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Conservatives Bid Scott Pruitt a Fond Farewell: Reason Roundup

Plus: a Cornell sexual misconduct case that proves Title IX is a catch-22

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Embattled Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt is out. President Donald Trump accepted his resignation Thursday.

Pruitt stood accused of a litany of petty abuses of power: wasting public dollars on lavish trips, renting a condo from a lobbyist, using his position to find a job for his wife, making his aides pay for stuff, holding off-the-books meetings. According to CNN,

Pruitt left EPA having faced more than a dozen inquiries or reviews into his practices at the agency….A spokesman for the EPA's Office of Inspector General told CNN that ongoing or pending reviews of Pruitt will continue, even though he has resigned.

"Any ongoing or pending OIG reviews related to the Administrator and/or his team will continue—regardless of the Administrator's resignation," the spokesman said.

Pruitt was a committed deregulator, though, and had worked to undo the Obama administration's aggressive approach on climate change. Many conservatives were sad to see him go:

Conservative commentator S.E. Cupp disagreed, writing, "Pruitt is not a hill to die on. He was graft personified. I talk to his ex-staffers, more will come out and it will be awful. Save your powder for other battles. He was a despicable abuse of power that no conservative should defend."

FREE MINDS

Nineteen Cornell University law professors have sent a letter to the administration imploring them to end a Title IX investigation into student Yogesh Patil and let him graduate. (Title IX is the federal state understood by the Education Department to require schools to adjudicate sexual misconduct.) An unnamed female student—"LA"—accused Patil of "retaliation" because he defended the reputation of his advisor, Professor Mukund Vengalattore, whom LA had accused of sexual harassment.

Patil operates a website that compiled information about LA's Title IX case against Vengalattore, according to The Cornell Daily Sun. If anyone is guilty of retaliation, it's LA, who retaliated against Patil for defending the professor, writes Cornell Law Professor Kevin Clermont:

All the website did was publicly discuss a case of immense academic importance. Yogesh's involvement comprised only "good faith actions" to question Cornell's treatment of his professor and to pursue his own professional self-interest so impacted by Cornell's actions against his lab. Restrained speech of this sort should not be deemed suppressible by a university.

If there was retaliation in this sequence, it was the complaint made by her against Yogesh, retaliating for his actively supporting his professor's case against Cornell, for being an honest witness against the complainant during the investigations into her allegations against the professor, and for having lodged complaints against her with Cornell's Judicial Administrator and other University officials as well as with the federal Office of Civil Rights. The circumstances of her new complaint are suspicious: After waiting months or years, she filed on May 23, 2018. Yogesh's parents and brother were en route from India and Australia to see him graduate. At the last moment, he learned that Cornell, without investigation, was automatically withholding his degree in response to her mere filing of the complaint. Indeed, there is the injustice: the automatic withholding of a degree based on a complainant's say-so.

This is another example of a troubling aspect of Title IX investigations: Criticizing Title IX is frequently held to constitute a violation of the underlying policy.

FREE MARKETS

Trump's massive tariffs on Chinese goods went into effect this morning. China has already retaliated. The results could be catastrophic for the economy, reports The New York Times:

The escalation of the trade war from threat to reality is expected to ripple through global supply chains, raise costs for businesses and consumers and roil global stock markets, which have been volatile in anticipation of a prolonged trade fight between the United States and almost everyone else.

On Thursday, President Trump showed no signs of backing down from his fight, saying aboard Air Force One that the first wave of tariffs on $34 billion in goods would quickly be followed by levies on another $16 billion of Chinese products. And Mr. Trump continued to threaten Beijing with escalating tariffs on as much as $450 billion worth of Chinese goods.

For now, it is unclear how—or whether—the trade war might conclude. Mr. Trump's threats have been met with vows from China to retaliate, a stalemate that will require one side to blink first in order to avoid a protracted fight. With no official talks scheduled between the two countries, and disagreements within the Trump administration about how best to proceed, a quick resolution seems increasingly unlikely.

