Citation is not necessarily endorsement.
“I dream of a world where truth is what shapes people's politics, rather than politics shaping what people think is true.” Neil deGrasse Tyson (Twitter)
“A little bit of under-competence and a slight amount of insecurity can breed some paranoia and backstabbing…We have to get Reince [Priebus] to relax into the job and become more competent because he's seeing shadows where there are no shadows.” A White House official, speaking anonymously (The Washington Post)
“An anagram of Donald Trump is Lord Dampnut. Discuss.” @DrinkyMcGee (Twitter)
“She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) explaining why the Senate invoked Rule 19 to silence Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.). (CNN; BBC; New York Times)
2- Less than two percent of the Syrian refugee population is made up of military-aged males. (PBS NewsHour)
23– There are 23 Democratic senators up for election in 2018 as incumbents. Ten of these are in states won by President Trump in 2016. (PBS NewsHour)
60– The Afghan government currently controls less than 60 percent of its territory. A loss of fifteen percent since 2015. (Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction; PBS NewsHour)
2045– Sweden has committed to completely phasing out greenhouse gas emissions in their country by 2045, 28 years from now. (The Independent)
11,418– There were 11,418 documented civilian casualties in Afghanistan in 2016, a record high. (Human Rights Watch)
99,900– A Flamin' Hot Cheeto was auctioned for $99,900 on eBay. The Cheeto was thought to look like Harambe, the silverback gorilla shot by employees at the Cincinnati Zoo last year after a child fell into the animal's enclosure. (FiveThirtyEight; ABC)
Links: In case you missed it, here's Melissa McCarthy out-Spicering White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer (Saturday Night Live; NBC); “The Radical Crusade of Mike Pence” (Rolling Stone); Is Obama's Official White House Photographer Pete Souza Trolling Donald Trump? (The Guardian; CNN); Tracking Congress in the Age of Trump (FiveThirtyEight)
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In Honor of Betsy DeVos, This Guy Came Up with a New Logo for the U.S. Department of Education:
This Dominican Newspaper Published a Photo of Alec Baldwin In Place of Donald Trump:
February 17: A general strike in the United States (no work, no purchases) to protest the Trump administration.
February 17-25: Purdue University production of Cabaret.
February 18-24: Congress in recess; Many members back in their districts.
February 25-March 31: Ice Age Graveyards exhibit, Indiana State Museum.
Today's title: Because one night there's someone totally reasonable in the room; the next thing you know, there's Zuul.