Episode 24: Show Notes and Sources

  1. History’s Greatest Monster
    1. Dave – NFL for ending partnership with the National Institute of Health on concussion study. Basically, NFL players by and large are getting CTE (brain damage) from playing the sports, acting erratically, committing suicide, etc. So the NFL partners with the NIH to try and find how out why these players are getting CTE and hope it’s not because the play football. NIH says that football causes concussions and long term health effects (CTE). NFL goes ‘nuh-uh’ and ends partnership. Watch the movie ‘concussion’ and also stop watching football.
    2. Travis – Republicans in the House for proposing a law that would ban the use of the lifeline program for anything other than land line phone service.
      1. Bill was proposed by Austin Scott (R-GA) and has 18 co-sponsors.  All Republican.
      2. Currently, the Lifeline program allows poor Americans to put the $9.25 a month they receive towards a landline phone, cell phone, or internet service.
      3. The bill only stops reimbursement of payments for internet and cell phone service, but does not reduce the tax on providers.
      4. The program was created by Ronald Reagan to cover landline phones, and expanded by George W. Bush to cover cell phones and internet connections.
      5. Good thing you only have emergencies at home!
    3. Curtis – JBS esq. & the current administration of the Dept. of Justice
      1. Department of Justice was revisiting guidelines for handling media subpoenas in leak investigations and said there needed to be limits on press freedom.
      2. The Trump administration is preparing to redirect resources of the Justice Department’s civil rights division toward investigating and suing universities over affirmative action admissions policies deemed to discriminate against white applicants, according to a document obtained by The New York Times.
        1. the project will be run out of the division’s front office, where the Trump administration’s political appointees work, rather than its Educational Opportunities Section, which is run by career civil servants and normally handles work involving schools and universities.
    4. Bob – Rex Tillerson
      1. Considering removing “promotion of democracy” from the State Dept ‘s mission statement
        1. Democratic Peace – why it’s important to promote democracy
      2. Not spending his $80M budget on countering Russian/ISIS propaganda
        1. Congress gave him 80M to fight disinformation campaigns by Russia
        2. Global Engagement Center – State dept initiative to fight online radicalization
          1. Make anti-terrorism videos on Youtube and target them at potential radicals
        3. Tillerson aide suggested that using any funding like this would “anger Moscow”
  2. The Big List
    1. Full transcripts of Trump’s calls with Australia and Mexico leaked.
      1. Transcripts are rather flattering for Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull.  Not so much for President Trump.
      2. Leaks raise concerns for future of phone calls with US Presidents.  Will foreign leaders feel like they can speak openly and frankly with the President if they know there’s a chance the conversation isn’t secure?
      3. Mexico Highlights
        1. 1. Trump threatens potential tariffs on Mexican goods.
        2. 2. Trump vows to help fight the “tough hombres” driving the Mexican drug trade.
          1. Including sending the US military into Mexico to help deal with the cartels.
        3. 3. Trump seems to acknowledge that his threats to make Mexico pay had left him cornered politically.
        4. 4. Trump asks that they avoid publicly disagreeing over how the wall will be funded.
        5. 5. Trump describes the wall as “the least important thing we are talking about.”
        6. 6. Trump tells Peña Nieto to stop saying publicly that his government would never pay for the wall.
      4. Australian Highlights
        1. 1. Trump tells Turnbull that accepting the refugees “will make us look awfully bad.”
        2. 2. Turnbull tries to explain to Trump that the refugee deal is consistent with the travel ban
        3. 3. Turnbull tells Trump that the deal is “really, really important” to Australia.
        4. 4. Trump says the refugee deal is “going to kill me.”
        5. 5. Trump calls the agreement a “stupid deal” that will make him “look terrible.”
        6. 6. Trump tells Turnbull “I have had it” and ends the call.
        7. For clarification: Australia has a policy where it does not allow refugees into the country if they come in by boat, ostensibly to combat human trafficking.  The “deal” in question here is that President Obama agreed to consider allowing 1,250 refugees into the US who had arrived in Australia by boat if they passed out vetting process.  There is NO requirement in this deal that the US accept any of the refugees, just that they’ll consider them.  Currently, the refugees in question are being held in very poor conditions on Nauru and Manus islands, outside of Australian borders.  It’s become a rather serious humanitarian crisis.
    2. No more Mooching!
      1. Scaramucci removed as Trump’s Communications Director after only 10 days.
      2. Reportedly removed at the urging of Gen. Kelly, Trump’s new Chief of Staff.
      3. Scaramucci’s wife left him for taking the job, he sold his business, and he missed the birth of his child because he was at work.  All in the 10 days before he was fired.
