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    A federal judge in Hawaii temporarily suspended President Trump's new travel ban. At a campaign rally in Tennessee where he praised Andrew Jackson as his hero and a reflection of him, the president called the decision "judicial overreach."

  • Republican House Intelligence Committee Chair Devin Nunes says there's no evidence the Obama administration wiretapped Trump Tower, but President Trump says he'll have more on the claim soon.
  • Sen. John McCain accused Sen. Rand Paul of "working for Vladimir Putin" for opposing the accession of Montenegro into NATO.
  • The Interior Department plans to rewrite a 2015 anti-fracking rule.
  • Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte appears set for a second term after his party finished first in parliamentary elections.
  • A report by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia accused Israel of imposing an "apartheid regime" on Palestinians.

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  1. Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte appears set for a second term after his party finished first in parliamentary elections.

    Hillary is kicking herself for not being Dutch.

    1. Hello.

      I can picture Hillary licking herself.

      1. There’s something wrong with you.

      2. She has people for that.

        1. +2 mutton flaps

    2. Wilders’ party got 13% of the vote.

      The winning party got 21%.

      It was always going to be a coalition government.

      1. Your friendly neighborhood PVV fascists!

        1. That’s the first proper use of the word “fascist” I’ve seen in months.

          I read PVV’s platform… I’m no fan of Islam as an ideology but holy shit! Preventative jailing of “radicalized” Muslims, banning Muslim expressions against the public order and closing all mosques and Islamic schools– holy shit

  2. Sen. John McCain accused Sen. Rand Paul of “working for Vladimir Putin” for opposing the accession of Montenegro into NATO.

    “I learned it from watching you, trump-dad!”

  3. The Interior Department plans to rewrite a 2015 anti-fracking rule.

    Frackin’ A!

    1. Frack on, baby!

      \m/ >_< \m/

    2. Muthafracka Trump!

    3. “Rewrite”?

      Why not ‘Repeal’?

  4. A federal judge in Hawaii temporarily suspended President Trump’s new travel ban.

    A certain set of islands is cruising to be walled off.

    1. Aloha, oy.

    2. Surrounded by a very large moat.

    3. Hawaii complaint seemed really stretching it

      Worse is Maryland saying taking in only 50k instead of 110k refugees is violating federal law. How did obama just pick 110k? I don’t remember no law setting it

      1. I do love the fact that Hawaii is complaining about it. I doubt there are very many refugee or poor Muslims in Hawaii, given that housing prices there are outrageous, as is the cost of living. They don’t have to worry about it, since the government isn’t going to put any refugees there, as the cost would be too high.

        1. Also the new eo makes quite a bit of exemptions. I think visas and green cards are exempted so their rationale seems weak

          1. It’s like you don’t even woke.

            1. “Dear white males, please stop using the word ‘woke’.

              Sincerely,

              An ambiguously ethnic person who used the word constantly until white people started using it.”

              1. Apparently it’s sarcasm all the way down.

                1. I don’t know about you but it’s the only way I can make it through the day.

                  1. At least we’ll all be dead soon, relatively.

        2. It’s really funny because native Hawaiians (of every race) hate outsiders that move there.

      2. Worse is Maryland saying taking in only 50k instead of 110k refugees is violating federal law. How did obama just pick 110k? I don’t remember no law setting it

        It’s done pursuant to the section 207 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. ? 1157): https://obamawhitehouse.archives.gov/ the-press-office/2016/09/28/ presidential-determination-refugee-admissions -fiscal-year-2017 (remove the spaces to make the link work).

        Under that provision, plus the Refugee Act of 1980, annual refugee admissions are nominally capped at 50,000, but the cap can be exceed if the President requests it and Congress approves funding. I haven’t read the briefing in the court case, but from what I can find on-line, the 2017 figure of 110,000 was already requested by the Obama administration and approved by Congress before Trump took office. I suspect that the Maryland argument is that Trump therefore can’t reduce the number this year, only starting in 2018.

  5. Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte appears set for a second term after his party finished first in parliamentary elections.

