Wednesday, February 19, 2020
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How much do Republicans despise women? Oh, let them count the ways

Republicans have worked hard to turn their "angry mob" charge into a generalized smear on Democrats. But Majority Leader Mitch McConnell reminded us once again Thursday where that histrionic claim about the left all started. When asked...
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Trump’s lawyers don’t fall far from the tree—they’re perfectly incompetent

If you marveled over Donald Trump's attorneys Ty Cobb and John Dowd—two supposed Washington veterans—discussing internal legal rifts in the West Wing within ear shot of a New York Times reporter, it's a good time to recap just how incompetent Trump's...
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Trump administration forcing agency relocations is a war on government and on science

Donald Trump is doubling down on the decades-long Republican war on government. He just feels empowered to take it to levels never before conceived of. Where Republicans previously tried to do it within the...

Watch: Stephen Colbert presents White House Scandals: Obama vs. Trump edition

Remember when a White House scandal was an unfortunate choice of a suit? Sigh.
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Pence Is Officially The GOP Fundraising Muscle And Trump Explainer

Since Donald Trump opened his mouth on Friday night in Alabama and stuck both feet in it, the GOP powers that be have gone into hyper-drive. Reading between the lines, Mitch McConnell was clearly upset with Trump’s bizarre campaign speech for Luther...
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Rudy Giuliani back in Kyiv to double down on corruption and create genuine international...

Donald Trump’s personal attorney is back in Kyiv. And this time Rudy Giuliani isn’t just trying to find down-and-out Ukrainians willing to lie about Joe Biden or Hillary Clinton; he’s there to set up...
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After Education Secretary Betsy DeVos Flouts 2018 Ruling, Judge Reminds Her of Consequences—Including Jail...

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Monday was told in no uncertain terms that her refusal to abide by a 2018 order stopping her department from collecting on student loans made to predatory for-profit Corinthian...
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House passes $4.2 trillion budget, sets up tax cuts for the rich and guts...

With a razor-thin 219-206 margin, House Republicans have passed their FY2018 budget, a $4.2 trillion spending and cuts measure that sets up their tax cut bill to progress through the Senate without being subject to a filibuster, provided they come up...

New Evidence Emerges Regarding Nuclear Reactor Explosion in Russia: Now 7 Scientists Killed

As I first wrote about this last weekend, the nuclear accident occurring offshore in northern Russia’s Nenoska test site last Thursday continues to raise troubling questions for Western analysts. The death toll has risen to seven from the weekend report of five, according to a new New York Times report today. The offshore accident was followed by what local officials reported to be a spike in radioactivity in the area. The official Russian explanation continues to involve “small scale sources of energy with the use of fissile materials. But, those explanations ring hollow to many American officials: United States intelligence officials have said they suspect the blast involved a prototype of what NATO calls the SSC-X-9 Skyfall. That is a cruise missile that Mr. Putin has boasted can reach any corner of the earth because it is partially powered by a small nuclear reactor, eliminating the usual distance limitations of conventionally fueled missiles. The accident would be the largest nuclear accident in Russia since Chernobyl, but all agree it would – in a worst case scenario – still be several magnitudes of severity lower than the Chernobyl incident . The Russians purportedly developed the “Sky Fall” missiles in an attempt to evade North America’s nuclear missile defense shield. In several recent Pentagon and other government reports, the prospect of a Russian nuclear-powered cruise missiles has been frequently cited as a potential new kind of threat. They are launched into the air and able to weave an unpredictable path at relatively low altitudes. But even with the news surrounding the new threat, tests on the actual missile delivery system continued to be plagued by accidents even prior to last week’s more severe event. Meanwhile, Russia’s explanation for the accident continues to change as the death toll rises. Without regard to the official explanation, the accident may inform American specialists. Beyond the human toll, American intelligence officials are questioning whether Mr. Putin’s grand dream of a revived arsenal evaporated in that mysterious explosion, or whether it was just an embarrassing setback in Moscow’s effort to build a new class of long-range and undersea weapons that the United States cannot intercept. Increased candor and cooperation with Russia, perhaps leading to quicker and more truthful explanations, actually would be a benefit of having a president with prior good relations with Russia. However, as always, the “good relationship” Trump has with President Putin appears largely one-sided. Indeed, the two nations’ decision to rip up the former IBM restrictions signed decades ago by Ronald Reagan seems more indicative of two nations accelerating toward new and more dangerous weapons, weapons pointed at each other. Meanwhile, American scientists are left largely guessing at the severity of the nuclear accident, and the radioactivity unleashed in the Russian Arctic. I will continue to follow the story as information warrants. **** Peace, y’all. Jason jmiciak@yahoo.com  
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Elon Musk Is Having None Of It, Threatens To Quit Trump If US Pulls...

Tesla chief executive Elon Musk threatened Wednesday to resign his position as an adviser to President Trump if the United States withdraws from the Paris climate deal, a remark that highlights Trump's precarious position in a...

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