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Tuesday, October 03, 2023

State lawmakers gained autonomy over how to spend federal safety net dollars following Republican President Ronald Reagan's push to empower the states in the 1980s. Today, people in the South and Midwest, regions largely controlled by Republican state legislators, have increasingly higher chances of dying prematurely compared with those in the more Democratic Northeast and West ... The differences in state policies directly correlate to those years lost ... Read more

"The last five minutes was outstanding because the judge essentially conceded that the statute of limitations, that we won at the court of appeals, is in effect," Trump said. "Therefore about 80% of the case is over." Read more

Monday, October 02, 2023

John Kelly, the longest-serving White House chief of staff for Donald Trump, offered his harshest criticism yet of the former president in an exclusive statement to CNN. Kelly set the record straight with on-the-record confirmation of a number of damning stories about statements Trump made behind closed doors attacking US service members and veterans, listing a number of objectionable comments Kelly witnessed Trump make firsthand.

A year after the world's richest man acquired the social media platform, a game plan published by a fired Trump White House staffer provides a clue.

The Rape Kit Backlog Act, a bipartisan bill introduced Wednesday, is designed to change that. The bill, whose details were shared exclusively with HuffPost, was introduced by Reps. Nancy Mace (R-S.C.) and Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) and seeks to improve reporting requirements on the number of untested rape kits in each state.

Newsom is either an idiot or a genius. The Senate will object to her being sworn in.

Hard-line Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz on Monday night introduced a motion to remove Kevin McCarthy from the House speakership, setting up a dramatic vote over the future of the chamber's Republican majority. The motion must be voted on within two legislative days, under House rules.

Three federal judges sided with a mechanic suing Huntsville officers for false arrest, writing in an opinion this week that Alabamians do not have to show identification when asked by the police. Roland Edger sued the city and two Huntsville officers, alleging they wrongly arrested him outside a church four years ago as he attempted to repair a customer's car. Body camera video shows the officers arresting Edger as he, at first, declined to show them his driver's license. "So to summarize, it has been clearly established for decades prior to Mr. Edger's arrest that the police are free to ask questions, and the public is free to ignore them," a three-judge panel for the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals said in a unanimous opinion issued this week. Judge Charles R. Wilson, writing for the panel, said that Edger had not committed any crime, therefore police had no basis for arresting him.

It's easier to create a Fantasy character then interact with a real one but there are real consequences not only for those who choose this path but for society in general. Read more

Seeking to nail down the support of California Republicans in the GOP primary, former President Donald Trump on Friday mocked Rep. Nancy Pelosi and her husband, who an assailant brutally attacked in the family's San Francisco home last October. "We'll stand up to crazy Nancy Pelosi, who ruined San Francisco " how's her husband doing, anybody know?" Read more

Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.) called on Democrats to back Speaker Kevin McCarthy if Rep. Matt Gaetz follows through on his pledge to file a motion to vacate against McCarthy this week. "Substitute out Kevin McCarthy's name for Hakeem Jeffries or anyone else. If the situation were reversed and the Squad tried to do the same to Hakeem Jeffries, should he be speaker at some point, I can tell you what I would do on the first and 100th vote: I would vote to table it, because I don't think that sends the right message," Fitzpatrick said during an interview on CBS's "Face the Nation." The moderate Republican said he does believe McCarthy will survive the challenge by conservative hardliners.

Bizarre statements and Donald Trump campaign rallies typically go hand in hand, but the former president served up a rant so strange on Sunday it likely raised eyebrows among even the most ardent MAGA supporters. Speaking in Iowa about electric cars, Trump declared he'd rather be electrocuted than eaten by a shark if he was in a shipwreck caused by an electric boat engine"clearly bewildering the audience, which was largely mum. "If I'm sitting down and that boat's going down and I'm on top of a battery, and the water starts flooding in, I'm getting concerned," Trump said. "But then I look 10 yards to my left and there's a shark over there. So I have a choice of electrocution or a shark"you know what I'm going to take? Electrocution. I will take electrocution every single time. Do we agree?"

"What I felt was fear," says Claudia Duarte Agostinho as she remembers the extreme heatwave and fires that ripped through Portugal in 2017 and killed more than 100 people. "The wildfires made me really anxious about what sort of future I would have."

Sunday, October 01, 2023

Christian commentator said that National Football League (NFL) player Travis Kelce and music superstar Taylor Swift should be executed for using their budding relationship as a psy-op to push vaccines on Big Pharma's behalf. Kelce, a star tight end with the Kansas City Chiefs, and the 12-time Grammy Award winner made major headlines when rumors spread that they started to see each other romantically. Swift then appeared at the Chiefs game on Sunday alongside Kelce's mother in a suite, prompting their fans to become increasingly interested in the pairing. The dating rumors have been compounded by the Chiefs' tight end being maligned by some conservatives for starring in a commercial for pharmaceutical company Pfizer, encouraging people to get their flu shot along with their next coronavirus booster. The 33-year-old Kelce amplified the message on his Instagram page, eventually turning off comments as he was inundated with anti-vaccine rhetoric. Read more

Ostracism (Greek: , ostrakismos) was an Athenian democratic procedure in which any citizen could be expelled from the city-state of Athens for ten years.

Saturday, September 30, 2023

All nine are Republicans and all of them voted in favor of the government shutting down.

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