Matt Gaetz Paid Accused Sex Trafficker Joel Greenberg, Who Then Venmo’d Teen

From The Daily Beast : In two late-night Venmo transactions in May 2018, Rep. Matt Gaetz sent his friend, the accused sex trafficker Joel Greenberg, $900. The next morning, over the course of eight minutes, Greenberg used the same app to send three young women varying sums of money. In total, the transactions amounted to …

Biden plans to connect every American to broadband in new infrastructure package

From The Verge: Biden is scheduled to unveil his $2 trillion “American Jobs Plan” in Pittsburgh later on Wednesday. The long-awaited infrastructure and jobs package contains funding for broadband expansion, semiconductor manufacturing, and slew of other interests like public transportation and helping consumers purchase electric vehicles. Good. The best way to grow is to invest …

I Oppose the Democrats’ Plan to Lower Child Poverty. If Kids Want to Eat, They Should Work In Filthy Factories Like They Did in the Good Old Days.

From McSweeney’s: As a pro-family Republican Senator, I’m vehemently opposed to the Democrats’ plan to reform the Child Tax Credit and give families money every month to care for their children. Sure, on the surface it sounds good when they say things like, “This plan would cut the child poverty rate in half” and “Children …

Fact check: Renewable energy is not to blame for the Texas energy crisis

From NBC News: The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, which plays the role of traffic cop for Texas’ energy providers, directing energy from producers to distributors, predicted that this winter would see wind produce about 7,070 megawatts at peak load times. By the council’s own daily figures, wind power in Texas has produced between 4,415 …

“Duped” and “egged on”: Capitol rioters use Trump as excuse in court

From CBS News: The attorney for Matthew Ryan Miller — who was allegedly photographed discharging a fire extinguisher on the steps of the U.S. Capitol — said during a hearing Tuesday that his client was “there at the behest of then-President Trump.” He wrote in a February 7 filing arguing for his client’s pretrial release, …

Trump’s Tweet Attacking Pence Came Right After Learning His VP’s Life Was In Danger

From The HuffPost: Donald Trump posted a tweet attacking his own vice president for lacking “the courage” to overturn the election for him ― enraging his Jan. 6 mob even further ― just minutes after learning that Mike Pence had been removed from the Senate chamber for his own safety. […] According to video footage …

Amanda Gorman reads inauguration poem ‘The Hill We Climb’

From PBS: Great poem, wonderful reading. Brings me back to something in the vein of Steve Coleman’s ‘I Wanna Hear a Poem’ slam poetry. First heard this back in sophomore year of high school; haven’t forgotten it since. My favorite stanza: I wanna hear a poem where ideas kiss similes so deeply that metaphors get …

The Minimum Wage

A line cook making $15/hr would double the cost of a meal at McDonald’s, but somehow their CEO making $18 million plus has no impact? Whatever happens, we need a rationale debate on this. Enough noise from the red-necks and social-justice warriors in the cheap seats.