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Donald Trump Responds To Supreme Court's Travel Ban Announcement






WASHINGTON ― President Donald Trump on Monday hailed the Supreme Court’s decision to consider his travel ban as a “clear victory” after the court said it will allow a watered-down version of the ban to say in place until it hears the case in October.


“Today’s unanimous Supreme Court decision is a clear victory for our national security. It allows the travel suspension for the six terror-prone countries and the refugee suspension to become largely effective,” Trump said in a statement. “As President, I cannot allow people into our country who want to do us harm. I want people who can love the United States and all of its citizens, and who will be hardworking and productive.”


“My number one responsibility as Commander in Chief is to keep the American people safe. Today’s ruling allows me to use an important tool for protecting our Nation’s homeland. I am also particularly gratified that the Supreme Court’s decision was 9-0.”


Several federal courts have halted enforcement of the ban because they determined it unlawfully discriminates against Muslims.


In the interim, the court will allow a watered-down version of the ban to go into effect. People with “a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States” will not be subject to the ban. That group includes people coming to visit their family or students coming to study.


Trump’s celebratory statement incorrectly stated that the justices’ decision Monday “was 9-0.” The decision was “per curiam,” meaning that it was unsigned by any particular justices. 


Justice Clarence Thomas, joined by fellow conservatives Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch, wrote a separate opinion, agreeing with the overall decision but arguing that the ban should be reinstated “in full.”


Trump has frequently

 in response to multiple lower court decisions that ruled against his administration.


The president has sometimes gone after judges personally.






On Monday, Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., attacked the “activism” of the Ninth Circuit Court, one of the federal courts which halted the ban nationwide.






Read more about the Court’s announcement here.

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jun 26, 19:14
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Trump Adviser Who Called For Killing Hillary Clinton Gets Front-Row Seat At White House






An adviser to Donald Trump’s campaign who said Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton should be shot for treason was given a prime seat at a White House bill-signing ceremony on Friday.


Al Baldasaro, a New Hampshire GOP state representative who advised Trump on veterans issues during the campaign, sat in one of the first two rows of seats in the East Room as Trump signed a bill making it easier for the Veterans Administration to fire employees accused of misconduct.


Baldasaro, in a radio interview during the campaign, criticized Clinton for the 2012 attack on a U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya, and said she should be “put in the firing line and shot for treason.” Trump later praised Baldasaro.


White House press secretary Sean Spicer on Friday seemed unaware of Baldasaro’s comments about Clinton, and said Trump condemned all forms of public calls for violence.






Baldasaro defended himself after his White House appearance, calling his anti-Clinton statements “just an opinion.”






Baldasaro isn’t the first advocate of violence to visit Trump’s White House. Musician Ted Nugent, who called for chopping off the heads of Obama administration officials, visited the Oval Office in April.  Nugent also suggested then-President Barack Obama and Clinton should be hanged for treason.


William Bradford, a recent Trump appointee to the Department of Energy, suggested last year that a military coup would be needed to remove Obama from office.


On Friday, Spicer called a production of Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar” that features a likeness to Trump

He also said comedian Kathy Griffin should be “ashamed” for posting a picture of herself with a bloody Trump head.


This article has been updated to include Baldasaro’s comment on Twitter.

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jun 23, 22:19
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Most Americans Think Trump's Tweets Are Hurting His Cause






Most Americans believe President Donald Trump is hurting his cause by tweeting, according to a new HuffPost/YouGov poll.


You are witnessing the single greatest WITCH HUNT in American political history - led by some very bad and conflicted people! #MAGA,” Trump

Thursday, following up hours later to   against his onetime rival for the presidency, Hillary Clinton.


A 53 percent majority of the public says that Trump’s tweets generally hurt his cause, with just 14 percent believing that they help. The remainder say his tweets have no effect, or that they’re not sure. 


Even Trump’s voters aren’t entirely convinced of the benefit of his missives: While 34 percent say Trump’s tweets help his cause, 26 percent say they hurt, and 27 percent say they neither help nor hurt.



Most of the public ― 53 percent ― say they don’t feel that Trump is speaking for them with his tweets, while just 23 percent say they do.  


Trump’s aides haven’t always been on the same page as to whether or not the president’s tweets count as official statements. Press Secretary Sean Spicer

that they were, while other advisers have argued otherwise.


