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The point of all this was to give a simple rundown of news from the day. But y’all got way more national news than you need. I’ll try to add that as needed but we have enough local and state stuff to go around right now.

Insider Louisville As the Kentucky General Assembly reconvenes, here are the issues and legislation to watch

While the pace of legislation slows, the Republican Party’s domination of both chambers will ensure their ability to pass a long wish list of policy proposals that have remained stymied for a decade or more. Case in point: The only drama remaining concerning legislation to finally allow charter schools in Kentucky is not whether this will pass, but what specific form it will take.

Hopefully the criminal justice reform will be a silver lining in this. One of the few times when fiscal responsibility and the right thing sort of line up. Turns out locking people up too long and too often is bad and expensive.

CJ JCPS safe haven resolution passes divided board

The resolution says that Jefferson County Public Schools will resist requests from federal immigration officials to share data or resources — unless compelled by a valid court order — that could help identify students or families who are potentially undocumented.

They did more than Bellarmine University could. It’ s good to send a message of solidarity, and it means a great deal. But, there’s also a need to have the conversation of the real danger of witheld funding. Losing dollars for certain programs could be devestating to the people we’re claiming to be protecting.

CJ Greg Fischer says bill targeting Louisville mayoral power ‘absurd’

House Bill 202 would also give Kentucky’s governor the power to appoint the mayor in case of his or her death, resignation or removal from office. Under the current state law that merged city and county governments, the 26-member Metro Council has 30 days to elect a new mayor by a majority vote.

Some disgruntled former city council folks gettin’ nasty.

Lexington Herald-Leader White nationalists plan conference for ‘white working families’ at state park in Eastern Kentucky

Floyd County Judge-Executive Ben Hale said the group has a Constitutional right to meet, but the vast majority of county residents would not condone its views.

“That’s just not the way our county thinks,” Hale said Wednesday. “I feel like we’ve got honest, God-fearing people.”

Probably won’t be any people of status. And that’s all he cares about. But it will be attended.

Get it, KY.

*upside down flags*

House of Cards isn’t fun anymooooore 🎶🎵🎶🎵.

NBC News SEAL, American Girl Die in First Trump-Era U.S. Military Raid

Intentional or not, Greenberg said, the deaths of three al-Awlaki family members will enhance the al Qaeda narrative. She noted that as part of propaganda efforts, terrorist groups have begun to circulate photographs of children reputedly killed by U.S. forces. Photos of Nawar al-Awlaki alive and dead are already circulating widely in Arab media.

As hominem news, the obama-done-it-too brigade has a case for this one.

Vox The Ezra Klein Show: Jennifer Lawless on why you — yes, you — should run for office

89% of youth are already never running. Bleak.

Courier Journal Navy: Special forces flew Trump flag in convoy

It’s official: The military convoy seen flying a Trump flag in Louisville on Sunday belonged to a Navy Special Warfare unit, and the flag was “unauthorized,” a Navy spokeswoman said.

It’s official: The military convoy seen flying a Trump flag in Louisville on Sunday belonged to a Navy Special Warfare unit, and the flag was “unauthorized,” a Navy spokeswoman said.

It’s official: The military convoy seen flying a Trump flag in Louisville on Sunday belonged to a Navy Special Warfare unit, and the flag was “unauthorized,” a Navy spokeswoman said.

Lexington Herald-Leader Bevin orders ‘fair chance’ for workers with criminal past seeking state jobs

State employers still could follow up on applicants’ criminal records in interviews. The executive order does not apply to private businesses but Bevin encouraged them to follow the state’s example.

They still can’t vote.

and another thing

Just sitting here tryna stay woke.

WFPL In Kentucky, A Congolese Refugee Remains Hopeful Despite Immigration Ban
By Ryland Barton

“Understand, for her she was very happy saying that maybe within four to five months she’ll be able to come,” says Mutaba. “But after I have given to her that news, she was very disappointed. I was just trying to say that do not lose hope that anything may happen. Maybe the president may change his decision, we never know what may be next.”

He won’t.

Esquire These ‘Rogue’ White House Accounts Are Just Liberal Bait

It makes for a scintillating narrative, but the problem is, there’s no evidence that any of the people behind any of these accounts are actually who they say they are, despite numerous attempts by reporters to do just that. Of course, as the @RoguePOTUSStaff account points out, that secrecy is baked into the very design: They can’t risk being discovered! (They did not immediately respond to a request for any confirmation about their identity).

There are things that are important and helpful and good and there are things that, regardless of validity, are distraction from the real stuff, the real agency.

If it seems just too good, it probably is.

