Is a New Mass Protest Movement Beginning? - The AM Quickie 5/4/22

Americans are on the streets again -- but like the summer of 2020, who knows how much of the entrenched status quo we'll be able to shift. - Jack

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The Pro-Roe Protest Movement Begins

J.D. Vance Wins in Ohio Primary

Well folks he did it -- Peter Thiel, I mean. The notorious venture capitalist and Silicon Valley vampire successfully installed his preferred candidate in the Republican nominee's seat for Ohio's open Senate race this fall, as J.D. Vance rode the Trump nomination (also bought by Thiel, perhaps?) into victory on Tuesday night. Politico's deep dive on Vance's road to victory is good. I am so excited to go back to Ohio and spend more time with these strange and awful chameleons during the general election. Vance will face Democratic Rep. Tim Ryan, who I guess ran for president briefly.

Ukraine Update: Russia Attacks Infrastructure

Once again stalled in the east of the country, Russia stepped up its attacks on Ukraine's infrastructure on Tuesday, hitting train stations and power plants across the country, including in far-west Lviv. Civilians are slowly being evacuated from the Azovsteel plant in Mariupol, where the city's last defenders are also bunkered down, but not many are making it out. It's a grinding war of attrition now, and once again Ukrainians will bear the brunt of the death.


North Korea Fires "Unidentified Projectile" Into Ocean Huh. Uh... we'll check back in with this one later? No details yet. via Yonhap News Agency.

Jan. 6 Trump Lawn Guy Wins Primary One more from Ohio, which is impossible to condense into one sentence but is, well, pretty much what the headline says. via NYT.

Shontel Brown Beats Nina Turner in Ohio 11 The Intercept's dive on how progressives ditched Turner, figuring she had no chance, is pretty revelatory.

White House Correspondents Dinner is COVID Superspreader Event Multiple people are sick, and it may have spread to the Met Gala too. via Politico.



Amount that Trump-linked nonprofits agreed to pay to settle a lawsuit with the city of D.C. that alleged that the Trump Organization and one of his campaigns used nonprofit funding to overpay for-profit Trump businesses (like his hotels) during events.


5/4: Sam and Emma host Jeff Hauser, the head of the Revolving Door Project at the Center for Economic and Policy Research. Then, Sam and Emma are joined by Jordan Flowers, co-founder of the Amazon Labor Union and The Congress of Essential Workers.


“After talking to voters for so long about the importance of participating and getting Mark Kelly elected and getting Sinema elected, of the issues that mattered most, we received zero support, policy-wise. And so why would any sane person put up a Senate candidate as their top priority for the elections?”

-- Tomas Robles, co-executive director of Living United for Change in Arizona, on the national Democratic party strangling its activist base.


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