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Republicans Relish Biden’s Troubles, Eyeing a Takeover of Congress

“Heating prices are up, grocery prices are up, and you’ve got a president speaking about spending all of this extra cash and specializing in voting,” he stated. “Folks requested me 23 various things, and voting ended up useless final.”

Some lawmakers and high Republican strategists argue that with Mr. Biden’s numbers sagging and his insurance policies floundering, he’s doing their job for them.

“When your opponents are hanging themselves, don’t minimize the rope, and that’s what we see the Democrats doing right here,” stated Jeff Roe, the founding father of Axiom Methods, a political consulting agency that has labored for Gov. Glenn Youngkin of Virginia and Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, each Republicans. “All we have to do is keep out of the best way.”

Republicans on Capitol Hill level to the withdrawal from Afghanistan final summer time — a tumultuous interval throughout which a suicide bombing on the Kabul airport killed 13 U.S. service members — because the turning level for a once-popular administration. Inside Republican polls confirmed Mr. Biden dropping six share factors in his approval score at the moment, a decline that he has not managed to reverse.

“Republicans have lots of important, deep issues, however Democrats have been so dangerous that it made it very easy to miss them,” stated Brendan Buck, a former adviser to the previous two Republican audio system of the Home, Paul D. Ryan and John A. Boehner. Republicans are nonetheless coping with the tradition wars and populism which will pose severe long-term demographic challenges, he stated, however for now the Democrats have overshadowed these fissures.

Mr. McCarthy, who’s in line to be speaker if Republicans win the Home, has been more and more bullish in regards to the prospect, predicting that 70 Democratic-held seats can be aggressive.

There are some vivid spots for Mr. Biden. Democrats view his alternative to nominate a Supreme Court docket justice as a chance for a change in focus and a second for him to assert a high-profile victory. Mr. Biden has highlighted the three.9 % unemployment fee as a part of the restoration he promised to Individuals, and his top aides have underscored that he has overseen the strongest financial progress in a long time.

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Let’s hear it for the doo-wop woman teams: Their songs of affection and heartbreak formed a era

Earlier than The Shirelles soared to the highest of the Billboard charts, The Chantels wowed music lovers with “Perhaps.” They have been a gaggle of Catholic schoolgirls.

From their History of Rock and Roll biography

Arlene Smith (lead), Lois Harris (first tenor), Sonia Goring (second tenor), Jackie Landry (second alto), and Rene Minus started their musical journey of their preteens whereas attending choir apply at St. Anthony of Padua faculty within the Bronx. By 1957, they’d been singing collectively for greater than seven years. A staple of their weight loss plan was Gregorian chants taught to such perfection that altering notes and elements have been second nature.

In contrast to their male counterparts, women weren’t in a position to “hangout” on avenue corners in any respect hours working towards. So in 1957 a lot of their apply occurred within the woman’s locker room at St. Anthony’s. Arlene Smith was a member of the woman’s basketball group and, win or lose, the group would sing after each sport. Smith who had been skilled as a classical singer had carried out solo at Carnegie Corridor when she was twelve. All the ladies had sung within the choir the place classical music was interspersed with Latin hymns. Their ages ranged between 13 and sixteen.

The Chantels started doing expertise exhibits with the Sequins and the Crows on the P.S. 60Community Middle and St. Augustine’s church.  That very same yr their faculty group performed St. Francis de Chantelle. One of many women instructed that they finish their seek for a gaggle title by calling themselves the Chantelles. It quickly turned the Chantels.

Loads of women went to sleep at evening, crying into soggy pillows to the sound of their first document, launched in August of 1957, “He’s Gone,” which was written by Arlene Smith.

4 months later, in December 1957, they’d a serious hit.

Nothing expresses teenage misplaced love angst extra powerfully than lead singer Arlene Smith belting out these lyrics:

Perhaps, if I pray each evening
You may come again to me
And perhaps, if I cry each day
You may come again to remain
Oh, perhaps
Perhaps, if I maintain your hand
You’ll perceive
And perhaps, if I kissed your lips
I will be at your command
Oh, perhaps
I’ve cried and prayed to the Lord
To ship you again my love
However as a substitute you got here to me
However solely in my desires
Perhaps if I pray each evening
You may come again to me
And perhaps if I cry each day
You may come again to remain
Oh, perhaps

Music historian Frank Hoffman wrote in Survey of American Popular Music:

The Chantels have been the primary woman group to rise above the one-hit marvel standing which restricted the impression of acts such because the Paris Sisters (“I Love How You Love Me”; 1956), the Teen Queens (“Eddie My Love”; 1955), and the Poni-Tails (“Born Too Late”; 1957). The group–originally a quintet whose members have been all classmates at Saint Anthony of Padua College within the Bronx–were found backstage at an Alan Freed rock ‘n’ roll revue by Rama/Gee/Gone document producer Richard Barrett whereas ready to satisfy their idol, Frankie Lymon (of the Youngsters). The Chantels’ second launch, “Perhaps” (1958), proved to be a seminal occasion within the woman group style. Its significance is famous by Alan Betrock, in his guide, Lady Teams: The Story of a Sound:

