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    Quote Originally Posted by Green_vs_Red View Post
    Gee quote was so bad I think it gave Robby Alzheimer's.
    The forum broke for a couple minutes.

    Quote Originally Posted by JazzMazz View Post
    WTF Joe, are you like, OK?

    Is he like, trying to not appeal to a major demographic of the population?
    It was a slip up, which is actually worse, since its insight to how he actually thinks as opposed to what he presents.

    In his mind, black kids=poor, and that's his default thinking, the thought he goes to when he isn't watching what he says.

    He caught the gaffe and tried to fix it, but... yeah.
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    I really wish he'd drop out. But he hates 45 and is petty.

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    Today's and yesterday's WTF Just Happened Today:


    https://whatthefuckjusthappenedtoday.com/2019/08/08/day-931/


    Day 931: "Hostile actions."


    1/ White House officials refused requests by the Department of Homeland Security for more than a year to make combating domestic terror a greater priority. While the National Strategy for Counterterrorism, issued last fall, stated that "Radical Islamist terrorists remain the primary transnational terrorist threat to the United States and its vital national interests," it included one paragraph about domestic terrorism and made no mention of white supremacists. FBI Director Christopher Wray testified in July that there have been almost as many domestic terror arrests in the last nine months – about 100 – as there have been arrests connected to international terror. Wray also noted that most of the domestic terrorism cases were motivated by white supremacist violence. (CNN)
    2/ Twitter suspended Mitch McConnell's account after the campaign tweeted a profanity-laced video of protesters outside his home. According to Twitter spokesperson, Team Mitch "was temporarily locked out of their account for a Tweet that violated our violent threats policy, specifically threats involving physical safety." McConnell's campaign manager, however, called Twitter's action part of a "problem with the speech police in America today" and that "Twitter will allow the words of 'Massacre Mitch' to trend nationally on their platform but locks our account for posting actual threats against us." Following the shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, the hashtag "Massacre Mitch" trended on Twitter, in reference to two gun control bills that McConnell has refused to bring to a vote. (Courier-Journal / Axios)
    • The National Republican Senatorial Committee stopped advertising on Twitter after the social media platform temporarily locked McConnell's account for violating the company's "violent threats policy." The NRSC claimed Twitter's "hostile actions" were "outrageous" and said the committee would "not tolerate" or "spend our resources on a platform that silences conservatives." (Politico)
    • The White House is preparing an executive order to address allegations of anti-conservative bias by social media companies. While the contents of the order remain unknown, last month Trump said he would be exploring "all regulatory and legislative solutions" to deal with the supposed issue. (Politico)
    3/ The NRA warned Trump against endorsing extensive background checks for gun sales, saying the legislation would not be popular among his supporters. Before visiting Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Trump claimed there "was great appetite for background checks," which the NRA opposes. About 9 in 10 Americans support background checks for all gun purchases, including more than 8 in 10 Republicans, Democrats, and independents. (Washington Post)
    4/ McConnell promised that expanding background checks for all gun purchasers would "front and center" in the coming Senate debate on how to respond to gun violence. McConnell previously said he will not bring any gun control legislation to the floor without widespread Republican support. McConnell, however, rejected Democrats' calls to cancel the August recess and address the issue immediately, saying the proposals needed "discussions" before they were brought to the floor. (New York Times/ NBC News / Politico)
