Barf BagWelcome to Barf Bag, a daily politics roundup to help you sort through the chaotic Trumpian news cycle.
My mom is 100% sure that we live in the End Times, and lately, I have been inclined to agree.
Here’s all the shit we couldn’t cover today:
- More gruesome details of the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi have emerged. Meanwhile, when the Associated Press asked Trump if he believes the king and crown prince of Saudi Arabia when they deny that they were involved in Khashoggi’s death, this is what he had to say: “You know, here we go again with, you know, you’re guilty until proven innocent. I don’t like that. We just went through that with Justice Kavanaugh. And he was innocent all the way.” [New York Times/AP]
- Preeeeeeeetty sure Eric Trump’s employees hate him. [Twitter]
- There was a fire on board Melania’s plane today. [CNN]
- More than 1,000 absentee ballots have been rejected by election officials in Georgia. In response, the ACLU, joining many groups who are suing to fight the rampant voter disenfranchisement in the state, has filed a lawsuit. [The Hill]
- And now a bad lawsuit: Joe Arpaio, the former Maricopa County sheriff, is suing the New York Times and Michelle Cottle, a member of its editorial board, over Cottle’s August 29 op-ed that was delightfully titled, “Well, at Least Sheriff Joe Isn’t Going to Congress.” In it, Cottle wrote, “Arpaio’s loss in Arizona’s Senate Republican primary is a fitting end to the public life of a truly sadistic man” and I don’t really see what the problem is? Arpaio is seeking a modest $147.5 million in damages. [Politico]
- This is technically news from yesterday, but I will never pass up the opportunity to write, “HAHAHAHHAHAA, fuck you, Betsy.” [Politico]
- Republican Senator John Kennedy of Louisiana went on CNN to defend Trump’s calling Stormy Daniels “Horseface.” “We’ve all done something like that before,” he said. Have “we” really? [CNN]
- Jeff White, a longtime anti-abortion activist who founded a group with the nice, sensible name Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust apparently is a total scammer who defrauded Affordable Care Act programs to the tune of $27 million. [Rewire]
Here are some tweets the president was allowed to publish:
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