    Mark Rutte, oh. I liked him in Incredible Hulk.

    1. Um, if you’re trying to make a joke about Mark Ruffalo, uh, he was only Bruce Banner in the Avengers movies and in Iron Man 3, and was in none of the Hulk movies.

      1. Ed Norton was better.

  6. Sen. John McCain accused Sen. Rand Paul of “working for Vladimir Putin” for opposing the accession of Montenegro into NATO.

    Christ, what an asshole.

  7. Appeals court judges rebuke Trump for ‘personal attacks’ on judiciary, ‘intimidation’

    Five judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit implicitly took President Trump to task for his disparaging comments on judges and the judiciary.

    The response, the strongest-to-date from sitting judges, came in a dissenting opinion Wednesday in which the five actually agreed with Trump on the legal issues surrounding his executive order on travel to the United States.

    The opinion decried “the personal attacks” by parties to the case on judges who blocked the president’s first executive order, including U.S. District Court Judge James L. Robart in Seattle and the three appellate judges who upheld Robart.

    Judge Jay Bybee, joined by four members of the court, did not mention Trump by name.

    Donald J. Trump
    ? @realDonaldTrump
    Melania got me these beautiful jackboots, liberal so-called “judges” say I can’t wear them. Sad!
    6:40 AM – 16 Mar 2017

    https://tinyurl.com/hvvfoeb

    1. Uh that tweet isnt on his twitter feed. Where did you get that?

      1. Oh my god don’t respond to it.

        1. A.S. isn’t very bright.

        1. Round up the posse! HE’S DISSIN’ GENERAL CHEETO!!

      2. He lied. Like he usually does. Half his posts on any given day are lies or misdirections.

        1. Poor kbobo doesn’t get satire. Him need a safe space.

          1. Post all the lies you want, they don’t stop being lies just because you think they’re funny.

              1. Go get your mommy to change your diaper you toddler. While you’re at it, ask her to teach you about honesty.

                1. I’m not the one sobbing into his security blankie. But keep crying. I’m entertained!

                  1. Your lies don’t scare me. Why don’t you whine about how Popehat banned you some more? You seem real good at projecting your insecurities.

                2. Jesus fuck, STOP RESPONDING TO IT. It’s dajjal/AM on its way to a third banning, and all it wants is to be responded to.

                  1. How’s that working out, thread cop?

    2. Fuck the judiciary. They’re just people. Unaccountable people on power trips.

      Where the fuuck do the judge worship ever come from in the first place.

      1. They’re just people. Unaccountable people on power trips.

        Real libertarians prefer accountable vigilante gangs.

  8. but President Trump says he’ll have more on the claim soon.

    I doubt he’ll distract the media with anything else in the meantime, so I look forward to finding out more.

  9. the president called the decision “judicial overreach.”

    Yeah, he’s not about to lei down on the job because of this setback.

    1. You know, if you wipe out on the North Shore, you gotta get back on the board man!

    2. You’re starting to tiki me off.

  10. Sen. John McCain accused Sen. Rand Paul of “working for Vladimir Putin” for opposing the accession of Montenegro into NATO.

    Being in vogue is the new maverick.

    1. Senility? He doesn’t know how maverick he’s being…

  11. Excellent alt text, Ed, but was it a yellow onion or a white one?

    1. And did it have something to do with the kaiser?

        1. gimme 5 bees for a quarter!

    2. “Hey everyone! An old man is talking!”

  12. At a campaign rally in Tennessee where he praised Andrew Jackson as his hero and a reflection of him, the president called the decision “judicial overreach.”

    Is it too much to hope that he adopts Jackson’s antipathy towards central banks?

    1. What he means is, he’d like to duel people. Twitter attacks are a poor substitute for pistols at dawn.

      1. I thought Republicans were “shotguns at dawn” types…

        1. It’s “military style assault rifle machine guns” at dawn.

        2. Cheney’s over, man.

    2. Mr Roberts has made his ruling, now let him enforce it.

    3. I’m going to say “yes”.
      But will he try to keep Jackson on the $20?
      And is he just trolling?

      1. If trolling is your default assumption, whether it’s actually the case or not, the modern American political scene makes a lot more sense.

