Tuesday, April 30, 2019

100 Times

The Daily Beast: Bill Barr’s Not Your Average Trump Stooge. He’s 100 Times Worse. Will Democrats Do Anything About It? Bob Mueller found out the hard way that the attorney general isn’t the average Trump stooge. Time is running dangerously short, and Democrats still don't get it. by Rick Wilson

Impeach Trump, Impeach Barr

NY Times: Mueller Objected to Barr’s Description of Russia Investigation’s Findings

No Surprise Here

The Daily Beast: Mueller Wrote to Barr Expressing Concern About His Presentation of Investigation’s Conclusions: WaPo


Vox: Every Burger King in the country will have meatless Whoppers by the end of the year - The alternative meat movement is having a watershed moment. By Sigal Samuel


  Read this article.

The Atlantic: Conservatives Have a Different Definition of ‘Fair’ - And liberals ignore it at their peril. by Dan Meegan

NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

Red Baraat


The Daily Beast: True Fiction and Fake Facts: How Putin Played Trump’s Moronic Gang of Lowlifes - Robert Mueller, a rock-ribbed G-man out of a 1950s comic book, has shown us just how prosaic these weapons of mass psychology really are, and what suckers we all were. by Michael Weiss


Salon: Writer Jonathan Metzl on the moment neo-Nazis invaded his discussion of "whiteness" - Writer whose event was invaded by racists: It's time for conservatives to decide what side of history they're on by Chauncey DeVega
Jonathan Metzl is a professor of psychiatry and sociology at Vanderbilt University and the author of the new book "Dying of Whiteness: How the Politics of Racial Resentment Is Killing America’s Heartland."

Last Saturday, his presentation for the 2019 National Antiracist Book Festival at the Politics and Prose bookstore in Washington was disrupted by a group of about 10 white nationalists.


Salon: Bill Barr could well be the most odious of Donald Trump's henchmen - Barr was presented as a measured, reasonable "institutionalist." Fugeddaboutit: He's Trump's "Roy Cohn" after all by Heather Digby Parton

The Onion - ‘Game Of Thrones’ Actors Reveal Reading Script For Zombie Battle And Realizing They Wasted Careers

The Onion: ‘Game Of Thrones’ Actors Reveal Reading Script For Zombie Battle And Realizing They Wasted Careers

Joe's Out Front

CNN: CNN Poll: Biden solidifies front-runner status with post-announcement bump By Jennifer Agiesta
...39% of voters who are Democrats or Democratic-leaning independents saying he (Biden) is their top choice for the nomination, up from 28% who said the same in March.

...nearest competitor, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont -- who holds 15% support in the poll -- and roughly 30 points ahead of the next strongest candidate, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren (8%).

Have An Excellent Tuesday

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Brian Williams - Trump Is Suing Banks To Keep Them From Complying With House Subpoenas

Rachel Maddow - Democratic Primary Hits Full Stride, More Sign Indivisible Pledge

Stephen Colbert - Joe Biden Is Making Donald Trump Nervous


The Palmer Report: Everything hits the fan by Bill Palmer

Joe Comes Out Swinging

NY Times: 'Battle for America's soul': Biden comes out swinging at first 2020 event - The former vice-president has become a frontrunner in the primary race, raising $6.3m in the first 24 hours of his campaign

No Benefit From Trump's Tax Cuts

Guardian UK: Workers barely benefited from Trump’s sweeping tax cut, investigation shows - Big companies drove the 2017 Tax and Jobs Act, but did not commit to any specific wage hikes, the Center for Public Integrity found

Unconscionable Liar

NY Times: Trump’s Anti-Abortion Incitement - The president’s lies about infanticide could inspire violence. By Michelle Goldberg
As his raucous crowd booed and screamed, Trump described a hideous scenario that he insists Democrats approve of. “The baby is born,” said Trump. “The mother meets with the doctor, they take care of the baby, they wrap the baby beautifully” — at this, he seemed to mime rocking an infant — “and then the doctor and the mother determine whether or not they will execute the baby.” He made a chopping motion with his hand.

What Are You Hiding Trump

NY Times: Trump Sues Deutsche Bank and Capital One to Block Compliance With Subpoenas By Maggie Haberman, William K. Rashbaum and David Enrich
President Trump, his three eldest children and his private company filed a federal lawsuit on Monday against Deutsche Bank and Capital One, in a bid to prevent the banks from responding to congressional subpoenas.

The Market On Tuesday

  Good morning. At 9:00 a.m. ET DOW futures are +49 and the price of oil per barrel is up. The market is poised to open moderately higher.

CNN: GE burns through $1.2 billion but Wall Street is happy it wasn't worse By Matt Egan

Monday, April 29, 2019


Ars Technica: Some good news for far-future sea level rise - New model finds processes that could help slow loss at some glaciers. by Scott K. Johnson


The Atlantic: Five Things I Learned From the Mueller Report - A careful reading of the dense document delivers some urgent insights. by Benjamin Wittes Editor in chief of Lawfare and a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution
The president committed crimes.

'Step Inside This House'

Lyle Lovett


The Daily Beast: Poway Synagogue Shooting Suspect’s Parents Call Him ‘Evil’ - John Earnest allegedly murdered a woman during Passover services after posting anti-Semitic screed online. by Tarpley Hitt

G.O.T. Season 8, Episode 3

  If you're a Game Of Thrones fan like me, you know that last night delivered a stress inducing, coma inducing episode.

