In the news today: The Supreme Court handed down a stunning ruling that overturned OSHA rules requiring COVID-19 vaccination or testing for the nation’s largest employers. The most stunning part was the bizarre theory invented by the court’s conservatives—one that would seem to invalidate nearly all workplace safety rules, from fire prevention to safety railings. Does this mean rules about washing your hands after using the toilet are null and void as well?
The Senate is pushing forward on federal voting rights legislation, but the two Democratic holdouts continue to insist that the filibuster is more important. And on the same day members of a violent militia group were charged with “seditious conspiracy” for their plot to prevent Congress from certifying Donald Trump’s election loss on Jan. 6, top House Republican Kevin McCarthy says he will refuse to testify about his conversations with Trump about Trump’s election-nullifying plans.
I believe the technical term for refusing to testify about your knowledge of a criminal conspiracy is aiding and abetting, but House Republicans have made aiding and abetting Trump’s crimes a core requirement for membership.
Here’s some of what you may have missed:
- The Supreme Court’s ruling against vaccine mandates is much, much worse than it seems
- Jan. 6 siege comes home to roost for Oath Keepers’ Rhodes with ‘seditious conspiracy’ charge
- McCarthy refuses to testify. ‘I wish that he were a brave and honorable man,’ says Cheney
- Sinema surrenders to McConnell, betraying President Biden, Democrats, democracy
- GOP lawmaker bolts after confrontation with reporter about signing fake docs claiming Trump win
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