Thursday, May 11, 2017

45. 5/11/17


"In a surprising victory for President Barack Obama's environmental legacy, the Senate voted on Wednesday to uphold an Obama-era climate change regulation to control the release of methane from oil and gas wells on public land."

Appreciate Bicameralism. Pack the House with Whacks -- the Senate cannot by its nature get that loony.

A1 STEEL INDUSTRY CHEERS A "PERFECT ADMINISTRATION" FOR A COMEBACK


"Certainly, the type of divisions over budget deficits and program cuts that have shadowed the Republicans' health care bill could also interfere with policies the steel industry is counting on -- corporate tax cuts, tougher enforcement of trade rules and an expensive infrastructure bill. At the same time, uncertainty about the future may slow overall growth."

Ask again in six months. Peoples, you are being taken for a ride! Not only do all of Trump's big campaign promises seem to be evaporating under the glare of reality -- but these days, he seems to have much bigger problems. Like

A1 HOW FESTERING ANGER AT COMEY ENDED IN FIRING

"[Mr. Trump] was particularly irked when Mr. Comey said he was 'mildly nauseous' to think that his handling of the email case had influenced the election, which Mr. Trump took to mean his own role in history."

Grab the ipecac.

A1 SENSE OF DEEPENING CRISIS AS PRESIDENT DEFENDS OUSTER

The doozy from this article shows Trump at his most Dr. Evil-esque

"'Watching Senator Richard Blumenthal speak of Comey is a joke,' Mr. Trump wrote. '"Richie" devised one of the greatest military frauds in U.S. history.'

For years, 'as a pol in Connecticut, Blumenthal would talk of his great bravery and conquests in Vietnam -- except he was never there,' Mr. Trump added. When 'caught, he cried like a baby and begged for forgiveness ... and now he is judge & jury. He should be the one who is investigated for his acts.'"

It's fairly easy to sort out the truth from the Trumpisms. Yes, Blumenthal was never in Vietnam -- but he never cried or begged; nor did he brag about his bravery and conquests. And "one of the greatest military frauds in U.S. history"? Really?

And of course, the final sentence -- that we should all drop this Russia nonsense and start investigating Richard Blumenthal!!!


A17 HOW EVERY LAWMAKER HAS REACTED TO COMEY'S FIRING SO FAR

Great chart.

Liz Cheney: "Best. Termination. Letter. Ever."

Cory Booker: "Should set off alarm bells."

A22 SOME SPIRITS SINK OVER de BLASIO'S "3-K FOR ALL" PLAN

David Nocenti, executive director of Union Settlement, serving 400 children through EarlyLearn in seven centers in East Harlem: "Unless the mayor's proposal includes funding to eliminate the disparate treatment of nonprofit teaching staff, all of us will lose the teachers that we currently have ..."


A24 A LETTER TO THE DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL

Elliot Richardson and William Ruckelshaus.

Today, most of us remember those two names because they were bright lights that pierced the darkness that was Watergate.

Hopefully, decades from now, the name Rod Rosenstein will be similarly revered and respected.

"Few public servants have found themselves with a choice as weighty as yours, between following their conscience and obeying a leader trying to evade scrutiny -- Elliot Richardson and William Ruckelshaus, who behaved nobly in Watergate, come to mind. You can add your name to this short, heroic list. Yes, it might cost you your job. But it would save your honor, and so much more besides."

A25 DID TRUMP UNLEASH THE NEXT DEEP THROAT?


"According to popular myth, Hoover achieved his astonishingly long tenure by blackmailing politicians with tidbits from his secret files."

"Despite having political skills far superior to President Trump's, Nixon never managed to 'consolidate control of the F.B.I.' in 1972, at the peak of his popularity. To the contrary, his attempts to do so fatally undermined his presidency, setting in motion a political and bureaucratic backlash from which Nixon -- indeed, the presidency itself -- never fully recovered."

Actually, these are two good reasons why the winner of Trump v. FBI is a foregone conclusion:

  1. Well, there's this; and
  2. Definite confidence that Trump would never be able to "consolidate control of the F.B.I."


TIME MACHINE
May 11, 1923
94 years ago


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CECIL SEES WANE OF ISOLATION HERE, BUT NO ALTERNATIVE

by Lord Robert Cecil

"The truth is that isolation, whether desirable or undesirable, is quite impracticable, and that is recognized by almost every serious person in the United States."


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UPROAR IN COMMONS OVER RUSSIAN POLICY

"[T]he gunboat Harebell had been sent to the Murman coast to prevent Russian interference with British vessels outside the three-mile limit. He also said that the British commander had been ordered to use force if necessary."


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SODA POP ENDS MINE FIRE

Dateline GREENSBURG, Pa., my old stomping grounds.




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