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  • Laboring Americans, were you excited when your Barack Obama took to the stage on Labor Day and made an exciting proposal to spend $50 billion on infrastructure, which would create many a job building things, through labor? Then you were probably equally excited the day after Labor Day ("Capital Day"), when that proposal was rolled into another stimulus idea of cutting taxes on capital spending for businesses. Still, we don't see any capital gains tax cut in here, and we all know that any stimulus concept that doesn't include a capital gains tax cut is worse than Stalinism. [NYT/NYT]
  • Can't a state Republican Party run ads showing Obama and the Democratic Senate candidate yukking it up at some guy's funeral without the dead guy's family getting all offended? Apparently not, if the complaints from Robert Byrd's kin are any indication. [AP]
  • The Kabul Bank is totally not on the brink of collapse, according to people not among the crowds desperately trying to withdraw their money from the Kabul Bank. [WP]
  • Murkowski-defeating Senate candidate and Palin buddy Joe Miller was the back car in a three-vehicle rear-end-a-thon, three days before his primary victory. Miller was cited for his role in the crash, even though it mostly wasn't his fault. "Then again, you know, there are anomalies in life," said the guy in the frontmost car, philosophically. [WP]
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NO. IT CAN'T BE! Does the Republican-led United States Senate have ... a limit? Is there somehow a line they won't cross in this era of "Let's just go along with whatever Batshit McBigMac up there at 1600 Pennsylvania says and who cares if we destroy America in the process?" Turn out the answer to that question is maybe, and the limit is apparently when the crown prince of Saudi Arabia bone saws a Washington Post journalist to death and the president and the secretaries of State and Defense lie about it to their faces.

Senators do not like being lied to, no matter what party they're in. (Unless they're Chuck Grassley and it's Trump people lying about Russia and they're dangling sweet, delicious corn cobs in front of his face. Or if it's Lindsey Graham, when Trump's mouth is open. But otherwise they hate it.)

The Senate has been holding hearings and offering strongly worded resolutions aimed at forcing Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to take responsibility for the Jamal Khashoggi murder, and also stop genociding the fuck out of Yemen and blockading Qatar and kidnapping the Lebanese prime minister and jailing dissidents, and SO ON. In short, the consensus is that MBS is out of goddamn control and needs to be reined in, yesterday.

On Thursday, the Senate followed that up WITH VOTES. Indeed, the Senate voted unanimously to blame MBS for the murder. (Right here, we are using the definition of "unanimously" that means ALL OF THEM, KATIE, because that is what "unanimously" always means.)

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CBP Photo, McAllen, Texas, June 2018

A seven-year-old Guatemalan girl died of dehydration and shock after she and other migrants turned themselves in to Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents in the New Mexico desert last week, and that's America now, Merry Christmas (NOT "happy holidays," because this is a Christian nation, goddammit). The girl began having seizures about eight hours after she and her father were taken into custody by CBP near Lordsburg, New Mexico. Emergency responders got her on a helicopter to a hospital in El Paso, but she died the next day.

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