No one knows exactly what Trump hopes to achieve with all this. Tanking the economy is one of the surest ways to doom his reelection chances.

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  • Ed Schulz, the former MSNBC news anchor and current host of a program on Russia Today, has died:
  • "I stopped going to the gym because of Trump. Now I can't open jars."
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  • New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is willing to issue more food cart permits, which would shrink the city's booming black market.
  • Pokemon Go turns two years old today. Do you remember life without it?
  • A Michigan State University professor says Latino students are perpetuating "colorblind racism" by emphasizing hard work and self-reliance.

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  1. So suddenly cabinet members aren’t allowed some perks?

    1. You should see all the perks that military brass get.

  2. A Michigan State University professor says Latino students are perpetuating “colorblind racism” by emphasizing hard work and self-reliance.

    You know, i’m starting to think the entry criteria for a professorship aren’t all that hard to meet.

    1. Clearly her methodology was flawed. Everyone knows all latinos are devout communists intent on defrauding social servicews.

      1. Oh, naturally. Latinx persons are a lefty plot to destroy the Real America. It is known.

        1. Those brown bastards are terking our jerbz AND our welfarez!

          1. I read that as “twerking our jerbz” and it made me miss Heroic Mulatto all over again.

    2. It’s simply racist to think certain thoughts about hard work and self-reliance, because that judges minorities disproportionately.

      That’s really the only position that woke, compassionate race-aware people can take.

    3. Check out the professor’s record of publications. It’s horrible.

    4. MSU awarded her $25,000 to conduct the research for the study.

      So, only $500 per student to interview 50 Hispanics. Prof. Ayala is the one who’s being oppressed! Right?

  3. Ed Schulz, the former MSNBC news anchor and current host of a program on Russia Today, has died…

    Trump claims his first victim.

    1. I would say he’s in a better place, but…………..

  4. Now I can’t open jars.

    That Guardian site is a mass of clinical insanity. How do these people manage to take care of themselves.

    1. “It was 9 November 2016 and my thinking about fitness changed almost overnight. In tune with the times, it became more Trump, less Obama…..Yeah, I could pull a pretend sled, but how was that going to help me when the world had been destroyed by nuclear weapons or climate change?”

      This lady needs to just put politics down and walk away, because obviously she’s not mentally mature enough to handle it. How in the world does she find the strength to even get out of bed in the morning?

      1. Soon she probably won’t!

        1. Cathy made a funny by insulting the mental and physical strength of women.

          Just like old times.

          1. Or, you know, the choices of one specific woman.

    2. Trump won the election, and now my cock curves the other way!

  5. So, we’ve been told to wait for July 6 and all the ‘leverage’ behind our self-harmtariffs would work out well.
    One wonders what the new magic date will be.

    1. Paging Ken Schultz. We have goalposts that need to move.

      1. You beat me to it!

    2. Goalposts already moved from June 22 when first tariffs went in place.
      Nothing happens over the weekend. Give it until Monday.
      No, wait, that’s when the supreme court pick gets announced. Don’t want to steal from that thunder.
      Better keep Tuesday clear for the afterglow. How about July 10 for the new date?

    3. Technically you people didnt “wait” until July 6.

      A somewhat united front against China would have given the Chinese less hope that they can convince the US to undermine Trump’s plan.

      But whatever, its a free country (barely), and you people can spout off about the Communists in China and the Socialists in the EU will just magically rollback their managed trade restrictions just because.

      I think that I will give Trump 6 months to a year for his trade plan to work or not.

      1. … *convince the US media to undermine Trump’s plan.

  6. A Michigan State University professor says Latino students are perpetuating “colorblind racism” by emphasizing hard work and self-reliance.

    This professor is ruining a lot of narratives.

    1. But by focusing only on race, and de-emphasizing hard work and self reliance, he’s perpetuating the stereotype against liberal college professors.

