DeSantis’ big announcement. Brittney Griner’s sentence. Hawley’s solo stand. What is #DarkBrandon? And more.
- DESANTIS’ BIG ANNOUNCEMENT: Yesterday, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ team teased a “MAJOR announcement” that set tongues wagging on the right. This morning, DeSantis held a press conference where he said he was signing an executive order to suspend State Attorney Andrew Warren for his refusal to enforce state laws related to abortion and gender-affirming surgeries for minors. READ MORE.
- BRITTNEY GRINER’S SENTENCE: Earlier today, a Russian court sentenced WNBA star Brittney Griner to nine years in prison on drug charges. Griner’s supporters have said she is being used as a political pawn amid tensions between Russia and the U.S. READ MORE.
- HAWLEY’S SOLO STAND: Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., was the only senator to vote against a resolution to add Sweden and Finland to NATO. “Expanding NATO will not make America stronger, and it will not make America safer,” Hawley told Fox News host Tucker Carlson last night, hours after the vote. The Senate approved the resolution in a 95-1 vote, with Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., voting present. READ MORE.
- WHAT IS #DARKBRANDON?: Following the assassination Monday of al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, references to “Dark Brandon” exploded on Twitter. In contrast to President Biden’s mainstream image, the memes, which appear to have originated among conservatives, celebrate him as a sinister, powerful and ruthless figure. READ MORE.
- ALEX JONES’ AMBUSH: While on the stand in his defamation trial yesterday, the InfoWars founder was presented with damaging text messages from his cell phone. Jones’ own lawyers apparently mistakenly sent the messages to the attorneys for parents of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. The Sandy Hook parents sued Jones for broadcasting conspiracy theories about the 2012 massacre. READ MORE.
- GOODBYE, JACKIE: Rep. Jackie Walorski, R-Ind., died yesterday in a car crash that also claimed the lives of two of her staffers. Tributes and expressions of grief have been pouring out on social media and beyond. READ MORE.