Echoing ‘Vladimir Putin’s talking points’ is putting Fox News at odds with ‘pro-Ukraine’ Republicans: conservative

During the George W. Bush years, the right-wing media, including Fox News, were quick to parrot neoconservative talking points. But Fox News has since taken a much more Trumpian turn, and its biggest star, Tucker Carlson, often promotes MAGA isolationism and a hypernationalist “America first” ideology. That isolationism, Never Trump conservative David Frum stresses in an article published by The Atlantic on January 28, is putting Fox News pundits at odds with more hawkish conservatives when it comes to Russia and Ukraine.

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Echoing ‘Vladimir Putin’s talking points’ is putting Fox News at odds with ‘pro-Ukraine’ Republicans: conservative

During the George W. Bush years, the right-wing media, including Fox News, were quick to parrot neoconservative talking points. But Fox News has since taken a much more Trumpian turn, and its biggest star, Tucker Carlson, often promotes MAGA isolationism and a hypernationalist “America first” ideology. That isolationism, Never Trump conservative David Frum stresses in an article published by The Atlantic on January 28, is putting Fox News pundits at odds with more hawkish conservatives when it comes to Russia and Ukraine.

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‘Trumpist isolationists’ and GOP cold warriors are engaged in a fierce ‘tug of war’ over Russia and Ukraine

It isn’t hard to understand why Russian President Vladimir Putin was hoping that former President Donald Trump would be reelected in 2020; President Joe Biden has been much more critical of the Kremlin — especially with fears that Russia will invade Ukraine. CNN’s Gloria Borgers, in an op-ed published on January 28, argues that the GOP now find itself torn between its anti-Russia/Cold War history and Trump’s unapologetically pro-Putin tone.

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The FBI has rejected a spyware program used to crack smartphones — here’s why

Pegasus is a type of spyware that was developed by an Israeli company, the NSO Group, and has the ability to crack smartphone communications on the Android and iPhone platforms. According to New York Times reporter Michael Levenson, the FBI considered using Pegasus in the United States but decided against it. And NSO, according to Levenson, now finds itself “blacklisted” by the Biden Administration because of civil liberties concerns.

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The FBI has rejected a spyware program used to crack smartphones — here’s why

Pegasus is a type of spyware that was developed by an Israeli company, the NSO Group, and has the ability to crack smartphone communications on the Android and iPhone platforms. According to New York Times reporter Michael Levenson, the FBI considered using Pegasus in the United States but decided against it. And NSO, according to Levenson, now finds itself “blacklisted” by the Biden Administration because of civil liberties concerns.

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How Christian nationalism united the divergent far-right factions involved in the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection

One of the most dangerous phrases in the English language has been “God is on our side.” When extremists believe they are doing God’s work — whether they are members of the Aryan Nations or al-Qaeda — the results can be deadly. And according to a disturbing article published by Religion News on January 26, Christian nationalism played a prominent role in the deadly January 6, 2021 insurrection.
Although former President Donald Trump was voted out of office in the 2020 election, he continues to be incredibly popular among far-right Christian fundamentalists and White evangelicals.

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How Trump and his MAGA allies are purging the GOP of ‘disloyal’ Republicans: report

During the 1980s, President Ronald Reagan had a big tent philosophy — stressing that someone who agreed with him 80% of the time was an 80% ally, not a 20% enemy. But former President Donald Trump and the MAGA movement, in contrast, demand 100% obedience and ideological purity from Republicans. In an article published by Axios on December 9, reporters Jonathan Swan and Andrew Solender describe the Trumpian effort to purify the GOP going into the 2022 midterms and purge it of any Republicans who are “disloyal” to the MAGA movement.

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Journalist who predicted Trump’s 2020 coup explains why his supporters’ ‘openness to violence’ is growing

Supporters of President Donald Trump near the U.S. Capitol Building, Jan. 6, 2021, Tyler Merbler
What if we learn the full details of Trump’s coup plot — but the American people don’t care?

Barton Gellman, a staff writer for The Atlantic, has an excellent track record when it comes to predicting the ways in which former President Donald Trump and his allies would assault U.S. democracy. Before the United States’ 2020 presidential election, Gellman predicted that Trump would attempt a coup d’état if he lost to now-President Joe Biden —which is exactly what happened.

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Fact checker blasts Jim Jordan for ‘absurd’ claim that ‘real America’ is ‘over COVID’

Although COVID-19 has killed more than 5.2 million people worldwide — according to Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore — Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio continues to downplay the pandemic’s severity and claim that “real America” needn’t worry about the pandemic. But CNN’s Phil Mattingly, slamming Jordan in a biting commentary, stressed that what Jordan considers “real America” is seeing the United States’ worst COVID-19 infection rates.
On December 2, Jordan tweeted, “Real America is done with #COVID19. The only people who don’t understand that are Fauci and Biden.

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Ocasio-Cortez says Lauren Boebert has put her colleagues in danger — and warns ‘she could do so again’

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