Some news items you might have missed:
• Page Six: Madonna, the Queen of Pop, turns 65 today. Happy birthday, Madge!
• CNBC: Wealthy donors received calls and emails from a man who said he was Dan Meyer, House Speaker McCarthy’s chief of staff, during the 2020 and 2022 election cycles. His name was actually Sam Miele, and he worked for truth-challenged George Santos, raising money for his campaign.
Feds indict paid fundraiser for Rep. George Santos for allegedly impersonating Speaker McCarthy aide https://t.co/pg7bL3YmYK
— CNBC Politics (@CNBCPolitics) August 16, 2023
• The Advocate: All charges have been dropped against a transgender man seen on video getting beaten by a sheriff’s deputy during a traffic stop. But Brock Emmett says he won’t be able to put this behind him until he gets his job back as a schoolteacher.
• Pink News: Netflix has returned Ugly Betty to its catalog nearly 17 years after the series premiered. The show follows the plucky Betty Suarez (America Ferrera) making her way through the world of fashion publishing, with Vanessa Williams’ Wilhelmina Slater making for a perfectly camp arch-villain.
• Washington Post: A 3-judge panel of the conservative U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit has upheld some restrictions for the abortion drug mifepristone. However, the drug will remain available for now under existing regulations while the litigation continues.
Appeals court upholds some limits on abortion pill mifepristone, setting up high-stakes Supreme Court review https://t.co/a6wGvT8JBu
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) August 16, 2023
• The Hill: Republican strategists say there’s growing concern that if Donald Trump is not the GOP presidential nominee, many of his core supporters, estimated to make up 25% to 35% of the party base, “will take their ball and go home.”
• Reuters: A new COVID vaccine is due out next month, but health experts and analysts say it is likely to be coolly received even as hospitalizations from “Eris”, a variant of the Omicron form of the coronavirus, rise around the country.
A new COVID vaccine is due out next month, but health experts and analysts say it is likely to be coolly received even as hospitalizations from 'Eris,' a variant of the Omicron form of the coronavirus, rise around the country https://t.co/QSk3MioNx9
— Reuters (@Reuters) August 14, 2023