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Donald Trump Turning Military Into Mob Protection Racket

Oh, we WISH we were kidding.

All the My Generals have left the building, and Grandpa Gangster is wilding out! We've known forever that Trump wants to turn the US military into a protection racket. Because when you're a dimwitted thug, a collective security agreement that keeps the planet out of another world war and leaves the US as undisputed hegemon is clearly a sucker's game.

For the past two years, Mattis, McMaster, and Kelly managed to keep a lid on most of Commander VD's worst impulses. But no more! Now the only ones left are nativist loons like Stephen Miller, who actually believe that shit, and power-humping sycophants like Pompeo and Bolton, who know better but don't care.

Bloomberg reports today that Trump is actually ready to pull the trigger and turn the US military into a lean, mean profit-making machine.

Under White House direction, the administration is drawing up demands that Germany, Japan and eventually any other country hosting U.S. troops pay the full price of American soldiers deployed on their soil -- plus 50 percent or more for the privilege of hosting them, according to a dozen administration officials and people briefed on the matter.

American GIs are wildly unpopular in Okinawa, and opposition to deployment of the US anti-missile shield in South Korea almost swung the last presidential election there, but ... sure, Poppy! Foreign governments will just bust open their piggy banks for the privilege of hosting the American military on their soil. For the record, Japan actually does pay the lion's share of the cost for US troops. But think of how much more power we'll exert when we switch to a fee-for-service model!

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Poor Marks. Wonkagenda For Wed., March 6, 2019

Trump's stonewalling and screaming, Republicans are squirming, and a lovely tribute for Rep. John Dingell. Your morning news brief!

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

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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!

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

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2020 presidential election

Hannity Awards Trump Shiny Participation Nobel For Tapping Out In North Korea

Don't want you to go, but love to watch you leave.

Hooray for the Dear Leaders! Let us all prostrate ourselves before their caravans as we sing hosannas of gratitude to Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un for their rousing success in Hanoi. Trump is wheels-up on Air Force One after achieving exactly nothing, but at least he didn't give them Ivanka! So time for Shinzo Abe to get his nominating pen out and write another letter to the Nobel Committee now that world peace is at hand.

We were led to believe that Donald Trump was just about to ink an historic deal to bring harmony to the Korean peninsula. Truth, light, and kim chi for all! In June, he tweeted that "There is no longer a nuclear threat from North Korea." Just yesterday, President Arty McDeals was promising that we'd have a shiny new deal real soon.

He'd already gotten the party started by giving up the demand for inspections to ensure that North Korea actually dismantle their nuclear program. Trust, but don't verify, as Saint Ronnie used to say, right? LOL, remember that funny time when Trump pulled us out of the Iran denuclearization deal because he said the inspections regime wasn't sufficient to ensure compliance? Guess it's different when you're IN LOVE with a hot stud like Kim Jong Un, huh?

We said HUH?

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Chinaman Not The Preferred Nomenclature, Trump. Wonkagenda For Tues., Feb. 26, 2019

Michael Cohen has 'EARTH SHATTERING' news, Trump trying to steal Uncle Sam's purse, and 9/11 first responders need our help. Your morning news brief!

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History Facts

Marco Rubio REALLY Wants To Make A Venezuelan Snuff Film

It's almost as if he's trying to say something. BUT WHAT?

Senator Marco Rubio had a fine old time Sunday calling for a military coup in Venezuela, and suggesting it would be super-neato if that country's president, Nicolás Maduro, could be summarily executed like in any good revolution. He didn't actually say that, of course! That would be undiplomatic behavior for a US senator! Instead, Rubio just tweeted a whole bunch of explicit calls for Maduro to be toppled, and then a few very cryptic before-and-after images of notorious dictators who ended up dead, or in one case, in prison. Tweeting out bloody fantasies of retribution sure seems like a perfectly cromulent way to observe the Lord's day. For a sociopath.

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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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Science

Meet Trump's New Climate Policy Guy: This F*cking Lunatic

'The demonization of carbon dioxide is just like the demonization of the poor Jews under Hitler'? Oh.

