Thoughts & Essays

5TtRT: Hurricane Florence, ICE, Manafort, Kavanaugh & more

TGIF, folks. This seems like it’s been a really long week, so I’m glad it’s over.

Quick heads up: Hurricane Florence has made landfall and is wrecking the coast as I type. You can find live updates all over the web, if you’re keeping an eye on the situation. Here’s one spot.

Hurricane Florence, Sept 13, via NOAA
Hurricane Florence, Sept. 13. Credit: GOES/NOAA.

5 Things to Read Today

  1. CNN: It’s not just FEMA: ICE quietly got an extra $200 million – The Trump administration sneaked $10 million away from FEMA and gave it to ICE – while there was a monster hurricane bearing down on North Carolina.
  2. GQ: Men, Please Brush Your Teeth – Apparently men are not brushing their teeth. This is a thing. PSA: Brush the teeth in your gross piehole, gentlemen. If you’re wondering why you can’t get laid, this is one of the reasons.
  3. Washington Post: Manafort will cooperate with Mueller as part of guilty plea, prosecutor says – Paul Manafort, facing a second trial that would likely pile yet more dozens of years in prison on top of his already huge sentence, struck a plea deal with Mueller that includes cooperating with his investigation.
  4. New Yorker: A Sexual-Misconduct Allegation Against the Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh Stirs Tension Among Democrats in Congress – A woman Kavanaugh went to high school with alleged that Kavanaugh and a friend tried to rape her when they were in high school together.
  5. Politico: GOP defends Kavanaugh against sexual assault allegation – Despite knowing nothing about the rape allegations (suuuuuure they didn’t), the GOP had a statement from 65 women Kavanaugh went to high school with, saying that Kavanaugh had never tried to rape them, ready to go.