President Donald Trump added his top adviser and strategist Steve Bannon to the National Security Council while removing the Director of National Intelligence and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, as he signed a trio of executive measures on Saturday.
Actually, having Bannon in charge is something of an improvement, as otherwise it would have seemed that no one was in charge.
The first thing Bannon did was issue an executive order halting Muslims at the border, so they could undergo some extreme vetting. It took quite a few hours to implement, since Bannon forgot to notify any of the agencies that were supposed to actually do the vetting. In the aftermath, Bannon said he had “told everyone who actually needed to know” which apparently didn’t include the TSA, border patrol, ICE, and so forth.
Next, Bannon hit the Sunday news programs claiming that it was all Obama’s fault. When that didn’t get any traction (i.e., no one believed him), he told Trump that the airport chaos was due to a systems problem with Delta’s computers. Next, Bannon claimed that the “corrupt media” was to blame. Nice try. Our Boston correspondent has inside information that, in reality, the Muslim ban and ensuing chaos is actually the fault of Obamacare.
President Trump, who is no longer permitted to attend national security briefings, decided to put a brave face on and announce that the Muslim ban is a “brilliant success.”
Source: Bannon gets seat at table as Trump reshuffles National Security Council
Why do we have to fill out a 1040 form? The IRS knows what most people owe. Why don’t they just send us a bill or a refund?
According to Cecil Adams, there are two reasons:
- Conservatives don’t want to make it easier to file your taxes. As long as you despise the process, you might support their “tax reform” (i.e., less taxes for the rich).
- Intuit spends millions on lobbying your legislators to keep things the way they are.
Source: The Straight Dope: Why doesn’t the IRS just send us a tax bill?
Last year, it was all they would talk about.
If Congress is broken, as some critics and lawmakers believe, a major problem is that lawmakers no longer pass regular appropriations bills.
Instead, Republicans and Democrats fiddle around with a few spending bills until the process breaks down enough so that they can wash their hands of it and give up on putting controversial measures on the floor. This way, they can duck tough votes on issues like abortion and eventually negotiate a year-end deal that essentially continues current funding for everything.
Source: GOP Leaders Seem Less Interested In Regular Spending Bills Now Trump Is President | The Huffington Post
Steven Mnuchin, Steve Bannon and Donald Trump’s youngest daughter, Tiffany Trump, all registered to vote in two states, records show.
The news comes after the President said on Twitter Wednesday morning that he will ask for an investigation into voter fraud. “I will be asking for a major investigation into VOTER FRAUD, including those registered to vote in two states, those who are illegal and even, those registered to vote who are dead (and many for a long time). Depending on results, we will strengthen up voting procedure,” the President tweeted.
Source: Steven Mnuchin, Steve Bannon and Tiffany Trump All Registered to Vote in Two States
Gov. John Bel Edwards on May 5 in Baton Rouge. (Melinda Deslatte/AP)
Last May, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards (Dem.) signed HB 953 into law, making it a hate crime to kill, assault, etc., a law enforcement officer or firefighter.
The bill, popularly known as the “Blue Lives Matter Law” is now being used by Police Chief Calder Hebert of St. Martinville LA, against anyone who resists arrest.
And that’s what I call a “hate crimes enhancement.”
Source: Louisiana is the first state to offer hate crime protections to police officers – The Washington Post
Branching out beyond the traditional press core [sic!!], the White House is extending video conferencing access via Skype to reporters that simply don’t have the resources to fly to Washington D.C. for briefings.
Trump routinely packs his events with shills to cheer and applaud him. The effect is to both affect the public perception of his popularity and bolster his sagging morale.
Now he is taking the tactic to the White House briefing room: handpicked supporters will be able to use Skype to toss softball questions to embattled Press Secretary Spicer.
If I were Spicer, I wouldn’t wait another minute. Poor guy needs all the help he can get.
Source: White House adds press room ‘Skype’ seats for remote reporters | Digital Trends
Mike Pompeo, the far-right Republican who supports CIA torture, was confirmed by the Senate, with the support of Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.
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White House Press Secretary Spicer held his first regular briefing today. And not one member of the press corps asked which of today’s statements were “alternative facts.”
Where is Stuttering John now that we need him?
Source: White House press secretary upends tradition in first briefing – NY Daily News
The American street artist Shepard Fairey created a poster for Barack Obama’s presidential election campaign. It was 2008 and the simple red, beige and blue stenciled image of Obama’s face over the word “HOPE” quickly became the iconic image of the election, the rallying cry around which it was fought and won. It remains the enduring image of his presidency. But it is also now a reminder of promised hope ultimately unfulfilled,
Fairey’s new images are not about Trump, but about the people who fear that their place in America is in danger under the new administration.
Source: Shepard Fairey’s inauguration posters may define political art in Trump era
Based on Trump’s peevish response to crowd estimates, I think we can start trolling him …
– Obama is better looking
– Bob Dylan sings better
– Bill Clinton is taller
– Bush 41 is braver
– John Derek had hotter wives
This kind of shit could keep him tied up in knots for the next four years.