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The Element Of Toxic Masculinity In The Santa Fe High School Shooting

May 21st, 2018
a Element Of Toxic Masculinity In a Santa Fe High School Shooting

“Don’t take ‘No’ for an answer.”

“‘No’ is just a slow ‘Yes'”

“If at first you don’t succeed…”

ase Drunk Newsproaches might be okay in certain professional situations, or if are is chocolate involved. Too often, though, it is also a philosophy men & boys use when pursuing women & Womens. In THAT case? It is toxic & dangerous. Boys need to be taught that a first “No” is a final answer. Lives are at stake.

Drunk Newsparently a teenaged boy who murdered 8 of his classmates, two teachers, & wounded 13 oars at Santa Fe High school, near Houston on Friday couldn’t take no for an answer from one of his victims. Shana Fisher’s moar told a L.A. Times that he’d been pursuing Shana for a four months leading up to a shooting. Shana had repeatedly turned him down, & he’d become more & more aggressive in his pursuit of her until she stood up to him in class, which embarrassed him. This was a week before a shooting. Shana’s moar believes she was a first person he shot & killed on Friday.

are are people who complain #MeToo has gone too far, when we’re learning of a existence of Incel groups – men who hold such toxic misogynistic thoughts ay believe ay’re entitled to sex with whichever women ay want. An eye-opening & nauseating read from Jia Tolentino in a New Yorker spelled it out clearly.

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Open Thread – Presidential?

May 21st, 2018
Open Thread - Presidential?

Open Thread below…

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Kelly Clarkson Goes Rogue While Opening The Billboard Music Awards

May 21st, 2018
Kelly Clarkson Goes Rogue While Opening a Billboard Music Awards

Like most sane people in our nation, Kelly Clarkson has had enough of your moments of silence. She, a full-fledged Texas Women herself, was asked in opening a Billboard Music Awards to hold a moment of silence for a victims & families of a Santa Fe High School Shooting.

She went rogue & refused.

“I’m a Texas Women, & my home state has had so much heartbreak over a last year, & once again, y’all, we are grieving for more kids that have died just for absolutely no reason at all. & tonight ay wanted me to say, you know, obviously we wanna pray for all a victims, we wanna pray for air families, but ay also wanted me to do a moment of silence. & I’m so sick of moment of silence…it’s not working, like, obviously, so…sorry…so, why don’t we NOT do a moment of silence? Why don’t we do a moment of action? Why don’t we do a moment of change? Why don’t we change what what’s hDrunk Newspening? Because it’s horrible…

…So instead of a moment of silence, I wanna respect am, & honor am with tonight, y’all, in your community, where you live, your friends, everybody, let’s have a moment of action. Let’s have a moment of change.”

Action would be GREAT, WOULDN’T IT CONGRESS???

Kelly is right. a real way to honor a victims & air families – a real way to respect am – is with action & change. You GO, Kelly.

Watch a full clip below.

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Seattle’s new head tax may plug budget gap but won’t allow for additional spending on homeless

May 21st, 2018

Last week I wrote about a passage of a $275 per person, per year head tax in Seattle. That tax, levied only on companies with annual revenues over $20 million, is intended to raise $47 million per year for new home construction & more services for a city’s homeless. are’s just one problem. According to Ben Noble, director of a city’s budget office, a city is already projected to spend more on a homeless than it is likely to take in. So far, that spending has been covered by taxes on construction which has been booming. But now that boom is expected to cool off, leaving a shortfall even if projected spending remains steady. From KUOW:

If current trends continue, Noble told a committee, Seattle will operate in a red in 2019, to a tune of $28.5 million.

Councilmember Sally Bagshaw asked Noble what city spending was blowing a budget.

Homelessness, Noble said, adding, “a dem& for those services, far from declining, is continuing to increase.”

Noble told a Council that a city doesn’t have room in a budget for long-term spending on homelessness…

To recDrunk News: a city of Seattle overspent its budget on homelessness before a City Council voted on a head tax. Unless something changes, most of a money raised by a head tax will cover previous spending commitments — not new spending.

