Above, a resolution claiming that former President Trump was the victim of a stolen election in 2020 has been passed by Republican state-party delegates in Texas. (Photo source: Leah Millis of Reuters for The New York Times)
The Republican Party of Texas over the weekend adopted a resolution at its state convention that rejects President Joe Biden as the winner of the 2020 election–further aligning the state party establishment with former President Donald Trump in pushing false election claims, reports CNN.
Also, during the convention, Texas Senator John Cornyn, a lead GOP negotiator on bipartisan gun talks, was greeted by boos from his home-state crowd after he said he had “fought and kept President Biden’s gun-grabbing wish list off the table.”
“Democrats pushed for an assault weapons ban, I said no. They tried to get a new three-week mandatory waiting period for all gun purchases, I said no. Universal background checks, magazine bans, licensing requirements, the list goes on and on and on. And I said no, no, 1,000 times no,” Cornyn said.
“So, you might ask, ‘What is on the table?’ More mental health resources, more support for our schools, and making sure that violent criminals and the mentally ill cannot buy a firearm,” Cornyn said, as boos continued. “That primarily means enforcing current law. That’s what I’ve heard from many of you here today and this week, and that’s what we’re working on – nothing more, and nothing less.”
The party also nearly unanimously adopted a resolution by voice vote on Saturday rejecting the bipartisan gun agreement and rebuking Cornyn and other GOP negotiators, including Senators Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Susan Collins of Maine, Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, Mitt Romney of Utah, Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, Thom Tillis of North Carolina, Rob Portman of Ohio and Roy Blunt of Missouri.
Call it public art, a bit of “quackery,” or simply an enjoyable diversion, but a giant rubber ducky has mysteriously appeared in the busy harbor of Belfast, Maine, reports New England Cable News (NECN).
The funny fowl—anchored in the water between a pedestrian bridge and the town landing—is big enough to make to make two people and a raft look small.
According to the city’s harbormaster, the big, big bird appeared on Saturday, August 14, and has more or less been floating in the same place ever since. No one knows why.
“It’s something to do, something to see,” said Elizabeth Dircks, a summer resident of Camden, Maine. “I don’t live far from here and I’m on my way up to Bar Harbor. I thought I’d make a detour and see if I could find it.”
Exactly how long the ducky is billed to stay in Belfast is anyone’s guess.