    2. You know who else ruined a lot of narratives?

      1. George Lucas?

      2. Trump. It’s Trump, right?

        1. Does it count as ruining the game if you mention literally him?

          1. Since Trump is literally Hitler, Godwin applies.

      3. Dolores Abernathy?

      4. Sgt. Joe Friday?

      5. Shakespeare?

  7. Now I can’t open jars.

    BECAUSE YOU’RE A WOMAN, amirite, husbands?

    1. If they take that job from us, we will have nothing left, fellas, amirite? No, wait, we will still have taking out the garbage. That will always be ours.

    2. I can’t imagine how horrible it would be to have to spend time with that person.

      1. The article is actually pretty tongue-in-cheek, and seems to mostly be a superficially politicized excuse for a basic Ozzie lady to complain about being out of shape.

  8. Ed Schulz, the former MSNBC news anchor and current host of a program on Russia Today, has died:

    Another one of the Reason PFL’s JournoList heroes, gone too soon.

  9. ‘Pruitt stood accused of a litany of petty abuses of power: wasting public dollars on lavish trips, renting a condo from a lobbyist, using his position to find a job for his wife, making his aides pay for stuff, holding off-the-books meetings.’

    So pretty much what everyone else in all levels of government do on a daily basis?

    1. Yes, but they’re expected to at least act like they’re trying to be discreet about it. Also, Trump.

  10. Liz is traveling, but will return for regular Roundup coverage on Monday.

    http://bozims.co.uk/wp-content…..a-joke.gif

    1. Let me guess, she and the George Clooney of Mother Jones Magazine are honeymooning in Red Square or Havana or perhaps Berkeley?

      1. Man, Beagle’s Sock Bling is REALLY torn up about losing his shot with her, isn’t he.

        1. I have a beagle, and it’s fucked up that you keep trying to associate that breed with Mikey. My dog is WAY smarter than Mikey is.

              1. It’s hard to come up with a nickname more denigrating than “Weigel’s Cock Ring,” a theoretical object that exists only to participate in the sexual pleasure of Weigel, deriving no benefit from the transaction itself aside from having mindlessly fulfilled its purpose.

                You can’t shame a shameless man.

          1. Does your beagle sit on his doghouse, pretending he’s Maverick from Top Gun?

            1. No, he pretends he’s Jamie Foxx from Stealth. It’s embarrassing and we’re trying to get him to stop.

              1. Fuck, dude. My sympathies.

      2. If she comes to Berkeley, I’ll treat her to the vegan butcher shop.

    2. I prepared fruit sushi for this occasion. Its magnificent.

    3. Thank goodness – these sex links blow.

    4. I don’t get the joke.

  11. “I stopped going to the gym because of Trump. Now I can’t open jars.”

    Are there any bounds to how far Trump will go to ruin our lives!?!?!

  12. No one knows exactly what Trump hopes to achieve with all this. Tanking the economy is one of the surest ways to doom his reelection chances.

    Drumpf has zero chance of getting re-elected. Even if the economy is good, Obama deserves all the credit, and voters know that. So just look at what Drumpf is responsible for ? colluding with Russia to steal the election from the most qualified candidate ever, ripping children out of their parents’ arms, referring to black and brown countries as “shitholes,” calling immigrants “animals,” putting right-wing extremist Neil Gorsuch on the Supreme Court.

    The damage he’s done to this country has been worse than anybody could have imagined. No way he gets a second term. In fact he might not even finish his first term if #ItsMuellerTime delivers like I expect him to.

    #Resist
    #StillWithHer
    #LibertariansForGillibrand

    1. Well, Gillibrand was almost single-handedly responsible for getting rid of Al Franken. But for that reason alone the Democrats wont let that woman near the nomination for President.

    2. Wait wait wait wait wait —

      the most qualified candidate ever

      You either admit Obama was not the most qualified candidate and stile her election the first time, or you are saying Obama should have run for a third term, perhaps after self-identifying as a female so he could also be the first woman President.

  13. “I stopped going to the gym because of Trump. Now I can’t open jars.”

    Show some self-respect and hide your inability to open jars from the world like the rest of us.