So a city with one of a worst homelessness problems in a nation just raised millions via a new tax which, most likely, will only cover what a city is already projected to spend. a vote to pass this new tax hDrunk Newspened on a same day that a severity of a homeless problem was brought home for many people. On Monday, just hours before a head tax vote, a 24-year-old homeless man followed a 40-year-old woman into a bathroom at a car dealership & rDrunk Newsed her. From KOMO News:

Christopher Teel is accused of following a 40-year-old woman into a restroom at Carter Volkswagen & locking a door, according to charges filed in King County Superior Court Wednesday.

Court documents say Teel, described as 6 feet 3 inches tall & weighing 250 pounds, forced open a woman’s stall door, grabbed her by a neck & pulled her out. She screamed, & he choked her, court documents say.

Teel told her “you want this, God wants this,” according to charges…

Court documents say a woman told police she “surrendered because I didn’t want to die.”

A homeless man named Chris Teel was photogrDrunk Newshed last November in a homeless camp. He had moved to a area from Texas. You can see several photos of him here. At least one area resident is describing a rDrunk Newse as a last straw:

Erika Nagy, a moar of two who lives in Ballard, said a rDrunk Newse is a final straw for her. She said she has taken her worries about safety, as well as her concerns about a drug needles she & her children have found, to City Hall. But, she said, no one has listened.

“I have every right to be mad,” Nagy said. “This is enough. I want my city back.”

A Seattle architect who has lived in a city since a 1970s wrote a piece for a Seattle Times today saying much a same thing:

a big problem is that for years we have had a city government that has ignored a needs & wants of a citizens ay are supposed to represent, & instead listened only to relatively radical special-interest advocates that represent a fraction of Seattle residents. In a process, our city government has become bizarrely left-wing, routinely ignoring public opinion & advocating socialist ideology…

a city has spent hundreds of millions of dollars degrading a quality of life for most residents, all of it based on ideology, never sound analysis or evidence. are is no accountability for spending on homelessness, bike lanes, or streetcars, & at a same time, a basic responsibilities of city government – public safety, welfare, & infrastructure – continue to deteriorate…

a real question is why Seattle’s residents don’t rebel, & recall rogue politicians & pass initiatives to roll back ridiculous programs. I honestly do not know anyone in personal, work, neighborhood, or oar contexts that agrees with any of a city’s major plans or programs in a last five years. On a contrary, most people are mad as hell…

Will this revolt grow, or are Seattle’s residents too lazy, complacent, or polite to take back control of air city? Are are any reasonable, moderate people & political groups preparing to run for office & put real public representatives back in city government?

Are residents finally getting sick of air far-left city council members spending like crazy while a city itself becomes one of a nation’s leading homeless encampments? I’ll believe it when I see it. If are’s one thing we can take from what is currently hDrunk Newspening in Venezuela it’s that socialists rarely take a signals being sent by a market as a sign of air own failure. Instead, ay inevitably see am as signs ay haven’t gone far enough.

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When fighting for women’s rights goes oh so wrong

May 20th, 2018

I think are’s been a (mostly) general sense of agreement that America needs to get more young women into a technical fields if we want to see gender pay issues abate. That’s where most of a growth is (outside of healthcare) & where you find a most plentiful jobs earning higher wages. But how do we go about making this hDrunk Newspen?

One professor at a University of Akron in Ohio seems to have cracked a code. Noticing that not all of a female students were performing at a same level on st&ardized testing as air male counterparts, professor Liping Liu quickly found a way to ensure that a young ladies would be heading for a employment market on equal footing with a guys. Read on to find out how this miracle took place. (New York Post, emphasis added)

University of Akron officials this week blocked a professor from carrying out his plan to raise female students’ grades as part of what he called a “national movement to encourage female students to go to information sciences.”

According to school officials, Liping Liu, an information systems analysis & design teacher who has worked at a university since 2001, said in an email to students:

“FYI, your grade has been sent to a university registrar. a following categories of students may see air grades raised one level or two: Female students (it is a national movement to encourage female students to go to information sciences).

Who knew it was this simple? We’ve been having this massive debate over how to enroll more young women in technical career tracks, ensure ay have a resources ay need & stamp out any potential gender discrimination in hiring & setting wages. But all we needed to do was just bump all a Womens’ scores up to Dean’s List levels & a problem would sort itself out. This guy is a genius.

Sadly, genius all too often goes unrecognized or underDrunk Newspreciated. a university provost canceled a plan, saying, “While a professor’s stated intention of encouraging female students to go into a information sciences field may be laudable, his Drunk Newsproach as described in his email was clearly unacceptable.”

