Liveblog - In case you missed it: Headlines 03/24/21

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.

Biden Administration:

  • A White House official says that Biden’s transition team warned the former administration of a need for additional space to house a surge of migrant children at the U.S.-Mexico border, but they were “sitting on their hands” and delayed aid. NBC’s Julia Ainsley has details.
  • The Biden administration is weighing whether to extend a soon-expiring federal policy that prohibits landlords from evicting their cash-strapped tenants, as the U.S. government seeks to buy more time for an estimated 10 million families who have fallen behind on their rent.

Congress:

COVID-19 Updates and COVIDIOTS:

  • Moncef Slaoui, the pharmaceutical industry veteran and vaccine specialist who led President Donald Trump’s Operation Warp Speed, was fired from the board of a medical company Wednesday over allegations of sexual misconduct.
  • A skyscraper-sized container ship has become wedged across Egypt’s Suez Canal and blocked all traffic in the vital waterway, officials said Wednesday, threatening to disrupt a global shipping system already strained by the coronavirus pandemic.

White ISIS/MAGAts/ Supremacists/Wing Nut Watch:

  • According to a newly filed court document, the government is suggesting some extremist groups were in contact before Jan 6. The new document says a messaged posted to Facebook was used in organizing an alliance between the Oath Keepers and the Proud Boys. 
  • New video released by the New York Times shows what might have happened to U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick before he died. A demonstrator appears to raise a can and spray at the officer before he turns away. NBC News’ Pete Williams explains if a connection can be made between the incident and Sicknick’s death. 
  • Ohio Republicans defy their governor by limiting his power to manage the pandemic
  • GOP Gov. Mike DeWine’s health orders, which included a mask mandate, have provoked tensions within his party’s conservative base.
  • A hate crime investigation is underway after a suspect in Diamond Bar drove past several people walking on a crosswalk during a rally condemning violence against Asian Americans.

Other Headlines:

  • Some crazy despot needs attention:

    North Korea Fired 2 Ballistic Missiles, U.S. and Japan Say

    NYT:

  • 22 year-old gun nut arrested in Atlanta

    Atlanta police arrested a 22-year-old man who walked into a Publix at Atlantic Station with five guns and body armor.22 year

  • Tucker Carlson is an idiot”

  • Navalny’s Health Declines in Prison

    Alexei Navalny has complained that his health has deteriorated sharply and has been blocked from meeting with his lawyers while in jail.  An aide for the Russian opposition leader says Navalny has reported “serious back pain” and numbness in one of his legs that has left him unable to stand on it.

    His lawyers said they were blocked from seeing him on Wednesday, leading them to believe he was hospitalized.  The lawyers said Navalny had seen a prison doctor and given two ibuprofen tablets.

  • Rachel Levine confirmed as assistant health secretary. She is the first openly transgender official ever confirmed by the Senate.

    Spoiler alert: Levine did not receive one Republican vote from the Confederate states.

    Senate roll call.

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