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The Great Red Spot

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Let’s end the day with something more edifying than the Trump White House. Here is Jupiter’s Great Red Spot, as captured by NASA’s Juno spacecraft during a final flyby before ...

A wee warning about that G20 photo

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Before everyone starts cackling too much over Donald Trump’s expulsion to the outer regions of today’s G20 family portrait, keep in mind that the same thing happened to Obama in ...

A cut by any other name is still a cut

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Bob Somerby is mad at me again. This is nothing new, but this time it’s for saying that the only honest way to evaluate Trumpcare’s Medicaid funding is by using ...

Conservatives have a new free-speech warrior

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We have news from National Review today: National Review Institute is launching the Center for Unalienable Rights, created to be the home of free-speech warrior David French, whose new podcast,

2017 is looking like a good year for health insurers—if Republicans don't ruin it

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Michael Hiltzik points me to some new data from the Kaiser Family Foundation about Obamacare. A picture is worth a thousand words, so here’s a chart that shows how insurers ...

Lunchtime photo

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Spring has come and gone, which means no more sidewalks covered with annoying piles of squishy purple jacaranda blooms. Instead we have record-breaking summer heat sucking away our precious bodily ...

666 Fifth Avenue: Yet another massive conflict of interest for the Trump White House

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The Intercept has a story about young Jared Kushner and his catastrophically bad 2007 purchase of a New York skyscraper. Kushner has basically lost his entire $500 million investment, and ...

Chart of the day: Everyone now agrees that Trump is an idiot

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Here’s a fascinating chart from Patrick Egan: Everyone seems to have figured out that Trump is a moron, and they’re not too thrilled by his nonexistent leadership skills either. But ...

CBO to Trump: Get real

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Donald Trump thinks that slashing spending will reduce the federal deficit. Fair enough. It will. But would his proposed cuts reduce the deficit by $10 trillion over the next decade?

Republicans getting ready to jettison CBO

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Last month, OMB chief Mick Mulvaney was griping about the CBO. This seemed kind of pointless, since the CBO exists and it obviously isn’t going anywhere in the short term.

Yes, Don Jr. is an idiot. But that's also the primary defense of Don Sr.

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Even the New York Post has turned against Don Jr.: Actually, this is the Post doing its best to defend Trump Sr. If everyone can be convinced that Junior’s Russia ...

What I've been reading this year (maybe)

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Atrios has been listing the books he’s read this year, and this got me curious about which books I’ve read this year. The answer is that I don’t know. Some ...

Chart of the day: Net new jobs in June

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The American economy added 222,000 new jobs last month, 90,000 of which were needed to keep up with population growth. This means that net job growth clocked in at 132,000 ...

Lunchtime photo

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This is one of the oldest photos in my collection that I haven’t yet published. I think I decided I didn’t really like it all that much. But there is ...

The Bizarre DryShips story keeps getting more bizarre

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A couple of months ago I wrote about DryShips, a bulk freighter company whose stock soared 15x overnight after Donald Trump’s election. Today the Wall Street Journal follows up on ...

Was it Rex?

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Who is behind the leaks that are destroying Donald Trump Jr.? Nancy LeTourneau offers a theory: The first story was published on July 8th, one day after Trump’s meeting with ...

The latest in internet memes

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Even by Trump-era standards, Sean Hannity is a joke these days. Trump could give the Louisiana Purchase back to France and Hannity would find some way to hail it as ...

Republican health care is now very deep down the rabbit hole

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Mitch McConnell is circulating another health care bill today, and it’s like a game of whack-a-mole. The original bill would de-insure millions of people, so the new one puts a ...

And...here is Don Jr.'s email chain

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Donald Trump Jr. has helpfully confirmed this morning’s New York Times story by tweeting out the damaging emails himself. Here’s the key excerpt: “The Crown prosecutor of Russia.” No reason ...

Trump's border wall shrinks again

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The Great Betrayal is picking up steam: “You don’t need 2,000 miles of wall because you have a lot of natural barriers,” Trump said to reporters on Air Force 1 ...

Jared Kushner helps out his little brother

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Last month Jared Kushner organized a meeting of tech giants to meet with President Trump. Tim Cook was there. Jeff Bezos was there. Larry Page was there. In all, companies ...

Trumpcare is the most hated law in decades

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Via Axios, here is some polling research from MIT professor Chris Warshaw about the popularity of major legislation passed or proposed since 1990: TARP and Clintoncare were two of the ...

The Cruz Amendment would gut protections for pre-existing conditions

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The latest health care hotness from Republicans is the Cruz Amendment. Official text hasn’t been released yet, but the basic idea is simple: it would allow states to reduce the ...

Lunchtime photo

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I’ve been shooting pictures of bugs lately. It just seemed topical, somehow, even though it doesn’t really show off my camera much. The Lumix has good but not red hot ...

Lies, lies, lies

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The Trumpies sure have lied a lot about a big ol’ nothingburger of a meeting, haven’t they?

Life in the 21st century

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Here’s a headline I never expected to see in my lifetime: Good luck with this crisis, Nevada!

Here's how to bribe everyone into fighting climate change

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A couple of days ago I wrote about climate change, which is, in any useful definition of the word important, more important than the doings of the president’s idiot son.

Which is more important? Trump's lies or minor errors fact-checking those lies?

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A couple of weeks ago, Kellyanne Conway denied that the Senate health care bill cut Medicaid. “These are not cuts to Medicaid,” she said. “This slows the rate for the ...

Former Russian spy attended Trump Jr. meeting

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Remember that meeting between Don Jr., Jared Kushner, Paul Manafort, and a Russian lawyer who promised them government-supplied dirt on Hillary Clinton? Sure you do. It turns out there was ...

Who's shopping forged documents to the Washington press corps?

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On May 9, Reality Winner, an NSA contract worker, downloaded a file that outlined details of Russian hacking efforts just before the 2016 election. On June 5, the Intercept published ...

McConnell: No worries, Medicaid cuts are just window dressing

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Over at the Washington Post, Paige Winfield Cunningham writes about the united effort of doctors’ groups to oppose Trumpcare: They don’t think the present law is perfect by any means,

Quote of the day: Donald Trump's world-class interrogation skills

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From Donald Trump, explaining how he pressed Vladimir Putin about whether Russia was responsible for campaign hacking in 2016: First question — first 20, 25 minutes — I said, “Did ...

Judge burns US attorneys using Excel chart

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Here’s something kind of awesome. Wonkblog’s Christopher Ingraham points us to a district court opinion that justifies its conclusion with a chart drawn in Excel: Is this common? I don’t ...

Why is everyone mocking David Brooks today?

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David Brooks writes today about ways the upper middle class dotes on its own children but denies working class children the same opportunities. He provides two examples: residential zoning restrictions ...

Donald Trump Jr. met with Russian lawyer in hopes of dirt on Hillary Clinton

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Yesterday the New York Times reported that Jared Kushner and Donald Trump Jr. met with a Russian national shortly after the Republican Convention last year. The meeting was with Natalia ...