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New data finds violent threats against Congress have more than doubled in past five years
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New data finds violent threats against Congress have more than doubled in past five years

New data from the U.S. Capitol Police shows that threats made against lawmakers has drastically increased in the last five years, with nearly 10,000 threats investigated last year alone. In 2020, Sidhartha Mathur was a college graduate with a public health degree and no criminal history. But that changed after he said he let his emotions take over. Mathur was arrested weeks after the 2020 election for leaving Maryland Rep. Andy Harris a message where he threatened him and his family.  "At that moment, I let my anger get the best of me," he told CBS News Congressional correspondent Scott MacFarlane. Prosecutors deemed it a death threat and filed federal charges against Mathur. He pleaded guilty to a federal criminal charge of communicating a threat and ...
Curve inversion 101: US CPI politics up front, China PPI down(ing) the back
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Curve inversion 101: US CPI politics up front, China PPI down(ing) the back

claffra/iStock via Getty Images While the world fixated on the US CPI, it was other “inflation” data from across the Pacific that is telling the real economic story. Having conflated the former with a red-hot economy, the fact that American consumer prices aren’t tied to the actual economic situation has been lost in the shuffle of the FOMC’s hawkishness, with markets obliged to price wrong-way Jay. The short end of the yield curve (USTs and elsewhere) is plotting like FOMC dots, whenever oil and crude factors raising the ceiling maybe short-term duration of the Fed’s rate hikes. Since these are pure theater, the curve’s far end is looking elsewhere for what the economy is really about. CPI Contributions (Author) UST 2-Yr/10-Yr Yield Curve (Author) I/R Swap Spreads (Author) UST Yi...
Crew of aircraft found to have human remains in wheel well after leaving Afghanistan cleared of wrongdoing
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Crew of aircraft found to have human remains in wheel well after leaving Afghanistan cleared of wrongdoing

The crew of the aircraft that left Afghanistan with human remains in its wheel well was cleared of any wrongdoing, the Air Force said Monday. The Air Force Office of Special Investigations found the crew acted appropriately faced with the challenge of hundreds of Afghans clamoring to board the flight. An Air Force spokesperson said the crew's organizational leadership found the crew had "exercised sound judgment in their decision to get airborne as quickly as possible when faced with an unprecedented and rapidly deteriorating security situation." Video on social media showed the flight's takeoff as hundreds of Afghans had accessed the runway and what appeared to be bodies falling off of the plane as it took off from Kabul.  The C-17 aircraft departed H...
Georgia Republican: Trump is a political falling knife
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Georgia Republican: Trump is a political falling knife

Editor’s Note: Geoff Duncan, a Republican, is the 12th lieutenant governor of Georgia serving alongside Gov. Brian Kemp. The views expressed in this commentary are his own. Read more opinion on CNN. CNN  —  The political stars appeared to be aligning for the Republican Party ahead of the November midterm elections. According to CNN’s Poll of Polls, President Joe Biden’s approval rating dipped below 40%. Inflation hit a fresh 40-year high, and gas eclipsed $5 per gallon for the first time ever. Vulnerable Democratic incumbents rushed for retirement, while many Democratic Party officials questioned the 79-year-old President’s capability. ...
In Wyoming, dueling winds over abortion as Roe v. Wade hangs in balance
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In Wyoming, dueling winds over abortion as Roe v. Wade hangs in balance

Casper, Wyo. — The Supreme Court's upcoming opinion on abortion rights will have far reaching consequences, especially across rural America, where abortion access is already sparse. Right now, there are six states with just one abortion provider. Oklahoma has none.In windswept and wide-open Wyoming, opposition to abortion rights is fervent -- but the need for care is no different than in other parts of the country. Abortion in this conservative, rugged state is currently legal up to viability (usually 24 weeks of pregnancy) -- but no providers here offer surgical abortions. Julie Burkhart, president of Wellspring Health Access, is trying to change that, just as the Supreme Court considers the fate of Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 decision that granted...
How to watch Monday’s January 6 committee hearing
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How to watch Monday’s January 6 committee hearing

