Thu, 21 December 2017
David Waldman and Greg Dworkin can say Happy Winter Solstice if they feel like it, and they do:
It’s probably for the best that today is the shortest of the year. Today is Republican talking points day, the start of getting the public to feel like they benefited from their scam, whether they did or not—and if you seem unhappy, that’s fake news. Of course some, maybe dozens, do love the bill. Those that do, love Trump. Mike Pence loves Donald more than a thousand Russian hookers, and yet somehow not quite enough. Some people still aren’t pleased, like the 2 million kids losing CHIP coverage, even after a bone is thrown their way. The Tea Party avoids divisive social issues? And, while everyone focuses on everything, some more bad happens elsewhere.
All of this has given Democrats all the enthusiasms and whatnot. 2018 will not be a regular mid-term election for sure. In Virginia, Shelly Simonds received thousands more votes, after gerrymandering that was one vote, and then Republicans pulled it back to a tie. Bring out the canisters!
The Trump/Russia investigations continue (maybe). There’s proof that Russian trolls went on the attack during key election moments in 2016. The White House knew Michael Flynn violated the law back in January.
A key NSA surveillance program’s reauthorization hits a roadblock in Congress.
A Tennessee couple gives birth to a 24 year old girl.