In other news, the latest National Climate Assessment released by the federal government says there is "no convincing alternative explanation" for climate change that doesn't involve human influence.
Meanwhile, House Republicans from New York and New Jersey say they cannot support the House Tax Cut Bill in its current form because of the massive state and local tax hikes.
“Eliminating the SALT deduction would be a geographic redistribution of wealth, picking winners and losers. New York is a net contributor to the federal coffers with regards to both tax policy and spending policy and that is even with the SALT deduction,” [Rep. Lee Zeldin] said in a statement.
He's absolutely right.
Finally, the Associated Press has published the inside story of the hacking of Democratic emails during the 2016 election. There's some new information in here, including Gufficer's explicit cooperation with WikiLeaks. There's also our dumbass political press who lapped up every second of it.
The first document Guccifer 2.0 published on June 15 came not from the DNC as advertised but from Podesta’s inbox, according to a former DNC official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the press.
The official said the word “CONFIDENTIAL” was not in the original document.
Guccifer 2.0 had airbrushed it to catch reporters’ attention. [...]
The publications sparked a media stampede as they were doled out one batch at a time, with many news organizations tasking reporters with scrolling through the thousands of emails being released in tranches. At the AP alone, as many as 30 journalists were assigned, at various times, to go through the material.
Guccifer 2.0 told one reporter he was thrilled that WikiLeaks had finally followed through.
“Together with Assange we’ll make america great again,” he wrote.
Here's my extremely short review of Thor: Ragnarok -- It was whimsical and funny, a lot of fun, and the soundtrack was filled with synth-y, 8-bit retro goodness. I recommend it.
Here are some other stories I missed this week:
Cuban official says the Trump regime is lying about the so-called "sonic attacks" to justify rolling back relations. I agree!
Unlike Papa John's, Pizza Hut says political protests in the NFL are not hurting their sales at all. They say sales are great.
The ACLU has filed a lawsuit seeking the release of 10-year-old Rosa Maria Hernandez, the girl with cerebral palsy who was abducted by immigration authorities after undergoing emergency surgery.
[Update... she's free]
Rosa Maria Hernandez, 10-year-old immigrant girl with cerebral palsy, released from federal custody, per ACLU
— Catherine Rampell (@crampell) November 3, 2017
Reuters reports that former miners in Coal Country are refusing to participate in training programs for new jobs because Trump is going to make everything great again, or something. Spoiler: Trump isn't going to do shit.
Cybersecurity researches say former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort used "Bond007" as a password for his Adobe and DropBox accounts. Isn't he more Blofeld and Bond?
The city of Houston is reportedly considering building hundreds of new homes on a floodplain where Hurricane Harvey just tore through the place. Smart!
If I missed something else you consider important you can share it here. Have a good weekend.