“I think [Trump’s tweets] matter in the sense that it gives him a communications tool that isn’t filtered through media bias,” deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said recently. “But at the same time, I think that the media obsesses over every period [and] dot.”


Those polled say, 56 percent to 44 percent, that Trump’s tweets should not be seen as official statements. His opponents take his tweets more seriously ― 62 percent of Clinton voters say the posts are official statements, while 69 percent of Trump voters say they are not.


Americans largely agree with Sanders that Trump’s tweets receive too much coverage ― 63 percent say they’ve heard a lot about Trump tweets in recent months, up from the 54 percent who said the same just before Trump was inaugurated. Half currently say the media gives those tweets too much attention.


But few are seeing Trump’s tweets in a totally unfiltered way. Just 11 percent say they usually see Trump’s posts directly on Twitter, while 65 percent generally hear about those posts through news stories discussing them.


Use the widget below to further explore the results of the HuffPost/YouGov survey, using the menu at the top to select survey questions and the buttons at the bottom to filter the data by subgroups:








The HuffPost/YouGov poll consisted of 1,000 completed interviews conducted June 13-14 among U.S. adults, using a sample selected from YouGov’s opt-in online panel to match the demographics and other characteristics of the adult U.S. population.


HuffPost has teamed up with YouGov to conduct daily opinion polls. You can learn more about this project and take part in YouGov’s nationally representative opinion polling. Data from all HuffPost/YouGov polls can be found here. More details on the polls’ methodology are available here.


Most surveys report a margin of error that represents some, but not all, potential survey errors. YouGov’s reports include a model-based margin of error, which rests on a specific set of statistical assumptions about the selected sample rather than the standard methodology for random probability sampling. If these assumptions are wrong, the model-based margin of error may also be inaccurate. Click here for a more detailed explanation of the model-based margin of error.




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jun 16, 00:48
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Donald Trump: Obstruction Of Justice Allegations Part Of 'Witch Hunt'






President Donald Trump responded on Thursday to a new report indicating he is under investigation for obstruction of justice.


The FBI’s special counsel, Robert Mueller, is looking into whether Trump tried to quell the bureau’s investigation into his presidential campaign’s ties to Russia, according to The Washington Post.


Trump called the report “phony” and said the allegations amounted to “the single greatest witch hunt in American political history.”










 said that the White House wouldn’t clarify whether or not Trump was referring to Mueller as “bad and conflicted.”


The president’s tweets echo remarks his lawyers made Wednesday.



“The FBI leak of information regarding the President is outrageous, inexcusable and illegal,” said Mark Corallo, a spokesman for Trump’s legal team.


Mueller took over the Russia probe in May after Trump fired former FBI Director James Comey. Comey testified in front of the Senate last week, claiming that Trump asked him for loyalty and urged him to drop the investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.


Trump both called Comey a liar and said the testimony “vindicated” him against any allegations of wrongdoing.


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jun 15, 14:43
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HUFFPOST HILL: ffs


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We were reminded today that most of what goes on in Washington isn’t a tragedy, just tremendously awful. It was a bad day for journalism and an even worse one for politics; if we had to choose a song to set it to, it’d be that “So You Had A Bad Day” tune you hear at CVS, ideally covered by Cannibal Corpse. And along with the victims and their families, our thoughts are with the Congressional Baseball Game’s press coordinator, who began this week thinking they’d only have to field a few calls from WaPo’s society desk. Hang in there, press person. This is HUFFPOST HILL for ― Thank God it’s Friday, amirite ― Wednesday, June 13th, 2017:


SCALISE SHOT - Hayley Miller and Alana Horowitz Satlin: “A gunman opened fire on a group of Republican lawmakers practicing for a congressional baseball game at around 7 a.m. Wednesday in Alexandria, Virginia, hitting House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and a staffer for Rep. Roger Williams (R-Texas). Scalise was shot in the hip, his office said in a statement. He has undergone surgery at the nearby Medstar Washington Hospital Center and is in critical condition,

. Scalise was ‘in good spirits and spoke to his wife by phone’ ahead of the surgery, his office said. Zachary Barth, a staffer for Rep. Roger Williams (R-Texas), was also hit, . Two U.S. Capitol Police officers were also injured, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said. They are in stable condition, according to Chief Matthew R. Verderosa. Matt Mika, director of government relations for Tyson Foods’ Washington, D.C., office, was also among those shot. ‘He has been taken to a local hospital and we’re awaiting word on his condition,’ the company said in a statement.” [HuffPost]


