Out d’Coup | Manafort and Cohen; Billionaires Dump Cash on GOP; Climate Crisis; Scott Wagner Bombs; KU Sick Buildings in Chronicle; Free Will Can Releases; Sean Watches Godfather; and, More!
Paul Manafort guilty on 8 felony counts and Michael Cohen pled guilty to federal campaign violations that implicated Donald Trump. Cohen was then subpoenaed by the New York Attorney General in a probe into the Trump Foundation.
Sheldon and Miriam Adelson drop $25 million to the Republican’s Senate Leadership Fund to keep the Senate in GOP hands. Verizon throttles data for the Santa Clara County fire-fighters battling the Mendocino Complex Fire - the largest forest fires in California’s history.
The Trump organization issues a rollback of the Obama administration’s biggest climate rules. Under the new rules, states may be able to opt out of the Clean Air Act and the Clean Power Plan. The Arctic’s strongest sea ice of the coast of Greenland breaks up for the first time in recorded history. The amount of freshwater used in fracking has jumped 770 percent between 2011 and 2016 according to a to a new study published in the journal Science Advances. Hawaii braces for a Category 4 hurricane.
538 gives the Democrats a 72% chance in retaking the house. Betsy DeVos schemes to clear the way for school districts to use federal funds to purchase guns. Standard and Poor’s 500 may have hit an all-time record for all time bull market. That’s good news for the top 5 or 10 percent of Americans. The rests of us have gotten the shaft.
In today’s Pennsylvania focus,it looks like Paul Manafort won’t be helping Scott Wagner in the race for Pennsylvania Governor after all. But a Koch brother/Commonwealth Foundation connected poll puts Wagner only 3 percentage points behind Tom Wolf. Scott Wagner won’t release his tax returns because he doesn’t want his workers knowing how much money he makes. Wagner also stated this week that he’ll consider signing a bill banning same-sex marriage in Pennsylvania. He then claimed that he was caught off guard as he walked the comments back the following morning. To top things off, Wagner had to walk back his transphobic statement on “the bathroom issue.” Wagner said people with “male plumbing parts, must use the men's room. And women with female plumbing parts must use the ladies room.” [Pitt City Paper]
The Chronicle of Higher Education publishes a big article on sick buildings at Kutztown (sorry about the paywall). Surprise, Surprise the administration says there’s nothing they can do about unhealthy work conditions.
And, Gov. Tom Wolf and Scott Wagner look to face off in their only debate. Looks like it’s going to be a rollicking game of Jeopardy!
In today’s Last Call, we take a look at Free Will’s new can releases. Bitter Buddha was released last week and Freshie comes out this Saturday. This Sunday Free Will will host its fourth Sour Sunday of 2018.
Sean finally watched The Godfather because there was nothing else on Netflix. He has still not, however, watched Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, or half of the Star Wars movies.