    4. Does this mean that he’s gonna make all the Muslims and Meskins walk to Oklahoma?

      1. After he steals all their land.

    5. Is it too much to hope that he adopts Jackson’s antipathy towards central banks?

      Or towards native Americans?

      We’re talking about that Andrew Jackson, are we not?

  13. Sen. John McCain accused Sen. Rand Paul of “working for Vladimir Putin” for opposing the accession of Montenegro into NATO.

    So is that going to be the go to ad hom attack now? Anytime someone does or says something you disagree with: “Oh yeah! You’re working for Vladamir Putin! And you smell funny too!”

    With all due respect to Sen. McCain, and remember I’m saying this with all due respect: grow the fuck up douchebag.

    1. That’s about as much respect as McCain is due.

    2. With all due respect to Senator McCain: Just because your Depend? diaper is full and your Alzheimers meds are failing, decorum dictates that you do not fling shit in the Senate Chamber.

      1. Well, it’s not as if the last 8 years have been full of decorum. McCain is just following another crazy old man’s lead: Harry Reid.

        1. -1 eye

    3. Your mother was a hamster, and your father worked for Putin!

  14. A report by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia accused Israel of imposing an “apartheid regime” on Palestinians.

    Doesn’t the UN prefer the two-state solution? If they’re two separate “states” or entities, how can it be “apartheid” that the Palestinians are shut out? I guess if the opportunity presents itself to describe Israel with terms like “apartheid”, they’ll pretend that they aren’t separate entities. In North America, the US is imposing an apartheid regime on hapless Canadians, apparently.

    1. I’m actually kind of shocked that no one’s tried to describe Trump’s travel ban as “apartheid” yet. I’m sure it’s just a matter of time.

      1. We’ll always have “racist”…

        1. and “Islamophobic”

    2. While the stated preference of the UN may be a two-state solution, their revealed preference is a one-state solution, with that state being Palestine, not Israel. The amount of criticism the UN heaps on Israel, while being studiously silent on similar and worse actions taken by other member states, is indicative of an animus towards the country.

  15. From the top of the CNN article Krayewski linked:

    “Two federal judges have temporarily blocked President Donald Trump’s travel ban, both citing Trump’s statements about Muslims during the presidential campaign as part of their rulings.”

    Since when is it appropriate for a judge to rule on the text of something–not based on the text itself but on campaign rhetoric?

    The text of the order itself is perfectly constitutional in regards to due process and does not discriminate against Muslims. If they can’t find anything to complain about within the text of the order itself, then they have no business staying the order.

    1. I find your lack of wokeness problematic.

    2. Ken, you know as well as anyone that Judges are allowed to make shit up. That’s the purpose of appeals.

      Trial Court: I am the LAW!
      Appeals Court; That’s cute. Actually, I am the LAW!
      SCROTUS: Plebs. WE ARE LAW.

  16. Sen. John McCain accused Sen. Rand Paul of “working for Vladimir Putin” for opposing the accession of Montenegro into NATO.

    Who cares? I’m working for Putin too and I’m much happier now. He’s really Putin out.

    1. Wish he would Iron my Curtains…

    2. You just want to crawl inside his muscles and just curl up in there, huh.

      1. Black bears, Black Sea, Black Russian….

        Big Black Kremlin

  17. A federal judge in Hawaii temporarily suspended President Trump’s new travel ban.

    Under what pretext? I can’t be bothered to look it up.

    1. FTTW; (Fuck Trump That’s Why)

    2. His comments on campaign trail apparently. Seems weak

    3. Because it made some Muslim kids sad. No joke. That was his rationale during a press conference.

      1. That’s what the rule of law is all about. Not making Muslims sad.

      2. Do you know who else made some Muslim kids sad?

        1. Pope Innocent II?

        2. Prince Vlad Tepes?

        3. Jan Sobieski?

        4. The ayatrollahs who banned Youtube in Iran?

  18. Sen. John McCain accused Sen. Rand Paul of “working for Vladimir Putin” for opposing the accession of Montenegro into NATO.

