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MSNBC Shakes Up Dayside Lineup: Jos Diaz-Balart to Rejoin Cable Channel

I caught some of Ayman Mohyeldin's show this weekend and have long thought he needed his own, so props there. He is good imo.


MSNBC Shakes Up Dayside Lineup: José Diaz-Balart to Rejoin Cable Channel
With the Telemundo anchor taking over MSNBC's 10 a.m. hour, Hallie Jackson will shift to 3 p.m., and Ayman Mohyeldin will get a weekend primetime program.
September 7, 2021 7:00am

MSNBC is shaking up its dayside lineup, according to a memo to staff Tuesday from the channel’s president, Rashida Jones.

The biggest change is the return of José Díaz-Balart to MSNBC’s daytime lineup. Diaz-Balart will anchor José Díaz-Balart Reports in the 10 a.m. hour weekdays starting Sept. 27. Diaz-Balart previously served as a dayside anchor for MSNBC from 2014-2016.

He is also the Saturday anchor for NBC Nightly News, and has been the anchor of Telemundo’s evening newscast Noticias Telemundo since 2009. However, with his new role at MSNBC, he will step aside as the main evening news anchor at the Spanish-language broadcast network, and instead shift to a new role anchoring monthly specials and breaking news coverage, as well as expanded Spanish-language news coverage for Peacock. He will continue to be based out of Telemundo’s Miami headquarters.

With Diaz-Balart’s new MSNBC hour, Hallie Jackson, who currently anchors at 10, will shift to 3 p.m., while continuing to report for Today and Nightly News, and continues to prep a streaming show for for the fall.

Ayman Mohyeldin, who currently anchors the 3 p.m. hour, will instead anchor a primetime show on the weekends, called Ayman. He will also lead a show on Fridays for MSNBC’s Peacock channel, The Choice.
Posted by babylonsister | Mon Sep 27, 2021, 10:19 AM (4 replies)

What Matt Gaetz's Legal Lineup Tells Us About His Troubles

What Matt Gaetz’s Legal Lineup Tells Us About His Troubles
Hired Guns
There have hardly been any developments in the alleged case against Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL). But the lawyers he’s hired indicate that he’s not out of the woods.
Roger Sollenberger
Political Reporter
Updated Sep. 27, 2021 5:53AM ET / Published Sep. 27, 2021 4:54AM ET


And if you were looking for an indication of just how seriously Gaetz himself is taking the prospect of charges, look no further than the high-powered team of attorneys the beleaguered Florida man has brought on for his defense.

That team features a trio of powerful litigators from New York City, well outside the bounds of the Middle District of Florida, where the Justice Department investigation is being handled.

Gaetz is personally represented by Marc Mukasey, who has defended the Trump Organization in several high-profile disputes, as well as Isabelle Kirshner, a partner at Clayman & Rosenberg LLP. Kirshner is a top Manhattan criminal defense attorney who also represented former New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman after multiple women accused him of physical assault.

Separately, the Gaetz campaign—Friends of Matt Gaetz—also looked north when in June it retained New York-based trial lawyer Marc Fernich. Fernich’s client list includes child sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, Mexican drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, and convicted sex trafficker Keith Raniere, who led the NXIVM cult. While Fernich is familiar with sex crimes cases, he does not have experience with campaign finance law.


Posted by babylonsister | Mon Sep 27, 2021, 07:40 AM (20 replies)

Benefits of a kindle...

can anyone elaborate on the pros and cons? Being able to look up and read a book someone has recommended seems to be a definite feature, and my supply of real books is dwindling.

Another feature for me is print size; my eyes aren't what they used to be, so increasing font size would be a real benefit, too.

I am considering getting one but don't even know what characteristics to look for. I don't want to spent tons of money on state-of-the-art, but would like to find a decent one.

Thank you!
Posted by babylonsister | Mon Sep 27, 2021, 06:11 AM (19 replies)

Meet The Press Faces Backlash For Hosting Meghan McCain's Lies


9/26/21 10:46am
Meet The Press Faces Backlash For Hosting Meghan McCain's Lies
NBC's Meet the Press faced criticism on Sunday after allowing Meghan McCain to lie about the popularity of President Joe Biden's Build Back Better agenda.
By David

NBC's Meet the Press faced criticism on Sunday after allowing Meghan McCain to lie about the popularity of President Joe Biden's Build Back Better agenda.

"I will say that President Biden ran on being a moderate," McCain explained during a panel segment on the program. "He ran and won with the help of independent, centrists, Trump-wary Republicans and he's not governing as one."

"The Build Back Better agenda is the most progressive modern agenda of all time," she continued. "And it's not polling well. So I think I'm just confused why they're doubling down on something that is cratering in the polls."

But a recent poll found that the Build Back Better Act has support from 66% of Americans.

"It is polling well. Why let her come on to lie?" Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin asked Meet the Press on Twitter.

McCain responded but did not correct her misstatement.

