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February 4, 2021

99-1, the Senate adopts amendment offered by Sens. Susan Collins and Joe Manchin to exclude...

99-1, the Senate adopts amendment offered by Sens. Susan Collins and Joe Manchin to exclude "upper-income" earners from stimulus checks. It was adopted to the budget resolution, which is non-binding. But it's clear where the view of the Senate is on this topic. Rand Paul was a no

February 3, 2021

Leader McCarthy's Statement on Rep. Taylor Greene:

Washington, D.C. – House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) released the following statement:

“Past comments from and endorsed by Marjorie Taylor Greene on school shootings, political violence, and anti-Semitic conspiracy theories do not represent the values or beliefs of the House Republican Conference. I condemn those comments unequivocally. I condemned them in the past. I continue to condemn them today. This House condemned QAnon last Congress and continues to do so today.

“I made this clear to Marjorie when we met. I also made clear that as a member of Congress we have a responsibility to hold ourselves to a higher standard than how she presented herself as a private citizen. Her past comments now have much greater meaning. Marjorie recognized this in our conversation. I hold her to her word, as well as her actions going forward.

“I understand that Marjorie’s comments have caused deep wounds to many and as a result, I offered Majority Leader Hoyer a path to lower the temperature and address these concerns. Instead of coming together to do that, the Democrats are choosing to raise the temperature by taking the unprecedented step to further their partisan power grab regarding the committee assignments of the other party.

“While Democrats pursue a resolution on Congresswoman Greene, they continue to do nothing about Democrats serving on the Foreign Affairs Committee who have spread anti-Semitic tropes, Democrats on the House Intelligence and Homeland Security Committee compromised by Chinese spies, or the Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee who advocated for violence against public servants.

“In the end, this resolution continues to distract Congress, especially given the limited time that Speaker Pelosi and the Democrat leadership want the House to debate and work, on what it needs to focus on: getting Americans back to work, getting kids back to school, and providing vaccines to all Americans who need it.”


February 3, 2021

Florida town completes legal review of Trump's residency at Mar-a-Lago

Source: CNN

West Palm Beach, Florida (CNN)The legal review by the town of Palm Beach into the use of Mar-a-Lago as former President Donald Trump's permanent home concluded that the original agreement among the town, the resort and Trump does not expressly prohibit him from residing there.

In a memo produced by the town's attorney and posted on the town's website, lawyer John "Skip" Randolph advised the town to look instead to its zoning ordinance, which permits only bona fide employees to reside in private clubs. Thus, if Trump is a "bona fide employee of the club," town zoning would allow him to live on the premises, Randolph concluded.

Randolph recommended in the memo that the town council hear from interested parties, including Trump, and debate the issue further.

A letter to Randolph from Trump's attorney last month argued that the former President is a bona fide employee of the resort and therefore is "clearly entitled to reside there."

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/03/politics/mar-a-lago-trump-legal-review/index.html

February 3, 2021

...this is a 15-second snapshot of a supermarket in Naples.

This is so foreign to me. In Michigan, at least in my area, 99.9% wear masks at the grocery store. We also have plastic shields between the customer and the cashier as a further form of protection.
February 2, 2021

Bezos stepping down as Amazon CEO

Source: The Hill

Amazon announced Tuesday that CEO Jeff Bezos will be stepping down from his top spot and transitioning to the role of executive chair of the company's board.

Bezos will transition out of his role in the third quarter of 2021, the company said while announcing its quarterly earning report from the end of last year.

Andy Jassy, the current head of Amazon Web Services (AWS), will succeed Bezos as CEO of the e-commerce giant.


Read more: https://thehill.com/policy/technology/537028-bezos-stepping-down-as-amazon-ceo

February 2, 2021

Smokestack Lightning- The Walker Roaders

The Walker Roaders — the supergroup featuring ex-members of the Pogues, Flogging Molly, and Dropkick Murphys — have released a new cover of Howlin’ Wolf’s “Smokestack Lightning.”

The cover finds the Walker Roaders using a banjo to deliver the song’s iconic blues riff, while later bits of acoustic guitar and accordion float over the clattering percussion. The track arrives with a music video that blends archival footage — including some of Howlin’ Wolf — with shots of frontman James Fearnley singing “Smokestack Lightning” in his resonant baritone.

Walker Roaders’ cover of “Smokestack Lightning” marks their first bit of new music since the release of their 2019 self-titled debut album. The band decided to record the cover after Sandy Roberton, who worked for Chess Records publishing in the late Sixties, had a dream about the Walker Roaders recording the tune. After telling Fearnley and Ted Hutt about the dream, the pair couldn’t resist making it a reality.

February 2, 2021

NEW: In 2019 Marjorie Taylor Greene organized a march that would "flood the Capitol Building" to...

NEW: In 2019 Marjorie Taylor Greene organized a march that would "flood the Capitol Building" to protest "tyrannical" leaders, saying in a video that Democrats "should fear us" and "we should feel like we will" use violence "if we have to.” Me @Salon


In a video posted to social media months before announcing her congressional candidacy, Georgia Republican Marjorie Taylor Greene called on supporters to "flood the Capitol Building" in a protest against "tyrannical" leaders, telling them that Democratic lawmakers "should fear us" and that "we should feel like we will" use violence "if we have to."

"All of us together, when we rise up, we can end all of this. We can end it," Greene said in the 90-minute rant, which was posted in February 2019 and unearthed on Sunday by Twitter user @zedster. "We can do it peacefully. We can. I hope we don't have to do it the other way. I hope not. But we should feel like we will if we have to. Because we are the American people."

Greene, an adherent of the QAnon fantasy movement whose internet posts about conspiracy theories had by that time already attracted a following, posted the video to recruit attendees for a Feb. 23, 2019, "Fund the Wall" march in Washington. At the time, the Southern Poverty Law Center described the event as Greene's "brainchild," citing national support from right-wing militia group American Defence Force. (It also featured members of Cowboys for Trump, including group leader Couy Griffin, who was recently arrested for his role in the Jan. 6 riots.)

In the video, Greene invoked a sprawling battle that pit "Americans" against an "out-of-control, tyrannical, insane" federal government, declaring that the latter's leaders should be "cowering in fear."
February 2, 2021

UW-Madison police chief bans 'Thin Blue Line' imagery

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — University of Wisconsin-Madison’s police chief has banned officers from using “Thin Blue Line” imagery while on duty.

The move by Chief Kristen Roman follows criticism on social media of a “Thin Blue Line” flag displayed at the police department’s office. The flag, which resembles a U.S. flag but has a blue stripe, is considered a sign of police solidarity, but has also been criticized as a symbol of white supremacy.

Roman said the flag has been “co-opted” by extremists with “hateful ideologies” and that her department needs to distance itself from the imagery to build trust with the community, the Wisconsin State Journal reported.

“We must consider the cost of clinging to a symbol that is undeniably and inextricably linked to actions and beliefs antithetical to UWPD’s values,” she said in a Jan. 15 email.


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