After conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt criticized President George W. Bush’s ethics counsel Richard Painter for lacking professionalism, the former White House official came back at him with ferocity.
While defending EPA secretary Scott Pruitt’s $50-a-night stay in the D.C. apartment of an oil lobbyist’s wife by claiming it wasn’t corrupt, Hewitt’s comments turned personal after Painter rebuked his defense.
“[Pruitt’s actions were] reviewed by the career deputy senior associate general and the ethics official at this agency, for whom I have no knowledge but a great deal of respect,” the radio host said. “Mr. Painter doesn’t. He’s entitled to pass judgment on whoever he wants, but there’s a reason he’s in Minnesota and not Washington, D.C. that goes to whether you have regard for other professionals work.”
“Excuse me!” Painter said, interjecting. “I am fed up of people being attacked in Minnesota, in my state!”
“We are sick and tired of K Street lobbyists who look down on us in Minnesota and say ‘this is the reason you’re in Minnesota’ instead of raking in money in Washington, D.C.,” he continued.
“This is corruption,” Painter said. “This is why the people of Minnesota and every other state here in flyover country, where you wanna look down on us, we are gonna vote these people out.”
“That’s disgusting, what you just said about people in Minnesota,” he continued, directing his anger at Hewitt as his co-panelist smiled. “That somehow we are here because we don’t play by your rules in Washington. We’re gonna shut it down!”
check your email, ladies
Kev is a fool 😄
The Kentucky GOP just rammed through a bill that includes $80 million in corporate tax cuts, but taxes Kentuckians for car repairs and trips to the vet. Don’t ever tell me again that the GOP is fighting for average Americans. https://t.co/pXCHqiL4pG
— Tom Perez (@TomPerez) April 3, 2018
Emma GonzálezVerified account@Emma4Change
The people with the power to make changes keep making the wrong changes; no matter how much we tell them to listen to us there will always be a backpack manufacturer saying, “Hey they need clear backpacks, we got you covered,”…
…or a Barricade Renter saying “Hey do you need any extra fences that will create the illusion of safety but are easily jumpable and make all the students feel like a combination of prisoners and livestock?”…
…When people pay money for these modifications on our school (the only one in the county being altered btw) that means Someone Is Getting Paid and I am Sick and Tired of us being treated like prize pigs.
Hewitt couldn’t keep a straight face, not with that ASS WHIPPING!
Yeah, and it seems to be getting worse by the day.
David Nakamura @ DavidNakamura
Trump is asking Baltic heads of state to praise his leadership on NATO in one of those cabinet room roundtables that are filmed by news cameras.
To me if a person has to asked you to praise or compliment him or her for anything is a sign of insecurity. But we all know that this buzzard is EXREMELY insecure. Sidenote: did you all see how Melancholia was looking at him during that Easter speech? I thought for a minute she was going to speak up!
Told you they were trying and continue to kill these American Citizens
Verified account @brianklaas
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The real number of people who died in Hurricane Maria was over 1,000, according to new research. Trump paid it little attention, attacked the Mayor of San Juan repeatedly on Twitter, and insinuated that Puerto Ricans were lazy.
What say you, Bernie?
There are like 10 Black and 10 Hispanic people in the entire state.
But, this doesn’t shock me.
Study finds discrimination in VT traffic stops
BURLINGTON, Vt. (NEWS10) – According to a study from the University
of Vermont, black and Hispanic drivers in Vermont are more likely than
white motorists to be searched by police during traffic stops.
Vermont Public Radio reports the study found that black and Hispanic drivers in
the state are as much as four times more likely to be searched, even
though they are less likely to be found with contraband.
Colchester Police Chief Jennifer Morrison says many departments are addressing implicit bias with training.
Report: Pruitt Used Loophole To Give Two Top Aides Huge Raises
By Matt Shuham | April 3, 2018 10:58 am
After the White House rejected a request to grant significant raises to two of his top aides last month, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt used a loophole in a law meant to ease the hiring of environmental experts to give the staffers raises himself, the Atlantic reported Tuesday.
The raises went to Pruitt’s senior counsel Sarah Greenwalt and EPA scheduling director Millan Hupp, the Atlantic reported. Their pay increased from $107,435 to $164,200 and $86,460 to $114,590, respectively. Both staffers had worked for Pruitt when he was Oklahoma attorney general.
The Safe Drinking Water Act allows Pruitt to hire up to 30 people without White House or congressional approval. But instead of using that authority to hire environmental experts needed in certain understaffed offices at the agency, the Atlantic reported, Pruitt used it to give Greenwalt and Hupp the increased salaries he’d wanted — after the White House had rejected his request for the raises, according to unnamed sources familiar with those aspects of the story.
Interior Moderates Park Pricing After Outrage From Pretty Much Everyone
By Kate Riga | April 3, 2018 11:46 am
After receiving intense backlash from hundreds of thousands of outdoorsy Americans, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is moderating his idea to exorbitantly raise entrance fees at the most highly visited national parks, the Washington Post reported Tuesday.
Over the month-long public comment period, the Washington Post reported that the National Park Service website was flooded with outraged comments from people irate over the proposed hike of entry fees from $25 to $70 at several popular parks.
According to the Washington Post, a price raise is still on the table, but one small enough to avoid driving the incensed masses away from what could be a record-breaking year for visits.
