Authoritarianism: Dec 23–31
We think about democracy, and that’s the word that Americans love to use, ‘democracy,’ and that’s how we characterize our system. But if democracy just means going to vote, it’s pretty meaningless. Russia has democracy in that sense. Most authoritarian regimes have democracy in that sense.
— Timothy D. Snyder
This edition is a little light, on account of holidays at the end of the year in the U.S. I also chose to extend this to round out the end of the year so it has three extra days in it. Happy New Year, all of you.
Next year will see a dramatic acceleration in environmental regulation rollbacks, as a number of Trump administration…thinkprogress.org
Welcome to another edition of What Fresh Hell?, Raw Story's roundup of news items that might have become controversies…www.rawstory.com
Goddammit GOP stop with this power play shit.
On November 6th, Democrat Lindsey Williams won a tight election race against Republican Jeremy Shaffer for…middleamericandemocrat.com
President Donald Trump's attack on the Federal Reserve spooked financial markets on Christmas Eve, raising fears about…www.pbs.org
Lots of folks aren't seeing the light in Washington this week. The National Christmas Tree may stay dark during the…www.huffingtonpost.com
NO FUCKING DEAL.
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump met Monday with his Homeland Security secretary and other officials to discuss…apnews.com
The federal government was about to shut down. But on Friday evening, a Utah state employee had a delivery to make…www.nytimes.com
Merry fucking Christmas
subscribe to NPR Politics Podcast podcast The partial shutdown of the U.S. government, which is affecting more than…www.npr.org
Interesting to see what turned out to be Fox’s breaking point with Трамп.
Brian Kilmeade, the host of President Donald Trump's favorite morning show, "Fox & Friends," continued to rip into the…www.rawstory.com
My eyes are gonna roll right back to Cabo San Lucas.
President Donald Trump said Tuesday that Democratic attempts at oversight in the coming Congress could amount to…www.cnn.com
Round and round it goes, where it stops, nobody knows…
The U.S. government's payments to farmers as part of trade aid relief will temporarily stop next week if the federal…www.cnbc.com
Earlier this month, I was on the phone with Ryan Fox, cofounder of New Knowledge, a cybersecurity firm that tracks…www.wired.com
What I find so strange about this is that the one true threat to Трамп’s 2020 campaign is a failed economy. And with this shutdown (on top of the deficit, on top of the meddling with the Fed, etc) he’s risking exactly that.
President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he is prepared to wait as long as it takes to get $5 billion from taxpayers…www.reuters.com
While I think the troops are better off not being subjected to Трамп, it’s worth reminding ourselves of just how far off the norm this orange turd is.
Though he called military personnel on Tuesday, Trump did not visit a hospital or a military base.www.nbcnews.com
Oh. He fixed that. Also, look up Hatch Act.
President Donald Trump and the White House communications team revealed that a U.S. Navy SEAL team was deployed to Iraq…www.newsweek.com
BAGHDAD - Iraqi lawmakers are seizing on President Donald Trump's surprise visit to demand U.S. forces leave the…www.nbcnews.com
Since Mr. Trump took office, his approach on the environment has been to neutralize the most rigorous Obama-era restrictions, nearly 80 of which have been blocked, delayed or targeted for repeal, according to an analysis of data by The New York Times.
With this running start, Mr. Trump is already on track to leave an indelible mark on the American landscape, even with a decline in some major pollutants from the ever-shrinking coal industry. While Washington has been consumed by scandals surrounding the president’s top officials on environmental policy — both the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency and the Interior secretary have been driven from his cabinet — Mr. Trump’s vision is taking root in places as diverse as rural California, urban Texas, West Virginian coal country and North Dakota’s energy corridor.
In just two years, President Trump has unleashed a regulatory rollback, lobbied for and cheered on by industry, with…www.nytimes.com
What we need is a sane immigration policy for fucks sake. But note how DHS words it to suggest a huge increase in the number of migrants arriving. This isn’t the case. While this article is dated 2013 <http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/blog/border-crossing-by-the-numbers/> the general trend it described still holds. It also shows that the increase in children accompanying the migrants has grown; we’ve known this for more than 5 years.
The Christmas Eve death of Felipe Alonzo-Gomez came 16 days after another Guatemalan child, Jakelin Caal Maquin, died…www.cnn.com
In particular, take a look at this: (source: <https://www.factcheck.org/2018/04/the-stats-on-border-apprehensions/>)
Pay attention. We’re coming up through the ranks.
