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Cory Booker Doing Class Warfare, OH NOOOOOO

Help all American-born kids by reinstating the Estate Tax? How is that fair?

Senator Cory Booker, not one to be left behind while Kamala Harris is scaring Sean Hannity with talk of universal basic income, has his own plan for doing class war in America: How about we return the inheritance tax to its 2009 level and use the money to give every single child born in America a savings account, so all kids will come into some wealth when they become adults? The plan would be indexed to family income, so the poorer you are, the more money would be added annually up to the age of 18. And while he's at it, Booker would make sure the accounts could only be used for life-making-better things like education or buying a home, for instance. So, sorry, nobody could just cash out and buy a fur sink, an electric dog polisher, or a gasoline-powered turtleneck sweater, not to mention dumb stuff like investment-grade Beanie Babies or Jon McNaughton paintings.

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Science

Arizona Vaccine Education Program Dead Of Stupid People, Also Polio

Seems like a rash decision.

In a move that doesn't surprise this former Arizona resident in the least, health officials in Arizona have killed off an online vaccine education program after some anti-vaxxer parents complained about its very existence. The state that brought us the political careers of Evan Goddamned Mecham, Joe Arpaio, Jan Brewer, Kelli Ward, and Congressman Paul Gosar, DDS, has once again lowered the bar and is now looking at Florida, Texas, and Idaho, just daring them to try something even more craven. Sad thing is, someone's bound to top this almost immediately.

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Russia

GOOD MORNING MONTANA. Wonkagenda For Fri., Oct. 19, 2018

Trump tries to change the story, Zinke gets caught grifting, and Nikki Haley's got jokes. Your morning news brief!

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

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2018 State and Local Elections

'Guilty Until Proven Innocent.' Wonkagenda For Wed., Oct. 17, 2018

Trump does more interviews, voter suppression is already happening, and Canada legalized weed. Your morning news brief.

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

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News

Hooray! Government Forgave 96 People's Student Loans! Out Of 28,000 Applicants.

Maybe young people voting in 2016 would have been a good idea, just maybe.

Excellent news for folks with student loans who went into public service with the anticipation that they'd get their loans paid off through the "Public Service Loan Forgiveness" (PSLF) program, which began back in 2007. The very first batch of graduates who took the loans and followed all the rules has finally been processed, and the program is paying off! For exactly 96 of the 28,000 people who applied last year. That's a whopping 3/10ths of a percent success rate, and proof that if you make a government program Kafkaesque enough, you can avoid having to actually fulfill any of what the suckers thought you'd "promised." Let's just hope Trump doesn't figure out how to apply that logic to Social Security and Medicare.

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Culture

The Brett Kavanaugh Modeling Agency ... Errr, HR DEPARTMENT

ENOUGH OF THIS BULLSHIT!

Gather 'round, kids! Let's talk about how institutions like Yale Law School spin a protective cocoon around powerful men like Judge Kavanaugh, forming mutually beneficial relationships to reinforce everyone's power and prestige.

Meet Amy Chua, professor at Yale Law School and author of the bestseller Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, in which she repurposes her own childhood trauma and sells it to Americans as this ONE WEIRD TRICK to ensure that your kids play at Carnegie Hall and go to an Ivy League college.

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Elections

Scott Walker May Face A Spot Of Bother This Fall

Could Wisconsin be tired of the boy dunder?

Scott Walker is hoping to win his third term as governor of Wisconsin this year -- though really, more like his fourth election, since he came close to getting recalled that one time, but then managed to win that, and, with lots of Koch money, got reelected. Amazingly, now that they've had some time to get to know him, Wisconsinites may finally be finding him a little tiresome, what with him being so very Scott Walker and all. It may be the whining. We bet it's the whining.

Politico has a nice long piece about the state's waning enthusiasm for Walker in what Dems hope will be a Blue Wave year. While Republicans still think he's the neatest thing ever for some reason, there's a fair bit of polling indicating independents, who've come through for Walker in the past, are feeling considerably more meh about him this year.

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Culture

Betsy DeVos Loses A Father-In-Law, Gains Some Billions Of Dollars

Thank God we fixed the estate tax!

Richard DeVos, the billionaire co-founder of Amway and father-in-law of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, died Thursday at 92. He also owned the Orlando Magic basketball team and, as a tax shelter, Magic Johnson himself. It's a great comfort to his family to know that only DeVos's physical shell has perished. I don't mean that metaphorically. His spirit is literally now residing in the healthy body of a former drifter who resembles a young Rock Hudson.

