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Open Thread - Admiral Akbar's White House Warning!
March 29th, 2017, 10:42 PM
Open Thread - Admiral Akbar's White House Warning!

Meme by Driftglass. And yes, Kushner's are Trump's, too.

Open thread below...

C&L's Late Nite Music Club With The Feelies
March 29th, 2017, 10:42 PM

If there's one band that always reminds me of spring it is the Feelies.

They've been doing that since the first time I heard them in what just happened to be the spring of 1986. It's been six years since they last released an album but the brand new one, In Between, dropped in the last few weeks and it shows that no matter how the times change, the Feelies have no reason too because, well, that's the way the Feelies sound.

What are you listening to tonight?

Did You Vote For Unfair Pay And Unsafe Workplaces?
March 29th, 2017, 10:42 PM
Did You Vote For Unfair Pay And Unsafe Workplaces?

Who could be against fair pay and safe workplaces? Give you one guess.

President Trump just signed a bill, passed by the Republicans in the House and Senate, that repealed President Obama's Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces executive order.

"Fair pay and safe workplaces" says it all. The rule stated that our government should contract with companies that have "a satisfactory record of integrity and business ethics."

It required companies to report if they had violations of workplace laws covering wage theft, discrimination and safety, when applying for new government contracts of $500,000 to $1 million. The federal procurement officers would take that into consideration, and work with the companies to remedy the problems.

That is what President Trump and the Republicans repealed. This Trump/Republican government does not care if companies that have "a satisfactory record of integrity and business ethics." In fact, repealing this rule signals to companies that it is OK to "save money" by stealing pay from employees, violating their civil rights and threatening their safety.

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Trump's Job Approval Hits Historic Lows
March 29th, 2017, 10:42 PM
Trump's Job Approval Hits Historic Lows

We've never seen a new president's approval dip this low, this early in all the years Gallup has been doing their surveys. They started doing them when Harry Truman was president.

Source: Gallup

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- As the first president in Gallup's polling history to start his term with a job approval rating below the majority level, Donald Trump has already received the all-time lowest approval ratings of any president in his first year. Trump's recent 36% approval rating, recorded after Republicans in Congress failed to repeal and replace Obamacare, fell just below Bill Clinton's all-time low of 37% in June 1993. In interviewing conducted Sunday through Tuesday, Trump has dipped further to 35%.

Nate Cohn at the Ny Times put up this helpful chart. Nobody really liked Trump all that much before the election (his favorability). Now nobody except his core supporters thinks he's doing a good job either (his job approval).

Angela Rye Calls Deadbeat Dad Joe Walsh A Bigot To His Face
March 29th, 2017, 10:42 PM

Ex-Representative and deadbeat dad Joe Walsh likes to troll on Twitter for attention, and sometimes that trolling lands him a space on cable television, which is always good for his career even when he's being a jerk.

Today was one of those days. Yesterday Walsh started a Twitter war with CNN commentator Angela Rye by complaining that President Obama was held to a lower standard than Trump has been because he was our first Black president.

Yeah, it's stupid and it's a troll, but it got lots of attention, so Brooke Baldwin had both of them on to discuss it.

For ten full minutes, they went at it. We have only clipped the ending here, because ten minutes was about 9 minutes, 59 seconds too long.

Walsh's lame defense of his remarks went like this.

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Last Word Panel Thinks Trump's 'Work With Democrats' Line Is Hilarious
March 29th, 2017, 10:42 PM

On last night's Last Word, former Obama staffer and economist Austan Goolsbee was amused that Donald Trump has all of a sudden discovered bi-partisanship with the Democrats.

AUSTAN GOOLSBEE: This is the same day he -- they're going to strike down all of the climate change and current pollution regulations that Obama put in place! Trump's budget would abolish after school programs, massively cut medical research so that they can have giant tax cuts for billionaires. This is -- I mean, he's like the worst guy in your fantasy football league, the guy who is constantly proposing, you give me Tom Brady and I'll give you two backups that are no one. He's on a different planet. I don't understand what he's thinking.

Lawrence O'Donnell then asks GOP Strategist and "never-Trumper" Rick Wilson where the "legislative strike zone" is that Trump is "dreaming about":

RICK WILSON: If you think the Freedom Caucus was problem, wait until they got to Chuck Schumer's version, which will have all this Medicaid expansion in it -- it is going to send those guys around the bend. This doesn't solve the problem in the House in the slightest and it's, frankly, I think it's wish-casting on Trump's part. Once again, his mojo as a deal maker, which we saw last week, went over like a fart in a hurricane.

Donald Trump has a lot to learn about congressional politics, and he's not exactly the "learning" type.

Question for C&L readers: Is there a popcorn shortage where you live?

