Christopher Ingraham at the Washington Post now counts 18 American states trying to criminalize protest in some way (including, of course, Arizona). Why? Because fear of democracy! Here's how it should work: when our government tries to hurt us, we meet in public to shame them. They become ashamed and not only stop hurting us, but start doing our will, not just the will of their biggest donors. It's not so damn much to ask.
Two Economics Policy Institute researchers reminds us that the robots are not, in fact, coming to take our jobs away. Corporations have to invest in information technology and the like in order to make that work, and that gets in the way of playing the various bankster shell games that actually make CEOs rich. And the fact that ZOMG TEH ROBOTZ!!!! is their answer every time folks say workers should make more money is a good thing -- it means they know they can't win the argument on the merits.
Factcheck.org pimp-slaps Trump Administration claim that folks from the seven banned countries conduct terrorist activity in America. Being "implicated" in terrorist activity isn't the same as being convicted of terrorist activity, of course, and "72" is just a scare number, one that loses its scare-power when you put it next to "since 9.11" (that's over 13-plus years, meaning approximately six "implicated" "terrorists" per year when it took almost two dozen to pull off 9.11) and, of course, next to the one million folks who came from those countries during those years.
In a related matter, President Trump dismisses a report from the Department of Homeland (sic) Security finding fault with his insistence that folks from the seven Muslim-majority countries pose a heightened terroristic threat. Sadly, the DHS spokeshack throws her report, and her department, under the bus. Add this to your list of points (skips intelligence briefings, purges the State department, attacks folks from countries that don't attack us, struts around like his balls swing like church bells) when Dear Leader fails to prevent a major terrorist attack on American soil.
Mr. Trump tells "bipartisan group" in D.C. that "(n)obody knew that health care can be so complicated." Well, that was a blast of pure Bush Mobb! Remember all those sentences Tha Mobb started with nobody could have predicted, almost invariably before describing something that someone not only could have predicted, but did predict? For such a big-balls guy, he sure does make a lot of excuses. If he wants health care that's a lot less complicated, of course, he could embrace a single-payer, Medicare-for-All system. What "complicates" everything, of course, is mammon-worship.
Finally, Trump Administration memo describing the danger of leaks gets leaked. And there's that how-can-we-get-candid-advice-if-people-know-what-we're-trying-to-do rubbish! Why do they do it? Because fear of democracy! Here's how it should work: when our government tries to hide stuff from us, our media should try harder to find it out. They all work for us, after all, even though they want us to think they don't. This, again, is not so damn much to ask.