Corporate trade lobbies ask that the entire D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals hear their challenge to the FCC's net neutrality rules. As you know, a three-judge panel that ruled in the FCC's favor back in June; I can't blame the big telecoms for wanting to take their chances with eight more judges, I suppose, but their arguments remain desperate -- to the degree one can even argue that the net neutrality regulations are "unprecedented" (which would be tough, since the big telecoms were already observing net neutrality principles beforehand), that's mainly because the internet is a pretty unprecedented technology, one more responsive to customers than any other media, and thus looking to the narrowest possible precedent wouldn't promote freedom for those customers.
Pope Francis says we shouldn't "identify Islam with violence," and adds that "in nearly all religions there is always a small fundamentalist group." I don't know why he said "nearly," but it's otherwise an important reminder -- maybe even as important a reminder as "terrorism grows when there is no other option and when money is made a god." Naturally we'll I guess we'll be hearing from Donald Trump about what a LOOOZER!!!!! the Pope is (hey, he's gone after Gold Star families, so why not the Pope?). Plus we'll get to hear more from other right-wingers about Pope Francis's "Communistic tendencies." He'll be the Barack Obama of the next decade if he's not careful.
Ho hum, Think Progress finds that the 10 states that require drug testing of welfare recipients spent over $850,000 in 2015 on those drug tests -- and found 321 drug users. Why, it's almost becoming harder to find a drug-using welfare-recipient than someone actually committing voter fraud! Seriously, though, the whole thing boggles the mind -- not only that they could have spent all that money, you know, helping people, but that they seem to think that drug dealers all take EBT cards now.
Hillary Clinton gets her first endorsement from a Republican House Rep, in part because he finds Donald Trump "profoundly offensive and narcissistic." Probably you'll read the article and say, "oh, it's Richard Hanna, I should've known," and since Mr. Hanna (NY-22) is one of the last three or four moderate Republicans in the House (and he's not seeking re-election this year, possibly because he's tired of getting primaried from the right), I don't exactly expect a whole lot of other dominoes to fall from that side of the aisle.
Finally, let's dispatch with a quickness the notion that "Donald Trump is acting so erratically that he must be mentally ill." Firstly, insinuating that Donald Trump is mentally unstable profoundly insults folks who struggle with actual mental illnesses. And secondly, and perhaps more importantly, he behaves the way all Our Glorious Elites behave, though he's more obnoxious. I'm serious about that -- bragging about how great you are, telling "easily disprovable lies," and "fly(ing) into a wounded rage at mild criticism" are all behaviors that have afflicted Our Glorious Elites for many, many years now, and suggesting that Donald Trump is fundamentally different from them is, unfortunately, another way of insulating them from the criticism they deserve from civilized people. Why, it's almost like that's the idea!