    3. Russia
      1. US Intelligence has reportedly intercepted chatter that Manafort was requesting that the Russian government help with defeating Clinton.
        1. For those who don’t remember, Manafort was Trump’s campaign chairman for three months in 2016.
      2. President Trump signs Russian sanctions bill.
        1. Bill was effectively forced on him by a veto-proof majority from the legislative branch.
        2. No public ceremony.
      3. Private Detective looking into Seth Rich case is suing Fox News.
        1. Rod Wheeler, the PI in the case, says the Fox fabricated quotes in his name to create links between the DNC and Seth Rich’s murder and that Fox worked directly with the White House to prepare the story in order to take attention away from the Russia investigation.
        2. Fox’s president of news, Jay Wallace stated that there was no concrete evidence that Wheeler was misquoted.  Wallace made no mention of working with the White House on the story.
        3. Ed Butowski, a wealthy Dallas investor, Trump supporter, and Fox News commentator funded Wheeler’s investigation into Rich’s murder.  The first page of the lawsuit quotes a voicemail and texts where Butowski boasts that President Trump himself reviewed drafts of the Fox News story before it aired.
        4. Butowski has told NPR that he was kidding about the President reviewing the material before it aired.
      4. RNC told to preserve all records related to the 2016 campaign.
        1. RNC memo says they have not been contacted in regards to Mueller’s investigation, but that they should hang on to the documents in case questions arise.
      5. Mueller impanels second Federal Grand Jury into Russia
        1. Grand jury subpoenas have been issued related to June 2016 meeting between Donald Trump Jr., Russian lawyers and others
        2. Heads up that federal grand juries indict 99.99% of the time
      6. Carter Page, Trump’s one time foreign advisor, has been under FISA warrant since 2014
      7. Trump signs Russia sanctions bill, complains about it
        1. Trump signed the bill behind closed doors, without the fanfare that has customarily accompanied his signing of executive orders. He criticized the measure as infringing on his powers to shape foreign policy, and said he could make “far better deals” with governments than Congress can.
        2. Russian President Putin expels 755 US Diplomats
      8. Trump is directly implicated in trying to cover up Russia scandal
        1. Ashley Parker, Carol D. Leonnig, Philip Rucker and Tom Hamburger broke the latest blockbuster story in this scandal, in which the president dictated a misleading statement about the nature of the fateful meeting his son Donald Trump Jr., his son-in-law Jared Kushner, and his then-campaign chairman Paul Manafort had with a group of Russians during the campaign
        2. Flying home from Germany on July 8 aboard Air Force One, Trump personally dictated a statement in which Trump Jr. said that he and the Russian lawyer had “primarily discussed a program about the adoption of Russian children” when they met in June 2016, according to multiple people with knowledge of the deliberations. The statement, issued to the New York Times as it prepared an article, emphasized that the subject of the meeting was “not a campaign issue at the time.”
        3. Of course this isn’t true
    4. National Security Council changes
      1. McMaster is clearing house this week/month, lets go several people
      2. Ezra Cohen-Watnick
        1. was shown the door by McMaster, who, according to a White House official, decided that “a different set of experiences is best-suited to carrying that work forward.”
      3. Tera Dahl
        1. McMaster reassigned Dahl, a deputy chief of staff at the NSC, in early July
        2. Previously worked at Breitbart News
        3. Close ties to Bannon
      4. Derek Harvey
        1. NSC’s middle east advisor
        2. He drafted a list of Obama-era “holdovers” employed by the NSC, a nod to the “deep state” theory in some conservative circles.
      5. Rich Higgins, Director of Strategic Planning
        1. Produced memo alleging a ‘political warfare’ conspiracy against the president conducted by globalists and Islamists using the tactics of a Maoist insurgency
      6. K.T. MacFarland, deputy National Security Adviser
        1. former Fox News analyst
        2. now nominated as ambassador to Singapore
    5. Lawsuit alleges that Trump and FoxNews worked together on Seth Rich story
      1. Timeline provided by Washington Post
      2. President Donald Trump personally approved a false Fox News story claiming a murdered Democratic staffer—not Russian hackers—leaked Democratic National Committee emails to WikiLeaks, a new lawsuit claims.
      3. Private investigator Rod Wheeler sued the cable-TV network in federal court on Tuesday, alleging it falsely quoted him in an article saying slain DNC staffer Seth Rich had contact with Julian Assange’s rogue publishing operation. Wheeler accuses Fox News regular and pro-Trump money manager Ed Butowsky of coordinating between the channel and the White House in an effort to frame Rich for the leaks and imply Democrats had a hand in his death. Fox News later retracted the article, saying it didn’t meet its “standards.”
