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Jeezus, It’s Always About You, Isn’t It?

Trump commenting on the death of journalist Cokie Roberts, who died today from breast cancer complications:

“I never met her,” Trump told reporters traveling with him on Air Force One. “She never treated me nicely. But I would like to wish her family well. She was a professional, and I respect professionals. I respect you guys a lot, you people a lot. She was a real professional. Never treated me well, but I certainly respect her as a professional.”

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Mango Juuls Don’t Kill People, People Smoking Mango Juuls Kill People.

From Esquire, by Jack Holmes:

“It’s here where we must stop and point out that the president just referred to his own son as, “she’s got a son—together.” Fatherhood! There’s also the stream-of-consciousness diatribe about The Trade Wars With Everyone, which somehow proves Trump loves American companies, even these specific American companies, even if he is going to ban their most lucrative products. But Trump makes it abundantly clear here that Melania got him onto this. Is she just reading news reports? Did they catch one of Barron’s friends Juuling in the Lincoln Bedroom? Whatever the reason, the Executive Branch is now against vaping. The government has identified a dangerous device and sought to remove it from the market.

And it’s here where we’ll insert the obligatory note that other devices which are far more definitively linked to death and injury are not up for any kind of ban. After all, the kids are in danger when they go to school and their peers offer them a Juul hit in the bathroom, but they’re also in danger when their peers show up with semiautomatic rifles and shoot them. Yet while e-cigarettes constitute something people choose to put in their own body—that is, not an express violation of other citizens’ rights—they’re up for a ban. Insanely powerful weapons of war, which are regularly used to infringe on the rights of other citizens, must be freely available to all in perpetuity.”

Mango Juuls don’t kill people, people smoking Mango Juuls kill people. Which is why we’re banning Mango Juuls.

 

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You Can Serve Our Country Overseas (Unlike Me), But Don’t Let Your Kid Be Born There, Says Trump

The Trump administration said Wednesday that children born to U.S. military members and government employees working overseas will no longer automatically be considered United States citizens.

The new policy guidance states that USCIS “no longer considers children of U.S. government employees and U.S. armed forces members residing outside the United States as ‘residing in the United States’ for purposes of acquiring citizenship under INA 320.”

The guidance states that “U.S. citizen parents who are residing outside the United States with children who are not U.S. citizens should apply for U.S. citizenship on behalf of their children under INA 322, and must complete the process before the child’s 18th birthday.”

Wow. Just…wow. I guess that’s one way of cutting down on immigration. If this was the case when the late John McCain was born in the Panama Canal Zone to parents stationed there in the military, he wouldn’t be considered a natural born American citizen and couldn’t have run for the office of president. Huh…

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Speak For Yourself, Steve

From CNN:

Republican Rep. Steve King of Iowa questioned on Wednesday whether there would be any population left on Earth if not for rape and incest.

“What if we went back through all the family trees and just pulled those people out that were products of rape and incest? Would there be any population of the world left if we did that?” he said in Urbandale, Iowa, according to video posted online by the Des Moines Register, which was first to report on the remarks Wednesday.

“Considering all the wars and all the rape and pillage that has taken place … I know I can’t certify that I was not a part of a product of that,” King said. “I’d like to think that every one of the lives of us are as precious as any other life,” he added.

 

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Give Me Your Tired, Your Wealthy, Your Slovenian In-Law Chain Migrators

From CNN:

The acting director of US Citizenship and Immigration Services in a new interview revised the iconic poem on the Statue of Liberty’s pedestal to suggest that only immigrants who can “stand on their own two feet” are welcome in the United States.

Ken Cuccinelli tweaked the famous poem from Emma Lazarus — whose words, “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free” are long associated with immigration to the US and the nation’s history as a haven — as part of a case for strict new measures pushed Monday by the Trump administration that could dramatically change the legal immigration system.
“Would you also agree that Emma Lazarus’s words etched on the Statue of Liberty, ‘Give me your tired, give me your poor,’ are also a part of the American ethos?” NPR’s Rachel Martin asked Cuccinelli on “Morning Edition” in an interview published Tuesday.
They certainly are: ‘Give me your tired and your poor who can stand on their own two feet and who will not become a public charge,'” he replied. “That plaque was put on the Statue of Liberty at almost the same time as the first public charge was passed — very interesting timing.”
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Only in America

From Esquire, by Jack Holmes:

Other countries have people who suffer from mental illness. Other countries have racists and white supremacists. But only the United States of America has these mass shootings all the time, like a drumbeat in our collective consciousness. According to the Gun Violence Archive, which classifies a mass shooting as an event where four or more people are injured, there have been 255 in America this year. It’s the guns, and it’s about time for Objective Journalists to say so.

The time for Listening to Both Sides Until We Move On Without Doing Anything is over. What is the Republican Party’s solution to the gun violence epidemic? They talk about mental health, then attempt—by any means necessary—to strip millions of people of their healthcare. Right now, more than 20 Republican attorneys general are suing to abolish the Affordable Care Act, threatening the health insurance of 20 million Americans and the pre-existing conditions coverage of 50 million more. Will that help with mental health?

All the coverage of these events and the discussions that follow should reflect this reality. One political party wants to institute modest reforms to the ways Americans can acquire weapons and which weapons they can acquire. The other side seems to believe the current system is working perfectly, and has offered zero solutions. The president has come out for background checks—the absolute fucking minimum measure, which he’s motioned towards before and is attempting to tie to “immigration reform,” a surefire way to kill it—but Mitch McConnell is holed up in Kentucky and will probably never put the bill the House passed five months ago up for a vote in the Senate. Unless, of course, this reality was represented in the Very Objective Journalist Zone. Do not ask questions of fact and pretend you don’t know the answer. You can’t climb the stairs if you continually pretend the first step isn’t there.

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And Then There’s This…

From the Washington Post:

To experts in the field, the El Paso rampage was predictable. Frank Figliuzzi, a former head of counterintelligence at the FBI, wrote in a column published just four days earlier in the New York Times that Trump’s words eventually could incite bloodshed.

“The president has fallen short of calling for overt violence against minorities and immigrants, but unbalanced minds among us may fail to note the distinction,” Figliuzzi wrote. “If a president paints people of color as the enemy, encourages them to be sent back to where they came from and implies that no humans want to live in certain American cities, he gives license to those who feel compelled to eradicate what Mr. Trump calls an infestation.”