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7/21/21 2:49 P

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“Monday evening, the Minority Leader recommended 5 Members to serve on the Select Committee. I have spoken with him this morning about the objections raised about Representatives Jim Banks and Jim Jordan and the impact their appointments may have on the integrity of the investigation. I also informed him that I was prepared to appoint Representatives Rodney Davis, Kelly Armstrong and Troy Nehls, and requested that he recommend two other Members.

“With respect for the integrity of the investigation, with an insistence on the truth and with concern about statements made and actions taken by these Members, I must reject the recommendations of Representatives Banks and Jordan to the Select Committee."
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I was truly worried that she would allow that gasbag Gym Jordan to remain! Thank you, Madame Speaker!

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7/17/21 11:07 A

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Here are 20 things you can do THIS WEEK to save democracy: [NOTE: LINKS ARE MENTIONED, THEY ARE IN THE ARTICLE LINKED AT THE BOTTOM.]

•Tell your senators to pass the For The People Act. This link lets you easily send them a message. Do you already know that they support it? Send it anyway. The more they hear from you, the harder they will fight for it. Do it right now!!
•On August 28, the anniversary of the March on Washington and Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, voting rights groups are hosting five simultaneous marches across the country to demand action to protect voting rights. Learn more and sign up for updates here.
•Run for something! Seriously? Why not you?
•Get involved with the Democratic party. We aren’t perfect, but the other side is freaking evil.
•Get involved with Swing Left. They are working on races right now!
•Get involved with Postcards to voters! Influence voters in key areas from the comfort of your own home!
•Donate to the AMAZING Florida Rights Restoration! They are taking buses around Florida to empower returning citizens, remove financial barriers to voting, and increase public safety. They are really amazing.
•Make phone calls FROM YOUR OWN HOME to protect voter rights. There are phone banks on Wednesdays and on Saturdays.
•The ACLU plays a key role in filing lawsuits that often stop voter suppression. Get involved with them at this link. You can donate to them at this link
•The League of Women Voters work year-round to combat voter suppression through advocacy, grassroots organizing, legal action and public education. • You can get involved with them at this link
•Volunteer with Black Votes Matter at this link. They have on the ground work in 10 states and people from other states can write postcards, phone bank, fundraise, and text.
•Spread The Vote works to get voters IDs before voting begins. You can volunteer with them at this link.
•Sign up at Democracy Docket to stay informed about the fight against voter suppression and the fight for voter rights.
•Donate to Common cause. They have an Emergency Voter Protection fund that will make sure they have the funds to fight attacks on Democracy.
•Volunteer with the Election Protection program. They have a poll monitoring program to keep polling places fair and legal.
•Attend an Indivisible event TONIGHT! They are holding vigils for democracy all over the country. Click on this link to find one near you
•You wrote to your Senator about the For the People Act in Action #1. Now call them. This link will help you easily do that.
•Sign up to get action alerts on voting from the NAACP. The kinds of legal challenge the NAACP are mounting WORK. Just this week we saw this headline— Georgia County Agrees to Voter Purge Reforms to End NAACP Suit. Supporting the NAACP (and other organizations) can increase our success
•When We All Vote is an amazing organization. You can take action with them to advocate for voters rights and/or volunteer with them
•On social media? When We All Vote can share great things with you that YOU can share to increase awareness and action! Sign up here to be in the voting #SocialSquad

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7/12/21 12:53 P

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MAY GOD BLESS ROSALYNN & JIMMY CARTER. THEY ARE VERY FINE, CARING PEOPLE!

RUDY G. BELONGS IN JAIL. HIS ONCE ILLUSTRIOUS CAREER IS NOW FLOUNDERING IN THE "TERLET"! THE SOONER HE FADES INTO OBLIVION.....THE BETTER!

CONGRATS TO THE NATIONAL SPELLING BEE WINNER. AN AMAZING PERFORMANCE!

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WHO WON THE WEEK?

President Jimmy and First Lady Rosalynn Carter, for celebrating their 75th wedding anniversary


Howard University, after dithering over tenure by UNC results in Pulitzer-winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones accepting a position there...with tenure


NASA's Vanessa Wyche, who becomes the first Black woman director of a space center (Johnson Space Center)…and Janet Petro, now the first female director of Kennedy Space Center


The American patriots who chased the racist "Patriot Front" marchers in their little Nazi costumes out of Philadelphia


The medical personnel and essential workers who helped New York City through the COVID-19 pandemic, as New York City throws a ticker tape parade to thank them


Team Biden-Harris: opens White House for July 4th BBQ to thank COVID responders; economic recovery humming; announces 8/31 end of Afghanistan misadventure; issues anti-trust executive order
Chile, whose constitutional assembly held its first convention to create the world’s first constitution drafted by an equal number of women and men

Zaila Avante-garde, 14, the first African American winner of the National Spelling Bee (and the first winner from Louisiana)


The war on cancer, as the latest data show death rates falling in men, women, and all racial/ethnic groups, led by a drop in melanoma and lung cancer


Karma, as Rudy Giuliani is suspended from practicing law in both New York and DC

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7/10/21 3:13 P

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so true!

