Good News April 10

Good News from the Resistance: Happy Spring! Cherry blossoms, snowdrops, azaleas, and Resisters are popping up everywhere: No sooner did billionaire Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross announce that the U.S. Census will include a citizenship question, than dozens of city and state Resisters sued to block him; in an unprecedented move, 200 State Department Diplomat Resisters penned a letter to the Senate Foreign Relations committee, urging it to “undo the damage done” by Rex Tillerson; in February, Teacher Resisters went on strike for higher pay in Trump-Supporting West Virginia, and now school strikes are spreading faster than Facebook fake news, as fellow Resisters in other (Red) states follow their lead; and a Sacramento Resister is refusing to sell her family home to anyone who voted for Trump. To all of this we say, Keep it Up!

Lost track of Trump’s legal woes? As it turns out, most of his troubles can be placed into one of three tidy buckets: Sex (Stormy, Summer, Karen), Money (profiting off of presidency), and Russia (Mueller wants to chat). Judges continue to rule against him, and this week there was particularly Good News on the legal front: Trump’s personal lawyer and Hush-Money-Payer-in-Chief Michael Cohen is now of interest to Mueller, and it just may be that Trump’s ex-lawyer John Dowd may have obstructed justice. In the words of the great poet Sting: Be still my beating heart.

Speaking of Russia … Mueller’s been digging around in all kinds of deep, musty places lately. Of interest is why the Russians showed up at the Republican Convention, and it’s a pretty good guess they weren’t there for the GOP elephant swag. Clues could come from an alleged Russian hacker who was extradited from the Czech Republic, and appeared this past week in a San Francisco court. Mueller’s expected to have a lot to ask him, as well as the Cambridge Analytica whistleblower who is happily spilling the beans on how his former employer used Facebook to plunge America into the dystopian nightmare we feared. Stay tuned …

Finally, we would be remiss if we failed to mention EPA Chief Scott I-💗-Fossil-Fuel-Industries Pruitt. Among the stories uncovered about the Swamp-Dweller-du-Jour: Pruitt often failed to pay his lobbyist landlords the $50/night rent he owed, they changed the locks because he wouldn’t move out, and he traveled First Class with a full security detail because someone once yelled a profanity at him in an airport. In total, there are at least 23 ethics charges against him. The Good News? EPA has been reduced to “a slow moving train wreck,” with Pruitt so embroiled in controversy that his agency is, at least for the time being, incapable of implementing his plans for environmental destruction.

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WE THAT MEXICO IS STEPPING UP

We think it’s a great idea – and in the end this may save the world.

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WE WHEN THE MARKET SPEAKS … AGAINST FOX NEWS

The Brits have one less place to go for lies.

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WE TURNING OUTRAGE INTO NEW VOTERS

Not only did the kids pull off the largest march in U.S. history, it looks like they are also going to turn out the votes.

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WE  MAKING RACHEL MADDOW HAPPY

And imagine her glee when she saw these ratings.

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WE WHEN JUSTICE PREVAILS

There’s not much Good News if you’re an immigrant in the U.S. – so we loved reading this story.

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WE GOP GOVERNOR SCOTT WALKER LOSING BIG IN COURT

Walker refused to hold special elections in two legislative districts. A judge wondered why. And then she ruled.

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WE DON JR.’s WIFE BUSTING UP HIS PLANS

Like father, like son.

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WE IMAGINING LITTLE BETSY & ERIK AS KIDS

Remember Erik Prince, the Blackwater contractor whose employees were convicted (in U.S. court) of killing over a dozen Iraqi civilians? He’s entangled in Mueller’s probe. He’s also Betsy DeVos’s brother. Who knew?

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WE ANDREW McCABE’S GOFUNDME CAMPAIGN

The fired FBI deputy director now has deep coffers, thanks to the generosity of Americans like you and me.

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Warning: The news is not all good. But it’s an efficient way to keep up with all-things-Trumpian. Read it for a week, and you’ll realize you can stop reading newsfeeds 24/7.  Just get over the name.

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