Sarah Jones at The Nation wonders whether an "Appalachian food renaissance," one born partly out of a "resurgence in local farming" and a heightened appreciation of local history, can help Appalachia "build a post-coal future." Short answer: yes. And why not with some assistance from our government? Some moron will ask WHY SHOULD TEH GUBMINT SPEND MONEY ON TEH BEANS!!!!! But those folks who would oppose our government spending money to preserve local cultures constantly under attack from the homogeneity of corporate culture? They likely oppose any government spending, except that which flows right into corporate executive pockets, so don't pay them too much mind.
Surprise, surprise! A Reuters/Ipsos poll finds more than three of four Americans think the rich should pay more in taxes. That seems up from where it's been, though about a quarter of those Reuters/Ipsos surveyed said they "somewhat agree" that the rich should pay more in taxes, while more than half say they "strongly agree." Meanwhile, Mr. Trump continues to spew lies about his plan being "for the middle-class," which will fool the willing, I suppose, but it's going to be hard to fool anyone else when your entire argument that "the rich will pay more" centers around closing obscure-sounding loopholes that ain't getting closed anyway.
Eoin Higgins at FAIR catches the "liberal" media wringing their hands over the "other victims" of Hurricane Maria: the holders of Puerto Rican debt. And moreover, they want you to think you hold some of that debt, though your chances of holding that debt if you're not a bankster are pretty slim. And a New York Times punditoid actually told an MSBNC audience that "there's two issues" here, though if you don't have electricity or clean water, or if you can't get to the hospital because the roads are closed, or you're in a hospital that's still running on a generator and thus quite possibly waiting for death, you could be excused for thinking there's really only one issue here.
Fresh off the news that Manhattan D.A. Cyrus Vance, Jr. might have eased off on prosecuting the Ivanka/Jared show in 2012 after receiving sizable donations from a Trump family lawyer, we learn that Mr. Vance also squashed an investigation into movie mogul/now-notorious sexual harasser Harvey Weinstein, and then received a sizable donation from the Weinstein camp. I suppose he'll return that money, too, in the hopes of getting another sizable donation from the Weinstein camp later when he thinks no one is looking. But the chickens may be coming home to roost for Mr. Vance -- sure, he runs unopposed for re-election next month, but that won't matter if he suddenly decides to spend more time with family.
Steve Bannon is trying to recruit even more right-wing folks to challenge incumbent Republican Senators running for re-election, ostensibly so that Sen. McConnell can be deposed as Majority Leader and Senators can get rid of the filibuster. I bet he doesn't accomplish either goal, but this plan can work in every important way -- voters hate politics-as-usual, and Democrats hate offering up candidates who can actually inspire people to vote for them, so if you thought Wyoming's John Barrasso (who's been a loyal Trumphole!) was bad, wait until you get a load of Sen. Erik Prince. (Sadly, it'll work if Mr. Prince loses the primary, too -- extremists like John Barrasso become "establishment," and the "center" moves ever further right.)
Finally, Mike Ludwig at TruthOut says the Trump Administration wants to repeal the Clean Power Plan (which it can't do without taking public comments, BTW, so watch this space!) because he wants to "nurtur(e) the base that brought him into office." And yet I wonder what'll happen when that "base" doesn't see coal jobs coming back and hears Mr. Trump give excuses about it for three years. Also, too, Mr. Trump's "base" cares more about renewable energy than Mr. Trump does -- just like anyone else who favors real energy independence.