    5/ Wall Street banks turned over documents related to Russians who may have had dealings with Trump, his family or the Trump Organization. Bank of America, Citigroup, Deutsche Bank AG, JPMorgan Chase, Morgan Stanley, and Wells Fargo all turned over documents to the House Financial Services Committee and the House Intelligence Committee. Separately, Deutsche Bank has turned over emails, loan agreements and other documents related to the Trump Organization to the office of New York Attorney General Letitia James. (Wall Street Journal)
    6/ Andrew McCabe filed a lawsuit against the FBI and the Justice Department alleging that he was illegally demoted and fired in retaliation for not being sufficiently loyal to Trump. The former FBI deputy director alleged that Trump "purposefully and intentionally" pushed the Justice Department to fire him as part of an "unconstitutional plan" to discredit and remove Justice Department and FBI employees who were "deemed to be his partisan opponents." McCabe authorized the counterintelligence investigation into Trump's ties to Russia and obstruction of justice after Trump fired James Comey. McCabe was also the subject of a Justice Department inspector general report that accused him of violating bureau policy when he authorized the disclosure of information to the press and then misleading investigators about what he had done. McCabe's termination occurred less than two days before he was to retire and become eligible for full pension benefits. (NBC News / Politico / New York Times / Washington Post)
    7/ ICE raided seven poultry processing plants in Mississippi and arrested at least 680 people in "what is believed to be the largest single-state immigration enforcement operation in our nation's history," according to the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Mississippi. Roughly 600 ICE agents fanned out across plants in Bay Springs, Carthage, Canton, Morton, Pelahatchie and Sebastapol, surrounding the perimeters to prevent workers from fleeing. ICE Acting Director Matt Albence said the arrests were part of a year-long investigation. (KTVU / NBC News / Associated Press / The Hill / BuzzFeed News)
    8/ An Iraqi man from Detroit died after the Trump administration deported him back to Iraq and was unable to get access to the insulin he needed to treat his diabetes in Baghdad. Jimmy Aldaoud was an Iraqi national, who was born in Greece and came to the U.S. as a young child. He never lived in Iraq and did not speak Arabic. (Politico)
    9/ The deputy director of national intelligence resigned and will step down on Aug. 15 – the same day her boss, Dan Coats, is scheduled to leave. Sue Gordon was in line to replace Coats in an acting capacity until the Senate confirmed Trump's nominee for a permanent replacement. Several Trump allies outside the White House saw Gordon as too close to former CIA Director John Brennan, who has publicly criticized Trump's leadership. (Bloomberg / Politico / CNN / NBC News)
    The assistant secretary of state for the Western Hemisphere resigned, leaving a vacancy at the top diplomatic office in charge of Trump's efforts to deal with immigration from Mexico and Central America. The position is also in charge of building stronger relationships between the U.S. and South America. Kimberly Breier has held the position since October. She referred questions about her departure to the State Department press office, which refused to comment. (Washington Post)
    10/ Climate change is putting pressure on the ability of humanity to feed itself, according to a new United Nations report that was prepared by more than 100 experts from 52 countries and, unanimously approved. The report warns that the world's land and water resources are being exploited at "unprecedented rates" and "the cycle is accelerating." Climate change has already degraded lands, caused deserts to expand, permafrost to thaw, and made forests more vulnerable to drought, fire, pests and disease. "The stability of food supply is projected to decrease as the magnitude and frequency of extreme weather events that disrupt food chains increases," the report said. The report offered several proposals for addressing food supplies, including reducing red meat consumption, adopting plant-based diets, and eating more fruits, vegetables and seeds. As a result, the world could reduce carbon pollution up to 15% of current emissions levels by 2050. It would also make people healthier. (New York Times / Associated Press / Nature)