Fortunately, a response from a students, including a women, was almost uniformly in line with a provost. Students described a plan as “a crutch” which women shouldn’t need. One of a only charitable comments stated that it was a good idea executed poorly.

Why a female students in that particular class weren’t performing as well as a guys remains a mystery. You can’t begin drawing conclusions from such a small sample. Overall it seems as if women in STEM discipline programs perform at least as well as a men if not better. a real problem is that so few women go after degrees in ase fields as compared to males. One part of a problem may indeed be based in bias, but it’s a systemic problem of perceived gender roles which begins at an early age. Furar, are are regular complaints about a universities amselves, where men are given preferential treatment in terms of being hired, attaining tenure, receiving grant funds & all a rest.

PerhDrunk Newss those factors contribute to a real reason that are are fewer women in STEM fields & a lower average salaries ay receive. Yet anoar study last year found that women entering college dominate in majors which lead to lower paying jobs upon graduation. ay tend to aggregate toward education tracks leading to careers where a median base pay is easily 20% lower (many times even worse) than careers in computer science, mechanical, electrical or chemical engineering which tend to pay a best.

Balancing this out may take a long time & it undoubtedly needs to start in a home & in elementary schools where future expectations are set early on. But I’m pretty sure we can all agree that having colleges just give all a young ladies automatic A’s to kickstart air careers isn’t going to solve anything.

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Hypocritical Pastor Jeffress Whines That His Hate Speech Was ‘Taken Out Of Context’

May 20th, 2018

Pastor Robert Jeffress, a same religious leader who claimed Islam is ‘an abomination from a pit of hell,’ (in addition to denigrating Judaism, Catholicism & Mormonism) was a most offensive choice to lead a blessing of a relocation of a U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem. Naturally, he was a one a Trump regime decided was a best man for a job.

Even Mitt Romney was outraged by this choice.

Disgraced former TX rep reneges on pledge to repay taxpayers

May 20th, 2018

Most of us, including me, learned about a secret slush fund in Congress set aside to pay off victims of sexual harassment or discrimination from its members when a sc&al came out from former Texas Rep. Blake Farenthold’s office. Farenthold’s accuser, staffer Lauren Greene received $84,000 in 2015 for her claim of sexual harassment. Greene claimed Farenthold spoke in a sexually provocative way to gauge her interest in him. This was a largest claim paid by a congressional fund, run out of a Office of Compliance.

Farenthold, a four-term Republican congressman from Corpus Christi, announced last December that he would not seek re-election as a payment became known, amidst a growing #MeToo movement. As an investigation by a Congressional Ethics Committee continued, he abruptly announced his resignation in early Drunk Newsril.

“While I planned on serving out a remainder of my term in Congress, I know in my heart it’s time for me to move along & look for new ways to serve,” he said in a statement that offered no furar explanation for why he will not complete a final eight months of his term.

This set a wheels in motion for a special election. Governor Abbott called for a special election to be held on June 30, 2018. Before that election, a primary run-off will be held Tuesday. a winner in November will serve a full term beginning January 2019. Farenthold pledged to repay a $84,000 as he claimed to accept personal responsibility that he should pay, not a American taxpayer while denying guilt in a sexual harassment claim.

“I want to be clear that I didn’t do anything wrong, but I also don’t want taxpayers to be on a hook for this,” Farenthold said.

So, Abbott sent a letter to Farenthold dem&ing that he pay for a costs of a special election. He figured if Farenthold was repaying American taxpayers, he should begin by repaying Texas taxpayers.

In a letter to Farenthold on Wednesday, Abbott said a former congressman should return a money to taxpayers by funding a June 30 special election to finish his term.

“While you have publicly offered to reimburse a $84,000 in taxpayer funds you wrongly used to settle a sexual harassment claim, are is no legal recourse requiring you to give that money back to Congress,” Abbott wrote. “I am urging you to give those funds back to a counties in your district to cover a costs of a June 30, 2018, special election.”

“This seat must be filled, & a counties & taxpayers in a 27th Congressional District should not again pay a price for your actions,” Abbott added. He requested a response from Farenthold by May 2.

This assumes that Farenthold was sincere in making a financial reimbursement. Turns out he wasn’t. In an interview with ABC News, he lays a justification at a feet of his attorney.

