Morning Wonketariat! Here’s some of the things we may be talking about today.
After some last minute corner cutting and palm greasing, Senate Republicans were able to cobble together enough votes on the Senate Budget Committee to push through the Trump/Ryan tax cuts (for the super rich), but they still aren’t releasing any hard details of the bill.
Here’s a rather shitty infographic that shows which “middle-class” families will actually get a tax cut or a tax increase under the Trump/Ryan tax cuts (for the super rich).
A new Politico/Morning Consult poll shows support for the bill has fallen to 36 percent among registered voters.
Even Larry Kudlow, the money hungry talking head who spent his larval stage eyefucking a poster of Gordon Gekko, the same guy who designed the corporate tax cuts, thinks the bill is screwed up — because he’ll lose his state and local tax cuts.
A federal Trump judge ruled that Mick Mulvaney can serve as the acting director of the CFPB, even though he admitted that the whole case is wonky.
The RNC may soon be able to scare people away from voting booths after a court order blocking them from engaging in “ballot security” is expected to expire.
Democrats are super worried that ANWR may soon be full of oil and gas rigs as everyone pays attention to the Trump/Ryan tax cuts (for the super rich).
Activists and anarchists are moving into Olympia, Washington, and blockading attempts to set up a new fracking site.
The Congressional Black Caucus is pressing Michigan Rep. John Conyers to quit after ANOTHER former staffer came forward to accuse him of being an awful sex monster, with one former aide saying it’s totally common to walk in on Conyers standing around in his underwear while he’s changing in his office.
Louisiana crank and Republican Senator John Kennedy has apparently grown a conscience and is voicing concerns about Trump’s judicial nominees.
You’ve probably fallen victim to a new scam by hospitals that try to get you to pay for surgeries and services you don’t need, like the parents of a 5-year-old who were charged $1,877.86 for an ear piercing.
One year later the steel workers over at Carrier are still waiting for Trump to save their jobs from being shipped off to Not America.
The Russian journalist who was stabbed by a crazy person in a Moscow radio station, Tania Felgenhauer, is plotting her return, saying, “I love journalism…The attempt on my life will not change it.”
North Korea fired another ICBM yesterday, and now people are speculating about just how good North Korea’s nuclear program might be.
In preparation for nuclear holocaust, Hawaii has reactivated its nuclear warning system, but they’re being super chill about it. Aloha ‘oe!
The slumlord Baltimore property company owned by Jared Kushner is trying to hide the names of its investors after tenants filed a class-action lawsuit, and recently used legal fuckery to move the case out of Baltimore in order to screw poor people just a little bit more.
A cyber security research firm uncovered MORE Defense Department intel floating around in the cloud in a “Top Secret/NOFORN” program run by a now-defunct contractor that was trying to build a system to share intel with troops on the ground in Afghanistan.
A Canadian pleaded guilty to charges to the 2014 Yahoo hack that compromised 500 million accounts, stating he was told to “hack webmail accounts of individuals of interest to the FSB.” Russia!? AGAIN!
The asshole trying to break the Internet, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai is blaming the Hulk and Cher as the reason why people in flyover country still use dial-up, and that he’s simply trying to “turn back time” before adding, “If this were ‘Who’s the Boss?’ this would be an opportunity for Tony Danza to dish out some wisdom about the consequences of making things up.”
Comcast is running a massive PR brainwashing blitz to con people into supporting anti-net neutrality regulation, hoping you won’t learn the practice of throttling.
It’s not just big telecoms trying to trick you, there’s a concentrated effort from Russian-based IP addresses pushing anti-net neutrality bullshit.
A credentialed White House “reporter” for Gateway Pundit was arrested last night at UConn when he tried to deliver a speech titled “It’s OK to be White.”
Texas bans a lot of books from its prisons, like The Color Purple and Shakespeare, but a new report finds that you’ll have no problem getting your filthy hands on books by Hitler or David Duke because Mein Kampf doesn’t have any boobies.
Trump has been stumbling around doubting the Access Hollywood tape, and quietly dredging up bullshit about Obama’s birth certificate.
Earlier this morning Trump started tweeting anti-Muslim videos from a far-right British group, Britain First, and even Piers Morgan thinks it’s “madness.” These are the same nuts who killed MP Jo Cox.
In this world of conspiracy theories, there are some things that are true, like how Dow Chemical gave Trump’s inauguration committee a million dollars to reverse a ban on a dangerous insecticide.
There are some totally lame science bozos calling for a ban on glitter, saying that it’s a microplastic and bad for the environment. Clearly they’re not being invited to any pride parties.
Those secret science bitches in the Illuminati want you to believe that sasquatch, skunk apes, bigfoots, yetis, and the abominable snowman are just a myth, according to a genealogy study that found some leftovers to be nothing more than bears. MYTH BUSTED!
And here’s your late night wrap-up! Jimmy Kimmel and Obama interrupted Bono to fight AIDS; Seth Meyers held the press briefing we’ve always wanted; The Daily Show ‘splainered the whole Pocahontas thing; Jordan Klepper broke down flat Earthers; and Samantha Bee got Project Veritas’d too!
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