Upon its launch, the document actually exploded–its impression and attraction have been merely plain. Barrett kicks off the document with a collection of piano triplets, a wailing vocal refrain jumps in, after which [lead singer] Arlene [Smith] tears your coronary heart out with some of the searing and trustworthy vocal performances ever. All of it got here collectively right here; the churchy-gospel influences meshed with a industrial rhythm & blues sensibility. Completely convincing and profoundly transferring, “Perhaps” packs much more of a wallop when one realizes that Arlene Smith was solely sixteen on the time of the recording session, and the document nonetheless captivated each youngsters and adults. The Chantels information weren’t polished–their tough edges and even occasional flawed notes are there to listen to when you search onerous enough–but it was their utter depth and atmospheric realism that carried them into a category all their very own. “Perhaps” entered the nationwide charts at #55, and the following week had reached #32. But this unimaginable burst of recognition brought on issues for…Finish Data, as a result of they merely couldn’t meet demand quick sufficient. In lots of cities bootleggers moved in, promoting 1000’s of information earlier than [End] might fill the orders….Due to these gross sales and order discrepancies, the document solely reached #15 nationally, but it surely stayed on the charts for over a 3rd of a yr. Not solely was “Perhaps” one of many greatest promoting information of its time, however its sound significantly influenced musicians and producers for years to come back.

Seven weeks earlier than the Chantels launched “He’s Gone” one other woman group from NYC, The Bobbettes, hit the charts with “Mr Lee,” although they wouldn’t be as profitable with later releases. They have been sassy, uptempo, and never affected by unrequited love.

It began as a pastime for eight women ranging in age from 9 to eleven in New York’s Harlem. Schoolmates that started singing within the glee membership of P.S.109 in 1955. Calling themselves the Harlem Queens, they started by doing native novice nights. Step by step over the following two years the octet shrunk to a quintet. After showing on the Apollo Theater’s famed novice evening, they did not win, they broadened their already rising following. Quickly thereafter, James Dailey took over the group’s administration. Feeling that “The Harlem Queens” wasn’t an applicable title for 5 women of their early teenagers he modified the title to the Bobbettes.

Dailey received them a recording contract with Atlantic Data and had them within the recording studio by the tip of February 1957. Their first 4 recordings have been group compositions and it wasn’t a fluke. They might write ten of their first eighteen recorded songs.

The group had already written a number of songs and one which was the legendary “Mr.Lee,” who was really a trainer of a few of the Bobbettes. The group’s first single was launched in June 1957. Though the lyrics converse glowingly of “Mr. Lee,” the unique lyrics weren’t in the least flattering. The women had an immense dislike for the trainer and the tune was initially written as a put down. On the request of Atlantic’s A&R executives the group revised the lyrics to make it extra industrial or probably much less controversial. “Mr. Lee” turned the most effective recognized trainer in America because the document went Prime Ten in July 1957. “Mr. Lee” additionally spent 4 weeks on the prime of the R&B charts.

New York wasn’t the one place birthing woman teams. Jeffrey Taylor writes about how The Shirelles, from New Jersey, received their begin in Musician Biographies:

When 4 highschool pals from New Jersey started singing collectively informally within the mid-Nineteen Fifties, they’d no concept that in a number of years they might be making music historical past. However in 1960, Shirley Alston, Doris Kenner, Beverly Lee, and Addie “Micki” Harris turned the primary black all-female singing group to land a Quantity One hit on the pop charts. They might go on to change into some of the profitable and influential of early rock’s “woman teams.” Even within the Nineteen Nineties, their energetic and immediately recognizable vocals remained embedded in America’s musical consciousness, with their songs continuously heard on “oldies” radio stations and utilized in movies and tv to evoke the spirit of the Nineteen Sixties.

The Shirelles weren’t the primary woman group of the rock period, however they have been the primary to attain worldwide success. They usually had a sturdy impression on different musicians. Ronnie Spector, singer with the Ronettes, as soon as acknowledged, in line with a press launch issued by the Shirelles’ Nineteen Nineties administration firm, Beverly Productions, “The Shirelles have been our idols.” Singer Dionne Warwick claimed, “The Shirelles taught me the right way to transfer on stage.” And mentioned Mary Wilson of the Supremes, “[The Shirelles] undoubtedly made a means for woman teams, as a result of previous to that it was all guys. They confirmed that it might work.” As lengthy after the group’s heyday because the early Nineteen Nineties, fashionable “woman teams” like En Vogue, Jade, and SWV may very well be heard echoing the harmonies popularized by the Shirelles.

