Lara Logan, the former 60 Minutes correspondent who as of late has earned a reputation for pushing conspiracy theories at Fox News, has been dropped by talent agency UTA over controversial comments she made about Dr. Anthony Fauci, Mediaite reports.
“Novak Djokovic risks being frozen out of tennis as he chases a record 21st Grand Slam title, with rules on travelers who are unvaccinated against COVID-19 tightening in the third year of the pandemic and some tournaments reconsidering exemptions,” Reuters reports.
“The Serbian, who has not been vaccinated, was deported from Australia on Sunday ahead of the Australian Open after losing a court case to have the cancellation of his visa overturned.”
Meanwhile, Axios reports that all athletes must be vaccinated to compete in sporting events held in France, including the French Open in May.
“Senate Democrats plan to press ahead this week with an effort to push new voting rights protections through Congress, in an all but doomed attempt to enact a key piece of President Biden’s agenda that has been undercut by members of his own party,” the New York Times reports.
“The push to proceed even in the face of almost certain failure reflects the party’s conundrum, facing two key defections in its ranks and a wall of Republican opposition.”
“The Michigan Democratic Party has deleted a weekend Facebook post that questioned the role parents have in deciding what is taught in public schools and drew criticism from conservative and school choice groups,” the Detroit News reports.
The post suggested that parents who want more input on what their kids are learning “have the option to choose to send their kids to a hand-selected private school at their own expense.”
Vice President Kamala Harris said that she is “not going to absolve” any member of the Senate who will not take action to pass voting rights legislation when she was asked specifically about Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), Axios reports.
Said Harris: “As I’ve said before, there are a hundred members of the United States Senate, and I’m not going to absolve — nor should any of us — absolve any member of the United States Senate from taking on a responsibility to follow through on the oath that they all took to support and defend the Constitution of the United States.”
Far-right French presidential candidate Eric Zemmour has been fined €10,000 by a Paris court for hate speech, the BBC reports.
The case was launched over a TV appearance, where he described unaccompanied migrant children as “thieves”, “rapists” and “murderers.”
Fox News host Laura Ingraham told Northern Virginia Magazine that she is not committing to supporting former President Donald Trump if he runs for reelection in 2024.
Said Ingraham: “I’m not saying I’m there for him yet. But I think whether he runs or not—I mean, his policies worked. Trump’s blueprint for policy — a forward-looking, optimistic set of pro-America policies — that blueprint, without a doubt, is winning.”
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) announced that he is canceling his subscription to DirecTV after the company announced plans to drop the conservative cable channel One America News.
Said Paul: “Why give money to people who hate us?”
Jonathan Last: “You’re not supposed to remember this, but DeSantis is a smarty-pants, Ivy League elite lawyer who is playacting as a populist crusader. Trump is the real thing.”
“Just look at the booster stuff: DeSantis almost certainly got the booster. But he’s now caught in No Man’s Land where he has positioned himself as quasi anti-vax, even though he’s received the vaccines.”
“Or look at the anti-lockdown rhetoric: DeSantis is pushing revisionist history about how he refused to impose any sort of precautions in Florida.”
“If this turns into a hot war, Trump is going to crush him. Maybe it’s possible to outflank Trump on vaccines, but not if you’re a phony who took the vaccines. Republican primary voters will smell that a mile away.”
Former President Donald Trump falsely claimed that white people are being discriminated against and sent to the “back of the line” when it comes to receiving Covid-19 vaccines and treatment, Newsweek reports.
Said Trump: “The left is now rationing life-saving therapeutics based on race, discriminating against and denigrating, just denigrating white people to determine who lives and who dies.”
He added: “You get it based on race. In fact, in New York state, if you’re white, you have to go to the back of the line to get medical help. If you’re white, you go right to the back of the line.”
“Martin Luther King III came to Arizona with harsh words for Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, whose refusal to change the Senate’s Jim Crow-era filibuster rules makes voting rights legislation unlikely to pass,” the AP reports.
