At least two people were missing, and one taken to hospital with injuries, in the French city of Bordeaux on Saturday after an early-morning explosion that may have been caused by an accident at a car mechanic's shop, according to French media. Confusion reigned at the scene. Even as Delphine Balsa, a prefecture official, said on French media that a search was on for two missing, other reports trickled in that one person had already been found. There were reports of one 89-year-old with heavy injuries, but also multiple people suffering from shock and injuries. The blast occurred around 8 am (...
The Sunday morning news shows were flooded with Republicans saying that the far-right wing of the GOP isn't in control and that they're in the minority of control. But as Washington Post columnist James Downie the idea that this fringe wing isn't running the show is a joke.
"But as much as media outlets love intraparty conflict, there's no battle here," he wrote. Former Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) claimed that there is far more support for Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) than it appears. It was part of a vote earlier this year when the GOP caucus voted whether to remove Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) from her one committee assignment. The secret ballot showed ample support for Cheney, but since then, it seems the GOP has taken a turn.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has already said that he's done with Cheney.
Republicans Gov. Larry Hogan (MD) and Rep. Adam Kinzinger (IL) have both said that the soul of the Republican Party is at stake.
"The reason there's no battle is that while Cheney, Hogan and others want to argue that their vision of the Republican Party competes with Trump's, that's simply not the case," argued Downie. "I've written previously that the GOP is still Trump's GOP. But the reverse is also true: Trump's GOP is the GOP as it's ever been."
The latest NBC News polls make things even darker for non-Trump Republicans. According to the numbers, 44 percent of Republicans identify as more of a supporter of Donald Trump and 50 percent identify as more of a supporter of the GOP.
"The threat of liberalism outweighs the risk of an inept, amoral or fascistic president," Downie closed. "The Trump era — including its culmination in January's attempted insurrection — was not out of step with that. There's no 'battle' for the party's soul; there are only the party leaders who will keep swimming in this foul stream leaving behind those that don't. For the rest of the country, including the media, reckoning with that fact means being honest about it — the sooner, the better."
Axios reported Sunday that a former official in President Donald Trump's administration formed a group in Florida to stack the deck against Democrats in an attempt to win back Congress in 2022.
Another census means another attempt to disenfranchise voters by redrawing congressional districts. While both parties use the tactic, the GOP has used it to try and win in North Carolina, Florida, Texas, Ohio, Alabama, Louisiana, and Georgia. For Democrats, the most egregious districts are in Maryland.
"Whoever controls the U.S. House could come through Florida — and I think it will come through Florida," said former Trump ambassador to the Organization of American States, Carlos Trujillo.
Republicans will have the power to control district-drawing in 18 states.
The last attempt by Florida to redraw the districts resulted in a losing case from the Florida Supreme Court, who struck down GOP-drawn maps.
"Democratic Rep. Charlie Crist is no longer seeking reelection for Florida's 13th District, and fellow Democratic Reps. Val Demings and Stephanie Murphy are both considering forgoing reelection to run for statewide office," reported Axios. If those Democrats step out to run for higher office, it could mean Democrats lose the House.
Ironically, the name of the non-profit will be Democracy Now, the same name of the long-time left-leaning news outlet.
CNN's Jim Acosta guest asks if Tucker Carlson has been vaccinated — and why he won't tell his audience
On his show Sunday, CNN host Jim Acosta addressed Fox News host Tucker Carlson and the bad-faith questions that he's asked about the COVID-19 vaccine.
The "questions" came to a head on Wednesday when Carlson implied that thousands of people had died as a result of the COVID-19 vaccine. In fact, what was found is that because elderly people were prioritized to get the vaccine, some of them died as a result of their age or illnesses in the weeks that followed.
Speaking to Acosta, medical analyst Dr. Jonathan Reiner explained that actual fatalities due to the vaccine are at almost zero. The greatest concerns have been about allergic reactions to the vaccine, which present within 30 minutes of getting it, and blood clots in older women from the Johnson and Johnson vaccine. Death from the virus is significantly higher than death from the vaccine, he explained.
Correlation does not imply causation, as Carlson claims. For example, if a Fox News viewer dies while watching the network, it doesn't mean Fox News killed them.
It prompted Acosta to ask if Carlson has been vaccinated. Presumably, if Carlson has gotten the vaccine, his viewers deserve to know if what he's saying applies to him or only to his viewers.
"I have two questions for Tucker Carlson," Acosta began, "ave you been vaccinated and why won't you tell your audience whether you've been vaccinated?"
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