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News Roundup: Debt ceiling hiked; DeSantis pays for bad advice; TX wants to control private business

News Roundup: Debt ceiling hiked; DeSantis pays for bad advice; TX wants to control private business

Welcome to Tuesday, everybody! The legislative branch of the government was able to take time away from not getting anything done to lift the debt ceiling, so that’s something. Centrist—or more honestly, conservative—Democrats continue to hide behind their even more cowardly Republican counterparts. Corruption pays in Florida. Everything is bigger in Texas, including the blinding hypocrisy of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, who is deciding on how big government can regulate private businesses by not allowing them to follow public health guidelines. Oh,…

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Donald Trump’s need for Hollywood acceptance the only reason Ivanka not president of World Bank

Donald Trump’s need for Hollywood acceptance the only reason Ivanka not president of World Bank

At the start of 2019, Jim Yong Kim “made the surprise announcement” that he would be stepping down at the end of January after six years as the president of the World Bank. Kim was not due to leave until 2022, and that institution’s leadership has always been something the United States—and more specifically the acting president of the United States—gets to choose. This, of course, made the entire global financial community anxious as Donald Trump’s singular financial achievement was to be…

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‘The last straw’: Latino civil rights group ends ties with Facebook following whistleblower report

‘The last straw’: Latino civil rights group ends ties with Facebook following whistleblower report

The largest Latino civil rights organization in the U.S. announced last week that it’s cutting off ties with Facebook, following a recent whistleblower report confirming the social media giant intentionally puts profits over combatting the lies and hate speech rampant on its platforms. The group calls the report “the last straw.” “This week’s revelations from Facebook’s own internal documents confirmed what we have long suspected: Facebook has engaged with us and the civil rights community in bad faith,” said UnidosUS President Janet Murguía…

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Hold him accountable: Coup plotter Jeffrey Clark shouldn’t just be disbarred; he belongs behind bars

Hold him accountable: Coup plotter Jeffrey Clark shouldn’t just be disbarred; he belongs behind bars

The Senate Judiciary Committee’s recently released interim report on Donald Trump’s efforts to take over the Department of Justice to help overturn the 2020 election results contains damning new details about a stormy Jan. 3 Oval Office meeting. There, the former president considered replacing acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen with a lackey loyal to Trump: Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Bossert Clark. Based on what we now know about that meeting, Clark should not only be disbarred but also be jailed. Currently, Clark holds a cushy…

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High schoolers given mere verbal warning after wearing Confederate flag attire to class

High schoolers given mere verbal warning after wearing Confederate flag attire to class

At Norwin High School, a public high school in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, area, two students decided to celebrate the school’s “Merica Day” by wearing Confederate flag attire to school. Yes, really. Apparently, Merica Day is part of a themed week the school puts on to celebrate homecoming. Merica Day, according to the superintendent, encourages students to wear red, white, and blue to school to show support for the United States. Inarguably, the Confederate flag is a symbol of racism and white supremacy, which…

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News Roundup: Trump’s allies defy Congress as Trump himself celebrates an insurrectionist

News Roundup: Trump’s allies defy Congress as Trump himself celebrates an insurrectionist

In the news today: Trump allies implicated in Donald Trump’s seditious plan to topple the government continue to defy House subpoenas—and House investigators do not seem to be responding with the urgency the situation requires. Trump himself taped a video praising the insurrectionist who was shot and killed as the January 6 mob assaulted officers in their attempt to hunt down lawmakers that day, part of a continuing effort to portray the Trump-allied seditionists as “heroes.” Not a lot of good…

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Slow-moving coup is still moving

Slow-moving coup is still moving

Whatever you think of Bill Maher, this is the most important thing he’s said all year. Trump has been methodically purging the GOP of anyone who stands up for democracy, while red state legislators have greatly expanded their power in elections by stripping control from nonpartisan local boards and removing guardians in key counties. Trumpian candidates will be replacing officials who refused to help Trump overthrow the election last year.   Meanwhile, voting protections and any meaningful pushback have fallen by the wayside with our Democratic leadership as…

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Hack in charge of partisan Wisconsin election review admits he doesn’t know how elections work

Hack in charge of partisan Wisconsin election review admits he doesn’t know how elections work

When Donald Trump inevitably chokes to death while trying to swallow an entire Costco rotisserie chicken, you can pretty much guarantee he’ll still be clinging to his nonsensical claims about the 2020 election. His belief that he was robbed last November is simply impervious to facts. Meanwhile, any meager morsel of evidence that supports his febrile stolen-election fantasies, no matter how bonkers, immediately gets stovepiped into his creaky, ramshackle husk of a brain. This would all be super funny if…

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Anti-vaxxers yelling at school kids get a response they weren’t expecting

Anti-vaxxers yelling at school kids get a response they weren’t expecting

Across the country there has been a Koch-funded Republican caravan of anti-mask and anti-vaccine protests. The levels of disruption and threats to school boards and students getting back to school has varied. Republican operatives have used this as an issue with which they can promote what is left of their long-abandoned platforms of “small government” and “family values.” Grabbing onto what was once a fringe movement, the GOP has now added more money and resources into the existing anti-vaxxer movement infrastructure and tied…

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Secretary Deb Haaland competing in the Boston Marathon is about much more than the winner’s podium

Secretary Deb Haaland competing in the Boston Marathon is about much more than the winner’s podium

Department of the Interior Secretary Deb Haaland kicked off Indigenous Peoples’ Day by participating in the Boston Marathon on Monday, Oct. 11. Haaland, a member of the Pueblo of Laguna, is the first Native American to serve as a Cabinet secretary. Among her goals as the U.S. secretary of the Interior is preserving our public lands for future generations, which includes, unsurprisingly, fighting climate change, prioritizing environmental justice, and family-inclusive policies for the outdoors. She is also a long-term advocate for…

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