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Those Lovable Nazi Scamps

The New York Times published a regrettable piece profiling a “polite” midwestern Nazi sympathizer. They received more or less the backlash one would have expected. But how did this even happen? Note that the article in question, which is now titled “A Voice of Hate in America’s Heartland,” was originally published as “In America’s Heartland, the Nazi Sympathizer Next Door.” The title change alone suggests an attempt at damage control–an acknowledgment that soft-pedaling the rhetoric of someone who believes that racism and genocide constitute valid and appropriate political positions is maybe not such a good idea in a country where such ideas are no longer marginalized but facing a disturbing resurgence, as embodied by President Trump.

American Prisons: Slavery in the 21st Century

The Clintons had slaves when Bill was governor of Arkansas. But that’s just the beginning. It recently came to light that in Hillary Clinton’s 1996 book, It Takes a Village, she wrote about how when her husband was governor of Arkansas, they had state prisoners working in and around the governor’s mansion, as was tradition–and a cost-saving measure, at that. If you want to read more about the specifics, you are welcome to do so.

Doctors Must Take Women Seriously

What if you went to the doctor with a serious problem and you were ignored, or even accused of making up your condition? This is, unfortunately, the reality for many women: they go to the doctor with a medical complaint, and are ignored, have their concerns minimized, or get accused of lying. What prompted me to write about this today is that just an incident happened to a friend of mine yesterday.

Ads and Things

You might have noticed some new stuff in the sidebar. I was recently approached by Newsmax about putting one of their “content boxes” on this site. At the same time, Google offered me some free AdWords money to run ads for this blog in their search engine. Well, why not run ads in Google to boost my search placement, while making a little money from ads on the site itself? Win-win, right?

And That's 100!

This is Trump’s 100th day in office, and so the last of my daily posts (for now). Trump made a lot of promises during his campaign. He has delivered on very few of them. Politifact’s Trump-O-Meter gives you a good sense of what he’s accomplished, which is to say: not much. Plenty of things are “in the works” but that doesn’t mean they will ever happen. Immediately after taking office, Trump put out a flurry of Executive Orders, many of which met with stiff resistance.

Shutdown Averted, For Now

The US federal government will stay open, at least for the time being. But the budget fight is not yet over. Republicans have enough seats in the House and Senate to do whatever they want, including pass a budget. But that’s just the problem: they don’t agree with each other enough to do so. The Freedom Caucus–a band of anti-government extremists who favor nothing less than the shuttering of almost the entire federal government–refuse to budge.

Flynn, Again

Remember Michael Flynn? Trump probably wishes you didn’t. What’s going on? This story hasn’t come up in a while. You might recall that Flynn was a National Security Advisor to Trump. He resigned early on as it came to light that he had conversations with the Russian ambassador before Trump took office–supposedly without Trump’s knowledge–and allegedly promised to rescind the sanctions against Russia which Obama had put in place. This is a pretty big no-no.

Trump's Tax Plan: All Business

Trump’s tax plan has finally been unveiled, and it’s pretty much what you’d expect: a gift to Corporate America. What’s going on? Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin announced the administration’s plan to cut corporate taxes from 35% to 15%. Per the BBC: Economists say the tax cuts will add trillions of dollars to the deficit over the next decade. But Mr Mnuchin said the tax plan will pay for itself "

Trump Averts a Shutdown

Could it be the man is learning? Over the past couple of weeks, the Trump administration vowed to shut down the government on April 28th (when it runs out of funding) if Congress didn’t agree to fund Trump’s ridiculous Mexican border wall. Trump has now backed off on that–promising the wall will still get built, but without holding the budget hostage to get it. At this rate, Trump could just keep promising it’ll happen eventually… until he leaves office.