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Conservative Group That Took Down Madison Cawthorn Now Pledging To ‘Fire’ Lauren Boebert

Now that they’ve assured Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) won’t have a second term in Congress, a conservative group is focused on doing the same to Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO).

According to Matt Lewis of The Daily Beast, based on what happened to Cawthorn in Tuesday’s North Carolina GOP primary, Boebert should be worried:

But can lightning strike twice? According to David B. Wheeler, head of that group (The American Muckrakers PAC—also known as FireBoebert.com), Boebert’s primary is similar to Cawthorn’s. The districts, he says, are “very similar” demographically. And just as Cawthorn faced a North Carolina state legislator, Boebert’s challenger is Colorado Republican state Sen. Don Coram. There’s also a sense that neither incumbent cares about their district, but are instead more interested in their national profile.

There’s certainly plenty of gold to mine when it comes to Boebert’s past and her brushes with the law, including the fact she married the man who exposed his penis to her and another underage girl and was later charged for that crime. Lewis notes:

“There will be no dearth of material to use against Boebert, including things that are yet to emerge (scandals are sort of like cockroaches—for every one you see, there are probably a hundred hiding).”

How good are the chances that Boebert will join Cawthorn in the unemployment line? Better than you might expect, Lewis concludes:

“It won’t be easy, but it seems at least possible that Boebert will continue the trend that started last week with Cawthorn’s defeat. If that happens, it’s game on. Defeating flawed politicians like Cawthorn and Boebert after one term would serve as a sort of course correction and send a message to everyone else.

“Not everyone is Harry Houdini. Not everyone is Donald Trump. Sometimes people are held accountable. Sometimes, the empire strikes back.”

If the stars are perfectly aligned, we might even get a trifecta and see Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) kicked to the curb. The Georgia primary is next Tuesday, so we won’t have long to wait for an answer.

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Reporter Thinks He’s Found Proof The Supreme Court Leak Came From A Conservative

 

Ever since a draft Supreme Court opinion in the case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization was leaked to Politico, outrage from figures on the political right has been palpable, with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) all but foaming at the mouth as he insisted that if the leaker can be found, he or she needs to be punished to the maximum extent of the law.

But what if the actual leaker was a conservative, perhaps even a conservative Supreme Court justice?

Jonathan Chait of New York magazine was a guest on MSNBC to discuss a column he wrote in which he laid out the case that someone on the right is the most likely suspect:

“I want to be clear that I have no idea who leaked this and it definitely could have come from the left. but I wrote this because so much of the commentary from the right simply assumed that the leaks that come from the left and ignored the fact that we have a smaller leak three days before from the Wall Street Journal that had the same effect they’re decrying, which is to put public pressure on the justices to rule in a certain way. That is the reason why they say this leak is so dangerous, because it subjects the justices to this kind of lobbying and that is exactly why the Wall Street Journal was leaked this early version, and they really had the inside scoop on the breakdown inside of the court.”

The editorial Chait referenced from the Wall Street Journal included this paragraph:

“If [Roberts] pulls another Justice to his side, he could write the plurality opinion that controls in a 6-3 decision. If he can’t, then Justice Thomas would assign the opinion and the vote could be 5-4. Our guess is that Justice Alito would then get the assignment.”

And that’s exactly what happened, as Chait noted in his article:

This turned out to be a good guess!

The editorial proceeded to craft an argument for why Kavanaugh and Barrett should stick with Alito rather than defecting to Roberts. Leaking internal deliberations in order to lobby the justices seems to be fine when conservatives are doing it.

Chait ends his article with this analogy:

If a bank employee stole a small amount of money from the safe and then, a few days later, there was a huge robbery from the same safe, who would be your first suspect?

As supporting evidence, Chait included these tweets from conservative Randy Barnett:

Two hours later, Barnett tweeted:

It’ll be interesting to see what Ted Cruz and other conservatives have to say if Chait’s theory of a right-wing leak is proven to be true.

 

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GOP Primary Opponent Destroys Marjorie Taylor Greene In Contentious Debate

One of Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s (R-GA) GOP primary opponents took her to task for not having accomplished anything during her two years in office, noting that about all she’s good for is running her mouth and causing controversy.

Candidate Seth Synstelien told Greene:

“We’re all here because we have concerns about the seat. See, you bought contractor stock before railing against profitable wars. Your words and actions are consistently inconsistent. No bill you’ve authored has passed and you have no committee power to advocate for this district.”

