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Criminal Justice Reform Bills in Congress Draw Trump's Support, Jeff Sessions' Ire, and Infighting Among Prominent Democrats: Reason Roundup

Plus: Facebook's insane new ad-verification system and the state of our trade wars.

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"I will sign it," says Trump. After seizing serious attention in 2014 and 2015, criminal justice reform has languished at the federal level (even as officials in some states continued to do good work). But the issue could be gaining momentum again, after getting a boost from such unlikely sources as Donald Trump and Jared Kushner.

President Trump told a White House forum on Friday that if legislators can get him a prison reform bill, "I will sign it."

One of the bills being kicked around in Congress right now (with a push from Kushner) focuses on programs to help prisoners reintegrate to outside life. "The single biggest thing that we want to do is really define what the purpose of a prison is," Kushner said at Friday's event. "Is the purpose to punish, is the purpose to warehouse, or is the purpose to rehabilitate?"

The measure certainly falls short of many much-needed reforms to federal sentencing guidelines and other areas—there are whole sectors of justice reform that the Trump administration and its allies won't even touch. But the bill being pushed now could do some good for those in prison, and could help inject some salience back into criminal justice reform overall. It is literally called the First Step Act, and it includes such things as prohibiting the shackling of women while they give birth and saying that prisoners must be housed within 500 miles of their family.

At Friday's event, Trump "gave a rare display of empathy," says The New York Times editorial board. "A friend of mine told me that when people get out of prison, they're all excited," he said. "And then they go and they have that stigma; they can't get a job. People don't want to hire them. They can't get that chance. When we talk about our national program to hire American, this must include helping millions of former inmates get back into the work force as gainfully employed citizens."

The Times editorial goes on to excoriate federal lawmakers who have thwarted their colleagues' attempts at overhauling federal sentencing guidelines, drug laws, and prison policies.

For more than a decade, states of every political hue—from Texas and Louisiana to Connecticut and California—have been overhauling their criminal justice systems, to reverse the effects of decades of harsh and counterproductive policies. But Congress has watched this revolution from the sidelines, thanks to reactionary lawmakers, including Mr. Sessions when he was in the Senate. Comprehensive federal legislation has been foiled again and again, as states forge ahead, reducing both prison populations and crime rates through bipartisan reforms.

Another bill before Congress right now, Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley's Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act, has drawn Sessions' ire for reducing some sentences and giving judges more discretion over sentencing.

Sessions is out of step not just with fellow Republican politicians but with the party's evangelical base, which has embraced the issue. "The incarceration rate in this country is just insane," evangelical leader Johnnie Moore told NPR after attending Friday's White House forum. "And because of that, most evangelicals, myself included, have a connection to the issue…we've seen it with our own eyes. And now's the time to speak up."

It's Democrats who are holding up the House's First Step Act. Some in the party say the Dems should embrace the bill as a good start, while others—including Sen. Kamala Harris of California, Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois, Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey, and Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas—opposing the bill because it doesn't go far enough. Whatever their reasoning, it puts Harris, Booker, and Lee in the company of the Bureau of Prisons union and Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.).

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-New York) slammed the letter they sent in opposition, saying it was "riddled with factual inaccuracies and deliberately attempts to undermine the nationwide prison reform effort." With a Republican President and Republicans in control of both the House and the Senate, "it is not clear how exactly the opposition proposes to achieve comprehensive criminal justice reform without first considering the bipartisan prison reform legislation pending in the House," Jeffries wrote.

According to a new report from the Vera Institute for Justice, the total U.S. prison population fell to a little under 1.5 million in 2017, down about 16,000 inmates from the year prior. About 1.3 million inmates were in state prisons last year and around 183,000 in federal prisons.

FREE MINDS

Posting ads on Facebook now requires picture ID, Social Security number, and mailing address. CNN reporter Donie O'Sullivan tried out the new system:

Check out the whole thread for a full accounting of the insanity. The new rules don't just apply to political ads or ads that advocate directly for or against candidates and issues. As O'Sullivan notes, "you're going to have to prove your identity if your ad mentions…any of these issues": abortion, the budget, civil rights, crime, the economy, education, energy, environment, foreign policy, government reform, guns, health, immigration, infrastructure, military, poverty, Social Security, taxes, terrorism, or "values."

