Today’s comic by Matt Bors is The Green New Deal vs. logic: • Top pick for panel to investigate whether climate change is a national security threat once said carbon emissions are demonized like 'Jews under Hitler': The Trump administration is launching what the The Washington Post calls «the most recent attempt to question the findings of federal scientists and experts on climate change» by assembling a panel dedicated to determining whether or not climate change poses a national security threat. It turns out that William Happer, President Trump's top choice to lead the panel, is quite fond of carbon emissions. So much so, in fact, that he said that people deserve to learn «the scientific truth, that more CO2 is actually a benefit to the earth» rather than a pollutant. In a 2014 appearance on CNBC's Squawk Box, Happer told host Andrew Ross Sorkin the «demonization of carbon dioxide is just like the demonization of the poor Jews under Hitler.» • Demand for Tesla’s popular Powerwall batteries is big, but few installers have them: Twelve percent of U.S. companies that install solar panels and residential batteries carry the Powerwall, a study yesterday from Boston-based EnergySage and the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners found. Meanwhile, about 55 percent of customers shopping for home-storage systems want them, according to the 871 installers surveyed in the report. [...] Tesla declined to comment. One reason independent installers who participated in the survey may have a hard time finding Powerwalls is that Tesla shifted its strategy last year to sell most of its systems through its website and stores rather than third-party channels. • Trump chooses Jeffrey Rosen to fill Deputy A.G. Rod Rosenstein’s shoes after he leaves next month: The 60-year-old Rosen is a veteran litigator now serving as deputy transportation secretary, a post that makes him the Transportation Department’s chief operating officer. He served as general counsel and a senior policy adviser at the White House Office of Management and Budget from 2006 to 2009. Rosenstein took on the oversight of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Trump-Russia investigation after then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the investigation. That investigation is now the bailiwick of the new attorney general, William Barr, who took the job on the provisio that he could choose his own deputy. MIDDAY TWEET xKnow how everyone keeps saying 12 years? It's 10 years, 9 months and 9 days until 2030, when humanity must be halfway to net zero to have a fighting chance of avoiding truly catastrophic climate breakdown.Every day counts. Do all you can.— Peter Kalmus (@ClimateHuman) February 19, 2019 • Stop with the crap about Malia Obama, okay? On Sunday, The Daily Mail published photos of Malia Obama drinking an $80 bottle of rosé poolside with her friends in Miami. The following day, the tabloid published another article claiming they’ve found Obama's secret Facebook account where she’s been vocal about her gripes with President Trump. The whole saga suggested more people side with Obama than against her, as evident by the flood of responses in the Daily Mail's mentions, in which the obvious point was made over and over again that the former First Daughter is a college student. On vacation. Whomst among us?? Really, we just wish we were drinking rosé in Miami instead of defending her on the lord's day (also known as Toni Morrison's birthday). • Survivor of newsroom massacre at Maryland’s Capital Gazette says Trump’s “media-bashing” makes her fear for her life and the lives of other reporters: Rachael Pacella responded to Trump’s tweet that “the press has never been more dishonest than it is today,” with tweets about her fears and the considerations she makes to protect herself. She writes: It's snowing here, so I hopped up to shoot a video of snow falling over Annapolis from the window of our temporary office. It's gorgeous. And then I realized I couldn't post it, because it would reveal our location. These are the things I have to think about every single day. On today’s Kagro in the Morning show: Greg Dworkin, Armando and Joan McCarter are all on hand today for the important task of sorting out Trump scandals, McConnell scandals, Chao scandals, DeVos scandals, Ross scandals and Armando scandals. x Embedded Content RadioPublic|LibSyn|YouTube|Patreon|Square Cash (Share code: Send $5, get $5!) LINK TO DAILY KOS STORE
In May of 2017, an obscure transcript surfaced quoting a rather revelatory conversation that took place between several GOP lawmakers in June 2016. Then-House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy told then-Speaker Paul Ryan and others, “There’s two people I think Putin pays: Rohrabacher and Trump,” referring to California Rep. Dana Rohrabacher and the soon-to-be Republican nominee for president. As the others laughed, Ryan shut down the conversation quickly, saying, “No leaks. . . . This is how we know we’re a real family here.” That summer 2016 chat came on the heels of news reports that Russian government hackers had penetrated the DNC. But the Washington Post's initial report of the interaction came nearly a year later, the same month that former acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe now says top congressional leaders were briefed about the FBI's counterintelligence