It's not just talk anymore. In the last couple of weeks, House Democrats have kicked their investigative activities into high gear, with the release of the Mueller report pushing the 'turbo' button. The Trump administration has, at the same time, signaled an intent to dig its heels in, and to offer zero cooperation. On Tuesday, that approach became official, as Team Trump formally defied the Congress in two ways.Click here for full story
Now that the Mueller report has dropped, House Democrats are ready to really remove the wrapper from their subpoena powers and take them out for a spin. And so, the subpoenas are already flying around Washington, while the Trump administration tries very hard to frustrate the blue team's ambitions.Click here for full story
The giant domino titled "Report On The Investigation Into Russian Interference In The 2016 Presidential Election" (a.k.a. the Mueller report) has fallen, and so it is now time for many other dominoes to fall, as well. And the various actors definitely spent the weekend making their next moves in this little chess game (Note: That's two strategy-game metaphors for the price of one).Click here for full story
We spent the main part of today at church. It was nice to catch up with friends we hadn’t seen for a while, and Exile #1 also sang a song. Then we stayed afterwards to help make the small meeting rooms into bedrooms for guests that will be staying this week. We ate a quick lunch and snatched a moment’s rest, then this evening enjoyed a feast of roast beef (with Yorkshire puddings, of course) and carrot cake to finish. It’s back to school tomorrow morning but it’s been a relaxing week.
|Thanks to O for the picture of the girls!|
We happened to coincide with a working-party day so there were lots of people around working on the trails and it's obviously a popular dog-walking spot at this time of year.
We had a great visit and the weather was surprisingly kind. Two notable things pictured here are just a few of the rescued lobster traps that had been piled in various places by the clean-up crews and some grass that is actually green:
We saw some wildlife too - common eider, northern mockingbirds and a pair of harlequin ducks and Exile #4 (true to form) spotted a snake:
Kilian Jornet: 104 miles, 72,000 feet of elevation gain, 56 hours, 6 liters of water (video):
An idea to help insomnia: Stop worrying about not sleeping
Two guys have a big plan for creating a patrolled, avalanche-controlled human-powered ski area in Colorado.
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New literary awards: Award for an Unpublished Manuscript, Award for an Unwritten Manuscript, Award for a Weird Dream That Could Be a Book, and more
I don’t know if this is quote-unquote “inspiring,” but here’s how poop is handled in Antarctica
A post from the Semi-Rad archives this week: What Was That Noise Outside The Tent?
Only 12 more days to pre-order my book of illustrations, Chart Imitates Life (also 12 more days until I’ll never mention it again)
Some days—January 1, 1863; December 7, 1941; November 22, 1963—there is really only one news story. Yesterday was one of those days, as the Mueller report finally saw the light of day (a thousand or so redacted lines notwithstanding). There are enough moving parts here that we're going to break things up by looking at the dozen or so major storylines, one by one, organized by theme:Click here for full story
Thinking about buying a truck that can handle some weekend warrioring and road trips to climb, mountain bike, ski, or even serve as a fortified mobile base for surviving a dystopian future? Is your budget between $3,000 and $1.6 million? Then this chart should help you decide on what type of truck you should purchase, steal, or potentially even receive in barter for your old motorcycle plus helping a friend re-shingle their house.
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Actually, that headline probably shouldn't be in future tense, because the spin has already begun. However, it's just the warmup spin. The tsunami will begin at roughly 9:30 EST time today, when Attorney General William Barr releases the redacted version of the Mueller report.Click here for full story
Just in case William Barr's name isn't going to be in the headlines enough this week, in view of Thursday's scheduled release of the redacted Mueller report, the Attorney General made major news of a non-Mueller sort on Tuesday. Taking advantage of the fact that whoever is AG has near-dictatorial control over some parts of the immigration system, particularly the immigration courts, he announced that even if a person has established a credible case for asylum, it will be at the discretion of the Dept. of Homeland Security (rather than immigration judges) whether or not to release them from detention while their situation is resolved.Click here for full story
AG William Barr promised that the redacted version of the Mueller report was coming soon, and he later narrowed it down to sometime this week. On Monday, he got even more specific, and announced that the document will be released on Thursday morning.Click here for full story