Wednesday Afternoon Open Thread: Mr. Klassy

Balloon Juice - Wed, 09/18/2019 - 15:50

In response, Jake Tapper retweeted this 2016 clip:

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White House burns through a fifth general counsel at Homeland Security

Daily Kos - Wed, 09/18/2019 - 15:37

The job of the general counsel overseeing some 2,500 lawyers at the Department of Homeland Security was partially to push back on administration policies that were potentially illegal. The White House clearly didn't like how John Mitnick was doing that job, so it axed him on Tuesday, tossing yet another senior official at Homeland Security on a scrap heap of ousted agency leaders

Mitnick will now join former Homeland Security secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, former acting deputy secretary Claire Grady, and former head of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) L. Francis Cissna in dusting off his resumé to look for new work. Mitnick was also the agency's fifth general counsel to be sent packing, according to The New York Times.

In the meantime, don't ask for clarity on who's replacing Mitnick. One administration official said it would be Chad Mizelle, only to be immediately contradicted by a Homeland Security official who said it would be the agency's principal deputy general counsel, Joseph Maher. Sounds like a great position—can’t imagine anyone passing up such a prime steppingstone to greater things. Whatever the case, surely DHS will maintain a firm grasp on the lawlessness of the policies it authorizes.

After a judge blocked a departmental policy attempting to restrict asylum applications at the border, the acting head of Customs and Border Patrol (CPB) complained about what a nuisance it was that the judicial branch is so nitpicky about the letter of the law. “Every time this administration comes up with what we believe is a legal rule or policy that we believe will address this crisis,” Mark Morgan said, “we just end up getting enjoined.” The Supreme Court ultimately broke with four decades of legal precedent earlier this month when it allowed that asylum policy to go into effect while litigation continues surrounding the policy's legality.

The Trump administration's immigration policy is now being run by "acting" chiefs at DHS, USCIS, CPB, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

What could go wrong?

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Trump’s come up with a judicial nominee so bad even Republicans hate him

Daily Kos - Wed, 09/18/2019 - 15:31

Steven Menashi, a current Trump White House legal adviser who works with Stephen Miller's immigration working group and is Education Secretary Betsy DeVos' right-hand man, seemed to be a shoo-in for a lifetime appointment to the federal judiciary. Because the Republican Senate would confirm a ham sandwich.

Unfortunately for Menashi, he's not a ham sandwich. He's an arrogant asshole who refused to answer even Republican members' questions in his confirmation hearing last week. Even Sen. Lindsey Graham, Trump's wannabe BFF, had issues with Menashi's refusal to answer questions, jumping in during questioning by Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin to try to make Menashi answer whether he worked on "the administration's decision to end deferred deportation for undocumented immigrants who are receiving treatment for life-threatening illnesses." Graham told Menashi "That's not an unfair question. […] It's a specific question. Did you give legal advice on the subject matter?"

Menashi finally conceded he "may" have worked on it, but couldn't recall. It got to a point where he was chided by Republican senators for refusing to cooperate. "This isn't supposed to be a game," Sen. John Kennedy of Louisiana told him. "We're supposed to try to understand not how you're going to rule but how you’re going to think."

Now Kennedy is saying it's "doubtful" he'll vote for Menashi when/if he comes up for a committee vote. Saying he was "very annoyed" by Menashi's performance, Kennedy told HuffPost’s Jennifer Bendery "I don't know enough about him to be able to say he'd be a good judge. And that was the whole point of having a hearing. […] I'm tired of it. He should answer the questions."

This defection would be a really good excuse for Graham to convince the White House to pull the nomination. Menashi is so bad that even Susan Collins would have a really hard time voting for him. He's got a history of publishing rabidly sexist and anti-gay writings and statements, and has defended racists and spread Islamaphobic myths. So it might be easier all around if the nomination just goes away. But it's worth noting that all of these nightmarish things he's done and said aren't about to disqualify him in Republicans' minds; it's because he wasn't adequately deferential to them in his hearing. Whatever it takes.

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Trump's border fence is slicing right through irreplaceable archaeological sites

Daily Kos - Wed, 09/18/2019 - 15:30

Donald Trump has been repeatedly tweeting a single image that he promotes as showing how fast “the wall” is growing. That image appears to show a section of Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, an area where less than five miles of already-existing barrier has been replaced by Trump’s intentionally uglified fence. That barrier already crosses ecologically sensitive areas of a monument that is also a UNESCO world biosphere preserve, and the tall fence ruins the view of some shockingly beautiful, untouched desert lands. But as the fence expands, it’s also moving through areas that contain not just plants and animals found nowhere else, but at least 60 sites containing artifacts and remains of people who lived in the Sonoran Desert up to 10,000 years ago—and those are just the sites found in a single five-day field review of the proposed site for the border fence.

