And this doesn't even clear them all!
- Via NPR: The U.S. economy is humming. So why are Americans so grumpy about it?
- No surprise here (via the Messenger): Biden Will Not Be on New Hampshire Primary Ballot. I do predict some performative hand-wringing in the press over this when the time comes. This is about the Democratic Party’s change to the primary calendar.
- Just ugh. Let’s really turn school into amateur hour battlefields. Via the AP: Georgia’s lieutenant governor wants to pay teachers $10,000 a year to carry guns at school.
- Via the NYT: New House Speaker Champions Fossil Fuels and Dismisses Climate Concerns.
- Via WTVF: Voters soundly reject Gabrielle Hanson, other MAGA candidates in historic Franklin, Tennessee election.
- I have to admit, I think this may be necessary (and I especially wish that Schumer had used the three weeks while the House was Speakerless to put his chamber into action), from Kyle Whitmore (he of recent Pulitzer Prize fame) at AL.com: Give Tommy Tuberville what he wants.
Tuberville has mocked Schumer and the Democrats for not wanting to put in the work of approving the appointments and promotions individually instead of in blocks, which Tuberville’s hold prevents. If the Senate leadership wanted, it could move the appointments, Tuberville has said.
It’s time to give Tuberville what he wants.
Such a thing won’t be pleasant. Estimates for moving the appointments through the hard way have ranged from hundreds of hours to months.
It could mean lawmakers eat Thanksgiving dinner in their offices.
But it’s Democrats’ unwillingness to do the work that gives Tuberville his power over the Senate.
The only way to take it from him is to do the work.
The only way to prove the other 99 members of the Senate care more about our military than Tuberville is to put in the time.
Otherwise, they are as guilty in this charade as Tuberville.
And the best punishment Tuberville could endure is sharing a workplace with 99 colleagues and their staffers who’d gladly treat him to a beating if they could.
I especially like the idea of taking away holiday recesses and trips back home. And, again, they just left three weeks on the table, which is unfortunate.
- Via Ars Technica: Elon Musk’s chaotic first year at Twitter leaves X Corp. with shaky finances.
Similarweb, another research firm, reported last week that usage is “down by every measure” in the year since Musk bought Twitter.
“In September, global web traffic to twitter.com was down 14 percent year-over-year, and traffic to the ads.twitter.com portal for advertisers was down 16.5 percent,” Similarweb wrote. “In the US, where about a quarter of twitter.com’s web traffic originates, September traffic was down 19 percent. The trend was similar, if not quite as pronounced in other countries: -11.6 percent in the UK, -13.4 percent in France, -17.9 percent in Germany, and -17.5 percent in Australia.”
As for mobile use, X was “down 17.8 percent year-over-year based on combined monthly active users for iOS and Android in the US. Worldwide, Android usage was down 14.8 percent,” according to Similarweb. As Similarweb’s Senior Insights Manager David Carr wrote, “nothing Musk has done seems to have translated into lasting improvements to compete better against the social networks that are continuing to grow strongly, such as TikTok, for which global web traffic was up 22.8 percent in September.”
- Via the NYT: Texas Lawmakers Vote to Let Local Police Arrest Migrants.
the creation of a criminal offense under state law — empowering Texas officers to arrest migrants, including those seeking asylum — went a step further into a realm of immigration enforcement that is typically reserved to the federal government.