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WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 31: (L-R) Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) talk with each other as they arrive at the Senate chamber as the Senate impeachment trial of U.S. President Donald Trump continues at the U.S. Capitol on January 31, 2020 in Washington, DC. On Friday, Senators are expected to debate and then vote on whether to include additional witnesses and documents. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

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Beginning on Nov. 7, the day after Joe Biden’s victory was declared, Lee was texting Trump’s chief of staff, Mark Meadows, to urge Trump to “exhaust every legal and constitutional remedy” in challenging the results. In multiple texts that day, he volunteered his “unequivocal support for you to exhaust every legal and constitutional remedy at your disposal to restore Americans’ faith in our elections.” He also pushed attorney Sydney Powell. “Sydney Powell is saying that she needs to get in to see the president, but she’s being kept away from him,” Lee texted. “Apparently she has a strategy to keep things alive and put several states back in play. Can you help get her in?”

Then came the “alternate electors” idea. On Nov. 23, Lee texted Meadows “John Eastman has some really interesting research on this,” then on December 8 followed up with “If a very small handful of states were to have their legislatures appoint alternative slates of delegates, there could be a path.” Note that at this point, the majority of states had certified their elections and Trump’s loss, and Trump had racked up an uninterrupted string of losses in the courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court.

Just to reiterate: at this late date in the process, Lee—who supposedly holds the electoral college process completely sacred—is arguing that some states could subvert that process and send a fraudulent slate of electors. And well beyond December 8. On Jan. 4, 2021, Lee texted Meadows, hurt that Trump lashed out at him for not being sufficiently committed to overthrowing the election. “I’ve been spending 14 hours a day for the last week trying to unravel this for him,” Lee complained. “I’ve been calling state legislators for hours today, and am going to spend hours doing the same tomorrow.”

“We need something from state legislatures to make this legitimate and to have any hope of winning. Even if they can’t convene, it might be enough if a majority of them are willing to sign a statement indicating how they would vote.” [emphasis added] 

Less than 40 hours before the insurrection, Lee was pushing an effort he knew was not legitimate to subvert the electoral process—to have a coup.

Two days before the insurrection, Lee said he was trying to get state legislators on board with the alternate electors scheme. Not that he would admit to that to authors Bob Woodward and Robert Costa. In their recent book about the events leading up to Jan. 6, Woodward and Costa quote Lee as  saying that the first he’d ever heard about an “alternate electors” plot was on Jan. 2, and that “he was shocked.”

Now he’s not just helping Fox News lie and try to cover up what happened on Jan. 6, he’s insinuating that a member of Congress isn’t just undermining the constitution, but purposefully endangering Supreme Court justices.


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“From Wall Street to Washington, whispers about a coming economic slump have risen to nearly a roar as the Federal Reserve ramps up its battle against the highest inflation in four decades,” Politico reports.

“Price spikes and the Fed’s aggressive interest rate hikes sent the benchmark S&P 500 stock index tumbling to its worst performance in the first half of the year since 1970. Consumer confidence has sunk to record lows. And economists are increasingly worried that a downturn will not only happen but happen soon — a danger underscored by one widely watched Fed growth tracker.”

“Fed Chair Jerome Powell has begun saying the quiet part out loud: The central bank is willing to tolerate a recession if it means getting inflation under control.”

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Exclusive: MUST SEE: Hot Dog Eating Champ Joey Chestnut Takes Down Animal Rights Protester in a Choke Hold With Mouth Full of Weiner Before Winning Contest (VIDEO) – TalkOfNews.com

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MUST SEE: Hot Dog Eating Champ Joey Chestnut Takes Down Animal Rights Protester in a Choke Hold With Mouth Full of Weiner Before Winning Contest (VIDEO)

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National Hot Dog Eating Champion Joey Chestnut won the 2022 Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest on the 4th of July today but not before he took down a protester.

The annual hot dog swallowing event is held on Coney Island every year on Independence Day.

Joey is currently ranked No. 1 in the world by Major League Eating.

Chestnut won his first Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest in 2007 defeating Taer “Tsunami” Kobayashi.

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On Monday, during the middle of the competition, an animal rights protester ran up on stage next to Joey Chestnut carrying a sign reading, “Expose Smithfield Deathstar.”

When the protester jumped on stage next to him Chestnut wrapped his arm around the protester’s neck and took him down to the ground.

This all took place while Joey was chewing on hot dog.

He went on to win the competition.

Here’s the video.

Joey Chestnut obliterated the far left protester with a mouth stuffed full with hot dogs and buns.


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I’m truly lucky to live in one of the most beautiful places on the planet.

Sometimes I think the only thing keeping me alive in the face of an ongoing pandemic, intensifying climate crisis, and many, many more issues worsening with a swiftness is the outdoors. I’m not saying I’m holding onto this mortal coil for dear life, but instead that I see meaning in the life I’m living thanks to my surroundings. I can think of so many moments when clearing my head meant a walk to the river, a run on the Lafitte Greenway, or getting away even farther and exploring more of the place I love and call home. Once I’ve hit the road and I’m walking through the swamps of the Barataria Preserve, it’s like the chaos of the world cannot reach me. Mosquitos can, which isn’t great since they inexplicably love me, but my worries are just as small as they are when I’m out in nature. Quite literally taking a hike is the only way I can imagine celebrating this 4th of July.

Exploring nature is something I’ve only recently come around to in my adult life, and that may be because often the folks we assume are hitting the trails are their own stereotype. Typically, the most visible people heading outdoors are white, cis, able-bodied, and have enough money to afford the luxury of time and equipment for all sorts of terrain. But a whole host of grassroots and more formal organizations are making it possible for people from a diversity of backgrounds to feel more comfortable when they head out into nature. Field Magazine has a great resource for BIPOC groups blazing a trial—I’m personally obsessed with Latino Outdoors. The publication also offers great resources for LGBTQ+ hikers. And disability advocates can take comfort in the amazing work Disabled Hikers is doing, though certainly more can be done so that all are welcome to this space.


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