Amazing piece by Eric Cantor, former chairman of the House of Representatives: "A lot of my fellow politicians will not tell the voters the truth. The result was January 6th." https://t.co/0AEaubzKct
– Adam B. Kushner (@AdamBKushner) January 29, 2021
Emma Green / Atlantic:
Treason of your church – and your party
How representative Adam Kinzinger, an Evangelical Republican, decided to vote for impeachment – and call his church
Kinzinger is not a pastor or theologian. He knows that his job as a representative is not to preach the gospel, but to represent his constituents and vote on the legislation. If he's dead, however, it doesn't matter how many elections he won or how low American tax rates are. The Lord had spoken to him about his role as a Christian in politics and how he could reach people who ponder their eternal life. He has come to the conclusion that his faith and his party have been poisoned by the same conspiracy theories and lies, culminating in the lie that the election was stolen. If you look at "the call of Christianity today compared to five years ago," I feel very comfortable when I say it's much worse, "he said." Boy, I think we've lost a lot of moral authority. "
But people like Kinzinger have not shaped the reputation of Christianity in America in the past four years. Have Trump's supporters. Even after everything that happened – trumps attempt the choice to overthrow, be Cheerleading For the attack on the Capitol, some influential evangelical leaders are still defending the president: "Shame, Shame," Franklin Graham, the evangelist and son of famous Pastor Billy Graham, wrote over the 10 Republicans who voted for impeachment. "One wonders what the 30 pieces of silver that Spokesman Pelosi promised for this betrayal were." In the metaphor, the republican dissidents are cast as Judas, who is said to have betrayed Jesus in exchange for 30 coins. Trump plays the role of Christ.
Kinzinger said the worst mistake a Christian could make is looking to political figures rather than Jesus for salvation. "There are many people who made America their god, who made the economy their god, who made Donald Trump their god, and who made their political identity their god." The problems that led to the January 6 uprising are not just political. They are cultural. About half of Protestant pastors said they regularly heard people who recently advocated conspiracy theories in their churches survey found by the Southern Baptist company LifeWay Research. "I believe that the Christian leaders, especially those who maintained the conspiracies, now have an enormous burden to lead the flock back to the truth," said Kinzinger tweeted on January 12th.
David Smith / Guardian:
The perfect target ”: Russia cultivated Trump for 40 years as an asset – ex-KGB spy
Cultivated as a Russian good for over 40 years, Donald Trump was so ready to parrot anti-Western propaganda that it was celebrated in Moscow, a former KGB spy told the Guardian.
Yuri Shvets, Sent to Washington by the Soviet Union in the 1980s, the former US President compares with "The Cambridge Five", the British spy ring that passed secrets to Moscow during World War II and the early Cold War.
Shvets is now a major source for 67 American compromise, a new book by journalist Craig Unger, whose previous work includes House of Trump and House of Putin. The book also explores the former president's relationship with disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein.
“This is an example where people were recruited when they were college students and then moved up to important positions. Something like that happened to Trump, ”Shvets said by phone Monday from his home in Virginia.
No, but I remember when you and I served together in Congress and we took an oath to defend the Constitution against all enemies at home and abroad. https://t.co/jJRsVPI1Cy
– Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) January 29, 2021
In other news, Marjorie Taylor Greene is the face of the GOP. She is a nutter chosen by her constituents. Until or until Congress elects Liz Cheney over Greene, it is what it is, and it is perfectly fair to think of her (Greene and the GOP) as one and the same.
"A number of (GOP) members of Congress have ties to organizations and movements that played a role in the January 6th attack on the Capitol."
Remember thathttps: //t.co/cmU3pKN5k1
– Greg Dworkin (@DemFromCT) January 29, 2021
Madeleine Aggeler/New York:
The meanness of Marjorie Taylor Greene
The video – along with new CNN reports on Greene troubling social media activity ahead of their election – has led many Democrats and some Republicans to call for Greene to step down, even though the GOP leadership is yet to act in any meaningful way. For her part, Greene did not apologize or go back on her claims, saying that at the time of the video she was "going from office to office in the Senate to defy the radical gun control agenda that David Hogg was pushing".