Unstable, monstrous person is unstable, monstrous: “The man who opened fire on Republican lawmakers practicing for an upcoming baseball game on Wednesday was apparently a Bernie Sanders supporter outspoken in his distaste for the GOP, President Donald Trump and former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton…. He once posted a petition on Facebook asking the Federal Elections Commission to open an election fraud investigation into Clinton and the Democratic National Committee. He wrote that Clinton was ‘Really a Republican in a Democratic Pant Suit!!!’ He also posted a photo of Sanders photoshopped into an Uncle Sam costume and joined a Facebook group stating that the ‘Road to Hell is Paved With Republicans.’ Sanders issued a statement on Wednesday saying he was ‘sickened’ by Hodgkinson’s ‘despicable’ act.” [HuffPost’s Ryan J. Reilly, Sebastian Murdock and Sam Levine]


Trump keeps it classy, for now: “President Trump, a political agitator pressed into the unfamiliar new role of soothing a nation, called for bipartisan unity in his first statement responding to the shooting Wednesday morning of a congressman and three others on a suburban Virginia baseball diamond…’We may have our differences, but we do well in times like these to remember everyone who serves in our nation’s capital because they all love our country,’ added the president, who was scheduled to attend a party celebrating his 71st birthday Wednesday night. ‘We can all agree that we are blessed to be Americans. We are strongest when we are unified and when we work for the common good.’” [NYT’s Glenn Thrush and Julie Hirschfeld Davis]


JFC, what is with people: “A Republican congresswoman from New York said she received an email threat just hours after Wednesday morning’s shooting at a baseball field that wounded GOP Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) and four others. Rep. Claudia Tenney forwarded to several news outlets the email that began with the subject line: ‘One down, 216 to go…’ It read: ‘Do you NOT expect this? When you take away ordinary peoples very lives in order to pay off the wealthiest among us, your own lives are forfeit. Certainly, your souls and morality were lost long before. Good riddance.’” [HuffPost’s Marina Fang]


Thoughts and prayers: “Following an early-morning shooting at a congressional baseball practice on Wednesday, the House Committee on Natural Resources has cancelled a hearing on a bill to make it easier for gun owners to obtain silencers. A Democratic congressional aide confirmed to The Daily Beast that the hearing, originally scheduled for 10 a.m., was to focus on the ‘Hearing Protection Act,’ which had been rolled into a larger sportsmen’s package called the SHARE Act.” [Daily Beast]


America’s favorite pastime to not be interrupted by America’s other favorite pastime: “Members of Congress will hold their annual charity baseball game on Thursday night, just one day after a man opened fire on Republican lawmakers as they practiced for the event. In a briefing to all members, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) announced that the game would be neither canceled nor postponed. Speaking to reporters after his announcement, Rep. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) said lawmakers received the news with a standing ovation. ‘I haven’t seen a moment like that since I’ve been here,’ McSally said.” [HuffPost’s Sam Stein]


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BAD DAY AT HUFFPOST - We lost a lot of talent today. On the politics team alone, Jason Linkins, Christina Wilkie, Laura Barrón-López, Ben Walsh, Dave Wood, Mike McAuliff, Cristian Farias and Grace Sparks were let go. Dozens of other HuffPost employees on other teams are also departing. People looking for talented journalists should drop us a line and prepare for very lengthy and effusive replies. Michael Calderone: “The HuffPost layoffs come as Lydia Polgreen, who took over as editor-in-chief earlier this year, is assembling a newsroom leadership team, which includes former Daily News Editor-in-Chief Jim Rich, and charting a new editorial vision. She recently oversaw a rebranding of the site, which was co-founded by Arianna Huffington, who left the company in August…. The

about HuffPost’s layoffs followed shortly after Vocativ laid off its entire editorial team in a shift to an all-video strategy. Time Inc., the publisher behind titles such as Time, Sports Illustrated, Fortune and People, laid off 300 employees on Monday.” [HuffPost]


