Episode 03: Show Notes and Sources


    1. Monster of the Week
      1. Travis – Sean Spicer
        1. Holy shit he used to be the Easter Bunny.  How perfect.
        2. https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/erik-wemple/wp/2017/02/26/sean-spicer-is-losing-his-grip/?utm_term=.6e7e7da175c7
        3. Tweeted that New York Times story incorrectly said he was born in New England.  This is correct as he was born on Long Island which technically isn’t in New England.  He refused to actually tell The Times where he was born, they had to find it out themselves to correct the record.
        4. Investigated his staff to find who was behind leaks.  Investigation leaked to the press.  Staffers told to dump phones on desk for “phone check” and that, if they had nothing to hide they would comply.
        5. Tried to spear critical reporter by planting its own fake news
          1. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/white-house-donald-trump-planted-fake-story-smear-politico-reporter-leaks-washington-examiner-a7603001.html
          2. Is it just me, or are Spicey’s eyes starting to look more and more like Emperor Palpatine’s?
            1. Who was the Empire’s Press Secretary?
      2. Dave – Takata Airbag Company and auto manufacturers
        1. Lawsuit alleges automakers knew of deadly Takata airbag defects
        2. https://jalopnik.com/of-course-car-companies-knew-the-takata-airbags-were-da-1792796360
        3. 11 deaths, 180 injuries
        4. Recall has tripled in size over past year, total number 65-70 million vehicles
        5. At the heart of the problem is the airbag’s inflator, a metal cartridge loaded with propellant wafers, which in some cases has ignited with explosive force. If the inflator housing ruptures in a crash, metal shards from the airbag can be sprayed throughout the passenger cabin—a potentially disastrous outcome from a supposedly life-saving device
        6. Just as recently as yesterday, Ford recalled 32k 2016-2017 Ford Edge to replace airbag
        7. Ford knew about risks early 2000, used ammonium nitrate due to lack of backup supplier
        8. Honda designed airbag inflator in “batwing shape” over takata’s objections
          1. During testing of Takata’s inflators in 1999 and 2000 at Honda’s own facilities, at least two inflators ruptured.
          2. Were picked because Takata airbags were cheap
      3. Bob – Jeff Sessions
        1. http://thehill.com/regulation/administration/321525-sessions-we-dont-need-to-be-legalizing-marijuana
        2. “I’m dubious about marijuana. I’m not sure we’re going to be a better, healthier nation if we have marijuana sold at every corner grocery store.” – Jeff Sessions
        3. Spoke with Russian ambassador twice without mentioning it to the Senate confirmation hearing
          1. He was on Senate Armed Services and Trump FP adviser
          2. “I have been called a surrogate at a time or two in that campaign and I did not have communications with the Russians.”
          3. Responded to Patrick Leheay’s question about contact with the Russians with “no”
          4. As AG, he’s overseeing the Justice Dept’s investigation into Russia
          5. Jason Chaffetz (chair of House Oversight) calling for him to recuse himself and nominate a special prosecutor
    2. Main Topics – limit to 10? -definitely limit to 10. Only big stories here, everything else goes to lightning round/grab bag
      1. Jeff Sessions Lied Under Oath about Contact with Russian Ambassador During Trump’s Campaign.
        1. https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/sessions-spoke-twice-with-russian-ambassador-during-trumps-presidential-campaign-justice-officials-say/2017/03/01/77205eda-feac-11e6-99b4-9e613afeb09f_story.html?hpid=hp_hp-top-table-main_no-name%3Ahomepage%2Fstory
        2. Same person Michael Flynn was found to have talked to before he resigned.
        3. Trump has “full confidence” in Sessions.
          1. Has now recused himself of any trump-russian investigations
      2. 5 of Trump’s Cabinet members have lied under oath
        1. https://www.propublica.org/article/five-trump-cabinet-members-made-false-statements-to-congress
