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The good folks at Michelle Malkin's Home for Aggrieved Aggregators have made a shocking discovery! House Republicans did not shut down the park service, and in particular did not shut down theWorld War II Memorial on the National Mall. Turns out the orders to shut out WWII vets came directly from Barack Obama himself! And they have statements from a Park Service spokeslady, even:


Stephen Hayes @stephenfhayes: At the WWII Memorial, Carol Johnson w/the Park Service says they were told to close the site by White House's Office of Management & Budget.

Kathleen McKinley @KatMcKinley: There it is. The White House Office of Management & Budget ordered the closing of the WWII Memorial. Disgusting.

Yep, there it is. Harry Reid can point his grotesque fingers at the GOP all he wants, but the order to close the World War II Memorial reportedly came straight from the executive branch.

We would like to congratulate the Twitchers for their sleuthing. Never mind that it's Congress's job to ensure that government is funded -- once the money was no longer authorized, it was indeed the Office of Management and Budget (which manages federal facilities) that told the Park Service to shut down parks and monuments in DC, doubtless because Barack Obama Hates America's Troops.

Basically, the whole article is a collection of tweets from different people repeating that monuments in DC were ordered closed by the OMB, with ominous explanations like this:

The OMB, or Office of Management and Budget is part of the executive branch and reports directly to President Obama

[...]

Confirmed: Those barricades are Barry-cades.

Ah, but that's not all! Since there was suddenly a large crowd, accompanied by members of the Congressional Tea Party Caucus, showing up at the World War II Memorial, the OMB authorized Park Police to be on hand (you know, rather than just walk away from the situation altogether, the way things should work in a modern civilization). That brought us this insight:

Not only did the order to keep World War II veterans away from their memorial come from the top, but Park Service employees have been “excepted” from the furlough to make it happen.

Happily, Michele Bachmann was on hand to be photographed with all the WWII vets, and she made a solemn vow:

"President Obama and Harry Reid wanted the government to shut down, so they could say ‘Look at those evil Republicans, they want this to happen.’ ... [but we] aren’t going to let these World War II veterans be used as political pawns."

For the moment, the circus at the WW II Memorial may be cooled somewhat by a bit of administrative legerdemain that some unidentified smart person came up with:

United States Park Police announced that planned Honor Flight visits to the monument are considered “First Amendment activities,” which are allowed regardless of the government’s operating status.

Stars And Stripes reporter Leo Shane III tweeted earlier today that this distinction has already been put into effect, with Honor Flight veterans being admitted to the Memorial while non-vet tourists trying to go past the barricades were turned away.

So ... is that that then? Not bloody likely! Remember, before today, history's greatest tragedy was the time Barack Nobummer ordered the sequester so he could keep all the white tourists (whom he hates) out of the White House, because of how it is the Black House now, the end.

[Twitchy / Slate / Stars and Stripes / photo credit Leo Shane III, Twitter]

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Uh oh, looks like George Conway, husband of Kellyanne, is going to be sleeping on the couch for another week, because they are having That Fight They Always Have, the one where he says her boss (the president) is certifiably mentally unstable, and she's like "nuh uh," and we guess she reminds him that if that so-called certifiably mentally unstable person wasn't president, then she wouldn't be making a government salary for going on Fox News and lying to the American people.

It started this weekend with Donald Trump's latest Twitter rampage, which is still going on, and which avid watchers of Trump's Twitter habits agree seems to suggest that he is real upset about something. Like, more than usual. The sort of upset he gets when Robert Mueller is about to arrest his son, maybe. You know, ALLEGEDLY.

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Hey, while every media outlet is doing exactly the same stupid horse-race political coverage they said nobody should be doing, the actual candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination are busily putting forward policy proposals -- the things pundits and voters keep saying they want to know about, at least in between discussions of "likeability" and whether Chuck Todd thinks candidates are bipartisan enough. So hey, here is a cool housing policy idea from Elizabeth Warren, who's trying to out-nerd everyone else with a proposal to make housing more affordable and even redress some of the nation's terrible legacy of housing discrimination. What a weirdo!

Warren outlines her housing proposals here, and we like 'em. There are even linkies to studies supporting her proposals, yay for info geeks! She notes that, for grownup adults, where you live (more precisely, where you can afford to live) has enormous consequences.

Housing is not just the biggest expense for most American families — or the biggest purchase most Americans will make in their lifetimes. It also affects the jobs you can get, the schools your children can go to, and the kinds of communities you can live in. That's why it's so important that government gets housing policy right.

Problem is, the federal government has spent decades getting housing policy very very wrong, from building racial discrimination into housing policy for much of the 20th century, to letting the big banks screw over homeowners and taxpayers as well. And of course, not doing much of anything to address the crunch in affordable housing for low and middle-income people. How's this for some real class warfare, via the supposedly invisible hand of the market:

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