A round up of Trumpian events 🖕🍊🤡

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And those grad students go on to form startups around new ideas.

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Great idea! Let’s further promote brain drain by not only discouraging grads from forming startups here, but by discouraging them from pursuing higher education here as well. #MAGA

That’ll show 'em. The fewer jobs we have in tech, the more jobs we can create in #cleancoal and oil.

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Well, fuck.

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Tillerson is entering that ‘no fucks given’ phase when someone intentionally wants to be fired

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So, this happened.

Not making a very good case for being a friend of womankind there, Donny.

Continuation:

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Hell, it’s a great idea in their eyes. It hurts universities (‘playgrounds of the left’), grad students (‘socialist millennials who need to learn their place’) and science (‘shills for the climate change hoax’).

Their self-righteousness blinds them to long term consequences, and when those do arrive they’ll blame them on Democrats/‘the left’/RINOs/BLM/etc like Fox, Rush and Alex told them to. For much of the base it seems its more about sticking it to the nebulous enemy ‘liberal’, no matter the cost.

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ETA: Obviously the Onion, but if I were Mitch McConnell right now, I’d seriously consider suggesting that Steve Bannon was really a pro-Democrat operative who was intentionally sabotaging the Republican party. You gotta compete for those conspiracy theorist votes.

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I bet that scanning the Breitbart comments, there will be people with similar theories.

ETA: That was too easy. The main Moore thread is in full butthurt burn mode.

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Sometimes there’s good news
https://www.npr.org/2017/12/13/570499146/white-house-nomination-of-alabama-lawyer-brett-talley-will-not-be-moving-forward

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What’s he gotta do, anyway? Piss in the water cooler? Set a fire in the wastebasket? Wipe his ass with the canvas from Andrew Jackson’s portrait?

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WP summarizes what we know about Russian interference in the 2016 election.

1 - Yes, it happened.

2 - Putin’s primary objectives - destabilize democracy and prevent Clinton presidency - were achieved.

3 - Other objectives - lift sanctions on Russia - not achieved.

4 - Trump has been briefed multiple times by U.S. intel agency leadership and by members of his own inner circle – but Trump remains unable or unwilling to acknowledge and act on this circumstance.

Choice quotes:

Current and former officials said that his daily intelligence update — known as the president’s daily brief, or PDB — is often structured to avoid upsetting him.

“Putin has to believe this was the most successful intelligence operation in the history of Russian or Soviet intelligence,” said Andrew Weiss, a former adviser on Russia in the George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton administrations who is now at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. “It has driven the American political system into a crisis that will last years.”

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Pence was told to fuck off by people in the ME was more likely the reason he’s not going. The tax scam is going to pass without without him unfortunately.

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Here’s hoping that McCain stays in the hospital and the two moderate R’s vote no (I refuse to believe they are dumb enough to think they will actually get any of the concessions they were promised).

It’s really the only hope we have right now for this shit show to not pass.

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If I were Collins I’d take great pleasure in holding the whole thing up until I got what I was promised.

But I’ve long since learned I’m not like a lot of other people. :\     Especially not politicians.

EDIT: Actually (and obviously) if I were voting I’d be a hard no and fuck-you-for-trying.

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"If Rubio votes against the bill, Republicans can only lose one other lawmaker if they hope to pass the final bill.
Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) previously voted against the Senate tax bill, and no Democrats support it.

Republicans are also worried about the health of two of their 52 members — Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) and Sen. Thad Cochran (R-(Miss.)."

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I think the best hope is that some Republican just decides to extend a middle finger to Trump.

I’d tell them I was going to vote yes to make them think it would pass, vote no, and give the finger to McConnell.

But I think there is a reason I’m not a Republican senator. (There are a number of reasons)

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