    John McCain fucks goats. That is why he is so interested in Midleastern intervention. I have no evidence for the claim, but I’ll claim it anyway.

  19. I wonder how much money Saudi Arabia had to pay to get the anti fracking rule rewritten.

    1. Wouldn’t Saudi Arabia want the US to limit its ability to produce oil and gas?

  20. Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte appears set for a second term after his party finished first in parliamentary elections.

    Just in case Ed is reading the comments, I’d like to point out that this is actually his third term, not his second. I only know this because I read about it on CNN prior to coming here, and they only mentioned it because they were translating headlines of Dutch papers, but regardless of the obscurity of Dutch politics (people only care this time since it is being used to gauge the strength of the populist movements building in Europe) this point should probably be fixed.

    1. This being his second consecutive term, no? His real first term was five or so years ago. If I recall correctly there was an interlude where Harry Potter was PM before Rutte got back into office again.

  21. A federal judge in Hawaii temporarily suspended President Trump’s new travel ban. At a campaign rally in Tennessee where he praised Andrew Jackson as his hero and a reflection of him, the president called the decision “judicial overreach.”

    Putting these two facts together, it may be the case that Trump is building a case to ignore the judicial rulings, following in the footsteps of Jackson, who famously said of the Supreme Court: “John Marshall has made his decision, now let him enforce it!” Or it could be purely coincidence, but that is what leapt to mind when I read this.

    1. It could also be that he has a soft spot for Jackson on account of using basketfuls of $20s as bumwipe for the last thirty years.

      1. Harriet Tubman may prove too abrasive for this task.

        1. Tubman and Jackson did have certain things in common. They were both known to brandish a firearm at a motherfucker when the situation called for it.

          1. I heard Jackson originated the style of holding the gun sideways.

            1. He also wore his knickers sagged, and is believed to be the first to mix gin ‘n’ juice.

              1. A common misattribution. T’was Grover Cleveland that gave the world gin n’ juice, got him elected the first time. His second nonconsecutive term was a result of his pioneering research into ‘purple drank’.

  22. The Increasing Significance of the Decline of Men

    For many men without college degrees, the scaffolding that underpinned their fathers’ lives has been torn down. David Leegee, an emeritus professor of political science at Notre Dame, wrote me by email:

    The institutions they knew to process authoritatively the economic and social changes they faced in earlier times are gone or undermined ? the union, the Catholic Church, the industrial bar with co-workers, the compliant wife ? and what has replaced it, if anything, is an unvetted information technology that yields little truth or comfort, and nurtures anomie and anger.

    1. David Geary, a professor of psychology at the University of Missouri, describes a vicious cycle that entraps men who either drop out of the work force or take low-skill jobs with few prospects of improvement:

      The long-term political implications of large numbers of unengaged and underemployed men are potentially very serious. Marriage typically reduces men’s aggressiveness and rule breaking and focuses them on family and engagement with the community. However, if large numbers of them are not attractive as potential husbands, due to poor long-term economic prospects, then this “civilizing” influence is lost to them. I don’t know what the tipping point would be, but the potential for large-scale discontentment and destabilization increases as the proportion of these men increases.

      It’s time to whittle purple penis hats out of driftwood and march on Washington!

      1. Damn, dude, what do you think i’ve even been doing for the last two months.

      2. It’s an interesting article, and I do enjoy statements like this:

        In an email, Deming suggested two reasons that men may be reluctant to take jobs in the growing service sector. The first, he said, is that

        if service sector and other “pink collar” jobs were higher-paying and more secure (perhaps unionized), they would attract more men.

        The second reason, in Deming’s view, is that

        many service sector jobs involve “serving” people of higher social status. I think women are more willing to do this ? for cultural or genetic reasons, who knows.

        Indeed, professor, who knows?

      3. “Civilizing influence.”

        Good god. This man understands markets I’ll tell ya.