NPR: 'Game Of Thrones' Season 8, Episode 3: 'At Least We're Already In A Crypt' by Glen Weldon


Salon: Another synagogue shooting: Of course Trump won't crack down on white supremacist terror - A right-wing terrorist attacks another house of worship, even as Donald Trump doubles down on "very fine people" by Chauncey DeVega

The Onion - Panic Rapidly Setting In As Man Realizes He Has No Plan For Ripe Avocado

The Onion: Panic Rapidly Setting In As Man Realizes He Has No Plan For Ripe Avocado

Thw Soil

Guardian UK: 'It's a groundswell': the farmers fighting to save the Earth's soil - Farmers across the world are ditching their ploughs to protect ecosystems – and it’s working

Have An Excellent Monday

work by Jim Sande - my latest - 2 feet by 2 feet, it's all hand painted including the background patterns.

Lawrence O'Donnell - Democrats Threaten To Jail Trump Officials Who Defy Congressional Subpoenas

MSNBC - Reports Show NRA In Crisis

'Gotta Give Me Some'

Tuba Skinny - I'm really big on this band, they're from New Orleans.


The Palmer Report: William Barr’s desperate end-around play by Bill Palmer

Congress Must Fight Back

Guardian UK: In fighting all oversight, Trump has made his most dictatorial move by Robert Reich - The president is treating Congress with contempt. This cannot stand – and Congress must fight back

Poor Record

Guardian UK: Trump’s record on white nationalism under new scrutiny after synagogue shooting - Kellyanne Conway, the president’s counselor, sought to defend Trump’s record during CNN interview: ‘He does think it’s a threat’

Biden, Democrats, And The Election

NY Times: The Fickle Over the Faithful - Loyal supporters of the Democratic Party deserve answers. By Charles M. Blow
According to a Morning Consulting/Politico poll released last week, Biden is not only leading the rest of the Democratic field, but he also has an edge over Trump at this point. The poll found: “Biden leading the president by eight percentage points in a hypothetical matchup, 42 percent to 34 percent. Biden has a significant edge over Trump among women (17 points), millennials (22 points) and independents (10 points).”


NY Times: Barr Threatens Not to Testify Before House, but Democrats May Subpoena Him By Sheryl Gay Stolberg
The powerful chairman of the House Judiciary Committee threatened on Sunday to subpoena Attorney General William P. Barr if Mr. Barr refuses to testify this week, a move that could lead to a major escalation of the long-running feud between the White House and congressional Democrats over testimony and access to documents.

The Market On Monday

  Good morning. At 9:05 a.m. ET DOW futures are +8 and the price of oil per barrel is down. The market is poised to open in the flat area.

CNN: Anadarko enters merger talks with Occidental, putting Chevron deal in jeopardy by Matt Egan,

Klepper - Hillary Clinton Reads the Mueller Report

Pretty Classy

Boston Dynamics' Marc Raibert Shows Off A Close-To-Production Spot Mini.

Friday, April 26, 2019


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

work by Yuko Shimizu


NY Times: Donald Trump Shows a New Level of Contempt for Congress - Many presidents have resisted congressional demands for testimony and documents. But not quite like Mr. Trump. By The Editorial Board
Presidents clash with Congress, at times fiercely. The founders wanted it that way. But in declaring war on congressional oversight, Mr. Trump is not looking to maintain a balance of powers. He is looking to blow up the scales.


Center For Disease Control And Protection: Measles Cases and Outbreaks


New York Review Of Books: Mueller Prosecutors: Trump Did Obstruct Justice by Murray Waas

'Blue Monday'

Orkestra Obsolete

Notre Dame

BBC News: Notre-Dame fire: Has too much money been given to rebuild it? By Alice Cuddy and Bruno Boelpaep

Aquatic Weed Harvester - Watch This

  A machine that cleans trash out of waterways.

  The Aquatic Weed Harvester can gather weeds and excessive amounts of trash in waterways of all sizes.


Salon: Could Don McGahn lead a Trump exodus? Republican lawyers may be ready to jump off sinking ship - In stonewalling Congress and accusing McGahn of lying, Trump may have doomed himself with legal conservatives by Heather Digby Parton

The Onion - Sanders Supporters Viciously Attack Bernie Sanders After He Criticizes Mistakes Of 2016 Sanders Campaign

The Onion: Sanders Supporters Viciously Attack Bernie Sanders After He Criticizes Mistakes Of 2016 Sanders Campaign


Get Pocket: When It’s Good to Be Antisocial - Sometimes everybody wins when you go it alone. by Silvia Golumbeanu


Think Progress: Trump administration is ignoring a massive problem at U.S. nuclear plants - “54 of the [60] nuclear plants operating in the U.S. weren’t designed to handle the flood risk they face.” by Joe Romm

Have An Excellent Friday

work by Jeff Hein

MSNBC - Donald Trump’s Guardrails - ‘Most Of Them Are Now Gone’

Rachel Maddow - President Donald Trump's Scramble To Block Congressional Investigations


The Palmer Report: Welcome to uncharted territory by Bill Palmer

Bernie Booed

Guardian UK: Bernie Sanders booed as Democratic hopefuls try to woo women of color - Seven leading Democratic 2020 contenders spoke at the inaugural She the People event focusing on female voters of color

Of Course

Guardian UK: Donald Trump to address NRA with gun lobby in disarray - Bastion of president’s base riven by financial woes and rows over its political campaigning


NY Times: The Danger in Not Impeaching Trump - It may be risky politically, but Congress has a responsibility to act. By Elizabeth Drew - Ms. Drew is a journalist based in Washington who covered Watergate.

