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Cheers and Jeers: Monday

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"We'll return after these messages…"

The Emmy nominations were announced last week, and among the categories is one for best commercial. The six nominees include two on school shootings, and both pull no punches: Sandy Hook Promise’s Teenage Dream, and Change the Ref's gut-punch The Lost Class. The latter’s is particularly noteworthy because it hinges on their epic trolling of a former NRA president, who was duped into “practicing” his graduation speech in front of 3,044 empty chairs:

That gets my vote. Epic. (See also: their current bus tour that began by trolling Ted Cruz.)

Cheers and Jeers for Monday, July 18, 2022

Note: What the...??? There was a very important note here five minutes ago and it’s gone now. I told you people sorcery is real. Told you I did.

By the Numbers:

Days 'til the midterm elections: 113

Days 'til Corn Capital Days in Olivia, Minnesota: 7

Estimated number of gas stations now selling gas for $3.99 or less, according to Gas Buddy: 25,000

Expected average U.S. pay raise in 2023, a15-year high: 4.1%

Percent of business owners surveyed by Willis Towers Watson who say they plan to put more emphasis on increasing diversity, equity and inclusion in 2023: 60%

Number of "red" heat warnings that have been issued for Great Britain besides the one that was issued for this week: 0

Percent of UK homes that have air conditioning, according to CNN: 5%

Puppy Pic of the Day: Congratulations to this year's British Open champion...

CHEERS to Captain Diplomacy. Joe Biden's first trip to the Middle East as president is now in the history books. His mission: put on a happy face and hobnob pleasantly with some of the world's worst leaders so they don’t totally abandon us to become China's bitches. Here's a summary of what happened during his trip, courtesy of the coverage on Fox News:

"He shook hands when he should've........

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