Republicans Have Lost Gen Z Voters
Expelling Black Democrats in Tennessee will have consequences. Plus: Why aren't Americans living as long as before? It's not what you think. And: SNL's Michael Che suggests how to end gun violence.
Thanks for rising up with me on this Wednesday, April 12, 2023. On this day in 1961. the first human being from earth traveled to space: Yuri Gagarin of Russia. Fast-forward 20-years, and NASA launched the very first space shuttle on this day in 1981, the Columbia, which was lost with all hands upon its return to Earth in 2003. And for fans of Star Trek, today is Frontier Day, marking the fictional launch of the first warp-five starship, the Enterprise, on April 12, 2151. Scroll down for more about Star Trek Picard (NO SPOILERS)!
Here Now the News:
PRESIDENT BIDEN IS IN BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND: The president will mark the 25th anniversary of the Good Friday Accords, bringing peace to the region after generations of “The Troubles.” He’ll go from there to visit family and dignitaries in the Republic of Ireland. —BBC
IF BIDEN RUNS FOR RE-ELECTION, HE’LL VIE FOR A NOMINATION IN CHICAGO: The Democratic National Convention returns to the Windy City next year for the first time since 1996, when Bill Clinton was re-elected. —Chicago Sun-Times
REPUBLICANS REMAIN SILENT ON ABORTION PILL RULING: With the exception of former V.P. and potential presidential candidate Mike Pence, the GOP is sitting this one out as Democrats are sounding-off about the federal judge in Texas, a man, deciding the fate of millions of American women as well as trans men and nonbinary individuals. —ABC News
JUSTICE FOR EXPELLED TENNESSEE BLACK LAWMAKERS: Two days after State Rep. Justin Jones returns to his seat in the statehouse, commissioners in Memphis will meet today to consider re-seating his fellow expelled Democrat, State Rep. Justin P. Pearson.
KISS GEN Z VOTERS BUHBYE, GOP: Opinion columnist Heather MacDonald writes that history will remember their comeback, not their dismissal, for standing up for an end to gun violence:
Consider the numbers:
63% of 18-29 year olds believe gun laws should be stricter
70% of 18-29 year olds voted for U.S. Sen. John Fetterman, D-Pa., (That was similar to the numbers for Pennsylvania Democratic Gov. Josh Shapiro)
77% of GenZ voted for Democratic candidates for Congress in 2022
And just last week, 87% of students voted for the Democrat in Wisconsin’s Supreme Court race
Guns are now the leading cause of death for children, and until lawmakers address the issue head-on, GenZ will never vote Republican. Republican rhetoric sounds old and lame to a generation taught how to play dead just in case they become one of the 19,000 kids per year that will be shot.
Gun-obsessed Republican lawmakers should stop hiding behind 2nd Amendment rhetoric and tell GenZ point blank that some of them will have to die so they can keep their hobby, that’ll they would rather build schools with curved hallways to stop bullets rather than try to keep them safe. —PennCapitalStar
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE’S MICHAEL CHE OFFERS A SUGGESTION TO END GUN VIOLENCE: The Daily Beast
KID ROCK SHOOTS CASES OF BUD LIGHT TO EXPRESS OUTRAGE OVER DYLAN MULVANEY AD CAMPAIGN: CNN
TRANSPHOBIC SWIMMER SLAMS NIKE FOR SAME THING: Fox News
OLAY ALSO TARGETED BY HATERS: SportsKeeda
ADVERTISING MAVENS WEIGH-IN: Ad Age
WHO IS DYLAN MULVANEY: An explainer about the trans influencer causing so much controversy with brand endorsements. —Pink News
POWER MOVE: The Biden administration is stringing 700+ miles of high-voltage transmission lines from Wyoming to Nevada in effort to expand renewable energy. —The Hill
COLORADO RIVER WATER CRISIS: The Biden administration is weighing-in after months of deadlocked negotiations between state governments over how to address the shrinking water supply. —CBS News
LOOKING GOOD: Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen says the U.S. economy remains strong, the banking industry resilient and she is not anticipating a downturn in the near future, here or around the world. —CNN
FLIGHT DIVERTED AFTER PASSENGER THREATENS TO KILL FLIGHT ATTENDANT, CAUSES DISTURBANCE: The New York Times
WHAT IS LOWERING AMERICANS’ LIFE EXPECTANCY? FDA COMMISSIONER SAYS IT’S HEALTH MISINFORMATION: CNBC
WHALE OF A TALE IN MY TOWN: Crews used a chainsaw yesterday to successfully sever the tail of Conny, a hollow, 20-ton concrete whale that has stood for generations outside a now-relocated children’s museum in West Hartford, Conn. Moving the entire sculpture was deemed too expensive, so it was decided the tail would be moved across the street to an open space, as construction of a new condo development on the old museum property gets underway. Farewell, Conny, a cherished part of my children’s lives! —WFSB
CREEPY STEPHEN MILLER SPENDS HOURS IN COURTHOUSE WHERE GRAND JURY INVESTIGATING DONALD TRUMP FOR JAN. 6 IS MEETING: NBC News
CAITLYN JENNER JOINS FORCES WITH LOG CABIN REPUBLICANS TO COMBAT “THE RAINBOW MAFIA”: Pink News
COALITION OF TRANS AND NONBINARY LAWMAKERS COMPLAIN TO PRESIDENT BIDEN ABOUT PROPOSED CHANGES TO TITLE IX: The Hill
Star Trek Corner
WHO COMMANDS THE ENTERPRISE-F IN STAR TREK PICARD? I promised that even though I’ve already seen the next episode, I would share NO SPOILERS ahead of Part Nine, Vox, which is the first half of the two-part finale and streams tonight at 12 a.m. PDT on Paramount+! But I can reveal this: One of the people Zach Roberts speculates might be sitting in the center seat may be revealed tonight as the person in command of 1701-F! —TrekCentral
BRENT SPINER, WILLIAM SHATNER AND THE TWITTER BEEF THAT WASN’T: Bleeding Cool News
Thanks to Tom Chang at Bleeding Cool News for sharing my interviews with actor Stephanie Czajkowski, showrunner Terry Matalas and writer Matt Okumura.
Coming next week: My interview with Jin Maley, who plays nonbinary Ensign Kova Rin Esmar. They play a significant role in tonight’s episode!
TOMORROW: I’ll review tonight’s episode with my BFF, Melody Maia Monet!
Get tickets to watch the finale in IMAX in select cities, at 10 a.m. PDT today: startrek.com
HOW TO VIEW THE ENTIRE SEASON OF STAR TREK PICARD AND PAST STAR TREK EPISODES: Click here to subscribe to Paramount+
That’s all for today. I’ll be back tomorrow with more news to help you rise up and start your day. Until then… May your news be good news!
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