The 4 unique Shirelles have been from Passaic, New Jersey. They started singing collectively because the Poquellos, and their first dwell performances occurred at highschool expertise exhibits. A fellow classmate, Mary Jane Greenberg, heard the group at considered one of these exhibits and satisfied them to audition for her mom, Florence, who had lately launched a profession within the music enterprise. The quartet auditioned in Florence Greenberg’s lounge, after which she signed them to a five-year contract along with her fledgling Tiara label and took over as their supervisor.

In “A Magical Ten Seconds of the Shirelles,” Elon Inexperienced wrote for The New Yorker concerning the time when the group first heard “Will You Love Me Tomorrow”: 

“Once we first heard the tune, it was a demo that Carole King was singing. It was an actual twangy, twangy sound, like a country-and-Western tune. We didn’t prefer it, however Luther Dixon, who was our producer—thank God—he had an exquisite ear. He knew the best materials to decide on, and he knew the right way to get the most effective out of us within the studio. And Luther mentioned, ‘You’re gonna document the tune.’ And after we went into the studio there was this large orchestra with strings and cellos and also you title it. And after we heard them begin taking part in the tune, oh, it was simply superior.”

“We have been younger. We weren’t actually focussed on what we have been saying or doing. We weren’t focussed on the lyrics or this, that, and the opposite. We weren’t saying, ‘Hey, we’re going to go and take the world by storm.’ This was God’s doing.”

“Once we performed down South, typically it could be a white viewers on one aspect, blacks on the opposite. In 1963, we had these ‘freedom exhibits.’ The cash was getting used to ship folks from Alabama to the March on Washington with Dr. King. There was an image of us onstage and performing, and Dr. King is sitting to my left.”

Carole King and her then-husband Gerry Goffin went on to put in writing a string of hits. Right here’s her tweet from final yr:

When you take a look at lists of wedding ceremony tune favorites, you’ll discover that “This Is Devoted to the One I Love,” which they recorded in 1959, continues to be getting a number of play.

In 1962 they launched “Soldier Boy.” I bear in mind my pals who had boyfriends who joined the navy taking part in this tune time and again. Later, because the warfare in Vietnam escalated and increasingly of the blokes we knew have been drafted, this tune took on an virtually insufferable poignancy.


It took till 1996 for The Shirelles to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Corridor of Fame (too lengthy, imho).


They have been inducted by Merry Clayton, Marianne Devoted ,and Darlene Love. 

Although their induction into the Rock and Roll Corridor of Fame was a serious second for them and their devoted followers, I used to be elated to search out this clip of their 2014 induction into the New Jersey Corridor of Fame, the place their award was offered by longtime buddy and former Shirelles group member (for a scorching minute) Dionne Warwick.

The checklist of the fabulous woman teams of the ‘50s and ‘60s is a protracted one … far too lengthy for me to cowl on this one story. Now we have misplaced, and are nonetheless shedding so lots of them—most lately Veronica Bennett Spector.

The final surviving member of the Ronettes celebrated her birthday on Jan. 27.

When you put aside a bit time to observe you can see performances and interviews with most of the teams I haven’t coated on this story, within the 1983 documentary Girl Groups: The Story of A Sound that’s primarily based on the guide with the identical title by Alan Betrock. The documentary contains performances by The Angels, The Shangri-Las, The Exciters, The Ronettes, Mary Wells, The Supremes, The Blossoms, Martha & The Vandellas, The Dixie Cups, The Shirelles, The Marvelettes, Dee Dee Sharp, Little Eva, and extra.

I hope you’ll be a part of me within the feedback part beneath for extra fabulous woman teams, and please share your favourite teams and tunes.

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Capehart: Unnamed SCOTUS Decide Will Be ‘Extra Good’ Than the Relaxation, As a result of, Racism!

On Friday’s PBS NewsHour, Washington Publish columnist and MSNBC host Jonathan Capehart was offended sufficient at his fellow panelist David Brooks that he claimed that President Biden’s still-unknown Supreme Courtroom nominee would in all probability be “extra good than the parents who’ve are available earlier than her” as a result of she needed to overcome all of the racism that defines America. 

Brooks claimed he was “a bit of uncomfortable” at Biden’s pledge to call a black girl, however he was hemming and hawing about the way it’s vital to have variety. “However I want to emphasize, I want to suppose the a part of the individual that’s up entrance is their knowledge, their compassion, their care, and that they’re handled as an entire particular person. And so I confess I am a bit of uncomfortable with the way in which Joe Biden used that pledge through the marketing campaign, although I assist the thought of the pledge.”

