Trump News: Former White House aide questioned over voter fraud as Madison Cawthorn was used for Russian propaganda
Former US President Donald Trump addresses the crowd at a rally in South Carolina
Donald Trump’s former chief of staff Mark Meadows is facing further scrutiny over his voting history after it emerged he registered for the 2020 election at an address in Carolina of the North that he would never have used.
Mr Meadows, who as a senior Trump official was a major proponent of the false theory that the election was stolen by massive fraud, registered to vote by mail citing the address of a rental house with which he has no clear connection. The North Carolina Attorney General has now called for an investigation into the allegations.
Meanwhile, far-right Republican congressman Madison Cawthorn found a new audience on Russian state television, which showed a video of recent remarks in which he described Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky as a “thug”.
The North Carolina representative is one of many GOP members who are drawing heavy criticism for their remarks about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. His colleague Marjorie Taylor Greene was singled out this week for repeating pro-Russian conspiracy theories about the Biden administration and the United States in general.
Blinken: US documents potential Russian war crimes in Ukraine
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Thursday he agreed with President Joe Biden’s characterization of Russian atrocities in Ukraine as “war crimes” and said US officials were currently collecting evidence that could be used to prove that such crimes have been committed.
Andrew Feinberg reports for The Independent of Washington, DC.
Olivier O’ConnellMarch 17, 2022 6:50 p.m.
Blinken confirms death of US citizen in Ukraine
Secretary of State Antony Blinken confirmed that a US citizen was killed Thursday in Ukraine. He did not provide any additional information.
Olivier O’ConnellMarch 17, 2022 6:55 p.m.
Roger Stone has a crazy plan to reinstall Trump as president
There are a lot of “ifs” in all this…
Olivier O’ConnellMarch 17, 2022 7:03 p.m.
Biden and Xi to meet to discuss Russia-Ukraine crisis
President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping will meet virtually Friday to discuss Russia’s war in Ukraine and the handling of competition between the United States and China.
The two meet as Russia shows few signs of letting up in its assault on Ukraine.
“This is part of our ongoing efforts to maintain open lines of communication between the United States and the [People’s Republic of China]“Said a statement from the White House.
Eric Garcia reports from Washington, DC.
Olivier O’ConnellMarch 17, 2022 7:15 p.m.
Blinken retweets viral clip of Arnie appealing to Russian people
Secretary of State Antony Blinken retweeted a viral video posted by Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Mr Blinken said that in addition to the brutal violence in Ukraine perpetuated by the Kremlin, “we are also witnessing a war of truth against tyranny”.
He adds: “As @Schwarzenegger explains, we don’t blame the Russian people, and we need you to know what your government is hiding from you.
The former California governor and movie star addresses the video message to his “dear Russian friends and Russian soldiers serving in Ukraine.”
He says there are “things going on in the world that are hidden from you, terrible things that you should know about”.
After explaining what is happening in Ukraine, Mr. Schwarzenegger asks the Russian people to help him spread the truth about the human catastrophe taking place there.
Watch the full video below:
Olivier O’ConnellMarch 17, 2022 7:30 p.m.
Marjorie Taylor Greene called a ‘useful idiot’ to Putin for her conspiracy-laden speech
Critics slam Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene as one of Vladimir Putin’s ‘useful idiots’ after the Republican gave a speech Wednesday with numerous false or misleading claims about the invasion of Ukraine that echoed Russian talking points.
Olivier O’ConnellMarch 17, 2022 7:40 p.m.
Fewer Americans file unemployment claims last week
Fewer Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week as layoffs continue to fall amid a strong rebound in the labor market.
Unemployment claims fell 15,000 to 214,000 for the week ending March 12, from 229,000 the previous week, the Labor Department reported Thursday.
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Russia warns it has the ‘power’ to put its enemies ‘in their place’
Russia issued a stern warning to the United States and its allies, threatening to put the West in its “place”.
The threatening words come from Dmitry Medvedev, a former Russian president and current deputy secretary of the country’s Security Council. On Thursday, Mr Medvedev accused Western nations of a “disgusting” anti-Russian plot.
Nathan Place is aware of the threat.
Olivier O’ConnellMarch 17, 2022 7:47 p.m.
House votes to strip Russia and Belarus of privileged trading status
The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday backed legislation that would remove ‘most favored nation’ trading status for Russia and Belarus following the invasion of Ukraine, allowing for higher tariffs on imports from both countries.
The House voted 424 to 8 in favor of the bill.
Olivier O’ConnellMarch 17, 2022 7:50 p.m.
Josh Hawley sues Biden Supreme Court pick for sex offender case
A right-wing senator whose support for protesters who later attacked the Capitol last year — and who made furious headlines and editorials — now rises against the criminal record of Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson, the presidential nominee. Joe Biden at the Supreme Court. .
Josh Hawley delivered his critique of Ms Jackson in a lengthy Twitter thread posted on Thursday morning.
Hawley’s criticism was even mentioned during Thursday’s White House press briefing:
Reporting by John Bowden of Washington, DC.
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