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Rudy Giuliani testifying before the Michigan House Oversight Committee on Dec. 2. Photo: Rey Del Rio/Getty Images

An investigation by Michigan's Republican-led Senate Oversight Committee found no evidence of widespread voter fraud in 2020, and recommended that Michigan's attorney general investigate individuals who made false claims "for their own ends."

Why it matters: A 35-page report released by the committee debunks election falsehoods and conspiracy theories spread by former President Trump and his supporters in the aftermath of November's election.

  • As recently as May, Trump was falsely claiming that votes in Michigan were "intentionally switched" from him to President Biden, calling the fraud allegation "MASSIVE and determinative."

Driving the news: The months-long investigation repudiates claims from GOP activists who alleged that some voting machines were “manipulated” in rural Antrim County, where human error by the Republican clerk led to initially skewed results, per Bridge Michigan.

  • "The committee finds those promoting Antrim County as the prime evidence of a nationwide conspiracy to steal the election place all other statements and actions they make in a position of zero credibility," the report says.
  • The report acknowledges that "there are glaring issues that must be addressed in current Michigan election law, election security, and certain procedures," but says the issues should not bring into question the integrity of the 2020 election.

What they're saying: "Our clear finding is that citizens should be confident the results represent the true results of the ballots cast by the people of Michigan," the report concluded.

  • “The committee strongly recommends citizens use a critical eye and ear toward those who have pushed demonstrably false theories for their own personal gain.”
  • "The committee recommends the attorney general consider investigating those who have been utilizing misleading and false information about Antrim County to raise money or publicity for their own ends."

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Updated Jun 22, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Pelosi to decide this week whether House will create Jan. 6 commission

Nancy Pelosi. Photo: Joshua Roberts/Getty Images

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) told the House Steering and Policy Committee Tuesday night that she will announce this week whether she will appoint a select committee to investigate the Jan. 6 insurrection, her chief of staff Drew Hammill tweeted.

Why it matters: The creation of such a committee means House Democrats, who currently have a majority, would be responsible for the investigation.

Heat dome sends temperatures soaring from Oregon to Louisiana

Forecast maximum temperatures in degrees Fahrenheit on Thursday, July 29, 2021. (WeatherBell)

The Pacific Northwest is once again in the midst of a heat wave after already seeing its worst such event on record this summer. Temperatures are soaring into the low 100s in some areas, while dangerous heat is also affecting the South Central states and Gulf Coast.

Why it matters: The occurrence of yet another heat wave during a drought in the West is ratcheting up wildfire risks. The heat itself is a major public health risk, since extreme heat is typically the biggest annual weather-related cause of mortality in the U.S.

Biden calls on Congress to extend eviction moratorium as deadline looms

Photo: Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images

President Biden called on Congress on Thursday to extend the CDC's national eviction moratorium due to the threat of the Delta variant, after the Supreme Court ruled that the administration couldn't extend it past July 31 without specific legislation.

Why it matters: Millions of tenants across the country face the threat of eviction in the coming days. The moratorium was first implemented in September 2020 and extended several times to prevent a wave of evictions caused by pandemic-related economic decline.