    1. I can come over and open some jars for you, if you know what I mean.

    2. Have you tried using a hammer? Sure, the glass is a bitch to clean up, but it gets jars open like POW!

  14. Conservatives Bid Scott Pruitt a Fond Farewell

    Scott Pruitt served his purpose. While lefties were screaming at him, Trump got the following done:
    Gorsuch on the SCOTUS
    Tax reform passed
    Withdrew from Paris Climate accords
    Made sure USA did not join TPP
    2 for 1 repeal EO
    Adding border wall
    Cracking down on immigration
    Peace talks with NK
    Weakened ObamaCare but still no Congressional repeal
    Got Obamacare individual mandate repealed
    Moved US Embassy to Jeruselem
    Almost destroyed ISIS military forces
    Reversed numerous EPA rules
    Reversed numerous Obama rules and regulation

    Nominating another SCOTUS justice.

    1. Almost destroyed ISIS military forces

      “Almost” counts as “got done”?

      Also…he hasn’t nominated another SCOTUS justice yet. Or built the wall.

      1. “got done” as in got the USA done working on it.

        Better than Boosh’s “Mission Accomplished” when nothing was done. Trump distracts and then gets stuff done or makes real progress.

        1. But, Bush got the USA done working on Iraq. I mean, by your definition of “got the USA done working on” at least.

          1. In your mind those are the same things.

    2. Right. If it hadn’t been for the distraction provided by Pruitt, none of these things could or would have been done.
      Sure, whatever you say.

      1. N-dimensional chess, homie. It only looks like Whac-a-Mole if you’re not a stable genius.

        1. Chess has multiple pieces homie.

          Pruitt was a pawn. They are the cannonfodder.

            1. You calling hm a horse’s ass?

              1. I didn’t think i needed to.

                1. You people crack me up.

                  You really think everything that Trump does is random.

                  Extra funny that people get their panties in such a bunch over such randomness that works.

  15. The results could be catastrophic for the economy, reports The New York Times

    You mean Trump might lose reelection for a boring reason like the economy? It’s the political version of Al Capone.

    1. Yes, Trump can single-handedly steer the economy with his directives. That’s how it works.

      1. As long as that’s how people believe it works, it certainly can affect his reelection chances.

        1. And it’s the MSM’s job to make sure that’s what people believe.

      2. You drive with two hands? How terribly uncool.

        1. No, I drive with my left hand, and I am opening jars with my right.

          1. Chipper has sunglasses pushed up on top of his head AND sunglasses over his eyes. That’s how cool he is.

            1. Chipper once got six dudes to cum at the same time. That’s how cool he is.

              1. Chipper has on a backwards baseball cap, and when he turns it around, it’s still backwards. That’s how cool he is.

                1. Chipper met Lawrence Taylor once, and Taylor asked for his autograph. That’s how cool he is.

                  1. Chipper once kick-flipped his longboard over a sleeping* homeless dude in the parking lot of Taco Bell, and now he gets free Fiesta Potatoes for life. That’s how cool he is.

                    *or possibly dead

                    1. Chipper once got Citizen X to goad me into a competition over who could come up with the better lines about how cool Chipper is, and I bit and failed horribly.

                      That’s how cool he is.

                    2. Chipper always knew that we were gonna die one day.

    2. It’s the NYT so you know they’re giddily rubbing their hands together at the prospect of the economy tanking.

  16. Tanking the economy is one of the surest ways to doom his reelection chances.

    Sure, but not if he wins the trade war!

    1. I’m not sure the world will survive the Global Warming acceleration when he does win and heads explode everywhere.

  17. “Colorblind racism”. Truly a phrase for the ages.
    smdh
    I note with interest the extent to which skin tone was included in descriptions of the interviewed.

    “Hegemonic” is also a rather curious dismissal of the lived experience of those interviewed.
    I suppose math, science, and logic are hegemonic as well.

    It was once a very good school. Parts of it may still be, but …

  18. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is willing to issue more food cart permits, which would shrink the city’s booming black market.

