TIM MOORE IS AFRAID TO RUN AGAINST MADISON CAWTHORN: In Cawthorn’s announcement, he did not mention Moore by name, but he said he was worried about an “establishment” Republican prevailing in the 13th district if he did not run. “Knowing the political realities of the 13th district, I am afraid that another establishment, go-along to get-along Republican would prevail there. I will not let that happen,” Cawthorn said in a video announcement. Saine and Moore were at a fundraiser in the Outer Banks with other lawmakers on Thursday night when the news broke, first of Cawthorn’s change and then of Moore’s decision not to run for Congress. “I told him that he’s my speaker and has done a good job. I haven’t heard any announcement to the contrary and he continues to have my support as speaker,” Saine said. Yeah, you can play it like that 'til the cows come home, but everybody knows the deal. Afraid of a nut-job in a wheelchair, and afraid Trump will choose the crazy one to support. Which he would, of course.
STEVE BANNON INDICTED, MARK MEADOWS COULD BE NEXT: Steve Bannon, a longtime ally to former President Donald Trump, was indicted Friday on two counts of contempt of Congress after he defied a congressional subpoena from the House committee investigating the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. The Justice Department said Bannon, 67, was indicted on one count for refusing to appear for a deposition and the other for refusing to provide documents in response to the committee’s subpoena. Each count carries a minimum of 30 days of jail and a sentence of up to a year behind bars. Meadows had been in discussions with the committee since his subpoena was issued in September, but his lawyer said Friday that Meadows has a “sharp legal dispute” with the panel as Trump has claimed executive privilege over the testimony. Thompson had threatened contempt against Meadows in a letter to the lawyer, George Terwilliger, on Thursday, saying that if he failed to appear to answer the committee's questions Friday it would be considered “willful non-compliance." The committee would first have to vote on the contempt recommendation, then the full House would vote to send it to the Justice Department. Okay, here's the funny part: Meadows spent most of his time in Congress threatening and intimidating his colleagues with that Freedom Caucus bullshit, and now those same colleagues have the chance to exact their revenge. Don't drop the soap, MFer...
MURPH WINS IN NEW JERSEY, PRAISE BE: Republican Jack Ciattarelli conceded defeat Friday in his bid to unseat New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D), adding that he didn’t want to delay the lengthy vote count or raise questions about election integrity. “I called Gov. Murphy today and congratulated him on his reelection,” Ciattarelli told supporters and media in the Raritan borough. “I see no proof that this election was stolen.” With 98 percent of the expected vote tallied as of Friday morning, Murphy had 1,305,152 votes, or a little over 51 percent, while Ciattarelli had 1,231,204 votes, or slightly over 48 percent. The Associated Press called the race for Murphy last Wednesday. But Ciattarelli declined to concede for more than a week, with staffers telling reporters that the campaign was trying to determine whether the vote margin would eventually narrow enough that they could seek a recount. “No one should be declaring victory or conceding the election until every legal vote is counted,” Ciattarelli said in a video statement posted last Thursday evening, when the unofficial vote count put Murphy ahead by about two points. For future reference, if you catch yourself saying, "Count every legal vote," you are a certifiable moron.
AMERICAN JOURNALIST SENTENCED TO 11 YEARS IN PRISON BY MYANMAR JUNTA: A court in military-ruled Myanmar on Friday sentenced U.S. journalist Danny Fenster to 11 years in prison with hard labor, the maximum penalty under three charges, despite calls by the United States and rights groups for his release. It was the harshest punishment yet among the seven journalists known to have been convicted since the military ousted the elected government of Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi in February. Fenster, the managing editor of the online magazine Frontier Myanmar, still faces additional terrorism and treason charges under which he could receive up to life in prison. The court found him guilty on Friday of spreading false or inflammatory information, contacting illegal organizations and violating visa regulations, lawyer Than Zaw Aung said. Fenster wept after hearing the sentence and has not yet decided whether to appeal, the lawyer said. U.S. State Department spokesperson Ned Price in a statement called Fenster’s sentencing “an unjust conviction of an innocent person.” Time to turn on the green light, and give that boy a magic carpet ride home.
THE GREAT WALKOUT CONTINUES, 4.4 MILLION AMERICANS QUIT JOBS IN SEPTEMBER: A record 4.4 million Americans quit their jobs in September as workers took advantage of the surge in job openings across the country, a sign of how labor market imbalances continue to complicate the economic recovery 20 months into the pandemic. The number of people quitting in September constituted 3 percent of the workforce, according to a monthly Bureau of Labor Statistics survey released Friday. That number is up from the previous record set in August, when 4.3 million people quit their jobs — about 2.9 percent of the workforce. In February 2020, before the big wave of pandemic-related layoffs began, 2.3 percent of workers quit their jobs. The new statistics reflect how severely in flux the labor market remains after the pandemic upended the course of business and life across the country in 2020. Businesses have hired millions of American workers since April 2020, continuing to add employees even during a surge in coronavirus infections during the late summer. But workers have remained remarkably mobile, quitting jobs for a variety of reasons and often with little notice. Many businesses are so scrapped to find and retain workers that they are dipping into budgets to offer higher pay and bonuses, creating the most worker friendly labor market in recent history.