Authoritarianism: Aug 5–11
“The real division is not between conservatives and revolutionaries but between authoritarians and libertarians.”
― George Orwell, The Lost Orwell: Being a Supplement to The Complete Works of George Orwell
- Wow. Daddy throws Junior under the bus.
President Trump Donald Trump Jr. Donald (Don) John Trump Trump fears his son may have inadvertently gotten into legal…thehill.com
Also, Secret Service sez “Don’t be a moron.”
“Donald Trump, Jr. was not a protectee of the USSS in June, 2016. Thus we would not have screened anyone he was meeting with at that time,” the statement said.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Secret Service on Sunday denied a suggestion from President Donald Trump's personal…www.reuters.com
Trump portrays the tariffs as a tax on foreigners, but the reality is that tariffs are taxes on U.S. companies and consumers. When a big U.S. retail chain or an equipment manufacturer has to pay 10 or 25 percent more to get steel from Canada or a certain part from China, that U.S. company has to pay the tax when it imports that item. U.S. businesses either eat that extra cost or pass it along to consumers.
You have point zero zero three seven five seconds to guess which choice (eat it or pass it along) businesses will go for. (There’s a third alternative, see #8)
August 5 at 10:09 AM President Trump tweeted Sunday morning that his tariffs are " working big time " and made a…www.washingtonpost.com
3. Sure. Turn all of California into one giant desert and there won’t be any wildfires, nor any pesky blue state giving you middle fingers.
He gets everything about California wrong, full stop.
No one would mistake President Trump for an expert on climate change or water policy, but a tweet he issued late Sunday…www.latimes.com
We don’t like him either.
"West Hollywood City council unanimously passes resolution asking the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce to remove the…ew.com
Aha, there’s the hammer.
The Commerce Directive announced a directive on Wednesday ordering the National Marine Fisheries Service, a sub-agency of NOAA, to “facilitate access to the water needed to fight the ongoing wildfires affecting the State of California.” That more or less cuts California Fish and Wildlife, which works with the NMFS to regulate state waters, out of the process. Per ABC News, said directive would allow federal officials to overrule protections for threatened and endangered wildlife:
Donald Trump's administration has moved to have the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration take control of…gizmodo.com
Executive Editor Read bio Executive Editor Read bio It's politics when a candidate disparages "the media." But it's…www.defenseone.com
Although the press has routinely been blamed for some of the United States’s most controversial conflicts, the historical evidence demonstrates that the power to make wartime decisions rests in the Oval Office and on Capitol Hill — not in the newsroom. Yes, the news media has the power to influence public opinion and to focus attention on particular threats, but elected officials always have considerable leeway — outside of an immediate national-security crisis — to make decisions about how and when to use military force.
This was the case with the Spanish-American War in 1898, where the press is usually blamed for getting the nation into…www.theatlantic.com
Huh. Although, for a fuck-up who lasted ten days on the job, why does he get any national attention at all?
Scaramucci says he has expressed concerns directly to the president and other administration staff about the language…money.cnn.com
5. If he isn’t in jail by then, I hope his opponent fucking landslides over him 99–1.
FANCY FARM, Ky. (AP) - Saying it was never too soon to start, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell formally announced…www.apnews.com
6. Every Dem candidate needs to hammer on this:
Republicans eye another ACA repeal vote if midterms go their waywww.axios.com
Sen. Rand Paul on Monday invited Russian lawmakers to Washington after meeting Russian members of parliament in Moscow.www.cnn.com
Note this, dated March 2017:
Updated with statement from Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. Sen. John McCain accused fellow Republican Sen. Rand Paul of "working…www.cbsnews.com
8. Corruption. Force captive consumers and put them out of business.
Two of America’s biggest steel manufacturers — both with deep ties to administration officials — have successfully objected to hundreds of requests by American companies that buy foreign steel to exempt themselves from President Trump’s stiff metal tariffs. They have argued that the imported products are readily available from American steel manufacturers.
