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Gov. Pat McCrory Taps Conservative Super-Lawyer Paul Clement to Appeal NC Voter ID Ruling

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State Files ‘Emergency’ Appeal to US Supreme Court in Bid to Salvage Racist North Carolina Voter Id Laws

Seventeen days after a federal appeals court struck down North Carolina‘s racist voter ID law, state officials filed an emergency brief with the U.S. Supreme Court to have portions of the law reinstated. The court ruled North Carolina lawmakers had passed it “with racially discriminatory intent.”

Considering the clear message from the court that the law disproportionately and directly targeted voters based on race, the swing state faces a steep challenge if it is to prevail in a post-Scalia court. Determined to see at least some part of the law survive prior to Election Day, the state has turned to the one man who might possibly be able to take on the Supreme Court: Paul Clement (photo).

Former solicitor general during the Bush administration, and current professor at Georgetown Law School, Clement has spent much of the Obama administration working with conservatives on several prominent Supreme Court cases, including arguing in favor of overturning the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), fighting to preserve the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), and helping Arizona defend its controversial immigration law. Clement won the Hobby Lobby case at the Supreme Court for religious conservatives.

In short, Clement is Gov. Pat McCrory’s only hope.

Clement’s assistance doesn’t come cheap. According to some estimates, Clement can charge as much as $1,350 an hour for his esteemed services, though he offered a generous discount of $520 an hour to help then-Speaker John Boehner defend DOMA. In any case, taxpayers in North Carolina are likely to face substantial bill as North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory fights to restrict voting rights in his state. And that’s on top of the $5 million North Carolina taxpayer have already shelled out to defend the racist voter ID law.

Clement has a difficult fight on his hands. Saying that the provisions “target African Americans with almost surgical precision,” a three judge panel in 4th Circuit Court of Appeals called out what they considered a direct attempt to suppress African-American voter turnout.

“We cannot ignore the record evidence that, because of race, the legislature enacted one of the largest restrictions of the franchise in modern North Carolina history,” the panel wrote. 

In related news, Texas is appealing a similar ruling from the 5th Circuit striking down its voter ID law — considered even more strict than North Carolina’s. 

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1/6 Committee Issues Subpoena With Damning Revelation About Trump’s Focus to Former White House Spokesperson

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A top Trump White House spokesperson who pushed the “Big Lie” and reportedly has “firsthand knowledge” of then-President Donald Trump’s behavior on the day before and day of the insurrection has been subpoenaed by the House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack.

Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-MS), who earlier Friday issued subpoenas to 14 Republicans believed to have submitted false and forged Electoral College claims, has sent a subpoena to former Deputy White House Press Secretary Judd Deere, CNN reports.

The Committee indicated to Deere it wants to focus on the day before the attempted coup, and “specifically said it wanted to speak with him about the January 5 staff meeting in the Oval Office with the President.”

In a damning revelation, Chairman Thompson’s letter “said it had obtained information that Trump repeatedly asked in the meeting: ‘What are your ideas for getting the RINOs to do the right thing tomorrow? How do we convince Congress?'”

U.S. Rep. Pete Aguilar (D-CA), who sits on the January 6 Committee, Friday evening told CNN, the Committee thinks Deere “had a hand in formulating the strategy and some of the media discussions on the day of Jan. 6 and the president’s response.”

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Watch: Anti-Vaxx ‘Expert’ Claims COVID-19 Vaccines Will Turn People Into ‘Transhumanist Cyborgs’ Controlled by 5G

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Sherri Tenpenny is an influential religious-right anti-vaccine activist who has testified before the Ohio state House, appeared on Charlie Kirk’s podcast, and been a speaker at multiple ReAwaken America events, where she has shared the stage with the likes of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, Eric Trump, Mike Lindell, Michael Flynn, Roger Stone, and Alex Jones.

Despite the fact that Tenpenny is an osteopathic doctor with no expertise on vaccines, she regularly appears on right-wing programs where she spreads wild conspiracy theories about COVID-19 vaccines.

Recently, she has begun to claim that COVID-19 vaccines are designed to create “quantum entanglement” between those who take them and the internet in an effort to turn humanity into “transhumanist cyborgs.”

“The stated goal is to depopulate the planet and the ones that are left, either make them chronically sick or turn them into transhumanist cyborgs that can be manipulated externally by 5G, by magnets, by all sorts of things,” Tenpenny said during an appearance on “The Stew Peters Show” Thursday night. “I got dragged through the mud by the mainstream media when I said that in May of last year in front of the House committee in Columbus, [Ohio]. Well, guess what? It’s all true.”

“The whole issue of quantum entanglement and what the shots do in terms of the frequencies and the electronic frequencies that come inside of your body and hook you up to the ‘Internet of Things,’ the quantum entanglement that happens immediately after you’re injected,” she continued. “You get hooked up to what they’re trying to develop. It’s called the hive mind, and they want all of us there as a node and as an electronic avatar that is an exact replica of us except it’s an electronic replica, it’s not our God given body that we were born with. And all of that will be running through the metaverse that they’re talking about. All of these things are real, Stew. All of them. And it’s happening right now. It’s not some science fiction thing happening out in the future; it’s happening right now in real time.”

 

This article was originally published by Right Wing Watch and is republished here by permission.

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1/6 Committee Subpoenas 14 Republicans Who Allegedly Submitted Forged Electoral Certificates

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Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-MS) Friday afternoon announced the House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack has issued subpoenas to 14 Republicans from seven states who submitted the forged and “bogus” Electoral College certificates falsely claiming Donald Trump and not Joe Biden won the 2020 presidential election in their states.

The Chairman appeared to suggest the existence of a conspiracy as well, noting the “the planning and coordination of efforts,” saying “these so-called alternate electors met,” and may know “who was behind that scheme.”

He adds that “groups of individuals met on December 14th, 2020 in seven states carried by President Biden.”

“The so-called alternate electors from those states then transmitted the purported Electoral-College certificates to Congress, which multiple people advising former President Trump or his campaign used to justify delaying or blocking the certification of the election during the Joint Session of Congress on January 6th, 2021.”

Some legal experts have said their actions may constitute a felony.

 

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