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Nicolle Wallace Blasts GOP Insurgents: ‘The Only Other People Cheering’ Derailing of Speaker Election ‘Live in Moscow’



MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace denounced the Republicans who are holding up the work of the House of Representatives by refusing to elect a Speaker, linked their efforts to the January 6, 2021 insurrection, and ostensibly likened them to Vladimir Putin.

Speaking on “Deadline: White House” about how House Republicans and especially the “Never Kevin” caucus are blocking the election for Speaker, Wallace said, “I do believe that we shouldn’t cover it as chaos, or a blip.”

“This was the plan all along,” she said of Lauren Boebert, Matt Gaetz, and their cohorts in the House. “This is what they wanted the world to see. And that’s sick. I’m sure the only other people cheering what America looks like right now live in Moscow. But the idea that there’s something that will culminate in governing again, seems like, we should abandon that.”

Wallace’s condemnation was not lost on her guest, fellow MSNBC anchor Alicia Menendez.

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Wallace had been talking about the January 6, 2021 insurrection minutes earlier, and agreed with Menendez that blocking of the election of a Speaker is linked to the insurrection.

“The reason I’m happy that you’re talking about the 6th is they’re all connected,” Menendez said

“These are two wild days,” Wallace noted as they waited for the final tally of the ninth vote, which was clearly not going to grant McCarthy the Speaker’s gavel.

“There are multiple ways to undermine democracy,” Menendez continued. “You undermine democracy by attempting to steal a fair and free election, you can undermine democracy with a violent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. You can also undermine democracy by saying, ‘this is an institution that has functioned in a certain way for a certain period of time and we are going to pull apart at the functioning of that because we are not fundamentally interested in it.’ I mean, they are not disparate things. They’re all connected.”

Wallace agreed, adding, “it’s why I keep coming back to appeasement. Kevin McCarthy knew that.”

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“The argument Kevin McCarthy, and frankly, Sean Hannity’s making right now is, you know, the 10% don’t have the right to overrule the 90%. Well, how about the majority of Americans voted for Joe Biden? They didn’t deserve to have their votes, discounted either.”

Menendez noted that House Republicans “did not come back from these midterm elections saying, ‘Oh, we got to get our acts together.'”

“One of our theories has been either there would be you know, legal accountability and we would see that and that would somehow be a change of course or that we would see electoral accountability – we saw electoral accountability and that was not enough for them.”

The House is now on the tenth vote for Speaker, and McCarthy appears to have lost that one as well. An eleventh vote later Thursday is possible..


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Tennessee Governor Slammed After ‘Praying’ for Nashville School Community Without Mentioning Mass Shooting



Governor Bill Lee quickly drew tremendous outrage in the wake of a school mass shooting where six people including three young children were shot to death. Social media users criticized the Tennessee Republican, who had signed a permit-less gun carry law, for declaring he was “praying for the school, congregation & Nashville community,” without posting any mention of the mass shooting.

Tweeting he was “closely monitoring the tragic situation at Covenant,” Gov. Lee said, “As we continue to respond, please join us in praying for the school, congregation & Nashville community.”

There was no mention of any loss of life, and, as Moms Demand Action founder Shannon Watts passionately noted, the “situation” was a mass shooting.

“If thoughts and prayers alone worked to stop gun violence, there wouldn’t have been a shooting at a Christian elementary school. It’s your actions – including weakening the state’s gun laws – that’s killing kids in Tennessee,” Watts also tweeted. “SHAME ON YOU.”

Gov. Lee signed a permit-less carry bill into law in 2021, at a Beretta gun manufacturing plant.

According to the CDC, as of 2020 – one year before the permit-less carry bill was signed into law – Tennessee ranked tenth in the nation in per-capita firearm mortality.

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Meanwhile, others took notice of the gun culture Gov. Lee has fostered in “The Volunteer State.”