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IT IS SO WONDERFUL TO HAVE A CARING "ADULT" BACK IN THE WHITE HOUSE!

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7/10/21 8:40 A

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From the Good News Roundup at Daily Kos:

Biden:
... gave us a reason to hope
... protected people from foreclosure and eviction in this awful time
... extended the US Russia nuclear deal
... eliminated some student debt
... rejoined the Paris Climate Accords!
... revoked the Keystone XL pipeline permit
... got rid of the racist, nativist 1776 commission
... removed Trump’s changes to the census giving more time and counting undocumented workers
... strengthened protections for dreamers
... stopped wall construction
... abolished the Muslim ban
... cracked down on big tech monopolies
... reinvested in cybersecurity
... put in great leadership for the FCC and FTC
... worked hard to strengthen unions
... fired toxic officials left over from Trump
... beefed up the NSC
... called out white supremacy
... rejoined the WHO
... unleashed the Fauci
... got rid of burrowing
... picked Jaime Harrison to lead the DNC
... halted oil and gas leases
... affirmed his commitment to reproductive freedom
... brought ethics back the White House
... ordered all federal contractors to pay their workers a $15 minimum wage and provide emergency paid leave
... is fighting domestic violent extremism
... began a new, great plan to fight the virus
... is keeping his options open on the Supreme Court
... has already changed the way government is viewed
... is reuniting families Trump tore apart
... has given Obamacare new life
... has focused on increasing racial equity
... is appointing a ton of great judges
... ushered in a great covid relief bill
... has reigned in ICE
... Revoked Trump’s Medicaid work rules
... recommitted us to NATO
... Scrapped Trump’s awful citizenship test
... supported LGBTQ+ Americans in numerous ways
... is supporting Democrats
... is being tough on Russia
... has changed the border to be more humane
... is making the presidency more accountable
... is improving gun control
... has reduced the number of hungry Americans
... has strengthened the economy
... is fighting for voting rights
... is ending the “forever” wars
... returned us to normalcy

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7/5/21 5:13 P

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SOUNDS GOOD TO ME!!!!!! emoticon

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7/4/21 11:20 P

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I'm okay with his family being paupers. That's their biggest fear anyway, isn't it?

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Trump was admitting at the Sarasota Rally (btw, .61 inches of rain on it, ha!) that there were fees and acting like it was no big deal to provide those things for employees.

Here's where the consciousness of guilt begins to play out with just one of the many counts against the 2 companies and Weiselberg

"According to the indictment, the company paid for rent, utilities and garage expenses on a Riverside Boulevard apartment that Weisselberg and his wife occupy.

The indictment says the company maintained internal spreadsheets tracking the amounts it paid for Weisselberg’s rent, utilities and garage expenses, and that it accordingly reduced the amount of direct compensation to account for the expenses it was paying for him. The company didn’t withhold income taxes on the indirect compensation, and Weisselberg reported only his direct compensation on his tax returns, according to the indictment.

Though Weisselberg began living in a Riverside Boulevard apartment rented by the company for him in 2005, he didn’t say he was a New York City resident on his taxes until 2013, when he sold his home in Wantagh, New York, thereby avoiding paying city income taxes, according to the indictment. Between 2005 and June 2021, prosecutors said that Weisselberg received indirect employee compensation from the Trump Organization in the approximate amount of $1.76 million, the indictment said."

Ha to the ha ha ha.

No, this doesn't send T to jail yet, but its' going to destroy his companies, and the odds are good lenders won't lend (except maybe Russia) and the felonies are going to ensure no federal or state income/expenditures/leases ever go that way.


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7/1/21 12:44 P

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Biden-Harris' proactive approach to wildfires

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Highlights:

• Bolster firefighter pay.

• Extend hiring of temporary firefighters to ensure effective response throughout this year’s fire season.

• Continue transition to a more permanent firefighting workforce.

• Provide robust response through 15,000 Federal firefighters and additional surge capacity.

• Train and equip military personnel to be ready to quickly support wildland fires as needed.

• Increase aviation capacity to support immediate response.

• Provide critical financial support to assist in wildfire response.

• Leverage satellite and emerging technologies to rapidly detect new, often remote, wildland fires.

• Use research to improve early detection wildfire sensors.

• Use the latest science and technologies to enhance our wildfire response.

• Prepare to address potential power impacts as a result of wildfires.

• Use research and modeling to protect firefighters and residents from smoke and dangerous air.

• Provide actionable information to help Americans stay safe during a wildfire.

• Provide assistance to mitigate the impacts of future wildfires and protect communities.

• The Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework invests nearly $50 billion to build resilience to wildfires and helps western communities prepare for droughts.

