By now, you’ve surely heard about Lauren Boebert’s Beetlejuice “performance.” So here's my Boebert's Juicy Display:
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The indictment of Sen. Bob Menendez is full of lurid details, including hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash stuffed into clothes
The average reader will look at the indictment and say “These guys are toast.” But there are a number of complex issues that could be argued by the defense
Concerns about Bidens age are valid to an extent but idk what talking heads expect the party to do at this point. Dem voters will continue to hold their noses and vote for him. The other part that doesn’t help is that the media is bored. They want nothing more than to turn this into a Kamala Harris vs. Generic Republican race and we all know how much they love beating up on strong women of color. #Politics #Election2024 #USPolitics
Exhausted by a media that addresses Biden as a "gaffe machine" but barely bothers to note the vicious, evil shit this guy spewed daily
"Milley claims Trump made shocking comment about disabled veteran: ‘No one wants to see that’"
Also, shocking? Disgusting, horrifying, yes. Shocking, which implies surprise? No. Standard Trump.
Trump suggests Mark Milley could be executed, possibly violating his pre-trial release conditions
Just for the record, I couldn't care less how members of Congress dress for their day job. There are times when business attire makes more sense, maybe. But even then I don't care.
I care about your voting record. I care about your level of corruption. I care about your constituents not your donors.
And any paper that thinks it needs to dress down a senator for dressing down isn't worth my time or money.
When Democrats hold a chamber of Congress, Republicans obstruct and trigger a shutdown. When Republicans hold a chamber of Congress, they obstruct and trigger a shutdown.
Republicans can't govern. Stop sending them to Congress.
Corporate America to DC: Don't shut down the government | CNN Business
https://www.cnn.com/2023/09/22/business/corporations-federal-government-shutdown/index.html #governmentshutdown #congress #uspolitics
"Senator Menendez is of course innocent until proven guilty. But when you consider the seriousness of the charges, it would be prudent for Senator Menendez to resign from the Senate, and concentrate on his criminal defense."
And he should go to prison if convicted. Or in this case, when he's convicted because he got away with similar before and the DOJ closed those gaps.
Wolff is one of the better reads in books on #USPolitics. This article doesn't disappoint.
"“Why don’t you just settle?” asked the visitor. This provoked a Murdoch rant, lots of it hard to follow but leaving the visitor with the sense that Murdoch had found himself alone, up against all those who wanted him to settle, and that he, if no one else, was going to stand up for free speech. And at any rate, it wasn’t Fox’s fault. It was Donald Trump’s fault. He wasn’t going to pay for what Donald Trump did. Sue Donald Trump. The visitor came away wondering how this famously cold and analytic business mind had become such a hot mess."
"Donald posted this on Truth Social, the social media network I used to think of as Twitter for Nazis until, well, Twitter became Twitter for Nazis
A mentor of Milley’s essentially says that, after 200 years, we can no longer assume that “we would have a stable person as president.” High-ranking people in Donald’s orbit refer to him as “the most flawed person.”
With a government shutdown appearing to be inevitable, I felt the need to write this Open Limerick To Kevin McCarthy:
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The problem that American righties are going to have, even with a court that leans their way, in proving that the Biden government illegally coerced social media companies into moderation of speech is that they routinely refused the government’s requests.
And unlike gun control legislation the censorship of “harmful” points of view is deeply rooted in American legislative and judicial history. To say otherwise is to admit you failed history class.
@jeffjarvis @alex Jordan should have been thrown out of Congress years ago.
Jim Jordan just ‘snickered’ when wrestler told him team doctor ‘held my balls longer than normal’: report https://www.rawstory.com/2018/07/jim-jordan-just-snickered-wrestler-told-team-doctor-held-balls-longer-normal-report/ #gop #uspolitics
@jgkoomey @bnlawrence Truth is paywalled, but the lies are free.
Have a gift link you can edit into your toot so that everybody can read the article about how the GOP has become a fascist post-truth party.
*Letters from an American*
#USPolitics #Politics #UAW #Unions #Labor #LivingWage #ShawnFain #BidenHarris #YoungVote #YoungPeopleVote #MaxwellFrost
@ProPublica #SCOTUS #ClarenceThomas #Koch #LeonardLeo #FederalistSociety
#DOJ #BobMenendez #History #Histodons
Jack Smith is preparing for the end game.
He's pulled in Alex Whiting, his ex-deputy from the Hague, in preparation for the trial against Trump. As a veteran war-crimes prosecutor, Whiting is well placed to bring a laser-focus to the trial. He's already been spotted at other trials checking out the Judge and the opposing counsel.
