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    President Joe Biden will make a speech Wednesday night on the threats to democracy as he makes the case for Democrats heading into next week's midterm election. Biden will speak at 7 pm ET from Capitol Hill, the site of the January 6th insurrection where Donald Trump supporters tried to stop the certification of the 2020 election results. The speech will be at the Columbus Club in Union Station, a few blocks from the Capitol building. He will address the 'threat of election deniers and those who seek to undermine faith in voting and democracy; and the stakes for our democracy in next week's election,' the Democratic National Committee said of his remarks. President Joe Biden will make a speech Wednesday night on the threats to democracy 'He'll be making this speech from Capitol Hill…because on January 6th we saw violence geared towards subverting Democratic processes there. So it is an appropriate place to make these remarks tonight,' White House adviser Anita Dunn told an Axios panel. She said the president 'will be very clear tonight that he is speaking to...
    After months of calling out progressives for their perceived missteps, liberal commentator Bill Maher has returned to form and sharply criticized the Republican Party, arguing that conservatives are abandoning their commitment to democracy. In the new episode of his HBO show Real Time on Friday, Maher argued that restrictive new voting laws, bitter acrimony over the 2020 election, and the US Capitol riot show that the GOP is willing to abandon democratic principles.  'Now many Republicans have decided that democracy is what's wrong with America,' Maher said in a monologue. 'That is pretty much the position of the Republican Party now, that you can vote for anyone you like, but it doesn't count if it's not us. Heads we win, tails we coup,' he added. Bill Maher has returned to form and sharply criticized the Republican Party, arguing that conservatives are abandoning their commitment to democracy Trump is seen at a rally in Ohio on Saturday to endorse JD Vance RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Donald Trump heads to Ohio to rally supporters for...
    Nearly 40% of Americans say they have lost faith in democracy, a new poll shows. The Axios-Momentive poll, released Wednesday, found that 47% of Republicans and 28% of Democrats say they no longer have faith, while 10% said they never had any faith and 49% said they still do. A similar survey released Tuesday found that over 80% of Americans were worried about the future of democracy in the United States, including majorities in both major political parties. Though Republicans were more likely than Democrats to say they have lost faith in democracy, they were also more likely to say that their faith depended on who was in office. The Axios survey comes a day before the anniversary of the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, where supporters of former President Donald Trump stormed the building in an attempt to block Congress from certifying President Joe Biden’s victory. Pro-Trump supporters storm the U.S. Capitol following a rally with then-President Donald Trump on January 6, 2021. (Samuel Corum/Getty Images) Despite the fact that no evidence has emerged to support Trump’s claims that the...
    LONDON (AP) — The Sept. 11 attackers failed in their aim of making people in open societies live in “permanent fear,” British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said as he marked the 20th anniversary of 9/11. In a video message due to be played at a ceremony on Saturday, Johnson said the U.S. was “the world’s greatest democracy,” and it was a reflection of its openness that “people of almost every nationality and religion” were among almost 3,000 people killed in the attacks. Sixty-seven British nationals were among those killed when hijacked planes crashed into New York’s World Trade Centre, the Pentagon in Washington and a field in Pennsylvania. Johnson said the attackers “tried to destroy the faith of free peoples everywhere in the open societies which terrorists despise and which we cherish” — and failed. “But while the terrorists imposed their burden of grief and suffering, and while the threat persists today, we can now say with the perspective of 20 years that they failed to shake our belief in freedom and democracy; they failed to drive our nations apart,...
    The first witnesses in the House select committee's investigation of the Jan. 6 Capitol attack last week were clear about what its goals ought to be. Officer Harry Dunn put it most bluntly: "Get to the bottom of what happened. "If a hit man is hired and he kills somebody, [the] hitman goes to jail. But not only does the hitman go to jail, but the person who hired him does. There was an attack carried out on Jan. 6, and a hitman sent them. I want you to get to the bottom of that." The others agreed. "We do need to get to the bottom of it," Sgt. Aquilino Gonell echoed. "Who incited, who brought those people here." "That is what I am looking for, is an investigation into those actions and activities which may have resulted in the events of Jan. 6," said Officer Michael Fanone. "And also whether there was collaboration between those members, their staff and these terrorists." "Fanone hit the nail on the head there," Officer Daniel Hodges followed up. "I need you...
