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Republican House speaker embraces major spending reductions in trying to win conservative support for funding bill
Cutting housing subsidies for the poor by 33 percent as soaring rents drive a national affordability crisis. Forcing more than 1 million women and children onto the waitlist of a nutritional assistance program for poor mothers with young children. Reducing federal spending on home heating assistance for low-income families by more than 70 percent with energy prices high heading into the winter months.
Even if those bills were approved by the Senate, which they won’t be, much of the government would still shut down because federal operations are funded by 12 different bills. Hard-right holdouts blocked action on one of those last week.
Senator Menendez and His Mounting Issues:
Menendez faces growing pressure to resign over bribery charges. These Senate Democrats want him to leave
A day after Sen. Bob Menendez pleaded his innocenece against federal corruption and bribery charges, a growing list of Democratic colleagues said whether he is guilty or not, the longtime New Jersey lawmaker should give up his seat.
Several, including many who are seeking reelection in what will be a tough 2024 map for Senate Democrats, said while Menendez deserves the presumption of innocence, the allegations are too heavy to ignore.
Hunter, Not Our President, Biden:
Spoiler Alert: Beer Boi, Brett Kavanaugh Gave Alabama an Out
There is some risk that one key justice, Brett Kavanaugh, could flip his vote in this case. In June, when the Court handed down its decision ordering Alabama to redraw its maps, the vote was only 5-4, with Chief Justice John Roberts and Kavanaugh joining the Court’s three liberal justices to form a majority. Kavanaugh, however, wrote a separate opinion where he suggested that he might be open to declaring part of the Voting Rights Act, the federal law that prohibits race discrimination in elections, unconstitutional.
Kavanaugh did indeed offer some caveats that could favor states in future litigation, including that “the authority to conduct race-based redistricting cannot extend indefinitely into the future.” But for Alabama in the current situation, Kavanaugh signed onto Chief Justice John Roberts’ strongest defense of the VRA’s Section 2, which prohibits discrimination based on race.
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Craven Assholes Weigh In:
Jan. 6 defendant who wanted to arrest ‘the traitors’ to ‘protect the Capitol’ sentenced to four years
A defiant Ed Badalian repeatedly interrupted his sentencing judge and told the U.S. Marshals who took him into custody they had the duty to resist unconstitutional orders.