After pans of Trump’s Mexico deal, Donald again calls press ‘truly The Enemy of the People’


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The good news is that Donald Trump’s staff and/or a bevy of critical Republican lawmakers has convinced Donald, for now, to hold off on his latest promised set of tariffs, this set to be leveled against Mexico for allegedly not doing enough to assist Donald J. Trump in blocking refugee and asylum-seeker access to our southern border. It unfolded in the usual fashion: Outlandish claims, hyper-aggressive threats and, eventually, a deal that does not appear to substantially different from the status quo.

The not much different part is the estimation of The New York Times write-up, notably written by reporters who have kept on (cough) generally friendly terms with the administration. Most of the announced deal “consists largely of actions that Mexico had already promised to take in prior discussions,” the Times reports. The most-touted bit, a pledge from Mexico to hold more asylum-seekers in Mexico as the

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After pans of Trump’s Mexico deal, Donald again calls press ‘truly The Enemy of the People’


This post is by Mark Sumner from Daily Kos


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The good news is that Donald Trump’s staff and/or a bevy of critical Republican lawmakers has convinced Donald, for now, to hold off on his latest promised set of tariffs, this set to be leveled against Mexico for allegedly not doing enough to assist Donald J. Trump in blocking refugee and asylum-seeker access to our southern border. It unfolded in the usual fashion: Outlandish claims, hyper-aggressive threats and, eventually, a deal that does not appear to substantially different from the status quo.

The not much different part is the estimation of The New York Times write-up, notably written by reporters who have kept on (cough) generally friendly terms with the administration. Most of the announced deal “consists largely of actions that Mexico had already promised to take in prior discussions,” the Times reports. The most-touted bit, a pledge from Mexico to hold more asylum-seekers in Mexico as the

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Defending war crimes, Rep. Duncan Hunter says his unit ‘killed probably hundreds of civilians’


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Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter, currently under indictment over his misappropriation of roughly a quarter million dollars in campaign funds, continues to go out on a limb in his party’s new defense of American war criminals. First Hunter argued for a pardon of former Navy SEAL team leader Edward Gallagher, accused by his fellow soldiers of repeatedly targeting innocent civilians in Iraq, by dismissively telling a town hall that that he, too, was guilty of “taking a picture of [a] body and saying something stupid.”

This admission of a plain breach of military rules by ex-Marine Hunter did not do much to discredit the more damning accusations against Gallagher, that he so consistently targeted innocent civilians with his sniper rifle that his fellow SEALs tampered with his weapon in order to throw off his aim. So Hunter is now back with a more on-point defense of the intentional targeting

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White House chief of staff: Sorry, ‘too soon’ to talk about gun violence. Again.


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Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney’s primary Sunday show job was to patch up the damage done by revelations that Trump’s team requested the navy move the warship USS John McCain so that Trump’s hostility towards a dead veteran would not derail a Memorial Day speech to service members the White House still has to feign a bare minimum of respect towards.

But he was also asked about the latest mass shooting, because on any given Sunday there is always going to be at least one new mass shooting to talk about. On Friday, 12 were killed in a Virginia Beach government building. Ex-House Republican Mick was not shy in trotting out the hoariest of House Republican concerns: That it is much too soon to talk about this.

“We have too many of these shootings, and every time the first thing we talk about is politics,” Mulvaney said

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Mulvaney says it’s ‘not unreasonable’ for Trump’s staff to ask the navy to hide the USS John McCain


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When it was revealed that the Trump White House requested to the Navy that they move the USS John McCain prior to Donald Trump visiting the American naval base at which it was stationed, the Team Trump response was predictable. Trump himself denied it happened. But it turned out it did happen, though acting defense secretary Patrick Shanahan was evasive as to how much effort he would put into looking into the matter. This morning, he elaborated further: It was the White House Military Office that made the request.