FREE MARKETS

NAFTA now or later. "The president is determined that we renegotiate" the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said on Fox News Sunday yesterday. But "whether we pass it in this Congress or we pass it in the new Congress" isn't a concern, he ad ded.

"I'm not saying he's willing to let it spill over, he has all his alternatives," Mnuchin continued. "I'm just saying right now we are focused on negotiating a good deal and we're not focused on specific deadlines. We're still far apart but we're working every day to renegotiate this agreement."

Mnuchin also announced yesterday that Washington would be "putting the trade war [with China] on hold."

QUICK HITS

  • "I hereby demand…that the Department of Justice look into whether or not the FBI/DOJ infiltrated or surveilled the Trump Campaign for Political Purposes," Trump tweeted Monday morning.
  • Scott Pruitt's regulatory rollbacks at the Environmental Protection Agency are in question after activists have questioned the validity of sources cited to justify the deregulation.
  • Surprise! Venezuelan dictator Nicolas Maduro has won another term as president.
  • Saudi women are allowed to drive…but not quite yet.
  • According to Bill Gates, Trump doesn't know the difference between HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, and HPV, a virus that can be vaccinated against and that causes genital warts.

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  1. “I hereby demand…that the Department of Justice look into whether or not the FBI/DOJ infiltrated or surveilled the Trump Campaign for Political Purposes,” Trump tweeted Monday morning.

    God help us if Trump finds out it’s considered kosher for the president to weaponize federal agencies against political enemies.

    1. Hello.

      Obama. Worse than than Nixon. And not so woke. Will we see weeping Obama one day? Wait and see.

      1. Meanwhile, the useless idiot leftists at Reason like Elizabeth Nolan Brown continue to double down on their collapsing by the day narrative.

        Wait until the entire world sees just how stupid these guys and gals all are when the Inspector General’s next big report is released any day now.

        1. I loved the link she included to The Week that claimed that the FBI was helping Trump.

          Sure.

          The FBI was protecting Clinton while illegally spying on Trump. To claim otherwise is to simply be dishonest.

          1. Glenn Greenwald had a great article in the Intercept that pointed out that the “informant” had conducted spying operations on the Carter campaign in 1980.

            1. So, Obama spied on Congress (let’s not forget that gem) AND his political adversaries.

              Such a good guy.

    2. I get paid over $87 per hour working from home with 2 kids at home. I never thought I’d be able to do it but my best friend earns over 10k a month doing this and she convinced me to try. The potential with this is endless.
      Heres what I’ve been doing, ————->>> http://www.onlinereviewtech.com

  2. Under new Facebook rules, if you want to buy a political or an issue ad (more on what’s an issue later) in the US on Facebook you have to prove you are a permanent resident or a citizen here. I went through the process to see how it works.
    ? Donie O’Sullivan (@donie) May 20, 2018

    Unbelievable. You mean there are still people out there who don’t use an ad blocker?

    1. This is why facebook and reddit are so desperate to force you to the app instead of their mobile site. No ad blockers on the app.

  3. According to Bill Gates, Trump doesn’t know the difference between HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, and HPV, a virus that can be vaccinated against and that causes genital warts.

    Don’t you mean “didn’t?” Do we know the 2nd answer didn’t stick either?

    1. “Trump doesn’t know the difference between HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, and HPV,”

      Goddamn scientist shouldn’t name them so similar-like.

      1. I can see making a comment about this if you had such a conversation. But why is it news? The fact that a 70 year old politician has trouble picking out the difference between two 3 letter abbreviations for viruses that differ by only one letter is supposed to be surprising?

        I am predisposed to be less than charitable on this one, since I am a biologist and of the opinion that Trump is an idiot, but c’mon people. Do you really think that you could go up to Obama and talk about CMV, HSV and EBV – three viruses that he has a very, very high likelihood of actually being infected with – and have any chance of him keeping them straight? And that’s a guy who is a generation younger and ostensibly much smarter.

        Tossing around jargon in your chosen area of expertise and laughing at people outside the field who get confused by your jargon is…. well, it isn’t news.

    2. Bill Gates, MD.

      Because I made software!

      1. Stole software.

        1. Hey, turning Apple into a free R&D center took its own set of skills.

          1. Apple stole it from Xerox.

          2. Bill Gates at least was willing to admit they were all stealing from PARC.

    3. At first I had a hard time believing that Trump doesn’t know about genital warts, but then I realized he’s probably rich enough to be able to afford “clean” hookers.

