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Monday, April 12, 2021

The Biden administration on Monday put Michigan's Democratic governor on notice that her plea for more vaccine to be sent to the state isn't going to happen, despite a surging Covid-19 outbreak there. read more


The police officer who fatally shot a Black man during a traffic stop in a Minneapolis suburb apparently intended to fire a Taser, not a handgun, the city's police chief said Monday. read more


Domino's Pizza said Monday it's testing a self-driving delivery vehicle in southeastern Texas that could ultimately send out pies across the country. read more


All the things that could prolong the COVID-19 pandemic -- that could make this virus a part of our lives longer than anyone wants " are playing out right in front of our eyes. The big picture: Right now, the U.S. is still making fantastic progress on vaccinations. But as variants of the virus cause new outbreaks and infect more children, the U.S. is also getting a preview of what the future could hold if our vaccination push loses steam -- as experts fear it soon might.


Sunday, April 11, 2021

John Boehner says a tendency toward being "political terrorists" is stronger in his own Republican Party than among Democrats, and named Texas Senator Ted Cruz and fellow Ohioan Representative Jim Jordan as among the offenders. read more


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Will Smith's slavery film Emancipation pulls out of Georgia over voting laws
www.bbc.com

...Will Smith's slavery film Emancipation has pulled out of filming in Georgia over what the star has called the US state's new "regressive voting laws".

In a statement issued to Deadline by Smith and director Antoine Fuqua, the pair said they felt "compelled" to act.

"We cannot in good conscience provide economic support to a government that enacts regressive voting laws that are designed to restrict voter access."...


Yet another view...

GOP Gov. Asa Hutchinson Deplores Trump Attacks on McConnell: 'Let's Get Back to Our Principles'
www.newsweek.com

...Arkansas Republican Governor Asa Hutchinson hit back at former President Donald Trump on Sunday for his attack on Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, urging the Republican Party to get back to their "principles."...

...Hutchinson said: "Well anything that's divisive is a concern and it is not helpful for us fighting the battles in Washington and at the state level. In some ways it's not a big deal what [Trump] said but at the same time whenever it draws attention, we don't need that."

"We need unity. We need to be focused together. We have slim majorities or slim numbers in Washington and we got battles to fight, so we need to get beyond that," Hutchinson said.

Hutchinson was also asked about former House Speaker John Boehner's comments suggesting that the Republican Party is not what it used to be.

"You think about the Republican Party today," said the governor. "We do need to remind ourselves: let's get back to our principles. Let's stop the personality divisions that we have and focus on, really, the historic role that we've played, which is a voice for smaller government."...


Another view...

Trump's irate, lie-filled RNC speech shows tensions in GOP
www.vox.com

...The Republican Party knows Trump is risky, but they need him for now

Trump's speech probably did not surprise anyone in the room, but it drove home the predicament that the GOP finds itself in. On one hand, Republican Party elites know that his fondness for picking fights -- with the media, with GOP politicians who don't submit to him, with anyone who criticizes him -- can act as a liability for the party by creating division and alienating moderates. On the other hand, Trump still has a great deal of popularity with the base, and the party doesn't think it can afford to turn its back on him.

Trump's fixation on McConnell, the most influential Republican lawmaker in Congress, is a reminder of how Trump can cause chaos in the midterms. He's already vowed to do so -- during the Conservative Political Action Conference in February, he said that the party should "get rid of" every Republican in Congress who voted to impeach or convict him in his second impeachment trial, shortly before he left office. He's already endorsed Republican primary challengers to incumbent Republicans in the House, such as Rep. Anthony Gonzalez of Ohio, who joined the impeachment vote against him.

Trump's behavior suggests that the Republican Party could be fighting on two fronts as the midterms approach -- against both Democrats, and Trump-endorsed candidates meant to take out sitting Republican incumbents.

But Trump is still very popular with much of the party's base

A Reuters/Ipsos poll taken at the end of March shows 60 percent of Republicans believe Trump's false claims that the election was stolen from him -- and similarly, about 65 percent say he should run for president again in 2024.

That level of popularity and trust is why the RNC situated its retreat near Mar-a-Lago and had him as a headliner. It's also why the organization uses Trump's image to raise funds " something which has prompted Trump to issue a cease-and-desist letter....




Will the GOP leadership yield to the popularity of fmr Pres Trump within the Republican base, or will they cut bait?


Brazil's health system has long since collapsed, says doctor
www.dw.com

...An infectious diseases specialist in Rio de Janeiro says the situation in Brazil's hospitals is catastrophic. He predicts that the death toll will worsen before vaccines start to bring about improvement....

The Manhattan DA is really ratcheting up pressure...

Manhattan Prosecutors Get Evidence Related to Trump CFO's Son
www.bloomberg.com

...The Manhattan District Attorney's office picked up several boxes of financial records from the former daughter-in-law of Trump Organization's chief financial officer Allen Weisselberg, in the latest sign that state prosecutors intend to pressure Trump's right hand man to cooperate in their investigation of the former president's business practices....

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