Trump Sides With Democrats on Debt Ceiling, Robert Menendez Bribery Trial Starts, Dennis Rodman Offers North Korea Diplomacy: P.M. Links

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    President Trump backed a proposal by congressional Democrats to hike the debt limit for three months' worth of spending.

  • Trump says miltary action isn't his "first choice" on North Korea, while Dennis Rodman offered to "straighten things out" between Trump and Kim Jong-Un.
  • The bribery trial of Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) opened today.
  • Hurricane Irma is in the Caribbean and headed for Puerto Rico.
  • Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett says police in Las Vegas pointed a gun at him and used excessive force, and that he is considering a lawsuit.
  • A candidate for mayor in Charlotte included "white" as one of her qualifications, apologizing after being rebuked by the local Republican Party.
  • Police in Atlanta shot and killed a roaming tiger.

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  1. Police in Atlanta shot and killed a roaming tiger.

    I’ll need to know the race of the tiger and the race of the policeman.

    1. Striped Lives Matter!

      1. They’re Grrrrrreat!

    2. Also needed is the religion of the Tiger. Could have been a Radical Islamo-Felicist.

    3. Hello.

      Trump is bi-partisan!

      Serious question. Did Obama ever pass anything bi-partisan?

      1. Hello, Rufus. You know what I hate? When Tony shits all over what could have been a great yokel-cosmo fight.

      2. Expanding/reaffirming the surveillance state

  2. President Trump backed a proposal by Congressional Democrats to hike the debt limit for three month’s worth of spending.

    DEALMAKER.

    1. Well, fuckin’ Ed beat me to it. As is his duty, but still…

      Republicans left the Oval Office Wednesday stunned. Trump had quickly sided with Democrats on a short-term debt ceiling increase, even overruling his own Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to concur with “Chuck and Nancy,” as he later called them on Air Force One.

      And then there’s his tweet from last night:

      @realDonaldTrump 7:38 PM – 5 Sep 2017
      Congress now has 6 months to legalize DACA (something the Obama Administration was unable to do). If they can’t, I will revisit this issue!

      So, leverage gone. Art of the deal, guys.

      (leverage that so many commended him for yesterday; he’s getting Congress to do their job!)

      1. I have to admit, Trump’s Chaotic Neutral style of governance is pretty entertaining.

        1. Yet some people still insists Hillary’s Lawful Evil reign would have been better.

          1. Could not both individuals be “lawful evil”, like many who have been elected into office?

            1. Never made the jump to AD&D. The Basic version was good enough on it’s own.

      2. Trump’s leverage is the Dems against the GOP. He threatened that first thing out of the box on Obamacare – if the GOP wouldn’t fix it the way he wanted, he’d turn to the Democrats. And a few people noted during the campaign that Trump’s former and/or current stances on a lot of issues sure didn’t look like standard GOP stances, in fact, from support for Hillary and Chuckie and PP and higher taxes and parental leave and a promise not to touch entitlement spending, he sounded an awful lot like a Democrat. So, yeah, Trump’s threatening the GOP that he can just as easily be a Democrat as a Republican if the GOP won’t eat shit and call it ice cream.

        1. Except that by making this deal, he just handed the dems a bunch of leverage to oppose him on the things he really wants come December (i.e. border wall, spending cuts, DACA). He screwed himself in addition to screwing the GOP.

  3. President Trump backed a proposal by Congressional Democrats to hike the debt limit for three month’s worth of spending.

    That’s all the more distance they could get on that can?

    1. The republican plan was to raise it for 18 months. The democrats want it for 3 months so that it becomes an issue again in December.

      1. December is pretty far away from the midterms still. I don’t know what it buys them.

        1. In December, they raise it for another three months. Repeat until the midterms, by which time the voters are sick of the constant debt ceiling crises. Meanwhile, the Republican base is enthused by their people repeatedly raising the debt ceiling.