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Senate Intelligence Committee Distances Itself From Chairman Nunes' Trainwreck
March 29th, 2017, 10:42 PM

Senators Burr and Warner, the ranking members from each party in the Senate Intelligence Committee, held a press conference today and made sure to show a united front, one that's bipartisan and one that will have nothing to do with the House Intelligence Committee's stalled investigations.

Reporters made sure to ask questions related to Rep. 'Inspector Clouseau' Nunes' fiasco.

When asked if Burr would share sources with Warner, he quipped, "He usually knows my sources before I do."

A reporter asked, "As part of your investigation, are you asking the House Chairman to share his sources with you?"

Sen. Burr replied, "We're not asking the House to play any role in our investigation, we don't plan to play a role in their investigation."

Another reporter asked, "Are you confident the White House has not interfered in the integrity of the investigation? And for both of you, is the ultimate aim to write a bipartisan report?"

Sen. Warner said he saw no evidence of the White House interfering at this point and said, "Absolutely, in terms of bipartisan. If we don't come to some joint the conclusion with the manipulation that took place in the election, and the spirit of the American people saying, 'what's going on here,' I think we would not fulfill our duty. "

Warner also said that if the WH does try and intervene they will make it public.

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Iowa GOP Bill Would Give Parents Right To Stop Single Adult Daughters From Having Abortions
March 29th, 2017, 10:42 PM
Iowa GOP Bill Would Give Parents Right To Stop Single Adult Daughters From Having Abortions

An anti-abortion bill being offered by Republicans in Iowa would effectively ban all abortions and give parents rights over the bodies of unmarried adult daughters.

A state House panel on Wednesday voted to send SF 471 -- the so-called "personhood" bill -- to the full committee. The bill states that life begins at conception, giving fetuses the same rights as people.

Anticipating that the "personhood" provision of the bill will likely be struck down by courts, the GOP bill also provides criminal punishment for anyone who performs an abortion more than 20 weeks after conception. The bill makes exceptions if the life of the mother is at risk. However, it does not make exceptions for rape or incest.

Iowa House Democrats noted on Wednesday that HF 53, to which SF 471 is a successor, also gives parents the legal right to prevent unmarried adult daughters from having an abortion.

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Fox And Friends Plays 'Yeah But Obama' On The Nunes White House Visit
March 29th, 2017, 10:42 PM
Fox And Friends Plays 'Yeah But Obama' On The Nunes White House Visit

Fox and Friends, Trump's preferred source of daily disinformation, is 100% on board with this dreadful administration, carrying water for the troubled regime as often as possible. Steve Doocy framed it this way:

Well the mainstream media seems obsessed with House Intel committee chair Devin Nunes' trip to the White House last week.... Where was the outrage when when the Obama White House had controversial guests, some of them invited hundreds of times?

Of course Doocy claims that the Obama White House had its own list of controversial characters. The Fox "News" people can't see the false equivalency between President Obama's White House guests, whom they don't approve of, versus an unorthodox surreptitious trip to the White House that Nunes was supposed to be investigating.

DOOCY: You know conveniently what they leave out of that network news coverage is the fact that apparently Devin Nunes went to the White House last week to talk to a "whistleblower" because he couldn't look at whatever secret information they had compiled (at) the intelligence community where he worked or else, you know, everybody would have known that he was a whistleblower.

COLLINS: Exactly and Devin Nunes has said that he went to the White House to see these documents because he could not see them on Capitol Hill. Right so he had to go to the White House, while so we don't know what he saw, he felt it was important enough to share it with the public (but not his own intelligence committee).

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Where Are The White House Visitor Logs For Devin Nunes?
March 29th, 2017, 10:42 PM

CBS' Major Garrett duelled with Sean Spicer at today's presser over the press secretary's refusal to reveal the White House visitor logs showing who signed Devin Nunes onto the White House grounds.

Rep. Nunes has refused to tell his own committee members about his cloak and dagger visit to the White House grounds.

Major Garrett called Spicer out for not getting back to the press about this.

Garrett said, "We talked about on Monday. You said to us that you would look into how chairman Nunez was cleared here and which whom he met. Can you give us, we tried to ask you that yesterday as you walked out. Do you have any obligation to live up to the commitment you made here on Monday to provide more details about "how that happened"...[and if it] is above board and totally appropriate?"

Spicer replied, "I don't have anything for that at this time. I have asked preliminary questions but I don't have answers yet. No, I don't have anything further on that..."

Sean then launched into a Trump tactic of switching topics and Major Garrett refused to be swayed.

Garret said, "I'm asking about something you told us."

"I said I will look into it."

"Will live up to that obligation?"

"I will, the obligation is that I said I will look into it and I will continue to do that."

Nice subterfuge on Spicer's part.

CNN's Jeff Zeleny tweeted:

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