Maine-Lined! Trump Kicked Off Another State's Ballot - The Friday AM Quickie 12/29/23

This is the last newsletter of 2023. I offer no retrospective and no predictions. I only wish for peace. - Corey

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  • Maine's Top Elections Official Boots Trump from GOP Primary Ballot "I am mindful that no secretary of state has ever deprived a presidential candidate of ballot access based on Section 3 of the 14th Amendment. I am also mindful, however, that no presidential candidate has ever before engaged in insurrection," Democratic Secretary of State Shenna Bellows wrote in her decision. via the New York Times.
  • New Hampshire Republicans Unbothered by Nikki Haley's Civil War Hot Takes, Agree with Her That a 'Democratic Plant' Was Stirring Up Trouble By Mentioning Slavery A man at a town hall asked Haley on Wednesday night, "What was the cause of the United States Civil War?" and she's been struggling to explain herself ever since. via the Washington Post and Politico.
  • Hungry Gaza Civilians Overwhelm WHO Aid Convoys and Storage Areas, Taking Food and Eating It on the Spot Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin "Netanyahu and members of his emergency war cabinet were scheduled Thursday night to take up, for the first time, the topic of Gaza's postwar governance, but the meeting was postponed." via the Washington Post and the Associated Press.
  • Justice Department Warns Texas Gov. Greg Abbott Not to Enforce 'Show Me Your Papers' Law, or Feds Will Sue The letter from senior DOJ official Brian Boynton calls SB 4, which will allow state and local cops to arrest people over suspected immigration violations, "unconstitutional." via the Houston Chronicle and the New York Times.
  • 'Indigenous Genocide Law' Takes Effect in Brazil After Agribusiness-Friendly Congress Overrides Lula's Veto Indigenous groups are preparing a supreme court challenge to the new law, which "opens the door to activities such as road-building, mining, dam construction and agricultural projects on Indigenous lands – protected territories which serve as an important safeguard against deforestation." via the Guardian.
  • Pennsylvania 'Parental Rights' Activist Charged with Assault, Harassment and Furnishing Minors with Alcohol at Her Daughter's 17th Birthday Party Clarice Schillinger, 36, ran for lieutenant governor last year as a Republican; in September, she allegedly got drunk and rowdy with a bunch of teens, punching one several times in the face – and police have the cellphone video. via USA Today.


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Those are the approximate chances of survival, per Federal Aviation Administration data, for people who attempt to stow away on commercial aircraft by hiding out in the landing gear compartment. One such stowaway, a man in his 20s who carried no ID, survived the two-and-a-half-hour trip from from Oran, Algeria to Paris, France yesterday, Deutsche Welle reports – just barely.


12/29: It's day 4 of the Majority Report Best Ofs of 2023! First, the MR Crew revisit their interview with Jane McAlevey, Senior Policy Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley's Labor Center, to discuss her recent book Rules to Win By: Power and Participation in Union Negotiations. Then, Emma revisits her conversation with Camille Rey, a mother of a trans child who left Texas and moved out of state due to Texas's extremely restrictive anti-trans laws. And THEN, H. Jon Benjamin calls into the program to discuss Sam's future with Bob's Burgers.


NYC Mayor Thinks Terrorist Attacks Make City Great

"Just look innocent. Just look innocent."

House Progressives Stand United Against War on Terror Relic

It's early-2000s retro day in the clips section!


"It's the living that frighten me."

-- A resident of Russian-occupied Oleshky, Ukraine, who volunteered to bury the bodies of her neighbors who drowned in the flood that followed the collapse of the Kakhovka Dam in June, speaking to the Associated Press about why she was unbothered by all the corpses. While Russia claims 59 people died from the flooding in occupied territory, the AP's investigation shows that hundreds died in Oleshky alone (and that Russian forces likely destroyed the dam).

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