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Friday TOON Roundup 3 - The Juice is Loose

Friday TOON Roundup 2 - Failures

Friday TOON Roundup 1 - The Collusionist

Phobos Orbiting Mars

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NASA’s Hubble Sees Martian Moon Orbiting the Red Planet
The sharp eye of NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has captured the tiny moon Phobos during its orbital trek around Mars. Because the moon is so small, it appears star-like in the Hubble pictures.

Over the course of 22 minutes, Hubble took 13 separate exposures, allowing astronomers to create a time-lapse video showing the diminutive moon's orbital path. The Hubble observations were intended to photograph Mars, and the moon's cameo appearance was a bonus.

More here: go.nasa.gov/2uDchSn

Toon - The Truth Is Out There

Warren: 'I'd be very glad' for Sessions to quit

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) said Thursday she would be "very glad" if Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigned, following President Trump's criticism of the Justice Department chief.

“I'd be very glad for Jeff Sessions to quit and get somebody else in as attorney general of the United States,” Warren told host Stephanie Ruhle on “MSNBC Live."

Trump told The New York Times on Wednesday that he would not have tapped Sessions to serve as attorney general if he had known the former Alabama senator would recuse himself from the ongoing probes into Russia's election interference.

Warren, who fiercely opposed Sessions's nomination for attorney general, defended his recusal decision saying he "followed the rules."


Donald Trumps Oldest Sons Are Reportedly Jealous of Jared Kushner

By Lisa Ryan

On Wednesday, we learned that Donald Trump Jr. — the multimillionaire son of the president — has reportedly been “miserable” since his dad took office due to the scrutiny he’s received for things like sitting badly and having shady meetings with Russian lawyers. But it turns out there’s something else that’s bothering Don Jr. as well: He and his brother Eric are reportedly jealous of all the attention that Jared Kushner gets.

As People reports, the eldest Trump sons are apparently upset that Kushner gets to work with their dad in D.C., while they’re stuck being rich in New York. “All the attention to Jared is a bit of a sore point and they feel left out of the fun of D.C,” a source told People. “They miss being at the center of attention.”



Poor widdle thing! #sad!

Charles P Pierce - There Is No One Trump Won't Throw Under the Bus

He will fire Robert Mueller—it's clear from what he said to The New York Times.


The latest from the head man at Camp Runamuck leaves us with two basic conclusions: 1) that maybe it's time for him to treat The New York Times like he actually hates it and like he really thinks it's fake news, and for him to stop granting the newspaper interviews in which he comes off sounding like a vengeful gnome who flunked sixth-grade history; and 2) that it's time to take the car keys away from Dad.

If you're keeping score at home, just in the past week, a lawyer for El Caudillo del Mar-a-Lago has insulted the Secret Service while The Man himself has threatened Republican senators, his own attorney general, the assistant attorney general, the former director of the FBI whom he fired under dubious circumstances, and the special counsel who's been empowered to rummage through his entire life. And, also, there's this:

TRUMP: After that, it was fairly surprising. He [President Emmanuel Macron of France] called me and said, "I'd love to have you there and honor you in France," having to do with Bastille Day. Plus, it's the 100th year of the First World War. That's big. And I said yes. I mean, I have a great relationship with him. He's a great guy.
HABERMAN: He was very deferential to you. Very.
TRUMP: He's a great guy. Smart. Strong. Loves holding my hand.
HABERMAN: I've noticed.
TRUMP: People don't realize he loves holding my hand. And that's good, as far as that goes.

I think I speak for the entire class when I say I don't even want to think about how far that goes. History comes in for quite a beating later in the conversation.

TRUMP: Well, Napoleon finished a little bit bad. But I asked that. So I asked the president, so what about Napoleon? He said: "No, no, no. What he did was incredible. He designed Paris." [garbled] The street grid, the way they work, you know, the spokes. He did so many things even beyond. And his one problem is he didn't go to Russia that night because he had extracurricular activities, and they froze to death. How many times has Russia been saved by the weather? [garbled]
TRUMP: Same thing happened to Hitler. Not for that reason, though. Hitler wanted to consolidate. He was all set to walk in. But he wanted to consolidate, and it went and dropped to 35 degrees below zero, and that was the end of that army.
But the Russians have great fighters in the cold. They use the cold to their advantage. I mean, they've won five wars where the armies that went against them froze to death. [crosstalk] It's pretty amazing.
So, we're having a good time. The economy is doing great.

Sequitur? Non!

The 25th Amendment is starting to look like it was a really good idea.



Christie's last big move could be filling Menendez's seat

Gov. Chris Christie is the most unpopular governor in the country, but in his last days in office he may get to exercise enormous influence nationally: Choosing a successor to embattled U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez, which could result in a Republican senator, at least temporarily, from deep-blue New Jersey.

Menendez, a Democrat and New Jersey's senior senator, goes on trial for corruption in September, and there are two scenarios that could see him leave Washington before Christie is term-limited out of office in January: If Menendez is convicted and the Senate acts quickly to expel him, or if he cuts a plea deal and leaves office even earlier.

The stakes are high, as the battle over replacing the Affordable Care Act has made abundantly clear. Republicans' slim two-vote majority in the Senate — and the fact some GOP incumbents up for reelection in 2018 reside in swing states — means every vote is crucial for passing parts of the Trump agenda.

“I think it’s urgent,” said Democratic state Sen. Loretta Weinberg, one of Christie’s most outspoken critics.



Several Democrats and political observers didn’t even discount the possibility that Christie could put himself in the seat.

GOP Rep (Duncan Hunter) under FBI investigation has spent $336,664 on law firms

Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.), under FBI investigation for potentially misusing campaign funds, has spent $336,664 on seven law firms this year, The Los Angeles Times reported Thursday.

Hunter has spent $152,859 in capital and $114,412 in debt to seven law firms in the San Diego and Washington, D.C., areas since March, according to his latest campaign finance report.

The lawmaker raised about $155,625 in the same time frame.

Hunter can use campaign funds to pay for legal defense of himself, family or staff if the alleged crimes are related to the campaign or his job as an elected official, the L.A. Times notes.

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