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Live updates | Arizona's GOP election audit results

...1 p.m. Arizona Senate President Karen Fann has arrived in the Senate chambers. Cyber Ninjas CEO Doug Logan, CyFIR founder Ben Cotton, and Randy Pullen have also arrived. Fann thanks her supporters and the 1,500 volunteers who assisted in the review process.

"This has never been about overturning an election," Fann said.

The Republican senator emphasized how the audit's goal was to maintain "election integrity" in Arizona.

... "This has never been about overturning an election," Fann said. ...

True. It is, among other things, about the GOP trying to taint this and future elections.

Tangentially related...

How Accounting Giants Craft Favorable Tax Rules From Inside Government

... Lawyers from top accounting firms do brief stints in the Treasury Department, with the expectation of big raises when they return.

For six years, Audrey Ellis and Adam Feuerstein worked together at PwC, the giant accounting firm, helping the world's biggest companies avoid taxes.

In mid-2018, one of Mr. Feuerstein's clients, an influential association of real estate companies, was trying to persuade government officials that its members should qualify for a new federal tax break. Mr. Feuerstein knew just the person to turn to for help. Ms. Ellis had recently joined the Treasury Department, and she was drafting the rules for this very deduction.

That summer, Ms. Ellis met with Mr. Feuerstein and his client's lobbyists. The next week, the Treasury granted their wish " a decision potentially worth billions of dollars to PwC's clients.

About a year later, Ms. Ellis returned to PwC, where she was immediately promoted to partner. She and Mr. Feuerstein now work together advising large companies on how to exploit wrinkles in the tax regulations that Ms. Ellis helped write.

"But no, dems gonna dem. Letting a golden opportunity to drive a stake through ------- and the republican party-the kind of opportunity that comes like once every couple of decades is so typically dem."

Problem is those damned Democrats still believe in the rule of law even though the Republicans do not. Unless you want a revolution, which I do not support at all, then we are stuck with the government we have and Democrats are stuck trying to preserve it through legal and democratic means. Simplistic blaming won't fix our problems, only unity between Democrats and Independents will have the political force to do that but there are too many egocentric voters who refuse to allow that because their own ideas arenn't adopted. If, in Revolutionary War times, we didn't unite behind George Washington and instead insisted upon our individual beliefs, whether wrong or right, we would have lost that war to the Brittish. Same thing when Abraham Lincoln fought the Civil War. Same thing when FDR fought the Great Republican Depression of 1929 and then WWII. Unwillingness to accept that unity among others who basically agree with you but have some reservations about some of the things you believe and thereby enable the Republicans to win elections is just self-defeating. My advice, remember FDR. He brought all of the leftists and he centrists together to battle against the anti-union, anti-labor, anti-government assistance right wing and consistently won and rebuilt our middle class and coincidentally, won WWII, at the same time.
Just imagine what would have happened if hold out Democrats had refused to support him and allowed Republican leadership to prevail at that time.
There is not future in demanding extreme politics, it is Quiotic but doomed to failure and it doesn't just cause your failure, it brings failure to the entire nation. America is a nation that wants change but only at America's pace, try to go to fast and you will just give the GQP more power.

"You celebrate murder: "What happened in 2020/2021 is the activation of the Democrat base which includes the violent criminal class."

I don't celebrate it - it is what it is. This is the logical extension of your liberal policies as much as open air shooting galleries and defecation. Just like tent cities that follow every liberal city...well, except in the neighborhoods of the Democrat elite. Take a dump in front of a storehouse on Fremont street and you are 'just being San Francisco' but take a dump in front of Nancy Pelosi's compound and you will be charged with a crime. Did you ever stop and wonder why the Democrat elites that vote for this nonsense then hide in gated communities with private security that stops them from having to live around the filth their policies create?

Look at Maxine Watters - represent a poor, black community but lives in one of the richest and whitest. Joe Biden thinks 'you ain't black' if you don't vote for him - yet, he lives in his gated compound where the closest thing to a black person is the white lawyer his crackhead kid likes to call the n-word. These are the people you look up to and take your marching orders from - why? You claim that you are the party that values education and 'trust the science' and then elect inexperienced bartenders and political activists like Pressely and Corey Bush. There still is a youtube video up of one of your members worried about the island of Guam capsizing if we sent more troops there....

Yet, you line up behind them like the unthinking morons that you are and blame the GOP as your neighborhoods become more and more unlivable despite 100% Democrat control....until you finally given in and move to a red state, then start mindlessly voting for the same failed policies.

I will end with this - if you think legalizing weed is a good thing that won't have negative societal implications, you are naive beyond words.

Bannon Admits He Advised Trump To Plan Reckoning' On Jan. 6 That Would Kill Biden Presidency In The Crib'

...With glee, former Trump campaign chairman Steve Bannon confirmed on Wednesday that he helped former President Trump plan the Jan. 6 insurrection as part of an effort to "kill the Biden presidency in the crib."

The Trump adviser made the comments on a Wednesday episode of his War Room: Pandemic, confirming reporting in Bob Woodward and Robert Costa's book Peril.

Bannon played a clip on his podcast of the two Washington Post reporters discussing the book on MSNBC, in which Costa said that in the days leading up to the insurrection, Bannon "privately told President Trump to have a reckoning on January 6th."

"And he said to the president, it's time to kill the Biden presidency in the crib," Costa added.

Bannon then cut the clip, and said on the podcast: "Yeah, because it's about legitimacy."

"Let's look at the Economist poll, not Revolver, not The War Room " 42 percent of the American people think that Biden did not win the presidency legitimately," he added.

Bannon's view, garbled through his own puffery and bizarre manner of speaking, also appears to confirm the book's reporting that he told Trump that the day should be a "reckoning." Unsurprisingly, Bannon's remarks manage to both posit the insurrection as a legitimate revolt while also placing himself at the center of events.

It's another piece of evidence that further ties Trump to violence at the Capitol, which occurred as Trump gave a rally repeating the Big Lie and telling his audience to go "fight" as members of Congress formalized Biden's win....


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