Two members of Congress have flown to Kabul and no one is impressed

Lots of things have happened. Here are some of the things.

Good timing, guys

Two members of Congress traveled to Kabul right in the middle of the massive airlift to save the Americans and Afghans from the Taliban takeover.

  • The guilty representatives are Seth Moulton (D-MA) and Peter Meijer (R-MI).
  • Army and State Department officials were livid, according to Washington post.
    • One diplomat blasted the trip as “one of the most irresponsible things I have heard a lawmaker do,” and a senior official said he was “as dumb as he is selfish.”
  • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) also didn’t seem to care about the stunt, recalling member that state and defense ministry officials have asked them not to visit the area now.
    • “Members’ travel to Afghanistan and surrounding countries would unnecessarily divert necessary resources from the priority mission of quickly and safely evacuating America [sic] and the threatened Afghans of Afghanistan, ”she wrote in a letter.
  • Moulton and Meijer insisted that they went there “to gather information, not to make the platform”, and that they hadn’t taken a seat on a plane that real refugees needed.
    • “We left on a plane with empty seats, sitting in seats reserved for the crew to make sure that no one who needed a seat loses one because of our presence,” they said. .
  • Let the dip begin:

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Biden sticks to Afghanistan withdrawal schedule

The president will not extend his August 31 deadline despite pressure from some lawmakers and officials, saying in a speech yesterday that he was “determined to complete our mission.”

  • If Biden ultimately decides to extend the deadline “Depends on whether the Taliban continue to cooperate and allow access to the airport to those leaving it and that there is no disruption to our operations,” he said.

House passes John Lewis Advancement of Voting Rights Act

The effort to revive key elements of the voting rights law pass 219-212, without Republican support.

  • Among others, The law project would require jurisdictions with a history of racial discrimination to receive federal approval before implementing new election laws (also known as “preclearance”).
  • The bill attempts to counter the eviction by the Supreme Court of the law on voting rights in 2013 Shelby Case.
  • The bill is almost certainly doomed to failure in the Senate without changing the filibuster rule. The only GOP senator who supports him is Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK).

Yet another white insurrectionist-nationalist crossover

The January 6 insurgency accused of stealing a laptop computer from the office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during the attack allegedly participated in a neo-Nazi chat room, an investigation by Vice find.

SCOTUS supports one of Trump’s worst anti-immigration policies

The Supreme Court order the Biden administration to comply with a lower court ruling to reinstate Trump’s infamous “stay in Mexico” policy.

Get the damn shot

Hospitalization rates for people who were not vaccinated for COVID-19 were 29 times higher than for people vaccinated in Los Angeles County in July, according to a new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The calculation of a real election fraudster

GOP agent McRae Dowless, who staged a mail-in vote fraud scheme in a 2018 North Carolina congressional election, will be condemned today after pleading guilty to federal social security fraud charges.

  • Doowless always faces separate state criminal charges for allegedly ordering his assistants to collect incomplete ballots and fill them out in the 2018 election in North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District.

A ghost pleads guilty

Former Florida Senate candidate who ran as a ‘ghost’ candidate in a Republican plot to siphon votes from a Democratic rival of the same last name pleaded guilty violations of the electoral law.

And the price does not go to… ..

Remember when New York Governor Andrew Cuomo won an International Emmy for, uh, holding press conferences last year? Well, now he has to say goodbye to that little statue after resigning in disgrace.

  • The International Academy announcement that it “rescinded” the award, and that “Cuomo’s name and all reference to his receipt of the award will be removed from International Academy documents in the future.”
  • In case you forgot, they awarded Cuomo the Emmy last November “in recognition of his leadership during the Covid-19 pandemic and his masterful use of television to educate and calm people around the world.”

Have a normal

Andrew Giuliani, the son of ex-Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani, is here doing … this:

Has anyone else forgotten that Giuliani is running for governor of New York? And that he is a member of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum board of directors?

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