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Name: Chris Bastian
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Fortunately, Trump likes his steaks well done....


Politico: How Democrats disarmed a brewing Senate battle in Michigan

What looked at first like a Democratic free-for all for Michigan’s open Senate seat is nearly over already. Which is exactly what Debbie Stabenow and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer wanted.

The retiring Stabenow has personally steered several of those interested in taking her Mitten State seat toward different positions that will soon open up. And as a result, Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Mich.) has largely cleared the field in what could have otherwise been a messy Senate primary.

So while the primary itself is more than a year away, there’s a growing feeling that party leaders have avoided a pile-up in a race that Democrats absolutely need to win to keep their majority next fall.

“If we have lots of talented people and they’re all running for different positions, then we get the benefit,” Stabenow, the No. 3 Senate Democrat, said in an interview. “So that’s what I’ve been saying: ‘Think about how to best keep this great talent going in the state.’ And you don’t do it by everybody running for the same seat.”


Biden being very clear and concise about the steps being taken on bank closures.

All DEPOSITOR funds will be available today

No taxpayer funds paying for bailout

All current bank managers will be fired

Stockholders will not be bailed out; that's the risk of capitalism.

Any violations of law will be prosecuted.

Politico: Trump continues to suck the air out of the GOP primary

It wasn’t long ago that many Republicans believed the party might finally be ready to move past former President Donald Trump. Nikki Haley was running for president. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis was embarking on a book tour, and a raft of other prominent GOPers were visiting early primary states.

But in the span of a week, the script for the earliest stages of the 2024 primary was written; and once again Trump was the axis around which it all turned.

“It’s Groundhog Day,” said Mike Madrid, the Republican strategist who was a co-founder of the anti-Trump Lincoln Project.

While Trump’s approval ratings may be slipping and Republican voters tell pollsters they are willing to look elsewhere, a series of recent developments has kept the party fixated on him and the scandals that defined his time and office. Washington D.C. and the largest conservative news outlet have spent days reliving the Jan. 6 riot. And the specter of a Trump indictment in New York portends an early primary season spent relitigating his record.


Biden will address Silicon Valley Bank collapse at 8 a.m. ET

Source: CNN

President Joe Biden said he will address the developing situation in the US banking system on Monday morning.

"Yes. I'll talk to you tomorrow morning," he told reporters in response to a question about addressing the situation as he boarded Air Force One to return to the White House.

Later, the White House released a daily guidance for Monday, noting that Biden is scheduled to make remarks on the banking system at 8 a.m. ET before departing for San Diego where he is scheduled to meet the prime ministers of the United Kingdom and Australia.

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/business/live-news/silicon-valley-bank-collapse-updates-03-13-23/h_f5c066507f05fb3780c26d3aa6779558

Moooove over: How single-celled yeasts are doing the work of 1,500-pound cows

Washington Post

BERKELEY, Calif. — The first course was a celery root soup lush with whole milk. The last was a spice cake topped with maple cream cheese frosting, served with a side of ice cream. And then a latte with its fat cap of glossy foam. In all, a delicious lunch. Maybe a little heavy on the dairy.

Only this dairy was different. It was not the product of a cow or soybean or nut. The main ingredient of this milk was made by microbes in a lab, turned into tasty and recognizable food, and then served to a hungry reporter.

Lab-grown meat is coming. But lab-grown dairy has already arrived.

Dozens of companies have sprouted up in recent months to develop milk proteins made by yeasts or fungi, including Perfect Day, the California-based dairy company that laid out this unusual spread. The companies’ products are already on store shelves in the form of yogurt, cheese and ice cream, often labeled “animal-free.” The burgeoning industry, which calls itself “precision fermentation,” has its own trade organization, and big-name food manufacturers such as Nestlé, Starbucks and General Mills have already signed on as customers.

What does it say that the COVID situation has reached the point of catchphrases?

"If it's COVID, Paxlovid..." (courtesy of Pfizer)

Ex-Trump attorney admits statements about 2020 election were false and is censured by judge

Source: CNN

Jenna Ellis was censured by a disciplinary judge in Colorado Wednesday, in the latest effort to hold accountable attorneys who boosted former President Donald Trump’s 2020 election reversal gambits.

Ellis signed a stipulation stating that several comments she made about the 2020 election violated professional ethics rules barring reckless, knowing or intentional misrepresentations by attorneys, according to documents posted by Colorado’s Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel. As part of the stipulation, Ellis agrees to pay $224.

Among the false statements highlighted in the stipulation were comments by Ellis on social media and in TV appearances claiming that the Trump campaign had evidence the election was “stolen.”

“The public censure in this matter reinforces that even if engaged in political speech, there is a line attorneys cannot cross, particularly when they are speaking in a representative capacity,” Jessica Yates, attorney regulation counsel for the Colorado Supreme Court, said in a statement.

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2023/03/09/politics/jenna-ellis-former-trump-attorney/index.html

Scoop: Kari Lake among 4 women Trump's considering for VP pick


Former President Trump is strongly considering picking a female running mate — and sees Kari Lake as a model for his vice presidential pick, according to people who discussed the topic with him.

Why it matters: Trump is already gaming out the general election in November 2024 — and knows he has a massive weakness with the white suburban women he would need to beat President Biden.

Lake, a former TV anchor who lost her race for Arizona governor in November, meets Trump's most important qualification for a No. 2:

Credit where credit is due: she’s an expert at fleecing the sheep…

Inbound to Paris...

My train is operating but no idea what will be on strike when we arrive (approx 1/3 of Metro service is running). No idea if my trains to/from London will be operating later this week. Petrol deliveries stopped so taxis could run out of fuel,. Unions have decided to vote on extending the strike day by day rather than one day strikes every couple of weeks.
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