One Radiation, Please

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Can’t talk! Singing Hoku’s “Perfect Day” to a cobweb-covered stool in the corner!


Here’s all the shit we couldn’t cover today:

  • The Trump administration is working on weakening radiation restrictions in the U.S. because by relying on “scientific outliers” who argue a little bit of radiation is now... good for you? As they say: A bit of radiation damage a day keeps the doctor away because you are dead. [Associated Press]
  • Mama’s maddest good boy Lindsey Graham says Donald Trump should re-nominate Brett Kavanaugh if his Supreme Court nomination doesn’t go through. Not taking no for an answer………what a depressingly appropriate strategy……… [The Hill]
  • What year is it. [Teen Vogue]
  • ICE contractors “improperly” put 14 detainees in solitary confinement, denied them medical care for months on end, and mocked detainees for their failed suicide attempts. [USA Today]
  • Donald Trump has reportedly picked Lana Marks, a South African-born luxury handbag designer who hasn’t actually lived in South Africa for more than 40 years, to be the next U.S. Ambassador to South Africa. [The Guardian]
  • Whoa, looks like Marks recently paid whatever buttload amount of money to hold her daughter’s lavish, 300-person wedding at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida. What a coincidence! [Washington Post reporter David Fahrenthold/Twitter]
  • The FBI might conclude its investigation into the sexual assault allegations made against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh as early as Wednesday? Well ‘scuse meeeee while I eat this kniiiife. [The New York Times]
  • Hassan al Kontar, the Syrian refugee stranded in a Kuala Lumpur airport for the past seven months, was arrested and detained on Tuesday. The facts of his detention are unclear as details are few and far between. [NBC News]
  • Seriously regretting becoming a white woman rn [Twitter]

Here are some tweets the president was allowed to publish:

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The Ghost of James Madison's Rage Boner

If you didn’t see this story that the NYT just dropped . . . holy fucking shit.

The president has long sold himself as a self-made billionaire, but a Times investigation found that he received at least $413 million in today’s dollars from his father’s real estate empire, much of it through tax dodges in the 1990s.

President Trump participated in dubious tax schemes during the 1990s, including instances of outright fraud, that greatly increased the fortune he received from his parents, an investigation by The New York Times has found.

Mr. Trump won the presidency proclaiming himself a self-made billionaire, and he has long insisted that his father, the legendary New York City builder Fred C. Trump, provided almost no financial help.

But The Times’s investigation, based on a vast trove of confidential tax returns and financial records, reveals that Mr. Trump received the equivalent today of at least $413 million from his father’s real estate empire, starting when he was a toddler and continuing to this day.

Much of this money came to Mr. Trump because he helped his parents dodge taxes. He and his siblings set up a sham corporation to disguise millions of dollars in gifts from their parents, records and interviews show. Records indicate that Mr. Trump helped his father take improper tax deductions worth millions more. He also helped formulate a strategy to undervalue his parents’ real estate holdings by hundreds of millions of dollars on tax returns, sharply reducing the tax bill when those properties were transferred to him and his siblings.

You want impeachment fodder folks? This is impeachment fodder. Now we know why Trump won’t release his tax returns.