The Daily Populous

Sunday April 30th, 2023 evening edition

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You’ve probably heard that California senator Dianne Feinstein, eighty-nine, has been too ill to show up to the Senate yet hasn’t resigned.

As a result of her absence, the Senate on Thursday voted to overturn a critical Biden administration effort to control truck emissions.

Shingles aside, there are serious questions about whether she is up for this job, cognitively and physically.

People will die because of this vote — a disgraceful yet fitting finale to Feinstein’s career, which has been spent faithfully serving capital.

Feinstein opposed single-payer health care, even as it became a mainstream political priority during Bernie Sanders’s last two presidential campaigns.

In sum, the criticisms of Dianne Feinstein are not sexist or ageist.

Not only is she not showing up for work — this billionaire has been serving the billionaire class for far too long. »

A Montana lawmaker suggested she’d rather risk her child’s suicide than let her transition

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State Rep. Kerri Seekins-Crowe, a Republican, suggested during a floor debate that she would rather risk her daughter dying by suicide than allow her to transition.

"One of the big issues that we have heard today and we've talked about lately is that without surgery the risk of suicide goes way up.

Montana House Republicans voted this week to censure Rep. Zooey Zephyr, a Democrat and Montana’s first transgender state legislator. »

Australia and New Zealand in the West Papua Conflict

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The drawn-out hostage drama in West Papua over New Zealand pilot Philip Mehrtens has focused Western attention on this neglected area of the world.

The Dutch and later local Melanesian groups within West Papua asserted that the region’s cultural, religious, and ethnic differences mandated separate West Papuan independence.

Foreign policymakers in both countries have shown little willingness to address the unrest or human rights issues in West Papua. »

Leaked Breitbart messages highlight right-wing media struggle over Republican party’s future

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The tense back and forth inside Breitbart reflects a growing tension inside the right-wing media universe writ large — one that could have consequences for national politics.

In a statement, a Breitbart spokesperson told me, “Another day, another robust debate in the Breitbart virtual newsroom.

Republican primary voters primarily get their news from partisan outlets, such as Breitbart and Fox News, while shunning news from mainstream outlets. »