WILL THE SENATE FORCE TRUMP TO DEBUT HIS вето PEN? And who will transmit this news to Vladimir? Elana Schor: “The Senate on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved a bipartisan package of new Russia sanctions that also lets Congress block President Donald Trump from easing or ending penalties against Moscow, the year’s most significant GOP-imposed restriction on the White House. The 97-2 vote on the Russia sanctions plan capped a week of talks that demonstrated cross-aisle collaboration that’s become increasingly rare…. Senators merged the sanctions package with a bipartisan Iran sanctions bill that’s on track for passage as soon as this week, complicating the politics of any future veto threat from the Trump administration…. But the Senate’s deal faces a murky future in the House and with the White House, which has yet to say where it stands.” [Politico]


JUST THE CLASSIEST FBI BUILDING ― EVERYONE SAYS SO - Sure, but did the crooked media even report on JFK’s close ties to Charles P. Murphy and Associates?? Bernard Condon: “A company that owns buildings with Donald Trump and the family of Jared Kushner is a finalist for a $1.7 billion contract to build the FBI’s new headquarters. Vornado Realty Trust is one of three finalists to build a replacement for the bureau’s current headquarters on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington D.C., the massive J. Edgar Hoover Building, according to Garth Beall, manager of Renard Development…. Vornado is a partial owner with the Trump Organization in two buildings, one each in New York and San Francisco. It is also a major investor in 666 Fifth Ave., the flagship skyscraper of the Kushner Cos.” [AP]


Full disclosure: Vornado also owns HuffPost’s Manhattan HQ, so we’re probably somehow complicit. #MAGA


MAJOR CHARGES IN FLINT WATER CASE - Kate Sheppard, Arthur Delaney and Chris D’Angelo: “Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette charged five officials with involuntary manslaughter Wednesday over their handling of the water crisis in Flint, Michigan…. ‘People in Flint have died as a result of the decisions made by those responsible to protect the health and safety of families,’ Schuette said during a press conference Wednesday. The defendants, all high-ranking members of the city and state government, are Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Director Nick Lyon, former Flint Emergency Manager Darnell Earley, former Flint water manager Howard Croft, and Liane Shekter-Smith and Stephen Busch of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. Additionally, Dr. Eden Wells, the state’s chief medical officer, has been charged with obstruction of justice and lying to a police officer.” [HuffPost] 


CONGRATS TO TRUMP UNIVERSITY CLASS OF 2021 - Valerie Strauss: “The Trump administration is suspending two key rules from the Obama administration that were intended to protect students from predatory for-profit colleges, saying it will soon start the process to write its own regulations. The move made Wednesday by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was a victory for Republican lawmakers and for-profit colleges that had lobbied against the rules. Critics denounced it, accusing the administration of essentially selling out students to help for-profit colleges stay in business.” [WaPo]


BECAUSE YOU’VE READ THIS FAR - Here’s a bird who thinks it’s a dog.


SOUTHERN BAPTISTS DEBATE COMING OUT AGAINST HORRIBLE RACISM - Who Would Jesus Hate?? Sarah Pulliam Bailey: “A Southern Baptist Convention proposal to condemn a white nationalist group drew some backlash during the convention’s annual meeting on Tuesday when a committee first declined to bring a proposed resolution to a vote…. The debate over the resolution highlights the many divisions within the denomination around the election of President Trump, which put the spotlight on white supremacists among his supporters. While several Southern Baptist leaders have served on Trump’s evangelical advisory board, many younger Southern Baptists — including the denomination’s Ethics and Religious Liberty president Russell Moore — vocally opposed his candidacy.” [WaPo


THIS CHICKEN SANDWICH WILL LEAD A MORE INTERESTING LIFE THAN YOU - “KFC plans to make a space pioneer out of a chicken sandwich next week when it sends it to the edge of the atmosphere with the help of a high-altitude balloon.” [AP]


COMFORT FOOD


- Orchestral cover of “Harder, Better, Faster Stronger.”


- Dog really needs a break from the kids.


- Older gentleman just wants to rock out.


TWITTERAMA














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jun 15, 00:51
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Michael Moore Posts Zingers Galore On Trump Climate Pact Withdrawal


Michael Moore has been a vocal critic of President Donald Trump, but he pulled out all the stops on Thursday.


In the wake of the president’s announcement that the United States would withdraw from the Paris climate accord intended to stave off climate change, the filmmaker launched tweet after tweet of venom-laced humor directed at the commander-in-chief’s move.


