It’s no surprise that David Byrd had his come-to-Jesus moment after he got sick and almost died from COVID. Before then, he was a skeptic, signing on with other Republicans for a resolution that accused the “mainstream media” of sensationalizing pandemic coverage. In November, he went on a retreat with other Republicans who also didn’t wear masks, practiced any social distancing, etc, and of course, they got sick, Byrd the sickest of them all. In December, Byrd pleaded on Facebook, “So please pray that God will breathe His healing spirit into my lungs!!”
It’s been a trying time for Byrd these past couple of years. Several women recently accused Byrd of sexual assault when he was a high school basketball coach decades ago.
If there is such a thing as Karma, David Byrd would be a strong contender for it.
Source: Washington Post

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The U.S. Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel said Friday that the Treasury Department is obligated by law to hand former President Donald Trump’s tax returns over to the House Ways and Means Committee, opening the door for Congress to finally obtain the documents after more than two years of legal battles and stonewalling by his administration.
“It is about damn time,” Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.), chair of the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Oversight, said in a statement. “Our committee first sought Donald Trump’s tax returns on April 3, 2019—849 days ago. Our request was made in full accordance with the law and pursuant to Congress’ constitutional oversight powers. And for 849 days, our request has been illegally blocked by a tag-team of the Trump Justice Department and a Trump-appointed judge.”
Pascrell went on to applaud Attorney General Merrick Garland for “doing the right thing and no longer using the government to shield a corrupt private citizen.”

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Marsha Blackburn is not a good person. There, I said it.
She rose to prominence and earned Republican tokens with her waste-of-money “baby parts” Planned Parenthood witch hunt. $1.59 million down the toilet to make Congresswoman Marsha a Senator.
Then she didn’t talk about abortion on the Senate campaign trail because “moderates” might not vote for her.
Her hypocrisy over funding pre-K programs, when I’ll bet you ten bucks all of her grandchildren went to pre-school, is another example of her craven-ness.

Don’t be fooled by the name of the ‘American Families Plan.’ This plan is anti-family and forces you to rely on the federal government to organize your life. pic.twitter.com/w0CdpP6qai
— Sen. Marsha Blackburn (@MarshaBlackburn) April 28, 2021

“As happens on live TV, she misspoke.” Blackburn spokesman Spencer Hurwitz said in an email to CNN on Thursday. It’s her staff’s job to sweep up after her and say things like that.

A nationwide moratorium on residential evictions has expired on Saturday because conservative Democrats in the House who along with Republicans to refused to vote on an extension.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortes told Jake Tapper, “There were many, frankly a handful, of conservative Democrats in the House that threatened to get on planes rather than hold this vote.”
If Republicans had an empathy or morals they would have gladly voted for an extension which would have nullified the need for these conservative Dems. But they have none.
Instead of passing the buck and all the blame to the Jim Jones party, AOC also held her party accountable..
“We cannot, in good faith, blame the Republican Party when House Democrats have the majority.
President Biden also failed to get on top of this situation as well,” Ocasio-Cortes said.
There’s still time for the House to get back and do the right thing even if they are off at this point. With the infrastructure bill moving along in the Senate, they are on a 24-hour call notice.
Would the administration have had the reach to turn around these Blue dog assholes? I doubt it, but they should have tried harder.

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Pastor Greg Locke of the Global Vision Bible Church in Tennessee ordered his congregation not to get vaccinated or wear masks.
During his Sunday sermon, Locke argued that the Covid-19 delta variant is a hoax and that President Joe Biden lost the election.
“I’ve been right about all of it!” Locke shouted. “Woo! Yes! Yes! These wicked fools don’t win in the end. They don’t win in the end. So all this fear bull crap is that. Bull crap! Say amen!”
“I am not apologizing for what I said on this platform last week,” he continued. “The delta variant was nonsense then. It is nonsense now. You will not wear masks in this church! You will not wear masks in this church!”
Locke screamed: “Do not get vaccinated! Do not get vaccinated!”
The pastor then insisted that Biden’s “days are numbered.”
“I’ve told you the whole time this election was fraudulent!” he preached. “We’ve got so much proof. The only people that can deny it are crack-smoking, demon-possessed leftists.”
In his crusade against vaccines, Locke has previously claimed that the shot contains “aborted fetal tissue.”
But members of his own family have told CNN that they disagree with him.
“If you don’t want to take a vaccination that’s entirely up to you,” Locke’s cousin Chip Davis said. “But to spread misinformation about it is dead wrong, in my, in my opinion. And it could potentially lead to more loss of life.”
Watch the video below.

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Jake Tapper had to remind Sen. Susan Collins just who is responsible for the failure of the nonpartisan commission being approved by Congress, and why Nancy Pelosi was correct to kick Gym Jordan to the curb when Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy attempted to install him on the current committee, during an interview on this Sunday’s State of the Union.
As per her usual, Collins expressed “concerns” about something her party is responsible for, but Tapper stopped her when she insinuated that Pelosi should bear some of the blame.
After playing a clip of Officer Michael Fanone pounding the table during the first day of the hearing and expressing his outrage at the “indifference shown to his colleagues” by members of Congress, Tapper asked Collins what she thought about the indifference and some of her fellow Republicans smearing the witnesses from this day, and whether she had faith in the bipartisan committee.
Collins told Tapper that she met with Fanone and other officers and believes they need more help, but then said she was “very disappointed” that the non-partisan committee she voted for was not approved, and that “it would have had far more credibility than Speaker Pelosi’s partisan committee that she has set up.”

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Mock, Paper, Scissors: Where do Floridians go to get an apology from Ron DeSantis?
The Mahablog: Better dead and red?
Calculated Risk: Why are analysts over-reacting to inflation data?
Eschaton: What happens when all the news is all politics all the time?
Speaking of which, your quote of the day:
“The ‘well-informed citizenry is in danger of becoming the ‘well-amused audience’.” (Al Gore, 2008)
Guest blogging Mike’s Blog Round Up this week is Jon Perr from Perrspectives. Send your tips, recommendations, comments and angst to mbru AT crooksandliars DOT com.

This cycle, expect NY-24 to be one of the most avidly contested congressional races in the country. Won by Obama twice, by Clinton in 2016 and last year by Biden– 53.4% to 44.4%– this is one of the bluest districts in the country with a Republican congressmember. The incumbent is John Katko, a conservative Republican who always pretends to be a “moderate” right up until it’s time to vote.
Last year, Katko beat Democrat Dana Balter 182,567 (53.1%) to 147,638 (43.0%), with New York’s sleazy Working Families Party helping Katko by running their own candidate.
This cycle, the DCCC and the conservative wing of the Democratic Party is expected to back a Manchin-Sinema Democrat, Francis Canole, who ran in the 2020 primary and was rejected by NY-24 Democrats because of his reactionary, Republican-lite stand on virtually every important issue.
As of today, Blue America has endorsed Steven Holden, who we have asked to introduce himself. If you like what you read, please consider contributing to his campaign by clicking on the Blue America 2022 congressional thermometer above.

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