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News Roundup: Biden wins election again; Jan. 6 subpoenas; anti-maskers embarrass themselves … more

It is Friday. Finally, subpoenas were sent out to some of Trump’s closest dirtbags. The conspiracy theorists take another hit as reality once again gets in the way of their made up election story. Florida Republicans are trying to sink Florida in the name o
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News Roundup: Biden wins election again; Jan. 6 subpoenas; anti-maskers embarrass themselves … more

It is Friday. Finally, subpoenas were sent out to some of Trump’s closest dirtbags. The conspiracy theorists take another hit as reality once again gets in the way of their made up election story. Florida Republicans are trying to sink Florida in the name of freedom, and the GOP and its most rabid supporters continue promoting the idea that our country should be turned into a dictatorship of billionaires. You know, to stop the other billionaires. The Biden administration needs to  Here are some of the stories you may have missed today:

The Daily Show went to an anti-mask rally so you don't have to. Here's what happened

The Daily Show’s Jordan Klepper has made a name for himself by going to various MAGA and MAGA-adjacent events to interview the participants and see what their positions are. The humor comes from the fact that most Trumper types think with their guts and no
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The Daily Show went to an anti-mask rally so you don't have to. Here's what happened

The Daily Show’s Jordan Klepper has made a name for himself by going to various MAGA and MAGA-adjacent events to interview the participants and see what their positions are. The humor comes from the fact that most Trumper types think with their guts and not with their heads. This is consistent with their anti-science and anti-reality-based positions on elections, on vaccines, and on masks. On Thursday, The Daily Show with Trevor Noah showed Klepper in North Carolina, attending a rally with a section of the electorate fighting against masks, vaccines, critical race theory, and common sense. In his “Jordan Klepper Fingers The Pulse” segment, Klepper begins by saying he is following anti-mask protesters as they march toward “America’s new Thunderdome—school board meetings."

Newly obtained emails show Trump administration ignored pandemic in favor of the Big Lie

If you already thought the Trump administration’s COVID-19 response resembled two drunk howler monkeys punching each other in the groin on a Tilt-A-Whirl, you’ll be horrified—though certainly not surprised—to discover it was actually worse than previo
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Newly obtained emails show Trump administration ignored pandemic in favor of the Big Lie

If you already thought the Trump administration’s COVID-19 response resembled two drunk howler monkeys punching each other in the groin on a Tilt-A-Whirl, you’ll be horrified—though certainly not surprised—to discover it was actually worse than previously thought. It’s certainly an open question whether Donald Trump’s flailing monkeys focusing on an urgent crisis is a good or bad thing; in retrospect, giving Trump a binky, a blanky, and a four-year supply of Hibernol on Jan. 21, 2017 might have been the way to go. But handling deadly crises is part of the job description for heads of state. Sadly, Trump never saw it that way. And after Joe Biden won the 2020 presidential election, Trump doubled down on preventing a competent COVID-19 response by both trying to keep Biden out of the White House and completely ignoring his sworn duty to save Americans’ lives. Now, thanks to a passel of emails obtained by the House select subcommittee investigating the federal government’s COVID-19 response, we’re seeing just how uninterested the Trump administration was in fighting the deadly virus once its cosmic loser leader biffed his reelection.

ICE faces continued calls to release detained immigrants rather than dangerously moving them around

New Jersey has made major steps in dismantling mass Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention in the state, most notably the new law banning new contracts. Just this month, Hudson County also said it would be ending its ICE agreement
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ICE faces continued calls to release detained immigrants rather than dangerously moving them around

New Jersey has made major steps in dismantling mass Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention in the state, most notably the new law banning new contracts. Just this month, Hudson County also said it would be ending its ICE agreement. But rather than just releasing immigrants, immigration officials have been engaged in a steady campaign of transferring them elsewhere, sometimes to remote regions, and in the dead of night. Both of the state’s U.S. senators have now joined the chorus of voices urging an end to this practice.