I do not just like the pledge, however I assist the thought of the pledge? Judy Woodruff by no means pushes again when Brooks or Capehart sound confused. She simply robotically repeated: “Jonathan, wouldn’t it be higher for the president to have stated the very first thing that issues is knowledge?”

Capehart replied: “And, properly, that is what he stated in his remarks yesterday. Now we have to know one thing that, for a lot too lengthy on this nation, {qualifications} and knowledge and every thing have been by no means issues that have been — or concepts or traits — that have been routinely ascribed to somebody who was not white and positively somebody who was not white and male.”

Who stated all white males had knowledge and {qualifications} “routinely ascribed” to them? It is one factor to say the nation has a historical past of racism. Saying all white males have been routinely assumed to be sensible males is Capehart heading again into “whiteness is a hell of a drug” territory. Then got here the She’ll Be The Smartest smack speak: 

CAPEHART: And there — now we have seen on the courtroom that variety has not been a factor on the courtroom up till lately. Now we have an African-American justice. Now we have a number of ladies justices. Now we have a Latina justice. And, fairly quickly, we could have a black girl justice.

And it says one thing — you possibly can give attention to the race, however how about we give attention to the expertise the particular person brings to the bench due to who they’re, the place they’re from, their lived expertise?

And, additionally, the black girl who’s going to be on the bench will in all probability be extra spectacular, have extra {qualifications}, be extra good than the parents who’ve are available earlier than her, exactly as a result of she has needed to be all these issues, as a result of individuals used her race to downgrade and — downgrade and belittle and never suppose a lot of her, just because she is black.

This was not what occurred to Clarence Thomas when he was nominated by George H. W. Bush in 1991. They questioned his relative youth and inexperience along with suggesting he was for rolling back “individual rights” like abortion.

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Brianna Keilar Slams Sen. Ron Johnson for Gross Lie Relating to Athletes Dying Because of Vax

Nobody can hint precisely the place the rumor began (although there’s a concept beneath), however individuals within the typical “anti-vax” group, specifically the robust MAGA-types, have began speaking about skilled athletes dying on the sphere, the court docket, no matter, as a result of vaccine and we’re not speaking a few half-dozen, the quantity is put over one-hundred. (One would suppose that “2” could be observed.)

Simply prior to now week, NBA legend John Stockton briefly misplaced his season tickets to all Gonzaga College basketball video games for his refusal to put on a masks and, when interviewed by the Spokesman-Review, mentioned:

“I feel it’s extremely recorded now, there’s 150 I consider now, it’s over 100 skilled athletes lifeless – skilled athletes – the prime of their life, dropping lifeless which might be vaccinated, proper on the pitch, proper on the sphere, proper on the court docket,” Stockton mentioned within the interview.

As unimaginable as it’s to consider {that a} world traveler, college-educated, and complex athlete, writer, businessperson, might have such beliefs, we at the moment are compelled to report {that a} United States Senator has used the identical unusual story (once more, close to untraceable as to the place it began). Brianna Keilar completely destroyed that Senator, Ron Johnson (shock!):

Quoting Mediaite:

“So there’s a brand new Covid lie that’s making the right-wing media rounds and now a U.S. senator is spreading it,” she mentioned on Friday’s New Day. “On Wednesday, Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson mentioned this.”

New Day then performed a soundbite of Johnson saying on The Charlie Kirk Present, “We’ve heard story after story. I imply, all these athletes dropping lifeless on the sphere. However we’re alleged to ignore that. Nothing occurring right here. Nothing to see. It is a travesty. It is a scandal.”

It might be a travesty and a scandal if Sen. Johnson might merely title one in every of them, only one.

Keilar went on:

“That may be a U.S. senator saying one thing that’s simply verifiable, completely unfaithful, and in addition harmful.”

Cillizza defined that the conspiracy happened courtesy of the far-right Gateway Pundit in December after they “linked to a research from a web site referred to as Good Sciencing” about athletes with “myocarditis and pericarditis, points with their coronary heart and so they took the vaccine.”

Cillizza went on to elucidate how the research merely wasn’t correct and that it appeared to incorporate athletes like “Hank Aaron” (One of many best athletes and heroes of all time), who died at age 86 of pure causes, not the vaccine.

It’s simply additional proof of a scarcity of widespread sense. It doesn’t matter if it’s a second-string cricket participant in India,  an Aussie Guidelines Soccer participant, a Chinese language badminton participant, or a reasonably mediocre skilled bowler in Greece. If skilled athletes began dying on the court docket, pitch, area, lanes, observe, air, ice, snow, ring, octagon, steadiness beam, or trampoline, the world would discover. One would suppose that somebody might level that out to Sen. Johnson and John Stockton and get them to tilt their head for a second and finally agree.

You may’t.