"Joe Biden IS his agenda. A presidents [sic] polls mean something - that the American people aren't happy with how he's governing or his agenda," she wrote. "Also, if Dems plan is to buy off American voters they'd better come up with a solution to the inflation that is raising prices for everyone."
Posted by babylonsister | Sun Sep 26, 2021, 07:38 PM (23 replies)

Liz Cheney Fires Back at Trump Over Bush Meme: 'I Like Republican Presidents Who Win Re-Election'


Liz Cheney Fires Back at Trump Over Bush Meme: ‘I Like Republican Presidents Who Win Re-Election’
Justin Baragona
Media Reporter
Updated Sep. 26, 2021 10:35AM ET /
Published Sep. 26, 2021 10:32AM ET

Late last week, former President Donald Trump sent out a bizarre meme morphing the faces of two of his biggest political nemeses in the Republican Party: former President George W. Bush and Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY). The odd Photoshopped image appeared to be in response to Bush announcing he was headlining a fundraiser for Cheney next month. (Trump is backing the GOP primary opponent of Cheney, who voted to impeach the ex-president for inciting the Jan. 6 insurrection.)

On Sunday morning, the Wyoming congresswoman—one of two Republicans on the Jan. 6 select committee—took a not-so-subtle shot at Trump over the meme, hitting him where it hurts. “I like Republican presidents who win re-election,” Cheney wrote on Twitter alongside a photo of Bush. Since his decisive electoral loss to President Joe Biden, Trump has relentlessly peddled the “Big Lie” that the election was rigged against him.
Posted by babylonsister | Sun Sep 26, 2021, 01:38 PM (16 replies)

U.S. court upholds hospital employee COVID-19 vaccine rule in test case

U.S. court upholds hospital employee COVID-19 vaccine rule in test case
Tom Hals
September 26, 2021, 10:36 AM
By Tom Hals

(Reuters) - A federal judge on Friday ruled that a Cincinnati, Ohio-area healthcare provider could require its employees get vaccinated against COVID-19 or risk losing their job, in what appears to be the first ruling of its kind for a private employer in the United States.

The employees of St. Elizabeth Healthcare failed to establish that their individual liberties were being violated by the vaccine requirement of the hospital operator, which has the right to set employment terms, said U.S. District Judge David Bunning in Covington, Kentucky.

St. Elizabeth employees must get vaccinated by Oct. 1. The widespread availability of vaccines in the United States helped to reduce infections in the spring and early summer but the Delta variant has led to a new spike in cases and hospitalizations.


Posted by babylonsister | Sun Sep 26, 2021, 11:17 AM (1 replies)

Sidney Powell Implicates Kevin McCarthy, Steve Scalise, and Justice Alito In Plot To Overturn The El


Posted on Sun, Sep 26th, 2021 by Jason Easley
Sidney Powell Implicates Kevin McCarthy, Steve Scalise, and Justice Alito In Plot To Overturn The Election
Sidney Powell suggested that the purpose of the 1/6 attack was to give time to Supreme Court Justice Alito to intervene and overturn the election.

Powell suggested that the plan was for the insurrection to delay certifying the election so that Trump’s lawyers could file a 12th Amendment case to overturn the election.

McCarthy and Scalise were trying to deny Pelosi the ability to file an amicus brief in the case.

Powell said, “There had been inside goings-on in Congress whereby I believe it was Steve Scalise and McCarthy kept her from being an actual party. She wanted to work her way into the case, but somehow that didn’t happen. She got notice when we made our filing. She wanted to file an amicus brief, and then everything broke loose, and she had to speed up reconvening Congress to get the vote going before Justice Alito might issue an injunction.”

Sidney Powell is not a reliable narrator, but her point, if true, is that the purpose of the 1/6 attack on the Capitol was to buy time so that Justice Alito could intervene and block the certification of the election.

Trump and the Republicans were counting on the Supreme Court to overturn the election.

All the pieces of the puzzle are starting to fit together. The 1/6 attack was part of a seditious plot to overturn an election by stopping the certification and allowing the conservative justices on the Supreme Court to toss the election back to the states, which would have handed the presidency to Trump.

Elected Republicans should be facing criminal charges for this plot, and Kevin McCarthy has a whole lot more to answer for than a phone call with Trump on 1/6.

One Thing Will Save Us From These Suicidal Lunatics--Mandates

One Thing Will Save Us From These Suicidal Lunatics—Mandates
This is how we can save lives and protect our unvaccinated kids, and Biden is finally getting there.
Wajahat Ali
Published Sep. 26, 2021 4:56AM ET

I invite you, the majority who believe in science and vaccines and who don't eat horse paste, to stop sparing any thoughts or prayers for those who die from COVID-19 after adamantly refusing to get jabbed and aggressively promoting anti-vax and anti-mask disinformation during the deadliest pandemic of our lifetimes.

Instead, please join me in dispensing some much-needed tough love and champion vaccine mandates to save our country and fellow neighbors. President Biden agrees, and on Friday the White House announced that millions of federal contractor employees must be vaccinated by December 8.

I only wish the deadline was sooner so more lives could be saved. Nearly one in every 500 Americans alive at the start of this pandemic—more than 650,000 people—has now died to COVID-19. Many of them would still be alive if we had not coddled and tolerated a zealous pro-death cult that continues to compromise our children’s safety and disrespect frontline health-care workers and educators for their perverse, misguided delusion of freedom. If they choose death, let them march off the cliff.

