GOP Hypocrisy Over ‘Cancel Culture’ Laid Bare In MSNBC Supercut

Three strikes: No second no-hitter for Orioles’ John Means, but scoreless streak stays intact

The sequel is rarely as good as the original. In movies, baseball, you name it.

Of course, when the first version is nearly perfect, anything that follows can't help but be a letdown.

Coming off his brilliant no-hitter, Baltimore Orioles left-hander John Means didn't tie Johnny Vander Meer's record and toss a second consecutive one on Tuesday night against the New York Mets. But he did extend his shutout streak to 15 innings before he was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the top of the seventh inning in a scoreless game. 

The American League Player of the Week allowed six hits and no walks to lower his AL-leading ERA to 1.21. 

Futures extend losses after bigger-than-expected price rise

FILE PHOTO: The front facade of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) is seen in New York City, U.S., May 4, 2021. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

(Reuters) – U.S. stock index futures extended losses on Wednesday after data showed consumer prices rose far more than expected in April, raising worries of faster interest rate hikes.

At 8:33 a.m. ET, Dow e-minis were down 195 points, or 0.57%, S&P 500 e-minis were down 32.25 points, or 0.78%, and Nasdaq 100 e-minis were down 157.5 points, or 1.18%.

Ex-Sen. Jeff Flake Explains How GOP Has Brought U.S. To ‘Low And Dangerous Place’

The greatest offense that a Republican can make today?

According to former Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), it’s honesty.

Flake, in a scathing essay about the GOP and its capitulation to its twice impeached ex-President Donald Trump, slammed the party for bringing America to a “low and dangerous” place.

American freedom “has been predicated on truth,” Flake noted in his article for The Washington Post. But “the destructive effect of the president’s behavior — and the willingness of Republican elected officials to indulge, excuse, defend, justify and, in many cases, just roll with it — has taken a devastating toll.”

Flake, a Republican senator from 2013 until 2019 who left citing Trump’s danger to democracy, said “we did not become a great nation by believing or espousing nonsense, or by embracing lunacy. And if my party continues down this path, we will not be fit to govern.”

Flake ended with a tribute to Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), who faces being purged from her House GOP leadership role on Wednesday because of her unwillingness to accept Trump’s election lies.

“Hold your head high, congresswoman,” wrote Flake. “Those of us who believe in American democracy and who live in objective reality are grateful that you have chosen to take a stand for truth — self-evident truth — regardless of the consequences.”

Read Flake’s full essay here.

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UK's Johnson backs public inquiry into handling of pandemic

LONDON — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced that an independent public inquiry into the handling of the coronavirus pandemic will be held next year.

He told lawmakers Wednesday that the inquiry will have wide-ranging statutory powers and that the government has a responsibility to learn lessons from the pandemic.

Johnson said he expects the inquiry to begin its work next spring.

Families of those who have died during the pandemic have been calling on Johnson to call an inquiry since last summer, but the prime minister consistently said the time wasn’t right.

The U.K. has recorded Europe’s highest virus-related death toll with more than 127,500 people dead.

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Giants minor leaguer Drew Robinson hits first homer since losing an eye in suicide attempt

Just a little more than a year since a suicide attempt, Drew Robinson added a major hallmark to his baseball comeback story on Tuesday by hitting his first home run since returning to the pros. 

Robinson lost his right eye in an April, 2020 suicide attempt in which he put a gun to his head and pulled the trigger. Robinson remarkably survived and 20 hours later woke up – realizing he wanted to live. The 29-year-old now has a prosthetic eye in his right socket and lost parts of his sense of taste and smell. 

Robinson recently signed with the San Francisco Giants' Class AAA team, the Sacramento River Cats, and on Saturday hit a single in the River Cats' 11-10 loss to the Las Vegas Aviators. That snapped his 0-for-8 start at the plate in the first two games. 

Futures extend losses after bigger-than-expected price rise

FILE PHOTO: The front facade of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) is seen in New York City, U.S., May 4, 2021. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

(Reuters) – U.S. stock index futures extended losses on Wednesday after data showed consumer prices rose far more than expected in April, raising worries of faster interest rate hikes.

At 8:33 a.m. ET, Dow e-minis were down 195 points, or 0.57%, S&P 500 e-minis were down 32.25 points, or 0.78%, and Nasdaq 100 e-minis were down 157.5 points, or 1.18%.

GOP Hypocrisy Over ‘Cancel Culture’ Laid Bare In MSNBC Supercut

MSNBC’s Brian Williams on Tuesday demonstrated how conservative complaints about so-called cancel culture are “just a culture war talking point.”

“The 11th Hour” anchor aired a montage of GOP lawmakers and Fox News personalities whining about people being canceled. He contrasted it with the GOP’s imminent purge of Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) from House leadership because she rejects ex-President Donald Trump’s election lies.

“It’s hard to figure out what exactly to call this dynamic, suddenly making somebody disappear,” Williams said of Cheney’s looming ouster. “There’s a term for it. Oh yeah, it’s the dynamic Republicans have been railing against.”

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