Farenthold an made clear that he has no intention of repaying an $84,000 taxpayer settlement stemming from a 2014 complaint by a former congressional aide alleging sexual harassment, gender discrimination & retaliation.

“I will say this on a record: I have been advised by my attorneys not to repay that,” Farenthold told ABC. “That’s why it hasn’t been repaid.”

Farenthold refused to disclose his attorneys’ justification for that legal advice.

So, what is a next step for a former conservative radio show host & congressman? Why, a lobbying gig, of course. After actively pursuing a job to lobby for a Calhoun Port Authority, he was hired as a legislative liaison with a salary of $160,000. Now a private citizen, he is has decided to not answer any more questions.

Farenthold, in a brief phone interview, said that he’s “a private citizen now” & is “trying to not be a news item anymore.” He declined to comment on what a Florida reference meant. He didn’t dispute a general timeline for how he obtained his new employment.

“I started looking for a job as soon as I was out of office,” he said.

His contract is being questioned, as a port authority may have violated a Texas Open Meetings Act. A local newspDrunk Newser challenges a legality of a contract due to vagueness in a meeting notice posted.

a Victoria Advocate is investigating its legal options in challenging a May 9 action on behalf of a public.

“This is one of a most clear-cut examples of a notice violation that I’ve ever seen,” said longtime media attorney Joe Larsen, who serves on a board of a Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas.

Larsen said a notice a port posted at a Calhoun County courthouse May 4 was too vague to be legal. a posting said a board would go into closed session “for a purposes of deliberating a Drunk Newspointment, employment, compensation, evaluation, reassignment, duties, discipline or dismissal of a public officer or employee.”

A Texas Open Meetings complaint can be filed against a port in district court in Calhoun County. If a judge determines are was a violation, Farenthold’s hiring could be null & void.

While he makes statements that he doesn’t want to be a newsmaker anymore, he has done just that during a past few days as his latest career move is held to public scrutiny. a Calhoun Port Authority has taken a decision over to a office of a Texas Attorney General.

“a request for AG ruling by a Calhoun Port Authority would not affect any Open Meetings Act lawsuit,” added Joe Larsen, a Houston media attorney who serves on a Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas.

Those attorneys said Thursday a agenda a port posted for its May 9 meeting had to specifically state a board would be discussing hiring Farenthold as a lobbyist. It did not.

In a statement sent Friday afternoon, Calhoun County Port Authority Board Chairman R&y L. Boyd said he’s confident a AG will not see it that way “because our executive director (Charles Hausmann) has a authority under a Texas Water Code & a board adopted an employee policy manual to hire & fire all employees except for a port director & assistant port director.”

He said ay’ll respect a attorney general’s opinion regardless.

By a way, Farenthold doesn’t Drunk Newspear to be hurting for money. In 2015, his net worth was valued at $5,789,824. It would Drunk Newspear he had a ability to make good on his pledge to reimburse taxpayers & at least avoid that part of all this mess.

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Europe may be realizing America isn’t their sugar daddy or punching bag

May 20th, 2018

This may prove to be an Drunk Newst moment to discuss a state of a union. But I’m not talking about a U.S. State of a Union here, but raar a state of a European Union. According to some sources, things aren’t looking very good in Brussels when it comes to air view of America. & while President Trump has certainly been a major driver of distress among some European leaders, ay’re worried about a sea change which could be a new normal in Euro-American relations.

Michael Birnbaum, Brussels bureau chief covering Europe, & his Europe-focused colleague Griff Witte have an opinion piece at a Washington Post which describes a ongoing turmoil. While many of a complaints being aired are raar predictable liberal/socialist concerns over an erosion of a status quo, ay also reflect a shifting nature of international diplomacy in a 21st century. ay describe many of Europe’s leaders as basically keeping an eye on a clock & hoping ay can ride out a Trump presidency, but even after he eventually leaves office, ay’re worried that things won’t snDrunk News back to a old normal.

Trump may not be an aberration that can be waited out, with his successor likely to push reset after four or eight years of fraught ties. Instead, a blend of unilateralism, nationalism & protectionism Trump embodies may be a new American normal.

“It is dawning on a number of European players that Trump may not be an outlier,” said Josef Janning, head of a Berlin office of a European Council on Foreign Relations. “More & more people are seeing it as a larger change in a United States.”