Lauren Boebert really wants to impeach Biden, but she should have hired a proofreader first

The campaign finances of Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert of Colorado have been the subject of a lot of speculation. The seemingly corrupt and possibly illegal ways she has used her campaign’s finances to pay for personal items—like $20,000 worth of gasolin
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Lauren Boebert really wants to impeach Biden, but she should have hired a proofreader first

The campaign finances of Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert of Colorado have been the subject of a lot of speculation. The seemingly corrupt and possibly illegal ways she has used her campaign’s finances to pay for personal items—like $20,000 worth of gasoline and rent. She’s not particularly bright, but neither are most of her colleagues. She’s petty, suspected of being tied up deeply in the Jan. 6 attempted coup d’etat, and practices a substance- and fact-free style of political theater that was employed most successfully by Donald Trump in 2015.  On Friday, Rep. Boebert did her best impression of whatever it is the GOP think public servants look like and sent out a press release calling for the impeachment of President Joe Biden. Why? Who cares. What is Rep. Boebert offering to do for her constituents? Nothing. Did Lauren Boebert send out this news release with big capitalized signage that reads “IMEACH BIDEN”? Yes. Yes, she did. And while she has since tried to hide this glaring mistake, the internet is forever.

Right-wing Iowa school board candidate abruptly withdraws. Guess why?

Mason City School Board candidate Cristy Tass has dropped out of the race! That’s the news being reported by the Globe Gazette on Thursday. The Gazette reports that Tass’s Facebook page had a post saying, “It is decided on this day, that I will step dow
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Right-wing Iowa school board candidate abruptly withdraws. Guess why?

Mason City School Board candidate Cristy Tass has dropped out of the race! That’s the news being reported by the Globe Gazette on Thursday. The Gazette reports that Tass’s Facebook page had a post saying, “It is decided on this day, that I will step down from the school board election. I will help children and teachers in other ways.” While that post is no longer up, Cerro Gordo County Auditor Adam Wedmore confirmed to the Gazette that early Thursday morning that Tass contacted him to find out what her options were for withdrawing from the race. Wedmore says that since she has missed the deadline to withdraw, her best shot was to make a public announcement. "It’s very uncommon that a candidate will go through the process to file nomination papers and an affidavit of candidacy to appear on the ballot and then withdraw. It’s just doesn’t occur that often.” Why did she withdraw? The Gazette notes that the decision came one day after the “Mason City School Board's Objections Committee which ruled that, because of an error in paperwork, she wouldn't be able to run for a full four-year term in the district but could run for the two-year vacancy seat currently held by Peterson Jean-Pierre.” Or maybe it had to do with crazy racist screenshots purporting to show her social media activity?

While Trump bashes him, Kemp calls legislators to a special session on redistricting Georgia

As Trump spent his Thursday calling Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp a “disaster,” Kemp was busy calling legislators to a special session on redistricting of the state’s congressional, state House, and state Senate maps in a mad effort to kee
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While Trump bashes him, Kemp calls legislators to a special session on redistricting Georgia

As Trump spent his Thursday calling Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp a “disaster,” Kemp was busy calling legislators to a special session on redistricting of the state’s congressional, state House, and state Senate maps in a mad effort to keep himself and his cronies in office. Or, as I like to call it, just another Friday in the Southern Republic’s efforts to hold on to systemic racism.  Redistricting or gerrymandering is a play Republicans live by, so it's no big surprise this would be Kemp’s move. Who cares about burgeoning crime rates or expanding Medicaid to poor Georgians? In a state with a million new potential voters since 2010 (according to the recent census), redrawing districts is the necessary power move. 

Anti-vaxx Chronicles: Damn, now they're vaccinating our PRODUCE?

Facebook is a menace. COVID-19 is a menace. Conservatism is a cesspool. Together, those three ingredients have created a toxic stew of malevolent death and devastation. We can talk about all those things in the abstract, look at the numbers and statistics, an
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Anti-vaxx Chronicles: Damn, now they're vaccinating our PRODUCE?

Facebook is a menace. COVID-19 is a menace. Conservatism is a cesspool. Together, those three ingredients have created a toxic stew of malevolent death and devastation. We can talk about all those things in the abstract, look at the numbers and statistics, and catch the occasional whiff of seditionist right-wing rhetoric. But I hadn’t really fully understood just how horrifying that combination of right-wing extremism, Facebook, and a killer virus was until I became a regular at the Herman Cain Awards subreddit. This series will document some of those stories, so we are aware of what the other side is doing to our country. Today’s cautionary tale is Desire.

