Really good news:

It's important to up and fund efforts where people are hit the worst.

Biden administration to provide $150 million to boost Covid response in underserved and vulnerable areas:
cnn.com/2021/04/19/politics/am

The birdsite and the facesite are great for connecting with people, and are also where people get a lot of misinformation. Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Ben Ray Luján are pushing the two sites to stop that.

"Misinformation superspreaders" is an apt description. Misinformation can keep a pandemic going just as passing the virus itself does. These anti-vax influencers are dangerous. I appreciate our Democratic senators for what they do on so many fronts.

vox.com/recode/2021/4/19/22388

Transgender rights are not special rights they are rights enjoyed by everyone.

"Lawmakers targeting trans youth demonize kids to pander to fearful voters" a.msn.com/02/en-us/BB1fMimE?oc

@TonyStark On the day it happened, it seemed like surely, SURELY this was going to be the breaking point for more than just a handful of Republicans. That feels like 5 years ago and I can't believe I was so naive; I've lived among Republicans my whole life. I know the cult mentality.

I'm going to be candid and say that I've had at least a couple of violent nightmares a month since 1/6 and I can't watch footage or see photos of it without a wave of anxiety, and all I did was see events unfold on live TV (and then watch hours of news about it afterward). I can only imagine the PTSD that people who were there might be suffering now. It will be an unforgivable insult to them, and to those who died, and to the idea of this country itself if the GQP keeps an independent commission from happening.

But am I surprised? Fuck no. People just want to forget bad things that have happened, which makes it easier for evil assholes like RepubliQans to wipe it from the record.

@CharlotteSometimes
January 6th gave me a similar feeling to 9/11 except a group of Americans attacked America.

So long as the RepubliQan Party supports their Big Lie, the only practical solution will be to drum every Republican from office- national, state, and local.

@TonyStark Both were moments in American history that should always be remembered, and the response to this moment cannot be as horrible as the response to 9/11. I don't believe it will be, but it's going to take every ounce of skill, strength, and will that Democrats have to make it happen. And the people's support on the phones and in letter form, of course.

@TonyStark @CharlotteSometimes I've been thinking about how a lot of the people who perpetrated 1/6 don't even believe that 9/11 happened the way it did in reality. Something in their brains doesn't work properly.

🙋‍♂️achso. Ich war heut Nachmittag an unseren Kirschbäumen. 75% Blüte und wirklich mega viele Bienen sind sehr fleißig. leider kein Foto (Akku alle)🔍💪

We have been mired in an anti-science ditch for far too long. The Biden Administration is bringing about the resurrection of an essential part of our lives with these transformative acts.

Biden has proposed a 20 percent increase to the National Science Foundation, as well as numerous new investments totaling $180 billion in his $2.3 trillion infrastructure package: thehill.com/policy/finance/548

The article indicates that this ruling will likely make it harder to hold the people who killed Officer Sicknick accountable. I know that medical examiners aren’t infallible. I know that if they’re good at their job, they’re only paying attention to facts and not pursuing anything other than the truth. I just hate the thought of people getting away with cold-blooded killing.

washingtonpost.com/local/publi

@NatashaRomanoff
There was nothing "natural" about what happened to Officer Sicknick that day.

There are still feel-good stories in a pandemic. This one includes painted-red dryer balls, a used Fiat, and a couple of people in New Jersey named Joe and Shirley.

washingtonpost.com/nation/2021

@TonyStark If you live in Virginia or Arizona, time to pick up your phone. 📲​ @HowardStark

@MariaHill
I think the 3 Dems yet to give the PRO Act a yes are Sinema, Kelly and Warner.
@HowardStark

Good but I don't know where he thinks 10 Republican Senate votes are coming from. Maybe things like this will get him to reconsider his filibuster stance.

Manchin throws support behind union-backed PRO Act |
thehill.com/policy/finance/549

If police can confiscate guns that can be legally repurchased by the same individual, it's past time for gun reform. Close the loopholes, expand background checks, get assault weapons off the street, make it easier to enforce the laws on the books and heavily punishable if they are not enforced as they were obviously not enforced in this case.

The length to which some people in this country are willing to go to in order to pretend we don't have a gun problem is simply astounding. But it's the perfect equilibrium for maximizing profits for gun manufacturers: make it legal to confiscate, but impossible to prevent new purchases.

washingtonpost.com/nation/2021

@TonyStark
The FedEx shooter's mother warned that he might commit "suicide by cop." Gun taken.

He was interviewed.

He was still able to get hold of a gun and kill 8 people.

America needs stricter gun control laws.

More guns are not the answer. Guns in schools are not the answer.

Tennessee Student Killed by Police Did Not Fire Bullet That Hit Officer, Officials Say: nyti.ms/32ifJRv

@TonyStark
Guns never de-escalate a situation. They won't even say who's gun shot him. For all we know, a young man died because a police officer accidentally shot himself.

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