“The 12 Democrats who represent House districts won by Donald Trump were supposed to be easy marks for the deal-making new president. Instead, they’re giving him the stiff-arm,” Politico reports. “After last week’s collapse of the GOP effort to scrap Obamacare — fueled partly by resistance from conservative House hard-liners — Trump and his allies have hinted that outreach to Democrats may soon be on the way. But Trump’s polarizing agenda and early stumbles have stiffened the resolve of moderate Democrats once spooked by his success in their districts.”
“When you are given immunity, that means you have probably committed a crime.”
— Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, in an interview with NBC News on September 25, 2016.
The White House press corps is starting to get etymological,
As it parses how the Trumpists use the words in their arsenal.
And now they can tell
When things are going to hell —
Right after Sean Spicer says it’s going to be “phenomenal.”
“The health care debacle, the travel ban setback, difficulties with Mexico, a slew of empty positions across the government — all are symptoms or causes of President Donald Trump’s rocky first few weeks in office. They also have another thing in common: White House press secretary Sean Spicer has used the word ‘phenomenal’ to describe them. … To be fair, Spicer has also deployed the term with more auspicious results — including the president’s ability to get his message out, to describe Terry Branstad’s prospects as ambassador to China and to discuss the Governors Ball. But there’s an unmistakable connection between his use of ‘phenomenal’ and issues that seem to be not going so hot for the White House.”
As the FBI continues to investigate Trump’s Russia ties,
Vladimir Putin contends the allegations are all lies.
It’s just American political game,
Said the guy who invaded Crimea and Ukraine.
And if you don’t believe hme, just ask my spies!
“That was some weird sh*t.”
— Former President George W. Bush, quoted by New York Magazine, at Donald Trump’s inauguration in January.
You can use the phrase “primate mange,”
Or you can say the words “nameplate flange.”
But if you work for the Trumphirate today
There’s one thing you can never say,
We won’t tell what it it is, but it sounds like “castrate grange.”
I woke up thinking about the disheartening news yesterday that Trump is doing his level best to set back Obama’s efforts to avert climate change. And then I saw this video, and realized that Al Gore is still out there somewhere, plugging away at making it better. As Gore put it in his response to Trump’s announcement:
No matter how discouraging this executive order may be, we must, we can, and we will solve the climate crisis. No one man or group can stop the encouraging and escalating momentum we are experiencing in the fight to protect our planet.