The “We’re All Just Margo on the Couch Now” News, 29 November 2017

Word Up:

“Something wrong with my new iPhone, opened Twitter this morning and a portal to hell opened.” Jon Lovett (Twitter)

“Whether it’s a real video, the three is real. His goal is to promote strong border security and strong national security.” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, responding to questions about President Trump’s retweeting of three anti-Muslim videos. How insulting a religion predominant in major regions of the world enhances national security is a question she didn’t address. (Business Insider, New York Times)

“Well, you can see they’re near each other.” Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, responding to questions about how he would manage being director of both the OMB and the CFPB. (Market Watch)

“The Syrian regime is pummeling a population of starving, desperate people that has been cut off from food and medicine for months. It’s the latest version of the Assad regime’s despicable starve and surrender strategy.” U.S. Ambassador Michele Sison (NPR)

“These massive tax cuts will be rocket fuel — little Rocket Man — rocket fuel for the American economy. He is a sick puppy.” President Trump, speaking today about taxes (and stuff) in Missouri. (NBC, The Hill, Politico, NPR)

“Just when I think my capacity for surprise exhausted (11/28 edition): Rex Tillerson justifying reductions in State Dept $/personnel in part from expectation US is going to succeed in getting some conflicts resolved. Really? Which? N Korea? Ukraine? S China Sea? Yemen? Israel-Pal?” Richard N. Haas (Twitter)

Count Down:

1- The price of one Bitcoin is now worth 10,125.25 dollars (US). (Google, Gizmodo)

2- President Trump will be visiting Utah next Monday to announce shrinking two national monuments: Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante. (New York Times, Washington Post)

5- Five Native American tribes have announced that they will sue the federal government if it announces changes to the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase national monuments. The Hopi, Navajo Nation, Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, Pueblo of Zuni, and the Ute Indian Tribe have said they will seek legal recourse on the grounds of violation of the Constitution’s separation of powers and the question of legality of any changes in light of the Antiquities Act of 1906. (Salt Lake Tribune)

>20: North Korea has fired more than 20 test missiles this year. (NPR)

134- From 2011 to today, the House of Representatives has written 134 bills to either weaken or eliminate the CFPB (Consumer Financial Protection Bureau). (New York Times, The Daily)

350- This year’s 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue holiday decorations include a gingerbread White House that weighs 350 pounds. (The Telegraph UK)

~12 Billion: From 2011 to end of 2016, the CFPB has returned around 12 billion dollars to 29 million consumers. (New York Times, The Daily)

Reading List: New Evidence the GOP’s Tax Bills Tilt Toward the Wealthy (Bloomberg), Why are People in Red States Dropping Out of the Labor Force? (Wall Street Journal), A ‘Slave Auction’ Puts the Global Spotlight Back on Libya (Washington Post), The Uncounted (New York Times), Nine Questions about North Korea You Were Too Embarrassed to Ask (Vox), With the White House Christmas, the Image of Melania Trump Transforms from Fairy-Tale Prisoner to Wicked Queen (The New Yorker)

Fashion: It’s a Nice Day for a White Sweater

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Find your perfect snowy sweater here.

Datebook:

12/01: The first day Hawaii’s nuclear attack early warning system will resume regular monthly tests
12/01: Deadline to enter our non-fiction writing contest
12/07: Free admission at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, 4-9 pm
12/08: Without action from the United States Congress, funding for federal agencies runs out
12/12: Alabama Special Election for Senator
12/12: Hanukkah begins
12/15: Deadline to enroll in a plan through the individual marketplace at healthcare.gov
12/21: Deadline to donate a toy for this year’s Toys for Tots campaign

And, because we’re all just Margo on the couch now: 

 

Remin

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