So now we’re at the next predictable stage of any humiliating Team Trump scandal: Okay, sure, that might have happened, but Actually it’s perfectly reasonable because reasons. Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney (at this point everyone in the administration is designated as “acting”, down to the chefs, cleaning crew and First Lady) popped on to several of the

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Another Republican blocking disaster aid has history of begging for it for his own state


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For the third time Thursday, an individual House Republican scuttled a $19.1 billion disaster aid bill that had been months in the making. The Senate passed the bill last Thursday, with the agreement of House leadership that it would pass the bill the next day in a pro forma session, by unanimous consent.

But there’s always at least one asshole Republican in the House whose main job is making sure we can’t have anything nice. In this instance, there are three. Rep. Chip Roy of Texas was the first, despite the almost $4.4 billion in the bill that his state has been desperately needing for months and months. On the next attempt Tuesday, Kentucky Rep. Thomas Massie did the dirty work, and he was right by Rep. John Rose’s side when the Tennessee Republican blocked it again on Thursday.

About Massie: The Louisville Courier-Journal back home in Kentucky

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Picks of the Week: Our favorite stories from the Daily Kos Community


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Last weekend, we introduced a new weekly “Staff Picks” series, where your fearless Daily Kos staffers chose their favorite diary written during the week. Folks around here seemed to like it well enough, but commenters durrati and Krotor made the very, very smart suggestion that we should expand the series to feature Community writers, too!

(actual footage from Thursday’s Daily Kos staff meeting)

Ask and you shall receive, dear readers. 

In no particular order, we lovingly present some of the Community diaries that really stuck with us this week. We know we’ve got some of the best writers on the web in the Daily Kos Community, and it’s a joy to show off some of them here.

Grab a snack and check them out … and be sure to come back next week for more.

Trump’s getting his extremist choices in Republican primaries. That’s bad news for his party.


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As Donald Trump uses his position as Supreme Glorious Leader of the Republican Party to weigh in on individual state governor races, two questions remain. The first is whether he’s even making a difference; that’s not clear. Trump has tended to back one Republican primary candidate over another late in each race, when the outcome has largely been baked in, and some observers have dismissed his endorsements as being more focused on riding the likely winner’s coattails than on anything else.

The second question is whether Trump’s predictable advocacy for whichever Republican has humped his leg the most recently is going to further exacerbate his party’s bleak election chances in November. That one is easier to answer: Yes. Yes, it will.

With Trump’s approval ratings in the low 40s and a high-energy Democratic base, Republicans were already expected to lose governorships in the fall, especially in blue-tinted states like Maine

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Intelligence sources: Russia totally attacked Florida’s election systems


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Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) got a lot of heat from Republicans and the traditional media a couple of weeks ago for saying that Russian hackers had “penetrated” some of the county voting systems in Florida. His detractors included his general election opponent, the odious Gov. Rick Scott, on whose watch this happened. Because according to three people who are aware of the intelligence involved talked to NBC News, it totally happened.

Nelson was informed of the attack by the leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee, because they wanted him to “let supervisors of elections in Florida know that Russians are inside our records” Nelson said. He also said that Russian hackers “have already penetrated certain counties in the state and they now have free rein to move about.” The attacks began with a 2016 hack of a Florida elections vendor, VR Systems, by hackers working for Russian military

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House Republicans threaten to subpoena Twitter CEO over ‘discrimination’ against conservatives


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House Republicans are once more ignoring the graft, the corruption, the election interference that put the Republican party in total control of government, and are instead focusing on being victims, as usual. This time it’s Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey’s decision to finally get rid of Russian bots and put crazy conspiracy theorists like Alex Jones on “time outs” on the platform and they’re threatening to subpoena him. Which means we’ll have more totally farcical, but headline-grabbing, hearings from them.

“But his tweets.”

