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A little over one week after the deadliest incidence of recorded violence of prison violence in the United States a quarter century, a coalition of prisoners, including representatives from the human rights organization Jailhouse Lawyers Speak, announced a national prison strike.
The prisoner-led strike is scheduled to launch on August 21st, which is the 47th anniversary of the death of Black Panther prison organizer and political theorist George Jackson. It will continue until September 9th, the 47th anniversary of the Attica Rebellion.
On May 4, I released an interview with prisoners from South Carolina, including multiple representatives from Jailhouse Lawyers Speak, in […]

Thu, Aug 16, 2018
Source: Fire Dog Lake – Blog

(*in my Oprah voice) YOU get a tape! And YOU get a tape! And YOU get a tape! YOU GET A TAPE!!!!!!!
Oh, dear. Omarosa released the fourth recording she talked about in her book, “Unhinged,” and it was a doozy for several reasons.
1. It’s of a Trump family member: Lara (soulless Barbie wedded to chinless douche spawn Eric Trump.)
2. Said Spawn-in-Law is caught on tape offering a bribe to Omarosa for her silence.
3. It is further corroboration that the claims in Omarosa’s book are true, shoring up her credibility on that front.
Ms. Managault Neumann (a friend quipped the most shocking […]

Thu, Aug 16, 2018
Source: Crooks and Liars – Blog

EPI has an interesting piece today about the growth of CEO pay. It’s the usual story: depending on how you measure it, CEO pay used to be about 20x worker pay, while today it’s 200-300x higher. But I was more curious about something else. CEO pay in recent decades has been tied to stock grants as a way of “paying for performance.” So how does CEO pay compare to the stock market?
Since I’m lazy I just averaged EPI’s two measurements to produce a single trendline. Here it is:
In theory, CEO pay ought to follow the stock market under a pay-for-performance […]

Thu, Aug 16, 2018
Source: Mother Jones – Kevin Drum

Trump Tells WSJ He Revoked Brennan's Clearance Over Russian 'Rigged Witch Hunt'

Donald Trump’s remarks to the Wall Street Journal about his reasons for revoking John Brennan’s security clearance are not even close to what Sarah Huckabee Sanders told the press yesterday.
Aaron Blake writes:
In an interview with the Wall Street Journal posted late Wednesday, President Trump once again gave away the ballgame when it comes to his efforts to affect the probe and tear down its leaders (both current and former). He confessed that his true motivation for revoking former CIA director John Brennan’s security clearance was the “rigged witch hunt” that Brennan once “led.”
“I call it the rigged witch hunt; [it] […]

Thu, Aug 16, 2018
Source: Crooks and Liars – Blog

Improving On Kimberly Guilfoyle's Cutesy Name For Don Junior (Eww!)

Squiggy Trump? Page Six tells us the lovey-doves nicknames that Sguiggy and his ersatz Bellatrix Lestrange, Kimberly Guilfoyle, have for each other:
We’re told the former Fox News host addressed the presidential offspring as Junior Mint (seemingly a reference to his bank account, although insiders claimed it has nothing to do with money).
Apparently Don Jr. calls her — somewhat less inventively — Pooh Bear.

Jeebus, Junior Mint. Squiggy cannot escape Comrade Trump even in the sack? Pooh Bear? The mind boggles how that one came about.

Don Jr = Jr MintDon Sr = Impeach Mint Eric = Disappoint MintMelania = Non-Disclosure […]

Thu, Aug 16, 2018
Source: Crooks and Liars – Blog

Kellyanne Conway Tries To Be 'Anonymous Source' Attacking Her Husband

In a shady move that’s almost humorous, Trump’s former campaign manager and White House advisor try to con a Washington Post reporter to make-believe complaints against her husband’s anti-Trump rhetoric were not coming from her but by a “person familiar with their relationship.”
I kid you not.
It’s been no secret that George Conway is not a fan of Donald Trump. He has written articles against Trump about Robert Mueller and constantly retweets articles that refute many of his bogus claims.

Interesting analogy. Likewise, what if a CEO routinely made false and misleading statements about himself, the company, and results, […]

Thu, Aug 16, 2018
Source: Crooks and Liars – Blog

Donald Trump wants to loosen the Volcker Rule, which regulates whose money banks can gamble with, but it turns out that even Wall Street doesn’t want him to do this:
“I can’t imagine this aspect of the proposal being preferable to the original and current Volcker 1.0 regime,” said Gregg Rozansky, a senior vice president at the Bank Policy Institute, an industry trade group representing the nation’s largest banks. “It could raise prices for student loans, credit cards or auto loans,” he added.
This comes on the heels of the auto industry asking Trump to back off on his repeal of Obama’s […]

Thu, Aug 16, 2018
Source: Mother Jones – Kevin Drum

As you probably know, President Obama put in place higher mileage standards for new cars before he left office. President Trump, naturally, wants to get rid of them. This requires a report demonstrating that the Obama standards would be bad, so he ordered OMB Director Mick Mulvaney to produce one.¹ Mick saluted and scurried off to carry out his boss’s order with the help of the Department of Transportation, which is conveniently run by Elaine Chao, the wife of Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell.
Today the EPA made public an … um … assessment of the report that it wrote a […]

Wed, Aug 15, 2018
Source: Mother Jones – Kevin Drum

One of the impressive things about Donald Trump is his creativity in taking revenge on people. I mean, who else would have gotten the idea of using the presidential pardon power this way? And yet, it’s right there in the Constitution. He could write “Donald Trump Jr. is pardoned for everything” on a White House napkin and that’s all it takes.
Likewise, the president does have the power to remove someone’s security clearance, but I don’t think that even Richard Nixon ever came up with the idea of using it to get back at any of his enemies. But Trump has. […]

Wed, Aug 15, 2018
Source: Mother Jones – Kevin Drum

The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center informed the city of Pittsburgh that it would shut down a low-income neighborhood’s hospital if its plan for expansion was not approved.
Thirty-nine hospitals and more than 600 doctors offices and outpatient clinics throughout Pennsylvania are operated by UPMC.
According the the City of Pittsburgh Mayor’s Office, UPMC made it clear Mercy Hospital would close without the expansion.
“It was really discouraging to see our government fold under the pressure of a bully,” Summer Lee, a state representative candidate in the Pittsburgh area, said. “Because of the money and jobs UPMC has, just the threat of closing […]

Wed, Aug 15, 2018
Source: Fire Dog Lake – Blog