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Top Stories for January 5:

Trump goes on racist rant, blames McConnell for GOP dysfunction

As his MAGA minions create unprecedented havoc in the House speakership election, the disgraced ex-president pointed the finger at Mitch McConnell and accused his wife, Elaine Chao, of being a Chinese saboteur in a crudely — and quintessentially Trumpian — racist rant.

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VIDEO OF THE DAY: Trump humiliated over McCarthy’s failing bid for speaker

The one-time GOP kingmaker has suddenly found his power waning.

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No Lie with Brian Tyler Cohen: Wow.

Kevin McCarthy loses 4th, 5th, and 6th votes for House speaker
McCarthy’s ambitions at becoming speaker were stymied for a second day as the rebellious churls in the House Freedom Caucus again refused to give him the votes he needs until their demands are met. What those demands might be is still unclear. At this point, it honestly feels like they just enjoy holding him — and the US House of Representativeas — hostage.

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Mississippi healthcare faces “looming disaster,” medical group warns lawmakers
The Republican refusal to accept the Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act has been an abject disaster for Mississippians — and now, with nearly HALF of the red state’s rural hospitals in danger of closing, the situation is becoming a catastrophe. As usual, this crisis was entirely foreseeable and yet still the GOP has done absolutely nothing to address it. It’s remarkable that we still continue to refer to what Republicans do in their controlled states as “governance.”

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President Biden dunks on Republicans as he celebrates bipartisan bridge event

The president’s PR team couldn’t have hoped for a better optics contrast in their wildest dreams. While House Republicans were busy failing over and over again to choose their own leader, Biden dragged Mitch McConnell out with him to announce the renovation of a famously congested bridge in Kentucky, funded by the historic bipartisan infrastructure bill the White House pushed through Congress last year. The president even allowed himself a jab at the chaos engulfing the House GOP caucus, saying that it was “not my problem” and that it was “embarrassing.” Biden then went to enjoy some barbecue. Nom-nom.

Scientists sound the alarm about human-triggered mass extinction of wildlife
A 60 Minutes report gave scientists across the world the chance to warn of rapidly dropping animal populations and tropical forest areas. Mexican ecologist Gerardo Ceballos told CBS that “there is only 2 percent of the big fishes that were in the oceans 50 years ago. Only 2 percent are living. We have lost around 70 percent of all the animals…in the planet. All the big animals, all the mammals, bird, 70 percent are gone since 1918. In Southeast Asia, you know, we have lost 90 percent of the tropical forest of Southeast Asia since 2000.” The insatiable hunger of capitalism is killing life on this planet, and we must act quickly to change our ways before it is too late.

This is the most important race in the country right now BY FAR

Wisconsin Democrats: Wisconsin is the most gerrymandered state in the country — a Dem-leaning purple state with a Republican-dominated legislature. That means Speaker McCarthy, criminalized abortions, persecution of marginalized communities, and massive handouts to the wealthy at the expense of hardworking families. But all of that changes if a progressive wins the April Supreme Court race, stripping control from MAGA stooges. Please consider a monthly donation of any size before midnight tonight so Wisconsin Democrats can finish the year strong and start 2023 with a HUGE win!

Danish reporter says Ukrainian intelligence tried to coerce her into working as a propagandist
In a disturbing twist to the Ukraine-Russia propaganda war, prominent Danish reporter Matilde Kimer says Ukrainian officials tried to hold her work permit hostage in exchange for letting state intelligence services “direct” her reporting. They appear to have suspected her of being a Russian sympathizer since she occasionally reported from Moscow, where she worked as a correspondent for Danish Radio. Kimer has reported on everything from the 2018 Olympics to the war in Donetsk, and filed 230 reports on the Russian invasion of Ukraine last year. War makes for some uncomfortable situations, to be sure, but it is alarming to see an ostensibly democratic US ally — which has already banned all opposition parties — take such efforts to impugn the freedom of the press.

No less than SEVEN Los Angeles cops were arrested for drunk driving in December
An investigation by reporters discovered that the LAPD has a drunk driving problem — and is more than willing to cover it up. One outrageous story featured an off-duty officer 15 to 20 beers deep who shot at another officer from a different agency and then crashed his car into his own garage. His punishment? A two month suspension and demotion. It is beyond outrageous that these men continue to flaunt the laws they are supposed to be enforcing and for their higher-ups to hide their wrongdoing from the public.

US no longer recognizes Juan Guaidó as Venezuela’s president, Biden official confirms
The bumbling technocrat that Donald Trump and his neocon lapdog John Bolton clumsily attempted to put into power in Venezuela is no longer officially recognized as the “president” of Venezuela, following the dissolution of the political opposition’s “parallel government.” Guaidó never held any meaningful power, and the Biden administration’s recognition of reality puts an end to a deeply embarrassing chapter in Trump’s US foreign policy that will hopefully be followed by a normalization of relations with the South American nation.

Sean Hannity berates Lauren Boebert during heated hit after day 2 of House speaker chaos
Oh, schadenfreude, you old friend!


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Today’s Action: Do your part to end the national blood shortage!

January is National Blood Donor Month, the perfect time to call attention to America’s critical, nationwide blood shortage and the thousands of vulnerable patients endangered as a result. Because of the ongoing shortage, medical professionals are making difficult choices about who receives blood transfusions, with some centers rationing to extreme extents. In a world frequently facing unprecedented disasters, our emergency supply is quickly dwindling.

If you are 16 years of age or older, weigh more than 110 lbs., and are in good health you are eligible to donate up to six times a year.

If you’re an eligible donor, do your part to end the national blood shortage by finding a donation center in your area and making an appointment through the Red Cross. Your donation could save someone’s life.

Unfortunately, donating blood isn’t an equal-opportunity affair. Thanks to outdated — and frankly, embarrassing — restrictions rooted in homophobia, gay and nonbinary people who are living as their truest selves are still excluded from giving blood and helping America protect patients from this severe medical crisis.

With shelf-life issues, recurring climate crises, the ongoing pandemic, staffing shortages, and countless other obstacles, the blood supply is more than tenuous and vulnerable. The current policy, rooted in bigotry with zero scientific basis, places unreasonable restrictions on gay and bisexual men. Estimates suggest an additional 360,000 men would likely donate should the policy be lifted, which could flip the nation’s blood shortage on its head and help more than a million people.

After finding a donation center, add your name to this petition calling on the FDA to change their discriminatory, unscientific policy!

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