• Invest in extreme wildfire protection through the FY 2022 Budget.

• More effective treatment of hazardous fuels.

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6/29/21 4:37 P

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shared with some friends... they sure appreciate these.

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Indivisible is encouraging local rallies nationwide on July 2. You can find out what's going on in your neck of the woods here:
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6/26/21 12:57 P

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Who Won The Week?

Karma, as former NRA head David Keene accepts an invitation to a fake academy's commencement address, and is met with 3,044 empty chairs representing the seniors killed by gun violence this year

Carl Nassib of the Las Vegas Raiders, who became the first active NFL player to come out of the closet. (Bonus points for $100k donation to The Trevor Project.)

Connecticut Cannabis Connoisseurs, as Governor Ned Lamont signs legislation making his state the 19th to legalize recreational marijuana

The vaccinated in Virginia, as the state becomes the 16th with over 70% of residents with at least one COVID shot in their arm

Speaker Nancy Pelosi, for announcing that she'll create a select committee to investigate the Republicans' Jan. 6 insurrection

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker, who signed a bill that makes vote-by-mail a permanent option, allows jail inmates awaiting trial to cast ballots, and makes Election Day a state holiday

India Walton, who won her primary Tuesday and will become the first female mayor of Buffalo, and the first socialist mayor of a major city in 60 years

Sesame Street, for featuring a married gay couple of two dads and their daughter in an episode for the first time in the show's 51-year history

The Biden administration, for announcing a crackdown on gun violence, including zero tolerance for rogue dealers who violate background check laws

AG Merrick Garland and the Department of Justice, for filing a lawsuit against the state of Georgia over their Jim Crow 2.0 voting laws

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6/26/21 11:14 A

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So much great news!

It is truly frustrating just how long the wheels of justice take to get us anywhere, but what a relief when we start seeing our destinations in the nearer distance!

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Lots of legal news today.

In Minnesota, Judge Peter Cahill sentenced former police officer Derek Chauvin to 22.5 years in prison for the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in May 2020. Last April, a jury convicted Chauvin of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter. Floyd’s death sparked protests across the country last summer.

Elie Mystal, justice correspondent at The Nation, noted that Chavin was going to get at least ten years. Prosecutors asked for 30. The Judge split the difference and added in time for the aggravating factors. Legal analyst and law school professor Joyce Alene White Vance noted that keeping the sentencing in the same realm as other sentences for felony murder make it less likely to be overturned on appeal.

This morning, Georgia Superior Court Judge Brian Amero dismissed seven of the nine claims in a lawsuit alleging there were 147,000 fraudulent ballots cast in Fulton County in the 2020 election. He did not dismiss two of them, which were argued under a different claim. The Fulton County elections board says it intends to file to get those claims dismissed as well. There have already been three audits of the ballots, including a hand recount. Those audits found no evidence of widespread fraud.

Georgia is in the news for another legal case today, as well. Attorney General Merrick Garland announced that the Department of Justice is suing the state of Georgia over its sweeping new election bill that restricts access to the vote. In a press conference, Garland said that the new law was not discriminatory against Black voters by accident; it was intended to be discriminatory.

“Our complaint alleges that recent changes to Georgia’s election laws were enacted with the purpose of denying or abridging the right of Black Georgians to vote on account of their race or color, in violation of Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act,” he said.

In a statement, Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said: ““The Biden Administration continues to do the bidding of Stacey Abrams and spreads more lies about Georgia’s election law…. I look forward to meeting them, and beating them, in court.” Georgia governor Brian Kemp, whose victory over Stacey Abrams in the 2018 election has been widely associated with voter suppression, accused the Biden administration of “weaponizing the Department of Justice to serve their own partisan goals.” He said at a news conference: “the DOJ lawsuit announced today is legally and constitutionally dead wrong. Their false and baseless allegations are, quite honestly, disgusting."

The DOJ also set up a task force to deal with the rise in threats against election workers since the 2020 election. Threats and intimidation have led election officials in Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Georgia, to quit or retire early. Pennsylvania, alone, has lost about a third of its county election officials.

States passing voter restriction laws have also put in place punishments for county officials who expand voter access. A law in Florida imposes a $25,000 fine for leaving a ballot drop box accessible outside of established hours; another in Iowa imposes a $10,000 fine for a “technical infraction,” such as opening a few minutes late. Opponents think these laws could be enforced on a partisan basis. “It’s a lot of moving parts and a lot of variables and people make mistakes, and now I’m liable for all those mistakes,” Iowa’s Linn County auditor Joel Miller told the Associated Press. “The process could be likewise corrupted by the secretary of state arbitrarily administering the law in a very uneven manner, depending on whether you’re a Democratic county or a Republican county.”

