Tweedledee and Tweedledumb bookend their master — Nicholas Kamm/AFP
❝ …Trump retreated from his quest to add a question about US citizenship to the 2020 census on Thursday, declaring instead he would ask government agencies to provide records that could determine a head-count of citizens without polling census-takers directly.
The turnaround comes after Trump repeatedly said he would continue fighting to insert the question despite a Supreme Court ruling that dealt a blow to the effort last month. It reflects legal reality intersecting with Trump’s desire to bolster his image as an immigration hard-liner as he moves ahead with his 2020 reelection bid…
❝ In announcing the decision, Trump insisted he would be unrelenting in seeking out citizenship information from alternate sources. He said agencies would be required to provide the Commerce Department with documents and records of citizens and non-citizens, which he said would help provide an accurate picture of US citizenship…“We will leave no stone unturned,” Trump said.
Then, he crawled back under the rock where he sleeps most of the time…
Gives you an idea why some – but not many/enough – Republicans are leaving a sinking ship, capsizing even further to the Right on the way down. Still takes courage to leave a comfortable home even if it’s become a whorehouse.
Thanks, Barry Ritholtz
Wilbur Ross gets to be the front man for this lie — Elizabeth Brockway
❝ The Trump administration, in a dramatic about-face, abandoned its quest on Tuesday to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census, a week after being blocked by the Supreme Court…Faced with mounting deadlines and a protracted legal fight, officials ordered the Census Bureau to start printing forms for next year’s head count without the question.
❝ The decision was a victory for critics who said the question was part of an administration effort to skew the census results in favor of Republicans. It was also a remarkable retreat for an administration that typically digs into such fights.
RTFA for all the nice guy analysis and chronology. Two things you should know:
1. There is no need for any NEW inquiry from the census bureau about citizenship. That question is covered in a number of questionnaires and bureau research. As a matter of course, they’ve been asking that question for decades. For the reasons decided in court after court – it simply has no part in the decadal census.
2. Chief Justice John Roberts in all the politesse required of public servants made it clear that Trump and his lackeys can tell all the lies they wish to the American public, including voters, as a Constitutional right. They do not have the right to lie to a Federal Court. And they were caught lying about their reasons for including this question. Scumbags do not get a do-over on their testimony.
UPDATE: The Liar-in-Chief is now contradicting his flunkies in the cabinet. He’s tweeting out silly-storms demonstrating once again his inability to stick to a decision. What a neurotic dork he is!
❝ On Thursday, Americans remembered those killed on D-Day, 75 years back. It was a day of enormous heroism that was critical in turning back Nazi Germany’s attempt to conquer Europe. Thousands of Americans, Canadians, Australians and soldiers from other countries were part of the largest amphibious invasion force in history.
❝ Some 2,501 Americans gave their lives that day, according to historic estimates. Another 1,913 soldiers from other Allied countries also died, bringing the total death toll from the immediate invasion to 4,414.
It took until late April before the number of people killed by guns in the United States in 2019 topped that number, according to data collected by the Gun Violence Archive…
Thanks, Barry Ritholtz
Not so incidentally, gocomics is one of the places you can catch Wiley’s latest cartoon strip if your candyass local newspaper knelt before self-righteous censors and stopped carrying it.
Yes, the Santa Fe NEW MEXICAN being one of those.
Capitol Rotunda empty as Trump’s heart — AP/Manuel Balce Ceneta
❝ The partial shutdown of the U.S. government, which is affecting more than 800,000 federal workers and numerous government agencies, also has consequences for the Violence Against Women Act, which expired at midnight on Friday…
❝ VAWA funds and administers numerous programs assisting survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Its expiration does not prevent all of these programs from being administered — according to The Washington Post, grants already awarded under the law will not be affected. But future payment requests from programs that receive VAWA funding will be delayed until the law is reauthorized.
…A bill introduced by Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, in July would have extended and expanded VAWA, introducing additional measures that prohibit the sale of firearms to people subject to protection orders and to persons convicted of stalking…so, of course, Republicans couldn’t vote YES without offending the NRA.