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December 1, 2023

5th Circuit rules Texas must remove river border buoys

Source: politico

The barrier in the river border Texas shares with Mexico has been condemned by immigrant advocates, Democrats and the Mexican government.
A barrier of orange buoys placed in the middle of the Rio Grande River near Eagle Pass, Texas.

By Andrew Zhang 12/01/2023 04:41 PM EST

A federal appeals court on Friday ruled that Texas must remove a series of buoys in its river border with Mexico that had generated a wave of backlash from immigration advocates and Democratic lawmakers.

In a 2-1 decision, a panel of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected Texas’ request to overrule a federal district judge, who ordered the state in September to remove the controversial barrier. Judge Dana Douglas, an appointee of President Joe Biden, wrote in the panel’s majority opinion that the district judge had appropriately “considered the threat to navigation and federal government operations on the Rio Grande, as well as the potential threat to human life the floating barrier created.”

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott first deployed the barrier — a roughly 1,000-foot stretch of orange spherical buoys connected by heavy metal cables, complete with an anti-dive net beneath it — in early July and subsequently claimed that it had deterred thousands of people from crossing. The Department of Justice sued the state, arguing that it obstructed U.S. waterways in violation of federal environmental law.

Abbott’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the matter. But he has previously expressed that the state would appeal its case up to the Supreme Court......................

Read more: https://www.politico.com/news/2023/12/01/texas-river-border-buoys-00129659

The buoy barrier in the Rio Grande River near Eagle Pass, Texas, on July 18, 2023. Its placement caused an uproar of criticism from immigration advocates and many Democratic lawmakers. | Brandon Bell/Getty Images

December 1, 2023

Forbes New: Why Cornel West Is Broke

West was a Education guest lecturer a few times at UW Madison when I was a grad student a few decades ago. He was Left then also and we loved him. So sad to see all this from his personal life.

New: Why Cornel West Is Broke

Newly uncovered divorce filings reveal allegations of a “secret life” & help explain why the presidential candidate, who has earned millions of dollars over the years, has hardly anything left

for @Forbes







December 1, 2023

DOE Report Finds Clean Energy Jobs Grew in Every State In 2022

This is from this past summer but I missed it then. Good news for all the world!

DOE Report Finds Clean Energy Jobs Grew in Every State In 2022

June 28, 2023

Energy.gov DOE Report Finds Clean Energy Jobs Grew in Every State In 2022

America’s Energy Workforce Added Almost 300,000 Jobs in 2022 with an Increasing Percent in Clean Energy, Union Employers Invest More in Diversity and Inclusion Efforts, and Union Employers Report Less Difficulty Hiring Qualified Workers

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today released the 2023 U.S. Energy and Employment Report (USEER), a comprehensive study designed to track and understand employment trends across the energy sector. As the private sector continues to announce major investments in American-made energy thanks in large part to President Biden’s Investing in America agenda, the 2023 USEER shows that the energy workforce added almost 300,000 jobs (+3.8% growth) in 2022.

Clean energy jobs increased in every state reflecting increased investments due to President Biden’s Investing in America agenda. Clean energy jobs grew 3.9% adding 114,000 jobs nationally, increasing to over 40% of total energy jobs. Clean energy technologies, such as solar and wind, accounted for more than 84% of net new electric power generation jobs, adding over 21,000 jobs (+3.6% growth), and jobs related to zero emissions vehicles saw nearly 21% growth, adding over 38,000 jobs. In achieving the President’s goal of 100% clean electricity by 2035 and a net zero economy by 2050, through the Invest in America Agenda, energy jobs are expected to grow across the nation. The growth in clean energy jobs was faster than last year’s robust overall job growth, reflecting increased investments and jobs that’s in large parts to the President’s Investing in America agenda.

“Today’s report shows that the clean energy transition is accelerating, with job growth across every pocket of America, and that unionized employers are filling these new positions with much more ease than non-unionized employers,” said U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm. “Thanks to President Biden’s historic Investing in America agenda, we expect to see steady growth of jobs to make and build a resilient and clean energy system offering good-paying and secure employment opportunities to America’s workers across the country.”..................................

December 1, 2023

Biden Wants to Abolish the Fees Trump Charges at His Resorts

Source: daily beast


In going after Donald Trump’s business practices, Joe Biden is combining a hit on his opponent with a boost of his own economic record.
Jake Lahut Published Dec. 01, 2023 4:41AM EST

Ahead of the 2024 election, President Joe Biden is making an example out of businesses charging Americans pesky fees they hate, but have little choice in coughing up.

Coincidentally—or not—it just so happens that Biden’s likely opponent, former President Donald Trump, has raked in a small fortune on those very same fees.

At least three of Trump’s hotel properties bill guests for a “resort fee,” a sneaky and pricey charge that covers an array of unspecified amenities, and typically only appears at the end of the online reservation process.


Meanwhile, a room with an ocean view at the Trump International Hotel on Waikiki Beach in Hawaii might be listed for as low as $499 per night. But with a daily resort fee of $125, the total cost of a three night stay balloons closer to $2,000, once the $375 in resort fees and local taxes kick in..........................


The Biden campaign’s comments to The Daily Beast on Trump’s use of these fees marks the first time they’ve leveraged them as an explicit election attack. The Trump campaign and Trump Organization did not return a request for comment....................................................

