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Transgender Insurrectionist Found Guilty, Faces 50+ Years in Prison
Jessica Watkins, a transgender woman, was one of five Oath Keeper members convicted for their participation in the January 6 Insurrection that attempted to derail certifying the 2020 presidential election, the Department of Justice announced Tuesday.Watkins and the other Oath Keepers were found guilty following an eight-week-long trial and three days of jury deliberations.The Oath Keepers are a far-right group with many members associated with militias and with former military or law enforcement backgrounds, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.Elmer Steward Rhodes, the founder and leader of the Oath Keepers, and Kelly Meggs, leader of the group’s Florida chapter, were both found guilty of sedition.Watkins, 40, was found guilty of conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding, obstruction of an official proceeding, interfering with law enforcement officers during a civil disorder, and conspiracy to prevent an officer from discharging duties. Kenneth Harrelson and Thomas Caldwell were convicted on related felony charges.“As this case shows, breaking the law in an attempt to undermine the functioning of American democracy will not be tolerated” FBI Director Christopher Wray said.  “The FBI will always uphold the rights of all citizens who peacefully engage in First Amendment protected activities, but we and our partners will continue to hold accountable those who engaged in illegal acts regarding the January 6, 2021, siege on the U.S. Capitol.”The group, including Watkins, had been planning to block the lawful transfer of presidential power, according to the DOJ.
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White House strategy for monkeypox vaccines causing ‘chaos out in the field’
Some public health experts are criticizing the federal vaccination strategy for forcing state and local health departments to scale back their vaccine outreach when they should be ramping it up. | Mary Altaffer/AP Photo By Megan Messerly and Krista Mahr 08/24/2022 04:30 AM EDT Link CopiedThe Biden administration’s strategy for stretching scarce monkeypox shots is instead leading to fewer vaccinations and could worsen racial health disparities.The federal government last week slashed the number of vials states received in anticipation of each being able to vaccinate up to five people per vial instead of one.But health officials in half a dozen states told POLITICO that they are routinely able to extract only three or four doses per vial, meaning they were able to vaccinate fewer people last week than if the federal government had made no changes at all because of the drastically reduced allocations.These officials have had to scramble to reorganize their vaccination efforts — canceling clinics, rescheduling staff and delaying plans to expand eligibility.And,even though the federal government made more vaccines available for states to order on Monday, states warn that they still do not have enough doses to contain a rapidly spreading outbreak that has infected nearly 16,000people to date as public health experts fear the window of opportunity for stopping the virus’s spread is closing.
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Mary Trump thinks she knows who tipped off the FBI about her crazy uncle and, no, it’s not Melania
Mary Trump thinks she knows who might have tipped off the FBI about the classified documents being illegally stored at Mar-a-Lago by her crazy uncle.As you’ve likely heard by now, federal agents recovered 11 boxes of classified documents when they searched Donald Trump‘s Florida compound one week ago today.Since the raid, multiple media outlets have reported that the FBI was tipped off by an informant close to the twice impeached, one term ex-president.Related: People are sharing what was #FoundAtMarALago during Trump’s FBI raid and LOLOLOLDuring an appearance on the podcast The Dean Obeidallah Show on Friday, Mary was asked who she thinks could be the “Mar-a-Lago mole” and she replied: “We need to start with who would have access to this stuff. I don’t think Mark Meadows would have access to it.”“I think we need to look very hard at why Jared [Kushner] got $2 billion,” she continued, referring to an investment into Kushner’s private equity firm from a fund belonging to the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman.“We need to look very hard at why he has been so quiet for so many months now.”Both Jared and Ivanka have kept incredibly low profiles since leaving Washington, D.C.
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First the ‘Vogue’ snub, now this?! Looks like Melania won’t get the TV treatment after all
Melania Trump was snubbed by Vogue. Now, her life story won’t be retold in a glossy, high budget cable TV production either.Showtime announced this week that will not be picking up a second season of star-studded, hour-long drama series The First Lady.Season 1 of the anthology set in the East Wing of the White House starred Gillian Anderson as Eleanor Roosevelt, Michelle Pfeiffer as Betty Ford, and Viola Davis as Michelle Obama. It chronicled each of the three women’s journeys before and after arriving in Washington, D.C.“Showtime can confirm that the anthology series The First Lady will not be moving forward with another season,” a spokesperson for the network told Deadline in a statement, before thanking showrunner Cathy Schulman and director Susanne Bier for their “dedicated work in telling the unique stories of three remarkable leaders.”Before the show premiered, Schulman and Bier revealed that they were already exploring potential future installments that might feature Jackie O, Hillary Clinton, and Melania Trump.“Look, I do think that the series could do with a fun season–so let’s talk about that,” Bier said when asked about the possibility of featuring Melania in an upcoming season at the Television Critics Association in February.But with the Showtime officially pulling the plug, it doesn’t look like Mrs.
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First the ‘Vogue’ snub, now this?! Looks like Melania won’t get the TV treatment after all
Melania Trump was snubbed by Vogue. Now, her life story won’t be retold in a glossy, high budget cable TV production either.Showtime announced this week that will not be picking up a second season of star-studded, hour-long drama series The First Lady.Season 1 of the anthology set in the East Wing of the White House starred Gillian Anderson as Eleanor Roosevelt, Michelle Pfeiffer as Betty Ford, and Viola Davis as Michelle Obama. It chronicled each of the three women’s journeys before and after arriving in Washington, D.C.“Showtime can confirm that the anthology series The First Lady will not be moving forward with another season,” a spokesperson for the network told Deadline in a statement, before thanking showrunner Cathy Schulman and director Susanne Bier for their “dedicated work in telling the unique stories of three remarkable leaders.”Before the show premiered, Schulman and Bier revealed that they were already exploring potential future installments that might feature Jackie O, Hillary Clinton, and Melania Trump.“Look, I do think that the series could do with a fun season–so let’s talk about that,” Bier said when asked about the possibility of featuring Melania in an upcoming season at the Television Critics Association in February.But with the Showtime officially pulling the plug, it doesn’t look like Mrs.
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