I saw a quote from John Stewart earlier this week that has stuck with me:
“The thing we have to be careful of, and I always caution myself on this and I ran into this trouble with Trump is we cannot mistake absurdity for lack of danger because it takes people with no shame to do shameful things.”
He was commenting on the seemingly never-ending revelations of the depth of George Santos’ lies, but it feels to me like it applies to the Republican party as a whole. Since taking control of the House, ever action they’ve taken seems absurd, almost laughable, but of course it’s not. It’s deeply dangerous. It’ll take all of us, promoting the good work and policies that the Democrats are enacting, the better path they provide for the country, to make sure we’re in the best possible place as we head into 2024.
All that said, here is some good news sprinkled with a shot of accountability, and as always, a handful of great editorial cartoons.
Maine Governor Janet Mills and legislative leaders have moved forward with a couple of bills to expand access to abortion in the state
Fox Corp Chairman Rupert Murdoch was questioned under oath for 2 days in Dominion’s defamation lawsuit over Fox News’ coverage of unfounded election fraud claims about the 2020 election
We can breathe a sigh of relief — Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) has decided to run for re-election in 2024
Matt Gaetz tried to compliment Marjorie Taylor Greene on her new committees, but she clapped back at him for wasting weeks of time with his Speaker stunt
A federal judge imposed nearly $1 million in sanctions on former President Donald Trump and his lawyers for filing a “frivolous” lawsuit against Hillary Clinton
In related news, Trump voluntarily dropped a longshot federal lawsuit in Florida against New York’s attorney general that would have gone in front of the same judge who sanctioned him
NY Governor Kathy Hochul’s nominee to become New York State’s top judge — who leans conservative — was rejected on Wednesday by a key State Senate panel
“U.S. wholesale prices sank 0.5% in December mostly due to cheaper food and gasoline, extending a string of low readings and adding further proof that high inflation is fading” (via MarketWatch)
This week Democrats took control of state houses in Michigan, Maryland, Massachusetts and Minnesota as the new legislative season began
“Trump and his advisers are plotting a new scorched-earth campaign against DeSantis as soon as he declares his 2024 candidacy.” (via Rolling Stone)
A federal judge declined to dismiss the criminal contempt of Congress charge brought against former Trump White House adviser Peter Navarro
Three active-duty Marines have been hit with federal misdemeanor charges for their behavior on January 6th