Saturday, June 23, 2018

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Tweet by Muckmaker™ on Twitter

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This is David Pecker, the owner of the National Enquirer and Trump buddy. Pecker has been subpoenaed in the Michael Cohen case for his use of hush money to quiet stories. Trump's use of Cohen has put Pecker in a hole that he usually isn't in. pic.twitter.com/RCmfIJloBc

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Tweet by Shaun King on Twitter

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Thank you Gene & Robert. This gave me hope.

These two white men are truckers. Protests for #AntwonRose blocked the highway and these men, after 5 hours with protestors, saw the video for the first time and were moved to call for justice for Antwon.

Interview from @BeauWTAE pic.twitter.com/mAIxUr37ER

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Game of Thrones stars Kit Harington and Rose Leslie are married
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Can someone please sue this peanutdick for slander? twitter.com/realDonaldTrum…

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Tweet by Brian Krassenstein on Twitter

Brian Krassenstein (@krassenstein)
Trump claimed that 63,000 Americans have been murdered by illegal immigrants since 2001.

FACT: 63,000 Americans have NOT been murdered by illegal immigrants since 2001.

NOT EVEN CLOSE!

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Tweet by Stonekettle on Twitter

Stonekettle (@Stonekettle)
Don't come at me with this "Oh, I thought you were the tolerant Left" bullshit.

I'm not "The Left."

And it's not my fault you're so damned stupid that you think tolerance means something you can rape without protest or resistance. That's your mistake.

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Tweet by The Resistance on Twitter

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#SarahSanders yes people still vote for these GOP crooks
I never will EVER understand it ....even if you told me a thousand times why
There is NO rational explanation why pic.twitter.com/8CctmQkcSC

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♻️πŸ’™πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ Christopher Zullo (@ChrisJZullo)
Republicans want you to think the big economic problem is 140 million are lazy, not 400 greedy. When working full-time at minimum wage brings home $250 week; problem is wages, not workers. Tax Reform wasn't about helping working class, just huge 1% tax cut #PoorPeoplesCampaign

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Tweet by Sue #JusticeIsComing on Twitter

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#SaturdayMotivation
Apparently her name is Alison Ettel
Her twitter was @alisonettel but it looks like the COWARD has deleted her page & closed down her FB
They always slink off into the dark like all COCKROACHES do when the lights are turned on! twitter.com/ShaunKing/stat…

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Tweet by phil h on Twitter

phil h (@LCNM99)
So republicans want your SS check called a 'Federal Benefit Payment'. Sounds like someone doing you a favor versus, this is what you earned. They worry less about what it's call and more about keeping their greedy hands off of it.

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Tweet by The Hoarse Whisperer on Twitter

The Hoarse Whisperer (@HoarseWisperer)
You can't make this **** up.

The #PermitPatty who called police on an 8-YO black girl selling cold water on a 90-degree day...

Of course she has the most ridiculously white-privileged job of all time.

She sells pot-laced dog treats.

No, seriously.
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Trump aide Miller's ancestor flunked naturalization test

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The White House Tried to Suppress a Bombshell Study Because They Were Afraid of the PR – Mother Jones

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Michael Olijnyk appointed executive director of Mattress Factory museum | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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New Pittsburgh alt-monthly to run former Post-Gazette Rob Rogers' cartoons | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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O'Hara's edible trail ready for picking and nibbling | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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Lawrenceville girl wins 95th National Marbles Tournament | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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The Vastly Different Ways In Which Neil Young and Joni Mitchell Viewed the Inevitable Subject of Aging

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Crosswalk the Musical: Hair w/ Lin-Manuel Miranda

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Broadway Carpool Karaoke ft. Hamilton & More

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Tweet by The Resistance on Twitter

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"Red Hen" SUPPORT THIS AWESOME
Restaurant every time you are traveling through western VA
Right off of 81
The owner is a sincere patriot and great American

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Tweet by The Hoarse Whisperer on Twitter

The Hoarse Whisperer (@HoarseWisperer)
Note: Sarah Huckabee Sanders has a personal account.

