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Chuck Todd and Republican Sen. Ron Johnson Debate the Election Results on Meet The Press

Johnson is one of a dozen Republican senators who plan to challenge the Electoral College certification on Wednesday. “We are not acting to thwart the democratic process — we are acting to protect it,” Johnson said.

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Meet The Press host Chuck Todd went toe-to-toe with Sen. Ron Johnson Sunday over GOP lawmakers’ efforts to challenge certification of Electoral College votes.

“You made an allegation there was widespread fraud, you have failed to offer specific evidence of that widespread fraud, but you’re demanding an investigation on the grounds that there are allegations of widespread fraud. So essentially, you are the arsonist here. President Trump is the arsonist here,” Todd said to Johnson.

Johnson is one of a dozen Republican senators who plan to challenge the Electoral College certification on Wednesday.  “We are not acting to thwart the democratic process — we are acting to protect it,” Johnson said.

Todd claimed the president and his Republican allies are alleging voter fraud even as the courts have dismissed scores of lawsuits filed by Trump’s legal team. Todd told Johnson that he and his colleagues “don’t get to make these allegations that haven’t been proven true.”

The contentious nationally televised interview came to an end when he thanked Johnson for appearing because “only two of your colleagues had the guts to say yes this weekend about this conspiracy theory that you’re working on.”

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Records Show Chris Cuomo Had Greater Role in Helping Andrew Cuomo

Cuomo asked Melissa DeRosa, the top aide to his brother, to assist the team in developing the former governor’s response to accusations of improper conduct made against him late last year.  

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CNN host Chris Cuomo continues to find himself when it comes to his brother, former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who resigned from the position following numerous allegations of sexual misconduct. 

Records released Monday by the New York Attorney General’s office revealed that the CNN anchor was more involved in his brother’s situation. 

The communication via emails and text where Cuomo asked Melissa DeRosa, the top aide to his brother, to assist the team in developing the former governor’s response to accusations of improper conduct made against him late last year.  

“Please let me help with the prep,” Cuomo wrote to DeRosa in a text message on March 3. Then on March 7, DeRosa sent Cuomo a text stating, “Rumor going around from politico 1-2 more ppl coming out tomorrow.”

Cuomo didn’t discuss these documents released by New York’s attorney general showing how involved he was in advising his brother. However, a CNN spokesperson did provide comment on the matter as Deadline relayed the remarks. 

“The thousands of pages of additional transcripts and exhibits that were released today by the NY Attorney General deserve a thorough review and consideration,” a spokesperson said. 

“We will be having conversations and seeking additional clarity about their significance as they relate to CNN over the next several days.”

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Joe Scarborough Calls Out Rep. Ronny Jackson Over Omicron Tweet

“The stupidity is remarkable,” Scarborough said.

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The Omicron COVID-19 variant is the latest to mutate and make its way to various countries. 

Nonetheless, as with the original virus and Delta variant, the Omicron has already become a political talking point despite recently surfacing in South Africa. 

This past weekend, Republican Rep. Ronny Jackson tweeted out a conspiracy of a Democratic plot to “cheat” in the midterm elections. 

“Here comes the MEV – the Midterm Election Variant!” Jackson tweeted

“They NEED a reason to push unsolicited nationwide mail-in ballots. Democrats will do anything to CHEAT during an election – but we’re not going to let them!”

MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough addressed these remarks made by Jackson on “Morning Joe.” 

“The stupidity is remarkable,” Scarborough said. “I guess you have to lay the stupidity at the feet of the people who actually would believe the stupid lies because it’s all out there.”

Scarborough went on to question whether Jackson’s constituents could fall for these claims made by the politician. “It’s just absolute, complete stupidity,” the “Morning Joe” co-host would add.

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KMBC, KCWE President & General Manager Sarah Smith Retires

Smith’s career spans nearly four decades

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KMBC-TV and KCWE-TV in Kansas City, Missouri, announced that they are saying goodbye to its president and general manager, Sarah Smith; she will be retiring after a decade run with the two stations. 

Smith’s career spans nearly four decades, making stops at various stations such as president and general manager at KETV, the company’s Omaha ABC affiliate. 

“I’ve been blessed to work with so many great people,” Smith said in a statement. “Their creativity and commitment have been crucial to the ongoing success of KMBC/KCWE, as well as KETV, and I have had the wonderful support of the nurturing culture of Hearst Television.”

During her tenure, KMBC received recognition for six straight years as the top television newsgroup in the Kansas and Missouri market by the Radio Television Digital News Association. 

Furthermore, their news coverages earned three regional Edward R. Murrow awards, including the Overall Excellence Award and Best Newscast.

“Throughout her impressive career, Sarah has tirelessly advocated for the power of local television in our communities,” Hearst Television President Jordan Wertlieb said in a statement. 

“She did an outstanding job leading and growing three important properties, including two of the highest-rated ABC affiliates in the country. She has been an important voice in our company and leaves a tremendous legacy that will continue to be felt in the years ahead. We wish her great success in her well-deserved next chapter.”

The stations don’t have an immediate replacement to take for Smith as the announcement of an eventual successor will be shared at a later date. 

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