The memo announcing the new task force quoted Attorney Merrick Garland’s statement on June 11 when he announced steps the DOJ would take over the next 30 days to protect the right to vote: “There are many things that are open to debate in America. But the right of all eligible citizens to vote is not one of them. The right to vote is the cornerstone of our democracy, the right from which all other rights ultimately flow.”

It went on to say: “A threat to any election official, worker, or volunteer is, at bottom, a threat to democracy. We will promptly and vigorously prosecute offenders to protect the rights of American voters, to punish those who engage in this criminal behavior, and to send the unmistakable message that such conduct will not be tolerated.”

This is fitting, of course, because Congress established the Department of Justice in 1870, under President U.S. Grant’s administration, to keep members of the Ku Klux Klan from continuing to terrorize Black and white Republican voters in the South after the Civil War. Garland has often referred to that history and declared his intention to honor it.

Laws from that era are in the news in another way today, too. The bus driver and staffers who were on the Biden-Harris campaign bus that a caravan of about 100 trucks full of Trump supporters tried to drive off the highway last October are suing several people from the caravan under the 1871 Ku Klux Klan Act. That law, passed at the height of KKK terrorism in the Reconstruction South, made election intimidation a crime. The group is also suing local law enforcement for refusing to come to their aid despite their frantic phone calls to 911.

The Biden-Harris campaign cancelled its events for the day out of safety concerns. Participants in the “train” announced their intentions on social media, filmed their actions, and then bragged about them after the fact, prompting Florida Senator Marco Rubio, Donald Trump Jr., and Trump himself to cheer them on.

Finally, news broke today that yesterday, prosecutors for the Manhattan district attorney told lawyers for the Trump Organization that they could bring criminal charges against the company as soon as next week over tax issues. The former president has dismissed the investigation as “a continuation of the greatest Witch Hunt in American history.”

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hot dog!

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'Trump Train' thugs who attacked Biden campaign bus sued under Ku Klux Klan Act

(CNN)A White House staffer and former Texas state representative are among those suing several participants of a "Trump Train" that allegedly harassed a Biden campaign bus last October in Texas, claiming in a lawsuit filed Thursday that the Trump supporters engaged in coordinated, illegal political intimidation in violation of the Ku Klux Klan Act.

The complaint was filed on behalf White House staffer, David Gins; former Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis; former Biden campaign volunteer Eric Cervini; and the driver of the Biden campaign bus, Timothy Holloway.

The plaintiffs wrote in their complaint filed in the Western District of Texas that on October 30, the Trump supporters "terrorized and menaced the driver and passengers on the Biden-Harris Campaign's bus" for at least 90 minutes, forcing the bus to slow to a crawl on a major highway while swerving in front of the bus to block its path.

"They played a madcap game of highway 'chicken,' coming within three to four inches of the bus," the lawsuit alleges. "They tried to run the bus off the road," referring to the defendants.

The complaint alleges that the defendants conspired beforehand to surround and block the bus in violation of the Ku Klux Klan Act, passed by Congress in 1871 to prohibit the obstruction of free and fair elections via the coordinated intimidation of voters. As a result of their actions, they claim, the campaign was forced to cancel its stops in San Marcos and Austin out of fear for their safety.

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great! will do.

PS... McCabe, who Trump fired 2 days before retirement eligibility, is getting justice after 2 years pushback from Barr. Mediation forthcoming, idea is to let the dude have his retirement despite the spite.

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6/22/21 2:02 P

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On your Profile section you can select various email Notifications, including instant, daily, or weekly choices. I currently have mine set to Instant, since I want to respond to questions and concerns right away, but I'll eventually switch to a Daily digest setting.

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Now I've got to figure out how to remind myself to check the new forum.

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@LAURANCE You're invited too!

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And I hope this counts as Good News. I went ahead and made a new forum for anyone who wants to continue our community. Check it out here:

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Happy Juneteenth!

"It is important that we as a nation continue to elevate Juneteenth as an independence day for the African-American community – not January 1, when the Emancipation Proclamation went into effect; not July 9, when the 14th Amendment was ratified; not July 4, when the right to liberty was enshrined as an inalienable right for all people in our nation. Our freedom should be commemorated on an occasion when Black men and women were truly able to feel it and free to enjoy it.

"By celebrating Juneteenth, we are not dismissing the significance of the Emancipation Proclamation. We are simply reminding ourselves that service never stops. Even when we pause to celebrate a milestone, a victory or a seminal moment, our work continues the very next day."

