Rudy admits to cheating. Also: Water Is Wet
The disgraced former mayor bragged about voter suppression in a video with indicted Trump adviser Steve Bannon and failed candidate Kari Lake. Plus: Did Ukraine plot to assassinate Putin? And: Willie!
Good morning on this Wednesday, May 3, 2023. On this day in history, two icons were born: Niccolo Machiavelli, in 1469, and the Godfather of Soul, James Brown, in 1933. Also on this date in 2007: 3-year-old Madeleine McCann of England vanished during a family vacation in Portugal. McCann’s disappearance prompted an international search. She has never been found.
Here Now the News:
BREAKING: RUSSIA ACCUSES UKRAINE OF PLOT TO ASSASSINATE PUTIN —BBC
ZELENSKYY REVEALS HE LEARNED OF DISCORD MILITARY INTELLIGENCE LEAK FROM NEWS MEDIA: Washington Post
WILL FED RAISE RATES YET AGAIN? MARKET MAVENS THINK SO —NYT
THE DEMOCRATS PLAN TO SIDESTEP GOP TO AVOID DEFAULT: USA Today
BACKUP PLAN BY THE WHITE HOUSE: Washington Post
EVEN GOP SENATORS SAY SUPREME COURT NEEDS OVERSIGHT: Politico
PROMINENT CONSERVATIVE EX-JUDGE SAYS IT’S NECESSARY: NYT
TEXAS MANHUNT ENDS WITH ARREST OF SUSPECT IN MASS KILLING SPREE: NBC News
THIRD STABBING IN A WEEK AT UC DAVIS HAS CAMPUS ON EDGE: CNN
WRITERS STRIKE DAY 2: Other unions are pledging to honor picket lines. No new negotiations scheduled. — Deadline
MEET HOWARD UNIVERSITY’S NEW PRESIDENT: Washington Post
NO, HE’S NOT DEAD, RELAX EVERYBODY! Willie Nelson is among the 13 inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for 2023.
The country crooner, who just turned 90, will be honored in November along with Kate Bush, Rage Against the Machine, Missy Elliott, Sheryl Crow, George Michael, the Spinners, Chaka Khan, instrumentalist-producer Al Kooper and lyricist Bernie Taupin, guitarist Link Wray and hip-hop originator DJ Kool Herc. “Soul Train” TV host Don Cornelius is the recipient of the annual Ahmet Ertegun Award. —Variety
THOSE WHO FAIL TO LEARN HISTORY, ARE, UM, SOMETHING… Our 8th graders’ scores are plummeting, reports The New York Times.
EDUCATION DEPT. RECEIVES RECORD NUMBER OF CIVIL RIGHTS COMPLAINTS: Washington Post
RARE PEEK INSIDE THE MISOGYNY OF CNBC: Business network anchor and senior international correspondent Hadley Gamble said former NBCUniversal CEO Jeff Shell used his position of power to pursue her and pressure her for sex. But her horror story isn’t the only one.—NYT
RUT ROH! ABC NEWS REALIZES ONLY AFTER FIRING NATE SILVER THAT HE’S TAKING 538 WITH HIM! —Max Tani in Semafor
SO THE CDC HELD A CONFERENCE ABOUT COVID, AND GUESS WHAT HAPPENED: PEOPLE GOT COVID! —Washington Post
TRUMP CHUCKS REPORTER’S PHONES, TELLS AIDES: “GET HIM OUT OF HERE!” The former president got so irritated with an NBC News reporter’s questions about the Manhattan criminal investigation into his business records that he grabbed the journalist’s phones and demanded his removal from an interview aboard his plane. —Vanity Fair and Washington Post
WHY DIDN’T THIS GET REPORTED UNTIL NOW? Oliver Willis Explains
FOX NEWS WAS WORRIED TUCKER CARLSON JUST MIGHT BE A RACIST:
That text message revealing the former host’s views on racial superiority prompted an investigation because executives feared it might come out during the defamation trial with Dominion. —NYT and Washington Post
RUDY GIULIANI ADMITS TO “DIRTY TRICK” DURING 1993 CAMPAIGN: The former New York City mayor confirmed what almost everyone in the five boroughs has known for decades, that his campaign used what he called a “dirty trick” to suppress the Hispanic vote during the 1993 mayoral race.
