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The Good Gnus group is a community of readers, writers, activists, supporters, community builders, and patriots. We begin gathering every day at 7 a.m. ET to celebrate national good news. Our most active members are of course a subgroup of members of Daily Kos, whose Front Pages celebrate “News, Community, Action.” However, you don’t have to be a member of Daily Kos to be a Gnusie.

We are realists, not fools, idiots, or ostriches. We seek the truth. We know we live in a world where active, nefarious, and evil decision-makers do very bad things, and create stress and anxiety in us, our loved ones, our friends, our neighbors, and our allies, and destroy people and systems we hold dear. However, we choose to focus on the good news that people create around the country.

Sometimes we ourselves create Good News. Together we are strong and resilient. We return regularly to these pages to revitalize.

In a Good News Roundup, the weight of bearing good news is not borne by the author alone: Gnusies can be counted on to adorn the comment section with good news. Often commenters create three times as many comments as Recommendations! If you cannot linger with us for hours, I recommend you return in the mid or late afternoon, learn who your favorite commenters are, and Find their names on return visits. We count on certain favorite Gnusies to bless us in the comments with humor, hope, history, and analysis every day.

We bring good news, and we create good news.

Joe Biden signs bill making Juneteenth a federal holiday – as it happened

Happy Juneteenth, my friends!

Joe Biden signed the bill making Juneteenth, which commemorates the end of slavery in America, a federal holiday. “Great nations don’t ignore their most painful moments,” Biden said before signing the bill at the White House. “Great nations don’t walk away. We come to terms with the mistakes we made. And remembering those moments, we begin to heal and grow stronger.” 

The Recount: Vice President Kamala Harris: “Juneteenth has been known by many names: Jubilee Day, Freedom Day, Liberation Day, Emancipation Day. And today: a national holiday.”

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Supreme Court upholds Affordable Care Act, tossing Texas challenge

Benjamin Wermund, Houston Chronicle: The Supreme Court on Thursday tossed out Texas’ challenge to the Affordable Care Act, ruling that the GOP states seeking to tank the health care law lacked standing to sue over a $0 penalty adopted by Congress.

The 7-2 ruling marked the third time the health care law has survived Republican challenges and comes as more Texans are using the coverage more than ever. The state, which has the highest uninsured rate in the nation, saw an uptick in enrollment in government health care during the pandemic. Over 1.5 million Texans now rely on Obamacare.

Democrats were emboldened by the ruling, calling it a sign of the law’s resilience.

“After more than a decade of attacks on the Affordable Care Act through the Congress and the courts … it is time move forward and keep building on this landmark law,” President Joe Biden said in a statement.

How the U.S. Made Progress on Climate Change Without Ever Passing a Bill

Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic [Limited views per month]:

A “green vortex” is saving America’s climate future.

That 2009 climate bill, the one that President Barack Obama couldn’t pass? It required the U.S. to cut greenhouse-gas emissions 17 percent by 2020 as compared with their all-time high. Yet last year, our emissions were down 21 percent. The same bill said that the U.S. had to generate 20 percent of its electricity from renewables by 2020. Last year, we met that target. We will surpass it in 2021.

What gives? America is supposed to be doing nothing right. Yet we’re making progress anyway. How? Why?

Magnifico, Daily Kos: “The green vortex story is interesting, and the animated picture on the page with a green smilin’ Biden made me laugh… probably far too much.”

Poll #1: Who Won the Week?

Gnusie Bill in Portland Maine lets me repeat the results of his research. He arrayed the following items in his popular Who Won the Week? poll in Friday’s Cheers and Jeers. Many people already voted in that poll. Please enjoy Bill’s on-point analysis and wit, vote in his poll, Rec his diaries, get on his bandwagon, send him a donation, and earn his blessing. 

Cheers and Jeers archive and future editions here. Way, way more than 2 thanks to The One, our Wicked Wizard of Wit and writer of Who Wo*n the Week, Willhelm von kosland!

  • ABC News reporter Rachel Scott, for pointing out all the opposition members killed in Russia and then asking Putin: “So my question is, Mr. President: what are you so afraid of?”
     
