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Fire and Fire and Fury: Steve Bannon and what a bad week really looks like

I went to bed on Saturday night reading Fire and the Fury, which, if I need to explain it at this point, is Michael Wolff’s ribald and riveting account of the early days of the Trump regime. It quickly became clear in the book that no one involved in Trump’s campaign expected, or wanted, him to win. That was a horrible thought: Trump and his motley crew of enablers, the doltish adult children, sle [...]

Health Scare

By Baynard WoodsAs debate on Trumpcare raged on in the House, U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wisconsin) spo [...]

Enough with the “alt” already

By Baynard Woods

It’s a shitty time to have any kind of identification with the prefix “alt.” Richard Spencer and other Nazi-types started using “alt-right” in 2010 to refer to their racist, misogynist bullshit. And instead of ignoring their hate, it became apotheosized in the election of Donald Trump and we were subjected to endless features about Spencer and the alt-right.

Now there’s been a spate of stories talking about the “alt-left” and even the “alt-center.”


Inauguration day protestors arraigned amid doubts about evidence

By James Berbert

The morning of Wednesday March 8, as women across America were striking for International Women’s Day, the struggles of 10 female felony defendants were obscured by DC courtroom walls, justice system bureaucracy, and public indifference.


Reorganizing the executive branch and the deconstruction of the administrative state

By Baynard Woods

On Monday, Donald Trump signed an Executive Order christened a "comprehensive plan for reorganizing the executive branch." The order directs the "Director of the Office of Management and Budget (Director) to propose a plan to reorganize governmental functions and eliminate unnecessary agencies (as defined in section 551(1) of title 5, United States Code), components of agencies, and agency programs.eliminate unnecessary agencies (as defined in section 551(1) of title 5, United States Code), components of agencies, and agency programs."

That's right, to get rid of federal agencies. And we can guess which ones they will be. When Trump's budget is released later this week, it will likely become even more painfully clear what the regime's chief strategist Steve Bannon meant when he talked about the “deconstruction of the administrative state.”


Trump regime so hot for Exxon it needs a third X

The Trump regime put out a press release yesterday slobbering all over Exxon. Which isn't surprising since, as the Post's Christopher Ingraham pointed out on Twitter,  part of the press release was copied directly from one released by the multinational petroleum company. And then there's Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who was until recently the head of the company.

So here is your presidential porno, er press release. The plagiarized passage is appropriately marked. 

The Man Behind FOIA

By Mary Finn

Last week, reporters from the Indianapolis Star filed a state public records request and learned that while Mike Pence was governor he communicated using a hackable AOL account to conduct state business. And reporters used the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) law in 2015 to show that Hillary Clinton used a private email server during her tenure as Secretary of State—a revelation that did as much as anything else to cost her the presidency.


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