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News Roundup: The Republican-backed return of McCarthyism, Soviet ambitions, and polio

News Roundup: The Republican-backed return of McCarthyism, Soviet ambitions, and polio

In the news today: The undoing of a century of science and social progress at the hands of a “conservative” fascist movement looking to bring back horrors ranging from McCarthyism to polio. And that’s not hyperbole. Freshly installed in Virginia, the new Republican governor is asking parents to report schoolteachers who touch on “divisive” concepts; this follows nationwide pushes to strip school libraries of hundreds of “divisive” books with lists that focus conspicuously on the works of Black American authors. In Georgia,…

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Wisconsin Republicans want to make it easier for teens to tote guns onto school grounds. Yes, really

Wisconsin Republicans want to make it easier for teens to tote guns onto school grounds. Yes, really

Since it’s already quasi-legal for teenagers to kill protesters in Wisconsin, Badger State Republicans are hoping to further enshrine the kiddos’ right to be public menaces. Call it the “Kyle Rittenhouse Will Blow Your Face Off for Giving Him the Stink Eye, but this Time He’ll Have a Permit” Incel Aggro Act of 2022. Because guns are the panacea to everything all the time, Wisconsin Republicans are aiming to make it easy for every Badger to pack more heat in their…

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Veteran moderate Democrat Jim Cooper will retire after Tennessee GOP gerrymanders his House seat

Veteran moderate Democrat Jim Cooper will retire after Tennessee GOP gerrymanders his House seat

Democratic Rep. Jim Cooper announced Tuesday that he would retire, a declaration that came one day after Tennessee’s Republican legislature passed a new gerrymander designed to turn his 5th Congressional District red. Cooper’s existing seat, which includes all of Nashville, backed Joe Biden 60-37; however, by splitting the city between the 5th, 6th, and 7th Districts, the GOP has created a new 5th that would have favored Donald Trump 54-43. The departure of Cooper, who has been one of the…

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Get-rich-quick schemes spread COVID-19 lies with help from the GOP and Sinema

Get-rich-quick schemes spread COVID-19 lies with help from the GOP and Sinema

Tonya Ferguson gave a presentation to the Reno County, Kansas, commissioners on how essential oils—which she just happened to sell—can help fight COVID-19. “I like to use an immune support, which is like putting my body in a bubble. It’s a powerful tool to combat viral and bacterial threats,” she says on the video. She claimed to have “protocols” to either protect from or treat people suffering from the virus. One of the commissioners tried to shut her down for…

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Neil Young pens open letter to Spotify: ‘They can have [Joe] Rogan or Young. Not both’

Neil Young pens open letter to Spotify: ‘They can have [Joe] Rogan or Young. Not both’

On Monday, famous rock ‘n’ roll musician Neil Young reportedly posted an open letter (now deleted) to his management team and record label demanding that his music be removed from music streaming juggernaut Spotify. Rolling Stone reports the letter highlights Young’s dissatisfaction with the streaming service’s support of podcaster Joe Rogan’s show The Joe Rogan Experience. “They can have [Joe] Rogan or Young. Not both.” This statement by Young comes less than two weeks after 270 doctors, scientists, and health professionals…

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News Roundup: Trump-allied Republicans threaten Jan. 6 committee and anyone who ‘aids’ them

News Roundup: Trump-allied Republicans threaten Jan. 6 committee and anyone who ‘aids’ them

In the news today: After still-disgraced, still-disgraceful Newt Gingrich told a Fox News audience that those probing the Jan. 6 insurrection could be jailed if the Republicans regain Congress, the two Republican members of Jan. 6 special committee responded to Gingrich’s fascist outburst. The Republican insistence on retaliating against anyone who so much as investigates the origins of the insurrection, however, is only getting more encompassing; those “aiding and abetting” the investigation will be cut off from the legal fund…

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New Jersey’s Latino lawmakers say decision reallocating excluded worker funds ‘beyond comprehension’

New Jersey’s Latino lawmakers say decision reallocating excluded worker funds ‘beyond comprehension’

New Jersey’s Legislative Latino Caucus says the state’s unjust reallocation of tens of millions of dollars intended for workers left out of federal pandemic relief is “beyond comprehension,” noting it found out about the diversion of funds at the same time as shocked immigrant residents. “At this time we are doing our due diligence to find a pathway forward, and implore the administration to work with the Latino Caucus to find an immediate remedy to this problem,” members said in a statement reported by Insider…

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Amazon founder’s ex-wife makes waves with billions in charitable donations

Amazon founder’s ex-wife makes waves with billions in charitable donations

It’s hard for me to even imagine having billions of dollars. What would I do with it? Where would I donate it? Whose life could I change forever with my generous donation? MacKenzie Scott, Jeff Bezos’ ex-wife, has apparently figured out the conundrum of wealth and philanthropy quite well. In the past two years, she’s given away more money than Bezos has in his entire lifetime.  According to Forbes, Scott has been a busy little bee, giving away money to no…

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Texas Rep. Ronny Jackson’s anti-immigrant lies appear to leave CNN’s fact-checker exasperated

Texas Rep. Ronny Jackson’s anti-immigrant lies appear to leave CNN’s fact-checker exasperated

The weirdo congressman who when serving as White House doctor claimed that the former twice-impeached president could live to be 200 years old is back, this time spouting lies about immigrants so ridiculous it seems to have caught very professional fact checker Daniel Dale off guard. “In 2022, illegal immigrants will have MORE FREEDOMS and easier access to healthcare and ballot boxes than most Americans,” Texas Rep. Ronny Jackson falsely tweeted on Jan. 16. “Just think about that.” I swear, these mfers will spout the most…

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White murder suspect, accused of burying Black employee’s body under septic tank, allowed bail

White murder suspect, accused of burying Black employee’s body under septic tank, allowed bail

It took an Oklahoma judge revoking the bond of an accused murderer to slow the benefits of white privilege for a Logan County businessman accused of killing one of his employees and burying his body in a septic tank. Still, Daniel Triplett was granted a $500,000 bond and sent home on Jan. 14, wearing an ankle monitor in lieu of being jailed until his trial over the death of Brent Mack, ABC-affiliated KOCO News reported. “This man is off the streets….

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