Legislators across America also seem to routinely block folks from their social media accounts. Of course, if you've created a Facebook page or a Twitter account for the express purpose of interacting with constituents, you don't get to block people -- you only get to block people from your own, private account, which, sadly, President Trump's account still seems to me to be, although Mr. Spicer sure ain't helping matters by telling reporters that they should treat his boss's twitterings as "official statements." Those Trumpsters think they're so deprived if they don't have everything both ways.
Things are so messed up now that even former right-wing talk show host Charlie Sykes says we need to put "truth" above "tribe." But this is an astoundingly good read (I wouldn't be surprised if it's actually the intro to his forthcoming book), arguing, among other things, that contemporary propaganda aims primarily to exhaust us, and also that a lot of folks "use information not to discover what is true, but rather to reinforce their relationship to their political tribe." We knew that already, but Mr. Sykes puts it really well -- and doesn't urge us all to come together behind right-wing ideas, as unscrupulous "bipartisanship" obsessives in both parties would have us do.
Seven state Attorneys General challenge EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's decision not to ban the controversial pesticide chlorpyrifos in late March. They claim the EPA has violated federal law by failing to ban it, since they also haven't determined a safe level of public exposure, and frankly that wouldn't be surprising, coming from an Administration so anti-law-and-order. The EPA also appears to be ignoring its own scientists' finding that chlorpyrifos threatens folks' health -- but they haven't even taken that information down from their website at this writing, which is really surprising.
Republican House candidate Karen Handel, running a close race in Georgia's 6th district, says, in a debate "I do not support a livable wage." Of course she means she doesn't support a law mandating such a wage, or even a minimum wage, but that's a quotation that should be featured in a thousand attack ads. I think she still beats Jon Ossoff, partly because Republicans will suppress the vote and partly because the election is still almost two weeks away and folks generally don't remember mistakes like Ms. Handel's for more than a week, but mainly because Mr. Ossoff is a wet bag of leaves.
Finally, in a truly impressive display, House Speaker Paul Ryan says President Trump may have asked former FBI head James Comey to drop that agency's investigation into then-National Security Advisor Michael Flynn because he's "new at this." Then, when a reporter asks him why he seems to think that's an "acceptable excuse," Mr. Ryan says it's not an acceptable excuse, and then says now he knows why Donald Trump is so frustrated with media coverage! All together: who's the snowflake now?