          1. Unenthused.

          2. I think it’s a bit different than that. The Rs can’t raise the debt ceiling themselves because there is a big chunk of conservatives who won’t vote for it unless they get a bunch of spending cuts, and the Ds won’t go for the spending cuts. So the Rs need some Ds to come along. And to do that, they need to give the Ds something. If the Rs get an 18 month debt limit extension, they only need to give the Ds something once, and they can probably minimize how big that thing is now with the whole Harvey/Irma emergency. But with a 3 month extension, they have to give the Ds something at least 2 times. And in December, they won’t have the Harvey/Irma emergency, so that something is likely to be DACA, or spending increases, or no border wall.

  4. Police in Atlanta shot and killed a roaming tiger.

    Honest mistake. They thought it was a golden retriever.

    1. Or that the tiger’s shadow was Mike Tyson.

  5. …while Dennis Rodman offered to “straighten things out” between Trump and Kim Jong-Un.

    Game of HORSE.

    1. We are living in interesting times.

    2. This needs a powerful woman for a sexual punch-up. My first choice is obviously Pink.

      1. Madonna?

    3. Which one is the Neigh King?

  6. Trump says miltary action isn’t his “first choice” on North Korea…

    Not until they shut down his Twitter account.

  7. Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett says police in Las Vegas pointed a gun at him and used excessive force, and that he is considering a lawsuit.

    Was there helmet to helmet contact?

    1. Nope, they just wailed on him with the butt of a rifle.

  8. Republicans Helped Make the Politics of DACA So Toxic

    hat’s true as far as it goes. The problem is that the legislative branch, dominated by Republicans for quite a while, has refused to do much of anything regarding the millions of people who live and are building their lives in America without any legal right to be here. After venting publicly about Obama, and privately about Trump, Republican lawmakers should blame themselves for the toxic politics of ending DACA. This mess is partly their own making. Famously, J. Paul Getty said that if you owe the bank one hundred dollars, that’s your problem; if you owe the bank $100 million, that’s the bank’s problem. A similar dynamic is at work with immigration. If you’ve been in the country for a few months or years without legal status, that’s your problem. If you’ve been in the country for two or three decades without legal status, that’s the government’s problem.

    Oh snap!

    1. People in politics are not very serious. It becomes increasingly obvious over time. Most voters are not very serious either. Lots of shit happening in this world.

    2. This is about 100% better-reasoned than the “Trump hates brown people” nonsense that dominates… certain quarters.

      1. Trump’s well-evidence racism against brown people certainly doesn’t help the situation.

        Or are we supposed to pretend that the 2016 campaign didn’t happen in order to spare your fee-fees of any anti-Trump microaggressions?

        1. Well-evidence? Send the cites and links.

          1. Oh look. Tony didn’t back his libel up with evidence.

            What a surprise.

            1. Central park five. Housing discrimination. As candidate: Mexicans are rapists. (Some he assumes are good people.) Muslims are terrorists (very important to get the wording right). And he gives sweet, delicate fellatio to cops so that we know whose side on the race war he’s on. Not that anyone asked.

              1. So you disagree with your fellow travelers? Linda Chavez should have been on Reagan’s cabinet despite employing an undocumented worker?

              2. The Central Park five should be in jail.

        2. “well-evidence racism against brown people” & “fee-fees” – that’s some first-rate Saul Alinsky magic, right there. Bow, heathens! You sit before greatness.

          1. It’s FIFI from Montreal!

            /Pepe LePew.

        3. What is the “well-evidenced” racism? His suggestion that a Hispanic judge would be biased in a Hispanic immigration related case? Because that was no different than Sotomoyor saying she’d be a better judge because she’s a wise Latina, implying her race influences her judicial decisions.

          1. As evidenced as Biden’s well-documented hot takes about Obama, right?

          2. The case Curiel presided over was related to Trump University, it had nothing to do with Hispanic immigration.

          3. Would you think it racist if he said a white-judge would be biased in a race related case?

    3. If you’ve been in the country for two or three decades without legal status, that’s the government’s problem.

      Democrats have been opposing stricter immigration enforcement for decades; I don’t see how you can blame Republicans for that.

  9. A candidate for mayor in Charlotte included “white” as one of her qualifications, apologizing after being rebuked by the local Republican party.

    Wouldn’t it be a disqualifier?

