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Thursday, June 17, 2021

Stacey Abrams on Thursday threw her support behind Sen. Joe Manchin's proposed revisions to congressional Democrats' expansive election and ethics reform bill, conferring him the endorsement of one of the nation's premier voting rights activists.

I am not surprised by this, the SC is a political body regardless of their claims to be apolitical, they aren't. They saw that millions would lose coverage if they decided differently, and though their personal beliefs told them they didn't want the personal mandate to stay, they knew that millions would lose insurance and they, like the pragmatacists they are, deciced to even hear the case to throw it out. What this means.....Obamacare is here to stay forever! The Republican war against it has been lost, there is no more fight left against it.

Never before in history has a former president held such influence over a political party as Trump does today, even though the party lost the White House and both chambers of Congress under his watch. He incited a violent insurrection, spread dangerous lies about the election, and violated just about every principle and philosophy Republicans once claimed to believe in. For a moment afterward, some Republicans, even ones loyal to him, repudiated Trump. Yet in the days and weeks after he left office, faced with charting a new path or reverting to Trumpism, Republican leaders as well as rank-and-file members have rushed back into the arms of the same guy who whipped his followers into such a frenzy that they stormed the Capitol, built a gallows, and chanted about hanging the vice president.

MSNBC's Brian Williams shares the tale of Jason Riddle who stands accused of participating in the Trump-incited Capitol insurrection. Riddle recently spoke to Katherine Underwood with Boston's NBC10 about his political ambitions -- but didn't know the candidate he wanted to defeat was a member of the U.S. House rather than the Massachusetts state house.

The U.S. House on Thursday will move to repeal a nearly two-decade-old war powers measure, marking what many lawmakers hope will be the beginning of the end of wide-ranging authorities given to the president after the 9/11 terror attacks.

Congressman Jim Jordan is big mad. Why won't the Justice Department investigate the extremely credible claim that Italian satellites threw the 2020 presidential election to Joe Biden? Not even after White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows sent him a YouTube video "proving" it! "That is a problem," the Ohio congressman thundered at yesterday's Oversight Committee hearing on the Capitol Insurrection, referring to the recently released cache of emails showing a sustained pressure campaign by the White House to force the Justice Department to interfere in the 2020 election. "When the chief of staff to the president of the United States asks someone in the executive branch to do something, and they basically give him the finger, I think that's the problem we should be looking into."

The Supreme Court Thursday morning tossed aside conservatives' latest challenge to the Affordable Care Act, rejecting the Trump administration's bid to get the entire health care law thrown out.

Having a clown at a birthday party is an old-school"albeit slightly terrifying"rite of passage that kids have been forced to endure for decades now. But having a birthday party full of mostly clowns is goddamn nightmare fuel. Yet that's the best way to describe the guest list at the little soire that someone decided to throw together for Donald Trump on Monday night in celebration of his 75th birthday"except Melania Trump, the former president's wife of 16 years, was not among them. And Jimmy Kimmel noticed! On Tuesday night, Kimmel shared a quick clip of a video that Donald Trump Jr. (a.k.a. DJ TJ, a.k.a. Fredo) posted to his Instagram of a group of well-wishers singing a poorly orchestrated version of "Happy Birthday" to his dad at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey. And to borrow a phrase from the former president himself, it all looked rather sad. But Kimmel was quick to point out that Melania seemed to be MIA. Read more

Former President Donald Trump once again cast aspersions on American Jews who didn't vote for him in either the 2016 and 2020 presidential elections. Via The Forward's Jacob Kornbluh, Trump told conservative Jewish publication Ami Magazine that American Jews didn't give him enough credit for everything he did to help Israel. "I did the Heights, I did Jerusalem, and I did Iran... I believe we got 25 percent of the Jewish vote, and it doesn't make sense," he complained. "It just seems strange to me." According to the Jewish Virtual Library, Trump only received 22 percent of the Jewish vote in the 2020 election, while President Joe Biden received 76 percent. Trump then questioned American Jews' love of Israel because they didn't vote for him. "Jewish people who live in the United States don't love Israel enough," he said. "Does that make sense to you? I'm not talking about Orthodox Jews."

MIAMI " A little-known GOP candidate in one of Florida's most competitive congressional seats was secretly recorded threatening to send "a Russian and Ukrainian hit squad" to a fellow Republican opponent to make her "disappear." During a 30-minute call with a conservative activist that was recorded before he became a candidate, William Braddock repeatedly warned the activist to not support GOP candidate Anna Paulina Luna in the Republican primary for a Tampa Bay-area congressional seat because he had access to assassins. The seat is being vacated by Rep. Charlie Crist (D-Fla.), who is running for governor. Read more

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

A small town in Florida accidentally sold its water tower in a blundered real estate transaction.

There is an interesting lawsuit out of Indiana where Indianapolis Metro Police Department Officer De'Joure Mercer is suing the National Football League (NFL) for defamation after the NFL claimed that his shooting of an African American man was due to "systemic racism." (Officer Mercer is also African American).The suspect, Dreasjon Reed, reportedly fired repeatedly at Mercer before he killed him " a shooting found to be justified by a review board. A special prosecutor also announced that a grand jury rejected any charges against Mercer. Read more

General Motors Co. is raising its investment in electric vehicles"the second boost in recent months"and pushing deeper into battery production, making it the latest global auto maker to accelerate its transition to plug-in cars. The company also raised its guidance for pretax profit excluding one-time items for the first half of this year, to between $8.5 billion and $9.5 billion, compared with its prior forecast of $5.5 billion. GM attributed the improved outlook to continued strength in the U.S. vehicle market and progress combating the semiconductor shortage that has stymied global vehicle production this year. GM said Wednesday that it will spend $35 billion on electric and autonomous vehicles through 2025, about 30% higher than a target set last November. The increase reflects plans to add two more battery factories in the U.S., joining a plant under construction in Ohio and another slated for Tennessee.

"This is not the first time something like this has happened... at our restaurant," a statement by the burger chain said. Nine police officers involved in the incident have now been suspended. Read more

The manager of a New York City Shake Shack restaurant said he was unlawfully detained by police and "taunted" after he was falsely accused last year of poisoning three officers' milkshakes.

Here's the feel-good story of the week: A New Zealand environmental group has collapsed under the weight of its own wokeness. According to The Guardian, School Strike 4 Climate's Auckland chapter announced its formal dissolution in a Facebook post that sounded an awful lot like the transcript of a Maoist "struggle session." It had "avoided, ignored and tokenised BIPOC [Black, Indigenous and people of colour] voices and demands" and been "a racist, white-dominated space." Well.

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