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    Day 932: "Not a photo op."


    1/ The House Judiciary Committee is officially conducting an impeachment inquiry into Trump and will decide by the end of the year whether to refer articles of impeachment to the House floor. In a July court filing to get the full, unredacted Mueller report, the Judiciary Committee argued that it needed the information because it "is conducting an investigation to determine whether to recommend articles of impeachment." Today, chairman Jerry Nadler clarified that "This is formal impeachment proceedings." That timeline would put an impeachment battle in the middle of the Democratic presidential primary contests. (Washington Post / Politico)
    2/ The El Paso shooter that killed 22 people told police that his target was "Mexicans" and confessed that "I'm the shooter" when he was arrested. Patrick Crusius also said he had used an AK-47-style rifle and brought multiple magazines with him to carry out the killings. Authorities believe Crusius was the author of a "manifesto" posted online shortly before the attack, saying he wanted to stop the "Hispanic invasion of Texas." (New York Times / Washington Post)
    3/ The Trumps posed for a photo with an orphaned two-month-old, whose parents were shot dead in El Paso. Melania Trump smiled broadly and held the baby, while Donald flashed a thumbs-up and grinned. The picture was circulated by Melania Trump and not the family. White House aides had not allowed journalists into the hospital during the visit, saying it was "not a photo op." (The Guardian / Yahoo)
    4/ The State Department suspended a foreign affairs official in the energy bureau after his ties to a white nationalist group were revealed. The State Department refused to name the official, but the Southern Poverty Law Center identified him as Matthew Gebert. The SPLC published a report on Wednesday that Gebert hosted white nationalists at his home and published white nationalist propaganda online using a pseudonym. (Reuters)
    5/ The White House has prepared an executive order that would give the FCC oversight over tech companies and how they monitor and manage their social networks. "Protecting Americans from Online Censorship" tasks the FCC with developing new regulations to clarify how and when the law protects social networks when they remove or suppress content on their platforms. The draft order also calls for the Federal Trade Commission to take those new policies into account when investigating or filing lawsuits against technology companies. (CNN / TechCrunch)
    6/ Trump walked back his statement that he was "strongly considering" commuting the 14-year sentence of the former Illinois governor who was convicted of essentially trying to sell Obama's vacant Senate seat for personal gain. A day after musing about commuting Rod Blagojevich's sentence, Trump was having second thoughts in response to pushback from conservatives and Illinois Republicans. Now, Trump says White House staff are merely "continuing the review of this matter." (New York Times)
    7/ The DOJ official responsible for the Trump administration's failed attempt to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census is leaving the Justice Department. John Gore, who served as the principal deputy assistant attorney general for the DOJ's Civil Rights Division, said he wants to spend time with his family while "discerning next steps." Gore is currently facing allegations that he provided false testimony and concealed evidence as part of the lawsuits over the citizenship question. (NPR)
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    So, what does everyone here think about improving our prison system? A lot of prisoners get treated inhumanely, and even when they get out, it's hard for them to get a job. I think having a background check for people that were in prison/jail should not be allowed as I believe people deserve second chances. I believe Germany might have the best prison system out there where the prisoners are not treated like shit? Please correct me if I am wrong.

    Also, I'm bringing this up because John Oliver's most recent video talked about prison labor. Here's the video for reference:

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    Cars can be just as dangerous as guns (considering the number of car accidents we have every year), so it's only natural that you have to be trained on how to use one. But they don't seem to have gotten it through their heads that it's the same for guns.
    Exactly. Guns are even more dangerous than cars in my opinion.

    And yes, Japan has delightfully few guns (unless you count Yakuza or other underworld figures). You should enjoy it there. Now because there are so few guns the psychos find different ways to hurt people (see Kyoto Animation), but they can proudly say they don't have over 200 mass murders a year.
    Yeah, and isn't the crime rate like really low where children can walk safely home without worry?

    Also, I apologize for the late reply.

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    It's funny you bring up prison issues: Jeffrey Epstein is dead, apparently of suicide, while in a high security facility and on watch from a prior suicide attempt.


    https://abcnews.go.com/US/jeffrey-ep...ry?id=64881684

    Jeffrey Epstein, the disgraced millionaire who was facing federal sex trafficking charges, died by suicide early Saturday in his Lower Manhattan prison cell, law enforcement sources and the Bureau of Prisons confirmed to ABC News.

    Epstein hanged himself, law enforcement sources said.

    He was found unresponsive in his cell at Metropolitan Correctional Center around 6:30 a.m., the Bureau of Prisons said. He transported in cardiac arrest to New York Downtown Hospital at 6:39 a.m., according to sources.

    Epstein, 66, was set to stand trial next year for allegedly sexually abusing dozens of minor girls in New York and Florida.

    His death came less than three weeks after he was found unresponsive in his cell at the federal prison in Lower Manhattan, with marks on his neck that appeared to be self-inflicted, sources told ABC News. He was placed on suicide watch following the July 23 incident, but was not on suicide watch at this time of his death.

    Epstein was arrested in July of this year for alleged sex trafficking of minor girls at his Upper East Side mansion and his home in Palm Beach, Florida. Some of the charges date back to the early 2000s.

    Epstein, 66, pleaded not guilty to the charges. He faced up to 45 years in prison if convicted.
    No telling just what happened yet beyond official sources, but you can bet the conspiracy theorists aren't going to leave fodder of this caliber just sitting there.

    Especially not given the info in this Twitter post by Andrew Feinberg:

    The White House called a lid for the day at 9:30 am.