Amway was built on a highly personalized sales style that relied on a vast army of "distributors" or door-to-door salespeople. Before they launched the company, Mr. DeVos and Van Andel spent a decade refining their sales technique while peddling vitamins.

Mr. Devos drove a green Rolls-Royce, maintained a fleet of corporate jets and made round-the-world voyages on a huge yacht. At times, he flaunted his wealth to inspire his international army of distributors, which the company said numbered more than 1 million.

DeVos donated millions over his lifetime to Republican candidates and conservative causes. Thanks to the recent GOP tax scam bill, DeVos's estimated net worth of $5.5 billion should pass on to his heirs relatively untouched by greedy government hands. That's what Betsy DeVos would call a solid "return on their investment." The DeVos family does donate a great deal to causes they care about, including the anti-LGBT groups Family Research Council and Focus on the Family. That's not how I spell "philanthropy" but whatevs.

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National Politics

Lies About Elizabeth Warren Continue To Be Lies, Fake News At Eleven!

Donald Trump prepares suite of highly original Pocahontas jokes.

The Boston Globe published a great big investigative piece Saturday on the burning question of whether Senator Elizabeth Warren had ever benefited as an affirmative action hire based on her claimed Native American heritage. After reviewing a whole bunch of records from all the colleges she ever worked for and interviewing scores of the faculty who hired her, the Globe concluded "Nope, every place that hired her considered her a white lady." Experts now conclude the matter, having been proven through evidence and logic, will now cease to be an issue, except for some small one hundred percent portion of Republicans who hate Elizabeth Warren, because JUST LOOK AT HER, AIN'T NO WAY SHE'S A INDI'N!

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News

Funky Shit Going Down In The City. Wonkagenda For Thurs., Aug. 30, 2018

Trump (still) losing his shit, McGahn gets shit-canned, and Ron DeSantis blows his dog whistle. Your morning news brief.

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

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Russia

President Petty Demands Attention. Wonkagenda For Tues., Aug 28, 2018

Trump caves on McCain, CFPB screws students, and Paul Manafort thought about flipping. Your morning news brief.

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

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Guns

Betsy DeVos Knows Who Needs More Education Moneys, And It Is The NRA!

Go behind the desk and hide, wait until it's safe inside.

As if we needed more proof that Betsy DeVos doesn't understand the value of a dollar or a good education, the New York Times reports that the Education department is thinkering up a very fine plan to use federal grant money to buy guns for teachers. Leave it to Betsy DeVos to watch "The Magic School Bus" and think, "Ms. Frizzle REALLY needs to teach those brats a lesson..."

Using money from the $1 billon Every Student Succeeds Act, DeVos's scheme would upend longstanding policies about guns in schools and give her the ability to pick and choose school districts eligible for firearms or firearms training. Since it's not her kids or her money, DeVos clearly doesn't care if that $1 billion -- money set aside for educational access, improving school conditions, and digital literacy -- is used to help poor kids and at-risk schools. Kids can't read if they're dead, right? Checkmate, libs!

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SCOTUS

MSM Finally Calls A Big Fat Liar A Man Who Fuckin' Lies. Wonkagenda For Thus., Aug. 23, 2018

Trump is screaming and flailing, SO MUCH Michael Cohen shit, and Paris Dennard is a pervert. Your morning news brief.

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

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Elections

This IS A Bad Meme. Wonkagenda For Mon., Aug. 20, 2018

White House counsel is snitching, Giuliani can't handle the truth, and Blake Farenthold blames "f-tards" and #MeToo. Your morning news brief.

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

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Elections

The DMV Is Not Like Concentration Camps And Other Statements Self-Evident To Everyone But Morons

Republican candidate for California governor is just trying to lose.

Mike Godwin himself has relaxed his famous Godwin's Law regarding comparing things you don't like to Hitler because we live in Nazi-adjacent times where white supremacists roam free. So, yes, you should note the similarities in Donald Trump's "othering" of his enemies in the press and the brown skin. By all means point out that kiddie jails have less in common with the camps where children play than they do with the ones where Hitler sent people to die horribly. But whatever you do, don't compare the quotidian annoyance of standing in line at the DMV to the systematic extinction of millions of human beings.

Centuries from now, when they teach history at one of the Space Force settlements on Uranus, they will discuss the failed candidacy of John Cox, the Republican candidate for governor of California. He was already polling double digits behind Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom, but that was before he visited the Sacramento DMV.

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