Mo' Problems for Modi After Indian Election Surprise - The Wednesday AM Quickie 6/5/24

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Elections Watch: 'We Are Ready' for Mass Arrests at DNC Protests, Boasts Chicago's Top Cop

  • 'Some Voters Betrayed Us': Far-Right Hindu Nationalist Narendra Modi Emerges Weakened from World's Largest Election Modi won a third term as prime minister yesterday but his Bharatiya Janata Party underperformed, losing even in their core constituency of Ayodhya, and forcing him to form a coalition government; the result shows "India's democracy is not as dead as we thought," one political scientist observes. via NBC News, the Washington Post, and Al Jazeera.
  • Arizona Lawmakers Put Texas-Style Anti-Immigrant Measure on November Ballot The Republican-backed measure effectively legalizing racial profiling by local police "could sit on a potentially crowded ballot, along with another measure protecting abortion rights, which Democrats hope will draw out more voters on their side." via the New York Times and the Arizona Republic.
  • Democratic Rep. Andy Kim Wins New Jersey Senate Primary, Will Face Newly Independent 'Gold Bar' Bob Menendez Freshman Democratic Rep. Robert Menendez, son of the powerful Senator now facing federal bribery charges, also won his primary, despite an ad from his challenger saying "the apple doesn't fall far from the tree." via the New York Times, NBC News and the Associated Press.
  • Carpetbagging Republican Tim Sheehy, Who Claimed His Self-Inflicted Gunshot Wound Was a Combat Injury, Will Face Democratic Sen. John Tester in Montana "Tester, a third-generation farmer who has held the Senate seat since 2007, is widely considered one of the most vulnerable Democrats up for reelection." via HuffPost.
  • Wisconsin AG Charges 3 Trump Fake Electors While New Mexico Republicans Elevate 2 Election Deniers Demcoratic Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul "charged Trump campaign aide Michael Roman and attorneys Kenneth Chesebro and James Troupis with one felony count each of conspiracy to commit forgery, according to the criminal complaints." via the Washington Post and the AP.
  • Betrayal: 'Squad-Adjacent' Former Rep. Mondaire Jones Endorses Hack Centrist Challenger to New York Democratic Rep. Jamaal Bowman "Mondaire Jones and George Latimer are a great match, both are clearly willing to compromise on core democratic values to do the bidding of AIPAC's Republican megadonors and use Jamaal Bowman as a stepping stone for their self-interested political aspirations," says Justice Democrats spokesperson Usamah Andrabi. via Politico and the Majority Report.
  • Fears of Far Right Gains in EU Elections That Begin Tomorrow, But French Socialists Are Also Polling Well In Belgium, emergent "far-right parties have been plagued by internal divisions, a lack of charismatic leaders as well as a highly organized regional anti-fascist movement, quick to protest and disrupt any gathering." via the AP, BBC News, and Deutsche Welle.
  • Jeremy Corbyn-Supporting Model Throws Banana Milkshake in the Face of Professional British Racist Nigel Farage at His Campaign Launch Meanwhile, Conservative Prime Minister Rishi Sunak promoted privatized healthcare in his first debate with Labour Party leader Keir Starmer. via the Telegraph and the Guardian.

Democrats Warn That Biden's Very Trumpy Asylum Order Will Not Help Him Win Reelection

As Jacob told you yesterday, President Joe Biden's rightward march on immigration, pandering to Americans' worst xenophobic tendencies, continues with a fresh crackdown on the internationally guaranteed right to seek asylum. Republicans, predictably, are not satisfied with Biden's new aslyum policy, with Stephen Miller, unofficial head of racism during the Trump administration, calling it "a pro-invasion executive order." Democrats aren't happy either. Congressional Hispanic Caucus chair Rep. Nanette Barragán of California says she is "disappointed," which is rather diplomatic considering the brutal reality of Biden's new policy. Meanwhile Clarissa Martinez de Castro of UnidosUS tells NBC News that Biden's announcement is "political malpractice. They're ceding the space and allowing people with a different view to define them." Congressional Progressive Caucus chair Rep. Pramila Jayapal of Washington State agrees, and has, per the Washington Post, told White House Chief of Staff Jeff Zients that "we should be distinguishing ourselves from Donald Trump on immigration," not parroting him. In addition to being bad politics, it's bad policy. "This asylum ban will fail to address the challenges at our border, just as it did under the Trump Administration," Democratic California Sen. Alex Padilla says. Besides being bad for the economy, the new rule is also, as Democratic Arizona Rep. Raúl Grijalva notes, "antithetical to our values." Biden's promise to "never demonize immigrants" rings hollow.

