Monday Morning Reads – May 14

Happy Monday, everyone! It’s the last week before Election Day, and shenanigans will run amuck. Brace yourselves.

News by the Numbers

2020 aspirations – Potential 2020 presidential candidate Senator Harris traveled from California to Atlanta after endorsing Stacey Abrams’ campaign for the Democrat nomination. Certainly, she’s attempting to build goodwill among Georgia’s progressive voters.

200,000 votes short – Y’all need to vote. We are well on our way to historically low voter turnout.

2.5 million illegal aliens – California’s sanctuary state law is fodder for conservatives and moderates to revolt against the state’s leftward swing in the midst of the Trump presidency. At the heart of the debate is the question, “who matters more? Me or an undocumented immigrant?”

$160 million in profit – Newspaper is dying, and one man has figured out how to make money on its death. I am not saying I’m glad, but I am saying I’m intrigued.

250 miles of coast – This is weird. Bolivia, a landlocked nation, has a navy mostly because they’re bitter.

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From SCOTUSblog

#SCOTUS holds that the federal prohibition on state laws authorizing sports betting violates the anticommandeering rule

Opinion (pdf)

Benevolus
Benevolus

Can you imagine if 46 Israelis died at the hands of Palestinians because of some political decision the US made? Or the repercussions?
I can’t.

bethebalance
bethebalance

I don’t think that’s an accurate line of thought. It’s also much more complicated than that.

Noway2016
Noway2016

A policy that three previous prez’s had also advocated vociferously. Were those earlier promises just BS? Just empty rhetoric? If not, be grateful for a man who does what he says he’s gonna do. Refreshing for a change!!

Benevolus
Benevolus

It should be no shock that candidates have a tendency to over-promise, but sometimes once they win they do learn new information that makes them change their mind.
And then sometimes they change their mind because, well, who knows.
Il Arancione Duce:
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-china-currency/trump-administration-again-declines-to-name-china-currency-manipulator-idUSKBN1CM30M

Ellynn
Ellynn
Ellynn

I want to know why we are willing to give then intellectual property in order to “balance” a trade deficit.

https://www.axios.com/donald-trump-trade-war-china-grand-bargain-2205d03e-38d4-40e1-9585-b611318ea1ae.html

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Because Trump doesn’t understand the US-China trade relationship and his own business experience is in industries not impacted by Chinese IP theft. This has zero personal impact on him, so he doesn’t care what negative results flow from this decision. Which is pretty much his entire trade policy to date.

Benevolus
Benevolus

“Too many jobs in China lost,” *

* Actual President of the USA Trump tweet.

Presumably, anyone with a more than 5 minute attention span would have done the due diligence to understand the implications of their actions.
I’m glad the Deplorables are happy. The rest of us I think are nervous.

Ellynn
Ellynn
Benevolus
Benevolus

Hey you can be a good guy with a gun too!
Instead of bike share, may I present, gun share!
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-44115267

Noway2016
Noway2016
Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

This is why I don’t believe the Trump Administration when they say they care about the Jewish people. Pulling around with anti-Semites isn’t a great look.

https://mobile.nytimes.com/2018/05/14/world/middleeast/robert-jeffress-embassy-jerusalem-us.html#click=https://t.co/EyoYTMcD5U

bethebalance
bethebalance

Nothing has ever gone bad when religious zealots are in Jerusalem.