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Good morning-ish. There are 117 days until the presidential election. Trump made Tulsa sick, Trumpland fumbles the whole school thing and SCOTUS tries to have it both ways on Trump's taxes. 

Note: While we were waiting for SCOTUS this morning, we realized something very, very unusual -- we're in good moods today. Yeah, that shit is like a double-rainbow being struck by lightning after hitting the lottery in Trumpland, but it is a nice change of pace. So what could be responsible for this shocking shift? Is it the announcement that Joy Reid's new show is going to launch on July 20? Maybe. Is it the endless laughter from seeing how the president of the United States thinks fractions work? Yeah, that's a little bit of it. But we think mostly it's because today the street has been blocked off in front of Trump Tower in Manhattan. Why? Well, they're getting ready to paint the Black Lives Matter mural there. You know, the one that's been really pissing off our insanely racist president? While they are symbolic and in no way a replacement for real and meaningful reform, we freaking love these murals. They send such a powerful message. The one in front of the White House gave us goosebumps for days. Anyway, if we seem a little nicer or happier or less punch-a-hole-in-the-wall angry today, that's why. Don't worry. You know that shit won't last. Not even 1/100th of a day. More: Washington Post, USA Today

Note two: Always read Kareem. More: LA Times

Note three: Anybody else still fucking furious that Alex Vindman had to retire from the Army? Yeah, us too. 

Note four: We honestly don't know what to say about Gorsuch's majority opinion in the McGirt v. Oklahoma case done? 

Note five: Want something new to be pissed off about? More: The Daily Beast

Note six: "You cannot fight the pandemic with lies and disinformation." -- Angela Merkel 

Note seven: It took five notes to ruin that good mood. It's like those old Tootsie Pop commercials, where the old cartoon owl asks the kid "how many licks does it take to get to the center of a mood that reflects the fact that the president of the United States is a criminal who is doing jack shit while Americans die from a pandemic that he should have and could have contained?" Maybe we're remembering it wrong. Oh well. We hope y'all have an awesome day.


We had to take out the OK. Remember when everyone with at least half a brain said it would be dumb as all hell for a politican to hold a crowded rally in Tulsa, OK during a deadly pandemic? Remember how that dumbshit politician did it anyway? Remember how the crowd didn't even show up? That last part was pretty funny. Unfortunately, the rest of it is not. As predicted, Tulsa health officials are now saying Trump's rally "likely" contributed to a COVID surge the city is seeing. It's bad enough that this asshole has surrendered to the virus, but does he have to help it spread?! The news comes as cases in America passed 3 million, deaths passed 132,000 and hospitals all over the country are strained. Wear a mask, friends. 'Cause ain't nobody coming to help us for a while. More: Associated Press

School daze

This morning the CDC backed off its weak and shocking capitulation to Trump yesterday, reversing itself and saying it will not change the guidelines for schools despite saying they would yesterday after Trump said the guidelines were too tough. Trump officials have come under fire for threatening school funding while offering exactly zero plans or assistance for how those schools might open safely. It took less than 24 hours for these dumb fucks to figure out how dumb it was to politicize the CDC and the health and safety of our schools. If you pray, pray for America. More: CNN


So SCOTUS is apparently as gutless as a GOP senator. Because they wanted to appear neutral and not at all politicized, the Supreme Court ruled that a New York grand jury is entitled to see Trump's tax returns and that nobody is above the law. BUT they remanded the case so prosecutors won't see the returns immediately and there will be more court battles to come. The congress case is even more pathetic. They fucking punted. Instead of just taking the obvious reading of the law, they sent it back to lower courts to fight it out. So the bottom line is SCOTUS tells us the president isn't above the law, and then took a few cowardly steps to make sure we won't see Trump's tax returns before the election. So why the fuck do we even have a Supreme Court if it's going to be this useless? Boy, that good mood seems like ancient history now. More: USA Today

Today's clips

Four months, 3 million confirmed infections and over 130,000 deaths into the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S., Americans confronted with a resurgence of the scourge are facing long lines at testing sites in the summer heat or are getting turned away. Others are going a week or more without receiving a diagnosis.
More: Associated Press

On Monday, the Trump administration announced that foreign students whose course loads are carried out exclusively online amid the coronavirus pandemic would have to leave the country. Shortly after, S.G.'s cell phone began lighting up with a frenzy of messages and links.
More: Buzzfeed News

Why would the Russian government think it could get away with paying bounties to the Taliban to kill American soldiers? One answer to that question may be the extraordinary response that Moscow received when the Trump administration learned of a precursor to the bounty operation. From mid-2017 and into 2018, Pentagon officials became increasingly confident in intelligence reports that the Kremlin was arming the Taliban, which posed a significant threat to American and coalition forces on the ground in Afghanistan.

A potential new addition to President Trump's future rallies: statues.

The idea has been discussed by White House and Trump campaign aides, but no final decision has been made, sources familiar with the planning told ABC News. It's also not clear who exactly the statues would resemble, but sources say one idea was for "America's Founding Fathers."
More: ABC News

As the United States tops 3 million confirmed cases of COVID-19, the most of any nation in the world, former vice president Joe Biden blasted President Donald Trump's stewardship of the crisis and urged him to take concrete steps to stop the spread of the virus before he "tee[s] up for yet another round of golf."
More: ABC News

For those who haven't completely lost their ability to be appalled, Tucker Carlson's smears this week of Illinois senator Tammy Duckworth can fairly be described as shocking.
More: Washington Post

New satellite images obtained by CNN show recent activity at a previously undeclared North Korean facility that researchers suspect is being used to build nuclear warheads.
More: CNN

The Senate returns to session later this month with just three weeks before its summer recess -- and will have to reconcile lingering GOP divisions and major disagreements with Democrats in order to pass another massive recovery package in the heat of an election year.
More: CNN

George Floyd repeatedly begged police officers not to shoot him and complained of being claustrophobic as they tried to place him in a squad car in the minutes before he was killed on a South Minneapolis street corner in May, according to transcripts of police body camera footage from the scene released Wednesday.
More: Washington Post

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau formally scrapped a rule -- originally proposed in 2017 under an Obama appointee -- that would have put limits on payday lenders. More: CNN

The FBI is examining exiled Chinese businessman Guo Wengui and the money used to fund his media efforts in the U.S., including his work with Steve Bannon, a former senior adviser to President Trump, according to people familiar with the matter.
More: Wall Street Journal

Health-care workers on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic are encountering shortages of masks, gowns, face shields and gloves — a frustrating recurrence of a struggle that haunted the first months of the crisis.
More: Washington Post

The story of Covid's trajectory isn't blue to red. It's Black and brown.
More: Politico

Geoffrey Berman, the former US attorney in Manhattan fired last month following a tense standoff with Attorney General William Barr, will appear on Capitol Hill Thursday in House Democrats' latest push to scrutinize what they charge is unprecedented politicization of the Justice Department.
More: CNN

Millions of American jobs have come back since the great lockdown in March and April, but millions of workers still need government benefits to make ends meet.
More: CNN

Dozens of foreign nationals working as journalists in the U.S. for Voice of America, the federal government's international broadcaster, will not have their visas extended once they expire, according to three people with knowledge of the decision.
More: NPR



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