David Robinson wishes his missing son Daniel could get coverage equal to Gabby Petito’s

Earlier this week, 22-year-old Gabby Petito’s remains were recently discovered by police; her fiance is now a suspect in her murder. This is a tragic turn of events. It’s tragic when anyone’s child goes missing. But it would be a lie to say we treat eac
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David Robinson wishes his missing son Daniel could get coverage equal to Gabby Petito’s

Earlier this week, 22-year-old Gabby Petito’s remains were recently discovered by police; her fiance is now a suspect in her murder. This is a tragic turn of events. It’s tragic when anyone’s child goes missing. But it would be a lie to say we treat each missing person case as the tragedy it is. The first thing many in the Black, brown, and Indigenous communities thought when Petito went missing was, ‘Why isn’t this much attention paid to our children?’ One family, in particular, was outraged by the level of intense media coverage over Petito’s case, while his son had gotten so little.  David Robinson II is the father of Daniel Robinson. Daniel, 24, has been missing since June 23. He was last seen leaving his worksite in Buckeye, Arizona, driving a blue/grey 2017 Jeep Renegade.

Ron DeSantis is destroying lives, schools, businesses and families … and Republicans love him for it

There’s long been a prevailing meme that Republicans are such fans of fertilized eggs that they have to take away women’s rights over their own bodies to protect microscopic zygotes, but so unconcerned about actually living, independent children tha
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Ron DeSantis is destroying lives, schools, businesses and families … and Republicans love him for it

There’s long been a prevailing meme that Republicans are such fans of fertilized eggs that they have to take away women’s rights over their own bodies to protect microscopic zygotes, but so unconcerned about actually living, independent children that they cheerfully withhold funding for extravagances like food and shelter. This meme persists because it’s true. And if anyone needed a reminder, here it comes: According to a poll published in Politico, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is now the favorite candidate of Republicans going into 2024.  Based on how DeSantis’ support in this poll has grown five points in the last few months, it can only be assumed that this action, reported in CNN on Friday morning, will lock down a dozen new delegates. Because from now on, kids who are known to have been exposed to COVID-19 are free to go to school in Florida unless they’re personally showing symptoms. No more quarantine. Which is the viral aperitif for schools where both mask mandates and vaccine mandates are banned. During the delta virus wave, Florida went from having the 27th highest death rate in the nation to cracking the top 10. A list that was once populated entirely by states unfortunate enough to be blasted by the pandemic in its opening weeks, when there were no vaccines and very little understanding about how best to treat COVID-19 patients, is now dominated by red states like Florida, where deliberate action on the part of Republican officials has consigned tens of thousands to their deaths. No content to visit his public health disaster on adults, DeSantis has been particularly cruel in his ongoing fight to see that children face maximum threat. And to underscore the effectiveness of his actions, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported on Friday that districts with masks mandates have seen much less growth of COVID-19 in children than districts without such protection. What DeSantis is doing isn’t some abstract argument about “freedom,” it’s a direct assault on human lives.

Biden tells Trump to pound sand on his executive privilege claim in Jan. 6 probe

The days of the federal government blindly providing Donald Trump with blanket immunity for his crimes against the republic are over. The House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection has reportedly made extensive records requests fro
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Biden tells Trump to pound sand on his executive privilege claim in Jan. 6 probe

The days of the federal government blindly providing Donald Trump with blanket immunity for his crimes against the republic are over. The House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection has reportedly made extensive records requests from federal agencies pertinent to its probe. This week the panel also issued subpoenas to four members of Trump's inner circle, prompting Trump to issue a statement  saying he planned to claim «executive privilege» in order to thwart information requests from the committee. But whatever Trump plans to do personally, he won't be getting help from the man currently sitting in the Oval Office. White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Friday that President Joe Biden would not invoke executive privilege to shield his predecessor's records from being released to the committee. 

Frustration, dismay over Biden admin's asylum stance coming from inside the house, too, report says

Advocates and legislators alike have been angered and devastated over the mistreatment and deportation of Haitian asylum-seekers and migrants at the U.S. southern border. “Asylum is and always will be a human right,” Ohio Rep. Joyce Beatty
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Frustration, dismay over Biden admin's asylum stance coming from inside the house, too, report says

Advocates and legislators alike have been angered and devastated over the mistreatment and deportation of Haitian asylum-seekers and migrants at the U.S. southern border. “Asylum is and always will be a human right,” Ohio Rep. Joyce Beatty said earlier this week. That frustration is apparently bubbling over within the Biden administration, as well. BuzzFeed News reports several officials with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) similarly describe feeling “despair” over the administration’s current trajectory on immigration, and some are even contemplating resignation.  “They are almost exclusively focused on detention, deterrence, and generally treating asylum-seekers with as much violence and inhumanity as the prior administration,” one unnamed official told BuzzFeed News. “Honestly, I don’t know how much longer I can stay at DHS if this continues. I stayed because I believed Joe Biden and Kamala Harris when they promised to build it back better.”

