Yearly Archives: 2023

MAGA Rep Boasts Of “Triggering” Libs With AR-15 Pins

The Daily Beast reports: The man responsible for handing out pins in the shape of assault weapons that have been adopted by right-wing Republicans in Congress has revealed himself—as clashes between the political parties grow over the controversial accessory. Earlier this week, the pins appeared on the lapels of Rep. George Santos and Rep. Anna Paulina Luna in committee meetings …

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Gaetz: The Poor Should Have To Work To Get Medicaid

Semafor reports: Rep. Matt Gaetz is trying to convince his fellow Republicans to demand new work requirements for Medicaid as part of a deal to raise the debt ceiling. He tells Semafor that he’s now “socializing” the concept among colleagues, including Speaker Kevin McCarthy. Aside from being a sure nonstarter with Democrats, targeting Medicaid carries political risks. It’s a colossal …

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POLL: Confidence In Police Practices At All-Time Low

ABC News reports: Americans’ confidence in how police are trained and their treatment of Black people both have fallen to new lows in an ABC News/Washington Post poll. Following the death of Tyre Nichols after he was beaten by Memphis police on Jan. 7, just 39 percent of adults in the national survey are confident that the police in this …

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Antony Blinken Postpones China Visit Over Spy Balloon

Bloomberg News reports: The Biden administration has decided to postpone Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s upcoming trip to Beijing after detecting a Chinese surveillance balloon that was lingering at high altitude over sensitive nuclear sites in Montana, according two officials. Blinken was set to have meetings in Beijing early next week in the first such visit by a top US …

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FL Rep: That Balloon Shows Why We Should Ban TikTok

Florida Politics reports: The Florida Senate sponsor of legislation (SB 52) that would ban the use of the Chinese-owned TikTok in Florida schools is looking skyward for justification. Sen. Danny Burgess told a national audience on Friday’s Fox & Friends that a Chinese spy balloon currently floating high above the northern tier of the United States illustrates why the controversial …

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Trump Rants At McCarthy: Ashli Babbitt Was Murdered

Posted this morning to Trump’s Truth Social account: I totally disagree with the Speaker of the House, Kevin McCarthy, in that the Police Officer “Thug,” who has had a very checkered past to begin with, was not just “doing his job” when he shot and killed Great Patriot Ashli Babbitt at point blank range. Despite trying to keep him anonymous, …

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517,000 New Jobs In Stunning January Labor Report

The Washington Post reports: The labor market shattered expectations in January, as the economy added 517,000 jobs, despite tens of thousands of layoffs in the tech sector. The unemployment rate dropped to 3.4 percent, according to data released Friday from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, reaching a new longtime low. The uptick in high-profile layoffs has not been reflected in …

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Arctic Blast Spurs Frostbite Warnings Across Northeast

Boston’s WBZ News Radio reports: Boston, get your winter gear ready. The oncoming weekend blast of arctic air is expected to bring bone-chilling temperatures to Greater Boston and the rest of Massachusetts. A Wind Chill Warning has been issued by the National Weather Service, which says Boston is in store for wind chills as low as -30 or lower on …

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Federal Court Strikes Down Tampa’s Ex-Gay Torture Ban

Tampa’s NBC affiliate reports: A Tampa ordinance that barred counselors from providing voluntarily therapy to minors who sought to rid their same-sex attractions was ruled unconstitutional by the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Thursday’s ruling drew heavily from Otto v. City of Boca Raton, in which the circuit court ruled that similar bans in Palm Beach County and the City …

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Buttigieg Swats Down Talk Of Running For US Senate

Politico reports: Pete Buttigieg said Thursday that he’s planning on staying in his job as Transportation secretary, which he called “the best job in the federal government.” “I don’t have any plans to do any job besides the one I’ve got,” Buttigieg said in an interview with Punchbowl News on the two-year anniversary of his confirmation. He swatted aside questions …

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Trump: I Know The Secret Words To End Ukraine War

“Frankly, I don’t think Putin wanted to do it. I think he was sort of forced in by the statements being made by Biden. It can be negotiated within 24 hours. You have to get them both in a room. And there are things you can say to them, which I won’t reveal now, which will guarantee that this war …

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MTG: Shoot Down China’s Spy Balloon “Immediately”

The Insider reports: Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene called on President Joe Biden to shoot down a suspected Chinese spy balloon “immediately,” while suggesting that former President Donald Trump would have already done so. Greene, who has promoted conspiracy theories dealing in QAnon, 9/11 “trutherism,” and a Jewish-backed “space laser” causing the 2018 California wildfires, was recently appointed to the House …

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US Supports Blocking Russia From 2024 Paris Olympics

Politico Europe reports: The U.S. supports blocking Russian and Belarusian athletes from the 2024 Olympics unless it is “absolutely clear” that they are not representing their respective countries, the White House announced on Thursday. As Russia continues to wage its almost yearlong war in Ukraine, a handful of Ukrainian allies have called on the International Olympic Committee to ban all …

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China “Looking Into” Spy Balloon Seen In US Airspace

The Associated Press reports: China said Friday it was looking into reports that a Chinese spy balloon has been flying in U.S. airspace over sensitive sites — a discovery that further strained already tense relations between Beijing and Washington. Foreign Ministry spokesperson Mao Ning said China has “no intention of violating the territory and airspace of any sovereign country” and …

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McCarthy To Meet With Biden Again On Debt Ceiling

Reuters reports: Republican U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Kevin McCarthy said on Thursday that he and President Joe Biden have agreed to meet again for talks on raising the U.S. government borrowing limit. Biden and McCarthy held initial talks on Wednesday in a first test of how the two could work together. The pair spoke again on Thursday at the …

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Carlson Mocks Media For Reporting On Santos’ Lies

Media Matters has the transcript: We haven’t watched a ton of cable news recently, but we assumed with mass layoffs across the US economy, an egg shortage, crumbling cities, the prospect of a third world war looming on the horizon, we assumed we knew what the other channels would be covering. What we didn’t know is that all of those …

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CHATTER AWAY: Overnight Open Thread

Deadline Hollywood reports: Passionate fans of Titanic have hounded James Cameron for years with their theory that Jack (Leonardo DiCaprio) could have survived by joining his beloved Rose (Kate Winslet) on the floating door after the ship sank. In the film, Jack realizes that he would only kill both of them by adding his weight, so he eventually dies in …

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Trump Judge: Domestic Abusers May Possess Guns

CNN reports: A federal law that prohibits people subject to domestic violence restraining orders from possessing firearms is unconstitutional, a conservative-leaning appeals court ruled Thursday. The ruling is the latest significant decision dismantling a gun restriction in the wake of the Supreme Court’s expansion of Second Amendment rights last year in the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, Inc. …

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Christian School Coach Arrested On Child Sex Charges

CTV News reports: Aaron Benneweis, 46, has been charged by Saskatoon Police with sexual assault and sexual exploitation of a minor while in a position of trust or authority. A former student of Legacy Christian Academy – who CTV can not name because she is an alleged victim of sexual assault – says she came forward to SPS in August …

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Florida Seeks Menstrual Histories Of Student Athletes

The New Republic reports: The Florida High School Athletics Association is standing by its decision to require student athletes to give their schools detailed information about their periods, an unprecedented policy that is raising major concerns about privacy. Despite widespread public outcry, an FHSAA panel not only decided Tuesday night to stand by that change but also recommended the menstrual …

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