The National Park Service report (pdf), obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request from The Washington Post, looks at just 11.3 miles along the southern boundary of Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. In this relatively small area, archeologists on the team identified materials from the Hohokam, Patayan, Trincheras, and more modern Native American peoples, along with artifacts and homesteads of early European settlers. A single previously unmapped site along this line produced over 400 stone artifacts and 100 fragments of pottery. Sites contained fragments of marine shells brought into the area through trade networks, and several sites appeared to contain artifacts that had been undisturbed over an extended period. Details on some artifacts recovered were redacted from the report to help prevent these sites from becoming the target of black-market collectors.

If it were any private or state agency doing development in such circumstances, it would be required to wait for the analysis of these sites, which may include extended excavation, mapping, and recovery of artifacts. But things being the way they are, it appears that the National Park Service is hurrying to complete this report while sections of the fence are actually going up. It is unclear that the operation will be halted, or even delayed, to honor the protections provided by the American Antiquities Act.

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Lunchtime Photo

Kevin Drum - Wed, 09/18/2019 - 15:30

This is a lovely violet tree dahlia on the road from Bogotá to Choachi. Normally I’d point out the bee crawling around in the center, but then I’d be corrected yet again and told that it’s actually a hoverfly. So let’s hear it for the hoverfly! You guys better not come back and tell me that this time it really is a bee.

August 6, 2019 — Choachi, Colombia
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In Which Donald Trump Attacks Rep. Ilhan Omar Again by Pushing a False Smear That She "Danced on 9/11"

Little Green Footballs - Wed, 09/18/2019 - 15:01

As Trump's inner circle shrinks and there are fewer and fewer people around him to advise against his vile impulses, his racism and bigotry are getting more and more overt. Today he retweeted a far right "comedian" who falsely described a video of Rep. Ilhan Omar as "partying on 9/11."

President Donald Trump on Wednesday used his Twitter account to boost a baseless smear claiming that Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) danced at an event last week on the anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks, a claim that’s based on footage that wasn’t actually taken from that day.

Trump’s tweet circulated a video from conservative personality Terrence Williams, in which Williams declared that Omar “partied on the anniversary of 9/11.” In his video, Williams comments on footage of the Muslim congresswoman dancing and fumes that she’s disrespecting the memory of the Sept. 11 attacks.

But the footage of Omar dancing actually came from a Sept. 13 event hosted by the Congressional Black Caucus and wasn’t taken on the 11th, as Williams and Trump wrongly claimed. 

The video is now deleted, but Twitter told the Daily Beast's Will Sommer that they did not delete it.

Deleted or not, it did its intended job -- to get the smear out there, where it will now be repeated endlessly by right wingers all over the internet. And the president* of the United States helped it happen.

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Confess Your Climate Sins? Seriously?

Kevin Drum - Wed, 09/18/2019 - 15:00

What in the name of all that’s holy is this?

Seriously? Confess your climate sins? Are reeducation camps next?

Congratulations, NBC. This is probably the most efficient possible way to ensure that nothing gets done about climate change. In one stroke it:

  • Perpetuates the myth that voluntary individual action makes much of a difference.
  • Makes people feel guilty about ordinary, everyday activities.
  • And then turns the whole thing into a game where we absolve ourselves with a public confession.

Climate change isn’t a game, and trying to make people feel bad about living their lives isn’t going to increase support for the kinds of things that really make a difference. It just gives people a reason to put climate change out of their minds in order to avoid having to feel guilty about it. Knock it off.

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GM cancels strikers' health insurance as UAW strike enters its third day

Daily Kos - Wed, 09/18/2019 - 14:31

As the United Auto Workers strike against General Motors continues into its third day, GM has announced that it is ending healthcare coverage for striking workers.

This is one of the many, many perversities of the American system of health care. Most Americans gain health insurance through their employers; it follows that if they incur the holy ire of their employers, their families will no longer have that health insurance. Given how difficult and time-consuming it is to find a new policy, and (until passage of the Affordable Care Act) the lumping of your every health need met under your old policy into a "pre-existing condition" bin that the next policy may not cover, that has been a powerful tool for retaining workers that may otherwise have not put up with degrading employment conditions.

