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Jan. 6 Committee calls on Ivanka Trump to voluntarily provide her testimony

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The congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6 rioting at the U.S. Capitol formally asked Ivanka Trump to voluntarily answer questions about former President Donald Trump’s behavior during the attack.

The daughter to the former president also served as a top advisor during the 2021 incident.

“The Select Committee wishes to discuss the part of the conversation you observed between President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence on the morning of January 6th,” read a letter from the committee.

“Similarly, the Select Committee would like to discuss any other conversations you may have witnessed or participated in regarding the president’s plan to obstruct or impede the counting of electoral votes,” they added.

The request is the first made by the committee to a member of the Trump family. They have also obtained phone records from Eric Trump and Kimberly Guilfoyle, who is engaged to be married to Donald Trump Jr.

Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) told Chris Hayes Thursday on MSNBC that there were repeated efforts to try to get the former president to intercede to stop the rioters, and some of those efforts were pointed at his daughter.

“We’re closing in on the target, Chris,” said Raskin about Ivanka Trump.

“Ivanka Trump is a critical figure because she was there in the morning we believe she was there when Donald Trump was still trying to twist Mike Pence’s arm,” he explained.

“And she was also a key figure in trying to get to pull Trump back, apparently,” Raskin concluded. “She could really perhaps complete the portrait of what happened on January 6 for us.”

A spokesperson for Ivanka Trump issued a short statement about the committee’s request:

As the committee already knows, Ivanka did not speak at the Jan. 6 rally. As she publicly stated that day at 3:15 p.m., ‘any security or disrespect to our law enforcement is unacceptable. The violence must stop immediately. Please be peaceful.’

The National Archives said that they were in the process of delivering documents from the Trump administration requested by the committee after the Supreme Court denied the former president’s request to block the committee.

Here’s more about the committee request:


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Bill Maher says he’s ‘never’ getting a COVID-19 vaccine booster: ‘What the f*[**] is the use of a booster shot?’

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Comedian and television host Bill Maher questioned the usefulness of COVID-19 booster shots during an interview with Deadline and said that he will not be getting one.

Some people who have been fully vaccinated and received a booster shot have still tested positive for the illness.

Maher told the outlet that COVID-19 vaccines “do not prevent you from either transmitting it or getting the disease. We know that. That’s a fact now. They just prevent you from dying, which is a great part of it, let’s not undercount that. But if they don’t prevent you from transmitting it and they don’t prevent you from getting it why are we still treating this disease the way we always have? And what the f*[**] is the use of a booster shot? Because I will never get a booster shot.”

“It’s not only useless, but this is a very, very new vaccine. Okay, I didn’t want the first vaccine. We should not treat people unfairly who want to allow their own immune system to take care of the situation. But okay, I took one for the team. Now, they’re giving a fourth one in Israel with the booster shots. Now, this I read in the front page of the New York Times, which is a very pro-vaccine publication, and even they printed that many scientists in Israel were against this, scientists and doctors, because they said it might have a reverse effect, something called immune system fatigue,” Maher said.

“Well, I don’t want that, do you? So, now you’re not protected by the vaccine or your immune system? I don’t think so,” he said.

He told Deadline that he’s “over COVID” and said that he never believed it represented a significant threat to healthy people.

“I was never scared of it. I was always scared of the reaction to it, and as this has played out that only proved to be more true for me. I’m sure many people feel different, but that’s me. It was never that virulent a threat, I thought, to people who were in good health,” he noted.

Maher, who hosts HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher,” has previously said that he does not want to get a booster shot, and that although he never even wanted to get vaccinated he “took one for the team.”


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Los Angeles mayor’s staffer called ‘lefties’ and BLM ‘annoying’ in leaked email

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Black Lives Matter activists are calling for the resignation of the strategic advisor for Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti over leaked emails that showed her irritation with the organization and with “lefties.”

The private emails from 2016 and 2017 were obtained by Vice News and contained messages from Ana Guerrero, who worked as chief of staff in the mayor’s office at the time.

“I am getting annoyed with all the lefties … Not as annoyed as BLM but getting close,” Guerrero reportedly wrote in one email.

Vice said another email disputed the meaning of “structural racism,” a phrase referring to forms of discrimination that are inherently present in society.

