Warnock Wins In Georgia - The Wednesday AM Quickie 12/7/22
There you have it – 51 votes in the Senate for the Democrats. Let's see what they manage to do with it. - Jack
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THE BIG NEWS
Raphael Warnock Beats Hershel Walker (Again) In Georgia Runoff
He did it! Raphael Warnock once again beat Hershel Walker, this time decisively, in the race for Georgia's up-for-grabs Senate seat, solidifying the Democrats' control of at least one house of Congress in the New Year.
Most news outlets called the race for Warnock late on Tuesday evening, when it became clear that Walker wasn't going to touch his lead. Warnock expanded his razor-thin margin in the November election in the subsequent runoff, drastically overperforming in areas crucial to his success and pulling votes away from Walker in areas where the former football star needed to stay strong. That's gotta be satisfying for Warnock, who has been doing the job of Senator since 2020 but never could claim that he was in the seat for a full term, as he needed this runoff to officially hold the seat. Part of the win is due to money as well: Warnock raked in $175 million during the entire election cycle.
The final count, as of late Tuesday night, was 51.3 to 48.7 percent, per the NYT's count. That's with 95% of votes in. Warnock's win is a victory in and of itself for Democrats, but for progressives, it's perhaps the most important win in recent years. That's not because Warnock's own policies are straight from Marx's Manifesto or anything (though he is pretty progressive), but more due to the fact that the Manchin-Sinema chokehold on the Senate is essentially broken. Yes, the Democrats will still have to appease Manchin. But they can either completely ignore Sinema and deal with Manchin (who at least appears to treat the job as more than just side-gig to sommelier school), or play them off against each other in order to secure bigger gains on bills they think they can get through the house.
But most importantly, it makes the Biden administrations efforts to confirm federal judges that much easier. And if, inshallah, a Supreme Court seat opens up? Well that 51-vote majority sure is helpful.
Best of all? Trump is embarassed (he endorsed Walker, who proceeded to spend months convincing the world that his brain was leaking from his ears), and Mitch McConnell is likely pissed. That's a good election day in my book!
MORE STORIES TO WATCH
Elon Musk Asking Twitter Employees to Sleep In the Office
Wow. You know what's the most hardcore punk thing you can do in life? Sleep at the office. That's right folks, over here at Twitter dot com, if you want to live that rise and grind hustle with minimal time between the rise and the grind, why not just: sleep in the office! Working late? Sleep in the office! Having an inappropriate relationship with a coworker? Sleep in the office! Being forced into strange and potentially illegal situations by your boss? Sleep! In! The! Office! Nothing can go wrong!
The bedrooms are now under investigation by San Francisco authorities for possible code violations. Oops.
Trump Organization Found Guilty of Every Count of Tax Fraud Possible
A Manhattan jury found the Trump Organization guilty of basically every tax fraud charge leveled against it on Tuesday, making the ruling that yep, everything the big guy did was pretty much corrupt. Sentencing isn't until January, but that could bring a maximum of $1.61 million in fines. That's a pretty paltry sum considering the margins Trump Org was operating with, but remember, this is separate from the personal fraud investigations into the former President. More to come for sure.
“This was a case about greed and cheating,” Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg said, per CNN. “The Trump Corporation and the Trump Payroll Corporation got away with a scheme that awarded high-level executives with lavish perks and compensation while intentionally concealing the benefits from the taxing authorities to avoid paying taxes. Today’s verdict holds these Trump companies accountable for their long-running criminal scheme.”
- J6 Committee Sending Criminal Referrals No word yet on who they're going to refer to criminal prosecution, but we can always hope it'll go all the way to the top. via NYT.
- Judge Drops Suit Against Murderer MBS Thank the Biden administration for giving MBS a pass earlier this year. via Axios.
- Musk's Neuralink Faces Federal Probe Over Lab Animals Remember all the dead monkeys? via Reuters.
- Ukrainian Drones Strike Another Russian Airbase They're really pulling out all the stops to push the Russians back. via NYT.
Fraction of its workforce that BuzzFeed announced it would lay off on Tuesday, some 180 employees.
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