Episode 20: Show Notes and Sources

  1. History’s Greatest Monster
    1. Travis – The NRA for their ad that openly calls for violence towards liberals.  Remember when the NRA was an organization that’s purpose was to promote safe firearm ownership?  Pepperidge Farm remembers.  The NRA’s VP Wayne LaPierre said, “It’s up to us to speak up against the three most dangerous voices in America: academic elites, political elites, and media elites.  These are America’s greatest domestic threats.”  Something tells me LaPierre doesn’t look for the worst doctor for his healthcare, the shittiest attorney to handle his legal issues, and the most incompetent accountant to do his taxes.
      1. Bonus Point: Hobby Lobby, (or Wahhabi Lobby) for buying thousands of ancient cuneiform tablets that had been smuggled out of Iraq illegally. Hobby Lobby failed to determine the proper heritage of the artifacts, in violation of federal law.  Also, at the time Hobby Lobby was buying these artifacts, ISIS was making quite  a lot of money by…selling artifacts.  It’s not out of the realm of possibility that Hobby Lobby directly funded ISIS.  Hobby Lobby was fined $3 million dollars and was forced to return the artifacts.
    2. Dave – Sarah Huckabee-Sanders for defending Trump’s awful tweet about “Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski, saying “This is a president who fights fire with fire and certainly will not be allowed to be bullied”. Listen, i do not remember President Obama getting on twitter, or facebook, or whatever to “fight fire with fire”. You are a public figure the moment you run for office and that means you may be made fun of. If Trump can’t take any criticism then he needs to not run for office. So bad that Paul Ryan said “I don’t see that as an appropriate comment”. Also you know its bad when FoxNews calls you out on it
      1. Also the NRA for that bullshit AD, and a second point for them not defending Castile when Castile was doing everything correctly
      2. Also Trump for calling over a female reporter saying “she has a nice smile on her face, so i bet she treats you well”
    3. Curtis –
    4. Bob – Kim Jong Un
  2. The Big List
    1. White House still banning cameras from daily press briefings.
    2. #wealthcare
      1. Vote delayed until after the July 4th recess.
      2. CBO report for the Senate healthcare bill is out.
      3. 22 million more uninsured Americans.
        1. Not so per Paul Ryan, who says it will be 22 million people who will just not buy insurance, exercising their “freedom” to do so  
        2. Also Trump said “no one will lose coverage”
        3. McConnell’s own state will have a 231% reduction in insured peoples
      4. Federal spending reduced $321 Billion.
      5. 15 million more uninsured in the first year.
      6. Bill was revised to include a penalty for those without insurance, effectively restoring the individual mandate.
      7. 17% of people approve of the Senate Health Care Bill, per NPR/PBS/Marist Poll
      8. Remember:
        1. Bill crafted in private by 13 Men who are deciding something that impacts 1/6th of our economy and health insurance for the entire nation
        2. Designed, from the get-go, to be a tax break for the wealthy at the cost of the poor and sick
      9. 5 senators currently against it
      10. McConnell, if you didn’t know, had polio when he was 2 years old and was helped by the NFIP. NIFIP was created by FDR and run by donations to help those with polio. NFIP is now called March for Dimes and they asked to meet McConnell about his healthcare plan. He refused to meet them and 15 other healthcare related companies/organizations.
    3. Russia
      1. Trump asks for apology over Russia probe.
        1. Not clear who is supposed to apologize.
        2. Cites there not being public proof of coordination between Trump and the Russian government.
        3. Also accused Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama of purposefully ignoring Russian efforts to influence the campaign.
        4. “The reason that President Obama did NOTHING about Russia after being notified by the CIA of meddling is that he expected Clinton would win and did not want to ‘rock the boat.  He didn’t ‘choke,’ he colluded or obstructed, and it did the Dems and Crooked Hillary no good.”