      1. Christ, what a (cynical) asshole.

  4. Scott Pruitt’s regulatory rollbacks at the Environmental Protection Agency are in question after activists have questioned the validity of sources cited to justify the deregulation.

    Those sources aren’t pro-regulation activists.

    1. The only response to these clowns should be “Shut up, pussy!”

      1. Except they might win in court on the facts, and hold the admin. to the draconian restrictions Congress enacted.

        1. There’s nothing to win in court. He has the power to deregulate, regardless of the source of his information.

  5. Email is a widespread communications tool and people generally expect it to be private.

    Say what?

    1. Email is a widespread communications tool and people generally expect it to be private People are stupid.

      Fixed.

    2. Then you should be using encryption on your emails.

      1. Or not say anything in e-mail that would be harmful to you if read in a court of law.

        1. This is why i only use email as method of transmitting pics of my dick, ladies (of the jury).

  6. According to Bill Gates, Trump doesn’t know the difference between HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, and HPV, a virus that can be vaccinated against and that causes genital warts.

    And Trump says Gates doesn’t know how to vaccinate an operating system.

    1. When confronted with this question, Gates immediately turned blue and responded:
      “A problem has been detected and Gates has been shut down to prevent damage. Please press any key to restart Gates. Stop: 0x000000A1, 0x00000000B2. Contact your system administrator for further assistance”

      1. Funny joke… but I’ll bet that Trump is better equipped to discuss New York City building codes and Golf Course financing than Bill Gates.

  7. Posting ads on Facebook now requires picture ID, Social Security number, and mailing address.

    I can’t keep up with the wild swings between what we do and don’t trust Facebook to have access to.

    1. Savvy business move, making it more difficult to hand Facebook money.

      1. Failbook should be dying on the vine.

  8. saying that prisoners must be housed within 500 miles of their family.

    Is this really what the bill does?

    Where do you put the prisoner if his mom lives in Miami and his dad lives in Seattle?

    Can you avoid getting sent to the SuperMax in Colorado if your family lives in Rhode Island?

    Do we have to allow Zacarias Moussaoui’s family to immigrate so they can live within 500 miles of his cell. (I am guessing that’s a bonus for the Reason editors.)

    It would be really helpful if reason didn’t just paraphrase the bill, but actually listed its contents and what it meant.

    1. For those who murder their families, it is suggested they be housed within 3 feet.

    2. It would be really helpful if reason didn’t just paraphrase the bill, but actually listed its contents and what it meant.

      The bill is pretty long. You could go to congress’ website and look up the full text of the bill and read it yourself.

  9. Mnuchin also announced yesterday that Washington would be “putting the trade war [with China] on hold.”

    But the communiss!

  10. As O’Sullivan notes, “you’re going to have to prove your identity if your ad mentions…any of these issues”: abortion, the budget, civil rights, crime, the economy, education, energy, environment, foreign policy, government reform, guns, health, immigration, infrastructure, military, poverty, Social Security, taxes, terrorism, or “values.”

    I’m not “advertising”, I’m just being an annoying family member.

    1. Papers, please.

  11. The Hill
    ?
    @thehill
    Hacker interrupts virtual congressional debate with gay porn

    Sure, “hacker.” It DEFINITELY wasn’t some con accidentally clicking Share Desktop.

  12. An online forum Thursday between two candidates running for Congress in California was interrupted shortly after opening statements when a hacker broke into the stream and began showing sex acts between two men, according to a local report.

    If you’re going to represent the state that has Hollyweird and Sin Francrisco, you better be okay with what you saw. Am I right, fellow flyovers?

    1. “Hollyweird and Sin Francrisco,”

      That’s GOOD!

    2. 4chan is Weaponized Autism.

    3. I’m gonna assume it had low production values, shoddy camera work, and amateur editing.

    1. Be Best

    2. Best at stoning and throwing gays off cliffs, protesting in slippers, blaming the Jews, running down dreams through terrorist acts, not building viable and successful countries…..

    3. Wrong – dumb ass professor. Best is to crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentations of the women.

  13. Venezuelan dictator Nicolas Maduro has won another term as president.

    And we think we have it bad.