It is: @SarahHuckabee

She used the federal government's account for the Press Secretary (@PressSec) to target a private business owner. twitter.com/presssec/statu…

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Tweet by Amy Siskind on Twitter

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This got very little attention in the chaos, but Pompeo canceled last minute on briefing the Senate on Trump's supposed breakthrough deal with North Korea.
By Friday, Trump reaffirmed the North Korea nuclear threat. nbcnews.com/politics/congr…

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The Supreme Court just saved our cellular privacy

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Trump calls victims of his barbaric family separation policy 'phony stories of sadness and grief'

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Advertiser flees another Fox News show after deplorable child immigration commentary

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Episode 2: "Kalen Reacts" Makes Peach Cobbler!

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My Favorite Things

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OMK! From Kool-Aid Pickles to Wedding Disasters, Kalen Allen Covers It All

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Dinosauria, We (born like this) by Charles Bukowski (read by Tom O'Bedlam)

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Christopher Walken - The Lion Speech

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Writing by Charles Bukowski (read by Tom O'Bedlam)

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Funeral Blues by W.H Auden (read by Tom O'Bedlam)

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Republicans Reward Disgusting Companies For Hiding Profits Overseas

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Trump Somehow Getting More Racist

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Crostata Recipes for When You Don’t Feel Like Making Pie | Food & Wine

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A war hero and Democrat M.J. Hegar draws attention with House ad

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Veterans of the Civil Rights Movement -- Grenada Mississippi—Chronology of a Movement

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Tweet by JRehling on Twitter

JRehling (@JRehling)
In Mein Kampf, Hitler focused on "bad Jews" whose criminality and depravity were undeniable, so that he could soon portray the whole race as guilty.

This is what Trump is doing with "Angel Families" and MS-13. Someone on Trump's team has studied Hitler carefully.

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Tweet by Chris Hayes on Twitter

Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes)
Since I'm seeing a bunch of zombie takes about "How To Solve The Politics of Immigration" today, a brief thread on my experience covering this issue the last 13 years.

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Tweet by Laurence Tribe on Twitter

Laurence Tribe (@tribelaw)
How quaint Nixon's impeachable offenses of a half-century ago seem today, in light of Trump's more profound and persistent abuses of presidential power! twitter.com/beschlossdc/st…

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It's likely that Trump loved the "womp womp" moment and especially Lewandowski's refusal to apologize for it. twitter.com/ddale8/status/…

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Tweet by Gregory Korte on Twitter

Gregory Korte (@gregorykorte)
This guy received a presidential pardon, without submitting himself to the formal Justice Department process and jumping a line of more than 2,000 who had formally applied for a pardon. πŸ‘‡πŸ‘‡πŸ‘‡ twitter.com/DineshDSouza/s…

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Jodi (@jodotcom)
The Austin .@statesman reports on Facebook: workers are now removing graffiti from historic missions in San Antonio. It said, "I really don't care, do U" ... Thanks, @FLOTUS you have made your point. Shame on you. πŸ˜”

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ROSIE (@Rosie)
he may win by cheating- again - with putins help #TrumpConcentrationCampsForKids #trumpLIES twitter.com/danrather/stat…

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Tweet by πŸ–•πŸ»Aunt Crabby calls Bullshit πŸ–•πŸ» on Twitter

πŸ–•πŸ»Aunt Crabby calls Bullshit πŸ–•πŸ» (@DearAuntCrabby)
This is disgusting. Trump spreads his signature around like manure. It's almost like graffiti. One day his signature will be worth nothing. twitter.com/krassenstein/s…

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When It’s Too Late to Stop Fascism, According to Stefan Zweig

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Tweet by Molly Jong-Fast on Twitter

Molly Jong-Fast (@MollyJongFast)
Poor Sarah Sanders was kicked out of a bar which is basically the same as having your children taken away and being forced to sleep in a cage. twitter.com/politidope/sta…

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The Bill Press Show - June 22, 2018

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The Rude Pundit: Regarding Civility in Uncivil Times

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Trump's Family Separation Policy Puts Migrant Children at Risk of Disease, Too

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Interfaith Protest Against Family Detention

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Cranky Bulldog Feels Better After Belching

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Officer who shot Antwon Rose left Pitt job after his report and evidence didn't line up | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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Conservative Columnist George Will Publishes a Striking Directive: 'Vote Against the GOP This November' | Alternet

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Tweet by Kayla’s Resisting on Twitter

Kayla's Resisting (@ImKaylaG)
Trump jabbed first, and now world hits back in trade fight

The European Union is set to slap tariffs on $3.4 billion in American products on Friday, from whiskey and motorcycles to peanuts and cranberries.

