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Spotlight On Green News & Views: Autumn Brings The Cool; Beware The EPA-calypse

  • matching mole writes—Dawn Chorus: Petrel in My Backyard (sort of): “On Tuesday evening I discovered that a black-capped petrel had been seen over Lake Jackson the day before, maybe a mile from my house at best.
  • Lenny Flank writes—Photo Diary: A Walk Along the Ohio River: “Photos of some critters, bugs, birdies and plants seen during a walk along the Ohio River in Louisville KY.”
  • owktree writes—Daily Bucket: Mirror Alphabet - "N": “Mirror Alphabet starts the second half with the letter ‘N’.”
  • owktree writes—Daily Bucket: I am ready for my closeup...”Nice weather in the Philadelphia area on the weekend facilitated an extended walk on a loop along the Schuylkill River with camera in tow on Saturday the 9th of September. (Meteor Blades) / Daily Kos | September 20, 2017, 5:58 pm

<i>The Atlantic</i> Politics & Policy Daily: Deal Or No Deal

  • Failing the Jimmy Kimmel Test: On Tuesday, the late-night host again weighed in on America’s health-care debate, but this time, he was angry.
  • A Stricter Cap on Refugees: President Trump’s remarks at the United Nations on Tuesday highlighted an ongoing debate in the United States: How many refugees should be resettled in the country?
  • Not Helping: Rather than deterring nuclear threats from North Korea, President Trump’s vow to “totally destroy” the country actually increases the risk for nuclear war.
  • Follow stories throughout the day with our Politics & Policy portal.SnapshotNayeli Miranda, 2, dances in the aisle as she attends a naturalization ceremony with her immigrant grandmother who was becoming a new U.S.
Elaine Godfrey / The Atlantic | September 20, 2017, 5:53 pm

Trump Keeps Retweeting Accounts That Promote Fake News, Conspiracy Theories, And Message Boards Beloved By White Nationalists

  • President Donald Trump has repeatedly quoted or retweeted Twitter accounts that have promoted far-right media trolls, fake news purveyors, conspiracy theories and a message board seen as a haven for white nationalists.
  • On July 27, Trump retweeted a meme from verified Twitter user @JeffTutorials calling CNN the “Fake News Network.” “Tutorials,” according to Paste Magazine, is a “16-year-old MAGA troll,” who has previously been retweeted by Trump and runs a YouTube page dedicated to the video game series Grand Theft Auto.
  • On August 15, Trump retweeted a meme of a person with the CNN Logo on its head being run over by the “Trump Train,” from the account @SLandinSoCal.
  • On August 24, Trump retweeted the account @JerryTravone, which posted a meme of Trump replacing Obama with the words “The Best Eclipse Ever!” The account had previously retweeted Watson, Posobiec, and fellow far-right troll Stefan Molyneux.
Media Matters for America / Media Matters | September 20, 2017, 4:58 pm

Fate Of Latest Attempt To ‘Repeal And Replace’ Obamacare Remains Unclear

  • The latest repeal bill, drafted by Senators Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, would undo much of the Affordable Care Act and send tens of billions of federal dollars to the states with vast discretion over how to spend the money.
  • Yet some governors, the supposed beneficiaries of that federalism, were decidedly cool to the proposal.
  • Republican leaders appeared determined to thwart any alternative ahead of a possible showdown vote next week.
  • Their bipartisan efforts, which grew out of four days of committee hearings, were overtaken by the resumption of partisan warfare on health care.
Doug Mataconis / Outside The Beltway | September 20, 2017, 4:53 pm

Midday Open Thread: Farmworkers Get Heat Relief; Science Adviser Nominees Include Science Rejecters

  • Donald Trump pals around with Russian Foreign Minister Surgey Lavrov (L) and Ambassador Surgey Kislyak (R) in the Oval Office in May.
  • Special Counsel Robert Mueller has asked the White House for records pertaining to some of Donald Trump's "most scrutinized actions" as pr*sident, including his firing of former FBI director James Comey and his Oval Office confab with Russian operatives in which he bragged that axing Comey had "taken off" the pressure of the Russia probe.
  • • While EPA’s Pruitt keeps talking climate change, National Guard commander says it’s becoming more severe: 
  • Climate change could be causing storms to become "bigger, larger, more violent," underlining the need to have a robust military response to disasters across the country, the top officer of the National Guard Bureau said Tuesday. (Meteor Blades) / Daily Kos | September 20, 2017, 2:56 pm

<strong>Anti-abortion Violence And Harassment Was Already Bad. Right-wing Media Are Making It Worse.</strong>

  • Rates of anti-abortion harassment and violence are high -- and continuing to rise
  • Abortion providers live “in a state of heightened fear and anxiety because targeted harassment follows them everywhere.” In the book Living in the Crosshairs: The Untold Stories of Anti-Abortion Terrorism, authors David Cohen and Krysten Connon detailed the numerous types of targeted and personalized harassment abortion providers endure from anti-abortion activists.
  • Low-income patients facing extreme financial barriers to abortion may also face heightened harassment when visiting clinics.
  • Last year, clinic violence and provider harassment increased to an all-time high.
Media Matters for America / Media Matters | September 20, 2017, 1:53 pm

Is Centrism A Viable Political Strategy? It Sure Doesn’t Look Like It

  • At the end of a column about former British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s appearance at a New York City event sponsored by the No Labels movement, The Washington Post’s Kathleen Parker writes this:
  • Said Lieberman: “There’s nothing in the Constitution that says we have to have a two-party system.
  • In some sense, Senator Lieberman is correct when he says that there are no Constitutional limitations on the existence of a multi-party system in the United States.
  • While this relative handful of election results does support the contention that there’s no reason we can’t have a viable third-party, the fact that none of these movements lasted much beyond a single election, and that most of them were built around a single issue or individual, does demonstrate the institutional barriers that exist in our political system that make the rise of any third-party, much less a “centrist” one, highly unlikely.
Doug Mataconis / Outside The Beltway | September 20, 2017, 1:52 pm

