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


Trump's White House is trying to stop oversight requests from federal agencies in fear that more people might realize exactly how much they're getting fleeced by Donald Trump.

Some people think that Special Investigator Robert Mueller has a treasure trove of information in Trump's tweets since they offer a road map and timeline that could be used to establish criminal intent. OOOOHHH, somebody's gonna' get in TROUBLE!

The White House and Russia's state-owned bank forgot to coordinate their talking points about Jared Kushner as it looks like J-Kush may have been using his role as a public official to secure financing for his personal business. RUH-ROH!

Immediately after taking office, Trump's White House tried to drop Russian sanctions imposed by Barack Obama because reasons, and that hasn't gone over too well with Foggy Bottom or Capitol Hill.

President Kushner and Princess Ivanka are all, "whatevs, bros" after Trump grabbed lady liberty by the pussy and pulled her out of the Paris Climate Accords.

For their part, Trump's White House staff won't confirm whether or not Trump believes in climate change because they've never bothered to ask, since Trump's past statements speak for themselves. You know, the ones where he calls it a Chinese hoax, and "bullshit."

CEO's from across finance and tech sectors have condemned Trump's move to bail on the Paris Climate Accords including Tesla CEO Elon Musk, and Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein.

Leaders from Not America are pushing ahead with climate legislation and maneuvering businesses into renewable and green technology while criticizing Trump and the U.S. for pulling out of the Paris Climate Accords.

Trump's taking his Muslim ban 2.0 travel restrictions on Muslim-majority countries to the Supreme Court, hoping that they'll ignore racist campaign rhetoric, multiple lower-court rulings, and widespread public opinion, and ban all spooky Muslims potential terrorists.

Trump's isolationist ideology is a bunch of horseshit as his economic advisors are quietly working to establish large international trade negotiations, and advising against the withdraw of multilateral agreements like TPP and NAFTA.

Betsy DeVos is attempting to staff minions who seem like nice counter-weights but the smell of rotting trash still hangs heavy over their heads.

The Office of Inspector General is criticizing the Justice Department's Civil Division for its handling of sexual misconduct cases after it tried to "pass the trash," failed to discipline employees for sexual misconduct, and failed to prosecute a senior official for stalking another attorney.

Looks like Corey Lewandowski and President Kushner are best friends now after the two were spotted hugging in the Rose Garden.

Brexit leader Nigel Farage is laughing off a story about his ALLEGED involvement in Trump-Russia now that he's been named as a person of interest by the FBI.

Kellyanne Conway crawled out from her spider hole to criticize Hillary Clinton as "joyless."

The friends of National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster are worried that Trump is using him and his three gold stars as a mouthpiece to shill garbage and offer cover. Maybe he has a taste for shit-sandwiches?

Trump has appointed Michael D'Andrea to run the CIA's Iran operations, and as a "chain-smoking convert to Islam" who helped locate Osama bin Laden, it raises questions of how hawkish Trump and Republicans are trying to get in Not America.

Yes, Trump's White House is trying to kill daily press briefings because reporters are nerds and we should hit them.

Tucker Carlson's Daily Caller appears to be operating as a 501(c)3 AND a for-profit business, allowing the Daily Caller to avoid paying millions in taxes as it publishes content for free (next to clickbait ads) and "trains" fresh-out-of-college students to be "journalists." Wow. So charity. Very martyr. Such Jesus.

A Pennsylvania man drove to the DC Trump hotel with an AR-15, a handgun, several cellphones and survival supplies and demanded to meet with Trump so he could rant about bringing down big pharma. Don't do that.

Will Twitter bots bring democracy to its knees as people push "covfefe" and conspiracy theories into the court of public discussion? Only if we're all "morans."

Facebook's shareholders are pissed about fake news and they want to know what their Wonderboy in Chief, Mark Zuckerberg, plans to do it about it beyond half-assed speeches and essays.

National Geographic has killed Bill O'Reilly's "Killing" series because it's "difficult," and they're certainly not kicking him while he's rolling around in the fetal position.

Here's a Nice Time story about how Obama met the "Most Interesting Man in the World" after his staff set up a super elaborate birthday party. Treat yo' self!