#DemForce nbcnews.com/news/world/tru…

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Tweet by Holly Figueroa O'Reilly 🌊 BWCS on Twitter

Holly Figueroa O'Reilly 🌊 BWCS (@AynRandPaulRyan)
Members of Congress and reporters are denied access to the camps.
Senators are arrested for trying to deliver toys to kids in the camps.
And now, the Red Cross is being turned away.
It's almost as if the administration knows they're doing something wrong.πŸ€”
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Tweet by Allan Margolin on Twitter

Allan Margolin (@AllanMargolin)
RT @PoliteMelanie I have two questions about 'Space Force':
1) When will Puerto Rico have electricity?
2) When will Flint have clean water? + great @laloalcaraz cartoon -

- @RogueNASA @MMFlint @PSYCH_HYPE @Micah0118 @MMitongu @FlintWaterNews @FlintWaterDoc @SisBoomBahaha @NNUS pic.twitter.com/RuIo11U5QK

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Michael Moore on finding a reason to keep pushing on: "It's not human to be without empathy. We have elected someone to the White House who is seriously devoid of empathy, which means that there's something wrong here." bit.ly/2MamPgQ pic.twitter.com/gPmqQEGbyo

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Allegheny County plans to ramp up its efforts to make the air less stinky | PublicSource

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For a 6-Year-Old Snared in the Immigration Maze, a… — ProPublica

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Congressman Plays Audio Tape Of Child Separated From Parents At The Border

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Lil BUB's 7th Birthday Feast!

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Handsome Bulldog Looks Cute While Dreaming

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English Bulldog Playfully Attacks Owner

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Ruben!
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I stayed silent back then. But, for whatever it's worth, I won't now. - Being Liberal

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Dave Daubenmire And Rick Wiles Perfectly Demonstrate Why They Are Shunned By Mainstream Society | Right Wing Watch

Dave Daubenmire And Rick Wiles Perfectly Demonstrate Why They Are Shunned By Mainstream Society | Right Wing Watch

Dave Daubenmire And Rick Wiles Perfectly Demonstrate Why They Are Shunned By Mainstream Society

Religious Right activists Dave Daubenmire and Rick Wiles used the most recent episodes of their respective programs to complain that they are shunned by their fellow Christians and their views are censored by the mainstream media because they are unapologetic about speaking the "truth" about issues like abortion and homosexuality.

In an effort to drive home the point about their unwavering commitment to exposing the "truth" about these issues regardless of the costs, both Daubenmire and Wiles demonstrated precisely why they are shunned by most mainstream Christians and the media.

On his "Pass The Salt Live" webcast this morning, Daubenmire recalled how a friend of his had been kicked off a local radio program years ago because he tried to speak the truth when was interviewed about "the butt sex" decision, by which Daubenmire meant the Supreme Court's Lawrence v. Texas ruling, which struck down state anti-sodomy laws.

"Homosexuals have anal sex with each other, folks," Daubenmire said. "Do you understand that? And do you think that's normal? Do you think it's normal for two men to get in a bedroom and have anal sex? Why do you think they have lubricant?"

"Do you understand that two men get into a bed together and they have oral sex with each other?" he continued. "And do you understand that we are calling that a marriage?"

Daubenmire then turned to David Arthur, who is a Christian speaker who was delivered "from a sexually perverted life, including homosexual & transgender prostitution" and is now one of Daubenmire's main cohorts, to confirm the details.

"They inset their penises in each other's anus. They perform oral sex on each other's penis and on each other's anus," Arthur said. "And then they go kiss their adopted children."

Wiles similarly used his "TruNews" program last night to rail against Christians and media outlets who refuse to allow him to share the "truth" about abortion.

"Judgment is coming," Wiles warned. "When they slaughter a little baby in a Planned Parenthood baby butcher shop, where does that baby's blood go? Where does the baby's brains and guts go?"

"I'll tell you where it goes," he continued. "It goes down the drain, into the sewer system and the blood of those babies is running through your town's sewer, under your street. The sewage pipes in your city [are] carrying the blood, the guts, the brains, the tissue of all the babies murdered in your city today. It's going right into your city's sewer system. You're actually drinking—you're drinking the babies' blood, being recycled and going right back into the city's water supply. Cannibalism."



