Morning Reads – Thursday, July 20, 2017

On this date in 1969, Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin E. Aldrin, Jr. became the first men to walk on the moon.

Peaches

Jimmy Carter

Sweet Tea

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Mr. Bear
Mr. Bear

RE The “In God We Trust” story, everybody seems to be unwilling to mention the name of the town in question.

xdog
xdog

AG Jeff Sessions yesterday announced a new DoJ policy that puts the federal government back in the business of civil seizure of assets. The so-called adoptive seizures occur when a state police officer seizes property and then transfers it to the federal government, which then forfeits the property under federal law. Importantly, state law enforcement gets to keep up to 80 percent of the proceeds of the forfeiture, and if you don’t think that’s a recipe for abuse, try getting stopped driving with some extra cash.

http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/07/20/jeff-sessions-just-revived-a-policy-nobody-supports-215395

xdog
xdog

btw, if Sessions had even a smidgen of personal honor he’d resign today after the reaming Trump gave him in the NYT interview yesterday, but then he wouldn’t have the means to shape the citizenry in his own image, would he? Next on the list, dopers.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

I’d turn that around. If Trump was really the hard-nosed dealmaker businessman the GOP thinks he is, he would’ve fired Sessions.

Saltycracker
Saltycracker

Business taxes: Creating an environment that attracts quality life styles and jobs is what it is about. Government is about how best to do that for all the people, politics is about selection.

Eliminate the corporate tax and agencies that spend it. Eliminate the personal loopholes by leveling the percentage taxation of income. Everyone with skin in the game. Start by eliminating schedule A and handouts below taxes paid.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Bringing back coal isn’t happening nor will it. But when you’re Trump, just say you created 50,000 coal jobs even though there were few more than that (77,000 in 2014) before you created 50,000 more of them. Unable to pass a bill desired by the base despite having “signed more bills” than any president ever? It’s the Dems fault—it’s not as if the GOP base understands the GOP has majorities in both Houses of Congress. . Caught red-handed colluding with Russians on an American election. It was a Clinton-Obama setup, and besides, it’s what any American candidate would do. A… Read more »

Saltycracker
Saltycracker

Consolation: watching the GOP self destruct for four years is so much preferred to the other choice we had.

And, the Republic thought they were the party that could glean out the best direction…….oops.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

There’s no consolation in being the GOP minority.
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“On Russia related issues we find a certain degree of willful ignorance among Trump voters that can possibly best be summarized by this finding: only 45% of Trump voters believe Donald Trump Jr. had a meeting with Russians about information that might be harmful to Hillary Clinton […] 32% say the meeting didn’t happen and 24% say they’re not sure.” — PPP pollingthat

Saltycracker
Saltycracker

The failure is the lady was a fraud and had no indictable info on the Clinton’s, one of the sleaziest political families in American history,

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

So what did Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin talk about in private at their other meeting at the G-20 without any other American present at the G-20? . “Trump has decided to end the CIA’s covert program to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels battling the government of Bashar al-Assad, a move long sought by Russia, according to U.S. officials.” . I commented Tuesday that Trump had made a deal with Putin to abandon Syria to Russia’s man Assad. And he’s continuing to deliver, unlike what he does for an adoring GOP base. It’s worth it to keep shady dealings… Read more »

chefdavid
chefdavid
Ellynn
Ellynn

So Savannah crime was on the DOJ radar last year, and linked in with places like Baltimore and Chicago… or so the local federal AG tells us in an off the cuff comment during a forum.

http://savannahnow.com/crime-courts/news/2017-07-19/savannah-downtown-business-association-hosts-panel-city-leaders-gun

Ellynn
Ellynn

Also of interest statewide… Logistics. (aka trafficking of containers out of port terminals)

http://savannahnow.com/news/2017-07-19/industry-experts-talk-trends-innovation-third-annual-savannah-logistics-lunch

Ellynn
Ellynn

What the next major league stadium and surrounding complex in the ATL could look like.,,

https://atlanta.curbed.com/2017/7/18/15992378/atlanta-mixed-use-cricket-stadium-renderings

And because I like buildings… and urban design.. and Art.

Benevolus
Benevolus

What’s Gov. Deal been up to? Is this the slow season in governorship?

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

New CBO score is out, in case y’all needed another reminder that the Republican approach to healthcare is to provide a little healthcare as possible to as few people as practicable.

The GOP has had 7 years to come up with an alternative. The fact they haven’t highlights the lack of intellectual heft underlying the modern Conservative movement.

Ellynn
Ellynn

Noway no longer has to worry over what will happen to the new generation of over educated snowflakes… This will free up his time to dwell on things like world peace.
https://hbr.org/2017/07/liberal-arts-in-the-data-age?lipi=urn%3Ali%3Apage%3Ad_flagship3_feed%3BvnC6FYJXQYGmQjuv0U%2Bp0w%3D%3D

Saltycracker
Saltycracker

So a Cop in Minneapolis shoots an unarmed white woman in pajamas and because he is a Somalian the primary concern is backlash on Muslims ?