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Scott Pruitt’s DC Bargain Bedroom Guide

April 6, 2018

Scott Pruitt's DC Bargain Bedroom Guide

Let’s say you were an energy state Attorney General who sued the EPA 13 times to reduce clean air restrictions on oil, gas, and coal use. You’d expect energy companies to donate hundreds of thousands of dollars to your election campaigns, even in 2014, when you ran unopposed. What you might not expect is for Donald Trump to name you EPA secretary. But he did, Scott Pruitt. Now you’ve got to stay in DC, at least when you can’t jet somewhere else.

Scott Pruitt doesn’t mind spending taxpayer dollars on first-class air travel, a custom soundproof phone booth for his office, dubious raises for his appointees, or a full-time security detail, but spending his own money when he’s in Washington? No way. Mr. Pruitt is the poorest member of the Trump Cabinet, so of course he accepted a sweetheart deal on a Capitol Hill condo owned by the wife of an energy lobbyist, $50 a night, at least half the AirBnB rate for the neighborhood.

Ethical lapses may mean Scott Pruitt is on the way out, but not before he’s destroyed his agency and America’s environmental safeguards.

More:

“Pruitt Had a $50-a-Day Condo Linked to Lobbyists. Their Client’s Project Got Approved,” Eric Lipton, New York Times

“Scott Pruitt’s D.C. Lobbyist Landlord Also Funded His Oklahoma Attorney General Campaign,” Sam Stein and Lachlan Markay, Daily Beast

“EPA chief Pruitt joined by family in condo tied to lobbyist ‘power couple,'” John Santucci, Matthew Mosk, and Stephanie Ebbs, ABC News

“EPA ethics official says he didn’t have all the facts on Pruitt’s lease,” Cristina Alesci, CNN

“5 lies Scott Pruitt told this week about his mounting scandals,” Umair Irfan, Vox

“Scott Pruitt’s defenses are crumbling,” Aaron Blake, Washington Post

“Scott Pruitt Stiffed Taxpayers for Around $3 Million in 24/7 Security and Expensive Flights,” Tom McKay, Gizmodo

“Top EPA staff who criticized Scott Pruitt were either demoted or reassigned,” Kyla Mandel, Think Progress

“Top Pruitt aide resigns amid growing scandal at EPA,” Katherine Faulders, John Santucci, Trish Turner, and Stephanie Ebbs, ABC News

“Inside the EPA: ‘It’s just a slow-motion train wreck,’” Emily Holden, Politico

“Chief of Staff Advised a Resistant Trump to Fire the E.P.A. Chief,” Julie Hirschfeld Davis and Lisa Friedman, New York Times

“Let’s Meet Scott Pruitt’s Potential Replacements,” Brian Kahn, Earther

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GOP: East St. Louis Toodle-Oo

February 5, 2018

Blair Garber, a member of the Illinois Republican Central Committee and chairman of the state’s Lottery Control Board, has resigned both positions after outcry over his tweet describing East St. Louis, Ill. as the “sh*thole of the universe!”

Guess that’s what they call an “East St. Louis Toodle-00.”

More:

“Parroting Trump: Illinois GOP official resigns after calling East St. Louis a certain vulgar name,” Fred Barbash, Washington Post

 

Top recording: “East St. Louis Toodle-O0,” written by Duke Ellington and Bubber Miley, recorded by Duke Ellington and his Washingtonians, 1927

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The Underage Loves of Roy Moore

November 14, 2017

The Underage Loves of Roy Moore
If you don’t know yet, Twice-defrocked Alabama judge and gun-slinging theocratic racist homophobe Roy Moore, currently Alabama’s Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate, has been accused of sexually abusing a 14-year-old girl. He was 32 years old at the time and an assistant district attorney. Three other women have claimed he tried to make it with them when they were teens, too, and he plied one with wine when she was underage. There have been rumors of Mr. Moore’s “woman issues” for years, and a former colleague says it was common knowledge he dated high school girls.

Roy Moore has said he “didn’t generally” date teenage girls when he was in this thirties, attacked and threatened to sue the Washington Post for running the story (reported by three women), and started raising money behind the scandal (the GOP has cut off his funding). Yesterday another woman came forward and described in detail how Mr. Moore sexually assaulted her when she was 16 and threatened her to keep her quiet. He can’t say he didn’t know her then since he signed her high school yearbook. Said Mitch McConnell: “I believe the women, yes.” That’s when Republican officeholders stopped hedging and called for the candidate to withdraw. He isn’t going to quit the race, though, and might even win it, since his evangelical Alabama base would rather vote for a child molester than a Democrat. If Roy Moore is elected, there’s a good chance the senate would expel him.