      2. WSJ/Guardian reports that Trump asked NSC staff to come up with big list for Putin
        1. President Donald Trump has asked National Security Council staff to come up with “deliverables” that he can offer to Russian President Vladimir Putin during their meeting on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Germany next week, The Guardian reported
        2. It is unclear what those deliverables would look like, but they could include an offer to ease sanctions — which the Trump administration has reportedly looked into at least twice since January
      3. Associated Press reporting that Trump wants full bilateral meeting with Putin
        1. Not a quick side chat, but full meeting
      4. CNN Retracts Story, the republicans lose their minds, and then Trump tweets
        1. The story reported that Congress was investigating a “Russian investment fund with ties to Trump officials”. It cited a single anonymous source.
        2. CNN management launched an internal investigation which found that some standard editorial processes were not followed when the article was published
        3. “In the aftermath of the retraction of a story published on CNN.com, CNN has accepted the resignations of the employees involved in the story’s publication,” a spokesman said Monday evening.
        4. Three journalists resign from CNN in the aftermath
        5. Republicans took the retraction and ran, shouting up and down the halls of the internet that CNN was finished, Trump had killed CNN, that the story proved there was no collusion between Trump and Russia, etc
        6. Then Trump tweets this: https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/881503147168071680/video/1 A video a redditor made that shows Trump in WrestleMania wrestling someone whose head was replaced by a CNN logo. Hooray 🙁
          1. BTW, the journalist who revealed the identity of the video’s creator is getting death threats now
          2. And it is now being said that CNN used blackmail to force the apology of the redditor
      5. Trump tweet confirms that Russia interfered in US Election
        1. In an attempt to criticize Obama, Trump admits that Russia interfered
        2. “Just out: The Obama Administration knew far in advance of November 8th about election meddling by Russia. Did nothing about it. WHY”
        3. Trump was complaining about Obama’s handling of Russia cyberattacks that were meant to swing the election away from Clinton
      6. Trump skips climate change talk at G20 summit to meet with Putin
        1. Half hour meeting lasts 2.25 hours
        2. Tillerson was there
        3. THey talked about the hacking and Putin assured Trump that Russia did not interfere with the election. Trump believes Putin over 17 intelligence agencies
    4. White House commission requests state data on voters Requesting that states turn over voters’ full names, addresses, dates of birth, political party, social security numbers and other personal data
      1. 44 states have (so far) refused to give the information
      2. Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity
    5. Betsy Devos makes major changes at Department of Education
      1. Betsy Devos appointments student loan CEO to head student loan agency
        1. Wayne A. Johnson will be the new head of Office of Federal Student Aid after James Runcie abruptly resigned last month, the U.S. Department of Education announced this week. FSA is the agency responsible for administering $1.4 trillion in outstanding student loans from 42 million borrowers, plus other aid programs for millions of college students.
      2. Changes made to for-profit college regulations
        1. Two weeks ago, we reported that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was rolling back the “gainful employment” rule intended to rein in for-profit colleges. On Friday, she took a further step back.
        2. On July 1, colleges were supposed to begin disclosing information about program performance to students in their marketing materials. The schools now have an extra year to comply.
        3. “Once fully implemented, the current rules would unfairly and arbitrarily limit students’ ability to pursue certain types of higher education and career training programs,” DeVos said in a statement.
        4. The New York Times noted recently that evidence suggests the gainful employment rule had been working as advertised, in that colleges are voluntarily shutting down the programs that provide the worst return on investment.
      3. 18 States sue Education Department over change to for-profit college
        1. Attorneys general from Massachusetts, New York and 16 other states filed suit against Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and her department Thursday, accusing DeVos of breaking federal law and giving free rein to for-profit colleges by rescinding the Borrower Defense Rule.
        2. The filing by 18 states and Washington, D.C., asks a U.S. District Court to declare the Education Department’s delay of the rule unlawful and to order the agency to implement it. The states say they have pursued “numerous costly and time-intensive investigations and enforcement actions against proprietary and for-profit schools” that violated consumer protection laws.