Whiting's previous experience will help, too; he spent seven years with the Justice Department in Boston, prosecuting organised crime cases.
Smith is NOT mucking around, as Trump is about to find out.
I don't think any President in my lifetime has explicitly sided with labor over capital in this way.
Click the link, not the preview to bypass the paywall
Most Americans Want Politicians to Stop Attacking Trans People
In a new survey, only 17% said that politicians should focus on restricting gender-affirming care.
There’s a tremendous overlap between the Menendez and Trump cases which means we’ll get to watch righties cheer as they set precedent that will ultimately be used against them.
Just like when they acquitted that former drug user who had a gun in a race to strike down the very gun control law they now want to use against Hunter Biden.
Truly, amazingly, stupid people.
55) In a similar vein, to the prior post, #CornelWest's #GreenParty candidacy, poses a threat to #JoeBiden and while I’m an admirer of Professor West, it would be better if he joined forces with #Biden to defeat the existential threat to democracy that is #DonaldTrump
Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez of New Jersey and his wife have been indicted by a federal grand jury, according to court filings unsealed Friday.
CBS News reports: "The bribes allegedly included cash, gold, payments toward a home mortgage, compensation for a 'low-or-no-show-job,' a luxury vehicle and 'other things of value.'"
I suspect the left will not be screaming "witch hunt" about this.
BBC News - US Senator Bob Menendez charged in bribery investigation
@Lazarou F**k subsidies and bribes.
Let me guess. Those empty seats at those Kotch Donor events would have gone unfilled if Clarence Thomas hadn’t attended so of course he HAD to go. 🤬 #USPolitics
This opinion piece from the Guardian makes an excellent point: high quality journalistic sources covering US politics need to focus on truth and context, instead "neutrality" and trying to somehow seem to be balanced in their coverage of the two parties, given that one is actively anti-facts and anti-democracy.
Adam Schiff accuses Republicans of setting stage for Trump dictatorship at tense hearing
It has been 2 years and 8+ months and library vendors/database providers are still pretending that the 1/06 insurrection didn't happen and doesn't qualify as a current event/research topic in their topical collections. This is your periodic reminder that that's a load of cowardly bullshit. #AcademicLibraries #Libraries #USPolitics
Including the social cost of carbon in federal purchasing decisions is a very big deal. It creates a huge incentive to choose things which don't burn fossil fuels.
And this is one heck of an endorsement of the policy:
"Critics said they feared the new step would end up harming the fossil fuel industry."
Speaker-in-name-only McCarthy could cut a deal with Democrats to keep the government open. Five breakaway Republicans in swing districts could work with Democrats to keep the government.
Don't let ANY Republican off the hook because they won't stand up to the extremists in their own party.
Rupert Murdoch is stepping down as chairman of the board of both Fox Corp. and News Corp. at age 92.
CNBC reports: https://flip.it/BixK4d
And here's how Fox News covered the announcement: https://www.foxnews.com/media/rupert-murdoch-announces-transition-new-role-chairman-emeritus-fox-news-corp
Republicans have targeted nutrition and education programs for budget cuts. No surprise there. #uspolitics
It's frustrating a fight like this happened period, but even small towns notice this nonsense // Embattled WA library wins lawsuit, won’t shut down after book-ban fight https://www.tri-cityherald.com/news/local/article279582849.html #USPolitics #WashingtonState
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy will travel to Washington Thursday to make a renewed pitch for American aid to support his country's ongoing fight against Russia, as a new round of funding is in limbo ahead of a looming government shutdown.
NPR reports: https://flip.it/mql3Pg
Uncivil obedience is the stepchild of the more familiar form of protest, civil disobedience.
Instead of violating unjust laws, protestors follow the law (but in a way that undermines its very rationale).
Examples include atheists who have used laws to keep ‘pornography’ out of schools to request that the Bible be banned, and the Satanic Temple, which has used rules permitting religious after-school clubs to found clubs for young Satanists.
Merrick Garland laughs as GOP congressman shouts Ukraine conspiracy theories at him in hearing
AOC slams Marjorie Taylor Greene over her dress code complaint: ‘Aren’t you the one who did revenge porn in a hearing’
I'm not even close to a violent person, but whenever Gym Jordan opens his mouth, he tests my temperament. 😡
Two takes on the new Climate Corps that Biden announced to train people for the work that needs to be done to achieve decarbonization.
Click the links, not the preview to bypass the paywalls. #GiftArticle
#Climate #ClimateAction #USPolitics #Biden
The White House unveiled a new climate jobs training program that it says could put 20,000 people to work in its first year on projects like restoring land, improving communities' resilience to natural disasters and deploying clean energy.
