Out d’Coup | Biden Announcement; Anita Hill; Warren’s Got a Plan for That; Greta Thunberg and Extinction Rebellion; Trump Freakout about PA GOP; Bloomsburg U President; Space News; Lots of Beer!
Biden announces through a video that he’s running in 2020. His first stop is a high-dollar fundraiser at the home of the chief lobbyist of Comcast, the notorious anti-union, enemy of net neutrality based right in the heart of Philly. Joe Biden suffers some Social Media 101 fails in 2019.
And, in an attempt to clear obstacles to his presidential run, Biden called Anita Hill a few weeks ago to offer “regrets” about what he put her through in the 1991 Judiciary Committee hearing with the then-Supreme-Court-nominee, Clarence Thomas. “Hey, Anita, here’s a gaslight for your troubles.” Hill was having none of it and spoke at length to the New York Times saying that she sees “Biden as having ‘set the stage’ for last year’s confirmation of Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh, who, like Justice Thomas, was elevated to the court despite accusations against him that he had acted inappropriately toward women.”
Elizabeth Warren has one hell of a policy week. She calls for impeachment hearings to begin in the House and makes the case for tuition-free college. Warren’s plan goes even further than other tuition-free college proposals.
Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swedish climate activist, joins the on-going UK protests by Extinction Rebellion and other climate activists groups. She continues to be a catalyst for more militant action on climate. As proof of concept, former archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams and Green Party MP Caroline Lucas are helping launch a handbook about how to become an Extinction Rebellion activist, according to The Guardian. The handbook will “feature instructions on everything from organizing roadblocks to dealing with arrest.”
Turning Points USA invited Trump Jr. to speak at Penn State on Wednesday, but little Donnie wasn’t the only Trump cretens in Pennsylvania this week.
Alex Isenstadt and Holly Otterbein from Politico reported that Trump sent top campaign operatives to Harrisburg to try and triage the tire fire that’s happening at the Pennsylvania GOP Headquarters. Trump sent David Urban, Lou Barletta, and others to meet with party officials. And did we have a Scott Wagner sighting in the middle of the fracas?
An In These Times employee reached out to Sean for a photo of Summer Lee from Swearing-In Day. They will be publishing a story in June on DSA candidates who made it to office and will run the photo as part of that issue.
Tricia Nadolny drops a story about Bloomsburg University president Bashar Hanna’s long history of misconduct that’s been suppressed by several university administrations. It’s a story about how university administrations pay off bad actors and help them fail upwards. Yours truly was one of her sources.
PennLive gets a paywall.
Shields up! A group of undergraduate students at Drake University in Iowa is developing a magnetic shield to defend interplanetary astronauts from the intense cosmic radiation between Earth and Mars. According to LiveScience, “Their MISSFIT (Magneto-Ionization Spacecraft Shield for Interplanetary Travel) design uses a powerful magnetic shield that, like Earth's magnetosphere, protects the planet from high-energy particles.”
Forest and Main is having their 7th Anniversary Party in Ambler this Sunday - rain or shine! This year they’re turning it into a block party!
Weyerbacher sold a 55 percent majority stake to a private investment firm and filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Why? Blame it on pumpkin beer, they say.
Free Will has two new can releases on Saturday. Satisfying Chaos, an Imperial Chocolate Stout and Bold Bubbles a Brut IPA brewed with dragonfruit and hopped with the 2019 Pink Boots Society hop blend featuring a combination of Sabro, Mosaic, Simcoe, Loral, and Glacier hops. Bold Bubbles is brewed by the women of Free Will as just one part of the Pink Boots Society - Greater Philadelphia Regional Chapter Collaboration Brew Day.