    1. No Battle of Athens to ensure the integrity of the ballot boxes.

    2. If Facebook had the advertising ID system up and running there, this wouldn’t have happened.

    1. ISIS trained.

    2. WTF, do they even have humans working at the NHS? I’m imagining a hospital run by monkeys.

      1. also I can’t even imagine what that jpoor woman is going through…she probably would’ve been better off giving birth in her car

      2. ” I’m imagining a hospital run by monkeys.”

        Silly. All their monkeys are busy writing Shakespeare.

      3. Monkeys would be a step up.

    3. The new season of Doctor Who has gotten pretty dark.

      1. I thought it was a white woman this time.

    4. The fuck? At this point I think British citizens may be better off giving birth in alley ways, and treating any injuries or illnesses themselves.

      Broken bone? Set it yourself and find a stick to use as a splint.

      Open gushing wound? Rub some dirt on it.

      Cancerous tumor? Pay a friend 20 quid to cut you open, rummage around and remove anything that looks like it doesn’t belong.

      You’ll almost certainly die, but it probably beats whatever the NHS will do (best case scenario: they’ll put you on a waiting list and just ignore you).

    5. Oh, and don’t read the comments at that link if you want to keep any faith in humanity.

      1. It’s the Caliphate of England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland. I have no faith in the “humanity” there.

    6. Might have been better to let Raquel Welch perform the delivery. The outcome would have been similar. (In her case, the baby lived and the mother died.)

    7. I’m guessing the headline ‘NHS, losing business to more consumer friendly startups, is in danger of going out of business’ isn’t going to happen.

  14. Saudi women are allowed to drive…but not quite yet.

    Give the government time to reinforce all the bumpers and shore up the insurance industry.

    1. And eliminate all parallel parking spots.

    2. Someone has obviously never seen the famous episode of the Brady Bunch with the driving contest between Greg and Marcia.

      1. Someone hasn’t seen the 1992 Rodney Dangerfield movie Ladybugs. Boys do everything better than girls.

        1. That movie really gets no respect…

  15. Surprise! Venezuelan dictator Nicolas Maduro has won another term as president.

    Dictators gonna be dicks.

    1. “Just 46 percent of the electorate turned out to vote”

      What kind of backwards country has only roughly half of its electorate turn out to vote?? Oh… wait…

      1. Realizing your own political powerlessness frees up a lot of time.

      2. “If voting could change things, it would be illegal.”

      3. I genuinely thought your joke was that it’s a backwords country where that large of a group bother to vote.

  16. Mnuchin also announced yesterday that Washington would be “putting the trade war [with China] on hold.”

    What if they threw a trade war and even Trump didn’t come?

  17. President Trump told a White House forum on Friday that if legislators can get him a prison reform bill, “I will sign it.”

    So does that mean he won’t sign it?

    1. Believe what he does, not what he says…

  18. Surprise! Venezuelan dictator Nicolas Maduro has won another term as president.

    Why wouldn’t he? He’s doing a great job and the people love him.

  19. Well Young is a little more on point than the three articles I read here at Reason.

    And what’s her beef with Rubin? Big shit he interviews ‘unsavoury’ people? I like that he does. See them in that setting and make the choice.

    Larry King was the, er, King of that and no one thought ill of him. Why, he was the, well, King!

    Now the IDW want to bring back a real conversation – hey, there’s that term lefties love to utter but never take seriously! – they’re all like, well how dare you interview Alex Jones!?

    Spare. Me. The. Hysterics. Let us decide.

    1. Superfluous question mark makes an appearance!

    2. Now the IDW want to bring back a real conversation

      Those better than you have already had the conversation and settled on what’s right and what should be cast out.

      1. Sorta like….

        “Silicon Valley engineer and anti-sexual harassment advocate Susan Fowler wrote in a letter to the Times that the “dark web’s” ideas are “no longer discussed because we have collectively agreed that they are wrong”???citing as one example atheist podcaster Sam Harris’ defense of airport profiling of Muslims in the 2000s.”

        Collective. /makes sweeping embracing motion with arms.

        1. Exactly. By definition, those people who are better than you have better thoughts and better opinions. If you don’t agree with their thoughts and opinions, then you’re worse and therefore wrong.

          But not to worry, there are many who agree with you and are willing to call themselves better and therefore right thus making those others worse and therefore wrong.

