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Joe Scarborough Tells GOPers Exactly What To Do With Pleas To ‘Forget’ Capitol Riot

The MSNBC “Morning Joe” co-host tore into Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham (S.C), Ted Cruz (Texas), Josh Hawley (Mo.) and other Trump enablers who claim it’s time to move on from the violence for which the former president was impeached and faces a Senate trial next month.

“Forget? Forget? You are out of your mind and you’re not a conservative. That’s how conservatives do not talk,” said Scarborough. “We don’t forget, if you attack our country, we go after you, we jail you, we throw away the key.”

“This is what the Republicans in the Senate want you to forget,” the former Republican representative continued over footage of the mob of pro-Trump supporters storming the Capitol in a riot that left five dead and shocked the world.

“You know what these people are? These are Trump terrorists. Call them by their name,” he concluded.

The House impeached Trump for a second time on Jan. 13 for incitement of insurrection. His impeachment trial in the Senate is scheduled to begin the week of Feb. 8, but 45 Senate Republicans voted Tuesday to dismiss it, signaling Democrats may not reach the 67 votes needed to convict the former president and prevent him from taking office again.

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Tucker Carlson Rails Against White Nationalist Crackdown, Warns Viewers: That’s You

Tucker Carlson was accused of defending white nationalists on his Fox News show Tuesday after he railed against Rep. Adam Schiff’s (D-Calif.) call for a crackdown on domestic white nationalist terrorism like the post-Sept. 11 efforts against international terrorism.

Carlson, who has a long history of using his prime time platform to promote racism, began his screed by disparagingly describing Schiff as “America’s new grand inquisitor.”

He aired footage of Schiff saying lawmakers had been urging the FBI and Department of Homeland Security “for some time” to “raise the priority to domestic terrorism, to white nationalism, as it threatens the country.”

“We’re gonna continue sounding the alarm and make sure that they’re devoting the resources, the time, the attention, just as we did after 9/11 to the threat from international terrorism, we need to give the same priority and urgency to domestic terrorism,” Schiff added.

“Got that? Vote the wrong way, and you are a jihadi. You thought you were an American citizen with rights and just a different view. No, you’re a jihadi. And we are going to treat you the way we treated those radicals after 9/11, the way we treated bin Laden. Get in line pal, this is a war on terror.”

Carlson urged his viewers to “keep in mind as you listen to people talk like this” that “they’re talking about American citizens here.”

“They’re talking about you,” he added, appearing to acknowledge that white supremacists watch his show, as many Twitter users noted.

Carlson in the past has claimed white supremacy is “a hoax” and “not a real problem in America,” suggested immigrants are making the U.S. “dirtier,” name-checked a white nationalist website on-air and used an on-screen graphic echoing white supremacist talking points.

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Oregon GOP Embraces Capitol Riot ‘False Flag’ Conspiracy Theory

The Oregon Republican Party has officially taken the position that the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riot by a violent mob of Donald Trump supporters was a “false flag” operation aimed at discrediting the former president.

Leaders of the Oregon GOP adopted resolutions hyping the baseless conspiracy theory and condemning the 10 House Republicans who voted with Democrats to impeach Trump for a second time for inciting the insurrection. Five people, including a U.S. Capitol Police officer, died in the riot, which followed a nearby Trump rally in which the then-president urged supporters to march to the Capitol to overturn the election result.

“There is growing evidence that the violence at the Capitol was a ‘false flag’ operation designed to discredit President Trump, his supporters, and all conservative Republicans; this provided the sham motivation to impeach President Trump in order to advance the Democratic goal of seizing total power, in a frightening parallel to the February 1933 burning of the German Reichstag,” read the state party’s resolution, first tweeted by the Oregon GOP on Jan. 19.

It also compared the impeachment-supporting Republicans to Revolutionary War traitor Benedict Arnold, and claimed they had “repeated history by conspiring to surrender our nation to Leftist forces seeking to establish dictatorship void of all cherished freedoms and liberties.”

The resolution, reportedly passed by the Oregon GOP’s executive committee and not elected lawmakers, went viral on social media this week and was reported by multiple news outlets on Tuesday.

