In MS-13 speech, Trump applauded for imploring police “not to be too nice” while arresting “thugs”

  • BRENTWOOD, NEW YORK  Trump scored applause Friday while talking to police about the fight against the brutal MS-13 gang by saying he doesn’t mind if suspects get roughed up during arrests.
  • “When you see these thugs being thrown into the back of a paddy wagon, you just see them thrown in, rough, I said, ‘Please don’t be too nice.’ Like when you guys put somebody in the car, protecting their head, you know, the way you put [your] hand, like don’t hit their head, and they’ve just killed somebody… I said, ‘You can take the hand away, ok?’”
  • Trump, whose tough talk won him applause from the uniformed officers assembled behind him at Suffolk County Community College, promised to “eradicate” MS-13. Read more (7/28/17 3:30 PM)

Voting matters. Don’t let any cynical, self-defeating, or pessimistic person tell you otherwise. Vote.

This is re: last night’s failed disaster of a Republican push for a “skinny repeal” of Obamacare, named as such because it would have stripped “only” 16 million of their healthcare. Hassan was one of the deciding votes against the repeal.

Murkowski and Collins have been voting no on repeal this whole time and McCain votes no ONCE and he’s single handedly saved us all apparently.

Murkowski has been directly threatened by the administration for her vote and she STILL voted no last night but its McCain who’s the real maverick.

I mean great he did the right thing but what the fuck. If I see one more god damn “McCain the maverick” headline today I’m gonna blow.

McCain Got the Credit, But Don't Forget: Collins and Murkowski Killed This Bill
John McCain cast the most dramatic vote, but Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins were there from the start.

This. And let’s also not forget the millions of calls/letters/etc. that people made to push back against the reckless effort to undermine healthcare. Also, big shoutout to groups like ADAPT on the front lines in Washington!

This is nowhere near done. And I expect there will be plenty more political wrangling around the Affordable Care Act and healthcare, but yesterday’s vote was a big deal.

Lindsey Graham says he is creating legislation to block Trump from firing Mueller

  • Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) is working on legislation that would prohibit President Donald Trump from firing special counsel Robert Mueller, he announced on Fox News Thursday afternoon.
  • “I’m gonna create a statute that would say any time a special counsel is impaneled to investigate the president or their team, a dismissal has to be reviewed by the courts,” Graham said on America’s Newsroom. “That’s what we did in the 1990s as a check and balance, not just against this president, but against all future presidents.”
  • Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) — who had discussed proposing such legislation on MSNBC earlier in the week — is writing the bill with Graham. Read more (7/27/17)
Candidate for homeland security job withdraws because of trans military ban
Fluharty, who is openly gay, said he interviewed for the job on Tuesday, one day before Trump’s surprise tweet.

John Fluharty, a Republican candidate for a top position at the Department of Homeland Security, withdrew his application for the job after Trump’s reckless announcement about transgender people in the military. 

“As I mentioned in our conversation, I am a strong advocate for diversity, both in the Republican Party and in government,” Fluharty wrote in an email obtained by POLITICO. “The President’s announcement this morning — that he will ban all of those who identify as transgender from military service — runs counter to my deeply held beliefs, and it would be impossible for me to commit to serving the Administration knowing that I would be working against those values.”

Fluharty, who is openly gay, said he interviewed for the job on Tuesday, one day before Trump’s surprise tweet that the government “will not accept or allow Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity” in the U.S. military. […]

“He was one of many candidates being considered and he withdrew from consideration,” DHS spokesman David Lapan wrote in an email. “We’re not aware of anyone else who withdrew for that reason.”

Now there’s a bit of integrity.

  • Israeli settlers: *live in illegal settlements built on stolen Palestinian land*
  • Israeli settlers: *believe they are superior to everybody else*
  • Israeli settlers: *burn Palestinian olive trees which were hundreds of years old and the livelihood of many*
  • Israeli settlers: *responsible for many Palestinian homes that are demolished to make way for their settlements*
  • Israeli settlers: *have access to Jewish-only roads on stolen Palestinian land, which are more direct and have quicker routes than roads Palestinians can use*
  • Israeli settlers: *physically and verbally abuse Palestinians as Israeli soldiers stand and watch*
  • A few bored Palestinian kids: *throw rocks at Israeli settlers' cars*
  • Israeli settlers: OoHhHhHhhhhhhhhhhh MyyyyyyYYYYYY!!!!!! WHY ARE THEY DOING DIS WE D0N'T UNDERSTAND!!!!!!!!!!! WHY!