(From CNN):

Federal authorities have arrested a California man named Robert Lemke and charged him with making politically motivated threats against a congressman and a journalist on the same day of the insurrection. Representative Hakeem Jeffries of New York confirmed that he was the unnamed politician cited in the complaint.

The journalist was also unnamed, but according to the NYT, it was ABC’s chief anchor George Stephanopoulos. The complaint said Lemke texted a relative of the journalist and said “[your] words are putting you and your family at risk. We are nearby armed and ready.”

ABC declined to comment. Threats against politicians and journalists are far too common, and most never yield an arrest. This case shines a light on the day-in day-out harassment…

AND THEN THERE”S THIS from the Hollywood Reporter:

AND THEN THIS from CNN: Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, back in the news for her delusional views and social media stunts, held a town hall meeting in her district Wednesday night… But members of the media were told they could not ask questions…

And this about your favorite Foxite:


From POLITICO:Mike Madrid, a founder of The Lincoln Project, said his party needs to accept that it cannot expunge its past as it seeks a future in California — unless it accepts responsibility. “We still talk about Benedict Arnold 150 years later,” Madrid said. “We will be talking about Donald Trump for the next 150 years.”

And here’s what Trump and a Justice dept lawyer were almost up to.. Read it HERE.

AND THEN THIS: A reporter for Vanity Fair embedded with Trump’s acting defense secretary recently and delivered this stunning, fly-on-the-wall story. “On the evening of January 5 … the acting secretary of defense, Christopher Miller, was at the White House with his chief of staff, Kash Patel. They were meeting with President Trump on ‘an Iran issue,’ Miller told me. But then the conversation switched gears. The president, Miller recalled, asked how many troops the Pentagon planned to turn out the following day. “‘We’re like, “We’re going to provide any National Guard support that the District requests,”’ Miller responded. ‘And [Trump] goes, “You’re going to need 10,000 people.” No, I’m not talking bullshit. He said that. And we’re like, “Maybe. But you know, someone’s going to have to ask for it.”’ At that point Miller remembered the president telling him, ‘“You do what you need to do. You do what you need to do.” He said, “You’re going to need 10,000.” That’s what he said. Swear to God.’”

— ON CNN’S “STATE OF THE UNION” … DANA BASH: “Do you consider your colleagues TED CRUZ and JOSH HAWLEY to be, in your words, complicit in an unprecedented attack against our democracy, and should they face censure or some other punishment?” ROMNEY: “Well, I think history will provide a measure of judgment with regards to those that continued to spread the lie that the president began with, as well as the voters in our respective communities. I don’t think the Senate needs to take action.”

Yes, it’s starting to feel like it’s alright to come out. Barely.


From CNN: Read it below:

Trump’s inability to face the truth of his loss to Biden might explain why he has barely faced reporters at all in the closing weeks of his presidency. Even more remarkably, he rarely ever called into his favorite TV shows. Aside from a couple of chats with Maria Bartiromo and Brian Kilmeade and some WH-produced videos, he’s been invisible.

“I think the feeling is, if he goes out and talk more, he is simply going to add fuel to the fire,” Haberman said. “That’s part of why we are not hearing him, as people are afraid of what he will say — people meaning his advisers — what he will say off the cuff in an interview.”

And be sure to read THIS about how the antivaxxers got Corona money.

IS HE GONE YET? part 143

...and from Kansas: Another scathing Kansas City Star editorial about Mike Pompeo: “America will be better when he leaves office. Kansas will be much better if he decides to stay away from his adopted home state forever…” (Star)

And here”s the list of 25 best places to eat from the Chronicle. They always include House of Prime Rib. See the slide show HERE.

And here’s that story about the golden toilet for the Kushners. Yes, right HERE.