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Limp dicked Durham ends probe. Accomplished nothing.

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WASHINGTON — When John H. Durham was assigned by the Justice Department in 2019 to examine the origins of the investigation into the 2016 Trump campaign’s ties to Russia, President Donald J. Trump and his supporters expressed a belief that the inquiry would prove that a “deep state” conspiracy including top Obama-era officials had worked to sabotage him.

Now Mr. Durham appears to be winding down his three-year inquiry without anything close to the results Mr. Trump was seeking. The grand jury that Mr. Durham has recently used to hear evidence has expired, and while he could convene another, there are currently no plans to do so, three people familiar with the matter said.

Mr. Durham and his team are working to complete a final report by the end of the year, they said, and one of the lead prosecutors on his team is leaving for a job with a prominent law firm.
Over the course of his inquiry, Mr. Durham has developed cases against two people accused of lying to the F.B.I. in relation to outside efforts to investigate purported Trump-Russia ties, but he has not charged any conspiracy or put any high-level officials on trial. The recent developments suggest that the chances of any more indictments are remote.
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Republicans roll out NATIONAL BAN on women's health and to trample on state's rights

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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) introduced a bill on Tuesday that would ban abortion nationally after 15 weeks.

Driving the news: "We will introduce legislation ... to get America in a position at the federal level I think is fairly consistent with the rest of the world," Graham said Tuesday in announcing the legislation.

The legislation includes exceptions for situations involving rape, incest or risks to the life and physical health of the mother.
"If we take back the House and Senate, I can assure you we'll have a vote" on the bill, Graham added.

The big picture: Graham has previously introduced bills that sought to ban abortions nationally from 20 weeks.

Graham's plan comes less than two months out from the midterm elections, with abortion expected to be an important issue for voters following the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.
Republican candidates across the U.S. have moved to disappear hardline anti-abortion stances they took during their primaries, particularly in battleground states like Pennsylvania, Michigan, Colorado, Arizona and North Carolina.
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Fox News’ Propagandist and Right Wing Shill Greg Gutfeld Confesses He Is ‘Pro-Disinformation’

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During Friday’s broadcast of The Five, Fox News’ Greg Gutfeld proclaimed that he is “pro-disinformation” after a co-host recalled her encounters with online disinformation regarding the effect of the COVID-19 vaccine on pregnancies.

Jessica Tarlov described how one piece of disinformation that received significant traction was that receiving the vaccine while pregnant would increase the likelihood of miscarrying.

“That’s obviously something that was incredibly scary. I ended up getting vaccinated while I was pregnant and my doctor assured me that it was fine,” she said.

“Making sure that information like that is not getting out there is a worthy cause,” Tarlov continued. “And I’m not for censorship. I am for carefully looking at these kinds of things because there are people who are getting bad information over social media. Whether it is they would have cared about Hunter Biden’s laptop — I care about that a lot less than about medicines that can help save their lives or could pass immunity onto their babies, which is what happened. My daughter was born with antibodies because I got vaccinated while I was pregnant.”

The disinformation that Tarlov described originated from a small but influential group of people that the Center for Countering Digital Hate called “The Disinformation Dozen.” Its members included noted anti-vaxxer Robert F. Kennedy Jr., who predictably complained about censorship after his Facebook and Instagram accounts that spread false claims about vaccines were booted from those platforms.

And yet Greg Gutfeld, when asked by co-host Jeanine Pirro, followed up Tarlov’s remarks by claiming that “everybody in a way deserves a mulligan when you have a pandemic once every hundred years.”
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Much like the rest of the GOP, they want to ride on the backs of those who actually fought in combat.

Ohio GOP House candidate has misrepresented military service

WASHINGTON (AP) — Campaigning for a northwestern Ohio congressional seat, Republican J.R. Majewski presents himself as an Air Force combat veteran who deployed to Afghanistan after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, once describing “tough” conditions including a lack of running water that forced him to go more than 40 days without a shower.

Military documents obtained by The Associated Press through a public records request tell a different story.

They indicate Majewski never deployed to Afghanistan but instead completed a six-month stint helping to load planes at an air base in Qatar, a longtime U.S. ally that is a safe distance from the fighting.

Majewski’s account of his time in the military is just one aspect of his biography that is suspect. His post-military career has been defined by exaggerations, conspiracy theories, talk of violent action against the U.S. government and occasional financial duress.

Still, thanks to an unflinching allegiance to former President Donald Trump — Majewski once painted a massive Trump mural on his lawn — he also stands a chance of defeating longtime Democratic Rep. Marcy Kaptur in a district recently redrawn to favor Republicans.

Majewski is among a cluster of GOP candidates, most running for office for the first time, whose unvarnished life stories and hard-right politics could diminish the chances of a Republican “red wave” on Election Day in November. He is also a vivid representation of a new breed of politicians who reject facts as they try to emulate Trump.
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Ukraine reclaims more territory, reports capturing many POWs as rout of Russian invaders continues

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KHARKIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian troops expanded their territorial gains Monday, pushing all the way to the country’s northeastern border in places, and claimed to have captured a record number of Russian soldiers as part of the lightning advance that forced Moscow to make a hasty retreat.

