Episode 15: Show Notes and Sources

  1. History’s Greatest Monster
    1. Travis – John McCain – For calling Trump’s budget dead on arrival at the senate.  Not because it cut too many social programs or would literally lead to people starving, but because it only included $603 Billion for defense and McCain won’t approve it unless more money is spent on defense.
    2. Bob – Sean Hannity – for the Seth Rich story
    3. Dave – Infowars, specifically Alex Jones
      1. Just got press credentials to the White House
        1. TIL they have a Washington bureau chief
          1. And he’s a birther and swiftboater (inaccurate book about John Kerry)
      2. He gets the point because he smeared the victims of the Manchester attack, calling those victims “liberal trendies” and that they “promote open borders, bringing Islamists in”
      3. And another point, because he called the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting a hoax
    4. Curtis –
  2. The Big List
    1. Trump Wants to Cut $193 Billion from Food Stamps.
      1. Literally starve the poor to give money to the rich.
      2. White House officials are boasting that President Trump’s budget would balance federal finances in 10 years.
      3. Extreme reductions in spending on health care for the poor, food stamps, education, science and other basic government programs
        1. Trump said no cuts to Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare on campaign
        2. Cuts in budget are $600 billion for Medicaid, ON TOP OF $839 billion in AHCA
        3. Cuts to SSDI, cutting $72 billion over 10 years, covers 10 million people
        4. Cuts $193 billion to SNAP over 10 years
        5. Asked about the discrepancy, Mulvaney suggested that the president intended his promises to apply only to retirement benefits. ‘If you ask 990 people out of a thousand, they’d tell you Social Security disability is not part of Social Security,’ Mulvaney said.”
      4. Trump’s staff could only balance the budget by claiming vague savings and unspecified sources of new revenue — in other words, with trillions of dollars in mystery money.
        1. $2,062,000,000,000 in mystery money, to be exact
      5. Budget assumes that Trump’s tax cuts, Largest In History – Per Trump, will not affec the bottom line
      6. Presidents often include optimistic assumptions in their budgets, but not to this degree, said Marc Goldwein, policy director at the nonpartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget (CRFB). “I do think this is on a whole new level, based on what we’ve seen before,” he said.
      7. The budget also forecasts $2.1 trillion in additional money attributable to a more robust economy. If economic activity picks up, Americans will earn more, buy more and invest more — and that means they’ll pay more in taxes as well.
        1. Seems to be counting $2.1 trillion twice, once in scooby doo money and once in revenue
        2. Also unemployment rate is 4.6%, where are these extra workers coming from?
      8. This forecast is based on the assumption in the budget that Trump’s policies will accelerate the pace of economic growth to about 3 percent a year, which many economists view as optimistic relative to independent projections.
      9. For instance, President Barack Obama’s most optimistic budget, CRFB’s Goldwein said, forecast economic growth at about 0.3 percentage points above the projection by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. Trump’s first budget puts growth at least a full percentage point above that forecast.
    2. Manchester England terrorist attack
      1. Trump Administration leaked 3 pieces of crucial information while investigation was ongoing.
        1. Included identity of the attacker, before they were apprehended.
        2. Leaks also included death toll and that the attacker had been a suicide bomber before either were publicly confirmed by the British authorities.
      2. Towards end of Arianna Grande concert
      3. We are not saying the name of the person suspected of this, no notoriety for you SOBs
      4. 12 children under the age of 16 were killed, one as young as 8
      5. 59 killed in total
      6. ISIS claims responsibility
        1. Because if anything shows the world that your religion is the most correct religion, its killing a bunch of pre-teens at a pop-star concert, good job – Dave
      7. England is at its highest terror alert since 2007, 3800 military personnel deployed
    3. Russia
      1. Michael Flynn to decline senate intel committee subpoena, invoke 5th Amendment.
        1. Flynn’s assertion of the Fifth Amendment will make it difficult for the Senate to enforce its subpoena, Senate aides told NBC News. The Senate could go to court, or go ask the Justice Department to go to court to enforce it, but either action would require the Republicans who control the chamber to agree.
      2. Two former associates of President Trump — Paul Manafort and Roger Stone — have turned over documents to the Senate Intelligence Committee in its Russia investigation, a congressional source with direct knowledge told NBC News.
        1. Page has not complied
          1. The committee’s letter to Page asked him to list any Russian official or business executive he met with between June 16, 2015 and Jan. 20, 2017. It also asked him to provide information about Russia-related real estate transactions during that period. And it seeks all his email or other communications during that period with Russians, or with the Trump campaign about Russia or Russians.
      3. Trump asked officials to help him push back against FBI investigation
        1. President Trump asked two of the nation’s top intelligence officials in March to help him push back against an FBI investigation into possible coordination between his campaign and the Russian government, according to current and former officials.