Krugman's Latest

NY Times: Armpits, White Ghettos and Contempt - Who really despises the American heartland? By Paul Krugman
“If you live in the Midwest, where else do you want to live besides Chicago? You don’t want to live in Cincinnati or Cleveland or, you know, these armpits of America.” So declared Stephen Moore, the man Donald Trump wants to install on the Federal Reserve’s Board of Governors, during a 2014 event held at a think tank called, yes, the Heartland Institute.

The Market On Friday

  Good morning. At 9:05 a.m. ET DOW futures are -9 and the price of oil per barrel is down. The market is poised to open slightly lower.

CNN: US economic update; Amazon delivers; Uber IPO details By Charles Riley

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Read This!

Read this. Please read this.

NY Review Of Books: An Indictment in All But Name by David Cole - Report on the Investigation into Russian Interference in the 2016 Presidential Election by Robert S. Mueller III


The Atlantic: A Tremor on Mars Confirms a Lasting Suspicion - Scientists have been searching for marsquakes since some of the earliest missions to the Red Planet. by Marina Koren


Think Progress: Here’s the Kremlin’s playbook for disrupting the 2020 election From targeting voter rolls to deepfake videos. by Casey Michel

FOX! Whoa! On The Side Of Democracy!

FOX News: Judge Andrew Napolitano: Did President Trump obstruct justice? By Judge Andrew P. Napolitano
The president's job is to enforce federal law. If he had ordered its violation to save innocent life or preserve human freedom, he would have a moral defense. But ordering obstruction to save himself from the consequences of his own behavior is unlawful, defenseless and condemnable.


Salon: Fox News' Judge Napolitano skewers Trump: His obstruction's "unlawful, defenseless and condemnable" - Fox News senior judicial analyst Andrew Napolitano condemns Trump's obstruction of justice in new editorial by Matthew Rozsa

The Onion - Biden Pulls Off Dusty Tarp Covering Old Campaign Motorcycle

The Onion: Biden Pulls Off Dusty Tarp Covering Old Campaign Motorcycle

Anti And Pro

Bloomberg: Germ-Killing Brands Now Want to Sell You Germs - The world’s best-known antibacterial labels are pouring millions into probacterial health and beauty startups.


The Daily Beast: Everybody Is Wrong. Trump Impeachment Hearings Will Help Democrats. Those who've read the Mueller report get that it shows Trump obstructing justice. But only a handful of Americans have read it. Live hearings, though, would be must-see TV. by Cheri Jacobus

Have An Excellent Thursday

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Rachel Maddow - Former Nixon Attorney - Donald Trump's Criticism Of Don McGahn 'Risky'

Ari Melber - Dems Hit Trump For 'Massive, Unprecedented' Criminal Obstruction

Jail Them

The Palmer Report: House Democrats are seeking to put Donald Trump’s obstructors in jail after all by Bill Palmer


Guardian UK: Oil prices expected to spike in summer as US toughens stance on Iran sanctions - News of US ending exemptions to Iran’s oil sanctions triggered surge in oil prices, as Americans prepare for summer road trips


Guardian UK: ‘Death by a thousand cuts’: vast expanse of rainforest lost in 2018
Millions of hectares of pristine tropical rainforest were destroyed in 2018, according to satellite analysis, with beef, chocolate and palm oil among the main causes.

Join The Crowd

NY Times: Biden Joins the Really Big Crowd - He’s nice, he’s experienced and he’s younger than Ringo. By Gail Collins
Joe Biden’s leap into the race will make, by The Times’s count, 20 people officially in the running, with more still milling around the sidelines, sniffing the air.

Joe's In

NY Times: Joe Biden Announces 2020 Run for President By Alexander Burns
Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. announced Thursday that he would seek the Democratic nomination to challenge President Trump in 2020, marshaling his experience and global stature in a bid to lead a party increasingly defined by a younger generation that might be skeptical of his age and ideological moderation.

The Market On Thursday

  Good morning. At 9:10 a.m. ET DOW futures are -96 and the price of oil per barrel is up. The market is poised to open significantly lower.

CNN: Amazon earnings; Tesla's ugly quarter; Facebook fine By Charles Riley

Wednesday, April 24, 2019


Vice News: Saudi Arabia beheaded a pro-democracy protester set to attend college in U.S. - Saudi Arabia beheaded a pro-democracy protester set to attend college in U.S. By Emma Ockerman

No Presidential Responsibility

The Atlantic: Trump Refuses to Defend the United States - The president won’t take action to protect elections from foreign meddling, because he finds it politically and personally unpalatable. by David A. Graham


Get Pocket: How to Be Productive, According to Ancient Philosophy - What Socrates, Plato, and Confucius understood about time. From Darius Foroux


Salon: House Democrats play hardball: Will personal fines scare Trump aides who deny or ignore subpoenas? Trump's administration has laughed off oversight, often ignoring congressional requests for documents and witnesses by Shira Tarlo

The Onion - Pete Buttigieg Stuns Campaign Crowd By Speaking To Manufacturing Robots In Fluent Binary

The Onion: Pete Buttigieg Stuns Campaign Crowd By Speaking To Manufacturing Robots In Fluent Binary


Get Pocket: The Definitive Superfood Ranking - It seems like everything in the grocery store is labeled "super." We dove into which foods are actually proven, by science, to be good for you and which ones are all hype.
1. Blueberries

“It almost sounds ridiculous to list the research-backed benefits you can get from blueberries,” Talbott says, pointing to their ability to lower your risk for heart disease, reduce joint and muscle pains, and curtail oxidative stress..."

