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Weekly US politics news and updates thread - week of May 10

This thread is posted weekly - please try to post all relevant US political content in here, such as news, updates, opinion articles, etc. Extremely significant events may warrant a separate topic, but almost all should be posted in here.

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    dubteedub
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    House Republicans oust Cheney from leadership for calling out Trump’s false election claims The GOP is an unsalvageable anti democratic institution that should be disbanded.

    House Republicans ousted Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) from her leadership post Wednesday because she continues to challenge former president Donald Trump over his false claims about election fraud and his role in the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, according to several GOP members.

    The voice vote to remove her as chair of the House Republican Conference underscored that the party will not tolerate disagreements with Trump, whose active support many argue is needed for the party to win the House majority in the 2022 midterm elections.

    Cheney has called her decision to publicly fight Trump a matter of principle, warning that allowing him to falsely claim the election was stolen amounts to an attack on Democracy and is destructive to the GOP and its values.

    The GOP is an unsalvageable anti democratic institution that should be disbanded.

    9 votes
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    dubteedub
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    Earlier this week NYT had a scoop that a major split from the Republican party may be underway. Over 100 Republicans, including former officials, threaten to split from the G.O.P. Today the...

    Earlier this week NYT had a scoop that a major split from the Republican party may be underway.

    More than 100 Republicans, including some former elected officials, are preparing to release a letter this week threatening to form a third party if the Republican Party does not make certain changes, according to an organizer of the effort.

    The statement is expected to take aim at former President Donald J. Trump’s stranglehold on Republicans, which signatories to the document have deemed unconscionable.

    “When in our democratic republic, forces of conspiracy, division, and despotism arise, it is the patriotic duty of citizens to act collectively in defense of liberty and justice,” reads the preamble to the full statement, which is expected to be released on Thursday.

    Today the Washington Post had an interesting op-ed from several moderate Republican House Representatives and former officials announcing their new movement.

    The Republican Party made a grievous error this week in ousting Rep. Liz Cheney (Wyo.) from the House leadership for telling the truth about Donald Trump’s “big lie,” which has wreaked havoc in our democratic republic by casting doubt over the 2020 election.

    Cheney rightfully struck back against party leaders and warned about the GOP’s dangerous direction. She is not alone.

    Alongside dozens of prominent Republicans, ex-Republicans and independents, we are announcing “A Call for American Renewal,” a nationwide rallying cry against extremist elements within the GOP, and highlighting the urgent need for a new, common-sense coalition.

    Link to the their website - https://www.acallforamericanrenewal.com/

    I was expecting a larger announcement that they would actually be leaving the party., This seems more framed as a threat that will probably not amount to all that much.

    7 votes
    1. TheRtRevKaiser
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      I would be glad to be proved wrong, but this seems like all smoke with no fire. Nobody with any real clout seems to be joining in on any of this, and the "american renewal" think seems pretty...

      I would be glad to be proved wrong, but this seems like all smoke with no fire. Nobody with any real clout seems to be joining in on any of this, and the "american renewal" think seems pretty toothless. From my experience over the last few years, a few people will put up a mild fuss and then fall right back in line when it comes time for voting.

      5 votes
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    hungariantoast
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    After Texas House rejects Senate changes, permitless carry bill to be discussed behind closed doors Bill that would ban abortion at six weeks heads to governor's desk to become Texas law Despite...

    Among other changes, state senators last week approved an amendment barring permitless carry from people convicted in the past five years of making a terroristic threat, deadly conduct, assault that causes bodily injury or disorderly conduct with a firearm. The chamber also approved an amendment that enhances criminal penalties for illegal weapons carried by felons and those convicted of family violence offenses.

    Bill author state Rep. Matt Schaefer, R-Tyler, drew cheers Wednesday when he announced he was rejecting the Senate changes.

    The bill, which would take effect later this year, bans abortions after a fetal heartbeat can be detected without specifying a time frame. A legislative analysis and the bill’s proponents have said that can be as early as six weeks, though state Rep. Donna Howard, D-Austin, in a floor debate cited medical experts who say there is no fully developed heart at that gestational age and that the sound referred to as a heartbeat is actually “electrically induced flickering” of fetal tissue.

    The bill makes an exception allowing for abortions in the case of a medical emergency but not for rape or incest.

    It would be enforced by private citizens empowered to sue abortion providers and others who help someone get an abortion after six weeks, for example, by driving them to an abortion clinic.

    Those private citizens would not need to have a connection to an abortion provider or a person seeking an abortion, and would not need to reside in Texas.

    A person who impregnated someone through rape or incest could not sue.

    5 votes
    1. psi
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      This sounds truly bananas. So basically anyone has standing to sue any abortion provider so long as that person suspects the abortion provider ran afoul of the heartbeat bill at some point?...

      It would be enforced by private citizens empowered to sue abortion providers and others [...].

      Those private citizens would not need to have a connection to an abortion provider or a person seeking an abortion, and would not need to reside in Texas.

      This sounds truly bananas. So basically anyone has standing to sue any abortion provider so long as that person suspects the abortion provider ran afoul of the heartbeat bill at some point? Abortion clinics (and their employees/volunteers) are going to be swamped with frivolous lawsuits.

