Today was spent waiting for Senator’s phone lines to clear, to once again task them with rejecting DeVos and Sessions, among others. It was also spent marveling at the stupid phrase that came out of the White House today, that he wants the women on his staff to “dress like women.” The pic above is from WildFang, a clothing company that is “the home for badass women.” Today, they highlighted 6 women who are A. badass and B. show POTUS’ what it is to dress like women.
JUST IN: Federal Judge James Robart (The State of Washington) has temporarily halted POTUS’ immigration executive order, effective nationwide today. This is far more clear than previous rulings, and is certainly a victory.
Foreign Policy: POTUS imposed his threatened sanctions on 13 people and 12 companies in Iran today, continuing to threaten a tenuous peace developed under the Obama administration
$$$: POTUS ordered a review of the Dodd-Frank regulation today, and suspended a rule requiring brokers handling retirement accounts to put client interests ahead of other factors, such as compensation or profits. And his reasoning? “I have so many people, friends of mine that had nice businesses, they can’t borrow money.” So basically, screw people trying to manage their retirement, because Wall Street needs more money. P.S.: Post-Recession, the top 5 banks only got larger, and now own 44% of the industry. So unless they literally shredding the money to use as bedding for golden-dipped hamsters…they don’t need more money.
Immigration/Visas/Refugees: Per the Justice Department, 100,00 visas have been cancelled under POTUS’ immigration ban. This is disputed by the State Department, who claims only 60,000 visas have been cancelled. Which is kind of like arguing that that something was garbage, just not super-garbage.
The Environment: The House voted to overturn a rule that reduced harmful methane emissions related to burning off natural gas during drilling operations on public lands. The Senate voted to repeal the rule requiring energy companies to publicly state payments made to foreign governments. They also voted to eliminate emission limits on drilling operations. So, to clarify the scorecard for the week, that’s: legalized anonymous payments to foreign governments over oil (READ: Russia), elimination of emissions regulations, and it is super cool to dump coal waste into streams.
Other Crap: The FCC told 9 companies today that they won’t be able to provide federally subsidized Internet to the poor.