Daily Briefing: Roberts Tells Some, Ari Tells Something

Duh-Huh-Duh-Huh-Huh-Huh Fitzgerald has queried more administration officials than previously known: "All that is known at this point are the names of some people he has interviewed, what questions he has asked and whom he has focused on." [WP]

14,000 pages of documents shed light on Roberts' opinions; for one, he "encouraged a cautious approach by courts and federal agencies in enforcing laws against discrimination." [NYT, USAT, WT]

Parties have yet to agree on timetable for Roberts' confirmation hearings and the vote. [NYT]

Documents show Roberts "was [a] significant backstage player in the legal policy debates of the early Reagan administration" and his "sometimes smart-alecky tongue." [WP, NYT]

Energy bill nears passage; ANWR and other controversial plans are left out of the legislation. [NYT, WSJ, WP, WP]

White House will not release Roberts' tax returns. [WP, ]

Bush will visit Capitol Hill to push CAFTA. [WSJ, NYT]

Fleischer told grand jury that he never saw the State Department memo and was not Novak's source. [NYT]

Americans in Gallup poll are pessimistic about Iraq war and 51% believe Bush deliberately misled about WMDs. [USAT]

Bush says he's "more committed than ever" to private accounts, but momentum seems to be with alternative ideas. [WSJ, WT]

Congress crams legislative action in before recess. [NYT]

Affect of divisions at AFL-CIO on political parties is unclear; Republicans sense opportunity. [WSJ, WP, USAT]

Gonzales: "[A] Supreme Court justice is not obliged to follow precedent if you believe it's wrong." [WP, NYT]

Congress advocates review of Cnooc's offer for Unocal. [NYT]

Senate appears ready to protect gun makers from civil suits. [WSJ]

Hillary's talk of unity riles the left. [WP]

Bush's agenda curtailed by presidential ambitions of numerous senators. [USAT]

Pataki will not seek re-election for governor of New York. [NYT]

Plurality of ex-lawmakers find work as lobbyists. [WP]

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We know, the thing we said in our headline is a thing you can say every day, but it's really intense today, maybe because Donald Trump is now filled with fear of the inescapable reality that millions of Americans who have not read the Mueller Report are going to see Robert Mueller testify on live TV on July 17, and Donald Trump will be exposed. Maybe the Big Mac vending machine next to his golden toilet is on the fritz and he hasn't had gotten to eat a Big Mac on the poop chair since last night. Maybe he's just a weak and sad person, a collection of shithole cells God meant to throw in the garbage, but accidentally implanted in Mary Trump's turkey incubator. We imagine that'd lead to a pretty constant state of anxiety and ennui.

Whatever it is, he's totally fucked right now. We were going to write a nice post about Trump's batshit interview on Fox Business with Maria Bartiromo, but we were busy, and by the time we got to it, he had performed so many batshit feats that we're just going to stick them all in this one post.

Let's start with the fight he's trying to wage with US soccer star Megan Rapinoe, who in a now-viral video stated that she has no fuckin' interest in going to the White House to meet that idiot. He got into a quarrel with her on Twitter ... or at least with a Twitter account that didn't belong to her. It's now been replaced, in order that the adult president may shit-tweet at the soccer superstar who hurt his feelings, but Splinter grabbed the original:

The rant continued:

Right. And Megan Rapinoe just said win or lose, she has no interest in meeting your crusty ass, because no decent American would consider that an honor.

Besides, she has already been to the White House to meet a legitimately elected president:

By the by, the owner of the incorrect Megan Rapinoe account saw Trump's whining and told him to grow a dick and set it on fire:

Ya burnt!

But as we said, it was a whole day of batshit from Trump, so let's continue.

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