Biden to Team Up with GOP and Netanyahu Against ICC - The Wednesday AM Quickie 5/22/24

Republicans go on and on about the supposed pitfalls of mail-in voting, but they never talk about the real problem: the fact that you don't get an "I Voted" sticker. I got my primary ballot in on time, so where's my little treat? I pay taxes, just mail me a dang sticker! - Corey

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World Tour: Israeli Invasion Forces UN to Suspend Food Deliveries to Rafah

  • Blinken Suggests Biden Will Support GOP Effort to Punish ICC for Netanyahu Arrest Warrant Meanwhile "France and Belgium, breaking with Biden, were among a number of countries to defend the 'independence' of the International Criminal Court after prosecutor Karim Khan accused Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar, as well as others, of war crimes." via the Financial Times, BBC News and NBC News.
  • Human Rights Groups Fear Iranian President's Death Could Provide Excuse for Further Crackdowns "In short, there will be no power vacuum in Tehran; nonetheless, post-Khamenei Iran suddenly looks far less predictable than it did just a few days ago," says Alex Vatanka, an Iran expert at the Middle East Institute. via the New York Times, NBC News, and the Associated Press.
  • Climate Change Contributes to Extreme Air Turbulence, Which Killed 1 and Injured 30 on Singapore Airlines Flight "Our latest future projections indicate a doubling or tripling of severe turbulence in the jet streams in the coming decades, if the climate continues to change as we expect," says Paul Williams, a professor of atmospheric science at the University of Reading, UK. via CBC News and the New York Times.
  • 'Brutal Heatwave' in Mexico Kills at Least 26 People and 'Perhaps Hundreds of Howler Monkeys' The poor primates "were falling out of the trees like apples" in Tabasco state; after volunteers rescued some monkeys, a "veterinarian put ice on their limp little hands and feet, and hook them up to IV drips with electrolytes." via the AP.
  • UN-Backed, Kenyan-Led 'Multinational Security Support Mission' Arrives in Haiti to Face Off Against Gangs Manned Largely By Teenagers Meanwhile, a German investigation found that officers dispatched to another UN force by Bangladesh and Sri Lanka were previously involved in torture and extrajudicial killings. via the Guardian and Deutsche Welle.
  • Macron Plans Surprise Visit to New Caledonia Territory as French Nationals Flee Indigenous Riots Over Voting Rights "Kanak with scarves over their faces, some armed with homemade catapults, were still manning a roadblock Tuesday on the road to the international airport." via Le Monde and the Guardian.
  • Spain 'Permanently' Removes Its Ambassador to Argentina Over Insults from Milei Spain's far-right Vox party invited Argentina's AnCap crackpot president to speak at a rally in Madrid on Sunday, and he took the opportunity to attack Socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez and his wife, Begoña Gómez, over "an apparently unfounded influence-peddling probe." via Politico and Reuters.
  • Citing National Security Act, South Korea Bans 29 Versions of Viral TikTok Pop Tune Hailing 'Friendly Father' Kim Jong Un "Let's sing Kim Jong Un, the great leader / Let's brag about Kim Jong Un, our friendly father," goes the DPRK-produced propaganda hit. via BBC News.

Trump Declines to Testify at Hush Money Trial

Before his criminal hush money trial in New York, Sick F*ck Donald Trump blustered that he would "absolutely" testify in his own defense, saying, "I'm testifying. I tell the truth. I mean, all I can do is tell the truth." Ah, well. The defense rested yesterday having called only two witnesses, neither of whom was Trump. And when a reporter shouted "Mr. Trump, why won't you testify" as he left the courtroom, he declined to explain himself. Gagged? Sad. Closing arguments commence next week. Meanwhile in Florida, newly unsealed motions in the indefinitely delayed stolen documents case show that Trump "ensured" his employees stayed out of view of Mar-a-Lago's security cameras while moving his pilfered classified papers around the property – meaning prosecutors have more evidence of obstruction by Trump. And in Arizona, the dangerously tipsy Rudy Giuliani pleaded not guilty to nine felony charges stemming from his participation in Trump's Jan. 2021 coup attempt.