      4. Well, at least we aren’t China where males outnumber females.

        1. Yeah, that would be horrible.

          1. Maybe China will start officially promoting male homosexuality. Seems to be a favorite of vaguely sinister technocratic governments in dystopic fiction.

            1. I haven’t seen that. There is a common trope of the male super villain molesting boys but that’s different.

              1. Maybe it’s not all that common. But there are several examples.

                The Wanting Seed by Anthony Burgess is a particularly interesting one that I recommend. There is also The Forever War and I think some Vonnegut short story.

                1. +1 “It’s Sapiens To Be Homo”

                2. Geez I haven’t read The Forever War in a couple decades. I’ll check out the other one.

            2. Or maybe they will revert to the ancient custom of raiding their neighbors and abducting their women.

    2. Won’t read, but it’s hard to picture the NYT writing an article on this issue with enough restraint to conceal their glee at these developments.

      1. The article is pretty fair. They have been making a point to publish some opinion pieces and cover stories that bring a different point of view to their usual drivel.

  23. Would-be cop is charged after he ‘admitted raping a drunk woman while she was passed out and videotaping her naked’ during his interview to become a police officer

    Tyler Ray Price, 21, of Nitro, West Virginia, was at the South Charleston Police Department on February 8 participating in the third phase of his interviews to become a cop.

    That’s when he said he’d had a sexual encounter with a woman and then videotaped her while she was naked and unconscious, police say.

    1. “Was that wrong? Should i not have done that?”

      1. My buddies told me that this was totally cool!

        God, next you’ll tell me that blacks are people…

        1. Bro, you idiot! We said to wait until after you become a cop!

    2. You can only get away with that AFTER becoming a cop, not before. Dumbass shoulda known better.

    3. When you want to be a NitroCop, you gotta go all out.

  24. Slender Lena Dunham showcases her incredible weight loss in workout gear… as she delightedly Facetimes health buff Gwyneth Paltrow at Tracy Anderson’s NYC studio launch

    ‘Everyone’s been asking like: “What have you been doing?” And I’m like: “Try soul-crushing pain and devastation and hopelessness and you, too, will lose weight”.’

    Lena was joined by a host of big names, including model Hilary Rhoda, DJ Hannah Bronfman, chef Alexandra Guarnaschelli and, of course, Tracy Anderson herself.

    Lena has claimed she has did not become dedicated to exercise as she wanted to lose weight or change the shape of her body.

    1. Delightedly Facetimes Health Buff Gwyneth Paltrow was my nickname in college. Also, good for Lena Dunham for getting in shape (vaguely rectangular IS a shape, after all).

    2. Could be wrong but pain and devastation and hopelessness in my opinion leads to putting on massive amounts of pounds

      1. I think that varies a lot for different people.

      2. +1 Barbra Streisand

    3. I thought she was “body positive” or something? Now she’s working to improve her slovenly self, a fools errand but still. It’s always been my theory that fatties who say they’re happy being ugly and fat are just big fat liars.

      1. her sadness about Trump made her lose weight… Didn’t fix that hideous face, though

    4. Um, they’ve got a different definition of “slender” than I do, apparently.

    5. I clicked just to see if you altered the headline.

    6. Are those the “after” pictures?

    7. LOL the Mail is now blocked here. What took them so long?

      Lena has claimed she has did not become dedicated to exercise as she wanted to lose weight or change the shape of her body.

      INPUT ERROR

    8. Good god, will this trend of dressing like a slob in public ever go away???????

  25. Sen. John McCain accused Sen. Rand Paul of “working for Vladimir Putin” for opposing the accession of Montenegro into NATO.

    While McCain is clearly unjustified in his charge, I kind of like the move towards a more raucous Senate that this and other recent events in the chamber portend. Although, to be fair, McCain should have received the same treatment as Warren did when she was criticizing Sessions, so that’s a dropped ball on the part of whoever is responsible for maintaining decorum.

    1. so that’s a dropped ball on the part of whoever is responsible for maintaining decorum.

      This is why I never rely on a sweaty turtle.

      1. These masturbation euphemisms are getting pretty abstract.

  26. Yeah, nothing says Russian patsy like not wanting to commit the U.S. to another Balkan quagmire.

    McCain is a horse’s ass.

