Some news items you might have missed:
• CBS News: House Republicans blocked a resolution that would expel truth-challenged Rep. George Santos (NY-R) from Congress, instead voting to refer the matter to an ethics committee as several investigations into his conduct continue.
• NBC News: Penguin Random House, authors, parents and a free speech group filed a lawsuit Wednesday against a Florida school district for removing 10 books related to race and the LGBTQ community after a high school teacher complained.
• Major League Baseball: The Los Angeles Dodgers were set to include the drag community service organization the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence in this year’s Pride Night event on June 16. But haters including Sen. Marco Rubio (FL-R) trolled the Dodgers into backpedaling, and the Sisters are now uninvited.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) May 17, 2023
• New York Times: In an episode eerily reminiscent of the car chase that led to Princess Diana’s death in 1997, Prince Harry and his wife Meghan say their car was chased through the streets of NYC by paparazzi last night after leaving a charity event.
• Gallup: The percentage of Americans who currently have or are being treated for depression has increased to 17.8%, up about seven points from 2015. Over one-third of women (36.7%) now report having been diagnosed with depression at some point in their lifetime compared with 20.4% of men.
• Washington Post: A panel of 3 judges on the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals – a very conservative circuit court – look like they will uphold a federal judge’s ruling to ban access to mifepristone, a key abortion medication first approved more than two decades ago.
A federal appeals court on Wednesday seemed prepared to limit access to a key abortion medication, expressing skepticism that the government followed the proper process when it loosened regulations to make the pill more readily available. https://t.co/Cp6XPb0Ai0
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) May 17, 2023