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26 Jan, 6 tweets, 1 min read
Biden is talking about race. He discusses the George Floyd killing, saying it marked a turning point in views on racial justice; mentions the disproportionate impact of the pandemic on Black and Latino people; criticizes "thugs" and "white supremacists" over the Capitol attack.
Biden says criminal justice reform is needed but isn't enough. He says racial equity "has to be the business of the whole of government" rather than one department.
Biden says he's rescinding Trump's ban on federal sensitivity and diversity training and notes he's ordered the abolition of the "offensive, counterfactual 1776 Commission."
Biden says the order on DOJ private prison contracts is "just the beginning." He says it's necessary to "restore and expand the Voting Rights Act." Says systemic racism can't be ended "tomorrow," but can make progress.
Asked by a reporter what he talked to Putin about, Biden says, "You. He sends his best."
It was Fox's Peter Doocy. This is the second time Biden has done this joke with Doocy - when Doocy asked a bike-riding Biden in August who his VP choice was, Biden said, "You."

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19 Jan
“The world respects us again. Please. Don’t. Lose. That. Respect,” Trump says in his farewell video.
“Above all, we have reasserted the sacred idea that in America, the government answers to the people," Trump says. He adds, "We fought for the principle that every citizen is entitled to equal dignity, equal treatment, and equal rights, because we are all made equal by God."
Trump used his farewell video to repeat some of his favorite rally material, including, naturally, this lie: "We passed VA Choice."
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NEW: This viral incident - 20M views on Twitter! - had nothing to do with the Capitol attack.

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The woman who filmed and posted the original video later conceded she hadn't known for sure that it was a mask incident; caution was always warranted. But caution was extra-warranted on the "no-fly list" nonsense, which was conjured from thin air.
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So I spoke to Ben Costiloe, tweeter of the inaccurate mega-viral impeachment tweet, to tell him it was wrong and that I'd be doing a fact check. He said good-naturedly: "Tear it a new one. Go for it, baby!" He said he's just a "nobody" dude who saw the info on his FB feed. 1/
Costiloe said he never knew if the info he tweeted was true - it just showed up on his Facebook and "made me feel good," and he thought he'd share. He said, "I don't want to mess up the world. I just wanted to make me feel good. It turns out it made a lot of people feel good." 2/
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Biden calls yesterday "one of the darkest days in the history of our nation" and "an assault on the rule of law." He says "don't care call them protesters; they were a riotous mob, insurrectionists, domestic terrorists. It's that basic, it's that simple."
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Sen. Lindsey Graham: "Trump and I: we've had a hell of a journey. I hate it to end this way. Oh my God, I hate it. From my point of view, he's been a consequential president. But today...all I can say is, uh, count me out, enough is enough, I've tried to be helpful."
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McConnell: "Nothing before us proves illegality anywhere near the massive scale, the massive scale, that would've tipped the entire election."
McConnell: "The voters, the courts, and the states...they've all spoken. If we overrule them, it would damage our republic forever."

He adds that the election was actually "not unusually close."
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