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Inflation and Deficits Don’t Dim the Enchantment of U.S. Bonds

What must occur for these rock-bottom borrowing prices to rise considerably? There might be a disaster of confidence in Fed coverage, a geopolitical disaster or steep will increase within the Fed’s key rates of interest in an try to kill off inflation. In a extra simply imagined state of affairs, some imagine that if inflation stays close to its present ranges into the second half of the yr, bond consumers could lose persistence and scale back purchases till yields are extra in tune with rising costs.

The ensuing greater curiosity funds on debt would drive finances cuts, stated Marc Goldwein, the senior coverage director on the Committee for a Accountable Federal Price range. Mr. Goldwein’s group, which pushes for balanced budgets, estimated that even underneath this previous yr’s low charges, the federal authorities would spend over $300 billion on curiosity funds — greater than its particular person outlays on meals stamps, housing, incapacity insurance coverage, science, training or expertise.

Final month, Brian Riedl, a senior fellow on the right-leaning Manhattan Institute, printed a paper titled “How Higher Interest Rates Could Push Washington Toward a Federal Debt Crisis.” It concludes that “debt is already projected to develop to unsustainable ranges even earlier than any new proposals are enacted.”

The offsetting world and demographic traits which were pushing charges down, Mr. Reidl writes, are an “unintended, and probably short-term, subsidy to heavy-borrowing federal lawmakers.” Assuming that these traits will endure, he stated, can be like changing into a self-satisfied soccer group that “managed to enhance its general win-loss file over a number of seasons — regardless of a quickly worsening protection — as a result of its offense stored bettering sufficient to barely outscore its opponents.”

However at the least one historic pattern means that charges will stay tame: an general decline in actual rates of interest worldwide relationship again six centuries.

A paper printed in 2020 by the Financial institution of England and written by Paul Schmelzing, a postdoctoral analysis affiliate on the Yale Faculty of Administration, discovered that as political and monetary techniques have globalized, innovated and matured, defaults among the many most secure debtors — robust governments — have constantly declined. In accordance with his paper, one ramification could also be that “no matter explicit financial and financial responses, actual charges might quickly enter completely unfavourable territory,” yielding lower than the speed of inflation.

An previous rule, nonetheless holding true throughout markets, is that top threat bets reward traders with greater yields, but deliver excessive mortgage prices for debtors. Low-risk investments, in flip, include low cost borrowing prices. If the Fed and different central banks regularly show that they’ll stabilize (or bail out) probably the most systemically necessary governments, then funding dangers are flattened — and there might be loads of leeway to borrow for years to come back.

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Cities throughout the nation are giving workers paid go away after abortions

Three cities throughout the nation at the moment are providing the paid go away that might have dramatically helped Vial in 2017. Portland, Boston, and Pittsburgh, are providing metropolis workers paid day without work following an abortion. Abortion advocates say the brand new insurance policies are an necessary step in destigmatizing abortion and serving to individuals plan for his or her future. Within the fall of 2021, Pittsburgh and Portland have been the primary within the nation to incorporate abortion of their bereavement go away insurance policies for metropolis workers. The policy in Portland permits workers to take as much as three days of paid go away in the event that they’ve had a miscarriage, stillbirth, or being pregnant loss. The coverage covers day without work “no matter whether or not [a pregnancy termination is] deemed medically vital.” Extra not too long ago, town of Boston accepted 12 weeks of paid day without work—the identical quantity of paid day without work granted for individuals who have gone by childbirth.

“It’s actually necessary for us to be taking a look at ways in which metropolis authorities and employers can help individuals as they’re making necessary selections about their well being and their futures,” stated Andrea Miller, president of the Nationwide Institute for Reproductive Well being.

After spending 1000’s of {dollars} to entry abortion care whereas not receiving any paid day without work from work, Vial started volunteering with the Northwest Abortion Entry Fund, which helped fund her process. Final yr, she turned a board member and helped advocate for $200,000 in municipal funding for abortion care. That very same week, Vial recounts {that a} employees member for somebody on the Portland Metropolis Council needed to have an abortion. Based on a dialog relayed to Vial, the employees member turned to the council member and expressed “that is the toughest factor I’ve ever been by. We must always do paid day without work for bereavement go away for abortions, miscarriages, and being pregnant loss.” That employees member’s private expertise impressed the coverage that’s now in place.

“Lots of people select abortion as an financial determination of their life as a result of they can’t afford the price of elevating a child,” Vial stated. “You shouldn’t be punished for having a medical process that’s financially higher for your self.”

Abortion care advocates like Miller and Vial famous that the brand new paid go away coverage ought to be prolonged to all medical procedures. Based on Rae Pickett, a full-spectrum doula and the communications director for Deliberate Parenthood Advocates of Virginia, many sufferers may have time to deal with themselves mentally and bodily after an abortion.