Read the Oregon Republican Party’s statement and full resolution here:

And the criticism of the bogus conspiracy theory here:

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In Phone Call, Biden, Putin Discuss Extending Nuclear Arms Treaty

MOSCOW/WASHINGTON (Reuters) — Russia and the United States have struck a deal to extend the New START nuclear arms control treaty, the Kremlin said on Tuesday, a move that preserves the last major pact of its kind between the world’s two biggest nuclear powers.

The White House did not immediately confirm the Kremlin’s announcement but said President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin had discussed the issue by telephone and agreed that their teams work urgently to complete the extension by Feb. 5, when the treaty expires.

Signed in 2010, the New START (Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty) is a cornerstone of global arms control.

It limits the number of strategic nuclear warheads deployed by the United States and Russia to 1,550 each as well as the number of land- and submarine-based missiles and bombers that deliver them.

The Kremlin declared the breakthrough, which was widely anticipated, in a statement announcing that Putin and Biden had spoken for the first time since Biden took office on Jan. 20.

Moscow and Washington had failed to agree an extension under former U.S. President Donald Trump, whose administration had wanted to attach conditions to a renewal that Moscow rejected.

The Kremlin said Putin and Biden “expressed satisfaction” that diplomatic notes between the two nations had been exchanged earlier on Tuesday confirming the pact would be extended and that procedures required for the pact to come into force before it expires would be completed in the coming days.

The White House, in its description of the call, did not say that an agreement had been reached or that diplomatic notes had been exchanged, though its tone was upbeat.

“They discussed both countries’ willingness to extend New START for five years, agreeing to have their teams work urgently to complete the extension by Feb. 5,” the White House said. “They also agreed to explore strategic stability discussions on a range of arms control and emerging security issues.”

A U.S. official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that the plan was for the exchange of notes to occur on Tuesday.

Asked why Washington had not explicitly said an agreement had been reached, a second U.S. official, also on condition of anonymity, said some steps were needed, including approval by the Duma, Russia’s lower house of parliament. The treaty itself does not require legislative approval for an extension.

The White House said last week Biden would seek a five-year extension.

In its statement, the Kremlin said that Putin had told Biden a normalization of relations between Moscow and Washington would be in both countries’ interest.

It said the two leaders had also discussed the U.S. decision during Trump’s administration to exit the Open Skies treaty. Putin and Biden also talked about Iran’s nuclear program and the conflict in Ukraine.

The White House stressed that it will raise matters where it disagrees with Russia, and said Biden had reaffirmed the United States’ “firm support for Ukraine’s sovereignty”.

Biden had raised “other matters of concern” including the poisoning of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, the cyber hack blamed on Russia that used U.S. tech company SolarWinds Corp as a springboard to penetrate federal government networks, and reports that Russia offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants to kill coalition forces in Afghanistan.

“President Biden made clear that the United States will act firmly in defense of its national interests in response to actions by Russia that harm us or our allies,” the White House statement said.

(Additional reporting by Dmitry Antonov, Maria Kiselyova, Polina Devitt and Darya Korsunskaya; Additional reporting by Emma Farge and Stephanie Nebehay in Geneva and by Steve Holland and Arshad Mohammed in Washington; Writing by Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber and Arshad Mohammed; Editing by Andrew Osborn, Mark Heinrich and Grant McCool)

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Maddow Points Out Huge Difference Between Democrats And ‘Dumpster Fire’ GOP Right Now

Rachel Maddow on Tuesday ripped the GOP as a “dumpster fire,” accusing the Republican party of being unable in its current post-Trump turmoil to contribute to the governing of the country.

“We are now quite suddenly and clearly at this place where the two parties have totally different tasks at hand,” said the host of MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show.”

“On the Republican side, it is some scary and kind of unnerving stuff about whether or not they are a party that endorses violence and whether they are a party that still believes that democracy and elections are the way that we decide things as a country,” she said.

Democrats, meanwhile, are “just trying to govern,” Maddow continued. “They’re trying to figure out how to get something done without having to deal with that dumpster fire on the other side.”