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    Putin probably now has all of Eipstein's kompromat. Imagine if he decides to bring out stuff about the english royalty to cause even more turmoil in the UK.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sgamer82 View Post
    It's funny you bring up prison issues: Jeffrey Epstein is dead, apparently of suicide, while in a high security facility and on watch from a prior suicide attempt.


    https://abcnews.go.com/US/jeffrey-ep...ry?id=64881684

    No telling just what happened yet beyond official sources, but you can bet the conspiracy theorists aren't going to leave fodder of this caliber just sitting there.

    Especially not given the info in this Twitter post by Andrew Feinberg:
    No fucking way. Well, at least he didn't shoot himself in the back of the head three times or something. That would be suspicious, lol.
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    Also, Trump seems to be retweeting conspiracies that the Clintons killed Epstein. Considering many people have Trump tied to this pedophile sex trafficker (which is pointed about in the tweet he retweeted) I would think that this is a stupid idea, however I might be making the mistake of thinking.

    I just hope this story doesn't overlap all the other stories that have happened recently. Texas and Ohio should not be forgotten yet.

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    I just hope this story doesn't overlap all the other stories that have happened recently. Texas and Ohio should not be forgotten yet.
    If another shooting happens within the next few days or few months it won't.
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    I've often wondered about that myself; seems like being supported by people who only want you there so the world can end in fire (with you going to Hell in the process) would be somewhat off-putting
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    Quote Originally Posted by Green_vs_Red View Post
    If another shooting happens within the next few days or few months it won't.
    Apropos of nothing, but somewhat related, a podcast I enjoy, The Last Podcast on the Left did an episode on one of the first big spree shooters in US history, Howard Unruh, who shot up his New Jersey neighborhood in 1949, predating the more famous bell-tower sniper Charles Whitman. They'd had the episode planned for a few weeks already, a one-shot to give them time to research their next bigger topic, when the Gilroy Garlic Festival shooting happened. They were still going to go through with the episode because they thought, rather cynically by their own admission, the shooting would fall out of mind by then. Then, of course, we got Dayton, El Paso, and a couple others that barely made headlines.

    They ultimately released the episode because they felt that if they waited until there no mass shootings before doing an episode on a mass shooter, they would never do an episode on a mass shooter, and, to paraphrase the hosts "these assholes are as deserving of our scorn and derision as the serial killers we normally cover".

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    I got it, I got the solution to people being against law guns.

    Create an organization similar to the NRA, BUT, only hispanics, black people and refugees from middle east allowed to join.
    arm them all to the teeth.
    Let them roam free throught non-free gun zones. let them see your AK-47 in your shoulders.

    BOOM, now the NRA and the Republicans are all out for gun laws!!

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    https://whatthefuckjusthappenedtoday.com/2019/08/12/day-935/

