(Reuters) - Tesla is recalling about 48,000 Model 3 Performance vehicles in the United States because they may not display the speedometer while in "Track Mode," documents released Friday show. The recall covers vehicles from the 2018 through 2022 model years. Tesla will perform an over-the-air software update to address the issue. Tesla said a firmware update released in December unintentionally removed the speed unit from the user interface. (Reporting by David Shepardson; editing by John Stonestreet)
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The release of WNBA star Brittney Griner from a Russian prison today immediately drew loud protest from Donald Trump Jr., Newsweek reported. The magazine cited this post from Truth Social:
"No one cuts better deals than Biden. We get an awful America Hating WNBA player, while Russia gets AN INTERNATIONAL ARMS DEALER!!! The adults are back!"
In a separate post, Trump Jr. lashed out about the prisoner swap for Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout, Newsweek reported.
"You guys know how to make sure [Russian President Vladimir] Putin keeps arresting Americans and severely punishing them?" Trump wrote. "Trade him an arms dealer aka 'The Merchant of Death' someone guilty of conspiring to kill Americans and aiding a terrorist organization for an America Hating WNBA activist."
He continued, "Great trade! Our government's weakness and stupidity will only encourage the abuse of American citizens abroad."
It’s not the first time the Trumps have attacked President Joe Biden over the Griner situation. In late July, Trump Jr.’s father sought attention with this statement:
“She knew you don’t go in there loaded up with drugs, and she admitted it,” Trump said last week. “I assume she admitted it without too much force because it is what it is, and it certainly doesn’t seem like a very good trade, does it? He’s absolutely one of the worst in the world, and he’s gonna be given his freedom because a potentially spoiled person goes into Russia loaded up with drugs.”
“She went in there loaded up with drugs into a hostile territory where they’re very vigilant about drugs," the ex-president added. “They don’t like drugs and she got caught, and now we’re supposed to get her out — and she makes, you know, a lot of money, I guess. We’re supposed to get her out for an absolute killer and one of the biggest arms dealers in the world -- killed many Americans, killed many people.”
As Raw Story reported, that prompted MSNBC's Joe Scarborough to make this observation about Donald Trump:
“It once again shows just what a terrible guy this is, what a heinous human being," Scarborough added. "How cruel it is. and you cannot help but wonder if he's saying that because she's a Black basketball player."
Former police captain files discrimination lawsuit after his alleged ties to white supremacist group emerge
A retired longtime captain in the Boise Police Department who's being investigated for his alleged ties to a white supremacist group filed a discrimination suit against the city back in November, KXLY reports.
Matthew Bryngelson alleges age and disability discrimination in a complaint filed with Idaho’s Human Rights Commission and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The complaint was filed just weeks after his alleged ties to a white supremacist group surfaced.
The complaint alleges he had been “diagnosed with severe depression and anxiety,” and that in September 2021 he became “despondent and suicidal as a result of the harassment and workplace hostility from Chief Ryan Lee.”
In November, Bryngelson "appeared under a fake name on the speaker list for the American Renaissance Conference. The Southern Poverty Law Center says the conference draws Klansmen, neo-Nazis and other white supremacists," KXLY's report stated. "On Tuesday, the Boise City Council approved a contract with attorney Michael Bromwich to lead an investigation into Bryngelson’s tenure at the Police Department and to examine whether racism permeates through the department."
Read the full report over at KXLY.
GOP insurgents plotting challenge to McConnell's leadership: 'More partisan, more confrontational and more reactionary'
Republican senators are quietly organizing against minority leader Mitch McConnell and his allies after a lackluster showing in the midterm elections.
About a half dozen GOP senators, most of whom publicly opposed McConnell's continued leadership last month, have been meeting to strategize how they will challenge the venerable Kentucky Republican over the next year, and MSNBC's Steve Benen said they're gambling that becoming more partisan will win back their majority in 2024.
"What’s striking is not just the scope of the fissures among ostensible allies," Benen writes. "It’s also not just the idea that McConnell, of all people, is insufficiently partisan by the standards of some of his members."
The group, which has adopted the informal name of "the Breakfast Club," apparently includes Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Rand Paul (R-KY), Mike Braun (R-IN), Ron Johnson (R-WI), Mike Lee (R-UT), Ted Cruz (R-TX), and Rick Scott (R-FL), and is leading an insurgency similar to the deeply conservative House Freedom Caucus.
"What stands out most for me is the lesson these Republicans took from the midterm elections," Benen writes. "The GOP spent much of the last two years assuming that voters would soon reward the party with a majority. The electorate saw some of the radicals the party nominated in key races and moved in the other direction."
"It’s against this backdrop that several prominent Senate Republicans have decided that the smart move is to be less constructive," he adds, "more partisan, more confrontational, and more reactionary."