Gabby Petito died in the same place 700 Native women went missing. Why aren't we looking for them?

The tragic case of travel blogger Gabrielle (Gabby) Petito has shed light on a number of issues. As her disappearance and presumed death drew massive media attention, advocates noticed the difference when it came to missing women of color. Daily Kos writ
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Gabby Petito died in the same place 700 Native women went missing. Why aren't we looking for them?

The tragic case of travel blogger Gabrielle (Gabby) Petito has shed light on a number of issues. As her disappearance and presumed death drew massive media attention, advocates noticed the difference when it came to missing women of color. Daily Kos writer Laura Clawson accurately described the situation as a “classic case of Missing White Woman Syndrome.” According to NBC News, “missing white woman syndrome” has led to more tough-on-crime policies that disproportionately affect communities of color. Many advocates and lawmakers highlighted this case as a reminder of the hundreds of Native American women and girls who have gone missing or been murdered in the U.S. and the resulting lack of media attention. Calls for justice have risen as advocates share that in the state of Wyoming, where Petito disappeared, more than 710 Indigenous people went missing between 2011 and 2020. Of those, 57% are female and 85% are children, data from the state’s Missing and Murdered Indigenous People Task Force found.

U.S. falls to last place in vaccination among G-7 nations, pays a price in human lives

Earlier this year, Japan was notably slow in getting its citizens vaccinated. As the Associated Press reported in May, the rollout of vaccines in Japan started months after first doses were delivered in the U.S., U.K., and many other nations. The nation is al
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U.S. falls to last place in vaccination among G-7 nations, pays a price in human lives

Earlier this year, Japan was notably slow in getting its citizens vaccinated. As the Associated Press reported in May, the rollout of vaccines in Japan started months after first doses were delivered in the U.S., U.K., and many other nations. The nation is also plagued by decades-old scorn for vaccines that goes back to an unfortunate court ruling in the 1990s that gave anti-vaxx sentiment a huge platform—and made it nearly impossible for the government to conduct anything close to mandatory vaccination at any level. In May, with the Olympic Games just weeks away, the vaccination rate in Japan was an amazingly low 1.6%. At that point, the United States had already vaccinated 46% of the total population and over 55% of the adult population. On September 12, Japan announced that over 50% of the total population had been vaccinated. A few days later, the vaccination rate there passed that in the United States. Of all the nations in the G-7, the United States now ranks dead last when it comes to vaccination rate.

Delivery workers in New York City are finally getting the right to use the bathroom (yes, really)

At this point in the COVID-19 pandemic, with Donald Trump’s name and actions hanging over us and the work of preparing for midterm elections already underway, many of us are eager to celebrate some good news. Luckily, as of Thursday afternoon, gi
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Delivery workers in New York City are finally getting the right to use the bathroom (yes, really)

At this point in the COVID-19 pandemic, with Donald Trump’s name and actions hanging over us and the work of preparing for midterm elections already underway, many of us are eager to celebrate some good news. Luckily, as of Thursday afternoon, gig workers have a legitimate victory to celebrate in New York City. Even better? That victory can very much be credited to workers themselves, including immigrants. As Daily Kos has covered, we know that the pandemic sent many people inside as much as possible, as folks tried to stay home and stay safe. For some people, say, older folks and people who are immunocompromised, avoiding places like the grocery store, pharmacy, and restaurants as much as possible has been common sense since we began to learn about the novel coronavirus. Given that we need food, workers have been out there making deliveries all along. In NYC, those same drivers we heralded for bringing people a hot meal (including during climate disasters) were the same folks who couldn’t access a bathroom during their shift. As of Thursday, that’s finally changing.