Wayne A. I. Frederick, M.D., MBA, President of Howard University

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"President Biden signed the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act, making Juneteenth a federal holiday. But 14 members of the House voted against it. They look like the white paint sample section at Home Depot. Whaddya think, honey—should we paint the bathroom Mike Rogers or Thomas Massie?"
—Jimmy Fallon

"Joe Biden spent the day in Geneva for a much anticipated summit with Vladimir Putin. When asked if he could trust Putin, Biden said: 'Let's see what happens. As that old expression goes, the proof of the pudding is in the eating.' Y'know, there's another expression that goes: If Vladimir Putin gives you pudding, don't eat it, it's probably filled with plutonium."
—Jimmy Kimmel

"The current conservative handwringing about critical race theory started in 2019, when the NY Times published the 1619 Project, which aimed to reframe our history by placing the consequences of slavery and contributions of Black Americans at the center of our national narrative. Unfortunately, that Pulitzer-winning journalism failed to take into account the feelings of one truly oppressed group: racist dildos."
—Samantha Bee

"Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor-Greene called a press conference to say that the Holocaust was bad. Is this gonna happen every time she learns something new? 'It has come to my attention that putting metal in a microwave makes the microwave go boom-boom. I think it's important to acknowledge that.'"
—Trevor Noah

"Today the Supreme Court upheld Obamacare again. The court decided Texas didn’t have standing to sue because nobody was forced to pay a penalty for not getting insurance. Why? Back in 2017 the GOP-controlled Congress passed a bill cutting the individual mandate penalty to zero. The Republicans' previous attempt to kill Obamacare killed this attempt to kill Obamacare. Turns out the GOP is its own worst enemy. Also: everybody else's."
—Stephen Colbert

Being a grownup is great, but sometimes I miss crying until someone feeds me.
—Conan O'Brien
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THE 2 HOLDOUTS WERE ALITO & THE RUMP APPOINTEE....NEIL GORSUCH...WHO PRETTY MUCH PARROTED ALITO'S BULL SH*T!

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The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld ObamaCare against the latest Republican challenge, preserving the landmark law and its key protections for millions of people with preexisting health conditions.

The justices ruled 7-2 that the GOP challengers lacked standing to sue, in a decision that marks the third major challenge to ObamaCare, or the Affordable Care Act (ACA), to be rebuffed by the Supreme Court in roughly a decade.


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Indiana Sued For Cutting Off Federal Unemployment Benefits, Arthur Delaney and Tara golshan, HuffPost, June 15, 2021.

Unemployed workers are suing the state of Indiana for cutting off federal unemployment benefits before they expire in September.

The lawsuit, filed by Indiana Legal Services and the Macey Swanson Hicks & Sauer law firm, alleges Holcomb violated a state law requiring the governor to secure all available federal benefits for the state.

“The legislature passed a law creating a right to these benefits, and we’re asking Governor Holcomb to follow the law,” Indiana Legal Services Director Jon Laramore said in a statement.

“There are more than 200,000 Hoosiers like ILS plaintiff LC, who was counting on benefits to hold her over until she can return to work as a school bus driver this fall and now have been put in harm’s way by Governor Holcomb’s unprecedented decision to cancel the program,” Stettner said over email. “ILS makes a compelling argument that the Governor’s actions violate the directive of Indiana state law to protect the unemployed.”

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Good News for Judicial Branch

Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, President Joe Biden’s pick for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, was confirmed 53-44 by the Senate Monday evening and will take the seat Merrick B. Garland vacated when he became the U.S. attorney general.

The D.C. Circuit Court wields national influence through the cases it hears on subjects as varied as gun safety measures, food safety, labor law, clean air regulation, national security, and election law.
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President Biden Announces 4th Slate of Judicial Nominations

As he continues to move at an historic pace with respect to judicial nominees, the President is announcing five new candidates for the federal bench and two new candidates for District of Columbia courts, all of whom are extraordinarily qualified, experienced, and devoted to the rule of law and our Constitution.

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Lina Khan appointed to FTC

The vote was 69-28 in a Senate split 50-50 between Democrats and Republicans, signaling the growing bipartisan interest in reining in large tech companies’ power, just days after House lawmakers from both parties unveiled a series of bills that could force Silicon Valley companies to change their business practices and in the most severe cases, break the companies up.

During her confirmation hearing, she signaled she would take a tough line on regulating tech giants. She said that in the past few years, new evidence has come to light showing there were “missed opportunities” for enforcement actions against tech companies under the Obama administration. She also said new findings show the FTC must be “much more vigilant” when it comes to large acquisitions in digital markets.

Khan is one of several critics of big tech that Biden has brought into his administration. Tim Wu, who has called for antitrust action against the tech giants, works on competition and technology policy on the National Economic Council. Vanita Gupta, who has criticized big tech’s civil rights record, is now associate attorney general at the Justice Department.
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House Dems are moving on January 6 DOJ case

The Oversight Committee will hold its second hearing on the deadly Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection on Tuesday afternoon and has requested that several former Trump administration officials appear for a "transcribed interview" on the efforts to overturn the 2020 election.

Those people are: Meadows; Donoghue, who served as acting deputy attorney general at the time; former Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey Clark; former Associate Deputy Attorney General Patrick Hovakimian; and former U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia Byung Jin Pak.

