Fake President says US gave $92 million in aid to Puerto Rico. A lie.

❝ President Trump criticized the leadership of Puerto Rico in a series of tweets Thursday, saying that Congress “foolishly gave 92 Billion Dollars for hurricane relief” to the island in the wake of Hurricane Maria in 2017. Mr. Trump’s tweets come as hundreds of thousands of Puerto Ricans have protested Gov. Ricardo Rosselló amid a corruption scandal in recent days…

In fact, Puerto Rico has received $11.2 billion in aid from FEMA and other agencies as of April. Mr. Trump’s figure is the number estimated by the Office of Management and Budget of how much the island could receive over the next two decades.

In Trump’s dimwitted ignorance, a number pointing at potential aid over the next 20 years has already been shipped to Puerto Rico. You have to wonder how he even finds the Oval Office without a caddy to point him in the right direction.

Charlottesville Nazi gets 2nd life sentence + 419 years to reflect on American racism


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❝ A man convicted of federal hate crime charges for deliberately slamming his car into a crowd of anti-racism protesters during a white nationalist rally in Virginia has been sentenced to life in prison on state charges.

James Alex Fields Jr, 22, was sentenced on Monday to life plus 419 years for killing one person and injuring dozens during the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville on 12 August 2017.

❝ Fields, of Maumee, Ohio, was sentenced last month to life in prison on 29 federal hate crime charges. The state sentence is mainly symbolic since he has already received a life sentence on federal charges…

Throw away the key! For a change, the courts actually came through on that suggestion.

Julie Brown needn’t be modest. She did a helluva job nailing Epstein!


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❝ Julie K. Brown, an investigative journalist for the Miami Herald, just reminded us why Trump’s attempts to intimidate and delegitimize the press are so dangerous. Brown broke the behind-the-scenes story of the disgraceful plea deal that Alexander Acosta, then the U.S. attorney in Miami, secretly negotiated with attorneys for sex-ring trafficker Jeffrey Epstein. Brown started a firestorm that re-opened the Epstein case and…forced Acosta to resign as secretary of Labor.

❝ Journalists were once defined by the chain-smoking, wisecracking, crime-beat reporters in the play “The Front Page,” and later by the clean-cut, dedicated types played by Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman in the movie “All The President’s Men” about Watergate. (Okay, in the movie Carl Bernstein smoked a lot, too).

Now the image of an investigative journalist is a woman in her late 50s who was raised by a single parent, left home at age 16 to earn enough money to attend college, and scrapped her way up the journalistic ladder at the Miami Herald.

❝ Brown had no subpoena power, commanded no FBI agents and had no ability to offer leniency in return for testimony. Yet, she did the job that Acosta and his prosecutorial team — who had all those tools at their disposal — should have done, but didn’t. Her articles reported that, as often as three times a day, Epstein sexually abused underage girls and even paid some of his victims — one was 14 and had braces at the time — to recruit other victims.

Brown turned over a giant rock with some very slimy things underneath, and not just Epstein.

The tradition of Woodward and Bernstein is still alive and well in the best newspapers in this land.

Trump’s Industrial Ignorance + 19th Century GOP Fear of “Regulations” = Screwing up new car sales


California wants clean air – Trump wants to burn more oil & gasMelissa Lyttle

❝ The world’s largest automakers warned President Trump…that one of his most sweeping deregulatory efforts — his plan to weaken tailpipe pollution standards — threatens to cut their profits and produce “untenable” instability in a crucial manufacturing sector…

❝ The carmakers are addressing a crisis that is partly of their own making. They had sought some changes to the pollution standards early in the Trump presidency, but have since grown alarmed at the expanding scope of the administration’s plan…

❝ …Trump’s new rule…would all but eliminate the Obama-era auto pollution regulations, essentially freezing mileage standards at about 37 miles per gallon for cars, down from a target of 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025. The policy makes it a near certainty that California and 13 other states will sue the administration while continuing to enforce their own, stricter rules — in effect, splitting the United States auto market in two.

For automakers, a bifurcated market is their nightmare scenario. In the letter to Mr. Trump, they warned of “an extended period of litigation and instability” should his plans be implemented.

The ignoranus in the White House has little or no understanding of governance for the good of the whole nation. Falling over himself to kiss corporate butt, he only succeeds in screwing up regulation in a complex industry. Production side as well as marketing and distribution. You can’t run the auto industry like a real estate office. And he didn’t do that well, either. Amassing a fortune through bailouts and bribes ain’t skill.

Fake President caves on census — stamps his little foot and marches on with predictable executive orders


Tweedledee and Tweedledumb bookend their masterNicholas 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…