The Secretary of State Is Not Using the $80 Million Congress Gave Him to Fight Russian Propaganda

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Do you ever get home from work at the end of a long, stressful day and go into your bathroom for a lil’ self-care? You pluck your eyebrows one hair at a time. The sun dips lower and lower into the sky, and you realize your left is smaller than your right? So you even them out as the sun sets, and then you look up, it’s after midnight, and you look like Pamela Anderson in 1998? That’s never happened to Rex Tillerson.


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

  • In a move Politico describes as “highly unusual” for someone in his position, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has not issued a request for the money Congress earmarked to fight propaganda from Russia and terrorist groups. Hm! How many “highly unusual” actions do you think it takes to give the United States a collective heart attack? [Politico]
  • In other horrifying news, the NAACP has issued a travel advisory for a state in the United States of America, their first ever. Congratulations, Missouri. [McClatchy]
  • A new Quinnipiac University has documented Trump’s lowest approval rating since being inaugurated, at a strong 33%. Snaps and blessings to our big, strong boy! [The Hill]
  • New York is sending records to Trump’s voter fraud commission. Hahahahahahahahahaha COOL. [Politico]
  • Comey’s got a book deal. [Politico]
  • There is never not something fucked up going on at the EPA. [The Nation]
  • Republicans in Congress are too pussy to say anything about GOP Sen. Jeff Flake’s recent anti-Trump book. [Politico]

Here is a tweet 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.


May I point to a document that will brighten your day?

Readers might know that a recent episode of ‘Last Week Tonight’ was about coal and John Oliver called out Murray Energy in particular. The boss of ME has sued Oliver and HBO, and now the ACLU has joined in with what has to be the best legal brief in history.

It’s a closely argued legal document - but to give you an idea why you *must* read it, here are some headings:

Anyone Can Legally Say “Eat Shit, Bob!”

All of John Oliver’s Speech Was Protected by the First Amendment. You Can’t Sue People for Being Mean to You, Bob. .... 

A sample:

On June 18, 2017, Defendant Home Box Office, Inc. aired an episode of “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver,” a satirical news program about current events. The main topic discussed in the episode was coal. Apparently because Plaintiffs’ delicate sensibilities were offended, they clutched their pearls and filed this suit.