Texas Republicans bow to Trump's fraudit demands right as Arizona GOP makes a mockery of itself

The timing couldn't have been better. Late Thursday, almost simultaneously, bombshell news broke that Arizona's GOP fraudit had confirmed Joe Biden's 2020 win while Texas officials announced they would launch their own «full forensic» fraudit. Ho
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Texas Republicans bow to Trump's fraudit demands right as Arizona GOP makes a mockery of itself

The timing couldn't have been better. Late Thursday, almost simultaneously, bombshell news broke that Arizona's GOP fraudit had confirmed Joe Biden's 2020 win while Texas officials announced they would launch their own «full forensic» fraudit. Honestly, it's hard to imagine how the Texas fraudit could look any more cheap, tainted, and dumb. Donald Trump won Texas in 2020 by more than five points, so whatever the audit might find, there's basically no pot to stir in terms of national results. The state has found no serious evidence of irregularities despite offering $1 million rewards to anyone who helped uncover 2020 fraud. Texas officials also announced their sham audit no more than eight and a half hours after Trump demanded it of Republican Gov. Greg Abbott. 

Trump is claiming executive privilege to prevent Biden from releasing documents. Trump will lose

Denied his access to Twitter, Donald Trump has taken to issuing regular missives to his supporters—almost all of which come with a link for providing donations. On Wednesday, one of those statements made clear that, even before the House Select Committee in
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Trump is claiming executive privilege to prevent Biden from releasing documents. Trump will lose

Denied his access to Twitter, Donald Trump has taken to issuing regular missives to his supporters—almost all of which come with a link for providing donations. On Wednesday, one of those statements made clear that, even before the House Select Committee investigating Jan. 6 issued its first subpoenas, Trump intended to fight them using “executive privilege.” «Executive privilege will be defended, not just on behalf of my Administration and the Patriots who worked beside me, but on behalf of the Office of the President of the United States and the future of our Nation,» wrote Trump. No one has relied more heavily on executive privilege than Trump. During his time at the White House, and especially during his first impeachment, it’s easy to determine the number of document and testimony requests that were met with a claim of executive privilege—because it was all of them. Trump even instructed members of executive branch agency to refuse to attend long-standing regulatory meetings, or refuse to provide standard information, with the idea that he might claim privilege. In almost all these instances, he didn’t actually ever make such a claim. He also didn’t provide the requested information. Under Trump, executive privilege became a black box that could be placed around any information, at any time, and because it was never really claimed, never had to defend itself in court. But, for all the ways that Trump has applied executive privilege in the past, there is one thing he can’t do: He can’t call on it from beyond the political grave. As Rep. Jamie Raskin said in response to the missive from Mar-a-Lago, Trump’s thoughts on executive privilege aren’t particularly meaningful at this point “because there’s no president involved—there’s no such thing as a former president’s executive privilege.” The one person who decides what information gets shared now is the actual president. And no matter what the MAGA crowd might think, the actual president is Joe Biden.

'Do your job and deliver for the people of Arizona,' DACA recipient tells Sinema, Kelly

Young immigrants are truly relentless, especially when it comes to protecting their families and communities. Following a massive rally in Washington, D.C., Tuesday that demanded Democrats ensure that legalization continues to remain a pri
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'Do your job and deliver for the people of Arizona,' DACA recipient tells Sinema, Kelly

Young immigrants are truly relentless, especially when it comes to protecting their families and communities. Following a massive rally in Washington, D.C., Tuesday that demanded Democrats ensure that legalization continues to remain a priority and critical part of the reconciliation package, a number of immigrants and allies held an overnight action in front of the Capitol on Wednesday to continue calling public attention to the need for permanent relief.  It also continued even as it rained on their heads during the 11-hour-long vigil. “The rain won’t stop us,” tweeted United We Dream Action (UWDA). Among the activists who camped out overnight was Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipient Karina Ruiz, who traveled from Arizona to urge her senators to act. “I traveled here all the way from Arizona with a clear message for my Senators Sinema and Kelly: we need you to do your job and deliver for the people of Arizona,” she said in a statement received by Daily Kos. 

Senate Republicans are ready to force another government shutdown if it makes trouble for Democrats

Will the government shut down next week? Will the government default on its financial obligations a couple weeks later? All that and much more—like the medium-range future of U.S. infrastructure and a good chunk of the economy—are at stake in Congres
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Senate Republicans are ready to force another government shutdown if it makes trouble for Democrats

Will the government shut down next week? Will the government default on its financial obligations a couple weeks later? All that and much more—like the medium-range future of U.S. infrastructure and a good chunk of the economy—are at stake in Congress in the coming weeks. If you’re reading this, it may not surprise you to learn that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and his fellow Republicans are doing their best to turn everything into a disaster in hopes that it will help Republicans win in 2022 and 2024. Depending how you count them, there are four different legislative priorities at stake here. Or three. Or two. Or one big messy tangle.

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