Sad! MTG and Boebert Are Fighting Again - The Friday AM Quickie 6/23/23

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Politics Grab Bag: So Long, Marianne?

  • Marjorie Taylor Greene Calls Lauren Boebert 'a Little B*tch' on the House Floor In addition to being very funny, it's indicative of the growing fractures among House Republicans. via the Daily Beast and the Washington Post.
  • Kamala Harris Will Play 'Major Role' Pushing Dems' 2024 Abortion Rights Message Harris and her husband, along with Joe and Jill Biden, will hold a rally today with reproductive rights groups to mark the anniversary of the Supreme Court's terrible Dobbs ruling. via Politico.
  • Special Counsel Supplies Evidence to Trump's Team in Stolen Documents Case A new court filing by Special Counsel Jack Smith "tells me that they want to stay ahead of [Trump-appointed Judge Aileen] Cannon and make sure that there can be no complaint about their early disclosure" of evidence, former federal prosecutor and Democratic Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse says. via HuffPost.
  • George Santos' Father, a Painter, and Aunt, a Mail Carrier, Signed His $500,000 Bond Lawyers for the fraudulent New York Republican Rep. had claimed his bond guarantors would back out if their names were made public. via the Associated Press.
  • GOP Presidential Field Gets Even More Crowded Former Texas Rep. and CIA officer Will Hurd calls Trump "a lawless, selfish, failed politician" whose nomination will send Biden back to the White House for a second term. via the Washington Post.
  • Marianne Williamson Hasn't Traveled for Her Presidential Campaign Since April She also lost her second campaign manager in two months: Roza Calderon, previously sentenced to probation for "stealing money from a local Democratic Party group to spend on gas, movie downloads and BottleRock music festival tickets." via Politico.

U.S. Border Patrol Facilities Are Unsafe, Inhumane

The Washington Post reports that an internal Homeland Security investigation into the death of an 8-year-old girl at a South Texas border station last month has found that the "system of care for migrants is unsafe and needs a major overhaul."

The June 8 memo from DHS acting chief medical officer Herbert O. Wolfe said the Border Patrol station where Anadith Reyes Álvarez and her family were held "lacked sufficient medical engagement and accountability to ensure safe, effective, humane and well-documented medical care."
The child was not treated by a doctor despite worsening flu symptoms, a fever that reached 104.9 degrees Fahrenheit and a medical history of sickle cell disease and heart problems.

Wolfe found the border station where the girl died kept a list of on-call doctors "that was used so seldom it was 'out of date.'" A private company, Loyal Source Government Services, won a $408 million medical services contract from Customs and Border Patrol in 2020. It has been asked to "take immediate action to review ensure appropriate care." I'm sure they'll get right on that.

Hard Numbers on Abuse of LGBTQ Americans

A new report by GLAAD and the ADL documents 305 incidents of anti-LGBTQ harassment, 40 incidents of vandalism and 11 incidents of assault from June 2022 through April 2023. "Hard data like this backs up what so many of us in the LGBTQ community are unfortunately experiencing right now," GLAAD president Sarah Kate Ellis tells the New York Times. "That revolting anti-gay comment you saw on a neighbor's social media page, that shocking disinformation about trans youth you heard at a school board meeting, and that attack by extremists at your local Drag Story Hour -- these are not isolated events." Meanwhile, the GOP-controlled North Carolina state House voted to send a trans school sports ban to the desk of Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper -- who, the Associated Press reports, "has little power to block it now that Republicans hold veto-proof majorities in both chambers of the General Assembly."


  • Titanic Tourist Sub Wreckage Found "Death would have been instantaneous" when the experimental OceanGate craft imploded, a former U.S. Navy doctor says. via BBC News.
  • Judge Blocks Wyoming Abortion Pill Ban "While other states have instituted de facto bans on the medication by broadly prohibiting abortion, only Wyoming has specifically banned abortion pills." via the Associated Press.
  • Russian Court Rejects Appeal of Hostage American Journalist Imprisoned Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich got to chat briefly with his parents during a court appearance yesterday. via the WSJ.
  • Supreme Court Denies Water Rights to Navajo Nation "Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh, writing for a 5-4 majority, said the 19th century treaties that established the reservation 'did not require the United States to take affirmative steps to secure water for the tribe.'" via the Los Angeles Times.
  • Jair Bolsonaro Could Be Barred from Public Office The fascist former Brazilian prime minister faced trial yesterday on charges of abusing power. via the Washington Post.


48 percent

That's how many honeybee hives U.S. beekeepers lost in the last year, up from 39 percent last year. Former government bee scientist Jeff Pettis calls it a "very troubling loss number when we barely manage sufficient colonies to meet pollination demands in the U.S."


6/23: It's Casual Friday! Sam hosts Heather Digby Parton, contributing writer at and proprietor of the blog Hullabaloo, to round up the week in news.


Justice Alito BUSTED Taking Luxury Fishing Trip with GOP Mega-Donor

There's a bill for that.

Joe Rogan STUNNED By WiFi Cancer Claims from RFK Jr.

In case you don't have enough clowns in your life, see above.


"It was bad enough with a Trump administration that didn't seem to care at all about democratic values, but there's now an even deeper dissonance with a Biden administration that has said democracy should be at the core of how it makes foreign policy."

-- Former State Department Daniel Markey, speaking to the Washington Post about President Joe Biden hosting far-right Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on a state visit.

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