A.M. Links: Special Congressional Election Today in Georgia, Senate Democrats Plot Opposition to Republican Obamacare Repeal, Otto Warmbier Has Died

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  • Gage Skidmore

    "President Trump faces a high-stakes political test Tuesday in a special congressional election that has turned into a referendum on his leadership and could have significant consequences for his stalled agenda on Capitol Hill."

  • New poll: 81 percent of Americans think President Trump should not try to stop special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.
  • Senate Democrats are planning "to slow work in the Senate to a crawl" in opposition to Republican efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare.
  • Otto Warmbier, the American college student sent home in a coma after being detained in North Korea, has died.
  • More than 40 flights have been cancelled today out of the Sky Harbor airport in Phoenix, Arizona, "because it is too hot for the planes to fly."
  • A secret trove of Nazi artifacts has been discovered in Argentina.

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  1. …and could have significant consequences for his stalled agenda on Capitol Hill.

    It could become more stalled?

    1. Hello.

    2. House Republicans have a majority of one?

      1. You know who else ran roughshod over the opposition with a majority of one?

        1. FDR?

        2. The Supreme Court in a number of controversial decisions?

        3. Al Haig, for an afternoon or so

  2. New poll: 81 percent of Americans think President Trump should not try to stop special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.

    He can stop it, just don’t try so hard.

    1. 81 percent of Democrats asked during the “poll” think President Trump should not try to stop special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.

  3. Senate Democrats are planning “to slow work in the Senate to a crawl” in opposition to Republican efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare.

    Don’t they realize hundreds of people on Twitter will call them hypocrites when they complain about Republicans doing this in 4 years?

    1. Those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it.
      Apparently, that includes the ‘not remembering’ part.

    2. And are continuing to do it. So why bother, Democrats?

    3. Sounds good. Republicans can retaliate by doing the same when positions are reversed. Maybe nothing will ever get passed.

      1. Then Trump can say something about how he has a pen and a phone.

      2. Unfortunately, the Nanny-State is here so this tactic will only make government not worse rather than roll back the Nanny-State.

  4. 81 percent of Americans think President Trump should not try to stop special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.

    Impressive that only nineteen percent would tell the pollster they had no idea what he was talking about, or fuck off.

    1. Ha, sometimes instead of hanging out I will do the poll and give wildly opposite answers. What gets me is, no matter how ridiculous my answers are the poor schmuck on the other end powers through….

    2. The people who hung up, or told them to fuck off, weren’t counted. Probably also didn’t count people who said they had no idea what the pollster was yammering on about, and didn’t care.

    3. Because 19% of the people called at home were working?

  5. Senate Democrats are planning “to slow work in the Senate to a crawl” in opposition to Republican efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare.

    Obstructionists!

    1. Can’t they all just go home for 4 years to protest Trump? A wise man once proposed a 100 year moratorium on new laws. We don’t need any more.

  6. that has turned into a referendum on his leadership

    Excellent use of passive tense there.

  7. Senate Democrats are planning “to slow work in the Senate to a crawl” in opposition to Republican efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare.

    It’s different when they do it.

  8. Senate Democrats are planning “to slow work in the Senate to a crawl” in opposition to Republican efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare.

    They are literally worse than Hitler.

    1. The Democrats cannot stop anything. The media is making it seem like the Democrats have any power.

      The Republicans can just completely get rid of all 60 vote super majority requirements, ram through whatever they want and then set new rules requiring 75 votes to pass and 100 votes to change rules for 2018.

      1. Yes, because there is no possibility that it would ever come back to bite them in the ass. Hast thou forgotten the Iron Law: Me Today, You Tomorrow?

        1. Sure but that doe snot stop Democrats and their media cohorts.

          Hence, the 100 Senate vote requirement to change rules. They would literally have to get Republicans to vote against themselves.

  9. “because it is too hot for the planes to fly.”

    You made your bed with spewing fossil fuels or whatever, now lay in it.

