Mar. 11th, 2017

solarbird: (korra-on-the-air)
The jobs report came out and suddenly it's valid data and not fraudulent. "Jobs report no longer phony, Trump says, now that it’s his," reports the AP, and Spicer actually says that. ("I talked to the president prior to this, and he said to quote him very clearly: ‘They may have been phony in the past, but it’s very real now.'") This is personal rule incarnate, and fucking terrible.

In depleting the government news, which helps avoid scrutiny and also promotes personal rule, we have two stories - "Under Trump, an Already Depleted I.R.S. Could Face Deep Cuts," and "Attorney general seeks resignations of 46 US attorneys." The second is actually pretty normal, except that it's not usually done until replacement attorneys have been at least nominated. That hasn't happened. Sessions's portfolio has been less unfilled than the rest of the administration, but it's still not exactly off to a gallop. Still, I think this is mostly to make sure nobody opposing his crackdown on minorities is in the offices.

In bipartisan horrors, we have "America's spooks want Congress to extend massive spying powers but still won't answer Congress's basic questions." That's the domestic spying capabilities that keep being renewed regardless of who is in charge. It's expected they'll be renewed again.

We also have an article on Sebastian Gorka, the "terrorism guru" of the Trump administration who - as has been documented in previous news posts - has ties to neofascist groups in Hungary. "The Curious Case of Sebastian Gorka, Trump’s New Terrorism Guru."

"The super-secret division in charge of the Russia investigation" is an attempt to figure out what the FBI is doing regarding Russian interference in the US election. The answer: yes, they're doing things. It's not fast.

A couple of environmental stories: "EPA Head Scott Pruitt Says CO2 Isn't A Primary Contributor To Global Warming. He's Wrong" and "Mass. is enforcing its environmental rules less" - the former is Scott Pruitt doing what the GOP and he in particular do: override science in favour of predetermined policy goals. The second is a story from Massachusetts, wherein they're less able to enforce their own laws due to Federal budgetary actions.

Remember those refugees fleeing the US and seeking asylum in Canada? It hasn't gone away. Two stories, one from the Americans, one from the Canadians. "Since Trump, Quiet Upstate Road Becomes a Busy Exit From U.S." and "'I want to die,' 2-year-old refugee said during hours-long walk to Manitoba from U.S."

"Vandals target Seattle synagogue with anti-Semitic graffiti" - specifically holocaust denial graffiti. Ugly ugly ugly.

In health, a plethora of nasties: "Expect the CBO to estimate large coverage losses from the GOP health care plan" - the estimate being made here says 'at least 15 million.' Also, see "House GOP health bill would cut women's services," and "GOP congressman says we need to repeal Obamacare so men don’t have to pay for prenatal care" - women are, of course, going to get the short end of the neofascist stick, as always. And in a separate bill, "House Republicans would let employers demand workers’ genetic test results." It's like something out of Gattaca.

It's March 11, 2017; this is the news )

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