    CHINA has accused the US of "slaughtering" black people and said Americans have "little faith" in democracy during ill-tempered talks. The two nations met face-to-face in Anchorage, Alaska, on Thursday evening for the first time since President Joe Biden took office. 7Secretary of State Antony Blinken (second from right) and national security adviser Jake Sullivan met with Chinese Communist Party foreign affairs chief Yang Jiechi and China's State Councilor Wang Yi on ThursdayCredit: AP:Associated Press 7Yang Jiechi (center) accused the US of 'slaughtering' black people and said the country has 'deep-seated' issues of racismCredit: AP:Associated Press But any hopes that bilateral relations could be reset after years of trade wars and tensions over cyber security during Donald Trump's presidency were quickly stamped out. US secretary of state, Antony Blinken, and national security adviser, Jake Sullivan, opening the meeting by referring to concerns over Beijing's human rights record. China's top foreign affairs official, Yang Jiechi, thunderously responded by accusing the US of its own human rights violations. “We hope that United States will do better on human rights," Yang said...
    (CNN)Amazingly, the 2020 election is not yet over. There is still a disputed congressional election from Iowa that is making its way through Congress. Although every valid vote should count, the continuing contest shows once again the dangers of a political environment in which losing candidates refuse to accept defeat. The Iowa dispute involves a margin of just six votes, with 22 ballots in dispute. On November 30, state election officials certified Republican Mariannette Miller-Meeks as the winner over Democrat Rita Hart. Although Miller-Meeks was sworn in on January 3 (albeit "provisionally," pending the outcome of the contest), Hart continues to challenge the results. Joshua A. DouglasUnlike the presidential election, which President Joe Biden overwhelmingly won by tens of thousands of votes in several key swing states, the margin in this Iowa election is merely six votes out of just under 400,000 votes cast. And Hart's campaign claims that if election officials count the 22 disputed votes — which were not included due to various issues with the ballots — she will win by nine. So those ballots could decide...
    (CNN)Democrats muscled past unified Republican opposition, resolved their own last-minute identity crisis and are on the cusp of delivering a massive Covid relief bill that will put $1,400 checks in the pockets of millions of Americans, shore up unemployment for the millions still out of work and notch the first major legislative accomplishment of Joe Biden's presidency.After the Senate passed its version of Biden's $1.9 trillion Covid relief package on a party-line vote Saturday, it now heads back to the House, where the chamber will vote Tuesday to approve changes made in the Senate. Democratic leadership is banking on progressive House Democrats tolerating the revisions made in the Senate, like stripping out a provision to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour.Theres a race to pass the stimulus by March 14. Heres whats at stakeAssuming the House passes it -- likely also with a slim Democratic majority -- the bill then goes to Biden's desk for his signature. It's not the kind of governance Biden promised when he pleaded with Americans and lawmakers to try out unity and compromise...
    TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen reached out to the people of Hong Kong in a Lunar New Year message on Wednesday, telling them that while democracy is not perfect it is humankind's best system and they should keep the faith. Democratic Taiwan has become a safe haven for many Hong Kongers who have fled the Chinese-run city in the face of a mounting crackdown on dissent after Beijing unveiled a new tough security law last year following months of protests. Tsai and her government have offered strong support for the protesters, to the fury of Beijing, which considers Taiwan its own territory and has denounced the island for encouraging violence and criminality. In a message a day before Thursday's Lunar New Year eve, which starts the most important holiday in the Chinese-speaking world, Tsai expressed thanks to the "many friends who speak Cantonese" who follow her Facebook page, the language being Hong Kong's most widely spoken. "Please believe that although the democratic system is perhaps not perfect, it remains to date the best system for human society. Please...