investigation into Trump. When Today's Savannah Guthrie asked McCabe Tuesday if any of those leaders took issue with the FBI trying to determine whether Trump was a Russian agent, McCabe bluntly responded, «No one objected, not on legal grounds, not on constitutional grounds, and not based on the facts.» That means Speaker Ryan, along with his Senate counterpart, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and the two GOP Intelligence Committee chairs, Rep. Devin Nunes of California and Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina, knew the FBI not only suspected Trump of being a Russian agent, but also had enough actionable intelligence to open an investigation into the matter. In the meantime, Ryan's office was fielding questions from reporters about what exactly he had meant a year earlier when he instructed his top lieutenants to keep it in the family, saying, «NO LEAKS» (as it reads in the transcript). In a statement, Ryan spokesperson Brendan Buck tried to pass off the exchange as a joke. “This entire year-old exchange was clearly an attempt at humor,« he said. »What’s more, the speaker and leadership team have repeatedly spoken out against Russia’s interference in our election, and the House continues to investigate that activity.” Ryan, however, would go on to support chairman Nunes along with Trump's entire House hatchet team—Reps. Mark Meadows of North Carolina, Jim Jordan of Ohio, and others—in every harebrained scheme they concocted to dismantle that critical FBI probe. Whenever Nunes found a new reason to obtain classified documents related to the probe, Ryan was there for him.
Campaign Action A group of House Democrats who visited an unlicensed prison camp for migrant children in Homestead, Florida, described meeting kids who have been jailed there for as long as nine months. “I did not see criminals, I did not see gang members,” said Florida Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, who led the delegation with Congressional Hispanic Caucus chair Joaquin Castro of Texas. She was overwhelmed. “I saw kids who have hope … that this country will welcome them.” Nearly 1,600 children are currently jailed at the privately run facility, which advocates say is operating without a license because it’s supposedly a “temporary” facility. The former prison camp for kids in Tornillo, Texas, opened last June and was supposed to last just one month. Its operations stretched out for months until this year, and it shut down mired in allegations that administration officials lied to Congress about background checks for prison camp employees. Officials have now tried to paint an orderly picture at Comprehensive Health Services-operated Homestead, saying kids have talent shows and movie nights during the weekends. But other advocates who have visited described meeting children who burst into tears describing how they’re not allowed to hug one another. A prison camp for kids is still a prison camp for kids. “As a mother it was very difficult to watch,” Mucarsel-Powell said. “It has a prison-like feel.” While officials say that all the children at Homestead are unaccompanied minors, or kids who came to the U.S. alone, some actually came with a relative and were then torn from them. “If they came with an uncle, an aunt, an older brother or sister, they’re not considered separated,” said Rep. Sylvia Garcia of Texas. “We spoke with a number of kids and they all said they said they came with someone. But they were separated, so it’s still happening.” Family separation remains a crisis.
Campaign Action Every news organization makes mistakes. Journalism is an imperfect craft and is sometimes practiced at a breakneck pace. The question is: What do news outlets do when confronted with overwhelming evidence that they messed up? That’s the challenge CNN now faces in the wake of its extraordinary and inexplicable decision to hire a career GOP operative with absolutely no journalism experience as its new political director. Owning up to mistakes is even tougher when management makes them, and these are mistakes that clearly played out over a weeks-long hiring process. News organizations don't hire highly paid political directors on a whim. The current controversy was sparked when Sarah Isgur was tapped by CNN to help oversee the network's unfolding campaign coverage. A hardcore partisan, Isgur has spent her career flacking for Republicans such as Ted Cruz, Mitt Romney, and Carly Fiorina. Until last year, Isgur worked as a spokesperson for then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ Department of Justice. If CNN wants to hire conservatives like Isgur to go on camera and regurgitate Trump White House talking points, that's the network's prerogative. But to hire someone with Isgur's journalism-free resume to work behind the scenes and oversee campaign coverage is utterly baffling. «Her Twitter includes fact-free invectives against liberals and repeatedly rails against the ‘abortion industry,’» the Daily Beast noted. To maintain its reputation as an independent source of political news, CNN needs to cut ties with Isgur and admit that her hiring was a mistake. Otherwise, it's going to be difficult for Democrats to trust CNN this campaign season. And here’s a suddenly relevant question: Should the Democratic National Committee rethink the idea of CNN hosting upcoming debates for Democratic candidates?
