CNN cuts loose Trump surrogate Jeffrey Lord for tweeting the words “Sieg Heil!” at a prominent liberal activist.

CNN cuts loose Trump surrogate Jeffrey Lord for tweeting the words
CNN cuts loose Trump surrogate Jeffrey Lord for tweeting the words “Sieg Heil!” at a prominent liberal activist

CNN cuts loose Trump surrogate Jeffrey Lord for tweeting the words “Sieg Heil!” at a prominent liberal activist.

CNN severed ties with Jeffrey Lord on Thursday, hours after he ignited controversy by tweeting the words “Sieg Heil!” at a prominent liberal activist.
“Nazi salutes are indefensible,” a CNN spokesperson said in a statement. “Jeffrey Lord is no longer with the network.”
More from CNN Money here.

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos illegally delays Obama regulations now sued by Massachusetts and other 18 Democratic attorneys general!

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos illegally delays Obama regulations now sued by Massachusetts and other 18 Democratic attorneys general!
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos illegally delays Obama regulations now sued by Massachusetts and other 18 Democratic attorneys general!

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos illegally delays Obama regulations now sued by Massachusetts and other 18 Democratic attorneys general!

The lawsuit, led by Massachusetts and joined by 18 other Democratic attorneys general, accuses Education Secretary Betsy DeVos of illegally delaying the regulations, which were finalized by the Obama administration and had been set to take effect on July 1.

Eighteen states and the District of Columbia filed suit against Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Thursday over her delay of regulations meant to protect federal student loan borrowers defrauded by their schools.

The lawsuit filed in Federal District Court in D.C., led by Massachusetts and joined by 18 other Democratic attorneys general, accuses DeVos of illegally delaying the regulations aimed at predatory colleges, which were finalized by the Obama administration and had been set to take effect on July 1. More from Politico here. 

Trump’s pick to head division of Civil Rights at DOJ has failed to protect rights in the past – he’s fought against them! 

Trump’s pick to head division of Civil Rights at DOJ has failed to protect rights in the past – he’s fought against them!

Trump’s pick to lead DOJ civil rights will do the exact opposite of protecting people’s equality.  

Trump has tapped Eric S. Dreiband to lead the civil rights unit of the Justice Department. If confirmed by the Senate, he will be in charge of overseeing cases involving voting rights, policing and discrimination.

Vanita Gupta, former leader of the civil rights division under the Obama administration said:

“Whoever leads the ‘crown jewel’ of the Justice Department must have deep relationships with stakeholders and marginalized communities, and have a deep, abiding faith in our nation’s civil rights laws…”

“They must respect the laws that touch everyone, rights that people have literally died for. They must respect the role of what has been called the conscience of the federal government. In all those regards, Eric Dreiband is woefully unqualified to lead the Civil Rights Division.”

Dreiband has quite a record of representing organizations—mainly those that actively fought for their right to discriminate against certain groups. It also appears that he also has little to no experience in advocating for civil rights laws.
Jesselyn McCurdy, a director in the American Civil Liberties Union Washington office said:

“As a private attorney, Dreiband represented organizations seeking religious exemptions to avoid providing contraceptive coverage for women in the workplace.   He also argued on behalf of the University of North Carolina in support of a law that discriminates against trans people.” 

More on this story from The Daily Kos here.  

Trump asking for voter data from all states, 44 have denied so far this Independence Day weekend — Trump’s Commission cannot be trusted. 

Trump asking for voter data from all states, 44 have denied so far this Independence Day weekend — Trump’s Commission cannot be trusted.

CNN is now reporting forty-four states have refused the Trump administration’s request for certain voter information, according to a CNN inquiry to all 50 states.

State leaders and voting boards across the country have responded to the letter with varying degrees of cooperation — from altogether rejecting the request to expressing eagerness to supply information that is public.

“Numerous states are refusing to give information to the very distinguished VOTER FRAUD PANEL. What are they trying to hide?” 

Trump tweeted.

The information the commission is seeking includes registrants’ full names, addresses, dates of birth, political parties, the last four digits of their social security numbers, a list of the elections they voted in since 2006, information on any felony convictions, information on whether they were registered to vote in other states, their military status, and whether they lived overseas. More from CNN here.

Trump’s political enemies have sold their souls — how will history judge the GOP?

The O.G. Never Trumper, Romney effectively renounced his past denunciations of the president-elect, whom he had previously called a “con man,” when Trump began publicly courting him for secretary of state. (He did not get the job.) Digital Colorization by Ben Park; From Getty Images.

Trump’s political enemies have sold their souls — how will history judge the GOP?

Vanity Fair chronicles the exact moments when Trump’s political enemies sold their souls.   See it here now and enjoy some laughs. 
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Trump surrogates circling the wagons defending his misogyny towards Mika Brzezinski, including former communications advisor Jason Miller. 

Trump surrogates circling the wagons defending his misogyny towards Mika Brzezinski, including former communications advisor Jason Miller.

Jason Miller, a former communications advisor to President Donald Trump, echoed the White House talking point that the president should be able to attack MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski because she has made personal comments about him. However, Miller thought that she should have taken the high road instead of “punching back 10 times harder.”

“What I would have said is, ‘look, let’s go and call out the fact that Joe and her had been attacking you for weeks and months now,’” Miller said about his own suggestion for deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

“The fact they have attacked his mental state and compared him to someone with dementia,” he continued. “They call him an embarrassment on the world stage and go and lay these different comments out and make them go and defend their previous comments. The way the president laid it out, it gave an opening for folks to come back and criticize him. But he has every right to come back and push back.”

In the next breath, however, Miller said that Brzezinski doesn’t also have that same freedom. More from the Raw Story here. 

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson blows up at head of the presidential personnel office while top Trump staffers look on. Read: he’s pissed!

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson blows up at head of the presidential personnel office while top Trump staffers look on. Read: he’s pissed!

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s frustrations with the White House have been building for months. Last Friday, they exploded.

The normally laconic Texan unloaded on Johnny DeStefano, the head of the presidential personnel office, for torpedoing proposed nominees to senior State Department posts and for questioning his judgment.  More from Politico here.