    Day 935: Irregularities

    1/ The Trump administration made it harder for legal immigrants who rely on government benefit programs to obtain permanent legal status as part of a new policy aimed cutting the number of legal immigration and reducing the number of poor immigrants. The new regulation makes it easier for federal officials to deny green cards and visa applications to legal immigrants who have received public benefits, such as Medicaid, food stamps, or housing vouchers, have low incomes, or little education, deeming them more likely to need government assistance in the future. Wealth, education, age and English-language skills will take on greater importance for obtaining a green card, as the change seeks to redefine what it means to be a "public charge." (CNN / NBC News / Politico / Washington Post / New York Times)
    2/ The White House has ordered ICE officials to conduct more "workplace enforcement operations" this year. After the recent raids in Mississippi led to the arrest of at least 680 undocumented workers, ICE field offices across the country were told to identify at least two locations in their respective regions as potential targets for additional raids. (CNN)
    • "If you’re a good worker, papers don't matter": How a Trump construction crew has relied on immigrants without legal status. For nearly two decades, the Trump Organization has relied on a roving crew of Latin American employees at the company’s winery and its golf courses from New York to Florida. (Washington Post)
    3/ The Trump administration weakened the Endangered Species Act, allowing the government to put an economic cost on saving a species. The changes will also make it harder to consider the effects of climate change on wildlife. Critics argue that the change will accelerate the extinction for some plants and animals and clear the way for new mining, oil and gas drilling, and development in areas where protected species live. (New York Times / Associated Press / NBC News / Washington Post)
    • The EPA dropped salmon protections after Trump met with with Alaska's governor. EPA scientists were planning to oppose a controversial Alaska mining project on environmental grounds that could devastate one of the most important wild salmon fisheries. In 2014, the project was halted because an EPA study found that it would cause "complete loss of fish habitat due to elimination, dewatering, and fragmentation of streams, wetlands, and other aquatic resources" in some areas of Bristol Bay. (CNN)
    4/ Attorney General William Barr and several members of Congress called for an investigation following the apparent suicide of billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, who faced federal sex trafficking charges before his death this weekend. Barr said Epstein's death while in federal custody "raises serious questions that must be answered." The FBI and the Justice Department inspector general both opened investigations. Epstein had been briefly placed on suicide watch leading up to his death, but was taken off six days later. Epstein had reportedly been alone in his cell and was not monitored by guards, who were supposed to check on him every 30 minutes. (NBC News / The Hill / CNN / CBS News / New York Times)
    • In the wake of Epstein's death, Trump retweeted several unsubstantiated conspiracy theories suggesting that the Clintons were involved in his death. (Business Insider / NBC News / Politico/ Axios)
    • The day before Epstein's death, thousands of pages of court documents related to his activities were unsealed and released. The documents detail how hundreds of girls and young women were allegedly trafficked for sex to a range of wealthy business, political and world leaders by Epstein and his madam, Ghislaine Maxwell. (New York Magazine / Miami Herald)
    • Barr accused the Manhattan federal prison of "serious irregularities" and a "failure to adequately secure" Epstein. Barr did not provide details about the irregularities, but questioned why Epstein had been taken off suicide watch and left in a cell alone without supervision. Epstein was found hanging in his cell over the weekend. (New York Times / Washington Post / NBC News / CNBC / Wall Street Journal)
    5/ Trump told advisers that he thinks Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu should bar Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib from entering Israel because the two congresswomen support a boycott of Israel over the country's continued occupation of Palestine. Israel passed a law in 2017 that requires the interior minister to block foreign nationals from entering Israel if they have supported boycotting the Jewish state. Trump's reaction came days after the House passed a resolution condemning the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, which Omar and Tlaib supported. (Axios)
    6/ The U.S. fiscal deficit has already exceeded last year's total. The deficit grew to $866.8 billion in the first 10 months of the fiscal year, up 27% from the same period a year earlier. At this point last year, the deficit was $684 billion. (Bloomberg)
    7/ U.S. intelligence officials believe Russia tested a new type of nuclear-propelled cruise missile following an explosion that killed at least seven people, including scientists, and released radiation off the coast of northern Russia last week. Russian officials said "a small nuclear reactor had exploded during an experiment." (New York Times)
    8/ Trump has made 12,019 false or misleading claims over 928 daysand is average about 13 false or misleading claims a day. (Washington Post)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Monquito View Post
    I got it, I got the solution to people being against law guns.

    Create an organization similar to the NRA, BUT, only hispanics, black people and refugees from middle east allowed to join.
    arm them all to the teeth.
    Let them roam free throught non-free gun zones. let them see your AK-47 in your shoulders.

    BOOM, now the NRA and the Republicans are all out for gun laws!!
    To a certain degree, this is what the Black Panthers did decades ago.

    And as much as this sentiment might make sense. in a realistic America, this WILL result in deaths.

    WILL. Absolutely.


    Tamir Rice did not have a gun and was shot within second after police pulled up on him.

    Trayvon Martin was murdered after a man (with a later history of domestic abuse) who failed to pass the local police test with a "hero complex" decided -with no support from the community- to elect himself to the the self appointed post of "neighborhood watch" stalked am innocent child while armed with a gun until he provoked the child into a fight after being urged by 911 responders to not interact with him or follow him. And he got off with it.



    As much as the "well lets flip the status quo" might SEEM like a good idea to try and put things into perspective, the fact of the matter is that people of color are MURDERED for being unarmed children.

    Arming people of color WILL result in murders.

    And the point to try and make by arming people of color -in my opinion- is not worth it for the FACT that they statistically are far more likely to be murdered for being armed.
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    Yeah I believe that was sarcasm. Especially since a certain segment of white america would be okay with having shootouts with black people it'll be like the opening minutes of Boardwalk Empire's season 3 finale.
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    Trump official: Statue of Liberty poem should mean 'poor who can stand on own two feet'
    Ken Cuccinelli, the acting director of US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), has proposed a new interpretation of the famous welcome that appears on a placard at the Statue of Liberty.