Have An Excellent Wednesday

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Lawrence O'Donnell - President Donald Trump Trying To Obstruct Congressional Investigations

Ari Melber - Harvard Impeachment Expert - Trump Impeachable For Mueller Report


The Cranberries


The Palmer Report: The real reason Donald Trump is trying to get himself impeached by Bill Palmer


Guardian UK: Joe Biden to announce presidential bid on Thursday – as it happened

More Obstruction From Trump

Guardian UK: Trump says aides need not testify to Congress amid growing power struggle - President’s remarks to Washington Post come as White House battles subpoenas and treasury misses deadline to provide tax returns


NY Times: Is Obstruction an Impeachable Offense? History Says Yes By Adam Liptak
The articles of impeachment in both cases (Nixon and Clinton)identified one sort of presidential conduct that the Constitution cannot tolerate: the corrupt use of power to frustrate lawful investigations.


NY Times: Democrats Ask and Trump Says No, Signaling a Bitter Fight Ahead By Peter Baker, Annie Karni and Alan Rappeport
President Trump’s administration foreshadowed weeks, if not months, of trench warfare with Congress on Tuesday as it defied demands for documents and testimony on multiple fronts in an effort to thwart expanding investigations mounted by House Democrats.

The Market On Thursday

  Good morning. At 9:10 a.m. ET DOW futures are +20 and the price of oil per barrel is down. The market is poised to open modestly higher. Look at this report, Ford invests money in an electric pickup truck maker. I mean that's good but it could have been done many years ago.

CNN: Ford invests $500 million in electric pickup truck maker Rivian By Chris Isidore

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Seen Enough

The Atlantic: The Mueller Report Was My Tipping Point - I was a Trump transition staffer, and I’ve seen enough. It’s time for impeachment. J. W. Verret - Professor of law at George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School


The Atlantic: The Democrats Aren’t Really in Disarray Over What to Do About Mueller - Lawmakers are, for the most part, united behind three immediate goals. by Elaine Godfrey

David Cay Johnston - Trump's Taxes Hail Mary

The Daily Beast: Trump Prays His Judges Will Keep Tax Returns Secret - Desperate to hide his finances from the American people and with no legal ground to stand on as the truth closes in, the president throws up a legal Hail Mary. by David Cay Johnston

Probe Time

Salon: Pelosi refuses to commit to impeachment of Trump as some Democrats push to open proceedings - The speaker says her party's near-term strategy is to focus on investigating Trump – and see where the probes lead by Shira Tarlo

The Onion - Unclear If Store Called ‘Casa Spazio’ Sells Leather Sofas Or Pizzas

The Onion: Unclear If Store Called ‘Casa Spazio’ Sells Leather Sofas Or Pizzas

Facial Recognition

The Verge: US facial recognition will cover 97 percent of departing airline passengers within four years - Biometric Exit is already used at 15 US airports By Jon Porter

Bill Maher - Mayor Pete Buttigieg

  This is from March 29th. Buttigieg is impressive as all hell and then some.

Have An Excellent Tuesday

work by Shoko Uemura (Japanese, 1902 - 2000)

Ari Melber - Democrats Subpoena Robert Mueller’s Star Witness Don McGahn

PBS - Shields And Brooks On The Mueller Report

Rachel Maddow - Congressional Democrats Issue New Subpoena As President Donald Trump Sues

Something's Up

The Palmer Report: Something is terribly, terribly wrong – and Donald Trump knows it by Bill Palmer


NY Times: The Surprising Place Mueller Found Resistance to Trump - The strongest pushback against the president came from his own branch of government. By Daniel Hemel and Eric Posner - Mr. Hemel and Mr. Posner are professors at the University of Chicago Law School.
Can the president evade these limitations by filling key posts with cronies? Not really. Filling posts with individuals whose only qualification is their loyalty produces less pushback but more bumbling. So far, Mr. Trump has oscillated between reliance on competent aides who have resisted his instructions and on yes men who have fumbled his orders.

Impeach Him

NY Times: The President in Plain Sight Is Bad Enough - Now what should the Democrats do about it? By Gail Collins and Bret Stephens
Gail Collins: Bret, I am actually taking a conservative approach, which is that we can wait to reject this appalling worst-president-ever in the next election.

Impeachment would drive the whole country even further apart. The Republicans in the Senate would never go for it anyway. And by the time we staggered to the inevitable stalemate, it’d be well into 2020 anyway. Let’s just vote the sucker out.


Guardian UK: Don McGahn, ex-White House counsel, subpoenaed over Mueller report - House judiciary committee chair demands McGahn testify before Congress as Democrats escalate investigation of Trump

Kamala Wants Blood

  Good for her! Impeach the S.O.B.

Guardian UK: Kamala Harris joins impeachment calls as Democrats remain divided – live - Democrats are split on impeaching Trump. Elizabeth Warren backs it but Bernie Sanders has warned the procedure could backfire

The Market On Tuesday

  Good morning. At 9:00 a.m. ET DOW futures are +41 and the price of oil per barrel is up. The market is poised to open moderately higher. Notice that the price of oil has just passed the $65 per barrel range. Oil generally remains in a $5 range meaning that $65 to $70 is the likely but not absolutely definite range that it may float in next. It may also very well drop below $65. Long story short, gas prices are rising.

