Donald Trump Gave a Really Tactful and Coherent Speech at the NRA Annual Meeting

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Barf BagWelcome to Barf Bag, a daily politics roundup to help you sort through the chaotic Trumpian news cycle.

Every week feels longer than the one before.

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

  • Donald Trump spoke at the NRA’s annual meeting in Dallas for close to an hour. Hoo boy, the speech covered a wide range of topics, including but not limited to: Kanye West, the midterm elections, immigration reform, Russia, his election, Ted Cruz, and, for like two minutes, guns. He also pantomimed a fatal shooting and stabbing. [CNN]
  • The Trump administration has ended the program that granted protected status to thousands of Hondurans living in the United States, effectively upending the lives of tens of thousands of people. They are now faced with a deadline of January 2020 to pick up the lives they’ve built and leave the country. [New York Times]
  • Spicy Catholic niche drama here: House Chaplain Father Patrick Conroy has rescinded his resignation, effectively telling Speaker Paul Ryan that if he wants his ass out, he’ll have to fire him. My colleague Katie McDonough’s family is specifically very intersted in this story. [ABC News]
  • Governor Kim Reynolds of Iowa just signed into law the most restrictive anti-abortion ban in the country, which prohibits abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected—roughly around 6 weeks. Is this a test to see if Republicans can dismantle Roe v. Wade? Yes. [Politico]
  • Barack Obama has endorsed Dianne Feinstein, which has made some people mad. [The Hill]
  • Scott Pruitt’s EPA has lost yet another aide. [Politico]

Here are some tweets the President was allowed to publish:


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Mortal Dictata

Well it was Local Elections week this week (these are for regional or district councillors as opposed to MPs) and did Labour completely fuck it? Oh boy did they. Despite the last two weeks being the best the party could’ve hoped for to fight a campaign in, with the Tories embroiled in a massive racism scandal over treatment of Windrush immigrants and secret deportation targets that saw HomeSec Amber Rudd resign at the start of the week, they still managed to come out a council down because Corbyn is still finding it hard to understand that being known as the antisemetic party isn’t a good thing outside his friendship circle. In fact it was so bad he went to fucking Plymouth to try and salvage a “win” from the day as that was one of the few councils they actually won rather than simply maintained control of.

For the Tories this really was a victory if not in seat numbers. While they came out two councils down and a couple dozen councillors along with it they prevented a haemorrhage that normally occurs for government parties at the Locals (even without factoring in a scandal like Windrush) and instead came away barely scathed. Before Thursday May was once again in serious trouble while now she’s riding stable.

The real winners however are the party everyone, including myself, had written off which were the LibDems. They not only had the largest number of councillor gains but were the only party to actually have a net gain of councils (up 4). Of course it’s a long way to any real comeback given they only have 12 MPs but it’s a real turnaround for a party that has been in a downward spiral for years now.

As for UKIP, well they were annihilated, only coming away with 3 councillors from the seats up for grabs when they went in with nearly 130. Their General Secretary ended up making a comparison to the Black Death but in an attempt to say the Black Death was a good thing because in the end it created lots of jobs… don’t ask.