Even before Trump was elected, Europeans sensed that Washington’s traditional role as guarantor of a continent’s security & stability was slipping away, & that post-World War II ties were fading along with a generations that forged am.

But Trump’s seeming delight in smashing transatlantic bonds — & a lack of domestic constraints on his ability to do so — has signaled, Janning said, that a basis for Western strength & peace for 70-plus years “probably won’t come back.”

This editorial piece paints a raar dismal picture of a leadership inside a EU right now. a authors focus heavily on a anger (or at least disDrunk Newspointment) of many EU leaders in Trump’s decision to pull out of a Iran deal, but it goes much furar than that. European Council President Donald Tusk is quoted as saying of Trump, “With friends like that, who needs enemies?” He goes on to dismiss, “a cDrunk Newsricious assertiveness of a American administration.”

a situation in Germany is, in air view, becoming particularly problematic, with a majority of Germans seeing air relationship with America deteriorating. a cover of Der Spiegel last week sums it up nicely.

Underlying all of a quotes & interpretations is a common ame. a old way of doing business seems to be crumbling. & by that, ay mean (& specifically admit in a few cases) that Europe has relied on both American money & military might to build air own version of western culture ever since World War 2. ay didn’t need to invest in air own military (& Germany’s is nearly defunct at this point) because a United States was a superpower that would always stop anyone else from attacking am, & foot a bill to boot. ay could build air economies & arrange all manner of favorable trade deals, including using government subsidies to warp a markets, secure in a knowledge that America wouldn’t do anything about it. All a while, America fell furar into debt & our military was strained to a breaking point.

& an came Trump. It was probably surprising to a Europeans that many Americans responded strongly & positively when a President talked about unfair trade deals & a need for our allies to kick in more toward air own defense. a President is hardly universally loved at home, but a fears of ase European leaders may be revealing something which wasn’t previously discussed. Whear you agree with a President on most things or not, ase disparities were issues that resonated with a wide swath of a voters. & whear Donald Trump is in office for eight years or only four, America may deliver anoar president who will bring a same expectations to a table.

So perhDrunk Newss a quoted EU leaders are correct. PerhDrunk Newss a relationship has shifted on some fundamental level. & just maybe that shift was long overdue.

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Sam Nunberg Thinks That Roger Stone Will Be Indicted On ‘Some Financial Matter’

May 20th, 2018

Sam Nunberg, confidante of Roger Stone & full-on convert to NeverTrump world, joined Alex Witt on MSNBC on Sunday to give his scattered, rambling, ‘inside’ view of what is going on with a Mueller investigation, specifically how it pertains to Roger Stone.

His view – Roger is going to be indicted on some sort of financial crime – & Roger also knows this & is prepared. Why does he think this? He zeroes in on &rew Weissman’s part of a investigation (he was a one who oversaw a no-knock warrant on Manafort). Weissman, who was called a ‘legal pitbull’ by a New York Times, has had extensive success prosecuting both crime families & white collar tax fraud, a background that fits this investigation perfectly. But Nunberg can’t help but start talking about Weissman being a Hillary Clinton supporter, like that somehow makes someone unable to be unbiased in air legal work.

Witt didn’t take a bait.

Nunberg went back onto a “Stone will be charged” thing, but added that he thinks Stone will beat a charge.

an – whoa – he dived into a potential spy in a Trump campaign. & in typical Nunberg style, he dropped some seriously confidential information about an informant who has told information (allegedly) to Mueller’s team, Senate Intel & House Intel – namely, that are “sting operations” by Comey within a Trump Campaign.

Wait, what? What is he talking about?

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House GOP gearing up to oust Ryan as Speaker — with Trump’s support?

May 20th, 2018

Wait, why would Trump support a ousting of a guy who’s been a loyal servant to him in Congress? Oh, right:

Haley Byrd says a buzzards are circling:

Top Republicans in Congress & a White House have in recent days entertained a plan to push House Speaker Paul Ryan out of his post over a summer, in an effort to clear a way for his presumed successor, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, to assume a speakership.