In this case, the UAW will now be taking on striker's health insurance themselves. Striking workers are entitled to a union-paid COBRA continuation of their policies. It will be very expensive for the union, though not nearly as expensive as the ongoing strike will be for GM.

At the core of the strike are the concessions union workers made to save GM from bankruptcy in 2009, during the financial crisis. That crisis is over, and GM's profits were $8.1 billion last year, but GM has been unwilling to give up those concessions. On the contrary, paltry raises, escalating worker healthcare costs, and a two-tiered pay system that squeezes new hires have been joined by new plant closures—despite a 2015 contract prohibiting them—in moving the union to strike.

There is little indication of how long the strike will go; union negotiators say GM's first serious attempt to negotiate came only hours before the strike began. But striking workers have considerable national support: In addition to solidarity shown by numerous top Democrats, the Teamsters are honoring UAW picket lines, halting the flow of GM vehicles to dealerships.

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Michelle Malkin Smears Cokie Roberts On The Day Of Her Death

Crooks and Liars - Wed, 09/18/2019 - 14:19

During Tuesday's Paley Center event on Media Bias, Michelle Malkin used a 1994 story of Cokie Roberts to smear her as being an original purveyor of "fake news," all in an effort to defend Trump's constant attacks on the free press and his narcissistic egomania and serial lying.

Cokie Roberts also died yesterday.

This coming from Malkin, one of the great misinformation conservative artists to ever have an online presence (not named Dinesh D'Souza).

During the event, Malkin claimed Trump "did not invent the concept of fake news."

No, he's only used that concept to try and cover up all his own lies, distortions, mistakes and the serious fake news that's created out of the White House.

Malkin said, "Cokie Roberts of course passed away today and God bless her for an incredible career that she had, but I distinctly remember that she was one of the first guilty culprits of fake news. In 1994, --- "

CNN's Brian Stelter interrupted, "We're doing this today?"

"Yes, we are," she said.

Brian continued, "You're attacking her today? I just want to be clear, the body is not even cold yet."

Malkin replied, "So there we go. Do you want to hear what I have to say."

She defended herself by saying "It's pertinent to the discussion of fake news."

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Trump campaign's big plan to get labor to support him: 'They just will'

Daily Kos - Wed, 09/18/2019 - 14:04

Donald Trump and his people have concluded that he has to win the labor vote in 2020, despite the fact that his trade war is destroying manufacturing and many associated jobs. That's pretty much the Trump campaign’s only hope.

"If we don’t win Florida, the race is over," an official with America First, Trump's main outside group, told Politico. "And if we win Pennsylvania, the race is over because the reality is if Pennsylvania goes for Trump, you're going to see others break his way." Sure. How are they going to do that? They are creating a "workers coalition" by the end of the year to "feature rank-and-file workers and labor leaders who are sympathetic to the president's trade policies and deregulatory agenda." This coalition will also join three other "grassroots" groups the campaign is creating focused on women, Latinos, and African Americans. It will send these recruits "'back into their communities and their neighborhoods to spread the word' about the president's positive accomplishments, according to a senior Trump campaign official."

And how will they get these workers (and women, and Latinos, and African Americans, presumably) to join in the first place and then go out and evangelize for Trump, against their own interests? "They just will," says the same official. "I don't know how they will convince people to do it, but I know that there are people who are willing to do it just because they believe in the president so much."

"They just will." Oh, okay. "This doesn't mean every single union member that agrees to support the president has to have his or her name on a list, or be publicly identified," the official added. This sounds like a winning strategy!

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Utah Congressional Candidate Says He's A Victim, 'Like Brett Kavanaugh'

Crooks and Liars - Wed, 09/18/2019 - 13:59

At this point, if you say you're a Republican politician I have to wonder if you even recognize the concept of basic human decency, and that playing the victim is not just some sort of genetic defect common to all of them.

Source: Salt Lake Tribune

Cory Green, who last week announced his candidacy for Utah’s 1st Congressional District, was charged with four felonies in 2010, court records show. Two of the charges, for alleged forcible sexual abuse, were dismissed, while Green pleaded guilty to the remaining two charges after they were amended down to class A misdemeanors for sexual battery.

Court records also show that Green pleaded no contest in June of this year to two class B misdemeanor charges of attempted unlawful conduct related to allegedly working in private security without a license.