Elections Watch: Fulton County, Georgia DA Fani Wills Cruises to Reelection, Defeating Progressive Challenger

  • Susheela Jayapal Loses to Maxine Dexter in Oregon Congressional Race; Early Returns Show Progressive Prosecutor Mike Schmidt Losing Reelection Bid Pro-Israel groups "appear to have been behind more of the more than $5.4 million that poured into the race either in support of Dexter or in opposition to Jayapal." via Willamette Week and the Oregonian.
  • Jan. 6er Who Chased After Capitol Cops with a Metal Club Makes the Runoff in Georgia's GOP Congressional Primary Charles Hand III, aka "Chuck Hand," pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor after joining Trump's insurrection while surrounded by Proud Boys; a new report finds 19 new Senate and House candidates who deny the 2020 election results are already on November ballots nationwide. via NBC News and the Associated Press.
  • Abortion-Rights Amendment Backers Collect Enough Signatures to Appear on Nevada's November Ballot "The ballot measure could help boost Democratic turnout in Nevada, a battleground state that is hosting competitive races for president and the US Senate." via NBC News.
  • RFK Jr.'s Running Mate Was as Surprised By His Position on Abortion as He Was By Her Bizarre Stump Speech on Soil Independent vice presidential candidate Nicole Shanahan, who is carrying the Kennedy campaign with help from the estimated $1 billion divorce settlement she received from Google co-founder Sergey Brin, has repeatedly told her running mate that she would be perfectly happy if he replaced her on the ticket, but "he's like, 'You're the right person.' And I was like, 'Okay.'" via the Washington Post.


  • Louisiana Republicans Pass Bill Making Possession of Abortion Pills, Also Used to Induce Labor and Manage Miscarriages, a Crime Punishable By Jail Time Other GOP-dominated states are expected to copy Louisiana's bill criminalizing mifepristone and misoprostol; Trump, meanwhile, said he's "looking at" restricting access to contraception. via NBC News, HuffPost and the Associated Press.
  • UC Administrators Seek Court Order to Halt Academic Workers' Strike Over Protest Crackdown "Demands of union leaders include the protection of free speech on campus, an amnesty for all academic employees, students, student groups, faculty and staff who face disciplinary action or arrest due to participation in protests, and divestment by the university from 'weapons manufacturers, military contractors, and companies profiting from Israel's war on Gaza.'" via the Los Angeles Times.
  • 'Utter Chaos': Maine Cops Rolled Up Drunk to Mass Shooting Last Year and Nearly Crashed Armored Vehicle An internal report also says other, presumably sober "officers who arrived to help in plain clothes — 'similar clothing to the suspect' — created a dangerous situation in which officers could have exchanged fire with each other." via the AP.
  • Fresh Off Supreme Court Victory, CFPB Plans Crackdown on Payday Loan Sharks At the top of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's agenda are new rules preventing "payday and car-title lenders from trying to withdraw money repeatedly from customers' bank accounts." via the Washington Post.



That's how much North Carolina will pay to animal rights and food safety activist groups under a record legal settlement after the state lost a case defending its expansive "ag gag law" prohibiting secret filming in workplaces, passed with agricultural industry backing to deter undercover exposés of factory farms.


5/22: It's Hump Day! Sam speaks with Sarah Jaffe, fellow at the Type Media Center  based in New Orleans, to discuss her recent piece for In These Times entitled “In Tough Loss, the High-Profile UAW Campaign at Mercedes-Benz in Alabama Falls Short.” Then, Sam checks in on some news stories he’s been interested in!


Biden's Morehouse Speech Countered By Students Protesting in Solidarity with Gaza

Does the president's applause mean anything in this context?

Giuliani SERVED With Indictment Papers at His 80th Birthday Party

You'll never take me alive, coppers!


"The economy is not a zero-sum game. When one person has a job, that does not mean one less job for somebody else. We can say for sure that [Trump's mass deportation plans] would translate into a higher unemployment rate for U.S.-born workers. That is not a temporary effect."

-- Chloe East, a University of Colorado economist focusing on immigration policy, speaking to the Washington Post about the devastating effects on the US job market if Trump were reelected and somehow followed through on his obscene and hateful promise to deport 11 million undocumented immigrants. Inflation would spike, as well, in addition to other profound harms throughout the economy.

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