    1. If only DiCaprio or Gore had known this in advance, they could have flown to Phoenix over the weekend and gotten tons of free publicity for being stranded.

      1. Leonardo DiCaprio is indeed too hot to fly.

      1. Sit down, Joe Wilson.

    2. Have 3 family members who live in Phoenix. Apparently the problem is that the heat is causing the jet fuel to expand so much that they can’t load enough fuel in the wings to leave a safe reserve for longer flights.

      From what I hear, anyone that can leave Phoenix is bailing until it cools down a bit.

      1. So the “it’s too hot for planes to fly” is wildly misleading to say the least.

  10. Mike Pence Once Wrote a Scathing Review of ‘Mulan’ Saying Women Shouldn’t Be in the Military

    “For those who have not yet been victimized by the McDonald’s induced hysteria over this film, Mulan is a fictional account of a delicate girl of the same name who surreptitiously takes her fathers place in the Chinese army in one of their ancient wars against the Huns,” Pence wrote. “Despite her delicate features and voice, Disney expects us to believe that Mulan’s ingenuity and courage were enough to carry her to military success on an equal basis with her cloddish cohorts. Obviously, this is Walt Disney’s attempt to add childhood expectation to the cultural debate over the role of women in the military.”

    LOL

    1. What, no mentions of the Mulan Szechuan sauce?

      1. I want to eat her tofu.

    2. *shrug* Every other movie they will ever see will demonstrate that a single woman can kick the ass of an army of men; why would Disney want to send a mixed message.

      1. Every other movie they will ever see will demonstrate that a single woman can kick the ass of an army of men;

        +1 Black Widow

    3. Would Pence turn down dinner with Mulan if his mommy wasn’t there with him holding his hand?

  11. More than 40 flights have been cancelled today out of the Sky Harbor airport in Phoenix, Arizona, “because it is too hot for the planes to fly.”
    “This city should not exist. It is a monument to man’s arrogance.”

    1. But that’s true of every city. And every field, pasture, road, and gibbet.

      1. Not as much as Phoenix and a lot of other American desert cities. A lot of cities in the southwest wouldn’t exist as they do without massive federal infrastructure projects providing them with water.

    2. It’s a self-correcting feedback loop. Planes will fly again when it’s not too hot.
      Problem solved

    3. Jet airplanes need a certain air density to take off and airports in hot climates have longer runways to account for this. I flew through PHX once in August when the temp was 114 degrees. Wonder what the cut off temperature is?

      I have been booked on flights a few times where it was delayed or canceled because it was too cold and the water lines were frozen-so that seems way more common than canceling due to heat

      1. All airplanes, including helicopters. Why specify “jet”? Do you not know what you are talking about? Leave it to the experts.

      2. Wonder what the cut off temperature is

        There is no one cut off temperature. The issue isn’t air density, it is loading enough fuel for long flights due to thermal expansion. As the temperature rises, at the margins the longest flights start to be cancelled because can’t get a safe reserve of fuel aboard.

      3. The article says some of the smaller regional jets are only rated to 118C.

  12. A secret trove of Nazi artifacts has been discovered in Argentina.

    Covered in snakes. Why’d it have to be snakes?

    1. You know who else had a secret trove of Nazi artifacts?

      1. Lemmy Kilmeister?

      2. Prince Harry?

        1. He said “secret”!

      3. No artifacts for *you*!

      4. Hillary, right? Or was it just that her face melted off (again) when the box was opened?

      5. David Bowie?

      6. Hitler’s private low-res digital photography?

      7. Jewish museums?

      8. The Man in the High Castle?

    2. “Throw me the idol; I’ll throw you the whip!”

  13. Amazon Plans Cuts to Shed Whole Foods’ Pricey Image

    Amazon expects to reduce headcount and change inventory to lower prices and make Whole Foods competitive with Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and other big-box retailers, according to a person with knowledge of the company’s grocery plans. That included potentially using technology to eliminate cashiers. An Amazon spokesman denied any job cuts were planned.

