Trump Put Off the DACA Decision and Made Up Another National Day Instead

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Legislation is complicated. Let’s just name another day. National Prayer Day. People will like that.

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Oops we already have one.

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

  • Paul Ryan and some Republicans with large Hispanic constituencies have been asking Trump not to make good on his campaign promise to scrap the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy, as he was expected to today. The program protects 800,000 undocumented people who were brought to the United States as children, and, as the Washington Post reported yesterday, deporting all of them would cost $17.2 billion. [CNN]
  • Senior Republicans also worry that killing DACA will hurt negotiations with Democrats and threaten another government shutdown. Which is not a good look. [Politico]
  • All of the sudden Trump “love[s] the Dreamers”! He loves everybody, he says. [Talking Points Memo]
  • So now he’s put the decision off til Tuesday, the deadline to decide whether to continue funding the program or not. “[Trump] loves people and he wants to make sure that this decision is done correctly,” Sarah Huckabee Sanders said this afternoon in a press briefing. [NBC News]
  • Robert Mueller has the first draft of the James Comey firing letter. We can’t see it yet, but, surprise, surprise! It is different from the second draft. It offers what the New York Times calls an “unvarnished view” with an “angry, meandering tone” which went on for pages and included direct references to private conversations about whether or not he was personally under investigation. Just as a refresher, the final letter was five sentences long, including this one: “While I greatly appreciate you informing me, on three separate occasions, that I am not under investigation, I nevertheless concur with the judgement of the Department of Justice that you are not able to effectively lead the Bureau.” This leaves just one more dot in a field of unconnected dots which are forming a great work of pointillism. [New York Times]
  • Aaaand this stupid idiot is now faced with further consequences of his mission to take down all Obama policies with no plan B. Just weeks before Hurricane Harvey, the administration repealed Obama-era construction standards intended to prepare infrastructure for storms and floods. Now that the government braces for spending billions on disaster relief, the administration is thinking maybe we need some of those. That’s probably going to be hard. Huh. [Washington Post]
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Here are some tweets the president was allowed to publish:

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muqaddimah
Muqaddimah (call me Muck)

Did anybody actually watch the video of that insane clusterfuck in the Oval Office? The one where some chanting preacher was dramatically invoking Jesus’ name and thanking God for Trump and Pence and for giving the President the wisdom to call for a national day of prayer, and a woman appeared to be weeping, and…and...this: “Father…you have given us a gift – President Donald Trump.” If you haven’t seen it, you really need to. This is what your leadership looks like; this is who’s in charge, and this is how they respond to a crisis. I’m sorry, my American friends, but today I am just so fucking happy to be Canadian that I can hardly speak. I am not here to bash people who hold religious beliefs; I just don’t believe this batshit (and Christian-only, just to make it maximally offensive) spectacle has any place in modern democratic government. This is not how governments operate. I found that video to be, quite literally, terrifying.