But Green maintained his innocence on both fronts during a Tuesday interview with The Salt Lake Tribune, and said he was effectively coerced into making a guilty plea after being victimized and extorted by a young woman who posed as a massage therapist, and said he has been the target of politically motivated abuses by law enforcement in the ensuing years.

And what were the misdemeanors? They stemmed from paying for sex with an underage girl, of course.

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Back-to-school season gets brutal dose of realism in latest Sandy Hook Promise 'Know the Signs' PSA

Daily Kos - Wed, 09/18/2019 - 13:51

The video starts out like any other back-to-school commercial: Cheerful students show off their new backpacks, binders, and headphones, and rave about the educational benefits they’ll provide this year. But if you watch closely, you see that something goes awry as one student flaunts her colorful binders, and it happens again just as expensive headphones envelop the unsuspecting student’s ears as he studies. A student extolling the way his sneakers support his running is next, making it abundantly clear that this is not your average back-to-school supplies commercial … instead, this is a glimpse inside a back-to-school shooting.

This is also Sandy Hook Promise’s latest PSA. Watch it for yourself and then let’s discuss. Warning: It’s dark, and there’s blood. It will hit you in the feels—but it’s supposed to.

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Boris Johnson Confronted By Angry Father: ‘The NHS Has Been Destroyed’

Crooks and Liars - Wed, 09/18/2019 - 13:38

In a scene reminiscent of something from Monty Python or The Daily Show, an angry father confronts the British Prime Minister over the Conservative's cuts to the National Health Service (NHS) in the UK. The man admonished Boris Johnson for making photo-ops at hospitals instead of solving problems. Johnson denied there were any press there, at which point the father pointed directly to the tv camera a few meters away.

Source: The Independent

Boris Johnson has been confronted by an angry parent over NHS cuts during a hospital visit.

Omar Salem, whose baby daughter was being treated at Whipps Cross University Hospital in east London, told the prime minister: “The NHS has been destroyed ... and now you come here for a press opportunity.”

In a heated two-minute exchange, the father claimed there had been “years and years and years of the NHS being destroyed” and told Mr Johnson it was “not acceptable”.

Mr Salem, a Labour activist, said: ”There are not enough people on this ward, there are not enough doctors, there’s not enough nurses, it’s not well organised enough.”

Mr Johnson said “there’s no press here” but the parent gestured to cameras filming the confrontation and said: “What do you mean there’s no press here, who are these people?”

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New Mexico plans to offer tuition-free public college to every state resident

Daily Kos - Wed, 09/18/2019 - 13:29

As alleviating the enormous burden of student debt gains popularity on the national stage, more individual universities, cities, and even states are offering forms of free higher education. Who qualifies tends to vary, as does what is actually covered; while Cornell’s Weill Medical College will go as far as covering books and housing for students who qualify for financial aid, New York state is offering free tuition at city and state colleges and universities for residents who make less than $125,000.

The latest state to join the free college movement is New Mexico. And New Mexico is doing something truly unique: It is offering free tuition to every state resident who is accepted to state schools, no matter their income level. The plan is called the Opportunity Scholarship and would go into effect for the fall 2020 semester.


As the state’s Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham laid out, the plan will help about 55,000 students each year. The plan aims to make all two- and four-year public institutions tuition-free in the state. Adults who are returning to two-year community colleges would also be covered.

The Opportunity Scholarship would cover fees that are not paid by either federal grants or the state’s Lottery Scholarship. New Mexico’s Lottery Scholarship usually leaves between 25% and 40% of the cost remaining, says the governor's office.

Room and board, however, are not covered. Neither are books or possible childcare costs.

The funds will come directly from the state budget, thanks to a recent increase in revenue from oil production. The annual cost is estimated to be between $25 million and $35 million. To give you an idea of how this breaks down, the annual tuition for New Mexico residents is $7,500 at the University of New Mexico. At community colleges, tuition usually hits $3,000 per year. 

In order to become a reality, the proposal will need to pass both houses of the New Mexico Legislature. Given that both houses are controlled by Democrats, this shouldn’t be a problem.

“This program is an absolute game changer for New Mexico,” Grisham said. “In the long run, we’ll see improved economic growth, improved outcomes for New Mexican workers and families and parents.” 

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Acting intelligence chief declines to testify to Congress about mysterious whistleblower cover-up

Daily Kos - Wed, 09/18/2019 - 13:14

In violation of federal law, the acting director of national intelligence is declining to testify before the House Intelligence Committee after refusing to turn over whistleblower information to the panel. 