Without further ado: 


















Moore’s audience followed suit.

























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jun 2, 17:54
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Donald Trump Hits The Retweet Button Hard To Justify Paris Climate Deal Exit






President Donald Trump is facing mounting criticism from world leaders and citizens alike for his decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate agreement.


So he’s turned to his favorite social media platform in an apparent effort to find support and justify a decision that analysts say has brought America’s era of global leadership to an end.


Trump took some time out on Friday morning to share complimentary comments that he had seen on Twitter:


































In a matter of minutes, Trump retweeted seven flattering posts from political allies, Fox & Friends and his son Eric Trump. He even managed to squeeze in an extra plug for his upcoming appearance on the Fox network.


The congratulatory tone of the tweets are in stark contrast, however, to comments from fellow leaders, celebrities and citizens.


Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau has said he is “

” at the news, while France’s new president Emmanuel Macron appealed to U.S. citizens to help “make the planet great again.”


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jun 2, 14:37
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Nation So Sad It's Cheered Up By A Sphere


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President Trump was provided relief from a tumultuous trip abroad when he got to play with a globe that made his hands look as big as Eurasia. Speaking of hands, and maybe it’s just our wild imagination, but has anyone given any thought to the idea that the country is being run through Melania Trump’s hands? And the president’s budget includes very steep cuts to the social safety net. To all of you who will be roasting your boot on a spit over an oil drum fire in 2020, take comfort: The president saved a few dollars on the F-35. This is HUFFPOST HILL for Monday, May 22nd, 2017:


BORED TRUMP NOW JUST GINNING UP HIS OWN CONTROVERSIES - We’re all gonna die.  Marina Fang: “President Donald Trump on Monday denied that he mentioned Israel at the Oval Office meeting where he reportedly leaked classified information to Russian officials, seemingly referring to reports that Israel was the source of that information. ‘Just so you understand, I never mentioned the word or the name “Israel.” Never mentioned it during that conversation,’ Trump said during an appearance with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem as part of his first foreign trip as president. The president was referring to reports that Israel was the source of classified information he disclosed to Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov and ambassador Sergei Kislyak during an Oval Office meeting on May 10.  ‘They were all saying I did. So you had another story wrong,’ he said, pointing at reporters in the room. ‘Never mentioned the word “Israel.”’ It was never reported, however, that Trump told the Russians that Israel was the source of the information.” [HuffPost]


FLOTUS don’t want no POTUS.


Jared Kushner must be so stressed right now, via Politico reporter Annie Karni’s pool report: “Recently, Trump has said that he believes peace in the Middle East is ‘not as difficult as people have thought.’ On Monday night, he said, ‘I’ve heard it’s one of the toughest deals of all.’ And he sounded a little more tempered in his confidence: ‘But I have a feeling we’re  going to get there eventually,’ he said. ‘I hope.’”


FLYNN TAKING THE FIFTH - Whew, one less instance of drama for Mitch McConnell to worry about. Amanda Terkel: “Former national security adviser Michael Flynn will not cooperate with a Senate intelligence committee investigation, invoking his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination Monday to avoid turning over documents lawmakers have subpoenaed related to his interactions with Russian officials. Flynn resigned in February, after it was revealed that he lied about whether he had substantive contacts with the Russian ambassador before President Donald Trump took office. In a letter to the leaders of the Senate intelligence committee posted by the Associated Press, Flynn’s lawyer said that without ‘assurances against unfair prosecution,’ he would ‘respectfully decline your request for an interview and for the production of documents.’” [HuffPost]


This Flynn character may not be entirely on the up-and-up. “Michael Flynn appears to have lied to Pentagon officials about payments he received from Russians when he was interviewed in 2016 for a renewal of his security clearance, according to a document obtained by the top Democrat on the House oversight committee. In a letter released Monday evening by Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), the congressman details a document that reveals Flynn told investigators he was paid by ‘U.S. companies’ when he traveled to Russia and dined with Russian President Vladimir Putin.” [HuffPost’s Laura Barrón-López]


James Comey’s testimony on his firing and the Russia investigation has been postponed, House oversight committee chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah)

.