Guerrero had been let go as chief of staff but was later rehired as a strategic advisor to Garcetti.

The mayor’s office responded to the controversy in a statement provided to Vice News.

“This is one of the most emotionally charged and sensitive issues we face, and there have been painful moments of disagreement that have included situations where our staff were verbally attacked in person and online while doing their jobs,” read the statement.

“If there are comments that shouldn’t have been made by current staff,” the statement continued, “we will address those internally, and we will continue pushing forward with bold action to make LA more just and equitable for everyone.”

The official account for Black Lives Matter in Los Angeles responded to the leaked emails in a tweet.

“This is about how that translated into policies and behaviors that brought harm,” they wrote, “including sicking LAPD on protestors more than 80 times.”

Garcetti has been recently nominated by President Joe Biden to the ambassadorship to India.

Here’s a local news report about the leaked emails:


Leaked emails show Garcetti staffer calling BLM ‘annoying’: Report

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Fox News poll finds that 46% support the idea of expanding the number of Supreme Court justices

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A Fox News poll of registered voters found that 46% supported the idea of increasing the quantity of justices seated on the nation’s high court, while 51% opposed this proposal.

The poll, which was carried out Jan. 16-19, found that 19% strongly favored the idea of adding more members to the Supreme Court, while 26% somewhat favored the idea, 19% somewhat opposed the proposal, and 32% strongly opposed it.

The number of seats on the U.S. Supreme Court has been fixed at nine for more than 150 years, but some politicians have been advocating to increase that cap, a policy that critics typically refer to as court packing.

“The number of Justices on the Supreme Court changed six times before settling at the present total of nine in 1869,” according to the Supreme Court website.

The Congressional Progressive Caucus has endorsed legislation that would raise the number of justices from nine to 13.

The Fox News poll also found that 69% of voters supported the idea of a compulsory retirement age for members of the high court. While 38% strongly favored this proposal, 31% somewhat supported it, 17% somewhat opposed it, and 12% strongly opposed it.

The poll also found that nearly a third (31%) of voters thought that the high court should overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade abortion ruling, while 63% thought that the court should allow the decision to stand.

Intel plans to spend more than $20 billion building two chip factories in Ohio

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Chip manufacturing giant Intel has announced plans to pour more than $20 billion into constructing two factories in the Buckeye State.

It is anticipated that construction will commence later this year and that chip production will begin in 2025, according to Intel.

While $20 billion is already massive sum, the tech giant says that over the coming decade, it could drop as much as $100 billion into the site.

“Spanning nearly 1,000 acres in Licking County, just outside of Columbus, the ‘mega-site’ can accommodate a total of eight chip factories – also known as ‘fabs’ – as well as support operations and ecosystem partners. At full buildout, the total investment in the site could grow to as much as $100 billion over the next decade, making it one of the largest semiconductor manufacturing sites in the world,” the company’s press release said.

Political figures from both sides of the aisle are hailing the news.

“Intel’s new facilities will be transformative for our state, creating thousands of good-paying jobs in Ohio manufacturing strategically vital semiconductors, often called ‘chips,’” Ohio GOP Gov. Mike DeWine said, according to a press release.

“This historic investment is great news for Ohio and for our nation,” Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) said in a statement. “While bringing thousands of high-paying jobs to Ohio, this historic investment will also help reshore semiconductor chip manufacturing, which has faced an international shortage over the past few years.”

“Today, we are burying the term ‘rust belt,'” Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) said, according to a press release.

While speaking about the news on Friday, President Joe Biden called it “a truly historic investment in America, in American workers.”


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M&M’s took the plunge into WOKENESS

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M&M’s has a global plan to become more inclusive?

Mars, Incorporated, the creators of M&M’s, announced its multi-pronged approach to “creating a world where everyone feels they belong and society is inclusive.”

Apparently, the candy company believes the way to be inclusive is to offer a “fresh, modern take” on their iconic characters with “more nuanced personalities to underscore the importance of self-expression and power of community through storytelling.”

Pat and the guys had some fun with this story on Friday’s episode of “Pat Gray Unleashed.” “If there is one thing we’ve needed, it is candy-coated chocolate that reflects every aspect of society, right?” Pat said sarcastically. Adding, “That is how important these M&M ads are.”

