Trump election lies pushed ahead by dozen within the federal authorities

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What we see today: President Joe Biden plans to discuss his plans to cut prescription drug prices.

With Phil Rosen.

Board meeting with a leader in the center wearing Qanon shaman horns against a red background with American flags

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1. INSIDER INVESTIGATION: Republican lawmakers are nowhere near the only individuals in the federal government who downplay the Capitol uprising or spread Donald Trump’s lies about the 2020 election. An inside investigation found dozens of people who voted to have the election overturned on boards such as the Holocaust Memorial Museum and the Kennedy Center.

What it means: This is not too surprising given that Trump has nominated everyone in question as President. But my colleague’s findings illustrate the sheer number of people who have tried to disenfranchise millions of Americans.

  • A note on who made the list: Insiders only included people on this list if they publicly supported unsubstantiated allegations of election fraud, alluded to political violence, or downplayed or condoned the January 6 violence.

Here’s a look at some of the 41 officers we’ve identified:

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Some of the appointees appear to have advocated political violence: “I know a lot of my right-wing people, they want blood now. We were cheated out of an election. It was an unfair election with Donald Trump. You cheated,” said MMA fighter Colby Covington as he marched for a fight. Covington serves on the Presidential Council for Exercise, Fitness and Nutrition.

  • Another officer on the panel downplayed the uproar: Heisman Trophy winner Herschel Walker, contemplating a run in the U.S. Senate, has suggested that the riot was a false flag event. “Trojan horses … I’m calling @realDonaldTrump to find out who these people are because they don’t look like MAGA!” Walker tweeted on January 6th.

Read the entire research, including the Trump ally, who flew to Nevada to spread election lies and sits on a panel that advises the Holocaust Museum.

2 FDA is expected to approve booster shots for immunocompromised people: The Food and Drug Administration stands ready today to give emergency clearance a third dose of the Pfizer BioNTech and Moderna shots for people with compromised immune systems, NBC News reports. This would be the first time the US has allowed someone an extra dose of the vaccine, joining numerous other countries. Shots don’t go in the arms yet, as a CDC panel has yet to vote.

3. This is the Democrats’ massive $ 3.5 trillion plan: Senate Democrats have just started work on a $ 3.5 trillion bill that would raise taxes for the rich, expand the social safety net and tackle the climate crisis. A draft law is not expected until the fall of this year, but the heads of state and government have committed to include a number of important guidelines. Two key Democrats, including Senator Joe Manchin, are already planning to significantly reduce the proposal.

Some of the most important areas:

  • Improving access to education: Fully funded daycare, preschool and up to two years of community college.
  • Tax increases for the wealthy and companies: People who earn more than $ 400,000 a year face higher taxes. But the party also wants to reconsider the state and local tax debate that could cut taxes for some residents of high-tax countries like California.
  • Combating the climate crisis: An increase in tax credits for wind, solar and electric cars. There would also be a clean energy standard and fines for companies that fail to meet it.

Read our entire guide to the bill and what some Democrats are already raising concerns about.

Education Minister Miguel Cardona.

Education Minister Miguel Cardona.

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4. Education secretary supports vaccination mandates for teachers: Minister Miguel Cardona said he supported calls by teachers and other school staff to have the vaccination to keep cases down, a change from the few days he said teachers should only be encouraged to get vaccinated. On the same day, Governor Gavin Newsom announced that he was demanding vaccines or weekly tests for teachers in California. Schools have once again become a key front in the political struggles of the pandemic.

5. Biden criticizes Trump for running America’s debts: Biden said his economic agenda “won’t be like my predecessor” and ditched Trump for adding $ 8 trillion in national debt (it’s actually $ 7.8 trillion). Of that money, $ 2 trillion came from the GOP’s major corporate tax cut, but a significant portion also came from responding to the pandemic and spending called for by Democrats in the House of Representatives. Biden also denied threats from the GOP not to help him raise the debt ceiling to cover previous spending. More on his comments.

Kathy Hochul

Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul from New York.

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6. Kathy Hochul swears a new day for New York: Hochul, the future governor of New York, distanced himself from Governor Andrew Cuomo in her first public statements since announcing his resignation, reports the New York Times. Hochul vowed to fire all employees of the Cuomo administration who had behaved unethically. “Nobody will ever call my administration a toxic work environment,” she vowed. What she will do over the next two weeks as she prepares for the takeover.

7. Consumer prices remain high as inflation slows: Inflation slowed in July from its rapid pace in June, suggesting faster price growth that most economists expect may prove temporary. Restaurant prices rose 0.8%, showing an increase since June. While inflation remains high, recent trends suggest that Americans are no longer as concerned as they were when the recovery began.

  • Key quote: “While the data should reassure the markets that inflation is not going up inexorably, make no mistake – this inflation report is still hot,” Seema Shah, chief strategist at Principal Global Investors, told my colleagues.

8.Secret services warn that Kabul could be cut off in a month: Amid the great advances made by the Taliban, US intelligence agencies conclude that Afghanistan’s capital could be cut off in 30 to 60 days, CNN reports. If Kabul falls, the country’s government would most likely collapse, a staggering turnaround when America ends its longest war. More on the story, including what the State Department wants to do with its embassy.

9. Rudy Giuliani has found a new outlet: Trump’s former top legal advisor has joined Cameo, a video app that allows public figures to broadcast videos for a fee – a video by Giuliani costs $ 199. If you want to go a step further, you can pay $ 500 for a video of Donald Trump Jr.

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Mayim Bialik on “Jeopardy!”


10. “Danger!” gets a real daily double: For the first time, the long-running trivia show will have two hosts: executive producer Mike Richards, who will host the daily show, and actor Mayim Bialik, who will host primetime specials and spin-offs. Read how “Danger!” chose its new franchise cornerstone.

Today’s quiz question: Tonight is MLB’s “Field of Dreams” game, returning to the baseball strip website for a real regular season game. As with any movie adapted from a book, there are some big differences. One in “Field of Dreams” is about the field itself, which would have really changed the movie. What is it? Email me your guess and a suggested question at [email protected]

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