Mark Karlin at TruthOut interviews America's Last Journalist, Greg Palast, about vote suppression in general, and the shutdown of the Trump Administration's Voter Integrity (sic) Commission in particular. Why does Mr. Palast think the Commission shut down, with its "mission" to be taken up by the Department of Homeland (sic) Security (sic)? You won't like the answer: "Kobach also bought lists of [Latino] voters. The purpose is clear: Match any José Garcia on voter rolls with José Garcia on deportation orders and purge an American for the crime of having a common [Latino] name." Deporting American citizens so you can win elections! It's what people do when they can't win arguments on the merits!
Ho hum, Matthew Gardner at ITEP reminds us that Disney's $125 million in employee bonuses is a little over one-tenth of its expected total haul from the Trump tax "reform." And those bonuses are a one-time thing -- I mean, only the boss's bonuses ever get repeated from year to year! -- while Disney's $1.2 billion haul from the (permanent, you remember) corporate rate tax cut will magically appear every year. I guess it'll lose its novelty after the first year, and they'll set about getting corporate welfare in other ways, but $1.2 billion every year is still $1.2 billion every year.
John Nichols at The Nation chronicles Gov. Scott Walker's continued crusade against democracy in Wisconsin -- including his refusal to call special elections for a vacant state Senate seat and a vacant state Assembly seat. All because "the legislature won't be that busy," when in fact the Governor has already called a special session for several thorny issues! This couldn't possibly be because a Democrat just won a special election in a previously Republican-held Senate seat by 11 points, could it?
EPA suspends its plan to allow mining in Alaska's Bristol Bay area, home to one of the world's largest and most profitable sockeye salmon industries. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt sure talks a good game about "the abundant natural resources" that deserve "the utmost protection" from the "unacceptable" risk of a Pebble Mine, but note that the EPA is still taking mining applications for the area, which could mean they're just fishing for the right crony investors. And if that takes a few years and we get complacent in the meantime, all the better!
Finally, with things going so well for the Trump Administration, quite a few right-wing punditoids are officially calling for people to be tried and convicted of treason. If patriotism isn't the last refuge of the scoundrel, as Dr. Johnson said it was, then calling your enemies traitors surely is. These idiots -- many of whom work for basic cable stations, which we all pay for whether we want to or not -- deserve nothing so much as a spanking. Unless, of course, they enjoy that sort of thing.