    Anything to meddle with a market.

    1. which would shrink the city’s booming black market.

      What a racist!

  19. Pruitt was a committed deregulator, though

    Given the way deregulators are perceived by their detractors, being questionable ethically is especially damaging.

    1. Gosh, if only it were possible to deregulate without being a corrupt piece of shit.

      1. Anybody who claims to want a weaker state apparatus and yet takes a job within it is not gonna be on the up-and-up. It’s theoretically possible that they’re trying to bring it down from the inside, but given the kinds of swamp creatures to whom such jobs are available, it’s far, far more likely they’re in it to loot until they get caught.

        1. ^Yep, pretty much this.

        2. Maybe. But I’ll surely take 10 Mick Mulvaney’s for 1 Scott Pruit any day of the week.

      2. That is an interesting philosophical question. I am leaning towards no.

      3. I’m hoping Trump has a squeaky-clean Mormon or something in his back pocket who wants to drill, baby, drill.

        But… probably not.

        1. The new guy was a coal industry lobbyist, so the #Resist movement can rest easy now

  20. And Mr. Trump continued to threaten Beijing with escalating tariffs on as much as $450 billion worth of Chinese goods.

    Why threaten billions, when you can threaten… millions?

    1. Please abolish the FBI and Homeland Insecurity with ICE.

    2. That’s the warning cry from the Chamber of Commerce that you might have to pay an extra nickel for a bottle of shampoo.

      1. Let me guess, an extra nickel would be no big deal, but you really hate when liberals poo-poo the amount the average deplorable saved from Trump’s tax cut?

        1. You should probably stop getting human insight from the voices in your head.

  21. After waiting months or years, she filed on May 23, 2018. Yogesh’s parents and brother were en route from India and Australia to see him graduate. At the last moment, he learned that Cornell, without investigation, was automatically withholding his degree in response to her mere filing of the complaint. Indeed, there is the injustice: the automatic withholding of a degree based on a complainant’s say-so.

    REALLY glad Past Me went to college in the early 2000s.

    1. Same, every time I read shit like this, I am so glad that I got out when I did.

  22. I stopped going to the gym because of Trump. Now I can’t open jars.”

    This is why Trump being President is so hilarious. He makes lefties sooooooo miserable. Hopefully she becomes depressed enough to hang herself.

    1. Unfortunately, it is the job of every leftist to make the rest of us miserable too.

      1. You seem…churlish and dour, Rhywun.

        1. Your passive-aggressive poasting career would make anyone grumpy.

    2. Hopefully she becomes depressed enough to hang herself.

      Now that Trump is president, how is she supposed to tie a knot or reach the rafters?

  23. “Color-blindness within higher education negatively shapes the experiences of students of color,” Ayala writes, stressing that students are “preventing the rebuttal of an ideology that not only invalidates their unique and cumulative racial experiences, but those of other people of color.”

    Why is it all about color with these people?

    1. More than that, why can’t it be that the Latinx experience is that hard work fucking pays off?

      Why she gotta invalidate their unique and cumulative racial experience (of color)?

    2. students are “preventing the rebuttal of an ideology that not only invalidates their unique and cumulative racial experiences, but those of other people of color.”

      “Quit trying to excel as individuals. What right do you have to stand out in any way from others who sorta look like you? The tallest blade of grass gets cut first, you know.”

    3. They are racists? *shrug*

      1. Bzzt. Sorry. “Racism” now has a cultural component based on traditional power structures. They’re just garden-variety bigots, which is cool

        1. The preferred nomenclature is “woke.”

  24. Pokemon Go turns two years old today. Do you remember life without it?

    I didn’t experience it the first or second time around. So yes.

    1. Yes, i remember the time before that two-week period when grown-ass adults kept walking in front of my car because they were obsessed with a game for children.

