Donald Trump is an asshole, Gold Star edition: Daily Bullshit, October 19-20

There is a new blog post up, entitled, “On idealism.”


Gold Star families

“[O]ne story is now turning into a Pandora’s box of families with negative Trump stories,” lamented one GOP strategist with ties to the White House.[1]

John M. Donnelly, “After Trump Claim, White House Still Lacked Casualty List,” Congressional Quarterly Roll Call, October 20, 2017, https://www.rollcall.com/news/politics/after-trump-claim-white-house-still-lacked-casualty-list/

Niall Stanage, “Gold Star controversy consumes White House,” Hill, October 18, 2017, http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/356138-gold-star-controversy-consumes-white-house


Ridesharing

Ridesharing services such as Uber and Lyft, according to a survey, you know, the kind of “research” that typically boasts a nine percent response rate,[2] may draw riders away from public transit and increase traffic overall.[3] Which, if the methodology were trustworthy, would mean that the City of San Francisco might not, after all, be so far off base in partially (although The City has offered no such nuance) blaming Uber and Lyft for its traffic problems.[4]

Emily Badger, “Is Uber Helping or Hurting Mass Transit?” New York Times, October 16, 2017, https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/16/upshot/is-uber-helping-or-hurting-mass-transit.html

Jennings Brown, “Alphabet Definitively Ends Friendship With Uber, Welcomes New Best Friend Lyft,” Gizmodo, October 19, 2017, https://gizmodo.com/alphabet-definitively-ends-friendship-with-uber-welcom-1819686006


Catalonia

Jeannette Neumann and Giovanni Legorano, “Spain Poised to Strip Catalonia of Powers,” Wall Street Journal, October 19, 2017, https://www.wsj.com/articles/catalan-leader-fails-to-renounce-secession-push-demands-dialogue-with-madrid-1508401099


Obamacare

It’s getting really, really, really hard to take Republican efforts to allegedly repeal and replace Obamacare seriously at this point.

Peter Sullivan and Rachel Roubein, “24 hours later, Senate health deal all but completely dead,” Hill, October 18, 2017, http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/356110-24-hours-later-senate-health-deal-all-but-completely-dead


  1. [1]Niall Stanage, “Gold Star controversy consumes White House,” Hill, October 18, 2017, http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/356138-gold-star-controversy-consumes-white-house
  2. [2]David Benfell, “On a nine percent response rate,” May 28, 2017, https://parts-unknown.org/drupal7/journal/2017/05/28/nine-percent-response-rate
  3. [3]Emily Badger, “Is Uber Helping or Hurting Mass Transit?” New York Times, October 16, 2017, https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/16/upshot/is-uber-helping-or-hurting-mass-transit.html
  4. [4]Katie Dowd, “Why is San Francisco traffic so bad? Uber and Lyft are to blame, says city,” SFGate, December 13, 2016, http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/San-Francisco-traffic-Uber-Lyft-SFMTA-blame-10791265.php; Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez, “SFPD: Uber, Lyft account for two-thirds of congestion-related traffic violations downtown,” San Francisco Examiner, September 25, 2017, http://www.sfexaminer.com/sfpd-uber-lyft-account-two-thirds-congestion-related-traffic-violations-downtown/; Heather Somerville, “San Francisco investigating whether Uber, Lyft are public nuisances,” Reuters, June 5, 2017, http://www.reuters.com/article/us-san-francisco-rideservices-idUSKBN18W2F3

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