We Resist: Day 497

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One of the difficulties in resisting the Trump administration, the Republican Congressional majority, and Republican state legislatures (plus the occasional non-Republican who obliges us to resist their nonsense, too, like we don't have enough to worry about) is keeping on top of the sheer number of horrors, indignities, and normalization of the aggressively abnormal that they unleash every single day.

So here is a daily thread for all of us to share all the things that are going on, thus crowdsourcing a daily compendium of the onslaught of conservative erosion of our rights and our very democracy.

Stay engaged. Stay vigilant. Resist.

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Earlier today by me: Mitt Romney: Still the Woooooorst and All of This Is Very Troubling and Trump Launches Trade War with Canada, Mexico, EU.

Here are some more things in the news today...

[Content Note: Gun violence]

"Fun." This fucking guy.

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First Lady Melania Trump still hasn't been seen in public. It's been three weeks. But this tweet appeared on her account yesterday:

Well, that definitely sounds like her (no it doesn't), so obviously there's nothing to worry about (yes there is), because it totally makes sense (not) that someone who is "feeling great" and "working hard" wouldn't just step in front of a camera to assuage concerns about her.

I ask again: Where's Melania?

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There was a flurry of news about presidential pardons, and potential pardons, today:

In other news...

Betsy Woodruff at the Daily Beast reports that the "Senate intelligence committee has asked to interview Roger Stone, Donald Trump's longtime political adviser and self-described dirty trickster." Sure. Stone, meanwhile, said: "I will be targeted in an effort to trump-up charges against me to get me to turn on Donald Trump. Not happening… It is now abundantly clear that [Mueller] intends to frame me on some conjured-up, concocted offense in an effort to leverage my testimony against the president of the United States. I will never roll on him!" Cool.

[CN: War on agency] Ally Boguhn at Rewire.News: Trump's HHS Installs Fake Clinic Leader to Oversee Family Planning Funds. "Diane Foley, who ran a Christian organization operating two Colorado anti-choice 'crisis pregnancy centers,' or fake clinics, was quietly installed on Tuesday as deputy assistant secretary for population affairs, where she will lead the office responsible for the Title X federal family planning program." Of course.

Michael Weissenstein at the AP: Puerto Rico Grid 'Teetering' Despite $3.8 Billion Repair Job. (Shitty headline, AP. Fuck.) "After an eight-month, $3.8 billion federal effort to try to end the longest blackout in United States history, officials say Puerto Rico's public electrical authority, the nation's largest, is almost certain to collapse again when the next hurricane hits this island of 3.3 million people. 'It's a highly fragile and vulnerable system that really could suffer worse damage than it suffered with Maria in the face of another natural catastrophe,' Puerto Rican Gov. Ricardo Rossello said." Awful. I'm so worried about Puerto Rico as another hurricane season looms.

And finally: [CN: Misogyny] David Bauder at AP/TPM: Samantha Bee Under Fire for Calling Ivanka Trump a 'Feckless C—'. "Bee called Ivanka Trump a 'feckless c—' toward the end of a segment about [Donald] Trump's immigration policies on her show, Full Frontal, on Wednesday. She used the slur in urging Ivanka Trump to speak to her father about policies that separate children from their parents. Bee said, 'Put on something tight and low-cut and tell your father to f—ing stop it.' There was no immediate comment from TBS on Thursday." This is not how feminism works. For fuck's sake.

What have you been reading that we need to resist today?

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