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Fox News, self-proclaimed champion of free speech, muzzling anchors from discussing Fox-Dominion lawsuit on air

The right-wing propaganda network has effectively muzzled its entire stable of anchors — many of whom have railed against censorship in the media for years — from even mentioning the multi-billion dollar defamation lawsuit filed by Dominion Voting Systems. Text messages from the likes of Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, and others at the network prove they knew Trump’s claims of widespread voter fraud and election theft were total bullshit, but they happily carried his filthy water all the same. Now facing the threat of billions of dollars in damages, the network is forcing its anchors to simply ignore the case altogether.

Take Action: Demand Fox News suspend Tucker Carlson for calling for violence against teachers and LBGTQ+ people!

VIDEO OF THE DAY: Fox News host calls Trump out live on air over train derailment disaster

Fox & Friends host Steve Doocy donned a journalist-in-training cap and accurately reported on Trump’s years-long deregulatory rampage that made train derailments like the one in East Palestine, Ohio, earlier this month far more likely to occur. The disgraced ex-president and his fellow Republicans have incessantly championed deregulation as some sort of win for the American people, but the Norfolk Southern disaster serves as a stark reminder that removing regulatory guardrails is nothing more than a cost-cutting, corporate cash-grab for the ultra-elite to the detriment of literally everyone else.

Republicans caught pulling DISGUSTING stunt over train derailment

No Lie with Brian Tyler Cohen Unbelievable. Brian Tyler Cohen’s videos are now in Spanish! If you have friends or family who speak Spanish and want to keep up with politics, please send them this link to subscribe to my channel. And if you want to help support the Spanish effort, you can also watch and subscribe just to get things moving in the algorithm. Every bit helps!

Energy Department joins FBI in supporting COVID-19 lab leak theory
The US Department of Energy now believes that the COVID-19 pandemic most likely originated from a laboratory leak, according to an updated classified “low confidence” intelligence report that allegedly lays bare the spectrum of conclusions made by eight different parts of the intelligence community tasked with investigating the virus’ origin. The Energy Department’s finding aligns with that of the FBI, which claimed in 2021 with “moderate confidence” that the virus likely started due to a lab leak in Wuhan, China. Two agencies, including the CIA, are still undecided in their conclusions. Most scientists still believe COVID-19 had a natural, zoonotic origin.

Take Action: Tell Congress to ban partisan gerrymandering!

Justice Thomas wrote of “crushing weight” of student loans
The Supreme Court won’t have far to look if it wants a personal take on the “crushing weight” of student debt that underlies the Biden administration’s college loan forgiveness plan. In his 2007 memoir, “My Grandfather’s Son,” Clarence Thomas wrote about his own experience drowning in student loan debt, the balance of which he didn’t pay off until his mid-40s as a sitting justice on the nation’s highest court. Will Thomas muster even the faintest trace of empathy when the Supreme Court takes up Biden’s student loan forgiveness plan this week? We aren’t holding our breath.

Take Action: Tell the Senate to confirm Biden’s judges ASAP!

Rampaging Israeli settlers burn Palestinian homes, cars in Nablus following Israeli government agreement to pause authorization of illegal settlement expansions for 6 months

Israeli rioters carried out more than a dozen arson attacks on Palestinian houses in Nablus hours after Israeli and Palestinian officials pledged to implement measures to de-escalate tensions amid a surge in violence in the occupied West Bank. Prior to the attacks, the Palestinians and Israelis released a joint statement reaffirming “the need to commit to de-escalation on the ground and to prevent further violence.”

Take Action: Tell Congress to reform Supreme Court ethics!

Elon Musk defends Dilbert dickhead, calls US media and schools “racist against whites & Asians”
The billionaire tech bozo aired his very-well-thought-out grievances on Twitter, telling his 130 million followers that “the media” and “elite colleges and high schools” are “racist” against white and Asian people, without evidence. Musk made his latest mind-numbingly stupid observation in response to newspapers across the country severing ties with cartoonist and sentient marshmallow Scott Adams and his chronically unfunny comic strip, “Dilbert,” following Adam’ abhorrent, racist tirade over the weekend where he advised white people to “get the hell away from Black people.” Good talk, Elon!

