October 22, 2018

On this episode, we spend about a third of the show talking about the Saudi government’s lies about the murder of Jamal Khashoggi. Then we end with a long, spontaneous discussion on the subject of how you maintain a functioning democracy when something near half the people living in the country are actually living in an alternate reality where facts and logic simply do not matter. Patreons have immediate access to the podcast; the public will have it in three… Read more

October 22, 2018

The terminally stupid and bigoted Todd Starnes of fake news is all-in for Trump’s anti-immigrant (also anti-rule of law and anti-human rights) agenda. He thinks Trump should use the military to prevent 4000 Honduran refugees from coming to this country, calling them an “invading force.” Along the way, he literally gets every single thing wrong about the issue. (more…) Read more

October 22, 2018

With his long history of demeaning any woman who challenges him as ugly and his tendency to believe that everything he does and says is utterly brilliant, it comes as no surprise that Trump calling Stormy Daniels “horseface” was worked out in advance by him — and he thinks it was stroke of political genius. (more…) Read more

October 22, 2018

Donald Trump loves to complain about “fake news” — by which he means true stories that make him look bad — but he is the chief source of fake news in the country. A textbook example: At a campaign rally for Sen. Dean Heller in Nevada, he falsely claimed that Californians are rioting to escape sanctuary cities. (more…) Read more

October 22, 2018

With polls showing that health care is seen as the most important issue for voters heading into the midterms, Republicans are lying through their teeth constantly to claim that they don’t support eliminating the Obamacare rule that insurance companies can’t charge more or deny coverage for those with preexisting conditions. Martha McSally, the Republican running to replace Jeff Flake in Arizona, was called out on this by Chris Wallace, one of the few actual journalists at Fox News. (more…) Read more

October 22, 2018

In a week when Larry Klayman filed a ridiculous lawsuit on behalf of Joe Arpaio against the New York Times, that is actually not the most ludicrous legal argument I saw this week. That distinction belongs to the group Warriors for Christ, which filed a lawsuit over the Drag Queen Story Hour at a library in Lafayette, Louisiana claiming that it violates the Establishment Clause. (more…) Read more

October 22, 2018

Crackpot or con artist Mark Taylor (take your pick, it doesn’t really matter) is now offering his third different cockamamie explanation for recent hurricanes and the damage they’ve done. Because “atmospheric conditions combined to cause a hurricane to form” is apparently too far-out an explanation to accept. (more…) Read more

October 21, 2018

It turns out that the Trump campaign lawyer who was in line to be the new Inspector General of the Department of the Interior after Ryan Zinke fired the old one in the midst of more than a dozen ongoing investigations into his actions had not shown up for work in two months. And she just quit the federal government entirely after being proposed for the position only two days earlier. (more…) Read more

October 21, 2018

The Saudi government’s new explanation for how Khashoggi died (after nearly two weeks of lying and saying he didn’t die at the embassy but left peacefully on his own) is utterly laughable, but Trump is predictably buying it and using it to justify not losing any precious arms sales to the kingdom. (more…) Read more

October 21, 2018

Alec Baldwin recently made a statement about the importance of voting out Trump and his allies in Congress, saying that this would “overthrow” the government. Which it would, in at least one rather obvious sense. Naturally, the reactionary wingnuts are now demanding that he be tried for treason for advocating the overthrow of the government through the actual means the Constitution provides for. (more…) Read more

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