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March 3, 2021

Republicans are telling me they plan to force Senate clerks to read the full $1.9 trillion relief...

Republicans are telling me they plan to force Senate clerks to read the full $1.9 trillion relief bill aloud. Typically that process is dispensed with, but any single member can object and force a full reading of the bill.

That alone could take 10 hours — even before votes begin

March 3, 2021

State to expand vaccine eligibility to residents 50+ with pre-existing conditions on March 8

(WXYZ) — Michiganders 50 years or older with a pre-existing condition will be eligible for vaccines beginning March 8, Governor Gretchen Whitmer said during a media event Wednesday.

Then, two weeks later, the vaccine will be available for everyone over 50.

Currently, frontline workers, certain essential workers and individuals over 65 years old are eligible for the vaccine in Michigan.

This comes after an FDA panel recommended Emergency Use Authorization for the Johnson and Johnson vaccine on Friday, with the FDA authorizing it over the weekend.

A spokesperson for the state says Michigan will receive 82,700 doses of the single-shot vaccination on Wednesday. It will then be distributed to local health departments and hospitals, which will administer the vaccines.

March 3, 2021

New: Donald Trump has been formally served with lawsuit related to the Capitol attack.

New: Donald Trump has been formally served with lawsuit related to the Capitol attack. Formal notice that Rep. Bennie Thompson, Democratic chairman of House Homeland Security Cmte, has sued him was received by certified mail in February at Mar-a-Lago. @kpolantz reporting


March 2, 2021

How Scientologist Execs at Media Company e.Republic Made Workers' Lives a Living Hell

Ryan Gallant needed a change of pace. He taught French at a local California middle school, but his salary barely covered his bills. To supplement his income, he worked the late shift at a Mendocino Farms deli. Then, in January of 2019, Gallant finally found an upgrade: a research analyst position at a Folsom-based marketing and media firm called e.Republic. Glassdoor reviews for the company were mixed. Some staff were effusive. “Healthy environment, great people!!!” one employee wrote in 2018. The rest were unequivocally negative. One reviewer titled their assessment: “Worst Job I Ever Had.” Another called theirs: “Beware!”

The bad reviews shared a common theme: The company’s owners, executives, and much of its upper management were high-ranking members of the Church of Scientology. “The company made me right [sic] a positive review to counteract all the negative reviews they were getting because of their affiliation with Scientology,” an ex-employee wrote. “As one reviewer stated, the best day at e.Republic is the day you leave.”

Gallant took the job anyway. He figured his new bosses’ religion wouldn’t impact much. It hadn’t, after all, kept the firm from dealing with dozens of big-name tech companies—Google, AT&T, Verizon, IBM, Cisco—or maintaining relationships with well-known politicians, like Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum. (The offices of Garcetti and Burgum did not respond to requests for comment.)

After he started, Gallant noticed the company had some quirks. Its infrastructure seemed antiquated, and priorities seemed almost random. One executive gave frequent seminars on building a “personal brand,” occasionally ruminating on the importance of “cute hats”; the C-suite regularly gave out CDs of Christmas-themed New Jazz, recorded by the president and her husband. But some peculiarities concerned Gallant more than others. For one, the pay was meager; internal payroll documents from 2013 showed starting salaries as low as $24,960, even as executives were compensated more than $10,000 per hour. The days were long—he regularly clocked 10-hour shifts. And the staff was highly-surveilled. Managers would take long, curving sweeps around the office so frequently, an ex-research director claimed, that workers developed a code word for them: sentries.

“It was like a ‘70s factory,’ another former researcher said. “They would call people out for taking slightly too long of breaks… like, ‘Reminder staff: Your breaks are to be 10 minutes. Some of you are going for walks and it’s clearly over 10 minutes.’”

Gallant said he had informed his boss that he suffered from Crohn’s disease, a condition that can cause chronic fatigue. About a year into his employment he was diagnosed with another rare condition: secondary polycythemia. “I was physically and mentally exhausted,” he said. “They knew I was dealing with medical issues, knew I was overworked, but did absolutely nothing.” Gallant relied heavily on his therapist, though the services weren’t covered by the company’s insurance. He also started to see a psychiatrist for the stress. Over the course of his two-year employment, according to receipts reviewed by The Daily Beast, he would pay over $9,000 in out-of-pocket expenses for mental health care.

March 2, 2021

Former Trump spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany joining Fox News

Fox News announced Tuesday that Kayleigh McEnany, former President Trump’s spokeswoman, is joining Fox News as a contributor.

“Faulkner Focus" host Harris Faulkner teased the announcement while introducing McEnany as a guest on her 11 a.m. show.

“And it is my distinct pleasure today to welcome Kayleigh McEnany to the Fox family,” Faulkner said. “We will be seeing much more of her in the future.”

In late January, McEnany stated she had an “employment agreement with Fox News, starting work in January” in a report published by watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.


March 2, 2021

How pathetic is Lindsey Graham:

Lindsey Graham: I actually like President Trump. He has been very nice to me. He’s allowed me to be in his world...



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