“Individuals ought to have the time and help that they should deal with themselves, no matter that may appear like,” Miller stated. “We wish to actually underscore that it’s important that these go away insurance policies present choices with out reinforcing any stigma or misinformation about abortion care, to underscore that abortion is exceedingly secure, that only a few individuals have issues.”

The Portland coverage explicitly accommodates a confidentiality clause. Staff could disclose the aim of their paid go away to a human assets worker, but it surely ought to stay confidential always to keep away from any potential for retaliation if their employers are anti-abortion. The Boston and Pittsburgh insurance policies don’t point out confidentiality.

“We completely anticipate and we should always demand that nobody is ever penalized for any of their reproductive well being selections, whether or not that’s to have a toddler or to have an abortion or to make use of contraception,” Miller stated. “These are new insurance policies and we’re hopeful that they are going to be undertaken with the best of warning in ensuring that folks’s confidentiality is protected and that persons are handled with the respect that they deserve for any well being care determination that they make. These are going to be actually necessary parts to implementation of those sorts of insurance policies.”

The timing of cities passing these supportive go away insurance policies is essential as extra conservative states ban early-term abortion and the Supreme Court docket appears poised to overturn Roe v. Wade on the federal stage.

“What we’re seeing proper now total is a recognition on the metropolis stage, the place it’s doable politically, to handle the wide selection of points that persons are going through in terms of making selections about our reproductive lives, notably if you have a look at the unimaginable rollbacks on entry to abortion care, and the potential that we are going to lose the federal proper totally within the subsequent few months,” Miller stated. “I believe it’s an fascinating time and an necessary time for cities and states that may to take a look at their insurance policies and ask themselves, what else can we do to advance reproductive well being and improve the well-being of individuals of their households.”

The Nationwide Institute for Reproductive Well being places out a neighborhood reproductive freedom index that lists insurance policies from 50 U.S. cities supporting households and enhancing entry to abortion, contraception, sexuality, schooling, and being pregnant care. Based on Miller, the index contains the total vary of reproductive well being providers that may defend clinics that may be sure that persons are not discriminated in opposition to and roadmaps for the way cities can develop into extra equitable.

“That is actually the time for cities to step ahead and to step up, so I’m hopeful that they are going to proceed to take action whether or not that’s round these go away insurance policies or different measures that can enhance entry to reproductive well being care,” Miller stated.

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Hysterical NY Instances Frets Over Nation Star Morgan Wallen, Bigoted Followers

The nation has largely forgiven nation star Morgan Wallen for uttering a racial slur after an evening out in Nashville final 12 months. However The New York Instances gained’t let it go. In final Sunday’s “The Morgan Wallen Conundrum,” music critic Jon Caramanica spent a staggering 2,400 phrases condemning Wallen once more for the one offensive phrase.

The story was keyed to Wallen’s look on the Grand Previous Opry a 12 months after the N-word incident. Admitting Wallen’s album, “Harmful,” was probably the most commercially profitable launch of final 12 months, Caramanica sounded bitter the cancellation had failed, and that the incident had not stuffed the singer with overwhelming disgrace and regret.

Wallen’s persevering with dominance, so shortly following the nationwide reckoning with racism that marked 2020, has been a supply of here-we-go-again frustration for these working to deliver change to Nashville, together with many Black performers and observers, who see his success as a mirrored image of the racism that has lengthy framed nation music as a protect and amplifier of whiteness. “The hate runs deep,” tweeted Mickey Guyton, the Black nation singer.

That Wallen is being welcomed again by the business — showing on its most revered stage, popping up in pictures with its huge stars — is especially conspicuous given the strides made by Black nation performers lately, and the growing consciousness, even in a cloistered firm city like Nashville, of the longstanding inequalities which have relegated Black artists to the margins.

Apologizing isn’t sufficient, apparently. (Nor are massive financial donations to black organizations.)

Wallen apologized, however has performed little to straight and publicly atone. He has largely opted for gestures of sentimental reconciliation over these of exhausting accountability, making an attempt to garner belief by proximity fairly than motion, largely shifting the burden onto Black individuals to forgive him and to do the work of public vouching.

Caramanica sounded petulant that Wallen is allowed to have a profession, then implied that his followers are racists too: “For individuals who abjure racism and bigotry, there isn’t a listening to Wallen with out the simultaneous consciousness of his infractions. However loads of individuals apparently don’t have any such qualms.”

Wallen needed to tackle his defenders as effectively:

When Black nation music stakeholders — notably Black ladies — voice their considerations on Twitter in regards to the ease of Wallen’s redemption arc, they’re bombarded with bigotry and solutions that nation music could be doing advantageous with out them and their complaints. Wallen has by no means straight dissuaded such habits weaponized on his behalf.