The hearing is expected to detail how then-President Donald Trump "engaged in a massive effort to spread false and fraudulent information" even though "Trump and his advisers knew that he had, in fact, lost the election," according to panel Vice Chair Liz Cheney, a Wyoming Republican, who outlined on Thursday what the committee plans to unveil over its seven June hearings.Monday's hearing will include testimony from conservative Republican election attorney Ben Ginsberg and former Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien, according to a press release from the committee. Additional testimony is expected from BJay Pak, the former US Attorney for the North District of Georgia, and Al Schmidt, a former Philadelphia city commissioner.Chris Stirewalt, the former Fox political editor who was fired fro...
How to watch the second House Jan. 6 hearing
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How to watch the second House Jan. 6 hearing

The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol will hold the second of several public hearings on Monday morning at 10 a.m. ET to reveal some of what it has learned during its 11-month probe.The hearing will be broadcast as a CBS News Special Report anchored by "CBS Evening News" anchor and managing editor Norah O'Donnell. She will be joined by CBS News chief political analyst John Dickerson, chief Washington correspondent Major Garrett, chief White House correspondent Nancy Cordes, chief election and campaign correspondent Robert Costa and congressional correspondents Scott MacFarlane and Nikole Killion.Committee aides said Monday's hearing will focus on the "Big Lie," documenting how former President Donald Trump declared victory on election night despite ...
Jan. 6 Panelists: Enough Evidence Uncovered to Indict Trump | Political News
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Jan. 6 Panelists: Enough Evidence Uncovered to Indict Trump | Political News

By HOPE YEN, Associated PressWASHINGTON (AP) — Members of the House committee investigating the Capitol riot said Sunday they have uncovered enough evidence for the Justice Department to consider an unprecedented criminal indictment against former President Donald Trump for seeking to overturn the results of the 2020 election.The committee announced that Trump's campaign manager, Bill Stepien, is among the witnesses scheduled to testify at a hearing Monday that focuses on Trump's effort to spread his lies about a stolen election. Stepien was subpoenaed for his public testimony.As the hearings unfold, Rep. Adam Schiff said he would like the department to “investigate any credible allegation of criminal activity on the part of Donald Trump.” Schiff, D-Calif., who also leads the House Intelli...
Sen. Reverend Raphael Warnock: The preacher and the politician
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Sen. Reverend Raphael Warnock: The preacher and the politician

Raphael Warnock might have two job titles, but spend enough time with him, and you'll see a lot of overlap between the preacher and the politician. At an appearance at his campaign office, he said, "You elected me, you joined my congregation!"CBS News' John Dickerson asked Warnock, "What's the difference between a political speech and a sermon?""Oh, for me, I don't know that there's much difference!" he laughed. Senator Warnock made history last year when he became the first African American elected to the U.S. Senate from Georgia, a state that had two segregationist senators when he was born in 1968. Reverend Warnock's other job title is senior pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church, the storied Atlanta congregation where John Lewis worshipped and where b...
The politics of making psychiatric disease the bogeyman
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The politics of making psychiatric disease the bogeyman

Dr. Jeff TempleAfter every mass shooting, politicians, pundits, and your uncle on Twitter will claim that the problem is mental illness and not access to guns.Making psychiatric disease the bogeyman is politically expedient – it allows policymakers to shy away from the true culprit. It also fits into how the public often views mental illness – as something to fear. Afterall, what else would cause someone to do something so heinous? The problem with this thinking is that it’s wrong.Of all violent incidents, only about 4% can be attributed to people with mental illness. In research conducted by my team at UTMB, we found that symptoms of several mental health symptoms were not related to carrying or threatening someone with a firearm. Instead, not surprisingly, those with access to guns were ...