        2. Morning Comrade, how was your beet ration today?

  20. “I hereby demand…that the Department of Justice look into whether or not the FBI/DOJ infiltrated or surveilled the Trump Campaign for Political Purposes,” Trump tweeted Monday morning.”

    This will be problematic for the Mueller investigation–since a number of the investigators on Mueller’s team may be implicated in the FBI’s surveillance of the Trump campaign.

    Oh, and everybody’s saying that this is the guy that the FBI used to conduct espionage on the Trump campaign:

    “As a result of some very odd choices by the nation’s largest media outlets, everyone knows the name of the FBI’s informant: Stefan Halper.”

    —-Glenn Greenwald

    http://theintercept.com/2018/0…..-election/

    The fact that this guy’s name is now common knowledge should kill any more dodging by the FBI in regards to their operation to spy on the Trump campaign. How can they claim they’re protecting the identity of a spy when everybody already knows the name of the spy?

    1. I saw a picture of him. Looks like a Pig from Animal Farm.

    2. How can they claim they’re protecting the identity of a spy when everybody already knows the name of the spy?

      The same way they claim leaking classified information to a newspaper and having that information appear on the front page of the paper doesn’t make the leaked information “public knowledge” or even unclassified.

      1. Oh, they can make ridiculous claims. I was wondering about how they’ll stand up to public scrutiny.

        The FBI has been stiff-arming congress on this information because they said they were worried about revealing his identity:

        “A headline on one of the Times’ stories says the “F.B.I. Used Informant to Investigate Russia Ties to Campaign, Not to Spy, as Trump Claims.”

        We’ll let readers parse that casuistic distinction, which is part of a campaign by the FBI and Justice Department to justify their refusal to turn over to the House Intelligence Committee documents related to the informant. Justice and the FBI claim this Capitol Hill oversight would blow the cover of this non-spy and even endanger his life.”

        http://www.wsj.com/articles/th…..1526854417

        The reluctance to turn over that information to the House Intelligence Committee because of concerns about revealing the “informant” is now officially horseshit.

        That ship done sailed.

        1. That NYT article is one of the most infuriating things I’ve seen.

          Claiming that Trump lied because he called him a spy while the FBI source told them he was an “informant” is just fundamentally dishonest. The guy was not a part of the Trump campaign, nor was he a part of the inner circle. He was an outsider who was sent in by the FBI to surreptitiously obtain information about the campaign.

          Go look up “informant” . Now go look up “spy”.

          Hmmm. Pretty much the dictionary definition of spy.

          Nice piece of reporting, right there.

          Also, why did the reporter not even bother to ask… If you really weren’t spying on Trump and you only sent your “informant” after you learned of people around Trump having contact with people who have nebulous “connections” to Russia…. uh, exactly how did you know about those contacts?

          C’mon people. If you are going to be a reporter, you have to be at least a tiny bit curios, and have at least a modicum of skepticism.

          1. Oh.. and one more thing….

            Your FBI informant tells you that they can’t release the name of the British spy informant because it would place him in danger… you don’t ask “exactly what sort of danger are you talking about?”

            Do they really think Trump is going to send out a hit squad to murder a British professor because he spied on his campaign? Based on exactly what evidence?

            And if the NYT really, really believed it, why did they dig out the guy’s name? And if they really, really believed in this danger canard, why provide enough details so that everybody now knows who we are talking about?

            1. The “russians” just might have to poison him…

    3. Trump should stop demanding and simply declassify all of the documents.

  21. Posting ads on Facebook now requires picture ID, Social Security number, and mailing address.

    Tech companies absolutely need to do something about the fact that Russia hacked the election, but this is certainly not the “something” I had in mind. As a left-libertarian, I believe that requiring people to show photo ID before voting is racist because it will have a disparate impact on voters of color. Likewise, this move by Facebook will disproportionately silence people of color and the undocumented.

    1. undocumented Russians of color hardest hit

      1. ‘undocumented TRANNY Russians of color hardest hit’

        Fixed.

        1. ‘undocumented TRANNY MUSLIM Russians of color hardest hit’

          Am I doing this right?