WASHINGTON - Two of America's biggest steel manufacturers - both with deep ties to administration officials - have…www.nytimes.com
9. War over emissions/environments proceeding apace.
On Thursday, in one of the Trump administration's most aggressive attacks on the environment yet, the White House…www.motherjones.com
The statement itself:
Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey today led a coalition of 19 states and the District of Columbia in…www.mass.gov
10. A bit of history and lessons thereof.
In August of 1964, Fourteen thousand retirees arrived by the busload in Atlantic City. Representing the National…www.thenation.com
11. Interesting info on Big Ag. I’m still ruminating on this because I think this may vary regionally (eg California). But go read. If you prefer twitter, the thread starts here: https://twitter.com/SarahTaber_bww/status/1026198501129179137
Thread by @SarahTaber_bww: "Folks been asking about the $12B farm bailout. I didn't want to respond until I read it…threadreaderapp.com
12. Where are those coffin nails?
Rick Gates, considered the star witness in the Paul Manafort trial, testified today that he committed crimes with the…www.mediaite.com
The Washington Post 10 mins ago Rachel Weiner, Matt Zapotosky, Ann Marimow, Justin Jouvenal Video by CBS News Paul…www.msn.com
A witness in special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's investigation has refused to appear for scheduled grand jury…www.washingtonpost.com
August 10 at 7:25 PM Paul Manafort, a valued customer of the Trump Organization who had spent $3.7 million to buy…www.washingtonpost.com
13. I always thought the whole thing about Kushner owning the Observer was weird AF.
Now a senior White House adviser and son-in-law to President Donald Trump, Kushner in 2012 went around the editorial leaders at the New York Observer — the newspaper he owned and operated — to mandate the removal of a handful of articles from the website, according to emails obtained by BuzzFeed News.
Kushner requested the removal of a 2010 story about a settlement between then-New York attorney general Andrew Cuomo and real estate firm Vantage Properties regarding allegations that the company had illegally forced tenants out of their apartments to raise rents. Kushner also ordered another 2010 article deleted about Vantage’s top executive Neil Rubler. That story’s URL suggests that Rubler had appeared on some sort of “10 worst landlords” list.
Kushner went around his New York Observer editors and told a software engineer to remove stories about his friends…www.buzzfeednews.com
14. Gotta love that correction, which reminds us of how often he stays at his own properties, most likely to force money out of them while others have to follow him to these places.
(Correction: A previous version of this story incorrect [sic] stated Donald Trump was at the White House. He is at the Trump National Golf Club clubhouse in Bedminster.)
The White House announced on Monday that President Donald Trump would not be leaving the White House and would not take…www.rawstory.com
15. Oh, he could only hope to be within measuring distance of being considered an actual news outlet. And really nice of him to give cover to anyone else thinking about murdering journalists.
Hours after YouTube banned him, conspiracy theorist Alex Jones repeatedly claimed that globalists and the media will…www.mediamatters.org
16. WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK? I didn’t even think this shit was still produced.
One of the most dangerous construction-related carcinogens is now legally allowed back into U.S. manufacturing under a…archpaper.com
The Environmental Protection Agency will allow new asbestos products to enter the market. The EPA has proposed a…www.snopes.com
17. Wilbur Ross needs to be arrested and put on trial. And don’t whitewash it by calling it “grifting”, FFS. That’s CRIMINAL ACTIVITY. FELONY THEFT.
multimillion-dollar lawsuit has been quietly making its way through the New York State court system over the last three…www.forbes.com
President Trump's commerce secretary may have bilked business associates out of more than $120 million and could rank…www.msn.com
18. Tuesday was a day for voting in a number of states. Some results:
Wesley Bell, who cast himself as a reformer committed to changing a local criminal justice system widely criticized…www.huffingtonpost.com
Labor groups won a landmark victory Tuesday as Missourians voted by referendum to overturn the state's new…www.huffingtonpost.com
Associated Press 1 hr ago WESTERVILLE, Ohio (AP) - A special election that tested President Donald Trump's clout and…www.msn.com
The first Muslim American woman soon to be elected to Congress, a record number of female gubernatorial candidates, and…thinkprogress.org
Former Michigan state legislator Rashida Tlaib is poised to become the first Muslim woman elected to Congress after…www.washingtonpost.com
TOPEKA, Kan. - The Kansas Republican primary for governor and Ohio's high-stakes special election for Congress both…www.nytimes.com
The indictment is related to Innate Immunotherapeutics, an Australian biotech company on whose board the congressman served. Collins illegally shared nonpublic information about the company with his son, who traded on the information, according to federal prosecutors. Cameron Collins then passed that information along to Zarsky. The trades allowed Collins, his son and Zarsky to avoid $768,000 in losses, according to the indictment.
