To most of the country, Jimmy McMillan came out of nowhere and seemed to be everywhere overnight. (Not us, though; we’d been chronicling his electoral shenanigans for about a year before he blew up. He was like our Shins, pre–Garden State.) A documentary, Damn!, which has been playing at various New York venues and will be available for download and on DVD on August 16, explores what happened to McMillan when he became an instant phenomenon. The obvious answer is: It was awesome! He made a lot of money and everyone loved him! But director Aaron Fisher-Cohen has a more sober take. “Documenting this journey, the film is able to raise many difficult, yet critical, questions,” he says. “Are viral hits victimized by the media or are they complicit? Have we all been transformed into attention-mongers, willing to sacrifice dignity for, now quantifiable, views on a screen?”
White House press secretary Jen Psaki said DOJ is reviewing the court’s decision and will have “more to say later today”
A federal judge on Wednesday vacated a nationwide freeze on evictions that was put in place by federal health officials to help cash-strapped renters remain in their homes during the pandemic.
The ruling was a win for a coalition of property owners and realtors, who brought one of several challenges against the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) eviction moratorium, which was first enacted under former President Trump and later extended through June.
In a 20-page ruling, U.S. District Court Judge Dabney Friedrich, who was appointed by Trump, ruled that the agency exceeded its authority with the temporary ban.
“The question for the Court is a narrow one: Does the Public Health Service Act grant the CDC the legal authority to impose a nationwide eviction moratorium? It does not,” Friedrich wrote.
Trump is still banned from Facebook and Instagram