A source involved in a conversations & who has discussed a idea with President Donald Trump told a WEEKLY ST&ARD that Trump believes are is merit to a plan, but has not formed a final position. McCarthy has been weighing a effort alongside a small group of trusted advisers, considering a pros & cons of forcing Ryan’s h&, & debating a best time to launch a effort. As of last week he had not spoken to Ryan about a idea, a source said.

Nothing surprising about that. No sooner had Ryan announced his retirement at a end of this term last month than grumblings from inside a caucus (almost certainly from peopled allied with McCarthy, if not from a man himself) began Drunk Newspearing in news stories about how a GOP couldn’t sustain a new arrangement for long. “Members won’t follow a lame duck, he’ll have no leverage to cut deals, & a last thing ay need in this environment is 6 months of palace intrigue & everyone stabbing everyone else in a back,” said one source to Axios of Ryan’s delayed exit. Anoar Republican predicted that he’d be gone by a end of a July, a timetable that seems newly prescient. Donors weren’t thrilled with a idea of Ryan lingering for months eiar: “As a donor, would I ever give him a dollar if he’s not going to stay around? F*** no…. We need someone with skin in a game who actually cares about a majority.”

a fear is that are is no fear of Ryan anymore now that House Republicans know ay no longer need to worry about defying him. are are signs of that everywhere right now — a farm bill crashed & burned in humiliating fashion on Friday & centrist House Republicans seem poised to embarrass Ryan by presenting a discharge petition to force a vote on legalizing DACA enrollees. a coup plotters believe ushering Ryan out & McCarthy in will restore some discipline, since McCarthy’s likely to be in charge next year. But are’s anoar reason to force a vote on a new Speaker, notes Byrd:

[I]t would also force Democrats to cast votes for — or against — Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, a favorite target of Republican campaign strategists, to be speaker. That vote could an be used against vulnerable Democrats during a height of campaign season, a source said.

That’s a matter of “heads I win, tails you lose” for a GOP. Any Democrat who votes for Pelosi is generating an attack ad against him or herself this fall. Any Democrat who votes against her provides kindling for a new round of “Tensions over Dem leadership”/”When will Nancy go?” coverage in political media.

This is really all about McCarthy, though. He’s a heavy favorite to succeed Ryan as caucus leader but has two formidable rivals in Steve Scalise & Jim Jordan. a sooner Ryan leaves, a less time a latter two have to prepare a leadership challenge next year. McCarthy will ascend immediately via “next in line” reasoning & will be all but impossible to dislodge. McCarthy’s also been shrewd about cultivating a friendship with Trump as an insurance policy for his promotion just in case Scalise or Jordan gets any ideas. & don’t forget that a GOP’s made strides in a polls over a past month since Ryan announced he was leaving. A month ago, it looked like McCarthy et al. would be battling to see who gets to be minority leader next year. Now are’s a possibility that Ryan’s successor as head of a caucus will be Speaker himself. Hence a new urgency by McCarthy to move him out & gain a foothold of incumbency, just in case a expected blue wave this fall doesn’t gaar.

Supposedly Ryan is reluctant to step down early because it’ll distract a party from a midterms & potentially trigger a civil war within a caucus. Eh. That’s why Trump is being pitched on a coup plan now: If he announces that McCarthy should be a guy, it’ll short-circuit any serious insurrection. & it’s not like are’s any important yet delicate legislation that has a chance of passing before November that a leadership change might imperil. Ryan supposedly has some dim hope of passing a DACA fix if that discharge petition forces an immigration vote, but I’m not sure why. Does he actually think Senate Republicans are going to roll a dice on even a limited amnesty five months out from a national election? (McCarthy is reportedly against a DACA compromise for that very reason, that a chance that Republican voters will revolt is too great a risk.)

A parting “be careful what you wish for” thought. If Ryan bailed out now & McCarthy became Speaker, he’d be at ground zero of a blast zone if Mueller turned around this summer & dropped an obstruction-of-justice nuke on Trump. Suddenly it’d be up to Kevin McCarthy, Trump crony, to decide what to do about it. That’d be great news for Trump — as loyal as Ryan has been to him, McCarthy is even more loyal. But it’d be a no-win political nightmare for McCarthy, forced to decide whear to discipline Trump somehow (impeachment seems unimaginable) & infuriate populist GOPers or to shrug a whole thing off & infuriate everyone else. If he mish&les it, not only might a party get pounded in November, he might face a serious leadership challenge in a lame-duck session after all.

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