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Originally indicted for two felonies, then pled down to a small fine, doesn't seem like justice served. Not at all.

St. Louis gun-waving couple pleads guilty to misdemeanors-
apnews.com/article/michael-bro

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This is the correct response.

In situations like this, we need the federal government to intervene and provide funds to allow this research to continue. Another pandemic without treatment will cost trillions and who knows how many million lives. Investing a few billion in the next few years could stop it. 

Biden administration to invest $3.2 billion for Covid-19 antiviral pills
nbcnews.com/news/amp/ncna12711

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No electricity when it's hot or cold. Hundreds died. Sky-high electricity bills for Texans still suffering from Abbott's bad decisions during Covid (which Texas isn't done with.)

Greg Abbott: Best I can do is gun stuff.

Requiring a permit and proper training seems like a good idea and this seems like a bad, bad, bad idea.

Texas governor signs bill allowing concealed handguns without permit-
reuters.com/world/us/texas-gov

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is a celebration of the end of slavery. It's been a holiday in many states for a while but never a federal holiday until now.

It wasn’t until 2 1/2 years after the Emancipation Proclamation that the last slaves in Galveston, TX learned they were free.

This is a great step. We won't stop here.

nytimes.com/live/2021/06/17/us

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Rep. Andrew Clyde must have seen how much attention his Georgia colleague Marjorie Taylor Greene was getting, so he decided to get in on the race to be the worst freshman member of Congress. Here he is, refusing to shake the hand of Capitol Police officer Michael Fanone, who was injured on January 6th, and fellow officer Harry Dunn.

Last night Rachel Maddow mentioned that the 14 members of Congress who voted against making Juneteeth a federal holiday would have that "stick to their shoes forever," so I'll make sure to mention that in conjunction with them. Clyde voted against that, as did Matt Rosendale, representative from Montana, who also features in the story.

Rosendale's chief of staff, James Braid, also snubbed Fanone.

Here's the list of members of Congress who voted against both the Gold Medal for Capitol Police for 1/6 and the federal holiday of Juneteenth:

Massie, Biggs, Rosendale, Norman, Clyde, Roy, Gosar

washingtonpost.com/politics/ja

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IF YOU CARE ABOUT YOUNG PEOPLE VOTING, you should know about The Civics Center.

About 4 million people turn 18 every year in the US. Most are eligible to register to vote before they graduate from high school, but will they register? In Georgia, between the November 2020 and the runoff election January 5, 2021, tens of thousands of young people turned 18 and became eligible to register to vote in the runoff.

Laura Brill took on this challenge and her work became The Civics Center. Find the info to join The Civics Center’s postcarding efforts at their website under the tab “About.” Their efforts, along with others', were instrumental in turning out voters for Georgia's last Senate races and they now work all over the country.

Check out their resources and programs at the website. Consider a donation. Now’s the time to begin organizing toward registering young people to vote in the November races. :CTA:
thecivicscenter.org/volunteer

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McConnell, unsurprisingly, is rejecting Joe Manchin's attempt at bipartisanship.

Time to move on. Leave the GOP in the dust.

U.S. Senate Republican rejects voting rights compromise | Reuters
reuters.com/world/us/us-senate

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@ClintBarton
Here's the bottom line: Global warming is here. So what do we want to do? Become extinct because it affects a few people's ability to profit from oil, gas, and coal? Or, transition to another, renewable energy-based economy.

Choice is easy unless you'd like to leave a post-apocalyptic world for future generations.

Limit what you purchase and use to businesses that take climate change seriously. Vote for people who take climate change seriously.

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According to new research from NASA and NOAA the amount of heat the planet traps has roughly doubled since 2005, contributing to more rapidly warming oceans, air and land. The extra energy is equivalent to every person on earth using 20 electric tea kettles at once.

The Washington Post: Earth is now trapping an ‘unprecedented’ amount of heat, NASA says.
washingtonpost.com/climate-env

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Global warming, driven by the burning of fossil fuels, has been heating up and drying out the American West for years. Now the region is broiling under a combination of a drought that is the worst in two decades and a record-breaking heat wave.