And here's your late night wrap-up! The Daily Show 'splained how Trump told the Earth to fuck itself, and then Trevor Noah explored the origins of covfefe; Jimmy Kimmel had some covfefe thoughts too.

And here's your morning Nice Time! IT'S FIONA! She's getting so big and sassy that she needs a bigger pool!

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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 lying in a gutter taking photos.

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Hell of a coincidence we have here! On the very same day that a Russian spy gets arrested for using the NRA as a conduit to the Republican Party -- ahem POLITICAL PARTY 1! -- the United States Treasury announces that it won't be collecting donor information from "social welfare groups." Guess which "GUN RIGHTS ORGANIZATION" is a tax exempt social welfare group that raised $337 million in 2016 and will now be able to hide its donor list from the prying eyes of the American public?

Here's a hint:

That's right, donors to the the NRA and those Kochsuckers at Americans for Prosperity can now dump infinity political dollars into their lobbying and electioneering efforts without having their names disclosed to the Federal Election Commission. Or the IRS. Or anyone who might object to propping up lunatic politicians who want to arm preschoolers.

In the bad old days, i.e. yesterday, "social welfare organizations" had to give the IRS names and addresses of anyone donating over $5,000. But now they get to keep it all secret, as White Jesus and Charles Koch intended. Here's how the Treasury explains the change on its website.

Tax-exempt organizations described by section 501(c), other than section 501(c)(3) organizations, are no longer required to report the names and addresses of their contributors on the Schedule B of their Forms 990 or 990-EZ.

Okay, now 'splain us how awesome this is gonna be, Steven Mnuchin!

Americans shouldn't be required to send the IRS information that it doesn't need to effectively enforce our tax laws, and the IRS simply does not need tax returns with donor names and addresses to do its job in this area. It is important to emphasize that this change will in no way limit transparency. The same information about tax-exempt organizations that was previously available to the public will continue to be available, while private taxpayer information will be better protected.

BOOOOORING! Hey, Mitch McConnell, you're a big old whore -- say the quiet part out loud to the Wall Street Journal.

The IRS's decision is a move in the right direction to end activist regulators' culture of intimidation to silence political speech. [...] More and more states were using these documents to chill political discourse, rather than encourage it.

That'll do it! Can't do anything about the pizza racists running their mouths and ruining the grift. But you can make it harder for customers to work out what corporate owners do with their earnings. Because money is speech, and speech is free, and we all have a First Amendment right to secretly fund organizations that team up with Russia to ratfuck American elections and starve the poor.

Thanks, Justice Kennedy!

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[Treasury.gov / WSJ]

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Fox News has been LI'L BIT CONFUSED about how to cover Donald Trump's treason meeting with Vladimir Putin. There was a lot of tut-tutting from Fox's daytime journalists (the "real" ones) on Monday, but then it was Double Dipshit Time on Monday night as Tucker Carlson and Sean Hannity took over the commentary. Carlson found the real election hackers (brown Mexican people who either move to America and become legal citizens who vote or brown Mexican people who are just born here, as if THAT is allowed!) and declared that Russian meddling is like number 115 on the list of things that threaten America. (The other 114 are the blacks and the Mexicans and the gypsies, because Tucker Carlson is a white supremacist.) Meanwhile, Hannity hosted Donald Trump for some kind of mutual lick-off session where Trump said that Putin had informed him that there was NO COLLUSION. It's good to have a KGB handler who remembers stuff like that!

But even then, there was a hopeful moment! Fox News's Chris Wallace committed an actual act of journalism Monday night when he interviewed Vladimir Putin, going so far as to stick Robert Mueller's indictments in the Russian leader's stupid fucking face and dare him to read them. He even asked Putin why he constantly murders people with poison. GO GET HIM, CHRIS WALLACE!

Usually the next morning's "Fox & Friends" is like Carlson and Hannity's afterbirth, but Tuesday morning was a little bit different! For some reason, Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade and Abby Huntsman were not 100% pleased with Dear Leader's behavior in Helsinki! So they put on their Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski masks and did their best impression of a more dumber version of "Morning Joe," and oh my god it was SO WEIRD. Like, they would be outraged for a second, but then they would immediately compliment him and reassure him that he is a Very Good Boy who won that presidential election fair and square.

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