The reason I was about to obtain and publish Neera Tanden's internal emails at CAP -- including the now-infamous "Libya's oil" one -- is because she was so abusive to her employees for so long that they were willing to take career risks to come forward:…
The claim that opposition to her is just about "mean tweets" is blatantly preposterous. She has long been one of the most slanderous, vicious and deceitful partisan operatives in DC. She censored her own writers when funders demanded it. She's toxic, unhinged, and incompetent.
Hard to believe the Biden WH is really still trying to salvage her nomination instead of pretending to. Look at this idiotic messaging. To whom does this language appeal besides hardened Dem partisans? It addresses none of the valid concerns about Neera:

*able to obtain*
The most staggering part of the Neera debacle is she was probably the most prominent Dem to spread the Big Lie about 2016: that Hillary really won, but Russian hackers invaded voting systems & changed her votes to Trump. 2/3 of Dems believed that in 2018.…
Dems are simultaneously demanding that all Republicans who ever endorsed or even got close to 2020 electoral fraud theories be blacklisted from TV.

At the same time, they're demanding a Dem who endorsed a batshit conspiracy theory about the 2016 election be confirmed to OMB.
Following Manchin and Collins, Mitt Romney says he will also vote NO on Neera Tanden's confirmation.

Seems her last hope is Murkowski or Sasse (and remember that Bernie is still being coy about how he'll vote):…

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23 Feb
House Democrats, Targeting Right-Wing Cable Outlets, Are Assaulting Core Press Freedoms…
Just days after targeting social media CEOs to demand more online censorship of their adversaries, House Democrats are now coercing cable providers to remove disfavored cable outlets, including Fox News.

A clear priority of the new majority party is systemic censorship.
Democrats' justification for silencing their adversaries online and in media -- "they are spreading fake news and inciting extremism" -- is what despots everywhere say.

From Egypt and Jordan to Russia and China, these are the same accusations used to censor speech globally. Image
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21 Feb
See this thread for a perfect description of one of the defining attributes of the prevailing climate of left-liberal spaces: how inviting! Who wouldn’t want to be part of this?

You see it most vividly now in how opposition to ***Neera Tanden*** is being cast as sexism & racism:
No possible reason other than sexism or racism why one might find Neera Tanden reprehensible.
I also love how Neera’s most devoted defenders are (1) the most bloodthirsty, deceitful GOP-neocons of the War on Terror era and (2) someone who, like her, took millions of from the United Arab Emirates.

Shows not only what Neera is but, more importantly, the Democratic Party:
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20 Feb
Congress Escalates Pressure on Tech Giants to Censor More, Threatening the First Amendment…
For the third time in less than five months, Congress has summoned tech CEOs, with the explicit intent to coerce them to censor more content.

In their zeal to control online speech, House Dems are getting closer to the constitutional line, if they have not already crossed it.
In 2018, the ACLU defended the NRA when it sued Cuomo and NY State for something similar: implicitly threatening businesses with punishment if they kept doing business with the group.

This is what ACLU's @benwizner told me about these latest efforts with Dems & Silicon Valley:
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18 Feb
The stunning and complete reversal of the OAS-engineered coup in Bolivia at the end of 2019, and the full-scale reinstatement of Bolivian sovereignty by the democratically elected successor to Evo Morales, is a story of great consequence and inspiration.
The OAS is currently trying the same coup in Ecuador. They want to ensure a clone of Lenin Moreno -- the neoliberal puppet who they bullied into turning over Assange -- wins, even though the ally of Correa, who protected Assange, has far more support.…
I know it's not obvious why the election in Ecuador matters but it does. The US, using its OAS facade, is eager to install a neoliberal masquerading as a leftist to do its bidding, preventing the popular leader from winning.

*This* is called "interfering in other countries."
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17 Feb
One of Bolsonaro's most loyal supporters in Congress, ex-military police officer @danielPMERJ, was arrested last night on orders of the Supreme Court after he posted a video threatening Court justices & praising dictatorship-era repression. Big free speech & due process debate. Image
It seems quite clear watching the video that he knew the Supreme Court might arrest him and basically dared them to. They did. This is the most extreme Bolsonarista wing. They explicitly crave a final clash with the Court & Congress to re-instate military dictatorship measures. Image
The pro-Bolsonaro Congressman arrested Tuesday on orders of a Supreme Court justice for a YouTube video threatening the court and advocating dictatorship-era repression had his arrest upheld yesterday -- unanimously -- by the full Court 11-0. See above.
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17 Feb
The False and Exaggerated Claims Still Being Spread About the Capitol Riot…
Insisting on factual accuracy does not make one an apologist for the protesters. False reporting is never justified, especially to inflate threat and fear levels.

The more consequential the event, the less justified, and more harmful, serial journalistic falsehoods are.
After these two NYT articles, this horrifying story about a pro-Trump mob beating a police officer to death with a fire extinguisher was repeated over and over, by journalists on television, in print, and on social media.

The problem with this story: it is false in all respects.
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