September 7, 2022

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GOP leaders at a literal loss for words about Biden-era job growth (Steve Benen, 9/06/22, MSNBC)

Late last week, Americans received more great employment news: The economy added another 315,000 jobs in August, bringing the total for the year to 3.5 million jobs, with several months to go. This is a total more in line with what we'd expect to see in a full year, not eight months into the year. It also outpaces any individual year from Donald Trump's term.

But wouldn't you know it, GOP leaders on the Hill responded to the job numbers by saying literally nothing about the good news. No press releases, no tweets and no public comments. They literally found themselves speechless.

It's inherently queer the way folks root against the American economy depending on who's in office to get credit for it.  

Posted by orrinj at 12:00 AM


The Dry Run: The Ouster of a County Official as an 'Insurrectionist' Creates Ominous Precedents for Trump (Roger Parloff, September 6, 2022, Lawfare)

A judge today removed a county official from office under Section 3 of the 14th Amendment, the hoary post-Civil War provision that bars certain people from holding office if they have "engaged in insurrection" against the United States.

Judge Francis Mathew, of the First Judicial District Court in Santa Fe, ousted Otero County (N.M.) Commissioner Couy Griffin, due to his involvement in the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol riot. According to lawyers who brought the case, it represents the first time a court has disqualified an official under Section 3 since 1869. (Congress refused to seat a U.S. congressman, Victor Berger, under the section in 1919.)

Mathew's 49-page ruling also marked the first formal judicial finding that the Capitol riot amounted to an "insurrection" within the meaning of that constitutional provision.

The decision could have enormous repercussions for the nation's next presidential race, as advocacy groups have vowed to try to bar Trump from appearing on state ballots on the grounds that his role in instigating the Capitol riot disqualifies him from holding federal office.

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Paying billions in subsidies to fossil fuel industry makes absolutely no economic sense (Richard Denniss, 7 September 2022, Renew Economy)

Fossil fuel subsidies from major economies including Australia reached close to $US700 billion in 2021, almost doubling from 2020, according to new analysis by the International Energy Agency and OECD.

These subsidies are expected to keep rising in 2022 as governments worldwide attempt to use fossil fuel subsidies to shield customers from the high energy prices caused by Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

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Reports: Steve Bannon facing N.Y. state indictment (Rebecca Falconer, 9/06/22, Axios)

Steve Bannon, former Trump chief strategist, is expected to face a new criminal indictment and surrender to New York prosecutors on Thursday, the Washington Post first reported on Tuesday.