"These documents show that President Trump tried to corrupt our nation's chief law enforcement agency in a brazen attempt to overturn an election that he lost," Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., said in a statement Tuesday. "Those who aided or witnessed President Trump's unlawful actions must answer the Committee's questions about this attempted subversion of democracy."

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Great! The school where I taught is 100% free breakfast and lunch. Makes things so much easier and there is no chance of a stigma to free lunch.

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I ALWAYS FIND IT AMAZING HOW THE SO CALLED "PRO LIFERS" ARE SO OFTEN IN FAVOR OF CUTTING OFF FUNDS/FOOD FOR THE "KIDS" THAT THEY CLAIM TO BE SO CONCERNED ABOUT!

CAN ANYBODY SAY "HYPOCRITES"??????????
THEY ARE ALSO PHONIES! BLEH!!!!!

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This totally flew under my radar, but this is awesome news!

(CNN) In one of its latest steps to erase Trump administration policies, the Biden administration has withdrawn a controversial proposal that could have kicked 3 million Americans off of food stamps and cost nearly 1 million children automatic eligibility for free school meals.

The proposal, issued in 2019, would have tightened the rules governing who qualifies for food stamps. Children would have been particularly at risk from the proposed rule change since their families would have lost benefits, and they might have lost access to meals at school.

The move comes a few months after the Biden administration put an end to another Trump-era rule that could have stripped food stamps from nearly 700,000 people. That measure, announced in late 2019, would have required more food stamp recipients to work in order to receive benefits by limiting states' ability to waive existing work mandates.

A US district court judge blocked it from being implemented in March 2020 before striking it down in October. The Justice Department under the Trump administration initially appealed the decision, but after President Joe Biden took office, the agency asked the appellate court to dismiss the appeal, which it did.

A separate US Department of Agriculture report released this week showed that reinstating work requirements for certain food stamp recipients after the Great Recession did not increase their employment or annual earnings.

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yeah, and our GOP folks are low quality. Perhaps they feared being contaminated...

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It was heartening to see that even all the Republicans ousted him.

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YES! Oregon legislature expels Nearhood for letting alt right protestors into the session while capitol was on lockdown. (There's more than just 1/6 in play, but if 1/6 hadn't happened, I'm not sure there would have been the political will to do this as it didn't happen til the video of him planning it came out.)

Now for more prosecution, I hope.

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Let's start off with some Late Night Snark!

"According to one of his advisers, the reason [Trump] shut it down is people in the media have been mocking how few people were visiting his site. So from now on he's just going to write bitchy little notes on the dry-erase board at the Mar-A-Lago omelet station."
—Jimmy Kimmel

Half the USA is vaccinated. The other half thought 2020 was just too much fun.
—Conan O'Brien

"Vice President Kamala Harris said that broadband internet is 'critical to infrastructure.' And then Spectrum added a 30-cent 'Critical to Infrastructure’ fee."
—Seth Meyer

"Start-up airline Boom Supersonic is hoping to eventually fly passengers anywhere in the world in under four hours for just a hundred dollars. So get ready to fly fast and cheap on the only airline named after the sound of an explosion."
—Colin Jost, SNL

And now:

WHO WON THE WEEK?

emoticon Lake Highlands, TX High School valedictorian Paxton Smith, for changing up her pre-approved commencement speech to shine a light on the assault on women's health by white male GOP state legislators
emoticon Melanie Stansbury, who won her race in New Mexico's 1st congressional district to replace Interior Sec. Deb Haaland by a wider margin than either Haaland or Biden got there in 2020
emoticon Democratic economics, as the Covid relief plan "significantly improved" Americans’ ability to pay bills while reducing anxiety/depression among poor households and those with children
emoticon Alaskan wildlife and indigenous tribes, as the White House suspends drilling leases approved by Trump in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
emoticon President Biden: 1st POTUS to speak in Tulsa on 1921 massacre anniversary; 62% approval; lowest jobless claims and covid cases in 15 months; welcomes LGBTQ Pride month with open arms
emoticon Hope in Israel, as a left-center-right coalition agrees that Netanyahu is too toxic to continue as prime minister. (Bonus: no more protection for Bibi against corruption charges)
emoticon Texas Democrats, for walking out on the legislative session to temporarily deny GOP's 100%-racist voting bill from passing before a midnight deadline
emoticon Karma, as Trump's blog lasts a whopping 29 days before disappearing into a sinkhole of failure (Say hi to GeoCities while you're down there LOL LOL LOL...)
emoticon California and Maryland, which became the 11th and 12th states with 70 percent of their adults vaccinated for Covid-19
emoticon California teen Hailey Morinico, who ran out and shoved a huge bear off a wall next to her house to save her dogs, a moment captured on video that went mega-viral

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League of Conservation Voters (and other sources)>

DEVELOPING… the Biden administration has just suspended all oil and gas leases in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, undoing one of Trump's final acts in office.


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Raw Story - (reference the Haaland replacement special election that hammered the R's)


New Mexico Republicans blame Trump's election lies for low GOP turnout in special election




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FBI investigating Postmaster General Louis DeJoy in connection with past political fundraising.

