Mar. 23rd, 2017

solarbird: (korra-on-the-air)
Wow. I'm out of evens.

Trump/Russia was explosive yesterday. NO, REALLY, IT'S ANOTHER LEVEL. "Schiff: There is now 'more than circumstantial evidence' of Trump-Russia collusion." Just saying that. We found out via AP Exclusive that "Before Trump job, Manafort worked to aid Putin." Specifically politically. The "Former Trump campaign chief 'offered to help Putin advance interests'." And "The FBI may already have Carter Page on a major crime: 18 U.S.C. § 1001, punishable by up to 5 years in prison."

And of course GOP is stonewalling - or actively interfering - in the investigation. "Today, Chairman Nunes shared information with WH still withheld from our committee. He cannot conduct a credible investigation this way" reports the Democratic leader on the committee; there's more details on that in "Nunes claims some Trump transition messages were intercepted." Basically he went to Ryan and Trump (who is being investigated!) to give them insider information not even given out to Democrats on the committee. Shit like that is why McLean's is saying, "Party or country? The Republicans choose a side." (Spoiler: it's not country.) And useless faux renegade Senator McCain is saying, "Congress doesn't have 'credibility' to handle Russia probes."

We have more adventures in neofascism - "Gorka changes story from "I have never been a member of Vitezi Rend" to "I never swore allegiance formally."" is pretty neat. More on that in "Gorka Hedges, Evades on Vitezi Rend Tie." Also, "Roger Stone, the ‘Trickster’ on Trump’s Side, Is Under F.B.I. Scrutiny" and we now know "The Trump Campaign Has Been Under Investigation Since July" and Democrats want to know why that wasn't disclosed during the endless BUT HER EMAILS releases of the campaign.

I include as a contextual rerun, "Moscow had contacts with Trump team during campaign, Russian diplomat says." Regular contacts, he said.

In health care, they're LITERALLY REWRITING THE BILL AS I TYPE THIS. No. Really. There'll be no CBO score and nobody will even know what's really in it tomorrow. "Defying Trump, Freedom Caucus insists it'll oppose GOP ObamaCare replacement" and "Freedom Caucus Closing In On Deal To Rewrite Health Care Bill At 11th Hour" are the stories. This is no way to write legislation, but then - it isn't really supposed to be.

Regarding the Supreme Court, the two stores today are "While Gorsuch was testifying, the Supreme Court unanimously said he was wrong" and "Neil Gorsuch and the “Frozen Trucker”."

The terrorist attack you didn't hear about yesterday was in New York City. "Man Arrested For Deadly Midtown Stabbing Reportedly Came To NYC To Kill Black People" and "Racist Maryland man who fatally stabbed black New Yorker admits his intent to kill African-American men," and the latter story gets real specific - this was a white supremacist racial attack straight up intended to incite terror. But, you know, somehow it's different. Because white guy. I specifically picked stories that did not make a big deal about how well the murderer was dressed, WHICH WAS THE LEAD IN SOME STORIES.

A couple of stories on antl-LGBT activities: "This Bus Is On A Road Trip To Convince You That Transgender People Aren’t Real," and "DeVos funds group suing against transgender rights." The lawsuit is against a school, for allowing a trans student (a boy) to use the boys' washroom. And yes, DeVos's foundation helps fund the group suing.

An interview and reaction to that interview: "Trump's Diplomat: How Rex Tillerson Is Translating 'America First' Into Foreign Policy" and "Rex Tillerson is clearly out of the loop and out of his depth in Trumpland."

"Advocates call on lawmakers to resist environmental cuts in Trump budget" is focused locally, but applicable generally.

The article "Amazing Disgrace: How did Donald Trump—a thrice-married, biblically illiterate sexual predator—hijack the religious right?" has a misleading headline; the fundamentalist movement wasn't "hijacked," this is what it always was - but the article itself makes that case fairly well.

In more basic corruption, "Despite a Trust, Ivanka Trump Still Wields Power Over Her Brand."

In border cruelty, we have a story about an event from a few years ago: "U.S. border officers told a Mexican teen to drink liquid meth. His family received $1 million for his death." They had a test on hand that would've confirmed the liquid was meth in 2-3 minutes. They waited an hour to call for medics. Both officers are still employed. We also have "Khan Breaks Silence on Canada Travel Cancellation" - the story from a couple of weeks ago regarding his trip cancellation to Canada? Maybe not so well reported, maybe overstated on his part. He was in fear that he wouldn't be allowed to return, and given that this has actually happened this week to citizens, that's not so unfounded. But he wasn't placed under an individual travel ban.

You might recall another story from last month, about the GOP majority leader in Hawai'i being forced out for Trump criticism; well, she's no longer a Republican at all. "Hawaii Republican resigns from party after criticizing Trump."

Finally, a couple of more local-scope stories, but they're flavourful: "Wisconsin Republican urges cuts to college aid to keep poor students from buying ‘goodies and electronics’" and "Former Colorado GOP chairman Steven Curtis charged with voter fraud." Yes, it's the new cruelty and the same old irony. What fun.

Today's going to be extra lively as the unread, unevaluated Newest Version GOP healthcare bill is schedule to come up for a vote, and who even knows what else will spin out of the Treasonart. (I thought those blades got recalled, but I guess not.) ADVENTURES!

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