Slate’s Trumpcast The President’s Executive Disorder

Great interview with David Miliband, the President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee (IRC).

Oh yeah, and this …


Walter Solbchek

Been a doosey, huh? I take some time off and the damn POTUS signs some shit and now Steve Bannon is the Joint Chiefs.

TPM Dick Cheney Thinks Trump’s Muslim Ban Is ‘Against Everything We Stand For’

“I think this whole notion that somehow we can just say no more Muslims, just ban a whole religion, goes against everything we stand for and believe in. I mean, religious freedom has been a very important part of our history and where we came from,” Cheney said on a Monday appearance on the radio show. “A lot of people, my ancestors got here, because they were Puritans.”


LAWFARE Malevolence Tempered by Incompetence: Trump’s Horrifying Executive Order on Refugees and Visas

Put simply, I don’t believe that the stated purpose is the real purpose. This is the first policy the United States has adopted in the post–9/11 era about which I have ever said this. It’s a grave charge, I know, and I’m not making it lightly. But in the rational pursuit of security objectives, you don’t marginalize your expert security agencies and fail to vet your ideas through a normal interagency process. You don’t target the wrong people in nutty ways when you’re rationally pursuing real security objectives.

Joker clapsGo pour yourself a stiff drink and read about all the way the EO was super illegal, then remember that nothing matters and that the DHS tweeted this …

“You have all these rules, and you think they’ll save you.”

ThinkProgress Here’s your list of all the protests happening against the Muslim Ban

The section on refugees does not apply to religious minorities who face “religious-based persecution, provided that the religion of the individual is a minority religion in the individual’s country of nationality.” In other words, non-Muslims in Muslim-majority countries are exempt, making this a very clear Muslim ban. The text does not include references to green card holders or dual nationals of those countries, but the State Department and Homeland Security are currently including both of those groups as well in their interpretations.

Keep an eye on this list. It’s being updated.

Look there isn’t much else that you aren’t watching. This stuff is really messed up.

Keep your powder dry. This is going to be a long ride. It’s going to be in the history books, one way or another. I just hope my mug is in there doin’ something I’d be proud of.

mexico say ‘nah’

The Ezra Klein Show J.D. Vance: the reluctant interpreter of Trumpism

Vance, a Kentuckian, wrote the book Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis which political writers, journalists, and the like have held up as a clairvoyant warning for Trumpism. And for conservatives, it’s an unearned “told-ya, suckaz.”


It’s an interesting conversation, and strong interview. One that needs a soak.

Slate’s Trumpcast: Signals vs. Noise

Important talk around what we should be raging about. It’s all bad, but what is most acutely dangerous? what should i literally not even?

While plenty of progressive political junkies are insulted by the idea that we can’t “walk and chew gum simultaneously,” there is a limit to how much we can ask of the people we’re attempting to motivate.

One issue up for consideration of rage—it seems the president fully intends to profit from his position.

ThinkProgress Trump has violated his oath to the Constitution

The Constitution is a favorite talking point in American political rhetoric. It holds enormous legal power — the Supreme Court has the power to measure laws against it, and strike them down and hold them up.

Yet at the end of the day, the Constitution is also just a piece of paper. It depends on people to enforce it.

All that said, there are small victories to celebrate.

The Hill USDA lifts gag order: report

“This internal email was released without Departmental direction, and prior to Departmental guidance being issued,” the USDA said in a statement.

“ARS will be providing updated direction to its staff. ARS values and is committed to maintaining the free flow of information between our scientists and the American public.”

And in local nightmare leadership: the governor.

Courier Journal Beshear blasts Bevin for ‘alternative facts’ on ultrasound law

Beshear rebutted Bevin’s claim, saying his office “is actively defending agencies sued over House Bill 2. In doing so, we have taken the most aggressive action possible, moving to have the entire case dismissed as to those agencies.

“I would suggest in the future that if the governor has any questions on the hard work of my office that he walk across the hallway and ask to meet with me, and not hide behind Facebook.”

Bev is scary good at getting his message heard in ways that people listen.


He promised not to change

Don’t be surprised.

Politico Trump struggles to shake his erratic campaign habits

One person who frequently talks to Trump said aides have to push back privately against his worst impulses in the White House, like the news conference idea, and have to control information that may infuriate him. He gets bored and likes to watch TV, this person said, so it is important to minimize that.


Republicans aren’t rank and file on easily verifiable falsehoods, though.

The Hill Ryan: ‘No evidence’ of mass voter fraud as Trump claimed

“I’ve seen no evidence to that effect. I’ve made that very, very clear,” Ryan told reporters at the Capitol, reiterating his position on Trump’s claim of mass voter fraud.