WAPO. Hah hooooo!

If you are out of WAPO articles, the one that I remembered had to do with getting employees to donate and then reimbursing them, which is a campaign finance violation.

I note he's trying to use the "didn't knowingly break the law thing" which can help you with tax violations to the extent that it keeps you out of jail, but you still have to pay the taxes and interest.

As a person in that position, and a major donor, with access to USPS legal counsel, there's no excuse for "not knowing".

And Lieu and another Congressional have requested the investigation into the mail slowdown, so I'm hoping that is part of the story.



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Rep. Mo Brooks is avoiding an insurrection lawsuit. Rep. Eric Swalwell hired a private investigator to find him.
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By Katelyn Polantz, CNN

Updated 7:25 PM ET, Wed June 2, 2021
Brooks Swalwell SPLIT

(CNN)Republican Rep. Mo Brooks is avoiding a lawsuit from his Democratic colleague Rep. Eric Swalwell that seeks to hold him accountable for the January 6 Capitol insurrection -- so much so that Swalwell's attorneys hired a private investigator to find him.

The detail comes in a court filing Wednesday in which Swalwell's attorneys describe difficulty in serving Brooks with the lawsuit. CNN has reached out to Brooks' office for comment.
Federal Judge Amit Mehta, after learning of Swalwell's inability to serve Brooks with the lawsuit, gave the Democrat's legal team another 60 days to get to Brooks with their formal notification. The judge, however, won't allow the US Marshals to deliver the lawsuit to the Republican congressman "due to separation of powers concerns," Mehta wrote, after Swalwell asked for the US Marshals Service's help.

After Swalwell -- a California Democrat -- sued in March, his attorneys tried to reach the Alabama Republican through calls to the congressman's office and by sending a letter to formally provide him notice he had been sued, a necessary step in this type of court proceeding.

When they couldn't get the lawsuit to Brooks, the Swalwell legal team hired a private investigator to find him -- only to be hampered in April and May partly by the visitor lockdowns around the US Capitol complex, which were put in place for Congress' protection after the siege, according to their filing Wednesday.

"Counsel spoke to two different staff members on two separate occasions, and each time was promised a return call that never came," Swalwell's attorneys wrote on Wednesday.
Following the Swalwell team's calls, they emailed, too. "Neither Brooks nor any member of his staff has responded to his request," their filing said.

"Plaintiff had to engage the services of a private investigator to attempt to serve Brooks personally -- a difficult feat under normal circumstances that has been complicated further in the wake of the January 6 insurrection at the Capitol that Defendants incited," Swalwell's court filing continued. "Plaintiff's investigator has spent many hours over many days in April and May at locations in multiple jurisdictions attempting to locate and serve Brooks, to no avail."

In the suit, Swalwell alleges that former President Donald Trump, his son Donald Trump Jr., Trump's former lawyer Rudy Giuliani and Brooks broke Washington, DC, laws, including an anti-terrorism act, by inciting the riot, and that they aided and abetted violent rioters and inflicted emotional distress on members of Congress.....

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WOW! There's so much good news listed in this one diary that I'm just gonna link it!

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such good news.

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Head of Department of Interior, Deb Haaland, has put a halt on drilling in the Arctic:

“My review of the Coastal Plain Oil and Gas Leasing Program (Program) as directed by EO 13990 has identified multiple legal deficiencies in the underlying record supporting the leases, including, but not limited to: (1) insufficient analysis under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), including failure to adequately analyze a reasonable range of alternatives in the environmental impact statement.”
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Melanie Stansbury, a Democrat, won a landslide victory in a special House election in New Mexico on Tuesday, claiming the seat previously held by Interior Secretary Deb Haaland and easily turning back a Republican effort to make the race a referendum on rising crime in the Albuquerque-based district.

Turnout was key.

Let's keep driving that blue wave!
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Biden commemorated the Tulsa Massacre in moving and sobering terms.

"We can’t just choose to learn what we want to know and not what we should know. We should know the good, the bad, everything. That’s what great nations do. They come to terms with their dark sides, and we’re a great nation. The only way to build a common ground is to truly repair and to rebuild."
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Amy Klobuchar and Kamala Harris will lead the push to protect voting rights.

"Biden asked voting rights groups to 'redouble their efforts now to register and educate voters,' and he said his administration will be 'ramping up efforts' to counter the "unprecedented assault" on voting."
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SOMETHING REALLY HAS TO BE DONE ABOUT TX, &...IT GOES WITHOUT SAYING....
FLORI-DUH, TOO! WE NEED A CLEAN SWEEP OF THESE ELECTED BUMS!

I AM DELIGHTED THE DEMS WALKED OUT!

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Me too!

