On Monday, the House select committee investigating the January 6 attack on the US Capitol subpoenaed conspiracy theorist and Infowars host Alex Jones and longtime Trump adviser Roger Stone. The panel also issued subpoenas Monday for a current spokesperson for former President Donald Trump, Taylor Budowich, and for a couple who helped organize a January […]
Author: Daniel Friedman
Kyle Rittenhouse Didn’t Break the Law. That’s Terrifying.
Kyle Rittenhouse and Gaige Grosskreutz—two young men who were both foolishly armed—faced off, for a split second, in the middle of a street in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on August 25, 2020, Wild West style. Then Grosskreutz, who was 26 and a veteran of Black Lives Matter protests, lifted a loaded Glock pistol, briefly pointing it toward […]
The “QAnon Shaman” Gets 41 Months in Prison
Jacob Chansley, the “QAnon Shaman” who became the image of the January 6 Capitol riot, got 41 months in prison on Wednesday, one of the longest sentences handed out to defendants facing charges for their actions that day. Chansley, 34, entered the Capitol and the Senate chamber on January 6, shirtless, tattooed, and wearing a […]
13 Top Trump Officials Who Conducted Illegal Political Activity Face No Consequences
Thirteen top Trump administration officials broke a law restricting partisan political activity by federal employees, but they will face no legal consequences, a federal watchdog agency said in a report released on Tuesday. In a 59-page report, the Office of Special Counsel, or OSC, a small agency that enforces federal workplace laws, said that the […]
One Year Ago, Biden Won. Republicans Still Won’t Accept It.
It may not feel like it, but Sunday marks one year since the Associated Press called Pennsylvania and the 2020 presidential election for Joe Biden. Late morning on November 7, 2020, the AP’s call launched celebrations around the country by Americans relieved at Donald Trump’s ouster from the White House, even though the wire service’s proclamation […]
We Lost a Champion of Gun Safety Last Week
Mark Glaze, a prominent gun control advocate, died last week, leaving a country wracked by gun violence without one of its most effective advocates for fighting it. Glaze was born in 1970 in Pueblo, Colorado. He attended Colorado College and then George Washington University Law School, and later worked at the D.C.-based political affairs firm […]
Progressives Helped Biden Pass His Infrastructure Bill. But They Gave Up Their Leverage.
House progressives backed down on Friday, giving President Joe Biden a chance to claim a win—even as his party’s hopes of enacting a broader agenda wobbled. The hostage is released. In remarks Saturday morning, Biden said that the infrastructure bill will create millions of jobs. “Yesterday we took a monumental step forward as a nation,” he […]
Trump Ukraine Conspirator Thought Going Public Might Help Him in Court. He Was Wrong.
Looking back, following the Michael Cohen model might not have been a great approach for Lev Parnas. Parnas, the former friend, client, and globetrotting assistant to Rudy Giuliani, was convicted Friday afternoon on six felony counts related to campaign finance schemes aimed at buying influence with Republican lawmakers, including former President Donald Trump. Those charges […]
Steve Bannon Doesn’t Want to Testify. We Already Know What He Did.
The House of Representatives voted 229-202 on Thursday to hold Steve Bannon in contempt of Congress for refusing to comply with a subpoena from the Select Committee investigating the January 6 attack on the Capitol, raising the question of whether the Justice Department will prosecute Bannon over his action or leave Congress to spend what […]
Ammon Bundy Faulted Trump. Now He’s Touting an Endorsement From One of Trump’s Most Loyal Advisers.
Anti-government extremist Ammon Bundy, who is running for governor in Idaho, is celebrating an endorsement from longtime Trump adviser Roger Stone—a step that unites what might seem like disparate strands of the American right. “He is a renowned infighter, a seasoned practitioner of hard-edge politics, a veteran strategist and a political fixer,” Bundy said in […]