The Super Blue Moon Like You've Never Seen It
It's the last one for a long time. Plus: the latest on Mitch McConnell, new revelations about Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, and: Cleaning up after Idalia. Also: A Star Trek Sneak Peek!
Thanks for rising up on this Thursday the 31st, and last day of August 2023.
On This Day
1997: PRINCESS DIANA DIES FOLLOWING PARIS CAR CRASH
If you remain fascinated by this tragedy, you may be interested in reading the testimony of the first police officer to attend to the wreckage, who testified under oath about what he saw and heard, what are believed to be Diana’s dying words. But be warned of a gruesome photo included with this report. Click here
Here Now the News
TRUMP WAIVES ARRAIGNMENT, PLEADS “NOT GUILTY” — The New York Times
PROUD BOYS LEADER SENTENCED TO 17 YEARS IN PRISON FOR JAN. 6: National Public Radio
SUPREME COURT JUSTICES THOMAS AND ALITO REVEAL FINANCIAL BENEFACTORS: Justice Clarence Thomas disclosed Thursday that Republican mega-donor Harlan Crow paid for his private jet trips in 2022 to give a speech in Texas and a vacation at Crow’s luxurious New York estate, as ethics questions continue to rock the Supreme Court. —CNN
Justice Samuel Alito released his financial disclosures today as well.
IDALIA AFTERMATH: FLOODING AND WIND DAMAGE FROM FLORIDA TO SOUTH CAROLINA —NPR
HOW ADVANCED COMPUTER MODELING AIDED FORECASTERS: Axios
PEOPLE SEEKING LIVE COVERAGE OF THE HURRICANE TURNED FROM TV TO TIKTOK: NBC News
CONGRESS’ DOCTOR SAYS SEN. MITCH McCONNELL IS “MEDICALLY CLEAR” TO WORK AS SENATE MINORITY LEADER: Washington Post
FIRE IN JOHANNESBURG KILLS AT LEAST 74, INCLUDING CHILDREN: NYT
“EVERYTHING IS FINE!” RUSSIAN MERCENARY BOASTS IN VIDEO RECORDED BEFORE HIS DEATH: A new video shows Wagner chief Yevgeny Prigozhin downplaying the threat to his life just days before he was killed in a suspicious plane crash in Russia. It crashed, killing all aboard, two months to the day after his failed coup. Prigozhin was buried this week. —NBC News
ANTI-LGBT PROSECUTOR SUED IN TENNESSEE: As Chris Geidner’s excellent Substack Law Dork first reported, Tennessee’s Blount Pride and a drag queen scheduled to perform at this weekend’s scheduled pride event is suing the district attorney who threatened the event with prosecution under the state’s anti-drag law — a law that was declared unconstitutional in June in a different lawsuit brought against another prosecutor. —LawDork
GEORGIA’S GOVERNOR WILL NOT CAVE TO GOP PRESSURE TO REMOVE PROSECUTOR IN TRUMP CASE: USA Today
QUESTIONS REMAIN ABOUT MATT SCHLAPP AND SEXUAL MISCONDUCT ALLEGATIONS: The Signorile Report on Substack
TRUMP PUSHED TO END HIV, BUT NOW REPUBLICANS WANT TO DEFUND IT: NPR
WILL THE HOUSE REPUBLICAN LEADING THE INVESTIGATION INTO THE BIDENS PURSUE HIGHER OFFICE? Rep. James Comer, R-Kentucky, could be looking at a future in the U.S. Senate or the Governor’s office, says NBC News
WE ALMOST DIDN’T MAKE IT! Scientists say the human race nearly died out 930,000 years ago, with only 1,280 humans roaming the planet at one point. What caused the drastic drop in population? Climate Change! —NYT
Star Trek Corner
SNEAK PEEK AT SEASON 4 PREMIERE EPISODE OF STAR TREK LOWER DECKS, STREAMING SEPT. 7: IGN
HOW TO VIEW EVERY SEASON OF EVERY STAR TREK SERIES: Click here to subscribe to Paramount+
Super Blue Moon Photos
That’s all for today! Monday is Labor Day so I’ll be back Tuesday with more stories to help you rise up and start your day. Until then… May your news be good news!
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