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Texas Lawmakers Pass New Congressional Maps Bolstering GOP

Source: huff post



Texas Republicans approved redrawn U.S. House maps that protect incumbents and decrease representation for minorities.

10/19/2021 12:02am EDT | Updated 2 hours ago

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Republicans approved on Monday redrawn U.S. House maps that favor incumbents and decrease political representation for growing minority communities, even as Latinos drive much of the growth in the nation’s largest red state.

The maps were approved following outcry from Democrats over what they claimed was a rushed redistricting process crammed into a 30-day session, and one which gave little time for public input. They also denounced the reduction of minority opportunity districts ― Texas will now have seven House districts where Latino residents hold a majority, down from eight ― despite the state’s changing demographics.

“What we are doing in passing this congressional map is a disservice to the people of Texas,” Democratic state Rep. Rafael Anchia said to the chamber just before the final vote.

GOP Gov. Greg Abbott is expected to sign off on the changes. Civil rights groups sued before Republican lawmakers were even done Monday.
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Texas has been routinely dragged into court for decades over voting maps, and in 2017, a federal court found that a Republican-drawn map was drawn to intentionally discriminate against minority voters. But two years later, that same court said there was insufficient reason to take the extraordinary step of putting Texas back under federal supervision before changing voting laws or maps.....................................................

Read more: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/texas-congressional-maps-gop_n_616e41cee4b005b245c136fe



Per the article. Repugs did the same last time with NO consequences. So they did it again!!


@RonFilipkowski
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Texas received two new seats in Congress based on population increase that was mostly people of color. White Texas Republicans have seized upon that to create two new majority-white districts while eliminating minority districts in new redistributing map.
https://twitter.com/RonFilipkowski/status/1450430337159503873?s=20


https://twitter.com/marceelias/status/1450303975685828609?s=20

JUST IN: Donald Trump has filed a lawsuit in DC District Court against the House January 6 Committee

my goodness. What is Trumpy hiding now!!


JUST IN: Donald Trump has filed a lawsuit in DC District Court against the House January 6 Committee and the National Archives, as he seeks to keep secret records from his presidency by claiming executive privilege.
via/ @kpolantz


https://twitter.com/ryanobles/status/1450196237156761600?s=20

Dennis Prager announces he has COVID-19 while ranting against vaccines and declaring that he was try

I listened to this RW dangerous nutcase a few years back for about 15 minutes--just to see what he was saying. Horrible. never again.



Dennis Prager announces he has COVID-19 while ranting against vaccines and declaring that he was trying to get infected
https://twitter.com/JasonSCampbell/status/1450153630112403456?s=20





Dennis Prager announces he has COVID-19 while ranting against vaccines and declaring that he was trying to get infected


https://www.mediamatters.org/dennis-prager/dennis-prager-announces-he-has-covid-19-while-ranting-against-vaccines-and-declaring

Written by Media Matters Staff

Published 10/18/21 1:32 PM EDT


DENNIS PRAGER (HOST): I'm broadcasting from my home because I'm not going into the station as I have COVID. I was tested positive last week and I have been steadily improving. At no point was I in danger of hospitalization. I have received monoclonal antibodies, that's Regeneron. I have, of course, for years -- a year and a half, not years -- been taking hydroxychloroquine from the beginning, with zinc. I've taken z-pack, azithromycin, as the Zelenko protocol would have it. I have taken ivermectin. I have done what a person should do if one is not going to get vaccinated.

It is infinitely preferable to have natural immunity than vaccine immunity and that is what I have hoped for the entire time. Hence, so, I have engaged with strangers, constantly hugging them, taking photos with them knowing that I was making myself very susceptible to getting COVID. Which is, indeed, as bizarre as it sounded, what I wanted, in the hope I would achieve natural immunity and be taken care of by therapeutics. That is exactly what has happened. It should have happened to the great majority of Americans. ..................................


https://twitter.com/themaxburns/status/1450154444298067976?s=20


Jill Biden surprises the stranger who helped her rediscover her faith in God

I enjoyed this article. It gave me a sense of peace.


https://twitter.com/KateBennett_DC/status/1450064582874177544?s=20
In this September 15 file photo, first lady Jill Biden speaks during a visit to Des Moines Area Community College in Ankeny, Iowa.



Jill Biden surprises the stranger who helped her rediscover her faith in God



By Kate Bennett, CNN Updated 5:06 AM ET, Mon October 18, 2021


(CNN)In May 2015, emotionally hobbled from watching her son, Beau Biden, fight and then succumb to brain cancer, Jill Biden said "goodbye" to God.