The problem, however, is that their recklessness drags the rest of us to our doom. Some have said that not taking the vaccine is like choosing not to wear a seatbelt. But it’s more like being stuck in a car hijacked by an unhinged driver who refuses to wear a seatbelt and then proceeds to drive full-speed towards oncoming traffic while angrily blaming everyone else for going the wrong way.

Earlier this week, those who were injured in a Kroger grocery store shooting in Tennessee were rushed to the emergency rooms of a nearby hospital, which was already struggling to treat the high number of existing COVID-19 patients. Only 44 percent of Tennessee’s population is vaccinated, and Governor Bill Lee, trying his best to assist the Grim Reaper, signed an executive order banning mask requirements in schools. Across America, we are reading horror stories of how vaccinated, non-COVID patients are being deprived of necessary medical attention because selfish, ignorant people who refuse to take a free, highly available vaccine are filling up the ICUs and depending upon the very same health-care workers whom they ridicule, mock and hold in contempt.


Posted by babylonsister | Sun Sep 26, 2021, 09:27 AM (9 replies)

The Supply Chain is Way More Complex Than You Think It Is and It's Way More Messed Up Than You Know

The Supply Chain is Way More Complex Than You Think It Is and It's Way More Messed Up Than You Know
Community (This content is not subject to review by Daily Kos staff prior to publication.)
Saturday September 25, 2021 · 2:38 PM EDT

(Image found at www.newdesignfile.com/...)

For most of my career (over 20 years now), I’ve worked for distributors. I spend a significant amount of my time thinking about supply chain — how it works, where it works, where it breaks down. 2020 and 2021 have demonstrated both the robustness and vulnerability of the supply chain.

What is the supply chain:

The metaphor of the supply chain is helpful. It gives us a clear way to imagine product from raw material to end user. Raw materials go to manufacturers, who create the product, product goes to distributors who deliver it to retailers who sell to end users.

It’s a clean, clear, linear process.

Except it’s not.

more...very informative for those interested...

Posted by babylonsister | Sat Sep 25, 2021, 11:52 PM (18 replies)

If Trump's Adult Children Helped Him Commit Fraud, New York Prosecutors Are About to Find Out

Levin Report
If Trump’s Adult Children Helped Him Commit Fraud, New York Prosecutors Are About to Find Out
A judge has ordered the Trump Organization to hand over Ivanka, Eric, and Don Jr.’s company devices to the New York Attorney General’s office.
By Bess Levin
September 24, 2021

Time was, U.S. presidents left office and focused on their philanthropic foundations, became amateur painters, and wrote very long books. Then there’s Donald Trump, who’s taken a slightly different tack, in that he spends his day crashing weddings, trying to overturn the results of the 2020 election, and drowning in lawsuits, civil probes, and criminal investigations.

One of the most significant legal actions, of course, is the Manhattan district attorney’s inquiry into Trump and his company’s financial dealings, which has thus far resulted in 15 charges against the Trump Organization and its longtime CFO, Allen Weisselberg. (Both parties have pleaded not guilty to all counts, which include criminal tax fraud, grand larceny, falsifying business records, and scheming to defraud the government.) But there are also at least three other criminal inquiries, numerous lawsuits, and an investigation by the New York attorney general’s office, which is about to get a cornucopia of key documents no thanks to the ex-president’s company.

In a September 2 order unsealed Friday, a judge said that the Trump Organization must comply with subpoenas issued by New York attorney general Letitia James’s office, or hire an outside firm to search through its documents and turn them over to prosecutors. According to Bloomberg, the company has until September 30 to “report on its efforts to preserve, collect, and produce all documents responsive to subpoenas issued by James as part of a civil probe into whether the company manipulated the value of its assets for loans and tax breaks,” as ordered by state court Justice Arthur Engoron. If James isn’t satisfied, the Trump Organization will have to hire a third party to oversee compliance, and while it is free to select one, the attorney general will have to approve it, according to The Daily Beast—in case anyone was thinking of hiring Rudy Giuliani & Sons at Your Service LLC. Per Bloomberg:


According to Bloomberg, it’s not just Trump who should be concerned about the judge’s order, but his adult children as well. The government’s search includes devices issued “to about two dozen people involved with the company, including Trump and three of his adult children, Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump, and Ivanka Trump,” according to the outlet. Per The Daily Beast, others include chief operating officer Matthew Calamari, company controller Jeffrey S. McConney, Weisselberg, and Trump’s personal assistant Rhona Graff, whose correspondence could be extremely illuminating given that Trump has been known to personally eschew email and likely relied on other people to share his thoughts in writing. Last fall, The New York Times reported that one of the ways Trump was able to frequently pay virtually nothing in federal income taxes was by writing off virtually every aspect of his life as a business expense. That, according to the Times, has included flights between his homes, meals, and $70,000 worth of haircuts, in addition to classifying Seven Springs as an investment property, despite Eric Trump telling Forbes in 2014 that the place is a family compound.


Posted by babylonsister | Sat Sep 25, 2021, 10:23 PM (5 replies)
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