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DUCKY! DUCKY! Did you see Putincakes?

Per usual the American press gets it completely sideways when confronted by complete and UTTER FUCKING EVIL.

Trumpligula’s first official act as president is to praise a criminally insane Soviet-era communist party psychopath who has gotten control of Kazakhstan where the Trump operation is likely providing laundering services for organized crime.

Then Flynn has a mysterious conversation with a Russian ambassador to assure him of policy changes he can count on under a Trumpligula administration. Reporters are all over themselves pointing out inconsistencies in the statements by Melissa McCarthy impersonator Sean Spicer and insane crack-addled harpy face-biter Kellyann Conway.

Not a month into the Reign of Fuckface, US intelligence agencies are putting the White House on blackout status because the fucking place is so obviously owned by the fucking FSB.

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Because Austerity is Totes Awesome

Because spending money to put people back to work never accomplished anything …

David Brooks Columns We Never Finished Reading Because He Failed to Execute a Citizen’s Arrest…

Needs more mustache.“Not long ago, I was at a dinner with the chief executive of a large bank.” [NYT]

Things Calvin Coolidge Said Four Years Before the Stock Market Crashed and the Great Depression Began…

“But the business of America is business, as Calvin Coolidge said long ago in an alternative universe…” [Mark Steyn/NRO]

SCOTUS Health Care Decision Liveblog

Estimated time of the decision is 10:15 am EDT, as there are a couple of other decisions to release and it will be a madhouse of reporters and advocates trying to run out of the low-tech court after the release of the decision on the Affordable Care Act.

11:37 EDT Update: Decision  Linque to SCOTUS opinions here.

10:33 EDT Update:

Per Amy Howe at SCOTUSblog, who either has a copy in her hand or is secretly blogging from inside the court:

In Plain English: The Affordable Care Act, including its individual mandate that virtually all Americans buy health insurance, is constitutional. There were not five votes to uphold it on the ground that Congress could use its power to regulate commerce between the states to require everyone to buy health insurance. However, five Justices agreed that the penalty that someone must pay if he refuses to buy insurance is a kind of tax that Congress can impose using its taxing power. That is all that matters. Because the mandate survives, the Court did not need to decide what other parts of the statute were constitutional, except for a provision that required states to comply with new eligibility requirements for Medicaid or risk losing their funding. On that question, the Court held that the provision is constitutional as long as states would only lose new funds if they didn’t comply with the new requirements, rather than all of their funding.

Because Austerity Always Works!

Let the beatings continue until morale improves:

Greece is broke and close to being broken. It is a country where children are fainting in school because they are hungry, where 20,000 Athenians are scavenging through waste tips for food, and where the lifeblood of a modern economy – credit – is fast drying up.

It is a country where the fascists and the anarchists battle for control of the streets, where immigrants fear to go out at night and where a woman whispers “it’s like the Weimar republic” as a motorcycle cavalcade from the Golden Dawn party, devotees of Adolf Hitler, cruises past the parliament building. Graffiti says: “Foreigners get out of Greece. Greece is for the Greeks. I will vote for Golden Dawn to remove the filth from the country.”

The people Atrios refers to as our Galtian Overlords are truly horrible. This is what happens when people have no jobs and no money.

Troubled Greece: Fears of ‘First Domino’ to Fall as Austerity is Counted a Failure [HuffPo]

It’s Halftime in Mitt Romney’s America

Our guest columnist is not Clint Eastwood.

If General Motors, Ford and Chrysler get the bailout that their chief executives asked for yesterday, you can kiss the American automotive industry goodbye. It won’t go overnight, but its demise will be virtually guaranteed.

Without that bailout, Detroit will need to drastically restructure itself. With it, the automakers will stay the course — the suicidal course of declining market shares, insurmountable labor and retiree burdens, technology atrophy, product inferiority and never-ending job losses. Detroit needs a turnaround, not a check.

Let Detroit Go Bankrupt [Mitt Romney, NYT, 11/18/2008]