Amen, Mr. President.
Amen, Mr. President.
Congrats to our friend Chris Geidner on his interview yesterday with President Obama on Supreme Court matters, including the Senate's refusal to grant a hearing to Supreme Court nominee Judge Merrick Garland. It was streamed live via Facebook and YouTube.
At tomorrow’s OGR markup to repeal DC budget autonomy referendum, I’ll offer an amendment to grant DC budget autonomy by an act of Congress.— Eleanor H. Norton (@EleanorNorton) May 16, 2016
Congresswoman Norton responds to House Republicans' assault on D.C. budget autonomy here and here. I will attend the House OGR markup today at 2 pm in 2154 Rayburn HOB to show GLAA's support for our congresswoman.
House Republicans warn D.C. not to assert budget independence - The Washington Post https://t.co/N4FCAuQZgg— Aaron C. Davis (@byaaroncdavis) May 12, 2016
Rep. Mark Meadows threatens to prosecute District of Columbia officials essentially for doing their jobs as the people we elect to represent us. If they are prepared to do this, they should sooner abolish Home Rule and stop pretending to respect our self-determination as American citizens. The outrage here against self-respecting Washingtonians is profound. I stand with Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, D.C. Council Chairman Mendelson, and our other leaders who are fighting this congressional paternalism.
Dear Governor: go ahead and be insulted. Yes, all struggles are different. No, that doesn't make it right to rank oppressions or exclude parts of our population from equal protection of the law. But keep groping for justifications as you dig yourself in deeper.
Bernie Sanders cancels meeting with HIV activists https://t.co/PiamyXtjl8— Washington Blade (@WashBlade) May 9, 2016
Our friend Ernest Hopkins, Director of Legislative Affairs at San Francisco AIDS Foundation, writes:
I guess I shouldn't be surprised, but I am. The group pulling this set of meetings together went out of their way to accommodate Senator Sanders such was the interest in presenting our recommendations to him and his staff. Advocates even relented to a demand that only Sanders supporters be invited to the meeting. To my knowledge, no such bizarre demand was made by the Clinton campaign and now, there is no Sanders meeting. When you cut yourself off from the expertise on an issue, and predicate your engagement to the degree supporters can make the case, you come off as very thin skinned, a bit petty, and 'political' to the extreme. The Clinton meeting is Thursday in NYC, and I will report back.
Sanders diminishes himself the more he behaves like this. Meanwhile, Jane Sanders urges the FBI to speed up its investigation of Hillary's email scandal. Bernie's issue-driven campaign is sinking more and more into desperation and meanness.
The Washington Post has a good explainer on what is terrible about Trump's proposal to "make a deal" with America's debt holders to decrease our national debt:
The minute the United States tried to reduce its debt load by offering creditors less than 100 percent of principal and interest — i.e., by 'discount,' or 'making a deal,' like Argentina or Greece — every institution that had taken this country at its word would be instantly destabilized.
A lovely video from Trans United Fund.
A smart presentation on how to get things done instead of just talking about it.
I watched on C-SPAN. Wilmore certainly didn't care whom he offended. A friend says the transcript reads more funny than it came across live. I have mixed feelings about it. I have enjoyed many of Wilmore's bits in the past.
Andrew Sullivan has a brilliant essay in New York Magazine on the danger posed by Donald Trump. It is wise and sobering. I highly recommend it.