A staffer on the Energy and Commerce committee tells Politico that Twitter is “delaying” and “stonewalling” the committee in their efforts to get Dorsey to come testify about things that are not happening, like the supposed “shadow banning” the bloated orange creature in the Oval Office has shrieked about. On Twitter. Where his every racist and sexist and garbage thoughts are presented to the world without

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LePage refusing to implement voter-passed Medicaid expansion because he’s a bitter spiteful crank


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Do we even have laws anymore? It hardly matters what voters vote for if Republican politicians are simply going to ignore the laws they pass out of spite.

The LePage administration is rejecting applications for Medicaid from people who became newly eligible for the program under an expansion approved by voters last fall, according to documents and a progressive advocacy group that is suing the state.

Maine’s LePage is a prime example of a law-averse crackpot politician who in better times would have been run out of town on a rail by better people; in this case his administration has simply decided that no matter what measures voters approve they’re going to ignore it. Right now LePage and allies are appealing a court decision requiring them to Follow The Damn Law, an effort that appears to be nothing more than an effort to delay an inevitable outcome but, what the

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Donald Trump’s favorite lie: All my invisible friends think I am doing super-great


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The “president” of the United States is such a shameless liar that there is now an entire media beat dedicated to individual sub-categories of his lies. Among his more predictable tics: the famous I have a girlfriend in Canada, but you wouldn’t know her routine. He wants everyone to know that he just talked to a guy who talked to a guy who is just so damn supportive of everything Trump is doing but, um, you wouldn’t know him. The name isn’t important, after all. Or the company. Or whether or not Donald can only see him after doing three lines of cocaine.

Bloomberg is the latest outlet to chronicle some of Donald’s imaginary friends. Each of them is a variation of, well, this.

“I was with one of the greatest companies in the world. The chief executive officer. Very short while ago. And it really affects him,” Trump said

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Melania Trump briefly thawed from cryogenic sleep to talk about cyberbullying again


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Do you spend your days wondering what First Lady Melania Trump is doing? Do you anxiously scan the papers to see what causes the wife of Donald Trump, the grifter and traitor to his nation currently acting as grand ruler of the Republican Party and, when his staff can coax him into it, occasionally pretending at being “president,” is lending her name to?

Yeah, well too bad. If I have to read these insufferable press releases then I’m taking you with me.

The First Lady will attend the sixth FPBP Summit on Cyberbullying in Rockville, Maryland.  Mrs. Trump will deliver brief remarks addressing the positive and negative effects of social media on youth – a key issue of her Be Best campaign.  The First Lady will also attend a panel discussion with representatives from multiple social media platforms.

That’s right, kids, on the heels of the last eleventy different Donald Trump

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Violence Against Women Act will expire soon, unless Congress acts


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The last time the Violence Against Women Act was up for reauthorization, Republicans held it up for nearly a year—and that was when President Barack Obama was in the White House and Democrats controlled the Senate. So you can imagine the threat the law faces now, set to expire in September with Donald Trump in the White House and Republicans controlling both chambers of Congress.

As in 2012-2013, Republicans would doubtless be happy to vote for a bill called the Violence Against Women Act. They just wouldn’t want it to do anything much—their problem is with a bill that improves protection of women, since that typically means putting limits on men in a way Republicans aren’t on board with. This year:

Among its provisions, the 2018 bill would provide law enforcement with more tools to remove firearms from domestic abusers who are not legally allowed to own them. Gun violence

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Republicans try to sneak fetal personhood language into tax plan


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Republicans never stop trying to ban abortion—even, apparently, when drawing up plans on how to tax college savings. In the section on 529 college savings accounts, Republicans added a provision on “treatment of unborn children,” defined specifically as “a child in utero,” which “means a member of the species homo sapiens, at any stage of development, who is carried in the womb.” Emily Peck reports that:

Pro-abortion rights advocates were quick to call out the language. “This is a back-door attempt to establish personhood from the moment of conception,” Rep. Diana DeGette (D-Colo.), co-chair of the Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus, said in a statement. “The tax code is no place to define what constitutes an ‘unborn child.’ What’s next, giving a Social Security number to a zygote?” […]

Abortion foes believe that if fetuses were legally considered people, then abortion would

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Republican tax plan could slam graduate students earning less than $30,000


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The Republican tax plan is designed to be confusing. They don’t want us to know everything that’s in it ahead of time, because we’d notice how bad it is for us. So little bits of information trickle out, like this in the Chronicle of Higher Education, and they don’t necessarily get the attention they deserve:

The plan would also tax the tuition waivers that many graduate students receive when they work as teaching assistants or researchers.