CNN: Oil and sanctions; Tesla's robo-taxis; IPO brew By Charles Riley

Monday, April 22, 2019


USA Today: Mueller report: Donald Trump failed us as commander in chief by Tom Nichols - a national security professor at the Naval War College

Sounds Good To Me

NY Times: There’s a Bigger Prize Than Impeachment - Keeping Trump in office will destroy the Republican Party. By Joe Lockhart - Mr. Lockhart served as White House press secretary from 1998 to 2000.
Trumpism equals Republicanism as long as Donald Trump is at the top of the ticket. And a real shift to progressivism in America will be delivered by a devastating rebuke of the president and his party, a rebuke that will return control of the Senate and state houses across the nation. Politics is always a gamble — and this is the best bet we’ve had in a long time.

'Wandering Boy'

Randy Newman

The Atlantic - 'This River Is Legally A Person'


The Daily Beast: Yes, We Absolutely Have to Think About the Political Implications of Impeaching Trump - Impeachment will fail in the Senate, and it’s really hard to see how losing—and that’s what a Trump acquittal would be: a Democratic loss—gets converted into winning. by Michael Tomasky

Dems Must Act

Salon: If Democrats won't act against Trump, the destruction of our democracy is on them - Ever since Watergate, Democrats have been accomplices in the degradation of democracy. That has to stop now by Heather Digby Parton

The Onion - Computer Scientists Say AI’s Underdeveloped Ethics Have Yet To Move Beyond Libertarian Phase

The Onion: Computer Scientists Say AI’s Underdeveloped Ethics Have Yet To Move Beyond Libertarian Phase


Scientific American: Hurricane Aftermath Leaves Florida with Years of Major Wildfire Threat - Tinderboxes of storm-felled trees are a growing concern in the Southeast as climate change also increases fire risks

The Lawless President

Reuters: Trump sues to block subpoena for financial information

Have An Excellent Monday

work by R. Kenton Nelson

MSNBC - Rep. Ted Lieu - If Trump Obstructed Justice, Impeachment Should Be On The Table

MSNBC - Mueller Report Reveals Trump Campaign Was Eager For Wikileaks Releases

Stephen Colbert - Neal Katyal - Mueller's Report Is 'The Beginning Of The End'

By The Numbers

The Palmer Report: The impeachment of Donald Trump by the numbers by Bill Palmer

Election Tampering

Guardian UK: America's new voting machines bring new fears of election tampering by Jordan Wilie
In 2020, many jurisdictions will offer voters a paper trail. But the systems involved are far from foolproof


Guardian UK: Sanders dares Democrats to stop him – but is he the man to beat Trump? by Lauren Gambino
Sanders was beaten in the primary but the senator and his allies clamored for and won changes to party rules they said were “rigged”. Now, the party’s role in choosing its nominee has been limited and a Sanders nomination is a very real possibility. At the top of early polls, the increasingly confident senator from Vermont is daring the “political establishment” to stop him.

Binational Communities On The Border

NY Times: The Tricky Realities of Trump and the Border - The Trump administration’s hard-line immigration policies, and rhetoric, are straining the daily cross-border existence of those in Cali-Baja. By Jean Guerrero, Ms. Guerrero is an investigative reporter for KPBS and NPR News.
What’s often missing from our national immigration narrative is the centrality of complex binational communities like Cali-Baja, home to the country’s busiest port of entry and the San Diego-Tijuana metropolitan area. Every day here, about 145,000 people make the commute between the two sprawling cities and their outskirts.


NY Times: Impeach Donald Trump? Obstruction of justice is a crime. The decision is clear. By Charles M. Blow
The Mueller report has been released, with redactions of course, and it is a damning document. Not only does it detail Russian efforts to attack our election to help the Trump campaign and the Trump campaign’s eager acceptance of that help, it paints a picture of Donald Trump as an unethical man with no regard for the rule of law.

The Market On Monday

  Good morning. At 9:05 a.m. ET DOW futures are -100 and the price of oil per barrel is up. the market is poised to open significantly lower.

CNN: Huawei sales; Iran sanctions; Tesla trouble By Charles Riley

Super Plants

Guardian UK: This scientist thinks she has the key to curb climate change: super plants

We're All Going To Hell

Mirror UK: Foot fetish fans can buy silicone FEET with built-in vaginas to 'simulate foot sex' - Silicon Wives has launched silicone sex robot feet with built-in vaginas, which allow people to ‘simulate foot sex'

Friday, April 19, 2019


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

work by Yuko Shimizu


Vox: What Pete Buttigieg learned from Donald Trump - In a crowded field, it pays off to say “yes” to everything and get attention. By Matthew Yglesias


NPR: High-Deductible Health Policies Linked To Delayed Diagnosis And Treatment


  Trump is gravitating to his natural approval rating which is GW Bush territory - 25% to 30%. That's still far more than he deserves.

MSN: Trump approval drops 3 points to 2019 low after release of Mueller report: Reuters/Ipsos poll By Chris Kahn
According to the poll, 37 percent of adults in the United States approved of Trump’s performance in office, down from 40 percent in a similar poll conducted on April 15 and matching the lowest level of the year.



