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Twitter Gun Lady Shoots Up Innocent Wood Board For Wishing Her 'Happy Holidays'

She hates this board!

Kaitlin Bennett, the former Kent State student famous for trying to be famous by posing all sexily with a gun down her pants all the time, has a special Holiday Christmas message for all of us heathens out here, but most especially for one particularly secular large wooden board.

Technically, it was self-defense. Bennett had been minding her own business in an empty lot, all alone on Christmas, holding an assault rifle, when this wooden board had the audacity to wish her Happy Holidays instead of Merry Christmas. Mostly because she had made a large sign that said "Happy Holidays" and then taped it to said board, but still. Was she about to stand there and take that? Was she going to be disrespected like that, and by an inanimate object of all things? No, she was not.

"Where's Kaitlin?" someone in her family surely wondered as they gathered round for their Christmas feast. "Out back, shooting angrily at a wooden board what wronged her," someone else probably replied. "Again?" asked another.

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'Still A Believer In Santa?' Wonkagenda For Wed., Dec. 26, 2018

Trump insults a seven-year-old, and holds the country hostage. Your morning news brief!

Happy Kwanzaa and Boxing Day, Wonketariat! We'll be slow-posting with both Evan and Dok out, so just consider it "artisanal." Here's some of the things we may be talking about today.

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Post-Racial America

Trump 'Safety' Commission: Prevent School Shootings By Expelling More Black Kids!

Also, build the Wall, probably.

After February's school massacre in Parkland, Florida, Donald Trump got right to work doing something about all the guns in circulation in America, recommending tighter background checks and age restrictions on the purchase of semiautomatic rifles like the one used in the shooting, as well as making it easier to take guns away from dangerous unstable people. He even vowed to take any flak the NRA might throw at him, for the sake of our precious young people. The NRA immediately freaked out, so Trump then corrected his wrongthink and declared we need a lot more teachers packing heat, yeah, that's the ticket.

Trump also gave Education Secretary Betsy DeVos the task of chairing a commission to recommend how to make schools safer, and that commission, safely past the immediate horror of that particular mass shooting and the election, has issued its very important report and recommendations. Hope you won't be too surprised the report has very little to say about guns, but is just full of rightwing plans for making schools better, as long as everyone can still buy all the guns they want. And one of the report's chief recommendations to make schools safer is a beaut: Rescind Obama-era rules aimed at addressing racial disparities in school discipline, because only by getting tougher on minority kids can we truly be safe.

Funny thing, that section of the report isn't even mentioned in the White House Press release praising Dear Leader (the release is splashily titled "President Donald J. Trump Is Committed to Making Our Schools Safer." Happily, there's no patriotic march to go along with it). But it's a pretty substantial part of the report, taking up eight pages (including notes), compared to the section rejecting a change in the minimum age to buy a rifle or shotgun (3 pages with notes), which says there's no evidence it would accomplish anything, but does call for "more study."

So how did a recommendation to do away with an Obama guidance to not punish minority kids more harshly than white kids take pride of place in a report that's ostensibly about preventing massacres, which are generally committed by white males? Simple! Republicans HATED that rule!

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Elections

Maybe Mexico Won't Pay For It? Wonkagenda For Wed., Dec. 19, 2018

Trump's not so proud to shut the government down anymore, and Facebook gave away all your shit. Your morning news brief!

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

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Post-Racial America

Christmas At Ground Zero. Wonkagenda For Mon., Dec. 17, 2018

Rudy Giuliani is funnier when he's (ALLEGEDLY) drunk, and Stephen Miller's spray-on hair threatens to shut down the government. Your morning news brief!

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

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Russia

Russian Witch Hunt Catches Russian Witch

If these people were competent, they'd be REALLY dangerous.

Have you ever wondered who falls for those Nigerian prince schemes? Who hires rando Travelers to paint the garage? Who thinks the IRS is actually leaving those robot voicemails threatening imminent arrest if you don't send cash today? IT IS REPUBLICANS! (Ever wonder why when you go to right-wing "news" websites, all the ads that take over your browser are for obvious scams? This is why.) The Gaggle of Patsies party are the easiest marks in the world, and they've got their credulous little fingers on the nuclear button. Hooray!

