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


Current and former FBI and intelligence officials are livid that Devin Nunes and his lackeys are sticking their brown noses in ongoing Trump-Russia investigations and then mouthing off on Fox just to fuck things up.

Later today Steve Bannon will probably throw Jared Kushner under the bus when he speaks with the House Intel Committee. Maybe he'll air out some of Trump's dirty laundry? [Morning Maddow]

Intelligence officials warned Jared Kushner to be careful talking to Rupert Murdoch's ex-wife as she was widely believed to be a Chinese spy. Do you think he listened? [Archive]

Dick Durbin is the latest Senator to get a stupid nickname from Trump after he ran to the LIBERAL media and told them how Trump shat in a hole instead of hashing out a deal on DACA.

Shithole-gate started when Freedom Crazies in the Senate heard Trump had invited Senators Graham and Durbin over to dish on DACA. The freedom crazies flew over on the wings of liberty to stop Trump from striking a deal -- which then led to Trump insulting the Congressional Black Caucus and calling Africa a "shithole." Yes, the story gets worse.

Even though they hold the House, the Senate, and the White House, Republicans are trying to blame Democrats for their own inability to avert a government shutdown. It's widely expected that they'll simply kick the can down the road. Again.

Senate Democrats say that they have 50 votes to overrule the FCC's net neutrality decision, and now they just need to get one more Republican, a majority in the House, and Trump.

Some Senate Democrats have signaled that they're open to repealing some Dodd-Frank provisions that were created in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, while others are warning that another financial fuckfest might be a bad idea.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy has become Trump's latest little bitch, even giving Trump a jar of red Starburst candy to keep him fat and happy. Who the hell do you think you are, Van Halen? Ozzy Osbourne?

Trump's 2020 strategy is to divide the country, painting Bernie Sanders as a crazy old commie and Elizabeth Warren as an East Coast liberal -- but the GOP is scared of anyone who can rally the Rust Belt or run a solid ground game.

Elizabeth Warren is rolling in campaign cash thanks to a record number of small donors throwing oodles of Ameros at her campaign coffers.

The DNC is up shit creek right now as the Berners and party establishment refuse to play nice with each other and face reality.

Later today, the former doctor for the US Olympic Gymnastics team will be confronted in court by some of the 140 Olympic athletes accusing him of criminal sexual conduct. Nassar previously stated, "I have no animosity toward anyone. I just want healing. ... We need to move forward in a sense of growth and healing and I pray (for) that."

Here's an emergency ocelot kitten!

Trump-branded properties are raking in cash from lobbyists, businesses and foreign governments in a quid-pro-quo scheme that is far more obvious and less complicated than Hannity's uranium thing. [Archive]

Once again Mar-a-Lago was dinged by inspectors, this time finding poor maintenance, dangerously exposed rebar and cheap-ass smoke detectors. Gee, add that to poisoned food and Mar-a-Lago sounds like a real shithole...

Sad Times: A 39-year-old man from Detroit, who has lived in the US for 30 years, said a tearful goodbye to his wife and children before being deported to Mexico yesterday. Thanks, Trump. 

The KKK has been quietly flyering suburbia and small town America.

Turkish dictator President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is vowing to dismantle a US-backed force of Kurdish rebels in Syria, calling them terrorists for not lying down so Bashar al-Assad and Vladimir Putin can murder them en masse.

Some sovereign citizens across the pond tried to arrest London's Muzlin Mayor Sadiq Khan -- but people just laughed and told them to GTFO. Note the jackass holding the flag wrong. [Video]

And here's your late night wrap-up! Stephen Colbert doesn't see the difference between a shithole and a shithouse; Seth Meyers took A Closer Look at shitehole-gate; The Daily Show can't believe Republicans are parsing shithole-gate; Jordan Klepper talked about hippies drinking shitty "raw water."

And here's your morning Nice Time: LEMURS!

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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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