Punking Donnie

‘Queen of shade’: five times Nancy Pelosi got the better of Trump
The Democrat has mastered the art of setting off a Trumper tantrum. Here’s a roundup of her most recent jabs


Nancy Pelosi is adept at getting under Donald Trump’s thin skin. The House speaker has recently traded insults with the president, who this week stooped to calling her “crazy Nancy” and re-tweeting a doctored video intended to make her look inebriated.

It’s easy to see why Pelosi drives Trump up the wall. (The proverbial wall, that is, not the one that Mexico is going to pay for.) She’s a smart woman who makes no attempt to hide her low opinion of him. As the Trump biographer Michael D’Antonio recently told CNN: “She’s Mommy and she’s not treating him well. She’s a powerful woman, a bit older than him, got authority. I don’t think he likes it when women aren’t taking care of him.” You don’t say?

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  1. President Donald Trump Sits For Laura Ingraham Interview As D-Day Ceremony Waits
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    With the gravestones of fallen WWII heroes visible over his shoulder and gathered veterans waiting for today’s D-Day commemoration ceremony in Normandy to begin, President Donald Trump sat for a live Fox News interview with Laura Ingraham, 15 minutes after the ceremony was supposed to begin.

    “French television cameras spotted President Trump sitting down with Fox’s Laura Ingraham – fourteen minutes *after* the ceremony in Normandy was set to begin,” tweeted MSNBC’s Hallie Jackson. “Thousands of people waited as an announcement overhead came on, declaring the program would be delayed until 11:15a.”

    See that tweet, and others, below.

    Before delivering his speech at the ceremony, Trump lashed out on Fox News at fellow Americans Robert Mueller and Nancy Pelosi, saying the former “made a fool out of himself” and that House Speaker Pelosi “is a disaster.” Trump told Ingraham, “I call her Nervous Nancy.”

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    1. I knew he couldn’t keep his thumbs or mouth still for long despite the usual b.s. from cable news fawning over how good his speech was. Wonder how they feel now knowing he was late because he was doing a hate update for Fox News?


  2. Automakers Tell Trump His Pollution Rules Could Mean ‘Untenable’ Instability and Lower Profits
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    WASHINGTON — The world’s largest automakers warned President Trump on Thursday that one of his most sweeping deregulatory efforts — his plan to weaken tailpipe pollution standards — threatens to cut their profits and produce “untenable” instability in a crucial manufacturing sector.

    In a letter signed by 17 companies including Ford, General Motors, Toyota and Volvo, the automakers asked Mr. Trump to go back to the negotiating table on the planned rollback of one of President Barack Obama’s signature policies to fight climate change.

    The carmakers are addressing a crisis that is partly of their own making. They had sought some changes to the pollution standards early in the Trump presidency, but have since grown alarmed at the expanding scope of the administration’s plan.

    Mr. Trump’s new rule, which is expected to be made public this summer, would all but eliminate the Obama-era auto pollution regulations, essentially freezing mileage standards at about 37 miles per gallon for cars, down from a target of 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025. The policy makes it a near certainty that California and 13 other states will sue the administration while continuing to enforce their own, stricter rules — in effect, splitting the United States auto market in two.

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  3. Peterborough byelection result: Labour scrapes past Brexit party to hold seat


    Labour’s Lisa Forbes says result shows ‘the politics of division will never win’

    Labour has held on to the marginal seat of Peterborough, overturning predictions that the contest could deliver a first byelection victory for Nigel Farage’s Brexit party.

    The victorious Labour candidate, Lisa Forbes, told her supporters after the count early on Friday: “Tonight’s result is significant because it shows that the politics of division will never win.”

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    Forbes won 10,484 votes, beating the Brexit party’s Mike Greene, who took 9,801 votes, a margin of 683. The Conservatives were beaten into third place with 7,243 votes. Turnout was 48%.

    Farage left the count through a backdoor minutes before the result was announced.

