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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.

A Pandemic Guide to Anime: The American hits and all-time classics

Welcome back to our pandemic guide to anime, a short series aimed at giving some new opportunities to those who may have already binged every decent thing American television has to offer, are still stuck at home even after all that, and who are now bored to tears. The advice given in our first installment was go watch Studio Ghibli’s films, which could have probably gone unsaid, right? Now we’ll get to actual recommendations.

While pandemic deaths soar, Mike Pence is on an extended ski vacation

The United States is facing still-rising pandemic deaths and both a federal government shutdown and the end of supplemental unemployment checks to those newly out of work, but Donald Trump is, of course, currently on vacation. You may be wondering where the ostensible head of the White House coronavirus “task force” has gotten to, since we haven’t heard much from him either.

Alleged vice president Mike Pence is in Vail, Colorado.

Biden could push IRS to audit rich tax dodgers—but it would be an act of war

In The New York Times, Neil Irwin points out that there’s a straightforward way a new Biden administration could begin clawing back some of the outrageous gains made by the wealthy even if Republicans remain bent on keeping taxes on the wealthy at budget-busting new lows: enforce the existing tax laws. Identify the wealthy tax cheats who, like a certain orange-hued someone, have been abusing tax laws for years and end their cheating.

Dominion lets Rudy Giuliani know it intends to sue him for his campaign of lies

Earlier in the week voting machine manufacturers Smartmatic and Dominion let it be known to conservative conspiracy peddlers Fox News and Newsmax that they would likely be filing lawsuits after the “news” outlets promoted 100% fake, and known fake, claims about the voting machine companies somehow being in cahoots to cheat Donald Trump out of an election win.

House and Senate leaders reach agreement on new $900 billion pandemic relief package

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Democratic Minority Leader Chuck Schumer announced late Sunday that congressional leaders have now reached agreement on an end-of-year pandemic relief package. While the details are still being inked, the agreement will reportedly include $600 per person stimulus checks, extended unemployment benefits of up to $300 per week, and an extension of small business loans aimed at keeping payrolls intact despite pandemic restrictions.

New Warren report calls out ‘corrupt’ accreditation of nation’s prisons

While the rest of the Senate trundles on in various experiments to see how aggressively they can institutionalize futility and vacuousness, Senator Elizabeth Warren continues to weirdly use the resources that come with being a United States senator to uncover corruption, scandal, and government neglect. This has made her very unpopular with her Republican peers, who instead appear to believe that their offices are best used for trading stocks. Go figure.

New Warren report calls out ‘corrupt’ accreditation of nation’s prisons

While the rest of the Senate trundles on in various experiments to see how aggressively they can institutionalize futility and vacuousness, Senator Elizabeth Warren continues to weirdly use the resources that come with being a United States senator to uncover corruption, scandal, and government neglect. This has made her very unpopular with her Republican peers, who instead appear to believe that their offices are best used for trading stocks. Go figure.