Today I tasked my Representative to vote against a bill that would terminate the Environmental Protection Agency, because…well really that’s a no brainer, isn’t it?
Today’s picture is a charity commission that a wonderful artist, Haeji Lee (http://haejilee.tumblr.com), did for me after I gave to the ACLU in the wake of POTUS’ infamous executive order. I’ve seen hundreds of artists like Lee offer this on Twitter and Tumblr, and I highly recommend that people take them up on it when possible. Not only will you be giving to the ACLU (or other great charities), but you’ll be helping to support artists and their independent work.
Today’s big news was the leaked memo from DHS, detailing a plan to call up 100,000 Nation Guard to perform mass roundups and deportations. The memo was almost immediately discredited by Spicer, who said it was false. Conflicting with his statement, DHS staffers confirmed its circulation prior to release. Current theories include the possibility that it was a “canary trap,” in which memos that differ slightly are released to several departments in an organization, and whichever version is leaked leads back the source. Regardless of the memo’s veracity, it is a frightening prospect that it was written at all. And perhaps more disheartening, that it doesn’t feel that unbelievable in today’s America.
State Department: More folks were fired today from the State Departmant, part of a large round of cuts that have occurred since inauguration. Those at State worry that it is politically motivated, and expertise is being removed from international dealings. A great example of this: State was in no way consulted prior to Israeli Prime Minster Netanyahu’s visit last week. Instead, POTUS’ son-in-law, Jared Kushner, was the main point of contact.
Flynn: It has now come out that there is no official record of Michael Flynn’s 2015 trip to Moscow, where he may have accepted payments from a foreign government for his attendance (which is unconstitutional, to be clear). So basically, he did this without filing documentation for the trip. But hey, nothing shady at all.
Cabinet: Scott Pruitt was confirmed as head of the EPA. He was confirmed 52-46, with two Democrats voting for him, and one Republican voting no. Also, Pruitt has an extensive history of blocking federal environmental regulations for energy companies. So, a super great person to lead the Environmental ***PROTECTION*** Agency.