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During a meeting with one of the most violent and dangerous dictatorial powers in the world, President Trump cracked a fat joke.
And that was just the beginning. …Read on…
I could barely get through this…good luck.
Thursday, June 7th, 2018
[From Crooked.com newsletter, “What a Day“, June 7, 2018]
President Trump’s Justice Department has joined a frivolous anti-Obamacare lawsuit, arguing that the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional and it’s core provisions must therefore be thrown out. The development does not pose an immediate threat to the law, but represents one of the GOP’s most brazen acts of ACA sabotage since Trump’s inauguration, and breaks with DOJ’s longstanding commitment to defending laws when they can be credibly defended. It marks an effort by the Trump administration to assert that any laws it doesn’t like might come under legal threat by the branch of government tasked with executing them, and is such a blow to the integrity of the DOJ that the career attorneys assigned the case removed themselves from it. As University of Michigan law professor Nicholas Bagley, who is one of the country’s foremost experts on ACA litigation, put it, “I am at a loss for words to explain how big of a deal this is.” .…More
AMERICA ON ICE: This week we learned that Pablo Villavicencio, a 35-year-old Ecuadorian man with an American wife and two daughters, faces deportation because he delivered pizza to an Army base in Brooklyn, NY. To complete the delivery last week, he needed a visitor’s pass; to get a visitor’s pass, he had to sign a background check waiver. The background check showed an active deportation warrant, so the military police turned him over to Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
Villavicencio’s story is horrifying and tragic. Unfortunately it isn’t rare. President Trump has unleashed ICE, freeing federal agents to target unauthorized immigrants like Villavicencio, who have lived in the U.S. for years, and have American families. …Read Full Article…
Why did Trump block additional Russia sanctions after U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley announced them publicly?
Larry Kudlow—Trump’s top economic adviser—says Haley’s “momentary confusion” is to blame.
Haley responded, “With all due respect, I don’t get confused.”
CONGRATS, YOU’RE…NOT A TARGET…YET? [From Crooked.com newsletter, “What a Day“, April 4, 2018]
Late Tuesday, the Washington Post published a story that contained multiple scoops.
1. Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team has reportedly told Trump’s lawyers that Trump is a subject, but not at this point a target, of their investigation. To translate: They are investigating his conduct but have not yet determined whether they are prepared to charge him with crimes.
2. They’re working on a series of reports on their investigation, starting with one (slated for this summer) on whether Trump obstructed justice. They want him to submit to an interview before then in order “to answer the public’s questions.”
3. Trump “has repeatedly expressed an eagerness” to be interviewed by Mueller. This is what drove his lawyer, John Dowd, to resign (and also do that thing where you rub your whole face and sigh because you can’t believe this is both your client and the president.)
Beat the NRA – Pod Save America
[From Wiki] Pod Save America is an American progressive political podcast produced and distributed by Crooked Media. The podcast debuted in January 2017 and airs twice weekly, with the Monday edition hosted by former Barack Obama staffers Jon Favreau, Tommy Vietor and Jon Lovett, and the Thursday edition by Favreau and Dan Pfeiffer. It is the flagship podcast of Crooked Media, the progressive media company founded by Favreau, Vietor and Lovett. The show averages more than 1.5 million listeners an episode, and had been downloaded more than 120 million times by November 2017. Four Pod Save America one hour HBO TV specials are planned to air in Fall 2018 to cover the upcoming US Midterm elections. In the meantime, browse their episodes on your favorite podcasting device. A great one to start with features an interview with Marisa Franco, described by NEA.org as an “Activist, Agitator, Advocate”.