The video is just the latest example of the hideous behavior of a woman who is now charged with shaping education and labor policy in the United States. Below are some examples of Greene's most troubling behavior.
Trump's presidency was characterized by low, stable approval ratings. Polls on Biden's first few days in office show he starts with a higher cap and possibly a broader support base.https: //t.co/BPRhVRTFye
– Ariel Edwards-Levy (@aedwardslevy) January 29, 2021
Chris Stirewalt / LA Times:
I called Arizona about Biden on Fox News. Here's what I learned:
I was with (Erastus) Brooks in my career as a political analyst and until I was fired last week as an election forecaster at the decision-making desk at Fox News. I wanted to steam downstream as fast as I could to be the first with the news to beat the competition and serve my audience.
After working cable news for more than a decade after a wonderfully absent youth in newspapers, I can tell you the result: a nation of news consumers who are both over-fed and undernourished. Americans feed on empty calories of information every day and indulge themselves with self-affirming half-truths and even outright lies.
Can anyone really wonder that the problem has gotten worse in recent years?
Fox News' post-Trump slump has been explained
For the first time in nearly 20 years, Fox News is not the top-rated cable news network.
As Baragona explained in an interview with Vox, it is no coincidence that the decline in Fox News ratings coincided with the disappearance of Trump's Twitter account, which the former president tirelessly used to promote his favorite Fox opinion hosts and denigrate their competition. And now, without the support of one of its most influential fans, the network has to make its way through an uncertain future.
"We don't know how much right-wing complaints will work, how much will basically stir up outrage," said Baragona. "It worked during the Obama years and that's the formula they're trying to replicate right now. But we've just got through a Trump era and now the guy who helped trumpet it on Twitter is ( and reinforce), now gone. His Twitter account is gone. And many of his fans are not coming back, so it remains to be seen. "
No serious illness was reported 49 days after vaccination. That is potentially huge.
Overall 85% effective for severe illness, but antibodies build up over time. 2 /
– ((((Howard Forman))) (@thehowie) January 29, 2021
Tokyo Olympics: Can Vaccines Save the Games?
"I think a lot of people believed that once the vaccine was introduced it would spell the end of Covid and we would see that transmission rates would go down, things would be more controlled and we would have some ability return to a more normal lifestyle, "Jason Kindrachuk, an infectious disease expert at the University of Manitoba in Canada, told CNN Sport.
"The fact is, despite good vaccine introductions, we are struggling to get the transmission under control in a number of regions of the world."
Nothing prevents the Republican caucus from removing Marjorie Taylor Greene's committee duties. Nothing prevents the Republican caucus from evicting them from their caucus. Nothing prevents them from choosing in order to blame them. You actively accept it.
– Brian Klaas (@brianklaas) January 29, 2021
Greg Sargent / WaPo:
The GOP's whining about Biden is absurd. It's good that the Democrats are ignoring that.
Until we know that 10 GOP Senators are ready to support something that is what Biden and Democrats want, there is simply nothing to discuss. What is the Republican Plan? There is no. Who should Democrats negotiate with? About what exactly?
Let's get on your nerves and suggest that Republicans want to keep this up for as long as possible. They want the public debate to unfold in a place where they can't say what they are for – that is, not say what they are willing to admit Democrats to – while attacking Democrats for not being ready enough admit to them.
The JNJ vaccine results show that we miraculously have at least 3 safe, highly effective vaccines.
The headlines focus on the overall 66% effectiveness. The big thing, however, is that the single dose of Vax was 100% effective by day 49 and 85% effective by day 28.
– Atul Gawande (@Atul_Gawande) January 29, 2021