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Breaking News:

Ron DeSantis will launch his presidential bid with Elon Musk

The Florida governor will announce he is running for president on Twitter Wednesday evening in a conversation with Musk.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis will announce he is running for president during a discussion with Twitter CEO Elon Musk, three sources familiar with the plans told NBC News.

Musk and DeSantis will host an event on Twitter Spaces, the site’s platform for audio chats, on Wednesday at 6 p.m. ET. It will be moderated by David Sacks, a tech entrepreneur who is a Musk confidant and DeSantis supporter. 

That same evening, the campaign will release a launch video, and DeSantis will begin visiting several early states after Memorial Day. 

Facts, Use Them, MAGAts:

Speaking of Debt and Deficits:

U.S. Presidents and the Largest Budget Deficits:

KEY TAKEAWAYS

  • Donald Trump is one of three presidents with the biggest budget deficits in history.
  • The deficit topped $1 trillion in 2020.
  • By 2022, under Joe Biden’s administration, the deficit has declined to some $900 billion.
  • The U.S. government has run a budget deficit for nearly all of the past 60 years.
  • A president’s influence over a budget deficit doesn’t start until after the fiscal year ends (September 20) during their first year in office.

Republicans aren’t going to tell Americans the real cause of our $31.4tn debt

It’s always the same when Republicans take over a chamber of Congress or the presidency. Horrors! The debt is out of control! Federal spending must be cut!

When they’re in power, they rack up giant deficits, mainly by cutting taxes on corporations and the wealthy (which amount to the same thing, since wealthy investors are the major beneficiaries of corporate tax cuts).

🤡 The CloWn HoUSe 🤡:

2024 Election:

No, not really, not at all, Uncle Tim:

COVID-19/Covidiots:

Who Wears a Vaccine and Isn’t a New Wave Coming?

TFG’s Legal Woes:

The special counsel scrutinizing the former president’s handling of classified documents issued a subpoena to the Trump Organization seeking records related to seven countries.

The Worst and Stupidest People in the World:

Oakland A’s announcer fired after use of racial slur on broadcast

Kuiper said in a statement that he “could not be more sorry and horrified by what I said.”

Kuiper used the word when describing a trip to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City. He claimed that his words “didn’t come out quite the way I wanted [them] to” when he used the “n-word” instead of saying “Negro Leagues.”

Craven Assholes:

And You’re Going to be a Granny:

Sen. Rick Scott issues travel advisory warning Florida is ‘openly hostile toward Socialists’

epublican Sen. Rick Scott issued a formal travel advisory Tuesday warning the state of Florida is “openly hostile toward Socialists, Communists, and those that enable them.”

In an announcement, Scott said the advisory is in direct response to the Biden Administration’s “attempts to erase capitalism and the system that has brought prosperity to Florida.”

“Before traveling to Florida, please understand that the state of Florida devalues and marginalizes the contributions of, and the challenges faced by Socialists and others who work in the Biden Administration,” the advisory states.

Different Time, Different Party but Typical RWNJ Ignorance and Gaslighting:

More GQP Ignorance and Gaslighting:

She stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6. Then Gov. Ron DeSantis made her a state regulator

It was Jan. 6, 2021, and a group of die-hard Republicans from Okaloosa County, Florida, had traveled 15 hours north to Washington, for a rally where President Donald Trump urged his followers to try to stop the certification of the election. 

After the rally, as a crowd marched toward the Capitol, some of the Florida contingent peeled off. But Sandra Atkinson – who had just been elected chair of the county’s Republican Party – kept marching. The walk would put her in the middle of an insurrection, and eventually, of the dilemma now facing likely presidential contender Gov. Ron DeSantis. 

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