Sad: Watch Mitch McConnell Freeze and Reboot
Cameras were rolling when the Senate Minority Leader froze — again — during a news conference. Plus: The latest on Tropical Storm Idalia. And: Burger King is being sued over the size of its Whoppers!
Good evening and thanks for reading tonight’s newsletter for this last Wednesday of August 2023, the 30th and penultimate day of the month! Gee whiz, it’s been a busy week! Let’s look back before we move forward:
On This Day
1967: THURGOOD MARSHALL IS CONFIRMED AS U.S. SUPREME COURT JUSTICE, the first African-American on the High Court.
1983: ASTRONAUT GUION “GUY” BLUFORD IS FIRST AFRICAN-AMERICAN IN SPACE, and the second human of African descent, following Cuban cosmonaut Arnaldo Tamayo Méndez.
Here Now the News
IDALIA NOW A TROPICAL STORM ON ITS WAY TO THE ATLANTIC: More than 12 hours after Idalia made landfall as a Category 3 hurricane on Florida’s Gulf Coast this morning, the storm has lost much of its punch. It traversed Georgia’s state line to the Carolinas, bringing heavy rains to the region but “zero to minimal damage” in one South Carolina town. —The New York Times
Hurricane Idalia briefly strengthened this morning into a catastrophic Category 4 storm before dropping back to a powerful Category 3 when it came ashore in Florida’s Big Bend region around 7:45 a.m., with a storm surge of up to 9-feet and damaging floods and strong winds that knocked out power to thousands. —WJXT-TV
A SURGE OF SEAWATER, BUT LESS DAMAGE THAN FEARED: NYT
RECORD-BREAKING STORM RESULTS IN AT LEAST 2 WEATHER-RELATED DEATHS: The Independent
HAWAII STATE SENATOR FROM MAUJ RESIGNS AFTER ETHICAL QUESTIONS: The face of St. Sen. Gilbert-Keith Agaran adorned flyers advertising his law firm’s interest in representing residents who want to sue the state. He served on the Ways and Means Committee, and could have been forced to choose between constituents and clients. —Hawaii News Now
DESPERATE PLEA TO TOURISTS: PLEASE RETURN! —National Public Radio
INDIANA HOSPITALS ARE REFUSING TO PROVIDE ABORTIONS TO RAPE VICTIMS, DESPITE EXCEPTION IN STATE LAW: Abortion, Every Day Substack
FOR THE SECOND TIME, SEN. MITCH McCONNELL FREEZES AT NEWS CONFERENCE: This time it was for 30 seconds in his home state of Kentucky. Aides to the senator say it was “momentary lightheadedness” and that he plans to see a doctor. McConnell is 81 and suffered a fall earlier this year. —NBC News and Associated Press
DOCTORS REACT TO McCONNELL’S LONG PAUSE: WLWT-TV
CALLS FOR SEN. DIANNE FEINSTEIN TO RESIGN: IS IT AGEISM? Reveille
FEDERAL JUDGE IN D.C. REJECTS TRUMP LAWYERS’ COMPARISON OF FORMER PRESIDENT’S CASE TO THAT OF 9 YOUNG BLACK MEN FALSELY ACCUSED OF RAPE: CNN
TRUMP SAYS HE WILL APPEAL TRIAL DATE… WHICH HE CAN’T DO: CBS News
TUCKER CARLSON PREDICTS TRUMP WILL BE ASSASSINATED: The Daily Beast
JUDGE RULES RUDY GIULIANI IS LIABLE FOR DEFAMING GEORGIA ELECTION WORKERS: Reuters
EX-PROUD BOYS LEADER’S SENTENCING IS DELAYED BY JUDGE’S ILLNESS: Washington Post
FEDERAL JUDGE REJECTS TEXAS STATE LAW AIMED AT CONTROLLING PROGRESSIVE CITIES: NYT
JACKSONVILLE KILLER WANTED EMINEM AND MACHINE GUN KELLY DEAD: Rolling Stone
FAULTY OXYGEN READINGS DELAYED CRITICAL CARE TO BLACK AND HISPANIC COVID PATIENTS: NYT
LABOR DEPARTMENT PROPOSES OVERHAUL OF RULES ON OVERTIME: NYT
WHAT WOULD YOU DO? A few months ago, a man in Trumbull, Connecticut found a bag of money in a bank parking lot. Robert Withington, 56, picked up the bag, containing $5,000, and took it home.
Police tracked him down and he’s now facing up to five years in prison and fines totalling… you guessed it, $5,000. Withington says he didn’t notice all the papers that indicated it was from the tax collector’s office or the bank’s info… like the name of the bank… on the bag. Riiiiight.
Finders Keepers, he says. We’ll see if the judge agrees on Sept. 5th. —ABC News
SINGER/SONGWRITER RÓISÍN MURPHY IS LATEST CELEBRITY TO APOLOGIZE FOR ANTI-TRANS COMMENT: PinkNews
FLORIDA SCHOOLS IN A PANIC OVER PRONOUNS: New York Magazine
Star Trek Corner
INSIDER AT STRANGE NEW WORLDS SAYS SEASON 3 CAN BEGIN FILMING AS SOON AS STRIKES ARE SETTLED: TrekMovie
WHO ARE STAR TREK’S MOST DECORATED OFFICERS? ScreenRant
WHAT PERFORMANCE DOES ARMIN SHIMERMAN (“QUARK”) FEEL HE HAS TO APOLOGIZE FOR? ScreenRant
HOW TO VIEW EVERY SEASON OF EVERY STAR TREK SERIES: Click here to subscribe to Paramount+
That’s all for tonight! I’ll be back tomorrow with more stories to help you rise up and start your day. Until then… Good night and good luck.
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