The Instances even needed to work in the truth that they loves to make use of Covid facemasks as moralizing (click on “increase”):

However what’s most revealing is how Wallen behaves when nobody is watching, or extra particularly, when nobody who may rebuke him is watching.

On Dec. 3, Wallen performed the primary of three sold-out nights on the 20,000 capability Rupp Enviornment in Lexington, Ky., a part of a sprinkling of warm-up reveals earlier than the beginning of his correct tour subsequent month….although the nation was within the thick of the Delta variant, and a outstanding signal within the area learn “masks are inspired at tonight’s occasion,” virtually nobody wore one. (The sector workers did, although.) There have been about as many nonwhite individuals in attendance as these with face coverings.

Sounds just like the 2021 Met Gala.

He faulted Wallen for failing to “cease the political nastiness,” besides what was his sin? Not condemning his followers for cheering “Let’s go, Brandon!” So Wallen has to police not solely himself, however everybody who buys a ticket to his reveals? However what The Instances discovered most annoying of all was “he declined to disclose himself a modified, or advanced, particular person. There have been no tables within the foyer selling racial justice organizations.”

How totally ridiculous.

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Invoice Maher Exhibits His True Colours And Trashes The Left In Surprising Rant

Invoice Maher claimed that he hadn’t modified, however the left had, after which he trashed the left.

Invoice Maher Claims That The Left Has Gone Loopy


Maher mentioned, “It’s not me who modified. It’s the left, who’s now made up of a small contingent who’ve gone psychological, and a big contingent who refuse to name them out for it, however I’ll. That’s why I’m a hero to Fox Information today, which exhibits simply how a lot liberals have their head up their ass as a result of in the event that they actually considered it, they’d have made me a hero on their media.”

Invoice Maher Now Sounds Like Fox Information

Maher spent the remainder of his section cherry-picking issues that occurred in California to characterize the “craziness” of the left, which is a standard tactic utilized by Fox Information.

One other Fox trick that Maher pulled out was elevated himself to the function of fearless truth-teller who calls out what others gained’t. Fox constructed their viewers on this tactic, and it’s why their viewers have been conditioned to look at nothing else.

Invoice Maher likes being a hero on Fox Information as a result of Fox and Maher go very well collectively.

The Left Had Grown Disgusted With Invoice Maher’s Sexism And Bigotry

Invoice Maher has all the time been a libertarian who tilted proper. Many on the left forgot about his bromance with Ron Paul. Maher is an anti-Muslim bigot and a sexist.

Whereas the left has gotten youthful and extra various, Invoice Maher’s bigoted and sexist views grew to become extra out of contact with what was his viewers.

Maher wore out his welcome with a lot of the left years in the past.

It isn’t that the left has modified. Invoice Maher has aged into the Fox Information demographic.

Some readers complained when I wrote in October 2021 that Bill Maher had gone MAGA, however Maher himself is now basking within the love from Fox Information whereas trashing what was his loyal viewers.

Invoice Maher didn’t change.

He’s now precisely the place he has all the time belonged.

Politics Today

Trump Says He Would Take into account Pardons for Jan. 6 Defendants if Elected

CONROE, Texas — Donald J. Trump stated on Saturday that if elected to a brand new time period as president, he would take into account pardoning these prosecuted for attacking the United States Capitol on Jan. 6 of final yr.

He additionally known as on his supporters to mount giant protests in Atlanta and New York if prosecutors in these cities, who’re investigating him and his companies, take motion towards him.

The promise to contemplate pardons is the furthest Mr. Trump has gone in expressing help for the Jan. 6 defendants.

“If I run and I win, we are going to deal with these folks from Jan. 6 pretty,” he stated, addressing a crowd at a fairground in Conroe, Texas, exterior Houston, that appeared to quantity within the tens of hundreds. “We’ll deal with them pretty,” he repeated. “And if it requires pardons, we are going to give them pardons, as a result of they’re being handled so unfairly.”

A minimum of 700 folks have been arrested in reference to the Jan. 6 riot, together with 11 who’ve been charged with seditious conspiracy. Some have said they believed they were doing Mr. Trump’s bidding.

As president, Mr. Trump pardoned a variety of his supporters and former aides, together with Michael T. Flynn, his first nationwide safety adviser, who twice pleaded responsible to mendacity to the F.B.I., and Stephen Ok. Bannon, his onetime marketing campaign supervisor, who was charged with defrauding donors to a privately funded effort to construct a wall alongside the Mexican border.

In his Saturday speech, Mr. Trump took goal on the New York State legal professional basic and the Manhattan district legal professional, each of whom have been investigating his companies for doable fraud, and on the district legal professional in Fulton County, Ga., who’s empaneling a particular grand jury to analyze Mr. Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election leads to that state.

