For months, partisan actors have not only sought to ensure that the 2020 election’s validity remains in doubt; they have been laying the groundwork for a future election that is filled with the same democracy-denying conspiracies.
The effort to cast doubt on the 2020 election’s results has spanned multiple states, often with the same activists working across state lines. Late on Thursday, American Oversight obtained more documents from the Arizona Senate’s discredited election “audit” that provide further evidence of its links to partisan reviews in other states.
But it’s not just faith in the last election that is being undermined. As a new movie that’s heavy on conspiracy theories and light on any evidence finds enthusiastic support among election deniers — including elected officials — Politico has obtained tapes from meetings of Republican Party operatives that “provide an inside look at a multi-pronged strategy to target and potentially overturn votes in Democratic precincts.”
The first public hearing of the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol has been scheduled for June 9 at 8 p.m. ET, with witnesses to be announced in the coming days.
The pandemic has spotlighted the lack of resources the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has to enforce safety regulations for health care facilities, Politico reported this week. The agency has struggled to enforce its vaccine mandate for health care workers at Medicare and Medicaid-participating facilities, and officials are not always aware when hospitals flout practices designed to slow the spread of infection, such as switching out N95 masks for less-effective surgical masks.
Case counts, which are exceeding a daily average of 100,000, were five times higher this Memorial Day weekend than at the same time last year. Hospitalizations are at a daily average of more than 27,000.
Industry Influence on Mine Safety Commission
A commissioner on the federal mine safety agency used a “Network” of advisers that appears to have included a coal executive when considering personnel decisions, Politico reported this week. The commissioner, Marco Rajkovich, chaired the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission — meant to regulate coal and mining companies — during the Trump administration.
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