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Mass GOP Exodus: Alabama US Senator Becomes Fourth to Announce Retirement

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The mass exodus of Republicans from the U.S. Senate continues, with Richard Shelby of Alabama announcing Monday his retirement at the end of his term, the fourth in the GOP caucus to do so so far.

“Today I announce that I will not seek a seventh term in the United States Senate in 2022. For everything, there is a season,” Shelby said in a statement, as The Washington Post reports. “I am grateful to the people of Alabama who have put their trust in me for more than forty years. I have been fortunate to serve in the U.S. Senate longer than any other Alabamian.”

Republican Senator Shelby, now a hard-core conservative, was first Democratic Congressman Shelby in 1978. In 1986 he ran for and won a seat in the Senate, and in 1994 became a Republican.

Shelby has a virulently anti-LGBTQ record. He voted for a constitutional ban of same-sex marriage and for the unconstitutional federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA.) He also voted against adding sexual orientation to the definition of hate crimes and no on expanding hate crimes to include sexual orientation.

Most recently, Shelby voted against Pete Buttigieg’s confirmation as Transportation Secretary.

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Fox Fires Reporter Who Declared On-Air She Was Being ‘Muzzled’ by Her Bosses: Report

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Fox 26 Houston reporter Ivory Hecker announced Tuesday she has been fired after announcing live on-air during an on-scene segment that her bosses had been “muzzling” her and she had given secretly recorded audio and video to the discredited far right wing activists at Project Veritas.

“Before we get to that story, I want to let you, the viewers, know that Fox Corp. has been muzzling me to keep certain information from you, the viewers,” Hecker said on-camera Monday during her report (video below). “And from what I’m gathering, I am not the only reporter being subjected to this.”

The Daily Beast reports that in a phone call with Hecker “she said that she had just been terminated by the Fox outlet.”

But Hecker seems glad to go.

“I have been longing to part ways with this strange, slightly unhinged corporation since last August when I realized what they were,” she told The Daily Beast. “The piece with Project Veritas doesn’t touch what they did. Fox 26 knows I’m fearless.”

She added: “I have zero interest in working for another corporation. They all toe the same line.”

It’s unclear what “line” that is but it would seem she would have been more comfortable at another “unhinged corporation,” possibly OANN.

Here’s Hecker’s report from Monday.

 

 

 

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Trump-Loving MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell Kicked Out of GOP Governors Event

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The Donald Trump-loving MyPillow CEO got thrown out of a meeting of the Republican Governors Association.

Mike Lindell told Politico he flew to Tennessee to attend the three-day meeting starting Tuesday, but an event coordinator told him after gathering his credential at Nashville’s JW Marriott Hotel that he wasn’t allowed at any official RGA events.

“These events are for RGA members, and Mike Lindell is not currently an RGA member,” an RGA official told the website.

The RGA official explained Lindell tried to join a group of members riding out to the Governor’s Mansion but was denied.

Earlier that day Lindell told Steve Bannon’s radio show that he intended to confront Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp and Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, RGA’s chair, about alleged election fraud in their states, although GOP officials and others in both states have found no evidence to back up those claims.

Lindell attended last year’s meeting, where some GOP governors and Trump encouraged him to run for Minnesota’s governor.

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Trump Will ‘Definitely’ Be Indicted ‘Before Summer’s End’ – According to His Former Fixer

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According to reports this Tuesday, New York Attorney General announced that her office is now pursuing a criminal line of inquiry into the Trump Organization. Speaking to the New York Daily News, former Trump lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen suggested that the potential for Donald Trump to be jailed is even greater now.

“Now that you see the New York District Attorney and the Attorney General’s offices working in concert, I do believe that indictments will be issued shortly, and definitely before summer’s end,” Cohen told The Daily News on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, Cohen tweeted an image of Trump behind bars.

According to Trump, the whole effort is a “witch hunt.”

“The Attorney General of New York literally campaigned on prosecuting Donald Trump even before she knew anything about me. She said that if elected, she would use her office to look into ‘every aspect’ of my real estate dealings,” Trump said in a statement. “Likewise, the District Attorney’s office has been going after me for years based on a lying, discredited low life, who was not listened to or given credibility by other prosecutorial offices, and sentenced to 3 years in prison for lying and other events unrelated to me.”

 

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