“Trump Supreme Court pick: Presidents can ignore laws they think are unconstitutional.”

Trump is disappointed.

He’s already considering dumping this guy and picking one who thinks Presidents can ignore ALL laws.

Kidding aside, now that I think about it, those two positions are exactly the same.

“Why did you ignore that law, Mr. President?”

“I thought it was unconstitutional.”

“But every legal scholar in America thinks it is legit, and it deals with powers specifically granted verbatim in the Constitution itself.”

“Doesn’t matter. I think it is unconstitutional, and therefore I can ignore it.”

Great news! Asbestos is back, baby!

Fuck you and that “love sweet love” crap, Burt Bacharach. What the world really needs now is  asbestos, sweet asbestos.

Once again I have to point out that this is not from The Onion. This is real. Scott Pruitt may be gone, but he has left a legacy at the EPA.

As ol’ Deep Throat said “follow the money.” How long will it be before we find the government official who either bought an asbestos plant for a penny on the dollar, or took a bribe from someone who did?

On a less specific, but  even more terrifying note:

The EPA recently released a report “detailing its new framework for evaluating the risk of its top prioritized substances. The report states that the agency will no longer consider the effect or presence of substances in the air, ground, or water in its risk assessments.

I wonder what it will consider?

“The current United States secretary of commerce could rank among the biggest grifters in American history.”

I’ve been wondering when they were going to catch up with this guy. The media seemed to be fixated on Scott Pruitt and his nickel-and-dime finagling, while ignoring Ross, who may be in the big leagues of financial malfeasance. That’s like using the court system to go after your uncle for playing penny ante poker on the kitchen table, all the while ignoring the mob.

“Those who’ve done business with Ross generally tell a consistent story, of a man obsessed with money and untethered to facts. ‘He’ll push the edge of truthfulness and use whatever power he has to grab assets,’ says New York financier Asher Edelman. One of Ross’ former colleagues is more direct: ‘He’s a pathological liar.’”

No offense to the author, but those are not his weaknesses for government work. They are his qualifications. I believe that the three most important requirements for federal office are now: (1) pathological lying; (2) being obsessed with money; (3) being untethered to facts.

By the way, this article is not from some left-wing snowflake blog. It’s in fuckin’ Forbes!

Jared Kushner Demanded These Stories Be Deleted From the New York Observer’s Website

Kushner owns the paper.

This headline sounds sensational, but the story is actually kind of boring. Kushner wanted to delete articles about real estate transactions made by him or his cronies. I’m guessing that most publishers do this sort of thing from time to time. I haven’t ever worked for a newspaper, but this also happens in business, when bosses ask their underlings, or companies ask outside consultants, to expunge or censor correspondence or reports unflattering to somebody or another. When I was such an underling, I simply saluted and followed the orders, as the peon did in the instances reported here, but I know of others who protested having their accurate points deleted. I never did because there was nothing to be gained, and much to be lost.

Fox host asks how Trump is supposed to talk to Mueller if he can’t lie

Once again, real life and The Onion are indistinguishable. This one is real.

“How in the world could he ever cooperate, and sit down with Mueller for an interview, knowing that if you tell one lie to Bob Mueller, he will move to file charges?” Dagen McDowell asked.

Another panelist responded. “He could not tell a lie. That’s always an option.” (Whereupon, I presume, everyone had a good laugh!)