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Brian Kemp Knows Who The Hackers Are, And It's The Democrats Who Warned Him About Hackers

There IS a hack here, and it's Brian Kemp.

Georgia's Republican candidate for governor, who also happens to be in charge of running Georgia's election, announced Sunday that he was "investigating" Georgia's Democratic Party for supposedly trying to hack the state's election systems. (Those would be the computer systems he has previously said couldn't possibly be compromised, at least if Russia were doing it.) Now, if you want to get all picky about it, the reality is that Democrats alerted Kemp's office to a security problem in his computer systems, and then he turned around and accused them of "hacking," which really is some impressive fuckery, isn't it?

Kemp's office announced the alleged investigation with a very subtle all-caps headline: "AFTER FAILED HACKING ATTEMPT, SOS LAUNCHES INVESTIGATION INTO GEORGIA DEMOCRATIC PARTY." And then of course the office briefed the press on all the evidence that would warrant such a serious accusation two days before the election, haha we are kidding of course.

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Russia

'When I Can, I Tell The Truth.' Wonkagenda for Thurs., Nov. 1, 2018

Trump will build his wall with soldiers, there's a new "Willie Horton ad," and more post-Halloween horrors. Your morning news brief.

Morning Wonketariat! Here's some of the things we may be talking about today.

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Cops Behaving Badly

Joe Arpaio Sues New York Times For Ruining His Sterling Reputation

And our old pal Larry Klayman is back for the assist.

WHY IS JOE ARPAIO STILL HERE? After the people of Maricopa County finally kicked his flabby ass to the curb, after he won a whopping 18 percent in the GOP primary for Jeff Flake's seat, after all the horrible shit he did and still managed to grift himself a pardon, why has he not vanished in a puff of acrid, sulfurous smoke?

But Sheriff Joe has not vanished. He's like a case of drug-resistant TB, and we'll never cough him up. He and his lawyers are currently hacking globs of phlegm at the New York Times, which had the temerity to say that Arpaio is a racist nutbag who ran a jail where a whole lot of people died. So Arpaio and lawyer-to-the-loons Larry Klayman are suing the Times for $147,500,000 in punitive damages over an August 29, 2018, editorial by Michelle Cottle titled, "Well, At Least Joe Arpaio Isn't Going To Congress."

That seems like kind of a random number. Were they just eating rancid bologna leftover from Sheriff Joe's "concentration camps" and hallucinated it? Where on earth would they come up with $147,500,000?

WAIT FOR IT ...

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Immigrants

Family Separation 2.0 And Other Immigration Funtimes, Because Trump Sucks

ABOLISH ICE

Just in case anyone was under the impression Donald Trump's family separation policy was all over and done with, we've gotten all sorts of reminders this week that not only is the New Cruelty still chugging along, but Stephen Miller and his merry band of sociopaths are actively working on new ways to try to make life so miserable for people seeking asylum that they'll just give up and decide getting killed in Central America is less trouble. Our brave leaders are dead set on making America great again, at least for people who think that means Whites Only. For starters, Miller and company are pushing Trump to implement Family Separation 2.0, because they simply don't care how unpopular the first go-around was.

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Post-Racial America

Come Get Your Weekend News Dump!

All we wanted to do was enjoy our hangovers, but NOOOOOOO!

Imagine our surprise this morning when we awoke to yet another raging dumpster fire. Since it's the weekend and we have fabulous parties to attend, we can't get into the dirty details right now, but we can't let these fly under the radar either. So here's a couple of things that we might talk about after we get good and drunk.

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Post-Racial America

Waller County, Texas, Thinks It's Just DARLING When The Black Students Vote

Just kidding, that was a lie.

In most places, turning in a letter to a county election official that requests fair treatment for voters wouldn't lead to the person delivering the letter getting arrested. But most places aren't Waller County, Texas, which is 70 percent white, but also home to Prairie View A&M University, a historically black institution that has had voting rights disputes with the county for freaking EVER. Which leads to how Jacob Aronowitz, a field director for Democratic congressional candidate Mike Siegel, ended up getting his ass hauled off to jail after he dropped off a letter at the Waller County Courthouse urging local officials to let Prairie View students vote this fall with minimal fuckery, please.

A clerk at the courthouse objected to Aronowitz taking a picture on his phone to document that he'd delivered the letter, called the police, and after deputies asked him what candidate he was working for and what party that candidate belonged to, Aronozitz was arrested and charged with "failure to identify" -- although he says he identified himself when he turned in the letter and when the cops asked him to.

Well of course it's a complicated mess. It's about Texas, race, voting, and party politics, isn't it?

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Cops Behaving Badly

'An Angry Mob.' Wonkagenda For Tues., Oct. 9, 2018

We're all a bunch of angry sodomites, Trump greenlights greenhouse gasses, and Google won't make killer robots. Your morning news brief!

Morning Wonketariat! Here's some of the things we may be talking about today.

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Post-Racial America

Cop Who Killed Tamir Rice Gets To Legally Shoot Children Again We Guess

Wouldn't want to ruin the guy's life, right?

Timothy Loehmann, the former Cleveland police officer who fatally shot 12-year-old Tamir Rice after giving him a whopping two seconds to drop his toy gun (an eternity in "Flash Time"), now has a new job in Bellaire. No, not the Los Angeles neighborhood, but a town just two hours south of the public park where Loehmann killed Rice in 2014. You'd probably have to move further away to start over if you just got some kids sick at your Shaker Square fro-yo stand.

