Friday, July 21, 2017

Have An Excellent Weekend

  Enjoy the weekend, see you bright and early Monday morning.

work by Paul SĂ©rusier

Bombshell Of The Day

Washington Post: Sessions discussed Trump campaign-related matters with Russian ambassador, U.S. intelligence intercepts show

Digby's Latest

Salon: Donald Trump’s six-month report card: A paralyzed, scandal-plagued presidency — and it could get worse - After six exhausting months of nonstop crisis, this presidency is a catastrophe. And there's no end in sight by Heather Digby Parton

Bye Bye

  Essentially it doesn't make any difference. The fundamental problem is Trump and until he is impeached, resigns, or is thrown out, it doesn't matter. With Trump, the country will continue to get an hourly ration of ineptitude, nonsense, and dangerous lies.

NY Times: Sean Spicer Resigns as White House Press Secretary By GLENN THRUSH

The Onion - National Forest Service Recommends Campers Tie Up Their Food To Avoid Attracting Other Visitors

The Onion: National Forest Service Recommends Campers Tie Up Their Food To Avoid Attracting Other Visitors


Science Daily: A wolf's howl in miniature: Researchers discover mice speak similarly to humans
summary - Grasshopper mice, rodents known for their remarkably loud call, produce audible vocalizations in the same way that humans speak and wolves howl, according to new research.

Have An Excellent Friday

work by Jean Cocteau

Rachel Maddow - WaPo, Trump Seeks Advice On Pardoning Himself, Family Members

Rachel Maddow - If Trump Wants To Fire Mueller, He'll have To Fire Sessions First


The Palmer Report: Report: Robert Mueller likely already has Donald Trump’s tax returns


Guardian UK: Republicans still can't craft healthcare plan that won't drop coverage for tens of millions - Latest effort on brink of collapse for lack of support after CBO predicts repeal-and-replace plan would see 22 million lose insurance but cut deficit by $420bn


Guardian UK: How Trump signed a global death warrant for women - With one devastating flourish of the presidential pen, worldwide progress on family planning, population control and reproductive rights was swept away. Now some of the world’s poorest women must count the cost


NY Times: Trump’s Fury Erodes His Relationship With Sessions, an Early Ally By GLENN THRUSH and MAGGIE HABERMAN


NY Times: Trump Aides, Seeking Leverage, Investigate Mueller’s Investigators By MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT, MAGGIE HABERMAN and MATT APUZZO

The Market On Friday

  Good morning. It is partly cloudy and 72 degrees here in the Upper Hudson Valley, the forecast predicts a partly cloudy day and temperatures in the high 80s this afternoon. Looks like the rain comes back on Sunday.

  At 9:20 a.m. ET DOW futures are -63 and the price of oil per barrel is down. The market is poised to open moderately lower.

  The clown show continues. Trump is working in overtime to discredit Mueller and to figure out how to pardon himself and his band of thugs just in case. Get him out of office ASAP.

CNN: Stock market momentum; Euro mania; Underwhelmed by eBay by Alanna Petroff

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Pardon Me


The Hill: Special counsel looking into possible money laundering by Manafort: report


Linkin Park

Gore 2020?

The Independent: Al Gore's new climate change film raises huge question: Will he run again in 2020? The former vice president hasn't ruled out running again by Clark Mindock


Axios: Why Trump lacks leverage on Sessions


People Magazine: Inside Trump Family’s Turmoil Amid Russia Scandal: Don Jr. Is ‘Miserable’ and Wants ‘These Four Years to Be Over’ By Sandra Sobieraj Westfall and Tierney McAfee
A friend of the Trump brothers tells PEOPLE they hate their role as First Sons: “Eric and Don, they never wanted this.”

Crossing The Red Line

Bloomberg: Mueller Expands Probe to Trump Business Transactions By Greg Farrell and Christian Berthelsen

The Onion - Historians Find Evidence Of Nation’s Founding Lobbyists’ Campaign To Influence Constitution

The Onion: Historians Find Evidence Of Nation’s Founding Lobbyists’ Campaign To Influence Constitution

Folding Robots

Science Daily: Folding robots: No battery, no wire, no problem - Wireless magnetic fields and actuator 'muscles' allow folding robots to move without batteries
summary - Folding robots based on origami have emerged as an exciting new frontier of robotic design, but generally require onboard batteries or a wired connection to a power source, limiting their functionality. Scientist have now created battery-free folding robots that are capable of complex, repeatable movements powered and controlled through a wireless magnetic field.


NY Times: Manafort Was in Debt to Pro-Russia Interests, Cyprus Records Show By MIKE McINTIRE

Have An Excellent Thursday

work by Hope Gangloff

Lawrence O'Donnell - Who's Going To Tell Trump It's Over?

Rachel Maddow - Trump, Feeling Heat, Attacks Justice Department Independence

Mentally Unfit

The Palmer Report: Donald Trump brings up Adolf Hitler during interview for no reason, then declares “We’re having a good time!”


Guardian UK: Donald Trump Jr faces Russia grilling live on TV, but what will they ask? Senate judiciary committee will want to know what happened when the president’s son met Russian individuals with dirt to dish on Hillary Clinton

Clinton Fixation

Guardian UK: Trump supporters still fixate on Clinton as mood darkens - As Trump falters, supporters in a Pennsylvania county that swung Republican in 2016 blame the media for his woes and insist Hillary Clinton would be worse by Tom McCarthy in East Bangor, Pennsylvania

Kristof Offers Deep Sarcasm

NY Times: If Dr. Trump Were Your Surgeon Nicholas Kristof
“Fine!” replies Dr. Trump. “Go ahead and die. Your heart is failing. It’s a disaster. And it’s all their fault.”

Charles M. Blow's Latest

NY Times: Trump Is His Own Worst Enemy by Charles M. Blow
The country may well be saved from some of Trump’s most draconian impulses by some of Trump’s most pronounced flaws: his lack of seriousness, his aversion to tedium and his gnat-like attention span.

The Market On Thursday

  Good morning. It is mostly sunny and 77 degrees, the forecast predicts a mostly sunny day with temperatures in the high 80s this afternoon. It's going to be a hot one.

  At 9:15 a.m. the DOW is +4 and the price of oil per barrel is up. The market is poised to open flat.

  We have heard that John McCain is facing an aggressive brain cancer. I hope he gets through it.

CNN: The Trump stock market; ECB tightrope; Brexit talks by Ivana Kottasová


NY Times: Why Trump’s Base of Support May Be Smaller Than It Seems