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Monday, May 29, 2017

In the next two months, Congress will have to raise the debt ceiling and pass a budget. GOP leaders don't know how they're going to do either of them.


There's nothing that united Republicans more tightly during the Obama years than their shared criticism of all the debt that racked up under the president's watch. They raised political hell every time Democrats needed to raise the debt ceiling, and in 2011 they brought the country to the brink of default by insisting on spending and reforms in exchange for their votes.

This year, however, it's all on them.

Trump administration officials told lawmakers this week that the Treasury Department would need authority to issue more debt earlier than expected this year, urging Congress to act before its traditional summer recess begins in August. read more

French President Emmanuel Macron delivered a blunt greeting to Vladi­mir Putin on Monday, criticizing the use of chemical weapons by Syria's Russian-backed government and blasting Russia's state-run news media as "organs of influence and propaganda." Macron had invited the Russian leader to France to reset a relationship that has turned increasingly sour. Putin did more than any other foreign leader to undermine Macron's legitimacy in this country's recent presidential election, meeting with his far-right opponent during the campaign. His meeting with Putin came just days after Macron made his mark on the world stage, welcoming President Trump with an aggressive handshake that the French leader later said was intended to show that he wouldn't "make small concessions." read more

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said Monday that he believes Russian President Vladimir Putin is a greater threat to the world than ISIS. In an interview with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's "7:30," McCain said Putin is the "premier and most important threat, more so than ISIS." "I think ISIS can do terrible things," McCain said. "But it's the Russians who tried to destroy the fundamental of democracy and that is to change the outcome of an American election." read more

Jamelle Bouie, Slate: In a feature for ProPublica and the New York Times Magazine, journalist Alec MacGillis shined light on the role of Jared Kushner -- son-in-law and close adviser to President Trump -- as a real estate developer and landlord. In 2011 and 2012, seeking a stable source of revenue, Kushner and his partners purchased thousands of units of working-class housing in the inner-ring suburbs of cities like Baltimore and Pittsburgh. Their largest holdings are in Baltimore County, Maryland, where they control 15 complexes that house up to 20,000 people in total. And in managing these properties, reports MacGillis, Kushner is a harsh and unforgiving landlord. ... "They're nothing but slumlords," said one tenant to [Alec] MacGillis. For someone whose company all but exploits the precariousness and desperation of people who have few other choices for decent housing, it is a fair charge. read more

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Buy a roll of Trump Paper and you'll help deportees, promises Mexican attorney who created the new "softness without borders" toilet paper.

Donald Trump, with his campaign talk of "bad hombres" from Mexico, made Antonio Battaglia so angry, he decided to fight back -- with "softness" for your bottom. The Mexican businessman plans to produce and sell toilet paper, with a portion of the proceeds going to help people who've been deported back to Mexico.

"I started looking for a way to do something that had an impact, not in a tone of mockery or revenge, but in a positive way," the Guanajuato-based businessman told Expansión, a business publication in Mexico.

The package label features a bushy-browed roll of paper topped with Trump's recognizable golden swoop and upturned thumb.


"Texas Republican State Representative Matt Rinaldi isn't having a great day. On Monday, the last day of the Texas legislature's regular session, protestors filled the house gallery to oppose the controversial State Bill 4. In response, the lawmaker told his Latino colleagues that he'd called Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers to remove and deport the protestors.

"He came up to us and said, ‘I'm glad I just called ICE to have all these people deported,'" state Rep. César Blanco, D-El Paso, tells The Texas Tribune. Several other lawmakers corroborated this account. "He said, ‘I called ICE -- fuck them,'" recalls Rep. Ramon Romero, D-Fort Worth.

Rinaldi also allegedly threatened to shoot a fellow legislator for comments made during the occasion. He issued a statement on Twitter defending himself, but this seems to have done more harm than good.

Needless to say, commentators and bystanders took to Twitter to drag Rinaldi for his comments and actions.

Lili Loofbourow ✔ @Millicentsomer
Next time a Republican brings up free speech, ask them about Matt Rinaldi, who tried to get people protesting DEPORTED for disagreeing w/him
twitter.com ...

Observers and reporters in Texas noted that many of the protestors were citizens, though Rinaldi seemed to assume that they were eligible for deportation.

"Matt Rinaldi gave the perfect example of why there's a problem with SB 4," Romero tells The Texas Tribune. "Matt Rinaldi looked into the gallery and saw Hispanic people and automatically assumed they were undocumented. He racial profiled every single person that was in the gallery today. He created the scenario that so many of us fear."


Apparently Mackris supports GOPhers threatening to shoot people..... well, as long as they cut enough kid's school lunches to give her a big enough tax cut to buy a new sailboat. Or tricycle.

MB is highly myth-informed....

How the American myth of self-reliance is fueling income inequality




"We have been raised on the value of self-reliance. We have been taught to admire independence and to believe that depending upon others is a sign of weakness. We believe in the Marlborough Man; men aspire to him and women seek to find him. If you listen to Tea Party folks, you would think that this country was built on the concept of complete self-reliance, independence, and without government intervention.

This is all myth, fabrication, and malarkey.

This country was built on interdependence, community, and mutual aid both from one another and from the U.S. government. Without land grants, farm supports, oil supports, and a plethora of other financial interventions the U. S. as we know it, would never have happened. And without community intervention and assistance those farmers on the prairie would never have survived.

Communities aided one another in building barns, fighting fires, surviving pestilence, and delivering babies. The wild west would not have been tamed without neighbors helping one another and the U.S. Calvary saving the day.

And these notions of total self-reliance have affected the psychological thinking of generations of men who have thought of themselves as less masculine, less manly, failures, weak, and a host of other adjectives, if they recognized their dependence on and need for other people. It has stopped many from seeking help for fear that they would be viewed as inferior."



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