The Adults

Written by SK Ashby

(Cartoonist - Tim Eagan)

In other news, Paul Manafort reportedly waived his right to an attorney when he agreed to cooperate with special prosecutor Robert Mueller.

That means his lawyers won't know what he told Mueller and they won't be able to share information (which they don't have) with Trump's lawyers through a joint defense agreement. Manafort is definitely singing.

Meanwhile, the United States has fallen to 13th in the world for health, education, and economy well-being according to the UN. That puts us below Canada, but above the UK.

Finally, it looks like Montana GOP Senate candidate Matt Rosendale illegally coordinated with the NRA to spend money on his campaign. An audio recording of Rosendale reveals that he talked to the NRA about it.

Chris Cox, the top political strategist for the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA), assured Montana Republican Matt Rosendale that the group would spend heavily to support his bid to unseat Sen. Jon Tester, Rosendale told attendees at a July event in Washington.

Here are some other stories I didn't get to this week:

Inside Climate has a story on how the price of coal-fired electricity is soaring inside coal country, to the point where local governments are struggling to pay for it, because people are moving away from the region and utilities are raising prices to compensate for the loss of business.

Several of the Federal Reserve's 12 districts recorded lower economic growth than the rest of the nation in August because of Trump's trade war and labor shortages (also caused by Trump).

Former EPA administrator Scott Pruitt appears to have found his golden parachute in the form of a coal industry lobbying job. Of course.

A member of the Russian protest band Pussy Riot was hospitalized in "grave condition" this week. It appears he was poisoned. There's a lot of that going around.

Representative Chris Smith (R-NJ) says children would be better off living in orphanages than with gay parents. I, too, love Family Values.

Reno City, Texas has passed a resolution to declare the Beto O'Rourke's defense of NFL players protesting police brutality during the national anthem is bad and wrong. Or something. Must be a shitty town.

The Bank of England warns that if the British government cannot secure a Brexit deal with the EU, British home values could plummet to a level lower than they saw after the 2008 financial crisis.

Have a good weekend.