“Because how can that be your governing partner?” she added.

“The Democrats have to prove they can do this or they’re going to have to contend with the dumpster fire over there again in terms of what the people of the United States have to choose from between the two options available to them,” Maddow concluded. “Just an incredible situation that we are in.”

Watch Maddow’s monologue here:

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Hannity Accused Of ‘Dabbling In Anti-Vaxx’ Territory With COVID-19 Vaccine Comments

Fox News’ Sean Hannity has been criticized for sowing doubt about the safety of the COVID-19 vaccine during Tuesday’s episode of his widely watched show.

“I don’t know when my number gets called, I’m actually beginning to have doubts,” the conservative network’s prime time personality said of taking the coronavirus shot.

“I’ve been telling my friends I’m gonna get the vaccine,” Hannity continued. “Half of them agree and the other half think I’m absolutely nuts. They wouldn’t take it in a million years.”

“I don’t know who to listen to,” he added.

The Food and Drug Administration has published extensive information about the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna shots, both of which it has authorized for emergency use, on its website.

HuffPost has debunked misinformation surrounding the vaccine here and answered questions about its development and safety here.

Hannity’s comments drew condemnation on Twitter, where some critics called him out for “dabbling in anti-vaxx” territory.

His wavering on the vaccine echoed that of Tucker Carlson, another prime time personality at the network, who last month suggested people should be nervous about the “glitzy entrance” of the shot.

Hannity and Carlson’s views, however, don’t appear to chime with those of Rupert Murdoch, the 89-year-old media mogul behind Fox News.

Murdoch received the shot in the United Kingdom last month and praised “the amazing scientists who have made this vaccine possible.” “I strongly encourage people around the world to get the vaccine as it becomes available,” he added.

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Supercut Exposing Fox News’ Hypocrisy Ends With Damning Self-Own By Jeanine Pirro

A supercut released by “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” exposes the hypocrisy of Fox News’ attacks on rival news organizations’ coverage of Joe Biden’s presidency.

The montage shows how personalities at the conservative network heaped praise and fawned over former President Donald Trump throughout his time in office, often to his face.

But now Joe Biden is president, the same hosts claim other media is giving him a free pass.

“The tingling sensation up and down the media mob’s legs, well they are throbbing like never before,” prime time host Sean Hannity says in one bit about his claimed treatment of Biden.

It then cuts to him literally campaigning for Trump.

Fox host Jeanine Pirro sums up her network’s hypocrisy at the end of the video: “Wow. Double standard much?”

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Jimmy Kimmel Digs Up The First Joke He Ever Made About Trump

Jimmy Kimmel’s a seasoned expert at roasting presidents-to-be. And to celebrate the 18-year anniversary of “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” Tuesday night, the comedian played footage of the first joke he ever cracked on the show about former President Donald Trump. 

“Yes, it is about his hair,” Kimmel said.

In January 2004, Kimmel joked that it was “so cold in New York, Donald Trump’s combover broke off.” 

Kimmel’s team also dug up the first dig he made about Trump’s successor, Joe Biden, in August 2008 when he was former President Barack Obama’s running mate.

Check out his roast below:

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Army Loosens Restrictions On Hair Styles And Nail Polish, Including For Men

WASHINGTON (AP) — Female soldiers can let their hair down, and flash a little nail color under new rules being approved by the Army. But male soldiers will still have to shave.

Army leaders announced Tuesday that they are loosening restrictions on various grooming and hairstyle rules, as service leaders try to address longstanding complaints, particularly from women. The changes, which also expand allowances for earrings and hair highlights and dyes, are particularly responsive to women of various ethnicities, and will allow greater flexibility for braids, twists, cornrows and other styles more natural for their hair.

The new regulations take effect in late February and come after months of study, in the wake of a directive by former Defense Secretary Mark Esper, who ordered a new review of military hairstyle and grooming policies last July. The review was part of a broader order to expand diversity within the military and reduce prejudice, in the wake of widespread protests about racial inequality last summer.

