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UPDATED: Planned Parenthood Terror Attack Suspect Told Police ‘No More Baby Parts’

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Robert Lewis Dear reportedly told police after he allegedly killed three people during Friday’s attack on Planned Parenthood, “no more baby parts.”

Robert Lewis Dear, the man believed to have shot up a Colorado Planned Parenthood Friday in a terror attack that left three dead reportedly told police, “no more baby parts,” NBC News reports Saturday night.

For months, Republicans have been promoting a set of surreptitiously recorded and deceptively edited videos falsely claiming Planned Parenthood has been selling baby parts, an illegal and despicable act. The graphic videos, which have been thoroughly debunked, were “years in the making” and strategically dribbled out to the press, intentionally prolonging their presence in the media and the national conversation after months of planning with conservative congressional offices and anti-abortion lobbyists. Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina falsely claimed onstage during a GOP debate that she had seen a graphic video that does not exist. 

“I dare Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama to watch these tapes,” Fiorina said onstage. “Watch a fully formed fetus on the table, its heart beating, its legs kicking, while someone says, ‘We have to keep it alive to harvest its brain,'” a statement deemed a lie and untrue by many in the media.

NBC News reports Dear’s statement of “no more baby parts” was made “in reference to Planned Parenthood, according to two law enforcement sources with knowledge of the case.”

For months all summer long, the fraudulent videos were the subject of news reports, especially on Fox News, where they were often presented as legitimate, leading many on the right to believe Planned Parenthood to be a purveyor of aborted baby parts. At least seven state level investigations into the allegations, even by GOP governors, uncovered exactly zero evidence of wrongdoing by Planned Parenthood. A GOP led U.S. House of Representatives Committee also found no wrongdoing by Planned Parenthood, and yet Republican governors have, at times illegally, cut funding from Planned Parenthood, citing the videos.

NBC notes their sources “stressed that Dear said many things to law enforcement and the extent to which the ‘baby parts’ remark played into any decision to target the Planned Parenthood office was not yet clear. He also mentioned President Barack Obama in statements.”

Texas Tea Party U.S. Senator and GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz earlier this week toted the endorsement of Troy Newman, an anti-abortion activist who sits on the board of the group behind the Planned Parenthood videos. Newman has argued killing doctors who perform abortions should be justifiable homicide.

NCRM reported earlier Saturday that a Buzzfeed report found a neighbor of Dear said the suspect had handed out anti-Obama pamphlets, thought President Obama was ruining America and should be impeached.

UPDATE: 9:35 PM EST –
The Washington Post cites a law enforcement official who says the attack on the Planned Parenthood clinic was “definitely politically motivated.’’

 

Image: Colorado Springs Police Department/Facebook

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4 Top Trump-Supporting House Republicans ‘Demanding Answers’ on ‘Treatment’ of January 6 ‘Prisoners’

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The U.S. Dept.  of Justice arrested and charged over 500 people who attacked the U.S. Capitol on January 6, many in a coordinated effort to overturn a free and fair election. DOJ expects to charge about 100 others as well.

“The investigation and prosecution of the Capitol Attack will likely be one of the largest in American history, both in terms of the number of defendants prosecuted and the nature and volume of the evidence,” the U.S. attorney’s office in D.C. wrote in March, when the list of people to be charged was estimated at about 400, The Washington Post reported at the time.

On Tuesday, as the newly-minted U.S. House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack launches, holding its first day of events, four far right wing House Republicans – some of whom has been linked to white nationalists – will be holding a different type of event.

Instead of working to uncover and piece together all the information about what happened on Jan. 6, including what led up to the attempted coup, four GOP representatives – Matt Gaetz, Louie Gohmert, Paul Gosar, Marjorie Taylor Greene – will hold a press conference on the “treatment” of the January 6 “prisoners,” suggesting they are “political prisoners,” which is false.

The four extremists will hold that press conference Tuesday at 1 PM, “demanding answers on the treatment of Jan. 6 prisoners” from Attorney General Merrick Garland, per a press release.

“This is taking place on the same day as the Jan. 6 select committee’s first hearing,” Forbes’ Andrew Solender reports. House Republican Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy “is also holding a presser ahead of that to counterprogram.”

“The lawmakers have all pushed a baseless conspiracy theory that federal agents were behind the attack, with Gosar also casting slain rioter Ashli Babbitt – who was shot by law enforcement while trying to breach the House chamber – as a martyr,” Solender says in a Forbes article.

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‘Groveling Before White Supremacists’: GOP Senate Candidate Slammed for ‘Going Fully Anti-Semitic’

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A Republican candidate for the seat currently held by retiring U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) was both criticized for antisemitism and mocked for accidentally yet accurately linking extremism with conservatism on Monday.

Venture capitalist J.D. Vance, whose former boss, billionaire PayPal cofounder Peter Thiel has invested $10 million in a PAC supporting him, posted the strange tweet attacking the Anti-Defamation League. The ADL is a civil rights organization dedicated to “monitoring, tracking and responding to antisemitism in the United States.” Vance is the author of “Hillbilly Elegy.”

He retweeted this post from disclose.tv and called the ADL “a joke of an organization that just goes after conservatives.”

Some slammed Vance’s tweet as antisemitic:

Others just mocked him for accidentally speaking the truth about “extremist and hate movements.”

 

 

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Psaki Forced to Explain COVID Basics to Fox News Reporter Asking ‘Whose Fault’ Is It Pandemic Cases Spiking

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White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki on Monday was forced to explain the basics of the coronavirus pandemic to Fox News reporter Peter Doocy after he tried to blame the increase in COVID-19 cases on President Joe Biden, bt asking, “whose fault” is it that the numbers are “going in the wrong direction.”

Naturally, the answer is those who could be vaccinated yet are still refusing to do so.

“On COVID Dr. Fauci says we’re going in the wrong direction. Whose fault is that?” Doocy asked.

“Well,” Psaki replied, “I would say first what he was referring to is the fact that because there are still a large population of people in this country who were unvaccinated. And we have the most transmissible variants that we’ve seen since the beginning of the pandemic that more people are getting sick with COVID, and that’s not, those numbers are not moving in the right direction. I think that’s accurate and you can see it by data.”

Doocy works for one of the top conservative cable channels that possibly has spread more coronavirus and vaccine disinformation than almost any other.

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