Stuff You Should Consume - Sept 1, 2021
Welcome to this week’s edition of “Stuff You Should Consume” — a weekly email from Message Box subscribers with important and interesting political content.
“Dear Dems: Please Just Run Against Mitch” by McKenzie Wilson, Data for Progress
“Dr. Oz Says Abortion Is ‘Still Murder’ at Any Stage of Pregnancy” by Roger Sollenberger and Jake Lahut, Daily Beast
The Daily Beast has obtained audio from a campaign event this May where Oz staked out his most extreme position yet, telling voters he believes abortion at any stage of development is “still murder,” including from the moment of conception.
Investigators developed evidence that “government records were likely concealed and removed” from the storage room at Mar-a-Lago after the Justice Department sent Mr. Trump’s office a subpoena for any remaining documents with classified markings. That led prosecutors to conclude that “efforts were likely taken to obstruct the government’s investigation,” the government filing said.
“How Did Fighting Climate Change Become a Partisan Issue?” by Elizabeth Kolbert, New Yorker
How did caring about a drowned or desiccated future come to be a partisan issue? Perhaps the simplest answer is money. A report put out two years ago by the Senate Democrats’ Special Committee on the Climate Crisis noted, “In the 2000s, several bipartisan climate bills were circulating in the Senate.” Then, in 2010, the Supreme Court, in the Citizens United decision, ruled that corporations and wealthy donors could, effectively, pour unlimited amounts of cash into electioneering. Fossil-fuel companies quickly figured out how to funnel money through front groups, which used it to reward the industry’s friends and to punish its enemies. After Citizens United, according to the report, “bipartisan activity on comprehensive climate legislation collapsed.