Liveblog - In case you missed it: Headlines 02/24/21

Biden Administration:

  • President Biden will nominate a former U.S. Postal Service executive, a leading voting rights advocate and a former postal union leader to the mail service’s governing board, according to three people briefed on the nominees, a move that will reshape the agency’s leadership and increase pressure on the embattled postmaster general.
  • The Biden administration will distribute millions of face coverings to thousands of community health centers and food banks in an effort to help vulnerable Americans more easily mask up, officials said on Wednesday.
  • The Words That Are In and Out With the Biden Administration:

Congress:

  • House Dem Gerry Connolly on Jim Jordan at USPS hearing: “All the gaslighting does not change the facts. I didn’t vote to overturn an election. And I will not be lectured by people who did about partisanship.”
  • Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Wednesday called for the independent commission that is expected to study last month’s attack on the U.S. Capitol to be made up of an equal number of Democrats and Republicans, echoing House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s comments last week on the matter.
  • The homophobe/transphobe says what?

COVID-19 Updates:

  • Boy, do I have a few links for Dr. Nakhasi to visit and set the record straight.
    • Dr. Nakhasi is one of countless health-care workers who have found themselves combating the coronavirus on two fronts during a global pandemic that is now stretching into its 12th month. Beyond spending their working hours in hospitals and clinics, many doctors and nurses have also voluntarily entrenched themselves in “the information war,” as Nakhasi calls it.

White ISIS/MAGAts/Wing Nut Watch:

  • BOO-HOO: Far-right groups on social media are lamenting a push by Democratic lawmakers to begin designating domestic terrorism groups as President Joe Biden‘s administration considers how to combat the rising threat of right-wing extremism in America.
  • Domestic terrorism is not a designated crime in the U.S., though there is an extensive framework through which law enforcement can prosecute those suspected of involvement in foreign terrorist groups such as Al-Qaeda and Islamic State.

Other headlines:

  • Axios recap:
  • The rollover car crash that seriously injured Tiger Woods outside Los Angeles on Wednesday was an accident, so investigators won’t pursue any charges against the golf great, Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said.
  • Woods was “awake, responsive, and recovering” in the hospital from major surgery, according to a statement on his Twitter account.
  • Mercia Bowser, sister of DC Mayor Muriel Bowser, dies of coronavirus at 64

  • A former aide of Gov. Andrew Cuomo is alleging sexual harassment

  • Trump plans “scathing rebuke” of Biden during Sunday’s CPAC speech

    Former President Trump will use his Sunday speech at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) to attack his successor President Biden and tease a potential 2024 White House bid, a person familiar with speech confirmed to The Hill on Wednesday. . . .[But] when he takes the stage at CPAC on Sunday, the former president is poised to deliver a scathing rebuke of Biden’s first five weeks in the White House, criticizing his successor’s handling of immigration policy and his posture toward China, among other things.  Source: The Hill

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