Lawsuit seeks to end Georgia's practice of throwing out voter registration forms that don't precisely match information in other state databases. Apparently even an extra hyphen in your name can get you disenfranchised -- and, surprise, surprise! Black folks seem to get their voter registration forms thrown out at a disproportionate rate. That reminds me of the "Interstate Crosscheck" database, which states use to disenfranchise voters with similar names to voters in other states -- another tactic that just so happens to hurt minorities at a disproportionate rate. All to catch the phantom "voter fraudster," which Tha Bush Mobb's Justice Department couldn't even find in any significant numbers.
How's this for cojones? Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf blames his employees for all those fake accounts Wells Fargo created for its customers. Those would be the same employees under constant pressure to meet sales quotas -- though of course Mr. Stumpf never actually said "break the law or I'll fire you," and while that may be the only evidence John Roberts would admit in a fraud case, the rest of us aren't so literal that we screen out the truth. And our leaders wonder why we don't respect them anymore!
Donald Trump's campaign deletes lengthy press release/diatribe against the "FDA Food Police" and "inspection overkill" from its website. You think they heard, maybe on the news or something, that food poisoning is unpopular? Or did they learn that the most recent food safety overhaul in Congress (passed in 2010) actually had broad bipartisan support in both Houses? Strangely, throwing up for hours on end because of something you ate is a far worse prospect, for most Americans, than stricter regulations on farmers and food production facilities -- and, truth be known, regulations are really only unpopular with a) the corporations that have to comply with them and b) the rageaholics they can manipulate into being angry about that, in addition to all the other things they're angry about.
House Democrats urge the Justice Department to investigate the Donald J. Trump Foundation, at least in part because of that suspicious campaign donation to Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi. I just can't wait for the first right-winger who calls such a thing "unprecedented," as if Mr. Trump's opponent didn't get investigated for her private emails and for the Benghazi disaster. (And if you confront a right-winger thusly, and they quickly say well, hers was justified, it's perfectly OK to remind them that they've just changed the subject -- which was that a Trump investigation would be unprecedented -- and that changing the subject concedes the point.)
Finally, dig this ad by Missouri Secretary of State/U.S. Senate candidate Jason Kander. I'm not behind background checks for terror suspects, because that's a loophole an aspiring dictator can drive a Mack truck through, but the ad really is a masterful document -- he acknowledges Sen. Blunt's attacks on his gun-control positions without repeating them, then talks about his military service and his record in the state legislature, all while putting a rifle together blindfolded. If this ad is any indication of his political skill, Mr. Kander has a good chance of winning his race -- polling presently puts him between three and seven points behind the incumbent, but Roy Blunt ain't exactly beloved by the Show Me State.