Claus Wilke, an integrative biology professor at the University of Texas at Austin, explained on Twitter what this could mean to STEM education:

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The result? “At that point, a PhD would not be a viable choice anymore, except for the

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The Republican ‘tax plan’ is getting bad reviews from the public—and from Republican allies


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The public is not buying the Republican spin on their new would-be “tax plan.” They’re not buying the spin at all.

But nearly 60 percent of people believe corporations won’t “use that money to create jobs,” according to the CBS poll. […]
The plurality of respondents — 39 percent — say they don’t have an opinion about whether the tax plan is good or bad, according to NBC/WSJ. Just over one-third said it’s a bad idea, and 25 percent said it’s a good idea. […]

CBS found that 58 percent of Americans believe taxes on the wealthy should be higher.

This is polling that took place before the details of the bill were even revealed. Now that Republicans have presented it, however, it’s not just voter opinion that Republicans will need to reckon with; the virulently anti-tax Club for Growth is furious it didn’t go far enough

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The Republican ‘tax plan’ is getting bad reviews from the public—and from Republican allies


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The public is not buying the Republican spin on their new would-be “tax plan.” They’re not buying the spin at all.

But nearly 60 percent of people believe corporations won’t “use that money to create jobs,” according to the CBS poll. […]
The plurality of respondents — 39 percent — say they don’t have an opinion about whether the tax plan is good or bad, according to NBC/WSJ. Just over one-third said it’s a bad idea, and 25 percent said it’s a good idea. […]

CBS found that 58 percent of Americans believe taxes on the wealthy should be higher.

This is polling that took place before the details of the bill were even revealed. Now that Republicans have presented it, however, it’s not just voter opinion that Republicans will need to reckon with; the virulently anti-tax Club for Growth is furious it didn’t go far enough

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House Republicans pass sham Children’s Health bill, put 9 million kids in jeopardy


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The House Republicans, along with a handful of not-very-bright Democrats, passed their poisoned Children’s Health Insurance Program funding bill Friday, 242-174. This is not a children’s health bill. This is an Obamacare and Medicare sabotage bill. It jeopardizes the CHIP program even more than if it hadn’t passed because this bill is too poisoned to pass the Senate, which means it will create further delays as the Senate and House have to figure out a compromise. And at this point, 34 days after the funding authorization for the program has expired, every day that passes makes it harder for states to keep the program going and plan for its future. Every day that passes puts more kids in jeopardy of losing their coverage.

The bill contains several poison pills, including making Medicare premiums more expensive for some higher-income beneficiaries. Because it wouldn’t be a Republican “health” bill if

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House Republicans pass sham Children’s Health bill, put 9 million kids in jeopardy


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The House Republicans, along with a handful of not-very-bright Democrats, passed their poisoned Children’s Health Insurance Program funding bill Friday, 242-174. This is not a children’s health bill. This is an Obamacare and Medicare sabotage bill. It jeopardizes the CHIP program even more than if it hadn’t passed because this bill is too poisoned to pass the Senate, which means it will create further delays as the Senate and House have to figure out a compromise. And at this point, 34 days after the funding authorization for the program has expired, every day that passes makes it harder for states to keep the program going and plan for its future. Every day that passes puts more kids in jeopardy of losing their coverage.

The bill contains several poison pills, including making Medicare premiums more expensive for some higher-income beneficiaries. Because it wouldn’t be a Republican “health” bill if

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