    1. don’t know, but it made me LOL – maybe because I don’t sit around all day dreaming up ways to be offended, but maybe it’s just because I’m stoned.

      1. Someones not going to the sober rave tomorrow morning.

        1. sober rave

          That sounds like the most awful thing ever.

    2. She was claiming minority victimhood, worthy of massive voter fraud.

  10. President Trump backed a proposal by Congressional Democrats to hike the debt limit for three month’s worth of spending.

    My facebook is claiming he’s finally being presidential.

    1. Wait… I thought he was finally being presidential when he bombed Syria?

      1. That was six months ago and so it never happened.

        1. This being the Age of Trump, six months is at least 200 news cycles ago.

  11. Trump says miltary action isn’t his “first choice” on North Korea, while Dennis Rodman offered to “straighten things out” between Trump and Kim Jong-Un.

    Rodman is a CIA asset, as the situation has escalated it would probably be in their interests to get someone they can trust to eyeball what’s happening on the ground.

  12. Nine Books to Understand the Collectivist Right

    t became impossible to ignore the rise of the collectivist right wing, one that rejects liberty and individualism in favor of statism and tribalism, that also claims to be the only viable alternative to the left. The war is on, and you see it everywhere: on campus, on social media, and even on the streets.

    In retrospect, it’s clear that the roots of this new movement are much deeper than, for example, the Trump campaign. There are sightings of the movement as far back as the early 1990s, and it is going to take some serious historical examination to trace all the forces and influences that led to it.

    I like the term, “collectivist right.”

    1. Collectivist Right would be an okay name for a punk band.

    2. I’ll continue with communitarian, thank you very much. Even if I’m wrong to do so.

    3. Tucker has done good work on the alt-right. That’s why he’s actually one of their more hated figures. Of course he sometimes kisses up to the establishment out of a hope that this time they’ll give libertarianism a fair shake, which always makes me laugh, but he’s still one of the better voices out there for understanding them

  13. The bribery trial of Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) opened today.

    Bet he wishes he voted for the Iran deal now.

    1. Gettin’ so tired of those Menendez brothers!

  14. If Hillary can list* her sex as a qualification, why not race?

    *I know, technically a list has to include more than one item.

    1. If she didn’t do it, it’s because it is not politically expedient for her.

    2. What actually *is* Hillary’s sex?

  15. The Hippie-Capitalist CEO Who Wants to Win a Nobel Prize With Sober Raves

    It’s common for dance music events to continue through dawn. But this isn’t an after-hours party?it’s a “sober rave” that began at 6AM, with a silent disco yoga class. All around me swarms a crowd of activewear-clad partygoers, beaming at each other as they bounce to the music, working up a virtuous sweat.

    A party called Morning Gloryville, which started in London in 2013, brands itself as “the original morning rave.” But the concept quickly made its way across the pond and around the world, with different crews producing events. After an initial phase of expansion, some of these health-conscious gatherings have scaled back their operations or dropped off the map completely, but one has risen to the top of the pile: Daybreaker.

    I’m scared you guys.

    1. Hippie-Capitalists don’t exist. Neither do sober raves, come to think of it.

    2. I can think of no more deranged a group of people than those who claim to enjoy a rave sober.

    3. I thought the only point of a rave was to get done up on psychotropics and rub your body arrhythmically on strangers.

    4. the original morning rave

      What is Warty’s bowel movement in the key of G?

      1. Warty’s bowel movements sound a pitch too low for human ears, though they can be felt as uncomfortable vibrations in the feet and chest. Elephants can hear them, though the last elephant to do so very clearly said “ZUUL” and then trampled sixteen bystanders to death.

  16. “Police in Atlanta shot and killed a roaming tiger”

    THOSE COPS ARE-

    “officers had no choice but to kill the tiger after it attacked the dog”

    …HEROES!

    1. They were aiming for the dog and fired wide, I reckon.

    2. Good to see you made it out of the hurricane. Someone has been asking about you the last week or so.

      1. I was only ever in a tropical storm, technically. I got flooded in by an overflowed bridge, but electricity and internet were (mostly) intact. The bad flooding is to the east of where I live.