    Amazon, known for its competitive prices, is trying to attract more low- and middle-income shoppers with its grocery push. The Seattle-based company already offers discounted Amazon Prime memberships for people receiving government assistance and is part of a pilot program to deliver groceries to food-stamp recipients.

    I refuse to shop with garbage people!!!!

    1. No cashiers and no job cuts? Hmmmmm. There are gonna be so many free samples!

    2. Amazon, known for its competitive prices, is trying to attract more low- and middle-income shoppers with its grocery push. The Seattle-based company already offers discounted Amazon Prime memberships for people receiving government assistance and is part of a pilot program to deliver groceries to food-stamp recipients.

      Like Apple, they’re expecting their SJW indulgences to cover for the sins of the shitty working conditions in their warehouses.

    3. Yeah, I don’t think Bezos understands the appeal of Whole Foods. It’s the cachet and exclusiveness. I only buy cheese and bread there but if they lower the quality of customers, I’ll just go to Giant and mill around with plebes and old people.

      Seems like an opportunity for Trader Joes of Teeter folks to steal away the fancy folk.

      1. A “People of Whole Foods” website would probably be just as hilarious, but for different reasons than WalMart.

        1. Considering it’d be a whole lot of women in yoga pants, I’m for it.

          1. Mostly pale skinned vegans in plaid in my neighborhood Whole Foods.

    4. Nothing attracts low and middle income shoppers like high end healthy organic food for a premium price.

  14. Boeing To Test Self-Flying Planes

    Everybody’s into self-driving cars. Now, self-flying planes. LIBERTARIAN MOMENT!

    1. This is almost as big a pipe dream as self-driving cars.

      1. Is it as big a fad as the Internet?

        1. The *self-surfing* Internet, yes.

          1. -1 fusker

    2. Aren’t large commecial jets largely self-flying already?

      1. Yes, SD, they are very large.

        /sheesh

      2. As long as they stay inflated. If they get soft, you have to blow them up again.

      3. +1 Otto Pilot

        1. +1 Ko Pilot

    3. Except for the landing part, self-driving planes are actually an easier problem.

      1. Any part of the flight can easily be done in by faulty sensors. As many mishaps have been caused by the transition to or from manual piloting, purely automated flight is a host of problems waiting to happen and this traveler would not set foot one on a commercial airplane without a human on the control deck.

  15. The REAL reason men harass women: Study finds educated males with ‘high aspirations’ are MORE likely to catcall the opposite sex because they want to ‘put them in their place’

    For many women, unwelcome wolf-whistles, catcalls and worse are an unfortunate fact of everyday life.

    And now a study has attempted to shed light on just why some men feel the urge to harass members of the opposite sex.

    Promundo, a global research group, teamed up with UN Women in a bid to find out what makes men more likely to sexually harass women in the street – and the reasons may surprise you.

    On the whole, they found that young men with a higher level of education were more likely to make lewd comments than their older, less educated counterparts.

    UN Women, fighting the important fights for women worldwide.

    1. You mean it’s not a construction workers after all?

    2. This is so much worse than the oppression of women in the Middle East or genital mutilation in African countries. Thank Christ we have the UN to combat this atrocity

    3. They buried the lede.

      Researchers spoke to 4,830 men in the Middle East and North Africa – Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco and the Palestinian territories – for the study.

    4. Obviously, the solution is to raze universities to the ground and salt the earth.

      1. Sounds like a plan.

  16. “A secret trove of Nazi artifacts has been discovered in Argentina.”

    OMG, Pepe the Frog merch has spread to South America, too?

    We’ve gotta get this Trump thing under control. Otherwise, before you know it, the South Americans will be collaborating with Putin to hack their own elections, getting their hair cut like Richard Spencer, and spouting racist memes like, “Dicks out for Harambe!”

    1. What’s the over/under on Ken storming a Shakespeare play in order to defend Trump from assassins?

      1. The alt-right is hiding under your bed, Crusty.

        They’re stealing socks out of your laundry.

        1. Crusty does not wear what you would call socks, Ken.

          1. At least, not where most people wear them.

      2. He rush on stage and read one of his comments. Since no one will understand it, they will assume it is part of the play.