Russian spy Maria Butina's plea agreement was filed this morning in DC federal court, wherein she lays out one prong of the Russian government's influence operation to get rid of those pesky American sanctions that stop oligarchs from parking their looted cash overseas. Guess who figured out that we're governed by a bunch of gunhumping godbotherers who'll do anything you ask if you just take them on a field trip?

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Butina pleaded to one count of failing to register as an agent of a foreign government (we'll give you three guesses which one!) and agreed to fully cooperate with the prosecutors, making her the first Russian witch to plead guilty in the Mueller hunt. Her statement of offense describes a conspiracy where Butina, her handler Alexander Torshin, then-Deputy Governor to the Russian Central Bank (who has curiously just retired!), and her boyfriend US Person 1, AKA Paul Erickson, would cozy up to Republicans in order to influence America's foreign policy.

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Stupid Stoneman Douglas Panel Has Stupid Idea: What If We Armed Teachers?

This is so damn stupid.

The Florida state commission tasked with investigating the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14 has released a preliminary draft of its report recommending ways to prevent future massacres, and it's stupid. The panel suggested armed teachers, stronger security, and better law enforcement are what's needed to keep body counts in schools at a manageable level. The last two points have merit but when they come after an idea as stupid as arming educators, it's hard to give them their due.

The panel voted 13-1 to recommend the Legislature allow the Rambo-fication of teachers. This is a stupid idea. Once you arm teachers, they are no longer teachers but mall cops with books. The stupid plan would let teachers carry guns in classrooms if they go through a "selection process" that involves background checks and training. I'm personally not comfortable with my kid in a classroom where the teacher took a few online courses and is now packing heat. If we're going this route, then I'd suggest just putting actual cops in school who are good at math or who at least listened to The Scarlet Letter once on Audible.

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Elections

'Merry Christmas, Ya Filthy Animal!' Wonkagenda For Thurs., Dec. 13, 2018

Michael Cohen's secrets, and Rudy Giuliani's (allegedly!) drunk texts! Your morning news brief!

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

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Culture

Ammon Bundy Is Good Now

Okay, he said some not-crazy things about immigration. Doesn't make him not crazy.

Ammon Bundy, the leader of the High Plains Grifters (not to mention Y'All Qaeda) and a favorite of various "patriot" and anti-government groups, has decided to sever his ties to the militia movement after many of his former supporters condemned him and his family for criticizing Donald Trump's demonization of immigrants.

Bundy took to Facebook last week to try to correct -- from a Biblical perspective, as filtered through his Mormon fundamentalism -- the wrongthink of Trump and Trumpism when it comes to hating immigrants, especially Central Americans seeking asylum. Don't go looking for the Facebook post, though; as part of his uncoupling from the militia crowd, Bundy has deleted his account (it's summed up well here, though). Happily, some rightwing loon who thinks Bundy lost his damn mind copied the whole thing to YouTube, for the purpose of posting a long tedious OMG-How-Could-You-Betray-Us?

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He Knows When You're Awake. Wonkagenda For Fri., Dec. 7, 2018

Santa Mueller's coming to court, and Trump's breaking his cabinet. Your morning news brief!

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

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Russia

Remember Weird-Ass Russian Spy Maria Butina And Her Old-Ass American Boy Toy? Here's What's Up With Them!

Her case might be 'resolved' soon, and he might face charges as a RUSSIAN AGENT!

Rarely is the question asked, "Hey, I hope that Russian spy lady Maria Butina, who worked a spy plan to use the NRA to infiltrate the Republican party, is doing OK." And we're not askin' it here neither! But we have a few updates about her to share with you!

Rachel Maddow reported on Butina's case Wednesday night, noting that recent activity around the case suggests it's working toward some sort of resolution. Butina was supposed to be in court today, but that got canceled. However, attorneys for both sides had a conference call this morning that suggests negotiations for some sort of plea deal are still under way.