        I never stopped commenting on other articles, so it didn’t occur to me to show up here until today.

        1. Well, glad to see you didn’t die. I don’t wish that on most of the commentators here.

          1. Aaand now I feel inadequate. You really know how to cut to the heart of me, BUSC.

        2. My man! I was the one asking about you Wanderer, I recall a week back right before the Harvey hit that you were posting on the links and I hadn’t seen you since. Glad to hear you are in one piece.

          1. Yeah, I assumed everyone would see some of my comments on other articles in the interim- that’s why I didn’t give an update on my status here.

            But then I saw you asking if anyone had heard from me in yesterday’s links, so I decided to “show the flag” today. And so here I am, showing you all my flag!

  17. ‘I don’t notice’: Ariel Winter insists she doesn’t flash her derriere on purpose and says ‘my a** just eats my shorts’

    I would say some of those photos are probably not safe for work, but she certainly does put the ass in class, and the…nip in nipples (I got nothing for that).

    1. Ugh. I refuse to believe that Hollywood would be okay with sexualizing young starlets.

      1. How does this even work in a car with leather seats?

        1. Please don’t make me cum in my pants at work.

    2. but she certainly does put the ass in class

      Who is Ariel Winter and why are we to believe she has any more or less class than Megan Traynor, Kelly Osbourne or any of the other legion of young ‘starlets’ guilty of poor clothing choices in public?

      1. You always seem to ask the most important questions.

    3. Fuck you Hollywood. Nobody should ever have to get a breast reduction just to appease your vanity.

  18. “Hurricane Irma is in the Caribbean and headed for Puerto Rico”

    I personally applaud Warner Brothers for sparing no expense for the on-set SFX of Aquaman.

  19. Taylor Swift dethrones ‘Despacito’

    Despacito” won’t be breaking a record after all.
    The Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee single featuring Justin Bieber had been on pace to reign at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart for a 17th week.
    That would have broken the record of 16 weeks in that spot set by Mariah Carey back in 1995 with “One Sweet Day,” her hit with Boyz II Men.

    Instead, the Spanish-language song tied with Carey last week, but it failed to take the title, thanks to Taylor Swift. Her debut single “Look What You Made Me Do” took this week’s no. 1 spot, according to Billboard.

    Yasssss queen!

    1. It won’t overcome the youtube channel views of Despacito though.

        1. Look What You Made Me Do will be as successful as your hyperlinking abilities.

    2. If there’s anything that needs a judicious application of MAGA it’s the “Hot 100”.

  20. Kris Kobach on DACA recipients: ‘Deport the whole family’

    Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach wants the families of Dreamers to be deported as well.

    “They came in presumably with a parent or parents, and so the correct policy is for us to enforce federal law and deport the whole family to the home country,” Kobach told CNN of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients.

    Kobach, a strong proponent of voter ID laws and the leader of President Trump’s voter fraud commission, called DACA a “slap in the face” to immigrants who come to the U.S. legally.

    “The idea that somehow it’s wrong to ask people to go back to their home country and to come in the right way, I just fundamentally disagree with that,” Kobach said.

    1. He’s just asking. Is that so wrong?

    2. Do these fuckfaces have even the slightest capacity for empathy?

      Forcibly moving entire families to a place they explicitly don’t want to go, regardless of the circumstances, is pretty fucked up.

      1. I wish this was a debate we could all be more frank about.

        1. That’s it. Deport this guy.

          1. Jokes on you, I am far too heavy to deport.

      2. Most of them have zero idea how fucked the immigration process is. They say “wait in line”, and “come in the right way” as if there is a fucking line. This is not the days of Ellis island when they let in fucking everybody, including Kobach’s kin. The process now is nearly indecipherable and Kafkaesque in it’s absurdity. For some nations the “line” is over a hundred year wait. The application process involves four agencies, none of whom communicate with one another and all have conflicting requirements. The forms appear to have been designed by the Vogons from hitchhikers guide to the galaxy and are constantly changing. Our immigration system exists in its current form to supply the beauracracy with taxpayer dollars. The more impossible and restrictive it is the more the beauracracy can grow and suckle off that sweet sweet tax titty.