Salon: Roadmap for impeachment: Mueller's purpose is clear - Read without Bill Barr's epic spin, the Mueller report's meaning is clear. Will Democrats pick up the torch? by Heather Digby Parton

Joe's In

The Atlantic: Joe Biden Is Running for President - The former vice president has finally decided he’s in, and he’s announcing in less than a week. Now he just has to finish putting a campaign together. by Edward-Isaac Dovere

It's The Obstruction Stupid

The Daily Beast: Mueller Report Has a Hidden Message for Barr - Special counsel’s office went out of its way to say the attorney general is dead wrong about obstruction of justice. by David R. Lurie

Corrupt, Criminal, Despicable

Salon: Trump's pattern of crime exposed in Mueller report — but it's much bigger than that - Trump's criminal conduct goes well beyond Mueller's findings, and is beginning to corrupt public policy by Amanda Marcotte

The Onion - AOC Scam! Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Claims To Be Poor, But This Painting Clearly Shows Her Wearing An Expensive Pearl Earring

The Onion: AOC Scam! Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Claims To Be Poor, But This Painting Clearly Shows Her Wearing An Expensive Pearl Earring

Not A World For Women

Vox: Women suffer needless pain because almost everything is designed for men - Why women are 50 percent more likely to be misdiagnosed after a heart attack and 17 percent more likely to die in a car crash. By Sigal Samuel

Have An Excellent Friday

work by Gustave Van de Woestyne

Lawrence O'Donnell - Lawrence’s Analysis Of The Robert Mueller Report

Morning Joe - Representative Elijah Cummings - I Am Begging Americans To Pay Attention

NPR Tiny Desk Concert

Randy Newman

Stephen Colbert - Colbert Gets His Copy Of The Mueller Report

The Reason

The Palmer Report: The real reason House Democrats aren’t impeaching Donald Trump today by Bill Palmer

Criminal Presidency

Guardian UK: Mueller report unable to clear Trump of obstruction of justice - Special counsel says evidence obtained about the president threw up ‘difficult issues’

Sarah Sanders - Lying Disgrace

Guardian UK: Mueller report: press secretary Sarah Sanders admitted to lying to reporters - Sanders said her claim that countless members of the FBI opposed former director James Comey was ‘not founded on anything’
After Trump fired James Comey, the White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders repeatedly claimed in live press briefings that the rank and file of the FBI had lost confidence in the FBI director, and that “we’ve heard from countless members of the FBI” who did not support him.

Those statements had no basis in fact, Sanders later admitted in interviews with special counsel Robert Mueller’s office.

The Full Report Please

NY Times: House Democrats Subpoena Full Mueller Report, and the Underlying Evidence By Nicholas Fandos
The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee formally issued a subpoena on Friday demanding that the Justice Department hand over to Congress an unredacted version of Robert S. Mueller III’s report and all of the evidence underlying it by May 1.

Culture Of Dishonesty

NY Times: A Portrait of the White House and Its Culture of Dishonesty By Peter Baker and Maggie Haberman
Mr. Trump slumped in his chair. “Oh, my God,” he said. “This is terrible. This is the end of my presidency. I’m fucked.”

It has not been the end of his presidency, but it has come to consume it. Although the resulting two-year investigation ended without charges against Mr. Trump, Mr. Mueller’s report painted a damning portrait of a White House dominated by a president desperate to thwart the inquiry only to be restrained by aides equally desperate to thwart his orders.

The Market On Friday

  Good morning. At 9:15 a.m. ET DOW futures are +127 and the price of oil per barrel is up. The market is poised to open significantly higher.

CNN: The new Silicon Valley IPOs are flashy and slick. But will they deliver for investors over the long term? By Paul R. La Monica

Thursday, April 18, 2019


The Atlantic: 14 Must-Read Moments From the Mueller Report - A breakdown of the massive, 448-page document by Olivia Paschal and Madeleine Carlisle


Politico: Mueller whacks Trump with evidence of obstruction By JOSH GERSTEIN and DARREN SAMUELSOHN

A Pattern Of Deceit And Dysfunction

NY Times: Mr. Mueller’s Indictment - The special counsel’s report reveals a pattern of deceit and dysfunction. What comes next is up to Congress. By The Editorial Board
So much for “complete and total exoneration.”

To the contrary, it turns out that Robert Mueller and his team of prosecutors and investigators found “substantial evidence” that President Trump broke federal law on numerous occasions by attempting to shut down or interfere with the nearly-two-year Russia investigation.

New Details

The Daily Beast: Mueller Report Reveals Shocking New Details About Trump, Russia, Obstruction - As president, he tried to control the investigation and fire Mueller. As a candidate, he appeared to know what WikiLeaks planned, ordered Hillary’s emails to be found, and more. by Justin Miller and Betsy Woodruff


The Atlantic: The Mueller Report Is an Impeachment Referral - The special counsel has concluded he can neither charge nor clear the president. Only Congress can now resolve the allegations against him. by Yoni Appelbaum


A bus stops and two Italian men get on. They sit down and engage in an animated conversation.

The lady sitting next to them ignores them at first, but her attention is galvanized when she hears one of them say the following:

'Emma come first. Den I come. Den two asses come together. I come once-a-more! Two asses, they come together again. I come again and pee twice. Then I come one lasta time.'

The lady can't take this any more, 'You foul-mouthed sex obsessed pig' she retorted indignantly,'In this country. we don't speak aloud in public places about our sex lives'.

'Hey, coola down lady' said the man. 'Who talkin' abouta sex? I'm a justa tellin' my frienda how to spell 'Mississippi'

Live Analysis

NY Times: The Mueller Report: Live Analysis and Excerpts

It's Ugly

The Palmer Report: The Mueller report is out, and holy crap it’s ugly for Donald Trump by Bill Palmer

Barr Spin

Salon: Bill Barr's amazing spin machine: Trump's AG is barely even pretending - Attorney General Bill Barr is not actually Trump's defense attorney. But he sure played that role on TV! by Amanda Marcotte

The Onion - Barr Releases Catatonic Mueller After Removing All Sensitive Material From Special Counsel’s Brain

The Onion: Barr Releases Catatonic Mueller After Removing All Sensitive Material From Special Counsel’s Brain

Jaw Dropping

Raw Story: Here are 11 of the most jaw-dropping bombshells from the Mueller report by Travis Gettys

Global Warming Watch

Scientific American: It’s A Match: Satellite and Ground Measurements Agree on Warming - The consenus gives confidence to satellite estimates of temperature rise in remote areas with few weather stations By Chelsea Harvey

Have An Excellent Thursday

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Morning Joe - What Happens After The Report Is Released?