Huge coalition now challenging Trump’s plan to rig 2020 Census:
States: CA, NY, CT, DE, IL, IA, MA, MD, MN, NJ, NM, NC, OR, PA, RI, VT, WA, VA + DC
Cities: Chicago, NYC, Philly, Providence, SF, Seattle, 1,400 mayors
Civil rights groups: @naacphttps://t.co/Zl3dhMGlRJ
— Ari Berman (@AriBerman) April 3, 2018
Breaking News: Alex Van der Zwaan sentenced to 30 days in prison in the Trump-Russia probe & a $20,000 fine #MuellerInvestigation
McCabe, Amazon and Defending the Republic from Donald Trump
By Josh Marshall
April 1, 2018 6:17 pm
Why Trump thinks he’s winning his war on media
April 3, 2018 at 8:41 am EDT
Nothing helps President Trump more — or tightens his hold on his base more securely — than his cozy, mutually beneficial relationship with conservative TV. Trump’s feedback loop, including cable-news coverage, and mainstream media squawking, convinces the president that he’s winning his war on media.
The mainstream media’s skeptical-to-sneering coverage of Fox and Sinclair just endears those outlets to Trump, and causes his diehard supporters to dig in even deeper.
How it works: “Trump demands instant gratification and the quickest way to do it is to kick a shared enemy of his media allies (WaPo being the one this week). He’ll get instant feedback, phone calls from cable hosts and approving coverage on their shows. It’s the modern version of call and response: his tweets, their chyrons.”
Ok, this just made me LOL.
“The whole post office thing, that’s very much a perception he has,” a source told Axios. “It’s been explained to him in multiple meetings that his perception is inaccurate and that the post office actually makes a ton of money from Amazon.” https://t.co/dAXlhOuiuU pic.twitter.com/zzvQzhUDdQ
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) March 29, 2018
He’s knows all of this. He’s trying to tank the stock because he’s a petty thug. And I’d bet either his sons or friends shorted Amazon before he did this. https://t.co/APQb4v35ev
— Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) March 29, 2018
Trump is lying again. Amazon has saved the postal service, and it’s so profitable for the USPS that they’ve added Sunday delivery in some cities. He’s going after amazon because they own the Washington Post. This is more vengeance from a crazy despot. https://t.co/BC8ha96KlX
— John Aravosis (@aravosis) March 29, 2018
Why let phucking FACTS get in the way.
The USPS got into serious financial trouble WHEN THE GOP FORCED THEM FUN PENSION MANDATES FOR 75 YEARS IN A 5 YEAR SPAN.
AS IF, they cared about the Pensions of USPS workers…when has the GOP ever given two shyts about the pensions of government workers.
Papadopoulos reportedly says Sessions “encouraged” him to find out about hacked Clinton emails
Former US Attorney Barbara McQuade speaks to Joy about new developments in the Mueller investigation involving George Papadopolous, Jeff Sessions and Alexander van der Zwaan.
Communications between Trump and Putin raise questions
Former Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul talks to Joy about presidential communications and relationships with Putin amidst a report from the Kremlin that President Trump invited Putin to the White House.
The national significance of Oklahoma’s teacher walk-out
04/02/18 04:05 PM—UPDATED 04/02/18 06:25 PM
By Steve Benen
There are areas across the country where policymakers refuse to make necessary investments in education, but some of the details in this Washington Post piece on Oklahoma put conditions in the Sooner State in an especially unflattering light.
The report added, “Oklahoma’s schools and educators have endured some of the steepest cuts in education in the last decade, reductions that are evident in dwindling supplies, aging textbooks and the pay stubs of teachers. Before last week, state lawmakers have not raised the minimum salary for teachers in a decade, making them among the worst paid in the nation.”
Instead of guiding his media allies, Trump is the one being guided
04/03/18 08:00 AM
By Steve Benen
During a recent meeting on veterans issues, Donald Trump reportedly called a Fox News personality, Pete Hegseth, “to get his opinion” on pending legislation. As the investigation into the Russia scandal intensifies, the president has sought legal guidance from Fox News personality Jeanine Pirro.
And the Daily Beast reported yesterday that Trump has an especially close relationship with Lou Dobbs, a likeminded Fox Business host, to the point that Dobbs’ voice is literally part of White House discussions.
Plane carrying US Special Forces gets stuck on a sandy airstrip in a remote area in Kenya near the Somalia border. The US-registered aircraft belonged to Erik Prince, founder of Blackwater, Trump’s unofficial war advisor. (Note men in the bushes) #AlShabaab #USSF #Somalia #Kenya pic.twitter.com/ZevLjVn1TE
— Margot Kiser (@margotkiser) April 2, 2018
BREAKING: Trump proposes to end funding for ACA insurance exchanges. pic.twitter.com/RBrOFhVxlt
— Andy Slavitt (@ASlavitt) April 2, 2018
How is this remotely ok?
I agree with someone on Twitter – Bezos should purchase Twitter out of his petty cash and shut down his account.
#NeverAgainMSD #MarchForOurLives #MartinLutherKing “All we say to America is, “Be true to what you said on paper…….”
“The greatest of America is the right to PROTEST for RIGHT”
“Tears Flow As San Jose Father Facing Deportation Released From Immigration Hold”
The kids are who we’ve been waiting for. Absolutely amazing.
Beautiful article of a community saving a lady from deportation:
“A sanctuary of one: Facing deportation after 30 years in the United States, a woman’s decision to take refuge in a church is changing the lives of a rallying community — and her own spirit.”
Happy Birthday, Eddie Murphy! 🎈🎂🎈 (April 3, 1961)
Happy Birthday Richard Mayhew! 🎈🎂🎈 (April 3, 1924) Thanks for sharing your artist gift with the world!
Painter was not having it. Uh uh…LOL
Good Morning,Everyone 😄😄😄
Good Morning Rikyra and Everyone 😊