The original whistleblower complaint was made on Aug. 12 by someone within the intelligence community regarding the conduct of someone "outside the intelligence community." The inspector general for the intelligence agencies determined the complaint to be "credible and urgent," but acting intelligence chief Joseph Maguire declined to share the complaint with Congress within the seven-day period mandated by the Intelligence Community Whistleblower Protection Act. In a letter obtained by The New York Times, the general counsel of the Office of Director of National Intelligence told House Intelligence Chair Adam Schiff that he determined that the complaint did not meet the legal definition of "urgent concern" that requires the complaint to be relayed to Congress. ODNI has also informed the Intelligence panel that the complaint includes "potentially privileged matters," a reference that often involves matters related to the president.

Maguire's failure to disclose the information led Chairman Schiff to send a letter to Maguire last week informing him that he must either turn over the complaint by Sept. 17 or appear before the committee on Sept. 19 to explain why he had failed to comply with the federal statute.

In the same letter, Schiff noted that Maguire had departed from protocol by consulting with the Department of Justice on the matter and had "refused to affirm or deny" whether the White House had been involved in his decision. 

“The committee can only conclude, based on this remarkable confluence of factors, that the serious misconduct at issue involves the President of the United States and/or other senior White House or Administration officials," Schiff wrote.

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Abortion and Lead: There’s No Real Connection These Days

Kevin Drum - Wed, 09/18/2019 - 13:11

A loyal reader asks:

Abortion and lead: When are we getting that post?

Well…OK. Since you asked. But it might not be what you expect. The Guttmacher Institute reported this week that the abortion rate in the US has declined yet again and is now at its lowest level in decades. Here’s the chart:

There is good reason to believe that some of this long-term decline is, in fact, due to the elimination of gasoline lead. However, the average age for an abortion is around 23 or so, and the primary effect of lead is on teen pregnancy. What this means is that if lead deserves some of the credit for declining abortion rates (by reducing the number of unwanted pregnancies), that effect would most likely last for about 20 years after lead had been effectively eliminated. That gets us to the late aughts.

But abortion rates have continued to drop since then, and it’s unlikely that lead has continued to have any significant effect over the past decade. This doesn’t say anything one way or the other about the impact of lead on abortion in the 90s and aughts, but it does suggest that something else has been at work since then.

The usual answer among liberals is that it’s due to better awareness of contraceptive choices. The usual answer among conservatives is that it’s due to restrictive new abortion laws. For various reasons I’m skeptical of both answers, but I don’t have a better one of my own.

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Trump's focus on homeless centers on removing them from wealthy people's view

Daily Kos - Wed, 09/18/2019 - 13:11

Donald Trump headed to California on Tuesday for a series of private fundraisers, but he also used the trip to test the waters of a new Trump-led campaign to attack liberal states over high rates of homelessness, a problem which he says did not exist until two years ago and which, allegedly, he now feels very strongly about. Just what Trump intends to do about it remains unclear, but reporting so far suggests the administration is focused primarily on a policing-based approach, possibly involving rounding up the homeless and putting them into new federal facilities.

Forcibly putting homeless people in camps would be, ahem, illegal in most circumstances, which suggests that at least so far the White House has no particular interest in finding credible solutions to homelessness. It is, instead, an issue to be campaigned upon—one that just happens to mirror the longstanding Fox News propagandists' obsession with painting America's liberal states as unlivable hellholes. Trump wants footage to be able to show at the next Republican National Convention; Trump has no more interest in alleviating a crisis of homelessness than he has in his staff properly following government e-mail retention protocols.

It does give Trump another chance to demonstrate that he is utterly and completely devoid of human empathy. Aboard Air Force One, he complained bitterly to reporters about the real victims of homelessness: the wealthy tenants forced to look at them.

“We have people living in our … best highways, our best streets, our best entrances to buildings ... where people in those buildings pay tremendous taxes, where they went to those locations because of the prestige,” he said. “In many cases, they came from other countries and they moved to Los Angeles or they moved to San Francisco because of the prestige of the city, and all of a sudden they have tents. Hundreds and hundreds of tents and people living at the entrance to their office building. And they want to leave. And the people of San Francisco are fed up, and the people of Los Angeles are fed up.”

Donald wants to do something about homelessness not because he gives a flying damn about the plight of tens of thousands of Americans who cannot afford shelter, but because tenants of "prestige" properties are "fed up" with people "living at the entrance" of their buildings. Donald does not want the homelessness crisis to be solved: He merely wants the homeless to be removed, like vermin.