    (CNN)Desperate, deluded and dangerous, President Donald Trump drove America deeper into a political abyss on Monday night in his zeal to steal an election he lost and to destroy faith in the democracy that fairly ejected him from office.The President spewed lies, conspiracy theories and nonsensically false claims of vote fraud before an angry crowd in Georgia on a trip scheduled to help two Republicans in toss up run-offs Tuesday set to seal the Senate balance of power.But as usual, and as it has been for the last four years, including during the fast-worsening pandemic that he ignored, the outgoing President's primary concern was himself."By the way, there is no way we lost Georgia, that was a rigged election," Trump said, in the first, inaccurate words out of his mouth after disembarking from his Marine One helicopter, before broadening his disinformation to the November 3 election as a whole."When you win in a landslide and they steal it and it's rigged, it is not acceptable," Trump said, in an embittered screed, rooted in false claims that he prevailed in an...
    Sen. Ron Johnson, fresh off his unexpected admission that Joe Biden won the election and is president-elect, went ahead with his previously planned hearing on supposed election irregularities. At the outset, Johnson claimed it was important because so many people don’t believe the election results are legitimate—as if he hadn’t played an active role in undermining confidence in the results.  Sen. Gary Peters, the top Democrat on the committee and a senator representing Michigan, one of the states whose results have come under specific attack, wasn’t having it. He opened with a strong condemnation of the entire hearing.  “The president and many of his supporters are, unfortunately, continuing their efforts to undermine the will of the people, disenfranchise voters, and sow the seeds of mistrust and discontent to further their partisan desire for power. Whether intended or not, this hearing gives a platform to conspiracy theories and lies and it’s a destructive exercise that has no place in the U.S. Senate,” Peters said, highlighting Biden’s 306 electoral votes, his historic popular vote total, and the growing, if reluctant, recognition among Republican lawmakers that Biden did...
    This is ultimately on him. Seventeen American states, all run by Republicans, have decided to join Texas in its seditious and frivolous quest to have the U.S. Supreme Court throw out the votes of 81,282,896 citizens and declare Donald Trump the winner of the 2020 election. Those states: Missouri, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, and West Virginia. All of these states gave their popular vote to Trump, though Joe Biden is receiving one electoral vote in Nebraska's split system. Each of these states is trying to get the justices to throw out all the votes in all of the states that Biden won, though the effort just names Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. In reality, they would have the Supreme Court nullify the the entire election. And they argue in exceedingly bad faith in their amicus brief. For example, they argue that Pennsylvania allowing ballots received after Election Day to be counted "created a post-election window of time during which nefarious actors could wait and see whether...
    A JUDGE slammed Republicans for trying to "undermine" the election and faith in democracy, as Michigan and Georgia officials on Monday tossed out two suits from lawyer Sidney Powell. The ruling came as Donald Trump and his campaign continue to try and fight the election results, as they make repeated claims of voter fraud. 8Former Trump attorney Sidney Powell (right) has filed 'Kraken' lawsuits as she and other Republicans try to fight the results of the electionCredit: AP:Associated Press 8Donald Trump has made repeated false claims that he won the electionCredit: AFP or licensors 8Joe Biden is projected to win with 306 electoral college votes compared to Trump's 232Credit: AFP or licensors Suits were filed by Powell – a former attorney for President Trump – in what she's dubbed the "Kraken". U.S. District Judge Linda Parker in Detroit and U.S. District Judge Timothy Batten in Atlanta both tossed out suits Monday, citing a lack of evidence as Trump supporters continue to try and baselessly claim the election was fraudulent, Reuters reported. Obama-appointed judge Parker of Michigan said the "ship has sailed,"...
