With so many crazy things happening, sometimes things fall through the cracks. Here are some headlines that you may find interesting and worth discussing. Please feel free to post ‘headlines’ you would like to share that we may have missed.
Major bigly day and bigly win for the Biden Administration:
- Biden orders 100 million more vaccine shots from Johnson & Johnson
- A $60 billion surprise in the Covid relief bill: Tax hikes
- Democrats tucked in a trio of little-noticed tax hikes on the wealthy and big corporations.
- Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene has been gunking up the works. She says she’s not backing down.
- In case you need a gentle reminder of what is and isn’t in the American Rescue Plan:
- Executives at American Airlines on Wednesday urged the company’s employees to thank members of Congress for passing the $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief plan — even though every Republican lawmaker voted against it.
- The Senate on Wednesday confirmed Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio) to lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) by a solid bipartisan margin.
COVID-19 Updates and COVIDIOTS:
- Federal officials relax guidance on nursing home visits, citing vaccines and slowing infections
White ISIS/MAGAts/ Supremacists/Wing Nut Watch:
- Kyle Rittenhouse to face November trial for fatally shooting two men and wounding another at Kenosha protest
- On Tuesday, a New York judge dismissed a lawsuit that Donald Trump’s presidential campaign filed against The New York Times.
- Minnesota Supreme Court won’t intervene on third-degree murder charge in Derek Chauvin trial.
- Five Oklahoma City officers to face manslaughter charges in shooting of 15-year-old boy.
- Number of attempted illegal border crossings rises 28 percent in February.
- The Miami Heat said Tuesday night that Meyers Leonard will be away from the team indefinitely, sharply criticizing his use of an anti-Semitic slur while playing a video game that was being livestreamed.
- Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Florida Cabinet approved major changes to the state’s clemency process on Wednesday that automatically restores the right to hold office and serve on a jury for Floridians with felony convictions who have completed their sentence and paid off their court debts.
Sixth Cuomo accuser alleges he “aggressively groped her”
Once alone, the source said Cuomo closed the door, then reached under the unnamed aide’s shirt and allegedly began to fondle her. She reportedly told him to stop.
The source, who told the newspaper they were not authorized to comment on the matter publicly, also said the unnamed staffer alleged that the governor was frequently flirtatious and said the mansion incident was not the only time he touched her.
Republican’s continue assault on mask mandates
In North Carolina, Republicans seek to limit Governors emergency powers: TheHill
Under the proposed legislation, the governor would be required to seek support from the Council of State, which includes 10 senior executive offices of the state government, when issuing a statewide emergency declaration that is expected to last longer than 30 days.
The declaration last year, along with subsequent stay-at-home orders and other restrictions on businesses and activities in the state, have prompted continued criticism from North Carolina Republicans, who argue that Cooper has acted with absolute power in the state amid the public health crisis.
Texas AG threatens legal action, demands Austin drop mask mandate: TheHill
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) said Wednesday he will take legal action against the city of Austin if its Democratic mayor does not end the city’s mask mandate and restrictions on businesses.
Judge delays Kyle Rittenhouse murder trial by at least 7 months