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CHATTER AWAY: Overnight Open Thread

Deadline Hollywood reports: With Wednesday’s worldwide box office grosses included, James Cameron’s Avatar: The Way of Water has surpassed $2.054B globally, and jumped up a notch on the all-time worldwide chart. Globally through yesterday, the epic sci-fi adventure passed Avengers: Infinity War ($2,052M) with $2,054.7M to become the No. 5 highest-grossing movie ever worldwide. The next film in the sights …

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Southwest Ups Loss From Holiday Meltdown To $1.2B

Axios reports: Southwest Airlines has been in damage-control mode since its December holiday meltdown, working to defend its reputation. Now, that episode has an actual price tag. The airline said today the snafu cost it $800 million in the fourth quarter, driving it to a net Q4 loss. And it expects to take another $300 million to $350 million hit …

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Poll: 73% Say House Republicans Have Wrong Priorities

CNN reports: Fewer than one-third of Americans believe that House GOP leaders are prioritizing the country’s most important issues, according to a new CNN Poll conducted by SSRS. Just 27% of US adults say they think Republican leaders in the House have had the right priorities so far, while 73% say they haven’t paid enough attention to the country’s most …

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Biden Urges Calm After Memphis Police Brutality Arrests

Via press release from the White House: Jill and I extend our heartfelt condolences to the family of Tyre Nichols and the entire Memphis community. Tyre’s family deserves a swift, full, and transparent investigation into his death. As Americans grieve, the Department of Justice conducts its investigation, and state authorities continue their work, I join Tyre’s family in calling for …

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FDA To Ease Ban On Gay Men Donating Blood

The Associated Press reports: Gay and bisexual men in monogamous relationships will no longer be forced to abstain from sex to donate blood under federal guidelines to be proposed in coming days, ending a vestige of the earliest days of the AIDS crisis. The planned relaxation of restrictions by the Food and Drug Administration follows years of pressure by blood …

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GOP Rep Hands Out Inert Grenades To Fellow Reps

The Washington Post reports: Newly elected Rep. Cory Mills (R-Fla.) passed out grenades Thursday to other members of Congress, along with a note on his office letterhead emphasizing that the ordnance was made in Florida. “I am honored to be a part of the Armed Services and Foreign Affairs Committees,” Mills wrote. “In that spirit, it is my pleasure to …

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California Bar Seeks To Disbar John Eastman, Files New Notice Of 11 Disciplinary Charges For Cultist Batshittery

Just in via press release: The State Bar of California’s Chief Trial Counsel George Cardona announced today the filing of a Notice of Disciplinary Charges (NDC) against attorney John Charles Eastman (State Bar No. 193726). The 11 charges arise from allegations that Eastman engaged in a course of conduct to plan, promote, and assist then-President Trump in executing a strategy, …

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MAGA Rep Claims Trump Could End The Ukraine War With A Simple Phone Call To Vladimir Putin [VIDEO]

“Now we want to send M-1 Abrams tanks. Obviously, there’s a crisis on every corner in this country. And look at what we’re dealing with globally, whether it’s trying to deal with Taiwan, whether it’s North Korea, teasing South Korea. “So we’ve got problems in this country. And I think they’re exploiting the weakness we have in the White House. …

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Santos Posted Joke About Hitler, Jews, And Blacks

Patch New York reports: Years ago, embattled Long Island Rep. George Santos commented on a Facebook post with what appear to be intended jokes about Hitler, a phrase that appears to salute Hitler and observations about “the Jews and black[s],” exclusive screenshots obtained by Patch show. In March 2011, Santos commented on a photo shared by a Facebook friend which …

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