MTG Celebrated Lincoln’s Birthday With A Full-Throated Call For Secession

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WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 06: Rep.-elect Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) takes a photo with U.S. House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) after being elected Speaker of the House in the House Chamber at the U.S. Ca... WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 06: Rep.-elect Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) takes a photo with U.S. House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) after being elected Speaker of the House in the House Chamber at the U.S. Capitol Building on January 07, 2023 in Washington, DC. After four days of voting and 15 ballots McCarthy secured enough votes to become Speaker of the House for the 118th Congress. (Photo by Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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Lincoln Rolling In His Grave

Welcomed back to the House GOP fold by Speaker Kevin McCarthy and now a leading light in his conference, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) celebrated Presidents Day – which sadly lumps together Washington and Lincoln – by advocating for secession.

We’ve spent the last two years nonchalantly kicking around whether the 14th Amendment’s Insurrection Clause really means what it says and should be applied to the House Republicans who sanctioned, ratified, supported, and enabled Trump’s insurrection attempt. And now we have a sitting member of Congress using the occasion of Lincoln’s birthday to call for secession.

This is not a drill. This is not civics cosplay. This is where we are.

Kevin McCarthy’s Secret Pact With Tucker Carlson

Just days after legal filings confirmed (as if we needed it) the corrupt core of the Fox News apparatus, we learned that the speaker of the House is giving special access to the Capitol’s security footage from Jan. 6 to none other than Tucker Carlson. The new but not surprising revelation came from Axios’ Mike Allen.

Jan. 6 committee chair Bernie Thompson was having none of it:


Some Choice Cuts From The Dominion Lawsuit Against Fox News

So many juicy morsels from the epic Dominion filing last week in its defamation case against Fox News. In case you missed these:

  • Trump tried to get on the air for Lou Dobbs show on Jan. 6:
  • Fox News exec sent Mike “Pillow Guy” Lindell a make-up gift:

Inside The Georgia Special Grand Jury Investigating Trump

The AP interviewed the foreperson of the Atlanta DA Fani Willis’ special grand jury.

James O’Keefe Resigns From Project Veritas

James O’Keefe went out in blaze of ridiculousness: a 45-minute video to staff in which he wiped away tears, quotedˆ Ayn Rand, and concluded with a paraphrase of Shakespeare’s Henry V (“We few, we happy few, we band of brothers and sisters.”)

Just a note that this may not yet be over. The feckless board of Project Veritas wants none of the blame nor the credit for O’Keefe leaving, according to the NYT:

But the board also left open the possibility of working things out with Mr. O’Keefe. “We did not fire him, nor do we want him to resign,” the board statement said. “We would like to continue conversations with James to resolve internal matters rather than litigate them publicly.”

Biden To Kyiv

US President Joe Biden (L) walks with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky (C) in front of St. Michael’s Golden-Domed Cathedral during an unannounced visit, in Kyiv, on February 20, 2023. – US President Joe Biden promised increased arms deliveries for Ukraine during a surprise visit to Kyiv on February 20, 2023, in which he also vowed Washington’s “unflagging commitment” in defending Ukraine’s territorial integrity. (Photo by Evan Vucci / POOL / AFP) (Photo by EVAN VUCCI/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

A quick rundown of the weekend’s biggest surprise:

One somber note: Biden’s visit was significant on many levels, but the most concerning news of the past few days has been the emerging fear of China supplying Russia with more advanced and lethal weaponry:

Jimmy Carter Goes Home For The Last Time

The Carter Center announced the former president would eschew further medical treatment and spend his remaining days at home under hospice care.

At 98, Carter is the longest lived former President. At 77 years, his marriage to Rosalynn is the longest presidential marriage. It has been 42 year since Carter left the White House. To put that in some perspective, more time has passed since Carter left office than between World War II and his presidency.

Carter biographer Jonathan Alter offers his perspective on an “epic American life.”

Wisconsin Supreme Court Election Day

Your handy-dandy guides to today’s free-for-all primary election for a pivotal open seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court, which has been controlled by the GOP since 2008:

Turkey Earthquake Death Toll Passes 46,000

The region where more than 46,000 have died since the historic Feb. 6 earthquake was rocked by a powerful 6.3 magnitude aftershock Monday.

Perfect: George Santos Talks To Piers Morgan!

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