A Cuyahoga County grand jury and Cleveland's Critical Incident Review Commission both agreed that Loehmann's drive-by shooting of Rice was justifiable. Loehmann only lost his job in the first place because he omitted information from his employment application, which is apparently more egregious than omitting black kids from the physical realm. He forgot to mention that he'd once worked for the police department in Independence, Ohio, where he was told he could either quit or be fired.

Bellaire Police Chief Richard "Dick" Flanagan expressed no concerns with hiring a not-entirely honest, trigger-happy killer of children.

"He was cleared of any and all wrongdoing," Flanagan said of Loehmann. "He was never charged. It's over and done with."

"It" was a child named Tamir Rice. He wasn't "menacing," as the Cleveland police union president claimed. He was playing with a toy gun, as I understand kids are wont to do, in a state where it's legal to openly carry an actual gun, and now instead of learning to drive, he's dead. Unlike the powerful men recently accused of sexual misconduct, Tamir and his family's lives were objectively ruined.

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Russia

As The World Burns. Wonkagenda For Mon., Oct. 8, 2018

There's many newses that have nothing to do with Rapey McPrivilege.

Morning Wonketariat! Here's some of the things we may be talking about today.

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Guns

For Once, A Chicago Cop Was Found Guilty Of Murder

There were 16 shots and a cover up.

Yesterday, a jury found Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke guilty of second-degree murder and 16 counts of aggravated battery with a firearm in the fatal 2014 shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. Though the trial only lasted a month, it's a case that has left Chicago fractured for years. Activists responded to the verdict by marching downtown during rush hour, snarling traffic and scaring the crap out of tourists. After weeks of awful headlines, for once there's some good news.

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Immigrants

Nazi Dentist From 'Marathon Man' Would Be Step Up From Conditions In Private ICE Prison

Abolish ICE.

The Department of Homeland Security's Inspector General's office is sure acting like it takes "following the rules" seriously lately. Monday, we learned the IG had determined Trump's family separation policy was a horrible clusterfuck from Day One. Now the Washington Post reports on yet another DHS IG report, this one detailing the casually horrifying conditions in a private prison that houses undocumented immigrants for ICE while their immigration cases slowly move forward. Among other fun stuff, the IG's document review and an unannounced inspection in May of this year discovered indifferent medical care, guards ignoring twisted sheets hung from air vents that could be used as nooses, and such crappy dental care that several detainees lost teeth while waiting to be seen by a dentist. Oh, yes, and then there was the disabled guy who was left alone in his wheelchair for nine day and never got any help to get into bed.

Oh, but you can't blame Trump -- some of the problems go back to 2014, so nobody's allowed to say ICE and for-profit prisons have always sucked, because something something liberal hypocrisy.

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Russia

UB-Forties. Wonkagenda For Tues., Oct. 2, 2018

Brett Kavanaugh's drinking problem, Trump's nu-NAFTA, and another Seth Rich retraction. Your morning news brief!

Morning Wonketariat! Here's some of the things we may be talking about today.

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Post-Racial America

Because The Baby Jails Were Too Cushy, Now It's Midnight Trains To Texas

We won't play Tent City.

In our "More immigration horror stories everyone saw coming" file today, there's this report from the New York Times that the Trump administration is dealing with its overcrowded baby jails for migrant kids by rousting hundreds of undocumented kids out of bed in the middle of the night and moving them from storage in Health and Human Services' baby jails system (shelters and group homes, usually run by nonprofits) into the federally run tent city outside Tornillo, Texas. While the kinderjails are bad enough, they're at least subject to state child welfare regulations and required to provide education, medical care (including some counseling) and access to legal help. The federally run facilities aren't subject to nearly as much regulation, although they're at least required to feed kids and provide basic medical care. Definitely a guideline about that somewhere.

And yes, this is all due to the shelter overcrowding the government created through deliberate policy decisions to Git Tough on all undocumented immigrants, especially the minors. Are we Great Again yet?

The NYT lede is chilling, and may become an icon of our great land in these hell years.

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Post-Racial America

Dallas Police Chief Fires Amber Guyger. Up Next: Ted Cruz?

Poor Ted. Born with a silver ass in his mouth.

Ted Cruz, in his surprisingly close Senate race against Beto O'Rourke, sparred Friday in the first of three debates with his opponent, who is his superior in every measurable way. Cruz, true to typical smarmy form, slammed the congressman for not treating respectfully enough the prized "off-duty cops who shoot black men in their own homes" demographic. Check out these words Cruz wrote down and memorized and then spoke out loud.

What happened to Mr. Jean was horrific. Nobody should be in their own home and shot and killed in their own home.

Gee thanks, Senator ... but why do I feel like a "but" is coming? Republicans always like to show their asses and add a "but" to almost sympathetic statements like this.

It was tragic. Now the officer as I understand it has contended it was a tragic mistake… She thought she was in her own apartment, she thought he was an intruder. Right now, today, I don't know what happened that evening. Congressman O'Rourke doesn't know what happened that evening. But he immediately called for firing the officer. I think that's a mistake

There it is. Okay, hurricanes are tragic. My 1990s Nino Brown haircut was tragic. Amber Guyger, however, intentionally killed Botham Jean because she was wrong about something latchkey kids get right every day. Cruz is trying the Dorothy Gale defense that Guyger got swept up in a twister with her gun Toto and landed on Jean. And now the wicked socialist of the left is out for blood and her cute new shoes. Beto is taking the more sensible approach that maybe an officer who commits multiple errors of fact that lead to the summary execution of an innocent man is not someone you want continuing to work in law enforcement or owning a gun or even finding her own apartment without help from a service animal. And it turns out that the Dallas Police Department agrees (at least with the first part).

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