Hunter Biden Targets GOP, Fox and Feds
The president's son goes on offense regarding claims about his laptop. Then: The move to ban the word "Latinx." Plus: Outrage over a new Universal Parks ride that's not for the plus-sized
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Here Now the News:
DEADLY ICE STORM LEAVES 350,000 WITHOUT POWER: CNN
AT LEAST SIX DEAD, THOUSANDS OF FLIGHTS CANCELED: USA Today
WEATHER DELAYED START OF EMOTIONAL FUNERAL SERVICE FOR POLICE BEATING VICTIM TYRE NICHOLS: LocalMemphis.com
WATCH: V.P. KAMALA HARRIS SPEAKS AT NICHOLS FUNERAL
THOUSANDS OF WORKERS IN ENGLAND GO ON SIMULTANEOUS STRIKE: Called the biggest one-day strike in a decade, university teachers, train drivers, bus drivers and civil servants all walked off the job yesterday. — BBC
OREGON TORTURE SUSPECT FOUND DEAD OF SELF-INFLICTED GUNSHOT WOUND: CBS News
BIDEN, McCARTHY MEET ON DEBT CEILING, REACH NO AGREEMENT: NBC News
Hunter on Offense
HUNTER BIDEN DEMANDS RETRACTIONS, INVESTIGATIONS: Lawyers representing the president’s son demand state and federal investigations into the dissemination of his personal information — allegedly from his abandoned laptop. Hunter Biden is also threatening Tucker Carlson of Fox with a defamation lawsuit for allegedly failing to correct false statements.
WHERE HE’S STARTING: Biden’s lawyer sent letters to the Delaware attorney general, the Department of Justice, the IRS and attorneys for Fox News and Carlson. As CBS News reported, this represents an aggressive new strategy amid long-running federal criminal investigations, not to mention the threats by congressional Republicans to hold hearings.
College Board Caves
HAPPY BLACK HISTORY MONTH, COLLEGE BOARD: The authors of the Advanced Placement test have issued a new, stripped-down version of its African American Studies course and it does not include topics such as slavery reparations, Black Lives Matter or queer studies. But Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) is still expected to reject it. The full story is in The New York Times and click here for a more detailed explainer of what’s in and what’s out.
SAYING NO MAS TO “LATINX:” Following Arkansas' lead, Hispanic lawmakers in Connecticut seek to bar the term “Latinx” in state government. — CT Insider
Today’s Substack Recommendations
ACLU’S CHASE STRANGIO DECLARES “TENNESSEE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO DEFEND THIS: A bill that not only bans gender-affirming care for trans youth but would also ban out of state care and charge parents with child abuse: Erin in the Morning by Erin Reed
WHEN THE REPUBLICAN PARTY LOST CONTROL: Political Junkie by Claire Potter.
“THE REALITY IS, MOST PEOPLE CAN ONLY SEE AS FAR AS THEIR LIVED EXPERIENCE:” Aaron Rupar in Public Notice.
STOP USING THESE EYE DROPS SOLD AT WALMART: NBC News
DEMENTIA STUDY #1: Researchers at UCSF’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences say sleep medications increase the likelihood you’ll develop dementia.
DEMENTIA STUDY #2: A long marriage kasting your entire life can lead to less likelihood of developing dementia, say researchers at the Norwegian Institute for Public Health.
Want to Ride Mario Kart? Better Skip the Sundae
UNDER 40-INCH WAISTLINES ONLY: Universal Hollywood is being criticized for banning riders from its new Mario Kart attraction whose waist measurements exceed 39-inches. Here’s what people are saying, according to Fox News:
"Nothing but wonderful things to say about Super Nintendo World except this: the body size limitations on the Mario Kart ride are absolutely ridiculous. I’ve never had any issue fitting into any ride in my entire life, and I can BARELY fit into this one. Completely absurd," tweeted influencer Rocco Botte.
"Can we discuss how at my biggest I would not have been able to fit on Mario Kart?” tweeted Anna. “A 40" waistline is about a size 20. Are you freaking kidding me UniStudios? It’s a DARK RIDE."
"Trust me when I say ‘lose a little weight’ is not a novel suggestion. Universal has a history now of releasing new rides (Harry Potter, Life of Pets, and now Mario Kart) where they don't accommodate big people yet they WILL take full admission price from us. Seems unethical,” wrote podcaster Matt Mazany.
"You can't have a mario kart ride that Bowser and DK wouldn't even be allowed on. Dumb," tweeted Zaha.
Thanks for rising up today. I’ll be back Sunday night with your Bedtime Stories. Until then, may your news be good news!
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