  • The vision of ‘Grandmother of Juneteenth’ Ms. Opal Lee, 94, as the Senate, House, and President Biden approve making Juneteenth a national holiday
     
  • New York, which hit Biden’s 70 percent vaccination goal…and Vermont for going above and beyond to reach 80 percent
     
  • Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, as Biden’s nominee for a spot on the powerful D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals is confirmed by the Senate
     
  • Trans rights, as the Department of Education, invoking Title IX, reverses Trump’s policy of overt discrimination against transgender students
     
  • The Pulitzer Prize winners, including a special citation for Darnella Frazier, who captured George Floyd’s murder on video, thus “highlighting the crucial role of citizens in journalists’ quest for truth and justice”
     
  • President Biden: positive reviews for 1st overseas trip; nominating judges faster than any newly-elected president in modern history; unveils 4-pillar plan to roll up domestic terrorists
     
  • Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, who advised President Biden to restore the boundaries and protections of 3 national monuments, including Bears Ears & Grand Staircase-Escalante
     
  • The Affordable Care Act and everyone covered by it, as the Supreme Court tells the Republicans to go pound sand…again
     
  • Michael Packard, the Cape Cod lobster diver who survived getting swallowed by a humpback whale for nearly a minute before being spit back out
     

Bill’s Friday poll is here.

Who do you think won the week? Who made a winning move after Bill’s deadline on Friday?

Science

Science gives us the headlights to let us see the risks along our road. Recent findings may be deeply troubling. However, they give us hope because they show us how to fix things. 100 years ago we had the Roaring 20s. Now we are in the Soaring 20s: We need to soar above our problems to prevent our temperatures from soaring. As Gnusies, we do not hide our eyes, we are truth-seeking commensals, sharing a table.

Magnifico, Again: Last night’s Overnight News Digest 

Here are some of this week’s interesting science news:

  1. Coelacanth can live 100 years and have pregnancies that last 5 years.
  2. Hubble Space Telescope is knocked offline by its 40 year old computer.
  3. The Earth has been trapping heat at an alarming new rate, a NASA study finds.
  4. Big farms in the Amazon have a worse impact on climate change.
  5. Mathematicians welcome computer-assisted proof in ‘grand unification’ theory.
  6. Ingenuity, the Mars helicopter, kicks up ‘cool’ dust clouds — and unexpected science.
  7. The secrets of the water shrews uncovered by scientists.
  8. Your brain may be genetically wired for “doomscrolling.”
  9. Researchers discover the physics of foams.
  10. Killer whales form friendships.
  11. The ageing process is unstoppable.
  12. Astrophysicist finds reason why why Betelgeues went dim last year.
  13. Take-out and convenience food is littering rivers and oceans.
  14. The Chicxulub crater holds clues to dinosaurs extinction.
  15. Scientists are teaching drones how to hunt humans by their screams.
  16. A green vortex may be helping save America from climate change.

And much, much more! Details and links to sources below the fold.

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Where Ever is Herd

Morning Good News Roundups at 7 x 7: These Gnusies lead the herd at 7 a.m. ET, 7 days a week: 

hpg posts Evening Shade diaries at 7:30 p.m. ET every day! After a long day, Gnusies meet in the evening shade and continue sharing Good News, good community, and good actions. In the words of NotNowNotEver: “hpg ably continues the tradition of Evening Shade. Find Evening Shades here.

oldhippiedude posts Tweets of the Week on Sundays at 6 p.m. CT. Our second evening Gnusie hangout zone! In search of a TOTW diary? Look here or here.

For more information about the Good News group, please see our detailed Welcoming comment, one of the first comments in our morning diaries.

The 6 R’s of the Resistance

Joe Biden is now our President. However, we continue to stay vocal and active, we continue to pull Joe to the left, and we continue resist the GQP.

  1. Refresh and Rest: Take care of you, the hero: Eat well, exercise, and rest.
  2. Resist: Protest on the streets, call senators and representatives, etc.
  3. Rebel: Run for office, GOTV (Get Out The Vote), support a progressive.
  4. Revolt: Change the laws, change the culture, build your communities.
  5. Rely: Trust that millions of others are fighting the good fight.
  6. Rejoice: Joy promotes resilience and gives rise to hope.

How to Resist: Do Something …

Once again, from Good News Roundup:

Want to help us win in 2022?  We need you!

Here are some things you can do:

Most important: DON’T LOSE HOPE.  This is a giant and important fight for us but, win or lose, we keep fighting and voting and organizing and spreading truth and light.  We never give up.

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… Say Something

We welcome comments in Roundups every day regarding:

  • National or local Good News.
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  • Your resistance activity.

In my Sunday smorgasbord Roundups, I especially welcome the following types of comments:

  • Who won YOUR week?
  • Questions about Daily Kos tech issues or our map.
  • Good News Roundups and you.
  • How are you resisting?

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