‘The Kindest Lie’: Chicago novelist Nancy Johnson talks class, redemption and race
CHICAGO – Debut author Nancy Johnson wanted to tell human interest stories when she was a broadcast news journalist years ago, but she recalls there were too few opportunities to do that. Now, the Chicago native has all the opportunity she can handle with her first book, “The Kindest Lie.” The novel tells the story of Ruth Tuttle, a Black engineer living in Bronzeville with her husband. The couple are celebrating the 2008 presidential election of Barack Obama when a truth from Ruth’s youth is revealed: Before she went off to get an Ivy League education, she had a child that she gave up for ado...
From gallery, Hawley hears Democrat argue he is less culpable than Trump for riot
WASHINGTON — Missouri Republican Sen. Josh Hawley faced reports Wednesday that he was leaning back and not paying close attention when House Democrats made their case against former President Donald Trump during the second day of the impeachment trial. But there was one moment Hawley definitely listened to — when Rep. Eric Swalwell, a California Democrat, distinguished between Trump’s behavior over the weeks leading up to the deadly Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol and that of the senators serving as Trump’s jurors. “What our commander-in-chief did was wildly different from what anyone here in this ...
The Kansas City Star
Georgia investigation opened into Trump’s call to overturn election
ATLANTA — Georgia election officials opened an investigation Monday into Donald Trump’s phone call to Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger urging him to “find” enough votes to reverse the outcome of the presidential contest in the state. The investigation will review Trump’s Jan. 2 call when he pressured Raffensperger to overturn the election, said Walter Jones, a spokesman for the secretary of state’s office. Raffensperger, a Republican, has repeatedly said there was no widespread fraud that could have changed the results of the election, which Joe Biden won by fewer than 12,000 votes in Geo...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Republicans target ballot access after record turnout
The months after November’s presidential election have been filled with conspiracy theories, lies and myths about the security and integrity of U.S. elections, led by former President Donald Trump and many Republican leaders. As a result, polls show that more than half of Republican voters wrongly believe that President Joe Biden and his supporters engaged in fraud to steal the election — a view backed by most congressional Republicans and scores of state and local GOP officials. Pointing to their constituents’ doubts, GOP lawmakers in at least 28 states have introduced more than 100 bills to ...
Permanently banned from Twitter, MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell doubles down on ‘election fraud’ claim
Hours after MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell was banned from Twitter late Monday, he doubled down on his baseless claims that Donald Trump won the 2020 U.S. presidential election. Lindell appeared on “Real America’s Voice” Tuesday and said Twitter permanently pulled the plug on his account “four minutes” after he returned from a previous suspension and tried to defend himself. A conservative Christian and fervent Trump fan from Minnesota, Lindell claimed Twitter is throttling his alleged evidence of “election machine fraud.” “Countries like China attacked our country and they changed our vote with th...
New York Daily News
Pa. Democrats call for Rep. Scott Perry to resign after reports he urged Trump to use a Philly-native lawyer against Biden win
PHILADELPHIA — They couldn't beat him at the polls in November, but leaders of Pennsylvania's Democratic Party on Sunday called for Republican U.S. Rep. Scott Perry, an outspoken Donald Trump supporter who represents Harrisburg, Hershey and York, to resign following news reports he urged Trump to use a lawyer from Philadelphia to try to overturn Joe Biden's election as president. "Scott Perry has disgraced South Central Pennsylvania, failed his country, and betrayed the trust of anyone who cares about our democracy. He is a stain on our Congress and must resign immediately," state Democratic P...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
President Voldemort? In protest and without fanfare, Stephen Colbert has stopped saying Trump’s name
When the chaotic tenure of Donald Trump as president of the United States ends on Wednesday (according to custom, law and belief), what will also pass is a small, intriguing, almost silent protest against him that’s been carried out over the public airwaves. Since the week after the November 3 presidential election, CBS “Late Show” host Stephen Colbert has stopped saying, or having his show’s graphics print, the president’s name. Turning Trump into Lord Voldemort of the Harry Potter series — He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named — has been a fairly simple matter and one accomplished without fanfare. There ...
Olympic gold medalist Klete Keller identified as being at Capitol riot: report
Former colleagues of Olympic gold medalist Klete Keller have reportedly identified the retired American swimmer as being at the U.S. Capitol on the day of the riot last week. Referencing a video shared by a Townhall reporter on social media, unidentified ex-teammates and coaches told The New York Times that they recognized the athlete. The video shows a man, without a face mask, wearing a USA jacket in the middle of a large group inside the Capitol Rotunda. The people who spoke with The Times referenced the man in the video’s jacket and large height as identifying features. Keller, a two-time ...
New York Daily News
Calls grow for Sen. Cruz to be punished for his role in challenging electors
WASHINGTON — In the aftermath of last week's mob violence at the U.S. Capitol, the calls for U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, to be punished for his leading role in challenging the presidential electors are now building to a crescendo. To be sure, the central figure of blame is President Donald Trump, who the Democratically controlled House is expected to impeach Wednesday for inciting insurrection — with support from at least one Republican leader, Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo. But the blowback to Cruz, who gave Trump supporters false hope of a way to undo the election of Democrat Joe Biden, continues....
Commission bans open carry of firearms at Michigan Capitol
LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan State Capitol Commission voted unanimously Monday to ban the open carry of firearms at the state Capitol less than a week after rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol during the Electoral College count and ahead of anticipated protests next week. The ban, which goes into effect immediately, would stop people from carrying firearms within the state Capitol unless they were members of law enforcement or had a concealed pistol license and were carrying concealed. Commission vice chair John Truscott said the ban also would prevent lawmakers from openly carrying on the chamb...
The Detroit News