What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox .] The private meeting last year between Gov…www.nytimes.com
And JUUUUUST in case you wondered why Трамп keeps stomping on Powell and the Fed, let me pull this one-year-old article out:
That’s a pretty shitty ROI, folks. Squeezing blood out of a turnip.
Republican cuts have crippled the Internal Revenue Service's ability to audit rich tax cheats, while pressure from…www.salon.com
Time to abolish ICE
U.S. Customs and Border Protection have ordered medical checks on every child in its custody, following the death of…www.democracynow.org
As you may recall, the soon-to-be-ex governor once promised that by slashing everything from taxes to education…www.citypages.com
/facepalm More details on this stupid trip which was apparently planned by Трамп himself (which is to say, no planning at all).
President Donald Trump took a whirlwind, secret trip to Iraq this week - and things didn't go quite as smoothly as…www.vox.com
double /facepalm Also the media is bleating on about those “stupid MAGA troops” when the real news is the deliberate violation of the Hatch Act. Media: sawdust for brains/0; Трамп admin:malicious lawbreaking/1.
In his first visit to U.S. troops in a conflict zone, President Donald Trump drew cheers when he told troops he won…www.pbs.org
/rolls eyes. Ya know, the winning side generally stays put and pays out the rope. Who is doing the bigger and bigger and bigger blustering? Generally the losing side. Although, as a side note, I’m finding the media’s focus on “STALEMATE DRAGGING ON” stupid. There is no dragging on. There’s no negotiating right now. Congress threw up its hands, shut down, and won’t reconvene until January 3rd with the next congressional session. Nothing CAN go on right now. But somehow the fuck-for-brains media keeps casting it as some kind of epic showdown because I dunno, it’s a sports game and they’re egging teams on for ratings?
President Trump Donald John Trump Watergate reporter pens op-ed on 'inevitability' of Trump's impeachment Jemele Hill…thehill.com
It's difficult to imagine Donald Trump launching a credible presidential campaign without the benefits of his former…www.msnbc.com
I wonder who the GOP plan to rule over, after they kill us all.
In another proposed reversal of an Obama-era standard, the Environmental Protection Agency Friday said limiting mercury…www.npr.org
This idea has now worked its way into federal and state regulations and the thinking of police officers and prosecutors. As it has done so, it’s begun not only to extend rights to clusters of cells that have not yet developed into viable human beings, but also to erode the existing rights of a particular class of people — women. Women who are pregnant have found themselves stripped of the right to consent to surgery, the right to receive treatment for a medical condition and even something as basic as the freedom to hold a baby in the moments after birth.
How the idea of fetal rights gained currency is a story of social reaction — to the Roe decision and, more broadly, to a perceived new permissiveness in the 1970s — combined with a determined, sophisticated campaign by the anti-abortion movement to affirm the notion of fetal personhood in law and to degrade Roe’s protections.
Fetal assault Depraved heart murder Delivery of a controlled substance Chemical endangerment of a fetus Manslaughter…www.nytimes.com
This hasn’t been in doubt for a long time now. But the source for this one is interesting.
Russia chose Donald Trump as the U.S. presidential candidate who would be most advantageous to Moscow, and used online…www.newsweek.com
Whether or not President Donald Trump ultimately decides to party with supporters on New Year's Eve at his private…www.huffingtonpost.com
I wonder if they’re arranging for another election in this county/district. (This is a state level seat.)
Amid credible allegations of election fraud in North Carolina, Democratic leaders announced Friday they will not seat…www.huffingtonpost.com
There’s a podcast somewhere too, but this transcript about Spiro Agnew is a fascinating (and relevant) one.
He was brash. Politically incorrect. An "outsider" political candidate who rose to the White House, out of nowhere…www.nbcnews.com
Of course he did.
President Donald Trump issued an executive order Friday freezing federal workers' pay for 2019, following through on a…www.cnn.com
Barely a day goes by without Donald Trump reminding us all of his total disregard for the truth, his startling…medium.com
Just watch this.
WASHINGTON - House Democrats are putting forward a proposal to reopen the federal government by severing funding for…www.nytimes.com
Let me leave you with this article to read. Happy New Year to everyone!