    The famous lines, taken from The New Colossus by the 19th-century New York poet Emma Lazarus, read: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.”

    In a radio interview on Tuesday, Cuccinelli offered a change: “Give me your tired and your poor who can stand on their own two feet and who will not become a public charge.”
    Fuck this guy and anyone who tries to spin the Statue of Liberty.

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    https://whatthefuckjusthappenedtoday...08/13/day-936/


    Day 936: Just in case

    1/ Trump delayed imposing tariffs on some Chinese imports until December. Trump told reporters that he delayed tariffs "for the Christmas season" on cellphones, laptop computers, video game consoles, and certain types of footwear and clothing "just in case" there would be a negative impact on shoppers during the holidays. The 10% tariff on $300 billion worth of Chinese imports will be delayed until Dec. 15, instead of taking effect on Sept. 1 as Trump originally announced. The U.S. Trade Representative office said certain products will also be taken off the list based on "health, safety, national security and other factors." Markets rallied on the news. (New York Times / Washington Post / Politico / CNBC / Axios)
    2/ Trump's tax cuts, reduced regulation, and tariffs have been ineffective at drawing factory investment and jobs from abroad. Instead, Trump's trade policies have pushed factory activity to low-cost Asian countries, like Vietnam. Foreign and domestic business investment briefly accelerated after Trump signed a $1.5 trillion tax-cut package in late 2017, but then slowed. In Trump's first two years in office, companies announced plans to relocate about 145,000 factory jobs to the U.S. However, more than half of those jobs were announced in 2017 – before Trump's tax cuts took effect. (New York Times)
    3/ Trump tried to take credit for the construction of Shell's petrochemicals complex in western Pennsylvania, which will turn the natural gas deposits into plastics. "This would have never happened without me and us," Trump told a crowd of thousands of workers. Shell, however, announced its plans to build the complex in 2012, when Obama was in office. (Associated Press)
    4/ A coalition of 22 states and seven cities sued to block the Trump administration from easing restrictions on coal-burning power plants, saying the EPA had no basis for weakening the Clean Power Plan that set national limits on carbon dioxide pollution from power plants. The lawsuit argues that the Affordable Clean Energy rule ignores the EPA's responsibility to set limits on greenhouse gases and that the new rule would extend the life of dirty and aging coal-burning plants, increasing pollution instead of curbing it. (New York Times)
    • 🌡 America's fastest-warming places: Extreme climate change has arrived. (Washington Post)
    • 📌 Day 931: Climate change is putting pressure on the ability of humanity to feed itself, according to a new United Nations report that was prepared by more than 100 experts from 52 countries and, unanimously approved. The report warns that the world's land and water resources are being exploited at "unprecedented rates" and "the cycle is accelerating." Climate change has already degraded lands, caused deserts to expand, permafrost to thaw, and made forests more vulnerable to drought, fire, pests and disease. "The stability of food supply is projected to decrease as the magnitude and frequency of extreme weather events that disrupt food chains increases," the report said. The report offered several proposals for addressing food supplies, including reducing red meat consumption, adopting plant-based diets, and eating more fruits, vegetables and seeds. As a result, the world could reduce carbon pollution up to 15% of current emissions levels by 2050. It would also make people healthier. (New York Times / Associated Press / Nature)
    • 📌Day 627: A U.N. report on the effects of climate change predicts a strong risk of an environmental crisis much sooner than expected. The report finds that the atmosphere could warm by as much as 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit above preindustrial levels by 2040 if greenhouse gas emissions continue at the current rate, which would cause sea levels to rise, intensify droughts, wildfires, and poverty, and cause a mass die-off of coral reefs. To prevent 2.7 degrees of warming, greenhouse pollution must be reduced by 45% from 2010 levels by 2030, and fully eliminated by 2050. The use of coal as an electricity source would have to drop from nearly 40% today to between 1% and 7% by 2050. Renewable energy would have to increase to about 67%. Trump has mocked the science of human-caused climate change, vowing to increase the burning of coal, and he intends to withdraw from the 2015 Paris agreement. The world is already more than halfway to the 2.7-degree mark and "there is no documented historic precedent" for the scale of changes required, the report said. (New York Times / Washington Post)