        2. EPA Chief Scott Pruitt
          1. Stated in testimony that he never used private email.
            1. He did
        3. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos
          1. Said during confirmation hearings that she had not been involved in her family’s foundation, which had given millions of dollars to oppose LGBT-rights
            1. She is listed as Vice President of the foundation’s board for 17 years per tax filings
        4. Treasury Secretary Steve mnuchin
          1. In written testimony, he denied that the former bank used “robo-signing” to improperly foreclose on homeowners
          2. They did, per some OneWest Bank employees
        5. HHS Secretary Tom Price
          1. During confirmation hearings, Price insisted that the discount he got on a biotech stock was ‘available to every single individual that was an investor at the time”
          2. It wasn’t. Fewer than 20 investors in the U.S. were offered the discount
        6. Attorney General Jeff Sessions
          1. Senator Al Franken asked Sessions whether “anyone affiliated with the Trump campaign communicated with the Russian government in the course of this campaign”
          2. Sessions responded “I did not have communications with the Russians”
          3. He did
      3. Trumps Non-State of the Union
        1. “Gov. Matt Bevin just said Obamacare is failing in his state,” Trump said. “It is unsustainable and collapsing in Kentucky.”
          1. Maybe that’s because Bevin shut down Kynect, which was the most successful exchange in the county
          2. Kentucky’s uninsurance rate fell from 20% to 7% under Obamacare.
        2. Fact Checks from WaPo
          1. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/fact-checker/wp/2017/02/28/fact-checking-president-trumps-address-to-congress/?wpisrc=nl_most&wpmm=1
        3. Polled very well with republicans and democrats
          1. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/03/01/president-trumps-speech-to-congress-was-an-objectively-good-moment-for-him/
      4. FBI Planned to Pay Former British Spy Who Authored Trump Dossier
        1. https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/fbi-once-planned-to-pay-former-british-spy-who-authored-controversial-trump-dossier/2017/02/28/896ab470-facc-11e6-9845-576c69081518_story.html?hpid=hp_hp-top-table-main_dossier-415pm%3Ahomepage%2Fstory
        2. “Russian regime has been cultivating, supporting and assisting TRUMP for at least 5 years,” – Steele
        3. Steele provided his information to the FBI in the summer and it appears that the FBI didn’t act on it until after the election.
        4. Trump published an op-ed in Manhattan Inc. in 1987 describing the US and USSR teaming up to control the world through their combined nuclear might.
          1. http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/the_spectator/2016/03/trump_s_nuclear_experience_advice_for_reagan_in_1987.html
          2. “Most of those [pre-nuclear] countries are in one form or another dominated by the U.S. and the Soviet Union,” Trump says. “Between those two nations you have the power to dominate any of those countries. So we should use our power of economic retaliation and they use their powers of retaliation and between the two of us we will prevent the problem from happening.
      5. House Republicans block release of Trump’s Tax Returns.
        1. http://bigstory.ap.org/article/e5c041b1b26d4192aa8754f95b31936b/republicans-block-bid-force-trump-release-tax-returns
        2. Bill brought to floor by Bill Pascrell (D-NJ).  Congressman Pascrell said, “The American people have the right to know whether or not their president is operating under conflicts of interest related to international affairs, tax reform, government contracts or otherwise.”
        3. Nearly all Republicans voted against the bill.  Two republicans voted “Present”
          1. What does voting ‘present’ mean?
            1. I know that it means they abstain, but want to clarify for listeners
        4. Trump in 2014, “If I decide to run for office, I’ll produce my tax returns. Absolutely. I would love to do that.”
      6. Trump’s new budget increases defense spending by 10% ($54 Billion) while cutting almost every other agency by 10%.
        1. https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/trump-to-propose-10-percent-spike-in-defense-spending-massive-cuts-to-other-agencies/2017/02/27/867f9690-fcf2-11e6-99b4-9e613afeb09f_story.html?tid=a_breakingnews?tid=a_breakingnews&hpid=hp_no-name_no-name%3Apage%2Fbreaking-news-bar
        2. Trump has promised not to touch funding for Medicare and Social Security.
        3. Also calls for massive tax cuts.
        4. Only specified massive cuts to foreign aid.
        5. Likelihood that this is the end of the EPA and Department of Education?
        6. https://foxtrotalpha.jalopnik.com/americas-nuclear-weapons-program-is-already-at-the-top-1792715310
      7. Trump, “Nobody knew that healthcare would be so complicated.” – soundclip
        1. http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/321318-trump-nobody-knew-that-healthcare-could-be-so-complicated
        2. Trump Administration has been having difficulty getting the congressional Republicans to agree on a plan.
        3. 48% view Obamacare favorably, 42% don’t.