  27. Republican House Intelligence Committee Chair Devin Nunes says there’s no evidence the Obama administration wiretapped Trump Tower

    Hide ya kids. Hide ya wife. The wiretappin’ er’body out here.

  28. Judge John Hodgman Rules on a Sad Desk Lunch

    Rachel writes: For the last five years, my romantic partner, Stephanie, has been making the same terrible lunch to bring to work. She has a longstanding habit of unceremoniously dropping a few slices of Tofurky between 2 pieces of frozen bread, using no condiments. She eats this depression sandwich alone in her cubicle. In the past she has expressed envy over the sandwiches I prepare for myself. I would like you to compel Stephanie to devote the energy required to make a better sandwich.

    Frozen bread? That has to be a mistake, right? Because if Stephanie has actually been using frozen bread for her sad-wich day in and day out for five years, then her passive-aggression skills are truly next level. But even if the bread is thawed: Take the hint, finally, and pack her lunches. And do it quick, before she ups her game and just starts eating Vegenaise with her fingers in the bathroom.

  29. The Interior Department plans to rewrite a 2015 anti-fracking rule.

    Frack me. The fracking anti-fracking rule should probably just be fracking scrapped all together.

  30. Donald Trump, Steve King ? and some very happy white nationalists

    Most Americans probably don’t much care about the homage to the Hero of New Orleans and populist father of the Democratic Party. But one group sees the Jackson worship as an important sign from the president ? the same people Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) has been speaking to lately when he talks about “somebody else’s babies.” By accident or by design, Trump is delighting the white nationalists.

    General Cheeto is delighting the rubes and yokels, fulfilling a campaign promise to bring all of white America together.

    https://tinyurl.com/z3sav2j

    1. Don’t worry. We will dutifully report your worthy efforts to get Mighty Trump reelected to His Orangeness.

      1. Don’t respond to it.

        1. Shut up Weigel.

  31. Republican House Intelligence Committee Chair Devin Nunes says there’s no evidence the Obama administration wiretapped Trump Tower, but President Trump says he’ll have more on the claim soon.

    Read Nunes’ full quote. “No evidence that Obama physically wiretapped…” wtf

    1. So Obama didn’t personally break into Trump’s office to install 1960’s era recording hardware. Case closed.

    2. Trump says he’ll have more on the claim soon

      Just as soon as he fulfills his promise to release his tax returns. And he proves that he won the popular vote and his electoral college victory was “historic” and he had the biggest inauguration crowds ever. He promises.

    3. They didn’t wiretap. They ran the fiber optic cable through a signal splitter.

      These liars know that fiber optic cable isn’t wire, but they persist in calling it wiretapping.

    4. “… President Trump says he’ll have more on the claim soon.”

      But not before a couple more outrageous “Lookie o’er here!” tweets from El Se?or Presidente Bananero Trumpo to distract everyone towards something else.

  32. Radio host Savage says he was attacked outside Tiburon restaurant

    Savage had just finished dining at Servino Ristorante on Main Street in Tiburon when a man, whom he did not know, approached him in the parking lot around 8 p.m. Tuesday, said Savage’s attorney, Daniel Horowitz.

    The man, believed to be about 50 years old and over 6 feet tall, began yelling at Savage, calling him “weenie” and “Weiner,” an apparent reference to Savage’s legal last name, Weiner, Horowitz said.

    Savage, holding onto his toy poodle, Teddy, and a to-go bag, told the man to “get lost,” Horowitz said.

    The man then pushed Savage to the ground, and when a bystander tried to intervene, the man punched him in the face, Horowitz said.

    1. Bash the fash?

  33. I don’t get why Trump is so intent on proving that he was the target of a serious investigation. He should be relieved if he wasn’t wiretapped. Oh, but then he is incredibly stupid and can’t let anything go.

    1. He saw it on Fox & Friends and tweeted while masturbating to the blonde in red. He was preoccupied. It happens.

      1. That explains the atrocious spelling, tweeting with one hand.

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