Friday, August 16, 2019

Maine judge’s refusal to halt Trump ‘gag rule’ is appealed

Last year, Congress approved $380 million to shore up our election systems. It was a start, but Brennan Center research shows too many election systems remain unprotected.

Breaking: The US Justice Department announces a warrant for the seizure of the Iranian oil supertanker Grace 1, one day after a Gibraltar judge allowed the release of the detained vessel.

White Supremacists Want a Dirty Bomb And the Trump administration is letting them get dangerously close to acquiring one.

I don’t hate Israel but I do hate when Republicans use jews to launder their anti-Muslim racism.

#EmptySeatMAGATour is funny because it’s true.@realDonaldTrump is losing his base. The @GOP is going to go down with him. Watch how the Senate change their votes on impeachment when they realize it

"In public and in private, Donald Trump is reportedly shaken by the prospect of an economic downturn… He also woke up to ominous poll numbers from his favorite network, FOX News, that show him losing to the top Democratic candidates for 2020" -

A captain at a Rhode Island detention facility has resigned after witnesses said he drove a truck toward a line of protesters who demanded the center stop cooperating with US Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Too many Americans don't understand how important the image of America is to people seeking (or trying to maintain) freedom around the world. Those are American flags and the Star Spangled Banner. It's an enormous mistake to turn a blind eye

You’ve got to be Fucking kidding me

US border agents tore the 7-year-old boy away from his father and put him in a faraway foster home. There, he was repeatedly sexually molested. The latest in the @AP @frontlinepbs investigation of America's separation of migrant kids from their parents.

After ‘fake farmer’ claim, Devin Nunes reports he owns small farm that earns no income

A U.S. Customs and Border Protection system for processing airline passengers on international flights failed on Friday, slowing entry for people arriving from outside the country during a busy summer travel day

Greg Craig Is Warned: Cut the Chumminess With Former Law Firm Colleagues at Trial

"The truth is that people talk about mental illness, especially after mass shootings, because it's politically easier to regulate the bodies of disabled people than the weapons used to kill,"

JUST IN: Trump administration tells Supreme Court it’s legal under federal law to fire workers solely for being transgender, saying Title VII’s ban on “sex” discrimination doesn’t apply to gender identity and trans status. Full story:

Ever notice how Republicans are all about regular Americans and immigrants being “self-sufficient” but one of their biggest goals is stopping inheritance taxes so their children won't have to be self-sufficient?

CVS Is Reportedly a Major Donor to Trump’s 2020 Campaign

Jeffrey Epstein Autopsy Results Show He Hanged Himself in Suicide

The promise of jobs is how they shank us.

Republicans and independents are losing faith in the economy at the steepest rates of Trump’s presidency

First graders found a weapon in an unlocked box left unattended by district official who was part of a concealed-carry program to prevent gun violence

The disarray at the NRA is alarming allies who say President Trump and Congress appear to have a brief opening to pass legislation while the group is so politically feeble

Here comes the wave of eugenics judges. Mitch and Leo are on a roll

Analysis: Democrats have long criticized Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for acting like a Republican partisan. Now they have proof.

"If [Trump] is truly contemplating this, then this is final proof, that he has gone mad," foreign affairs spokesman for the Danish People's Party, Soren Espersen, said. "The thought of Denmark selling 50,000 citizens to the U.S. is completely ridiculous."

"Ethnically heterogeneous societies exhibit less political and civic engagement,286 less effective governing institutions, and fewer public goods."

A court needed to force them to let children bathe. Let that sink in.

July was the hottest month on Earth, with the planet missing 1 million square miles of sea ice, via The Washington Post

Revelation of Russian backer stirs remorse on Kentucky plant

Prosecutors seek to question Emmy Tayler, a British woman who served as Ghislaine Maxwell’s personal assistant

Watching @Maddow & it’s hitting me again- What would McConnell have done with those judicial seats if Hillary had won as she should have? How did he know to keep those appointments from Obama? After all #MoscowMitch’s bullpucky, I feel extra cheated & extra pissed.

From the Econ 101 department ...

William Barr is responsible. He runs @TheJusticeDept. If he can’t find the video footage, he needs to resign. The buck stops with Barr. #Epstein

"This polity — white working class, racist, xenophobic, misogynist, homophobic — is just as imaginary as Archie Carter.”

Trump plans Friday meeting to make arrangements for withdrawal from Afghanistan

NEW: US prosecutors want to speak to second British woman linked to Jeffrey Epstein scandal

The president keeps making up stories about mass voter fraud:

An ecologist from #Severodvinsk, #Russia, said the state nuclear agency Rosatom had committed a crime by carrying out a test close to inhabited areas without preparing or warning the local population, which caused a spike in radiation in his native city

At least seven times since November 6, 2016, including at his rally last night, Trump has claimed that he was once named Michigan’s Man of the Year. All signs point to this never having happened.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Friday released her longest, most comprehensive plan. The topic: Native Americans and tribal rights

Meet Rashida Tlaib’s grandma: "Who wouldn’t be proud of a granddaughter like that?"

The cities have a combined population of more than half a million. "Children were strolling on the sea front. No one issued a warning. We should have been warned," Klimov said, adding that the test shld have been done at one of #Russia's remote test sites.

Petition - With over 100K signatures and counting, #TrumpTower in Manhattan could have a fancy new address.

