overturn the 2020 presidential election and the attack on the U.S. Capitol building on January 6, 2021. The texts include interactions with Trump family members, cabinet officials, political supporters, conservative media personalities and dozens of Republican members of Congress, CNN reported on Monday. While the texts include dozens of messages encouraging Trump to overturn the 2020 presidential election results, a number of text messages that were sent…

Greene Bought Oil, Defense Stocks While Complaining About War Profiteers

New financial filings reveal that far right Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Georgia) bought up to $15,000 in stock in defense manufacturers and energy companies two days before Russian forces invaded Ukraine. On February 22, Greene bought stocks in defense industry giant Lockheed Martin and military supplier Caterpillar. She also bought between $1,000 and $15,000 worth of stock in Chevron and NextEra Energy, a utility and energy company. All of these companies’ stocks have grown in the weeks since Vladimir Putin launched his invasion of Ukraine, with Lockheed Martin up by about 20 percent since then. The purchases came the day…

Marjorie Taylor Greene Tries to Justify Presence at White Nationalist Conference

Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Georgia) spoke at a white nationalist conference over the weekend — and even after facing widespread criticism, the far right lawmaker has continued to defend her presence at the event. Greene attended the America First Political Action Conference (AFPAC), which was held in Orlando, Florida, concurrent and in opposition to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). AFPAC organizers believe CPAC speakers and Republicans in general are not far enough to the right politically; their leader, reactionary Nick Fuentes, has regularly expressed admiration for fascists. Greene has tried to justify her presence at AFPAC by claiming that…