NPR reports: "The American Climate Corps is modeled after a program that put millions to work during the Great Depression."
U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland is set to face his GOP critics as Justice Department is under heavy scrutiny.
AP reports that House Republicans plan "to use a routine oversight hearing to interrogate him about what they claim is the 'weaponization' of the Justice Department under President Joe Biden."
"There is nothing in journalistic standards that says you have to give a platform for someone to spread lies, even if they are a senator or representative (or even the [ex-]president)...
We do not need to reward bad behavior with airtime...
If there are no consequences, how will we teach that this behavior is reprehensible?"
To anyone in the corporate news media. You do not have to treat Donald Trump like a normal presidential candidate. He is under 91 criminal indictments for attempting a coup to overturn the 2020 election and for stealing our nation's top national security documents.
Please focus on being "truthful", not "neutral". Focus on your journalistic standards and your civic responsibility, not on your ratings and your "access".
California Governor Newsom will be signing SB253, which mandates big companies to disclose not just direct greenhouse gas emissions from their operations, but emissions from their suppliers and estimates of scope 3 emissions from use of their products.
Since every big company operating in California is covered, we'll end up with emissions disclosure for much of the world economy.
Meet the Press and its softball interview of Trump was a disgrace.
The only way journalists should be covering Donald Trump is as a criminal defendant who has been indicted 91 times for attempting a coup and stealing our nation's top national security documents. That's it.
The owners of corporate news media want Trump back for ratings and unnecessary corporate tax cuts, and the end of American democracy is seen as a small price to pay.
#USpol #USpolitics #politics #corporatenews
@w7voa They used to have more places to put these people ...
How The Loss Of U.S. Psychiatric Hospitals Led To A Mental Health Crisis https://www.npr.org/2017/11/30/567477160/how-the-loss-of-u-s-psychiatric-hospitals-led-to-a-mental-health-crisis #guns #uspolitics #trump
It’s almost as if corporate media hasn’t learned anything from what happened to the country the last time they platformed him. They offer him a megaphone to spread democracy damaging lies…and then they’re surprised when democratic institutions are damaged as a result. They’re choosing to be complicit in the violence his behaviour encourages. (Canadian media is doing the same thing with our demagogues.)
The founders of the United States viewed #impeachment as a way to remind the president that he is not above the law and to deter abuses of power – not just to remove him from office
@dankennedy_nu #Trump's a rapist (and probable pedophile) who's been charged with 91 felonies. He should be shunned by all decent people.
Donald Trump & Jeffrey Epstein Rape Lawsuit and Affidavits on Scribd: https://www.scribd.com/doc/316341058/Donald-Trump-Jeffrey-Epstein-Rape-Lawsuit-and-Affidavits #uspolitics
Thinking about US Rep Boebert (God help me). I'm old enough to remember when a Rep groping their date while the date fondles her during a show, then cursing a blue streak when she's kicked out of the theater, would result in the Rep eventually resigning in shame. Then again, we still have no idea who Rep George Santos really is, and a fmr. President who tried to overthrow an election is the likely nominee to run again, so the bar isn't just low, it's buried deep in the Earth's core. #uspolitics
How did an uncharismatic lawyer come to rule the Senate?
Sen. Mitch McConnell has for decades built his influence with a calculated and calm audacity.
A longtime Kentucky journalist looks at McConnell’s long career of Senate business (not service):
Two controversial votes at Wisconsin's state Capitol show GOP efforts to shape elections.
Wisconsin Public Radio reports on the move to oust the state's top election official and overhaul how state legislative maps are created.
A jury acquitted three men Friday in the last trial connected to a plan to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, a scheme that was portrayed as an example of homegrown terrorism on the eve of the 2020 presidential election.
AP reports: "The key players ... were convicted of a kidnapping conspiracy last year in a different court."
As I'm reading through the (potentially triggering) statistics in this article, I'm struck by how much is relevant to me and my circle directly, and it's staggering to realize it all at once. #Pandemic #Covid #COVID19 #Trauma #GunViolence #MassShooting #MassShootings #OpioidCrisis #ClimateChange #NaturalDisasters #HurricaneHarvey #USPolitics https://newrepublic.com/article/175311/america-polarized-traumatized-trump-violence
The FEC cleared Ted Cruz of misusing campaign funds for promoting his book, we learned on Wednesday.
1,141,782 Americans Dead From COVID 19
1,504 Americans Dead Last Week
U.S. - 4.19% of the global population
Calculated 2023 Aug 07
U.S. - 16.38% of global pandemic deaths
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Hunter Biden is a prime example of the ways presidential children have been used and exploited for their fathers’ political harm (and occasionally, benefit).