          1. I have a feeling this is not finished quite yet…

          2. ‘undocumented PANSEXUAL TRANNY MUSLIM Russians of color hardest hit’

            1. ‘CHILDREN OF undocumented PANSEXUAL TRANNY MUSLIM Russians of color hardest hit’

              1. ‘AUTISTIC CHILDREN OF undocumented PANSEXUAL TRANNY MUSLIM Russians of color hardest hit’

                1. ‘AUTISTIC CHILDREN OF undocumented PHYSICALLY DISABLED PANSEXUAL TRANNY MUSLIM Russians of color hardest hit’

                  1. ‘AUTISTIC CHILDREN OF undocumented PHYSICALLY DISABLED PANSEXUAL DRUG ADDICTED TRANNY MUSLIM Russian FELONS of color hardest hit’

                    1. Are the children trannies too? I feel like that would factor in for sure.

    2. Are you or are you not claiming that Hillary would have won if Russia hadn’t “hacked the election”?

      This sounds a lot like the claim that I wouldn’t have cared about the govenrment squandering my future paychecks on bailing out Wall Street if only the Koch brothers hadn’t told me to get angry.

    3. Posting ads on Facebook now requires picture ID, Social Security number, and mailing address

      Yeah, I’m sure putting all your personal info into a giant social media corporation is a completely benign process and won’t have any long-term consequences.

      Maybe they can hire the fine arts major that was running Experian’s security division to run it.

  22. Under new Facebook rules, if you want to buy a political or an issue ad (more on what’s an issue later) in the US on Facebook you have to prove you are a permanent resident or a citizen here.

    I think you mean that in order to buy a political or issue ad on Facebook you have to give them not just your bank account or credit card information but your driver’s license info and your SS # as well. I suspect going further down the form, they also want to know your mother’s maiden name, the name of your first pet, your high school mascot, the city where you were born and the street you lived on in the first grade. And a facsimile of your signature. For security purposes.

  23. Posting ads on Facebook now requires picture ID, Social Security number, and mailing address.

    I’m sure there’s no way that anyone could possibly get a fake picture ID and steal someone else’s social security number and address. It’s just impossible. /sarc

  24. Completely OT – has anybody ever seen Steve Mnuchin and Fred Armisen in the same room together? I can’t take that guy seriously, nobody can look like that big a dork except for comedic effect.

  25. According to Bill Gates, Trump doesn’t know the difference between HIV … and HPV

    Is anyone aware of the context? One explanation for this apparent foolishness is Trump asking “Bill, how does your foundation treat HIV as opposed to HPV?”.

    1. And it’s odds-on that Bill didn’t know until he started his foundation, too.

    2. The idea that playboy germaphobe Trump does not know that is something so stupid only Tony or a journalist could believe it.

      1. Eh, just because you’re afraid/paranoid/anxious/whatever about something doesn’t mean you’re informed about it.

        1. No. but it makes it very likely you are.

          1. You have a shockingly optimistic view of people. It’s very weird.

        2. Like Trump and trade.

  26. POMPEO PROMISES STRONGEST SANCTIONS IN HISTORY ON IRAN

    “Why, we’re not even going to mention the I-word anymore!”

    1. Bomb bomb bomb
      Bom bomb… Persia?

    2. Since the word “Iran” actually came from “Aryan,” it was hella problematic anyway.

      1. You know who else came from “Aryan”?

        1. People always call me a contrarian, so not me.

        2. Taylor Swift?

        3. Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva, et. al?

          1. By the many arms of Vishnu I swear I am not hindu!

        4. Half of Barack Obama?

      2. It is so much fun to kick around Reason. They are so obvious and make it so easy. Don’t deny people a harmless vice.

  27. As O’Sullivan notes, “you’re going to have to prove your identity if your ad mentions…any of these issues”: abortion, the budget, civil rights, crime, the economy, education, energy, environment, foreign policy, government reform, guns, health, immigration, infrastructure, military, poverty, Social Security, taxes, terrorism, or “values.”

    Meanwhile, Facebook has gotten desperate enough to start running ads begging people to reconsider ditching them. “Please use us to look at pictures of your friends’ babies/lunches!”

    1. Yep. Oh, how the mighty have fallen!

    2. Interesting, I can believe it. I have spurts of sharing a couple pictures on a latest project, but for the most part, I’ve abandoned Facebook. It seems to be a place where people just spout politics constantly.

  28. Well, apparently the Federalist will be condemend to death for Treason. Which is interesting to me. I read them now and then, and glad to know them discussing the politics of the Mueller investigation is athe height of evil.