        1. His response is also really tone deaf here because we are talking about people brought here as kids who had no choice to even try to “do it the right way” and often have little to no memory or connection to their “home country.”

      3. Forcibly moving entire families to a place they explicitly don’t want to go, regardless of the circumstances, is pretty fucked up.

        Ma Barker and her boys said the same thing.

      4. Please do demonstrate your empathy! You should start by paying what it cost to raise and school the DACA kids and support their families. Then post a $500k bond to cover the risk that these kids become a public charge. How about it Tony? How big is your heart?

        1. None of your racist horseshit is based in reality. DACA people get no safety net benefits. They are ridiculously strictly screened. They have an unassailable moral case in their favor.

          The policy here is to deport the very best “illegal immigrants” while leaving the rest behind to pick tomatoes.

          Just say you want to ethnically cleanse the country. I will at least respect the honesty.

          1. Tony|9.7.17 @ 12:53AM|#
            “None of your racist horseshit is based in reality. DACA people get no safety net benefits. They are ridiculously strictly screened. They have an unassailable moral case in their favor.”

            I’m strongly on the “open borders” side, but I’m also on the “call lefty assholes on bullshit” side;
            Got cites?
            You’re a fucking liar on a regular basis, so you’ll forgive me for assuming you’re a fucking liar one more time, fucking liar.

    3. What’s the latest on Trump’s voter fraud commission anyway?

      1. Never mind, just read the latest headlines. Apparently it’s a clusterfuck on both sides.

        1. Dammit you spoiled the title of my forthcoming book

          It’s a Clusterfuck on Both Sides: The Trump Presidency

  21. So, Obama can win the presidency and a Nobel prize for being Black, but getting to be the mere mayor of Charlottesville is too much to ask for being White?

    1. He won the presidency for being Black, he won the Nobel for not being George Bush. I noticed that he didn’t win a second Nobel, which makes me lament the fact that American voters lack the good sense of the Nobel Committee.

  22. I am most interested in the fact that Denis Rodman is going to bring about world peace.

    How awesome is a world where Denis Fucking Rodman might just be the key to a significant peace deal. Or at least is some kind of CIA asset.

    I say make him the next president. Can’t be any weirder than what we have now. And we’d finally have an actual black president.

    1. Actual quote from Mr. Rodman:

      Why it’s been left to me to smooth things over, I don’t know. Dennis Rodman, of all people. Keeping us safe is really not my job; it’s the black guy’s [Obama’s] job. But I’ll tell you this: If I don’t finish in the top three for the next Nobel Peace Prize, something’s seriously wrong

    1. Orange with black stripes lives matter.

        1. Your mom’s a Russophile.

          1. I loved The Winter Soldier and feel no shame saying I’m a Russophile.

            1. I visited Russia (by invitation of the patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church, no less) just after the end of the USSR. It was definitely a fascinating place to be (particularly at that time), but it also solidified my opinion that Russians are really intense and also fucking nuts. We stayed at some weird old estate outside of the official tourism system and some of our hosts/guides got into late night drunken brawls on several occasions. And the horse that had been hanging around mysteriously disappeared the day before we were served some new kind of meat for dinner.

            2. I heard he’s staying in some shitty little country in Africa, if you need an address to send fan letters to.

              He’s being a little cold to visitors right now though.

  23. “Dennis Rodman offered to “straighten things out” between Trump and Kim Jong-Un.”

    Trump can’t pass that up, can he?

  24. “Police in Atlanta shot and killed a roaming tiger.”

    The bad news is that is was the third baseman from Detroit.

  25. Which is the fake news?
    Trump getting cozy with the dems, or Dennis Rodman (really?) as diplomat?

  26. Reason sprawled with naked shitty legs spread across fucking angel cringes
    Across one thousand bullshit lies shat from their favored
    fucking million dollar progenitor tasked with toasting open
    fucking borders called the Cato fucking drug…..
    Yeah,moz def fell walls and boards raptured on
    Cato cock balls merged with pussy piss… praise god

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