        4. Might be good to use a soundclip from Last Week Tonight where the congressman said ‘if you are 74 years old, you go in front of a death panel under the ACA’. Starts: https://youtu.be/YEGpriv2TAc?t=5m23s
        5. Some republicans want to get rid of tax credits because they view it as another entitlement program
        6. Donald J. Trump‏ @realDonaldTrump
          1. We will immediately repeal and replace ObamaCare – and nobody can do that like me. We will save $’s and have much better healthcare! 5:15 PM · Feb 9, 2016
      8. Scott Pruitt lied under oath using private email server for state business
        1. http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/report-scott-pruitt-lied-under-oath-about-using-private-email-for-state-business/article/2615772?custom_click=rss
        2. https://thinkprogress.org/pruitt-lie-senate-epa-emails-3c750d5527ef
        3. EPA took pictures in the 70’s right after their founding to show what the US was like before pollution was regulated (many pictures from Louisville) – http://www.popsci.com/america-before-epa-photos
      9. Donald Trump does not receive intelligence briefing on immigration ban because he does not like the information provided (doesn’t say what he wants it to)
        1. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/donald-trump-muslim-ban-travel-ban-intelligence-homeland-security-terrorism-threat-us-iran-somalia-a7599126.html
      10. Justice Department changes its position in high-profile Texas voter-ID case
        1. Previous statements by trump that 3-5 illegal votes were cast, all of them for Clinton, would have won him the popular vote
        2. https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/justice-department-changes-its-position-in-high-profile-texas-voter-id-case/2017/02/27/cfaafac0-fd0c-11e6-99b4-9e613afeb09f_story.html
        3. DOJ is letting the state legislature fix the law
        4. If DOJ found that the law was enacted when it was known to be discriminatory, then the law would have been null/void immediately and the state would be under DOJ control for voting rights for 10 years
    3. Lightning Round
      1. Mike Pence used an AOL email account for state business as Governor of Indiana and it got hacked.
        1. https://arstechnica.com/security/2017/03/mike-pence-used-an-aol-e-mail-account-for-state-business-and-it-got-hacked/
        2. Discovered after the Indy Star submitted a public records request.
        3. Account was used between mid-1990’s and 2016, when it was hijacked and emails were sent to Pence’s contacts saying he and his wife were stranded in the Philippines and urgently needed money.  He had been governor for 3 years at that point.
        4. Emails show he used the account to conduct government business and included sensitive and confidential information.
        5. Many emails from the account are considered “private” so they aren’t covered under the information request.
      2. India demands stronger response from US after Indian national killed in Kansas.
        1. http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/international/world-news/india-demands-strongest-action-from-us-after-kansas-killing/articleshow/57361844.cms?from=mdr
        2. Suspect Thought Indian Victims were Iranian.
          1. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2017/02/28/suspect-in-kansas-bar-shooting-of-indians-apparently-thought-they-were-iranians/
        3. No response or comment by Trump during the week, mentioned it during non-SOTU
      3. Trump Blames Military for Botched Yeman Mission.
        1. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/donald-trump-ryan-owens-seal-raid_us_58b58852e4b0780bac2d58c6?l4u6jemi
        2. “This was a mission that was started before I got here. This was something they wanted to do,” Trump said. “They came to me, they explained what they wanted to do ― the generals ― who are very respected, my generals are the most respected that we’ve had in many decades, I believe. And they lost Ryan.”
        3. Trump is quoted as saying “I just spoke to our great General Mattis, just now, who reconfirmed that, and I quote, “Ryan was a part of a highly successful raid that generated large amounts of vital intelligence that will lead to many more victories in the future against our enemies.””
        4. Other Pentagon officials have a slightly different view of the information, saying the intelligence gathered was not “actionable,” meaning it can’t be used right away for other military operations. Still, they say the gathered information provides an insight in al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula’s activities and operations and could be used for future operations. And while the president referred to the “great Gen. Mattis” in his address to Congress, earlier in the day on Fox & Friends, Trump placed the blame for Ryan’s death on the military hierarchy. “This was something they wanted to do,” he said, adding, “and they lost Ryan.”
