Trump slaps GOP with cease and desist order so that they’ll...

On Saturday, POLITICO reported that former president Donald Trump sent cease-and-desist letters to key Republican Party fundraising arms warning them to stop using his name and likeness. The targeted GOP organizations include the Republican National Committee, the National Republican Congressional Committee, and the National Republican Senatorial Committee. "Trump was furious that his name has been bandied about by organizations that help Republicans who voted to impeach him — without his permission," reported Rachel Bade and Tara Palmieri. "Trump, who made his fortune in licensing, has always been sensitive to how his name has been used to fundraise and support members, even while in office." Ten Republicans in the House and seven Republicans in the Senate voted with Democrats in the impeachment proceedings for incitement to insurrection, surrounding his role in the Capitol riots. According to the report, Trump still figures heavily in the GOP's fundraising pitches."On Friday, the RNC sent out two emails asking supporters to donate as a way to add their name to a 'thank you' card for Trump," said the report. "'President Trump will ALWAYS stand up for the American People, and I just thought of the perfect way for you to show that you support him!' the email states. 'As one of President Trump's MOST LOYAL supporters, I think that YOU, deserve the great honor of adding your name to the Official Trump "Thank You' Card.' A follow-up email was sent hours later to 'President Trump's TOP supporters' warning of a deadline of 10 hours to get their names on the card."

Iraq’s top Shiite cleric calls for protection of country’s Christian minority...

In a historic meeting, Pope Francis on Saturday sat down with Iraq's top Shiite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, a revered figure in the country. Al-Sistani doesn't often appear in public, but when he does, his words have reverberated across Iraq, The Associated Press notes. So there's a sense that his statement following a "very positive" conservation with Francis calling on Iraq's religious authorities to help protect the country's Christian minority, who he said "should live like all Iraqis, in security and peace with full constitutional rights," could go a long way. Francis, who traveled to Iraq to show support for its dwindling Christian community, thanked al-Sistani for raising "his voice in defense of the weakest and most persecuted." When Francis arrived at al-Sistani's home, the cleric reportedly stood to greet the pope. Al-Sistani reportedly normally remains seated for visitors, so the gesture appears to be significant. Today, two of the world's most powerful men, Pope Francis and Ayatollah Sistani, met in Najaf. Sistani, who is reclusive, rarely leaves home, and stays seated during meetings, did something he's rarely done. He stood up to greet Pope Francis at the door. The symbolism is huge. pic.twitter.com/yeHaewvK5m — Muhammad Lila (@MuhammadLila) March 6, 2021 In response to the interfaith meeting between the two religious leaders, Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi announced that March 6 is now a National Day of Tolerance and Coexistance in Iraq. Read more at The Associated Press.

As violence surges, some question Portland axing police unit

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Elmer Yarborough got a terrifying call from his sister: She wept as she told him two of his nephews may have been shot in broad daylight as they left a bar in Portland, Oregon. He drove there as fast as he could. An officer told ...

FBI Uncovers Communication Between Proud Boys Member And Trump Associate Before...

A member of the Proud Boys was in communication with a person associated with the White House in the final days before the Jan....

Senator Kyrsten Sinema slammed after spokesperson says it’s sexist to discuss...

Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) on Friday offered up a dramatic "thumbs down" vote on increasing the minimum wage to $15, which NCRM and other news outlets reported. While she was one of eight Democrats to vote against the legislation, she was the only one to mimic the late Republican Senator John McCain, also of Arizona, who famously stopped Republicans from killing ObamaCare.Sinema was also the only one to bring cake to the Senate floor, giving her critics ample ammunition to compare her to Marie Antoinette.But now Senator Sinema is fighting back.According to HuffPost, Sinema's spokesperson says it's sexist to discuss her thumbs down act."Sinema's office responded to a question about the gesture by making the absurd claim that the inquiry is sexist," the news outlet's Sara Boboltz reports. "'Commentary about a female senator's body language, clothing, or physical demeanor does not belong in a serious media outlet,' Hannah Hurley, a spokesperson for Sinema, told HuffPost."On social media news of the "sexist" claim spread quickly, and did not go over well. Some responses:

New York Legislature Strips Cuomo Of Extraordinary Emergency Powers, With A...

It's the latest setback for Cuomo, who is facing a pair of political crises. But many of his critics say the legislation doesn't do...