This is not how it works, johnny boy:
In a statement, attorneys representing Chris Collins said they “will mount a vigorous defense to clear his good name.”
“It is notable that even the government does not allege that Congressman Collins traded a single share of Innate Therapeutics stocks. We are confident he will be completely vindicated and exonerated,” the statement said.
See here (I’d say SEC is a good source) https://www.investor.gov/additional-resources/general-resources/glossary/insider-trading :
Illegal insider trading refers generally to buying or selling a security, in breach of a fiduciary duty or other relationship of trust and confidence, on the basis of material, nonpublic information about the security. Insider trading violations may also include “tipping” such information, securities trading by the person “tipped,” and securities trading by those who misappropriate such information.
August 8 at 10:33 AM Federal prosecutors charged Rep. Chris Collins (N.Y.), one of President Trump's earliest…www.washingtonpost.com
Mr. Collins initially vowed to stay on the ballot but said it was "in the best interests" of his district, the…www.nytimes.com
Last February, shortly after Peter O'Rourke became chief of staff for the Department of Veterans Affairs, he received…www.propublica.org
20. Rand Paul. Trump’s errand boy, Putin’s….?? Besides, don’t we have an ambassador and an embassy all set up for this kind of thing??
21. /splutters…oh, that’s PERFECT
22. Such…enthusiasm. Or lack thereof.
[…] Trump had to be nudged by Congress into unleashing the penalties after blowing more than a month past a statutory deadline. The government had two months after a formal congressional request in March for Trump to determine whether or not Russia had violated international law. After the deadline came and went with no response, Trump was called out in late July by House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce, NBC News first reported.
WASHINGTON - The Trump administration is hitting Russia with new sanctions punishing President Vladimir Putin's…www.nbcnews.com
23. Of course not. (Note that he did eventually recuse himself. Also that one revision of the results cut his lead in half.) This is for the Republican government primary, so either Kobach or Colyer will face the Democrat candidate. (See also #30)
No law requires Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach to recuse himself from a recount in the governor's race, but…www.kansascity.com
Kansas Governor Jeff Colyer (R) accused Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R) Friday of intentionally pushing a miscount…thehill.com
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach handed over his election responsibilities on Friday to a top deputy who is known…www.kansascity.com
A bit on the Democrat candidate, Laura Kelly.
It was the type of Statehouse meeting that easily could have faded from memory: an Oct. 10 gathering of a task force…www.kansas.com
24. Oh for fucks sake.
There were at least two things Americans should have banned outright in the 1970s when they had the chance: asbestos…hyperallergic.com
A Russian asbestos company placed a seal with the face of President Donald Trump on their product with the note…www.snopes.com
25. Imagine that. Constituents pressuring their elected representative TO MEET WITH THEM. Uppity women daring to exercise their rights.
Vote the fucker out, you guys. He ain’t representing you. He just wants to run you over.
Facing pressure from constituent groups who say he has been avoiding them, Rep. Dave Brat on Tuesday afternoon…www.washingtonpost.com
26. I generally agree. I just don’t want to be at all complacent.
The favorite story line of lazy pundits is to claim there is a "civil war" within the Democratic Party between its…www.washingtonpost.com
At the same time, the GOP base is showing an alarming tendency to not care what Трамп and his complicit GOP are doing.