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Trump announces that he's 'revoking' part of the Clean Air Act, an absolute violation of the law

Daily Kos - Wed, 09/18/2019 - 13:03

On Wednesday morning, Donald Trump tweeted that he was “revoking California’s federal waiver on emissions.” Which is interesting mostly because California’s waiver doesn’t come from a regulation at the Environmental Protection Agency. It’s not the result of an executive order signed by President Obama. That waiver is built into the Clean Air Act, which from the outset explicitly granted California the right to set standards that were tougher than those required by the federal government. Even though the EPA makes a regular announcement that it is “granting” California’s waiver, that action is as ceremonial as anything done by, say, the British monarch. California’s primacy to set these limits is enshrined in law. 

Even before there was a Clean Air Act, the growing smog over California cities led the state to set its own regulations of automobile emissions. In fact, it was done with the strong support of that noted liberal Ronald Reagan. A decade later, California’s right to create and update those standards was baked into the new act, and for the next 30 years it regularly updated its requirements. Those updates were granted waivers by the EPA not because the administration at the time agreed with them, but because the EPA has no choice in granting the waivers. Once those standards are set, other states have the option of following the federal guidelines or of joining California in using more stringent requirements.

The last such waiver was granted in 2009, not because California felt it no longer needed that authority, but because, starting in 2012, the Obama administration worked with the state to put in place standards that met the needs of California and the 14 other states that had adopted California’s standards. 

The California standards are directly responsible for not only reducing the amount of carbon in the atmosphere by billions of tons, but also directly promoting the development of new automotive technologies, from the catalytic converter, to the hybrid engine, to the electric car. Those advancements have also been critical to keeping U.S. manufacturers competitive with other makers from around the world, as guidelines elsewhere have frequently outpaced U.S. federal requirements.

If every criminal would announce their intention to break the law on Twitter, law enforcement would be a good deal neater. Trump can no more revoke California’s ability to define its own standards than he can wipe out the Clean Air Act by fiat. Which is exactly what he’s attempting to do.

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Nothing To Lose?

Balloon Juice - Wed, 09/18/2019 - 13:03

I’ve been thinking about Nate McMurray recently. Nate ran against indicted MAGA hat Rep Chris Collins in NY-27, and lost a squeaker (under 1,100 votes) in that R+11 district. He’s running again, even though Collins will probably be defeated in a primary and a “safer” Republican will almost certainly claim the seat. Nate is a really good candidate: smart, young, energetic, deep roots in the district, and he’s a fighter. His campaign motto is “Fight Like Hell”. Here’s Nate’s take on impeachment and some of his fellow Democrats:

I’m sure if you polled NY-27, the vast majority of voters are against impeaching Trump (probably 99% of the Republicans and some significant percentage of Democrats). Yet, here we have Nate coming out hard for it. One explanation could be that Nate has nothing, he has nothing to lose by staking these positions. But, really, Nate has everything to lose. Precious hours with his children. Countless lost hours knocking on doors and eating rubber chicken.

Running for office for almost 4 years, in a word, sucks. Nate’s really smart (his bio). There are a hundred other ways to attack Trump without mentioning impeachment, but here we are.

Update: Fundraising isn’t my department here but if you want to throw a few bucks Nate’s way, here’s his ActBlue.

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Kris Kobach Said To Be Down 10 In Kansas Senate Race

Crooks and Liars - Wed, 09/18/2019 - 12:52

Democrats have had a Senate seat in Kansas since 1932. If the Republicans do nominate Kobach this poll shows they stand a very good chance of losing. Since the numbers from the GOP poll were leaked, it would seem Kris Kobach has very few Republican friends in Washington who would rather see him lose the primary than be saddled with yet another white supremacist in Congress.

Source: Wall Street Journal

Former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach trails Democrat Barry Grissom by 10 percentage points in a head-to-head matchup for Kansas' open Senate seat in 2020, according to internal GOP polling data reviewed by The Wall Street Journal.

The previously unpublished findings reveal why some Republicans are deeply concerned that a Kobach candidacy could cost the party a Senate seat in Kansas—and why Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has been pushing so hard for Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, a former congressman from Wichita, to challenge Mr. Kobach for the GOP nomination.

"It's laughable that anyone is taking seriously a poll on a hypothetical match-up conducted 18 months before the election and prior even to Secretary Kobach's entry into the race," said Steve Drake, Mr. Kobach's campaign manager.

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