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INFINITE SCREAMMMMM! Wonkagenda For Fri., March 1, 2019

Jared calls his father-in-law, HHS says no kiddy fiddling in baby jails, and the shitshow at CPAC. Your morning news brief!

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Another Bill In The Wall. Wonkagenda For Fri., Feb. 22, 2019

Trump STILL can't get his wall money, Alex Acosta broke the law, and Dame Peggington hates commie kids. Your morning news brief!

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Lindsey Graham, Stephen Miller Interrupt Your Sunday With Their Stupid Lie-Holes

It's your Sunday Show Rundown!

Hello Wonks! We begin today's cavalcade of xenophobic morons with White House Senior Policy Advisor and Santa Monica Goebbels Stephen Miller. After being summoned by saying his name three times into a mirror, he appeared on "Fox News Sunday" to discuss the national emergency declaration made by his short fingered overlord. Chris Wallace, however, and as occasionally happens, was having none of Miller's bullshit:

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Mike Pence Embarasses Himself (Again). Wonkagenda For Mon., Feb. 18, 2019

Andy McCabe goes on 60 Minutes, Heather Nauert quit-fired, and LA's 'army of cats.' Your morning news brief!

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Post-Racial America

CAN HE DO THAT? A Wallsplainer!

Long story short ... eh?

YEAH, HE CAN PROBABLY DO IT. He's probably going to raid funds set aside for military construction and housing to build his stupid Fuck You Mexico monument. Our best hope is to tie this shit up in the courts until 2021, when we send his flabby ass packing off to Florida permanently, God willing and the crick don't rise. Sorry it's not better news.

OMG, What Is Even Happening?

Well, earlier this week, Congress hammered out a compromise budget and crossed their fingers hoping that Sean Hannity would sign off on it and not shut the government down again. Looks like that goat they sacrificed in the Senate cloakroom must have done the trick, because the government will remain open. But everything has a price, and President Couch Potato refused to sign unless Mitch McConnell agreed to support a national emergency declaration for WALL. So Yertle inched back to the Senate where he interrupted a pissed-off Chuck Grassley to announce the joyous news that their party had WON! Or, you know, "won." Not only did they get their budget blessed by the Dear Leader, they also were getting a shiny new usurpation of congressional authority, HOORAY! Literally no one was fooled -- they all knew McConnell had gotten played, and they were about to be yanked ever deeper into the cold abyss. Which is what happens when you lash your party to a giant sea demon racing toward the bottom of an ocean of corruption. You pays your money, and you takes your chances.

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Post-Racial America

What We Do To The Least Among Us Is This Refugee Kids' Tent City

Same shit, different location.

In January, the government finally closed Tornillo, that tent city shelter that had housed up to 3,800 teens at a time. Partly because of pressure from the public and lawmakers, but mostly because the Texas nonprofit that ran the place for the Department of Health and Human Services decided not to renew the contract. Some of the kids stored at Tornillo were released to sponsors in the US, and others were shifted to other facilities around the country. But the closure of the Tornillo kinder-kamp wasn't the end of shitty warehousing of migrant kids, heavens no, because the government has another "temporary" shelter, this one in Homestead, Florida, where kids aged 13 to 17 have also been kept crammed in close quarters for months at a time. In December, the feds expanded the Homestead shelter's capacity from 1,350 to 2,350 children, and in recent days, the place has been the focus of critical coverage from the Miami Herald, Huffington Post, and NPR.

Tornillo had been the object of protest not simply because it was a bunch of tents (very nice air-conditioned tents, the government kept pointing out), but because as a "temporary" shelter on federal land, it was exempt from regulations that apply to other child-storage facilities under HHS management. Staff didn't have to be licensed child-care workers and the kids didn't have to receive an education, although they did have the option of filling out workbooks if they wanted to. Access to mental health services and legal help were also iffy at Tornillo.

And big surprise, same goes for the shelter in Homestead, which is on federal land borrowed from the Job Corps, but is actually operated by a for-profit outfit, Comprehensive Health Services, Inc. Since it's allegedly meant only to handle "temporary" overflow of "unaccompanied alien children" (the charming bureaucratic term for kids who come to the US without parents or guardians), the Homestead shelter is also exempted from regulations that apply to other shelters, as the Miami Herald explains:

Temporary emergency shelters, according to federal officials, are any "unlicensed care provider facility that provides temporary emergency shelter and services for unaccompanied alien children when licensed facilities are near or at capacity."

Being unlicensed means the facilities like Homestead don't have to be certified by state authorities responsible for regulating facilities that house children. Temporary shelters also don't have to comply with the 1997 "Flores Settlement," which limits the length of time and conditions under which U.S. officials can detain unaccompanied minors — 20 days.

Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Oregon), a key figure in the opposition to Trump's treatment of migrant kids and their families, is pissed, and recently reintroduced his "Shut Down Child Prison Camps Act," aimed at banning the use of "temporary" shelters to imprison migrant kids. Merkley told the Herald,

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Love Your Children Well. Wonkagenda For Thurs., Feb. 14, 2019

Manafort FUXXORED, snakey Republicans throw tantrums over guns, and Fox tries to hide an anti-Nazi documentary. Your morning news brief!

Morning Wonketariat, and happy Valentine's Day! Here's some of the things we may be talking about today.

