News Roundup for Thursday, May 17, 2018

Swamp creature. The New Yorker’s cover right now.

Tom Wolfe RIP. We’re all living in a discarded sequel to “Bonfire of the Vanities.”  – Ross Douthat, New York Times


I have so much affection for this young woman. It’s May, 3 months after Parkland. And it took this long for her face to be shrapnel free. Got shot. Spoke out to millions. Threw up. Kept going. I’m telling you, the kids are alright.

Wow. Follow the money. Never more true. The source of the leak of confidential documents that showed Trump lawyer Michael Cohen used shell companies to haul in payments from companies doing business with the Trump administration? The Treasury Dept.’s been investigating. And now it turns out it was somebody in law enforcement, concerned reports on Cohen’s activities had gone missing from the government database. Worried information was being kept from law enforcement, he released the remaining documents. Ronen Farrow has the story at The New Yorker

Fight’s not over & now becomes a wedge issue in November: Senate approves overturning FCC’s net neutrality repeal

Pallone accuses White House of trying to suppress a report on PFCs in drinking water.

Legacy. What is Legacy? President George H.W. Bush hoped to see Hamilton with Barbara, but she died before the show came to Houston. So the cast of Hamilton brought the show to him

At Daily Kos: A warning to the Democrats: You cannot win like this. How the DCCC & Dem establishment is smearing Dem Laura Moser


We are so overdue for this kind of national coverage. New York Times: New Jersey emerges as a liberal bulwark under Murphy

On a stage crowded with 2020 heavyweights – Cory, Bernie, Kamala, Elizabeth – there was Phil Murphy in Washington – talking Jersey

This is ridiculous. The state sues Exxon for $8 Billion. Chris Christie makes a sweetheart deal that screws us out of nearly all the money that should have been paid to clean up Exxon’s mess, leaving us just a $225 million settlement. And now we’re told just $50 million of that will actually go for the purpose the money was sued for – and paid out pennies on the dollar – in the first place. 

OK, OK, I’ll do it. Who will manage Phil Murphy’s millions while he’s governor?

LG Sheila Oliver defends Murphy’s flat funding for municipalities and his raid on housing aid


Where’s Cory Booker? Delivering Kean University’s commencement address at 9:15am

Where’s your Governor? Commencement speech for Bergen County Community College grads, Met Life Stadium 10am, then an innovation festival, then in Newark  at 3:30pm, with Puerto Rico’s Gov. Ricardo Rossello for the release of the Puerto Rico Relief Commission Report.

New Jersey’s opioid crisis – Trump, Murphy, Baraka – Who’s got the bright ideas? And who’s got nothin’? Part II of Bill’s latest series

Not reassuring. NJ Transit far from meeting federal demand for speed control to keep you safe

Feds launch investigation into sex abuse of prisoners at NJ’s only women’s prison

Big blue dildo. Lawsuit alleges harassment & racism by Mountainside cops

South Orange-Maplewood school board member stopped for speeding, calls officer a “skinhead”

At New Jersey Revolution Radio: Local mother fights white supremacy at Ventnor Elementary. At issue: “Some slaves wanted to be slaves.”

Rodney Frelinghuysen made a “rare public appearance in his district on Monday” to complain about the ’protesters’ constituents who dog him at his office because he makes no actual public appearances where they can talk to him. Wahhhhh. Even Roll Call gets it.

Should a payroll tax be imposed on a city’s businesses to help fund its public schools? 

In an exchange reported as “awkward,” the Polish president visited the much-disputed Katyn statue in Jersey City with Mayor Steve Fulop

New Jersey is a segregated state, not by chance but by decades of deliberate , government-sponsored policies. And this man is calling on Gov. Murphy to lead a new civil rights movement here to change that.


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