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News Roundup: A CDC document brings alarming news about delta; Justice Department turns on Trump

News Roundup: A CDC document brings alarming news about delta; Justice Department turns on Trump

In the news today: An internal CDC document about the delta variant of the coronavirus grimly declares “the war has changed”; there may be a glimmer of hope yet for a voting-rights workaround to the filibuster, with Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia playing a central role in revising the bill; Attorney General Merrick Garland is threatening to sue Texas Gov. Greg Abbott over an aggressive order targeting migrants; and Republican voters are feeling pretty down about the state of…

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‘We’ll handle it internally’: Texas deputy attorney general pays the price for mocking Simone Biles

‘We’ll handle it internally’: Texas deputy attorney general pays the price for mocking Simone Biles

Americans and gymnastics fans alike were shocked this Tuesday at the news that Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles opted to withdraw from an event after failing to land a challenging vault. Biles’ announcement came as a shock because many saw her as the American face of the Tokyo Olympics; however, while some were disappointed, others applauded Biles for her courage to stand up for herself and put her health above the sport. Of course, many of those who took the opportunity to immediately criticize Biles…

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House Goober Gang, including Greene and Gaetz, run off by protesters during cynical publicity stunt

House Goober Gang, including Greene and Gaetz, run off by protesters during cynical publicity stunt

In a cynical attempt at counterprogramming the Jan. 6 House Select Committee hearings, the 4G Goober Gang—Marjorie Taylor Greene, Matt Gaetz, Louie Gohmert, and Paul Gosar—sought to draw attention to the wretched state of the “political prisoners” who were arrested in the wake of the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection, many of whom remain in stir. It didn’t go quite as planned. The Hill: The Republican lawmakers had gathered Tuesday to press the Department of Justice (DOJ) for a status report…

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Civiqs poll: 80% of Republicans believe election was stolen from Trump

Civiqs poll: 80% of Republicans believe election was stolen from Trump

A steady stream of polls from multiple outlets have shown that a shocking number of Republican voters believe the election was somehow stolen from Donald Trump, and/or that Joe Biden is not the legitimate president. But new Daily Kos/Civiqs polling finds an even more eye-popping number: 80% of GOP voters “agree with former President Donald Trump’s claim that the 2020 presidential election was stolen from him.” Among the broader electorate, 39% say the election was stolen, while 55% say it was…

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Trump’s aides reportedly fretting over his potential toxic touch in future endorsements

Trump’s aides reportedly fretting over his potential toxic touch in future endorsements

Donald Trump is a colossal, outsized, Brobdingnagian loser. You might even say he’s a “yuge” loser. And while he’s always been a loser (see also: multiple bankruptcies), his loser bona fides are shining particularly brightly these days. He lost the popular vote in 2016. He lost the presidency in 2020, conspicuously becoming the first loser incumbent in nearly 30 years. Under his “leadership,” Republicans lost the House. They also lost the Senate. And during his stewardship, he nearly let American democracy slip through…

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News Roundup: New vaccine rules for federal workers; bipartisan infrastructure deal falls short

News Roundup: New vaccine rules for federal workers; bipartisan infrastructure deal falls short

In the news today: As COVID-19 cases continue to soar among unvaccinated Americans, President Joe Biden announced new vaccine requirements for federal workers, with a military vaccine mandate likely to follow. The Senate voted yesterday to begin debate on a “bipartisan” infrastructure plan. What’s the bipartisan part? That it’s less ambitious than needed and reeeeeally sketchy about its numbers. After House Speaker Nancy Pelosi claimed the Biden administration doesn’t have the legal authority to unilaterally cancel student debt, advocates point…

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Black woman’s travels with white adoptive sister end in police questioning

Black woman’s travels with white adoptive sister end in police questioning

A Black woman was accused of trafficking her adoptive sister, a white 4-year-old girl, when she traveled to Texas with the child last Tuesday, according to The Denver Channel. Lakeyjanay Bailey, a 21-year-old woman from Aurora, Colorado, was targeted when she flew Frontier Airlines and learned after landing at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport that another passenger on the plane was suspicious of her, the ABC-affiliated news station reported. “There were two police officers, and they came up to me and said,…

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Missouri isn’t just the heart of the new COVID-19 outbreak, it’s a political disaster zone

Missouri isn’t just the heart of the new COVID-19 outbreak, it’s a political disaster zone

For some reason, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt believes that protecting the SARS-CoV-2 virus from the threat of masks is his top priority. And this week he has demonstrated that belief both by refusing to meet with the mayor of Kansas City and by filing a lawsuit against St. Louis that’s not just factually incorrect, but riddled with lies meant to disguise Republican failings. For weeks, cases of COVID-19 have been spilling out of highly Republican counties in southwest Missouri, filling…

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Schumer makes bold promises on climate, he can’t let Sinema break them

Schumer makes bold promises on climate, he can’t let Sinema break them

Following the advancement of the bipartisan infrastructure package, one which drastically reduced the commitment in President Joe Biden’s original American Jobs Plan to combat climate change, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer made a bold claim: “As Majority Leader, I will not pass an infrastructure package that does not reduce carbon pollution at a scale commensurate with the urgent climate crisis we face. And that’s exactly what Democrats will do.” </p>   As Majority Leader, I will not pass an infrastructure package that does…

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Phony ‘racial justice’ group attempts to frighten white suburbanites … but gets exposed instead

Phony ‘racial justice’ group attempts to frighten white suburbanites … but gets exposed instead

While I’ve somehow managed to live as a white person for more than five decades without once feeling persecuted over the color of my skin, the 24/7 White Grievance Media sees an America (or, rather, a dwindling majority of very concerned white folks) under existential threat. In other words, it’s easy to sell grievance to conspiracy-primed racists who greedily swallow performative nonsense like a flock of deranged pelicans scarfing down perilously over-microwaved Hot Pockets. It’s pretty easy to get on the…

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