Uh oh: while Governor of Indiana, Mike Pence used his AOL account. to conduct state business, and that account got hacked at least once (to run that old we're-stranded-send-money scam, no less!). And right-wingers are coming down just as hard on him as they did on Mrs. Clinton! I kid, of course -- we're more likely to see squealing that Indiana laws are different, or that previous Indiana governors did the same thing, though neither is a standard you'd use to select a President or Vice President.
The incomparable David Dayen informs us that Trump
crony "regulatory advisor" Carl Icahn gets President Trump to draft an executive order that would force gasoline wholesalers, not oil refiners, assure that gasoline meets the 15% renewable energy standard. Why is this important? Because Mr. Icahn just so happens to own an oil refinery that can't blend ethanol, meaning his refinery has to buy renewable fuel credits to the tune of over $200 million last year. In the words of one industry analyst, "this is no deal for anyone but Carl Icahn." Greed and selfishness: they're what the Trump Administration is all about.
Surprise, surprise, the Keystone XL pipeline will not have to build with American steel like other pipelines will per a Trump executive order, because the Keystone XL pipeline isn't a "new" project, having been first proposed over eight years ago. If Mr. Obama put out that excuse, right-wingers would call him an egghead, but Mr. Trump did it, so they'll laud his cleverness in "sticking it to the man." Right-wingers never realize that they're "the man" their heroes stick it to.
Lily Hay Newman at Wired explains how "Medical Devices are the Next Security Nightmare." More and more implantable medical devices can be tweaked over wi-fi, which is a big improvement over needing another surgery, unless a hacker gets ahold of it. The only slightly less awful news is that the outdated computer software hospitals use (a few hospitals still use Windows XP, for which Microsoft no longer even makes security patches) is the more likely target.
Samsung is sending out Dish network techs to fix washing machines. The corporation says it notifies customers they'll get a Dish tech, and assures us that their Dish techs know what they're doing, but, ah, they don't always, plus they occasionally try to sell you a Dish network subscription. What on Earth would be the harm in, you know, hiring washing machine technicians in an economy with a U6 unemployment rate still above 9%? Oh, I forgot -- doing that doesn't get the CEO his 19th vacation home.
Finally, the good people of Kansas achieve a victory, of sorts, when their state legislature votes to rescind all of Sam Brownback's tax-cuts-for-the-rich since 2010. Sadly, Mr. Brownback, who's somehow still Governor, vetoed the bill and only the legislature's lower house overrode the veto. Still, I hope they try again. But I also hope that when Mr. Brownback leaves office his name is synonymous with "failure" -- and that the whole concept of "trickle-down economics" soils the name of anyone who supports it.