      4. Attempts to divert attention from Russia story
      5. Wheeler’s lawsuit includes screenshots of text messages with Butowsky, including an exchange two days before the article was published in which Butowsky wrote: “president [Trump] just read the article. He wants the article out immediately. It’s now all up to you. But don’t feel the pressure.”
      6. “A couple minutes ago I got a note that we have the full, uh, attention of the White House, on this,” Butowsky allegedly said in a voicemail that same day, according to the lawsuit. “And, tomorrow, let’s close this deal, whatever we’ve got to do. But you can feel free to say that the White House is onto this now.”
  3. Lightning Round
    1. Trump has launched a “real news” program on his Facebook page, hosted by his daughter-in-law.
      1. Lara Trump, wife of Eric is the anchor.
      2. The program is intended to report on the “real news that the mainstream media won’t tell you”. Mainstream media did, in fact, cover all the stories Lara Trump listed as examples.
    2. Trump’s approval rating drops to 33%.
      1. Quinnipiac poll.  This is his lowest approval rating as President and his highest disapproval rating, which is at 61%.
      2. The poll has a sample size of 1,125 voters and a margin of error of 3.4 points.
      3. Sharknado 3 has 29%
    3. Analysis Shows that Millennials and Gen X outvoted Baby Boomers in the 2016 election.
      1. Millennials and Gen X cast 69.6 million votes while Baby Boomers and older generations cast 67.9 million.
    4. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) proposed bill to legalize marijuana at a federal level
      1. Not the first bill proposing legalization, Senator Sanders did so in 2015
      2. The legislation would also be retroactive, so it would automatically expunge federal marijuana use and possession crimes from people’s records and let those currently serving time in prison for marijuana use or possession petition for resentencing
    5. 378, 378 hours House Republicans have spent trying to undercut Obamacare
      1. Did a fat lot of good, no?
    6. A federal judge struck down Alabama’s law that enabled judges to put minors seeking abortions through a trial-like proceeding in which the fetus could get a lawyer and prosecutors could object to the pregnant girls’ wishes.
      1. Alabama legislators in 2014 changed the state’s process for girls who can’t or won’t get their parents’ permission for an abortion to obtain permission from a court instead.
      2. Intent was to appoint a guardian “for the interests of the unborn child” and invited the local district attorney to call witnesses and question the girl to determine whether she’s mature enough to decide.
      3. US Magistrate Judge Susan Russ Walker sided with the ACLU of Alabama that the law is unconstitutional and imposes a burden on the minor in Alabama who seeks an abortion through a judicial bypass”
  4. Kentucky
    1. Indivisible Kentucky has purchased two billboards shaming McConnell
      1. An anti-Trump group that says it’s “sick” of Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell dodging its emails, phone calls and social media posts now has a plan it says is too big for him to ignore.
      2. Indivisible Kentucky has purchased two billboards of the Senate majority leader’s face on northbound Interstate 65 in Louisville emblazoned with the phrases “You make us sick” and “We’ve had enough.”
      3. The signs, placed near Cardinal Boulevard and St. Catherine on I-65 N, cost the group more than $10,000. A spokeswoman for Indivisible Kentucky said the funds were raised by the group as well as an anonymous benefactor.
  5. General Quarters
    1. Travis’s personal general quarters: Check out amymcgrathforcongress.com.  She’s a family friend and is awesome.  She’s running for congress in Kentucky’s 6th district trying to unseat Andy Barr.  She was also the first woman to fly an F-18 in combat, which is pretty cool too.
  6. Super Happy Fun Time
    1. Dave – Oldest plant ever has been grown from 32,000 year old seeds
      1. Beats previous record by 30,000 years
      2. A Russian team discovered a seed cache of Silene stenophylla, a flowering plant native to Siberia, that had been buried by an Ice Age squirrel near the banks of the Kolyma River (map). Radiocarbon dating confirmed that the seeds were 32,000 years old.
      3. The mature and immature seeds, which had been entirely encased in ice, were unearthed from 124 feet (38 meters) below the permafrost, surrounded by layers that included mammoth, bison, and woolly rhinoceros bones.
      4. The mature seeds had been damaged—perhaps by the squirrel itself, to prevent them from germinating in the burrow. But some of the immature seeds retained viable plant material.
    2. Travis – The collapse of bee colonies appears to be slowing.
      1. In the first quarter of 2017, colony collapses decreased by 27%.
      2. In April of 2017, colonies actually increased by 3%.
      3. The Beepocalypse may yet be averted!
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    4. Bob – Rick and Morty back after two years