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New York judge refuses to dismiss attorney general’s $250 million Trump fraud suit

New York Attorney General Letitia James’ $250 million lawsuit against Donald Trump and three of his adult nepo babies alleging fraudulent business practices will proceed, New York Supreme Court Justice Arthur Engoron ruled, slamming arguments by Trump’s legal team to dismiss it as “frivolous.” The trial is set to begin in October.

VIDEO OF THE DAY: Kevin McCarthy makes pathetic misstep immediately after winning embarrassing fight for speakership

McCarthy, who after a once-in-a-century humiliation finally managed to win the House speakership on the FIFTEENTH ballot, made sure to grovel and pledge allegiance to Donald Trump in front of rolling cameras, crediting the disgraced ex-president for helping him limp across the finish line after days of embarrassing defeats.

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The GOP’s deal with the devil is horrifying news for our planet

350org: Now that Kevin McCarthy is Speaker of the House, all the incredible progress that the Biden administration has made in fighting climate change and securing investments for a green future are at risk — and greedy corporate polluters are celebrating. Can you chip in to help take the critical climate fight to the most powerful people in government?

Republicans target transgender health care in first bills of 2023
After a midterm election and record flow of anti-transgender legislation last year, Republican state lawmakers across the country are zeroing in on questions of bodily autonomy with new proposals to limit gender-affirming health care and abortion access, because nothing is more pressing for “small government” conservatives than dictating how other people are allowed to live, think, and act.

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Brand new Florida GOP Rep. Cory Mills jokes about vicious hammer attack on Paul Pelosi
New Republican congressman and long-time mouth-breather Cory Mills tweeted an obnoxious, terribly unfunny joke about the 2022 vicious home invasion beating of 82-year-old Paul Pelosi, husband of former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, because attempted murder is hilarious.

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Rejecting bump stock ban, federal court legalizes instrument of mass murder

Despite acknowledging “tremendous” public pressure to impose a ban on bump stocks, a firearm attachment used in the deadliest mass shooting in US history, the conservative-packed 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans rejected a 2019 ban barring people from owning the instruments. Look, everyone knows when the founding fathers passed the 2nd Amendment in 1791, they absolutely intended on enshrining the rights of dough babies, adult basement dwellers, very proud boys, and super lonely wolves across the country to equip ruthless killing machines with supercool after-market gadgets expressly designed to make murdering humans easier.

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Seattle schools sue tech giants over social media harm
The public school district in Seattle has filed a novel lawsuit against the tech giants behind TikTok, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, and Snapchat, alleging the social media companies have created a public nuisance by targeting their products to children and seeking to hold them accountable for the exploding mental health crisis among youth today.

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Protesters gather in Queens for a second rally against serial liar Rep. George Santos
Several dozen protesters gathered on Saturday morning in front of Rep. George Santos’ district office in Douglaston, Queens, urging for a swift congressional investigation and for the pathological liar step down immediately.

Moderate Democrat strikes deal to become speaker of the Pennsylvania State House in a compromise with a handful of Republicans
Despite winning a slim 102-101 majority in the Pennsylvania State House during midterm elections last November, Democrats were forced to navigate a temporary 99-101 deficit while voting on a House speaker, thanks to three temporary vacancies in safe blue seats. Mark Rozzi, a moderate Democrat from Berks County, promised not to caucus with either party and serve as an independent speaker, presiding over a chamber that should eventually be deadlocked in a 101-101-1 partisan split after all vacancies are filled.

Phoenix police agree to probe bullshit detainment of Black Wall Street Journal reporter after mounting pressure
The Wall Street Journal finally succeeded in pressuring Phoenix police to investigate after one of its Black reporters was handcuffed and wrongfully detained while working on an assignment on the city’s north side in late November. In Phoenix, reporting while Black — even for a conservative rag — is apparently a serious offense.

Top spy freed in US after more than 20 years
Ana Montes — among the best-known Cold War spies caught by the US — has been released from prison after more than 20 years in custody. The 65-year-old spent almost two decades spying for Cuba while employed as an analyst at the Defense Intelligence Agency, almost single-handedly exposing the United States’ entire intelligence operations on the island before being apprehended in 2001.

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