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Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler
Indulge me at least one more day of poring through our coverage of the Meadows Texts, which have crossed the barrier between politics and pop culture. Late night talk show treatment? Here we go.
The Latest Installments
What we published on Day 2 of the series:
- Rep. Rick Allen Shared ‘Wild’ Romanian YouTube Conspiracy Theories As He Challenged The 2020 Election
- Inside Team Trump’s Chaotic Attempts To Overturn The 2020 Vote In Georgia
- Texts Reveal Four Trump Allies Mixed Requests For Pardons With Big Lie Boosterism
Fallout From The Meadows Texts
We started to feel some of the impact of the Meadows Text series:
“Plotting against the rule of law and to subvert the will of the people is a disgusting affront to our deepest principles as a country,” Deputy White House Press Secretary Andrew Bates told TPM. “We all, regardless of party, need to stand up for mainstream values and the Constitution, against dangerous, ultra MAGA conspiracy theories and violent rhetoric.”
“Obviously, Martial Law was never warranted,” Norman said. “That text message came from a source of frustration, on the heels of countless unanswered questions about the integrity of the 2020 election, without any way to slow down and examine those issues prior to the inauguration of the newly elected president.”
CNN, which first documented some of the Meadows’ texts earlier this year, reports that the Justice Department has fought in secret court proceedings to obtain the text messages from Rep. Scott Perry’s phone, which was seized by the FBI. As TPM reported this week in the Meadows Texts series, Perry was deeply involved in the scheme to overturn the 2020 election.
The Justice Department has tried to gain access to Republican Rep. Scott Perry’s text messages as part of a criminal investigation into 2020 election interference, facing off with his lawyers in a secret court proceeding after seizing his phone, CNN observed at the courthouse and sources familiar with the investigation said.
All Politics Is Local
Local outlets picked up on the involvement of area members of Congress:
- Alabama: “Mo Brooks reportedly described as ‘ringleader’ of effort to overturn election in Mark Meadows texts”
- North Carolina: “In the latest disclosure, the website Talking Points Memo obtained some 450 texts between Meadows and Republican members of Congress — including Reps. Ted Budd and Greg Murphy of North Carolina — and published many on Monday.”
- South Carolina: “SC’s Ralph Norman faces calls to resign over martial law text message to Mark Meadows”
- Tennessee: “Rep. Mark Green Messaged Mark Meadows About Efforts to Overturn 2020 Election”
- Pennsylvania: “Report: Meadows’ Texts Show Perry, Keller, Kelly Efforts To Reverse Trump 2020 Defeat”
TPM On TV
It was a full day of TV hits by your favorite TPMers on the Meadows Texts.
Hunter Walker led off Morning Joe:
Josh Kovensky on Deadline: White House with Nicole Wallace:
Hunter Walker on Joy Reid’s The ReidOut:
Josh Marshall on All In With Chris Hayes:
Josh Kovensky on Alex Wagner Tonight:
Other Coverage Of The Meadows Texts
Hunter Walker joined Molly Jong-Fast On her podcast Fast Politics.
The Bulwark editor Jonathan V. Last had a concise reaction: “holy motherforking shirtballs.”
So did Esquire’s Charlie Pierce: So THAT’s Why Mark Meadows Fought Congress’ Subpoena
Wonkette: If You Have 1,000 Extra Hours, TPM Is Publishing All Mark Meadows’s Dirty Naughty Coup-Plotting Sexts
Oh boy. Howard Kurtz gives the TPM series the Fox News gloss.
We Busted Through The Politics-Pop Culture Barrier
So did Stephen Colbert: “These members of Congress communicating with Meadows were — and it’s not my place to editorialize — stupid, evil traitors who were trying to do crimes against democracy, for which they should be punished with decades of jail time.”
Climate Change In The Arctic
The Washington Post has a good summary of the federal government’s 2022 Arctic Report Card, which finds that the past seven years in the Arctic have been the hottest seven years since 1900:
- Fires and heat waves lengthen summer conditions
- Rain is replacing snow
- Low sea ice is affecting human activity
Hawaii Volcanoes Cease Eruptions
After a spectacular few weeks of dueling eruptions between Mauna Loa and Kilauea, the USGS announced Tuesday that eruptive activity at both volcanoes had stopped.
‘Plants Are Adequate If Not Thriving’
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