Thoughts & Essays

5TtRT: CA Fires, Democracy, Hush Money, North Korea, & Donald Trump

We had a busy weekend news-wise, what with the California fires and Trump being trash in France, but I’m starting the week off with a quick look at what’s trending in the news this morning.

5 Things to Read Today

🔥 AP: Death toll rises in California wildfire, matching deadliest

Twenty-nine deaths so far in the hellscape that is currently California.

📜 NPR: Democrats Say Their First Bill Will Focus On Strengthening Democracy At Home

The Democrats are currently planning to make their first bill after they take power in January a bill that will “remove obstacles to voting, close loopholes in government ethics law and reduce the influence of political money.” The tricky part will be getting it passed.

⚖️ CNN: Rep. Jerry Nadler says hush payments ‘might very well be an impeachable offense’

And again: It doesn’t really matter right now if something is “impeachable” or not, because we don’t have the votes in the Senate to impeach Trump. There’s no point in impeaching him in the House if you can’t get the Senate to vote to remove him. Democrats are better off spending their political capital on curtailing Trump in other ways.

🇰🇵 New York Times: In North Korea, Missile Bases Suggest a Great Deception

Surprise! North Korea has hidden missile bases and their missile program is ticking right along just fine. I mean, of course it is. They always pull this stunt.

🗳️ ABC News: Trump, without evidence, calls Florida ballots ‘massively infected,’ demands end to recounts

I know I’m preaching to the choir, here, but the Democrats are not up to any voting shenanigans. Not in Florida, where they’re still counting the initial vote; not in Georgia, where Kemp cheated in basically every way possible; and not in Arizona, where the Democrat is now winning. Voting shenanigans came from the Republican side.

Just to wrap things up, I want to point out these two stories over at Axios:

FYI, as far as I can tell Axios just prints whatever their high-value sources in the White House tells them to print, so I’d take any reporting by them with, just, like, an entire Utah salt flat.

It’s nice to hear about “subpoena cannons” and how much we all hate each other or whatever, but I wouldn’t take Axios too seriously, here, is all I’m saying.