"After Beau died, I felt betrayed by my faith, broken," the first lady said Sunday during a publicly unannounced visit to Brookland Baptist Church in Columbia, South Carolina, where she spoke at a special service honoring the 50th anniversary of the church's pastor, the Rev. Dr. Charles B. Jackson.

Biden talked about how lost she was after Beau died, how her consistent and abiding prayers for him to live ended up not coming true, leaving her angry and distraught. "Chemotherapy, operation after operation, weight loss, still I never gave up," said Biden. "I kept going, every day, I put one foot in front of the other, and despite what the doctors said, I believed that my son would make it," Biden said of her unwavering belief in her higher power. "In the final days, I made one, last desperate prayer, and it went unanswered."

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"But I just couldn't go, I couldn't even pray," said Biden. "I wondered if I would ever feel joy again."
Biden stayed away from regular church attendance for the next four years.

Until she made her first visit to Brookland Baptist.
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Two strangers, connected by faith and text messages

Ted Cruz' dumb tweet about Australia, & the response from Michael Gunner, the Chief Minister for t

Cruz shows the world how stupid he is.



Ted Cruz’ dumb tweet about Australia, and the response from Michael Gunner, the Chief Minister for the Northern Territory.


https://twitter.com/RonFilipkowski/status/1450043600490934274?s=20



@benk1976
Replying to
@benk1976
and
@RonFilipkowski
Hey @tedcruz
...if you love Australia then maybe you should champion universal publicly funded healthcare like they have. Oh, it is literally called Medicare so ya know - perfect fit.

Learn stuff.

(Oh, and you can still buy healthcare if you really want.)
5:30 AM · Oct 18, 2021·Twitter for Android

Manchin (D-W.Va.) has told the White House the child tax credit must include a firm work requirement

Manchin keeps adding to his red lines.





NEW: Sen. Manchin has told the White House the child tax credit must include a firm work requirement and family income cap in the $60k range, Axios has learned....................
https://twitter.com/axios/status/1449866575964688394?s=20



10 hours ago - Politics & Policy


Scoop: Manchin's red lines

https://www.axios.com/scoop-manchins-red-lines-f9f5f7f7-56d8-4bf6-8345-13abb75ef03f.html?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=editorial&utm_content=politics-childtaxcredit


Hans Nichols


Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) has told the White House the child tax credit must include a firm work requirement and family income cap in the $60,000 range, people familiar with the matter tell Axios.

Why it matters: While Manchin’s demands would dramatically weaken one of President Biden’s signature programs to help working families, they also would reduce the package’s overall costs.

That would make it easier for the pivotal senator to support a final package, potentially higher than Manchin's previous $1.5 trillion top line.
At the same time, progressives would have a hard time accepting the changes Manchin is demanding.
They'd also fundamentally alter a program the president funded for one year in the $1.9 COVID-19 relief package passed in March.
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Manchin also continues to privately tell colleagues the president’s Clean Electricity Performance Program, a cornerstone of Democrats' plan to achieve zero-carbon electricity, is a non-starter...............................................

Ted Lieu snaps at DOJ spokesperson for pushing back against speedy Trump indictments

This gets all so confusing.




Tom Boggioni October 16, 2021

Ted Lieu snaps at DOJ spokesperson for pushing back against speedy Trump indictments


https://www.rawstory.com/ted-lieu-donald-trump/



Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) expressed his frustration with both the Department of Justice and the entire criminal justice system that is allowing members of Donald Trump's inner circle to avoid congressional subpoenas on Saturday.

Late Friday, DOJ spokesperson Anthony Coley pushed back at President Joe Biden after he insisted Attorney General Merrick Garland's move forward with all due haste and charge Donald Trump adviser Steve Bannon with criminal contempt for ignoring a subpoena from the House committee investigating the Capitol riot.

As the Guardian's Hugo Lowell tweeted, "Justice Dept spokesperson Anthony Coley pushes back at Biden re Bannon referral: "DOJ will make its own independent decisions in all prosecutions based solely on the facts and the law. Period. Full stop."

That, in turn set, Lieu off, who fired back on Twitter on Saturday afternoon in a predominately all-cap tweet using some of Coley's own words.
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https://twitter.com/smc429/status/1449562350537744384?s=20




https://twitter.com/StrungOutMovie/status/1449448372289605637?s=20





https://twitter.com/scheib_gary/status/1449480820771602433?s=20







So, the Proud Boys are -speaker announces that many of them are single and "looking for house wives.


I listened and the boy with the blow horn actually said that!







