As the government shutdown extends into the new year, public lands and national parks are struggling to handle the trash, waste, and other damage from visitors.
National parks face overflowing trash, toilets in second week of shutdown
There is no more fitting metaphor for the Republican party than the piles of trash and overflowing toilets at our beautiful national parks and monuments.
A Trump voter hurt by the shutdown reveals the real reason the president attracts hardcore supporters.
“He’s not hurting the people he needs to be”: a Trump voter says the quiet part out loud
The tell when someone is acting in bad faith is when the argument and their actions are misaligned to the point of cynical irony. When the president and his supporters insist they are only against illegal immigration and then do everything they can to stop any immigration, they are showing the bad faith that has been the hallmark of the GOP for the past 25 years.
FOX news has convinced them that their fellow Americans are a threat and now they will rally around anyone who will hurt “those people”
Think about that line for a second. Roll it over in your head. In essence, Minton is declaring that one aim of the Trump administration is to hurt people — the right people. Making America great again, in her mind, involves inflicting pain.“
After a student was expelled for refusing to stand for her school’s Pledge of Allegiance, the Texas Attorney General is intervening.
Student who refuses to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance expelled, Texas attorney general backs school
This was settled by the supreme court in 1943 “West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette”
Students can NOT be required to say the pledge.
The president has long sold himself as a self-made billionaire, but a Times investigation found that he received at least $413 million in today’s dollars from his father’s real estate empire, much of it through tax dodges in the 1990s.
Trump Engaged in Suspect Tax Schemes as He Reaped Riches From His Father
If the NY Times is fake news, Trump could expose them to the whole world by releasing his tax returns. He could release those returns and then make a big show of exposing the Times as being unfair to him, making things up, etc.
Duke Energy shut down a power plant in Wilmington, N.C., after a dam at the site breached and allowed coal ash to enter the nearby Cape Fear River.
Florence’s Floodwaters Breach Defenses at Duke Energy Plant, Sending Toxic Coal Ash Into River
Look at all that CLEAN COAL washing over that pristine forest. That’s what you voted for! Hope you enjoy it.
Oh, the irony of Alex Jones and Laura Loomer disrupting GOP hearings partly focused on censoring conservatives.
Republicans Finally Got to See Why the Internet Finds Right-Wing Trolls So Insufferable
The gap between Democrats and National Review conservatives is dwarfed by the chasm between National Review conservatives and Infowars conservatism.
By Alexandra Chandler Special to The Sun For the last nine months, I was a Democrat candidate for Massachusetts’ 3rd Congressional District.
What I learned in nine months of running for U.S. Congress
Judge T.S. Ellis said at a hearing in Manafort’s case that he will not release the names of jurors deliberating Manafort’s fate because he is worried about their safety. Manafort is being prosecuted by special counsel Robert Mueller’s team.
Judge in Paul Manafort trial says he has been threatened and is now under US Marshal protection
Sixty former CIA officials warned President Donald Trump in a statement on Friday that “the country will be weakened if there is a political litmus test applied before seasoned experts are allowed to share their views.”
Ex-CIA officials: ‘Country will be weakened’ if political litmus test applied to experts
This is important. Trump is putting national security at risk for political reasons. This is dangerous.
“I would really like to see an apology from some of the people who wrote columns demanding that liberals give Trump credit for his obviously fake diplomatic breakthrough with North Korea.”
Matthew Yglesias on Twitter
It’s always a con, there is nothing “real” about anything Trump says or does. No one should have been surprised that there was no progress with NK. It’s always a con.