The Trump Administration Is the 'Most Male-Dominated Government' in Over 2 Decades

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Here’s all the shit we couldn’t cover today:

  • Here’s a study that confirms what we already knew: the Trump administration is overwhelmingly white and male. According to paper, a “new analysis...found that 80 percent of nominations for top jobs in the Trump administration have gone to men.” Men outnumber women four-to-one in the Trump administration, a number significantly lower than the previous three administrations. It’s unlikely that gender balance or representation would do much to shift the perspective of this administration but the sheer disparity in numbers is a fine reminder of the long-term impact Trump’s perspective will likely have. [The Guardian]
  • Donald Trump granted the Treasury Department authority to enforce economic sanctions on North Korea as well as companies that do business with the country. According to Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin the decision “significantly expands Treasury’s authority to target those who enable this regime...wherever they are located.” [Washington Post]
  • Unlike Tom Price, Betsy DeVos uses her own private jet for government travel. “Secretary DeVos accepted her position to serve the public and is fully committed to being a faithful steward of taxpayer dollars,” her press secretary said in a statement. It’s very nice of her to use her private jet to wreak havoc on public education. [The Hill]
  • Trump will supposedly take a more “holistic” approach to Iran. Never has the word “holistic” sounded so terrifying. [Talking Points Memo]
  • Sean Spicer says he never “knowingly” lied to the American people. Okay. [Politico]
  • Definitely, don’t ask Spicer any questions via text or email or he will “contact the appropriate legal authorities to address your harassment.” [Axios]
  • Here’s a helpful rundown of the immense pressures that the Graham-Cassidy bills will put on states and their healthcare systems. [New York Times]
  • A reminder that, despite Trump’s insistence that Graham-Cassidy includes coverage for pre-existing conditions, it does not. [CNN]

Here are some tweets the president was allowed to publish:

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Muqaddimah (call me Muck)

Okay, folks, today’s Code 45* was a super tough one to crack. So we’re going to lead off with the message itself, then walk y’all through it. It’s quite a tasty prophecy, but - as you will see - there will be some delayed gratification, so we’ll all need to be strong for a bit. Here it is:

Morning does down people. Tuesday!

No, this isn’t about something happening to people on Tuesday morning, though you may be forgiven for thinking so. Most people aren’t aware that the word “Tuesday” is from the Middle English word “Tewesday”, or “Tiw’s Day”, but 45*’s subconscious most certainly is. In Norse mythology, Tiw is the god of “single combat” (basically a duel between two individuals, often in the midst of a larger battle), victory, and heroic glory. So 45*’s brain is using it not as a day of the week, but as a forewarning of a fierce battle between himself and another individual – which he clearly believes will bring him victory and heroic glory. Our dude is obviously pumped about this, since we all know that winning and glorifying himself are the only things he craves more than self-tanner, KFC, and incestuous sexual relations cartoonishly long neckties. The word “morning”, in the absence of any other qualifying information, almost certainly refers to tomorrow morning. “Down” is used in the informal verb sense of “knock or bring to the ground.” So, today’s Code 45* tell us this: tomorrow morning, people (or maybe a single person; the singular and plural forms are the hardest bits to decode) will be knocked down or otherwise brought low, and 45* believes he will be the victor, thereby bringing heroic glory unto himself. I don’t know about you, but I cannot freakin’ wait to find out what’s going to happen! Morning can’t come soon enough! The Code 45* staff welcome your predictions, and we’ll award an official Code 45* decoder ring to whomever makes the most accurate prognostication! [Rings are made from 100% recycled post consumer plastic (i.e., the remains of melted MAGA trucker caps mixed with the tears of the adenoidal little fucking twerps who set the hats aflame because they aren’t satisfied with 45*’s current level of evilness.]