Author: The BPI Squirrel

WaPo Stings a Fake News Stinger

Score a big one for honest, diligent journalism…. (More) “Because of our customary journalistic rigor, we weren’t fooled” Turns out it’s not so easy to dupe professional journalists: A woman who falsely claimed to the Washington Post that Roy Moore, the Republican U.S. Senate candidate in Alabama, impregnated her as a teenager appears to work with an organization that uses deceptive tactics to secretly record conversations in an effort to embarrass its targets. In a series of interviews over two weeks, the woman shared a dramatic story about an alleged sexual relationship with Moore in 1992 that led to...

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The Wingnut Court-Packing Plan

Republicans have a federal court-packing plan even bolder than FDR’s failed effort. (More) “A turducken of a scheme” The Washington Post published Ronald Klain’s warning just before the long holiday weekend: Conservatives have a new court-packing plan, and in the spirit of the holiday, it’s a turducken of a scheme: a regulatory rollback hidden inside a civil rights reversal stuffed into a Trumpification of the courts. If conservatives get their way, President Trump will add twice as many lifetime members to the federal judiciary in the next 12 months (650) as Barack Obama named in eight years (325). American...

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TIME, Me, and Squirrel of the Year

I guess I’m just too humble…. (More) I got a call from the editors of TIME yesterday. I didn’t even know they worked on Black Friday. Maybe they didn’t want to take their families to the mall. I was nibbling on the leftovers when my Blewberry chitter-chimed: THE AMAZINGNESS OF ME: Hello? TIME EDITOR: Hi, is this Regis Phlyphytyfts PhlyphyTyl the Third? THE AMAZINGNESS OF ME: Yes. Who’s this? TIME EDITOR: I’m calling from TIME maga– THE AMAZINGNESS OF ME: –I don’t want a subscription. Thanks anyway. Bye. I’d barely had time to take another nibble when my Blewberry...

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Flips and Flops

Michael Flynn may have flipped for Robert Mueller, and the God-King flopped with his Thanksgiving message to the troops. (More) I’m still logy from Mrs. Squirrel’s macadamia-stuffed-pecans yesterday so I’ll keep it brief. But today’s image is my imitation of Michael Flynn, if this analysis is accurate: A lawyer for former national security adviser Michael Flynn informed an attorney for President Trump this week that he can no longer discuss the special counsel’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, a sign that Flynn may be preparing to cooperate in the probe, people familiar with the investigation...

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Schneiderman: FCC Net Neutrality Comments Hacked

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman went public about the hack of FCC comments. (More) “Corrupted by the fraudulent use of Americans’ identities” The God-King’s FCC has stonewalled Schneiderman’s investigation, so he published an open letter: As you recently announced, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), under your leadership, soon will release rules to dismantle your agency’s existing “net neutrality” protections under Title II of the Communications Act, which shield the public from anti-consumer behaviors of the giant cable companies that provide high-speed internet to most people. In today’s digital age, the rules that govern the operation and delivery of...

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