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Federalist staff on Monday railed against big tech collusion with Democratic elites as they escalate efforts to purge dissent, exploiting the Wednesday riots in which a surge of Trump supporters held the U.S. Capitol complex under siege.

“This is a situation that I think a lot of us have been warning against on the right for a long time,” Federalist Publisher Ben Domenech said on Fox News’ “Fox & Friends” of big tech’s de-platforming of Parler after banning the president. “When we see these massive corporations, the most powerful ones that have ever existed in this history of the world, coming together to make a political statement to cut off the most popular Republican in terms of vote we’ve ever seen, that’s something that should bother all of us.”

Domenech warned that the effort by Democrats to eradicate their opponents won’t settle any time soon, as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi pushes forward with impeachment on Capitol Hill.

“They’re not interested in pouring water on this. They’re not interested in tamping down on America’s tensions at the moment,” Domenech said. “They’re willing to throw gasoline on it at the urging of not just these companies but also media entities like the New York Times calling for, you know, President Trump to be banned from ever running for office again.”

Federalist Senior Editor Chris Bedford reiterated Domenech’s sentiment on Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom.”

“Their focus is to make sure that President Trump could never hold office again, which would happen if they got through an impeachment trial,” Bedford said. Impeachment would hold back the Biden administration from making progress in the early days of the new presidency. A Senate charged with confirming Biden’s nominees would be consumed instead with an impeachment trial targeting the ex-president.

“They’re more interested, certainly right now, in revenge than they are in Joe Biden’s incoming administration,” Bedford said.

Bedford then pivoted to big tech, highlighting historic abuses by major corporate empires, such as the East India Company controlling an entire region or railroad companies shutting down travel over private disputes. These pale in comparison to the 21st-century effort by big tech to seize the public square, Bedford said.

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“We see competitors right now — Apple, Google, Amazon — getting together to make sure that not just the president, not just newspapers that report truthfully on Joe Biden like the New York Post, and just also his supporters or scientists who doubt them on any aspect of their coronavirus response, all of these different groups are now verboten that are being banned,” Bedford said.

Federalist New York Correspondent David Marcus went on Fox Business to discuss his article published Saturday, “Twitter Is The Enemy Of The American People.” Marcus targeted big tech collusion to weed out conservative voices, often critical of the blanket government protections that allow companies to engage in selective censorship without consequences.

“They’re not free to pretend that they’re not a publisher,” Marcus said, after noting Twitter’s censorship of ideas related to coronavirus response measures and stories related to Hunter Biden’s laptop in October. “It is clear as the summer sun that they’re making editorial decisions every single day in their own interest.”



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South Carolina House passes bill that would prohibit most abortions if a fetal heartbeat is detected

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The South Carolina House of Representatives on Wednesday voted 79-35 to pass legislation that would prohibit most abortions. 

The bill must pass through a procedural vote in the House on Thursday prior to heading to GOP Gov. Henry McMaster who has indicated that he will sign it, according to the Associated Press. Two Republicans voted against the legislation while two Democrats voted for it. The state Senate passed the measure last month. 

The bill requires doctors to carry out an ultrasound to check for a fetal heartbeat and if a heartbeat is identified an abortion can only be performed in certain circumstances.

The legislation would not penalize a woman for obtaining an unlawful abortion, though the individual responsible for performing the abortion could face consequences.

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The outlet reported that other states have approved similar or even more stringent abortion prohibitions which could be implemented if the Supreme Court throws out the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision. All of the other states’ abortion bans are currently entangled by court challenges and if the South Carolina bill is approved it will likely face litigation that prevents it from going into effect, according to the AP.

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Leo Brent Bozell IV, the son of conservative leader L. Brent Bozell III, is facing federal charges in connection with the Jan. 6 breech of the U.S. Capitol.

Bozell is charged with obstructing an official proceeding, entering a restricted building and disorderly conduct, according to a federal complaint unsealed Tuesday.

The official affidavit includes photos and videos that appear to show Bozell inside of the U.S. Capitol Building, including the Senate chambers.

At least one photo shows Bozell wearing a sweatshirt emblazoned with a logo for a Christian school at which he once coached girls basketball, according to the Huffington Post.

The FBI obtained a photo of him posing with a student of a school, in Hershey, Pa.

His father founder, who founded the Media Research Center and other conservative groups, has condemned the riots, saying, “You can never countenance police being attacked. You cannot countenance our national capitol being breached like this. … I think it is absolutely wrong,” according to NewsBusters.

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Former President Trump on Wednesday afternoon praised the career of conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh, who has died of cancer.

“He loved his country, and he loved his fans,” Trump said on the Fox News Channel. “He is a legend.”

The interview was Trump’s first since the conclusion of his Senate impeachment trial last week.

Limbaugh’s wife, Kathryn, announced her husband’s death earlier in the day on his radio show. He had been diagnosed about a year ago with Stage-IV lung cancer. He was 70.

The president also said he had a personal friendship with Limbaugh, who was an early supporter of his 2016 presidential bid and who, like Trump, thought the president won reelection in 2020.

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Trump also pointed out that Limbaugh was a provocateur in his views about conservative politics that often sparked backlash from liberals and other critics. 

Trump last year in his State of the Union address awarded Limbaugh the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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