Sunday News: From the Editorial pages

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MEADOWS SLIDES ON TRUMP'S SLIPPERY SLOPE OF TRUTH: During the hearing a much-animated Meadows complained of Cohen’s “insatiable desire for celebrity” and in a heated exchange said: “I’m concerned about your lies today.” While dogged during the hearing in demanding the truth from Cohen, he’s been more of a lap dog when it comes to setting the same standard of President Donald Trump. Meadows hasn’t uttered a word of concern – much less an ounce of outrage, about a president who has offered 9,179 false or misleading claims through March 17 – his 787th day in office, according to The Washington Post FactChecker. During the hearings Rep. Jamie Raskin, a Democrat from Maryland, might have come close to explaining Meadows’ frustration and double standard. "Our colleagues aren't upset because you lied to Congress for the president,” he said seeming to address Cohen but really Meadows and others on the committee and those watching. “They're upset because you've stopped lying to Congress for the president."
https://www.wral.com/editorial-meadows-slides-on-trump-s-slippery-slope-of-truth/18269417/

Pete for America

Dear Blue NC Friends,

I'm writing in the hopes that you'll throw some support towards helping make sure Pete Buttigieg's voice continues to shape the 2020 campaign landscape. If you haven't heard of him, he's a veteran, Rhodes scholar, millennial, openly gay mayor from the Midwest. He's got some big ideas and progressive ideas and knows how to communicate them. And his presence alone is reshaping the debate and changing what kind of questions the media are asking about intergenerational justice, where climate change will be when he's the age of the current president, and about issues facing LGBTQ Americans. One of his campaign's chief goals is building their total number of campaign donors. Towards that end, I am asking, if you want his voice to be in the mix too, then give a small donation (literally even $1 or $3 dollars) here using my personalized grassroots fundraising link.

Rage

I was going to write about rage this morning, about the toll it takes when you're mad so much of the time. But when I looked up the definition, I found "uncontrollable anger."
Hmmmmm.

Is there such a thing as controllable anger? Can I borrow some?

Saturday News: It's Mueller time

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TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE HAS CONCLUDED WITH NO ADDITIONAL INDICTMENTS: With no details released at this point, it's not known whether Mueller's report answers the core questions of his investigation: Did Trump's campaign collude with the Kremlin to sway the 2016 presidential election in favor of the celebrity businessman? Also, did Trump take steps later, including by firing his FBI director, to obstruct the probe? All told, Mueller charged 34 people, including the president's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, his first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, and three Russian companies. Twenty-five Russians were indicted on charges related to election interference, accused either of hacking Democratic email accounts during the campaign or of orchestrating a social media campaign that spread disinformation on the internet. Five Trump aides pleaded guilty and agreed to cooperate with Mueller and a sixth, longtime confidant Roger Stone, is awaiting trial on charges that he lied to Congress and engaged in witness tampering.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/national-politics/article228303174.html

Nine Years After ACA Expanded Access to Health Care, North Carolinians Call on State Lawmakers, Senator Tillis to Protect and Expand Law

As the anniversary of the passage Affordable Care Act approaches on Saturday, advocates from across North Carolina urged lawmakers to stand with them and protect their care against partisan repeal and sabotage efforts at a press conference at the General Assembly.

NC A&T a case study in partisan gerrymandering

Divided and conquered without an opportunity to protest:

In adopting the electoral map, the legislature partitioned the campus of North Carolina A&T State University, the nation's largest historically black public college, into two separate districts.

"We had one person representing us who shared our beliefs. Now we have two people who don't really represent us," said Smith, 24, a 2017 graduate who works with voting-rights group Common Cause, which is among the plaintiffs challenging the new districts.

This particular move may be the partisan straw that broke the mapmaker's back. It should be, anyway. Not even the worst justices (Thomas and Kavanaugh) on our conservative Supreme Court could swallow the idea splitting NC A&T in half was merely a coincidence, or that students are better off with two Representatives instead of one. Their votes were "cracked," to use the parlance of the mapmakers themselves, and there is no viable defense of that. And this argument might be even worse:

Friday News: Cracking the whip

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INTERIM PRESIDENT WANTS FIRING POWER OVER UNC PROFS WHO HOLD BACK GRADES: Teachers at UNC schools who intentionally withhold grades — to protest university policies or actions, for example — can be fired, the UNC system’s Board of Governors was told Thursday. Interim UNC President Bill Roper asked Arden to say again whether professors could be fired for withholding grades. Yes, Arden said. “It was threatened, I know that,” Roper said. He said it was frustrating to hear such a threat used because withholding grades “harms a lot of people.” On hearing of the threat last fall, Roper said, it made him think of the adage, “There ought to be a law,” to prevent or punish such willful dereliction of duty.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/article228244699.html

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