      4. FCC Plans to halt rule that requires ISPs to protect the security of it’s customer’s personal data.
        1. https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2017/02/isps-wont-have-to-follow-new-rule-that-protects-your-data-from-theft/
      5. Betsy DeVos Official Statement Celebrates Jim Crow School System as Pioneer of Student Choice.
        1. http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2017/02/28/betsy_devos_press_release_praises_segregated_jim_crow_education_system.html
        2. https://twitter.com/AdamHSays/status/836416602736312320/photo/1
        3. Refers to Historically Black Colleges and Universities as “real pioneers of school choice”
      6. Trump to skip white house correspondents dinner
        1. http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2017/02/25/president-trump-says-he-skip-white-house-correspondents-dinner/98415136/
        2. http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/02/25/trump-says-not-going-to-white-house-correspondence-dinner.html
          1. Fox news front page: NERD PROM NO-SHOW


    1. Mexico threatens trade war with U.S. over wall
      1. http://news.sky.com/story/mexico-threatens-trade-war-over-donald-trumps-wall-tax-10780906
      2. Mexico could impose levies on select goods aimed at US regions most reliant on exports south of the border, such as Iowa, Texas and Wisconsin
    2. Trump says Obama behind leaks.
      1. http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/27/politics/donald-trump-barack-obama-leaks/index.html
      2. I guess Obama was multitasking while windsurfing with Richard Branson?
    3. Town that votes for Trump mad that ICE came in and arrested their undocumented immigrant restaurant manager
      1. http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/02/27/pro-trump-town-riled-up-after-immigration-officials-arrest-popular-restaurant-manager.html
    4. No evidence that protesters during GOP town halls are paid
      1. http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2017/feb/27/louie-gohmert/protesters-are-paid-disrupt-town-hall-meetings-goh/
    5. You know things are bad when you say ‘i miss bush’
      1. I miss bush 2, I can’t believe I’m saying this (Dave)
        1. George W. Bush critiques Trump on travel ban, free press
    6. A Trump voter’s message to retailers: ‘Keep your mouths shut about our president’
    7. Donald Trump’s plan to deport illegal immigrants could cost half a trillion dollars a year
      1. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/doanld-trump-plan-deport-illegal-immigrants-estimated-cost-half-a-trillion-dollars-a7598931.html
      2. Would be economic suicide
        1. https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2017-02-24/trump-s-deportation-plan-is-an-economic-death-wish
    8. Democrats elect Tom Perez as new DNC Chair
      1. http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/02/25/democratic-national-committee-chairperson-election/98401498/
      2. Keith Ellison appointed as Deputy Chair.  Will stay in Congress.
    9. Nominee for Navy Secretary Withdraws from consideration
      1. http://www.politico.com/story/2017/02/nominee-for-navy-secretary-to-withdraw-235418
      2. President Donald Trump’s nominee for Navy secretary, Philip Bilden, withdrew from consideration Sunday, becoming the second Pentagon pick unable to untangle his financial investments in the vetting process.
  1. Kentucky
    1. https://wfpl.org/as-state-loosens-oversight-coal-ash-contaminates-central-kentucky-waterway/
  2. General Quarters
    1. Subscribe to Reputable News Agencies
      1. New York Times
      2. Washington Post
    2. Call your representatives and senators
    3. Donate to PBS
  3. Super Happy Fun Time
    1. Dave
      1. Zach Braff has suggested Alec Baldwin fill in for Trump at correspondents dinner
    2. Travis
      1. Malaria Vaccine Fully Effective in Small Clinical Trial
        1. https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/02/new-malaria-vaccine-is-fully-effective-in-very-small-clinical-trial/
        2. 9 out of 9 participants resisted infection after treatment with vaccine.
        3. Very early, very small trial, but extremely promising start.
    3. Bob
      1. Trailer for the rebooted Duck Tales looks amazing
  4. Closing

Possibly best new acronym for Trump’s presidency.  SCROTUS – So Called Ruler of the United States