The Washington Post reports the Trump administration is on the verge of forming a panel to reconsider the Pentagon and Intelligence community assessment that climate change poses a serious concern for national security. The idea that climate is a national security concern is hardly crazy -- the Pentagon has been warning about the implications of climate change for national defense since the 1990s, and by 2010, the Defense Department was urging that climate change should be considered a major force of destabilization around the world. Hungry people whose crops have dried up may get violent, you know? Or at least pick up and move elsewhere, where they may not be welcome. Similarly, the CIA in 2008 tried to assess the likely effects of climate change on security through 2030.

Of course, now that President ScienceBrain is in office, that's all in the trash, at least in the Oval Office. And this new effort to set up a "Presidential Committee on Climate Security" through an executive order has the potential to erase considerations of climate from national security planning, because the "president" doesn't believe it, and has surrounded himself with other great intellects who reject science too. And hoo boy, get a load of the guy in charge of the whole shebang: William Happer, a laser expert who worked on Reagan's Star Wars antimissile program and, not surprisingly, is not a climate scientist. Instead, he argues that we need a lot more CO2 in the atmosphere, because it's what plants crave.

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TO INFINITY! Wonkagenda For Wed., Feb. 20, 2019

Trump's NSC caught going nuclear, a space farce, and more Russian fuckery. Your morning news brief!

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

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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

Rep. Ilhan Omar Would Just Like To Know Which Massacre Elliott Abrams Is Proudest Of

She's got your 'humanitarianism' hangin'!

If there is a lesson for 2019, it is that sometimes the rules change mid-game. So if you ever wore blackface to a party, or jerked off into a planter in front of someone who didn't consent, or trafficked in anti-Semitic slurs, or aided and abetted a whole slew of human-rights abusers in Latin America, then took a plea in the Iran-Contra affair and got pardoned by George H.W. Bush -- there may be a price to pay. Conservatives like to call this PC CULTURE RUN AMOK! Because ... they would. We call it ABOUT DAMN TIME, and if you get caught on the wrong side, well ... so sorry for your bad luck.

Yesterday's exchange between freshman Democratic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar and Special Envoy to Venezuela Elliott Abrams was peak 2019. Omar is facing a firestorm of criticism for tweets that draw on anti-Semitic tropes to imply that American politicians only support Israel because AIPAC bribes them with contributions. Which is both offensive and lazy -- anyone who has seen Christian tour groups baptizing themselves in the mud puddle that is the "River" Jordan can tell you that the Evangelical Israel boner has more to do with the Book of Revelation than AIPAC's checkbook. (Catch you in that Lake of Fire, (((my peeps!))))

For his part, Abrams has enough checkers in his past to cover a picnic table. As a rabid anti-Communist in the Reagan and George H.W. Bush years, Abrams never met a Latin American dictator he didn't love. Reagan's zeal to overthrow the "communist" Sandinistas in Nicaragua required him to park thousands of troops next door in Honduras -- which in turn required him to prop up the Honduran government with US aid dollars and ignore massive human rights abuses by that country's army. As Reagan's Assistant Secretary of State for Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs (and IRONY!), Abrams supported the Honduras policy and also vouched for the human rights record of Guatemalan dictator Efrain Rios Montt, who was later convicted of genocide for trying to wipe out an indigenous Mayan tribe.

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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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White House

Trump's Plan B: Make WALL From California's Ashes, Tears Of Puerto Ricans

Just mix in a bit of military funding magic and PRESTO: a lawsuit!

It's starting to look like Donald Trump may decide to sign off on the bipartisan government funding compromise reached earlier this week -- assuming "Fox & Friends" doesn't convince him Thursday morning that the bill would actually make "La Cucaracha" the new national anthem. Of course, that budget deal only provides a portion of the border security funds Trump had demanded -- and even that's a bit less than was included in the December budget resolution Trump shut the government down over. Trump has also been told by top Republicans that they're not keen on the idea of his declaring a "national emergy" in order to shift military funds around (not that he'd necessarily care), but the White House is now planning a fallback option to shift various already-approved funding around to build some WALL without an emergy declaration at all.

Not surprisingly, it is a dumb, possibly illegal plan, too.

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Trump Speaks For The Jews. Wonkagenda For Wed., Feb. 13, 2019

Trump loses WALL again, Tucker Carlson goes full Tucker Carlson, and Kevin McCarthy thinks healthcare death paneled the GOP. Your morning news brief!

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

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