      1. At least that time they had an excuse for walking in front of your car.

        1. Yeah, in my neighborhood it’s normally just Cordyceps infestation.

  25. “Color-blindness within higher education negatively shapes the experiences of students of color,” Ayala writes, stressing that students are “preventing the rebuttal of an ideology that not only invalidates their unique and cumulative racial experiences, but those of other people of color.”

    Perhaps *this* will help us understand WTF she’s talking about:

    “La ceguera de color dentro de la educaci?n superior da forma negativa a las experiencias de los estudiantes de color”, escribe Ayala, enfatizando que los estudiantes son “evitando la refutaci?n de una ideolog?a que no s?lo invalida sus experiencias raciales ?nicas y acumuladas, pero los de otras personas de color. “

  26. [Pruitt] was a despicable abuse of power that no conservative should defend.

    I’m sure his main defenders aren’t conservatives, they’re Trumpsters. Give the guy a week or so to do the exit interview rounds on the TV news shows and say anything the least little bit critical of Trump and that’ll be the end of that. Trump’s vaunted loyalty only extends as far as his left butt cheek and only for as long as it’s being smooched, you stop kissing that ass and they’ll turn on you like a pack of jackals.

    1. If *only* Hillary had won!

      1. But she did!

        #StillWIthHim
        #InternsToo

  27. “Gareon Conley Sues Rape Accuser, Says Allegation Cost Him Endorsement Deals”
    […]
    “TMZ Sports reported Thursday that the lawsuit states the accuser is liable for “malicious criminal prosecution.”
    Conley is seeking damages for the hit his reputation took as a result of the case, as well as his drop in the 2017 NFL draft and lost endorsement deals, including a contract with Nike.
    The rape allegation was brought before a grand jury in July 2017, but no charges were filed against Conley.”
    https://bleacherreport.com/articles/2784597-
    gareon-conley-sues-rape-accuser-says-
    allegation-cost-him-endorsement-deals

  28. “The results [of Trump’s tariff war] could be catastrophic for the economy, reports The New York Times”

    Robby follows this up with a quote from the NYT that says no such thing. They’re not that stupid.

    “No one knows exactly what Trump hopes to achieve with all this. Tanking the economy is one of the surest ways to doom his reelection chances.”

    By “no one”, Robby means himself, and then rides a pathetic slippery slope to the tariffs “tanking the economy”?

    For those who are interested in what the markets have to say about the economy “tanking”, the Dow and the S&P 500 both closed up yesterday–and they both trading even higher this morning. No doubt, a trade war won’t be good for the economy, but Robby’s writing here is dumber than creationism. The markets are telling us that the bad news is already baked into their current earnings assumptions.

    But Robby knows better, I guess.

    1. So, no “I was wrong, the tariffs did indeed go into effect” from you then?

      1. I never said they wouldn’t.

        I said I hoped they wouldn’t, and that the closer we got to them, the more pressure there was to avert them.

        I think the strongest statements I ever made were 1) That the trade war with China hadn’t started yet–no matter what you read at Reason–and 2) That I was “cautiously optimistic” that they would be averted.

        I’m as disappointed as anybody, and I hoped that reason would prevail. It didn’t.

        Booooooooooooo!

        P.S. Is this like a TDS thing, where if I don’t pretend something has happened that actually hasn’t happened yet, it means I’m anti-free trade like Donald Trump? If I have a sense of proportion, does that mean I’m anti-free trade, too? Just in case, because I’m not willing to make a fool of myself, doesn’t mean I support Trump on trade or immigration policy.

      2. I’n sure Kathy L would never have said she was wrong if Trump’s plan did work in 2 months.

  29. There are progressives who are smarter than to write drivel like this. Robby is making a fool of himself, which wouldn’t matter except that it’s nauseating to see him do it under the banner of libertarianism. Robby makes libertarians look bad the way Tony makes progressives look bad–it’s like that. Example? Keynes was wrong about a lot of things, but reading what Tony used to write about Keynes, he makes him look far dumber than Keynes actually was. Can you imagine if people thought Robby’s writing on markets was somehow representative of libertarians and their general understanding of how they work? How embarrassing!