As the Guardian reported, this was revealed last week on his “America’s Mayor” program, where he was joined by indicted former Trump aide and far right conservative podcaster Steve Bannon and failed gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake of Arizona. Giuliani bragged that he spent $2M to set up a so-called Voter Integrity Committee, headed by Randy Levine, current president of the Yankees, and former Republican congressman John Sweeney.
“So they went through East Harlem, which is all Hispanic, and they gave out little cards, and the card said: ‘If you come to vote, make sure you have your green card because INS are picking up illegals.’” said Giuliani. He won that election against incumbent Mayor David Dinkins by about 53,000 votes. Click here to watch the boast on YouTube
FLA. LAWMAKERS PASS BILL ALLOWING DOCTORS TO DISCRIMINATE: The so-called “Protections of Medical Conscience” bill sent to Gov. Ron DeSantis will allow healthcare providers and insurers to deny a patient care on the basis of religious, moral or ethical beliefs.
LGBTQ+ and civil rights groups call it a license to discriminate that will allow healthcare providers and insurers the right to deny medical services to patients on the basis of moral, religious, and ethical beliefs.
Employers would be prohibited from punishing healthcare workers who cite a “conscience-based objection” in refusing to treat a patient. The law would be enforced by the state Attorney General, who could fine violators and seek injunctions to demand compliance. —Los Angeles Blade
OREGON DOES THINGS RIGHT: Oregon lawmakers passed a bill mandating coverage for all transgender healthcare and abortion protections: Erin Reed’s Erin In The Morning
JUDGE DENIES MOTION TO BLOCK CENSURE OF REP. ZOOEY ZEPHYR: Los Angeles Blade
OUT TRANS VIRGINIA DELEGATE DANICA ROEM DEFENDS ZEPHYR: Washington Blade
ZEPHYR’S GIGGLING OPPONENTS OCCUPY BENCHES OUTSIDE STATE HOUSE CHAMBER IN ATTEMPT TO DEPRIVE HER OF A PLACE TO WORK: Erin Reed’s Erin In The Morning Substack
KIM PETRAS REVEALS SHE WAS SUICIDAL AS A KID: What kept her alive? Her parents’ support! —People
HUNDREDS OF NONBINARY CONNECTICUT DRIVERS HAVE RECEIVED THE NEW “X” GENDER MARKER ON THEIR LICENSES: Hartford Courant
READ, WATCH AND LISTEN TO CHARLOTTE CLYMER’S INSPIRING SPEECH AT ADL’S “TOGETHER AGAINST HATRED” RALLY: Charlotte’s Web Thoughts
U.S. SENDING 1,500 TROOPS TO BORDER WITH MEXICO: CBS News
NEW CEASEFIRE IN SUDAN: CNN
Star Trek Corner
DID YOU MISS SEEING THE ENTERPRISE-D FLY INTO TIMES SQUARE? My friend Hannah Simpson and other Trekkies didn’t! Check out the video posted to Instagram by Paramount+:
ANOTHER NEW VIDEO SHOWS STARFLEET’S ENTERPRISE-D SAUCER REMOVAL OPERATION AND… SPOCK VISITING KIRK’S GRAVE?!? No, it’s not an “official” Paramount+ video, and no, Leonard Nimoy didn’t shoot this prior to his death… but it is a creative video from the outfit operated by Gene Roddenberry’s son. —Comicbook.com
WILLIAM SHATNER EXPLAINS KIRK’S LAST WORDS: “OH MYYY!” —Screenrant
SHATNER TO RETURN TO UPSTATE NY TOS SET RECREATION IN JULY: TrekTours
HOW TO VIEW ALL THE SEASONS OF STAR TREK: Click here to subscribe to Paramount+ and look for the “first week free trial” offer!
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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