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Smashville: “Thousands flocked to the Tennessee Capitol on Thursday to support the three Democratic lawmakers facing possible expulsion for their role in a gun control demonstration, cheering and chanting outside the House chamber so loud that it drowned out proceedings. The GOP-dominated House is set to vote on whether to oust Reps. Gloria Johnson, Justin Jones and Justin Pearson, an extraordinary move that the chamber has used only a handful of times since the Civil War.” This is disturbing. Out with how people voted and in with automatic weapons. Here’s the latest from AP and The Tennessean.

+ Reporters on Reporter: “At Lefortovo prison, the interrogations start with the clanging of metal.” WSJ reporters on what their own colleague is likely experiencing. ‘You Are Completely Alone’: Inside the Infamous Russian Prison Holding Evan Gershkovich.

+ Drill Seekers: “Willow represents a small fraction of hundreds of new oil and gas extraction projects approved in the past year across the world, including many more in the United States. And in the coming months, dozens of additional projects are expected to be approved.” NYT: It’s Not Just Willow: Oil and Gas Projects Are Back in a Big Way. Meanwhile, coal burning capacity climbs worldwide despite pledges to reduce use.

+ Borderless Patrol: “Although Oklahoma and Texas allow lawsuits against people who help facilitate an abortion within the states’ borders, Idaho’s law is the first that expressly criminalizes assisting with an out-of-state abortion.”

+ The Obsession: The governors from Indiana and Idaho sign bans on gender-affirming care, and Kansas lawmakers override governor’s veto, enacting ban on transgender athletes.

+ The (Crime) Beat Goes On: “More than 150 Catholic priests and others associated with the Archdiocese of Baltimore sexually abused over 600 children and often escaped accountability, according to a long-awaited state report released Wednesday that revealed the scope of abuse spanning 80 years and accused church leaders of decades of coverups.” (But yeah, protect your children from transgender teens or someone dressed in drag.)

+ Lady Liberty? “A Mass. school committee rescinded a superintendent candidate’s job offer after he referred to women as ‘ladies.’ In the words of Lady MacBeth, “Come you spirits, that tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here.”

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