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George Will exits the Republican Party over Trump - The Washington Post

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FENWAYS-BE CAREFUL, LITTLE GIRL

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Harmar Bald Eagles Live Stream

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Congressman Catches Betsy DeVos Lying About His Daughter's Public School

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Melania Trump Really Doesn't Care, Do U?

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Dear Flabby Episode 8

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Friday, June 22, 2018



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Regulars abandon Duluth cafe after owners let Fox & Friends broadcast there before Trump visit

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President Donald Trump's Child Migrant Crisis Has Awoken Something in the Resistance—and the Country

President Donald Trump's Child Migrant Crisis Has Awoken Something in the Resistance—and the Country

This Nation Is Beginning to Realize the Full Extent of What It Did to Itself in November 2016

The country's head is clearing. The spell of the reality show presidency* is wearing off.

Optimism may be illusory, but it's all we have at this point, so, when it stirs, anywhere, it's worthy of nurture and support. Over the past week, ever since the administration*'s crimes against humanity along the southern border were revealed, there became an edge to the political opposition that has not been there through all the marches and the rhetoric that have attended this government since the president* was inaugurated. Up until now, all of the #Resistance has contained a barely acknowledged undercurrent of futility. It was not that the opposition was empty. It was that it generally broke like a wave on a seawall when it collided with the immutable fact that the president*'s party controlled every lever of political power at the federal level, as well as a great number of them out in the states, too.

The week just passed has changed the calculations. The images from the border, and the White House's fatheaded trolling of the situation, seems to have shaken up everyone in Washington to the point at which alliances are more fluid than they have been since January of 2017. There seems little doubt that the Republicans in the House of Representatives are riven with ideological chaos, struck numb by the basic conundrum of modern conservatism: When your whole political identity is defined by the proposition that government is not the solution, but, rather, the problem, you don't know how to operate it when fortune and gerrymandering hand you the wheel.

You can fake it pretty convincingly, doing the bidding of your donor class and knuckling the powerless and making a nice living for yourself, as long as events pursue a fairly predictable course for which there are familiar precedents in your experience. You can even see the setbacks coming from around the corner. Even your defeats are predictable and, thus, explainable—or, at least, spinnable. Can't repeal Obamacare? RINOs like John McCain!

The problem arises when something unpredictable happens, and the government you control has to be fast on its feet, and you don't know how that really works. A hurricane and a flood drowns New Orleans, and the luxury horse-show official you put in charge of the country's emergency management system—because who cares, right?—finds that he's really not up to the job. Or, suddenly, you find that, no matter how hot the emotions run at your rallies or how brightly your favorite TV network polishes your apple, or how hard you pitch the snake oil that got you elected, the country will not stand for being complicit in the kidnapping and caging of children. The pictures begin to pile up. The mirror in which the country prefers to see itself cracks into a million sharp shards that begin to cut your political life away.

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You can feel the difference in the air. The members of the governing party, uneasy about the prospects for this year's midterms anyway, are fairly trembling at the moment, seeing in their mind's eyes a hundred 30-second spots of weeping toddlers behind chain-link walls. The president* has gone completely incoherent, standing firm until he doesn't, looking for help in the Congress that he'll never get, and reversing himself so swiftly on his one signature issue that he's probably screwed himself up to the ankles in the floor of the Oval Office. By Friday afternoon, he was back on the electric Twitter machine, yapping about the Democrats and "their phony stories of sadness and grief." And a hundred Republican candidates dive back behind the couch.

The country's vision is coming back into focus and it can see for the first time the length and breadth of the damage it has done to itself.

The country's head is clearing. The country's vision is coming back into focus and it can see for the first time the length and breadth of the damage it has done to itself. The country is hearing the voices that the cacophony of fear and anger had drowned out for almost three years. The spell, such as it was, and in most places, may be wearing off at last. The hallucinatory effect of a reality-show presidency* is dispersing like a foul, smoky mist over a muddy battlefield.

The migrant crisis is going to go down through history as one of the most destructive series of own-goals in the history of American politics. The establishment of the "zero-tolerance" policy made the child-nabbing inevitable. The president*'s own rhetoric—indeed, the raison d'etre of his entire campaign—trapped him into at first defending the indefensible and then abandoning what was perhaps the only consistent policy idea he ever had—outside of enriching himself and his family, that is. Then the cameras began to roll, and the nation's gorge began to rise, and the president* couldn't stand the pressure that was mounting around him. Of course, because he knows nothing about anything, including how to actually be president*, he bungled even his own abject surrender. He's spent the days since signing his executive order railing against what he felt compelled to do and arguing against himself and losing anyway.