        2. Trump made separate appeals to the director of national intelligence, Daniel Coats, and to Adm. Michael S. Rogers, the director of the National Security Agency, urging them to publicly deny the existence of any evidence of collusion during the 2016 election.
          1. “The problem wasn’t so much asking them to issue statements, it was asking them to issue false statements about an ongoing investigation,” a former senior intelligence official said of the request to Coats.
        3. Coats and Rogers refused to comply with the requests, which they both deemed to be inappropriate, according to two current and two former officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss private communications with the president
        4. Trump’s conversation with Rogers was documented contemporaneously in an internal memo written by a senior NSA official, according to the officials.
        5. Did they put a cover on their TPS reports?
      4. Jason Chaffetz (36 more days!) postpones Wednesday’s hearing with Comey
        1. House Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz on Monday said he will postpone a hearing scheduled for Wednesday after speaking with former FBI Director James Comey, who had been invited to testify.
        2. “Spoke with Comey. He wants to speak with Special Counsel prior to public testimony. Hearing Wed postponed. @GOPoversight,” Chaffetz tweeted.
      5. Former CIA Director John Brennan talked to House Intelligence Committee Tuesday
        1. Said that Russia “brazenly interfered” in US elections, including actively contacting members of the President Donald Trump’s campaign — but he stopped shy of dubbing it “collusion.”
        2. “I saw interaction that in my mind raised questions of whether it was collusion,” Brennan told Rep. Trey Gowdy, saying that he supported the FBI digging further. “It was necessary to pull threads.”
        3. Brennan said that he first picked up on Russia’s active meddling last summer and, in an August 4, 2016, phone call with Alexander Bortnikov, the head of Russia’s FSB intelligence agency, warned him against further interference. Bortnikov, Brennan said, denied any active efforts in the election.
        4. “I encountered and am aware of information and intelligence that revealed contacts and interactions between Russian officials and US persons involved in the Trump campaign that I was concerned about because of known Russian efforts to suborn such individuals. And it raised questions … whether or not the Russians were able to gain the cooperation of those individuals. I don’t know whether or not such ‘collusion’ – and that’s your term – such ‘collusion’ existed. I don’t know.” – The Guardian
      6. Leaked tapes where Paul Ryan and his colleagues admit that they think that Russia actually pays Donald Trump
        1. the year-old recordings of Ryan and his colleagues, in which Ryan had told everyone else in the room to keep their mouths shut with their Russia-pays-Donald speculating. “No leaks,” he had said, following up with a sad et tu, Brute plea: “This is how we know we’re a real family.”
        2. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California joked, “There’s two people I think Putin pays: [GOP Rep. Dana] Rohrabacher and Trump.” As people laughed at his comment, McCarthy emphasized, “Swear to God!”
      7. https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/trump-asked-intelligence-chiefs-to-push-back-against-fbi-collusion-probe-after-comey-revealed-its-existence/2017/05/22/394933bc-3f10-11e7-9869-bac8b446820a_story.html?pushid=592365508a38f24c0000000c&tid=notifi_push_breaking-news&utm_term=.c9db15caa402
      8. http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/manafort-stone-turn-over-russia-documents-senate-intel-committee-n763141
      9. http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/22/chaffetz-postpones-wednesday-hearing-after-speaking-with-comey-238690
      10. http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/23/politics/john-brennan-house-intelligence-committee/index.html
    4. Trump’s first overseas trip
      1. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/donald-trump-exhausted-skipped-saudi-arabia-forum-social-media-sends-ivanka-trump-israel-a7748546.html
      2. Going to Saudi Arabia (Riyadh), Israel/West Bank (Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Bethlehem), Italy (Rome, Vatican City), Belgium (Brussels), Italy (Taormina, Sigonella)
      3. Signed $109.7 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia
      4. Trump exhausted two days into trip
        1. Asks Ivanka to take place at the “tweeps” youth forum in Riyadh
          1. Event to discuss combating extremism on social media… IRONY
        2. A White House official was asked by reporters why Mr Trump had deviated from his prepared speech earlier that day to Muslim leaders about fighting Islamist terrorism.
        3. “Just an exhausted guy,” she replied.
        4. Low energy?
    5. Supreme Court strikes down two north carolina maps for Congress
      1. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/05/22/supreme-court-strikes-down-north-carolina-maps-congress/100855582/
      2. http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-pol-court-racial-gerrymander-20170522-story.html
      3. Supreme Court Strike Down North Carolina District Map for “Racial Gerrymandering”
      4. The 5-3 ruling, written by Justice Elena Kagan, was the latest in a series of decisions by the justices against the excessive use of race in redistricting, the decennial process of drawing new district lines for Congress and state legislatures. Justice Clarence Thomas joined the court’s four liberal justices in striking down the state’s maps.