At the Proud Boys’ ‘Fall Love Fest’ rally in LA yesterday, speaker announces that many of them are single and “looking for house wives.”



https://twitter.com/RonFilipkowski/status/1449686428229816324?s=20



https://twitter.com/Floridademocra4/status/1449689018971664387?s=20

https://twitter.com/forfsakes/status/1449690452244905991?s=20

In South Texas, aging water system meets growing population

Gov Abbott is out messing with peoples lives--no masks, vaccine bans, abortion ban, etc. and we see he can not even care for the people of his state.







In South Texas, aging water system meets growing population


https://apnews.com/article/climate-change-science-business-texas-droughts-6c9ef910eea9adc40df4e4fa5e9d1bcc


By SUMAN NAISHADHAM an hour ago



A man casts a net into a canal, Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021, in McAllen, Texas. Canals used to deliver water in many parts of the Rio Grande Valley lose anywhere from 10% to 40% of the water they carry to seepage and evaporation, according to the Texas Water Development Board, making water a growing concern amid climate change and rising demand that scientists predict will lead to water shortages in the region by 2060.(AP Photo/Eric Gay)
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McALLEN, Texas (AP) — On a scorching afternoon in South Texas, Sonia Lambert looked out at an open-air canal that carries mud-green water from the Rio Grande to nearby towns and farmland, losing much of it to evaporation and seepage along the way.

“That will be someone else’s problem,” Lambert said, referring to her upcoming retirement as head of an irrigation district near the U.S.-Mexico border.

In the Rio Grande Valley, a canal system designed more than a century ago for agriculture still delivers water to the region’s lush farmland and fast-growing towns and cities. Today, the canals lose as much as 40% of the water they carry, waste that experts say could contribute to steep water shortages in coming decades as the population grows and climate change intensifies droughts.



“As this region continues to become drier due to climate change, water supplies will be greatly reduced,” said Guy Fipps, a professor of irrigation engineering at Texas A&M University who has studied the water system since 1998.



State water officials predict that over the next 50 years, demand for water in the area’s cities and towns will double. For decades, McAllen developed at a dizzying pace, with newcomers drawn to a large free-trade zone and jobs in health care, education and retail. Between 1990 and 2020, McAllen and the neighboring cities of Edinburg and Mission grew sixfold to nearly 871,000 people, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Similarly, the Mexican cities of Reynosa and Matamoros across the border mushroomed after U.S.-owned assembly plants were established in the mid-1990s. ...................................

Key to Biden's Climate Agenda Likely to Be Cut Because of Manchin Opposition

Source: nytimes



The West Virginia Democrat told the White House he is firmly against a clean electricity program that is the muscle behind the president’s plan to battle climate change.


Oct. 15, 2021

WASHINGTON — The most powerful part of President Biden’s climate agenda — a program to rapidly replace the nation’s coal- and gas-fired power plants with wind, solar and nuclear energy — will likely be dropped from the massive budget bill pending in Congress, according to congressional staffers and lobbyists familiar with the matter.

Senator Joe Manchin III, the Democrat from coal-rich West Virginia whose vote is crucial to passage of the bill, has told the White House that he strongly opposes the clean electricity program, according to three of those people. As a result, White House staffers are now rewriting the legislation without that climate provision, and are trying to cobble together a mix of other policies that could also cut emissions.

A White House spokesman, Vedant Patel, declined to comment on the specifics of the bill, saying, “the White House is laser focused on advancing the president’s climate goals and positioning the United States to meet its emission targets in a way that grows domestic industries and good jobs.”

A spokeswoman for Mr. Manchin, Sam Runyon, wrote in an email, “Senator Manchin has clearly expressed his concerns about using taxpayer dollars to pay private companies to do things they’re already doing. He continues to support efforts to combat climate change while protecting American energy independence and ensuring our energy reliability.”


West Virginia’s other senator, Republican Shelley Moore Capito, said she was “vehemently opposed” to the clean electricity program because it is “designed to ultimately eliminate coal and natural gas from our electricity mix, and would be absolutely devastating for my state.”

The $150 billion clean electricity program was the muscle behind Mr. Biden’s ambitious climate agenda. It would reward utilities that switched from burning fossil fuels to renewable energy sources, and penalize those that do not.............................................

Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/15/climate/biden-clean-energy-manchin.html




Oh crap!!! crap; crap.



https://twitter.com/mmpadellan/status/1449174357104803840?s=20

Senator Joe Manchin III, Democrat of West Virginia, has told the White House he opposes the clean electricity program, several officials and lobbyists said.Credit...T.J. Kirkpatrick for The New York Times
Coral Davenport





https://twitter.com/CHSommers/status/1449169896462499845?s=20
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