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North Dakota Senate votes to increase its own food budget after rejecting free school lunch bill



The story, which did not include the thoughts of voters truly interested in Johnson’s candidacy, focused on Comments he did in 2020, expressing support for “the redirection and return of funds that are spent on law enforcement.” The story was published a day after Johnson modeled his previous comments by saying in a debate that he would not fund the police.

But Johnson still stuck to the broader spirit of his vision, which he had offered to the public for months. In January he said TNR that the best way forward for Chicago is to invest more in mental health, housing, year-round youth employment opportunities, and the like. It involves a deeper crime prevention, and not just a response to criminal offences.

You wouldn’t know this from all the articles published about Johnson’s supposedly hard-hitting campaign, and they are all the result of assumptions—constructed and validated year after year—about what it means to stop crime.


They straight up did racism in Tennessee



A lot has happened. Here are some of the things. This is the TPM morning note. Tennessee Be Tennessee Just when you didn’t think it could get any worse, the GOP-controlled Tennessee House made itself even better. Instead of exile…

A lot has happened. Here are some of the things. This is the TPM morning note.

Tennessee Be Tennessee

Just when you didn’t think it could get worse, the Republican Party-controlled House of Tennessee made itself better.

Rather than expel all three members of the Democratic Party he targeted for the school shooting protests, the Republican House expelled only two young black male members and left the elderly white woman alone.

Silver lining: it does it crystal Clean what it was really about.

In truth, they were “racist” all day long:

The day in Nashville was quite eventful:

Tip Hats

For some time, Ron Brownstein was firmly of the opinion that the red states building a nation within a nation. It’s one of the useful organizational frameworks for what’s happening across the country right now. In this morning’s note, I counted at least three items that fall under this paradigm: expulsion from the Tennessee House of Representatives, West Virginia’s bans on transgender athletes, and Idaho’s new abortion ban.

Where do you even start with the Clarence Thomas scandal?

ProPublica’s famous exposé of the cozy, ethically complex relationship between Judge Clarence Thomas and billionaire patron conservative motives broke down as soon as the Morning Memo “went to press” yesterday. So I noticed it, but I couldn’t fully digest it.

I had 24 hours to think, I have nothing to add! Why? The story is so complete and well told, with a few broken threads or unfinished ends, that it just stays the way it is. Not much further explanation is needed.

You could see how powerful this story was because other news outlets took it at face value and immediately started getting reactions to it and developing it.

ProPublica did a great job with everything.

A scandal within a scandal

This “picture”, you all…

How to rule the corrupt court of Roberts?

A clean and crisp thread on why Congress needs to take a step forward to hold the Supreme Court accountable to the political branches of government:

SCOTUS refuses to intervene in the case of a trans athlete

Supreme Court refused to apply West Virginia law banning transgender girls from playing on girls’ school sports teams.

The case has been closely followed both for its implications for transgender athletes in the face of a nationwide conservative attack on transgender people, and for being on a controversial and increasingly used Supreme Court shadow list. As Nina Totenberg notes:

While the court’s conservative supermajority was heavily criticized for its aggressive use of the emergency case list to resolve contentious issues without a full briefing and oral arguments, this time the court abstained.

Judges Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas disagreed.

The case is ongoing and this or a similar case may return to the Supreme Court in the future. But so far, no district court has ruled on the legality of the anti-transgender laws sweeping the country, and it looks like the Supreme Court will linger until the appellate courts rule on the matter.

Not sure what to do about it

Experts are still evaluating a new rule proposed by the Biden administration that interprets Title IX to apply to transgender athletes.

My sense of coverage yesterday was initial outrage that the Biden administration has gone along with bans on transgender athletes, followed by a slight easing of worst-case fears. I’m not a Title IX expert, but I suspect this is still shaky in terms of what it means in practice.

WSJ has quite integral part about recent events. One more caveat: the rules development process is still at a very early stage, so it will be played out and adjusted over the course of many months.

NPR Suspends Twitter

NPR representative confirms he stopped tweeting from his home account as Elon Musk’s Twitter falsely labeled the public radio network as “US state-affiliated media”.

What can be called a painful burn in the staid, sugary world of public radio, @NPR So changed his biography specifically to say, “You can find us anywhere you read the news.”

This dude needs a lot of explaining

There are two pieces of news here, so bear with me a little.

Trump-appointed DHS Inspector General Joseph Caffari has become a magnet for controversy, not because of his investigative work, but because of his own behavior.

Kuffari is currently under investigation by a committee of inspectors general (who intervene when one of them needs protection), but now he and some of his senior staff south to prevent the outer panel from examining them.