    It’s like a child’s drawing . . . there isn’t any sense of proportion.

    1. Is this how you deflect attention from your constant “no trade war yet” screeds, by attacking Robby?

      How clever and brave.

      1. Deflect attention from the “no trade war yet” fact?

        I reiterated it below.

      2. P.S. Are you defending Robby’s writing here?

        Are you suggesting that turd is something other than a turd?

      3. Robby and people like you Scarecrow never waited until today to see if it worked.

        Trump upping the managed trade that the USA had and seeing if the China and the EU would lower their trade restrictions was something you never wanted and were never willing to see if it worked.

        I know how you feel though. I knew that Hillary would never win election 2016 and I was proven right.

  30. “The escalation of the trade war from threat to reality is expected to ripple through global supply chains, raise costs for businesses and consumers and roil global stock markets, which have been volatile in anticipation of a prolonged trade fight between the United States and almost everyone else.”

    —-New York Times

    Even the New York Times recognizes that the trade war with China didn’t become a reality until yesterday?

    Even the New York Times?!

    1. Ken, I’m not sure why you’re babbling on about your “prediction” that July 6 was the day to watch for. I think everyone knew that was the case, because that was when China’s retaliatory tariffs were expected to go into effect. You can’t really have a trade war with only one participant. I’m not aware of any cases where Reason has specifically declared that we were in the “midst of a trade war” up until July 6, most of the coverage has been about the dangers of an impending trade war.

      As to the slippery slope argument, would you believe that tariffs on $450B worth of goods would “tank” the economy? That’s the direction that our President seems to think the slope is leading us.

      1. The USA has been in a trade war for decades.

        We have managed trade not free trade.

  31. Hey Ken, are you defending the most comically corrupt cabinet member in the history of the fucking universe or do I just need some more coffee?

    1. I have no idea what you’re blabbing about.

    2. I usually just skim Ken’s walls o’ text, and even that was enough to see that there was nothing in them about Pruitt. You’re not even trying anymore, Tony.

        1. Lazy and historically illiterate is no way to go through life, son.

          1. So in history there is a more comically corrupt member of the US cabinet? Is he or she currently serving in the cabinet?

            1. “Comically” is subjective, but the only thing Trump’s cabinet has over almost every other cabinet is recency.

            2. “So in history there is a more comically corrupt member of the US cabinet?”

              One Hillary Rodham Clinton comes to mind, extorting millions of dollars from foreign governments while a sitting SoS.
              So yeah, WAAAAY more corrupt.

              1. “Rarely is the question asked: Is our children learning?”

                1. “Rarely is the question asked: Is our children learning?”

                  Oh, LOOK!
                  Tony found a grammatical MISTAKE! The entire government is undermined!
                  Hey, Tony! Remember “57 states”?

                  1. Remember when that guy’s booze-soaked brain and his evil sidekick were the source of America’s global embarrassment?

                    I feel that it’s not necessarily productive to one-up this.

                    1. “I feel that it’s not necessarily productive to one-up this.”

                      You should feel that way, loser. You backed that scumbag who lost.

                  2. Or ‘corpsemen’?

          2. Lazy and historically illiterate is no way to go through life, son.

            I beg to differ, good sir!

          3. Citizen X Citizen has no grade point average.

            1. “I can’t believe i threw up in front of The Jacket.”
              “Face it, Tony, you threw up ON The Jacket.”

              1. That reminds me, I need to get one of my jackets dry cleaned in case we have a winter this year.

                1. You forgot — Trump is president. Massive Trump-caused global warming means there will *never* be another winter. Ever.

  32. Pokemon Go turns two years old today. Do you remember life without it?

    *looks around nervously*

    I don’t remember life with it.

  33. Maybe Scott Pruitt will finally have enough time to operate a Jesus Chicken store. With his oh-so-qualified wife by his side, of course.

    The downside of Pruitt quitting is that some of the investigations of his conduct may lose steam before the censures and surcharges occur.

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