WELLS FARGO has another problem: It’s telling customers it will close their bank accounts, then actually keeping them open long afterward, allowing debits to go out and overdraft fees to accumulate. The unwitting folks end up owing hundreds or thousands

A new study shows Republicans coming around to executive overreach now that it’s their executive who’s doing the overreaching

On getting tired of winning: "The tension at his rallies between past and present is something perhaps more fundamental to human nature: the thrill of the chase versus the waning high of the catch."

This is just a small glimpse of what few Americans will ever understand... for Palestinians to live under a military occupation where the most basic right of visiting an aging grandmother is subject to restrictions, requests, permits, approvals by Israel

The Trump Administration Is Trying to Make It Easier to Fire Unmarried Pregnant Women

Turns out the guy Trump fat-shamed last night was one of his own supporters. What a bright shining example for our children this man is. πŸ’‘πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

Log Cabin #GOP

It's Friday, August 16th. The House of Representatives has a Constitutional duty to impeach Donald J. Trump.

"White House officials have been engaged in preliminary discussions about invoking executive privilege to limit fmr. campaign aide Corey Lewandowski from complying with a congressional subpoena, despite Lewandowski never serving in any role in the admin."

This is what Kentucky's economy looks like when it is "overflowing with opportunities," as Mitch McConnell has claimed. I'm deeply concerned things will get much worse for everyday Kentuckians in the event of an economic downturn.

Black teens were fundraising for their football team. Then a white woman held them at gunpoint, police say.

Trump bragged about the size of his crowd — but Fox News showed empty seats

Vice President Mike Pence is heading to Ireland and people aren't happy.

EXCLUSIVE: NRA spent tens of thousands on hair and makeup for CEO’s wife

“Go home, start exercising.” Trump insults rally protester for "serious weight problem"

Trump & Netanyahu are afraid to have @reprashida & @ilhan witness first-hand the brutality & dehumanization Israel’s occupation inflicts on the Palestinian people. This bigoted president is working to extend his Muslim travel ban to Members of Congress.

Rashida Tlaib was blocked for "complaining about Israel". NOW we know her Grandmother lives on the west bank. Kind of makes her "complaints" more valid as SHE SURE AS HELL IS MORE OF AN EXPERT ON IT THAN TRUMP AND THE GAWD DAMN GOP!!!!

Actually, 10 Cities Are Reportedly Waiting For Trump Campaign To Pay $841,000 In Rally Bills!

The man the president said has a “serious weight problem” was actually one of his supporters, not a protester, AP reports

A teen walked out with a $2 beer. The store clerk chased him down and shot him to death.

Analysis: 5 things you need to know about last week’s explosion in Russia

WaPo: ”The president has grounded a military jet set for use by the Democratic House speaker, yanked a security clearance from a former CIA director critical of him, threatened to withhold disaster aid from states led by Democrats,...

A captain at a Rhode Island detention facility has been placed on administrative leave after he drove a truck toward a line of protesters outside it

Increasing humidity, driven in part by #ClimateChange, is making even modest #heatwaves unbearable. 40 million people were under heat alerts Tuesday across Central & Southern #USA as a hot & sultry air mass led to dangerously hot conditions.

US may have supplied tear gas used against Hong Kong protesters

"Assuring that children eat enough edible food, drink clean water, are housed in hygienic facilities with sanitary bathrooms, have soap and toothpaste, and are not sleep-deprived are without doubt essential to the children's safety," the ruling states.

Trump whips his fans into a frenzy by falsely accusing Democrats of supporting the execution of babies

Jaws Drop Rachel Maddow Lays Out Mitch McConnell's Economic Treason

A stunning majority of Americans now support the Assault Weapons Ban. When even our police are outgunned, how could they not.

8Chan owner Jim Watkins subpoenaed by House committee after being linked to white supremacist terrorism

Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged co-conspirator lived a low-key life in a tony seaside town in New England, neighbors say

Cocaine, anti-anxiety medication and alcohol were found in the Dayton shooter's blood during autopsy

“People came out screaming and saying there was a shooter,” bystander Lee Gainey said. “They were all running out.”

Jeffrey Epstein’s Bodyguard on His Former Boss’s Lifestyle, Cruelty, Suicide

We will give $3.8 BILLION to Israel this year, yet they barred two legitimately elected American Congresswoman from entering the colony...I mean country. Disgusting.

Anti-Brexit party reveals candidates for emergency UK government

Israel's ban on two Muslim members of Congress has provided an opportunity for pro-Palestinian groups in America to highlight the close relationship between President Trump and PM Netanyahu.

New: Border Patrol agent Matthew Bowen had been investigated for years before he used his 4,000-pound truck to assault a fleeing migrant

Retired Foreign Service officer sentenced to prison for hate crimes and threats

An economist known for challenging Russia’s tight-money policies as a top adviser to President Vladimir Putin will leave the Kremlin

When Your Rapist Demands Custody

Still no answer to this question: Who paid off Brett Kavanaugh’s $92,000 country club fees plus his $200,000 credit card debt plus his $1.2 million mortgage, and purchased themselves a SCOTUS seat?

Trump isn’t racist. He’s worse. He’s so narcissistic he doesn’t see people as people. It’s why he doesn’t have any real friends. It’s why he gives a thumbs up next to an orphaned baby after a mass shooting. Everybody is an obstacle or a stepping stone.

Pattern of Russian economic coercion precedes Kentucky mill deal

Revelation of Russian backer stirs remorse on Kentucky plant

Danger of Trump, urgency of his removal unites Democratic camps

Trump nominates advocate of 'ethnonationalism' for judgeship

Maddow: Stop pranking Trump with ideas about buying Greenland