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Congress Reaches Shutdown Deal If Fox & Friends Don't Veto It

Mexico still unaccountably refusing to pay for WALL.

With the government set to run out of money Friday, congressional negotiators announced they'd come to an agreement "in principle" to fund the government and avoid another shutdown. It remains to be seen whether Donald Trump will decide to sign it or will outsource the decision to the usual junta of his favorite rightwing pundits. The agreement provides an itsy-bitsy amount of funding for WALL, but far less than Trump had demanded. Which may not matter anyway since Trump apparently believes he can declare a national emergency and then build whatever he wants.

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Trump V. Beto: No Contest. Wonkagenda For Tues., Feb. 12, 2019

Trump takes on Beto, you're not getting a tax refund, and David Pecker's little Bonesaw. Your morning news brief!

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2020 presidential election

Two Men. One Border. One Brain.

Beto is doing a rally in El Paso tonight! Rumor has it this other dipshit might also be in town.

Donald Trump is heading out to El Paso, Texas, tonight to yell at the border and tell it to grow a WALL, and we fully expect him to lie all over again about the crime rate in that border city. Of course, we all know WHO ELSE is actually from El Paso, and for once "Hitler" is the wrong answer, because it is former congressman and Senate candidate Beto O'Rourke. As it happens, he's not particularly jazzed by Trump's plan to hold a slob picnic in his town and lie about border walls, so O'Rourke plans to take part in a march and rally to counter Trump's nastiness, in a venue just about a mile away from Trump's. Hopefully upwind.

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Post-Racial America

We Have Always Been At War With Shutdownia

Oh, but THIS one is because Dems want you to die!!!

The government runs out of money on Saturday, so unless negotiators can find some kind of budget deal by then, we'll have another goddamn government shutdown, taking paychecks away from 800,000 government employees and forcing half of them to work without pay. To make matters worse, negotiations on a budget deal broke down over the weekend because Democrats want Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to only lock up criminals who are slated for deportation, while Republicans want all undocumented immigrants to be imprisoned infinitely. Or, as Donald Trump explained, Democrats want murderers to run wild in the street, because isn't that just like them?

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ANOTHER Government Shutdown!?! Wonkagenda For Mon., Feb. 11, 2019.

Trump demands WALL (again), everyone is still talking about Jeff Bezos's dick pics, and so much more. Your morning news brief!

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

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Trump's Nixon Moment. Wonkagenda For Wed., Feb. 6, 2019

Democrats refuse to stand for Trump's American carnage, Stacey Abrams is PERFECT, and Robert Mueller is following the rubles. Your morning news brief!

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Pomp And Circumstance. Wonkagenda For Tues., Feb. 5, 2019

Law enforcement looks at the shady 'naug, Dr. Ronny Jackson is making his comeback, and DC gets ready for the SOTU. Your morning news brief!

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Courts

Government: Reuniting All The Kids We Stole Would Make The Children Sad :(

Yet more weaponized incompetence.

In court filings Friday, the federal government argued that even though a recent government report stated that many more children were taken from their parents at the border than have been accounted for, trying to reunite all of them with their parents would be a heck of a lot of work, and taking them away from their new homes would be disruptive, so it would be best just to leave things as they are.

What, you don't agree?

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Kris Kobach, Other Grifty Creeps Bilking Bigots For Trump's WALL

They've got enough for a few inches.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi humiliated Donald Trump and denied him federal funds for his stupid WALL, even after he shut down the government and held federal employees hostage for weeks. Now, xenophobic bigots from the private sector have decided to construct WALL all by themselves.

It began as a humble GoFundMe scam in December before growing into an even shadier scam early this year. The campaign's organizer, Brian Kolfage, and some other idiots have launched the nonprofit corporation WeBuildtheWall Inc. The "Inc" supposedly makes it respectable, like when a child names her summer refreshment business "Sally's Lemonade Stand Inc."

WeBuildtheWall Inc., like a spilled can of garbage, has attracted such rightwing luminaries as former Kansas secretary of state Kris Kobach, Blackwater founder Erik Prince, and former Gap Band member "Sheriff" David Clarke. Kobach, who recently lost the Kansas governor's race to someone competent (a DEMOCRAT even!), might seem an odd choice to serve on the advisory board for this project. Kansas is a 12-hour drive from the US's southern border, and the state's most famous illegal immigrant is Superman, who most people like. But Kobach is a hardline immigration opponent and would've put baby Kal-El in an old Walmart detention center if he'd had the chance.

The $20 million that fools contributed to the GoFundMe effort had to be returned, but Kobach claims that 94 percent of those donors, being fools and all, agreed to transfer their money to this new effort, which has so far raised $12 million. Kobach also says this project has Trump's "blessing." Whether the project has the "blessing" of the many legal and environmental obstacles in its path is another matter entirely.

The WeBuildtheWall Inc. crew headed to Texas last week to tour the southern border and meet with landowners whose irrational bigotry they hope will let them erect pointless eyesores on their property. Breitbart hack Dustin Stockton, who once advised Kelli Ward's Senate campaign for a hot second, is the organization's vice president of strategy and marketing. He said he believes they could build something in "months, not years." Yeah, you can't even build a Trader Joe's in just "months" let alone WALL.

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