He Knows How to Pick ’em

Great background for a Press Secretary:

Initially I wrestled with the notion that poor white people love Donald Trump, along with the so-called hard-working Americans of the white middle class. Strangely, they seem to see themselves in him.
How can poor people of any color relate to a guy in the top 1%, who was born into and gifted a fortune, has a private jet, and can afford to send his sons all the way to Zimbabwe just to kill cheetahs and alligators? OK, I get how the monosyllabic words he uses in his hyper-repetitious speeches — in combination with him being an I’m not a racist kind of racist who calls the Charlottesville racists “very fine people” — might seem familiar to many in his base. But give me a break: Trump is a billionaire who probably hasn’t paid taxes since O.J. Simpson had white fans. They still love him. I guess I’ve finally made sense of it.
My revelation came after the New York Times reported that Trump’s new White House press secretary, Stephanie Grisham, has two…

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The Farm Story

I grew up in farm country. You can fool them for awhile, but when they figure it out WATCH OUT!

It’s true that Trump supporters generally accept what he tells them. But the reverence accorded to Trump’s powers of deception sometimes seems to imply they have an almost paranormal quality. And this takes things way too far.
Case in point: American farmers. There are indications that they are now getting genuinely angry over Trump’s efforts to gaslight them so…

And another.

The Trump administration has been granting waivers to oil refineries that let them off the hook for using renewable ethanol in their fuels — and Iowa corn farmers are not happy about it.
The Des Moines Register reports that the Trump administration’s oil refinery waivers so far are “driving 15 ethanol plants to close nationwide,” which has depressed demand for corn in Iowa. ”The exemptions are ridiculous and a slap in the face to…

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The Gun Debate

Let’s just say it. This is a pathetic cave:

Earlier this afternoon, according to a person briefed on the call, the president told LaPierre in another phone call that universal background checks were off the table. “He was cementing his stance that we already have background checks and that he’s not waffling on this anymore,” the source told me. “He doesn’t want to pursue it.” In the call, the source added, Trump said he wanted to focus now on “increasing funding” for mental health care and directing attorneys general across the country to start prosecuting “gun crime” through…

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How’s Your Night?

Sam Stein (@samstein): A White House official admits to us, Trump has lost whatever interest he had in doing gun control.

https://www.thedailybeast.com/trump-goes-dark-on-gun-control-after-pledging-background-checks-like-weve-never-had-before

With @swin24 and @sambrodey

Sam Stein (@samstein): @swin24 @sambrodey “There is nothing happening,” one Senate Democratic aide, who asked to be referred to as a “severely depressed staffer who has been through too many of these,” said of the current state of negotiations. “This is all Trump. It is all in his hands.” https://www.thedailybeast.com/trump-goes-dark-on-gun-control-after-pledging-background-checks-like-weve-never-had-before

Blasting Baltimore

The Presdent does it. For all the wrong reasons.

President Donald Trump launched a multiday Twitter tirade last month directed at U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings, sharing video footage of derelict Baltimore neighborhoods and asking why the Democratic congressman wasn’t doing more to address the “disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess” in his district. Though Trump didn’t say so, some of the responsibility for any such conditions rests with his own administration. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has ultimate oversight of nearly 35,000 public housing and federally subsidized rental units in the city, many of which suffer from the squalor the president decried on social media. HUD has known for years of failing conditions in many of them but hasn’t…

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