ELECTION DAY! Wonkagenda For Tues., Nov. 6, 2018
Morning Wonketariat! Here's some of the things we may be talking about today.
Dear Crom, it's Election Day and we've been chugging coffee since 3:00 AM! The New York Times has a good infographic on when polls open and close, as well as some of the most important races to watch. The National Weather Service is warning people in the Midwest and the Southern East Coast to prepare for nasty storms, so plan accordingly! Crappy weather historically depresses voter turnout, so grab your coat and your wellies, carpool with your neighbors and roommates, or just take the damn bus! Get your ass to the polls!
Trump's bolted around the country to scare the piss out of his base of elderly and/or non-college educated white people. In a last ditch effort to grab women voters by the pussy, Trump brought in Ivanka, Kellyanne Conway, and Sarah Huckabee Sanders to talk about being moms and hopefully close his gigantic gender gap. This could be a problem as Trump's been calling "the accuser" of Justice Rapey McPrivilege a goddamn liar, adding that the accusations against Justice Privileges were a "fake" and a "scam." Real classy!
In an interview with Sinclair Broadcasting, Trump acknowledged that he's been a complete asshole, but then he went and did a rally with Sean Hannity, Jeanine Pirro, and Rush Limbaugh to complain about the Mexican Muslim taco truck invasion, and lie through his teeth Democratic candidates.
Here's a nice photo essay about what the last few days of campaigning has looked like across the country.
The Trump administration wants SCOTUS to decide whether or not Trump has to give DACA kids a slice of the American Dream, filing three petitions from three appeals courts that seek rulings on whether or not federal courts have jurisdiction in allowing taco trucks on every corner.
SCOTUS has declined to hear a challenge by the Trump administration to overturn a lower court ruling that upheld Obama-era net neutrality rules. Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Rapey McPrivilege had to recuse themselves, leaving only Justices Thomas, Alito and Gorsuch to bitch and moan into the ethernet cables. The decision is a minor win for us proles, but a crucial step towards saving the interwebs from the clutches of Ma Bell.
FCC Chairman and piece of shit Ajit Pai wants telecom companies to stop all those obnoxious spoofed robocalls. In May, Pai took the unusual step of demanding his corporate overlords develop a system to authenticate phone calls, but Democratic FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel says we could be doing even more by mandating telecoms put a system in place by 2019, like Canada.
A federal judge in North Carolina says the Interior Department doesn't have the authority to lift a ban on killing endangered red wolves just because a couple of rednecks got pissy and started a slaughter lobby. The judge put the US Fish and Wildlife Service on blast by reminding the service of its own statement, "Wildlife are not the property of landowners but belong to the public and are managed by state and federal governments for the public good."
Gabe Sherman gossips that Trump's minions are really worried Robert Mueller has a target on DJTJ. At Hope Hicks's 30th birthday (sans Rob Porter -- GOOD!), numerous Trumps fondly recalled the "the old times," and wondered what the hell happened to Rudy Giuliani. Over on Pennsylvania Ave., Trump's minions are scrambling to figure how to deal with a Democratic House that's ready to start launching investigations on Day One.
US Border Patrol has decided that Election Day is the best day for a crowd control exercise in El Paso, Texas -- the homebase of Democratic Senate candidate Beto O'Rourke -- right by the polling place in the heavily Hispanic Chihuahuita neighborhood. This must be what Ted Cruz got in exchange for giving Trump a rimjob.
Assuming Democrats can take control of the House, the fight for leadership could come down to the Congressional Black Caucus. Candidates might rail about supporting Nancy Pelosi on the campaign trail, but congressional insiders are bracing for a cloakroom slobberknocker between Rep. Hakeem Jeffries and Rep. Jim Clyburn.
It's looking like Georgia's gubernatorial race may come down to a runoff between Democrat Stacey Abrams and Republican Brian Kemp. If no candidate gets more than 50 percent tonight, candidates have to spend MORE money to convince voters to drag their asses back to the polls on December 5th and vote again after the Independent spoiler is booted off the ballot.
Illinois senators Tammy Duckworth and Dick Durbin are calling on the state's public health director Nirav Shah to resign following revelations that the administration of Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner attempted to hide a 2015 outbreak of Legionnaires' disease at veterans homes. According to records obtained by Chicago NPR affiliate WBEZ, top Rauner aides withheld vital information about the extent of the health crisis from the media and state lawmakers so as to minimize bad press and obfuscate the deaths.
Iowa Republican Rep and white supremacist Steve King is doubling down on his anti-gay and pro-Nazi bullshit, criticizing the NRCC for supporting a gay candidate in California -- even though there are no gay Republican candidates running in California! Last night King was caught hanging out with the one of the writers of Nazi blog, American Renaissance.
Maine's jerkoff Republican Gov. Paul LePage says he's "done with politics" and is moving to Florida "for tax reasons." He says he may get a job teaching for a university, and that he doesn't plan on paying any income tax.
Fun Fact: Maine will be the first state to use ranked-choice voting for its House and Senate races this year! Nerdy political scientists think it's a way we could help rebalance our elections so they're actually more democratic. San Francisco used ranked-choice earlier this year, and it (eventually) turned out all right. [RadioLab Podcast] [Vox 'Splainer]
Iran is claiming the Israelis have created a new version of the Stuxnet malware that was trying to "harm the country's communication infrastructures." The original Stuxnet, created during the Bush 43 administration, shut down Iran's uranium enrichment program.
The US involvement in the JCPOA is dead after the Trump administration officially imposed the "toughest ever" sanctions on Iran -- though it did grant waivers to China, India, Italy, Greece, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Turkey to continue buying oil from Teheran, a move the Iranians called "a great victory." In a televised address, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says the US is acting unfairly, and that Iran "will probably break the sanctions."
Last night Facebook said it pulled down 30 accounts and 85 Instagram accounts "that may have been engaged in coordinated inauthentic behavior" (AKA: election fuckery). Facebook says some of the accounts were "focused on celebrities, others political debate," but it didn't offer any more details. Reuters cites a since deleted passage that noted a tip from the FBI spurred Facebook to wield its ban hammer. Coincidentally, the DHS, DOJ, DNI, and FBI all issued a joint statement yesterday warning that foreign governments, trolls and basement dwelling douche nozzles are still trying to spread santorum-filled propaganda ahead of today's election. Mind you, this is in addition to Jeff Sessions ordering the DOJ's Civil Right Division to monitor 35 jurisdictions in 19 states for good ol' fashioned voter fuckery.
Some science bozos have spotted a UFO in space. NO REALLY! This thing was just cruising through space when suddenly it started picking up speed. It's probably just Charlie Brown's Halloween rock showing up fashionably late.
Samantha Bee is not just reminding everyone to FUCKING VOTE today, she's reminding everyone to vote for the local races! After all, it's the undercard races that can stop gentrification, fix your potholes, or open more polling places!
According to People Magazine, Idris Elba is the Sexiest Man Alive. In an interview, the 46-year-old advised people to "adopt the philosophy that tomorrow is not promised so just go for it today, man."
Not just the women, but the men too!
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