'Anarchist jurisdictions' is not a thing.
The Department of Justice announced this morning that it would be officially designating New York City, Seattle, and Portland as "anarchist jurisdictions" — a term that means absolutely nothing, but that they are claiming means the cities "have permitted violence and destruction of property to persist and have refused to undertake reasonable measures to counteract criminal activities."
It would be super fun to roll our eyes at this, at how this is a really weird move for a party that is supposedly so upset about cancel culture and thinks that consumer boycotts are a violation of the First Amendment, and also how stupid Donald Trump doesn't even know what anarchism is. But the purpose for the designation is that Trump wants to "defund" these cities. He wants to take away their federal funding. You may recall that he has tried to do this before with sanctuary cities. It's become his go-to whenever he feels like he's not getting his way.
Another great idea buys the pharma.
The White House almost reached a deal with Big Pharma that would have limited the costs of prescription drugs for folks on Medicare, but negotiators for the pharmaceutical industry noped out because the Trump administration wanted drug companies to send out $100 cash cards to seniors just before the election, the New York Times reports.
Had it actually gone through, the deal would have done some real good for people using Medicare's prescription drug program. The drug companies would have put up $150 billion to help cover out-of-pocket costs, covering most seniors' co-pays for prescription meds. And with Donald Trump's support from older voters slipping, actually reducing drug costs would have been quite a feather in his cap right before the election. He's been promising big results on prescription drug prices since 2015, and this might have been something to point at as a success.
But oopsies, the industry negotiators refused to get roped into the cash-card stunt:
Mark Meadows, Mr. Trump's chief of staff, insisted the drug makers pay for $100 cash cards that would be mailed to seniors before November — "Trump Cards," some in the industry called them.
Some of the drugmakers bridled at being party to what they feared would be seen as an 11th-hour political boost for Mr. Trump, the people familiar with the matter said.
Oh gosh, looks like another big black eye for America's greatest deal-maker.
This keeps not working out for him.
Yesterday, rumors were swirling that Trump was planning to replace FBI director Christopher Wray after Wray said true things while testifying to the Department of Homeland Security instead of the things that Trump wants to be true. Right-wing media, starting with Newsmax and moving on to the traditional Macedonian troll farm outlets, started reporting that not only did he already have a shortlist, but that the person at the very top of that list is Michael Flynn lawyer Sidney Powell. This, of course, would be a really exciting thing for all of the weirdo QAnon people who think Michael Flynn is their special hero or whatever.
WHITE HOUSE 📍: After Newsmax TV's @EmeraldRobinson reported that @SidneyPowell1 is on a short-list of candidates t… https://t.co/EbGiYfZ36T— Newsmax (@Newsmax)1600450840.0
No one else has confirmed that, so we're taking it with a grain of salt, but Trump has told more reputable media that he is considering it.
They've been trying to kill us from the beginning.
Another one for the annals of Donald Trump Is Trying To Kill You, And Has Been This Whole Time!
The US post office had an idea. A good idea! (This was in the pre-Louis DeJoy days, obvs.) When the Trump administration changed its mind many moons ago and decided that masks were a good idea, after all, the post office looked at itself and said, "Hello, Myself, King Of Mailboxes! I bet I could be a Look For The Helpers just like Mr. Rogers!"
So it hatched a plan. It could send FIVE (5) reusable masks to every house in America, because you know what the post office is good at? Sending people shit. (This was in the pre-Louis DeJoy days, obvs.)