In case you missed it, here are some highlights from yesterday’s news storm:
- Amazon founder Jeff Bezos published letters to him from David Pecker, chairman of AMI (which owns the National Enquirer), demanding that Bezos stop publishing certain claims (presumably in the Washington Post, which Bezos owns) or else AMI would publish embarrassing stolen photos (including dick pics) of Bezos. The letters essentially amounted to extortion, possibly criminal, and Bezos wasn’t going to sit idly by and take it. This could be a really bad moment for Pecker and his legal team, who currently have a non-prosecution agreement with the Feds that requires them to not break the law, which could now be in jeopardy.
- The Supreme Court voted 5-4 to halt enforcement of a severe Louisiana anti-abortion law, with Roberts siding, for now, with the liberals. The law will probably end up before the Supreme Court, and Roberts could wind up siding with the conservatives, but yesterday’s ruling included a dissent written by Justice Kavanaugh, who is clearly aiming to beat back and overturn Roe versus Wade. The dissent gave Maine Senator Susan Collins a black eye on social media as she was mercilessly and rightfully excoriated for having said during Kavanaugh’s confirmation that she would trust him to uphold precedent (Roe), a claim he took less than four months on the bench to obliterate.
- Trump Attorney General nominee William Barr will proceed to a floor vote in Senate, having been approved along a party-line vote in Committee. Barr has refused to agree to release all of the Mueller report once it’s issued, which deeply troubles many Democrats.
- Legendary Democratic congressman John Dingell passed away at the age of 90. He was the longest serving member of Congress, and was present for, and a catalyst of, many significant laws, and was beloved by many of his colleagues.
- Legendary baseball player and first African American manager of a major league team Frank Robinson passed away at the age of 83. Robinson was a trailblazing player and MVP, two-time World Series champ, as well as an incredibly effective and award winning coach.
Finally, as more people finish their taxes it seems clear that many more families are going to awaken to the horrible fact that the Trump Tax Scam has screwed them out of a lot of money. Social media is awash with posts from people who always got refunds but who now own thousands of dollars. These aren’t wealthy people who can afford to pay more. These are middle class families, often homeowners, who are suddenly facing a big liability. When politicians promise tax relief but instead screw a wide swath of people out of their hard earned cash, the screwed neither forgive nor forget.
Happy Friday. Keep resisting…