      6 votes
  4. Kuromantis
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    Warren plans to run for third term in the senate in 2024 I find this a pretty important development, mainly because, other than AOC and Ilhan Omar, neither of which are really allowed to run for...

    Warren plans to run for third term in the senate in 2024

    Elizabeth Warren is running again — for her Senate seat.

    Asked by Politico on Friday whether she will seek a third term in 2024, the 71-year-old incumbent said simply, “Yep.”

    Warren’s early indication of her future plans comes after a year of bids for other positions fell through.

    The senator’s unsuccessful presidential campaign ended in early March 2020, just days before the COVID-19 pandemic upended American life.

    She told The Boston Globe she has no current intentions to run for president again.

    “Joe Biden is running for re-election in 2024,” she said. “My job right now is to help him succeed.”

    For Warren, that work is centered around swaying Biden further to the left.

    I find this a pretty important development, mainly because, other than AOC and Ilhan Omar, neither of which are really allowed to run for prez. under current legislation, there's basically no one with a meaningful amount of name recognition in progressive politics that can run for president. So who is going to represent us for president in '24? (Arguably it might not be so bad, because then we have to focus on non-federal races, which are smaller scale and arguably more important.)

    5 votes
  5. spit-evil-olive-tips
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    Joel Greenberg, a former tax collector in Florida, admitted to sex trafficking a minor and agreed to help in prosecutions of others. same story in NPR, if you want an unpaywalled source Here's the...

    Joel Greenberg, a former tax collector in Florida, admitted to sex trafficking a minor and agreed to help in prosecutions of others.

    same story in NPR, if you want an unpaywalled source

    A former confidant of Representative Matt Gaetz, Republican of Florida, admitted in court papers on Friday to an array of federal crimes — including sex trafficking of a minor — and agreed to cooperate with the Justice Department’s investigations, handing prosecutors a potential key witness as they decide whether to charge Mr. Gaetz.

    Here's the actual plea agreement - 86 pages long. The juicy stuff starts on page 28, where the prosecutors lay out the factual basis of the charges - which in the context of the plea argument means facts that Greenberg is agreeing are true.

    Greenberg also introduced the Minor to other adult men, who engaged in commercial sex acts with the Minor in the Middle District of Florida

    He also (page 39) used his work credit cards (from the Florida Tax Collector's office) to buy ~$7200 worth of cryptocurrency, presumably Bitcoin but they don't say explicitly.

    ...and then (page 42) embezzled around $100,000 from the tax collector's office to buy more cryptocurrency.

    By page 52 he's up to $200,000 worth of state funds being used to buy Bitcoin.

    Page 58, he set up a corporation with the not-scammy-at-all sounding name of "Government Blockchain Systems".

    And that's my limit of how much legalese I can skim through...but muh gawd that's some brazenly stupid Florida Man level criming.

    4 votes
  6. [5]
    ras
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    NYTimes: Beneath Joe Biden’s Folksy Demeanor, a Short Fuse and an Obsession With Details
    2 votes
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        Sand
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        Which part of this is criticism? Maybe I'm stupid, but it just seems like a normal article describing what Biden is like? Not too different from the ones about Trump and Obama.

        Which part of this is criticism? Maybe I'm stupid, but it just seems like a normal article describing what Biden is like? Not too different from the ones about Trump and Obama.

        6 votes
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          1. TemulentTeatotaler
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            I don't think it's strictly positive or negative. Perfectionists have similar tradeoffs to the Biden being portrayed by the article. Having high expectations for experts and paying attention to...

            It reframes things that should be considered good traits for the leader of the free world in a negative light.

            I don't think it's strictly positive or negative. Perfectionists have similar tradeoffs to the Biden being portrayed by the article.

            Having high expectations for experts and paying attention to detail are good traits. If those expectations interfere with him delegating work or he gets stuck on minutiae, those become problematic traits.

            Your rephrasing to "Biden doesn't have time for vagueness or policy minutiae..." is a bit counter to the description of Biden asking how half a dozen professions are impacted by a climate policy, what they make, how many there are, etc. Those are probably necessary questions to convey what he expects to get staff he trusts, but a few months down if he can't trust that an expert confirmed there was a geothermal resource needed for the proposal they made it might be an issue.

            I read the article as a descriptive piece, not critical or puff. Some of it was a bit awkwardly written, but overall it seemed to match up decently with what I saw of Biden as a candidate. His temper when defending his son in a debate with Trump probably won him points. When it led to him challenging a guy in Iowa to a push-up contest or asking a reporter "Are you a junkie?", it was a gaff.

            5 votes
      2. stu2b50
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        Honestly I had to do a double take that this article wasn't in the opinion section but an actual article, filed under politics, published by the times. I suppose, in a way, if this kind of junk is...

        Honestly I had to do a double take that this article wasn't in the opinion section but an actual article, filed under politics, published by the times.

        I suppose, in a way, if this kind of junk is what's necessary to fill out the paper's politics section, then that's a good sign for the nation after the last 4 years.

        4 votes
    2. hungariantoast
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      Thanks for posting this. The article does not seem like a criticism of Biden as much as it's just a description of the way things are. It's an interesting and valuable read.

      Thanks for posting this. The article does not seem like a criticism of Biden as much as it's just a description of the way things are. It's an interesting and valuable read.

      3 votes