In case you need a reminder who the hell this woman is, we will remind you now. Butina was arrested this past summer, not long after she graduated from American University, because the feds got hip to her scheme to pretend to be a Russian "gun rights activist" (which is li'l bit different in Russia from how it is here, considering how Russia does not have a Second Amendment and is not a gun culture) and use the NRA to get Republicans and possibly the Trump campaign to do Russia's bidding. Somehow, back in 2015, Butina managed to be the very first person ever to ask Donald Trump about lifting Russian sanctions in public (spoiler alert, he liked the idea). It's funny because now we know that in late 2015, Trump was trying to make a Trump Tower Moscow happen (and lying to the American public about it), just like he had done a couple years before, but DOY! it didn't work out, because all the people and banks in Russia that could fund such a thing are under heavy US sanctions. It sure does seem that lifting those sanctions might be the quid pro quo for Russia helping steal the election for Donald Trump, but we won't be certain until Robert Mueller tells us the whole story.

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Post-Racial America

Alabama Police Shot E.J. Bradford In The Back Like They Were In A Gangster Movie

So, why is it legal for cops to shoot us in the back?

More information was released about the police shooting of a black man at an Alabama mall in November. Emantic Bradford Jr. was shot three times from behind, according to a forensic examination his family commissioned. This is the type of expense you can expect to incur when you can't trust the cops. Most black people have separate savings accounts set aside for this purpose.

The examination results reveal that Bradford was shot in his back, the back of his head, and the back of his neck. Very few back-related areas were missed. You normally don't see cops on TV shooting people in the back because it's gross. This is the type of gangland-style slaying you see in mobster movies. Even then audiences will cry out, "No, Tommy, don't go into that room! You're not getting made!"

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Elections

'Individual 1.' Wonkagenda For Fri., Nov. 30, 2018

Mueller's is eyeballing the entire Trump family. Your morning news brief!

Morning Wonketariat! Strap in, here's some of the things we may be talking about today.

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Russia

Hard Rain's Gonna Fall. Wonkagenda For Thurs., Nov. 29, 2018

Robert Mueller's hunting rat fuckers, Republicans run from the Saudis, and Julian Assange lost his cat. Your morning news brief!

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

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Post-Racial America

Black Army Vet Wrongly Shot By Alabama Police Because Oh Who The Hell Knows Why Anymore?

And in Illinois, they shot the good guy with the gun.

The Second Amendment is lethal for black people. I frequently make this declaration because the police are frequently killing black men who exercise their supposed constitutional right to bear arms. A couple weeks ago, Illinois police shot and killed armed security guard Jemel Roberson on the grounds that he was armed while securing someone. Now Alabama police have added to the senseless body count.

On Thanksgiving night (that's last Thursday if you don't know how the holiday works), there was a shooting at Riverchase Galleria, a very fancy name for a very large mall in the Birmingham suburb of Hoover. During the commotion and gunfire, an officer working security fatally shot 21-year-old Emantic "EJ" Bradford Jr., and the police immediately set out to protect the cop and serve Bradford with posthumous slander.

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Guns

What The F*ck Is Wrong With Men?

And could they stop killing us, please?

Yesterday afternoon, a man went to Mercy Hospital in Chicago and killed three people: a pharmacy resident named Dayna Less, a police officer named Samuel Jimenez, and Dr. Tamara O'Neal, the man's former fiancé. The shooter, Juan Lopez, 32, was seen arguing with Dr. O'Neal in the parking lot before taking his gun out and shooting her nine times. People called 911, police arrived. Lopez ran into the hospital and ended up in a shootout with Samuel Jimenez that ended in both of their deaths and the death of Dayna Less.

Also, yesterday, a man walked into a Catholic supply store in St. Louis, pulled out a gun, ordered two women to take their clothes off, sexually assaulted them and then shot one of them in the head. She didn't survive, he still hasn't been caught.

Also, yesterday, a man in Denver shot five people, killing one, wounding four. No one knows why, and police are still looking for him.

That was all in one day.

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