        1. You’re the only one in the audience who can’t understand what’s happening, Chipper.

          If you’re going to the local Shakespeare fest with your girlfriend or something, just keep playing along.

        2. When Ken sees five weirdos stabbing a guy in the middle of the park in full view of a hundred people, he lectures the bastards. That’s his policy.

      3. It’s intersectional, or whatever they call sexual deviants now.

        1. NTTAWWT.

  17. Among the disturbing items were toys that Bullrich said would have been used to indoctrinate children … and a box of harmonicas.

    HARMONICAS?!

    *** shudders to think of it ***

    1. Can’t spell harm without it.

      1. You know who loved harm Monicas?

        1. Chandler Bing*?

          *No, I am not proud of myself.

          1. Chanandler Bong?

        2. Chandler?

        3. Major Sarah “Mac” Mackenzie?

        4. that stabby German “fan”

  18. Otto Warmbier, the American college student sent home in a coma after being detained in North Korea, has died.

    Why did he have to go to North Korea in the first place? American authorities were just as capable of being unaccountable for this young man’s slow death at the hands of prison officials.

    1. Truth. It would have been much more Patriotic for Warmbier to die in a Milwaukee prison, like real Americans do.

      1. Milwaukee Prison is what they called my frat house in college.

    2. I’ll bet if he had simply asked for the propaganda poster “to put up in my dorm room and spread the Great Leader’s message” the NORKS would have given him a dozen and strewn flower in his path.

      1. We’re all assuming he actually did what they accused him of doing. As bad as our criminal justice system is, I doubt North Korea’s is evidence-based or has anything at all to do with justice.

        1. I swear I saw a surveillance video on a tv report that showed him taking the poster down. And I think he admitted to doing so, too, in his televised “trial.”

        2. Probably caught on hidden microphone disparaging the Great Leader’s Peepee.

  19. “President Trump faces a high-stakes political test Tuesday in a special congressional election that has turned into a referendum on his leadership and could have significant consequences for his stalled agenda on Capitol Hill.”

    Bullshit. This election is only a referendum on Trump if the Democrat wins. If the Republican wins, well, that was to be expected so it means nothing.

    1. Let the cucks have their dream.

    2. Every day in every way in every news organization, there’s headline about Trump facing a high stakes political test.

      For a whole slew of journalists, every day Trump wakes up in the White House, it’s another legitimate crisis.

      What’s that they used to say about being in boot camp for the Marines? Afterwards, every meal is a feast, every paycheck seems like a fortune, and every boss you have seems like the nicest man you’ve ever met in your life?

      Every time most journalists see any glimmer of hope that Trump might stumble or fall, it looks to them like the Berlin Wall is finally starting to crumble.

      It’s a congressional election in Georgia.

      1. Yup. This is the same garbage the left said before they lost the special elections in Kansas and Montana.

        1. Wiley E. Coyote never gave up, never accepted he was never going to catch that roadrunner, never lost hope that this time he had a foolproof plan. And now he’s got his own TV channel, Coyote News Network.

          1. Most lefties seem to go to ACME Universities, so it fits.

    3. Well if the recent dem primary for governor in Virginia is any indication, resistard candidates are not doing to0 well. Every other word out of Tom Periello’s mouth was “Trump..Trump…” and he lost by 12 points to a former Republican who voted for W twice in a state that went for Hillary by 5 points.

      The race in Georgia is in a republican district that Trump won and the dem candidate is even more of a resistard, so my money would be with the GOP.

      1. Its the same nonsense that Dems tried in Kansas and Montana as if they have a chance to win.

        Ossoff is offhisrocker.

  20. A secret trove of Nazi artifacts has been discovered in Argentina.

    Clearly, they have found the secret lair of The Red Skull.

    1. Only in countries that don’t have property rights is a jewish conspiracy to get a corrupt government to take someone’s property, big news.

      The media phrases this corrupt government stealing this guys property as saving humankind.