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I'm proud of our state Dems for walking out...it delayed the action and hopefully gave them time to get a strategy together the special session

"You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it." -Margaret Thatcher

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sort of glad to see the tables flipped on this one
problem with it is that walkouts have been used by GOP to stymie actual real legislation in Oregon, but sauce for the goose, baby.

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TX Dems walk out and stall bill:

Democrats in the Texas Legislature staged a dramatic, late-night walkout on Sunday night, forcing the failure of a sweeping Republican overhaul of state election laws before a midnight deadline on Sunday. The move, which deprived the Legislature of the minimum number of lawmakers required for a vote, was a stunning setback for state Republicans who had made a new voting law one of their top priorities.

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THESE LATE NIGHT SNARKS ARE PRETTY ENTERTAINING!

THAT JIMMY FALLON IS HILARIOUS! emoticon
LOVE THE "ORANGE CRAYONS"! emoticon

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Late Night Snark!

"Last night it came out that a grand jury is hearing evidence against President Trump and could indict him. We'll know a trial is close when a courtroom sketch artist goes to Michael’s and says: 'Give me all the orange crayons you have.'"
—Jimmy Fallon

"It was reported that federal authorities investigating sex trafficking accusations against Matt Gaetz have secured the cooperation of his ex-girlfriend—but not until after her prom."
—Colin Jost, SNL

"Andrew Giuliani, who is the child of Rudy Giuliani and I'm gonna say Gary Busey, announced that he's running for governor of New York, and claimed he spent five decades in politics despite the fact he's only 35 years old. Y'know, I didn’t know you could get brain damage when your father drinks during a pregnancy."
—Michael Che, SNL

"Since he got kicked off of social media, people are talking a lot less about Donald Trump online. Internet chatter about the former president has hit a five-year low. Last week his web site had fewer visitors than PetFinder.com and the recipe web site Delish. He's like the Instant-Pot of presidents—he still has some die-hards, but most people put him in the back of the pantry and moved on with their lives."
—Jimmy Kimmel

"It's pretty crazy that most students in America are only taught about a handful of important Black Americans. Imagine if it were the other way around: 'Welcome to White History 101. We start off with Thomas Jefferson, where it all began. And then, well, nothing really happened until Tom Hanks.' Class dismissed."
—Trevor Noah

"What did I learn today? A lot. Public bathrooms were disgusting before the pandemic, and they're still disgusting. Which I guess is…strangely comforting? Never change, public bathrooms. It's really the one thing I can count on."
—Full Frontal correspondent Allana Harkin
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So, Who Won The Week?

emoticon The tightening vise of justice, as Manhattan DA Cy Vance, Jr. empanels a grand jury to decide whether to indict Donald Trump and/or his stooges for tax/real estate fraud

emoticon The first 10 states to meet President Biden's goal of vaccinating 70% of their adults: CT, HI, ME, MA, NH, NJ, NM, PA, RI, VT

emoticon Kristen Clarke: confirmed by the Senate and sworn in as the Justice Department's Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division---the first Black woman to hold the position

emoticon Clean energy, as Shell loses landmark climate court case, Exxon loses fight to keep 2 pro-green members off its board of directors, and Chevron loses battle with investors over emissions

emoticon Team Biden-Harris: polling honeymoon continues (et tu, Rasmussen?); meets with family of George Floyd at White House; doubles hurricane-response funding; hosts South Korean president

emoticon Daily Kos, which marked it 19th blogiversary Wednesday

emoticon Karine Jean-Pierre, who became the first Black woman and openly-LGBTQer to conduct a White House press briefing in 30 years

emoticon The 75 percent of Canadians who believe Americans coming into their country once restrictions are lifted should be required to show proof of vaccination

emoticon Military firsts, as Christine Wormuth is confirmed as 1st woman Secretary of the Army, and VP Kamala Harris becomes first woman to address the U.S. Naval Academy in its 175-year history

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Law and Crime update
Granting federal prosecutors’ request for a special master, a federal judge rejected Rudy Giuliani and his fellow pro-Trump lawyer Victoria Toensing’s requests for the government to disclose more information about the basis for their search warrants....

...But lawyers are not immune from searches in criminal investigations. Rather, a law office search ‘is nevertheless proper if there is reasonable cause to believe that the specific items sought are located on the property to be searched,” the ruling continues. “The searches here were based on probable cause, and it is precisely to avoid ‘unnecessary intrusion on attorney-client communications’ that the Government is seeking appointment of a special master.”...

...Giuliani demanded the law enforcement affidavits that supported the searches earlier this year and in late 2019, but prosecutors argued there was no reason not to proceed in the usual course, noting the big-name attorneys aren’t “above the law.”

In all respects, Judge Oetken found in favor of the government.

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"The wheels of justice turn slowly, but grind exceedingly fine."

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HIM...& HIS WHOLE FAM DAMILY!!!!!!!!!!!! emoticon emoticon

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Please let him just get (finally!) what he deserves. He's such a menace emoticon

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