Morning Joe - Pete Buttigieg - Attorney Gen. William Barr Handling Of Release Is 'Disturbing'

Stephen Colbert - Julian Assange Is Not A Good Roommate

' Everybody Wants To Rule The World'

Weezer with Tear For Fears

The Barr Clown Show

The Palmer Report: William Barr’s clown show crashes and burns by Bill Palmer

Barr Is A Disgrace

Guardian UK: Justice department discussed Mueller's findings with White House, report says – as it happened - Democrats condemn Barr’s handling of report’s release following news it will not come until after press conference

Watch Out

Guardian UK: Mueller report release: five things to look out for - Barr has said the report has two parts: one on Russian tampering efforts and one on alleged obstruction of justice by Trump

The 'Invisible' Primary

NY Times: What’s Really Going On in the Democratic Primary? Bundlers and endorsers are out. Ears and eyeballs are in. By Jason Zengerle - Mr. Zengerle is a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine and a correspondent for GQ.
Recent Democratic primary battles were all about the invisible primary, the yearlong period before the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary — when presidential candidates hired key staff members, seduced major donors and lined up crucial endorsements.

The Cover Up Continues

NY Times: Mueller Report Will Soon Be Released: Live Updates - The redacted report by the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, covers his investigation into Russian election interference, any ties to the Trump campaign and possible presidential obstruction. By Peter Baker

The Market On Thursday

  Good morning. At 9:15 a.m. ET DOW futures are +52 and the price of oil per barrel is up. The market is poised to open moderately higher.

CNN: Pinterest IPO; Unilever's healthy boost; Qualcomm soars By Ivana Kottasová

Wednesday, April 17, 2019


The Daily Beast: The Mueller Report is the Tip of a Big, Slimy, Trump-Shaped Iceberg - Even after Bill Barr has performed his sycophantic redactions, we’ll have a report that will tell us a lot—but will still only scratch the surface. by Rick Wilson


Slate: William Barr Has Trashed His Own Justice Department to Try to Save Trump By Michael J. Stern

The 40% President

NY Times: A President of the People or a President of His People? By Peter Baker
The old-fashioned idea that a president, once reaching office, should at least pretend to be the leader of all the people these days seems so, well, old-fashioned. Mr. Trump does not bother with the pretense. He is speaking to his people, not the people. He has become, or so it often seems, the president of the United Base of America.

Trump News

The Daily Beast: Trump Tells Aides: ‘Keep an Eye’ on Fox News, Make Sure It Stays Loyal to Me - Even before publicly freaking out about Bernie Sanders’ town hall, the president has long kept tabs on whether the network was going wobbly on him. by Asawin Suebsaeng and Andrew Kirell


The Atlantic: Pete Buttigieg Is the New Cory Booker - A young politician with an elite education, mayoral experience, and an optimistic vision? That sounds familiar. by David A. Graham


Salon: More Democrats are in talks with Fox News as Bernie Sanders town hall posts huge ratings: reports - Nearly 2.6 million viewers watched Sanders field questions from Fox News anchors Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum by Matthew Rozsa

The Onion - Cinnabon Defends $800 Million Contract To Manufacture Pastries For Saudi Arabia

The Onion: Cinnabon Defends $800 Million Contract To Manufacture Pastries For Saudi Arabia

The Beginning

Newsweek: The Mueller Report Is Just the Beginning by Seth Abramson

Have An Excellent Wednesday

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Rachel Maddow - William Barr Record Of Deception For Bush Calls Credibility Into Question

Rachel Maddow - Congress Flouts Donald Trump's 'Red Line,' Subpoenas Financial Documents

Stephen Colbert - Trump's Bad Advice For The Notre Dame Cathedral


NPR: The End Of Empathy by Hanna Rosin
...a critical shift in American culture — one that a handful of researchers have been tracking, with some alarm, for the past decade or so. Americans these days seem to be losing their appetite for empathy, especially the walk-a-mile-in-someone's-shoes Easter Sunday morning kind.

'42 Chamberlain Rd, Padstow NSW 2211'

Guardian UK: Strictly living room: 'breathtakingly horrific' Sydney real estate ad goes viral - ‘It was supposed to be funny,’ says the agent behind the Padstow property listing, which was trending in Australia on Wednesday


Guardian UK: Dismay as Trump vetoes bill to end US support for war in Yemen - Politicians decry Trump’s decision to continue US involvement in it as a cynical move and missed opportunity for humanitarian help
Senator Bernie Sanders, who sponsored the bill in the Senate, said: “I am disappointed, but not surprised, that Trump has rejected the bipartisan resolution to end US involvement in the horrific war in Yemen. The people of Yemen desperately need humanitarian help, not more bombs.”


NY Times: It’s Not Just the Special Olympics We Need to Protect - Many more budget cuts planned by the Trump administration will harm people with disabilities who want to work. By Tom Ridge - Mr. Ridge is the chairman of the National Organization on Disability.

The Forest

NY Times: Notre-Dame Attic Was Known as ‘the Forest.’ And It Burned Like One. By Aurelien Breeden, Elian Peltier, Liz Alderman and Richard Pérez-Peña
Some of those elements, like firewalls or a sprinkler system, were absent by choice — so as not to alter the landmark’s design or to introduce electrical wiring deemed a greater risk amid the timbers that supported Notre-Dame’s ornate lead roof.