Said King: “History will remember Sen. Sinema, I believe unkindly, for her position on the filibuster.”
He added: “Our daughter has less rights around voting than she had when she was born. I can’t imagine what my mother and father would say about that. I’m sure they’re turning over and over in their graves about this.”
“A bipartisan group of U.S. senators is in Ukraine to show solidarity with the Eastern European country as it faces ongoing tension with Russia,” the Washington Post reports.
“The seven U.S. senators plan to meet with President Volodymyr Zelensky and other top officials on Monday, they announced. The visit comes amid a showdown between Russia and the West over Ukraine’s territory and the threat of further Russian incursion.”
“Mark recognizes, like I do, that for something to become the law, it requires Republicans and Democrats to agree. We don’t always agree, but he’s a person who is reliable and you can trust him to follow through with this word.”
— Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT), quoted by the Arizona Republic, about Sen. Mark Kelly (D-AZ).
Walter Shapiro: “In sharp contrast to everyone else doom scrolling about the pandemic, political handicappers seem determined to treat 2022 as an ordinary election year. As a result, we are awash in glib forecasts about how the inflation rate, Biden’s approval numbers, or the Democratic stalemate on Capitol Hill will determine the congressional elections.”
“But that’s like ignoring the Depression in making political predictions about 1932. So much depends on whether we will be fighting over remote learning and mask mandates this fall. All the experts bloviating on cable TV have no idea whether the pandemic will be raging or waning as Americans vote.”
Sara Goddard writes that “the threat to humanity from the climate crisis is one felt disproportionately across the globe.”
“This threat was made shockingly visible in 2021 with accounts of human suffering from record-breaking, climate-fueled disasters that wreaked havoc on homes, destroyed lives, and caused financial ruin to already struggling populations.”
Out this week: Fight: How Gen Z Is Channeling Their Fear and Passion to Save America by John Della Volpe.
“Since they were born, Generation Z — those born from the late 1990s to early 2000s — have been faced with an onslaught of turmoil, destruction and instability unprecedented in modern history. And it shows: they are more stressed, anxious, and depressed than previous generations, a phenomenon John Della Volpe has documented heavily through decades of meeting with groups of young Americans across the country.”
“But Gen Z has not buckled under this tremendous weight. On the contrary, they have organized around issues from gun control to racial and environmental justice to economic equity, becoming more politically engaged than their elders, and showing a unique willingness to disrupt the status quo.”
- Hardcover Book
- Volpe, John Della (Author)
- English (Publication Language)
- 272 Pages - 01/18/2022 (Publication Date) - St. Martin's Press (Publisher)
“Some progressive Democrats and MAGA Republicans are uniting on a proposal to ban sitting lawmakers from trading individual stocks, although it’s unlikely that leadership will bring the bill up for a vote,” Axios reports.
Politico: “A star of the coronavirus pandemic, Noem had become an unexpected Republican sensation in 2020 and into last year, at the height of partisan warring over the pandemic. As she theatrically defied mask and vaccine mandates and cast South Dakota as a ‘beacon of hope’ for the skeptical and recalcitrant, she became a staple on Fox. CNN branded her ‘the female Trump,’ while Trump himself encouraged Noem to primary her state’s ‘RINO‘ senior senator, John Thune (an invitation Noem declined). GOP state and county party chairs in early presidential nominating states began inviting Noem to speak at their events, and her stock rose among the Conservative Political Action Conference set. Last summer, she earned a personal takedown in the impeccably parlor-liberal pages of Vanity Fair — a badge of honor for any Republican.”
“But sustaining the GOP’s interest has proved more difficult as the pandemic lingers on. Noem has some built-in disadvantages as a national candidate: Her tiny state is not a locus of coastal media attention; its small agricultural economy limits her natural fundraising base. And even in South Dakota, Noem has suffered from a shift in public focus from Covid freedom to concerns that have proved harder for her to manage.”
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