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Sold a Parents Bill of Goods: “The debate took center stage in the House this week, where Republicans broke into cheers after narrowly advancing their ‘Parents Bill of Rights,’ Friday’s vote followed a contentious 16-hour committee hearing and a bitter floor debate over the legislation, whose sponsor argued would ‘bring more transparency and accountability to education’ and whose opponents derisively rebranded the ‘politics over parents act.'” Just what you want, Marjorie Taylor Greene, Jim Jordan, and Matt Gaetz in charge of education. ‘Parents’ rights’: Republicans wage education culture war as 2024 loom.

+ On a Gender Bender: “Gov. Andy Beshear said in a written veto message that the bill allows ‘too much government interference in personal healthcare issues and rips away the freedom of parents to make medical decisions for their children…My faith teaches me that all children are children of God and Senate Bill 150 will endanger the children of Kentucky.'” Kentucky governor vetoes sweeping GOP transgender measure. That veto will soon be overridden because stoking fear of society’s most vulnerable is at the heart of the education culture wars. Georgia governor signs bill banning most gender-affirming care for trans children.

+ Going to the Mattesses? “Americans are moving hundreds of billions of dollars out of banks – especially smaller, regional banks – into larger institutions, as well as money market funds, government bonds, high-yield online savings accounts, even cryptocurrencies and gold.” Bye, banks: Recent turmoil is spurring many to move their money.

+ Flame Thrower: “Former president Donald Trump warned early Friday of ‘potential death & destruction’ if he is charged in Manhattan in a criminal case.” We already experienced death and destruction. That’s what the other charges are about.

+ Trash Talk: “What makes humans different from other species? To environmental engineer and Santa Clara University professor Stephanie Hughes, it’s the fact that we produce things that can’t be used again in nature. We break the cycle.” Garbology is the study of trash. This is why students love it. (Too bad the name is taken. Garbology would have been a perfect headline for the story about the GOP’s Parents Bill of Rights.)

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