The Market On Wednesday

  Good morning. At 9:20 a.m. ET DOW futures are +49 and the price of oil per barrel is up. The market is poised to open moderately higher.

CNN: China GDP surprise; PepsiCo reports; EU strikes back By Ivana Kottasová

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

'Celtic Blues'

Rhiannon Giddens

Please Do

The Daily Beast: Here’s How the House Can Finally Nail Trump - ‘The scope of the power of inquiry,’ the Supreme Court wrote, ‘is as penetrating and far-reaching as the potential power to enact and appropriate under the Constitution.’ by Brad Miller

Columbine A Generation Later

The Atlantic: The Children of the Children of Columbine - Twenty years after the shooting at Columbine High School, some survivors—now parents themselves—are figuring out how to talk to their kids about lockdown drills


Salon: A majority of Fox News' town hall audience supports Bernie Sanders' "Medicare for All" proposal - "How many are willing to transition to what the senator says, a government-run system?" Bret Baier asked the crowd by Matthew Rozsa

The Onion - Child Promised He Can Go Right Back To Video Game After Giving Dying Grandfather One Last Hug

The Onion: Child Promised He Can Go Right Back To Video Game After Giving Dying Grandfather One Last Hug


Scientific American: Microplastics Are Blowing in the Wind - Atmospheric currents are transporting plastic pollution into remote, pristine areas, showing the global nature of the problem By Andrea Thompson

Have An Excellent Tuesday

David Hockney on Vincent van Gogh

Rachel Maddow - Pete Buttigieg On Coming Out As Gay - 'You Only Get To Be One Person'

Rachel Maddow - Pete Buttigieg Pushes National Service To Boost National Cohesion

Stephen Colbert - Trevor Noah Interviews Stephen Colbert

Closing In

The Palmer Report: House Democrats are closing in on Donald Trump in six different ways at once by Bill Palmer

Garret Graves

Guardian UK: The Republican breaking rank with his party on climate change - Garret Graves has seen the damage at home in Louisiana – but don’t expect him to embrace the Green New Deal

Now What

Guardian UK: Notre Dame fire: artworks to be sent to Louvre as donations pour in – live updates - Latest developments as Emmanuel Macron pledges to rebuild cathedral after catastrophic blaze

The Extremists

NY Times: Republicans Are the Real Extremists - Conspiracy theorists and enemies of democracy, oh my. By Paul Krugman

French Identity

NY Times: A France in Turmoil Weeps for a Symbol of Paris’s Enduring Identity - For centuries, Notre-Dame cathedral has enshrined an evolving notion of what it means to be French. As smoke and flames wafted into the sky on Monday, the symbolism was hard to miss.
Notre-Dame, where no one died, represents a different kind of catastrophe, no less traumatic but more to do with beauty and spirit and symbolism.

The Market On Tuesday

  Good morning. At 9:10 a.m. ET DOW futures are +159 and the price of oil per barrel is up. The market is poised to open significantly higher.

CNN: Bank of America earnings; Netflix pressure; Boeing in focus By Ivana Kottasová

Monday, April 15, 2019

Making Money

Verge: The first four things to do if you want to make money in music By Dani Deahl

Tiny Hope

Yahoo: Notre-Dame blaze: Main structure and towers of iconic cathedral saved after spire collapses by David Chazan

G.O.T. Review

  I'm a fan, and yes I watched the Sunday night episode.

The Atlantic: Game of Thrones Makes Time for Love Before War - Three Atlantic staffers discuss “Winterfell,” the first episode of Season 8. by Spencer Kornhaber, David Sims, and Lenika Cruz

Notre Dame

NY Times: Part of Notre-Dame Cathedral Spire Collapses in Fire
But the spectacle of flames leaping from the cathedral’s wooden roof — its spire glowing red then turning into a virtual cinder — stunned thousands of onlookers who gathered along the banks of the Seine and packed into the plaza of the nearby Hotel de Ville, gasping and covering their mouths in horror and wiping away tears.


Politico: On Tax Day, Trump tax cuts remain deeply unpopular - The president this week is embarking on a rescue mission to rebrand the 2018 law, partly to firm up his economic credentials ahead of the 2020 election. By BEN WHITE


  It is gone, burned to a crisp. What a tragedy.

Yahoo: Fire breaks out at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris


NBC News: United States added to list of most dangerous countries for journalists for first time - At least 63 professional journalists were killed doing their jobs in 2018, a 15 percent increase over last year, Reporters Without Borders said.

Ridiculous Sarah

  She must be referring to Jordan and Nunes.

CNN: Sarah Sanders: 'I don't think Congress' is 'smart enough' to look through Trump's taxes By Devan Cole


  It's going to be so redacted that it won't even make any sense. At that point the Dems have to fight tooth and nail to get the entire thing.

Salon: Justice Department will release special counsel Robert Mueller's report to the public this Thursday - It's the first step in what will be a lengthy battle with Democrats over how much of the report will be made public by Shira Tarlo

The Onion - Judge Sentences Lori Loughlin To 100 Hours Of Community Theater

The Onion: Judge Sentences Lori Loughlin To 100 Hours Of Community Theater

The Black Hole

VOX: How to make sense of the black hole image, according to 2 astrophysicists - Think on this: The light at the center of the black hole picture has been forever removed from the observable universe. By Brian Resnick


Yahoo: George Conway Reveals The Key Phrase To Watch For In Full Mueller Report

Have An Excellent Monday

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