- I mentioned yesterday that the State Department is being unraveled. Here's further evidence. The Mexican equivalent of the Secretary of State was in DC, and the State Department wasn't even aware of his presence. Why was he there? To meet Kushner, of course.
- The monthly jobs report for February is out, and it's pretty good news. The trend set by the past 12 months continues. Trump, of course, is taking credit for it all. This is somewhat more ironic given that he previously repeatedly denounced these reports as lies. Even more ironic is that if the January one was a fabrication, then the change from January to February (which is what was reported) cannot be trusted at all. Evidently, Trump has no respect for facts unless he thinks they make him look good. (Here's an analysis of what can actually be attributed to Trump)
- Republicans propose making mandatory genetic testing results available to your employer. Wow. Just wow. What happened to patient confidentiality?
- Trump has proposed a $1 trillion investment in infrastructure. Of course, his plan is actually to spend far less than that, and give tax breaks to companies to build new toll roads, which is garbage. Worse, engineers have estimated that $4.6 trillion is required in overdue maintenance. They suggest raising taxes on gasoline to cover the shortfall. As if that's ever going to happen.
- Ted Cruz is proposing to completely overturn Senate rules by asking the Vice President to overrule the Senate parliamentarian. This is, by any measure, insanity.
- Incredibly shady looking details into where WikiLeaks is presently hosted: Moscow. When did that start? Just before the Podesta leaks...
- Republicans are quietly dismantling the civil justice system through a series of tort reforms. This includes severely hampering class action suits.
- Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has recused himself from issues regarding the Keystone pipeline. This wouldn't have been an issue to begin with if somebody appropriate was in the position.
Friday, March 10, 2017
Day 50: How did we make it this far?
Nothing major today, unlike yesterday's newsdump, but still plenty to fret about.