Posted at 10:29 AM | Permalink
We deserve a better press, and a better president, too. If you are the sort of partisan who cannot entertain the possibility that both of these things may be true at the same time, then you ought to consider the possibility that you are one of the reasons why we do not have a better press or a better president.
Posted at 12:47 PM | Permalink
It wasn’t over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor—and we’ll never forget what happened on Friday in Sweden!
In listing a series of terror incidents last night, Donny included a wholly imaginary one in Sweden the night before.
The likely cause:
It is possible Mr Trump was confusing clips from a new documentary shown on Fox News on Friday night with a real time event.
He then blamed immigration with insufficient vetting. It’s left many wondering if our presidential elections have been sufficiently vetted as well.
There is an alternative theory:
However, despite widespread debunking of his claims, it has since emerged a largely underreported attack did, in fact, occur last month.
Three suspected neo-Nazis were arrested in January after a Gothenburg Asylum centre became the target of a homemade bomb attack, leaving one person seriously injured.
Security services said all three suspects had previously been members of the Nordic Resistance Movement (NMR), a group that openly promotes racist and anti-Semitic views and has vocally opposed non-white immigration to the country.
Posted at 12:06 PM | Permalink
Norma McCorvey has died a natural death, which is more than she wanted for her unborn child decades ago. In time she regretted that lethal impulse, but too late to keep her pseudonym off the legal case which became a death warrant for millions.
Her kid survived, however, and may still walk among us. Rich or poor? Troubled or happy? Unknowable. But human and entitled to life.
Posted at 01:32 PM | Permalink
I’ve met ten-year-olds with more savvy than Ben Carson:
Ben Carson, President Trump’s nominee for Housing and Urban Development secretary, was “baffled” by the firing of his close aide for his criticism of Trump during the 2016 campaign, BuzzFeed News reported on Friday.
A source close to Carson said that he was “speechless” after learning that Shermichael Singleton was fired from his position as a senior adviser at HUD for writing an op-ed critical of Trump for The Hill in October.
A source told the publication that Carson was informed of the incident by phone while having lunch in Washington.
A second source told the publication that although Carson was upset by the firing, he is moving on.
That’s “moving on” in the colloquial sense of ignoring the slight against him, not “moving on” as in telling Trump to shove his nomination where the sun doesn’t shine.
Posted at 11:10 AM | Permalink
[W]hat corporation loses 670,540 clients in less than 10 years, slashes its major services (except one) up to 59%, increases its president’s salary by a whopping 265% (from $360,902 in 2006 to $957,952) and gets praised by the news media? Planned Parenthood.
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Posted at 11:24 AM | Permalink
Trump tried to kill Chris Christie, who appears to be one serving of meatloaf away from an early grave:
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says President Donald Trump made him order meatloaf when they dined together at the White House this week.
Christie and his wife, Mary Pat, joined Trump at the White House on Tuesday.
The Republican governor said while guest hosting a New York sports talk radio show Thursday that Trump pointed out the menu and told people to get whatever they want. Then he said he and Christie were going to have the meatloaf.
“This is what it’s like to be with Trump,” Christie said. “He says, ‘There’s the menu, you guys order whatever you want.’ And then he says, ‘Chris, you and I are going to have the meatloaf.’”
And the payoff for this humiliation?
He said he didn’t talk with Trump about any jobs.
Not a happy man:
Posted at 10:57 AM | Permalink
Student loan debt is the new sexually transmitted disease—you never get rid of it:
The experience of being crushed by student debt is no longer limited to the young. New federal data shows millions of Americans who are retired or nearing retirement face this burden, as well as the possibility of having their Social Security benefits garnished to make payments.
Americans age 60 and older are the fastest-growing age group of student loan debtors. Older debtors, many of whom live hand-to-mouth on fixed incomes, are more likely to default. When that occurs with federal loans, as happens with nearly 40 percent of such borrowers who are 65 and over, the government can seize a portion of their Social Security payments — even if it pushes them into poverty. About 20,000 Americans over the age of 50 in 2015 had their Social Security checks cut below the poverty line because of student loans, with poverty-level benefits falling even further for 50,000 others, according to a recent report by the Government Accountability Office.
Posted at 05:51 PM | Permalink
In, of all places, the WaPo news summary:
Which of these women would any sane man prefer?
Posted at 03:59 PM | Permalink
You’d think the lefties would be happy that a Trump nominee had to withdraw. You would be wrong:
THE BIG IDEA: Andrew Puzder’s past employment of an undocumented housekeeper and his support for more liberalized immigration policies did far more to doom his confirmation hopes in the Senate than his ex-wife’s allegations that he had abused and threatened her.
Let that sink in. Because it speaks volumes about America’s political culture and the state of gender equality in 2017. It also underscores why Republicans have such persistent problems appealing to both Latinos and women.
Puzder’s ex-wife, Lisa Fierstein, has recanted the claims she made three decades ago, and he’s always denied them, though it should be noted that she agreed to do so as part of a child custody agreement.
In this case, though, there is video. Fierstein went on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” in disguise in 1990 and spent six minutes on national television recounting her experience for an episode about “High Class Battered Women.” She said she called the police on Puzder and that he “vowed revenge.” Politico’s Marianne LeVine, who obtained the tape, reports that Fierstein said he told her, “I will see you in the gutter. This will never be over. You will pay for this.”
Let’s review: The hiring of of the undocumented housekeeper is documented. The support for squishy immigration policies is documented. The abuse allegations are not only undocumented (except for the alleged victim’s statement) but were recanted as part of a legal proceeding.
Maybe this is more about public policy and due process than gender equality.
Posted at 12:20 PM | Permalink
The Wall Street Journal:
U.S. intelligence officials have withheld sensitive intelligence from President Donald Trump because they are concerned it could be leaked or compromised, according to current and former officials familiar with the matter.
The officials’ decision to keep information from Mr. Trump underscores the deep mistrust that has developed between the intelligence community and the president over his team’s contacts with the Russian government, as well as the enmity he has shown toward U.S. spy agencies. On Wednesday, Mr. Trump accused the agencies of leaking information to undermine him.
In some of these cases of withheld information, officials have decided not to show Mr. Trump the sources and methods that the intelligence agencies use to collect information, the current and former officials said. Those sources and methods could include, for instance, the means that an agency uses to spy on a foreign government.
A more fundamental question: Would Donald Trump have been granted a Top Secret security clearance if he’d been investigated through the normal process? Three marriages (the latest to a woman who violated our immigration laws), multiple bankruptcies, a long history of civil lawsuits, bragging about sexual assaults, endless feuds, and a general inability to keep his mouth shut don’t add up to a good security risk.
Posted at 11:10 AM | Permalink