That idea that “Robert Mueller is going to file a report any day now” has been a news staple since shortly after Mueller was appointed special counsel in 2017. Compared to other special counsel investigations, the look into Donald Trump’s “foreign relations” has still been relatively brief, but pundits have been appearing in the press and media on a regular basis to predict Mueller wrapping things up with such regularity, and similarity, that it wouldn’t take a super artificial intelligence fake news machine to crank out the weekly allotment of Real Soon Now stories. The truth is that Mueller hasn’t provided, doesn’t provide, and isn’t about to provide the media with guidelines as to when he’s going to hand off that “final report” on what he learned, why some got indicted, why others skated clear, and why still others (or an other) earned an “unindicted co-conspirator” label. In fact, the date on which that report gets handed over to new Attorney General William Barr is still likely to be some time away. As in months away. Because there are a lot of things still to be cleared up. Mostly collusion, collusion, and collusion. The raid on Roger Stone’s home and offices was conducted not as a simple arrest, but as a clear exercise in gathering evidence. Pair that with the news that Stone was indicted at least in part because his lies were revealed in data found in Russian sources, and it seems like there’s still a good deal of work to be done in cleaning up everything around the actions of Stone and his associates, most of which seem to have been in dissemination of stolen information. There have been no indictments, outside of Russia, on issues directly related to assisting Russia’s social media effort. That includes no one from the Trump campaign or Cambridge Analytica, and not Republican strategist Aaron Nevins, who worked directly with the Russians to identify and distribute the most valuable of their stolen information. And that includes no charges directly aimed at Paul Manafort ferrying Trump polling data to a Russian agent. There are still no charges resulting from the actions on which Michael Flynn cooperated with the FBI: the Trump campaign’s outreach to Russia, including discussions of both relaxing sanctions and finding a favorable outcome in Ukraine. Those two topics appeared again and again in conversations from Trump Tower to the Seychelles, and no one has yet received a single slap on the wrist for this “quid” partner to the Russian hacking and Moscow Project “pro quo.” There are still no indictments related to the work Cambridge Analytica did in providing Russia with the benefits of its analysis engine. Still no one but Marina Butina charged in relation to the Russia-NRA pipeline and the mystery $30 million that was shelled out for the election. The list of people who could still be facing indictment—including Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump, Jefferson Sessions, Erik Prince, Aaron Nevins, Brad Parscale, Alexander Nix, Felix Sater, and, Justice Department rules or not, Donald Trump—is longer than the list of those outside of Russia who have been charged so far. And even inside Russia, Mueller may not be done.
Campaign Action “G.A.” should have spent his seventh birthday surrounded by his excited friends, but instead he spent it in U.S. custody, a young victim of the Trump administration’s barbaric “zero tolerance” policy. His mom Victoria was in a separate facility thousands of miles away. “She spent the day crying and thinking that her little boy was somewhere turning seven, all by himself,” a court filing states. They would not be reunited for another two and a half months. The asylum-seeker is now one of the families seeking millions in damages. Victoria recounts a traumatic journey from the moment she and her son were detained at the southern border in California last May, saying that border officers would only allow her and other detained mothers to see their children at night. Then one day an officer took them away completely. “Don’t cry today, today is a happy day,” he taunted. “It’s Mother’s Day.” Victoria witnessed one mom having her child physically ripped from her arms. Then G.A. was taken “without any words of comfort and without the slightest show of compassion.” Victoria would then spend weeks without any information about G.A., until she was allowed to talk to him on the phone in late June. The moment he heard her voice, the filing states, he began to cry. “The social worker said that G.A. was not eating and would not get out of bed. He spent all his time crying.” A second call a week later went no better. They would not be reunited for another month, in Texas. They were eventually released after Victoria passed her initial asylum interview, but not before spending months more in a family jail.
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