“These aren’t about male and female,” said Sgt. Maj. Michael Grinston, the Army’s top enlisted leader during a Facebook Live presentation on Tuesday about the latest changes. “This is about an Army standard and how we move forward with the Army, and being a more diverse, inclusive team.”

The Army announcement has been long-planned, but it came just days after the Pentagon’s first Black defense secretary — Lloyd Austin — took over. Austin has vowed to try to root out racism and extremism in the ranks and foster more inclusion. Esper and many of the service leaders have also been taking steps to make the military more diverse, particularly in the higher ranks.

As an example, Esper last summer ordered that service members’ photos no longer be provided to promotion boards. Officials said studies showed that when photos are not included “the outcomes for minorities and women improved.”

On Tuesday, Army Sgt. Maj. Brian Sanders told reporters that the panel recommending the new grooming changes considered a variety of factors, including cultural, health and safety issues. He said the tight hair buns previously required by the Army can trigger hair loss and other scalp problems for some women. And larger buns needed to accommodate thick or longer hair, can make a combat helmet fit badly and potentially impair good vision.

At the same time, he said that changes, like allowing women in combat uniforms to wear earrings such as small gold, silver and diamond studs, let them “feel like a woman inside and outside of uniform.”

He added, “At the end of the day, our women are mothers, they’re spouses, they’re sisters, they definitely want to be able to maintain their identity and that’s what we want to get after.”

In many cases — such as the earrings — the changes simply let female soldiers wear jewelry or hairstyles that are already allowed in more formal, dress uniforms, but were not allowed in their daily combat uniforms.

Army leaders said women will now be able to wear their hair in a long ponytail or braid and tuck it under their shirt. Sanders said that allowing that gives female soldiers, particularly pilots or troops at a firing range, greater ability to turn their head quickly, without the restraints that the buns created.

The new regulations also allow the exact opposite. Female soldiers going through Ranger or special operations training get their heads shaved, like male soldiers do. But when they leave training, their hair is too short, based on the Army’s previous minimum length requirements. Now there will be no minimum length rules.

For men, however, the perennial request to allow beards is still a no-go.

Grinston’s answer to the question from the online audience was short and direct: “No.” He noted that the Army already makes exceptions for medical and religious reasons.

Also, male soldiers still can’t wear earrings.

The new lipstick and nail polish rules, however, allow men to wear clear polish, and allow colors for women, but prohibit “extreme” shades, such as purple, blue, black and “fire engine” red. Men will also be able to dye their hair, but the colors for both genders are limited to “natural” shades. Prohibited colors include blue, purple, pink, green, orange or neon.

In another sign of the times, the new rules state that soldiers will now automatically receive black and coyote-colored face masks. They are also permitted to wear camouflage colored masks, but have to buy those themselves.

The Army also is taking steps to change wording in the regulations to remove racist or insensitive descriptions. References to “Fu Manchu” mustache and “Mohawk” hairstyle have been removed, and replaced with more detailed descriptions of the still-banned styles.

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Terrorism Didn’t Motivate Fatal Portland, Oregon Car Attack: Police

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Investigators have found no evidence that terrorism, politics or any bias motivated a driver who repeatedly drove into people along streets and sidewalks in Portland, Oregon, killing a 77-year-old woman and injuring nine other people, police said Tuesday.

The driver, whose name has not been released, was hospitalized and was expected to be booked into jail afterward, the Portland Police Bureau said in a news release. Police didn’t give the man’s condition or say why he is in a hospital.

He’s accused of striking the woman, who was dragged a short distance beneath the wheels of a small SUV, and then continuing to drive, hitting other people and vehicles. After the driver fled on foot, neighbors surrounded him until police arrived.

The woman, who died at a hospital, was identified as Jean Gerich of Portland, police said. The Oregon State Medical Examiner determined she died of blunt force trauma and ruled her death a homicide, according to police.

“Detectives did not find evidence that this was an act of terrorism. Detectives did not find bias indicators, nor do they believe this is politically motivated,” police said. “Detectives say that the driver’s actions did show intent to hit and injure people.”