BREAKING: Progressive Janet Protasiewicz wins primary with chance to flip Wisconsin’s Supreme Court from MAGA extremists

Wisconsin Democrats: Judge Protasiewicz nearly doubled the vote count of MAGA radical Dan Kelly in last week’s four-way primary election, setting her up in great position to flip Wisconsin’s Republican Supreme Court in April 4th’s must-win general election. EVERYTHING we hold dear — abortion rights, LGBTQ rights, the right to vote, and even the ability to elect a Democratic president at all — could hinge on this pivotal battleground state — can you chip in to make sure Democrats claim victory and keep Republicans from turning Wisconsin into a one-party state?

GOP primary candidates must agree to loyalty pledge in order to debate, RNC chair says
Thinking for oneself is decidedly doubelplusungood in today’s Republican Party.

Notoriously pro-life Duggar family member Jessa Duggar reveals she had miscarriage & life-saving abortion procedure
Jessa Duggar, a member of the Christian extremist “Quiverfull” cult and reality TV star who once compared abortion to the Holocaust, has announced that she had a miscarriage and a dilation and curettage procedure to remove the nonviable fetus from her womb — also known as an abortion. It’s a stark reminder that abortion care saves lives and needs to be accessible to all, no matter your politics or where you live or how much money you have. Hopefully, this will encourage a change of heart in Jessa Duggar, but since her entire brand is built around anti-abortion extremism…probably not.

Colorado sheriff’s deputy who dragged innocent, unarmed man from his mother’s car in middle school carpool line and shot him three times at point-blank range awarded Purple Heart for “injuries” sustained during fatal incident
There are no words.

Trump White House pressured Disney to censor ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel
The notoriously thin-skinned, disgraced ex-president reportedly made his White House staff call one of Disney’s top executives on multiple occasions and demand they do something to blunt Kimmel’s nightly barbs. Of COURSE he did.


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Today’s Action: Pass the George Floyd Policing Act

George Floyd was taken from us on May 25, 2020. His death — at the hands of officers sworn to protect and serve people like him — triggered nationwide, collective outrage and amplified calls to transform America’s historically racist and brutal policing system. The man who knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes, former officer Derek Chauvin, was found guilty of murder and manslaughter — verdicts he predictably appealed just a few weeks ago. Since Floyd’s death, Americans — all too often our Black and Brown brothers and sisters — have been subjected to more unconscionable brutality and misconduct by police and further inaction by local, state, and federal officials. Where is the justice?

Just last month in Memphis, 29-year-old Tyre Nichols died, three days after being brutally beaten by five police officers — members of a now-defunct, militarized anti-crime unit call SCORPION. Seriously? SCORPION?

Nichols’ mother attended the State of the Union earlier this month as a mourning guest of the First Lady, and President Biden made sure America heard her plea — that something good must come from Tyre’s death. We cannot wait for another Black or Brown person to be killed by poorly trained, racially charged, overly aggressive police. As Biden said — we need our elected officials to finish the job. And let’s be clear, this is a huge job that’s barely just begun.

For George Floyd. For Breonna Taylor. For Tyre Nichols. For so many others lost to us forever. Call (202.224.3121) or email your members of Congress and demand they pass the George Floyd Policing Act.

Numerous bills — many named after victims of police violence — have been introduced in Congress since Floyd’s death nearly three years ago, only to be killed by obstinate Republicans disinterested in changing the status quo. Time and time again we have seen that America’s policing problem will not go away on its own. Why have so many of our elected officials refused to heed calls for meaningful reform? Newly empowered Republicans would rather waste time passing performative bills “denouncing the horrors of socialism” than confront the glaring injustices occurring daily throughout the country. Enough is enough.

Congress must step up and help our hurting communities. They can start by passing the George Floyd Policing Act. If they don’t, well, we’ll make sure to remember when election time comes.

Tyre Nichols’ mother said something good must come from his death, his murder — in truth, that something should have come decades ago. Tyre’s blood — and the blood of so many others — is on Congress’ hands.

Email or call (202.224.3121) your members of Congress and ask them if they care about Black lives. Then, ask them to prove it by passing the George Floyd Policing Act.

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