A spokesman for Ukrainian military intelligence said Russian troops were surrendering en masse as “they understand the hopelessness of their situation.” A Ukrainian presidential adviser said there were so many POWs that the country was running out of space to accommodate them.

Blue-and-yellow Ukrainian flags fluttered over newly liberated towns across a wide swath of reclaimed land. The Ukrainian military said it had freed more than 20 settlements in 24 hours. In recent days, Kyiv’s forces have captured territory at least twice the size of greater London, according to the British Defense Ministry.

After months of little discernible movement on the battlefield, the momentum has lifted Ukrainian morale and provoked rare public criticism of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s war.

“In some areas of the front, our defenders reached the state border with the Russian Federation,” said Oleh Syniehubov, governor of the northeastern Kharkiv region.

The counteroffensive left the Kremlin struggling for a response to its largest military defeat in Ukraine since Russian forces pulled back from areas near Kyiv after a botched attempt to capture the capital early in the invasion.

The Russian Defense Ministry acknowledged the setback in a map that showed its troops pressed back along a narrow patch of land on the border with Russia — a tacit admission of big Ukrainian gains.

Reports of chaos abounded as Russian troops pulled out.
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Seoul subway murder sparks fury over South Korea’s stalking laws

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Seoul subway murder sparks fury over South Korea’s stalking laws
The shocking attack on a young woman in a toilet prompts anger at weak anti-stalking laws.

Politicians in South Korea are seeking to make amendments to existing laws in order to make “semen terrorism” a punishable sex crime.

The move comes after a string of controversial court verdicts that have punished men who secretly ejaculated onto women’s belongings for “property damage”, and not for sexually criminal behaviour.

Lenient court rulings and societal attitudes towards sex crimes in South Korea have come under increased criticism over the past few years and in light of the global #MeToo movement.

Yet Another Illegal Democrat Voter Scheme Exposed

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>Senate Democrats plan to pass the Disclose Act, a bill they claim would force “dark money” groups into the light. Never mind the darkness that envelops their own epic voter-registration scam.

>A New York Times article this week confirmed a political reality that Republicans have been slow to publicize: Democrats are openly abusing charities to stack voter rolls in their favor. The Times story was ostensibly about “voter registration” groups worried that donors weren’t giving enough to “democracy-related” programs this midterm cycle. Read closely and you notice the story is entirely about Democrats, confirming a longstanding scheme by which foundations and private donors funnel tax-exempt dollars into “charities” that microtarget and register Democratic voters.

>Among those quoted was Nsé Ufot, head of the New Georgia Project, which the Times credits with helping “turn Georgia into a blue state” by “registering tens of thousands of voters of color.” Ms. Ufot bemoaned “an overall dip in fundraising” from the likes of George Soros’s Open Society Foundations and the Democracy Fund: “Folks who think Georgia is competitive do not understand what made Georgia competitive.”

>The Ufot comments are stunning, given the New Georgia Project is a organized as a charity, donations to which are tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the tax code. Such groups, as the Internal Revenue Service notes, are prohibited from engaging in “voter education or registration activities with evidence of bias that (a) would favor one candidate over another; (b) oppose a candidate in some manner; or (c) have the effect of favoring a candidate or group of candidates.” Yet here is Ms. Ufot openly fretting that without more Democracy Fund cash, she won’t be able to elect more Democrats.
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Indentured Servitude on the rise in the US

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"Bosses in industries such as retail, health care and logistics are reverting to an old tactic and trapping people in miserable jobs by threatening to saddle them with debt if they quit. Workers across the United States in fields ranging from nursing to trucking have been discouraged from leaving jobs they hate or can’t afford to keep because employers vow to charge them for training costs if they quit before an arbitrary deadline.

The threats are backed by so-called Training Repayment Agreement Provisions (TRAPs) in employment contracts. The practice has been likened by critics to indentured servitude and peonage — formerly common types of debt bondage in which a borrower was bound to perform labor for a creditor."
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Presidential Election Reform Act

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House, Senate panels starting this week consider changes to 135-year-old Electoral Count Act
House and Senate committees starting this week will begin work on measures to change how U.S. presidential election votes are counted and certified – including possibly amending the 135-year-old Electoral Count Act and clarifying the vice president's role in the process.

The House Rules Committee will take up a still-unseen, bipartisan bill Tuesday titled the Presidential Election Reform Act with a floor vote as early as Thursday, according to Roll Call.

The Senate Rules and Administration Committee announced Friday it will work on a bipartisan bill later this month to revamp the 1887 law and clarify what happens during presidential transitions.

Still, both committees have little time to draft final legislation and get it passed, considering there are few legislative days remaining before the Nov. 8 elections that will decide whether Democrats keep their majority in the House and Senate.

The chairwoman of the Senate committee, Minnesota Democrat Sen. Amy Klobuchar, and the panel's top Republican, Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt, say the "markup" of their bill will be on Sept. 27 – just days before the Senate is set to leave Capitol Hill until after the November elections.

The Senate legislation would raise the threshold needed for Congress to consider an objection to a state's Electoral College votes – from one in each chamber to one-fifth of the House and Senate. It also will reportedly clarify the vice president's role as "ministerial" when electoral votes are counted, Roll Call also reports.
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