Trump And McConnell In Epic Bitchfight. Wonkagenda For Wed., Aug. 23, 2017

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

Mitch McConnell and Donald Trump aren't on speaking terms after Trump called McConnell up and said mean potty words, and bitched about McConnell's refusal to commit obstruction of justice in the Senate's Trump-Russia investigation. SAD! [Morning Maddow]

Christopher Steele handed over his sources for THE DOSSIER to the Senate Judiciary Committee, and the head of Fusion GPS sat for NINE HOURS yesterday, spilling his guts about Trump-Russia, his reacharounds with Russian oligarchs, and the pee hookers.

A new PPP poll shows that a majority of Americans think Trump-Russia is a thing, Trump and/or his people did diddle the election, and that Trump should "You're Fired" himself if coordination with Russia is proven. [Video]

Billionaires are finding out that they can't just bypass the bureaucracy in Washington, and at least one of them may find himself on the wrong side of Johnny Law. [Morning Maddow]

As Trump grows unhinged and throws temper tantrums on Twitter, the military is stepping up to keep the status quo around the world, a move that is as refreshing as it is terrifying.

The NRA wants to kill all the cute woodland critters inside national parks, and Trump officials are gagging the National Park Service from speaking out against what the NRA calls the "Sportsmen's Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act."

Prince Jared is heading back to the Middle East to make all the peaces for Israel, but HR McMaster has sent an NSC chaperone to make sure there's no hanky panky.

North Carolina Republican Rep. Walter Jones seems to be only Republican speaking out against Trump's new old war in Afghanistan.

At a rally in Phoenix last night Trump threatened to shut down the government over the Tortilla Curtain, blamed the media for racial violence in Charlottesville, attacked his own party, and suggested he would pardon former Sheriff Joe Arpaio. All in all, it was about what you'd expect from a man with "fragile" tattooed on his ego.

A mash-up of political fringe groups converged outside of Trump's rally in Phoenix to protest, which culminated in a raucous display of people fighting the power, the power fighting the people.

A new Politico/Morning Consult poll has Trump with EVEN LOWER ratings this morning, showing a 39/56 percent approve/disapprove, a 5 point drop from last week. That's bigly bad.

MORE charities are bailing on Mar-a-Lago fundraisers in an effort to distance themselves from a guy who trashes veterans/senators with brain cancer, cuddles up to Nazis, and stares at the sun.

Federal prosecutors amended a warrant to search a website that helped people protest the Inauguration; instead they're focusing specifically on the 200 pissed off people who were arrested rather than the entirety of the site's visitor.

Stoners are revolting against Roger Stone after he decided to stick to Trump in the wake of Charlottesville. As usual, Stone thinks George Soros is just killing his buzz.

Democrats are gearing up for presidential primary runs from Mike Pence, John Kasich and Nikki Haley now that it's looking more and more likely Trump could be "You're Fired." Talk about left field!

A number of people have bailed out on the National Infrastructure Advisory Council a day before it was to hold its first meeting. I can't imagine why!

According to federal officials, a crooked Texas cop was working with a Mexican drug cartel, and they were tipped off when he appeared in a music video for the song "6000 kilos" during a verse about crooked cops.

A Chicago alderman wants to ban self-driving cars because there's nothing preventing a crazy, wild-eyed scientist from building a time traveling DeLorean to kill jobs.

A third video of dirty cops in Baltimore has surfaced after a cop "self-reported as a re-enactment of the seizure of evidence." Jeez, you'd think these guys were auditioning for The Wire.

A wanna-be slumlord in NYC has been putting up murals of Nazis and Confederates inside and out of his apartment building. In Chicago we just have to deal with asbestos!

"Lazy anarchist" and political prankster @Sinon_Reborn tricked Breitbart's Editor-in-Chief into professing his undying loyalty to President Bannon, and pledging to bring down Javanka.

The FCC is refusing to comply with a FOIA request to release 47,000 net neutrality complaints because it is literally too "burdensome" to have to go through all that paperwork.

Surprise! Science bozos are saying abstinence-only sex ed doesn't work in a new study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health. Wrap it up, kids!

That "Blacks for Trump" sign guy who keeps popping up behind Trump at rallies is a former member of a crazy murder cult who goes by the the name "Michael the Black Man."

An Asian-American ESPN announcer named Robert Lee was swapped out for safety reasons after the networked was scared that he might stoke fears and protests during a UVA sportsball game next month. THAT'S NOT HOW THIS WORKS!

In her new book, Hillary Clinton talks frankly about her perceived failures during the 2016 presidential campaign, and about how she kept her cool ("with clenched fists") during that second debate when Trump stalked her across the stage.

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Dominic Gwinn

Dominic is a broke journalist in Chicago. You can find him in a dirty bar talking to weirdos, or in a gutter taking photos.


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