        3. The Borrower Defense Rule was adopted by the Obama administration last November and had been set to take effect this month. It was created to make it “simpler for students at colleges found to be fraudulent to get their loans forgiven,” as NPR’s Ed team has reported.
  3. Lightning Round
    1. Trump’s continued attack at CNN threatens merger
    2. Parts of Trump’s Budget Unanimously Rejected by Republican controlled House subcommittees.
      1. Soundly rejected plans to slash the Agriculture Department budget, overseas food aid, and water projects.
      2. Proposing cuts of 1% on non-defense spending rather than Trump’s proposal of 10%.
    3. A survey by Pew Global has shown that Trump has severely damaged the perception of the United States Internationally.
      1. Confidence in the US President was at 64% at the end of President Obama’s term, and is currently at 22% for Trump.  The numbers for a favorable view of the US dropped from 64% under President Obama to 49% under Trump.
      2. Confidence in the President only increased in Israel and Russia.  Israel by 7%, from 49% to 56% and Russia by a whopping 42%, from 11% to 53%.
      3. Trumps confidence rating in Canada and Mexico is the lowest it has ever been for any President.
    4. Supreme Court Partially Reinstates Trump’s Travel Ban
      1. http://www.npr.org/2017/06/28/534760203/trump-travel-ban-could-be-implemented-thursday
      2. The vote was 6-3 for reinstating a partial version of the ban vs. a full version of the ban.  Justices Gorsuch, Alito, and Thomas supported the full ban.
      3. Only those who have a ‘bonafide relationship’ with someone in the states can travel to the US. from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen
        1. However, the administration’s definition does not include grandparents, grandchildren, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, fiances and other extended family members.
      4. The 90-day ban is necessary to allow an internal review of screening procedures for visa applicants from the countries, the administration says. That review should be complete before Oct. 2, the first day the justices could hear arguments in their new term.
      5. The modified order also bars refugees from entering the U.S. for 120 days, although refugees already scheduled to be resettled in the U.S. through July 6 will be allowed in. And, in keeping with the high court’s order, refugees who can show a “bona fide relationship” will be allowed entry.
    5. Supreme Court to hear case on baker who refused to sell wedding cake to gay people.
      1. Lower courts have ruled that the bakery had violated Colorado’s public accommodations law, which prohibits refusing service to customers based on factors such as race, sex, marital status, or sexual orientation.
    6. Iran confirms death of ISIS leader Al-Baghdadi
      1. Representative of Iran’s Leader in IRGC Quds Force, Ali Shirazi, said on Thursday ‘the death of this terrorist [al-Baghdadi] is certain’.
      2. Last Thursday, Russia’s deputy foreign minister had declared that it is highly likely al-Baghdadi, the ISIS leader, was killed in a Russian airstrike near Raqqa, Syria, on May 28.
      3. Oleg Syromolotov told Sputnik the “information is now verified through various channels.”
    7. Trump found to have fake Time magazine at golf clubhouses
      1. The cover, showing a presidential Mr Trump with his arms folded and steely-eyed, was framed and hung on the walls of at least four Trump courses in the US, Ireland and Scotland.
      2. Dated March 1st 2009, a date that Time did not publish and article. Time also confirmed that Trump did not appear on the cover at any point during 2009
      3. Sarah Huckabee Sanders, a White House spokesman, told the Washington Post: “We couldn’t comment on the decor at Trump Golf clubs one way or another.”
    8. France
      1. Marine Le Pen is under investigation for campaign finance fraud
      2. Will stop granting licenses for oil and gas exploration as the country transitions to renewable energy sources, as driven by Emmanuel Macron
    9. SCOTUS rules that Arkansas must include names of gay spouses on birth certificates
      1. The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled that the U.S. Constitution requires the state of Arkansas to list gay spouses on birth certificates.
      2. The Supreme Court said its decision establishing a constitutional right to gay marriage, Obergefell v. Hodges, bars disparate treatment of same-sex couples in issuing birth certificates.