It is very eloquent that in their trial they are helped by New Civil Liberties Alliance, a conservative non-profit organization supported by, among others, the Koch brothers and Leonard Leo network, which wages a legal war against the “administrative state”. Sarah Posner wrote extensively about the New Civil Liberties Alliance last fall for TPM.

This is the first news.

The second piece of news, also very important to us, is that this week a civil suit revealed that the investigation into Kuffari’s case has “expanded … to include his role in the disappearance of Secret Service text messages from 6th January2021 Capitol attack.” — The Washington Post reports.

Investigators on Monday demanded records related to the deleted texts from the office of Inspector General Joseph W. Cuffari, appointed by President Donald Trump, whose office shut down an investigation into Secret Service reports last year amid a House investigation into the uprising.

Request for records that was found in the federal lawsuit This week, filed by Kuffari and his collaborators against a team of inspectors leading the investigation signals a new urgency for a high-profile investigation that began in May 2021 and has since grown into a wide-ranging investigation into dozens of allegations of misconduct, including partisan decision-making. failures in the investigation and the revenge of the applicants.

The missing secret service texts from around January 6th are still of great interest.

North Carolina Party Switch Mystery

As you probably already know, the newly elected state representative in North Carolina, with long and deep ties to the Democratic Party, suddenly defected to the Republican Party, giving it a supermajority that could override the governor’s veto. Roy Cooper (North Carolina). It is still not clear why she switched.

First-of-its-kind abortion ban in Idaho

Keith Riga from TPM dives.

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Donald Trump’s indictment ends decades of seeming invincibility



NEW YORK (AP) – When Donald Trump steps before the judge next week to be hosted in a New York courtroom, this will not only be the first time a former US president faces criminal charges. It will also be a payback for the longtime nickname “Teflon Don”, who has so far managed to avoid serious legal danger. despite 40 years of litigation.

Trump, who is one of the first contenders for the Republican presidential nomination, is expected to turn on Tuesday. He faces charges including at least one crime The offense of paying secret money to women during his 2016 campaign. Like any other person facing trial, he will be registered, fingerprinted and photographed before he is given the opportunity to plead guilty.

The spectacle that is sure to unfold will be an unprecedented moment in American history and will once again demonstrate how dramatically Trump, who has already been honored to be the first president to be impeached twice, has upended democratic norms. But on a personal level, the indictment breaks through the mantle of invincibility that seemed to follow Trump through his decades in business and politics as he faced allegations of fraud, conspiracy and sexual harassment.

Former President Donald Trump, who is one of the first contenders for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, is expected to turn Tuesday.

“God, after all this time, this is a bit shocking,” Trump biographer Michael D’Antonio said of the indictment. “You know, I always thought of him as the Gingerbread Man screaming, ‘You can’t catch me!’ how he ran away.

“Given his track record,” he said, “it was hard for me to imagine that he would ever be held accountable.”

“These are not things that Donald Trump has ever thought about in his entire life, and I, for that matter, what he will ever face,” Michael Cohen, longtime Trump aide and key witness in the case, who was serving a prison sentence for the payments, CNN reported.

Of course, some of Trump’s detractors may be premature. The former president can get the judge to close the case quickly. And even if the case moves forward, there is no guarantee of conviction. The intensification of investigations in Atlanta and Washington is seen as a potentially more serious legal threat.

Donald Trump faces charges including at least one felony related to paying silence money to women, including Stormy Daniels, pictured, during his 2016 campaign.
Donald Trump faces charges including at least one felony related to paying silence money to women, including Stormy Daniels, pictured, during his 2016 campaign.

However, Trump and his team were caught off guard when the New York indictment broke Thursday night after news reports that the grand jury hearing the case had been scheduled for a week-long recess. As the discussions dragged on, some in Trump’s circle became convinced that the case was deadlocked and that charges might never be brought. Among them was Trump’s attorney Joe Tacopina, who said Friday morning that he hoped “the rule of law will prevail.”

Trump, he said on the Today program, was “shocked at first” by news of the allegations, but quickly switched back to his usual denial strategy.

“After he got over it,” he said, “Trump made a notch in his belt and decided we should fight now. And he put himself in a typical Donald Trump pose, where he is ready to fight against something that he considers unfair. … I think right now he’s in a state where he’s ready to fight it.”

Meanwhile, Trump and his team have been trying to use the news to their advantage, hoping to galvanize their loyal base by presenting the investigation as part of a larger plot to derail his candidacy.

