Daily Briefing: What Is All This That the Politicians Are Arguing About?

The Man In Black Deficit for 2005 estimated at $427b; could go higher with Social Security overhaul. [WP, NYT, WSJ]

Bush works to quell skepticism about Social Security plans among Republican lawmakers; details expected at SOTU. Warner: "We don't have at this point what I call an unbiased, analytical piece that the average Joe can pick up and say 'What is all this that the politicians are arguing about?'" [WP, NYT]

Democratic Senators make debate on Rice about handling of Iraq; she is likely to be first secretary of State since 1981 not to have unanimous support. Byrd: "The Senate's role of advice and consent to presidential nominations is not a ceremonial exercise." [WP, WP, LAT, NYT]

Syndicated columnist Maggie Gallagher received $21,500 from HHS to promote president's policies. [WP]

Pollsters warn House Republicans of voter backlash over Social Security. [WSJ]

Bush meets with black leaders to explain benefits of agenda. [WP, NYT]

Dean, seeking party chairmanship, unveils list of endorsements. [WP]

MoveOn will make state-by-state endorsements for DNC chair. [LAT]

Moynihan family disturbed by frequent use of name by Bush in Social Security discussions. [NYT]

Conservatives groups disappointed there is little momentum for marriage amendment. [WT]

Spellings denounces PBS cartoon with lesbian characters. [NYT]

New York State Republican Party will ask Giuliani to challenge Clinton; he has no interest. [NYT]

Hillary moves to the middle on values issues. [WT]

[AFP/File/Luke Frazza]

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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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DING DONG THE WITCH IS ... quite likely to land on her feet. But for today, the New York Times reports Dana Loesch is out of a job, the latest casualty in the war between the NRA and its longtime advertising company Ackerman McQueen. But every cloud has a silver bullet lining, since Dana will have more free time now to spend on her favorite hobby. We can't wait to see which cartoon character she photoshops Klan hoods onto next. Maybe she'll branch out and start putting Nazi armbands onto Buzz Lightyear. Oh, we would be so triggered!

As one of the most visible characters on NRATV with literal hundreds of viewers for each of her fascist rants, Dana Loesch was a tireless advocate for the gunhumpers lobby, always ready to call out "tragedy dry-humping whores," threatening to "fist" or perhaps "fisk" the New York Times, and expressing her hope that the Mueller Report would die in an "AIDS fire."

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