  21. Married female teacher Lindsey Jarvis, 27, quits after being accused of repeatedly romping with an underage pupil

    Jarvis’ husband Andrew was reportedly with her in court Monday when she pleaded not guilty to two rape charges.

    Jarvis, who married in December 2013, also faces rape and sodomy charges while teaching social studies at Woodford County Middle School, Versailles, Kentucky.

    Dare I say that’s a nice-looking lady.

    1. I wouldn’t kick her out of bed for rape.

      1. You set yourself up perfectly for a rape joke, but I am not gonna be that guy.

    2. Dare you.

    3. Is The Sun the new Daily Mail?

      1. I give the people what they want.

    4. repeatedly romping with an underage pupil

      Well, who could resist this?

      1. I’m confused. The article contains “rape”, “sodomy”, and “romping”. One of these things is not like the other.

        1. Sodomy is defined as anything other than missionary.

          1. I have yet to have sex with a missionary.

        2. Yeah! Making someone wear a romper is just plain cruel.

    5. Sodomy while teaching?

      1. Where do I sign up!

        1. Back of the pet store.

  22. “A secret trove of Nazi artifacts has been discovered in Argentina.”

    Investigate Trump for ties to Argentina!

  23. BMW’s impact on South Carolina’s manufacturing growth, psyche has been immeasurable

    “BMW’s economic effects extend across the state,” the USC report notes, with 36 of South Carolina’s 46 counties home to at least one automotive-related manufacturer. “BMW has become a mainstay in South Carolina and one of the state’s leading sustainable businesses.”

    Were it not for BMW, business leaders say, South Carolina likely never would have landed the Boeing Co., Mercedes-Benz Vans or Volvo Cars plants now operating or under construction in the Charleston region. The hundreds of foreign companies that have built plants all over the state during the past two decades ? names like Honda and Haier Group ? probably wouldn’t have given places like Florence and Camden a second glance.

    Fun fact: trade is good!

  24. To be clear, for Crusty She’s hot = she has a pulse.
    Those that don’t have a pulse are merely cute.

  25. “President Trump faces a high-stakes political test Tuesday in a special congressional election that has turned into a referendum on his leadership and could have significant consequences for his stalled agenda on Capitol Hill.”
    The special election in Georgia is not a “high-stakes political test”. Democrat Ossoff will lose just like in the special elections in Montana and Kansas.

    This garbage of Trump referendum is exactly what the media said before they lost Kansas and Montana.

    1. Yeah, republicans have a sizable majority and it’s a fucking special election in Georgia. This is in no way a “high stakes political test.” It’s just the latest desperate bid for anther negative tralking point about Trump. Even if the Republican wins, the narrative will be that it was close and should be a warning to Trump and those in Congress who support him.

      1. The main reason the Dems and journalists (but I repeat myself) have so much invested in this election is because they’re beyond desperate for some fresh young faces they can pimp out as national leaders for the party for the next 20 years or so. They’ve been running this same playbook since Kennedy–“We’re the Wave of the Future!! The Republicans are old and washed up!!”–but because they’ve hitched their wagons to the increasingly old and busted Clinton machine, they now have no bench to speak of.

      2. Yeah, republicans have a sizable majority and it’s a fucking special election in Georgia.

        …Even if the Republican wins, the narrative will be that it was close and should be a warning to Trump and those in Congress who support him.

        Why is the latter an illegitimate message, given the former?

  26. A secret trove of Nazi artifacts has been discovered in Argentina.

    More material for Hunting Hitler on the History Channel!

  27. Anybody figure out a way to comment on the “Children & Guns” article after the Lynx?

    1. Just read it and shut up!

      /Reason

    2. I noticed that too, not that I had anything to post other than the lack of alt-text for the pic of the white kid firing a toy gun with his eyes closed and head turned away.

    3. I guess they finally got sick of all of our shit. This is why we can’t have nice things. YOUR ALL A BUNCH OF DEGENERATES!

      *They’re probably gonna fix it within a few minutes and then I’m gonna look really stupid.

