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Daily Briefing: "Style Can Lead To Substance"

Chairman of House Budget Committee speaks of presidential veto to approve spending: "Is it possible that, depending on exactly how these bills come forward, that the V-word might be used for the first time in this administration's tenure?" (Tee hee! Oh. Nebbermind.) [NYT]


Bush says tight budget represents wartime sacrifice, but many Republicans are slow to sign on. Peterson (R-Pa.): "Those who are currently advocating these draconian cuts [in farm subsidies] would not be in office today if it weren't for rural America." [WP, LAT]

Rice calls for "new chapter" in transatlantic relations: "America stands ready to work with Europe on our common agenda, and Europe must stand ready to work with America." Diplomat: "There was no change in substance, but there was a change in style -- and style can lead to substance." [WP, WP, NYT, USAT]

Questions to Rice at forum were screened. [WP]

White House upwardly revises cost of Medicare drug benefit program to $1.2t over 10 years, more than double Mark McClellan's recent projections; several lawmakers complain Viagra, Levitra, et al are covered. [WP, NYT]

GAO predicts budget will lead to permanent deficits in next 10 years: "Continuing on this unsustainable fiscal path will gradually erode, if not suddenly damage, our economy, our standard of living and, ultimately, our national security." [WT]

Rove, promoted to deputy White House chief of staff, gains larger role in organization and policy. [WP, NYT, LAT, WT, USAT]

Some conservatives concerned Bush's budget means big government. Pence: Bush's "vision has resulted in education and welfare policies that have increased the size and scope of government." [WP]

Budget significantly reduces Transportation Security Administration; seeks consolidation of programs and travel records. [WP]

Projections of Social Security plan based on optimistic outlook for stocks. [WP, NYT]

Reid to White House: can't knock me down. [NYT]

Americans are against most changes to Social Security, says Gallup poll. [USAT]

Congress begins consideration of bills designed to limit class-action suits and "frivolous" litigation. [LAT]

Bush endorses plan for African American history museum on Mall; effort underway to build Republican support in black community. [WP, WT]

Smooth criminal and conservative legal group snared Clintons in web of deceit. [NYT]

Spellings to target high schools for reform. [WT]

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How do you do, fellow libs? We come together tonight to cheer and clap and cry and laugh, with our leader, Elizabeth Warren, and her fellow nice people Jay Inslee (the gold standard in climate action), Beto O'Rourke (excellent on being a good ally mostly), Cory Booker (best corny love hippie but also Wall Street, it's weird), Julian Castro (I don't know, people are super into him despite his creepy twinness and his too much pomade), Amy Klobuchar (bad bitch), Bill de Blasio ( ... ), John Delaney (???), and Tim Ryan and Tulsi Gabbard.

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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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