A Federal Watchdog Says Scott Pruitt's Stupid $43K Phone Booth Broke the Law

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The news cycle seems to have moved on from Scott Pruitt, but, you know, here he still is! Doing terrible things!

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

  • The Government Accountability Office, a federal watchdog, released a report that said the EPA broke the law by failing to inform Congress that they were building a $43,000 secure phone booth for administrator Scott Priutt. How quaint—the law! [Politico]
  • The full transcript of Comey’s interview with George Stephanopoulos is lo-o-o-ng, so if you’d like an annotated transcript, here you are. [New York Times]
  • Speaking of which, Page Six, my favorite website, has a huge scoop on George Stephanopoulos and the scoop is that he fucks. [Page Six]
  • The Interior Department would like to encourage you to kill as many birds as you’d like. Go wild! They certainly do not care! [Washington Post]
  • Until relatively recently, women senators were barred from using the pool in the congressional gym because male senators wanted to swim naked. This ridiculous policy is no longer in place, but I will live with these images forever, thanks so much. [Twitter / New York Times]
  • Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin has walked back his suggestion that the teacher’s strikes there left children vulnerable to sexual assault and poisoning. Specifically, he said “I guarantee you somewhere in Kentucky today a child was sexually assaulted that was left at home because there was nobody there to watch them.” In fact, you misinterpreted him—he did not mean that. Please apologize. [CNN]
  • This is correct!!!!!! [Twitter]

Here are some tweets the President was allowed to publish:

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Ellie is a freelance writer and former senior writer at Jezebel. She is pursuing a master's degree in science journalism at Columbia University in the fall.

DISCUSSION

The Washington Post has a good piece about how Trump went crazy in the wake of the expulsion of Russian diplomats. Remember how everyone said they were surprised that Trump took such strong action when the US expelled 60 Russian diplomats?

Well it turns out that Trump wanted to expel far fewer. He didn’t know the US was about to expel the same number of Russians as the entire EU - the tangerine fucknugget thought he was going to expel the same as France or Germany:

“We’ll match their numbers,” Trump instructed, according to a senior administration official. “We’re not taking the lead. We’re matching.”

Later:

Growing angrier, Trump insisted that his aides had misled him about the magnitude of the expulsions. “There were curse words,” the official said, “a lot of curse words.”

I can only assume faeces were also thrown. Followed by lots of weeping over a photo of a shirtless Putin. Meanwhile, the Telegraph is reporting that Trump was hesitant to help the UK after the Skripal poisoning:

“Why are you asking me to do this?” he reportedly told the Prime Minister. “What’s Germany going to do? What about France?”

What a lovely ally to have. You can bet if the situation had been reversed he’d have been wailing and ranting on Twitter about America’s faithless supposed friends.

I just hope the Skripal case has given him a dehabilitating phobia of doorknobs.