God, Barron really wants this "my Dad is the president" thing to be over.
So do we all, kid.
But in the meantime, if you're looking forward to arguing about politics at the dinner table, here's some advice from Jeb Lund: don't.
Anticipating winning a fight you’ve not yet had and whose shape you do not yet know also seems staggeringly futile, for a couple of reasons. For one, if there were a universal guide to Winning the Politics, we’d all be reading a political savant’s final word on the matter. One-size-fits-all talking points don’t need more than one author. But people and conversations don’t work that way. They evade challenges and change topics. By the time you finish a conversation with Dad that began with tax reform, you’ll have traveled a path that looks like the org chart of Exxon and ends with him ducking his chin and chewing his lower lip with the rueful burning expression of Rex Tillerson fighting to keep down that last McDouble.
Anyway, it's better to stick to the extremely personal gripes you already have with your family. Splinter provides a helpful guide.
You that you can still fight tomorrow if you stick to the more traditional topics of wounds from your childhood, simmering resentments, projection, and long buried family secrets.
Because seriously, this is a time to relax — no matter what people say about your holiday schedule.
About an hour after Johnson sent out her update about how Trump wouldn’t be having a “low-key” day after all, another update from the press pool: Trump was departing Mar-a-Lago for destination unknown. Ten minutes later, the destination was revealed: The president is spending his morning at Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach.
Higher taxes don't result in people leaving the country, according to a study by Cristobal Young. Not at all.
To better understand elite migration across state lines, I analysed tax return data from every million-dollar income-earner in the United States. The dataset includes 3.7 million top-earning individuals, who collectively filed more than 45 million tax returns over more than a dozen years – showing where millionaires live and where they move to.
And it turns out that place still matters for the rich – much more so than we might think.
That's bad news for thee president's agenda on tax cuts — but he's probably buoyed by his decision to send 60,000 Haitians back to a country that can't take them in.
On Monday, November 20, the Trump administration made good on its threats to remove more than 50,000 Haitians from a program that currently allows them to live and work legally in the United States. In 20 months, they will be stripped of all protection and subjected to deportation. The administration has already announced it will be kicking Nicaraguans out of the same program and has suggested it may do the same to Hondurans next year. In September, Sudanese people got word that they’re getting the boot as well. Salvadorans are expected to be next.
The program, called Temporary Protected Status, gives special legal status to people from select countries that have been hard-hit by wars and natural disasters while their homelands recover (they need to be in the United States when the disaster strikes). After its devastating 2010 earthquake, the Obama administration added Haiti to the TPS list.
That works for Trump's supporters. The Atlantic's Adam Serwer has a good breakdown of the historical forces at work in the president's support.
It was not just Trump’s supporters who were in denial about what they were voting for, but Americans across the political spectrum, who, as had been the case with those who had backed Duke, searched desperately for any alternative explanation—outsourcing, anti-Washington anger, economic anxiety—to the one staring them in the face. The frequent postelection media expeditions to Trump country to see whether the fever has broken, or whether Trump’s most ardent supporters have changed their minds, are a direct outgrowth of this mistake. These supporters will not change their minds, because this is what they always wanted: a president who embodies the rage they feel toward those they hate and fear, while reassuring them that that rage is nothing to be ashamed of.
One of those supporters, as Ken Klippenstein found, is an actual Nazi war criminal living in Minnesota.
In June 2013, the Associated Press reported Karkoc was a SS officer and that one of his men told Soviet investigators that his unit had been ordered to “liquidate all the residents” of the village of Chlaniow, Poland, resulting in the deaths of men, women and children.
After the AP published its exposé, Karkoc made three separate contributions to the Republican National Committee totaling $3,850 between September 2013 and May 2014. These are the only federal campaign contributions he has made, according to available records.
The RNC did not respond to a request for comment.
Karkoc’s son, Andriy Karkos, told The Daily Beast the contributions were made only because Karkoc has been a “lifelong Republican.”
“He has a picture of Ronald and Nancy Reagan in his bedroom,” Karkos said.
Another one of those supporters likes young girls — but we already knew that. Still, the mountain of evidence is continuing to pile up that Roy Moore's history of predatory behavior is deeper than we though.
A columnist for Al.com proposed Monday that there may another woman GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore took an improper interest in when she was underage: the former judge’s own wife, Kayla Moore. Using the candidate’s own words, columnist Kyle Whitmire laid out a pretty compelling argument that if we are to believe the judge’s recollection of events, he first took notice of Kayla when she was as young as 15.
Odds and ends...
The U.S. is on pace to drop three times as many bombs on Afghanistan as last year.
As of Oct. 31, the U.S. had dropped 3,554 bombs on the country, the report said. That stands in contrast to the 1,337 bombs from all of 2016 and the 947 bombs dropped on Afghanistan in the entirety of 2015.
Climate change isn't an important part of reporting on Alaskan oil drilling.
But nowhere does the article mention the biggest environmental danger posed by opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling: If the billions of gallons of petroleum believed to be under the refuge are pumped out and burned, they will add gigatons of carbon to the atmosphere, contributing to the ongoing climate catastrophe.
Nowhere in the article do the words “climate,” “warming,” “greenhouse” or “carbon” appear. Here’s what USA Today should know: This kind of coverage of energy issues is wrecking the planet.
Net neutrality faces a serious challenge. Call your representatives today and make sure everyone at Thanksgiving does to.
The proposal, made by the F.C.C. chairman, Ajit Pai, is a sweeping repeal of rules put in place by the Obama administration. The rules prohibit high-speed internet service providers, or I.S.P.s, from stopping or slowing down the delivery of websites. They also prevent the companies from charging customers extra fees for high-quality streaming and other services.
The L.A. Times doesn't want its employees to unionize. How would parent company Tronc pay for the benefits? Well, there are some cost cutting options.
Michael Ferro’s private jet alone costs the company millions. From February 2016 through September of this year, Tronc spent $4.6 million to sublease and operate the sleek Bombardier aircraft, which costs $8,500 an hour to fly. The kicker? Tronc subleases the jet from Merrick Ventures, one of Ferro’s companies.
An interstellar visitor drops by.
`Oumuamua is a truly historic discovery, the first of its kind, thus far the only known visitor humanity has had from outside our orbital backyard. However, astronomers believe that interstellar objects zip through the inner solar system commonly, at a rate of about one per year. It is only recently, however, that survey telescopes such as Pan-STARRS have become sophisticated enough to spot the faint voyagers from beyond.
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