A lot of things happened. Here are some of the things. This is TPM’s Morning Memo.
Just Add Water And Presto!
Just like that you can turn the baby formula shortage into a … racist attack on immigrants?
It played out quickly Thursday. The “credit” for the bank shot from baby formula shortage to xenophobic attack on immigrants to blaming Biden for it all appears to belong to Rep. Kat Cammack (R-FL). Well played, well played.
But she wasn’t alone.
- The NYPost was ON IT: “Border detention center looks stocked with baby formula despite shortage”
- It gets 4 Pinocchios from the WaPo factchecker.
Louisiana Ditches Proposal To Charge Women Who Get Abortions With Murder
Even staunch anti-abortion groups like Louisiana Right to Life, the Louisiana Conference of Catholic Bishops, and the National Right to Life Committee opposed the measure.
Hate To See This Guy Flail
TPM: “RonJon Distances Self From Own Anti-Abortion Position”
Josh and Kate Contemplate A Post-Roe World
Don’t miss the latest episode of The Josh Marshall Podcast.
Elon Musk Toys With Twitter
The tropes of American campaign and election coverage were bad enough before one of the major U.S. political parties became a safe haven for revanchist neo-fascist insurrectionists:
The Long Tail Of Trump Scandal
A new investigative front has opened on the Trump White House’s handling of classified materials and presidential records that ended up at Mar-A-Lago post-presidency.
New Wrinkle In Durham’s Bogus Prosecution
Trump-era Special Counsel John Durham is kicking open a new can of worms around Justice Department policy on journalists ahead of next week’s trial of DC lawyer Michael Sussmann:
Russia Pulls Back From Kharkiv
After focusing much of its firepower on Ukraine’s second-largest city in the initial stages of the invasion, Russia is now withdrawing troops from around Kharkiv, which is only about 30 miles from the Russian border.
WaPo: “For Palestinian journalists, a colleague’s death hits close to home”
But … It’s The Harvard Of The South?
WaPo: “Duke student’s graduation speech mirrors some language in Harvard address”
Rand Paul Does The Usual Rand Pauling
The junior senator from Kentucky singlehandedly held up the $40 billion Ukrainian aid bill, forcing a series of procedural steps that will slow but not ultimately block passage in the Senate.
Off The Charts
Where yesterday’s event fits in:
My bedtime reading is David Wallace-Wells’ ‘The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming“:
Many perceive global warming as a sort of moral and economic debt, accumulated since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution and now come due after several centuries. In fact, more than half of the carbon exhaled into the atmosphere by the burning of fossil fuels has been emitted in just the past three decades. Which means we have done as much damage to the fate of the planet and its ability to sustain human life and civilization since Al Gore published his first book on climate than in all the centuries–all the millennia–that came before.
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