My, how time (and words) fly!
I don't really have anything profound or earth-shattering to say - just "thank you" DU for being there for me. Through good times and bad and everything in between. I'm not online as much as I used to be, but my heart (and fight) are still with you, always.
New York Times - JPMorgan Chase reached a tentative settlement with sexual abuse victims of Jeffrey Epstein, the deceased financier, after weeks of embarrassing disclosures about the banks longstanding relationship with him, the bank and lawyers for the victims said in a statement on Monday.
David Boies, one of the lead lawyers for the victims, said the bank was prepared to pay $290 million to resolve the lawsuit. The parties initially had agreed not to disclose the settlement amount in their joint statement, as it was set to be included in a court filing within the next week.
The proposed deal would settle a lawsuit filed last November in Manhattan federal court by an unidentified woman on behalf of victims who were sexually abused by Mr. Epstein over a roughly 15-year period when they were teenage girls and young women, the suit said. The number of victims could potentially rise to more than 100.
In the statement, the bank and the lawyers for the victims said they had reached an agreement in principle to settle the lawsuit on behalf of the victims and the settlement is in the best interests of all parties, especially the survivors who were the victims of Epsteins terrible abuse.
TalkingPointsMemo - Caught off guard. The New York Times and the Washington Post both used that same language last night to describe how Donald Trump and his team at Mar-a-Lago felt as news broke that the former president had been indicted by the Manhattans DAs office. No one was expecting it.
While Trump has reportedly been in frequent communication in recent weeks with several of his friends on Capitol Hill who are using their new House majority to do little more than breathe life into Trumps grievances, the former president reportedly spent his first night as an indicted man making sure his friendships werent fair-weather.
Graham appeared enthusiastic, emotional even, as he urged viewers to donate to Trumps campaign and described the indictment as a ballot box issue. Earlier in the night, Trumps campaign not only released a statement chalking the whole indictment thing up to Election Interference at the highest level in history, his campaign also began fundraising off of the moment, selling $47 indictment t-shirts.
Even if they didnt speak, the loyal foot soldiers clearly got the memo.
So sweet of you to think of me.
I am not on DU as much as I used to be, but what a happy surprise to find hearts when I get here!
Haven't been able to spend as much time here on DU lately, but what a pleasant surprise to find! Thank you my dear DU friends.
(HuffPost) A single sentence in the 4,155-page omnibus spending bill is everything that Rep. Melanie Stansbury (D-N.M.) came to Congress to do.
WASHINGTON Buried in the 4,155-page omnibus spending bill unveiled in the Senate on Tuesday is a single sentence thats likely to go unnoticed by almost everyone except the freshman congresswoman who fought for it with everything she had for the last year and a half. For an additional amount for Education Construction, $90,465,000, to remain available until expended for necessary expenses related to the consequences of flooding at the ToHajiilee Community School.
The ToHajiilee Community School has been neglected and massively underfunded since its founding. Its one of 183 K-12 schools overseen by the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE), responsible for providing education to more than 48,000 Native American children around the country. Of these schools, 86 are in poor condition, and 73 dont have the money for needed repairs, according to BIE data from 2021. An additional 41 of these schools are in fair condition. The school isnt just substandard; its a site that carries historical trauma. Like many of todays BIE schools, the ToHajiilee Community School is also a former Indian boarding school. For about 150 years, the U.S. government forced tens of thousands of Indigenous children to attend these schools to try to assimilate them into white culture. As a result, these kids endured physical, psychological and sexual abuse. Some died. Others disappeared.
Over the past few weeks, as lawmakers scrambled to get their priorities into the $1.7 trillion year-end spending bill, Stansbury says she spent every day, all day long, dogging House and Senate appropriators, Hill leaders and administration officials to include money for the school. She didnt know until Tuesday morning, when the bill was publicly released and she pored over its text, that her efforts had paid off. Weve been working so hard on this, for so long, I literally woke up and bawled my eyes out, Stansbury told HuffPost in an emotional interview on Tuesday. I invested everything I had to get funding for this school. The ToHajiilee community is only a short distance from Albuquerque, but the people out there have so much need, and the community hasnt had its needs and priorities met. Its just so huge for this community.
Even if I accomplish nothing else in my time serving in Congress, she added, this is the most important thing I could have ever imagined that we could get into the budget.
Read More: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/melanie-stansbury-tribal-school-funding-construction_n_63a1fe41e4b04414304b9f12
Was watching Alex on MSNBC and briefly switched over to CNN and that crap was on. Why are they even carrying him? None of the big networks are - not ABC, not CBS or NBC. SMH.
(HuffPost) 2good + 2be = 4gotten.
People in politics like to use the term candidate quality to diplomatically critique poor candidates. Even by Trump GOP standards, candidate quality was sorely lacking this election cycle. Thats why well never forget the MAGA Class of 2022. Dont ever change!
Most Likely To Never Again Set Foot In The State Where They Ran
Celebrity surgeon Mehmet Oz had a hard time convincing voters that he was actually from the state he hoped to represent in Washington. The GOPs Senate nominee in Pennsylvania did not help his case when, the weekend before the election, he urged voters to contact 10 people before the Steelers game although no such game was happening that weekend. At least this blunder didnt involve a Wegners.
Most Likely To Have One Or 20 Skeletons In Their Closet
Things always seemed to be getting worse for Herschel Walker. The Senate hopeful and former star running back would routinely make head-scratching comments about evolution, pollution and pretty much anything else under the sun. It was nothing, however, compared to the jaw-dropping revelations from Walkers personal life, which included domestic violence allegations and two previously undisclosed children.
Most Likely To Parlay This Election Into A Newsmax Show
Kari Lakes announcement that she was running for Arizona governor was about as unsubtle as taking a sledgehammer to a television which is exactly how the ex-newscaster made her political ambitions known in a video. That theme has been consistent throughout her campaign. Lake has taken a sledgehammer to everything in her way: her old job, the media, the GOP establishment. And now shes smashed her way to a near-win in a race against Democrat Katie Hobbs thats still too close to call.
Read More: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/2022-midterms-maga-nominees_n_636e4affe4b0ca9acf23be0d
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