      1. YOU’RE!

        I would have let that go were it not for the caps. That and I have nothing else I want to do right now. The unemployment rate is a lot higher than 5%.

        1. Do I have to do everything myself? The correct response to that is:

          “We are? What about that time I found you naked with that bowl of Jell-O?”

          1. And then I respond with:

            “I was hot and I was hungry!”

    4. For what it’s worth, here’s a government chart showing that 25,400 children are injured every year by falling televisions, furniture, and appliances.

      http://tinyurl.com/ybhrdn7t

      Almost 99% of the children who are killed by these falling TVs, furniture, and appliances–are children.

      . . . so think about that!

      1. *** thinks ***

        TVs show gun violence. Guns are stored in furniture. And appliances, uh, … oh, appliances are made out of metal, just like guns!

      2. I blame Ikea.

  28. I wonder if Robert Mueller realizes who he’s dealing with.

    No, I’m not talking about Trump. I talking about the Left. Yeah, he’s their Darling Boy now. They can’t keep from stepping on their dicks in their haste to say nice things about him. But he’d better understand: this is because they expect big things from him; namely, bringing down Trump. If he comes out and says “after extensive investigation I have found no evidence of collusion with the Russian government or of obstruction of justice” his name will be Mudd and he’d better be prepared to be tarred as another one of Putin’s butt-monkeys.

    1. Absolutely. The doublethink on display toward Comey speaks volumes.

      1. Trump even said… he agrees with Rosie!

    2. He needs to take some lessons from their see-saw opinions about Comey over the last six months. Depending on the day, he was either the man who cost Hillary the election, or the man of integrity who will get That Tricksy DRUMPF!!

    3. Trump seems to getting a lot of advice along the line of “Whatever you do, don’t fire Mueller”. Fire him. Then Trump will be presumed guilty of double obstruction of justice.

      1. I totally agree. Trump should just keep firing everyone wasting taxpayer money and Trump should use that as the reason for the firing.

        Triple obstruction of justice! As if lefties ever cared about the law and what is right.

    4. Considering he won’t literally be tarred, what should be worrying him? Did he have a comfy job at some lefty institution before this?

  29. Armed Russia jet comes within five feet of U.S. military plane

    An armed Russian jet came within five feet of a U.S. reconnaissance plane over the Baltic Sea, CBS News national security correspondent David Martin reports.

    A U.S. official said Tuesday that the Russian aircraft came within five feet of a wing tip for a U.S. RC-135 reconnaissance plane.

    The Russian jet then passed under the U.S. aircraft and came up near the other wing tip.

    This business will get out of control…

      1. “It’s not your flying, it’s your attitude. The enemy’s dangerous, but right now you’re worse. Dangerous and foolish. You may not like who’s flying with you, but whose side are you on?”

    1. Especially since a Russian won’t take a dump without a plan.

    2. This is all just a ruse to draw attention away from all that colluding Trump and Putin did

    3. we were…inverted

      1. R.I.P. Goose.

  30. Report on ‘Children’ Killed by Guns Hypes Accidents, Which Are Rare and Declining
    No comments on that blog.

    So, instead of teaching kids to be safe with guns the left is going to double down that guns have got to go.

  31. I’m full of hate. I hate voting for Republicans, especially after Trump’s win, but I hate private-school elitists like Jon Ossoff who campaign for a “living wage”. Either his master’s degree from the London School of Economics isn’t worth the paper he uses to wipe his scrawny butt, or he’s a total demagogue prick. Probably both. God I hate democrats for making me vote for pathetic Republicans.

    1. You should contact the FBI or your district attorney’s office. It’s a crime for someone to coerce you into voting a certain way.

  32. >>>”A secret trove of Nazi artifacts has been discovered in Argentina.”

    Buenos dias, mein Fuhrer!

  33. From the Nazi trove article:

    “Police are trying to determine how the artifacts entered Argentina.”

    Such a mystery. Better put Clouseau on the case.

    1. Easy. Argentina was welcoming to refugees back then.

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