OK, MAYBE THERE WILL BE PEOPLE DYING IN THE STREETS, PT. 623,005, 541 - Arthur Delaney: “The Trump administration will unveil its 2018 budget on Tuesday, likely including big-league cuts to social programs in order to pay for more guns and bombs. The first thing to know about Trump’s budget ― or any president’s budget ― is that most of the proposals it contains stand little chance of becoming law. Instead, the president’s budget is a wish list that marks the beginning of a process in which Congress ultimately decides how to set spending levels. Trump reportedly wants to boost military spending and pay for it with big cuts to safety net programs like Medicaid and food stamps, along with cuts to dozens of smaller items like the Community Development Block Grant. Republicans are unlikely to go along, since they have struggled mightily to agree on cuts to health insurance subsidies this year. But Bob Greenstein, director of the liberal Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, said the party’s love of tax cuts could motivate them to consider all options.”  [HuffPost]


Haircut: Bernie Sanders (h/t

).


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COURT RULES AGAINST GOP DRAWN DISTRICTS - Cristian Farias: “In a long-awaited decision, the Supreme Court agreed on Monday with a lower court ruling that found that Republican lawmakers in North Carolina drew two congressional districts with improper racial considerations in mind. The ruling is the latest attempt by the justices to clarify the standard for what counts as unconstitutional racial gerrymandering — the push by lawmakers, especially in the South, to draw district lines based on the racial demographics of a specific area. ‘The Constitution entrusts States with the job of designing congressional districts,’ wrote Justice Elena Kagan in the 5-to-3 decision. ‘But it also imposes an important constraint: A State may not use race as the predominant factor in drawing district lines unless it has a compelling reason.’” [HuffPost]


The sinkhole that formed in front of Mar-a-Lago is almost too easy a target for jokes.


CITY ON A HILL UPDATE - Your tired, poor huddled masses yearning to be free can crash on our futon for a couple of nights... maybe. Elise Foley: “Tens of thousands of Haitians who had already been granted temporary reprieve to stay in the U.S. will be allowed to remain for an additional six months, but they should use that time to ‘get their affairs in order,’ a Trump administration official said Monday. The Department of Homeland Security had until Tuesday to decide whether to extend temporary protected status, or TPS, for roughly 58,700 Haitians, who have been approved to remain in the U.S. following a devastating 2010 earthquake in their native country.” [HuffPost]


TRUMP STILL THREATENING TO SABOTAGE OBAMACARE - But he’s not doing it today. Jeffrey Young: “In a filing to a federal appeals court Monday, the Justice Department and lawyers representing House Republicans have requested another 90-day delay in the proceedings from a case challenging the legality of payments made to health insurers serving low-income customers…. Without that money, insurers would face major financial losses because the law mandates they offer these discounts whether they get paid back or not. Insurers received about $7 billion in these payments last year. Many states would allow health insurance companies to exit the Obamacare markets this year, leaving their policyholders with no coverage. Moreover, if Trump makes clear the cost-sharing payments won’t be made in the future, health insurance companies would have a strong disincentive to participate in the exchanges next year, leaving consumers with fewer, or possibly no, choices.” [HuffPost]


CONGRATULATIONS TO THE LITTLE GUY - [area liberals nervously making sure Ruth Bader Ginsburg is getting enough antioxidants in her diet]. Paul Blumenthal: “Newly minted Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch showed his hand on Monday on where he will likely stand on cases that would increase the amount of power held by large political donors. As the Supreme Court declined to hear a major campaign finance case that could have led to the lifting of campaign contribution limits to political parties, Gorsuch joined Justice Clarence Thomas in an unwritten dissent. That means Gorsuch and Thomas wanted the court to hear the case, and likely wanted to vote to overturn yet another limit on big money in politics. The case, Republican Party of Louisiana v. Federal Election Commission, challenged contribution limits placed on state-level political parties by the 2002 McCain-Feingold reform law. These are the limits on ‘soft money,’ unlimited contributions to the parties for supposedly non-electoral activities, imposed in the wake of scandals related to both how the money was raised and how it was spent.” [HuffPost]


The thankfully brief story of the D.C. bar that wanted to introduce a “Pill Cosby” drink to its menu.


