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The Hug That Wasn’t? Ivanka Turns to Stone Under Threat of Rubio’s Affection

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There’s a caption contest on Twitter for this photo of an eager Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) hugging Ivanka Trump without actually touching any of Ivanka’s parts. The contest was started by “AltEPA,” whose Twitter handle is @ActualEPAFacts, and who is worthy of your “following” consideration.

The shot makes you wonder just how tall “Little Marco,” as Ivanka’s dad calls him, is. A search came up with this article detailing the heights of the 2016 presidential candidates, along with heights of the past presidents. It offers this caveat at the beginning:

For the record, Rubio is listed at 5’10” in our chart but we have heard from well informed Florida sources that he is more like 5’8″.

Judging by the photo, we’re going to say those Florida sources are onto something. Ivanka, from what we could find, is 5’11” in her stocking feet, and Little Marco’s eyes are about level with her mouth.

Got a caption of your own for this shot? Leave it in the comments section. FYI, “Daddy does it too” was already used on the Twitter feed.

Is Donald in His Final Descent?

NY Times
NY Times

From P.M. Carpenter:

[The photo above] is a kind of political mugshot I ran across the other day; it’s the most telling portrait I’ve yet seen of the brooding, exhausted, smoldering paranoid who haunts the White House, plagues the world, and offends every conscience of decency.

Here is a spent man, a physical wreck and psychic monstrosity — the shattered embodiment of yearslong corruption. Far from being the man of vigor he promised on the campaign trail, he is broken shell. And far from being the man who would make America great again, he’s only reversing the greatness of his predecessor.

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Surprise! Sessions Lied!

Screen Shot 2017-06-16 at 3.36.55 PMAs children most of us learned that the two hardest things about telling lies is 1) remembering exactly what you told to whom and when, and 2) the potential of someone telling on you. U.S. Attorney general Jeff Sessions is finding out that both pitfalls amount to a “gotcha” following his sworn testimony Tuesday before the Senate.

Sessions rendered the first potential pitfall moot by having a case of amnesia so bad it would embarrass a soap opera star. He also pulled his Southern gentleman and respect for the norms of the Justice Department act (because we’ve seen how the Trump administration and the McConnell Senate uphold longstanding traditions and norms) to stonewall his way through his testimony.

But it appears that Sessions has been tripped up by number two. Or maybe it was a combination of forgetting that he invited Richard Burt, a lobbyist for Russia, to dinner — twice! — and then counting on said lobbyist to keep his mouth shut about it. In Alabama I believe they pronounce it puhjuhray, Mr. AG.

The Guardian has the full story here.

Naomi Klein: How to Resist Donald’s Shock Doctrine Politics

From Naomi Klein’s new book, No Is Not Enough: Resisting Trump’s Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need:

Shock. It’s a word that has come up a lot since November— for obvious reasons.

I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about shock. Ten years ago, I published “The Shock Doctrine,” an investigation that spanned four decades from Pinochet’s U.S.-backed coup in 1970s Chile to Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

I noticed a brutal and recurring tactic by right wing governments. After a shocking event – a war, coup, terrorist attack, market crash or natural disaster – exploit the public’s disorientation. Suspend democracy. Push through radical “free market” policies that enrich the 1 percent at the expense of the poor and middle class.

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COVFEFE Act Would Make Trump’s Tweets Official Presidential Communications

trump-tweetRep. Mike Quigley (D-IL) has introduced a bill called the Communications Over Various Feeds Electronically for Engagement (COVFEFE) Act, reports The Hill. The bill has the same acronym as a Trump Twitter typo that went viral last month, would amend the Presidential Records Act to include “social media.”

Quigley’s office issued a statement:

“President Trump’s frequent, unfiltered use of his personal Twitter account as a means of official communication is unprecedented. If the President is going to take to social media to make sudden public policy proclamations, we must ensure that these statements are documented and preserved for future reference. Tweets are powerful, and the President must be held accountable for every post.”

Finally, a Way to Stomach Trump’s Tweets

A POTUS tweet turned statement dated June 6, 2017
A POTUS tweet turned official statement dated June 6, 2017 — seven months after the 2016 election

I quit following @POTUS on Twitter when the account became Trump’s, and quit @realDonaldTrump at the same time. I didn’t want to see tweets from 45, or award him one more follower.

But a new bot, which turns Trump’s tweets into the official White House press statements that they actually are, is making me reconsider allowing messages from the current office holder.

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Dr. Democrat: Racism Is Alive in L.A. and America

doctor democratDear Dr. Democrat:

I’d be interested in your thoughts on how something like this could happen in Los Angeles. I have always said that racism isn’t a place and the South is a scapegoat that allows the rest of the country to feel good about itself with no merit, but lately we (down here) seem not only equalled but bested by everyone else. Portland, for crying out loud? And now LeBron James in L.A.? Huh?

Despairing in Dixie

Dear Dixie:

One of the most famous racists of our era, Andrew Breitbart, lived and died in LeBron’s Brentwood neighborhood. Another famous resident was OJ Simpson.

And, of course, L.A. has a history of racial tension, like the Watts riots in 1965 and the 1992 riots associated with the Rodney King beating and subsequent trial.

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Obama Speaks About Trump’s Paris Accord Decision

Barack Obama put out the follow statement on President Trump’s decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate agreement:

A year and a half ago, the world came together in Paris around the first-ever global agreement to set the world on a low-carbon course and protect the world we leave to our children.

It was steady, principled American leadership on the world stage that made that achievement possible. It was bold American ambition that encouraged dozens of other nations to set their sights higher as well. And what made that leadership and ambition possible was America’s private innovation and public investment in growing industries like wind and solar – industries that created some of the fastest new streams of good-paying jobs in recent years, and contributed to the longest streak of job creation in our history.

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Il Douche Channeled Il Duce at NATO Summit

LEFT: Il Douche - Donald Trump showing dominance after shoving Montenegrin PM Dusko Markovic  (seen here at Donald's left) out of his way ; RIGHT: Il Duce - Benito Mussolini, fascist dictator of Italy  from 1922 to 1943
LEFT: Il Douche – Donald Trump showing dominance after shoving Montenegrin PM Dusko Markovic (seen here at Donald’s left) out of his way ; RIGHT: Il Duce – Benito Mussolini, fascist dictator of Italy from 1922 to 1943

Donald Trump put his innate douche-iness on display on the world stage last week at the NATO Summit in Brussels, when he was caught on camera shoving the prime minister of Montenegro out of his way. The ugly moment when he put a hand on the prime minister to move him out of his way was followed by an even uglier moment when Donald moved to the front of the group and then stuck his chin out in a show of dominance a la Mussolini, the fascist Italian dictator known as “Il Duce.”

It’s more than perfect that Il Douche, the wannabe autocrat, channeled Il Duce, history’s most famous fascist.

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Majority Say Trump Is Abusing His Office

A new Quinnipiac poll finds American voters believe that President Trump is abusing the powers of his office by a 54% to 43% margin. He also has a dismal 37% to 55% approval rating.

Meanwhile, voter opinions of most of Trump’s personal qualities remain negative:

  • 59% say he is not honest
  • 57% say he does not have good leadership skills
  • 56% say he does not care about average Americans
  • 65% say that he is not level-headed
  • 64% say that he is a strong person
  • 62% say that he does not share their values