Synstelien then challenged Greene to answer a question:

“Without resorting to rhetoric about Democrat boogeymen, Biden and the woke left, answer this: Can you tell us one or two specific objectives that affect our wallets that you can actually pass and explain how you plan to get it done without being guaranteed a committee assignment?”

Greene replied:

“Now, here’s what we have to do. You have to understand and remember. Democrats are in control in Washington right now. Republicans aren’t getting anything done — even the Republicans on committees aren’t getting anything done. And if they were, you wouldn’t see the radical destruction of America going on right now, our wide-open borders. We are having inflation out of control and we are no longer energy independent as Americans.”

The congresswoman also claimed that if Republicans retake the House, she’ll be much more influential and able to help the district:

“So what I look forward to doing is when we take back the House, I’ll have great committee assignments. Kevin McCarthy and leadership have already promised them to me. And we look forward to holding Democrats accountable for all the corruption and horrible things they’ve done in our country.”

That’s when Synstelien burned Greene down with this counterpoint:

“That’s too big an if. Voting for Ms. Greene is a gamble as she’s not guaranteed committee power. She’s not even accountable for her own tweets or her staff’s. We’re still not clear on who is acting on the district’s behalf. So, how can anyone expect her to bring accountability to Washington?

“Her only leadership trait right now is rallying people against an enemy. And little to none of what she just said encourages business in our district or fights out-of-control inflation.”

There’s no guarantee that Greene will win the GOP nomination. She’s very unpopular and, as her opponent noted, has done little more during her two year in office than run her mouth and alienate both Democrats and Republicans alike.

 

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Arizona Republican Gets Mocked For Claiming 1 Billion Migrants Have Been Apprehended At The Border

Rep. Debbie Lesko (R-AZ) felt a need to prove that Republicans lie about everything and also demonstrate her complete ignorance of mathematics with a bizarre tweet she sent out Monday.

According to Lesko, 1 billion migrants have been apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border over the past six months.

The correct number, as the Wall Street Journal article Lesko cited explains, is 1 million, which is a large number, but nowhere near 1 billion.

Newsweek notes that while apprehensions are up at the border, they’re most certainly not at 1 billion:

Under Title 42, border agents can turn away most migrants, including asylum seekers. According to the CBP, out of a total of 221,303 migrants stopped by Border Patrol at the southern border, half were processed for expulsion under Title 42.

Since October, Border Patrol agents have arrested more than one million people. In March alone, the number of people arrested while attempting to illegally cross the U.S.-Mexico border was 209,906, while 11,397 migrants were allowed into the country.

Also, if more people are being apprehended by the Border Patrol, doesn’t that suggest the system is working?

It didn’t take long before Lesko was lit up on Twitter for her bogus numbers.

 

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Russia Caught Red-Handed Trying To Bribe A Member Of Congress

Three Russian citizens have been indicted for “conspiring to use an agent of Russia in the United States without prior notice to the Attorney General, conspiring to violate U.S. sanctions and conspiring to commit visa fraud,” according to the Justice Department.

One member of the U.S. Congress was targeted in the scheme, according to the DOJ, but will not be named at this time.

The charges are against three men: Aleksandr Mikhaylovich Babakov, 59; Aleksandr Nikolayevich Vorobev, 52; and Mikhail Alekseyevich Plisyuk, 58.

A Russian legislator, Aleksandr Babakov, and two of his staffers were also implicated in the indictment.

A press release posted on the DOJ’s web site spells out exactly how the scheme took place:

“The defendants contacted members of the U.S. Congress from 2012 into 2017 to seek meetings and to offer free travel to at least one Congressmember on behalf of Babakov, as well as other foreign officials aligned and associated with Babakov. For example, in 2012, at the direction of the defendants, CC-1 sought to secure a meeting for Babakov with multiple members of Congress, including by offering an ‘all expenses paid’ trip to a particular Congressmember to meet with European politicians and receive ‘an award.’

“Also in March 2017, the defendants contacted at least one member of the U.S. Congress to offer free travel to a Babakov-affiliated conference in Yalta, part of Russia-controlled Crimea, as a service to benefit the purported ‘Prime Minister of Crimea,’ Sergey Aksyonov. Aksyonov was organizing and attending the conference, and had been sanctioned by the Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) as a Specially Designated National (SDN) since 2014 based on his role in actions and policies threatening the sovereignty of Ukraine.”

Assistant Director Alan E. Kohler Jr. of the FBI’s Counterintelligence Division, remarked:

“This FBI investigation highlights the lengths the Russian government will go to undermine our rule of law.”