GET OUUUUUUUUT. Wonkagenda For Tues., April 23, 2019
Morning Wonketariat! Here's some of the things we may be talking about today.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi held a conference call with House Democrats about impeaching Trump. Roll Call gossips that Pelosi is urging Democrats not to go crazy with calls for impeachment, with the chairs of most committees agreeing to follow an investigative process that starts with House Judiciary chairman Jerry Nadler's subpoenas for former White House counsel Don McGahn, and calls for testimony from Attorney General William Bar and Special Counsel Robert Mueller. A number of House Democrats said, "Fuck that noise," arguing that we should impeach the motherfucker now. Last night 2020 Democratic candidates Sen. Kamala Harris and Sen. Elizabeth Warren stated that, while it's unlikely to make it through the Senate, the House should do some flexing and start the process. [AND THAT'S WHY THEY HAVE T-SHIRTS.]
CNN hosted a marathon of back-to-back-to-back town halls last night featuring Senators Amy Klobuchar, Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, and Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana. The 2020 candidates mostly drove home similar policies with a few key differences on voting rights for felons, impeaching Trump, getting "Hillary'd" (that's ... a word?), and student debt. Most of the candidates took the time to take some cheap shots at their rivals (and Trump), while others stumbled head first into well-intentioned gaffes.
During her town hall, Sen. Kamala Harris announced she would take executive action on gun control within her first 100 days if she were elected and Congress couldn't get its shit together. Harris's plan includes universal background checks, closing the "boyfriend loophole," and repealing a law that protects gun dealers and manufacturers from lawsuits by victims. Harris said, "There are people in Washington DC, supposed leaders, who have failed to have the courage to reject a false choice which says you're either in favor of the Second Amendment or you want to take everyone's guns away."
Now that Herman Cain has shucky duckied his ass out of consideration for a seat on the Fed board -- because of the "pay cut" -- Trump's other TV economist tapped for the Fed, Stephen Moore, is facing considerable backlash over columns bitching about women who want equal pay, treatment, and fairness in the workplace. Beginning in 2000, Moore wrote about women demanding "equal pay for inferior work," and called to bar women from college sportsball, going so far as to say it's "un-American" to have women referees, announcers, and beer vendors unless they're blonde, busty bimbos in halter tops. He seems nice.
White House Acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney told Carl Kline not to testify to the House Oversight Committee about all those security clearances he passed out like candy. Kline's lawyers say there are "legitimate legislative questions."
Sen. Bernie Sanders is calling on his supporters to pressure Congress to override Trump's veto on a joint resolution to end US support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen, but the GOP is just throwing those letters in the trash.
Axios gossips that Joe Biden is expected to announce #HesRunning either tomorrow or Thursday. Some advisors whisper he'll come out swinging with a message about the "climate of the nation," and, "it'll sound like "a third Obama term, a second Hilary term — take your pick." According to Politico, Biden has been busy courting big labor unions and calling donors ahead of his expected 2020 rollout -- HOWEVER, the Philadelphia Inquirer cites two aides saying Biden hasn't pulled the trigger (yet), and notes that some rather important paperwork has yet to be filed.
Here's a rather ugly graph about where political ad dollars are going (if you're into that sort of stuff). Hot Take: Trump's already flushed over $8 million down the internet toilet since the 2018 midterms.
Washington state Republican Senator Maureen Walsh is SUPER sorry she called nurses lazy SOBs who sit on their asses playing cards. Walsh says she was "tired." Just imagine how tired she'd be after a 12-hour shift juggling lives and logistics without a pee break.
Two Pulitzer Prize-winning Reuters reporters investigating the massacre of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar lost an appeal and will rot in jail for the next seven years. The reporters argue the government set them up by planting government documents on them.
Thirty-one people caught up in Cindy Yang's old hand job factory are suing to force Florida authorities to destroy the video evidence that allegedly shows people like Robert Kraft paid money for sex. According to a federal class-action suit, the people say the cops illegally videotaped them getting actual back rubs in their effort to find rich old dudes who wanted their genitals massaged. UPDATE: Our apologies to Ms. Yang, who had sold the massage parlor in question long before authorities arrested Robert Kraft and others for soliciting sex. The Miami Herald reports Yang still owns other massage parlors where sex is allegedly offered, but not this one, and our use of "old" was an unclear modifier.
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