The Alabama Special Election is on December 12th.

More:

“New Accuser Wants Moore to Testify Before Senate Judiciary,” Eric Garcia, Roll Call

“Former Moore colleague: ‘Common knowledge’ that he dated high school girls,” Max Greenwood, The Hill

“Local residents: Moore was known for flirting with, dating teenage girls,” Jacqueline Thomsen, The Hill

“Gadsden locals say Moore’s predatory behavior at mall, restaurants not a secret,” Anna Claire Vollers, AL.com

“Locals Were Troubled by Roy Moore’s Interactions with Teen Girls at the Gadsden Mall,” Charles Bethea, The New Yorker

“If Moore could be banned from a mall, he can be kept out of the Senate,” Jennifer Rubin, Washington Post

“Roy Moore Is Not the World’s Brightest (Alleged) Child Molester,” Jonathan Chait, New York Magazine

“Roy Moore Says He Didn’t Date Any Girls Without Their Moms’ Permission,” Gabriella Paiella, The Cut

“Roy Moore admits his wife, who is 14 years his junior, first caught his eye ‘when she was just FIFTEEN and performing in a junior college dance recital,’” Hanna Parry, Daily Mail

“Roy Moore Is Being Persecuted ‘Like Jesus,’ His Brother Says In Interview,” Mary Papenfuss, Huffington Post

“The unholy excuses of Roy Moore’s allies,” By Daniel Burke, CNN

“God Should Sue Roy Moore,” Nicholas Kristof, New York Times

“Moore seeks to refocus campaign on conservative religious values amid firestorm,” Elise Viebeck, Dino Grandoni and John Wagner, Washington Post

“Roy Moore defense: Unbuckling the Bible Belt,” John Archibald, Birmingham News

“Maher: Liberals ‘arrest our alleged rapists,’ conservatives ‘elect them,’” Mallory Shelbourne, The Hill

“Why Liberals and Conservatives Act Differently About Sexual Predators,” Seth Masket, Pacific Standard

“Roy Moore, Alabama Senate Candidate Under Siege, Tries to Discredit Accusers,” Alan Blinder and Jonathan Martinnov, New York Times

“#MeAt14: Women tweet photos of when they were age Roy Moore’s accuser was,” Dylan Stableford, Yahoo News

“GOP Senator: Allegations Against Moore ‘Have More Credibility’ Than His Denial,” Esme Cribb, TPM Livewire

“Editorial in 3 Alabama newspapers blasts Moore as ‘unfit for public office,'” Louis Nelson, Politico

“McConnell: Roy Moore should step aside,” Jordan Carney and Rebecca Savransky, The Hill

“GOP Sen. Pat Toomey says Roy Moore should drop out of Alabama Senate race,” Deirdre Shesgreen, USA Today

“Graham: Moore Would Be Doing ‘A Service’ By ‘Stepping Aside,’” Matt Shuham, TPM Livewire

“GOP rep: Moore disqualified himself from Senate long ago,” Brett Samuels, The Hill

“GOP campaign chairman says Senate should expel Moore if he wins,” Axios

“Paul Ryan says Roy Moore should step aside,” Mark Moore, New York Post

“Sessions says he has ‘no reason to doubt’ women who have accused Roy Moore of sexual misconduct,” Sean Sullivan, Washington Post

“Poll: Large majority believes Moore should drop out,” Josh Delk, The Hill

“Kellyanne Conway Says Public Officials Who Have Committed Sexual Assault Should Maybe Step Aside,” Amanda Arnold, The Cut

“Cruz Pulls Endorsement Of Moore, Stops Short Of Calling For Him To Drop Out,” Caitlin MacNeal, TPM Livewire

“Roy Moore is an embarrassment. Doug Jones deserves to win.”  George F. Will, Washington Post

“No, Roy Moore Is Not Entitled to Due Process Before We Believe the Claims Against Him,” David French, National Review

“Whether Roy Moore wins or loses, there is no good outcome for Senate Republicans,” James Hohmann, Washington Post

“Roy Moore’s alleged pursuit of a young girl is the symptom of a larger problem in evangelical circles,” Kathryn Brightbill, Los Angeles Times

“Allegations Against Roy Moore Roil US Evangelical Ranks,” David Crary, Associated Press

“For Roy Moore’s insistent defenders: Here’s ‘why now.'” By Philip Bump, Washington Post

Backgrounder:

“The Republican Party’s Roy Moore catastrophe, explained,” Andrew Prokop, Vox

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Roy Moore, Christian Warrior

November 10, 2017

Roy Moore, Christian Warrior

Twice-defrocked Alabama judge, evolution-denying theocratic birther neo-confederate racist homophobe and all-around Christian Culture Warrior Roy Moore, now Alabama’s Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate, has been accused of taking sexual liberties with a 14-year-old girl. He was 32-years old at the time and an assistant district attorney. Three other women have claimed he tried to make it with them when they were teens, too, and he plied one with wine when she was underage. No young boys have come forward (so far).

