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The space-cadet-in-chief wants to create a new branch of the armed services:
President Trump said Monday that he would direct the Defense Department and the Pentagon to create a new “Space Force” — an independent sixth branch of the armed forces….Trump said Monday that the branch would be “separate but equal” from the Air Force and that Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, would oversee its creation. “It is not enough to have an American presence in space, we must have American dominance in space,” Trump said, adding that he didn’t want to see “China […]

Mon, Jun 18, 2018
Source: Mother Jones – Kevin Drum

“I’ll take 20-something white guy pool stunts for 100, Alex.”
Open thread below…

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Mon, Jun 18, 2018
Source: Crooks and Liars – Blog

Last week a new Spiritualized song dropped on the internet.
It’s their first new song in six years. Rumors are the upcoming album, And Nothing Hurt, will be the last. Prepare to float in space.
What are you listening to tonight?

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Mon, Jun 18, 2018
Source: Crooks and Liars – Blog

Here’s something to cheer you up. A few years ago, Kris Kobach, the odious immigration hardliner who is currently Kansas Secretary of State, shepherded a voter ID bill through the Kansas legislature. Today, a Republican federal judge struck down the law in an opinion so incendiary it’s a wonder Kobach himself didn’t go up in flames. She ruled that the law was unconstitutional; that Kobach produced no real evidence of voter fraud; that Kobach’s “expert witnesses” were cretins; and that the law prevented tens of thousands of legal voters from casting ballots.
But that’s not the best part. Kobach chose to […]

Mon, Jun 18, 2018
Source: Mother Jones – Kevin Drum

Judge Smacks Down Kris Kobach's Right-Wing Voter Fraud Lies

Let’s take a victory lap for a Big Win against the Voter Fraud forces rampant in the land. Today the court ruled that Kris Kobach’s voter fraud nonsense was just that: Nonsense.
Professor Rick Hasen tells us that not only did Kobach lose, so too did the Great Voter Fraud Machine, including fraudsters Hans Von Spakovsky and ‘Professor’ Jesse Richman:
The judge rejected really questionable evidence put forward by Kansas and its experts about the extent of noncitizen voter registration. Below I have some quotes rejecting the key testimony of charlatan Hans von Spakovsky and Professor Jesse Richman. But the bottom line […]

Mon, Jun 18, 2018
Source: Crooks and Liars – Blog

Gohmert Worries More Migrant Kids Will Come Because We Treat Them So Well

Rep. Louis Gohmert spent a few minutes at the Texas Republican Convention sharing his sincere concerns about immigrants, and immigrant children in particular with The Undercurrent’s Lauren Windsor.
After repeating the usual talking points about how it’s just terrible that they’re such lawbreaking little things, and how they’re just following some twisted Biblical mandate, Gohmert got right to the heart of things.
“And by the way, there is none of this mistreatment of the children,” he insisted. “They’re being treated extremely well. Better than, I mean the food they’re getting, the education, the exposure.”
Isn’t that nice? We feed them in their cages […]

Mon, Jun 18, 2018
Source: Crooks and Liars – Blog

While a Saudi Arabia coalition enabled by the United States military bombs the city of Hodeida, Yemen, which is the main entry for shipments of food, senators demand the Pentagon end its secrecy around the scope of involvement by U.S. forces.
The New York Times reported in May that a “team of about a dozen Green Berets” are helping to “locate and destroy caches of ballistic missiles and launch sites that Houthi rebels are using to attack Riyadh and other Saudi cities”—a revelation that contradicts Pentagon claims that U.S. military assistance is “limited to aircraft refueling, logistics, and general intelligence sharing.”
Senators […]

Mon, Jun 18, 2018
Source: Fire Dog Lake – Blog

I had a window seat on my flight back to Orange County on Saturday, and during our final approach I snapped this lovely picture of our old blimp hangars. I got lucky with the dramatic sky and the sun peeping through at just the right place, and then, for some reason, I decided I wanted to make the picture look like a 40s-era Kodachrome slide from when the hangars were built. I didn’t quite get there, but I think I got close.
June 16, 2018 — Southwest Flight 4079 above Tustin, California […]

Mon, Jun 18, 2018
Source: Mother Jones – Kevin Drum

There’s very little evidence that the FBI was biased in any way against Donald Trump during the 2016 campaign. The sole piece of evidence that Trump relies on for this allegation is a series of private texts between Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, but there’s no evidence at all that their private views ever affected any of their actions.
Just the opposite is true for the FBI’s New York office, which obviously harbored considerable animus toward Hillary Clinton and just as obviously took concrete steps to help Trump. Here’s a short version of the evidence:
1. The Nunes Revelation
A few days ago, […]

Mon, Jun 18, 2018
Source: Mother Jones – Kevin Drum

There is no denying President Donald Trump’s immigration policy is far more menacing in presentation than his predecessor, President Barack Obama. But how much is this a difference in style versus a difference in substance?
The material outcomes of Obama and Trump’s deportation approaches, and the reaction among Democrats to both, tell us a lot about the circumstances in which incontrovertible violence is deemed acceptable in America.
For Trump, immigration is part of the culture war, and he does not hide the ways in which his policy decisions are motivated by animus toward immigrants. Trump has demonized immigrants for years, […]

Fri, Jun 15, 2018
Source: Fire Dog Lake – Blog