WASHINGTON - Yesterday's indictment of Trump ally Rep. Chris Collins on insider trading charges was yet another gut…www.nbcnews.com
[Devin Nunes] candidly revealed that Republicans hope to impeach Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein after the elections. Nunes is already leading such an impeachment drive — which hasn’t generated much GOP support — but Nunes added that he expected many Republicans to back Rosenstein’s impeachment down the line.
In case the meaning of this isn’t clear enough, Nunes also candidly stated that maintaining the GOP majority in Congress is imperative — to protect Trump from the Russia investigation.
August 9 at 9:20 AM Last night, Rachel Maddow reported on leaked audio of Rep. Devin Nunes, who is perhaps President…www.washingtonpost.com
MSNBC's Rachel Maddow on Wednesday night broadcast a secretly recorded tape of House Intelligence Committee Chairman…www.washingtonpost.com
28. The 1% siphoning off U.S. coffers:
Tell me again that GOP and Dems are the same. Even with a centrist president (Obama) we have a much more equitable tax structure with him:
Since 2000, tax cuts have reduced federal revenue by trillions of dollars and disproportionately benefited well-off…itep.org
29. Damn, how many is that now?
WASHINGTON - Ten days before the crash of an obscure Australian biotech stock at the center of Wednesday's federal…www.houstonchronicle.com
30. Nice. (see also #23)
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach's lead over Gov. Jeff Colyer in the Republican primary has been cut by more than…www.kmbc.com
In a federal courtroom in Washington on Thursday, a judge heard about something the Trump administration had just done…www.nbcnews.com
The National Park Service (NPS) has granted officials permits for a white nationalist rally and counter-protests in…www.bbc.com
33. It’s got to really suck working at the EPA right now if you’re not one of the soulless monsters intent on enabling the destruction of the U.S. in order to siphon off as much money as possible.
Career staff at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) objected to the Trump administration's plan for a new…thehill.com
WASHINGTON (AP) - A federal appeals court ruled Thursday that the Trump administration endangered public health by…www.pbs.org
34. Well that’s not good.
August 10 at 10:22 AM U.S. workers' paychecks are worth less than they were a year ago, the labor department reported…www.washingtonpost.com
WASHINGTON - A new 20 percent tax break included in last year's $1.5 trillion tax overhaul could wind up benefiting…www.nytimes.com
35. Something to keep in mind. I do my best to vet articles I list here, for example, but you never know :-P
Wineburg's team found that Americans from savvy tweens to academics fail to ask important questions about content they…time.com
36. Key word: dehumanization.
The white supremacists marching at the " Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, last year were not…www.vox.com
37. This is a pretty good rundown of what’s going on with Canada and Saudi Arabia. It’s worth noting that Kushner may have been ham-handed enough to encourage MBS on his present course.
By social-media standards these days, a tweet sent last Thursday by Canada's Foreign Minister, Chrystia Freeland, was…www.newyorker.com
Bianca Lewis, 11, has many hobbies. She likes Barbie, video games, fencing, singing... and hacking the infrastructure…www.bbc.com
39. This would not surprise me in the slightest.
The Pentagon has shown little to no intention of indulging Trump’s fantasies of a new, space-oriented branch of the U.S. military on par with the other five branches of the armed services.
But within one hour of Mike Pence’s speech at the Pentagon Thursday about the supposed “space force,” the Trump campaign sent an email urging supporters to pick a logo for campaign gear.
Evidence is mounting that the White House rollout of a so-called "space force" is simply a way for Trump's re-election…www.nationalmemo.com
But this is brilliant. Again, twitter comes through.
40. More Gestapo.
The American Civil Liberties Union told HuffPost that the government finally handed over phone numbers this week for…www.huffingtonpost.com
41. This should be interesting.
That's the idea behind an unusual editorial-writing initiative that has enlisted scores of newspapers across America…money.cnn.com
42. I am not surprised. Healthcare is a fundamental need.
43. Hm. Maybe a giant educational campaign to warn people away from for-profit schools? Kill all these schools off by preventing further students? Would be nice to do an end run around DeVos.