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An emotional Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer tearfully announces the death of AFL-CIO President

https://twitter.com/therecount/status/1423318302806450178

Matt Gaetz on his new podcast this AM is targeting Fox News--the network he in part made his name on--

Matt Gaetz on his new podcast this AM is targeting Fox News—the network he in part made his name on—specifically calling out Paul Ryan who sits on Fox Corp board



https://twitter.com/wsteaks/status/1423274213541093377


Trump seeks to block Treasury Department from giving his tax returns to Congress

Source: NBC

Lawyers for Donald Trump urged a federal judge Wednesday to block the Treasury Department and the IRS from handing his tax returns over to the House Ways and Means Committee.

The committee’s stated reason for seeking the returns, to examine how the IRS audits presidents, is simply a pretext for wanting to look for something embarrassing, the lawyers said in a filing in federal court in Washington, adding that the legal authority invoked by Congress has never been used against a president, a former president or any elected official.

“While House Democrats had offered countless justifications for obtaining the president’s tax returns, no one at the time had ever mentioned a desire to find out how the IRS audits presidents," they said

The committee chairman's request for Trump's tax returns "bore little resemblance to an effort to investigate how the IRS audits presidents. It asked for the information of only one president, asked for open files for which audits have not been completed, and never asked the IRS for the most relevant information — namely, how it audits presidents,” they said.

Read more: https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/donald-trump/trump-seeks-block-treasury-department-handing-over-his-tax-returns-n1275907

Arkansas banned mask mandates. As schools get ready to reopen, the governor says he regrets signing

Mere months after Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed a bill that banned local mask mandates across Arkansas, the state’s top Republican has asked lawmakers to reconsider the prohibition so school districts might require children to don face coverings when they return to classrooms this fall.

“In hindsight, I wish that it had not become law,” he said at a news conference on Tuesday.

In March, when covid-19 cases were declining, Hutchinson allowed a statewide mask mandate to expire. About a month later, he signed a bill that barred local officials from requiring face coverings.

Now, Hutchinson wants to undo that legislation. On Tuesday, he called for a special session to reevaluate the ban.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2021/08/04/arkansas-mask-mandate-ban-schools/

Leslie Jones is back commenting on the Olympics (via Twitter):

https://twitter.com/Lesdoggg/status/1422717728046026759

Frontier Airlines statement

https://twitter.com/blaireerskine/status/1422658299472879622

Elizabeth Warren to Cori Bush: It matters that you're here

https://twitter.com/SenWarren/status/1422694902018846720


Ziplining, archery, and more -- Detroit couple transforms overgrown lots into sprawling park for kid

DETROIT (FOX 2) - Welcome to Moore Park – a space in Detroit featuring ziplining, archery, and more.

This park on the edge of northwest Detroit is the product of Jacqueline And Willie Moore’s love for their neighborhood and a desire to improve the lives of people in it.

"To have youth to be able to be in an enclosed area where they can really experience a park and not have to worry about street traffic," Jacqueline Moore said.

It started with the formation of SDM2 in 2011--- a nonprofit named after the couple's daughters to help kids find their footing academically.

The Moores gradually accumulated overgrown side lots and Land Bank property around their home on Lenore Avenue and transformed them into a sprawling park. There's a house where children receive tutoring and help with homework, as well as a community garden that, with the help of the group Food Rescue, feeds their neighbors.

https://www.fox2detroit.com/news/ziplining-archery-and-more-detroit-couple-transforms-overgrown-lots-into-sprawling-park-for-kids


August 3, 1996: "Macarena" topped the Billboard Hot 100 ... 26 days later, this happened:

https://twitter.com/HowardMortman/status/1422627032127754243

DOJ officials rejected colleague's request to intervene in Georgia's election certification: Emails

Source: ABC

Top members of the Department of Justice last year rebuffed another DOJ official who asked them to urge officials in Georgia to investigate and perhaps overturn President Joe Biden's victory in the state -- long a bitter point of contention for former President Donald Trump and his team -- before the results were certified by Congress, emails reviewed by ABC News show.

The emails, dated Dec. 28, 2020, show the former acting head of DOJ's civil division, Jeffrey Clark, circulating a draft letter -- which he wanted then-acting attorney general Jeffrey Rosen and acting deputy attorney general Richard Donoghue to sign off on -- urging Georgia's governor and other top officials to convene the state legislature into a special session so lawmakers could investigate claims of voter fraud.

"The Department of Justice is investigating various irregularities in the 2020 election for President of the United States," the draft letter said. "The Department will update you as we are able on investigatory progress, but at this time we have identified significant concerns that may have impacted the outcome of the election in multiple States, including the State of Georgia."

The draft letter states: "While the Department of Justice believe[s] the Governor of Georgia should immediately call a special session to consider this important and urgent matter, if he declines to do so, we share with you our view that the Georgia General Assembly has implied authority under the Constitution of the United States to call itself into special session for [t]he limited purpose of considering issues pertaining to the appointment of Presidential Electors."

Read more: https://abcnews.go.com/US/doj-officials-rejected-colleagues-request-intervene-georgias-election/story



https://twitter.com/MattGertz/status/1422652325022294016
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