Republicans grabbed both runoff slots in a district trending away from the GOP.
Secretary of State Blinken in Ukraine to assure President Zelensky, who played role in Trump impeachment, of U.S. support against Russian hostilities.
Thank the stars for Jimmy Kimmel.
Some may want to forget that Trump ever existed, and that’s an easy thing to understand.
But forgetting the past (The George W. Bush administration, anyone?) is what let the Republican Party back into power.
Never ever forget that it was Republicans that gave us Trump, and that to this day lies about Covid-19.
Jimmy Kimmel’s feature “Today in COVID History” remembers…
…Donald Trump saying he was treated worse than Lincoln by the media.
…Fox News personalities dissing “experts” for demanding social distancing.
…Laura Ingraham, specifically, praising hydrocloriquine and scoffing at predictions of deaths in the hundreds of thousands.
All just one year ago.
We always love the handoff from Rachel @Maddow to @Lawrence O’Donnell. And Wednesday we learned the new term for Arizona’s bamboo sniffing “recount” team: whackjobs!
You may have heard that the “Cyber Ninja” totally-not-secure “recount” going on in Maricopa County, Arizona has turned to photography in order to determine if there are sekrit ballots printed on bamboo that were dumped into the legitimate ballot pool by CHINA.
And also it appears that this team is going door-to-door to “confirm” votes? That’s in violation of federal law. There really is a secret ballot when you vote for President and Vice President. No one counting votes gets to “check-in” with you in person later to confirm who you voted for.
Secret Ballot. It’s a thing.
Also, federal law requires state officials to be “in possession” of the ballots for 22 months following an election. Giving the ballots to “Cyber Ninjas” doesn’t count. Even if the Republican State Senate wants to.
So now the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice has sent a letter telling Arizona that there may be federal charges leveled at the re-counters if they are violating the law.
The Secretary of State for Arizona concurs:
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed into law a wildly contentious and unnecessary voting “rights” bill, but barred all media outlets except for Fox News from the signing ceremony.
By kicking out all of Florida’s media and turning a bill signing into a huge political event for Fox alone embodies how totally bankrupt and morally corrupted the Florida Republican Party is, all in an effort to appease one person.
It also may be in violation of the state’s Sunshine Laws.
As with all Republican anti-voting measures percolating throughout the country, this bill makes it harder for US citizens in Florida to vote. As we reported earlier this week, Florida Republicans are becoming aware that their bill may hurt their own voters, notably military service people and the elderly.
The Tampa Bay Times writes, “Elections supervisors warned last week that the bill makes it harder to request and return vote by mail ballots:
It’s about time.
The FAA has announced a zero-tolerance policy for people who behave like jackasses on airplanes.
Those who want to get violent or abusive with the flight crew or fellow passengers will now face possible criminal charges, an up to $35,000 fine, and being banned for life from flying.
Since January, “unruly behavior” on airplanes has skyrocketed. NBC News reports that “in a typical year, the transportation agency sees 100 to 150 formal cases of bad passenger behavior. But since the start of this year, the agency said, the number of reported cases has jumped to 1,300, an even more remarkable number since the number of passengers remains below pre-pandemic levels.”
The FAA has zero tolerance for unruly or dangerous behavior aboard passenger airplanes. Our fines can reach up to $35K. #FlySmart 😷 https://t.co/BUo67xiyID
— The FAA ✈️ (@FAANews) May 5, 2021
Holtorf called it an “endearing term, by the way,” but who has a history of making offensive and misogynistic statements. He later “apologized,” saying:
“I think we all need to consider what we do here and how we address and talk to each other,” Holtorf said on the House floor. “I think that we all have to do better. I will start with me. I think we have to respect each other. We have to respect people’s time here and listen and be good people and not try to have confrontations across this chamber.
“I apologize if I’ve offended anybody in anyway. It is not my intent, ladies and gentlemen. If anyone would like to talk to me afterwards, I’d be more than happy to visit with them.”
And if you believe that’s sincerity I have a bridge with your name on it at a low, low price.
DENVER (KDVR) — A Colorado state representative is drawing fire after referring to a colleague as “Buckwheat” during the House session Wednesday morning.
Rep. Richard Holtorf, a Republican who represents the northeastern part of Colorado, was speaking to the House. He was talking about military rules of engagement and the law of proportionality, when he apparently responded to another legislator and said, “I’m getting there. Don’t worry Buckwheat. I’m getting there.”
A moment later Holtorf said, “That’s an endearing term, by the way.”
Sen. Joe Manchin still believes in the bipartisan fairy.
He admitted on CNN that all the good work Joe Biden has done in his first 100 days was without Republican support.
Still, Manchin has refused to entertain the idea of ending the filibuster to get much-needed relief to the American people, even as Mitch McConnell blew up the idea of bipartisanship completely this week.
Chris Cuomo called Manchin out for clinging to the idea of bipartisanship when Republicans have no interest in acting like a political party.
GOP Senate leader Mitch McConnell just said, “100% of my focus is on standing up to this administration. What we have in the United States Senate is total unity from Susan Collins to Ted Cruz in opposition to what the new Biden administration is trying to do to this country.”
After debating the merits of bipartisanship with CNN Chris Cuomo, the host said there’s a chance you get none of Biden’s future agenda passed, including any form of gun control.
Manchin tried to fight back, “Let’s see what we’ve done already. Look what we’ve done. 1.9 trillion dollars…(ARPA) Look what we did last year in an all bipartisan way. Look what we’ve done this year.”
Then Manchin f**ked himself and admitted the truth, finally.
“We didn’t do it in a bipartisan way, but we did it because it needed to be done with the pandemic that we had, ” Manchin said.
He continued, “We did 1.9 trillion…”
Former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows on Wednesday lashed out at Facebook after its oversight board upheld the decision to ban former President Donald Trump from the platform.
Meadows made the statements to Fox News where he was appearing live when the decision to uphold the ban on Trump was announced.
“It’s a sad day for America,” Meadows complained. “It’s a sad day for Facebook because I can tell you a number of members of Congress are now looking at do they break up Facebook, do they make sure that they don’t have a monopoly?”
Meadows argued that there are “two different standards: one for Donald Trump and one for a number of other people that are on their sites and suggesting that more nefarious things than what the [former] president has been accused of.”
“So this is a sad day for America,” he repeated. “But a sadder day for the Facebooks of the world who have actually enjoyed a very wild, wild west kind of regulatory environment. I can tell you that’s going to change.”
The Biden Administration, faced with a high number of unaccompanied minors at the border…
…came up with a plan…
…implemented the plan…
and reduced the number of children in border control custody for more than 72 hours to ZERO.
Got to thank the men & women coordinating safe placement of unaccompanied minors arriving at our border. March 28 saw 4,078 children in CBP holding >72 hrs. Now? ZERO. Challenges remain, but this team is handling its business! @CBP @DHSgov @ICEgov @HHSGov @DeptofDefense @fema pic.twitter.com/sMOLf01wqN
— Susan Rice (@AmbRice46) May 6, 2021
Unaccompanied minors are no longer being warehoused by border patrol because of the COMPETENCE of this administration.