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News Roundup: Sedition regains corporate sponsors; Rep. Tom Reed won’t run again

In today’s news, the House hears arguments for Washington, D.C., statehood, a House Republican announced he would no longer run for reelection after accusations of sexual assault, and some corporate promises to distance themselves from politicians who voted to overturn election results are turning out to have some big, big loopholes.

News Roundup: Spring break, a clockwork crisis, and tracking Biden’s promises

Today’s news features another pandemic-ignoring spring break in Florida. It also featured a heavy helping of the newest media obsession, another “crisis” on the southern border of the sort that conservatives discover with clockwork regularity and media outlets desperate for both sides rhetoric promote with an eagerness that comes very close to outright groveling.

News Roundup: Grim Reaper threatens more reaping; Whitehouse wants Kavanaugh follow-up

The Great National Post-Trump Cleanup continues. In today’s news, Sen. Mitch McConnell made headlines for vowing to make the Senate an even less productive place, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse is asking that the new attorney general report back on several incidents of apparent corruption that Trump’s Justice Department blocked proper investigations of, and a Trump-era whistleblower finally gets the military promotion that Trump’s ever-crooked team tried to sabotage.

News Roundup: Haaland confirmed, Ron Johnson blunders again, and filibuster fights loom large

The Senate today confirmed, finally, Biden nominee Deb Haaland as the new Secretary of the Interior. Haaland becomes the first Native American to hold any Cabinet-level post in any administration. Sen. Ron Johnson continued to buffoonipate himself with further thoughts on why the racist things he says are not racist. And the Senate continues to plod towards a showdown that pits civil rights and urgent national needs against filibuster-based sabotage.

News Roundup: Fauci prods Trump, Treason Ted is bored, and yet another charity scandal

For today’s sleepy little news day, we have a little of everything. Ted Cruz is upset that the new president is “boring.” Dr. Fauci took to Fox News for a thinly veiled plea to the previous guy to step out of the buffet line for a stitch and maybe convince his admirers to get vaccinated against a deadly pandemic, maybe? But the family grift keeps going, and going, and going.

News Roundup: American Rescue Plan becomes law, insurrection probe continues

Today was the official one-year anniversary of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, according to World Health Organization officials. It is also the day President Joe Biden signed the American Rescue Plan, the Democratic-sponsored and Republican-condemned plan to deal with the economic damage done to American families, businesses, and state governments. New relief funds to Americans will begin distribution as early as this weekend.

News Roundup: American Rescue Plan becomes law, insurrection probe continues

Today was the official one-year anniversary of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, according to World Health Organization officials. It is also the day President Joe Biden signed the American Rescue Plan, the Democratic-sponsored and Republican-condemned plan to deal with the economic damage done to American families, businesses, and state governments. New relief funds to Americans will begin distribution as early as this weekend.

News Roundup: American Rescue Plan nears passage, FBI issues warnings, and Piers takes walk

As the American Rescue Plan inches towards becoming law (a final vote in the House is expected tomorrow), the Biden administration continues to undo Trump damage and federal investigators continue to warn of the dangers posed by the insurrectionist far-right. Meanwhile, the interminable world focus on Britain’s royalty has finally achieved at least something worthwhile: booting the still-insufferable Piers Morgan into self-exile.

Overnight news roundup: CDC releases new guidelines for vaccinated Americans

Today’s big news was small news: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) finally released initial guidelines freeing vaccinated Americans from some COVID-19 restrictions. The catch? For this first round, the only loosened restrictions are that vaccinated Americans should feel free to—with appropriate caution—meet with other vaccinated Americans indoors, without masks, and without social distancing.

Overnight news roundup: CDC releases new guidelines for vaccinated Americans

Today’s big news was small news: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) finally released initial guidelines freeing vaccinated Americans from some COVID-19 restrictions. The catch? For this first round, the only loosened restrictions are that vaccinated Americans should feel free to—with appropriate caution—meet with other vaccinated Americans indoors, without masks, and without social distancing.

Manchin suggests he is willing to ‘look at’ Senate filibuster reforms

Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin made the rounds of the Sunday shows (four of them, in fact) for reasons we will not speculate on, but a bit of news did come out of it. On “Meet the Press,” while speaking to the unpainted plaster wall that is Chuck Todd, Manchin added as aside that while he still supports the Senate filibuster, he might be willing to look at rule changes to make filibustering a more “painful” process for would-be saboteurs. Perhaps.

Republicans propose ‘bipartisan’ gutting of planned COVID-19 response, but Democrats aren’t biting

A counterproposal by ten supposedly “moderate” Republican senators that would reduce COVID-19 pandemic emergency funding to a fraction of what’s being proposed by Democrats is landing with a wet thud today, despite the ten Republicans framing their effort around alleged “bipartisan” cooperation. That’s not a surprise; it’s difficult to believe the proposal, led by the perpetually concerned Sen. Susan Collins and including Sens.

The coup isn’t over: Republican leaders stoke same conspiracies while others brag of involvement

Only days after a violent coup by supporters of Donald Trump came unspeakably close to murdering top U.S. leaders, including Trump’s own vice president, Republicans are expressing outrage not over the coup attempt, the attempted murders, or the unforgivable lack of federal response, but over private companies deciding that they cannot continue to support the online tools used to help coordinate the violent attack.

Washington Post releases full tape of Trump pressing Georgia state officials to commit fraud

The Washington Post has just released the full one-hour audio recording of Donald Trump’s call to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensberger. Also on the call on Trump’s behalf were chief of staff Mark Meadows and prominent conservative lawyer Cleta Mitchell.

Over the course of the rambling call, Trump appears to threaten or extort Raffensberger and state legal counsel Ryan Germany.

All living former defense secretaries condemn GOP attempts to overturn election, involve military

In The Washington Post, all ten of this nation’s living former secretaries of defense have written an opinion column uniformly opposing any military involvement in Republicans’ ongoing attempts to overthrow the results of November’s presidential elections. Among the signers are Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Leon Panetta, Robert Gates, Mark Esper, and James Mattis.

“Efforts to involve the U.S.

A Pandemic Guide to Anime: New hits (and a few misses)

Welcome back, happy holidays, and so forth. Still bored and stuck at home? Good, keep doing that. Until there’s enough vaccine for everybody, everybody needs to plant themselves at home as much as possible. Read a book. Play some games. Watch television.

If you’ve gone through everything your television has to offer and come up empty, you’re welcome to join us for our quick tour of the best of anime. (See: Part 1, Part 2.

Biden’s Secret Service detail to include trusted agents as allies express ‘concerns’ about others

The Washington Post is reporting that there are going to be some changes to the Secret Service’s presidential security detail in the Joe Biden administration. This is not unusual in itself, but the Post says the changes come “amid concerns from Biden allies that some current members were politically aligned with President Trump.”

This is an unpleasant story in every direction. It may be unfairly maligning professionals in a deadly dangerous job.