Once they’ve finished stripping everything, I really do wonder what they’ll do with the muscle they used to get inside.

I also wonder what damage will be done before that time.

The Guardian Four more journalists get felony charges after covering inauguration unrest

“These illegal acts are clearly designed to chill the speech of protesters engaging in First Amendment activity,” Maggie Ellinger-Locke, of the guild’s DC branch, said in a statement.

None of the arrest reports for the six journalists makes any specific allegations about what any of them are supposed to have done wrong.

Even if they all get off–not withstanding the other non-journalists who look at real prison time without direct evidence of involvement–the problem is with the courts that will inevitably have Trump/Pence/Bannon appointed judges in the next few years. It will get worse before getting better.

Meanwhile, at Matt Bevin’s School of Papa John’s:

Courier Journal Schnatter questions U of L real estate buys

Saying he needed more information on the the foundation’s real estate holdings and the board’s “activities in the past,” Schnatter abstained from a measure the foundation passed that requires that acquisitions of property be approved by the entire board.

His name is on the football stadium.


WaPo The first days inside Trump’s White House: Fury, tumult and a reboot

Trump has been resentful, even furious, at what he views as the media’s failure to reflect the magnitude of his achievements, and he feels demoralized that the public’s perception of his presidency so far does not necessarily align with his own sense of accomplishment.

Such a perfectly understated burn.

CNBC Aetna-Humana shares fall after judge blocks deal on antitrust grounds

“The government identified 364 counties across 21 states where it argues that concentration in the Medicare Advantage market would rise above the presumptively unlawful level if the merger proceeds, and 17 counties across 3 states where that would be true in the public exchange markets,” he said in court documents.

An article went around recently from a Russian Journalist that has made its way through the ringer of discussion. There are opinions.

TPM The Case for Not Being Crybabies

I’ve been surprised at the extent to which right-thinking people are all but threatening themselves with what Trump might do to, collapsing into their own sense of powerlessness. Maybe he’ll jail his opponents! Maybe he’ll call off the 2018 election! Here it is worth remembering things we learned from the campaign. Trump’s one true gift is his ability to get his critics to surrender up their own dignity somehow of their own free will. That is just what he is trying to do to the press at this moment. It’s no different from the dominance politics he played on his opponents in the GOP primaries.

However, in an interview with Slate’s Trumpcast his commentary is more nuanced.

Journalism doesn’t die with authoritarians, but it damn well better adapt to them. Continuing to ask multi-part, open ended questions to a man who can scarcely finish a sentence from whence he began is not the right direction.

WaPo Women’s marches: More than one million protesters vow to resist President Trump

The Washington demonstration was amplified by gatherings around the world, with march organizers listing more than 670 planned events nationwide and another 70 cities overseas, including Tel Aviv, Barcelona, Mexico City, Berlin and Yellowknife in Canada’s Northwest Territories, where the temperature was 6 degrees below zero.

V cool.

These things may not constitute hands-on political involvement, but they sure do inspire the ones who are in the trenches. Hopefully it adds to their numbers.

Oh. And it’s called The Last Jedi


no. 45 is in the house

Today is a bizarre and extraordinary day to be an American.

Insider Louisville Experts: ACA repeal threatens health insurance of 100K Louisvillians

Legislators also are getting calls from hospital leaders, medical device entrepreneurs and others, who worry about the impact of a repeal, he said.

Yarmuth urged consumers who like the bill to contact their legislators to persuade them to keep it.

“Be disruptive,” Yarmuth said.

Letters of Note Wind the clock, for tomorrow is another day

In March of 1973, he wrote the following perfectly formed reply to a Mr. Nadeau, who sought White’s opinion on what he saw as a bleak future for the human race.

For our sanity …

NY Times A Trump Administration, With Obama Staff Members Filling In the Gaps

In all, Mr. Trump has named only 29 of his 660 executive department appointments, according to the Partnership for Public Service, which has been tracking the process. That is a pace far slower than recent predecessors, falling far short of the schedule originally outlined by Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey, who was Mr. Trump’s transition director before Mr. Trump ousted him 10 weeks ago.

That’s less than 1:22 positions filled because I can math.

Since his election on Nov. 8, Mr. Trump has had little interest in the minutiae of his transition, saying it was “bad karma” to get too involved, according to a person who spoke with him at the time. At one point, he wanted to halt the planning altogether, out of superstition, the person said.

I do this any time I’m prepping for a new job, tbh. Why should we expect that he would do work? Oh, and that vacation was already planned, so we can’t expect him to cancel.