In response to these charges, Judge Moore blames the messenger, the Washington Post (Attention Jeff Bezos: this guy carries a gun),

“If these allegations are true, he must step aside,” said Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on behalf of all Republican senators. GOP senators saying “Amen” include Jeff Flake and John McCain of Arizona, David Perdue of Georgia, John Thune of South Dakota, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Cory Gardner of Colorado, Richard C. Shelby of Alabama and Patrick J. Toomey of Pennsylvania. Mr. Moore is running to fill the Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions,  and refuses to debate his Democratic opponent, former U.S. Attorney Doug Jones.

Since his removal from the bench, Roy Moore has been handsomely (if surreptitiously) compensated though a nonprofit outfit he founded, now run by his wife, called  the “Foundation for Moral Law.” His daughter is on the board of directors, and his son, well-known to Alabama’s police, was an employee. Roy Moore believes in family values.

More:

“Sex Allegations Against Roy Moore Send Republicans Reeling,” Richard Fausett, Jonathan Martin, and Campbell Robertson, New York Times

“White House On Moore Report: ‘That Hypothetical Would Be Disqualifying For Anyone,’” Matt Shuham, TPM Livewire

“Mitt Romney comes out swinging against Roy Moore,” Jeva Lange, The Week

“The Republican party is about to face the Weinstein test,” Tim Fernholz, Quartz

“A list of the many righteous things Roy Moore has said about sex and morality,” Amber Phillips, New York Times

“The Mary-Joseph Defense and Other Strange Arguments From Roy Moore Loyalists,” Ed Kilgore, New York Magazine

“Conservatives defend Roy Moore — invoking Joseph, Mary and the Ten Commandments,” Emily McFarlan Miller, Religion News Service

“Sean Hannity Apologizes for Calling Roy Moore Sex ‘Consensual,’” Daily Beast

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Trump: Yes, It Is a Muslim Ban

June 6, 2017

Trump: Yes, It's a Muslim Ban
President Donald J. Trump commemorated Saturday’s tragedy in London by tweeting a renewed call to ban travel to the US from six predominantly Muslim countries. A second version of his presidential order (he now calls it “watered-down“) is headed to the Supreme Court, and this presidential tweetstorm may have doomed the administration’s case. Even Kellyanne Conway’s husband thinks so.

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President Trump Addresses the Issues

June 5, 2017

President Trump Addresses the Issues

“President Donald Trump on Sunday headed to the Trump National Golf Club after calling for the U.S. to ‘get smart’ and ‘get down to the business of security’ in the wake of an attack in London that killed seven people and wounded dozens more.

 ‘We must stop being politically correct and get down to the business of security for our people. If we don’t get smart it will only get worse,’ Trump tweeted Sunday in a series of posts where he appeared to criticize a statement by London’s mayor on the attack.

He then headed to the Trump National Golf Club, according to a pool report, for his second visit in two days and his 23rd visit to a golf course since assuming the presidency.”

— After Calls To ‘Get Down’ To Business, Trump Goes On 23rd Trip To Golf Course,” Esme Cribb, TPM Livewire

More:

“The White House hyped up a ‘Pittsburgh, not Paris’ rally — and Trump skipped it to go to his golf club,” Sonam Sheth, Business Insider

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Adulterer and Dissembler Speaks to Impressionable Young Christians

May 14, 2017

Adulterer and Dissembler Addresses Young Christians
On Saturday, renowned sinner and U.S. President Donald J. Trump, flanked by Secret Service agents and 2 Corinthians, gave the commencement speech to graduating students at the world’s largest Christian college, Liberty University. He was introduced by University President Jerry Falwell Jr., the gun-totin’ Christian lawyer famously sired by televangelist and Liberty U. founder Jerry Falwell Sr., who had endorsed Mr. Trump during the election. 1300 LU students and a prominent university board member protested the endorsement.