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That's the optimism, and it may, in fact, be illusory, but the power balance in our politics seemed to shift this week. Terrible policies are still coming from the various agencies. Scott Pruitt remains a grifter of nearly inhuman proportions, and a vandal besides. Neil Gorsuch continues to prove himself to be the reliable conservative hack for whom the Republicans stole a Supreme Court seat. But the crisis at the border is a leg-hold trap for all of them. There's no way for them to keep faith with themselves and get out from under the humanitarian disaster they concocted. One day, maybe, brave Guatemalan mothers and their very brave children may be said to have saved the American Republic from slow-motion and giddy suicide. Some even may be our fellow citizens by then, and we should remember to thank them.

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Paul Ryan's House Republicans Slash Food Stamps, Hold Kids Hostage

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Tweet by The Hoarse Whisperer on Twitter

The Hoarse Whisperer (@HoarseWisperer)
I'd much rather live next door to someone who crossed a desert to become an American than an American who wouldn't cross the street to help a foreigner.

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Tweet by Chris Hayes on Twitter

Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes)
The only statistically legitimate generalization to be made about violent crime is that in every single society, men commit the overwhelming majority of it.

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Zara, Brand That Made Melania's 'Don't Care' Jacket Used To Design Holocaust Shirt, Swastika Bag

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During immigration push, Trump cuts off House GOP leaders at the knees | MSNBC

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As HHS tent city filled with kids, Azar left for college reunion

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The Republican War on the Poor and Vulnerable

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7 Buttery Brioche Recipes | Food & Wine

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Brian Kilmeade Really Is The Stupidest Man On TV (And Spouting White Supremacy) | Crooks and Liars

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Pearls Before Swine for 6/22/2018 | Pearls Before Swine | Comics | ArcaMax Publishing

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Dying for a cookie

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peace history june

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Melania Trump Really Doesn't Care, Do U?

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Trump administration tightens rules for federal scientists talking to reporters

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Thoughts After an Owl | Environment | Utne Reader

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Good News, the Economy is Booming! - Daily Pnut

Good News, the Economy is Booming! - Daily Pnut

Good News, the Economy is Booming!

The news does often seem to be negative. But as Stephen Pinker, a Daily Pnut reader, writes the world has gotten a lot better over the past few centuries. Is the news negative because reporters don't cover good news because good news is what should be expected? Or is bad news covered because that's what sells, as bad news gets eyeballs and clicks? We think it's a bit nuanced: reporters and readers are naturally drawn to bad news because humans are loss averse (as behavioral scientists have confirmed).

We mention all of this because readers occasionally write to us saying we are too depressing. And for that reason, today's edition is focused on the fair to sunny economic global conditions.

SEASONED NUTS: QUOTABLE


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The Rude Pundit: Regarding Civility in Uncivil Times

http://rudepundit.blogspot.com/2018/06/regarding-civility-in-uncivil-times.html


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Trump Vows to Open Minnesota's Superior National Forest to Mines - Bloomberg

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-06-21/trump-vows-to-open-minnesota-s-superior-national-forest-to-mines


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Reuben the Bulldog: Hello Summer

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WTF, YOU GUYS!? - Randy Rainbow Song Parody (NSFW)

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Tweet by MadDogPAC on Twitter

MadDogPAC (@maddogpac)
YES. Yes, we care. pic.twitter.com/q9JBLJlDdZ

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Tweet by Brian Krassenstein on Twitter

Brian Krassenstein (@krassenstein)
Cost of Melania Trump's Jacket she wore to last year's G7 Summit: $51,000 - It had flowers on it.

Cost of Melania Trump's Jacket she wore to see the kidnapped children: $39 - It mocked the children.

Cost to her legacy as First Lady: Priceless

#SingleStagingAreaNow

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Tweet by Tomthunkit™ on Twitter

Tomthunkit™ (@TomthunkitsMind)
The Trump Foundation used donations for the following:

$158,000 to Settle Trump Golf Club Legal dispute

$100,000 to Settle Mar-a-Lago legal dispute

$32,000 to pay off a pledge made by DJT Holdings

$10,000 for a Portrait of Trump

$5,000 Donation to benefit a Trump Company

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Charles P. Pierce on Politics - News from Charlie Pierce

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Neil Gorsuch Supreme Court Decision in Railroad Executive Stock Case Is a Sign of New Gilded Age

Neil Gorsuch Supreme Court Decision in Railroad Executive Stock Case Is a Sign of New Gilded Age

This New Gilded Age Is Very Shiny

The Supreme Court sweetens the deal for plutocrats with stock options.

