Transgender Women Banned from... Chess?!?
Oh, come on, now! Plus, the hurricane bearing down on the West Coast, new polls show even Republicans now think Donald Trump did something wrong, fact-checking President Biden, and new Star Trek news!
Good evening and thanks for checking in on this Thursday night, Aug. 17, 2023. Today was… a LOT! Sorry to “vaguebook,” but I have “stuff going on!”
On This Day:
In 1998, President Bill Clinton became the first sitting president to testify under oath before a special counsel, Ken Starr, whose four-year-long investigation into several scandals involving both the president and First Lady Hillary Clinton led to the discovery of his involvement with intern Monica Lewinsky.
Here Now the News:
HURRICANE HILARY BEARS DOWN ON WESTERN MEXICO, SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA AND NEVADA: Fox Weather
TWO IN THREE AMERICANS WANT ABORTION RIGHTS CODIFIED IN STATE CONSTITUTIONS: Abortions, Every Day Substack
U.S., JAPAN AND SOUTH KOREA HOLD CAMP DAVID SUMMIT: Politico
HP CRITICIZED FOR DISABLING SCANNERS WHEN INK IS LOW IN 3-IN-ONE DEVICES: Associated Press
FORMER WVU COACH BOB HUGGINS ON PROBATION AFTER DUI: Sports Illustrated
REMEMBER ANTI-GAY SLUR THAT COST HUGGINS $1M? —Los Angeles Blade
MAUI STARTS RETURN TO NORMAL AS RECOVERY IN LAHAINA GOES ON: Public schools on Maui started the process of reopening and traffic resumed on a major road in signs of recovery a week after wildfires demolished a historic town and killed at least 111 people. —Associated Press
The head of the Maui Emergency Management Agency resigned abruptly Thursday, a day after saying he had no regret about not using sirens to warn residents of wildfires that devastated the historic seaside community of Lahaina. —Associated Press
At least three schools untouched by flames in Lahaina, where entire neighborhoods were reduced to ash, were still being assessed after sustaining wind damage, Hawaii Department of Education superintendent Keith Hayashi said. —Associated Press
“There’s still a lot of work to do, but overall the campuses and classrooms are in good condition structurally, which is encouraging,” Hayashi said in a video update. “We know the recovery effort is still in the early stages, and we continue to grieve the many lives lost.” —Associated Press
HOW YOU CAN HELP MAUI’S LGBTQ+ POPULATION: Los Angeles Blade
PRESIDENT BIDEN TO VISIT MAUI ON MONDAY: CNN
TENSIONS BETWEEN MAUI LOCALS AND TOURISTS: BBC
WOMAN CHARGED WITH THREATENING JUDGE IN TRUMP CASE: CNN
TRUMP LAWYERS SUGGEST GEORGIA TRIAL DATE OF APRIL… 2026! —Axios
ADVISORS TELL TRUMP: CANCEL MONDAY NEWS CONFERENCE! ABC News
AND FOR ONCE, HE LISTENED TO HIS LAWYERS: NPR
TRUMP ALLIES TARGET GEORGIA GRAND JURORS FOR HARASSMENT: NBC News
POLL SHOWS AMERICANS DIVIDED ON WHETHER TRUMP DID ANYTHING WRONG: The survey by the Associated Press and NORC Center for Public Affairs Research was conducted before Monday’s charges in the Georgia case. It shows that about half of Americans — 53% — approve of the Justice Department indicting Trump over his efforts to remain in office after losing the 2020 election. The poll finds 85% of Democrats approve of the criminal charges brought Aug. 2 by Special Counsel Jack Smith, compared with 47% of independents and just 16% of Republicans. Overall, 3 in 10 Americans disapprove, including about two-thirds of Republicans.—A.P.
EVEN MANY REPUBLICANS CONCEDE TRUMP GUILTY OF SOMETHING: 1 in 5 or fewer Americans told the pollsters they believed Trump did “nothing wrong” in each of his four legal cases. Of his role in the Jan. 6 insurrection, 21 percent said he did “nothing wrong.” In both the classified documents case and the Georgia case , it was 15 percent. And just 14 percent said Trump did “nothing wrong” in the Manhattan case involving an alleged cover-up of hush money payments.
FOX NEWS TAKE: Investigations are “politically motivated.” —Fox News
HOW REPUBLICANS OVERHYPE THE HUNTER BIDEN CASE: Washington Post
MASS EXODUS AT FLORIDA COLLEGE TARGETED BY DeSANTIS: The Daily Beast
BIDEN MARKS FIRST YEAR OF INFLATION REDUCTION ACT: NBC News
THREE LIES BIDEN REPEATED, CAUGHT BY FACT-CHECKERS: CNN
BIDEN APPROVAL RATING MIRED AT 36 PERCENT: The Hill
1.5 MILLION DEHUMIDIFIERS RECALLED FOR FIRE AND BURN HAZARD: CNN
TRANSGENDER WOMEN NOW BANNED FROM COMPETING IN CHESS TOURNAMENTS: The world’s foremost international chess organization has introduced guidelines that would revoke titles from transgender men and bar many transgender women from competing, asserting that trans women “have no right to participate.” —Erin Reed via the Los Angeles Blade
CHARLOTTE CLYMER WRITES: To be clear: there is no evidence that boys and men have a biological advantage in chess. None. Zilch. The belief that girls and women can’t compete with boys and men in chess is deeply rooted in sexism. It holds no water.
I repeat: the reason girls and women are rare at the most elite level of competitive chess is not because of biological aptitude but because of very low rates of participation due to a lack of social support.
I have been playing competitive chess (tournament chess), off and on, since I was a 12 year-old in 6th grade. I won probably a dozen or so tournaments when I was a kid, including a state championship. I am also a trans woman, and I’m telling y’all: trans women do not enjoy a particular advantage in chess ability. —Charlotte’s Web Thoughts
STATES SUPPORTING TRANS YOUTH TRY TO ABSORB REFUGEES: A.P. via Yahoo
TARGET PROFITS PLUMMET AFTER BACKLASH OVER PRIDE PRODUCTS: CNN
ELIOT PAGE TALKS TESTOSTERONE JOURNEY: PinkNews
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That’s all for tonight! I’ll be back Monday morning with more stories to help you rise up and start your day. Until then… May your news be good news!
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