Even though Mr. Falwell Jr. has encouraged Liberty University students to carry concealed handguns on campus and keep them in their dorms, firearms were not permitted in Lynchburg’s Williams Stadium during commencement exercises. Oh ye of little faith ….

Mr. Trump urged the graduates to adhere to the basic founding principles of our Republic, Christian Nationalism, critic-bashing, and college football. Since 30% of Americans are not Christians, will their citizenship be revoked? And if you’re counting critics, 58% of your neighbors disapprove of the job President Trump is doing. And of course many people prefer the NFL to college football. No wonder Trump is fast-tracking Deportation Force recruiting.

Related:

“At Liberty University, All Sins Are Forgiven on the Altar of Football,” Michael Powell, New York Times

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Goodbye Palm Beach; Hello Bedminster

May 5, 2017

Goodbye Palm Beach; Hello Bedminster

In May, as Florida heats up, flocks of migrating golf bums head north. This weekend our Golf-Bum-in-Chief has landed in New Jersey‘s Trump National Bedminster Golf Club. You can join him for a mere $350,000 initiation fee and thousands a year in dues, food, drinks, and facilities charges. Not to mention golf bets and tips for caddies, waiters, and parking valets.

While the stop-gap federal spending bill will reimburse Bedminster Township police overtime for round-the-clock security, it does nothing to mitigate Somerset County resident headaches due to the road closures, traffic congestion, and inevitable protests attendant on the Garden State presidential golf excursions.

We hope all this doesn’t scare the goats. Mr. Trump keeps about 4 of them on the luxury property to pretend it’s a farm, which lowers his taxes from about $80,000 to less than $1,000 a year. Does this mean there’s fresh chèvre and cabrito on the club’s menu?

More:

“6 Things to Know About Bedminster, NJ, Trump’s Summer Getaway,” James Ramsay, WNYC

Updates:

“Trump reportedly hits the links in NJ,” Brandon Carter, The Hill

“Could Trump golf course get slapped with a tax to cover cost of his N.J. visits?” Claude Brodesser-Akner, NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

“Anti-Trump protesters take to Bedminster, gear up for summer rallies,” Nick Muscavage, Courier News and Home Tribune

“‘Spend Your Free Time In A Red State’: A motorcade of protesters rolls by Trump’s N.J. property,” John Wagner, Washington Post

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Net Neutrality Neutered?

May 3, 2017

Net Neutrality Neutered?

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai wants to roll back government oversight of high-speed internet providers and pretend internet service is not a public utility. His plan would end “net neutrality” and enable broadband providers like AT&T and Comcast to give special treatment to their own streaming videos and news sites, throttling competing content to slower upload speeds unless those content providers pay a premium to enter the “fast lane.”

Of course, as 73-year-old Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI, 5) says,  “Nobody’s got to use the Internet,” right? Right?

More:

“F.C.C. Chairman Pushes Sweeping Changes to Net Neutrality Rules,”Cecilia Kang, New York Times

“The Worst Lies From Yesterday’s Anti-Net Neutrality Speech,” Libby Watson, Gizmodo

“Here’s What Comes Next in the Fight to Save Net Neutrality,” Klint Finley, Wired

“Why the FCC’s Plans to Gut Net Neutrality Just Might Fail,” Klint Finley, Wired

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Why GOP Congressman Killed Web Privacy: ‘Nobody’s got to use the Internet’

April 28, 2017

Why GOP Congressman Killed Web Privacy: 'Nobody's got to use the Internet'

At at recent Town Hall, 73-year-old Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI, 5) explained why he and his fellow Republicans voted to allow your Internet Service Provider to sell your browsing history:

“Nobody’s got to use the Internet. … And the thing is that if you start regulating the Internet like a utility, if we did that right at the beginning, we would have no Internet. … Internet companies have invested an awful lot of money in having almost universal service now. The fact is is that, you know, I don’t think it’s my job to tell you that you cannot get advertising for your information being sold. My job, I think, is to tell you that you have the opportunity to do it, and then you take it upon yourself to make that choice. … That’s what the law has been, and I think we ought to have more choices rather than fewer choices with the government controlling our everyday lives.”

You may recall that the Internet (and the Web as we know it) was developed by government, with your federal tax dollars.

More:

“‘Nobody’s got to use the Internet’: A GOP lawmaker’s response to concerns about Web privacy,” Kristine Phillips, Washington Post

“Why one Republican voted to kill privacy rules: ‘Nobody has to use the Internet,’” Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica

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