The era of Gilded Age cosplay on the Supreme Court that began when Mitch McConnell hijacked an empty chair reached a new high point today when Justice Neil Gorsuch delivered a 5-4 majority opinion in the case of Wisconsin Central v. United States. In this decision, Gorsuch made sure that the pension benefits of railroad executives will be made safe from grubby taxation that might benefit the hoi polloi. Robert LaFollette revolves spiritedly beneath the sod.

Gorsuch did so using a technique not unfamiliar, as Scott Lemieux points out at LGM, to seventh-grade English students everywhere. The argumentum ad Funk and Wagnall.

When Congress adopted the Act in 1937, "money" was understood as currency "issued by [a] recognized authority as a medium of exchange." Pretty obviously, stock options do not fall within that definition. While stock can be bought or sold for money, it isn't usually considered a medium of exchange. Few people value goods and services in terms of stock, or buy groceries and pay rent with stock. Adding the word "remuneration" also does not alter the meaning of the phrase. When the statute speaks of taxing "any form of money remuneration," it indicates Congress wanted to tax monetary compensation in any of the many forms an employer might choose. It does not prove that Congress wanted to tax things, like stock, that are not money at all.

Those 2000 shares of Apple you have stashed in the pickle jar? Not money. Use them to light the stove.

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This is why McConnell did what he did. This is why Merrick Garland is still working down the street. It was a strategy to cripple a Democratic president, but the most basic motivation was to install a friend of the burgeoning plutocracy on the bench for a decade or so. And Thursday's decision extends back into the past to slap FDR around a little, too. You see, the provision that all compensation could be taxed was enacted by the Department of the Treasury in 1938 as an interpretation of a law passed by a Democratically-controlled Congress a year earlier.

In his dissent, Justice Stephen Breyer pointed out that said Treasury Department probably had a better idea what said Congress had in mind than does a usurper 80 years later.

What is that interpretation? Shortly after the Act was passed, the Department of Treasury issued a regulation defining the term "compensation" in the Act as reaching both "all remuneration in money, or in something which may be used in lieu of money (scrip and merchandise orders, for example)." … The majority, though clearly fond of 1930's-era dictionaries, rejects these definitions because, in its view, they do not reflect the term's "ordinary meaning."

There were a couple other decisions on Thursday, including a fairly important one allowing state taxation of Internet sales. (There's also a concurrence in another case from Justice Anthony Kennedy that, as Ian Millhiser points out, may well contain a land mine of considerable power) But this was the signifying one—the one that I guarantee you will echo forward through other decisions. How loudly it echoes depends vitally on who gets to pick future justices, and what kind of Congress confirms them. I've already had my fill of 1881.

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This Country Was Born in Incivility. Being 'Civil' Won't Save It Now.

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Fox & Friends host: "These aren't our kids. ... It's not like [Trump] is doing this to the people of Idaho or Texas"

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Tweet by Scott Dworkin on Twitter

Scott Dworkin (@funder)
BREAKING: Trump just told Republicans to stop "wasting their time on immigration." And to focus on campaigning. Wasting time? What a monster. On top of the fact he plans on going back to his policy of separating refugee families as early as next week. He should resign today.

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Tweet by Nathan H. Rubin on Twitter

Nathan H. Rubin (@NathanHRubin)
The people who hid Anne Frank were breaking the law.

The people who killed her were following it.

"Following orders" "doing your job", or "obeying the law" isn't an excuse.

Period.

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Tweet by Rocky Mountain Mike on Twitter

Rocky Mountain Mike (@RockyMntnMike)
They say that this fall, Democrats have to be more than just the party of "Stop Trump". But if you need something other than the threat of this animal, this bloated Nazi, if you need something more than that threat to vote, you don't deserve a Democracy.

