Dept. of Justice appoints former FBI head Robert Mueller as Special Counsel in charge of investigating matters relating to possible Russian collusion with the Trump campaign and Russia's alleged interference in the 2016 Presidential election. But a special counsel isn't an independent counsel (which, sadly, doesn't exist anymore, the law authorizing it having expired in 1999), and, as smarter people than I have pointed out, appointing Mr. Mueller allows Republicans to claim they've done something and demand that we now let them get on with the important work of depriving people of health care and giving more welfare handouts to the rich.
Speaking of which, apparently the Koch Brothers are readying a massive ad campaign promoting their vision of tax "reform." Should I be heartened that "government doesn't have a revenue problem, it has a spending problem" is so 2011 already? Or that the "window" for getting something big done seems to be closing? I'd be more heartened that polls consistently show a majority of folks think the rich ought to be paying more in taxes -- if another sizable national organization would start a massive ad campaign arguing that the rich should pay more. You're not going to get that from weakling Democrats, after all.
In case you needed it, Megan Molteni at Wired reminds us that "Denying Health Care to Diabetics Makes Just About Zero Sense." Not just because overeating or eating badly is just one factor in the largely-genetic disorder that's Type 2 Diabetes or the autoimmune disorder that's Type 1 Diabetes, but also because the vast majority of the health care costs associated with diabetes come from the complications of diabetes, like heart trouble. Managing your diabetes reduces the complications and therefore the costs, but apparently the Trump Administration would "save money" by cutting off all help to folks trying to manage it. And that's why we shouldn't put assholes in charge of things!
From The Guardian we learn that Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (or ICE) has arrested more undocumented immigrants during the first three months of Mr. Trump's term than they did at a similar point in 2016 -- but way fewer than ICE did at a similar point in 2013. The right sure doesn't give Barack Obama enough credit for all the arresting and deporting of undocumented immigrants he did! I wonder why. Also, under Mr. Trump's ICE, arrests of undocumented immigrants with no criminal record have more than doubled, despite the candidate's promise that he'd go after serious criminals first. Given that immigrants with no criminal records make up more than half of the difference between the 2016 and 2017 figures, I think it's pretty obvious some padding is going on. Donald Trump, padding numbers so they look more impressive -- who'da thunk it?
Finally, the FCC voted to start repealing net neutrality rules yesterday -- another public comment period will follow, with the FCC aiming to issue new rules in August -- and here we learn not only that net neutrality opponents conflate vigils and leafletting with "violent protest," but that in at least two massive anti-net neutrality bot campaigns, folks who've been hit by data breaches "wrote" at least two-thirds of the comments. No use arguing that in a smaller pro-net neutrality bot campaign folks hit by data breaches also "wrote" one-third of the comments, because all of that is evidence that the FCC currently can't or won't run a competent public commenting process, and I can't imagine this kind of incompetence is legal. What a shame it'd be if a judge had to strike down Mr. Trump's attempts to gut net neutrality, too.