Catching Up…

Some News That Could Have Been Missed Over The Holiday

It looks like Rep. George Santos will be expelled this week. This is a big deal.
What you should know is the House hasn’t expelled one of its own members in more than 20 years.
There have only been five expulsions in the entire history of the House!
Now, you should know too:
The House also voted to bring no charges at all against Rep. Bowman for his fire alarm gig.

Meanwhile, over in the Senate, Majority leader Schumer is slamming Senate Republicans for conditions the House passed on the aid package for a border fix and Ukraine funding. 
He said Democrats “stand ready to work on common-sense solutions.” 
You know, the one where the administration money goes to faster border processing, and Ukraine additional funding is all incremental and not paid for. 
“Common sense” may well be on the House side as I see it.

Did you hear that Major League Baseball is awarding the 2025 All Star Game to Atlanta, the city they pulled it from last year, because of what the President called “Jim Crow Voting Law Changes?”
At the time the Governor of Georgia said:
“There is nothing ‘Jim Crow’ about requiring a photo or state-issued ID to vote by absentee ballot – every Georgia voter must already do so when voting in-person.”
Well, upon reflection there was no reason for MLB to do what they did.
In fact, voting numbers weren’t just up, they had a record turnout.
MLB owes Georgia and the nation an apology for their misguided and mistaken stance.
Gov. Kemp’s reaction to the announcement was:
“Georgia’s voting laws haven’t changed, but it’s good to see the MLB’s misguided understanding of them has.”
Shouldn’t this have gotten some coverage in the MSM?

The next time you hear this Supreme Court is nothing but far right, add this decision to your counter argument: The Supreme Court refused to allow Florida to enforce its law preventing children from being exposed to adult, sexually explicit performances such as drag shows.
In a 6-3 action, the court declined Florida’s request to reverse a district court ruling that blocked its law from being enforced statewide. The lower court said the law infringed on the restaurant’s first amendment rights.
Justices Clarence Thomas, Neil M. Gorsuch and Samuel A. Alito Jr. were the three supporting Florida’s request.

Here’s another story that they buried over the holiday weekend:
The Education Department approved millions of applications for President Biden’s now-defunct student loan forgiveness program without checking to make sure the borrowers were eligible, Congress’ chief watchdog said in a new report.
Read that again. Not only were they going to relieve loans for people, there was no check on eligibility!!

This is only two years after fraudsters stole hundreds of billions of dollars from covid pandemic assistance programs based on self-reporting of eligibility. They trusted, instead of “trusting but verifying.”

The administration was poised to do it again, the Government Accountability Office concluded.
It said the department was ready to approve more than 2 million applications that relied on people to self-report their own incomes — the same sort of model that led to the pandemic fraud loss.

Back to the House.
Don’t Republicans on the far right ever learn that they have to win elections to govern?
This time it’s Rep. Chip Roy, with other conservative members of the House Freedom Caucus, who’re saying they won’t give Speaker Johnson another free pass (on the budget).
Now Johnson has limited power to get his way. The Democratic control the White House and Senate.

Roy said that, “Johnson’s concessions to Democrats to pass a funding stopgap lasting until January and February are strike one, strike two.”
Which I guess means if he gets strike three, he (and his friends) are ready to recall the new speaker and put us through that debacle again.

Meanwhile, do you know that:
Thirty House members — 19 Democrats and 11 Republicans — have announced that they will not seek reelection next year, covering a wide range of congressional seniority, post-House plans and reasons for jumping ship. Sixteen are retiring from public office, 11 are running for seats in the Senate, and three are eyeing other government positions.

And finally, this story on people voting with their choice on where to live:
Roughly 300,000 more Americans moved between states in 2022 than in 2021.
The federal agency estimated that the number of interstate movers rose about 4% from nearly 7.9 million people in 2021 to about 8.2 million last year.
State-to-state migrations also comprised a larger share of all movers between 2021 and 2022.
The most relocations were out of California and New York. 
Where did they go? You got it, Texas and Florida.

Just Some News That Might Have Been Missed.

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