Mark Kelly Supports Filibuster Reform, So Don't Blame 'Arizona,' OK, KYRSTEN SINEMA?

With the Senate debating landmark voting rights legislation this evening, Sen. Mark Kelly (D-Arizona) will support changing the Senate's filibuster rule so the package of voting protections can be passed, the Arizona Republic reports. Kelly had been among the few remaining Democrats in the Senate who hadn't already said they supported the rules change for voting rights.

The legislation is still expected to fail to pass in the Senate because none of the 50 Republicans in the body will vote for it, and because changes to the filibuster are still opposed by Sens. Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia) and Arizona's other senator, Kyrsten Sinema.

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Let's See What President Biden Has To Say For Himself!

The president is doing a news conference this afternoon, and we are going to ... liveblog it, we guess? Yeah why not. We "love" you, after all.

We got a feeling it's gonna be kind of lit, since journalists are kind of obsessed with throwing both-sides crap at Joe Biden just to prove to each other that they are fair and balanced after four years of Donald Trump.

Also there's that whole thing about how his agenda is kind of stalled, because of these two absolutely worthless shitheel moron Democratic senators whose names we currently forget.

Let's watch together.

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Trump Family Gets Late Night Love Note From New York Attorney General

How was your night? Probably not as exciting as New York Attorney General Letitia James's evening, which was spent tweeting out details of her investigation into the Trump family business. Vanky, Deej, and Donald Sr. also had quite the night, but probably not in a YEEHAW fun way, because it was their dirty laundry being aired out on the New York State Supreme Court docket via a motion to compel testimony in the AG's investigation of their family business.

For three years, the Trump family has whined about New York prosecutors, including James and former Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr., who has now been replaced by Alvin Bragg.

"Harassment!" they howled, pointing out that they haven't been indicted yet, while conveniently omitting the fact that they dragged this thing out by steadfastly refusing to cooperate without a court order. Which is just stupid, since every time James has to get a judge to tell the Trumps to cough it up, she drops dozens of pages laying out their hinky finances. We only learned about this investigation in the first place because Eric Trump threw a hissyfit on "Hannity" and refused to testify, providing a golden opportunity for James to 'splain to the public why she's investigating the Trump Organization.

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If You Weren’t Convinced Joss Whedon’s A Creep, His Latest Interview Should Help Seal The Deal

You might remember Joss Whedon, creator of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and director of the worst of the two bad Justice League movies. It was revealed a while back that he’s a big fraud and a huge asshole. Well, now he’s emerged from cancellation, the reboot no one wanted, for an extensive interview with New York Magazine that he presumably thought would salvage his reputation. In reality, it plays out like an episode of "Law & Order” where the obviously guilty defendant is arrogant enough to testify on the stand, and Jack McCoy eviscerates his smug ass.

Writer Lila Shapiro’s profile includes such lines as "It was a perfect day in Santa Monica, as almost every day in Santa Monica is,” so Whedon probably had a good shot at bluffing his way through the interview and coming across like something resembling a mammal. He failed.

Picking up a cup of tea, Whedon said he could no longer remain silent as people tried to pry his legacy from his hands. But there was a problem. Those people had set out to destroy him and would surely seize on his every utterance in an attempt to finish the job. “I’m terrified,” he said, “of every word that comes out of my mouth.”

Oh, you should be, sir. Whedon is a Shakespeare devotee who can’t recognize his own tragic flaw.

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energy

With Winter Storm Coming, Pipeline Company Threatens Gas Supply To Texas Power Plants

Goddamn it, some stories don't need sequels.

A nasty winter storm is expected to hit most of Texas today and tomorrow, and it has Texans understandably concerned. The good news is that it's not forecast to be nearly as bad as last year's massive storm that caused blackouts for millions of Texans and killed 246 people. Still, it's likely to bring temperatures in the low 20s in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, and a "very messy winter mix that could include rain, sleet, or freezing rain, maybe even some snow," according to meteorologist Tim Cady.

Also, there's that little problem we mention in the headline up there, as the Texas Tribune reports: Subsidiaries of a great big pipeline company are threatening to cut off the flow of natural gas to Texas's biggest power generating company because of a financial dispute that goes all the way back to last year's freeze and electric power clusterfuck:

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Everywhere Else News

Indian MRAs Will 'Boycott Marriage' If Marital Rape Criminalized, Disappointing Nobody

In other news, marital rape is still not criminalized in India.

India is one of the 36 remaining countries with no laws against marital rape. Section 375 of the Indian Penal Code currently defines rape as “non-consensual sexual intercourse with a woman,” but provides an exception for married couples where the wife is older than 15. There's a lot that is disturbing about this, starting with the exception and moving on to the fact that rape is non-consensual sexual intercourse with anyone, not just women. But some of that is likely to change that week as the Delhi high court hears a case that may well result in marital rape finally being criminalized throughout the land.

It seems almost impossible that anyone would oppose this, but there is a stunning amount of backlash, mostly from men. VICE reports that this week, #MarriageStrike has been trending on Twitter in India, with many men online saying they will refuse to get married if they aren't allowed to rape their wives. Sounds like a win-win for everyone involved.

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January 6

Jan. 6 Committee Passes Out Subpoenas, Collects Court Wins, Kicks Ass

Haha, get her, Jade!

The January 6 Select Committee has been a bunch of busy bees this week!

On Tuesday it issued subpoenas to Trumpland lawyers Rudy Giuliani, Jenna Ellis, and Sidney Powell to discuss their role in the lead-up to the Capitol riot. Although the three were nominally acting as lawyers during the whole sordid affair, their loose lips may go some way to eroding whatever privilege claims they might have made. For instance, the Committee letters to Giuliani and Powell refer to reporting by Axios that they "urged President Trump to direct the seizure of voting machines around the country after being told that the Department of Homeland Security had no lawful authority to do so." Powell wasn't the president's lawyer, and, even if undertaken at the president's behest, Giuliani's conversation with acting DHS head Ken Cuccinelli is probably not covered by privilege either.

The Committee also subpoenaed Trumpland sycophant Boris Epshteyn, who was hanging out at the Willard Hotel with that hive of vipers and is "reported to have participated in a call with former President Trump on the morning of January 6, during which options were discussed to delay the certification of election results in light of Vice President Mike Pence’s unwillingness to deny or delay certification."

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