Newspeak is here

APNewsBreak: Youngest migrants held in ‘tender age’ shelters “Tender age?” What does that mean? They’re ripe and succulent? Decades after the nation’s child welfare system ended the use of orphanages over concerns about the lasting trauma to children, the administration is standing up new institutions to hold Central American toddlers that the government separated from …

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Putin must have hooks in Trump

Why else would he suggest Russia should be back in the group of industrialized nations called the G7? Mark Shields, on The PBS News Hour tonight: I think the president, quite frankly, what amazed me today was the announcement that he wanted to invite Russia back into the G7, make it the G8. Russia has …

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Trump is getting worse

As bad as we thought he might be, he’s becoming infinitely worse. So writes Eugene Robinson in the Washington Post, and it’s impossible to disagree. What’s really terrifying is that the Republicans in Congress are mostly quiescent. They’re either afraid of Trump’s 35%-of-voters base or they really don’t give a damn about what Tillerson’s done …

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Headline: More Than 30 Trump Aides Lose Top-Secret Clearance, Sources Say Jeebus. “All the best people,” he said. “The highest ethics,” he said. “Everybody wants to work in the White House,” he said. This is the most inept and dangerously-stupid President and Administration in American history.

Pruitt and the EPA are insane

Pruitt’s EPA is attempting to roll back no less than the Clean Water Act. The effort is aimed at removing federal Clean Water Act protection from millions of miles of streams and wetlands, including more than 80% of the waters in California and the arid West. The administration last month suspended for two years the …

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A compendium of greed

The Boston Globe’s columnist Michael A. Cohen has compiled a list of some of the more egregious instances of corruption in the Trump Cabinet. It’s got the highlights, from the first-class plane tickets to the dining room set to the excessive use of security details. It’s instructive to see them all laid out in one …

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#Boycott NRA takes off

United and Delta cut ties with the NRA. …in abandoning the NRA, the airlines followed car rental giants Avis, Hertz and Enterprise, the Best Western hotel chain, the global insurance company MetLife, and more than a dozen other corporations that have severed affiliations with the gun group in the last two days. 15 brands have …

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