Teamsters to Absorb Independent Amazon Labor Union

The Washington Post (owned and mismanaged by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos) reports that two years after its historic organizing victory on Staten Island, the upstart Amazon Labor Union is seeking to affiliate with the massive Teamsters union. ALU President Chris Smalls, whose leadership has come under fire from a dissident caucus within the union, says "the move to affiliate with the Teamsters 'made sense as opposed to working on separate campaigns' to organize Amazon." The affiliation agreement specifies that ALU will constitute an "autonomous" Teamsters local, but does not specify whether members will pay dues to the Teamsters. The dissident faction, called the ALU Democratic Reform Caucus, is pushing back against the merger, the Associated Press reports. Reform Caucus attorney Arthur Schwartz says the Teamsters want "the ALU membership to ratify the new agreement before the union holds its internal leadership election in July. But he said that will pose a challenge because the ALU currently doesn't have an updated list of members, which the caucus has been seeking for the internal election that's currently underway." Whatever happens with the merger, here's hoping Amazon organizers can regain their momentum.


  • Trump Rambles About Revenge Prosecutions of Democrats, Republicans Say It's a Great Idea "I said, 'Wouldn't it really be bad? Wouldn't it be terrible to throw the president's wife and the former secretary of state, think of it, the former secretary of state, but the president's wife, into jail? Wouldn't that be a terrible thing?' But they want to do it," the convicted felon told Newsmax yesterday. "It's a terrible, terrible path that they're leading us to. And it's very possible that it's going to have to happen to them." via the Associated Press and the Washington Post.
  • Democratic Texas DA Seeks to Overturn GOP Gov. Greg Abbott's Pardon of Convicted Murder Who Shot BLM Protester "My own child was killed on American soil for doing nothing but practicing his First and Second Amendment rights and our governor just said, 'That's OK, that's acceptable," Sheila Foster, mother of Garrett Foster, shot dead in 2020 by unhinged racist Daniel Perry, said at a news conference yesterday hosted by Travis County District Attorney José Garza. via the Texas Tribune.
  • Bernie Sanders Scolds Chuck Schumer, Mike Johnson for Inviting Benjamin Netanyahu to Address Congress Amid Civilian Slaughter Meanwhile, board members of the student-edited Columbia Law Review pulled the prestigious publication's entire website offline to prevent the publication of an article on the Nakba by Palestinian human rights lawyer Rabea Eghbariah. via NBC News and the New York Times.
  • Lunar Lander Plants Chinese Flag on the Dark Side of the Moon The Chang'e-6 probe lifted off from the moon's surface yesterday with a container full of rock and soil samples that will return to Earth later this month. via the AP.


200 years

That's how long it would take workers at the middle of the pay scale at their companies to earn what S&P 500 chief executives make in a single year, according to the Associated Press. The typical CEO pay package rose 13 percent last year to $16.3 million, while worker wages and benefits rose only 4 percent.


6/5: It’s Hump Day! In a pretaped conversation, Sam and Emma speak with Meron Rapoport, editor of Local Call and writer at +972 Magazine, to discuss his recent piece entitled "Surveillance and interference: Israel’s covert war on the ICC exposed", co-authored with Yuval Abraham


Tim Pool's Chat With LUNATIC Fascist Backfires BIG TIME

It's a shame Laura Loomer didn't chain herself to the Timcast studio doors.

Trump's Lawyers Really Screwed Up

Sam and Emma speak with Randall Eliason, white collar crime professor at George Washington University Law School and author of the Sidebars newsletter, about developments in all of Trump's criminal cases.


"I will not be intimidated. And the Justice Department will not be intimidated. We will continue to do our jobs free from political influence. And we will not back down from defending democracy."

-- Attorney General Merrick Garland, scolding Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee yesterday over their threat to hold him in contempt of Congress for refusing to turn over recordings of Special Counsel Robert Hur's interviews with President Joe Biden. Garland calls the effort to obtain investigative materials a political move with "no legitimate purpose" and "only the most recent in a long line of attacks on the Justice Department's work."

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