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BOEING, BOEING, GONE—Yesterday evening, a "Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft from the fleet that was grounded after two deadly crashes made an emergency landing in Florida," reports CNN. According to Southwest Airlines, the pilots decided to land after noticing "a performance issue with one of the engines shortly after takeoff."
DOES A BAYER SHIT IN THE WOODS?—Around 2013, the Oregon Department of Transportation's use of the herbicide Perspective killed at least 1,000 ponderosa pines in Deschutes National Forest. The active ingredient in Perspective is aminocyclopyrachlor, and in 2018, Oregon became the "first state in the U.S. to temporarily ban it from rights of way." Now, that ban has been delayed, according to the Bend Bulletin, thanks to "a request to delay implementation from Bayer, the pharmaceutical company that produces Perspective, two days before the new rule was set to go into place."
WORLD WAR II AND STUMPTOWN COFFEE—"The Reimann family, which controls the consumer goods conglomerate JAB Holding Company, recently commissioned a historian to dig deep into company archives and shed light on its activities during the 12 years of Nazi rule," writes the New York Times. "The initial revelations, 74 years after World War II ended, are damning." In addition to businesses like Krispy Kreme, JAB owns Peet's Coffee—which, since 2015, has owned
Portland, Oregon's Emeryville, California's Stumptown Coffee Roasters.
YEP, STILL AN ASSHOLE—Donald Trump, who lost the popular vote by 2,864,974 votes, "complained in a private lunch Tuesday with Senate Republicans about the amount of disaster aid designated for Puerto Rico," writes the Washington Post. "Trump’s remarks came during an hour-long, freewheeling soliloquy at the Capitol with Senate Republicans where he boasted about the end of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation, encouraged Republicans to take up another legislative effort on health care, and mocked Democrats over the Green New Deal."
GREEN NO DEAL—Yesterday afternoon, the non-binding Green New Deal resolution failed to pass the Senate after Republicans forced a vote and Democrats refused to play along. "Republican leaders in the Senate had scheduled Tuesday’s vote in an effort to turn the proposal into a wedge issue in the 2020 elections," reports the Guardian. "Democrats called the efforts by the Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell a 'sham,' and 43 of them voted 'present' rather than casting an up-or-down vote. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez explains why:
Because I encouraged them to vote present, along w/ others.
McConnell tried to rush the #GreenNewDeal straight to the floor without a hearing.
The real question we should be asking: Why does the Senate GOP refuse to hold any major hearings on climate change? https://t.co/de8oKOXeJf
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) March 26, 2019
SPRING HAS SPRUNG—And you know what that means... one hour and 20 minutes of Kenny the Gardener!!!