The Daily Beast Trump’s WhiteHouse.Gov Disappears Civil Rights, Climate Change, LGBT Rights

The page on civil rights was replaced with a page entitled “Standing Up For Our Law Enforcement Community” that replaces concerns with how police act with a demand for more cops.

His dudes were super busy.

The Atlantic He Was a Crook

Some people will say that words like scum and rotten are wrong for Objective Journalism – which is true, but they miss the point. It was the built-in blind spots of the Objective rules and dogma that allowed Nixon to slither into the White House in the first place. He looked so good on paper that you could almost vote for him sight unseen. He seemed so all-American, so much like Horatio Alger, that he was able to slip through the cracks of Objective Journalism. You had to get Subjective to see Nixon clearly, and the shock of recognition was often painful.

I read this a lot when #45 first became relevant in the 2016 primary. It’s one of the rare raw and personal things Thomspon ever wrote.

(via John Gruber at

Donald J. Trump is President of the United States of America.

The last day of 44

Esquire Trump Voters Live in a Bubble, Too

It’s hard to fathom here, safely ensconced in the ivory tower of liberalism in which I do my juice cleanses, that a presidential candidate boasting about sexual assault resulted in zero consequences whatsoever, but if you ask those who voted for him, it’s really not that big of a deal. Sixty-one percent of Americans overall said they were upset by the tape, yet 65 percent of Republican men found it to be much ado about nothing. What’s a little pussy grab between acquaintances, right? Just ask Christopher von Keyserling, a Republican official in Connecticut, who was arrested this week for trying as much on a colleague and then claiming it was just a joke.

I love this dude.

Consequence of Sound Kanye West wasn’t asked to play Trump’s inauguration because he’s not “traditionally American” enough

During their powwow at Trump Tower in December, it was reported that the businessman-turned-kinda-sorta-politician discussed wanting to get Kanye involved in an “entrepreneurial leadership” capacity. But I guess he had less “traditionally American” ventures in mind for the MC, none of which are of the prestigious 3 Doors Down and Toby Keith caliber.

I kind of don’t know what the Kanye/Trump thing was or is about anyway. I have a theory about Kanye West, but that’s for another day.

Courier Journal New U of L board plans first meeting Saturday

SACS’ decision will be made by its own board, and Pinto said “it’s hard to predict what a board decision will be. But when I look at it and look at the legislation that’s being passed and my understanding of how SACS makes decisions — and really it’s all about supporting universities to achieve a certain standard that is defined in their policy documents — I feel confident in the alignment of their policies and they will lift probation.”

Guarantee there was a Koch logo displayed prominently somewhere in the room.

Slate The Best-Case Scenario for the Trump Presidency

All of these outcomes are plausible. Too many pundits and political scientists still assume that we live in ordinary times, in which political shifts are slow, voters consistently reject radical parties and candidates, and opinion polls are a reliable guide to election results. But the last year shows that we now live in extraordinary political times. It’s perfectly possible that 2017 will be as bitter as 2016.

But while a dose of pessimism is important, confident predictions of doom are as simplistic as mindless optimism. The real lesson to draw from the nasty surprises of 2016 is not that populism will always win or decency always lose; it’s that the range of realistic outcomes has widened radically.

Yeah, it’s important to prep for the worst, but I can’t survive 4 years (or … 8) without keeping one eye on optimism.

See you around, 44. You were good.

hot takes 1-18

Fresh Air How The Systemic Segregation Of Schools Is Maintained By ‘Individual Choices’

And I say this — and it always feels weird when I say it as a parent, because a lot of other parents look at you a little like you’re maybe not as good of a parent — I don’t think she’s deserving of more than other kids. I just don’t. I think that we can’t say “This school is not good enough for my child” and then sustain that system. I think that that’s just morally wrong. If it’s not good enough for my child, then why are we putting any children in those schools?


This is a huge thing that gets skirted because it requires civic duty be more important than our kids. Or at least more important than our prescribed path for our kids.

It’s so hot, I’m gonna abandon thread.


Shreck’s mistake was just not running himself, imo.

NY Times ‘Learning Curve’ as Rick Perry Pursues a Job He Initially Misunderstood

WASHINGTON — When President-elect Donald J. Trump offered Rick Perry the job of energy secretary five weeks ago, Mr. Perry gladly accepted, believing he was taking on a role as a global ambassador for the American oil and gas industry that he had long championed in his home state.

In the days after, Mr. Perry, the former Texas governor, discovered that he would be no such thing — that in fact, if confirmed by the Senate, he would become the steward of a vast national security complex he knew almost nothing about, caring for the most fearsome weapons on the planet, the United States’ nuclear arsenal.

What a lede.