“The Southwest is getting hammered by harder than almost any other part of the country, apart from perhaps coastal cities,” said Jonathan Overpeck, a climate scientist at the University of Michigan. “And as bad as it might seem today, this is about as good as it’s going to get if we don’t get global warming under control.”

Climate Change Batters the West Before Summer Even Begins nyti.ms/3xuQGbM

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2 other news headlines yesterday in the New York Times and AP:

•"People hospitalized with COVID-19 now have one overwhelming thing in common. They're not vaccinated."
•"Many Post-Covid Patients Are Experiencing New Medical Problems, Study Finds"

It amazes me that so many people are afraid to get the vaccine because of uncertainty about the "long term effects of the vaccine" (unfounded) but are willing to gamble on the what's becoming known, long term effects of a Covid infection. And this article and the others show there are plenty of reasons to be concerned about the long-term impacts of a Covid infection.

Don't be this man. If you're not or still need a second shot, get a Covid vaccine.

Texas man who declined COVID-19 vaccine speaks out after undergoing double lung transplant-
abcnews.go.com/Health/texas-ma

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@TonyStark

The pandemic is not over in the United States, nor can it end so long as covid-19 rages across the globe. The strongest evidence of the global pandemic’s influence on Americans lives recently arrived on our shores, the Delta Variant of the virus. It is a profoundly concerning threat.

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$250,000,000 in the state budget for a border wall that's been proven useless many times over. He also wants Texans to give him their own land and money for the rest.

$0 in the state budget to help Texans pay the billions of dollars of increased utility bills they face from ERCOT's ineptitude, and zero done addressing the fact that ERCOT is still running Texas' electricity grid, even though it cannot manage hot weather, let alone cold.

Vote Greg Abbott out? If I were in Texas, I'd be demanding he resign.

Gov. Greg Abbott announces Texas is providing initial $250 million "down payment" for border wall-
texastribune.org/2021/06/16/te

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14 white male Republican House members voted not to have a federal holiday celebrating the end of slavery. 195 other Republican House members, all Democrats and independents, and all Senators managed to be on the right side of history this time, and as soon as President Biden signs it (maybe on June 19th?), Juneteeth will be a federal holiday.

Here they are:

Rep. Thomas Massie
Rep. Scott DesJarlais
Rep. Mo Brooks
Rep. Andy Biggs
Rep. Tom Tiffany
Rep. Doug LaMalfa
Rep. Tom McClintock
Rep. Mike Rogers
Rep. Matt Rosendale
Rep. Ronny Jackson
Rep. Ralph Norman
Rep. Andrew Clyde
Rep. Chip Roy
Rep. Paul Gosar

Included on the list we have the former guy's doctor, the guy whose own family campaigns against him, the guy actively vying to be worse than Marjorie Taylor Greene, the anti-abortion guy who tried to convince/pay for two of his mistresses to have abortions, and a bunch who refused to certify the vote (these are not mutually exclusive categories). And obviously, avowed racists.

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@TonyStark
Too bad Planet Earth can't sue for the mountains and mountains of evidence of "irreparable harm" caused by gas and oil leases doled out to fossil fuel companies and the states who grant them ginormous tax breaks.

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This is good news, which shouldn't be news at all.

It has been unconstitutional for states to tell pregnant people what they have to do with their bodies in pregnancy before fetal viability since 1973, and telling doctors how they must practice medicine prior to fetal viability has been limited to making sure they're not mistreating their living, sentient patients.

The anti-abortion crowd has been twisting even that into Daliesque pretzels, consistently disregarding the fact that pregnancy and childbirth have risks and consequences that are as much zero of their business as their nonsense about hallway size and admitting privileges.

Court blocks 2015 North Carolina law that tightened abortion restrictions: charlotteobserver.com/news/pol

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@TonyStark If conservatives and Republicans were serious about limiting abortion, they’d fund sex ed, birth control, and lobby for family assistance. They don’t.

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Attorney General Merrick B. Garland on Wednesday reversed a Trump-era immigration ruling that made it all but impossible for people to seek asylum in the United States over credible fears of domestic abuse or gang violence, marking one of the Justice Department’s most significant breaks with the previous administration.

nytimes.com/2021/06/16/us/poli

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