DEMOCRATS GRIPPED WITH RAHM-BASED NOSTALGIA - To defeat a short-fingered vulgarian, sometimes you need a vulgar man with one shortened finger. Edward-Isaac Dovere and Gabriel Debenedetti: “Democrats see the same ugly storm forming for Republicans that delivered them the majority 11 years ago, and they’re digging out the blueprint. The party is vastly expanding the number of districts it plans to contest, recruiting veterans and business owners to compete in conservative terrain as it did back then. Three senior House Democrats are soon heading to Chicago to seek advice from Rahm Emanuel, the party’s 2006 master strategist. Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has been tutoring members on the party’s campaign efforts that year…. Emanuel has been in touch regularly with Democratic leaders in Washington, holding frequent strategy phone calls with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York.” [Politico]


BECAUSE YOU’VE READ THIS FAR - Here’s yet another puppy doing battle with a doorstop.


TRUMP ISN’T THE ONLY ONE ON A #MAGA TRIP ABROAD - How come there are never “belligerent ferry passenger asked to disembark” or “irate monorail rider forced to alight” stories? Avi Selk: “Like some bizarre parody of a Trump rally, a belligerent man in a ‘Make America Great Again’ hat was booted off a plane in Shanghai Sunday — defiantly waving as a crowd of passengers jeered in the terminal: ‘Lock him up! Lock him up!’ It’s unclear whether Chinese police did jail the man or who he was. As others on the United Airlines flight described it, he started arguing before he stepped onto the plane. ‘Obviously, the hat provoked some of the stuff,’ said Alexis Zimmerman, who was flying back to Newark from a business trip.” [WaPo]


COMFORT FOOD


- Dogs try to make sense of fidget spinners.


- The winning submissions from the first-ever “Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards.”


- An infographic showing all the colors of Mr. Rogers’ cardigans.


TWITTERAMA


: The Orb and the Obelisk have revealed themselves, as it was foretold. Now we wait for the third Dark Talisman to emerge.


:  Straightforward from here:
1 impeach Trump
2 steal orb
3 fall under maddening spell of orb
4 orb devours every human soul
5 President Hatch


: Child: do you remember when Trump touched the Orb?


Me: Yes. None of us realized what it would-


Orb Police: HAIL ORB


Me & child: hail orb


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may 23, 01:10
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Here Are Some Of The Wildest Twitter Tips For New FBI Director






Commentators have been busy predicting who’ll become the next FBI director since President Donald Trump fired James Comey from the position on Tuesday. Comey had been leading an FBI investigation into possible ties between Trump officials and Russia.


Some of the wildest and best tips for a replacement have emerged online. Soon after the news broke, Twitter users began suggesting potential candidates ― from former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke to Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and daughters, Ivanka and Tiffany.


Several amusing substitutes are also being proposed, such as Chief Wiggum from “The Simpsons,” “Star Wars” villain Darth Vader and movie actor Stevan Seagal ― who was barred from Ukraine Friday because the new Russian citizen is considered a national security threat.


Check out the (admittedly non-exhaustive) list here:


Rudy Giuliani:










Jared Kushner:














Ivanka Trump:






Melania Trump:






Tiffany Trump:














Sheriff David Clarke:










New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R):






Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.):






Ted Nugent:














‘Brad’ Putin:














White House chief strategist Steve Bannon:










Darth Vader:






Scott Baio:










Chief Wiggum:






Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin:














Gary Busey:






Dr. Evil:






Jean-Claude Van Damme: 






Steven Seagal:






Burt Macklin:






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may 10, 12:24
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Celebrities Express Outrage After New Health Care Bill Passes






On Thursday, after months of delays and a previous failed attempt, House Republicans narrowly passed their bill to repeal and replace Obamacare. This puts the GOP one step closer to fulfilling its promise to totally reshape the federal statute that was signed into law by Barack Obama. 


Not a single Democrat voted in favor of the bill, which was passed by the Republicans 217-213. There were also 20 Republicans who voted against it. 


Upon hearing the news, celebrities like Patton Oswalt, Mark Ruffalo and Mae Whitman took to social media to express their disappointment.


“DONATE AND VOTE DONATE AND VOTE SHOW THE FUCK UP WE WILL NOT FORGET THIS YOU SHAMEFUL COWARDS,” wrote Whitman, while Billy Eichner had some choice words for President Donald Trump.


















































Alyssa Milano encouraged people to use their voices and challenge the bill, while John Legend chose to donate to Swing Left, a grassroots organization supporting Democratic candidates in swing districts. 

















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