Pat joked that his life was changed for knowing the Green M&M will now sport a pair of sneakers to reflect her “cool, laid-back sneakers to reflect her effortless confidence.”

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Brian Laundrie left a murder confession before committing suicide, FBI reveals

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation revealed that Brian Laundrie had left a written confession about the death of Gabby Petito before committing suicide.

The disappearance of Petito in September grabbed national headlines after her fiancé, Laundrie, returned to his parents’ home without her during a cross-country road trip in their van. Her remains were later discovered at the Grand Teton National Park, and a medical examiner found that she had died as a result of “blunt-force injuries to the head and neck, with manual strangulation.”

A manhunt for Laundrie ensued when the family told law enforcement officials that he had left to go hiking at the T. Mabry Carlton Jr. Memorial Reserve in Florida near their home. His remains were discovered alongside a backpack, a notebook, and a revolver.

In a statement released Friday by the Denver office of the FBI, officials made their final investigative update on the case related to the death of Petito.

They said that Laundrie made written statements in the notebook claiming responsibility for the death of Petito. They also indicated that Laundrie had texted from Petito’s phone in an attempt to deceive authorities into believing she had still been alive.

The Petito family released a statement about the development through their attorney Richard Stafford.

“We truly appreciate the FBI’s diligent and painstaking efforts in this extremely complicated case,” the family said. “The quality and quantity of the facts and information collected by the FBI leave no doubt Brian Laundrie murdered Gabby.”

Laundrie was never charged with the death of Petito, but police had been searching for him as a person of interest in the case. He had only been charged with fraudulent use of Petito’s debit card after she died.

The FBI said the statement concluded their investigation.

Here’s more about the murder confession:


Brian Laundrie claimed responsibility for Gabby Petito’s death in notebook, FBI says

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‘Fauci Can Pound Sand’: DeSantis campaign sells footwear called ‘Freedom Over Fauci Flip Flops’

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’s campaign store is selling flip-flops that are likely to appeal to critics of prominent public health figure Dr. Anthony Fauci.

The straps say “Freedom Over Fauci,” and the words on the soles of the two sandals combine to convey the message that reads, “Fauci Can Pound Sand.”

The DeSantis campaign is seeking to capitalize on many Americans’ negative views of Fauci, who has been a prominent but controversial figure throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

“After 600+ days of ineffective lockdowns & mandates, 3 things are certain with Dr. Fauci: He flips. He flops. He fails. To commemorate Fauci’s flip flopping, we’re launching EXCLUSIVE Freedom Over Fauci Flip Flops on our Team DeSantis storefront,” a Team DeSantis tweet declares.

After 600+ days of ineffective lockdowns & mandates, 3 things are certain with Dr. Fauci:nnHe flips. He flops. He fails.nnTo commemorate Fauci’s flip flopping, weu2019re launching EXCLUSIVE Freedom Over Fauci Flip Flops on our Team DeSantis storefront. nhttps://bit.ly/3rxNsCOu00a0pic.twitter.com/NCL07fwyBV

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Fauci, who has served as the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for more than three decades, is the chief medical advisor to President Joe Biden.

DeSantis, a conservative Republican who has become an very popular figure on the political right, is up for re-election this year in the Sunshine State.

A video promoting the DeSantis campaign’s anti-Fauci footwear declares that Fauci “can’t stop freedom in Florida.”

The flip-flops shown in the video appear to be different than those currently listed in the campaign store.


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Jen Psaki tells Democrats who are ‘pissed off’ about Biden’s ‘devastating’ week to have a margarita

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White House press secretary Jen Psaki had odd advice on Friday for Democrats who were angered by legislative failures in a “devastating” week for President Joe Biden and his agenda.

Psaki was being interviewed on “The View” when she was asked about the Democrats’ failed campaign to pass the John Lewis Voting Rights Act and the Freedom to Vote Act after centrist senators refused to kill the filibuster.

“The path forward is we have to keep fighting. Look, I think this week has been frustrating, devastating, angering, all of those things,” said Psaki to Linsey Davis.

“And everybody who’s been fighting for this, there are so many activists across the country that have been so central to getting to this point. I mean, just a year ago there were more people who were opposed to filibuster changes in the Senate, so we’ve made some progress on that front, but we have to stay at it,” she continued.

