“Hate loves silence, which it takes for consent.” J.K. Rowling (Twitter)
“Fascism — and the tendencies that lead toward fascism — pose a more serious threat now than at any time since the end of World War II.” Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. (New York Times)
“With all due respect, I don’t get confused.” Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, after stating the U.S. would be announcing sanctions against Russia this week. After it became public that President Trump had no plans to place sanctions against Russia, she was accused by the president’s economic advisor Larry Kudlow of being confused. Kudlow has since apologized, saying Haley was “out of the loop.” (Vox, New York Times, NBC)
“I was asked what winning the primary would mean for me. It would mean people are smart and can tell the difference between lip service and a dude that tells it like it is. For that, much faith will be restored to me that people know what we actually need to do to change. I hope.” Rob Chatlos, running in next month’s Democratic primary election for the U.S. Congressional nomination for Indiana’s ninth district. Dan Canon and Liz Watson are also candidates. (Twitter)
“I don’t know Paul Ryan and don’t really care whether he is a ‘good guy’ or not. He is third in line to the presidency. Why is he being infantized and talked about like he is the outgoing Rotary Club President? He failed to stand up for civility, decency and [important] US institutions.” Steve Schmidt (Twitter)
11- There were 12,587 Syrian refugees admitted into the U.S. in fiscal year 2016. In the past five months, only 11 have been admitted. (Wall Street Journal)
17.9- 17.9 percent of public school teachers worked a second job during the 2015-2016 school year, the largest percentage reported in more than ten years. (Vox)
22- Iceland was the number one ranked country for quality of women’s lives in 2017 based on 11 indicators. The U.S. was ranked 22nd. Afghanistan and Syria tied for the worst countries. (Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace, and Security; USA Today)
26- Of the 26 email domains managed by the Executive Office of the President, 18 are not in compliance with a Department of Homeland Security directive to implement a security protocol that verifies the emails as genuinely from the White House. (Axios)
700- At least 700 EPA employees have left the agency since Scott Pruitt was appointed to head the agency. (Vox)
2009- As recently as 2009, female senators couldn’t use the pool in the congressional gym because some of their male colleagues liked to swim naked. (New York Times)
Five Facts about Cuba’s New President, Miguel Diaz-Canel: (1) Diaz-Canel, 58, is the first leader of Cuba born after the 1959 revolution. (2) He is known to favor The Beatles, blue jeans, and was one of the first government officials in Cuba to bring a laptop to a governmental meeting. He’s been seen using an iPad lately. (3) Diaz-Canel will be succeeding Raul Castro, 86, as president. Castro will retain control of the Communist Party in Cuba and that country’s military. (4) Diaz-Canel once served as Raul Castro’s bodyguard and also served three years in Cuba’s army. (5) Although Diaz-Canel has outwardly expressed support for opening internet access, increasing Cuba’s modernity and sophistication, and has even supported gay rights, he is also known to be harsh towards dissidents, towards the U.S., and a fervent believer in the ideas of the revolution and the Communist party.
Reminder: Indiana’s primary elections will be held on May 8, 2018. Early voting locations are now open.
In Case You Missed It: Here is the transcript from last weekend’s much-discussed James Comey interview.
Reading List: Why Won’t Trump Judicial Nominee Wendy Vitter Support a Landmark Desegregation Case? (Salon), ICE Arrests Undocumented Immigrant with Down Syndrome (Miami Herald), New York Farmer Says ICE Raided His Farm Without Warrant (The Hill), JIm Bridenstein, Trump’s Next NASA Administrator, Has No Background in Science (Vox)
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