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  4. Opinon
    Let’s Ditch Mitch
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    The Senate Majority Leader comes out of his shell

    O.K., throwing this one at you without warning: What’s your opinion of Mitch McConnell?

    A) Spawn of Satan.

    B) Sort of pitiful, what with having Donald Trump on his back.

    C) Can we talk about how he looks like a turtle?

    Definitely not the last one. It’s true that many Americans think of McConnell as turtle-like, due to his lack of anything resembling a chin.

    But this is wrong on two counts. First, you shouldn’t tackle people you disagree with by making fun of their looks.

    Second, it gives turtles a bad name. Turtles are great for the environment and everybody likes them. They sing to their children. You are never going to see a turtle killing gun control legislation.

    Mitch, on the other hand, has a longstanding alliance with the National Rifle Association, which has shown its affection to the tune of about $1.3 million in support. Anything the N.R.A. dislikes never gets the chance to come up for a Senate vote. Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act is moldering away in a corner because the N.R.A. doesn’t want authorities taking guns away from domestic abusers.

    It’s been another terrible year of mass shooting violence. One simple, very popular response would be to improve the background checks for gun purchases. It would at least show our elected officials care about the crisis.

    Such a bill passed the House of Representatives and went to the Senate where it’s, um, laying around somewhere. “There’s a whole bunch of Republican support, but he won’t let it move to the floor,” said minority leader Chuck Schumer.

    This goes on a lot. McConnell, who has near total control over what comes up for a vote, sits on things he doesn’t like until they smother. Farewell, immigration reform, Paycheck Fairness Act, legislation protecting Americans with pre-existing conditions, lowering prescription drug prices, protecting election security, restoring net neutrality.

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  5. New tool helps travelers avoid airlines that use facial recognition technology
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    Companies such as JetBlue began utilizing the technology after Trump issued an executive order pushing for its use in US airports

    A new tool launched by privacy activists offers to help travelers avoid increasingly invasive facial recognition technologies in airports.

    Activist groups Fight for the Future, Demand Progress and CREDO on Wednesday unveiled a new website called AirlinePrivacy.com, which shows users what airlines use facial recognition to verify the identity of passengers before boarding. The site also helps customers to directly book flights with airlines that don’t use facial recognition technologies.

    Airlines’ use of facial recognition technology is raising fresh questions about privacy and data security, advocates have argued.

    Instead of verifying passengers’ details by scanning a boarding pass, the technology – which is provided by government agencies – scans passengers’ face and sends that information to border control to verify identity and flight details.

    JetBlue began using the technology in 2017 in partnership with federal agencies, after Donald Trump issued an executive order pushing for the use of facial recognition technology in US airports.

    Since then, more airlines have begun incorporating the technology, including Delta, American Airlines, British Airways and Lufthansa.

    Airlines that do not use facial recognition technology include Alaska, United, Southwest, Allegiant and Air Canada.

    New York school district’s facial recognition system sparks privacy fears
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  6. Opinion
    Yes, it is possible to tax the rich
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    “For a long time, there was a predictable response to any proposal for increasing taxes on the rich: It will wreck the economy. You don’t hear this response quite so often anymore, however, because it’s become so obviously false. If anything, the economy in recent decades has grown more quickly when Washington taxes the rich more, not less.
    Instead, you often now hear a new argument: There’s no point in trying to tax rich people, because they’ll just figure out a way to avoid paying taxes.
    The Washington Post ran a big news article recently making this case (and parts of the argument have appeared elsewhere too, including in The Times). The Post article claimed that Elizabeth Warren’s plan to introduce an annual wealth tax relies on a set of “assumptions that defy a long history of U.S. policymaking”: namely, “that the country’s wealthiest taxpayers won’t find ways to evade the targeted tax hike she proposes.”
    But this claim is wrong, too. The long history of American policymaking actually shows that raising taxes on the wealthiest taxpayers is entirely possible.”

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