Good News from the Resistance: Last week in D.C., Democratic legislators revived the 1982 Clash song, Should I Stay or Should I Go? as each struggled with how he/she would spend the evening while 45 delivered his first State of the Union address. A dozen chose to boycott, while the Black Caucus, female Democrats, and First Lady Melania decided to attend, and signal their resistance through fashion. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg thought it would be the perfect evening to bond with R.I. law students over a “fireside chat.” To just about everyone’s surprise, the questionably literate 45 managed to stick to his Tele-Prompter script. Good Job, Donny! Afterwards, Bernie Sanders delivered a (non-DNC-sanctioned) rebuttal and Joe Kennedy delivered the official one. The score? The Truth-O-Meter tally of the speech: two False statements, four Mostly False, two Half True, three Mostly True, and one True. Not included in this tally was 45’s claim that more people watched his SOTU on TV than had ever watched an SOTU before. Truth-O-Meter rating of that claim: False.
Resisters were on pins and needles most of the week, anticipating the “Nunes Memo.” 45 claimed its release would 100% vindicate him on charges of colluding with the Russians, and put an end to Mueller’s investigation. (Admit it, Resisters, you were a tiny bit worried). Soon after the big reveal, the memo was described (generously) as both a “big fat Nothingburger,“and a “sad trombone.” Social media went nuts over Yo’ Memo So Stupid jokes. (Example: Yo’ Memo So Stupid Eric Trump beat it on the SAT). Looks like Mueller won’t be on the job market quite yet. The Democrats claim to have a “counter-memo,” and are pushing for its release. Bacon cheeseburger, anyone?
The GOP swamp continues to drain. Republican legislators are retiring in droves; 45’s Center for Disease Control (CDC) appointee lost her job after it was revealed she’d bought tobacco stock (couldn’t make that one up); 45’s pick to be Ambassador to Singapore withdrew from consideration after she was implicated in the Russia investigation; the White House nominee to head the Council for Environmental Quality is no longer under consideration because she’s a climate change-denier. Which begs the question, “how did she get as far as she did in the nomination process?” But we’ll squelch that thought, and simply rejoice that she’s out. Yes, Resisters, it’s been another rockin’ and rollin’ week in our new reality, but don’t despair, because there’s even more Good News:
- Study how the Resistance is moving mountains in N. J.
- Read what God had to say to Michelle Bachmann on a billboard
- Wonder why a group of lawyers for Gates, Paul Manafort’s buddy, just quit
- Show gratitude for the resurgence of investigative journalism
- Cheer this Brooklyn judge for attacking 45’s motives on DACA Dreamers
- Don’t forget about Jared – he’s in more hot water
- Applaud this bi-partisan group of Mayors for blowing off 45
Sign Up. Show Up. Never Give Up.
WE N.J. RESISTERS WHO HELPED OUST GOP FAVORED SON
NJ 11th for Change has been the needle in GOP heavy-weight Rodney Frelinghuysen’s side for the last year — back when we was considered “invincible.” This week he announced his retirement. This is what resistance looks like.
WE WHEN GOD SPEAKS TO THE TEA PARTY VIA BILLBOARDS
So many options: Email, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat. But when Michelle Bachmann asked God if she should run for Al Franken’s seat, he chose a 20th century vehicle to communicate.
WE SPECULATING WHY GATES’S LAWYERS CAN “NO LONGER ETHICALLY REPRESENT HIM”
Gates is facing money laundering charges in the Russia investigation, along with his longtime business associate Paul Manafort. Why did his lawyers just quit? There are a few possibilities.
WE THE MEDIA RISING TO THE CHALLENGE OF OUR TIMES
The Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy just announced the 6 finalists for the Goldsmith Award for political journalism. The caliber of the stories is a testament to our country’s free, keep-digging-deeper, truthful press. Which we no longer take for granted.
WE BROOKLYN JUDGE FOR THROWING 45’S RACIST COMMENTS BACK AT HIM
While hearing a case on the Dreamers, a Brooklyn judge said 45 is guilty of “recurring, redundant drumbeat of anti-Latino commentary.” And that wasn’t all.
WE THIS JUDGE FOR FORCING JARED TO OUT HIS BUSINESS PARTNERS
There’s a huuuge class action lawsuit against Jared Kushner’s real estate company, filed by tenants of 15 apartment buildings in Baltimore. The Kushners have done all they can to keep the names of their partners in the buildings a secret. This week their luck ran out, when a judge ruled the partners must be revealed. Wonder if daddy-in-law will be on the list?
WE THIS BI-PARTISAN GROUP OF MAYORS
A group of high-powered mayors had a meeting scheduled with 45 in D.C. But when DOJ threatened Sanctuary Cities, the mayors didn’t show up.