Former US President Donald Trump speaks to the crowd during a rally in South Carolina
Donald Trump used the occasion of Volodymyr Zelensky’s virtual address to Congress to brag about his supposed rescue of the Nato alliance – this despite his history of derogatory remar
The Republican National Committee last night mounted a last-minute effort to stop the 6 January committee from accessing its email communications from the weeks after the 2020 election.
In a late-night legal filing, the party committee claims that the subpoena seeking access to the emails in question “would give the Select Committee unprecedented access to the RNC’s internal political strategies and to private, personal information regarding its supporters”. However, the party seems unlikely to succeed, as the company that handled and retains the emails, Salesforce, says it still intends to comply with the committee’s subpoena.
Zelensky’s ‘Churchillian’ speech wows Congress
Ukraine’s president spoke to Congress in a rare, historic early-morning address on Wednesday and delivered an impassioned plea for more western assistance in his country’s effort to fight off a Russian invasion.
During his speech, Volodymyr Zelensky reiterated his desire for President Joe Biden and other leaders of Nato nations to institute a no-fly-zone throughout Ukraine’s airspace, which would be aimed at preventing Russian airstrikes on Ukraine’s civilian centers.
But in conversations with lawmakers after his roughly 10-minute address, it was clear that many in the US see that idea as a step that would draw the US into a direct war with Russia — a prospect for which there is little political attraction on Capitol Hill.
John Bowden reports on Mr Zelensky’s remarks and the impression they left on lawmakers.
Oliver O’Connell17 March 2022 02:30
Domestic terrorism: the incel threat
A new report from the Secret Service has found that so-called “incels” are a rising domestic terror threat in the US.
Coming after several years of deadly attacks by men who identify with the online subculture of self-proclaimed “involuntary celibates”, the report warns that this form of “misogynistic extremism” demands increased attention. In particular, the authors argue for more awareness of particular kinds of behavior that can indicate increasing radicalisation, among them “concerning and threatening communications, an interest in violence, intense or escalating anger, blaming other people, bizarre or inappropriate behavior and interpersonal difficulties” .
Oliver O’Connell17 March 2022 01:45
Trump reacts to Zelensky speech by defending himself on Nato
As Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky began his address to the US Congress, Donald Trump had this to say in a statement blasted out to his supporters…
It’s worth noting that he has previously described Nato as “obsolete” and is widely claimed to have considered pulling the US out of the alliance altogether.
Oliver O’Connell17 March 2022 01:00
Analysis: Why Putin has the support of the American far right
While much of the mainstream Republican Party has taken a strong anti-Russian line as the assault on Ukraine continues, more than a few of the right’s top opinionmakers are going the other way – as are many on the more extreme end of the spectrum.
The Independent‘s Holly Baxter has this analysis of why so many on the far right are sympathetic to a Russian version of events, even as many of them are keen to distance themselves from allegations of being essentially Russian propagandists.
Oliver O’Connell17 March 2022 00:15
Former staffer turned critic: Russia played Trump
Miles Taylor, the former homeland security staffer who has become an in-demand Trump-critical pundit, gives his assessment of how the current crisis in eastern Europe might look if it Donald Trump, not Joe Biden, were charged with handling it…
Oliver O’Connell16 March 2022 23:30
Local GOP legislator put on the spot over association with racist far right
A GOP Idaho legislator who spoke at February’s white nationalist AFPAC conference – which also featured US Representatives Paul Gosar and Marjorie Taylor Greene – found herself grilled by a local reporter on her association with the event. The interview is more than worth a watch.
Oliver O’Connell16 March 2022 22:45
Explainer: How the Ukraine “biolabs” conspiracy theory got a foothold on the right
The Independent‘s Andrew Buncombe takes a look at how a fringe theory pushed by the Kremlin has become a top talking point in certain corners of the far-right commentariat, including for Fox News’s Tucker Carlson – this even as Russia and its assault on Ukraine prove extraordinarily unpopular among the American public.
Oliver O’Connell16 March 2022 22:00
Dr Oz reverses course on keeping Turkish citizenship if elected to Senate
Television doctor turned Republican Senate candidate Dr Mehmet Oz now says he will give up his Turkish citizenship if elected to replace Pennsylvania senator Pat Toomey in November.
Dr Oz, who was born in Ohio and is a US citizen, but acquired dual Turkish citizenship through his parents and maintained it as an adult through service in the Turkish Army, had previously told reporters he would not renounce his Turkish citizenship even if it means he must forego the access to classified information granted to members of Congress.
He had attributed his decision to retain his Turkish citizenship to the need to care for his mother, who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease.
Oliver O’Connell16 March 2022 21:20
Biden sees rare support from GOP after Zelensky speech
The Republican establishment in Washington is warming to President Joe Biden’s response to Russia’s invasion, while some on the far right question whether to support Ukraine at all.
After Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky addressed the US Congress on Wednesday in a historic virtual speech from his secure location in Kyev, GOP lawmakers had little criticism for the embattled leader’s US counterpart – a rare respite from the hardline opposition Republican leaders have shown the White House for months.
John Bowden has the latest from Washington, DC.
Oliver O’Connell16 March 2022 21:00
Biden calls Putin a ‘criminal war’ for Ukraine invasion
President Joe Biden told reporters in the East Room of the White House that he thought Russian President Vladimir Putin was a war criminal for his invasion of Ukraine.
Mr Biden was caught on video responding to a question from Fox News’s Jacqui Heinrich asking if the Russian president was a war criminal. Initially, Mr Biden said “no” before he came back, clarified his response from him to Ms Heinrich and then said “he is a war criminal”.
Eric Garcia reports from Washington, DC.
Oliver O’Connell16 March 2022 20:50
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.