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Tweet by John Lundin 🌊 on Twitter

John Lundin 🌊 (@johnlundin)
This is the bottom line: Trump and his minions are making money off of their detention camps. They're just another hotel to Trump... 'The Billion-Dollar Business of Operating Shelters for Migrant Children' - go.shr.lc/2lttjME #TrumpConcentrationCamps #FridayFeeling

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Tweet by TrumpSwamp on Twitter

TrumpSwamp (@SwampyTrump)
To be clear, if Melania was actually trolling trump, her jacket would've said, "I care, why don't you." But it didn't, so fuck @FLOTUS & fuck her racist incompetent husband. She, like every member of the @GOP had an excuse to distance themselves from this douche. And they didn't.

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Rocky Mountain Mike (@RockyMntnMike)
This November, everyone should show up at the polls wearing a green parka that says "I care, and this shit stops now".

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‘Zero-tolerance’ immigration policy is big money for contractors, nonprofits

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Thursday, June 21, 2018


A Message to Trump Supporters by Mike Miller 'A message to all tRump supporters: When this national nightmare is over....and it WILL be over, hopefully sooner rather than later....and the country is returned to normalcy, order is restored, and patriotism and common sense replaces bigotry, hate and stupidity, don't expect to regain the stature you once enjoyed as a citizen and return to the society you ransomed to placate your hate. Everything this country once stood for....everything better men and women than you sacrificed their lives to protect and preserve....everything we held dear to our hearts, was cast aside, thrown away, denigrated, defiled, stepped on, ridiculed, and despised by you in order to support the most corrupt, dishonest, fascist traitor to every occupy the people's house. When our free press told you the truth about him, you rallied behind his cries of "fake news" and supported his attack on our free press. When fake "chrisitan" religious frauds attempted to hijack religious freedom in order to force feed their own deluded brand of bigotry and hate disguised as "christian values" you stood by and let them stoke your inbred prejudices. When the same mindset that turned Germany into Nazi Germany in the 1930's tried to establish a foothold here, you again showed your true colors and instead of quashing it in its tracks, you abandoned the spirit of this country, forgot history, and allowed its hatred and division to seep into our society. When healthcare was taken away from the most at-risk of our society, you allowed it to happen. When children were denied food and healthcare, you supported it. When innocent African-Americans were murdered by law enforcement, you remained silent, only to finally raise your voices in disgust and hatred when they knelt in protest. When children were murdered in schools and sane gun legislation was called for, you sided with the gun lobby and decided that the murder of school children was more favorable than sensible gun laws. When hard-working, law-abiding, tax-paying citizens were denied their constitutional and human rights simply because of who they chose to love, you allowed discrimination and hate to overtake your sensibility and relegated them to second-class citizenry, using YOUR "religious freedom" as the rationalization for the hatred you hid behind. When environmental policies that demanded clean water and clean air were thrown aside in order to coddle to the monetary interests of the polluters, you remained silent. When policies that assisted the homeless, the elderly, the needy, the hungry, the veterans, the retired, and the sick were systematically nullified and terminated in order to transfer that tax money into the pockets of billionaires, you turned a blind eye to their struggles. When children seeking refuge were taken from their parents and housed in cages, instead of outrage you supported the victimization and maltreatment of refugees seeking asylum. When the reputation of this country and our commitment to our steadfast allies were trashed in order to appease our most rabid enemies, you supported the traitors who betrayed the country and everything we once stood for. In every instance where compassion, civility, sympathy, acceptance, inclusion, humanity, fairness, justice, and respectability were needed, you supported the policies and the people who showed no compassion, no civility, no sympathy, no acceptance, no inclusion, no humanity, no fairness, no justice, and no respectability to anyone whose very existence they disregarded and refused to legitimize. So again, when this is finally over, don't expect to be accepted back into the society of the REAL Americans you stabbed in the back simply to legitimize your own prejudices. At every turn....at every chance....at every opportunity, when you were called on to support the foundation and pillars that this country was built on, you looked the other way and were willing to support those who were tearing down those pillars and destroying that foundation. You had no qualms about sacrificing this country to justify your own intolerance. When the choice was to support your country and its constitutional guarantees for everyone, or support the traitor who has worked tirelessly to destroy those constitutional guarantees, you chose the corrupt wannabe dictator over the constitution. Please know that there are many of us, this person especially, who truly love this country, and are intelligent enough to see the damage your misguided support of this administration has reaped. I, for one, will NEVER FORGET and NEVER FORGIVE you for the choice you made and what that choice did to this country.'