He urged his supporters to prepare giant protests in New York and Atlanta, in addition to in Washington, if these investigations result in motion towards him.

“If these radical, vicious, racist prosecutors do something fallacious or corrupt, we’re going to have on this nation the most important protests we now have ever had,” he stated.

The occasion in Conroe drew Trump supporters from throughout Texas and as distant as New Jersey and Washington State, a few of whom had camped out on the fairground for a number of days. For a lot of Saturday, a festive ambiance prevailed, with billowing flags and omnipresent T-shirts declaring “Trump 2024.”

As his speech stretched on previous an hour, Mr. Trump’s rhetoric grew extra pointed, and his assaults on the information media extra belabored. “The press is the enemy of the folks,” he stated, prompting offended boos, including: “The corrupt media will destroy our nation.”

Politics Today

Day by day Kos Week in Motion: Commemorating Black historical past month

Conservatives are banning books in public colleges

Vital race concept is an instructional framework that explores how racism has formed public coverage in the USA. However conservatives have hijacked the time period as a strawman to justify the banning of Black historical past training in public colleges throughout the nation.

FILE - In this July 20, 2006, file photo, Lucille Bridges poses next to the original 1964 Norman Rockwell painting, "The Problem We All Live With," showing her daughter Ruby, inside the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston. Bridges, a Hurricane Katrina evacuee and Houston resident after the storm, looked for the first-time at the Rockwell original capturing her oldest daughter, Ruby, as she was escorted by U.S. marshals into an all-white New Orleans school during integration nearly a half-century earlier. New Orleans' mayor announced Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020, that Lucille Bridges, the mother of civil rights activist Ruby Bridges, has died at the age of 86. (Steve Ueckert/Houston Chronicle via AP, File)
Ruby Bridges’ mom, Lucille, poses subsequent to the long-lasting Norman Rockwell depiction of her daughter’s lengthy march to highschool.

That features banning tales like that of the Bridges household. In November 1960, six-year-old Ruby Bridges and her mother and father braved an indignant mob of segregationist mother and father who had been screaming vicious slurs. Ruby turned the primary Black scholar to combine an all-white elementary faculty within the South. The Bridges household suffered for his or her braveness: Her father misplaced his job, however grocery shops refused to promote to them, and her grandparents misplaced their farm.

All kids in America ought to study in regards to the bravery the Bridges household confirmed that day in 1960; as all kids ought to perceive the sacrifices Black households made and proceed to make to make sure equal alternative for his or her kids. However Republicans are doing every thing of their energy to ban books that inform Ruby’s story and that of different Black motion leaders in an try to take advantage of Black historical past training as a wedge problem.

As Day by day Kos displays on actions to commemorate Black Historical past Month, we need to prioritize defending Black historical past—American historical past—to raised equip future generations with the data and instruments to dismantle methods of oppression.

Right here’s a method you’ll be able to take motion to help Black historical past training:

Midterm primaries are underway

Primaries for the 2022 midterms are underway and Day by day Kos is supporting a incredible progressive candidate, Jessica Cisneros, in her marketing campaign for a Home seat in Texas. Cisneros is a human rights legal professional and daughter of working-class immigrants from Mexico. She believes in a pathway to citizenship, common well being care, increasing Social Safety, and defending reproductive rights. And she or he is operating in opposition to Rep. Henry Cuellar, a right-wing, anti-choice Democrat who lately had his home raided by the FBI.

If you happen to’d like to assist Cisneros win her March 1 main, you’ll be able to phonebank (reaching Texas voters) from wherever within the nation, and all you want is an Web connection. You’ll obtain coaching to get began, and there shall be a co-host on Zoom to help you your entire time.

Assist us elect extra progressives to the Home:

The No Ban Act

5 years in the past, the Trump administration enacted its Muslim ban, barring journey from Muslim majority nations. And though President Joe Biden referred to as it “a stain on our national conscience,” he’s now implementing a journey ban of his personal on Southern African nations.  

One Syrian American spoke to the ACLU in regards to the enduring harms of Trump’s Muslim ban: “I couldn’t consider {that a} nation that prides itself on its dedication to freedom and justice would shut its doorways on refugees and immigrants in search of assist.”

The No Ban Act would restrict U.S. immigration regulation in order that no future president can single-handedly problem bans that bar immigrants based mostly on their nationwide origin or faith. As we mirror on the enduring harms that Muslim and African communities have confronted on account of these xenophobic government insurance policies, we should work to make sure that bans like these by no means resurface to plunge much more communities into hurt’s means

If you happen to’d like to affix us in help of the No Ban Act, take motion beneath:

Thanks, expensive Day by day Kos readers, on your continued help. Tell us what you consider this week’s actions beneath, and what you’d wish to see us work on subsequent.