      3. Justice Neil M. Gorsuch dissented, in an opinion joined by Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Anthony Alito Jr
    10. Trump proposes eliminating heating aid for low-income Americans
      1. President Donald Trump has proposed eliminating heating aid for low-income Americans, claiming it’s no longer necessary and rife with fraud. People needn’t worry about being left in the cold, he says, because utilities cannot cut off customers in the dead of winter.
        1. Technically true, except for heating oil
      2. The proposal to kill the program, which has distributed $3.4 billion to about 6 million households this fiscal year, will face strong opposition in Congress. ($566.66 each)
        1. Nationwide, the average home heating cost last winter was $1,448 for propane, $1,227 for heating oil, $902 for electricity and $577 for natural gas.
      3. Forty-three senators from mostly cold-weather states already signed a letter urging the Republican chairman and ranking Democrat on the Appropriations Committee to ensure funding for the Low-Income Energy Assistance Program, known in many states by its acronym, LIHEAP.
    11. Trump’s plan to defeat ISIS is too similar to Obama’s, wants it changed
      1. Donald Trump rejected the US military’s plan for tackling Isis because he thought it was too similar to Barack Obama’s, reports suggest.
  4. Kentucky
    1. EU Threatens Bourbon Whiskey in US Steel Trade Row
      1. The EU vows to react in days if President Trump makes moves to implement protectionist measures for US steel.  Specifically by targeting bourbon and other agricultural exports.  
    2. 3-Day limit on painkiller prescriptions takes effect
      1. New limit is on opioid prescriptions for acute pain, but has built-in exceptions to the rule allowing providers to increase the prescription
      2. Hopes to limit number of pills available so patients do not become addicted
      3. 1,404 drug-overdose deaths in 2016
      4. Does not go into effect immediately, the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure must develop regulations to implement the rule.
        1. Requires a public hearing
      5. Kentucky joins other states who are limiting the number of pain pills available, and is the strictest in the nation
    3. Bevin signs bill allowing Kentucky’s public schools to teach the Bible
      1. House Bill 128 allows public schools to teach courses on the bible
      2. The bill’s sponsor says students need to understand the role the Bible played in American history.
      3. “It really did set the foundation that our founding fathers used to develop documents like the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights,” said Rep. D.J. Johnson (R-Owensboro). “All of those came from principles from the Bible.”
      4. The bill, which easily passed the House and Senate, gives local school boards the option of developing a Bible literacy class as part of their social studies curriculum. The course would be elective, not required.
    4. Other Laws that took effect last week:
      1. SB 120: The law will make it easier for some felons to work for private employers while in prison and prevents defendants from being jailed because they are unable to pay court costs.
      2. SB 17: The law that caused California to ban state-funded travel to Kentucky, it details the rights of public school students to express their religious viewpoint in school.
      3. SB 75: The law loosens campaign finance rules by doubling the amount individuals can donate to a political campaign.
      4. HB 156: The law creates a Kentucky Mountain Regional Recreation Authority to promote tourism with the abandoned mine lands fund.
      5. HB 277: The law will ease anti-nepotism rules by allowing aunts, uncles, daughters-in-law and sons-in-law of school board members to be hired by a school district.
  5. General Quarters
    1. Call your representatives and senators
    2. Go see Bernie in Northern Kentucky!
  6. Super Happy Fun Time
    1. Dave – India planted more than 66 million trees in 12 hours. Millions of people turned out in the Central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, planting two dozen varieties of trees in 24 districts of Narmada river basin. Last year another Indian state planted 50 million trees in 24 hours
    2. Bob – AP Scores
    3. Curtis –
    4. Travis – Supreme Court Rules that Same-Sex Couples are Entitled to Equal Treatment on Birth Certificates.
      1. Gorsuch, Thomas, and Alito dissented.
      2. Case from from Arkansas, two lesbian couples who had a child via anonymous sperm donation were not listed as the parents on the birth certificate.  
      3. The ruling allows the couples to, among other things, receive educational information about their child without a court order.
      4. Bonus: Check out this awesome Jupiter pictures from the Juno spacecraft.