GOP senator dodges question on Trump’s praise of Putin
Amid ongoing questions around a gap in Donald Trump’s call logs during the Capitol riot, representative Jamie Raskin has said the records in question “are suspiciously tailored to the heart of the events” of 6 January 2021 – and that they cover time when it is known Mr Trump spoke to besieged lawmakers on Capitol Hill.
Speaking with CBS on Sunday’s “Face The Nation” programme, Mr Raskin said: “It’s a very unusual thing for us to find that suddenly everything goes dark for a seven-hour period in terms of tracking the movements and the conversations of the president. ”
Meanwhile, six weeks after the launch of Donald Trump’s Truth Social app — billed as an effort to “stand up to the tyranny of big tech” — has lost two senior executives deeply involved in the platform’s launch, according to a report from Reuters.
Launched on Presidents’ Day, the app has been set by tech problems and about 1.5 million people remain on the waiting list to join, unable to use it. The Twitter-like platform is being labeled a “disaster” and a “massive failure” by observers.
ICYMI: Marjorie Taylor Greene resumes attack on school shooting survivors
Before she was ever elected, Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene was known for spreading conspiracy theories about the Parkland school shooting and haranguing the young survivors campaigning for new gun safety laws. And over the weekend, she did it again.
In a Twitter back-and-forth with survivor and campaigner David Hogg, she admonished him: “You should try hanging out with actual deer hunters.
“It will help you learn to be more masculine and you will appreciate how we will get our food supply when Biden’s inflation makes buying food unaffordable.”
Oliver O’Connell4 April 2022 23:00
GOP congresswoman tells rally Osama bin Laden caught by Trump
Justin Vallejo has the story.
Oliver O’Connell4 April 2022 22:20
Lindsey Graham: If GOP controlled Senate, Jackson would not have gotten hearing
Mr Graham made the remarks during the Senate Judiciary Committee’s confirmation vote for Judge Jackson weeks after her confirmation hearing. The South Carolina Republican noted how this would be the first time that he would vote against a Supreme Court nominee, having voted to confirm Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, both of whom Barack Obama appointed.
“If we get back the Senate and we’re in charge of this body and there’s judicial openings, we will talk to our colleagues on the other side, but if we were in charge she would not be before the committee,” Mr Graham said during the confirmation vote hearing. “You would have had someone more moderate than this.”
Eric Garcia reports for The Independent from Capitol Hill.
Oliver O’Connell4 April 2022 21:50
New York City erects billboards in Florida opposing ‘Don’t Say Gay’ law
A series of New York City billboards across Florida takes aim at the state’s co-called “Don’t Say Gay” law while promoting the city as a welcome place for LGBT+ people.
Oliver O’Connell4 April 2022 21:35
Donald Trump attacks John McCain again while endorsing Sarah Palin
The endorsement comes after reports surfaced last week that the former running mate in John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign had spoken with Mr Trump ahead of her throwing her name in the race for the Alaska seat.
Johanna Chisholm has the story.
Oliver O’Connell4 April 2022 21:20
Report: Book ban attempts to reach highest level in 20 years
Attempts to ban books reached a two-decade high in the US last year, a new report shows.
The American Library Association (ALA) monitored attempts schools to ban books in libraries, and universities in 2021 and found 729 such challenges.
Those challenges resulted in more than 1,597 individual book challenges or removals, the ALA noted in a report released on Monday (4 April), noting that “most targeted books were by or about Black or LGBTQIA+ persons.”
Clémence Michallon reports.
Oliver O’Connell4 April 2022 21:05
Trump continues to avoid owning platform as top executives resign from Truth Social
Two top executives at Donald Trump’s social media platform, Truth Social, have resigned after a month of misfires and a lack of interest from the former president.
Reuters reports that Josh Adams and Billy Boozer, Truth Social’s chiefs of technology and product development, have resigned. They left the company less than a year after joining and just before a critical phase in the platform’s life kicks off – app development and release.
Oliver O’Connell4 April 2022 20:50
Marjorie Taylor Greene condemned for praising ‘autocrat’ Viktor Orban
On Monday, the Republican praised the Hungarian leader and said Mr Orban, who has been branded an “autocrat” by critics, was an example for Americans to follow.
Oliver O’Connell4 April 2022 20:35
Lara Trump blames ‘too safe’ playgrounds for reckless spring break behaviour
Lara Trump decided to take aim at the playground industry by drawing a shaky line between the structures being constructed nowadays and a recent incident where crowds of spring breakers overwhelmed Santa Barbara balconies to dangerous levels.
Ms Trump appeared as a contributor on the Fox News program The Big Sunday Show alongside a panel to discuss recent news stories from the week, including the war in Ukraine, carjackings in America and one particular story that caught the attention of the daughter-in-law to the former US president: a deck that was swarmed by hundreds of “out of control spring break crowds”, as the Fox chyron labeled them.
Johanna Chisholm reports.
Oliver O’Connell4 April 2022 20:20
Cawthorn mocked for defining a woman as someone with ‘no tallywhacker’
Far-right Congressman Madison Cawthorn is showing no signs of ceasing his barrage of controversial or offensive comments and on Monday took his rhetoric a further step with an odd choice of words used to define a biological woman during a speech on the House floor.
John Bowden reports from Washington, DC.
Oliver O’Connell4 April 2022 20:04