MSNBC analyst and Bulwark writer Tim Miller commented, “Tennessee governor Bill Lee issued a statement recently about how the drag ban in Tennessee ‘protects children.’ If only he would have instead focused on laws that might have prevented the mass murder of children in his state today.”

Historian Kevin Kruse pointed to an article from last year, after the Uvalde, Texas school shooting, titled: “Rep. Clemmons Seeks Renewed Gun Laws, Gov. Lee Requests Prayer.”

“You chose prayer over gun reforms last year after the Uvalde massacre,” Kruse wrote. “And now here we are.”

The progressive website Tennessee Holler pointed out that Gov. Lee, along with GOP lawmakers, “just appointed Jordan Mollenhour to the [state] board of education— whose company was sued for selling ammo to an underage mass killer (SANTA FE) and sold ammo to at least one more (AURORA) He has ZERO education experience.”

Let’s Give a Damn founder Nick Laparra tweeted, “We are 86 days into 2023. So far, 9859 people have died by gun violence and there have been 128 mass shootings. Meanwhile, @GovBillLee spends his days being outraged over drag queens and CRT and book bans. This is Bill Lee’s and the GOP’s fault.”

See the tweets and video above or at this link.

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Mystery Grand Jury Witness in Trump Hush Money Probe Is Former ‘Enquirer’ Publisher and Trump Ally



Avid followers of the Manhattan District Attorney’s moves noted the grand jury had been called into service for Monday, and soon news leaked that yet another witness would be testifying in the probe into Donald Trump’s alleged hush money payment to Stormy Daniels.

Monday afternoon, NBC News’ Garrett Haake reported live on MSNBC that the mystery witness was David Pecker, the former tabloid publisher of the “National Enquirer,” who reportedly had been looking for stories in 2016 to protect Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. Haake notes Monday was Pecker’s second appearance before the grand jury in the hush money case.

The New York Times also reported David Pecker as the grand jury witness, calling Pecker “a key player in the hush-money matter. He and the tabloid’s top editor helped broker the deal between the porn star, Stormy Daniels, and Michael D. Cohen, Mr. Trump’s fixer at the time.”

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“While the focus of Mr. Pecker’s testimony is unclear, he could provide valuable information for prosecutors. A longtime ally of Mr. Trump, he agreed to keep an eye out for potentially damaging stories about Mr. Trump during the 2016 campaign,” The Times reports. “For a brief time in October 2016, Ms. Daniels appeared to have just that kind of story. Her agent and lawyer discussed the possibility of selling exclusive rights to her story of a sexual encounter with Mr. Trump to The National Enquirer, which would then promise to never publish it, a practice known as ‘catch and kill.'”

Former Deputy Assistant Attorney General Harry Litman weighed in, noting, “nothing about that decision [to have Pecker testify] suggests any change of heart on Bragg’s part to indict Trump.”

Former Dept. of Defense Special Counsel Ryan Goodman, an NYU professor of law, notes that Pecker’s “testimony can show the [hush money] scheme was designed to affect outcome of election.”

“He reportedly communicated directly with Trump on payment,” Goodman adds.

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‘Our Children Deserve Better’: First Lady Jill Biden Speaks Out After Six Die in Nashville School Mass Shooting



First Lady Dr. Jill Biden, speaking Monday afternoon at a National League of Cities conference, told attendees, “Our children deserve better,” as she broke the news of the Nashville school mass shooting at Covenant Presbyterian School where three children and three adults were shot dead.

“You know,” Dr. Biden, herself an educator and clearly pained by the news, began her remarks by saying, “I hate to say what I’m gonna say next because you know you’re so enthusiastic and with so much energy and hope and I feel it.”

“But while you’ve been in this room, I don’t know whether you’ve been on your phones but we just learned about another shooting in Tennessee, a school shooting and I am truly without words and our children deserve better, and we stand – all of us – we stand with Nashville in prayer.”

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The First Lady, a former public high school English teacher and currently a professor of English at a community college, was speaking at the organization’s Congressional City Conference.

Watch Dr. Biden below or at this link.

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