Morning Reads – Thursday, May 10, 2018

On this date in 1994, Nelson Mandela was sworn in as South Africa’s first black president.

Peaches

Jimmy Carter

Sweet Tea

 

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Will Durant
Will Durant

A couple of hundred thou isn’t hardball to Georgia Power and Southern Company, that isn’t even pin money for them. They have more than a century of playing political ball and when they are really playing hardball they never get any on ’em.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Trump had claimed the Obama administration had “long been asking” for the release of the three hostages, except that two of the three had been detained during Trump’s term. One of those two had been detained longer than the time of the one detained during Obama’s term of office during Obama’s term of office. No matter, dumb Trump Republicans know Trump words as the God honest truth, so you’re sure they’re pious Christians. “Kim Hak-song was arrested on May 6, 2017. He worked at Pyongyang University of Science and Technology, a university founded by American evangelical scholars. Tony Kim, also… Read more »

xdog
xdog

I give Beijing a lot of credit. Chairman Un (to quote Pompeo) recently travelled north and I suspect he heard a lot about how uncle-killing and missile-lobbing isn’t really a help to Belt and Road and China’s other long-term strategies to get rich(er). Dumping the Iran agreement is just the current regime’s latest act to show how empty America’s promises are. Along with ignoring governmental and societal norms, Trump has abdicated the title of leader of the free world, and there are no clear successors in sight. Maybe Macron, but it would take the right crisis. Maybe May if she… Read more »

chamblee54
chamblee54
Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Sheldon Adelson’s company gets a $670 million government handout as part of the GOP tax bill.

Now he’s just cut a $30 million dollar check to help Republicans hold onto the House.

Swampy, no?

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/05/10/adelson-republicans-midterms-579436

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Was it a handout or a tax cut?

Campaign money is important, but circumstances are that the donation won’t deter Dem opposition enthusiasm. Its primary benefit may be to neutralize and deter the kooks running on the GOP side.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

America First Policies – an organization founded by Georgia boy Nick Ayers – is employing all the best people. Like this dude, Juan Pablo Andrade, who said “The only thing the Nazis didn’t get right is they didn’t keep f—— going!” https://www.mediaite.com/online/watch-policy-advisor-for-trump-tied-america-first-group-praises-nazis/ They also employed Carl Higbie, who resigned his federal government position after people pointed out all the horrible things he’s said, things like: “Go back to your Muslim s—hole and go crap in your hands and bang little boys on Thursday nights. I just don’t like Muslim people. People always rip me a new one for that. Carl,… Read more »

chefdavid
chefdavid
Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Long, but worthwhile, read on the steps Virginia is taking to combat the opioid epidemic. Maybe some lessons here for our statewide candidates?

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2018/5/10/17256572/opioid-epidemic-virginia-medicaid-expansion-arts

Noway2016
Noway2016