Its that time again dear friends. Its Monday morning, and the three person team of myself, Bhu and Killer300 are here to give you the good news to get you through the week. Its been a rough week for me personally, with work being busier than usual due to the Easter rush, But the news of the world gets better and better, so lets jump right in.
A federal judge ruled Tuesday that a broad non-disclosure agreement that Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign required employees to sign is unenforceable.
U.S. District Court Judge Paul Gardephe’s ruling generally steered clear of the constitutional issues presented by such agreements in the context of political campaigns. Instead, the judge — an appointee of President George W. Bush — said the sweeping, boilerplate language the campaign compelled employees to sign was so vague that the agreement was invalid under New York contract law.
“As to the scope of the provision, it is — as a practical matter —unlimited. … Accordingly, Campaign employees are not free to speak about anything concerning the Campaign,” wrote Gardephe. “The non-disclosure provision is thus much broader than what the Campaign asserts is necessary to protect its legitimate interests, and, therefore, is not reasonable.”
So once again, Trump actively stinks at writing contracts. I can’t wait to see what useful info comes out now that the campaign workers aren’t being gagged. Special Thanks to Bhu for bringing us this story.
Nevertheless, the Republicans’ dependence on an increasingly minor religious movement will be a major liability in 2024. The days of Anthony Kennedy nullifying debates that divide the Christian right from the broader populace are over. Today’s conservative Supreme Court is far more likely to increase the salience of such wedge issues than it is to sideline them. And neither Marco Rubio nor Josh Hawley nor Tom Cotton boasts Donald Trump’s innate connection with those who disdain both political correctness and piety.
The GOP have been using religion as an excuse for their bullshit for years, and now its coming back to bite them because people are becoming less religious as a result. Thanks to Killer300 for this story.
WASHINGTON—Federal immigration authorities have made sharply fewer arrests and deportations of immigrants in the country illegally since President Biden took office, as the new administration reorients enforcement within the U.S. to focus on those with a serious criminal record.
Mr. Biden made a 100-day deportation moratorium one of his key campaign promises, meant to demonstrate his commitment to overhauling U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the agency charged with immigrant arrests, detention and deportations.
Good. This is one of the things I voted for Biden for, to end the antics of the Gestapo Lite AKA ICE, and this is definitely a good sign of things.
“I have decided that the best way to demonstrate our values as a sport is by relocating this year’s All-Star Game and MLB Draft,” Commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement. “Major League Baseball fundamentally supports voting rights for all Americans and opposes restrictions to the ballot box.”
Discussions of moving the game surfaced after Georgia recently passed a strict new voting law, which critics say is designed to disenfranchise voters of color. It requires a photo ID in order to vote via absentee ballot, which more than 1.3 million Georgia voters did during the coronavirus pandemic.
Indeed. The Georgia voting laws are complete crap. But people aren’t standing for it. the MLB is showing that major corporations can be a force for good occasionally by throwing their weight around on this issue. Hopefully other companies will follow suit.
In the past week alone, American Airlines and computer company Dell came out strongly against GOP-led bills that place restrictions on voting in their home base of Texas. South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, a rising star in Republican Party, continued to take heat for nixing a bill that would have imposed a ban on transgender athletes in sports, citing the potential impact on her state’s bottom line. And conservatives spent days bashing “vaccine passports” some businesses think are needed to return to normal.
And then there was Georgia, where the Republican-controlled state House narrowly voted to end a tax break worth millions that Delta enjoys on jet fuel after the airline’s CEO — along with the CEO of Coca-Cola, another major Atlanta-based business — condemned new voting restrictions in the state. (The GOP-led state Senate did not take up the measure.) On Friday, Major League Baseball pulled this year’s All-Star Game out of Atlanta in protest of that same law.
Republicans were outraged.
Hey, here’s more of what I’m talking about. Corporations are interested in making money, and they see there’s no money to be made in the GOP’s needless cruelty. So they’re abandoning that sinking ship.
Will that does it for this week, I hope everyone who celebrates had a good Easter, and I hope we all have a good and productive week. Stay strong, stay healthy, stay positive and stay hopeful.