WASHINGTON — Since the 2008 financial crisis, conservative economists and Republican politicians have claimed several policy errors were holding back economic growth and contributing to a painfully slow recovery, including lackluster wage growth.via Republicans Have Forgotten They Hate Deficits
They never cared.
Eight years ago, I warned of a singular threat — the resurgence of right-wing extremist activity and associated violence in the United States as a result of the 2008 presidential election, the financial crisis and the stock market crash.via I warned of right-wing violence in 2009. Republicans objected. I was right.
Worth a re-read.
The indictment by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III of 13 Russians associated with a St. Petersburg online “troll factory” that allegedly interfered with the U.S.via A former Russian troll speaks: ‘It was like being in Orwell’s world’
This is a must read.
GANGNEUNG, South Korea — The Winter Olympics are a global competition, with athletes representing 92 countries. But one event is dominated by Americans and Canadians like no other: Zamboni driving.via The 22nd-Largest Team at the Olympics: Zamboni Drivers
And every last one of them should go home with a gold.
The Olympics aren’t just an event for the most talented athletes to strut their stuff on the world’s stage. No, The Games are where robots can find honest work and leisure, too.via Robots had their own skiing competition at the Winter Olympics
Rep. Greg Gianforte (R-MT) almost blew his last election by choke-slamming a reporter for daring to ask him questions, then lying about how the assault happened. But in his mind (or at least his latest fundraising email), he’s still the victim.via Congressman Who Choke-Slammed Reporter Brags Of Defeating ‘Leftist Media’ The same people who were very upset a Nazi was punched seem to be ignoring the GOP member of congress that assaulted a journalist.
This week, Congress is expected to vote on a bill that would significantly weaken the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act and let businesses off the hook for failing to provide accommodations for accessibility. The ADA Education and Reform Act was introduced by Rep.via House Republicans want to make it harder for people with disabilities to access businesses This story is slipping through the cracks. This is especially awful.
(CNN)On the campaign trail in 2016, Donald Trump promised to fill his Cabinet with the “best people in the world.” As President, Trump has indeed hired a fleet of high-flyers – though not in the way most voters might have hoped.via The Trump cabinet is traveling in style. Thanks, taxpayers! If you weren’t in on the con, you were the mark.
Sergey Naryshkin of Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service and Alexander Bortnikov of its Federal Security Service met with Pompeo to discuss the US’s and Russia’s mutual interest in counterterrorism.via 3 Russian spy chiefs visited the US days before Trump decided against new sanctions on Russia This is an insane story. It should have been covered more.
Lastly, Fox personalities shifted the goalposts. The initial scandal, that Obama supposedly was caught interfering in the Clinton email investigation, morphed into a different, supposed scandal, but one with the same cast of characters.via The life of a made-up Fox News ‘scandal’: Obama FBI texts edition
Notice the deterioration in the moving average of the trade balance starting around November.via Trump’s Trade Deficit
Doesn’t look good.
British researchers from Oxford University have proved definitively that Trump supporters share more “junk” political news over Twitter and Facebook “than all other groups combined”.via Terrifying British Study Shows Trump Supporters Are Now Basically Unreachable Nothing we didn’t know.
How many times have you watched the Zamboni driving around the rink and thought, “I want to drive that thing!!” Here is your chance to learn about it and finish your day by driving one. The Ice Ranch is offering 2 hour courses on the history, safety, and operation of Ice re-surfacers.via Zamboni Camp
This is a real thing. Who else wants to go?
Corey Robin is the author of “The Reactionary Mind: Conservatism from Edmund Burke to Donald Trump.” The New Yorker described the first edition of this book as “the book that predicted Trump.via Trump is a typical conservative. That says a lot about the conservative tradition.
Policy driven principled conservatives are the fringe. The angry reactionaies are the base. We need to stop kidding ourselves.
Physical education teacher Karen Smith is on paid administrative leave from the Boulder Valley School District as police investigate allegations that she assaulted a student who refused to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance.via Colorado Teacher Accused of Assaulting Student Who Refused to Stand for Pledge of Allegiance
Right wing political correctness is a growing problem
The major new bipartisan budget deal Congress passed this week includes a $6 billion boost in funding for opioid abuse and mental health treatment.via Congress still isn’t taking the opioid crisis seriously
This needs to be a bigger story.
As the GOP Congress scrambled last year to roll back as many Obama-era regulations as possible, one target was a Department of Labor rule on worker drug testing.via Trump’s strange plan to issue a rule that he already repealed
This is oddly incompetent even by Trump standards of oddly incompetent.
Dozens of employees have been working at the White House and handling sensitive information without permanent security-clearance, according to a new report. The staffers have been granted temporary approvals while the FBI completes the backlog of background checks, U.S.via Jared Kushner and Dozens of White House Staffers Handle Sensitive Information Without Permanent Security Clearance
But her emails. There should be a major investigation on why this happened.