Senate Minority Turtle Mitch McConnell threatens scorched earth if Dems nuke filibuster.
Senate Minority Turtle Mitch McConnell threatens "scorched earth" if Dems nuke filibuster. Alex Wong / Getty News

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IN LOCAL NEWS:

• Mayor Wheeler held yet another press conference yesterday to denigrate those who choose to protest systemic racism and other societal ills, while also enthusiastically supporting the cops' controversial use of "kettling," which many civil rights experts call an unconstitutional means of detention. Our Alex Zielinski has more.

• Speaking of the cops (and what they definitely should not be doing), those behind the independent probe looking into the patently false report of Commish Jo Ann Hardesty being involved in a hit-and-run may be expanding their investigation into certain members of the Portland Police and their possible chummy involvement with far right-wing groups.

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• Some great pro-choice news: Two months after the long-running Lovejoy Surgicenter closed, a new, independent abortion provider, The Lilith Clinic, is rising up to take its place this coming Friday! Our Blair Stenvick has a lot more detail on this important public health service.

• The very cool movie Sophie June (currently streaming at the Hollywood Theatre) was filmed and cast right here in Portland, and our Chase Hutchinson talks with the director about how this film was made.

IN NATIONAL NEWS:

• According to a new intelligence report, Vladmir Putin definitely tried to help Trump in his 2020 presidential campaign (NO SURPRISE), Iran tried to hurt Trump's chances (DIDN'T KNOW THAT!), and despite the insistence of many Trump lackeys, China apparently stayed out of the 2020 election entirely (SURPRISED THEY DID, NOT SURPRISED TRUMP'S MINIONS LIED ABOUT IT).

• In other SURPRISE, SURPRISE news: Senate Minority Turtle Mitch McConnell is threatening a "scorched earth" response if Dems decide to do away with the filibuster, which if it remains could hamper the Democrats ability to get anything done. Sounds like they're gonna scorch the earth in any case, so... scorch away, a-holes!

• As Biden's new Secretary of State visits Asia, Kim Yo Jong, the sister of North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un, warned the US against "causing a stink" if it wants to "sleep in peace." My wife issued a similar warning to me just last night! (Thank you, I'll see myself out.)

• RIP to the great actor Yaphet Kotto (Alien, Live and Let Die, Homicide: Life on the Street) who has died at the age of 81.

• Look, I don't watch The Bachelor—because I am desperately trying to cling to the last dying vestiges of my sanity—but apparently SOME REAL RACIST SHIT went down this season, and if you don't care about spoilers, then check out this recap.

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