    • 📌Day 676: The National Climate Assessment concludes that global warming is already "transforming where and how we live and presents growing challenges to human health and quality of life, the economy, and the natural systems that support us." The findings from the landmark scientific report, issued by 13 federal agencies, are at odds with the Trump administration's environmental deregulation agenda, which Trump claims will lead to economic growth, and its plans to withdraw from the Paris climate accord. The report predicts that the effects of global warming could eliminate as much as 10% of the U.S. economy by the end of the century, and warns that humans must act aggressively now "to avoid substantial damages to the U.S. economy, environment, and human health and well-being over the coming decades." The first report, released in November 2017, concluded that there is "no convincing alternative explanation" for the changing climate other than "human activities, especially emissions of greenhouse gases." Trump recently questioned the science of climate change, saying that "I don't know that it's man-made" and that the warming trend "could very well go back." (New York Times / Associated Press / Washington Post / CNN)
    • 📌 Day 685: Global emissions of carbon dioxide have reached the highest levels on record. Global emissions grew 1.6% in 2017 with 2018 expected to increase 2.7%. The U.S. is the world's second-largest emitter of carbon emissions, but that hasn't stopped the Trump administration from moving to roll back regulations designed to limit those emissions from vehicle tailpipes and power-plant smokestacks. As United Nations Secretary General António Guterres said this week at the opening of the 24th annual U.N. climate conference: "We are in trouble. We are in deep trouble with climate change." (Washington Post / New York Times)
    5/ The Justice Department moved to decertify the union representing hundreds of U.S. immigration judges. The DOJ filed a petition asking the Federal Labor Relations Authority to review the certification of the National Association of Immigration Judges and determine whether it should be revoked "because the bargaining unit members are management officials under the statutory definition." The NAIJ represents some 440 immigration judges across the country. (NPR)
    6/ The acting director of Citizenship and Immigration Services suggested that only immigrants who can "stand on their own two feet" are welcome in the United States. Ken Cuccinelli's comment came after being asked if the words of the poem displayed on the Statue of Liberty's pedestal still remain "part of the American ethos." Cuccinelli replied: "They certainly are. Give me your tired and your poor — who can stand on their own two feet and who will not become a public charge." The Trump administration announced a "public charge" regulation yesterday, allowing federal officials to deny green cards to legal immigrants who have received certain public benefits or who are deemed likely to do so in the future. (Politico / CNN / NPR)
    • 📌 Day 935: The Trump administration made it harder for legal immigrants who rely on government benefit programs to obtain permanent legal status as part of a new policy aimed at reducing legal immigration and cutting down the number of poor immigrants. The new regulation makes it easier for federal officials to deny green cards and visa applications to legal immigrants who have received public benefits, such as Medicaid, food stamps, or housing vouchers, have low incomes, or little education, deeming them more likely to need government assistance in the future. Wealth, education, age and English-language skills will take on greater importance for obtaining a green card, as the change seeks to redefine what it means to be a "public charge." (CNN / NBC News / Politico / Washington Post / New York Times)
    poll/ 72% of Americans say there should be a path to legal status for undocumented immigrants. Only a quarter of respondents said there should be a national law enforcement effort to deport all undocumented immigrants. 54% of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents agree that there should be a legal way for undocumented immigrants to remain in the country, but that number is down 5% since March 2017. (Pew Research Center)

    Waldorf:
    You know Statler, after watching the last seven hundred episodes of One Piece, I think I've come to a conclusion.
    Statler: No you haven't.
    Both: DOHOHOHOHOHO!

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    Okay, I don't want to pretend to be an economist, but I'm seeing a lot of stories about stock market plunges and "signs of a recession." Is it finally happen? Is today the day Trump ruins the economy? I feel like I've been waiting for this day to come.

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    Yeah, the tarriffs he's imposed on everyone for literally no reason combined with the "rich people don't pay taxes" tax code are combining to wreck the economy.

    Mexico and China have outright stopped buying anything from our farmers, which combined with their inability to get cheap labor leaving their crops rotting in the fields... which is going to bakrupt and ruin a LOT of them, even with bailouts..
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