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MAGA-land’s Favorite Newspaper

MAGA-land’s Favorite NewspaperPhoto-illustrations by Kibele Yarman*The rural hamlet of Cuddebackville, New York, is home to a guru named Li Hongzhi, who calls his 427-acre compound Dragon Springs. At the center of the compound—a kind of timber frame Shangri-la—stands a massive replica of a Tang Dynasty temple. On March 19, 2020, Li wrote a message to his disciples titled “Rationality.” The message was about COVID-19, which was by then crippling New York City, 80 miles to the southeast. “Plagues and pestilence, by their very nature, are arranged by the Gods,” Li began. “When humans become corrupt in their hearts, they will generate karma, fall sick, and suffer calamities.”Li gradually worked up to his point, referring to the Chinese Communist Party by its initials: The pandemic “has come with a purpose and with a target. It has come to eliminate the followers of the evil Party and those who go along with…


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Election officials to send absentee ballots to nursing homes for February primary

Election officials to send absentee ballots to nursing homes for February primaryThe state Elections Commission told clerks Friday to mail absentee ballots to nursing homes instead of hand delivering them and assisting residents with voting.         ….. Read More.Journal Sentinel – Politics | Politics & GovernmentFri, January 15, 20211 day ago


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The Attacks on Biden’s Civil Rights Division Nominee Have Already Started

The Attacks on Biden’s Civil Rights Division Nominee Have Already StartedOn January 6, the fateful day that insurrectionists stormed the Capitol, President-elect Joe Biden announced his nominees to lead the Department of Justice. That is perhaps why the news of those nominees hasn’t gotten the attention they usually garner. But that was also the day we learned that Democrats won the two Georgia run-off elections, giving them a bare majority in the Senate. Source ….. Read More.Washington Monthly – General Political | Politics & GovernmentSat, January 16, 202144 mins ago


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Don’t Pack the Courts

Don’t Pack the CourtsOn February 5, 1937, President Franklin Roosevelt made what would prove to be one of the biggest blunders of his political career. “The personnel of the Federal Judiciary is insufficient to meet the business before them,” Roosevelt announced in a special message to Congress. His plan to fix the alleged problem: Pack the courts. “A constant and systematic addition of younger blood will vitalize the courts,” FDR declared, “and better equip them to recognize and apply the essential concepts of justice in the light of the needs and the facts of an ever-changing world.” Under the court-packing legislation that Roosevelt sent to Congress, the president would get to appoint one new federal judge for every sitting federal judge that had served at least 10 years on the bench and had failed to retire or resign within six months of reaching the age of 70. In practical terms,…


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Extra Crunch roundup: antitrust jitters, SPAC odyssey, white-hot IPOs, more

Extra Crunch roundup: antitrust jitters, SPAC odyssey, white-hot IPOs, moreSome time ago, I gave up on the idea of finding a thread that connects each story in the weekly Extra Crunch roundup; there are no unified theories of technology news. The stories that left the deepest impression were related to two news pegs that dominated the week — Visa and Plaid calling off their $5.3 billion acquisition agreement, and sizzling-hot IPOs for Affirm and Poshmark. Watching Plaid and Visa sing “Let’s Call The Whole Thing Off” in harmony after the U.S. Department of Justice filed a lawsuit to block their deal wasn’t shocking. But I was surprised to find myself editing an interview Alex Wilhelm conducted with with Plaid CEO Zach Perret the next day in which the executive said growing the company on its own is “once again” the correct strategy. Full Extra Crunch articles are only available to…


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The Insurrection at the Capitol Has Renewed Democrats’ Calls for Police Reform

The Insurrection at the Capitol Has Renewed Democrats’ Calls for Police ReformThings could have turned out very differently for Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) if she hadn’t taken a Zoom call in her office last Wednesday afternoon. The California representative had been on the House floor listening to debate over the counting of the Electoral College vote when she excused herself, just as a violent mob of insurrections, egged on by President Trump, began swarming the Capitol. Bass watched the scene from her office window as she spoke with Capitol Police. An officer told her rioters had begun to tear up the stage that had been set for Joe Biden’s inauguration and asked her to shelter in place. Unlike many of her colleagues, Bass didn’t fear for her life—though she felt fortunate she hadn’t run into the insurrectionists on her walk. Instead, she was consumed with rage. Law enforcement stood at…


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