“So my advice to everyone out there who is frustrated, sad, angry, pissed off: Feel those emotions, go to kickboxing class, have a margarita, do whatever it is you need to do this weekend, and then wake up on Monday morning; we’ve got to keep fighting,” Psaki added.

“And what that means, Linsey, is we have to keep talking to members about federal legislation, that’s essential,” she explained, “that’s something that can be permanent, that can make sure people’s rights are protected, but we also need to make sure people are educated in states across the country about what their rights are.”

Liberals have lambasted both Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona for refusing to vote against the filibuster rule in order to pass bills through the Senate with a simple majority. Some reports show that other Democrats have expressed private anxiety about changing Senate rules so radically ahead of midterm elections as Republicans are poised to take back control of Congress.

While some on the right mocked Psaki’s suggestion to have a margarita, many on the left were furious at the advice from the White House.

“Frustrated that the government is abandoning you to disease, climate disaster and tyranny? Throw back a margarita, hit a kickboxing class & then get back to work begging us to do something!” tweeted activist Bree Newsome.

After Psaki completed her comments, a View co-host off-screen added, “a Margarita or two!”

Here’s the video of Psaki’s comments on The View:


Jen Psaki Says the Path Forward with Voting Rights is to “Keep Fighting” | The View

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Joe Rogan eviscerates CNN: ‘People know they’re full of s**t … they disseminate propaganda’

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The ongoing feud between Joe Rogan and CNN continued this week with the acclaimed podcast host smashing the left-leaning cable network. During a recent episode of “The Joe Rogan Experience” with author and mathematician James Lindsay, Rogan slammed CNN for disseminating “propaganda.”

Rogan and CNN have been engaged in a squabble ever since the network claimed that he used “horse dewormer,” when he actually took a human dose of ivermectin that was prescribed by his doctor in one of many treatments he utilized after being infected with COVID-19. Several CNN personalities repeated the claims that Rogan took “horse dewormer,” which caused the podcaster to ask, “Do I have to sue CNN? They’re making s**t up!”

A month later, CNN anchor Don Lemon doubled down on the narrative that Rogan had consumed veterinary medicine. Rogan roared back and bashed Lemon as a “dumb motherf*****.”

Even Washington Post media critic Erik Wemple skewered CNN for its reporting on Rogan’s usage of ivermectin, claiming that CNN’s coverage “sounds more like the work of an advocacy group than a journalism outfit.”

Last month, Rogan needled CNN’s low ratings, “I think CNN is realizing that their ratings are dogs**t, [with] these highly polarizing editorial personalities like Stelter and Don Lemon.”

Earlier this month, Rogan accused CNN of distorting video of him announcing that he had COVID-19 to allegedly make him appear significantly more “sick.”

This week, Rogan took CNN to task yet again.

Rogan called the network’s opinion-based anchors “knuckleheads.”

“Well, they have to know that they’ve destroyed their business,” Rogan said of Jeff Zucker’s network.

Lindsay tagged the statement by adding, “They have no credibility left.”

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Rogan then noted that one former CNN producer was charged with enticing mothers and underage daughters to engage in unlawful sexual activity, and another former employee is under criminal investigation for accusations involving “potential juvenile victims.”

Rogan mentioned a report from last week that said CNN’s ratings plummeted by a whopping 90% in the first week of the new year. He added that the scandals aren’t the cause of the massive decline in viewership.

“Most people don’t know that, though, most people aren’t aware of it,” he said of the allegations against the producers and the firing of primetime star Chris Cuomo.

Lindsay added, “Their programming sucks,” to which Rogan replied, “It’s not just that it sucks, but it’s preposterous.”

Rogan continued to blast CNN, “It’s also the smugness in which they disseminate propaganda.”

“People know that they’re full of s**t, and they’re doing it with a smugness and it turns people off,” he declared. “It would turn people off even if they were accurate.”

Rogan also said that the cable network has “an extreme lack of understanding of human nature.”

He pointed out that CNN discussed “shaming people” for not following COVID-19 restrictions and protocols.

Rogan said, “What are you f***ing saying? You’re on the ‘news’ and you’re talking about shaming people?”

In September, Don Lemon encouraged his viewers to “start shaming” unvaccinated “stupid” people, and to stop “coddling them.”

You can listen to the entire “The Joe Rogan Experience” episode with James Lindsay below.