Why ESPN Is More Political Than Before

  • Bryan Curtis reports a striking scene in “Jemele Hill and the Fight for the Future of ESPN,” his essay on America’s premier sports network and its relationship with politics.
  • — Lenny Dykstra (@LennyDykstra) September 7, 2017To “just do sports,” even setting aside Tim Tebow praying or Lebron James wearing an “I can’t breathe” t-shirt, is to ignore what sports fans are talking about on their own initiative, and to seem out of touch on a program that has always thrived on knowing in-jokes.
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic | September 20, 2017, 11:47 am

Widespread Opposition Isn't Slowing Down The Republican Push To Kick Millions Off Health Coverage

  • Congressional Republicans are determined to pass their latest healthcare repeal bill despite widespread opposition and the fact that they know the bill is a load of garbage.
  • “The Graham-Cassidy bill is not a solution that works for Maryland,” Mr.
  • “From a public policy standpoint, it is not a good piece of legislation,” Centene’s chief executive, Michael F.
  • “Let’s sit back and think through what we are doing” is not exactly the Republican Party motto circa 2017, though. (Laura Clawson) / Daily Kos | September 20, 2017, 11:45 am

How Matt Drudge Became The Pipeline For Russian Propaganda

  • On July 17, 2014, Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 was shot down over eastern Ukraine, killing 298 passengers and crew.
  • The Russian propaganda effort received a substantial boost when right-wing internet journalist Matt Drudge highlighted a story on the topic from, the website of the Russian government-backed English-language news channel RT.
  • After Drudge propelled the RT story to his massive audience, it was picked up by right-wing U.S.
  • Drudge’s increasing affinity for and proliferation of Russian propaganda comes amid what The New York Times calls “a new information war Russia is waging against the West.”
Media Matters for America / Media Matters | September 20, 2017, 10:50 am

Jimmy Kimmel Slams Republican Healthcare Bill: 'This Guy, Bill Cassidy, Just Lied Right To My Face'

  • “He said he would only support a healthcare bill that made sure a child like mine would get the health coverage he needs no matter how much money his parents make and that did not have annual or lifetime caps.
  • Not only did Bill Cassidy fail the Jimmy Kimmel test, he failed the Bill Cassidy test.
  • Most of the congresspeople who vote on this bill probably won’t even read it, and they want us to do the same thing—they want us to treat it like an iTunes service agreement.
  • Kimmel went on to cite all the groups—the American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Association, American Heart Association, American Lung Association, and others—opposing the bill, then closed by calling on his viewers to call their senators and urge them to oppose Graham-Cassidy. (Laura Clawson) / Daily Kos | September 20, 2017, 8:43 am

Trump Threatens To 'Totally Destroy North Korea'

  • President Donald Trump dispensed with diplomacy at the United Nations, vowing in his maiden speech to the General Assembly that the United States “will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea” if it is forced to defend itself or its allies.The remarks, reminiscent of those of Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev’s vow in 1968 to “bury” the West, is likely to raise tensions with North Korea, whose nuclear-weapons and missile programs have raised the alarm in Asian capitals and Washington.
Krishnadev Calamur / The Atlantic | September 20, 2017, 8:30 am

The Republican Governors Association Tried To Run A Shady, Undisclosed Phony “news” Website

  • DOBBS: -- Bedeviled and beleaguered from every -- from 360 degrees, by media, the opposition party, his own party establishment.
  • resembles any of a host of hyperpartisan conservative websites that purport to share news.
  • There’s a reason for that: is actually a project of the Republican Governors Association (RGA), the GOP organization that exists to elect and support Republican governors.
  • An RGA spokesperson told the AP that the site is “just another outlet to share those positive results” from Republican governors.
Media Matters for America / Media Matters | September 20, 2017, 7:49 am

Trump Using Money From RNC And Campaign To Pay Legal Fees

  • Donald Trump is using money from the Republican National Committee and his campaign to pay legal fees associated with the Russia investigation, and it’s all perfectly legal:
  • Following Reuters exclusive report on Tuesday, CNN reported that the Republican National Committee paid in August more than $230,000 to cover some of Trump’s legal fees related to the probe.
  • RNC spokesperson Cassie Smedile confirmed to Reuters that Trump’s lead lawyer, John Dowd, received $100,000 from the RNC and that the RNC also paid $131,250 to the Constitutional Litigation and Advocacy Group, the law firm where Jay Sekulow, another of Trump’s lawyers, is a partner.
  • While previous presidential campaigns have used these funds to pay for routine legal matters such as ballot access disputes and compliance requirements, Trump would be the first U.S.
Doug Mataconis / Outside The Beltway | September 20, 2017, 7:44 am

'mother!' Imagines The Creative Process Through A Lens Of Narcissism And Abuse

  • It was Aronofsky himself who got the allegorical ball rolling by issuing a lengthy “director’s statement” about “mother!” before the picture had even been shown.
  • Fair warning, it’s probably best to go into this movie not knowing much about it.
  • mother! basically adapts the Holy Bible and the myth of creation as a horror movie seeping with symbolism. Jennifer Lawrence’s “Mother,” is a wife trapped in a surreal psychological situation of  terror, where she and her husband, an older poet who is only referred to as “Him” (Javier Bardem), share a small home in a clearing.
  • One night, Man (Ed Harris) appears at the door and is inexplicably welcomed by the husband, while Mother is annoyed by Man’s bad manners. (Doctor RJ) / Daily Kos | September 20, 2017, 5:38 am