    1. And of all people to cite for making that case – Linker? Mr. Can’t-even-libertarian?

    2. I’ve read their stuff.

      I am not sure, exactly, what they have been WRONG about.

      I’ll note the author didn’t either as he didn’t mention anything.

  29. A Damon Linker link? The guy that can’t even libertarian (you know, per some outfit called reason).
    Just sad.

  30. Damon Linker calls out “the irredeemable irresponsibility of The Federalist.”

    You Reason fugazis really are some of the biggest sad-sacks out there.

    Your Trump Derangement Syndrome is so acute you just can’t bring yourselves to admit that Trump was telling the truth along and your friends in the government and media were misleading you, no matter what new truthful information comes to light, even from those very same friends of yours. You’re absolutely fucking pathetic, you know that?

    1. I feel like I missed some key plot point in today’s episode of JournoList Fugazis.

    2. And yet you’re too mentally handicapped to find a different website that you won’t hate, huh. Sad!

      1. You have absolutely nothing of substance to say about this subject, or any other subject for that matter. I doubt you even have any clue whatsoever of what’s going on or what it is that we’re talking about.

        1. It’s both hilarious and pathetic that you think you do. Keep on keeping on, Simple Mikey.

  31. Surprised Reason doesn’t have an article about how the CIA worked illegally in the US with the FBI by sending a spy to Trumps people to entrap them. they are calling him an informant but informants are already in place who come forward. in this case FBI admits sending him in and that he was payed. that is spying.

    1. Reason does not see that story as having much of a libertarian angle. And it is a local story anyway. It is not a big national story with libertarian implications like California housing policies or giving their position on food truck regulations.

    2. I take it FOX News isn’t big on issuing retractions when it lies.

      1. Says the person who spent months saying the FBI didn’t spy on Trump and now says they did and it was totally okay.

        1. ???

          Since when is it a crime for the FBI to investigate likely criminals?

          1. That is why their failure to investigate the Clinton Foundation is such a big deal. Good point Tony

            1. What a sad person you are. How much time do you really have left? Do you want to spend that time being a pathetic dupe of the dregs of rightwing bullshit media?

              The Daily Caller, man, really? What do you actually think you’re getting out of this nonsense except a headache from all the hypocrisy and a brain so pickled you can’t see which way is up?

              1. You made a good point Tony. Beyond that your misery and powerless rage are so much fun. You misery, ignorance and hatred are at once horrific and entertaining.

                1. I think we all deserve to be a little perturbed at the sight of fellow Americans becoming willing victims of the stupidest tinpot fascist movement ever conceived.

                  Is he gonna have a special nickname before long? Dear Leader? Il Douche?

                  1. Tony that is what I said for 8 years. But Obama isn’t President anymore. The country made it.

                    1. Indeed.

                      At least Nixon didn’t use the FBI and CIA to spy on his opponents.

                      Now, LBJ probably did, but Nixon didn’t.

                    2. The rightwing bullshitpshere really should be better about issuing corrections to its lies. But then what would be the point?

                  2. “I think we all deserve to be a little perturbed at the sight of fellow Americans becoming willing victims of the stupidest tinpot fascist movement ever conceived.”

                    She lost, Tony.

                    1. I am starting to think Tony makes statements like this leaving out the names as a set up for the jokes that follow.

          2. Everyone is a ‘likely criminal’ ? that’s what’s wrong with that defense.

          3. Since when is it a crime for the FBI to investigate likely criminals?

            It’s not. However “Operation Crossfire Hurricane” originated with the CIA and John Brennan, which is definitely highly problematic and most likely criminal.

            1. The FBI wouldn’t have to investigate the Trump campaign’s conspiracy with Russia if the Trump campaign didn’t engage in an illegal conspiracy with Russia.

              Why do you people not care about that part?

              1. Tony, you really are the best thing about this website. No sarc.
                By the way, is there a way I can find all the comments you’ve made here collected in one place? Don’t have to go back more than a year, but 2 would be nice.
                I’m working on a book. Non-fiction.

                1. I’ll give permission for their use for half the royalties.

              2. Too bad that never actually happened, dickface. That’s why no evidence of it has never surfaced, and never will either. Nice try, though.

                Let me explain how our system is supposed to work so that even someone as fucking stupid as you are can perhaps understand it.