Already the allegations have been a boon to his fundraising struggle. On Friday night, the campaign announced that it had raised more than $4 million in the 24 hours after the indictment went public, significantly breaking the previous record following the FBI’s search of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club.

Michael Cohen was a longtime aide and attorney for Donald Trump before testifying against the former president in the case.  Cohen served a prison sentence for the payments.
Michael Cohen was a longtime aide and attorney for Donald Trump before testifying against the former president in the case. Cohen served a prison sentence for the payments.

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More than 25% of donations came from donors for the first time, according to the campaign. Average deposit: $34.

His campaign has also continued to be accompanied by statements of support from dozens of leading Republicans who have rallied around Trump, including several of his declared and likely challengers, underscoring his continued hold on the party. Trump has been on the phone with key congressional allies, including members of the House leadership and top committees, according to people familiar with the conversations, who, like others, spoke on condition of anonymity, to discuss a response.

Trump ally Rep. Jim Banks of Indiana, who formally endorsed the former president on Friday, said Trump is “not backing down” and is going to “fight back,” telling a local radio show it was “another chapter where the end After all, Donald Trump will be back in first place.”

The media maelstrom has returned the former president to the spotlight he craves, at least temporarily limiting attention to his rivals, including Florida’s governor. Ron DeSantiswho many expect will challenge Trump for the nomination, and is holding events across the county to promote his book.

Trump aides discussed other ideas to maximize the situation, including the possibility of holding a press conference before or after the deal. Trump is expected to travel from Florida to New York on Monday and spend the night at Trump Tower in midtown Manhattan before heading to the courthouse early Tuesday morning. He will return to Florida after the arrangement.

Trump has long denied having had sexual contact with the porn actor known as Stormy Daniels and has lashed out at Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg for handling the decades-old case.

Trump is also facing ongoing investigations in Georgia over his efforts to overturn the 2020 election results and in Washington, where a special counsel is investigating the events of January 6, 2021, as well as Trump’s handling of classified documents in March. -a-Lago and potential obstruction of the investigation.

But Sam Nanberg, a longtime former Trump aide who broke with Trump years ago, said that while he no longer supports Trump, he considers the Manhattan affair a “waste of time” given the allegations, which remain classified. And he said he was skeptical that it would matter in the long run.

“It doesn’t surprise me,” he said of the indictment. “It would surprise me if he actually ended up behind bars in prison, which I don’t see.”

D’Antonio said that sentiment — and the ongoing belief that Trump would somehow get the upper hand and dodge the charges — persists among the many people who have contacted him in the past 24 hours despite the allegations.

“They think he can get away with it,” he said. “Somehow he’ll throw it out.”

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Iranian president says hijab is legal because women without hats were pelted with yogurt



President Ebrahim Raisi said on Saturday that the hijab is the law in Iran after a viral video showed a man throwing yogurt at two women in a store near the holy Shiite Muslim city.

A growing number of women are defying authorities by throwing off the veil following nationwide protests that followed the death in September of a 22-year-old Iranian Kurdish woman in the custody of the vice police on charges of violating the hijab rules. security forces brutally suppress insurrection.

Judicial authorities in a town near the northeastern city of Mashhad have issued an arrest warrant for a man who poured yogurt on the heads of two women, a mother and her daughter. They were also issued arrest warrants for violating Iran’s strict rules on women’s clothing, state media reported.

At the risk of being arrested for violating the mandatory dress code, women are still often seen naked in malls, restaurants, stores and on the streets across the country. Videos of naked women resisting the vice police have flooded social media.

Live on state television, Raisi said, “If some people say they don’t believe (in the hijab)… it’s good to use persuasion… But the important thing is that there is a legal requirement… and the hijab is a legal issue today.”

Authorities said the dairy store owner who encountered the attacker had been warned. Social media posts showed that his shop was closed, although he was quoted by a local news agency as saying that he was allowed to reopen and that he should “give explanations” to the court.

According to Iranian media reports, the head of the judiciary, Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejei, had previously threatened to “mercilessly” prosecute women who appear in public without clothes.

“Revealing the information is tantamount to hostility to (our) values,” Edjei was quoted as saying by several news sites.

Under Islamic Sharia law adopted in Iran after the 1979 revolution, women are required to cover their hair and wear long, loose clothing to hide their figure. Violators faced a public reprimand, fines or arrest.

Describing the veil as “one of the civilizational foundations of the Iranian nation” and “one of the practical principles of the Islamic Republic,” a statement from the Interior Ministry on Thursday said there would be “no retreat or tolerance” on the issue.

He urged citizens to stand up to naked women. Such directives have in recent decades encouraged hardliners to attack women with impunity.

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