Weekly US politics news and updates thread - week of April 3
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Live updates on Donald Trump turning himself in to NY authorities : https://www.npr.org/live-updates/trump-indictment-arraignment-arrest-new-york
Trump has been indicted, and has been charged with 34 felonies. Full document here : https://www.manhattanda.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/04/Donald-J.-Trump-Indictment.pdf
All 34 charges are "falsifying business records in the first degree", and all seem to deal with checks, ledger entries, and invoices detailing transactions between Trump, Cohen, and Trump Organization.
Tennessee Legislature readies for day of protests ahead of vote to oust three Democratic lawmakers
Tennessee House Republicans expel 2 young Black Democrats for gun protests after Covenant School shooting
EDIT : Updated article title
That article has been updated in the wake of the expulsions. The title is now "Tennessee House Republicans expel 2 young Black Democrats for gun protests after Covenant School shooting" and has more updated information.
The level of hypocrisy is just unfathomable. Someone has literally killed multiple people including children, and this is somehow more acceptable and less worthy of swift legislative action than someone speaking out of turn?!
It’s hardball politics. The Republican majority is doing this because they can. According to the article, the rules are being inconsistently applied.
But I’m having trouble following your argument about hypocrisy. It seems like a legislature’s rules for its own members don’t have much to do with whatever legislation it might pass for responding to urgent problems?
My leveling of hypocrisy was specifically aimed at the difference between how speedily they addressed the two subjects. The speed and single-minded drive with which they addressed the "issue" of some of their members disrupting their quiet capital chamber is impressive from the perspective of how fast things often move in state legislatures. Contrasted with the unwillingness to even engage with the issue of children being shot in school, much less dig into the problem and try to find a solution, it's infuriating.
While I acknowledge that there is a vast difference in the complexity of the two things I'm describing, the unwillingness to even set the legislative body into motion to even attempt to address the issue, seems hypocritical. Maybe that's not the right word to use here, but the contrast just struck me as particularly irksome.
Okay, thank you for explaining.
Gov. Greg Abbott announces he will push to pardon Daniel Perry who was convicted of murder
Judges' dueling decisions put access to a key abortion drug in jeopardy nationwide