Read more: https://www.thedailybeast.com/joe-biden-wants-to-abolish-the-fees-donald-trump-charges-at-his-resorts?ref=home

December 1, 2023

GOP senators walk out of vote on subpoenas in U.S. Supreme Court ethics inquiry

Source: ncnewsline.com

By: Ashley Murray - November 30, 2023 3:30 pm

WASHINGTON — South Carolina’s Lindsey Graham and Republican colleagues stormed out of a Democratic-led U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee vote on Thursday to authorize subpoenas for two high-profile GOP operatives as part of an ethics probe into undisclosed financial ties to U.S. Supreme Court justices.

The panel voted 11-0 to subpoena billionaire Republican donor Harlan Crow and well-connected conservative leader Leonard Leo. All Republican members left the meeting in protest prior to the roll call vote.

The vote may be contested by Republicans as committee rules state that at least two members of the minority must be present for a quorum during committee business. Democrats maintain that they had a quorum, according to the committee’s majority staff.

The subpoena vote came after a year of revelations about Supreme Court justices’ failure to disclose luxury travel and real estate deals.

Investigative journalists for ProPublica in April chronicled that Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas never disclosed private jet and yacht excursions paid for by Crow. The nonprofit investigative outfit also revealed that Thomas did not disclose a real estate transaction with Crow.

Read more: https://ncnewsline.com/2023/11/30/gop-senators-walk-out-of-vote-on-subpoenas-in-u-s-supreme-court-ethics-inquiry/?fbclid=IwAR0CwwmxnSaqBZdMmqYsbGsbyadLLziEzJ5RzPCbq_nbwJzPSAz4vH98XLU_aem_AdVKdXMlxumLJumlBmI-sKUbpy1k4Bgrfty-tY03-OZcmFA0XiN_NIPmJM5HmTCDNH6dK3LTomQUifs7FaW2hOtA


Committee ranking member U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Republicans stormed out of a Senate Judiciary Committee meeting on Nov. 30, 2023, where members were voting on subpoenas in connection with an inquiry into U.S. Supreme Court justices’ ethics. Graham is shown speaking during a Nov. 9 meeting of the committee. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
November 30, 2023

"That smile after the pause...we know @VP Kamala Harris is going in for the kill."

That smile after the pause...we know @VP
is going in for the kill. We love our @VP


Vice President Harris responds to Kevin McCarthy criticizing President Biden’s negotiating skills: With all due respect, when anyone who has had the experience McCarthy just had, I don’t think he’s a judge of negotiations

Kamala Harris Delivers Gut Punch To Kevin McCarthy’s Attack
Kevin McCarthy may want to think twice before he criticizes Biden’s or anyone else’s negotiating skills again.


By News Hound Ellen — November 30, 2023

At The New York Times DealBook Summit, Vice President Kamala Harris was asked by Andrew Ross Sorkin about attacks from ousted ex-Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy on President Biden’s negotiating skills. In effect, McCarthy was claiming Biden is too old to negotiate, Sorkin said. Even worse, McCarthy accused Biden of not being able to think for himself during their negotiations but was only able to deliver talking points pre-written on cards.

The look on Harris’ face was priceless. But when she began her response, “With all due respect,” followed by a big grin, the audience tittered because it was obvious she was about to deliver a wallop. She did not disappoint.

“When anyone who has had the experience that he has most recently had," Harris said, referring to McCarthy's ouster from the speakership, "I don’t think he’s a judge of negotiations." The audience clapped and laughed loudly. Sorkin bowed his head, obviously trying – and failing - not to laugh, too.

Very nicely done, Madam Vice President.
November 30, 2023

Ben Carson as VP pick for Trump........

I admit, I had to read several of the posts before I recalled who he was.

Maybe a rumor--maybe not.????


November 30, 2023

Trump makes aggressive pitch to take young voters from Biden

Source: aol

Brett Samuels November 29, 2023 at 8:48 AM

Former President Trump on Wednesday urged younger voters to support him in next year’s election, targeting a key demographic that helped put President Biden in the White House amid signs of declining support.

Trump, in a Newsweek op-ed headlined “I Will Make America Great Again for Young People,” sought to make the case that the country has gotten worse for younger Americans during the Biden presidency, citing high mortgage rates, rising costs and what he called the promotion of “inappropriate racial, sexual, and political content” in schools.

Trump’s pitch to younger voters comes as a series of polls have shown Biden with surprisingly low numbers among young voters, a key part of his victory in 2020 and a constituency that has historically backed Democratic presidential candidates by solid margins.

An NBC News poll released this month found Trump leading Biden among voters aged 18-34, with Trump garnering support from 46 percent of those voters to Biden’s 42 percent.

A New York Times/Siena College survey released earlier this month showed Biden virtually tied with Trump among voters younger than 30, with a large swath of younger voters saying they would back independent candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr......................................

Read more: https://www.aol.com/trump-makes-aggressive-pitch-young-144840071.html?guccounter=1&guce_referrer=aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuZ29vZ2xlLmNvbS8&guce_referrer_sig=AQAAAGLzqAlyxbXXh951b5H5XAspR7RYFulOlknUeUpgKw47k9Uex3hYyEK-TQR79oGCxSb-4yrbpOTlor9-qAC5YUBn6ct34aUTd60nkfk-47UI279FVU1Q7AdJysEUDKENCoTGvtIfUjauSI1DFjICw97aKRsU-zNTpy0K6W0RXhAF

Geez!! I do not want to believe this!!
November 29, 2023

If you were looking for shameless, it's Mike Johnson criticizing Secretary Buttigieg while touring an expansion project

Johnson is a deplorable a**hole!!

If you were looking for shameless, it's Mike Johnson criticizing Secretary Buttigieg while touring an expansion project at the airport in Sarasota, FL funded by $20 million from the infrastructure law he voted against.

Vote no, take the dough. As always.



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