        1. Districts: 1st and 12th, votes 8-0 for 1st, 5-3 for 12th
      5. The Supreme Court ruled Monday that racial considerations pervaded the way North Carolina lawmakers drew congressional maps after the 2010 Census in order to maximize Republicans’ advantage.
      6. Not the only time the high court has ruled against gerrymandering
        1. The high court in March demanded additional lower court review of 11 Virginia state legislature districts that Republicans designed with at least 55% black voting-age populations. That followed a decision against Alabama’s state legislative districts in 2015.
      7. The North Carolina ruling upheld a federal district court decision that struck down the state’s 1st and 12th congressional districts because state lawmakers had packed African American voters into them, thereby minimizing the influence of black voters in other districts. Kagan said the 1st district “produced boundaries amplifying divisions between blacks and whites,” while in the 12th, “race, not politics, accounted for the district’s reconfiguration.”
      8. Former Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. hailed Monday’s ruling as a “watershed moment in the fight to end racial gerrymandering. North Carolina’s maps were among the worst racial gerrymanders in the nation. Today’s ruling sends a stark message to legislatures and governors around the country.”
    6. AHCA CBO analysis released
      1. 23 million people to lose insurance
      2. $139 Billion deficit reduction
  3. Lightning Round
    1. Turkey Summons US Ambassador to Protest “Aggressive” Actions Against Turkish Bodyguards in Washington.
      1. Bodyguard are pretty clearly the ones who committed the aggressive action.  Unless it was aggressive faces attacking the bodyguard’s feet.
      2. Trump Administration getting pushed around by..Turkey?  The fuck?
    2. Trump White House releasing phony leaks to try and dupe New York Times
      1. Reported by Washington Post: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/05/22/the-white-house-is-trying-to-dupe-the-new-york-times-with-phony-leaks/?wprss=rss_the-fix&tid=sm_tw_pp
      2. Conservative talk show host Bill M (not using full last name because fuck this guy) said that the Trump White House should start flooding NYT and WAPO’s tip lines with ‘crazy leaks’ and then laugh when they are printed
      3. Not going to work, WaPo and NYT vet stories, unlike FOXNEWS and Seth Rich
    3. Trump tells Duterte of two U.S. nuclear subs in Korean waters
      1. http://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-missiles-submarines-idUSKBN18K15Y
      2. U.S. President Donald Trump told his Philippine counterpart that Washington has sent two nuclear submarines to waters off the Korean peninsula, the New York Times said, comments likely to raise questions about his handling of sensitive information.
      3. Trump told Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte Washington had “a lot of firepower over there”, according to the New York Times, which quoted a transcript of an April 29 call between the two.
      4. “We have two submarines — the best in the world. We have two nuclear submarines, not that we want to use them at all,” the newspaper quoted Trump as telling Duterte, based on the transcript.
  4. Kentucky
    1. Hepatitis C infection rate is up
      1. http://www.kentucky.com/news/state/article151550027.html
      2. The problem has been building for years, according to the 2017 update to the Kentucky Department for Public Health’s state health assessment.
      3. The update, released in March, said Kentucky had the highest rate of new hepatitis C infections in the nation from 2008 through 2015, the last year with available data.
      4. There were 1,089 new cases recorded in the state in that time. Other states had more total cases, but that was the most per capita in the country.
      5. 33 counties have either started or have needle exchange clinics (24 are in operation)
        1. Only 3 counties in northern kentucky: Kenton (starting), has: Grant, Gallatin
      6. Expensive
        1. Hepatitis C can be cured, but the cost of the treatment is high.
        2. In the last full fiscal year, Kentucky’s Medicaid program spent $69.7 million on pharmacy claims to treat 833 beneficiaries, or $83,735 apiece, according to the Cabinet for Health and Family Services.
    2. Bevin is no longer talking to Courier-Journal and Herald Leader
      1. Calling them fake news, and that the owners are ‘not from kentucky’
      2. Stupid facebook video
      3. Stupid
  5. General Quarters
    1. Call your representatives and senators
  6. Super Happy Fun Time
    1. Dave – Star Wars at the Cincinnati Museum Center – Go check it out! http://www.cincymuseum.org/star-wars
    2. Travis – Taiwan’s Top Court Rules in Favor of Same-Sex Marriage
      1. Paving way to be the first Asian country to legalize same-sex marriage.
      2. Parliament has 2 years to amend existing laws or create new ones that aren’t unconstitutional.
    3. Bob – Memorial Day
    4. Curtis –