                Law enforcement IS permitted to criminally investigate suspects based on evidence that they have gathered firsthand, or based on evidence provided by others willing to swear to things they have seen firsthand.

                What our government is NOT permitted to do is to manufacture a “dossier” full of hearsay and unsubstantiated, unsourced bullcrap and then use that as a pretext to spy on Americans and conduct open-ended fishing expeditions against us.

                Do you understand a little better now, dickface?

                1. I don’t see what you’re so bitter and clingy about. The story about the FBI investigation of Trump and his entourage of cut-rate mafiosi is that they kept it a secret through the election, a courtesy not offered Mrs. Clinton. You should be thrilled. Well, not about what they’re going to turn up in the end, but at least they didn’t let their massive amounts of treasonous conspiring interfere with them getting elected!

              3. The FBI wouldn’t have to investigate the Trump campaign’s conspiracy with Russia if the Trump campaign didn’t engage in an illegal conspiracy with Russia.

                If there’s one thing you’re always good for, it’s the circular reasoning.

  32. But Congress has watched this revolution from the sidelines, thanks to reactionary lawmakers

    I don’t think the NYTs knows what that word means in the American political context. A reactionary would strive to reduce federal power to something less than it existed prior to the New Deal. Congressmen Ron Paul and the late Larry McDonald were reactionaries. Senators Barry Goldwater and Jesse Helms might fit the definition as well, at least for part of their careers.

    1. In this context, “reactionary”, as in “reactive” is set in contrast to “proactive”.

      Which is to say, they follow the trends, they don’t lead them.

  33. “At Friday’s event, Trump “gave a rare display of empathy,” says The New York Times editorial board.”

    Ah, piss off, you social-signaling NYT jerkwads.

    1. Do you object to the implication that empathy is a good thing, or are you just whining like a tit baby on behalf of the most powerful asshole on earth?

      1. Says the most hateful volicous person on here. Nothing says empathy like calling people bitter clingers and deplorables. The entire Progressive movement is based on the hatred and dehumanizing of the designated other.

      2. Says the most hateful volicous person on here. Nothing says empathy like calling people bitter clingers and deplorables. The entire Progressive movement is based on the hatred and dehumanizing of the designated other.

        1. If you don’t want people to think you’re bitter and deplorable, why do you act the way you do?

          1. lol yes Tony, you think the people you hate have it coming. That is my point doofus.

              1. I can only live your fantasies for so long. Stop living vicariously and profess your love for Tony. Tony is a power bottom. You two would make a good couple.

                1. At least you’re finally willing to admit that X is a top.

                  1. He is not much of one. But, it doesn’t take much of a top for it to work with Tony.

                    1. You tried X and didn’t like it?

                    2. I don’t remember any of this. I’m calling rape.

                    3. Every time I tried to call rape, I just got routed through to STEVE SMITH.

                      So… so I wouldn’t recommend calling rape.

                    4. You know you wanted it X

                    5. John is awfully vain about his asshole.

                    6. If you had mine, you would be too

                    7. That sounds like a compliment, unless there’s something about the mechanics here you understand that I don’t.

    2. Hey, the New York Times will have you know that this is just the fifth time Donald J Trump has displayed empathy in his entire life.

      1. What is funny about that is not that they think Trump has no empathy. It is that they honestly think people like the Clintons and Obama does

        1. That’s the funny part.

          Trump, to his defense, didn’t laugh about getting a pedophile off from his charges.

          1. Or was the guy ONLY a rapist?

  34. Under new Facebook rules, if you want to buy a political or an issue ad (more on what’s an issue later) in the US on Facebook you have to prove you are a permanent resident or a citizen here. I went through the process to see how it works.

    Well this is rich. So Facebook is setting up a kind of wall… if you will around their advertising business, requiring an… ID to participate in it. This all feels very racist to me.

    1. Points at Facebook and screeches ? la Donald Sutherland.

      1. It’s funny you say that, because I feel that Facebook, Twitter and Google are doing that to their users.

        1. It sure feels that way, doesn’t it? In fact, that should be the SJW symbol.

          Here it is for those who don’t know.

  35. So, the vast majority of prisoners get there through state governments. How many people are familiar with their state legislators?

    1. I did in Arizona. I refuse to even bother to pretend to understand what’s going on in Washington state politics.

  36. Hmm, Facebook will be able to maintain a global data base of the names and addresses of people who buy ads about guns.

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