JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

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In other news, federal prosecutors made it clear in court this morning that Trump's longtime henchmen Michael Cohen is under criminal investigation. They say the investigation has been ongoing for "months" and that it's independent from the Mueller probe.

Meanwhile, the New York Times reports that Trump called Cohen to "check in" today which is probably not a good idea. If the investigation has been ongoing for months, Cohen's phone is probably tapped.

Finally, Trump has pardoned convicted liar and leaker Lewis "Scooter" Libby. Libby outed former CIA secret agent Valerie Plame at the behest of former Vice President Dick Cheney. Plame was outed because her husband opposed the Iraq War.

Trump is clearly sending a signal to his buddies who've recently been indicted.

Here's a handful of other stories I missed during this batshit crazy week:

The United States has accepted just 11 Syrian refugees over the past five months. Over 12,000 were accepted during President Obama's last year in office.

Researchers say the death toll from Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico was closer to 1,085, not the government's count of just 64 deaths.

Authorities say a white supremacist in Wisconsin accidentally blew himself up while constructing an "ISIS-style bomb" that was used in attacks in England and France. The say the man had so many bomb-making materials in his apartment, they burned the entire complex down in a controlled demolition to be safe.

Mick Mulvaney says he's very concerned about banks refusing to do business with gunmakers. He hasn't ruled out intervening on their behalf.

  • Badgerite

    What Representative Kennedy from Louisiana is complaining about is the “wondrous and mysterious hand of free enterprise.” If the those who represent the public in Congress will not act on an area of deep concern to the public, then the public will act on its own in the market place to achieve the ends of decent and widely supported policy. This isn’t red vs blue. Even a majority of NRA members support reasonable gun regulations,( expanded background checks with no loopholes and reasonable restrictions on the type of weaponry that is allowed for purchase), that the GOP in Congress refuse to enact.
    The NRA is a gun manufacturers lobbying organization that insists on putting their own financial interests ahead of the life and safety of the American public. Please don’t tell me after the Las Vegas shooting, after Sandy Hook and Parkland, when you have a board member of the NRA stating that it is a good idea to keep a gun handy so you can ‘kill Democrats’, that this refusal to act is all about protecting our ‘freedom’ or even self defense. It is a patently absurd contention.

  • Christopher Foxx

    Mick Mulvaney says he’s very concerned about banks refusing to do business with gunmakers. He hasn’t ruled out intervening on their behalf.

    From the linked article:

    It looks like we’re heading towards red banks and blue banks,” Republican Senator John Kennedy of Louisiana said to Mulvaney after discussing recent policy changes by Citigroup Inc. and Bank of America Corp. which have restricted their business with firearms vendors and manufacturers.

    I don’t see a problem with that. As is typically in blue vs red states, we’d have those that were doing well and those that are decidedly not.

  • Username1016

    Is Libby going to accept that pardon? I guess he’s just venal enough to do so. You’d think a normal crook would kick Trump to the curb, though.

  • So Mulvaney is going to push banks to help gun makers but not marijuana distributors. The first industry makes deadly weapons and the second makes people eat too many Cheetos. Well that makes total sense.

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