Climate Change Link to Hawaii Fires Is Clear - The Friday AM Quickie 8/11/23

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  • Maui Wildfire Death Toll Rises to 53 "As average annual rainfall has been decreasing, average temperatures in Hawaii, like elsewhere in the world, have increased, further drying out the vegetation." via the Los Angeles Times and the New York Times.
  • Six Colombians Arrested for Ecuadorian Candidate's Assassination "In his final speech before he was killed, [Fernando] Villavicencio promised a roaring crowd that he would fight corruption and imprison more criminals." via the Associated Press.
  • Special Counsel Seeks Jan. 2 Trial Date for Trump Election-Rigging Case If Judge Tanya Chutkan accepts that schedule, Trump's trial for his coup attempt would come before any of the three other criminal cases he is currently facing, and before a busy month on the 2024 primary calendar. via the Washington Post.
  • Manchin Again Threatens to Ditch Democrats The coal baron West Virginia Sen. told a home-state radio program that he's been thinking about going independent "for quite some time" but hasn't "made any decisions whatsoever on any of my political direction." via HuffPost.
  • California Democrats to Propose Unemployment Benefits for Striking Workers "Coming out of Covid, I think there's more of a recognition that hardworking men and women need to have a seat at the table to discuss economic expansion," says state Senate Appropriations Chair Anthony Portantino, who will introduce the bill. via Politico.
  • Iran Releases Five Americans from Prison in Diplomatic Breakthrough The planned prisoner swap is part of a long-running negotiation that could lead to a new agreement over Iran's nuclear program. via NBC News.
  • Nigerian Migrants Survive 14-Day Atlantic Ocean Crossing on Ship's Rudder "We licked toothpaste and drank seawater just to have strength," says one of the men, Roman Ebimene Friday. via the Times.



That's the minimum number of destination vacations, paid for by wealthy benefactors, that Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas has taken during his three decades on the court, according to ProPublica, which concludes that "Thomas appears to have violated the law by failing to disclose flights, yacht cruises and expensive sports tickets."


8/11: It's Casual Friday! Emma hosts Alex Pareene, contributing editor at The New Republic and co-host of the Politics of Everything podcast, to round up the week in news. Then, she's joined by Francesca Fiorentini, host of The Bitchuation Room podcast!


Working Class Republicans Slowly Realizing the American Dream Is a Lie

"It's literally turning into the ultra-wealthy and everybody else is just poor." Welcome, comrade!

Trump's SWEATY Insult Comic Routine COOKS His GOP Rivals in New Hampshire

I wonder if the HVAC contractor wherever this is got death threats after Trump complained about the faulty air conditioning?


"Busy planning how to fuck up commies."*

-- Former Chicago cop Karol Chwiesiuk, who is on trial for five misdemeanor charges for rioting in the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, in a text message to his cousin after Trump's electoral defeat the prior year. NBC News reports that Chwiesiuk testified he couldn't hear an alarm blaring inside the Capitol on Jan. 6, even though it's audible in a video he shot that day.

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