Inclusion does not equal endorsement.
“Indiana has a good number of food deserts but what I think may make parts of Indiana different than others is gonna depend on what the transportation system looks like [and] whether people have access to reliable transportation.” Emily Weikert Bryant, executive director of Feeding Indiana’s Hungry. (Fox59)
“Be of good cheer.” Indiana Congressman Trey Hollingsworth’s (R-IN-9) favorite way to sign his letters and newsletters. If he ever held a publicly-announced (beforehand) town hall, we could find out if this is something he also says in person. (Hollingsworth’s letters to constituents; Press Releases)
“The earth moves closer to the sun every year. You know, the rotation of the earth. Also, we have more people and humans have warm bodies, so heat is coming off them.” Pennsylvania State Senator Scott Wagner (R-28) PolitiFact (and Science) rate Wagner’s statement as False. (PolitiFact; State Impact/NPR)
“[Addressing pre-existing conditions] doesn’t mean we should be required to take care of the person who sits home, drinks sugary drinks, doesn’t exercise, eats poorly, and gets diabetes.” White House budget director Mick Mulvaney (Wired; Twitter; Atul Gawande)
“Said the guy who works for the guy whose diets consist of Big Macs, Doritos, and steaks.” Dan Pfeiffer, responding to Mulvaney’s comment (see above). (Twitter, @danpfeiffer)
“Kellyanne Cocktail: Three parts condescending, two parts stupid, a dash of desperation, stir over ice.” Tommy Vietor, responding to Kellyanne Conway’s statement “You want to question the timing of when [Trump] fires, when he hires. It’s inappropriate. He’ll do it when he wants to.” (Twitter, @TVietor08)
1— One in ten employed Americans works in retail. There are 17 times as many retail jobs in the US as there are jobs in automobile manufacturing, 100 times as many retail jobs as those in steel, and 210 times as many retail jobs as jobs in coal mining. (National Review; Bureau of Labor Statistics)
3— US women are three times more likely to die in childbirth than are women in Canada. Between 700 and 900 American women die each year from childbirth or related complications. Half of these are considered to be preventable. (ProPublica; NPR)
30— In the US about 68 percent of Democrats see NAFTA as good for the country while only 30 percent of Republicans agree. (Pew Research Center)
92— In 2017, 75 percent of undocumented immigrants arrested by ICE had criminal records. In 2016, 92 percent did. (Yahoo News)
~700— The inflation rate in Venezuela is estimated to be at around 700 percent right now. At least 43 Venezuelans have died in recent demonstrations asking for President Nicolas Maduro to step down from office. (BBC; APM Marketplace)
2.4 billion — Coach recently acquired the Kate Spade brand for a cool 2.4 billion dollars. (APM Marketplace)
On the Twenty-fifth Amendment, Light Treason, and POTUS: (1) Here is the actual text of the 1967 Twenty-fifth Amendment (2) Here is The West Wing episode where the Twenty-fifth is utilized and John Goodman steps in (3) Ross Douthat of the New York Times writes a resounding article in favor of deploying it now and (4) Dahlia Lithwick writes an equally solid case why the Twenty-fifth Amendment won’t work right now.
—From Lithwick’s article: “So it is essentially guaranteed that the 25th Amendment will not be invoked. And here’s the kicker: It shouldn’t be. Disturbing and shattering as it is that the president cannot read and understand classified security briefings, it does not make him mentally ill. It makes him exactly what many Americans voted for: an incurious self-obsessed man with a middling mind who happened to reach great heights thanks to a perfect storm of privilege, cheating and fame. He isn’t necessarily unfit or unwell, he is the same Donald Trump who won the Oval Office on the unspoken proposition that anyone could do it.” (Seriously, read the whole thing.)
Hey, These Things Deserve to be Read: (1) Closing Time: American Retail’s Fast, Furious Decline (Kevin D. Williamson) (2) Cities Vs Trump (Justin Davidson) (3) The Very Rich First Family: In Washington, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner Pay $15K a Month In Rent (Cristina Silva) (4) Texas House OKs Letting Adoption Groups Deny Non-Christians (Associated Press/New York Times) (5) Free Lunch for Everyone (Matt Taibbi)
And You’re Probably Going to Want to Understand More about This Stuff: Independent Counsels, Special Prosecutors, Special Counsels, and the Role of Congress (Congressional Research Service)
Meanwhile, Somewhere in America:
And, Because We Need Levity, David Hasselhoff Has a Mustache Now. And He Wears Shirts With His Own Mug-And-Meme On Them.