Live From Brussels, It's Joe Biden!

Let's see, today, President Joe Biden has ...

1) met with the leaders of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania -- you know, countries Vladimir Putin thinks he probably still should get to own. It's one of the many things Biden is doing in advance of his meeting with Putin to demonstrate that the days of Donald Trump cuddling with the Russian president and begging him for treats are over.

2) done the NATO summit, continuing to talk about how America's defense of NATO should be an absolute given.

3) taken more fun pictures, this time with NATO leaders.

4) met with the authoritarian shitheel president of Turkey, who is still allowed to be in NATO.

And now it's 6:50 p.m. where he is, and 12:50 on the east coast of America, and he's doing a press conference.

So low-energy!

(UPDATE: There was a biiiiiiig delay because NATO ran long, but now he is going, as of 3:30-ish on the east coast, which is 9:30 where he is! Even more low-energy!)

Watch the president here:

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New York Times Not Mad, Just Disappointed That Bari Weiss Isn't Running The ACLU

A favorite hobby over at the New York Times is creating outrage about things on the Left so they can go "Look! Both sides!" And, well, here we are again!

In the last four days, the New York Times has published not one but two pieces about the ACLU allegedly abandoning its free speech bonafides. On Sunday, the Times published a feature (not an opinion piece, but something purporting to be a real, journalistic article) about the organization written by Michael Powell.

At first glance, Powell's piece makes it look like the ACLU is in the midst of a civil war — and free speech is on the losing side. Powell's piece quickly made the rounds. A lot of people, mostly right-wingers and the usual "look at me, I'm edgy!" contrarians but also lefties, jumped at the chance to attack the ACLU for abandoning its commitment to free speech. The next day, the outlet published a follow-up op-ed that argued forcefully in favor of defending people who say terrible things.

And you know what? They would be right. That is, if this were a thing that was actually happening. Instead, Powell seems to be irked that the ACLU is mostly focusing on the state infringing upon freedom of speech, rather than whatever bad "white fragility" thing a private school asked its parents to think about. Did the Times bring back Bari Weiss to edit this thing?

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So Now The New Yorker Is Doing Fox News's Job?

Wow, did you hear about those crazy libs who want law schools to stop teaching about the Supreme Court's 1857 Dred Scott decision because they're worried it'll trigger their snowflake students? It must be true, because it was covered by the New Yorker, not Ben Shapiro or OAN. This is where we point out that nothing of the sort has happened: Nobody's canceling Dred Scott v. Sandford in law schools, but the New Yorker did run a piece Tuesday suggesting it might be endangered. Problem is, the think piece was inspired not by a movement in law schools, but by a single Twitter discussion the author had seen, which suggested that the case might best be taught without reading much of the actual Supreme Court decision, because do you really need to wallow in all that racism?

The column, by Harvard Law prof and New Yorker contributor Jeannie Suk Gersen, makes a pretty strong argument for teaching Scott as an illustration of how norms of legal reasoning can result in a decision that's antithetical to human rights. It's actually a pretty good read, as long as you set aside the minor detail that it's all based on knocking down a straw man.

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Time For Fun New Game, 'Did Your Wonkette Donation Expire'!

Hello Wonkers and friends and loved ones and terrible ones and everyone except the haters and losers! Today, tomorrow, and all damn weekend, we are going to play a fun game, it is called "Go Get Your Credit Card Statement And Check To See If You Are Still Giving Money To Wonkette Which Might Also Be Listed On Your Credit Card Statement As Commie Girl Industries Inc Because We Are Incorporated!"

This week, I got a lovely note from one among you asking me to up her contribution for her. (I can do that in the back end if you are a Stripe subscriber. If you are a Paypal subscriber they are all like, "LOL nah, we can't let you change the payments people agreed to, you would just do crimes and frauds and fraud crimes," because they don't know me at all.) When I went very happily to do so for her, her credit card had expired in 2019! That is at least ... FOUR MONTHS AGO!

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Legal

Louie Gohmert Sues Congress For Metal Detector Discrimination

Did he get the shot and now he can't get to work because all the keys are sticking to him?

"Oh, thank Crom!" said your Wonkette back in 2013 when Terry McAuliffe beat Virginia's Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli in that state's gubernatorial race after Cooch went to court to protect his sacred right to ban sodomy. "Now we won't ever have to think about that buttsex-obsessed weirdo again."

How innocent we were then!

Back in private practice, the Cooch got bored with B-holes and got really into immigrants. More specifically, how to whiten up God's own America by keeping 'em all out. And despite Mitch McConnell's repeated warnings that he couldn't get that dipshit confirmed, Donald Trump continued to stick him in to random jobs at the Department of Homeland Security. And even when a court said "Nope, that's illegal," Cooch just stuck around anyway.

But now he's finally out on his ass, and he's found someone even dumber to pal around with. But not in a gay butt way, of course! (He HATES that!) GOP Rep. Louie Gohmert, the dumbest man in Congress, has teamed up with Cuccinelli to file the platonic ideal of a ridiculous lawsuit.

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SCOTUS

Mitch McConnell Vows No Biden SCOTUS Confirmations In 2024 Or Any Other Year Containing A Number

Are you listening, Stephen Breyer?

Mitch McConnell is reliably evil. He doesn't even show a softer side during the Christmas episode. When Ruth Bader Ginsburg died last September, McConnell bum-rushed Amy Coney Barrett onto the Supreme Court a week before the election and during a pandemic. He ignored Ginsburg's dying wish that another president — presumably one who wasn't a corrupt bag of treason — nominate her replacement. He also ignored his own made-up rule about not confirming Supreme Court justices during an election year.

Democrats have a tenuous, Joe Manchin-sized Senate majority, and McConnell feels pretty confident he's only in temporary exile as minority leader. He's already sharing his robust agenda of obstruction, should he regain power. During an interview with Hugh Hewitt, McConnell confirmed what anyone with a brain already knew: If Republicans regain control of the Senate in 2022, they won't confirm anyone Joe Biden nominates for the Supreme Court in 2024.

"I think it's highly unlikely — in fact, no, I don't think either party, if it were different from the president, would confirm a Supreme Court nominee in the middle of an election," McConnell told radio host Hugh Hewitt.
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foreign policy

Mike Pompeo Brings Super A-Hole Stepdad Energy To 'Fox News Sunday'

It's your Sunday show rundown!

Former Secretary Of State Mike Pompeo, was on "Fox News Sunday" this weekend.

Surprise, he was an asshole!

Chris Wallace had just interviewed current, competent Secretary of State Antony Blinken. We guess Pompeo thought it was his job to "rebut" whatever Blinken had just said. (It's Fox News, after all.)

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