    A federal judge in Michigan has issued yet another withering opinion dismissing an effort by legal allies of President Donald Trump to overturn millions of votes in battleground Michigan. In a 36-page ruling, federal Judge Linda V. Parker finds the suit filed by Sidney Powell as part of her 'Kraken' lawsuits, lacks standing, proposes a remedy it is far too late to enforce – and critically undermines 'faith in the democratic process.'    'For these reasons, the Court finds that Plaintiffs are far from likely to succeed in this matter,' she wrote in a scathing concluding passage. Lawyer Sidney Powell's (r) claim of election fraud in Michigan were taken down in a devastating opinion by a federal judge in Michigan. She is pictured with Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani, who has been hospitalized with the coronavirus 'In fact, this lawsuit seems to be less about achieving the relief Plaintiffs seek—as much of that relief is beyond the power of this Court— and more about the impact of their allegations on People’s faith in the democratic process and their trust in our government....
    Joe Scarborough spoke directly to Mitch McConnell Friday morning, making an impassionate plea for the Senate Majority Leader to speak out about the ongoing and baseless allegations of widespread voter fraud on behalf of President Donald Trump and his legal team. Previously, Scarborough has allowed McConnell and Trump’s surrogates time to look at voting irregularities, and allow states with very close election race to recount and confirm. In the Morning Joe host’s mind—and in the minds of most reasonable people also—that time has passed. “It’s what makes this so sick, Mitch,” Scarborough said while directly into the camera and using McConnell’s first name. “This isn’t about undermining Americans’ faith in Joe Biden, one man, one party. It’s about undermining America’s faith in democracy. In the rule of law. And that’s what you’re doing right now. The gig is up” “It’s time to tell the president that he and Rudy and their confederacy of dunces need to stop making fools of themselves and let the next commander in chief get ready to protect and defend this country,” Scarborough continued. “Let the next...
    (CNN)Young people are less satisfied with democracy and more disillusioned than at any other time in the past century, especially in Europe, North America, Africa and Australia, a study by the University of Cambridge has found.Millennials, or those born between 1981 and 1996, are more disillusioned than Generation X, those born between 1965 and 1981, or Baby Boomers born between 1944 and 1964 and the Interwar Generation of 1918-1943."Across the world, younger generations are not only more dissatisfied with democratic performance than the old, but also more discontented than previous generations at similar life stages," the Cambridge study found. UK accuses Russian intelligence agency of hacking 2020 OlympicsThe picture is bad in the United States, Brazil, Mexico, South Africa, France, Australia and the United Kingdom.But satisfaction has increased in Germany, South Korea and many of the post-Communist countries of Central and Eastern Europe.Read MoreThe main reason behind the disillusion with democracy among young people was inequality of wealth and income, the report said, citing figures showing that Millennials make up around a quarter of the US population but hold just...
    Young people are losing faith in democracy, a major study has found. In the 1990s and early 2000s nearly two thirds of under-35s believed in democracy, compared to just 48 per cent now. The Cambridge University study, published yesterday, was based on a survey of five million young people across 160 countries between the early 1970s and this year. The university’s Dr Roberto Foa said: ‘This is the first generation in living memory to have a global majority who are dissatisfied with the way democracy works while in their twenties and thirties. ‘Higher debt burdens, lower odds of owning a home, greater challenges in starting a family, and reliance upon inherited wealth to succeed are all contributors to youth discontent.’ The dramatic moment this summer that the statue of slave trader Edward Colston was pulled from its plinth in Bristol city centre, June 7, amid growing tensions about Britain's colonial past A bicycle is thrown at mounted police Police on horseback in London following a Black Lives Matter protest rally in Parliament Square. The protest was held in...
    During an interview with Charlotte’s WSOC on Friday, 2020 Democratic vice presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) stated that she has “great faith” in the United States Postal Service’s ability to handle the increased amount of mail-in ballots. Harris stated, “I have great faith in the United States Postal Service, and let’s remember, it is one of the hallmarks of a democracy and our democracy.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett
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