Month: January 2021

Medical Records Can’t Explain “Havana Syndrome,” A Buried CDC Report Says

Anadolu Agency / Getty Images The US embassy in Havana The “Havana syndrome” outbreak of mysterious injuries among US diplomats in Cuba can’t be explained by their medical records, according to a 2019 CDC report buried by the agency and obtained by BuzzFeed News. Starting in December of 2016, dozens of diplomats in Cuba and

How Has The Radical Right Evolved Under Trump?

Welcome to FiveThirtyEight’s politics chat. The transcript below has been lightly edited. sarahf (Sarah Frostenson, politics editor): Last Wednesday, the U.S. Capitol was attacked by a mob of President Trump’s supporters, many of whom had very explicit and not so explicit ties to right-wing extremism in the U.S. There are reports now, too, that there

These Textbooks In Thousands Of K-12 Schools Echo Trump’s Talking Points

Christian textbooks used in thousands of schools around the country teach that President Barack Obama helped spur destructive Black Lives Matter protests, that the Democrats’ choice of 2016 nominee Hillary Clinton reflected their focus on identity politics, and that President Donald Trump is the “fighter” Republicans want, a HuffPost analysis has found. The analysis, which focused on three

Horned Capitol Rioter Wants Pardon From Trump: Only There At ‘Invitation Of President’

Jacob Anthony Chansley, the shirtless, horned, conspiracy theory-touting U.S. Capitol rioter receiving an organic diet while in jail — now wants a pardon from President Donald Trump. Defense attorney Albert Watkins told CNN’s Chris Cuomo on Thursday that clemency would be the only “honorable” thing after the president’s rhetoric whipped his supporters into a frenzy that sparked

Tucker Carlson Slammed For ‘Vile And Vicious’ Attack On Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Fox News’ Tucker Carlson faced backlash and accusations of hypocrisy on Thursday after he mocked Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) for saying she feared for her life during last week’s U.S. Capitol riot. Critics described Carlson’s vitriolic monologue— in which he called Ocasio-Cortez dumb, narcissistic and “the Kim Kardashian of Congress” — as “vile and vicious.” Ocasio-Cortez

Trumpism Won’t Disappear Overnight

The few Republican leaders who have opposed President Donald Trump for years were quick with their condemnations this week as chaos came crashing down on his presidency. Now they’ll find out if they’re still mere voices in the wind or on the bleeding edge of a new, post-Trump party. Larry Hogan, Charlie Baker, and Phil

Storming The U.S. Capitol Was About Maintaining White Power In America

On Wednesday, after weeks of refusing to accept the outcome of the election, President Trump’s supporters stormed the Capitol of the United States as members of Congress were meeting to carry out their duties to certify the election results and confirm Joe Biden’s victory. Much will be said about the fact that these actions threaten

Donald Trump Will Not Attend Joe Biden’s Inauguration

President Donald Trump officially announced he will not be attending President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on Jan. 20. Trump tweeted the announcement Friday. To all of those who have asked, I will not be going to the Inauguration on January 20th. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 8, 2021 The announcement was no surprise; Trump has

For Police, MAGA Insurrectionists Weren’t A Threat. Black Lives Matter Was.

On Wednesday, a crowd of white supporters of President Donald Trump livestreamed a fascist insurrection. They filmed themselves storming the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., tossing aside barricades, smashing windows and ransacking legislative offices. They filmed themselves screaming and chanting, exultant that they’d somehow just occupied the seat of American power. Most didn’t even bother

Mike Pence Reportedly Opposes Using 25th Amendment To Remove Trump

Vice President Mike Pence opposes invoking the 25th Amendment to remove President Donald Trump from office, according to multiple media reports, effectively thwarting the chances of the procedure taking place.  The vice president would need to take the lead and have the approval of a majority of Cabinet members in order to remove Trump from